23… Time Travel!!?

Ever wondered why time travel is not possible?We can’t travel backwards or forwards in time because past and future don’t, of themselves, exist.. they are merely thought forms. 

Therefore… the present moment is all there ever ‘is’. 

 ‘Time’ is an illusion created by (hu)mankind for its own convenience. 

Things don’t get older or move forward in time(future is only a thought form)… they merely alter in the present moment. 

Agreed?🤔

19… Catholic Priesthood and Celibacy!

I absolutely concur that an ordained priest should be equally available/committed to the whole spectrum of the community.. not a problem.
The problems start to surface thick and fast when celibacy becomes an absolute requirement for that vocation, particularly when there is no direct scriptural requirement for it!Jesus’s ministry involved approaching people as unique individuals, and hence it was a unique approach for each individual.. starting from where each person was on their life’s journey.
Surely a priest can work on the exact same premise.. one approach for one person, another for another, and yet another for his wife. All would be of EQUAL importance, but DIFFERENT…
The approach to any one(wife included), being the appropriate one for that unique individual. Intimacy would not be appropriate in all cases but one. Yet another approach would maybe not appropriate for his wife. BUT the availability and dedication of the priest to ALL his parishioners would still be equally deserved, and equally dispensed… just like Jesus!

Surely, if a view such as mine, could be instigated; untold human suffering could be avoided… For the priest: he would not have to repress his God-given instinct for intimacy/procreation, and…. for that innumerable host of God’s innocent, young, vulnerable, trusting, children; so many of whose young lives have been blighted by behaviour that has been a direct product of the celibacy ‘rule’.. which isn’t even scriptural in its origins!

This ‘rule’ has been just SO wrong in SO many ways, for TOO long!!

My response to the dogma that celibacy is required of the priesthood on the basis that in the post-christian era, sex, along with money and power, has become an abused attribute(and hence, as such, must be abolished regarding the priesthood); is…. that on a similar premise, abused inaugurations such as Christmas should be abolished too!??

PLEASE feel free to shoot me down(not TOO harshly though!) if you feel that I’m wrong or misguided 🙂

I’d be pleased to hear from you whatever your view on my opinion, and I’d be particularly interested if you happen to be a Catholic priest! 🙂

~arg

18… My view on “religion”…..

Some of the blogs on this site will be focused on my position as far as ‘religion’ is concerned; which, given the first 55 years of my life, most people would expect to be a totally ‘pro-religion’ stance.

Not so!….
However.. don’t misinterpret this as my meaning that if I’m not FOR religion, I must be against it. Not so, either!!

I believe that organised institutional religion CAN BE the greatest stumbling block to spirituality, and ‘waking up’! But… this doesn’t HAVE to be the case.

I’m convinced that none of the great spiritual teachers… Christ, The Buddha, Mohammed etc., intended to create an exclusive sect with harsh dogmas. Dogmas and Doctrines that I’m sure would make them cringe if they returned. They were about compassion, mercy, grace and forgiveness; not engendering fear of damnation if we dare to stray from the straight and narrow path.

I often wonder just how SO many have managed to get the whole thing SO wrong! 

It is staggering just how many ‘adherents’ have accepted indoctrination, so completely, that the leaders of these sects/denominations/religions, have been able to control them(and their purses!) through fear, guilt, desperation for salvation, into total submission!!  ..Submission that is all too often to the will of church leaders, as opposed to the ‘will of God’!!

Also.. how the blue blazes can people who all call themselves Christians, reconcile the fact that the Christian ‘religion’ is rent asunder with schisms such as DIFFERENT DOCTRINES!! 👹

There’s Catholic Doctrine, Anglican Doctrine, Baptist Doctrine, Methodist Doctrine etc… to name but a very few (yet ALL Christian!) denominational doctrines!! 😡.    And can they agree on a common doctrine??!… maybe when hell freezes over!!

Their doctrines differ SO greatly on what they see as important issues.

However, I’m sure that Christ, Buddha, Mohammad etc. would disagree with the fact that most of these issues are crucial to spirituality!

I’m not necessarily suggesting or advocating that every ‘religious’ person deserts their particular faith, but.. there is a desperate need for them to drop all the things, situations, previous assumptions, beliefs and indoctrination that would hinder their reaching a real awareness, awakeness, spirituality and plain simple stillness. 

If we could all just keep open hearts and minds… not be obsessed with past and future… not cling to(or invest our happiness in) things, situations and people(or even salvation!)…. we could attain that state that people like Christ promised was possible. 

Things such as joy and happiness can so easily be lost if they are attached to things/people/situations; because desirable things, people and situations, are fickle, and can SO easily be lost… And with them will go our happiness! 

Even if these things are not taken from us, there will always be an underlying fear of that loss, which will always hinder our finding the true happiness which dwells within us!

SO….. just ‘BE’, and ‘be’ with compassion…. that’s all it takes!

Drop all the things that love is NOT; live in the moment, and be open to everything with a stillness of mind. 

Then.. maybe, without any other fears or strivings, there is just a chance that the ‘penny will drop’ !

Self-consciously chase after love, happiness, salvation… Look for it outside of who you are, and you will only succeed in increasing your distance from these things.

Remember… you don’t need a reason to be kind.
Just be yourself,  which is love, compassion and happiness, and dump what you are NOT! 

You are NOT the sum of your thoughts, actions, opinions and experiences… they are incidental surface flutterings. You ARE the awareness, the love, the compassion, the happy soul, and.. the consciousness which is aware of all these other parts of your ‘story’, and sees them for what they are!

