The symbols of Easter are eggs and bunnies representing new life. But we don’t eat actual eggs and rabbits because we wouldn’t be celebrating new life by destroying it. That would be much too ironic. It would be more like sacrificing the first fruits of a crop.
Do you feel overwhelmed by all the insanity around you?
I don’t blame you.
We are used to seeing a dirty world. It’s easy to believe heaven is somewhere else. The streets are filthy and busy with anxious people trying to be somewhere else with no time for peacefulness, good food or clean water. They have deadlines to meet, things to see and people to do. We are worried about war, loss of sovereignty, poverty, health. We are worried about the future.
But heaven is actually here, now. We only need to tap into it.
We have the power to make it more visible and to overpower hell.
What is happening, and has been happening for some time now, is that we have been focused on the wrong thing and giving our power away. You must learn what your power is and correct the channel it flows into.
The obvious example is when you buy something. Money is power. It is the reason people are polluting our planet. In our oceans we currently have what are called deadzones. These are huge areas of water which have too much nitrogen. Nothing can grow in there. The nitrogen and other pollution comes from intense meat factories. These are what have replaced the traditional farms that we see pictured on the packages of animal products in the supermarket.
If we stopped buying these products the deadzones would disappear.
It really is that simple.
We would also get a lot more healthier and need less healthcare. The drug industries would then die and remove another source of pollution.
We would also stop feeling guilty about the animal cruelty we are responsible for when we eat animal products. This guilt clouds our mind but of course we can’t tell until we stop supporting the cruelty industry. When we eat the animal products we are taking in violence committed on those animals. That grows inside us and eventually comes out. We find ourselves having angry outbursts, fights, war and sickness.
It’s obvious that getting meat from animals involves some cruelty but what’s cruel about milk, eggs and honey?
Cows make milk for their young. Humans artificially inseminating cows so they have calves only to kill the calves so we can take the milk the cows produce for the calves. When the cow is too old and ‘dries up’ the factory/farmer can’t justify keeping her and kills her before her time. If you don’t see what is wrong with that read it again but replace Cow with Mother, Calf with Baby and Artificially Inseminate with Rape because that is what it is.
Hens lay eggs to have babies. She will lay enough until she is satisfied with the number and sit on them. This is natural enough. Humans take the eggs away so the mother is never satisfied with her number. This is an unnecessary strain on her body and very cruel. The humans do this until the poor girl is too stressed to lay anymore at which time the factory/farmer can’t justify keeping her and kills her before her time.
Bees are making honey so they have food to eat over the winter. Humans take their stores and replace it with sugar water. If sugar water was what they really need they would make sugar water but they don’t. They make honey. They bees are in trouble and are dying out. We need to stop interfering with their food. If they disappear other plants will have a hard time getting pollenated and all life on earth will suffer and die.
It doesn’t matter if the animals are in a factory or on a free range farm. These acts of cruelty still are happening.
I can understand a human dominating another living creature for food if it was a matter of life or death but it actually isn’t. We can get all that we need from plants: fruits, roots, shoots, leaves, seeds and nuts.
It is because we have this option that we have power. When we buy real food we are standing up to the faceless industries that are killing our planet and we are saying no. They are watching carefully what we put our money into. When we send our money to the plant-based foods industries they will still want it and close down there factories of death and cruelty. The land that was used to grow the food to feed the animals they tortured will then grow food to feed us.
We will then be free of our addiction to cruelty foods and have a cleaner, fresher world and so send our power into organic foods and become even cleaner.
In this consumer-based world, we the consumer, hold the power. The industry is not necessarily evil, it’s only responding to our addiction to animals. We are starting on a journey to empower ourselves and clean up our lives and our home.
If you feel overwhelmed and powerless it will be an addiction whispering lies to you. Ask for help. Help is everywhere. (This previous sermon may help.) I am not affiliated with Allen Carr but his books on Smoking, Alcohol and Food worked for me personally. But there are also so many other ways to get help with addiction. Just look for it. (By the way, we now know that cheese is actually addictive; it has a similar chemical structure to heroin.)
