Religion

Let Me Make Yet Another Effort To Heal Igbo Minds Generally, Igbos are not a spiritual people; they are people of the here and now world; they take this world rather seriously and struggle to make it in the world; they effectively compete for the things of this world; each of them is trying to become important, as the world construes social importance to be; some of them seek material wealth hoping that in obtaining wealth they would be seem as very important persons; some pursue education hoping that piling degrees after their names would make them seem prestigious. Alas,…
Listen up, lovers and haters of Nigeria and all those people awaiting the disintegration of my beloved nation in 2015. The Hausas-Fulanis have declared a Jihad on the peace-loving citizens of Nigeria. This is not a joke to crack in middle of the moon-lit night. It is not a piece of kola nut to be eaten with suya. It is a threat that must be taken seriously. What does it all mean? Yorubas, Igbos, and the other Nigerian minority tribes must begin to make sense of the difference between the forces of good and evil. Decoding requires recognizing the importance…
Sunday, 10 April 2016 07:23

Everything is light

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April 9, 2016. As usual, I lie on my couch and read. In the afternoon I decided to go take a walk. It was 3PM when I walked out of my door. I walked the two blocks from my house to the park behind my house and entered it. If you do not live in Alaska your concept of park is probably not our concept of parks. Parks in Alaska could be as large as typical cities. Indeed, you could enter a park in a suburb of Anchorage, Eagle River, and walk inside it for over 500 miles! That is…
Friday, 08 April 2016 02:17

There are no Christians in the world!

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Nominally there are probably about two billion persons on planet earth who call themselves Christians but not one of them is a real Christian. Actually, many of those who call themselves Christians do not know what it means to be a Christian! So, do you want to be a Christian? Then read the New Testament part of the Bible. Read the four gospels and the epistles. Then put the book away and ask yourself what Jesus Christ, the founder of Christianity, required those who want to be Christians to do and ask yourself if you do so? The chances are…
Sunday, 03 April 2016 18:49

Shouldn't Islam change to be acceptable?

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The purpose of this essay is to bolster the contention that while various religions are transforming themselves to meet the needs of a changing world, some cults hang unalterably to the past like a dinosaur that refuses to disappear. For example, Islam is unalterably addicted to violence when attempting to convert worshippers who behave obstinately, stubbornly, steadfastly, unwaveringly, fixedly, obdurately, inflexibly, or unyieldingly. Normally, a conversion is achieved by faith through conviction, assurance, reliance, or devotion or it is gotten abnormally in ways that are clearly brutal. The normal is amicable or good-humored while the abnormal is truculent or bellicose.…
Saturday, 02 April 2016 14:12

A spiritual perspective on mental disorders

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The Cause And Cure Of Mental Disorders Date: April 2, 2016 To: Daniel Akusobi From: Ozodi Thomas Osuji, PhD (UCLA) Subject: The cause and cure of human maladies; separation and return to union. Here is the response to your observation that some mentally ill people, on their own, heal. We know that after their first psychotic decompensation about one in three psychotics go into remission with or without treatment. That is, 33% of psychotics spontaneously improve without psychiatric intervention. The other two thirds become the wards of the psychiatric establishment and pharmaceutical companies. They are the chronically mentally ill and…
Thursday, 31 March 2016 18:35

I am as God created me

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 ACIM Lesson 94 I Am As God Created Me Today's lesson says: I am as God created me. The question that arises is: how did God create me? A course in miracles says that God did not create me as I currently see me. The me I see is in body; it is a self-concept that says that I am this and not that person; it is a self-image that says this is who I am and I present that self-image to other people and the world to approve and if they approve it I feel fine, if not I…
What A course in miracles is really teaching is that the empirical world we see as out there does not exist; that there is no space, time and matter; no planets, stars, galaxies, no physical universe, no people in bodies and animals and planets. Everything we see does not exist. It is teaching that there is only mind (the mind of God and his sons in a united form). We, the children of God, desired to experience specialness and used separation to seem to accomplish it and now seem special. We projected out the empirical universe of space, time and…
A course in miracles is useless for anyone who retains a bit of ego and lives in this world; one must give up all of ones ego, not even a little bit of it must be retained, for one to do what the course promises that one could do. That is, one must forgive the world and overlook it before one can perform miracles. One must see the phenomenal world as nonsense and pass it over and now live in the light. Living in the light (of God) is the course's term for what Oriental religions call being enlightened and…
Monday, 28 March 2016 15:21

Does this world not exist?

