Author Archives: Rev. Scott

Letting Go of 9 / 11

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In my heart I feel it’s time for us Americans to decide our most important ENERGY FOCUS to carry from past tragedies like 9/11 into our future:

Should we focus on the personal hurts, the torn families, the great damage to our national sense of stability and pride?

Can we find deep emotional and spiritual closure by dwelling on or suppressing the past?

Can we transcend the pain of our dreams and loves lost by daring for a revitalized brotherhood and sisterhood in our homes, our communities, our world?

Or should we continue obsessing over endlessly seeking vengeance on old enemies to the point that we endlessly create new ones?

Can we secure our country’s borders and our citizens’ liberties by letting our naturally spirited, free-speaking, free-acting, free-thinking people be treated as suspects by the endless motley parades of suspicious military, police and political bureaucrats who would “make our world safer for us”?

Isn’t it approaching time for us all to end mourning of the dead so the sparkling possibilities of today can emerge from their hiding places beneath the rocks of our guilt, anger, fear, habitual blindness?

Do I respect the dead? Do I respect those still in sorrow? Do I respect those who have sacrificed for our country and for a more peaceful world?

Yes, I most certainly do–
but I respect the claims of no man or woman, dead or alive, rich or famous, to chain me, you or any human being on Earth to any vision of our collective future that denies the great endless spiritual growth that is everyone’s sacred birthright.

No more excuses, my friends.

Your natural claim to a more joyful, peaceful, creatively sane existence is inextricably tied up in the fulfillment of every other human being’s very same birthright.

No matter how stifled or controlled by others in the past, this vital joy of our collective human birthright is meant to push up through the ashes of the Great Crusades, the Inquisition, the Black Plague, Auschwitz, Hiroshima, Bhopal, 9/11…

We’re to water with work and bright expectation the unseen seeds of an unknown harvest now germinating in the earth. These seeds now yearn inwards and reach outwards for Divine blessing to awaken their core potential.

How can we do anything but say YES to the opportunities for good that seek our patient attention through the tragedies inescapable to all human life?

I am honoring the dead of 9/11 and the newly born every day since by knowing and trying to live by this scientific fact:

LIFE NEVER ENDS.

Your life, my life, the actual existence of everyone’s spiritual beingness, simply never ends.

It only changes shape, changes focus, changes riverbed. Changes wind current, changes fragrance, changes intensity of awareness for our true hearts’ desires…

Peace, Blessings, Happiness and Solace to you and yours–
living, dead and yet to come–
on this good day of September 11, 2012.

Rev. Scott Ufford
Spiritualist minister
Copyright 2012

A Spiritual Issue? Murderous Gun-Toting Maniacs & Repealing the 2nd Amendment

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Our current epidemic of lunatics slaughtering their neighbors at movie theaters, malls, restaurants & old work places:

Depressing beyond the point of shocking.

So should our 2nd Amendment–the right to bear arms–be repealed?
Would it do us any good?
What would make us any safer?

A little-understood fact about the 2nd Amendment:

It was passed in part to guarantee all states’ citizens the right to defend themselves against a too-centralized, totalitarian government like the British one they’d kicked out. Also, to guarantee the right to hunt for their own food in the country & wilderness–

and for self defense against criminals by more than slingshots, karate chops & begging for your family’s life on your hands & knees.

Way back in the late 17th & early 18th centuries, gun possession made groups of American citizens armed about as well as the government–

which forced a respect that kept our bureaucrats from passing & enforcing taxes & rules as vile & strangling as the European monarchies did.

Our revolutionary American philosophy kept governmental powers & taxation low, and personal & community responsibilities high, so the country thrived.

Both the government’s meager armies & the citizens’ ever-readiness-to-form militias balanced each other out. Also, most parties tended to focus on prospering by whatever means available, wherever available, so guns were a natural part of that national semi-rural culture.

Our imperfect national culture unfortunately included systematically destroying the lives, families, religions & powers of Native Americans and of “imported” Africans–

all the while painting them as oppressive enemies to be feared, controlled & squabbled over along with land, water & other resource rights within the new states & opening territories, as “Manifest Destiny” pushed across the continent.

But again, owning a gun was considered, and was, a reasonable, practical part of American life. Almost every farmer & rural person owned one. Kids were taught by parents to use them responsibly, safely and ethically. This was the polar opposite of now being looked down upon by media, society or police as a possible “gun nut”.

But the massive urbanization and over-mechanization of most of our society, with its economic & social stresses, combined with disastrous results of our endless so-called War on Drugs, has concentrated private weaponry in the hands of the imbalanced and desperate as well as the responsible, leading us to our national split personality regarding guns…

Now of course, with many police departments armed to the teeth with military surplus & high tech weapons as if they’re running private fiefdoms–
with you as their untrustworthy subjects, to be looked upon as guilty unless proven innocent–

and with our culture also having overdosed on glorifying violence–
would you really feel safer if the law-abiding citizenry was completely disarmed?

