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(Who are you Really?) Post for Day 96 of my “365 Day Photo Challenge”

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Every man builds his world in his own image. He has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice.

Ayn Rand

 

If I am made in the image of God then I am more than I seem?

You have the power to overcome, only if you believe. Do not fear His greatness that dwells within you. Choose wisely and act upon the choices made for within you lives the great Lion of Judah called Christ Jesus.

 

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.

2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

 

(Made in the image of God) Post for Day 95 of my “365 Day Photo Challenge”

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I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.

John Steinbeck

 

What does it mean to be made into the image of God?

Have you ever wondered what God looks like? Does He even have an image? If He does have an image do we look like Him?

According to the Bible we are being made into the image of God. Most people think we are born into that image but the answer might be a little more complex than a simple Yes or No answer. Why you ask? Well, let’s look at the 6th day of Creation where God is talking to someone and says:

Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

So like any good Christian who was taught in Sunday school you would think, “Well, yes then. We are made in God’s image and He looks a lot like us” Right? You would think so but then read on to the next chapter. Right after God rests on the seventh day there is a kind of rewind and we are now looking at a somewhat different story as we see man is not made on the 6th day but rather way back before the trees appear on the 3rd day.

Genesis 2: 4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,

5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.

6 But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.

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.

In this chapter we see that we are not made in God’s image from the start of creation but rather it is something we are transformed into at a later date. So, if then God did not make man in His image to start with then when is that seventh Day of Creation where God rests? Is it perhaps that the parable of the garden is more than it seems? Is it that maybe there is more going on than first thought? Perhaps, but let’s focus first on what God might look like if we are not in His image to start with. To understand this better perhaps it’s better to know the attributes of God.

So let’s ask ourselves does God have a body? Yes, according to scriptures God shows Himself several times starting with Adam & Eve as He walks in the garden. He again shows Himself to Moses on the mountain top. The thing is though God has made Himself known there is much more to this puzzle than you might suspect.

Let’s start with the symbolic nature of the human body and see how it mirrors God:

Each body part has a symbolic meaning and by knowing the corresponding significance of each body part your Bible reading will change accordingly.

  • The Head: Your head represents the center of thought. The head is symbolic of the masculine attribute of knowledge.
  • Face: In the Bible the face of God is hidden. Consider a human’s face. If you see a person’s face you can generally get a feeling for what they feel or think, so we never see God’s face as we do not know the will of God. So symbolically the face of God cannot be known yet Jesus is supposed to be made in the exact image of God. *Remember this as we will come back to this later.
  • Eyes: Eyes are about perceptions of the mind’s eye and not those we physically possess. In our perceptions we see clearly the truth hidden in things.
  • Nose: The nose is the means of telling if something is good or bad to consume, as we learned in the last post. To smell something good to eat is as knowing it is good for gaining the strength of the thing consumed and thus distinguishing the worthiness of a thing. As Toucan Sam says “Follow the nose! It always knows!” this is because it is symbolic of discernment.
  • Mouth: the mouth and teeth are about eating and thus breaking down a thing that it may be digested. To break ones teeth would be as to remove the ability to understand as it can’t be broken down and considered as in “chewing the cud”.
  • Tongue: The tongue varies from the mouth as it does not eat but rather is the instrument of speech in the scriptures as well as that of taste. The tongue is more fickle than the rest as it is based in personal taste and from the tongue comes all forms of personal preferences like love and hate and these attribute spill out from the heart out into the world around you.
  • Ears: Ears are the instruments of understanding as they hear beyond the words and decipher the truth in everything to see if things resonate in harmony with the truth. In other words they are the means of finding reason through the subtleties that surround us.
  • Hair: Hair is attributed as wisdom as it grows long in understanding, thus woman, whom is the figure of wisdom, has the longest hair and man’s is shorter as he is the symbol of knowledge or head that must accept the word of God.
  • Neck: The neck is the means of turning from one path unto another. To be stiff necked is to be as an ox that can’t be turned; so thus the stiffness of neck is symbolic of obstinacy or pliability.
  • Heart: The heart is the central vessel of reasoning. Where the head is knowledge, the heart is wisdom and it is often attributed as a feminine quality as the center of the soul’s house/body and as mother, spirit, blood or water.
  • Arms: The arms always represent strength in actions.
  • Hands: Hands are the instruments of action itself called works. The hands are the symbol of everything you do both spiritually and physically.
  • Fingers: These are the means of pointing things out and also in the actions of grasping onto a concept.
  • Body: The body gets a bad rap but it is simply the vessel in which our soul’s reasoning is conveyed. The body is the sum of all the parts but it often referred to as the enemy of God as it symbolizes our more primitive animal self.
  • Legs: Legs too are about strength but also are used to convey balance and endurance. (IE: running, walking, lifting etc.)
  • Feet: Feet are a pivotal instrument as they represent the steps in which we take through our journey through life. This is not the physical steps but the times of choices that create growth. They work like moving roots, as they ground you to the right path but also work as a constant progression of balance in choices.
  • Back and Shoulders: The shoulders and back are the aspects of endurance as though that which is chastised or carries a burden. The strength of back is the resolve you have to making a difference as it supports the body in all its choices.

