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Reasons for Seasons

Reasons for Seasons

Just maybe we are where we are and doing exactly what we are supposed to be doing right now. There is a reason for every season. Paying close attention to where we are and being thankful for what we have while identifying the purpose and opportunities in this present moment will relinquish the highest potential for Being.

We are where we need to be and learning what we need to learn. Stay the course because the things we experience today will lead us to where He needs us to be tomorrow.

Look around right now. Examine your surroundings. Feel the essence of it all. What is good about right now? How can you use this time that you have been blessed with?

A few days back a neighbor asked me to take him to a church I have been attending. His church had closed down and he had not been to a service in over two weeks. I had not seen him in a long while. Some problems with his vehicle prompted him to stop by my house and ask for some advice. After examining the situation and taking a ride to a local auto parts store for some engine coolant we began to speak of the economy and the effects it was having on several things. One aspect that he noticed was that there seemed to be an abundance of fathers standing at the bus stops with their children. “Probably all out of work” he said as he cited several Biblical references to this characteristic of the present time. Interestingly enough was the powerful truth that came from this one statement. The fathers were now able to spend time with their children. There exists so much value in being able to share such intimate moments with our family.

We can always make more money but we can’t make more time.

The seemingly unproductive curse of being unemployed was actually a blessing to many fathers and their children. They both have the opportunity to relish in the NOW while developing, nurturing and expanding upon the relationship they share. This time has so much more value than gold. These moments will last a lifetime. Believe and know that this can be an incredible gift to their children. A lesson, a memory or a comfort they will carry in their hearts for always.

This is the time! Here is the place! Right now in this very moment in time is where all the opportunity lies. It is up to us to seek it, find it and relish in all that there is right NOW. We can’t waste a moment of all that is real by surrounding ourselves with the illusion of lack. It is futile to complain and curse the blessing of this time instead of praising and being thankful for the gift that is our present. There is a reason for this season. Look, listen and feel with your heart, soul and spirit. It is here! There is a purpose! The answer is in us All.

If we don’t see it we will never be it and if we don’t feel it we will never real it.

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Kane is Able

Kane is Able

I recently experience several signs given to me by the Angels. These signs led me to a Divine revelation. I began by speaking to my ascended grandfather about my life and voiced my need for clarity and direction. I left the house and headed to my building for an afternoon meeting about a teen training and development center a friend and I have been developing. As I headed over I caught the glimpse of a license plate that read PA 444. Pa is what I always call my grandfather and 444 is a number that has a special meaning to me. It is the Angels letting me know that they are with me and that I am completely loved, supported and guided by many Heavenly beings, and have nothing to fear. (DV, Angel Numbers 101)

It was not long before I entered the highway, which is by the way exactly 2.11 miles from my home, when an eighteen wheeler thundered by me. The truck had several positive slogans on the rear tailgate one of which read “Be the best you can be” or something to that affect. Beneath that was the phrase “Kane is able”. Suddenly I felt the energy of enlightenment pass through me. A revelation, were Cain and Abel really the same man. Was this God telling me several meanings within this well known Biblical story?

Could it be that Cain only perceived that his offering was worth less than that of his brother Abel? Perhaps the answer lies in Genesis 4:3-7?

3And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.

4And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:

5But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.

6And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?

7If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.

As we look back at the italicized we see he is in lowercase letters while LORD is given in full capitalized form. This is customary throughout the Bible, but here the writer goes further with every letter being capitalized. Therefore we must understand that the lowercase words used in these verses are actually referring to the man and not their God. I am willing to go one step further and say that this is not even a story of the struggle of a physical man at all. It may be referencing an internal struggle that is still common within us today. Our perceptions create our reality.

Cain (the wounded spirit of mankind) and Abel (the healing spirit of mankind) both bring offerings to the LORD (the creator of All). Cain’s perceptions cause him to feel that his Gift is not good enough compared to Abel’s Gift. I use a capital G in this sentence to reference the special gifts that God gives us All. No Gift is any greater than another, but Ego can creep in and lie to us causing us to sin. Both offerings come forth from the same place. This fact is exhibited throughout the book of Genesis and starts with the very creation of Adam in Genesis 2:7 and continues through this story as referenced in Genesis 4:11-12. God is telling Cain that his offering is as good as his brothers and that it is only Cain’s perception of his offering that is ruling over his spirit man. The lie is causing Cain to feel inadequate.

8And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.

