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Repeal the Second Amendment? It was first presented by James Madison and adopted by Congress on December 15, 1791 along with the other 9 Bill of Rights. “Originally, the Bill of Rights implicitly legally protected only white men, excluding American Indians, people considered to be "black" (now described as African Americans), and women. These exclusions were not explicit in the Bill of Rights' text, but were well understood and applied [Wikipedia.com].”

Now, what were the types of weapons available during those times that only white men could use? Muskets and cannons? Any society that ignores the growth and expansion of its constituents is doomed to many societal problems. The courts of the United States are notoriously 30 years behind social change. An effective government reflects the present day interactions of its constituents. Just as we have progressed to making the Bill of Rights apply to ALL people, we need to protect ALL of our people from the threat of gun violence!

What is our government doing? Vice President Joe Biden has been gathering all of the opinions from the experts and the polarized constituents of the Second Amendment of the US Constitution. The results of this ‘study’ will be the source material for whether to ‘rewrite’ the Second Amendment or not.

Should we rewrite the Second Amendment or not? It states, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Where does it say that weapons are to be used for anything other than a well regulated militia? Except for hunting, another necessary function for the bearing of arms, what are ‘arms’ for? Arms, as expressly stated in the Second Amendment are ‘necessary’ for the ‘security’ of a free State!

They are not permitted to kill one another at the hands of gun-toting rednecks, mentally unstable individuals and criminals. It is the responsibility of the government, which by the way is all of us, to regulate and control the flow of weapons in this country. We haven’t done such a great job, have we? We have allowed the self-proclaimed ‘freedom fighters’ who claim they have the right to kill anyone who violates their ‘property’ or ‘person’. This was NOT the intention of the Second Amendment and if you think it is you are NOT living in reality.

Our modern day militia is the National Guard who have semi-automatic weapons to stop ‘crowds of people’ who take advantage of others in natural disasters or threats upon the peace in our society. Each gun owner has the responsibility to lock up their weapons in a gun safe; not only to keep children safe but to stop criminals and mentally unstable individuals from having access to them. Sound too simple? Perhaps, but it’s a start.

The time is here for us to move in the right direction to ensure that the innocents in our society are no longer harmed from the aberrance of people who choose to use guns to carry out their agendas. Repeal the Second Amendment? No, but at least modify it to include the precautions necessary to protect all of our citizens. It is a time for change and we know it. We need to move in the direction of acknowledging the rights of all of our citizens to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

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FAITH IS ACTION

If your facts aren't truthful and accurate, all of your faith in something doesn't matter because it is based on untruth! Faith is an action; not a state. It comes from the Greek ‘pistis’, meaning an “inner attitude, conviction, or trust relating man to a supreme God or ultimate salvation. In religious traditions stressing divine grace, it is the inner certainty or attitude of love granted by God himself” [dictionary.com].

Faith is the action of talking your talk and walking your walk completely trusting in God to guide your way. If you base your faith in God on things that are untruthful, it will not manifest because you are operating on belief and NOT trust. Belief is the ‘confidence’ in something being truthful by the memorization of your experiences and the repetitiveness of your thoughts. It is an ‘opinion’ based on the observations and convictions you have concerning the ‘facts’.

Faith is NOT a belief. It is the action you take when you trust in the Divine completely! It is walking down a dark path knowing you will arrive safely at your destination. The correct form of the word should be ‘faithing’, because it requires movement in a direction and it is NOT a static state of existence.

Faith is a dynamic state where you take what you believe and put it into action. If your faith in something yields undesirable results, then you will know what exactly you need to change; your belief in whatever it was as being accurate. Too many times people rely on erroneous beliefs to control them, dominate them and manipulate them into yearning for things they ‘believe’ that they need; when in fact they DON’T need them!

Listen to your inner heart to guide you by ‘faithing’ favorable results in your life. You can do this by not focusing on what you perceive that you need. Instead, focus on the fact that you are worthy to receive that which will edify your Divine purpose being unfolded in Divine order. Divine order affects natural order by the thoughts, feelings, beliefs, words, actions and behaviors you express into your life.

It all comes from developing a complete and utter trust in the Divine to unfold what you need when you need it to become that which you were created to be! Faith your way to manifesting your Divine purpose in Divine order by living in the truth and NOT in the supposed truth of your belief system. Be ye therefore perfect. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

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Elizabeth and I would like to invite you all to our site ‘Service In Prayer’. For many months we have been led to offer a way for our online friends to have a forum to share our prayer needs with each other.

