Arrival at a departure lounge – setting off on a new journey.

Cortina has sounded and  a new tanda begins (Tango dancing reference).

I can finally reveal some of where I have been headed personally. In my last blog some two weeks ago, I had said I was not quite ready to share it but maybe in two more weeks, but suffice it to say that the Lord was being very good to me and hence to my family. Happily I can now tell some of what has been happening.

It was time to move on from my last job. The travel and hours were way too much, the prospects were limited and frankly the whole shebang had become way less than happy. The job had served an excellent purpose for a year giving me some skills I needed, as a stepping stone to something else, but change was due. The Lord however had timed the beginning of that job perfectly and now He timed its end and the jump to the next place perfectly also.

The Lord does things differently to how we humans might. We would usually agree with the sentiment “monkey doesn’t let go of one branch until he has hold of another.” God’s way however is that is we have to let go like a trapeze artist and trust that we will be caught and conveyed to the platform at the other side of the big top by another person. To do that though, you do need real faith in the person catching you eh?

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen
– Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)

Faith is a substance. It is like air. Take the Bible a little bit more literally and you will get some knowledge of physics that is beyond what the present mainstream understanding of the world is. It’s way ahead of the curve for most physicists and so won’t be widely accepted (and that’s all part of a wider spiritual war), but some clever folk like Chuck Missler for instance, do understand it. What you are (usually unknowingly) doing in “the spirit world” or as we should call it “The Kingdom of Heaven” – where part of you (your soul) is interacting in (real physical) dimensions one cannot (normally – but St Paul easily did and I have been shown the tiniest brief glimpse also) perceive, affects outcomes here in the earthly world (what some might call the “real” world) but I assure you the Kingdom world you do not see is just as real (God created heaven and earth, and there will be a new heaven and and a new earth as well). Air is something you can fly in. Faith is like air. Now read this:

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings as eagles;
they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

– Isaiah 40:31 (KJV)

Trust is a test of faith. You will not “get there” until you trust. Job came to understand this invisible faith thing is a real and solid thing, that yet you do not see it, you can trust (Job 35:14). God makes you jump and learn to fly like a young bird, because He wants you to grow and soar like the beautiful birds and angels He created. You must learn to trust His plan. When you trust the Lord in this world and take a “leap of faith” – I should say a “leap IN faith” because faith is a substance – so I leap in faith as I swim in water – then your soul flies in heaven like the birds in the air – and the journey is accomplished in this world because of faith in the Lord, that substance, supports us. By Him all things consist – here and there, seen and unseen. That substance, faith, consists (is in being) because the Lord keeps it so. It IS Him. You trust IN Him. He is IN you. The Bible says it so clearly, yet how many people how often simply don’t see what is plainly written. We really do have to be a bit more literal in our reading of His word where the physics/metaphysics and creation stuff is concerned to get the best from it, as He wishes us to.

We are made in God’s image, and as He is a builder (of everything) – echoed in the work of His Son the carpenter, adopted son of a tekton (architect) – and so we humans also often have an interest in building things. I have been interested in architecture and design since I was a small boy I could say, and certainly since my early 20’s I have been making trips to different places including many different countries to see iconic buildings and structures – towers, bridges and the like. I have worked in construction for ten years now and in Health & Safety for thirteen. I found myself in Construction almost it seems by accident (ironic humour?) and surprisingly to me, I loved it. He timed that right (of course).

Once again the Lord has now provided an opportunity to me in a way that was timed beyond perfection. If you imagine some kind of Mario platform game where you have to jump because your platform is about to dissolve, but the platform you hope to land on won’t appear until your feet have left your present platform, that is how exquisitely He timed his intervention in my life and career. As always He asked me to trust Him and make that leap in faith. I do not use the nick “Leapingfish” for nothing!

