Us and Them

    It seems like just about everything today is seen by most as a matter of “us” versus “them”. It’s the Democrats who are causing all the problems according to the Republicans. The Democrats, of course, say it’s all the Republicans fault. The Atheists say everything bad is caused by Religious people, while the theists say it is those who lack belief that are the source of the problem. Blacks blame whites, Europeans blame Americans, Moslems blame Christians and Jews, and on, and on.

    The real problem, if I haven’t made it obvious yet, is this whole attitude of “us versus them”. This idea that we need to divide ourselves into various groups, officially or not, only encourages this sort of mentality. After all, why join the X group if they aren’t superior to the Y group? So we join the group, whether it is a church, a political party, a street gang, whatever, and we then have to assume that we made the right decision, so our group must be better than the others.

    We need to get away from the egotistical idea that simply because we join a particular group, or are born into it, that group is automatically superior in all things to the alternative groups. The fact is: no one religion has the only truth and all the truth, no one nation has the only good and proper government, no one race has all the good, no group is all right making the others all wrong. Simply because you are right-handed, doesn’t mean you should chop off your left arm; it is still useful to you. We need to learn that we are all one, the universe is all one and we are all a part of that one, we are not seperate from it, or from anyone or anything in it. The best way to do that is to develop our spiritual side and our spiritual faculties. Spiritual people are always very accepting and tolerant of others because they know that we are all part of the whole and we are all responsible for everything that happens in it.

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Spiritual Properties of Metal: Iron

    I have written quite a few articles about gems, stones and crystals and there use as aids to spiritual development, but I realized recently that I have never mentioned metals and how they are used. I am now going to correct that omission beginning with post about iron.    

    Iron is considered a very masculine metal. An “Iron Man” is a strong, assertive, macho person likely to be stubborn and opinionated. A person, man or woman, who is reasonably strong in iron will have a strong personality. Such a person is likely to make a good soldier, a good “warrior” in any kind of battle. An iron person will make decisions quickly, and act on those decisions. Iron people are more into action than thinking or quiet contemplation. They are always on the go. They usually love sports as both participant and audience, but mostly as a participant. In business, they are likely to be managers and “A” types.

    When people have too much iron (I’m not talking about the physical sense as in taking iron supplements), they are likely to be very aggressive, even violent. Criminals, especially violent ones, are often people with too much iron in their makeup. These people could benefit from wearing silver jewelry which is more feminine and calming. Copper could also help as well as blue or purple gems and crystals.

    People who lack sufficient iron tend to be weak, wishy-washy, and indecisive. They are not very active, likely to be day-dreamers, and are easily swayed. These people can become more balanced by wearing jewelry containing iron or steel, carrying a piece of iron around in a pocket, putting a bit of iron under their pillow, or spending time on a mountain that has a lot of iron in it.

    In spiritual work, iron is useful as a grounding metal if one is too flighty, too blueish. It can help you turn those daydreams and ideas into positive action. Iron is also said to aid in travel to other realms, other dimensions.

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Open Up to Nature and Spirit

If you are a man and believe in the destiny of mankind
then say to yourself: we will cease to care
about property and money and mechanical devices,
and open our consciousness to the deep, mysterious life
that we are now cut off from.” ~D. H. Lawrence

    Many people today think that the great mystery schools of the distant past were just teaching a lot of superstitious nonsense or, at best, primitive sciences that we now understand much better so there is no need for the mystery. People today also believe that science and technology will solve all of our problems. And when one generation of technology fails to do so, then the next generation will, or the one after that. This is really just as much religious dogma as the Evangelist who still believes in the preacher who has predicted four dates for the end of the world and the first three were wrong, but he must be right this time. In fact, if you read the excellent book Molecules of Emotion by Candace Pert, you will see just how dogmatic scientists can be.

    The point Lawrence is making in the quoted poem is not that property, money or mane-made devices are inherently evil, but that excessive reliance on them is moving us too far away from nature and from our spiritual side, the spiritual truths that were taught in secret at those mystery schools. When you get so addicted to devices, property, and money that you can’t function without them and you really believe they are going to solve all the problems of the world, then you need to free yourself from them and get a grip on reality. The reality that allowed animals to run for the hills when a tsuname was headed for Indonesia long before humans were aware there was something wrong. The animals could sense something, even if they didn’t understand exactly what, that made them head for high ground. Humans should have as good an understanding of nature, but instead our reaction has been to build more technological devices to warn us. And so people think they are safe now, but what happens when these devices fail?

    Fortunately, just as the Aborigines of Australia can communicate over hundreds of miles without cell phones, the spiritual person can communicate with the spiritual and natural worlds around him and not have to rely on those technological devices.

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Education and the Cheating Scandal

    It should really not surprise anyone that teachers in several states have been caught recently cheating on the standardized “No Child Left Behind” tests. The idea of using one simple test each year to tell if a child is getting a good education invites such cheating. And this is really just a small part of the problem.

    Even without teachers and administrators changing the test results, cheating of another kind is rampant. That cheating is where the teachers concentrate on teaching what it on the test and skip, or barely cover, important information that isn’t on the test. In other words, the kids are not being truly educated, they are simply being taught to pass the test.

    Sadly, an assembly line type of education system produces results similar to an assembly line car compared with one hand assembled by a small group of dedicated workers. Plus, the assembly line method lacks the ability to adjust to a rapidly changing situation which is what the world today is.

    While I can applaud the concept of “No Child Left Behind”, the implementation of it needs work, and lots of it. First, the educational system needs to be able to change with the times. Second, teachers should have the flexibility to let a child after a certain age, concentrate on his strengths rather than his weak areas. We don’t force the captain of the basketball team to play football, why do we force the kid who’s good at arts to spend much of his study time doing science and math that he doesn’t like, or make the kid who is good at science, go to summer school to get a passing grade in art class. A kid should be allowed to get poor grades in one or two subjects he doesn’t like, if he is getting very good grades in the others.

    As for the studies that are always ranking the U. S. students far from first in education, perhaps it is the system used in these studies that is flawed.   And I have to say, as you might expect, that an education that ignores the spiritual side of the person is always going to be seriously flawed.

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