The purpose of this website is to connect with one another and share our needs for healing in whatever areas we feel we need. Please visit the website or go to the Facebook forum to post any public prayers on the Wall or PM us for private prayers.

We will pray for you or help you to find Prayer Partners to assist you in healing and realization of your Divine purpose and the unfolding of it in Divine order.

Thank you all for your support, kindness and for blessing us with your ongoing friendship. Peace and blessings to all of you and your families! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

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FEELING WORTHY

When you settle for less than what you know you deserve you are sending a message to the omniverse that it’s OK with you. You are saying, “I never really trusted that I would receive what I desired so what I have received is OK with me.” In other words, you are accepting the fact that you are not worthy of receiving the best in life!

Embracing worthiness in yourself is knowing that you are One with the Divine and that you were created to be a perfect divine being and that anything less than Divine perfection is the will of your ego and NOT God. It is accepting separation from perfection and being pious about it as if it is your duty to be humble and lacking. It is NOT!

Your duty is to be respectful to the Divine within and become what you were created to be! Anything else is distraction, unworthiness and sheer B.S.! Stop listening to the ‘holier than thous’ with their twisted philosophies and beliefs that God wants you to be poor, always humble and lacking in order to be spiritual. There is NOTHING further from the truth!

Worthiness comes from an inner respect for your values. Your values are derived from you accepted beliefs that have been validated by your experiences. If you have negative values that take away from life and you focus on them occurring and reoccurring as ‘the way it is’, then it will surely be ‘the way it is’. Conversely, if you have positive values that add to life and you focus on them occurring and reoccurring as ‘the way it should be’, then they will surely be co-created by your sheer expressions and passion for them ‘to’ be!

In order to feel worthy you must learn to love yourself as you are and make the steps to become exactly whom and what you were created to be. This requires work, energy and focus on your part. Prayer for something without listening for what to do and without going out and doing it is useless. You must take what the divine has so graciously given you and make it happen by trusting in the Divine to guide you!

Be complete in your trust, faithing your desires and expecting the best to occur. It might not appear to be that way at times but appearances are mostly deceiving. Accept what happens but never settle for anything less than the best in your life. Peace. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

 

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What is the Spirituality Guidance Channel? SGC is a video portal designed to introduce spiritually inclined individuals to be exposed to spiritual videos, radio, teachers, music, art, books, resources and links from a selected group of teachers and requests from viewers. Each featured coach/teacher will have their own page highlighting any videos, audios, websites or printed material they have produced. This portal will be regularly promoted on the Internet through social networking and targeted marketing channels. Please visit the website at the following address:http://www.spiritualityguidance.com and email me at webproducer@hotmail.com with any suggestions, links or materials. Thank you for your most courteous participation in this project. I welcome your input. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

WATCHING OR
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You can watch a movie or video and always see just what they want you to see and feel what you feel as a result. You can read a book and create a reverie in your mind and see what you have been reading based on how it makes you feel. The instantaneous creation of mental pictures from words on a paper involves the higher brain and heart functions.

Watching something is just that; watching it without participation in the creating of it. Reverie is a state where imagination runs free. Your brain is observing, collating and creating images that you react to with your feelings. Does your imagination run free when you are watching a movie or a video? Perhaps a little here and there when answers are needed, but for the most part not as much as when you are reading.

Reading is the gateway to your imagination creating a reverie where you can see what the author has written and picture what the author is describing. Movies, videos and video games are intriguing to many people; but reading a good book increases your mind and heart to experience an imaginary life that is different from your actual life, where YOU are the creator of what it looks like, feels like and does for your spirit.

Watching what others create can be entertaining, but using your brain to create with imagination actually causes you to grow and expand beyond your current state. You feel things other than what you have experienced and those feelings create questions that need to be answered. Reading is the gateway to others’ minds and other worlds. It is the key to stimulating your brain to go beyond where it is and become what it will be.

A good book can take you places that a movie, video or video game cannot. It can open the door within to your inner heart by experiencing our collective nature and our ways of describing that nature. You can pause and think about what you are reading and sort out just where the author is taking you. You can revisit it at any time and pick up just where you left off. It is a source of information that actually forces you to ‘use’ your brain and not blindly watch the passage of life.

