“He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.”
“Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!”
Isn’t it great to look forward to Christmas again? Christmas in New York is different from the one in e.g. Sydney, – different again for cities where they don’t celebrate Christmas at all. It is more an event in the Western world than in the Eastern world.
But for us who celebrate Christmas we tend to look forward, to be with family and friends, to share presents perhaps. To have simply a good time together!
Some do like it and others don’t like it. And so be it!
If you don’t like this article try to read it again with Christmas, – if you need to think about it! .. Sometimes you need to read things twice.
Christmas is about a human life example. Jesus born more than 2000 years ago and being created as a force of love as planned by his Father. Whilst many people did resonate with his words of “freedom”, freedom from a different kind, – the powers in authority did not like Jesus Christ one bit and decided to kill him.
The story of the birth of JesusChrist has been repeated in endless variations but the crux of the story should or could be that we are reminded on what he tried to bring on earth as a set of principles perhaps (or examples), – rather than his birth itself. He did not consider his birth himself important as an event to celebrate. Far more the message and instructions he left. To celebrate the last and to live this out is more important and is actually a way of having Christmas at heart.
History turned it into a celebration of his birth with Christmas trees and presents, which is really fine, – however Christmas as such never existed shortly after Jesus died. He did not ask for it. He asked for different things.
The celebrations of this kind are strictly man-made as many things are man-made, which does not take away the positives of reminding the birth of Christ at heart.
All the care kindness and understanding besides the love you can master are the greatest contributions you can make beyond Christmas, if you are prepared to consider Christmas not only as a yearly memory amidst candlelight about the birth of Jesus Christ, but as “the birth” of a set of ideas which was created with the life of Jesus Christ. Radical in his manifestation during his lifetime.
Choices this direction will make life never anymore as it was before. We can change our lives with the love we give into our relationships, regardless the level of encounters we may have. It is summarised in the commend to love your neighbor as yourself. It manifest itself in kindness, support, gratitude and any other positive feelings towards others. The fundamental issue is not how others behave but how we respond in the day-to-day things, turning away from negativity where possible.
Perhaps Christmas is about you, what you are able to give both in your spare
time and non spare time. It is about what you are feeling as well in any
circumstances as this at some extend is determining your actions. Love
does resolve negatives at most levels in relationships, at most
dimensions of human life.
It’s a bit of a different look at it, isn’t it?
If the spirit of a real Christmas which never existed could call again from
long and dark centuries ago, it would not argue the yearly ritual around
Christmas day in modern times. There is no harm in it whatsoever even if we celebrate the things being less important in life, but for some only important at the end of each year.
Christianity through centuries has been both colourful and cruel, both full of love and hate through institutions, both full of evolution with sense and senseless destruction. The celebration of Christmas went on during war’s and other destructions of life. But Christmas itself is time for families and friends being together as a tradition closing in on the end of the year, with shops full of lights and houses with colourful trees and presents. Whilst this has little to do with the birth of Christ there is noting against it either. In certain parts of the world it is part of a human tradition to celebrate events and the repetition of celebrating such events through the year seems to be important in the way history evolved. At times it is very important for family life. The nice flavour, the nice atmosphere etc.
If human kind , or better those who are interested, for a moment are able to think about the real meaning of the life of Jesus, – we don’t need as such to celebrate his birth but concentrate on what he left as a legacy to be worked out, the last before he went back to our Father in Heaven. This is more than simply celebrating his birthday so to say and having Boxing Day afterwards. Again, nothing against it, – it’s all fine! It’s a time for family at the end of each year and everybody may define it his or her own way.
During the recent events around the death of Nelson Mandela the positive
thing was that many world leaders came together and tried to captivate in their own words what Mandela did for his country and some other countries. No one was able however to summarise this forgiving spirit into a unifying effort perhaps for a more complete world, – still in waiting.
So is Christmas not necessarily a repetitive yearly story to be told in Churches or celebrated under the Christmas tree, but possibly it could be more therepetitive effort how the world of Christ may come through in our time and circumstances. As a force of the best possible human efforts. Some would say we owe this to creation. Others would say we owe this to this world and its people. Few would say we owe this to God.
It is easier to dream about “realities” and not to work towards realities. It is easier to think about things never happening before and say “why” rather than to think about things which have never been before and say “Why not?”. It is easier to feel pain free without such a journey rather than feeling the pain of “the world living in us and we living in this world” during such a journey, – despite enjoyment we may feel about the gift of life and the colourful tapestry we may have experienced till so far.
Love is not the biological reproduction of life only, or the pleasure related with this, – but far more the spiritual reproduction of DNA to reduce the hardship in peoples life, to reduce the suffering, to reduce violence, to reduce the risk of war and to end criminal efforts of those who make e.g human trafficking and modern slavery their business. Those are e.g. the efforts which should not stop after yearly Christmas celebrations. The biggest criminals may have Christmas trees in their homes as well, – but take a day off with Christmas!
