It’s all moot

 

 

I’ve been thinking about the posts I have made here. I have come to a realization.  All of it is true of course, and I truly believe all of it, but I see now that much of what I have expressed came from my Ego, and not my Self.

It’s moot. All of it. It just doesn’t matter. None of it is important. The teachers I have embraced show me a new, better way.

Love is the answer, love is the way…….


My teachers

Joshua Arseneau: “…who do you listen to to challenge your bias?
Answer: Nobody.

Why?
Answer: why would you challenge what you believe if you think you are “G-d”? Why would you guard your heart if you don’t believe you have a sinful nature?”

El:  First,  I do not believe I am G-d. I KNOW I am G-d.   You also are G-d. Jesse and Jordan are G-d. Nikki, Lyndsay and Aisha are G-d.  Isaiah, Jalen, Cam, Ian, Joy, Mia, Poppy and Dorothy are G-d.  Your mother is G-d, your aunts and uncles are G-d. Your neighbors and work mates, black people, Asian people, Native American people, Hindus, Jews, Moslems, Buddhists and Christians are G-d. It does not matter who you are, or what profession you are in, or what Country, or ethnicity, or race or creed: you are G-d.

Sin? The only sin is not embracing your inherent G-dness.  From denying or just not knowing your true self springs everything that we equate as sin.  Don’t you know? If even ten percent of the Earths human population would embrace – believe in their own inherent G-dness, there would be universal Peace.  Hunger, poverty and homelessness; ignorance, sickness and all the other ills of society would be eradicated.  And, there would be Freedom, Love, Happiness and Prosperity for everyone on this planet.

Total Freedom. Total Equality.

And why is this?: Because if everyone treated everyone else as they would treat G-d. then there would be no more need for fighting, war,  poverty, or crime.

Joshua Arseneau: “…who do you listen to to challenge your bias?”

Me: My teachers, Gurus, or people I just have respect and admiration for are:

 

Mooji: he is probably my number one influence.  He is the same age as I am, but far more advanced a teacher. He teaches the same belief system as do I.
A Favorite Quote: “I don’t have to be anything at all. I don’t even have to be myself, because there is no such thing as not being myself. I am inescapably myself.”

 

Amma:  Her full name is Mata Amritanandamayi,  is known throughout the world as Amma, or Mother, for her selfless love and compassion toward all beings. Her entire life has been dedicated to alleviating the pain of the poor, and those suffering physically and emotionally.
A Favorite Quote:  “Our highest, most important duty in this world is to help our fellow beings.”

 

HH, the 14th Dalai Lama:  He was actually the first teacher I began to follow.
A Favorite Quote: “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

 

Ramana Maharishi:  (30 December 1879 – 14 April 1950)  A recent discovery, his was a teacher who taught the same belief system as do I.
A Favorite Quote: “Questioner: “How should be treat others?”  Ramana Maharishi: “Answer: “There are no others.”

 

Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi ShankarGurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is a humanitarian, spiritual leader and an ambassador of peace and human values. Through his life and work, Gurudev has inspired millions around the world with a vision of a stress-free, violence-free world. He has designed programs that provide techniques and tools to live a deeper, more joyous life and has established nonprofit organizations that recognize the human identity beyond the boundaries of gender, race, nationality, and religion.
A Favorite Quote: “Science is about learning ‘what something is’ and spirituality is about knowing ‘who I am’.

Joshua Arseneau is probably thinking: “But Dad, none of these people are Americans.”

Me:  Why do they have to be?  Do you really believe that only Americans have attained enlightenment?  But I digress: Here are some American teachers:

 

 


Ram Dass: (April 6, 1931 – December 22, 2019)  Born Richard Alpert, he was raised Jewish, and became a psychologist in 1952. He holds a PHD from Stanford University.
A Favorite Quote: “As long as you have certain desires about how it ought to be you can’t see how it is.”

 

 

 

Alan Watts: (January 6, 1915 – November 16, 1973) Alan Wilson Watts was an English writer, philosopher, theologian, and speaker known for interpreting and popularizing Buddhism, Taoism, and Hinduism for a Western audience. Born in Chislehurst, England, he moved to the United States in 1938 and began Zen training in New York.
A Favorite Quote: “You are that vast thing that you see far, far off with great telescopes.” 

 

 

Sri Baba Ram Stephan:  I have not met Stephan (AKA, Stephan Gabriel) but I could. His ashram is here in Humboldt County, in the Redwood forest near Garberville CA.  He intrigues me mostly because we share a lot of the same teachers. He even quotes Robert Heinlein, and specifically quotes from Heinlein’s Stranger In A Strange Land.  I couldn’t find a picture of him anywhere, so I just used my “Om Awen.”

 

 

More to come.

 

 

 

 

 


The OM AWEN

 

 

I created this. I posted it freely on Facebook (in all of the Druid groups I am subscribed to) so that anyone could share and use it. You’re welcome!

