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Don’t be ripped off…
by the ripper-off-ers!

Don’t be deceived… by the smoking smoke screens!

1. Alcohol & drug intoxication… a rip off …not true ecstasy.

2. Smoking/drugging… a rip off… not real air/oxygen…energy.

3. Nationalism…a rip off… not true-united-brotherhood-of-global-fellow-fragile-life seeking the unselfish best interests of all.

4. Fame & Fortune… a rip off… not true friendship nor true security…

“There are companions ready to crush one another; But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” PRO verbs 18:24

“For wisdom is a protection just as money is a protection, but the advantage of knowledge is this: Wisdom preserves the life of its owner.” Eccl. 7:12

“The wealth of the rich is his fortified city; It is like a protective wall in his imagination.” PRO verbs 18:11

5. Latest technology… a rip off… IF mostly misused to hurt rather than help/heal…(Or to silence/kill instead of communicating/interacting/living/moving).

6. FAKE Religion/Big Business…Fake Government…Fake Media/Fake mind-food aka fake knowledge/fake leadership…inaccurate/insufficient misinformation/propaganda, no actual evidence, etc….a rip off… not TRUE satisfying spirituality (or leadership) leading aka setting example worthy of imitation/modeling…leading to TRUE peace (and life/longevity eternal).

“One whose appetite is satisfied turns down honey from the comb, But to the hungry, even what is bitter tastes sweet.” PRO verbs 27:7

“And I heard another voice out of heaven say: “Get out of her (fake religion), my people, if you do not want to share with her in her sins, and if you do not want to receive part of her plagues.” Revelation 18:4

7. War games/violence… a rip off… not a viable solution/resolution to conflict …”those who take up the sword… perish by the sword!”

“Then Jesus said to him: “Return your sword to its place, for all those who take up the sword will perish by the sword.” Matthew 26:52

“As a city broken through, without a wall, is the man who cannot control his temper.” PRO verbs 25:28

(a limited list; e.g., not extensive… obviously;

I’m sure You could think of other rip-offs to add.)

Accurate Knowledge… along with proactive-POSITIVE Psychological tactics/non-combative/”spiritual” warfare…(in my POV) is like non-invasive, bloodless, precise, mind surgery… with better outcomes!… respecting the sacredness/preciousness of life!:)

“By patience a commander is won over, and a gentle (mild) tongue can break a bone.” PRO verbs 25:15

“Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold is a wise reprover to a receptive ear.” PRO verb 25:12

“A mild answer turns away rage, But a harsh word stirs up anger.” PRO verb 15:1

“If your enemy (the one hating you) is hungry, give him bread to eat; If he is thirsty, give him water to drink. For you will be heaping burning coals on his head (that is to soften the person and melt his hardness), and Jehovah (True God of Compassion) will reward you.” PRO verbs 25:22

Put away from yourselves every kind of malicious bitterness, anger, wrath, screaming, and abusive speech, as well as everything injurious. 32 But become kind to one another, tenderly compassionate, freely forgiving one another just as God also by Christ freely forgave you.” Ephesians 4:31, 32

PEACE Reader:)… keep up the fully-awake-wise-fine-fight:  Soldier of Compassion!:)

11/04/17 @ 12:00 p.m.

Is a house… truly a home without peace & compassion & agape (unselfish) love??… what about our beautiful planet Earth with all its inhabitants?! (Would You agree?…Each family member aka fellow-fragile-life has a personal responsibility to contribute/maintain/sustain home aka Earth.)

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Possibly? Best Treatment in Challenging Times

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Forgiveness…(and endurance and empathy)

(perhaps?, the best possible treatment…(plan/purpose) for fellow-fragile-life at this interim time frame.)

There are some things… that cannot be cured/solved/completely understood/appreciated at the present moment/point in time…

(e.g., Bipolar Disorder, etc. or Other serious situations/circumstances…ills ailing/alienating us sick humans.)

Forgiveness and endurance…empathy are important components of COM——P-A-S-S-I-O-N, eh?!

FEE

Stretching/flexing my compassion…. muscles/skills in challenging times.

There is a fee to be paid…PRO   verb 3:27…

Do not withhold good from those to whom you should give it*(Or “to whom it is owing.”)

If it is within your power*(Or “within the power of your hand”) to help.

10/13/17 @ 4:44 p.m.

POWER

(To help is not a misuse of power.)

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Prepare and Don’t Panic!

