Religion

Human beings have consciousness. What is consciousness? There are loads of writing on consciousness; you can read some of those materials and draw your conclusion as to what consciousness means to you. In this essay, I am going to state what consciousness means to me and leave you to decide whether what I said makes sense to you or not. To me, consciousness means the human ability to say me, I, self and see other people as also having selves. Consciousness includes self-consciousness, a feeling that I am me and you are not me, that you are different from me.…
Monday, 05 October 2015 14:30

What is the real self?

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I talk a lot about the real self and living from the real self; the most natural question to ask me is: what is the real self? The real self cannot be defined. This is because it is the son of God (part of life) who is one with God (life). God, life cannot be defined, for to define him is to limit him; you cannot limit God and his son (life and its part). To have a picture that constrains God and his son is not to represent them accurately. Life, God and his son are forever expanding, moving…
Friday, 25 September 2015 19:20

Sins Of Our Fathers

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…am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate… (Exodus 20:4-6) Come to think of it, can my Bible be seriously in error when it says the sins of the fathers shall be visited upon the sons? Does it mean we are going through problems in Nigeria because of the transgressions of our fathers and forefathers? It appears that our tribal fathers in the persons of Nnamdi Azikiwe, Obafemi Awolowo and Ahmadu Bello were wicked men with sins of incommunicable proportions. Great wrongs were done and…
Tuesday, 15 September 2015 03:24

Who am I?

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The Twentieth century God realized Hindu, Ramana Maharshi and the Igbo God realized man, Dr. RO say that we must answer this question, who am I? They say that in answering it we determine our destiny on earth. Let me, then, try to answer the question in my own way. As usual, I borrow from the book that has made the most impact on my life, A course in miracles; a book whose conclusions I came to by myself so I merely use it as a way to give my views religious authority; actually, I do not need to do…
Monday, 07 September 2015 21:53

There is nothing that my holiness cannot do

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Lesson 38, There Is Nothing That My Holiness Cannot Do A course in miracles is in three parts. Part one delineates its philosophy; it is about 669 pages long; part two is 366 lessons, each for a day of the year; part three is a manual for teachers. Then are supplements, such as a section on psychotherapy and its purpose, clarification of terms, songs of God and so on; altogether it is about 1350 pages long. The book is written in Shakespearean verse and thus needs interpretations to understand what it is saying. Consider today's lesson. What it is trying…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 03:55

Why I do not like Muslims

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Because Muslims Kill People I Do Not Like Them Ozodi Osuji I have studied the major religions of the world (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism and African religions). I accept that there is an unseen and unknown force in our lives and therefore see the need for religions but somehow I find it difficult to accept Islam. I have tried to understand why Islam evokes anger in me. I think that it is because it is a violent religion (even though its members call it a religion of peace). Islam justifies killing people on behalf of its God (Allah).…
Sunday, 23 August 2015 22:38

The world is an insane asylum

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I have searched for meaning in this life for as long as I can remember. Thereafter I gave up trying to find meaning in this world. Recently, thinking about what folks do it struck me that this world is really an insane asylum. This world is literally an insane asylum where insane people come to act out their insanity but imagine that what they are doing is sane. What we do on earth is totally insane. The moment I got this idea into my mind and accepted it, it dawned on me that it would be stupid judging what people…
Sunday, 16 August 2015 18:23

Our earthly thoughts mean nothing

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Here is an idea that will give you salvation: your thoughts mean nothing. Every thought that you are aware of (that I am aware of) means nothing. This includes what we call our scientific thoughts. Every thought that we are consciously aware of means nothing. Please note that I said all of them, not some of them. Truth is truth in all instances and not in some instances. The truth is that all our ego based thoughts mean nothing. We are right now in heaven and while there are sleeping and dreaming; the world we see with our physical eyes…
Saturday, 15 August 2015 00:27

What is success and failure?

