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12-12-12…..What Is It All About?

There has been much said about the coming of this day, this 12-12-12.  It has been said it will be a time of new beginning and blessing upon the earth. It has been said as well that this day will bring about nothing new or different.  It has also been said that this day 12-12-12 is a warning from our past unto our future, a day of reckoning.  The fact that Jesus had 12 disciples has been brought up as well as the possible significance of the 12 tribes of Israel.  References toward the 12 signs of the Zodiac have been made as well.  And the calendar year is made up of how many months?  Why, 12 months of course.  And then there are the 12 days of Christmas to consider as well.  There are also 12 Federal Reserve districts spread across our land.  And there were  the 12 gods of Olympus as well.

And then in the book of Revelation, chapter 21, verse 12 it speaks of a great and high wall which had 12 gates and at the gates were 12 angels and the names written upon the gates were those of the 12 tribes of the children of Israel.  If one does some research, they will find the number 12 comes up many times in scripture.  In the Bible and in Christian symbolism, the number 12 plays a major role and is a symbol of completeness and perfection. And if one looks into the field of numerology, one will find that the number 12 symbolizes both spiritual and earthly order.  It is considered a lucky, sacred number and symbol of wholeness.  And then of course, there is much talk over the Mayan calendar and what meanings it may or may not hold.

Depending on who you may have spoken to over the last few weeks, there were either messages of hope and goodness and excitement over 12-12-12 as well as 12-21-12.  Conversely, there are many who have been broadcasting messages of doom, death and the destruction of our Earth as we know it.  I have found myself caught up in the fervor caused by these upcoming dates, these numbers.  And given the fact that I am a bit predisposed toward the positive, my thoughts and feelings have leaned towards what is good and pure and positive.  But you want to know something here?  I will tell you just now.

This evening, I arrived home after a rather long work day.  I took a shower to wash the day’s stress off of me and turned on the television.  I usually watch Touched By An Angel, a program I dearly love and then make my way over to spend some time writing as I am doing now.  But guess what I came across as I flipped through the channels, making my way to my usual programming?  It was “The Concert For Hurricane Sandy Relief” and it was amazing!  A large number of musicians and stars had arranged to be at this concert, giving their time and talent for free to provide funding for the countless numbers of people devastated by Hurricane Sandy.  The Rolling Stones, Alicia Keyes, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Jon Bon Jovi, Kanye West, Roger Waters, Coldplay, REM and others sang their hearts out this night.  And there were phones, many phones all being manned by celebrities and stars.  They showed up to answer the phones as donations were being called in.  Those who called in had the chance to personally chat with a celebrity that they perhaps admired.  Among those answering the phones were Martha Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg, Jimmy Fallon, Steve Buscemi and a large number of others.  And many local heroes, folks like you and I were honored and recognized for all of their efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.  A large number of residents, firefighters, policemen and others, including a group of 180 retired men who call themselves “The Gray Beards” were brought forward and recounted various events concerning rescue efforts and the saving of lives.

As I watched all of this unfold before me, I thought once again about the number 12.  But I believe more importantly, I began to think of other numbers as well. I considered the number of 180 which was the number of members in the group that called themselves “The Gray Beards” who gave so freely of their time and strength to help those affected by this tragedy.  I thought of the number 100 which was the number of phone lines being manned by those celebrities who gave of their time in hopes of folks that might be just a bit more likely to call in and donate if they could do so by  way of speaking to Martha Stewart or Steve Buscemi or any of the other numerous stars there.  I thought also of the large number of musicians who gave of their time and talents in order to make a difference in the people whose lives were so drastically altered by this hurricane called Sandy.  I then realized the enormous effort and the incredible number of hours and the number of days, even weeks it had to take in order to bring all of this together!  The sheer numbers of all this not only boggled my mind.  It also melted my heart.

There are tears in my eyes as I write these words now.  You see, I have always had a fascination with numbers. I believe I mentioned this once before.  I believe……..No, better said I know that numbers have significance.  I know that they are important.  But my focus has been misdirected, particularly over the last few months.  It is not the 12-12-12 or the 12-21-12 that should draw our attention.  This is not where our energies are to be directed.  Our focus is to be on the huge number of people, celebrities and musicians and others who came together to bring hope and goodness and relief to those in such need.  And if we take the time to look at other tragedies that have occurred in the past, similar events have taken place.  And this outpouring of kindness and help does not just come from those we deem as celebrities or stars.  It is also the strength that comes to be from you and I, from our neighbors here and our neighbors across this great land of ours. It is also a strength that comes from our brothers and sisters that are all across this planet which belongs to us all.  Yes, for we are all of us the same.  It matters not our ethnicity or what our belief system may be.  It matters not if we are of a different skin color or if we speak a different language than another.  We are all of us the same! And together, our numbers are beyond measure or tabulation.  My friends, this is what is of importance here.  These are the “numbers” that matter, yes?  Let us not be so concerned over a particular date or a particular sequence of numbers.  It is our humanity demonstrated one to another and it is the number of times we allow ourselves to demonstrate that humanity, the number of times that we come together as our Creator would have us to do.  It is the number of occasions that we choose to show love and compassion to those around us each and every day.  This is where the true definition of numbers comes from and where their strength and wisdom lie.

