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(Cleanliness Is A Cat?) Post for Day 233 of my “365 Day Photo Challenge”


In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.

Terry Pratchett


Cleanliness Is A Cat?

In ancient time cats were considered the keepers of the afterlife because they kept the vermin out of the temple. So within us all is a cat and a dog. A cat to keep you clean and a dog to get you dirty.


Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.


P.S. What do you think the cats are looking at?

John 2:1-11 (Changing Water Into Wine)

UnSeenWORD John 2 1-11 Changing Water into Wine

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Consider grace as the gift of sobriety where you find eloquence in balance of body, mind, spirit and even speech. Grace is the favor of God to be spiritually beautiful even in the midst of navigating obstacles. Much like a skilled dancer you are made perfect in understanding so that we will not walk in the staggering ways of drunkenness. This cup of the old wine is the darkness that trips you up and ensnares you with traps and pitfalls. We have all drank deeply of this bitter cup of ignorance in our past. But clarity of mind is the opposition to the drunken stupor of the old wine which is the vitality/blood of the spirit body that was once our ignorance that clouded our vision and made us fumble over every little thing that was set in our path. No longer are you tripped up in your path to progress if you walk in the beauty and grace that is given through the gift of truth that brings clarity. The new wine that the Bible often speaks about is the living essence of a new life that is symbolic of a reformed mind. The new wine is the gift of a new understanding that makes you “born again” as if there is new person that is reborn in the vitality and health of righteousness. It is important to remember that the word ‘righteousness’ is an antiquated term adopted by religion that often confuses it’s simple meaning which is correctness of understanding. Freedom of the mind (aka salvation of the soul) is a release from the prison of faulty ideals that traps you in mental feebleness and doesn’t allow you to progress and grow, and without a new mind (psyche: soul) you cannot hope to find redemption from your former faulty beliefs that are also known as sin. By religious standards sin is an act of rebelling against God’s laws but in reality sin simply means to err in thinking. Every time you sin you are making a poor choice, not in body but in mind where the choices are actually made.


For this reason, in the book of John there are 6 stone containers of water (Spirit/Truth) that are changed into the best new wine which represents symbolically the completion process of a new understanding. For the first 6 “Days” (Aka steps/stages of development) of your inner-world “Creation” process you have not yet been fully filled with the truth that is represented as water to give you the authority that brings about liberation or salvation about the soul. Again the word ‘soul’ in Greek is ‘psyche’ which means the mind, so it is freedom of thought that that we are creating here thus emulating Jesus within whose name means “Salvation/Freedom”. So when you accept Jesus into your soul you are really accepting freedom of thought so that you may have clarity of mind and not fall into the trappings of the old wine that once blinded you. So, as we are building up our understanding into a house of God’s understanding, then we must follow the blueprint of Truth that creates that perfect image of God within us known as Christ. Since Christ means anointed/authority we are then emulating Christ’s ministry and allowing it to transform our inner-world like clay that is being shaped into a vessel of renewed purpose. By this point the first 6 stages of development have thus far not bared fruit despite your best efforts. So then a drastic change is needed to create the fulfilment of the kingdom within. So a marriage celebration is underway. This is symbolic for the unity of concepts within you where the measure of your patience is bringing about the renewal and fulfilment of the promise of peace called the “New Jerusalem” which means New Peace.


So in short the “marriage celebration” represents the unification of understanding, and the water is symbolic for the truth that is converted into a new understanding like a new wine, which again means the vitality of the new spirit body which brings about clarity of thought by the renewal of the mind. So water changed into wine is really symbolic for the awakening of the mind to a greater understanding. It simply means that you will be able to see things more clearly.


Now as you read through these verses it is important to remember that cities, towns, etc. are all symbolic of mental and emotional states of being that your consciousness resides in and thus Cana which means “reed” or “measure” is a state of self evaluation, and Galilee means “circle” or “circuit” and represents a state or process of completeness. So the marriage in Cana of Galilee is a measure of self evaluation to check your progress thus far.


Changing Water Into Wine:

Truth Creates Clarity


John 2:1-11

1)     There is a time in which unification is measured by the fullness of the freedom it brings.
1 And the third day (Time to gather) there was a marriage in Cana (Reeds/Measure) of Galilee (Circle/Circuit/Fullness); and the mother (Foundational self-relation wisdom) of Jesus (Truth/Freedom) was there:
2)     Salvation and its disciplines are found in this merger of understandings.
2 And both Jesus (Truth/Freedom) was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. (The discipline of joining concepts)
3)     And thus you desire the joy of that which was promised in the renewal of the spirit of the mind.
3 And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. (Joy/Renewal/Vitality of truth)


Now notice in this next part that Jesus tells His mother that He has nothing to do with her and that His moment has not yet come. In relation to yourself His mother is really your need to make things about yourself. Women are symbolic of a passive wisdom that relates to yourself, so in this case it is a declaration that you are not yet complete in your understanding and that soon you will acquire the fullness of the Christ like authority of freedom within you. But for now, “this is NOT all about me and my wants” you say. This is about following the process that is set before you. So quickly your ego plays the mother as wisdom and sets to work the delegation of responsibilities without becoming overly emotionally involved as in frustration or obsessiveness. Don’t make this about your wants and just stick to the plan.


