The Veil of the Temple

Our bodies are a temple. But, did you ever stop and think that this temple also has it’s veil? When Christ declared from the cross “It is finished!”, the veil of the temple at Jerusalem was rent in two from top to bottom.

Things to consider:

  • Why from top to bottom, and not bottom to top? What does that say about who tore the veil or how it was torn?
  • What effect could the finished work of Christ have on your personal veil?

Finding Something that is Hidden in Plain Sight


I want you to consider this picture and then the following accompanying post.

1 Esdras4:38 As for the truth, it endureth, and is always strong; it liveth and conquereth for evermore.
39 With HER there is no accepting of persons or rewards; but SHE doeth the things that are just, and refraineth from all unjust and wicked things; and all men do well like of HER works.
40 Neither in HER judgment is any unrighteousness; and SHE is the strength, kingdom, power, and majesty, of all ages. Blessed be the God of truth.
(King James apocrypha, 1 Esdras chapters 3 and 4)(emphasis added)

by Mary Collier.

Good picture. Good message, But, I guess SHE thinks we are all stupid and didn’t get HER point.

That’s a beautiful picture. If somebody said that was Mrs. Jesus, or Heavenly Mother, I would believe them. I have to object that “Mary Collier”, has to emphasis every female pronoun in ALL CAPS. It feels like a bludgeon. And it takes away from her message.


She is simply trying to point out and celebrate the scriptures talking of our Heavenly Mother. One of the plain and precious truths we’ve lost. The bible as we have it today makes little mention of Her. And as a result many woman struggle to fully understand there devine nature, purpose, and potential. I treasure every fleeting glimpse we can get from the scriptures about this Goddess and Mother of use all. God bless womanhood, and God be with and bless Mary Collier

I agree, but do you understand where I am coming from?

It may sound like I am over-blowing this, but as I started writing this, I realize there was a point to be made about subtlety, made in a non-subtle way. And this kind of wrote itself.

To me, the beauty, the mystique, the power of feminine energy is it’s attractive ability. It’s there, but it’s subtle, not obvious. It’s hidden in plain sight, but still invites us to discover it. 

Don’t you appreciate something more when you have to work a little bit to see it? You lost a valuable ring, but you know is somewhere in the house, and you turn everything upside down to find it? And when you find it, you rejoice. This parable is about a woman who lost the ring that she knows is valuable. Perhaps Christ told this story about a woman because a woman would understand it. What would a man do? Probably ask his wife to find it for him. 🙂

It’s like Paul describes charity in 1 Cor. 13. It doesn’t vaunt itself. It seeketh not her own. It doesn’t toot its own horn. It’s love.

In Ecclesiastes 31:10-31, it says “Who can find a virtuous woman for her price is far above rubies?” You have to find her. But, you know what? That word “virtuous” is either a mis-translation or it meant something to the Elizabethans who translated the Bible than it means to us today, because the original word in Hebrew was more like: “Who can find a STRONG woman?” You can find her, but you have to look, and after you do find her, she is more valuable to you than  rubies.

You even have to go looking in an obscure book like Esdras of Ecclesiaste. But, you must seek in order to appreciate what you find.

This is the best speech I ever heard about the role that woman play (together alongside men) in the plan of salvation. It all about Our Divine Parents. She’s hidden everywhere, out there in plain sight.

In 1 Esdras, the author personifies Truth as a woman. In the Bible, and in Greek Mythology, Wisdom is personified as a woman.

Responsibility – The Foundation of Greatness

This is an excerpt taken from Radical Honesty, by Dr. Brad Blanton, PhD. These are some key lessons of life that cut across every philosophy, religion, and belief. To paraphrase one philosopher: “You are as much like God, as you as willing to take responsibility”. Another philosopher stated that: “The first and greatest lesson in life is to emotionally accept the premise: ‘I am responsible for me.”

For Mormons, or others into religion or spiritual, this principle of responsibility lies at the heart of these Gospel principles, among others:

  • Repentance
  • Being born again
  • Single-mindedness
  • Love for God and your neighbor with ALL your heart, might, mind, and strength
  • Making goals and commitments


Responsibility means that whatever you are doing, you are willing to experience yourself as the cause. You are the source of your troubles as well as of your successes. Wherever you are on the way to reaching your goals—whether you are cruising along, pulled over to the side of the road, or feel like you’re going backwards—the willingness to experience yourself as responsible is the crucial element of success.

As long as you are blaming, explaining, apologizing, trying, resolving to be good, hoping or feeling guilty, you are not being responsible.

[in other words: “Do or do not. There is no ‘try’.]

Trying to experience yourself as responsible won’t work. What you can do is declare yourself responsible, and then see what happens, it is possible to interrupt the powerless games we play to avoid being responsible. When we begin to interrupt those games, we can move on.

One of these games is called, “Okay, okay, I’m guilty.” This game is to make it look like you have taken responsibility for yourself when you haven’t. Admitting you are guilty is a great way to avoid being responsible.

There is a big difference between admitting you are guilty of failure, or “copping a plea,” and really owning your power as the creator of your life. Whether you feel guilty or not is irrelevant. Admitting you are wrong or were wrong is only a prelude to taking responsibility for your life. It is not enough. You have to make a commitment after you interrupt this game. After you acknowledge that you’ve been fooling yourself by trying hard, you have to make a public declaration of what you will now be responsible for creating. Stick your neck out. Put your ass on the line. Tell everybody what you are about, and by when you will get results, and ask them to help.

