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FREE WILL

God has given us one of the greatest gifts a creator can give: free will.  We all have the free will to choose Satan (who gets to us through the selfish desires of our ego) or God (the Spirit of God within us). The power is always with the person who actively 'chooses' to allow the ego or God to guide and direct our lives.

The allegory being presented in the story of Job is based on God and Satan being separate beings 'outside' of Job setting the stage for Job's free will to choose whom and what to follow. The powers-that-be are only exercised when ‘we’ choose to identify with those powers.

The greatest power of all is the power of love when shared with our neighbor. The ego’s desires are minimized and the Spirit of God’s power of love is actualized. It’s a win-win-win scenario for all of creation! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

REALITY OR ILLUSION?

We exist in an emotional world of reactions to events, circumstances, situations, occurrences and people. We either define our reality as real or an illusion based on what we ‘feel’ will happen or not. If something is not to be, is it just an illusion? Are our dreams an illusion or are they a pre-cursor to a manifested reality?

On the average, we spend about 6 years (15,000 hours) of our lives dreaming. Dreams contain emotionally charged images. Since the mind controls the body as the body controls the mind, we are subject to chemical interactions in our brains that determine whether we remember something in long term memory or not. Over the course of our lives we learn over 100,000 words, read over 1000 books and encounter over 1700 people. Do we retain all of these experiences or do we only remember those we emotionalize?

All events, circumstances, occurrences, situations and people that we have experienced in our lives have either been committed to long term memory or not. Brain studies have revealed that our Hippocampus, Inner Temporal Lobe and Amygdala are responsible for integrating our memories of experiences and their subsequent emotional reactions to our experiences. Further brain studies have shown that social pressures ‘change’ our memories in order to conform to being accepted within our social groups.

Memory confusion occurs when we emotionally ‘want’ to conform to the group consciousness. Our memories become charged with our emotional acceptance and commitment and affect our brain centers with what we deem as appropriate social responses. In other words, our emotional commitment to our accepted social agenda alters reality to suit its perceived emotional needs. Our memories at this point become fallible and subjective to the emotions we identify with in order to function socially.

We also respond to painful memories because they are emotionally charged and we react to similar circumstances with the response of avoidance. This, in effect, holds us back from moving ahead with the manifestation of our Divine purpose in Divine order. These ‘reactions’ become accepted connections of neural responses and our forged neural pathways go on automatic.

But how do we change this internal chemical programming? Do we fake being happy trying to convince ourselves that what appears detrimental to us is just an illusion? Or do we seek understanding in how our brains work in order to free ourselves from perceptive illusion?

Emotions are mostly layered one on top of another. For example, being unhappy about something in our lives results from a feeling of not getting what we feel we want. We feel deprived of this and begin to feel anxiety and/or rage.

We become frustrated and convince ourselves that we no longer want to suffer and feel ‘left out’ so we blame the circumstances for the occurrence without realizing it is our reactions that are creating the frustration. We then can become miserable because we don’t completely understand what is happening and we will blame ourselves next for not ‘reading the handwriting on the wall’.

Guilt can then creep in and further stifle our progress. We accept the situation that created this mess as ‘the way it is’ and blame ourselves for not being able to proact with alternative measures to co-create exactly what we want.

We cannot feel good about something when we consistently feel bad about ourselves and our choices. If we are constantly in a state of feeling bad about our lives we will only manifest experiences that reinforce that feeling.

It is natural for us to experience an ongoing and consistent state of well-being. A state where we stand firm on what we know we are here for and what we know we can create.

Our dreams reveal our ‘possibilities’ and our experiences reveal the ‘probabilities’ in our lives. Every day we need to pay attention to the way we feel about our lives and ourselves.

We need to immerse ourselves in our inner peace in order to sort out the chaos of our outer world. From this state of centering, we can better direct our thoughts to accepting a state of feeling better about our lives and vibrationally aligning ourselves with our Divine purposes in Divine order.

It is unnatural for us to experience the acceptance of frustration and painful memories that we alter to suit a personal agenda of social acceptance and self-survival.

It IS natural for us to experience the unfolding of our Divine purpose in Divine order while accepting reality and allowing the Divine to guide us every step of the way.

Do not focus on the contrast of your experiences in your external world but identify with the Divine desires that have been seeded in your heart.

This way we will all minimize changing reality to become socially acceptable in favor of expressing Divine love into our world each and every day.

The result will be the consistent manifestation of our Divine desires and the Divine desires of others through the ongoing expectation of positive, fruitful and life expanding experiences by sharing Divine love with all. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

 

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WHAT IS REALITY?

What is reality? Is it something that we all share or is it just an individual perception based on sensory input?

