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God’s View of the Death Penalty – Excerpt from IF GOD WAS LIKE MAN

IF GOD WAS LIKE MAN Through Barbara Rose, PhD

So if God was like man, would his justice system include the death penalty?

Should I kill you if you break a law?

Should I strike you with lightning, which is electricity, if you commit a crime? Would the threat of a lightning strike help you grow or evolve or truly learn the effects of your intentional actions? Would it help you make amends?

Do you seek to make amends when you have hurt another? Do you ever wish for the opportunity to do this? For your growth?

So if you seek to change or grow, shouldn’t all of humanity seek to do the same? Shouldn’t or wouldn’t it be beneficial if those who committed unpleasant acts had the opportunity to right their wrongs in some way? Or should they simply be put to death?

I ask you, if I were to judge you, how severe should the crime be? One lie? How about thinking a hurtful thought?
What about having an unkind motive for an act, regardless of the goodness of the act itself? Should I strike you with lightning and end your life abruptly for an unkind or unloving motive?

Isn’t premeditated murder based on an unkind or unloving motive?

Yes, it is.

Don’t you punish based on motive?

Yes, you do.

So if God was like man, he would be wise to give those who committed unloving acts based on unloving motives the opportunity to correct and learn from their ways, change their belief system, evolve, grow, heal, and then set an example for others who have done similar acts. In that way all would benefit.

I do not command you to kill. I have no commands.

So who made you the commander of others?

Why don’t you simply command yourself? And if there are individuals who are a danger to society, put them in a place where they can spend the rest of their lives in contemplation. In that way they may be able to correct, or learn, or grow, or heal. Then you will have created a situation where growth is achieved, and thus the cycle is complete. For to end people’s lives does not cause an ending at all. They are very much alive after this life. So you are in essence cheating yourselves out of the growth and evolvement of souls who choose to come into a life to evolve. As they evolve, humans make mistakes, commit misdeeds, and behave incorrectly.

Just take a look at your own life for a multitude of examples.

Do not judge severe behavior. Screaming at a child, causing a child’s self-esteem to diminish, committing murder, rape, or incest, stealing the belongings of another – these are all actions by people who have not yet evolved.

These actions all cause pain; some of them cause long-lasting pain; but all of the pain can be healed over time and with the help and support of others who have experienced it, and who therefore seek to help others evolve rather than destroy the opportunity for growth.

© Copyright 2001, 2004, 2014 by Barbara Rose, PhD All Right Reserved. Excerpt re-published with permission from The Rose Group from the book If God Was Like Man. ISBN-10: 0974145718

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Facebook’s Reach Plummets

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Many people who have an account on Facebook have noticed that the people they “Like” and the updates they would like to receive from those people in their news feed located on the “Home” tab have diminished significantly.

Many people wonder why this is happening. The reason is now that Facebook is publicly traded on the Stock Market the investors want money. In a word it is called greed. Facebook now asks people to pay money to have their posts “boost” to reach the very people who have “Liked” them to begin with.

This is perilous not only for Facebook, but for the millions of users who up until now have been utilizing Facebook to inform, entertain, and engage with the people who are interested in their information.

Facebook users feel angry. They do not want to have to pay to reach their friends, fans, and those who “Like” them. Those who are “Public Figures” are also disheartened. They work tirelessly to deliver high quality content to uplift, inform, and help the people they are here to serve in the most positive manner.

The sheer greed of Facebook has set a downward spiral for their own company as users turn to other social media to reach the same people they thought they were able to reach on Facebook’s news feed. In a scurry for dollars it is sad that Facebook will soon be referred to as “EraseBook”.

So what is the biggest social media platform right behind Facebook? It is Google +. With Google + anyone with a Gmail account can create their own news feed rich with video, pictures as well as articles and information. The smartest thing that Google + is doing is keeping it free.

So if you have noticed a dramatic decrease in your reach to the people who have “Liked” you, as well as not receiving info about the people you have “Liked” this is only because Facebook has traded its free service via the news feed for greed with the demand for dollars people just do not want to spend.

Facebook users who simply chat with close family and friends on a continuous basis are not as affected due to the “engagement” of their loved ones.

