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Spiritism & Spiritualism: BEWARE

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Recent readings:

Often called spiritualism, the practice of spiritism played a notable role in 19th-century thinking.

“The belief that the dead are alive in another sphere or condition of being is not new. It was part of the religion of the ancients, and was the very root of all mythology.”

“the unscriptural idea of the dead communicating with the living “has given cover and force to the deceptions practised by ‘demons’ under the guise of dis-embodied spirits of men. They have eagerly availed themselves of this mode of concealing their identity, and have thus perpetuated their sway over the minds and lives of many.” The early booklet What Say the Scriptures About Spiritism? gave similar warnings…”

 I cannot put up with the use of uncanny power.—Isa. 1:13.

Interesting scriptures:

“There should not be found in you anyone who . . . binds others with a spell.”—DEUTERONOMY 18:10, 11.

Is the claim that hypnotism is linked to the occult just a figment of someone’s imagination? Fantasy tales in movies and novels may have nurtured the idea, but the connection between hypnotism and spiritism has a real basis. Regarding hypnotism, the Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology explains: “Its history is inextricably interwoven with occultism.” Religious trances, which have been a part of sorcery and magic throughout history, are commonly viewed as a form of hypnosis. Also, the priests in ancient Egypt and Greece induced a type of hypnotic state when trying to cure illnesses in the name of their false gods.

The above-quoted encyclopedia notes: “Even today much hypnotic phenomena is classed as ‘Spiritualist.’” While it is difficult to determine to what extent various forms of hypnotism may have to do with the occult, the fact is that God clearly condemns all forms of spiritism. (Deuteronomy 18:9-12; Revelation 21:8)

What about the effect of hypnosis on a person’s mind and behavior? Are there any risks involved? One valid concern is that while hypnotized a person may have little control of his behavior. Stage hypnotists utilize this feature, impelling volunteers to do things they would not normally do, even to seem to be drunk.

The Encyclopedia Americana says of these public displays of hypnosis: “The hypnotized subject may be openly susceptible to even veiled suggestion, he may have ready access to his more usually heavily veiled unconscious drives, and he may while hypnotized feel that all social and personal curbs on his behavior have been removed.” Collier’s Encyclopedia states: “The hypnotized subject enjoys an undiverted concentration of his faculties, which makes him intensely attentive to the hypnotist’s suggestions and cooperative in carrying out suggestions.”

Does this sound harmless?

“Each one of you should know how to get possession of his own vessel in sanctification and honor.” (1 Thessalonians 4:4) Clearly, hypnosis would hamper one’s ability to follow such counsel.

Hypnosis is defined as “a sleeplike state usually induced by another person in which the subject may experience forgotten or suppressed memories, hallucinations, and heightened suggestibility.”—The American Heritage

“Present your bodies a sacrifice living, holy, acceptable to God, a sacred service with your power of reason. And quit being fashioned after this system of things, but be transformed by making your mind over, that you may prove to yourselves the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”—Romans 12:1, 2.

For me personally…i want my mind fully AWAKE…i want to exercise my own power of reason & self-control & choice…i’m not going to open my self-controlled-awakened-mind up to masked manipulators…who may want to influence/control me in a sleep-like state for selfish reasons…say to use or abuse me!

i read these interesting points:

HYPNOTISM has been the subject of much debate and controversy.* Even experts in the field find it difficult to explain. It is generally understood that hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness, or trance. Most people, however, are more interested in what hypnotism can do than in what it is.

In recent years it has become common for health practitioners in some lands to recommend hypnotism as a treatment. For instance, the magazine Psychology Today states: “Hypnotherapy can treat headaches, ease labor pains, help you quit smoking, replace anesthesia, and improve study habits—all without side effects.” On the other hand, many associate hypnotism with spiritism and the occult.

What is the Bible’s viewpoint? Of course, the Bible is not a health textbook, and it does not comment directly on the subject of hypnotism. But the principles found in God’s Word can help us determine God’s view.

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Today’s Date is July 10, 2014, correct??

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Can somebody pinch me please!!…i need a reality check!

It is the year 2014, right??? (and not “1984”)…

Watch out all us so-called “free” people here in the USA (enjoying a measure of privacy?!) …prejudiced thought/belief police do indeed exist...and are suppressing/persecuting  beautiful-fragile-life in Taganrog, Russia…how sad/outrageous!!:(

who knows & when…the thought/belief police could target anyone of us  (thinkers, believers, non-believers, non-thinkers)…shouldn’t peaceful loving people be allowed to think…monitor (or exercise freedom of self-control) their own personal/private thoughts/beliefs/minds any where they happen to live?!

Have you ever been forced to renounce any cherished thought/belief?!

check out this excerpt (i read):

Conquering Prejudice

Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that all races are equal in the sight of God. (Acts 10:34, 35) Through Bible education, we try to help people overcome even deep-seated prejudices.

