Making Sense Out Of Being Spiritual

I was raised Roman Catholic, and I don’t go to church that often, (not bragging, or saying anything bad about the church) but if the question concerning religion ever arises, I do identify with being Catholic.

I do say I’m Spiritual also, and there are a lot- a lot of people who identify with being spiritual but not religious.

So, the BIG question comes up.  What does it mean to be Spiritual, and can someone be Spiritual but not religious?

Before I give my new opinion and answer this, I want to hear what all of you have to say.  Please, write in and tell me what you think.

What does it mean to be spiritual, and can a person be spiritual without being religious?

Julian Assange

I’m way, way behind on Julian Assange, and any news pertaining to him, however I would like to say a couple of things.

Number 1…There’s nothing wrong with publishing PUBLIC INFORMATION.  Public information is for we the people, the problem is that most people either don’t know how or where to go to find that information.

If Julian Assange found and published public information, that ultimately cause a revolution, he’s not wrong.

Who’s wrong and who should be jailed?  Anyone who withheld or hid that information from the public, and whoever committed a criminal act.

Exercising your first amendment is not a crime.

Number 2…THE PATRIOT ACT is UNCONSTITUTIONAL, therefore you really can’t violate it.

God Bless The Land Of The Free and The Home of the Brave..

Article I

American citizens, we were given The Bill of Rights to protect us from an overreaching government.  We shouldn’t have to defend them, but we should be exercising them.



Article I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

source: The Citizens Rule Book, A Palladium of Liberty.  Pg. 49-50

Control Through Mental Manipulation

There’s a lot of abuse in this world, and abuse is a means to control.  Abuse comes in all forms, but I wanted to focus on something specific in this article.

Have you ever been the victim or target of a loaded question?  In case you don’t know, a loaded question is one that attempts to limit direct replies to whatever serves the questioners agenda.

Here’s an example.  You’ve been working really hard at your job for the last two years, but for whatever reason, the company just laid you off.

Someone asks you, “Hey, are you ever going to get a job?”

This question implies you don’t work, it’s designed to place guilt on you.  THE PERSON WHO’S ASKING YOU THIS QUESTION IS FUCKING WITH YOU!

Do not attempt to answer it with a yes or no because no matter how you answer, you fall victim to this type of question.  You have to rise up, and challenge back by saying, “I’ve been working for the last two years.”

There’s also something else I noticed recently, which is another way an abuser could try to provoke you or bait you into an argument.

The abuser will ask you to do something you’ve already done.  You might be watching television and notice the volume is too loud, so you turn it down.

The abuser will ask you not even a minute later, “Can you turn the volume down, it’s too loud,” knowing and fully aware you just did that.

Or, how about this?  One morning I went to the food store to pick up some groceries, but later in the day I noticed I forgot several items I really wanted so I returned to the food store in the evening.  When I got home I was asked, “How many times a day do you have to go to the food store?”

That question or anything like it is to be ignored because the person is clearly trying to start an argument with you.  You might feel like saying, “Mind your business, or Why does it bother you if I go to the food store twice in one day,” but don’t.  You’re dealing with a petty person who has a problem with you, and when someone has a personal problem with you it doesn’t matter what you say or how nice you try to say it.

They want you to respond, they want you to acknowledge them, and they want your attention because they want to drain your energy.  This isn’t good.  Mental abusers who are draining your energy will eventually make you sick.  Yes.  They will stress you out and eventually make you sick because they are killing your happiness.

Put your headphones in, ignore them, and move out and away as soon as you can.

There are people in this world who are miserable, and you know what they say about misery.  It loves company.  These people aren’t happy until they’ve made you miserable.  Stay away from these people.  Do not give them your time.  You’re not being rude, you’re protecting yourself and your health.

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For The Love Of Football

Woha!  The XFL appears to be something worth your time if you’re a football fan.  My brother suggested I take a look at some of the XFL YouTube videos, and so I did.

I watched the highlight videos from week 1, and I was impressed.  I liked what I saw.  After doing some research, here’s what I discovered;

The XFL is a football league that just started February 8, 2020, and yes, it is eleven on eleven.  There are eight teams split into two divisions, (West, East) and they play a ten-week regular season schedule.  There’s also a two week postseason that includes two semi-final games, and one championship game for all the marbles.

Here’s the split:


New York Guardians

St. Louis BattleHawks

D.C. Defenders

Tampa Bay Vipers


Seattle Dragons

Los Angeles WildCats

Dallas Renegades

Houston RoughNecks

The XFL is founded on Three Core Principals:

  1. Fan First- this league claims that they will listen to what their fans want!
  2. Ultra Accessible- Fans will be able to interact and engage in all types of ways!
  3. True To The Game-The XFL is faithful to the foundations of football!

Is the XFL here to stay?  We shall see.  If you’re interested, the games are played on Saturday and Sunday.  Check it out!

