The Storm Before The Calm

manchester

23 May 2017 Tuesday 4:31pm

 

Why?! Why?! Why?!

Now what?

The bombing in Manchester! Why did they let it happen?!

Who are “they”?

Whoever is in charge of the country’s security! I mean, there have already been recent incidents of terrorism. They don’t label some of these incidents as “terrorism” because there’s evidence that they’re not related to religious extremists. But, to me, every incident that causes terror is terrorism!

So what do you want the country’s security to do? Didn’t you read somewhere that the country is already on high-alert?

Well then, it’s not high enough! I mean, kids have been killed. Ariana Grande’s fans are mostly teenagers, maybe even younger. They were probably even accompanied by their parents to watch the concert.

Who is Ariana Grande?

Oh come on, God, You know everyone.

That’s true. So back to my question. What do you want the country’s security to do in order to prevent this kind of incidents happening again?

I really don’t know. But I think they should do a better job!

Well, let’s hope they’re reading this. So how did the bombing happen?

It was a suicide bomber. He (or she) was probably among the audience in the concert.

I see. So he managed to slip through security and be among the crowd?

That’s what I said. Why are we going round and round?

Because you don’t exactly know what you want to know.

Yeah, You’re right. There are many people who simply do not understand what is going on in the world right now. Like terrorism, natural disasters, climate change, obnoxious leadership, etc. Some even say these are the “End Days”.

What do you understand from that?

End Days? The end of the world. Where there will be chaos, starvation, hale and brimstone kind of thing.

Do you believe in that?

I used to. Not anymore.

Why?

Because I am aware of the truth. The truth is we are forever. Unless otherwise.

Unless otherwise? Now what is that all about?

Well, messengers are now everywhere doing their best to spread the truth. But some are not exactly so keen on being messengers.

I know. Anyway, what is the truth?

That we can change the way the world is being right now.

How? How can you make a change?

I can’t change the world per se. But I can change how I feel about what is happening in the world right now.

Good. Now answer your own question.

What question?

The question that you started this conversation.

Oh. Why?! Why?! Why?!

No, that was just emotional rant. The other question: Why did they let it happen.

Okay. Why did they let it happen? And the answer is: Change is from within? I don’t understand.

Everything that’s happening in your world right now is the storm before the calm.

Neale’s book.

Have you read it?

Um, no. Sorry Neale. I will soon.

Describe to Me what you imagine the storm before the calm is like.

What comes to mind is the Yolanda disaster. I mean, really. It was the disaster of all disasters for the Philippines. People were really scared. People were praying for their lives, their loved ones, and their livelihood and their homes. Most of these were wiped out in just a couple of days. It was heart-breaking to see so many people heart-broken. And most of them thought it was a sort of punishment for their sins.

God’s punishment?

Yeah. Which is so far from the truth.

What is the truth, my dear?

Before Yolanda, no one knew of the places that were affected, let alone what sorts of lives people were living there. But during and after Yolanda, people all over the world became aware of the poverty and hardship that those affected were quietly living for years, or even centuries. And the whole world came to help. So that’s sort of the calm after the storm. The calm is awareness. And with awareness we can initiate oneness…Oh okay. Are You saying that terrorism is a sort of awareness? And it will initiate oneness?

Yes. How can you solve a problem if you’re not aware exactly what it is all about? You have to have all the information before you can begin to solve any problem.

I agree with that. So are You saying we need all the information? The country’s securities need to get all the information about the bombing in Manchester before it can solve the problem? So it can prevent future tragedies from happening.

No, child. No matter how much information one acquires about a tragedy, future tragedies will still occur.

I can’t believe You just said that! And You said to solve a problem it is best to have all the information. Now You’re telling me tragedies will still occur.

The problem I’m talking about is of the soul. In order for tragedies such as these to stop occurring it has to come from the soul.

So how do we come from the soul?

Change.

Change. As in change from within?

Change from within is enlightenment. What is enlightenment?

I can’t find any specific meaning online—

No, I’m asking you, child. What does enlightenment mean to you?

Well, it’s being aware of your truth. Being aware of our Power Within. Being aware that we are all one. Being aware that what affects one affects the rest of us. Being aware that change is a personal decision. That change is from within. That you can only change how you feel about something. That what is happening is happening. What matters is what meaning we give it.

