30 Reasons To Be Grateful And/Or Things To Look For…

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Since I now live in the English countryside in an old house I’ve had some experiences of power loss, especially during winter. Even though something like that can serve as a reminder of how incredibly lucky we are in this day and age what really shook me was losing our tap water the other day.

That’s when I truly realised how fortunate we are to not only live in our part of the world, but to live now with all of our infrastructure both digitally and “acoustically.”

I can certainly understand why those who govern would regard the loss of this as our greatest vulnerability because once the water is gone what do you do?

You can manage without electricity for some days, it can even have a certain romantic effect, but if your toilet stops working, and you cannot clean yourself nor your tools, well then things are starting to look very grim indeed….

Here is my list over things to be grateful for and things to look for if searching for a good location, etc;

  1. Water in the tap! It certainly tops my list over modern-day luxuries that you do not want to lose.
  2. Hot Water.
  3. Tap Water That Taste Nice. I regard this as a major luxury in this day and age, since much of the water that is out there is “contaminated” to a certain degree. In certain places we’ve lived over the years we only drank bottled water since the quality of what came out of the tap was so bad. Here in England you can in theory drink it, but it taste foul. I had a little bonsai tree that died once it got tap water, you also have to pour lots of chemicals into your aquarium if you keep fish as pets so that they don’t die. Norwegian water actually taste nice, so you could probably start a proper scam by bottling your own Norwegian tap water and sell it over the internet for good money. Norwegian mountain water is the only tap water I’ve ever had that ย tasted just like Evian.
  4. A functioning indoor toilet. You can certainly survive without it, just think about the infamous Norwegian “ute do,” but life is sure as hell way more practical indeed with indoor plumbing.
  5. Modern Day Kitchen Appliances. Think about all the time we save by having dishwashers and washing machines! Looking after a household today is certainly way more glamorous than how things were back in the day when women had to clean everything by hand – without indoor plumbing!
  6. A functioning fire-place! In England it isn’t uncommon to block ones fire-place, but if the electricity goes it will be your only heat source, besides dressing up, and laying close to a relative or partner to not lose too much heat during the night. Opting for an old-fashion Norwegian stove that you can cook on top of is also a good idea. An open fire has always been a priority for human beings, living in a high-tech reality doesn’t change that. It enables you to make food without electricity and heat up water. If you’re outside it can also keep animals away.ย 
  7. Central Heating. It’s so practical to just push a magical button sadly that only works as long as everything else is operational.
  8. Electricity! Light, light, everywhere. We are incredibly lucky that we can use lightbulbs and take advantage of all of our electricity driven tools. How would we cope without them? We can but the transition would be horrendous and many would probably die in today’s society if the power all of a sudden disappeared for a month or two.
  9. Tools! The digital infrastructure that we have access to facilitates mobility, efficiency and make it possible to start a business with nothing but a phone. We can also keep in touch with people on the other side of the world and literally follow someone from their hospital bed if a relative is out of reach and ill. Our tools, the internet and the opportunities that social media sites offer would leave a gaping hole in the lives and livelihoods of many if destroyed.ย 
  10. Glass bottles & other non-contaminated food and drink containers.ย I was always grateful for plastic because I perceived it as a quality stamp. When I moved to England and saw that people would prepare food without wearing plastic gloves I would be disgusted since I thought of it as unhygienic. Now that I’ve read that plastic leaks into our food and drinks I feel silly! I’m now collecting glass bottles. I clean them and re-fill them. Last time I was at Starbucks I thought it was ridiculous that their eco-friendly option was a plastic cup … Go for glass. Keep it and clean it, if you find it.ย 
  11. Bottled water & wet wipes. If the water is gone you will desperately need these things. It is better to drink plastic-water than nothing. If you are thirsty enough you’ll drink anything.
  12. Flashlights, batteries & candles.
  13. Easy to consume snack & food stuffs that you don’t prepare yourself! Invisible hands or machines are hard at work to ensure that the Utopia is running smoothly. If you stop to think about how people used to work hard to bake and make these things you’ll probably also realise why obesity has become such an issue. In today’s world we can “comfort eat” and “snack” away as much as we want. You can eat because you want to eat and enjoy food for the sake of enjoying a good meal. The second that you see how much effort that goes into keeping a vegetable patch or cooking foodstuffs from scratch it changes your perspective completely.