For more information on animal-free plant-based lifestyle look out for these films: Forks Over Knives, Cowspiracy, Earthlings, Hungry For Change, Food Matters, Vegucated, Blackfish
Remember, you already have the power. If you didn’t know that, it was probably pouring into the wrong thing. Focus it into the best direction. It will take a little time getting your aim steady but the more you do it the stronger you’ll get.
You are on the right track.
Some 3D photos from a recent No Moon Noon Picnic Lunch in/on the Grandmother Tree, a pohutukawa tree in njnd af that is estimated to be around 500 years old.
We sent her love and blessings and hugged her.
We played and laughed with her.
We played music and drank tea and ate well.
We climbed and caressed her.
We loved her.
No Moon Noon is about Harmony and Fresh Beginnings.
As the moon and sun are in the same degree they are playing the same note even though they are octaves apart.
We start the climb through the spiral of life and experience the harmonies and dissonances again til the next No Moon.
Next moonth the sun and moon will meet again on the next note in the scale.
A common misconception about reincarnation is that it is linear. That is, after you die your soul is sent to the body of a new born baby. I want to destroy that myth today and replace it with a new way to see the world. Although the idea of the immortal soul appeals to the ego, when followed to its logical conclusion it doesn’t make sense. Having a new body means you also get a new blank brain, a clean slate, the synapses shaped only by the experiences of the new life. You do not remember any previous lives. There is no evidence for linear reincarnation only beliefs and no reason to believe it. Actually, it is really a hollow promise in a religious system of control like the promise that you’ll get to heaven when you die. Really, does your brain survive death and move on? What part of you knows where you are after death. Ideas appeal to our intellect – our brain. Heaven is here now. Sorry, it is pointless waiting for a messiah. You must be responsible for your world.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you could spend some time with your previous or future incarnations? That’s actually what happens all of your life. Your parents are the past you and your children are your future you. Your children share your genetic makeup and the children you raise, teach or entertain are going to inherit your character, values, beliefs, humour and prejudices just as you inherited them from those who raised you: your parents, your teachers, your idols, and your entertainers.
Did you ever hear your parents voice come out of your mouth? Or ever hear your children say something and suddenly realise how often you say it?
Another misconception is the idea of karma. Good karma will see you born into a rich family next time. Bad karma, you’ll be a slug. Not true. That only serves to justify a caste system.
Your karma is how stable your children are. And you can see it now in this life. Every day you decide what your next incarnation will be like. Remember that. In a power struggle parents sometimes intimidate and interrogate their children. The natural response from the child is stubbornness and becoming aloof. Well, how would you respond? Remember, it is you responding.
You are your children as you are your parents. You are your students as you are your teachers. You are your audience as you are your entertainers. They are your next hope. Support them, give them a boost. What do you want to pass on? Watch yourself pass it on. Take care deciding how to school your children and how they are entertained. Read up about how your future selves are learning about this world. Read up about what developmental stages they are in and how they are learning about the world.
The only way you will remember this life after you die is if you can pass on those memories to your children. Share your world with them when they are ready. This is why most of us don’t know where we come from or understand our parents. Our imaginations where hijacked by TV and movies so we never asked our parents about their lives. I remember my mother telling me about her father’s experience of the first time he saw an aeroplane flying over his farm. Can you imagine that being a novel experience? It was, and that is a glimpse of where we have come from.
Enjoy this insight. Embracing it may revolutionize your relationships. Realize that having children is a spiritual activity. Have fun with and love everyone you engage with until your last day as you, because, remember, they are really you.
Ignorant people don’t know they are.
By the time you realize you don’t want to know some horrible thing it’s too late. As Zoidberg said “You heard it. You can’t unhear it.”