Saturday, December 10, 2016

So, Just What Is God, Then?

By Richard Kent Matthews - eBook Author | Career Coach | Speaker 

Here’s something you may not know. 

The word “God” is not found in Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek or Latin Bibles. 

It’s uncertain but it may derive from old Indo-European languages, particularly Persian and might possibly be from Pagan sources.

The name of God, biblically speaking, has been a source of disagreement for centuries. The word God is not really a proper noun; rather, it's a title. For the most part, that symbol has been applied to an enigma: a loving, caring Father, as well as a vengeful, jealous and seemingly power hungry dictator. To name is to define, and hence, limit by the definition. Christ, Buddha. Prophet—all titles, not names.

Should I stop using the word God?

It’s not necessary to give up the word. But it is important to remember to see it as a symbol, not a name. In my life, I now use the word God to represent Mystery, the Source of All That Is, the Ultimate Unnameable, Undefined, Unlimited, and Everywhere Present.
  •  God is Experience. As I walk through the world, I am constantly reminded of the Presence by what I see, feel, taste, smell, touch.
  • God is Relationship. I recognize not only the Presence of God in the world, but the immanent presence of God in my life. God is not a unique and separate entity. 
  • God is the very essence of my being. I not only stand in the Presence of God, I am the Presence of God, standing. I am a single point of consciousness in the Infinite Consciousness. My experience is the way God experiences this small portion of the universe.
  • God is LOVE, in action in the world, in the cosmos. We have a tendency to think of love as an emotion. In fact, love is action. How you walk through the world, how you touch it, how you share, bring your best and do your best--that's love. As Meister Eckhart said, "It's no use walking anywhere to preach unless your walking is your preaching." Yeah, he got it.

The most reviled claim of all (by some, not everyone)

I am the Mystery, I am the Experience, I am God in Expression. And so are you. There is no separation between the Creator and the Created.

Deny it, reject it, believe as you choose. Still, God as described by the religions is probably weak at best, delusional at worst.

One Power, One Presence, One Energy, One Reality, One Life, and that Life is your life, my life. Right Now.

Thank God!

(Please feel free to share, whether you agree or disagree. Thanks.)

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Is the Universe Fair to You...or to Anyone?

By Richard Kent Matthews - Ebook Author - Career Coach - Speaker

Why Can’t Everything Just Be Perfect?

"Why does it always happen to me???"

In his book Life 101, John-Roger writes:

“What if life were perfect? What if you lived in a perfect world of perfect people and perfect possessions, with everyone and everything doing the perfect thing at the perfect time?

What if you had everything you wanted, and only what you wanted, exactly as you wanted, precisely when you wanted it? What if, after a perfect length of time, you decided, ‘Perfection is a perfect bore!’

What if, at that point in your perfect world, you noticed for the first time a button marked ‘Surprise!’? What if you walked over, considered all that might be contained in the concept of 'surprise,’ decided, ‘Anything’s better than perfect boredom,’ took a deep breath, pushed the button… and found yourself where you are right now—feeling what you’re feeling now, thinking what you’re thinking now, with everything in your life precisely the way it is now, reading this?”

Life isn’t fair. How could it be? If it always tried to be fair, it would be taking from one to give to the other, but couldn’t do that because it wouldn’t be fair to the other, so it couldn’t take from that one to give to this one, because…well, it becomes obvious when deeply or even lightly considered that fairness to one is unfair to the other.

So, the universe in its infinite wisdom operates without fairness to anyone or anything.

Except in one way…

Monday, December 5, 2016

The Power Commitments: A Personal Evolution Process for 2017

The process of [personal evolution] is limited only by our imagination.”
Joe Dispenza – Evolving Your Brain

A new day dawns...

Commitment: the act of binding yourself (intellectually, emotionally, spiritually) to a course of action.

It's now December 2016. The new year is around the corner. Once again you have the opportunity to renew yourself, your surroundings, your experience. 

The following four commitments are gentle but don’t let the softness fool you. These commitments can change the direction of your life. But do you want that? As Joe Dispenza also says in his book, “To change is to break the habit of being yourself.” 

Many want to move forward while their feet are glued to the floor. If you are NOT among that number, then these commitments will help you move toward whatever it is you want to accomplish in the coming new year:

  1. Let go of the past. We all have memories we want to keep, of course, but most of us do not live in those memories. Letting go of the past means committing to forward movement, taking the best from what you have learned and experienced, using all that make this present moment and the next the most interesting they can be.
  2. Tell the truth. Acknowledge what is, ensure that your perspective aligns with your highest values, embrace the incredible complexity of life, recognize that what you believe today may change tomorrow. Your future self may have different tastes and ideas.
  3. Be supportive and helpful. Give of yourself without cynicism or negativity.
  4. Pick something to improve yourself. Focus on growing rather than on judging, complaining, and whining. Yes, we know you have troubles. So do we!

It’s simple to become and maintain your best self. Not necessarily easy, but simple. Here’s a bonus: Be authentic, find a purpose, develop compassion, seek wisdom. It all takes courage. You already have it. But then, you knew that, right???

“The moment you commit and quit holding back, all sorts of unforeseen incidents, meetings, and material assistance will rise up to help you. The simple act of commitment is a powerful magnet for help.” Napoleon Hill