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365 Day Photo Challenge Day 78 (Past & Future)

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Keep all special thoughts and memories for lifetimes to come. Share these keepsakes with others to inspire hope and build from the past, which can bridge to the future.

Mattie Stepanek

 

Past and future are both paths to nowhere yet help us bridge the spirit’s need to connect.

Consider your past as a something that got you to where you are and your future as a guideline to where you would like to be, but in between is where reality exists. How do we bridge these two without drowning in the process? If you are like most it is very hard to stay in the moment because we are constantly checking it against things we have already done and questioning if it represents who we want to be. This constant tug of war is mankind’s greatest gift and weakness. Because you cannot exist in the moment the world blurs into a mix of reality and fiction and we find ourselves like Peter sinking into the water with doubt.

On the second day of Creation the waters were divided, this represents your spirits of heaven and earth. Heaven means sky and it comes from a root word meaning to be lofty. In our lofty ideals we create a sense of self that is greater than who we are and we see who it is that we think we are, or can be. Earth comes from a root word meaning to be firm and it represents our past self that tells us of our realities of our limitations. Between these two is a constant struggle of doubt filled with images of success and failures and none of which is real in that moment. So the waters that divided create waves that destroy the reflection of God in heaven. Only when we can resolve in peace in the spirit can the waters become as glass and create the image of God clearly within. Christ is that bridge of the spirit. He is the one who was, is and is to come. All things are found in balance and in letting go of false beliefs. Until that time we sink back into the sea of the dead and fail to walk on the water like those that have overcome it.

Only now is Truth, all else is only an illusion that makes you drown in misery.

Revelation 4:8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.

Only the devil inside is the illusion of past and future self but neither ever truly is you.

Revelation 17:8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

 

 

365 Day Photo Challenge Day 77

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Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.

George Washington

This was first said of Jesus whose name means “Liberty”.

Freedom comes from within as well as from without. Christ is the Truth that liberates us from the inside and thus He is the root and offspring of Love, also known as “David. From Love comes the brilliance of the enlightenment of Truth and grows quickly within us all into a tree called Life
(See: What is Love?).

Revelation 22:16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

365 Day Photo Challenge Day 76


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The thing is, at the end of the day you still have to face yourself.

Dave Pelzer

Since the waters were separated on the second day, we spend a lifetime trying to learn to walk on water. Only Truth can bridge the great divide.

Revelation 15:2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.

1 Corinthians 13:12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

365 Day Photo Challenge Day 75 (The machine)


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Exercise to stimulate, not to annihilate. The world wasn’t formed in a day, and neither were we. Set small goals and build upon them.

Lee Haney

 

As of late Teresa and I have taken to the gym where I have met my newest best and worst friend called the Elliptical Training Machine. Sometimes I use it to abuse it, other times to just feel free.

It’s been a long road of pain with my health issue; I’m still not healed but at least I’m healthy enough to hit the gym several times a week. It’s a long road ahead but I don’t see the road I only see the benefit. I’m 6’5” and weight over 400lbs. This makes me very sad as I was about 240lbs only a few years back and wore an XL shirt, but that was before I got injured. I ate to numb pain and the lack of exercise only added to my health decline and I lost contact with the full mind, BODY & spirit connection. I spent many hours researching and in meditation with God’s word but I did not spend enough time on my physical self. The biggest problem other than my rectal fissure was the lack of ability to breath. I finally got a doctor to check me out and now find out that all I needed a simple nasal prescription to help me breathe again. Since then I have been on fire for living and can’t wait to do more and more of it, but I need to keep being active. We take for granted the little things like breathing and being able to stand or sit for extended periods of time. But these things are your core and without them you fall into disrepair.

So now I am back on the path but without a goal to be in any particular shape or achieve anything but a happier healthier lifestyle. I will let my body dictate its goals each day as it seems to be happy doing so, so I’ll enjoy the ride. I have no one to please, no one to impress. I am loved no matter what and I want to be a better me for Her, God and me. And in the end those are the ones that matter most, the ones we love.

Smile, breathe and be free to RUN! :)

 

What is LOVE?

What is LoveAh, this crazy little thing called “LOVE”.

There are so many poems, songs, letters, etc. all directed at this wondrous feeling we call LOVE. But what is Love really?

