Giving and Receiving


 

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Our abilities to give and receive are at the core of our capacity to create and experience true prosperity.

We each receive certain gifts when we come into this life.  These gifts take the form of our special talents, interests, and attributes, as well as our universal human characteristics, such as our ability to love and care for one another.

When we do our best to live our truth and express ourselves as authentically as possible, sharing ourselves as we are genuinely moved to, we naturally give our gifts to others and to the world.

In return, we may receive acknowledgement, appreciation, validation, nurturing, love, and in certain circumstances, money or other material rewards.  Receiving in these ways allows us to replenish the life force we have “spent,” which in turn enables us to continue giving.

So receiving and giving are opposite energies that are inextricably linked together in the natural flow of life, like inhaling and exhaling.  If one aspect of that cycle doesn’t function, the entire cycle ceases to function and the life force cannot move freely.  If you can’t inhale, you will soon have nothing to exhale, and before long, your body will be unable to continue living.

This might seem fairly simple and obvious, yet we have enormous confusion in this area.  Many of us have difficulty with giving, receiving, or both.

In my observation, the more common problem is the inability to truly receive.  There are a number of reasons why receiving is difficult for so many of us.  Certainly, one factor is cultural conditioning.  Giving is generally viewed as honorable and praiseworthy.  Receiving, or taking, seems perilously close to selfishness, which has a lot of negative connotations for most of us.

 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website, http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments appreciated

George Koritzer

There is an extreme shortage of common sense in today’s world,
I often think back to what my parents and grandparents believed and said, at the time I thought they were totally out of their mind and ignored it. I now wish I would have listened and followed their advice more often.
It is in this light I have decided to publish some of my random thoughts based on the views of our ancestors.

 

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Is it OK to Kill an Animal?


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The question is often asked , “Is it ok to hunt and kill an animal?”

Many think since animals have feelings it is not the right thing to do to kill one. They feel there is something inhuman about it.

Vegetarians base their whole belief on that one principle along with the belief that consuming meat,especially red meat is harmful to our bodies.

While there may be some truth to the idea that consuming red meat is harmful, we need to remember that each individual body is different.  What may be harmful to one is beneficial to another.

I, for one, need larger amounts of protein than some others may require. If I don’t consume protein on a somewhat daily basis, my body doesn’t function like it needs to . All that taken into consideration, consuming red meat three times a day would be overkill. No pun intended.

I grew  up on a farm in the Midwest, we always consumed red meat, and a lot of it. We never gave much thought to rather it was right or wrong, that never entered into the equation. I learned to hunt small game at an early age, and we always appreciated fresh rabbit at meal  time.

Many times the meat we were consuming were cattle that we had home grown and became friends with. The good Lord created cattle and they were created for eating and supplying milk, how else could it be?

It wasn’t until many years later that I even thought there may be something wrong with my logic. Vegetarianism had taken hold and often times people tried to make us to feel guilty for eating red meat,It didn’t make much sense to me . People were saying the meat was unhealthy and it was cruel to kill an animal.

Humans have been eating meat for thousands of years, my own family were big meat eaters, and most lived well into their nineties, how could meat be unhealthy? My family had no cancer or any of the other diseases experts said came from  eating meat. If meat was unhealthy, we would all be dead.

I had read in the bible that God gave dominion over all the earth and all the creatures therein. What, all these animals are roaming around and we aren’t supposed to eat them? Plants are living organisms also, why can we eat them, this just doesn’t make sense.

The American Indians, who are thought to be so spiritual, ate animals. Why would they eat meat if their creator thought they shouldn’t?.

They would hunt and kill animals every day, and use every part of the animal. They didn’t have guns, or even horses until the white man brought them here, it was hard for them to kill animals, in particular buffalo. Hence, they made sure to use every part of the animal, and not waste anything.

It is evident they had no qualms about eating meat, in fact their livelihood depended on it.

A wise sage once told me,”It is all right to hunt and kill, as long as the animal is not killed needlessly. Part of their mission on earth is to provide food and nourishment for us, but to needlessly hunt and not use the animal for a purpose is wrong.”

