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Ron’s “Cast of Characters” Review

Ron’s “Cast of Characters” Review

Max Lucado’s book Cast of Character is an interesting take on many of the most talked about people in the Bible.  He puts into his own words the personas of each individual as well as their unique struggles and conquests over life diversities.  Through it all God comes through for them and provides in ways that were not always considered.  In short, in Faith they were willing to walk through fear and into Promise.

I liked the premise of this book and found it to be somewhat entertaining.  As always, Lucado’s unique voice is apparent from chapter to chapter.  He enlightens us about the lives and personalities of the disciple’s and apostles as well as a multitude of other players throughout scripture.  Max does well to paint the reader a picture of the human side of each and every one of them by portraying them as closely as he could to those of this age.

As far as great reads I would have to say he misses the mark.  I found it very difficult to get through the book and found it very easy to put down.  There was nothing that grabbed me and caused me to yearn to read more.  It was a book that I chose to read between books.

Cast of Characters may be a better book for a biblical novice who is just opening their eyes and hearts.  It would be a great tool to help a new reader grasp the implications of modern struggle by exhibiting the similarities and exhibit the realism of them in a light of modern days.  Readers will find themselves and those they know in the characters discussed in this book making the biblical stories easier to relate to.

Again, it is not that this is not a good book.  It just was not the right book for me.

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Being with Ron Ash

So we have taken our next step in this infinite journey of enlightenment. A series of events have taken place that has brought us to where we are right now. This is the most important time of our lives. It is in this very moment which exists prior to a thought that we have the potential to be. Being exists in this moment in this time and knowing, seeing, feeling and experiencing All that there Is right “NOW.” It is through appreciation and intentional manipulation of the “NOW” that we set the stage for all that will be.

Where do we exert our energies? Do we spend our lives searching for everything we already have? Are we concentrating on the choices we made yesterday rather than the choices we can make right now? If we answer yes to any of these questions it is very important for us to go on. The Universe has brought us together for one specific reason. We are about to realize All that we are created to be. Here we will experience our Being!

So many people young and old struggle with Truth every day. They fail to recognize the obvious from within and instead fixate on the external world around them. Being will dispel the many myths that exist in our shared physical realm of existence and make us immune to the disease of the illusion. In teaching how to manipulate the thoughts which create our delusions we will in fact begin to intentionally create our own world.

It is important to remember to forget all that we have learned as we enter into this place of enlightenment. For it is only with a blank slate and an open mind will we be able to grasp the incredible powers within All. By clearing our minds of our previous perceptions we will be gifted with wisdom and guided to exactly where we are meant to be.

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Encouragement and Enrichment

Encouragement is the source of enrichment.

We can’t bring ourselves up by tearing others down.  The fact is that we need each other to succeed in life.  As we are all interconnected what happens to one affects us all.  Everyone counts and everybody matters; we all have something to contribute in some way.

The bricks at the top of the monument are no more important than those at the base.  If we smash out those bellow than those above will come crumbling down.  In realizing the strength and purpose of every piece of the entire structure we ensure the steady and sturdy rise of the monument which is our life.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 (New International Version) Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

Encouragement is the strongest element of enrichment.  As we encourage one another so too do we grow.  In fact we will grow exponentially.  It is here that our energies combine and catapult us into unimaginable success.  It is really a matter of compound energy.  Through the seeds of encouragement we experience tremendous accelerated growth and bring forth the most fruitful harvest.  As we boost up the energy fields of those around us our own field receives a power boost.  This is what propels us to higher levels in our infinite ascension.

As we witness those who feel that by bringing others down they rise up one thing becomes painfully obvious.  It does not work!  In this scenario one of two things will happen.  Either they will remain in the same position or they will be demoted to a lower one.  You see, they are actually creating negative energy and like attracts like.  This is why those who choose this path will constantly experience negative emotions and attract negative experiences into their lives.  They are charging off energy and losing momentum.

