December 16, 2013

To End 2013

Those who have been following my blog will notice that I have removed all posts prior to September 2013. I will be expanding upon these essays with further thinking and research. My plan is to put the polished versions into my next book.

Also,  I  am currently in the throes of a major life transition. That is why I have been posting with less frequency. My plan is to position myself in a lifestyle conducive to more contemplation and writing. While making this transformation, I will do my best to post when the Spirit moves me.

I certainly am looking forward to 2014 and wish you all the very best for the coming year.

Faithfully yours,

Sheila Banks

With so much trouble in the world and Christmas 2013 soon to come, I thought I would share the following poem from Thoughts From A Contemplative Beast: The Paradigm Shift for the New Millennium.


Waiting on the Cosmic Christ

Too many Homo sapiens thinking
that they are the king of the jungle.
It's a sports arena waiting for a fight to break out.

It's a lack of compassion waiting to pounce on
an innocent child in a dysfunctional family.

It's self-righteous judgment sealing tight any
 possibility for apprehension of the truth. 

Too much delusion in too many beasts;
It's a time bomb waiting to explode.

As we sink deeper into this morass of
moral decay with no saviour in sight,
keep your eyes set on the heavens
and your gaze fixed on the kingdom within.
 

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November 20, 2013

The Big Reveal

For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed
 and nothing concealed that will not be known or
brought out into the open.     Luke:8,17, Holy Bible
 
 
Everyday we are receiving more news about another scandal, skirmish or corruption case.  Across the planet and in every sphere the stories are mounting. If it's not the Fundamentalists subjecting more victims to their tyranny, it is the economic collapse of southern Europe. Also, there has been the out of control surveillance tactics used by the USA and Australia that have their allies very upset with them. And, in Canada we are being subjected to major scandals on all three levels of government at the same time. With all of this corruption coming to light, it really does feel like the two thousand year old prophecy written above is coming to fruition. 
 
What has been hidden, now is being disclosed. And, the time has come for us to face what is really being revealed. We have been coveting illusions about humanity's superiority for long enough. With all this corruption and destruction made explicit by the media, we can see for ourselves just how insidious our animal ways truly are.

The time has come for us to recognize the truth about our humble position within the scheme of things. By virtue of being an imperfect primate, each one of us needs self-development. If we are to build healthy relationships and ethical institutions then we must be willing to consciously cultivate such virtues as patience, kindness and integrity. Then and only then will we have begun to address the evolutionary agenda that has been entrusted to us.

Faithfully yours,

Sheila Banks


                                                                                             Pic: Kim Lee Design
 
 
 
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November 5, 2013

Babylon Arising

Here's a little poem that came to me after hearing the mayor of my city finally reveal that he had smoked crack after taking public office.
Faithfully yours,
 
Sheila Banks
 
 
 
Babylon Arising
 
We've got a crack-smoking mayor
and too few who care
about the oil-slickened seas
and the chemical-laden breeze.

Don't tell me that Babylon is not arising.

We've got forked-tongue leaders
and all kinds of cheaters,
sex predators galore
and the down-trodden ignored.
 
Don't tell me that Babylon is not arising.



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October 21, 2013

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

For me, science and religion complement one another. The two are not at odds with one another. The following poem speaks to this. It can be found in Thoughts From A Contemplative Beast: The Paradigm Shift For The New Millennium.

Faithfully yours,

Sheila Banks
 
 
 
No Escaping From Your Self
 
Science you blame
for our degenerate ways.
Too much knowledge,
you say is the culprit.
 
How can this be?
Science is a mere tool.
Layers upon layers of delusions,
we must sift through,
to get to the Truth of the matter.
 
But no matter
how much fruit you eat from
the tree of knowledge,
you will always remain
a subject in the kingdom of God.



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