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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God Draws Nearer

God Draws Nearer

This morning when I arrived at the stop in Dybbelsbro where I get off for the short walk to the Copenhagen Sprog School, I hurried to the elevator which is little more than a lift with just enough space for two or three people, and a bike. I looked back as I was about to press the button for the door to close, but I saw a nice plump blond lady hurrying toward the elevator. I pressed the button and held the door for her. She was grateful. I was happy to do it.
While we rode up to the surface street at Ooksehallen, she complimented me on my attire. I was flying my colors today–rainbow jacket and pants, with a three-color skull cap. It was a pleasant 30 seconds or so.
Once at the top, she wished me a good day and gave me a hug and a kiss for my kindness, saying, “tak sku’ du ha’!” It was such a surprise, as many Danes are standoff-ish with strangers and “mind their own business” as a religion. I told her to have a good day and to my surprise,as I came to the corner light and looked about, the scene was replete with people in red, cars and trucks the same. It confirmed again my belief that God speaks to us in ways we can understand, and we can ask for the color or thing we want to see as a fifth-reminder or proof of our ability to manifest spiritually.
I was filled with such reverence, that I stopped at the park bench and sang aloud, “Nearer My God to Thee” an old gospel song from my early rearing in Baptist church. Then as I prayed for all and gave thanks,other people passed near to me in red jackets and clothing. I felt so blessed.

And this was following a dream last night of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. coming to visit me. What a touch of divine majesty! Here’s your Daily Word:

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
HEART-CENTERED
My heart is the abode of Love.
In a moment of quiet contemplation, I fix my thoughts on my heart center, and very quickly, I feel the love of God. Allowing my attention to rest here for a few moments, I declare silently: I am the abode of Love.

Love is synonymous with God. It is unfailing and unchanging, mine to draw upon at any time. When I allow Love to permeate my entire being, it becomes a powerful force, driving out any doubt, sadness, or fear.

My heart fills with the mighty magnetic force of Love, and I am empowered to do only good, to share only love. My every thought, word, and action express the love of God in me. Aglow with God’s love, my heart becomes a magnet attracting good from every direction.

Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.—Proverbs 4:23

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Prayer of Thanksgiving–

Thank you God for my life
Thank you God for my health
Thank you God for waking me this morning
Thank you God for the activity of my limbs
Thank you God for the sharpness and clarity of my mind
Thank you God for the joy of my heart
Thank you God for answered prayers
Thank you God for the new opportunity in my life
Thank you for the awaking that I am living through
Thank you for my wife and sweetheart, Vivi.
Thank you for the blessing of our union and partnership
Thank you for her complimentary skills, talents, powers, and brillance and zaniness
Thank you that we can work together and heal together, and make things godo together
Thank you God for Izzy’s new home and the love he will receive
Thank you for the time I have had with him and for the time I will again in the future
Thank you for beth’s magnaminity.
Thank you for my family

My new nephew, my aunt Beaulah, my niece, Akasha, my niece Deidre,my niece carla and my nephews: James and Melvin. I thank you for my borther Weddie and my borther Carl.

Thank you for the new people in my life, and the new organizations that are supporting me.

Thank you God for those who follow my work here on Facebook and YouTube.
Thank you for the Spring and the bright sunshine today
Thank you for the prosperity of found and given things
Thank you for healing of old wounds and release of distructi ve inner patterns.
Thank you for the lessons of Denmark, the consolidation of my identities and consciousnes.
Thnak you that I am an American.
Thank you for those who trust me to advise, read or other wise lay hands and energy on their bodies.
Thank you, Thank, for the protection and guidance of each day.
Thank you for making yourself known to me in a way I can underdstand.
Red Amen.

Here’s ther Daily Word:

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
PRAYER
In prayer, I commune with Spirit.
I treasure the act of prayer—communing with Spirit about what is on my heart and mind. I may say a prayer of gratitude for a specific blessing, or seek a change in circumstances. I may pray for clarity about a difficult decision or for the needs of a loved one. As I live in constant communication with Spirit, my life becomes a prayer.