If you are in business or service to others, never put all of your eggs in one basket. Keep your newsletter service intact and deliver high quality content to the people who subscribe to your newsletter. Keep the content on your website or blog updated on a regular basis and copy it onto Google + where you can add your subscribers to a “Circle” and they, in turn, can add you to their Circle even if you do not know who they are. They might simply be interested in what you are sharing and this will always appear on Google + either privately, or publicly, or both.

As far as Facebook, you may want to reconsider how much time and effort you put into your posts, because the reach has dramatically diminished. Sadly Facebook’s user’s interest has diminished as well. Logically it is all too clear that Facebook’s days are numbered due to their intentional reduction in news feed reach, and their overwhelming greed by offering users the option to pay to reach the people who want to see what they like which was previously free.

00-2-facebook-shatteredIf you own stock in Facebook, the best word of advice would be sell.

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Pamela Leano Labor Ready Branch Manager Treats Workers Like Cattle

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Fort Myers, FL. At 5:30 AM men stood outside the Labor Ready office waiting for jobs they could go on to work hard and earn money to feed their wives and children. Job offers flow into the office throughout the day. A gentleman who wishes to remain anonymous reported that he had waited until 10:00 AM a few days earlier and went out on a job. However, today, by 9:15 AM, Pamela Leano, the Fort Myers Branch Manager, looked at the men in a degrading manner and said, “What are you doing here? You all need to go. Vamoose (as in “shoo fly”) leave.”

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The men felt degraded treated more like cattle than human beings. One man had said, “She always speaks to us like that.” Another man said, “I don’t even pay attention to it anymore.”

The gentleman who reported this said that the men were afraid of speaking up and registering a complaint, fearing that they would not be able to get work anymore.

When I heard this I felt outraged. It is completely unacceptable for honest hard working men to be treated in a sub-human manner. I wanted justice and immediately contacted the main headquarters in the state of Washington which is owned by the company True Blue.

I discovered they have a special toll free number 1-877-874-8416 for a line called Silent Whistle where anyone can report employee misconduct and remain anonymous.

I reported the incident and included that this was not an isolated case. I demanded that Ms. Leano’s employment be terminated today due to her treatment of the men ready and waiting to work hard and make an honest living.

I also informed them that if her employment was not terminated that I would be bringing this to CNN and to WINK News, the local news station in Fort Myers, FL.

It is crucial that if you are ever treated in a degrading manner that you report it immediately to put a stop to it.

If you know of anyone who is experiencing a similar situation in the labor force you can give them the Silent Whistle toll free telephone number above to report abuse or mistreatment. As you do this you will not only make a difference for yourself, you will be opening the door for a more humane, kind and caring person to hold the position of Branch Manager in any location.

Instead of just accepting mistreatment you will feel much more empowered by putting a stop to it.

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How to Have an Awakened and Enlightened Consciousness

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Questions with Answers

1. How can I become awakened and enlightened?

2. What can I do when circumstances get the best of me?

3. What is the best practice I can do in order to achieve an enlightened state?

4. When I feel down and upset, how can I transform this into personal awakening?

5. What is the key to Christ Consciousness and pure enlightenment?

The Answers

1. How can I become awakened and enlightened?

They way to awakening is to merge your thoughts with the Divine higher perspective. It is the way of anchoring the light of God, creator, within your mind. As you direct your mind to the light, and as your heart felt intention to serve as a being of light merges with your desire to become a living expression of Christ consciousness, God consciousness, this heart felt desire will help you to focus your mind on the light. When your mind is focused on the blessing even amid circumstances that are unpleasant, and when your mind seeks to serve and become one with your Higher Self, you are both serving God, as well as being an expression of God in your life.

This requires steady focus on what is going through your mind, and consciously re-directing your thoughts to the light. It calls for you to ask God to help you by seeing the higher perspective so that you can radiate out the higher rather than the lower perspective.

You came in to this life to attain your highest, purest and most loving state of being and expression. Release all attachment to outcomes. Commit yourself fully to being the light of the Creator in every moment of your life. Keep the thoughts in your mind pure, and your emotional body, mental state, and personality will then merge with and become an expression of the purest consciousness in this universe. This consciousness can never escape you, because it is you. Once you begin to live in this way every time your mind is focused on anything other than light, you will awaken. You will allow the enlightenment that is your essence to flow from within you, and you will serve yourself, others, as well as share with those who ask how to shift their minds focus to the light, where all answers, awakening and enlightenment is. You are this expression, and it is time now for you to live in this awakened state for eternity.

