The Ability To Be Begins With An Ability To Believe

I believe that we need to return to a place that says “I believe”. That ability to speak a faith or a belief has been taken away from our society. It is unpopular or prejudiced to say “I believe”. What we do not realize is that “I believe” is not a puffed up or prejudiced place as it is labeled. Instead, it is a place of humility and an honoring of the self that says this is where I am right now and this is what I understand and I am giving you the best that I have right now. From here we can alter our understanding, but if we do not know what we believe or give ourselves the chance to express it we stifle our own psychological growth.

We need to take back the right to “be”, to exist and it begins with ourselves allowing ourselves to express to ourselves and then to others what we believe. This is the beginning of “being”. It is a significant sign of truly being alive. We walk through life with so many “living dead” because they have convinced themselves that someone else can decide for them what they believe.

This is one thing that the Master never did. He honored himself one step at a time and testified of what he believed from his youth on and it was in doing this that he grew in understanding, not only of himself and God, but of his peers, his brothers and sisters, of you and me.

Thoughts on Social Media Pitfalls and Making Wise Choices

I am beginning to see facebook as a mass psychological warehouse that has the ability to guide our consciousness into the light as well as into the dark. With its ads and suggestions it can direct us and test us. We need to use wisdom and caution in its usage, I believe.
Facebook and other social media has the ability to tell the “powers that be” what the chances are that you will choose this road or that one. It gives both sides (good and evil) much information to work with and a lot of potential to control the masses.
Freedom is not in denying the use of such tools as facebook, but in the recognition of its potential for both good and evil and making conscious choices. I see things that “sucker” us into heated discussions or decisive views and I wonder if some of the things we click on to support positive¬† and virtuous behavior is just a gimmick to find out who we are.
I am not just speaking about the issues of immoral behavior. Those who promote evil in that fashion pretty much have the world at their feet. No, it is more subtle. Lines are being drawn and defined by those who wish to take the authority of God and decide who has the right to exist and who does not.
This is not something new. It has existed since the beginning of time when the serpent sought to take that authority by leading Adam and Eve away from absolute obedience to Heavenly Father. The war continues. Are you aware that you are on the battle field? Do you have your armor on? Are you listening to those who will guide you to life or are you distracted and easily directed into paths that will make your witness null and void and, if not risking your life, will risk your eternal salvation?
PS
I do not choose to use words that will cause you to stumble. And I know that my language is not really so common and that the things I speak of are things that one needs to ponder before they can respond. I believe in “thinking things through”. It does not come easy to me, not today, and not when I was younger. I do believe that there are choices that one needs to make consciously. I believe that the human mind, if not thoroughly disciplined and self-mastered, is easily led into places of addiction, bondage, and death to itself. I believe that “thinking things through” and making choices based on your personal values is a significant component of freedom.

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