  14. A house built with rocks. It keeps cool during the summer, it heats up easily during winter, bad weather have a hard time knocking it down, and it will stand for years.
  15. Fertile land that is good for farming.
  16. Access to edible fish.
  17. Access to edible game.
  18. Knowing how to hunt. Farm animals run when they see strangers, wild animals jump if they hear you or see you from afar. I don’t even know how it would be like to catch one of these things in total desperation due to hunger, without any prior hunting experience at all. It would certainly make for a comical spectacle I’m sure.
  19. Weapons that enables defence and the acquisition of nutrition. One thing is to prep, another thing is to be able to protect what you’ve gathered. A good (or bad) thing to know, depending on how you look at it, is that there are many who are completely unaware of that milk comes from the cow and that potatoes are grown in the ground. This means that there will be many who’ll stay put in the cities or in the towns if everything breaks down, but there will still be some who’ll trek into the country to go where the food is. You need to fortify your position. That is obviously not easy if you live in a territory where it is illegal for you to protect yourself and what is yours. It is also an interesting thing to keep in mind that many population groups were “nomadic,” in the past. Having the ability to move around in order to find good “hunting grounds” and water, is only possible if flexible and armed.
  20. Opportunity for foraging. Nature provides; it is up to us to see it and take it.ย 
  21. A “mud cellar.” Also known as “potato cellar.” Basically a “cellar” dug deep down in the ground where you can keep your food if your fridge becomes useless. If you have access to ice and snow you will be more fortunate as you can just use the outdoors as your natural fridge.
  22. Rainwater or a water well. If you can’t get access to water through the tap and the bottled water is nowhere to be found, then what?
  23. Proximity to real farms that sell genuine food stuffs. No imitation meat, no synthetics. You are what you eat and in today’s junk food reality that is truly scary. Just think about industrialised agriculture and the wellbeing of the animals that we end up consuming; that being said if you are hungry you’ll eat anything, even pets and other humans! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ If you are alive today then it is very probable that your ancestors were extremely brutal at one point or the other.
  24. Low population density. More resources, more space, less fighting and less conflict. The more people, the more problems.
  25. Lack of light pollution. You can watch the stars! Once you get out of the city you’ll be amazed at the beauty in the skies!
  26. Lack of noise pollution & other sense pollution/disturbances. It is so quiet where I live that I can literally hear the gold-fish play with the rocks inside their tank or pigeons fight each other with their wings outside in the garden.
  27. Fresh air. This is so hard to come by in this day and age that I consider this to be a major luxury just like water that taste nice. You are lucky if you don’t have to smell the foul smell of cars and other transportation vehicles. If you have access to air that doesn’t stink or “feels dense/greasy/heavy” you can consider yourself very fortunate indeed.
  28. Being able to order products online that just magically appear at your door. In this day and age you don’t have to leave your house at all if you need something. You can just click some buttons on your device and this will initiate a whole chain of events that you’ll never have to witness or deal with until your desired product just materialise at your location. What would you do if that all of a sudden vanished?
  29. Making your own tools and clothes in case it all breaks down. Our ancestors had to get the wool off the sheep that they had the responsibility for. They then had to spin this wool in order to create yarn so that that in its turn could be used to make clothes. The amount of effort that went into everything that was produced by hand is incredible to fathom. Our clothes are made by invisible hands in the East or machines, God only knows where or how the materials are sourced and what kind of process they go through to gain their colour, texture, etc; Most mainstream fabrics seem to be mixed or synthetic. We don’t have to gather any of the materials, nor do we have to make any of it either. This can probably explain in part the “shopaholic” phenomenon and also the habit of throwing things away rather than fixing what is broken.ย 
  30. High quality footwear and clothes made out of wool. Nothing beats having a Norwegian “sheep-jacket” it might not look trendy, but you are literally walking around with a “bรฆรฆรฆรฆ” on you. Norwegian traditional sweaters, wool mittens and super underwear will make sure that you’ll be ready for the winter. It is of interest to contemplate that wearing fur used to be done out of necessity. Having high quality boots so that you can walk for miles is very important too. What do you do if your car breaks down and all other transportation opportunities are out of the question? Your feet are there to be used.

