Thursday, April 23, 2015

God bless....what can that possibly mean?

When we say or hear someone say, "God Bless You," what do we think we're doing? What will happen?  Or who is this God?  And what is blessing?

I guess that getting a "Blessing"is receiving some goodies from God.  This could mean that God who has been busy either not giving blessings or has not been giving blessings to me and others until it has been asked for is is now persuaded to impart blessings--  Wealth, love, opportunity, health, better conditions, relief from pain, free tickets.

But for a deeper understanding of blessing,  let's go to a famous source, the one who started off a bunch of sentences with the line, "Blessed are the...."--the Beatitudes from Jesus' "Sermon on the Mount."

For example, "Blessed are the simple, (used to be called "meek") for they shall inherit the earth." Now, to me, that sounds like a mixed blessing, because if I inherit the earth, well....then.....I'm responsible for it. Is that a blessing? Sounds like a heap load of responsibility?

On the other hand, if my job here on earth is to leave the planet better off for me having been here, well, then, inheriting and taking care of the earth is a good thing. Then I will have been part of the actual blessing for improving earthly conditions? This would be a great Earth Day blessing request, eh what?

What I think would be a really cool blessing shared from one person to another is to totally show up in the now, drop any agendas we might be tempted to foist on the situation and meet one another with the kind of presence and attention we have when we're opening a gift--for indeed we are. After all, blessing is a gift, is it not?

Or to just keep it simple--if I have any influence on the Power that bees, may you and yours be healthy, happy and full of love, and may you be blessed with many opportunities to grow your soul (some of which may not seem like a blessing.........ah well).

Those'll work until we come up with some better blessings.

Think on't.

Andy Rumi

Friday, April 17, 2015

Don't Take 'Yes' for an answer.

Too short.  Yeah, you want an answer that's got some ongoing-ness to it.  "Yes" is great, but it's over too soon. Way shorter than an orgasm, even, and that's always a good answer.

No, I wouldn't take "Yes" for answer.

I'd want answer to be more like, "Whatever you want."  Wouldn't that be a cool answer.
Or, "You're never wrong."  Wow, that's a dynamite answer.  Just count the syllables--that alone qualifies it as an answer for the taking or, "You get to decide."--Now, that's a hellava answer, ain't it?

But if you have a short attention span and can get by on answer snacks, then "Yes" is okay.  It'll do in a pinch.

But one more thing--the reason not to take "yes" as an answer is because no answer, no matter how good it is, can be taken.  

After all the very best answers aren't taken.......they're shared--
that's what makes them answers.

Think on't
Andy Rumi

Friday, April 3, 2015

What to do with your love for Jesus

    Tonight is the first night of Passover and the celebration of "The Last Supper"--Good Friday (a religious icon if there ever was one.) It was the last meal Jeshua shared with his apostles. It is a good time to reflect on Jesus' purpose and the symbolism of this event.  

     Passover and the Last Supper are both about becoming free.  Free as a people, thanks to Moses, et al, and free as an individual, thanks to Jeshua, et al.

      I see Jeshua's life as an invitation. An invitation to find freedom in wholeness.
     Jeshua is in fact an invitation sent by God--source of all Being-- to join with the rest of reality and work for the betterment of the whole--actually any "whole" in which you find yourself, starting with your self, to make the whole of you more aligned and integrated--body, mind, soul and spirit. 

     And then work toward the same integration for any system in which you find yourself. And in doing that you will free yourself and others.
     In short, to make that system (family, company, school, date, relationship, country, world, a line in a super market.... into the best it can be when all its parts are integrated and working toward a common purpose--to maximize the beauty, truth and goodness that that system is capable of expressing and receiving. 
And have eternal freedom as your reward
    "Freedom to do what?" you may ask. 

Make harmonic adaptations 
out of ever more diverse universe phenomena.

    In other words, "Let's party," saith the Universe.  But, party responsibly--forever able to respond to the movements of All Being as it celebrates existence in the dance of relationship.

Think on't.
Andy Rumi

PS. To help you think more deeply into this promise, listen to our most recent radio program of "Insight Out--the Naked Truth" from last Tuesday night, March 31 at