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The Beautiful Quality of Homeostasis

 “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27

Maintain Peace, Resist Change

Your body’s constant is to seek to maintain homeostasis.  It self-regulates to survive, keeping the balance between the body and environment.  Your body’s built-in goal is to maintain optimal functioning by regulating responses to internal and external stimuli to benefit your health.  The body’s Soul purpose resists anything that interferers with its divine order.  That is the fight.  Your body’s delegation and mandate is to resist the world and its exacerbating influence.  

How do you support the harmony your body so dutifully calls for? Are you actively bringing peace into your environment? Are you counteracting harmful influences and negating chaotic effects?  Are you prioritizing your physical health, mental health, and spiritual health? 

Natural sense for peace

The external environment offers stimuli that may or may not be to your benefit. Sensory stimuli for visual, auditory, olfactory, gustatory, and somatosensory systems, all introduce change to your body.  And it is your body’s gift of duty or divine order to measure these changes to your benefit. 

Your state of being is naturally opposed to harmful changes. Your body naturally reacts to stimulus in healthy ways under healthy conditions.  In a way, this is a sense for peace in your internal environment.  

In a world of wildly swinging pendulums, where people are attracted to extremes, it is good to know and understand that at least your body fights against harmful effects for balance and stability. It is good to know and understand that your very being seeks peace. 

Influence in the World- the Heart and the Mind

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” John 14:27‬

Influence by Bondage

The cycle of influence by bondage in the world, is like the ouroboros- the serpent eating its own tail. The cycle is persistent, and the effect is perpetual suffering because the course is cyclical.  There is no escape from man made constructs that determine influence, and there is no escape from the negative elements that hold sway. This is societal torment. This is in opposition to love. This is the control of the mind which is predisposed to imbalance.

Peace of Mind & Heart

Now the heart you’ll find uncompromising.  It beats steadfast with life purpose. The heart is less ruled or controlled and less volatile. It is independent. You can hold peace in the heart.

The heart is central and fundamental. It is fearless in its duties, promoting life and love. Unswayed, but the heart is vulnerable to attack if unprotected. 

So, protect the heart you must. There is a battle in this world for each and every person. The conflict between the heart and the mind.

Battle for Heart & Mind

As influence looms to besiege the heart’s independence, it employs to make the heart sick. It works to harden the heart. To eject all peace and instill fear.

It is your right to push back against the persistent cycle of influence in the world. To connect back to Truth and its freedom.  Question everything, hear, then feel with your heart. Cause your own independent, personal awareness. Hone what you believe. Connect to what brings you peace. 

Memories in Candlelight

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth)” Ephesians 5:8-9

Lighting a candle or building a small fire is a peaceful thing. It calms. It evokes a sentimentality.  Could it be that it reminds us of a simpler life?  That we connect to memories of small quite gatherings lit by the warmth of a fire- A time before the modern unnatural- at home with the quiet flicker of candles or a wood fire. A time of comfort in communion or in solitude.

Putting flame to dance for a moment, in the quiet of our presence, as it lights up the darkness, is akin to revelation.  When we are revealed, we are actively in concert with lighting up the darkness in our immediate presence.  This active belief is like our basic survival instinct, and it connects to what brings us peace. Without that which brings us peace, we are self-destructive.

Distant affixed memories of what brings us peace automatically resonate with us. Therefore, relax into that which brings peace and concurrently connect back to that light which brings us life.

The Search for Knowledge

“The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the LORD. All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the spirit. Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established.” Proverbs 16: 1-3

The search for knowledge in a wild or aggressive way is rooted in materialism.  It is related to the physical therefore beyond man’s ravenous ambition for transcendence through knowledge.  The wild search for knowledge is built of ego.  And although the ego, in concept is metaphysical, it is bound by the soul and earthly in nature.  Attempts at piercing the veil never was.  The search for secret knowledge is ages old. A search for knowledge beyond the veil, out of one’s mind.  It is the ego’s attempt to be more than special, more than gifted, more than graced, more than loved, more than…

Knowledge, however, is not a power grab.  It is not to be usurped. Knowledge is given as wisdom and insight.  It is graced and gifted through specific and special experience. It is given in love and should be received with patience.

The search for knowledge in a wild or aggressive way is forever carnal.  Forever rabid for divine supremacy.  Knowledge tempting to offer sovereignty beyond your wildest dreams. Gnosis.  As foreboding as Icarus in flight.  This wild knowledge calls from the abyss (outside the bounds).  What then when you stare into the abyss, and the abyss stares into you?

