I have been reading many posts the last few days about anxiety, depression, lack of self-esteem etc. It should be noted that there is always a significant up-tick in these feelings during dark of winter, and especially near Christmas-time. There are two categories of anxiety; one type is generated by real circumstances such as concerns about where your next rent payment will come from. That is conscious anxiety and normal. The next type, which is universal, is subconscious anxiety which has a much different generator. It is instilled in us at an early age before we are rational. We are made to believe that we are bad by well-meaning parents, teachers, preachers and others. Those ideas and feelings are stored in our subconsciousness. We don’t remember the specific incidents which caused the ideas and feelings, but we have a general feeling of uneasiness and don’t know why. The more we have been poorly indoctrinated in our formative years, the greater feelings of guilt and anxiety we exhibit. Greater degrees and extremes of anxiety may, and frequently do, lead to depression, even to the point of taking ones own life. Depression is caused by our failed exhaustive attempts to ward off punishment generated by the guilt instilled in us. We see defensive reactions exhibited in many ways but two stand out. One is the overbearing hot head know-it-all who has to be right all the time; would argue a point “till hell freezes over”, and all the time likely being wrong. The other in the cowed, meek, person who exhibits no feelings of self esteem. Typically, that person is shy, backward, hates to meet new people, doesn’t like crowds, would panic if asked to speak to a public audience, and typically will cling to one or two people in their lives. Usually they live in constant fear but have no idea why. In my powerful little book, Wilderness Cry, I show how Ideologies and Religion are the two main culprits in causing those problems. Both of those entities impose on us ideas and demands totally contrary to our God-given nature. As infants, toddlers and small children, we are not capable of a rational analysis of these contrarian ideas; we simply are left with the built-in ideas that we are bad which generates guilt; guilt generates need for punishment; punishment generates anxiety which generates feelings of worthlessness and depression. I show in my book that religions and ideologies in general have ignored Jesus’ command for us to love one another as ourselves. If that were the norm in our society, our children would be inculcated in a framework of love and acceptance. The result would be dramatic. Universal peace would prevail, anxiety would be reduced to a minimum, and people would be God-loving and people-loving. It will likely never happen because of Power, Money and Control. Dictators and Church Hierarchy will never relinquish their Power. For an understanding of how to rid yourself of these anxious feelings and for a complete elucidation of many, many more concepts, you must read my book, Wilderness Cry- a Scientific and Philosophical Approach to Understanding God and the Universe. Amazon and all on-line book retailers.
JOY: a beautiful word with a glorious meaning—what does it mean to you? I would imagine that ten people might give ten different answers and the reason for that is clear. Literally all of us have been raised in an atmosphere of guilt—we all are bad and deserve punishment. Consequently, each of us has a basic morose subconscious attitude. that attitude manifests itself in every aspect of our existence. Because of our guilt, we cannot possibly be happy—oh, we try, but usually fail miserably. Nobody’s hair looks right; look at that dress, she thinks she’s hot stuff; boy, I told him off today; and on and on.
Lets try a different approach and see what happens. How about trying to ignore the externals we observe and begin to see what’s inside—the face of Jesus. Did you ever hear Jesus talk about someone’s dress or hair or anything personal. No, but you did hear him repeatedly talk about each person’s inner beauty. He never incriminated anyone. Rather he forgave everyone. Jesus knew full well that each of us is different outside, but beautiful and perfect inside. Jesus recognized that his spirit, our spirit, and the spirit of everything in existence mirrors the the spirit (image) of its creator. Jesus saw the absolute beauty in everyone and everything. He told his thick-headed apostles that the kingdom of God is spread out all over the earth about them, but they didn’t see it.
Once we begin to see the face and spirit of Jesus in everyone, true Joy is ours, because we are seeing the face of God. Let us all try to change our attitude and become joyous in the glory of our neighbor who is God. My book , Wilderness Cry, explains all.
GUILT: now doesn’t that word run chill down your spine? How many thousands (millions) of times have you experienced it and why? Very likely, from the day of your earliest recognizance until this very moment, you have been constantly reprimanded and/or reminded of how in some way or another you are bad. Literally all of us have been instilled with that basic attitude. Why? It all goes back to the superstitious interpretation of how our God feels about us. Anytime we crook our little finger the wrong way God frowns and prescribes punishment. Very early on in civilization, those who chose to establish themselves as leaders, discovered that exact ideation as being a very useful tool in controlling the masses. Those who had “direct access” to God and could deliver his exact messages to the populace found that tactic to be fool-proof. Guess what, it’s still that way today. Basically every preacher in the world is controlling you and extracting your hard earned money from your pockets with continual threats of damnation in hellfire as the result of your unresolved guilt. They paint you a picture of a vengeful God who treats you and thinks of you as unwanted children who are dragging him down—he would readily eliminate you from his sight forever—all he needs is the tiniest excuse. So, you live in perpetual anxiety and fear, knowing full-well that you have stirred God’s ire irreparably.
