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Spirit, I would love to hear your comments on Brenda
April 30, 2000
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Hi spirit:
Your words are brilliant, wise and touching.
would you mind reading my threads and comment (i.e husband wont let me go to church, is my husband an alcoholic etc )
god bless

May 1, 2000
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Brenda: I have read some of your threads and feel an uncertainty in you which is very strong. You seem to be driven to please others and yet, you have a strong sense of needing to please yourself as well. This causes a great deal of conflict for you in choosing one or the other.

From what I have read about your husband's drinking, I would venture a guess that you may want to check out AL-ANON. It is a good place to turn to when you are involved with a person addicted to alcohol. It is a place for you to go, even if your husband doesn't want to get help from AA, you can still get the support and understanding you are in need of. Ask the pastor at your church for the nearest support group, he/she should know where it is located.

As to going to church, I find most people join a church group because they need to connect with other like-minded spirits. Not so much for the worship of God, that is done in our hearts, but more for the campanionship of others who are on the same quest. Your husband sounds as if he is worried he will loose the woman he fell in love with by you going to church. That is a possibility, however, he could gain a more joy-filled version of that very woman, YOU.

Remember, what we carry around with us, in our lives, is our stuff. The fears your husband has about you attended church are his fears, and, yes you should respect them, but you cannot gauge your quest on his fears. You must progress ahead, loving your husband all the way. He either accepts your decision, or he doesn't. The power struggles I gleem from your threads will settle down once you acheive answers from those who have them. You will know, in your heart, when the right answers are revieled to you. They won't happen, however, if you go against that which Spirit (the Big Guy in the sky) is leading you towards.

Be good to Brenda. When we treat ourselves with love and dignity, others follow. I hope this helps a bit. We are all one in the universe, no matter what country we're from. Spirits are we all! May peace be yours through understanding.

May 1, 2000
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Thanks so much Brenda, I printed it out and keep it in my journal. God bless you for taking the time and giving such an accurate reading.

May 4, 2000
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Brenda: I was just thinking about you today. A woman I work with has a similar situation going on in her life and is at a loss as to which way to turn. Her situation is a bit more escalated since she has a teenage son who is copying his father's actions. Now she not only has her husband to contend with, she now has a younger, more immature version of him. She says she has tried to go to her church, which she belonged to a few years back, but every time she is ready to walk out the door, her husband throws raod blocks in her way. Everything from not feeling well, to having invited his parents over for an early dinner, which just slipped his mind.

Manipulation seems to hit her at all angles in her household. My manager wanted me to write her up for her tardies and call outs, but I decided to speak with her first. She related her story to me. I told her what her options were at work, and listened with a sympathetic ear. She has improved at work, tenfold. Her home life is also improving, since she began to stand up for her beliefs. She is even seeking counceling for her son. The husband isn't very happy with her, but I strongly believe he will come around.

Thank you for sharing your story. You are not alone in your quest. Your strength will help others along their paths. Stay in touch. I know you have things to teach me. May your peace be filled with understanding.

May 5, 2000
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Spirit.

Congratulations for your well written, well thought out and insightful responses to Brenda.

I am sensing something quite deep in what I feel is your philosophy regarding the nature of the universe.

You expressed two seemingly 'contradictory' ideas that I suspect are not contradictions in your beliefs but rather are a manifestation of your figurative writing style.

You said, "They won't happen, however, if you go against that which Spirit (the Big Guy in the sky) is leading you towards." and "We are all one in the universe, no matter what country we're from. Spirits are we all!"

In your belief system, is there 'One' and 'one' or just One?

The words of the Christian hymn "God is listening in my heart, for He and I are one...." bears an interesting similarity to Christ's message about himself. He was crucified for blasphemy.

Does One plus one equal One?

May 7, 2000
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Tez: Its the new math. One + one does equal One. Hopefully, when this is read the understanding of the use of upper and lower case "o" will come through. We are all individuals on our own quests; however, we are also of Spirit, thereby we are all one as spiritual beings. (Just my knowing on this.)

