Why Do The Righteous Suffer?

Job-camel-copyRighteous living does tend to bring its own rewards, but it doesn’t protect people from suffering or hardship.

The story of Job is a fantastical poem of God making a bet with Satan, but it was written in the Bible to teach a real-life lesson.

Job is a rich man living with his large family and extensive flocks.

Job is “blameless” and “upright,” always careful to avoid doing evil.

Yet, Job receives news that his livestock, servants, and ten children have all died due to marauding invaders or natural catastrophes. He goes on to lose his health, looks, and friends.

Job is miserable, but can now better empathize with other people’s pain.

Despite accusations of sin, Job begins to understand that bad things happen to good people. That being “good” doesn’t protect you from tragedy. He learns that horrible things happen to innocent people all the time. He sees it in his own story and in the world. He realizes that it is an illusion to believe that if you do good you will always be “blessed” with good fortune.

He realizes that justice in this world does not exist in terms of suffering and ease. The world is filled with injustice. It is erroneous to believe that people always bring upon themselves their own suffering, or that their suffering is equal to the exactness of what they deserve.

Job’s friends suggest he must be a sinner and his children must have brought their deaths upon themselves through their own erroneous actions, but Job knows it isn’t true.

This teaches us that our sufferings or ease in life are not the point and we shouldn’t get too attached and reliant upon our current conditions.  We also shouldn’t judge others, assuming they have brought their own hardships or misery upon themselves through bad decisions because we don’t know their whole story.

We learn from Job that meaning needs to come from something other than how well we are prospering.

“Naked I came out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return,” states Job.

Job continues to praise God because that is all that really matters in the end- our relationship with God and His love.

Job learns that we can’t fully understand or comprehend God, but Job decides to persist in pursuing wisdom by staying loyal to God and avoiding evil. Besides some confusion and lamenting, he decides to fully accept whatever circumstances he finds himself in.

In the story- Job is materially rewarded in the end by God, perhaps to symbolize an eternal reward, but this may or may not be someone else’s story. Whether or not we prosper or suffer, God’s love, comfort, and sustenance are always there if we tune into His presence and work to show that love to others.

  • The Story of Job/Old Testament

 

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How Can I Recognize The Spirit?

rainbow2Miracles heal because they deny body-identification and affirm spirit-identification.

The children of God are holy and perfect spirits.

By recognizing your spirit, your perception and perspective is corrected.

Spirit is at the center of life.

Miracles are God’s intercession through the Holy Spirit to your spirit or Christ within.

The Holy Spirit is the mechanism of miracles. It separates the light from the darkness.

Miracles honor you because you are lovable. They dispel illusions about yourself and perceive the light in you. By releasing your mind from the imprisonment of your illusions, they restore your sanity.

Miracles are natural signs of forgiveness. Through miracles you accept God’s forgiveness by extending it to others. Miracles are expressions of love.

A miracle is a correction introduced into false thinking.

The forgiven are the means of the Atonement. Being filled with spirit, they forgive in return. Those who are released must join in releasing their brothers, for this is the plan of the Atonement.

Miracles are the way in which minds that serve the Holy Spirit unite with Christ for the salvation or release of all of God’s creations.

Spirit is in a state of grace forever.

Your reality is only spirit.

Therefore you are in a state of grace forever. 

You respond to what you perceive, and as you perceive, so shall you behave.

You should look out from the perception of your own holiness to the holiness of others.

The Atonement itself is one, uniting all creation with their Creator.

A Course in Miracles

 

 

Spiritual Awakening From Depression

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“It was depressing staring at my half-painted bedroom wall- another project still unfinished.

Deep, dark blue and throw-up yellow, just like me: Half the time I was dark and blue and the other half I felt like throwing-up with nausea and stomach pain.

How did I even get in this situation?

I was scarcely 19 with a tiny baby  and a husband who regularly used my body as a punching bag to release his pent up tension. How did I blunder into this life of violence with no phone and no car, cut off from my friends? I couldn’t eat  without pills to calm my stomach. I couldn’t sleep without pills to induce sleep. Roy Orbison’s haunting song voiced my feelings : “Only The Lonely”.

I lay in bed mindlessly, trying to put myself to sleep  with the drone of the T.V. Nuts! The shows were preempted by some crusade… this Billy Graham thing was even on the billboards. I left it on, too lazy to get up and change the channel. Man, there sure were a lot of people packed into that stadium. The men, looking well pressed in their suits and “Christian clean, ” paraded up to the microphone: one by one talking about God while the choir sang about God. Yeah, yeah God.

I had declared myself an agnostic. I would have liked to believe in God, but I wasn’t sure He even existed. It all sounded good on TV and in songs, but I figured talk was cheap  and it was all a bunch of hype. All of these thoughts swarmed in my head, yet I was compelled to keep watching and listening.

