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Rules and regulations....

Does anyone else ever get the feeling that the more dogma there is in religion, the less room there is for love (which doesn't have a great reputation for strict adherence to the rules)?

The same applies to metaphysical questions as well. The more we ponder the esoteric, the more we reduce it, it seems, and the less we focus on love.

And I have to wonder--what's the point if it isn't love?

Introduction

On the info page, it asked that I answer some questions when I join, so here it is:

-What is Your Username? noetic_heart.

-Are you man or a woman? Male

-What is Your path/worldview/religion? Well, that's the question, isn't it? At this point, I'm largely focused on Hinduism (or Sanatana Dharma if you prefer), with a heavy dollop of Buddhism (Therevada mostly) added in. It's not been a conscious choice so much as just finding that japa practice and kirtan seem very helpful to me, both spiritually and psychologically, which kind of naturally leads to where I started so very many years ago with Patanjali, but with a twist. Though it could be said that my only true religion is love. Still working it all out.

-What are Your Interests/Which subjects you would love to discuss about? I've got a pretty wide range of spiritual interests. Often, I just like to hear about other people's experiences with whatever practice they're engaged in, especially meditation and/or whatever they define as prayer (a word that turns off a lot of people in the US, I think).

-Are you willing to take new friends to Your friend's list? Absolutely. Anyone is welcome to friend me, and chances are I'll friend them back. The obvious exceptions are those journals that have 98237923874 friends and no entries.

Hello friends!

I'm new to LiveJournal, but I think this is a great place to meet people with similar interests and philosophies and beliefs.
I am definitely looking for new friends. Have a beautiful evening!
-What is Your Username? Fractal_Sutra
-Are you man or a woman? male
-What is Your path/worldview/religion? Ummm...difficult to explain
-What are Your Interests/Which subjects you would love to discuss about? I'm a collection of interests to numerous to mention
-Are you willing to take new friends to Your friend's list? yes

Manifesting Monday!

I want to start Manifesting Monday here in mystic_temple  because it is a wonderful way to tell  life & universe & our subconscious minds what we are willing to manifest into our lives. And it really works. I used to participate in Manifesting Monday in mystic_cafe  for a couple of years and it was such a great help for me in graduating from the university, finding a new home and creating all kinds of abundance. Now that the mystic_cafe  seems to be dead and gone I'd like to do the weekly manifesting here.

The idea is simple: Write a comment about all the things you wish to manifest into your life. The trick is to write them with gratitude and positivity as if you already had them in your life. The mind starts to create them and help you to find the possibilities and opportunities to start manifesting them into this reality as well. It may happen quickly or it may take a bit of time depending on your intention, circumstances and the clarity of the image of the thing you want to achieve.

It would also be wonderful to hear your stories about manifesting your wishes into reality. :)

Have fun and may your dreams come true!

Growing Up

Well since I was going to Peru, I knew I would need a book to read, so I picked up Angels & Demons (because my...partner, lover, our relationship is complicated) raved about the movie.  I like books compared to movies, because there is usually a lot more to books than movies when movies are based on books.  Now, mind you, I am not overtly religious, I do not practice a specific religious path...and I am certainly not a monotheist.  So what has this to do with anything?  Well I want to quote a section of the book.  I hope this is not to long, because right now this computer is entirely in smpaish and I don't know hot to make it appear shorter.  Sorry =/

Chartrand took a deep breath.  "I don't understand this omnipotent-benevolent thing."
The camerlengo smiled.  "You've been reading Scripture."
"I try."
"You are confused because the Bible describes God as an omnipotent and benevolent deity."
"Exactly."
"Omni-potent benevolent simply means that God is all power-ful and well meaning."
"I understand the concept.  It's just..there seems to be a contradiction."
"Yes,  THe contradiction is pain.  Man's starvation, war sickness..."
"Exactly!" Chartrand knew the camerlengo would understand.  "Teribble things happen in this world.  Human tragedy seems like proof that God could not possibly be both all-powerful and well meaning.  If He loves us and has the power to change our situation, He would prevent our pain, wouldn't He?"
The camerlengo frowned.  "Wouldn't He?"
..."Well if GOd loves us, and He can protect us, He would have to.  It seems He is either omnipotent and uncaring, or benevolent and powerless to help."
"Do you have children, Lieutenant?"
Chartrand flushed.  "No, signore."
"Imagine you had an eight-year-old son...would you love him?"
"Of course."
"Would you do everything in your power to prevent pain in his life?"
"Of course.""Would you let him skateboard?"
Chartrand did a double take.  The camerlengo always seemed oddly 'in touch' for a clergyman.  "Yeah, I guess," Chartrand said.  "Sure, I"d let him skateboard, but I'd tell him to be careful."
"So as this child's father, you would give him some basic, good advice and then let him go off and make his own mistakes?"
"I wouldn't run behind him and mollycoddle him if that's what you mean."
"But what if he fell and skinned his knee?"
"He would learn to be more careful."
The camerlengo smiled.  "So althought you have the power to interfere and prevent your child's pain, you would choose to show your love by letting him learn his own lessons?"
"Of course.  Pain is part of growing up.  It's how we learn."
The camerlengo nodded.  "Exactly."