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What is my primary problem? My primary problem is that I look around me and see a world that to me is utterly meaningless. Everything I see is meaningless. To me, my body is meaningless (it will die therefore it is not important), the people around me are meaningless; all the things I see around me are meaningless. I have felt this way since childhood. In elementary school, I recall feeling that everything is meaningless. Seeing a meaningless world, I tried to give it meaning by seeking an ideal version of it. My mind rejected the meaningless world I see…
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 18:57

To have a self concept is to be in prison

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To have a separated self-concept, an ego is to be in prison; this is literal not figurative. This world is a prison, a jail house where those who want to have separated self-imprison themselves. The world is a prison house for those who disobey God by insisting on having separated self from God's unified self. To have separated self is to suffer; to have no separated self is to be in peace and joy, to be in heaven. Since one finds one's self already in this separated world one already has a separated self and, as such, is already suffering;…
Tuesday, 11 August 2015 20:48

Fear, guilt, innocence and salvation

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I am aware that there is always fear in my mind. I tried to understand the origin of that fear. I attributed it to inheriting a fragile body that is prone to pain. I told me that my vulnerable body is acutely sensitive to what could hurt it and makes me take measures to prevent being hurt; that is, I believed that my fear alert system is quick, that I am quick to responding to stimuli that generally arouse fear in people. Like most people, I have fear of death. We are born and will die and fear what lies…
Friday, 31 July 2015 05:07

Transcending body based self

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A human child is born in body. It sees itself as body. Body is vulnerable and fragile and can be hurt, feel pain and die. Something in the child (and animals) wants to live in body. The child believes that it is its body and must live in body or it dies. Thus, the child struggles to live in body. The struggle to live in body may be intense or mild depending on the health of the body. Where the body is relatively healthy the human child’s struggle to live in body is not intense but the struggle is still…
Thursday, 30 July 2015 06:28

An overview of a course in miracles

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In 1965, a 56 year old clinical psychologist, a professor at Columbia University at New York City, Helen Schucman said that she heard a voice urging her to write, and that what she is to write is to be called A course in miracles. Apparently, feeling that it is unusual to hear a voice urging her to write she consulted her colleague and friend, Bill Thetford, the chair of her department and he told her to do as was told. Thus, she began writing what the voice, who claimed to be the voice of the historical Jesus, asked her to…
I am not in the habit of challenging a writer’s view unless there is a serious concern. In his most recent upload, Benjamin Obiajulu Aduba says, “ … Gods have a need for sacrifices and appropriate the need to match the offence or the plea of His people up to and including human sacrifice..” Aduba further posits “God loves human sacrifice. God loves human blood” and that “Gods thirst for human blood”. My childhood experiences of stealing into my father’s church to drink so-called blood of Christ make me want to disagree the more about the importance of human blood…
Tuesday, 14 July 2015 15:21

Judgment is an obstacle to God Realization

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Most of the teachers of God, such as Jesus Christ and Buddha asked their followers not to judge. Upon hearing that statement you wonder what planet those folks came from. In our world judgment seem inevitable. To cross a street I must judge (estimate) the distance and speed of the cars coming on both sides of the street to make sure that they do not reach me when I attempt to cross the street. I have to judge something to be good or bad for me to eat it. If I judge food as nutritious I eat it but if…
I am a very proud man. For example, I do not like any one to do something for me; I like to do things for me; I do not take handouts from people, I like to earn my way; I feel insulted if people treat me as if I am not important. I have been this way all my life. Indeed, when I was at school I always aimed at been first in my class and if I did not have that status I felt like shit and beat myself up as no good. You get the point: I am…
You can think about a subject forever and not make a decision on whether to accept it or not. But you must remember that there is a time to study a subject and there is a time to make a decision on its validity and if it is true, accept it and if it is not true, reject it. If you believe that there is God and that we are all extensions of him; if you believe that whatever happens to you is produced by your mind to experience then you cannot complain about anything that happens to you; if…
The world judges certain accomplishments as signs of success; for example, if you went to school and obtained the highest degree in a discipline, obtained a good job, made your way up the ladder of your work organization until you got to the top, made tons of money, secured recognition in your field, is seen as distinguished or obtained elected political positions especially if you become the leader of your country. When you accomplish these things those around you consider you a successful person and praise you. Then you die and they give you a burial ceremony befitting a successful…
Tuesday, 07 July 2015 19:31

What is healing?

