Monday, May 20, 2013
(D)Evolution of the Fiber-Optic Class?
5:58 am edt
Ok folks, gentle readers and those that subscribe to this blog at www.joelwlamoure.com and diligently read this that I apologize for being late (again) this week as its been
a time myself (yet again) of stopping
and reflecting and wondering what to write. What is important and what makes the biggest difference at the end of the day.
Today is Victoria Day and tried to figure out how to fit in Canadiana and family/fun/fireworks into the mix but just couldn’t
work it through. I have had though great opportunities to watch and learn from people this week that had no intention up front
of teaching me anything, and from those that did. Actually sometimes those are the most impactful learnings I find.
The past 3 weeks from my
radio show “Prescribing Spiritual HOPE” in a bit of a self-imposed reflective exile I have been able to step back
and reflect on the things that drive life, the people that we meet, the items that we have, the gestures that we make and
the adventures that we have and share. Really at the end of the day what is important and what is not. Assumptions that we
make and how they create the next steps in the running dialogue of the life that is and even more how these subsequently translate
into positives and negatives in ours and others’ lives. I will SO agree that everyone sees things in a different light
and what is important to some are useless pieces of shiat to others. My goal is not to impose or force my will on others,
but to cause us as human beings to think and reflect as well. In keeping with my New Years Resolution (yes, still going :P
), which was to not judge, not jump to decisions and to be careful with the things that were said lest they hurt as words
and comments bite more than one knows. Even more so in this electronic world where we are truly adrift… unknowing of
the 90% of communication, and just how valuable this is.
All of the rate, tone, pitch, expressions, eye contact, muscular expressions etc. Also reflecting
over the past several weeks on why such negative comes to such beautiful people and how in a heartbeat masks are discarded
and inner rage can predominate what was once a relationship of love. Reflections on when there are acts of kindness commenced
that why do people personalize these events and claim there is unfairness and inequity. Complain and shut down the pipeline
of aid instead of trying to network with the pipeline of joy that radiates out even more. Be positive besides positively demoralizing.
I believe this will occur more and more in this electronic world devoid of non-verbal human touch and also as the ability
to rip off that mask, express oneself and have ZERO accountability enhances. We are not acting as tigers in such ways, but
that of jackals.
things happen to good people and very inspired individuals and great opportunities are given to those that may not seem deserving.
I see the opportunities lie here in leveling the playing field. Spirituality is a wonderful way to achieve that objective.
I have enough belief and been a fortunate recipient by my wonderful parents and families who always did the best they could
with what they had at the time in love, life and empowerment that that might actually happen. Reframing our thoughts and knowledge
and being open vs. entitled helps a great deal with that objective.
We are then able and willing (and wanting) to step and aid, even in a small way with my gifts
that I have been given to step up to the plate and aid a hero that is in need. Someone that is having a challenge, a good
person and needing a stabilizing arm. That I believe we can all offer and help them stand up and brush the dirt from the road
off their clothing and watch as they start to progress and shine again. There are sadly very many of them out there. The people
that have been blinded, crippled and or beat by societal demands and dictates. Yet these people deserve and want and need
to practice and live with pride and integrity in the way they know and understand. Without Judgement or assumptions that hinder
and hamper aid. The heroes that give their time and resources to help less fortunate and bolster their potentially fragile
egos and feelings and show them some in the world DO care.
The person that we look to isnt the people at the top of the societal game usually.
As stated by the late Harry Chapin, Rich people are too busy hanging on to their wealth and items and possessions, no matter
how they got them. The poor person is struggling to make ends meet, yet in my experience those that give and help are those
that ARE at a more dis-advantaged state. They give of time, love, caring and experiences.
Maybe, just maybe what really matters at the end of
the day isnt how much money I have, the car I drive, a house on the lake and my symbols and trapping of status. Heck, it didn’t
work too well in Sodom and Gomorrah did it. Ouch. Maybe we are creating that psychopathology again, I don’t know and
will save that for a theological discussion one day. This time the invisible webs that are reinforcing the Towers of Babel
are held up by fiber optic cables and a mask of denial, a false golden calf that we have all strived to worship and achieve
in the sense of the great god of Economics.
Where did we lose our definition of a hero and leader? Where did these individuals go? I had the wonderful opportunity
to volunteer and present at a moving ceremony in the cool wind of a man who gave his life to save 2 others 70 years ago over
Lake Erie. One man and LAC Spooner gave his so others could survive. These stories abound and the reflections I had the privilege
to deliver that esteemed group related to the fact that “Freedom is NOT free” and also the fact from a previous
blog that states we have gone from the “All Seeing I” to the “All SeeKING I”. We have totally lost
our moral compass, or at least gone off course somewhere since the days of Victoria.