Intensely Captivating Cinema and Mind Subversion

“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!” Matthew‬ ‭6:22-23‬

The Joker Movie (2019)

The movie “Joker”, characterized as a psychological thriller, is intensely captivating cinema and a lesson in subversion. Cinematically beautiful, raw, riveting, and it has all the ingredients of a blockbuster film. The evocative storyline brings you in and feeds you an entrapping narrative. Something stimulating and “sexy”.

The movie teeters on the precipice of what is and what is to be. It mirrors the suppressed attitudes and behaviors of society… a burgeoning anthem set to the music of chaos. This reality is a slowly moving crescendo. Slowly burning, slowly unraveling, and the movie is here to tell you so. And it is here to show you blurred lines of good and evil. And it is here to entitle you, to make you complicit.

This movie, like others, is a breaking down and a building up of social norms in its capture, depiction, and ascension of glorified mental illness. Bringing us into its wheelhouses, acclimating us to depravity.

Free Your Purpose

“For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭3:17‬ ‭

We are created beings.  Our desire for purpose and meaning in life is the result of being created with purpose and meaning.  We exist for a finite purpose for which the world distracts.  Our own established value systems hold us captive, hindering our purpose.  We are driven by purpose, so when our purpose is hindered, we are not at peace.  Our purpose is intrinsic, and as we move in it, in the flow of it, we are at peace.

We are creative beings.  Our desire to create is to bring to fruition the purpose which we are created for.  When our creative purpose is confused, opposed, stunted, we are not at peace. 

But the world distracts, and the world confuses.  And so, we struggle for our peace.  Our systems of inputs and outputs are misguided and what we hold as valuable is skewed because of it.  When our wants and needs are filtered through skewed senses, our purpose is entangled. The ultimate body, soul, mind attack is the entanglement of our purpose.  

How do we disengage or emotionally detach from misguided systems to where our purpose is set free?

2019

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:18‬ ‭

Information

2019 is something of a slow burn.  Separating the good information from the bad, for honest, unencumbered forward movement.  And what of these months of the last year of the decade?  And what of the elapsed time of your life since birth up until now? What is your state of mind. And what does your heart have to say about it. 

Information Technology

We are on the verge of something. They call it a singularity. Simply put, it’s a time of supreme technological advancement and information synthesis. 

Consequently, It will be a time for mania, hyperactivity, overactivity, sensory overload. 

There is a certain frequency of information out here, that is formed into culture.  Lives are overpowered by it.  Information that is demanding and posturing to overpower our insight. 

State of Mind

Now my friend, it is time to know more than ever who you are.   

Take account of where you are in this moment. In these months of 2019.  What is your state of mind?  What is the information that is in play in the feedback loop of your environment?   And what does your heart have to say about it.

Our Belief System

Neuroscience of belief
“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.” Romans 8:5”

Broken Belief

Our belief system is irrational and broken. We were born that way. We are continuously trying to sustain ourselves to keep ourselves from dying of emotional pain and fear. Irrational. This is separate from our basic survival instinct. We have learned memories of cravings and pleasure that are misinformed. We are continuously looking for external sensory stimuli and connect to the wrong things. Our reward motivated behavior can be in a maddening cycle.

Correcting Belief

There may be a conflict in the brain’s chemical processes that relate to craving, pleasure, reward. Our brain pathways are recycling memories of cravings and pleasure that don’t satisfy the craving. It’s irrational and broken. The correct belief system has to be active in our minds for us to be free.  Our connection to God can alter, correct, rewire, our brain structure, turning on different pathways, and changing the brains chemical response to one that offers peaceful physiological and psychological responses.

The Burning of Notre Dame

“For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things.”

Philippians 3:18-19

Faith, housed in the heart, will never be destroyed.

It is Holy Week 2019 and Notre Dame Cathedral is burning. The stark imagery of a burning building a wash in medieval symbolism, juxtaposed to the procession of Holy Week was curious to say the least. This masterful edifice has stood its ground since the 12th century, with its demanding architecture and demanding presence. Now on this 15th day of April, 2019, it is burning.

So now, as we consider this imagery and wonder, the question is: What do we see, what do we know, and what do we learn? Destruction in this world is imminent. But faith housed in the heart will never be destroyed.

Inside Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris 2009

Intuition vs Culture

Intuition. That intangible thing that you know, that you know, that you know. It’s an inward knowing. With so much information swirling in the air of the “information age” that we currently stand in, it’s hard to discern this inward knowing.

The problem: too much information. Too much information that is useless, meant for negative engagement, and that stealthily encourages unawareness. Our life and times are overloaded and bombarded with this chaos of information. How do we find our connection to what we know is true in all this? Cultivate your independent, personal, culture of awareness. Retreat inward, hear, write the vision and make it plain. Find the substance that is there. Don’t yield to the culture of false or empty awareness.