At the end of the day it all comes to the joint efforts to improve life rather than to destruct it. And all those things start in our own world, in our own imagination and desires, in our own community and countries and within our own circle of people we know.
We are not made to stand aside but we are made to take part. We are not made to stay in idle hope but we are made to carry the spirit forward in the firm belief that life is worthwhile living, in the knowledge that this world is far from perfect. Our decisions need to be based on the simple fact that it is better to love than to hate, regardless that loving does not mean allowing anyone else to abuse us.
To embrace human kind for what it is, more is required to make Christmas in your own heart real. An effort to create a better world where the old world has gone.
For each of us applies the question how much of our abilities and good fortune can be kept for us alone or need to be shared with others. Christmas that way can be an awesome and life changing experience.
A most famous bush doctor who went out to Lambarena in Gabon the last century to build a hospital for the locals said once to someone who was wondering how to serve best: “Every one can create his or her own Lambarena.” The person who asked this did it her own way, using her own creativity and talents. It was amazing the way she did it, different obviously but unique and simple. It is amazing how many other good things happen as well, often unnoticed. It is amazing as well how many people in essence are of good heart.
Nelson Mandela could have said: ” For those living in countries like South Africa in the past – under oppression – any one may ask what he or she may contribute to the reduction of tyranny and improve eventually, where possible, the process of reconciliation with the power of forgiveness”.
It is my feeling that he could have said it this way, as he did not say it as such as far as I am aware.
Feelings are important, they may start with a strong and positive thought, which may result in strong and positive action and if this action does resonate it will bring change for communities countries and the world.
With Christmas at heart we may say that Jesus could have said: ” The most important things for human beings here on earth is not to look only for the success rate of one’s own job and family, but look at the eternal Father first and love your neighbour as yourself then.”
He said it slightly differently but that does not matter. But with the awareness of Christ’s intentions in our heart we may be faced with different questions, for each of us to be answered in our own life and “worked on” in our own circumstances. For those who want to face this it is both a joy and struggle to work this out, a way of questioning yourself at times. Not always easy!
There is still increasing hunger and oppression, an increasing shift of people trying to move from one continent to the other, people smugglers who enrich themselves at a cost of far too many human lives , women and children.
Countless children are used for the sex industry. New recreational drugs appearing on the market show at times to be more lethal than before and can be delivered at your house per internet order, screwing up at least the minds of young people. One can’t turn a blind eye to the increasing yearly death toll as due to unlawful gun violence in the US and other countries.
If we can’t resolve those problems in peacetime, civilisation is not by any means able to resolve such problems at war-time. No reconciliation is able to undo the torture of women and children and the culprits of those acts against humanity should face the justice systems of their own countries. People e.g. who ignore the right of children to live may lose the right to live themselves as they compromise what needs to be our future, and the power of love does not need to accept what can’t be reconciled anymore when people make it their business to destruct and torture human lives.
When love is able affecting the trillions of body cells in one human being to work together with more harmony and less illness, – the same love resonating in a trillion of human beings may change the world by an unstoppable force of energy. That could be the most spectacular Christmas ever. That would be the most abundant reposition for the future.
It’s a dream!
What we do with the intent of Christmas will show in the direction the future takes.
The question is what we are going to do about it and what our own personal response will be for our own future, amidst all the choices we have. It is for all of us finding the right balance.
Hence Christmas is neither a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy is part of having the real spirit of Christmas. And those who have not Christmas in their heart, for certain, – will never find it under a tree.
The day which coincides with the Jewish Passover commemoration, – but not being the same! Not being the same as it goes back so long in Jewish history and tradition for various reasons.
However, the Jewish Passover reminds us of the Jewish liberation more than 3000 years ago by God from the suppression in ancient Egypt. The Jews at that stage ruled by the Pharaohs. It became the birth of a nation under the leadership of Moses. A nation with a promise and a destiny as long it did meet God’s will amidsts all adoptions to be made.
Since Jacob’s travels and settlement in ancient Egypt things were far from perfect and the Jews often did displease God’s intentions and requirements, hence some of the slavery brought on them as the implications of bad behaviour.
But God had always compassion for his people if self inflicted suffering took too long. Often with the “power of one” He tried to guide them back into the right direction, as He does not give up. As He does not give up on what He created and the promise He made.
In some ways the exodus for all of us is still going on as still through centuries we seek liberation from slavery and dark powers. The dark powers not always around us but the dark powers within us.
That’s the story of Jesus. Again the “power of One”.
Doorposts marked with blood of a slaughtered spring lamb in those early days in ancient Egypt, – gave way to the spirit of God to leave the first born in these homes alive, – whilst punishing the households of the oppressors in Egypt. If required the spirit of God to use force to protect His people or to give them an escape under nasty predicaments. And finally after 10 plagues Pharaoh would release his Israelite slaves after the death of all the Egyptian first-born.
As we know, through history Israel crossed different pathways and despite warnings from various prophets the direction of this ever embattled country has not always been the right one.
