Superheroes Not US

Western culture’s fascination with superheroes is fading away. We all want to have superhero like qualities, yet take no responsibility to bear the work it takes to be a superhero. And, why not? Because we can not. As Steven often says we are "dependent on one another." It takes an army to fight a war. It takes teams to build a company. And, yet, we still, at one point or another, want to be heroes, and have heroic fantasies.Sarah Palin is helping debunk the hero mentality in America as she waves her USA #1 signs. The reality is that the USA isn’t #1 anymore. It may be in terms of gunpowder, but not in population masse or economic standing. We’re seeing this as the international powers so dependent upon the dollar crumble. As China is trying to make the world markets not depend upon the US dollar. So, the American hero can not save them all? Of course not. The UK used to be a superhero too, and not more. Superman is dead.I’m not writing this to bring us all down, and say that hope is lost. My point is that together I believe we can make a difference. It is not a matter of hope. No one billionaire investor like Warren Buffet can save us all. No one President, even if Obama wins, is going to turn this country around, especially within 4 years time, when our economic woes have been brewing for 30 plus years.It will take an army of men and women to share goals, aspirations, ideas, and hard work, together, to make America happen. I for one am not planning to lay off my staff, nor standing alone on the top of a building ready to jump. I’m gathering the troops, finding like people who share the same ideology as mine, and believe that for 200+ years America has been a country of "one," and together we will prevail long-term as a nation.

5-Minute Seated Massage Routine

One of the things I love about doing simple massage is that the concept of a “massage” doesn’t have to be the traditional hour-long, full-body affair. If you let yourself be limited by that kind of thinking, you’ll never exchange massages with anyone.

It’s just too much work! The truth is, even five minutes of some good muscle work is worth doing and can really make your partner feel great. And if you look back through some of the techniques we’ve learned over the last 7 months, we can create some great massage routines.

Try this and let me know how it goes!

5-MINUTE SEATED MASSAGE

Start with your partner seated on a chair in front of you.
30 seconds – Pinch the Traps
60 seconds – One-Minute Neck Massage
30 seconds – Occipital Friction
60 seconds – Scalp Massage
30 seconds – The Ears (easy to modify and do seated)
30 seconds – Pinch the Traps (again!)
60 seconds – Simple Energy Work (one hand on upper back, one on upper chest – like you’re getting the “heart chakra” from both sides.)

Keep it simple — just close your eyes and give some love!

How Would Jesus Vote

This is excerpts from something I read by D. James Kennedy.

It is long but well worth the read and something to pray and think about during the 2008 elections coming up real soon. Get out and VOTE!!

What Party Does God Claim?

What side is God on? People have wanted to know that since the beginning of warfare.

In Joshua 5:13,14 Joshua has an encounter with God, or more precisely, the Son of God, asking Him (much the same way we ask today).."Lord, are you for us or for our enemies?

The reply was, "Neither." He is not on anybody’s side. Jesus said the he was the Commander~Joshua’s captain and the Lord of the battle.

How Do We Vote The Christian Way?

We want to vote "correctly," but how do we know the right way to vote~the Christian way to vote?

Jesus goes on to explain to Joshua that he will be victorious if he obeys the Lord and does what he is commanded to do. The question, therefore, is not if God is on our side, but rather, are we on God’s side?

You may recall that Abraham Lincoln said as much during the Civil War. In 1863 he overheard someone say that he hoped "the Lord was on the Union’s side." The president responded: "I know the Lord is always on the side of the right. But it is my constant anxiety and prayer that I and this nation should be on the Lord’s side."

Does God Care How We Vote?

I believe the answer is yes. For many years Christians have abstained from politics, and now they are shocked that the culture around them has deteriorated. We should not rely solely on political power to right the world’s wrongs. When Jesus was on earth, He did not reside in a democratic republic and had no opportunity to cast a ballot. Meanwhile, those of us who make following Him our first priority believe He has spoken through His Word and given us principles that can inform us on how to vote on many issues.

Does the Bible say anything about how we are to educate our young? Does it say anything about abortion or capital punishment? Does it say anything about war or how we are to vote on the envioronment, immigration or health care? Sincere Christians may have different views on how to tackle issues. However, I trust that we have grace enough to respect Christians on either side of the partisan aisle.

Do The Bible And Politics Mix?

Jesus said we are to "render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God, the things that are God’s." (Luke 20:25) Furthermore, we are called to be salt and light, which has political implications.

Jesus put His seal of approval on the Old Testament as the Word of God, saying, for example, "Do not think that I come to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled." (Matthew 5:17,18) Not one jot or tittle~much less a word, a sentence, or an entire prophetic book~should be ignored.

Let us humbly search the Scriptures to see if God has something to say on political issues that are tearing apart our nation. Let usdo so with the great motto sometimes attributed to Augustine, other times to Blaise Pascal: "In essentials, unity. In nonessentials, liberty. And in all things, charity.

Can We Know How Jesus Would Vote?

Yes. He left us all sorts of commands and principles to follow. Obviously, there is ambiguity (two or more possible meanings, not clear) in some of those principles; otherwise Christian history would not be full of sincere, well~meaning Christians fighting over those principles, over doctrine. Human pride is a huge factor in such fights. Just as Jesus dealt with religious Pharisees and secular~minded sadducees, so we contend with both in our time. In declaring Christian principles that guide voting, we cannot help but be controversial. Others will disagree..It goes with the territory. But unless we risk offending (Jesus even offended people), we cannot uphold our duty to God.

John Calvin once said, "The task of the church is to make the invisible reign of Christ visible."

As we submit to His reign more and more in our lives, and we compromise less and less with the world, we will see powerful results in our land.

2 Chronicles 7:14: If my people, which are called by my name shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Embrace Your Inner Goddess

I had a pizza dinner last night with some friends. They were all of the "sterner sex", which is, as it will turn out, an important fact to mention.

We all sat around a table chatting in a light, friendly manner, skipping from subject to subject. At some point the enslavement of women over the ages came under discussion, for a second or two. One of them (friends) said something about how "We let them vote and it all went downhill from there". I smiled amiably, no reaction rose in me, no reaction seemed needed – they all happened to be conscious and intelligent men and it was quite obvious that they were joking. But I noticed that, while the remarks about women were being made, one of them watched me. It was a curious, almost expectant look, as though he was waiting for me to react somehow, to respond.

I did not, and the conversation moved away towards other topics, but the look stayed with me and made me consider: what would I say? If it was not a joke? If a response was needed – what would it be?

If there was a need to respond I would say: there was, a long, long time ago, a balance between men and women. Thousands of years ago a Woman was the queen of her people, the mother of the tribe. She held space for everyone to grow, develop, expand. She had a consort, a war duke, who would take command in the time of war – but she was the queen. There was a balance between male and female, each sex was fully autonomous in their own right, in their own unique way. They completed and reflected each other.

Then things changed. Men, war dukes, took a full command of reality, and promptly turned it into the battlefield. Women’s power got lost, forgotten, denied, to the point where woman became a little more than a cattle, an animal for sale. The balance had been ruined, the reality changed – it got restructured solely from male point of view. Male prerogatives and values became right, good, important. What was once recognized as female authority is now the sign of weakness, dependency, incompetency.

This is, more or less, the state of reality at the moment. In current reality it is of the greatest importance and value to be smart, resourceful, to work hard and to provide, to achieve. A woman who becomes an honored executive is admired, a woman who spends her life on raising children and taking care of her family is considered little more than a maid. Winning the war is of the greatest value, nourishing life is considered wasting of time, wasting of ones life and potential.

So where do we go from here? Men "let us" vote. Women demanded freedom from oppression, equality, and, for the most part, they got it. What is this freedom and equality really about though? It seems to me that it is a permission to enter the male game. In a world run and structured by men, women can now play along, they can compete with men in their game, they can outplay them. They can become better men than men are.

And … what changes? Not much.

If I was asked about what I think about feminism, about women’s fight for their rights, I would say: it is not enough that we get to play the game as it is. It is not enough that we demand from men to recognize us and acknowledge us as equal partners inside of their paradigm, their reality.

Women have to take responsibility for regaining their power, for regaining their authority as who they are, in the unique female way. Then the balance will be restored, then the reality will be changed. This is not something that men can do for us, it isn’t something that we can get as a compensation for al the years of oppression. It is our responsibility, because no one else can do it for us.

If we want men to be our consorts – we have to become queens.

How? I have no idea, but I’m taking a workshop with Brooks next week which will concentrate on this very subject, so I’ll find out and let you know!