Do you see now as I have only just begun to see and realize?   The numbers that hold true significance are our own.  It is not the numbers taken from an ancient calendar from so long ago.  And I am not saying that the histories of this world are unimportant for history is very important.  If we are prudent and wise, we can learn from the past so we do not repeat the errors that were made in previous times.  What I am saying however, is that in order for us to bring our world into the future in good fashion, we must keep our heads about us and see things as they were meant to be seen.  So, let us keep the idea, the importance and the concept of numbers in the proper light and in the proper perspective, yes?  Again I say because it bears repeating……The numbers that hold true significance are our own!  Let us concentrate our thoughts and our efforts there.  Let us collectively bring our numbers to power and share goodness and blessings one with the other.  And trust me on this…..If we do this and do so consistently, our world will be so positively charged and changed that we will no longer recognize it!  These thoughts here are true and they are right.  I know this because they are not my own.  But grand thoughts without action placed behind them are nothing more than wistfulness.  So, come now!  Let us do this thing, as they say!

It is now closing in on the midnight hour and I will close.  My normal work day begins early as does your own, I am sure.  Or perhaps you have just completed your work day.  Perhaps your work day is just now beginning.  In any event, I truly appreciate your time spent here in reading.  Please take these words to heart and let us actively and together bring forth global change by the simple virtue of our numbers.  It isn’t such a large undertaking, not really.  The beauty of global change, going strictly by the numbers is that it is accomplished daily, one person at a time.  This is the way lasting change is brought about.

Thank you once again for your time and attention this evening.  Please forward these words to another and urge that other to do the same.  We can indeed do this, my friends.  Be blessed today and may each day find you yet another step further down the road that Life has set before you.  Be a blessing to all those you meet along the way. Take care with yourselves for you are precious in this world.

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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A New Day Is Dawning Now…..Can You Feel It?

There is a change in the air just lately.  Have you noticed it?  Can you perhaps feel it around you?  No, I am not referring to weather patterns or temperature changes although we are advancing into cooler months now.  And to be honest, I am not a big fan of the colder weather.  But what I am speaking of is something else altogether.  We have all heard the phrase “the winds of change are a’blowin” or perhaps another version of the same, yes?  This is more akin to what I am referencing.  However, I would say that it is not so much a wind as a soft, steady breeze.  And I suppose that would stay in character with any changes that are designed to last.  You see, it is a common misconception that change comes roaring through as a mighty wind which lays to waste anything in its path so as to make way for what is fresh and new.  I will admit that visualizing such a dramatic event as this is fascinating, even exciting in a way, yes?  But, that is simply not how change, any real change comes about.

Real change, the type of change that comes into our world to stay is far more quiet and it takes those with a vision that is more acute to really see it as it happens.  Most of us are so caught up with the madness and stress of our day-to-day lives that we do not see the process occurring.  Then when that particular change has reached completion, we are somewhat astonished and say, “Can you believe what happened here??”  And I am not singling out anyone in particular here. Were I to do so, I would often have to include myself in the group.  Like so many these days, I work many hours a week.  An average of 65 to 70 hours a week.  So, it is not always easy to notice with any consistency the process of change that goes on over time.

But these soft breezes that I make mention of just now, these breezes that bring a lasting change?  I believe that most of us do feel them now.  I am not sure if we recognize them for what they are because we have become somewhat desensitized as a result of being on the wheel so much.  You know the wheel I speak of, don’t you?  It is that wheel one sees hamsters running on.  Our society has managed to design one for you and I which we run on faithfully each and every day.  This is why we often fail to notice Life and change.  But once again, it is difficult not to notice the gentle currents of air that are now moving through our country and our world today.  It is almost like a kind of soft electricity dancing across one’s skin and into their mind wear it does indeed register if only for a moment until Life calls us back to where our wheel awaits.

My friends, the changes that are coming about demand from us our attention.  And I will not get on my proverbial soap box about our need to effect change in this country and take to task our leaders who no longer serve properly the very people who put them in office.  I do make mention of such things quite often and will continue to do so.  Because we, the people of this country need to step off the hamster wheel and wake up to what is going on today.  The  placement of power in our nation needs to be distributed back into the hands of its citizenry until the elected officials remember who it is they were put into office to serve.  Okay, I apologize.  I said I wasn’t heading in the direction this evening.  So, I will say what the court always says to the jury when an attorney becomes a bit too flagrant or has a disrespect for protocol.  “The jury will disregard that last statement.”  (I have always found that statement to be so silly, haven’t you?  How can they possibly disregard what they have already heard?)

Now, back to the subject at hand, if I am able.  We were discussing the idea and process of change and the gentle breezes that bring them our way.  Changes that are real and are brought about properly so as to last, these changes affect us all.  And the changes I speak of now are ones that are to our benefit, both as individuals and collectively.  You see, opportunities have been and are always present for us to grab ahold of and create a better life and atmosphere for ourselves and those we love.  But only in the last few years, has this become more and more evident.  There is a Force now, a Spirit if you will that is at work in this world we live in, in our world.  And the Spirit I speak of is not as foreign to us as one may think.  For this Spirit dwells in each one of us.  It is just unfamiliar to us because we have either lost touch with this part of us or our life has been such that we barely even registered its existence.  But it matters not the circumstance.  What matters is that we, you and I realize what has been gifted to us internally, become familiar with it and then utilize this gift, this power to effect change.

