Neutral Perspective: Witches (Magic, Witch Doctors, Faith Healers, Mediums, Occult, Pagan, etc…) are “good” or “bad”?

These Are The 16 Types Of Witches Creating Magic All Around You thoughtcatalog.com
‘..Below are 16 examples of the different types of witches one can possibly become and some of the facts behind what sets each apart in the world of witchcraft. 16 different types of magical beings with their own beliefs, skills, and practices—no broomstick included…”

The Wizard Of Oz _ Are You A Good Witch Or A Bad Witch

Classifying Witchcrafts neopagan.net

Good

*see Medical: “Good and Bad” of Medications ? goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

ASIA

-Philippines

The Mambabarang: The Black Magic of the Philippine Islands (Occult History Explained)

Witchcraft in the Philippines: as millennials fall under the spell, businesses are catching on Alixandra Vila

Published: 7:45am, 30 Jan, 2019 scmp.com
The rise of liberal millennials in the Philippines has brought witchcraft and the mystical forces of nature from the fringes into the mainstream
Businesses are joining in, with themed restaurants, occult bars, and beers celebrating the country’s mythological creatures
‘..Numerous records indicate that in pre-colonial Philippines, Filipinos worshipped Bathala, the Tagalog supreme deity who created the universe. They believed in engkantos, the spirits of ancestors or guardians of nature who are said to have the ability to appear in human form. Communities were dominated by babaylans (shamans) and mananambals (witches) that practise sacred rituals and magic.
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“I go to different parts of the country to seek ingredients,” Demetrio says. “I go to the mountains, the jungle, talk to local people, including witch doctors who are known to have knowledge about rare ingredients found only in our land. It is through them that I learned to respect all that nature provides. I was inspired by them to transform these ingredients into something that would be enjoyed by whoever comes here.”
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Siquijor – The Healing Island

Siquijor Witches Part 1 | Filipino Legend

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Siquijor Witches Part 1 | Filipino Legend! Philippines might be famous for beaches but there is a more magical reason to visit. Witches in the mountains of Siquijor are a well know legend in the Philippines and today we went to find them.

Special thanks to @calamai.andrea for a couple of the drone shots. Check him out on Instagram.

Siquijor Witches Part 2 | Filipino Legend

Angry Kittens
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LMFAO. Just to clarify, that guy was an albularyo (from spanish herbolario, “herbalist”). They’re not really the ones who gave Siquijor its reputation. Honestly most of it is just sleight of hand. Don’t feel bad at laughing.

The original “witches” of Siquijor were actually shamans, called babaylan, who escaped Spanish prosecution. And they were almost always women or homosexual men. As shamans, they were the religious leaders of the villages. They didn’t need theatrics and magic tricks. Their main job was interceding. Talking to the spirit world for advice or healing or cursing enemies. Hence why it’s mostly women and gay men because they were believed to have female spirits who had a stronger connection to the spirit world (giving birth and all that).

This also meant that when the Spanish arrived and introduced Christianity they were the first to go. They were reduced to being “healers” (usually doing things like therapeutic massage or hilot, setting bones, or midwifery), while Catholic priests took over their religious roles. A few babaylan attempted to lead revolts against the Spanish because of this, but all of them failed. As a result, almost none of the traditions survived. Modern albularyo are a far cry from the babaylan.

Jonathan Legg visits a #hilot faith healer or #arbulario (witch doctor) in #Manila #Philippines

We Meet a Witch Doctor Artist at Lugnasan Falls, Siquijior

Witch of Siquijor Island

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There were many stories I have heard about this magical island named Siquijor, Philippines. People say it is famous for it’s healers. I have spent 4 days driving around this beautiful land, met amazing people, and found several healers. Since most of them using the same techniques, I just filmed one witch called Annie. It was interesting to try smoke healing. Have a look. Do not forget to subscribe. Have a great day. Follow me on instagram, as I usually post more there soul_laundry

philippines uncut episode on witchcraft fact or fiction (last part)

Neutral Perspective

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BLACK MAGIC AND WHITE MAGIC? wiccaliving.com

ASIAN

-Philippines
*see Neutral Perspective: Spanish (others) Colonialism in the Philippines was “good” and “bad”? goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

Philippines : Witch doctors / Faith healers (really?)

