God Excited About First Trip To Japan

7/24/17 9:20am (theonion.com)

THE HEAVENS—After years of talking about visiting the East Asian country, God, Our Lord and Heavenly Father, told reporters Monday that He was excited to finally be taking His first trip to Japan. “It seems like such a fascinating culture, and I’m excited to try sushi in the country that started it all,” said the Divine Creator, adding that while He only knew a few words of Japanese, He had read online that the people there were generally happy to help out a visitor, even if they didn’t know English themselves. “I have to do the bullet train—I think it goes 200 mph or something like that—and maybe I can get tickets to a sumo match. I also think it’ll be fun to just wander around and look at interesting stuff. I’ve heard you can get pretty much anything from a vending machine.” At press time, God had booked a two-week vacation and was researching tips for minimizing jet lag.

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My wounding will arise

I’m not available for “healthy partnership”
Unless we redefine what this means

Unless we co-create a partnership in which its health has nothing to do with what wounding arises
And everything to do with how we hold this

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My wounding will arise
My anxious tendencies will be expressed
Or perhaps my avoidant ones

Your wounding will arise in response
Or perhaps it will be the initiator
Reactivity will be invited
These energies will not be denied

The health of our dance has nothing to do with these inevitabilities
With what energies cannot help but play out
With one another
Or with another

Our “healthy dance” is completely unique to you and I
However we define it
Whatever co-creation wishes to unfold

In this moment, the “proposal” that is inspired from me
Is that we welcome all of this
The fire, the fear, the passion, the love, in all its infinite forms

Breathing it in
Inviting it all
Intentionally, consciously, compassionately
Allowing it to destroy us
And return us home to ourselves

Erecting boundaries of love
That invite us into deeper connection
With ourselves
With one another
With the entity that is you and I

Limitless expansion
Into the great unknown
Of who we will be revealed to be

A “healthy partnership”
In which self-love reigns supreme
Through the inclusion of other in Self
And an embracing of all that unfolds.

Troy Cohen

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A Message from Bentinho Massaro

I want to just take a moment and appreciate those of you who never fell for the ‘fake news’ and ill-willed attempts from a handful of character assassins and attention and controversy seekers to neutralize my public image for no real or grounded reason whatsoever.

Those who know who I am can sense the purity of my actions and intent, because they see in me what they know is true in the deepest parts of themselves, and they would never forsake that even if the whole of this young collective despises its own projections of it. They embrace the paradox that I embody and realize that it’s an expression of an intention to bridge worlds and be available to all.

Those most trusting of me I consider my family—those most capable of receiving my love—and to you, I wish to reaffirm that my life is quite literally yours.

I lay my heart in the palms of your hands every day. I will never do anything to harm you. I never do anything without considering you. I will always keep you in the highest light of your truest potential. I will always be kind when I can be, and honest when I have to be. I will withstand the force of your appreciation, and the force of your resistance alike. And I will stay true to who I know you to be in truth.

I will vibrationally and otherwise make sure that I am at my constant best in mind, body, and spirit in order to be able to benefit you the most.

Not a minute goes by that I don’t consider your highest benefit, and your tender yet willing hearts. I love you like my children, I love you like you’re me. And there is nothing I can do to change that. It is what I am and will continue to be no matter what happens. You can trust this about me 100%.

I am pleased by serving you to the fullest of my capacity while in this physical body. Thank you for spreading the love and receiving these teachings.

I appreciate you. Thank you for having faith in me, and in yourself. Thank you for sticking with everything that my life and this community of seekers represents.

💗🙏🏼💗

Bentinho Massaro

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Watch ’70s Frank Gehry teach kids to build a city

A very young version of the future Pritzker winner turns the classroom into Kid City
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Before Frank Gehry won a Pritzker Prize, before he created defining projects such as the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao or the Walt Disney Concert Hall, and even before his home in Santa Monica, California and early projects in neighboring Venice began establishing his signature vision, he was just a mustachioed architect teaching kids about design.

