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Vengeance Belongs to God

November 13, 2014 4 Comments

My parents

My parents

The idea that both glory and vengeance belong only to God is an often repeated concept. In the bible this is a giant theme that runs throughout both testaments.  This is the keystone of the golden rule, “Do unto others” that we have heard so often in all religious teachings.  Repressing anger and believing God is taking care of your personal earthly pay back is not the essence of this idea.  Truly trusting that justice eventually prevails in ways we can’t imagine or fathom is a relief.  Carrying our own grudges rather than letting go and trusting that the universe will provide both punishment and reward exactly in the perfect portions is senseless.  If you step back and look at a bigger version of any drama on this earth you must notice that every action does have an equal and opposite reaction.  Some understanding is within our reach, and plenty of mystery still abounds.  We actually do not know enough to be effective in this realm.

I have been meditating on the idea that Everything that is the Father’s is mine because the Father and I are one.  This, of course is the big father, not my personal dad, Richard Arden Morse.  The meditation makes me consider that I do have traits, talents, and even possessions from my earthly father that are mine.  I have worked hard not to inherit his anger and greed.  The end of my parents’ lives would have been more peaceful and happy if my father had not considered himself to be righteously wrathful.  He was angry at entire nations and at anyone he suspected of disrespecting him (the list only grew, never diminished).  He used to sing the song “I Have a Little List” from the Mikado which makes fun of this phenomena.  By the time he was old and demented his list was so long it tortured him and everyone around him.

Now that Richard has been dead and in the ground for 10 years I am sure he is over his violent feelings.  He wants me to know that both glory and vengeance are not mine at all.  He warns me with his memory about personally taking on too much anger.  He assures me that the truth does set us free and there is no point in crying over spilled milk (this was a favorite expression of his).  If you have started a list of those you find responsible for all evil, work to eliminate those beliefs before they make you very crazy.  Also, remember, gentle readers, you are on somebody else’s list.

Materialism and Inheritance

May 1, 2014 6 Comments

Do you have enough stuff? What kind of stuff do you lack? Do you have goals that do not involve material stuff? My parents were heavily into possessions, and at the end of their lives it seemed that those things they loved so much robbed them of any kind of peace. They struggled to keep objects and wealth long after they even knew what any of the objects were. They wanted to keep an image of themselves in society, and other transitory status rather than seeking truth. There was nothing I could do to help them with that.

I am doing a meditative practice about abundance now. I have special feelings about one of the biblical phrases used in this practice. “All things that the Father hath are mine.” John 16:15. This is talking about the Father with a big F, not my dad. If I have all that my dad had I would be filled with greed, alcoholism, and relative anger at all times. If I concentrate on the Father, as in spirit, I can feel the difference. We inherit objects as well as traits from our parents. The kingdom of heaven is ours if we tune into it.  How about you, gentle reader?  Do you stand to inherit the earth?

Wish List

November 19, 2013 5 Comments

Wishing for gifts changes over time.  The kinds of things we want and what we believe we will gain from them may become more complex, or more simple than in childhood. When giving gifts my style is to prefer to share an experience, like a meal, a concert or class. When receiving I am the same.  I have so much physical stuff I can’t really imagine owning more.  The burden of taking care of worldly goods eventually comes with diminishing returns.  Sometimes we are sentimental about objects and cling to them because they remind us of a person, place, or event.  Certain things we made ourselves are important beyond reason because they mark our proficiency at a certain time. Things require space and some attention.  As we acquire more stuff and it all needs attention, we may be loosing something more than just usable space.

I was very impressed the first time I studied with the Dalai Lama of Tibet in 1993.  He gave us Buddhist teachings as well as his own point of view.  One of the outstanding exercises I have always remembered from that teaching was about acquisition.  He said:

  • Notice how you feel about an object when you fist notice it and it creates desire in you
  • Notice what longing for the object feels like
  • Notice what your feeling is at the moment you acquire the desired thing
  • Check back and notice how you feel after you have owned it for some time

He wanted us to be aware that the thrill is usually much diminished as soon as the object becomes our own.  After owning something for a while we notice that it did not give us the total satisfaction we had expected from it.  This is called buyer’s is also called attachment.  So caveat emptor all you little elves out there; Once you have your thing you will have to deal with it and find a place to put it.

Nature of Man

February 23, 2013 3 Comments

Is the essential nature of humans greedy or generous?  There are two sides to every coin. If it were possible for you to reverse one trend, what would you change?  I think I would make it obsolete to ship, process,  and package food.

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