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IS THERE LIFE AFTER DEATH?

This has been a topic of discussion since humans developed the awareness of our place in the omniverse. There are several different schools of thought about what happens to us when we die. Do our bodies simply expire and the vessels of our ‘consciousness’ no longer manifest ‘who’ we are? Do we leave our bodies and go to a peaceful place known as heaven? Are we truly just energy and we ‘refold’ into the omniverse as energy? Do we lie in stasis until a time when we are called home? Or are we doomed to wander the earth as ‘spirits’ if we haven’t spread love to all living beings?

There are many ‘theories’ of what happens, when in fact they are not ‘theories’; they are more conjectures based on what someone believes will happen. And what of NDE’s (Near Death Experiences)? Do we ‘see’ a light at the end of a tunnel and move toward it because we feel its state of peace and bliss? Whatever truly happens upon the death of our physical bodies is mostly conjecture because no one we directly know has ever come back to tell us what actually happens. We ‘surmise’ what happens because we ‘want’ to believe that there is an afterlife.

Some of us live with the ‘hope’ of eternal life and the ‘rewards’ we will get in heaven. But what did we do when we were living? Did we stop and help that homeless person? Did we give our time, energy and money to the poor and less advantaged? Or did we only care about what we felt was important to us and the hell with everyone else? Scientific research has shown the electrical stimulation of the human brain can result in NDE’s and OBE’s (Out of Body Experiences).

Since every thought in our minds are a result of electro-chemical interactions, do we simply ‘perceive’ that there is life after death because we need to know this to give life purpose for us? Does the realization that we are a concatenation of cells that breathe, eat, discharge waste and then cease to function ‘scare’ us into believing that there MUST be something more? Or do we come to a deeper realization that we are more than our perceived physical bodies? There are four major schools of thought regarding this subject:

  1. Our physical existence is all there is. When we die everything that we were is gone forever and we no longer exist. Period! [http://exreligious.com/life-after-death.html]
  2. Our ‘God’ is anthropomorphic and will intercede upon our death or at an unknown prescribed time and return us home to a ‘heaven’ that exists ‘somewhere’ else.
  3. Our ‘God’ is a spirit that exists within all of creation and that when we die we ‘refold’ into that spirit and live eternally as an alternate form of energy or choose to reincarnate into another living being.
  4. We are spiritual beings having a physical experience in our bodies that create an individual ‘soul’; and when our physical bodies die our spirits continue on without our bodies having realized the experience of Divine love in all manifestations.

Whatever conjecture you choose to embrace it is because you ‘believe’ it because it ‘comforts’ you. It gives you a sense of peace from which you can justify the occurrence of death. All of us will physically die someday and we all hope it isn’t today! However, some who live with ongoing physical or emotional pain look forward to death. It is their ‘hope’ for something better than what they have experienced in this life. But what if this ‘hope’ is unwarranted? What if this belief is erroneous? What if life is meant to be enjoyed and valued ‘through’ the perceived pain? Then what; will the person who embraced death as an answer to remove their perceived pain be justified?

These are questions we will never know until we die and will we even be able to perceive the answers to these questions when we do in fact die? Have you ever spoken directly with someone who has died and they have given you the answers or have you simply ‘surmised’ what happens from your ‘perceived’ suppositions guided by feelings of desiring resolve? We might not ever truly know what happens after our bodies die until we actually die. Why should we be so preoccupied with death when there are so many of us struggling to survive? Shouldn’t we be focusing on the living surviving and thriving? Isn’t that a better way to be channeling and focusing our energies?

Whichever way we choose to look at things there is one thing for sure; our bodies ‘as we know them’ will not get out of this physical experience alive. They will die and decompose into the simpler elements from which they were comprised and recycle into future lives as the ‘star stuff’ from which they were originally created. Our bodies, in essence, are eternal and our ‘spirits’ are as well. Energy cannot be created or destroyed; it simply changes form and continues the cycle from being more dense (matter) to becoming less dense (energy) and back. In this sense, nothing ever dies; it just simply changes form. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

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ARE YOU A MASTER
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What do you say when someone seems to have mastered a method of communication that serves others with wisdom, enlightenment and joy? Do you thank them and respect their ‘station’ in life? Or do you recognize that they have traveled a path that has forged their outlook on life due to many lessons along the way?

If they claim to have mastered a technique or process that reveals the truth be cautious. It is their path that has brought them to where they are; your path may be totally different. There are many paths to your destination. Some are convoluted and rocky and others are straight and smooth; but only for a season.

When you find someone who says things that resonate with you about their lives and you apply it to yours, it may or may not work the way you believe it will. In the mastering of anything in life you will always get the same result. Your path will forge your thoughts and beliefs, your words will echo them and your actions and behaviors will carry them out.

The realization that comes to anyone who masters anything is quite simple and profound. A true Master is one who knows they are a servant. A servant to the needs, wants, desires and expectations of others. One who ‘washes their feet’ with a humbleness of spirit and imparts simple and effective truths. They ask for nothing in return for they know they are blessed in the act of giving. It fills their spirit with peace, joy and understanding.

They are not out to market themselves as the next ‘guru’ of enlightenment. They freely give to others by sharing the Divine light within them. Yes, they might sell books, CD’s and DVD’s. That doesn’t make them ‘wrong’ for doing that. A practical and wise approach to continue a person’s livelihood is to sustain their accepted lifestyle.

