Red Marbles and Spiritual growth

Whatever we add to others becomes extension of our soul. Sharing our energy and kindness can change the world of one or many. Spiritual growth is exactly that. Not A+ on your spiritual knowledge but how much do you share and positively add and influence others.

I received the following story titled ‘Red Marbles’ in an email from a dear friend.

RED MARBLES
By W. E. Petersen (first appeared in the October 1975 Ensign Magazine)

I was at the corner grocery store buying some early potatoes. I noticed a small boy, delicate of bone and feature, ragged but clean, hungrily appraising a basket of freshly picked green peas.

I paid for my potatoes but was also drawn to the display of fresh green peas. I am a pushover for creamed peas and new potatoes.
Pondering the peas, I couldn’t help overhearing the conversation between Mr. Miller (the store owner) and the ragged boy next to me.

‘Hello Barry, how are you today?’

‘H’lo , Mr. Miller. Fine, thank ya. Jus’ admirin’ them peas.. They sure look good.’

‘They are good, Barry. How’s your Ma?’

‘Fine. Gittin’ stronger alla’ time.’

‘Good. Anything I can help you with?’

‘No, Sir. Jus’ admirin’ them peas.’

‘Would you like to take some home?’ asked Mr. Miller.

‘No, Sir. Got nuthin’ to pay for ‘em with.’

‘Well, what have you to trade me for some of those peas?’

‘All I got’s my prize marble here.’

‘Is that right? Let me see it’ said Miller..

‘Here ’tis. She’s a dandy.’

‘I can see that. Hmmmmm, only thing is this one is blue and I sort of go for red. Do you have a red one like this at home?’ the store owner asked..

‘Not zackley but almost..’

‘Tell you what. Take this sack of peas home with you and next trip this way let me look at that red marble’.. Mr… Miller told the boy.

‘Sure will. Thanks Mr. Miller.’

Mrs. Miller, who had been standing nearby, came over to help me. With a smile she said, ‘There are two other boys like him in our community, all three are in very poor circumstances. Jim just loves to bargain with them for peas, apples, tomatoes, or whatever. When they come back with their red marbles, and they always do, he decides he doesn’t like red after all and he sends them home with a bag of produce for a green marble or an orange one, when they come on their next trip to the store.’

I left the store smiling to myself, impressed with this man. A short time later I moved to Colorado , but I never forgot the story of this man, the boys, and their bartering for marbles.

Several years went by, each more rapid than the previous one. Just recently I had occasion to visit some old friends in that Idaho community and while I was there learned that Mr.. Miller had died…

They were having his visitation that evening and knowing my friends wanted to go, I agreed to accompany them. Upon arrival at the mortuary we fell into line to meet the relatives of the deceased and to offer whatever words of comfort we could..

Ahead of us in line were three young men. One was in an army uniform and the other two wore nice haircuts, dark suits and white shirts…all very professional looking. They approached Mrs. Miller, standing composed and smiling by her husband’s casket.. Each of the young men hugged her, kissed her on the cheek, spoke briefly with her, and moved on to the casket.

Her misty light blue eyes followed them as, one by one; each young man stopped briefly and placed his own warm hand over the cold pale hand in the casket. Each left the mortuary awkwardly, wiping his eyes.

Our turn came to meet Mrs. Miller. I told her who I was and reminded her of the story from those many years ago and what she had told me about her husband’s bartering for marbles. With her eyes glistening, she took my hand and led me to the casket.

‘Those three young men who just left were the boys I told you about.. They just told me how they appreciated the things Jim ‘traded’ them. Now, at last, when Jim could not change his mind about color or size……they came to pay their debt.’

‘We’ve never had a great deal of the wealth of this world,’ she confided, ‘but right now, Jim would consider himself the richest man in Idaho.’

With loving gentleness she lifted the lifeless fingers of her deceased husband. Resting underneath were three exquisitely shined red marbles.
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The Moral: We will not be remembered by our words, but by our kind deeds. Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath…..

Today I wish you a day of ordinary miracles ~ A fresh pot of coffee you didn’t make yourself…An unexpected phone call from an old friend…Green stoplights on your way to work…The fastest line at the grocery store…A good sing-along song on the radio…Your keys found right where you left them.

Forward or copy and send this to the people you’ll never forget…

Surely you have one person in your life to appreciate and share this story.

IT’S NOT WHAT YOU GATHER, BUT WHAT YOU SCATTER THAT TELLS WHAT KIND OF LIFE YOU HAVE LIVED.

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Why bang your head against the wall?