And I believe I just figured out where I am headed with these words this evening.  These soft currents of air, these gentle breezes of change that are blowing against our skin and through our hair, spiritually speaking?  Do you realize where those breezes begin from and where these breezes head out towards once their current gets underway?  I will tell you just now.  They begin within ourselves as a soft push, nothing more than a breath which comes from our heart.  From that point, it moves upward and outward into our Spirit.  Some of us are a little slower to start, of course.  In that situation, the Creator will permit a gentle gust of wind to occur so as to give some the kickstart needed to create the breezes required for change.  Soon after, as we learn embrace these gentle currents that blow through us, we then send them out into the world so that our brothers and sisters can begin to experience the sweet breezes of Life change.  Do you see what it is I am saying?  We are being given a great gift, the gift of effecting change on so many levels in all parts of the world we live in.  What a grand and wonderful age to be living in!

There is a passage somewhere  and I do not recall it verbatim so please forgive me.  But it says that at a given time, the Spirit of our Creator will be poured out upon this world as never before.  And the blessings from this outpouring will be unfathomable, as deep as the deepest ocean.  And as deep as that is, please bear in mind something else as well.  The oceans are powerful, to be sure. The waves of the ocean are something to behold, a demonstration of beauty and of power.  But how do you suppose those waves come about anyway?  Waves are created by currents of air moving across the surface of the water.  As the air moves across the water, it causes the water to move along with it, thereby creating a wave.  And these currents of air are also known as “onshore breezes” or “offshore breezes” depending on the temperature of the water.  Dear reader, as the soft breezes that blow forth the gentle winds of change, we have been given much power.  It is time that we realize this for the given time that I made mention of is also to be a time of great restoration and blessing to the peoples of the world.

Now, all of this sounds glorious and wonderful, doesn’t it?  So, what’s the catch because there has to be a catch to it because there is always a catch to everything.  There is no such thing as a free lunch, as the saying goes.  Okay, I will admit that this is true and that there is a catch to it.  The catch is that you must allow yourself to become a vessel through which the gentle breezes of change can move through which will cause you to become a blessing and a peacemaker to all those you come in contact with.  Whew!  That is a tough one to deal with, isn’t it?  Oh, and one other item or catch that you will have to deal with as well?  As you bless others and bring peace to those you come into contact with, you will have to bear up under a burden of blessings that will come your way as a result of becoming such a vessel.  Sorry about that. It is a universal law so don’t blame me.

A new day is indeed dawning, my friends!  I know you can feel it just as I can.  It is in the air that surrounds us.  The gentle currents of change are wafting now.  They are blowing softly in every direction.  Will you allow these breezes to become a part of you now and bring about lasting change and healing to all those in need of such a change?  Allow this phenomenon to work through your Spirit and your heart.  As you do so, you will feel a new and lasting change take place within you.  And as this occurs, the breeze that is God’s love will move through you. Inward, upward and then outward it will go, this precious current, this gentle breeze of Life and of Love gently touching and transforming our world as it gently cools and cleanses all those hearts that will allow this Love in.

What I have spoken of here this evening is very real, my friends.  These are not just words that have been strung together in some fashion.  Please consider what has been written here.  A new day is indeed dawning.  If you look sharp, you can just see the Sun beginning to crest the horizon.  Allow yourself the pleasure and blessing of the gentle breeze that is blowing towards you even now.  Allow yourself to be a part of creating lasting change in this, the world that was entrusted us to care for.  If we choose to do so, then we are off on the greatest of adventures!  Think about it for it is worthy of your consideration.

Thank you as always for taking your time to read what is written here.  I am hoping that it was time well spent.  May Life bless you completely so you may bless those you meet on your path.  Take care and be well.

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr. 

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Do You Hear What I Hear?

“Do You Hear What I Hear?”  This is one of my all-time favorite Christmas songs.  I have heard it over and over again yet I never grow tired of it.  It’s message is strong and pure.  But sitting here this evening, it occurred to me that I never took the time to check into how it came about.  So, with my curiosity peaked, I did a little investigating.  This song came to be in 1962 and was a combined effort of Noel Regney and Gloria Shayne.  It was written as a plea for peace during the Cuban Missile Crisis.  Regney was inspired to write the lyrics “Said the night wind to the little lamb, “Do you see what I see?” and “Pray for peace, people everywhere” after watching babies being pushed in strollers on the sidewalks of New York City.  So this is how this beautiful song came to be and what the circumstances were, or what served as the backdrop, if you will.  All of this and more can be found on Wikipedia, if you are curious.  I read this and quite honestly, just sat for a while thinking.  I had always just enjoyed hearing this song, often singing along in the pure rapture of the music and what I perceived its message to be.  And of course, the song is indeed about the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.  But as always, if one looks just a bit further, there is always something more, yes?

In truth, I am sitting here even now and wondering how to proceed with what I intended to write.  I mean, think about this for a moment.  These two people (who were married, by the way) are literally in the midst of what was one of the biggest crisis of that time period.  The threat of nuclear war, one that could take place on our own soil was very, very real.  People everywhere were more than a bit concerned about how this was going to turn out.  I was very young but I was there in 1962.  Too young to realize the magnitude of what was happening but smart enough to know something not very good was going on.  People were fearful and the prospect of panic was not very far away.  This was indeed frightening stuff, my friends.