The timing of certain Christian and Jewish celebrations might be different for some. The journey of Christian faith through centuries gone past took on some issues however different directions, but for our Father in Heaven alone the timing of our celebrations is not that important. More important is what we carry in our hearts out of those yearly celebrations as a yearly reminder of what once happened so many years ago. This applies to both Jesus birth, his death and resurrection.
Let’s hope that more people embrace Good Friday and Easter for what it really means and that the yearly reminders and celebrations may deepen the faith for those being receptive. That’s the purpose of reminding the crucifixion of Jesus and why it was due to happen.
As we know amidst the Roman oppression Jesus was born, however with a different mission to seek liberation from the kind of slavery neither being related with the Romans nor being related with any other nation on earth. The liberation was closely related with the pending Kingdom of God for which people in those days needed to prepare. But the message by far most of people was differently perceived. They did neither understand the signs of their times nor did they really understood the message so long being proclaimed in Jewish history, as God’s people had a purpose and were not allowed to compromise the basics, as they did.
Jesus did not come “out of the blue”, he came by means of God’s intervention again as things in those days were in a dire shape. Not of God’s liking, however with some foresight that it would happen. God knew the nature of His people and it has been an ongoing pain for Him. One may wonder why He did create us as it seems to be a most frustrating business. Also the way His son was treated here on earth….Jesus became despised by both the rulers and the Jews. Rejected for what he had to say and still tries to say on behalf of God.
The colours of the language being used by Jesus did somehow not stick, – as for many people applied that he was painting on a wet wall, – people not being receptive for his message. People with different expectations, anticipating perhaps liberation from the Roman Empire but for certain not a return to the ways God expected people to live by simply listening and returning His call.
Was it so difficult?
History proved it was the hardest thing for people to stick to God’s most basic instructions.
In the long history of the Jews many prophets have been sent to change the hearts of people. Not all of them did survive.
For most people it was on deaf ears and blind hearts, as often still applies with the last person being sent to earth, – this time as the human manifestation of God’s will.
Jesus grew up and tried to picture the Kingdom of God in the hearts of people, hoping that his followers would find his footprints providing direction where it comes to in life, – to be reunited with God in ways as originally intended. Also to bear fruits of this spirit to change humanity, as so often it proved that human nature failed time after time by making the wrong choices and taking the wrong directions against God’s will.
His message was not only for the Jews in his days, his message was intended for the world and he claimed to represent God’s will. With this he embarrassed the status quo of his times and infuriated the leaders of the Jewish tradition, besides creating fear among the Roman establishment as it was not sure how this new movement of people would grow as a force. However, in those days it was not seen by most that this force had nothing else to do than creating a new culture of the heart directed to God, – as generation after generation failed to do this and people were enslaved not only by the Romans but more by their own bad habits driven away from what God wanted to see in His people. God created people with a free choice as a birthright, a gift, – but this birth right was abused for both the wrong reasons and the wrong directions with an outcome which we could label as being enslaved by the soul.
Not the slavery of bad powers like Egypt in the olden days, but the imprisonment of people in their own inflicted perceptions and cultural traditions at the wrong footing of God’s will. Compassionate as God is he did sent his own son to treat people with the same compassion, to save people from otherwise being lost. Lost souls doing what they want to do with neither the right direction nor purpose. Lost as well when further plaques are due to come as Christ knew that history would be an ongoing struggle with increasing divisions.
Still it seems humanity needs to go through even far larger and self-inflicted plaques than those in Egypt to open eyes and to deliver us from evil and darkness, – however through senseless pain and agony. Jesus was rejected and despised and His crucification and dying, in essence for all of us, – gave hope as well for those who believed him and continued to belief in him by free choice.
Good Friday as such is not grief for things long gone, but hope for things still to come. Liberation from collective slavery and guilt. Freedom from the bleeding manifestations of human choices with worse to come, – the last because expansion of knowledge did not go together with both respect for God and human life in the way God intended people to return to His will through Jesus. Christ was God’s most important gift to people to reconcile their human nature with God’s purpose and direction. The last in line what human creation was intended to be by God giving people a free choice to do the right thing. God has never been a dictator, but the aim of free choice is to challenge people to get the best out of their human nature and leave behind the obstacles for a meaningful life with purpose and direction. Life which is fruitful with the combination of love and compassion, work and endurance, – all in the spirit of the most simple and provided principles of putting His will first amidst refraining from violence and improving the lot of others.
Basic this is what Jesus did and He created through the centuries great following of various denominations, also with different aims and not rarely with short-sighted views.
It almost seems as if human nature is deeply and hopeless divided in itself, against the will of God.
Jesus message was not the antidote for the deep-rooted venom in far too many cultures, – like once at smaller scale with the poison of both Roman oppressors and people representing the Jewish traditions in his days. True respect for both God and human life are almost forgotten identities at nearly global scale, – where more sinister forces seem to get stronger. Conditions where the heat is on for those who still want to do God’s will.