I would have gone away on my vacation to Scotland very depressed and worried about my work life as the hours and travel had made the whole enterprise increasingly stressful, and I had been looking for a better opportunity. However the Lord had arranged it that I would need a doctor appointment a day before my vacation was due to start (the doctor is not usually something to celebrate but bear with me here, the Lord moves in mysterious ways). I had just reluctantly turned down an interview for an interesting job because the closing date for applications was two days before my vacation was to start and I could not get to it due to work commitments. However the doctor had to be fitted in before my vacation so I booked an extra day’s leave to go to that. The recruitment agency then phoned me and said could I get to the interview if they extended the closing date by a day! The Lord makes a way where there is none eh?! So I went to the doctor the next morning and the interview that afternoon. I could so easily complain about painful arthritis on my arm, but it meant I had time off for the doctor that meant the Lord had a space in my diary to fill with his plans. Arthritis is not from God, but God will take anything, even bad stuff, and turn it to His purpose.

The interview went very well, but one never can tell from that. Usually one doesn’t hear for days or weeks. However, that same afternoon, before close of business and before I want off to Scotland with my wife, I got a call offering me the job, which I accepted. So instead of going to Scotland worried about the future, I went with a heart full of the thrill of something new and great prospects, and a quickly penned Dear John for the old boss.

I have been doing the new job a week now. I’m working with Principal Designers, Architects and Constructors on a variety of projects including an interesting prestigious, and very unusual, high profile public building. I’m part of a huge team of really nice professionals in a very nice office, it’s nearby so not too much travel, and its more money and has many other benefits that will help me provide for my wife, which is always very much one of my foremost motivations.

The Lord, who solves problems three-dimensionally also fixed the issue of what to do about my old car and how to get my wife a car. The new job comes with a car allowance. So once settled in the new job I can sell my car, buy my wife the car she wants with the money (regular readers will know that will be a Smart Car), and have a company car to use for myself.

Oddly (but unsurprisingly given that the Lord had a hand in putting me where He has) I am also placed where I can quietly be His ambassador, simply by being nice, professional and loving towards all people. That may sound mysterious, as for now it has to be – there are some aspects of my new work I may not discuss and other aspects it is simply not prudent to yet discuss. However, in a few years I hope I may be able to tell you something very odd about one of the projects I am working on, that also has “echoes” of some construction work my (earthly biological) father once did.

God’s plans make patterns throughout history, as we see clearly in the Bible many times through types and prophecy, and these patterns are real “echoes” – ripples in the constructive and destructive interference patterns in the waves of probability back and forth through time and space that comprise the physical and temporal flow that are the events of our lives and universe.

God, I think delights in the tocsin (touch) of mirroring one event with another much later. “Like father like son” is a clever reference God has now put into the decades long narrative of events for me to recognise and delight in, and probably to learn from and grow by yet more like the person He want me to be. What I do now know for certain, as He has now done it enough times for me to have “got the gist,” is that the Lord wants me to blossom and fulfil all my potential, which is way beyond what I ever dare dream or imagine, and He will make that possible, provided I do it all by trusting, following, and serving Him.

The significance of the father-son simile is indeed not lost on me. He has already shown me that my dad ended his life at a place of victory (God had arranged unbeknownst to me that dad’s coffin would literally be marched out of the church to a victory march music that only dad and I ever had known had his secret words he sung to me as a boy). For all I know – for I know little of what my father did in his life as we were estranged for 40 years before the Lord brought reconciliation that was a wonderful blessing for both of us (oh how trusting you Jesus brings blessings) – the work dad did (that is in some ways oddly similar to one of the projects I am starting on) may even have played some part in my dad’s relationship with God. What I am sure of in my own life is that the project in my work that I have been talking around (being sadly for now needs must so coy) is there in some way as something the Lord would like me to use as an opportunity to serve Him and so grow and receive (not always obvious or immediate) blessings. The Lord may move in mysterious ways, but He is also infinitely elegant in His movement, and careful study and most importantly practical practice (“practica“) as with Tango dancing, teaches how to recognise that movement and move with it, creating something rewarding, exotic, and wonderful.

I’ll leave you with this delightful film –

Note all the movies in this article are links to existing content on You Tube which was put onto You Tube by parties not associated with me.

