Tuesday, October 09, 2007

NOTHING TO FEAR



Dualism is the root of all our troubles. Consider the possibility that there is no opposing force to God, or good.

Also, consider the possibility that we are not born to fear. Most people believe we are born sinners, born of fear and "sin," but I submit that this is the very reason they can't make progress. Most religious people, including Catholics and evangelicals, don't believe they can heal themselves or others, as Christ specifically taught and commanded us to do.

Believing that evil has any real power, or believing in a real devil -- keeps people stuck. This is also why they stay stuck in literal, primitive interpretations of the Bible. And this is why they have thrown away the lost art of healing, Christ's healing power, which he commanded us all to do.

'Fighting our enemies" only makes them larger. And by enemies, Christ wasn't just referring to territorial enemies, but to our own worries and fears. Worrying and being in fear are our biggest enemies. Lack of faith in God's healing power is our biggest enemy.

We are all equipped to heal physical, emotional, mental wounds -- but we are mired in archaic beliefs in "evil" being as powerful as God, good. How ridiculous. Why are we giving so much power to fear, evil or error? Christ healed by seeing man through God's eyes. I experience healings like this everyday, huge physical healings -- but I'm shy to talk about them because I am surrounded by so many nay-sayer with so little faith.

Why did the Catholic Church abandon Christ's healing miracles? Because they were too narrow minded to believe in the miracles and to believe the secret -- that there is no opposing force.

Fear is an illusion, a dream. So is the Adam story.

Genesis ONE, is the only account of creation that is real. Man is made in God's image.

Then man falls into a deep sleep (the illusion of sin, sickness and death.)

"The parent of all human discord was the Adam-dream, the deep sleep, in which originated the delusion that life and intelligence proceeded from and passed into matter."

We are spiritual, not material. There is no power in evil or in matter. The minute you realize this is a "thought" universe, the faster healings occur.

Anyway, you might try it before scoffing at it. I personally have experienced miracles that would seem supernatural -- simply by changing my consciousness, my thoughts, and viewing a catastrophe, broken bone or suicidal depression differently.

Lately I've been so full of gratitude, that colors and flowers, and good luck started popping up everywhere.

The only thing that shifted was my attitude. I started counting my blessings, and being grateful for every single thing. I started looking for how I could be of "love and service" to my family, my kids, my friends... instead of grumbling and being impatient, I took time and time started to expand. If you are really grateful, and fully in the present moment, then time actually seems to stand still. A beautiful Monarch butterfly came over and sat right next to me. Then God really started showing off...

"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." 2 Timothy 1:7

Also, consider this: "fear in the Bible" means "awe." To fear God means to be in awe of God, according to most bible scholars (not fundamentalists of course.)

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12 Comments:

Blogger LET'S TALK said...

I love this topic and I am so glad you finally posted again. I've started a Religious site called Let's Talk God. I have people of many faiths visit the site and share in posting.

Your topic on fear is what I deal with on a daily basis. I ask God to show me favor each morning that I get up and I am blessed that he has allowed me to continue my journey on this earth.

Fear is an illusion, a dream. So is the Adam story. This sounds like the Gnostic scriptures, where the earth is said to be an illusion.

"instead of grumbling and being impatient, I took time and time started to expand. If you are really grateful, and fully in the present moment, then time actually seems to stand still."

I like that and it to follows my way of thinking that God created time and cannot be compared to it except for its creator of time and the universe.

I shall try to practice Patients and stop grumbling, God knows I am searching for peace comfort and to walk with the Father.

I will stop ranting and let others comment, Thanks again for posting

11:36 PM  
Blogger Lydia Cornell said...

Let's talk -- thank you for your beautiful post. No one knows about this blog, because I so seldom post here, but this is where my heart is.

I need to post here more often.

Once we overcome fear, we can do anything.

7:28 PM  
Blogger LET'S TALK said...

I agree with you; "Once we overcome fear, we can do anything."

Thanks for the visit at Let's Talk God and you are invited to post on that site.

8:33 PM  
Blogger Mary Ellen said...

Hi Lydia-

I just found this blog from Let's Talk God.


Why did the Catholic Church abandon Christ's healing miracles? Because they were too narrow minded to believe in the miracles and to believe the secret -- that there is no opposing force.


Why do you say this? The Catholic Church, as far as I know...and I've been a Catholic all my life, has not done this. They teach of Christ's miracles, they don't hide the miracles of today. In fact, before Sainthood, there must be three miracles attributed to the saint. They also have healing priests. My brother was healed of third stage colon cancer from a healing priest.

Unless, I've misread your statement, where did you get your information?

6:27 AM  
Blogger Lydia Cornell said...

Mary Ellen, what I meant by this (and I'll change it in the post) is that most churches (not just Catholic) have not focused on Jesus' teachings that we are to "do the works that he did." He said, "If you believe as I do, you will be able to do as I do and even more."

We are all supposed to be healers. Christ commanded us to heal, to cast out sin, demons, raise the dead, etc.

It is not just up to the saints, holy men, Pope or priests. All of us are supposed to be able to heal, and many of us have learned how, but for some bizarre reason most churches have put this on the shelf as if it is only for "superior holy people."