This is the image of God as seen through the reflection of man. We say man is made in God’s image but we actually understand God’s attributes through our own bodies. If we look within we find we are all part of a greater truth that lives within us and the Bible is all about a macrocosm and microcosm where all thing great and small reflect within each other. By knowing the bodies spiritual significance we can then see the will of God more clearly as we reflect His truth within us, as all we do is driven by forces not easily seen but imitated in our lives and in our choices we make.

Try and consider these body parts and then look back at some of the verses in the Bible that reflect them and see what they mean in a more spiritual light.

John 13:9 Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head.

Consider Simon Peter: Both names mean stone but each has a slightly different aspect of truth. Consider Peter as your obstinacy as a founding stone of truth and Simon your willing obedience. Now your willing obedience is resilient to change and thus it seeks clarification by asking to have also its head and hands cleaned as well. Look at the list and see that feet are your choices and thus Christ is teaching you to make wise choices by cleansing away the confusion that clutters them. But in the process you question your head and hands as well, but consider Peter’s attributes, he is a very good man but he is also a bit of a hot head and makes poor choices based in his desire to do what he thinks is right. But the head is the center of thought and Peter does not need to purify his mind as his thoughts are good. He too does not need to have his hands cleansed as he does good deeds. He thinks well and acts accordingly but he does tend to make bad choices by not considering the consequences of his actions. This verse of the Bible seems very sweet in that it is our Lord and master cleansing our feet as it is a symbol of closeness but hidden within it is the truth that we all need to help each other make better choices.

Go ahead and take these physical symbols of the body and see if you too can see the hidden spiritual message from God in Scripture on how to emulate Christ within you.

*Remember I said we would come back to this later? Well here we are. Christ is the symbol of the authority you gain by following the steps of righteousness. Following in His footsteps is actually imitating the process of enlightenment laid out in the first seven Days of Creation. By following the process we eventually build Christ within and thus we too become reflections of our Creator. So for this reason Christ is made in the image of Adam and of God. Man is being transformed by a process of enlightenment to overcome his body’s animal/beast nature and to become a man like God, fully enlightened and upright and thus we wear the full armor of God that we may overcome the final stage of testing.

2 Corinthians 6:7 By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,

 

Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

(What is Food in the Bible?) Post for Day 94 of my “365 Day Photo Challenge”

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La Monte Young

 

What is Food in the Bible?

 

Leviticus 22:7 And when the sun is down, he shall be clean, and shall afterward eat of the holy things; because it is his food.

 

That which makes you stronger is desirous to add to one’s self, and thus we seek foods in which to consume to add to our strengths. Food however, is not about actual food in the Holy Scriptures. It is always a symbolic term referring to spiritual sustenance in which you gain understanding from. When you eat the understanding of a thing you grow stronger for knowing it, unless it is a thing found to be vile of taste.

 

Jeremiah 29:17 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will send upon them the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, and will make them like vile figs, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil.

 

When you are about to eat something, don’t you smell it first to see if it is something you would like to consume? If you eat something detestable then your body becomes sickened; so too is it with spiritual foods.

 

Lamentations 1:11 All her people sigh, they seek bread; they have given their pleasant things for meat to relieve the soul: see, O LORD, and consider; for I am become vile.

