Daily Archives: April 3, 2015
Which way is the dancer spinning… clockwise or counter-clockwise?
When you are in control of your emotions you are in control of your future.
Most people will see her turning counter-clockwise, which apparently means you’re more left brained (logical). Personally, I see her spinning clockwise, and it’s at first almost impossible to imagine her going clockwise. But it happens, usually by focusing or when something unexpectedly alters your perception.
Here’s the typical run down on left versus right brain:
LEFT BRAIN FUNCTIONS
words and language
present and past
math and science
knows object name
RIGHT BRAIN FUNCTIONS
“big picture” oriented
symbols and images
present and future
philosophy & religion
can “get it” (i.e. meaning)
knows object function
Many people associate the right brain with creativity and lateral thinking, and there’s certainly something to that. Our left brains create structures that can act as barriersto alternative solutions and perspectives.
But your left brain plays a crucial role in creativity as well. Seeing logical associations between seemingly unrelated things is a hallmark of creativity. And the critical-thinking skills necessary to tell a good idea from a bad one are pretty important too.
So… tell us which way your dancer spins for you in the comments. And weigh in with your opinion about the right brain versus left brain for creativity… isn’t it a really a “whole mind” thing?
This is a much-needed word for a generation of Christians with an inflated sense of self-importance. Apart from God’s grace, even our best efforts are nothing more than “splendid sins.” In my better moments, which are all too few, I realize that even my best efforts fall well over into the “splendid sins” category. Ryle has told the truth about the best of us and the rest of us. This side of heaven, we’re a pretty sorry lot, but that’s where God’s grace comes in. No one will be saved by what they do. Our only hope of heaven is to run to the cross and lay hold of Jesus Christ. And we won’t even do that unless God helps us to do it, and even then he must give us the strength to hang on and to keep believing.
Apart from God’s grace, even our best efforts are nothing more than “splendid sins.”
We are all …
Miserable misfits, and
Consider the roll call of God’s imperfect heroes:
The talent pool has always been pretty thin when it comes to moral perfection.
Noah who got drunk.
Abraham who lied about his wife.
Jacob who was a deceiver.
Moses who murdered an Egyptian.
Rahab who was a harlot.
Samson who had serious problems with lust and anger.
David who was an adulterer.
Paul who persecuted the church.
Peter who denied Christ.
If God chose only well-rounded people with no character flaws, some of the credit would inevitably go to the people and not to the Lord. By choosing flawed people with a bad past, a shaky present, and an uncertain future, God alone gets the glory when they accomplish amazing things by his power.
In case we don’t understand this, 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 makes it abundantly clear. If you want the message of this passage in one sentence, here it is: God won’t tolerate human pride, so he chooses people who have nothing to brag about.
The Reason Given
“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him” (I Corinthians 1:27-29). In these verses Paul makes his teaching even clearer. God chooses “weak things” and “lowly things” and “despised things” and even “things that are not.” These “things” are actually people—weak people, lowly people, despised people, and people who are invisible to the world. In short, God makes a choice, and the choice he makes is to choose the people the world would never choose. The words of Isaiah 55:8 come to mind, “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord.” Here’s a simple way to remember this truth: God is different. Ponder that statement for a moment. God is different from us. He is different in what he thinks and he is different in what he does. He does not do what we expect him to do because his thinking is entirely different from ours. He nullifies the mighty by using the weak instead. He nullifies the proud by using the humble. He nullifies the wise by using the simple. He nullifies the professional by using the blue-collar worker. He nullifies the PhD by using the high school dropout. God’s “nullification” demonstrates how fundamentally different he is from us. This truth—elementary as it may seem—is actually quite vital to a healthy Christian worldview. Our God stands alone. He does not bind himself to do what we think he ought to do. He is holy and he is sovereign and he is absolutely free to do whatever he pleases to do. He can humble the proud any time he chooses. No one has the power to stand against him.