Obviously however, not everyone reacted with fear.  These two people, the lyricist and the musician, this husband and wife chose to actively do something to try to allay the fears and perhaps change the outcome of this crisis.  Do you think that they just had a Holy boldness in that moment or do you believe that they felt the same fear and trepidation but decided to feel the fear and do it anyway, as the saying goes?  We know the answer to this question, do we not?  They were frightened as badly as anyone else.  Yet they chose to take action and move forward in spite of their fear.  And because they did so, thousands of people back then were comforted and calmed.  It was a message of hope and strength which was so much-needed then.  And that song has sold tens of millions of copies since then and has been performed by hundreds of artists.  Amazing, isn’t it?  The power of words which are given properly at the right time in the proper moment can and will change our world.  Words have done so in the past and will continue to do so today.  And those words my friends, dictate what our future will be.

“Life and death are in the power of the tongue.”  Does this sound at all familiar to any of you out there?  Of course it does.  So, I would share a few items with you this evening, if I may.  First, choose carefully and wisely your words for they are as feathers in the wind.  They are not easily reclaimed once they have left the safe haven of our heart.  And trust me, they are never forgotten no matter how hard we may try to do so.  Just remember that as humans, we are all fallible.  We all become angry at some point or offended or hurt…..You can fill in the blank here yourself.  The bottom line is when the unfavorable attacks us, we want to react and defend ourselves in some fashion for we feel we have been wronged!  And we react with our what?  Our words and those words can often hurt every bit as much as attacking someone physically.  Actually, wounds caused by a verbal attack do far more damage than almost any physical hurt can cause.  So I ask of you, please think and rethink before you react.  Is there not enough pain in our world to satisfy us yet?

The second thing I would like to speak with you about is….Well, let me just say this.  Do you hear what I hear?  When a statement is made and when words are spoken, do you hear what I hear?  Yes, you do indeed hear what I hear.  Or better said, you hear the same words that I hear.  But your perception of those same words, what you glean from their meaning is almost always different what I or anyone else derives from those words.  I might also add that the emphasis we place on any particular word in a sentence changes the meaning of that statement.  As an example, please be kind and read this sentence  –  I didn’t say he took the money.  Okay, easy enough, right?  Now read it once again with emphasis on the word in bold print  –  I didn’t say he took the money.  Now again  –  I didn’t say he took the money.  Now indulge me a few more times please  –  I didn’t say he took the money.  –  I didn’t say he took the money.  And then try this  –  I didn’t say he took the money.  Or how about  –  I didn’t say he took the money.  Do you see how your perception of the statement changed based on what word has the most emphasis put on it?  As I say, we all hear the same words but in truth we do not because of how our mind perceives those words. This is why we should become well-practiced in the management of that potentially vicious little fellow who resides in our mouth, our tongue.  How is it said?  “Out of the same mouth comes forth blessing and cursing.  My brethren, these things ought not be.”  Realize the truth of these words, friends and neighbors.  If what comes out of our mouths is a flow of inconsistency, then how do you think this affects those around us and how then does it ultimately affect this, our world that was given us to care for and manage???  Is it any wonder then that this world of ours is in conflict and confusion? You see, the words we use are to be consistently peaceable and kind and therefore easily entreated by the spirits of those round’ about us.  This is how healing will come upon the Earth.

There are other factors, of course.  Nothing is perfect in an imperfect world.  But it is what we can strive for, what we can become.  And if you wish to place blame for the conditions on our planet somewhere else?  Say, on the shoulders of our leaders perhaps?  Okay, I will give that one to you for that is fair enough.  To those whom we place our faith and confidence in to responsibly make decisions for the welfare of our country and world, we expect more.  To properly serve its citizenry, those who have been given the mantle of leadership are expected to be servants of said citizenry.  But I would ask you this question as well  –  If it becomes a situation where the leaders are no longer acting as the public servants for which they were elected but rather have become servants unto themselves, what then?  The answer there is a simple one but not an easy one.  If they will no longer fulfill properly the position they were entrusted with, then they should be asked to leave that position.  And it is the citizens who elected them, you and I who must hold them accountable for their office.  So you see, we are the ones who are to blame for a lack of leadership in our respective countries and nations.  Because we are the ones who either allow or disallow things to continue as they are, be it good or bad.  It is our job, our responsibility to speak clearly and say our leaders, “Do you hear what we hear?”  So, the good news is that in order to effectively change our world is that it is all up to us.  And the bad news is that in order to effectively change our world it is all up to us.  It’s kind of funny if you think about it.  But it is the truth of it, to be sure.

In closing, I would say that our nation and our world is in turmoil.  That is an irrefutable fact.  There is violence and discord in so many areas of the world.  A good many of us, the majority of us actually,  feel anxious and fearful much of the time.  A sense of foreboding is quite prevalent nowadays.  We seem to be a nation which has lost its way in a world which seems to be spinning out of control.  What are we to do and in which direction do we turn in the midst of our fear?  I believe we know the answer and we know where to begin already.  You see, back in 1962, there was a lyricist and a musician who were living in a fearful time. I believe we spoke of them earlier this evening, yes?  And in response to their fear, did they withdraw and run away, hoping desperately that someone would step up and do something?  No, they did not as you already know.  Instead they took a stand and used the gifts and abilities they were born with and wrote a song that affected the masses then and still blesses millions today.  “Do You Hear What I Hear?” Well my friend, do you hear it?  The winds of change are blowing now.  And please do remember that our words carry much power, power that can and will bring about a different outcome than what has been set forth.  Will you now step up with me and greet those winds head on with a grand expectation and the confident hope for a better tomorrow?  And be not afraid for fear is indeed the real enemy of our spirit.  Come, let us bring about change in our world for it is our world after all.  What do you say?  Do you hear what I hear?

