What was said two thousand years ago was, “You cannot serve two masters because you’ll wind up hating one of them” …and those words were followed by a couple of graphic illustrations followed by: “You cannot serve both God and Mammon.”
Before we move on to some other challenges related to the same subject let’s make sure just what the subject is: What was referenced with the word “Mammon” was a spiritual or, if you prefer, “behind the scenes” power that controls everything to do with commerce or trading and thus, ultimately, money.
In the original language, the word translated as “serving” meant what we understand, in the “western world” variety of English today, to mean, “Focus our attention upon.” Another mistranslation and going further into our now defined subject were the words that got translated as “The love of money is the root of all evil.”
Again, the word “love” is properly translated into English as “focus intently upon.” Those words were spoken by a Jewish guy by the name of Saul who, in a vision he had, while blinded and struck speechless for three days by a bright white light, of Jesus telling him to quit persecuting his followers (Saul had been responsible for several deaths, including that of Stephen, and the imprisonment of many of the other new recruits –mostly Jews as well– to believing that Jesus was the promised Messiah, or “anointed one” prophesied by Isaiah and other Jewish prophets, as the one who would come to bring the final blossoming of the kingdom of Israel).
In the above referenced vision, Jesus also told Saul that his name was no longer Saul, but he would be known from that time on as “Paul” and Jesus was empowering him to take his message to all people including, but not limited, to the Greeks and Romans of that day.
This same Paul wrote the words, properly translated: “Having a primary focus on money results in all sorts of oppressive bondage and results in failure.”
Now let’s hurry back to the guy who spoke to erstwhile Paul and appointed him to go to people like you and me and others outside the fold of Judaism.
Oops, first another brief, but important digression: it is we “gentiles,” Paul also wrote, who received this Jesus as the embodiment and example of what all mankind could become, who were the “true Jews” …in context, the chosen or better said “enlightened” people – and that enlightenment would come directly from the Creative Power, the SOURCE of all things!
In my mind, we ignore his words to our peril, particularly when we listen to spokespersons, INCLUDING BRAD CULLEN, instead of going directly to the SOURCE and taking our rightful place as SONS (and daughters) OF THE LIVING “GOD” (by whatever other title or name). [End of digression …back to the impossibility of “serving two masters”]
What Jesus said, reported elsewhere, was that if we make the dwelling place of the SOURCE our primary focus (which he said clearly is in each of us) INSTEAD of Mammon –and in the context of this particular message, money is the primary symbol of Mammon– and find ways to serve our neighbors, even those who differ with us, everything that money buys will come to us automatically and abundantly.
In other words, by chasing after money as our primary purpose, we put out a lot of energy and effort and miss out on the automatic process of getting what it will buy – a hard concept to grasp, especially when so many (most certainly not all) personal development “gurus” make money their focus instead of the power that changes even the molecular structure of water!* …and does so simply and automatically, if not “magically,” by a shift of focus to LOVE and GRATITUDE.
What has come to me recently is something most Americans know subliminally, and it is time we all began to recognize just what money is …neither “good” nor “evil,” but what many of us have missed is that it is merely a tool and by the proper focus that tool will flow to us AUTOMATICALLY — more about that another day.
*use Google or another search engine to see the research of Dr. Masaru Emoto demonstrating these changes in water …then consider that the bodies of human adults have an average of 60% water in their composition. Those of us who are experienced in any variety of healing modalities have personally witnessed healing in people who have a history of holding onto bitterness; unforgiveness, anger and hatred and subsequently have been healed of a variety of diseases including cancer when the root of bitterness, anger and unforgiveness was effectively dealt with. Dr. Emoto’s research indicates all sorts of impacts on the molecular structure of water when exposed to a variety of language, various sounds, including different types of music and so on.
The foregoing note made me realize and thus renew my commitment: I’ve just gotta get a better handle on the words I use – the cells in my body are primarily water!
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I woke up with the words “change the paradigm,” in the above title, reverberating around in my mind over five hours ago.