To me, religion and spirituality are not one in the same. Religions have rules and conditions attached to them. Spirituality is a free exchange of the Higher Power, no matter what It is named, and our hearts: the guiding force of our individual quests. If we live according to the Spirit, and not according to the laws of certain religions, there just might be less of the I'm right, you're wrong attitudes which lead to strife.

I get a bit enthusiastic when I get on the subject of Spirit. Being able to preach the word has nothing to do with being able to live the word. One does not need to be able to quote the Bible in order to live the Spirit way. May there be peace through the understanding that we are all ONE with Spirit. We are truly blessed.

May 7, 2000
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Spirit.
Being the eternal One, would imply that all vulnerability and harm is an illusion - even time itself, of which harm is a function.

All belief, in my less than humble opinion, is a hedge against our illusory vulnerability. Most of us, if not all, are caught up in the drama of ignorance - myself included.

Even the joyous feelings of 'knowing' that we are One, are, in my opinion, based on belief. The joyous feelings associated with this belief are, I suspect, based on the drive for survival of the 'self' - the ego of the 'I'. Our evolutionally derived biology has seen to that. Of course this statement does not prove or disprove the validity of this belief. In the limits, what can be 'proved' beyond any doubt?

Real spirituality, for me, is when, on those rare occasions, I lose all consciousness of my illusory separation from all around me - indeed, when 'isness' is my only experience. Occasions such as immersion in glorious sunsets and in deep meditation are, for me, prerequisites for such experiences.

The only thing of which I am absolutely sure is that there is nothing about which I am absolutely sure; except that within the confines of the illusion of the 'I' there is an 'awareness'.

"All is vanity" - Who said that? It couldn't have been me, 'cos 'I' don't exist. 🙂

May 8, 2000
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I am absolutely sure and KNOW I am of god and god is of me.
Thanks again spirit. I no longer have the problem with my husband relating to church, he is a much more happier individual, as am i.
HE rarely drinks at this point, and is looking beyond his compulsions, reactions to the truth of his personality and his soul.
I feel my own personal healing and growing has rubbed off not only on him, but others family members and friends.
It is wonderful to see the far reaching hand of god within our lives, taking on a ripple effect as if a holy pebble were dropped into our pond.
god bless

May 9, 2000
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Where there is Hope, there is life.

When one believes in something, the door is always left ajar for doubt. When one knows something, doubt never enters. Take riding a bike, for instance. When you first begin to learn, you believe you can do this. You try and fall. Skinned knees and a scratched bike are the first stages of learning to ride. When you master the balance of riding the bike, you take on greater challanges. Once again, skinned knees, maybe a bruised ego, and a lot of overcoming of doubt whether or not you can do it. Again, once you acheive the desired challange, you go on to the next one. It is through knowing you can do something that allows you to accomplish it. No Doubt!

Hope: My hearrt is sooooo filled with joy that you are continuing on your quest. When you know it is right for you, and you march on through others' doubts you succeed to the next challange. For what is life if not growing through the challanges we accept, and through the ones chosen for us by the Higher Power. You are a blessing to this world. Please continue your forward progress. Your husband and children are fortunate to have you in their lives.

May we all find the peace we seek as we move forward, not backwards, in our quests for understanding.

May 9, 2000
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HI spirit, Hope/Brenda here.
Your words are like liquid gold and your soul is like pure light, what a treasure to have such a precious person in our midst. Thankyou for your beautiful words of encouragment, affirmation and love, I am deeply grateful for them.
My life has really come 360 degrees, but I would have never have come to such transcendence and happiness if I hadnt of come from such dark painful places.
I am grateful for everything that has happened in my life and for everyone.
god bless

May 9, 2000
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Its amazing how much brighter life is when we choose to accept all that we are. We can look at the traits we have, or the situations in our lives we do not like, and know are not good for us and set out to change them, but like a drug addict or alcoholic we must first accept that these things exist.

