I would like to touch on the subject of faith, faith has different meanings, according to how it is used and in the context that it is meant.
I will delve a little into religious faith, a belief in something that cannot be proven, all religions are someone else s ideas about reality as they see it or as they say they have been guided by some unknown entity or entities.
These people or entities have gone to great lengths and have gone into great details to explain their beliefs so they will be believed by others because they believe it is very important.
In a lot of cases, these beliefs have no clear authors and are said to have been written by someone other than Human, in all of these cases, none of it can be proven and has to be taken "as is" to be the truth.
'Well they all can't be right' a logical person would say, but it would be hard to argue that there is some wisdom in these words in all of the faiths, also it is hard to believe that some of these supernatural events described in this literature could possibly have happened as they seem to defy all logic of what we know as fact today.
Some of these religions and beliefs have just one author and some have many, some are human and others are above human, some belief in several Gods and others believe in just one God and in others, there are no God or gods, the diversity is great,
but what they all have in common is some wisdom and some common sense. It is not clearly understood why claims of unprovable supernatural events have occurred in these various scriptures,
is it to show the power that is held by them, or to put fear into the minds of the people so they will follow these beliefs? Or is it to make a story more interesting, or to make a point so that you will continue to read and study?
There is also the possibility that they really happened, this last assumption is what will cause a logical person in the 21st century to think that it is a fairy tale, after all, would it not be easier for God to just put his mighty hand down and stop the pharaoh and his warriors before he gets to Moses and his people instead of parting the red sea?,
maybe so, but it wouldn't make as good a story that would stick in your mind. I am not saying that this did not actually happen as it is told in the Holy Bible, but I am trying to present a logical alternative, that may cause disbelievers to look at things from a different perspective,
barring all of the supernatural events, there is still much common sense and wisdom to be found in the Bible and other religious and non-religious beliefs. So why doesn't God just lower his mighty hand and point at all of us and fill the air with his mighty voice and say 'I AM HERE...BELIEVE IN ME!'
It is simple and yet complex, it is because of Faith, Faith is a powerful thing, faith is the cause of wars, it is also driven by love, many people have died in the name of their faith. The crusades were an embarrassing time for Christians, due to a fanatical view of faith.
If just a few passages would have been remembered and adhered to, it could have been mostly avoided, HELLO!, thou shall not kill, remember, we were all given free will and God said Vengeance is MINE...not ours. What happened to the love and tolerance?
I know that I have oversimplified this, and back then, not all people could read or had access to books.....oh wait, the printing press had not even been invented yet, so there could be the excuse of ignorance or that blind raging faith was running amuck.
But now we are in the 21st century, everyone should be able to read, and books, paper, and electronics are much more accessible, yet people still slaughter people because of what was written many years ago,
this is a blind illogical faith, seemingly from evil origins. True faith is driven by love and should have a positive influence on lives, to have this sort of faith, gives you a sense of power and structure in your life, it adds an important yet mysterious variable to your equation of life, it opens a door that you can not readily see and enables you to accomplish much more than you can imagine.
It does not require you to believe everything that you read literally, only the one thing that counts but cannot be proven. All of the rest is logical common sense. A decent amount of discrimination in what you read will go a long way towards filtering out truth from the stories that are filled with the dogma of the era it was written,
remember, most all of these scriptures were written by MAN, even though there was some sort of divine guidance at least in the beginning.
I understand that faith in one all-powerful God or entity is the single most difficult concept for a logical human being to grasp, it requires a "leap" that many cannot do, it seems too silly to believe in something that cannot be proven, but in it's self is a very powerful idea that may be the one final thing that will allow you to 'move on' to the next adventure in your eternal spirits journey.
If it is proof that you need, the science community is actually bending in the way of "proof", well, not indisputable, but some great scientists are coming around to believe that there is a specific intelligent order to our existence and to our universe,
great mathematicians actually even have equations stating this, though their arguments may be compelling, they cannot be considered real proof in the sense of the word as you and I know it, yes there is much evidence that cannot readily be explained,
but God does not appear to us as we would expect or hope, probably the greatest proof that anyone on our planet has seen, is of Jesus Christ, with his unequaled wisdom and miracles and his sacrifice, the son of God who is one with his father, did many miraculous things witnessed by thousands.
