Sunday, December 29, 2013

When Strangers Click

When Strangers Click
Yes this is a title of a great documentary; it is also a great discussion in my real life yesterday…and all days.
The documentary describes a film about several peoples’ experience of finding mates on the Internet. It is not, however, your typical story of miraculous and strange love, nor catfish experiences. It is a great film about real relationships. People who find each other by design or accident, and connect on levels that we all have the ability and fortune to connect on but somehow miss the opportunities as they are presenting themselves.
TedX: Vienna is doing a series all about connection! "I share therefore I am"

 I had a great day yesterday, volunteering as a bar tender at the Moose. It happened to be the day of several different birthdays that were celebrated at the lodge. I got to talk with my mom on Skype which I haven’t been able to do in more than a year, and she got to reconnect with a friend she met when she last visited me. What were the chances that that friend would be in town, at the lodge, on that day? The chances were typical if you really, really stay present to what the Universe brings to the table of “the reason we are here.” There is no purpose in life more important than connecting with others, in my opinion.
Lisa Hallow Designs Vintage Remix
One of the birthdays being celebrated came at the end of my day when just before closing a trio came in. One amazing man who looks 30 years younger than he is, his birthday girl friend, and their mutual friend Lisa. Lisa was the connection the Universe presented to me in this moment. A stunning woman who is “full”…of everything! Wearing a G O R G E O U S black blouse that reflected her personality, Lisa is textured, smooth, luxurious, and historically stylish in both look and experience. Lisa has an excellent sense of business, and love of art and jewelry. She’s been designing jewelry almost her whole life and we may get together on a local proposal.

Continuing with the theme of connection, have you ever met someone that you instantly connect with? Last night I got to spend time with one of my favorite girlfriends. She’s a bar tender but last night we got to sit together on the customer side. We met 8 years ago when she complimented my jewelry and it has been love ever since. A new friend I met about a month ago, I call him “tickleman” because of his deep, vibrating voice, was also at the club last night…it seems we only go when the other is going (without planning!) I made some new friends there too, both from the Philippines, one a special ed teacher of moderate to severe students; I introduced him to my favorite video on autism by Amanda Baggs. The first part of the video is in her "native" language; then she translates it for us...she's absolutely brilliant....I am humbled.

Last night’s connections may turn out to be significant, and with some don’t seem like “connections” because they are long standing friendships. However, the Universe wants us to know that the “new” does not have to wear off of everything; our perceptions and willingness are the fabric softeners of life, making anything fresh if we chose. So go out with a renewed perception and be willing to see the connections that exist in your life and the new ones you will surely encounter on your intentional journey to connect. Life cannot be lived without your presence…without your connection.



Wednesday, December 25, 2013

There is no God…now that I’ve said it, that’s all right with Her!

It has been close to a year it seems since I've written. Now I have a lap top again, and I'm excited to be back! And the timing couldn't be better. Merry Christmas to you all, and if you do nothing else today, have a conversation about whatever...just talk and see what your mind opens up. Miracles are possible if you have faith!
There is no God…now that I’ve said it, that’s all right with Her!
Photo: Tranquil Acres of Alexandria
Looking at the wish bones on the window sill while doing dishes this Christmas morning, I give a thought to my son and I wish for him…

Happiness and prosperity, no prosperity from happiness,…

              No, just happiness…and faith, no not faith in God, blind  faith…

                           No, blind faith…no, I want him to be so aware of what the Universe provides that he shares it with others…

Photo: Tribes of Creation
 OMG I’m going to be in trouble for thinking these thoughts…no…wait…

              God    does   not   need   the credit…..God    is    God………..

                                                       W O W
“Isaac! I just had an epiphany!”, I say before I share my train of thought (verbatim) with my son. And we continue the thoughtful journey. WE are God….God is real and gave us a “push” but we choose the direction. Together we are powerful and can create miracles…or we can hurt each other….it is the choice given to us. But without US, God does not exist, and God is so powerful and secure that God does not need need to be named as the creditor of our deeds any more than Satan for our sins. WE alone, yet together, are responsible for the conditions of heaven or hell on the Earth. But, what about Jesus? What really happened there.
OMG, another epiphany….why was Jesus killed? Why is any man killed by another? Jesus was not killed so that we would be forgiven for our sins…Jesus was killed to cover up the sins of his persecutor.  Think about it, think about the innocent man sentenced to death…someone…SOME ONE… knows he is  innocent but says nothing….why? Because the persecutor is guilty and does not want to be exposed and defending an innocent man will point the finger at guilt at himself.  W O W…Jesus was not crucified so that we may be forgiven, but rather so that we would not be aware of the truth of the prosecutor. Oh Em Gee!
So, Isaac says, “And God is a woman. Think about it. Imagine that I’m angry at you and want nothing more to do with you and I go on in my life to do amazing things like cure cancer. You will be watching me, you will be proud of me. You will love me despite my not accepting you. I do not have to believe in you, but you will still love me. God is a mother.”  “Yes!”, I reply, “And the Church is the father, setting the rules, having expectations, The Father, the pastor the priest…all men”.  And who but a woman, or one of a motherly, or purely loving heart, would easily give up the glory of love to another’s credit…because that kind of love does not need “ownership rights.”
God is a woman, Her love is free, abundant, and the easiest choice we can make. It is important on this, and every day, that we realize not that Jesus died on the cross, but that Mary his mother, and Magdalene his lover, wept, not just for him, but for all of those hanged that day. And they prayed, not to God but to the world, and all of the future of it, that this pain and suffering should never be known by another again. And it is their tears, not the blood of Jesus that anointed the Earth.
Photo: ESCProductions
And while we are it, we can see that that the rising of Jesus was not proof that he was the son of God, but instead a promise that love will save the world from the pain of loss. It is THAT love that resurrects the human spirit, on Christmas, on Easter, and any day we choose to give it. It is only in the giving that Love is CREATED.
Photo: Pxleyes
 I am blessed to have had this conversation on this special day. I pray to you that you are blessed with such communion this and every day of the year!