Now lets step back, take a deep breath, and make a rational analysis of the situation. Presuming God to be real, we can and should make the following observations: 1-God is Perfect which means he is Perfect Love. 2-Perfect love means God cannot possibly do or cause to be done any harm to anyone; neither can he be pleased nor displeased. 3- No Perfect good God could possibly allow a tiny baby to come into an existence where it is immediately put on trial for the “sins” of some mythical characters who supposedly lived thousands of years ago. 4-God could only create that which represents his mirror image, which in fact is every tiny particle (quantum) of energy in the universe. Having created it in his “image and likeness”, it is not possible for God to reject himself (you). You are created in the image and likeness of your creator. Yes, we all are selfish—God made us that way so his universe could function in real time. Selfishness demands need; need demands change; change is measured in units of time. If there were no selfishness, there would be no need. If there were no need there would be no change, and if there were no change, there would be no time—only eternity. The universe would be frozen in eternity. But that was not God’s plan. He planned a universe of selfishness, so he, himself, could die in atonement in the person of Jesus,. That death fulfilled two essential tasks: God became Perfect Love and we became %100 cleared of our selfishness. So relax, take a deep breath and see the beauty of God in your neighbor. Once you can see that beauty, you then can see your own beauty—your guilt will be abolished forever.
If you wish further elucidation of these points, my first book, Wilderness Cry, is just now being released worldwide by Covenant Books. It describes in detail all these concepts and many, many more. Its sequel, Peace in Spirituality has just been submitted for publication. Hopefully it will be available in a few months.
As always, I welcome any and all discussion and/or comments.
Many people very likely think of poverty as a permanent state, and possibly for some that is the case. Poverty comes in many colors and degrees. Frequently poverty is a state of mind—that is we may tend to think of ourselves in a deprecatory way and therefore feel impoverished when in fact we are not. Poverty may in fact be defined as a state of existence whereby the minimum basic needs are deficient or at least marginal. Again, poverty may be temporary or permanent. Permanent poverty may be unavoidable (permanent disability, etc.). On the other hand, some permanent poverty may be and frequently is a “state of mind”—we simply enjoy being poor and marginalized. Temporary poverty is common to millions—we have minimal resources now , but are determined to better ourselves. Consequently we work extremely hard, suffer all sorts of indignities and efficiencies, but we keep our “nose to the grind stone”. and our vision straight forward to a better life—with a little help, we succeed.
So what should society do and think about poverty?. First and foremost, we should take care of those who are unable to care for themselves physically or mentally. Secondly, we should always be enablers of those striving for financial solvency until they achieve their goal. Thirdly, for those who “enjoy” poverty, we should attempt to assist in their psychological reprogramming—only possible in willing subjects (you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink). Beyond that we have no obligation as a society. Individually, we are free to do as our conscience dictates; however, busybodies frequently cause more problems than they solve—just beware. The world is full of scammers who feign poverty whilst at the same time are bilking the unsuspecting public.
If you want to hear a real life story of unimaginable poverty of a family of eight, who with extreme determination, hard work and a little help, all became extremely self sufficient (Doctors, teachers, accountants, mathematicians, career military) read my little book “Growing Up In Fancy Farm Kentucky”. It is available only by direct order from me. Email me– firstname.lastname@example.org .Hilary L Hunt
Fancy Farm—isn’t that a quaint name for a town. Allow me to tell you about it. When first settled in 1829, by eleven Roman Catholic families, it was the first Catholic community with the first Catholic church in Jackson Purchase area of west Kentucky. Buried deep in the bible belt it has endured all sorts of adversity but has emerged as one of the most famous “little towns” on earth. It is in the Guinness book of world records for hosting the longest ongoing, largest, one day, outdoor Bar-B-Q picnic in the world—118 years. It annually serves 19-20 thousand pounds of Bar-B-Q mutton and pork. It hosts the political kick-off for the state of Kentucky on the first Saturday of August each year for at least 60 years with TV coverage by C Span, KET, and all local stations. On presidential years, CNN usually offers coverage. It remained %100 Catholic for about 150 years—community population now is roughly %90 Catholic.