So with all of this being listed I think a Thank You would be appropriate to God and humans alike who tinker away in order to come up with new tools and gadgets. At the end of the day it could all be gone tomorrow which is why being grateful is of such great importance.

You never know!

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I Just Finished The Old Testament!

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It’s the 1st of July and I’m officially done with reading The Old Testament!

I’ve been working on a huge review of it and have plenty of notes since there is so much that can be addressed and contemplated when reading through these texts.

A lot of what is contained within these pages is as relevant today as it was back then, since human traits stay the same regardless of time. This is sadly the reason as to why people try to say that the Bible is outdated. God forbid you read this and draw parallels to our world today and realise, in your moments of private reflection, that our societies are ill and in need of healing. I don’t think you are supposed to see that or figure it out.

I’ve always been a quick reader, or I used to be when I was younger. It has taken me a very long time to read through this though, since The Holy Bible isn’t written to be a page turner. I therefore wandered off quite often, but finally managed to pull through it ๐Ÿ™‚

I would recommend everyone to take the time to read it. It is regarded as the most influential piece of literature ever, and the longest reigning “bestseller” world-wide. Not to forget how it changed the filter through which generations before us perceived the world; delivering values upon which our ancestors modelled their societies.

This ideological spectrum also worked retroactively. When looking at “Viking texts” written by Monks, you can obviously sense how Christianity influenced how certain Viking stories were formulated and immortalised in the written form. How were these stories before Christianity? What is the whole truth?

Falsification due to propaganda and remodelling due to new standards is nothing new. It has happened before and we are witnessing it now, this time around, due to “political correctness.”

If you want to preserve your Holy Scriptures, or anything else of value, you ought to get some stone tablets. Who knows the extent of the cultural loss humanity has suffered whenever there’s been a moment of environmental “divine intervention?” Violent “climate change” has happened numerous times. It is actually quite frightening if you look into it. Carving things into stone increases your chances of keeping the flame of culture and faith alive.

Books and texts can in many ways be perceived as programming tools; the coding for various programs, internalised by our “human avatars” in order to interact and engage with this interactive, recyclable, organic, mortal world. The more dependent we become upon our technology the more vulnerable do we render our cultural inheritance. Especially since the art of storytelling is increasingly watered down by the dulling of our capacity for memorising extensive material.

My own spiritual journey has taken me from philosophy in my childhood, to flirting with intellectual Satanism and the occult in my teens, to meditation and mental training in adulthood and has now landed me in the Christian camp.

My approach to the spiritual was a quest for self-empowerment but ironically enough it wasn’t until I re-opened my heart to others through prayer that I found the inner peace that I had been yearning for. For many years I only found happiness if there was any good news regarding my music, after the 22nd of February this year I woke up again after 13 years in slumber. What an amazing experience! I do feel in many ways like I’ve come around full circle. I thank fate for bringing me to the empty church “in the middle of nowhere” that set me on the Christian path. I certainly understand now why people say that they’ve been “Born Again,” such an experience doesn’t have to involve drugs, crime or alcohol. It can be an emotional experience as well.

Prayer is greater than meditation since you direct your heart towards others.

That is where true peace is found, not in a self-focused spiritual quest.

 

“Answers from Heaven” by Theresa Cheung & Claire Broad.

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This book sees Cheung teaming up with a professional medium to further promote her case that the afterlife is real, and that Angels are active in our world, throughout our lives, at all times.

Prayer has incredible power and there have been scientific studies showing that patients who were prayed for had faster recovery times than those who were not” Considering that all matter (even our thoughts) consists of energy, it is entirely possible that this energy can be directed to achieve an outcome …” Amen to that!