4)     Yet salvation and wisdom are not yet complete at this time.
4 Jesus (Truth/Freedom) saith unto her, Woman (Self-relational wisdom), what have I to do with thee? mine hour (Moment/time of Completeness) is not yet come.
5)     So then the wise course is to stay faithful yet a little while longer.
5 His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. (Wisdom speaks of faithfulness)


Now there are six water pots. This is the six stages of development that are used to purify your understanding, but each pot is not filled completely signify something is yet missing. The word “firkins” means ‘measure’ so it is symbolic for a measure of what is yet missing and needs to be filled to be complete. Now the number two (The twain of choices) suggest that perhaps you are not considering things properly, and the number three (To gather) suggests that perhaps you may not have all the facts when you make your decisions, and thus maybe you might need to spend some more time considering the choices that are presented to you so that you may measure your understanding and make better decisions that you won’t later regret.


6)     For as of now you have observed six stages of development that have purified your understanding yet it is incomplete in both choice and action and hence it still remains unfulfilled.
6 And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece. (unfulfilled days/stages of the promise of purity)
7)     So thus the fullness of truth is incomplete.
7 Jesus (Truth/Freedom) saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. (Fulfillment of the truth)
8)     So then draw from the truth that it yet may be understood.
8 And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. (That which governs the affairs of unification)
9)     And know that though you may not know when or how, truth shall renew your understanding.
9 When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,
10)  Though at times it may seem like your old ways were best, be patient for the truth is that the best is yet to come.
10   And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now. (Patience brings forth the best reward in time)
11)  Thus you see that transformation comes by the measure of your completeness through dedication and observation to the truth.
11 This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him. (Discipline realizes the measure of completeness taking form)


Also notice that IMMEDIATELY after the miraculous transformation of the mind via water into wine that the temple is cleared out of the thieves that rob the soul of true riches.


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(Shaped By A Firm Hand) Post for Day 232 of my “365 Day Photo Challenge”


A defining reality for me is what Scripture teaches in Hebrews 12, that God is our father, and that a sign that he loves us is that he disciplines us, he takes us through hardship to build character in us that could not be shaped apart from difficulty.

Joshua Harris


Shaped By A Firm Hand

Sometimes the potter must beat the air from the clay to prevent the work from ruin in the fires of adversity.


Hebrews 12:

5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:

6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?

10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.

11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.



Luke 16:19-31 (Lazarus and The Rich Man)

UnSeenWORD Luke 16 19-31 Lazarus and The Rich Man

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Addressing the symptoms is not the cure to the disease but only a temporary redirection. The source of the affliction of the soul  always boiled down to one thing… ignorance. The word sounds more harsh than it is but it is the source of all evil in the world. ‘Ignorance’ is a word that feels so insulting and deriding and lacking of respect, and that’s because our entire existence is wrapped up into a an overwhelming NEED to always be correct, even if the right answer sometimes means to let someone else make your decisions for you. Our entire lives our filled with a type of measuring of percentages where we put a value onto things and calculate what is right and what is wrong based on how much they are worth to us.


To the mind’s eye, what you value most is what you see as the clearest and biggest issue, and what you value least can all but blur and vanish completely from your view. To some this could be something like the homeless which they may devalue to the same worth as the garbage on the street. If we are not facing an issue it is invisible to us, but once it is in your face you can no longer ignore it, “Oh sorry, I didn’t notice you there” we say as we are faced with a shift in our perspectives, and the value of our focus then requires its payment of worth in attention and time.


The truth is that ignorance is an absence of understanding, and the lack of understanding is what we fear most because we put so much stock into our own self-worth fearing we might vanish if we lose sight of ourselves. And so we cling to our own values so dearly as not to get lost in the shadows of insignificance, where we fear that if we don’t know what to do then our own perceived value will plummet into that dreaded obscurity and risk simply disappearing from all view. So we then try to compensate for our lack of understanding because ignorance frightens us more than anything else on the planet, “if I only knew how to slay my dragon I could overcome it” we think but there is no victory celebration in ignorance as it is the great void without answers. So we cling to faulty shields to protect us from the stings that come from the shadows. “What’s that noise? Is that the devil come to find me?” we think in our primitive state of mind.


So it is then only TRUTH that can overcome the ignorance that blinds you as it is the light of understanding. Only TRUTH can remove the thin veil of ignorance that covers over this mortal life. We all seek answers, but those that dare not ask or risk the quest to find them settles into routines of self-soothing where we whisper secret lies of “everything is going to be alright” and they drink, or smoke, or find vices to occupy their time… yet do these things ever make anything alright? Nothing can ever be alright while yet living in fear. Nothing can ever be alright when we are afraid of the darkness when even the world outside us is bathed half the time in night. That would simply make you afraid all of the time for even what you “know” in the light has no control over what to expect each night of your ignorance.


