the eyes of your heart: a haiku

angel on horse2behind a cool glass

flying horse passed by in haste

tree friends waved in silence

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~When he is just riding in a car, minding his own business, things are happening in another realm right before his eyes. The trees bend and wave. The cloud moves into position. A clear sign appears in the clear blue sky, which has been unruffled until the moment. From afar he sees a speck of shape come rushing at a good speed and it becomes clearer and larger as he focuses. Here is a clear picture of the flying horse. On other pictures he sees the rider too with a sword. This appearance takes place just after he has visited a most oppressed place of history. He has prayed when others complain of heaviness and unease. Then the celestial rider comes on a horse and the oppression lifts immediately. An amazing experience. He believes in the power of prayers.

And [I pray] that the eyes of your heart [the very center and core of your being] may be enlightened [flooded with light by the Holy Spirit], so that you will know and cherish the hope [the divine guarantee, the confident expectation] to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints (God’s people),

traveler’s mirror musing: an ode to a grey city red rose

~ an ode to a grey city red rose ~

grey city red rose
grey city red rose

after the rain, turning your upright back to face the sky

firmly you reaffirm the gracious Providence in His might

to continue to shine His countenance and sustain with dew and air

every creature created since the beginning

to last until the end

meanwhile you raise your head without the fear

of who will take care of your tomorrow rain or shine

chic, delicate, dignified, exquisite, noble, regal and royal

you continue to grace this grey city by day and by night

mirroring the visionary glimpses of another life another realm another world another glory

a traveler’s mirror muses: an ode to the simplest traveler’s stuff

a traveler’s mirror muses today

a traveler's stuff

an ode to the simplest traveler’s stuff:

a cup, a clock, paper and pen, and the Bible of life

that quenches, keeps time, expresses, breathes and lives.

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“In the days of Shamgar son of Anath,
    and in the days of Jael,
people avoided the main roads,
    and travelers stayed on winding pathways. (Judges 5:6)

reflection of the jilted mirror: musing on a flower is not a flower

Mirror
The musing of the jilted mirror continues:

a flower is not a flower
a flower is not a flower

I am placed now at where I should not be

amidst the flowers and the bees

I watch the blue sky from the high rise crevice

and brave the fickle onslaught of the off-season menace

of strong winds and storms that I dread to see

but most of all I am offended by this marvel:

a flower which is not a flower

tied by cloth to the trunk as substitute

for the real buds nipped by famine birds from destitute

city where there are nothing real

plastics and rags recycled for meal

which whilst I still faithfully reflect

I yet lament gently to deflect.

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Psalm 103:14-16 New King James Version (NKJV)

14 For He knows our frame;
He remembers that we are dust.

15 As for man, his days are like grass;
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
16 For the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
And its place remembers it no more.[a]

reflection: musing from a jilted mirror

from a mirror

Dear owner of reflection mine,

this is a musing from a jilted mirror of years gone by.

I have been watching you passing me (sigh)

from a head lush with youthful spring to a head where few combs would dare abide

Yes, through years you have neglected looks or cares.

How often I looked up eagerly to find the unhurried days

perhaps with a casual glance to say Hi

or a smile to cheer me my…

Oft I heard you mutter, o bother…

Of late I noted the anxious moments of truth to potter

as I eavesdropped your lengthy mobile discourse

I heard brands of shampoo or hair strengthener or stuff that might remove lost years of deep remorse.

I gleefully greet frequent visits from you again at this autumn tide

Yet, faithfully I shall reflect the increasing bareness of years gone by.

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“So teach us to number our days,
That we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (psalm 90:12)

I decided to re-blog the above as it was one of the earliest attempts to writing a poem using a photo in hand after a long time away from poetry. I was traveling and everything was new to me in that quaint little backwater place. I had little chance of taking good photos so one day I decided to experiment by using a mirror. Here is one of the products.
note at 2016 0903.

spiritual traveler’s notes (2) : ‘Power’ variable for decision

Here the spiritual traveler pauses.

The road ends. The last street light is dimming. But he can see the distant horizon, pale but clear, like a line of water shimmering in the near dawn light.

When there is no road it is an obstacle. He can wait at this spot and wait till the day arrives brightly. But by then he would have missed the boat that waits at the harbor.

Yet there is no visible road. Just water or something that glimmers like water.

Shall he take the plunge? Uncharted water?

This is not the harbor, he knows in his spirit.

There is no one except this traveler on this end of the road. The rest have chosen a wide and easy way. Broad gate and wide road. But this traveler knows it spells death at the end of that other road.

He decides to take the plunge. So he walks one step at a time, step by step toward the water.

Indeed it is water. Clear water. Pure like crystal. No water bird. No peddle sound. Nothing except water.

He walks and feels the water with his bare feet. Then the water reaches his ankle. Then the water reaches his knee. Then the water reaches his waist. Then the water reaches his chest. Then the water reaches his neck.

