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Kathy Custren commented on William Bezanson's blog post 'Reality and Actuality'
"Bill, I appreciate your submission, and the note. Your article is being forwarded to the publishers with thanks ~ Blessings! "
May 14, 2016
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Reality and Actuality

Reality and ActualityBy William BezansonEverything that is real is not necessarily actual.What is real to me may not be real to you. And what is actual may be different still.Reality is what we perceive. Actuality is what truly is. I learned this distinction years ago in my Rosicrucian study, and the lesson has reinforced itself many times while looking around and observing the world. The phenomena that one experiences are real to that person. But they are not necessarily actual.Take a simple…See More
May 3, 2016
Kathy Custren commented on William Bezanson's blog post 'Spiritual Responsibility'
"Wonderful, and thank you, Bill ~ Forwarding this on to the publishers for a future edition ~ Happy Easter to you and your family ~ Blessings! "
Mar 27, 2016
William Bezanson commented on William Bezanson's blog post 'Spiritual Responsibility'
"Thanks, Kathy, for your advice.  I have made numerous small changes per your suggestions.  Hope OK now.  / Bill"
Mar 27, 2016
Kathy Custren commented on William Bezanson's blog post 'Spiritual Responsibility'
"Thank you, William, especially for pointing out the previous blog was not published. Would you mind going through it one more time please, and amend the sections that say "you?" There is a mixture that speaks with "we" then it…"
Mar 25, 2016
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Spiritual Responsibility

Spiritual Responsibility by William Bezanson   Our biggest responsibility of all is a spiritual one.  We have many responsibilities:  personal, family, civic, social, employment, spiritual, and others.  The most important one is spiritual.      We are not physical bodies with souls dwelling in them. We are soul beings dwelling temporarily with physical bodies.         This is a very important point. It is difficult to prove it for you; only you can prove it for yourself. But it can…See More
Mar 23, 2016
Regina Chouza commented on William Bezanson's blog post 'The World is Your Alchemical Laboratory'
"Hi William,  Thank you! That is very kind. I'm glad you were pleased with the final article. I'm on Metaphysics, so in theory, I'll be looking at articles in that category. Blessings!Regina"
Feb 23, 2016
William Bezanson commented on William Bezanson's blog post 'The World is Your Alchemical Laboratory'
"Regina:  This article was published in the Feb C issue of 2016.  Thanks again for your input.  Thanks especially for your persistence in improving many details.  If there were some way for you to be assigned to edit each of my…"
Feb 21, 2016
William Bezanson commented on William Bezanson's blog post 'The World is Your Alchemical Laboratory'
"Thanks, Regina.  You are welcome also to read my previous articles at http://community.omtimes.com/profiles/blog/list?user=0oxwgskvqh2su . I'll be glad to work with you on future articles. Sincerely, Bill"
Feb 9, 2016
Regina Chouza commented on William Bezanson's blog post 'The World is Your Alchemical Laboratory'
"Hi William,  Thanks for making the changes to the article. I'm going to send it to the publishers with a few basic grammar checks. I look forward to reading your next articles! Regina"
Feb 8, 2016
William Bezanson commented on William Bezanson's blog post 'The World is Your Alchemical Laboratory'
"Regina: I forgot to "comment" to you that I had made a second round of small changes, based on your advice, on Feb 5.  I hope that the article is converging on acceptability.  I used my judgment in leaving one or two first person…"
Feb 6, 2016
Regina Chouza commented on William Bezanson's blog post 'The World is Your Alchemical Laboratory'
"Hi Bill, Thanks for the quick reply and for including the previous article's title. What I didn't see were any changes to remove the first person narrative from the piece - any mentions of "I" or "my"  For…"
Feb 4, 2016
William Bezanson commented on William Bezanson's blog post 'The World is Your Alchemical Laboratory'
"Thank you, Regina, for your kind comments and especially for your suggestions to improve this article.  I have made several tiny changes, and a few of my own small changes.  I hope that the article is improved through this process.…"
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Regina Chouza commented on William Bezanson's blog post 'The World is Your Alchemical Laboratory'
"Hi William, Hope you are well? My name is Regina, I'm the new Metaphysics Editor here at OM Times. I really enjoyed your article, especially as alchemy is a topic that I am very interested in. I just had one quick comment, based on the…"
Feb 3, 2016
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The World is Your Alchemical Laboratory

The World is Your Alchemical LaboratoryBy William Bezanson Have your ever thought of what a wonderful place exists for you to do experiments, to test your ideas, to verify hypotheses, and to do all sorts of other inner work? This wonderful place is the World, and what it can be is your Alchemical Laboratory for doing a whole array of spiritual experiments and other forms of inner work.In earlier writings the World was defined to be the Earth plus Spirit.  The Earth is the physical world that we…See More
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Spiritual Responsibility

Spiritual Responsibility

 

William Bezanson

 

 

 

Our biggest responsibility of all is a spiritual one.

