My brother and I were talking the other night about how things can actually get done, we were talking about a solution…as best as we can figure out right now. This has been on my mind and I can only think of one feasible solution. I’m glad he brought it up, since I feel like I might push it too much on others and Zion can only be born out of our own desires…desires that God has put into our hearts when we open them to Him.
The way is tribal
In tribes, we can care for each other and work together. Like buyes enyuntados. Together the work is magnified and amplified. Some people see a group living a Christ like life as a refining process and sacrifice. Ya, it can be if you are guilted into it, forced or coerced. But if it is a natural result of your desires to follow Christ, then it is a not a negative thing. A big question for me, is how am I to leave my family and go unto the Native Americans? I have started my own family/tribe. I cannot abandon them. But in a larger tribe, we can care for each other and serving others can be done better and with greater effectiveness. Let’s say I get a stable job where I get two paid weeks leave each year. Okay Spirit, guide me, but I only have two weeks, so make it count. Ya…that will never work. It’s a start, but it has to be all in. I am so excited, I hope it works out. I have been called to serve the Native Americans. Hopefully, by this small means, added with the few others and with the Almighty, once again, the cycle can repeat, miracles can happen, process of Zion will begin. That is not the end all, I hope it happens, but in the meantime, will do all I can to unite with my brothers and sisters of the Great Lakes.
Me just fantasizing, a 20+ acre lot in a tropical climate, where we can grow all our own food, on a lush side where the vegetation grows by the natural rain and our homes are powered by the water and wind. Then our costs and servitude to Babylon will be minimal ~$150 property taxes/year. A place that has a good heart and where we can help those around us and raise our children learning to be one with the others of community where we try to form a comune-ity. I’ve been hangin around Elder Chantdown too much 😉
I’m not advocating some weird group or anything like that. This is just me sharing what my journey is. For many others it will be different and others something similar.
The laws of attraction and Providence will set it up.
If you read this and have some other ideas, even if you don’t think they are better, please share them.
Jason Scott Lee in a documentary about his life, speaks about living the Hollywood life, nice hotels, money, jets, the whole thing, but when he wanted to leave, people questioned it and he responded, “What is the point if I’m not happy?” In the short video, he explains going Pono.
The more I think about it, it’s key to go back to the basics and the most basic is our relationship with everything. Let’s make it simple. Be one with the Earth, like God says, from the dust we came and to the dust we’ll return. Live in harmony with the Earth. Live in harmony with God and with others. Doing those three things and we’ll be good. think about it…if you succeed in those three things, what more could you ask for or want? Jesus thought so when he taught that all other things were natural results of Loving God and our brothers/sisters. Living in harmony with the Earth will allow us to accept the stage in which we can go out there and live like the Savior. This is really important, especially for those with tribes already started.
He says some good stuff, even more in the full documentary and some things I don’t agree with, like we are servants of the earth. For me, Mormonism is about seeking all truth. Jason is speaking of some truth that most don’t seek and it is important to be complete, to have the whole truth and understanding.
I guess I’m looking for purists.
I’ve come to realize, I’m actually searching for other people who are looking for purists. Those are the right mix with a little go-getter in them
Compare our society to Zion. Noah said it well, “Your insurance policy isn’t your investment account, but your community.” At least here in the states, we have little to none of that. Even within families, there is virtually none. Our children are put into daycare, raised by others, spend the majority of their hours awake at school, raised by others. Those same children turn into adults who spend most of their daytime away from the family at work. Then the elderly are put into senior homes. Think about it. If we truly invested in our community, in our families, all these other insurances for our well being and safety would be non-existent.
These are part of the reason why we don’t have the freedom to serve missions as the Spirit dictates, why Lucifer is laughing with us chained to him, and instead are guided by the constraints or style of Babylon. The major problem and game plan is to tie us to Babylon, make it so that we are obligated to stay and become part of the system. Some even try to become a successful product in the system. For most they are just prisoners of the system, albeit voluntary prisoners even though they don’t realize they are prisoners nor do they accept that they can break free.
The ideal family in American to many, is one with a nice home, car, clothes, deliciously prepared meals, many times from restaurants, who can spend quality time together during their one week vacation each year as well as a Saturday morning most weeks. That’s the gospel that many follow, but it is not the Gospel of the Carpenter’s Son. Look at the results, when dying people were interviewed, here are their top 5 most common regrets:
1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me
2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard (They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship)
3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings
4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends
5. I wish that I had let myself be happier
This is the American perspective, imagine third world nations. I’m not even mentioning those with children dying of starvation or the slave trade (sex and labor).