I do apologize if I have kept you longer than usual.  As I have mentioned, most often when I write something I don’t know where it is going.  I simply follow what flows through my fingertips.  I truly hope this has been worthy of your time this evening.  I speak of our being able to effect change because I am led to do so.  And I believe I am led to do so because we can, through a collective effort bring our world back into balance, if you will.  But to do so, we must become accountable to ourselves and more importantly, we must become accountable as well to all those who share this Earth with us.  I pray for blessing and goodness upon us all.  If you find these words worthy, please pass them along.  I thank you for your attention.  Take care with yourselves.

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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Where Two Or Three Are Gathered…….

I would suppose that the majority of us know this particular passage.  “Where two or three are gathered in My name, there am I in the midst of them.”  Now the meaning within this scripture is fairly obvious.  Our Creator will attend His ear to what we have to say even if there is not a multitude of people collectively requesting His attention.  We are just that important to the One who brought us to be.  And that is a wonderful thing to know, is it not?  Of course it is.  But that is not to be my focus here this evening, as glorious as that information may be.  At least I don’t believe it shall be my focus.  We shall see, I suppose.

You see, often times we must look below the surface of the words for the meanings that lie just underneath, perhaps waiting to be discovered.  What has always captured me about the aforementioned verse is mention of “where two or three are gathered”.  I have always been drawn to the idea of numbers and I am not sure as to why.  It certainly has nothing to do with my love of mathematics for I have no love lost there.  I barely passed algebra and dropped out of geometry.  As for trigonometry and calculus?  Exactly.  We were never even introduced.  Still my fascination with simple numbers remains.  Perhaps it is because numbers, like words carry tremendous power and meaning.  And the weight they carry was something not imposed by humankind but rather by our Creator.  Think about it for a moment, if you will.  According to scripture, the world was created in 7 days.  Why not 4 or 5 days?  And the number 7 has longed been hailed as the number of perfection.  Why is that exactly?  And in the process of creation, there was 1 man and 1 woman created.  In the animal kingdom, there were 2 of each animal created, be it mammal, fish or fowl.  I am certain that particular situation was simply to satisfy the requirement for procreation.  But since trees, plants and flowers were also created, I ask myself how many?  Nothing the Creator sets out to do is done in a slipshod fashion but rather His methodology is one of design and precision.  Should it disturb me that there is no mention of the number of trees He planted with a touch of His hand?  No, it should not but it does nonetheless.  What can I say?  So, color me weird or a bit off. I am okay with that.  However, I can see here that once again I have wandered off point.  Let us get back to where we left off.  Or better said, where I left off.

Where two or three are gathered.  Such small numbers these are, yes?  What does this tell us then?  It tells us my friend, that because we have been touched by the Divine we have much power.  We have more power within us than we can even begin to imagine!  Do bear in mind that this power is not of ourselves and it is not created by us so there cannot be any degree of arrogance here. It is a gift from our Creator.  Besides, power that is true and pure lies within the realm of humility.  Where two or three are gathered.  Would you care to break it down to say, the power of one?  So be it.  The effectual fervent prayer of  “a righteous man” availeth much”.  You do notice that this refers to a singular individual, yes?   Hence, the power of one. 

What point am I trying to make here?  Or better said, what is it that I am asking?  I will answer it now as best I can.  What I am asking is why are we not living our lives inside that realm of power that the Almighty has given us so freely?  I sometimes imagine Him looking down, scratching His head and saying,  “Come on now, my people!  I have given you the keys to the kingdom.  Why do you not use those keys and step into the power of the Kingdom I have graciously given unto you?  Why do you insist on living in mediocrity and spiritual poverty?”  I believe it causes God frustration when he observes us at times.  Don’t you?

My friends, think about this now.  It only takes 2 of us to get God’s attention.  In reality, it only takes the power of one based on what was stated a bit earlier here.  And if one has the attention of the Almighty, one has tapped into a fairly strong Power source.  Wouldn’t you be inclined to agree?

Now, I have said all of this to say one thing and one thing only.  The very simple formula of where two or three (or one) are gathered = a high level of God-given power is all that is required to bring about change in this, our world.  All it requires is our diligent application of the formula and the belief that the formula will work.  But belief without diligent effort will not bring results anymore than diligent effort without belief will render positive results.  The two must work together.  And is this formula based in truth?  It has to be so.  Anything less than this would result in our Creator being dishonest in His promises.  And that is simply not a possibility.

