Sunday, April 5, 2020

Stranger than Science Fiction




Stranger than Science Fiction

What? When? Where? How? Why?
At times don’t apply to science
How the universe originated?
From an infinitesimal speck boggles the mind
How did this speck cause the Big Bang?
Is hard to comprehend,
But it’s a scientific explanation of how the universe originated

Why the universe is teeming with planets and black holes?
Raises many questions
If an astrophysicist could conceivably place a clock
In the center of a black hole, time would slow until the clock stops
Still the universe is governed by laws – there’s gravitation, matter, energy,
And infinite space in the ever-expanding galaxies

Life originated from a primordial sea from none-living entities,
But still a scientist is unable to duplicate this phenomenon in the lab
Albert Einstein proved that matter and energy are similar
The atheist Stephen Hawing wrote if there was a God
He would be impersonal, and be in the laws of nature
But this would be a definition – not a fact.

“God, give us wisdom in understanding the mysteries of the universe.  But help us to be cognizant that when some mysteries are revealed there would be other profound ones to understand.”
Amen
@ https://www.bestprimalessence.com (Dfrustane) Website

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Erwin K. Thomas, Ph.D., Educator & Interfaith Writer





Erwin K. Thomas, Ph.D., Educator & Interfaith Writer

Dfurstane's Website

"The website Best Primal Essence (Dfurstane) is meant to foster interreligious understanding.  It expresses the ideas and comments on the teachings of a cross section of the many religious traditions and secular humanists' beliefs."

The Best Primal Essence Website’s symbol is the flower Lily of the valley. Its presence is captured in perfumes, weddings, songs, and gardens. In many cultures this flower symbolizes humility, happiness, chastity, and purity.

Websites

Curriculum Vitae
In 2010, Guyanese-born Erwin K. Thomas, PhD–served as vice president of the Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) Old Dominion University, Virginia Beach, VA. After 28 years he retired as a professor and director of the Graduate Program in the Department of Mass Communications & Journalism at Norfolk State University, VA. He formerly taught at the University of Wisconsin– Milwaukee (1978–79), SUNY–Oswego (1972–74), and University of Guyana, Georgetown (Summers 1981 & 1988).

Thomas did research at the University of Guyana, University of the West Indies–Cave Hill, Barbados; Port of Spain, Trinidad; and Mona, Jamaica. He graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia–Ph.D. International Journalism & Broadcasting (1978), Brooklyn College of CUNY–MS Television (1972), and University of Oregon, Eugene–BS Radio-TV & Film (1970). His doctoral dissertation was entitled, “The Beginnings of Broadcasting in The West Indies, 1920–1949 (Barbados, British Guiana, Jamaica, and Trinidad & Tobago).

Thomas was the recipient of a Ford Foundation Fellowship (1975–78), awarded a Gannett Foundation Scholarship (1975–76), named by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), a Fulbright Senior Specialists Candidate (2002–07), and was for many years a consultant to the Ministry of Information, Georgetown, Guyana. Thomas was a radio newscaster at KWAX-FM, Eugene, OR (1968–70), producer-director BCTV, Brooklyn, NY (1970–71), desk assistant CBS Radio Network News, NYC (1972), producer-director OSUTV, Oswego, NY (1972–74), news writer Columbia Missourian (1974), reporter KBIA-FM (1975), and KOMU-TV Columbia, MO (1976—77). His six “Plain Talk” series were aired on WSLJ-TV, Watertown, NY (1973–74). Some 20 shows on which he worked in various crew positions while at BCTV, were aired on WNET-TV and WNYC-TV–NYC (1970–72). At Norfolk State University he was news director of WNSB-FM (1980—85).