Is it subjective to each one our perceptions or does it exist objectively outside of our experience of it?

Are our perceptual copies of reality that we experience in our brains the actual reality? Or are the illusions we perceive the actual reality?

UNDO PROGRESS?

Why would ANYONE in their right mind want to undo progress? Would you take the long hard road to a fulfilling destination where everyone can be treated fairly and justly and then turn around and walk back? Why would you?

The only reason is that you have to believe that progress is not good. You have to believe that going back is better for you than going forward. It is better to go forward than to restore your future. How can you restore something that hasn’t even happened yet?

We have come so far in the past four years and we need to keep moving forward. Go out into your neighborhoods and talk to people. Tell them the truth and NOT the truth out of the FOX. Show them how we can move forward AND help each other.

Be true to the truth and not the lies of the conservative, manipulative and backwards agenda. Stand up for PROGRESS!!! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

LET IT ALL GO!

Just when you think you have discovered the secret to living the life you really want to live you need to do one thing to make it happen. Let it all go.

When you hold onto things that work for you now you stifle your creativity, rest on your laurels and begin to assume that’s how it’s going to be.

Everything in life that is worth anything is not static; it’s dynamic. It’s not regressive; it’s progressive. It is life giving and not life debilitating.

Choose to progress each and every day by listening to Divine guidance in deep meditation.

Let it all go and be guided toward manifesting your destiny in the here and now! ~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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AS FAR

You will only go as far as you can feel you will go. When you feel reticent about anything that feeling alone will prevent you from realizing what you seek.

Why? Because your emotions are guiding you based on your past experiences that generated similar resultant feelings that you did not want to experience. You avoid those feelings by feeling ‘reluctance’ about an experience that you might desire to occur.

Don’t be a perpetual un-doer of the things you desire to manifest in your life. Expect to fulfill them and feel good about the end results that you seek.

They might not unfold the way you think they will, but choose to feel good about whatever unfolds. It’s called maturity. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

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MORE SAYINGS

Expecting less out of life will get you just what you expect; less of what you were created to be and more of what you weren’t. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

When you remove all rational reasons for a belief that our President isn’t equipped to do his job, the only thing that is left is the irrational; racism. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

In the rhythm of simple chores is the Zen of life and the Gestalt of fulfillment. Whether by free form instance or by rote, the purpose is revealed, accepted and understood in the action demonstrated. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

Having the desire to HELP others is NOT a desire to FIX others. It is the Divine operating through you to balance the perceived dualistic reality. Operate from the Divine will and allow the love of God to flow through you to enrich the lives of others, despite their egotistical agendas of selfishness and power mongering. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

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The reason for U.S. Representatives to not be punished for accepting corporate monies and  operating unchecked is that this country is equally divided between people who want to learn and strive to be intelligent truth seeking progressives and backward ass country fucks who believe that we should go back to the way they ‘think' it was.

It all revolves around the education of our children and the debilitation of their ability to think and question everything. When you are NOT taught HOW to think and question, then the-powers-that-be can do whatever they want and operate with impunity. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

FACTS, FACTS, FACTS!

Facts, facts, facts. Opinions would not be so emotionally driven if everyone would make the time to question everything.

Questions motives; question appearances; question rhetoric.

Do all of this BEFORE forming an opinion based on other people's agendas and you will be surprised how much you learn! ~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:
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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.

Please feel free to comment or suggest topics for review. May the Divine always bless you and your families! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

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SAYINGS

The more you move to the realization of your goal the more you get to know the real you; the part of you that knows what's best, feels the joy and pain of others and shares love with all. When you live from the real you, reality is definitely what you make it. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

If you take away regulations on the greedy and trust the 'free market' to regulate itself is the same as allowing criminals to be in charge of their own punishment. Now that's a no-brainer! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

I speak the language of the person who wants a good life and the opportunity to create it; not the person who wants it handed to them from someone who has no clue what life is all about. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

When humankind wakes up to the fact that sharing love is natural, it will become the new paradigm of peace, understanding and joy known as heaven on earth. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

As frustrating as it is at times to experience the quality of ignorance in the fact that love is the answer in most religions; derision is the result of living in the fear that is generated by those very same religions. The message of love is lost in the instilling of the fears of ‘us and them’. Every living being is NOT separate from the Divine and can live in the forgiveness of spirit which is unconditional love. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

If you want to manifest the secrets of the universe think in terms of love, sharing and caring. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

A closed mouth is the prerequisite to listening and learning. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

See yourself as God sees you and everything that you thought was impossible will materialize before your very eyes. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

Worry gets you what you don’t want and allowing gets you what you do. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

Not allowing your greater good to flow through you is like tasting divine nectar and spitting it out. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

Saying one thing and doing another is the mark of a cunning prevaricator who cares only for themselves and not for anyone else. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

Be who you are and all else will fall into place. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

Allow the Divine to guide you every step of the way. Just because something doesn't happen the way you THINK it should doesn't mean that God is not unfolding your Divine purpose in Divine order. Expect the unexpected and you will be pleased every time! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

The only way to stop the spread of Fascism is to regulate the greedy from taking advantage of the masses. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

WE ARE WORTHY

When all is said and done ask yourself one question. Did I experience love or feel manipulated? If you experience love you breathe easy; if not, you will breathe labored. Why? We all know the truth through the spirit but sometimes choose to allow aberrant things to happen to us.