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 "Miracles are seen in light and light and strength are one." The lesson says that we have a different self and that there is a different world; that self and world is the light self and light world. In that world people, animals and everything are in light forms. Our world, on the other hand, is the world of darkness and dark forms. The lesson says that things in our world are shadows of the things in the world of light forms. That is to say that the world of light forms is the real world whereas our world is…
THE ORIGIN AND NATURE OF EGO AND BODY The son of God is part of God; in his truth he is spirit. He wished to separate from God and went to sleep and dream that he is now apart from his true self, unified spirit (which includes God and all his creations). To make his separation seem real he invented space, time and matter and projected his self into that new world. He made himself born in body and that body is buffeted by the forces of the environment. He feels pain and pleasure and feels that his life is…
Saturday, 26 March 2016 17:52

The meaning of Easter

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CENTER FOR MIND SCIENCE, CMS www.centerformindscience.org 907 310-8176 There are 92 elements on chemistry's periodic table (plus another 20 we created in labs that live momentarily and disappear). Each of those elements is composed of three kinds of particles, namely electrons, protons and neutrons. Protons and neutrons are composed of quarks. Quarks are composed of photons (that have taken on mass). Electrons are photons with mass. Our human bodies are composed of 26 elements, especially carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen, iron, zinc, potassium, magnesium, phosphor, sulfur and so on. Those elements are composed of the three particles that are composed…
The tradition of Easter ritual celebration is well known among Christians around the world. Good Friday and the rite to "Eat No Meat" or replace with fish is equally known but does not avoid being often questioned. Why do Christians, in particular Africa, stand to be restrained through reminders from eating meat on a special day called Good Friday? I submit this reflection as you will read below as a part of the ongoing conversation on the dogmatic vision on blood, meat and restriction in the Christian domain of food life. This comes down on a day we are in…
Sunday, 20 March 2016 23:22

Are You Keeping Your Dream Alive in 2016?

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And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it to his brethren, and they hated him yet the more. (Genesis 37:5) You've made your New Year resolution, a list of important things you wish to do in the New Year. You first drift off, your heart rate slows down, your temperature drops, and your brain begins to process events of the day. As you fall asleep, initial dreams flash as thoughts and images from your waking life. As you dream, you see visions, you hear voices, you receive revelations, and you get caught up in a reverie of years and…
All my life I have been playing a role. The role requires me to act as if I am a big self, a very important self, a powerful self. I try to think from that grandiose self, and behave from its parameters. I do not think and act spontaneously but always with calculation of being like my self-assigned role, the big self. In playing that role I am stiff, inflexible and rigid. I am not authentic unless by authentic you mean being an approximation of a false self. Now, suppose that I stopped acting the role of a big, important…
Notes from Ozodi Osuji's writings on body-mind science: Our minds cannot understand spirit so we cannot speak about it or study spirit, or study love; just remove the obstacles to love, spirit and you experience love, spirit. You can study body and mind and improve both; you cannot study spirit for spirit is beyond our ego minds ability to understand it, for spirit is unified and separated minds cannot understand it. When mind is cleaned, that is, all ego thinking is purged from it, it becomes open to experience unified spirit, aka love. MY BELIEFS AND THINKING PRODUCE THE WORLD…
Monday, 15 February 2016 14:26

Let go of your ego and become happy

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The ego is not who you are; it is not your true self; the ego is a character that you are playing in the dream, on earth; you can decide and not play the ego any more for it is not you. The ego, a false self, gives you pain, fear and anger. You, therefore, should feel blessed to give up your ego, your human personality. A different self is playing the ego (the false self in body); that different self is the son of God who is now sleeping and dreaming through the ego. The ego is a replacement…
Friday, 05 February 2016 23:36

