Strong Mind Roadmap Part II

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Last time I covered three aspects of a strong mind, soul, keeping in mind there is the conscious and subconscious.  What are the next three aspects to this.

Don’t wallow in whatever crap is going on, or in negative emotions, pain etc…For the past three days due to TMJ and arthritic inflammation from my osteoarthritis, I have been in pain, face swollen, hurts like heck to chew anything.  I could be going into depression, woe is me, ahhh poor me, ohhh why me, why the fibromyalgia had to hit me, boo hoo, cry me a river.  Don’t get me wrong, it is no fun, it’s annoying, frustrating, not fun, but wallowing rather than going to get my overdue haircut, and running needed errands won’t change the situation, won’t take the fibro away.  I choose to keep moving forward, understanding that I do have to respect my body’s limits, but still within that move forward.  No wallowing!  Be kind, and that can mean giving a smile, saying thank you to the person who serves you coffee, telling them to have a great day.  Kind can come in small packages.  We can all do better I am sure in this area, me as well.  I don’t always have the patience I should, maybe it’s the fibro frustration, but I know I can do better.  Bitterness, anger etc.. that constantly in your heart, spirit and soul are really a heavy load to carry.  I did a piece I believe on the difference between anger and righteous anger, so please check that out.  Take calculated risks.  Notice the word calculated, not impetuous, impulsive, reckless risk, calculated.  You look at the pros and cons, risk and reward factors and you see if the pros outweigh the cons and rewards would outweigh the risks.  You don’t for truly important decisions go rushing in like a blind fool, that’s not courage that’s just being a moron and a blind fool.  Learn the difference and take it from me the sooner you learn that, the better.  Courage is not about jumping in all the time into every situation based on feelings and emotions in the heat of the moment.  That’s immaturity.  I hope that we all learn the difference, but hopefully sooner rather than later in life.  If we can look at these things, maybe do a life scan and see where we might have wallowed etc.. .and how it led us down a not so great path, we can maybe not repeat that pattern, work on changing patterns.  I hope to have a workshop on that in conjunction with the wellness wheel a life seminar in September in Manhattan, NY.  I hope you will look at how maybe you have been in regards to these areas of the mind, soul and see where you might need to do a rethink.

Amen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Being of Strong Mind, Roadmap? Hmmm

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We are seeing a lot of instability in our youth, in our society and I do believe lack of a strong faith life and spiritual center contribute, but there are also personal attitudes and behaviors that need to be looked at for sound mind and spirit.  What are they?  I am going to touch on three of them today.

  1. Move on
  2. Keep Control
  3. Embrace Change

If you look at these there you realize they are interconnected.  To keep control, to embrace change, you have to be able to move on, to move forward from past to present and present to future.  You have to be able to keep control and work through in very constructive ways any anger, rejection etc… and when you can do that, you can embrace change.  You can take the biblical passages related God makes all things work out for good, to heart and look at how that situation can be for a greater good, even your own personal growth and development indirectly perhaps.  Perhaps it made you stronger, it showed you as they say when the chips are down what your made of, when push comes to shove, what you do, how you handle, do you have the personal, spiritual etc… tools to handle it constructively.  If you didn’t then, or don’t now, if you can see that, you can seek right guidance to gain those tools.  This is something we should be teaching children from a very young age, all parents, all schools etc.. should be teaching our youth that rejection, part of life, all the aspect of life, good, bad, ugly, people not agreeing with your views, you not agreeing with theirs, all part of life, part of the journey, and if we make good decisions, choices, have a strong spiritual, center, moral compass etc.. we will hopefully make more good ones than not and life will have more good than not.  We also have teach moving on etc.. in the sense that you can’t control what others feel, think, how stupid they sometimes act, and not everyone will like you, as your parent etc.., guess what, I don’t always like you, love you, but don’t always like how you act, behave, and I won’t as love as we are both this planet and breathing and you won’t always like me, that’s fine.  We need to teach them that this is true throughout life with people.  As for the past, teach them that the past, while having important lessons to teach is not a place we should get stuck in or brooding about.  We need to grasp this ourselves and pass it on to future generations. 

These are the first three of 18 points I’ll be discussing, so stay tunes and God Bless.

 

 

 

How Does Lucifer Deceive?

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Scripture talks about snares, and deceit when it comes to Lucifer, who was once God’s most exalted angel and seems led the choir of angels, until he got all full of himself and decided he should be God, his way was bette than God’s way.  Any of this sound familiar to us, it should because we have all been there and may go to that place again in life, no matter how spiritual or religious we are.  Lucifer fancies himself quite the clever chap, and in some ways he is, why is that?

