NOAH–Following God’s lead—- or Not–Preamble to the Daily Word “Starting Point”

 

NOAH–Following God’s lead—- or Not

Today’s Daily Word gives me a chance to say a word about the new film, NOAH. It stars Russell Crow and Jennifer Connelly, with a strong performance by Emma Watson, of Harry Potter fame.

Most of us who were raised in Christian traditions know the story of Noah, one of the descendants of Adam and Eve who is appointed by God to build an ark (huge sea worthy ship of logs) to gather and preserve the earth’s animals in pairs. For God (The Creator) is very disassatisfied with the behavior of humankind,who have in large part, descended into utter disregard for creation and lost inner guidance or outer morality that is a part of their divine birthright. This is called sin. According to the book of Genesis in the Holy Bible,Noah and his family were saved after 40 days and 40 nights of rain, which we know as the Deluge or Flood by which the world was destroyed, and given another chance to repopulate and act in accordance with the will of God . We are living in that time.

In this motion picture, Noah, is the historical and righteous descendant of men who coupled with the Sons of God, angels. These angels were outcast from heaven because they came to help man after the Fall (disobedience of Adam and Eve). Genetically and morally, Noah is the last of a kind of human being. The other human beings are those who have multiplied into greedy, immoral, domineering, killing kind. Noah is hard pressed to live in isolation and keep his family safe from their raids and the desolation of the world–a clear analog to the environmental challenges we face in places where clear cutting or toxic emissions have threatened us with barren unproductive land and unhealthy ozone and city smogs. Noah has clairvoyant dreams and knows himself to be a recipient of God’s laws. In a series of visions and potent dreams, he gets the call to build the ark,and his family,his wife (Connelly) three sons, an adopted daughter(Watson)help over a number of years. Except in this movie, the Sons of God,now huge megalithic stone beings(simlar to transformers except in roughened stone) aid them. They are so encased because they are being punished still by God for disobeying Him. God is profiled as very uncompromising., vindictive, and unforgiving.

Like God, Noah is a hard man. He takes his mission to be to get rid of humankind,including his own family, but to save the animals for the new, unspolied Paradise. His plan is to have the family kill each member in a cycle of deaths, so that when the sleeping animals(unique to this film) on the ark awake, only the youngest family member (Japhet) will be alive to attend to their release, and he will live alone until death. Noah is certain of this plan. He feels honor bond to obey. He asks God for signs to know for sure that is to do, yet when God gives those signs–such as the end of the rain, such as the ark striking land, and such as the birds returning with green leaves from trees, he takes them as puncutating his strong belief that all of humanity needs to die fore the world to be the pristine paradise it was with just the animals and the eternity of days unspolied by mankind. The film fails by using the snake and apple literally as symbols of the fall because God does not appear walking in any garden.

The plot includes Anthony Hopkins as Methuselah, Noah’s great grandfather who is like the guru of the mountain whom time has forgotten and separated from humankind and family. It is a little absurd, and his role is as sage with a healing touch is an odd injection. There is the requisite village of sinners lead by an evil “king of men” and it is he who represents the possibility that humankind will be unredeemable. He is the devil incarnate and tempts Noah’s middle son, Ham who is torn between being a man with the desire for a mate and a boy who is as strong and committed to doing the will of his father. He helps the “king” actually stow away on the ark. Ham is only biblically authentic at the end when he leaves to go off on his own. This begs the same question as is in the bible? Does he expect to find other people? How can he? Didn’t God just wipe the world clean of everybody but Noah’s family?

The film is a long way from the Bible story in that it makes-up a psychology of the players unfound in the ancient Hebrew texts. It also pieces together some implications spread throughout the Old Testament about the Nephelim, giants who walked the land in those days. But mostly it creates conflicts implicit to the imagination, and undermines the humble Noah we imagined in Sunday school. Noah of the film had to come to recognize God’s will and his own. He had to know that God gave him a task and other choices and stepped away. After getting the passport from God, one can only follow one’s best and highest instincts. I ask you, how can you tell when it’s God’s Will that you are following or a distortion based on your own views through a glass darkly?

Starting Point
Spirit is active in me to accomplish unlimited good.
Saturday, May 3, 2014

Every dream has a point of origin—a moment when we know there is something that is ours to do. Our dreams are sparked by divine ideas. From the start of any new adventure, I draw upon my faith, because I know I am one with Divine Mind. I embrace divine ideas as they come to me, knowing I have the power to bring them to fruition.

Through the power of imagination, I envision my dreams unfolding. I cultivate them in my consciousness and give thanks for their ultimate manifestation.

