Received from a Friend

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 12:59 PM [General]


    If you will take the time to read these. I promise you'll come away with an enlightened perspective. The subjects covered affect us all on a daily basis.

    I've learned .... That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.

    I've learned .... That when you're in love, it shows.

    I've learned .... That just one person saying to me, 'You've made my day!' makes my day.

    I've learned .... That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.

    I've learned .... That being kind is more important than being right.

    I've learned .... That you should never say no to a gift from a child.

    I've learned .... That I can always pray for someone when I don't have the strength to help him in some other way.

    I've learned .... That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.

    I've learned .... That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.

    I've learned .... That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.

    I've learned .... That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.

    I've learned .... That we should be glad God doesn't give us everything we ask for.

    I've learned .... That money doesn't buy class.

    I've learned .... That it's those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.

    I've learned ... That under everyone's hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.

    I've learned .... That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.

    I've learned .... That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.

    I've learned .... That love, not time, heals all wounds.

    I've learned .... That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.

    I've learned .... That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.

    I've learned .... That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.

    I've learned ... That life is tough, but I'm tougher.

    I've learned .... That opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.

    I've learned .... That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.

    I've learned .... That I wish I could have told my Mom that I love her one more time before she passed away.

    I've learned .... That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them.

    I've learned .... That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.

    I've learned .... That when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little fist, that you're hooked for life.

    I've learned .... That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it.

    I've learned .... That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.

    To all of you.... Make sure you read all the way down to the last sentence. It's National Friendship Week. Show your friends and family how much you care. Send this to everyone you consider a FRIEND, even your family, if it means sending it back to the person who sent it to you. If it comes back to you, then you'll know you have a circle of friends and family.

    HAPPY FRIENDSHIP WEEK TO YOU!!!!!! YOU ARE MY FRIEND AND I AM HONORED! Now send this to every friend you have!! And to your family.

    This was sent to me by a friend

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    Playing the Fool

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 2:44 PM [General]

    Sometimes it is best to play the fool.  When others look to you for advice they may think you know it all, when no one truly knows all.  It is best to make them think and look within their self for the wisdom they seek.  Enjoy the journey for it is more important, at this point in time, than the destination.

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    Monday, March 31, 2014, 2:25 AM [General]

    It takes wisdom to see all as contained within the One. The wise must still find the path where the proper balance is found.  That pathway is called by many different names.  But we know, it is the pathway of love.  Easy to name, but difficult to walk.  Still, the journey of love is what makes life worth living.

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    Christianity Got Side tracked

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 2:22 AM [General]

    To honor Jesus's teachings, Love is the prime directive - love of everyone as yourself, whether they follow your religion and lifestyle or a different religion and lifestyle. In the beginning God looked upon all creation and pronounce that it was good, very, very good. As you treat each one of god's children -- that is how you relate to and bear witness for your God.  If you cannot love each one of your brothers and sisters whom you have seen -- How can you truly love God, whom you have not seen?  Christianity got side tracked from the true teachings of Jesus when the church wanted to establish a uniformity of belief  so that one person or church would have total domination and control.  God's covenants exist for all people, not just a chosen group, religion, or sect.  As Abraham was informed, God had established his covenant with all even though they related to him, the I am, in different ways and by using different names.

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    A Unitarian

    Saturday, February 1, 2014, 3:27 AM [General]

    I identify myself as a Unitarian. I do not reject scriptures but feel all scriptures and religious teachings from around the world have a portion of the truth but not the whole truth. 

    There is only One God worshiped in many different ways. Many early teachers, even before there were organized religions were also Unitarian, believing in One God, and built upon that foundation to share with others what worked for them and what did not. 

    They did not tell others what they must believe or not believe, but shared what they felt was true and allowed others to do the same. Many did study the available religious teachings and used reason to separate what they felt was truth and what was not. 

    Their instruction was to test the teachings and see what works for you and what does not. Use what works for you and leave the rest for others to learn from and use if it helps them to live a better life.

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    Changing Destiny

    Monday, January 27, 2014, 5:56 PM [General]

    The I Ching is considered by many to be the earliest philosophy book in ancient China and teaches people to become sages and virtuous people.

    Because all thoughts and behavior are changeable, so are all the consequences; of gain and loss, joy and pain, flexible and changeable. These consequences can be added, subtracted, multiplied, and divided: gained and lost in accordance with the behavior of the individual.

    A constant is the cause. A variable is the condition. The key to changing destiny is determined by the condition and this is what Buddhism and many other religions stress. By controlling this variable we can change destiny. Then we can pursue our wishes and goals and attain remarkable results.

    The I Ching is truly extraordinary. However, it is a pity that now it has virtually become a fortune-telling book. The I Ching, like many other books, was intended to teach us how to obtain happiness, world peace, and stability: to change our destiny by accumulating merit and virtue.