It is very similar to the way electricity works.  A new friend of mine was talking about this recently.  We were discussing the phenomena revolving around the uncertain fait of electric cars over the last few decades.  I posed the question, “Why can’t a car that is in motion charge from its own momentum?”  Sam replied, “A battery cannot charge and discharge at the same time.”  The only way this could work is by cycling several batteries.  It is not possible by using only one.

This conversation applied directly to how we function as smaller fields of energy which exist in a larger field of energy.  We cycle off the energy of others.  As we encourage one another we boost each others energy and charge our batteries.  There is only one awesome difference.  We can never be over charged because we are never enclosed as a battery is.  Our individual fields of energy continuously grow and become stronger.  Guess what?  When we tap into this amazing field of energy aka God’s energy we attract bigger and better blessings into our lives.

Opportunity will knock daily.  Signs will become increasingly abundant and we will find ourselves in the best places and meeting the right people always.  Like energy has no choice; it will always respond to energy that is of equal strength and vibration.

It all comes down to choice.  The most helpful thing for us to do is to strive to bring others up and to do more that our share.  The feeling that we are getting the short end of the stick or that we are being taken advantage of should be a red flag.  It is our emotions telling us too evaluate our thoughts, examine the bigger picture and change our thinking.  There is an economics to our actions that will increasingly become more prevalent over the next several years.  Hand to hand rewards will become few and far between.  Our gains in all ways will come to us unexpectedly and in ways we may have never considered.  As I usually say, “It will come in through the back door.”  The secret is to sustain a positive vibration and to maintain an uncompromised standard of Being.  We must do the right thing at all cost and move forward confidently knowing that God will take the bad and use it to build on our successes.

Remember, success is an accomplishment that yields an intended or unintended positive outcome. It is a feeling gained from impacting another in a positive way.  We must strive to express, enlighten, engage and empower those around us. Rewards may vary, but the end result is always the same.

God’s First Gift

There are many things in life that contribute to our Being. Many of life’s experiences culminate in our hearts, souls and minds to give us our sense of self. The lessons we learn from situations and circumstance all have much to with who we are internally and externally.

Nothing in all our lives will have the profound effect on the creation that is us as the one found in God’s very first gift to us. What is this gift? Well, as we look back to the beginning of our time here in this physical realm it becomes plain to see where the majority of ourselves has developed from.

As we look back to the very instance of our physical conception it becomes ever more obvious. The range of influence is insurmountable. Emotional, physical and spiritual input is unleashed upon us from an unrivaled physical source that gives freely and unconditionally for a single purpose. The primary functions of nurturing, protecting and ensuring the growth of our physical bodies and spiritual souls.

Our first gift from God in this physical realm of our existence is our mother. She is the one who sustains us while we begin a physical life in the womb. All God’s blueprints come to life in the body of our mother. The set of plans which contain the potential for our Being are set in motion and the creation takes its first step in the realization of what will be Spirit with body and the essence of our Being.

What our mothers feel we feel even before our birth. Emotional experiences are passed on to us even in our fetal state. We can be calmed by music and excited by chaos. It is possible for us to react to stress and fear as well as peace and love. In her Being comes our Being.

It is what our mother drinks that we drink. What she eats we eat. So it is as she breathes we do to. Our hearts although separate are dependent on each other for so many things. For all intensive purposes we are One existing as two for about a nine month duration of which her primary objective is to bring us through the process unscathed.

After the birth her job continues. It is an endless sacrifice of self for her child. Her entire life begins to revolve around assuring that the child’s needs are met in all ways. The baby must be fed, clothed and cleaned continually. Its safety and health must be carefully monitored throughout the day. It must experience love and comfort physically and mentally in order to grow to its greatest potential for Being.

Our mother becomes our first teacher. She helps us to walk and to talk, read and write and introduces us to all things of Spirit. If she maintains a strong connection with us all these things become the seeds of hope, faith and love sowed in our hearts.

