Faith Roundtable Article January 22, 2017

          By Chuck Robison 

 The Question: Should strong relationships be formed with those who have different religious views?

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 January 11, 2016: “A new video has just been released in which Pope Francis very clearly expresses his belief that all of the major religions are different paths to the same God.  He says that while people from various global faiths may be “seeking God or meeting God in different ways” that it is important to keep in mind that “we are all children of God”.

The two moral leaders of our time, Pope Francis and The Dali Lama affirm that all paths lead to God.  This echoes what Albert Einstein said seventy-five years ago: “Science and religion both lead to the same truth.”

If you have already made the transition to a One Uni-verse View, that all things are connected and work together according to God’s direction, then this Roundtable Discussion is a slam dunk.  YES! Strong relationships should be formed with those who have different religious views. In fact, if you are open to forming strong spiritual relationships with everyone who comes across your path without regard to faith, gender, nationality or color, you will see your soul growing by leaps and bounds.

In my ten years as a Chaplain at the United Nations, this one issue was the central thing I took away when I left New York. While there, I got to meet, know and work with leaders from all the world’s religions.  That ten-year period in my life was like a Post Graduate Degree in World Religions, and I am truly grateful that I have that experience to inform my understanding of how things are meant to work.

Today there are 4200 religions in the world and each one has a different name for God, just as many of the readers of this column have different nick-names when they are in different social groups.  The names change, but the person is the same.  As below, so above.

God does not separate us; we separate ourselves.  The truth is that even the most difficult of religious zealots has a heart and a mother and a dream for the future.  When we are willing to relate to each other on that level, we can see God through our eyes, our friend’s eyes and God’s eye’s as well and all at once.

Here is something both common and special at the same time.  When you drop your defenses, and are willing to not have to be right all the time, and show just a little bit of open curiosity about another’s truth, you will find that people are always willing to explain their religious beliefs to you as well as how their religions work.  It makes them feel valued and shows you are valuable too.

Then, something close to magic happens.  When this moment of unity occurs with another, our hearts come into coherence and beat in rhythm and we find friendship and the discovery that we are one with another person whose belief experience is totally different than our own.  This is called Oneness and it is how you feel every time you hear that old Coca-Cola commercial about how “I’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony!”

Somewhere in each of our hearts we know that special song, which all of us knew when we were four years old.  The grownups told us that was just childish and we forgot that song, for the most part.

But as you read this very sentence, your heart longs to experience, once again, that child in you and his song.  He still remembers we are all one, and he knows to hold hands with each other, because it is safer that way.

 

 

 

Jim Rigby, Minister, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

Jim is known throughout the Austin area, and beyond, as a committed worker for Justice, Human Rights and Fair Treatment for all.  In this interview, he explains where his compassion comes from and the powerful effects that occur as a result of genuine kindness.

The Passing of a Paradigm – The Great Division and Disclosure.

Aluna Joy Yaxkin

Aluna Joy Yaxkin

This is an article published by Aluna Joy Yaxkin shortly after the polls closed in America on November 8, 2016.  I am reposting this on our page because we must immediately confront what this election means and how we are going to live our lives in a new reality.

Aluna Joy writes: “I received this message weeks ago, but I am posting it after our voting has closed, because this article is not about a singular election. I know this article may ruffle some feathers, so I am going to say this nicely… If you post angry, ugly, political comments, conspiracy theory, or any fear mongering, they will be taken down. It is not the point of this article, nor will they be relevant. I am asking you to see these world events and our personal events as clues to our evolution.”

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The Passing of a Paradigm. The Great Division and Disclosure.

For decades, we have prepared for where we are right now. And if we feel torn in half in more ways than we can count, then we are a part of a great divide between worlds. Anxiousness, anxiety, overly passionate, mixed with profound apathy are a part of everyone’s daily experience these days. We are ready for it to be OVER already, and this encompasses more than you think (If you dare… Read more…).

We are being asked to let go of our expectations of anything continuing as what we perceive as normal. The old material world was created from frequencies and belief systems that no longer apply! This will be our new flow … to embrace the continual and sometimes shocking changes. We must remember that no experience or earned wisdom is ever lost, and that they have helped us arrive to where we are right now. Any constructs and programs that are based in truth and natural law will always remain, and morph into new and higher frequencies and expressions.

