February 24, 2013 by Bill
My brothers and sisters of the Lakota and Cheyenne people called this time of year in their calendric system, “the moon of the new grass… new life… new renewal.” They knew this, naturally, living so close to the rhythms of the natural world.
Within those rhythms we are moving now into the month of March, of new grass, new life and new renewals. I have my calendar of the soul that is far more accurate than the printed one on my desk. It tells me that nature says the new year is here, with bursting buds and warm earth and fresh new leaves dancing and quaking on bare winter branches.
I am not alone in calling this “moon of the new grass” and renewal the beginning of my new year. The ancient Jews, Egyptians and Greeks all had early March as the beginning.
It is the time of year when “Hyla crucifer” begins to call. The little peeper makes a calculation which would baffle a meteorologist. He takes into consideration humidity, temperature, length of light and darkness, and knows when the rhythm of renewal has come. He inflates a little bubble in his throat and sends out a clear note audible for half a mile. At that point, something older than any mythological god has risen. THE EARTH IS ALIVE AGAIN. ALIVE, with new grass, new life, new beginnings.
Where is it that I most fully experience this glorious new time of the earth coming to life? For the entire twenty years of my full time residence in Palm Springs, I have never been able to say “thank you” enough for the glorious gift of the sacred canyons of the Cahuilla Indians as a spiritual retreat that truly “transcends language.” When you drive through the gate and enter a magical and mystical world of the sacred earth… with no fences… no telephone poles… no visual pollution… and go sit by the stream with the tranquil sounds of water bubbling and trickling, you can rewind… REWIND your mind/brain/soul/spirit back into another time frame. Where the flow and rhythms of the universe, the seasons of the new leaves quaking over new grass… the seasons of spring and fall equinox, the winter and summer solstice and the times of the full moon still nurture the land, the four-leggeds and two-leggeds, the feathered ones of the air… raven and red tailed hawk… and everything and all that has evolved from the same FIRST SOURCE.
February 17, 2013 by Bill
(2002) A friend has worked for Planned Parenthood for a good many years. She lives in a major American city. She called recently and asked me to tell my readers about Christian terrorism right here in the United States.
She said: “Do your readers have any idea what it is like to go to work day after day wondering if there is some Christian nut waiting with a bomb or gun for you?”
Listen to Jerry Falwell: “The idea that church and state should be separated was invented by the devil to keep Christians from running this country. I really believe that the pagans… and the abortionists… and the feminists… and the gays and lesbians… as well as the ACLU and the People For The American Way… all of them… should take the blame for God allowing this to happen. I point my finger in their face and say that to them.” (talking about the Trade Center bombing.)
My subject is Christian terrorism in America. Are you aware of how convicted bomber Mahmud Abouhalima, a Muslim, and Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, and Billy Graham’s son, Franklin, all sound exactly alike using the same kind of terrorist language? More…
February 10, 2013 by Bill
Psycho-ceramic (crack pot) ideas sometimes spew out of politicians so fast it is almost impossible to keep up with them. The “faith-based” circus that totally destroys the line between church and state must be one of the most insane. Some of the TV evangelists have screamed “You can’t give money to cults… but only to real religion… like us…”
Many have asked me the question: “What is a cult… and how can you tell the difference between a cult and a real religion?” Hey… easy question.
A Cult: Believes in heavenly signs such as comets and gateways to heaven and other mentally deranged ideas.
A Real Religion: Believes in heavenly signs such as stars in the East at their leaders birth and the “Sun standing still” for an entire day. (Joshua 10:12) and other mentally deranged ideas.
A Cult: Believes they have found the truth while all others are deceived.
A Real Religion: Believes they have found the truth while all others are deceived. “Salvation is only through Jesus.” More…