Not true. We can all be healers, and we are all SUPPOSED to be healers, for it is God within us (the kingdom of heaven is within us) that heals.

The following is a simple explanation from a website called The Spiritual connection. These are not my words, but I have written about this in my own words countless times. It's in a book I'm writing:

There once was a man who walked the earth healing the sick, the lame, the blind and on an occasion, he even raised the dead. He tried to tell us that we too could do such things, but after he left, no one took his place. No one believed that they could, like him, heal the sick.

The secret to healing is believing it can be done. Jesus did not heal anyone. Our Creator healed them through Jesus. And even when our Creator did this, the healing could not occur unless the person being healed believed that he or she was healed.

Throughout the New Testament, we hear the line: "Your faith has made you whole." Now some would have us believe that the word "faith" means religion, and that s/he was healed because s/he believed a particular set of religious beliefs. Nothing can be farther from the truth.

"Your faith has made you whole." Does this mean the person's faith was: Catholic? Methodist? Protestant? Jewish? Muslim?

The truth is so much simpler than this. When Jesus said, "Your faith has made you whole," he simply meant, because you believe you are whole, you are whole.

If you believe you are well, you are well. Go ask anyone who's responded to what we call the "placebo effect." One group gets the medicine, the other gets a sugar pill. Thirty percent of those getting the sugar pill get better. They get better because they believed they were getting the medicine. They got better because they believed.

Jesus NEVER doubted. That is what separates him from all others. He never once allowed a doubt to enter his thoughts. This is why he told everyone: "Your faith has made you whole." ("Believe as I do and you will be healed.")

Let me show you where he says this:

In John 14:10, Jesus says (I will paraphrase because translations are never 100% accurate): "What I say to you does not come from me, but from the Father who dwells within me. He does this work, not I."

He goes on to say, "If you believe as I do, you will be able to do as I do and even more."

This is an amazing gift from Jesus to the world. The simple knowledge that if we believe we are healed, we are healed; healed this very instant.

Then how come it doesn't work? you ask.

Because we DON'T believe. Who could believe such nonsense? Believe you are healed and you are healed. Nonsense!

The reason we don't heal is that we do not believe we can heal.

If there is the slightest doubt, then the healing does not take place.

Must you believe in Jesus? that Jesus is Lord? Must you belong to a church? Must you...?

The simple truth is this and this is all we have to believe to be healed: The spirit of our Creator resides within us all; it is our life force; it is what connects us to all things; it is all there really is (all else is an illusion that goes away when we leave here).

The simple truth is: all we have to do to heal is believe that we can heal; believe that we are all inspired, inhabited, infiltrated with the great spirit of our Creator and that through our Creator's love nothing is impossible.

To put it simply and plainly, believe that you are healed and you are.

I know this, because once, when I was very sick and scared and on the verge of meeting up with my Creator again, a healer came into my life, gave me tools, love, and showed me a light that refused to go out. It clicked. Suddenly I knew I was healed and I was. That knowing was simply a belief carried to the nth power.

You too have that knowing. Bring it into your consciousness and you too are healed.

Bless you.

(The trendy fad book "The Secret" is based on Christ's teachings, his healing power, but they leave the God part out because they are afraid of offending people.)

All of Christ's teachings were metaphysical (spiritual - not material.) He was concerned with consciousness, states of thought. He took no thought of the body, what to eat or drink -- for the consciousness of God or love does the healing.

8:39 PM  
Blogger Lydia Cornell said...

And also, Christ's teachings were about the sins of intolerance and hatred which are cut out of man by the spiritual sword...

9:04 PM  
Blogger Mary Ellen said...

Hi lydia-

Thanks for your answer,sorry it took me a day to get back...a busy day for me yesterday.

I'll take this piece by piece (in the Catholic view, which I'm most familiar)

The secret to healing is believing it can be done. Jesus did not heal anyone. Our Creator healed them through Jesus. And even when our Creator did this, the healing could not occur unless the person being healed believed that he or she was healed.

Actually, it is taught in the Catholic Church that Jesus had the power to heal because he IS God, not just a tool that God used. The teachings of the Trinity covers that. He was God made Man.


"Your faith has made you whole." Does this mean the person's faith was: Catholic? Methodist? Protestant? Jewish? Muslim?


Again,this is not taught in the Catholic church. When Jesus said "Your faith has made you whole", it is taught that Jesus was referring to his faith in God. Religion as an institution is never inferred in those teachings. I think that was an assumption made by a writer who hasn't grasped the true teachings of the faith, but is putting his/her? spin on it. It's like the old straw man argument, someone says "this" is what "they" believe, and then the author tries to debunk what he/she just made up.

John 14:10 "Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works.

Do you not believe that I am the Father....Jesus IS the Father (God) and his healing came from Him. Jesus said that He was speaking as His Father, because He IS his Father. This was a difficult concept for the Apostles or the average person of that day to believe.(even if they believed that Jesus was the Messiah come forth).

