This falls under the catagory: The Truth Will Set You Free, Enjoy!
This falls under the catagory: The Truth Will Set You Free, Enjoy!
Politically, I am, a Progressive. That’s considered to be a little farther on the Left-Wing than being Liberal. I would venture to say that I am in agreement with practically all of the “wish lists” that “The Squad” ( Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Jamaal Bowman of New York and Cori Bush of Missouri) has put forth. In fact the only change to what they have proposed is that I think the Federal Minimum Wage needs to be $20/hour to start (mostly because they’ve bee fighting about $15/hr for almost ten years, and inflation has really eaten that $15 up). Also, increases in the Federal Minimum Wage would apply to all workers (including “tipped” workers) and it would be tied to the inflation rate and raised automatically when inflation increases. Other than that one thing, I believe that across the board “The Squads” proposals have a lot of merit.
I differ on one subject though and it’s a big one. So big in fact that many Progressives, no matter how much you may agree with them on other subjects, will brand you a “right-wing, red-neck, Trump supporting moron” if you disagree with it.
You see, I am also a Zionist. You can read elsewhere in my blog for the whys and the hows and the supporting history of this, but I wholeheartedly and unabashedly believe that Israel not only has the right to exist, but that Israel’s treatment of the so-called “Palestinians” is right and just. I believe that the land Israel liberated from Jordan during the 1967 “Six-Day-War” is Israel’s to do with as they seem fit. I also believe, because history states the truth of this, that the country of Jordan, which was created out of the majority of the land of “Mandate Palestine” by the British, is the Palestine that Palestinians should live in, if they don’t don’t wish to live peacefully among the Jews.
Because I believe this one thing; and even though I agree with all the other things in the Progressive agenda, I am “anathema.” “I am slandered, libeled, I’ve heard words I’ve never heard in the Bible.” (Paul Simon)
They criticize Republicans for being lock-step behind Trumps lies. How is this really different? The Quakers, and I’ve been a Quaker (an adherent of the Religious Society of Friends) in my past, are the worst. Apparently every single Quaker organization on the planet believes that Israel is “occupying Palestine,” practicing Apartheid, genocide, and colonialism. All demandable lies of the sort that insane conspiracy theory believers adhere to. But believe them they do. The PLO and Hamas propaganda arms have been very, very successful in promoting their lies, and Quakers have drunk the kool-aid.
They don’t read, or don’t care to read, history. That is very, very sad. The Quakers used to stand for the truth. And usually they do. But they’ve got it so very very wrong this time.
Apparently I’m now in “Facebook Hell.” How did I get here? Well, I was reading Daily Kos and an article appeared about a new phenomenon within the Wrong Wing fanatics, wherein they now flay a black flag, meaning, “no quarter shall be asked, no quarter shall be given.” In other words, if we disagree with your opinion we will kill you. Here’s the url:
And here is a video:
So I posted a link to the article and in my comment, I pointed out that Taliban, Isis, and other Islamic terror groups also fly black flags, and I included two examples:
Isis flag. Caucasian emerite flag.
Apparently (and I am just guessing) my posting of these two examples triggered an algorithm, and made Facebook think I was promoting this stuff.
I don’t know how long I’ll be in “Facebook Hell,” or even if an actual human will examine my post. I also totally understand their concern, although it does illustrate something I have suspected for quite sometime, that people don’t really read stuff, and react according to what they “thought they read,” rather than what is actually on the screen.
As mentioned elsewhere, I like Mooji. I consider him to be one of my teachers. But being a Scorpio, I had to skulk around the internet to see if anything negative had been written about him. The fact is, on one hand, there was a lot of disparaging websites and comments. On the other hand, all of these websites link back to one and only one source: https://gurumag.com/becoming-god-inside-moojis-portugal-cult/
Now, there is plenty of negative information there. It’s pretty compelling and very damning. The problems I find with it are as follows:
1: The writers seem to be some kind of “ministry” whose mission is to expose cults and cult leaders.
