Barclay Littlewood

An Insight Into My Life


Love And Righteousness

All around us, we see pain and suffering in this world. And we feel it within too, all too often.

What is the answer?

Love and righteousness.

Always, the root cause of this pain and suffering, this hate, comes from us devaluing other human beings. Sometimes perhaps that is because we have been devalued so much in the past. Somehow we can lose our way and see others as worthy of attack, inferior to us, fair game, beyond or not worthy of our love and righteousness. We have many reasons, it’s always “because, because, because”. Colour of their skin? Nationally? Role in society? Personality? What they did? Religion? Difference of opinion?

This is easy to spot. In the end, it comes from the Devil, and we, all of us, are open to his influence. Those that don’t know the Devil exists, even more so. It doesn’t matter how much prayer you’ve done, how much meditation, how much you read the Bible or Quran. In the end, you can spot the Devil within. It’s always about destruction and harm, even in the name or guise of ‘good’ or ‘justice’.

All of us must guard ourselves against this, and as I will come to, God is only only true defence.

It can be on a large scale of course, wars under the guise of the protection of ‘democracy’ and ‘freedom’ which are really ploys to destabilise governments and exploit minerals and oils from overseas territories by the ultra wealthy that really control politics and our armies. Revenge attacks to destroy ‘evil Westerners.’ Wars on Islam, by other Islamic sects and others or wars on Christianity or New Age Spirituality. Wars on a certain ethnicity of people. Wars with actions, or words. Racial hatred, religious hatred, political hatred, national hatred.

From that moment each of us was born, each the same as the next, we have in our time as a human race invented and devised lot of ways and reasons to hate. A whole lot of differences abound. Yet it is really so simple. There are no real differences. All differences exist only on the scope of the very limited human mind. In God’s eyes, there are No Muslims, no Christians, no Americans, Germans, French, no blacks or whites, police or soldiers, protesters or prisoners – just human beings, just his children, a product of this creation.

Of course, all of these ways to hate are in one way sickening. A vile attempt by human beings to devalue or subjugate others to their ways or actions, acts of exploitation or revenge in order to gain some peace and feeling of well being inside. Yet being sickened can soon lead to evil within as well. That sick feeling we get, when we see hate, is better to be used as a reminder to be love, to be righteousness – to all and one. Nothing else is the way.

All human beings, however much they may seem lost, need that love, need righteousness. It’s hard to like all other people, even impossible, but we can give them that love and righteousness. Ultimately, that means just a little love and respect for all as your brother and sister, no matter how different they seem. It means don’t do anything to harm them. Just to extend a little goodwill, even only a millimetre if you can. It’s not complicated, doing it is harder of course. But a little is all you need. And real love, real righteousness, doesn’t expect to see a reaction or a change, to gain something, it is just done. Then you have done what you need to.

And also, we see this pain and suffering on a smaller scale too, which paradoxically can often effect us a lot more, because it involves our daily experiences. Our daily interactions with people, those close to us. So much about others can irk us beyond belief. Unloving ways, unkind words, aggressive, disrespectful, or un-thougthful behaviour for example. And we are guilty of it more than we know too.

How can we deal with all of this?

Well, we must first, in our own way, continue to seek love and righteousness within. To cultivate it. For me I cannot make any bones about it. I have tried many ways for many years, likely a lot more than 99% of people, and the answer is very clear. In it’s greatest and purest form, this love and righteousness comes from God. That divine energy, being, or however you think of it, that is at the source of us all. There is no thing more loving and righteous than God. His love is so tangible, so real, so powerful it is immense.

This love is open to all. As all hate comes from the brain/mind, so does his divine love. The scientific existence of it and many paths ability to produce it, is absolutely clear. You may imagine God doesn’t exist, but imaging that is all you are doing. You’re simply not using your brain in the right way. Each one of our brains has evolved to allow us to connect to God. You just need to learn how to do it. It is the doing it that matters. Books, and others can only be a guide. Then work on that connection each day, prayer, worship, meditation, yoga, reading, whatever does it for you.

When we are tested we should first call on God in that very moment. Point our minds, or brains to him. Rather than let our brains go haywire with our reactions and what we think is the best, and right and deserving way to be, we call on God.

God is a wonderful feeling of uplifting love, he will bring peace.

Then we can respond with the only way that works – to be loving and righteous. We have peace within. We shall do no harm. I would argue either one without the other is impotent. It is possible to do some horrendous things in the name of ‘being loving’ just as much as it easy to act with ‘righteous’ with coldness and harshness.

We stop being puppets to the suffering of others, we stop letting their suffering become ours and we prevent compounding our suffering and theirs further.

We can still be strong. We can still enforce consequences. We can still make choices. We can still stand up for right and wrong. But when we do, we do it with love and righteousness, out of help and support and a genuine desire to add something good into the world, in whatever small or large way we can.

Remember the Devil doesn’t want that, he wants you to hate, and attack others, and for them to do the same to you. No one wins that way, history has already shown us many times, let us wake up planet earth.

Thank you and have a blessed day!


Preaching reality

Preaching reality. That’s what I try and do.

All over the world, millions if not billions are experiencing God’s love, right here on earth. They are glimpsing eternal heaven within as the live. It doesn’t matter what you or I, or anyone else believes about it. If doesn’t matter whether you have God in your life or not, or whether you think he exists or not.

The experiences of those who benefit from God’s love cannot be denied. The fact they don’t exactly tally with yours is irrelevant. Their experience is evidence all of it’s own.

Those that don’t experience God, how funny it would be if their experiences were denied as imagined!

No, the truth is there are those that do experience God and those that don’t. That’s the only real distinction between anyone, and even that is quite marginal, it’s not a reason for difference or argument. After all, most who want to find God or need God find him, and those that don’t, don’t. It doesn’t make you a better or worse person to have found God, and really has nothing to do with being better than anyone just because you have. All I can say is I’ve never been a great person, but I’m better with God than without, and I think most people would be too, but that’s not to say they aren’t far better people than me already.

Yet all have the potential to experience God, that is key to remember. Anything else anyone tells you is an an absolute lie. That’s because objectively, and scientifically, God’s presence is in all, subtly behind the everyday content of our minds, emotions, experiences, it’s that indefinable that never changes. It doesn’t matter if you agree with that or not, it’s still there. Whether you believe in it or not, still there. And for some reason, once you notice and tune in, it alters the very fabric of your brain to bring peace.

There’s no need to be a better person before you get there, or change in anyway, because it’s right under your nose. A total gift, so wonderfully subtle and easy, unmoved and unaltered by all definitions and the flow of your consciousness, just there, always there, effortlessly. What grace! It is ultimate power, ultimate benevolence, ultimate knowledge. How the things of the world pale in insignificance to it! Find that and it will do the changes for you.

Of course, much explanations of Holy Texts we might not agree with, but the experience of God is absolutely ambivalent to factual accuracy, as is shown by the reality. If I can experience God’s love with a total dedication to factual accuracy, and someone else can do so without, how can one way be delusion and the other not? They are simply different routes to the very same place, a place that is beyond the manifest. My arrogance is to think my way is superior.