I keep a daily schedule in a file folder at the bottom of my computer monitor screen on the “task bar” and I’m being nudged, right now, to share just the first two items (1 and 2):
DAILY SCHEDULE ALWAYS! 24/7
1. Invariably …WHAT NOW? No exceptions, no matter what else is pressing …in fact especially if anything else is “pressing.” Continually return to the bright white light cone of ascension and ask: What Now so that I’m not caught in cognitive reasoning being in bondage to “this world” . . . I AM FREE!!! Thank YOU, (peace) deep breath, hold for a few seconds exhale and relax.
2. Automation begins… here, now, I put what I AM is giving me which is of primary importance to keep everything automated including, but not limited, to perfect health, wealth, inspiration, ENERGY, and relationships into ACTION!
What now? I’m to admit (“confess”) my discomfort at the fact that some of you will perhaps find some of what I write to myself a bit strange sounding – for all my blathering, I tend to “hold my cards close to my vest” and being this open about these first two items on may daily schedule is a bit scary for me. Yet, I know better than to not follow instructions. I’ve been up for several hours taking care of items on my “to do list” for today …and finally got around to checking my e-mails. Fifty three in my inbox related to “my” articles on www.spiritualhealingsource.com …four of those required more than a quick response because when I asked, “what now,” about them I “received” answers for each of those four that took a few minutes of “listening and transcribing” the particulars of each one.
All four asked me for “my wisdom,” sheesh, don’t they know any better? How many times do I have to say it? I DON’T KNOW SQUAT! These four e-mails came literally from all over the globe and each focused on one theme: Asking WHY they couldn’t apply something that I had written (as if what I have written carries some great universal weight). “CHANGE THE PARADIGM.” Oops, okay, from what to what?
Since you are giving Me credit for what you write, they aren’t asking you for your wisdom, they are asking for My wisdom. Each of them is coming from a place of sincerity; honor it even when you see that the source of their questions is the pit of lies.
“My” responses to all four were quite different, that is, unique in each case. The one theme even though not spoken, was that our SPIRIT-PARENT was instructing me to urge each to stop asking the question “why” because it is a “closed loop” question. In each of these four, remember, they asked, in various ways, “Why can’t I do this?” Amazingly each of the four gave several very logical reasons why they couldn’t do something that I have found meaningful to apply for my life, but wasn’t working for them. In other words, “Why can’t I” gives the impetus for the brain to come up with any number of logical reasons to provide answers as to why we can’t do anything and simply reinforces the limitations we have accepted as “truth”.
I have a close friend who almost always interrupts a conversation by asking “why?” It makes him sound quite intelligent, but it masks a huge challenge to communication and understanding from a spiritual aspect, because it engages the conscious, cognitive mind in close-looped fashion. When he “thinks” (and he is one of the brightest people I know) he shuts off the flow he could be getting from our SPIRIT-PARENT (by whatever other title or name) and says things like “I challenge that” to which, if I get sucked into it, we just get on an intellectual rollercoaster of two minds weaving and wandering around on a track invented by the one who controls this world.
Oh my, there goes Brad again, talking about the “enemy.” CHANGE THE PARADIGM! Some people feel the need to correct me continually about my reference to a “duality of good and evil” when, they insist, there is only one force and it is “good.” Not realizing that they are caught in the same web of deception that ensnared the “original couple.”
Now, I care not one whit whether the story about the “original couple” is mythical, metaphorical or any other intellectual label you may wish to attach to it. There is a truth in the story to be learned by whoever will open their brains to receive it. The deception is that they think they can tell the difference between “good” and “evil” because they’ve been fed the lie that they can. Listen up, and you may “hear,” really “hear” a different perspective so that you can change the paradigm.
The reason I tell so many true stories about REAL experiences is that when you’ve seen a person who is screaming and trying to kill themselves because they are hearing voices telling them to do it …I frankly don’t care whether it is a “deranged mind,” or a “demon” or whatever other tag anyone wants to attach as the source of the voices …I don’t judge the situation as being good or evil, I escape that “craziness” by asking “what now” and following the instructions that I get.
