Deception

deception

Project quote:

“My husband has gone home to be another angel in the heavens…He now comes to me as a spirit guide and helps me with my spiritual work.” (M.W., A Wonderful Journey, 2018)

My thoughts:

I’ve struggled in the past with understanding people’s stories of angels, ghosts, and spirit guides. My opinion on this subject has gone through a few changes, so I just want you as the reader to be aware of this. If you’re skimming through the article, realize that some of the thoughts mentioned throughout are not my current opinions. It may not seem significant to each of you, but it’s important to me for readers to know that.

I’m not aware of how every religion and denomination views angels, death and spirits, and I have no desire to know what everyone thinks on the subject. It’s always interesting to learn new information and hear other people’s opinions, but I’m more invested in the truth of the matter. For a person who believes in God in some form, the most relevant question seems to be, what happens to people when they die? Specifically, those who aren’t being punished or going to hell or wherever you believe God sends someone who isn’t saved.

I was raised being taught that one of three things happen when humans die: They either stop existing completely, or sleep until they are brought back to life as humans on a cleansed earth or die and join a select few who will rule in heaven over humans on the cleansed earth. These three eventualities left no room for dead loved ones becoming angels that communicate with the living.

Fast forward to my late twenties, and I started thinking differently. I started doubting God even existed, yet still wondered about people’s accounts of ghosts or communication with angels. I was not ready to discount all of these persons’ experiences simply because I didn’t know how to explain them. I also felt that it was certainly possible that other beings, what most people would call aliens, could be the culprits. Every option was on the table because I clearly didn’t know either way and couldn’t possibly know everything there was to know.

Fast forward to my early forties, when I explored another view which I won’t go into because I never believed it at any point. I was simply testing a theory.

Fast forward to more recently. Now I definitely believe in God—Jesus. When it comes to angels, however, I believe that they are separate beings from humans, and humans never become angels. I believe people who are saved—”a great multitude”, not a small percentage of people—go to heaven and will be in the presence of angels and Jesus. I believe that there are only two sources for superhuman communication: God or Satan/fallen angels. When it comes to individuals having guardian angels, I’m not clear on that yet. I doubt it, but I haven’t done enough research to say. But I definitely believe that people who have died do NOT begin appearing to and communicating with humans on earth. So, for legitimate cases of communication from a ‘ghost’ or ‘spirit’ that claims (or is claimed by someone else such as a medium) to previously have been a human, the source seems clear to me: Satan or one of his fallen angels.

If angels—guardian or otherwise—currently choose to communicate with humans, then they wouldn’t pose as a dead loved one, because this would be lying. I don’t know whether they actually do communicate with humans or not (yet), so I’ll leave it at that.

I think it is easy for many good-hearted people to be fooled by personalities and celebrities who claim to hear messages from dead loved ones. Especially if they are given knowledge or messages they couldn’t possibly have learned on their own. Especially if the messages are positive and rewarding. I also think that for those who are open to non-traditional explanations for supernatural phenomena, it’s easy to make up an explanation or subscribe to various popular beliefs such as astrology, crystals, paganism, and new-age concepts of god. I’ve fallen in these traps myself at one time or another. While I appreciate the variety of people’s personalities and ideas and I enjoy talking with open-minded individuals, I am grateful to finally have gained clarity about our reality.

I’ll cite just a few verses of many from the KJV that relate to this discussion (angels). Please keep in mind that I’m stating what I believe based on the information I have up to this point. If I ever find evidence to contradict or clarify any of it, I’ll be sure to add to the article later. Of course, the best thing would be to do your own research and not rely on my opinion or the opinion of any other man or woman.

All verses are from the King James Bible; (NOT the New King James Version, which is a modern ‘translation’, therefore, not the actual purified words of God)
Genesis 2:1, Deuteronomy 18:9-12, Matthew 13:47-50, Matthew 18:5-11, Luke 6:18, Luke 24:39, 2 Corinthians 11:13,14, Revelation 7:9-14

A little background: I believe that the King James Version of the Bible is the only true English bible because it was/is never revised or rewritten, whereas all other versions change every year, for various reasons, either monetary or to fit with a church’s particular interpretation. This is a whole other conversation which could last for hours, but briefly I’ll mention that almost all modern bibles come from a couple English manuscripts which are considered older than the KJV manuscript. However, they were clearly inferior and full of errors and found in the Vatican’s storage room (as you would expect an inferior copy full of mistakes to be). In contrast, the KJV is a compilation of hundreds of copies that were compared and checked for accuracy and agreement and approved by a King. The ‘original’ Hebrew and Greek manuscripts don’t exist, obviously.**