Brenda/Hope there will be days when you will be tested by the Higher Spirit to see if you are truly learning lessons and staying with the knowing in your heart. Do not despair for these are necessary measures of just how far you have come from where you once were. You are now here. Once you were nowhere. Continue...

Spread the peace you have found to others and your peace will deepen.

May 21, 2000
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Spirit, I have just entered this sight and I find your words very comforting and wise. I am searching for answers because I want to help a few people in my life about whom I feel very concerned. One is my best friend who is marrying a man who I feel is not worthy of her. The other is my brother who has such feelings of low self esteem, I am worried about his state of mind. Perhaps I am the true problem here - concentrating too much on others instead of myself? I want to not feel so worried about them. Any advice?

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hi spirit .. i had a few questions on the concept of god.

why do u beleive in god? what proof do you have of his existence. How do you disprove the statement that there is no god. If there is god why is there so much suffering in the world. I hate god (if he's there) because of all the pain he gave me. Why didi he chose ME for all this crap. Why doesnt he help me when i asked him to. Why didi he always give me material sucesses when in fact what i've been asking for and yearning for was personal happiness and peace of mind. I feel god is concept made by human beings in order to lessen their own burdens. Like humans will imagine that he's there and he'll help us.

From the beginning was god the figment of imagination of someone who had great pain in their lives, someone who was always hated by everyone (e.g.), and then his mind wanted to beleive that somewhere somehow there was someone who loved him and he was the one who created him etc.etc.

Maybe a stone age man who faced pains in life, and thought about them, came up with the 'comforting' beleif that God was there, to protect and love him, to care for him, even though no one else loved him ?

WOuld a person need god if he had almost no problems in life? e.g. u see some people who are almost always happy and contented. E.g., they came from almost perfect functional families, loved by their near ones and cared for. Would they need god and why ?

IS god an illusion to settle the muddy, pained mind which finds no other explanation or solace for their pains except by beleiving that there is god and he loves them and will take care of them?

Then, they make that concept and imagine that he's helping them? And by that illusionary being (god), they begin to beleive that atleast SOMEONE loves them and cares for them. And thus they are not hopeless anymore?

i really dont know why i should beleive in god when we really have no proof of his existence. AS i said, he might just have been the figment of someone's imagination.

hey god if youre reading this why dont u come online and post something here so we know u exist.........
but he never comes, does he?

i wonder why god does not show himself to the world if he's there.
what does he want by creating this world? What does he want by hiding himself from us (i.e. IF he's there) ?

Why doesnt he show himself every morning so that everyone can see him and know that he's there.

so thats what i think: God is an illusion. Either of people who faced lots of problems in their lives or by rulers who wanted control over the world. Like if we look at islam, we might say their prophet made the concept of islam to tell the people that he was their chosen leader and that because God (the illusion, which he might just have made up) had chosen him to be their leader, they all had to follow God (indirectly, they had to follow him, the prophet)

so, maybe the prophet wanted to command the people, to make an empire, and for that he made up the concept of that god.

we can apply the same thing to other relgions also. And what proof do we have that the prophet really DID have revealations from God (if he's there) and that they were not the prophet's imagination for other ulterior motives?

thanks for reading this, i hope someone can give me good answers. I really am a very open minded person, and beleive that everyone should beleive what he wants to believe. so u can just say that i'm curios. I hope no one minds .. 🙂 ..

May 22, 2000
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Guest,
I must admit, that personally, I agree with much you have said about God! Although I don't feel the pain you do about this, and also it depends on how you define God.

My personal view on organised religions is that they are evolved from the human mind. and to me, alot of what you express is true, the need for there to be "something more..." and so on.

Also, relgion was (and to a degree is) the best crowd control mechanism ever invented.

So I guess my thoughts are really based on religion as such.

I admit, that i find it very hard to belive that some big guy in the sky is there watching me, I am sorry but I just don't buy it!

BUT, religion and people calling this thing God does show me something.

To me it is a metaphor, for what exists in all of us. The higher self. Our own human spirit. that which seperates us from less philosophical creatures.