Jesus being rejected and often still rejected. However hope not forgotten but still to come. Not senseless grief but grief with sense through his dying and his promise that he left His spirit for those willing to meet this spirit, – to save those who belief in him from the agony of times, even if this agony eg implies atomic warfare as one of the plaques in modern times. But those who are marked with the soul and spirit of Jesus, despite all imperfections, – will live. Even if life takes an end….
In this way doorposts marked with blood of a slaughtered spring lamb within the Jewish tradition, have close similarities with Jesus blood during his crucification. Not being forgotten, – but marked in the hearts and souls of people who seek Him still alive. Who seek him for what he has to tell us today, with the knowledge that we live in a time of transition, – still with purpose and direction.
And so it happened:
Coming before the crowd for the last time, Pilate declared Jesus innocent and washed his hands in water to show he had no part in what was going to happen. Preventing as such a riot and making sure he kept his job… Jesus was carried to Golgotha, the place of the execution on the cross along with two criminals. The pain and agony lasted for 6 hours. During the last 3 hours darkness fell over the area and with a loud cry he gave up his human spirit. At almost the same time there was an earthquake, certain graves broke open and the Temple curtain was completely torn. The guards who saw what happened declared that “this was truly God’s Son!”
Pilate asked for confirmation whether Jesus was dead and a soldier pierced the side of Jesus with a lance causing blood and fluid to flow out and Pilate got the message that Jesus was dead.
The body of Jesus was wrapped in linen after he was taken from the cross by Joseph of Arimathea. He was placed afterwards in a newly carved tomb in a rock.
On the 3rd day after his death on Sunday (Pascha), – Jesus rose from the dead, as he told the Pharisees this would happen.
With this His existence took a new identity and those who search Him will find him, – like those who found him before.
At some stage He will come back as part of the Kingdom of God, which we may carry already in some form as a lifeline amidst all imperfections but with an obligation though to stay true to His words and give meaning in the way we perceive those words, using our talents as little seeds to grow in wisdom and compassion for the pending harvest. There is not much more we can do.
The harvest up the mountain where pain will not last, where tears will be wiped away. The mountain where suffering will end and where our human destiny gets ready for the eternal transition. A transition where words do not speak the words they did, where fruitless actions don’t have the impact which they had before. The harvest of those who kept God’s will at heart regardless the circumstances. The harvest of those who kept Jesus alive in their own faith and actions, regardless the circumstances with those who were against it. That is where the real exodus starts, the transition of people trying to do God’s will into the Kingdom of God, after the last plaques on earth. But God’s people will be protected with the marks of Jesus in their heart like the Jews were protected in the days their doorposts were marked with the blood of a slaughtered spring lamb, allowing God’s hand to make the distinction between those who were with him and those who were against him. It is this transition where every valley shall be exalted and where the poor get bread. A transition where it will be somehow always Easter and where we may always rejoice being God’s harvest, – in Jesus presence.
That’s the promise, even if we don’t see it.
And therefore as long as we are allowed to stay on this earth let us remember Good Friday, – and let’s keep Good Friday at heart as a mark on our own soul to be protected in whatever we have to endure ourselves, – to stay strong and have courage and determination with the promise that we will live.
Whilst there is widespread scholarly agreement on the existence of Jesus, the portraits of Jesus constructed have often differed over past centuries until up today. Various scholars have criticized each other on the different approaches being used, – including the studies on the historical Jesus.It’s a long story, which started roughly since 1778 with various books being published and many criticising each other on historical methods of research. Some scholars believe that the life of Jesus must be seen within the historical and cultural context of Roman Judea and the forces in action within and without the Jewish culture at the time. The Roman occupation must be considered as well. Jesus grew up in Galilee and the majority of his ministry took place there. The language was both Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic being the main language. There are indications that Jesus spoke all those languages with most of his teachings in Aramaic. It would seem Jesus has been identified as a carpenter, woodworker and/or even builder. A highly skilled craftsman perhaps, – besides being wise and highly literate in the Torah. He could clearly read. Nazareth was only an obscure village at the time. His extended travels may suggest he had the financial means to do this. The existence of John the Baptist at the same time frame as Jesus in history, including the execution of John the Baptist, has been confirmed as authentic by far the majority of both old and modern scholars. This included Jesus having disciples and the incident around the Temple.
Scholars do agree as well that Jesus died between 30-36 AD
Despite the various opinions among scholars there is a consensus on the baptism and the crucification including the painful death of Jesus under Pontius Pilate, all this being historical facts and indisputable.
Interestingly scholars disagree on the reason and context for the above crucification. Some do say that Jesus did not foretell his own crucifixion, and that this own prediction on his crucification has been a Christian story developed after his death.
Despite efforts through centuries even until up to day the views on the portrait of Jesus are fragmented and no consensus has emerged amidst the different assumptions on the various contradictions in the life of Jesus. Various scholars support both the view that Jesus has prepared his followers for the end of times and that the resurrection of Jesus are physical and historical events .
There is support for view as well that Jesus came to announce the end of the Jewish spiritual exile within the Roman context of oppression and that in a new messianic era God would improve this world through the faith of his people.