In other words, the brain may act as a sophisticated receiver to express consciousness, but it may not be its primary creator.”

It was renewed physicist, inventor, futurist and electrical engineer Nikola Tesla who said, “If you want to understand the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.

The book makes for a good and easy read. My only two complaints is that certain stories are repeated from the other book I read from said author:ย โ€œAn Angel Saved Meโ€ by Theresa Cheung.ย which I find slightly puzzling when the author writes this: “Thousands of people have sent me such reports …”. The two women are also promoting a one-dimensional spiritual narrative void of negative forces:ย “In each and every case the messages from the other side are ones of comfort, hope and love …

I also question why Cheung & Broad blindly believe the sincerity of the spirits that they get in touch with. If you believe that the world is made up of opposites then you’ll probably doubt their exclusively optimistic stance.

There are lots of reports and stories that go way back in time, documenting negatively charged “hauntings,” just to pick one supernatural phenomena. If one believes in the existence of Angels (as we’ve come to know them in pop-culture), then why not Demons?

Cheung & Broad presents a marketable narrative in line withย The Map of Heaven โ€“ by Dr. Eben Alexander & Ptolemy Tompkins., a narrative that does not quite align with belief systems where you have to behave in order to please the supreme chieftain-Deity. The CEO of Celestial Inc. is nowhere to be found within current new-age literature, as you’ll be loved regardless of who you are and what you do. There is no hierarchical celestial order, so it is certainly very different from belief systems where you are supposed to try your absolute best to be a good person by internalizing certain values (or else!).

Thou shall not fear Celestial Inc.’s invisible enforcement agents; because all is light, and all is good – all the time! I wish I could believe in this friendly, open, tolerant, narrative – but I do not. Where there is light, there will be dark – that is what I believe anyway!

It can also be a possibility that “the force” disguises itself as “familiar” or “relatable” if it feels a desire or a need to intervene. This aligns with old myths, even Christianity, where an Avatar is needed (like an interface) to interact with humanity. If this technique is valid in real-life, then why not put on the mask of familiar individuals in the after-life as well? In theory it would make sense; but that of course hinges on whether you believe or not. And whether you believe that our creator can access his invention and design whenever “it” desires to do so.

I guess human beings have to believe that they are in the driver’s seat at all times. If this is what people want to believe, then I can certainly understand the appeal of books such as these, since there are no rules, nor spooky entities to enforce them!

Some selected quotes from the work:

It breaks my heart when people tell me that their early signs of psychic potential were laughed at or repressed by their family.” Yes, thank you Theresa for putting yourself out there promoting something that is not meant to be discussed in our enlightened high-tech age! โค

Whenever love is strong between two people it can cross the veil of death,”

Something with an awareness of future events intervened to give her a warning.

…we are all connected. Science attests to this and there is also the theory that time isn’t linear and that there is no past, present or future, just our perception.

There is a possibility that our thoughts and feelings can cross the boundaries of time and space, life and death.

…many NDEs occur when a person has a flat EEG, meaning they are brain dead, but if they have enough brain activity to produce a hallucination it would be registered by the EEG. Also, a dying brain or delirium are not convincing explanations as these would not be recalled as a positive experience or a spiritual turning point.

There is no conclusive proof that OBEs originate in the brain – in my opinion, they, like NDEs and night visions and all afterlife encounters (including the next story), are evidence that a part of us exists separate from our body and mind and that we are spiritual beings having a human experience. All those who have been through such events say they are incredibly powerful and a rich source of spiritual awakening.”

…so the next time you wake up feeling tired for no reason, perhaps you will have been on a spiritual assignment in your sleep. Such a wonderful thought that when we are asleep we all have the potential to become angels.

“...wisdom is “downloaded” into the mind of the medium and then written down or spoken, just in the same way you would if following dictation.”

The language of the spirit is universal and therefore there are no language ย barriers with mediumship.

In my experience, problems with grief arise when people get stuck in it.

Holding emotional grief inside of you undealt with only leads to health problems further down the line…

Thoughts ย are energy, and when we attend to and direct them decisively, they have the power to create our future, promote healing, shape our world and travel deep within the universe.