Those instructions always lead me to the best solution for the moment. Sometimes that means instant healing from a disease decreed by some physician as “incurable,” other times the instructions lead to complete deliverance from the “voices” that have been holding the person in bondage, and sometimes it leads me to an understanding of why the person HAS CHOSEN what is going on and whether the choice was made consciously or subconsciously is not the issue, but simply what I should do about it – confront the person with the truth or simply walk away, because that is the instruction. NO JUDGMENT IS REQUIRED AS TO WHETHER IT IS “GOOD” OR “BAD” …that’s not my job.
My job is simply to ask “what now” and follow the instructions I receive. I do not need to ask “why” – when I’ve been confronted by a woman who, in a deep guttural MALE voice, obviously not “her own,” raising her hands threateningly and saying “I am going to kill you,” …asking her “WHY,” would have just given impetus to hear all the reasons for the murder to take place, since the voice is not coming from a rational mind.
Had I relied on some bit of practiced “therapy,” it would have resulted in nothing that would have produced a meaningful result from my perspective. Also a religious method many folks might offer at this juncture could prove disastrous, as one friend reported to me with blood all over his face and white shirt having called asking me to meet him in a parking lot and explained how he had enraged his wife and she had smashed a vase and attacked him with one of the glass shards; her being enraged was caused, he admitted, by employing that particular religious method which I found a bit hard to believe any reasonable person would even think of using with somebody who was “disturbed.”
Back to the deep male voice coming out of the woman saying “I am going to kill you.” By asking and knowing I would receive an answer to “what now” I was given the answer how to get rid of the problem …and the woman was immediately and permanently freed from something which had bothered her for many years.
Here’s a question for you: If you reject what I am saying in the foregoing, does that make it untrue? If you accept what I am saying in the foregoing, does that make it true? Those are significantly different questions, but with the same answer: YES!
Shifting your paradigm intellectually accomplishes nothing. Applying the truth meaningfully and even FORCEFULLY is the power that creates the seeming miraculous. Most of us spend a great deal of our time dabbling around the edges of all sorts of powerful truths AND I AM JUST AS GUILTY AS EVERYONE ELSE …it is part of the human condition.
The truth is that there are dynamic forces at work always; whether you happen to agree or violently disagree does not change the fact – these forces can be overcome or left alone to wreak havoc in your life. Hint: Declaring that they don’t exist is one way of limiting their influence over you – however, as in the case of the man referenced above with blood all over him, he learned something the hard way. YOU BETTER KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DOING AND HOW TO DO IT BEFORE YOU TAKE ACTION ON BEHALF OF SOMEONE ELSE …or those powerful influences will turn and “rend you.”
I learned something a long time ago through Ryan Bruce and that is, the only reason we don’t have something is because we resist it. Sounds good, but there’s another side to that coin; a truism that comes out of the Bible and which is an interesting source for argument between those who believe in “devils” or “demons” (if you prefer) and those who think it all a bunch of poppycock.
That “truism” comes out of the book of James, one of the last short books before the last book in the Bible, “The Revelation.” James was purportedly written by the half-brother of Jesus. It seems appropriate to call him a “half-brother” simply because it is a widely accepted note in history that James’ father, Joseph, the husband of Mary (mother of both Jesus and James) was not the father of Jesus. Do with that tidbit what you will, but good old James, a “Johnny-come-lately” to believing the claims about Jesus being the much awaited (in Jewish tradition) “Messiah,” wrote: “Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” My blood-covered buddy, tried his religious interpretation of that on behalf of his wife, remember?
Then you have those who deny the existence of such entities, to which I say that perhaps their denial is simply that they’ve never experienced the phenomenon – some have said that the denial of their existence is in itself a deception brought on by demons. I don’t make that argument …I simply ask our (your and my) SPIRIT-PARENT, “What now?”
Writer, Stephen King made a lot of people believers because of the depiction in his novel that became the movie “The Green Mile.” Another movie which depicted the same sort of phenomena was “Ghost,” which starred Whoopi Goldberg and some other Hollywood notables. Point being, just because you haven’t had the experience doesn’t mean they don’t exist.