Answered prayer comes to me as an opportunity, a divine idea, a sense of hope, or perhaps a serendipitous connection with another. Whenever I pray, I feel connected, one with God. I believe in and expect answered prayers. I pray for “This or something better,” and I give thanks. As my prayers are answered, my faith grows.

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances;

Kinds of Faith–Choose Your Color

Kinds of Faith–Choose Your Color

What can I say to you that is new regarding faith?
I can say, what you believe and hope for with determined expectation is faith.
I can say that if you’ve ever gotten something that you wished for unexpectedly that is as a result of faith.

I can say that “faith’ has many definitions, some of them come out of belief in another, a kind of trust in their actions based on what you know about them or of them.

There is faith, as in a collective ideology, such as Catholocism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity which is shared with others.

There is faith in the good standing and reliability of a product or service. You know those trade brands that you use with confidence.

But I think faith overall is the long term stand for your own truth and what is the source for your fulfillment. For me the Holy Spirit, God, the Source, the Almighty –whatever you call the Source for your unfolding—is underneath all my hopes, all my advances, all my fortunate encounters, all of my divine outcomes, everything. I have no way to let go of that faith, even if it were proven somehow, some way that there is no God, I would hold on to my faith that there is–and of course, you know my faith has been proven time after time. God is Red.
Here’s your Daily Word
Monday, April 28, 2014
FAITH
My faith is strong and my life successful.
Faith is the perceiving power of mind coupled with the power to shape substance. It is knowing that what I seek is already mine in Spirit. Through the power of faith and the energy of God, I cocreate experiences of health, abundance, and joy.

Faith is like the steel used to reinforce and strengthen concrete. Steel provides a strong foundation on which to build a desired structure. Likewise, faith provides a stable foundation for creating the life I want to live.

I allow faith to permeate my mind, filling me with the assurance of God’s good. Day by day, as I live in faith, it grows stronger and my life unfolds with ease and grace.

Who is a rock besides our God? The God who girded me with strength, and made my way safe.—Psalm 18:31-32

It Feels Right–God Shows Up in Red–Preamble to Daily Word “right path”

It Feels Right–God Shows Up in Red

Izzy the Bean has a new home that he will love. It is on the East coast of the US, and it is with two lovely Pomeranian girls, who will doubtless love his scent as much as he will love theirs. I understand from Beth, his foster mom-to-be, her girls are pretty flirty. Izzy is pretty sexy. Watch out for busy times, Beth!

I had my written test in Danish today. It was a simple exercise–write an email and ask a friend for the loan of her or his car. Tell them when, why, and how long you will need it. In the past for other Danish writing assignments, I have had lots of trouble writing simple constructions. This was a retest. I had to drop my huge vocabulary and just keep it simple.
I am pleased to say I did. Passed with flying colors. What I worried over, I looked up in my trusty dictionary (allowed) and what I second guessed myself about, I double-checked. When I read it back to myself, it read well and felt right. I owe that to the answers to my prayers which I did before and during the test.

The Holy Spirit is present in my life, and I am told daily when I arrive at my morning corner at Oxenhallenvej where I do a short prayer for all of Denmark, (and everyone and everything I can call to mind). I have assigned God the color red. So when I get to the corner, I expect God to meet me. Sometimes God comes as a red truck. Another time as a red bike, or the postman wearing his red jacket. Sometimes, passing folk are wearing red scarfs, jackets, or other snatches of it in mixed logos or adverts are in the flow of the daily traffic. God is physically present in my life because I choose to have Her?Him/It present. That is how I know I am on my right path. Here’s your Daily Word:

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
RIGHT PATH
I am on my right and perfect path.
Sometimes life seems anything but simple. Yet the more I focus on how complicated a situation is, the more complexity I create. My imagination never pauses. Left to wander, it will often create problems and obstacles.

But I can choose differently. I let go and surrender the situation to the power of God within. I give my imagination a rest and listen for divine guidance. I know that God’s guidance is neither complicated nor negative. It is simple, peaceful, and true—it feels right.

Back on the right path, centered in God-consciousness, I now direct my imagination to envision the good unfolding in my life, and I am grateful.