He defied all logic and seemingly broke all of the laws of physics for the betterment of mankind, after all, his father made all of those laws, and who better to do this than his son.
Proof of Jesus Christ's existence is out there and not just in the Bible, there are even hostile accounts of his existence from non-believers that thought him a magician or fraud, yet they do acknowledge his existence and mention what he did and what happened to him.
It is not imperative to believe in God, to be a good person with good values, but personally, I believe it is the single most important and powerful concept to grasp in order to make the most out of your life.
Faith cannot be faked, you cannot just say that you believe in something, when in fact you really don't, you may fool people that you tell, but you will really be the one that is being fooled,
God will obviously know your true intentions, if you have lived a less than honorable life where you have cheated and stolen and lied, creating grief and discord for others throughout your life,
and you then learned that all you have to do to erase all of this bad is to believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for all of your sins, and if you would take him into your heart, everything will be forgiven, sounds like a great deal right?
But there is a catch, just saying it, doesn't make it so, it has to feel in your heart, it has to be your true intention, there has to be an unwavering faith and no subterfuge of any kind for it to come to be.
In fact, your life would have to completely change and stay changed in order for any of these promises to come to be, it isn't a get out of jail free card to save you at the eleventh hour when you realize all of the bad you have done all of your life,
it must be done NOW, and you must reverse your life completely and not revert to your old ways, it isn't something that you can keep in the back of your mind and use when you feel it is convenient,
you see, true faith is very powerful, but even people with true faith are not perfect, and still make mistakes, they have emotions, they say things that they don't always mean, they are human, it's their true intentions that are examined in the end.
I know if you are an Atheist or Naturalist or Buddhist or of a belief that does not include God, you probably think all of this is bunk, that there really is no point to all of this, that just blindly believing in something isn't going to save you,
this isn't exactly appropriate to add Buddhism in this category as Buddhists have faith in that they will reincarnate if their Karma justifies it, and they have broken down their rules to follow for different stages that their soul may follow in their pursuit to escape the reincarnations,
whereas Naturalists conform more to the scientific fact where nature is the way things are, this is closer to Taoism except for the supernatural stuff, Nature has a balance that strives to be maintained,
where for example if all of the predators are hunted to extinction, the animals that normally would be held in check, now run amuck until they surpass the food available and then begin to die off,
on the other hand, if a man were to hunt these animals to extinction, the predators would look elsewhere such as towns and prey on pets or children until they starve and are eliminated, Nature has a good system of balance that should not be messed with to extremes.
Now I have had a difficult time nailing down what an Atheist believes, I know that an atheist does not believe in God or deities and may believe in science and evolution, after all, we were all born atheists, and only acquired a religion or belief when our parents took us to church or just to fit in to society,
this does not mean that an Atheist is evil, anyone that knows the difference between right and wrong or good and bad can be from almost any belief or non-belief system, believing in evolution isn't wrong, just as in science, it's the information that man has gathered at this point in time which supports its validity,
I believe in evolution to a degree, natural selection, survival of the fittest are logical assumptions, there are plants that have mutated to protect themselves from being eaten to extinction by their predators and science has proven these theories again and again,
but there are things that science is still unable to explain and have not been able to replicate in the lab, most importantly Man,
that is why it is still called the "theory" of evolution, I have given an interpretation for the Bible that includes evolution, which essentially nullifies this so-called inconsistency, and as for science, science is still relatively new,
and I am not quite ready to base my life on something that is in a continuous flux where theories are being disproven and changed still so often,
there are still too many unknowns out there, things that just cannot be explained, so basically that puts God in the same category as science and evolution as far as I'm concerned, except God has been studied much longer than science and evolution,
true there are not any resounding proofs, but that is the nature of Faith.
