Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Help People.

                            

When asked as a teenager what I wanted to do with my life I said I wanted to help people.

This was am awkwardly expressed, vague feeling of benevolence towards others.

I did not know myself how I would do this.

Jesus said, "'first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor's eye.'"  Matthew 7:5 (NRSV)

So when I set out to discover what was wrong with the world I was on the right track.

What I have discovered is that there is not enough love in the world.

Human being thrive on love.
Without love we struggle.

So if you want to help people show them love.

Love will guide you.
Love will care.
Love will help.

Jesus said to love God and love your neighbor.

You could not get better advice than this.


[Scripture quotations (marked NRSV) are taken from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and are used by permission.  All rights reserved.] 

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Monday, 16 July 2018

The Next Generation.

                            

After the positive media of the 1990s it seemed as if the pandemic of homophobia which was triggered by the AIDS crisis was largely over.

Especially when Churches like the Uniting Church in Australia conducted wide-ranging discussions about homosexuality and religion.

But we failed to take into account the effect AIDS had on the next generation.

Homophobia in the young has hardened into a snub-nosed prejudice that has made gay a put down and insult used to bully and torment young gay people.

And the decline in religion means that the only message young gay people hear from the Church is that God hates them.

This is a tragedy of major proportions.

Much work still needs to be done to redress the damage that has been done to the next generation.


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Sunday, 15 July 2018

God's Name.

                            

"'Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you, and these know you that you have sent me.  I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.'"  John 17:25,26 (NRSV)

In the ancient world to know a gods name meant to to know his nature.

Jesus says that the world does not know God.

The world thinks that God is angry, judgemental, harsh, even tyrannical.  But Jesus shows us a loving Father who forgives even His most prodigal sons and daughters.

How could it be that Jesus knew God and the Pharisees - the keepers of the Temple - did not?

"The shepherds also have no understanding, they have all turned to their own way, to their own gain, one and all."  Isaiah 56:11 (NRSV)

The Pharisees had no understanding because they were motivated by their own greed.

"'Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it!  How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!'"  Matthew 23: 37 (NRSV)

This is God's desire to gather His children to His bosom but those in authority are not willing.

"Thus says the Lord God: Ah you shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves!  Should not the shepherds feed the sheep?  You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fatlings; but you do not feed the sheep.  You have not strengthened the weak, you have not healed the sick, you have not bound up the injured, you have not brought back the strayed, you have not sought the lost, but with force and harshness you have ruled them. "  Ezekiel 34:2-4 (NRSV)

"With force and harshness you have rules them."

Because they have no understanding of God and seek their own benefit.

Jesus shows us that God's nature is not that of a moral judge but of a loving Father.

Relationship with God is not about obeying but about love.

Love is considerate, love is forgiving, love is patient, love is kind.....

God's Church does not reflect God's love because the shepherds seek their own benefit.  They want power and authority, they are full of fear, not love.

Jesus knew God because he loved God.

"'"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind."  This is the greatest and first commandment.  And a second is like it: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.'"  Matthew 22:37-40 (NRSV)

So it is through love that we come to know God.

Jesus loved God.  The Pharisees feared God.

And this fear has been handed down from generation to generation to this very day as tradition.

Jesus criticized tradition as "human precepts".  Matthew 15:9 (NRSV)

And preached love above all other things.

"There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love."  1 John 4:18 (NRSV)

So we are not to fear punishment - i.e. hell - we are to practise love.

The way of love still exists.

Love God and love your neighbor.

And you will come to know the Name of God.


[Scripture quotations (marked NRSV) are taken from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and are used by permission.  All rights reserved.]

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Saturday, 14 July 2018

Heal the Earth.


From the festering scars
of the ravenous machine.
From the toxic pollution
of industrial waste.
From the deadly wash
of plastic bags.

Heal the Earth.

Smoke free cars.
Degradable bags.
Clean energy.
Safe seas.

Heal the Earth.


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Friday, 13 July 2018

Evil Unmasked.

                            

Rock legends, sporting heroes, superstars, divas.....
Movie stars, famous directors, writers, T.V. personalities.....

Many among these have sold their souls and secretly practise Satanism and the dark arts.

