Friday, September 2, 2016

Powerful theme of the Gospel of John: Jesus Sees Father doing and he does, Jesus Hears Father saying and he says


Jesus says to them, My food is that I should do the will of him that has sent me, and that I should finish his work.
 John 4:34



Jesus therefore answered and said to them, Verily, verily, I say to you, The Son can do nothing of himself save whatever he sees the Father doing: for whatever things he does, these things also the Son does in like manner. John 5:19


I am able to do nothing of Myself. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My will, but the will of the One having sent Me. John 5:30


because I have come down out of the heaven, not that I may do my will, but the will of Him who sent me. John 6:38


So Jesus told them, "My message is not my own; it comes from God who sent me..." John 7:16


I have many things to say and to judge concerning you, but he that has sent me is true, and I, what I have heard from him, these things I say to the worldThey knew not that he spoke to them of the Father.  Jesus therefore said to them, When ye shall have lifted up the Son of man, then ye shall know that I am [he], and [that] I do nothing of myself, but as the Father has taught me I speak these things.  And he that has sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, because I do always the things that are pleasing to him.  John 8:26-29


I don’t speak on my own authority. The Father who sent me has commanded me what to say and how to say it. And I know his commands lead to eternal life; so I say whatever the Father tells me to say.” John12:49-50


Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.”
Jesus replied, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show him to you? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me. Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or at least believe because of the work you have seen me do.
“I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father..." John 14:8-12


He that loves me not does not keep my words; and the word which ye hear is not mine, but [that] of the Father who has sent me. John 14:24 


"... But that the world may know that I love my Father, and just as my Father has taught me, so I have done. Rise up, let us depart from here.” John 14:31


Monday, June 6, 2016

This is love: we lay down our lives for our friends

(my response to this useful post: How Orthodoxy Wages War Against Orthopraxy (And Causes Us All To Miss The Point) by Michael Green)

Personally,
I do care not at all about orthodoxy, or about 'right' thought-beliefs
... Except how they affect our Practice and Experience of:
- the Presence of God,
- the Reign-Kingdom of Heaven,
- our direct relationship, healing, filling, leading and maturing in the Living God.

I'm not a fan of "attaching" to doing-thinking anything 'Right',
rather
- going in a direction that is useful to catch the scent of the direct, present-time leading of God, and
- walking in the way I am led, best I can.

From my perspective, this is the highest practice of,
how we are IN and we Share Real Love:

To Lay Down our Lives for our Friends...
and for God, for ourselves, and for the evolution of All our Relations..

We lay down our lives.

We lay down our ego, our habits, and our identifications.

We lay down all of God's promises and blessings.
We lay down all the ways we want to impress people, and be a success.


We lay down our lives.


We lay down everything we think-believe

We lay down everything that makes us, us - in our own concept of ourselves.
We lay down our understanding of ourselves, of this world, of God, and of what we think God wants
for us.


We lay down our lives.


We lay down our health and our illness, our wealth and our poverty, our wisdom and our folly, our worth and our worthlessness, our rightness and our humility.
We lay down our relationships - our loves and our hates.
We lay down how we wish the world was, how we think things should be, and the difference we want to make.

Everything past, present and future - on and on I could list it all - we are called to lay it Down...


We lay down our lives.
And from here,
- we can more and more see what the Father is Doing spiritually (in Heaven) - and we can begin to DO that on Earth.
- we can more and more hear what the Father is Saying spiritually (in Heaven) - and we can begin to Say that here on Earth.
(All this, just as Jesus did... but, in our own unique way, with our own unique call)

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And from here,
we run cross-ways to the powers and principalities of this World, sooner or later...
This is always the way.
God pays no mind to the petty beliefs and walls of the Authorities - whether they be Religious, Political, Cultural, Familial, etc.

Matter of fact, Jesus seems to be doing an inordinate amount of healing On the Sabbath; neener-neener to religious sensibilities.
And like Jesus, eventually, as we do as God calls us to do, we also end up in hot-water.

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And from here, we go round again...
we die daily - on a soul level.

And (praise God) we also rise (on a soul level) in the Glory of God,
to love and serve God and our neighbor
...
There is no end to this practice.

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This is love:
we lay down our lives for our friends.

It took me a long time to realize
- it doesn't mean to please my friends, be nice to my friends, do what my friends want me to do.
- it doesn't mean to be a happy-little-martyr, putting up with BS, letting people treat me like a doormat.
- it doesn't mean to try to save them from themselves, from their lessons, from the pain of their challenges or from the pain of their Glory.

