|Posted by Michael on July 8, 2015 at 10:20 PM||comments (0)|
I can't help but feel, and to say with certainty, that smoking marijuana brings me closer to God. That when presented clearly and with clarity of how marijuana helps me turn off my mind, expand my feelings and emotions, to ask the question behind the question behind the question in search for God's truth for myself. I think a good man could bring this understanding of awareness to the masses of people and allow smoking marijuana as a religious freedom. We create with our thoughts and our feelings. What I've discovered is that smoking marijuana expands my focus. Our brain and mind is how we focus. This is the reason, and why we’re creators and even deliberate creators of our own destinies because we allow the mind to focus.
This focusing creates a vibration. Humans are vibrational beings. The universe is a vibrational energy. Energy is something that can never be destroyed. So the way we understand this vibration is the way we understand what focus is. Focus is all about what we’re thinking, and speaking. So the way we understand how we focus, is on how we’re feeling. Our emotions determine how we're feeling. So when I discovered that when I pay attention to the way I feel, I can control the way I feel by focusing my thoughts. I can then get into the same vibrational energy as with the source that's within me. This source, is the source that's within us all. We can have this source vibrational energy walk with us throughout our day.
I think thoughts that are in alignment with what I feel source feels about me, or what source feels about anything, I feel that power of energy then going through me. Pretty amazing, so now I know with certainty I came from source energy. Every time I can, I then plug into this source energy. I can feel the power of this source. Like clarity more than confusion. Like happy more than sad. Like a feeling of love, more than a feeling of hate. I like feeling of appreciating, or optimism more than pessimism. Etc.
Stay High and Keep Grinning!
Thoughts and Focus by my teacher "Best self talk - talk to God Ever" - Abraham Esther Hicks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4IkbcnaeOE
|Posted by Michael on May 25, 2015 at 11:40 PM||comments (0)|
My boss belittled me once. He crumpled up the spreadsheet I’d been working on for days and threw it right back in my face. “I didn’t ask for a data dump,” he screamed. Or so it seemed. “I want you to get the information I don’t need out of the way so I can make a decision!”
I thought he was crazy at the time. You know, #OPP” (Old People Problems). But now that I’m a geezer myself, as should be evidenced by my improper use of a hashtag and obscure anagram (hashtags precede a searchable item so you generally want to spell it out as specifically as possible without using too many words), I know exactly what my old boss meant. We are bombarded with so much information every day that we can’t possibly process it all. For instance, I did a quick search on gay history several months ago which led me to the History of LGBT timeline on Wikipedia. Sure, it’s interesting reading, but emotionally exhausting. To be honest with you, it made me a little bit nuts. I actually went so far as to consider lobbying congress for a zero tolerance bill against all religions that demonize a minority. Then the voice of my old boss rang out inside my head, “What would gay history look like if you removed both religious fanaticism as well as your empathy for gay people?” Suddenly the answer I was searching for became crystal clear...
Ever since the dawn of civilization laws were designed to protect citizens not only from the exploitation of the rich, but also from religious tyranny. This is what makes Rome’s adoption of Christianity as their official state religion so suspicious. You see, the death penalty for sodomy law that resulted effectively gave the government the power to sentence to death anyone who was in line for an inheritance. Once all heirs to the family fortune were exterminated, the diseased person’s wealth and property would then legally default to the state. Centuries later, after the corruption which led to the fall of Rome had been long forgotten, modern countries sprang up and based their governments on Roman jurisprudence. This jurisprudence still included the death penalty for sodomy law but the only thing that could support it was Judeo-Christianity, which the Romans also organized. Boy, those old Romans sure were clever, weren’t they?
Okay, so I had my answer. By removing all the information I didn’t need, I was able to deduce that The Roman government is what screwed things up for gay people and not necessarily people of faith. This, of course, led to more questions such as what was it like for gay people before this?
