Random Thoughts 7-27-2014

I usually write my Random Thoughts on Saturday morning, but because I won’t be able to this week, I am writing it on Friday.


Recent discoveries indicate that many dinosaurs actually had feathers. Big Bird lives!


Three air disasters in a week! Many are now wondering if flying is safe. What you need to remember is that just as the odds of winning the jackpot on a slot machine may be one in fifty thousand, it may happen that it is won three times in one day. That doesn’t change the odds of winning and the three air disasters don’t change the generally very good safety record for flying. Of course, you could say that you only have to be in the one in a million that crashes to get killed, but still, it isn’t something to be overly worried about.


By the way, am I the only one who never heard of the African country Burkina Faso until this week?


For once I have to agree with Gov. Cristie. He said in a speech this week that if you claim to be pro-life, that claim should not end when the child is born. I totally agree. Many of those pro-lifers are opposed to giving aid to poor children, to providing health care for those who can’t afford the high cost of medical care in this country, and helping the homeless find jobs and shelter. If that is your attitude, you are NOT pro-life, you are pro-birth which is not the same thing.


This weeks nasty pit bull story: animal control officers in Georgia spotted a pit bull carrying a chihuahua with a badly infected eye. Periodically she would put her friend down and lick the eye (dog saliva is antibiotic). The vet had to remove the badly damaged eye, but at least the infection is over and the two dogs are close friends. The shelter ais hoping to find someone who will adopt them together.


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because we have heard and because faith tells us so, we know we have souls. But we seldom consider the precious things that can be found in this soul, or who dwells within it, or its highest value” ~St. Teresa of Avila

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Canine Partners For Life is a charity that trains service dogs and provides them to those who need such services. (click the picture to go to the site)

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Two Kinds of Spiritual Teachings

“When confronted with a problem involving the use of the reasoning facilities, individuals of strong intellect keep their poise, and seek to reach a solution by obtaining facts bearing upon the question. Those of immature mentality, on the other hand, when similarly confronted, are overwhelmed. While the former may be qualified to solve the riddle of their own destiny, the latter must be led like a flock of sheep and taught in simple language. They depend almost entirely upon the ministrations of the shepherd. …

“There are, however, but few mature minds in the world; and thus it was that the philosophic-religious doctrines of the pagans were divided to meet the needs of those two fundamental groups … To the discerning few were revealed the esoteric, or spiritual teachings, while the unqualified many received only the literal, or exoteric, interpretations.” ~Manly P. Hall

SpiritTeacherThis is not just something that happened with the ancient pagan religions, it is still happening today and has been the way of the world pretty much always. Just as the ancients had the public churches and religions for the masses who were not ready for any real spiritual knowledge, so do we have such churches now. And just as the ancients had the secret mystery schools to teach those few who were capable of understanding and following responsibly the advanced spiritual teachings. Even in the Bible it is made plain that Jesus taught certain things in public, and reserved other teaching for his inner circle of disciples only. Continue reading “Two Kinds of Spiritual Teachings”

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The Real Mystic

“Many of even the most cultivated men of our time have a very mistaken idea of what is a true mystic and a true occultist. They know these two forms of human mentality only by their imperfect or degenerate types, of which recent times have afforded but too many examples. To the intellectual man of the day, the mystic is a kind of fool and visionary who takes his fancies for facts; the occultist is a dreamer or charlatan who abuses public credulity in order to boast of an imaginary science and of pretended powers. Be it remarked, to begin with, that this definition of mysticism, though deserved by some, would be as unjust as erroneous if one sought to apply it to such personalities as Joachim del Flore of the thirteenth century, Jacob Boehme of the sixteenth, or St. Martin, who is called ‘the unknown philosopher,’ of the eighteenth century. … Think what we may of these bold investigators, it is undeniable that they have opened out regions unknown to science, and furnished the mind with new ideas.” ~Edouard Schure

Mystic_EyeAs Rodney Dangerfield might have put it, mystics get no respect. The scientific community, for the most part, laughs at anything that suggests that the world might not be entirely material, that there may be a hidden, spiritual reality behind the illusion of matter, while many of the religious groups of today label such things as satanic witchcraft and wizardry. They never seem to be aware that by their definition, Jesus, Buddha, St. Francis and other great prophet/mystics should be condemned as witches (no offense to the practitioners of Wicca). Continue reading “The Real Mystic”

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Illusions and Reality

ShadowHands“As a shadow in the night is mistaken for an intruder, or a mirage is mistaken for a pool of clear water, so does the spiritually immature man mistake the material body for the whole living being. As the shimmering heat haze appears like solid water, so does the outer body appear as the whole being to the spiritually unawakened. As, to a man in a moving boat, another boat lying still on the water will often appear to be moving, while he himself seems to remain still, so the unawakened spirit is deluded by appearances, seeing the mortal body as a whole being. … In fact all the beliefs of man which hold that the mortal body is the whole being are generated in the darkness of ignorance.” ~The Kolbrin Bible

This is what Plato was really talking about with his allegory of the cave in The Republic. He is not talking about people tricked into believing false things about the material world by politicians and business leaders, although that certainly occurs. He was talking about those who are tricked by the dark beings into believing that matter is all there is and the material universe is the only reality there is. Continue reading “Illusions and Reality”

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