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Karma is a Bitch

31 Jan

I love visiting a site called spiritandword.org for daily inspiration.

Today I found this post:

“Michael Clancy reports in The Arizona Republic that a handful of Roman Catholic bishops are at odds with the Obama administration “over new rules forcing employers to include access to contraceptives and sterilazation procedures in health-insurance coverage.” The bishops claim this is a blow to religious liberty. Phoenix bishop Thomas Olmsted stated, “We cannot – we will not -comply with this unjust law.” While individual dioceses are excluded from compliance with the ruling, other extended Catholic organizations may be forced to comply. So, the Town Square question: 
Does this represent a blow to religious freedom or is the Roman Catholic church trying to force others to abide by its beliefs?” 

If no one is being forced to do anything, then there would be no difference whether the option is offered. Free choice is a human right – according to all religions. And, maybe I am uneducated about this religion, however, isn’t it a “sin” for the priest to get married and thereby a “sin” for the priest to have children – wouldn’t that be another form of contraception. I understand that there is a difference, one involves sex and the other doesn’t, but contraception and sterilization procedures do not inhibit sex.

I am not trying to sound facetious, but when religions make decisions to outlaw basic human rights on a collective level, I am of the belief that this aspect of religion is the one and only aspect that turns people away from finding higher awareness within themselves….and sometimes I even think that this is what religions want to do. I know that sounds crazy, but I have my reasons for believing this may be true.

I believe that religious leaders will lose a lot of clout once people figure out that religion is supposed to be a path leading us to spirituality – which is within.

By insisting that everyone within a religion should abide by laws that take away the basic human right of choice, leaders are keeping their constituents on a string.  If I dare say, maybe a very expensive string.

By creating laws and rules that must be abided by – that don’t necessarily have any basis according to the original text, the leader (priest, rabbi or whoever is spewing these laws) is keeping their congregation dependent on them for answers.

I know so many Jews that don’t make a move without consulting a Rabbi first – and then they give a donation for the much appreciated guidance.

Even if it is true that we must abide by G-d’s laws if we want eternal salvation, by forcing us to abide by G-d’s laws by taking away the choice, our leaders are not providing us “eternal salvation”….they are forcing us to be in the dark, confused and lost – only hoping that when we die we will be worthy of something called “eternal salvation”.

By choosing the path of G-d (or the Life Force of the Universe) ourselves, due to our own understanding of text that we have been intelligent enough to learn and interpret by questioning it, we then will not only hope for “eternal salvation”, we will know that we are entitled to it.  We will then be eternally comforted by this knowledge.

In my last post, “Some Questions are Hard to Answer….” I tackle the definition of free will, but I did not mention one aspect of it that we do have according the definition of choice.

We have only one choice that we have to make in this world….the choice to live according to materialistic and egoic principles – or to evolve to a higher way of thinking by choosing to live according to the principle of One.

The principle of One is the idea that we are all part of the Universe.  We are not separate.  If we can remember that we would never insult anyone, judge anyone, make anyone upset, be jealous of anyone, want bad for anyone, hate anyone…..or do anything that we would not want done to ourselves.

I know that I don’t want to be told what to do when it comes to my life so I don’t tell people what to do when it comes to theirs.

Religious leaders should probably consider this whenever they don’t live up to the laws and restrictions that they have insisted their congregants accept unconditionally.

After all, we are ALL human and karma is a bitch…….

Other posts you might like:

Are We “Better” People if We are Religious?

Free Will is the Mother of All Blessings

Religion and Brainwash

Fear vs. Faith – Are They Compatible?

What is a “Good” Jew?

Why is Life Unfair?

Life is full of controversy so here is a thought to live by:
Why is life unfair?
Because there’s never going to be a system that is fair to everyone.
Shannon Miller
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6 responses to “Karma is a Bitch

  1. Brother Ken

    January 31, 2012 at 3:51 am

    Great food for thought Shayna! THANKS!

    Yes, karma may be a bitch, but my Higher Power can ‘break’ karma—not by keeping us from the consequences of our bad choices, but by recycling even our worst ‘acting out’ and making something brand new out of it. And I believe that Force even gives us the power (GRACE) to desire to desire it!

    That’s amazing! / Miraculous!

    Blessings, Ken

     
  2. Peaceful Controversy

    January 31, 2012 at 4:00 am

    Hey Ken!