In 1935 when I was 2 years old, our local priest persuaded my mother Anna Vatra Courtney Hunt to compile a comprehensive history of Fancy farm which she completed in 1943. She is the official historian of Fancy Farm through that date.Her history was published as part of a 4-volume set compiles by Fredrick Wallis and others titled A Sesqui-Centennial History Of Kentucky. It was in our school library. She traced the beginnings with Lord Baltimore, Cecil Calvert and many other Catholics sailing from England on the Arc and Dove to escape persecution. They landed at where is now Baltimore, MD. Almost all the Catholics in Fancy Farm are direct descendants of those migrants. After years of establishing themselves in Maryland, when Kentucky became a state in 1792, many of those families signed a pact to cross the mountains an risk traveling to Ky. They crossed the mountains in covered wagons to where is now Pittsburgh. From there they floated down the Ohio river on flat-boats and landed at what is now Maysville, Ky. They traveled inland to what was known as Pottinger’s Creek and established the first Catholic church in Ky. After Issac Shelby, the first governor of Ky, and Andrew Jackson negotiated the purchase of Chickasaw land (known as Jackson’s Purchase), and that land was added to the state of Ky, the Federal government opened it up for sale at twelve and a half cents per acre as land grant property. Eleven families including three of my great, great grandparents were the first settlers. They built Saint Jerome Church—it has been rebuilt three times and remodeled several, but is a huge, beautiful Gothic-style structure—the largest thing in town.
As a child, I attended the church-run school, Saint Jerome School for twelve years. We were required to attend mass each morning and our first class was Catholic Catechism. We were taught by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Ky. They were all well educated, great teachers, and strict disciplinarians. Even though the school was church owned and operated, the state paid the teachers salaries. Eventually, all the county schools consolidated (1980s). and the church went out of the education business.
As valedictorian of my senior class, I was awarded a scholarship to Saint Edwards University, Austin, Tx. My Pre-med advisor and biology professor was a Brother Raphael Wilson of “Bubble Boy” fame. After graduating Medical school and completing post graduate training in Orthopedic Surgery, I completed my private practice years in West Ky—Mayfield and Paducah. I am 85 years old now and have been retired several years.
Many times I have been requested, even demanded to wright a book about life in fancy farm, Ky. I usually discounted it, because writing books can be trying as my previous experience with Wilderness Cry attests. However, in recent years, as I see everyone my age go to the grave, I became keenly aware that history died with them—there was no one to ask. So I sat down an obliged them with Growing Up In Fancy Farm Kentucky. It is educational, historic, nostalgic, and humerus. It is not published to the world-wide market because it would be mainly of interest to locals. However, I have been shocked at the number of people who are from Fancy Farm who, coming out of the wood-work like termites from all over this country, are clamoring for my little book—daily trips to the PO mailing books. If anyone has an interest, just email me, email@example.com, and I will mail it to you—$10 plus $3 postage.
As a side note, Covenant books will be distributing Wilderness Cry world-wide shortly. Assuming their efforts are worthwhile, I will be releasing its sequel, Peace in Spirituality, soon.
Remember, the only way the world can have peace is through the recognition and acceptance of the like-minded idea that the Spirit of God is stamped on everything in existence. Can God be at war with himself? My call for the World-Wide Communion of Spirituality continues incessantly.
Perfection: Do a little quick soul searching. Do you really understand what it means to be perfect, or, possibly, do you tend to glibly hear the term and brush it off as blather? My experience indicates that percentage-wise, very, very few people ascribe the proper attributes to perfection. Without absolute perfection, nothing in the universe could function. So what is this perfection and where is its basis?
I have stated many, many times in writing that every thing and every event of any kind is perfect in form and function and is a perfect example of what it purports to be. I am able to say that with certainty because of the known perfection of every quantum (tiniest particle if energy) which make up every gravid thing in existence. Each of those tiny particles with various names are absolutely perfect in form and function. Furthermore, there is not one more nor less in existence today than existed at the time of their inception (creation, release, appearance), and there will be no more nor less at the time of their recall. A combination of those tiny quanta make up the basic units of all atoms (protons, neutrons, electrons). A varying combination of those three basic units constitute the different elements in all creation. Those atoms may react with each other to form molecules; molecules react with each other to form compounds, and compounds can be formulated to create all the different materials in existence. All of those functions are perfect and predictable in their activity and results every time. That explains why when you get in your automobile and push the ignition button, the engine starts and you are able to navigate from place to place. That same example applies to every action or activity or occurrence of any kind in the entire universe.
You might legitimately ask, whats my point? Simply stated, my point is this. I want to shake you loose from your doldrums, and create an awareness of the perfection in all things. I want to make you think about your existence: how it came to be in the first place, how it continues, and what happens to it in the unknown hereafter. There are seemingly three basic classes of believers in the world: those who accept the concept of God; those who deny the concept of God; those who say simply they can’t (don’t) know.
