According to His Purpose

According to His Purpose

It doesn’t matter if you believe that God is a man or a woman, or if God is to be called God at all. It doesn’t matter if you believe in God. It’s good if you do, and it’s equally good if you don’t. All things do work together for good, from avalanches to icebergs, from rain to wind storms, from birth to death. Many things happen in uncanny synchronizations, like babies being born on the day a family member dies, or when someone dies on their own birthday.

Thus,the horrors of war move us toward peace. The challenges of injustice move us to act. The divorce or the break-up lead to liberation, growth, hindsight. No thing in human history has gone without revolution or change. No time has ever failed to make us cry, make us over, make us ready for transformation. We surve ages and epochs to live in our own times.

No one knows where these many life times and lives on the planet will take us. We barely recognize ourselves in them. There is the mystery of creation and the mystery of the unfathomable manifestation of the future, all happens according to a purpose or purposes we glimpse through a glass darkly. Yet, we believers say God knows. To hold such abstract yet palpable faith helps me to breathe, to look up to heaven, and to bless the survivors of these endless bloody mishaps and military conflicts that are broadcast daily. I must believe that whatever brought us into being surely has purpose, and we can depend on that even in the dunning despair of loss and grief, in trying to remain sane during senseless war and unrelieved ignorance. I ask you now to pray for revelation of each our own purpose in these times. In this way we create a critical mass of harmony. Here’s the Daily word:

Harmony
The harmonizing power of God works in every area of my life.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

If situations in my life feel out of sync, I pause for a moment of prayer. As I turn within, I come back to center. I pray to understand how I can harmonize with the ways of the Divine. I am reminded that “all things work together for good.” A higher power is at work in my life and in the lives of those I hold dear.

In the stillness of prayer, I relax and let go of any worry or concern. I give thanks for the power and presence of God. My life is unfolding as it should, and I am patient. In tune with God, I know what is mine to do and when to do it. All is well. I rest in this peaceful awareness and emerge with a new sense of direction, appreciation, and joy.

We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.—Romans 8:28

“Uphold You with My Victorious Right Hand”

“Uphold You with My Victorious Right Hand”
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There is a card called ” The Ace of Swords” in the Herbal Tarot. It shows a hand coming from a fluff of white clouds, holding a red hilt-sword with a crown suspended at the tip. The image floats above a blue mountains below, a wiry, curl of chamomile weaves around the entire image like ivy climbs.The hand is a right hand. It is Caucasian.

The card can mean lots of things depending on the questions asked, but I often wonder how the designer of the card imagines we can trust a card that is predisposed to a given religion. Can one draw an abstract racially and uncolored truth from an image that assumes you accept and believe in the representation in the card?

In other words, how can one avoid imposing white Christian belief inherent the readings? How can it be ignored in favor of an unprejudiced reading? Because these images only mean in the context of the seer’s mind or the viewer’s mind. The crown,the sword,the heavens(clouds) and mountains (high place) may be interpreted independently from history or as profane symbols.

For God is not a hand (or any other body part–not even the proverbial Heart of God). God is not a throne or a place. God is not male or female, God is not God, but All: toothpicks to cement, babies to ants, raindrops to candy bars.
There is no thing, no one, no idea and no thought prehistoric, ancient,or modern that is not fused with the It of God, inseparable, indivisible, unfathomable God.

God may be visualized, conceptualized as I do here, but it is the face that moved on the deep which was no face at all. It is the mighty winds that cut a path through the Red Sea, and the Voice,that spoke from the burning bush and at Jesus’ baptism. God is myth and magic and neither. And yet, Present, present, more real than reality, and we (cultures world wide) are open to hearing and knowing It; we embody a variety of Beliefs that make holy the Presence of God in our lives. So be, it.

Call it “Almighty” the Creator, the Maker, the Author of our Faith, or don’t. Hold God in your own good right hand–or pocket or wallet or in your heart.For He, She, It will always be holding you in some inscrutable way–in ITS hand (which is as good an image as any). Here’s your Daily Word

Victorious
God is my strength; I am victorious.
Saturday, July 12, 2014

Many athletes succeed because, along with consistent practice, they picture themselves performing to the best of their ability. They visualize crossing the finish line, hitting a home run, or scoring the game-winning point.