Thomas has authored Make Better Videos with Your Camcorder (TAB Books 1991); co-edited a Handbook on Mass Media in the United States and Mass Media in 2025, Greenwood Press (1994 & 2001) respectively; A Weekly Encounter (2015), Keys of Faith (2016), Gifts of God (2017), Life’s Passages: From Guyana to America, and Guyana’s Seawall Girl (2018), CreateSpace Independent Publishers, Heaven Bound (2019) and Dfurstane’s Spiritual Beliefs (2020) with Amazon.com. He is a member of Hampton Roads Writers (HRW), Virginia Writers Club (VWC), PEN America, and American Academy of Religion (AAR). For years, Thomas was a member of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), of the International, and Minorities Divisions, and the Religion & Media Interest Group. His research interests are: International media systems, social media, ethics, broadcasting history, devotionals, and world religions & beliefs.

Thomas is a lifelong member of the Church of the Holy Apostles–an ecumenical community of Episcopalians and Roman Catholics, Virginia Beach, VA–where he has served on the Vestry Council, Eucharistic minister, and social media administrator. Presently he views his spiritual beliefs as a religious naturalist, who is married to Mary Barta Thomas.  They are the parents of Matthew J. Thomas, who lives with his wife Shannon in Charlottesville, VA.

Spiritual Beliefs
After many years of dedicated study and meditation of the major world religions from both the Eastern and Western faith traditions – history, dogma, ethics, myths, rituals, festivals, and sacred writings the writer was able to create a unique spirituality based on the following concepts:

1) God like Nature is infinite in every way.  God isn’t anthropomorphic – having human attributes or characteristics.  Some might think that this Primal Essence is impersonal, but believers’ intuition tells them that God does intervene in creation.  Although it could also be through “chance” that people are born in certain families, and the way they will die.

2) Spiritual beliefs are always evolving, and like all of nature nothing remains the same.

3) Dfurstane (Best Primal Essence) is all in all, predictable and unpredictable, the existence of a mystery, and always greater than conceived.

4) The Timeless Spirit is the glue that holds all manifestations together.

5) Through Dfurstane all elements, structures, and people are created.

6) On entering the world all living and non-living things take some form, and at the end of their existence they become invisible.

7) At times the consciousness and health of all living beings are determined by “chance.”

8) Sin and free will are human constructs, but “good” and “bad” exist—different sides of the same coin.

9) People pray by their thoughts, deeds, physical exercises, and works.

10) Rational thinking causes growth, development, discovery, and healing.

11) “Positive” and “negative” polarities cause cultural norms, but eternal reality is diverse in nature.

12) Prayer only works as a regulator of “cosmic wholeness.” It has to do with interdependence, and interrelationships of all structures. Believers should pray for “harmony.” Lack of “harmony” is how the world experiences disruptions of all sorts. This reality has nothing to do with the way people are living, but could be due to God’s intervention or by “chance.”

13) Living in “harmony” with nature is the key for a successful life. This entails having a balance life: a) helping the mind grow in understanding; b) caring for one’s physical body; c) serving society’s poor, homeless, and destitute; and d) building up the world through love and compassion.

14) In nations the people should be the sovereign in determining their destiny.

15) Religious literacy helps believers discover the diverse paths that are essential for spiritual growth.

16) Believers by following a spiritual path will merge with Dfurstane (Eternal Essence).


Saturday, March 21, 2020

Partition Guyana?




Partition Guyana?

Guyana is in turmoil
Since the Jagan-Burnham days
The nation was split
Between East Indians and Blacks
This is the legacy that has taken hold
And it makes no sense blaming the British
For that’s the way of politics

Since this division in the 1950’s
Voting in Guyana has always been suspicious
With East Indians and Blacks vying for power
International observers monitor the national elections
But still some results of the past were suspect along racial lines
American President Jimmy Carter headed one such team

The 2020 elections has again been marred
With accusations between the Afro-Granger and Indo-Jagdeo camps
There are accusations of rigging in Region 4
So once again there are upheavals with Blacks and East Indians
Where there was violence,
Innocent Guyanese terrorized, and some were killed

One great thing that has happened is Guyana now has an oil boom
With its population less than one million
There’s a forecast that millions would be flowing into its economy
Why squander these resources with the country in turmoil?
It appears the best thing to do is to divide the country
Administratively and economically equally between the races
This will mean that Guyanese might still stand a chance to live in peace
Will partition be the answer?