We have cleared out most of the barriers to our inner truth, and we have transduced reality and spirituality down to one core decision. There are two clear sides now on how to make any decision. We can choose what our material world (ego) supports, or we can choose what our hearts (love) support. These two are further apart than ever before. There is a huge detachment, a cosmic unanchoring, from the old material world among a huge mass of the population. Global apathy is gripping us in a tight hold that we can’t seem to break free from. We might think we are giving up on changing our world for the better, but what if we are letting go of what is not true to make room for what is?

I do not like to get political, but for today it is a good analogy for what is going on in our cosmic evolution. So please don’t post angry political comments on this post, because you will miss the point of this message. The point is … are we literally voting (physically and spiritually) to collapse the old world paradigms so a new world can be born.

A few clues…
In the UK, most people didn’t know how to vote on Brexit. Yet… a majority said they DID vote for succession from the EU. Yet, when it was all said and done, they were shocked when it actually succeeded! And now they want a do over. What? And the UK is not even vaguely prepared on how this will play out for them. So what happened? Did England’s citizens vote for something they didn’t want? … Or did they? Are they voting to let go of old Earth paradigms.

The same issue is happening here in the USA. We have two main candidates, and no one seems to want either one, at least in my circles. No one knows how to vote, and most people say that they will vote for one, because they don’t want the other. It isn’t a vote when you vote to avoid something. This only neutralizes our creative energy. We sit back in a weird, confusing detachment, and we have allowed these events to happen.

Another clue is the question why real quality people are not attracted to the job of running a country. Out of millions of smart people worldwide, has it really come to this? Is it because these jobs are becoming obsolete and not supported by the future ahead of us? Just think about it.

Going through the motions of what we use to be passionate about is also a big clue to what we might be letting go of. Are we becoming, numb, anesthetized and simply waiting it out? This pervasive feeling of drudgery and plodding through what was once exciting and passionate is a huge clue that we could be pulling our energy out of old archaic systems. Does it mean that the old way of governing a country and planet is not as important to us as it once was? Is it now obsolete? Is something new beginning to take its place?

It is becoming clear that we (most who are still reading this now) are letting go, and allowing the self destruction of the constructs of an old paradigm by simply standing back and allowing it to happen; like cutting the string to a balloon that we do not want anymore. Are we allowing an implosion to take place? Choosing nothing, even the lesser of the two, is a vote to fully enter the void between worlds and travel toward an alternate reality. Those of us who are looking impartially (a.k.a. witnessing), with eyes wide open, can see that even ones who appear to be unconscious are actually helping us let go of the old world paradigms. Like I have said in the past, we may have arrived from different places, but we are in the same boat now, together as one.

These huge changes, wobbling in the very structure of our society’s foundation, are huge clues to what is happening WITHIN US now. For most, the energy has been freaking insane! It is like someone opened the pen and let a heard of wild mustangs out! The etheric duck tape is off our true voices, and we are unleashed, bigger and wilder. We are completely unprepared for this new, wild west world. We are letting go of the past, but we are still fighting to throw all caution to the wind, and really let go.

In our personal lives, we are torn between what appears to be practical, provable, and material, to what our heart and soul yearns to be true. It is getting harder to choose any path at this point, and yet magic is beginning to happen from many perspectives and many paths all at once. Humanity has a lot of irons in the fire so to speak. There is a matrix of possibility in front of us. We are now standing firmly on the first foundation stone in a new cycle of time. Say good-bye to linear time and creation.

The temporary whiplash effect.
I find my consciousness continually going to multiple places where anything is possible, and then whiplashed back into the current reality of limitation. We need to ask ourselves “Are we dreamers, or creators?” Do we let our dreams die and face what we think is still reality, or do we give a final big push to birth this new world. It is feeling very tangible now. We need to move past mere imagining into fully creating as living masters.

This great divide has been coming for decades and most evidently to most people since 2013. The only place I feel the Earth is holding any equilibrium for a new evolution is in the world’s sacred sites, the ley lines, the dragon lines, the serpent lines, etc…. It is becoming apparent that these places will hold firm through this shift as they have through many other shifts prior to this time. No wonder we love to be in these sacred places.

