May 18, 2014

Shame on Sudan

It pains me so to think about the position in which Mariam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag finds herself. This Sudanese woman converted to Christianity, married a Christian and is scheduled for execution. According to the Islamic baboons that prosecuted her, she has committed apostasy. Just think, she has had the courage to step outside the narrow- minded restrictions that these alpha males impose; and, now they want to snuff her out. These primates have not a clue about the right to worship the Almighty in a manner of one's own choosing.

Presently Ms. Ishag has a reprieve from her demise as she is pregnant. However, upon giving birth she will be given 100 lashes with a whip and then put to death. Leaving behind two young children and a husband, her commitment to Christianity is admirable; and, that's putting it mildly.  Like Nelson Mandela she is clinging on to The Truth at all costs. I hope she knows that the evolved on this planet are behind her 100%. I hope she is finding comfort in her faith.

The truth is folks: regardless of your religion there is no escape from the evolutionary message of Jesus the Christ. By virtue of being primates on the evolutionary ascent, dynamics between us must evolve.  Unlike chimp societies, our alpha males no longer serve a function. If we are to manifest our highest aspirations for human rights and universal democracy we will need much more cooperation and a lot less domination. At the turn of this new millennium it is becoming increasingly apparent that Jesus had it right all along. It really will be the meek who shall inherit the Earth. And, when they do, they are sure to look back on people like Ms. Ishag with great gratitude for the sacrifices they made in order to keep the Truth alight.

Faithfully yours,

Sheila Banks 

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May 7, 2014

Tears for Nigeria

Mother's day is soon to be here in Canada and my thoughts turn to the moms in Nigeria. My prayers go out to these women who just wanted to give their daughters an education. They just want to help their girls get prepared for the 21st century. Now their children have been kidnapped by a group of thugs who actually believe they are operating on behalf of the Almighty.

Here is a blatant example of how deluded the human primate can get. Boko Haram, the terrorists who have been marauding Nigeria, intend to sell their captives to the sex-slave trade. I am wondering if these near-chimpanzees have ever asked themselves what Mohammad would say about their violations. On second thought, I have to realize that these primates are actually at a different level in evolution. They have not yet discovered how to use their innate ability for self-reflection. They have not yet realized that their mission is one of taming the beast, that reptilian part of the human brain that affects the human psyche.

So folks, here's the big problem. There are groups of primates spread across this planet who literally are at a lower evolutionary level. They are driven by greed, aggression, lust and have no inkling that their animal instincts are steering their actions. Although they may think they are acting on behalf of Allah, the truth is they have not a clue about how to align their behaviors with the Law of God.  They think the commandment "Thou shalt not kill" refers to somebody else. In their mind's eye, they are exempt from the laws that make for harmonious human relations.

Nevertheless, there is some good news. Humankind is compelled to ascend the evolutionary ladder. The stragglers, those opposing an evolutionary upgrade, will no doubt continue to cause havoc. However, with the coming of the Cosmic Christ, that evolutionary impulse driving all of creation, be comforted by the knowledge that their days are numbered.

Faithfully yours,

Sheila Banks

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April 18, 2014

Resurrecting The Resurrection

In some Christian circles, there is the belief that Jesus will reappear in the human arena. However, this son of God clearly told us that he would ask the Father to send us another counselor who would stay with us forever. In John 14:17 we are told that this counselor is the Spirit of truth. Yet, there are still those Christians who insist Jesus, the man, will arrive on the planet and save us all from our own folly. Let me offer you an alternative interpretation of the resurrection that takes into account our  human predicament.

There are two aspects to Jesus: the human and the divine. The human part of Jesus, the
man, was immersed in his own culture and religion (Jewish) just like the rest of us human primates. But, the divine aspect of Jesus, the Christ, is not so easy to comprehend and needs more explanation.

The Almighty's evolutionary agenda for our species requires a further distancing of humanity from bestial origins. Evolution, then, demands that people like you and I undergo transformations of consciousness. Yet, in order to set in motion this transfiguration of humanity, the Creator needs a change-agent to work through, acting as an evolutionary catalyst. This is the function of the Christ.

Jesus knew that he was acting as that change-agent for the Creator. "It is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.", he says in John 14:10. His role is to help us recognize the truth about our humble position within the scheme of things. By virtue of being a part of the emergent universe, our species truly is an animal in the throes of transformation. Our evolutionary ascent actually demands radical self-development from us. We need to learn how to temper our animal aggression and to manage our bestial instincts. First, however, we must recognize our need to do so. We need humility.

Jesus Christ's message speaks to something other than religion; He is on to something more fundamental. He wants his species to come to grips with its lowly status as a primate. He hopes to shift our paradigms to such an extent that we get greater clarity about the organic predicament in which we are situated. We too are subject to the Law that governs all of creation.

Jesus, the man, will not be coming down from heaven and saving us. Rather, our salvation lies in answering this Christ's call for a profound humility. By resurrecting the evolutionary message of the Christ in our hearts and minds we, like Jesus, can become channels for adaptive change.  Now that's a resurrection that contemporary minds just might find more worthy of looking into.

