Left and Right

    Many people consider the right hand to be, in some way, better than the left. In some places in the world, left-handed people like myself are considered odd, abnormal, or even evil. It is true that the left hand is different from the right, the right brain is different from the left and the right side of the body is different from the left. That doesn’t mean that one side is better than the other. We know that energy wise, the left hand receives energy while the right hand gives it so when we are trying to increase our spiritual energy, we primarily use the left hand to take in spiritual energy (along with our eyes which also receive energy). When we want to give energy to others, such as when trying to heal someone, we do it with the right hand. 
    Since the right hand is the giving side, some may consider it better than the left because giving is considered better than receiving, but consider this: if you don’t receive, you will have nothing to give. As far as physical activities go, does it really matter which hand you favor? Probably not. We usually end up being left-handed or right-handed partly because of what we are taught and partly by which side is our strongest.


Our Dual Spiritual Nature

    Humans have a dual nature, I think we all know that by now. We have a good side and a bad side, a greedy side and a generous side, a sharing side and a hoarding side, etc. This was illustrated well in the classic tale of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
     What many people seem to forget when they start to develop their spiritual side is that the same thing applies in that area. We really have both a dark spirit and a Light spirit. A dark spirit from the fallen angels who created the physical realms and a Light spirit from God who created the spiritual realms. This seems contradictory to some because they think anything spiritual must be from God, but you must remember that the fallen angels have a spiritual nature as well and that is why everything has a spirit, even if it is not a creation of God. Man is fortunate enough to have a Light spirit because God took pity on us after the fall and provided us with a Light spirit and a soul so that we could redeem ourselves and return to His realm. So when we join a spiritual school, or follow some spiritual development techniques from a book, we have to be careful that the spirit we are developing is the Light spirit. Actually, we always develop both, but the important thing is which one do we develop the most. With proper techniques and proper attitude, we develop primarily the Light spirit and soul, although the dark one is inevitable developed to some degree as well. 
    So how do you know if you are developing the Light spirit rather that the dark? One way to know is by observing how you change as a result. If you become more negative, angry, judgmental, fearful, etc. they you are developing the dark spirit. If you are becoming more loving, tolerant, forgiving, etc. than you are successfully developing your Light spirit. Another way of knowing is by the techniques used. If the techniques involve sitting in a dark room and using the powers of mind and ego, then you are obviously working on your dark nature more than your spiritual nature. If the techniques are primarily done in broad daylight aided by the power of the Sun of Righteousness, then they are working primarily on your Light spirit.


Scripture: Esther 6:1-7

On that night could not the king sleep, and he commanded to bring the book of records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king.
And it was found written, that Mor’decai had told of Bigtha’na and Teresh, two of the king’s chamberlains, the keepers of the door, who sought to lay hand on the king Ahasue’rus.
And the king said, What honor and dignity hath been done to Mor’decai for this? Then said the king’s servants that ministered unto him, There is nothing done for him.
And the king said, Who is in the court? Now Haman was come into the outward court of the king’s house, to speak unto the king to hang Mor’decai on the gallows that he had prepared for him.
And the king’s servants said unto him, Behold, Haman standeth in the court. And the king said, Let him come in.
So Haman came in. And the king said unto him, What shall be done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honor? Now Haman thought in his heart, To whom would the king delight to do honor more than to myself?
And Haman answered the king, For the man whom the king delighteth to honor, …

So Haman goes on to tell the King how he would like to be honored while never realizing that the king wishes to honor Mor’decai whom Haman was planning to hang.  Such is the nature of egotism that Haman could not imagine the king wishing to honor anyone but him.  In Chapter seven of Esther, the king finds out what Haman’s true nature is and orders him hanged.  The Book of Esther is not quoted often since it has few short sections that make good quotes, but the entire chapter is important.  While it seems to be a mere historical tale of royal politics, it is, according to the Dictionary of all Scriptures and Myths,  symbolic of the soul’s journey to enlightenment.


Random Thoughts 11-21-2010

What I think is really scary about the Bernie Madoff story is that so many people gave him money to invest, apparently without knowing what he was investing it in!  Even if it wasn’t a Ponsi scheme, he could have been selling guns in Mexico, buying drugs in South America, etc. but most of the investors didn’t seem to care.  As long as Madoff could promise them big profits, that’s all that mattered.

It’s interesting that, except for appearing on the Joy Behar show, and local newspapers, there has been little in the news media about pastor Jim Swilley admitting that he is gay .  Is it because his megachurch, unlike most others, has never preached hatred toward gays or any other minority?  I have to assume that it is.  I had never heard of this pastor or his church before this show but I am happy that he has proved that the creation of a megachurch is possible without preaching hatred and bigotry.

A man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind”  ~James Allen