Pick up a good book and travel to places ‘where no one has gone before’! Use the brain you have been given to excel through reading! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

NO COMMON SENSE

Some religious zealots have no common sense whatsoever. They go out of their way to impose their way of thinking on the rest of us. Showing them love and not judging them is the correct way to handle them up to the point where they try to force their warped belief system on you.

That's the point where they must learn that their childish conclusions and antiquated belief systems are alright for them; but please don't try to change laws based on your religious viewpoints that affect every else that DOESN"T believe as you do.

Some of these people are just perpetually spreading hate against those who choose to live with love. Call them on their B.S. or they will NEVER learn what love truly is. If you let them slide, they will fester and return. Be strong and stand your ground no matter what they say or do. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

 

 

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Every week Dr. Dean will be engaging subjects that are pertinent to your growth and expansion into recognition of; respect to; and communication with your inner spirit.

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I am a blessed man. Thanx to all of you, my family, my friends and mostly the Creator of this omniverse. I breathe in love and breathe out gratitude. I am centered in peace right now. The joy I am feeling is divine! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

When things appear black or white always bring to your attention the shades of grey in between. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

We are but a thought in the mind of God! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

The apparent path of least resistance has its pitfalls when you listen to your ego and stop allowing yourself to be guided by the Divine! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

The apparent path of least resistance has its pitfalls when you listen to your ego and stop allowing yourself to be guided by the Divine! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

Facts are carried by lovers, internalized by the wise and accepted by geniuses! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

Facts are observed and carried by the lovers of the truth, internalized by the wise and accepted as real by geniuses! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

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JUST JUDGMENT

“I cannot do anything of my own will, but according to that which I have heard, I judge, and my judgment is just, for I am not seeking my will, but the will of him who has sent Me” ~Yeshua, John 5:30 (Aramaic Bible in Plain English (©2010)). Some have misunderstood exactly what this says. In the King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.) version the translation reads, “I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.”

This subtle difference has caused much misunderstanding among interpreters of the Word. The Evangelicals say that we must not follow our will at all and only God’s will. The New Thought people say that we should kill the ego and the will in order to experience the fullness of the Divine. In the Aramaic translation Yeshua says that he cannot do ‘anything’ of his own will because as he hears he judges. Christ says that ‘hearing’ is the gateway to judging; in others words, Yeshua, the man hears and judges and follows the will of his ego.

However, the judgment of the Christ within him seeks the will of the Father. What is the will of the Father? To become what you were created to be. It does not mean that to become One with the Divine one must throw their hands up in the air and do ‘nothing’. It means that when we seek to become what we were created to be we are seeking the will of the Father. But how do we discover what we were created to be? By seeking the Divine will within; seeking first the kingdom and having all else added unto you. Sound too simple? Perhaps, but in the simplicity of these words lies the secret to unfolding your Divine purpose in Divine order.

It is in the ‘seeking’ of Divine will that we discern our behaviors and the behaviors of others and stop judging the people who commit those behaviors. When we live in the world of our ego self we will judge others for their behaviors; when we live in Divine will we discern the behaviors of others and forgive them for their behaviors because we know that they are living more from their ego self than their Divine SELF. We love them for where they are in their life experience, pray for our awareness of Divine will, meditate to seek out Divine will and serve God and others by employing Divine will in our daily interactions.

Fulfillment of Divine will occurs as a result and we are all blessed with health, wealth, prosperity and abundance as we live in the joy, peace and understanding of Divine will. The ego self wants to be in command and as long as we don’t balance it out with Divine will we will continue to run into the impediments of our progress. It is in the learning and practice of allowing Divine will to guide us that we truly become free and unfettered to manifest our Divine purpose in Divine order. Be ye therefore perfect! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

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What is the Spirituality Guidance Channel? SGC is a video portal designed to introduce spiritually inclined individuals to be exposed to spiritual videos, radio, teachers, music, art, books, resources and links from a selected group of teachers and requests from viewers. Each featured coach/teacher will have their own page highlighting any videos, audios, websites or printed material they have produced. This portal will be regularly promoted on the Internet through social networking and targeted marketing channels. Please visit the website at the following address:http://www.spiritualityguidance.com and email me at webproducer@hotmail.com with any suggestions, links or materials. Thank you for your most courteous participation in this project. I welcome your input. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

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WHO'S GOSPEL

Something wonderful happened to me in Seminary School. I had to research the Bible intensely and the more I dug down deep, the more I discovered that the preachers of Protestantism were preaching the Gospel of Paul and NOT Jesus Christ! They were attaching their own emotional agendas to the Word and lying to their constituents. Of course, in their own minds they weren’t ‘lying’ but being moved in the spirit. What they were truly doing was being moved by their egos to gain the attention, approval and favor of their ‘flocks’!