    I believe in that same philosophy – but first it is vital that we believe that that Force is even available, Unfortunately, so many don’t realize that there is Something out there that wants to help us.
    And some that do “believe” end up believing in punishment rather than grace.
    Peace to you – and keep in touch!!

     
    • Brother Ken

      January 31, 2012 at 4:10 am

      Thanks Dear Shayna (the New Age Ann Landers!!!). Thanks for allowing your days and hours to let words and thoughts and ideas and so much more flow through you.
      I too love being that conduit. It is how we are hard wired!

      And speaking of hard wiring, I know just what you are saying about how others may not even have a clue about G-d’s Recycling Program. Always liked Mandalas quote about (paraphrasing) how we are most afraid of that Infinite Power within us than we may be of our inadequacies.

      Peace to You! And yes, keep in touch!
      ~ Ken

       
      • Peaceful Controversy

        January 31, 2012 at 2:49 pm

        I like that – “the New Age Ann Landers”….
        and yes…that’s what I meant when I said that you “get it”. There are some that are hard wired to represent spirituality. Without those people, how would spirituality come into a conversation or a thought in the physical world. It does not make that person “better”, it makes them who they are. Just as some people were born to be artists, or scientists, there are people born to introduce spirituality where it is not. It is a challenging role because trying to portray to others something that is not tangible or physical in a world that only understands what it can see – can be near impossible.
        Even the idea of defining spirituality as a purpose in life is ridiculous to some.
        So many hurdles….
        But plenty of time!!!!

         
      • Brother Ken

        January 31, 2012 at 5:02 pm

        Thanks Shayna – NAAL – New Age Ann Landers!

        Yes! I do like the term ‘hard-wired’, not unlike the Myers-Briggs Personality Type. What are you? I am a strong ENFP. Google that alone and you can see my ‘hard-wiring’. In Christianity you may have heard of the Spiritual Gifts (listed in Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, Ephesians 4, and 1 Peter 4). Many believe these are God’s hard-wiring into his believers. And the word ‘grace’ in the original Greek is helpful. It’s the the charis as in charisma. It can mean gifts or graces or gifts. Hence the term ‘charismatic’ in extreme Christianity (I feel) where they emphasize the spiritual gifts especially of speaking in tongues, miracles, healing, and more.

        Just a side note: Are you familiar with the books ‘Small Miracles’ and the followup version of More Small Miracles, or something like that?
        Two Jewish women/writers recording all these amazing ‘coincidences’ God-moments, serendipitous events and, I love the word ‘synchronicity’. I have loved the first book I have. Really amazing.

        Peace through Creative Writing!
        Ken

         
      • Peaceful Controversy

        January 31, 2012 at 6:53 pm

        I think I was INFJ – with a counselor being a suggested career choice. I found this description of INFJ’s:
        Beneath the quiet exterior, INFJs hold deep convictions about the weightier matters of life. Those who are activists — INFJs gravitate toward such a role — are there for the cause, not for personal glory or political power.
        INFJs are champions of the oppressed and downtrodden. They often are found in the wake of an emergency, rescuing those who are in acute distress. INFJs may fantasize about getting revenge on those who victimize the defenseless. The concept of ‘poetic justice’ is appealing to the INFJ”

        Yep…that does sound right.
        I have not necessarily read about the spiritual gifts that are mentioned in the new testament, but I do base the idea that there are those that are spiritually more attuned and therefore have a duty to represent that aspect of life from ancient text such as Psalms – or Tehillim (in Hebrew).
        King David is integral to all religions because he represented a human connection to G-d that was unbreakable. Despite having to face the fact that his closest friends would become enemies and other very undesirable human experiences, King David was like a rock when it came to his faith. And his poetry is very inspiring to me. In my opinion, I believe that His very human connection to our Creator – despite all odds -is the greatest example of what it means to be a spiritual being and human at the same time…..and He was able to translate that into poetry that all human beings can relate to.
        This is the challenge that we face being spiritually attuned beings….we must be able to not only catch the attention of those that are no necessarily on the same page as us – in fact, they will probably think we are down right crazy, as well as communicate our thoughts through feelings in a way that will keep them listening.
        Thanks for the book suggestion – I love to read (if you didn’t guess that already :))
        I love your input so please continue to comment. In fact, if you have a particularly favorite post of yours, I would like to share it with the few visitors I get every once in a while.
        Peace and God Bless!

         

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