What is REALLY important is being true to your belief system and
standing by it 110%, not backbiting others and integrity/consistency. Put that money where your mouth is. At the end of the
day, none of us get out alive in this realm.
So at the end of this exercise...what are MY deliverables? I want the opportunity and joy of a smile, to have helped
another and feel the experiences that exist in my own backyard of life. At the end of the day, that kind word, effort even
in communications that are not face-to-face, smile and experience is what is remembered. To be otherwise is to be dis-connected
with who we are. That creates dis-ease. Personally, I will have Nunavut. I would rather spend my time and energies with those
that can advance that same curve and pay it forward. But to do that, we must know ourselves fearlessly, pay it forward, and
put our currency where our mouth is. To know yourself, you must be yourself, often.
~~~ Rev Dr. Joel Lamoure May 2013
Sunday, May 12, 2013
“Lessons From Two Components of Mothering”
8:17 am edt
Greetings my gentle readers to another week's installment
of the "Be Yourself, Often" blog at www.joelwlamoure.com . Hopefully, this is a point of time in the week where we can sit back and appreciate the privilege of being here in the
sanctity of the moment. For indeed, if we do not believe that each moment in itself is sacred, and I do not believe it is
possible to anybody else will be able to convince us otherwise.
Around the world today is Mother's
Day. No matter who you are if you are on this planet then you have a mother. This is one of the consistent practice of life
that transcend race, color, creed and ideologies. And hopefully, no matter what you see in others, your mother remains and
will be the best and brightest light in your life.
A mother is a very interesting individual for
the fact that they are able to carry us through to birth and then nurture and teach us nurturing is a miracle in itself. If
one wants to reflect on a true Higher Spirit, looking at the miracle of becoming a mother is proof in my mind of a Divine
intervention. In the true concepts of motherhood, there is the delivery after carrying a new life across nine months. During
this time, a woman is a medical miracle in the point that she has two beating hearts, four legs, four arms, four eyes, and
two completely different sets of DNA that coexist within the same body. As stated, that is a medical miracle on so many levels.
To carry this to the next level, this is only one component of motherhood. Even individuals who have
not been a mother in the sense of having given birth to a child are mothers in so many other ways and rights. These mothers
as well we must hold up today on this very special moment. That is because a mother as well [Mommy) gives of herself in perhaps
the most all true mystical and altruistic components.
Of note, men can have mothering traits
in the sense of giving and inspirations but there is the delineation that exists right from Biblical times of man and woman,
which we shall support here.
Historically across time, there is the nurture component that augments
and complements the nature component. These altruistic gifts of time and love are not often appropriately appreciated or captured.
These often are related to moments of teaching and kind thoughts to be able to help leverage an individual, animal , plant
or mineral (all forms of nature) ahead. I believe that true mothering is a combination of an intelligent love and concern
for others when coupled with a strong root belief system in stewardship and respect of how everything interfaces together.
It is accepting without judgement the days of good and bad and using these learnings to leverage to the next day so the one
that is learning (and as well the mother) both benefit from this symbiotic relationship. A gift…the present.
And with this not be an incredible thing to teach? And even more so, an incredible thing to learn. We tend
to call this “Mother Earth” or "Mother Nature” in part because of the stewardship and appreciation
of the fine lines and shadows that cross every living creature on this planet. In fact, some mothers have an appreciation
of how this planet interfaces with the world of metaphysics beyond. To step back to the here and now, perhaps we can learn
from true mothering as we progress through our days. We can learn to have a soft kiss and embrace on everything that we do.
Intriguingly, capital or corporal punishment is rarely effective beyond creation of walls of fear.
we as a human race can learn from the teachers of motherhood [nature and nurture components) who are the leaders in the field,
and who we are celebrating today to practice in a more gentle way. A way not of harsh words or judgment, but the way of gentle
embrace. Perhaps then as a race we would not be so surprised when we ourselves (with no one to blame) make judgments of folly
and see negative outcomes come into our path, wondering why we always get the negative end of the stick and then demand a
recount, a better mark. This is a problem of pathology if the person repeats this over and over (we all know these toxic souls
and mercy to them) and to expect a different outcome is well….insanity coupled with a lamentable lack of insight they
can overcome. For if we are approaching up front without judgment, malice and respect the insights of these higher powers
(like a true mother), then perhaps (likely) our end results will become better and brighter.
can only hope that humankind will consider these ideas because as we are progressing, this is antithetical to true motherhood.