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STILL ON A COURSE IN MIRACLES: Space, time, matter, sickness, special relationships (human society) are defenses for the separated ego self and defenses against God (unified state), the truth. Space gives the ego a sense of apartness between it and other egos; time gives the ego a sense of apartness with other egos; matter is used to house the ego, body and that gives it a sense of apartness from other egos; sickness makes the ego feel separated from God, the truth and makes the body that is sick real in its awareness hence sickness is used to defend against…
Sunday, 05 July 2015 02:11

In The Hand Of God

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This piece started as a poem but then turned into some text when it became impossible to comprehend the protagonist, as we often do when we only find God to be unfathomable, deep, profound, bottomless, unsounded, unplumbed, immeasurable, vast, not shallow, impenetrable, inscrutable, inconceivable, unknowable, indecipherable, arcane, enigmatic, mysterious, inexplicable, or simply not straightforward. Then we wonder: Who's He or She? One cannot escape the concept of God. You look at what's happening around you: all the killing, and butchering and slaughtering, and carnage; and church burnings. You wonder: "What's all these about? You turn your back, seeking to go…
Saturday, 04 July 2015 15:50

What is enlightenment

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Diana, the other day, at our A course in miracles meeting at your house, we talked about the nature of enlightenment; below is my understanding of what enlightenment is. I hope that my understanding is useful in clarifying the subject. WHAT IS ENLIGHTENMENT? ENLIGHTENMENT IS NOT DOING SOMETHING NEW BUT UNDOING WHAT WAS ALREADY DONE Ozodi Osuji For years I wanted to become enlightened. I read books on it. I searched for it everywhere and could not find it. I therefore decided to stop looking for it and use my own understanding to see if I can understand what it…
Saturday, 04 July 2015 00:09

Why we must fast

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I am fasting; I intend to not eat food for a month (I will drink only water). I have done this sort of thing before. I did it not for religious reasons but to simply give my body a break from digesting food. I considered the human body a machine. When a machine is put to work for long it needs a break before it breaks down. If you drive your car for a considerable distance you need to stop to give it a break, time to rest and perhaps you do some repair work on it. I simply felt…
When Ego Speaks Fear Speaks For They Are The Same; When Love Speaks There Is No Fear Ego (that is the separated self) and fear are the same; fear defends the ego separated self and makes for its survival; thus, if you speak from the ego you speak from fear. Love and fearlessness is the same, for love means union of one’s self and the other selves as one self; in love there is no effort to defend the separated self; when one speaks from love one does not speak from fear. When one lives from love one does not…
Sunday, 28 June 2015 22:24

That Little Dangerous Tongue

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We can learn a valuable lesson from our daily walks, even from someone you think has nothing significant to contribute. The words of King Solomon, the second greatest Hebrew monarch after his father David, resonate with thunderous echo. Solomon said: "Death and life are in the power of the tongue..." (Proverbs 18:21). Just what was King Solomon talking about? For years, I had misconstrued the tongue to mean the fleshy mass between the roof of my mouth and the inside of my jaw. Sometimes, I thought the tongue meant the language, speech, dialect, or idiom. The tongue is much, much…
Monday, 22 June 2015 02:22

Still on Dylann Roof

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The Dylan Roof bible studies massacre in Charleston, South Carolina, USA offers us a perfect opportunity to apply the teachings of A course in miracles. This man walked into a church and killed nine persons studying the Bible. My ego says that what he did is wrong; I judge him a monster and want to punish him; I wish that there is death penalty in the state of South Carolina and he is tried and found guilty and condemned to death. In the least, I wish that he is sentenced to life in prison without parole. My position is predicated…