The ego ALWAYS has a stake in the ‘game’, so to speak; whereas in the truthfulness of spirit there is no stake in the game. It is truth being channeled by Divine love from your spirit into the omniverse. When you interrupt the flow of that spirit by attaching the ego’s agenda, you are, in effect, making your own ‘gospel’ of how things are or should be.


The Dispensationalists were famous for this because they followed the writings of John Nelson Darby (1800–82). His writings focused on the eschatological account of the Book of Revelation as coming sometime in the future. He had NO basis in fact for this, yet many Protestant sects of Christianity fall for this B.S. (along with the Rapture) hook, line and sinker! They preach more from the Gospel of Paul then the Gospel of Jesus (Yeshua).


There are many contradictions between what Yeshua said and what Paul said, yet those who have followed what Paul said have caused more division and separation between people than any other religion. Don’t you think that if Jesus is the central figure of Christianity that you would follow more of what he said than one of his followers? Especially one who persecuted and KILLED Christians! There is no solid evidence of Paul’s conversion on the road to Damascus, yet many swallow that story hook, line and sinker. Why? Because Paul knew how to convince people of his veracity by his passionate speech.

Stop proselytizing yourself and others to see the way you ‘believe’ things are and allow the Spirit of God to reveal things AS they are. No human being has the entire picture and if they claim to, then that means that they, in actuality, don’t know enough to realize that such a claim is a fool’s fancy. The ego always wants to corner the market on the truth whereas the Spirit of God doesn’t have to; it is the TRUTH! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

THE SECRET OF ONGOING JOY

The secret of ongoing joy is not getting what you want but wanting what you get. Once you learn how to receive you accept what has come to you and you move forward in the knowing that it was what was needed at that time in your life. The more you release your innermost desires the more apparent it becomes to you that they are there for a reason. When you know what that reason is in your heart of hearts you begin to expect their manifestation to thrive in your life.

Whatever comes into your life is for the ongoing growth and expansion of the unfolding of your Divine purpose in Divine order. Accept it, allow it to be and move toward the inner Light of actuality knowing that it will project the reality you want to participate in when you want what you have received.

The Divine blesses us every moment in our existence with health, wealth, prosperity and abundance. We get that at all times but we need to learn how to want it once we receive it. It’s all about being a state of ‘worthiness’ that we accept the grace of God to bring us our needs, wants, desires and expectations while trusting and faithing in our divinity.

When we are at peace with ourselves we come to an understanding of whom and what we are in relation to others. That understanding affords us the ability to experience the joy of all of Creation no matter what unfolds. We come to know that it is Divine love unfolding life as it should be and allowing us to unfold along with it. What we truly desire in our hearts unfolds perfectly when we let go of how things are unfolding and come to experience the joy of it unfolding perfectly!

Divine love is the creative force of the entire omniverse. We need to align ourselves each and every day with Divine order in order to experience the bounty of Divine love. We do this by going within and experiencing inner peace; being open to Divine understanding; living in Divine joy; and most of all, allowing Divine love to move through us!

Our sincere participation in experiencing Divine joy removes the perceived obstacles and impediments of the realization of our Divine purposes. Be thankful for and ‘want’ what you have been blessed with; for in the accepting of grace and the allowing of joy we set the tone for the complete realization of our Divine purposes in Divine order. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D. 

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VALUE YOURSELF

Being the best at something doesn’t mean in competition with anyone else! It means sincerely putting the best you have to offer forward because you value what you have to offer as your best. It might not be the ‘best’ in competing with others but that is not what is important.

The most significant thing you can do is value your talents, skills and abilities and make them a gift to others. When you share your divine blessings with an open heart you are being the Divine in action; you are stepping out of your comfort zone and taking a risk based on what you know you can do. Isn’t that better than holding back and never sharing at all?

Too many lives never become fulfilled simply because people hold back and play it safe. They live in fear of losing their families, friends and ‘things’ that they care about in favor of safety, security and ultimately, mediocrity. They also live in fear of rejected for becoming the best that they can be. Isn’t it better to fulfill your destiny than to wish you had? Are you so entrenched in fear of what ‘might’ happen that you won’t move toward your goals and dreams?

