GOD IS NOT PERFECT

God is not “perfect”
Just as nothing alive is perfect.

The only true perfection is death –
Anything alive cannot be perfect, by definition, because life’s constantly changing.

Think about nature, is any of it ever “perfect”?

Jesus was never perfect so long as he was alive –
He only achieved theological “perfection” after his death.

Thinking about achieving “perfection” will only make you unhappy –
Why would you want to be unhappy?

The interior “judge” you’ve been trying to satisfy by perfection is a dead spirit –
Why would you want to be dead?

Be as imperfect as you really are –
“Alive” –
And as happy as you can be!

Perhaps even “joyful” –
If you’re not afraid of leaping into reality –

A reality filled with life.

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BLACK RACE WHITE RACE

Think about it –
African Americans have ended up as significantly more “human” than European Americans
Because, as a race, they’ve never had to repress a shameful collective truth about themselves.

On the white side, generations of uneasy immoral feelings, buried infinitely deep
Beneath unacknowledged, and even vigorously denied, racial wrongs –
Has resulted in European Americans ending up as decidedly less human.

The reason African Americans didn’t need to repress their natural humanity
Was because they were the ones who paid the harsh price
Through generations of stolen labor and, yes, blood,
While European Americans, nonchalantly, went about
Keeping everything they could “grab” –
While building a prosperous lifestyle for themselves, their children, and their children’s children
Which they have refused to “see” – much less acknowledge.

This almost complete repression of a sordid violent national truth has resulted
In a serious and tragic limitation of human feeling,
Which, in turn, permits (or encourages) European Americans to repeat,
Repeat, repeat – and repeat again –
Acts of ancestral coldness and hardness –
Eventually turning their hearts, at least in part, to “stone.”

A major problem for European Americans is that there’s no one left to pray for them
Since, for generations, they’ve been unwilling to pray for themselves
Because, during all that time, they’ve repeatedly denied they have a problem –
Which, however, is, and always has been, right there in front of them –
Just ask the white Southern Evangelicals –
Who get angry as soon as this subject is raised –
Still proudly glorying in semi-ancient bronze statues
Memorializing their European American “warrior Christian” hardness!

What would Jesus say
About a white race that continually mars its own spiritual face and heart
Through recurrent harms to the African American race?
Don’t you think that Jesus, by now, would have gotten upset
In the midst of this seemingly unending suffering
By African American fathers and mothers
And their beautiful children?

Now, European Americans, would you please tell me the name of your “religion” –
Could you say it for me just one last time?

LIKE LITTLE CHILDREN

Jesus didn’t want us to be “like” him
Instead, Jesus wanted us to be him –

Yet not “him” – he simply wanted us to be our “true selves” –
Just as he was a “true self” –
With a similar relationship to God.

He kept inviting us to join his wedding party with God –
Insisting we hurry along.

But this looked like it could be dangerous – and still does:
Seeing like Jesus could “see”
Hearing what Jesus could “hear”
And experiencing God – much like Jesus did?

So, we gave it some thought, and, given that apparent danger,
Decided it would be much better to stay one-step removed from God –
In a sort of ego-drenched “half-life.”

Actually, Jesus did want us to have it all! –
That is, a life lived as a “true self” – in the presence of God –
Everywhere and at all times.

Jesus knew about living with this God of surprises –
Experiencing life like little children do –
With their “magical” lives!

Why don’t we take Jesus (as opposed to some theological “Christ”) more seriously?

HEART AND MIND

Socrates said, “know yourself,”
While Jesus taught us to “love others.”

But, of course, we need both!

If you don’t know yourself, then you won’t be able to see the reality of others –
Because there’d be no true “you” doing the seeing.

And, if you don’t love others, you won’t be able to know and love yourself –
Because we can’t exist without real relationships.

It’s also known that it can be difficult to know one’s “self” – because we’re too afraid to look –
Afraid we’re ugly!

