Face Your Fears!

Van Gogh on Fear

FACE YOUR FEARS!
Written and © Copyright 2012
By AP Smith 05-01-12

Face your fears the hard way
Look them in the eye
Every time you walk away
You die a little inside

It’s time to be the hero
In the story called your life
Before the evil Goblin
Cuts you with his knife

There’s nothing for you to fear
Except for fear it self
The panic that you feel
Can rob you of your health

So when fear comes a knocking
Send faith to answer the door
And there’ll be no-one there
Of that I’m very sure

Faith is the perfect antidote
To the struggles felt within
So laugh at your fear and smile
It’s time to wear a grin

Heroes & Villains (IV) – The Conclusion (with Video)

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“Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well!” – Josh Billings

In the past month I have been speaking about some of my heroes. I have written about President Kennedy, Nelson Mandela, John Lennon and I have quoted song lyrics from Larry Norman. Stories especially those about real people are wonderful, because they help us to see how it is possible to live a life that impacts the world if not the lives of others in a positive way.

My eyes were drawn to watch a video article on TR – that’s Russia Today a satellite news channel which told of some of the shady dealings that Nelson Mandela made when he was President of South Africa to help get the South African economy on a secure footing. I also watched a couple of videos recorded by Larry Norman’s girlfriend who spoke of how he manipulated people.

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At first I was disappointed to find that my heroes weren’t as I imagined them to be and then I thought of JFK’s fling with Marilyn Monroe and remembered something I’d read in a John Lennon biography. John had a drunken fight with his best friend Stuart Sutcliffe who hit his head on the pavement (sidewalk) and when he later died of a brain haemorrhage Lennon blamed himself.

The point I am making here is that no-one is perfect and that is the same of both you and me too! We are not only the heroes in our own story, we are the villains too! We are in good company, thankfully; because if you read the great “Hall of Faith” chapter in the bible Hebrews 11 you read about the mighty exploits of the great men of faith to be found in the Old Testament.

There are some wonderful heroes celebrated there: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Samuel, David, Solomon and so the list goes on. The great man of faith Abraham didn’t believe God’s promise that Sarah would bear him a son and with Sarah’s blessing had a son with Hagar their maidservant. Isaac stole his brothers birth right, David had Uriah the Hittite killed so that he could marry Bathsheba.

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I’ve read the bible through all the way twice, so I know that Hebrews 11 is only telling us one part of these stories! Human beings are flawed; we have the capacity for great good and great evil. We need to be real, we are not all good or all bad, but we need to make sure that we keep the dark side of our nature on a short leash and put our best foot forward every day of our lives!

I believe we should forgive our heroes for not quite making the mark, and forgive ourselves and our fellow human beings for being like us less than we’d like to be and maybe then we will be remembered for the joy we have brought to the world, the good that we have done for others and we will all rest in peace when our time comes.

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Love and light to you from Andrew :) <3

Heroes & Villains (III) – John Lennon

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Musings On: “INSTANT KARMA” 

“Instant Karma’s gonna get you, Gonna knock you right on the head
You better get yourself together, Pretty soon you’re gonna be dead
What in the world you thinking of, Laughing in the face of love
What on earth you tryin’ to do, It’s up to you, yeah you

Instant Karma’s gonna get you, Gonna look you right in the face
Better get yourself together darlin’, Join the human race
How in the world you gonna see, Laughin’ at fools like me
Who in the hell d’you think you are, A super star, Well, right you are

Well we all shine on, Like the moon and the stars and the sun
Well we all shine on, Ev’ryone come on

Instant Karma’s gonna get you, Gonna knock you off your feet
Better recognize your brothers, Ev’ryone you meet
Why in the world are we here, Surely not to live in pain and fear
Why on earth are you there, When you’re ev’rywhere
Come and get your share

Well we all shine on, Like the moon and the stars and the sun
Yeah we all shine on, Come on and on and on on on, Yeah yeah, alright, uh huh, ah”

In a cause and effect universe the things we do are the sowing of the seeds that will reap us a harvest of joy or sorrow. Cast out your bread on the waters, and after many days it will return to you! Do unto others as you would have them do to you! The concept of karma is understood in the west as a similar kind of thing.

John Lennon wanted us to consider what things would be like should the harvest instantly follow the planting. If Karma worked in an instant, we most surely would be kept on our toes! Maybe all of us the rich and the poor, the powerful and the weak, the west and the third world would think twice before acting. Love would be much more in evidence and even in abundance than it is right now.

There is one great leveller to human existence and that is death. Today almost a third of a century ago the writer of “Instant Karma” was gunned down outside his home. He is one who would ask us to take seriously the claim that love and peace are the way forward for mankind. He made clear in the lyrics of this song that none of us should laugh in the face of love!

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He went further in suggesting that those who are motivated by anything other than love, are sub-human! Such people can believe what they want about themselves, but there still is none so blind as those who will not see! The foolishness of seeing those who speak of the ONLY way forward for the survival of mankind as laughable are most certainly to be challenged!

He also said “Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I’m liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That’s what’s insane about it!” Thankfully he offered us hope in the words of the chorus, for indeed we do all shine on, as does his memory and the words he spoke,  almost 34 years after his death!

