It is the wisdom of the turtle that righteousness* is the number one cause
of human misery and hate. Therefore this ezine works from the premise
of the new paradigm which says: there is no absolute right or wrong, only
guiding principles based on love and caring that work for all concerned.
If you want to hold on to your old way of believing and not grow in wisdom;
then this ezine may not be for you. My purpuse here is not to convert
anyone, but to help those that wish to grow.
*Righteousness – the paradigm that there is an absolute set of morals
or right and wrong rules that in most cases come from “God/Allah/etc”,
and are set down in a book like the Bible, the Koran the Bhagavad, etc.
WELCOME TO TURTLE WISDOM
Turtle wisdoms purpose is to explore the new paradigm that we have
begun. In the new paradigm science and religion will change dramatically,
growing together. The scientific understanding of spirit is here now,
and closely matches Eastern philosophy. A number of Eastern, and earth
religions are now growing at 4 to 6 % a year, and will be dominant by
2020 at the very latest.
I have no interest in converting anyone to the new thinking and understanding.
It will come with or without me. So if you believe strongly that some
religious text is the spoken word of God or if you believe that science
is about the mechanical aspects of nature then Turtle Wisdom may not be
for you; it will needlessly upset you. It is only for those who
are willing to explore radical new thinking and ideals.
Turtle Wisdom is an outgrowth of Turtle Digest, which started in January
of 1999 and stopped in December of 2003. In that year I had decided to
redo Turtle Digest, but it turned out to be too much. I was preoccupied
with a family upset, and reluctantly decided to stop Turtle Digest for
a year. I have missed Turtle Digest but when I finally sat down to redo
it I decided to change its name to Turtle Wisdom.
The name Turtle comes from the name given to me by the Navajos when I
lived on the Navajo Reservation from age 10-12, I was called Ch'ééhdigháhí
meaning Turtle. The Navajos did a good job at capturing my nature, my
essence. I am a slow moving, patient, and wisdom seeking person, their
belief of the essence of the turtle. My Dad used to call me his philosophical
son because of this innate nature.
In 1994 I went through a Paradigm shift from being a scientific atheist
to a new scientific understating of the nature of reality, a reality that
will slowly bring the whole world together. In 1999 I wrote a book, “The
Science of Spirit,” which chronicles this shift in thinking, and
gave me a true insight into the science/religion debate. I have lived
both sides of the coin.
Ever since man began growing crops, which created a stable community
and hierarchies there has been the belief that God has a set of laws
that humans were to follow. Then when writing was invented these rules
were written down and called scripture or holy law. As culture became
more sophisticated the number of different scriptures grew, as did the
conflicts with whose scripture was the one true scripture from God.
Millions of people have been killed and persecuted over the years just
because there was a stand off between who’s scripture was the
one true scripture, and contained the one true set of laws we should
On September 11, 2001 airlines were used to attack the U.S., with the
attackers sighting scripture. They truly believed that they were told
by scripture to make their attack. After all we were evil people who
did not practice the “one true religion”, we did not follow
Gods laws. Then on March 19, 2003 the U.S. attacked Iraq, an unrelated
target to the airline attack of 9/11. In trying to justify the attack
on Iraq Bush said that he “had a mandate from God and the scriptures
to rid the world of terrorists.” And as of this writing 101,000
people have died, far more than the death rate to the unrelated 9/11
attack. Of course Bin Laden also has a mandate from God and the scriptures
“to rid the world of infidels and create an Islamic world dedicated
to the one true God.” How can any rational person who operates
from the principle of love and caring justify this carnage? How can
any rational person believe that this is what God wanted? Keep in mind
that there never was and still isn’t any link between the airline
attackers and our attack on Iraq. Also keep in mind that the world trade
center was a meeting ground of people from every country, including
Islamic countries. Think about that for a moment.
When is the madness going to stop? It can easily be shown, in the new
testament, that the narrative story of Jesus is pure myth, a work of
fiction, and that at least half of the words quoted as Jesus words are
also so “just made up” – fiction. Have you not heard
of a red-letter edition of the Bible, where only the quotes in red have
been shown to be truly Jesus words? The other words did not come from
Jesus. It can also be shown that many of the words that did come from
Jesus (spoken in Aramaic) were first translated and written down incorrectly
in Greek, and each subsequent translation moved further from Jesus actual
For example, the word "amartano" is the root word translated
into English as "sin", but the root meaning comes from archery
and means to have missed the mark. So sin is not something we have done
but something we haven't done. Likewise the word "metanoia"
is translated into English as "repent", but a more literal
translation is "a transformation of mind." - in other words
a breakthrough in ones thinking. Again, not something we should do but
something that will happen to us.
So when Jesus says, "Sinners repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven
is at hand," he is not telling us to stop our "bad-doing ways"
because the Day of Judgment is coming, he is saying you who have missed
your target, or have an error in your thinking. Transform your mind
(change your thinking) and you will see that happiness is not in the
world around us but, "at hand", or with-in us.
So isn’t it time for us to grow up and stop this "them and
us" nonsense. We are all one, and when you hurt your brother or
sister you are hurting yourself.
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