Only bravely do we face our fears and stare down the shadows of the things we don’t understand. Only with confidence do we seek the light and find the treasures that are hidden in the dark. For nothing ventured, there is nothing gained. If treasure is not already in your home, how can one become rich sitting at home all alone? Only to the explorer is conquest gained and only the contender can win the prize. And like the lottery, “you can’t win if you don’t play”… so the Bible says “SEEK AND YE SHALL FIND. KNOCK AND THE DOOR SHALL BE OPENED” for ignorance does not need to knock for an invitation to come in. It is always there around you. Darkness takes no energy at all to exist. It is ever persistent and it never tires and so it is always there when your eyes grow weary and the light goes out, and it fears nothing save one thing… the light you hold onto and care for. This is the light of TRUTH, we also know it by another name called ‘Christ’ for it is the authority granted to you by God to reflect His glory and to overcome adversity via the light of understanding. But he who sleeps forgets his charge and the change within and the world so soon slips away into that ever persistent darkness where shadows live, and the void of ignorance frightens you and torments you with everything that goes bump in the night.


Lazarus and The Rich Man:

The Desire To Understand & The Vanity of Your Beliefs

Luke 16:19-31

19) It is important to keep in mind that truths are riches, and he that values his own beliefs is most rich with the wealth of his own knowledge. Also purple is the color that signifies riches as intellect and not royalty. It was later adopted by royalty only because it was feared that a king should not appear lesser than any other man, especially a merchant, so only the royal were later allowed to possess the expensive to make color purple. Also garments are the symbol of station weaved by the truth we possess that cover over our nakedness of ignorance, so thus verse 19 is about a belief in one’s self being excessively wise in one’s own eyes and blindly seeing only their own splendor.
19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
20) Lazarus means the ‘Help of God’ and thus the beggar here is one who is afflicted and hungers for the answers of truth and seeks the way to understanding, and so he is laid in the gates without the means of progression to enter into the vanity of “knowing”.
20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
21) So the low in spirit seeks satiation and desires to know so that that they too may be rich in understanding, but the dogs represent the compulsion of the impure mind that consumes you.
21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
22) Abraham means ‘Higher father’ and represents the uplifting of principals and the poor man here is the ideals of seeking pure truth that lead to higher understanding. The word angel means ‘messenger’ and thus the concept of wanting to know is raised up by the message of truth to understanding. But the one that is full and wise in his own eyes is weighed down by his possessions and is buried in the tomb of his own vanity.
22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
23) The word ‘Hell’ here is Hades which means “one who cannot see” and thus the true affliction is he who can learn nothing new for they are blind to the truth before them. Yet they now can clearly see that to overcome the death of ignorance one must seek the help of God to be uplifted in understanding.
23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
24) The fires of perdition are the flames of the eternal light of truth that purifies ones understanding, and thus the faulty ideal of vanity (As the rich man) are trapped in torment without resolution and it seeks the refreshing truth of the spirit (water) to clarify its tongue of expression so that it may too be found even a little worthy of being considered a higher understanding (Via seeking the means for the help God to save it. IE: Lazarus).
24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
25) But higher understanding reminds us that building false ideals may sustain you for a time but they will not last and only persistence to seeking what is true can give you a better reward in the end though it may not seem like it at the time.
25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
26) For pure truth cannot be found in ignorance as the two are divided by too great an expanse of understandings.
26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
27) So vanity then seeks to not vanish completely without leaving behind its legacy.
27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house:
28) Five is the number of judgement and referring to the left hand that is without balance or clarity of discernment. Thus vanity seeks to not let its ideals and judgment go to waste and be known for being useful.
28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
29) The five laws of Moses are of the right hand of clarity, and thus you have the law of truth in which to guide you to understanding and need not rely on vanity to guide you unto righteousness.
29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
30) Yet vanity contends and says “will not experience in such judgments then dictate what is right and create a change in path?”
30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
31) But higher understanding makes it clear that one does not need to pursuit vain things or to have faulty judgments to find what is true. One only needs to hunger for understanding and seek as the “poor man” to find salvation from the prison of the dead mind called hell (Ignorance).
31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.


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(The Past Makes Way To Those That Seek A Future) Post for Day 231 of my “365 Day Photo Challenge”


People spend too much time finding other people to blame, too much energy finding excuses for not being what they are capable of being, and not enough energy putting themselves on the line, growing out of the past, and getting on with their lives.

Michael Straczynski


The Past Makes Way To Those That Seek A Future

We are primed by our past experiences to grow our future endeavors. It is in the clearing away of our past failures that we make room for future successes, so then it is too in the realizations of our wrongs that make us strive towards what is right. Therefore, in the end the glory goes to that seed of hope that is nurtured, and even though it may be planted into the field of the heart where pain and suffering dwells, it grows joy into a glorious tree that overcomes its first estate. So the beauty of the seed is that it channels the worthlessness of dust and it reorders it into a useful purpose of great value and strength, and its stature rises far above the problems that fuel it, and bears the sweet fruits of compassion that feed the world with kindness, and each fruit too is filled with seeds all wanting to grow. A smile is contagious, a hug can break down walls and love conquers all… all of which is found in a single small seed no bigger than a mustard seed. For fate is all you are given, but destiny is what you make. So always remember, that hope is a fire that can consume the world yet starts with a single small spark.