A match, that fire, that light can be used for good stuff, cooking, campfire, light candles if there is a power outage, so that light from the the match has good uses.  It can even keep you warm and save your life if you end up lost in the woods, provided you are responsible with it.  However, the Lucifarian  aspect of it is that it can also be used to cause deliberate damage, to harm others.  That light can be good or not so good, depending.  Use of talents etc… or rather misuse is one way Lucifer gets us into a heap of trouble in life.  Another is what we see happening a lot now, which is good is bad, and bad is good.  That’s the lesson of Genesis, that Sin can be wrapped up in a pretty box etc.., can present itself as really exciting etc.., and all kinds of justification found for it, and the good can be made to seem like such a drag, no fun, bigoted etc.. If you move with the secular, go with the flow of the moment, of any and all feelings in the moment, erase all construct of nature, law and order of nature, you are letting loose, freedom, the destructive is made to look like liberation.  Maintaining healthy boundaries, constructs is made to look like prison, everything negative, is mocked.  That flame that can cook etc…now the good uses are now presented as bad and the bad uses as good in a way.  We see this also in media coverage where journalism of “just the facts, true and accurate, vetted ten times over” nah, why bother.  Insuring you don’t destroy lives just to sell papers, for ratings etc…even with false facts is fine, says Lucifer.  The opening of the Embassy in Jerusalem a great example of this.  News outlets who are honest and journalists with integrity reported accurately that the terror group Hamas was inciting protestors along the Gaza border, that for 30000 years Jerusalem was known by all the world to be the Capitol of Israel.  Those who wanted ratings more than truth, who have a hatred of Israel, buy into the lies of Hamas, and the Arab narrative did not portray it that way.  MSN is now left with egg on their face because it turns out it is being directed etc… my Hamas, all the Gaza protest and all that.  https://www.conservativereview.com/news/medias-innocent-unarmed-palestinians-narrative-comes-crashing/?utm_source=footnotes-conservative-review&utm_medium=footnotes&utm_campaign=footnotes&utm_term=footnotes&utm_content=footnotes-conservative-review-May-16-18When Pompeo was in Korea when Trump announced what he did, the media, not those who had integrity, had a headline about Pompeo being AWOL.  Turns out he wasn’t that at all, he was in Korea negotiating to the very last moment the release of those three hostages.  In any number of ways, including lifestyle and sexuality, Lucifer is good at getting us to fool ourselves and each other and one way he does it is to convince the world that God and He, thus Sin, Missing the Mark don’t exist.  I find it funny that we don’t seem to grasp that the universe has laws of nature, sometimes they deviate, but those deviations, those harmful deviations are not celebrated, yet as regards lifestyle, our behaviors etc…seems even now in the Faith communities who claim they are of God and Scripture, those deviations from natural law and order are celebrated.  When I say funny, none of it is funny in a good way.  I do believe we can all come to realize we are missing the mark and do a turnaround, and hopefully that will happen more and more, rather than go the opposite direction for the sake of all of us.

Shalom and Amen

Who Am I At the End of the Day?

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As I walk the streets on my way home and look at the sky, tinged with clouds and pearls of rain that are gently falling on my face I start to think about my music, by blog a number of things for some reason and I find myself asking a question.  I find my self asking myself “who am i?”  I did a podcast interview and when I was asked why I do what I do, the blog, the music all of that, I really didn’t have to think about it, my heart spirit and soul, spoke.  I do it because I want to be of service, I want to honor the gifts the Lord gave me.  I don’t do it for fame and to to be uber wealthy.  I don’t do it to prove anything to anyone, not even family, since I could care less what they think of me, what they think in general, sorry but that’s the truth.  I am realistic enough to know they will always go Left, and I will always go Right.  That will never change, so it is what it is.  Today I realized something.  It’s true that the fibromyalgia due to often crashing and different health stuff that has come up has impeded my being active in faith life on a day to day basis in terms of Mass and all that, and at home I do meditate and all that, which I do daly always with thanks and in Christ Consciousness, in gratitude for what he did for us.  If I were to define in a nutshell who I am at the core right before saying artist and minister/coach, it would be this:  A Child of God, A Woman of Faith, A Warrior for Christ.  That is not to say I have not had one or two crisis moments or lapses in terms of choices made, even the saints and apostles had their flaws.  However at the core, this is who I am, this is my identity, and everything I do stems from that and from a holistic biblical truth, which has shaped my firm worldview in terms of governance of nations for them to be Capitalist, Federalist, Constitutional, Democratic Republics, with clear separation of powers etc.., with very few exceptions, like war situation, something of that nature, or true obstructionism that is causing the nations’s important business to stagnate and is thus harmful to the nation.  Even then anything done has to adhere to the Constitution and Originalist interpretation of it as per the Federalist Republic.  Understanding my identity in Christ, in the faith is important because it provide the anchor, the roadmap and more.  I hope to adhere wisely to the roadmap and identity in all things and aspects of my life.  In the songs poems I wrote, in all my work, seeking to inspire, empower and awaken.

