February 3, 2016

Happy Birthday Bob

The picture of me below is at The Bob Marley Museum in Kingston, Jamaica last February. I gave them a framed copy of the poem below.   I penned this tribute to Bob Marley a few years ago.

For The Love of Bob
 We heard him sing songs of freedom
as he fueled the fire of a roots revival.
Marley was the Jamaican messenger
who was guided by the wisdom of the Bible.

We know he was a creative genius.
Through music, he proclaimed God's word.
Bob Marley was the musical prophet
and creator of the sweetest vibes on earth.

We listened as he spoke out for justice.
Yet, he encouraged only peaceful means.
Just thank Jah he walked among us
and healed many with his soulful beat.

Amazed at how his reggae moved all the people,
as he swayed both black and the white.
Bob Marley was the musical prophet,
a human conduit for divine love,
and Jah's light.

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January 25, 2016

More Knuckle-Dragging - The Holocaust Deniers

It was 71 years ago this week that Soviet troops liberated the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. To commemorate this event the United Nations has chosen January 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. This day should be a reminder to all of how deluded the human animal can get. However, there are those who want to pretend it never happened.

I say to hell with you and your nonsense. Those who refuse to believe that the holocaust happened during the second world war are in denial about Homo sapiens'  animal nature. All one has to do is tune into the daily news to see how vicious the human primate can be. And, those who want to carry on with this scapegoating of the Jewish people just don't have insight into how they are continuing to behave just like our closest primate cousins, the chimpanzees.

I really can't understand why these holocaust deniers believe what they do. It did happen. My father, a Canadian soldier stationed in Europe at the time, witnessed it himself.

Faithfully yours,

Sheila Banks

Pic: Holocaust mass grave site

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December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas


I hope you have found something in this advent series. I look forward to presenting you with more food for thought in 2016.
         

Faithfully yours,
Sheila Banks

         
       Happy New Year


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December 24, 2015

Day Twenty Four ~ The Cosmic Christ Is Coming To Town

"I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." 
                                                                                                            The Gospel of John 14:6
                                                                                                            Jesus Christ

Over the centuries the above quote from the gospel of John has been used by some followers of Christ to legitimize their misguided sense of religious superiority. If the truth be known, up to date scholars doubt that the historical Jesus actually said these words. Furthermore, evidence points to the likelihood that this gospel was written by a number of authors rather than a single person. Nevertheless, we do have this book in the New Testament because a group of ancient people wanted to tell us something important  about the Jesus phenomenon.

Jesus came bearing a message that has the power to alter the destiny of humankind. His message has universal significance because it is all about the human primate learning to tame the beast within. It matters not if you are a Jew, Muslim, Sikh or other as we are all children of the living father. Our species is on an evolutionary trajectory which requires all of us to make the holy wisdom of Jesus the Christ a part of our consensual reality. 


Happy Holy Days 2015

Faithfully yours,
Sheila Banks
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December 23, 2015

Day Twenty Three ~ Fulfillment of Prophecy

"Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets;
I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them."
                                                                        The Gospel of Matthew 5:17
                                                                          Jesus Christ

Those gathering around Jesus wanted proof of his divine power. Hell, if he could change the laws of God then he must be divine. Right? Jesus had a different take on it.

Jesus understood the Law to be good. After all, cohesiveness of a human society is dependent upon our ability to abide by some kind of social contract. However, Jesus also understood himself to have a special relationship to the Law. The laws of nature responsible for maintaining the harmonious organization of the universe somehow came together, to birth within him, an evolutionary impulse. And, Jesus knew it.

Jesus Christ was well aware of his function as a change-agent for the Creator. He knew that his message about our bestial nature, if understood by the masses, could have a powerful impact on the evolutionary ascent of humankind. In this sense then, he really was God's word made flesh.

Happy Holy Days 2015

Faithfully yours,
Sheila Banks


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December 22, 2015

Day Twenty Two - Children of the Living God

".... it is you who are children of the living father. But if you do not become acquainted with yourselves then you are in poverty, and it is you who are the poverty."
                                                                                                   The Gospel of Thomas 3:33
                                                                                                                                  Jesus Christ

The Thomas Gospel is not so familiar to the average churchgoer. Although it was discovered over a half century ago, it dates to the very beginnings of the Christian era. Scholars now think that it is a forerunner to the traditional canonical gospels. Another of its features is that it was hidden away in the desert so censors did not have their way with it.

In this gospel Jesus declares humans to be "children of the living father". Essentially, Homo sapiens is a species immersed in an unfathomable sea of quantum particles. Some kind of creative principle has been responsible for sculpting humankind out of this quantum soup. As a result, we really do have the living father dwelling within each one of us.

To get a glimpse at the majesty of the Almighty moving in our own life, Jesus advises that we become acquainted with our own selves. In order to do so we have to refocus our attention to the inner kingdom of the self. We need to develop a conscious awareness of our own mind stuff. With practice we can even put aside our bestial inclinations enough to tune in to the faint voice of the living God within. All humans have a birthright to this genuine spirituality but they first must develop the level of self-awareness it takes to reach this stage in evolution.

Happy Holy Days 2015

Faithfully yours,
Sheila Banks

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December 21, 2015

Day Twenty One ~ The Cross You Must Bare

"And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple."
                                                                                                    The Gospel of Luke 14:27
                                                                                                     Jesus Christ

To follow the path laid out by Jesus can be unsettling. There is no clinging onto illusions about our own virtue while neglecting to love one another. Self-justification for one's own shortcomings is not allowed. This Christ demands that each one of us wrestle with the beast within.


Happy Holy Days 2015

Faithfully yours,
Sheila Banks




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