Personally, I hold this as a Truth.  We are like children, growing up.  Human society in itself, is very very young.  We have some enlightened individuals and intellects, but compared to the world population at large, there are not as many, and many of those are in power.  People abuse said power like a child who realizes they have power over creatures and things smaller than them.  As we learn,  nothing does not stop affecting us; but we learn from our mistakes and triumphs.  I see a reason to why God(s) won't interfere with our lives.  We chose our own fates but of course, destiny won't be denied as well.

Yes, parents want to protect their children, but we see it in today's children, parents are over-parenting and trying to keep their children safe.  Religion gives guidelines and lessons to learn from for life. We have our spirit guides too, etc. etc.  Sometimes they'll give advice, but usually, I believe they let us walk on our own, to make choices on our own and face the consequences.  We are responsible for our actions and for our own happiness.  We touch a stove when we are young and say "ow" and learn not to touch the stove because it is hot.  When I rode my bike and fell down, I got hurt and sure my parents were there to make me feel better, but eventually I learned to not fall while riding a bike.

When I think back to all the time I spent in the middle of a forest screaming to God, "why do I suffer so?"  It's hard to believe I blamed all my suffering on him.  I felt abandoned, even though I never was.  I always had my spirit guides, the spirits of my ancestors and other beings constantly watching over me.  I was never alone.  I can't blame God or the Gods for my suffering.  I understand why I suffer so much in this life now.  I see things differently now.  But that is a whole other story on my thoughts of Gods and such.  But I learned from my suffering and all those painful lessons, I grew into the person that I am today.  No one, not even God(s) want to see their children suffer, but it is the way of life, a way of existing, a way of learning.

Newbie...me.

-What is Your Username?
Elaelila

-Are you man or a woman?
Female

-What is Your path/worldview/religion?
My path is called imakeitupasigoalongism.  I'm not really pagan, unless you refer to that I do believe in many gods, but I do not worship any of them.  I will go to them for help if there is need.

-What are Your Interests/Which subjects you would love to discuss about?
It's a lot honestly, anything spiritual, anything magically, nothing is to taboo unless it involves rape. I have taken Reiki 1 (haven't managed to do Reiki 2) and I do dabble in tarot cards.  I'm also big into graphic design and web design, reading, and DJing and that's what I do for fun.  The only topics I really do not care for involves monotheism, if it works for you, it works for you.

-Are you willing to take new friends to Your friend's list?
Yeah, I'm always up to meeting new friends!

I am the messenger

I am the messenger, the bringer of the eternal lite. for you the seeker, i will guide you gently. for you are the children of our future.  what you learn today will help you on your hard and long path ahead. but do not fear the dark, for the eternal lite is always within, but yet hidden in your deepest fears is your highest truth.

learn. conceptualize. experience. pass on the knowledge as you are the forerunners for the new movement that is awakening all of the sleeping.

remember who you are! for you are a child of god, perfect in every way. please accept this invitation to change the world,.. change your perception from a fear based thought process to a thought process based on love. this is the miracle. embarc on your journey but roam cautiously.

please comment.

1) In what way have you experienced the presence of some force beyond the physical or material aspect of life?

2) What principles do you use in understanding what the following events mean (how they fit or don't fit into an overarching scheme or destiny for humans):

A) disappointments in finding a love relationship, a job, or admittance to a school

B) the presence of serious diseases and injuries in life

C) the presence of human evil in the world

D) death


The original post can be found here.
1) What are the primary ethical principles people in the world should use to judge what is right and wrong?

2) What problems do you have with organized forms of religion?

3) What ideas (if any) about the existence of God (divine force, source of creation and forgiveness) seem to be most true in your opinion?


The original post can be found here.