Monday, June 6, 2022

Protocols for Living: 10) Never Desire to Destroy Another's Reality

As we discussed in Protocols for Living: 2) Live in Reality and Protocols for Living: 3) Be Careful with What is Realreality is real existence and the aggregate of all that is real.

Each individual has their own perception of that which constitutes their reality.  

To destroy another's perception of reality is to destroy their reality.  It shakes the very foundation of their world.  Now, there may


be times where such foundations need shaking, but maliciously seeking to destroy someone's perception of reality is a harmful thing to seek.

A good protocol for living is to never seek to destroy another's reality. Like killing it is a destruction from which some never really recover.

Protocols for Living: 9) Never Present Unreality as Reality

 

As we discussed in Protocols for Living: 2) Live in Reality and Protocols for Living: 3) Be Careful with What is Real, reality is real existence and the aggregate of all that is real.  

Unreal is that with is not real, or that which is actually existing or having physical existence.  

To live that which is unreal is a false.  False is from a Latin word meaning "deceptive, feigned, deceitful, pretend, deceived, erroneous, mistaken."  It is the past participle of fallere meaning "deceive, disappoint" and "to trip, cause to fall."  Humanity has LONG deceived itself believing that their spirit is removed from the Spirit of God (or vice versa).  It is not coincidence that the word for such deception is fall.  


A good protocol for living is don't contribute to someone's fall by presenting unreality as if were reality.



Protocols for Living: 8) Never Steal

"Midnight requisitions”, taking, getting, extended “borrowing”, pilfering, swiping, and more.  These are euphemisms for stealing.  

To steal is is to take and carry off clandestinely and without right or permission.  It is from an ancient word meaning the same thing.

Stealing is a lack of respect (regard, or looking at and observing another).  To take what others claim as their own without the right to do so, or the other’s permission is, simply put, disrespectful.  It is demeaning (lowering the dignity of) and degrading (depriving the dignity) of others, and basically communicates “I am more important that you and you don’t matter.”  It does NOT promote building a society of trust, peace and security.

Just look about you at the cities and neighborhoods where there is no trust, no respect, no lifting up of others and you will find death, misery, theft, debasement, discouragement, and more negative feelings, emotions, and results.

Respect, an observation and regard for others, is the foundation of a civilization.  Without it a civilization crumbles.

A good protocol for living is to “never steal."

 

Protocols for Living: 7) Dance with your own partner

 

To dance is a “succession of steps and movements” and as the image below notes “everything in the universe has rhythm.  Everything dances.”  Life as we know it is a succession of steps and movements.  

Most people are aware of this protocol through its reference to adultery. 

From Latin prefix meaning “to" and a suffix meaning “alter” indicating “beyond other” the word adulteration is akin to adultery,  referring to “a state of begin debased by mixture with something else.”

A good protocol for living is to take the steps of life without debasing yourself by mixing your purity with something impure.

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Protocols for Living: 6) Building up and Demolition


Never destroy without legal purpose.  

This protocol from “thou shalt not kill”, references the destruction of life. To destroy is from Latin meaning tear down, demolish, literally “un-build.” 

Legal is “of or pertaining to the law”, and law in Indo-Eurpopean words are most commonly from verbs for to put, place, set, lay. Words for law in the general sense mostly mean “what is right” and often are connected with adjective for “right”.  These are often figurative uses of words for straight, upright, true, fitting, or usage or custom.

So we are admonished to never un-build something without it being set in place as something agreed upon as right, true, or fitting.

Perhaps stated most simply, this protocol admonishes us to don’t “un-build” what is not yours to unbuild.  And life refers to more than just the living being, it includes the thoughts, actions, attitudes, and more, that the living being pursues or holds.  

Destruction and demolition are often associated with unthinking actions. Unthinking thoughts and actions can have the same destructive effects of demolition.

Seek to build up rather than to demolish.  Demolish only after thoughtful action and consideration by the society.



Saturday, May 21, 2022

Protocols for Living: 5) Respect your Elders

Respect those who have gone before you.

Respect is to “look at” and to “look back at.”  Give attention to is another way of identifying the word respect.

Many cultures seek to honor their ancestors and those with experience who came before.

The word elder arises from Old English referring to an older person, parent, ancestor, chief or prince, or one have authority in the community.  Other languages describe this as parents.

More than just parents elder basically can be summarized as “those who have gone before you and have experience (wisdom).

In an age where “elders” of all kinds–parents, old folks, and authorities–are being disrespected by the popular culture, it still makes great sense to have respect for your elders–those who have gone before you. They just may be able to impart some wisdom for living that you might learn.

A good protocol for living is to give attention to those who have come before you. You just might gain from their experiences (wisdom) in dealing with your own life journey.