There are several challenges to bringing this whole subject up and primary among them is that an argument about whether these “alien entities” or “agents” actually exist, results only in people being further entrenched in their own explanations that support their particular view.
I’m suggesting that it is important to interrupt this pattern of THINKING that supports either view –that they exist or don’t exist– accomplishes nothing, but if we change the paradigm to asking “what now?” puts in motion the beginning of “healing” or other solution or getting an understanding that the person has chosen what she or he has labeled a “problem” either consciously or subconsciously as a way of handling something else.
A true story, I like to tell over and over, has to do with a woman who had not been able to walk without the aid of a “walker” which had actually even made her situation worse as she was bent over almost double as she moved crab-like pushing this device with wheels on the front to get from one place to another.
I had been invited to her home by a man who had told her that she could be “healed” and asked if he could bring me by to “pray” for her – which is something I always say that I don’t do. The only “praying” I do is asking “what now?” which, in this instance, led to my asking her, “Why are we here?”
Her answer was that the fellow who brought me had told her I would pray for her to be healed of her disability. I then asked her if she really wanted to be able to walk normally again to which her response was a rather emphatic yes.
“What now,” gave me an entirely different answer, in a flash I actually had a picture in my mind of the entire situation. I already knew the answer, but asked her if someone was living with her who helped take care of things around the house. It was a favorite granddaughter in her twenties …I told her, “You don’t want to be healed because you’re afraid she’d leave you if you didn’t need her anymore.”
I finally convinced her to call her granddaughter down from somewhere upstairs so I could talk with her. When I explained what her grandmother had already admitted, she exclaimed, “Oh grandma, I love you, I will never leave you and wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could walk again and we could go out together and shop and do other things?”
Within less than thirty minutes she was literally running around the living room fully erect with her granddaughter happily clapping and encouraging her with tears of joy running down her cheeks. Asking “why” it had happened, or trying to figure out, logically, what had caused the problem that had kept her disabled for all those years, or discussing what seemed now to be an obvious misdiagnosis by her doctor would have accomplished nothing. The change in paradigm was not searching for reasons, but finding out what was locked in her subconscious that was the obstacle to her receiving her healing.
Of course, I expected to get an answer when I asked, what now …I always do. That I think of the answer as coming from “outside of me” is immaterial. I always get an answer. Arguing about whether it is my subconscious, or that I somehow tap into the “energy field” which scientific research has proved exists all around us, or that there is a SOURCE outside ourselves that makes sure I get the answer would result in that woman still being unable to walk, particularly when the diagnosis was also accompanied by the prognosis delivered by the same doctor that the degenerative condition would only continue to worsen with time.
I’m neither criticizing the doctor nor the diagnostic system or even the medical system in general; the woman’s belief in the diagnosis and prognosis was certainly a factor. “What now” changed the paradigm to discovering the primary obstacle and being shown how to get rid of it; CHANGE THE PARADIGM!
That’s it, this time around.
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It is true that we cannot fix something until we acknowledge that there is a problem …it is also true that if all we ever do is continually acknowledge the problem then we’ll never get to the place of fixing it. In other words BOTH statements are true. Let us also agree with another statement that says, IF IT AINT BROKE, DON’T FIX IT!
Yet another truism is that there are people who go around trying to fix things which are NOT broken and by so doing create even more problems on a much wider scale than if they had kept their collective mouths shut, that is, they create problems that didn’t even exist until they began trying to apply solutions. If you don’t believe it consider the scientific evidence that simply by giving media attention to a particular disease increases its presence and propagates it measurably.
My point by adding paragraph number two, above, to the mix is that if the problem to which I’m about to point doesn’t fit you; walk away NOW, before you start dabbling in something that will just cause a problem for YOU that didn’t previously exist.
Now then, for those of you who still may be reading (or listening, just in case somebody is reading this aloud) please pay attention. IF SOMETHING IS NOT WORKING AS WELL AS IT COULD BE, there are a variety of ways to improve the situation. If we start by acknowledging that something can be improved we have a start, BUT ONLY a start. What is coming to me loudly and clearly is that in order to make sure we realize that any solution at which we arrive, the solution itself can (and must, if it is going to reach the place of its peak effectiveness) also be improved. If we get hung up on either the status quo (ahem, the seemingly “conservative” way of handling things) or hung up on changing things just for the sake of changing (again, ahem, the seemingly “liberal” way of handling things) we get into arguments that serve no purpose whatsoever.