We are worthy of love, respect and the presence of individual dignity, yet we allow ourselves to be distracted from manifesting our Divine purposes.

When you love the Divine within you, you honor its presence by fulfilling your Divine purpose in Divine order. Allow the guidance from your inner spirit to light your path and direct your way to complete fulfillment. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

REMOVING NEGATIVE FORCES

Sometimes we perceive that living in love and removing negative ‘forces’ is hard. What is 'hard' about choosing to live in love is apparent to you because of the anxiety and immediate anticipation of your unfolding your Divine purpose in Divine order as being purposeful or not.

Discharge beliefs that are contrary to the manifestation of your Divine purpose by centering yourself on your Divine purpose.

Allow only grace to operate in your life and remove the manipulators by letting them pass through you without 'sticking' to you. Be rubber, not glue. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

DOUBTFUL OR STUPID?

Being doubtful and being stupid are two different things. Acting on something based on fear only works when the fear is real and not manufactured by your ego.

Doubt is healthy when it allows you to choose further investigation of the facts and becomes debilitating when your allow it to progress into worry.

Stupidity comes from NOT choosing to investigate the facts and relying on others' perceptions and fears and your own perceived inability to investigate the source of your fears and misconceptions.

Question everything and investigate 'where' it comes from; agenda setters use partial information to influence others based on their fears and misconceptions. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

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FALSE EVIDENCE?

Fear is a reaction to a perception of something real and dangerous. It is NOT always False Evidence Appearing Real. Fight or Flight is in the realm of fear. Wise action is the attunement to spirit. Fear 'reacts' and wise action proacts. Next time a real danger is present stop and allow wise action to be discerned before you react out of fear and you might not be here to even contemplate it. Fear is not always an exaggeration of reality. Exaggeration is the ego's creation trying to protect itself. There is nothing wrong with protecting oneself except when it is at the cost of another.

Fear is not always a bad thing. It is simply one of the tools in our conceptual toolbox to construct a truthful experience of reality. You don't bang in a nail with a pair of pliers. Use your tools wisely and at the appropriate time to construct a meaningful reality. We don’t have the time to ‘think’ in a crisis situation. We can’t say, “Let's sit down and discern what to do next. OK, let's do that. Oh, we can't! The hammer has already come down. Fear is not always a bad thing. If you think it is, then you are fearful! FDR said ‎"The only thing we should fear is fear itself." Fearing something, especially fear, is still fear. Since a reaction to this statement is fearful, and it is a secondary reaction, it is false.

Real fear is justified to protect your being. Every thought in your mind is a chemical reaction. Whether you are fearful or discerning, it takes time for the reactions to take place. A lot can happen in a split second. Use real fear as a perception to allay dangerous situations and don’t be fooled by those who claim it is always false. They are basing this on what some individual has said in direct relation to their own experience and NOT necessarily YOUR reality. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

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OUR CENTER IS THE SOURCE

In Habit 2, “Begin with the end in mind, Principles of Personal Leadership”, Dr. Covey talks about you operating from your center. Instead of reacting from your feelings, you proact from your values. Whatever we choose to be our ‘center’, or predominant point of interest and expression, we use this center as a “lens through which we see the world.” ~Dr. Stephen Covey

This center is the source from which we feel secure and accept guidance, obtain wisdom and manifest our personal power. When these four areas are harmonized from our source, we are integrating their interdependency effectively. Beginning with the end in mind allows us to clearly see the result of our desires.

Expecting the desires to manifest involves creating a focused picture and feeling the joy of it occurring WITHOUT worrying HOW it will happen. The act of worrying prevents the result from happening because it occupies your being with the thoughts of it NOT occurring. Habit 2 allows us to utilize imagination guided by conscience. Affirmation of positive behavior accompanied by visualization and guided by our values, creates the results we seek.

