I really enjoy reading about the people I've gotten to know on this forum.
I get to hear a lot about peoples lives as a massage therapist slaving for a large Spa, Burke Williams. I was one of the most requested employees at their Sunset Blvd Hollywood location. Putting your hands on people is really an intimate thing to do and I loved being able to make a woman, who had requested a woman to massage her but couldn't have one at the last moment, I loved being able to make her feel comfortable and "safe". I was the guy chosen for those customers and It gave me a lot of satisfaction to see them walk out with a smile one their faces. I know good massage therapists can make up to 100 grand a year doing $100 massages on the side, but at the point I was really starting to get work in the more posh hotels and the entertainment community, my back gave out and I had to pretty much stop doing massage. The MRI showed degeneration in 4 of my 5 lumbar disks so I had to stop with the massage assembly line.
Adam. I haven't heard about the Jehovah's Witnesses in years. If it makes you feel a part of something greater than yourself and it fills you with happiness, good for you! I am of the belief system where I believe in everything (all faiths do exist), and nothing ( all faiths eventually attract entities that are like flies to the honey) and degrade from their original purity.
I like to believe that regardless of your faith, if you KNOW deep inside that you have a personal connection with God nobody can take that away from you. I interpret Jesus's message differently than most Christians. I believe he wanted us to know that ALL of us are sons and daughters of God just as he is a son of God. I believe Jesus was an enlightened soul and what makes him different than us is because he remembers and is fully aware of who he is and we have forgotten. It takes many years and lifetimes to humbly evolve your being so that the seductive karmic attractions have not the ability to lower your sights from the creative omnipresent creator. All our ups eventually become downs, and then ups follow the downs again until we eventually learn to sit back and bask in the infinite stillness, fully alive, and full of the presence and awareness of God. I believe that we are all on a journey of remembering our relationship with God.
God has sent part of him/her self (us) out into the world with our memories erased, and it is our job to remember our divine connection and grace, and through each of our unique journeys we come closer and closer to the realisation of ourselves as the infinite creator.
All people on this Earth are brothers and sisters to each other, and through death and rebirth, death and rebirth, we eventually realise that you are part of me and I'm a part of you. We dance a cosmic dance together growing apart, coming back together, growing apart to experience other parts of ourselves, and coming back to the family that is greater than that of our mothers and fathers.
I believe It's Gods way of bringing it's children back to itself. Eventually, after many many more worlds of experience on higher and higher levels of existence, we come to know our most intimate connection to ourselves. We realise that we are the God who sent ourselves away and we rejoice in the knowledge of who we are, the one who started it all, a unique and complete synthesis of all people, animal, plant, and mineral live.
Everything is alive. The water cradled in the canyon as it flows to the sea is conscious of every rock it flows over, every pool that cradles it. It's a primitive consciousness, but it is alive. The whole earth is alive. It's a living organism among many in the universe, and every molecule eventually finds itself as part of a mineral or plant, a divinely created organism is manifested that grows from seed to flower back to seed, every unfolding leaf, every flower that grows is written in the plants DNA.
Religions are usually started by more or less enlightened beings and are pure in their conception. But all religions eventually attract more and more undeveloped beings who can be parasites to the initial perfect conception. These less realised beings eventually poison the vessel and in time that vessel must rupture, all beings inside scatter, and according to their karmic attractions they again find another vessel less corrupted than the one before.
This is the journey of life, and as Brandon says, it is a journey true to only ourselves and it's exactly where we're supposed to be, and as the plant grows without aid from seed to glorious plant, we grow as part of a greater yet invisible plant along lines we are not usually very aware of toward a promised flowering, toward an experience of heaven, a celebration of life.
The journey of life is a cycle of us origonally consciously deciding to eat from the fruit of life, to choose to forget our identity as God, to then live our lives according to what we are attracted to, and to though failure and success, death and rebirth, to invariably grow closer to that which created and sustains us until we remember once again that we are one, the one who started it all, the one who is all present, the one who exists in all space and time, God.
The mistakes some make when they are undeveloped is that we sometimes think we are "the" God when we should be thinking we are a small part of God. We must find our place with all others and find our dance through life, humbly sharing this body together that is within the body of the creator, dancing with our brothers and sisters until we naturally and with knowledge true in our hearts come together as one.
Does this make sense? It should. We have brains designed to think and contemplate. I believe there are no real contradictions between what we've observed in science and what we know beyond a shadow of doubt to be true.
Don't know why I started talking about this. I know many are stuck thinking that their religon separates them from those who have it wrong. I believe that we were meant to come together sharing the simple things of life. We weren't meant to create separation, though in a higher sense there must be separation in order to then come together again.