Tag Archives: Spirituality

Scenes on Sunday ~ Beaches

The sea rewards those men who have love in their heart.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Marmaduke likes the beach too

Truth ~ End of Life

The only certainties in life are death and taxes.  ~  Mark Twain

Everybody lies, and everybody lies the most to themselves.  Because of my 30 years in banking and finance, I have been able to mostly avoid paying taxes through not always telling the whole truth, but death is something nobody can avoid.  However, like a lot of men I’ve been lying to myself about that.  It’s time I faced the truth.

Over the past few weeks I’ve come to the conclusion that I need an ‘end-of-life’ plan, so that others are not left to clear up what is left after I shuffle off this mortal coil.  I never wanted to think about these morbid things, yet what I need to do over the next few weeks and months is put in place some very uncomfortable stuff.

  1. Contact a lawyer and write my will.  I more or less know what’s going to be in it.
  2. With the same lawyer write a ‘living will‘.  A living will is an advance decision that says I refuse certain medical treatments, even if that would lead to my death.  I have no wish to spend my final days as a vegetable.
  3. Contact a funeral director to arrange and pay for my cremation ~ which will be a very simple affair.
  4. I have more money than I can sensibly spend between now and when I’m not really interested in having fun any more.  Even though I’m an expert in banking and finance, the money I have, and the property I own should be better managed.  I need to get on with that.
  5. I need a better plan for my own physical and mental health.

I never, ever wanted to think about these morbid schemes.  Planning my own ‘end-of-life’ has been freaking me out.  But, now that I’m determined to get on with it, things don’t seem so bad.

The greatest reward a man can leave at the end of his life is a clean and tidy death.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

28 Days

It is not the length of life that matters, but the depth of life.

What would you do if you knew that you only had one month to live?  Or just one day ~ until noon?

Some say that they would finally say goodbye to all of their friends and family, put their affairs in order, and quietly sit down and wait for the grim reaper to call.

Others say they would tick off as many things on their bucket list as they could.  They forget that wherever they go they take their whole life along with them.

And then there are those facing certain death who retreat into denial with religion and a bottle of booze.

Not that I believe that I am anywhere near the end of days, but I’ve had to seriously accept that my time on this planet is numbered, and the count-down started the day I was conceived.

I get the feeling that I don’t belong here, that everything good is so hard to hear, they’re just not listening.  I’ve walked so far along the warrior’s path that sometimes I aim too high.  I get the feeling that I am among the lucky few who has been able to accept that winter comes eventually.

So, with the assumption that I have 28 Days to Live, how does that change what’s left of my life?

  • Money is worthless.
  • Possessions are useless.
  • Unhappiness is pointless.
  • Stale relationships don’t matter at all.
  • Negativity and judgementalism are a waste of time.

Only people, places, and things I do that bring me immediate happiness, contentment, and serenity deserve any place in what’s left of my life.  Making other people happy may give me vicarious satisfaction, but that matters not one jot.  Nothing lasts forever, people change their minds, and today is just another day.  Living life to the fullest, seizing the day, means that I will only be around those who can fill my life with a kaleidoscope of colour.

My castle is in the clouds, and if others don’t want to go there then they can fuck off and have a nice day without me.

Some men say that she holds their heart in their hands.  And, that if they can’t have her their life can never be complete.  All I know is that it will be all right without her, I will be as strong as I can be.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

a man with 28 days to live should perhaps find a woman who has fabulous legs

 

Scenes on Sunday ~ Northern Skies

When light fills a Northern Sky, the immensity is scarcely conceivable. 

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Ghostly sunlight can also be cold.

Sunday Prayer

Goddess, if there is a Goddess, please listen to my prayer.

Please help me to cleanse my body, mind, emotions, and spirit of the poisons that have infected and tortured me.

Please help me to cleanse myself of all that is no longer necessary in my life.  Help me towards a new beginning.

Help me to make good decisions, especially concerning what should happen when I am not around.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

In the wilderness, one’s spirit grows closer to your Goddess

Angel Number 1111

Life is for living, and I intend to live it with all my heart and soul.

Some will say “how much does that cost”

Some people are obsessed by numbers.

This post marks a milestone in that it’s the number 1111 post I’ve published.