 

So in the scriptures when something is fragrant smelling it means it is desirous to be consumed, or rather to understand. Before Christ’s death on the cross, He is anointed by sweet smelling perfume and thus He is being prepared as a fragrant offering that God will accept as something worthy of consuming. To modern readers this may seem odd but the Bible has a strong running theme about eating that which is good for the soul.

 

Job 20:15 He hath swallowed down riches, and he shall vomit them up again: God shall cast them out of his belly.

 

We see this theme even in the Torah as Moses documents the clean and unclean animals as well.

 

Leviticus 7:19 And the flesh that toucheth any unclean thing shall not be eaten; it shall be burnt with fire: and as for the flesh, all that be clean shall eat thereof.

 

People commonly think that the animal itself is either clean or unclean as, say, in the case of a pig. And true enough there are several health issues that come from eating pigs and a few other animals on the list but not all the other animals are things that will harm your body. So why then are they unclean? It is not the flesh of the animal that is bad; it is what the animal represents that is the issue. Sometimes to know the answer you must not only look to the name or translation of the animal, but to the root words the animal’s name comes from. Ironically if you tried to get the specific animal you would find there is an incredible amount of guess work, even by the experts, behind figuring out which animal is implied. But what is a constant is the root word the animal comes from, as most deal with attributes we, as people emulate. So if it is a bad characteristic the animal emulates, it is not “CLEAN” to be consumed.

 

Leviticus 11: 1 And the LORD spake unto Moses and to Aaron, saying unto them, 2 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, These are the beasts which ye shall eat among all the beasts that are on the earth. 3 Whatsoever parteth the hoof, and is clovenfooted, and cheweth the cud, among the beasts, that shall ye eat.

 

Consider the clean animals have split hooves and “chew the cud”. The definition of chewing the cud means to ruminate. So if you are considering this as a mental, or also known as a spiritual factor, it is chewing something over in your mind. It is ruminating and considering what it is you are trying to digest into your consciousness. If one does not consider the actions one has taken they will, in fact, make the same mistakes over again. So we consider our actions and thus we chew the cud to ponder.

 

So why then are the hooves split? Remember your life’s is a journey of choices. You are not actually going to any physical location. You are simply making choices, and these are the steps we take in which to gain our elevation of understanding. So then consider your feet as being instruments of balance in making good choices. The Bible is often mentioning about not veering too far to either the right or the left, so thus it is in considering each step, that we make good choices. The Bible revolves around the number two as a division of choices. In consideration of this split in consciousness we can find that which is the correct path to take. So, the hooves of the animal are spit as though a foresight into a choice.

 

Leviticus 11:4 Nevertheless these shall ye not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the hoof: as the camel, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.

6 And the hare, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.

 

So, let’s consider a rabbit and why it is not clean to emulate or rather to consume. The rabbit chews the cud and thus it is as one who thinks about the choices they made only after they made them rashly. This is because the feet of the rabbit are not split. So they rush in without thinking but they remorse over the choices they made, so this is not a worthy characteristic to emulate.

 

Leviticus 11:7 And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you.

 

Now consider the swine; it has split hooves but does not chew the cud. This means that a person that emulates this beast-self is one who knows fully well what they are getting into because they considered it beforehand, but they do not ruminate over their choices, thus they do something with full understanding but yet do not care about the consequences. This too is a bad food to add to your strengths and thus we call people swine that act like these aforementioned “Pigs”.

 

Matthew 7:6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

 

Matthew 8:30 And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding.

 

Biblical food is not only mentioned outright as being of a spiritual significance, it is a constant metaphor used throughout the Bible. Consider a famine in the land in the Biblical stories. This means a lack of understanding is found. Remember this ministry teaches that the Bible is really about your inner world and so the people starving are not people at all but rather concepts within you that are not being properly nourished to the point of gaining greater understanding. If you are not gaining the truth from your ideals they are then as dead things and thus they die of weakness and starvation.

 

 

Psalms 136:25 Who giveth food to all flesh: for his mercy endureth for ever.

