Saturday, 29 April 2017 14:56

JUDGEMENT

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My journey in grief began with realizing that our son, Quinton Stone Jackson, really was not dead – he had only transitioned, effectively crossing a threshold. He visits and signs were so over the top, vivid and spectacular that I immediately realized there is no death.  This realization, this opening of my mind to a larger view of reality in a sense, saved my life.

My next thought after this realization was, “Why didn’t I know?” And so my journey continued. I read voraciously; reading about grief, reincarnation, life between lives, energy, The Law of Attraction, signs, etc.  I learned that coincidences really are god-incidences and to pay attention to them.  I learned that all of us are spiritual beings having a human experience and I learned that we have the power to shape our reality.  Like I said, I read voraciously and much of this genre was considered New Thought.

A dear friend of mine, Les Pendleton, and old soul, with tears in his eyes told me to read the Gospels and to start with the book of John. I had tried reading the Old Testament twice earlier in life, but had never ventured into the New Testament.  His emotional plea moved and motivated me, so I went out and purchased a NLT Study Bible. 

The red print moved me and continues to move me. I highlighted and even created a list of the passages that spoke to me; you know – the red print.  All of it is powerful, sometimes I see the power immediately and some upon reading a passage again, but there are a couple that stuck with me:  I say, you are gods!” – John 10:34 and “…anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works,…”- John 14:12. These passages, while should be taken into context of their entire passages, actually sound strikingly similar to what is considered today as New Thought.  These passages and the principles of The Secret and The Law of Attraction result in me thinking of the influence of my own thoughts.

The words and teaching of Jesus, identifiable by being in red are a roadmap of how all should be living, whether we are religious or not, and regardless what religion we are. They speak of Love, Faith, Forgiveness and not judging others.  To me, this is pretty simple and straight forward; these teachings in the gospels are crystal clear.  For example, Luke 6:37 – “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you.  Forgive others and you will be forgiven.”  Straight forward, right?  There is no context to be concerned about here, is there?

This brings me to my point. As I look at the turmoil in the world, I am left to wonder how much of it we have created and how much I have created with our / my judgement and or condemnation. New Thought and the teachings of Jesus illustrate to us, that each and every one of us have a power; that our thoughts and words have power to influence our reality.  So when we stand in judgement and or condemn others in some way, how much does that focused thought or word impact those we are talking about, and how much of it comes back to impact us?  Something to ponder and in doing so, Luke 6:37 takes on a far greater significance. 

Personally, I believe that same passage applies to each of us in that, we should not judge or condemn ourselves. Again, our thoughts and words have power that many of us do not realize.  My father at times stood in judgement of me and condemned me.  My reaction was to ‘fix him’ – I took it upon myself to judge myself even more harshly than he ever could, to lessen the impact of his words.  I fixed him alright; Thank God I have made good progress in undoing that one.

In closing, understand your strength. Understand the power of your thoughts and words.  Be kind to yourself and others.  You may be very pleasantly surprised with the results. 

Blessings,

Quinton's Dad, still on a journey…

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