Amen

 

Life Lessons

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I came across this and I thought about how I have been looking at my life and my heritage, even ordered the ancestry DNA test, really looking at my life, roots, and realizing I don’t do PC and all that  I realized life lessons are important.  I hope these life lessons are a blessing to you.

Happiness, Tips For the Journey PIV

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We often see people accomplish a lot in their lives, who have lives a full and rich life, fulfilled their dreams and we think, wow they are superman or superwoman etc…, they are afraid of nothing.  That is a flawed vision of them, of anyone.  Fear, anxiety on some level, no one is immune to it.  What makes these people different than those who have not achieved etc.., well any number of factors could play a part, but one thing is probably how they responded to their fears, anxieties.   Even a performing artist who has been in the businesses for any number of years when they go out on that stage, record that next album have anxiety, so it’s not anxiety, fear etc… that is the problem.  If you have a dream of accomplishing something, rather than allow that fear, anxiety to dictate, allow yourself to push through and past that fear, find those who can wisely, not recklessly, but wisely support you on that journey.  Successful people even emotionally etc… don’t allow fear to dictate and rule their lives, they acknowledge it, work though and past it, and if adjustments have to be made because the concern is a truly valid one, then they are, but fear does not rule or dictate how life is lived.  Another element, something today’s generation of whiners, complainers, snowflakes don’t seem to get is the power of gratitude, even those who claim they are people of faith, the religious.  waking up in the morning with a Thank You for this day, and all the opportunities it brings, and ending it with Thank You for all it brought and taught can be very powerful.  Even a Thank You for this day and for all the help rendered now and forever.  One of the reasons prayer and meditation are part of a spiritual path and life is they allow you to take time to step back and re-connect to the divine, to a place of gratitude for life, gift of life etc..  These two tools are an important part of the day and I hope you will integrate them into yours.

Shalom and Amen

When Is The Line Crossed?

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We often hear the phrase “crossing the line”, but what the heck is crossing the line and how are lines crossed, well after the WH Correspondence Dinner and a few exchanges with some followers of mine on Instagram it got me thinking.  Here is where I qualify crossing lines and needing to be smacked upside the head or kicked somewhere quite painful maybe more than once.

  • Taking justice into your own hands with violent acts
  • Cruelty in your speech in regards to the unborn, another’s looks, illness
  • Fake profile and pretending you are a widower looking for a mamma for your kids, just twisted, and yukk
  • Asking for a phone number after 2 minutes of online chat, when you don’t know the person, rude and immature
  • Giving your child everything, so they appreciate nothing and no one
  • Confusing Religion with The Holy Trinity, relationship with them
  • Calling yourself a reporter or journalist if your team, or you have not actually done a lot of research and stayed on a story long term
  • Confusing yourself with a reporter, journalist when you are an editor or opinion giver, there is a difference, figure it out fast
  • Calling for the physical harm, even death of those who simply seek to enforce the existing laws of the nation, seek to live their faith with harm to no one
  • Seeking to eradicate all public evidence of faith and spirituality
  • Making policy based on emotions, yours or that of others, including feelings of grief, thus violating our very laws, Constitution, rather than precedent and the Constitution, the Capitalist Constitutional Capitalist Federalist Republic

These are the ones that initially sprang to mind, sure there are others, but these seem to have come immediately to mind.  We have had Roasts for ages now, but Don Ricles if you look at videos of him roasting Reagan, and if you look at Roasts for Dean Martin, even other high profile people years back, they teased and mocked, but it was not cruel, and what we see now, what we saw at the WHCD was not a Roast, it was a disgusting massacre.  It was not anything that any human being should want to be associated with, disgusting, sad, deplorable.  The one about Holy Trinity and religion, let me clarify.  Sometimes we can get so bogged down in the rituals and all that, in the committees, bake sales, fundraising for the institution that we lose connection at the deep level of heart, spirit and soul with the Holy Trinity.  Religious Institutions are a way for us to have discipline and gain knowledge, understanding about God, about the Trinity, and different aspects etc… of the the Bible and thus the Trinity, they provide stable ritual that helps us to focus on the Godhead, and different aspects of biblical truth etc…, but we can get easily distracted and the institution itself can become our God, or even in this modern crazy looney age, causes can become our God.  We need to be careful about making sure that the Holy Trinity is always the focus, that relationship, gratitude to the Godhead for our life, etc…even when it’s not going exactly as we planned or would like it to be going.  As for the media, they really need to get straight the difference between actual reporting like Sarah Carter does and Hannity or Tucker Carlson who are commentators.  They take everything that their guests have researched etc.. and give their take on it, debate it.  People in the media need to learn the difference of who they are and stop pretending to be what they are not.  Same with online stuff, time for the fakers to stop faking!!