 

Now ironically, a concept that is well nourished and becomes as a man’s life that bears much fruit, it too is consumed as being righteous fruit. This means if David dies it means that Love is understood, as David’s name means Love. So if you understand Love’s role in the story, then as he dies love is consumed as a good understanding and thus that concept is laid to rest. So why then is someone like Lazarus revived, but not many are? Well, Lazarus’ name means Help of God, so to revive the Help of God, Lazarus mustn’t die and thus He is CALLED forth.

 

John 11:11 These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.

43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.

 

So why then, the parable of another man called Lazarus and the Rich man? In the Bible riches are truths, and a one full of his own riches is one who is wise in his own eyes and hungers for nothing. But to be poor in spirit is to be HUNGRY for more understanding. Thus the Bible tells us that the poor in spirit are blessed as they will inherit the Kingdom of Heaven, and as you learned in the last post that means they will gain higher enlightenment.

 

Luke 16:20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,

 

One must always be willing to eat of the greater truth and to discern that which will add to your strengths and that which will not. So we grow crops of understanding that are symbolic of wheat and thus we harvest the truths we grow and sort them accordingly to know if they are good or bad for our soul.

 

Matthew 13:30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn. (Remember people are also concepts in your inner-world)

 

Consider the concept of food being symbolic for understanding as you read other stories like Jesus’ temptation after being without food for 40 days, or how Elijah also was too sustained as he ran for 40 days off of consuming a single meal. Consider too the bread that Christ gives at the last SUPPER as being the body of Truth that can sustain you through eternity. So then also try to think of other verses in the Bible that relate to food; like Daniel and his young companions not eating from the king’s table, or how the disciples feed the masses with fish and bread. All of these are symbolic of spiritual truths that grow and that are needed by us all in our journey towards enlightenment. We do not eat these things with our mouths but in our thoughts do we eat of everything that we see and hear, and thus only those that see the Truth will understand the parables that are in all of the stories of the Bible. The word parable does not mean a fictional story; but by definition it is any story that has spiritual significance within it. So each story you need to see with new eyes and hear with new ears to consume the heart of the matter.

 

Mark 4:11 11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: 12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them. 13 And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?

 

Not everyone will understand how the Bible is written but, to those that do they will see that all things are fine to learn but not all things are beneficial if you do.

 

1 Corinthians 10:23 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.

 

This is summed up in both the dream of Peter and in Romans chapter 14 as we see that understanding is later found in everything and not only that which was used to start you on your path towards the greater understanding called Truth.

 

Acts 10:13 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. (Know all, and not just that which was formerly prescribed as beneficial)

 

Romans 14:1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. 2 For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.

22 Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth. 23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin. (This chapter is not just about eating food to idols but rather embodying any truth that would be as a stumbling block to another. If your faith is strong all things may be known without fear of it ever changing you towards the negative).

 

 

 

(Elevation) Post for Day 93 of my “365 Day Photo Challenge”

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If, then, knowledge be power, how much more power to we gain through the agency of faith, and what elevation must it give to human character.

Matthew Simpson

 

 

Elevation:

Have you ever wondered why climbing high on a mountain and looking down upon things below you gives you such a rush? Or why when you feel superior to something you feel above those things in a similar manner?

 

Consider the word superior, it means to be above. What is it with being above something that is so wonderful? Why do we try for power or fame and not just accept what we are given? Why is it that when you unburden your guilt you feel a weight lift off you and you feel like you can almost fly even though you have never actually flown before?

 

Elevation is used synonymously with being correct. Correctness is a pivotal turning point in the human consciousness that is rewarded for a job well done with a euphoric feeling of elevation. But why? Why does the mind give us chemicals as compensation for doing what it believes to be correct? Likewise, why do we also feel so heavy with burdens that are not even physically real? What is this human drama that plays out in our minds to make us relive past wrongs and weighs us down with misery or guilt? And why do we only get to move past these illusions when we have OVERcome them?

 

I have said it before, that the mind is simply an organic calculating machine that is constantly trying to find the correct solution to everything. It has a lot to factor in and it plays out a lot of scenarios with seemingly endless variables, but once a pure and obvious solution is found it rewards itself for a job well done.