    Good advice is the teaching of the sages of this world and beyond. Later generations called these teachings sutras or scriptures These sutras and scriptures speak of truths that do not change with time. The truth that surpasses time is the same now as it was thousands of years ago. It never changes whether in the East or in the West.

    We will benefit and improve if we believe in the teachings, but if we do not, then we will miss their remarkable benefits.

    While destiny exists, it is not fixed. We cannot change what has been in the past. It is a constant. What is done in the present is a variable. What we do today can change our destiny.

    If we seek only to change those things that are without, we will be at a loss both within and without. We need to change from our heart, from our minds and hearts, to refrain from wrongdoing and to cultivate goodness. If we cultivate goodness very diligently, we need not wait until our next lifetimes to reap our reward.

    Modified and selected from Changing Destiny – Liao-Fan's Four Lessons and Commentary by Venerable Master Chin Kung.   

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    Readings from Sirach

    Monday, January 27, 2014, 5:53 PM [General]

    Chapter 42, Verses18-21

    He searches the abyss and the human heart and he understands their innermost secrets.

    For the Most High knows all that may be known. He sees from of old the things that are to come. He discloses what has been and what is to be and he reveals the traces of hidden things

    No thought escapes him and nothing is hidden from him. He has set in order the splendors of his wisdom. He is from all eternity one and the same.

    Nothing can be added or taken away, and he needs no one to be his counselor.

    Chapter15, Verses 14-17

    It was he who created humankind in the beginning, and he left them in the power of their own free choice.,

    If you choose, you can keep the commandments, and to act faithfully is a matter of your own choice. Before each person are life and death, and whichever one chooses will be given.

    Chapter 43 Verses 26-27

    Because of him each of his messengers succeed, and by his word all things hold together.

    We could say more but could never say enough; let the final word be:

    “He is the all.”

    From “The Book of Sirach” also called “Ecclesiasticus, or The Wisdom of Jesus Son of Sirach.”

    Not included in the Protestant Bibles but considered Apocryphal.

    Is included in the American Standard Version and used by the Roman Catholic Church.

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    There are many ways to help others.

    Saturday, January 25, 2014, 1:26 PM [General]

    There are many ways to help others whenever the opportunity presents itself. These can be simplified into the following ten important categories.

    1. To support the practice of kindness.
    2. To revere love and respect.
    3. To help others succeed in practicing goodness.
    4. To persuade others to practice kindness.
    5. To help those in desperate need.
    6. To develop public projects for the greater benefit of people.
    7. To practice merits by giving wealth.
    8. To protect and maintain proper teachings.
    9. To respect elders.
    10. To love and cherish all living things.

    This list is from the 16th Century in China, the teachings of Liao-Fan. The book, "Changing Destiny", "Liaofan's Four Lessons", with a Commentary by Venerable Master Chin Kung, Translated by Silent Voices.

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    Building on our Foundation

    Thursday, January 23, 2014, 12:57 PM [General]

    We each build on a foundation of what has come before. So the words I have shared come from what I have read and experienced in the journey of life. I have built upon a foundation that many call Christianity for that is what I was introduced to as a Child.

    The teachings from the various religions and regions of the world are also built upon the foundations that came to them in very ancient times. For example, The east built on the foundation of the Vedas which were attributed to an Aryan race. From this came the beginnings of Buddhism in its many forms.

    In China to this Buddhism was also added the foundations of Taoism and Confucianism and other native beliefs which also came from an unknown ancient race. As it moved further east it became known as Zen.

    In what we now call the west, Buddhism was introduced and found a basis with which to work. It was the many religions and ways that also shared the Aryan Base. The Egyptians had already put this into practice and accumulated other teaching from around the world.

    The Hebrews borrowed from them and the Babylonians and the other cultures as they found them useful in their journey through life. A prime source for their written scriptures now seems to be from the Canaanites as older clay tablets have been found.

    This was modified as times changed and the early Christians borrowed what was useful to them. Many wanted, especially in the eastern churches, to have the Corpus Hermeticum recognised as the missing link or basis of the true teachings that they shared.  We could keep going with this development through Islam and Bahia and the Polynesian religions too, till we have fully encircled the world.

    Teachings everywhere have been hidden away, modified, and changed to be reintroduced as the new generations prepare for a greater place in this world. New tablets, scrolls, and teachings are being found and shared in every corner of this world today. Our knowledge of the Greater Way is increasing each day.

    But, again, there will come a day when the teachings are hidden away to be found and discovered by another generation when it is ready to walk in the Way.

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    Part of the Journey

    Thursday, January 16, 2014, 2:02 AM [General]

    In knowing, you realize how little you truly know.  In seeking, you see that you have lost your way.  In surrender, you find that you have never been alone.  In teaching, you find that you are truly the student.  Learning and growing begins within.  The scriptures, teachings, and books all point to the path that is already within your heart.  The veils are removed, knowledge and wisdom is revealed.

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