Awakening Haiku

Light shines into eyesTouching something long hiddenBringing it to life.

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Why Doesn’t God Do Something?

    Many people ask that question, silently or out loud.  “Why doesn’t God stop the war?”, “Why doesn’t God stop the floods?”.      Pestilence, famine, disease, financial problems, crazy politicians.  We want God to fix it all.  Why doesn’t He?The answer is complicated.    Many of our problems we cause ourselves, by our thoughts, beliefs, actions, and emotions.  They all…

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Gems and Crystals: Lapis

While not actually a crystal, Lapis has long been prized as a spiritual stone.  Its usually dark blue or indigo in color.It has been mined in Afghanistan for 6000 years.  It is historically used to increase creativity, ESP, wisdom and self-acceptance.  It was believed to cure insomnia, depression and fevers.  The ancient Romans considered it an…

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Cleansing

    The Essenes had indoor bathing facilities at Qumran and probably most other Essene settlements.  The Essenes would take a ritual bath early in the morning before going out for their morning prayers and techniques for spiritual development.  This is how the idea of Baptism got started.  The Essenes were also sometimes called “the Baptizers” because of these…

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