Archives for May 2014

Notes From the Masters Class 2014-05-29

Chuck has created his latest Notes From the Masters Class which you can view above. In this edition, Chuck discusses a very small part of what he has learned from Huston Smith, Aldous Huxley and Gopi Krishna.

These short homilies seem to be reaching people on the deep level we intended them to be received.

Peter Yarrow joins the Board of our 501(c)(3) Non-Profit!

During a recent visit to Austin, Peter, of Peter, Paul and Mary, accepted our invitation to become a member of our Board of Directors! Peter saw there is a clear relationship between the goals of his organization, Operation Respect, and those of WIIRW. In this very brief statement, Peter fully explains why he is joining our Board and how we will further align our two missions.

Notes From the Masters Class 2014-05-16

Schools and Religion 2014-05-15

Here is my participation in the Faith Roundtable published this date in the Hill Country News:

Schools and Religion

4x6 B&W Chuck Portrait 6032By Chuck Robison

This question is truly powerful. We live in a global culture, which, of necessity, must include all of us and all of our thinking.

I grew up in a small town in West Virginia. In our town there were Christians and several Jewish families. And when I say Christians I am including snake handlers and Catholics! Somehow we all got along. But religion was something that took place at church and at home. Education took place at school and at home.

The common denominator is HOME. If religion is not taught at home and schoolwork is not done at home, we have lost our way. And it is clear we have lost our way.

As our society and our institutions crumble as part of the process of entering a new paradigm, the warrior class has decided to turn the schools into a battlefield. No wonder there is such pressure to religionize the schools. But the children, who are going to live their lives in the new paradigm, are reflecting what they are learning at home and from their peers, not from some rule that demands kids pray at school, when they do not pray at home.

And, then there is the problem of Christian parochial schools. Local Christian schools teach religion, but then they turn right around and teach exclusiveness and separation from others not like them. And just for good measure, they affirm that evolution is not real and science is godless. Christian Parochial schools seem to be the focus of separation.

The education system, however, is not a sane place for a religious war. Now that American education ranks 27th in results worldwide, we are faced with deciding if education is even important. I heard a country song on KUTX last week and it was titled, “Life is hard, harder still if you are stupid.” It will get really hard in America if we do not pay attention and put our money where it is needed.

No one is prohibited from praying anywhere in the world, unless you mean standing up and repeating words that someone else has written. When it comes to sharing your heart’s wishes, your gratitude and your deepest problems with God, this is best done in your closed-door closet.

That is another way of saying that we grownups need to model the behavior we want to see in our children. If they see us concerned about the quality of our education system and the sincerity of our religious beliefs, they will know what is important.

And if they see our religion and our schools as a battlefield…..well, they will learn that too.

Things are changing at a speed beyond our control, and often beyond our awareness. This really is a time of a global paradigm change.

As grownups, we do well to put high energy into our schools, accepting all the help we can get and displaying our religion in our hearts and not on our sleeves or as bumper stickers or as fish symbols on our cars.

We Americans have become experts at fighting meaningless battles while the real issues remain hidden and un-discussed. Ask yourself these questions: Exactly who has a vested interest in our children growing up to be less educated than our adults? Who benefitted when The Real Texans rejected almost $800 Million in federal funds to improve our schools? Does someone out there believe that the dumber our kids are, the better? Has someone decided that we will not need workers in the future, so we do our best to keep them dumb and dumber so that they can be easily manipulated? And what do we say when a 16 year old student gives us a hand written note someone has sent him, and asks us to read it because “I can’t read cursive.”?

Notes From the Masters Class 2014-05-11

Edited Text.

This is Chuck Robison. Last summer Karen and my sister Alice Weatherby motored out to Burnet, Texas to meet Pastor Willie Monnet and his wife Claudette who is also a minister in his and their church, which is titled Smoking for Jesus Ministry. That interview appears elsewhere on our webpage, I’ll leave a note right underneath here that tells you that, but here’s what we learned with Pastor Monet.