Animals, just like us are evolving constantly, becoming something than they were. Who are we to deny them their evolvement by not letting them fulfill their mission?

 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website, http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments appreciated


George Koritzer

There is an extreme shortage of common sense in today’s world, When looking back in history, I soon discovered this has always been a problem, Benjamin Franklin once said, ”Of all the senses, common sense seems to be the one that is used the least.” As obvious as it may seem, many seem to be totally oblivious to it. Most, if not all of the problems the world faces today could be solved if people would just sit back and think about what would seem to be the most obvious and simple solution to any issue.

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Free Will :Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life.


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Change your thoughts, change your life

The most important lesson one needs to learn is we all have free will in everything we do. It has more to do  than choosing to have a hot fudge sundae instead of a banana split. The rules of free will are unchanging and apply to every phase of our life. The scope and effect the decision can have on our life doesn’t matter, it is a universal law.Big or small, the end  result is the same.

Many assume our life is determined before birth and we cannot change the hard times we encounter. Many think they are under the control of others and there is nothing they can do about it. Even though we do have events in our life that come along where we theoretically have no control over, on some level of consciousness, we volunteer for everything that comes our way.

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 We think we have no control over these events,nothing can be farther from the  truth. Those thoughts are nothing but a cop out, an easy way out. The mess  we’ve gotten ourselves into isn’t as important as how we solve the issues and the  lessons we learn in the process of getting out of it. Everything happens for a  reason , we just need to learn from the experience and go on with life.

 At times we are in situations where we are trapped in a place we don’t want to  be, and sometimes there is karma to fulfill. These times don’t last forever ,and  are only teaching moments to help us realize we don’t have to be trapped forever by karma or our past actions.

Whatever our life circumstance, on some level of consciousness, we agreed to travel the path we are on. It’s all about the lessons learned and evolving past those so called negative experiences.

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Often times the moments in time are only reminders that for every action there is a reaction and a consequence.Once the lesson is learned or relearned, karma is released and we are free to go on our way.

We chose our life’s journey before birth, there is always a general outline we , along with the souls we are going to journey through life together, determine. But it is only an outline, we can accomplish more or less than our destiny. However, I feel if we don’t accomplish our life goal we will be extremely dissatisfied and will not be happy.

Many times this leads to discontent, addiction, and abuse. When we are on our way to accomplishing our life mission, or more, we will be extremely content and happy.

The time we spend on Schoolhouse Earth is a gigantic opportunity afforded to us, an opportunity to advance spiritually  as well as emotionally and physically. Even though we may feel we are stuck and not doing anything productive, no time is ever wasted.

Many times, when we feel stuck or bored, we are just in a holding pattern and patiently waiting for our next life journey to begin. The closer that new journey is to fruition , the more anxious and frustrated we may become. It is at this point in time we need to remember we are entering a new phase of life, to be patient and know that soon we will once again be on our path to further enlightenment.

It is at this time we need to remind ourselves of what we actually want in life, especially where relationships and careers are concerned. We need to focus on the final outcome and remember to not become distracted because of a seemingly easier or more convenient path. All the while remembering the universe may have a better path in mind for us than we could ever imagine.

It is at this time we need to remember we do have free will and we can change our destiny at anytime if we feel deep down there is a better option being presented to us than we had imagined.

Nothing is written in stone, it may be we have advanced spiritually more than we previously imagined and we can skip a previously envisioned experience and move on to a more enlightened adventure.

In creating our destiny and exercising our free will, we need to be reminded that every thought we have creates our future, every random thought.  It’s like we are praying constantly. Thoughts create words and words create actions and actions create reality.

We need to be constantly aware of our thoughts and if we find ourselves slipping into negative thinking, this is the time to pause and retrain our mind to think in a more positive way. We have free will and can change our thoughts instantly, change your thoughts and change your life.

