Friday, July 18, 2014

Cycles : Introducing Quaker Beliefs




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"Does anything unite this diverse group beyond our common love and humanity? Does anything make us distinctively Quaker? I say yes. Each of us has different emphases and special insights, but wherever Friends are affirming each other’s authentic experience of God, rather than demanding credal statements, we are being God’s faithful Quakers. Wherever we are seeking God’s will rather than human wisdom, especially when conflict might arise, we are being faithful Quakers. Wherever we are affirming the total equality of men and women, we are being God’s faithful Quakers. Wherever there is no division between our words and our actions, we are being faithful. Whenever we affirm that no one – priest, pastor, clerk, elder – stands between us and the glorious and mystical experience of God in our lives, we are faithful Friends. Whether we sing or whether we wait in silence, as long as we are listening with the whole of our being and seeking the baptism and communion of living water, we will be one in the Spirit."-Val Fergurson,World Conference of Friends 1991


What do Quakers believe ?

This is a very common question I get asked quite often most people seem to think Quakers believe things very similar to the Amish or other Anabaptist sects but truth we have distinct beliefs that may seem similar to those groups but we hold a very distinct theology that separates us from these groups.

Within this series I'm going to speak from my experience about these beliefs that all friends would affirm to some degree in their life these being The teaching of the Inner Light meaning that "there is that of God in Everyone" and the principles Friends live by called Testimonies those being Simplicity,Peace,Integrity,Community,Equality, and Stewardship(represented by the acronym SPICES) . It is important to note that within this series i'm speaking from my own experience an cannot speak for all Quakers but I hope when I end this series my readers will have a better understanding of what I believe and fall in love with my faith as I have .I hope to witness to you the Joy that is being a Friend which truly is a great experience .So want you join me for this Journey ?


I leave you with this song considered the Quaker National Anthem  :





How Can I keep From Singing 

My life flows on in endless song;
Above earth's lamentation,
I hear the sweet, tho' far-off hymn
That hails a new creation;
Thro' all the tumult and the strife
I hear the music ringing;
It finds an echo in my soul—
How can I keep from singing?
What tho' my joys and comforts die?
The Lord my Saviour liveth;
What tho' the darkness gather round?
Songs in the night he giveth.
No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that refuge clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth,
How can I keep from singing?
I lift my eyes; the cloud grows thin;
I see the blue above it;
And day by day this pathway smooths,
Since first I learned to love it;
The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart,
A fountain ever springing;
All things are mine since I am his—
How can I keep from singing?
















Monday, July 14, 2014

Introducing Cycles

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I am Proud to Introduce the newest addition to my Blog .We all have them in life- Cycles .Starting in just a few days in conjunction with my weekly reflection will be a topical series celebrating something in life I find valuable .Not only will this strengthen my posting but it will add to the experience you have of my blog .So Get ready for a new cycle in life !!! 


Reflection :One Nation Earth




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"The Earth is but one country and Mankind it's Citizens"-Bahullah,Founder of the Bahai Faith 


We all are one human nation - I had this life-changing revelation as I participated in my country's Independence day celebration .I saw as the fireworks flew above me upon the beach sat people from every race,nationality and sexual orientation all gathered in unity not to mention the food everyone was eating ranged from falafel to hamburger .During this time of celebration we were one human species that there is really no division of humanity all  are divisions are illusions of our own making 

Realizing this oneness has caused me to think of my own place in the global process .One serious thing that I have noticed is that if I say something on this blog it goes not only to my friends but has an effect on the whole world .It makes this blog more of a calling .In lieu of this realization i've thought more about how what I might buy could affect the working conditions of other and have decided personally I will no longer things bought in China because of the poor working conditions even more so I've started volunteering at a fair trade organization . 

I feel by noticing my own part of the global community I can make us realize we are no longer made up of separate nations but one nation of humanity I am not a Bahai but I agree very much with Bahullah's words and I ask all to start noticing their place in the Global Community.what affects one affects all-We all are one human nation.