“Gracious Creator, help Guyanese to work out their differences amicably.  Let its leaders show wisdom and good judgment in this country torn by racial strife.”
Amen
@ https://www.bestprimalessence.com (Dfurstane) Website      

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

A Pandemic is Deadly




A Pandemic is Deadly

It could kill millions!
A pandemic spans the globe
Historically there were more flu pandemics
The flu pandemic of 1918 was the deadliest
It killed some 20 to 50 million people
Worldwide over 500 million were infected
Many victims of this influenza were healthy adults

A flu pandemic in the 19th century killed 1 million
In the 20th century the Asian flu’s death toll was 2 million
So in the 1950’s and 1960’s 3 million died
But during the 21st century HIV/AIDS struck
It was first said to be in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
And in its wake left 36 million deaths
Globally some 2.2 million to 1.6 million still die from this disease

But the 13th century witnessed the deadliest of all pandemics
This was the Black Death that swept through Europe, Africa, and Asia
This disease was thought to originate in Asia
And took the form of a plague caused by infected rats living on merchant ships
The fleas of these rats caused the bacterium transported from port to port.

“Merciful and Omnipotent God, help us in our battle with the present outbreak of the COVID- 19 pandemic.  Guide all sectors of society worldwide in using their best judgment necessary to overcome this scourge.  Give wisdom and the scientific knowledge to our leaders for keeping people safe during this crisis.  We are help-mates and co-creators in your Universe. God help those who help themselves.”
Amen
@ https://www.bestprimalessence.com (Dfurstane) Website   
  

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Dove of Healing




Dove of Healing

Had a dream while fast asleep
Of a white dove hovering overhead
While watching in amazement
I was struck that it was flying towards me
Fluttering it landed on my lap

What does this mean?
The world is in crisis over the coronavirus outbreak
I was stressing about all those who have died
And the many more suffering
With respiratory ailments and infecting others
Is there hope in these uncharted times?

Certainly there is!
A white dove symbolizes peace and tranquility
It is love, simplicity, and friendship
My dream was a vision
And a blessing from the Holy Spirit
Yes! The world will heal
Suffering will pass
And there will be normalcy again

“Omnipotent Spirit, give us the will by taking the steps necessary as people struggle with the coronavirus outbreak.  Guide us to be mindful of the vulnerabilities this threat poses to our loved ones.  And help us in our quest to heal the broken-hearted and find relief.”
Amen


Thursday, March 12, 2020

Dfurstane's Spiritual Beliefs




Dfurstane’s Spiritual Beliefs @ Amazon.com

People are the product of their culture.  Profoundly their beliefs are shaped by the way they were raised.  And many are bound together by strong family ties.  They are taught from an early age how to view the world, behave, and what’s right and wrong.  Since they are from different cultures their experiences may differ, still there will exist some commonalities in their belief systems.  To very many people religion is an early teacher concerning how they are raised and valued.  Most of these believers belong to one of the major faith traditions – Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and some are secular humanists.  Yet the influence of Judaism that’s comparatively small with its number of adherents has greatly influenced the monotheistic faiths of Christianity and Islam.  But seeking has moved this original Anglican believer to become religious literate, and in formulating what’s described as a Dfurstane’s Spiritual Beliefs.