It seems that the angel number 1111 represents a gateway between realms, and a sign that angels are nearby.  I’m not certain that I’ve really understood the reality of angels, since my early years were pretty much dominated by a repressive Methodist view of God, religion, and angels.  Any mention of the power of numbers would have warranted a swift clip around the ear.

Our very early years can completely distort our view of life, particularly if there’s a church and money involved.

Numbers have power beyond the strictly mathematical, financial, and physical realms.  Allegedly the number 1111 opens an energy doorway which will allow us to turn our wishes, needs, wants, and desires into reality.

Eleven ~ Eleven is one of the numbers that have special meaning to me; the others are 28, and 42.  Why?  I have no idea, but these numbers keep coming up in my life, over and over again.

It’s interesting to know that, whenever I’ve thought about writing this post, something mundane has happened to distract my train of thought.  And, that whenever I’ve tried to write this post something has happened to stop me; my internet fell over, this pc crashed, I was blocked from access to Google, WordPress wouldn’t accept my logon id…..  Spooky.

Don’t ever believe that what we see is all there is

Some say that we should expect little miracles and coincidences to happen in our lives.  And that these miracles and coincidences represent a rebirth of our spirit.  All I know is that I could do with angel-dust right now.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Allegedly, this picture is faked

wilderness imagination

The clearest way into the Universe is through the wilderness mountains.

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leave the city of your comfort

travel into the wilderness of intuition

walk upon the hot virgin dirt

and let free your deepest imagination

no more pain degradation hurt

and your soul is one with all creation

deep in the lonely barren desert

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

go, boldly go

toward the mountains of the moon

The Red Rose Bites

A single red rose celebrates love’s joyous triumph.

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love is a rose

soft and ruby-red

the petals finally fall

but dead thorns remain

while a forlorn love bleeds

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

tasting the rose of love

while ignoring the thorn’s bite

Golden Skies

A golden sky above a lonely road in the far west.

break away

to a lonely road

under a golden sky

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

pictures by the girl riding shotgun

 

The Myth of Sin

Sin is its own punishment, devouring you from the inside.

There is no such thing as a sin, outside of what organised religions would have us believe, since a sin is defined as an immoral act considered to be a transgression against divine law.  And who decides what constitutes a transgression against divine law? ~ Organised religions of course.  Come to that, who decides what divine law is anyway? ~ Organised religions of course.  And, just what’s so wrong with the forbidden fruit?  It’s only an apple martini.

Sin is an absence of God.  Nothing more, nothing less.  ~  Simon Mawer

In any event, if the religions are to be believed, all of us are sinners.

Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to cast a stone.  ~  Jesus Christ

Except that in Buddhism there is no concept of sin at all.

So, if all of us Christians are sinners, and sin is merely an offence against what the church thinks is right and wrong, what use is the concept of sin, when that self-same church is mired in decades of sexual misconduct and child abuse?  It seems that we cannot actually sin against other people, or ourselves, we can only sin against God.

Perhaps we should approach the idea of sin and wrong-doing from the other direction, and consider that each of us should have a strong code of ethics and morals, because these relate to what we personally believe is right and acceptable, as opposed to what is wrong and unacceptable.  Just what is moral conduct, and what is immoral, base, wicked, and evil?

Humanists, psychologists, and most people with an ounce of intelligence, know that our basic notions of right and wrong come from deep within our subconscious mind, and that human morality is not only a learned behaviour.  Human morality is to a large extent instinctive and stems from the idea of reciprocity.  So a man to a woman; ‘I wouldn’t like it, and I’d get jealous if you cheated on me, so I won’t cheat on you…..’  Hence the 6th Commandment; Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery.

There seem to be some basic notions of right and wrong, moral and immoral, which are common to almost everyone ~ however these notions of right and wrong are not immutable.  Right and wrong, moral and immoral, are not set in stone.

Thou Shalt Not Kill ~ unless you are a soldier fighting what you believe is a just war.

Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery ~ that’s unless you are a swinger in an open relationship and your partner is cool sharing you with others.

It seems that there is no such thing as original sin, or sin at all, there is only a set of moral, ethical, value judgements.  Which have nothing whatsoever to do with God.

Some say that sin is too stupid to see beyond itself.  And that counting other people’s sins doesn’t make you a saint.  All I know is I’d rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

this may be immoral

carnal and sinful

or perhaps not

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