An exercise in futility

April.28. 2018

The vastness of our current known universe is beyond mind boggling.

Somehow, to imagine that God is some white bearded old man residing up in the ‘heavens’ is as ludicrous as the old version of God as the sun.

So how are we to make of all this?

The first lesson is that all attempts to understand God is an exercise in futility. As is evident in all prior attempts.

A finite mind simply cannot comprehend an infinite concept.

But we waste enough time on many other useless pursuits, so why not an attempt to figure out God?

One of the key themes in many religions is the idea of a God who is personally interested in each one of us.

I used to think that it is a direct reflection of our egocentric nature.

Who are we, to think that the supreme Almighty would even bother with each one of us?

Until I thought of gravity.

Gravity doesn’t differentiate; it affects everything, from the largest supernova to the tiniest subatomic particle.

It’s a universal force that has everything in its embrace (for our discussion, we won’t try to figure out what it is exactly, whether it’s a force or simply warped space.)

So if we think of God as some universal force, like gravity, yes, it’s not too far fetched to think that it would affect all of us at a personal level.

(In this regard, you might say Mr. Lucas may not be too far off in his understanding of God.)

Whatever it is, we can safely say that God is not some being out there that’s constantly testing us and demanding our ‘obedience.’

Or dangling a carrot in the form of some heavenly paradise or a stick in the form of an eternal fire.

Or the scenario where God had to send his ‘son’ to suffer some indescribable torture and death so that mankind can be ‘redeemed.’

And to add more credence to this scenario, the ‘son’ will come again in some future time to set up an earthly kingdom where he will reign for 1000 years!

You decide where this careful and elaborate scenario lies on your plausibility index.


A brief history of God

April.22. 2018

One of the greatest myths out there is that man was created in the image of God.

On the contrary, the reverse is true, man creates God in his image.

Our concept of God is a direct reflection of who we are.

When we lived in caves and our understanding of the universe was limited, we saw god in every natural phenomena. There was the god of thunder, the god of the sea, the sun god.

Even the Greeks, enlightened as they were, still viewed the natural world in terms of these gods.

How many people still believe that the sun is God?

Then the concept of the one god arose.

But this was a jealous God, one who constantly intervened in human affairs. A God who chose one group of people over others. A God who would ask a father to kill his own son to prove his obedience.

No doubt still primitive, but the basic principles were laid in place for the next development.

And this came in a special teacher.

A teacher who taught about loving your fellow men. Gone was the jealous God, in its place was a loving Father

Instead of teaching blind obedience, he taught personal freedom and achieving one’s full potential.

He distinguished between the spiritual world and the physical world.

Give back to the physical world what belongs to the physical world and to the spiritual what belongs to the spiritual.

But after his death, somewhere along the line, like so many other great teachers before him, his teachings were hijacked by bureaucrats and opportunists.

Instead of expanding on his enlightened message of self empowerment, they embellished and encrusted it with fantastical scenarios.

What does the 1000 year earthly reign have to do with the lesson of the Good Samaritan, or the prodigal son?

What do all these elaborate rituals and gestures of supplication have to do with loving your neighbor?

The guy who preached against the phony piousness of the Pharisees of his time has become the head of a whole new order of equally phony ‘Pharisees.’

In the hands of these hijackers, God became a king, a monarch, a lord. Kind of like the kings of the time, who used to control their subjects with an iron fist.

Their basic agenda is all about enslavement.

Words like infallibility, obedience—all code words to make sure you don’t think.

And if you would attempt to think, beware of the eternal fire awaiting you, and if this still doesn’t scare you enough, well, your pride will bring you down.

So what’s next?

Hard to say, but one can conjecture that just as the ancient gods of natural phenomena were eventually supplanted by the one God, and this one jealous God replaced by a loving Father, the next phase is probably going to move beyond God as a being.

When you look at the known universe today, it’s hard to reconcile that with the idea of a lone Being out there that’s constantly intervening in the trivial affairs of the inhabitants of a small planet that lies on the fringe of a galaxy that’s just one among uncountable other galaxies.

(At least that’s our level of understanding right now, obviously to be superseded in the future.)

You might say it’s as implausible as the old bearded guy on the North Pole.

As implausible as an alternate world that exists in Middle Earth.

As implausible as all the goblins and angels and devils that populate the minds of people with overly fertile imaginations.

One thing for sure, the new concept of God is going to be in the spiritual realm.

No more physical hell fires (in this sense the Holy Father is ahead of his time), no more angels serenading you if you’re lucky to escape eternal damnation, no more resurrection as an eternal and very physical being.