Some people need to buy books, CD’s and DVD’s to start their own path and there is nothing wrong with that either. Consider the purchases of these materials as tithes to the messenger of the Divine or simply consider it an investment in you. However you look at it, sharing your wealth in order to understand more is always a great investment.

Advisors in spirit are the first step in many peoples’ lives toward a greater understanding of whom and what they are. The next step is for you to start the inner journey of daily Divine communication. This is where you understand your needs and allow them to be met. It is where your wants are seen from their inner motivations and your true Divine desires are seen clearly. It is where you hone your ‘expectation’ of manifesting your Divine purpose into allowing Divine order to fulfill it.

When you have mastered your Divine communication by ‘making it the most important thing in your life’ the pieces of the puzzle of fulfillment fall right into place. Out of nowhere things materialize that you hadn’t even considered. You meet people who engage and challenge you. Divine providence precedes you on your path.

When you have truly ‘mastered’ you Divine communication your life will be on automatic. Blessings will abound and happiness in anything will occur. It doesn’t mean that you won’t face challenges. It is not an ‘all of nothing’ state. The challenges you will encounter and how you meet those challenges will demonstrate what you need to do to unfold your Divine purpose in Divine order.

In the service of others you will realize that the bounty of all of creation is serving you. Why? Simply because you have chosen to serve. Becoming a ‘master’ is truly being a ‘servant’. Serve all with your talents, skills and abilities. It is your gift to the world and the world’s gift to you is living in a state where life is beautiful and fulfilling. Peace and blessings on your perceived ‘journey’. In actuality, you are already there. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

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IT DOES MATTER!

Too many people these days dismiss the details of understanding and/or presentation of the ‘facts’. For example, Chuck Todd, host of the Daily Rundown on MSNBC offered a contest for people to send in their videos to introduce his show. Some of them were quite good and funny. However, this morning he lamented at the fact that some good ones couldn’t be aired because they had the date or day of the week wrong. Now, if you really want something in life, shouldn’t you at least CHECK to see if you are right? Or do you just spew out whatever without taking being factual into account?

The saying that “the devil is in the details” comes to mind. The saying is derived from the earlier phrase, "God is in the detail;" expressing the idea that whatever one does should be done thoroughly; i.e. details are important. The original saying is attributed to Gustave Flaubert (1821–1880) [Wikipedia.com]. When one makes the time to do things thoroughly it reveals their character. It demonstrates that the truth is of paramount importance to them because they make the time to ferret out the facts before spreading rumor.

Years ago I was helping my girlfriend at the time by guiding her daughter in laying out and writing her report. When we finished the form of the paper, I told her that we had to analyze the substance or ‘content’ to verify its accuracy. This included the spelling AND the grammar. My girlfriend said that it didn’t matter because her daughter’s teacher didn’t care about the spelling or grammar. I was astonished at this and couldn’t believe it until I met the teacher who said that the ‘policy’ of the school was to concentrate on the students getting the work done without concern for spelling and grammar. I later found out that this was the case because in order to receive federal monies they had to follow those guidelines alone. Now, I was appalled!

I remember in my early education how grammar and spelling were literally drilled into my head and this taught me how to be precise. Later on in my education, as a result of science, I was taught that specific results require specific instructions. If specific results require specific instructions, then it follows that specific instructions require an understanding of the facts and the correct ‘presentation’ of those facts. For example, if you are looking to have your video aired on a national TV program, wouldn’t you make the time to CHECK the day and date of your video? It’s as if the zeal of the presenter is so guided by ego that it purposefully undoes its chances for success because it fails to make the time to present what is important; the CORRECT day and date!

Glossing over the details in favor of getting yourself out there to satisfy your ego’s desire for recognition proves that the ‘devil’ is in the details; that which causes your undoing came from you because you didn’t pay attention to understanding the rules and making the ‘proper’ presentation. Some say that ‘it doesn’t matter’ when in fact IT DOES! If you are going to present truthful and accurate information to fulfill the purpose of helping others or yourself, then make the time to know the facts and relay them honestly. If not, you will always undo what you are doing simply because you didn’t make the time to check your work.

When you listen to the ego telling you to ‘get it out there’ without checking for accuracy, you are listening to its desire for recognition. You are NOT listening to the guidance of the Divine for the Divine only presents what is truthful, helpful and completely accurate. Stop settling for second best or things that come close and miss the mark. Be precise, be focused and be diligent in your quest for accuracy.

Don’t glaze over and ignore the facts that don’t align with your selfish agenda. Be specific in your understanding AND in your presentation. If not, the results you seek will NOT be what you had hoped for and you will be branded as an individual who only cares about what is ‘convenient’ to them and not what is accurate for others. Stay on point; it won’t take too much of your time and it is totally worth it! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

IT'S ALL HERE

When you feel you are the farthest from the truth it is in reality that you are closest. How can this be? Isn’t this a paradox? Not quite. You see, in your perception of being far away lies the opposite dynamic state of being very close.

The omniverse is expressed in waves which incorporate crests and troughs inextricably tied to one another. They exist as polar opposites but do not exist without each other. What is projected from what appears close is reflected from the farthest point, and what is appears to be reflected from the farthest point is projected from what appears to be close.