Is it any less beautiful if it comes from within every human being rather than being some omnipotent being in the sky?
for me no, it is more sacred.

The universe as an organism is stunningly beautiful, maybe a beautiful coincidence, and we cannot handle that it just happened? maybe that is the case, so we "need" something so that we do not feel like orphans?

I too, would wonder, why all the pain? the wars? why doesn'tHe do something?
To me the answer was and is becuase there is no He, only and It existing, living, going forward in time, the earth itself it beautiful, it is mankind that causes the hurt. Why don't WE do something?

Okay so not all the earth is fertile, so in the past humans migrated, that is how we left africa and spread outward, in search of food. The land could not sustain our growing numbers. We were then free to move and did.

But now? we are not free to move, mankinds mechanism doesn't allow it. We can no longer be nomadic. Is that GOD causing this problem? NO it is mankind, it is not GOD, it is not mother earth, whe has shown us there is ffod enough for us all on her soil, she exists neith good not bad, but entirly practical. She has a cycle to turn our waste gases into breathable oxygen again. She cycles our water from the sea to rain once more and then back to the sea, She has night and day. Does she know she provides us with this, or is it happy chance? who knows? and in a way DOES IT MATTER?????

The point is everything we need IS on earth, it is the ADMINISTRATION that is the spanner int he works.

Just like, biolgically, your parents and mine had everything given to them by nature to bear children and they did. Whose fault is it if they did a bad job? Not yours and mine of course, we were children, it was their job to be good parents, they made their choices, right or wring, but everything was there by nature to allow them a bloody good chance.

Just as now, we are adults, we make our choices. It is all there should we choose t go for it. We can choose happiness or sadness, the universe wont really care which we choose, it may not even have a conciousness to be aware of our choices. But do we sit there hoping it does and waiting for it to deliver? Fine if that works for us and gives us peace on mind, but that is WHY it is called faith - becuase there IS NO PROOF.

As humans, we have the ability to feel negative emotions, we have such pain through this. But we also have joy. we are never given one ability with out the other by nature. It is just our own lifestyles that make one predominant. And the lifestyle is governed by generations of mankind, not nature.
life and death are natures cycle, unemotional and part of it all.

Us humans attach emotions to it, both good and bad. You may not find cheetahs sitting around that much grieveing over death, but not many of them enjoy a good joke either! even in animals, the emotions the do feel can be good AND bad, but they usually have some kind of job toplay in the role of survival.
Maybe with us too.

But can we really blame anyone or anything for our world today other than mankind?

natural disasters and diseases are as much part of nature as a bountiful harvest, no one is out to get us, it is just a good old mixture of good and bad as it has always been.

We are after all MORTAL. I think this is the thing we as humans have a difficulty in accepting. that we are just part of this universe and not the centre of it.

But still, we have this amazing awareness and language and spirituality, and that is real and is there. We as human beings have noticed this and worshipped it.

If it is all just beautiful chance, is it any less beautiful?

If we make the CHOICE towards happiness surley we will get to it quicker that just waiting for it to happen?

But to do that we need to accept that we have control over ourselves. Can we do that? or do we need to place it all the hands of the unknown? whether we call that fate, god, chance, luck, or whatever?

Just my opinions as always, of which I have many, with no real basis other than my own feelings, so no offense to anyone intended.

But to me, this is just the only logical expl;anation I can find. If there is more then great, I certainly would not be so arrogant as to say it is not so, I am truley agnotic - Without knowledge.

But what we see in nature, whether purposeful or not is a beautiful working model, some parts must die to let others live and the cycle continues. It is wonderful, whether intentional or not. It cannot be blames because weas a species have the ability to feel negative emotions about some parts of the cycle. It certainly cannot be blames for the negative emotions we feel about the parts that humankind has bastadised.

Peace
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if only we could study all these holy books and find in one of them, a consistency in the translations and whats more important, something that tells us that it could not have been written by a human bieng.

