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Tuesday, July 16, 2002 - Editor: Michael
--- In [email protected], David Bozzi wrote:
The other day I ran into a beautiful little girl
where I live
I'd guesses about 2 or 3
along with her mother who was habitually pointing
and telling her daughter what they were.
"That's a car, stay on this side of the road."
The girl, when she saw me asked her mom,
"Is that Daddy?"
I smiled and answered,
Her mother followed-up,
"That's just a man."
an intuition struck through me
and I declared to the Mom/Daughter,
"Everything is new!"
I realized the after effect
of the way I am affected by children.
While I have no children of my own,
when I experience the presence of children
I Instinctively become protective.
It goes beyond just physical protection,
it's like a tap on the shoulder that says,
"Be pure. Wake up and don't screw-up."
As if I can sense how receptive they are
and important it is to be 'Here/There" for them.
Like what I feel and think is going to be
instantly be picked up by them
and there's this sacred duty to be pure...
Is this any different than with adults?
It's just that I get the sense it matters even more
with our impressionable Future offspring
whom I am a servant to
an ancient Instinct
that urges me to be pure for them...
It's not just about children.
It's about who I am
I have to honor it,
Everyone else has that sacred Instinct too,
But far too many times
we are too 'civilized' to hear it...
h.r fox on the nisargadatta list wrote:
Beliefs hypnotize us...
Words hypnotize us...
Thoughts hypnotize us...
but what is beyond beliefs, beyond words, beyond thoughts?
This is an oldie but a goodie! It recently resurfaced
on the [email protected] list.
GOD'S TOTAL QUALITY MANAGEMENT QUESTIONNAIRE
God would like to thank you for your belief and patronage. In order to better
serve your needs, He/She/It asks that you take a few moments to answer the
following questions. Please keep in mind that your responses will be kept
completely confidential, and that you need not
disclose your name or address unless you prefer a direct response to comments or
1. How did you find out about God?
___ Book of Mormon
___ Other Book
___ Divine Inspiration
___ Word of mouth
___ Dead Sea scrolls
___ Near Death Experience
___ Near-life experience
___ National Public Radio
___ Burning Shrubbery
___ Other (specify): _____________
2. Which model God did you acquire?
___ Just plain God
___ Father, Son & Holy Ghost (Trinity Pak)
___ Zeus and entourage (Olympus Pak)
___ Odin and entourage (Valhalla Pak)
___ Gaia / Mother Earth / Mother Nature
___ None of the above; I was taken in by a false god
3. Did your God come to you undamaged, with all parts in good working
order and with no obvious breakage or missing attributes?
__ Yes __ No
If not, please describe the problems you initially encountered here.
Please indicate all that apply:
___ Not eternal
___ Not omniscient
___ Not omnipotent
___ Finite in space/does not appear to occupy or inhabit the entire
___ Permits sex outside of marriage
___ Prohibits sex outside of marriage
___ Makes mistakes
____When beseeched, doesn't stay beseeched
___ Requires burnt offerings
___ Requires virgin sacrifices
___ Plays dice with the universe
4. What factors were relevant in your decision to acquire a God?
Please check all that apply.
___ Indoctrinated by parents
___ Needed a reason to live
___ Indoctrinated by society
___ Indoctrinated by a cult
___ Needed target for rage
___ Imaginary friend grew up
___ Hate to think for self
___ Wanted to meet girls/boys
___ Fear of death
___ To tick off parents
___ Needed a day away from work
___ Enjoy organ music
___ Needed focus on whom to despise
___ Needed to feel morally superior
___ Graduated from the tooth fairy
___ My shrubbery caught fire and told me to do it
5. Are you currently using any other source of inspiration in
addition to God? Please check all that apply.
__ Self-help books
__ Tarot, Astrology
__ Star Trek re-runs
__ Fortune cookies
__ Ann Landers
__ Psychic Friends Network
__ Playboy and/or Playgirl
__ Sex, Drugs, and /or Rock & Roll
__ The Plan
__ Jimmy Swaggart
__ Wandering around in desert
__ Burning shrubbery
6. Have you ever worshiped a false God before? If so, which false God
were you fooled by? Please check all that apply.
___ The Almighty Dollar
___ The Liberal Left
___ The Conservative Right
___ Mick Jagger
___ Bill Gates
___ The Great Pumpkin
___ Ronald Reagan
___ A burning cabbage
___ Other: ________________
7. God employs a limited degree of Divine Intervention to preserve the
balanced level of felt presence and blind faith. Which would you
a. More Divine Intervention
b. Less Divine Intervention
c. Current level of Divine Intervention is just right
d. What's Divine Intervention?
8. God also attempts to maintain a balanced level of disasters and
miracles. Please rate on a scale of 1 to 5 God's handling of the
(1= unsatisfactory, 5 excellent):
1 2 3 4 5 flood
1 2 3 4 5 famine
1 2 3 4 5 earthquake
1 2 3 4 5 war
1 2 3 4 5 pestilence
1 2 3 4 5 plague
1 2 3 4 5 AOL
1 2 3 4 5 Liberal Congress
1 2 3 4 5 Jerry Lewis
1 2 3 4 5 Dubya
1 2 3 4 5 My last relationship
1 2 3 4 5 rescues
1 2 3 4 5 spontaneous remissions
1 2 3 4 5 crying statues
1 2 3 4 5 water changing to wine
1 2 3 4 5 walking on water
1 2 3 4 5 stars hovering over towns
1 2 3 4 5 VCRs that set their own clocks
1 2 3 4 5 clear and competent statements by the President
1 2 3 4 5 My present relationship
9. Please rate the following on a scale of 1 to 5 (1 unsatisfactory, 5
1 2 3 4 5 God's Courtesy
1 2 3 4 5 Answers to your prayers
1 2 3 4 5 Are your spiritual needs being met?
1 2 3 4 5 How are your shrubs doing?
10. Do you have any additional comments or suggestions for improving
the quality of God's services?
Thank you. Your opinion is very important to us.
from the yearning list: chatterjeek" wrote:
silent amidst the rain-soaked
meadows, I watch
the foggy haze that rise from the earth.
baked by the merciless summer, the soil
breathes its gratitude for the shower from heavens
somewhere, the river - mad with impatience,
has broken the dams. It flows on, roaring with laughter
and joy of a sudden freedom.
Flushed with love, I gaze on at the utter wetness
that has soaked in, and quenched my scorched spirit.
Where I am
No one can find me
They only imagine things
Grasping at ideas
Clinging to forms
Reaching for illusions
Yet, I am ever here!
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