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Native American Code of Ethics – from the Hippie’s files

I don’t really have anything to say this morning,

At least not yet.

And tho it is unseasonably cold here, I find myself feeling grateful, and content.

I am sure as I listen to the news, something is going to push a button, and I might finf the need to “go off on a rant”.

For now tho, I am reaching back into my files, to share this with you:

A Native American Code of Ethics

1. Rise with the sun to pray. Pray alone. Pray often. The Great Spirit will listen, if you only speak.

2. Be tolerant of those who are lost on their path. Ignorance, conceit, anger, jealousy and greed stem from a lost soul. Pray and live that they will find guidance.

3. Search for yourself, by yourself. Do not allow others to make your path for you. It is your road, and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.

4. Treat the guests in your home with much consideration. Serve them the best food, give them the best bed and treat them with respect and honor.

5. Do not take what is not yours whether from a person, a community, the wilderness or from a culture. It was not earned nor given. It is not yours.

6. Respect all things that are placed upon this earth – whether it be people or plant.

7. Honor other people’s thoughts, wishes and words. Never interrupt another or mock or rudely mimic them . Allow each person the right to personal _expression.

8. Never speak of others in a harming way. The negative energy that you put out into the universe will multiply when it returns to you.

9. All persons make mistakes. And all mistakes can be forgiven.

10. Negative thoughts cause illness of the mind, body and spirit. Practice optimism.

11. Nature is not for us, it is a part of us. They are part of your worldly family.

12. Children are the seeds of our future. Plant love in their hearts and water them with wisdom and life’s lessons. When they are grown, give them space to grow.

13. Avoid hurting the hearts of others. The poison of your pain will return to you.

14. Be truthful at all times. Honesty is the test of ones will within this universe.

15. Keep yourself balanced. Your Mental self, Spiritual self, Emotional self, and Physical self, all need to be strong, pure and healthy. Work out the body to strengthen the mind. Grow rich in spirit to cure emotional ails.

16. Make conscious decisions as to who you will be and how you will react. Be responsible for your own actions.

17. Respect the privacy and personal space of others. Do not touch the personal property of others. This is forbidden.

18. Be true to yourself first. You cannot nurture and help others if you cannot nurture and help yourself first.

19. Respect others religious beliefs. Do not force your belief on others.

20. Share your good fortune with others. Participate in charity.

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Nameless Heroes – a Stillspeaking Devotional

Nameless Heroes –

Acts 23: 12-17 (NIV)
The next morning the Jews formed a conspiracy and bound themselves with an oath not to eat or drink until they had killed Paul. More than forty men were involved in this plot. They went to the chief priests and elders and said, ‘We have taken a solemn oath not to eat anything until we have killed Paul. . . .’ But when the son of Paul’s sister heard of this plot, he went into the barracks and told Paul. Then Paul called one of the centurions and said, “Take this young man to the commander; he has something to tell him.” So he took him to the commander.

Reflection by Kenneth L. Samuel

The Apostle Paul played a leading role in the spreading of the gospel and in the establishment of the first-century church. Indeed most of the narrative of the book of Acts is a vivid chronicle of the life, witness and ministry of Paul. But behind every major character, there is always a host of supporting characters.

These are the foot soldiers who work inconspicuously and almost invisibly in the background. They are seldom noted, easily overlooked and almost never remembered. Their names are often forgotten or never mentioned. They are like the nameless young man of Acts 23. Barely noticed. Quite indistinct. Practically obscure. Yet this non-distinct, nameless young man is the agent God used to intercept a plot to murder Paul and to stifle the spread of the gospel among the Gentiles.

To how many nameless heroes and heroines do we owe our success? How many forgotten souls have sacrificed and selflessly intervened on our behalf to save us from pending doom? How many times has God used minor characters to deliver major victories for us? We could so easily forget them and believe that we have made it by our own abilities. But the truth is that without their pivotal contributions, we would not be. A full appreciation of Paul’s life and ministry must also include an appreciation for the life and ministry of the nameless one.

Dear Lord, for the countless, nameless persons whom you have used throughout my life to save my life, I give you thanks. Amen.

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“Jesus and “the Christ” Are Not Exactly the Same – Fr Richard Rohr

Jesus and “the Christ”
Are Not Exactly the Same

Fr. Richard Rohr

Jesus is the microcosm; Christ is the macrocosm. There is a movement from Jesus to the Christ that you and I have to imitate and walk, as well. A lot of us have so fallen in love with the historical Jesus that we worship him as such and stop right there. We never really follow the same full journey that he made, which is the death and resurrection journey—Jesus died and Christ rose.

Unless we make the same movement that Jesus did—from his one single life to his risen and transformed state (John 12:24)—we probably don’t really understand, experientially, what we mean by the Christ—and how we are part of that deal! This is why he said, “Follow me.” The Jesus that you and I participate in and are graced by and redeemed by is the risen Jesus who has become the Christ (Acts 2:36), which is an inclusive statement about all of us and all of creation too. Stay with this startling truth in the days ahead, and it will rearrange your mind and heart, and change the way you read the entire New Testament. Paul understood this to an amazing degree, which is why he almost always talks about “Christ” and hardly ever directly quotes “Jesus.” It is rather shocking once you realize it.

Adapted from The Cosmic Christ (CD, MP3)

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The Ultimate Sob Story – a meditation

This is yet anther “thing” pulled from my files.I honestly don’t know where I got it from, but I must say this is a time that I need to hear this message. – Ninure da Hippie

The Ultimate Sob Story
Read: Job 42:1-6

My ears had heard of You but now my eyes have seen You. –Job 42:5

My boyfriend broke up with me. I hated my job. I wrecked my car–twice. But there’s good news too. My dog still loved me.