The above may give us just a hint about the crap (pardon my being crude, but what else is new, this is Brad Cullen, remember?) that is going on in our current dilemma with a “do nothing” congress – isn’t Congress the institution that created the problems by passing unworkable regulations in the first place? More “ahem”(ing) may be in order here. We keep looking to all kinds of systems to fix things when the system is part of the cause. I am not being political here, honestly, but just like a religion that obviously has gotten off the track of its original purpose, some things are best to just walk away from.
What if there is a better way? Well, there is always a better way to do anything and sometimes it just takes one simple little question to be a catalyst for needed change, BUT if we ask a question that is inappropriate for the situation it can take us in a direction that may not only lack any reasonable benefit, but actually cause increased pain and harm. PLEASE GIVE THE FOREGOING SENTENCE A SECOND TO SINK IN (more Brad Cullen seeming arrogance) …Well, from my, albeit limited, view asking the question “why” (something or another is NOT working) leads us to looking for something or somebody else to blame …which has led the “good old” U.S. and the rest of the world in the mess of terrorism, wars and so on and some of the craziest “solutions” imaginable at least from one perspective, the perspective that they don’t produce results. Has the “war on drugs” reduced the flow of drugs? Has the “war on terrorism” reduced terrorism? GIVE ME A BREAK! “Why” seems to lead everyone blaming everyone else for the mess we’re all in and leading us to all accept its steadily increasing momentum down the hill.
We’ve all come to the place of acknowledging we have a problem, a reasonable start. Keeping on lamenting over it …or worse, coming up with unworkable solutions emanates from blaming – and blaming often comes about as a result of asking the question “WHY.” Asking why isn’t whatever working and we come up with a whole bunch of answers of what and who to blame.
Now then, let’s not go overboard and say that the word “why” is “bad.” It is simply inappropriate to ask why something isn’t working because the subconscious computers that are working so well in us quickly find thousands of answers why anything DOESN’T work. When I take some personal responsibility and ask, “what can I do to improve the situation” and be willing to stick my neck out and present the solution …and give others the freedom to ask creative questions AND LISTEN TO THEM CAREFULLY …and be willing to ask myself further (instead of arguing), “What if I incorporate their answers into the solution, I’ve just presented” I begin to understand the CREATIVE POWER of synergy …the power of both.
Creative power is released in me (and this is for me …take it or leave it) when I connect with that CREATIVE SOURCE which is outside of me which may simply be listening to your arguments instead of discounting them because I see them as a threat to “my” solution. People often argue with me, because they think I’m being “religious” when I talk about connecting with our (your and my) SPIRIT-PARENT …I understand and even agree with their premise, I simply understand (for me) that “I don’t know squat,” but I have found a way that works for me to connect with a CREATIVE INTELLIGENCE that is so far and above the ability of the ego-centered brain of this body I occupy that I have to give it a label.
Many of those who are patient enough with my mental meanderings to keep on reading what I write, argue with me that this healing power and spiritual healing that we continually talk about in articles and podcasts on this website are all in my subconscious …in other words inside of me and I don’t have to go outside.
Again, I don’t disagree with their argument; in fact it may just be a matter of semantics. For me, I’m like the guy who was born blind whooping and hollering that he could see after he perceived that Jesus had healed him (Jesus said it was the guy’s faith that did the healing, but few seem willing to pay any attention to his words in that instance), the religious authorities grabbed the formerly blind man, so the narrative goes, because they wanted to get the “goods” on Jesus so they could kill him, began asking all kinds of questions. The guy, finally at the end of his patience with the manipulative stuff they were throwing at him said, “Look, dudes, all I know is that once I was blind and now I can see, so put that in your pipes and inhale deeply.” (A Brad Cullen paraphrase, obviously).