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My thoughts and prayers are with those dealing with/experiencing Category 5 Hurricane Irma at the moment of this writing! And, of course, with all Others in the potential “perhaps” zone of catastrophic path of the unknown impact! And with All those dealing with a disaster of one name/sort or another in one place or another!

My Brother and Sister-in-law are in Haiti…my immediate Family and Friends are here close to my vicinity in FL. I think this whole state is a flood zone. We happen to live in flat land…our place of literal/bodily dwelling doesn’t flood…usually, but surrounding us does…go figure?….of course, with potential of spillage or depending on rainfall, etc. that could change fast.

During rainy season, i live in crocs. {i haven’t gotten around to getting rubber boats -ha, i meant to type boots:)…it’s hot to wear boots in high 80’s/90’s, but i think, it’s “probably” time. The super big puddles/rivers and washed out streets…picking kids up from school has had me considering a boots investment for a while now. Rubber boots may be sold out ? IDK and rainy season is almost finished…Hurricane season ends in November.} Boots haven’t been a necessity…for me (till now? in the “perhaps” zone)

My kids are prepping their to-go bags/carry-ons as i type on this laptop…and my 12 year old just announced -lol that IF we leave, (cause of flooding), she is NOT taking her homework binder!!;) This is ironic coming from a kid who always does her homework no matter what and is thoughtful, super-responsible with follow-through! She’s also singing “it’s the end of the world as we know it–AND I FEEL FINE!!” (School officials will inform Wednesday at noon about school cancellations, etc.) My 14 year old is considering what artwork to bring…and to wrap in plastic. And of course, the cats are their priority! i am chuckling cause now–the kids are asking/aka testing me about a particular privilege–i feel they are not old enough for yet…and under usual conditions the answer would be NO! …smartie pants, my answer is still NO!…:) My 12 year old is now stating IF You love me, you will answer this question…and i quickly piped up Yes! (meaning: of course i love you and i’m listening while my head is down typing), and so–now she laughingly informs me: I have to buy her a rat cause i said ‘Yes’…(what she really means is gerbil; that’s what she calls a gerbil and all in rodent family and she knows my yes means yes and my no, no. Plus she knows, i don’t care much for rats!), but she loves all animals in any family type and would be perfectly fine with a real rat (from the pet store). (Not me though, i do not want rats for pets from a store or anywhere, thank you; still working on fully appreciating this fellow-fragile-life/creature; obviously.)

Now the kids are goofing around making up…& singing country songs…”Two tear drops floating down the river…” and talking/chattering non-stop; wonder where/who they get that from?! 😉

This is suppose to be a serious post about preparation(s) and a kid is now tickling my nose/trying to stick a piece of twirled plastic up my nose so, i’ll sneeze…while my eyes are distracted on this screen.  STOP IT! Cut it out! She is relentlessly aggravating me for a laugh…we are having fun and laughing/playing and not panicking while prepping for a potentially very-serious-weather-life-altering-event.

My son quietly informs that: IF our house gets wrecked, his only regret is not painting his room…blue.

okay back to business…little girls have left room..i better type fast to finish this before the unrelenting interruptions start up again…i LOVE my kids!…and especially love their creative teaching techniques…teaching me patience, and other qualities (like staying calm in emergencies and listening completely before replying) i need to work on–or things i need to change…lol;)…especially my snarky sarcasm that surfaces from time-to-time.

“PREPARATION is Your MOST IMPORTANT KEY TO SURVIVAL!” – Awake! No. 5 “When Disaster Strikes–Steps That Can Save Lives”….

No one is immune to disaster. But what does preparation involve?

  • Prepare mentally. Acknowledge the fact that disasters happen and that you and your loved ones are potentially at risk. It is too late to prepare after disaster strikes.

  • Learn about disasters that can happen in your area. Know where shelters are. Consider whether the construction of your home and its location are as safe as possible. Remove fire hazards. Install smoke detectors, and change their batteries at least once a year, if not more often.

  • Prepare emergency supplies. Power, water, phone, and transportation services can fail. If you own a car, try to keep the fuel tank at least half full, and always have food, water, and an emergency kit in your home.​

  • Have access to the phone numbers of friends, both near and far.

  • Make and rehearse an escape plan. Know the nearest exits in your building, as well as the emergency plan of your children’s school. Set up family meeting places​—such as a school or a library—​one nearby and another outside your neighborhood. Authorities recommend that you practice walking with your family to those meeting points.

