Thursday, July 20, 2017

There Is No 'Secret' - As You Think, So You Are--The Series, Part 1

Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker

Love is as the rose: Gentle, fragrant, simple.


Why publish a blog these days? There's a gazillion of them out there, all hoping to make it to Google's first page in the SEO game. And that takes some work, some time, and some luck. 

In my case, I've been blogging since 2009 and have had my ups and downs with it. Now, I blog mainly to share some inspiration and some information about how to live a life of joy, abundance, and spiritual power. And unlike some approaches, there is no 'secret.'

Not everyone agrees with my premise. Why? No devils, demons, or hells here. No angels, no heavens, either. Only the ones you and I carry in our hearts, our heads, and our habits.


But I'm no atheist. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Some of my best friends are...as the saying goes. Even though I no longer accept the gods of the Books--you know, the bible, Qur'an, Vedas, Upanishads, etc.--nonetheless, I am convinced the universe is deliberate. How, and why, I have no idea. It remains the Eternal Mystery. But it's science, not religion, that convinces me of such deliberateness. 

Every time I open a science journal, or watch a documentary on PBS or National Geographic, or read some of the strange posts online, I see magic. The scientist is pragmatic, systematic, and even a big dogmatic in her claims, but in those claims, I see a grandeur that cannot be accidental. Am I right? I don't know. And I don't care. I won't be changing my mind any time soon.

So, with that, I begin a series based on this blog's Guiding Principles, which you can click on any time at the top of this page. You don't have to believe everything, or anything, you read here. All I ask is that you consider them with an open mind and spirit, see where they go and lead, and then, at the end of the series, if you don't like them, or me, you can move on in peace. And if you enjoy what you read, if it touches your heart and soul, please subscribe. I post twice weekly with new inspiration.

In the mean time, thanks so much for reading.

What is the point of this blog?
  • To provide a place of spiritual nourishment for the independent seeker.
A lot of folks are often trapped in old dogmas and doctrines that they'd love to release. But they've been so indoctrinated over the years that they fear leaving the old camp will result in some kind of hideous punishment. It won't, but they need to discover that for themselves. So, that's what I do here...provide ways for people who are struggling with old fears and old priests to get out. Or, in the religious vernacular, to come out from among them.

That's the sole purpose of this blog. It's not to turn you, the reader, into another sheep, following another doctrine. Rather, it's to provide you with alternatives and ultimately, opportunities to release your fears and then release yourself from the old demons.

As you will see during this series, if there's a Source at all, it's One. No separation, only connection...universally.

Interesting point: The various religious canons over the centuries have actually suggested what you'll find here at JoyJamboree.com, that the REAL Source of All That Is, is, in fact Love. And hidden away in many of the writings is this fact, which I leave you with for today. It is spelled out in the words of St. Paul in 1 Corinthians 13*:

Love remembers no wrongs.

Hold onto that, Seeker. It's your true lifeline.

Next time: 
  • To help those who are struggling with old, scary traditional religious pasts to come to terms with them.

*1 Corinthians 13....


1If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. 3If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it;#13:3 Some manuscripts read sacrificed my body to be burned. but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.
4Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
8Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages#13:8 Or in tongues. and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! 9Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! 10But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless.
11When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. 12Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity.#13:12 Greek see face to face. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.
13 Three things will last forever--faith, hope, and love--and the greatest of these is love. 

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