It is from here that much of our suffering comes.

They have betrayed us.

They have stabbed us in the back.

They have sabotaged our spiritual quest.

But modern Satanism wears a mask.

They pose as saviors and prophets.

They say, "We are gods."

But they are dogs (gods backwards).

They are whited sepulchres.

See beneath the mask.

Beware of any dark or wicked words.

Avoid any deathly or hellish images.

And know the truth at last.


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Thursday, 12 July 2018

AIDS.

                            

Some Evangelical Christians still say that AIDS is God's punishment for homosexuality.

This is plainly ridiculous because AIDS does not only affect homosexuals in any case.

But say, for example, that your wife gets breast cancer, would you say that God was punishing her for being a woman?

Or say you get prostate cancer, would you say that God was punishing you for having sex?

Obviously you would not.

So why persist in saying that AIDS is God's punishment for homosexuals.

It is demonstrably untrue.

And it should be denounced for good!


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Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Sensible.

                                   

The New Paradigm includes a sensible attitude to sex in general and homosexuality in particular.

The ridiculous attitude of traditional Christianity towards sex is no longer tenable.

To preach that the body and sex are the enemies of the spirit is not sustainable in the 21st Century.

Sex is a natural function of our bodies and the pleasure experienced during sex can hardly be said to be against the will of God.

The time has come to leave these attitudes behind and teach our children to celebrate their sexuality as part of their love for their partners as it was intended.

Homosexuality is no different from heterosexuality.

This is what we should preach.


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Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Reconciled.

                            

There is no devil in reality.

So you may as well be reconciled to God.

Who is Love.


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Monday, 9 July 2018

No Lie.

                            

Prejudice and intolerance are darkness.

They are untruth.

There is no lie in New Jerusalem.  "For the Lord God will be their light."  Revelation 22:5 (NRSV)

God's Love is for all.

Even those we call evil.

God will call them by their name.

He will take them by the hand.

And bring them out of darkness.

And into His marvellous Light.


[Scripture quotations (marked NRSV) are taken from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and are used by permission.  All rights reserved.]

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Sunday, 8 July 2018

Gay Sex in the Kingdom of God.

                            

Is it possible to practise gay sex in the Kingdom of God?

I believe that God does not discriminate.

So the answer should be: Yes!

But within the Kingdom of God there are still many people who oppose gay sex.

Many gay people would say that it is better to reject the Kingdom than to have the Kingdom reject them.

But I say it is better to remain in the Kingdom and trust in God's Love.

If we pray for those around us who are persecuting gay men and lesbians perhaps God's Light will dawn upon them and they will see that God does not discriminate.


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Saturday, 7 July 2018

Gay.

                                         

I am gay.

I am a citizen of the world.

I am a child of God.

I am bound for Heaven.


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Friday, 6 July 2018

Fitting In.

                            

Parenting, education, and psychology are all oriented towards making people fit in.

But fit in to what?

The world is a horrible place.

Should we become horrible as well?

We are ruled by corrupt corporations.

Should we become corrupt as well?

Psychological health should not be equated with conformity.

Integrity, honesty, wisdom, and love are admirable qualities which should be cultivated in our children.

Unfortunately the world does not value these qualities.

But we cannot afford to just fit in.


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Thursday, 5 July 2018

The Easy Way Out.

                            

What people do when you have a problem or something goes wrong in your life is they take the easy way out.

They blame the victim.

They rationalize their guilt.

They take the line of least resistance.

They take the course of action which least disturbs their comfort.

They put it in the too hard basket.

And if the worst comes to the worst they will just ignore you.

It's always your own fault.

"I'm alright so what have you done wrong?"

"Cope."

"Smile."

So don't expect too much help.

Only God is reliable.

Pray to God.

Trust in Him.

And He will deliver you.


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Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Brother Jesus.

                            

When my friend Sean joined our church our Minister said to him, "You should think of God as your Father and Jesus as your brother."

I agree.

Even though I believe that we are entering the Age of Aquarius and the new revelations from God are symbolized by the Water Carrier,  I still believe that Jesus is the guiding spirit of the Age of Pisces.

Jesus is not my enemy.

Jesus is my brother.