In 2005 he had a dream in January and the dream was that he was going to have to pack up his church and leave New Orleans. The next day he told his parishioners that he had this dream and he was completely dumbfounded by what could possibly mean. In September 2005, when the great storm hit and the Saturday night before it hit on Sunday. Pastor Monet, who had a large church in New Orleans (it was better than a block long and it had a lot of members) was able to get 200 of them into 40 cars to leave New Orleans.

Among those 200 people was a couple with a brand-new five day old set of twins and older people and many of the entire community that were in his church. They expected to be back in four or five days at the most because they had left New Orleans before windstorms came but when they left New Orleans this time they didn’t realize it would be the last time that any of them would ever live there.

They had to go across Louisiana and then they went into Texas all the way up to Dallas and then they looped back and they spent some time here in Austin and then they began in earnest to figure out what it was that they were supposed to do and it took a long, long time.

In the interview which I know you’re going to enjoy seeing, Pastor Monet said at every point along the way, when there is was a decision to be made, as the leader, he simply stopped and prayed and waited. He didn’t give any commands or take any action until such time as he was sure his prayer had been answered with clear direction as to what to do next.

Now to me this was an incredible lesson in patience. Here was a man who was in his late 50s, he had 200 people following him in cars and they were going all over Texas trying to find a place to live. They were able to find a series of apartments in Marble Falls that was very good for them, and other places, but they were looking for a permanent place. They had to let go of the idea that there would be returning to New Orleans.

So finally thru a very unusual set of circumstances they were entitled to ownership of a 56 acre property in the middle of the Hill Country in Texas close to one of the big lakes. It had a chapel, it had dormitories, it had houses, it had an administration building. It was absolutely perfect and these people in this congregation, who came to Texas because of this hurricane, have improved that land and improved that community, so that when you walk into their church it is totally vibrant and it’s all about trusting in God.

This man and his wife and his followers demonstrated incredible patience in the face of daily frustrations about where they were from, where they were going and why they were here. Yet because they kept their belief that the universe was unfolding exactly as it should, they knew that when the time come from for them to find a permanent place it would be better than at their beginnings.

This is true for you and me as well. If you’re going through a period in your life right now, and I am, where you’re trying to be patient and wait for the right things to come at the right time, there are plenty of examples of people out there who said yeah we’ve got a lot to wait for and I guess all we can do is be patient.

So here’s something for you to think about and this is from a Master in Burnet Texas. When you’re faced with a decision of what to do next, it is wise to say a prayer and say “I know you will show me exactly what to do when the time is right”. Even if you have problems believing that God is going to talk to you, and you shouldn’t because he is, but even if you have problems with that, just stopping long enough to gather patience for yourself and to put yourself in a position where you can hear and listen to what’s coming, you might experience what I’ve experienced a number of times in my life and that is: regardless of what you want, you need to ask for it.

Once you’ve done that you need to add one more sentence at the end of what it is you’ve asked for in that sentence. “This or something better.” Because if you do not get what you’re wishing for then God will see to it that the reason for that is something better is coming along. It might not be something better in terms of what your community sees, it might be something better for your soul and your soul came here to learn some very powerful lessons. As you release all your concerns and your fear, you begin to realize that this is fundamentally the experience of your soul in this third dimensional environment and that you came here to learn.

In your case, in my case and most everybody else’s case, some very powerful difficult lessons are resolved and you can relax and say. “ Okay I came here for that. I know that. Bring it on.” And you will never find that you are given a lesson greater than what you can deal with regardless of the size, regardless of who you are, regardless, your lessons are tailor-made for you, just as mine are tailor-made for me. As you look back over your life you may see one day that there’s a pattern here. It appears as though most of my lessons were developed in dealing with patience or power or love or abandonment, whatever the issues were, those issues have been in your life to help your soul. They were custom-made in your life to help your soul learn the lessons you came here to learn.

And the powerful lesson for me is demonstrated all around us and you’ll see that when you watch Pastor Monet. The lessons that you came here to learn are being brought to you right on time.

This is Chuck this is the Masters Class and I thank you for being with us. We’ll see you next week.

Brad Love and The Symphony Awakening

Brad discusses the heart-opening experience that many had after attending this event. Brad has spent countless hours and enough money to keep this production alive and now he is hoping to present this production at the SxSW Eco Conference in Austin in October.