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Sometimes i think mabe , sometimes i think not as my lack of understanding and belief … how about you ? … Oh you got the point as i think i said the word “witch doctor” about 18 times !! 🙂

Bad

*see Stories of healing? goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

Africa

-Zambia

CHRISTIAN CONFRONTS WITCH DOCTOR

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Man of God, Jim Williams gives an incredible testimony of confronting a witch doctor in the bush of Zambia, Africa.

-Zimbabwe

Testimony| Ex Witch Doctor surrenders life to Jesus Christ (1 of 3)

Americas

-North America

When my parents brought me to a witch doctor I became demon possessed // John Zavlaris

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*Jamaica
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Cuban Witch Doctor

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Colby Gardner, a missionary with Adventures in Missions, tells about his ministry and a life changing event with a witch doctor from his trip to Cuba.

Colby is an amazing man of God and is being used in such incredible ways. Check out the rest of his experiences out on the mission field and see how sold out He is to following Jesus, by checking out his blog.

Colbygardner.myadventures.org

->Mexico

Face to Face with a Shapeshifting Witch Doctor | David Hogan

*see Todd White Testimony – Story of the Witch Doctor youtube.com

-South America

witch doctor testimony

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ASIA

-Indonesia

WITCH DOCTOR REPENTS & TURNS TO JESUS

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+Dove Freeman Timor Leste (East Timor) near Indonesia

witch-doctors healing ‘christians’ who have no POWER.

-Vietnam

From Witch Doctor to Apostle – Pastor Paul Ai – August 20, 2017

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Pastor Paul Ai shares his amazing testimony from a witch doctor in Vietnam to apostle to the nations for Christ.

AUSTRALIA

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A WITCH BECOMES A CHRISTIAN?

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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A WITCH BECOMES A CHRISTIAN?
Michelle Warren started attending a spiritualist church after the loss of her grandmother. This led her into spiritual practices and witchcraft. She had an encounter with the devil and she realised that she had to change her ways. Michelle now pastors a new church in South Wales and has an overseas ministry in Kenya. Michelle covers a teaching on Halloween as well as providing a real warning about getting involved in detestable practices. You need to encourage all your family and friends to watch this.
*see Deep Thought: Does “curiosity” really “kill the cat”? & Bringing a different treat in Halloween goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com
48 minute mark “deliverance” after accepting Jesus into her life

Miscellaneous

THE DANGERS OF WITCHCRAFT , TV TALKSHOW WITH EX WITCHDOCTOR ALLAN RICH

Allan Rich
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Tv Talkshow for Messiah TV with guest Allan Rich ex witchdoctor.
More exclusive non edited videos on http://www.sharing-center.com
*see Deep Thought: What’s the difference between “evil” and “good” Supernatural Powers? goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

Sorcery and Drugs In Opening The Last Days Spirit Portal – Dr Future Interview

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Neutral Perspective: Technology- Mobile Phones are “good” and/or “bad”?

What is the difference between a cell phone and a mobile phone ? quora.com
“..Shahin Cassim
Shahin Cassim, Executive
Answered Nov 9 2017 · Author has 157 answers and 87.6k answer views

A mobile phone is a broader term used when a phone is mobile, i.e not connected by wires. The term mobile phone is agnostic of technology and covers satellite phones, cell phones or Wi-Fi phones..”

Good

Smartphones

The Advantages of Smartphones – YouTube

Syahir Rokib
Published on Aug 19, 2013
This infographic video shows The Advantages and Disadvantages of Smartphones.
Motion graphic by Syahir Rokib.

Neutral Perspective

Cell phone advantages and disadvantages – YouTube

Good and Bad Points of Mobile Phones – YouTube

10 advantages and disadvantages of mobile phone.

Theatrical Performances

Dead Man’s Cell Phone – YouTube

A Nagging Call to Tidy Up an Unfinished Life By CHARLES ISHERWOODMARCH 5, 2008 nytimes.com

“..Her theme in “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” is the paradoxical ability of the title device (and the people who use it) both to unite and isolate. Gordon’s mother, played with glistening imperiousness by Kathleen Chalfant, ends her funeral oration by calling for a certain hymn by Rodgers and Hammerstein: “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

“That’s right,” she adds dryly, her eulogy having been interrupted by the telltale sound of a muffled phone. “Because you’ll always have a machine in your pocket that might ring.”