Many people have lost faith in the power of prayer because they’re either turned off by the religious connotations or feel their prayers go unanswered. The likely reason for this is that the very act of asking for something you want or need draws the experience of wanting or needing to you. Your words and the power behind your words – your intentions – matter. A more effective prayer should create the experience of having and being, but many people struggle to achieve this.

 

The Death Of Privacy & Humanity.

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Google already secured access to patient data from the NHS in England. (I mentioned this on my Instagram when the news was ย fresh). Facebook wants to do the same:ย Facebook wants to know everything about you.ย The official reason is of course that this is all being done for the greater good … this is always the official reason behind any social and governmental adjustments….regardless of the consequences or lives lost in the process….

I guess I was one of those who had my feed manipulated (if you read the article I just linked to, you’ll see what I mean); I noticed it though and figured it out straight away. I experienced having all of my social media tampered with; in fact this has been an on and off issue since 2015. Back then I thought I was being pranked by someone I knew; before it finally dawned on me that it could have been anyone. I wasn’t sure if I was being targeted by a real person or a bot run amok, if I was dealing with one individual or several, and hopefully I’ll never know, since I was really freaked out by my digital stalker. To be or not to be human, it matters little, the effect is the same if you get spooked out online. It should be possible to use social media without acquiring a phone-phobia. I changed my passwords several times daily, but to no avail. And in the end I figured that I could might as well share what I was reading online and write about all sorts of things, since privacy is completely dead.

It has been dead for a while due to how people use their gadgets, and share private conversations and photos.

The gigantic, global, people-registers that have been created should frighten people far and wide. I’ve deleted my personal Facebook account and rarely use my phone anymore, which is being stored in a completely different part of the flat where I live.

Meanwhile Elon Musk warns about a potential future A.I. Dictator; what he describes though sounds an awful lot like God; who knows your thoughts, your feelings, your social network, all your whereabouts, a God that you can never escape from or hide anything from. What he describes has already been described several times through the ages; so if you believe in spirituality, then this is rather a power-shift, where humans try to be smart by creating their own God, bypassing the original system, revolting against the established, celestial, universal order.

I doubt that Musk’s trans-human vision will bear fruit, unless he and his ilk can figure out a way to control the weather and the cosmic super-powers. For all we know we might be heading for a reset, since the planet has been reset several times before. I personally believe that this tech of ours has to be destroyed before it kills us in one way or another.

To put it this way; if an ideal employee can be created to do manual tasks, then why on earth will a human work-force still be needed? We are possibly looking at a future where we make millions of humans redundant, at a point in time where there is a problem of over-population. There should be no need to point out how that issue probably will play out.

Dramatic climate change might be the best thing that can happen to humanity and the planet.

 

Maintaining Positivity In A Culture Dominated by Negativity.

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Ironically enough I’ve found faith while simultaneously losing faith over the last few years since I started blogging and reacting to events unfolding on both sides of the Atlantic. I’ve ย been doubting our secular values and constructs more and more, and while this has been happening my heart has increasingly opened up to spirituality, which is interesting.

Yesterday I decided to read my own Lyric Book to see what sort of message I’ve been projecting in the past, and it gave me a certain sense of comfort and relief to see that I was funnily enough broadcasting sentiments that I wasn’t even aware of could be perceived as spiritual in nature. I am happy to see that I was aligning myself with positive energy, criticising negative and destructive forces detrimental to us all.

When reading through my long blog entries on here, out of fear that some of these posts might potentially fuel negative energy, I couldn’t fail to notice how ridiculous a lot of the source-articles that inspired my entries now seem, even though they are not that old at all. It is very, very, obvious, that fear mongering and catastrophic scenarios are constantly being brought up; Brexit would be the cause of WW3! Everyone would instantly die of cancer! Mass panic could be sensed everywhere with the election of Trump, as if though Trump + Brexit would equal instant apocalypse for everyone, everywhere! I ridiculed these sensationalist sentiments; and I believe that a great number of people will look back at “the public discourse” thinking of it as silly. It is good for an instance to see that politicians are now all of a sudden openly discussing topics that just some years ago were seen as off-limits. It shows how quickly things can change. Hopefully this will tackle chaotic conditions on both sides of the Atlantic and in the rest of the world. I fail to see why people would be keen on destabilization; I’m not a fan.