Here Cain destroys Abel in the very field where he plants his seed and reaps his harvest. His perceived inadequacy causes him to sin, but he is actually sinning against himself because he has planted a seed of inadequacy and now can only reap what he sows. You see, the field is his heart and in our heart (soul) is where our Gift resides. In this he has sinned against himself and has destroyed Abel (the healing spirit of mankind) and rendered his Gift ineffectual.

Yet, Cain is still Abel to overcome this. He can repent, recognize the wrong and make the correction and raise Abel from the ground or he can continue in the lie and be cursed to work contaminated soil. In other words he can either choose to be enabled (Abel) or disabled (Cain).

9And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?

10And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.

11And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand;

12When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.

Notice the lowercase usage in the preceding verses. Pay special attention to the entrance of the feminine “her” that now enters the story. This is obviously an intentional reference to the mother, one who brings forth life. In this situation instead of life being given to Cain his life (strength) will be drawn from him. He will now exchange his strength (Abel) for his weakness (Cain).

13And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear.

14Behold, You have driven me out this day from the face of the land, and from Your face I will be hidden; and I will be a fugitive and a vagabond and a wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.

So what is he saying? Ego has caused him to turn from God and hide in shame just as his parents had in the Garden. Ego had slithered in and led them away from God as referenced by the snake. Another interesting fact about Ego is shown as Cain blames God for driving him away while asking him for pity at the same time in the statement “whoever finds me will kill me.” God answers, “Therefore, if anyone kills Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold.” Was this a curse or a blessing? Cain’s punishment was too much to bear. He blames God for his error and is now condemned to bear this burden for an unspecified period of time. The punishment will continue until the day when someone sees the value in being on the receiving end of a punishment that will be inflicted seven fold on the one who blatantly chooses to go against God. In blaming God for his wrong thinking Cain added some serious time to his sentence. Once again another characteristic of Ego that began in the Garden when Adam blamed Eve and Eve blamed the snake for them turning from God. Simply put, Ego is the temptation that leads us away from God.

16So Cain went away from the presence of the Lord and dwelt in the land of Nod [wandering], east of Eden.

Filthy Rags

Filthy Rags

There once was a boy who cast out his line. On the end of that line was a shiny lure. He caught one fish after another. Some fish were returned to the water hungry. Others were brought to the table and filleted. The only fish that flourished were those who chose to ignore the illusion. They knew Truth. They enjoyed Freedom. They experienced Paradise.

What if our religion is our ‘shiny lure’ – creating illusionist expectations about our church, our world or even our God?

This could be devastating!

It could be and is in more cases than I would like to see. Religion can very well be the shiny lure-creating illusionist expectations about everything and everyone. Our mind is very good at creating what we expect and formulating our realities based on that. Unknown to ourselves we could in fact be totally convinced that we are 100% right when in Truth we are 50% wrong.

Half truths will never lead to full Promise.

When we become so consumed by Ego and bring forth our credentials onto ourselves and others, we may feel that we have won. This is a hollow victory. Well, this is the case for those who have perceived themselves as godly and in their egocentric perception have given themselves freely to ungodly actions.

It is very easy to formulate a strong perception on a single event from a single time with a single person. Recently I had a visit from a friend who is adamant about pursuing her perceived doctrines about being a good Christian. It all began with her statement “We are all filthy rags. Only God is good.” I inquired about where she came to that conclusion and let her know that this is not true. In fact another friend of mine made that very same statement to me recently. “Show me where in the Bible it says that. Aren’t we created in the image of God? Isn’t he our Father? Would we look at All our children as filthy rags?” She then referenced Isaiah 64:6 where Isaiah is speaking to God about the current situation plaguing the majority of his people at that time. Isaiah was asking for an answer. In typical fashion, my friend and fellow Christian failed to see the context of the chapter and verses which led to Isaiah’s statement. She learned her interpretation from who I would assume was an untrained, uneducated or straight out manipulative pastor who may have just as well received his ordination papers in a cereal box. This being the case the statements were retained in her mind as fact and never challenged until this day. Her misconception and unwillingness to explore the Truth led me to make a statement meant to provoke further debate.

The Roman Catholic Church is the only real church all the others from Martin Luther on are all fake. They are all the false prophets spoken about in the Bible. Rest assured that Roman Catholic Priests are the best educated teachers of Biblical literature. A major contributor to their level of awareness is the fact that they do not marry. A married man could never devote all of self to the church. Family would always take president if he expects that relationship to be fruitful.