I use the power of strength to persevere in my goals and use wisdom and will to make the right choices. With a spirit of success, I joyfully embark on new life adventures.
Be glad and rejoice forever in what I am creating.—Isaiah 65:18

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    1. ALL Experts Psychic Answer

      As I have told you, I am doing charity readings on All Expert (dot com) Yesterday, I got this question from a user and here is my answer: It ties into today’s Daily Word:

      Aries/ Taurus. 36

      How can I better control my emotional state so that I am not losing my cool on those whom matter most to me?
      Answer: Aries.Taurus 36

      If you are talking about anger, which is often the response to emotional or self-perceived threat. Then you will need to put together a program for yourself.

      Many of us are injured or diminished by events early in our lives, or hurt deeply without ever being able to fully heal. We carry that memory of that injury or those hurts within and when a similar situation arises, and makes us feel powerless or reduced or like this old injury might be repeated, we strike out.

      You probably know this much.

      There are remedies–
      from seeing a therapist or psychologist or psychiatrist to stress and anger management programs–you need only consult your doctor or look a professional up on line. Try not to take pills but group therapy is great.

      But if you want to take charge and work through by yourself–you will need faith, and a strong will to overcome your mind’s preprogramming to tell you to fight and lash out. It is a reaction and it is fear. You want to be heard, understood, and comforted. You need that and it makes you more resentful when it seems to be so unperceived.

      For myself, I was molested many times as a young woman and child. My mother died when I was young and I felt defenseless. My brothers seemed to get the best deal–by being already grown and hence free or by being the baby of the family and cared for more than I. I was plenty angry. I developed a defense system because I felt abandoned and mistreated and left to fend for myself. It wasn’t true, but it’s what I had internalized. I was a snapping turtle. It did not take anything to set me off.

      I hope you can recognize the pattern–not the story.

      So after many years of lashing out at loved ones and having low grades in school, and talking back to my elders and just being a pain. I finally was grown but not released. So I set off to heal myself by seeking God.

      If you have a belief in God, that is the first stop in the program that I am suggesting you put together for yourself.Ask for help from heaven. You do it by asking God to help you see yourself clearly and to help you learn to replace anger and defense with love and forgiveness. It’s an easy prayer to pray. Then just say thanks for your deliverance. Light a candle and keep it burning for your awakening to a new sense of self-control and any new person who comes into your life. This may take a year or two. You will be sent a comforter, maybe a friend, maybe a teacher, may even a co-worker, who will help you see how to make those internal changes.You are not alone.

      You may want to start meditation. There are all kinds, but the simplest is 2-5 minutes of silence morning and evening (same times if possible). Just sit down and listen to your self breath and close your eyes. Ignore tings that pass through your mind. But notice when you drift off–sleep is good is you dose. Just meditate a few more minutes when you awaken. That’s deep healing.

      Hypnosis and Chanting nam myoho renge kyo has been helpful for me. I am so far from my old angry self now that I changed my name legally. Maybe you can move toward a marker like that.

      Whatever you decide in putting your program together, I recommend you forgive yourself for all of your hurtful reactions to others–one by one. (Use your meditation to recall old clashes). You are not the only one who has ever been hurt and fought back without understanding what the causes and triggers are. Really use your meditation time to remember different times when you were angry and use your imagination to redream the actual incident and make it right in your mind. Recreate the past bad with a scene of good. The mind will free you from the guilt and sense of still being so reactionary.

      Forgive
      I forgive and God’s good flows through me.
      Tuesday, May 6, 2014

      God is love, and through me God’s love finds expression. When I am loving, God’s good is flowing freely through me. But if I hold on to anger, I am unreceptive to the good God has for me—I block Love’s expression. To be an open channel for God, I discern and release any thoughts unlike Love.

      I begin by ceasing self-judgment and loving myself. I am learning and growing; mistakes are a part of my journey. In the same way, I release any judgment or blame about others and choose love instead. I let go of belief in failure or limitation. I am stronger, wiser, and more loving with each life lesson.

      As I love and forgive, obstacles dissolve and good flows freely in my life.

      Therefore, I tell you, her sins, which were many, have been forgiven; hence she has shown great love.—Luke 7:47

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    1. ALL Experts Psychic Answer

      As I have told you, I am doing charity readings on All Expert (dot com) Yesterday, I got this question from a user and here is my answer: It ties into today’s Daily Word:

      Aries/ Taurus. 36

      How can I better control my emotional state so that I am not losing my cool on those whom matter most to me?
      Answer: Aries.Taurus 36

      If you are talking about anger, which is often the response to emotional or self-perceived threat. Then you will need to put together a program for yourself.

      Many of us are injured or diminished by events early in our lives, or hurt deeply without ever being able to fully heal. We carry that memory of that injury or those hurts within and when a similar situation arises, and makes us feel powerless or reduced or like this old injury might be repeated, we strike out.