Laying down our lives for our friends;
Means:
- Dying to flesh - to our physically-focused self; and
- Rising in spirit - to our spiritually-focused self; and
- Being constantly born again into:
... I AM Love - led Directly by God, more and more, in who we Be and what we Do
... the Way, Truth, Light, Life, Love... which shines through us more and more clearly into the world
... beholding and reflecting as a mirror the Glory of God, more and more into this world, from Glory to Glory...

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Our friends may like it, or not.
Our friends may judge and resist it, or not.
Our friends may recognize and support us, or not.

It doesn't matter whether our friends experience this as Love:
- As we BE and DO Love - they are blessed.
- As we follow the Living God, and become who we Really Are in God - they are blessed.
- As the world shifts, and more and more come to maturity spiritually - they are blessed.

Our friends, our families, our co-workers, our church-friends, our neighbors...
may not recognize Love when they see it, or enjoy it when they experience it.
They might think we are crazy, or mean, or (OMG ;) inappropriate!

We can become ok with that
... fortunately, we are getting into the habit of dying-daily - so we can get unstuck from that.

We have a choice, follow God or not (follow the World, the Flesh and the Devil :)
- We can follow God and Actually Love our Neighbor.
Or
- we can have a shadow of Love, a pretense of Love, a striving to Love
 ... we can do any other thing, follow any other way, and miss the mark.

It may seem strange, but culturally we are not clear about what Love is, spiritually.
We don't always rationally or emotionally or relationally grok Love.

But as we lay down our lives, we start to expereince the wild ride of Love.
And no one and nothing will ever be the same, again.
Jesus did this, let us follow his lead.



Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Reading and hearing about spiritual reality is only a hint of the Real Thing

I go on and on, talking about spiritual reality.
Most of the time, folks don't know what I am talking about.
We don't know, what we don't know.

What is it like to not access spiritual reality?
I just got this picture, which gives a small taste of it:
It is like hearing about a great band, how sweet and powerful the music, how magnetic the musicians, how fun the concerts...

What would it be like to hear from your friends about this amazing music
- but never hear it yourself, because you can't hear music - any music.

How would it feel to see the materials, read the song lyrics, immerse in the pictures, etc
- but never be able to expereince the band - any band.

Reading and hearing about spirit and spiritual reality is only a hint of the Real Thing,
a finger pointing to the moon.

Let us all more and more, intend, play, practice, learn to enjoy the Music, Dance and be moved at the Concerts!!

Let's Hear, See, Touch, Savor the Delicious, Nutritious, Glorious music... of Spirit.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Rest in God: with Master Jesus: Freewill Donation Meditation Workshop, January 10th, 6:30-9pm - private residence in Freehold, NJ




In this Meditation Workshop, we will offer the opportunity to:

Say Hello to Master Jesus
  • Clear other's opinions about Jesus, get to know him deeper, in present time, for yourself.
  • Learn from Jesus spiritually, to shift into more Harmony with Jesus. 
Let Jesus lead you to Rest in God
Overall:
  • Learn and practice some basic meditation techniques.
  • Share your experience, if you choose, a couple times during this session.
  • Mostly, quietly enjoy sitting in a chair, letting go and experiencing your inner world.

Details:
  • Bring a snack to share if you would like.
  • Please tell your Friends.
  • Freewill Donation  - this workshop is usually $35, please give as you are led.  
  • Please register on Facebook, or e-mail me that you are coming. We will get you the address.
     
in Life, Wendy

Come unto me, all ye labouring and burdened ones, and I will give you rest, take up my yoke upon you, and learn from me, because I am meek and humble in heart, and ye shall find rest to your souls, for my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light.’ - Matthew 11:28-30


Willpower (flesh) OR Free Will & True Power (spirit) - choose


Willpower is the best the world has to offer
regarding how to get from here to there.

Folks say they are blessed, healthy, wealthy, wise, fulfilled, successful...
because of their willpower.
But, I see willpower as a fool’s errand.

From my perspective, all the hype about willpower leads to a dead end.
We cannot run on willpower, forever - it runs out!
WE wear out, we come to the end of our rope…

Ultimately, running on willpower is
running in the wrong direction,
and using the wrong fuel.

If we truly want to be love, joy, peace… in the world.
If we truly want to be free,
If we truly want to be true to ourselves, to our God, to our calling,
If we truly want to be IN the world, but not OF the world…

Then willpower has our eyes on the wrong prize.
And the fruit will not be delicious or long-lasting.

