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James Deacon
Interests: Conservation, Animal Welfare, Environmentalism. :)
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And Mankind Created God In Its Own Image …
[Copyright © James Deacon, 2016]


There is a widely accepted assertion that the concept of 'gods' came into being as part of the attempt by peoples of pre-classical antiquity to come to an understanding, albeit perhaps symbolically, of the forces at work in the world around them; and that, over time, these ancient peoples would come to imbue these gods – these constructs - with human-like qualities.

Though, as barbarous times forged barbarous people, so, the gods they envisaged would, not uncommonly, come to reflect both the often damaged natures of their creators, and the attitudes of the times in which these creators lived.

Frequently these gods were vicious, spiteful, jealous, cruel, capricious beings...

And, it would seem, this assertion also holds true for the god as portrayed by the authors of the anthology known as the Old Testament. (And we must not forget that the Old Testament is indeed merely an anthology – a somewhat randomly-assembled collection of often conflicting stories, poems, semi-historical tales and man-made rules and regulations – penned by numerous different people over the course of many centuries.)

This particular god, this construct, as portrayed in the Old Testament, to all intents and purposes had its humble beginnings (in a world of a great many different local gods,) as simply the tribal totem-deity of a small group of wilderness-dwelling nomads.

And while, over time, it would evolve to become the core deity of the “Abrahamic religions” - it can indeed be said to be a direct reflection of the barbarous times in which it was conceived.

If we can read this 'Old Testament' anthology in a clear and open state of mind, as much as possible un-influenced by the hype and spin - by the imposed perceptions religion would have us believe lie behind the written words - then we cannot help but see that the construct: the god, revealed to us, is clearly the product of dark and disturbed minds.

The god we are presented with is not a loving, merciful, compassionate being.
Quite the opposite in fact: it is a dark, menacing, brutal, twisted entity.
A fallible, unbelievably intolerant, vengeful creature: homophobic, misogynistic, wrathful, jealous; a slavery-condoning, warmongering, tyrannical, manipulative, genocidal Narcissist.

Now, while a high percentage of the human population believe that the god as depicted by the authors of the Old Testament is real, and that the book itself constitutes “the word” of this god, for the sake of Humanity we must hope that this is not so.

For if this god described in the Old Testament WERE real, it would not be deserving of our love, not even of our respect.

No, it would be deserving only of one thing:

our whole-hearted, utter condemnation as a perpetrator of unspeakable atrocities against Humanity.



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WORLD POPULATION BALANCE

Our Vision
We envision a world where no one suffers in dire poverty and misery for lack of enough food, water, and other basic needs. We see a world where all species thrive and where lower consumption and population are in balance with Earth’s finite resources.
Our Mission
We alert, inform and educate that overpopulation is a root cause of resource depletion, species extinction, and rising poverty. To avoid more misery, catastrophe, and death, we advocate and support a smaller, truly sustainable population.
http://www.worldpopulationbalance.org

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EARTH-SHATTERING REVELATION
shakes the Reiki Community to it's roots!

After years of being duped into believing that Usui was Japanese, it now transpires that he was actually ...

AUSTRALIAN !

Crikey Mikey!
(or should that be '...Mike-o' ?) 

http://www.aetw.org/reiki_strine.html

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From Ana Brito's blog:

Perguntas a Mikao Usui / Questions to Mikao Usui
(In Portuguese and English):)

http://www.reikistudio.pt/perguntas-a-mikao-usui/

Thank you Ana, for kindly inviting me to participate :)

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Record of Chujiro and Kiyoe Hayashi's sailing to Hawaii, 1937

http://www.aetw.org/reiki_hayashi_travel_record.html

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One for Mr Holmes, perhaps?

THE STRANGE CASE OF THE DISAPPEARING REIKI MASTER ...

http://www.aetw.org/reiki_takata_matsonia.html

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Takata's Reiki Journey begins :
http://aetw.org/reiki_takata_october_1935.html

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"REIKI – JAPANESE PALM HEALING"
A Reiki course handout provided by Hawayo Takata, detailing treatment positions for various ailments.

www.aetw.org/d_takata_treatment_guide.html
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