Watching YouTube

My elder sister sent me these to watch  ………

The life of little St. Therese of Lisieux, depicted in minimalist vignettes. Therese and her sisters are all nuns in a Carmelite convent. Her devotion to Jesus and her concept of “the little way” to God are shown clearly, using plain modern language. A sense of angelic simplicity comes across without fancy lights, choirs, or showy miracles.

This intimate, intense little film shows the making of a saint `from the outside.’ When I first saw it, I was so impressed by the portrait of young Therese Martin that I learned all I could about the icon she became to the Roman Catholic World.

The after-death publication of her stubby-pencil autobiography “The Story of a Soul” captured the attention of the devout. She rapidly came to be known as `The Little Flower’ or “St. Therese of Lisieux” and was canonized in 1927, becoming co-patroness of France with St. Joan of Arc, and a “doctor of the church”.

The film shows us this giant figure of the faith as she appeared within the hermitically sealed world of a Carmelite convent-a little girl with quietly extraordinary qualities. No music or heavenly light announces her holiness. The scenes are barren, the light is directional and shadowed, as in a Caravaggio painting.

The film presents a series of vignettes, as though on as shallow stage. Within each one, she seems to seek to hide, not allowing herself to dramatize even her own illness and approaching death. But the reactions of other sisters reveal her.

An elderly nun chooses her as confessor, surrendering to her the one private possession she has retained, against the rules, for 50 years. A confused and unhappy young sister responds to her clear-eyed and loving compassion.

A crabby older sister showers her with flowers and asks her for the relic of a fingernail clipping, astonished that she is unable to withhold her homage.

Most important, her Mother Superior, who alone knows her secret desire to become a great saint, requires that she write down the thoughts of her heart, knowing that they will be important.

Believers will be moved, the merely curious may find themselves breathless.

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Christian author, Ravi Zacharias questions new spirituality by David Yonke

In his 20 previous books and countless lectures, Ravi Zacharias has defended Christianity against atheism, Darwinism, Oscar Wilde, religious hypocrisy, and world religions

Why we suffer

http://bible.us/r/x.3j.5u Today I am reading day 231 of Life Application Study Bible ® Devotion:

What is SIn?

Meditating On Sin At The End Of The Year by Lisa Anderson

We sin when we would stand outside of, or in opposition to the fundamental rightness of our status as beings created in the image and likeness of God.

Genesis 1:31 says, ‘And God saw everything that She had made and indeed it was very good.’

But when we lose sight of not only God’s goodness all around, but the personal and singular aspect of that goodness we are called to embody for ourselves, and with and for one another in the world we fall into sin.

Eckhart Tolle: ” The state of consciousness that is considered normal and that has been running human history for thousands of years is not the only possible state of consciousness. It’s also not the most advanced state possible for humans. It’s nothing new. All the great teachings and teachers have pointed to the fact, since the normal state of consciousness is a state that is extremely deficient, a state that in the ancient teachings has been called suffering. The Buddha called it suffering, Jesus called it a state of sin and illusion, and the Hindus call it a state of illusion.”

The Third Jesus by Deepak Chopra – The Gospel of Enlightenment – Karma: Reaping and Sowing

One of the Buddhist teachings that as an old Sacred Heart Convent Girl it took me a while to assimilate is Karma, and Dr Chopra has this to say:

Karma – Reaping and Sowing

“The primary tenet of Karma is that every action works like a seed that sprouts and brings fruit in the form of a result. Jesus isn’t identified with such an Eastern concept, yet he famously said, “As you sow, so shall you reap”.

Christ didn’t use the word Karma, but throughout the Gospels  we are told that every action has a consequence, either here or in Heaven.

Christ’s version of Karma

  • “Every action leads to a result
  • Good actions have good results, bad actions bad results
  • Every action is seen and weighed. Nothing can be hidden or kept secret
  • If your actions are good, you will grow spiritually
  • As you grow, your thoughts and wishes will manifest in the material world. Karma operates faster and more consciously”

The Third Jesus by Deepak Chopra – The World as Illusion

The ultimate learning in Buddhism is the understanding of Emptiness. What did Christ say ?

Christ said ” Give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, give to God the things that are God’s” and also “For those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance”. How to resolve such contradictions?

Jesus taught us that the world is an illusion. If material things are a dream, it makes sense to pay them no heed. The mind is pulled away from spiritual goals by mistaking money, possessions and status as real.

Separating illusion from reality doesn’t usually happen all at once. What we experience as reality changes in different stages of consciousness.

The Third Jesus by Deepak Chopra – The Gospel of Enlightenment – Love and Grace

Love is certainly the word most associated with Jesus. Jesus treats love as something radical, a life-changing event. Love will bring God back into our existence. Love will make peace with our enemies and bring joy into our hearts.