I could go on and on - because the world has us hypnotized about this.
Most of us are totally programmed to Strive under our own power - even in our spiritual lives…
But there is hope

2 distinctions really help us get back on track, I believe:
Free Will and True Power.


Instead of willpower, we Must get our Spiritual Free Will back

We must get our free will back;
back from where we squandered it, lost it, gave it away.

We can get our spiritual authority back, from others, from religion, from social conventions, from media’s programming…

We can establish spiritual dominion in our own space, taking our own choice back from our lovers, friends, parents, children, family, teachers…

We can be spiritually the captain of our ship, no longer tossed around by our thoughts, our emotions, our impulses of survival, sexuality, control…

We can get back our free will, to spiritually be ourselves, do our thing,
and as we choose, to BE in alignment with our Source
- our God, our Gifts, our Blessings, our Path…

Before we get our free will back, spiritually we cannot follow God, we cannot do God’s will - we do not have choice - we are victims to someone else, something else.

Spiritually, we Must get our Free will back, if we are to get free of the lie of willpower.
Of course all this, by God's Grace, and our soul choice.


Instead of willpower, we Must get our True Spiritual Power back

We must get our Spiritual Power back;
back from where we squandered it, lost it, gave it away.

We can get our True Spiritual Power back, from others from religion, social conventions, media’s programming…

We can be empowered in our own space, taking our energy back from our lovers, friends, parents, children, family, teachers…

We can allow the spiritual force of the Universe, the River of Life, to flow through us, enliven and empower us, Truly.

We can get back our True Spiritual Power to be ourselves, do our thing,
and as we choose to ACT in alignment with our Source
- our God, our Gifts, our Blessings, our Path…

Before we get our True Spiritual Power back, we cannot spiritually follow God - we can only pretend,
we cannot spiritually do God’s will - we can only act like it.

We can only use force, striving, trying, effort
until we line-up with God in our flow of True Spiritual Power

Spiritually, we Must get our True Power back, if we are to get free of the lie of willpower.
Of course all this, by God's Grace, and our soul choice.

Blessings on your Unique Path!
Wendy

I just noticed, back in the Spring, I wrote about the necessity of getting out Free Will back, I hope you check it out!

Friday, October 2, 2015

{Guest Post) Where do we turn to get our needs met? to allay our fears?

Guest Post: Jo Hilder

The most compelling part of scripture for me is when Jesus is tempted in the wilderness by the devil in the gospel of Matthew, 4:1-11.

Jesus addresses perhaps the most common fear responses of humanity.
  • I will starve. I need to feed myself.
  • I will get hurt. I need to stay safe.
  • I will be a nobody. I need to be somebody.
We humans fear these three things - and work to contrive responses to these fears - at times to the point of obsession.
All our resources are turned towards having these three basic needs met.

Jesus was no different. He was human.

The difference is Jesus was aware of His God-ness.
And so the temptation came in the form of a seduction by darkness for Christ to use his God-ness to relieve his human fears, rather than simply trusting in God-source to take care of him.

And likewise, I find myself misusing my own God-ness to allay my fears and meet my screaming, visceral needs, to feed my pride and self-esteem, to bed down my worry about being nobody and having nothing.

Where God would have me trust in him to give provision, peace and community, 
I would rather strive for them, build them, grapple for them and say I worked for them.
Trusting seems too easy.

Although we all know, in a society where "basic needs" includes a house worth several hundred thousand dollars and groceries worth hundreds of dollars a week, when many live on a dollar a day, it can be much harder to trust God than it sounds.

Our darkness still pulls us towards listening to the fears of our soul.
I do not have enough.
I am unsafe and vulnerable.
I am no one, and nothing.

But the light calls us away from our fears.
What we have or don't have, where we are or are not, who we are or are not, is no measure of our worth or value.

Darkness says when we have all our needs met, our fears will leave us.
It will be a kind of sign of our power, or of God's favor.
But this isn't true. The wilderness is the wilderness. The wilds are the wilds.

Jesus was forty days hungry.
Jesus was exposed in the wilderness.
Jesus was a nobody out there, in the wilds with nothing.

The darkness left him when he answered his fears with truth.
"I'm hungry, but I can't live just on bread, I need more than that to be truly fed.
I'm unsafe, I can be hurt, I can even be killed out here, but testing God to save my life won't prove he exists to me.
Nobody knows I'm here, yes, I am no one with nothing, but owning all the kingdoms and dominion over them won't make me their king."