This proved to be a highly effective tool in opening some doors that have not been open in a while. Even for myself. As I had done the same thing she had. We both walked away from the Roman Catholic Church because we needed more, as thousands of others had over the past several decades. I acknowledge this fact and understand that everything happens for a reason. However, we must be honest with ourselves and others about what those reasons were. Keep in mind the Church and the church are two different things. The main purpose of us coming together to worship is never diminished by where we meet. These are just buildings and are nothing more than meeting places for those who wish to share the Word and experience Spirit together as One.

The first door that opened was that of a church in Brooklyn New York that she had entered over twenty years ago. She had reached the stage in her life where a thirst for the things of God needed to be quenched. Typically, as it is with many Catholics today, the church was used to lay a foundation for the more advanced Christianity that would follow. However, where congregants tend to get lost in this system is usually right after they receive the sacrament of confirmation. This has become a graduation day for many Catholics and a right to wander away from the church in most cases never to be seen in mass again. This was exactly the case with my friend. For over ten years she had ceased to meet together with fellow Christians. During this time she had moved in with her boyfriend and adopted the American religion of Capitalism and moved far away from the moral teachings of her upbringing.

As she began to feel more lost and yearned for solace, she thought to return to where all things once made sense to her. She arrived at a local Roman Catholic Church one Sunday morning, attended the service and afterward went over to speak with the priest. He did not give her the answer she was looking for. Perhaps she asked the wrong question, but whatever transpired in that conversation caused her to never return.

This brings us back to our initial debate. We stood in the kitchen of my home discussing the context of Isaiah 64:6 and were led into a heated debate about the Roman Catholic Church. My wife, a devote Catholic was present too. My friend began to make several statements about the Pope and the Catholic Church that I was obligated to dispel. Lots of plural statements were made in places that should have been singular. “They don’t want us to read the Bible! This is why there are no Bibles in the pews of the Catholic Church.” My wife answered, “Don’t most people bring their own Bibles to church?” My friend countered, “We are supposed be able to turn to the Bible to make sure that what the pastor or priest says is really in there.” My wife began to laugh and said, “So you listen to a man who you do not trust is giving you the Word?” This went on for a while.

We began to speak about our past experiences with the Roman Catholic Church and what caused us to walk away from it. For her it was the typical, “I needed more. There was nothing there for me.” I’m sure this was akin to me searching the kitchen pantry for something that only my wife can find. As she often says, “You just don’t know how to look.” Eventually this turned to the sexual abuse scandal which plagued the Catholic Church for several decades. A scandal which I believe for the most part was directly or indirectly linked to the mass exodus of good Catholic Christians from the church that was in fact their own. They left their churches untended. Therefore, the once bountiful garden became engulfed by weeds.

I paid close attention to all the words being used and came to a clear understanding or revelation of what had taken place so many years ago in that Brooklyn church. She had formulated a reality in her own mind of what the Roman Catholic Church is, what it stands for, who the members (1.1 billion worldwide) are and what those arrogant priests (41,400 in the United States alone) are all about. It was all the plurals in the conversation that bothered me most so I began to inquire. “What priest are you referring too? Which Roman Catholic churches did you attend? How many protestant churches did you find with Bibles in the pews?” The answers ranged from one to a handful and proved my point. This was a ridiculous statement that a first grader could understand especially when we consider the 1.1 million Catholics in existence today. She had no solid proof that any of her statements were true and had no right to accuse every single priest in the Roman Catholic Church of doing any less than educating and leading people to a godly lifestyle.

You see, my wife and I both had excellent priests in our parishes growing up. They encouraged us to read Scripture and offered many additional services and education groups to add value to our walk. The thing is that many fail to look any further than the fast food window which has come to be their weekly mass. They believe they need look no further to satisfy their thirst for Truth. So, many leave to seek nourishment elsewhere failing to realize that we are the Church.

This has been the downfall of parish communities all over the United States of America. Many good Christians have left the Catholic Church. They had abandoned the house and allowed the evil ones to walk right in. It is exactly like abandoning a home in the inner city and never looking back. The worst of the worst will find their way in and ruin a house that was once whole. It makes me wonder if things would have been different in regards to the sex scandals of the church if more intuitive Spirit seeking Christians remained. We may have been able to pull up the weeds by the roots before evil reared its ugly head. I’m sure we would have recognized the wolves in sheep’s clothing

I reiterated several times that what she was doing was wrong. Her experience with one priest, in one church, on one particular day is not grounds for her assumptions about all priests, all congregants (68 million in the United States) and all churches. “You must stop using plurals where you mean to use singulars.” It was then that she felt discomfort as her perceived truths began to evaporate. I found it difficult to speak as she continued to talk over me while reverting to unrelated topics and inserting “Aha” moments which failed to enlighten my wife or me and seemed to materialize absent of context. Struggling to maintain her beliefs she eventually and typically referenced the scandal. She proclaimed in an unforgiving and hateful tone, “They knew about the molestations! The Pope knew exactly what was going on!”