2 Corinthians 12:

9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

(Seeds of Truth Grow Earth To Heaven) Post for Day 230 of my “365 Day Photo Challenge”


What springs from earth dissolves to earth again, and heaven-born things fly to their native seat.

Marcus Aurelius


Seeds of Truth Grow Earth To Heaven

Only through the power of Truth does one ascend from his first estate as a slave to sin to the highest abode of the soul (mind) called the “Kingdom of Heaven” (Higher State of Enlightenment).

For only he who overcomes adversity through their endeavors to understanding builds a house of many truths and inherits a more noble self that is crowned in victory.

So thus wisdom grows within your heart like seeds planted in the fertile filth of your past to grow a tree of life turning earth into a throne in heaven.


Acts 7:49 Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest?

Revelation 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

(Blame Always Finds The Innocent) Post for Day 229 of my “365 Day Photo Challenge”


Censure acquits the raven, but pursues the dove.



Blame Always Finds The Innocent

Judgment cares little for the wicked but obsesses over the innocent… and thus the finger is always pointed away.


The innocent do not blame, yet the judgmental blame all the wrong things. The verses below do not fully reflect this yet only one line is given unto the raven and five are given to the dove.


Genesis 8:

7 And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.

8 Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground;

9 But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark.

10 And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark;

11 And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf pluckt off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth.

12 And he stayed yet other seven days; and sent forth the dove; which returned not again unto him any more.

Luke 15:11-32 (The Prodigal Son)

UnSeenWORD Luke 15 11-32 Prodigal Son

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Luke 15:11-32 (The Prodigal Son)

The Bible is all about you and your principles that you build up like stones into a house made of pure understanding where the reflection of God can reside within (IE: House of God). These concepts we build are living truths or living stones that live lives much like real men in that we have conception of ideas and are born. These ideas then mature and are tested and refined. They marry and join to wisdom as wives (IE: self-relational) whom then conceive and bring forth new building concepts called sons (in Hebrew ‘son’ means ‘builder of the house’) and when a concept has matured fully it dies and is laid to rest and becomes memorialized as a memory, and thus the new primary concept (First Son: Primary establishing idea) takes over the establishment of the mind/soul as master of the house of your understanding. The story of the prodigal is about an ideal that brings forth two separate aspects of self-relation that must be tested to see which ideal is most worthy of gaining understanding. ‘What do I do with my beliefs?’ you question. These are the riches of truth you possess and value. So do you waste you loyalties or fidelity to the higher understanding you have gained on foolish empty things that do not last, or do retain and maintain them as precious treasures to sustain you through eternal enlightenment? So what is greater: Passion or Patience?

Luke 15:11-32

11 And he said, A certain man (Imagine you have a primary “Ideal” that you would like to establish) had two sons (Two building truths: These are concepts of Passion & Patience):

12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living (Your Passion within demands to be satisfied for all your hard efforts).

13 And not many days after the younger son (That which builds ceases to gain understanding) gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country (Passion leads to a foreign state of being), and there wasted his substance with riotous living. (Your Passion seeks immediate gratification and thus wastes all that is at its disposal as it is void of understanding. Think of a dog eating without savoring.)

14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. (Passion takes your efforts and wastes them leaving you with a great dissatisfaction within so thus you hunger/desire for understanding)

15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country (You then now find yourself residing in a new and unnatural foreign state of being like depression or dissatisfaction); and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. (Swine are an attribute or nature of yourself like pigheadedness, obstinateness and without care. In other words you refuse to change)

16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. (There is no supporting structure in which to fulfill the desires of your Passion. Everything is then an endless void of emptiness and there is no truth or substance to satisfy your need to understand.)

17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants (Supporting ideals) of my father’s (Foundational and established understanding) have bread (Understanding: Truth) enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! (You seek to understand but you are lost without returning to where you once built up you understanding rather than pursuing the nothingness of vanity)

18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, (You say ‘I have profaned the higher understanding and I wish to return to that which fills me with truth so thus I will rise up and make amends with my former estate and grow)

19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. (No longer is my Passion worthy of ruling me but rather I will use it to support the greater truth)

20 And he arose, and came to his father (You return then to you former endeavors). But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. (Your Passion is not unwelcomed for it is clearly seen as a good and wonderful thing for it is a worthy and loving part of you building process so it is quickly embraced and greeted with a kiss.)