Additionally, we do not support any movement motivated by racial or ethnic hatred. During the Nazi era, for example, Jehovah’s Witnesses in Germany and elsewhere refused to support Hitler’s campaign of hatred. Hundreds paid the price of refusal with their lives.

Similarly, the Witnesses did not encourage their members to take part in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. In fact, some risked or lost their lives while protecting those who were being hunted and killed.

Because we desire to help all peoples, we produce and distribute Bible literature in about 600 languages. Consequently, our congregations embrace people “out of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues.”—Revelation 7:9.

Prejudice should be renounced, eh?!

 

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Following…me, following YOU?

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Some of my thoughts…yeah 🙂 (imperfect) thoughts:
man mismanages his own mind; man mismanages his own body; man mismanages his own family; man mismanages his own house; man mismanages his own yard; man mismanages his own neighborhood; man mismanages his own community; man mismanages his own city; man mismanages his own country; man mismanages his own earth?!…man mismanages his own universe?

{Their thoughts are harmful thoughts; Ruin and misery are in their ways. 8 They have not known the way of peace, And there is no justice in their tracks.They make their roadways crooked; No one treading on them will know peace. Isaiah 59:7, 8}

When man-”cruel” can learn to organize/control/manage (“harmful”) mind, thereby becoming man “kind” …damaging and deadly mismanagement will cease.

Mind management skills…a requirement for compassion?

According to his secretary Pyarelal, Mohandas Gandhi, the late spiritual leader of India, observed: “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need but not for every man’s greed.”

One ecologist frankly acknowledged: “In a sense, we don’t have any clue how to manage the planet successfully.”

The situation very much fits the Bible’s assessment: “It does not belong to man who is walking even to direct his step.”—Jeremiah 10:23.

Bible exhorts us: “Be made new in the force actuating your mind, and . . . put on the new personality…[…].

If we change our mind/view of earth…as a “precious” gift…will we appreciate it and take better care of it?

Read in the paper today…”As Robert Bryce of the Manhattan Institute notes, carbon emissions increased world-wide by about 700 million tons in 2011 alone. China increased its emissions by 3 billion tons from 2006-2012.”

Long time ago, in a place far, far, away…from here -lol…i read an illustration..the gist:

As a homeowner, IF you had awful tenants…who repeatedly for years refused to pay rent and were continuously damaging your property…after repeated pleas for change…wouldn’t you eventually evict these tenants?? (and of course, you would like any good tenets…i.e. take care of your property, etc…good tenants remain, right?)

The bible explains/warns (and for centuries)that God will intervene…on behalf of compassionate man”kind” and our beautiful planet by…evicting awful tenants…who refuse to stop ruining our home/earth!

Check this out: another way of looking at: “Armageddon

Sadly, man has misused God’s beautiful gift to the point of ruination. Yet, the Creator’s purpose has not changed. A man of old said: “God is not a mere man who tells lies, nor a son of man who changes his mind. When he says something, will he not do it?” (Numbers 23:19) In fact, rather than allow the earth to be ruined, the time is rapidly approaching for God to “bring to ruin those ruining the earth.”—Revelation 11:18

“Look! I am making all things new.” (Revelation 21:5) Does this mean that God will replace the earth with a new one? No, for there is really nothing inherently wrong with our planet. Rather, God will do away with those responsible for the planetary crisis, “those ruining the earth,” that is, the present-day human system with its governmental structure. This will be replaced by “a new heaven and a new earth”—a new heavenly government, God’s Kingdom, ruling over a new earthly society.—Revelation 21:1.

If a homeowner wants “good” tenants…who care for his/her property…why wouldn’t God want good caretakers/managers for Earth?

Follow me?…can’t we let agape actuate/manage our minds!:)

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Big YAAAAAWWWWWWNNNNNN x 2

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Big yawn…i’m tired, I’m half awake… reading stuff & watching

A fitness infomercial… the exercise and portion control looks good…

Various colored containers for protein, veggies, etc…cheese

Yummy cheese

Too early to eat or drink… not hungry  and I may go back to sleep

Though (that may be irresponsible)

My mountains of work beckon loudly…

The thing about exercise is you have to keep your body guessing… or you plateau

Same with brain

I sorta fear plateau..sorta… is that a real fear? sure… Uh-oh… Is plateau progress?… inevitable?

This post stinks-lol:)… as in no rhyme nor reason

(I mean that’s what communicators do…communicate)

Do I have anything of value to communicate?? Today?? June 17th…where did this month go?

I have so many goals and positive things I want to accomplish each day…I can’t get it all done and that frustrates me!!… too much on my plate everyday..

But I console myself and tend to my wounds by knowing:

When it comes to my interactions of compassion And/or acts of compassion..people take priority… caring takes priority

I’m pursuing peace with everyone I can… meaning possible… within my control

I can’t wait to see my Mom & Bro!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

it’s so hard to be apart from those you love..(and for years)…I feel for those who have lost loved ones in death… but, sometimes distance feels like it (death)… when you never see someone or never run into them…

I’m already sad anticipating how I will let them leave aka going back to life without getting to see them regularly…

Processing pain and hope

That’s the thrust of this, eh?