The account of Jesus as the Christ being the Son of God can be accepted to be reasonable true in the view of the majority of scholars, – however with variations and despite an element of bias as most biblical scholars are Christians. Having said this some bias perhaps did not prevent many biblical historians being able to keep the scholarly integrity of their work.
Whilst Jesus hoped to bring God’s rule on earth with a genuine believe that this would arrive in his time, it did not happen. Not the way he did expect this would happen initially. In his days on earth, more than 2000 years ago, – he inspired people to change and to get reborn in God because the Kingdom of Heaven was nearby. He spoke almost as a matter of urgency on various occasions, as not too much time was left. Not much time being left before a revelation of supernatural power would take place enforcing the Kingdom of God on earth.
He gave various indications to get ready with grave warnings for those not being ready. He was clearly anticipating a total transformation, anticipating the unspeakable actually, – the time of the greatest harvest here on earth.
It was this which provoked him to send away some of his closest followers, promising them that after their return the Kingdom of God would be on earth.
The traditional Jesus as he presented in history was perhaps far more radical than we believe now.
With his awareness of God so clear and nearby, with no difference between his thoughts and God thoughts, – he expected the Kingdom of God to come soon.
Again it did not happen, for reasons we don’t know.
Only God knows.
We know about some of the miracles Jesus performed. Being able to do this using God given powers he never claimed to be God himself and was very clear in those distinctions.
Unless change was coming from within by complete transformation through him, you misunderstood what he had to say.
This was the only way to God, – as he said.
God’s Kingdom is not on earth as yet, not in the way Jesus initially believed it would come in his own days. God’s Kingdom did neither rule the earth when he died, nor did it rule the earth through centuries gone past, – as we can see and as we still see today.
We still live within anticipation in a time where the world get more complex, where evil powers seem to have free play and where nuclear self-inflicted destruction is hanging like a sword of Damocles on this planet.
Some people may have an awareness that God’s Kingdom is still nearby and some may live out close to similar awareness Jesus had in his days, – but fact is that most of us struggle to face the dilemma’s here on earth as the ruling of God is hard to find in the actions of both many people and countries.
At the root of humanity we were given the gift of a free choice, but this gift in the most general terms has been abused in many ways and humanity by far has not been receptive for the Kingdom of God in the way Jesus once proclaimed to get ready, -to get prepared.
The fact that it may live in some does neither change the world, – nor does it change the needless suffering from the many we can’t reach.
In part Jesus has been created through centuries of darkness into something he never was, part of an agenda within various dimensions and frictions within the Church itself.
Church doctrines often questionable at times, – the least.
Trying to find the Jesus who once wandered the shores of Galilee is not easy and actually not possible as he is not there anymore, but on a closer look on Matthew, he was at least a man at the time of amazing contradictions, – reflecting an extraordinary human existence on earth and fully embracing an ability (his ability) to be close to God, – despite differences and changing perceptions as shown in some of the existing stories.
Whether or not after his death some elements in the general view on his remarkable existence have been created as a selling point for Christianity is perhaps not that important, as long as we don’t get carried away with the small trivial stuff.
He wanted to save the world by showing people the pathway to God and as such the New Testament became a way of looking to Jesus by people who felt both reborn in Jesus but in ways left behind as well. The last may explain that the true historical Jesus is hard to be found as within this context some of his followers may have filled up the feeling of emptiness after his death with the sort of hope to comfort their own feelings, – genuine hope reflected as facts neither being right or complete correct. This has been the process where the true Jesus got lost in history and where groups within Christianity went to war with each other on in essence trivial differences in perceptions
Clear is that Jesus aimed to offer people a shift in conscious. Making people “the Light of the world” seems to have been his purpose, and with this nothing would stand between his followers and God.
When the Kingdom of God did not arrive the way he did expect it would come, and for which he warned his people to get ready before it was too late, he made a shift in perception. The perception that the Kingdom of God could be reached by a different and higher level of conscious and within this context he died for our sins, – promising his spirit to come back, enabling those searching for him to reunite with him and via him with God, – based on faith.
As faith on its own without action is no faith at all, – considerate action would follow based on this faith. In summary compassion with others, humility and believe in God were the strongholds of this faith. The Kingdom of God as described in the book of Revelation (NT) has no authority from Jesus himself, even though his early prediction of the Kingdom of God had the ingredients of both last judgement and the division of the righteous and evil in his own time.
If Jesus would arrive again today, his compassion would be with those who suffer, not only perhaps because of war or famine, but because of their difficulty to be in the light with him. He knew that nothing was terminal but that despite suffering and through death everything was transitional in his faith and through his faith. That neither death nor live, neither mountains nor valleys could separate us from the love from God through him in Christ.
In other words that based on faith in him we don’t need to worry about the future whatever this entails. This means as well to be awake, as we don’t know “when the master of the house will come, in the evening or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn”. The last still with the implication that God himself will come one day, as predicted for his time by the special rabbi who once wandered the shores of Northern Galilee so many centuries ago, asking simply people to follow him.