If a person is to believe in God as all powerful and all knowing, then clearly it would stand to reason that this God would have the capability to preserve his exact words as he said he would. That is why I feel the KJV holds the actual words of God, because they haven’t changed since they were translated into English and published in 1611. The KJV has been corrected for printing errors and spelling standardization, but the text has not been changed. Anyone who believes that God would allow humans to change his words/doctrines constantly, as they do in the myriads of modern translations and versions, doesn’t believe in his power or infallibility, or in his actual words on the subject.

**I have likely explained this process somewhat incompletely or incorrectly, which I apologize for and I hope that anyone who is curious about it will look into it themselves, as it is a very intriguing and enlightening story.


Editing projects for weeks ending April 15, 2018:
Eulogy article, Academic research articles, Nonfiction inspirational book, College assignment proofreading

Client countries:  US, China, UK


 

Splendor

splendor

Project quote:

“The Gran Teatre del Liceu was a splendid structure displaying rich textures and brilliant colors designed to attract and compliment the crisp linens and shimmering satins worn by its audience … Gilded walls were covered by delicate ornate carvings that framed the horseshoe curve of the room with a striking, shimmering texture.”   (G.A. Dazio, The Ornaments of Love, 2nd ed., 2018)

My  thoughts:

My two favorite scenes in this book took place at the opera and a ball. I’m not a huge opera fan, per se, although I do love Andrea Bocelli; attending one of his concerts is on my bucket list. I am a great fan of classical music, choral singing and many genres of dance. Along with Bocelli or a symphony, I’d also love to attend a Diavolo dance production.

The scene at the opera conjures up images of attending a concert at a majestic theater, wearing exquisite attire and listening to heavenly classical music performed by a live orchestra, accompanied by an angelic choir.

The scene at the ball transports me to a fanciful ballroom, where I find myself gliding effortlessly around to a waltz, in the arms of a debonair, masterful dancer. The décor is fabulous and twinkly, and the ladies’ gowns are voluminous and dreamy. The musicians are flawless, and the sonatas and concertos surround us. Time is suspended, and cares float away.

In school, I sang in choir, and played the violin. I played the piano for years, from the time I was four years old. I’m not terribly talented when it comes to dance. I have great rhythm, but I’m not the quickest on my feet and learning steps is a slower process for me. Music generally persuades me to sway and move around to the beat and the mood and sing or hum along.

Composers are truly gifted. For all the poetry and song lyrics that I’ve written, I have yet to manage to compose a single melody. And not for lack of trying in my younger years! How is it that I can appreciate music, music theory, art, math, and literature, but I can’t piece together a few original notes? I suppose we all have our talents and I am grateful for my share. And grateful for everyone else’s!


Editing projects for weeks ending March 25, 2018:
Fiction book, Fitness website video transcript, Book reviews, ICO Whitepaper 

Client countries:  US, Israel, China, Canada 


 

 

Values

values

Project quote:

“When did you start smoking and how did you start? … Were your friends trying cigarettes? … Did you want to look glamourous or just older? Were you trying to lose weight?”  (P. Stanford, Quit Smoking in 72 Hours: Without Weight Gain or Withdrawal, 2018)

My thoughts:

The topic of smoking does not interest me in the slightest. I’ve never smoked. I’ve never been interested in trying it out. I don’t really care too much whether other people smoke as long as it doesn’t happen in a place I’m unable to leave when they light up, like a vehicle, or restroom, or restaurant…etc.  So why am I writing about it?

What does interest me is understanding what makes people do things that they know will likely harm them. I certainly can’t exclude myself from this group, either.

I feel it’s important to examine motivations and fears, to discover what drives us to do anything risky or physically damaging. If we can admit to ourselves what we really want, no matter how petty, or ridiculous or worthwhile, then it’s a step towards figuring out what our values are.

If our values become clear, then it’s easier to weigh our actions against these values. Look for alternatives.

I’m having a difficult time coming up with examples because I fear that readers will think I’m judging them or picking things that I disapprove of. Maybe you all could help a lady out? Drop a comment below and tell me about something you do or have done that could be considered risky or harmful and then tell me what made you do it. Not an excuse, or a long explanation. But your true motivation or fear that pushed you.