Bingo!

Huh?

Those last two statements—put the word Manchester in there.

Okay. What is happening in Manchester is what’s happening. What matters is what meaning we give it. So what meaning do we give it?

What does it mean to you?

To me, it means our children will always be the ones affected by our decisions with regards to how we treat each other. Those decisions will affect us as well because we are the children of the future. As long as we are treating each other the way we are treating each other now, usually with terror, then it will never stop. Generation after generation will suffer. It’ll be a vicious circle.

That is the meaning you give it. The bombing itself may mean something else to someone. But I assure you that each and every life affected by such a tragedy is not for naught. Everything has a purpose. Any major change in your life has a purpose. It is for you to experience who you really are. You are a divine being.

You mean don’t be judgmental. Like try not get revenge and all that.

Does God judge?

No.

Well then.

Oh man. That’s hard. When a loved one has died in such a tragedy, it hurts so bad that all one can think of is retribution.

I have sent you nothing but Angels.

Bad Angels.

. . .

Sorry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Silver Screen

popcorn

 

18 May 2017 Thursday 2:30pm

 

“Nobody imagines the screen too big.”

Yup, another alarm that woke me up this morning. But no worries, I went back to sleep.

What time is your real alarm anyway, child?

I have two actually. One is at 4:45. And the next one is at 5.

Why do you have two alarms?

There was this one day when I went back to sleep after my 5am alarm went off. And needless to say when I woke up an hour later, I went into panic mode. I had to get my son ready for school within half an hour!

So what happened?

All’s well that ends well, I guess.

Did it happen again?

No, not really. These days, I get enough sleep. Maybe it’s my new bed.

That’s good to hear. Or maybe because you’re at peace with yourself?

Yeah, You could say that too. I guess when you accept and bless everything all the time…well, not all the time. Most of the time, you’ll be at peace with yourself. With your soul…Um, God?

Yes?

We forgot about the alarm. That statement we’re supposed to discuss?

Ah yes. “Nobody imagines the screen too big.”

Yup. That one. Are we talking about the silver screen again?

Why do you call it the silver screen?

I dunno. Let me look it up…Okay. Urban Dictionary says “The real name is called silver lenticular screen, is a type of projection that was popular in the early years of the motion picture industry. The term “silver screen” originated in reference to the actual silver content embedded in the material that made up the screen’s highly reflective surface. The term “silver screen” has passed into popular use as a way of referring to projection screens in general and motion picture projection screens, and also known for being used in theaters.”

Did you know about that?

You mean about the projection screen having silver content embedded in it? No. But when You asked me to look it up, the thought came to mind even before I looked it up. Two plus two equals four kinda thing, You know?

Word association, you mean.

Yeah. That’s what life is all about. Or rather what soul language is all about. Soul language is all about word association.

Like your name.

What about my name?

Joy.

Yes, that’s my name.

Are you—

Oh no.

Oh no what?

Oh no, don’t associate me with the word “happiness”.

Why not?

I’m not happiness. All the time, anyway.

When was the last time you were sad?

Major sad?

Yes.

When Dad died.

And since then?

Since then…maybe one and a half months ago?

Why?

Um…never mind. There are some things a girl likes to keep to herself, is that okay?

That’s perfectly okay, child. So we can establish the fact that even though you are called Joy, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re happy all the time.

No, I don’t want to establish that. Let me just say that to me, the word “joy” isn’t about being happy all the time. To me, it’s about being at peace. Isn’t God also called joy? So I prefer that we establish the fact that God is joy because God is peace. God is love. Love and peace seem to go hand in hand with joy. Am I right?

Yes, you’re right. You keep using the word “establish”. Do you know what it means exactly?

That’s what dictionaries are for. Establish can mean “to show to be valid or true; prove.” Sample sentence is “to establish the facts of the matter.”

What else does it mean?

There are eight of them!

Read to Me the first one.

“To found, institute, build, or bring into being on a firm or stable basis.” So what’s this got to do with the silver screen?

Oh, yes. The silver screen. Nobody imagines the screen too big…Okay. So what’s the latest movie you’ve seen lately?