21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. (Passion is now humbled into submission for it accepts its faults as it knows that if it is left unchecked will lead you astray. So a new understanding is gained that seeks only to support the greater ideal)

22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: (Thus Passion is restored with authority to rule and progress in building the house of your understanding)

23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: (You gain the strength of the things you eat, thus consuming of the attributes of prosperity, strength and service are celebrated)

24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry. (For you were lost in your pursuits but now you have regained a better understanding through your wanderings by understanding yourself better and thus your Passion is raised up to a higher status within)

25 Now his elder son was in the field (Patience): and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing. (Patience cannot understand this new harmony that is happening within that came from the return of your Passion)

26 And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. (So you question then this new joy that you have found through the return of your Passion)

27 And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound. (Your Passion has returned and it is found worthy of acceptance)

28 And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him. (Your Patience then can not enter into the house of understanding as it cannot relate to rashness as it is its nature to be patient and wait for good things to come rather than to seek them, so you must then reconcile you inner-conflict to create harmony)

29 And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: (Patience cannot see that not all things come to those who wait alone, but that one must also have Passion to seek to understand new things to gain true prosperity of truth as riches)

30 But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf. (You ask of yourself “My Passion has led me astray and I have joined to foreign concepts and yet it is acceptable as a worthy pursuit?”)

31 And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. (Patience is a great virtue and all good things do come to those who wait… yet)

32 It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found. (Passion must not die for it is a greater part of who you are and that it must live and prosper, and even though it went astray for a time it has returned and brought with it the joy of gaining a greater understanding to your heart).

It is Passion that fuels your need for discovery and it is Patience that balances and satisfies your desires and establishes your higher understanding.

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(My Tell All Story) Post for Day 228 of my “365 Day Photo Challenge”

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Stop being Soul Blind (So Blind) to the truth.

This blog is filled with founding truths from the world’s first self-help book called the Bible, but not the Bible as you may know it. God is the Great Artist and what He paints becomes real and alive. His words are living images of inner-truths written through the lives of those He chose to reach YOU. Each word of the Bible is made from a series of symbols that have meaning beyond what you are taught in a church classroom. It is a secret language of icons and there is another book hidden in plain sight within the Bible you already own and once you learn the sign language of the soul… The “Book of Secrets” will be revealed.

My name is Daniel Lyons and this is my story of discovery.



Matthew 11: 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

God has a plan for everyone and everything. So, listen carefully to what He’s saying, because sometimes other voices get in the way… mainly your own.

So what’s my story? Simply put, God called and I listened. Not because I wanted to but because He wanted me to and when He wants your attention, He gets it!

So there I was, barely 40 years old and behind bars… for a crime I never committed.

Hell on Earth!Yes, there I was 5 rows up and 27 cells in, and to be honest, if I said “I did it” you would probably love me more for changing my ways… But if I claim “I didn’t do it”, you will most likely take the opposite stance and think ‘Hmmm, sure he didn’t. They’re all innocent’. So I gain nothing by claiming that I’m innocent. In fact I would probably lose a little of your respect for it. But what do I care? I am not here to please you. I am not here to make you love me. The truth is I NEVER did the crime. What you believe, you will believe, and the rest is between me and God.


Matthew 10:16 “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.

You can not begin to imagine the horrors of a place like this. This was the essence of Hell on earth. No greenery, no blue sky, no daylight and worst of all, no one to love you… Does God live in a place like this? YOU BET HE DOES!

Any place you find pain, terror, tears, or misery you will find souls calling-out for mercy. In prisons, in hospitals, in the halls of suffering, God is there in ways that you can never understand until you have seen it first hand.

So how did it all start?:

I was a good kid, though a little… HYPER! I once rocked the springs out of the family sofa and I drove my step-father CRAZY! But I was a good kid.

The worst thing I ever did was steal a Hershey Chunk bar from the 7-11 on the corner from my house. I almost got caught too! I had broken my arm “playing” football. That would be a great claim to fame but back then I was a walking stick. So there I was, 8 years old me, looking around the candy aisle suspiciously and stuffing a chocolate bar into the sling of my cast. I was poor kid and I just wanted something sweet to eat, but the oppressive pangs of guilt spilt forth from my childish subconscious, wondering if I would go to jail or Hell. The chime rang on the door as it opened it to the world of Liberated Chocolate when I heard the call of clerk at the register “Hey kid! Come here!”

Me in my best 8-year-old non-guilty voice cried “Yes?”

“Let me look in your sling.” called the clerk of doom with the eyes of a hawk.

“Um” I gulped.

I mentally searched through my limited list of excuses: The dog ate my homework… It wasn’t me… I don’t know… Mommy! Nothing seemed to fit this very new and frightening situation! Heck, what do you expect from me, I was only 8! Suddenly a glimmer of hope as an idea popped into my brain! I realized that my sling was bulky with my winter gloves that I had just stuffed in as I walked into the store. I knew he would see the candy bar if I got closer… Wait a minute. He only sees my gloves!

“You mean my gloves Mister?” I asked from a distance with a childlike squeak and showed them to him (See, no candy here. Mua ha ha!)

“Oh… Um, never mind kid.” he said crest fallen that his triumph over an evil-8-year-mastermind was thwarted.