It is possible this concept of God will be supplanted by even more enlightened ones in the future.

For now, however, it’s one that makes the most sense.

Ironically, if you were to peel back the layers of metaphors in the teachings of the aforementioned great teacher, you would find that he was already trying to explain this new God two thousand years ago.

King of the swamp

April.10. 2018

Who knew!

The guy who was going to drain the swamp is actually the King of the swamp.

Some might call it buyer’s remorse.

I call it stuck between a known quantity and an unknown quantity.

What are you supposed to do if you knew the contest was between a known Queen of the swamp and someone who might actually drain it.

That it turned out otherwise is perhaps not surprising.

Politics is about who is sleazier. And the sleazier guy usually wins.

Who was it who coined that phrase “the engineer hoist with his own petard?”

In any case, the gremlins are all out of the bag with the raid yesterday.

No amount of firing this or that guy will put them back into the bag.

The PR man aka the buffoon aka the King of the swamp is probably regretting his decision to star in the greatest reality show on earth.

Just karma for someone who likes winning all the time.

As I wrote a while back, all winners are losers in the end.

Some thoughts on Easter

April.2. 2018

Very fitting it is, in this Holy Week, for the Holy Father to come out and say there’s no hell.

Yes, very timely, but you and I have known that all along.

Hell is a fictitious place made up by the same bureaucrats who made up purgatory and limbo.

But it got me to thinking about the afterlife—something I normally don’t waste a lot of time on.

After all, what’s there is there, and no amount of believing or denying will get us anywhere or change anything.

But it got me thinking.

When it comes to the afterlife, there’re really only two realities out there.

Either we survive as spirits in the afterlife or we ‘disappear’ as the Holy Father said. There is no third option—the option of a physical afterlife.

(How do I know this? Because when we measure it with our plausibility index, it ranks up there with Santa.)

But can our spirit survive without the corporeal body?

Common sense seems to say no. The spirit of a thing is dependent for its existence on its physical being.

A tree has a life force or spirit within. That life force is what draws water and nutrients from the ground up its roots and into its branches and leaves.

It’s what helps the tree to manufacture food from sunlight.

But when the tree dies, does that life force linger on?

Highly unlikely.

But suppose that our spirit lives on after we’ve long returned to dust.

Suppose it’s lingering on in that twilight zone between the dead and the living. And it can see its past life on earth.

At that point, hell might be all the regrets that it experiences, knowing that whatever is done can never be undone. It’s all too late.

This presupposes that it has gained a certain level of enlightenment.

Regrets only afflict those with a conscience.

Who knows if evil people who don’t have a conscience in this physical world will get a conscience when they get to the afterlife and become spirits?

I suppose without the material world encumbering their spirits, this could be very possible.

These are all conjectures of course. All harmless surmising that one does when one has nothing better to do.

But there is one thing that is not conjecture.

And that is that the spirits of those who have passed on sometimes do live on.

They live on in those they left behind.

All the good deeds and love they spread around when they were in this world continue to be felt and experienced by those who they touched long after they have passed on.

I know that for a fact because I know the spirit of my parents live on in me.

And in this sense, they are still very much present in this world, at least their spirits are.

A chess game

February.27. 2018

I’ve been watching the chess game currently unfolding in Washington.

A week ago, I thought Mueller was going to be checkmated. But looks like no one can underestimate the skill of this seasoned pro.

Thirteen indictments and a plea deal and the big hoo-hah about the memos is all but forgotten.

If I remember correctly, there was a similar case of a law enforcement officer who was investigating a high government official in another country.

The law enforcement guy ended up in an oil drum.

Fortunately, in this great country of ours, where law and order reign supreme, that outcome is unlikely to happen any time soon.

(Besides, and this is just a hypothetical, where can you find an oil drum big enough for Mueller?)

Which is just as well. Especially when the game is just now getting nail biting exciting to watch.

The Laws of Spiritual Energy on Amazon

February.23. 2018

The laws of spiritual energy is now available in print from Amazon (at the exorbitant price of $6.38).

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The curse of too much happiness

February.5. 2018

Happiness is way overrated. What we think of as happiness is really an illusion.

Because as soon as you think you’ve found happiness, it’s gone and all you have is a need to find more happiness.

To understand how this works, think of our existence as basically being in one of three states at any one time.

Let’s call the first state ‘normal.’

Everyone knows what normal is.

It’s a state where nothing much is happening. And life just plods along in its boring mundane way. It’s a state where everything seems right and yet something is vaguely missing.

And so people in this state hunger for a little more excitement, for a little ‘happiness.’