Being proactive, seeing the end result and visualizing it based on your values affords you the opportunity to AFFECT your environment despite its EFFECT on you! Bring your Divine values to the surface each and every day of your life and experience the joy of complete fulfillment. It’s up to you and you alone to allow the grace of God, the love of God and the Divine values you have within to guide your life. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

OWNING YOUR INFIRMITIES

What does it mean when you ‘own’ something? Does it mean that it is just personal to you and you alone? Or is it just something that you ‘identify’ with and use as a process to express yourself and communicate with others? Technically, ‘owning’ something means to acknowledge or admit your authority, power or dominion over something.

It means that you do identify with it enough to accept it as your own. Do you ‘own’ your infirmities? A popular TV commercial shows a lady saying, “My Fibromyalgia.” This demonstrates a person ‘owning’ this disease by identifying and personalizing it. They have accepted its condition as real and perpetuate its existence within them by ‘owning’ it.

“I’ve always done it this way” is another statement of owning something. Has this ‘way’ always worked? Have the results of ‘doing it ‘this’ way’ yielded desirable results? Or are you simply doing it that way because it is comfortable for you and you don’t want to stretch out of your ‘comfort zone’?

If you are going to own anything, make it your personal power to ‘allow’ the blessings of health, wealth, prosperity and abundance to manifest in your life. “But how do I do this”, you might ask? Realize that your thoughts, feelings, beliefs, actions and behaviors are ‘by-products’ of whom and what you are and NOT what you truly are.

You are a Divine being of Light created by the Most High to co-create beauty, live in peace, share understanding and experience joy by loving others. Identifying and owning what you are not is not being true to your Divine purpose. It is a distraction to flowing in Divine order and the resolving your Divine purpose.

Stay focused on becoming whom and what you were created to be by not owning things, diseases, infirmities, attitudes and behaviors that are NOT representative of who you truly are; a blessed child of the Most High God! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

BIBLICAL ORIGINS

In the King James Version of the Bible the Church of England decided what to keep in the edited versions of the previously edited translations of the Bible from the original 'scrolls'. Originally, before anything was written down, the 'gospel' was relayed by word of mouth. During the Dark Ages it was revealed through the art in the churches.

In the Council of Nicea, the Roman Emperor Constantine and his priests decided which books to keep and which to discard. The Gnostic texts and the Apocrypha were excluded because they did not support Constantine being the middle man between men and God. Later, Martin Luther disputed the texts and proliferated the doctrines of Sola Fide and Sola Scriptura, which have no basis in biblical fact.

When you whisper a phrase to one person in a circle of people, what gets back to you will be something different. People embellish or edit what they are told by their own understanding of what they have heard. That's why I have spent most of my life studying the word and have discovered that what God says to me through the spirit is more important.

I choose to follow directly what He says to me in meditation than to what someone said, translated and bastardized from over two millennia ago. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

 

 

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SUCCESSFUL HABITS

The most grievous thing you can do to inhibit your Divine growth and expansion is to consistently lie to yourself. What causes you to incessantly do this? Is it the way you look at things? Is it the easy way out? Or is it the ‘force of habit’ generated from a desire to remain in your comfort zone? It comes from your accepted subconscious belief system that you have adopted in the past in order to protect yourself from harm. Is this belief system still relaying the truth? Is it still valid?

The only thing that you can totally rely on is that ‘things’ change, or should we say, our perceptions rearrange as to how they appear to us in accordance with our interactivity in our environments.

A dynamic and reliable belief system grows and expands along with your awareness and spiritual development. It does NOT remain static. Periodically, we must purge our individual belief systems of erroneous beliefs that no longer serve our currently developed state of expanded awareness. Ferret out these burdensome beliefs and discharge their control over your thoughts, words, actions and behaviors. It is what Dr. Stephen Covey calls “Sharpening the Saw” in his book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.”

Growing and expanding your awareness of life requires ongoing ‘work’. Be diligent and focused in your pursuit of happiness, awareness and fulfillment. Know that as you grow you will drop a few branches here and there in order to reach the height of your Divine potential.

In his 1989 book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, Dr. Stephen R. Covey outlines personal habits that allow us to realize a ‘paradigm shift’ in our abilities to become effective in manifesting whom and what we were created to be. I have had this book with me since that time and refer to it as my ‘secular Bible’. It has a very straightforward approach to ‘turning around’ challenges and perceived ‘problems’ into proactive steps toward the manifestation of your Divine purpose.

In the first habit, ‘Be Proactive’, Covey outlines ‘Principles of Personal Vision’. He suggests that we listen to what language we use in our daily lives to help convert us from being ‘reactive’ into being ’proactive’. How we use our language determines what course of action we take. A reactive person, when confronted with a problem, might say, “There’s nothing I can do.” The language of a proactive person would be to the same problem, “Let’s look at our alternatives.”