If we go all the way back to the origins of law we see that there were no provisions made for homosexuality. It was either non-existent or never considered wrong. Since it has been proven that human beings are bisexual by nature, my most educated guess is that it was never considered wrong. Why would it be if polyandry (one woman with multiple husbands) wasn’t considered wrong? Interestingly enough, polygamy (one man with multiple wives) was actually endorsed by Christianity through the seventeenth century AD due to the tremendous loss of life during the holy wars. But back to origins of law; even Babylonia considered women to be free and dignified so why didn’t the Greco-Romans? What gave them the audacity to consider women property or second class citizens at best? And furthermore, why were they so big on bottom shaming?
Bottom shaming is when you consider the guy who likes the inside of arse tickled to be more of a woman. This does not mean that the Greco-Romans were any less bisexual. They most certainly were. They just wanted the rest of the world to believe that they were the tops. The anal retentive stiffs even went so far as to elect a law about it. This law was seldom enforced, though. There were no sex police lurking in the bushes back then. This was simply a tool that could be used in the political arena to destroy an opponent’s character. A prime example of this would be the case of Aeschines against Timarchus.
Aeschines was a citizen from Athens who was assigned a peace embassy to confront the expansive efforts of Phillip II of Macedon. Phillip won Aeschines over completely to his side and when Aeschines returned to Athens, he found himself accused of treason by Timarchus. The punishment for treason was death, but Aeschines successfully diverted attention away from this by accusing Timarchus of being a whore who prostituted himself to many men in the port city of Piraeus. In other words, Timarchus was a bottom who had to go out of town to get his kicks. Upon being found guilty, Timarchus was stripped of all status and influence. Aeschines got off scot-free because Timarchus, now reduced to the status as of a woman, should never have been allowed to speak before such a high council in the first place.
This is the probably the most extreme case of bottom shaming on record. Other instances are more laughable such as in the case of Appius against Calius. Both were aggressive politicians who accused each other of bottoming. Their accusations fell on deaf ears, though, as the presiding praetor, Marcus Livius Drusus Claudianus, was a closeted bottom himself.
So, given the Greco-Roman propensity for bottom shaming, how was it possible for Phillip II’s son, Alexander the Great, to usher in the Hellenistic era where same-sex love between equals was looked upon so favorably? According to what I’ve read about the time, Alexander’s conquest of Asia created a sort of cultural diffusion. #Greco-Buddhism” It appears that Buddhism was to the Hellenistic era what The Kinsey Reports were to the sexual revolution of the nineteen-sixties. Emperor Nero married two men in public ceremony, Emperor Elagabalus married an athlete from Smyrna, and while the issue of bottom shaming may not have disappeared entirely from the landscape, it was well on its way to extinction. Then along came Christianity.
It is hard to write about this next part without offending people on both sides of the issue. What we have to remember is that true people of faith don’t castrate, dismember, or burn sodomites. Governments do. But governments can also be changed as evidenced on Saturday (5/23/2015) when 62.1% of voters legalized gay marriage in Ireland. This is HUGE!
Now let’s take a moment to reflect on how we got here. Below are my top ten people and events that brought us to the point where gay marriage will become legalized on a massive scale once again. Feel free to add yours to this list if you like.
Thank you, and Happy Pride 2015!
1.) Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) English advocate for the separation of church and state, women’s rights, and the decriminalization of homosexual acts.
2.) Revolutionary France (1791) The first Western European nation to decriminalize homosexual acts between consenting adults.
3.) Karl Heinrich Ulrichs (1825-1895) German lawyer, writer, and first publically gay man since the Hellenistic era. advocate for the decriminalization of homosexual acts in Germany.
4.) Magnus Hirschfeld (1868-1935) Opened the first sexual research institute in Germany.
5.) Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) Austrian neurologist and father of psychoanalysis. Believed that all human beings are bisexual.
6.) Alfred Kinsey (1894-1956) American biologist and author of The Kinsey Reports which are often regarded as a precursor to the sexual revolution.
7.) Christine Jorgensen (1926-1989) The first widely publicized person to undergo sex reassignment surgery; male to female.
8.) Stonewall Riots (1969) The first time in modern history that gay people did not succumb to police brutality. Usually those arrested had their names printed in the paper thus causing their families to disown them, their employers to fire them, and their suicides to become inevitable.