 

This seemingly simple concept of elevation is central in understanding your salvation. Most people consider their soul to be a luminous presence within their body like some kind of prisoner/stowaway that’s trapped until the body dies. But the true essence of the word Soul is the mind. The Greeks called the soul the Psyche. Often we relate our minds reasoning into separate attributes of MIND, SPIRIT & BODY, but in reality, all reasoning is done solely in the head despite the feelings we get in the heart and body. We use certain locations of the body as symbols to allocate certain feelings or thought processes. We attribute love to the heart and lust to the body’s flesh, but none of that is real. It’s all still only the soul/mind controlling the meat puppet it occupies.

 

Your mind is a very powerful. You far outthink any machine on the planet, even though silicon chips are more dedicated to the tasks set before them. Your mind’s abstract thought processes are amazingly complex. The simple act of walking or throwing a ball with any accuracy is a staggering amount of complex calculations as it has to outthink its surroundings to accomplish its goal. Outthinking your surroundings is what has advanced the human mind to such heights of accomplishment. Only when the mind has mentally wrested with its opponents and won is it rewarded with a job well done.

 

Consider the rush you get for winning a game, be it either mental or physical. The physical game is equally challenging to the brain as a mental one as it uses all its training and challenges to overcome an opponent. So once victory is uncovered the mind releases a rewarding system of serotonin, dopamine & adrenaline, etc. The mind has to play a complex dance of chemical and electrical stimulants to achieve its goals and it has to regulate its body to optimal performance, all while out calculating its opponents and terrain. This is no small task, so to overcome any obstacle is a process of being correct and thus it becomes victorious. The Bible calls these crowns of victory and compares them to pushing the body like an athlete or a runner in a race.

 

1 Corinthians 9:24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.

 

Hebrews 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

 

The Bible is really the secret story of the mind and the world we create within and our process of overcoming adversity. It is easily seen in the temptations of Christ as He is taken higher and higher up to see what He can earn by choosing “correctly”. And it is even seen in the name of our ideal destination called the KINGDOM of HEAVEN, which simply means a city in the sky.

 

Matthew 4:1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil…

 

Consider this city in the sky. A city or kingdom is an order of government ruled by a king or judiciary ruling seat that presides over its lesser constituents. Consider then the mind as being a world occupied by many concepts like men all gathering into like-minded orders of thought. These kingdoms of the mind are ruled by leading concepts like kings. A kingdom of the sky is then a state of enlightenment where concepts are then elevated to a higher-state or understanding.

 

Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

 

In the parables of Christ He dictates many examples of the KINGDOM of HEAVEN in which most people attribute as the souls that are going to heaven in death, but few consider that the soul is really the mind, and thus if the inner-world has many minds it is as a city or kingdom of ideas that work harmoniously together. In overcoming the faulty kingdoms of reasoning we gain crowns of victory that help us overcome our mental obstacles that lock us into states of self-imposed oppression.

 

James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

 

Now consider the concept of Self-Oppression. To impose a prison on the self is to imprison the mind called the soul. So the soul is thus trapped in a state of confusion it cannot escape from. The word for confusion in ancient Hebrew is Babel. We see this name used in the Tower of Babel and also a city or kingdom called Babylon. Confusion is the enemy of righteousness because again, the mind is as a machine seeking correctness in everything, and thus a mind or soul without solution is stuck in a constant state of Depression as opposed to Elevation.

 

If Highness is a state of elevated understanding, then Depression is a lowness of self. It is only when you can break free of the wrong choices you have made that you can feel the elation of the rewards of finding righteousness.

 

Consider now the image of Hell:

  • It is a Lower place, verses Heaven which is a Higher place traditionally located in the clouds.
  • It is filled with Darkness, yet Heaven is filled with Light.
  • It is a sad and torturous place, yet Heaven is filled with joy.

 

Now consider Heaven and its attributes and how each one mentioned above is in some way translated in to a higher sense of being. Knowledge is called enlightenment for both being Light and Elevation. In fact, Light simply means to rise-up as in Elevation. So too is joy called “to be light” or “alighted”.

 

The reality of the Truth is that we are seeking a higher state of understanding, only it is being translated as a Kingdom of Heaven in scripture. It is that same feeling we all get standing high above the world and looking down as all of our problems suddenly seem so small. In height we feel victorious as all other things seem swallowed up in insignificance, and thus we feel the joys that reward us for our righteousness.