What if I told you that LOVE is not a feeling at all, but rather that euphoric feeling you get is the reward for finding love? This is a key element in the path to enlightenment called RIGHTEOUSNESS. I know this may sound odd but bear with me here. Righteousness is not about being extra pious or even religious; it has nothing to do with those concepts at all, in fact, piousness is a result of love and not its source. To put piousness first would be like putting the cart before the horse. Love comes first and from the overflow of what is inside it spills out unto what is outside.

Consider the word called LOVE. The mind rewards with joyful chemicals such as serotonin or dopamine whenever you do something considered correct. The word CORRECT is the basis of the word RIGHT that we use in RIGHTEOUSNESS. So CORRECTNESS is the foundation of LOVE. This may sound odd but I learned an interesting fact from being married to a Japanese lady for over 20 years and that was the word BEAUITUL means ORDERLY. The mind is a calculating machine and it constantly seeks order out of chaos, and this process of finding beauty in order to the Chinese may be known as Fung Shui or even Kung Fu. In India it may be Dharma or Yoga. There are many modalities all based in the sense of order as beauty. In part this comes from the fact we are all made of atoms and thus there is a fractal structure built into everything, most easy to see in snowflakes, metals and trees. A fractal is an object that reproduces itself in a repetitive manner, generally shrinking as it repeats, but always with a form of symmetry. This is the same method in which the Bible is written as a macrocosm and microcosm where many greater things reflect in smaller things and vice versa.

Consider: Macro Micro
(Trilogy-Family-Self)

  • God as FATHER as Mind
  • Holy Spirit as MOTHER as Spirit
  • Son as CHILD as Body

These same echoes go through Sky/Superego, Waters/Ego and EARTH/Id and so forth.

But again let’s consider LOVE. What is love then if not a feeling?

To the ancient Greeks LOVE was separated into 4 aspects of correctness:

  • Body: Éros (ἔρως érōs)
  • Spirit: Agápe (ἀγάπη agápē)
  • Mind: Philia (φιλία philía)
  • Soul or Being: Storge (στοργή storgē)

The Body/Id: Éros (ἔρως érōs)
Eros is the love of the body that desires perfection to reproduce with. It seeks healthy genetic material to unite to and thus it appreciates order, as life is made of fractals and symmetry. The people we consider most beautiful are exceptionally symmetrical. In fact as an artist I was taught that all facial relations are based on the measurement of the eye (Try and measure your facial features based on the width of your eye and see). Beauty means Harmonious, or Orderly, thus it gives ease to the primitive self and seeks to join to it, thus we have our animal drive of a sexual nature. The love drive from the primitive-self to find order is also the driving force that leads to higher-understanding.

The Heart/Spirit/Ego: Agápe (ἀγάπη agápē)
Agápe is the love of heart in relationships. It desires perfect relational bonding so it most often relates to family as an intimate love that is not physical. It relates to what is most perfectly and closely connected to you and it associates all things to itself as a relational wisdom. In other words it’s a selfish love that seeks to make everything good about the self. If something seems correct it then selfishly wants it to belong to you. This is why it plays mother/spirit as it brings forth a connection like an umbilicus to God and creates balance between father/superego and child/Id, but unfortunately it too is fickle and is easily swayed as it wants all things to be about the self.

The Mind/Superego: Philia (φιλία philía)
Philia is a love of the mind without feeling that demands correctness of ideals, aspirations, goals, etc. and links to other similar concepts. It is often referred to as “Brotherly love” as it sees certain people as correct and honorable and closely associates itself to likeminded individuals. This love is that of the superego that feels nothing but only desires order. It is easily seen in music, books, sports, religion and all forms of entertainment, thus you LOVE or HATE a song, show, etc. because of how it resonates with your higher sensibilities. Consider music like Bach and Mozart, this music is math and the harmonious mind revels in the perfection. Consider a joke and the release of joy in solving a mystery/riddle. The mind is what often tries to play God as it is in opposition to the body/Id because the body seeks comfort but the mind seeks goals and ideals. So to the mind’s love is that which is most correct to its own objectives and ideals thus it pits the father’s order against the unruly chaos of the child.

