Latest Posts Comments Articles
    • Initiation programme (Last post by Adi)
    • Quote: I just don't believe that Jesus killed an innocent tree which could not feed him because it was a wrong season! I understand that the purpose of that myth is to demonstrate the power of faith. But it contradicts my view of Jesus as just and compassionate. So I don't believe this myth - I reject it! :) It may help to remember the example you mention (Mark 11:12-14 and Mark 11:20-23) as metaphorical, since metaphor was a common way of conveying truths if not facts in the ancient world. A common metaphor for Israel, throughout its history, was a fig tree. It's a metaphor that the first readers or listeners of the Gospels would have been familiar with. Considering the context of the Gospels (Jesus upsetting the power balance of Israel - especially its religious authorities), it's not a stretch to see this (especially with the command that no one may eat fruit from the tree again) as a critique of the religious power structure in 1st century Judea. The verses immediately following the encounter with the tree (Mark 11:15-17) but before the verse about moving mountains feature Jesus going into the Temple and turning over tables of "money changers" and merchants selling doves, making a powerful statement through his actions (that is, that temples ought to simply be houses of prayer rather than functioning as banks/marketplaces as they often did in the ancient world.) Jesus was, in a way, doing literally what he did metaphorically to the tree, enough that the Jewish religious authorities immediately set out to try to kill him. So, there is more to it than Jesus simply killing an innocent tree, and that is the tricky part about myths. You can interpret it as a hungry, angry Jesus lashing out at a poor, hapless tree that would not bear fruit for him outside of its season, or you can see it as the metaphor it was *probably* intended to be.
    • "Camping’ on Your Own Land is Now Illegal — G... (Last post by Snowy Aftermath)
    • Quote: Can you find us an article that explains the story from the other side? While from this perspective it is obvious that it doesn't sound fair, all I can see is bias due to a one sided story. Very good point. There's always a little more than you know.
    • [Announcement] Suggested Improvement Idea (Last post by Adder)
    • Quote: Quote: What about someone suggesting we should add Listening to the IP? We addressed that. (though I can't see where the announcement is) It was announced here in the ' Initiate Programme Update' thread, FYI
    • "Five Love Languages" (Last post by Snowy Aftermath)
    • I just got out of a relationship which lasted almost exactly a year. Quote: 1. Words of Affirmation: Actions don’t always speak louder than words. If this is your love language, unsolicited compliments mean the world to you. Hearing the words, “I love you,” are important—hearing the reasons behind that love sends your spirits skyward. Insults can leave you shattered and are not easily forgotten. I didn't realize how much I needed positive feedback until I started this job. I would do anything for my managers because they praise my efforts. I realized that if you want me around, you have to tell me. The reason my romantic relationship lasted as long as it did was because of the sweet things he said. Quote: 4. Acts of Service: Can vacuuming the floors really be an expression of love? Absolutely! Anything you do to ease the burden of responsibilities weighing on an “Acts of Service” person will speak volumes. The words he or she most wants to hear: “Let me do that for you.” Laziness, broken commitments, and making more work for them tell speakers of this language their feelings don’t matter. This is a huge one for me. Actually showing me instead of just telling me is so important. And this was the reason that relationship ended. He would say he was going to do something, then not follow through. And he'd even go out of his way to find things that I didn't even know I needed done, which was great, but just wouldn't follow through on what he said. And I dislike receiving gifts... it makes me feel like they think I'm too pathetic to buy my own things, or like they're trying to buy me, like they think I owe them something. Don't even buy my lunch. I'm not interested. I'm sure this comes from my experience with years and years of poverty, but I don't care. If I couldn't afford to pay for my own meal and movie, I wouldn't be here. If I wanted a bracelet, I'd buy it myself. Buying me things is actually a REALLY good way to drive me off. That's another reason that relationship ended. He refused to understand that I didn't want him to buy me things. To send me another present after I have said a hundred times how I don't want it shows a level of insensitivity that is a real turn off.
    • At Edan's request: (Last post by Deno)
    • Same, beautiful couple, love and light and best wishes, Dreams do and can come true, perfect example :-)
    • Aqua`s Art Gallery (Last post by Aqua)
    • Search the unreachable eye: The lost searching cloud, far out of reach evaporated and gone, lost till now a path for answers under the air I will seek my last solid border far below comfort, the unknown world I descend below I will realize under my tube, out of reach I look up, see my eye silence of the storm Aqua, 28-04-2016 [image]
    • Chaos, yet Harmony (Last post by MAGNUS)
    • I'm ignorant of the specific situations you're speaking of, but I also reflect on my actions throughout the day in terms of the Jedi doctrine, and a couple more pieces of it came to mind as I read the original post. Teaching 13. Jedi cultivate empathy. We try to view things from another’s perspective making us sensitive listeners. We provide the confidence people need when talking through their difficulties and we share our learning with those who would benefit. We do this to help create a more harmonious society. If those involved had been listening and making attempts to understand, each other's view, maybe it would not have reached the point of harsh words being exchanged. Pure Motive: To act with motive and purpose. Without a sound motive and purpose, action has no meaning, no destination and lacks a foundation. A Jedi moves with the Force, trusts in its ways. A Jedi’s actions are firmly based upon a deep motivation to be as their path dictates. What ends is accomplished by lashing out? What's the motive and purpose of arguing in this way? Just my own thoughts based on your description x57. Thank you for reminding us all we do fall short of the ideal at times.
    • The Grateful Thread (Last post by tzb)
    • Grateful for the lives lived within meditation. Today I caught a glimpse of my children as happy adults. Yes, probably just my understimulated mind engaging with my unbidden thoughts of them and how they're growing. No less grateful to put my arms around the shoulders of my son, now a boy of 4, there a man of my age.
    • Team E - 100 days of discipline (Last post by Cyan Sarden)
    • To bring this (e.g. the reporting) to some conclusion: Life got in my way - not necessarily in terms of doing the exercises. I still do my meditation pretty much every day, I still keep to eating healthier and to exercise more. Turns out that reporting every day was much more of a challenge than doing the challenges I've set myself. What I've learned: - behavioral changes are hard, but doable. Especially in a supportive environment like this one - doing things (like daily reporting) is easy in the beginning, when it's exciting, but once it becomes routine, things are more difficult, especially if other changes in your life demand your full attention. I've gone through a phase with extreme workloads over the last few weeks and I was so exhausted in the evening that I simply lacked the energy to report back. It has been a fantastic experience though, not the least because of you guys here, and I'll likely continue the challenge way beyond the 100 days. Also, I'm up for another challenge, should the idea pop up again in the future - and at that time I'll pay more attention to the reporting part.

There are 186 visitors, 6 guests and 26 members online (2  in chat): Br. John, Firewolf, Adder, Proteus, PatrickB, Lykeios, J. K. Barger, rrhodes67, Kit, NBurnie, Avalonslight, Jamie Stick, MrBruno, Adi, Tellahane, Rahzai, MadHatter, Gwinn, Kyrin Wyldstar, Snowy Aftermath, robdegrey, Xia Diconaghi, Taliveth, Luke Earthwalker, Volk, Golem, Jedi Traceur, StarrShyne, Scorpion, Akayuki, Katrin.

Follow Us