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Happiness, an Inside Job. Felicidad, un Trabajo Interior.

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If you have a leaky facet in your house so you cut the lawn, take the garbage out and sweep the driveway,
it won’t solve the leak. Doing the wrong thing faster, better or with kingdom values will not solve the problem.
Trying to solve an inside problem by working outside is just a dumb idea.

Happiness is an inside job! If you are unhappy on the inside nothing you do on the outside will solve it….
People are often under the illusion that they will be happy when; they get married, pay off their debt, get their
degree, win that competition, have children, write that book or move to a certain city etc…But the truth is that
internal problems can not be fixed with external solutions.

Many marriages are destroyed by this illusion; Johnny doesn’t make me happy. After 15 years of marriage Mary still doesn’t turn me on. NO ONE can make you happy! It is humanly impossible to make someone happy.Whenever we make our happiness the responsibility of a person, accomplishment or a possession; we have just created an idol. The saddest part of all this is that this misplaced responsibility only takes us deeper down the road of emptiness.

The kingdom of God is not eat or drink but righteous, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Living guilt free,
peaceful and happy is only obtain by cultivating a deep relationship with the Holy Spirit. Our inner God void can never be filled from a outside source any more than your leak in your facet can be solved by cutting your lawn. Happiness is n inside job and only someone who lives in the house can solve the issues that reside there. Get happy and then live it out loud!

Si tu tienes un caño que esta goteando en tu casa y tu cortas el grass de tu jardin, sacas la basura y trapeas el estacionamiento, eso no resolvera la gotera. Haciendo lo equivocado de forma mas rapida, mejor o con valores del reino no resolvera el problema. Tratar de resolver un problema interior trabajando desde afuera es una idea tonta. La Felicidad es un trabajo interior! Si tu eres infeliz en el interior nada que hagas desde afuera lo resolvera…La gente esta siempre bajo la ilusion de que ellos seran felizes cuando; ellos se casen, pagen todas sus deudas, obtengan su titulo, ganen la competencia, tengan hijos, escriban ese libro o se muden a una cierta ciudad etc… Pero la verdad es que los problemas interiores no pueden ser reparados con soluciones externas.

Muchos matrimonios son destruidos por esta ilusion; Juancito no me hace feliz. Despues de 15 años de matrimonio Maria no me enciende. NADIE puede hacerte feliz! Es humanamente imposible el hacer a alguien feliz. Cuando sea que nosotros hacemos nuestra felicidad la responsabilidad de una persona, logro, o una posecion; nosotros hemos creado un idolo. La parte triste de todo es que esta responsabilidad puesta equivocadamente solo nos lleva mas abajo hacia la ruta del vacio total.

El Reino de Dios no es el comer y el beber pero la justicia, paz y gozo en el Espiritu Santo. Vivir fuera de culpa, en paz y feliz solo es obtenido cultivando una profunda relacion con el Espiritu Santo. Nuestro vacio interno de Dios nunca puede ser reemplazado por un medio externo como tampoco una gotera en tu caño puede ser resuelto por cortar el grass de tu jardin. La Felicidad es un trabajo interior y solo alguien que vive en la casa puede resolver los asuntos que residen ahi. Se feliz y luego vivelo al maximo!

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March 25, 2012 at 4:49 pm

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Reversing the Decay of London Undone

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Britain’s chief rabbi on the moral disintegration since the 1960s and how to rebuild.

By JONATHAN SACKS

It was the same city but it might have been a different planet. At the end of April, the eyes of the world were on London as a dashing prince and a radiant princess, William and Kate, rode in a horse-drawn carriage through streets lined with cheering crowds sharing a mood of joyous celebration. Less than four months later, the world was watching London again as hooded youths ran riot down high streets, smashing windows, looting shops, setting fire to cars, attacking passersby and throwing rocks at the police.

It looked like a scene from Cairo, Tunis or Tripoli earlier in the year. But this was no political uprising. People were breaking into shops and making off with clothes, shoes, electronic gadgets and flat-screen televisions. It was, as someone later called it, shopping with violence, consumerism run rampage, an explosion of lawlessness made possible by mobile phones as gangs discovered that by text messaging they could bring crowds onto the streets where they became, for a while, impossible to control.