In Australia for example, completely disarming the law-abiding populace recently led to what? Peace and daisies?

No way! It brought far more murderous criminal behavior by thugs emboldened with the knowledge that only they (& the cops) have guns!

Let me ask you:

Do you really think you can trust your govt–
that has invaded and seeks to control & regulate (so as to keep the rich, rich & the powerful, powerful) every aspect of your privacy & your actions–
do you trust that government to act with greater benevolence & wisdom, or think of you as anything but another SHEEP–

if you have NO WAY to even think of protecting yourself?

Obviously, you’re not going to head off the revenooers single-handedly, or cure the ills of exploitation by vicious over-regulation & money grabs by city, state & feds–
but do you really want to surrender yet another historical practical right of an ordinary sane citizenry?

Also:
What about the cities now cutting their police departments in half–
or ditching them entirely–
because they’re going bankrupt?

Who will protect you, the good-hearted but completely weaponless citizen in a land with no Second Amendment rights:

If our soon-to-be-bankrupted country spirals into hard social & economic lessons from our time-honored personal and institutional greed?

If the decades-old restructuring of our EVERY SYSTEM from economic, legal, military and education, to agriculture, energy use, taxation and transportation, makes those systems work as expensively, wastefully & unsustainably as possible–

in order to drain away yet more cash at every step for the rich & powerful and all their wanna be’s–

and leaves you high and dry?

Who will protect you then?

Those who can’t see that our federal & state governments and the military we’ve been seduced into worshiping & obeying are now far too centralized, way too concentrated as they edge towards totalitarianism in their self-appointed legal & technological powers over you–

(whether they so benevolently choose to refrain from using those rights & powers now or not)–

those unfortunates cannot see that we as the American Community have chosen the omnipresent corporate kiss and whip, the all-calculating, all-seeing computer chip & the marvels of the military as our ROLE MODELS for SOLVING our problems–

but with one result being lunatics blasting away at their bosses, their neighbors & fellow shoppers.

All this provides us with a TERRIBLE, CLEARLY FOCUSED MICROCOSMIC VIEW of our national belief systems’ flaws, coming home to roost!

UNCOMFORTABLE CONCLUSION:
WE as a nation and as individuals CAN NO LONGER THROW DOLLARS, THREATS, BULLETS or BOMBS at our problems. We have to get MORE HUMAN.

We have to EVOLVE our country past this crisis of uncomfortably realizing our corrupt comfort zones are scurrying away forever–
and they aren’t coming back.

Maniacs’ murderous rampages, again, are just little local signs in our nation’s unhealthy big picture.

Doesn’t this mean we have to get more self-knowing, more NATURAL and REAL in our SYSTEMS for sustaining and fulfilling our lives and our civilization?

Don’t we have to get more honest, more creative, more generous, more disciplined to create SOLUTIONS that REALLY WORK?

I think so.

What does this “GET MORE HUMAN” mean?
Who knows for sure?
But what other choice do we have?
Do we surrender to our obstacles & our fears?
Do we sink, or do we learn better ways to swim?

Are we not alive today to find our great new answers?

PEACE AND HOPE TO YOU,
Rev. Scott Ufford
Copyright 2012

Don’t Let Them Turn You into a Drone!

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I whole-heartedly AGREE with former President Jimmy Carter’s blasting President Obama & the many foolish politicians of BOTH PARTIES who condone abuse of drone weapons for OVERSEAS ASSASSINATIONS.

Why?

Because if left unchecked by our moral & spiritual compass:

USA’s use of drones OVERSEAS to indiscriminately slaughter “SUSPECTED terrorists or sympathizers”, whether or not they’re American citizens–
as well every innocent bystander caught near the blast–

can and eventually WILL lead to their use against American citizens IN OUR COUNTRY, “suspected” & tried without due process of law for a multiplying array of paranoid & convoluted reasons.

Just as many police depts are stocked like small ARMIES that exhibit thug-like behavior, & SWAT teams & Tasers now mindlessly misused as simple matters of CONVENIENCE rather than as weapons of LAST RESORT, so the temptation WILL be surrendered to for using weaponized & controlling surveillance DRONES AT HOME.

Because WHAT CLEAR HEADED POLITICIANS–
WHAT DEPT OF DEFENSE MILITANTS–
WHAT SPIRITUAL & RELIGIOUS LEADERS–
WHAT AVERAGE PEOPLE among us–
will say, right now:
NO TO DRONES–
NO TO EVERY FORM OF SLOW BUT SURE THEFT OF OUR NATURAL CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS to decent treatment as American citizens & human beings?

