God and Jesus are the most exploited and misrepresented identities in the history of life. And often it is those who claim to be faithful who do the exploiting and misrepresenting so they can honour themselves in the eyes of an abusive world. There is nothing more sinister in God's eyes than standing on his shoulders, or the shoulders of Jesus, to impress self-righteous and worldly eyes.
Our world can be brutal to children. That sentence alone should be enough to make us have a long hard look at how we raise them and how we educate them. Not just in Australia. But everywhere. But despite the psychological carnage, school websites and the marketing information they release tells a different story to our children. Schools speak with flashy taglines. Children speak with anxiety, self-harm and suicide attempts. And we all know only one of the two voices I referred to here is of any substance.
What the world has done to our children is one of its greatest crimes. And education, instead of defending them is playing its role. Little silence, little grounding, little boundaries, little chance. This poem has sensitive themes - such as suicide, self-harm and reference to violence and drug use. It may be triggering for some.
Religions weaken and limit God's right to authority and sovereignty over his own life. They have greedily divided God among themselves, guaranteeing he would be kept at arms length from the abusive world we have created. Conditional expression is the way of life that honours God. It honours and acknowledges all God's direct messengers, but honours Jesus as the true living Word of God. the embodiment of what honouring God should look and feel like.
'As the first school term draws nearer to its close, with education a mess and the lives of our children flooded with violence, anxiety, depression, self-harm and suicide...' This is the sentence that opens this piece. Our children speak to the world that is failing them in many ways, including these things listed here.
Inside is a series of questions for Catholic educators, priests and bishops designed to put the true nature of their faith to the test. It makes for an intense reflection. But God's life is at stake so it is probably worth it.
In a world that has valued personal and economic profit over keeping the life we belong to sacred, God's own word cannot be given away. Believing in God does not equate to caring for God. In terms of our collective behaviour and actions, God has been treated as nothing. And our actions was all that ever mattered.
If Catholic and Christian schools truly seek to honour God and Jesus by building environments sourced in them, then their instructions and messages should feature in the day-to-day decisions being made in staff meetings - not kept at arm's length in religion lessons. Jesus said he was the way. He is, or he isn't. If he is, the CE one will be guided by is conditional expression. No hiding now - the way of Jesus has a name.
To all who are travelling a God-centred religious or spiritual path the destination is the same - to live with conditional expression. The only way of life which honours God's life as sacred.
In the beginning was God. Or Life. And, once dark and formless, God - or Life - took form. God is real - a physical, psychological and energetic being. And we, the cellular components of that life, have no greater purpose or responsibility than functioning in a manner that is nourishing to that life.
Are Christian and Catholic schools actually God or Christ-centred? Or are they Christian and Catholic Church-centred. There is a massive difference. Who is asking? God is. Along with Jesus. This discussion is relevant to any religion or spiritua path that owes its identity to God.
Our capacity for creating our own reality is real. But it was no gift. Nor do we have the consent of life to do so, should what we design be traumatic for it. God - or life - has been clear since the beginning of time. 'Do not create individual realities, which are abusive to mine. Do so, and you reject me. And you do so against my wishes and without my consent!'
The education system in my homeland of Australia is a mess. And this mess has impacted heavily on the psychological health of both students and teachers. The bridge between what we see and hear through websites and marketing campaigns and what is really happening has never been wider. Schools are not places many people want to be. More and more, career educators who I know and love are telling me they are done. But it does not have to be this way. In fact, it never did.
This year's theme for Reconciliation Week in my homeland of Australia is 'Be Brave, Make Change!' This is wise as it takes far more courage to love where there is hurt, than to cling to that hurt as a source of division. This is true for us as a nation, and for each of us in our individual lives. And in terms of our relationship with ourselves and others. It is not love standing in the way of reconciliation. In a human experience, love knows it can't balk at anything. That's why it is so courageous. To us all, love says, 'I am ready when you are!' This piece was first posted on the 26th of January 2018. What a four years it has been for life. It is her we should love for, more than anything else. For life and our sacred mother do not take sides. As she said to me once in Central Australia - 'Why can't we just love!?'
Dan Foster, on the Medium platform, writes that use of the words, 'God told me to tell you...' represents spiritual abuse. I found this of great personal interest given these words appear on my website. I'm not sure what sort of human being would dare use these words without substance, but there is no greater love in my life than God and I have sworn to defend - not exploit - him. As you will see the real abuse is rejecting what God wishes us to know. Because our rejection of his timeless message has led to his own suffering.
We can all choose to live from two foundations. In the pursuit of our own individual dreams and desires. Or to honour and treat life as it has asked to be honoured and treated.
‘If you reject me, I will give you everything you could ever dream of in the human experience. Or you can honour me and tend to my needs. It is all yours to take. Or sacrifice.' ~ God himself reveals just how contradictory the ways of the high-income world are to his timeless instruction that we live with conditional expression.
A self-righteous crusader, who loved to name-and-shame those who made mistakes had died. They arrive at the gates of heaven, reflecting on a life well-lived. However, Peter is absent, and God waits with one of the victims of their judgement. What does God say?
Phusion Living is the nickname for the way of conditional expression. It is the way of life lived by the Phusion Love Warrior. The mantra, ‘I will dedicate all that I am, to being a nourishing component of life. I love God and life enough to alter my behaviour so that I honour all life as sacred. I reject the freedom to have, be and do whatever I want, when I want, and exercise and embrace my freedom to be what life needs me to be. It is my right to say no to the things which are abusive to life!’
God has been speaking to our world in his greatest hour of need. His message is the same as it has always been. That we live with conditional expression. There is no other way we can give life - God's life - what it needs. While we delay, it should be made clear that it is God who suffers. Jesus has returned - as The Way of conditional expression.
Yoga says, ‘come to me, it is a crazy world and I’ll help you survive it.’ ‘Come to me. You will look great and feel amazing!’ What it was meant to say was, ‘crazy world I am coming to destroy you!’ ‘I serve God and what you are is a violation of his wishes.’ But yoga passed on its duty. Instead of steering humanity in another direction, our sacred collapsed when yoga was at the peak of its popularity and commercial power.
The ‘x’ in this photo, perhaps, marks the most significant place I have ever stood. It most definitely is, when it comes to my own sense of identity and my purpose in this lifetime. I knew this moment was always coming. I was in waiting. It was the moment the identity we refer to as God said, 'You're mine!'.
The high income world continues to crucify life from the inside out through our obsession with individual wants and tendency to choose portrayal over being. We have, to the great detriment of God, changed corrupted the energetic and physical health of humanity. God has asked us to 'be and trust' because his life depends on it. He said it...but what does he mean?