Hill Country News Faith Roundtable fro 2018-04-18

1 Timothy 6:10: For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. NKJV

 

 

 

By Chuck Robison

Shakespeare also said that “For there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”

In the Third Dimension, where most of us live most of the time, many things are good; many are evil. Duality is the definition of this dimension. Here, belief in evil is the cause of evil.

Money is not the root, but rather the most common way most people experience this dimension’s duality. No question. When you start focusing on money, you can never have enough. The search for more and more money is clearly at the center of the corruption that now characterizes our increasingly dysfunctional government. The heartaches we experience as we pierce our hearts with cuts to services for the poor, the elderly, the ill and those seeking education in order to satisfy the need for money that the 1% Oligarchs demand, prove Timothy right.

He is righter still when he states: “…some have strayed from the faith in their greediness.” Today a whole segment of the Christian Community in America has now chosen to excuse this corruption and outright theft of the public’s funds because they believe that our new President will bring the past back to life. America will never be anything near great when we seek the solutions to our problems in the past.

And yet here we see many Christians excusing the most abusive behaviors of our “baby Christian” President (their words, not mine) on the promise that we will all get more money as he walks us back to the past where some believe our greatness lies.

Our true greatness lies where our spirits long to go. We yearn for entry into the Fourth and Fifth dimensions of consciousness, where duality is not present, but rather, where One Spirit allows us to see that we are all one, neither good nor bad, neither black nor white, neither male nor female. In these two dimensions and all others beyond, we see the ONE truth: each of us is a powerful eternal spiritual being. In the Fourth and Fifth dimensions we could never doubt God’s existence or her love for all She has created. And in these dimensions, all are equal, and all are holy.

And the Good News that Jesus declared is as true today as it was the moment he spoke these words: “Seek you First the Kingdom of God.” This kingdom, in 21st century quantum language, is in a different dimension of consciousness and you can get there as easily as experiencing your next breath.

God wants us to ascend to the next levels and She has made it easy for those who can believe it. It is possible.

And here is the secret: You will see it, when you believe it. Your disbelief does not in any way affect these higher dimensions. But your disbelief forces you to live in a world where Timothy was right, not in the dimensions where Jesus is forever right.

UP NEXT: Meet the Grandons: Thursday April 19, 2018 at Unity Church of the Hills!

Our live interview with the Grandons, the new pastors at Unity Church of the Hills in Austin.

Newly Married, Newly moved to Austin, and new to UCOH.  We wil interview Brian and Kristen Grandon one Thursday night, April 19 at 7 PM in the sanctuary of Unity Church of the Hills.

Little White Lies. Hill Country News. April 12, 2018

 

 

By Chuck Robison

 

Occasionally, it is a good idea to read through the Ten Commandments. These Commandments are not just good ideas; they are the law. When we understand the laws, we see there are always consequences for breaking them.

In our creativity, we can find ways around anything and our preferred way around the commandment: YOU SHALL NOT LIE is the proverbial “Little White Lie”.

We all tell them, and we excuse these lies even when they are blatant or damaging to ourselves or others.

An old friend once told me that the best way to keep from lying is to not do things that force you to tell lies.

Americans have become accustomed to repeating and believing at least three very dangerous “little white lies”.

1. “America is a Christian Nation.” This may have been true in the past, but it certainly is not true now. If it were true, we would hold ourselves responsible for demonstrating Christian values. This applies especially to our leaders.Here is what Stephen Colbert has to say: “If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn’t help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we’ve got to acknowledge that He commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don’t want to do it.”

When we add $1.3 trillion to the deficit to provide a much needed tax break for the wealthiest 1% of our citizens and then claim that the only way to reduce the newly increased deficit is to cut back on services to the poor and needy, and medical care for the elderly and children, we are definitely not a nation acting likeThe Christ has commanded. We are lying to ourselves.

2. “America is a Democracy”. Sounds good. We send our children to foreign lands to support and project democracy. But, it is a lie. We live in an Oligarchy where the richest among us are the ones who call all the shots. The people with the real power are the Billionaires. This may be the best way to run a country,but if it is, then we should stop lying to ourselves and call us what we are: An Oligarchy.

3. “We stand for Freedom”. Sounds good. Especially when we invade country after country to bring them freedom. But, it is a lie. We are history’s largest empire. We encircle the globe and our market place includes even the smallest village in the poorest of countries. In the name and defense of this empire, we bring war and suffering to anyone or any country who does not do what we wantor takes steps to correct us.

Delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1787 hotly debated the issue of slavery. George Mason of Virginia argued eloquently against slavery, warning his fellow delegates: “Every master of slaves is born a petty tyrant. They bring the judgment of heaven on a country. As nations cannot be rewarded or punished in the next world, they must be in this. By an inevitable chain of causes and effects, Providence punishes national sins by national calamities.”We saw The Civil War bring Providence’s judgement upon America because we told ourselves the “little white lie” that black people were just 3/5 human.

Look around you and remember these times. Providence is still very much in control. As long as we keep breaking the Commandment with just “little white lies”, we will somehow have to pay for them, and the trouble with all of that is:

Payback Day may be much closer than we think.

Of course, I could be wrong.

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Ed Salisbury reveals his own Near Death Experiences and those of others with whom he has worked.