Now for a cheesy song celebrating this :


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Reflection :Why I don't like the Doxology











"Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him, all creatures here below;
Praise him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen."
A lot of us love the traditional Christian hymn the Doxology but I don't for several reasons of which I will explain now through dissecting the lyrics of this beloved song 


Praise God from whom all blessings flow
God to me is not an ATM that I can call upon at any time to bless me with new gifts the Eternal Source to me is what I live and breathe and find meaning the Eternal to me is more to me than just a source of blessings.
Praise him ,all creatures here below :
To me there is no hierarchy in life we all are one and the Eternal Source is part of that oneness and the divine being for me has no gender but is made up of all Genders.

Praise him above,Ye heavenly host ;
Who is the heavenly host ? to me the heavenly host is anything that witnesses to "That of God "
by acts that create a better world these are truly angels and they exist on this earth.

Praise Father,Son and Holy Ghost.Amen 
Why limit it to three we all constitute the great cloud that is this eternal source and why end it with Amen ? The Eternal is still speaking Why Not say "What Canst thou Say "
These are just my issues with the Doxology I encourage you to find your own or provide why you love it to my rebuttal of it .



                                                                                                                       With Love,

                                                                                                                        The Malachut

Friday, May 2, 2014

Reflection : Hellfire and Brimstone










"Like fire
Hellfire
This fire in my skin
This burning
Desire
Is turning me to sin "
          - from Hellfire of The Hunchback of Notre Dame 





What would you think if I told you I believe in a literal hell ? well I do . I very much believe in a hell this hell is not  the hell preached by fundamentalists that those who don't live in the virtue of their specific religious group meet hellfire and the "gnashing of teeth " but a hell of our own making upon this earth through our own actions as well as our own inaction.


If I could describe this hell upon the earth brought about by own our actions ;I have to say we experience it every time we choose not treat each others with the most compassion we can show looking down on a person because of their poverty referring to such as "Those People" ,Destroying our environment by not looking for sustainable methods of making  use out of what we waste,and last driving the pitchfork into the views of others by promoting the fact that are view is more valid than theirs because we are more learned than them on the issue.Through our own actions we become the best Devil we need no fallen lucifer because sometimes what we do out of our own love for own measure of light we forget others and contribute to the very fall of our society.


By our Inaction we allow such tyranny to happen in our own society never have I heard of a "Silent Witness" being heard in activism at all .How many of you would like to actually see abuses continue in our society ?well every time you are silent or just choose not to talk about such whether because you feel someone holds prominence in your community or it is just none of your business it very well is ;You are just like the demons of hell laughing at the unjust punishment inflicted upon others .O arise to your call as a human to care for another !!!


Is there any grace for us ?any hope for a heaven ? Yes we experience heaven every time we stand up for the other ,when we don't typify people as "Those People" ,when we recognize a view that is not our own as just as valid,and when we work to create a sustainable planet .Grace is easily meted out but through our own efforts we as a society cannot do this alone heaven is ours for the taking but we cannot choose the Hell that we are choosing to make in our society to it we must say no more !!!! 


I leave you with this song may we create grace abounding upon our earth :







"Amazing grace


How sweet the sound
That saved a soul like me
I once was lost, but now I'm found
Was blind, but now I see

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed

My chains are gone
I've been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, amazing grace

The Lord has promised good to me
His word my hope secures
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures








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My chains are gone
I've been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, amazing grace

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow
The sun forbear to shine
But God, Who called me here below,
Will be forever mine.
Will be forever mine.
You are forever mine."- Chris Thomlin 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Leaves of Grass : A Responsive Reading for Pentecost





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I Understand it is a little early for Pentecost but enjoy : ) 







