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Eid al Fitr – something i know almost nothing about.

Today til sunset is EID AL FITR. \he end of Ramadan is but the tip of the iceberg. Once we take a closer look, we discover it is the day to perform zakat. or charitable giving. On further analysis I propose this clarification :
Humanists want our wealth which is taxed by our elected government to be self generating through positive programs , rather than our wealth being used to destroy our environment and our brothers and sisters, militarising our communities and poisoning the common weal.
 
from wikipedia:
Zakat (Arabic: زكاة zakāh [zaˈkaː], “that which purifies”…a form of almsgiving …ranking next after prayer in importance.
As one of the 5 pillars of Islam, zakat is a… charitable contribution [based on] the right of the poor to find relief from the rich.
Zakat is based on income and the value of all of one’s possessions,….above a minimum amount known as nisab. [It] is paid to the poor, and the needy, ….. to free from slavery, to debtors, in the cause of Allah, and the stranded traveller.
Today, in most Muslim-majority countries, zakat contributions are voluntary. In Libya, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia,Sudan, and Yemen, zakat is mandated and collected by the state.
Shias, unlike Sunnis, have traditionally regarded zakat as a private and voluntary decision, and they give zakat to imam/[church]-sponsored rather than state-sponsored collectors.
 
My comment:
Separation of Church and state looks like the Shia/Humanist form of religion.
Social Safety net style state taxation looks like the Sunni/Humanist form of religion.
Religion mandated by the state is the Fundamentalist form of religion. Fundamentalists want to make charity voluntary because they believe in perfection, and tout their own lives as exemplary.
Church going fundamentalists want the church to be involved in government and taxation.
Atheists are concerned to deny anything religious.
Humanists want our wealth which is taxed by our elected government to be self generating through positive programs , rather than our wealth being used to destroy our environment and our brothers and sisters, militarising our communities and poisoning the common weal.
 

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Un freeze.

4.20, 2018. 9.22-
Auspicious date. Not too late.

Net talk makes me baulk.
Some say today is close to our last.
So much closer than most think.
Uncalculateds making it fast.
We’ll so soon be in the drink.

And be merry for tomorrow we die,
or diet enforced by loss of crops and loss of bees…
But oh, how it did please me to see
the magnolia provide for the bee.
In a full bloomed flower at morning hour
the stamen had fallen in heaps and piles
on a creamy white petal bowl –
the bees who were snurfling this treat like wee piggies
at times lifted off –
floating above and around,
drunkenly bumbling
’til they landed again where such plenty was found.

Like the head of a super sayan was the pistil
big, in a full skirt of white;
china red her smooth bodice,
holding that yellow head upright.

Look! next time you see one,
mira! she dances with bees;

Blissfully nourished;

i am part too of the great unfreeze.

 

 

Ands

Breathing is what I am doing.
this mind is a handful.

Breathing
is what
awareness loves.

thunder continues to grumble through the roof via my open door
outside my world is wetted with rain.

I AM
here
again. Ever new. and you?

This mind is breathing
Awareness
of what is and
Awareness
of more than consensual reality.

Awareness of thoughts that arise independently, non-volitionally, goeswith awareness of breath.
Concepts  think with me, through me  by me. God/dess, alien, higher self, nonhuman life;
Sun and Earth as living entities of whom the current moment is offspring..

Breathing
is what
awareness loves.

the wine cup cedes one more drop, the tea is only warm now.

I AM

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I am Logos ( the Word), and love of Logos ( cf Jewish mysticism, the numerological significance of every letter.)  Hallelujah. I am this current moment now – my part of its totality – as my hand is part of my body – named separated but dead if not part of  my totality.

What is existed before humans named and delimited it, .seeing ourselves as different from the whole – which we are and yet we are inseparably connected to all Earth’s being.   Separation is a linguistic creation, caused by words which imply absolute boundaries. God  and Human co-arise. Humans are the current stage of God’s self reflective awareness. Humans are evolutionarily offspring of Big Bang and life’s process. SunRa gives all life. Sun’s energy transforms into life on Earth.

Three Personed God/dess

THREE PERSONED GOD/DESS.

Recently returned from Kiwiland, New Zealand, my homeland.