The appearance of everything that exists in the perceived dualistic reality is only known to us by the generated electrical copies we perceive as reality in our brains. When we close off our perceptions in the outer world and go deep within our beings we ‘escape’ from our brains producing copies of reality and we experience our inner reality as our deepest inner truth.

The key is that what you feel is a result of what you observe being compared to what you have previously learned. Your beliefs come from repeated thoughts that you have harbored from the experiences you have lived. When your perception of reality contrasts with what you believe your ego follows your beliefs over reality. It does this to protect you, ensure your safety and keep you in your comfort zone.

When you go deep within in meditation you transcend what your senses reveal and align yourself with your Divine inner peace. Deep within you is a place of no fear, no Satanic influence, no derision, no hatred, no anger and only Divine love.

No matter what anyone or any book that espouses Literary Authoritarianism tries to tell you about going within and being peaceful in union with the Divine, reject it outright. It is nothing but those who don’t understand the truth of the Spirit of God trying to convince you that God is outside of you and NOT deep within you.

Why would they do this? Because if you know God is within you they have no purpose in your life to suck the life out of you by being your middleperson between you and God. It is a scam of omniversal proportion to distract you from the truth and validate their existence.

Live from the Spirit of God within and don’t listen to those who don’t have a clue of the truth in the existence the Spirit of God within. If anything is truly ‘Satanic’, it is the belief that you are separate from God and not one with the Divine. Be an adult and lead by the truth instead of being a child that follows in fear. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

IT'S ALL IN THE SPIN

Have you ever felt like your back was against the wall? Did you feel that you were being attacked from all angles and that you couldn’t see a way out? Is this just what you were feeling or was it just your perception of reality? Whatever it was you may now need to develop a strategy of allowance of the natural laws of the omniverse being affected by Divine order. But, how do I do this, you may ask?

Actually, it is quite simple. Always remember that the one thing that you overlooked or dismissed as being inconsequential is the one thing that will come back to haunt you or, as the saying goes, ‘bite you in the ass’. Paying attention to the subtleties and micro-movements of reality can be quite beneficial if you learn where to look. It is not about overcoming obstacles; overcoming is fighting with your ego in command. It is all about allowing the forces of the natural world to perform the way they always do guided by your awareness of how Divine order works.

For example, any bowler worth their salt knows that the most difficult shot to take is a 7/10 split. For all of you ‘non-bowlers’ out there, a 7/10 split is where to last two pins left on the lane are the farthest away from you and the farthest pins apart at the same time. The only way to knock down these pins together is to hit one at just the right spot to make it hit the other in one shot. It requires that the bowler make the ball ride the edge of the gutter at the last possible moment in such perfect balance as to not fall into the gutter for it to hit the outside of the pin.

This is the angle of attack for your strategy. Sometimes riding on the edge or dangling on the precipice is necessary to view your choices and possibilities of accomplishing your Divine desires. Next, in order to inflict the forces of nature in the proper proportion, you must put a spin on the ball in such a way as to ‘direct’ its course of action in a perceived direction. If it is the 7 pin you must use a centripetal, or turning in spin, in order to drive the pin in the direction of the 10 pin to knock it over with centrifugal, or turning out spin, force. The opposite occurs when you aim for the 10 pin. You must use centrifugal force (turning out spin) to hit the pin on its side to drive it with centripetal force (turning in spin) toward the 7 pin. In the game of pool it’s called using ‘English’ on the ball. In other words, knowing how the forces of nature work ‘allows’ you to anticipate where objects move and how they will behave. There are other factors, however.

In sound (mechanical) waves there are varying shapes of the wave that are displayed in time which reveal how much force was applied and how that force dissipates over time. It is called the envelope of the wave or the ADSR; Attack, Decay, Sustain and Release. The attack shows how fast over time the energy accelerates to its peak; the decay shows how much it diminishes after attaining its peak; the sustain shows how long it remains at a constant energy level and the release shows how much it decelerates to its original position over time. Now, the bowler has to choose what actions to take in order to make the shot.

The bowler has to select the ball to be comfortable in weight and hand size, choose the right shoes to slide perfectly on the lane, what angle to approach throwing the ball and exactly what to do to follow through on releasing the ball. The bowler must deliver the right amount of energy to the ball, transfer that energy smoothly to ball and sustain the power after the ball is released. On top of that, the bowler must aim the ball to arrive at the gutter just at the last moment while releasing it with the proper ‘spin’ in order to ‘transfer’ the energy precisely at the right moment to knock down both pins in one shot. It takes focus, patience, determination and ‘seeing the end result’ in your mind.

Have you ever noticed that the best outside shooters in basketball shoot for the basket and turn away running ‘knowing’ that the ball is going in? It has already gone through the basket in their minds. It is the same for bowlers. They ‘know’ that if they make the right approach, transfer their energy properly and follow through properly they will make the shot.

The Divine has blessed us with the talents, skills and abilities to perform perfectly in unfolding our Divine purposes in Divine order. We need to discover and deliver a strategy of implementation in order to unfold our Divine purposes. We know this by knowing that Divine order affects the flow of natural order when we plan effectively, practice our implementation and trust completely in the Divine. Never leave anything to random chance; that is a fool’s game.

