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I'm not sure how many of you have heard of the DC40 initiative. This is spearheaded by John Benefiel and Cindy Jacobs, both operatives for the New Apostolic Reformation movement (NAR).

The basic plan is to launch a 40 day prayer 'siege' over the U.S. "Releasing the light and sound of eternal worship over the district of Christ." 1  Seige is not my word, the initiative openly admits this plan to be a seige in the hopes of releasing 'the power of blood colored light' over us. 2

So why does this bother me? Why should it bother any of us? Simply put, ignoring factions such as these is implicit approval. If no one complains then groups such as those gain a foothold and policymakers, educators, and regulators are given free rein to behave as they see fit. This nation is Christian based and I have no reason to assume that most legislative people out there and those with the money and power don't approve of 'release(ing) perfect Blood-covered love into the core of your being" 2. I for one, not being Christian, really don't want someone praying for 40 days so my legislatures can 'function on a different playing field' 1. I don't think the DC40 group has 'legal spiritual access' over me, nor do I want them to even think they have that right. 2

We can move beyond just what I personally feel. Let's look at the language- the word seige. This is a specific ploy, a targeted word intended to evoke the concept of a fight, an us against them agenda.  I believe the Nazi's were originally considered an insignificant faction in the beginning also. Similar to the Nazi's, top NAR leaders such as Cindy Jacob's openly advocate burning books and unsanctioned religious effigies. 3 These books and effigies are far ranging and include the Book of Mormon, statues of Catholic Saints, African masks, totem poles, and Hopi Indian dolls.

The language used is poetic- destroying what is deemed 'unholy' is called spiritual housecleaning. Phrases such as this are psychologically and culturally positive. They allow an unquestioning reader to think 'of course, I want to clean house and feel fresh and new again!' Face it folks, most people don't put a lot of thought into political agendas they ascribe to, they won't to DC40 and NAR either. The few who bother to think through the ramifications need to stand up and say no.

I've seen commentary that we should just ignore DC40- 'they' will just go away. NAR openly supports Texas Governor Rick Perry. What could become of movements such as these if they gain enough power? I doubt the marketers are foolish. They have and will continue to seek strong political, legislative support. They will be loud, they will advocate cleansing and the power of the light. The average citizen out there will either go along with the program or will just 'wait' for it to go away. Let's not just wait. We don't have to necessarily raise aggressive banners of battle but we do have to stand our ground, we do have to draw a line for religious tolerance.

So, the cliffhanger here. What's with TI42? Turtle Island 42 is a homegrown initiative that will be seeking to "organize focused learning, support and daily spiritual work in validation of and gratitude for indigenous spirituality and Ancestral traditions that have sustained human life in harmony with nature and Spirit for the majority of human history." The organizers will be posting daily prayers and blogs for 42 days (centered around the DC40 days) in an effort to enhance understanding and spiritual support for indigeny and ancestral traditions. Check it out here: The Turtle Island 42 Initiative.


1 http://www.dc40.net/
2 http://veracitystew.com/2011/09/16/follow-up-dc40-national-prayer-group-doubles-down/
3 http://www.talk2action.org/story/2011/9/14/192516/418

 
One of my fav bloggers, Kenaz Filan, wrote a great post on the dangers of channeling and possessory experiences for the novice. It's an issue that has come up again and again among the Lokean circles. First you see people aspecting or channeling so their buds can chat up a deity. Next thing you know, you start hearing and reading about spirit attacks. They channel more to find out how to fix the issue and then suddenly their friends are the victims of said spirit attacks.

Spirit attacks do happen, I don't disbelieve it at all. But, as many know, I'm a big proponent of, "Slow the fuck down!!" Yes, that is usually one of the first things out of my mouth when people ask me questions about nearly anything. Slow down, take some time, do your homework, garner some respect and awe inspired fear about what you are going to do, and then, ONLY THEN, do whatever was being planned.

