More thoughts from Sha'Tara Earthstar... I remind the reader that I did not write this article and in no way do I take credit for that. I simply find most of Sha'Tara's "stuff" to make a great deal of sense.
A Most Unpopular Message
[thoughts from the Other Side]
Does "life" on this planet have a particular purpose? Is it one great big purpose which the whole human species works toward, or is it singular?
A good question. I'll go with the singular -- by choice, and maybe somewhat by deductive reasoning. As life spoke to me over the years, this inescapable message ground its truth deeper and deeper into my heart-mind:
That the only things that have value are those I take with me when I die.
That "dying" is not an option, nor would a wise person choose not to die from here (yes, I mean it the way I wrote it).
That giving is the only way to properly receive.
That self-sacrifice and self-denial are the two keys that open heaven's door (make of heaven whatever you will - it means that place where you think you'd like to go to if you suspect there might be life after death).
That unless these keys are liberally lubricated with compassion, they will become rusty with self-righteousness and they will not open the
lock on your heavenly mansion. You'll be out in the cold for a very long time.
That any good I am aware of that I can do, is a good I must do. Failing to do so is to commit a heinous crime against humanity and this world. [I say this being aware that over 30,000 innocent children die of PREVENTABLE causes on this world everyday; their deaths directly attributable to the decadent lifestyles exhibited by the first class passengers on planet Earth in a vicious narcissistic cycle that is still on the upswing.]
I am about to turn "sixty" as people measure time on this world, and I hold the above to be self-evident as personal truths. I have not been faithful to this message and I am not judging myself for this as it would be a waste of memory and space.
If I knew how to make valid "vows" (that really stick) I'd vow, now and forever, to be faithful to the above. But all I can do is wake up, morning after morning and say, "Today I'll stick to it." and get ready for sleep every night and say, "OK, that wasn't my best material. I'm going to sleep on this and find some way to fine tune my moves." After all, I'd love to quit my day job and do this for a living!
I've tried the "confession" thing. I've tried the "make up" thing. I've tried the "promise to do better" thing. I've tried the "if only" thing. I've tried the "prayer for strength" thing. I've tried the "sponsor" thing (with people and with spirit entities)... Oh, and I've tried the "blame" thing -- you know the "The Devil made me do it" thing. And I've even tried the "cajoling God" thing, the one that goes like this, "Well God, if you help me achieve this dream of mine, look at all the good I can do with the money (power) that I will get from it -- and
I'll give you the credit for all that I achieve."
Thankfully, none of those simplistic gestures worked. I only fooled myself.
So now, each day is back to the simple basic character building blocks I learned in church, school and books when I was a child. Back to what is probably the most unpopular message in the world today: self-sacrifice and self-denial with compassion (you can call it "unconditional love" if you wish though compassion has a much stronger flavour). To desire to serve before, or rather than, being served.
That takes a kind of power that is not found within any known systems, be they natural, man-made or divine -- though paradoxically can be read about in divinely inspired material - go figure! The power I speak of can ONLY be found in self-empowerment. You see, the bottom line here is, you have to be willing to lose everything you hold as precious and
necessary to life in order to comprehend.
It's a bit of a catch-22. If you are not willing to lose yourself in the here-and-now, you will not discover the real meaning of self-empowerment. Yet without self- empowerment, how can you lose yourself? And I certainly am not talking of losing yourself into a belief system or giving yourself up to a particular divinity, entity, or concept. In this, you believe, or trust, that whatever you give yourself to has the power to return your life to you in an enhanced form. That's easy.
I am speaking of losing yourself to yourself. To die utterly in order to live. Not just once, but daily, moment by moment, until you reach a
point where "nothing matters" in any personal way.
It's a paradox. But then so is all of life when it is lived and not just passed through.
Erin WilloWitch and Sha'Tara EarthStar
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|Reviewed by Karin Fleischhaker-Griffin
|I never had to promise to do better because I was; I never felt I needed to confess there was nothing to confess. I treated others as I hoped they would treat me and I never felt the need to blame others and have placed the blame of others at times upon my shoulders to protect them. That is why I do not worry about my place in heaven. I do not expect entitlement from others nor of God but only of myself to achieve those things which are necessary. This is because I like all others are made in God’s image and I have been given what I need. But this is the real reason for responding.
Initial religious beliefs impeded my ability to be self-empowered until I realized God would not wish for me to be self-defeated or to deny myself.