But the machine in the pocket means that wherever you are present, you are potentially absent too. “I never had a cellphone,” Jean reflects. “I didn’t want to be there, you know. Like if your phone is on you’re supposed to be there. Sometimes I like to disappear. But it’s like — when everyone has their cellphones on, no one is there. It’s like we’re all disappearing the more we’re there.”..”

more..

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Bad

Smart Phones

Why I Downgraded from a Smart Phone to Flip Phone

The Raw Life Health Show
Published on Aug 28, 2017
I finally did it! I downgraded from my smart phone to a old school flip phone. Since I stopped using my iPhone I feel so much better. In this video I share the reasons why I traded my iPhone for a non-smartphone flip. Yes a dumb phone!

Why I Use a Flip Phone in 2017¿

Using a Flip Phone For 5 Days!

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Deep Thought: What’s the difference between “evil” and “good” Supernatural Powers?

Evil

Do You Know the Difference Between an Evil Spirit and a Demon? freefall3012 Breanna Lowery Updated on September 15, 2014 exemplore.com
Poltergeists, Evil Spirits, and Demons—Do You Know the Difference?

Hypnosis

A Brief History of Hypnosis

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In this clip (2 of 9), Dr. David Spiegel provides a brief history of hypnosis.

This clip is part of the lecture “Tranceformation: Hypnosis in Brain and Body,” by David Spiegel, M.D., Willson Professor and associate chair of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine.

The dangers of hypnosis and hypnotherapy

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A short extract from a talk by Ivan Tyrrell, Principal of Human Givens College, in which he explores some common misconceptions and dangers of modern hypnotherapy.

He explains why great efforts to learn about the importance of the REM state should be undertaken before attempting to use trance states in therapy.

False Teachers use Hypnosis via Music Against Christians

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A “Fair Use” sized clip from a great DVD set called “The Signs and Wonders Movement Exposed”. It is just a short portion of a section about how false teachers use a form of mass hypnosis to keep followers in a “suggestible” state. The chanting, music, raising and lowering of hands are all part of techniques used by stage hypnotists.

So people come up saying “I’m Healed” when they actually are not. They just feel good for the moment.

Christians should keep 2 Thessalonians 2:9 in mind. What will you do when one comes who actually does show you various signs? Let their doctrine versus a proper read of scripture be your guide. Like those of Berea mentioned in Acts 17. Not emotion.

Jesus and the apostles never needed a “praise team” to get everyone wired up before they would minister.
*see Deep Thought: Why doesn’t God “heal” everybody? goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

Top 5 Scariest Ouija Board Gone Wrong Caught on Tape 2017

*see Deep Thought: Does “curiosity” really “kill the cat”? goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

Philosophy: Is the devil real? goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

-Witch, Warlock, Blood Sacrifices, etc..

Ex Satan Worshipper John Ramirez Testimony

Thunder and Light Studios
Published on Oct 29, 2014
www.EndChurchianity.com http://www.EscapeFromHell.ca
John Ramirez was ranked the third highest devil worshiper in New York. He received his orders directly from Satan himself. But what was strong enough to rescue John? Who had enough light to shine into his darkness? There’s only one answer!
Escape from Hell, escapefromhell.ca

*see Dreams: Hell-Demonic Visitation? goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

Misc

Exposing the Real Dangers of Witchcraft, Psychics, Hypnotism & Tarot Cards | Carol Kornacki

Reiki master meets Jesus

The Last Reformation
87.7K subscribers
Liz was a Reiki Master healer and sold training courses through her website. In this video she tells how she meets Jesus and experiences real healing for the first time in her life.

Are you into reiki, new age, crystal healing, magnet therapym, energy healing, spirit guides, holistic therapies, chakra balancing, acupuncture, kinesiology, aura cleansing, colour therapy or shamanism? YOU HAVE GOT TO SEE THIS! It includes deliverances from demons, supernatural healing and the true message of Jesus.