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Sunday, 1 July 2018

Holistic Health.

                                         

Sex is the desire for union with another and as such it is the antithesis of dualism.

To experience sexual desire is to become aware of our connectedness to other human beings and to the earth itself.

We are not merely separate individuals apart from others and nature.  We are interconnected.

So sex can be a valuable aid to integration of our psyche.

It leads to holistic health.

It also leads to a holistic view of the universe.

A universe in which God is One.

And we are one with God.


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Saturday, 30 June 2018

Living Proof.

                            

I am living proof that God accepts gay people.

I am gay.

I am a member of the Uniting Church in Australia.

I receive communion.

I am a member of the Church Council.

I partake of God's Blessing.

I am affirmed.

I am Loved.


Photo: My Confirmation.

Friday, 29 June 2018

Thesis.

                   

How have we finished up like this?

The world is darker, colder, more unequal than it has ever been.

My thesis is that since the 1960s rock bands have been practising covert Satanism in their music and videos and the negative influences which have flowed from this are the hidden causes of many of our problems.

Drug addiction, promiscuity, adultery, divorce, hatred of the Church, witchcraft, magic, corruption, and evil.....

All these things derive from the rock music from the 1960s onwards.

But it is hard to see.

If you know what is at the root of it, however, you will know what to look for.

The negative interpretations of each generational groups astrological planets and signs gives a clue.

This is deliberate sabotage.

It's no wonder things are worse.

So look beneath the surface and take note of any negative references, especially those with religious overtones.

They may not be as harmless as you think.


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Thursday, 28 June 2018

Goodness.

                            

Rather than aspiring to righteousness we should be aspiring to goodness.

Righteousness can bring with it a sense of moral superiority and condemnation of others.

It is these things which Jesus criticized in the Pharisees and Sadducees.

To aspire to goodness, however, is to banish all harmful thoughts and actions.  It is to be totally benevolent.  It is to wish the best for others.  It is to give.  It is to love.

Goodness softens the heart and opens our heart to others.

So that we may love God and love our neighbors.


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Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Cake.

                            

At the corporate executive luncheon all who were present partook of a particularly decadent chocolate cake.

Not only was the cake itself rich chocolate but the icing was adorned with swirls and scrolls of pure chocolate like some surreal sculpture.

The guests were delighted.

When one of them commented that she felt a little bit guilty eating cake while the workers were at their labors the CEO replied, "They're just lazy bastards.  If they worked as hard as me they would eat cake as we do."


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Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Rationalizations.

                            

What is it that holds the Status Quo together?

Rationalizations:

We worked hard for our wealth.

Our holidays generate income for people in poor countries.

People are poor because they are lazy or vicious.

All people on welfare are cheats or criminals.

All Muslims are terrorists.

All asylum seekers are queue-jumpers.

We are not racist.

We are not rich.

The politics of envy.

Trickle-down effect.

Class warfare.

Ideologies.

Political correctness.

Do-gooders.

Communists.

Bleeding hearts.

All these rationalizations are false.

They seem true superficially but they will not stand scrutiny.

But no one ever questions them.

They are handed out by politicians.

And people repeat them to you word for word.

They are reinforced by the media.

This is why nothing ever changes.

No one ever questions these rationalizations.


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Monday, 25 June 2018

Status Quo.

                            

We no longer live in a democracy we live in a corporate plutocracy.

We no longer have any power - all power devolves to the corporate plutocrats who rule us.

We are stuck with the Status Quo.

And we have no power to change it.

In fact it continues to get worse.

Corporations expect to increase their profits by 15% per year no matter what.

What of our governments?

Our governments are corrupt.
They kowtow to the corporations because they share in their profits and their privileges.  They retire into directorships and seats on the board.  They no longer serve the people.

And they are now signing off our taxes to corporations who want to sue governments for lost profits.

This is corruption.

Our media is owned by these corporate rulers so we never see anything they don't want us to see.

The poor, the destitute, the lonely, the oppressed, the foreigner, the hungry.....

You wont see them on your T.V..

Unless it is to demonize them.

Only cooking shows and evil.

Delicious and corrupt.

And sports to distract you.

So we are stuck with the Status Quo.