Happy Easter.

Faithfully yours,

Sheila Banks 
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March 14, 2014

New Age Claptrap

Please note:
I have amended this post to include the actual scripture quoting Jesus rather than my reinstatement of it. 

It's the same old story but now it is in the Ukraine and in Venezuela too: human primates everywhere can't get along with their neighbours; and, the alpha males of our species keep trying to lord over the masses. But right now I don't want to go on about the similarities between this and chimpanzee societies. Those who have been following my work can guess my take on it. Rather, in this post I am going to speak to the New Age claptrap to which I keep being subjected.

Listen folks, you can chant "I am God, I am God" or for that matter any other mantra all you want as some of these New Age gurus suggest. But, don't expect this to bring you self-realization. An evolution in consciousness requires a hell of a lot more from a human primate.

When Jesus was called Good teacher he replied: "Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone" (Lk:18:19). By insisting that you are God, you are actually setting up a huge roadblock to your self-actualization. After all, if you are God and God is perfect then what motivation is there for you to pursue self-development? What motivation is there for you to observe and negotiate your inner kingdom of thought and emotion in order to tame your animal nature? The ancients tried to warn us about the dangers of this kind of self-righteousness.

"The body is a domestic animal. Therefore, you must go about perfecting yourself", Jesus said in the Book of Thomas (The Contender). He knew that a deep humility is the key to self-realization not self-aggrandizement. When we truly understand ourselves to be one of God's creatures we are more likely to relinquish our delusions of grandeur and face up to our imperfection. With this humility we are more motivated to work on expanding our conscious awareness beyond a mere animal self-centredness.

It is only when we have done the tough psychological work of cultivating virtue that we get to liberate ourselves from the mental slavery brought on by our bestial origins. It is only through such an effort at self-actualization that we get to ascend the evolutionary ladder and come to truly know the realm of the divine Creator within.

Faithfully yours,

Sheila Banks


 
 
 
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December 16, 2013

To End 2013

Those who have been following my blog will notice that I have removed all posts prior to September 2013. I will be expanding upon these essays with further thinking and research. My plan is to put the polished versions into my next book.

Also,  I  am currently in the throes of a major life transition. That is why I have been posting with less frequency. My plan is to position myself in a lifestyle conducive to more contemplation and writing. While making this transformation, I will do my best to post when the Spirit moves me.

I certainly am looking forward to 2014 and wish you all the very best for the coming year.

Faithfully yours,

Sheila Banks

With so much trouble in the world and Christmas 2013 soon to come, I thought I would share the following poem from Thoughts From A Contemplative Beast: The Paradigm Shift for the New Millennium.


Waiting on the Cosmic Christ

Too many Homo sapiens thinking
that they are the king of the jungle.
It's a sports arena waiting for a fight to break out.

It's a lack of compassion waiting to pounce on
an innocent child in a dysfunctional family.

It's self-righteous judgment sealing tight any
 possibility for apprehension of the truth. 

Too much delusion in too many beasts;
It's a time bomb waiting to explode.

As we sink deeper into this morass of
moral decay with no saviour in sight,
keep your eyes set on the heavens
and your gaze fixed on the kingdom within.
 

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November 20, 2013

The Big Reveal

For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed
 and nothing concealed that will not be known or
brought out into the open.     Luke:8,17, Holy Bible
 
 
Everyday we are receiving more news about another scandal, skirmish or corruption case.  Across the planet and in every sphere the stories are mounting. If it's not the Fundamentalists subjecting more victims to their tyranny, it is the economic collapse of southern Europe. Also, there has been the out of control surveillance tactics used by the USA and Australia that have their allies very upset with them. And, in Canada we are being subjected to major scandals on all three levels of government at the same time. With all of this corruption coming to light, it really does feel like the two thousand year old prophecy written above is coming to fruition. 
 
What has been hidden, now is being disclosed. And, the time has come for us to face what is really being revealed. We have been coveting illusions about humanity's superiority for long enough. With all this corruption and destruction made explicit by the media, we can see for ourselves just how insidious our animal ways truly are.

The time has come for us to recognize the truth about our humble position within the scheme of things. By virtue of being an imperfect primate, each one of us needs self-development. If we are to build healthy relationships and ethical institutions then we must be willing to consciously cultivate such virtues as patience, kindness and integrity. Then and only then will we have begun to address the evolutionary agenda that has been entrusted to us.

Faithfully yours,

Sheila Banks


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November 5, 2013

Babylon Arising

Here's a little poem that came to me after hearing the mayor of my city finally reveal that he had smoked crack after taking public office.
Faithfully yours,
 
Sheila Banks
 
 
 
Babylon Arising
 
We've got a crack-smoking mayor
and too few who care
about the oil-slickened seas
and the chemical-laden breeze.

Don't tell me that Babylon is not arising.

We've got forked-tongue leaders
and all kinds of cheaters,
sex predators galore
and the down-trodden ignored.
 
Don't tell me that Babylon is not arising.



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