Everything in this omniverse operates as a precision clock that converts chaos into order, back to chaos and again back to order ad infinitum. The only way to get off of the hamster wheel of perception is to know there is more to your life than you are sensing, develop faith in what you don’t sense, implement effective strategies and completely trust in the Divine. It is better to know where you are going than to wander aimlessly ‘thinking’ that you are ‘knowing’ where you are going, when in fact you don’t. Go for that 7/10 split; it is there to challenge you to trust completely in the Divine. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

JUST JUDGMENT

The Divine Infinite Spirit possesses life completely. Our Creator has given life to each one of us to elevate our minds to the consciousness of the Christ where we KNOW we are One with the Divine. We do this by opening our hearts to the still small voice of God each and every day. We have the authority through the presence of Christ within each and every one of us to JUDGE because we need this trait to be aware of what is life debilitating and what is life giving and to align ourselves with what supports life.

We are in essence dead to the Christ within when we live our lives solely from our egos. We are in our own personal graves of consciousness when we don’t trust in God. When we hear the still small voice of the Divine guiding and directing us and obey Divine guidance, we are participating in the growth and expansion of all life.

When we seek to undermine, hurt or deprive our fellow humankind of any of God’s freely given blessings, we are living from our egos and will be judged by others for our aberrant behavior. Our egos cannot do anything to contribute to the growth and expansion of others; it is the Spirit of God within that shares love to all.

Our egos witness our environments and judge; if they are guided by the Christ within, their judgment it JUST!!! Why, because we are not seeking the will of the ego to protect us at all costs but the will of the Spirit of God that has allowed the presence of the Christ within us to shine forth into the world.

The Christ within does NOT project judgment from the weakness of our egos within; it uses judgment to guide us through our lives to affect the world with growth and expansion for all. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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When you believe, you accept what your senses have told you and the feelings that have arisen from your observations. When you remove your erroneous beliefs, you transcend into what the Divine is telling you and you know just what your being is here to express.

How do you get there? By examining and testing your beliefs and going deep within to hear the still small voice of the Divine every day. As musicians practice their instruments to attain mastery of their instruments you must do the same with your being.

Your spirit expressing itself through your body (instrument) creates a song in the omniverse that reflects what you are expressing. Are you expressing harmony or dissonance? Rhythm or mistiming?

Remove that which makes your ‘song’ unintelligible and disjointed. Embrace that which centers and relates to all. Be ye therefore perfect! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

 

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What is the process of learning the truth? Is it something you sense, intuit, think about or feel? Is it varying combinations of these ways of experiencing reality? Furthermore, are our attitudes toward the external world and our attitudes concerning how we live our lives from our inner world revealing whether we are living from our egos or from the Spirit of God?

Carl Jung delineated a system of looking at how we interact with our environments. We are either extraverting or introverting and move between these two states in experiencing reality. Following is an explanation of his observations with my additions of the mental and spiritual senses that don’t ‘appear’ to be physical:

Extraverting and Introverting

When you deal with the world outside of yourself, you are extraverting. Associated activities are: talking to other people, listening to what others are saying, carrying out mundane activities and performing tasks for a desired purpose. When you deal with the activities of thoughts and ideas in your mind, you are introverting. Associated activities are: reading a book, thinking about what you want to say or do, being aware of how you feel and thinking through a problem in order to understand it. A balance between extraverting and introverting keeps us in sync with our body and mind.

Sensing and Intuiting

When you sense something you use your five physical senses to see, hear, smell, taste or touch something. Associated activities are: tasting food, noticing changes in your environment, memorizing items and following steps in a plan. When you intuit something you generate abstract possibilities from gathered information beyond your five physical senses; mentally (psychically; 6th sense) or spiritually (7th sense). Associated activities are: coming up with new ways of doing things, thinking about future implications of current actions or inactions, perceiving underlying meanings and motivations of what people say or do and seeing the bigger picture. When you are relying solely on your five physical senses you are ‘extraverting’ and when you rely on more than your five physical senses and utilize your 6th and 7th senses you are ‘introverting’. A balance between sensing and intuiting keeps us in sync with our inner and outer environments.

Thinking and Perceiving

When you think about something you are using your mental processes of logic and reason derived from your physical observations and subsequent perceptions of your environment. Associated activities are: researching options and determining who has a stake in the game concerning the presentation of facts, doing the right thing whether or not we like it, choosing not to overindulge and establishing guidelines and methods for performing actions and behaviors. When we feel about something we are using our pre-programmed beliefs (6th sense) or spiritual values (7th sense) to make decisions that affect our well-being and the well-being of others. Associated activities are: deciding to do something because we like it, refraining from saying something that will upset others, deciding to not do something because of the ‘vibe’ of the environment and deciding to be in proximity of loved ones. A balance between thinking and feeling keeps us in sync with our logical conclusions, reasonable assumptions, emotional beliefs and spiritual values.