More info: http://www.thelastreformation.com

Good

Battle Between Good And Evil

Published on Sep 27, 2015
Ghost and Demons are real, they exist even though we are unable to see them. They not only control us through our sub conscious mind, but they are the directors of the world events at a much larger scale

SUPERNATURAL POWERS: The Battle Between Good and Evil

Supernatural Powers: The Battle Between Good and Evil DVD explorationfilms.com

“..The Bible recounts stories of both benevolent multitudes of heavenly visitors and their dark counterparts. An angel’s announcement to shepherds outside Bethlehem was accompanied by a heavenly host singing, “Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth toward men of goodwill.”

What is the difference between the angels who appeared throughout history to the shepherds, the prophets, Jesus, or Mary and those angels we are cautioned not to contact?..”

Healings
*see Stories of healing? goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

Teachings

Bill Johnson | Supernatural Power of a Transformed Mind | Sid Roth’s It’s Supernatural

Sid Roth’s It’s Supernatural!
Published on Sep 21, 2014
Order “The Supernatural Power of a Transformed Mind” (Curriculum: Book, Study Guide & 2-DVD Set) & “Experience the Impossible” (Book) by Bill Johnson: http://bit.ly/1undGWI

This week on Sid Roth’s It’s Supernatural, Bill Johnson operates in MAJOR miracles. He says when you “renew your mind,” it transforms your walk with God. Then what happens? It brings “Heaven down to Earth” wherever you go! The key is there’s no sickness in Heaven, no fear, no poverty! Are you ready to be transformed?

*see Miracles: Stories of Visions of Jesus goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

Biblical Stories

-Old Testament
*see Deep Thought: How did the “Exodus” happened? goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

The Ten Commandments (1956) | (1/2) | Serpent

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Deep Thought: Should I “repay back” with “evil” or “good”?

Have you ever been “abused” (e.g. emotionally, physically, etc..) by someone and wanted to return back a similar “evil”? What happened? Was it worth it?

“EVIL”

10 People Who Took Justice Into Their Own Hands – YouTube

Eye For An Eye (Islam) Vs. Turn Other Cheek (Christianity)

“GOOD”

Notable Non-Violence Advocates

Amazing Testimony of Afshin Javid Part 1 of 2

Repay evil with good – YouTube

“..William Goxo and Tielman Slabbert grew up in a South Africa torn and divided by the Apartheid system. Ignorance, fear and hatred fuelled this unfair and terrible regime, and even as it was brought to an end, there was plenty of room for distrust, bitterness and enmity in its wake. Hear William and Tielman tell some of their experiences, and how the Christian gospel brings true liberation and reconciliation, leading to love and eternal friendship. By tackling the root of all problems: the sin that dwells in each one of us, no matter what race, background or outward circumstances, it helps us to overcome prejudice, suspicion, hard feelings and hatred. With God’s help we can learn to live the life that we read about in the Bible, and experience true unity. Visit http://www.brunstad.org to learn more about this Christian life. If you are interested, we encourage you to contact us: http://www.brunstad.org/en/Contact-us/..”

A Christian Testimony in the Face of Evil January 28, 2018 jubileeminneapolis.org
“…From a Christian worldview, we have to understand that the facts are important. It is not wrong to want to know what the dots are and then to try to connect them. God made us rational and moral creatures and this moral sense reaches out for some rational explanation of the horrifying evil of our world. But our first response should not be to try to understand the crime, but rather, to identify with the community in grief and experiencing heartbreak.

The Christian worldview dignifies the heartbroken.”…”

When Is It Right to Repay Evil with Pain? Resource by John Piper Scripture: Romans 12:9–21 Topic: Public Justice desiringgod.org
‘..The clear and uniform message here is that we should love our enemies, and that this love involves treating them better than they deserve, not returning evil for evil but blessing them from our heart and helping them when they need us. This teaching is the same as Jesus’ teaching when he said, for example (in Luke 6:27-31),..”

Explain “Do Not Be Overcome with Evil, But Overcome Evil with Good” Pat Robertson cbn.com
“..If someone forces you to go one mile, go two miles. If someone takes your coat, give him your shirt as well (see Matthew 5:40-41). Do so graciously, cheerfully, even assertively. God has given you the spiritual weapons to discern who your enemies are and then to conquer them by making them your friends. (Of course, as long as there are vicious criminals and international tyrants in the world, there must be a system of restraint through local or international police. In Romans 13, police and legitimate armies are considered by the apostle Paul as “ministers of God” to bring vengeance on lawbreakers.)..”

