KEN’S CORNER: Truth at 04:00
By TLB Contributing Writer: Ken LaRive
Preface: One of the most amazing people I have ever met is Anthony Robbins. His take on life is truly inspirational. I remember something he said probably 40 years ago that I think is so true, I have incorporated it in my life: Every question we ask will be answered in like kind, it is a universal law of cause and effect. Ask a negative question, and your answer will be negative, positive for positive. But I want you to understand something about this that is most important. These answers are not free, only the ability to find them are inspired by God. The answer you get comes from what you have studied and learned, and that question will promote an answer that comes form that. It will help you connect the dots, to put things into perspective, but it alone will open no doors to a limitless cosmos that fills your mind with universal truths. Every facet of your mind… you put there.
Sometimes, not always, I find answers that come to me while sleeping, usually around 4:00 in the morning. Sometimes I have a whole essay written in a dream state, and stumble to my computer to put it down. The next morning I have a bare-bones essay that I can tweak into existence.
The following are products, examples of powerful positive questions I have asked… and I must admit, some of the questions are so profound, so complicated, I haven’t the ability, the knowledge, information, or the IQ to formulate an answer, for decades. Still, I continue to ask…
Thoughts at 4 am
1.) I sometimes, even after all of these years, remember the fist fights I got into in high school. I can hardly remember the ones I won, but for two punks I put in hospital. There were many, and after the first three, I capitulated to bullies, and just lost all respect for myself. But I came back swinging… Can you imagine living in the inner city of New Orleans, at the time the most violent in America, during integration? What saved me was a specific realization, and after that, I never lost another. I never lost another because of a book I read by Mary Stuart called, The Once and Future King.
King Author and Gwen were lounging around on a Sunday morning and Arthur had a amazing thought for his brand new kingdom, Camelot. He concluded that his knights were always fighting between themselves because their motto was “Might is right.” What if, he told her, we change one word of that motto… let’s change “Might is right” to “Might for Right!” And that became my standard, and still is to this very day. It’s amazing the strength you have, the volition, when you are fighting for a righteous cause.
That boy who hit me in the neck out of spite during a football game, and I lost a week of school, the boy who kneed me in the nuts and laughed at my pain because I asked his so-called girlfriend to a Boy Scout dance, indeed, has haunted me. Its like unfinished business, or a wrong that has never seen justice, and at times, every so often, it pops into my head in the middle of the night. And once it presents itself, sleep is finished.
Some people I have been able to burn out of my mind, like the betrayal of an old slutty girlfriend, a traitorous business partner, but when you are harmed by violence, its kind of like some form of rape, an abuse that is beyond your control. Its like that beggar on that Paris Street who spit on me for taking a picture of a building with him in it. Yea, hard to forgive and forget that one…
So I decided to investigate them. I was surprised at how easy it was. Both of the Americans had been dead for over ten years. Both had families, and seemed to have been good men, and then one morning it hit me. There was a lot of good these men had done, and what they had done to me was less then what I had been doing to myself, for fifty of so years, and pop, they were gone…
The bum on the street was a little more difficult, because to an American alpha male, getting spit on is the epitome of insults. It’s worse then a cold-cock to the jaw, and it is the catalyst to pull your weapon. So I tried to look at it from his perspective. I was dressed in a long black leather coat, gloves, and my beautiful wife was shopping in an expensive boutique on the Champs Elysees. I took his picture with a brand new Nikon 2500$US camera, and laughed when he put his hand out “demanding” payment.
When I was able to look at myself through his eyes, sitting on a stoup with his mangy dog, it suddenly hit home. He was indeed wrong to have been so threatening, and I owe him nothing, but I had also played that back in my head scores of times, in a rage. Pop! He no longer had any meaning, but a vague acknowledgment that it was a learning experience.
2.) Last night I found Maddy in our bed praying the rosary. What a precious heart, loving and hopeful. And I have to wonder why I find it so difficult to pray? I have asked that question many many times. Surely, only good can come of it. Right? It is a universal law that what you sow, so you will reap, a cause and effect found in all religions.
I saw a painting of the Lord Jesus hugging a young boy on FB yesterday, and when Gunner started making noise while dreaming at 4:00, my mind focused on figuring out why. Here is the dilemma: It would be so comforting. Wow, to be protected. But as an historian and political writer, I try very hard to find truth. Faith is indeed powerful, and so is individual responsibility. When I could not find a tangible Jesus in the historical record… When I saw previous man-gods with the same philosophy of agape love, the same symbols, the same message of hope, like Amen Ra, Zoroaster, Kristina, and many more around the world, all with a Virgin birth, my intellect took over, and that’s when I really started studying.
I can’t even comprehend being an Atheist… I consider Atheism to be based on faith, and that is the definition of a religion. I know, that’s strange. But I see something bigger, more complicated and complex going on, and I haven’t the ability, the IQ, and my mind just isn’t equipped to comprehend it… but I’m hardwired to need Liberty, with both civil liberty and free will that I consider God Given. So do they cancel each other out? I have asked these questions, stated as positive and intellectually as possible, and though I get hints of answers, the meaning of God is still just as illusive as ever. You see, without faith, God is hard to accept intellectually, and yet our minds are at a loss for what we can only conceive to be created. The complexity of life, the vastness of space, my ability to think and reason, is spectacular, but this gift of intellectual isn’t quite enough to formulate a positive enough question, so far. What I see around me is so profound I have to believe there was a guiding hand, and I trust that assumption, but accepting the assumption of an institution, or any other man, would not belong to me.
You see, to me, faith is the attempt to answer these powerful questions for us, instead or us trying to reason it all out for ourselves? It actually negates the questions you would be asking… Isn’t that your responsibility, quite possibly your main reason for being? But, God, we all sure do need a hug, don’t we? What a sigh of relief that would be. I think that hug, however, is a sign that we just can’t cope, that we consider ourselves victims, sheep, and we have relinquished those beautiful gifts that distinguish us from every other form of life. I have the ability to reason, a consciousness, and I guess that hug comes at too a great price. And then there are institutions that exist that want to get between me and God. They insinuate that I am incapable of ever formulating a viable question by accepting their answers as unrequited truth. I have a real problem trusting them with my immortal soul, my precious mind, my free will. And then I’m told that without them, I will burn in hell forever… and that tells me a lot.
One thing I do know, however, I absolutely refuse to fear God. My responsibility for self is my true solace, and what I do is my decision. I’m not going to give that away to an institution, or an unsustainable faith, based on myth. To find the truth of this matter seems beyond my abilities, for now, but I will continue to ask my questions as best I can. My future belong to me, even if I have to spend it standing on the same corner trying to figure it out, till my last breath on this earth.
And yet, what a nice thought that Jesus might love me. I think He does. Its truly amazing how that works. If a person loves you, truly loves you, you just can’t help but love them back. Tonight, with the promise of another thunder storm pounding on our roof, I’m going to pray the rosary with Maddy. At lunch I asked her what she was praying for, and she told me President Trump, but snickered when I said I would pray with her. Guess she knows me well after 47 years of marriage.
Guess I’ll be spending some time in purgatory figuring this out…
From the Author, Ken La Rive – We in the Liberty movement have been fighting to take back this country for less than a decade, peacefully and with the love of God and country in our hearts. Our banner has been trampled on and displaced by a multitude of distractions, further eroding our nation and the cause for Liberty. And so, as we are pulled by forces we cannot fathom, powerful entities with unlimited resources stolen from our future, unaccountable trillions printed out of thin air and put on our backs as debt, we must formulate the most pitiful of all questions any patriot might ask in the final hour: Are we going to fight for our master’s tyranny, or are we going to demand the return of our civil liberties and Constitution? Are we going to choose The Banner of Liberty, or the shackles of voluntary servitude? Will it be a war for corporate profit, or a war to regain our ability to self govern, as the blood and toil of our forefathers presented to us, their children, as a gift? I fear that decision is emanate. I fear that any decision will be a hard one, but my greatest fear of all is that the decision has already been made for us.
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