What do you need to truly fill your hunger?
What would it take for you to feel completely secure and safe?
What needs to happen before you feel like you're a someone who matters?

There are two sets of answers for you.
The answers of darkness, which our Jesus turned away from,
and the answers of light, which he embraced.

Which will you choose, and what does this mean for you?

Selah, friends.
Jo


Guest Post: Jo Hilder
Jo is an Australian writer, coach and speaker: website.
She shepherds a highly-interactive & nourishing FB group: Free-range Christians.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Align with God: with Master Jesus: Meditation Workshop in Asbury Park, NJ, September 9, 2015

Align with God: with Master Jesus: Meditation Workshop 
Wednesday, September 9th, 7:15 - 9:15pm
at Trinity Episcopal Church, Asbury Park, NJ



Say Hello to Master Jesus
  • Clear other's opinions about Jesus, get to know him deeper, in present time, for yourself.
  • Learn from Jesus spiritually, to shift into more Harmony with Jesus. 
  • Let Jesus show you how to more easily Let Go, and Let Spirit Shine! 
Let Jesus lead you, Come into more Alignment with God
  • Open to more Blessings: your Light, your Truth, your Wisdom, your Unique Way.
  • Come more into Alignment with God.
  • Say YES to more Spiritual Cleansing, Communication and Blessings.
In this Meditation, you will have the opportunity to:
  • Learn and practice some basic meditation techniques.
  • Share your experience, if you choose, a couple times during this session.
  • Mostly, quietly enjoy letting go and experiencing your inner world.
Details:
  • Bring a snack to share if you would like.
  • Please tell your Friends.
  • Freewill Donation  - this workshop is usually $35, please give as you are led.  All donations will to go to Trinity's Saturday Soup Program(Cash or a check made out to Trinity Church)

in Life, Wendy

Please register on Facebook, or e-mail me that you are coming.
then Come to:
Trinity Church
503 Asbury Avenue
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
  • You can come at 7:15 for workshop - come through parking lot, and enter silver and glass doors.  Come into hallway, turn left, room is on left.
  • OR You can come at 6:30 for Worship/Mass (all are welcome) - come in main church (red) doors, to the chapel in the front right of church.

Can't make this?  Maybe you can come previous Tuesday:
Relationship with Your Source: Meditation Workshop in East Windsor NJ, Sept 8, 2015



Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Permission to Co-create: Being Pregnant with the Seed of God


Watchman Nee was an amazing Chinese Evangelist.


 
According to my favorite Christian teacher, Dr Bruce Morgan:
Nee spoke of being pregnant with the vision - with what he co-created with God.
 

Nee was in rural China, early-middle of last century - it was a big deal:
he wanted a bicycle, it would help him a lot in ministry.


He told the local boys: I am pregnant with a bicycle.
Of course they laughed and joked - the pastor is pregnant!
And of course the bicycle came ; )

I like this picture of co-creation: 


We are pregnant 
with the possibilities 
that God seeds within us...
 
When we allow ourselves, to open to Life, to open to God's invitation/allowance: 

we HAVE Permission!
We can now say YES to Life, to God, and to our Dreams!
 

We can now, boldy and powerfully:
- ask and so we receive

- seek and so we find
- knock and so the door is opened to us.

Together with God, we can bring these seeds of possibility into the world, we:
- carry them to term 

- birth them into the world, 
- support them and watch them grow!



FYI - I am a big fan of Nee, the way he followed God directly, his elephant-sized faith... even though I don't agree with him about many thought-beliefs ; )


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About Watchman Nee:

From a ministry that shares his work: Nee's Life and Ministry

A short thing I wrote about Nee and one of his books (from years ago ; )



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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

ALL have sinned and fall-short of the Glory of God

Please read this first:
Funeral For A Friend (The Death of Bill Cosby)


My comment:

Thanks for another amazing post, John.
This is very sad, all round.

While I was reading, I just keep hearing
"ALL have sinned and fall-short of the Glory of God."

ALL of us have things we hide,
and if these things were shared with all the world,
there would be consternation all 'round.

I am reminded how Jesus hung out a lot with the 'sinners';
the 'low', the 'outcast', the obvious law-breakers of our society have less to hide, and less-far to fall.  They can be more Real.