When I posted this to Facebook, I got a lot of reactions (curiously, only one Troll). The best reaction was this:

“These two concepts interconnect in a very intimate fashion. Both being the idea that all things are aspects of the one thing. All creation is the result of a single thing. All creation is aspects of one single being. Your every thought is a thought in the mind of a living planet. Fixed in the mind of a living universe we call Awen. Your every though spawns from the sound of creation breathed by the voice of Brahma we call “OM”
Very different systems built around the same concept. Everything is one thing.”
Brilliant!

“Thou art G-d” and my boys

 

“Thou art G-d!” (TAG)

My eldest son, Joshua, doesn’t agree with this.  In fact, he seems violently opposed to my belief system.

Why is that?

His brothers, Jordan and Jesse (aka, “the twins), seem to be neutral about it. They have never said anything to me, one way or another, concerning it. This may mean that they believe it is so stupid that they are refraining from commenting on it in order to save my feelings. Or, it might mean they agree with it. Or, it might mean that they feel that they don’t understand enough about it, and so are refraining from judgement. I just don’t know.

Now Joshua likes to put words in their mouths.  For example, he has stated that, in the past, the twins have said, “All Dad cares about is scenery.” He has also stated that the twins think I am, well, nuts, to believe such ridiculous things about G-d.  They’ve never spoked to me at all about what they think about what I believe.  Nor do they react to any of the memes I have shared on Facebook regarding TAG (as Josh does quite a bit).  So, I don’t really know what they think, and I don’t think I can totally trust what Joshua says about this because Joshua has an agenda in opposition to my belief system.  The thing is, Joshua doesn’t really know what I believe. He only hears part of what I say, so he doesn’t actually grok it all, and thereby jumps to some wrongful conclusions.

On the other hand, this could partially be the reason that they are resistant to bringing their families out to meet me here in California.  They don’t want their kids exposed to my belief system.  Actually, for Jordan, this makes a lot of sense, since he and Nikki are Pastors and all, and they therefore have a vested interest in their own belief system. On the other hand (again), if their belief system is so solid, so true, why be so protective of it?

For Jesse it’s maybe a different story. Unlike Jordan and Joshua, he has become a Catholic.  He therefore subscribes to a much broader belief system, which, when his Mother and I were involved in Catholicism, sometimes alluded to the idea of us being G-d.  A song which I used to play and lead at Mass states: “Where do I see G-d?” “I see G-d in you, in the things you do, in things you say and way you play it is true,” “I see G-d in me; I see G-d in you.”

So, there is that.

I actually have no direct contact with any of my grandchildren. This is partially my fault, I suppose, because I haven’t ever actually sought out such contact. Also, I’ve never sent them any greetings on their birthdays, or presents, nor Christmas presents.  Mainly because I haven’t been able to financially afford such expenditures.  Also, I have no clue as to what I would buy them, what they would want or need.  When I first came to California, I mainly had minimum wage jobs, and now  my sole income is Social Security, so there is no extra income to spend.  If not for Medicare, I wouldn’t be able to afford my basic  living expenses.  This is not to say I haven’t tried increasing my worth (you can read about that HERE). Things just haven’t worked out (this is also why I haven’t been able to travel outside of California).  But, I’m not complaining.  It is what it is, and I accept, thankfully, what I have and do not lust for more.

Now, Joshua would say that it is because I believe what I believe that that is the reason I am in the financial condition I am in.  That might be, except that I used to believe the same as Joshua (a long time ago)* and I was no better off then than I am now.

So far, they haven’t unfollowed me, or unfriended me on Facebook, and among my Grandchildren, only Jalen and Isaiah (Joshua’s sons) have a Facebook account.  I’m pretty sure Isaiah agrees with his Dad (plus, as an adult he had bought into the whole American Capitalist paradigm). I don’t know how Jalen feels about anything. I have thought about sharing Stranger In A Strange Land (Robert A. Heinlein) with him, but the book is now so dated (and, for a Science Fiction novel, missing so much modern technology) that the central theme is likely to be lost. Plus, Heinlein was a bit of a libertarian, and I wouldn’t want to expose any of my grand progeny to that mess.

So, I will continue to promote “Thou art G-d” to my friends and followers on Facebook, and the members of the Reformed Druids of Gaia, knowing that is unlikely that any of my Grand progeny is likely to be exposed, and also knowing that if any of them would travel out here to visit and meet me, it is unlikely the subject would even come up.

So, that is that I guess. Is that “that?

 

* Actually this is not quite true. Even as a “Born Again Xtian” (A condition that lasted from my 18th birthday until my Saturn return) I believed that we are all intimately connected to G-d. I also have always believed in reincarnation, having had too many personal experiences with the phenomenon to believe anything else.


Another Facebook conversation with my eldest son

 

I hope you can read this okay. I’ve been fighting with the formatting for about an hour and I still can’t seem to get it quite right.