We are experiencing and going through a de facto insanity as a society currently. Expecting everything, giving nothing, anonymously
judging and wrapped in conspiracies and when we get nothing that we had hoped for and then becoming disappointed. This makes
us angry. Who ever told us we were so darn entitled? Not those very wise persons as we define mothering, that
soul who gives and gives to the person she brought life to (metaphysically or physically or spiritually). Motherhood is perfect
awareness and translation of talents to achieve stronger outcomes in their young, always striving for better in mankind. Mothering
is also about forgiving and even when you dont like the person's actions, still loving them. I have been very lucky if I use
these definitions and thanks to my own Mother for these insights. <3
We have the ability to be
as Christ in image but actions sadly detract from the wonderful creatures of light that we are. It is a sad dichotomy because
we sanitize our hands and sanitize our lives and are not able to embrace the fact life has a beautiful balance of dichotomies.
Play and work, light and dark. We can be and do so much more through the kindness given in altruistic ways…mothering.
Perhaps if we were two learn from the true concepts of mothering and stewardship of the nature and nurture
components then we can advance ourselves and ultimately through osmosis impact positively on all. You can truly be yourself,
~~~ Rev. Dr. Joel Lamoure May
2013 (Mothers Day)
Sunday, May 5, 2013
“Freedom is Not Free"
8:25 pm edt
Greetings my gentle readers to another week's installment of the "Be Yourself, Often" blog at www.joelwlamoure.com
. Hopefully, this is a point of time in the week where we can sit back and appreciate the privilege of being here in the sanctity
of the moment. For indeed, if we do not believe that each moment in itself is sacred, and I do not believe it is possible
to anybody else will be able to convince us otherwise. Reflecting on this statement, it comes to show exactly the weight of
the moments of the days before, the decisions of the been made, the beliefs that have been translated into actions that allow
us the opportunity to be exactly where we are. A time indeed of remembrance.
And indeed, where we are is exactly
where we are meant to be. It is by virtue of our beliefs that drive our thoughts, which drive our thought processes,
which trigger neurochemical changes in our brain in order to stimulate bodily transmitters that allow us to translate thought
into action. It is you the gifts and actions of spirituality and karmic energies that will translate our actions into outcomes.
As we stop and think about these conceptualizations, we realize that absolutely everything that we do as a spiritual route
with in it. I do not believe that we are able to have positive outcomes if we only put negatives into the equation. While
this may occur for a short length of time, across the months and years inherently this will catch up with an individual. Unhappy
with your job? Complaining about everything not going your way? Why then, are you surprised when your job is lost, your friends
leave because they have heard this same complaint over and over again, and you are left alone. Sadly, this becomes the self-driven
Going down this theory, in order to achieve freedom, we must be willing to make a stand for what we
believe in. Freedom, as it is well stated, is not free. It is an end result of making a stand for what we believe in, rooted
in thoughts and spirituality, which ultimately define and drive our actions. Freedom is not about merely speaking, but about
being willing to stand with conviction for what you believe in. Ideally, freedom would be interspersed and as human beings
we would be willing and able to understand each other's perceptions and as such could achieve freedom at a larger scale.
do you not think that is possible? Even though we as human beings are different and have different thought processes, it is
possible that some of the thoughts may overlap and be able to enrich in others lives if we were willing to take off blinders.
For wit, to allow the scales to drop from our eyes. However, it is very difficult to be able to be willing to understand,
much less accept, another person's point of view in the face of hostility. In true human nature, and in order to achieve and
strive for freedom, sometimes stand needs to be taken. But what a better world this could be if we were able purely to be
able to understand and appreciate each other's differences and dovetail it into our own.
This is where we see
that we are different. If all individuals were full of love, light, peace and the desire to advance humankind then we would
not have the negative outcomes that we see. Positive outcomes usually appear in the form of the structuring of a cultural
identity, way of life or meaningful representation of Spirit in an earthly form. This is where the dark side of humanity
eclipses the positive radiance that is able [and should] be emanating like a beacon from each and every one of us. From a
scientific, educational, cultural organizational perspective when each and every one of us are at our brightest it advances
a culture and from a heritage conceptualization defines our history. It is most unfortunate that hatred, darkness, warmongering
often denigrates humankind and produces the negative outcomes that we observe.
Our history and our past
is defined by individuals and their root belief systems that have translated across the decades, centuries, and indeed millennium
to bring forth the ideally creature of light that is reading this currently.
How free are you? It is better to
aim for the stars, and be allowed and able to do so, and to miss then to never try. We have that ability to advance ourselves
through this experimentation that we call life. Never trying, or facing repression is like having the wings bound. We never
get the chance to try the fly. And that, my gentle readers is a horrible place to be, meaning that we are missing out on the
gifts and sacrifices of the days and years past, indeed our own efforts. For in this journey of flight we want you to be yourself,
~~~ Rev. Dr. Joel Lamoure May 2013