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“Why in the world are we here, surely not to live in pain and fear? Why on earth are you there, when you’re everywhere?” Here and there are not where we are, we are metaphysically everywhere! For the illusion of our duality to dissipate and be transcended we need to see that we are spirit living in the material world! It’s time for us all to get our share of peace and love!

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Heroes & Villains (II) – Nelson Mandela

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THE MAN WHO PUT A SMILE ON THE FACE OF THE HUMAN RACE

Nelson Mandela was a man who personified the best of what being human is. We all see injustice around us and some of feel unable to do anything about it. The problem is too big and the influence or abilities we have are too small. We have a sense of overwhelm and we sadly walk away feeling impotent and inept.

Some get angry with the way that things are and are willing to take up arms to put right the wrong that the injustice has caused. We meet with like-minded people and the violence that ensues despite our original intentions merely creates more injustice, more grievances, more desperation, more killing and hatred, the very thing we wanted to end.

Mandela was a man who believed in a peaceful struggle and yet when that peaceful struggle merely got those who protested unarmed at Sharpeville shot, he considered the alternative. He went for guerrilla warfare training in Algeria and yet he returned to South Africa without completing it, choosing to disrupt rather than destroy the apartheid regime which he opposed.

His acts of disruption led to imprisonment in Robben Island. Yet, he used the free time he had incarcerated there to read and think not only about what to say to encourage those who continued with the struggle; but also how, should he be released, he could be most effective in bringing about the outcome he desired.

A peaceful transition from apartheid to democracy was brought about by a landslide victory for the ANC and the “truth and reconciliation commission” which looked into human rights abuses in a civilised and honourable way for all involved. It is a miracle that this peaceful transition is now a part of historical fact.

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When his life came to peaceful end I looked around the world with sadness, because on the face of it there was no-one like him, of the same stature. The leaders we have whether political, spiritual or otherwise are pygmies against the achievements of this giant. He was in a league of his own and yet … the world stage awaits the arrival of others like him who is willing to step forward.

The question has to be asked, is it you? Oh but Andrew, I’m a no-one, I have no influence, I wasn’t born a prince or a princess like Mandiba was. I am not politically motivated, politics doesn’t interest me, and the current crop has put me off the subject forever. And yet dear friend maybe what we need isn’t one major figure bringing a smile to the face of the human race?

Maybe instead we need a world full of people willing to think:

I may not be able to do much, but what I can do I will do!
I may not have any political influence, but I can lead by example!
I may not be able to affect the destiny of a nation, but I will forgive those who have wronged me!
I may not be grieved by the world at my passing, but I am determined to put a smile on the face of all those I meet and to be the best person that I can be, no more excuses!

Rest in peace Nelson you are an example to follow, the world has darkened for a moment at your passing but we intend to become torch-bearers to re-ignite light and love into this world, because we are beginning to realise what and who we are!

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“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,
talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve
the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so
that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were
born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give
other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated
from our own fear, Our presence automatically liberates
others!” – —Marianne Williamson

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Heroes & Villains (I) – JFK

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THE DAY HOPE DIED AND WAS REBORN!

“My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country!” – John F. Kennedy

Fifty years ago in Dallas the world changed forever! The youngest American President was assassinated along with the hopes and dreams of many of his generation who were beginning to see the possibility of a new order: A world where nuclear war could be averted by keeping a cool head in a crisis; the promise of the end to racial segregation and of the worth of each and every human being.

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In JFK the world had a leader who could think of going places politically that had never been dreamed of! And yet when he died I believe it was a time of quiet reflection for our small planet, a time when many people took stock of their lives and decided that they wanted the world to be the way Jack Kennedy could have helped to make it had he lived.

It was Tertullian the founder of Western theology who said: “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church!” When Dr Martin Luther King Jnr and the President’s brother Bobby were also assassinated, people’s hearts and minds were moved again to bring about the kind of world that they had described!

Amongst others these three men were childhood heroes of mine, not because I could remember their assassinations, I must have been sent to bed early those nights, but by the conversations I heard based around the speeches that had been given by the three of them. Even here in the UK, people were moved by the concepts shared and the dreams held by these men.

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Why not imagine things the way you would like them to be? There are many dreamers in our world dreaming the same things, wanting our planet to be free of war, tyranny, hunger and each one of us can play a part! It may cost us our lives, but isn’t it worth having something worth dying for in your life, than a life where each day you die inside?

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Does your life have purpose and direction? Today we remember a man who had both and spent his short time on our planet using his courage and efforts to make a better world for us all. Thank you Jack for leading by example, I salute you and realize you were a man with temptations and personal problems like the rest of us, but that you overcame the challenges and left your mark on us all!

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One Heart At A Time

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ONE HEART AT A TIME
Written and © Copyright 2012
By Andrew Paul Smith 17-06-2012

Western lights are dimming
Whilst the east now grows so strong
Economic forecasts
Say our might and power
Cannot last for long

And yet as in the past awareness
Flowed from east to west
Now the tables turning
And it could be our time to bless

One heart at a time
A spiritual transformation
Till the critical mass is reached
In each and every nation

Till life on Planet Earth
Is devoid of strife
And war and hunger end
An enlightened human life

It all begins in your heart
So seek your peace within
Please find the love to make sure
That this new life can begin

It all begins in my heart
So I’ll seek my peace within
I’ll find the love to make sure
That this new life can begin