In 1971, filmmaker Jon Boorstin shot a short documentary about then-42-year-old Gehry’s efforts to help his younger sister, schoolteacher Doreen Nelson, test out an architecture-based curriculum on Los Angeles school children. The program took students out of Westminster Elementary School in Venice every Wednesday to build their own city. Gehry felt that unless kids learned something beyond rote skills, by sixth grade “the faucet was off and they were no longer open to ideas.”

During the course of the short film, children build a city, called Purium, out of blocks and cardboard, then debate planning issues and even elect a mayor. As he prompts and directs the students, Gehry touches on issues of planning and land ownership, the same issues central to any large-scale architecture practice.

The teaching method, called City Building Education, was short-lived at Westminster. The class proved too chaotic for the children’s regular teacher, who fired Gehry and Nelson. “The point she missed,” Gehry says in the film, “is that the conflict, when they start arguing with each other, is the real involvement in the city planning process that they were robbed of.”

But that was far from the end. Nelson, now a professor and AIA member, went on to pioneer a version of the curriculum that could be used in schools across the country.

“When I began my career in education in 1960, I found that traditional ways of teaching were not leading to student success,” Nelson recalls. “Using our methodology, students learn how to problem-solve by applying essential 21st century workforce skills such as critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity.”

In addition to earning endorsements from artists and luminaries including Ray Eames, sculptor Claes Oldenburg, and Apple computer legend Alan Kay, it’s still being used. Now renamed Designed Based Learning, Southern California Cal Poly Pomona’s College of Education and Integrative Studies has offered certification in Nelson’s method for 30 years.

“I’m not teaching kids to be designers; I’m teaching them to think,” she says in the film. “But architecture needs creative thinking, and if people learn how to think creatively, they might be interested in studying architecture.”

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The great bias toward light and away from darkness

In speaking recently with a friend, I was reminded of the great bias in our culture toward the light and away from the darkness. When we meet with someone who is down, feeling hopeless, empty, or otherwise not beaming and joyful, we can become quickly convinced that something is wrong, that they are “broken,” and that we must act urgently to “fix” them. We scramble to put them back together, to remind them of all the gifts in their life, impart spiritual techniques and philosophies to them, suggesting that they just “focus on the positive,” letting them know that everything will be better soon and that it will all turn out okay.

It is so natural to want to help another and to lessen their suffering and pain. There is nothing wrong with this intention and with employing whatever skillful means we have to help, to bring relief. But we might also see the subtle aggression in this, this insistence that they come out of their immediate experience and into the one we believe they should be having instead. We can start to see how much of this “fixing” activity arises out of the disconnection with that which remains unmetabolized within us.

It is possible the kindest thing we can offer our suffering friend is to sit in the darkness with them – holding their hand and staying so close – removing the burden that they change, transform, feel better, or heal in order for us to stay near. As we turn to embrace our own unmet sadness, grief, and despair, we remove the projection of our unlived lives from them. We lift the weight that they take care of our unresolved anxiety for us.

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As we learn to trust and to rest in the wisdom-field of our present, embodied experience, we see that love is a movement of the totality. It is whole, never partial, and is raging and alive even in the darkness. In the core of the fire, the sadness, the grief, and the despair is something very real, breaking through the dream of partiality. But what this is may never support our cultural and spiritual fantasies of a life of invulnerability. Here, you are being shown that the wild, untamed, creative movement of love will never conform to your hopes and fears and that things are unlikely to ever turn out the way you thought they would. This is not evidence that something has gone wrong, but of how alive and unprecedented you are.

From the perspective of this radical sort of wholeness, every experience is beheld as utterly valid, totally workable, and an expression of the path itself. Here there is no obstacle. From the center of your being, it is seen that life is not only the joy and the sweetness, but at times will arrive raging as the darkness, in order to reorder your world and to remind you or something you have lost contact with. In this surging of your inner family, the true nature of your experience will be revealed, and the portals to presence will be shown as they are… as infinite.