 

     You are not a physical body with a soul dwelling it. You are a soul being dwelling temporarily with a physical body.

    

     This is a very important point. I cannot prove it for you; only you can prove it for yourself. But I can illustrate it.

    

     Consider what your physical body is. It is a collection of chemical elements, configured as molecules, cells, tissues, fluids, bones, and so on. The scientific community generally agrees that every one of the nearly ten thousand trillion trillion atoms in a typical human body, comprising around one hundred trillion cells, gets replaced over the years—often cited as seven years. But at the very least, we know that skin can be scraped off and it regenerates, hair drops out and more grows back in, blood may be lost and it gets replaced, and so on. Yet, through all of this physical change, we still maintain a sense of self; indeed, we know our identity and we know that it persists over the many changes over many years. We are still ourselves.

    

     So clearly, we are not our physical bodies. Even if a leg or arm is amputated, we still know that we are the same person. Our memories reach in one continuous sweep back to childhood (and sometimes earlier, to previous incarnations) even though our physical bodies have undergone many changes.

    

     So what are we? If we are not physical, then we must be non-physical. Such a state of being or form can be described as spiritual. We are spiritual beings. Our essence is often referred to as the soul, or the spirit, or the spirit body, or the psychic body, or other such terms. As C. S. Lewis wrote: “You don’t have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.”

    

     My own preference is the term “soul personality”, following the Rosicrucian teachings. I am a soul personality. So are you. So is everyone.

    

     As mentioned, I can't prove any of this for you, but I have proved it for myself to my own level of satisfaction. And you can also prove it to your own level of satisfaction if you really want to do so and are willing to make the considerable effort that is needed. But for the purpose of this article, I will accept it as a fact: we are soul personalities temporarily living with physical bodies. I say “with”, not “in”, because the soul personality not only permeates the body, but also surrounds it. In a sense, the body is in the soul personality.

    

     So, with this in mind, it should be clear that the notion of personal responsibility extends beyond a caring for our mundane physical bodies and environment, to caring for our soul personalities and our spiritual environment. Ordinarily, religious institutions and their associated priesthood have been entrusted with those matters in our society. However, in the same way that our physical matters should not be entrusted to others, such as governments, teachers, or leaders, our spiritual matters should not be entrusted to a religious hierarchy, such as clergy, scriptures, or institutions. As modern, educated, mature persons, we should entrust only ourselves, our inner selves, our inner spiritual guides, with such important responsibilities.

    

     We need to accept personal responsibility for our spiritual welfare. Don’t abandon it, as if it were a throwaway item. Study for your spiritual development, research it, honour it, and work on it, to the point that you can detect tangible spiritual growth, new understanding of Truth, and sublime inner contentment.

 

 

            (Adapted from W. Bezanson, Abandoned Shopping Carts:  Personal and Spiritual Responsibility, Bloomington IN:  Trafford, 2012.  Used by permission.)

 

Copyright © William Bezanson, 2012

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Reality and Actuality

Posted on May 3, 2016 at 12:22pm 1 Comment

Reality and Actuality

By William Bezanson

Everything that is real is not necessarily actual.

What is real to me may not be real to you. And what is actual may be different still.

Reality is what we perceive. Actuality is what truly is. I learned this distinction years ago in my Rosicrucian study, and the lesson has reinforced itself many times while looking around and observing the world. The phenomena that…

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Spiritual Responsibility

Posted on March 27, 2016 at 12:52pm 3 Comments

Spiritual Responsibility

 

by William Bezanson

 

 

 

Our biggest responsibility of all is a spiritual one.  We have many responsibilities:  personal, family, civic, social, employment, spiritual, and others.  The most important one is spiritual.

 

     We are not physical bodies with souls dwelling in them. We are soul beings dwelling temporarily with physical…

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The World is Your Alchemical Laboratory

Posted on February 2, 2016 at 1:30pm 8 Comments

The World is Your Alchemical Laboratory

By William Bezanson

 

Have your ever thought of what a wonderful place exists for you to do experiments, to test your ideas, to verify hypotheses, and to do all sorts of other inner work? 

This wonderful place is the World, and what it can be is your Alchemical Laboratory for doing a whole array of spiritual experiments and other forms of inner work.…

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Find Each Campsite Dirtier Than You Will Leave It

Posted on January 1, 2016 at 1:30pm 1 Comment

Find Each Campsite Dirtier Than You Will Leave It

By William Bezanson

 

This is a lesson that was taught to me when I was in Cubs and Scouts. I have also tried to teach it to my own cubs when I was a Cub and Scout leader, and to my own children.

Of course, this maxim is usually stated in a more positive sense, as in “Leave each campsite cleaner than you found it.”  But I like the reverse statement, as in the…

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At 2:54am on July 3, 2015, Darlene McPeek Kancharla said…

Thank you, Bill... I like Escher, as well... Had no idea that my paintings evoked his images... Wonderful. :) Thank you for accepting me as a friend, as well. 

At 11:53am on June 22, 2012, Wanda Lawson said…

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