The Soul/Being/Psyche: Storge (στοργή storgē)
Storge is the love of the full soul that is without any other explanation other than it is the sense of being. The entire psyche/soul seeks sustainability through understanding and balance and thus accepts things as they are, as all things are peaceful when all things are in order, even if not perfect, it will accept that which the other loves cannot. Order in balance is the sense of being.

Again LOVE is not a feeling; it is the correctness in everything. This is why our ideal mate is loved in mind, body, spirit and soul. When all are connected as being true it is a bond not easy to separate without utterly destroying the foundations of self. The goal of LOVE is to create a harmonious sense of being and thus it seeks the higher understandings of GOD which is correctness in universal Truth. This is why Christ is known as “Truth” as He is the embodiment of God’s Love for humanity and the spiritual guide we all follow as a process of enlightenment.

The Bible tells us Only God is GOOD, as only GOD IS LOVE… as GOD IS the source of CORRECTNESS/RIGHTEOUSNESS in everything. God is also the great I AM. We see this also in the name of His Son called Emmanuelle, translated “God with (IN) us” …TRUTH is LOVE.

Matthew 19

16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?

17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.

 

1 John 4

7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.

8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

365 Day Photo Challenge Day 74 (Fantasy?)

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All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy. What right have we then to depreciate imagination.

Carl Jung

 

Unicorns:
Num23:22; Num 24:8; Deu 33:17; Job 39:9,10; Psa 22:21; Psa 29:6; Psa 92:10; Isa 34:7

Giants:
Gen 14:5; Gen 15:20; Deu 2:11; Deu 2:20; Deu 3:11; Deu 3:13; Jos 12:4; Jos 13:12; Jos 15:8; Jos 17:15; Jos 18:16; 2Sa 5:18; 2Sa 5:22; 2Sa 21:16; 2Sa 21:18; 2Sa 21:20; 2Sa 21:22; 2Sa 23:13; 1Ch 11:15; 1Ch 14:9; 1Ch 20:4; 1Ch 20:6; 1Ch 20:8; Isa 17:5

Dragons:
Gen 1:21; Exo 7:9; Exo 7:10; Exo 7:12; Deu 32:33; Neh 2:13; Job 7:12; Job 30:29; Psa 44:19; Psa 74:13; Psa 91:13; Psa 148:7; Isa 13:22; Isa 27:1; Isa 34:13; Isa 35:7; Isa 43:20; Isa 51:9; Jer 9:11; Jer 10:22; Jer 14:6; Jer 49:33; Jer 51:34; Jer 51:37; Lam 4:3; Eze 29:3; Eze 32:2; Mic 1:8; Rev 12:3; Rev 12:4; Rev 12:7; Rev 12:9; Rev 12:13; Rev 12:16; Rev 12:17; Rev 13:2; Rev 13:4; Rev 13:11; Rev 16:13; Rev 20:2

Sea Serpents:
Job 41:1; Psalms 74:14; Psalms 104:26: Isaiah 27:1

Golems, Angels, Demons, Etc., Etc., Etc…

365 Day Photo Challenge Day 73

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The role of a clown and a physician are the same – it’s to elevate the possible and to relieve suffering.

 Patch Adams

Luke 4:23 And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself:

PAGING THE GREAT PHYSISCIAN!

One of the main jobs we see Jesus perform is the part of the physician in His ministry, healing souls everywhere He goes. And each thing He heals is symbolic of an ailment in your spiritual life.

Great Physician’s Check list:

Patient’s Spiritual Diseases:

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Blindness:
Heal the blind, to give a clearer spiritual perception.

Genesis 3:5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

Lameness:
Heal the lame, so they can walk their spiritual journey.

Proverbs 28:18 Whoever walks blamelessly will be saved, But he who is perverse in his ways will suddenly fall.

Deafness:
Heal the deaf, to give them understanding of spiritual things.

Isaiah 29:18 In that day the deaf shall hear the words of the book, And the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity and out of darkness

Leprous:
Heal the leper, to cleanse the spiritual house of the blemish of corruption.

Leviticus 14:44 then the priest shall come and look; and indeed if the plague has spread in the house, it is an active leprosy in the house. It is unclean.