May you stay close to your suffering and the suffering of others, careful not to cut it too quickly, curious and available to the wisdom as it unfolds in unexpected ways. Open your heart to the golden, full-spectrum nature of love and the jewels hidden in the dark before you discard them, and finally see what it is that they have to say.

Matt Licata

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Two Minutes of Heaven

2-Minute Anti-Peace Challenge. If you sigh deeply, experience a glimpse of peace, feel any degree of bliss or smile widely, you failed to resist the vibration of the effortless state of your own Self being reflected back to you. Goodluck! Let me know in the comments how you did.

Posted by Bentinho Massaro on Monday, June 17, 2019

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You Always Get What You Want – Alan Watts


True Meaning
Published on Jun 17, 2019

You always get what you want – Alan Watts
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SUNDAY NIGHT TRANSLATION GROUP – 6/16/19

Translators:  Richard Branam, Mike Zonta, Hanz Bolen, Melissa Goodnight

SENSE TESTIMONY:  People are improvident in seeing only their own needs and not the needs of others.

5th Step Conclusions:

1)  Truth is all one indivisible being/consciousness with infinite foresight, infinite forethought and infinite provision.

2)  All is ONE Infinite Consciousness Beingness, expressing in limitless individuated visibility — with every expression replete in the perfect all-knowing omniscience of the whole: foresighted, prescient, prudent, well-considered, and full of wisdom.

3)  I AM, justice and Providence … the radiant Self evidence … the powerful, everpresence of all one knowing… manifesting, strongly soundly, harmoniously … In and of each and every … Individuation, flow and dance of Being All I Am.
Justice and Providence being Consciousness Beingness Truth are always self Evidently abundant.  Universal Integrity is self Evident Abundant Everpresent Nursing of All Being

4)  Truth Is the Essential Divine Community Remunerated Consciousness I AMNESS, Being the Benevolent Supra Innate Visibility, the Only Righteous Wisdom, Being One Infinite Minds’ Omniscient, Omnipresent, Omnipotent Served Whole Androgynous Agreement, Fulfilled, Pleased Relationship.

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Biography: G. K. Chesterton

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G. K. Chesterton
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Born Gilbert Keith Chesterton
29 May 1874
Kensington, London, England
Died 14 June 1936 (aged 62)
Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England
Resting place Roman Catholic Cemetery, Beaconsfield
Occupation Journalist, novelist, essayist, poet
Citizenship British
Education St Paul’s School
Alma mater Slade School of Art
Period 1900–1936
Genre Essays, FantasyChristian apologeticsCatholic apologeticsMysterypoetry
Literary movement Catholic literary revival[1]
Notable works The Napoleon of Notting Hill(1904)
Charles Dickens: A Critical Study
(1906)
The Man Who Was Thursday
(1908)
Orthodoxy
(1908)
Father Brown stories
(1910–1935)
The Everlasting Man
(1925)
Spouse Frances Blogg
Relatives Cecil Chesterton (brother)

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Gilbert Keith ChestertonKC*SG (29 May 1874 – 14 June 1936), was an English writer,[2] poet, philosopher, dramatist, journalist, orator, lay theologian, biographer, and literary and art critic. Chesterton is often referred to as the “prince of paradox“.[3] Time magazine has observed of his writing style: “Whenever possible Chesterton made his points with popular sayings, proverbs, allegories—first carefully turning them inside out.”[4]

Chesterton is well known for his fictional priest-detective Father Brown,[5] and for his reasoned apologetics. Even some of those who disagree with him have recognised the wide appeal of such works as Orthodoxy and The Everlasting Man.[4][6]Chesterton routinely referred to himself as an “orthodox” Christian, and came to identify this position more and more with Catholicism, eventually converting to Catholicism from High Church AnglicanismGeorge Bernard Shaw, his “friendly enemy”, said of him, “He was a man of colossal genius.”[4] Biographers have identified him as a successor to such Victorian authors as Matthew ArnoldThomas Carlyle, Cardinal John Henry Newman, and John Ruskin.[7]

Early life

G. K. Chesterton at the age of 17

Chesterton was born in Campden Hill in Kensington, London, the son of Marie Louise, née Grosjean, and Edward Chesterton.[8][9] He was baptised at the age of one month into the Church of England,[10] though his family themselves were irregularly practising Unitarians.[11] According to his autobiography, as a young man Chesterton became fascinated with the occult and, along with his brother Cecil, experimented with Ouija boards.[12]

Chesterton was educated at St Paul’s School, then attended the Slade School of Art to become an illustrator. The Slade is a department of University College London, where Chesterton also took classes in literature, but did not complete a degree in either subject.