Again she used many plurals where there should have been singulars. I had to ask, “Who is they? Are all priests bad? How do you know the Pope knew?” She replied, “I just know. He said so. He apologized to everyone.” She took what she wanted from the apology. In her mind he was confessing his wrong doing and not voicing his regret for the actions of some.

Every time she proclaims these falsities and passes them on she is bearing false witness. In her mind she stands strong in the Word while in All she defiles Spirit with her actions. The Ego built from her religion is her shiny lure. Partial Truths will never satisfy what she had hungered for on that one day in that Brooklyn church over twenty years ago.

Luke 6:41 (Amplified Bible) Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye but do not notice or consider the beam [of timber] that is in your own eye?

Another friend is a Jehovah Witness and adamantly proclaims the doctrine of that church. He recently brought me a book to read that exhibited how the Roman Catholic Church has its roots in Paganism. Everything from symbols of the crucifixion of Jesus to the fish shaped hat at the top of the Popes head was mentioned in the book “Babylon the Mystery Religion” by Ralph Woodrow. Although the book was out of print I found a copy on Amazon and ordered right away. I also ordered “The Babylon Connection” which turned out to be the corrected copy of the first book. It would seem that the author found that one of him principle sources was not as reliable as initially perceived. Although the first book was selling in great numbers and removing it from the market would cost the author a great deal of money; the most important thing was to right the wrong and correct the misinformation which was previously printed.

Well, I took the liberty of ordering “The Babylon Connection” for my friend when I ordered my copy. He read the book and was unimpressed and remained unwavering in his beliefs. In fact he came to the conclusion that the Roman Catholic Church had strong armed Woodrow into writing the second book. “They got to him!” he proclaimed. His mind was closed and he refused to let any information in that conflicted with his previous beliefs. He preferred to remain in the lie rather than even considering the truth and became a prisoner of that propaganda.

Yes, religion can be our shiny lure. It could be everything we expect it should be. However, what we expect it should be is not always what it should be. The things we think may satisfy us just may leave us hungry or even worse; dead in the water.

There is always more to learn. As we experience our physical lives we grow spiritual. Only an open mind will nourish the soul. In this we will find the Truth revealed and the freedom that goes along with it. How do we clean filthy rags? We put them through the wash to remove the stains of the past. Truth is the most powerful detergent.

Some Quotes from My Past Writings

Accept the appointment and “dis” the disappointment.

You can’t catch a fish if you don’t cast out your line.

Often it is the mundane which introduces us to the spectacular.

What we envision today will bring us what we will hold tomorrow.

Often a greater purpose is discovered via the byproduct of an intended objective.

We can’t ignite our advancement while contemplating another’s demise.

Encouragement is the source of enrichment.

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

Life is a series of promotions many of which appear to be demotions.

We can’t get to where we are going if we don’t know where we’re at.

Much of what won’t grow on the mountain tops will flourish in the
valleys

We can’t get to where we want to be without moving in that direction

Successes are our building blocks, perceived failures are our mortar and
the Higher Power is our mason.

When we are ready for Truth It will find us

The rain falls upon the just and the unjust, but the righteous are nourished by it and the wicked are drowned in it.

Through virtue comes the greatest reward.

There is either something we need to do before we move on or there is something we need to let go of before we move forward.

As we look to the past as being filled with purpose we can move through the now successfully and into a purposeful future continually.

As we adopt an attitude of gratitude we will propel ourselves infinitely into higher altitudes.

We know what we want to do, what we need to do and what we must do. The trick is to stop slipping back into what we used to do.

As we look to the past as being filled with purpose we can move through the now successfully and into a purposeful future continually.

As we concentrate on what Is what was becomes a blur and what will be comes into focus.

Faith is the key to advancing forward into the unknown. Without it we surrender to what we can see and are bound by what we don’t.

The goal of money for happiness is like quenching our thirst with sand. We just get thirstier.

The death of a flower is only an illusion. It is this transformation that produces the seed.

Hope is our flower. Faith is our seed. Love is our sustenance.

Knowledge comes from education wisdom comes from experience and experience is furnished by the Higher Power.