…And as I ate my sweet spoils of victories on the way to school, my joys turned to ash in my mouth as my mind swam with fears of what would have happened if I had got caught. Would my parents find out? Would I go to jail? Am I bad person and going to Hell? I was only eight and I was scared straight by these prospects and guilt and thus-ended my life of crime. Since then I have never really been tempted to steal ever again. Even when times were hard!

I had a tough life growing up. Not as hard as some, but hard enough. We moved a lot, we were poor and lived in some pretty scary places but I always talked to God. I knew if He heard my thoughts then I had nothing to hide. So why lie to Him? Why pretend to be someone I wasn’t, so all my thoughts were shared with Him.

I went to a lot of schools and I was always the new-kid, but I grew up no worse for wear. I married my first and only girlfriend. We had two wonderful children that were my whole world. We had a beautiful girl and an adorable son who unfortunately was born with a major heart defect…And I loved them both very much.

I worked a lot of long hours. I was very good at what I did. I made a good living making video games and we moved to a nice home in a wonderful neighborhood. But we made too many sacrifices and though we tried very hard we made too many mistakes along the way. We tried to make it work for many years. But eventually it all fell apart. But I never once stopped loving them. I gave them everything and dedicated my life to them. I held back nothing and sacrificed everything for them… but they still were taken away.

I was accused of a crime for a thing I could never do… I am a man of principles. I don’t yield to blackmail on any level. The refusal to pay sparked a hell storm that caused me to lose everything in my life that I loved. I never folded. I never cried. I never gave in. I knew I was innocent but they made it so hard. Who can beat a county that convicts 98.6% of everyone they suspect of a crime? Who can beat that? How is that even possible? But, I was determined to win! I fought for a year but as I was locked up the entire time… Then I remembered a child who talked to God in everything. And here I was a man whom only a year before gave up on God. I had somehow stopped talking to God. How had I Forgot? And then suddenly there He was with me in a jail cell that’s smaller than a coat closet. My wife had left me. My children stopped writing… and all my “friends” fell away, most never knowing what had happened to me. My car was repossessed. My house was stolen in the divorce. I was alone with nothing but principles and determination.

But God was there. He heard me. Turns out He was there the entire time.

This was shared with me by a man I shared a cell with, and it really helped explain it all:

“It’s like, you are a father. And yo’ child is still really small. But you ain’t seen em’ fo’ a long long time. You open yo’ arms only a few steps away, and ya’ look inta’ that child’s eyes, and you call them and ask dat’ they only come to ya’ so you can hold em’. Dey’ take a step in yo’ direction, but suddenly they turn to a toy, or somethin’ shiny and they pick it up! And now they call it “Daddy”. And so you call dem’ again… and again they turn to ya’, and start walkin’ yo’ way, but then they suddenly STOP! An’ they turn ta’ somethin’ else. And they do this, again and again. So, yo’ there with tears in yo’ eyes, and ya’ patiently call hoping dey’ may recognize yo’ voice. And when dey’ turn that one last time and see you, there with tears of joy in yo’ eyes and they call you “Daddy”. You run to them and you pick dem’ up into yo’ arms and YOU NEVAH’ LET DEM’ GO!”

I then realized that we all do this. We turn to idols of things that master our lives. Shiny baubles without meaning; drugs, sex, money, power, you-name-it and we call it “Master”. These things take away everything and give us nothing in return but emptiness and grief. We do this all the time yet the real answers are right there in front of us, always within arm’s reach… We just gotta’ reach out and take it!

This man had no concept of the story of the “Prodigal Son” and He knew nothing of God’s promise’s, but he knew more about love and God then most “Christians” I knew, just by loving his family. He said to me that night that, “I think I finally get it. I think I can hear what sounds like a stadium full o’ thousands of angels, cheerin’.” We wept that night, he and I, and he accepted Christ and the next day… he was released from jail.

I was in jail for a year, “fighting” my “case”. I met a great number of men while I was there. Most were confused and hurting souls but one-by-one they started coming to me for answers, even a few guards would take me out of my cell late at night to talk with me alone about the amazing things I had discovered in the Scriptures. They even broke the rules and confided in me personal things that only a trusted friend should know. I became a confidant and a spiritual adviser to many of the men in my dormitory. God used me in ways I can’t pretend to understand. I’ve never had the answers but when I came to that dorm there were fights and chaos, and even suicides. When I left… there was strangely a sense of peace. I know that we influence each other. We effect and affect others with our lives. So I learned, that you need to be the person that you want the world to be, and others will mirror your example, even if imperfectly. See them as you want them to be. Lift them up and encourage them. Love them unconditionally and they WILL BECOME THAT PERSON that God wants and needs them to be!

