August 31, 2014

Waking Up To Love

Wow. The old order continues to crumble just as predicted by the astrologers years ago. Somehow those conjunctions between Uranus and Pluto keep cranking out revolutionary impulses designed to bring about the ascent of humankind. We had the Arab Spring, the Occupy Movement, more wars and now it is the protests in the United States. What's next?  And, according to those in the know, this ballet in the sky will continue through into 2015 and have evolutionary impact long after.

As our collective awareness is being transformed, many people across the globe are waking up to the truth. We no longer want to play out the pecking order handed down to us by our ancestors. Those lofty ideals about human rights and democracy have taken hold in the human spirit. Now, our species must somehow put these moral convictions into practice.

Just stop to think about that for a minute. We are talking about human primates here. This is all easier said than done. But one thing is for certain; nothing can happen without our humility. Folks have to face the truth about our lowly position within the scheme of things. It is only when we are humble that we can become familiar with our self-centered delusions. It is only when we have humility that we are willing to change and do what is necessary in order to satisfy our Creator's demand for one love.

Faithfully yours,

Sheila Banks
 


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August 21, 2014

More Deluded Primates - The Hangers-on

"This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight,
let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man's number. ...."
                                                                                                          Revelation 13:18
 
 
Today I shed tears for a human being I did not know, James Foley. He was the journalist recently decapitated by ISIS, those barbarians in Iraq. When I heard the tribute his parents gave through the media, the dissociation protecting me from the emotional impact of the story melted away. Hell!! It could have been my child who fell into the hands of such beasts!!
 
When I speak about these murderers as beasts, I really mean it. Deep within the structures of Homo sapiens' psyche lie the remnants of our bestial origins. After all, our species has only been around in its present form for about 195 thousand years. And, like the chimps and gorillas, our territorial imperatives have us feeling vulnerable. It is what we do with this existential angst that helps differentiate human primates from the human beings.
 
Faithfully yours,

Sheila Banks
 
                                                            Hugo Rheinhold's Philosophizing Monkey

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August 8, 2014

Birthing A New Age

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth,
for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away ...
 
                                                                  Revelation 21: 1
  
Yikes! Things are looking pretty grim these days. Maybe those proclamations about being in "End Times" are correct. The ongoing war machine and rumors of more war are the order of the day. So too are the almost-daily disclosures of corruption in high places. Add to that, repeated blows to the environment arising from human stupidity or neglect.

If ever there was a time for humanity to wake up, it is now. The old paradigm, with our species at the centre of the universe blindly doing whatever it likes to others and the ecology, just doesn't cut it anymore. After all, we are a collective of almost 7 billion human primates marooned on Mother Earth. And, as a result of our population explosion and technical prowess, we now have the converging conditions of the global village. We have created an unprecedented circumstance of interdependence to which our species must adapt.

Right now humanity is being called to bring in a new age or as John, the author of Revelation calls it, a new heaven and a new earth. At this juncture in evolution, there must be a developmental leap in our species' ability to cooperate. Rather than spying on each other in the age-old game of one-upmanship or opting for the same aggressive tactics that our fathers, grandfathers and great grandfathers took, our species must find another way. We must not let our ability to cooperate be diminished because of our bestial tendencies.

The good news is that right now we do have the tools to bring about a new Earth.  We know what makes for effective negotiation; and, we have the cognitive behavioral science to help us tame those bestial inclinations that get in our way. And, really uplifting is the fact that there are more of us willing to admit that our animal nature is leading us astray. There are more of us comprehending what Jesus meant when he proclaimed that it will be the meek who shall inherit the Earth. And, as our numbers increase the first heaven and the first earth are sure to pass away.

Faithfully yours,

Sheila B.
                                                                                               Kim Lee Design



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