The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything.—John 14:

Easter Blessing–Preamble to the Daily Word

Easter Blessings
Easter Sundays of my past were always dress up days. As a child or an adult, I got new clothes or wore my best looking frock–with hat–to church. This was a symbol of renewal. Church on those Sundays was always full. Folk who had not come in months or for the whole year, in fact, showed up for the festivities and sermon.
The children had always been collected and taught dramatic presentations of the Easter story, and they would step forward and rattle off their little poem-like sentiment for the occasion
What you looking at me for?
I didn’t come to stay.
I’m just here to to tell you
It’s Happy Easter Day!
Their little exposiitions were always the best part of the day at church–next to the community pot luck that followed. But the sermon was always a dramatic elocution from the shameful denigration of Jesus to the triumphant resurrection “Come Easter Sunday morning!” The blood of Jesus was spilled for the nations, to show God’s love for us. This is the teaching, but the great news is not in the brutal and harsh death of Christ, but in the splendid message of His over-coming death. That we do not die, that we are eternal. So blessed be upon your mortal body and the Spirit that animates it. And greater awakening to the Spirit that you are who owns and controls that body. Just remember, it is only a machine for your motal use. You are no less a daughter or son of God and alreay transcendent.

Here’s your Daily Word:

Friday, April 18, 2014
REAWAKEN
I am one with the Christ of my being.
Good Friday signifies the day on which Jesus was crucified and laid in the tomb. It symbolizes the process of transformation followed by resurrection. We can see it as a time to rest in God and enter into a higher state of consciousness as we release what no longer serves our spirit.

Today I prepare for my own transformation as I retreat from the world and enter the Silence. In this sacred space, I let go of any worry or fear. I release any sense of inadequacy or doubt. I let go of anything separating me from the love of God.

At rest in Oneness, I reawaken to my spiritual nature. I am one with the light and life of the indwelling Christ.

Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid.—John 19:41

“Peace Like”-a Preamble to the Daily Word–“world peace”

Peace Like (c)2014 SDiane Adamz-Bogus (aka Shariananda)

Peace like a still life painting
Peace like a baby sleeping
Peace like self-satisfaction
Peace like grandma rocking
Peace like sleeping wasps nests
Peace like the receded tide
Peace like melting chocolate
Peace like the silent mount
Peace after the night has passed
Peace like the mind gone empty
That’s how the Peace of God lasts.

Here’s the Daily Word:
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
WORLD PEACE
I emanate peace and love to all the world.
If I have been feeling angry or critical, I recognize that I may be disconnected from God’s peace within. Today I rise above these feelings, release them, and reconnect with the presence of God in me. As I meditate, I feel divine love moving in and through me. Loving-kindness begins to emanate from me to each person I meet.

Love is the greatest harmonizing force in the world. It dissolves any feelings of negativity or judgment. It fills my heart with peace.

As I discover and express the peace of God, I share it with others. As I do, they, too, awaken to peace within. As each individual recognizes and expresses peace and love, the world is blessed. One person at a time, we contribute to a world of peace.

A harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.—James 3:18

Third Eye Discernment–A preamble to the Daily Word “Discernment”

Third Eye Discernment—A Model (first verse not my own composition, found)

Your regular two eyes see the picture.
The third eye sees the beauty.
Your regular two eyes see the badge.
The third eye see the duty.
Your regular two eyes sees the word.
The third eye sees the definition.
Your regular two eyes see the paper.
The third eye see the composition.
Your regular eyes see what is concrete.
The third eye see the subtle,the abstract, the discreet.

The regular two eyes see the dark. (c) 2014 Sdiane Adamz-Bogus,ak Shariananda)
The third eye any shadow shatters
Your regular two eyes see the light.
Your Third eye knows which most matters.
The regular eyes like an ear hears the heartbeat
The third eye sees with kind, positive intent
The regular two eyes see the outcome
The Third eye foresees where truth is bent
Your regular two eyes are blessed with God-given- vision
Your third eye assigns no judgment as harsh decision.

Here’s your Daily Word

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
DISCERNMENT
In the Silence, I find the answers I seek.
When I need guidance, I go directly to the source of divine wisdom. I close my eyes and relax into my breath. I gently release the chatter in my mind, letting thoughts drift away like faint clouds sweeping across a blue sky. Settling into this silent place of peace, I find the all-knowing mind of God. I ask, rest, and listen.