Even where we don’t know him in person, through the centuries he still asks us to follow him when we are receptive for this, – and as an unknown stranger we may meet him in our times with him repeating the same question and indicating us to do what is required for our time and generation, – even when we are faced with baffling contradictions.
Whether the Kingdom of God is within those who follow him or in the expected entity of God coming back one day in ways we don’t know, is perhaps not that important for this once despised rabbi, crucified and resurrected.
The simple fact is that both is true, as in both cases we need to be ready by what we do in the short time frame of our own life.
If we respond to the quest to follow him, He understands the area of the unknown as he was faced with this as well, – being in the world but not of it, but faced with the challenge to love, – regardless.
This last word is the word most strongly connected with Jesus, – and this quest is posed to be renewed in every generation regardless of what we are faced with, even though love has failed in many ways where it earns forgiveness.
Therefore the same applies what Jesus once told, – to abide in Him. We don’t need to know each other, as we often do. We don’t need to know the intimate details of our friends to call them friends as lots is a secret in our dealings with others, even in the best possible marriage. But we can abide in the trust we have in some people, though not in all. And perhaps there are circumstances we can’t trust on people, but fact is that Jesus came back to his disciples after he died, after he made the human transition to spiritual transition being more close to God than ever before, but not God himself. He said that all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to him. Given to him by God. Like Pharaoh made Joseph in some way in command over Egypt, with all authority being provided to help Egypt during the 7 years of draught.
This is just a comparison
And indeed God will be coming one day, – through the agony of times where the suffering hopefully will be shortened.
But as long as we have been caretakers and shepherds for the things we were created, within the scope of our talents, – we don’t need to fear that day as nothing through pain is terminal. Everything is transitional. He knows what we are going through, what we are struggling with and what we are faced with and in His compassion He will not let us down, whatever we are, – bright or silly, beautiful or ugly.
Through the centuries the historical Jesus will come to us this way in a different identity and comfort us , wiping our tears away.
And when our bodies give up in the last agony of dying He will take us away to our eternal Father in Heaven, without judgement on what we did in the true colours of His name.
And so we may say those words again today, – the words He once spoke differently perhaps, but with similar intention: >>
Our Father, Who is in Heaven, … Holy is Your Name; Your Kingdom come, Your Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven….Give us this day our daily bread, and what we need to stay within Your Will…Forgive us our sins. As we forgive those who sin against us; ..and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil…..Help us to find Your Ways in our life, caring and sharing in what we are able to share. Help us to stay within Your Will and show us as to be proper caretakers of Your creation here on earth. And if our lives come to an end lead us in peace to that part of Your Eternal Energy where we once came from, and allow us to stay close to Your Eternal Love….Amen..
In the silence of our hearts, He may still come to us, – asking the same question as He did so long ago. The question to follow Him. And if we do so we get to know Him, – better even as time goes by. Better in the struggles we share, whilst trying to find similar answers for things we face today, in different identities as being faced in the past…………
“Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people.”
“And is not peace, in the last analysis, basically a matter of human rights — the right to live out our lives without fear of devastation – the right to breathe air as nature provided it — the right of future generations to a healthy existence?” (John F. Kennedy, 1963, American University speech)
It was an honour to be considered this week by Professor Stephen Palmer, to be incorporated at the University of Quantum Dynamics Foundation, with a title at the Order of St Germain, at the Campus in Rijswijk in the The Hague,- an area of the Netherlands.
For various reasons I had to decline the offer, – respectfully and for personal reasons. Titles of honour are subject to prove. Needless to say that Professor Stephen Palmer is a wiser man than I am.
However some words about the Science of Resonance, the Quantum Dynamics, are justified and in place.
Whilst many believe that “Quantum” has something to do with concepts being far away or with the stars (some may say it’s Australian airlines) – it is actually the vibration of energies and possibilities which connects us all. In essence it is about the interaction between you and me and everything else,- the bonding actually to everything through our hearts as a result of choice. Choice being made in the space between stimulus and response, whatever it takes, whatever time involved, – the choice as well to be both connected with the physical world and the things we can’t see, – but only hope for. We in the universe as its manifestation and the universe in us. For some the embracement to all, for others the attachment to none.
Whilst there are many positives on the Quantum Dynamics and favourable examples in the expressions of its field ( and we think e.g. about Deepak Chopra), – there is the risk of getting side tracked as well. But supporting the institution of higher learning in this area, with still many of the unknown manifestations to be explored, both to serve new skills and awareness, – the last may be fulfilled in an enlightening University, as there are already Centres for Quantum Dynamics as e.g. represented at Griffith University in Australia.
Life indeed is not about what happens to us , but it is about our proactive response, – the meaning we give to life. Life we cherish in its different manifestations, life we need to respect in its different identities, – “Reference For Life”, as Albert Schweitzer once told.