Brad says, “We have submitted a proposal for SXSW ECO to sponsor production of our Symphony Awakening Rock Opera – Tribe Humanity… yes, about 500 of your neighbors have seen it {at One World Theater in 2012), but 900,000 plus in Austin have not… the overwhelming review gave it a big thumbs up… an inspiring and worthy message for our times…”

Brad now asks you to “please help us get chosen to perform at the SXSW ECO EVENT. October, 2014. To vote for us click the above VOTE sign of go to SXSW PanelPicker… http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/29322, type Symphony in the search box and vote for us (thumbs up top left corner). You may have to create a free login (to prevent double voting cheating). If you use the above link and try to vote(thumbs up top left corner) it will ask you to login, do so and then use the link again… it will take you straight to our Symphony page while leaving you still logged in to vote… or… type Symphony in the search box and vote for us. To have peace on earth, throw a better party. This is a start. PLEASE FORWARD.”

Love….what if it really works?

4x6 B&W Chuck Portrait 6032 Hill Country News, 2014-05-07

By Chuck Robison

We hear a lot about LOVE, from Valentine’s Day to the description of God. We hear so much about love, especially from Churches, that it seems to have lost its usefulness as a life principle or even as a power word.

So perhaps a different slant on the possible meaning of LOVE as a power word is in order. Generally speaking, today’s Christianity does not allow for the possibility that each soul lives many times here on Earth. Prize winning Christianity says that you win the prize for a good life only once….and then you disappear into heaven, plain and simple. Prize losers, of course, after one chance, go straight to hell for all eternity.

The early church had no such understanding. In the early church, many things were espoused that the later church, say after 325 AD and the Council in Nicaea, rejected and prosecuted believers for even discussing. Reincarnation is one of those ideas that was excluded by the 325 AD Nicene Counsel.

Reincarnation, like rabbits biting at your heels, still bites at the ankles of the church, so early on they tried to put a stop to it. The idea that you had more than one chance to win the prize diluted the authority of the church……something that, to this very day, is never permitted. Fact is, the Christian Church, in all its manifestations, wants to be judge, jury and executioner of its follower’s lives. Preaching Hell and Damnation is still on the agenda in many Christian Churches.

Reincarnation, on the other hand, reveals that each soul is eternal, exists at all times, is a cell in God’s body, and arrives on earth to live multiple lives that will eventually result in spiritual growth, also expressed as creating good Karma. This is the big schoolhouse we’re living in and we come here from someplace else and we will return there and come back again and again, until we have learned the lessons and passed the exams.

Karma is understood to be either good or bad, or like deposits and withdrawals in the spiritual bank of life. Kindness, good deeds and compassionate acts toward other souls result in deposits to your Karma account. Meanness, destruction and attacks on other souls results in a withdrawal from your Karma account. At the end of your life, you go through a review and God balances your account and the resulting balance or deficit determines the agenda for your next life.

Those in the know realize that kindness toward all other souls, is a sure way to build up your Karma credits.

Now here is where LOVE comes in. As we realize that every other soul is on the same journey toward learning about Kindness, Love and Good Karma as we are, it begins to determine how we will treat each other. Jesus said, “Do Unto Others as You Would Have Them Do Unto You”……because, not only are you in the exact same boat as they are, but you are ONE with all souls. What we do to another, we do also to ourselves. This is not just a good idea….it’s the law.

With that as an understanding, would we continue to do some of the destructive and mean things we do to each other? Would we allow states to war on each other, build nuclear bombs, or even execute prisoners for crimes that already have an eternal result in the bank of Karma? No. Would we go out of our way to help each other, to be kind to each other, to forgive each other, regardless of the crime, offense or provocation in question? The answer is Yes.

This is the ultimate win-win approach to life. Treating others as you would like to be treated adds to your karma while allowing the other person to see beyond the pain they have created and it opens the door to more positive spiritual growth. We are the each other’s teachers.

Of course, this is not easy and it is made harder still when our Church leaders do not allow us to think about reincarnation or Karma.

However, as Christians we do not have to go along with the crowd. We can show love to every soul with whom we come in contact, because whatever we do to others, we do to ourselves. And a positive Karmic balance in this life, will make the next life so much better.