Faces, vases and mangers


The traditional interpretation of Jesus' story is mankind is sinful and needed a savior.  Some denominations teach that we are born with original sin, inherited from Adam, and there is no hope of being sinless.  The sinless part is important because God can't tolerate sin and must punish the sinful.  This is where Jesus comes in.  He is a human sacrifice for the sin of the world.  So the manger picture is a reminder that this child was born to be killed as a sacrifice to God for the shortcomings of mankind. What if we missed it?  What if that isn't what Jesus' intended as his message?

Cavemen and Earthquakes


I survived the Ridgecrest California earthquakes of 2019.  Actually, the aftershocks are ongoing and I'm feeling one as I type this post.  Hopefully, the big stuff is over and we can get back to normal life.  The earthquakes caused lots of damage but much of that can be repaired.  What is more profound than broken glass and cracked walls is the impact on the human psyche.  I've lived in California for 19 years and have experienced many minor earthquakes.  I've felt a little shaking, swaying in my chair, heard a boom or even heard stuff rattling in the room.  If there was someone in the room I'd ask them "was that an earthquake?"  we would compare experiences and then go back to whatever we were doing.  What happened in Ridgecrest was not like those minor earthquakes.

Correct tool for the task


Your brain is a great separator.  It separates stuff into categories.  It separates good from bad.  It separates likes from dislikes and desires from repulsions.  We need it to survive.  We need the thinking mechanism of the brain tool to keep us well and safe and fulfilled.  It is not however a good tool for waking up, enlightenment, satori, salvation, being born again or any other way of describing the experience of heaven on earth or nirvana.  You can't discover ultimate truth with a conditioned brain.

Perfection


What you are is not just your story.  You are the source of your story.  You are the consciousness that is aware of your story.  Jesus would say you are spirit and flesh, source and manifestation.  You are already complete exactly as you are including everything you think you are not...

Two Sides of a Coin


Life is like a coin.  Life is an infinite number of concepts that have two sides to define concepts.  White needs black.  Tall needs short and so on.  When we cling to one side over the other, we create conflict.  We loose sight of the coin and instead myopically fixate on one side.  We are so narrowly focused we can't perceive the coin at all.  This conflict, the refusal to see both sides and cling to one, is the primordial energy of the separate ego.