Then he starts swimming. It is effortless. The swim.

He hears a voice, “Be filled with the Holy Spirit.”

The Holy Spirit way. The narrow gate way.

fact: Romans 8:13-15King James Version (KJV)

13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

clear horizon

Ezekiel 47:3-12

English Standard Version (ESV)

3 Going on eastward with a measuring line in his hand, the man measured a thousand cubits, and then led me through the water, and it was ankle-deep. 4 Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water, and it was knee-deep. Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water, and it was waist-deep. 5 Again he measured a thousand, and it was a river that I could not pass through, for the water had risen. It was deep enough to swim in, a river that could not be passed through. 6 And he said to me, “Son of man, have you seen this?”…

Then he led me back to the bank of the river. 7 As I went back, I saw on the bank of the river very many trees on the one side and on the other…when the water flows into the sea, the water will become fresh. 9 And wherever the river goes, every living creature that swarms will live… 12 And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither, nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing.”

My real life (10): Beware of the mind’s languages

In the previous post, the mindman realizes that there are many old variables in his mind that merely need cleaning up. But what to clean and how to clean them? This are the issues he is addressing here.

When he looks into his mind, he finds that the only substance is made up of words -mainly words in languages that he has acquired many years ago as a toddler. Amazing. The languages he learned as a toddler have remained after all these years. He is an adult now of course. Many languages have been added over the years. He learned them from family, schools, work places, churches, social groups, the streets, the markets, and the various forms (including multimedia) of reading, watching and listening materials and people too. They did not necessarily give him new languages or new words, but they persuaded his mind to accept values and interpretations, repeatedly until he thought the attachments to those languages or words were part of his belief or him.

Languages alone do not mean a thing. They are neither beneficial nor harmful. The meanings or intents rather, behind the languages are the stuff that give value (merit) or devalue (demerit) to a language.

Yes, just check the language you have in mind and you will agree. Your intent is the driving force behind the language.

When you have an evil intent, your language becomes evil. You may speak the same sentence of the same words, but you may mean two opposite outcomes when you say them at different times to different audiences. You can speak one sentence with faith (that it will happen). You can also say the same sentence with doubt (not believing that what you say will happen). You became what you thought!

This is very common in prayers. You pray but you receive what you know you actually is saying in your heart (your mind). Jesus reads thoughts (mind). God watches the heart (the mind). The Holy Spirit searches the hearts.

The serious questions are: What shall we do with such double-mindedness? What can we do to get rid of bad values or intents attached to the languages in our minds?

The mindman has found his answers in the words of God.

  1. Be single-minded. A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways and he will not receive anything from the Lord. (James 1:5-8) Why is one double-minded? Because one lacks heavenly wisdom. The Bible said that we can ask God in faith. (James 1:6) The key is to ask God and ask in faith.

  2. Put off the old man with the bad values in his mind. Put on the new man with the good values in his mind. This is easy said than done, someone may say. How can it be carried out?

Here are the practical steps according to the words of God: Ephesians 4 (read whole chapter)

Summary of Practice: Walk worthy of the calling with you were called. Ephesians 4:1b There are three steps involved:

that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts,” (22)

you no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles (unbelieving) walk, in the futility of their mind, (understanding darkened, alienated from God’s life, ignorance and blindness in their mind, past feeling, given to lewdness to work all uncleanness with greediness) (17-19)

and be renewed in the spirit of your mind,” (23)

“and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.” (24)

The things to put away: lying, sin in anger, steal, corrupt words proceeding from your mouth – bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking. All these grieve the Holy Spirit. (4:25-31)

More things to put off (chapter 5): fornication, uncleanness, and covetousness. Filthiness, foolish talking, coarse jesting.

How? You have not so learned Christ! 4:20)

Read chapter five of Ephesians:

The things to put on: be imitators of God as dear children – kind, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, walk in love as Christ also has loved us…now you are light in the Lord, walk as children of light. Manifest fruit of the Spirit (goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. Walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time…understand what the will of the Lord is…be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Finally, what does all this mean and how can it be achieved? “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might…for we do not wrestle against flesh and blood…therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

The battle in the mind rages whether we like it or not. By grace and truth which already came through Jesus Christ, God has given every believer faith, His words and the Holy Spirit. These are more than sufficient in the spiritual realm for our mind renewal. The Holy Spirit enables us to walk according to the will of God. Just as Jesus had promised to all who want to follow Him, “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

For the mindman, thus, it is just a matter of learning and un-learning. Learning Christ means we need to read the Bible. We need to listen to the Holy Spirit. Un-learning evil thoughts means we substitute them with thoughts of Christ. He has found that God has indeed given the resources in the spiritual realm, and all we do is just believe and appropriate them in our daily walk with Christ.

How long is this renewing process? Well, for the mindman it is a life time walk.

The apostle Paul has very encouraging words for all who are in the same process:

“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.” (Philippians 4:12)

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