What matters is the facts behind the veneer – there is an always present something, a ‘power, constant, undefinable’, unaffected by all experiences and comings and goings in our lives, it is within us all and it brings peace. It washes us clean, cleanses and saves us. Call it God or whatever you like, but it is the eternal and you have a direct access to it.

Again a Christian might not agree all ways point to the truth, a Muslim might not agree, a Buddhist might not agree either, but with respect to the ‘my experience is more valid than yours’ camp, none can bring more evidence of any weight than the other. No religion has monopoly on the truth. I don’t preach beliefs or opinions, I’m only preaching reality.

Not my reality, the cold, hard, objective reality.

Past all the differences there is unity, at the foundation is an experience of God one religion brings which is the same as any other.

My opinions and beliefs count for nothing, all I’m doing is stating the very obvious facts that the reality shows us.

This isn’t about preaching what I believe, it’s about preaching reality, and that’s what I intend to do a whole lot more of.


Spiritual traps – how to avoid them and come closer to God

I’ve done the rounds on the spiritual side of things. I’ve ploughed thousands of hours of work into it all, and I continue to do so, hopefully I can save you some time by sharing my experience of God and his rules.

Here’s what I consider to be some main spiritual traps that can actually keep you from God and his love.

Personally I don’t think it’s a case of agreeing or disagreeing with me, it’s about testing and applying these things to yourself to see if they are true.

In the words of Oscar Wide, “Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth learning, can be taught.”

The objective of any education should be your learning, and often you learn by your experience.

Proverbs 3:5-6 is my favourite Biblical Quote and says it all.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

In many cases I feel people need to make the same mistakes and fall into some or all of these spiritual traps in order to go through the learning process and burn off the energy as it where. This helps them gain more awareness of themselves and heighten their submission to God.

As always, remember what I say is always far less important than your own experience.

  1. An over focus on personal development in order to obtain spiritual enlightenment is one of the biggest spiritual traps. You can try and try, you aren’t ever going to be perfect or as loving as God. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try and be loving and Godly, just realise for whatever reason human beings are flawed and real love comes from God. Work too much on yourself and it’s a form of self idolisation – that’s why grace exists.
  2. Not seeing our sins or blaming others for our sins. You can fool yourself, or others, but not God.
  3. An over focus on changing your subjective experience to make you more loving before finding God is a spiritual trap. Change your subjective experience as much as you like in order to find God, you’ll only realise the futility of it all.
  4. Making God’s awareness and presence (and later love) something that is not accessible now. God’s presence is accessible now, not when you’ve become some wonderful and perfect person you have in mind. You can test this now. Where you aware of the last sentence and now this one? That’s God’s awareness and presence, not yours. Yet you mistake it to belong to you. It belongs in all people, whatever veils it., it’s there, whatever religion, atheist, anyone.
  5. Mistaking God’s awareness or presence with something personal that is your own. This teaching puts you in the shoes of God, everything is fine ‘because you are aware of it.’ This one needs some deep work in order to realise.
  6. Over intellectualising everything in order to try and ‘get it’ is one of the toughest and most time consuming of the spiritual traps. This gets you idolising the world and knowledge, over your own experience and relationship with God.
  7. Being bothered abut the ego is one of the most common place New Age spiritual traps. Before you knew what ego meant no one had an ego, now you see it everywhere. God loves people with ego and those without. You may find this hard, but he doesn’t. Trying to lose your ego is another way of trying to find God by works and doesn’t work.
  8. Spending hours debating minute details and differences with other people is really one of the spiritual traps that wastes the most time. It’s a form of worshipping the world and knowledge. Instead focus on the core tenements of your approach, finding God within yourself and worshipping him.
  9. That any distinction between good and bad is arbitrary. Not so, the Devil will try and trick you that good and bad are the same thing. This is spiritual nihilism and is destructive.
  10. That God is all things, everything in reality, including you. That all are God. This is wrong and gets you hooked on how you make others feel and how they think about you, as well as your own experience. Fall into this spiritual trap and there is no one or thing to pray to follow their rules, because you are as much God as anyone else. God may be the ultimate source of all things, but all that happens is not from God.
  11. Messing around with the “you” or “I’ in order to remove it and the notions of the world is a spiritual trap. We’ve been created to experience the relative and the absolute. Both exist in harmony, the truth is neither obscures the other and they can be both experienced simultaneously. It’s common upon finding the absolute that is God to try and not experience the relative, yet later you’ll go back to a more dual, normal experience that contains both the relative and the absolute.
  12. Thinking there is nothing to be done. Finding God and immersing in him is incredibly hard work, yet his presence is already with you, focus on that presence, pray, read his word.
  13. Thinking all is as it should be. It’s a comfortable idea, but the world certainly needs help, perhaps just not in the ways you think.
  14. Mistaking your way for the only way. There are many ways to God, everything we say about it is ultimately down to interpretation.
  15. Its a spiritual trap that God is not judgemental. Whilst God’s love is free and accessible, God does judge us all. When we don’t know God, or we act wrongly in his eyes, we’ll be punished accordingly, here on earth.
  16. Talking the talk, but not walking the walk is a spiritual trap. Sure you need knowledge about God, but knowing a treadmill exists doesn’t make you fit. It’s the same with God, using, applying and doing what you know, to live Godly is key and often overlooked.
  17. Trying to manipulate the world to your own ends is a spiritual trap. This will get you idolising the world more than God.
  18. Thinking you can hide things from God – God knows your heart – focus on pleasing him over pleasing yourself and the world.
  19. Being intoxicated by the freedom of God’s love and simply doing as you like, of all the spiritual traps, this can be the most dangerous.
  20. Being overtaken by pride is one of the spiritual traps people often fall into when finding God in their own unique way. Many people have found God before you and will do in the future. God’s love should make you feel special but at the same time humble yourself.
  21. Thinking there’s an end point to this all, like it’s an equation to figure out. There isn’t. Once you find God, the journey continues. It’s all a never ending process to be enjoyed!

Thank you for reading and may God bless you as you avoid these spiritual traps yourself.

God Bless

Barclay Littlewood


Sugar addiction therapist

Just for fun I thought I would see if I can rank first in the world on Google for the term sugar addiction therapist.

No I am not a sugar addiction therapist – but spit that candy out from where it came and don’t despair. I have beaten my own sugar addiction and can help you too, for free. Meaning you don’t have to go and find a real sugar addiction therapist, should such a thing even exist. (And as it doesn’t I am your best bet anyway.)

Before we go on I would like to dedicate this page to my sister and my wife. At least one of whom I am sure is reading now, whilst eating some sugar in some form or another.