Rebooting a huge cycle of time, like this 104,000 year cycle of the maya calendars, is new to us all. We didn’t get a guidebook, or an owner’s manual to this new cycle. We have no idea if we are making the right choices or where this is leading. We only have our heart to listen to, and, even with that, it doesn’t seam practical or even familiar. It might take decades for us to see the results of what is happeing RIGHT NOW. Evolution uses massive cycles of time so that life can evolve with it. And up to now, we usually don’t live long enough to see the outcome of these shifts.

Have we now grown this strong?
Are we ready to vote for the last veils to be removed that have kept us from collective global truth, and are we voting (allowing) others to do this heavy work for us? Yes we are! If we truly want all the darkness to be revealed and have full disclosure, who would be willing to step up and do that job for us? Are you following me here? Only a person fueled by ego, power and a total loss of a moral compass would walk into this job. God bless them.

And you might think “Oh no, I didn’t want to vote for that like the Brits did.” But what did we expect when we asked for truth to be unveiled in a world that is still quite asleep? Was your vote wrong? No! On the other side of this temporary chaos and global mess, these unconscious ones are unveiling to us all the hidden lies. Don’t they know we can see this happening? They are blinded by their heavy purpose to dissolve this world, and they don’t see that the world’s camera is on them right now, and we see the truth!

The acceleration of duality is astonishing, nearly comical, and it is leaving us simply dumbfounded. We are seeing a HUGE rise in the victim versus the aggressor. We are seeing this in global politics, violence, racial divisions, record breaking weather patterns, Earth changes and solar events. All of these events are giving us just what we asked for! They are helping us to finally achieve full disclosure of truth and the resolution to all the lies that we have been fed. The children’s story about the emperor has no clothes has come to life.

We want those that we vote into power to be intelligent and honorable. If we had better more impeccable and honorable choices, we might have voted for them. Thus we might have stayed in the dark, and the lies and power mongering could have continued. So what we have in front of us is a choice to accept these court jesters in our lives. We must support them in their process to unveil to the entire world all the skeletons in the global closet! And then we can be done with it. So now we can understand why no intelligent and awake person would want the heavy job of dissolving out of date constructs and programming. (Again God bless them all) When you think about it, we are pretty clever for allowing others to do this hard work, so we can all reap the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow … A new world.

Guner Arslan for Austin Kindness & Wisdom

Guner is a Muslim who founded the Dialogue Institute Southwest to improve the conversation between Muslims and members of other religions in the Austin area.

Eric Pahl and Austin Kindness & Wisdom

Eric is recovering from an illness and the kindnesses he received while ill have deeply impacted his life.

Lynne Lam discusses Kindness in Austin

Lynne Lam is Joe’s wife and a professional care giver. She understands Kindness and she knows how Austin is different!

Vijita Fonseka

My long time friend from Sri Lanka discusses kindness as he learned it in his Buddhist training.

2016-09-20 Notes From the Masters Class

Faith Roundtable / Hill Country News

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“Is religion an appropriate basis for political belief or does voting based on religious conviction ultimately impede the religious freedom of others?”

The church is a tiny voice in our society, and acts even tinier. The big voice, the thought leader, the decider is the Military Industrial Complex which includes Big Media. Media is the control room of public thought. Muslims, Jews, Christians, Hindus, even Scientologists and Mormons take their thought prompts from Big Media. And Big Media wants us to be afraid and anxious most of the time.

It is not surprising that when we think about the question before us, the mind immediately goes to the voting block known as The Evangelicals. This group of seeming like-minded Christians can be counted on to vote Republican regardless of who is running. And Big Government and Big Media court these Christians. That is, they gin up the fear in this group to ensure the right wing candidates will get their vote. Faith becomes fear. Would we really be so against taking care of our brothers and sisters in need if we had not been taught to fear our brothers and sisters getting “handouts” from Big Government with “our” money?

News reports this week suggest that, in Louisiana, these same Evangelicals who were all Trumped up two weeks ago have had a sudden change of mind about government handouts and are actually grateful that the Federal Government has been there to help relieve the pain and trauma of the current 500-year flood.

Our Faith matters very little in political issues, especially when it comes to taking care of our own people. The problem is that our faith is seldom used as a guide-post in political matters. We act as if our innate political insight is much better at solving problems than the guidance of our faith and the Golden Rule.