Wisdom comes from experience and experience comes from Being

From within comes that which is without

We can have whatever we want, we just can not have it the way we want.

Selective knowledge constrains wisdom.

Wisdom is not being afraid to explore information that may be contradictory to our beliefs

Sometimes the things we don’t like take us to the places we do.

Dreams are the promise of tomorrow. Give them the attention they deserve and they will reciprocate in kind.

An attitude of gratitude will bring us to a higher altitude and the ideal latitude.

When we find ourselves continually getting up on the wrong side of the bed it may be best to put that side of the bed against a wall.

Persistence allows us to continually move forward despite obstacles and perseverance enables us to constantly overcome them.

Expect the worst and get it. Expect the best and get it. Expect nothing and we can get that too.

Stress is just our buying into the illusions of others.

The Shiny Lure

There once was a boy who cast out his line. On the end of that line was a shiny lure. He caught one fish after another. Some fish were returned to the water hungry. Others were brought to the table and filleted. The only fish that flourished were those who chose to ignore the illusion. They knew Truth. They enjoyed Freedom. They experienced Paradise. -Ron Ash

We Think, We Are

We are all we think we are, but in reality we are so much more than we could ever imagine. Our thoughts create a reality in our minds that can either move us forward or hold us back. Many of us are only restricted by what we earnestly believe is not possible. In truth all things are possible. The only limits are those which we place on ourselves.

It can be tricky at times to release ourselves from this self imposed bondage. We can feed on both positive and negative environmental input. Those around us can easily influence our realities by imposing their realities on us. This is why it is so very important to maintain a safe distance from those who hold a negative outlook on the world around them.

One of the most important rolls we have to counteract these projectors of unreality is to take the time to meditate. In a conscious state of meditation we have in fact removed ourselves from the illusions associated with environmental influences. In this state we easily find our way back to the only thing that is real. In the Now we can create in a nonrestrictive environment. Creation is our job.

Whether we are aware of it or not we are all constantly creating. Our lives and the experiences associated with them all begin in a tiny moment before thought. If we choose to concentrate on what we can’t do rather than what we can do; we will begin to build a bridge to exactly where we don’t want to be. In this we will find ourselves imprisoned by the limitations we have placed in our own minds. We have built the walls and placed a ceiling restricting us from our potential for Being. However, when we realize that we are limitless beings existing on a multitude of levels it becomes clear that we can be all that we are created to be. In this we begin to build a bridge to our dreams.

From the Now moments in our lives, we have the unlimited potential to create whatever we wish our lives to be. The thing is that we must be willing to act on this opportunity. The choice is ours. We can choose happiness or despair, prosperity or poverty and we can be the victim or become victorious. Being grateful for all the good in our lives at this present moment is the best way to begin. The appreciation for all that we have to be thankful for will set the stage for more of the same to come into our experience. In this we ignite our creation with the feelings and emotions associated with happiness, prosperity and of being victorious.

The next step in working in the Now is to affirm exactly what we want to come into our lives. I Am, I Am, I Am __________, and all that it means to be. It is really just a matter of filling in the blank with whatever we want to be and experiencing all the emotions associated with being just that. Feeling what it is like to be what we are proclaiming we already are is the key to successful affirmation.

Now that we can feel it we can begin the process of seeing it. Visualization is the process of seeing through the looking glass at the life you are affirming you already have. The subconscious does not know the difference between what has manifested and what will manifest into our lives. It just knows what it can feel and see. It is up to us to fill it up with the information necessary to create the reality we wish. By creating a movie in our mind we are accomplishing this. Storyboards are how movies are created. Individual scenes create a whole movie. What we need to do is incorporate the art of movie making into our visualization process. This motion picture combined with our affirmations is the most powerful tool for manifesting our dreams into reality. We are using all our feelings and emotions combined with sight and sound to catapult us into our intended experience. By continually affirming and visualizing what we want as if it is already here we send a rift of energy out into the universe that gains momentum and sets the construction of our dreams in motion. As we see it and feel it as if it is already ours we multiply the speed and efficiency of the manifestation process.

Be thankful for all that is received prior to the full volition of the experience. Relish in all that we are and in all we can be. Experience the wonders which exist in every situation and circumstance knowing that it is all for a reason, a purpose and a prize. All that we need will be supplied to us via the right people who will intersect our path and the perfect opportunities which will carry us across it. The necessities are to trust and to act on all these chances to ignite our dreams. Replace fear with faith and move forward into Promise. We can only be as spectacular as our most fantastic dreams.