The Story of God
Season OneDVD - 2016
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... we don't think of astrology chart as predestined ... We see a life map, just like we say life is a journey, and you go on any journey you need to have a map. There's gonna be dead ends, there's gonna be multiple pot holes. If you know where they are you're still in charge of your own car, this is just a navigation system. You can turn. If you understand how you're connected to everything around you, that is the miracle waiting to happen.
-So is this connected to Feng Shui?
Feng Shui is based on the Daoist thought, everything around us is connected. Everything is made of energy, we're all connected through this energy. Feng is wind, Shui is water. It's an energy that we cannot
destroy or create, it's always there. But we can divert it, we can harness it. In China we say. We ride it. We can ride it exactly. ... in Chinese they'll say birds do not fly they are flown. Fish do swim they are. Carried. They are carried, they are swum by water.
Well if I flip a coin twice and I get heads both times, is that miraculous?
-No, if you do it 50 times and you get 60 that's a miracle.
Well yeah if you get more than you flip certainly. But how rare does an event have to be before we would call it miraculous, one in a million, one in a billion?
-I'll choose billion.
Alright one in a billion, well let's try something.
(Shuffles a deck of cards and draws 6 cards showing:) Jack of diamonds, 6 of spades, king of spades, 2 of hearts, 7 of diamonds and Ace of spades. Is it miraculous to have gotten this sequence?
-No, I mean it's just a random selection of cards off the deck.
Well right, but this particular sequence, starting with the Jack ..., it only happens one in about 14 billion times you draw six cards. So it's pretty miraculous by your one in a billion standard.
-So you're telling me that this is miraculous?
Well no ... Sometimes it's not actually miraculous, sometimes it's just probability playing its tricks on you.
The point of buddhism as far as I can see, is to teach us that we're all capable of much more than we might believe we are, if we just concentrate on it, just put our minds to it. I used to struggle to make sense of miracle stories. How oceans could be parted. How it was possible to walk on water. But I think I was missing the point. To believe in miracles is to believe there is more to life than meets the eye. To accept there could be something that connects us, unites us. So many souls pass through this world, and as our paths cross miraculous things can and do happen. People get the breaks they always wanted, people inspire one another, people fall in love. And whether these events are orchestrated by the hand of god, the power of the mind, or just a one in a million chance, I believe we should believe in miracles. Because miracles however you define them help us to, well they give us hope. They drive us to create reality out of possibility.
You don't do miracles?
-What's a miracle? I mean flying in the sky is that a miracle?
It is, it is, it is.
-Birds do it, birds do it.
But we normally think of miracles as some sort of divine thing, something that gives us proof of god or something, you know.
-Okay so that we could ask where is god? We ask the mystics or the yogi's where is god? They'll point here, they won't point up there. They'll say it's in here. So then if you're being inspired by your inner god, Buddha, Christ, you know, Christian or whatever you want to call it, maybe then you can perform what's called a miracle. What does this world need the most? It needs healing, right, love, it needs reconciliation. I think that's a miracle, and that's the miracle we need. We don't need people levitating three inches off their butts, you know, while meditating, that's stupid. Right. So let's stick to the real miracle which is to transform the human mind really.
A baptism points the direction to where we are headed, and it's a new start on life. The Bible tells us Adam and Eve knew no evil until they ate the forbidden fruit. Almost every faith tells the story of how evil begins. Whether we believe it comes from unhappy souls, the Devil himself, or the Devil within, We all eventually come face-to-face with evil. But I think we need to know evil, because in spite of all the suffering it causes, it drives us to do good. Without evil, how would we have ever developed our unique human characteristics the ability to express kindness, mercy, forgiveness?
There is a godly presence in the universe, and it made itself known. It, it helped me realize that there is good and evil in all of us, and, My goal now is basically when I just leave this world a better place than when I got into it, you know? Just try to be a good person. That's all I can do, and, and hope, that's good enough.
Where did we come from? A man and a woman banished from paradise, who began to work the land? Hero twins planting the corn they need to start a civilization? A great river that gives life to an entire people? These idea's about where we came from are the oldest stories we have. They are shared words and distant memories that form the glue of our civilization. We don't all share the same creation story. We all come from different places, but all of us, whatever we believe, can share in one thing, the wonder and gratitude that we are here at all. It is my fervent hope that people will open their hearts and minds and see that, our beliefs don't have to divide us. They have the power to unite us, to allow us together to achieve remarkable things. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end.
I believe god is our father, the creator, somebody that gives us purpose and destiny.
-Well, sometimes it's hard for people to say, "how can I believe in something I can't see?"
But it's what you choose to believe through faith.
-It's what you choose to believe through faith.
When Jesus came, he said, "look, I want you to come to me." So I tell people, "you can talk to god all through the day," like you talk to your friend. In your thoughts, you can say, "god, you know, thank you for this day." I think, that god can be as involved in your life as much as you want him to be. So that's what we try to teach people, to get god out of your Sunday morning box.
-God has been a lot of things to a lot of people and now, here, you're making god personal.
-Approachable... And, helpful. ... Yes, that's right. The life of god lives and dwells in us. It's your spiritual power on the inside of you. And that is what we need to tap into. ...
Yeah, the Buddhist say every ending is a beginning. It's god's will. God saw this before we saw this. We just got to allow ourself to be willing to let god use us in part of that will. Katrina didn't wash New Orleans of its sin. It didn't come as divine punishment. It caused suffering, yes. But it also opened people's eyes, to cherish what they had left and to work together to build something better. I set out to understand what the apocalypse means to people of many different faiths. I had always thought of it as a all destroying doomsday. But I've discovered that some people yearn for the apocalypse. They want to be free of injustice. They want to escape suffering. They want a better world. Apocalypse. It's a Greek word meaning lifting the veil. It's not about war, it's about enlightenment. It's not about death. It's a state of mind and heart that helps us see the truth. Not some far off day of judgment. It's here, it's now.
Well, Rameses succeeded in his quest for immortality. His temple may have crumbled, but his name is still being spoken 3,000 years after his death. So, his spirit is still with us still moving among the living. In fact, we all live on in the memories of those we love and those whose lives we've impacted in a positive manner, just as my brother who passed away so many years ago lives on in my memory, so I hope to live on in the memories of others. Whether you're a Christian following the example of Jesus, a Hindu hoping for liberation from the endless cycles of reincarnation, or you're simply trying to leave the world a better place than you found it, our desire to go beyond death has changed the world. Whatever we may find on the other side, no matter what our faith... we can all become eternal, like the stars.
Opening Narrative, Part 1 of 2:
I lived here in Greenwood, Mississippi, off and on from the age of 7 until I was 18. I crossed a lot of hurdles here. Started first grade, learned how to drive a car, fell in love for the first time. I also crossed another hurdle here. I experienced death. My paternal grandmother, my brother. We all go through this, of course. Everybody grieves, but some people have a certainty that helps them cope with grief. They're certain they will see their loved ones again in heaven. For some of us it's not quite that simple. In fact, it's the greatest question we ask ourselves. What happens when we die? Now I'm embarking on an epic adventure to discover what we believe lies beyond death and why. Is there any scientific support for the soul? I'll learn the true purpose of the afterlife for ancient Egyptians.
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