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Do NOT fear or worry: Jesus is in the SAME boat as us!

 

Jesus was in the SAME boat!

Jesus storm - The painting

Often when we are in trouble and we share our woes with others, we hear the expression, “I know, I’m in the same boat!”

This is said usually to bring comfort that someone else is going through a similar experience, and we can know that we are not alone in our time of need.  Similarly, the Canadian musician, Avril Levine sings:  Watcha Crying for? It’s all been done before!

There’s not only comfort, but truth in these words: Being part of humanity, we can be sure that someone, somewhere has gone through what we are going through – or far worse for that matter!   Knowing this can be a sobering reality for us.  It also gives us an opportunity to learn from their mistakes and to hear possible solutions.  If we are blessed enough, God will send us someone who knows exactly what we are going through, if not to offer answers, than at least to offer support.

However, sometimes we feel like just when we need someone the most, our phone never rings; no one knocks on our door and we’re convinced that we could drop over dead and it would be days before someone finds us!

Well, what we need to remember is that even though we feel alone, someone is listening and someone is with us.  This is made evident in the story when the disciples of Jesus, find themselves being tossed to and fro in the sea; scared for their very lives.  Meanwhile, Jesus is at the front of the boat, sleeping!

Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat.  But Jesus was sleeping.  The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”  He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?”  Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.  The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!” {Matthew 8:23-27}

Theologians and pastors have often comforted us with the truth that no matter what storm we go through Jesus can calm it.  Well, here’s even better news:  Did you know that when the disciples were in that furious storm and they cried out “Lord save us! We’re going to drown” they temporarily forgot one important thing:  Not only was Jesus able to calm the storm.  HE WAS IN THE SAME BOAT!

He wasn’t far off somewhere enjoying a drink on the beach!   He was in the boat with them.

More so, amidst a storm, here he was, sleeping, seemingly oblivious to the fears and the imagined doom of his friends.  It wasn’t because he didn’t care about them or that he was neglecting their needs.  It was because he knew what they should haven known; that he, in his faith, was able to calm the storm.  He was their protector.

He would never jump out of the boat and leave them to fend for themselves.  He was sleeping because he could rest in knowing that whatever the conditions of that storm, his power was greater.  And yet, what did Jesus say to his disciples – and all of us – just before he ascended to heaven:

Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.  {John 14:12} 

What we need to realize is that we too have authority over our own storms.  We can go to bed at night, knowing that if we speak that our storm will pass, truly believe that God’s “got it”, we can also sleep as Jesus did, without worry.  This is exactly what God wants us to do and that is why he had Jesus asleep in the boat – to illustrate this point to us.

It’s not like the disciples didn’t know this wisdom too!  They had seen him perform many miracles greater than calming a storm.   It would seem that even his disciples needed reminding of this fact on a regular basis – as do we sometimes – and that’s okay.

As Jesus says:  “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest…learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  {Matthew 11:28-30}

Jesus assures us that as long as we are in the same boat with him, he will give us rest also.   He too has experienced his own storms and his own burdens.   He doubted; he was tempted.  He even said to his father in heaven before his crucifixion, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.”   {Matthew 26:38}

If even Jesus can feel such sorrow, surely he knows how we feel.  He is in the boat with us and he is resting because He knows no storm is greater than his power.

So when you find yourself in a boat that feels like it is sinking, put aside your own little Dixie cup and let Jesus bail you out!

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Transforming Our Selves by Transforming Our Cells!

Death and life are in the power of the tongue {Proverbs 18:21} 

Do we truly understand the power of our words over own cellular make-up and ultimately our lives? 

Many people refer to the belief that we can heal our own bodies and create our lives by our thoughts, words and actions as “new age”.

There is nothing new about this knowledge:  In fact, this wisdom has been in existence as long as humankind has, in terms of what our divine creator has been telling us:

And God said, let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind whose seed is in itself, upon the earth:  and it was so.  And the earth brought forth grass and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good {Genesis 1:11-12}

Our divine creator spoke out what he wanted to create and it came to pass.  He spoke out only good; pure, wonderful things and that’s what came into existence.  This same message is throughout scripture; that we do indeed have the power to create both good and bad within our own bodies and our lives; and therefore we need to take great care about how and what we speak.