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol.2 last Sunday.

How was it?

Honestly? Noisy.

How come?

I was a little bit overwhelmed with the special effects. You know, the CGI.

Then why did you watch it?

Well, the kids like it. I thought of buying them tickets and they can watch it by themselves. But we all might as well coz we were gonna have dinner out together. Family bonding sort of thing…So anyway, we still haven’t established the “silver screen” thing.

Ah yes. So do you think the special effects or as you call it, CGI, too big for the silver screen?

Um, no. In my opinion, filmakers would be short-changing us if they didn’t go all out to get as creative as they can when it comes to what they want the audiences to watch. And learn for that matter. Because I believe all films are lessons for everyone who’s watching them.

But you must agree that there is a thing called censorship?

Yeah. Google says the meaning of censorship is “the suppression or prohibition of any parts of books, films, news, etc., that are considered obscene, politically unacceptable, or a threat to security.” I guess filmmakers know what is acceptable and unacceptable. And they work within that paradigm. (Ooh, big word.)

So do you agree with our alarm statement?

Nobody imagines the screen too big. Hm…I don’t know. Too big for what?

For miracles, my child. The silver screen is now being used to portray life in the past, present and future. So do you think nobody imagines life too big for miracles?

I don’t know. If we don’t believe in miracles then what else can we believe in?

Precisely.

Why Do People Act The Way They Do

airplane

15 May 2017 Monday 2:56pm

Do exactly what we tell you to do or get out.

This is basically what’s going on with a couple of viral videos about passengers getting kicked out of oversold flights. One even forcibly. I watched that one a few weeks ago. And just now, another one of a family of four. Mum watches them on her newsfeed on her Facebook page.

Did the family of four get kicked out forcibly as well?

No. They conceded.

Why?

Why? It’s sort of complicated.

I have all the time in the world, my child. Literally.

Oh-kay. From the article that I read together with the video, the dad bought four tickets. He has two kids, one is under the age of two. So together with his wife, he was supposed to have bought four airline tickets. The airline employee explained that there is an airline ruling that stipulates that any child under two is not allowed a seat to himself or herself and should sit on a parent’s lap during the flight.

Do you know about this ruling?

No. My kids haven’t been two since they turned three. Anyway. The article explained that Dad actually bought that particular seat for his 18 year old who he sent home on an earlier flight. So it only made sense for his toddler to occupy that seat that he paid for. But the airline staff insisted that his toddler must sit on Dad’s or Mum’s lap. Otherwise the plane will not take off. “We can sit here for four hours,” was the airline staff’s words in the video.

Who was taking the video?

It looked like it was the wife’s phone. The airline wasn’t aware of it either.

I see. So how was it resolved?

The staff gave them an ultimatum. The airline went about in a round-about way but basically meaning, “Do exactly what we tell you to do or get out.” Those are my words, by the way.

So what did the family of four do?

The article said they got out. They had to fork out $2,000 for a hotel stay overnight and another flight the next day. But eventually, I guess they got to where they were going. Dad’s only angst is that there must have been four passengers who paid for four tickets on an oversold flight who sat in their seats. What he probably meant was that, the airline got paid double for four airline seats. But that’s just my opinion. Only the airline will know exactly who paid for what and how much.

What about the other incident? What happened there?

There was blood in that one. I think the poor chap had to be hospitalized or something. He was dragged out of the plane. Literally. So what is this all about, God?

You have two incidents. One was forced and there was hospitalization involved. And the other, one side gave in and they reached their destination, maybe with lighter pockets, but everybody is safe and sound.

Ya, we all know that. So what does it all mean?

There’s another video you haven’t mentioned.

Oh yeah. This one looked like the Pacquiao and Mayweather fight. Shirts were torn and everything. But you know who I admire the most in this video?

Who?

The flight attendant. She put herself in between these two I’m-gonna-bash-your-head-in-crazy guys and tried to separate them. I thought she was so cool. So why am I telling You this, God?

You’re not telling Me anything, child. You are actually asking Me why people are acting the way they’re acting.

Yes! Yes! Precisely! So why do people act the way they do?

Only they can answer that question, dear one.