Let us be clear. The numbers involved were relatively small. The lawkeepers vastly outnumbered the lawbreakers. People stepped in to rescue those attacked. Crowds appeared each morning to clear up the wreckage of the night before. Britain remains a decent, good and gracious society.

But the damage was real. Businesses were destroyed. People lost their homes. A 68-year-old man, attacked by a mob while trying to put out a fire, died. Three young men in Birmingham were killed in a hit-and-run attack. While it lasted, it was very frightening.

It took everyone by surprise. It should not have.

Britain is the latest country to pay the price for what happened half a century ago in one of the most radical transformations in the history of the West. In virtually every Western society in the 1960s there was a moral revolution, an abandonment of its entire traditional ethic of self-restraint. All you need, sang the Beatles, is love. The Judeo-Christian moral code was jettisoned. In its place came: whatever works for you. The Ten Commandments were rewritten as the Ten Creative Suggestions. Or as Allan Bloom put it in “The Closing of the American Mind”: “I am the Lord Your God: Relax!”

You do not have to be a Victorian sentimentalist to realize that something has gone badly wrong since. In Britain today, more than 40% of children are born outside marriage. This has led to new forms of child poverty that serious government spending has failed to cure. In 2007, a Unicef report found that Britain’s children are the unhappiest in the world. The 2011 riots are one result. But there are others.

Whole communities are growing up without fathers or male role models. Bringing up a family in the best of circumstances is not easy. To try to do it by placing the entire burden on women—91% of single-parent families in Britain are headed by the mother, according to census data—is practically absurd and morally indefensible. By the time boys are in their early teens they are physically stronger than their mothers. Having no fathers, they are socialized in gangs. No one can control them: not parents, teachers or even the local police. There are areas in Britain’s major cities that have been no-go areas for years. Crime is rampant. So are drugs. It is a recipe for violence and despair.

That is the problem. At first it seemed as if the riots were almost random with no basis in class or race. As the perpetrators have come to court, a different picture has emerged. Of those charged, 60% had a previous criminal record, and 25% belonged to gangs.

This was the bursting of a dam of potential trouble that has been building for years. The collapse of families and communities leaves in its wake unsocialized young people, deprived of parental care, who on average—and yes, there are exceptions—do worse than their peers at school, are more susceptible to drug and alcohol abuse, less likely to find stable employment and more likely to land up in jail.

The truth is, it is not their fault. They are the victims of the tsunami of wishful thinking that washed across the West saying that you can have sex without the responsibility of marriage, children without the responsibility of parenthood, social order without the responsibility of citizenship, liberty without the responsibility of morality and self-esteem without the responsibility of work and earned achievement.

What has happened morally in the West is what has happened financially as well. Good and otherwise sensible people were persuaded that you could spend more than you earn, incur debt at unprecedented levels and consume the world’s resources without thinking about who will pay the bill and when. It has been the culture of the free lunch in a world where there are no free lunches.

We have been spending our moral capital with the same reckless abandon that we have been spending our financial capital. Freud was right. The precondition of civilization is the ability to defer the gratification of instinct. And even Freud, who disliked religion and called it the “obsessional neurosis” of humankind, realized that it was the Judeo-Christian ethic that trained people to control their appetites.

There are large parts of Britain, Europe and even the United States where religion is a thing of the past and there is no counter-voice to the culture of buy it, spend it, wear it, flaunt it, because you’re worth it. The message is that morality is passé, conscience is for wimps, and the single overriding command is “Thou shalt not be found out.”

Has this happened before, and is there a way back? The answer to both questions is in the affirmative. In the 1820s, in Britain and America, a similar phenomenon occurred. People were moving from villages to cities. Families were disrupted. Young people were separated from their parents and no longer under their control. Alcohol consumption rose dramatically. So did violence. In the 1820s it was unsafe to walk the streets of London because of pickpockets by day and “unruly ruffians” by night.