Respect your elders.

Friday, May 20, 2022

Protocols for Living: 4) Remember to Rest

Regularly rest within reality.

Rest is an intermission of labor, metal peace, a state of quiet or repose.  Rest also carries the meaning of to keep, cause to continue to remain.

We are told that “God rested” on the seventh day of creation.  We are told that God is one and that God is.  If God took an intermission of labor, assumed mental peace, and/or a state of quiet repose to keep and cause to remain, shouldn’t we? 

While operating within reality it is important to remember to rest

It is important to rest regularly. Cease your labor and your struggles.  Find mental peace and quiet repose.  Remain in reality and continue; choose to, at regular intervals, rest.  

Remain in reality and seek mental peace. It is a good model to emulate.  

Protocols for Living: 3) Be Careful with What is Real

Be careful with what you perceive to be real.

Careful is to be “full of care”, that is concern, applying attention.  This aspect of the meaning of the word certainly applies to reality.  

Though our perceptions of reality may differ somewhat from reality, we should be full of care and concern that our perceptions are indeed what is the aggregate of all that is real. We should remember that neither our perception, nor that of anyone else, may be the actual reality.  


Be full of care when you are dealing in reality.  While it is an objective occurrence it is often a subjective experience.  Use care.

Be careful – full of concern and applying attention in most everything you do, but especially when you are dealing with your reality.

Protocols for Living: 2) Live in Reality

There is one reality; your perception of it is NOT the entire reality.

Reality is “real existence, what is real, the aggregate of all that is real”.  

Perception is “understanding”.  What you understand of reality is not the aggregate of all that is real.  

This is how multiple people can observe the same reality and yet arrive at totally different perceptions of reality.  People create what it is they desire to perceive.  It is common that our desire and that of reality may not always be in congruence.  

Remember, your perception of reality is not the entire reality.  

Not everyone perceives as you do.



Thursday, May 19, 2022

Protocols for Living: 1) Love God, Others, Self

A protocol is acting in accordance or agreement with a certain standard, model, or original.  In our case principles for living.

The first protocol for living is to LOVE.  

Love God. Love others. Love Self.  

The love referred to here is a care or desire to elevate the good of others above personal gratification. It is more about giving (bestowing) than it is getting or taking (seizing, or grasping).

The first protocol is, basically, care. Have a concern, pay attention and give attention to, God, others and self.  It is a good protocol to bestow your care to God; to bestow your care of others to them; to bestow upon your self the care that you need.

For most it is easier said that done. It is easier to grasp, hold, and use than it is to give, grow, and bestow.  

"Give a care."

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Principles for Living: 7) Don’t Maim an Animal for Food, be Merciful to it.

Originally a prohibition against eating a “part” of a living animal for food; for example cutting off a leg to eat while letting the animal go. The key here is being merciful rather than destructive. 

Mercy refers to God’s forgiveness of the “offenses” of creation and to compassion generally. As part of creation, God has been merciful to us.  So should we be merciful to the rest of God’s creation.  

Don’t seek to inflict painful distressing cruelty to others. Seek mercy to all, even to the animals you eat. God has shown mercy to us. We show mercy to others, even unto animals. 



Principles for Living: 6) Don’t Seek to Rob Another’s Pleasure

Similar to principle number 5, JUST seeking our own pleasure, this principle encourages us to not seek to rob anyone else of their pleasure.

How easy it is to rob another of their pleasure.  The excited child who is full of energy to explore a new discovery, only to be told that it is not possible.  The new found discovery to be tried only to be told “that won’t work.”  The individual who is told “you can’t do it” for whatever reason and whatever “it” may be.  These types of things, and more besides, robs another of their pleasure.

There are a couple of commandments that have been written that touch on this concept:  “don’t steal” and “don’t covet other people’s stuff.”  We’ll touch on them at a later posting.

But seeking to rob another of their pleasure is stealing.  Seeking to “steal their pleasure” for whatever reason is “coveting other people’s stuff.”  

Seek to encourage and support, if it possible, another in their pleasure.  If you can not, or will not, then encourage them on their journey of pleasurable exploration and let them continue with their pleasure.

Don’t seek to rob another’s pleasure.  Seek, rather, to support them in their life explorations...even if it takes them in a direction that you would rather not travel.

Support one another in the things that bring them pleasure.



Friday, May 13, 2022

Principles for Living: 5) Don’t JUST Seek Your Own Pleasure

Pleasure is a source of enjoyment, pleasing quality or thing, or that which pleases or gratifies the senses or the mind.  

Gratifying the mind or the senses is to give preference to the physical portion of your self.  There is so much more than just your physical self. There are other people to consider. There are the aspects of character, spirit, creativity and much more.  