Judging and Perceiving

When you judge something you are using your own standards of thinking, feeling, believing, speaking, acting and behaving to determine what others ‘should’ be doing to be accurate, factual, orderly and resolved. Associated activities are: making ‘things to do’ lists, scheduling things in advance, forming and expressing judgments on others behaviors and bringing closure to an issue so that you can move on. When you perceive something you are being flexible and spontaneous to your experiences in your environment. Instead of ‘judging’ thing on your own standards, you ‘discern’ things based on ‘how they are’ and not how you ‘believe they ‘should’ be’. Perceivers allow things to be ‘open-ended’ without having to be resolved. Associated activities are: postponing decisions to be open to other options and possibilities, acting spontaneously, deciding what to do as you are doing it (as opposed to doing it with a plan; ‘riding the crest of the wave’, so to speak) and doing things at the last minute. A balance between judging and perceiving keeps us in sync with our own accepted standards and the standards of others that perhaps we haven’t considered that could yield more effective results in our lives.

Learning the truth requires us to be open and receptive to it. Following is a plan where we can all benefit from the discernment of the truth despite our ego’s yearnings to control, dominate and manipulate it to our own end:

1. Question everything – Questioning our experiences is the heart of truth seeking. No matter what we experience we need to not jump to conclusions based on partial information. Always question authority, family, friends, co-workers, bosses, religious leaders; in other words, question all of our experiences because we don’t always see the entire picture.

2. Investigate the evidence – Go to the library after you search the Internet to determine whether the evidence we have discovered is viable, probable and mostly, factual. Don’t accept everything that we are told as being true as being true.

3. Consider the source – Who is funding the research studies that we have discovered that are presenting the ‘facts’ in a form that leads us to ‘logical’ conclusions? Do they have an agenda? If so, what is that agenda? If not, then why are they presenting these ‘facts’ in the first place?

4. Discern more than judge – Discernment has no personal agenda like judging does. Discerning means to evaluate the facts without a personal skew on whether or not the facts meet with our own personal value system.

5. Determine conclusions – After observing, perceiving and evaluating the facts ‘separate’ from our own belief and value systems, we can come to conclusions that are taking everyone into consideration.

By understanding how we interact with our environment in the gathering, evaluation and implementation of information, we can more effectively make sound decisions based on how these decisions affect everyone and NOT just ourselves.

We are NOT islands existing in a sea of delusion. We are interconnected, interdependent and interspersed with talents, skills and abilities that we all need to mutually survive, strive and thrive in our environment. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

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LEARNING TO ALLOW

This is an omniverse of multilevel causes and effects. Energies that are unseen affect things that are seen and vice versa. We are taught throughout our lives that we need to ‘earn’ respect. We need to behave in certain ways to demonstrate just how ‘righteous’ we are; it is the behaviors that express our supposed intent. However, in a closed system of rewards and punishment, we are caught up in an illusion of supposed opposites. We live within the extremes of the perceived dualistic reality and express our behaviors originating with our intent. If our intent is based on ‘earning’, we are caught up in the concepts of reward and punishment and stuck on the never ending wheel of the perceived dualistic reality.

In order to truly experience inner fulfillment and the outer manifestation that massages our true ‘intent’, we need to realize that our actions have absolutely NOTHING to do with our experiences of health, wealth, prosperity and abundance. Our actions are the ‘result’ of the ‘tone’ or vibration that we project. If we project control, domination and manipulation, we will attain the results of those projections. We might ‘get’ what we want for a season, but we will continually have challenges in maintaining what we have gotten. If we project allowance, surrender and innocence, we will attain the results of those projections as well. We will align ourselves with the flow of Divine order and experience and learn to trust the Divine completely.

We have all learned it is honorable, respectable and acceptable to ‘earn’ instead of learning how to simply trust in the Divine. What we learn contributes to our belief system and repeated thoughts that are accepted as true become our beliefs. We need to remove ourselves from the dualistic concept of ‘earning’ and replace that concept with an understanding of Divine allowance. Make the decision to experience what you know you desire in your heart and allow it to happen. Cut off any other perceived possibilities that lead to worry and focus on allowing the Divine to manifest your destiny.

Any perception of having to struggle comes from and acceptance of unworthiness. We are all worthy of the best in life because we are children of the Most High and NOT worthless slugs that crawled out of primeval slime. We are dynamic co-creators of the Divine endowed with powers of divinity to ‘rearrange’ the energies and matter present in this omniverse to fulfill our Divine purposes in Divine order. Everything you ever needed, wanted, desired and expected to happen is right here, right now. All we have to do is identify our destiny with what we experience and feel the joy of experiencing the fulfillment of what we desire.

Our brains project one-tenth of a second into the future what we ‘perceive’ will happen and align our bodies to anticipate what will happen as a matter of course. We are creatures who automatically create based on what we believe will happen. Why not create based on what we ‘know’ will happen by trusting completely in the Divine to manifest our destiny? When we choose to live by our beliefs instead of what we know, we are holding ourselves back with our own thoughts and feelings from experiencing our own divinity and powers of co-creation.

How we emotionally and physically react to our experiences reveals the thoughts we have held as true in our minds and hearts. How we mentally and spiritually proact reveals this as well. Life is an experience that we should enjoy and not regret. Feel the beauty and smell the roses; don’t perceive life as a struggle but a roller coaster ride! Anticipate the best and stop worrying about what you think ‘might’ happen. Trust in the Divine with your heart and KNOW what will happen! Feel good about your life and your experiences no matter how they make you feel and you will transcend the hamster wheel of ‘earning’ your way.