So read this post and think about it. Seriously. Are you with a circle of folk who like to aspect or channel? Having spirit attacks? Maybe it is time to get back to basics.

Possession, Safety, Law, Mental Illness and Mass Murder: More on the Spirituality of Spree Killing
 
"You know the Greeks didn't write obituaries. They only asked one question after a man died:  'Did he have passion?'"   ~ quoted from the movie 'Serendipity'

I've had several people message me commenting that I write with such passion for the Gods.  Not the first time I've had that noun applied to me or my writings, but I've had a cluster lately and I started to think. First, what really is passion, secondly, why is that coming across to others, and thirdly, why is it so important people comment on that quality?

I looked up the word passion. Dictionary.com provides an initial definition of: any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling.... Passion is synonymous with ferver, zeal, ardor, wrath, and fury.

Wow. Is that what people get when they read what I write? Admittedly, that is often how I feel when I write about my Gods. It's not just a powerful emotion though- google blue waffle or harlequin baby and you will have a passing powerful emotion also.

True passion, however, is a gift of Spirit, a gift of unbridled enthusiasm that has its own energy. This energy is not only observable, but transferable. It's about pursuit, a compulsion to act, to create. In this context passion is excitement that moves one to stray off a beaten path and to move into a new domain full of wonder and zeal. Passion peels away that veneer separating what is often said with what actually is.

Above I gave a definition for passion. That 'powerful or compelling emotion' means many things to many people. It can mean doing things with fondness. It can mean an awakening of inner desires that drives them to the superhuman. For others the word stands for something they can love with sincerity, that thing that allows them to wake every morning with eagerness and delight. Passion is defined differently by many. When it comes down to it though, passion itself is what defines

My passion for the Gods has not only defined me but has given perseverance and self-discipline. It isn't about happiness. Anyone who's read my blog Pearl of Trust knows that my pursuit in service and devotion hasn't always made me happy. However, I still had that passion, that zest that gave me the drive to carry on. My passion gave me the courage to keep marching and work through my blockages and inner turmoil. This great, persevering emotion I have for the Gods pulls me through those issues allowing me to take those risks, jump off those cliffs and attain authenticity.

" ... to get to authenticity, you really keep going down to the bone, to the honesty, and the inevitability of something.”    ~ Meredith Monk

 That's why it comes across. Authenticity. Agree or don't with my writings but it is clear that I believe in what I write. It is clear I love my Gods with a ferver that takes my breath away. It is clear my daily life, every breath I take, is in devotion to my Gods. Some may adore me, some may respect me, some may despise me, but no one can say I don't have a conviction in love and service. I write what I write, I stand by my thoughts and beliefs. Heimdallr has mandated I take a stand in what I write, Heimdallr has given me this gift of authenticity. That is my power of passion.

So why does this stand out for people? I wonder if some are afraid of the power of passion and the resultant authenticity. If being forced to see and determine the what is from the what isn't, of being able to see who they are, who they are becoming, and who they can never be is too frightening.

Many people have taken risks and been burned, they've been buried under the weight of nay sayers and dogma obsessed pedantics. Many have feather brushed the edges of passion but recoil at the first prick of that intensity's thorn. It's possible then that those souls fringed with fear can smell the authenticity and by it's passionate transferability are awakened to the very real reality that this could also be them. They could delve within/without, take that leap and grab hold of their own passion. I most certainly hope so and that is a service I am honored to be providing for the Gods.

Should people be afraid of passion? Yes. They should. Every risk comes with pain, every passion has a point of despair. Passion will make you skin your elbow when you fall, will bust your nose when you smack into that glass door. But how much more powerful one's life can be if that passion is embraced, with its highs and lows? Can we trust ourselves to the reception of experience, to commit to the perseverance and discipline that only true heartfelt passion demands? Can we stand by our own authenticity, our definition of self in service to our Gods?

Those are questions only the individual can answer. I said yes.

"Tell me what your passion is and I'll tell you who you are" ~ John Little Prince