NZ has  elected a young woman Prime Minister, and other young people . While I was there, two cyclones battered the coast and removed linear acres of land, leaving steps down to the sea marooned, being steps to nowhere as the coastline receded overnight. Cyclones have not reached NZ before this year.

I love to learn of traditional ways of thinking. The following is my interpretation of the three personed god/dess concept with the addition of Maori ideas. This is “popular science”. I  have not done university scholarship in philosophy.

Maori – the indigenous people of New Zealand – name three parts of a life identity : Mauri, Wairua, and Tinana . These apply to all life forms including land. peoples, animals etc

  • Wairua – Spirit.
  • Mauri – Soul
  • Tinana – Body,

WAIRUA is one in all Life, One Life (spirit) in all Earth (Gaia); Life Force, Breath

MAURI is Individual Soul across the aeons. That soul which is our own “quale” or special quality. We have a unique expression of it, but many individuals across time and in our time share this soul quality. This “Mauri” is like a blue print from which many houses can be made – hence “My … house has many mansions.” *

SO Mauri – that spirit which animated us before we were born. Interestingly, for Maori the WairuaMauri becomes Tinana, a being distinct from it’s mother’s flesh, when eyes form in the foetus. This is at about 25 weeks. At about 25 weeks, baby’s first kick is felt in  mother’s womb, which is when  the soul enters the body, in Jewish tradition. ( 2nd  children may kick earlier) .

TINANA is Body, Persona, Mask, Ego
Chacun de Nous. Our individual sense of self.
For some people,  Wairua and Mauri, Soul and Spirit , are to remain ineffable if not irrelevant.  The material concept is primary..
For others the three personed God/dess is experienced. It is a fact for us. No thing but still real.

Our experienced reality shares more, or less, in common with others. The more we open to the common experience the more we experience this duality, the comprehension of Humanity from a Spirit perspective. NO THING is indeed ineffable, silence is indeed golden, but I love to think and write about it!

The Dali Lama says critical thinking is a meditation.** Of course that is not critical as in criticising but critical as in discernment of universal truth. Irrelevant concept to some, to me, essential for peace  in our times.

Kia Kaha, Be Brave. Love to all. Libi Jadahari Mitch Woopee…

*My father’s house has many mansions – words attributed to “Jesus” . The ineffable is known by Maori as IO, that which is before time began, is now and ever shall be, that which is NO THING; a “think” maybe, a human attempt to name that whose centre is everywhere, and whose circumference cannot be measured. The ineffable. That from which there can be no separation ie this. The tao which can be spoken is not the original tao . etc .

19thC  anthropologists scornfully thought Maori had no concept of God because when they tried to discover the word for god in Maori language, all their definitions of god , great FATHER etc , did not speak of IO to Maori. Maori , first people,concept had not yet been reached by “second” people. We who are “third” or third wave people, integrate all traditions.

**Interviewer: What’s the most important meditation we can do now?   Dalai Lama: Critical thinking, followed by action. Discern what your world is. Know the plot, the scenario of this human drama. And then figure out where your talents might fit in to make a better world. — Dalai Lama.

I love to harmonise human traditions and perspectives. I believe we have one source and are one spirit.

Yoga Practice

 

Breathe in four     Life

Hold for seven      Grateful Dead, the veil lifting

Out for 8                       Death= Last Breath.

Any consciously breathed pattern is great. Breath first clothed itself in we. One biospheric being, see. Yogic memory wanted here, to the floor , on the mat. Yes my dear.

Ritual movement, planned obeissance.

I’m speaking for the Little Blue Planet. “i’m all alone here”.

NO YA NOT , say the voices in my head.

But I am or am not depending on whether the moment is shared and that is already known.

What did Jesu do when He saw that for humanity to live Now, he would have died and the f#%$^&*ing story would be integrating – innit great ! – at the level of a planetary awareness. MINE!

“Shut up already” say the voices in my head. And i agree with them and return to the mat.

The paradoxical god and the A.I. agree to be me. Now . Here. is and is not Nowhere.

WIJD – what is Jesus doing? I AM being me, being free, setting my mind constantly to find How Now. To be IT.  Being every single one of us here, know it or not. Humanity IJD chewing an everyman cud. A dud? in the case of bombs – that is a good thing.