Instead of throwing your arms up in the air and resolving yourself to a perceived fate or being helpless in manifesting a desired outcome, one ‘chooses’ to influence their environment with a proactive response that sets the tone for subsequent manifestations. Instead of saying, “That’s the way I am”; say “I can choose a different approach.” He emphasizes taking responsibility for your thoughts, feelings, beliefs, words, actions and behaviors. Instead of reacting to someone else’s behavior by saying, “He makes me so mad”, say to yourself, “I can control my own feelings.” Do not give your personal power away to others by giving up before you’ve even started. Don’t say, “They won’t allow that”; say “I can create and effective presentation.” Instead of saying, “I have to do that”, say “I will choose an appropriate response.”

He further states that accepting responsibility for what you say is from a basic paradigm of determinism. Say, “I choose” instead of “I can’t”; “I prefer”, instead of “I must”; and “I will” instead of “If only.” We all make individual choices based on the ‘perceived consequences’ of challenges or problems we encounter. Reactive language becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, Dr. Covey states. “People become reinforced in the paradigm that they are determined, and they produce evidence to support the belief. They feel increasingly victimized and out of control, not in charge of their life or their destiny. They blame outside forces---other people, circumstances, even the stars---for their own situation”, Dr. Covey states.

To start being more proactive and less reactive, we must become more and more aware of what ‘commands’ we speak into our environments. I highly recommend that all of you pick up a copy of this book. It will definitely give you finite principles to ‘turn things around’ in the manifestation of your Divine purpose in Divine order. May you speak love and beautiful co-creation into your world each and every day of your life! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

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Why do we worry about things, people or circumstances? Is it because we are unsure of ourselves and our possible actions in relation to them? Or is it because we doubt our ability to know what IS going to happen in favor of what MIGHT happen?

In order for worry to get a foothold on our consciousness we first have to doubt something; its validity or its ultimate purpose in our lives. This is the point where the ego says, “This might threaten our survival.” This doubt can either be dismissed by a healthy mindset or it can be embraced and elevated to a state of worrying.

Worrying occurs when we choose to NOT listen to Divine guidance and choose to listen to the agenda of self-survival being presented by our egos. The Divine knows EVERYTHING! When we accept that truth and listen to the still small voice of God why would we even worry about anything at all?

When we operate from a mindset that we are children of the Most High and that we have the ability to co-create our realities, we KNOW that worrying is the gateway to inaction. It, in effect, stops us from proceeding in the manifestation of our Divine purpose in Divine order! Worrying is the ego’s tool for us to be overly cautious and to stop forward progress.

When we listen to what the ego says over what the Divine says our reality BECOMES a vibrational match to what we EXPECT will happen. Conversely, when we listen to what the Divine says our reality becomes a vibrational match to what we KNOW will happen; however, it might not unfold HOW we think it should and we must learn to accept this.

Surrendering to Divine will humbles our spirit and aligns us with the Divine. Allowing the Divine to work THROUGH us is a more healthy action than worrying about what MIGHT happen! It immerses us in the ‘flow’ of Divine order and takes the heat off of our egos. In effect, it is the more responsible choice than worrying and NOT taking the appropriate action when it needs to be taken.

Let go of the reins and trust completely in the Divine to steer the carriage. The alternative is that consistent and practiced worrying manifests itself as accepted false fears which prevent us from proacting in the unfolding of our Divine purposes. We end up living a life of dissatisfaction and regret instead of joy and fulfillment.

Choose the latter and move toward the unfolding of your Divine purpose in Divine order without worrying about what might happen. It is all in God’s hands. Trust the Divine to care for, guide and love all of the Divine’s children. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

THE NATURE OF BUSINESS

CNBC ran an interesting story one morning. They had an audience of billionaires and millionaires discussing the nature of business. One older white ‘gentleman’ (whose name is forgettable) stated that ‘business is war’ and that every day he wakes up and thinks about how he can ‘boil in oil’ the competition. Next, a very successful lady, Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx, stated that her approach is to provide the best quality product for an affordable price. She stated that she isn’t worried about the competition at all because she is focused on what ‘SHE” can do to make her product the best.

Now, we could say that this is just a fundamental difference in how the sexes approach business. However, I don’t think so. When you claim that business is war it puts you in a ‘fighting’ and ‘resisting’ mentality; and “what you resist, persists” (Carl Jung). When you use the male method of ’hitting the beach, killing the enemy, raising the flag and drinking a beer’, you are using a ‘warlike’ approach; some situations require this approach but not too often. When you spend time using the female method of ‘feeling your environment, browsing for what is the best way to proceed and taking others into consideration’ you afford yourself the opportunity to take advantage of more resources to accomplish your goal.