And what is true faith anyways, some people have beliefs and some have faith and some people KNOW,
knowing is vastly more superior than just having faith,
when you are an individual that has had experiences in their life that has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that there is a supreme intelligence out there, guiding you and listening to you, you would have true faith.
Now this person that has this so-called true faith, you might think is delusional and is off their rocker, but as long as they aren't doing stupid things, wearing foil hats and hoarding truckloads of newspapers,
they have immeasurable power and advantage over many material based individuals that live exclusively by the word of science.
There can also be a correlation made to instinct and or intuition, this same power as it is can be realized in a way that is less obvious, never the less, faith must be had to some extent to progress in any sort of spiritual life, be it faith in God or some higher power or at least in one's self.
What do we all have faith in really?
Our Materialistic societies have faith in the senses and what stimulates them, this is an inevitable thing that has to happen in order to live in a 3-dimensional existence on our planet,
the degree in which we wish to participate in these sorts of things are truly up to all of us since we have all been given free will,
faith in an all-knowing entity or an energy, that has laws set up in the cosmos for humanity and all other forms of life, is a stretch, especially since there is no Material way to prove it's existence,
possibly by just not participating in all of the material indulgences, we can come closer to realizing what this mystery that we have faith in really is.
Humanities material existence has been increasing steadily for the last few hundred years, it has made our environment much easier to tolerate, with the invention of air conditioning and central heat, lives have become easier to a point,
electricity has enabled us to see in the dark, cook food at a faster rate and more easily, automobiles give us the ability to travel much easier than ever before, the list goes on, just the last 100 years have brought much convenience to many,
communication and entertainment have reached new heights and continue their climb, now our new generations take for granted cell phones and electricity, they are becoming complacent and are losing touch with nature and our true roots.
It is true that nowadays you must have a cell phone to ensure that you are not stranded somewhere if your vehicle quits, computers and the internet are great tools that have the ability to bring great knowledge to humanity and not just a bunch of mindless games of death and corruption.
Don't let your children forget where their roots truly come from, it isn't a bad thing for them to simulate a time of 100 years ago, or better yet 200 years ago for just only 24 hours, this will put in perspective their materialism, and will cause more of an appreciation for what they now have.
Reality Enlightenment and Truth is the name of this site and so far some faith has been talked about, an investigation into Enlightenment may be what is needed to continue here.
Enlightenment is a state of being, I am not talking about being enlightened to the latest football scores or to our nations political arena, I am talking about where your essence came from and what is expected of you during your life,
survival is always going to be first no matter how great your faith is, but falling in with the crowd mentality is not using your mind as it should be,
as an example, over the last few decades, many cities and ancient civilizations have been found under miles of water in our earth's oceans, this has thrown a monkey wrench into science and many religions, there is no reason to panic but just add this knowledge to your memory and to help put into perspective what you view as our state of reality,
it is a process that continues by enlightenment and using our intuition and some discrimination to filter beliefs towards our faiths to determine the closest thing to the truth that can be expected in the world in which we live.
So what is there to be enlightened about? Being enlightened about reality should be the cornerstone of our existence, our aspirations, for the most part, are based on materialism,
you want to make lots of money, buy lots of stuff, get married and have lots of children, this is the American dream for many, the reality is that we have all done this many times before, we are born,
we live and we die, then in a couple hundred years we do it again, the reason for this is to learn, to learn the difference in what is important and what is an indulgence, we need to realize that we are only temporarily here, we are all fragments of the ultimate universal consciousness,
and all of us are playing out every conceivable scenario, whether it be good or bad, mostly if it is good, we are on our way out of here and if it has been bad we have to come back to make it right,
when we realize what it is that we have been doing, it becomes much easier for everyone, we know what is expected of us and we discontinue the "mistakes" that have been keeping us here for so long.