Why bang your head against the wall?
Sometimes we make mistakes that make us want to bang our head against the wall.
Why?
Sometimes we want to bury ourselves in the ground. Why?
Why do we want to inflict pain on ourselves? Is it really ourselves?
When you see a person bang his head against the wall, you may think that an invisible force made him do so.
When we are in “good terms” with ourselves, we don’t dare act in such a “crazy” way, but when we are upset or disappointed by our actions or the results of them, we want to beat the body that carries the action.
Again, Why?
The answer to this is the understanding that we are a mix of body (lower) and soul (higher). Both have consciousness and impact on our actions. When something fails, it is always the lower consciousness that influence the decision. The soul become “upset” with the lower level and want to punish it. The soul doesn’t want to be partner with such “failure” and tries to break out.
The pain is the protection of the life force to keep the partnership together as they must continue together to the end.
The soul doesn’t like to be trapped with the limited body and it’s selfish consciousness.
In extreme situation a sensitive soul drives the person to kill himself so the soul will be released. The term “tormented soul” is accurate to a person that kills himself.
The other extreme is when a very weak soul is dominated by lower (body) consciousness, goes and blames others for their failure. He can get extremely violent. We hear of those who take a gun and go on a killing spree. They blame everyone else except themselves.
We need to find the balance between the earthly desires, the personal responsibility and the soul’s mission in life.
Most of us are using the GPS to take us to our desired destination. If we miss a turn, the GPS doesn’t tell you “Idiot… you missed your turn, accelerate to the next wall and smash your car…” It just announces “Recalculating…” and recommends another way to continue our way to the final destination.
This is how we should treat failures, pause, recalculate and continue.
Good luck on your trip. Don’t leave home without your soul.
August 2009
Zion Nefesh

Sometimes we make mistakes that make us want to bang our head against the wall.

Why?

Sometimes we want to bury ourselves in the ground. Why?

Why do we want to inflict pain on ourselves? Is it really ourselves?

When you see a person bang his head against the wall, you may think that an invisible force made him do so.

When we are in “good terms” with ourselves, we don’t dare act in such a “crazy” way, but when we are upset or disappointed by our actions or the results of them, we want to beat the body that carries the action.

Again, Why?

The answer to this is the understanding that we are a mix of body (lower) and soul (higher). Both have consciousness and impact on our actions. When something fails, it is always the lower consciousness that influence the decision. The soul become “upset” with the lower level and want to punish it. The soul doesn’t want to be partner with such “failure” and tries to break out.

The pain is the protection of the life force to keep the partnership together as they must continue together to the end.

The soul doesn’t like to be trapped with the limited body and it’s selfish consciousness.

In extreme situation a sensitive soul drives the person to kill himself so the soul will be released. The term “tormented soul” is accurate to a person that kills himself.

The other extreme is when a very weak soul is dominated by lower (body) consciousness, goes and blames others for their failure. He can get extremely violent. We hear of those who take a gun and go on a killing spree. They blame everyone else except themselves.

We need to find the balance between the earthly desires, the personal responsibility and the soul’s mission in life.

Most of us are using the GPS to take us to our desired destination. If we miss a turn, the GPS doesn’t tell you “Idiot… you missed your turn, accelerate to the next wall and smash your car…” It just announces “Recalculating…” and recommends another way to continue our way to the final destination.

This is how we should treat failures, pause, recalculate and continue.

Good luck on your trip. Don’t leave home without your soul.

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A Farewell Letter

Before he retired out of public life due to cancer illness, Gabriel Garcia Marquez wrote a farewell letter.

Years ago, I read his book “One Hundred Years of Solitude” and loved his deep thoughts in writings. He wrote many more books and in 1982 he received the Nobel Prize in Literature. I can write a lot to praise him and his contribution to world literature but here is his letter.

A Farewell Letter

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If for an instant God were to forget that I am rag doll and gifted me with a piece of life, possibly I wouldn’t say all that I think, but rather I would think of all that I say. I would value things, not for their worth but for what they mean. I would sleep little, dream more, understanding that for each minute we close our eyes we lose sixty seconds of light.

I would walk when others hold back. I would wake when others sleep. I would listen when others talk, and how I would enjoy a good chocolate ice cream! If God were to give me a piece of life, I would dress simply, throw myself face first into the sun, baring not only my body but also my soul. My God, if I had a heart, I would write my hate on ice, and wait for the sun to show. Over the stars I would paint with a Van Gogh dream a Benedetti poem, and a Serrat song would be the serenade I’d offer to the moon. With my tears I would water roses, to feel the pain of their thorns, and the red kiss of their petals.