                                                           Holy Spirit Awaken Us

As they were straining their eyes for another glimpse ,suddenly two white-robed men were  standing among them and said “Men of Galilee why are you staring at the sky ? Jesus has gone away to heaven ,and someday just as he went,he will return !!!”
       Holy Spirit awaken us to the glimpse of Christ we have seen in our own life and encourage us as we gather to better follow his steps by living out his example in our own lives.
       As the Day of Pentecost was fully come the believers met together that day suddenly there was a sound like a mighty rushing wind.
    Holy Spirit awaken us by allowing by allowing us to feel your presence within and amongst us today and everyday .
       And Everyone present was filled with the the holy spirit and spoke with other tongues
          Holy Spirit awaken us to the fact that your love transcends languages,nations,and religions.Recognizing that you are no respecter of persons giving a portion of love to all show us where we can greater expand our love in ourselves,our home,our community,and our world.
      Then Peter Stepped forward and said “Listen all this was predicted by the Prophet Joel “I will pour out my Spirit upon your sons and daughters and they shall prophesy”
          Holy Spirit awaken us to the prophecy you are revealing to us as a fellowship of like minded individuals to better help the heavy-laden and downtrodden of our society.
    Peter replied “Each one of you must turn from your transgression,return to God,and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the Forgiveness of your sins;then you shall receive the gift of the Holy spirit”
           Holy Spirit forgive us you awaken us to our calling as dedicated to God baptized in the life of Jesus Christ ,grateful for the gift that you are ,ever-receptive to your guidance.
             
                                   

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Reflection : The Spiritual Fruits of Pokemon



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"Even if we don't understand each other .That's not a reason to reject other .There are two sides to every argument .Is there one point of view that has all the answers ?Give it some thought ."- Alder , Former Unova Pokemon League Champion 



We all grew up with it ,Some us despised it,some us still love it but is there any spiritual fruit to pokemon ? your probably thinking is he really going to make this argument well yes I am  .There has been much written through time about how negative Pokemon is upon one's spirituality mostly by fundamentalist ministers who really know nothing about Pokemon nor have played the game I come at this time with a new perspective as a person who has felt the positive spiritual effects of playing Pokemon so let me now challenge the Haters.

The first thing to me that stands out that makes Pokemon spiritual is that in fact reinforces good morals for example Pokemon teaches responsibility by giving the player a pet a Pokemon of which one takes care building up friendship that enables that Pokemon to Evolve into something greater this ideal also reinforces the idea of how we can grow in our human friendships with each other by loving and helping each other grow .


Pokemon also teaches a respect for the interdependent web of which we all are apart most of the time within the game the Villain is depicted as a person and group depicted as wanting something excess like Team Rocket wanting to steal and Control all Pokemon or Team Flare that just wants humanity  to be immortal at the expense of all Pokemon as a Quaker this reinforces the Testimony of Simplicity in my own life.

There is also big life issues Pokemon through it's own simple way like life's problems this quote from the Pokemon Mewtwo  in the first Pokemon movie: 

"I see now that the circumstances of one's birth is Irrelevant .It is what you do with the gift of life that determines what you are"


This quote reminds me no matter what I come from I can transcend as such.

So is their spiritual fruit in Pokemon ?Yes it is rich with it I've only named a few things but if you cared to look you will find even more . I leave you with the Pokemon theme Song :




"I wanna be the very best,Like no one ever was.To catch them is my real

To train them is my cause.
I will travel across the land,Searching far and wide.Each Pokemon to understand
The power that's inside
Pokemon, (gotta catch them all) its you and meI know its my destinyPokemon, oh, you're my best friend
In a world we must defend
Pokemon, (gotta catch them all) a heart so trueOur courage will pull us throughYou teach me and I'll teach you
Po-ke-mon, gotta catch 'em all
Every challenge along the wayWith courage I will faceI will battle every day
To claim my rightful place
Come with me, the time is rightThere's no better teamArm in arm we'll win the fight
It's always been our dream
Pokemon!
(Gotta catch 'em all)
It's you and me
I know it's my destiny
Pokemon!
Oh, you're my best friend,
In a world we must defend.
Pokemon!
A heart so true.Our courage will pull us through.
You teach me and I'll teach you.
Pokemon!
(Gotta catch 'em all)x5
Yeah!
Pokemon!
It's you and me
I know it's my destiny
Pokemon!
Oh, you're my best friend,
In a world we must defend.
Pokemon!
A heart so true.Our courage will pull us through.

You teach me and I'll teach you."