Well I tell you it created a big stir on my Facebook and it was because I chose to post about it and entitle it "I'm not surprised". The Christians on my Facebook were not pleased although I wasn't trying to be disrespectful I simply meant I really wasn't surprised because I knew his faith and I knew along with that and his culture that it came with some prejudices I didn't resonate with. Or did it? When you read the article, if you got that far, you will see that Phil does quote the bible. He quotes it as if it were fact and well maybe it is? Maybe it isn't? The fact is it's not everyone's truth, it's Phil's truth. Some say he is a racist and others say he was right to preach the bible( i.e. truth) to the public because it needs to be said. Then there was the argument about Freedom of Speech. Honestly in this case my argument was , was it professional? Or was that my argument? Yes that was my argument on the surface but when I look back at things this evening and after a long talk with my Christian friend I realize it may have been a lot more than that.
I mean don't get me wrong. I actually like Phil Roberson and the Duck Dynasty crew. I was entertained right up until the big outrage weeks ago but haven't watched it since. It brought back old memories for me like when I lived in Georgia and I was told by my exes family that Catholicism (which is the religion I practiced from a child) was paganism. I was told that what I believe was wrong and that I needed to stop worshipping Mary. This was very upsetting. In fact my whole experience living in the South for 10 years was very upsetting. I was even put off by Catholic Online during the whole Duck Dynasty hoopla as they participated in the great debate on whether Phil was right. They in fact supported Phil which was odd to me because he represented a different belief system that in fact did not support Catholicism. More over, I just didn't think it was right they jumped in at all. I guess in the name of saving Christianity it was important but for me it was more about whether his beliefs should be forced onto people that didn't believe.
Whose right? Whose wrong? We could go on that for hours. Just like tonight when I posted about Pit Bulls. Granted it's not apples and apples because it's canines vs. religion however the subject pained me just the same. I was being jumped for my opinion. My opinion. It seems as though everyone's opinion is mighty fine right up until they make it public and someone doesn't agree. Funny my Christian friend who debated with me about Phil Roberson and was hurt by the public jumping on Christianity in a negative way took my side tonight. She agreed with me despite we don't believe the same things. We united for only a brief time but it was a relief to see we agreed on something. I was already hurt by the person who attacked me and told me I was racist for posting the news article on the woman who was killed by Pit Bulls. Racist?
Racist gets thrown around these days you know? It's so complicated. Yeah there are hateful people out there I supposed. We as humans are divided because what we experience and what knowledge we attain. Sometimes that little box we live in was a result of what we were grown up to believe. We never dared to venture outside the box for fear of being different. Different is scary, especially when it means you're going against the majority. Everyone wants to be accepted and loved. It's hard if you don't agree and sometimes even harder to find people who agree with you; the minority. So what do you do? Back down? Hold it in? Just conform?
A lot of struggle in life is a result of resistance. It's not really the resistance from the outside (it's always going to be there) it's the struggle within. Today I listened to Abraham-Hick by Ester Hicks who talked about our struggles are when our soul intention conflicts with our physical consciousness. Our soul knows what we need and our truth but our physical manifestation may be in fear of observing this. This is suffering at it's best. We usually interpret that based on our outside experiences. We look at other ways to make sense of it such as the Christians forcing their beliefs on others say or for me the resentment I hold for being told I was pagan as opposed to Catholic. I was not only resisting what they were saying I was resisting my own truth. Another thing Abraham-Hicks said was that those of us who resist and justify this by claiming an injustice is only hurting ourselves. In the name of the suffering of others we pull ourselves down to suffer with them instead of raise them up. We can only do good when we are healthy and exist in healthy vibrations. Even when we think we are helping by say, creating havoc in the name of those who are suffering we are only creating havoc for ourselves. Make sense?
Love is the basis for our existence. It's hard to see because we are looking for something that we ourselves have a hard time understanding. Love is the center of all things even the saddest of things. People are either responding in loving vibration or they are responding as a result of perceiving a lack of love that they truly want. They want to be accepted and loved. They fail to see that they can find that when centered in love themselves. When they live from their heart and not fear. Fear of rejection. Fear of objection. Fear of not knowing what is true. They are missing the mark despite the truth being right there within; in their heart.
Phil Roberson believes he loves all people. He believes that there is sin and he believes in hell. I don't resonate there and to be honest I was upset by the article and his declaration of such things but in TRUTH Phil Roberson was speaking from his heart. Maybe in the end it's not all as bad as it seems. We all go to heaven after a little shake down in hell. Maybe it's just a little misinterpreted or maybe he is right. The bottom line is Phil meant no harm but to preach his truth and those of us who resisted were responding from our own inner turmoil. Our own misgivings. It's not so much that our beliefs in the after life or in general are wrong but that out of fear we are out of alignment with our truth. We are out of alignment for focusing on the behavior of others that we can't control. As Abraham-Hicks says, "stop controlling the uncontrollable" and in doing that we attract our joy and we attract people and situations that will be compatible with our new vibration.
How does that cure our differences? Well what it does is it takes us out of the vibration of needing to answer what doesn't resonate with us. It leaves us in the vibration of love. Does that mean we then won't read the article on Phil Roberson because we have changed our vibration? No. It means in reading it, we will only see in it what we have ourselves manifested, the vibration of love.
So here I was weeks ago finding myself wrapped in the vibration of resistance of that article and the resistance of all the old experiences I had about religion. I failed to see the love although at times I had thought to myself that maybe I am not seeing what everyone else is. For it's easier to see the love when you agree with Phil. It's so hard to find it when you resist and when you are only looking at the differences. In my own Conscious Imperfection I witnessed the reflection of the vibration I was putting out into the world. It was not the vibration/reality that I truly want. It is what I chose out the fear of putting out what I want to attract. Love. Acceptance. More love.
So here I am tonight reviewing a small moment of love on the rocks. I want love and I am love but I made it a lot harder than it really should be. What is happening around me is a result of my own limited view; not Phil's. The blessing is that I am on a path of conscious awareness that I can at least look back and see what I need. It's what we all need really. To emanate that vibration we want to experience which is "Happy Happy Happy" (Phil Roberson)