So my youngest son, Jesse, posted the following:

(Note: Responses in RED are what I should have said)
(Note: I did not bother to correct any misspellings or incorrect grammar. I did highlight them in red,
though.)

 

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Joshua Arseneau I get all my news from Joe Rogan, Bill Maher, Ben Shapiro and Steven Crowder. ???????
It challenges my truth & any biased I may have on a subject.
I wonder what happened to Jordan Peterson …..

Ellis Arseneau
Joshua Arseneau <sigh>

And then the shit hit the fan:

Joshua Arseneau
Ellis Arseneau
 who do you listen too to challenge your biased? Answer: Nobody.
WRONG: I like Mooji, Amma, The Dalai Lama and many others …

Why?
Answer: why would you challenge what you believe if you think you are “G-d”? Why would you guard your heart if you don’t believe you have a sinful nature?
Most Pagans are not truth seekers. Most pagans ^ going by their feelings. They don’t use logic and reason. Most Pagans believe
that life is Random, Illogical & history is cyclical. So why bother bettering yourself or being innovative?
It’s pretty obvious that you know absolutely nothing about what “most Pagans” believe. May be you could read  a book
written by  a Pagan author?

 

But really your God is the government. It’s where your hope lyes. It’s where your help comes from. It’s where your value^ comes from. It’s your redeemer, savior and deliverer in whom you trust.
But Josh, in a Representative Democracy, WE ARE THE GOVERNMENT.  We choose our representatives. They make our laws. I’m not saying the system is perfect, but it’s better than many other systems.

 

Your heaven or utopia is a place where the government decides everything we have and everything is equal and nobody has a care for anything.
Uhm, I actually don’t believe in a Heaven (at least not the way you think of it). But yes. Because
WE ARE THE GOVERNMENT.  We choose our representatives. They make our laws. I’m not saying the system is perfect, but it’s better than many other systems.

 

No thanks. We are already tried those things and they didn’t work.
And when was that?
There has never been a better time in history then now.
REALLY?  What about man made climate change?  What about Covid-19?  What about the believers of one faith imposing
their beliefs on people who don’t believe they way they do (Think of Republican Fundagelicals. Think  of The Taliban (Islamic Fundamentalists)?

 

Western culture is superior because it embraced Greek reason and logic along with Judeo Christian values. It’s the reason slavery was abolished.
Actually, it was Judeo-Christian values (at least by some folks interpretation) that established slavery in this country in the first place, and continues to feed white supremacism to this day,

 

It’s the reason we have religious tolerance,
Yes, I see you tolerating my religion right now….

 

science
Which many of your favorite mentors deny….

 

and more human rights then any other time in history.
Is that why a woman can’t get an abortion in Texas any more?  The same Cretans
will deny them access to birth control as well.  Under Fundamentalism (either
Christian or Moslem) women are just chattle: baby making machines with no
rights. Sex slaves.
But for some reason you want to bring our culture back to time where humans had no value and no rights.
If we are all G-d, wouldn’t we have absolute value and absolute rights?

 

But here is what I really said:

Ellis Arseneau
Joshua Arseneau From your remarks, it is apparent that you know nothing of what my beliefs are. Once your
misinterpretation of my belief system is  exposed, you’ll realize that everything else you THINK I believe is horseshit.
I have never said “I am G-d.” I always say “WE are G-d.” I can’t be G-d unless everyone else, and I mean EVERY
SENTIENT BEING in the Universe (or the multi-verse) is also G-d. The problem, the Cancer, is that many people do
not believe they are G-d. All of the problems of the world can be attributed to this. You will fail in your spiritual journey
for as long as you deny your true self – G-d. DEMOCRACY is the ultimate expression of G-dhood. Embrace Democracy
and you are at least half way to the goal.

 

And this is Joshua’s reply:

 

Joshua Arseneau
Ellis Arseneau no thanks. I don’t want to be ruled by a majority. Because
the majority of people our dumb and do what’s best for them not the individual.
We are not a true democracy. The United States in a republic. You can’t play
the games if don’t know the rules and you can’t be a winner if can’t keep
score.

 

I should have left the sentence concerning Democracy out.  He only saw that line, so that is what he reacted
to.

 

Ellis Arseneau“Representative Democracy” is the actual
term. But you are partially right. “When people say that the United States
is “not a democracy but a republic,” this is a half-truth: it’s not a direct
democracy where each person casts their vote on specific legislation, but
any system wherein people cast their votes for members of government is ultimately
“democratic” in nature.” See https://constitutionus.com/…/is-the-united-states-a…/

 

Ellis Arseneau
Joshua Arseneau What games? Who are you playing against? Life is not a game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Ellis Arseneau
Well my son, if that is how you feel about it, then that is how you feel about. There’s no changing that. You are the Alpha
and the Omega, after all. I love you anyway. TaG.
But, is THAT how you feel about it?

Note: “TaG” means “Thou art G-d.”

To be continued. Maybe.