Christ a crisis in the life of god, was a life changing book for me, it forever changed the way in which I perceived christianity and gave me a narrative that if I had grown up hearing I might have believed in
Here are some excerpts from the prologue
"All mankind is forgiven, but the lord must die
By losing to Caesar, he wins a duel with the Devil and defeats death itself
To understand everything is to forgive everything
The guilt of God is an emotionally inescapable implication of the Christian myth
Who can be punished for perpetrating the human condition? To use the language of the myth, who is to be blamed for our expulsion from Eden? It is the lord himself who cursed what he created
Our offense was so mild, his punishment so ferocious. Can we avenge ourselves upon him? No, we cannot, we cannot make him “bear the awful curse” that he has inflicted on his creatures. But he can make himself bear it.
He can wreck the ultimate vengeance upon himself and deliver the ultimate gift- eternal life- as atonement
The first, spoken pathos of the crucifix as an icon- that the crucified is both innocent and divine- yields to a second, unspoken pathos; that he is both divine and guilty
The world is a great crime, and someone must be made to pay for it
God must die, yes, but he will rise, and at his empty tomb, where none is king, all may be forgiven and may submit to one another
Thus does his kingdom come. Thus does the lamb of god take away the sin of the world”
“Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry - all forms of fear - are caused by too much future, and not enough presence. Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness, and all forms of nonforgiveness are caused by too much past, and not enough presence.”—Eckhart Tolle (via thecalminside)
I think people like to travel, parcially, because while you're abroad everything is new and you become naturally more aware and present. Why is it so hard to grow the awareness and enchantment of a tourist in our daily lives?
People do like to travel because being in a strange place makes you more aware and joy comes from being aware. This may go back to our ancestral days when if we traveled we had to be very aware, aware of unfamiliar plants, animals and people for these things might harm us.
The greatest lie in the travel industry is that we need to travel to feel this alive and awareness and the joy that comes with it. We can be alive in our own home, in our own town. The key is to not judge and to not label. The key is to find stillness and not be in your head as often as you are now.
Look at things and don’t label them, look at your kitchen or your bed and don’t label it, just look. Breathe and look. Things can seem different if we remove our label from them. If we just breathe and look. While you are in your town, office, school or home try to feel your body, sense it as often as you can. Be a tourist in your own body. Go there and try and stay there. Doing this and not labeling, things may appear new to you. You may notice things or see things differently. You may sense the awe and beauty that is everywhere and doesn’t require a trip somewhere. You may sense the wonder of life in your own town, school and house. You may realize that you truly don’t need to travel to experience these things. You won’t run from your own town, your familiarity and from your feelings and thoughts. You wont look for adventure anywhere else but here and now.
“You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing, and dance, and write poems, and suffer, and understand, for all that is life.”—Krishnamurti (via thecalminside)
you’re excluding cis women who may not have a uterus because they’ve lost it because of or to avoid #cancer
stop doing this it’s so gross
There is nothing wrong with including trans men in feminism. Feminism is about equality for all, and desperately needs a name change to reflect that. How about this: Stop using a uterus as a symbol if feminism because feminism is about SO MUCH MORE.
Greg, that anon you received a minute ago just reminded me of something thats been on my mind for a while. I've got through most of my life thinking that there's not really any definitive good or bad, just as you said, but recently I've started to think, that, because the Buddha teaches us to live compassionately is the way to peace, that we might be able to call an action "bad" if inflicts pain or suffering on someone else. Do you have any thoughts?
We could call an action that inflicts suffering on someone else bad. But, what if that suffering inflicted turns the person into a Buddha. What if that is the suffering they need to realize the cause of the suffering and awaken to peace. We can’t truly call the initial act bad, it is bad and good and if it is bad and good, then what is it? I would say that it is just life. It is neither good or bad. It just is. The mind makes it bad and then later good.
I would say that there are things that traditionally we would call bad, but we need to look at the whole and see life there doing its thing, using what we call bad and good to change, to evolve.
Bad and good need a subject and an object it implies two things. There is the person or thing that is bad and there is the observer who the bad or good is done to. From a bigger perspective we are all so interconnected that good and bad stop to make sense, the is just this, now.
Christ a crisis in the life of god was a book I read when I was eighteen years old and living in California, it introduced an idea that I had never heard from christians before or since (I don’t know if Jack Miles, the man who wrote the book was christian or not) and it gave me a viewpoint about the religion that I had never seen or thought about before It was a revolution in consciousness for me to read the book, because I had grown up hearing how God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, the idea that God was perfect and without flaw or blemish but that his creation deserved to burn in unending pain was one that was taught to me since birth, and is another reason I commonly repudiate the religion to the degree that I do However, Miles begins the book in his prologue by declaring outright at least twice, once as the first sentence and again towards the end, that God or The Lord, the two titles are interchangeable referring commonly to the same belief, relationship or religion, must die God (or the lord) must die But why? for what? The crux of the argument and the reason I love the book and the ideas that it presents as much as I do, is that the reason god must die, is because it is his fault that death and suffering exist That sin came into the world, not through man or the Devil, but through God himself And in order for God to achieve at-one-ment with his creation he must suffer and die as they do This was a powerful idea to me, one that seemed to displace judgement with forgiveness, and one that seemed to place God on a more equal footing with man One that took the virtue of obedience and displaced it, perhaps replacing it with solidarity with regards to all that suffer
The reason this idea is likely to be considered blasphemous by mainstream normative christian thought, is because it takes the blame off of mankind and places it on God and perhaps also because it hints at the idea that God can change and grow That he is not a perfect being, even if he is all powerful, but that he is a creature that while being all powerful is not all knowing, that because of power that he had, he created the world and punished it with very little restraint And that he came to understand that what he had wrecked upon the world was out of proportion and so, he decided to die, to pay for his crime of bringing death into the world, and perhaps to also show solidarity with those that suffer
An interesting and powerful idea, that if I had grown up hearing, I don’t believe I would have been so quick to walk away from, an interesting book, well worth the read
getting to know new people in a romantic way is so depressing it’s like
hello, nice to meet you, I am weird girl
I will try to hide my darkness from you for as long as I can, but eventually you will see I am covered in scars and feel much to deeply and am not an emotionally stable human being
Maybe, if you don’t try to hide your darkness, you will find someone who can appreciate it and live with it. If I have learned anything in my 44 years, it is that it seriously pisses me off when I learn that people were not honest about themselves in the beginning of a relationship. I feel I’ve been lied to, mislead, and encouraged to fall in love with someone who does not, in fact, exist. It’s a cruel thing, to both of you. Please just be yourself, and let those who cannot handle you, cannot love and accept you as you are, see that and then let them go, so you can find someone who can and will, and they can find someone they can and will.