How could a person possibly love anyone else – neighbour, enemy or family – as much as he loves himself?

At the level of the ego this challenge is impossible to  solve. The root of the problem is that divine love is divided from human love by a great gap. This is a chasm of consciousness and only consciousness can fill it.

Divine love is freely given and unearned.

The only viable way to follow Jesus’s teachings on love is to match them with your own level of consciousness.

Reality changes in different states of consciousness, and the same holds true for love. At lower levels of awareness our experience is dominated by the need to survive, and there are many threats to well-being. Love is experienced as temporary and far too weak to overcome the threat of violence. At this level of consciousness we feel victimised; we see no sign that God is watching, much less caring for us. In the midst of such experiences, divine grace seems a remote promise, at best. In order for grace to work, life must change, and for life to change, consciousness must change first.

The Third Jesus by Deepak Chopra – The Path to Heaven

Jesus pointed the way to a seeker’s Heaven. Finding God was a mystery, but in more mundane terms it was a process, not a leap or a promise that would be automatically fulfilled at the sound of a last trumpet.

The path of devotion

  1. prayer
  2. constant worship
  3. love of Christ

The path of service

  1. charity
  2. altruism
  3. humility

The path of contemplation

  1. monastic
  2. reclusive
  3. impoverished

Going within requires a person to wake up, also. In fact that’s the only way to live any spiritual path to the fullest.

It’s more reasonable to assume that reaching Heaven requires an unfolding process.

The Third Jesus by Deepak Chopra -The Kingdom of God is Within

The goal of a Christian life is to reach the Kingdom of God. Millions believe this means going to Heaven after you die. But Jesus is much more ambiguous than that. There is just as much evidence in the gospels that reaching the Kingdon of God means arriving at a higher level of consciousness.

And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, “The kingdom of God cometh not with observation. Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, Lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you” Luke 17:20-21

Only inner transformation could bring about Christ’s vision of the Kingdom of God on earth, which was the Messiah’s ultimate mission. Jesus will not return physically to raise the dead from their graves. instead, the Second Coming will be a shift in consciousness that renews human nature by raising it to the level of the divine (you may read further on this in A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle).

So, did Jesus mean that the Kingdom of God is in us at every moment or only after we seek it out? Why is God silent and seemingly absent for millions of people?

God as an image and Idea: people see what they expect to see; since all these visions are mental events, it’s hard to escape the conclusion that they might also be mental creations. god exists in different place depending on your level of consciousness. This becomes critical on the spiritual path, because as your own awareness shifts, God does too.

The Third Jesus by Deepak Chopra – How to “Resist Not Evil”

“Do we understand what Christ said: “Resist not Evil” ? Passivity? Moral superiority?

The moment someone is branded as evil the natural reaction is revenge. So despite Jesus’s teachings we feel we have the right to exact punishment.

‘Resist not evil’ if carried out in real life would lead to a society of forgiveness! If we went around forgiving everybody;

  1. evil people would completely take over, dominating us
  2. they might forgive us in return and stop being evil
To demonstrate that option 2 is not insane, Jesus lived out his own teaching. But we continue to live by the very law he preached against “an eye for an eye”.
The missing element, as always, is CONSCIOUSNESS. You cannot live by “Resist not evil” without being in a higher state of consciousness.
Fortunately, to the extent that you rise toward God-consciousness, evil withdraws, leaving you invulnerable. Evil is everything when  you are susceptible to it; it is nothing when you aren’t. In Buddhism and in the lives of Christian saints, we find abundant evidence that awareness can grow in the direction of God-consciousness.
  1. meditation – sit every day and find the silence inside yourself
  2. contemplation – the mind plays a large part in how you react to evil
  3. revelation – to see through the mask of evil, search for the light that is the essence of everything
  4. prayer – ask to see what lies behind evil. Emotions are insubstantial, convincing for only a moment. Ask to be reminded that illusion is not real. 
  5. Grace – grace replaces evil with love. 
  6. Love – every enemy is a symbol of your own loveless state. The absence of love gets filled by evil. By returning to a space of love, you rob evil of a place to live. Love is more powerful than evil because it alone is real.
  7. Faith – faith is required when you are in a state of suffering. 
  8. Salvation – When you step outside of your own suffering, you are saved. Jesus calls this place the Kingdom of God, or the soul. The label is less important than finding experience. Step by step, each person must locate an inner state that is free from images of pain; in that state lies redemption.
  9. Unity – all the previous steps serve one purpose, to blur the line between good and evil. Good and evil are self-created. The new thing you must create is the absence of duality. No more dark vs light, safe vs unsafe, God vs Satan. As these boundaries fade, nothing remains but one reality, a boundless state known as God. “