It may sound like a sad country tune, but it all came true for me one summer. I was anxious and depressed, and I felt as if everything I loved and wanted was abruptly taken away. I didn’t see much hope for me.

That is, until I reread the story of a guy who had it even worse. (Funny how that can make you feel better sometimes.) Here’s a guy who lost his whole family, except, of course, for his kind and sympathetic wife. She’s the one who recommended he “curse God and die.” Love you too, Dear.

Job also lost his wealth, property, and livestock. Not to mention the fact that he suddenly broke out in terrible boils. To which his friends replied that Job, a man of godly character, must be receiving punishment for his sins (true-blue buddies). And since it seemed that God wasn’t listening, Job was feeling more alone than ever.

Finally, God spoke. But He didn’t speak up with reasons for Job’s suffering. Instead, God’s voice split the air as He approached Job with questions of His own: “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand” (Job 38:4). “Who endowed the heart with wisdom or gave understanding to the mind? (v.36). “Does the eagle soar at your command and build his nest on high?” (39:27).

Ouch! Job was suddenly silenced. God’s goodness and love and power couldn’t be questioned. In an instant, Job realized that God Himself was the answer to any question he might have.

This all brings me to a choice: In my times of greatest heartache and struggle, will I turn away from my Creator? Or will I remember Job 42:5 and look to see more clearly who He is and how He wants to use my broken heart?

As God increases my faith, I pray for 20/20 vision to see Him in the middle of my suffering. –SC

* Have I ever felt abandoned by God? When?
* Is God in control of my life? (Job 42:2). How do I know?
* How can suffering help me to “see God”?

When blinded by sorrow, look to Jesus.

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“God, I need a miracle.”

“God, I need a miracle.”

Have you ever prayed that prayer? Things were so bad that a miracle from God seemed to be the only possible solution. Maybe you got it; God heard your prayer of faith and answered in a powerful way. Maybe you didn’t; God’s answer was “No” or perhaps “I’m taking care of it another way this time.”

For years I believed that seeing something truly miraculous and amazing would surely make my faith so strong that I would never again struggle to follow God. Guess what: it doesn’t work that way.

In Exodus, God’s people marched out of Egypt after the longest series of miracles in the Bible. Trapped between the Egyptians and the sea they cried out to God and he delivered: the water piled up and they walked across on dry land while their pursuers drowned. An incredible faith-building experience, right?

Wrong. Just weeks later the Israelites were so afraid of starving that they longed for the “good old days” of slavery in Egypt when food was plentiful. The entire nation grumbled against Moses for freeing them.

Or consider Elijah the prophet, who challenged 450 prophets of Baal to a showdown. God rained down fire from heaven, proving His power, validating Elijah’s ministry, and motivating the Israelites to kill the prophets of Baal. An incredible faith-building experience, right?

Wrong. Just hours later, after standing his ground against 450 evil men, Elijah was threatened by a lone woman, Jezebel. Elijah was so frightened that he ran into the desert and kept running until he wound up 200 miles away. So much for great faith.

The link between witnessing miracles and developing a dynamic faith is tenuous at best, for one simple reason: faith is not about what you see with your eyes. Faith is about what you see with your heart. If my faith today is based on an amazing performance by God, where will I base it if God chooses not to perform tomorrow? Faith must exist in spite of God’s sometimes miraculous answers, not because of them.

If you are waiting for a miracle on which to build your faith, don’t bother. Real faith, by definition, must be based on what we cannot see. In fact, without faith already in place, you may miss the miracle altogether.

Faith may bring about miracles, but miracles rarely bring
about faith.


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Hippie Rant: Acceptance, Tolerance, Intolerance, and Bigotry

I wrote this for a Blog I used to have on MtSpace.

There were a number of comments I received to things I wrote in that Blog that indicated that some people may know HOW to read, they weren’t able o COMPREHEND WHAT THEY WHERE READING.

I seem to be seeing a lot more from people who seem to have the same problem with understanding that difference between freedom of religion and freedom FROM Christianity.

If ypu know any people like that, feel free to share this with them (just give me due credit). – Ninure da Hippie

Acceptance, Tolerance, Intolerance, and Bigotry

Acceptance: There are peas on my plate. Peas are not my first choice to eat when I am humgry, but I eat them.

Tolerance: There are peas on my plate. I don’t care for peas, I am not that hungry, so I leave them alone.

Intolerance: There are peas on my plate. I HATE peas. I hurl the plate on the floor and jump and down on the peas. I try to file criminal charges against the person who cooked the peas.

Bigotry: There are peas on my plate. Not only do I hate peas, I hate the people who cook them, who grow them, and anyone who likes them. I spend a great deal of my time trying to outlaw peas, and deprive anyone who grows or likes them of their human rights. I proclaim that anyone who has anything to do with peas hates God, abuses children, and is a terrorist.

Some Random (Hippie thots) – reposted from 2006

Just sharing some random thoughts....

If the teachings of the one called Jesus Christ were “common sense” there would be far more remarkable Christians in the world.

But in reality, there is much that us non-sense in His teachings..which means that a true follower must be, in the eyes of the world, a fool.

This may be one reason why when one sees certain preachers speaking on the issues of the day, one rarely hears them quoting Jesus.

Someone told me that there are some 2,000 passages in the Bible that “talk” about the poor and needy, and only six passages that could possibly be interpreted as dealing with homosexuality.

I haven’t figured out how to confirm that 2,000 figure, but a quick search of my New International Version found 177 containing withboth the words “poor and needy”.

Christians who remember their Lord was unjustly and cruelly given the death penalty have a hard time being enthusiastic about imposing the death penalty on others.
– Glen Stassen


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