Where did I go?

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There has been an awesome lot of stuff happening in my life. Good but difficult stuff that is still happening so I am not quite ready to share it – maybe in two more weeks. Suffice it to say for now that the Lord is being very good to me and hence to my family, so I praise the Lord for that.

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Physically I have been a few hundred miles away from my usual abode, with my wife taking our usual annual anniversary vacation, which we often take in Scotland as that is where we honeymooned. Scotland is not like England either in landscape or culture. Scotland is a fabulous country, which of all the European countries other than my own England that I have thus far visited (some 30 or so), I would say I like the most. I love its slightly French, slightly German, slightly English, slightly Scandinavian landscape, culture and architecture. Of course whilst it is slightly like these places, what it really is, is Scottish – distinct and lovely.

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So whilst it is not quite time for me to tell you about what has been happening in my life and how the Lord has been helping, here are some some pictures of lovely Scotland – a country I would urge you to visit for a vacation if you have never done so, and to do so again if you already have! The photography on this page is all my own (including the fish) and is copyright please, so if you wish to use any please contact me first.

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Watching a small band of mist and rain move over the loch reminded us of the phrase in Genesis about God moving over the face of the waters…

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If you take a room opposite the ferry port in Ullapool, the view is just sublime…

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Sheep may safely graze…

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While (some very good but difficult) things have been happening in my life, which I cannot just yet report, a couple of verses have been worth holding in mind, and so I’ll pass them on:

Isaiah 40:31 King James Version (KJV)

31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

2 Timothy 1:7 New King James Version (NKJV)

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Plus ça change…

Mais dans ce cas…

As readers will know my head had been telling me to vote for the UK to remain in the EU. Well at the 11th hour that is not how I voted!

I asked the Lord how to vote.

He showed me Kings 2:8 (the waters parted). Then He showed me  Mark 15:38 (the veil of the temple torn in two from top to bottom). What the Lord was showing me is division, parting, but it is division that leads to a victorious crossing in each case. Then the Lord showed me Revelation 13:10 (If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity they will go).

It seemed clear that the Lord was warning me that a vote to stay in was a vote to stay in captivity.

My wise wife had been saying all along that she would vote leave because the Lord was leading her in that, and that she thought Europe was one of the large territories that the Earth will be divided up into in the end times, and so was not a good thing to be part of. I remembered 2 Timothy 1:7 (For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind) and although my head said remain, something was telling me to be bold and brave and vote leave, and not be afraid of doing something difficult, that Britain needed to be bold and unafraid of the hard times it would give itself by leaving because in the end it would be glad that it had.

Altogether it seemed obvious that the Lord wanted me to overrule my head and let my spirit vote, for leaving the EU. So despite what my head said, I let the Holy Spirit guide my hand and I voted to leave!

Today when I woke up I was amazed and shocked, we have actually voted to leave the EU. I think the whole of my country is stunned, and it is the biggest political earthquake I can remember. It is a GLOBAL effect change to politics in the UK, Europe, and I think the world as it plays out in politics trade and economics. This could spell the end of the EU as the effects start to actually gradually affect the political senses of others in Europe that are discontent with the status quo. The leave vote was 17,410,742 – the odd two was obviously my wife and me!:)

The next line of that chapter in Revelation warns of death by the sword.

After I knew the result of the poll, the Lord showed me 4 signs about the referendum. He showed me that the Freemasons had been trying to influence the referendum.He showed me that Europe was an exhausted project. He showed me that despite the very rough ride my country will have as a result of leaving the EU, we can rely on His providence. He gave me a frightening sense of something very very bad that is going to happen in Europe, maybe a war or a genocide, a disease or some awful thing like backdoor involuntary euthanasia or abortions that will affect millions in Europe that as a result of leaving the UK will be spared from. I don’t know what it is or when, just that something awful is coming and the Lord has spared the UK from it by this tough and rather sad vote to part from the European political project. He said we had been set aside (The Lord has a great sense of words, as “set aside” is a European environmental scheme to save the environment). He said He has set us aside and saved us from this because there is work we have to do. I don’t know what that is, but it may be something to do with the fact that we are a defensible island and so also less susceptible to pandemics, something that has helped us many times over the centuries and Shakespeare, a great Briton (who also helped translate the Bible) knew and wrote of. Finally today the Lord gave me a sign of His covenant – a rainbow. When the Lord shows me signs they are literally signs. Please don’t think I am making like a big prophet – I don’t understand half this stuff and “I see though a glass darkly” as the Bible says – but I am just telling and showing you what He told and showed me, because I think He wants me to. Here are the signs He showed me:

Freedom always comes at a price, and there is little doubt that this price will be a high one, but the oddball, awkward, outsider, always brave, and the people of this island of very cool Britannia have decided it is one worth paying.

This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle, 
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars, 
This other Eden, demi-paradise, 
This fortress built by Nature for herself 
Against infection and the hand of war, 
This happy breed of men, this little world, 
This precious stone set in the silver sea, 
Which serves it in the office of a wall 
Or as a moat defensive to a house, 
Against the envy of less happier lands,– 
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.
                                                                                        William Shakespeare

So I will end this post with the flag of my now rather more independent country, facing the world on its own two feet again for the first time in a very long time, like a person that has been in a semi-coma for the best part of 40 years, sleepwalking and becoming ever more dependant, suddenly having to learn to walk again. A new journey has begun.

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UFO sighting – pentagram pattern in sky

A bit of a first for me – I have only ever seen one ridiculously tiny dot of a maybe UFO many years ago. This time was also teenyweeny and not exactly Whitehouse lawn alien invaders, but it was visible, I did get a still and a video, and later analysis showed something interesting. I don’t usually write about UFO’s and aliens. If you want to know what they really are, go look at Chuck Missler. There is a video about that below mine.

I was stretching my legs lunchtime in Kings Lynn, Norfolk, UK. The time was about 1pm. I was looking due East. I noticed a black roughly vertically cylindrical, flexible object hovering and drifting. It appeared very distant. There was no sound from it. The sound you hear on the video is process machinery at the plant where I was working that day. I only saw one object, but when I looked at my still photo in close-up I saw there were four more objects I had not spotted at the time. The object I originally spotted was near the shorter, further away cooling chimney. The objects seem to be arranged into a plausible pentagram shape. Pentagrams are symbols used by the devil. Well that’s no surprise because as Christian we know UFO’s are part of a demonic deception.

The four objects I had not originally noticed could, for all I know, be birds, but the one I watched and filmed definitely was not a bird, or a plane, or a helicopter, or a conventional hot air balloon or  a drone. It could have been some sort of weather balloon or a large piece of plastic waste caught up into the air. I dunno. Can waste plastic be part of a demonic deception – sure. The devil will do it any which way he can, he isn’t fussy. Why did God let me see this, I dunno, maybe just so I know what the devil’s UFO deceptions look like.

I took a photograph and a movie on my cellphone. No there’s nothing to see until you go close up, so the un-zoomed photo is just for context really. The annotated zoomed ones show what’s in the larger non-zoomed image. I used to be a professional photographic technician so yes I could fake this, but A) I’m Christian and lying isn’t my bag, and B) I really wouldn’t be bothered to do anything so tedious or singularly unimpressive. Here it is, honestly as I saw it.

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Gabriel

No not the angel. And not even that Genesis.

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Many years ago, simply because I lived near him I used to ocassionally bump into Phil Collins , Genesis prog rock drummer and subsequently a very good jazz artist. I didn’t then imagine however that I would have any connection with Peter Gabriel, also of the Genesis band. However, one of those music websites that ferrets out the strange connections with other people one has in musical taste has pointed me in his direction, and Lo! (little angel joke there) indeed there are some good connecty taste vibes with what Peter is doing.

Seems Mr Gabriel has a record label called Real World Records that is doing very interesting things. There are even old southern states black gospel things there, so the site really does seem to steer one to what will be liked.

If as I do, you miss the eclectic explorational mix of music that used to be presented by British Radio presenter John Peel, then the Soundcloud channel of Peter Gabriel’s record label Real World Records (<– click to go there), might help fill that void.

 

Skulduggery

“Skulduggery” these days means underhand behaviour and deception. The word originates probably from a Scottish word for adultery. Adultery as well as being  sexual sin, also implies adulteration, the adding of an impurity to something wholesome for bad reasons. The word also offers a handy pun for this blog article…

Is it me?

No it isn’t. The world really is peppered with satanic symbols and it really is trying to push, ease, cajole and groom you stealthily through nasty little gateways into bad stuff.

So here’s what I found on just one popular culture website on one day – Cool Hunting website today – without even really trying hard.

SKULL image; PYRAMID image; GOAT-HEAD image; Invite to “BE GREEDY.”

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WORLD-TURTLE image; outline of FEMALE TORSO FLOWERS image (suggests deflowering or dismemberment of the female – if you think I am unique in seeing that, then see what Klee thought!); Invite to “BE GREEDY” again.

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An up-beat non-critical article about transgender options in virtual reality SIMS game, a similarly toned article about recreational Cannabis use (yes I do characterise this example as recreational not medical), and an article about getting orgasms from your music.

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So, do we think this is a bunch of wholesome and healthy stuff that a Christian would feel happy to push out onto the world’s lifestyles?

Fortunately we know that the saved reborn are given eyes to see what the unsaved, sadly even when it is pointed out to them, cannot see. If you want to see what is really afoot in this world, you need to light of the world to see by, Jesus.

John 8:12 (KJV)

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

 

Orioles get off to a good start

I was please to see my chosen people (grin) the Baltimore Orioles make a good start this weekend. Even nicer, watching the highlights on the MLB website (which is all I can see here in the UK), was to see Manny Machado making the sign of the cross and thanking God for his run.

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I was also pleased to see here in the UK that Mr Wayne Rooney (Captain of Manchester United Football Club) did not make an illuminati triangle sign (as far as I could see) upon winning the FA (Football Association) Cup, so that was an improvement I suppose.

The mystery of the Trinity

People continually pose the Trinity as being an unfathomable mystery. At first it is easy to go along with this collective confusion that adds a bit of extra mysticism and atmosphere to the Christian religion. However, I suggest that even a rudimentary understanding of psychology will demystify the Trinity and give us a better understanding of the God who made us. That is surely a much better thing to have than a cloudy consensus of unnecessary ignorance which seems to be there only for the sake of dramatic effect and wriggle room when difficult questions are asked. I don’t feel that the God who created the whole universe really needs such shoddy scenery – He is not the Wizard of Oz and He does not need flimsy curtains to hide behind. The God I know tells it like it is and has laid out most of the answers you are likely to need already in writing in His Bible.

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The fundamental thing that I am getting at is given right at the beginning of the Bible. Because it is from the Bible you can be sure of the underlying premise. We are made in God’s image. If God is a Trinity then it is reasonable to suppose that within us you will also find that triune nature reflected.

Genesis 1:26  And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Genesis 1:27  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.  (KJV)

There is an awful lot in the two passages above. I have highlighted the parts relevant to this blog article that show the man created in Genesis 1:27 is multiple in nature and is in the image of God who is also multiple in nature. Before however I continue with my main theme, which is the triune nature of mankind, I would like to just mention one of the very important other things contained in the passages above. The next time someone suggests that God might be a woman you can point them to Genesis 1:27. Clearly within God are both male and female because as creations made in the image of God, we also have as a species those aspects. God is male, the Spirit, The Son and the Father, yes male, but within them they have the female, and in that image we were created both males and females.

Richard A. Posner has said:

“Some people hate themselves. But if I say, “I hate myself,” who is this “I” that stands apart from “myself”? And notice how in the expression “I am not myself today,” the “I” and “myself” change places. Now it is “myself” who is the authentic, the authoritative, the judgmental “I,” and it is “I” who is the self that is judged and found wanting. Some people talk to themselves; when they do, who is speaking and who is listening?”