After awhile the big guy himself, Billy Graham, came to the microphone. His eyes looked clear and direct, rather intense in a “what you see is what you get” kind of way. I liked his strong chin that belied his soft southern drawl lilting into my bedroom. Something about him drew me in and I listened as he asked people to come forward and accept Jesus. I really didn’t get that part for myself because I wasn’t too sure about what I believed. The song “Just as I Am” blended into the background like wallpaper, setting the stage as Billy’s soothing words kept flowing like honey about how God loves me and accepts me just as I am. Billy even spoke to those of us watching TV and said we could accept Jesus and God in our hearts right then.

I had begun to ponder how that could possibly happen when tears began streaming down my face. I didn’t hear Billy Graham or the TV anymore. All of it was muted by the strong sense of presence right in my bedroom, a presence so all-pervasive I felt nothing but smoothness and peace where a moment ago there had been nothing but roughness and pain.

My whole body seemed to melt as if thawing  from an ice age. I felt alive and-can it be-actually hopeful for the first time since I could remember. A misty fog wafted into my bedroom, absorbing the dark blue and vomit yellow that was my bedroom that was coloring my world. In its place shone gold and violet. I felt love in every part of my being, and my tears kept pouring. So powerful was this feeling of gold and violet, of all that is sweet and calm, that I  felt totally wrapped in peace.

I sobbed from the depths of my being with relief and, surprisingly acceptance that God really does exist.

I was not lost and was definitely not alone.

The Presence, which I knew without a doubt to be God, was with me and in me. I felt this..  this loving mist, this color and smoothness in every part of me. Truly, nothing existed but me and the Presence, soft and strong and gentle all at once.  Time stopped as I experienced a profound communication that penetrated far beyond words or anything known to me. I received a deep understanding that I was loved and accepted no matter what I had done or what had been done to me.

From that instant I was changed….”

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  • David Paul Doyle interview of Adriane Romano in “When God Spoke To Me” 

 

What is the difference between Miracles vs. Revelation?

Miracles are an expression of an inner awareness of Christ, or the light of Christ within.

Miracles acknowledge everyone as your brother and mine.

Miracles correct your false sense of isolation, deprivation, and lack.

The content is wholeness.

Miracles unite you directly with your Brother. It is a sign among equals.

Miracles correct perception. They induce action.

They arise from a miraculous state of mind or a state of miracle-readiness.

They compare what you have made with creation, accepting what is in accord with it as true and rejecting what is out of accord as false.

The Holy Spirit is the highest communication medium.

Direct revelation is your original form of communication with God.

Revelation induces complete, but temporary suspension of doubt and fear.

Revelation unites you directly with God.

Revelation is intensely personal and cannot be meaningfully translated or put into words.

Revelation induces experiences of unspeakable love, inducing a state of worshipful awe.

The Course In Miracles

How can I Shift into the Spirit?

Fruit-of-the-PatienceKindnessGoodness-SocialMediaImageTo sin is to miss the point of human existence. It means to live unskillfully, blindly, and thus to suffer and cause suffering.

Trying to become a good or a better human being ..is an endeavor you can not ultimately succeed unless there is a shift in consciousness..

You do not become good by trying to become good, but by finding the goodness that is already within you.

Most ancient religions and spiritual traditions share the common insight – that our “normal” state of mind is marred by a functional defect. However, out of this insight into the nature of the human condition- we may call it the bad news- arises a second insight: the good news of the possibility of a radical transformation of human consciousness. In Hindu teachings (and sometimes Buddhism also), this transformation is called enlightenment. In the teachings of Jesus, it is salvation, and in Buddhism, it is the end of suffering. Liberation and awakening are other terms used to describe this transformation.

Eckhart Tolle (A New Earth)

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How Do I Connect To My Inner Spiritual Being?

“What is going on inside me at this moment…Am I at ease?” Am I connected with my inner Being?

Being is Spirit.

Being can be felt as the invisible energy field that gives life to what you perceive as the physical body. The more consciousness you direct into the inner body, the higher its vibrational frequency becomes.

The key is to be in a state of permanent connectedness to this inner Spirit. This will rapidly deepen and transform your life.

Take your focus away from thinking and direct it to your inner body, where Being can be felt.

Focus within. Feel the energy of the emotion. Take your attention deeper. This is the doorway into Being.

As you focus within you will immediately become still and present as you withdraw from a situation or thoughts about a situation. The answer or action will come from this deeper level. Ask, “What is wrong with this moment?”

Use waiting as an opportunity to come into the present moment and connect with Being.

Listen to the silence wherever you are. Silence is a potent carrier of Presence.

Incessant mental noise of thinking prevents you from finding that realm of inner stillness that is inseparable from Being. Be still and listen.

Feeling will get you closer to the truth of who you are than thinking.

-The Power of Now- Eckart Tolle