Sugar, (by that I mean refined sugar/cane sugar etc.) is at least as addictive as any narcotic drug and almost as harmful. Yep, people that eat sugar are actually, drug addicts. To me seeing a kid eat candy, is like seeing them drink alcohol or smoke a cigarette. Indeed, the effects of sugar are so damaging on human health that I predict within 20 years most major economies in the world will tax sugar at a rate similar to alcohol and tobacco and award subsidises to healthy food producers in return.

We’ve often heard the “sugar is 7 times more addictive” than crack tagline, accurate or not, treatment of sugar addiction is incredibly similar to drug addiction treatment.

You want to approach it from 8 angles. As the world’s leading and only sugar addiction therapist (well hopefully soon anyway according to Google), remember beating your addiction takes time. You can’t cure it in days, we are talking weeks, maybe even months, but sugar addiction is curable!

Here’s my sugar addiction therapist’s 8 ways to cure your addiction – to be used all at once!

  1. Reality therapy – Until you see sugar as a drug, something that can get you hooked at any point, you will likely not give it up. Don’t think it’s a drug? Then just give it up. You can’t can you? You have a problem. Your brain thinks you need it, you are psychologically addicted. And what’s more sugar makes you stupid, causes depression, makes you obese, causes inflammation of the joints, diabetes, and is now linked Alzheimer’s (now also known as Type 3 Diabetes) and a host of other serious health issues.
  2. Emotional therapy – A lot of people eat junk food to feel better about themselves. You need to start feeling better about yourself, of your own accord. Stop beating yourself up for unhealthy eating, for who you are, how you look, or anything else. Be loving and kind to yourself, show a little love to others, and screw what comes back for your self fulfilment and self image. And certainly screw anything from the outside world for feelings of well being, including money, material goods and alcohol.
  3. Spiritual therapy – You eat candy to feel good, there’s no better feeling than God. (Or whatever name us petty little humans seek to give him or her today and then argue and kill each about it.) If you’re a skeptic, then go and read some nuero-theology. You will see the key to it all is in the spiritual exercise. And yes, it’s all scientific. Start meditating, praying, worshipping and even consider joining a religion you like.
  4. Purchasing therapy – Don’t buy candy when you go shopping, if you don’t have it, you can’t eat it. Avoid the candy aisles at your local stores, walk right on by. Don’t even look at the desert menu when you eat out, pretend it doesn’t even exist.
  5. Awareness therapy – Check everything you buy and currently have in your home for sugar, high fructose corn syrup, (or any syrup) honey and cane sugar, you’ll be amazed at what products they hide it, such as BBQ sauce, Almond milk, and “healthy treats”.
  6. Substitution therapy – When you crave sugar, reach for an alternative instead – fruit. A little fruit isn’t so bad for you, and even a lot, is a heck of a lot better than candy.
  7. Gradual reduction therapy – When all the fruit doesn’t help, have a little candy, what’s a little? Less than you usually would have, and less often. I used to allow myself to have candy only on Saturday, and I could have as much as I wanted. In time, I started to not look forward to Saturday’s, that was the beginning of the end.
  8. Physical therapy – Start some exercising, if you are unfit, just begin walking, build up slowly, listen to your body. Now you have an extra interest in avoiding candy, it’s going to add weight and hinder your exercise progress. Begin to eat healthier, eat real food, not man made food stuffs that are killing many in the Western world.

There you have it. I am not a sugar addiction therapist, but, that’s what worked for me.

I am sugar free and feel amazing for it.

No more energy crashes, waking up with a fuzzy head, cravings, or putting on needless weight! Wahoo!

Good luck with your sugar addiction therapy and going clean!

Best & God Bless

Barclay Littlewood – Your Sugar Addiction Therapist For The Day


How do you tell the difference between the Devil and God?

Are you on the right path? Are others? How do you know? How do you handle others who are not, or who are at a crossroads?

The Devil hates, steals, deceives, accuses – God does not. The Devil destroys human beings, God restores them. God speaks truth, unity, love – The Devil does not. God is selfless, the Devil is selfish.

If you experience the grace of God, within, you know without doubt there is a love like no other accessible to all. (See footnotes)

When you know God, you shall also know then, that there is another force at work in this world. This evil force, none of us are immune to. It is one of hedonism, selfishness, greed, hatred, anger, deceit etc. It exists within us all. It has a love for other things, those of the world. It wants to destroy us all – so whilst you may think you win by getting ‘what you want’ – sooner or later – the objective truth of this reality will hit you. I know from my experience as a drug user, bodybuilder, cheater, alcoholic, worshipper of money and so on that those paths lead to nowhere but misery.

To really allow God and yourself to battle that evil force, you first have to see it within. You have to really know objective right from wrong – rather than doing what is “right for you.” And for a definition of what is right… see the top of this post. Then comes the sincere and firm resolve that you will fight the battle, and that you will dedicate yourself to God and his ways. It is a tough long road, but it is far better, far more fulfilling, far more joyful than dancing with the Devil and his temporal and destructive pleasures.

When you encounter this evil outside of you in others, it’s always important to separate that evil force from three things –

  1. Appearances
  2. Your decisions
  3. The human being subjected to it

The Christian/Godly thing to do, for example if you hear of someone who is sleeping rough that attends your Church is to give them a roof. To take someone under your wing. Perhaps you see parts of your old self in them and your past struggles.

They may appear completely Godly, charming, pleasant at first. You make a decision to do the loving thing and let them stay with you.

Yet when you make a decision, you may put yourself, and others at risk, because you may be inviting someone into your life, who struggles greatly with the Devil as well. You may be putting yourself, your family, friends, them and your property at risk.

Despite obvious good qualities, as you get to know them, the Devil’s fruits may come to bear – they may speak a lot about people close to them they have deceived, they may be involved in illicit activities, they may have a drug problem, they may show a disregard for others, for property, for businesses, even little clues that may seem innocuous, like snatching things from others, or not saying thank you for generosity scream out to you. Are you judging them when you see these things? No of course not.

You are being discerning.

This is where point 3) comes in. You don’t confuse the person with their actions, past etc. You know, that the human being, the vessel, is the same as all. They can be filled with God like us all, and they can struggle with the Devil too. No one is above that struggle!

The Devil wants you to hate such a person, turn your back on them, lower them to your judgements. God however wants you to speak truth to them, love them, forgive them, support them and show them a better way. Only this can heal their trauma because of course, always when you see discord on the outside of someone – it comes from some discord inside. And only showing God’s love, can really heal such discord.

However, you have to separate this loving attitude and intention to do God’s work, from your decision making. It might well be best to help, but to do so from afar. You may not need to have them live with you, befriend them, be close to them. You can be just as there for them, in a different capacity. Perhaps just in chance meetings or at Church.

As they stay with you, they may begin to try and deceive you. Should you be surprised? They have deceived others, far closer to them, why would they think twice? To change takes experience, and takes time, and it takes the grace of God.

For example, perhaps they need money for shoes, they create a simple story so you aren’t with them to visit the shop. They artificially inflate the price of the shoes they bought, lying to you about their true value, and spend the rest on drugs. Beyond that, they may too promise to pay you back, it would seem, with no intention of doing so whatsoever.