9.) Harvey Milk (1930-1978 ) T he First openly gay politician elected to public office. Successfully helped to defeat California's Proposition Six
10.) Michael Anderson (1959-present) Northwest Airlines advocate for workplace diversity during a time when he could still be fired for being gay in Minnesota, near-fatal car accident survivor, and author of The Achilles Effect; Wounded by Religion. Healed by Faith
|Posted by Michael on December 29, 2014 at 10:15 AM||comments (0)|
Do you have an experience of love from God to share?
|Posted by Michael on December 29, 2014 at 10:10 AM||comments (0)|
We know that people are not their religion, they are more then that,they are spirit. Our book is to help people remember that.
Did our book help you?
The Achilles Effect-Wounded by Religion, Healed by Faith
Based upon a true story, The Achilles Effect chronicles God experiencing life through me as a gay man. Even before the deadly car wreck I barely survived, people encouraged me to write a book about coming out as a gay airplane mechanic. In 1992, gay employees did not have equal protection under the law; I could have been fired for admitting my sexual orientation. Although I grew up Catholic, neither my parents nor my siblings put the beliefs of the church above the love for their family.
Several denominations have closed their doors to practicing homosexuals, referring to it as a choice. Some priests have even denied communion to those who support the gay movement. Catholics for equality organized the Rainbow Sash Movement. Fundamentalist Christians brought to the workplace their misconception of the gay population as sick, immoral people in need of saving. This bullying left me with only three choices: 1. Quit Northwest Airlines in order to go work for a gay friendly company. 2. Go back to drinking. 3. Challenge Northwest Airlines to take a stand against the bigotry that ran rampant, not only out in the hangars where I worked, but throughout the entire corporation as well.
As a direct result of my efforts, Northwest Airlines became the first large domestic air carrier to join the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association in 1994. Since Northwest flew to eight of the top ten gay destinations, it made sense to the powers that be that this would increase their bottom line. This stance also changed the way all airlines treated their gay employees and customers.
Modern-day spiritual teachers explain the concept of God much better than any fundamental conservative’s fear-based religion which uses bullying to promote their leaders’ own agendas. Our parents’ generation taught that God represented all love, yet demonstrated He’s just a bigot. Is this how you want your children to perceive God as well? When people use the Bible to demonize others, we should close and retire that outdated book.
I invite the Jerry Farwell's the Mike Huckabee's the Pat Buchanan's of America to recognize the division they created in America. I challenge them to evolve from a creature of habit to now experience life as God created us to be, a ‘self-created-being.’ I ask the Catholic Church, the pope, and all denominations to apologize to their members for turning them into ‘creatures-of-habit’ rather than ‘self-created-beings’ as Jesus taught us.
An apology owns up to the mockery the churches have made of Jesus and of God. It brings forth a higher level of truth or understanding as God is not a selfish Republican thinking only of self, and conservative Christians can evolve.
Come read how God experiences life through a gay man, as God should experience life through us all. It will help you remember who you are in the process of knowing the love of God. Do you accept your parents’ feared-based religion as your concept of God instead of the true unconditional love of God? A simple denial of God’s love is hell enough; God doesn’t need a literal hell. Doesn’t your soul yearn to be like God?
|Posted by Michael on December 29, 2014 at 10:00 AM||comments (0)|
God doesn't surpress anyone, should the catholic church?
You may wish to know that the Church's teaching on homosexuality is a very balanced one. It can be summarized in the following three paragraphs from the Catechism of the Catholic Church: (Par. 2357) "Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction towards persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures.
Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred
Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition
has always declared that 'homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.' They
are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life.
They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity.
Under no circumstances can they be approved."
(Par. 2358) "The number of men and women who have deep-seated
homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively
disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with
respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in
their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God's will
in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord's
Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition."
(Par. 2359) "Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of
self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of
disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and
should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection."
I sincerely hope that you will see the wisdom behind the Church's teaching on this topic.
Cordially yours in Christ,
The Most Reverend John C. Nienstedt
Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis