A daunting title, no? I've been told there are two types of people. On one hand, you have your groups of people that don't believe in GOD, but disagree on the formulas and equations used to explain it all. On the other hand, you have your groups of people that do believe in GOD, but disagree over who gets to own Him...or Her...or Them. Then, on another hand you have groups of people that pretend whatever gets you to believe in them and what they tell you, they are all the GOD you need. On yet another hand, you have groups of people who don't know who or what to believe, so just keep their minds open and think while they are walking...Wait, how many hands is that? Maybe i should have used fingers...Nevermind, for i would address you all equally.
A daunting task, no? Especially when you consider, that of the groups on the first hand, the only thing they ALL believe in together is that they don't believe and those that do, need a slap. They will tell you there is no GOD to talk to. They figure that since there is no GOD that leaves room for them to be GOD and come up with all these theories, and then one will come along and poke a black hole in one of them and another will come along and pull some strings out the theories until it's just dark matter...and even though it doesn't always add up, they still worship their statistics that prove profits. There minds close at the mention of TRUTH or GOD. Of the groups on the other hand, the only thing they ALL believe in together is that they do believe and those who don't, need a slap. They figure their GOD is ONLY theirs, so broke apart into different religions to make sure they are the only ones GOD loves. And created churches to make sure only their leaders get to talk to GOD and make up the rules...with the ONLY exception being the Prophets, whom GOD always reaches outside the church to find and folks tend to ignore anyway, choosing instead to worship the religion the church tells them about to get more profits. There minds close at the mention of TRUTH or THEORIES. Of the groups pretending to be a hand, the only thing they believe in is themselves and slap whomever they please. They figure even if there is a GOD, they can do what they want cause they own everything and can show you the bodies not yet disposed of to prove it. They figure because GOD hasn't done anything to them yet, they are safe. They worship themselves and the profits. Their minds close at the mention of TRUTH or GOD or THEORIES.
Then of course, there was still that group with the shoes on the other foot, (yeah, definitely should have used fingers, i guess i was told incorrectly...too late now). Those folks who don't know what to believe or whom to slap with which hand, so usually don't slap anyone, just walk it off....but at times feel like slapping them all hoping to hit a reset button. They love TRUTH, THEORIES and GOD because their minds are still open to thinking. A daunting Intro no? (OK, I'll stop that)
Now Back to you All; Some have experienced and observed, that which is scientifically spiritual, changing everything they thought they knew and offering definitive proof in the moment to the observers and ones that experience it, but offering little that can be shared with the inexperienced. Thus a Faith becomes rooted in TRUTH, where a belief system was once built on superstitions and misunderstanding lay crumbled. They are called Martyrs; derived from the GREEK meaning; "A witness to the TRUTH." ( Dictionaries don't actually provide an honest definition for this word, but rather define what society does to the Martyr instead, which is really another word altogether)
Brief Pause for Thought; Since I'm guessing there are those of you in ALL groups that were unaware of this, a number of reactions are occurring. Walls are going up for some, doors are closing, emotions are stirring and minds are racing for others. Some have already stopped reading and are grabbing dictionaries. (good for you) Some are still trying to grasp why this matters at all. Let us set all this aside for now and suspend your disbelief's and beliefs alike and continue with the journey. (This way, you can still learn as we go)
Journey On; I encourage the inexperienced to set out on a journey for those moments. Not trying to fill their cup before they leave, but seeking to convince them to empty it first so there is room for what they will find. Jesus did this with his disciples when He told them to walk with nothing, no money in their bags, just the clothes on their backs and the sandals on their feet. Even in that day and age it would have seemed nonsense to go somewhere and not take a few coins or extra provisions along, so not everyone who heard, listened. Some just left , not wanting to walk with nothing , thinking there was nothing to learn here, so didn't. But some who heard did listen, and learned things so simple as how to breathe DEEP and SLOW, or the difference between wants and needs that made them come back to learn more. In walking the talk, instead of talking themselves out of walking, they were learning the difference between knowing what it says and understanding what it means. One can LOOK and still not see or HEAR and still not listen...but even the blind and deaf can SEE and LISTEN to the TRUTH. They still experience LOVE.
People on BOTH sides might start asking themselves some REAL questions; If there is no GOD, why keep killing the witnesses and destroying the evidence? Why are there so many Rules against living as Buddha or Christ taught? What are they afraid of you finding? If there was nothing, then why prevent you from looking properly, why go to all the trouble of making it illegal?
If you are wondering who "They" are, you need not seek them out. Simply give up everything and Sit under a tree with Buddha or Walk with nothing beside Christ. "THEY" will find YOU....on THAT you can Trust me.
Learn how to Breathe DEEP...Breathe SLOW. Sit through the Silence to hear the 'Tone of Truth'...Then you will hear what rings true and what doesn't.
A paraphrased quote(To inspire folks to do their own research and think for themselves) inhonor of a great man;
"It is really mean to tell a shoeless man to pull himself up by his bootstraps... It is extremely cruel to tell him that while standing on them."
I realize that from time to time many of you question my sanity and choices in life, but i think most of you will agree that, whether or not mis-guided, they do come from the heart. I feel one of the major problems that our society faces on whole is how APATHY has beenprogrammed into us...To paraphrase a quote i saw while my buddy was checking his facebook today; "Why is it when we are kids, we are told it's good to question everyone's intentions and actions, but when we are adults we are told it's bad to question the intentions and actions of government and media?"
Belowis a letter i received from a man living in Victoria, B.C. I was first told about him years ago on my blog by a viewer on a post i did about the "War on the Poor"...It's why i left Toronto and went to B.C. to meet him in person.His case of fighting for the rights of ALL Canadians, and indeed ALL the free peoples of the world, has been reduced by media to almost zero coverage and skirting around the REAL issues and crimes being committed against ALL Canadians...not just the Natives, poor and homeless...by corruptpoliticians,police and courts.....please understand, when the rights of even one of us are violated, they violate us all. When they poison the waters of one people, they poison us all. Please remember, my experiences don't come from reading a book or watching the news or making a movie, but from living on the streets, by choice, for years. From MANY witnessed interactions of how police deal with the rich guy driving his luxury sedan, (as calling it a "car" would be an insult) the wrong way down a one way street...by letting him go so they can race across that same street and ticket a homeless kid, sitting under a tree playing his guitar....cause that's against the law and a prime example of aggressive panhandling and endangering people. The REAL motto is; "To SERVE ourselves, And PROTECT the rich."
Or who can forget when the cops came into a homeless shelter just after i showed up at a press circus and bus tour of homeless shelters designed to show MP's care, but was refused when i offered my sandels so they can walk to the shelters like the poor do, and just before i was supposed to meet and speak with some politicians on behalf of a local povertygroup...or how, after failing in killing me, or having me committed, kidnapped me and heldme prisoner until my passport expired keeping me a prisoner of the country...and despitefilling out the paperwork and filing charges against them, has still never been investigated,nor have any charges been laid, to either original offending parties, nor to the supsequentparties now guilty of "Conspiarcy after the Fact". (we keep trying to forget about it ancient,but you keep bringing it up from time to time)...though on a sidenote i'd like to point outthat i did still meet with city officials, despite having a warrent out for my arrest, forbreaching bail conditions by not signing in on time...didn't want to miss my meeting,afterall, they are so hard to get in the first place for people like us. Again, please understand, this is not about me ranting on a soapbox about how unfair it is to be a homeless person...boo hoo hoo....woe is me.This is not about me, wrapped in tinfoil, spouting government conspiracy theories and seeing shadowmen following meeverywhere....Oooo, they are out to get me. This is about the FACTS, that are being ignored, misrepresented and distorted...i think "SPIN" is the socially accepted word for lying when politicians, police and media do it.
The FACTS, that poor people were evicted from low income housing for renovations to accommodate rich tourists when the Olympics came to Vancouver, or how the deathrateof the homeless almost tripled...but hey, we got GOLD in Hockey, so who cares about thatnow, why pay attention to those coincidences...???
I mean, even when the poor people DID find an advocate and legal team to take their case of Human Rights Violations before the Supreme Court ofCanada, our highest place of TRUE Justice, they were first DENIEDJUSTICE when they were allowed to be DELAYED 2 yrs bythe city and police, who didn't think the case should even be allowed to be heard...thenagain for another 2 yrs by the Province of B.C. who really asked the courts; "pretty please" to reconsider even hearing this case stating as their reason;(Paraphrased) "It must not beallowed to be heard, since it must not be allowed to be victorious and so would be a waste of the courts time."...but your NEWS told you that the coaching staff for the men's Olympic Hockey team has finally been decided on and will be annouced shortly.
Let's NOT think about what it REALLY means; when after spending 4 yrs trying to have your case even heard by the greatest JUSTICE in the lands...while the death rate triples and witnessess to police and city corruption are eliminated, the Supreme Court Judge thensays, after hearing all the evidence on both sides, they need an additional 8 months ofpeople dying in the streets to decide whether or not it should be illegal and considered ahuman rights violation to prevent people from sleeping?
As a matter of FACT, even when Canadians did finally win the right to sleep, the city of Victoria already had lots of time to rewrite it's formerly Human Right offending laws into more legal friendly and acceptable wording to continue to deny those rights, and still provide themselves access to legal kidnappings and murders. So most people are unaware, by design, of how much of the population and economy are carried on the backs of what are called; "the working poor". People who have part/full time employment, but not a place to live...they sleep in their cars, or under a bridge or in a homeless shelter, or a friend's couch, or their parents basement..etc,etc. Then we can ignore how cities never have any money to build affordable housing for all those working people, but can afford bigger prisons, more lawyers, judges and cops to enforce laws against being homeless.
We can also pretend not to notice that by putting homeless people in jail you can control the statistics put forth that make it seem like the unemplyment rate is dropping and the economy is on the rise...because those formerly unemployed and employed homeless people are now statistically called prisoners and creating a need for bigger jails because of overcrowding, creating jobs for more cops, lawyers and judges...driving up their economy and further lowering the unemployment rate. Throw in a fake war or two to really boostthe arms economy, decrease more of the formerly unemployed and suck away the last remaining rights people spent decades and world wars fighting for....Aaaaaah....now we finally have a perfect world, with justice and liberty for all who can afford it...definetely thepath we need to continue following.
Peoplewill share cats falling off tables videos on facebook, or tweet about what some moviestar was wearing or did at last night's big party and these things will go viral around the world in minutes, but take issues likepoverty and homelessness and start making honest and VERY REAL links to corruption in governement and police and the causes of the REAL, DEADLY ISSUES humanity faces and people become afraid and try to distance themselves from you by saying things like; "I don't believe that is really happening.", or "Cops wouldn't do that", or "There's nothing we can do about it."...and i could agree withyou, but then we'd both be wrong. Please share and do something about really ending SLAVERY and this War on the Poor...see how fast those REAL, DEADLY ISSUES disappear when we start being a part of the solutionand stop being a part of the problem. What would happen if all these groups for Women'sRights, Veterens Rights, Minority Rights, Gay Rights, Children`s rights, Rights for theElderly, etc, etc. all suddenly realized....wait a minute...there are poor and homeless peoplewho are women, veterens, minorities, gay, children, elderly, etc, etc, etc and maybe weshould all be working together instead of seperately.
"Empathy is the primary sense needed in the search for TRUTH and UNDERSTANDING...It would be senseless to search without it." (please forgive my babble above...the letter is below)
Hello. My name is David Arthur Johnston. I've a case that needs to be forwarded to the SCC. The 'right to sleep during the day' was denied in the Appeals Court of BC because of lack of evidence of its need (being that it is now recognized that we've the right to sleep at night). I don't use money and its a miracle that I made it to the Appeals Court in the first place.
I am currently exorcising my last resort by fasting and ignoring sentence conditions. So far, I've been meditating constantly under the sequoia tree at Centennial Square in Victoria and the police pick me up and take me to Wilkenson (VIRCC) on Fridays. Not giving me any extra charges while I've ignored the 'reporting to probation immediately', 'being at Centennial Square, and voluntarily reporting to Wilky on Fridays for my 'intermittent' sentence (I had told the judge the sentence wasn't reasonable).
the 'adams' ruling (recognizing the 'right to erect temporary
Anyhoo, I'll cut and paste the update I made today-
St. Ann's update- Monday, January 21st, 2013: oh the games we play
Where to begin?...
On Friday the 18th around 6ishPM police van pulls up in front of the tree. about 4 or 5 cops. 'arrest' me and take me out to Wilkinson for my intermittent 'jail-on-weekends' sentence. No extra charge for ignoring my 'conditional obligations' of 'reporting immediately to probation' after sentencing on Tuesday, not being at Centennial Square, and turning myself in at wilky.
Got out this morning (Monday) and am smoking and having coffee while my laundry gets done. Then I'll secure another blanket or two (cops stole my sleeping bags) and head back to the tree to continue fasting and meditating until my next arrest, which could be bet on to be by this coming Friday, at least.
The fast is now at 19 or 20 days minus 2 or 3 to compensate for the 'unofficialness' of the time before sentencing (the allowance of sugar and milk in my coffee), the half-way through 'cheat' and the pre-sentence fast-breaking. The official fast beginning at 9:30 AM on Tuesday the 15th. Enjoying an old guys body, moving slow as I have to. I continue to be unusually high in the spirit.
Patience be with us... A mindful Constitutional lawyer/law firm volunteering to forward my case to the SCC would save me for a while.
Patience be with us.
David Arthur Johnston
Victoria, BC, Canada