However creation is split in this endeavour as life often goes at a cost of life, – as nature in a deeper sense is a reflection of this “split” and a reflection of endless cruelty which we as human beings are able to reduce as it affects us as well, – however within the context of free choice, within the context to avoid harm as much as reasonable possible.
If we are able to do this we are able to create peace, a topic too often ignored, a topic too little valued as well, – however with the implications to be fulfilled at it’s ideal dimension, it may have the most crucial implications here on earth. It’s about the peace worth living for, the peace which enable nations and communities to grow, the peace which gives people the opportunities to serve, – to give back what they received.
Peace does not mean to be at a place with no noise. Peace does not mean to live without trouble or hard work, but it means to live at a place where our energies are focussed. It means we can be calm at heart when there is violence, calm at heart when there is injustice, – but work against it with “Peace at Heart” (which is the essence) as the world lives in us and we do live in the world. The last with our own response, – with our last choice to make this world a better place.
We may speak at times about dignity as part of law or politics, – dignity as part of medicine or e.g. terminal care. But there is also the dignity of human rights, peace and universal love. The very last for certain not the one as described in our popular magazines, often, – neither with respect or real affection.
Where there is encouragement and real support we may love in a broader sense. This is what we try to give our children. Real love has neither dictionary nor name, – it is nameless. And in the actions we share, resisting the temptations of hatred and mistrust, sharing the road of compassion, peace and understanding, whether we are black or white, – we may suffer sacrifices and loss. But on this road, at times, we may recognise the same efforts in others, – and without giving it a name we share the same understanding, the same love, the same compassion. Perhaps the compassion and love not completely from this earth, but coming from the universe, somehow, – in ways not always easy to understand.
Gustavo Becquer once wrote about the shame that love has no dictionary, but it is at the credit of love, compassion and peace, that it has no real dictionary,- like our soul has no dictionary. Love and understanding do come to us as an unknown identity and the ask is us to follow it, the road of both this compassion and dignity, – with options as wide as the universe,- wide as the universe is. Some one wrote me at young age, at times not always easy, – that we are a cosmos of endless opportunities, that we should neither die in spirit nor in our earthly endeavours. I say this in my own words as not all translations are suitable, – but as it was part of my DNA those words did resonate in sustained ways. At young age this person had by impulse a bright view on cosmos and earth, or better on people of flesh and blood with bones being dead already in the body,- which has major implications.
In the choices we make on our endeavours to peace, compassion, growing as we grow, – doing the things we do, – in all those endeavours lies both our growth or failure, both our freedom or slavery, and it is the task of humanity to take the vision of peace on board. Not the peace of the people going to die, but the peace of those who live and want to pass this over to the next generation. Not the peace of those who want to avoid trouble and hardship, but the peace found to be at the forefront of our restless efforts. Not the peace of those who are bystanders, but the peace of those who see the promised land and work for it.
Vision we have, task may fail. But vision and task on this road will fulfil the dream of human destiny, – at least it will fulfil the purpose of our own lives in the directions we take during our short existence on this planet.
And if the efforts of those who fail whilst giving it everything it deserves, if the efforts of those even killed during their endeavours with their heart on peace, if the efforts of those in all the little actions are not even written in the hearts of people, in the generations to come, – let it be at least written in the stars, in the universe. As one day the universe will come back to finish all the tasks we left unfinished, to restore creation as it was intended. Not creation living at a cost of creation, but creation as part of all united energies, – both the broken and the unbroken, both the finished and the diminished.
So blessed are those who neither die nor sleep in either conscious or spirit, – whilst being alive. Those who lived, and do live, for peace for now and for ever at such a crucial time, – those who lived for peace today and tomorrow, for peace at our times and all times. We breathe the same air on this small planet, we struggle similar endeavours at increasing heat all over the globe, we may lose jobs where ever we are and sharing tears wherever we may live. The last as a result of pain and struggling with death surrounding us and with a risk that this may increase at a dimension we never faced as due to self-inflicted violence at international level.
So the question is not what peace can do for us as a people, what peace may do when we only dream of a better world and meanwhile pay lip service to the relationship we need to have here and now, – today and tomorrow. No, the question is what WE can do for peace itself in all it dimensions, for peace in our families, for peace within our contacts if we can control this, for peace within our communities and at the end for peace on this planet, – for peace on earth. A planet where it’s nature is split at it’s heart, due to the way nature has been created, – but where we as human being have a choice, – perhaps the last choice, the final choice with the means we have on destruction.
So blessed are those who neither die nor sleep in either conscious or spirit whilst being a living manifestation of our universe during their short time on earth, those who are prepared to take the torch forward for this time and for all times, – as failing we did but gaining we must. Not for us but for all, not for the impressions we had but for the expressions we are able to make as part of our universal given choice as human beings on this earth. This is what we need to gain and this is what we are not allowed to loose, as neither death nor live may separate us from this Universe but death may separate us from this earth whilst we failed in our basic humanity.
