Thank you to everyone who posted birthday wishes for me on Facebook
(and sent cards and Emails)!
Happy Birthday! Thank you to everyone who posted birthday wishes for me here (and sent cards and Emails)! My family knows I take birthdays very seriously, celebrating for weeks in advance. I’m sorry I’m not on Facebook much, and don’t post immediate responses, but that’s the way it is with the promises I made this lifetime. It won’t surprise some of you to learn that I have lived many lifetimes as a soldier, including my last lifetime during the American Revolution, when I paid the ultimate sacrifice and died in battle even before the Declaration of Independence was signed. This lifetime I was allowed to serve our beloved nation in the capacity of educator, artist, and author, and within these boundaries I am still motivated to serve every waking moment challenging the forces bent on destroying our Constitutional Republic.
These thoughts are at the forefront of my mind lately, as I’ve been working on a book about the Statue of Liberty to show how she is a manifestation of the Divine Feminine. Once again, I am astounded at the conspiracy theories that a small pocket of ill-informed paranoid bigots spread about this female symbol, and am reminded of the current conspiracy theories being collected around our first black president. The Statue of Liberty is attacked by the fundamentalist-conspiratorialists because she is a goddess, and as such, they see her as a threat to their concept of Christianity, where any depiction of divinity other than their paternalistic God the Father and Son is, by necessity, Satanic. Right now the hate-mongers are raging that Mr. Obama was raised a Muslim and therefore they fear he will be too tolerant of Muslims entering what they call “this Christian nation”. These American extremists fear Muslims because they believe Muslims are intent on taking over the world and wiping out Christianity. There are so many holes in this argument, I will focus on just the one. America is not a Christian nation. It was not founded as a Christian nation. The majority of our Founding Fathers were Christians, but as Deists, they were motivated by the philosophy of reason and the Age of Enlightenment, in which one of their priorities was to create a land were religious tolerance was enshrined in Law. The separation of church and state was the goal. Christianity was not promoted – liberty and religious tolerance were promoted. America was never a Christian nation.
In addition to my work on the Statue of Liberty, I’ve also been working on my memoirs (in which a number of you will play a part), as well as a revised version of my book on the Yellow Submarine.
Anyway, that’s one of the reasons you don’t see me lurking the halls of Facebook much. But your heart-warming birthday greetings brought me out of my lair long enough to pen you this missive. As Ben Franklin wrote for his epitaph, showing his belief in reincarnation: “The body of B. Franklin, printer, (like the cover of an old book, its contents torn out and stript of its lettering and gilding) lies here, food for worms, but the work shall not be lost for it will appear once more, in a new and more elegant edition, revised and corrected by the author.” My own hope is to revise and correct my own edition before returning to the other dimensions. Life is a school, and as usual, I’m late for class. See you on the radio! (please visit the 21st Century Radio page and give us a “like”!)