  • Plan to help others, including the elderly and the infirm.

i’ve been living in the “perhaps” zone concerning various life things/circumstances, etc…for a while now…this training has prepped/disciplined/taught my mind and heart to be prepared..for whatever occurs….{at least, i think/hope anyway.}

Reader:)…are You prepared? Physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually?? (for disaster or whatever?)

Don’t Panic! BE PREPARED! BE SAFE and ACCURATELY INFORMED!:)

PEACE!:)

9/5/17 @ 10:35 p.m.

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Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr: It’s COLD

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Hats off (i mean hats on) to all You BRAVE hearts enduring the bitterly cold weather (wherever and in whatever form it takes)!!:) This is a (semi) cold morning for us folks here in Florida. Listening to “winter” ish wind whip up (as i compose this piece) brings me back to my New England weather days (except i’m missing snow). AND…Where’s the hot coco?:)

Getting the little girls off to school this morning…puttering down the road in a cold car with cold engine (for the first time in years) got me thinking/asking: am i spoiled/complacent now by mild weather conditions these past 13 years?? It’s good my kids are getting to experience a tiny taste of what life is like for those of us who do not have (our) circumstances of living in tropical paradise.

We are all products of our conditioning: extreme or other…our minds and bodies molded. Who, what, where, why and when…has or is molding our thinking, doing, living, weathering??

The media/governments/religions/big businesses of this world exert MUCH influence over many…are we accepting, conforming and being controlled, molded into something (for the powers that be) to utilize/exploit/abuse, etc?!

Some stuff i’ve read & have encouraged my kids/teens to think about:

Ask yourself: ‘Does the way I dress, act, and speak really reflect who I am, or am I merely mimicking the stereotype I see depicted in the media?’

  “And stop being molded by this system of things, but be transformed by making your mind over, so that you may prove to yourselves the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2)
  • any who think they’re carving out their own identity are merely conforming to an identity that’s been handed to them.“I see it in my little sister,” says a young woman named Karen. “She pretends not to care about anything but clothes and boys. She’s smart, and I know that she has other interests, but she plays dumb because she thinks that’s the only way she can be like ‘all the other girls.’ And she’s only 12!”

    The stereotype does not reflect what all teenage girls want to be. “In the media, girls are shown as self-obsessed, ditzy, and prone to do immature things, but I think most of us have fairly good judgment,” says 15-year-old Alexis. “We have other things in our lives besides daydreaming about some cute guy.”

    The Bible says: “Mature people . . . have their powers of discernment trained to distinguish both right and wrong.”—Hebrews 5:14.

  • Stereotyping serves the interests of marketers—not those of teen girls. Recognizing the potential for profit, powerful industries—including publishing, fashion, technology, and entertainment—start targeting young people before they reach their teens. “Advertisers suggest tweens who don’t have the latest clothes, jewelry, makeup, and electronic products won’t be popular,” says the book 12 Going on 29. “Tweens see seductive commercials on a constant basis, even before they understand what the seduction is about.” `excerpt: Why Reject the Media Stereotype?—Part 1: For Girls

 Not only do powerful industries, governments, etc…want us all (younger and older) to hand over our power/our pocket books, but our minds and bodies too…NO THANKS…i’m NOT BUYING…(nor selling)…

While trying to keep warm…aka ALIVE! Where’s my hat?:)

 

(published 1/8/15 @ 10:42 a.m.)

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brrrr: fighting frostbite: when a LIGHT bulb went off in my…hand!

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You got… your reasons (and so do i) but:

Rewarming must be a passive activity… or you risk losing fingers, skin, tissue, toes…if it took 1 or 2 hours for frostbite to set in…must: takes that long: 1-2 hours to rewarm…(and another reason of many, i’m glad i don’t/never smoked cause smoking, caffeine, alcohol make you more susceptible to frostbite).

Same with compassion…agape education..waking people up… gradually…a delicate process… teaching/educating/reteaching/unlearning…a learning/warming the mind/heart to new things, I think needs to be passive: a gradual rewarming of brain permafrost…if for example, a person has lived for so many years (insert time frame) it just may take that equivalent of (insert time frame) to get them warmed up to changing their emotional climate from violent to loving, from smoking to breathing pure air, etc…from corruption/selfish choices to clean/selfless choices.
i was passively listening to the weather channel about the dangers of frostbite and treatment while “engaging” in something else last night & a light bulb went off… in my hand!…i.e.  made some brain/hand connection about frostbite and emotions/actions…and com..passion…and how some soooo lack it, etc. in their communications/dealings/choices….and perhaps, why?…(they’ve lost a compassion finger or two or toe or two.)