And going back to my infatuation with numbers, indulge me I pray thee, just once more.  When Noah built the ark and the animals were bid welcome and made their way in, how is it that they entered?  Was it in a mad frenzy, all clamoring to claim a spot within?  Did the strongest and boldest enter first with the weaker and smaller bringing up the rear?  You know the answer to this.  They entered into the ark in pairs, two at a time in a fashion that would’ve pleased a drill instructor.  And admittedly, I do not know if the elephants and tigers were followed in by the rabbits and squirrels.  But I do know that all are equal in the sight of God so perhaps that says it all.  The point I am trying to make is simply this.  As they entered, two by two, their numbers grew and eventually they occupied the entire ark, so great were they in number.  This is the method to be used to effect change on a global scale.  The 1 becomes 2, the 2 become 4, the 4 become 8 and so on.  And there is unlimited power in just 2 or 3 with our Creator in the midst.  Can you imagine what level of change can be effected when those 2 or 3 multiply themselves into the thousands??  Think of this for it is all too possible, dear reader.  Now, let us take these thoughts and put them into action.  A seed cannot grow and bring forth fruit until it has been placed below the soil.  Then that seed must die in order to bring forth new life.  “Whoa, hold on”,  You may say. “What is this dying business? I didn’t sign on for that!”  Well, I will admit that I failed to mention that part.  But it is a good thing, not a bad thing.  You see, in order to bring about lasting change in others, we must die to self first.  And in doing so, we are actually reborn into a higher level of ourselves as are those whose lives we effect.  It is a concept to be embraced rather than be pushed away.  Trust me on this for it is the simple truth.  Where two or three (or one) are gathered…….  Friends, think about it for it is exciting stuff!

I thank you as always for taking the time from your day to peruse these words I have placed here.  I trust they caused you to explore your mind for exploration is a grand affair and a lot of fun as well.  Be blessed in your day and bless those you meet along the way.  Take care with yourselves.

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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In The Midst Of A Storm Right Now?

How is your Life today, my friend?  Is it flowing along smoothly?  Would you liken as unto a near perfect summer day, one where the temperature hovers properly at 70 degrees and there is no humidity to speak of and the Sun gently warms your skin and blesses your eyes?  I would hope this to be true for you and for those you love.  Because if it is, I know it has not always been so.  There are storms in Life as surely as there are seasons of Sun and warm goodness.  So, if you are experiencing an idyllic season, please recognize it as just that.  It is a season and seasons change as seasons always do.  There will be a stormy season that will find you at some point.  It is how Life operates.  It is how it is.  You can be sure of it.  And for those of you who are presently in the midst of one of Life’s storms, I empathize with you.  But in another sense, I am envious of you to a degree.  No, the cheese is not sliding off my cracker, as the saying goes.  Please be indulgent and continue to read.  I am quite sure this will begin to make sense as we continue.  Most often as I write, I am not sure how the whole thing is supposed to turn out.  I just bear with it and ask that you do the same.

“Gosh William!”,  you say.  “Such happy thoughts you are sending me today!  Please stop trying to make me feel so cheerful!”  My friend, I actually am sending a positive note in your direction.  It is just not in a way you might expect it.  And while it isn’t always pleasant to think of such things, it is important.  Especially since the storm clouds we will be discussing always seem to carry their own unique silver lining.  Perhaps that is the point here.  Let us find out.

Our world became seasonal after that proverbial apple had a bite taken out of it.  And I don’t believe that anyone truly knows if it was an apple but that doesn’t really matter, does it?  The point is that prior to that incident, the world was utopian, perfect and undisturbed.  But humankind in their own infinite wisdom managed to change all of that.  Isn’t it funny how things change so much but remain so much the same?  We humans are still quite sure that we know better and thus still manage to continue to make a mess of things even today!  But I digress and so apologize.  Let us stay on point, shall we?  Oh, and for those who do not believe scripture or believe there is a Creator behind all this, do not leave please.  There is wisdom for you here as well, I trust.

Seasons.  We were discussing the idea of seasons and of storms.  And of fruit, a particular apple in this case.  Because of a conscious choice that was made involving fruit, our world now has become seasonal.  And seasons always bring about what exactly?  Why, they bring about change, correct?  The spring season is time of birth, of renewal and growth.  As the flowers explode into beautiful colors and fragrance that please our senses, the trees bring forth their leaves and allow us to sit in the shade they provide for us.  The birds set about building their nests in preparation for the family they know is just on its way now.  Life begins to stir in the lakes and rivers once again.  And so many more things come anew and afresh once again.  It is a truly wonderful season to behold, isn’t it?

What follows spring is of course summertime which is glorious in its own right.  The days are hot and at night, we hope for balmy breezes to make their way onto our porches and  through our open windows.  It is a season for baseball games and lemonade and ice cream floats.  It is a season for taking a breath or two and remembering what it is to enjoy life and our world, if only for a time.  And of course, I should mention when those balmy breezes choose not to pleasure us with their presence, I always thank God for inventing air conditioning and ceiling fans.  Indeed I do.  I am sure you do as well. And as the days come and go, we move on into autumn in which the trees are resplendent, dressed in their fiery coats of yellow and orange and red leaves, their final gift to us as they fall gently to the ground.  And then winter comes along, a season of cold beauty and warm fires and cozy blankets.  A time for snowmen and snowball fights.  But also a time for our Earth to rest a bit as it prepares for the coming spring where all is reborn once again.  So all things are indeed seasonal, yes?  “But wait!”,  say you. “You’ve not made mention of the storms!  Where do the storms come in?”  That is a fair question which deserves a fair answer.  You have already made my point for me for you are well aware that storms will come about and will do so at any given point and  in any season as well.  Storms are seasonal as well and are a part of our world. And storms are important in that they often provide a way for change.  For example, do you see that huge, magnificent oak tree over there?  Beautiful, isn’t it?  But do you notice how nothing can grow anywhere near it?  It has reached proportions where it is pulling all the nutrients from the soil around it.  Because of this, everything else is dying.  Along comes a storm and the oak tree is uprooted and it dies.  This is sad because it was a beautiful, beautiful tree.  But conversely, its death while tragic has made it possible for all sorts of new life to be born in its stead.  That is the miracle that stands amidst the tragedy.  That my friends, is change.