Negative news stories broadcasting acts of evil, with journalists moaning our imminent demise cannot possibly be seen as particularly uplifting material, and when one thinks about how massive this negativity-assault is on our senses it certainly raises some questions.

It has become increasingly obvious to me that a re-connection to spirituality and family values is the solution. Reading about something like this for example is horrendous, the same can be said of the focus on the latest lone-wolf gun-man in the U.S.A. It is important to always remember that wherever there is destructive, hateful, energy, there will also be a positive one. An example of this could be those who heroically saved their fellow students in Florida, or in a war setting: Oskar Schindler’s bravery in helping persecuted Jews.

I received a book for Christmas written by someone I fundamentally disagree with politically, but his assessment of those on the right-political spectrum is probably very accurate; conservatives react to the antics of politically creatives on the left, who want to shake things up with all sorts of strange ideas. My entries are no different; they are reactions to what is happening, since I do not approve. I do however sense that things might not become as gloomy as many fear. I have a hunch.

If you feel down and don’t like the direction that your country is moving in you should try to get involved with something; I’m assuming that when somebody loses it, they have all of this pent-up aggression and internal negativity that just spills over turning them into agents of chaos. Strange really if you think about how the criminal acts of political terrorists always outshines whatever message they allegedly want to get out there. If you want to change the world it is probably more productive to read about Rosa Parks. Those who want to change things need a network and a proper plan.ย Help Those In Need.

 

“An Angel Saved Me” by Theresa Cheung.

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This is an eye-opening and potentially unsettling/spooky book, I really enjoyed Cheung’s work as it featured countless stories from people describing supernatural experiences. A common thread can be seen when reading these type of stories. The book stand out though due to its many witness accounts; I really enjoyed its style, I would also recommend:ย The Map of Heaven โ€“ by Dr. Eben Alexander & Ptolemy Tompkins.

I’m guessing that spiritual skeptics wouldn’t have much interest in a book such as “An Angel Saved Me,” but if you’ve heard of or experienced anything that resembles what’s within these pages you’ll certainly find it fascinating, like a confirmation of sorts.

I really had no idea that there were people out there communicating with Angels, until I heard that the Norwegian royal princess engages in this sort of activity; I thought it sounded a bit spaced-out at the time, but now I’m not so sure.

I do find it interesting however that all of the Angel encounters described in this work are so positive in nature, it wouldn’t surprise me if there are some vicious celestial beings at work as well; if you believe in the “otherworldly” it could explain the battle between good and evil in our world.

Cheung’s work brings up some points that I’ve certainly come to see as self-evident, something that many alternative doctors also believe in, namely: that we are all connected to a super force and that there is meaning hiding in everything. Some refer to this as “synchronicity.”

Cheung points out the importance of the word and how we can all be angels/helpers to others. I thought a bit about this after reading and my own thoughts about the matter is that: Being the helper of some might make you the enemy of others, but being the helper of some is probably better than being the helper of none.

Let’s say that I pass a homeless person as I’m on my way home. I give this individual whatever change I have and a smile might spread across the person’s face, followed by a “Bless You” or a “Thank You.” It is even better if I then look at the rough sleeper, acknowledging his/her presence, rather than avoiding eye-contact, which is the most comfortable thing to do, as homeless people both remind us of the fragility of existence while maybe giving us a slight sense of “survivors guilt.”

Yet after I’ve done this small act of charity, I walk past another rough-sleeper, and this time I have no change to give. To this individual I represent nothing but another walker-by. Just another one blending into the city-landscape, almost highlighting the beggar’s loneliness and social isolation. Everybody just walk on by lost in their own thoughts about what they need to do, where they ought to be, where they are heading, etc; while ignoring those that they encounter on their way, not even saying “hello,” an act that can only really be seen in villages/hamlets where any human you encounter is automatically special.