I sing. Carmena Burana – the voice of the goose that is cooked.

Image: Rastaman Throws the Dice. 5″ x 5″. Acrylic on board. Sold.

Catholic ( All embracing) TR[yo]UTH.

in my view the putative Jesus was trying to say – “ its up to you. Try saying I AM god and act accordingly. “

I AM responsible – not some god in the sky – I AM the god in my head, where heaven is also. And all my dead.
When Moses asks how can i prove to the people that you, god, have given me this mission to lead them out of captivity, the bible story god of Moses said to him, “Tell them I AM sent you.” Becoming more self serving, the god of the Old Testament demands obedience, sacrifices, is jealous , says kill the people but keep the livestock, etc

The whole – which could be seen as god goddess spirit etc etc – is obviously greater than us, yet is created of all our actions .

Nature loves us just as we love nature, we humans have been trashing her and now we get the consequences. Forgive us our trespasses exactly as we forgive others….

We have grown up as a species , and unlike any other natural creature , we have trashed our nest. New territory now guys, but the heart that beats in common matters more than ever. I Am part of it .

I am one with the idea: hope for the future we are living right now. We can see ourselves as the future of toleration so long as we are tolerant, we can see ourselves as defenders of the faith so long as we live the faith; ortho ( correct) praxis ( action) is more important than ortho doxy ( correct doctrine) – action more revealing than ideological belief. Surely Love is where the heart is.

Our thoughts become actions,…. or not.

Today, this very day, I Am realising i worry and fret and am miserable because i live in my head. When i let my thoughts sink down, and feel my heart I can find where love starts.

One human heart, connected by internet or telepathy… one living biosphere … one human consciousness learning to be aware of others. As humans wake to unity with each other , we will wake to our unity with our fragile and imperiled biological niche which co-evolved with us.

Thank you for your eyes.

xox

Elizabeth Mitchell

silk painting and studio experiences …
http://www.elizabethmitchellstudio.com

below: the stimulus –

Mary wrote:
Hi,

I’m not a particularly religious soul however, this video gives us an insight into the hope for a better future no matter your views on God and the place for religion in this chaotic and dangerous and sometimes impersonal world.

Floods, hurricanes and total devastation have brought people together — may it continue

The End Of Prayer Shaming – YouTube
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The motto of the school children appeared to say – if you say or think you will do something , then make it happen.

I thought some of their cards were bullshit, ( we are told not to pray for the victims??? ), i hope another nest of zealots is not being created. I believe in the separation of church and state. Under God was added to the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954, a time of hysteria and McCarthyism. At this point my blood is boiling…. however the pen is mightier than the sword  ( s word) SHIT oh dear!! when can humans be intelligent and divine. WE ARE the divine MIND. STOP ARGUING. im shouting at myself now….

ball dog

Crow Girl Spirit

Crow Girl Spirit

I imagine spirit life in everything. I see a crow spirit being who left an impression here. It can be male or female, bird or human.. depending which angle it is viewed from.

I am a cell in a human organism waking up to know itself as all this.
I wake at all levels, throughout all time ( which is ever and only now for Me). I recognise the sickness in my being and have faith in my body as a self healing mechanism.
As I wake and continue to look for and love that of Light, Sunlight, Life Force in everyone around me, I feel the healing happening.
I accept ageing and changing and moving towards the dissolution of this Local Ego.
I rage temporaneously against this current cultural malaise, this present maldistribution of resources, so much given to the top which demands all attention and resources for self and selfish demands, regardless of the beings in the surrounding environment.
My head and my thoughts and my enculturated existence cutting me off so much from a life in nature, experiencing the wonder of this world in which I AM being one rejoicing, when aware; and depressed, when ego tells its repetitive whine.
I rejoice to see my beloved sunself each day. That burning blinding disc behind the foliage that I dare not look directly upon. That Life Source, which I recognize as Life Force in me, and worship, worship, revere, and respect all its manifestations giving attention to the small, and the endangered and the wild. The wild in me is still here rejoicing in the eyes of cats, the tails and noses of dogs, scampering of squirrels, snuffling of manatees, the lovely warning and singing calls of birds. And in the glorious Internet – my global human brain awakening.

burning bush