Why bad things happen to good people?

My Truth:

I used to think God punished wrong as a just judge and chastises his children with difficult circumstances in life. I believed that I should count it all joy when trial and tribulation became my constant companions. I must admit, I never understood why bad things happen to good people especially if God is on my side.  When bad things happened, I explained incidents away with plausible excuses and my intelligence knelt down to the alleged silent authority I could not explain.  I no longer embrace those ideas.  I was asleep then. Now I am awake!

People have a myriad of answers to the question of Why bad things happen to good people? The answers never seemed to satisfy inquiring minds. Why does anything bad happen to anyone, anywhere if God does exist? Can’t he stop it? Isn’t God in control of everything? The author presents five reasons below. Do you agree or disagree? Why? Enlighten us!

Basically, this is a universal law that says that 1) what you put out is what you get back.So if you decide to take the negative path and hurt others, then you will suffer greatly for your choices in a multitude of ways and across subsequent lifetimes. But don’t get sucked into what some of the religious leaders would have you believe for their own self-interests.

2) It is not God who judges and punishes evil deeds. God is everything, not a separate being watching and judging us.3)The evil deeds meet their own consequencesthrough the very laws on which a just universe is built. What you put out is what you get back. Of course, this may make you wonder why bad things happen to good, innocent, loving people. Remember that 4) each of us has lived many lifetimes, and karma does not end when one physical incarnation ends. Therefore, the many seemingly bad things that happen to good people can simply be karmic rebalancing, and the ones who they are happening to are not victims.

5) Always keep in mind the idea of free will and the fact that each of us chooses our life and all the major events that will unfold in it before we incarnate.We know the hurt we have caused others in previous lives and therefore we often choose difficult circumstances to give ourselves the opportunity to experience what others experienced, and thereby grow in compassion from the greater perspective afforded by these experiences.

Masri, Ziad. Reality Unveiled: The Hidden Keys of Existence That Will Transform Your Life (and the World) (p. 111-113). Awakened Media LLC. Kindle Edition.

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In peace and light,

Dr. Free

 

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Are We All Connected?

THE LAW OF ONENESS

Everything is connected to everything else. What we think, say, do, and believe will have a corresponding effect on others and the world around us.

All of humanity and God are one. We are always connected to force of God because the energy of God is everywhere at once, and permeates through all things living or material, as well as the knowledge of God is infinite and always available to us.  Each soul is part of God’s energy.

Everything that exists seen and unseen are connected to each other, inseparable from each other to a field of divine oneness.  Divine all-knowing, the matrix, pure consciousness or universal mind energy, sometimes also known as Life Force or God.  Everything is one.

My Authentic Truth:

Today I took some time to ponder the universal law of oneness. Universal means that it is sacred and spiritual. Outside the seven Hermetic Principles one may not even say there is a universal law of oneness. For the sake of the post, just say you agree with the law of oneness. Then further, what does this mean for our society? What does that mean for the individual? How  should one act, think, or engage other people? I’m still in search of understanding and truth.

One explanation I heard for oneness is as follows: Every person around me is me but in a different time and space. I am actually another yourself.  This means I can see myself in the people around me. There are similarities we possess with those we love and even our enemies. Both are in our life due to our own invitation by attraction. We connect or attract because of the reflection of ourselves that we see in others. We are from one divine source but have different journeys.

Powerful words!

The questions for me then are how responsible are we for the problems that exist in society?  Are brutal rapist and murders drawn to us because in some way we attract them? Should I see a reflection of  myself in the very one who has betrayed me because I was once a betrayer? Do I make situations worse when I take vengeance against my enemies? How should awareness of the law of oneness influence our relationships with others? Maybe if I vibrate at higher level when I see myself in others (seeing wanted or unwanted) I can choose to be light, love, and peace regardless.

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Are We Delusional?

 

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I’ve been pondering a quote from the book  “History of Religion: An Overview of the most Important People and Events in: The Worlds Religions, Mythologies, & History of the Church (Christianity, … Buddhism, Jewish History, Hinduism Book 1)” by Michael J. Stewart.

“There are three main groups of theories of religion. According to the first, religion is an invention of one (usually the ruling and privileged) group of people with a purpose to protect the privileges of that same group of individuals. According to another group theory, religion is an existential characteristic of every human being. Finally, according to the third group theory, religion is just a human tendency to the superstition that came as a result of insufficient knowledge of the true nature of things.”

I had a recent experience that reminded me of the quote I had been pondering. It caused me to think about how so many of us are greatly influenced by religion in this society. Our personal religious orientation becomes the lens for every perspective we hold and the framework in which we mold our experiences. The questions I ask then are how often are we ill-informed, misguided, and mislead by cultural norms, and religious affiliations? Are culture and religion infallible? Are science and universal law ever a factor to the devoutly religious? When things go as we hoped in the face of despair is the reason always Allah, God, Jesus, or what ever Deity we personally honor? Is it possible that other factors can influence the phenomenon in our lives? Is there not a cause?

Let’s consider the definition of delusional. Then answer the question below.