Moms teach us all the time whether intentionally or unintentionally. We learn from them even when we don’t know we are learning. Much of the things I cherish about myself today all came from my mother’s ways. She taught me to treat others as I would like to be treated in a simple statement, “Ronnie, you wouldn’t want someone to do that to you.” She set the stage for my spiritual foundation by setting me inside a church and keeping the Bible in a prominent place in our home. She gave me the things from within it daily as circumstances arose. Funny, she rarely told me the Bible says, but always showed me in her own unique way exactly what It said. It was her who taught me to appreciate all of God’s creations without telling me to appreciate all of God’s creations. Her sacrifices’ exhibited to me the necessity to sacrifice as her giving taught me to give unconditionally.

Always safe and always secure; never knowing our poverty in poverty or our abundance in abundance. Never questioning from where our needs would be fulfilled, seldom without hope and rarely wanting more than all that we had. As a child we trust that all is well, in calm and in chaos we find peace and joy because of our Mothers.

My mother ascended several years ago, yet she is here with me today and every day. Even prior to her ascension she granted my final request. I told her to go in peace to the Father and that her children will be ok. The only stipulation I communicated to her on that Christmas Eve was for her to not go until after Christmas. I did not want my children to associate the loss of their nanny with this joyful day. It was the morning of January first that my mother entered the next level of her existence.

She let me know that she was Ok and watching over us continually. Incredible signs were given to me the day before and the day after her funeral. Her name is very rare and the fact that during the first forty years of my life I had only met one other who shared her name added greatly to the significance of the events which followed her ascension.

I found myself in a department store the day before her funeral looking for a new suit. Desperately needing assistance I requested a sales associate to help me. The person I spoke too paged the department sales associate over the intercom. “Anita please report to formalwear for customer assistance.” I turned to my sister in amazement and we both smiled from ear to ear. There was no doubt in our minds that this was much more than chance. Neither of us believed in coincidences. Several days after this experience I found myself sitting in the waiting room of a commercial building I own. I felt I had to get away from my home for a bit in order to get away from the constant flow of visitors who all offered their heartfelt condolences. Maybe I just needed time away from the reality of my loss. In any event it must have been a perfect time for my mother to remind me that she was still there with me. A woman walked into the building and one of my tenants immediately introduced himself. “My name is Paul. Nice to meet you Paul, I am Anita.” I froze in the power of presence as my eyes slowly began to tear from the joy of knowing.

There is an intimate connection between a mother and child that transcends space and time. When we think of our mothers they are here with us. A part of them will eternally reside in us. As we think of them, need them or feel them in our hearts they come to us in some way and some form. There are no limits to this wireless network. Signal strength excellent! It was Jesus that said, (John 14:12 Amplified Bible) “I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, if anyone steadfastly believes in Me, he will himself be able to do the things that I do; and he will do even greater things than these, because I go to the Father.”

In faith always,

Ron Ash

Fall Down Stay Down

Fall Down Stay Down

You know we can’t just give up after falling one time. How far will we go in life if every wrong turn only causes us to retreat back to our starting point? In life we will sometimes be forced to confront things we don’t like, places where we are uncomfortable and people who just rub us the wrong way. Often these are the not so high hurdles we must jump in order to get where we need to be. Never turn a hurdle into a brick wall.

I work with an incredibly talented cook and baker. He can take the low grade ingredients we get and turn them into something really special. In addition to that he is an expert on saving time and money. When I told his wife the he is well too overqualified to be working where he does she said, “He does not do well working for others.” She began to tell me two separate stories about different places he had tried to work in the past. One was more of a factory than a bakery. Again this was not really where someone of his abilities belongs. The other place seemed to be right up his alley.

One thing stood in his way. He had to face a hurdle and his ego did not want to jump over it. You see, his new boss rubbed him the wrong way on day one. It would seem that he did not appreciate the time saving suggestions that were offered him by, “some newbie Betty Crocker baker” and the advice was turned down on the spot.

