October 29, 2014

A New Age Is Coming

A short poem to ponder on. Recently penned.

Faithfully yours,

Sheila Banks 

 
A New Age Is Coming
 
A new age is coming.
Fascination with crystal pendulums
won't help to bring it on through.
Nor is Jesus going to materialize
in order to save you and you and you.
 
With another crank of the cosmic gearbox
the Age of Aquarius rolls in.
Homo sapiens now the scientific hominid
is about ready to dig deep down
to confront the beast within.

                                  Pic:Badhoo/Dreamstime.com

There's more to it
 
Check out my ebook

Getting something out of these contemplations? 

Why not subscribe to my RRS feed or share with a friend?
Also, insightful comments are encouraged. You can always email me at info@mysticbeast.com 

 

October 25, 2014

Wake Up, For Mohammed's Sake

The Lord says:
"These people come near me with their mouth and honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only
 of rules taught by men." Isaiah 29:13
 
It has been said that the two men who killed unarmed Canadian soldiers had mental health problems. Does this mean that the 35,000 ISIS followers have unstable minds? What about the three young women travelling to Syria from the USA? They wanted to join ISIS but were intercepted in Germany. Are they too out of their minds?  What about the Taliban and Al Qaeda?  
 
ISIS  and the other Islamic terrorists claim that their goal is to set up a worldwide Islamic caliphate. They actually believe that they are acting in accordance with Mohammed's vision for humanity. For certain, Mohammed was interested in promoting our collective ability to follow a moral code. However, my study of this prophet leads me to believe that he absolutely would be appalled at the actions of these terrorists.
 
Mohammed was interested in promoting a society where we can all get along. And, like the biblical prophets, he emphasized the individual's need to defer to the will of God in order to do so. And just like the other prophets, Mohammed's views about morality and other topics were shaped by the practices and information of his time. That is why he believed that Jesus was born of a virgin. How could he have known that our current scholarship points to something different? How could he have known that this myth was used as a propaganda ploy to lure pagans into the early Christian fold?
 
Mohammed viewed Jesus as a great prophet. However, he did not know about Christ's evolutionary message. How could he when that message hadn't been clearly articulated in the "bible" of his time? Even today most Christians haven't fully appreciated what Jesus had to say. It has only been since 1945 that the Nag Hamadi library was unearthed. In this collection is the Book of Thomas; here we see a Jesus truly aware of the human's need to expand conscious awareness beyond a mere animal self-centeredness. We see a Christ fully cognizant of  the impact of our primate nature upon our conscience. Yes, that same nature that causes us to kill one another in the name of the Allah in spite of our Creator's decrees.

Faithfully yours,


Sheila Banks
                          Pic:Clarsen55/Dreamstime.com


There's more to it
 
Check out my ebook

Getting something out of these contemplations? 

Why not subscribe to my RRS feed or share with a friend?
Also, insightful comments are encouraged. You can always email me at info@mysticbeast.com 

October 6, 2014

Let There Be More Light

These days I am looking for a glimmer of hope wherever I can find it. Funny enough,  I see the recent "Climate Change" protest in New York as just that, but in a paradoxical way. For sure it is unfortunate we have reached this critical situation in the first place. However, the hopeful part is that there are increasing numbers of us waking up to the truth. It appears that the expanding extinction of assorted flora and fauna finally is capturing mass attention.

The good news about the environmental crisis is that it is actually helping us to see more clearly our position within the scheme of things. The deleterious impact we are having on Mother Earth is forcing us to come face to face with our bestial origins and human nature - from somewhat of a transcendent perspective - as we try to figure out what to do with ourselves. Now more conscious of humanity's interconnectedness to the rest of creation, we are discovering the true meaning of humility.

More of us are seeing our species as it truly is. We are a bunch of primates on a deadly trajectory.
It is becoming increasingly apparent that our species' survival is going to require unprecedented levels of cooperation amongst all of us. We humans are being asked to cultivate a conscience that far surpasses anything our species has had thus far. More than ever, we need to be conscious of the impact of our individual and collective behaviours.

Perched on the brink of extinction, humankind can no longer afford to be driven by an animal self-centeredness. More than ever, our species needs to ascend the evolutionary ladder; we need a transformation in human consciousness. Fortunately, the protesters in New York and many others around the globe are on to it.

Faithfully yours,

Sheila Banks


                                                              Pic:NASA


There's more to it
 
Check out my ebook

Getting something out of these contemplations? 

Why not subscribe to my RRS feed or share with a friend?
Also, insightful comments are encouraged. You can always email me at info@mysticbeast.com

September 20, 2014

So Much Delusion In So Many Beasts - God Help Us

I initially posted this poem in January 2011. Considering the current set of world affairs, I thought I would post it again. It can be found in my book, Thoughts From A Contemplative Beast The Paradigm Shift For The New Millennium 

Faithfully yours,

Sheila Banks

                                                                                                                                                           Pic: Us National Archives (208-N-43888)
 

Want to know more ?