 

My fellow Christians, we have been lead along a path that has taken us farther and farther from the truth of our purpose by following religions that preach a salvation of a soul when they do not truly understand what that means. What you read in the Bible is not what you think. Salvation is emancipation from your former way of thinking, as nothing else has a hold on your soul/mind. It is about putting your life in order by actually knowing what can be known and by not stressing over what cannot. It is about putting away past wrongs so that you may focus on what is truly right. There is much more going on before your eyes, we all have become blinded to the truth by the false misconception of our forefather’s that too were taught incorrectly, and the more we progress as we are the farther we stray from the truth God laid out for us.

 

This ministry is dedicated to helping everyone break down the walls that divide them from their Creator, by learning what is really being said in scriptures and by overcoming the former self by becoming enlightened through the Truth called Jesus.

(The Seeds of Possibility) Post for Day 92 of my “365 Day Photo Challenge”

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Your heart is full of fertile seeds, waiting to sprout.

Morihei Ueshiba

We are born the golem children of clay, molded and shaped for a purpose and bound to a destiny, but only those that rise above the filth of life and resist their fate can inherit a noble birth right. Only those that seek the light and put away the darkness can become as the child kings of the kingdom in the sky called heaven.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

You are born to a destiny that you had no say to, no choosing of, yet it is your lot in life. To accept your lot is to be as one dead who never grows above the corruption of the primitive man. For as a seed planted in the filth of the earth, that takes no root, is as a dead thing that is without potential. But the seed that drinks in the waters of the spirit and grows in the light of the testing sun will become as a tree of life that flourishes for all eternity.

1 Peter 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

Consider the game of lots. It is only in the act of casting in your “lot” do you wager your portion against the Fates to acquire a better fortune. In gambling what you have against what can be won, you gain the chance of a better destiny. This is the essence of the Bible’s purpose, to help man rise above the filth and the darkness he was born into. And like a seed planted in filth it drinks it in and changes it into to something of purpose. All the pain and problems presented before you are only the fertile soil that works as the catalyst of growth so that the hero within you may spring forth, whom rises above and grows through adversity.

1 Corinthians 15:53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

The old man is your old self sewn in corruptibility, but the new man is as a plant that is perfected through the corruption and is made it into incorruption and thus he grows as a living being that has overcome the death of the filth it came from. In this elevation of understanding you gain victory over your fate and become then no longer a slave to your former station and rise to become a king and master of the world within you. You no longer sit as a seed in a grave of dirt, but grow mighty and fear not the tests of the light for the spirit’s water makes you whole.

Psalms 1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

(TRUTH FREES & TREES) Post for Day 91 of my “365 Day Photo Challenge”

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The more often we see the things around us – even the beautiful and wonderful things – the more they become invisible to us. That is why we often take for granted the beauty of this world: the flowers, the trees, the birds, the clouds – even those we love. Because we see things so often, we see them less and less.

Joseph B. Wirthlin

The world has become blind to the TRUTH and thus all things have become as parables. (Mark 4:11)

To be “Blind” in the Bible is symbolically the lack of the ability to not perceive the TRUTH in things. So, Jesus touches the eyes of a blind man so that he may see the spiritual TRUTH in things. This blind man is really a thought within you that exists without clarity.

Mark 8:24 And he looked up, and said, I see MEN as TREES, walking. 25 After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw EVERY MAN CLEARLY.

The spiritual growth of a man is as TREE that grows in the LIGHT of knowledge and bears the fruits of understanding.

Psalms 1:3 And HE shall be like a TREE planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth HIS fruit in HIS season; HIS leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever HE doeth shall prosper.

 

Now notice the next verses’ gender change.

Jeremiah 17:7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. 8 For HE shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out HER roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but HER leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

The entire Bible is really about you, the seeker of truth, and when it says “Man” it is neither about being male nor female, but gender is only an attribute of truth, and the “Tree of Life” we grow is a family tree of truths that spring forth and branches out from wisdom (Woman). Man is the masculine of knowledge but woman is the self-relation wisdom that joins knowledge (Man) to the self as if in a pledge or marriage (IE: Wisdom/Woman/Bride). In unifying knowledge (Ideals) to wisdom (Self) you gain one flesh.