God does it this way for three reasons:
1) To destroy all human pride,
2) So that no one can boast, and
3) So that all would be equal in God’s family.
In Todays Society
We look at the outward. God looks at the inward.
We value popularity. God values character.
We look at intelligence. God looks at the heart.
We honor those with money. God honors those with integrity.
We talk about what we own. God talks about what we give away.
We boast about whom we know. God notices whom we serve.
We list our accomplishments. God looks for a contrite heart.
We value education. God values wisdom.
We love size. God notices quality.
We live for fame. God searches for humility.
Our view is shallow. God’s view is deep.
Our view is temporary. God’s view is eternal.
Cherokee Coded Note-1 of over 1500 pages
I was recently contracted to decode ancient writings from my Cherokee heritage and was amazed by what I discovered. NLP is far deeper than what has been taught by Richard Bandler, John Grinder, Leslie Cameron, Mary Beth Megus, David Gordon, Robert Dilts, and Gestalt. I have always practiced NLP before I knew it had a name and certainly before I knew it was a science, now I understand how. The Cherokee language is nearly impossible to decipher unless you are fluent because many words change their meaning by the slightest inflection or length the word is said and sentences are never the same thus hence the “code talkers” ability to not only “secretly communicate” an undecipherable code between other “code talkers” because of their language, it was also because of their unwitting ability to tap into the deeper subconscious we know today as the preconscious to influence the enemy without the ability to speak to the enemy. This was done through inherited, natural NLP body language, we are dealing with a science that is not fully understood and history shows NLP originated from Native American and Aboriginal cultural ceremonies explaining the outweighing positive outcome in their negotiations with the would be more educated opponents. Study any history and you will find the Native Americans are inherently calculating, cunning and intelligent beyond education. Want proof just look at all of the Indian Wars: these were fought against the Native Americans over a longer period of time and with numbers far outweighing that of the Native Warriors, I have a hard time seeing how any of these wars were fought on anything approaching equal terms with the Native tribes, yet the Native Americans rendered more casualties per capita using unidentified NLP Native Coding tactics. One of many reasons the Native Americans proved more useful as allies.
This new art of advanced NLP discovered this weekend is “The Christiansen Code”
How do the Cherokee pronounce ‘Cherokee’?
They don’t. Cherokee speech has no ‘ch’ or ‘r’ sound.
The correct spelling (and pronunciation) is Tsalagi. ‘Cherokee’ is a Creek Indian word meaning ‘people with another language’. The preferred Cherokee word for themselves is Aniyounwiya which means ‘the principal people’.
There are about 350,000 Cherokee alive today, of whom about 22,000 speak the language. Their written alphabet was devised by Sequoyah (1776–1843), a Cherokee Indian also known as George Guess. He is the only known example in history of an illiterate person inventing a written language.
Sequoyah was the son of a Cherokee mother and Nathaniel Guess, a German-born fur trader. He was either born handicapped or injured while young, hence his name Sik-wo-yi, which means ‘pig’s foot’ in Cherokee.
He first became interested in creating a Cherokee alphabet in 1809. An accomplished silversmith and – despite his handicap – a brave soldier, Sequoyah fought for the US in the Cherokee Regiment under Andrew Jackson against the British and the Creek Indians at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend in 1814. A wealthy Georgian farmer called Charles Hicks showed him how to write his own name so he could sign his work as a silversmith. During his military service, Sequoyah became convinced of the need for an alphabet because he saw that – unlike the white soldiers – the Tsalagi were unable to write to or receive letters from home, and all battle orders had to be committed to memory.
It took him twelve years to work out the alphabet. He called the eighty-five letters his ‘talking leaves’. On showing it to the Tsalagi Chiefs in 1821, it was accepted immediately, and was so simple that, within a year, almost the whole tribe became literate.
Seven years after its adoption, the first Tsalagi language newspaper, The Cherokee Phoenix, was printed in 1828.
Lisa Christiansen is the only bilingual direct living descendant of Sequoyah.
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