Joel makes jokes these days that NM is the country's BBQ pit: because of the fires all over the state.
I like the joking. And certainly like it much better than all the fearful stuff that is showing up all over my FaceBook, email, and such.
And I don't really have much of a forum for what's rattling around in my mind, anymore. So, I'll put it here, where only a few ever read, and I might not tread on tender feelers...
Just got a FB invitation to a "Pray for Rain" event!... really?
I come from "The Bible Belt" - geographically, historically, and spiritually...though I've moved on in every sense. I understand what they mean and I know that it's high-minded stuff to those believers and absolutely essential to their spiritual well-being...
I just don't think that there is an entity/spirit/? who answers prayers in the way that my family thinks. I believe that the Spiritual Center that guides my life is more interested in a happy appreciative heart. If I exist as a result of - or a part of - a god, then it is so that I can be the senses for a non-physical entity who can not experience things on this physical planet in the way that I, as a physical being, can do. ..or as I, this specific physical being; because I don't experience things the way you do. All my filters are my own, as are yours.
And I believe that EVERYTHING is Spirit...a word I'll use here, for now.
The fires, too. To me, it's just Nature cleaning herself. I do it with showers and shampoo; She does it with powerful weather conditions and such. This video says a lot of the stuff I believe about conditions that seem like disasters to many:
The main thing that I take away from this, and similar avatars, is a much lighter heart. I'm much more joyful; much more accessible to my fiends; and drastically better connected to my Source - that Spirit.
And because I don't buy the life and death scenario, I'm much less fearful, too.
Life and Life is what I subscribe to.
And, no; I do not think that people set out to intentionally 'attract' disaster or other experiences seen as 'not good' to themselves - not even for the sake of the 'lessons' that may be there.
I do believe in a collective consciousness.
I do believe in a law of attraction (not to be confused with the stuff in The Secret).
I do believe that if many people in an area become overly fearful of anything, they spend time thinking/praying/talking about it, they add energy to the thing that they fear.
I do believe that our emotional center is that part of us that lets us know when we are connected to Spirit or to something else. If I feel fearful, I'm connected to fear, not Spirit, and will attract more fear and more fearful people; and with enough focus on that fear, I will eventually attract the thing that I fear; all while I surround myself with fearful people who support my fear.
For me, to pray, 'God please make it rain', is to be focused on the lack of rain. And as long as I am there with the lack, I cannot be where the rain is. Nor will I feel good.
As I understand it, the law of attraction says, 'that which is like unto itself is drawn'. I want to draw joy, love, happiness, confidence, love, abundance, love, generosity, love, peace...and much more of all of these.
Thanks for listening to my rambling thoughts...
...and so you don't have to look it up:
This video is of Esther Hicks who 'channels' a non-physical group of entities known as Abraham. Esther doesn't call it channeling, but it scarcely matters. Their web site is linked to the video if it interests you at all.
You may hear of her again here - or others who speak to me in ways that seem to draw me closer to Spirit.
I find that the part of me who wanted to marry a preacher back in high school, now wants to BE one, even though 'preaching' as such rarely feels good now that I know everything is well and nobody really needs it.
(I wonder if, after my croaking experience, I'll find out a real name for that Spirit. My guess is that it is all We.)