I suppose the point I am heading towards is that storms will be sent our way as we journey along Life’s road.  And this will happen because Life requires that we grow and change into who we were meant to become so as to fulfill our purpose, our reason for being here on this planet.  Growth is a precursor for change.  One cannot occur without the other.  And if I might add, neither one of these, growth or change are pleasant or comfortable really.  Well, I misspoke there.  Growth would always be pleasant and even comfortable so long as I didn’t have to change anything.  But as you can see, we cannot have one without the other.  One cannot grow if they will not change and one cannot change if they will not grow.  And storms are most often dramatic and powerful.  That is why they act as a catalyst for change.  Most of us tend to resist change and require a bit of shaking up to bring about such a change.  Hence, the need for the storms that Life sends our way.

Now, a question for you.  Do you remember my mentioning that was I was empathetic yet envious of someone who was going through one of Life’s storms even now?  I was not trying to be clever or cruel or funny.  I would not do such a thing.  The reason I said that is quite simple really.  As a rule, when one is battling their way through one of the storms Life sends their way, it is because Life is preparing them to step up to a new level.  Remember the equation  –  Storm = Growth= Change.  And change always brings us to a new Life level.  It may not be a level that we would have chosen necessarily.  But it will always be an elevation that provides a clearer, broader view and vision of what it is we are here to do, of our Purpose and Destiny.  The more I understand things of this nature, the more I am willing to take on the storms that come along my Life path.  Does this mean I long for pain and discomfort and even sadness?  No, no!  I am not one who has gone mad nor am I daft!  All I mean is that knowing the reward goes a long way towards realizing why I would brave the storm in the first place.

For those of you presently enjoying a grand season, do so fully.  Truly savor each moment of each day and make wonderful memories for our remembrances give us much strength.  But when a storm approaches, do not fear the storm.  Recognize it for what it is and prepare for growth and change.  And for any of you who are in the very center of a storm, you have my prayers. Stand strong in the belief that you are destined for elevation and do not waver and do not be fearful.  Your Creator will not put you through anything that He has not equipped you to handle and will provide a way for you.  Remember as well that storms can be beautiful in their power.  This is because the process of growth and of change are often difficult to see but beautiful to behold.  This I realized only a moment ago.

Thank you friend for your attention.  I believe I learned something here this evening.  I hope you have as well.  Be all of you blessed and well.  Always be sure to bless those who come across your path each day for that is so important.  It is what keeps us human.  Take care with yourselves.

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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Do You See Yourself As A Masterpiece or A “Mess-terpiece”?

How do we view ourselves most often?  Do we see ourselves as a creation of the Divine, a masterpiece in process of being born and a gift to the world as our Creator intended?  Do we realize that we must be patient in this process just as our Creator is patient as our rough and often abrasive edges are carefully and gently worn into what is the perfect surface for our beauty to shine forth like the Sun?  Or do we see ourselves as more of a “mess-terpiece” and grow impatient with the process and simply walk away with our imperfections, saying perhaps that such beauty was not meant to be for someone such as ourselves?  So instead, we indulge ourselves in self-deprecating behavior and thus become even more tarnished and dull.  As we do so, we fail to realize that we are drifting further and further away from what Life would have us to be.  It is no wonder that so many people walk around with smiles that have long since faded and eyes that no longer reflect life and vitality.  It is so sad really.  Nowadays, scores of people simply exist through the years they have been gifted by Life.  And it is because long ago, they walked away from their true Source, the Creator who was patiently in process with them, whispering into ears that were once receptive the thoughts and ideas of wonder and greatness and the magic of Life.  We see these people each day and every day but we hardly notice them for they have allowed themselves to lose their luster, much like old wallpaper which no longer captures the attention of those who enter the room.  You understand what I mean, don’t you?  I suppose I become frustrated with folks because it doesn’t have to be that way.

We were all brought into this world to become a unique and beautiful masterpiece, a singular work of art that offers something that no other has before or will be able to offer in the future.  Why don’t we see this??  What we must do simply is to place ourselves into the hands of the Artist and allow Him to bring us into what we were meant to be, by design.  By Destiny, if you will.  Does this require trust and patience on our part?  Yes, we must display at least as much trust and patience as the Artist demonstrates as He works His way through our imperfections, gently sanding and sculpting us to reflect the true beauty that is within our spirit.  But you see, the Artist I speak of will only work with us by way of our permission for He has bestowed upon us the gift and responsibility of Free Will.  He will not enter a place He has not been invited into.  Our invitation is all this Artist is looking to receive. Do yourself a favor and take Him up on His generous offer.  And if you will do so, it is not only you that will benefit here.  You will be so much more able to touch and bless the lives of others and be blessed in return.

And if I may say yet one more thing?  Please do not entertain such thoughts that would keep you from becoming the masterpiece you are destined to become to lay hold to your mind and your heart.  Because attempts will be made in that direction and I will guarantee it.  These attempts will come most often when the Artist is working to smooth out a rather rough part of who you may perceive yourself to be.  It is at moments like these that the temptation will be strong to simply turn a deaf ear to the Artist’s voice and walk away from where He is leading you.  Please resist then the urge to leave and go your own way.  Instead, be stronger and become more patient in those times.  And in doing so, that is what will make all the difference in what and who you become in this Life.  In this way, you will indeed develop into the masterpiece that you were born to be and not the “mess-terpiece” that you would otherwise become.  Give this some thought if you will for it is indeed the truth.