 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website, http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments appreciated

George Koritzer

There is an extreme shortage of common sense in today’s world, When looking back in history, I soon discovered this has always been a problem, Benjamin Franklin once said, ”Of all the senses, common sense seems to be the one that is used the least.” As obvious as it may seem, many seem to be totally oblivious to it. Most, if not all of the problems the world faces today could be solved if people would just sit back and think about what would seem to be the most obvious and simple solution to any issue. Often times people tend to over complicate the issues. I often think back to what my parents and grandparents believed and said, at the time I thought they were totally out of their mind and ignored it. I now wish I would have listened and followed their advice. It is now evident they were a lot smarter than we gave them credit for. Many times, in today’s world, the schools and universities can no longer be counted on to teach truth and values that will guide someone through life.

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America’s Friends on the World Scene

Sometimes there is a moment in time that defines one’s thoughts for the rest of your life. These moments come suddenly and often pass before we realize what just happened.

One such event occurred the evening of November 3rd 2014 the night before the 2014 elections.

We were cruising on the MSC Divina, an Italian cruise ship, along with approximately 3700 other passengers.

An international cruise ,Americans were definitely in the minority.  It was rare to even hear anyone speaking english. I would guess there were only about 30% of the passengers who were Americans.

The entertainment for the evening in the theater was to be Simply Italian. A program featuring all the popular songs of italy.

To say the Italians are proud of their culture and country would be an understatement.

Near the end of the program the vocalist suddenly began singing “The Star Spangled Banner.”

I looked around and most people seemed to be puzzled.

Suddenly one person stood up and placed her hand over her heart. Then another, and another. I turned and looked around the auditorium.

There were probably close to 1,500 people in the theater, all were standing . Everyone had their hand over their heart and singing our national anthem. Italians, South Americans, people from India, the middle east, and Europe all joined the singing.

As the song drew to a close, the standing ovation must have gone on for over two minutes.

Among the Americans, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

For the next few days every American on board I talked with was appreciative of what had happened. Most had a small tear in their eye while discussing it.

This event refreshed my memory to a similar instance several years ago.

I was traveling in the outback of Australia, and since I had been mostly isolated from society for almost a month, I had forgotten what day it was.

Traveling with a group of tourists in a small bus of twenty-five, including the fair skinned, freckle faced, redheaded , Irish, Aborigine, driver , we entered the small town of Daly Waters in the Northern Territory. We more than doubled to population since the official population of the small village was only seventeen. I just did some research on the village, it now boasts a population of 18, so they gained one!

As we entered the town , we passed a small abandoned airfield with a C-47 parked at the end of the runway. I thought it interesting that the aircraft had U.S. marking s on it.

As we entered the pub, it was full of people celebrating , far more people than the seventeen that lived there.

It was the middle of the week and the middle of the day, so we inquired as to what the celebration was all about.

One older bloke replies,”It’s the fourth of July , and we are celebrating and appreciate what the United States did for us during WW2.”

I hadn’t known this, but Japan actually attacked Australia, Darwin in particular. The air base in Daly waters defended the area and help prevent more attacks from the enemy.

In spite of the fact that the Aussie’s are always looking for a reason to party and have a good time, there was real appreciation in their eyes. There was more to it than just looking for a reason to party, and as was always the case in the land down under, once they found we were Americans, they always were appreciative and wanted to learn more about our country. I found they were very politically informed, often knowing more about our country than we did.It was always hard to leave such an atmosphere.

That evening ,our bus driver bought fireworks somewhere, and set them off in the parking lot.

We have real friends “Down Under.”

Everywhere I’ve gone, I’ve found most people have nothing but admiration and respect for the United States.Most look up to us for guidance and support. Many countries want to do it on their own, but lack the knowledge and wherewithal  to go it alone.

They don’t all hate us like the media and the left try to tell us.

 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website, http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments appreciated

visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website, http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments appreciated

George Koritzer

There is an extreme shortage of common sense in today’s world, When looking back in history, I soon discovered this has always been a problem, Benjamin Franklin once said, ”Of all the senses, common sense seems to be the one that is used the least.” As obvious as it may seem, many seem to be totally oblivious to it. Most, if not all of the problems the world faces today could be solved if people would just sit back and think about what would seem to be the most obvious and simple solution to any issue. Often times people tend to over complicate the issues. I often think back to what my parents and grandparents believed and said, at the time I thought they were totally out of their mind and ignored it. I now wish I would have listened and followed their advice. It is now evident they were a lot smarter than we gave them credit for. Many times, in today’s world, the schools and universities can no longer be counted on to teach truth and values that will guide someone through life.