Above is in Somalia where they don’t even have resources for the mental ill, so they chain them to rocks together. The others are from my trip to Honduras. The middle images is from an orphanage. It broke my heart. The kids have some workers who don’t do much…just make sure they survive. The boys around 7 years old would run up to me and hold my hands and call me tio (uncle) and that would make their days. They only want some love and affection. What do we want? What do we desire. It isn’t right what is going on. I want to get a place where I can take all these kids and love them and raise them. Someday, it will happen. There are some other things I’m working on for them, but in the moment, I bought them all ice cream with whip cream and caramel and chocolate syrup. Ice cream is my favorite treat. I doubt most of them had ever tasted it. The best was when I’d ask which syrup they wanted, no one had seen caramel before, so they never wanted it. I begged some kid to try it and she loved it. Then they’d each try it. Then their answers changed from chocolate to both! Sooo precious. Maybe the highlight of my life, no exaggeration. I have my three own boys and I love them so much, but there was a whole orphanage of children that had one good afternoon of delight. The boy on the right, would run out on the highway by his house and beg for money from cars. In hindsight maybe it wasn’t the best to give him money for running in the highway because it will encourage his parents to put him in danger, at the same time, maybe that is their only option as they live in the mountains. Either way, we need to help these people. Could you imagine if your child ended up in one of these circumstances. No way in hell you’d let them stay there. These are all God’s children, our brothers and sisters. Imagine how he feels about them. Not to guilt you into it or compel you, but just to sympathize and hopefully get you to relate and connect with God and his Spirit. Imagine at the judgement day, when God weeps over these children and asks you about them. So now, open your heart, let God connect with you. Don’t wait till later. It will be incredible.
So where are we at?
In our society we cant wait for the weekend. Every day, we can’t wait to get home, then the we check out the calendar for a holiday. We wait all week for the weekend, yet when we get there, we go all out on Saturday or we chill. Then Sunday comes and we drag ourselves to church, how often does anyone go, I’m so excited to go to church! This is who we live our lives? We don’t live in the moment. Yet when we do, how can anyone be satisfied with our lives? What’s the point?
“I also came to realize that it’s very easy to live like you’re in prison. For example, I live in a small apartment. I watch television and movies, I read regularly, I write, I go to the gym…For many people I know, that is about 90% of their lives. Maybe more. I should be careful about living a life that so closely resembles prison. I should hop a flight to Belize. We all should.”
Recognize the illusion and accept that eternity is now.
We all fail. We all live in the illusion so perfectly illustrated in the endowment.
Belief in illusion can never change reality, notwithstanding it can change the appearance of it. This may be a difficult concept to fully grasp because one needs to get out of the illusion in order to see (perceive) it (the truth) clearly. That is, the idea of how illusion fills its purpose will be fully grasped only after one fully emerges from it. The illusion is not destroyed. Nor need it be, since it is unreal (illusion) in the first place. The illusion will continue to fill a purpose after Adam has emerged from it, but it will be a different one because opposition is not what it is really about. Moreover, what Adam has been doing after becoming lost in the illusion is the same thing that he will do after he emerges from the Fall: Re-creating himself. The illusion will not change, but Adam’s knowledge of himself will.
But the gathering Spirit has stirred, the veil of indifference that has chained us, doesn’t really exist. It’s like in The Matrix (yes, I’m using a Matrix clip, I know…I know, but this is pertinent)
“Do not try and bend the spoon — that’s impossible. Instead, only try to realize the truth. There is no spoon. Then you will see it is not the spoon that bends, only yourself.”
There is no chain, there is just an illusion. The illusion doesn’t need to change, it is a lie, we need to realize who we are.
Once individuals accept the truth and recognize the illusion, they will want to move forward, Zion is the desire, even though it may come in different names.
There is an ancient Jain adage, “First you give, then you receive.” If we want to receive and experience the divine aspect of our existence it is first required that we give up (become less attached) to those things that detract our attention from our divine, Pure Soul nature. Much of the time we are convinced that we need all these things to work out or have more things in our life to be fulfilled. Maybe we are trying to fill voids in our life with other things? Like they are saying, letting go and letting things happen without us controlling everything is a good thing too.