Why should I bless those who curse me? iblp.org

“..Resolve Long-Term Bitterness

Many people have testified to overcoming years of bitterness that began when they were cursed or abused during childhood. As these abused individuals blessed their offenders, often their bitterness disappeared immediately.

But how are you to deal with bitterness toward someone on whom you no longer have the opportunity to bestow a blessing, such as someone who has died since the offense occurred?

Put your faith in God and His love for both you and the offender.
Thank God for His power to redeem those hurtful circumstances and memories.
Ask Him to give you wisdom and grace to forgive and release your offender from your bitterness and condemnation, even though the person may be dead already. You are still living, and you can still make choices that bring freedom and blessing to your life as you choose to forgive and bless instead of be bitter and curse. (See James 1:5, John 16:23, II Peter 1:2, Hebrews 4:16, and James 4:6.)
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Neutral Perspective: Masturbation is “good” and “bad”?

GOOD

10 Reasons To Make Masturbation Part Of Your Wellness Routine by Alexandra JamiesonMay 5, 2015 10:42 AM mindbodygreen.com
“..Through working with thousands of women as a health coach (in addition to my own personal experience), masturbation has been both an uncomfortable topic to talk about — while also being a powerful healing technique. It’s time to finally embrace it.

Masturbation has gotten a bad reputation, mainly because religion and culture tell us it’s a sin. The Bible doesn’t explicitly talk about masturbation, although there is some stern warning against “spilling your seed on the ground.” The Catholic Church decided that masturbation (sometimes referred to as “onanism” after Onin, a Biblical character) was a sin deserving of eternal damnation.

By the time World War I came around, onanism was being called “self-abuse” and described in medical texts as more dangerous to young boys than lying or stealing. Girls and women aren’t even mentioned, as if “the fairer sex” couldn’t even possibly do something so dirty.

So it stands to reason that most of us would feel some traces of shame, guilt, or even fear when practicing this very natural act. But take heart from the animal world and modern science! Dozens of mammal, bird, and insect species have been documented to masturbate in captivity and in the wild. From penguins, to dolphins, horses, and even porcupines, mother nature has no judgment when it comes to wrapping your hand, wing, or fin, around your own personal magic wand. ..”

NEUTRAL

Masturbation Debate (Part 1) , from youtube.com
“..Published on Aug 17, 2012

One of the most common topics that gets debated in our ministry is masturbation. Is it a sin? Does the Bible say anything about it? Does it even matter when talking about sexual purity? These and many other questions come up over and over. This 3-part series will help shed light on this issue from a biblical perspective…”

WOMEN

Masturbation: Is It Wrong? Dr. Juli Slattery todayschristianwoman.com
Yes . . . and no. Guidelines for sorting out a complicated question.
“.. 1. What are you thinking about?

While masturbation itself isn’t immoral, the sexual fantasies that usually go with it may be. Most women only masturbate when they are thinking about or looking at something sexual. Sexual fantasies about someone you are not married to are, as Jesus stated, “adultery of the heart.”

“But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman [or man] with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matthew 5:28)

If you are single, fantasizing even about some fictional sexy guy is promoting lustful thoughts. If you are married and fantasizing about another man, you are violating, in your mind and heart, your promise to give yourself sexually only to your husband. On the other hand, there is nothing wrong with a married woman fantasizing about her own husband…

2. What is your motive?

The Bible makes it clear that God is very concerned about our motives. For example, giving money to your church might be a wonderful act of worship or an empty gesture, depending upon the attitude of your heart. The same can be true of masturbation.
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3. Is it mastering you? (No pun intended.)

The apostle Paul taught that “nothing should master” us. In other words, we shouldn’t be controlled or addicted to anything…

4. Am I honoring God with my body?

“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19–20)….

BAD

Can Christians Masturbate?


“Published on Jun 9, 2013

This video uses common Protestant theology to show that masturbation for Christians does not need to be such a guilt-ridden, condemning act as it is often treated.

