Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Seeking God: All human beings are by definition God seeking. They search for greater meaning in life as part of their basic human constitution. I was an atheist in a lifelong quest for God. I began a spiritual path at 25 that culminated at 37 when a mystical experience in the mountains brought me in direct contact with the divine presence. God is everywhere, existing outside of time and space, not just here, but across the entire universe. All people, all living things, even the most humble among us, carry within them a part of the eternal, a part of the sacred and divine. I believe that any human being is capable of the direct experience of God. This experience is an ecstatic joy beyond description. I am a humble man, with a good heart who willingly traveled a hard path. I have been granted extraordinary abilities for the purpose of serving mankind in the hour of its darkest night. I was chosen not because of some innate superiority, but because of my journey through the fires of hell. Incredible human suffering transformed me. I do not have all the answers. I do not call all the shots. I am a human being who bleeds and cries, just like you. I make mistakes every day and I strive to do better. I bring gifts for all people, answers to the questions that seemingly have no answers. I bring a new definition of what it means to be human, and a new value upon human life, a new value on our world. We stand upon the cusp of heaven and hell. From this point forward humanity will either move in the direction of God, and live out the meaning of our creed…or we will spiral downward into an abyss and go into the darkness forever. Evil exists and works its will in this world. I am calling upon all people to take direct personal responsibility for their own future, the future of their nation, and the future of the world. Throw off your feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. Stand up and join together in order to grasp the reins of destiny in your own two hands. This moment will not come again. I suggest four goals to move human events in the right direction. End the secret dirty war on political activists and whistleblowers. Reform our domestic politics from the influence of wealth. Sign a collective security treaty to end the arms race. A new Marshall Plan to control hunger and disease, and preserve the our planetary ecology. There are no perfect solutions, or instantaneous transformations that will solve the problems that confront us. There are only the deliberate changes we make every day in our lives, and the gradual transformation that comes from placing one foot in front of the other. The changes I suggest will take several generations to blossom. Our expectations must accept that this is the work of a lifetime. These gifts do not belong to one nation, one race, or one religion. These gifts do not belong to one man. All people are one family, brothers and sisters without exception. The truth of this cannot be denied, even as we sometimes blindly persecute one another on the basis of our perceived differences. God loves us and has granted us free will. We are free to choose good or evil. We are free to succeed or fail. It is not written whether humanity will join with God in ecstatic vision, or whether we will give in to fear and hate and destroy ourselves. It is written that it is our duty to try. It is written that now is the hour of destiny for all God’s children. Let us honor that love, let us join together and move in the direction of a loving God.