According to modern interpretations of the Book of Revelation, combined with interpretations of the prophecies of Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Daniel, there will come a day when all those who have died will rise from their graves and ascend into a realm above our sky to stand before their Creator and account for their beliefs and actions. At that time, these interpretations say, most will be cast into everlasting torture, but the few who have remained faithful will stay with the Creator to live in His loving presence forever.
Recently, using a translation of the biblical word for “day” as 1000 years, and declaring that on May 21, 1988 “God’s spirit left all the churches” and that since then “Satan rules,” the people associated with American Family Radio have declared that a 23-year “warning period” is ending on May 21, 2011 and that all “the faithful” will be lifted up directly into Heaven on that date in what is commonly called “The Rapture.”
From then until October 21, 2011, they tell us, will be a period of terrible tribulation for all humanity, with, they say, the world ending on that date. You can find all the information you want about how they (and particularly, their director, Rev. Camping) figured all this out at www.familyradio.com.
To place all this in a different context, The biblical book called Revelation, (the last book in the Christian Bible) was written on a Greek island about 60 years after Jesus’ resurrection by someone who called himself John and is assumed to be the youngest of Jesus’ disciples. It’s one of thousands like it written at that time, called “apocalyptic writings” (the Greek word “apocalypsis” means “lifting the veil” like a bridegroom does) because they describe visions of the usually unseen, and often of the future. Continue reading What’s the Judgement Day?
There’s a bunch of reasons, starting with the traditional design of windmills. Long blades on high towers can’t withstand the kind of winds we get—ranging from 0-100mph in a few minutes at least a dozen times a year. As a result, the Oregon Energy Trust, which controls the development of wind energy in the state has not found a technology that they believe is safe, effective, and can withstand the gusts we have here.
There are many small wind systems that could be put on houses and commercial buildings, but they require consistent, fairly high wind speeds and their designs are hazardous for birds.
I’m working with some folks who think they may have found a solution. I’ll keep you posted.
People use these words in a lot of different ways, often overlapping.
To make the most common distinctions, though, people use the word “soul” to refer to the aspect of the self that retains the emotional memories and deep understandings that define the unique person that each of us is.
The word “spirit” is used to describe an abstract quality of being that is present in all life forms, coming from a Greek word that also means “breath:” hence the words inspiration and respiration. To die is to “expire,” or “give up the ghost,” which is another word used interchangeably with “spirit.” Continue reading What is the relationship between soul, spirit, Spirit, and Holy Spirit?
At its most basic definition, a field is a defined area. We have farmer’s fields and we have fields of study (a punny joke in our family is that some researcher is “outstanding in his field”). When we hear someone talk about energy fields or morphogenetic fields, however, the term means more than that.
The simplest way to envision a field is to think about a magnet. Continue reading What are fields? Where are they?
The Theory of Morphic Resonance was proposed in the 1980s by British biologist Rupert Sheldrake. In Sheldrake’s theory, similar forms are “fields of information” that reverberate and exchange information within a universal field. As soon as a new form comes about, it sets up its own field and its resonance is continually reinforced with its ongoing replication. His examples include the many similar mutations that have occurred in un-connected plants and animals at nearly the same time and the tendency for a discovery that’s been kept secret to be duplicated very quickly elsewhere. Continue reading What is Morphic Resonance? What does it do?
Everything vibrates. The stuff that makes up atoms vibrates; atoms vibrate; the floor you walk on vibrates; the refrigerator vibrates as the motor turns on. Vibration is movement back and forth; it may be rhythmic or random; it’s caused by a movement and ends when the force of the initiating movement ends. What we experience as sound is the vibration of air molecules at different speeds starting a pattern of vibrations in the ear drum that a complicated system of receiving mechanisms repeat to different nerve endings and send as patterns to the brain.
Vibration and oscillation are often used interchangeably. Generally, oscillation is measured and specific, while vibration is more random.
Resonance occurs not in objects, but in systems. It’s the tendency of vibrations (or oscillations) among members of a system to increase in frequency. For example, if we set a vibrating tuning fork next to another tuning fork the second will start to vibrate in resonance. In 1940, part of the Tacoma Narrows bridge started to vibrate and the resonance continued to increase until the whole bridge was oscillating and tore itself to pieces (there are pictures of the once-flat roadway looking like a sine wave!). Tesla, the inventor of modern electrical systems and radios, used to love to set up resonant frequencies and once created the equivalent of a significant earthquake in New York City by setting a large iron rod humming in his lab.
The idea has several levels of meaning…
First, they’re saying that who we truly are lived before we occupied these bodies and continues when these bodies are done: the body doesn’t define us or determine whether we’re alive.
There’s lots of historical documentation and anecdotal evidence supporting this, and a fair amount of logic. Continue reading What does it mean when people say “there is no death?”
I’m guessing you’re talking about the process of manifesting your desires, or using “the Law of Attraction.”
The principle to remember is that we always get what we’re feeling and focusing on. If we’re focusing on how wonderful life is and really feeling it, we get more of that. If we’re focusing on how bad we feel because we don’t have what we thought we wanted or can’t pay our bills, we get more of that.
So, let’s say you’ve been imagining how wonderful it feels to be successful in your work and having just the right people and resources show up at just the right time and you feel wonderful whenever you think about it. Then you see an unexpected bill and you’re plunged into angst, wondering how you’re going to pay it and why you, etc. So you’ve just told the universe that you want both—some success and some angst. And that’s what you’ll get more of: both…. Continue reading Why can I make things happen the way I want them to for a while and then it stops and doesn’t work anymore?
Back in the mid-1960s a couple of psychotherapists were having trouble working together in a university hospital setting. They were intellectuals in a time and place where that meant “atheist” or at least “agnostic,” and their training was primarily in the use of psychoanalysis supplemented by sedatives and shock therapy.
Try though they might, they kept “pushing each other’s buttons” and, since they were both tenured, they really needed to find a solution.
One day one of them was getting ready for work and heard a voice say, “this is a course in miracles, please take notes.” She ignored it, but it persisted for several days. Finally, concerned that she might be having a psychotic episode, she went to her supervisor (the one she’d been having troubles with!) and told him about it. He (wisely it turns out) suggested that since it didn’t appear to be harmful, she might go along with it for a while and see what happened… Continue reading What is “A Course In Miracles?”