Therefore I must disagree in part but only with that pertaining to self-sacrifice, and self-defeat as well as many of those beliefs initially instilled by religions to set ground rules by which to live. It brings about guilt and an over-active conscious impeding growth and self-love in my opinion. I have learned that one deserves some form of selfishness and self-love as long as it does not affect others poorly Having given of to others without reciprocation still provides empowerment and happiness because there is so much joy in seeing others achieve because you have assisted them even if it is known only within your heart. but this too does not mean self-defeat or self-sacrifice, but instead happiness for being altruistic and being able to assist or change the course of one or more lives.
|Reviewed by Jennifer Lawson-Perez
|This is a beautiful and deep message that misses so many in their other pursuits. I did lose everything, and through that I found myself. And I found a person I liked one heck of a lot better than the person who had it all. And through that, I found the real meaning of friendship. I now value human beings, because as Abraham Maslov says, we need friendship and intimacy along with our more physiological needs. I learned that from staying home for two years and grieving what I lost, until I found what I had gained. You are a beautiful human being!|
|Reviewed by Richard Atwood
|You can concoct from all the jumbo-mumbo you want. The answers are in the Bible. And God is still on His throne. Jesus Christ is the only salvation... and the rules are clear. (You just rather repeated all of what He said, with a few false extras thrown in.)
|Reviewed by Staci Gansky-Wagner
|You are very intelligent.|
|Reviewed by Elizabeth Price
|Yes, up every morning...er...afternoon and hit it. Live it. Be it. I wish it were that simple. As you say it is a paradox, and therefore a struggle. I like the self-sacrifice every once in a while, but the self-denial I have lived with and I'm tired of it. So only half the message was unpopular to me. Thought provoking, I like it. Liz|
|Reviewed by m j hollingshead
|Reviewed by N RK
|A space I've been in so many many times :-) a beautiful goal, yet another miracle in the human journey.|
|Reviewed by Janet Bellinger
|Deep thoughts, Reg. I agree, but think we reach a point in self impowerment, when we can't do anymore but have to leave it up to the Lord. Never thought I'd say that again, but there you are.
|Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader)
|I'm not keen on those who see materialism in everything and everybody. I find that those who continually harp on or condemn materialism usually have someone else paying their bills or have a great big donation basket to rake the loot in while they bitch about "materialism." If you are talking about God, there is enough to go around. We are the stingy ones if we lack in anything, whether in thought, word or deed. By the same token, we are in a world of material things, unless you consider a tree, the grass and the house you live in, and the car you drive to work in, as something ethereal. We are here to use the material, to provide, to teach, to learn etc.
And, what is this "selfish" bit that is always thrown around. It is the "have nots" or the "lazy" that seem to keep harping on this one as well. What about "self-ful". What about achieving your greatest potential so that you have something to take back to your Creator, to say you didn't waste your time here on earth.
I would consider changing channels. It seems that this person's 60 years have been wasted. Problem is, too many people subscribe to this nonsense.
|Reviewed by Ian Thorpe
|IU'm not too keen on the phrase "unconditional love," it throws up images of faithful dogs for me so I prefer generosity of spirit. But that is a small point. The writer has obviously meditated deeply on the nature of humanity and the qualities that raise us above the animals.
And I am happy to see another voice added to a very important debate in which there was only one point of view heard here for so long. (Partly my own fault of course, I could have kicked off long ago but we don't really do religion in Britain so I would just read certain items, smilr, shake my head and think "those crazy yanks."
Anyway thanks for bringing this to a place I could see it.
|Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
|Deep thought provoking write!!
|Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
Thank you for sharing this thought provoking introspective on what's really important in live. Not living for ourselves, but for others, enriching theirs. As you have mine, with your words and encouragement. Well done!
(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Ditto's Karen's comments about Daddy. Thank you in advance--
|Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
|Wow, Regis, this is very deep and thought provoking! Well done, mon ami!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn.
Be praying for our daddy; he's been in hospital for the last two weeks. Was scheduled to have surgery, but he had pneumonia (since gone) and now he has a slight infection. Surgery cancelled three times; hopefully he will be able to get over this and have the surgery. Will keep in touch. (Back surgery.)
|Reviewed by Leland Waldrip
|Interesting perspective, Regis. Selfishness to the point of selflessness? I think the mind needs to be able to accept and hold a status of self worth, however sharply defined or vague. (Self worth can and should include the value of caring for others.) In this way the mind can with few regrets always be ready for perfect eternal rest.
|Reviewed by Ann Marquette
|Very deep thoughts Reg.
One thing I know for sure...since my recent time out in my life...is that it is truly important that we be selfless, and show unconditional love to others by giving of ourselves, to help others where the need is presented to us.
|Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher
|A very good and interesting article and on most parts we would agree with you. Well done,
Birgit and Roger
|Reviewed by Felix Perry
|Interesting views and observances Regis and I must say I agree with you on almost all of them. Life isn't about being perfect rather it is about living.