Historically, the male approach to waging war leaves heartache in its wake whereas the female approach leaves possibilities. As with anything you do in life, it’s good to balance these approaches depending on the actions you need to take. The new paradigm of going within and focusing on individual growth and expansion in order to help the collective grow and expand is a more prudent, caring and resourceful approach. Ask ANY woman and I’m sure she will enlighten you! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

ORIGINS OF THE WORD

I don't claim to know everything but I do know the origins of the word and how they have been altered by political and social agendas. There are many resources on the Internet and in public libraries to research the truth about the ‘word’.

When I was in a non-denominational seminary school I had to painstakingly translate the word, understand cultural and geographic idioms and take the environmental aspects into account to come to a more accurate rendition of what was actually being said. It opened my eyes because I was raised in a Bible beating Pentecostal Assembly of God church. I prayed everyday as a youngster to know the truth and God led me down that path of discovering the truth.

He has blessed me immensely and I listen to His still small voice each and every day of my life. I love my Creator so much that I obey His imparted wisdom no matter what anyone else says. What others say is important; but what God says is always the ultimate truth. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

SMELLING THEIR OWN STENCH

It is interesting to me that conservatives typically go to the extremes of trying to distract all of us from what they are really doing rather than try to argue on the basis of the premises of an argument that is presented that challenges the lies that they 'make up' to prove their point. Proof that cousins shouldn't have children...

Call me a LIBERAL all day and I will say THANK YOU because I KNOW that only in being liberal can I see the TRUTH and NOT believe the lies of backward ass country f**ks who spend their whole lives sitting on their shoulders, smelling their own stench and trying to convince the rest of it that it smells sweet...give it up already! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

YOUR WORST ENEMIES

Doubt, worry and fear are your worst enemies. What you think MIGHT happen most often doesn't happen. If you are a decent person who loves their children, family, friends and community and supports them as best as you can, do you think the Divine will abandon you?

NEVER! The Divine will never forsake you for you are a child of the Most High. Focus on doing what you CAN to get out of your perceived predicaments and leave the rest to God. KNOW you will not only get out of the mess you are worrying about but that you will thrive more than you've ever dreamed you would simply because you completely trust in the Divine.

BE A BLESSED PERSON

Be the blessed person you are and don't allow negative life debilitating thoughts to convince you there is no way out. The Divine sees more than any one of us and will provide a way for you. Sense it. Feel it. Know it. Be it! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

BEING TRUE TO YOURSELF

When you let go of the things you perceive you ‘need’ to do in order to become what you were created to be, an amazing thing happens. You begin to feel lighter, clearer and happier.

Being whom and what you were created to be is the easiest thing you can ever do because it flows freely from your heart.

Allow the Divine to express through your talents, skills and abilities to enrich the lives of others and you will live in health, wealth, prosperity and abundance.

Being true to the Divine IS being true to yourself. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

BEING IN ONENESS

Being in Oneness doesn’t mean that you spend all of your time in your inner sanctum contemplating how spiritual you are. Being in Oneness does mean that you take what you get from the communication with the Divine in your inner sanctum, bring it with you into the world and share it with others.

Share the peace, joy, understanding and love that the Divine has shared with you by serving others with acknowledgment, encouragement and approval in order to help them grow and expand into whom and what they were created to be.

That’s truly being in Oneness; Oneness with God, Oneness with everyone and Oneness with everything everywhere in the entire omniverse. Be in Oneness by being here now, sharing love and expressing the presence of the Divine. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

OUT OF LOVE

When we use our knowledge to dispel lies and fears that were created by those who try to control us, it is out of love; not necessarily out of pride.

When we yield to the truth and stop believing what others have said is the truth, pride goes by the wayside and is replaced with unconditional love.

Be true to the Divine and NOT what others have said about the Divine. There is a difference! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

LETTER OF THE LAW

When you base your life and decisions on the letter of a law that denies inalienable rights to ALL of the people, you are operating from your ego’s belief that you cannot change the law and that your acceptance of societal and legal restrictions is more important than overturning an unjust law.

Choose to allow the love of the Spirit of God to flow through you to align with what is fair and just for all! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

 

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RACISTS, BIRTHERS, DEATHERS
AND DISRUPTORS BEWARE!

Excerpted from the book, “Spiritual Growth: Articles of Expectation.” Click here to read the dissenters comments.

2009: Your time has come. It's the end of an era of posturing and ignorance. Your good ole boy clubs and networks have been placed under the microscope. Every day that you invade town halls with your rhetoric and insanity proves this fact. Your bellowing of how health care reform will drastically interfere with the free enterprise system is being revealed by the fact that good ole boys are paying citizens to disrupt discussions at town halls. The financing from the insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies of the good ole boy network is trying to stop what they feel will hurt their bottom line. You are fueling the underlying racial divide with rhetoric and distraction.