Check out my ebook?
 (click here)

Getting something out of these contemplations? 
Why not subscribe to my RRS feed or share with a friend?
Also, insightful comments are encouraged. You can always email me at info@mysticbeast.com

August 31, 2014

Waking Up To Love

Wow. The old order continues to crumble just as predicted by the astrologers years ago. Somehow those conjunctions between Uranus and Pluto keep cranking out revolutionary impulses designed to bring about the ascent of humankind. We had the Arab Spring, the Occupy Movement, more wars and now it is the protests in the United States. What's next?  And, according to those in the know, this ballet in the sky will continue through into 2015 and have evolutionary impact long after.

As our collective awareness is being transformed, many people across the globe are waking up to the truth. We no longer want to play out the pecking order handed down to us by our ancestors. Those lofty ideals about human rights and democracy have taken hold in the human spirit. Now, our species must somehow put these moral convictions into practice.

Just stop to think about that for a minute. We are talking about human primates here. This is all easier said than done. But one thing is for certain; nothing can happen without our humility. Folks have to face the truth about our lowly position within the scheme of things. It is only when we are humble that we can become familiar with our self-centered delusions. It is only when we have humility that we are willing to change and do what is necessary in order to satisfy our Creator's demand for one love.

Faithfully yours,

Sheila Banks
 


Want more to think about?
Click to check out my (e)book.
 

Why not subscribe to my RRS feed or share with a friend?

Also, insightful feedback is encouraged. You can always email me at info@mysticbeast.com

August 21, 2014

More Deluded Primates - The Hangers-on

"This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight,
let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man's number. ...."
                                                                                                          Revelation 13:18
 
 
Today I shed tears for a human being I did not know, James Foley. He was the journalist recently decapitated by ISIS, those barbarians in Iraq. When I heard the tribute his parents gave through the media, the dissociation protecting me from the emotional impact of the story melted away. Hell!! It could have been my child who fell into the hands of such beasts!!
 
When I speak about these murderers as beasts, I really mean it. Deep within the structures of Homo sapiens' psyche lie the remnants of our bestial origins. After all, our species has only been around in its present form for about 195 thousand years. And, like the chimps and gorillas, our territorial imperatives have us feeling vulnerable. It is what we do with this existential angst that helps differentiate human primates from the human beings.
 
Faithfully yours,

Sheila Banks
 
                                                            Hugo Rheinhold's Philosophizing Monkey

Want more to think about?
Click to check out my (e)book.
 
Why not subscribe to my RRS feed or share with a friend?
Also, insightful feedback is encouraged. You can always email me at info@mysticbeast.com

August 8, 2014

Birthing A New Age

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth,
for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away ...
 
                                                                  Revelation 21: 1
  
Yikes! Things are looking pretty grim these days. Maybe those proclamations about being in "End Times" are correct. The ongoing war machine and rumors of more war are the order of the day. So too are the almost-daily disclosures of corruption in high places. Add to that, repeated blows to the environment arising from human stupidity or neglect.

If ever there was a time for humanity to wake up, it is now. The old paradigm, with our species at the centre of the universe blindly doing whatever it likes to others and the ecology, just doesn't cut it anymore. After all, we are a collective of almost 7 billion human primates marooned on Mother Earth. And, as a result of our population explosion and technical prowess, we now have the converging conditions of the global village. We have created an unprecedented circumstance of interdependence to which our species must adapt.

Right now humanity is being called to bring in a new age or as John, the author of Revelation calls it, a new heaven and a new earth. At this juncture in evolution, there must be a developmental leap in our species' ability to cooperate. Rather than spying on each other in the age-old game of one-upmanship or opting for the same aggressive tactics that our fathers, grandfathers and great grandfathers took, our species must find another way. We must not let our ability to cooperate be diminished because of our bestial tendencies.

The good news is that right now we do have the tools to bring about a new Earth.  We know what makes for effective negotiation; and, we have the cognitive behavioral science to help us tame those bestial inclinations that get in our way. And, really uplifting is the fact that there are more of us willing to admit that our animal nature is leading us astray. There are more of us comprehending what Jesus meant when he proclaimed that it will be the meek who shall inherit the Earth. And, as our numbers increase the first heaven and the first earth are sure to pass away.

Faithfully yours,

Sheila B.
                                                                                               Kim Lee Design



Want more to think about?
Why not subscribe to my RRS feed or share with a friend?
Also, insightful feedback is encouraged. You can always email me at info@mysticbeast.com