Thank You for the Photo

NFL Draft

The 2020 NFL Draft will be April 23rd through the 25th.  Right now then CBS Sports website has the top 10 picks listed, which are as follows:

NFL Draft Projected Top 10

  1. DE Chase Young, JR Ohio State
  2. QB Joe Burrow, SR LSU
  3. QB Tua Tagovailoa, JR Alabama
  4. CB Jeff Okudah JR, Ohio State
  5. LB Isaiah Simmons, JR Clemson
  6. DL Derrick Brown, SR Auburn
  7. DL Javon Kinlaw, SR South Carolina
  8. WR CeeDee Lamb, JR Oklahoma
  9. OL Jedrick Wills, JR Alabama
  10. OL Andrew Thomas, JR Georgia



The basis behind the theory of reincarnation is that your soul lives on.  If your soul lives on, then it has lived before, which takes us into past life regression.

Right now in this life, we live a life we’re actively creating through our experiences and interactions, but this life is only a moment in time for our soul’s journey.  When the body expires in death, the soul will incarnate into another body for the purpose of completing the soul’s mission.

The soul comes into existence with a purpose, and through you, that soul attempts to first find that purpose, and then complete it.   1,000 years ago your soul came into existence and incarnated into the body of a man that became very wealthy.  He was very successful, and money was his answer for everything.

If he needed something, he bought it.  His soul’s mission, however, was to learn the value of love, and so he couldn’t figure out why he was so miserable.  He could have everything he desired, all he had to do was pay, but love was something his money couldn’t buy.  Eventually, he died a rich man never learning his soul’s lesson.

According to the teachings of reincarnation, this soul will reincarnate until the individual holding the soul learns its lesson, which ultimately allows the soul to move on in its journey through time.  The problem or challenge is that we’re born with absolutely no recollection of what happened in our previous lives.

The second problem or challenge is the soul is always presented with opposition.  If the soul’s lesson is to learn how to be an effective leader, it will be in the body of someone who doesn’t mind following because only as a follower will the person wake up to the realization that he/she must someday take the reins and lead.

Over the years, your soul could’ve incarnated many times.  Sometimes people will have deja vu and think they’ve been somewhere before when they know for a fact it’s their first visit to such a place.  Perhaps, they were there in a previous life, and deja vu is just the soul waking up to previous life experiences.

Take some time to contemplate your life.  Do you keep finding yourself in the same situations over and over again?  Pay attention.  There’s probably something the universe is trying to teach you.  You might be a really young man or woman holding an ‘old soul.’

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The Road To My Future

I graduated college in New Jersey in 2003 with a B.A., Arts and Communication, but I decided to become a teacher.  I had to go back to school for courses in early childhood  education.  My first really good teaching job was for Head Start in Plainfield, New Jersey.  When my student teaching and mentoring was complete, I couldn’t submit the paperwork to actually receive my teaching certification because my mentor wouldn’t sign the documents.  I don’t know why.

I left and went to Catholic Charities.  I had to do the whole mentoring program over again, but that was okay because I wanted to become a teacher.  After two months of work, I was fired.  When I asked why, they told me because they didn’t have to keep me.  Okay?  What about my teaching certification?  I guess they didn’t care.

Now, I’m in a different state.  I’m also fifteen years older, and starting from scratch, but my goal is still the same.  I’m going to become a teacher.  I’m going to obtain a professional teaching certification.  I want to be a teacher.

This seems like a silly question, but I have to ask it.

Is it okay to have a pissed off look on your face?

If you can’t answer this question immediately, then there’s a problem.  Is this how petty things have gotten?  A pissed off look?  Who’s judging the look?

I used to know a guy who never talked.  He was always quiet, and he kept to himself.  He looked miserable.  One day I spoke to him, and I learned he wasn’t miserable.  He was actually a pretty nice guy.  He just had a pissed off look on his face.  Hey, that’s how he looked.

I would never jump to conclusions and assume something about someone before actually speaking to that person, but believe me, there are a lot of people out here who would.  That’s not fair.

The road to my future is one that will be somewhat familiar.  The only difference is fifteen years ago I was able to work as a teacher while training to become one.  Now, I have to become a certified teacher first, then seek employment.

Most people would ask why I need to write about or talk about my plans, they would further suggest, just do it.

The reason why I write and talk about my plans is because sometimes I feel the push-back when making decisions, and I don’t know where it comes from.

When you make your mind up to do certain things, you do them, and it feels good and right doing those things because that’s what you want to do.

Other times, you make a decision to do something, and you do it, but it doesn’t feel right.  I don’t know why this happens, and truthfully, it used to bother me because i felt unsupported.

You would think if a person decides to do good things with their life and time, they would be supported and encouraged.  I mean you hope right?

Well, someone told me a while ago, “It’s not you.  Believe me.”  True.