Stop earning and start allowing. It is what makes you free, honorable and respectable with your intent and what guides your behaviors to express that intent consistently. Be ye therefore perfect! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

LEGAL SYSTEM CORRUPTION
IN THE STATE OF DELAWARE

Do you believe that if you tell the truth no matter what that you will be heard and respected? Do you think that being truthful and honest will yield the results that you believe should be realized? Perhaps it is true where you live but in my experience it does not in the State of Delaware.

Being truthful doesn’t seem to do any good. The legal system in Delaware is so crooked and money driven it is despicable. Every judge and government official are in bed with each other and they don't give a rat's ass about anyone but themselves. They play their legal games and act so capricious it's unbelievable. The only state that is more corrupt and worse is Louisiana.

From the investigators in law enforcement to the prosecutors to the judges themselves it is one agenda; run the person through the legal system and bleed them dry! It isn’t about justice; it’s about how much money they can suck from you. The government here is trying to act like a business more than a government and they are failing miserably.

We have a decent and honest Governor and Lt. Governor who do their best to help their constituents. However, the rest of the system is so blatantly corrupt and self-serving it is truly despicable. Do you think I’m being too harsh? Perhaps, but when I have told the truth time and time again and they keep telling me that I am mistaken there is a major reality problem afoot.
It’s all $$$ driven and since I won’t play their game by their rules they try to thwart me at every turn. I will NOT give in. I will NOT swallow their lies. It is NOT my ego fighting them; it is my commitment to the truth of the Spirit of God that will ultimately win out. I only have to stick to the truth and be patient. The best offense is not a fighting posture, but a loving posture.

My dedication to the truth and love is the best way to live my life and to effect positive change. Sooner or later everyone will know just how corrupt they are and they won’t have a choice but to change for the better. Don’t allow any legal system to squelch the truth for profit. They are wrong and you are not when you live by the truth, for the truth and in the truth. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

LEVELS OF DISSOCIATION

I recently watched a report that says that the level of disassociation that we experience due to our use of the 'i' culture electronic devices such as computers and cell phones create a similar condition to the addictive behavior of drug addicts. They inferred that the levels of brain activity are the same and that we become addicted to this behavior and become automatons as a result. Hmmm.

I also have read that the levels of dopamine are increased from 'pleasurable' drug use and the same happens with social networking interaction. Hmmm. In other words, if you are on social networking everyday you have an addictive personality and like to maintain an ‘electronic high’.

Like Pavlov’s dogs we need that jolt to salivate and when others like our posts we get satisfaction and ‘feel the high’. What about the joy of sharing? What about the opportunity to be a part of a global community of like-minded people that want a world of interactive communication in peace and not war? What about making friends that support your growth and expansion that are different from some of the people you interact with in the ‘real world’ everyday?

Whatever our reasons are and whatever ‘effect’ we get from our ‘I’ culture, it is allowing us to ‘communicate’ in a way we have NEVER before been able to do. We are learning that as many differences that we have among the ‘people’ of the world that we have a common desire to ‘reach out’ and touch like-minded individuals who seek ongoing communication and peace.

It is our leaders in our governments that are responsible for our well-being and some have let us down while others have lifted us up. Our communication on social networking is now part of our ‘reality’. It is our way of making this world a smaller place and coming to know that we all might appear different on the outside, but we all have the same spirit on the inside. Be thankful for our friendships with each other.

If this is an addiction, then go to social networking every day for your next ‘fix’. It is an addiction where we learn about each other and help each other to grow and expand into a world of communication and peace. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

TOUGH TIMES

When you experience lack and limitation and accept your perceptions of them as always being true, you are caught up in a self-imposed snare of belief that will eventually strangle you. You tie the knot of the snare with belief and feel comfortable that you can use this knot to hang on to in ‘tough times’. You think you have a safety net and feel secure because your ego has done what it could to protect itself from harm. It has convinced you that you have made the necessary changes and adjustments for your own safety.

You might ‘feel’ that things have changed and your freedoms are being threatened by governmental or corporate forces when in fact it is NOT your freedoms but your liberties. Freedom is personal; liberty is collective. Nothing has changed except the perception of those who focus on lack and limitation instead of Divine abundance. Be selective in choosing leaders who focus on our collective liberties AND our personal freedoms. Those who preach the values of our Constitution are most often not even aware of their origination or practical implementation. They are defending something they don’t completely understand or can’t even spell correctly; yet they will try to convince others that we are losing our freedoms.

We are always free to believe what we choose but our liberty to practice what we believe is what some of these groups like the Tea Party are trying to hinder. ALL religions have individuals who have the freedom to believe what they choose and ALL religions have the liberty to practice their beliefs; yet some groups try to stifle their rights. Our rights are for EVERYONE who is a citizen of this country; if they aren’t, then they are NOT what we value but what we can use to gain an advantage over another.

If we truly value our rights we would defend them for everyone. Focus on the abundance of the Divine and not on the perceptions of lack and limitations that some groups try to preach. Trust in the Divine to allow us to grow and expand into a fair and just society where we value our rights and defend all to protect them. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LIFE, LIBERTY AND
THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

What does the expression ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’ really mean? Originally it came from Thomas Jefferson’s writings in the Declaration of Independence as follows: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”:

It was inspired by varied writings from Cumberland, Locke, Leibniz, Wollaston, Burlamaqui and Mason. The truths in the DOI are considered self-evident. A self-evident proposition is one that is known to be true by understanding its meaning without proof (Wikipedia.com). The quotation “All men are created equal” has been called an “immortal declaration” (Wikipedia.com) based on God’s viewpoint about His creation.

