Going With the Flow

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I hate waiting for ‘life’ to happen. Even though I am a laid back kind of person, I’d rather do something than sit and wait. It’s one of my personality challenges. Perhaps my decision-making process is governed by the planet Mercury. I don’t know.

Right now I feel like my life is ‘idling’. I believe something is going to happen but I don’t want to wait. So I consulted my Mana Cards this afternoon. After saying a prayer for spiritual help to get the best answer for all concerned, I asked the following question: “When it comes to performing an act to improve our life, is it better to think-decide-act or better to wait for inspiration to direct us?”

I set the deck on the table, pushed the cards in every direction to mix them up, formed them back into a deck, cut it and fanned the two halves together, not once but three times. Then I cut the deck into four piles, reassembled it and picked the top card. The top card was number 26, NALU. It means waves and also contemplation. It shows a man swimming in ocean waves, the sun and rainbow overhead, lava flowing into the sea underneath.

Meaning: Waves are neither good or bad; they simply come and go. Our reaction is what counts. Contemplate the waves; learn to anticipate their patterns. To avoid problems caused by the wave’s force, dive under it, or go with it. Sooner or later it will lose it’s force and release you. Study the patterns and allow the waves to lead you to the shore.

Darn! I guess I’ll just sit here and watch the ebb and flow of my life and see where it takes me.

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Charlie Hebdo

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My prayers and sympathy go out to the families and friends of the people who were murdered by terrorists in France. May God help all of them through their period of grief and mourning.

As for the terrorists, they still don’t understand that most of the people on earth look with disgust on such actions. Their actions don’t terrorize anyone and bring nothing but shame to the terrorists’ cause. Terrorists would produce much more favorable results if they used modern media intelligently and appealed to the world’s conscience with a public relations campaign, possibly sponsored by the United Nations, to help legitimize their complaints about the way in which the Prophet Mohammed was portrayed. Most of the people on earth believe personal religious beliefs are sacred and should be treated with great respect. Most of the people on earth would support such a claim.

A few weeks ago Sony released the movie The Interview. After seeing the trailer I knew I would never see the movie. One of my objections was that it was too specific naming the leader of North Korea and portraying him in film when the main plot was his assassination. If another country put out a film about assassinating our President Obama, we would be outraged. Sony should have made this film as a metaphor; a fictitious country with a fictitious leader, with a CIA plot to remove him through a stolen election. It could have been funny.

Everyone in the media including film companies, directors, actors, screenwriters, writers of fiction and non-fiction, TV and radio broadcasters, and everyone who blogs or communicates with the public online should step back at this moment and ask themselves, “What kind of world am I creating with my talents? Am I creating hate and enmity? Or am I creating peace and harmony?”

The rest of us, who consume the media output, should ask ourselves, “What kind of media do I want to support if I want to promote peace and harmony in the world?”

New Year’s Resolutions

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I was going to blog about healing but when I sat down at my computer today I realized it would be helpful to me to post my resolutions for 2015.

  1. I will get back to blogging on a regular basis. I find that blogging is like so many other activities we like to do. We go along at a good pace, enjoying ourselves and then – zap! – life intervenes. That’s what happened to me: the holidays; social obligations – some sad, most happy; shopping for Christmas presents; and, (ugh!) things that broke and needed to be fixed in my apartment building – I’m still not through with the last item.
  2. I will get back to journeying more often. Life … again … intervening …
  3. I will continue to consult my Mana Cards; they are a source of inspiration and comfort. They help keep me focused. If you don’t know, Mana Cards are the Hawaiian version of Tarot Cards, which I have studied and loved since 2005. I like both types of cards, however Mana Cards help me learn about Hawaiian culture and spirituality and they seem to fit more comfortably into my life at the present time.
  4. I will express my daily gratitude by reading the list of people and things for which I am grateful. It is twenty plus items long and growing.
  5. I will continue to say my daily prayer which blesses our earth and its elements, all people on earth, and my spirit-walking path; it also petitions helpful spirits to give all of us abundance, good health, spiritual insight, and the blessings of long life.
  6. I will continue to learn to ‘see’ with my heart in order to cut through the misleading appearances of life and find the true essence of the Spirit which underlies what we call ordinary reality or the real world.
  7. I will continue to search for ways in which I can render valuable service to others as I learn to age gracefully.

Happy New Year! May God bless you, your family and your friends!