Remember, it’s not always what we say, but the way we say it. This is where our ability to empathize with others turns from silver to gold. You see, when we are able to put ourselves in the shoes of another we enable ourselves and disable their defenses. We can either jump over the hurdle or turn and walk away from it. In our empathy is our answer.

By asking the question why we just may find that the hurdle was just an illusion, but by concentrating on the problem we add density to it. However, as we recognize it for what it really is we can concentrate on the solution. So, what would be the best thing to do in this situation? Well, there are two ways we can approach this.

It is obvious there is a battle of the egos going on here. Although the baker is well intentioned the ego of the owner is not allowing the advice. The baker is becoming easily insulted and responds to the owners comment as an attack and his ego causes him to retreat. He quits his job and never attempts to find another similar position because of this one conflict. The baker expects to run into this problem in all future positions related to this type of employment. In this he is bound by a self perpetuated illusion.

Suppose he approached this in a different way? What if he recognized his supervisor’s insecurity? Perhaps he would begin to feel pity for him while empathizing with the boss’s weakness. It is in empathy that we often find truth and from truth we can find the root of the issue. This just may be why God sent him here and why he is experiencing this happenstance. It is possible that he is where he is to help another to deal with their problem.

Now that we empathize we can formulate a different approach. We must bring down their defenses and enable them to move forward. This will require the removal of our ego. The best place to start is by praying for this individual with the utmost sincerity. This will confirm to the heavens that we truly want to evoke positive change and will enlist the help of many heavenly beings. The power of love is insurmountable.

This is now an opportunity to build a solid relationship with our boss. Maybe apologizing for possibly coming off the wrong way is the best place to start. Like I said previously; it’s not just what we say but how we say it. It is very easy to misinterpret tone. This boss may have been experiencing constant criticism from other owners who are higher up in seniority and the baker’s advice could have been the icing on the cake. No pun intended.

Remember, the most powerful tool in Satan’s arsenal is our own ego. This is how we allow him to manipulate us and keep us from Promise. When ego is removed the hurdles are lowered and we can easily leap over them. In fact as we empathize with and pray for those who have hurt us those obstacles quickly disappear.

I recall another situation several years ago in which a member of CCC was battling with his boss on a regular basis. She was constantly attacking him verbally and making him feel very small. With every comment she made to him his perception of her would grow. In his mind she was an enemy. I think he even used the term monster to describe him. His entire insides were being twisted up. Tensions were high and he felt as if he was at the end of his rope. Everything his boss did would add to his perception of her.

One day during a study group I was able to get him to open up about this and accept another possibility. Perhaps she was subject to this same kind of attack at home? Maybe her husband was constantly putting her down and attacking her verbally? This attitude had to be coming from somewhere. So that night we discussed the power of empathy and how when we pray for our enemies healing begins.

The next week he came back a changed man. His boss was treating him in a different way. He began to look forward to his work day. In fact, other opportunities began to open up in his career. Another organization approached him with a better position closer to his home and with better pay. He was ecstatic and appreciative.

You see, when we fall down we can either stay down or rise to the challenge. We must look through the obvious and examine the obscure. What our eyes and ears perceive is seldom the reality of the situation. We must dig a little deeper to find the root, extract it and plant new seed.

It is in our hearts that the truth resides. As we empathize with others we clear the debris of false perceptions and enable Spirit to act on our behalf.

Happiness in Purpose

 

 We can spend a lifetime being only a few steps away.

Sometimes I think happiness is an unrealistic goal. We can obtain happiness, but there really is no permanence in being happy. The things that make us happy today may not be there tomorrow and even the things that are here the next day could be lacking in their original appeal. Perhaps there exists something much deeper than happiness that we must strive to achieve.