Shalom and Amen!!

Happiness Tips for the Journey PIII

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Often we are so busy rushing through the day we don’t even realize what is going on in our heart, spirit and soul, what negative input we have received or even given ourself.  We don’t realize the self sabotage that may be going on, or even that we have been idiots in how we have acted towards others taking out our frustrations on them.  It’s important to in the day to pause, step back and make sure you are in a good place in how you are thinking, acting and reacting in your world.  It’s about being paranoid, but as they say stopping and smelling the roses, seeing also if you don’t have way more thorns than rose buds.  If you do, well that’s not good, not good at all.  When we have a lot of thorns then what, once we see that?  Some get stuck on the thorns, sit on them and let the thorns pierce and create infection.  That’s called avoidance and not healthy.  What do you do?  Pause, and rather than focus on the problems, the thorns, take time to meditate and focus instead on really good solutions where it’s a win -win for everyone you included, as much as is possible.  You focus not on blame so much as solution, resolution.  You don’t sit there like a snowflake wallowing in self pity, blaming everyone and everything for your ikky day and life.  That solves nothing, and frankly is asinine, does you no good nor anyone else any good.  These two steps along with the previous ones I covered are part of the path to overall success and happiness, to moving forward.

Shalom and Amen

Happiness, Tips For the Journey PII

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What other habits do successful and happy people share?  Patience and Ritual, not obsessive or religious necessarily.  Let’s start with patience.  We are an instant gratification society, so when working on a goal we can easily lose patience with even ourselves, with those collaborating with us on our goals, with everything around us.  We can lose patience so very easily and sabotage it all.  I am not saying don’t set some kind of realistic timeline, but some amount of flexibility is necessary, adapting to things that can occur outside our control.  The other thing that happy successful people have in common is life affirming rituals, starting the day with a ritual that gives you a positive outlook, affirmations, mediation, even if just for five mutes, prayer, something positive, a healthy breakfast along with gratitude for the new day and life affirming ritual at the end of the day.  Me I start and end my day with meditation, one I created of affirmations and thanks.  Stabilizing rituals for the heart, spirit and soul are important, even monthly rituals of taking stock of finances, things that put you on solid ground.  In the beginning you may not stick to it and it may take a while before it does become routine to be patient and have these life affirming rituals, but it does make a difference.  Whatever grounding something you can find at the beginning and ending of the day and ways you can find to bring yourself to a center of patience, even reading proverbs about patience when you feel you are going to lose it in any given moment, will help you on your path of success.

Happiness, Tips For the Journey Part I

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My bandcamp site is up, the rest of the songs have to be put up and I have to put in the descriptions, but as I prayed, meditated and discerned, my instinct was that ministry through the arts and coaching was the path to follow. Yes, fibromyalgia is a thorn in my life, quite an unpleasant one, but doing this lifts me up in spite of the thorn, thorns presented by the Fibro and that is connected to these two elements:  

  • Giving yourself permission to say yers to what uplifts, to what has been discerned as part of your anointed path
  • Taking time to evaluate this, create and implement a plan according to divine guidance and providence

I am finding that as I am doing this things are flowing and the feedback I am getting on my music is great, awesome, one person said that there may not be magic left in the world but my music is magic.  I thought, I am just doing what God is asking me to do, minister through music, the arts and in some way through coaching, that’s all.  I am glad that in doing these steps I am making a difference, impacting.  The evaluating, discerning, planning are all very important before acting, not to say you should spend eternity evaluating and be too scared to act, no, but a period of discerning, evaluating, planning organizing is a good idea.  I started out with selling through Tunecore, putting my stuff on various sites to stream and promote and now in prayer and discernment the gut instinct was do all sales on your own site, and focus on promoting that website, and reaching out to record labels, organizing a meet and greet, do some improvisation performance and spoken word, get some media presence, arrange it for September, then do a holiday show in December.  That is what I plan to do.   Divinely guided discernment, evaluation the key, along with planning, saying yes to that.  I’ll be discussing other elements of happiness, so stay tuned!

Shalom and Amen