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August 12, 2011

  I’m a procrastinator
A   Wrote term papers at last minute
B   Filed taxes April 15
C   Xmas shopping December 24

II   One exception….no putting off spiritual growth
A   Tomorrow isn’t guaranteed
B   Wanted same deathbed comforts that religious people enjoy
…..1   Going to heavenly reward
…..2   Reuniting with lost loved ones etc
C   Also wanted other benefits
…..1   Inner calm
…..2   Better ability to deal with petty emotions  (anger jealousy etc)

III  Experiences with religion
A   Raised Catholic
B   Drifted away as teenager to chase skirts etc
C   Returned to Church as young adult when I settled down a bit
…..1   Mysterious and magical when I was a kid
…..2   Unsatisfying as an adult
D   Sampled other Christian brands
…..1   Baptist
…..2   Episcopalian
…..3   Quaker
E   Investigated alternate options
…..1   Buddhism
…..2   Hinduism
…..3   New Age movements
…..4   Spiritual self-help books…..eyes would glaze over before end of first           chapter….ZZZZzzzzzz

F   Summary
…..1   Invested 15 years with religions–no payoff
…..2   Wanted to possess the power of Master Po (Kung-Fu TV series)
……….a   inner peace
……….b   no fear of death
……….c   psychologically bulletproof
…..3   Needed help when mom was dying
……….a   wanted to give her the best possible comfort
……….b   wanted  a mental shock absorber for myself, when she passed
……….c   religion was of no help
…..4   Conclusion
……….a   I’m a tough customer
……….b   I lack the “faith gene” required to follow organized religion
……….c   religion doesn’t work so well for Type A personalities

IV  Post-religion Free Agent
A   Using my natural talents for spiritual growth
…..1   Reasonably intelligent
…..2   Logical mind
…..3   Great sensitivity
B   Long periods of informal meditation

V   Reaching Enlightenment
A   Mind finally relaxed enough
B   Woke one morning at 4AM
…..1   Light seemed to flood inside of my head
…..2   Lasted for hours
…..3   Felt peaceful and happy
…..4   Very cool….better than sex

VI  Benefits of becoming Enlightened
A   No fear of death (best benefit)
B   Assured of “softer landing” at the end of my life
C   Not bothered much by petty emotions
…..1   Anger
…..2   Guilt
…..3   Jealousy
…..4   Envy etc
D   Somewhat more poised than before  (not as much as Master Po, though)
E   Better equipped to handle tragedies and negative life experiences
F   Better understanding of the Big Picture

 

 

 

jamesj43@yahoo.com

 

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