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2. What can I do when circumstances get the best of me?

Many times, in fact, all times, circumstances that you are unhappy about have come into your life precisely so that you can find the light within that circumstance. I call this “strengtheners” as opposed to “testers.” It is your conscious choice to weaken or strengthen. The gift of free will and choice humanity has endows each spiritual human being with the ability to focus on the light behind the darkness, and to transform any dark circumstance into one of light.

This can only be done first with a decision within your mind. It is your heart felt commitment to discovering the higher reason, and moving in that direction that will enable you to become the best that you are as a result of the circumstances that have acted as catalysts for your coming into your highest and purest state of being and expression. This is your purpose. It is to be the light, under all circumstances, and to bring light to those circumstances. Then, you will be living and sharing the higher purpose. Personal and global transformation is the result of this, where light transforms darkness. And it is your mind, focus, dedication, and expression of this light that will serve to help uplift the lives of those who are undergoing circumstances similar to yours.

3. What is the best practice I can do in order to achieve an enlightened state?

First, breathe. Then ask God, your Higher Self, Holy Spirit, Source or whatever name you give to the source of the pure love, light and truth in the universe to help you see the light. When you ask for the higher perspective, and when you focus on light, and practice Higher Self communication on a daily basis, you will come to know that the practice is never a ritual. It is a pure state that comes from your heart to bring you into your highest awareness, awakening, and then inner peace will replace any internal discord you may feel.

Dedicate yourself to serve as a beacon of light from your heart. Share with others the higher perspective you have realized. Remember that no one person can ever be the source of your enlightenment. You are source, and it is in connecting to this unlimited, boundless and eternal expression of light with every thought, motive and deed that you will achieve an enlightened state. What your mind focuses on is the key combined with the purest intentions within your heart. BE the light.

Ask that light permeate every corner of your life, and consciousness. As your unwavering dedication to being this expression of Divine light and love continues, you will only feel light and love. You will then be enlightened and feel inner peace at all times, under all circumstances, because you will know that light is the source of all circumstances to help you to see the light that you are, which no outer circumstance can ever extinguish.

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4. When I feel down and upset, how can I transform this into personal awakening?

With compassion. Have compassion for yourself and all others. Have compassion for the circumstances that are there to help you honor your highest truth. When you feel down, it is usually because there is an external condition that your personality is not happy about. Go beyond the personality level, and ask for the higher perspective. This will end the cycle of internal discord. This will begin the cycle of seeing every circumstance from the Highest perspective which will free you from drama.

It will open your mind to the transformation that is about to be birthed from within you. Bless every person and circumstance as you view them to be catalysts for your personal and spiritual evolution. Once you have done this, you will no longer feel upset. You will feel free. This feeling of pure inner freedom that is never bound to a circumstance or situation is the result of personal awakening. View each time you feel down as an opportunity to move into the light of the higher perspective. It is from this vantage point that all internal upset will be transformed into internal peace.

5. What is the key to Christ Consciousness and pure enlightenment?

Your heart centered, pure motives as well as your unwavering dedication and commitment to become the physical embodiment of Christ consciousness every moment of your life. When your heart and mind are aligned in this manner, with steady focus on the light behind each circumstance, you will feel they key in your heart. The key is filled with the purest of love. To uplift yourself, and then to help others by example in any manner that is necessary. Show compassion instead of anger.

Give understanding. Remove yourself from all negativity. Be the light you wish to see in this world, and know one thing: You are not only an expression of the light, you are the light giving expression. This is the key. Remember it always, and live it with every breath you take. This path is filled with radiant inner peace. It is the path that yields the most joy as it naturally spreads joy to all others, regardless of space or time.

Consciousness transcends all space and time. When your consciousness is single focused, solely and completely on light and love – there will only be light and love, as well as the inner strength to carry it out every moment of your life. Others will remember your pure heart-centered example, and they too will awaken to and embody pure light, love, truth and the inner strength to carry it out until all of humanity lives in this way. And this, is the Christ Consciousness that is awakened within every human being. This is the time, and now, your decision to reach within your heart will engage your mind into its highest state, each moment, every moment, and thus, you will be the embodiment of pure enlightenment.

© Copyright 2012 by Barbara Sherry Rose, PhD All Rights Reserved

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