What happened over the next 30 years was a massive shift in public opinion. There was an unprecedented growth in charities, friendly societies, working men’s institutes, temperance groups, church and synagogue associations, Sunday schools, YMCA buildings and moral campaigns of every shape and size, fighting slavery or child labor or inhuman working conditions. The common factor was their focus on the building of moral character, self-discipline, willpower and personal responsibility. It worked. Within a single generation, crime rates came down and social order was restored. What was achieved was nothing less than the re-moralization of society—much of it driven by religion.

It was this that the young French aristocrat Alexis de Tocqueville saw on his visit to America in 1831. It astonished him. Tocqueville was expecting to see, in the land that had enacted the constitutional separation of church and state, a secular society. To his amazement he found something completely different: a secular state, to be sure, but also a society in which religion was, he said, the first of its political (we would now say “civil”) institutions. It did three things he saw as essential. It strengthened the family. It taught morality. And it encouraged active citizenship.

Nearly 200 years later, the Tocqueville of our time, Harvard sociologist Robert Putnam, made the same discovery. Mr. Putnam is famous for his diagnosis of the breakdown of social capital he called “bowling alone.” More people were going bowling, but fewer were joining teams. It was a symbol of the loss of community in an age of rampant individualism. That was the bad news.

At the end of 2010, he published the good news. Social capital, he wrote in “American Grace,” has not disappeared. It is alive and well and can be found in churches, synagogues and other places of worship. Religious people, he discovered, make better neighbors and citizens. They are more likely to give to charity, volunteer, assist a homeless person, donate blood, spend time with someone feeling depressed, offer a seat to a stranger, help someone find a job and take part in local civic life. Affiliation to a religious community is the best predictor of altruism and empathy: better than education, age, income, gender or race.

Much can and must be done by governments, but they cannot of themselves change lives. Governments cannot make marriages or turn feckless individuals into responsible citizens. That needs another kind of change agent. Alexis de Tocqueville saw it then, Robert Putnam is saying it now. It needs religion: not as doctrine but as a shaper of behavior, a tutor in morality, an ongoing seminar in self-restraint and pursuit of the common good.

One of our great British exports to America, Harvard historian Niall Ferguson, has a fascinating passage in his recent book “Civilization,” in which he asks whether the West can maintain its primacy on the world stage or if it is a civilization in decline.

He quotes a member of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, tasked with finding out what gave the West its dominance. He said: At first we thought it was your guns. Then we thought it was your political system, democracy. Then we said it was your economic system, capitalism. But for the last 20 years, we have known that it was your religion.

It was the Judeo-Christian heritage that gave the West its restless pursuit of a tomorrow that would be better than today. The Chinese have learned the lesson. Fifty years after Chairman Mao declared China a religion-free zone, there are now more Chinese Christians than there are members of the Communist Party.

China has learned the lesson. The question is: Will we?

—Lord Sacks is the chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth.

Article published by The Wall Street Journal on August 20 2011. Link to the article here.

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November 12, 2011 at 2:09 am

Mastering Chihuahuas 2

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There is a point of connection with God in every situation. The release of this communication would cause for us to walk on The Legitimate Experience, and not on a copy.

For all people is easier to walk according to “feelings”. In time I have learned that the way we feel doesn’t dictate what is right and what is wrong. Feelings don’t dictate Morality.

So, how can I ever rely in the way that I feel to respond in every situation? Never.

Confidence in God is not earned by my “Good Works”. My good works must only be the result of that relationship with Him. Confidence in God comes from TRUST. From trusting in all we read about Him in the Bible, and from everything we heard Him said. Can you believe that there are lots of types of Bibles? Yeah. The devil did some work to get God out of our heads, and out of our hearts. But if you want to ever BE the best of you…Just as you would with a Lover, then you MUST pursue Him. God plays no tricks, He is a true LOVER.

I once heard that God created this awesome venue called “feelings” to explain to us what I must need to give relief to. But how about going thru a season of waiting “something” and just have to wait? Neither food, sex, money, any kind of fun can solve the main issue. Yeah, right! Every one of the above would find its appropriate time and way to be expressed; jet is not thru them that we find the answer to the quest. Only God has all answers. I’m not talking about never do those things in the right context; all I’m saying is that you can just put enough water in the cup, and wait until you put it again. That’s all.