Family life

Chesterton married Frances Blogg in 1901; the marriage lasted the rest of his life. Chesterton credited Frances with leading him back to Anglicanism, though he later considered Anglicanism to be a “pale imitation”. He entered full communion with the Catholic Church in 1922.[13]

Career

In September 1895 Chesterton began working for the London publisher Redway, where he remained for just over a year.[14] In October 1896 he moved to the publishing house T. Fisher Unwin,[14] where he remained until 1902. During this period he also undertook his first journalistic work, as a freelance art and literary critic. In 1902 the Daily News gave him a weekly opinion column, followed in 1905 by a weekly column in The Illustrated London News, for which he continued to write for the next thirty years.

Early on Chesterton showed a great interest in and talent for art. He had planned to become an artist, and his writing shows a vision that clothed abstract ideas in concrete and memorable images. Even his fiction contained carefully concealed parables. Father Brown is perpetually correcting the incorrect vision of the bewildered folks at the scene of the crime and wandering off at the end with the criminal to exercise his priestly role of recognition and repentance. For example, in the story “The Flying Stars”, Father Brown entreats the character Flambeau to give up his life of crime: “There is still youth and honour and humour in you; don’t fancy they will last in that trade. Men may keep a sort of level of good, but no man has ever been able to keep on one level of evil. That road goes down and down. The kind man drinks and turns cruel; the frank man kills and lies about it. Many a man I’ve known started like you to be an honest outlaw, a merry robber of the rich, and ended stamped into slime.”[15]

Caricature of Chesterton, by Max Beerbohm

Chesterton loved to debate, often engaging in friendly public disputes with such men as George Bernard Shaw,[16] H. G. WellsBertrand Russell and Clarence Darrow.[17][18] According to his autobiography, he and Shaw played cowboys in a silent film that was never released.[19]

Visual wit

Chesterton was a large man, standing 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m) and weighing around 20 stone 6 pounds (130 kg; 286 lb). His girth gave rise to a famous anecdote. During the First World War a lady in London asked why he was not “out at the Front“; he replied, “If you go round to the side, you will see that I am.”[20] On another occasion he remarked to his friend George Bernard Shaw, “To look at you, anyone would think a famine had struck England.” Shaw retorted, “To look at you, anyone would think you had caused it.”[21] P. G. Wodehouse once described a very loud crash as “a sound like G. K. Chesterton falling onto a sheet of tin”.[22]

Chesterton usually wore a cape and a crumpled hat, with a swordstick in hand, and a cigar hanging out of his mouth. He had a tendency to forget where he was supposed to be going and miss the train that was supposed to take him there. It is reported that on several occasions he sent a telegram to his wife Frances from some distant (and incorrect) location, writing such things as “Am in Market Harborough. Where ought I to be?” to which she would reply, “Home”.[23] (Chesterton himself tells the story, omitting, however, his wife’s alleged reply, in ch. XVI of his autobiography.)

Radio

In 1931, the BBC invited Chesterton to give a series of radio talks. He accepted, tentatively at first. However, from 1932 until his death, Chesterton delivered over 40 talks per year. He was allowed (and encouraged) to improvise on the scripts. This allowed his talks to maintain an intimate character, as did the decision to allow his wife and secretary to sit with him during his broadcasts.[24]

The talks were very popular. A BBC official remarked, after Chesterton’s death, that “in another year or so, he would have become the dominating voice from Broadcasting House.”[25]

More at:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G._K._Chesterton

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