So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things.  How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire. {James 3:5}

Our Divine creator has also taught us that what we think becomes our words and our words become our actions and our actions then create our lives.  Therefore, even the smallest of things we say, positive or negative can start a “blazing fire” in our lives.   However, if we pay attention to what we think; we will actually have to worry less about what comes out of our mouths:

A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. {Luke 6:45}

Have you ever asked yourself what you think in your heart?  Of yourself?  Of your neighbour? Of your job? Of your life partner?  Of the world?

This is extremely important; because even if you learn to love yourself; you also need to love your neighbour – even if he’s cantankerous and blows his leaves on your lawn after you’ve finished mulching all of your own.  Yes, I might be referring to one of my past neighbours, but I swear I’ve forgiven him!

Why?  Because whatever you think in your heart about others; so are you.  Even if you treat yourself and your family well; but hate or curse your neighbour, (or co-worker) your thoughts and words not only affect him or her – and keep them trapped in the same patterns of behaviour – they also affect you.

We are made up of approximately 100 trillion cells and each one has an intelligence – and each one contains our complete genetic makeup.   So if we were to take just one cell from our body – and Bruce Lipton, a former University of Wisconsin professor of cellular biology, turned writer and healer, did just this – we would have our entire genetic composition of “who” we are in that one cell.  It contains everything about us.

Think of 100 trillion little versions of you all working together in a symbiotic, wonderful tapestry.  What would you say to each one of these trillion cells if you could talk to them?  Would you curse them?  Criticize them?  Berate them?  Keep exposing them to toxic people, environments or situations?  Keep repeating to them that they are sick, cursed, not working well, or in pain?  I doubt it!

So, why do we often do this to our entire being?

We begin to feel sick and what do we do?  We consistently repeat that we are not feeling well, or are about to get sick, not only to ourselves, but to our family, our coworkers and heck, to just about anyone we meet on the street whose willing to listen to our “cold” woes!

When we first think it or say it, what do our 100 trillion cells and their infinite intelligence do?  They do what they are divinely programmed to do – to send out messages to our white blood cells to heal us.

However, each time we speak that we are sick, getting sick, in pain, have this or that ailment – even when we constantly repeat a diagnosis we are given by a medical doctor, our 100 trillion cells also hear this and begin to “believe” it and this actually blocks our immune system from healing us.

Our cells, though they are fighting like crazy to keep us in optimal health and in symbiosis, every time we speak to them that we are sick – whatever it be, a cold, cancer, blood disease – they are not only being blocked from doing their divine work – they are also being programmed by us to receive negative messages and to allow these illnesses to linger and wreak havoc in our bodies! And do you know what these “ill” cells do?  They take pleasure in taking over the healthy cells.  Don’t believe me?  Read the article below that illustrates how scientists have found smiley faces in cancer cells!

I instead, like to imagine each of my little cells that huddle together and call themselves ‘me’ as healthy, little smiley faces; all brimming with life and hope and innocence, ready to perform their daily functions; only requiring one thing from me:  To extend them love and respect for what they do for me every day by how I think about them; speak over them and to what I expose them.

Now, you might think I’ve lost a few of these cells in my brain and only have a few marbles rolling around upstairs as you read what I’m writing in this post.  However, there is NOW scientific proof of three wonderful things and you can read about them in either of Bruce Lipton’s Biology of Belief or in Joe Dispenza’s book,  Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself:

1.  Disease is NOT genetic!

2.  Our cells regenerate at the rate of 10, 000 per second (which means we are not the “same” person we were, even a week ago, unless of course we keep telling all of our wonderful new cells the old, limiting stories we told our previous ones.)

3.  We have the power to prevent illness and injury; and to heal ourselves, one beautiful, little smiling cell at a time!

Bruce Lipton, author of Biology of Belief, (please see video below to understand the science behind his theories) who once prescribed to the scientific belief – and taught it to medical students for years – that disease is genetic, actually proved himself, and the whole scientific community as we know it – wrong.