      You probably know this much.

      There are remedies–
      from seeing a therapist or psychologist or psychiatrist to stress and anger management programs–you need only consult your doctor or look a professional up on line. Try not to take pills but group therapy is great.

      But if you want to take charge and work through by yourself–you will need faith, and a strong will to overcome your mind’s preprogramming to tell you to fight and lash out. It is a reaction and it is fear. You want to be heard, understood, and comforted. You need that and it makes you more resentful when it seems to be so unperceived.

      For myself, I was molested many times as a young woman and child. My mother died when I was young and I felt defenseless. My brothers seemed to get the best deal–by being already grown and hence free or by being the baby of the family and cared for more than I. I was plenty angry. I developed a defense system because I felt abandoned and mistreated and left to fend for myself. It wasn’t true, but it’s what I had internalized. I was a snapping turtle. It did not take anything to set me off.

      I hope you can recognize the pattern–not the story.

      So after many years of lashing out at loved ones and having low grades in school, and talking back to my elders and just being a pain. I finally was grown but not released. So I set off to heal myself by seeking God.

      If you have a belief in God, that is the first stop in the program that I am suggesting you put together for yourself.Ask for help from heaven. You do it by asking God to help you see yourself clearly and to help you learn to replace anger and defense with love and forgiveness. It’s an easy prayer to pray. Then just say thanks for your deliverance. Light a candle and keep it burning for your awakening to a new sense of self-control and any new person who comes into your life. This may take a year or two. You will be sent a comforter, maybe a friend, maybe a teacher, may even a co-worker, who will help you see how to make those internal changes.You are not alone.

      You may want to start meditation. There are all kinds, but the simplest is 2-5 minutes of silence morning and evening (same times if possible). Just sit down and listen to your self breath and close your eyes. Ignore tings that pass through your mind. But notice when you drift off–sleep is good is you dose. Just meditate a few more minutes when you awaken. That’s deep healing.

      Hypnosis and Chanting nam myoho renge kyo has been helpful for me. I am so far from my old angry self now that I changed my name legally. Maybe you can move toward a marker like that.

      Whatever you decide in putting your program together, I recommend you forgive yourself for all of your hurtful reactions to others–one by one. (Use your meditation to recall old clashes). You are not the only one who has ever been hurt and fought back without understanding what the causes and triggers are. Really use your meditation time to remember different times when you were angry and use your imagination to redream the actual incident and make it right in your mind. Recreate the past bad with a scene of good. The mind will free you from the guilt and sense of still being so reactionary.

      Forgive
      I forgive and God’s good flows through me.
      Tuesday, May 6, 2014

      God is love, and through me God’s love finds expression. When I am loving, God’s good is flowing freely through me. But if I hold on to anger, I am unreceptive to the good God has for me—I block Love’s expression. To be an open channel for God, I discern and release any thoughts unlike Love.

      I begin by ceasing self-judgment and loving myself. I am learning and growing; mistakes are a part of my journey. In the same way, I release any judgment or blame about others and choose love instead. I let go of belief in failure or limitation. I am stronger, wiser, and more loving with each life lesson.

      As I love and forgive, obstacles dissolve and good flows freely in my life.

      Therefore, I tell you, her sins, which were many, have been forgiven; hence she has shown great love.—Luke 7:47

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      Guidance is usually

      a dream
      a chance word
      a uncanny coincidental sign
      a moment of realization
      someone else telling you the exact same thing as you’re concerned about
      a friend calling just when you’re wondering who to talk to about it
      a subtle memory that fits and applies to the situation
      a gentle new idea
      a startling realization while doing something altogether different
      the turn of a trusted deck of oracle or tarot cards
      a picture of someone related to you or who would tell you rightly
      a wrong trun at the right time to end up at the perfect place
      a song on the radio
      a counselor whom you see
      a minister whom you trust
      prayer and quiet faith with sweet waiting

      Here’s your Daily Word

      I AM GUIDED FORWARD, ONE STEP AT A TIME.
      Sailors once navigated the seas by considering the position of the stars. Today we use global positioning systems to help us navigate our roads and highways. But how do we find our way when no road map exists? What happens when we enter into uncharted territory?
      The future is rarely revealed as clearly as a road map. When I am unsure of my path, I may be fearful. My heart may pound and my thoughts may race. Yet if I listen to my inner wisdom, my next step becomes clear. With faith, I follow the light of intuition as I am guided forward, one step at a time.
      As I trust in divine guidance, my confidence grows. From one step to the next, I travel safely to my destination.
      You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me with honor.—Psalm 73:24

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