God endows His creation of humankind with ‘certain unalienable rights’ that are defined as life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. These rights are considered ‘natural rights’ that are not contingent upon ‘legal’ or ‘constitutional rights’ which are relative to specific cultures and governments (Wikipedia.com).

Jefferson’s belief system was influenced by Deism and Unitarianism. He believed in natural law as demonstrated in his writings. Important tenets of most Deists were the denial of the Trinity and of miracles. Though he had a lifelong esteem for Jesus’ moral teachings, Jefferson did not believe in miracles, nor in the divinity of Jesus (Wikipedia.com).

The basics of Deistic philosophy are as follows: “Deism in the philosophy of religion is the standpoint that reason and observation of the natural world, without the need for organized religion, can determine that the universe is a creation and has a creator. Furthermore, the term often implies that this Supreme Being does not intervene in human affairs or suspend the natural laws of the universe. Deists typically reject supernatural events such as prophecy and miracles, tending to assert that a god (or “the Supreme Architect”) has a plan for the universe that this god does not alter by (regularly or ever) intervening in the affairs of human life.

This idea is also known as the Clockwork Universe Theory, in which a god designs and builds the universe, but steps aside to let it run on its own. Deists believe in the existence of a god without any reliance on revealed religion, religious authority or holy books. Two main forms of deism currently exist: classical deism and modern deism (Wikipedia.com).”

Contrary to what the current mainstream politicians who espouse that the Founding Fathers were Judeo-Christians, most of those men who were active in the DOI and the Constitution were NOT Judeo-Christians. They believed that God gave us everything we need to make it on our own WITHOUT Divine intervention. In Judeo-Christian philosophy God is both transcendent AND imminent. He is beyond our comprehension and finite existence and within us as spirit simultaneously. He works through us to create Divine order which alters or influences natural order.

Is it monotheistic (the existence of only one god), monolatristic (existence of many gods, but with the consistent worship of only one deity) or henotheistic (consistently worships one god without denying that other persons can with equal validity worship different gods)? Arguments over these positions have been active for centuries.

Do you have pre-conceived notions about whom and what God is and why He has given us life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? Preconceived notions are ideas or beliefs that a person forms, before actually encountering someone or something, or before learning of any evidence about them/it (Ask.com). Or do you simply trust that God has given us these ‘inalienable rights’ by extending His grace freely to us?

Life is the condition that distinguishes organisms from inorganic objects and dead organisms, being manifested by growth through metabolism, reproduction, and the power of adaptation to environment through changes originating internally (dictionary.com).

Liberty is freedom from arbitrary or despotic government or control; from external or foreign rule; independence; from control, interference, obligation, restriction, hampering conditions, etc.; power or right of doing, thinking, speaking, etc., according to choice (dictionary.com).

The pursuit of happiness is being able to live, work and achieve goals; to feel good about your life and its benefits. We are given life by God through the processes of creation endowed in the universe. We are given liberty by the benchmarks of our conscience and laws. We are given, by grace, the right to pursue happiness.

When we align ourselves with Divine order the universe of natural order falls in line with manifesting a good life, the ongoing state of liberty and our pursuit of happiness. It’s time for an alignment, don’t you think? ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

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LIFE WILL FIND A WAY

Think about this for a moment:  Before ‘life’ came about, who observed the growth, expansion and of the formation of the omniverse as we know it today? Without life, the omniverse could not look back at itself and sense exactly what it is. Energy expanded and cooled and congealed into matter along the scaffolding of dark matter and expanded from the repulsive force of dark energy.

Inherent in the structure of all that exists is the formula for life. Life grew out of the raw materials of creation because its archetype was ever-present, even though it was not yet realized. Much like the presence of an oak tree is ‘hidden’ within the acorn. We exist in a ‘Goldilocks’ zone in our galaxy and solar system that optimized the omniversal ‘pieces’ of the puzzle to allow life to unfold. If we were any closer to the center of our galaxy, we would be subject to more radiation and gravity than would allow life to unfold. If we were any further out from the center of the galaxy, our Sun might not have ever ignited. If we were any closer to our Sun, we would burn up or any further we would freeze to death.

Amid all of these valid variables, life, as was referred to by Jeff Goldblum’s character in Jurassic Park said, "No. I'm simply saying that life, uh, finds a way." Life comes from the outpouring of Divine love and it is immutable and unstoppable. The omniverse contains the necessary elements of Divine desire to recreate what has been already been created into the energy of consciousness that ‘looks back at itself’ in wonderment of the creation.

We are the by-product of what the omniverse does; grow life out of itself. We have the ability to recognize this and take an ‘omniversal’ viewpoint instead of a selfish one. We are not the be all and end all of existence. Thinking and feeling that is the epitome of arrogance. We are, however, the channel through which the Divine expresses Divine love and it is our duty to accept that and be that. Without the expression of Divine love we would NOT be here at all. We are not just a thought in the mind of God, but the eyes, ears, arms and legs that co-create reality through our individual awareness. We are the children of the Most High who should live in ongoing gratitude and thankfulness for the gifts of the spirit that we have freely received through Divine grace.