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Sunday, 24 June 2018

XXX.

                            

He arrived on the scene driving a black Lamborghini with 666 on the number plate.

He was dressed all in black with dark Ray Ban shades to hide his eyes.

He aspired to money.

The root of all evil.

His god was the devil.

And his intentions were evil.


She strutted the streets in her little black dress.

She aspired to being his prowess.

His mistress, his partner, his driver, his mother.

She was hunting for scalps.

Power was her god.

And her intentions were evil.


Now they are old and their black shirts have faded.

They no longer have power.

And no one remembers.

Their children rebel.

And their masters look elsewhere.

At last they must face that their actions were evil.


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Saturday, 23 June 2018

Virtue.

                            

We cannot just go back to the 1950s.

But the revolutions of the 1960s and 1970s had their negative effects on society.

Sex and drugs and rock and roll caused untold suffering from addiction and divorce.  Let alone the negative influences in the music.

Death. Depression. Suicide. Evil.....

This period has also seen the demise of the Church.

Hypocrisy, sex-phobia, negative doctrines, moral wowserism, fear, and abuse caused billions of people to abandon institutional Christianity.

But the Church has some good qualities still.

Charity, consideration for others, concern for the poor, compassion for the suffering, faith, fellowship, prayer.....

These are good things which society lacks.

So we can still combine the good things from the Church with the positive aspects of our secular culture.


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Friday, 22 June 2018

Good People.

                            

There are many good people in the world.

Unfortunately Satanism in rock music. celebrity culture, and corporate ownership guarantee that evil is in control.

Good people have no power.

Good people are poisoned and distracted.

We cannot hope to make a better world while this situation continues.

Watch your eyes and your ears - what you watch and what you listen to.

What is it telling you to do?

"Don't change anything, just have a good time."

Meanwhile the rich get richer and government become more corrupt, the rich pay less tax and governments cut welfare.

Two-thirds of the world goes to bed hungry.

And war rages on.

Don't just do what your told.

Challenge the T.V., the music, the government.

While we are controlled there is no hope.

We must act now!

Otherwise the evil people who control our world will make things worse and worse until there is violent revolution.


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Thursday, 21 June 2018

I Vow.


To be sung to: I Vow to Thee My Country.

I vow to thee my Father,
My Savior, my Friend;
To love you with my whole heart,
To love you 'til the end.

A love that asks no questions,
A love that has no fear;
A love embracing all men,
The strangers and the dear.

And now we say to everyone
Your Father lives on high;
Awaiting our awakening,
Our fervent prayers, our cry!

We may not have an army,
We may not have a store;
But our nation will feed all men,
The richest and the poor.

So open up your broken hearts
And pray to God above;
And He will hear your hopeful prayers
And bless you with His Love.


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Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Self-Criticism.

                            

In Buddhism there is a tradition that the novices can criticize their leadership on one day of every year.

This is to ensure that those in authority do not become complacent.

In Judaism God periodically sends a messenger, a prophet, who criticizes the shepherds of Israel - the political and religious leaders.

Jesus was a prophet in this tradition.

Jesus said, "'For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord."'"  Matthew 23:39 (NRSV)

By this he meant until they accepted the criticism which comes from God.

For "he expected justice, but saw bloodshed, righteousness, but heard a cry."  Isaiah 5:7 (NRSV)


[Scripture quotations (marked NRSV) are taken from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and are used by permission.  All rights reserved.]

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Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Big Softies.

                                     


Death-dealing devils

call you:

Monsters, Beasts, and Animals.

They make you:

Punishers, Enforcers, and Predators.

But I say you are:

Gentle Giants, Big Softies, Angels.

You have Big Hearts.

Do not be afraid of Tears.

Open your Hearts!

Give Love.

And Live!


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Sunday, 17 June 2018

Saturday, 16 June 2018

My People.


I stand upon the Holy Mountain.

Candles lit in fervent prayer.

Looking out across the plain.

To where my people suffer pain.


"Come up!"  He said.  And so I did.

And heard of His undying heart.

To live and love in life abundant.

Trusting His unceasing Love.


To give as we receive is best.

To love and hear the least of these.

