I really like this Bill Winston prayer, and send it out not as Christian propaganda but to share the power of the spoken word to bless our day.
(What if I said, Brother S., that the “faith” that “faith” can awaken, is in the healing of past wounds, by speaking favor over our lives, the way we wished it had been done by our parents? Like what George Jacobs was talking about.)
The Lord’s prayer is so good because each time you say it your soul is reminded to be forgiven our trespasses as we “forgive those who trespass upon us.”
That said, I think 99.99% of “forgiveness” lies instead in clarification, deeper mutual hearing. I am afraid of people who talk more than they listen, because not having heard (perceived) lies at the root of most distortion/evil that later develops. Ahriman (according to Rudolf Steiner’s prediction) came through electromagnetism, with his “perfectly cold nature,” in 1998. Certainly the battle of good and evil is played out through emerging technologies.
We heard one another lucidly when we had landline telephones, like this beauty, the Model 500, designed by Henry Dreyfuss, based on the measurement of 2,000 human faces.
“Smart phones,” are not shaped in any kind of communion with the human head. They aren’t “telephones,” and they aren’t designed to serve the ear. Jackie Mason had the great riff on the cell phone misery: “Hello? Hello? Can you hear me? Hello? I just called to say I can’t hear you.”
You can call it “opposition,” if “evil,” seems too old fashioned.
Opposition loves interference, making sure people can’t really reach one another, even when they are supposedly talking. I don’t like “multi-tasking,” and I don’t like when people call me when they are walking their dog. Why? Because I’d rather they commune with and pay attention to the dog during that time.
Cell phones, like CDs before them, mitigate resonance. Vinyl records have made an enormous comeback–maybe next, Dreyfuss dial phones. I even like the idea of how long it would take to dial a number, and indeed, I remember it. This vanquished act would speak to our patience, rather than, as all things now do, our impatience.
In Sweden in the late 70s, we had a red Cobra phone. I don’t like Cobra phones, they’re clumsy and almost infuriating. In Sweden you answered your home phone by stating your phone number. I still remember by best friend Anneli’s number: 139732. “Tretton-nittio-sju-tretti-två?”
“You’ve got a wandering mind, don’t you?” Hunter S. Thompson once said, on my answering machine.
I wish I could have one or two thoughts at a time instead of 25.
Marshall Rosenberg said all bad behavior is really unmet needs on a “suicidal” crossing. Nobody “trespasses,” other than when they are in pain. And pain, in turn, is caused by unmet needs refusing to declare themselves.
Marshall always said it, over and over, the simple punctuation of all his great teachings in non-violent communication:
“Say the need.”