It’s this dual path that we really need –

So, go down these two ancient Jewish and Greek spiritual paths,
And, surprisingly, we’ll find ourselves feeling less ugly – more beautiful –
When we go down, others will suddenly begin appearing more lovable to us –
Especially after we finally decide to forgive ourselves.

ATHEISTS AND AGNOSTICS WRESTLE WITH STRAWMEN

Atheists and Agnostics attend various media events
And ridicule projections of “God”
Presented by evangelical producers of the “Old Time Religion” –

But fail to remember that God was never an ancient white sky-man –
But “Spirit” –
And that this same kind of “spirit” is also within themselves –
So what they’ve apparently (but mistakenly) been laughing at is simply their own egos.

Everyone knows this – at least impliedly –
Because human spirit is capable of being one with God when most unconscious of itself.

So what I would like to say to my atheist and agnostic friends:

It’s better to try to experience God than to simply “talk about” various concepts of God –
And, experiencing “the Kingdom,” as Jesus called it, that is within you –
Is certainly no “laughing matter.”

THE LANGUAGE OF “NO THING”

In God’s realm – beyond speech, form, and image –
Lies a place
Where human language is a lie.

Where reality is expressed only through love.

Not only will it be necessary to lose our ego –
We’ll also be required to lose our stiff adult mind as well

In order to become spontaneous as little children –
So that wars, exploitation, and suffering can finally come to an end

When we’ll be left solely in “God’s Kingdom”–
The one Jesus constantly prayed for.

THE AMBIGUITY OF GENDER IN THE HOLY (for Mark and Ruth)

Divine wisdom, being feminine,
Took on flesh in a male Jesus.

However, the great door to the next spiritual dimension,
Consisting of a perfect, yet ever changing, balance
Of Love, Truth, Justice, and Beauty,
Will open only to a she.

When she does decide to come through that door
And enter our universe
All the previous “male gods” will quickly be forgotten
And people will start attempting to live as God would live
If God were a young female avatar.

Strength, intellect, courage, and compassion
Will be reflected in the face of this divine female being
Manifested as an ecstatic Central or South American holy girl –
The purest girl in the world.

HOW MANY AVATARS NEED TO MARCH INTO OBLIVION FOR US TO FINALLY GET THE MESSAGE?

Asking God for specific results, things, or hoped-for events
Has been defined as “spiritual materialism” –
The kind of petitioning prayer that, all the way back to the beginning,
Turned people into spiritual consumers or merchants.

This buying, selling, demanding, and pleading with the Divine
Has nothing to do with the true essence of God.

God is Love and Truth – and nothing else –
After Jesus, the Buddha, Mohammed, and Moses –
Haven’t you gotten the message yet?

JESUS’ BEST KEPT SECRET

In the East,
They paint images of water lilies
Rising up out of bottom mud
Through dark water
To a breezy surface –
Where they blossom in beauty.

Who could imagine such natural elegance rising up out of mud –
One of nature’s more ecstatic surprises.

In the West,
Jesus taught we could be “born again”
And then was hung up to die.

Repeatedly, though, throughout his life he rose up out of himself –
Flowering as a “new type” of human being.

People felt awe at this, and reacted according to their individual character –
Those bending towards hope, followed him with joy,
While those responding out of fear or anger, simply disappeared.

Through Jesus, the world was exposed to a paradox –
That is, whether it’s actually possible to extinguish a “next-stage” human spirit –

The authorities learned, in their attempt to kill off this late-Axial Age spiritual dimension,
That their best efforts ended up only certifying Jesus
As an evolutionarily new human paradigm.

In fact, this turned out to be a variation of an old, old story –
Winning by losing –

Jesus’ best kept secret.

THE SECRET TEACHINGS OF JESUS

Jesus loved parties,
Weddings, and celebrations.

He loved eating and having amazing spiritual conversations with his friends.

This is one of his important “unwritten” messages –
That we should live our lives joyfully
Like children at a party.

The crucifixion wasn’t his real message –
That was the Romans talking.

Jesus’ own life was filled with joy –
Sending and receiving invitations –

But, for him, weddings
Were always the best.