If you know deep within you that you were created to be, do and have more than you are experiencing right now then why are you not doing something about it? Why are you defending where you are in favor of where you will be? Make the time each and every day to visualize where you want to be and feel the peace of being there. Feel the understanding of living in your dream. Experience the joy of fulfilling your dream! Feel the blessings of Divine love in your heart and move toward that dream!

Nobody is stopping you from fulfilling your dreams but you and the beliefs you hold as true. Inventory what beliefs you have that are accurate or erroneous and change them for your betterment. The Divine has given you all of the tools to create the life that you need, want, desire and expect to happen. You have to feel your expectations so much that you allow them to manifest!

Be the best you can be by sharing your blessings with all of us. We are all here to interact with each other and benefit from our mutual relationships. May you be blessed now and evermore on your journey of divine expression~ ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

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 ARE YOUR BELIEFS VALID?

Are your beliefs valid or are they based on what you feel is correct? Do you make the time periodically to test your beliefs to see if they are still valid? Or do you simply defend them no matter what circumstances are presented?

If someone has said or done something that makes you uncomfortable, it doesn’t mean that you are guilty of what makes you uncomfortable. It means that your ‘beliefs’ about what they have said or done create reactions to what they have said or done and that makes you uncomfortable. In essence, you automatically defend what you believe because you have accepted what you believe emotionally as true.

Whether you have challenged those beliefs before you accepted them or not doesn’t matter. You are invested in those beliefs because you accept them as being true and to you they do NOT require any further challenge. Your ego will defend what you believe at all costs because your beliefs are what are referenced to ensure your self-survival. You have become accustomed to the results they have yielded and know they ensure your ongoing safety.

But what if they were only true at that time you ‘imprinted’ those beliefs? What if the passage of time and external circumstances have been rearranged enough that the results of those beliefs yielded no longer apply? Would you still refer to those beliefs if they no longer worked and caused you harm? Or would you hold fast to them no matter what happened? Do you make the time periodically to test your beliefs in order to discover which ones still work and which ones are now erroneous? Or do you say that they are always right no matter what the external circumstances may present?

Maturity is a dynamic state where we re-evaluate and re-learn what has worked in the past in order to determine whether or not it still works. Many adults have ‘grown up’ in years but have not matured at all. They stay ‘stuck’ in a static state of reaction to environmental stimuli and say that’s the way life is; and they go about each and every day saying and doing what proves that to be true. Maturity reveals when a person is ‘ripe’. It is when they have become what they were created to be, know it and live it every day. It is not the arrival at an older age carrying the same old baggage of beliefs that no longer work.

Strive for maturity in your life by discharging any and all erroneous beliefs that don’t serve your unfolding of your Divine purpose in Divine order. Living your life without the necessary ‘checks and balances’ of your heart and mind, purging your erroneous beliefs with regular ‘belief system inventories’ and living in the presence of Divine love will never bring you into the dynamic state of maturity. Be ye therefore perfect by investing in removing any and all erroneous beliefs that stifle your growth and expansion. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

GOING WITH THE FLOW

Are You Prepared To Go With The Flow? What does it mean to be prepared? Does it mean you just focus on what you are going to do and do the least possible to get ready for it? Or does it mean that you thoroughly prepare for every possibility or contingency? And after you prepare, what do you do next? An old saying might help in understanding the true meaning of being prepared. “Luck is when opportunity meets preparation.” The more you prepare yourself to receive opportunities, the more you become aware of the opportunities that are available that you haven’t seen before.

Why does this happen? Because in the acts of observing studying and learning your mind opens up to more possibilities that you had perhaps not considered. The opportunities and possibilities were always present; it was you who became aware of them due to focusing your attention on the subject of focus. In other words, when you put the energy in through the desire to know more and diligently practice learning more, your awareness blossoms like a thousand petal lotus.

Inputting, impressing and imprinting information is the first part of the equation of learning. The second part is processing the learned information with your mind and heart. The third part is taking what you have learned and sharing it with others. If you are in a perpetual state of chaos your mind and heart will not retain as much as you would like due to your focus on your stresses. Regular daily meditation helps offset the stresses, distractions and annoyances that block your inner peace. With a clear mind and an open heart you can learn effectively and retain what you have learned.