The "good" folks, the "religious" folks, the "squeaky-clean" folks, the "successful" folks
- we have more to hide, and much farther to fall.
Which holds us in pretense, in hiding, in continuing to spiral down in to darkness and sin.

When OUR sins - where we fall short, where we miss the mark
- when our mis-steps are seen to the world, it is ugly, always. 

If not the things we have done and failed to do - then, certainly what has been in our hearts and minds.
As bodies/flesh, in our every-day consciousness, none of us are clean, and none of the works of our hands are pure.

Yes, as we allow the Light to grow in us,
and we start to operate from spiritual consciousness (putting on the mind of Christ),
instead of physically (influenced by the world, the flesh, and the devil).

Yes, then the fruit of spirit becomes more overt.
But, we still all miss the mark, regularly.

SO, I think we must "hold the opposites" regarding our brethren who fall spectacularly from the 'heights':
  • the wonderful beauty of art, music, culture, comedy, inspiration that they produce and we enjoy
  • AND at the same time being-with the broken and struggling real-people that we play the earth-game-with... We are all just humans, together.

We are ALL always falling down and, by grace, getting up,
hopefully always letting God help us back up;
hopefully always helping each other back up.
(Here is a useful application of the often misapplied 'love the sinner, hate the sin')

Because Mr. Cosby, like us all, has done good and evil,
and he will continue to do so...
and so will we. 

May God bless his soul - and all of us. 

Mr. Cosby has been given a terrible blessing, a dark gift
- one that none of us ever ask-for:
his deepest secrets are coming out for ALL to see - horrendous for any of us.

AND Now he can stop running and hiding - which only makes things worse and worse;
and start reconciling and healing.
I hope and pray he does this with humility, grace, and (yes, even) humor. 

IMO, Mr. Cosby has a lesson for us all, may we learn from him.
May we confess our shortfalls and where we are hiding our darkness, ASAP!
Tell our TRUSTED and LOVING and SAFE brethren the truth that we have been hiding about our lives
- there is so much power in saying the Truth!

May we make amends, as best we can, where and when we can.
May we, with as much ease and amusement as possible, get back into alignment with God, with ourselves, with our fellow travelers.

When Jesus helped people heal,
he helped them back into Alignment with themselves and with God
and he said something like this after:

1) Your faith has made you whole,  
(you co-created this healing with God - you can keep doing so, even when I am not right here with you to help you...)

2) Go and sin no more
(Stay in Alignment with who you are in God, Stay in Alignment with your path in God, Stay in Alignment the Light, with God - let go of your old habits that had you miss the mark: STAY in the Light..)

May we be always in this process ourselves,
and give each other this Mercy and Grace as well... including Mr Cosby.

Blessings, Wendy

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Until we get our free-will back, we CAN NOT FOLLOW GOD.



When we get our free-will back... Everything is Possible!
But, until then, we are in bondage.

Our free-will is our birthright,
our Authority to choose in our own space,
and to act - within (inside our skin) and in our world.

Our free-will is, was, and always will be ours -
but most of us don't own and utilize our most precious gift.

We are all given free-will,
we are all given dominion in our space and in our world...

But
  • we lost it,
  • we squandered it,
  • we traded it for something else,
  • we forgot about it,
  • we didn't value it,
  • it was ripped from us...

We can all get our volition back!
I encourage you to do whatever it takes (spiritually), to get your free-will back;
back from our own and others:
  • religion, understanding of the bible, religious defaults, thoughts, ideas, beliefs, doubt...
  • body impulses, survival instincts, control pictures, habits, patterns of thought, feelings, fear, pain...
  • expectations, limits, lies, programming, invalidation, control, competition, judgment...
A different way to say it, in old-time religious terminology, is this:
Spiritually, we must take our free-will back from the world, the flesh, and the devil.

And when we get our free-will back, as spirit;
Then, and only then can we Begin to Choose to:
  • align with our Source - our Light, our Life, our Truth, our Way in God.
  • behold and reflect, as in a mirror, the glory of God
  • pay attention to - utilize - our soul senses... so we can see, hear, know God - and the leading of God, for us, today.
  • actually follow, when we hear a word behind us, saying, 'This is the way, go ye in it'
Until we get our free-will back, we CAN NOT FOLLOW GOD.