He discovered that when he took one “ill” cell from a cancer patient’s body and put it in a petri dish and into a “positive” or neutral environment; that cell began to heal itself and became healthy again.  When he returned that cell to the negative, (sick) environment from which it originally came; it began to show signs of illness once again.

From his extensive findings, he has come to the conclusion that disease is in fact, not genetic but comes about by people being exposed to prolonged negative or toxic environments.  The clincher is that some were not “in” a toxic environment in terms of their family or work; but simply thought, spoke and acted negatively towards themselves, others or their external environment on a consistent basis; hence, exposing their 100 trillion cells every day to a toxic “home” – their own bodies!  Life or death IS IN the tongue!

The cells were being programmed to receive negative messages and therefore, were in a constant state of stress and began to “search for” or mutate themselves into a physiological state better able (tougher, if you will) to survive in this negative environment.  In other words, if we bombard ourselves – our cells – with toxic energy, the positive cells, in order to survive, actually mutate to a negative or toxic state in order to “fit in” with their environment.  What are diseased cells – particularly cancer – if not, very resistant, stubborn and “fighters” for what they want, which is to take over the body and survive anyway that they can?

We understand this in the sense that we have clichés that state:  one bad apple ruins the whole barrel or we hear people say:  That person has gone off the straight and narrow path, because he’s been hanging out with the wrong crowd!   Essentially, we have seen time and again how a person becomes like the people he spends time with.

Movies base their whole plot around this concept that we as humans have a natural propensity to change ourselves – our thoughts, words and behaviours in order to “fit in” within a group or even our environment in order to survive.  If our entire beings do this; why would we not believe our individual cells that make us up, have the same propensity?

It is difficult for us to get our heads around the fact that we have the power to negatively or positively change or alter the state of our own cells, because it means taking full responsibility for our beliefs and mindsets, thoughts, words and actions and the environment in which we choose to expose our trillion cells to every day.

This is fantastic news however; because if we have the power to transform or mutate our cells negatively; we have the exact opposite power – to transform and heal our cells positively!

If you cannot wrap your head around this scientifically, then let me help you in terms of what Jesus said to his disciples when they were worried about the kinds of things they should or should not eat and Jesus tells them that it is NOT what goes into the mouth of a person, but what comes out of a person’s mouth:

It is the thought-life that pollutes.  For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts of lust, theft, murder, adultery,  wanting what belongs to others, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, pride, and all other folly.  All these vile things come from within; they are what pollute you and make you unfit for God.  {Mark 7:20}

For over 2000 years – again this wisdom is NOTHING new – we have had this knowledge at our finger tips.

Isn’t it time, we began to not only believe God and what he’s been telling us for centuries and begin to realize that:

As I think in my heart; so am I {Proverbs 23:7}

Perhaps we need to ask, in what areas in our heart do we need to begin to think and speak differently, especially towards ourselves – our cells – and of course, the world around us?  Start speaking love, peace and healing over yourself and over the world – focus and speak out what IS right within it – and stop giving power to all of the negative that the media presents to us every day.

Are our 100 trillion cells not worth the effort to think, speak and act in accordance with what is pure and lovely and praiseworthy when they work so hard for us every single day?  Imagine if our body creates 10, 000 new cells every second; that if we start right this minute thanking them, speaking kind loving words over them, how much better we will feel by the end of the day today and how much positive transformation we could produce in our bodies and in our lives in just one month or one year? So what are you feeding your beautiful 100 trillion cells every day?   The power is within us, not without!

To quote Morgan Freeman in the film, Shawshank Redemption, are we going to “get busy living; or get busy dying”?

Bruce Lipton’s Biology of Belief:

Smiley faces in cancer cells article:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2087723/Researchers-spot-smiley-face-cancer-cell-Happy-face-forms-lab-created-tumour.htmlhttp://

Loving Ourselves as God Loves Us

We are Divine Beings and need to begin to see ourselves as God sees us! 

We are NOT our house, job, car, money, possessions or our THOUGHTS!

I want you to imagine for a moment that you are just you. Imagine that you are sitting on a bench and you have no job, no career, no family, no clothes, no car, no possessions and you have to rely simply on who you are as a person. Now ask yourself these questions:

1. Who am I?  What qualities or attributes do I possess within me that make me who I am?

2. How have I used my possessions to tell myself, my family and the world who I am? Can I live with myself without all of these “things” representing me?