A survivor of multiple Spiritually Transformative and Near-Death Experiences, as well as a perpetual ‘Rebellious Devotee of TRUTH,’ Brother Ed brings enchanting lessons of Grace, Wisdom and Peace in the processes of Dying and Death. Ed will share his own personal perspectives of NDE’s and expand upon their spiritually transformative aspects.

Ed Salisbury is a hospice minister, yoga coach, and funeral director. Having experienced multiple NDEs, he’s been drawn to work closely with the dying; in that role he’s been providing optimal choices in elder care, health challenges and ‘at death’ care for over 20 years. He advises friends, families and organizations in the planning and fulfillment of funeral arrangements. Ed has also served on local and international association boards of directors for grief recovery, Near Death Experiencers (IANDS), funeral consumer, and hospice care organizations.

Managing a Home Health care agency, advising on community and international boards, and presenting programs, workshops & courses about grief, loss, death, healing and self-care, Ed has enjoyed facilitating a healing grace in many lives.

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Being Here Now. Hill Country News February 22, 2018


 

 

By Chuck Robison

In the Fall of 1971 I found my copy of Be Here Now, Baba Ram Dass’ classic introduction to Eastern Thought. I read it, and put it in a prominent and safe place in my library. From time to time, as powerful lessons arrived in my life, I would pull it out and discover that Ram Dass had added deeper understanding in my life with this magic book.

Here’s what I have learned so far.

Now was a big lesson. As a history major, I was and still am a person of deep nostalgia and reverence for the past. I can go there at the drop of a hat. I’ve spent my life taking notes and pictures and keeping memories….some pleasant and some not so.

I am also an early member of the World Futurist Society. I spend a lot of time in the future. Looking at trends, speculating about where we are going and sometimes discovering that I see a future that others do not see which reveals itself in time. I have trained myself to see as far into the future as I can possibly see. My concern for the place America finds itself in today is grounded in the fact that I can see a road we are taking developing into a major tragedy for America and the world.

It has taken me a long, long time to drag myself into being Present. But what a change it has brought in my life. The Past and the Future do not exist. Frequently the past turns out to be about guilt and the future about fear. In any case, you cannot be in either.

Living in the present allows me to see and feel and observe and participate in an authentic and complete fashion. In the present, I need hold nothing back. It is the only place where I can live life at 100 percent and at the speed of light.

Over the past two years I have begun to understand Being. Early on I received a heavy dose of needing to achieve. And I’ve done ok. But being driven to achieve all the time brings with it a belief that if I am not making and doing, then I am of no worth. So that leads to a life of constant striving, missing the mark, being disappointed and feeling the need to constantly strive for more.

But now, after only forty more years, I am beginning to understand that my willingness to just be, to just be present, reveals a huge secret. The Universe has a plan for me and has prepared me to accomplish that plan, and will provide all I need to complete the plan.

It’s the opposite of striving. As I become willing to just be, I find that my future and my role and my accomplishments find me, rather than my striving for them. They come as wonder-full surprises.

All of a sudden life has become almost childlike. Now I live spontaneously and even fearlessly. I am constantly reminded of the 1988 movie “The Incredible Lightness of Being.”

Being is an altered state, a higher dimension, a blessed discovery. And I am grateful God has allowed me to live long enough to learn this.

Joe Lam interviews Chuck and Karen about how they got to this point in their business.

Joe Lam, Head of the Austin Chapter of the Institute of Noetic Sciences interviews Chuck and Karen about the first fifteen years of their business and their plans for the future. This is a revealing interview with Chuck and Karen as they reveal some of the secrets of the past fifteen years!

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We interview Jim Rigby before a live audience at The Unity Church of the Hills on February 15, 2018

Rigby is a Presbyterian Minister in Austin Texas. In 2007, Jim was named “Texas Public Citizen of the Yearby National Association of Social Workers for his work on gender, economic, and racial issues.

Jim has written for Huffington Post, Common Dreams, and other sites, but now his focus is on this blog, as a place for a deeper discussion of the relationship between religion and politics.

Is it possible to affirm our different religious (and nonreligious) worldviews in ways that do not lead to intolerance and oppression, or does religion lead inevitably to superstition and sectarian violence? Can we affirm the core values of our own group, and yet, still be good citizens of the world? It is an open question.

The interview took place at The Unity Church of the Hills in Austin, Texas and we had a nice crowd and Jim was stunningly insightful as he discussed issues facing all of us and how the church does or does not respond to them.

Photo’s Courtesy of Joe Lam

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Our 2018 New Years Card

Greetings to one and all. Here’s to a GREAT New Year!

Dr. Don Edward Beck, Ph.D. interviewed by Chuck and Karen

We interviewed Don Beck in Dallas on December 4, 2010. In the interview, he explains Spiral Dynamics, his role in the evolution of South Africa including his work with Nelson Mandela, his contribution to the movie Invictus, his work in Palestine and most important, his spiritual path and growth. The last 15 minutes are worth the price of admission all by themselves. This is a MUST SEE video. Enjoy.

Don Beck Interview from Chuck Robison on Vimeo.





Gerald Kline at 95. Cattleman and War Hero

At 95, Gerald Kline is an active and successful Cattle Man and has a dramatic story of how he helped win the Second World War in the Pacific Theatre. You will be moved by this man’s story, his bravery and his humility. In awarding him the Silver star, the Citation states he is “Worthy of the Highest Praise’. Once you see this video, you wil agree!