For those like me who accept the idea of God, we must acclaim that God with his perfect intellect envisioned his creation (all the quanta in existence), and with his perfect will chose them and keeps them perfect. Therefore, it is impossible for anything or any occurrence to be imperfect. Every storm, every earthquake, every hurricane, every loaf of bread, every tree leaf, every grain of sand etc. is a perfect example of what it is. A second set of similar events and objects would be different from the first but each would still be perfect for its set of circumstances.
We sometimes get confused when “bad” things happen such as a car wreck and often start looking for excuses or someone to blame. We even question how God could allow such to happen. We fail to recognize that it was someone’s perfect negligence or a perfect mechanical failure, or a myriad of other perfect conditions which led to the perfect wreck. In other words, that specific wreck was a perfect result for its set of generating circumstances. So what’s my point. My point is we must always be aware of our obligation to know all that we can, to respect the perfection in everything we encounter, and more importantly be respectful of others; stop the blame game.
Those who deny God or say they simply can’t know, suggest that the perfect order in the universe “just happened”—even Stephen Hawking, the great quantum physicist, suggested such a possibility. The truth is, no one can prove nor disprove the existence of a Supreme being. That is where Faith comes in.
There are all kinds of faith: we have implicit faith that when we get on an airplane, it will take us safely to our intended destination. However, we are fully aware from previous experiences of others that failure of one kind or another may occur. Those failures are always the perfect result of a set of perfect faults which generated the outcome.
So my purpose here is to stimulate your awareness of God’s Perfection in “all things and events”.
I do not want to seem nor sound commercial, but if you want a more thorough understanding of these concepts, please read my little book Wilderness Cry (Amazon et al). In addition, I will be releasing a sequel “Peace in Spirituality” within a few months.
Happy New Year to all!!!
If someone asked you who God is, what would you tell them? How would you explain God’s essence to them so that you are communicating a clear, unmistakable picture to them? Would you possibly start quoting the Bible, or tell them about a certain religion, or possibly about a specific church you attend? If you did any of those things, would you expect your audience to visualize your exact “image” of God? Or do you even have a definitive “image” of God?
I would suggest the likelihood that you may do any or all of the above. However, I would also suggest that you would fail 100% in your effort. Your audience may come away with some vague (just as yours is vague) image of a God, but it could not possibly mirror yours or anyone’s else. How am I allowed to say that so bluntly? Very simply, no one is allowed to attempt to speak definitively about any entity whose essence he/she cannot define. Before me, no one has ever been able to define the essence of God. Great mystics and theologians for centuries have attempted; all failed. Without that essential definition, no one can know God. I defined God’s essence thus; “God Is A Perfect Rational Being”. That definition makes all concepts of God perfectly clear—we can now speak of God and its attributes with the same understanding as arithmetic. While we certainly cannot possibly know everything God knows, we do know some (science=knowledge=truth), and we, as rational beings, will know more and more as time goes on. We now have a perfect rational basis for contemplating, discussing, describing, and communicating God to others. We dispel the mythology and superstition surrounding God generated by religions—we are free to truly understand our God and its workings. We are now free to accept God’s Will which is everything that happens in this universe, rather than do God’s Will which is unknowable. You may find a complete explanation in my little book Wilderness Cry—Amazon, et. al.
Today I would like to share with you a concept that possibly may have escaped your attention, and that has to do science. Likely, when the word science is used in conversation, different concepts are conjured up in your minds. Many possibly immediately think of chemistry, physics etc—true enough, those subjects are representative of the “physical sciences”. However the word science encompasses the entire wealth of knowledge. In fact, the word science comes from the Latin root-word scientia which means knowledge. Knowledge, of course is truth. For those of us who accept the concept of a Supreme Being, that Being represents all truth—therefore that being (God, Allah, Yahweh, Buddha, Brahma etc.) is science.
So how does that science (truth) manifest itself in our world. Simply stated it is overtly manifest in the absolute perfection in form and function of ever quantum of energy in the universe. Science (knowledge=truth) has allowed us to discern the ultimate building blocks of every gravid object, seen or unseen, in the universe (s). Those building blocks collectively are known as quanta (smallest indivisible particles of energy) with specific names such as quarks, leptons, etc. Since we have defined the essence of God as a perfect rational being, and since these quanta represent absolute perfection, we are obliged to conclude that the Spirit of God (Holy Spirit) is imprinted on each particle keeping it perfect as God is perfect. Therefore, we must conclude that God may be considered as “Pure Science”.
Furthermore, we must recognize there is an absolute science (knowledge=truth) about everything material and immaterial. So when we hear the word science, let us broaden our scope of understanding beyond the “physical sciences” to the ultimate understanding that God=science.
I have elucidated those principles thoroughly in my book Wilderness Cry. It is available on-line ever outlet, if interested.