God’s will is always for the highest good of all concerned. It reveals next steps that unfold easily without force or manipulation. Divine guidance nudges me toward my good. I recognize its wisdom as an inner knowing and a feeling of peace in having received the answers I seek.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.–Romans 12:2

He walks with me and talks with me and tells me I am His own

He walks with me and talks with me and tells me I am His own.” This is a line from a church hymn I sang as a youth, “In the Garden” and I still bound to it and it to me as the Love of God in all of  its many permutations has come with me and followed me and protected me to this very moment

We are so close to the Easter holiday, and this year I have not been drawn to the traditions I have always followed–sending cards with resurrection messages or rabbbits and colored eggs. I have not observed the Lenten season, and I do not plan to attend church on Easter Sunday. I feel it within, this bubbling, exquisite born again kind of enthusiasm. I spoke of it yesterday, and you can read it in my timeline or at my blog site:www.sdiane.com. I wish you the best and the peace of Christ. Here’s the Daily Word from Unity .
Saturday, April 12, 2014
COMFORT
I rest in Spirit, and I am comforted.
Life is unpredictable, and sometimes, I may feel frustrated or disappointed by unexpected events. I may feel hurt by the words or actions of others, or fearful due to an accident or illness. Yet through it all, I count on the love and comfort of Spirit.

I am empowered by the spirit of God within, giving me courage and wisdom to brave any hardship. I hone in on what is working well in my life, while facing challenges with strength. I know that even the most difficult situations bring blessings.

I rest in the comfort of Spirit, listening for guidance and finding the answers I seek. I am reassured, soothed, and consoled. Peace fills my soul.

For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Do not fear, I will help you.”—Isaiah 41:13

Birth and Renewal–Nam Myoho Renge Kyo

Birth and Renewal

From 1988 through 2002 I practiced Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism. I chanted nam myoho renge kyo for up to 5 hours a day. I had some trouble with the rite of kneeling before my budsedan with the Gohonzon inside and focussing on the Japanese characters that encased the venerablel phrase. I saw things in my Gohonzon as I focussed into the center of the scroll. I had visions and heard new thought as they passed through my mind, and, as promised, I saw myself in the mirror of my own consciousness. I discovered traits within myself that I did not like and I would stumble upon old memories and incidents that brought these truths to my attention. Sometimes, they came as a relief and an “ah-ha!” I understood something that had long puzzled me. Other times I would feel great remorse and shame for my behavior or way of thinking. But no matter what, I came away from my chanting with a sound clearing, a renewed energy. I often stripped away those layers of regret and self-denigration. I matured. I accepted my own culpability and responsibility and forgave myself. I also healed and grew wise.

I still chant, though I returned my Gonhonzon to the Sokka Gai Kai(NSA). I never quite made peace with my Christianity as I practiced Nicherin Shoshu because of my old training from the ten commandments “Thou Shalt Have No Other God Before Me!” But the truth was, I got a great deal from the practice; I just had problems with the form. So I gave up the form and kept the practice. This day I have chanted for 30 minutes before doing my normal silent meditation and prayers for the world and all –including you. It is a balanced action of sound purification, focus, supplication and gratitude, and inner reflection. This tells me I have transformed my spiritual upbringing and training into a practice that fulfills and directs me. In having done so or shall I say, in having arrived at this recognition, I feel new and aware of where I have come from, and what I am bringing with me. Today I accept my own wholeness. May all your spiritual journeys bring you to yourself time and again,feeling more empowered for the travel. Here’s your Daily Word from Unity.
Friday, April 11, 2014
BIRTH
With each new insight, I am born anew.
Our physical birth is the beginning of our time on Earth, yet it also marks the end of a period of gestation or development. Whether a newborn emerging from its mother’s womb or a butterfly emerging from its cocoon, every being experiences this process of development and birth.

While my physical body was born only once, my spiritual nature continuously seeks fuller expression. With each new insight or revelation, with each new period of growth, I am born anew.

I am a spiritual being. I am the love of God in expression. In times of growth, challenge, or change, Spirit expands in me. My time on Earth may be limited, but my spiritual Self is eternal and ever-renewing.

What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit.—John 3:6