All of our seeming realities consist of what we perceive with our senses, what we see in media and on the internet is our conception of reality, how people act in our civilization and our governments convey a supposed norm,
what is popular in entertainment and what is acceptable as decent and honorable actions in our societies is the standard that has been set for humanities actions,
if you really pay attention to what is important to people and their actions and ideals as they are revealed in our social behaviors in media and the internet,
Does it set a new precedent for pettiness, selfishness, and greed, whatever happened to humility and forgiveness? Our reality that we are currently creating is lacking greatly of the spiritual side of our natures and is dominated mostly from the material side of our natures,
not enough give and too much take will end up warping our general attitudes towards life, technology needs to be more spiritually based to start to even our playing fields in order for us to all evolve better feelings towards each other.
Getting up, making breakfast, going to work, going to lunch, working some more and after work, hanging with some friends or doing an activity alone or with friends, going home, eating dinner,
watch a show or two, take a shower and go to sleep. This is a basic schedule for a basic person in the USA, there are a few variables depending on age, time of year and location,
some people will work more, some people will party more and some people will expand their knowledge more, I was one of these people that took advantage of all of the material benefits of being human with human senses,
this is the norm for many people, there are of course people from third world countries that spend most of their time just surviving and there are people in war zones or terrorist zones that have a totally different view of relaxation,
some people read, some people play, some people socialize and some people study, it is all totally up to you what you do with the rest of your life.
When it comes to faith, there cannot be a more powerful tool in the quest for reality, faith has to be "lived" in order to really be called faith, just the word has little meaning, and just saying that you have faith carries little weight,
it is much more than a word, it is "knowing" something and that is what gives it its power when you know something beyond a shadow of a doubt, you have a certain type of power that is far beyond the senses,
now there are the religious posers that go to church and put on their appearances so that the others of their congregation will think that they are "spiritual" but they really don't believe, they are just caving to peer pressure or believing that they are covering their bases just in case God really is real,
I cannot speak bad of anyone that wants to believe but really needs proof before they go "all in" This is the true partition between science and religion, according to science having faith in God is the same as superstition or just high hopes,
but it really is no different than an unproven theory except it has a power behind it, when combined with sacrifice, it can move mountains.
Don't Discard Science
I may come off as someone that does not give much credibility to science, on the contrary, I am an electronics technician that has worked purely in the scientific field for the last 20 years and before that,
science was a hobby that was used to interface to my parapsychology interests, there are certain scientific theories that do not take into account the unexplained, these anomalies are usually just ignored until someone conveniently meshes it with quantum entanglement or some other high tech theory,
it is true that some of these conspiracy theorists go off the deep end with their descriptions of aliens hiding in the moon using mind control while feeding off of our negative thoughts, all the while, masking the moon from our view by an elaborate holographic system that hides what they are doing
....Really?...could you imagine the energy necessary to mask the entire moon while still reflecting enough light back to the earth to enable us to see? Would it not be easier and more energy efficient to just build under the moon's surface to avoid our detection?
And to pick on the more spiritual pioneers that endeavor to explain every unexplained thing on our planet by using remote viewers that peer into the distant past to explain the pyramids and Atlantis,
what is missed by these organizations is that everyone has psychic abilities, and even though these remote viewers are going into a project totally blind, it isn't realized that the people that invent these projects, the people that assign numbers to these projects and the people that are aware of what is going on in these projects,
have their own opinions as to the theories that may encompass some of these projects, all of these people have met each other, they may not tell what they are doing in a specific project, but they don't need to,
they can be projecting their own ideas and these "viewers" may just be picking up on their thoughts, which is nothing more than another example of quantum entanglement if you want to be scientific about it,
just as Cleve Baxter was able to show that plants could react to his emotions at a great distance, the same could be said about these viewers and their associates and employers,
they may not necessarily be remote viewers, but clairvoyants that are able to read the minds of their associates.