May God lead you to the freedom that is yours!
Wendy

For more see previous post 



From the silly human rules to the Wild Freedom of God

Waaa-hoo!
And of course, the POINT
is not to Resist the Resisters (bless their hearts)
It is to

BE
FREE

IMO, the point is to do what Paul encouraged:
(this is perhaps my favorite bible verse since my teens)
It was for freedom that Christ set us free;
therefore keep standing firm and
do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery (bondage, servitude)

Christian Culture has gotten so far off the track on this!
(yup, there I said it ; )


From my perspective, most of us have been infected...
we are so infected by the law, the legalists, the religious bullys. 
  • some of us in compliance, dominated
  • some of us in resistance, fighting
  • many of us waffling back and forth, not Really Clear about who we really Are...
 
But, we are really are
FREE,
now!

So, let's BE that!

If this resonates for you at all,
and you want to help clear your body, mind, heart, soul of all the religious rules and regs...
You may want to go see and meditate through these many different translations of this one verse
- I get encouraged by just looking through this: Galatians 5:1


Most importantly, I ask you to ask Jesus to help you
  • to heal,
  • to let-in a waterfall of the blessings of God, asking for the vibration of Freedom, that will fill you up with the fruit of Liberty - in your body, in your life, in your world.

When we allow the spiritual freedom that is already ours:
  • then we can BE the us - that only we can be.
  • then we can DO what we are called to do - that only we can do!

Until we are free, we are only RE-acting.
Until we are free, we are only following and/or resisting some one else's agenda. 
Until we get our free-will back, we CAN NOT FOLLOW GOD. (for more on this, see next post)
Of course this is a life-time process, deepening in God, maturing spiritually.
So let us choose each day to Let-go of what holds us hostage, 
and to LET IN these blessings from God.

We can choose each day to
ask Jesus to help us to heal and grow into who we really are,

  • from law to Grace, 
  • from bondage to Liberty, 
  • from the silly human rules to the Wild Freedom of God.

Blessings on your Unique Journey in God,
Wendy

If you have not seen it, here is a similar theme written half a year later:

Willpower (flesh) OR Free Will & True Power (spirit) - choose

Monday, May 18, 2015

God plays with who shows up, today!

I have been thinking lately about this scripture
 Matthew 22:2-10
2“The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son.
3“And he sent out his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding feast, and they were unwilling to come.
4“Again he sent out other slaves saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited, “Behold, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and my fattened livestock are all butchered and everything is ready; come to the wedding feast.”’
5“But they paid no attention and went their way, one to his own farm, another to his business,
6and the rest seized his slaves and mistreated them and killed them.
7“But the king was enraged, and he sent his armies and destroyed those murderers and set their city on fire.
8“Then he said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy.
9‘Go therefore to the main highways, and as many as you find there, invite to the wedding feast.’
10“Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered together all they found, both evil and good; and the wedding hall was filled with dinner guests.

 
And I have been thinking, along these lines...

In Jesus day, the rules and culture of those who believed they were following God - but were not - got in the way of the enjoyment of God's banquet; in that case, perhaps specifically the Jewish-identified people invited.  The invitation went out to a wider circle - and here we are.

In our day, the rules and culture of those who believe they are following God - but are not - are getting in the way of the enjoyment of God's banquet; in this case, perhaps specifically the Christian-identified people invited.  The invitation goes out to a wider circle - where will God lead next?

Many who purport to follow God, will not come to enjoy the goodness of God!
Many who purport to follow God, will not listen to the invitation of God, today!
Many who purport to follow God, will not let go of everyday concerns, old habits and beliefs.

It is Hard to BE WITH the WEDDING - so we fight against the invitation.
The beautiful, delicious, present-time joining of spirit and body, of God and us...
Is intense, and it takes our whole self and our whole life, showing up TODAY.

We can't just send a card ; )
We have to Show Up

We can't wear our old clothes, our work clothes.
We have to ALLOW NEW!

You who can hear; hear...
It matters not who you are, what you believe, what you have done, where you come from, if you believe you are good or bad, worthy or unworthy...
Come eat, drink, be merry.


Perhaps it is so; and has always been so, and will always be so:
God plays with who shows up, today!

Are you willing to drop everything, now, and come to the banquet?
Can you BE WITH THE WEDDING
Then please put on your new clothes, and come!

The banquet is set,
Do You Want to be part of the Wedding?
Then show up in your wedding clothes, ready to party!


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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Here I am, Lord


I read Jeff Robinson's wonderful FB post: we are
mere Kindergartners in the much larger world of grace-filled, Spirit-led, Christ-following. Many of us remain Pharisees wrapped in costumes of grace.