@ http://www.bestprimalessence.com (Dfurstane) Website

Saturday, February 15, 2020

God/Nature Fights Back





God/Nature Fights Back

All life is interrelated and interdependent.
God/Nature is what we see, hear, touch, smell, and experience in diverse ways.
But still mankind has lots to learn about how nature works.
Mankind attempts to alter the face of nature for its convenience, health, and profit.
But nature has laws by which it functions that can’t be broken without serious consequences.
Entrepreneurs have developed an industrial society, and are pouring tons of carbon emissions in the atmosphere.
For years there have been the uses of spraying on land and by air that have killed pests, an abundance of trees, wildlife, and animals alike.
These poisons have the effect of disrupting the metabolism in humans so many of us are dying from cancer.
Our world is armed with atomic bombs, and the radioactive fallout in some cases has poisoned our water supply.
Yet some leaders persist in making decisions that are harmful to human life.
So God/Nature has always fought back with the death, and deformities of millions and millions of species – animals, reptiles, birds, fishes, trees, and shrubs.
Many living species die immediately from the onslaught of poison, others linger, showing signs of malignancies, and there have even been noticeable effects on the weather.
Humankind is still to learn how to live with God/Nature in acceptable ways because God/Nature always retaliates with doomsday scenarios.
Living well with God/Nature has become an imperative that people can’t afford to ignore.
It’s for our own well-being, safety, health, and doing what’s right for the preservation of future generations.
@ https://www.bestprimalessence.com (Dfurstane) Website       

Saturday, February 8, 2020

What is life?



What is life?


Life like God/Nature is infinite.  People are born and they die.  But with this Primal Reality evolution is nothing more than the natural process with all living things.  All entities are constantly being recycled back to the Universe as elements again.  So humans are no different from this God/Nature that has always existed as One Substance with many components that are in constant flux.  Like God/Nature all living things in some way are infinite and Omni-present.

—Erwin K Thomas, Interfaith Writer
@ https://www.bestprimalessence.com (Dfurstane) Website  

Friday, February 7, 2020

The Holy Spirit




The Holy Spirit

Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.  The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.
––Rom. 8:5-6

The Holy Spirit is derived from the Hebrew word ru’ach, and the Greek word pneu’ma.  According to the Bible, Spirit has different meanings:

• An Active Nature
Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
-Gen. 1:2

• The Breath of Life
The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak ….
–Rev. 13:15

• The Wind - Being Born of the Spirit
“The wind blows wherever it pleases.  You hear its sound but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going.  So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
–Jn. 3:8

• An Animating Force
If it were his intention and he withdrew his spirit and breath, all humanity would perish together and mankind would return to the dusk.
–Job 34:14-15

• An Individual's Attitude
But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.
–Num. 14:24

From these insights of the Holy Spirit we could conclude how people prayed was important.  Joyce Meyer (b. 1943), a Christian author said, “Many people feel so pressured by the expectations of others that it causes them to be frustrated, miserable and confused about what they should do.  But there is a way to live a simple, joy-filled, peaceful life, and the key is learning how to be led by the Holy Spirit, not the traditions or expectations of man.”  Meyer’s thoughts were echoed differently by a Trappist monk and priest Thomas Keating (b. 1923), who wrote, “If you accept the belief that baptism incorporates us in the mystical body of Christ, into the divine DNA, then you might say that the Holy Spirit is present in each of us, and thus we have the capacity for the fullness of redemption, of transformation.”

So when praying we should say like Saint Augustine (353–430 AD), a Christian theologian and philosopher: “O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart. Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there Thy cheerful beams.”  Let us all be receptive of the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

@ https://www.bestprimalessence.com (Dfurstane) Website      

  

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Best Primal Essence (Dfurstane) Website




Best Primal Essence (Dfurstane) Website

This website focuses on spiritual beliefs which explore the thinking of notable philosophers, psychologists, sociologists, scientists, news commentators, sacred texts, and interfaith writers.  The website whose symbol is Lily of the Valley is updated regularly with a quotation from an internationally-renowned personality, and contents on its blog.
@ https://www.bestprimalessence.com (Dfurstane) Website
—Erwin K Thomas, Interfaith Writer  

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Sublime Peace




Sublime Peace

Seek peace, and illuminate your paths with happiness.  Essential though is for you to cultivate a clean mind and contrite heart.  This is when you’re blessed with gifts of God, Allah, Brahma, or Dao.  You have become a true light and are ideal for undertaking a divine mission. Barack Obama (b. 1961), the first African American President of the United States said, “If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you will make progress.”  Our walk of faith leads us to have an enlightened heart.