As for science and a belief in God, if the scientific community is willing to believe that prior to the "Big Bang" our entire universe comprised of hundreds of billions of galaxies, each containing a hundred billion stars was compressed into a single particle,
how far of a stretch can a belief in God be? This theory is quite a stretch, and when our universe is finished expanding it shall collapse back into its single particle,
I am more apt to believe that our universe was manifested from the ether or Dark matter or dark energy as science perceives it by the word or action of God or an omnipotent force, thinking that we have the answers for everything is an arrogant view considering the amounts of unknowns still out there,
do not get me wrong, science has answers for our material existence that have dispelled many a superstition, but it is not the final word, in reality, science is still in its infancy and should show a little humility when it comes to the unknown,
when magic starts to be reclassified as a sort of quantum entanglement, a new view of spiritualism shall evolve.
It isn't impossible to believe in science and still be spiritual, just being on this planet in a 3 dimensional existence, we are already limited by our senses, science has progressed so much in the last 200 years that comfort, education, and health are three of the biggest changes that have happened to humans,
it is true that there are still people living without electricity and food and good water is hard to come by, and still, religious freedom is suppressed in a few places, but I believe that it is up to all of us that have it good to share the blessings with the rest of the world,
this is happening slowly but surely, there are plenty of good organizations that help people around the world, and if you are unable to participate yourself in the changes for the good of humanity, hopefully, a monetary donation is possible instead,
all of these possibilities that science has presented to humanity to improve the way of life should not be exclusive to only those who can afford them, there should be a basic minimum for all of humanity and icing for the cake can be had by those exclusive few that hold a premium for the material luxuries of life.
I am in no way thinking of discarding science, but I also believe that science should not discard all of our spiritual aspects when it comes to esp and miracles and the unknown, these are considered types of pseudoscience,
there is as of yet no scientific method to exploring these things in great detail, the reason for this is simple, as it is well known in the scientific fields that experiments watched have non-consistent results correlating with automated experiments,
this is because everything is connected, and when it comes to the unexplained phenomena it is even more so, the material scientists offer material prizes for proof of esp, what they really need to offer is something that doesn't benefit the psychic's physical senses, but benefits humanity,
by taking out the reward that is focused towards the false personality and shifting it towards the spiritual will give a more attractive incentive to our spiritual selves,
I believe that most miracles are of a selfless nature giving them a sort of divine power that cannot be purchased at any price, and until this fact is realized and thoroughly learned, the progress of science in the unknown so-called pseudo-sciences will continue to stagnate.
Why are you here? Why are you reading this? Is it because you are trying to break free from your materialistic shackles, or is it because you have been driven to seek answers to questions that you don't even know how to ask?
Is there more to life than what you have been doing and where you have been going? Taking the spiritual path is not always so much fun, mostly because being brought up in the 21st century, there are many material advantages to living the life that you now lead,
just take stock for a moment and realize what goodies and what technology that you use and then think of what you would do without them, some people cannot exist without their cell phone, when just 50 years ago we all had to do with just a home phone,
it is true that there are some great innovations in technology that can be considered very good, like the internet, but even that can have its addictions, social networks, abilities to buy whatever you crave at a moments notice, pornography, just to name a few,
but having the ability to find information without going to a library is awesome, air conditioning is great, electricity and indoor plumbing can't be dissed since it has made life more comfortable and has raised health standards.
Just try to not to watch a video or television or go to a movie for a week, I keep a cell phone in the car for emergency purposes, and it isn't unusual for me to not even turn it on for weeks at a time.
but this is just me, I have gone on strike against materialism and that is not such an easy task for an electronics technician, my life revolves around technology, it is my job to repair, build and invent material things,
but when I punch out, I unplug and go old school, I have to make a compromise between spirituality and my senses and what they crave, work in the yard is a good opportunity for me to meditate and reflect,
but this is not enough, since I am married, I must consider my wife's needs, and since she is not on the exact same path as I am, she will require more material satisfaction than I require, this is difficult and she is mostly at the mercy of my belief system of being non-material,
so I am not striving to make lots of money, but enough to exist well enough for me, fortunately, she has her small income coming in to relieve the economic pressure on her,
trying to base your life on work that benefits everyone and not just yourself is a challenge but it is do-able when there is an extreme lack of material aspirations in your life.
What to Do?
