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Three Seeking to be One

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The number three is a number that I have always felt a connection with. Throughout history the number 3 has been considered a sacred number in many religions and throughout philosophy. 
Pythagoras considered 3 to be the first true number, the number of harmony. Three is the first number that forms a geometrical figure, the triangle, three is the number of time (past, present, future). We are on the third planet from the sun. There are seemly countless referrals and connections to the number three. 
In Christianity alone there are many; the Godhead is made of three beings, The Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost, Three wise men came to Jesus at his birth, they brought three gifts, Jesus' ministry lasted for three years, Peter denied Jesus three times, Jesus was placed on the cross on the third hour of the day, he died at the 9th hour (3pm), there were 3 hours of darkness that covered the last while Jesus was suffering on the cross, Jesus rose from the dead on the thir…

Past Errors Into Future Wisdom

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There have been times in my life when looking at my life from an observer's perspective, it appeared as though I was in the wrong place, possibly doing the wrong thing. But as I look back and as I have experienced, I have come to understand that what may have appeared to be very wrong in one moment, can indeed, be very right over time.

The greatest example of this is found in the story of 'the Fall' of Adam and Eve. From an observer's point of view the Fall of man appears to be a tragic event that not only separates us from God but it condemns mankind to death and changed our good nature into one that has become evil continually. But we know that the Fall is integral part of Heavenly Father's plan and was necessary for us to have the capacity to learn and grown, to know good from evil and for us, the children of Adam and Eve, to even exists.

The seemly wrong action of Eve and Adam has been made right.

“And now, behold, if Adam had not transgressed he would not hav…

We Made a Decision...

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The 3rd step in the Narcotics Anonymous program is "We made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood him."

This step is powerful and in no way vague. It is very precise and all inclusive.

According to the 12 step process of recovery, by the time one reaches the 3rd step those in recovery have been through the first two steps and these first two steps have enabled the person to move on to the third. The first two steps state:

"We admitted we were powerless over our addiction, that our lives had become unmanageable." and "We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity". 
The first three steps in AA, Al-Anon, Overeaters Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous, Sex Addicts Anonymous, Workaholics Anonymous, and almost all other 12 step programs are practically identical.

There is a saying in recovery; 'the steps are in order for a reason'. I believe this to be very true. These first thr…

The Miracle of my Father's Death

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(Edward R. Adelson, circa 1934)
When I was a child, my father and I had no real relationship, we simply did not understand each other. 

He never knew how to effectively relate to children or how to deal with unpredictable emotions (especially his own) and he was of a generation that believed children were the sole responsibility of their mother and that anyone under 20 should be seen and not heard. In his perception of life, his role was to provide for his family and he did so well. 

The little exposure I had to him in my youth was uncomfortable, ackward and intimidating. Now I know that what I had interpreted as him being distant and emotionless towards me specifically was really a display of his general uneasiness with children and their unpredictable emotions. Emotions seemed to be his own personal form of Kryptonite. This discomfort with feelings was especially intense with any expression of affection towards him, or even when affection was expressed near him. 

When I was 9 my parent…

The Heart of Charity

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Prior to my baptism one aspect of the LDS church that deeply inspired me during my investigation was the church's emphasis on service. 
Rather than my going into the details of the many service programs the church has created or expound on the myriad of opportunities we as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints have been afforded to serve, or rather than describe how we have been commanded to be of service, I prefer to offer this quote by President Uchtdorf that I feel captures the general essence of service in light of the true Gospel of Jesus Christ.
“Preaching is fine, but sermons that do not lead to action are like fires without heat or water that cannot quench thirst. It is in the application of doctrine that the purifying flame of the gospel grows…”
Serving others is the one of the truest application of the doctrine of Christ.
We are all called to serve, and to serve with all we have and are, but beyond the obvious and holy purpose of easing the burdens …

Love Thy Neighbor as Thy Self

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Mark 12:28-34
“And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.  And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.  And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he:  And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.  And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art no…

The Lightning Bolt of Conversion

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One of the many tattoos I have is of a Dorje. A Dorje is a type of weapon mentioned in one of the four canonical Hindu texts. The Dorje was the weapon of the ancient god Indra, (the god of heaven).
According to the text, Indra would use the weapon to kill sinners and ignorant persons. In Vaj-ra-ya-na Buddhism the Dorje or as they call it the Vajra, is used as their representational symbol. This path of Buddhism is referred to as the “Thunderbolt Way" with the ‘thunderbolt’ being enlightenment -  One moment I am not enlightened, and in the next momentI am no matter how long it took to get there.
I got the tattoo after a few trips to India and Nepal, because, I had a personal spiritual  'thunderbolt' experience - a deep experience of being released from suffering.
At the time and in my own arrogant ignorance, I had the belief that I had reached my spiritual peak, an experience where my consciousness had been released from a significant portion of the suffering caused by my a…