We are all in this soup of energy, matter, dark matter and dark energy and as a result we are all connected and inextricably tied to one another. We are one with our omniversal environment and with the Spirit of God within. The only thing that separates us is our awareness of that fact; it is our opinions of life that are promulgated by our beliefs and therein lays the secret to unfolding our Divine purposes in Divine order.

In essence, every day we need to ‘get out of our own way’ by minimizing the yearnings of our egos to control, dominate and manipulate life and accentuate the Divine desires within to live in health, wealth, prosperity and abundance. The omniverse projects these qualities and its longevity has proven its worth. Reflect what is ‘in the soup’ by understanding and projecting Divine love into the omniverse. It IS our collective mission in life and will result in peace, understanding, joy and love forever more. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

LIKE ATTRACTS LIKE

How do we know ‘like’ attracts ‘like’? Is it just a theory, or can we prove that the Law of Attraction works on the physical reality? Actually, experiments were conducted on the International Space Station by Astronaut Don Pettit of NASA that demonstrated this. He observed sugar, salt and coffee clumping up in the zero gravity of space. Particles of cosmic dust clump together by colliding and sticking to one another just like the experiment conducted by the astronaut. This is a theory of planetary formation that looks highly probable. Like particles in space move toward each other and clump into greater objects that increase in gravity and grow larger and larger.

Much is the same for our ‘mental’ and ‘emotional’ constructs that we envision into reality. By generating convicted thoughts fueled by emotional desires through expected envisioning we begin to ‘clump’ together ‘like’ particles with ‘like’ particles to construct a masterpiece. When we ‘see’ the end result we are creating a picture of ‘likeness’ that draws the elements necessary for its construction to ‘clump’ together and complete our picture. The only time this picture or ‘image’ becomes real is when we simply ‘allow’ it to happen!

We must allow the omniversal processes to do their ‘thing’ without micromanaging ‘how’ they do it. In other words, see the image of the end result, expect it to unfold naturally and get out of its way by not ‘worrying’ about ‘how’ it will happen. Not precisely following this process in any way will negate the desired results from being created.

Why? Because it is not based on Divine trust. Trusting completely in the Divine requires faith in the natural process of creation. Creation has already occurred. Living who and what you are is actually re-creating what already exists into new paradigms and patterns of expression. Co-creating is the process of re-creating and re-ordering what already exists. Your dreams and desires already exist. For you to experience them completely you must ‘shift’ your consciousness to project what you desire and feel worthy enough to experience its reflection in your life. If you don’t, you will always be dreaming of the life you want without ever experiencing it.

It is up to you to focus on what you ‘like’ in order to experience what you ‘like’. It’s actually that simple. What is difficult is discharging your beliefs that contradict this because these beliefs ensure your comfort. Break out of your comfort zone in order to live your dreams. Otherwise, they will never ‘clump’ together! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

LOOKING THE OTHER WAY

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If you worry you are projecting the idea of unfavorable results into your environment and in turn are aggravating a perceived situation instead of improving it. You are ‘choosing’ an emotional reaction that is counter-productive to your growth and expansion into fulfilling your Divine purpose in Divine order. NO MATTER WHAT THINGS APPEAR TO BE YOU HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE THEM!!! The ego is constantly trying to get the real YOU to yield to its perceived power over your self-survival. It NEEDS to justify its own existence and when it gets the real you to doubt, worry and then fear perceived outcomes, it gains an emotional foothold on your entire being.

You automatically react instead of choosing to pro-act in the best interests of both you and others! When the ego says, “Me, me, me” you respond with, “We, we, we.” Let it know that you will not make selfish choices when it concerns the safety and welfare of others. This is exactly what Yeshua (Jesus) did when he said: “But he turned and said to Kaypha (Peter), “Get behind me, Satan; you are a stumbling block to me because you do not reason of God but of humans” (Aramaic Bible in Plain English (©2010)).

Selfish desires, when allowed to take hold, block the flow of Divine love. When consistently choosing to be selfish, one, in effect, creates a perception of themselves as being separate from the Divine. When senseless doubt, worry and fear start to distract you from the fact that you are NEVER separate from the Divine, don’t blame yourself or beat yourself up for experiencing those feelings; just channel them into Divine love by focusing on what is the best for you and others. Take the focus off of just you and consider what your thoughts, feelings, beliefs, words, actions and behaviors might do to others.

Stop exaggerating the importance or significance of your perceived maladies, problems and circumstances. Things often appear to be moving in the wrong direction when in fact they are slowing down, pausing or going in a different direction that is needed for you to understand something that is necessary for you to unfold your Divine purpose in Divine order perfectly. When you allow this process to happen naturally instead of ‘worrying’ about its possible perceived outcomes, you are NOT participating in the creation of these possibilities and the emotional fuel that is necessary to make these possibilities into probabilities.

Don’t self-sabotage yourself by worrying about ANYTHING! The Divine has created you and will protect you when make the needs of others as important as your needs. When you hog the ‘goodies’ for yourself, you will pay the cost of experiencing things you might not want to experience simply because you CHOSE to be selfish. Choose to live your life to the fullest by making the concerns, desires and joy of all you encounter a priority. Then, and only then, will doubt, worry and fear lose its place in controlling your life. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.