Thirty years ago, plus some
1985-86 was a pivotal year for me, one of several when I only knew to move and knew not where. I do remember in that year being fascinated with a branch of contemporary Christian thought about narrative as a key to, well, the stories we tell ourselves. Even at that time, I thought, this could work, long-distance, in prisons.
Twenty years ago
A family member is removed from the streets–that’s the good news–and incarcerated–that’s the bad news. I hire inmates for home renovations. Things could have gone better.
Just about 10 years ago
Sending books to inmates. Setting up this blogsite. Things still crashing in a pile of ashes.
What drives the urgency now? Not enough. The Prison Book Project will need dedication to get that locomotive in motion. The movement has begun!
More of the story leading to this website
Here, the shifting sands of 2008 and what was dislodged in my memory
Here, this development of this site from the same time period onward.
THE STORY OF MY MOTHER
My Mother was a very tough woman as I was growing up. Reflecting back from the time we were staying in Buruburu when I was like 6 years or so. She could not take jokes for reality, especially if another child accused me of doing something. I bet you know what would happen to me. She was working as a Civil servant in the office of the President, then Daniel Arap Moi.
I was then taken to live with my grandmother in Shags to Join school from class one. It was very nice living with her, and she loved me so much. When I reached class four (Primary Four), all hell broke loose, I had some friends that my grandmother didn’t want me to associate with, If you have watched the comedy “Everybody hates Chris”, all relatives could just wait for my mother to visit and report me. My mother could beat me thoroughly. It went that way, until I did my Class eight exams. Then it was time to go for high school.
In 2001, My Mother was called by God, to leave her work, Pension, Salary and any other benefits for retirement to go to Bible College to serve God, work in God’s Government. She was hoping that when Moi retrenched civil servants in 2000, she could be on the list, she was not retrenched. She had to hear the voice of God and did as God said. Then I was also to go to school in form one. Thank God to her late friend Jemima Marende who was very supporting of her? After her college, she knew that “The work is plentiful, but the laborers are few”. She was received by Men in charge of the “Work”, at some point she felt very frustrated in her calling, But God in his own timing shown himself to be faithful.
Several things common between My Mother and Grandmother is that they were all jovial, hospitable, honest, women of integrity and could speak truth to power no matter the consequences. For my mother “Men in Charge of the Work” could not intimidate her with being fired. She could speak her mind, as long as she knows who called her.
As I finish, I want to say that, her death was and still is a big blow to me, for I was not prepared for her to die, before she passed on, on Monday 5th July 2017, I work up, And there was a bird on the roof, you know these black birds, I took a stone threw at it and rebuked it’s message. But when I went back to the house, my inner Spirit told me, “today you will be fired from the campaign for a week”, are you prepared. Then I said, yeah I can get another Aspirant to work for. When I reached town, I was truly fired by the person I was Campaigning for, for a week, I came home to make contacts with other Aspirants. One of them agreed to give me appointment at 6:30 Am the next day. I woke up at 6 Am on Tuesday 6th July 2017, sent a message to the Aspirant to ask if we are still meeting, He never answered until 7:Pm when he gave me a call that he has been waiting for me since 6:30 Am, I quickly changed and went. When we just finished the meeting, I saw my sister calling, I said, God I hope the worst has not happened. When I picked the call, I could hear her screaming and crying loud, she told me, Jimmy Our Mother has passed away. I got very confused and shouted, but I didn’t want people to think that I have gone mad. I calmed and started singing some songs my Grandmother use to sing, every time she was told that someone had passed away. Given time with her again, I have some questions to ask her. GOD GAVE AND GOD TOOK AWAY, MAY HIS NAME BE PRAISED ALWAYS.
HOSSANA HOSSANA, TUMWIMBIE HOSSANA.
Great ideas here!
In a nutshell:
- Young people, your lives matter, and all you have to offer to a world in need.
- There are many freedom fighters here among us.
- Study the history of your world.
- There is no justification for war, not for efficacy to begin with.
- The internet can be a force for good to unite the world in instant communication.
- Compassion, collaboration are activities that unite for mutual support, igniting forces stronger than dissonant forces.
- This is the Age of the Individual.
- Know your mind and train it well to be a force for good.
- The Age of Women is also emergent.
- Remember, follow no one who does not support your individual contribution and responsibility.
God Does What Works
When nothing else will do, Divine Messages do get through, sometimes through extraordinary means:
- Miracles of divine intervention.
- Extra Sensory Perception.
- Having a “sixth sense” or an intuition.
- Paranormal experience, Seen and unseen, falsifiable and unfalsifiable.
If It Exists in the Imagination It Has a Demonstrable Reality
Extraordinary events and abilities are found in the world in the form of reports, at least, which is a minimum threshold of existence, to exist in people’s minds as a thought.
Memes, rumors, reports of unusual events become objects of ridicule, yet this very existence in the cultural awareness is a reality in the thought environment. The imagination as a field in the mental environment needs management and control.
What Works: Setting Intention
Thoughts, words, intention. Do these things have a corporeality? In this era of internet communication when ideas travel the globe at roughly the speed of light, the power of thought and word behind action–which is only an opportunity away–are brightly evident. Words are preceded by intention; they can signal or mask intention behind action.
Remember, we have said that God does what works. –Greater Community Spirituality: Who is Wisdom meant for?
Things Do Go Bump in the Night
A humanistic, rational, science-based way of knowing dominates the mainstream mindset, with some tolerance for individual experience outside the norm. In this culture, unusual or unexplained phenomena could well be under-reported because they exist outside the norm; as not normal they exist in the realm of the “weird,” somewhat shameful, and not mentionable. Yet the reports of unexplained and extraordinary phenomena persist.
Demons by Any Name
Exorcism and reiki work attest to entities existing on some other level than manifest reality as commonly understood.
The Placebo Effect
The power of suggestion can be demonstrated to satisfaction. To every and anyone’s satisfaction? Well, perhaps not. But for those who avail themselves of this power can
Energy work, energy balancing, any or all techniques involving unseen forces and energies–acupuncture/acupressure, allopathy, chiropractics, nutrition, and kinesiology–use non-invasive, drug-free, natural solutions to alleviate pain and allergies.
More on Medical Hypnosis
The most recent presentation on the placebo effect from Radio Lab looks at medical hypnotism Mesmerism, “animal magnetism,” the “white coat effect” on doctors who wear them and on those around them.
And Paranormal Experience
William James. The Varieties of Religious Experience
Can You Imagine?
Seriously, you have to place yourself in the scene–it is fresh after the worst day ever.
This act of creating your own personal holodeck of virtual reality using the power of visualization–with or without kind assistance from music or tone–is what is meant by the ghetto mind-control trick they call “iPnosis.”
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Bring your favorite Stephen Hawking quote as a comment below, and I’ll compile them into one article.
A Warning, a Blessing, a Preparation.
These three elements cover the essential claim that the New Message from God makes for itself, that it is indeed what it claims to be: a New Revelation, originating from the One True God Who has been speaking to humans throughout–and beyond–human existence. To be open to the possibility that God might be communicating to humans is, sooner or later, to realize God never stops communicating to humans. To honor the expression of this “God-connection” in all is the humble objective though the claim might seem grandiose.
The strength of the Old Wisdom handed down,the quality that gives honor to the world’s religions and preserves that Wisdom despite all the misuse and distortion, this same calibre of Voice capable of delivering a Message containing an urgent warning, a magnificent blessing, and a way to accomplish the responsibility required to receive all three.
These gems of human accomplishment are now more than at risk; they are being co-opted.. That concern is a significant part of the warning not addressed by the ancient traditions. The religions of the world when used to divide humans are putting every accomplishment on Earth at risk.
The New Revelation does not disdain the great traditions of the world. Instead it honors their great contributions towards a more humane society on Earth. The New Message from God does not only bless the religions of the world; it beseeches all people of faith to acknowledge the clear warnings being given with increasing urgency.
This ancient warning is very wise. It is being neglected today.
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)
To reach crisis points means earlier warnings were missed. The warnings grow more urgent, the errors more exaggerated.
“What’s that saying… Why do I keep hitting myself with a hammer? Because it feels so good when I stop?”
Crises are time-limited. The time-limits imposed by failing to respond until warnings grow incessant are a blessing! Congratulations. The clarity and focus that come under the urgency of time-pressure can grant grace, more or less depending on preparedness.
Disappointment is our friend.Whatever is not working will have to be released. This blessing is best received gradually. Improved ability to see warnings from trial and error is one of the gifts of disappointment.
The support surrounding our endeavors cannot be overestimated. Bafflingly, the “magical” or uncanny ease of being in the right place at the right time that seems to portend support from above can create a vulnerability in being persuaded by demonstrations not fully understood. Yet when the ancient wisdom of repentance in 2 Chron. 7:14 is applied, there does seem to be a real response from above.
Conventional wisdom can be misleading!
“God has a special providence for fools, drunkards, and the United States of America.”
–attr. Otto von Bismark
A great deal of personal empowerment is handed over whenever we complain, blame, accuse, or ever think someone is “driving you crazy.”
God’s continual message to humans is the constant beneficence that so gently, gently offers feedback to correct the trajectory that wanders like the mysterious movement that first gave planets their name, that ancient awe that noticed the stars are not fixed in place.