The Keys to Heaven or Hell are in Your Own Hands

We find what we are looking for.

Look for racism, hatred and intolerance. You will see it everywhere. This is Hell.

Look for love, kindness, beauty and miracles. You will find those too. This is Heaven

The key to heaven and hell is in your own hand.

This is what Jesus meant when he said, “Ask, and it will be given to you;

*seek*, and you will find;

knock, and it will be opened to you.

For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.

Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone?

Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent?

If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

~Matt 7:7-11 ESV (free Kindle version)

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Telo-Mind Dreams

I’m astounded by the deep sleep and vivid dreams I get when taking Telo-Mind, the rejuvenating supplement from Life Designers. If I take them before bed I get a profoundly deep sleep. That’s very important since I have sleep apnea. Even with a CPAP I don’t always get a deep enough sleep. With Telo-Mind, I get a good, long segment of REM sleep with vivid and positive dreams.

I have been taking 14 capsules per day since I discovered that each individual ingredient has a positive effect for protecting kidney function. (Stayed tuned for a future post.)

I was dividing the dose evenly between morning and evening. I experimented with taking more of the daily dose st night and less in the morning. I started taking nine at night and five in the morning.

The quality of my sleep and vividness of my dreams increased dramatically with this change.

Last night I dreamed that I was walking through a neighborhood of rundown and vacant apartments that were scheduled for demolition. Only two buildings owned by CARP would remain standing.

I was looking through the buildings searching for residents who hadn’t evacuated. I started at the top of the first building. There were three section the roof of the building that were full of rainwater, almost as deep as swimming pools.

The walls around these pools were weak with age threatening to collapse. I pushed out on one wall. It cracked and the force of the water pushed out and broke the wall allowing the large pool of water to spill out and down off the roof. I moved on tho push on the other two walls so that all three pools of water were set free to spill over the edge of the roof.I started to work my way down from the top floor, searching for residents left behind after the evacuation. I opened doors to each apartment checking for furniture and other signs of habitation.

Most apartments were bare with an occasional chair in a room or clothes hanger on the floor of a closet. I wasn’t expecting to find any money or jewelry, but I kept hoping to find abandoned books.

I began to hear music drifting up from downstairs. At first I thought that someone may have left a radio playing. It sounded like classical music that I may have been familiar with. I started thinking that it could be someone was playing a piano or other instrument.

I went through the rooms more quickly hoping to discover the source of the music. The music got slowly louder as I worked my way downstairs. It also became clearer that it was from multiple instruments, like an orchestra. It must be a recording.

I came to a floor where the music was very clear, coming from a single apartment. I knocked on the door. An elderly woman opened the door. The music was coming from her stereo.

I asked her several questions to see if she had any family nearby or anyone who could help her move. She couldn’t speak but mutely responded with gestures and shakes if the head. No family, no friends, no place to go.

I told her what was happening and urged her to contact CARP members to help her move. I explained that she could stay with the CARP center until we worked out some solution. She seemed very lonely with no one to comfort or help her.

I regretfully left her and continued searching. On one floor I found the library. A lot of books were already gone, but some very nice books were still there. I couldn’t do anything about the sets of encyclopedias or sets of Great Books, but I did find a shelf of illustrated classics. I looked through them and found a couple of favorited that I really wanted to keep.

I showed the books to another member who was supervising the search. She said she would assign the task to another member of the team. Even so, I wanted to be sure to save the books I chose.

I started down the staircase, but I was flying. I held on to the banister and jumped from one landing to the next, just lightly touching the banister in the way down. After the first couple of landings I stopped touching down but swung around at the bottom of each flight of stairs and kept going. I flew all the way to the bottom floor this way.

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Lost and Found

A Dog and archery. An irresistible combination. As a kid I wanted to be an Indian. (Dad told me that I was kidnapped from the Indians. Some joke, huh?) I tried so hard to learn archery with my 10 pound bow from Kmart.

There were no lessons nearby, so I made do with my cheap bow and a bale of straw.

I’ve had a couple dogs, even though I’m allergic to them. I wish I could have been a better person and appreciated them more while they were alive.

My penance is spent reading dog books like Lost and Found by Jacqueline Sheehan. I feel like I’m borrowing these fictional dogs on my way to becoming a better person.

I loved Cooper-Lloyd, and Rocky is pretty cool too. I rooted for Melissa, but Cooper was the one who came to the rescue. Great story. Looking forward to more in Picture This, Peak’s Island Book 2.

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Peace Starts With Me

Something to think about, regarding loving our enemies.

Jesus spoke more than once about loving our enemies. Here is the most famous passage from Matthew Chapter 5:43-48

Love Your Enemies

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?And if you greet only your brothers,iwhat more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

I also found this great quote from Mrs. Hak Ja Han Moon:

“Being persecuted is actually a secret method of inheriting the enemy’s right of possession. In this way, the person whom God Love is always under the protection of heavenly fortune. Even if God has an enemy whom he wishes to overcome, God will not punish that person because God knows that person has parents and a wife. as well as sons and daughters who love him. Since God also has crossed the valley of tears, when He experiences the heart of His enemy’s parents, wife and children, who love him more than anyone else, He simply cannot eliminate this enemy.”

