December 5th

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537.M3 538.M1

These two meditations are both wonderful food for most souls.  The first is on being fully alive, and the second is about wanting to do God's will willingly.

I would have to point out that the part about 'commanding the soul to do his bidding' doesn't really seem 'optional' (as in I don't see anyone who is evidencing being the incarnation of something *else* besides God).

The hard part (for me) is seeing the evil people who do God's work.  I understand that this is His will, but still, one is judged by the company one keeps.

All those people (bit characters, no lines) in Job who participated, for example.  The one who brought the infections, for instance.  Certainly they were doing God's will (and perhaps willingly). 

It turned out kinda sucky for Job, though.

December 4th

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At last, something useful.  (477.5-479.3)

All about the nature of humanity, Jesus, God, etc.

Seems accurate.  I can see now why the book has readers.

It's like most of these books.  The people read (and remember) the good parts.

Not many people, for instance, really find much inspiration in the book of Job.

You might find consolation there, but few people would be looking at Job as a potential role model.

I suppose there are some really religious masochists who WANT God to bet on them and then fix the game, but not many.

December 3rd

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I think this one (252.2-252.5) is effectively summarized by this:

We should be willing to declare our disbelief in colds and help free ourselves and others from the depleting habits of 'bad colds'.

I really don't have to go further on that one, right?

December 2nd

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This one is for the residents of New Orleans:

"Every belief that I may ever have had that says I am afraid of weather conditions, is now vanquished from my thought forever.  It is no more and therefore can no longer operate.  I know and feel my freedom.  In this freedom I rejoice."

December 1st

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Big day.  Deaf day.  Big Deaf Day. (257.6-258-3)

Unfortunately, very little in the area of 'receptivity' really fixes deafness.  I was around a lot of them.

One of the funniest things I ever saw was this TV preacher, Ernest Angley, who did a bit on his 'healing' show that I caught where he healed a deaf person (after having already managed to find the *one* person in the audience whose doctor had prepped them for healing by giving them a breakaway cast that just fell off).

Anyway, the deafie comes up, and EA says, "Do you believe that Jesus will heal you?"

And the deafie says, "Mmpb" (very clearly).

And EA says, "Out, out you deaf demons!"

And the kid looks shocked.

And EA says, "Say, 'Baby.'"

And the deaf kid says, "Buh buh."

And EA says, "Say, 'Bay-beee.'"

And the deaf kid says, "Buh buh."

And EA say, "Say, 'Jesus healed me!'"

And the deaf kid says, "Buh buh."

Apparently, he's even taken his sad show to Africa.

November 30th

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Big day (BIG).  414.1-417.2.

This shows a lot of the positive aspects of the book, and hits on a lot of deep spiritual truths (like the light that one can choose to hide under a bushel basket being within).

It does make a couple of rather dated analogies.  One is that 'the physical universe is always mechanical' (which was superseded by quantum physics in a lot of ways), and just wrong, since I've seen some things that just shouldn't have happened.  

The physical universe appears to be on somewhat closer inspection a very clever ruse.  One of the major items when inspecting it is finding that (for the most part) it's not 'there' at all (the particles which make it up have space within them that exceeds the kind of ratio of a football to a stadium, and outside (hooked to 'other' particles) there's even more space between.

And I have to differ with the question on whether I 'discovered' all of my own intentions.  I certainly didn't plan on dreaming any of the prophetic stuff I've dreamt.

I think the most dated part though, is the end of the second to last paragraph in the assignment:

"The savage thinks after the mode of his tribe, and the more civilized thinks after the mold or racial belief."

(I think some of us are a little past that color-coded crap now)

November 29th

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Today's reading was 549.M3 (meditation #3).  It was (again) on the topic of how God is 'good' and how we should be in awe and worship of Him.

Now, the first note should be on this apparently schizophrenic approach (I'm one with God, but I'm *talking* TO him?).