An artist first masters the various brush strokes and color selections before painting a masterpiece. Years of diligent practice afford the artist the ability to replicate the rudiments in a ‘flow’ of Divine insight. A musician diligently practices their instrument to master the rudiments and replicates those movements in creating music that soothes the soul. The more you focus on the rudiments, the more you are preparing to replicate those rudiments in the ‘flow’ of divine co-creativity.

You can never over prepare for anything that your heart desires and your mind focuses on because it is the seed of your Divine purpose. If art or music is what moves your soul then prepare by focusing on the rudiments and practicing their ‘automatic’ replication in order to move in a fluid manner in Divine flow. The saying needs to be updated to “Divine flow is when opportunity meets preparation.”

Luck is a construct for the operation of situational benefits occurring randomly in your life. Nothing is random and chaotic; it just appears that way. Divine order moves natural order when you allow it to operate on your behalf. It comes from letting go of the reins of ‘how’ things will happen and focusing on them happening through Divine expectation. Divine expectation is allowing the best to occur for all concerned and accepting the manifestation of occurrences as the result of Divine will.

Daily prayer, meditation and service prepare you for the fulfillment of your Divine purpose in Divine order: Praying through asking, visualizing and focusing your efforts toward the expectation of the fruits of your labors. Meditating to let go of your perceived control of how things will manifest. Going out into the world and serving others with your talents, skills and abilities to help them realize their innermost dreams. All of these practiced behaviors contribute to the fulfillment of your innermost dreams.

Hone your talents, skills and abilities by sharpening the saw every day. Focus on what it takes to be the best at what you do and do not ignore the needs, wants, desires and expectations of others unless it interferes with your individual growth and expansion. Be diligent and practice your craft. Prepare for every possibility and contingency. Expect the best and prepare for the results of all possibilities, whether they appear favorable to you or not. It is your life; allow the Divine to command it instead of your limited ego. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

THE LOVE YOU MAKE

It never ceases to amaze me how some people parrot political talking points without as much as a yearning to know the truth. They will scour the Internet and find blogs and links that support their skewed positions and reinforce their belief systems with the ‘facts’ that support their conclusions. Once their opinions are set, it’s off to battle. I encountered one such person last year who accused me of picking a fight with her. I simply looked on my wall and saw an offensive picture of Obama and responded accordingly. Yes, I got acerbic, but this disgusting picture of our President was on my news feed from a friend I thought had more intelligence than this. His friend and I went back and forth without ONE word from him. Hmmm. Anyway, the point that she was making was so off base I felt compelled to comment after I had already commented. I was rude to her at times and I apologized for being rude, however, I have about had it with idiotic and moronic behavior from people who refuse to go to the library and do the research necessary before they start spewing their lies.

I have spent the time researching our president because I wasn’t originally for him; I was for Hilary. When he became the choice I dug in to find out more about him. I was impressed and astonished by his dedication as a community organizer all the way up to the Senate. He was on a fast track but was well equipped to handle the ride. He is a deliberate and thinking man who weighs out the options before rendering decisions. He reads the letters of everyday people and understands their plight. He knows that our leaders have sold out the American people by sending our jobs to China. He knows that we must control guns more effectively to secure the safety of our children. He knows that we all need universal health care. Yet, the other side besmirches him for going after Osama bin Laden, drone strikes and the handling of our financial crises. They corkscrew him at every turn with their subtle racial remarks. Yet, he takes the high road.

We finally have a leader who cares about us and the other side does whatever they can to convince their constituency that he is corrupt, that he is evil and that he is NOT American. They only thing that they have proven is that they are nothing but bullies on a playground who want to get their way and they will do whatever they can to get it. They need to grow up, man up and people up. They need to realize that the world they once knew and used to pad their wallets at our expense is coming to a slow death. The lily white constituency is being slowly replaced by African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Oriental Americans. The religious right Christian Bible beating constituency is being replaced by Atheist Americans, Muslim Americans and LBGT Americans.

The war pig constituency is being replaced by those who seek peace in this country and value the lives of our young adults enough to not send them overseas to die. The corporate banker constituency is being replaced by those who want decent opportunities for growth and expansion without being subjected to financial slavery. The commonality in the above terms is American. We are growing and expanding into beings that are more aware of our citizenship in this world. We are becoming more advanced and we are doing it together. We are, in essence, blessing ourselves with Divine love.