When you find this out, what can you do? You have to act. To keep someone in your house that will deceive you, is dangerous. When the Devil is in control, God is not. At the same time, it’s back to 3). Be there for them, forgive them, pray for those that wrong you. Once you abuse the trust and love given to you in this life, is it more loving to carry on regardless or show them there are consequence? Don’t be afraid to show people those consequences exist – for their own growth and good. When you show yourself to be deceitful for example – that you lose a footing – you lose trust – you lose special treatment. We all must work for good relationships, with God and each other – they don’t come along for free. Experience is the best teacher, and people only damage those close to them that care for them, because they are so damaged and struggle themselves.

I know this because I am the same and have gone through the same.

And if there are no consequences of your actions, you simply don’t learn from your experience.

Trust your gut feeling, you can “feel” where another human being really is in their spiritual journey. Right away! Make wise decisions, protect yourself from the evil energy that exists in all, whilst doing all you can to pour love people’s way, no matter in what capacity, as landlord, friend, samaritan, or just someone who cares.

Be loving, but we wise, feel the best way to handle things, don’t be impulsive, you don’t always need to act on the first action that comes to mind, sometimes, a slower, more gentle approach is required. And when and if you get it wrong, don’t beat yourself up, you’re only human after all – God often has plans to show you something from a situation that goes way beyond what meets the eye.

Thanks for reading & God Bless

Barclay

Footnotes –

My way has been through Jesus Christ, those of you who read the website will know that I favour the scientific evidence over Biblical interpretation – that other paths can provide the exact same salvation through the effects on the human vessel of prayer, wisdom, other Holy Books, meditation and so on. We really are clay, our very being can be moulded by God, through processes like brain plasticity for example. (It is my assertion that whole human being is “plastic” and subject to moulding – and as such the Devil hijacks the process through drink, drugs, porn etc. to give temporal pleasure but I digress.)

I am sorry if my multi path assertion annoys you, offends you, or you feel it contravenes God’s word. I am sorry if you think that speaking of such unity is actually divisive, or deceptive. I have nothing but love to answer that, because God has shown me that is the only answer. He has shown me all words – all interpretations – as are they are – but they are non-dependent on his love. The scientific objective evidence (see Neurotheology or trawl my website) – and that is the keyword – “evidence” – is totally contrary to there being one exclusive path. The Bible does have factual inaccuracies – many – the omission of evolution for one. Whether you see them, accept them or not, does not effect your experience or relationship of God however – (again look at the reality everyone) and that is the great dilemma for us as human beings, because we can all, including me, be blinded by our own cleverness, interpretations and knowledge.


The eternal presence, does it belong to me?

The eternal presence within, that which I call God, or Divine Energy, but can go by any name, and certainly does not exclusively belong to you.

You cannot steer it, change it, move it. Of course you can change how you think, what you think, steer your mind and your actions, yet that eternal presence remains always. It can neither fade, increase or decrease.

Our descriptions of it very wildly, at times seemingly in conflict, other times seemingly baffling.

Notice it in your life, and through grace it shall bring you eternal peace, the peace of Holy Spirit or bliss.

It is always there, always watching, it can never fade. As much as you try and find it, it remains. As you name it, talk about it, it still remains.

It is greater than any occurrence in your life, any occurrence in the world.

It is untouched and beyond them all.

It is within all people, within me, as much as it within you. Wether it is unrealised or not, guised under religion or not, it is true unity within all of mankind.

Thank you for reading,

May the eternal presence of God be found within you.

God Bless


The truth is, you inherit a lot in this life you don’t ask for.

Some of it is good, some of it, not so good.

Indeed, some of it can be very bad indeed.

We all pick up habits of thinking and feeling about ourself, and life, and how to interact with the world, from our parents and siblings. Our family situations mould and shape us in our most formative years.

Past selfish acts in my family, from both parents, meant I inherited a lot of pain.

 

My mistake

But even though I was only 8, it was my mistake.

Mum and Dad could never give me, what they never had.

What I needed, had to be provided by me.

It’s something every child should realise, before they begin a life into a world of madness.

Your parents are ill-equipped to handle another human beings well being, very often, they can’t even handle their own.

I needed my own love, no one else’s. I needed to feel loved, and in the end, only I could provide that.

 

The Fight

I am not fighting anyone anymore. I am no longer fighting myself.

Now. I am only fighting the pain.

My father left when I was 8 never to return. My mother, I always felt an emotional disconnect from, she was never emotionally warm, but distant. Perhaps she was struggling to get over the divorce, to provide for us, and find love herself.

She was my one source of love, I tried so hard, to make sure I did well.

Somehow, I never could quite seem to earn that love and warmth I craved.

One day, I gave up, and drugs became my love.

As my addiction grew, it too failed to provide that love. It faded and it left even deeper scars.

I became distant to myself, cold to myself, I became angry, bitter.

Success wouldn’t solve it, money wouldn’t solve it, changing my looks and body wouldn’t solve it.

Even God couldn’t directly solve it.

 

A seed of pain

I did’t ask for that initial seed of that pain sown deep inside my heart and mind. I didn’t deserve it, and certainly, for a long part of my life, I didn’t even know that pain was there.

After that, it took a lot of figuring out how to begin to solve it. The problem was by then, the seed of pain had grown so large. It has become a tyrannous, sprawling, evil weed, intertwined with my very being, my body, mind and soul. It had become me.

Many, have had it a lot worse than me. It gives me great grace to understand, pain is passed on through generations. Like a silent killer. Most people don’t know it’s there, they never face it, and certainly they never cure it.

It goes on and on, passed subliminally from generation to generation, perhaps for centuries or more, until someone breaks the cycle.

That’s the fight for me.

To kill the pain. To break the cycle. To uproot the weed at it’s source – me.

Not only for myself, but should I have kids, that they never have to inherit the pain I inherited.

 

My power

This fight is to take all power over myself, back within me. To take full power over my relationship with myself, and my relationship with our source.

My neediness, was my undoing. I had thought, incorrectly, that the love I needed was outside of me.

It was within.

A long trail of spiritual seeking began. I devoured book after book of wisdom, I become complex and a serial changer, all for love.

Even the books that erred at truth, forget something so key. Pain is an experience. Only experiencing healing, can reverse it.

Words, mere words, nay mere wisdom, are only 1% of the battle.

 

 

Your experience shifts

The rest, the other 99%, is to begin to shift your experience.

You see your experience is plastic. Malleable.

It can be altered, replaced with a new, more joyful, better experience. Meditation, prayer, worship, practising love of oneself, all begin to alter you, second by second, minute by minute, day by day, month by month.

Year by year.

I care for people. But, I realise all people, ultimately are evil, we are all self centred. So quick to turn, so self involved, so negligent of how we effect others.