Some are just soooooooooooooooooo cold and i’m just soooooooooooo warm: extreme climates. Learning to interact well/healthy/understandingly and IF i’m “coping” with a difficult person/situation/icy climate…IF i stay warm (kind/nice/compassionate)…eventually: will the person MELT (warm up)??

Warming up…to compassion takes patience/time/intelligent/passive precision. Requires: Being patient and understanding and realizing that not everyone has had the same opportunities to acquire/learn/adopt compassion culture/education/literacy….from infancy onward.

Apathy, indifference, envy, violence…brrrrr:(…who wants to endure a climate like that?

i’m NOT gonna let You/Anyone’s cold/mean/unloving/non-compassionate/violent/selfish ways…give me frostbite of the heart/mind..IF i can help it…trying my best:

To love others as we love ourselves means that we view others as we want to be viewed and treat others as we would like to be treated. Jesus said: “All things, therefore, that you want men to do to you, you also must likewise do to them.” (Matthew 7:12) Notice that Jesus did not say to mull over what others have done to us in the past and then repay in kind. Instead, we are to think about how we would like to be treated and then act accordingly. Notice, too, that Jesus did not restrict his words to friends and brothers. He used the word “men,” perhaps to indicate that we should act in this way toward all people, everyone we meet. ~excerpted: What it Means to Love Your Neighbor w 06

A light bulb in my hand…HOT power. (Compassion Heat in a violent/icy/apathetic world/climate.)

 

published 9/24/14 @ 2:34 p.m.

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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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Gimme…my Music: PLEASE!

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MUSIC has power. It can calm us, stir us, and lift our spirits. It can express both our joys and our sorrows. Common to virtually all cultures—past and present—music is a language of both the mind and the heart. Yes, music truly is a gift from God.

listening to this reminds me of my musical fleeting fantasies (in jr. high aka middle school “now”adays)…of being a female conductor!…i was in concert band middle/high school…a conductor seemed a lot cooler than being a clarinetist -lol…for sure! Tell me how i go from playing violin to the clarinet?!?!…the only schmo willing to “volunteer” cause i wanted flute…and drums..but parents quashed that fast…the neighbors wouldn’t tolerate me banging drums. Nobody wanted to play clarinet and my music teacher pleaded to the class…my VERY musical cousin…awesome guitarist..response: WHY? would you choose a “dead” instrument?…not exactly my preference, but i did enJOY it…winds and strings. With only sooo much time and so much learning/studying to do…the natural progression of musical interests at a young age from violin to clarinet..to get really good/accomplished…i would of had to devote all my time/mind to music..wasn’t willing to make that sacrifice..same with dance/ballet…left playing for dancing..my spirituality was emerging…no regrets..just “funny” music memories.

when you really love something…it can consume you/drown you..IF you let it! It can take over everything else in life including important relationships..so, for me, finding a balance…took a little learning/growing…strength/courage to say good bye (for now) to playing, dancing..hours of practice, over consumption of a lot of time, energy of youthful mind/body…

i LOVE this song!!:)…my (high school) band played this and it brings me back to my youth & music class...

“Among the reasons for the existence of music in virtually every culture [is] its ability to elicit and maintain human health and well-being,” says the book Principles and Practice of Stress Management. When we are singing, notes another reference, our entire body resounds and vibrates. In turn, gentle vibrations help tissues relax and dilate, which may help to reduce pain.

Accordingly, some therapists encourage patients suffering from stress to listen to soothing music, which can also improve one’s mood. Some hospitals even pipe music into intensive care units. Premature babies as well as surgery patients often respond well to pleasant music. According to Principles and Practice of Stress Management, studies suggest that listening to relaxing music “produces significant reductions in stress hormone levels during surgery.”

Music may also reduce anxiety in pregnant women by promoting relaxation during labor and delivery. Dentists sometimes play soothing music to create a more relaxed atmosphere for tense patients. But music and song can do much more. They can help us in a spiritual way.

Because music enables us to express virtually every emotion and because it can have such a powerful influence on heart, mind, and body, we should accord this “perfect present . . . from above” the deepest respect. (James 1:17) ~excerpted Music God’s Gift to the Heart

Managing my Music (selectively)…is (healthy/positive) stress management!:)

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