FACT:
The weapons, like drones, whose use USA flaunts with immoral abandon TODAY can & will be used against us with the same immoral abandon TOMORROW.

Why?
Because:
(A) Drone weapon technology, like all tech secrets, WILL drift into other parties’ hands, just as surely as Monsanto’s toxic GMO seeds can drift into & infect healthy organic farms’ crops, and
(B) our nation’s display of moral weakness can & WILL be used as excuses by other parties as a green light for misusing drones & other momentary advantages for their own “vital security concerns”–

Inevitably it’s US AND OUR KIDS, the average innocent Americans, who’ll suffer from FUTURE UNKNOWN VERSIONS of the 9/11 attacks & from scheming rabid politicians’ & Eisenhower’s predicted “military-industrial complex” brainwashing us into FEWER CIVIL RIGHTS and MORE BLOODY POINTLESS WARS LIKE IRAQ.

So, what are YOU going to do about it?

Peace & Blessings to you,
Rev. Scott Ufford
Copyright 2012

Watch Venus’ 2012 Solar Transit–A Breath-taking Spiritual Journey

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Can anyone lucky enough to see this amazing footage doubt the awesomeness of the endless journey every planet takes?

How can we help but imagine that every lone planet is a wanderer made perhaps of more than its own “flesh and blood”–
of its own rock, liquids and gases?

Can we really help wondering–is this planet Venus–and so our Planet Earth–on more than a physical path:

Is it on a mysterious SPIRITUAL JOURNEY all its own?

Watch this dazzling NASA video then COME BACK to ask yourself the GREAT UNASKED QUESTIONS below:

Stunning footage of Venus transiting the Sun on June 5th, 2012 from NASA

Such stunning stark images–generated by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory on June 5th 2012–make us feel unusual emotions, and ask impossible questions, like:

Does Venus carry on its soul path its own unique citizens–its own sentient “spiritual riders”–with bodies built by God to thrive under physical conditions we would find unbelievable?

What forms of life could possibly exist on a scorching-hot planet surface over 400 degrees Centigrade? What or who could survive inside a sulfuric acid & carbon dioxide-swamped atmosphere ravaged with such bitter acid rain storms it would melt the skin from our flesh and our flesh from our bones to be exposed to it for even one Earth minute?

On a planet where one normal day lasts more than 2,832 of our own hours–for 118 of our Earth days–who could live?

Where a normal planetary year takes only 224.7 Earth days–meaning all the “4 seasons” of a Venusian year–if there are any seasons except degrees of hellishness–would complete themselves in only two Venusian days?

What kind of a miserable existence might Venus’ inhabitants suffer through? Hiding in deep caverns, or in cesspools of tolerable gases?

But if we ask our deep questions this way, we limit ourselves to thinking in Earthly terms, and that’s a mistake. Because if Venusians exist, they’re as suited for life on their home planet as naturally as the flimsy watery bags we call our normal bodies are suited for life on Earth.

Who after all from another world, could imagine our weak human bodies would survive to carry us to primacy over all the hordes of horned, clawed, fanged, finned and winged super-strong, sharp-toothed beasts that have dominated Earth’s landscape in waves for nearly a thousand million years?

Well of course, you say:

We humans are far more than our puny wet bodies–we are spiritual beasts on a pathway of realizing we are spiritual beings–it is the force of our SPIRITS–of our brains and our souls united–that have proved the nemesis of all brute conditions and creatures, except for the microscopic.

We humans are no more lacking of our spiritual essence and destinies than would be the intelligent inhabitants of any other world.

…Any other world such as even the brutally hostile environment of our hardy neighbor, the planet Venus, over whose destiny we muse in awe as she tracks silently past the Sun, and beyond.

Two final curious questions:
If intelligent species do live upon Venus–if they can and do thrive in its most inhospitably hot conditions–do they suffer at times like on June 5th, 2012, as their planet seemed to trek ever-closer to the broiling roiling Sun?

Or instead, is their nearness to the Sun and its even-hotter radiance a time for them of gladness–a time of giving thanks for its guiding warmth–a time for them of SOUL CELEBRATION?

Almost like a brief feeling of HOMECOMING?

Special questions to ask our Venusian friends someday, should we ever meet them…

Perhaps they’re a civilized race whose physical bodies have evolved to a higher spiritual dimension in a manner that makes survival on Venus as pleasant as our life would be spent lounging on cushiony pillows and feather beds?

Maybe they have much to teach us as we rush to defoliate & dessicate the Earth’s natural beauties and bounty?

Maybe the Venusians are, from those higher spiritual dimensions, ably and selflessly guiding us into our own higher step?

Why not? What do you think is possible?

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Peace, and blessings, and Glad Soul Path be yours, in our special Earthly year of 2012!
Rev. Scott Ufford
Copyright 2012