Now I don’t care what people think about me, I don’t care what they say about me, I don’t care how they view me. I need nothing from them, take or leave me, nothing you can give me, means anything to me. From the little things – don’t say hi, don’t be helpful, push past me – to the big things – forget what I did for you, turn on me, try and threaten me, do as you wish.

I won’t try and change you, convince you, alter you. I don’t need feeding from the outside. I don’t need the nourishment of this world.

Stay as you need to be, it’s your life, and I am focused on mine.

 

The pain of others

Few people know themselves, thus they cannot begin to even know another.

So many are in so much pain, they take it out on all those closest to them, without even knowing it. They have little time to think about the lives of others.

They are ultimately, a lot less important than you think. They can’t give you what you need, or what you have been searching for. Love them as much you wish, treat them as well as you like, all admirable qualities, just don’t get confused.

Don’t think it will give you anything you really need.

My stability now comes from within. My belief, comes from me. My view of myself comes from me. I know who I am better than you, better than anyone. I don’t need you onboard. I am not looking to complete my puzzle, with missing pieces you never held.

I learned to love myself, be kind to myself, to be my own guru, my own encourager. I learned to boost myself up. To be immensely proud of myself. To fight to get better each day.

I learned to admit my many fears, and face them. To push myself past them and conquer them.

I am bolstered by sound principles and values of love, kindness, tolerance, compassion, and forgiveness. I don’t seek to harm any other human being, physically, emotionally or financially.

 

Ready

I am, one in a million, maybe even more. I am different. I look at life differently, I live life differently, I feel about life differently. I know things others can’t even comprehend, I understand a better way.

I have evolved.

I am ready.

And this is just the beginning.


The Secondary Nature of Self

If you think about all the human evil that’s been done over time, it’s always in the guise of looking after me or my own, over you and yours.

It’s about getting what I want, because I want it or because I think God wants it.

This I call the being immersed in the secondary nature of self.

Maybe its about imposing our ways on each other, our interpretations, because we know better than others. Perhaps it’s about making them be and act like us, or perhaps it’s the never ending search for fulfilment via the world.

Perhaps it’s our adverse reactions to someone and what they’ve said or done.

Inner suffering causes outer suffering – and the source of suffering is all ultimately finally tied to yourself.

That notion that you are the very epitome of this creation means you can only rely on yourself, a sub structure that is not self sufficient.

Some branches of spirituality preach there is no ‘you’. That all are God. This seems so on discovering the absolute source within you, but there is indeed a you, and the source of you. All experience the former, only some the latter.

It is the source of you which is greater.

Call it what you like, God, spirit, Allah.

It is greater than you, more permanent, more prevalent, more knowing, more advanced, more joyful. It is within you, however hidden. You are simply a creation of it.

It maybe a separate source you think of it as, something that was there when the Universe began, or it maybe something that only began to exist when the Universe began.

Whatever your idea about it – it is the source of that.

The more you pass power to God to take yourself out of the equation and immerse in what made you, sustains you, the more your separateness to your source fades.

And the root of all your desires, all your pride, all your vulnerabilities, all your worries, slowly dissolves.

Such joy, right with you always, right under your nose!

You identify what’s within us all, what’s the true source of each and everyone, everything. There all are already loved, in that, there are no real differences, no issues, no problems.

The source is incredibly ambivalent, incredibly care-free, yet in the name of love, it exists, simply it’s love isn’t limited, nor is it’s freedom. People are free to love, to mock, to argue, to hate, to be considerate or otherwise, free to reject God, free to find God, and this is why the source is greater than all else in this world, all that it created.

God’s love is the greatest teacher, God takes you, as you are.

God exists in all, known or unknown.

God so above it all, that these words are simply mere reflections of the power and light within.

So next time its tough, remember that secondary nature of self, and pass it over to God, anything else is back to front and will only bring you suffering as a result.

You may be vulnerable, you may be down, you may be struggling, but what’s connected to inside of you is beyond and above them all.

Shining brightly and joyfully as always.

God Bless

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Barclay Littlewood

 


Why you must forgive others for their sins

Forgiveness works to heal the past. The past is one of the Devil’s main tools against us. He can hold us to the pain of events that have happened 30 seconds, 30 minutes or 30 years earlier. Sometimes the hurt of years ago can be made to seem just like yesterday.

Forgiveness is for the forgiver. That’s why you must forgive others. It takes back control of your heart, mind and future and unshackles you from the past.

The question is not “Why I should forgive them, why do they deserve it?”

The question is really “Why should I not forgive them? Why don’t I deserve it?”

If you can’t forgive others, you really must like punishing yourself.

You see not forgiving someone really often doesn’t matter to the person that did the harm. They may be blissfully unaware of what they did, or busy living their life without a second thought to it. By not forgiving, it’s you that’s still suffering the pain of what occurred. Ultimately forgiveness frees you up from the pain that’s been blocking your love – and allows you to move on. Until that time, the past is going to keep darkening your future. Their may be anger, trust and anxiety issues, and even problems forming relationships with people in a similar role to the person that harmed you before.

We know we should forgive, not only from the Bible and other Holy texts, but also because of our relationship with God. He forgives us, and we know as his child, we should strive to do forgive others in the same way. When we forgive, we take the burden off ourselves and we pass the burden over to God where it belongs and can be properly shouldered.

Others behaviour is between them and God, just as your behaviour is between you and God. So if you refuse to forgive you are basically saying you know better than God and his rules! God will let you have your own way and play at being God for as long as you wish. He’s happy to let you go about holding back forgiveness thinking you are achieving some victory and learn the hard way. We always know trying to be our own God and living by our own rules turns out badly, very badly indeed!

So there might be a million reasons to withhold forgiveness, but there’s really only one reason why you must forgive others – for your own healing.

 

The Essence of Forgiveness

Forgiveness isn’t just a matter of words and saying “I forgive them.” It’s deeply praying, sincerely forgiving and wishing the wrong doer well. Its being happy that they are happy. It’s asking God to help them and give them the best, praying for them just the same way as you pray for family or a friend, because in the end they are God’s child too.

If you can’t forgive in that way you haven’t forgiven at all. You’ve simply given lip service to the Bible and the concept. For example, if you cannot be in a room with someone and share a few words or jokes, you haven’t really forgiven them. Look to how God forgives us. Does he say “I’ll forgive you but don’t speak to me again.”? Of course not! He loves us still and that’s our goal with all others – his children.

I remember meeting a man from Rwanda once. He told me how almost his entire family was murdered. His wife, brother and 2 children. He was able to forgive the perpetrators as many in Rwanda have done. He was able to meet them forgive, and move onwards. He encouraged the wrong doers to see the Devil had overtaken them and seek forgiveness too from God. Now, because of thousands of stories like his, and thanks to God that country is finally healing from it’s past.

So next time you hear someone saying they can’t forgive, tell them – anything is forgivable.

 

Don’t just forgive – forgive and educate – let people know what they did wrong

I’ve forgiven some people in my time, all manner of things. In the beginning, it used to be hard to forgive. Then it got easier. But one mistake I made was never telling the person what they’d done wrong and how they had hurt me. I don’t think they ever learned much, indeed I think some people would just see my forgiveness as a let off!