Basar is the Hebrew word for FLESH and it also means GOOD NEWS or TRUTH. So thus we grow wisdom by bringing forth new concepts as men as the fruit of the tree of life.

Proverbs 3:18 SHE is a “tree of life” to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth HER.

Our wisdom grows and bears fruit of understanding and thus in SPIRITUAL GROWTH we are ALIVE as awakened to the LIVING TRUTH called CHRIST.

John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and TRUTH came by Jesus Christ.

John 5:33 Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the TRUTH.

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the TRUTH, and the LIFE: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

For those that manifest the TRUTH within are LIVING embodiments of the LIGHT, for by growing in the LIGHT of knowledge you are in a constant state of progression called GROWTH. But those that dwell in DARKNESS are those that see not the TRUTH before them, and fail to PROGRESS in the walk of life, and to them the LIGHT of TRUTH eludes them and thus they are as the DEAD in the spirit for they resist GROWTH.

Matthew 8:22 But Jesus said unto him, Follow me (PROGRESS); and let the dead bury their dead.

 

Luke 9:60 Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the KINGDOM of God (Higher State of Enlightenment).

For only those that seek ENLIGHTENMENT seek a HIGHER STATE in which to dwell, so thus we seek a city in the sky called the “Kingdom of Heaven” (The State of Enlightenment) where many men (Knowledge) or truths gather to find the eternal blessing of the higher-state of mind through the LIGHT of TRUTH.

Isaiah 38:19 The living, the living, he shall praise thee, as I do this day: the father to the children shall make known thy TRUTH.

Symbolically the carpenter who works with the TREES of MEN is the TRUTH that builds the house or Temple of God called the Kingdom of Heaven (STATE of ENLIGHTENMENT). Jesus is the architect of TRUTH that we build our understanding we dwell upon.

1 Timothy 3:15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the TRUTH.

For Christ is salvation, not only of the body but of the mind called the “Soul” (Psyche/Soul/Mind) and only one thing frees the mind from its self-imposed prison… TRUTH.

Romans 8:10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

TRUTH is the WORD of God that brings forth liberation. Jesus is the WORD that sets us free from our own faulty ideals that we established in our blindness.

John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy TRUTH: thy WORD is TRUTH.

John 1:14 And the WORD was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and TRUTH.

And FYI: Jesus means FREEDOM.

John 8:32 And ye shall know the TRUTH, and the TRUTH shall make you free.

So it is to us all to see with new eyes the TRUTH set before us and know that there is a path to freedom. Salvation is not for a church or doctrine to give. TRUTH is the only true salvation, for it is liberation from a life we once knew where we dwelt in a lower state of ignorance. But the light shines within us all and we find the enlightenment that lifts us up to a new state of being where we may dwell in peace by knowing we manifest the LIGHT of TRUTH within us, also known as Christ.

365 Day Photo Challenge Day 90 (Time for love)

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Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen… yourself, right now, right down here on Earth.

Bradley Whitford

Love starts with something more than a feeling… because love is not the feeling.

Why do we love and what is it? What would make someone jump out in front of a moving vehicle to save a perfect stranger you don’t even know? What in that instant sparks inside you to make you react, seeming without thinking? Love. Love is not a feeling, the feeling is the mind’s chemical reward for love. In the blink of an eye the mind calculates and knows what is right and wrong without the messy mental second guessing and filtering and it reacts accordingly to what is being acted out before your eyes.

Love only knows what is unwaveringly good and does whatever it takes to achieve what it believes to be emphatically right. Ironically, love seems selfless but in reality it is always self-motivated, yet it seldom ends with the self. The ego is the “I” in everything. I love that song. I love that dress. I love that food; person, etc. etc.

Love is all about what you believe to be correct, so it revolves around what YOU think is best and often it is very territorial based because it finds something so perfect it can’t allow anything to spoil it or for any harm to come to it. Hence, for this reason you may see a child or elderly person in danger and suddenly you spring to action to protect what you know can not protect itself, because you know it is not right that true harm should befall an innocent. Innocence is as a clean slate to the soul and in a very real way is the embodiment of perfection and beauty. This is because it is a beauty unspoiled by things such as faulty ideals that sicken the soul and such beauty is always worth of preserving.