When I have a weighty task before me, I picture myself completing it successfully. My practice sessions include prayer and meditation as I tap into the unlimited power, strength, and wisdom of God within.

Athletes are victorious because they give it their all. As I reach for my goals, I pursue them with perseverance and optimism. I visualize success, stay attuned to Source, and I am victorious!
Do not fear, for I am with you … I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.—Isaiah 41:10

Comforted at Depth–Preamble to the Daily Word

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When we hurt, get hurt, hurt someone else, it goes deep. We feel it in our muscles, and in our spit. We experience a constriction of our breath, a shallowness and maybe, a hotness within our mouths, chests, hands, and feet. Hurt runs deep.

By the same token, the ‘comfort” of the Holy Spirit, the Godness in us, flows through us like a river of want. When we cry in anquish, wishing things were different, of feeling contrite for something done or left undone, those tears and that anguish is for the love of God. It is the Presence that is watching and listening as we–in our own mind’s eye–see ourselves in such abject misery. When we cry to the stage of dry hurt, that process is the Holy Spirit bringing us closer to our peace and wholeness. It may look like great distress but it is great decompression, “comfort at depth”.

People give us platitudes and sympathies that help but we suspect they are just words; yet if they come from someone we really respect, someone we really listen to, those words, meant to lift and assure us of certain healing are themselves comfort at soul to soul depth.

Today I have come again to the plateau of a prophesy that was made to me in around 2002 when I was so down on my luck and in so much emotional and physical pain. I thought I would never rise again (unholy thinking); that I was on my way to homelessness and welfare til the end of my days. I suffered willingly and constantly. Then, a man I didnot know in the post office, whom I subsequently learned was named Isaiah, asked me why I was walking with my head down. And without preamble, he launched into a diatribe of good news, ending with “God’s going to do a Mighty Work with you. You just keep on trusting Him”. Since that day, I have lived toward the fulfillment of that prophecy.

Now that I am in Denmark,my life seems to have been leading here all the time, and as it unfolds with these new opportunities for service and exposure, I glimpse the manifest Mighty Work taking precious and profound form. Today I weep for the joy of God’s touch on my life (comforted am I at depth). I was brought through a really, very, unbearably hard time to this moment. Praise be to God. Here’s the DW:

Comfort
One with Spirit, I am comforted.
Thursday, July 10, 2014

God’s love is the soothing salve that relieves my pain. Any wounds of mind, body, or spirit are healed by the presence of God. Even if I feel grief or suffering, I know I am not alone. I need only turn my attention to the Presence within me.

Whatever happens in my life, God provides what I need—wisdom, strength, and support. I am gently eased through this situation one moment at a time. The presence of God reassures me that I am safe and secure.

God is present in every breath I breathe and every beat of my heart. No thought or experience can ever separate us. One with Spirit, I am comforted at depth.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea.—Psalm 46:1-2

Light and Dark

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When I woke thismorning, the room was so full of bright,white, morning light that I had to squint to face the day. It was a reminder of the lightning strike blindness I experienced in 2006. Fact is I had a morning dream about that amazing day today before waking. I was so frightened that I had a mild heart attack, but back then as I fell to the bed in terror, a disembodied voice, a protector of some kind, perhaps, my Guardian Angel said to me, “Lie still.” I did and I survived the rapid fire zigzag of my startled heart. It isn’t as if I haven’t been protected by the light in other instances, but it has never been as startling to recognize I am never alone and guarded by the light as I did that day. I praise God and I love the light. Here’s the Daily Word:

Light
I live in the light of God.
Sunday, June 22, 2014

The sunlight that awakens me on a summer morning is bright and encouraging. Its radiance beckons me into a day of abundant possibilities.

The indwelling light of God is constant. It leads me on a path to my highest good, providing direction when I am unsure what to do. To find this inner light, I center my heart and mind on the love of God; my path becomes clear. God is my light, my strength, and my hope.