So now I’m sure to let them know. I endeavour to do this in a gentle, truthful and constructive way, because it’s the right thing to do by God and ultimately I believe it will help them.

Of course too, you should explain why you are forgiving them. Your forgiveness can be taken many ways, as a sign of weakness, lack of harm, or apathy to the wrong. So you should highlight the reason you are doing it – because it is what God wants. Hopefully you forgiveness can be a lesson in itself.

Forgiveness also doesn’t mean appeasement. For example God doesn’t appease in our wrong doing. If we do something wrong, he corrects us by punishing to bring him back to his love. Equally, if someone broke into your home, you could forgive them, offering them help coming to God, but still push for them to receive punishment too. All people must learn, there are consequences to their actions and punishment and forgiveness are not two mutually exclusive actions.

 

Why you must seek forgiveness for your sins

If you don’t come to God and sincerely ask for forgiveness of your sins, then God’s love will always be withheld from you to some degree. The Devil wants you to think your sins are forever. He keeps it that way by telling you that you have no right to be forgiven, that you are not worthy of God’s love, or even that God does not exist. Ironic that is was down to the Devil you fell short in the first place! The whole World might be condemning you, but what matters is God’s forgiveness only.

God frowns upon a proud person. He sees everything you do – his presence is always there – so you can kid yourself you did no wrong – but you can’t kid God!

So humble yourself and admit you were wrong, promise to be better and then move on. Each time you do this it’s a victory for God and a defeat for the Devil!

Thanks for reading about why you must forgive others and seek forgiveness of your own sins, I really hope it helps you to heal the past in your own life.

God Bless

Barclay Littlewood


Barclay Littlewood vs. Richard Dawkins

Here I answer Richard Dawkins in his interview from National Geographic.

Evidence is my God, as is his. Evidence must be used to guide in the search for truth, rather than evidence being shaped to fit our truth or beliefs.

An open mind is how we learn, our knowledge is never complete but there are answers to everything.

With that firmly in mind, we proceed with Barclay Littlewood vs. Richard Dawkins.

Why is Darwin so important?

Richard Dawkins: Darwin told us why we exist and that’s not an easy question to answer. It’s not just us, it’s all living things. The living world is incredibly complex and staggeringly improbable – unless you understand where it came from; it looks as though it’s been designed; everyone thought that it was designed; but Darwin showed that it wasn’t. That’s the importance of Darwin.

Barclay Littlewood: Darwin and others have shown how life forms are constructed, they have shown us that life forms, through random mutations and then natural selection, evolve. Let’s be clear though, Darwin hasn’t shown that anything was or wasn’t ‘designed’ however. He’s simply shown we weren’t plonked on earth as was once thought. He has showed that there is a developmental process to life.

Why does matter exist? Why does life exist? Of course we can say that life arose from the correct environmental conditions, but why did those conditions even exist?

The process of evolution, mutation, why does it happen or exist? Why does matter mutate, and how does it know to mutate? Who or what designed these processes if anything? What are the reasons mutations exist and how are they randomly selected? Why do mutations always follow the same rule in being random? How did the Universe independently decide to begin mutating? Is it that some un-manifest creative force decided and planned long ago that the random mutation would occur and is actually behind it now?

Darwin simply shifted the questions further along, he disproved Biblical explanation, but he did not disprove a creator or the experience of that creative force that can come from the Bible and other Holy Books.

The Theory of Divine Energy which has been shown to alter matter to experience divine bliss, states that the invisible un-manifest ‘energy’ itself which began the Universe could be the agent and reason behind all mutations because they were planned and constructed like all other scientific rules the Universe abides by. In essence that invisible creative force is intelligent, it is continually refining and improving itself in accordance to set rules, through matter itself, which is secondary to it. Of course, the fact that the mutations are always random suggests that the force is bound by it’s own rules – or it would simply select the best mutations based on need, which it does not.

We can explain this like a racing driver, he controls the car, but he’s confined by the physical rules and limitations of the car, the rules of science. He has to operate within those parameters. So too could certainly be the same with that un-manifest force many call God. From a distant view we may think the car is driving itself, but if we look closer, something is in control, even if it is restrained by certain rules and laws.

In terms of ourselves, it’s perfect scientific and objective to point out what we are a product of that un-manifest force, a child to it, which has manifested itself into the human form via the process of evolution. We are children therefore of God, in a very literal sense, coming from what created us in whatever way the occurred. However, we are not equal to God, as all matter fades and is temporary, whilst the invisible un-manifest force running through matter and which gives birth to it, does not fade and is permanent, apparently slipping in and out of different forms.

How convincing is the evidence that Darwin was right?

Richard Dawkins: The evidence is compelling that Darwin was right. We are descended from simpler animals; we are descended from bacteria ultimately and are cousins of chimpanzees. Darwin wasn’t right about everything – he got some of his genetics wrong because not enough was known about genetics at the time, but the essential point that we are direct cousins of monkeys and kangaroos, octopuses and bacteria is beyond doubt.

Barclay Littlewood: There is no doubt we were descended from bacteria and we are related to all animals. That still does not however answer why bacteria exists in the first place and why there was any need or reason or intention for it to mutate into anything, let alone to us – life forms that can then look back on how they were created and experience what evolved them without ever asking to be.

The fact that we have evolved from bacteria in this way, is extremely odd, it all hints more at an intelligent invisible force with a plan of design, active and unravelling to set rules, than a blind chance.

What are we evolving to and why? If mutations are randomly occurring, where are they leading us? Why was I able to identify an un-manifest force and experience a deep peaceful bliss as a result? What would be the point of that?

How significant is Darwin’s influence in realising our place in the world?

Richard Dawkins: The human race has had a number of set-backs. We learnt from Galileo that the Earth was not the centre of the universe; Darwin did the same thing for living creatures. We once thought we were the pinnacle of creation, made in God’s own image, but we now know we are cousins of 10 million other species – a tiny twig in a vast bush of branching twigs buried somewhere in the depths of this bush; there is nothing special in the order of humans in creation. There are special things about us, such as the fact that we are cleverer than other animals and we have language, but nevertheless we are just cousins of all other living things.

Barclay Littlewood: There is nothing special in the order of our creation, however our capability to consider our creation and our reason to exist are special. Whatever set off those mutations, seems to have a never ending goal of improvement. We can certainly say we have being made in God’s image, (when you see God as an invisible creative force that set all this off and is there now) because we are closer to that image than bacteria, due to us being further down the mutation cycle and having gone through more refinements. We are millions of versions along.

Darwin has not at all changed our place in the world, as far as we know we are the most advanced living creation of the Universe, however way that occurred does not effect that the end result is the same.

Of course they are almost certainly bound to be further evolved creations elsewhere, in that we can certainly learn some humility.

How important is the evidence presented by fossils in backing up Darwin’s theory?