My God, if I had a piece of life…I wouldn’t let a single day pass without telling the people I love that I love them. I would convince each woman and each man that they are my favorites, and I would live in love with love. I would show men how very wrong they are to think that they cease to be in love when they grow old, not knowing that they grow old when they cease to love! To a child I shall give wings, but I shall let him learn to fly on this own. I would teach the old that death does not come with old age, but with forgetting. So much have I learned from you, oh men…

I have learned that everyone wants to live on the peak of the mountain, without knowing that real happiness is in how it is scaled. I have learned that when a newborn child squeezes for the first time with his tiny fist his father’s finger, he has him trapped forever. I have learned that a man has the right to look down on another only when he has to help the other get to his feet. From you I have learned so many things, but in truth they won’t be of much use, for when I keep them within this suitcase, unhappily shall I be dying.

- Gabriel Garcia Marquez

I love you Gabo.

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Wake up the eagle

I dug this out of the old poems chest.
For myself, you and for the rest of the world.
We can always do better.

Wake up the eagle
© Copyright 1997 Zion Nefesh

wake up the eagle,
the eagle inside
set it free
wide wings to spread
and neck to stretch

wake up the eagle
let it rise
jump high and fly
to seventh sphere then climb
where no border to confine

seek and touch heaven,
rule the skies and
unlock the hidden divine
wake up the eagle
the eagle inside

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The Atheist and the Spiritual Master

 One day, an atheist came to a spiritual master and said, “Master, I respect your knowledge, but I don’t believe in God,” to which the master replied, “Then, we share the same belief; I don’t believe in God either.” In response to the look of astonishment on the atheist’s face, the master continued, “I don’t believe in the same God you don’t [believe in].”

Everyone has some image of God. However, the moment we start defining God, we actually create a limitation to its power, which easily leads to disbelief. Think about it: if you were to believe that God is black, white, green, or yellow, you will surely find a reason not to like Him. 

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For many, the Ten Commandments are the ultimate law. And, although the first commandment says there is only one God and the second warns us against creating an image of Him, countless religions and images of God abound. If there is only one God, then why do we have so many religions? And, if the various religions embrace the existence of a single God, why do we not use a single spiritual system?

Each and every religious group claims their way is the one and true system. Without going deeply into this aspect of the discussion, if we can all agree that God created the whole of existence, then every group that separates itself from the whole is actually separating itself from God. If one religion goes against another religion, then is it not going against God? 

The only religion that should exist is the one that promotes unity in all aspect of our lives, the one that speaks of the single quantum consciousness that holds all of existence in place. But unfortunately, because humans have continuously resisted this force, we live in a chaotic world—the direct result of behavior that promotes separation, individuality above oneness, and the gratification of selfish desires. Whether or not we are willing to admit it, the current global crisis—manifesting itself in various forms—is the direct result of our separation from God.

A man was found living on a deserted island. The rescuers saw that he had built two houses of worship. When they asked him why he had built two if he was just one person, he replied, “This one is my regular place, the one I am faithful to. As for the other, I don’t believe in it. I’d rather die before I step inside.” 

If you laughed at the joke, just ask yourself why…
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What is the Woman’s Role in Spirituality?

A member of my ‘Spiritually Group’ on Facebook recently asked me, “What is the place of the woman in spirituality, beyond the boundaries of religion?” My original response was brief, but I would now like to elaborate more on the subject.

Let us begin by making an important distinction between religion and spirituality. Most, if not all, religions do not truly practice spirituality. The fact that people worship a spiritual entity (or entities) does not mean they are spiritual. In fact, many religions now function as social groups or even cults—in one form or another—with rules defined by their leaders, who use their own interpretation of the spiritual system to worship God.
In most religions, women have been relegated to playing a minor role. In fact, some religious groups actually treat women as though they were second class citizens. We should understand, however, that a religion is fundamentally flawed if it does not grant the woman her proper place in the world, in order to fulfill her important role as intended by Creation.

True spirituality requires the woman. In the same way that one cannot create an electric current without the right and left poles, one cannot engage in true spiritual work without the equal—albeit different—participation of both man and woman. In fact, without the woman, nothing can grow. Just because the man can plant a seed in the ground, it does not mean he can bring the tree to life. To nurture the seed, the man cannot do so by himself. The same concept applies in spiritual work. Therefore, man and woman depend equally on one another to fulfill their roles in the world.