There will always be those who will not see the truth right in front of them. It is our job to enlighten them and help them to understand that the truth in Divine love is the most important thing we can share. Please pray for this planet and all life on it. We are at a critical time in our history and as the Beatles said, “And in the end, the love you take, Is equal to the love you make.” ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

 


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LET IT GO

Has someone wronged you? Have they taken advantage of your friendship and left you high and dry? Do you have feelings of vengeance and want to make them pay for what they have done? Is it your responsibility to get even with them?

Let it go. It is better to spend your precious life energy in fulfilling your own Divine purpose than to waste it chasing after someone who is run solely by their ego. Whatever is taken in Divine order comes back in other ways when you trust and let go.

Doing this is an act of love for yourself and them. They might think they have gotten away with it, but when you focus on them paying for what they have done to you it is robbing you of the precious time and energy you need to manifest your Divine purpose in Divine order.

If you truly trust in the Divine, do what you feel you need to do but allow the best to manifest for all concerned. May you enjoy the peace of letting go. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

WHO AM I?

Who am I? I am a living, breathing being with blood coursing through my veins. My heart beats and circulates blood and oxygen in my arteries throughout my body supplying nutrients to my cells. My cells discharge that which is of no use to my ongoing health in order to keep me alive.

The Divine has programmed my body to breathe automatically in order to survive; it is up to me to feed it with the proper nutrition in order to maintain my health. The Divine has programmed my feelings to support my survival; it is up to me to use my emotions to thrive.

The Divine has programmed my mind to receive thoughts; it is up to me to choose which thoughts serve my Divine purpose. The Divine has programmed my spirit to proact the truth from Divine guidance; it is up to me use that guidance to unfold my Divine purpose in Divine order.

The Divine has given me the gifts of a body, feelings, consciousness and a spiritual connection to the omniverse. It is up to me to do something with it. It is up to you as well. What are you doing with it? ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

WHAT DRIVES YOU

Always remember; you know what drives you, what blows your skirt up and what gets you up in the morning. It is the desire to LIVE!

Do you expect to live today? Expect your desires; not to control another person and their behaviors but to allow the Divine to fulfill you.

Trust in the Divine with the faith that moves mountains. Be the perfection of your Divine purpose; just as the Divine is perfect and has created you perfectly! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

FREEMASONS

To all of the Evangelical right wing nut religious zealots out there, remember this: If it weren't for the Freemasons and their 'order', you wouldn't be celebrating your Bill of Rights today. The Freemasons, regardless of your opinions of their 'rituals', were responsible for bringing together peoples of many different faiths to accomplish the task of building a nation.

Our Founding Fathers knew this and if you paid a visit to the library maybe once in your life, you might know this as well. Get off of your self-aggrandizing high horse and come down here with the rest of us. Your Bible is a contrivance of agenda manifestation by thieves, con-men and murderers.

It might reflect the words of Christ but it was assembled by liars and murderers. Wake up and smell the stench of your own stinkin' thinkin'. BTW, may you be forgiven for imposing your egos on the rest of us. Have a nice day! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

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 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!
  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.

MORE SAYINGS

The ego controls, dominates and manipulates that which it feels is necessary for its own survival. When you look out for the other guy you step out of its perceived position of total command and allow the Spirit of God to guide you into thriving instead of just surviving. Giving instead of controlling is the key to fulfilling your dreams AND the dreams of others! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

The box is just an illusion created by the beliefs you hold as true.~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

The lower your expectations of manifesting your desires, the lower the opportunity that anything will happen at all! Raise the bar and expect the best; otherwise you will wallow in mediocrity and look back at your life wondering what happened. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

If someone corrects you on the 'facts', and you posture your 'opinions' based on your erroneous beliefs, then you have a 'big' ego problem. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

You can package B.S. and sell it to some; but its essence will leak profoundly into reality once its packaging is removed. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE

The only person ever responsible for making you do anything is yourself. Nobody ever ‘makes’ you do anything! You react to what someone says or does and then you commit to action and carry out a behavior that you feel is an appropriate response.

At all points of reaction you have a choice to allow what your ego tells you to do or what the Spirit of God guides you to do. If you ‘believe’ that someone else makes you do anything you are fooling yourself completely.

You are allowing your ego to command your experiences and defend your survival at all costs. Choose to allow the Divine to guide your ego ‘reactions’ into divine ‘proactions’. Set the tone within to strive for the best to happen for everyone and not just yourself.

Be the perfection of your Divine purpose and take the feelings of others into consideration before you act and behave; just as the Divine is perfect and has created all of us perfectly! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

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