The Husnock. If you’re a Trekkie, you know what, or more appropriately who, this refers to...bear with me if you’re not aware (I won’t hold it against you that Star Trek is not in your world). If you haven’t seen the episode I’m referring to, SPOILER ALERT ahead.
The Husnock was a race that was extremely aggressive. As they would normally conquer other worlds in order to expand their interests, they chose a new target, a planet of colonists, and began to destroy anyone who defied them. Little did they know, the planet they chose to attack this time was home to a being of immense power.
This being had been living in human form, with his wife, for years. He was a nonviolent entity and lived out his life as a human without anyone knowing who, or what, he was- not even his human wife. When the Husnock arrived, he tried to reason with them. He tried everything he could to deal with the warrior race in a peaceful way.
I've seen the word "consume" being used when people are talking about how, and where, they get their news. I've read such things as, "People consume their news electronically versus..." - you get the idea. Consume is a great word to use, but not how I've seen it written. I propose that, rather than you consuming the news and social media, they are really consuming you.
Before I go further, let me just say that the news, or social media, or any number of other things in our daily lives, are very rarely inherently good or bad. They are concepts, things, occurrences, and we give them meaning by how we relate to them. So, the intent of this blog entry is not to vilify any particular 'thing' but to focus on the most important element in the equation- us. Our perceptions and intelligence and faith, our free will granted by the Grace of God, allow us to transform the world. Therefor, as you read on, don't get caught in the trap of what the 'thing' is we're talking about, whether it be news or something else, but explore how you create what that thing means.
Sermon for January 28, 2018 - Anxiety- When You Begin To Awaken PART 2
Continuing with the analogy of the house we built for ourselves, from the sermon on January 21st, we'll take a different perspective this time. If you remember from the last analogy, we built a house of perfection for ourselves. Then we watched, we lived through, it’s slow dismantling. We began with everything we could ever wish for and then we experienced each thing disappear until, at last, we had nothing left.
Now, let’s take this same house, and we’ll start building again. Take your time, imagine yourself standing wherever, in the world, you most want to be, in an open space. Now we’ll walk through some of the sequence of building our own dream world. Feel free to build your house in more detail, almost like a meditation, after we walk through some of the basic thought process here. First, there are no limitations. You can have anything, anyone, any situation. You can create it all to your own perfection. So, let’s start with the perfect home. An estate even. It’s beachfront perfection. Wait, we also want a mountain retreat. Done. Each is the epitome of luxury, peacefulness, beauty.
Sermon for Sunday, January 21, 2018
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 1 John 2:16
Imagine yourself in the house of your dreams. Close your eyes for a moment and put yourself in the house you've always wanted. Now, imagine it is magically populated with everything you've always wanted- anything and everything. Now, as you've completed your ideal space, there is one more thing- you can't leave.
You've built this existence, this beautiful space, and you must stay there. It's everything you've always wanted, but
you can't leave. Keep in mind that you've included everything you could imagine you'd want. Whatever it might be, you've been granted the ability to include it in your creation.