Next, on one side of ‘normal,’ is a state which we might call the ‘negative’ state.

This is the state commonly experienced as unhappiness, sadness, misery, despair, or whatever you want to call it.

In this state, things are out of sync, out of alignment.

In its mildest form, you feel as if something is not right and in its most extreme manifestation, it’s a state of complete dysfunction, where nothing is right.

Then on the other side of ‘normal’ is the ‘positive’ state of mind.

This is what you might call the ‘happy’ state.

You feel uplifted, blissful and even euphoric.

And the main reason you feel this way is because you’ve not in the normal or negative states.

But this state is fleeting.

It exists only because of the existence of the other two states. Take away the ‘normal’ and ‘negative’ states and this ‘happy’ state has no meaning.


Because when you take away the other two states, the ‘happy’ state becomes the new ‘normal.’

And when it becomes the new ‘normal,’ it’s no longer a happy state anymore. It’s just the same boring mundane state of ‘normal.’

That’s why happiness is an illusion.

Because once you think you’ve found it, it loses its meaning, becomes a new ‘normal’ and then you’ll have to find yourself another new ‘happy’ state.

And therein lies the problem.

Especially in this great country where the ‘pursuit of happiness’ is enshrined as one of the basic tenets of our great civilization.

Judging from the endless pursuits to find happiness (or what some might call the latest thrills or highs), it looks like we’ve failed miserably.

But this perfectly underscores the point.

The pursuit of happiness is an exercise in futility.

The more you pursue it, the more elusive it becomes. And when you think you’ve found it, you realize you’re just looking at some fool’s gold.

And gold (real gold, not fool’s gold) is indeed a good metaphor for happiness.

Gold is precious because it’s rare.

If we find ourselves surrounded by gold one day, we’d quickly find that it’s lost its value and shine. (A mythical guy called Midas can attest to that fact.)

So what’s the point here?

There’s no such thing as happiness. In fact the more you have of it, the less you treasure it and the less it feels like happiness.

So too much happiness is a curse (like too much gold, as old Midas will also attest to.)

Instead of trying to find that magical place where all we have is ‘happiness,’ we should just enjoy it when it occurs and be thankful that it’s so rare.

Because a state of boundless ‘happiness’ is a frightening place to be.

It’s like living in a place where the sun is shining 365 days a year.

If you live in a place where you don’t get a lot of sunshine, that might sound like paradise to you, but for those who live in sunny climes, (like some places in Texas), rain is a precious commodity.

And people actually pray for rain.

So be thankful that the sun is not shining on you endlessly.

And that you’re not living in a state of perpetual ‘happiness.’ That would be a living hell.

Another compilation

January.14. 2018

Another compilation of some previous posts. (Had to add captcha protection to defeat spambots.)

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The Energy of Love

Banana republic

January.11. 2018

Imagine this frightening prospect. You’re in a strange country and someone has accused you of a crime.

This is not so bad except that in this country, they have a weird system of justice.

In this country, the only thing they need is an accuser and the crime is proven beyond doubt.

No need for a court, no need for a jury, no need for evidence. Just someone’s word and the accused’s goose is cooked.

You may think, only in some blighted third world banana republic, but you may be wrong.

The myth of entitled love

January.9. 2018

There is a myth that says love is unconditional, that you deserve love just by being you.

Because you’re special.

The world owes you everything and you owe it nothing.

This is part of our entitlement culture.

A culture based on taking and taking, and never giving back.

A culture that says you deserve everything in the world without having to work for it.

So for instance, you’ve probably heard that well-known admonishment, usually heard in the context of parental love but sometimes in personal relationships.

“If you don’t do this, I’ll ‘withdraw’ my love for you.”

There is nothing wrong with this admonishment—it is completely in line with the law of spiritual energy, that you don’t get what you don’t deserve.

But for some reason, this admonishment has been much maligned these days, usually by so-called ‘experts’ in the field of human psychology.

They call this being “manipulative.”

Far from being manipulative, the admonishment is more a reminder of the universal law of love, that in order to receive, you must first give.

The myth of entitled love, also known as unconditional love, is at the heart of the affluenza epidemic afflicting the young these days.

They have been indoctrinated from young that they deserve everything without having to give anything back.

In the real world, of course, the unwritten law of love is that it is reciprocative, it is a two-way street.

If you don’t send me love, don’t expect any love from me.

If you don’t support me, don’t expect me to support you.

If you don’t come to my concerts, don’t expect me to come to yours.

If you don’t scratch my back, don’t expect me to scratch yours.

If you don’t show your love for me by doing this, don’t expect me to continue to love you.