IF any one is reading this..WOW..i’m sure you’re yawning 2 -lol:)

Colored containers of various sizes… everything in proper portions…wouldn’t life be so easy IF that was the solution??… may be it is with some things?

A HUGE container Green: HAPPINESS, Peace, Compassion, loved ones never leaving…

for me & You

All of a sudden: I’m starving… physically & spiritually:

I know you by name.—Ex. 33:17.

Gotta go… don’t want to miss SUNRISE:)

(don’t wanna miss you)

 

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SNAP, snap..SnApPiNg to it: Life that is!

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It’s a snappy new day…(for snappy context check out previous post: Won’t You Be…)

Each day is a gift..FULL of GIFTS…IF You’re looking & listening!:)

i LOVE the sound of ?…the ocean…(among other things):

Dreams do come TRUE…takes patience, perseverance, prayer.

A Prayer Dare: IF there is a God that really cares about You personally…He WILL hear You and Answer Your prayer: try it!

Here’s some tips (i read) and remember, be specific/detailed: Talk from the Heart!

Prayer—How?

WHEN it comes to prayer, many religious traditions focus on physical issues, such as posture, wording, and ritual. However, the Bible helps us to set such issues aside and focus on more important aspects of the question, “How should we pray?”

The Bible depicts faithful servants of God as praying in many settings and postures. They prayed silently or aloud as the circumstances dictated. They prayed while looking up at the sky or while bowing down. Rather than using images, beads, or prayer books as aids in prayer, they simply prayed from the heart in their own words. What made their prayers effective?

“All the things you ask in prayer, having faith, you will receive.” (Matthew 21:22) Faith does not mean gullibility. Rather, it means believing in something that even though unseen, is supported by very strong evidence. (Hebrews 11:1) The Bible is packed with evidence that Jehovah, whom we cannot see, is real, is reliable, and is willing to answer the prayers of those who have faith in him. Furthermore, we can always ask for more faith, and Jehovah loves to give us what we need.—Luke 17:5; James 1:17.

Here is yet another essential aspect of how to pray. Jesus said: “No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) So Jesus is the means of our approach to the Father,  Jehovah. Thus, Jesus told his followers to pray in his name. (John 14:13; 15:16) That does not mean that we should pray to Jesus.

{This is 1 of my oldie, but goodie posts…for whatever reason, i was Very pleased with this post and how it turned out: Hope You like it 2: Did You Hear That Sound?!}

i’m learning to accept the parts of my life that are beyond my control…learning to accept the “stuff i would change if i could”…but then IF i took away “that”…(e.g., family health issues, etc.) how could/would i learn compassion, love, endurance, patience…forgiveness….??

laughter…finding the funny helps.  i accept my responsibilities..some of which (pain) i brought on myself by my decision making. (i’m choosing to focus on the positives pain has brought my life.)

Thinking about my youth & my kids:

Why is it when we are young, we rush to decide/choose/exert our free will at every turn?! Now that i’m older…i rush to patience/investigation/neutrality…

waiting…is appealing…it’s not life passing you by.  The rushing to a wrong/negative choice is worse….(than acquiring patience.) i can be proactive and wait at the same time.

Waiting on God, trajectory…life, snaps -lol:)

{Busy day(s)..taken on another huge/organization project..finished one yesterday and tackling yet another today…work keeps my mind/heart/body occupied and outta trouble, eh? aka well/healthy-lol}

HAPPY SNAPPING to YOU!:)

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Treasure & Trash

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Happy or hateful heart?!…hmmmmm

vulgarity vs. purity

hearts speak…trash talkin’? treasure talkin’? vulgar? pure?

some are tnt…just itching to explode, eh?..

Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.— Matthew 6:21

In a sense, a person’s earthly treasure could include prestige, fame, or power. Jesus made a point similar to the one Solomon made in the book of Ecclesiastes—worldly treasures are not lasting. As you have likely seen in the world around you, all such treasures are perishable and can be easily lost. Professor F. Dale Bruner writes of such treasures: “It is well known that fame is fickle. Last Saturday’s hero is next season’s has-been. This year’s financial success is next year’s bankruptcy. . . . [Jesus] loves human beings. He urges them to avoid the inevitable despair that comes with evanescent glory. It doesn’t last. Jesus does not want [his] disciples [to be] disappointed. ‘Every day the world turns over on someone who was just sitting on top of it.’” Though most people would agree with those comments, how many allow the reality behind them to alter their approach to life? Will you?

emotions are fickle..they come and go..why? let fleeting stuff i.e. anger/despair destroy you and those around you?

A key point is this: Our being truly successful does not depend on our achievements or position in the eyes of the world.

You may not be able to control your circumstances completely, but you can control how you deal with them. ~Find Real Success in life

Redirect Your efforts for lasting….treasure!

i’m only pure talkin’:)

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