In essence, what it is a Chihuahua anyway?

Wrong thoughts. See, wrong thinking is what cause wrong behavior. BELIEVING right about God then makes easier for all to draw better signals, if you will, of connection with Him. In the right tune you can connect with the real God. AND all those Chihuahuas would be just piece of cake. IN the past I have dwell (and sometimes I fight) on that old cycle of shame, guilt, unbelief, but I have a God who is stronger than any devil. Yeah! Lest call things by the right name. And God is a LOVER.

Taking every though CAPTIVE is fun if you do it with in the basis of knowing who God really is. This not about “anger management” or “positive thinking”. GOD IS NOT POSITIVE, GOD IS RIGHT. Sometimes we don’t like the way we ought to grow, but God knows what we need regardless of our comfort. God is not interested so much in that as He is on our character, He does not want for us to suffer much than what we can carry, therefore isn’t about going and suffer to grow. Not. Is about doing all that He is doing. He is pure LOVE. Real LOVE. And not the kind of “Hollywood Love”. The Bible teaches what the right one is. Do the search.

WE CAN NOT AVOID A BIRD FROM FLYING ON THE TOP OF OUR HEAD. BUT WE CAN NOT LET THEM MAKE A NEST. Get that?

All come down to a RELATIONSHIP with Him. Pursue His guidance. That’s where the FUN begins. Lest Change this mess! His LOVE never changes. Joy comes in the morning!!!

Be Blessed.

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Mastering Chihuahuas!

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I believe in the power of stories. Do you? Do you like to hear one?

As a Catholic for 32 years I had never heard of the power of God’s greater adversary. Created as Lucifer (the morning star), he then became known as Satan after being throw out of heaven. Why? This being was the Worship Chorus’s leader. One day he looks at its amazing beauty and was astonished at how beautiful he was. Then he thought about being he the worshiped instead of God. He got together one third of the angelic host and convince them of fighting against God. Therefore all of them, including him, Lucifer, all were kick out of the third Heaven. So, as that happens he came to be named Satan, which is interpreted as “The Adversary”.

I thought that his history all ended there. First act: this angel mess up (and could done it since every being God creates He gives free will to). Second act: this angel is thrown out and disappears. No No. He is a spirit, can not be destroyed until the end of times. So it goes around like a roaring lion seeing to whom he can devour. He is not the opposite of God since God Is ALL knowing, ALL present, ALL powerful. But true is we need to be informed. I need it. Otherwise every time I fail I can think that every time is all just my fault. But He, the devil, is the one behind every darkness and all evil comes from him and only him. More clearly, he inspires all that is dark.

So this being moves in the spirit, he dwells on all opportunities to bring us back to our old nature (the old nature without God, before we have Jesus living with us, in us). Then, every time we are in pain, let said “life happens” he then pursue us to cling to too many stupid stuff to gave us RELIEF for, instead of walking in TRUTH. That is as if I decide to avoid GRACE toward ENRICH SOME NEUROTRANSMITERS.

I used to.

Pain. Get a chocolate. Rejection. Shopping. Unforgiveness. How about premarital sex? And on and on. Every one of this God isn’t against it, me either. And He is so for it since He created, for us to enjoy to its FULNESS, in the right time, in the right way. Why? So we can be FULFIL to the FULNESS, FULNESS, FULNESS. No matter how much I tried. His design is the very best. No, I’m not Married jet, but I know what I’m talking about.

Remember, we must know current events, and the adversary’s affairs. And we need so, because without meting an enemy, how we can go to war? Without going, how can we ever win? Spiritual war is easy, when Jesus is next to us. Otherwise we are blind, deaf, dumb, and all we do is:

Chocolate….and on, and on, and on.

How He operates? Thoughts. We must master our thinking according to God’s thinking. And from it, answer and build. Explore thoughts as you would a “Chihuahua”. The devil is not going to win anyways. Trust only the Lord God. You need to LIVE, not just exist as a tree, piece of wood, or an empty glass. If you believe that there is not an enemy is only because you are a little late in pursuing your REAL dreams which is in the identity that God gave you. YOU ARE A WINER. More than a Conqueror. You & I. All of us.