We all know that commitment is essential to creation. What has been unclear in our culture is what to do when you’re not committed to anything but struggle. When we feel powerless to keep our word, eventually we stop giving it.

Your wholeness—the experience of yourself the way you are must precede commitment, because to be anything less than your whole self is to be trapped in the morass of beliefs you have about who you are based on your case history. Commitment must be based on the awareness of what is, and on the willingness to be responsible for ourselves the way we are. That means if we are imperfect beings who make mistakes, break our word, get angry, and are selfish, greedy, petty, and unfair, we must make our commitment as those imperfect beings. We spend our lives waiting to get better so that we can accept ourselves. We refuse to enjoy life, refuse to accept that we are loved and forgiven, and refuse to tell the truth about who we are because we never quite meet our own standards. Perfectionists are people who would rather be the worst than be the second-best. Everyone who ever successfully made a change that worked and served as a platform for the next, did this first: they finally accepted themselves the way they were. They gave up the struggle to get better. Then, finally, they were free to change.

The source of your historical being and the source of your present being is like a generator that has been constant since it started. Getting back to your source is the first technique for change. When you pay attention to the being you are, you withdraw attention from the dilemmas of your mind.

This is at the heart of Buddhism, Yoga, Vedantic Philosophy, Christian salvation, and other forms and practices of enlightenment. When a Zen Buddhist sits and looks at a wall for fourteen hours a day for seven days in a row, he does it to be able to sit and look at a wall. To be able to sit and look at a wall and just sit and look at a wall is enlightenment. To sit and look at your life story like you would sit and look at a wall is to recontact your source in the same way.

Your heartbeat started about eight weeks after the egg that became you got fertilized. You tuned in to life by growing into attunement. That is who you are. To get back in touch with who you are when you have been lost in your mind is to get back to your source.

This is hard to do. You have to die to live. Your “pretend” self, that doesn’t include your imperfection, has to die. Then, you again become a whole being. You then have the power you have always had, only now you can use it consciously. This is the good life. It requires that you sacrifice the pleasure of crying yourself to sleep on a greasy mattress.

Authority and Wisdom

People who have to assert their authority don’t have any. As apostle is supposed to act in the name of Christ and be a special witness of Name of Christ, not in the name of the apostleship, which has no inherent authority in and or itself, only to act in the name of Christ.

I’m seriously wondering about the arrogance and sense of entitlement among the church leaders. The Spirit seems to be missing.

It used to be that when the First Presidency spoke out on a political issue, they didn’t take sides, but came up with a third-way solution that the average person would never think of. And the members were amazed at the wisdom they showed. Now, the church is in lock-step with the arch-conservatives and the Catholic Church when it comes to gay rights.

Surely, men of inspiration could come up with something more humane and still follow the Gospel. Jesus often came up with surprising answers that often irritated the authorities, but were completely in line with the Gospel. But, the time is long past to extrapolate and wrest from the scriptures,or put something in the mouth of Christ that he never said, or follow the views of some medieval Catholic theologian. They seriously need to get in touch with the living Christ.

Either that, or stand aside and make room for people who are willing to humble themselves and ask for wisdom.

Love and Hate – Two sides of the same coin

These people described as “doubters” seem to want remake the Mormon church from a hard-Right political institution into a hard-Left political institution. And when they post their remarks on blogs and Facebook, they get both agreement from the other so-called “apostates” and demonization from the so-called TBM’s (true blue Mormons). These are your typical, expected, knee jerk Facebook responses. This is really nothing new.

What I have to offer, and it seems refreshingly new to me, is that nobody besides me is pointing out:

(1) Nobody in all of history ever reformed a church or religion, including Christ. Christians were driven out of the synagogues and formed their own congregations.

(2) Obsessive love or hatred for the Church is two sides of the same coin and indicate an attachment to the Church. It’s the Tar Baby from Uncle Remus. Once you get stuck, love it or hate it, you can never break lose. (Unless, of course, you find something more appealing to take your attention off the church and what you love or hate about it.)

(3) Joseph Smith was both a genius and a charlatan. Like all of us, he was a complex mix of both good and evil. This was prophesied by Moroni who said his name would be known for good and evil. Moroni never said that either reputation was undeserved.

We need to discern the true principles that Joseph Smith taught and find ways to apply them to today’s world, not the nineteenth century world. We need, also, to clearly identify his ruses and his mistakes, and take care to not repeat them and call out others who do.

Joseph Smith taught some principles that will empower us as individuals, as families (both traditional and non-traditional), and remake society and the whole world. But, this cannot be accomplished using the failed model of the traditional church or organized religion. We must find something better.

But, the haters don’t want to see this. They are too busy fighting brush fires and kicking against the pricks to see the larger picture.

And, why is nobody else pointing out these simple facts? Because nobody wants facts. Facts end the argument and stop the discussion. Bullshit keeps the argument, the discussion, and hence the game going.

I’m sorry to step in and spoil your game, but as I said above, the only way to get people to pry loose from the Tar Baby is so offer something better. A bigger game. A more important game. That’s what this blog is all about.