Richard Dawkins: Fossils are not necessary to prove evolution nowadays, as we can do that with comparative evidence, especially via chemical molecular evidence. But fossils are very nice for showing the direct course evolution took – fossils are the only evidence we have which show what animals were like in the distant past.

We are very lucky to have fossils, if we didn’t have fossils at all, we’d still know evolution was true. There are some gaps in the fossil record too, of course, which those sceptical about evolution think is important, but of course it’s not. The whole fossil record could be one big gap and we would still know evolution was true. But although there are gaps there are still substantial parts of evolution where we have a pretty good record of what exactly happened.

Barclay Littlewood: This is agreed, fossils show us the past history of life here on earth.

How strong a piece of evidence are whales as proof of evolution?

Richard Dawkins: If we needed any more evidence for evolution then fossils of whales would provide extremely good evidence. We now know that the closest cousins to whales are in fact hippos. A common ancestor of the hippo and the whale took to the water until it gradually became more wedded to the water and never left. The hind limbs eventually disappear and there is a tiny vestige of hind limb skeleton in whales today. What else could that be but evidence of evolution? There is not the slightest doubt that marine whales are descended from land animals and the fossil record proves this utterly.

Barclay Littlewood: This is agreed.

What do you think of people who adhere to the biblical idea that the Earth is less than 10,000 years old and that we are all God’s creation?

Richard Dawkins: Anyone who still believes that the world is less than 10,000 years old, as many creationists do, the best excuse for them is lamentable ignorance. Anyone who is not ignorant and has been shown the evidence and still believes this, then they must have something wrong with them. To give you an example of the magnitude of the error, to believe that the world is less than 10,000 years old, when in fact we know the world is 4.6 billion years old, is equivalent to believing that the width of North America from New York to San Francisco is less than 10 yards. So to believe this you have to be either incredibly ignorant or insane.

Barclay Littlewood: The evidence is clear, the world is billions of years old, however, the evidence is also clear, that inaccuracies in knowledge in a person, do not alter the scientifically observable experience of what we call God. Otherwise such a scientifically observable experience by MRI scans, would not exist in people of differing religions, some of who have factually incorrect views on the beginnings of the world and the Universe.

The reason for this is that because that objectively findable ever present, un-manifest, call it God, spirit or anything else – exists within a person, no matter what knowledge exists in tandem with it. It is in everyone, found or not. It’s presence allows us to postulate it’s existence. It is that which, for some reason begins the experience of “God’ bringing deep peace through changes to the brain as I and others have shown. In the same way we can take an alternative route and believe in something higher than us (a force higher than matter) and it creates these same changes.If you deny that experience, as most atheists do, it is them who are now using a belief system to override reality.

From this evidence, it would seem that there is an un-manfiest agent that came before manifest creation and life. Something un-manifest, nothingness and everythingness that existed before and in-spite of the manifest, still does and is ‘there’ today behind the scenes. Some sort of invisible emptiness with agency, which is what we call God. We can’t see it or find it, but we can see it’s handywork, in terms of what we can physically identify. It would seem that not only did it ‘congeal and order’ into matter whilst staying with and sustaining it, but it then created evolutionary mutations, resulting in us, something which could then find and experience “it”.

If not, the other way round is that the manifest gave rise to itself and still does. It has ordered itself and is the primary and only reality as it where. With this way, we must accept that matter created itself by itself, that it makes mutations happen, resulting in us, and then that they have conjured up a previously non existent “un-manifest force” they could find and experience as a result. That would seem back to front. The Universe would have had to self order, make up science, mathematics etc. and then create itself based on those rules.

More likely it seems is the un-manifest, if it is what caused and causes life, was there before the mutations and facilitated them to happen, to exist, and it is therefore not only existent, as intangible as it is, but it is the leader of existence, not the slave.

And what created it? Nothing, because it is nothingness and everything-ness at the same time, it simply is.

Mr. Dawkins has confused evolution as being incompatible with the existence/experience of what we call God, it is not, it is simply incompatible with religious explanations. If Mr. Dawkins denies that, then in this case it is him that is actually guilty of lamentable ignorance, because the evidence for an experience of what we call ‘God’ is now absolutely certain as existing and being as real as anything else we can experience as human beings.

Does it bring peace within? Yes.

Is it higher, greater than the manifest and matter? Objectively, yes.

Does it have a plan of order? Yes.

Does it operate by rules? Yes, science are those rules.

Is it directly observable? No. Only by it’s effects on the manifest we can postulate it’s existence.

Why do you think this view is still held by so many people 150 years after Darwin’s theory was published?

Richard Dawkins: I think that religious upbringing is immensely powerful and if its hammered into you as a young child it can be very difficult to get rid of in later life, especially if as a child you are taught that the devil will come to try and persuade you of error; sometimes they are told to ignore the evidence because faith is more important than evidence. Some people know that if they come out as non-believers their family will disown them. It really is an appalling stranglehold that these archaic beliefs have over people, whose minds have been warped since childhood.

Barclay Littlewood: This is true, because experiencing God does not require accuracy of evidence. (Actually it does not need faith either.) It is a great shame that religion causes dis-ownership of family and other hatred. It does however point to the absolute strength of the experience of God, simply that people mistake such ways as the only way. Thus such an appalling stranglehold is no different to me saying that Mr. Dawkins has suffered the same stranglehold in his misguided and selective adherence to evidence. The former religious experience lacks evidential correctness yet is a guide to the ‘truth’ of something that is initially un-manifest leading to the experience of God, the latter eschews limited and cherry picked evidential correctness, but falls short of where that correctness can actually lead – an objective and scientific experience of what many call God that is totally provable and devoid of any belief.

Now if anyone denies the evidence of that experience, it is them making the evidence fit around their beliefs not the other way around.

Is the creationist movement damaging to society as well as science?

Richard Dawkins: I think that it is such a privilege to understand where we come from, a privilege for all of us born after 1859, that to deny children that privilege is wicked, it’s a deprivation that should not be visited on any child, when the truth is so staggeringly exciting. When we have shared ancestors with every living thing, we have a history of four billion years of slow, gradual evolution, that’s not something that we can easily take on board, but the effort of doing so is well worth it. It’s such a beautiful thought that we are the heirs of four billion years of evolution. When you put that against the measly, piddling little ideas in Genesis it’s just no comparison, and it’s a sad and diminishing deprivation of a child’s opportunity to be denied that knowledge.

Barclay Littlewood: The creationist movement may not always be factually correct, but the experience of God, via Holy Spirit or Bliss, that drives such people, is as real as anything else we can experience and readily observable with MRI scans. At the same time Mr Dawkins has wrongly informed many that the wonder of an experience of God that no such experience exists when it indeed does, and there is in fact a scientific explanation for it. Is it sadder not to know exactly how the Universe has evolved, or to not intimately know and experience that primarily un-manifest force that lies behind it’s creation?

What evidence is there to prove that evolution and Darwin were right?