The point of the long, immediately foregoing diatribe and, again, obviously, is that all I know is that once I began to adopt the same thesis that Jesus employed, that is, “the miracles you’ve seen me do aren’t ‘me’ doing them, but the SPIRIT-PARENT who lives in me was the one who did them” – some people still try to say that Brad Cullen is a “healer” …sorry I simply cannot accept it and the fact that I don’t accept it apparently works for me.
I just asked a close friend on the phone yesterday if he remembered the time he came to me complaining about a pain in his shoulder and how he was instantly “healed.” This incident happened about ten years ago and he replied, “of course I remember.”
I’m going to send him a copy of this to remind him of the conversation that led up to that “healing,” because that, I think, he may have forgotten the exchange.
He was visiting me and said, “Man, this pain in my shoulder is killing me” …with the appropriate accompanying grimaces and groans and holding his hand over the painful section.
My reply, “keep saying that and it will kill you,” then brushing his hand aside I touched his shoulder and said, “There, it’s gone.”
“WHAT DID YOU DO??!!” My friend almost shouted, the pain is all gone.
“I didn’t do anything, you believe I’m some kind of healer and you expected my touch to fix it and it did.”
During our phone conversation yesterday, reminiscing over several things in our relationship with enough laughter that my wife commented later she could hear both of us through the wall and over the news she was watching in the other room. This story is germane to something, because what we were laughing together so hard about is when my friend and I first met, he was visibly frightened of me and when I asked him why, he basically explained that somebody, a dedicated and devout Christian had told him he should talk to me because I would convince him to be a Christian.
Within a few days after our initial meeting he had found out that I wouldn’t have anything to do with the fellow who had told him he should talk with me and who was studying at a well-known Bible college in the area for his PhD for the purpose of becoming a church pastor. My new-found friend had asked why I wouldn’t meet with this fellow or his friends and do what they did, which was to hold public street type meetings and pray loudly (and to both my friend and me obnoxiously).
I explained simply that Jesus said to pray in your own closet and not to engage in such practices. My friend, after coming to grips with a spiritual lack in his own life reached out to what I introduced him to as the “SOURCE” and also explained that everything those Christians talked about Jesus doing, he could do as well.
He quickly became relaxed about religion and what we were laughing so uproariously about was he soon after his own experience, knowing that he was indeed connected with “I AM,” went on a campaign to try to convince this particular religious group that they were wrong …he soon learned that they didn’t want to listen to the real thing, but rather the tradition in which they were stuck.
By now, publisher Ryan Bruce is tearing his hair out wondering when I’m going to get to the point …whatever that might be. Those Christians aren’t “wrong” they are simply on a path that doesn’t appeal to my friend and me. But there is an issue (we’re almost to the point, Ryan) about which I continually write. Yes there is healing power and spiritual power that is available to all of us – there are those who insist it is already resident as an “electrical vibration” that permeates every organ and cell in these bodies we occupy and is connected with the brain through a system researchers refer to as neurons. I have no problem with that, in fact, the premise is proven and can be measured by scientific instruments.
So it can be said that it is this electrical vibration (by whatever other title or name) that connects us with the entire universe and it is the energetic system which brings about the “miracle of healing” …I’m not arguing with that, I’m merely saying that I have to get into a certain “zone” to connect with it.
Further I have to ask “what now” to get in touch with whatever it is I’m supposed to do in every situation …as with the case of touching my (now) close friend’s shoulder early on in our relationship – I was “instructed” to do so. Was it “my” subconscious or was it this strange SPIRIT-PARENT to which I make reference that provided me with the “instructions.” SPIRIT-PARENT is assuring me that it doesn’t matter …HE/IT/SHE (in alphabetical order) is not threatened by whatever term people apply, again, IT DOESN’T MATTER!
All I know is that before I learned how to “connect” I could do no “miraculous healing” and, once I learned the truth that it isn’t “me” that does these things, I “received” the power to do them. That’s for me …what about you? My suggestion is that you consider that if you find you cannot do what you’d like to do, you go outside yourself to receive the “power” and if you already have found what works for you – let’s just remember SYNERGY, The Power of BOTH.
That’s it for this time around.
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