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de·lu·sion·al
adjective
  1. characterized by or holding idiosyncratic beliefs or impressions that are contradicted by reality or rational argument, typically
    “hospitalization for schizophrenia and delusional paranoia”
    • based on or having faulty judgment; mistaken.
      “their delusional belief in the project’s merits never wavers”
  2.  as a symptom of mental disorder.

Is a person delusional when their cultural or religious affiliation, without the consideration of any other factors, is the principle reference that governs the choices of his or her life?  

My authentic thought: 

We do ourselves a grave disservice when we allow ourselves to be limited by religious dogma. Being part of organized religion for a season in my life has had some good benefits. However, as I evolved, I resolved to be open to truth however it comes to me. Further, in my opinion, it is imprudent for me to ignore the reality of science and nature. While I willingly admit I don’t know everything, and never will, I am not quick to credit or discredit a deity or evil force for the phenomenon in my life.

Knowing certain truths grounds me so that I am no longer deluded by “beliefs” for events I cannot explain. Nonetheless, I respectfully understand that each person has a different journey and my opinion is irrelevant. I commit wholeheartedly to passionately walk out my own journey. I encourage others to do the same.

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In peace and light,

Dr. Free

 

 

 

The Myth of Race?

 

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What are your thoughts? Does she speak truth, myth, or delusion?

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Did You Celebrate Independence Day?

Frederick Douglass rhetorically asked, “What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July?” I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants, brass-fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy-a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages.”  

Some may say as citizens of this county we should be glad to be in America. Why not celebrate the 4th of July! We have freedoms in this country that citizens of other countries are not allowed to excercise. Do we ALL have the right to freely walk out those freedoms? America is the greatest country in the world! If that is your argument some may say how did this so-called greatness come about? Our free labor helped to make this country “great”. Does the free labor of Africans then gurantee freedom for us in this country now? If America is so great why is there a rallying cry to make America great again? If we as African people were worse off then in America than we are now, what is the hope to return toward?

W.E.B. Dubois spoke about the struggle we have with being African and African-American. Everyone else came to this country as immigrants except us. Given our present struggles to survive and thrive in this country and our  history in how we came to this country should we really celebrate the 4th of July–Independence Day? Whose liberty are we celebrating?

As we gathered for  barbecues and “picnics” did the origin of the term, practices and its meaning even cross our minds? We are told that slavery is in the past and we should forget about it. How can we forget something we have not recovered from?  We have a personal responsibility to participate in our own liberation by first understanding the impact of the past so that we can live without shackles in the present.

As our country rejoiced yesterday over its freedom from British tyranny, WE as African (Americans) are continuing to suffer in this country under the oppression of racism and inequality. Amos Wilson helps us to understand that when we truly know history what we consider to be accomplishments in politics, economics, and family today has been done by us before in the past. He further suggests that there seems to be a bar on how high we are allowed to rise as African-Americans in this country. Frederick Douglass asked, “What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July?” I ask what to the African-American, is your Fourth of July? It is a complicated question but it must be honestly contemplated answered for yourself?

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Pictures of Revolution

Scene from Nate Parker’s Birth of a Nation: The story of Nat Turner’s Rebellion

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“I heard a loud noise in the heavens, and the Spirit was loosened, and Christ had laid down the yoke he had borne for the sins of men, and that I should take it on and fight against the Serpent, for the time was fast approaching when the first should be last and the last should be first.”–Nat Turner

Scene from American history when Patrick Henry said: Give Me Liberty of Give Me Death

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On March 23, 1775, Patrick Henry sounded one of the most famous calls to arms in American history. During a meeting of the Second Virginia Convention at St. John’s Church in Richmond, the 38-year-old lawyer and politician gave an impassioned plea urging the Old Dominion to form militias to defend itself against the British. Henry’s brief address—which closed with the incendiary line “Give me liberty or give me death!”— swayed the Convention in his favor, and his words became a rallying cry during the march to war that was soon to begin.  

Other than one being a movie scene about history and the other being a picture of history that captures the moment, what is the difference? Is there as difference? What was the outcome of each? How are we affected by what happened then today? Does what happened then even matter today?

Authentic thoughts are thoughts that are genuine and sincerely expressed. Authentic thoughts reverberate with other authentic individuals so they have an irresistible urge to ponder and or respectfully respond from their own unique perspective.

My Authentic Truth: If we do not know what happeded behind us we will not truly understand what is going on around us–neither will we be able to effectively influence the future.

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TIME: According to Muhammad Ali

“How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?”

Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.

What are we doing with the time we have been given? Are we good managers of our time? Do we even care? Do we have a sense of urgency about life? Maybe its right to relax and take life as it comes. Muhammad Ali shares his  interesting perspective about time and what motivates him? What motivates your usage of time? Is it fear? Faith? Societal demands?  Listen to the short video then express your authentic thought about time.

Authentic Thought:

It is best for me to be motivated by forces greater than time: universe, law of attraction, ancestors, purpose, wellness. In time and circumstance I use the information and resources I know best to determine what is right for me. Personal goals, love of self, and respect for others are always influencing factors. Nonetheless, seizing the moment for what I’m drawn to keeps me from living in the sinking sand of regret.

Peace and love,

Dr. Free

Let us learn to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

Riddle: What never stops once it starts?