Thursday, 14 August 2008

Morning Meditation: 10 minute Relaxation Response
Matthew 14–The beheading of John the Essene; the miracles of loaves and fishes and walking on water.

Published by Little-Known Blogger

I spent the first years of my life in a trailer park outside of a tiny town in rural Missouri. I grew up to be a long-haired, gun-hating, military-hating, Presbyterian super-liberal. Well, perhaps the “growing up” happened later. While in high school, I was on the cross-country and wrestling teams, and actually won my weight-class in a State powerlifting competition. I went on to attend college on a Bright Flight scholarship, where I promptly became an atheist. I trained for a few years in Shotokan karate and Cheng-system taijiquan before training in my first real martial art, Hwarang-Do, under the late Franklin Fowlkes (later the Founder and Grandmaster of the Five Elements Martial Arts System). I married an older Taiwanese woman my junior year, got divorced in short order, and dropped out of college. After completing my AA in Psychology, I decided I needed a complete change of scenery and joined the U.S. Marine Corps (having early been assured that there was no way that a skinny liberal like me would ever survive Boot Camp). Contrary to what the Hipster Zombies will tell you, this did not “brainwash me into being a Conservative”. Instead, it made me a very unhappy, short-haired liberal, surrounded by guns and the military. However, I spent my whole contract (after schools) on the island of Okinawa, where I was exposed to points of view not dominated by the American liberal media. During this time, I taught ESL classes as a side-job, trained under some of the highest-ranking masters of karate on Okinawa, and discovered the practice of Buddhism. I also spent some time in Korea, where I got to train in hapkido. It was during this period that I came gradually to realize how stupid and evil American liberalism actually is. This was partly due to my Military Police command sending me to Small Arms Instructor school, which gave me more exposure to guns than I could ever have imagined—thus negating my idiotic liberal distaste for them. After the active-duty portion of my Marine Corps contract was over, I worked several jobs, from security contracts to operating a forklift in a warehouse. In 2002, however, when the invasion of Iraq was getting under way, I signed up with the Missouri Army National Guard, and have remained with them since, continuing as a Military Policeman. I am also full-time corrections officer, a member of the Anglican Church, and at one time was an Instructor Candidate in Dekiti-Tirsia Serradas Kali (until my instructor moved away). My hobbies (beyond blogging) include strength training, shooting sports, martial arts, creating digital art, and being a huge science and science-fiction geek.

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  1. The Essenes were a group of Jewish mystics who practiced a series of intiations based on the four elements–earth, water, air and fire–that the Jews had learned in Egypt. The Greek word for these initiations was “baptizmos,” or “immersion.” Not being familiar with the tradition of the Essenes–or perhaps trying to minimize the Jewish influence in the Bible–the translators of the KJV substituted the word “Baptist” for “Essene.”The Earth baptism was called “Hylic,” and occurred when someone was physically born. The Water baptism was called “Psychic,” and signified the decision to embark upon a spiritual life. The Air baptism was called, “Pnuematic” and represented a deeper understanding of spiritual matters. The Fire initiation was called “Gnostic(!),” and represented release from physical bondage and reunion with the nature of God.As for favorite miracles… I don’t know. The one I cite the most in conversation is turning water into wine–usually to people who try to assert that Christians shouldn’t drink alcohol. 🙂

  2. From Bluebird:This blog keeps eating my comments! >:/ Err!Anyway. I am fusturated because I am spending WAY to much $$$ on household/groceries every week! $200! And that doesn't buy much food! There is nothing good to eat here right now. All boring things like pbj or eggs or cereal or bananas. I know that I am being spoiled. I am just venting. >:O !!!!!!!!!I NEED some chocolate!!!!!Are you having grocery probelms in this economy?

  3. You are making me lol…I had posted about groceries in the "chrysalis" blog b/c you talk about food there…Anyway. I am going to have ice-cream for lunch. The kids had pbj and apples. YUCK. I am tired of this. Tired also, of making cheese quesadills all the time! And salad! Blah! Forgive me for being spoiled… I just feel nutty right now… no chocolate in the house…I do not know how to send less on groceries. We haven't even been buying meat! Just hot dogs!Doesn't $200 a week for food/household seem outrageous!!??And I am tired of you abandoning myspace groups! >:P

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