Expectations??

Everyone has some form of expectation from their fellow man: Honesty, respect, loyalty, patience, understanding, love, etc.

Now, they might not go in that order and all of those same expectations wouldn’t be expected out of any or every person.

But the way this world is going, it’s as if you can’t expect anything out of anyone. You can’t just think that the person you’ve known for years or a stranger on the street has any form of compassion, respect, or understanding.

Nowadays, people display selfishness in ways I’ve never seen before and you will be deemed “different” or “crazy” if you have an ounce of compassion or empathy in your heart.

Do not be dismayed. These people are just reveling in the times. They are actually going against the natural order of things.

Keep the faith.

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Knowing vs Believing

Many people are running off of hope and not faith. It does not matter what you have hope in or what you have faith in (I’m not here to decide or judge what your religious or spiritual system should be — or lack thereof). But the difference between having hope and faith is simple: Hope is believing. Faith is knowing. Being hopeful is being uncertain, being faithful is a decision.

Knowing holds much more weight and energy/power than a belief. Knowing does not mean that what you know cannot be changed or adapted. Knowing requires research and experimentation. But a belief is something that can be equated to anything taught/learned without question, research, or first person experience/exposure.

Do not be afraid to question or test out your beliefs, yet remain open enough to receive the solutions and results. Do turn your beliefs into knowing and realize that there will be a shift in your life.

Keep faith alive.

Standing alone vs being alone vs feeling lonely

One of things that I’ve noticed is that people tend to equate someone saying that they are a “stand-alone” to being alone or being lonely. In my opinion these are different things. I will attempt to give my perspective in a fast and simple way.

Standing alone is more in-tune with you knowing who you are, or thinking you do, as an individual entity. You do not require agreeance. You are not easily swayed, but that does not mean that you are fixed or stagnant. Simply means that you have a strong mind and a strong essence and a following is not a requirement towards your personal fulfillment.

Being alone is when you are single; not only in terms of a relationship, but if you were the only person in a place or the only type of person in a setting (male, female, etc.) It could also mean that you have been singled-out by a person(s).

Feeling alone is when there is a negative emotion attached to either of the first two definitions. You can also be surrounded by people and feel lonely for your own personal reasons. It is also a more inward feeling, such as standing alone, but without the negative connotations.

These three terms can work together, apart, and in any order (meaning sometimes one can lead to the other). But do know that there is a difference and within these differences you can realize what it is and make a choice.

Balance vs Duality

What is the difference between balance and duality? They both tend to be composed of opposites, but what causes some symbols, such as the yin yang or the black and white checkerboard, to be classified as both balance and duality?

For myself, the answer is simple: It’s the mindset. Anything that is comprised of opposites, such as a battery, can be seen as either, but knowing the difference is what defines the words.

In my opinion, balance is knowing that it takes positive and negative (or feminine and masculine) energy to make anything whole. They are two separate entities and respect is given to the two as separates, but you know without the equal functions of the separate, there cannot be a whole.

Duality is not giving respect to the opposites as individual energies yet trying to force a wholeness. It often leads to a split within the forced wholeness because there isn’t any harmony.

For example, we all feel happiness and anger, but if there is no understanding of how these opposing emotions work separately, you will not understand the benefits nor dangers of each (yes, overt happiness can become dangerous), nor will you understand how to make them work for the wholeness of self. There will eventually be an inner battle in which both will try to “take over” and a split of self will be created in order to deal with the battle. There will be no harmony within self.

Opposites will always attract, but there has to be knowledge and respect given to each side in order for it to work.

Yes, there are more complicated ways to speak on this topic. It can get very deep, but I’m just choosing to speak in a way that will be understood, or inner-stood, by those that care to see and think outside of the veil.

Once again, this is simply my perspective, but I’m always open for discussion.

Question(s) That Need Answering

Why is it that we are being propagated to be fragmented within ourselves in order to survive within this world?

Is being whole truly the biggest fear of any enemy? If so, why?

I have my own ideas, I just wonder what is every or anyone else’s take on the subject. Do note that in my opinion, being balanced isn’t being fragmented. My definition of being fragmented or separated is having to wear a mask or bring forth another personality/alter in order to maintain whatever it is you think you want or need.

When I write…

When I write it doesn’t come from a place of self. Most things that I write or say goes against me because I’m not looking to stroke myself. I am a truth-seeker and when seeking the truth, I write from a standpoint of things that I need to change as well.

I would be a liar if I only wrote what made me feel good about myself. I would never deny truth and sometimes the truth hurts because none of us are perfect.

It’s so easy to label and blame, but the truth of the matter is, after you REALIZE what it is, WHO WILL YOU BE?

I have pointed the finger many times, because the things I’ve experienced as a child, caused me to grow up faster than some. I have pointed the finger many times because some people have never owned up to their role in shaping me. But I have realized that they don’t have to.

As much as I wish that we could all be accountable or apologize for our mistakes, it just won’t happen that way. We are living in the times of the accusers. We are living in the times that you will be shamed for just asking. We are living in the times when you will be ridiculed for speaking up and out.

You may not agree with my standpoints on some things and I can promise that it’s not expected, but it doesn’t give me any less right to be honest from a personal standpoint. And it definitely will not quiet my voice.