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Prognosis if patient is not treated:

Death

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In the Bible, the physical body is a mirror of the spiritual body. And if the physical body is incomplete, it would show the state of the man on the inside as well. But mind you, God used these cases to teach us, the future generations (as well as back then), how to find the path of enlightenment and how to rise from the death of the old lifeless-self and be reborn again into a whole new spiritual being. So the physical body was healed to show their spiritual life renewed by the breath of God within them – faith. So He too would raise the physically dead to be counted amongst the spiritually living. Like Lazarus.

John 11:37 And some of them said, “Could not this Man, who opened the eyes of the blind, also have kept this man from dying?”

One of the great things about the Bible is the duality of how it is written. Not only is this talking about Lazarus the person, but also who Lazarus is to you as a spiritual individual.

Lazarus:
‘El`azar; el·ä·zär': Whom God helps or God’s Help

Yes, Jesus whom opened the eyes of the spiritually blind and gave them a clear perception, can also, with “God’s help” keep you from dying a spiritual death too!

Revelation 2:11 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.” (Death in the spirit)

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Recommendations:

Rest Peacefully

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Remember, Jesus tells His disciples that Lazarus only sleeps. But he is awakened when his name is called to come forth. (I LOVE this part!)

Luke 16:40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?”41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.42 And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.”43 Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!”44 And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.”

Do you understand what is being said here to you as a spiritual being? Don’t just read this as the physical act of a man coming out of the tomb. This Lazarus is the “Help of God” in your own life. Whom by prayer comes forth from a life “as once dead” in the spirit, bound in bondage to the ways of death. And when you arise the veil of disbelief is removed from your eyes! “LOOSE HIM AND LET HIM GO” says the Lord of freedom. Let him go.

By your silent prayers, as Jesus said “I know that You always hear Me” you unleash the power of “God’s help” to be free from the grips of death that bind you, and blind you, and stop your walk, and infect your soul. The grave is silent and hears not the word of God. And though your spirit is poor, God gives you riches to store in heaven to pay the price of freedom.

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Payment method:

Poverty, No insurance:

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Luke 16:19 “There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day.20 But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate

You are the poor man at the gate, begging for mercy and riches. The gate is Heaven. Keep begging for God’s help. And He will grant you riches like you would never believe…

Proverbs 8:18 Riches and honor are with me, Enduring riches and righteousness.

Proverbs 14:24 The crown of the wise is their riches, But the foolishness of fools is folly.


So to John the Baptist these words were uttered to let him know that his life was for a reason and all debts were paid in full.

Matthew 11:5 The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them.

We are rich in the Spirit and we are made whole by the freedom we know humbly as… Jesus.

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Final Diagnosis:

Life Everlasting

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Outstanding Balance Due At Time Of Discharge: 0

PAID IN FULL!

by the Love of Jesus

365 Day Photo Challenge Day 72

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Parents and schools should place great emphasis on the idea that it is all right to be different. Racism and all the other ‘isms’ grow from primitive tribalism, the instinctive hostility against those of another tribe, race, religion, nationality, class or whatever. You are a lucky child if your parents taught you to accept diversity.

Roger Ebert

A question occurred to me today “What is race?”

In all honesty it’s not something I put much thought into. I know the stereotypes, I have been raised around enough people filled with hatred fueled by fear, but I personally never understood it. My mother raised me well enough to not obsess over the outer differences people have and to focus on what’s beneath the skin. But I never thought about the surface level issue that separates. So again I ask “What is race?”

It seems to me that if it does not change anything but color or small features what does it do? Does it change the way you think, feel, or sense the world around you? Then isn’t it just a means of saying “Hey, this is where my ancestors lived for a while and we took on features to cope with that area.”

So if race does nothing but change looks then what’s the big deal? If it does nothing, how long will it take others to realize there is really only one race called human.

If God does not see differences in our souls then what are we all fussing over?

365 Day Photo Challenge Day 71

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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

― Martin Luther King Jr.

 

Who wins when people act like fools? Light in the Bible symbolizes enlightenment, and thus darkness is not hate, nor evil but ignorance. What people do in their ignorance is a shame because then on whom do you place the blame? On the individual, or on the society that failed them by not sharing a little guiding light? In an unfamiliar path without light you are bound to stumble along the way. Lend your light and help light the way.

Matthew 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

SHINE! Shine out into the that dark world that it may no longer be blind. SHINE! SHINE! SHINE ALL OF THE TIME! So that through you, they may know God in time.

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Daniel Lyons @Lyons_Soulblind  

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