I thank you for taking time from your day to view these words and as always, I hope that there lies a benefit here for you.  Take care in your thoughts and may blessing find you ready and able to receive what Life holds for you.

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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Namaste!

Namaste!  What a grand word this is!  A friend introduced me to this wonderful word.  Namaste!  It is one of the most singularly significant words in our world today.  It is, in my estimation the highest compliment one person can give to another while in the same moment being aware of what lies within themselves.  Namaste! Would you care to know how this word is defined?  It is an acknowledgement that there is a divine light in all of us.  The word when broken down to its base form is as follows  –  “nama” means “bow”, “as” means “I” and “te” means “you”.  Translated this means “I bow to you.”  By saying namaste to another person, you are bowing to their internal light and at the same time recognizing that it is the same light that glows from with yourself and everyone around you.  It is a gesture of gratitude, respect and equality.  I give credit to my friend for defining this word so completely.  And words are the power that change and shape our world.  But what makes this particular word, this namaste so preciously powerful is that we, all of us do carry within us a piece of the Divine.  It is a gift from our Creator and resides in our spirit.  And to be sure, it is more evident in some than it is in others.  But that is only because some of us are more in touch with the higher self, if you will.  And where there is more light, there is less darkness.  But just because this person standing here is shining brighter than that person over there does not mean that one has a greater portion than the other.  It simply means that one of them is not as aware of how precious and special they are, of how much of a gift they are to this world.  And how does one help another to see within themselves the piece of the Divine that they carry within?  I believe that one very effective way is to practice this concept of namaste. 

Now you may say, “I have no intention of approaching various people and bowing to them.  I will appear foolish and people will think me to be not quite right in the head!”  Perhaps so, perhaps not.  I believe there is a scripture that says “But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the mighty”.  You see, the people who are not afraid to appear a bit foolish and yes, even a bit vulnerable, those are the people who possess true wisdom and are therefore truly blessed.  Those are the people whose Divine light shines ever so brightly.  And if because you practice namaste, someone might get the idea that you are a bit off, that you are not normal?  To that, I would say, be so very thankful!  Look around you and observe what our society deems as “normal behavior” in this day and age.  I am grateful every day that I am not seen as “normal” by todays standards.  I am of a peculiar people and happy for it.  I am not better than another.  No, not at all.  Just different.

Actually, namaste by its very definition is a symbol of goodness, of kindness and an acknowledgement that we are, all of us, the same.  And we are the same, my friends.  We have all been created in the image of the One who created us and we have all been endowed with what I like to call a “God-Spark” which lives within us.  We all have been gifted with a piece of the Divine.  And it is not something we can be boastful or arrogant about for it is a gift.  Nor can we or should we feel we are better or more than another just because we may shine a bit more.  Generally, those who have more of an aura than others usually have been nurtured differently and therefore have grown differently.  So I say to you, why not share the manner in which you were able to grow?  We were and are all designed to grow together.  It is only the short-comings of our world that has prevented this from happening as it should.  You and I, we have the power to change all of that.  And besides, it is always in blessing others that we are blessed in return.  It is in the acknowledgement of the light that shines in another person that our own light grows and shines just that much more, yes?  That, I believe is namaste defined in its simplest form.

So I suppose the obvious question is how does one initiate and practice this idea of namaste?  It is simpler than you can imagine which makes sense since the simplest things in Life contain the purest form of Power.  All one must do is this  –  Bend the arms from the elbows upwards and face the two palms of the hands.  Place the two palms together and keep the folded palms in front of the chest.  Utter the word Namaste and while saying the word, bow the head slightly.  The methodology is uncomplicated and quietly done.  There is no fanfare or brass bands playing.  The strength that comes from what is divine spirit which is within is not boisterous and is easily entreated by the spirit which embodies our world.  This is once again, the truth of strength and power.  I would encourage you, everyone to try this, to give namaste a chance.  We all see people daily.  Some are friends and acquaintances, to be sure.  However, the majority are strangers to us.  Personally, I believe that namaste is even more effective when used towards those we do not even know.  Why?  Because our friends and those we are close to usually know us a bit too well and often are not receptive to a new and different idea when it is presented to them by us.  It is in those we do not know that we can be most effective.  And once you have completed this rather quick act of namaste, the stranger just might ask you what it is you did and why you did it.  It is at this point, you will be able to share with this person a very unique idea, a gift that they may wish to share with another.  On the other hand, they could just dismiss you, letting you know that you are a couple of eggs short of a dozen.  That’s okay as well because you will most likely never see them again.  But more importantly, you will have grown just a touch more and probably gave them something to think about later.

Remember one other item, if you will.  It is something I have said before and it is a vital component of lasting change.  The small acts we practice each day, those are the things that bring about change in this, our world.  Remember as well that those small acts we speak of here can be good or bad.  They can bring about positive change or they can add to that negative spirit that so often pervades our planet.  We, you and I have the privilege of choosing what those changes can and will be.  Give thought to your choices and choose wisely, my friends.

I thank you as always for taking the time to review the words here and hope that it has been of some benefit.  Have a day which is blessed and share your blessings with those round’ about you.  I wish you a good evening and above all, Namaste!

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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