Women have been infused with the ability to bring forth life (and, in more ways than one). The woman has the inherent power to manifest given her stronger desire to draw the energy to make things happen in the world. The ability to activate the circuitry and flow of life energy to its fullest potential belongs to women. As such, if an idea is not supported by a woman—in one way or another—it will not come to fruition. As the saying goes, “Behind every successful man, there is a woman.”
Throughout history, women have played a key role in raising the consciousness and awareness of humanity. In fact, the woman’s primary role as defined in spirituality is to help connect all of humanity to the quantum, to the source of everything. It should be understood, however, that women should not do this only as members of a religious organization. Fulfilling their roles—doing the job dictated by Creation—should be part of a personal desire to help awaken and elevate human consciousness to a state of unity, in order to break the chains that have held us back from achieving true fulfillment. In fact, it is only women that can transform all “the talk” about unconditional love and human dignity into spiritual energy to manifest in the world.

To all the women in the world that have been trained to think they do not possess spiritual powers or have a lesser role to play, take note. And, just for a moment, think about this: What would happen if woman stopped accepting the seed of man? What would happen if the earth stopped absorbing water?

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How Deep Are Your Thoughts?

What are deep thoughts and feelings? And, where do we experience them?

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Some would argue everything takes place in the brain, while others might say it’s in the heart. Then again, it could all take place in the guts. If thoughts and feelings can be relegated to a physical place, one would learn that the brain is less than an inch beneath the skull, while the heart is about two inches under the skin. And, the guts are also approximately two inches beneath the surface (assuming one is of average weight).

But, because we are speaking about immaterial things, dimensions and locations are irrelevant, in which case we can simply stop here and say this is an acceptable answer and leave it at that. Yet, we still would not know why thoughts and feelings are described as being deep.

We can begin by saying that the body is at the center of our physical existence; the further we move away from this center, the closer we come to reaching the depth of the spiritual aspect of our beings. Just imagine the earth is our body. As we move away from the earth and further into space, the air gets thinner to a point where there is nothing—only a void or vacuum. This is what’s known as going into “deep” space.

(Before going further, let me make one thing clear: Deep space is not empty. The fact that we cannot detect matter doesn’t mean that right in our midst there aren’t energy fields that we cannot sense or measure, at least not with our great modern tools. One cannot travel in the space of nothing since there is no such thing, which is yet another “deep” concept that I may answer at a later time.)

The answer to our question: deep thoughts and feelings come from our deep spiritual essence. But just remember: our essence is not situated in empty space, but rather in a field of energy that connects us to the quantum.

We are all familiar with the feeling of discomfort when we are close to a person that doesn’t match our vibe. It doesn’t matter whether or not we know the person. The simple fact is that the closer we are to this particular individual, the more we feel the desire to move farther away from him or her. You, or to be more accurate, your spiritual extension senses the other person’s energy, which immediately sends a message to move away—or come close, assuming there is a positive attraction. This, of course, cannot be explained by reason or logic, but only by a deep understanding of what is actually taking place.

How many times a day do we find ourselves in that field of energy or deep space, yet we don’t recognize as such?

It is safe to assume that we all feel the warmth of the sun on a summer day. Yet, we cannot see the sun’s rays or its energy around us.

Many of us own a small device called a cellular phone, which receives and transmits waves that can be carried to nearly unlimited distances. And, through the transmitter of the receiver, the energy fields are isolated to be received by a single unit located anywhere in the world, as if by magic.

Charisma is another type of energy field. Those with great charisma “radiate” their energy further than most, which is why even the people not in the immediate surroundings can feel it. They actually have a “deeper” reach with their energy.
We also possess the ability to sense other people’s thoughts waves, even though we don’t recognize it (except for those who know they possess telepathic abilities). Yet, at least once, have you not experienced having a thought at the same time that another person close to you has the same thought?

It is this spiritual depth that helps us to feel and communicate with others. From this depth we can get “messages.” And, it is from this deep spiritual space that thoughts “pop” into our minds.

By the way, this spiritual depth has six different “directions”—north, south, east, west, up and down, which extend out in a sphere-like shape. And, each direction has a different type of wave/vibration/energy. And, in fact, there are ways to connect to all directions at once, but this will be the subject of a separate article.

For now, ask yourself, “How deep am I in my spiritual space?”

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Are you “comfortably numb” to images of pain?

I was sitting by the desk of a work colleague and noticed the day’s paper with the headline “Italy earthquake leaves 150 dead and scores more trapped under rubble.” I asked him, “What do you think?” He simply shrugged as if to say, “What can I do?” “Comfortably Numb” came to mind (also the name of a Pink Floyd song from their album The Wall). Sadly, this is how most of us react to disasters that occur in faraway places.

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U.S. Army Sgt. Kornelia Rachwal care for a young Pakistani girl.
There is a number marked on the girl’s forehead.