Everyone is different, not everyone can follow the path to enlightenment the same way, as a devout Buddist may not have a home and lives off of the charity of others, this cannot be expected of everyone for obvious reasons,
just as we all cannot be ascetics because someone must do work in our societies to keep our civilizations progressing, there are a variety of castes or classes of people in our world that have different missions in life,
according to the positions that their souls are in from their various incarnations, they may be still rather young and a spiritual side has not developed to lead them in a direction other than materialism,
it isn't until near the end of their incarnations that urgency is felt that drives them towards a spiritual unification, this isn't to say that younger souls don't go to church, but that is mostly more introductory than a full-blown belief,
they are just getting a taste of the spiritualism that will be coming in future lives, training wheels of sorts that will prepare them for the future,
for the most part, the younger souls will be learning and making all of the money and the older souls will be doing the teaching and struggling to pay off all of the acquired karma of many lives previous.
Plague of False Personality
It is good that you have realized and are observing your duality, the continuous action of push and pull exercises your mind continuously when you have a bad thought or bad feeling, you should be immediately replacing it with some constructive thought or idea,
you are attempting to cut down the mighty redwood with a pocket knife, the process never ends and progress is slow, the removal of fuel from this dualistic fire is of great advantage to you at this point,
the materialistic tools are greatly used by false personality to keep its foothold on your ego, your vises and desires must continually decrease in order for there to be steady progress towards your goals,
false personality has a power of its own, so do not let down your guard for a minute, it uses your senses against you constantly, listening to violently charged music, action movies with their state of the art effects bring death to a whole new level,
buying that extra box of twinkies or whatever your comfort junk food may be, the smell of air fresheners and perfumes and whatever that less than a natural scent that attracts you,
not to mention whatever less than wholesome activities you desire to engage in is false personalities life.
This also brings us to everyone that you deal with as in friends, family, the media and work, after you have progressed to a point, you will notice this and it will even start to seem unreal as to how seemingly everyone is wrapped up in material life,
the confrontationally charged people overrun by emotions while watching a football game or really any competition based game, the preoccupations with money and power, even nice morally good people becoming emotionally charged by wrongs being done to other seemingly good people.
Be sure to not be dragged into other peoples false personality, and especially if your friends are not on the same path as you are, they will appear to gang up on these strange beliefs,
the gang mentality of false personality is able to see your threat and will act accordingly, be careful not to lose the precious ground that you have gained with your hard work, it is false personalities game to start an argument in order to drag you in to participate.
I do not intend for anyone to abandon their friends and family, false personality will always be there no matter what, but it is your free will to determine how much control you give it.
All of the bad things that people do on our planet stems from false personality and all of the good comes from our spiritual side, the wars and oppression, the greed and hunger for power undermines our race's progress towards a true civilization,
false personality has great power which comes from our senses and negative emotions, it cares only for the material side of existence, it truly is the root of all evil, our spiritual side harbors all of the wisdom and is immortal,
it will continue when our body dies and will inhabit another body along with false personality over and over again until enough is learned and balanced, the realization of this duality will give more power to your free will which will give you more tools to combat this foe and take back control,
this is not an easy task, and once it is realized the battle will continue regularly, your meditation times and your sleep cycles are your only rest, as this also depends on how much ground you surrender to your false side, there are many factors that fuel your false self, so be aware!
Duality has been noticed in our societies for ages, it is what has been blamed on evil, it can even be considered a metaphor for Satan, some people have very strong false personalities which manifest in the guise of evil,
they are what would be considered the anti-christ, they are the protectors of sense driven materialism, they strive on strife and war, hate, greed, and power, they are the ones that oppress and torture all in the name of religion in some cases,
they stir emotions in order to drag others to their level, there is no understanding or compassion and the seven deadly sins are their tools of choice, do not be fooled by their excuses and reasons for their actions,
at best they are a smokescreen to hide their true intentions, the spiritual tools of the 7 virtues are what are used to battle this and our Free Will and immortality are our motivating factors to get the job done,
there is immense power in the unconditional love that can transform our planet into something great that give us a position of respect in our Galaxy.