This type of scenario or dilemma can be transposed to all political issues as well; I’ll help group A, but then I cannot really help group B, I’ll stand with these people over here, but that will automatically put me in opposition to those guys over there, these people will benefit and a positive change will happen in their lives, but just as this act of good spreads like a ripple effect, there will be a negative one spreading elsewhere within the group that has been ignored or wilfully sidelined.

The power of the word is truly overwhelming if people awaken to it and think about it. This might illustrate why it is complicated: ย “I just had a negative encounter/experience and will now share this with another person.”

  1. I will create a negative atmosphere, because something of a negative nature is being discussed, and since human nature is the way it is; then I’ll probably spend an awful lot of time talking about that which annoys me with my friend/relative.
  2. I will potentially create some sort of conflict, if action is to be taken in order to “get justice” and settle the issue with the other individual who has offended me.
  3. A lot of people let bad individuals get away with their misdeeds, for the simple reason that they don’t want to deal with the negative emotions stemming from a potential argument or conflict, hence the bad guy has a tendency of getting away with whatever.
  4. If you ever try to fix a proper issue, there will be a lot of pain generated in the process, which then makes me wonder if it is best to not address issues; there will of course be no solution to whatever problem, in fact matters might get worse, but at least you’ll post-pone confrontations with troublemakers, or hand the issue at hand over to someone else….It is in fact very common to see this.
  5. If you are to walk in Love and deal with all problems like some guru, then what on earth do you do when encountering real evil and individuals who are rude and mean to everyone around them, without ever improving or showing any signs of genuine remorse? Is a loving nature more likely to get you killed, injured, devastated and/or emotionally drained, or can you actually improve the world by spreading kindness? And how far can this ripple effect potentially go, if you think about the dilemma described above?

These are interesting matters to contemplate indeed, since it deals with our own spiritual footprint here on earth. It is also an interesting thing to note how hate can be born out of absolutely nothing, which is something that can really be experienced by artists receiving hate-mail for no obvious reason or bully victims chosen and picked on by other children, without anyone really knowing why.

There doesn’t have to be any reason for hate to take its hold, and regardless of how well-intended and strong the love that meets it might be, it can’t be denied that a gun might be love’s greatest protector when dealing with deep-seated, blind rage, caused by infernal, putrid, hatred. Why some fall victims to such strong negative emotions, is peculiar indeed, as others can live through inhuman challenges and still find love and a light within, helping them to forgive while ascending to new spiritual heights.

Ours is a strange world.

Quotes from Cheung’s “An Angel Saved Me.”

“But every morning when we wake up we have no idea whether we have years, days or hours left to live. In the midst of life we are in death, whether we like it or not, and we may never know when our time is up.”

“… but when you think about the idea that we are all connected and nothing we do or say is trivial,…”

“Perhaps the genius of artists, musicians and writers, or the joy experienced by lovers or first-time parents, or the explorer soaring to new heights, come close to the inspiration of feeling ‘not of this world.’

“So the next time you experience a ‘coincidence’, rather than dismissing it, ask yourself what it means.”

“…remember that coincidence is the language that angels speak.”

“Remember, if you don’t think you have encountered angels, many of the people here didn’t actually see angels. Something as simple as a feather, a song, a book, a flash of intuition or a remarkable coincidence was the catalyst for their spiritual transformation. If you look at the world with ‘angel eyes’, every moment is a chance for you to glimpse the mystery and to marvel at the sheer magic of it all.”

“…everything we say and do, however tiny or insignificant it may feel at the time, really has the potential to make others feel as if they have been touched by an angel.”

Some books recommended by Theresa Cheung:

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne.

The Road Less Travelled by M.Scott Peck.

A couple of books about roughly the same topic:

Britain’s X-Traordinary Files by David Clarke.

Haunted! Scariest Stories from the UK’s no.1 Psychic by Derek Acorah

The Lion Encyclopaedia of Jesus.

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Since I’m working my way through the Old Testament and this is taking some time, I decided to read a children’s book about The New Testament.

