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ButterflyEsprit There is a life-force within your soul, seek that life. There is a gem in the mountain of your body, seek that mine. O traveler, if you are in search of That Don't look outside, look inside yourself and seek That. Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi
BigPapa2731 I condemn false prophets, I condemn the effort to take away the power of rational decision, to drain people of their free will — and a hell of a lot of money in the bargain. Religions vary in their degree of idiocy, but I reject them all. For most people, religion is nothing more than a substitute for a malfunctioning brain. —Gene Roddenberry, creator of the Star Trek series
DItalian Funny thing about taking this opportunity to step up in hopes of being picked to share my opinions with others, the first thing I did while lying in bed, was ask God to give me the right words to say. So here it is from the heart. Being raised by a traditional Catholic Italian father and a Baptist mother I have to think that my ideas, to say the least, are a little out of normal from most. I like to think that it’s my parent’s artistic flair and love of nature that helped me form my ideas of God more so than all the traditional rites of church and religion that have led me to my personal relationship with God. Not that the traditionalism of Church is not equally as present in my thinking, but for me God is truly a wonderment of all that surrounds us and all that is and will be in times to come. For as long as I can remember, I have recited the same prayer every night in my mind that I did as a little girl. It always starts with; please keep my family safe and healthy. From there it goes on basically the same. Things have been added, things have been dropped over the years. But I always hope the most important things get heard by God. To me god has always brought questions which I hope one day will be answered. Like why is it when someone passes away we always say he/she is now in heaven. How great, but if that was the case why would we need all the hell and damnation part. This is where I like to think of my god as a very loving and forgiving God. Like all children we fall, we do wrong, we say and do things that we shouldn’t and hurt ones we love. But just as a parent, he will always comes through with unconditional love for us. Again being born of parents that loved creativity in their life, I think it has allowed me to see God in all things around me. Yes, it’s sounds a little text book, but how can you not stop and marvel at not just the world around us with it’s blue skies, magnificent oceans, majestic landscapes and not feel that some divine being didn’t have a hand in it all. And if that doesn’t make you believe in God, just take a look at you, yourself. How everything in your body works like a fine tuned Swiss watch. From a single cell to a heart that pumps blood through a freeway of veins. To skin that can be cut and damaged, yet has the ability to heal and mend. To our brains that give us the ability to think and reason and dream. To give us the will to protect, to nurture, to achieve. A true miracle like this seemingly can’t be some fluke of an evolutionary accident. So, yes. I believe there is a God. What ever you call him, whatever you think he or she looks like, the basic fact is and maybe most importantly, is that he represents love. Love for you or me, for nature for peace. There will be a time in everyone’s life where he will creep in and enter your life. Even if that time is but a second of need, a minute of thought or a life time of devotion. So if you ever pass my house and see me staring at the giant oak tree in my backyard. If you ever see me looking dreamily from a plane window at the beauty below, or if you ever see me quietly staring at those I love. You can rest assure it’s with wonderment of my god and all he has created in life for me…………and you.
voronya It is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring. -- Carl Sagan
Charmaine "In Christ there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcision or uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, Democrat or Republican...." Paraphrase of Colossians 3:11
RGerber "We must form perfect models in thought and look at them continually, or we shall never carve them out in grand and noble lives." -- Mary Baker Eddy
Shelsta Look at the birds in the sky.
JCarp "Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow"
ShawnCoons "I believe; help my unbelief!" Mark 9:24
JET Look, and it can't be seen. Listen, and it can't be heard. Reach, and it can't be grasped. Above, it isn't bright. Below, it isn't dark. Seamless, unnamable, it returns to the realm of nothing. Form that includes all forms, image without an image, subtle, beyond all conception. Approach it and there is no beginning; follow it and there is no end. You can't know it, but you can be it, at ease in your own life. Just realize where you come from: this is the essence of wisdom.
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Published October 11, 2010

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