Jesus did instruct the Apostles to go forth and heal. He meant it as instruction to heal the souls and physical healing. Do I think it's possible we can "heal ourselves" through God? Sure. Do I think everyone will be healed just because they believe? No.

Jesus didn't come to this earth to heal us of our physical deformities or illness. He came to heal our souls, to bring us to the Father. I think he performed the miracles of healing to show those few who couldn't grasp the fact that there is a greater power that there indeed was. Jesus didn't heal everyone who walked by. He healed those who trusted in Him and his Word-even though they never believed in God before. When their soul was healed, he also healed their bodies. Only he could see into the soul of every person he healed. Only he could see the affect his healing would have on that person.

The danger I see in telling everyone they can heal themselves is that we will have people who don't give their children immunizations to keep them from disease. Because of this, disease will spread like wildfire. Those who can be cured through medicine, will ignore it, with the belief they can heal themselves. When it doesn't work, they will end up dying needlessly because they didn't take the treatments needed.

If one wants to try to do their own healing, that's fine...but do it in conjunction with the medical care of a doctor. Yes, love can heal...but sometimes love is not all you need.

Thanks so much for the time you took to answer me, Lydia. I love your blog. It's fun to talk about God without feeling out of place. Right now, God is not accepted with open arms on most blogs.

Take care and God Bless.

6:20 AM  
Blogger Larry said...

"Your thoughts are what frighten you. Choose to change them, and the fear is gone. Your thoughts are what cause you to be frustrated, angry, disappointed, impatient and uncomfortable. And your thoughts can also take you far away from all those things. For your thoughts can transform anger into forgiveness, disappointment into determination, discomfort into inspiration, and fear into love. The choice is always yours".

Ralph Marston

4:22 PM  
Blogger Lydia Cornell said...

Larry, great quote. And our thoughts can turn "enemies into friends" when we stop being in fear of losing what we have or not getting what we want.

Luv xo
Lyd

11:10 PM  
Blogger Lydia Cornell said...

Mary Ellen: Thank you for your sweet response. You made some great points, and I am really happy to have your input. I actually agree with just about everything you said.

Will do a more in-depth response later. Have to get the kids to bed.

By the way, I did not write this stuff I posted; I was in a hurry and just pasted it from a website, so it does not represent my views exactly (mine are based on some absolutely miraculous first-hand healings, and study of the Jesus' teachings.) But I have discovered something else, a "revelation" of sorts that I've never heard anyone talk about before and that makes so much sense it astounded me. More on that later.

Have you ever read "The Sermon on the Mount by
Emmet Fox? It's the spiritual key to Matthew. It was written in 1932 and is the best book I've ever read about how we can apply Christ's teachings to solve all our problems in life.

I also know that "Jesus and the Father are one."

When that article said "Jesus did not heal" but God healed through him... what I resonated with was that Jesus was not a magician and did not heal like a magician. We are not supposed to "worship" him or his personality, flesh or his Jesusness. He didn't want us to put so much emphasis on himself. He wanted us to get "self" out of the way. He admonished us to "abide in love" and follow his ways: love our neighbor as ourself, love God with all our heart, and love our enemy. That's why the Way is narrow: it's hard to love our enemies. Very few will get through that gate of loving those who persecute them or hate them.

But there is much more that is so wonderful... more later.

11:13 PM  
Blogger Mary Ellen said...

Thanks lydia!

I'll check out "The Sermon on the Mount by Emmet Fox". It sounds great.

8:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Lydia,

Sorry I've been off the radar for so long. Life has been a bit more complicated then I've had the energy for lately. This is a very interesting thread. Having a Bachelor's degree in Religion & Bible, I must confess that I enjoyed your posting and all the responses. From the moment I delved into your original posting, I had a feeling that you might get some interesting and potentially diverse responses. The very subject of fear alone is an interesting topic and it gets very little attention in the real world. The very concept of "fear of God" is misunderstood by so many people. Especially our nation's political leaders who like to conveniently use "faith" as a shield to ward off criticism every time some exposes their crimes and wrong doings. While sound Christian doctrine is very important for sound thought processes, the doctrines themselves can many times be misused by various denominational leaders to control people's thought processes. Regretfully, the most important points and life lessons sometimes get lost as a result of such approaches to Christ's teachings and it becomes rather challenging to see whether or not God is in the details of some doctrines.

In any case, I think that you've chosen a topic that has a lot of substance and it will be fun to follow the progress of responses. Given the opportunity, it may invoke some rather controversial responses as experience has taught me that there is much in the way of skewed thinking regard this subject and many other of Christ's teachings that currently exist out there in the Christian community. All the hate mongering that the Bush administration has spawned within this country has really opened my eyes up to Christ speaking to the subject of the "narrow gate". There is a lot of very failed circular reasoning that dominates and characterizes Neoconservative Republican thought process and it is a dangerous whirlpool that sucks in the impressionable and the narrow minded. Fear is at the heart of what drives the decision making processes of these people and it is largely why they are such ineffective leaders in a democratic society. If they had no fear, then they would lead on the basis of merit, integrity and real substance.
God Bless....
-dennis

9:04 AM  

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