How will we ever find our way out...our way forward...into the Light and Freedom of Jesus? Who will lead us? Who among us is even willing to admit how cozy we are in our small and narrow, exclusive cocoon?

And I had to play!!
so this I wrote:

I believe and expereince that Jesus will lead us
- as he did when he walked the earth, and ever since. 
Jesus himself will disciple us
- IF IF IF WHEN WHEN WHEN we let him!

I believe the question is: who will follow Jesus?
Who will say YES! to experiencing him spiritually, and follow him spiritually?

Who being last, is willing for God to put us up front?
Who as followers, are willing for God to have us lead?

I pray to God, the answer for every single person who reads this is:
ME, YES!
Each one of us who Really loves God, who really wants to follow Jesus:
Let's Actually DO it!

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From my perspective, the tripping point is:
we have been lost in doctrine and ritual and tradition and ethics and physical-focus and... 
We have been led astray by our bodies, our culture, our thoughts, our beliefs, our habits, our feelings, our survival impulses, our control issues...

Mostly we have been led astray by the LIE
that we must learn from a book
about a Jesus who died 2,000 years ago!

Instead of the TRUTH
that he is right here, right now.
Jesus is just as much available to us as he was to Saul/Paul, for example.

And like Saul/Paul:
- our inner lives, our outer lives, our companions, our world can be completely Transformed;
- when we let go of our Concepts and Traditions and allegedly-biblical Barriers; and
- instead choose to say YES! to our unique Adventure with the Living God!

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So
1 - How will we ever find our way out... our way forward... into the Light and Freedom of Jesus?
2 - Who will lead us?
3 - Who among us is even willing to admit how cozy we are in our small and narrow, exclusive cocoon?

MY specific answer to each of these questions, is below - what are your answers?

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1) How will we ever find our way out... our way forward... into the Light and Freedom of Jesus?

I am in that process of letting the Light and Freedom that Jesus IS,
BE more and more IN, AS, Through me. 
It has been an expletive-filled process - becasue I fight Every Single Step. 
This dying daily business Really Sucks. 

But when I am not screaming so loud,
I am Grateful beyond measure! 
This Way, Light, Life, Love, Truth expereince is worth Everything, Anything!

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2) Who will lead us?

Jesus leads me, God leads me, Spirit leads me, God sends Angels & Spiritual Masters to lead me -
there is NO lack of spiritual leading, filling, healing, wisdom...

WHEN and only when I am Willing
to Open my spiritual senses to see, hear, know, touch, taste, smell, feel, expereince oneness with spirit;
then Act spiritually and physically in alignment with that spiritual leading.

This process of opening,
I only utilize
(and eventually was called to share)
because it was and is my call.

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Like Jonah, I tried to run!
and I suffered terribly for many, many years
- until I let go, and became willing to follow my call.

That was over a dozen years ago.
Since then, I slowly became willing to learn HOW to operate, to listen and to follow - spiritually, instead of physically.
I am Still learning, of course!
But, I am not overtly running any more. (The war is won, but the battles Rage-on ; )

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3) Who among us is even willing to admit how cozy we are in our small and narrow, exclusive cocoon?

I have only enjoyed a cozy cocoon a few times in my life - and then, not SO cozy, for not so long...
But, I have had times where I wish to God I could stay and play and at least kinda FIT-in... longer. 

For the last several years, though, I have experienced more True community and acceptance than I ever have, amoung others doing their spiritual work.

Although, I can now own, there has been a tear right down the middle of my being-ness in the world, and in my ministry - that God is NOW healing.

This is getting long - I am putting the rest in another post

in LIFE! Wendy

I have been singing lately, like we did when I was a teen in house church... way back in the day ; )
Here I Am Lord, by Dan Schutte & Saint Louis Jesuits

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Monday, April 27, 2015

When we Follow God: Everything Must Go!


Many Religious folks want us to believe,
that following God means being Good and staying out of Trouble
- but really it is the opposite!

story:
One class-series I was blessed to teach a group of very powerful Jewish women how to use basic soul tools - not to work with Jesus, just to Open to Spiritual information and action.

They all enjoyed the class, and did well.  One particular woman, I will call her Ruth, was really lapping it up, she opened-up a whole new relationship with God.