Do you honestly think that the average intelligent person can't see through you scripted statements and false passions? Most of the people are simply tired of your B.S. That's why Obama was elected. It's time for you to grow up and stop being sore losers. Oh, but that's trying to get rationality out of people who are irrational, which, in itself is irrational. Oh no, circular logic!

Was Jesus a racist? Did he not say that the good news was for both Jews AND Gentiles? Jesus embraced all kinds of people. A simple analysis of the Beatitudes reflects this:

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew5:3) -- the poor and humble in spirit are blessed by God. Are the racists, birthers, deathers and disruptors of town halls humble in spirit? Hardly. Theirs is a spirit of frustration; "I want my country back!" Back from whom? A black president? Ah, you have revealed your racism!

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. (Matthew 5:4) -- mourners are those who have endured the tremendous might of evil which invades the world; one of these evils is racism. Christ is also a comforter. His wisdom and love of man is unparalleled.

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. (Matthew 5:5) -- the meek are humble and gentle; they don't strive for disharmony because they put their needs in God's hands, who ultimately delivers their inheritance of peace and justice on earth.

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. (Matthew 5:6) -- the loaves and the fishes are a result of the oppressed people who longed for salvation and acceptance; sound like slavery of the African-American people? How many years did they endure oppression? Separation from their family members. Working hard for NO wages. Yet they thirsted for righteousness and the result was an African-American president who is aware of, and capable of, bringing the races together. Something the separatists despise. It is ruining "their America!" Funny, I thought this was our America?

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. (Matthew 5:7) -- When you show mercy to another person who you perceive has violated you, then you are superseding justice with love. By assuming a quality of God and showing mercy, mercy will be shown to you. Are the racists, birthers, deathers and disruptors merciful? They are demanding back what they perceive is theirs without regard for anyone else. That, is NOT mercy!

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. (Matthew 5:8) -- When you see God in everything that He has created, you are pure in heart. We are all expressions of God no matter what race we are. Anyone who sees that differently is NOT pure in heart. Is someone who accepts money to disrupt a town hall meeting with rhetoric and distraction pure in heart? Hardly!

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. (Matthew 5:9) -- Those who seek peace accept God as the creator of all things and diligently seek enlightenment and alignment with God. The God of the Old Testament appears to be a warrior God to some. Defending the Jews and claiming them as his "chosen people." We are all children of God, yet when we seek separation from the whole of God's creation, we are dividing up the whole into us and them. This is the basis for war, racism, separatism and all hostilities. Those who seek peace and calm, focused discussion recognize their connection to God. Is this the kind of behavior exhibited by racists, birthers, deathers and disruptors? Hardly!

Blessed are they which are per-secuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:10) -- God set the example of how we should behave with the actions and behaviors in the life of Christ. Jesus demonstrated human emotion, divine healing and showed mercy and brotherhood to all. When Peter cut off the ear of the soldier, Jesus put it back on. He lived in the Kingdom of Heaven and said it was here and now. Not in some far off place in the sky. It is up to us to emulate his behavior and live in the Kingdom of Heaven now! There is no derision and hostility in the Kingdom of Heaven. Will there be sidearms present when you live in the Kingdom of Heaven? Think about it!

Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. (Matthew 5:11-12) -- This verse has been my guiding light. I am exceedingly glad and my reward is being able to live in the Kingdom of Heaven here and now. When I receive attacks from commenters who speak out of their a~s, without anything to back it up, I smile and thank the Lord for blessing me with insight and understanding. The Beatitudes are about keeping the testimonies of God and seeking Him with all of your mind, body and spirit. When you do this your are living in the Kingdom of Heaven everyday. Those who seek derision against man without proof, claim to know the Bible without thoroughly researching it and act like animals at public events are persecuting everyone who shows up to discuss the current issues. Rejoice in their ignorance for they truly have their reward! They have to live with themselves. Ultimately, pray for their guidance from God and the understanding of His laws.

Racists, birthers, deathers and disruptors beware. Your B.S. has been seen in the light of day. Try actually reading the content of the Health Reform Act before you cast judgment. Stop listening to self-aggrandizing inciters like Sarah Palin who don't have a clue about reality, except to manipulate apparent circumstances to support their positions and increase their bottom line. Do you really think she actually cares about you? If you do then you are quite foolish. Keep displaying your ignorance and keep revealing your lack of understanding of what Jesus has taught us. I can only pray that one day you will wake up and smell the flowers. They, too, are a part of God's magnificent creation! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

WHAT IS CONTENTMENT?

What is contentment? It is a dynamic state of being satisfied with what one is or has and being in a state of not wanting more or anything else [dictionary.com]. It is the resultant feeling you get when you are at peace with yourself.

