I am a spiritual being having a material experience.
I don’t think I have believed that as much as I do now.
In this time of collective high anxiety, we may find the need to practice this belief to calm the raging mind. We are an eternal consciousness choosing to have this experience. Forces of deception cause us to forget who we are. Consciousness is stronger than those forces.
We have bodies but we are not our bodies. We have thoughts but we are not our thoughts. We have feelings but we are not our feelings. We have a deep center of peace that no harm can touch.
This experience will end. It will pass. When the time comes to let it go, we will let it go. We will return to eternal consciousness where we really always are.
This truth is as close as our breath. As we spend time meditating, perhaps by watching our breath, we can create distance from this material experience and we can realize who we are. This gives us the freedom to participate in this experience without identifying with it. We can engage it without being trapped by it because we are spiritual beings having a material experience.
Presbyterian minister John Shuck is leaving his KBOO-Portland radio show “Beloved Community” and his church position. Apparently neither the radio station nor the church can handle the truth about 9/11 and related topics. John recently wrote me:
Dear Dr. Barrett,
A number of changes have happened to me. I am no longer pastor at my church. I was judged too radical opposing wars and their lies and saying too many good things about Islam. Now I am done with KBOO too. Here is my last show that includes audio from you.
I dedicated the show to you and to Dr. Griffin, two people who have for me modeled the spirit of sacrifice for truth that I saw in Jesus and Hussain. The audio I included of you was the speech you gave at the conference in Feb 2018 about the US and Saudi empires. I never broadcast it before.
Anyway in the middle of the broadcast this past Friday morning, while you were speaking, the station staff stopped it and played Christmas music! Naughty of me to play anything by the banned Kevin Barrett. So after 20 months of the station’s inability to treat either of us like human beings, I decided it was a good time to go.
I want you to know how important you have been to me on a personal level. You model human decency in the time when the inhumane are in power. Thank you.