Is present moment awareness the essence of our spiritual journey? Thanks again.
The short answer is yes. The present moment is the key to realizing deep peace and true happiness. All other moments are contained in this moment now, the future is a thought that occurs now, the past is a memory that you access now. Truly this moment is all we have, to be fully aware of this and to live fully in this moment is awakening.
“There will come a day when it will matter a great deal to the lives of people . . . that we will be able to gain access” to such devices, Comey told reporters in a briefing. “I want to have that conversation [with companies responsible] before that day comes.”—
“Everybody, every human being want happiness. And Buddha, he act like teacher. ‘You are your own master. Future, everything depends on your own shoulder.’ Buddha’s responsibility is just to show the path, that’s all”—Dalai Lama (via thecalminside)
Ever since I realized I have no life experience that would make any story I write/draw believable, I feel like there’s nothing I can do for my future…. I can’t socialize, I can’t be creative, I can’t do anything. 20 years old, I have no valuable skills. I’m just going to end up being a burden on the people I care about and the rest of society.
I can relate to the fear of being a burden it’s often how I have felt this year, but as far as writing anything believable, writing is really simple, you take a razor and bleed all over Writing is about expressing what is inside of you, and if you have suffered in life, than you have more interesting things to write about You have to express your own emotions before you can express anyone else’s You have to tell your story before you can tell anyone else’s If it helps to imitate than do so, but your point of view is what’s most important I still struggle with rather I will ever write a story, but I write poems on a very frequent basis If there is something inside of you that wishes to speak, let it
Give your life over to the ghost that haunts you, in other words, you wouldn’t be talking about writing or drawing if these things were not important to you, if the idea that we are sparks and pieces of divinity is even a scosh true, than perhaps that desire speaks of a hidden strength, but often our strengths can be like plants, they take time and care to grow It sounds like being creative is important to you, don’t give up on it
We define ourselves by our attitudes. We like this and we don’t like that and all that liking and not liking makes up who we are. Our attitudes are both inward beliefs and outward expressions of how we feel about the world. We wear an attitude like a protective shell. Our attitude can help us fit…
i hate when ppl make fun of me for trying 2 be positive and spread good vibes like fuck your bitter ass i spent a good portion of my short life being bitter and angry and suicidal if i wanna shoot sunshine out of my ass then i fuckin will
So I didn’t make any official statement about Sam Pepper until today because I had a feeling that he was up to what I refer to as “shenanigans.” I figured that if I posted something and then he threw a curve ball, it would make whatever I said feel empty because it would have been condemning him…
Hi Greg I need your advice. Is it wrong to be an introvert but want to have friends and be social? Is it wrong to not have a lot of friends?
It is not wrong to be introverted. This is a label, it is neither wrong or right. It is just a label that we put on people who get bad feelings when they socialize. They are just people who get exhausted from social situations and would rather be alone and do their own thing.
The truth is the world needs both introverts and extroverts, they push each other to grow and evolve. The introverts can tell the extroverts to slow down and think about things and not just do things without thinking. The extroverts can get the introverts out of their comfort zones and help them to get over fears they may have. So to be an introvert is just as important in this world as to be an extrovert.
The extroverts tend to be more in the spotlight and shouting, “hey look at me there is nothing wrong with me I am with who I am”. This leaves the introverts thinking, “there must be something wrong with me because I don’t want to shout and have attention, I just want to read a good book”. Neither of these things are right or wrong, better or worse, they are just two things that help propel us as humans.
They work together to make this whole crazy thing we call life work. They are both necessary. They are both needed. Try to see this.
Try to see that you may just be weighted towards being introverted and there may be a side to you that is extroverted and loud. It may be hidden, but it may be there. Also try to see what is underneath these labels that we put on each other and ourselves. We are more than these things. We sense this when the mind is not making a ton if noise and we can sense stillness and simple space. So just look and see.
If you don’t have many friends that is fine. I think introverts have fewer friends that they are closer to than extroverts and that is fine. There is nothing wrong with this either. It is just how it works. Try to just observe your thoughts about your amount of friends and just let those thoughts be thoughts and not let convince you that you are less of a person because you have fewer friends. It’s just not true.
U know how in winter it gets so cold and u think u will never be hot again and in summer it gets so hot u think u will never be cold again I think that is how it is with ur feelings like when u r sad u think u will never be happy and when u r happy u think u will never be sad. But u will be hot again and u will be cold again and u will be sad again but most of all u will be happy again
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Whhhhat? Excuse me. Let me spread the shit out of this.