Should the permanence of joy be our goal instead? Think about that for a moment. Is there really a difference between joy and happiness? Many reference books define joy as something that brings about happiness and at the same time describe it as a feeling of great happiness or pleasure, especially of an elevated or spiritual kind (Encarta Dictionary). So, in this definition which comes first? Let’s look at a few characteristics of happiness like contentment, pleasure, gladness, cheerfulness, joy, glee, bliss, delight, exhilaration and ecstasy. Wow! Who would not want to be in that place all the time or at the very least most of our days? Notice how joy comes up once again. What’s first; joy or happiness?

In order to achieve this ultimate state of Being we must know ourselves and locate the passion within. Passion is the soul’s recognition of God’s gifts and in these gifts dwells our purpose. Once we begin to live a purposeful life we start to experience a constant and continuous flow of joyful emotions which magnetically attract experiences, circumstances and situations into our lives which produce more joy. So it seems to me that the higher our purpose is the greater the return shall be.

(2 Timothy 2:19-21 New International Version) Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.” In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble. If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.

I remember a time when I experienced a lack of purpose. It was at a point when one of my businesses began to grow exponentially. I had to hire several employees and train them in various aspects of the business. Although I still maintained the general management of the business things began to run very smoothly during the course of the regular business day. Monthly and weekly responsibilities still were my own, but the daily operation made me feel somewhat obsolete. Whenever I attempted to get involved with the sales aspect of the business I would be pushed aside. This led me to stay away as I began a cycle of diminishing purpose.

Instead of feeling happiness I felt sadness, boredom and disillusion. This led me into isolation and eventually into trouble. I began to look for anything and anyone to pass the time until eventually I passed on all the time. Nothing that needed to get done was getting done and the people who worked for me began to feel that I was less and less necessary. The thing is that I wasn’t. The business needed me to stay alive, but the lack of joy I was experiencing while working in it was leading me further and further away from my purpose in it.

Eventually I turned to other means to generate excitement. Alienated with one business I turned to another. I began to seek out real estate investments that I would be able to rent out long term and build up equity. The thing is that my joy in this was always short lived. I loved the hunt, found excitement in the kill, but after it was ready and rented the excitement would dissipate and I would ask myself, “What now?” So I would find another and go through the entire process again. It was not the money that was making me happy. It was the process associated with a purpose.

You see, the thing is that the purpose was limited to the process. While I was building my business I felt purpose in that. That is why I kept opening up one store after another. My joy was found in obtaining the goal, but after each store was set up and operating on its own I would lose my purpose and the joy that went along with it. The same thing took place with my real estate investing. I would find the properties, negotiate the price, close the deal, renovate and lease them out. After that it was just a matter of maintenance. After the purpose was accomplished my emotional system would crash and I would be right back where I started.

One day that would all change though. I no longer turned to material accomplishments linked to financial rewards to define my purpose. Instead I was awakened to my Gifts and led onto the path that He had intended for me to follow. I began to concentrate on serving God and seeking the Kingdom first. Helping others and sharing my experiences and testimonies with them through my books and seminars began to fill me. Hours seemed like minutes and I became charged with light from the inside out. Everything just seemed to flow effortlessly. The right people and opportunities began to cross my path and signs began to appear everywhere. Now every day is full of reason and no matter what external experiences confront me I continually maintain my joy in my ordained purpose.

(Matthew 5:8 Amplified Bible) Blessed (happy, enviably fortunate, and spiritually prosperous–possessing the happiness produced by the experience of God’s favor and especially conditioned by the revelation of His grace, regardless of their outward conditions) are the pure in heart, for they shall see God!

We can’t let others define us. There goals cannot be ours. The special purpose that is within us can rarely be understood by those without us. Joy is created via God’s gifts and happiness is our blessing. The world tells us to strive for the standard, but the heavens tell us to strive for the remarkable. In our hearts is the only Truth of our Being.

(Ephesians 4:11 Amplified Bible) And His gifts were [varied; He Himself appointed and gave men to us] some to be apostles (special messengers), some prophets (inspired preachers and expounders), some evangelists (preachers of the Gospel, traveling missionaries), some pastors (shepherds of His flock) and teachers.

In faith always,

Ron Ash