And I Am a Victor!!! Almost 5 years after knowing all these. I Am Awesomely Loved!

…to continue.

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The Mind of Peace 2

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Are you being tested? If so, just pray: : “Lord, you’ve put your finger on some areas in me. Pluck them out of my heart. Encourage me, Lord that I’m not going backward — I’m going forward with you!”

So, Thinking Brilliantly is not like going to a conference and try to change your behavior, isn’t either to deny that there is pain. Thinking Brilliantly is simply holding to God in a private and intimate relationship where you can open your heart to Him alone and be changed. As a result of it our behavior would change, our perception would get better, our response would be a response and no a reaction, and in time we would mature. We would be ready to love, even the unlovable, and to embrace of His love more and more. Thinking as Christ is Thinking Brilliantly. There is no other hope, and we all must remember to hold fast to Him at all times.

Knowing who we are IN Christ would encourage us to hold fast to the faith we had been given and to work it out to discover the answer to our path. That every promise God make would come to past, and that to that effect we are being made ready to embrace and to overflow with such strength that no weapon formed against us would take us out of our place, and even in the midst of pain we would prevail. Our God is greater, Our God is stronger, and Our God is Healer, Awesome in Power, Our God!!!

Vision gave pain a purpose, and out of all is the purpose of learning to love as He does. To be restored to His likeness, as in the beginning. Remember? Mankind is born with a purpose, lest do it!! Again, did you have a Vision for your Life? If not, God can give you one. LISTEN.

Be Blessed!! Lest Think Brilliantly Today!!! God is at Hand!!!!
He is always ready to Teach
. God doesn’t lie.
HE is always ready!
Be Blessed!!!

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April 29, 2011 at 4:34 pm

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The Mind Of Peace

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The extreme of one side is called religious thinking and said: Worry/Good Works. The other extreme of that same side is called new age thinking and said: Denial/Good Feelings. The Right side said: Discernment, thru Unity…with God.

Can we still advancing in our venture while tasting pain? Can pain be walk out by embracing peace at the same time? At the Same Time? What? Really?

Peace, as you must had heard before is not the absence of difficulties but the Divine Grace we can hold fast to while in the midst of “the matter”. When all means fail, like a piece is missing…Security, Peace, Joy. All I need is an anchor in the midst of the difficulty to get me back to my feet again. Divine Peace.

Thinking Brilliantly.

What is Thinking Brilliantly?

Is not denial, isn’t coldness, isn’t avoiding reaching out to others and mourning with them, even sometimes we need to cry with them. Thinking brilliantly is no other than thinking from God and with Him. What is in the mind of God then? One of the various things I know about Him is that He is good; the rest is on the Bible. In essence, HE IS STRONG to carry me. And so cool to walk beside me regardless of my mess. Now in time He requires commitment, obviously, but HE is more than anything freaking amazing I can dare to imagine; God is full of greater Mercies every new day.

From victory to victory.

To me the practice of walking out in the midst of anything is to be able to handle anything using my heart and not my anger, my love and not unforgiveness, my light which is God’s own Light that we carry when working from Him. With Him. To Hold fast. To listen to what His heart is saying and do the best with my faith to LOVE as He does. In time I learned a little, in times I cry, In times I rejoice, but more I have counted…Joy, Joy, Joy. To me is an ongoing discipline, Pray, Listen, Obey. Receiving a fresh word from God and to put that to practice. Walking by faith.

…continue.

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The Interpretation List:

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The Tension on you=Is His Strength Upon
To Believe Him=Is To Live
Rehearse Truth=The Starting Place
Pray about it =Is to Release It!
Your Talents=God’s Gifts for you alone
To Love=Is to Make All things work for good.
Joy=To Occupy my Real State
Think as It=Become as It. Careful what you dwell on
Favor upon you=Capacity to Sacrifice
Faith=Declaration of what I know
Dream about His word=Judge Him Faithful
Family=God’s dream from the beginning
A Burden=An opportunity
Personality=Unique Features of every human
Mature=Know how to Love + To Love
True Smile=Peace of God from within
To Forgive=To Release Them.

God is in a good mood!!!

caption by Stephen W. Oachs.

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