SO class series over, Ruth says I don't know what I am going to do - how can I practice this spiritual way,
AND do my religion?
- she was some kind of Jewish Orthodox, a combination of strictness and freedom that wasn’t completely comprehensible to me
- but this is her Life, it is her Family, it is her Culture, it is her Religion, it is her Identity…

I told Ruth, in this practice, you are following God, loving God, connecting to God.
You are letting in the blessings of God, and more overtly co-creating with God in your world...
this is all good, right?  yes

Ok, now in your religion, in your way of life, you do good, you love your family, you serve people.  You have rules, and it is normal for you to follow them;
there is no necessary contradiction, right?  yes

SO, I say to Ruth:
Ok, you are good for now:
Listen, Deepen, Heal, Love, Follow God, Do good works - all is well - FOR NOW.
For awhile everything will be fine…

But, eventually, sooner or later...
God will lead you Out.

I don't know how or what, but I can promise you,
that you will be led in a way that is not aligned with your religion, family, traditions, community...
I don’t know How, What, Where, When, Who...
But I do know God’s leading will cross the lines of the life you have.

And THEN you will have to choose.
Follow God or follow your traditions...
Until then, enjoy yourself ; )


How can I possibly say this??

Because
God doesn’t play by our rules, or any rules. 
So, following God’s leading sends us on a collision course with the tyrants of our inner and our outer world.

Therefore, as Jesus said:
If any one doth will to come after me, let him disown himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me - Luke 9 YLT

Because here is the thing:
I have been watching life,
I have been learning from lots of other people’s challenges - and my own.

I have noticed many kinds of spiritual literature,
as well as what is written about Jesus, and in the Bible,
and watching how Spirit leads me, and many others...



So, I can say for sure:

God doesn’t play by our rules.
God doesn’t care about the little fiefdoms we set-up.
God doesn’t care about our culture or the leader/follower game.

God doesn’t care about gender roles or what day of the week it is.
God does not care about our little games we set-up about how life is, and how everyone should do it.
God doesn’t take politics or economics or religion seriously.

God is not limited by our beliefs about Life, the Universe, and Everything.
God is not stopped by our beliefs about the Bible. 
God is not controlled by the traditions of our church.

All the Domination systems of this world, are meaningless to God.
All the games we think we have to play to survive, to fit-in, to get love, to be successful...
All the Lines we draw in the sand, and then think we or God can not cross.

God does not honor or pay heed to any of them.


Isn’t it interesting:

Jesus always seemed to be healing on the Sabbath - which was against the rules.
Jesus didn’t care if his disciples followed this rule or that - it drove the religious people batty.

Jesus Being himself,
saying what the Father asked him to say,
doing what the Father was doing:

Jesus Undermined the Religious Authorities
and the Political/Economic Authorities
and the Cultural/Family Authorities.

So of course, he Had to Go - he had to be put-down. 
Jesus crossed all their lines of right and wrong, of good and bad, or religious and profane, of oppressor and oppressed - willy nilly.

And so will we.


Fortunately, we don’t have it so bad.
The age of the martyrs is pretty much over - thank God - we have had enough of that!

So,
Usually it is merely spiritual, not physical death that we sign-up for when we follow Jesus.

Usually it is some mix of emotional, rational, religious, relational, social, familial, financial, vocational, wellness, ego-identity death that we sign-up for
- and that is WAY more than enough!

As we grow-up spiritually...
As we get-beyond the honeymoon phase in our relationship with God...
Spirit WILL likely lead us to cross the wrong people, authorities, structures, belief-systems outside us.
AS WELL AS inevitably lead us to stand-up to the limiting beliefs, limits, structures and energies… within us.

And THEN we will have to choose
- the old way OR the new way...
- the way of the body, ego, world... OR the way of the spiritual warrior/death…
- following OUR current thoughts, beliefs, feelings, habits, religion, culture About God, Life, Truth, Love, Light, Way... *OR* ACTUALLY Following our God, Life, Truth, Love, Light, Way...

When we follow God:
We are gonna Change,
our Life is Gonna Change,
eventually the World around us is gonna Change!

We are gonna die... daily.
Anything and Everything that we hold on to, except God, is on it's way out.
Until then, enjoy yourself ; )

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This is in NO way a downer, BTW.
This is the greatest gift we can receive - here is sooo much blessing on this road, this narrow way:
And having called near the multitude, with his disciples, he said to them, ‘Whoever doth will to come after me — let him disown himself, and take up his cross, and follow me;  for whoever may will to save his life shall lose it; and whoever may lose his life for my sake and for the good news’ sake, he shall save it;  for what shall it profit a man, if he may gain the whole world, and forfeit his life? - Mark 8 YLT
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