Again love is not a feeling. It is a sense of what is correct and anything the mind finds correct it loves. Be it a stranger you seen at a glance that sparked something beautiful inside you, or a person or thing you know intimately well, the “I” can not let it be destroyed and it extends the self beyond itself to encompass and protect it and thus it grows to be something more. The “I” then grows and becomes the “we” to the point the “we” is consumed and once again becomes the greatest part of “me” and this is wonder and power of God’s grace and mercy. For to love God, we must love ourselves to the point that all others are only extensions of ourselves. Love God, and love others as yourself… for love makes all things as one in unity.

1 John 4:12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

For more insights please read: What is Love?
http://soulblindministry.com/2015/05/02/what-is-love/

 

365 Day Photo Challenge Day 89 (Woman is Water & Spirit)

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The oaths of a woman I inscribe on water.

Sophocles

 

In the Bible is it seldom realized that women are representative of:

  • Moon
  • Waters
  • Seas
  • Mother
  • Earth
  • Trees
  • Heart
  • Blood/Wine
  • Spirit
  • Wisdom
  • Oath

Many may consider these to be pagan terms but they are often substantiated in Biblical verses as well. Symbols are the keys to understanding the Bible’s Book of Secrets. In knowing the symbols you unlock a separate book that is a process to finding peace. This book was authored by God through the lives of His chosen people to teach those that follow their stories to unlock the potential within themselves. Within you is a mirror of all the stories. Your life follows the process of Creation from Day One until the End of Days. Within you are Adam, Moses, Israel and all the way through to the Christ being made manifest within the human soul as ideals that progenerate and branch out like a tree’s branches. This is the process of growing the Tree of Life within that it may take away the judgment that started with constructing our Knowledge of Good & Evil.

 

Here are a few sample verses:

 

Wisdom:

Proverbs 7:4 Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman:

 

Moon & Mother:

Genesis 37:9 And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.

10 And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?

 

Spirit and Heart:

Exodus 28:3 And thou shalt speak unto all that are wise hearted, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, that they may make Aaron’s garments to consecrate him, that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office.

 

Waters:

Jeremiah 6:7 As a fountain casteth out her waters, so she casteth out her wickedness: violence and spoil is heard in her; before me continually is grief and wounds.

 

Seas:

Jeremiah 51:55 Because the LORD hath spoiled Babylon, and destroyed out of her the great voice; when her waves do roar like great waters, a noise of their voice is uttered:

 

Blood:

Revelation 18:24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.

 

Earth:

Genesis 4:11 And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand;

12 When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.

 

Trees/Wine:

Genesis 40:10 And in the vine were three branches: and it was as though it budded, and her blossoms shot forth; and the clusters thereof brought forth ripe grapes:

Psalms 80:11 She sent out her boughs unto the sea, and her branches unto the river.

 

Tree of Life:

Proverbs 3:18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.

 

365 Day Photo Challenge Day 88

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The power of man has grown in every sphere, except over himself.

Winston Churchill

 

Those that read the Bible typically taught by churches miss the wonder and power it holds in setting the mind free. If you read it at face value you only see the rules and stories and thus all things are only parables. The child sees the stories but the man puts away the childish things and sees the truth that frees.

There is much more going on in your Bible than you realize. Entire religions have been based in these misconceptions and often those that claim salvation still find they are slaves to their faulty beliefs.

If you do not understand what I mean, simply ask. Friend, there is yet a world of truth you do not yet know that can fix so many of the issues you have surrounding you in life. God did not leave us alone to walk blindly in misery. He gave us a step by step process to help us discover our peace. This is more than religion, this is clarity spelled out by God.

Religion is believing in someone else’s experiences, spirituality is discovering your own. Come discover what you’ve been missing.

 

Luke 10:21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight

1 Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

365 Day Photo Challenge Day 87

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God is so unique in giving His people ways to fellowship, witness, and remember what a mighty and merciful God He is.

Monica Johnson

We all serve a Mighty God with our own special gifts. How wonderful that our greatest strengths are the driving force found within under the hood.

Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.