Scripture: Psalm 81:1-4

Sing aloud unto God our strength:
make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob.
Take a psalm, and bring hither the timbrel,
the pleasant harp with the psaltery.
Blow up the trumpet in the new moon
in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day.
For this was a statute for Israel,
and a law of the God of Jacob.

Music is not wrong or sinful.  Music is usually a good thing.  Rhythmic vibration helps attune our vibrations to God and the Beings of Light.

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Avoidance, Positive and Negative

    Avoidance is human nature and it can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on what and who we avoid, and why.  
    If we are avoiding things we should be doing so we can watch a favorite television show, that is a case of negative avoiding.  If we do our work slowly to avoid having the boss give us more work, that is (usually) a negative kind of avoiding.  
    On the positive side, if we are avoiding an old friend because he has become a drug pusher, that is a good use of avoidance.  If you are avoiding an old boyfriend because he gets jealous and violent, that is positive avoidance.
    When it come to matters of spiritual development, avoidance can help or hinder there as well.  
    When you know that you should get stated with developing your spiritual side, or move up to the next level of development, avoiding it by always finding reasons to put it off for the future is negative avoidance.  Avoiding spiritual friends who will push yo to stop that avoidance is another.
    On the positive side, avoiding taking a job that might pay better than the one you have, but would require you to work seventy or eighty hours a week leaving you no time for other things including spiritual development is positive avoidance.  Also avoiding overly materialistic people would be a positive thing.  Not that you need to avoid such people all together, just don’t be with them a lot.  As I’ve mentioned before, being around very materialistic or very negative people can actually sap your spiritual energy, slowing down your progress.

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Getting Angry with God

    A lot of people get angry with God.  They get angry with him when a loved one is lost in a flood or fire or tornado.  They get angry with him when they, or someone they love, gets a fatal disease.  In some cases, they get angry with him simply because they asked him to do something, and he didn’t.  
    This anger is all misdirected.  It is understandable with the confused and simplistic concept of God taught in many popular churches, but it is still misdirected.  First off, God does not create tornadoes  or floods or other natural disasters and God doesn’t choose who dies or is insures in them.  If we need to blame others, than it should be Satan and his minions we blame for the destructive forces of the material world, but really, in a very real sense, we should be blaming ourselves.  
    The disasters that happen in this world happen because we do not follow the Will of God.  If we, all of us, followed his will, it would be a very different world.  There would be no disease, no wars and no hurricanes.  But we love to exercise our free will and defy God because we know better (?) then we get angry with God.  For what?  Giving us the freedom to choose following him or following Satan?  It’s always tempting to blame someone else, especially God, but when we blame someone else for something we caused, the problem can’t get corrected.

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Spiritual Symbols: Keys

    A key is obviously a symbol for opening or closing.  It can symbolize opening or closing a door, a lock, a treasure chest, or a pathway.  In religion and spirituality, it is generally symbolic of opening the path to enlightenment as in the phrase: “Keys to the Kingdom”.  Since it is spiritual knowledge – gnosis – which opens that path, a key is also a symbol of knowledge or gnosis.  A silver key is said to represent opening temporal, or lesser powers, while a gold key opens the greater, or spiritual powers.  In Christianity, a key is a symbol of St. Peter as the guardian of the Pearly Gates.   The Bible references the “key of David” in several places and John states that Christ is the one who holds the key meaning that Christ has the key for access to Heaven or the Kingdom of God.
    On the U.S. one dollar bill, you will find the seal of the treasury.  Within it is a key which symbolizes the authority of the treasury.
In fairy tales, a key often represents a mystery to be solved. 

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