Even if it was, and so even if there was god, i still feel god has no right to command us how to live. We didnt give our word to him that we would obey him or anything. Also if god is omni-powerful, it means he cant become angry if we dont obey him. see, if he got angry it means we have control over his moods in a way. and thus we can control god by not obeying him. And that defeats the meaning of the statement that god (if there) is the most powerful bieng.

If he can be controlled in some way, he's not all-powerful and he's not god.

but IF god was ... and islam (i'll take this example because i know it more than other religions) the relgion says that there was satan and he said his job was to mislead ppl from "god's" path.

i WONDER if satan meant by mislead that he would create these relgions and 'suck' the life out of people by making them follow strict rules in life and not allowing them to think for themselves, and making them weak by telling them to depend on a power for things they could only do themselves.

and satan would shut their minds, telling them not to question god's authority, and that they should just do blindly whatever he told them to do. Like in christianity they say you cant have blood transfusions even if u're dying. Which i really dont understand why.

Maybe satan wanted to disable people from thinking from themselves. Islam doesnt allow drinking wine and eating pork (among a HOST of other things too).
i understand why drinking isnt allowed. So many people face problems in their lives due to their drinking habits. but maybe this was also assumed by the 'prophet' of islam .. OR satan, that we should include some commonsense rules too (like this drnking, stealing, murder etc.) so that the thing doesnt sound suspicious. suspiscious is satans case and want to rule over people in the 'prophets' case.
but, pork i dont understand why it is forbidden by god. What differnce does and should it make to God if i'm eating pork? for that matter if i ate tree bark all day long, would that be a sin?
If i can eat chicken, why cant i eat pork? If pork is bad for health e.g., it should be MY choice whether or not to eat it. What difference would it make to god if i ate something that was poisonous? for that matter, should i punished for burning my own finger too?

all religions disallow these common sense things like stealing, murder and many other things.

So ... yes ... if only we could find something that can convince us that any of the holy book could not be written by man. E.g., something about nature that could not have been discovered at that time.

And if we found this proof, it COULD mean that there is some other power than human beings and that is (or might be) god and there IS a devil and his job is to mislead people and introduce uselessness in their lives (like making them follow the customs and tell them to blindly follow them otherwise they would go to hell or something ), and make them weak and steal the control they have over their lives, and thus disable them from steering their 'ships' of lives from troubled waters into calm and peaceful matters.
E.g satan would make people beleive that the 'bad' they are facing in life is by god's will and only he can take it away and so for that they should pray to him (which almost has no relation to the thing actually being solved).
i heard some scientific studies that prayers can work in some ways but maybe again, it is only the illusion of god and we imagine by praying to the illusion (god) that we'll get better and only that beleif that he's helping us, makes us feel better ?

If there was god it would make much sense because we dont know what will happen to us when we will die. would we be reborn? or just vanish ?

or would we go to some other land (as 'god' says nice ppl will go to heaven and bad to hell)

the aim is to rationalize the existence of god, to somehow prove that there is a higher power.

b/w, i still dont truly understand by what u mean by higer spirit or higher self. When is this 'higer self' visible to me?

people have told stories of seeing lights when they came near death and in some cases images of some 'robed' figure. but i dont know whether they are hallucinations of the mind ...
maybe they are.

again, these are my opinions only ... i hope they do not offend ne1 in ne way. thanks.

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also, what i meant by saying that it woud make more sense if god existed, and there was life after death, what i meant was that the beleif in life-after-death certainly helps man to comfort himself because when he's faced that there is no life after death, he becomes worried that this wonderful life will end. I.e., no opposite sex, no food, no sun, no nothing, no .. LIFE !! 🙂 .
And to support the idea that there is life after death and someone who will take care of him and love him, and provide justice to the unfortunate, and bad people, he makes up the concept of God. After all, he would think, there HAS to be someone who'll manage the affairs of life-after-death, right ?

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My thoughts on God.