Now, if you have an issue with what I say, please feel free to speak and know that although passionate about what I KNOW, I know that knowing is subjective and my heart and mind can change if it FEELS what is being said is truthful.

And know that when I say “feels truthful” doesn’t mean that it feels supportive in what I feel. The truth just seems to have a way to resonate and even if I may not be receptive at the time, I will be able to reflect on it because truth — real truth — has no motive.

One of the things I wish was said to me as a child/growing adult…

Introduction: Do not think that I am saying that the devil does not interfere. I feel as if the devil or negative energy is something that should be cast out daily and not just when “troubles” arise. The only point of this is to try to get people aware that God does work in mysterious ways and to stop deflecting all of their personal issues on the devil just because they refuse to face their problems and make a change within themselves. Do know that the devil is real and he is busy, but also know that God has you covered if/when you accept Him. Sometimes we are comfortable in situations that seem good, but bad things happen, and what I’m saying is that not all times the bad things are from the devil and sometimes it is God trying to reach us.

NOW MOVING ON…

Just because hard times come, it doesn’t always mean that it’s the devil. Sometimes it’s God coming through and doing what He deems necessary to change your path — especially when warnings were not noticed.

Don’t give the devil the glory of an unseen blessing. Everything is not meant for us to understand and that’s why it’s called FAITH.

Don’t blame the devil for the changes in your life then praise God when you finally see the benefits that come through on account of those changes. {I’m not saying not to praise God, but I am saying that people shouldn’t pick and choose when they have faith.}

The same thing can also be said for blessings because even the devil gives gifts to his faithful workers. {We’ve all heard the saying that everything that sparkles isn’t gold.}

You truly just have to recognize your energy, stay aware of your intentions, and be accountable for your role in your personal situations. Use your God given power of discernment and remain still in God.

ENDCAP: One of the biggest problem with people is that we are always looking for someone to blame and the easiest target is always the devil. The first person that we should always look at is ourselves. Know that just because you are doing the right thing or trying to that it doesn’t necessarily mean that things will be easy — it actually means that the path will be harder. You will be tested and things will start to feel impossible to conquer or endure, but KNOW (don’t believe) that if it was meant to kill you, you’d already be dead.

Keep faith, continue to try to right your wrongs, and stay in-tune with who you are.

The Open-Minded versus the Intellectually Close-Minded

I’ve noticed that a lot of people claim to be open-minded, but what IS “being open-minded?” I don’t know all of the technical definitions, but the street definition seems to be anyone that can think above those that they are around. Now…is that a true open-mind or is that simply a logical or rational mind?
There is nothing wrong with being logical or critical within your thinking. Those are some absolute, necessary steps towards becoming open-minded but they do not DEFINE an open mind.
Some people that I’ve encountered have claimed to be OM’ed, but I’ve noticed that it only goes to a certain extent. It’s as if they surround themselves with people that they think could never “out-think” them. They will banter back and forth with those that they believe are ignorant. They will implant new ideas into the minds of those that may have never thought about things in a certain way, BUT as soon as they meet a fellow OM’ed person, then they will shut down or just disagree with everything that is being said because it goes beyond their perceived intellect of themselves or the person that they are speaking to. Nothing around them ever seems to “make sense” because it doesn’t fit into the mold of their mind.
That…is…not…being…open-minded!
That is a close-minded intellectual.

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So, who made you the “Growth Judge?”

Growth is subjective. What one person needs to obtain some level of growth, another may need an opposite experience. It is not up to us, as individuals to decide what people need God/Universe/Karma to show them, and the way in which He/She/It feels as if they are equipped to see. We have no idea what is truly beneficial or detrimental to them. If you feel as if a person needs help or guidance, then try to lend a genuine helping hand. But to condemn or elevate a person, within your mind or heart, due to what they have or have not or due to what they are or are not doing, is a judgment that you have no right to place. Yes, you can feel that something is right or wrong, but you should understand that your moral compass truly only applies to you and your personal experiences and culture and that it is not a fact; Even what you think you believe may change many times within your own growth.

None of us are equipped to be judges nor jurors when none of us is without fault. It is much easier in life to just accept people as they are and love them regardless. If it means loving them from a distance, then so be it, because I am not saying that you have to involve yourself with people, places, or things that you are not comfortable with. But I am saying that there is someone, somewhere, right now, looking at you with their nose turned up at who you are and the choices that you’ve made that you felt were beneficial at that time in your life.

We are all just on a journey and although the paths may not all be the same, I can only hope that the Truth, and not only our personal and sometimes egotistical truth, will persevere.

The Living Dead

The moment most people hear this, they tend to automatically think about a reanimated corpse that’s hungry for brains. With all of the “advances” in science, the idea isn’t too far-fetched considering they’ve even conducted “Zombie Drills.” Now, not to discredit the possibility of that scenario, I would like for you to think about a different one.
Travel through this maze of possibilities with me:

I would like to bring back a topic that I mentioned in my previous post; “You are what you eat.”

Have you ever thought about how many people there actually are in the world? Have you ever thought about how much we all consume?
Not only how much we eat but how much we use and dispose of products?
Have you ever thought about the amount of plants and animals it would take to supply the demand of all of these people?

These are questions that I don’t think many of us think about often, and if so, then maybe you’ve reached the same idea as I or reached another place altogether. But these questions made me look into the food industry and answers began to unfold.
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