3.  Without my thoughts, who am I?

There is nothing wrong with being blessed and having a home, job, career, car – even two or three cars, a family, lovely clothes and lots of possessions. We are entitled to our divine inheritance as is everyone on this planet.

However, there is something wrong with tying our whole identity as a human being – the organic, molecular structure and the spirit within us – to a series or collection of physical man-made items that we call ours. Why?  Because we get so tied up and stressed out with the purpose of obtaining – and then maintaining and sustaining these things, that we forget our own self-worth – who we truly are without these things.

I am convinced this is why many people who become wealthy or famous or politically successful fall into the temptation of corruption – it’s because they forget who they are at the core – they’ve lost sight of their inner self that has integrity and honesty – in the pursuit of fame, fortune and prestige. The rest of us who live moderately successful lives also do this – perhaps not on the same scale, but we forget or resent spending time with our families because work is more important; we don’t take care of our own health because we are too busy running around to actually run.

What good are any of these things, if we are lying in bed with a disease caused from the stress of obtaining and keeping them or we have lost our families because of our negligence?

It all comes down to this:

Net Worth vs. Personal Currency:

Have we put our “Net Worth” before our own Personal Currency – what we are worth as a human being? I am here to tell you that your net worth is not – and never will be – worth more than your own personal currency which consists of your character, your spirit, your ideas and the love you have to offer to your fellow human being.

We can easily lose our jobs, houses, cars, family and all of our possessions; but the real tragedy is when we lose ourselves – our humanity, our integrity, our kindness, our patience towards others and our own families. So today, go sit on a park bench during your lunch and take inventory. If this bench was your home, could you live with yourself?

The third and most important question flies in the face of what Rene Descartes – a French philosopher from the 16th century wrote: “I think therefore I am.”  We as humans have come to believe that because we think – we exist and we pride ourselves on the fact that we appear to be at a much higher cognitive – the ability to think – level than our animal and plant friends.

However, it is often amusing to me that it is our very thoughts that cause us the most discomfort and pain and also when they manifest from our mouths in the essence of words and out of our beings as actions, they are what gets us into a lot of trouble sometimes.

What if I told you that you are NOT your thoughts and you exist with or without them.  In fact, many sages and ancient philosophers might say that when we are not thinking, we are the most enlightened.  We are probably the most relaxed and true to ourselves when we can manage – even for brief moments in time – to not think. When we are not thinking, which usually also entails, judging, worrying, fretting, trying to solve a problem, critiquing or torturing ourselves – we are more aligned with our true essence than at an other moment.

Usually, when we do think, we are re-visiting the past or conjuring what we want now or what we don’t want in our future.  Rarely are we thinking – or being – in the present moment of our lives.  And the present is the only moment that counts, creates or co-exists with our true being.

Think of a child who has just had something taken away from him; he reaches out and cries for it as if he relies on it for his very existence.  All the while, his mother wants to hand him something else in the present moment.  The child is so caught up in what he “had” that he can not stop crying and appreciate what he has been given.

It is true if that same mother were to give him a toy in the present moment and then show him a cookie and say, “You can have this in five minutes.”  The child would begin to cry for the cookie and demand it now.  He cannot wait for the five minutes to unfold as they are meant to; nor can he enjoy the toy he has, because all the while he is looking ahead in the future and wanting the cookie pulled into his “now” moment.

Does this sound familiar?  Yes? Yes, because we do not seem to be able to let go of this ego-centric behaviour even as we become adults.  We often are pining away, thinking about or crying over something in our past or commiserating, anxiously awaiting or dreading something in our future.  All the while, the present moment is passing us by – only to be cried about tomorrow when we realize we cannot get that moment back.  We must recalculate from any given, present moment.  We can not worry or regret any decision made in the past; nor does worrying about the future change anything.  Only being aware of our thoughts, choices, decisions and actions in this very moment can transform and recalculate us in the direction we want to go!

Why are we so fixated on the past and the future?

Next Post:  Our fixation with what’s behind and ahead of us, meanwhile we walk into a pole that’s ahead of us.