Wednesday, June 07, 2006

101 things that I believe

1. I believe in God*
2. and the Constitution of the United States of America
3. not necessarily in that order.
4. I believe God loves us and wants us to be happy.
5. We are all children of God
6. and he wants us to come back home when the time comes.
7. I also believe in Faeries
8. and Santa Claus.
9. I believe that God created the Heavens and the Earth
10. through the process of evolution.
11. I believe in love
12. and the power of prayer.
13. I believe in practicing random prayer
14. and kindness
15. and senseless acts of beauty.
16. I believe that capitalism has outlived it’s usefulness
17. as have televangelists
18. and religious zealots of every stripe.
19. I believe in religious freedom.
20. Any path that brings you closer to the almighty is a good path.
21. I believe that love makes a family
22. not necessarily blood.
23. I believe in optimism
24. and self-fulfilling prophecies.
25. I believe in the collective consciousness.
26. I believe in the healing power of humor
27. and sometimes animals and children can have that affect too
28. if you let them.
29. I believe every child has a right to be wanted, loved and nurtured.
30. I believe that happiness is a choice
31. and you can choose to be happy where you are
32. or you can choose to be miserable.
33. I believe that I’ll go to grad school one day.
34. I believe that I can do whatever I set my mind to.
35. I believe that determination is one of my gifts
36. along with tenacity
37. and stubbornness
38. and I might be a little bit obsessive
39. although I understand that too much of anything
40. is a bad thing.
41. I believe the world is flat!
42. BWA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA!
43. Not really.
44. Just keeping you on your toes!
45. I believe my grass is over a foot tall!
46. I bet my neighbors are really pissed
47. especially the republicans across the street
48. because they’re trying to sell.
49. They’d probably also like it if I pruned the half dead bush in front of my house.
50. But I believe in truth in advertising!
51. Not really, I am going to prune it
52. before the grandma gets back
53. or maybe even before their open house on Sunday
54. because I’m just sweet and considerate that way!
55. But I do have to wonder if that has anything to do with why they’re leaving
56. or maybe it has more to do with our dueling yard signs
57. last November.
58. Here I was, thinking they were cool because they have a Harley!
59. Boy, was I fooled!
60. I am easily fooled.
61. I believe my gullibility is an extension of my honesty.
62. Being a truthful person
63. I tend to expect others to be honest with me.
64. I have been mislead
65. and deceived
66. many times.
67. I have been robbed by people I knew
68. and people I didn’t know.
69. I was horrified.
70. It felt like a violation.
71. After about the third time I was robbed
72. over a period of about 10 years, by different people in different places
73. I stopped placing so much value on material possessions.
74. I didn’t miss the stuff so much.
75. But it never stopped feeling like a violation.
76. However, I have also had my purse returned to me intact
77. more times then I can count.
78. This has strengthened my belief in the basic goodness of humanity
79. and the power of prayer.
80. I believe in reincarnation
81. because eternity is a very, very, very long time
82. and heaven is a place where nothing ever happens.
83. We come back because we forget the taste of honey and the warmth of the sun and we wish to remember.
84. When we die, we go to heaven
85. and it’s like a giant reception where we wait for all our people to catch up.
86. While we wait, we determine what lesson we need to learn next.
87. When we’ve waited for everyone we knew
88. we say goodbye again
89. and we come back to learn our next lesson.
90. This is how we choose our path in life.
91. Each time we return to the corporeal life, our purpose for that lifetime is the lesson we chose, the lesson we needed to learn.
92. Each time we die, we go back home.
93. Our consciousness becomes part of the whole
94. The collective knowledge of all our lifetimes is there.
95. To die is to awaken to this knowledge.
96. It’s kind of like, when you’re hearing something for the first time
97. but it feels as though you’ve known it all along.
98. With each lesson we evolve, growing to a new level of consciousness and awareness.
99. Each time we return our lessons to the whole collective, it evolves, growing to a new level of consciousness and awareness.
100. This is how God is also evolving.
101. The Whole is always greater then the sum of its parts.

(*I use the name God although I prefer such terms as The Creator, The Holy One, The Great Spirit and of course, The Force. God as a name for the Most High is, frankly, the least cumbersome for me. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.)

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