Ok, here’s my confession. Often, I edit all night, and neglect to get enough sleep because I love receiving praise for my work. Seriously, I live for it sometimes. Feeling appreciated motivates me to provide the best quality of work that I possibly can, sleep deprivation be damned. The problem with that should be obvious, as it disrupts my schedule, and can affect my health.

There are so many things that people can lie to themselves about. But why? Fear of change? Fear of responsibility? Fear of pain in one form or another? Fear of loss? The list is endless.

But what do you value MORE than avoiding whatever your personal fear is?
What do you really want?
Security? Admiration? Love? Relief? Truth? Control? Acceptance?

… for me to stop asking questions?


Editing projects for weeks ending March 11, 2018:
Book publishing website, Nonfiction book, Technology website, Academic research article, Nonfiction investment book, Fiction book
Client countries:  US, Lithuania, China, Thailand


 

 

Wednesday’s Wafers XI

Wednesday’s Wafers: weekly series where I share some of my own recent writing.


Glorious
by Karolyn H

glorious

As each day passes
and time rolls merrily along
I understand more and more
why the greatest fulfillment in life
comes not from having the best of everything
or enjoying support and praise from admirers
or even from unlimited knowledge and opportunities.

It comes from the struggle
against your own fears
against the negativity of the world
against the obstacles that you might not even understand
against your past and recent failures
against bad habits and safe choices.

Our human condition is often scary
and painful, and hopeless.
But it is also beautiful
and silly and joyful.

The struggle validates the victory.
Tenacious persistence conquers doubt.
Failures teach humility and patience.

Reaching the goal, finding the treasure, discovering love;
there is nothing that compares to the satisfaction of
knowing that you made the hard choices that led you to this moment.
Knowing that the difficult, or traumatic circumstances you endured
were gloriously worth it.

Designing your life and crafting your character —
what an ambitious endeavor!
Who do you want to be?
How do you want to be?
Who are YOU?

and when I say “you”,

I’m really asking myself…


 

Work of Art

Write to Reason

workofartProject quote:

“Envision it, embody it, plan it, take action, and go for it.” (Abigail C., February 2018; Integrative MindBody)

My thoughts:

Once we dare to imagine our ideal self, then the next step to becoming this person is identifying the actions required to get there. When I say, “ideal self”, I’m referring to the person we truly want to show to the world. Not someone else, not someone else’s life, not someone else’s idea of the perfect person or situation. Instead: talents we want to explore, fears we wish to banish, places we want to visit or live in, relationships we want to embrace. For me, it helps to think about the end goal as a finished painting – this is what I want people to see when they think of me. So, what about the stages in between? Working backwards to now, each one can be a…

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Strategic Recklessness

recklessness

Project quote:

“Obviously, being the good girl, the girl who did everything that was expected of her got her nowhere in life. It was only the people who were willing to take chances who ever got anywhere in life.” (B. Noles, title TBA, 2018)

My thoughts:

This type of thinking can veer off in two different directions, can’t it? On the one hand, I agree. Doing what is expected of you all the time means you live solely to please other people, even when it goes against your own desires or best interests. You have no real control over your own life. Not a recipe for happiness if you’re not getting something out of it as well. I also believe that taking chances is vital for success. How many stories of missed opportunities have we heard about or lived? The “what ifs”? If we always wait for the perfect time to make a change in our life, or meet someone, or travel, etc., that time may never arrive, and we’ll have yet another regret.

On the other hand!

I also believe in preparation, and calculated risk. I’m not a gambler, when it comes to money. I have learned to plan and research any major change or business decision. Online purchases as well, no matter how small. When it comes to personal relationships, through trial and error learning experiences, I have settled on a balance between trust and spontaneity, and cautious skepticism. The advice to listen to what people’s actions tell you is very accurate. Promises are easy. Following through with action requires effort and intention. Lies are easy. Most are eventually discovered.

Moral of the story?

Take risks, follow an opportunity, listen to your heart
—yet at the same time— 
listen to reason, don’t be a fool, educate yourself.

What do you think about this dilemma?


Editing projects for week ending February 25, 2017:
Fiction book, Inspirational Essay, Academic Research Article, Therapist Certification Statement
Client countries:  US, China