For my regular subscribers, please note that I am not using a skeptical method of analyzing doctrine but am staying within the bounds of commonly accepted Protestant beliefs.
(Essence of Spring by Jeff Woodall licensed by http://www.ambientsoundgarden.com)”

Christian girls talking about sex and masturbation


“Published on Jul 18, 2014

2014 : http://www.marcellee.com”

Negative Effects of Masturbation
September 24, 2012 by Andrew Michell howtostopmasturbation.com
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Does masturbation have negative effects? Scientists published this very revealing graph in the Archives of Sexual Behavior here. You can see that as masturbation increases the satisfaction with life decreases. The more a person masturbates the more dissatisfied a person may become. This leads to depression, unhappiness, lack of motivation, and other problems. (click to enlarge picture)

If masturbation is so healthy as so many claim then why are so many people here complaining of pain and negative effects from masturbating? Religion has nothing to do with it because even non religious people experience the same pains and negative side effects. Actually %100 of the data from this study came from Sweden, which is the most atheistic country* in the western world! The more often atheists masturbate the worse they feel. Some will reply “But masturbation is okay unless you are doing it 10 times a day.” Look at the graph. People who feel the worst masturbate only 10 times a month. ..”

Others:

Health: Benefits of Masturbation? goodnewshealthandfitness.wordpress.com

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Deep Thought: What “good” has come out of this #StandingRock ?

Awareness of Native Tribes

Since this movement, the nation and worlds’ interest has grown on understanding of knowing more of the indigenous people..

Standing rock news | standing rock protest | 7 history lessons of the Dakota Access Pipeline


“Published on Nov 18, 2016

standing rock news | standing rock protest | 7 history lessons that help explain the Dakota Access Pipeline protests
The safety of the water supply is the immediate issue at Standing Rock, but the discussions at camp go well beyond Dakota Access. There’s talk of treaties, discovery doctrines, environmental racism and centuries of unkept promises undergirding the pipeline fight.
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From 280 Tribes, a Protest on the Plains By JACK HEALY SEPT. 11, 2016 Related Article nytimes.com
“NEAR CANNON BALL, N.D. — When visitors turn off a narrow North Dakota highway and drive into the Sacred Stone Camp, where thousands have come to protest an oil pipeline, they thread through an arcade of flags whipping in the wind. Each represents one of the 280 Native American tribes that have flocked here in what activists are calling the largest, most diverse tribal action in at least a century, perhaps since Little Bighorn.

They have come from across the Plains and the Mountain West, from places like California, Florida, Peru and New Zealand. They are Oglala Lakota, Navajo, Seneca, Onondaga and Anishinaabe. Their names include Keeyana Yellowman, Peter Owl Boy, Santana Running Bear and Darrell Holy Eagle.

Some came alone, driving 24 hours straight across the Plains when they saw news on social media about the swelling protest. Some came in caravans with dozens of friends and relatives. One man walked from Bismarck. ..”

“Celebrities” and Known Leaders “Standing-up”

Passionate Mark Ruffalo Amazing Uncut Speech At Standing Rock #wniwiconi #Share! 11/18/16 , from youtube.com

Susan Sarandon irate over North Dakota pipeline from youtube.com

Legislation Pressure on the Oil Pipeline Industry

Feds Order Correction to Plan to North Dakota Pipeline Owner By The Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. — Dec 21, 2016, 2:59 PM ET abcnews.go.com
“… Federal regulators have outlined corrective steps that must take place before a company may restart a pipeline that leaked 176,000 gallons of oil into and along a creek in western North Dakota.

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued the order Tuesday to Belle Fourche (foosh) Pipeline Co.

Company spokeswoman Wendy Owen says the order is under review.

A landowner spotted the spill Dec. 5, after the company’s monitoring equipment failed to detect the rupture.

The company says erosion of a hillside might have ruptured the pipe, but the cause is still being investigated. A precise location of the break is unknown.

The federal agency’s order requires the company to excavate the pipeline in the area of the break, including where it’s placed 45 feet below the creek bed…”
*see North Dakota: Oil Impact on Communities Archives

“… President Barack Obama’s administration is expected to push through long-delayed safety measures for the nation’s sprawling network of oil pipelines in its final days, despite resistance from industry and concern that incoming president Donald Trump may scuttle them.

