Anymore, I’m often astonished at how, when I want to share something meaningful with the world, the Universe seems to jump in and provide all sorts of material to help me make the point…
I recently came across a shared post on social media which resonated with me; however, I was unable to verify the source…so, I decided to tailor it to more closely align with my own thoughts, while keeping the overarching theme, and share it here.
I’ve touched upon this idea in a few of my own posts, such as God as a Verb, The Gospel of Living & Doing, My Conceptualization of G0d, We Can’t Wait Until the Next Extinction-Level Impact Event, God as Truth, and Religion as Self-Control, just to name a few.
Anyway, here’s the modified text:
“The savior is within; Satan is a scapegoat.
Divine intervention is not going to fix the world, and Jesus is not returning to save it. Mere prayer will not solve it. All the hatred, division, violence, war, oppression, etc. are a result of what WE are doing. It’s not Satan. It’s me, it’s you, it’s us. The problem is not the demons of hell, but the demons within.
The reality of evil is an unfortunate truth. The disharmony and chaos in the world corresponds to the disharmony and chaos within ourselves. Institutionalized religion (the church) cleverly turned the personification of evil into a literal being that we scapegoat for our problems or our behavior. This lets us off the hook from taking responsibility for the violence and discord we sow all around us.
The suffering of the world is a result of the beliefs, mindsets, narratives and ideologies that rule us from within. We are good at making excuses for the condition of our world and pretending we don’t have what it takes to change it (by changing ourselves). So we want Jesus (or someone) to save the world because we don’t understand that we can save it ourselves.
Jesus was not saying that he was going to save the world; rather, that we have the power to do so within ourselves (Luke 17:20-21).”
(In concurrence with Tolstoy, I believe that Jesus was showing us how to live in order to manifest peace (heaven) on earth, or the kingdom of God. To me, this interpretation is what the above text addresses).
And then, soon after deciding to share the above thoughts here on INSIGHTS, I came across the following video of Dr. Jordan Peterson speaking at the ARC Conference (Alliance for Responsible Citizenship) wherein he details how we all can (or should) live, behave, dutifully perform as responsible individuals in order to bring about positive change in the world—or, ideally, a peaceful, productive, and prosperous society, which is my conceptualization of the traditional idea of heaven on earth, or the kingdom of God.
Worth a watch:
“You will always come to the place where your love (your most abiding and intense thought) can receive its measure of gratification. If your love be base, you will come to a base place ; if it be beautiful, you will come to a beautiful place.”
And soon thereafter discovered the following quote by Dr. Wayne Dyer, as presented in the article cover image above:
“Heaven on earth is a choice you must make, not a place you must find.”
I recently came across the following quote while reviewing Dr. Wayne Dyer‘s book The Power of Intention, which I read many years ago when a friend loaned it to me just as I was starting on a long journey of change. After many years, many books, and much change in my life and my Self, I thought I’d revisit the book that just happened to appear in my life at the start it all, just to see if I might glean any more from it today, as a changed man, than I did so long ago at the outset of my journey. And immediately upon doing so, this passage struck me, without my recollection of it doing so the first time ’round. Thought I’d share:
“The spiritual journey does not consist of arriving at a new destination where a person gains what he did not have, or becomes what he is not. It consists in the dissipation of one’s own ignorance concerning oneself and life, and the gradual growth of that understanding which begins the spiritual awakening. The finding of God is a coming to one’s self.”
And finally, to sum it all up, I found this floating around online:
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