 

Ten Thoughts to help you Avoid Disappointment.


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Ten Thoughts to Help You Avoid Discouragement by Donna Fargo

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 1.  Look at life as a journey and enjoy the ride.  Get the most out of the detours and realize they’re sometimes necessary.2.  Do your best, but if what you’re doing has caused you discouragement, try a different approach.  Be passionate about the process, but don’t be so attached to the outcome.

3.  Wish the best for everyone, with no personal strings attached.  Applaud someone else’s win as much as you would your own.

4.  Trust that there’s a divine plan, that we don’t always know what’s best for us.  A disappointment now could mean a victory later, so don’t be disappointed.  There is usually a reason.

5.  Ask no more of yourself than the best that you can do, and be satisfied with that.  Be compassionate towards yourself as well as others.  Know your calling, your gift, and do it well.

6.  Don’t worry about something after it’s done; it’s out of your hands then, too late, over!  Learn the lesson and move on.

7.  Have the attitude that no one, except you, owes you anything.  Give without expecting a thank-you in return.  But when someone does something for you, be appreciative of even the smallest gesture.

8.  Choose your thoughts or your thoughts will choose you; they will free you or keep you bound.  Educate your spirit and give it authority over your feelings.

9.  Judge no one, and disappointment and forgiveness won’t be an issue.  No one can let you down if you’re not leaning on them.  People can’t hurt you unless you allow them to.

10.  Love anyway. . . for no reason. . . and give. . . just because. Tumblr_m1n0lgOFVm1qdtsvdo1_500

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 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website, http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments appreciated

reality

I have found over the years that there is no such thing as reality, it is only how we perceive it. Each of us may have a different view of it because of our different beliefs and experiences. Two individuals can be sitting side by side, looking at the same event and “see” two entirely different outcomes based on their individual perceptions

Using God’s Name in Vain


Why do so many people today, especially the young use God’s name in vain?

In today’s world the more profanity one uses the more hip or cool they are, it has become acceptable and part of many people’s normal dialogue.

There is nothing off limits anymore. In today’s “live and let live” society profanity has become an acceptable form of speech. I’ve even heard members of the clergy use profanity from the pulpit.  Anyone who is offended or voices an objection is labeled an old fogie or right wing nut job. If anything is said we are labeled as a hypocrite.

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It is obvious they never had a mother like I did, or if they did , they never paid attention. To be fair , most of us use profanity at one time or another, even if it is in our most private, or what we assume our most private moments. That doesn’t excuse it, but we are all human and we all do things it would be better if we didn’t do.

I have news for you, just because one is a christian or believes in moral values and ethics doesn’t mean they are perfect and they never do anything wrong. If one is perfect, they have no need to be crawling around on this crazy planet. We all should strive to become more perfect, it is a life long journey, but it comes in stages ,not all at once. If ever.

I remember when I was young , I challenged my mother as to why I shouldn’t use profanity. She explained to me that to use profanity was using God’s name in vain, and we should worship God, not profane him.

Calling someone a son of a bit&& was not only calling Jesus’s mother a nasty word but was also giving Jesus an unkind title as he was Mary’s son.

She also believed that to call another individual a “dirty” name was to insult God, since we are all children of God, his creation.

Like everyone else, my mother probably wasn’t perfect, but she was doing her best.The rest of us should be doing the same.

Calling someone a hypocrite only justifies it in your own mind that if someone else does it, it’s ok for you to do it. Does that make any sense? If someone else jumps off a cliff, are you going to jump off a cliff?

I’m sorry, but me or anyone else is not responsible for your actions. It often comes down to “Do as I say, not as I do.”

The excessive use of profanity in today’s society is just another indication of how far we have sunk morally  as a society. We have no one to blame, not the politicians, not big business, not our parents, the only one to blame is ourselves.

 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website, http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments appreciated

church and state

 

There has been much debate over the years about what the founding fathers meant about the separation of church and state. In recent times there has been much disinformation about how they actually believed, especially George Washington. In this short Ebook the author tries to explain how they actually felt.