The joys of this world are fleeting.  True peace is a weapon that’s able to defeat evil.  In this world there’s degradation, and fear, but for believers their future is bright.  By living according to God’s promises they become faithful, and kind men, and women.  These believers might face hardships that are like pin pricks compared to the happiness that awaits them.

The world is buffeted by the winds of change.  If it isn’t war, murder, or crime, deviancy is found in the sensual excesses of life.  Some people hold their heads high, walk with their chests up, and are puffed up.  At best this is a way of displaying vanity.  Others face struggles with broken hearts, and continue to pretend that all is well.  Temptations of the flesh can’t build us up, and it often involves empty praise and double talk.  Worldly types live in the shackles of fickleness.  A poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson (18031882) wrote, “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”  Being true to oneself should be the aim of every individual of faith.

Spreading Joy

It’s beneficial to spread joy and hope in the sacred world.  To be true to ourselves we have to live in peace.  Being sustained by the Primal Essence it’s for us to minister to others.  As lights in the world we ought to walk confidently in the midst of wolves.   Our journey in life would be filled with celestial riches.  Robert H. Schuller (19262015), a Christian televangelist said, “God flourished my ministry and my career of creative thinking, communicating and writing back 50 years.”  It was Schuller’s belief that he was blessed in his mission.

To find comforting peace it’s best to review the teachings of the sacred texts of the world’s faith traditions.  Their teachings mirror the true lights of our earthly sojourn.  So it’s wise, to be steadfast in understanding of the Word.  For the monotheistic faiths believe on judgment day we’ll have to give an account of how we have lived.  Believers who embrace these spiritual beliefs would be comforted in their lives.   Ann Landers (19182002), a Chicago Sun-Times advice columnist wrote, “Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life and repeat to yourself; the most comforting words of all; this, too, shall pass.”  With this realization we know that a devout life will be victorious.



                    

Sunday, January 12, 2020

News Anchors





News Anchors
On the website of Best Primal Essence (Dfurstane) – https://www.bestprimalessence.com is images of popular TV news anchors.  These are the selected few who present Americans with the daily news.   An American rapper Young Thug said, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money brings power, power brings fame, and fame changes the game.”  That’s the way it was with TV news.  The early 1960’s to the 2000’s saw cutbacks in staff and coverage of major stories.  News has given way to entertainment, commentary, and fluff.  And the line of what’s news has been blurred.  The same is true of television.  Anchors Tom Brokaw of NBC, Peter Jennings of ABC, and Dan Rather of CBS were all not happy with the quality of news delivered to the public.  This downward trend has been noticed since the passing of broadcasting Golden Age when networks had bureaus in major capitals of the world.  But now even the local TV stations are struggling with formats that focus on headlines, accidents, crime, weather, traffic reports, happy talk, and entertainment pieces.  “If it bleeds it leads.”

The coming of mass media’s New Technologies has further complicated matters.  Although these have resulted in a greater diversity of channels, news coverage with ENG, communications satellites, cable networks, and Internet services there’s still exists uncertainty.  Large and traditional media audiences of newspapers, magazines, TV, and radio have given way to less lucrative forms of news and information.  Existing today is a multiplicity of niche audiences that are greatly impacting traditional ways of advertising.  What this will mean to the existing traditional media systems is still debatable.  Many of these media have incorporated Internet websites, but are still to determine how these ventures could be profitable.

