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Jim Palmer

One of the ways religion was a disservice to me is how it spiritualized life in a manner that prevented me from responding to situations as they required. “Honor your father and mother” doesn’t mean accepting their manipulation and abuse. “Turning the other cheek” doesn’t mean that you allow someone to violate your boundaries. No one ever told me that at times the “godly” thing to do includes standing for yourself, saying “no,” terminating relationships, and refusing to enable the dysfunctional behavior of others no matter how they might try to justify it with God.

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15 Things Jesus DID Say

Posted: August 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

Jim Palmer

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15 Things Jesus DID Say:

“There’s only one litmus test to authenticate if someone gets what I’m about – love.”

“The kingdom of God is here and now, which means it’s not somewhere else and later.”

“If you’ve reached perfection on your journey, feel free to judge others. Otherwise, be quiet.”

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15 Things Jesus Didn’t Say

Posted: August 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

Jim Palmer

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15 things Jesus Didn’t Say:

“For God was so disgusted with the world and you that he gave his one and only Son.”

“I have come to bring you a new religion.”

“By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have correct theology.”

“If anyone would come after me, let him disparage all other religions and their followers.”

“If you love me, you will regularly attend a church of your choice… within reason.”

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What I learned from Twilight

Posted: August 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

Even though I’ve never been a huge Twilight fan, who can deny the reality that everyone wants to be loved, wants to belong, wants to transcend, and struggle with searching for the self?

Jim Palmer

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5 reasons why the Twilight saga series succeeded:

1. We still want to believe in love
The Twilight saga was not a series of shallow, cutsie chick flicks. The series connected with people because it depicted a kind of fierce love people want to believe is still possible – a love you fight for, risk for, walk through fire and rain for… die for if necessary. The kind of love that lasts, endures, protects, transcends and transforms our very being, what our life is about, and who we are in the world. The “love wins” theme is central to the Twilight series.

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The longer I live, the more I am convinced that life is not about becoming something; it is about unbecoming everything that is not me, so I can really be my true, Divine self.

Jim Palmer

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“You are created in the image and likeness of God.
God’s being is the source of your being.
You are as God created you.
God created you as whole.
God created you as complete.
God created you as good.
God created you as free.
God created you as beautiful.
God created you as love.
God created you as peace.
God created you as power.
God created you as truth.
God created you as awareness.
God created you as wisdom.
God created you as presence.
God extends outward in, through, and as you.
You are one with God.
This was the message and meaning of Jesus.

But we often do not operate within the reality of who and what we truly are. Instead, we are living through a False Self that contradicts our original and True Self. The only way the idea of being “born into sin” or “born as sinners”…

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They say that once your mind expands after your soul has been freed, it can never go back into the cage that held it prisoner for so long. Maybe this is what true evolution and enlightenment is all about.

Once I was judged and I judged others; I’m getting too old and too tired for that kind of shit now.

Once I wallowed in a festering sewer of negativity; I saw myself getting it and giving it as naturally as breathing in and breathing out.
Now I have neither the time nor the energy for that.

And my God smiled and said, “Oh, my dear, wonderful child! And you don’t call this growth?”

Jim Palmer

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16 things people report about their shedding religion journey:

1. You’re losing your religion but gaining your sanity.
2. Maybe you left church because it wasn’t helping you know God or grow spiritually.
3. You know you are on the right path but trying to explain that path to others is like nailing Jello to a wall, and you often feel misunderstood.
4. Your new life beyond religion isn’t quite as defined as things used to be.
5. You have twice as many questions as you do answers but strangely you’re okay with this.

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