While it is generally not harmful to seek your own pleasure, this principle states don’t just seek your own pleasure.  If all you do is seek your own pleasure then you are missing out on helping others, and, perhaps, missing out on focusing on your own growth.  

The statement may also be read don’t just seek your own pleasure.  Seek to share pleasure with others; seek to bring pleasure to the divine by “strengthening” your non-physical attributes through growth.

There is more to living than seeking pleasure.  Pursue the attributes of “non-physical” things like character, spirit, creativity and such to “exercise” your spirit as well as gratify your mind.

Don’t JUST seek your own pleasure.  Pursue growth.



Thursday, May 12, 2022

Principles for Living: 4) Don’t Seek Destruction

 

Destruction is literally “un-building” something.  Those who seek to destroy seek to “un-build” something that is already created.

Creation is the act of causing something to come into being and is from ancient words meaning to grow, to make, to bring forth.  

There are many forms of destruction and some principles associated with such include “don’t unlawfully destroy what is not yours”, and “don’t make untruthful testimonies.”

Some pretend that they are the creator of the universe rather than just a part of the body.  Another useful principle to live by is “don’t assume the character of God without a godly purpose”.  Pretending to be THE creator, but not behaving like THE creator is to destroy the reputation and character of THE creator.

Don’t “un-build” what THE creator has already built.

Seek creative construction.




Principles for Living: 3) Seek the Heart of Justice


Justice is a word derived from Latin indicating righteousness, equity, uprightness. Equity is from Latin meaning even, just, equal.  

The heart of justice would be the very core of what justice means: a morally correct, good, fair, proper, fitting, straight (not crooked) direct manner.  

To seek the heart of justice is to seek to be morally correct, good, proper, fitting, not convoluted or off-track, direct in manner and producing upright, even treatment of all people.  

Living by a moral code is most likely to produce a “straight line” that does not waver, is not crooked.  It is most useful in determining your principles for living.   

Living without a moral code that results in justice is like trying to draw a straight-line freehanded.  It never results in as straight a line as desired.

Seek the heart of justice.  Be morally upright and demonstrate equity.  Develop a code of moral conduct by which you live.  

These are good principles for living.



Principles for Living: 2) Don’t Cut the Divine Out of Your Life

The word divine refers to pertaining to, of the nature of, or proceeding from God or a god.  The word God refers to the supreme being, deity, the creator – the something greater than everything and anything that you may perceive or understand.

Don’t separate yourself from this creator God, but strive to include the divine in every aspect of your life.  

Various religious rules have encouraged concepts of “put God first” and “devote about 10% of your waking week to God.” [Note: this works out to be almost 1 full day a week, or about 2 to 2.5 hours per day.]  Perhaps the most important  religious concept is “don’t make yourself, or allow others to make yourself impure.”

We’ll come back to these concepts in future posts, but the point is: remember that you came “from God” and you are only separated from God if you choose to be.  So don’t let anyone, anything, or your own thoughts convince you that “your not good enough” to be associated with the Divine, the Creator, with God.

Closely associate yourself with the divine creator of your life. Don’t divorce yourself from God.

Don’t cut the divine out of your life.



Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Principles for Living: 1) Don’t Worship What You Perceive

The word worship is from an old word meaning “condition of being worthy, dignity, glory, distinction, honor, renown” from two words indicating worth ship.  It came to mean reverence paid to a divine being.


Perception is from an old word meaning “understanding, a taking cognizance”. 



Don’t hold what you understand with the same reverence that should be shown to the divine creator.


Don’t worship your perceptions, nor your own creations; they are created not creator.


There is something greater than everything and anything that you may perceive or understand.


Worship the greater power that created you.



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Each light in the image below is a galaxy.  The Creator is greater still.



Thursday, May 5, 2022

Science and Spirit CAN go Hand-in-hand

Often it is claimed that spirit and science are incompatible or exclusive and can not legitimately be considered together. 

A paper by a quantum Physicist dispels this myth.  Quantum physics does NOT exclude “a belief in the soul.” 

Read more in Science and Spirit CAN Go Hand in Hand

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Food as Matter, Food as Energy, Food as Information

From: Why Food Is Actually Information: Studies Show Changes in microRNA




This particular article brings up the current concept of food being information.  Some quotes from the article include:

"In the process of reducing food’s value to these strictly quantitative dimensions, it has lost its soul. Food is no longer believed to possess a vital life force, much less a sacred one. But the very etymology of sacred, namely, to make holy, and the etymology of holy, which connects to heal, whole, and health, points us toward food’s ability to make us whole."

The human’s very first meal, as designed, emphasizes this component: