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If God Be For Me & If God Before Me…

In times past, as some of you know, I have been a minister in Christian churches; pentecostal, nondenominational, Unity, and even Disciples of Christ. So, for a scripture to come to me in the middle of the night or during a meditation is not uncommon.

As I have gone further away from my Christian upbringing to atest to the fact the many religions teach the same concepts as Christianity and even go deeper into aspects that traditional Christianity strays from; meditation, creating with our words, and considering ourselves as part of the One Mind of God.

These alternative concepts in Eastern religions have kept me from reading the “Word of God” as many Christians refer to the Christian bible. I have not been of the belief that the only Word of God exists in the Christian bible for at least 25 years.

I believe that there are many places beside the Christian doctrines that God exists. However, last night in prayer, I was asking questions of myself and of Spirit about some fears I have been having of late, when I heard a very clear voice say, as it says in the book of Romans, verse 31 in the Christian bible:

“What shall we then say to these things?
If God be for you, who can be against you?”

My heart immediately settled upon this pertinent question. I have studied all aspects of this scripture from the polar opposite to the exact meaning. I don’t believe anyone quite had come close to explaining what I felt in my heart yesterday after hearing an angel whisper this in my ear. I pray I can maintain the peace that settled on my body and heart throughout the night.

As I slept, I had a dream that I was also asleep during a large explosion. I remember walking out from the war torn building and not even noticing the destruction. I didn’t feel pain, so I attempted to go on my way, which was to church, apparently.

As I walked through the parking lot from my car to the front door of the church people began to stare. One woman finally said, “Are you really going to go into the church looking like that?”

I hurried to the bathroom mirror in the church and saw that my entire head had been cracked open, even eschewed on the right side from being a mirror opposite of the left. My hair looked as if it had been teased. My face was bloodied around the mouth and cheeks.

I decided, though I didn’t feel any pain, I should still go to the emergency room. I was immediately admitted and looked after. My physical body was torn apart, bloodied, but I could still feel no pain. I heard one doctor say to another, “Maybe the patient can’t feel the pain because the nerves are detached from his body. If we put him back together he will immediately feel pain again.” So, the doctors decided to clean me, tend to my wounds, but leave my head unbalanced, the left side lower than the right.

Time had passed in the dream. I saw myself later in movies and as a spokesman on television still having this horrible deformity. However, it was as if this deformity added to the message I was to share with the public. Makeup artists preparing actors for the films didn’t cover my wounds. They let me be exactly who I had become with the wounds.

I thought about the dream for a long time, as I often do for myself and my clients, interpreting he salient parts of the dream. I believe that the subconscious and often Spirit speaks through dreams, which are unfiltered by our conscious brain.

INTERPRETATION

Being in the middle of a war zone and feeling no pain, ending up walking out of an explosion without pain is a metaphor of being in the constant covering of God’s Loving Armor. Also, not even noticing the smoking and destroyed building is a metaphor for keeping my mind on my truths, not what I see on the news.

Going to church immediately after this event is a metaphor of the judgment that the church has brought to my life, perhaps as a homosexual or as an apostate who had strayed from the pure “Word of God” to find other paths of truth. (No people have hurt my heart more than the church has. I have been wounded more times than you know trying to be a minister of my Truth.) The fact that I wanted to go to church, even though I was completely war torn signifies that I may feel I have something to prove to those what had judged me.

Going to the hospital and having doctors decide to leave my body as is and just tend to the wounds, so that I could stay out of pain is also another metaphor of God’s grace. This helps me realize that it matters not what I look like. I am covered. (IF GOD BE FOR ME.. ) God can use anyone, anywhere to deliver a message of peace, joy, love and compassion, as long as the soul is willing.

The greatest message for me to reflect upon in this dream is that I was perfect fine with my face being destroyed. This accident or getting my face destroyed did not stop the work I had set out to do. In fact, it only gave me more confidence in the power within to do whatever I’m to do no matter what the outside circumstances look like.

If God be For ME…. If God goes before me>>>>

Either way you say it or think it, who or what can be against me?

The answer: ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

 

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How “Small Procedure” Turned into Surgery! #dentalsurgery #dentalimplants

I hate pain! I avoid it at all costs. Even when I watch others in pain, I squirm and clench my jaw. No fun, it’s no fun at all. So, when I called the oral surgeon to find out how long I’d be there to finally get my implant in, I asked a few more pertinent questions: how much pain will I be in, will I be in any shape to go to rehearsal afterward, will I be able to eat afterwards? She said, “This is routine. You will be in and out in 15 minutes. No swelling and definitely no pain!”

I get to the office rather chipper. I had been to the office about ten times in preparation for this final procedure of getting the implant screwed into the anchor. So, I knew everyone. We were all joking around.

If you have never had a dental implant, this is what to expect. The first day, you get many different kinds of x-rays. Then, the surgeon must extract the dead tooth, all the way down to the tiniest of roots. So, expect a needle the size of a dinner fork tine to get jammed into your jaw about ten times. This is necessary pain so that you won’t feel the worst of the pain. Even with the numbing gel, the shot still feels as if you’re mouth is getting mutilated by Sweeney Todd.

Then you are so numb, that you don’t feel the rest. However, you hear it—the sawing, the pounding, the chiseling, and the drilling. You imagine that you will look like a squirrel afterwards from the dentist practically getting on top of you to extract the tooth. If you don’t get ice on the jaw quickly, you will. The next day you feel terrible. Get pain pills.

During the following appointment the procedure begins with preparing the bone with an anchor implant that will go directly into your jaw. The anchor has an open space for a screw to go in—eventually. Then the surgeon puts a layer of cadaver skin on the top of the wound and hopes it will merge with your gums so that the entire implant will be able to heal without air and food getting to the site to cause infection. I say “eventually” because what was supposed to be 3-4 months turned out to be eight months of going into the office and the surgeon saying, “Not healed enough yet!” I have a friend who is into his second year of waiting for the wound to heal.

The last part of the process is when they actually cut away the skin graph and dig out any bone growth to screw in the actual implant, so a cap can be placed atop the metal or plastic nub jutting from the crevice between your teeth. The reason why my small procedure turned into surgery was because bone had grown over top of the anchor and it slipped and turned a bit on its side. Honestly, I don’t know how or what the dentist and his assistance were doing, but the assistant held my hand about ten times during the process. The amount of anesthesia I was given had worn off about thirty minutes into the process.

I told the dentist I was beginning to feel pain, stabbing pain, but he promised it would all be over in another minute. He was wrong. It was an hour later. He was sweating and swearing. The assistant’s eyes went from concerned to horrified. I lay there praying it would be over soon because the pain was so great I had to do some self-hypnosis just to endure. Every time the surgeon cut into my skin, blood would squirt out from my mouth. I had blood on my face, my shirt, and cuts on my lips and tongue from the surgeon not being able to get to the implant. Finally, I hear the words I had been anticipating for ninety minutes: “The screw went in!”

After the cap is placed on the site, the entire process will be the cost of a four-year-old used car. I’m amazed!

 

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Pain That Stops Your Spiritual Growth

Pain is one of those problems in life that creeps up on you, comes in unexpected ways, or can simply abide with you 24-hours a day. I thought I had had a great massage last week, dealing with some lower back pain, but what happened as a result of loosening some muscles is an old pain returned. Perhaps, the seizing muscles around that old pain were trying to keep me from the pain I feel now. I woke up and when I bent down to pet my dog, pain like electric shock grabbed my lower back and held on tightly.

I don’t remember lifting anything yesterday. I don’t remember a moment in the day that something felt different or peculiar in my back or hip. I simply woke up with one of the worst pains I have had in a long time. This was three in the morning. Getting back to sleep happened on a recliner with ice packs and lots of pain medication. What I would like to discuss today is how to deal with pain in such a way that it doesn’t affect your spiritual growth or your daily life.

For many years, I dealt with an arthritic condition that resulted from a bad school bus accident in the eighth grade. Yes, I have been dealing with pain for that long. However, in my search for relief, I discovered yoga about twenty-eight years ago and combined yoga with some special active muscle release exercises and a regimen of prophylactic medicine that keeps me almost pain free every day. However, every once in a while, this old back pain will flare up. It’s as if I am in the bus wreck all over again. My biggest concern, when this happens, is that my wonderful world and life will stop or that I’ll enter into a pity-me syndrome. (Right now, I just want to eat warm pudding and have my mother take care of me all day.)

Today, I decided a different tact. I woke up at the same time I always do and meditated. Strangely enough, the pain completely diminished during the meditation. When I came back to life from my meditation with my dog pawing me to go out, the pain began to creep back up. In a matter of thirty minutes I’m almost up to an 8 on a scale from 1 to 10. I decided, while I was walking Coco, that I would try to stay with my intended day, being aware of the pain, cautiously walking forward, but forward I would walk—pain or not.

The people I notice who manage life with debilitating diseases and pain are those who won’t let life stop them or get into a self-abusive decline that requires all of their energy to guilt themselves into believing they deserve the pain. Get this one affirmation now: NO ONE DESERVES PAIN. Pain happens as a result of the human condition. Even most psychological pain is a result of neurological problems that no one is personally responsible for—even depression can mostly be clinical.

Responsibility and management are two very different animals.

We are not required to blame ourselves for anything in life. However, we are asked to look at a situation we may be going through and deal with it, either to learn a lesson or gain more compassion and love. God isn’t in heaven doling out things we deserve. Otherwise, Mother Theresa would be driving a Cadillac filled with all the food she needs to feed the world.

The human condition is more of an unlucky draw sometimes, like buying a car that is a lemon. It’s brand new. It should be working perfectly. But everything goes wrong with it, including a funny smell that you can’t discern or get rid of. Most companies won’t take back a lemon. They will do everything they can to fix a new car with problems, but you end up spending half of your time at the mechanics. With the body, it’s doctor’s offices and filling prescriptive medications that happen when you get sick.

I have a friend who went through cancer. Right after her husband nursed her through her last treatments, he came down with it—twice! This couple is lovely and sweet and neither deserves to have gone through any of this mess. But, the human condition is what it is. Both adopted a very good disposition about their issues. They contacted friends. People alternated taking the couple to treatment until all was well again.

I know times of pain and disillusionment overwhelmed both of them, but they got through it with the help of loved ones, by keeping their chins up, and continuing with their work for most of the treatment. Honestly, I believe not giving into the sickness is what keeps people like my friends alive and vibrant during an awful process such as cancer.

You may ask: does God cause this pain?

The answer to that question is: When it rains are you subject to it? If lightning hits your house, would you consider God to have done that?

Some religions and spiritual theories actually do fault the person. Personally, I believe God is Love. If I always start with this premise, then I can find a way to believe that what I’m dealing with in any aspect of my life—even pain—is worth going through to get to a perfect lesson or result. We don’t know whom we will meet on the path that sometimes contains a U-turn from sickness. The NOW is perfect in all of its human challenges. If you learn to live with this concept, even pain will diminish.

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