No church, alone or in concert with other churches, can solve some of our human problems when they involve millions of men, women and children forced to live in poverty, mal-nourishment and squalid conditions in America. The problems are too big, and require big support if we are even going to pretend to solve them. But then we are told by our Right Wing politicians that we want none of this fearful Big Government telling us what to do with our money.

The Military Industrial Complex with Big Media can tell Christians what to think and vote, and a large number do. The Church seems powerless to actually motivate people to choose between their fears and their faith.

We are actually much better than all of that. The current Pope seems to be the only big voice for Christian Values. He challenges even American Presidential candidates to act out their supposed faith.

But Stephen Colbert, the late night comedian, says it best:

“If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn’t help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we’ve got to acknowledge that He commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don’t want to do it.”

If the question posed for this Roundtable was critical, we would have to say that people do not vote their faith, but their fears, and this seems to be in line with how all of us are being programmed to think.

The Discovery Doctrine, Hill Country News August 10, 2016

Small B&W MG_6032By Chuck Robison

“Politics is the Entertainment Division of the Military Industrial Complex.” Frank Zappa

Somebody put an item on Facebook that said: Is 2016 being directed by Quentin Tarantino? As you look around where you are, is it hard to believe that what is happening in America, right now, makes any sense? Doesn’t it feel like some kind of bad movie which we all know is just a show?

It’s time to walk out of the movie theatre and ground ourselves in a healing reality. Today’s insanity came from someplace a long, long time ago.

In 1453 Pope Alexander VI, a Borgia, published The Doctrine of Discovery. Remember, at that time, all agreed that the world was flat, atoms were solid and the sun majestically glided across the sky every day. Very little created in that world view will hold up under the rules of today’s Quantum Universe. Chief among those is this Doctrine which entitled Christians exploring the world to dominate any “discovered” territories and the people inhabiting them. At that time all the white European Christians knew who they were and this Papal Doctrine made it clear that all non-whites were to be under the rule of the White Christian explorers.

Thus it came to pass that White Europeans dominated North America. It happened like a movie we have seen too many times on the evening news. A group of indigenous people hold land that has something of value in it and the White Christian Explorers know it and decide to take control of the land. It was expedient to kill anyone who was in the way. And we need look no further than the Middle East to see how we adhere to the Doctrine of Discovery in our relations in the world right up to this very minute.

Actually, we need look no further than the ”Indian Reservations” we currently use to store the people who are left after the largest known mass genocide in human history. It was the stated policy of the United States and of several of the individual states to eliminate Indians. Estimates of Native Americans killed in this 200-year state-and-church sponsored genocide range as high as 30,000,000 people. And we killed most of them with guns.

And to add additional color to our national saga, we imported African slaves to help with our Southern agricultural system.

This is in our past from the sins of our fathers and in our own National DNA, not to mention our National Karma. Attempting to reconcile what our ancestors did with whom we wish to become today is possible, but almost unimaginably difficult. “Reconciliation would be easier if the only problem were misunderstandings between two equal groups. But in 2016 racial differences remain in unequal standing, embodying unjust relationships between white people and people of every other color in the U.S. One must understand the problem of race relations in the U.S. as the exploitation of people of color and unequal access to power and resources.” Elona Street-Stewart.

We can get past this, slowly, and it will mean changing our minds about who we are. The American Myth is comforting to White People armed with attack weapons, but it is not the truth. We still act like White is best. In his great War Speech, H.I.M. Haile Selassie I addressed the United Nations in 1963 with this thought: “…until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned; that until there are no longer first-class and second class citizens of any nation; that until the color of a man’s skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes; that until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race; that until that day, the dream of lasting peace and world citizenship and the rule of international morality will remain but a fleeting illusion, to be pursued but never attained.”

The first step is to use our 21st Century Quantum understanding of our religions to see each one of the 8 billion of us here today as a divine soul worthy of our recognition and respect. If we could just make that one change in our thinking, we would never consider “bombing the hell out of everyone” as our current Republican Presidential candidate promises us he will do to the Middle East just as soon as he is Inaugurated.

If we fail to make that change in our thinking, we will wander off into the tragedy of a 24 hour lighting nuclear war. And those of us left will be faced with starting all over again at about the point we were at 200 years ago. And then we will have to Discover who we are.