I trust the light of God within to awaken me to my full potential. With divine light shining in me, I am strong and confident.

I live in the light of God. Each day is like a bright summer day in which all things are possible.

Indeed, you are my lamp, O Lord, the Lord lightens my darkness.—2 Samuel 22:29

Accepting One’s Freedom –2 pieces and the Daily Word preamble

Accepting One’s Freedom (Mine,Hers,God’s)

Since I have been here in Denmark, I have had time to review lots of parts of my life. My self-defintions, my ex-relationships, my choices and unmade choices. I have thought about racism and being childless. I have thought about what it means to live under another flag other than that of the USA’s Old Glory. I have taken up with new British and German authors. I have slowed down to a crawl, trying to find my new calling and set up shop. I have married and discovered how different I am in this legal state that I was when I was married in a Holy Union–same devotion, maturer person. I find myself thinking about how I handled things in the past and about how I am balancing my presentation in the world with smiles and wonder, yet a sense fo isolation now that my old friends are far away, and new friends of my age and measure are more difficult to nurture. My rhythms, my exposure to new music and new movies in other languages exceeds my expectations. I have just taken it all on and stripped away the shield that once did not admit my capacity for embarrasment or self-exposure. I do not know what new challenges I will meet daily, but I find I must keep affirming my transformation and changes are here and now, and I must fight against old rising grudge thoughts or memories of times that hurt unlike now. But most of all I have try not to be afraid of who I am becoming and have cdompassion on who I was. This is a little convoluted, but my point is freedom to be reborn does not come cheaply or without a tussle. Prayer, meditation, and my bewloved’s love and encouragement aid me. Thank you God, help me in my weakness. Here’s a reading that I gave recently on All Expert.com

You answered this question on 03/31/14

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Questioner: J
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Subject: Ex–as king of your heart–I don’t think so
Question: I saw my ex yesterday and he’s dating a new girl. The last time I saw he was dating a different girl. We had a pretty bad break up but despite what happened between us, I still care for him. Sometimes I feel like there are signs that we may get back together but it may be all in my head. Like the other day our big boss approached me to congratulate bec. he thought I just got married to my ex. I don’t know why he would think that but he said, he saw my name somewhere and took the last name of my ex. So it’s kinda weird for me. Will we ever get back together? His name is HCz born on dec 17,1978 and my name is VJB born on april 18,1981. Hope you can help me out, I still miss him and hoping we still have a chance. God bless and more power!

Answer: Dear, dear J–
It’s perfectly okay to still love someone after breaking up with them. You are not guilty. You are human. But I wonder if you have thought about what issues there were for you two and if you will encounter them again ? and if so, have you new skills or insight as to how you will deal with them?

You make a couple of big assumptions. One that he has been dating others unsuccessfully and maybe what you had was therefore better or he has been unable to find something he had in you. And you think or wish him to come back. You are fanticizing about the possibility of a reunion and you are adding projection to it, by thinking there are “signs” that you and he might be turning toward each other again, especially since the boss asked about you two as a married couple. I understand. I have been there. It’s a painful place to be.

It’s hard to want someone and not know if they want you or think about you as you think about them. But you are in your thirties now, and it’s not the same game of “try and fly” as it was when you were a teen. It is not “shop and drop” as in the twenties. In the 30s it’s more “get real and deal with what you feel.” Because time is wasting. In seven years, you’ll be 40, do you want to spend the time hoping for a love that was problematic and which has had it’s season and taught you what you needed to learn? or do you want to really think about what you need and what you are dreaming of having with someone?

The “dark night of the soul” is an expression that is meant to talk about the agonies of break-up or grief. It’s when you suffer from heart-break and doubts about what you could have done or should have done or could have done. It’s all that backwards looking to understand what you did wrong or why it was this way or that. But life happens as it does and we are meant to move with the Spirit, to let go when it hurts too much to stay.