Richard Dawkins: Many pieces of evidence show that evolution is right. I’ll single out just two. The first is the distribution of animals across the globe. They are exactly as you’d expect them to be if evolution occurred. If you go to Australia all the mammals, save for one or two introduced by man, are marsupials. Why are they all there and not in Asia too? It’s exactly as you’d expect if animals evolved. It’s not the way it would be if God had gone around creating animals. Why on Earth would he have gone around creating animals in exactly the places where he would have created animals to give the false impression that evolution took place? If you believe in a god that plays those sorts of tricks then it’s not much of a god to believe in.

Secondly, if you look comparatively at all animals, especially biochemically: if you look at molecules in how they differ from animal to animal, or plant to plant, you find a hierarchical pattern of resemblance, which only makes sense if you assume that it’s a family tree, a pedigree. Everything – all the evidence – points to evolution. Once again the only way that you can maintain a creationist viewpoint is if you assume that God deliberately deceived us by planting molecules, that God played an elaborate trick on us.

Barclay Littlewood: Mr. Dawkins is correct, however, the evidence is nothing to do with their being an initially un-manifest creative force or not, one that exists right here and now and is still evolving life forms and within them all. The same primarily un-manifest that could be the missing piece that began the Big Bang. That fact mutations have appeared in clusters of different animals as they have, doesn’t explain why there is anything to mutate, and why mutations exist in the first place and why they are continually improving life forms.

Can you still have faith in God and evolution?

Richard Dawkins: There are plenty of theologians who believe in God and evolution, so, yes it is possible. I find it a little bit hard to do so because the main reason for believing in God is as the explanation for the living world. Once that’s gone, the most important argument for God has been kicked out and all you are left with is things like the Bible, which is pathetic: any fool can see is not written by God and it doesn’t have any special authority. Or you are left with personal experiences such as ‘God speaks to me’: if you’re convinced by that you’re convinced by that, but it’s pretty weak.

Barclay Littlewood: The main reason to believe in God, I would suggest is not only an explanation for the living world, but the deep peace whilst we are alive that a connection with that un-manifest force brings. It is precisely that such force is above anything manifest, that so many different ways of religion and so on, with their manifestly inaccurate ways, still ‘do the job’. E.g they lead and connect you to the un-manifest. On that level of the un-manifest how can any explanation be more or less accurate? Accuracy is a term that pertains to the manifest, for if something is invisible, it can neither be accurate or inaccurate and both and all.

Of course, it’s still fun to find the objective, manifest evidential truth because there are answers to everything.

There is no need for faith to find God, simply one can identify within that which has never changed. The eternal constant. Live from that angle, keep with that ever present and eternal within and the changes begin, changes which are scientifically observable in the brain. That explains the experience of the peace of God, it is actually a process of moving from the fruits of the primarily un-manifest – the manifest – to the un-manifest itself.

Why are you so convinced that God doesn’t exist?

Richard Dawkins: Well, I’m not really convinced that God does not exist. I’m simply turning the question around to say there is no positive reason to say that God does exist and he is therefore as likely to exist as the tooth-fairy or pink unicorns. So why bother to believe in something where there is no evidence, when there is so much for which there is evidence and you could spend a lifetime learning about it?

Barclay Littlewood: The complexity and wonder of the Universe strongly suggests to us that a hyper intelligent creative force is more likely at work than not. Something we can’t find, in a traditional sense, but we can see the workings of, and is here right now. Everything within the Universe is created and has a reason, why would the Universe itself by any different we might ask. Indeed, God, if he exists must be the greatest scientist in existence.

There is plenty of factual evidence for “God’s” existence, not only the blissful and wondrous experience of the love of that force experienced by billions, but also we can now see the mechanisms of that process at play during meditation and prayer through MRI scans. Whilst God may not be exactly what many think, the evidence for the existence of ‘something’ that can be experienced beyond the normal ‘manifest’ human experience of themselves and the world is now overwhelming.

Is there any evidence for some sort of divine order, such as our consciousness or the beginning of the universe perhaps?

Richard Dawkins: The human consciousness is a great puzzle; it’s not helped by postulating anything supernatural. Human consciousness must stem from some brain stuff, either as a by-product or as an integral part of its function. The origin of the universe is another mystery, but physicists are working on it. Maybe one day we’ll understand it but, either way, postulating some sort of supernatural explanation doesn’t help us understand, because that simply raises bigger questions than it does answers.

Barclay Littlewood: This is about primacy of matter or not. Does ‘consciousness’ come from matter or the other way round? As a sperm there was a ‘consciousness’ I was operating too, why? How did we become conscious? At what time does bacteria evolve to consciousness? There is an order than runs from the smallest to the biggest, why? Why do we randomly mutate to consciousness and self awareness? For what purpose? Why not just stay as bacteria? What we could be seeing, is us moving further along the plan that the creative force had all along, to mutate itself into something even more wonderful and even more in tune and aware of it’s creator, and better able to experience it’s wonder. It would seem, from our existence, that such was the plan.

So life is all a result of chance and molecular accidents?

Richard Dawkins: I would not like to say that we are here today as a matter of chance, because natural selection is not a chance process. Mutation is a matter of chance, but natural selection is a non-random force, because generations of genes have been non randomly chosen for reproduction and survival. If people think that Darwin said that life was down to chance, then no wonder they object to it.

Barclay Littlewood: Life isn’t a result of chance and molecular accidents, these processes exist, why and for what reason? Do they exist by chance? Even if so, why does chance exist at all? The fact we see all these rules and processes, why did they exist? What would a Universe gain from birthing itself and organising itself? When it evolves what is it competing with, how can it beat itself, what would be the point?

Has human evolution come to an end?

Richard Dawkins: Nobody knows. If you look at the way natural selection happens, the fittest creatures have the most offspring and are usually the ones that survive. Over the last 2 or 3 million years humans have developed bigger and bigger brains, presumably because those with bigger brains survived better. But there’s no way to suggest that this is happening today, so there’s no reason to suppose that the same natural selection forces are taking place on humans today, though there are natural selection forces at work in terms of resistance to disease and things like that. If you came back in 10 million years then we’ll probably be extinct, because most species do go extinct. There’ll probably be something living but it won’t be our direct descendant.

Evolutionists are always very cautious to predict the future course of evolution for one species, but what they don’t mind doing is predicting the general direction of life – small herbivores, large herbivores, big carnivores – we can predict that we will get a similar range of animals, but we can’t predict what the descendants of mice, elephants or humans will look like. I think in a couple of million years humans will be extinct, but we may well have evolved into something else, especially if we colonise other worlds, then we may see natural selection taking place as species start diverging, as there’d be very little gene flow between the separate gene pools.

Barclay Littlewood: Certainly human evolution has not come to an end, we’ve seen great changes in us all just over the last hundred years. I’ve evolved in the last five years. I experience something I never thought possible. Something far more wonderful than the experience of the manifest world and all it can give alone.

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