I didn’t know the any of the answers when I first got to jail. I even had a great many questions. I had no books to research with and that was frustrating to say-the-least. It was such a cold, bleak place without sunshine or hope but the more I prayed and meditated and asked HE GAVE ME! Books would come to me, provided by the people around me that I barely even knew. Men brought every bit of relevant materials they possessed. Some were sent to them by family members or they handed-down from inmate-to-inmate over the years. There was no library but however it was that the material got there, they somehow came to me. Bibles, dictionaries, science books, letters, studies…EVERYTHING I NEEDED CAME TO ME! I had no radio, TV, or internet. All I had was a Bible and a prayer. “Lord, empty me. Let me become less and you become more and please help me to find the answers I need.” And He did give. He gave and gave. I learned that when you are quiet, He speaks. When you pray, He listens. But while you are asking, or listening to anyone else, it is very hard to hear Him. So it is in meditation and in the quiet of the heart and mind, and through the signs that are all around you that He shows you things that logic can never explain.

I was never alone. I was Daniel in the lion’s den. No lions opened their mouth to me. HE SHUT THE MOUTHS OF THE LIONS AROUND ME… Praise you God! And thank you for my trials that made me a better me!

It was a year’s journey like nothing I could imagine. Many lives were helped and changed. It was such an amazing journey. I grew as a man and Christian. Forged in the fires of perdition. I was an instrument of good and a sword of light that held back the dark of night!

My trial was now only two weeks away and I was ready to be set free… But it seems God had a different plan.

“NOT YET MY SON. YOUR SERVICE IS YET NEEDED FURTHER”. There was more than the service I did in the county jail, it seemed. “NOW YOU MUST GO DEEPER”. And deeper I went! Straight into the jaws of Hell! I said earlier that I went to prison, and so I did. I was about to go to trial and risk everything and fight for my innocence, but in the holding cell just before I went into the courtroom, where I had to make my final decision about going to trial or taking a plea bargain, a man was brought in to my cell. He was vile man. He was vile in ways that are hard to explain. He said and did things that shamed even the other hardened criminals around me. But when the time came and I was about to go to the court room, shackled like an animal, the guards came and took this “Ever so lovely fellow” and me, and put us both in a holding-cell together… You know, to hang out together, and wait… and chat. And here I am thinking, “Great, biggest decision of my life and I am stuck in here with YOU“.

But to my surprise I found that I was suddenly in the company of a very different man. It was like being with Legion in the Bible and seeing the before and then after shots from when he was healed of his demons. When this guy found out I was a man-of-God, or at least trying to be, He told me about his demons. He opened-up and he shared things from his heart with tears in his eyes. He said “I don’t want to be this way”. It turns out his father was dying and he was scared and confused and he ran from his troubles to drinking, sex and drugs. But simply because he knew that I was a man-of-God he let me in and then let it all go. He gave it to God. He cried and he confessed his sins to me and God, and in that tiny holding-cell he suddenly became beautiful like a new creation.

HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN IF GOD IS NOT REAL? How can I deny my maker? I knew right-then-and-there, He had spoken to me. He put this man in that room with me for a reason. The Bible says that sometimes we entertain angels unawares. Well, I don’t know if he was an angel but, I know God Himself was there with us. So I took into account the events of that year prior and all that had transpired that day. The story of Daniel the prophet came to mind (whom I am named after) and I thought about the 12 hours of night that Daniel faced. Was 12 months like 12 hours in a night? Had I become Daniel in the den and I had I prevailed? But I knew this den had to go deeper. There were worse things lying ahead. I knew there was no way I was here by accident. I was put here for a reason. I was abandoned by everyone in my life for a reason. When God hardens hearts, he does it to prove his love by making others raise to the challenge. So, I took a “deal”. I figured that the Govern-ator would, in a few months, finally agree with congress and sign a bill in the making to let 40,000 inmates go do to prison over-crowding and needless deaths each week from poor health care… And I would soon be out in a month or two. I could then fix my life and get this all erased from my record come the next October (So I thought). So from one fire into another I went… oops, EPIC FAIL.


I told you about this place already. No amount of soap can clean the stains-of-shame of a place like this. And I don’t just mean spiritually either! This place was pure filth! When I came to this Hell I was treated with such horrors! I had as they say “No game” and apparently “Game recognizes game”. And as a man with “No game” I was in for some interesting sport. But with patience and loooog suffering, God again gave a way to have people see the light in me. I stayed focused and I stayed wise. I never lost my conviction and people saw it. You don’t have to stand on street corners preaching to win souls. Just be there for people and they come to you. They all start off a little reticent, resistant, and harsh at first, but when they see you are the real-deal they let down their guard a little bit at a time, and they will eventually feel safe with you. People do change and they become what you hope for them to be when you treat them as you want to see them. As a Christian you are the light of the world. You are the light into their soul. Through you they find the gates to Heaven. Just give them the chance and the keys.

In all the time I served so many lives were changed. I questioned everything I learned and taught. I prayed and meditated on wisdom, and compassion and He continued to bring me more… and more, and more!!!

You can not imagine what my eyes have seen. The lives believed to be beyond reproach or repair had changed. They all change once they begin to believe. So as a reward for all my service, I learned things so deep and so powerful. God was opening a world to me, in the Bible, that I didn’t even know existed. I saw things I didn’t think possible. I learned how to read it and understand it in such a way that when I read it I started seeing something was a little off. There was something I couldn’t quite yet understand. It turns out there is a kind of code in the Bible written in a spiritual duality like a language-within-the-language.