Igbos are a godless people

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(And so are most people!) Ozodi Osuji It is difficult to say that a whole people are a godless people, especially Igbo people who in every moment talk God this or God that and indeed give their children names that has God in it, such as Chukwuemeka (God has done great things for us), Ukachi, (God's Talk), Kelechi (praise God). Igbos are always trooping to church and talking about God so the contention that they are godless is difficult to accept. Therefore, we must understand what being godly means. As Jesus Christ said, it is not every person that talks…
A course in miracles teaches its students to see people differently; it says that when we see people differently we see ourselves differently for as we see other people we see ourselves. Our perception of other people is our self-perception projected to other people to avoid realizing that it is how we see ourselves. Before I change my perception of Igbos let us first describe how I see them. I see Igbos as I see other human beings. They are separated selves housed in bodies; I see human beings defending their egos and bodies, preferably with the cooperation of all…
Sunday, 31 January 2016 17:51

God does not have an ego and is not proud

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God Is Egoless And Prideless Hence Powerful, Peaceful And Happy Ozodi Osuji God has no ego, for the ego is a separated-self whereas God is unified self. The unified self does not defend itself for it is all selves and there is no one to defend itself against. The separated self must be defended to seem real whereas God is the unified spirit self. The unified self is always real whereas the separated self is always unreal. It is when the sons of God separated from him and from each other and housed themselves in vulnerable bodies that they feel…
Monday, 18 January 2016 23:02

Having no ego self is return to God

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Having No Ego Self And Feeling Empty Is Liberation From The Bondage Of The Ego I easily feel disgraced. I ask why? It is because I have a grandiose ego; the grandiose ego easily feels disgraced. If I did not have a grandiose ego self I would not feel disgraced, humiliated, degraded, slighted, belittled and insulted or fear criticism. As long as I have a big ego self I will readily feel humiliated, disgraced and degraded To be disgraced one must have once lived in grace; to be degraded one must have once lived in upgrade. So, what grace did…
Monday, 18 January 2016 00:53

How Do You handle Your Dreams in 2016

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"And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it to his brethren, and they hated him yet the more. (Genesis 32:5)" You've made your New Year resolution, a list of important things you wish to do in the New Year. You first drift off, your heart rate slows down, your temperature drops, and your brain begins to process events of the day. As you fall asleep, initial dreams flash as thoughts and images from your waking life. You dream, you see visions, you get caught up in a reverie of years and events long past. You are in a trance.…
What do Nigerian Christians and Muslims have in common? They seem to be co-conspirators who mix religion with politics in such a fastidious blending of incomparable activities as to hold onto power and render my country ungovernable. Nigerian Muslims and Christians are agnostic in their approach to belief in Allah or Almighty God, respectively. They use the Church and mosque as conduits to justify ulterior motives, namely to blindfold the masses and drag the country into penury/neediness. Nigerian Christians and Muslims are religious quite alright. Ah, being religious is hardly tantamount to being spiritual. There is a big difference between…
Sunday, 03 January 2016 21:40

Make friends with spirits and people

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Are there such things as ghosts? I do not know for sure. But people do believe in ghosts. What people believe in affects their thinking and behaviors. I heard weird sounds in my apartment and attributed them to ghosts. Subsequently, I had dreams, nightmares where ghostly figures were pressing me down on my bed, trying to choke me to death. This means that I have fear of ghosts, which is fear of evil spirits; this is fear of spirits in general (fear of the dead). Spirits scare me even though I had convinced myself that I do not believe in…
If fear means the absence of love it follows that if one is a very fearful person one is not a loving person. Is this is the way you look at your fear? Read on, you might learn something. Since I am a very fearful person it means that I am a very fearful person; it means that I do not love my real self, love other people's real selves but, instead, want to love my false ideal self, the ego self. I rejected my real self, the son of God and rejected other people's real selves, the sons of…