2: As is usual, the article begins with references to sexual activity. This is Xtianity at it’s worse. It’s only the cult of Xtianity that disparages sexuality so thoroughly. Because the Xtian mindset is so dominant, especially in the United States, anyone participating or promoting any kind of unconventional sexual activity is immediately condemned as a pervert or a “witch.” Ceridwen and I experienced this ourselves when she was “fired” from her job with Pathfinders Bookstore. You can read about the resulting bullcrap here. But we were accused, as Mooji has been accused, of inappropriate sexual behavior. Why? Well we had given a book, Pagan Polyamory to a young couple when one of them was celebrating a birthday. It was also well known, and still is, that Ceridwen and I, under the auspices of the Reformed Druids of Gaia promoted polyfidelity (essentially group marriage) and naturism (which is not sexual at all, except that Xtians seem to believe it is, because, you know, public nudity). Bottom line: you cannot use Christian moral values to evaluate or judge non-Christians.
3: There are lots of places to read about Mooji’s alleged sins. But they all reference the same article noted above. One article does not prove anything.
4: A total misunderstanding of how Hindus are taught to respect elders and holy persons. In his book, Hinduism for Dummies, Dr. Amrutur V. Srinivasan states: “Although every culture, every faith, and every society teaches its young to have respect for their elders, Hindus have made an art of this value. The outward signs are clear: In orthodox families, youngsters prostrate before elders, touching their feet. Men and women of any age prostrate this same way in front of holy men (and sometimes wash their feet). Even strangers who are elders are greeted by everyone, young and old, with the familiar sign of bringing palms together and bowing heads down. Standing aside and making way for older people is common.” So the honors given Mooji by his followers are totally normal, This is not cult behavior. This is just common respect. You cannot apply Western Values to non-Western cultures.
One of the articles, “Inside the Mooji Cult”, simply restates the information from the first referenced article, rearranges it, and then claims it as the author’s own research (that’s called plagiarism). At the end of the article it references the Guroumag article, citing it as “further proof” when in fact it is the exact same proof, so therefore it is no proof whatsoever.
Contrast this with the information one can find out about another famous teacher, Osho (AKA, Bhagwhan Shree Rajneesh). Now, there is a ton of stuff about Osho, and most of it is different and exposes a multitude of sins. So I tend to take that as authoritative. On the other hand, when I lived in Ashland OR there was a friend of mine, Bodhi, who had lived at Rajneshpuram, and was kind of in mourning over being separated from that. This was in 1999, so it was many years after the dispersal of Rajnesshpuram.
The biggest “sin” of Mooji’s? He teaches, as Ceridwen and I also do, that we are all, collectively, God. Except, as happens all the time with me, some of his followers (and therefore some of his disparagers), believe he is saying that HE is God. Alone. Which is a gross misinterpretation of his actual teaching. Some of his followers buy into this it seems, so among the bhajans of Mooi Mala, there are plenty of phrases like “Mooji is the answer, Master is the way.” The thing is that you can insert any teacher you wish into that. It does not make them God alone.
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…….
Joshua Arseneau: “…who do you listen to to challenge your bias?
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 Shankar: Gurudev 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.”
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:
“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.
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.
(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,
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 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
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…/
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.”
Why were we in Afghanistan in the first place? 9/11?
Yet, ALL of the hijackers who flew the planes on 9/11 were from Saudi Arabia. Why didn’t we invade Saudi Arabia????
So, why were we in Afghanistan? PROFITS.
Why were we in Iraq? PROFITS.
In fact, outside of the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and WWII, almost all of the wars we have fought in have been about rich guys making lots of money.
The United States has only NOT been at war for about 20 years out of our 245 years of existence.
Our soldiers aren’t dying for our freedoms. They’re dying for Capitalism.
Now, having said that, I am not disparaging our men and women in the military. They should be honored for serving their country. They should be honored for doing what they believe is good and right. They believe they are fighting for our freedoms, and that needs to be acknowledged.