Never destroy without legal purpose.
Thursday, May 26, 2022
Never destroy without legal purpose.
Saturday, May 21, 2022
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
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.
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.
Thursday, May 19, 2022
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
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
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.
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
Destruction is literally “un-building” something. Those who seek to destroy seek to “un-build” something that is already created.
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.
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.
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
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.
Each light in the image below is a galaxy. The Creator is greater still.
Thursday, May 5, 2022
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