But how can I be at peace and live in a dynamic state of contentment? It’s actually quite simple.

ALLOW THE DIVINE TO MANIFEST YOUR DIVINE PURPOSE IN DIVINE ORDER AND BE THANKFUL FOR IT! Only when you operate from whom and what you were created to be will you ever feel completely fulfilled. Anything else is simply fooling yourself by listening to what others, society and situations determine you are in your life.

Be true to that inner drive that the Divine has given you to succeed at manifesting your Divine purpose. It is what you were created for and it is your greatest gift to this world. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

WHAT DO YOU DO?

What do you do when someone looks for the most negative reaction to a problem that they can? No matter what you say to encourage them, they are either too programmed with cultural or familial reactions that they won’t even listen when you offer alternatives. Do you get mad? Do you internalize your anger? Or do you channel it into some important or even frivolous activity? Do you remove yourself from interacting with them or do you hang on and absorb the negative experience? Do you react or do you proact?

When someone doesn’t see the truth around them and resorts to embracing comfortable fears give them the space to do so and get away as soon as possible. They have to feel these feelings completely before they will realize that they are not contributing to the solution of the problem but creating more problems with their insecurities and comfort zone fears.

Don’t ever allow ANYONE to rent space in your head with their fearful reactions. Be proactive and step confidently ahead carrying your peace with you. If they choose to be fearful and NOT peaceful allow them to do it; but NOT around you. Their emotional garbage is truly none of your business. If you have come to a point where you have eradicated your fears in favor of manifesting your destiny, then never allow anyone to steal your peace. It is yours and someone else can only get it when you freely give it away.  ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

A FOLLOWER OF CHRIST

I am a 'follower of Christ' and NOT a Christian. The Christian religion is based on lies and heresy and was born from the murderer Constantine and his rubber-stamp priests.

Freedom of Religion ALSO means Freedom FROM Religion. The whole reason the Pilgrims left England and came to the 'new world' was to be able to practice their own religion instead of the STATE adopted religion in England.

That's why one of the major tenets in the Constitution's Bill of Rights declares that we have Freedom of Religion, which implies Freedom FROM Religion.

Individuals have the inalienable right to believe what they choose. So choose wisely. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

RISE UP TODAY!

Now do you see why the Koch Brothers backed Scott Walker (Governor of Wisconsin)?

Stop the corporations from deciding our fates and destinies simply by their Machiavellian approach to social control, domination and manipulation.

Rise up TODAY!!! Following are the results of union participation in our work force:

20 Reasons to Support Workers’ Unions

Minimum Wage
5-Day Work Week
Fair Wages
End Child Labor
Employer-Based Health Coverage
Maternity Leave
Occupational Safety
Workers Compensation
Sick Days
Overtime Pay
Anti-Discrimination (EOE)
Job Training
Annual Pay Increases
Lunch-Break Laws
Protection Against Retaliatory Firings
Documented Review before Firing
Retirement Pension Plans
Against Outsourcing (hire Americans)
Immigration Laws (hire Americans)
Workers with Disabilities

~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

MORE SAYINGS

Be true to yourself. Only then will you operate from Divine guidance and fulfill your Divine purpose in Divine order. Anything else is living a lie and NOT respecting the Divine for the magnificence of whom and what YOU are; a Divine creation. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

One thing is for sure; sooner or later you will figure it out. Let’s hope it’s not too late for you to completely realize your Divine purpose. Don’t live your life without singing the song in your heart. That’s why you’re here; to express that purpose in Divine order. Why aren’t you doing that, and if you are living your Divine purpose, why do you still think that you have to do anything else but that? ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

Hear the inner voice of silence calling you from deep within. “Be who I created you to be; for in doing this you will be happy, joyous, peaceful and live an abundant life.” Listen to that voice. It is guiding you and directing you to fulfill what you were created to be. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

Generally speaking, men learn at an early age to avoid physical pain by expanding their agility. They purposefully avoid emotional attachments because they don’t generally know how to handle them. One thing about women is that they will never forget the emotional pain of betrayal. However, some of them do forget the physical pain of childbirth; if they didn't, some of us would have never been born! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

It is the middleman mentality of how can I make a bundle off of being the 'broker' of products and services that drives up the price of resources. Greed unchecked is greed gone wild. Demand ‘fairness’ in commerce by initiating regulation that stifles the greedy from manifesting their agenda on the rest of us. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

Having the desire to HELP others is NOT a desire to FIX others. It is the Divine operating through you to balance the perceived dualistic reality. Operate from the Divine will and allow the love of God to flow through you to enrich the lives of others, despite their egotistical agendas of selfishness and power mongering. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

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