The measures are aimed at preventing increasingly frequent accidents such as a 176,000-gallon spill that fouled a North Dakota creek earlier this month. Thousands more spills over the past decade caused $2.5 billion in damages nationwide and dumped almost 38 million gallons of fuel.

Fights over pipelines have intensified in recent years, illustrated by the dispute over TransCanada’s Keystone XL plan and efforts by American Indians to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline from crossing beneath the Missouri River near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation…
*see Neutral Perspective: Dakota Access pipeline project’s Pros & Cons

-Canada

From Standing Rock to Trans Mountain, dissent is in the pipeline Shawn McCarthy AND Justine Hunter OTTAWA AND VICTORIA The Globe and Mail (includes correction) Last updated: Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016 4:52PM EST theglobeandmail.com
The fragile victory by protesters at Standing Rock has galvanized indigenous communities north of the border, with some leaders now pledging to block the bitterly contested Trans Mountain pipeline. With his recent approval of that project, write Shawn McCarthy and Justine Hunter, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s biggest challenge may be yet to come
“.. “We are a part of that movement that happened at Standing Rock – a lot of us have been awakened,” said Andre Bear, a Cree from Saskatchewan who is co-chair of the Assembly of First Nations’ youth council. “You see the revitalization that is really bursting out after years of oppression.”

Mr. Bear, a student at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, visited Standing Rock in August and was impressed by the alliance of indigenous and non-indigenous people. ..”

Model Path of Peace & Love for Reconciliation

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*Note: Some others my think otherwise due to the violence in both sides (e.g. law enforcement and “protestors”), but from my personal experience during the first weekend. It was prayfully and peaceful.

Above are just “some” of the “good” that came out of this social movement (see Neutral Perspective: Dakota Access Pipeline Projects Pros & Cons ), which I pray and hope to continue in 2017. Any others that you would like to add?

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Good and bad on “meditation”?

Good

Scientific Benefits of Meditation – 76 things you might be missing out on By Giovanni liveanddare.com
“….These studies were based on different types of meditation, and I have included details, whenever relevant. Some effects, such as increased compassion and social bonding, are more salient as a result of specific meditation techniques (such as loving-kindness, which is a Buddhist meditation). However, my understanding and personal practice is that any kind of authentic meditation will include most of these benefits, in one degree or another. There is also evidence that the practice will be more beneficial for you if you find a technique that you like better…”
Experiencing God Through Meditation , posted July 28, 2004
beliefnet.com
Former Trappist monk James Finley talks about the spiritual benefits of contemplative practice for Christians.
“…It’s not that prayer isn’t enough. God has made the human heart in such a way that only God will do. And the God-given longing for God is fulfilled in a oneness with God in which nothing short of that oneness is enough. There’s a kind of deep, sincere ache within the heart. It prays, and the prayer actually intensifies or deepens a longing for oneness with God beyond the words of the prayer and also beyond the emotions and the feelings that can come up in the consolations of prayer. Nothing is enough; only God is enough. And that’s the mystical quest really, that’s the contemplative theme…”
22 Benefits of Meditating on Scripture
March 13, 2015 blogs.thegospelcoalition.org
“..21. Meditation promotes gratitude for all the blessings showered upon us by God through His Son…”

Sal: One of the practices I do when I meditate at night before going to bed is “reflecting” on all the “good”/positives (e.g. song “Count Your Blessings (instead of sheep)” from “White Christmas”) that happened to me today, which is my way to show how grateful I’m blessed by my Heavenly Father…see more!

What do you like to do to “keep positive”?

Meditating On The Word Of God Aired On 31 Jul 2015 intouch.org
“..but are we meditating on God’s Word? And do we even know what this means? When the Lord called Joshua to lead Israel after Moses’ death, He told him, “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it” (Josh. 1:8). The Lord wanted to fill Joshua’s heart with the Word so he would know precisely what to do and how to lead the people according to God’s standards and commands. And that’s exactly what He wants to do in our lives as well. If we’ll meditate on Scripture, the Lord will unfold for us His truths and instructions. ..”