The terrorists’ attacks of September 11, 2001 pumped new life into print and electronic news coverage.  But it was speculated that this might not necessarily mean that the spiraling downward of journalism has stopped.  But it could well be that the mass media would begin to give more attention to foreign news, and not focused on predominately local events, of crime, accidents, celebrities, weather reports, and natural disasters.  But still TV news anchors remain ubiquitous, and they play a major role in shaping what the American and international audiences come to know.        


Saturday, January 11, 2020

George Bernard Shaw




George Bernard Shaw’s advice holds well for the website Best Primal Essence (Dfurstane)

“Life isn’t about finding yourself.  Life is about creating yourself.”

—George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950), Irish playwright, and co-founder of the London School of Economics

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Fostering Gratitude





Fostering Gratitude

The root of joy is gratitude @ https://www.bestprimalessence.com.  This light goes out and touches all those that come into our sphere of influence.  This is how to thank people who make a difference in our life.  It must be remembered that there’s always something to be thankful for.  And this thankfulness opens the door of abundance.  It’s the superpower that keeps transforming lives.  The more people are grateful the more passionate they become about giving.  It’s based on the concept, “What you freely give you’ll receive in abundance.”  This is how believers and non-believers alike wake up to the goodness and beauty of life.  These are all part of a process for fostering authentic gratitude.

Did you ever think of the reason why the Psalms of David have come, like winged angels, down across all the realms and ages,— why they make the key-note of grateful piety in every Christian’s soul, wherever he lives? Why? Because they are so full of gratitude. “ Oh, that men would praise the Lord for His goodness and for His wonderful works to the children of men!”
Alphonso Albert Willits, reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 290.

Let but the commons hear this testament—
Which, pardon me, I do not mean to read—
And they would go and kiss dead Cæsar's wounds
And dip their napkins in his sacred blood,
Yea, beg a hair of him for memory,
And, dying, mention it within their wills,
Bequeathing it as a rich legacy
Unto their issue.
William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar (1599), Act III, scene 2, line 135.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Living in Harmony




Living in Harmony


“He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.”
Marcus Aurelius (121–180 AD), Roman Emperor and Stoic philosopher

The joy of living is contagious.  Each day it comes like the light which shines brighter and brighter.   In short it’s our daily bread dished out for us to taste its sweetness.  This heavenly delicacy which is sweeter than honey accompanies us on our journey.  Faith is a free and everlasting gift that has no limits.  It’s special and supernatural.  Supremely it’s like heaven on earth when people traverse fields picking beautiful flowers.  This journey is through the loving care of our Creator, who dwells in the universe.  In our divinely orchestrated world believers stroll independently with a special passion walking by faith, and not by sight.  Vincent Van Gogh (1853–1890), a major Dutch Post-Impressionist painter said, “I am still far from being what I want to be, but with God’s help I shall succeed.”  Van Gogh was talking about this divine guidance in his faith walk.   So why shouldn’t we do the same by living in harmony with our fellowmen and women?

Be Joyful Witnesses

Let your shout for joy and penetrate the night air.  Be happy when you witness to others by showing thanksgiving to the  Divine that’s loving and just.  God, Allah, Brahma, or Dao is our bread that feeds us with abundant blessings.  For our benefit this Ultimate Reality has bestowed us with the gift of knowledge.  As a testament to such a gift innovators have invented technological and other devices that make living more enjoyable.  Daily the Best Primal Essence sustains and uplifts our souls.  We’re therefore able to journey in life with confidence, patience, and perseverance.  While doing so, religious practitioners relentlessly storm the heavens with prayers seeking what’s best in life.  These petitions bring relief to souls longing to discover life’s blessings as they live in harmony with the universe. 


Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Lily of the Valley





Lily of the Valley

The Best Primal Essence website’s symbol: https://www.bestprimalessence.com is the flower Lily of the Valley.  Its presence is captured in pictures, perfumes, weddings, songs, and gardens.  In many cultures this flower symbolizes humility, luck, happiness, chastity, and purity.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Symbol of Best Primal Essence





Symbol of Best Primal Essence

The symbol of the website Best Primal Essence (Dfurstance) is Lily of the Valley.   This website: https://www.bestprimalessence.com is meant to foster interreligious understanding.  It expresses views and comments on a cross section of religious faiths and secular humanists’ beliefs.
    Erwin K. Thomas (b, 1943), Interfaith Writer

Sunday, January 5, 2020

The Divine Attributes





The Divine Attributes


 God, Allah, Brahma, or Dao has superb attributes and with the saints there’s extreme joy.  It’s so because these are holy ones always striving for perfection.  Happiness from the Divine is like a flame enlightening their lives.  This ideal could be found in the all-encompassing Spirit.  This great gift is symbolic and transcendent.  The Primal Essence is beyond all created wisdom.  These attributes were spoken of Benjamin Franklin (17061790), a founding father of the United States, who wrote, “A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.”  It’s the encompassing Spirit who provides food and fire for believers.

With divinity there’s perfect bliss.  Many believers expect eternal rest after leaving this earthly domain.  They praise the Primordial Essence without ceasing.  Hunger and thirst will be no more for they will be recipients of precious gifts.  Believers will walk in the spirit fearlessly where they will eventually discover the full nature of their amazing lives.  They are able to demonstrate this willingness by what they are seeking.  Spiritual adherents are known for having a steadfast spirit.  Their experiences continue to deepen when they journey through life.  A mythologist and lecturer in Comparative Religions Joseph Campbell (19041987) wrote, “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were walls.”  Campbell captured the essence of their earthly sojourn where nothing is impossible with the Primordial Essence.

The Divine Character

The Divine wisdom is indescribable and known for infinite grace.  Adherents walking in these footsteps often demonstrate an apostolic spirit.  It’s one of harmony revealed by a religious awakening.  Believers create trails like those envisioned by Ralph Waldo Emerson (18031882), an essayist and poet who said, “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
Contemplating divinity is remarkable for people experience goodness and mercy.  This power is found in the boundless love of the Eternal Essence.  It’s a fountain of goodness that tends the wounded before they are able to recognize these works.  As spiritual seekers it’s good to witness about the Divine character, for this is a weapon that’s used when believers fellowship with unbelievers. 

In their pastoral outreach people show love for other souls.  Be industrious for that’s what all divinity expects of its adherents.  Followers should be obedient like true disciples.  Booker T. Washington (18561915), an African American educator wrote, “Character is power.”  Inevitably faith-filled lives would best exemplify the character of the religious.  The Best Primal Essence is goodness and mercy that will shine amazingly in all peoples.             

Saturday, January 4, 2020

The Universe is US


The Universe is US


We are part of this universe; we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts, is that the universe is in us.
Neil deGrasse Tyson (b. 1958), astrophysicist and science communicator

To embrace this all in all is having an appreciation of creation’s manifestations.  The heavenly bodies - the sun, moon, and stars, known and unknown planets traversing the sky are phenomenal.  The trees, plants, oceans, rivers, streams, mountains, hills and valleys speak in their own language, while being buffeted by the wind.  So are the seasons – spring, summer, autumn, and winter with their distinct moods.  Sometimes it’s calm, beautiful, and glorious, while occasionally there are hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, and forest fires.

But birds, reptiles, fishes, and animals of all sorts inhabit the earth living on land or in seas.  They breed, feed, and exist in a divine and unpredictable reality.  These creatures in their respective environments are provided for by nature.  People breathe fresh air, pick fruits from trees, enjoy the meats of animals, drink refreshing water, build cozy houses with wood of trees, light a fire to cook their meals, and dress in warm clothing from nature’s bounty.

This is only a part of the Best Primal Essence that’s within, above, below, and around us.  To personalize this Essence is only a metaphor.  S/he is omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent, immanent, and transcendent.  No words could adequately describe this all-encompassing reality that’s the sum of all living and non-living things.