So, there you have an educated but non-psychologist’s view of the multiple nature of each of us that probably most people would recognise.

Sigmund Freud was roundly attacked for many years by much of mainstream psychology, especially in the very left-wing universities such as the one where I studied. Freud is now left by mainstream psychology in a backwater of history by most university teaching. When I was studying psychology many years ago the attack on him was in full swing, perpetrated by left-wing liberals, anti-racists and feminists who disliked him because of the attitudes he held. His attitudes were of course completely normal and acceptable in the times and culture – Vienna the late 1880’s – when he did his work. It is nowadays we find objection. His detractors however were so strident and aggressive in their demands for the expulsion of anything that did not fit their ultra-egalitarian view of politics, they chose to throw out the baby with the bathwater rather than recognise that just because a person comes with attitudes we would no longer agree with, they can nevertheless tell some truths. It is as if an evil dictator were to point to a clear blue sky and say the sky is blue and we were to say no the sky is green because we did not like his politics. To do so is arrant nonsense.

Freud posited the Ego, ID and Super-Ego as being the  three aspects of mind of which we are comprised. He also posited different drives or motivations such as Libido (sexual) and Thanatos (the death wish) that incline us to different behaviours. In a nutshell, Freud was saying it is as if we have several different minds or personalities, chiefly three. Freud also recognised that the relationships we have with those closest to us have significant effect upon our behaviour. Freud posited syndromes such as the Oedipus complex in his attempt to categorise and explain some of the more prevalent types of unhealthy relationships that may influence us. One can readily accept that Freud’s more developed theories are in many cases probably erroneous or at least very over-stated. However as I have said we should not throw out the baby with the bathwater and lose site of the underlying insights that Freud had.

Notwithstanding the internecine conflicts of psychological endeavour, there are more recent scientific advances that claim to undermine the whole realm of modern talking psychology. The neuropsychology of neuroscience, using machines such as various forms of tomography (eg functional magnetic resonance imaging) can show that different regions of the brain, sometimes different regions simultaneously, are active during different mental states and tasks. Far from supplanting psychology however, I think a more honest appraisal of neuro-psychology is that it validates psychology, and politically annoyingly for many modern thinkers, also validates somewhat the theories of Freud.

It is not unknown that early scientist’s theories are thrown out and ridiculed, only for later science to show they were quite close to the truth, but science does not like to admit its mistakes. In the murky and highly contestable world of evolution we find examples such as Lamarck – look what we now know about epigenetics but no-one is saying “Oh dear sorry” to Lamarck. Then there is Immanuel Velikovsky who said that planets had collided and was poo-pooed. Now we say the moon was a result of a big collision and there are lots of other planetary collisions that are suggested as well, by the same mainstream astronomy that lambasted Velikovsky, called him fraud and sent him into the margins of history from where I doubt you have ever heard of him. Dare we speak of Tesla? The AC current you are using today is his contribution, but you know the name of Edison much better eh? All I am saying here is DO NOT TRUST ORTHODOX SCIENCE – it is as a dishonest and political and hypocritical endeavour as any other. Science will tel you there is no God, but it will sacrifice truth even in its own ranks for less noble ideals, and it will not admit when it is wrong. When I was a kid we were told that Pandas were NOT Bears. Now they are Bears. Whaaaat?!

My original purpose in studying psychology was to understand the nature of consciousness. In that endeavour I felt that I had gone as far as I could at the time when I was studying. I was confident then and still am that consciousness is an emergent process and as such has many components that you might describe as mini–minds. That was some decades ago and science has moved on. Nevertheless all that the march of progress has contributed to understanding the nature all the human mind still points to a very triune nature, annoyingly to some, very much like that which Freud described.

That triune nature of man, unsurprisingly to a Christian, reflects the fact that as Genesis 1:26 reports, we are indeed made in the image of God – a Trinity created and loves us. We are so like God in that aspect, it really should not be hard to understand the Trinity at all.