I invite you now, based on three cards I pulled for you after prayer, to think about what you want and need from life. What kind of person are you? What are your interests and passions? What is your purpose? These would be the things to ask of yourself during this dark night of the soul that sends you reeling backwards in you rmind and heart. I am told that the devil makes us look back–to the past–so we can’t see what God has for us up ahead. The “Hermit” card was your past–it says you have been looking back too much. It’s time to regroup, ask of yourself those questions above.

The “Fool” (present)card is a lover’s card which usually says “go for it,” take the leap, follow your heart. But in this case, yours was upside down. It means you’ll just fall into the same trap and fail to grow or even learn from your mistakes (and his). You two are growing in different ways at different rates. So, no, I do not think you are due for another round.
However, you have free will and you can pursue him–ask him to come back–if he continues to be your obsession. You are allowed. As I said above, you’re human.

Your final card (future), was the King of cups, it shows a man isolated on a rock in an ocean trying to invite many fish to come to him. He is a king but he has no land, no command, only the hard place of his ideas about love and being close. He is drunk or high on his own fantasy of what he thinks he wants and deserves. This card is also upside down. His world is just that way. He is older but not as mature as you. Acts like a teen, or a 20 something. It was noticeable that you did not tell me what he felt about you and how you two broke up.

You are willing to overlook his failings, thinking his love is sufficient, but his love is immature and selfish, and he can only express himself sexually and in brags. He is simply a shadow of a fully mature man. So, no, I do not see you getting back permanently–maybe as warm friends. You still have a true attraction,but I see you as his spiritual role model. You always were his best adviser, and the feelings you have are unconditional love, but no amount of aceptance should reduce you to betraying yourself. You are due to have better, if you look forward,not back. Think on this a few days. I wish you health and wholeness, peace and insight. Shariananda,oracle

DAILY WORD
When a butterfly leaves its chrysalis, it abandons its former way of life. The transition takes time as the newly formed butterfly waits for its wings to dry. Once ready, it takes flight, leaving old ways behind as it soars freely.

Like the butterfly, I may find that my freedom from a former way of life takes time. I cocoon myself in prayer and meditation. I consciously let go of old thoughts, ideas, and habits that keep me from the full expression of who I am.

I let go of the past and live in the present. I am no longer held back by fear of failure or defeat. Through the power and presence of God within, I am free to soar through the garden of life.
For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters.—Galatians 5:13

Attitude of Gratitude–Preamble to Daily Word “gratitude”

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Today I prayed to God for forgiveness (in this way I forgive myself).
I have been complaining and pissing and moaning about wanting work, a new place to live (more space),a new phone, a new car, a better income and mulling over my health as if it is all down hill.

I hardly ever act this way, but I see that I still have old programming about “things”, my own timing (not divine), and what it means to “age”. I apologized for my inability to think positively about my knees (which have been giving me trouble since I came to Denmark). I apolozied for not being more patient with my progress and my acquistion of more “comforts.” I apologized for thinking hard of V because she misunderstands my need to ocntribute. I have been in a slight funk and it was not clear to me until just yesterday.

So after an acupunctur treatment today, I painlessly walked from the doctor’s office to the train statio, and I stopped at a church along the way. I asked for forgiveness, and talked it over with Spirit. I offered gratitude for what I do have, especailly Viv’s good attention to my needs and education. I felt contrition and relief. To close, I asked for a “red car” passing as a sign that my prayer had been heard. I waited patiently for 3 minutes, a small red stationwagon zoomed by. That proof was not to prove God but to affirm I can create something out of nothing, and that I am in the flow of Spirit. I am so grateful to come back to myself–again. Here’s your Daily Word:
Gratitude
I am grateful for all!
Friday, May 30, 2014

Even when circumstances are not what I hoped for, I find an aspect for which to be grateful. Even when my outer world changes, I am grateful for the unchanging spirit of God in me.

Spirit gives me life. I draw on perfect life with every breath. Spirit provides me love. I am loved unconditionally and I share that love with others. Spirit provides me peace. I liberate myself from burdensome thoughts and struggles as I reconnect with inner stillness.

I am thankful for all that Spirit provides. Although outer conditions shift and change, I remain centered in gratitude for the divine gifts that are mine.

Thank you, God, for everything!
Since we are receiving a

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

“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