I prefer to refer to God as the Higher Spirit, that we cannot see but which touches us every day. That we can only KNOW exists, but cannot confirm scientifically. I do not equate the exisitence of the Higher Spirit with religion. Religion is full of dos and don'ts which are laws written by man to use as a means of control.

I have entered many churces of different denominations and, even though they claim to follow the same Bible, they do so in ways very different from the other. Religion is the control force over how people believe in God and how they judge each other and themselves.

Spirituality is totally different from religion. It is being connected to the Higher Spirit through being connected to your higher self. The higher self is the part of you which KNOWs the way of being towards yourself and your fellow human beings, towards Mother Earth and all she provides, and towards freeing yourself from beliefs that only serve to bind you. Spirituallity is the freedom to be the you you are meant to be. Good, kind, considerate, all which make for a better world.

To be continued...

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i do not have any religion and do not beleive in it(since it controls man, which u also said).

but how few people are connected with their higher selves, and that the higer spirit touches them ..? very few right ..?
I think the higher self is also a concept of the very best that we can be. Its just so good that we have given it the term the higher self. Its just infact the best person that a person can be.

Do you refer to the 'spirit' as literally a spirit, i.e. something in the sky, something heavenly, which we cant see ? (because u said we cant prove its existence)

If the higer spirit is there why do so few people suceed in getting in touch with it? It should be accessible to everyone. Yet you see so MANY people who are FAR from bieng connected with higer selves.

I think the higer self is just a concept to project the best person he can be because the best of human beings look they good they almost look divine and make other people wonder 'how does he DO it?' ...
hmmmm..

so you can be more like ur higher self if you have higher self-esteem. Then you can be more in touch with what you want in life, and can about to making efforts to achieve it. you said good, kind and considirate. We cant BE that to others unless we're not that to ourselves. unless we dont have high self-esteem.
Am i not right?

Bieng your higher self, to me, means that u have very high self-esteem.

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continued...Many years ago, during a time I was experiencing abuse, mental, emotional, physical and sexual, I felt a protective "shield" surround me. As a child, I knew it was an angel sent to protect me. As an adult I KNOW it was, without question, a spiritual being, not of this earth, sent to watch over me, to protect me from harm. Yes, my body was bruised and my self esteem was tattered, but my spirit was not harmed in any way. Yes, I suffered low self esteem, depression, and a host of other labels, but the important thing is, I never lost my spirit. My grandfather taught me all I needed to know about the Higher Spirit. He took me out to the wide open range and we sat on the tailgate of the pick-up truck. He pointed to his heart then pointed to the clear blue sky and said, "That is all there is to know about God. When you need Him, He is there. He will not always answer your prayers, and He will not always make life easy. He will bring hard lessons for you to learn so you can pass them on to others. You will be guided, but not lead. No building houses God, He lives within your heart and spirit. Never forget that, even when you think He has abandoned you, He has not." to be continued...

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How can u say that the spirit being was 'without question' ? If we cant prove it then there are a lot of questions. Like how do you know its there? Did you feel something brishing against you, or a shadow somewhere, or something moving in the dark in your room at night.
ofcourse i know this all did not happen.
so i still cant make myself beleive it. i still think its just an illusion, like i said you 'wanted' to beleive that there was someone for you out there, so you beleived it. You felt that 'shield' when infact it was the illusion of ur mind, a defence mechanism (like abused ppl develop in their early years to numb the pain or make it less). we know how powerful the mind is.
That belief, i guess, maybe helped you recover.

if you felt that spirit how can *I* see it? how ?

i guess we should all do what works for us, and what works for you might not, for me. Dont let me 🙂 try to change ur beleiefs! ... i shouldnt do that, i think. (but i can justify all i said by saying its healthy discussion, right ? 🙂 )

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Then that means that for abused people, they can take two paths. Type I, will go AWAY from god(if hes there), as in my case e.g. and the other Type II, will come closer to god (e.g as in ur case).

