So… I was sitting here online setting up my Art Slant art profile page and got caught up watching videos of NYE traditions world wide.
Here are a few ways fellow Humans bring in a new year…. some parts of Hungary burn an effigy called Jack Straw (representing all the misfortunes of the year, The Netherlands burn Christmas trees, Japan starts the new year by laughter (Bring in the new year with joy) Spain eats 12 grapes in the last 12 seconds of the old year, New Zealand massive fireworks, South Korea with Giant bells, Tawain looks like a battle ground, Vatican City with the pope of course, Dubia fireworks to dazzle thousands, Denmark Giant Clocks and broken plates at the door steps, London at the giant ferris wheel, a small city called Talca in Chile spends it in a cemetery, Brazilians where white for good luck and jump into the sea 7 times and throw flowers into the waves, South american countries such as Bolivia, Ecuador or Brazil wear yellow underwear for good luck and red to find love…. You get my drift… There are a ton of different ways to bring in the new year.
The most common tread throughout the planet seems to be massive parties, massive fireworks, family, friends, kissing, shedding the old celebrating the new and wishing good luck. It is beautiful to me that through out this world even with our diversity and culture clashes we seem to have a lot of the same values, especially when it comes to New Years Eve.
Here in good old LA most people get smashed drunk, try to kiss as many people as possible and make new years resolutions that are seldom ever kept or ever really tried.
This year I haven’t made my resolution. Of course there are the usual thoughts, I need to make more money, I should be creating more, I could be in better shape, I need to build an empire… I could go with one of these but I am going to do that anyway. This year I am going to meditate until I complete something I have never “really” tried before.
This year I am going to attempt to completely free my mind from the restrictions I place on my self. Not talk about it… really do it.
Happy New Year People!! May your 2011 be full of love and freedom!
Okay, so the wonderful eve of Xmas is right around the corner. As we all put on our happy faces and try to be festive, jolly and christmassy it has been a tough year or couple years for many of us. I can speak for myself when I say that this year has been quite challenging in fact quite a struggle, I also know I am not alone in this. Regardless I am looking forward to playing the roll of Santa Clause for my beautiful little boy in less then 9 days and going to do the best I can to make it special. On this note I have to remind myself that I could easily ruin this fun season by stressing out… so that is not an option, I love Xmas too much. I am going to try and have faith that I will find away to be a good mother and allow the stress to roll off my back.. And as for the season of giving, I know that there are cycles for everything… you get what you give and you are what you think 🙂 I would like to give the gift of love and peace… It is about all that I have to give… So, Merry Kissmas! love to you and your loved ones!
Are there dangers in being ‘spiritual but not religious’?
What???????? Talk about a loaded headline, fear tactic anyone? Oh and CNN is offering a free pass to judge those who do not share your religion today, incase you needed that.
So, it is dangerous not to have religion? As if organized religion is “safe”? Well, that is true! It is dangerous …..
Dangerous to the pockets of the all powerful super businesses called ‘Organized Religion’. You know, the super powers that controls the state of all of our nations.
So, yes, an increasing number of SOULS wondering around the planet NOT attached to a money making corporation that directly feeds the system in which we are in slaved to, is terribly dangerous and could cause a landslide of financial problems for the already money stressed churches, the super powers at be.
You can easily control a mass of individual people in three major ways, Religion, Poverty and Fear. If you can find a way to wrap those into a nice little package well then… enjoy your harvest.
The harvest of souls.
If you ask me ‘Hell on earth’ is raping the people of the freedom of spirituality and replacing it with a brainwashing fear strong religious slavery.
A lot of work goes into keeping the people in need of their religion, a lot.
Remember that you would be a bad person without church, don’t you forget it! And not just any church, ‘this church, this god’… don’t spend your money somewhere else or you will be buying a lemon and go to hell! And whatever you do don’t let other religions take what is yours or have control. Fear, fear, fear. Wait! Also remember, it is not just those of another faith or another god to be afraid of , it is also the ‘ spiritual but not religious’ folk. Those without religion undermine our power!
If you were wondering ….Yes, I fall into ‘Spiritual but not religious’ category, not because it is trendy or because I am lazy , it is because I am taking responsibility for my spirituality, my actions and my thoughts.
I was raised in the church (my father was a paster) I was emersed into organized religion at birth. A conflicted ‘believer’ up until I was able to break free and be born again into spirituality not a religion. I saw the good, I saw the very, very bad. It took a lot of work and meditation to find my peace. At first, it was hard to let go of the fear that was drilled into me, I identified with it. We all have a need to fill the hole left by the absence of spirituality. Especially when we experience terrible upbringings and harsh or painful life situations. Like many or shall I say most humans, my childhood was less then ideal, a painful way to start this journey. The healing process was hard and ongoing.
On a lighter note, my pain has connected me with all souls, we all experience pain and in that connection, I see we are all equal. I am reminded that I am above no one and beneath no one.
Please don’t get me wrong, if your personal spirituality is connected to your choice of religion and your choice of god, I have absolutely no negative thoughts on that. To each his own. Just don’t use your religion as an excuse to be a bad person.
What I am trying to say is that, I think it is so, so sad that we humans and our wonderful complexed minds have taken something so beautiful, so real, so amazing like spirituality and attached our selves with the complete opposite. We have turned our spirituality into ego. We all struggle with the ego and most of the time it is winning because we constantly identify with the ego and mistake its needs with our souls. As soon as you think you have no ego, it is the ego that is driving the car. The moment you judge another (including yourself) you are your ego.
I truly believe that the soul is beautiful and perfect just like the universe, like god. We are all equal here at the soul level, in the creation zone, we are all one. Your choice of religion or spirituality should be a personal, beautiful attachment to the collective being. A connection to the light, to positive energy that effects you and all things that come in contact with you. A soul doesn’t need religion to do the right thing, you need only to love.
To be love.
When you act in pure love, you are like god. And there is nothing more spiritual than that. You have a choice, Fear or love.
Okay now for the rest of the CNN article below
Are there dangers in being ‘spiritual but not religious’?
(CNN) — “I’m spiritual but not religious.” It’s a trendy phrase people often use to describe their belief that they don’t need organized religion to live a life of faith.