Sunday, September 24, 2017

Do you believe in God?

Which one? There are many Gods in this world. I cannot say for sure that I believe in the God of the person who is asking the question, unless, this person, first, tells me who God is, for him or her.

Yes, I believe that I am a created being and therefore there is a creator, someone who gave life to humanity on the onset. I also believe that the earth and the whole universe was created by a being who was capable of planning and executing a very complex creation.

Why do I believe?

I was born that way. I believe before I was conceived. I have the feeling that my ancestry, for many generations, were strong believers in a Christian God, therefore the whole spiritual atmosphere surrounding me from the start.

I never wavered in my belief in God, but I did modify it as I grew. My own thoughts, reflections, spiritual life gave me a different understanding of who God is, his motivation for creating, and his way of thinking and loving. So, the God that I believe in today is not the God that I was born to know. So, if I was asked by someone from my Parents generation who believed the way they did if I believed in God, I will have to say, no, I do not.

So far, the best definition of God that I have come across is this one:

God, the Creator of all things under the sun, is the true parent of all humanity. He is not a parent in the parochial sense, existing only for a certain religion, a certain race, or the residents of a certain region. You may call Him by any name, be it Jehovah, Allah, or any other. What is important is that He certainly exists, lives as the true parent of all people, and is carrying on the great work of Creation. He governs everything in the universe, and He carries out His providence through history in accordance with the principles and laws of nature that He set up at the beginning of time. 

[Rev. Sun Myung Moon, April 10, 2006, Peace Message # 3]

Sunday, July 16, 2017

A thought about a painting

While reading this morning… I thought:
Compared to the process of creation, the course of restoration is far more difficult. God has had to walk a path of tribulation many times more difficult. God has been working through history to provide a ladder for human beings, who fell into the realm devoid of the Principle, and pull them up. (CSG - 42-277, 1971.03.27)

I imaging an artist wanting to represent the bold red words (above) through a painting. Then, the thought of not wanting to do that came to my mind, because the image on the painting would have become an icon for people to worship and their own imagination, or more like, their own thought process development would be stunted by the painting created.  We don’t need to think when we have someone who already has is done and represented on the physical plane (like a painting).  Then I thought of the Islamic faith that does not permit any religious painting.  It suddenly made sense to me.  Why, would that be right.  One, as I said above, once an image is presented to you of a thought then it stops us (humanity) from thinking further.  Two, it creates a vehicle for bigotry and crime in the name of the faith (just like many Christians did in the past and Islamic faith individuals are doing today).
Originally written: November 4, 2016

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Perfection is a Moving Target

  • I am perfect when, as a newborn, I cry for attention and think only of myself.
  • I am perfect when, at six years old, I write on the wall with my new crayons and run in a mud puddle with my new shoes.
  • I am perfect when, at sixteen years old, I want to change the world, cry out for peace and freedom, and challenge the authorities.
  • I am perfect when, at twenty-six years old, I seek for long-term companionship, look for stability in my new job, try to understand the world around me, and make efforts to belong.
  • I am perfect when, at thirty-six years old, I volunteer as coach for the middle school Girls softball team, I camp out with my son and his boy-scout group, I donate blood occasionally. When I try to be the best I can be, seeking God guidance every day. When I obey the good laws, and involve myself in trying to change what I feel are inadequate or bad laws.
  • I am perfect when, at forty-six years old, I cry within my soul for the suffering of humankind, I have no hate in my heart for evil, but I hope that even It, someday will feel love and compassion.
  • I am old today; I have no fear of death. I did my best and helped the world to be a better place. I thank God for His constant presence, His patience, and His love. I dream of a peaceful world and seek to help it from the world I am about to reach. I am perfect.

Anne-Marie Mylar 6/16/2002
 PS: "I" does not mean “me, the author” it refers to any individual who is seeking to reach the ultimate embodiment of God’s nature.

No one can know if I am perfect

No one can know if I am perfect, I am the only one who can tell.  Today I am in tune with my conscience.  I have no conflict inside myself.  I can sense the presence of God and heavenly spirits around me.  I am not as perfect as I will be tomorrow but today I am just fine.  I will make mistakes today, possibly.  But, that is not because of a selfish heart or lack of wanting to serve someone else, it will, simply be because it is today.  Tomorrow I will not make that mistake.  I will have grown one more day.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Obsolete words

Repent, Sinner, and all these kinds of words are obsolete and should not be used any longer. These words might have been useful thousands of years ago but today they do only two things:
  • Keep people like myself from reading any further - OR
  • Make those who read them, feel small, unworthy of anything, and therefore most of them become bitter and incapable of giving, forgiving, loving, and serving.

People can only be made to suffer for so long – because of the past sacrifices of many saints and sages – we are in a time period when we must learn new things, and self-flagellation is not one of them.
A self-assured individual will not be afraid, to give, to serve, to love, to forgive, and be forgiven. A self-assured individual will be capable to appreciate other’s culture and other people’s faith. A self-assured individual will be capable of stepping out of his or her comfort zone to make the world a better place for all.
The picture below is of my husband, the most loving, serving man I knew.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Understanding God

I seek to understand God.  I have more intensely do so in the past four years than ever before. In his late teens, my husband asked God directly who He was and God responded with, “I am”.  I have told this story several times before. Yesterday, however, while doing so once again, I felt a greater understanding of what these two words meant.

I understand that telling this story is not going to improve your own understanding of God, but telling a story over and over, someday the story might make sense.

So, yesterday for the 1st time I got a glimpse of what, “I am” means.

God, is not simply a spiritual being, another entity beside ourselves.  God simply is.  Without the existence of God, there is nothingness, not even a “black hole”.  Without the existence of God, there is no me, no you, no trees, no pets, no air, no world, no earth, no nothing.  So, God “is”.  By simply saying so, we do not limit our description of God but simply admit his existence as the only possibility for ours and the creation.