Which path is more beneficial i dont know, and i think each might have its own advantages and disadvantages.

but do you see that troubled people (type II as defined above) have greater ease in beleiving in god then people who havent faced all that trouble? Its like the type II troubled people WANT to beleive in god while the not-so-troubled people might be nuetral about it and not exactly WANT to beleive in god. THey might say "yea ok there's god, so ?"

Maybe the not-so-troubled people dont see any function of God because in their case, there life is going almost great and they dont feel the 'gaping hole' which troubled people might feel. In type II, an attempt (successful or not) is made to fill the hole by creating a concept of a being (god) who loves them.

My other question, what role does God (if he's there) play in the lives of people who lead almost trouble free and happy lives ?
you could say it was god who made them happy, but i'm talking about those people who didnt beleive in him and they were still happy.

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continued...There have been times in my life when I have questioned the "reality" of the Higher Spirit. Times such as when another child is severely abused, or when a "good" person is killed by the hands of another. I had to stop the doubts for they were causing me only pain in my heart. Acceptance, blind acceptance of that which can not be proven, such as, you being a good and kind person within, no matter what your abusers tried to make you believe, is the kind of acceptance necessary for KNOWing that the Higher Spirit exists. I cannot explain why there has to be sufferring. I cannot explain why some people seem to have life easier. All I can tell you is we all have different levels we are on in this lifetime. Do not pooh-poo that which you cannot prove or disprove.

Did being abused create my belief in the Higher Spirit? No. Did I create, in my mind, the Higher Spirit? No. Do I compare my situation today to that of another? No. There are many people who think I am just a happy-go-lucky person, who has suffered no tramas in life, or just haven't taken those tramas seriousely. How far from the truth can they be. You see, my body is not me. My spirit remains strong and it is in that strength where I live. With the Higher Spirit as my guide, I will continue to grow and nurture. During the Columbine shooting, a young girl was asked if she still believed in God. She was shot because, or in spite of the fact, she said yes. Was God to blame? to be continued...

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ah well. i've still to decide about the existence of god. i know i have to be convinced( by myself or others) for this. until that happens. I'm not in a big hurry to start beleieving in god. i guess, i'll just keep trying and beleive in what i want to beleive and try to make THAT work for me. like i said, everyone has his own beliefs and i hope my beleifs work for me and ur work for you. good luck .. ! 🙂

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One night a man had a dream, and in his dream he reviewed the footsteps he had taken in his life. He looked and noticed that all over the mountains and difficult places that he had traveled there was one set of footprints......but over the plains and down the hills, there were two sets of footprints, as if someone had walked by his side. He turned to the spirit and said 'There is something I don't understand. Why is it that down the hills and over the smooth and easy places you have walked by my side; but, here over thetough and difficult places I have walked alone, for I see in those areas there is just one set of footprints. " The spirit turned to the man and said " It is that while your life was easy I walked along your side; but here, where the walking was hard and the paths were difficult, was the time you needed Me most, and that is when I carried you..........FOOTPRINTS

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continued...Appreciation for the goodness in life is often overshadowed - or neglected - because of the apprehension of bad times to come. People spend more time waiting for the goodness to be replaced by bad times, that they do not bask in the glow. Some will take goodness and search deeply until they find something wrong with it so they have a more familiar feeling of doom and gloom.

Each time a goodness is gone unappreciated, the next one comes as a result of a tougher lesson. If people would only praise each day for the gift that it is and feel blessed that they were the recepient of the gift, then their lives would be more bountiful. Each goodness, no matter how small, must be appreciated or, lessons will have to be repeated over and over again. Each time a bit harder than before, until heartfelt appreciation is shown for the goodness. All receive goodness in their lives. All receive bad times in their lives. Appreciate them one and all and the goodnesses will be more bountiful.

The goodness that people have a hard time appreciating most is the goodness of people. Honest, good people are less appreciated than those who use falsehoods to serve their means.

Appreciate the spiritual goodness within and without. Shy from the falsehoods both within and without. Appreciate all things good or bad. Grow from each lesson and spread goodness - true goodness. That is the journey. May you find peace through understanding.

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