The message was very interesting, as the Old Testament describes the one battle after the other between various different tribes/ethnic groups in the Middle East area, whereas Jesus believes in reaching out to members of some of these groups, which certainly must have raised some eye brows. Especially the idea of praying for ones enemies.

The message of enduring, selfless love; especially that the faith is not ethnocentric, but for all, is very inspiring and a major contrast to what comes before it, where the Old Testament God is quite frankly depicted as a scary and merciless entity. He will engage in genocidal activity and sanctify it to punish those who live in a way he finds to be degenerate, prophets manage to soften his heart to a certain degree, but only so that one faithful believer can survive, in some cases. A spectacularly dangerous and frightening otherworldly deity is the image that you’re left with; you better do what you’re told, or else!

An aspect of Jesus’s message is;” …Go, but do not sin again,” which contrasts with the modern perception that anything goes or the old-fashioned idea that “if you sin then you’re damned.” Jesus reached out to those who were ostracised and focused on saving those who needed it the most. Which is very touching.

Section 26; speaking of A Kingdom of Equals, might make individualists and people who acknowledges differences wonder, but it is rather the idea that all lives matter, and the more responsibility a person has the more important it is to remember this: “If one of you wants to be great, he must be the servant of the rest; and if one of you wants to be first, he must be the slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served; he came to serve and to give his life to redeem many people.Mark 10:43-45

Jesus fights against corruption, which obviously doesn’t make him very popular with the establishment, he performs miracles (which in his opinion shouldn’t be necessary to convince people to listen to him), gratitude or how people seem to lack in this is also mentioned.

In other words, this book describes how Jesus was trying to teach people how to co-exist and be nice to one another, humans are described as being faulty, but Jesus tries to ย put people on the right path. This eventually cost him his life. This act interestingly enough marks ย the end of blood sacrifice as practised in the old Testament, since Jesus was the ultimate sacrificial act; he died on the cross for our sins.

Jesus’s take on materialism is also of interest, as I’ve seen for myself how paranoid certain successful people are; arguing with all and everyone about nothing, being stuck up for no reason (not that there ever is one) and never helping anyone.

If you make your money illegally and you know that lots of people are after you, then how can you sleep well at night? Even individuals who’ve made their money legally, might face troubles internally when looking back on their life and how they had to walk over others to reach their objective.

It is also interesting that heaven is not described as a place for all, but for the few, since most will fail when it comes to living their lives in accordance with Jesu’s teachings. It can also be argued that Christianity is stricter in certain respects, since Jesus preaches that it is not just the act of killing a person that is wrong, even the thought should be avoided. ย So it is not enough to abstain from sin, you should purify your thoughts as well.

A very good quote is this one, displaying some self-doubt from Paul: “ And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is a delusion and you are still lost in your sin… If our hope in Christ is good for this life only and no more, then we deserve more pity than anyone else in all the world.1 Corinthians 15:14-19

He then goes on to write: “Death is destroyed: victory is complete!” 1 Corinthians 15:54

It is very interesting how Jesus was cheered on when he rode into Jerusalem, only to be betrayed by the crowd later, when he was chosen to be executed rather than the guilty criminal standing next to him. Pilate knew that he did the wrong thing.

The story of the lost sheep as recounted in this book is quite cute actually. I wrote about individualism previously here on my blog, but the idea of Jesus the shepherd is a bit different from what I previously thought. It is rather the idea that humans are flawed and that God/Jesus is a parent looking after his sheep/children, and how we all naturally fall into this category, since humans need help to stay on the right path. In this context the idea is not one of contempt and arrogance, but one of care and concern, something that is much-needed if one thinks of petty arguments between neighbours, just to pick an everyday example. All of the conflicts we have in this world from small to big, could easily be avoided if people just behaved, the problem is that people don’t and therein lays the problem.

What makes the Holy Bible a relevant read even today, is that it doesn’t paint an unrealistic picture of humans, rather it serves the purpose of trying to help, a role that increasingly falls on government programs in our day and age.

This was a good read for sure. I would recommend kids and adults alike to read about the inspiring message and work of Christ.