The second is this BS about how He is 'good'.  Well, He's everything, so that would be by definition part of the deal, but yano, He's hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanos, tornadoes, and all sorts of other things that we classify as 'bad'.

Honestly, I think the guy gets a bum rap.  We thank him for all the good things, and then we make up a bad guy to attribute all the bad stuff to.

And we are constantly pestering him about something or another.

My only 'prayer' (as it were) since my early twenties has been that I willingly accept Jah's world as given.  I don't have to be happy with it, or pleased.  I just have to accept it's real.  Unfortunately, since it's as 'real as it gets', I've got nothing to compare it to.

My prayer, if you note, is to myself.  Jah's going to do what he's going to do, anyway, regardless.  The only being who could 'answer' my prayer is me.

I'm not sure I'd want 'eternal life' anyway.  If you think about it, without cash, it's kind of hard to even fill up a long weekend.

It sounds a great deal like Ernest Holmes is spending a lot of time trying to get to my stepping off point (oneness of being).

I mean, yeah, so you are the living incarnation of god.  So?  Isn't the rock one, too?  Doesn't give it any 'special powers' or anything, does it?  And you don't see the rocks and trees making a big deal out of it.

Spend all day long meditating on it if you'd like, but when you're done, meditate on the fact that you're stuck that way.

God is all.  That's a definition.

All is both good and evil.

Good and evil, are (if one pays attention) quite HUMAN definitions.  We are the ones who are preoccupied with this, not Him.  On the other hand, we are also the definers of the same, and 'good' and 'evil' change from generation to generation.

A fox (one of the living incarnations of god) sneaks into a chicken coop and snatches a chicken (also one of the living incarnations of god).  For the fox, this event is very good.  For the chicken, not so good.

A conquistador infects a Native American with smallpox.  For the white folks, this is a very good event.  For the Indians, not so good.  On the other hand, the white folks get syphilis in trade.

One could certainly lose one's mind meditating on that one.  Does he pick sides?  And if so, what does that mean for the Indians?

November 28th

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Today it's a meditation on page 535 again (last one on the page).

It's on 'Substance and Supply', but the 'substance' in short supply appears to be the 'good' which the meditation focuses on 'receiving'.

What if what is being brought today is 'bad' and you ignore it searching for the 'good'?

In a lot of ways, it's similar to the problem I have with the Catlicks (and all those who chant, "Lord, hear our prayer").

If you are asking, doesn't it mean you don't accept that you have (or lack)?  And if you don't have, and don't accept that fact, isn't that kind of rude?  I mean, if you were supposed to have it, you would, right?

Or don't you actually have any faith?

It certainly can't be that a puny individual thinks they know how the universe should be run *better* than the Lord God, right?

If I was to meditate on something on this vane, I'd likely concentrate on receiving 'reality' rather than 'the good', since I'm sure to be getting real, while good and bad seem to be mostly an individual concern.  Certainly, everything God does from His viewpoint is quite good (He says so in the Bible).  On the other hand, I suspect the victims of the deluge didn't quite have the appreciation for his 'goodness' that Noah and company did.

If the deluged had expected to receive 'good', they'd be disappointed.  On the other hand, if they expect only more reality, they'd get a show (while they could tread water).

November 27th

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T-Day.  Today's missive (257.1-257.5) is on insomnia (apparently, not enough turkey dinner).

It's actually harmless in most ways, but still, some people have a biological issue with insomnia.

Up till the part about the great blessing pouring out, it sounds like psychotherapy.

November 26th

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Today's reading (256.2-256.5) was more on the topic of inner harmony and digestion.

Apparently, this was written long before the discovery of helicobacter pylori.

Anyway, it's right that if you say grace you will appreciate the food more.

And it's right that if you concentrate on the oneness of being, you will feel more settled.

However, chances are that if you have an ulcer, this won't help as much as antibiotics.

And if you are constipated, fiber still has a much better track record than meditation.

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