So Peace needs to be at the focus of our attention to reason at times of conflict , at times of disaster or hardship. Peace which starts in our own heart, in our own mind, – and conscious will rule our actions, if we are able to develop it, – but develop we must – And if in our endeavours we share our tears to gain wisdom through the grace of God, if in our endeavours we share the universal given love to be the proper care takers of this planet, – so let it be said that out tears and pain for those endeavours will be written in the stars if we meet “eyes” who will not see and if we speak to “ears” who are deaf, – or when some of us are killed like people were killed in the past for their efforts, the last by people who did neither “hear” nor “see” or were “blind” at heart.
Peace is the most important topic on earth, – in all it’s dimensions, to survive as a people and to continue to live in future generations.
“Where there is no vision, the people perish” -(Proverbs 29:18)
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
“Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.” – (Mark Twain)
Yes, it’s all about choices in life, – choices being so important as it determines where we will be in 3 to 5 to 10 years down the line. We did not realise this when we were kids or young adults, but after developing some corner stones in our own lives, – we all do realise it is important to make good choices as choices do find our outcomes, – not only at personal level but also at collective level.
Most of those choices we have to make on our own, – guided by instinct or values. Guided by what we have seen in the past and hope for in the future. Sometimes it is 2 step’s forward and one step backwards. Sometimes we don’t know where to go or how to take it further, — but what we choose can make – at times – the difference between life and death, – between winning or losing, – between a bad marriage or a good marriage.
This means as well that if we are going to lose “inches”, we have the freedom of choice how we are going to lose those inches, – with dignity and respect or with non-civilised behaviour – the last we know has its extremes.
The future is there where your dreams are, when you are prepared to take the first steps to get you there, – whether it is in art or politics or any other attempt.
We have all unique talents, to be used neither only for ourselves nor in the outcome of bad decisions, – neither only for the past but for the sake of our future, and those who will be part of this future.
When we have some sort of peace with ourselves amidst any trouble hardship or hard work, being able to apply certain rules of self-leadership, – we may be well on our way to attract what we need to attract to become good leaders in whatever endeavour in life, which means to connect in a broader sense with people helping our ideas to resonate in others, to bring movement or action where this is required.
There have been many books written about leadership and good leadership is like a diamond with various aspects and different ways of viewing it, – like a beautiful stone which you can see from different angles. We will discuss this further but in this introduction I only want to touch base on a few basics. For sure a strong valuable vision for the future and obedience to your own well developed (God-given) conscious are important ingredients to influence people in the positive, – which if well articulated may it mobilize the talents, the capacities of the people within the domain of your influence. Hence clear direction being required, – direction which helps to realise this vision in a practical way.
Real leaders have influence in the positive as they add value. Hitler eg was an effective leader, – however without adding value to life in whatsoever way, without respect for life in whatsoever way. He may have had a vision, but he had no conscious. The difference with eg a mother Theresa was that she had apart from both passion, vision and direction, – conscious as well. And she obeyed this conscious.
Conscious and integrity are people orientated, based on connection with values and principles, based on respect for life, – and the outcome is neither concentration camps nor major self-inflicted war. The outcome is always directed in the positive, in adding value to productivity, business management or government.
With some people in history their importance was recognised in retrospect, as at the time the establishment was against them. Their influence appeared to be small at the start perhaps, but after they died it grew. Not always be the real image as it was then, but sometimes with the image history gave it, with the first image being perhaps more powerful. Death in those circumstances is not always the real end and on occasions it signifies a new beginning. This applies eg to Jesus from Nazareth. He was rejected and despised by the existing establishment, the world at the time, – despite his followers in those days. However his impact was of such a nature that after he was killed his influence continued, often misunderstood among Christianity and Church doctrines. But for his believers he may seem as an “unknown”, asking the question to follow him.
Great leaders have followers.
The agenda of good leaders is to motivate people to do what is right, with an influence greater than existing resistance, – even in the hours of risks and danger. Often it has to do with prompt action by choice, with faith, with a strong belief in what lies ahead, – as action without belief of what lies may prove to be often empty action.
This flow of action in the positive requires both courage and commitment, both partnership and integrity, both trials and tribulations to strengthen the efforts, – but besides this humility, wisdom and shared vision.
Neither defeat where right is valued over what is popular, nor any adversity in the midst of struggle, – will be a deterrent for the true leader to get the required seasoning to be eventually effective.
Even faced with death we may be assured that nothing is terminal and that everything is transitional.
Leadership on its own is not a goal, the vision and the process are the goal. And if the last is strong enough, at some stage there may be the harvest of our actions, – sometimes long after we have gone.
For most of us leadership will be neither dramatic nor often seen in the public eye. We have leaders on the street and leaders in government. It does not make any difference. What makes a difference is that our creative expressions in life meet the needs of our fellow humans beings, that our unique talents may serve humanity in the smaller and greater deeds, – and the art of leadership in all of this is a valuable tool in the right hands.
There are many lessons from the past, and this small introduction will be followed a number of articles and examples.
If interested keep reading on those examples and find them in your own life.