Sal: Last month or so, I was challenged by a close friend of mine to spend a quiet time with God for 2 hours at least once a week. I’ve done this 3 of the last 4 weeks so far and have seen the benefits. I’m slowly growing in this, so feel free to check my blogs for updates. 2 hours is really long for me, so what I did is just 1 hour without the computer and 1 hour with the computer writing my thoughts or doing “strictly” God stuff for the next hour.

Unfortunately, we all don’t have an hour or two due to our busy lives. When I get up some mornings and don’t have time. I try to read a verse (instead of a chapter) only in my Bible or even from my social network feeds (@goodnewseverybodycom in #instagram). The key thing is , try to memorize it (repeat it 3x a day). I would repeat (Galatians 5) “fruits of the spirit” daily before (while riding my bike or driving to work) going to work. Music is a great way to memorize, which I sing some particular Scriptures daily (e.g. #Lordsprayer) or a particular chorus line in a song from church (e.g. “Come & let your presence fill this..”) repeatedly in my mind or out loud in prayer.

What are some other ways? Feel free to share below…

Bad

The dangers of meditation — 10 things to look out for February 4, 2015 by Clare Hudson thoughtbrick.com
“…Because meditation is so subjective there are no right answers when it comes to compiling a list of the dangers of meditation. Everyone, after all is different. Meditation might bring up trauma or unresolved issues from the past at which point you might need to see a therapist or the meditation teacher should be made aware before hand. Alternatively, you might jump into a practice too soon and feel overwhelmed or experience a disturbing kundalini energy awakening…”

Can Meditation Be Bad for You?
by Mary Garden • 22 August 2007 thehumanist.com
“… A man who had just come down from Kathmandu after completing a thirty-day Tibetan Buddhist meditation course killed himself. I had met him the night before, and we’d had coffee together. I don’t remember what we spoke about, but he was friendly and didn’t appear distressed. But the next day he climbed to the top of the multi-storied Blue Diamond Hotel and leapt off….”

Dr. Lorin Roche, a meditation teacher, says a major problem arises from the way meditators interpret Buddhist and Hindu teachings. He points out that meditation techniques that encourage detachment from the world were intended only for monks and nuns. He has spent thirty years doing interviews with people who meditate regularly and says many were depressed. He says they have tried to detach themselves from their desires, their loves, and their passion. “Depression is a natural result of loss, and if you internalize teachings that poison you against the world, then of course you will become depressed.”

The Dalai Lama has said that Eastern forms of meditation have to be handled carefully: “Westerners who proceed too quickly to deep meditation should learn more about Eastern traditions and get better training than they usually do. Otherwise, certain physical or mental difficulties appear.”..
*see Spiritual: What is Yoga goodnewshealthandfitness.wordpress.com

Dangerous Truth Meditation Can Ruin Your Life and Cause Insanity

Dangerous Meditations By Douglas Groothuis/ November 1, 2004 christianitytoday.com
What harm is there in achieving a higher state of consciousness through meditation?
“..The biblical worldview is completely at odds with the pantheistic concepts driving Eastern meditation. We are not one with an impersonal absolute being that is called “God.” Rather, we are estranged from the true personal God because of our “true moral guilt,” as Francis Schaeffer says.

No amount of chanting, breathing, visualizing, or physical contortions will melt away the sin that separates us from the Lord of the cosmos—however “peaceful” these practices may feel. Moreover, Paul warns that “Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light” (2 Cor. 11:14). “Pleasant” experiences may be portals to peril. Even yoga teachers warn that yoga may open one up to spiritual and physical maladies.

The answer to our plight is not found in some “higher level of consciousness” (really a deceptive state of mind), but in placing our faith in the unmatched achievements of Jesus Christ on our behalf. If it were possible to find enlightenment within, God would not have sent “his one and only Son” (John 3:16) to die on the Cross for our sins in order to give us new life and hope for eternity through Christ’s resurrection. We cannot raise ourselves from the dead.

The biblical concept of prayer assumes that rational and meaningful communication between God and humans is possible. There is no summons to suspend rational judgment even when prayer through the Holy Spirit is “with groans that words cannot express” (Rom. 8:26). Nor should we repeat words meaninglessly to induce a trance (Matt. 6:7)…”

Life: Meditation with God in Nature at Inspiration Point Camp

*see Health: Benefits of “Fasting”? goodnewshealthandfitness.wordpress.com

Any other tips?
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