~Mrs. Hak Ja Han Moon, Women Will Play a Leading Role in the Ideal World, May 21, 1992.

I really like her perspective. It is a paradigm shift that makes it seem more personal.

This amazing woman will be speaking at Nassau Coliseum on November 12, 2018, on Healing America: Peace Starts with Me.

I think that is a message we could all appreciate in these turbulent times.

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Easy Saurkraut

I recently started making my own sauerkraut. Wow. I never imagined how easy and delicious it could be.

After a couple tries slicing my own cabbage, I discovered this five pound bag of coleslaw mix at Smart & Final. Using this saves a lot of time in prep. It includes some carrots and purple cabbage to give the sauerkraut more color. It comes out a little pink. you can add more purple cabbage or even a julienned beet for a darker purple color.

I put this in a large plastic mixing bowl. a ceramic or glass bowl would be the best, but I don’t have one large enough. It has to be big enough that a ceramic dinner plate ca fit inside to press down on the cabbage. Metal is not recommended for anything fermented. I’ll add a picture later.

Then sprinkle three tablespoons of plain sea salt. Iodized salt will inhibit the fermentation process. Using your hands, toss the cabbage to mix in the salt. Water will start to come out of the cabbage due to the salt.

Continue tossing the cabbage, pressing and kneading it to squeeze out the water. This takes about five minutes until the juice covers the cabbage when you press it down. If the juice doesn’t cover the cabbage completely, I put a ceramic dinner plate on top of the cabbage, cover the entire bowl with a towel and let it rest for a bit, about a half hour to an hour. This gives the salt time to work.

Come back and squeeze more water out until the cabbage can be submerged in its own juice. This prevents spoilage and mold from growing on the exposed cabbage.

Put the plate back on top of the cabbage and weigh it down the something. I use a 32 ounce jar filled with water. Cover everything with a towel and let it sit at room temperature for at least three days.

Check it daily to be sure it is still submerged. You can taste it to see how the fermentation is coming along. Three days is enough to get a nice sour taste with a good crunch texture.

Once it is ripe enough, pack it into jars. I use two 32 oz jars. Pour in the juice to cover the cabbage. Then they can be stored in the refrigerator.

One pack of coleslaw mix filled these two jars.

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Four Levels of Prayer (#dream)

I need to give a little background before sharing the dream. Every evening we take some time for devotional reading and prayer. Unificationists refer to this devotional practice as hoondokhwae.

In the evening before I had this dream we were reading True Mother’s speech on The Mission of Eve given in Japan on September 18, 1991. One particular section struck me deeply when she spoke about True Father’s heart of prayer toward the Japanese church leaders.

“True Father is very strict when he gives out a command to the Japanese leaders. He does not budge or give in. However, when he comes back to his room and prays, he weeps as he thinks about the difficult situation of the Japanese members. One by one, he calls out the names of the leaders who are responsible for Japan’s providence of restoration and prays for them in tears. He offers unending devotions in support of the Japanese members.”

That same night I dreamed I was kneeling and praying in tears. I felt so lonely, missing True Father (Rev. Sun Myung Moon, who passed away in 2012). While I was praying, I felt someone kneeling next to me. I looked and saw True Father praying beside me.

Later in the dream, I was at an American Clergy Leadership Conference (ACLC) meeting. Rev. Mark Tengan passed around a handout on the Four Levels of Prayer.

1) Prayer about God’s creation & daily life

2) Prayer about the Providence of God (Divine Principle)

3) Prayer about True Father’s life course

4) Prayer that is connection of heart and direct communication to True Father and God.

While still in the dream, I understood that my loneliness stemmed from being stuck in the first level of prayer. I was unconsciously lamenting the loss of the fourth level of Prayer.

After I woke up, while reflecting on the message in this dream, I realized that God was calling me to a deeper level of prayer. I have experienced that fourth level of prayer, but many years ago. I felt that our lonely God is also longing for that deeper level of prayer. He doesn’t want us to be complacent in settling for less.

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Dream—Pure Water

I dreamed that I was attending a church conference in the spirit world. It was held in a large upscale hotel. True Father was there, directing things from behind the scenes.

Every evening Father asked a different True Child to give a testimony. This evening’s testimony was given by a handsome young son that I didn’t recognize. He was very soft spoken.

Many people in the auditorium were looking at their phones when he started his testimony. The first thing he did was to ask everyone to put their phones away unless they were going to record his talk.

He started by talking about his life. He spoke so softly that I couldn’t hear well, so I moved up to the front row. He began to talk about some of his current projects.

He was working on some new technology that would provide pure water to the entire world. It was very exciting.

The second project was a trip to Iran to meet with a secret group of people who believed in Mohammed, but were not Muslims. I mentioned that UPF in Los Angeles had met a group calling themselves Messianic Muslims.

(A Wind in the House of Islam)

As he ended his talk he told us abou a new song he wrote about love. We got the lyrics of the first verse and he ended his talk. I tried to follow him out to the elevators, but He disappeared.

The members all went out to the cafeteria. Some sisters were passing out Halloween masks. I thought it was a little weird because it was still September.

Messianic Beliefs and Imperial Politics in Medieval Islam: The al~Abbasid Caliphate in the Early Ninth Century

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