Near Death Experience

    By now I’m sure just about everyone has heard those near death stories about people who see themselves going into a very bright light when they are dying, then being pulled back from the light when they are revived.  Some come back with a new outlook on life.  Some talk about seeing long dead relatives who told them to return, it wasn’t time for them to go into the light.  The bright light is often described as bringing about a feeling of peace and tranquility.
    What you don’t hear much about is the near death experiences of those who don’t see the bright light.  The ones who instead see a place of darkness.  A place that fills them with fear and dread.  
    So we can’t assume that we are all heading into the Light when we die.  Some of us will, many will not.  We can help increase our chances of going into the Light, into Heaven, by how we live our lives here on Earth, and by developing out spiritual side while we are here so we are ready for the afterlife.  As always, the best way to do that is with the aid of a good spiritual teacher or school.


Spiritual Symbols: Acacia

Acacia is a shrub or small tree that is primarily a symbol in the Mediterranean area.  It symbolizes life, immortality, love and retirement.  Because it has both red and white flowers, it symbolizes the duality of life and death, material and spiritual, and rebirth.  In Christianity, it symbolizes immortality and morality.  In ancient Egypt, it was a solar symbol also representing rebirth and immortality as well as innocence and initiation.  It is also symbolic of funerals and mourning.  Acacia is an important symbol in Freemasonry.  In is often placed in the grave on the casket at Masonic funerals.  Acacia wood is believed to have been used in the building of the Jewish temple, the tabernacle and the Arc of the Covenant.  Some also believe that the crown of thorns put on Jesus was acacia.  The Arabic goddess Al-Uzza is symbolized by an acacia tree or a grove of acacia.


Clean Your Closet

    You need to clean out your closets periodically.  Get rid of the clothes you bought years ago and don’t wear anymore. Get rid of the clothes that looked great in the catalog, but not on you so you never wear them.  Get rid of that old shirt, pair of jeans or whatever that is an old favorite so you hate to get rid of it even though it’s falling apart and you can’t really wear it anymore.
    Your mental closet also needs the same type of periodic cleaning.  Throw out those old ideas someone stuck in there that you now know are false.  Get rid of those ideas that made sense when you fifteen but not when your thirty or forty.  Get rid of those ideas you brought with you from the old country that just don’t apply here.  Most of all, get rid of those ideas that prevent you from growing spiritually.  
    So how do you know what ideas to get rid of?  One way is to spend a little time each day, or at least a few times a week, honestly asking yourself how you felt or reacted to things that happened to you or around you recently.  Did you react in a way that indicates you still have some bigotry to deal with?  Did you react in a way that indicates your not as open minded as you think you are?  If so you need to tell yourself that you deny these false ideas of the past and see yourself throwing them out.  You can also ask God to help free you of false beliefs.


Random Thoughts 9-27-2009

If I like a new TV show it will probably get canceled.  Now it’s happening with radio as well.  About a year ago, my favorite station that had been smooth jazz for 14 years, changed to rock oldies.  Now they’ve changed again to hard rock.

In the new news this week is two stories of terrorist bombing plots that were spoiled by the FBI.  What I wonder is why the media says the FBI and not Homeland Security which is supposed to be getting the FBI, CIA, DIA, and all the others working together?

A story was in the news a few days ago about a study that found that the water in many schools has dangerous levels of lead and other chemicals.  Yet environmental groups are pushing everyone to stop drinking bottled water.  I’m all in favor of environmental responsibility, but not at the expense of our health.

An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea. ~Buddha

A 78 year old woman kicked her husband in the groin several times because she thought he had an affair – thirty-five year ago!

A guy in Wisconsin petitioned a judge to get back the roosters and hens that were taken from him when he was accused of running a cockfighting ring on ground that the humane society now caring for the animals was being cruel to them.

A guy in California was arrested for stalking his ex-girlfriend by repeatedly flying over her house in his private plane.

A women called police for help when she couldn’t remember where she parked her car with the kids in it before she went off to deal drugs.