To help. To care. To carry. To stay.

Will see us to a bright new day!


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Friday, 15 June 2018

Eternal Life.

                            

St. Paul called his body "this body of death".  Romans 7:24 (NRSV)

This is because the body dies but the spirit lives on.

And so he assumed that all physical pleasures were sinful and brought about death to God.  This is abstract thinking extrapolated from the material.

"For the wages of sin is death."  Romans 6: 23 (NRSV)

But death is no place, no state, so kingdom.

Eternity, however, Eternal Life, is now.

My body is alive now.

I am never separated from God.

And I experience His Life in my body which is Love.


[Scripture quotations (marked NRSV) are taken from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and are used by permission.  All rights reserved.]

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Thursday, 14 June 2018

Gay!


Up the rocky slope

to the summit.

Down into

the darkest pit.

To work and struggle

thirty years.

At last to see

the light of day.

And now we seek

God's Holy Blessing.

No longer to be

shunned and shamed.

But free

to live and love together.

Walking

His Undying Way.


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Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Religion for Dummies.

                            

Satanism may seem like an answer for those who feel they can't live up to God's expectations.

"I'm no angel."

But is negativity an answer?

Guilt, shame, poison, sabotage, lies, hate, and hell are not really helpful.

Torture, torment, and pain are considered fun.

If they tell you to lie the chances are they are lying to you in the first place.

There is no Satan in reality.

So Satanism is really only religion for dummies.


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Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Light.


May the Light

of God

shine upon you.

And banish

the darkness

that surrounds you.


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Monday, 11 June 2018

The Dark Night.

                            

We are living in the dark night.

The world is evil and corrupt.

We have no power.

And God is dead.

But unbeknown to us this is the result of a deliberate campaign to rid the world of goodness and spread evil everywhere.

Satanists in the rock music and entertainment industries set out to destroy the Church and promote Satanism in its place.

Their work is dark, sinister, and blasphemous.

And they have largely succeeded.

Although people don't know that what they are doing is Satanism.

It is backwards and upside-down.

So throw away your C.D.s, turn off the T.V., and unplug your earphones.

We have been deceived.


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Sunday, 10 June 2018

Church Leaders.


"The shepherds also have no understanding.
they have all turned to their own way,
to their own gain, one and all."  Isaiah 56:11 (NRSV)

We may wonder why those in positions of authority in the Church teach things which seem so contradictory of Jesus and our intuitive understanding of God.

But in ancient Israel the prophets were often critical of the shepherds - i.e. the religious leaders of Israel.

They were called blind and deaf and Jesus called them hypocrites.

So we should not be surprised when the Church appears to be wrong.
It has been wrong before.

So why doesn't God tell them?

The answer is that He does.

He sends prophets and messengers to tell them.

But as Jesus said, "'Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those sent to it!  How often have I desired to gather my children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!'"  Luke 13:34 (NRSV)

This is the meaning of Jesus' saying: "'And I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord."'"  Luke 13:35 (NRSV) 


[Scripture quotations (marked NRSV) are taken from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and are used by permission.  All rights reserved.]

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Saturday, 9 June 2018

Clouds of Heaven.



What are

The Clouds of Heaven

But

Clouds of Love.


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Friday, 8 June 2018

Sunday Christians.

                            

Why do people sit in church every Sunday and nod piously during the sermon, even espouse hospitality during prayers, but you never see them during the week?

Church people only associate with others during official Church functions.  They never invite you into their homes let alone provide a meal.

We are constantly reminded that Jesus attended and spoke about meals, using this as a metaphor for God's hospitality.

Hospitality is one of the principles of Messy Church but not one of them has ever invited me into their homes for a meal.

So they sit there and the sermon goes in one ear and out the other, or over their heads completely.

No wonder the Church is dying.


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Thursday, 7 June 2018

Jar.


The Egyptian hieroglyph of a jar - ab - means the heart.


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Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Open Your Eyes.


May you

Open your eyes.

And see

Through the darkness.

The love

That surrounds you.

And wash with

Your tears.

And banish

Your fears.


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Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Monday, 4 June 2018

Waves.


Give love

to him

in infinite

waves.

That come from

the heart

in mysterious

ways.