PLEASE join any or all of the discussions on my blog articles. I try to practice what I extol… my mind is open to the sharing of different opinions, in fact I welcome it.. be it pro or con. 😄👍

Pitch in, and let’s see what comes out of the melting-pot!

~agr~

20, 21, 22:  WORTH A LOOK!!..

Never NOT been here!?..
My interest in consciousness, awareness, cognition, and empathy with those before my incarnation, tends to stem from watching documentary films(some 40 years ago) of times before my birth, which induced a deep-down feeling that I’d “never not been here”… that I’d always been a part of the life/energy/consciousness equation. 
Would you hug Christ?

Yes, I would! And….

I also embrace the things that he was at pains to point us towards. 

However… I have grave misgivings about what he would make of much of modern-day ‘religion’!

Unfortunately(in my view), many of the interpretations, activities, and indoctrination practised by many organised, institutional ‘religions’/’denominations’, bear little or no resemblance to what he was really driving at!

Upon his return, I really think that he would have great difficulty in recognising(let alone being able to identify with) the teaching and codes of much of the movement that bears his name. 🤔
HOW(not WHO!) to help???!

  

I have a great problem(having read a great many opinions regarding flood-victims vs Syrian refugees), with many people’s attitudes towards helping others in crisis!!!

Which way of dispensing aid to unfortunate groups of people, is the ‘right’ one!??

If the “charity begins at home” approach is the right one, then the caption in this photo would hold good. But.. if we really believe that humankind is one family, and that race, creed, colour etc. shouldn’t be a dividing or a deciding factor; then, in my view, the aid resources that we offer to unfortunate groups, should be either spread more thinly amongst ALL the needy, or.. we should exercise priorities of ‘greatest need’, rather than those of race/colour/creed, or(same thing basically) the “us and them” criterion that the post appears to be suggesting. 

All I am trying to express, is my uncertainty that the attitude on the photo is the ‘right’ one.😊
Is Vision an Input or an Output situation? Or… BOTH??

Apparently, the act of looking, affects anything that we look at; which might explain the fact that we can often feel someone looking at us without seeing them? However.. we also believe that the act of seeing, is one of ‘input’ of light-energy reflected from the source of of the object which we ‘see’, and… that the image of that object is formed on the internal surface of the eye, and interpreted by the brain, and, as such, is an ‘internal’ image which has entered from an apparent external source. 

If this is true, how do we explain the fact that some kind of ‘output’ must be happening to cause the views object to be affected by our looking at it??🤔

17: The Way to Love(loving without attachment).

Anthony de Mello, in his last meditations(a pocket book called: “The Way To Love”) on ‘loving without attachment’, said that in ANY relationship, we should be able to say the following to the other person if we are to be able to truly love them…. “I leave you free to be yourself, to think your thoughts, to indulge your taste, follow your inclinations, behave in any way that you decide is to your liking.” Now.. see this in the context of the following from Anthony’s book……
“Here is a mistake that most people make in their relationships with others. They try to build a steady nesting place in the ever-moving stream of life.
Think of someone whose love you desire. Do you want to be important to this person, to be special and make a difference to his/her life? Do you want this person to care for you and be concerned about you in a special way? If you do, open your eyes and see that you are foolishly inviting others to reserve you for themselves, to restrict your freedom for their benefit, to control your behavior, your growth and development so that it will suit their interest. It is as if the other person said to you, “If you want to be special to me then you must meet my conditions. Because the moment you cease to live up to my expectations, you will cease to be special.” You wanted to be special to someone, didn’t you? So you must pay a price in lost freedom. You must dance to the other person’s tune just as you demand that other persons dance to yours if they want to be special to you.
Pause now to ask yourself if it is worth paying so much for so little. Imagine you say to this person whose special love you want, “Leave me free to be myself, to think my thoughts, to indulge my taste, to follow my inclination, to behave in ways that I decide are to my liking.” The moment you say those words you will understand that you are asking for the impossible. To ask to be special to someone means essentially to be bound to the task of making yourself pleasing to this person. And therefore to lose your freedom. Take all the time you need to realize this.
Maybe now you are ready to say, “I’d rather have my freedom than your love.” If you could either have company in prison or walk the earth in freedom all alone, which would you choose? Now say to this person, “I leave you free to be yourself, to think your thoughts, to indulge your taste, follow your inclinations, behave in any way that you decide is to your liking.” The moment you say that you will observe one of two things: Either your heart will resist those words and you will be exposed for the clinger and exploiter that you are; so now is the time to examine your false belief that without this person you cannot live or cannot be happy. Or your heart will pronounce the words sincerely and in that very instant all control, manipulation, exploitation, possessiveness, jealousy will drop. “I leave you free to be yourself: to think your thoughts, indulge your tastes, follow your inclinations, behave in ways that you decide are to your liking.”
And you will notice something else: The person automatically ceases to be special and important to you. And he/she becomes important the way a sunset or a symphony is lovely in itself, the way a tree is special in itself and not for the fruit or the shade that it can offer you. Your beloved will then belong not to you but to everyone or to no one like the sunrise and the tree. Test it by saying those words again: “I leave you free to be yourself….” In saying those words you have set yourself free. You are now ready to love. For when you cling, what you offer the other is not love but a chain by which both you and your beloved are bound. Love can only exist in freedom. The true lover seeks the good of his beloved which requires especially the liberation of the beloved from the lover.”
If this ‘clicks’ with you, and you would like to read more… read ‘Awareness’ and/or ‘The Way To Love’… both by Anthony De Mello.
‘The Way To Love’ is hard to find these days, but I have a few copies… just ask! 😄

~agr~