In the end I never got out of prison as early as I wanted but they let me go without parole. This too was an amazing gift as it let me return home. Since that day I have had more amazing revelations and gifts given by God. I have found the love of life who too has known suffering and pain and together we are dedicated to overcoming adversity through our faith. My studies have since grown in leaps and bounds. It took many years and many trials and tribulations but it was all so very worth it. I have finally cracked the code and found that all along it was the answers I sought for my whole life. In the end I have discovered that that once you understand how to read the Bible’s book of secrets you will have discovered the world’s very first self-help book. It was written from God through the lives of His chosen to help every seeker of truth find peace and salvation while yet living.

And once you learn it… It will change you forever!

The Bible as a Self-Help Book

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(The Two Trees of Our Reality) Post for Day 227 of my “365 Day Photo Challenge”


It is not difficult for me to have this faith, for it is incontrovertible that where there is a plan there is intelligence – an orderly, unfolding universe testifies to the truth of the most majestic statement ever uttered – ‘In the beginning, God.’


Arthur H. Compton


Awaken Ye Sleeper. Hear and Understand that it is all about you.

The Two Trees of Our Reality

Very little of our reality is actually real and most of it resides in your head. There is so much we sort through each day trying to give ourselves the most favorable outcomes in life that we have such a hard time simply just being. It’s all guessing and second guessing till our minds are exhausted with probabilities. So many voices call out from within clouding choices and strangling hope and happiness. Our expectations rob us of the experience we are actually experiencing by replacing it with wanderings that take us far away from where we really are. Joy, sadness, sorrow; these are all mental constructs designed to distract you from reality. ‘If only I could be happy everything will be better’ we think, but isn’t that just another lie we tell ourselves so that we won’t have to face the silence and listen to the voices in our head? Who are these voices and why are they even there? Who gives them the right to invade our mental home where our thoughts dwell? They are all only you and your endeavors to understand what is right and what is wrong. We feel sad when we are wrong. We feel shame and sorrow for ourselves that we can not find the right path. And when a path is presented we more often sabotage it for fear of it not meeting up to our expectations.


‘It is all vanity and grasping at the wind’ Ecclesiastes says. All is vanity as we grasp at higher ideals that have no measurable substance. There is no right or wrong answers. There are only those things you most want for yourself. Desire is the enemy of happiness yet it is still planted deep within you along with the seeds of hope. There are two trees that grow from these seeds called Judgment and Truth. Truth and Judgment, each tests you and each calls for you to decide. The tree of the Knowledge of GOOD and EVIL is only the desire to judge and it makes you feel powerful and so it is beautiful and desirable as it wants you to make decisions based on principles you put your value into. This tree is that of death as it kills your hope with constant defeat. But then there is yet that other tree planted within you that overcomes the judgment of constructs like GOOD and EVIL and that’s TRUTH.


Truth is not desirable to look at. It has no form of comeliness and seems most afflicted by nature as it gives no gain to the ego, yet it is the only hope we have for finding salvation from the darkness growing within. Truth breaks the illusion of GOOD and EVIL and shows you the light of reason. Truth gives hope to the hopeless and heals the blindness you possess because it shows that all of judgment is an illusion and that you too can be free from the voices that haunt you from the shadows, for it is with faith that you can overcome and find true victory within. These demons of the soul/mind possess the weak of will because they lie to you and promise you greatness by getting things right and they seem so beautiful for this reason. But as truth grows it cast perfect light into the shadows of disillusionment and brings clarity to mind and it frees it from the lies that bind.


Legions of shades bind you and they all fear the Christ like authority of Truth that grows within. “Do not let us die” these dark thoughts cry “but cast us rather into the depths of your sea of consciousness that we may yet live and surface again”. Fear is the tree of shadows constantly making promises that it can never deliver through judgment. Truth makes no promises save one… dedication to understanding will give you peace if only you can believe it can. Jerusalem (Peace) is growing within your heart each time you choose to let go of casting your stones of blame onto yourself and others. Control and freedom, these are the two cherubs that bar your way to the Eden (paradise) of the mind.


Judgment and the truth of salvation are two sides to a coin constantly flipping in the air helping you to decide. Both fight for dominance, both push and pull you through life. Yin and yang, negative and positive, shadow and light, passive and aggressive; these are the two trees that are planted within. You are a devil (To fall) and an angel (To rise) and only balance can unite both sides of you as one fully enlightened soul and one who overcomes.


Sadness is only the fear of letting go by having to admit that something is not as right as it once seemed. Yet we hurt when we see our valued things go. So we sacrifice our perfection and die daily on a cross that we may rise up again anew, so that we gain the greater understanding through our endeavoring to grow unto our perfection of self each day, and then we shatter the mirror or break the water’s surface that it might then settle and calm again and heal itself with a new image of you. Each day we live, and each night we die, so that we may constantly renew the mind… free from the judgments that bind.


Genesis 2:

7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

8 And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.

9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.