Hundreds of thousands of people can die in wars, a tsunami or an earthquake, and we are numb to it.
Sitting in a comfortable recliner chair watching the nightly news on a wide screen TV with our favorite drink in hand does not awaken sensitivity. And, because “those” people are in the farthest “sixth degree,” our minds automatically tell us to “click away.” We’re quickly on to the movie channel searching for the latest comedy or the sports channel to watch a game of winners and losers without blood and certainly no death.
I find myself trapped in this same kind of comfortable numbness. Being exposed to too much of it has a definite effect—one slowly becomes desensitized. So, I said to myself “Awaken your sensitivity! You’re not numb. Write about human suffering.” I started writing an article but instead what came out was this poem.

Images of Pain

I can see the screams,
I could feel the pain,
on foreign TV
in a local broadcast
flat images of news
and professional voices


the ravaging scenes
of falling walls
rubble and dust
Mother Nature’s wrath
quakes and mortars
sounds of disasters


soldiers and innocents
bodies in bags and
barrels of blood
commodities of governments
bloody politicians in a game
without rules
to rule
and the earth…
redder


a mother awakens to
a cry,
the cry of her child
“Mommy, where’s dad?”
Daddy…daddy…
How can she explain
when it doesn’t make sense
the pain is sharp
and burns the heart
of a sleepless mom
daily emptiness
and answers…
nowhere to be found


wipe the tears dry,
my son
let the cry die
mortars and martyrs
took daddy away
where angels are weeping
“it’s not your time…
why are you here?”


I was following a flag
of peace, I think…but…
it was fake and a lie
I was driving supplies
to feed a town
then there was a blast
the fire was quick
in seconds, wreckage
metal and life


didn’t have a chance
to say
“I love you junior,
don’t follow lies,
never put out fire
with fire
.”


architects of wars
in marble towers
mad engineers
and traders of blood
slaughter the young,
the future of life


Where are you,
my friend?
I missed you
last Saturday night


prom queen was waiting
for your promise to keep
“I’ll be back,” you said
but you never said
you’ll be wrapped in
a flag
uniting
peace and death

– Zion Nefesh
April 2009

Each time we watch the news with its daily dose of tragedy, we need to remind ourselves that those disasters involve real people, real life stories, and real pain. Pause what you’re doing for a moment and meditate on the people. Your thoughts could be healing beams of energy that will help them cope with their pain.

Before we become numb yet again, please forward this article and poem to your friends. Add the link to your social network sites and blogs—Facebook, Twitter, and all the rest. Let us be more sensitive and inject healing consciousness in every situation of pain that we see.

I care for you…

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Tree of Life Day

On the day of the full moon of the month of Aquarius, Israelites and Jews celebrate a “new year” for the trees.
The energy of Aquarius represents and is related to the future of humanity. The concealed meaning of this day between the trees and humans is the connection to the Tree of Life. The full moon of Aquarius, which is a full reflection of the Sun’s light reveals the total energy of the month on this world.

The biblical code is in Genesis  and tells us that we came from the Garden of Eden where we had the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge, Good and Bad.

Our soul came from the infinite source of creation, the Tree of Life or however your belief system describes it.

We are like fruitful trees. We join the energy of Male and Female to bring children, “the fruits of our loins”. When they mature they separate themselves from the source tree in order to create a tree of their own and bring more fruits.

This is the cycle of life. On a yearly cycle and on this day there is an ability to connect to the original Tree of Life to “recharge” the process of continuity in the world.

This year we had a partial lunar eclipse on the same day, which means a disturbance in the flow of the energy. Six months later on July 22, 2009, which is the first day of the moon of Leo we will have a total Solar Eclipse.

Let us hope and pray that this year will not be negative.

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Do, or do not. There is no try

“Do, or do not. There is no try”

I just remembered this quote from Master Yoda (Star Wars).

Of course there is “Try”. If something has a name then it must exist. BUT

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Jedi Master Yoda When master Yoda trained young Luke to be a Jedi Master, there could not be a “Try”. Laser sharp focus and action. Otherwise he couldn’t control “the Force”.

Most of our actions in life is a “Try” and when we fail, we say “Oh, I tried but it was too hard…” and all the other excuses. A good basketball player never says to himself, “I’ll try to throw the ball and “with God’s help” it will score. (Attention Basket Ball trainers) When he shoots the ball he sees (or must see) it going through the hoop.
The first action of creation was bringing the Light to the world (There is a deeper meaning to why I phrased it so, but this for another time.)

God said “Let there be Light!” and “There was Light”. Yes, I agree that we don’t have the same power as God, but from this we learn that to succeed in our actions we need to act as if our goals are achieved.
Always Begin with the end in mind.

Most of you spiritual people know this principal but it is good to have a reminder from time to time. Be a Jedi and control “The Force”.

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