SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

April 25, 2017

What’s driving you. . really..?

See own vision, be with that

If we can be perceptive enough to be more aware of our thoughts and their processes,  then we easily see how our thinking sets our mood;  we can realize how very tied together this whole process is.  In simple terms. .  “as a man thinketh  in his heart – – so is he”  has ever been, and will always be true.   No matter how many issues  we have, or how many experiences we have gone through, there is generally a main thrust —  “something” which drives our boat as we wend up or down life’s river.    

How  deeply does intolerance spring from hatred?  Biases are generally learned rather than instinctive — as in recoiling from a hissing snake or wild animal.  .  .  tho, it may be that these all spring from fear.  Childhood, without partiality leaves marks upon us all. . we learn in time to discern truth from fantasy or falsity;   un-cluttering the dross and even the demons hiding under the bed or in the closet as we imagined.  Life itself has a way of teaching us that which more beneficially instructs us to achieve those more worthy, effective goals.   These become our desires, ambitions. .  . our hopes,. . . and reason to be.   We know these deep inside, familiar with how they look and feel, and it  is good,  makes us happy.  When we dwell even briefly, fleetingly on these desires. . . we become more motivated – drawn toward them.    This is how it should be, when we are free to see with open eyes, dreaming our own dreams  (no matter what they are).  This is living from our core – outward, toward what we really want.   Seeing it (feeling it) as  if it were already here.  Herein, we sense and experience . ‘happy’.

Each of us gets to have our own perspective from which we desire or prefer, and Source Energy answers every single one of us. There’s no shortage of Source; there’s no shortage of answers; there’s no shortage of substance. There’s no shortage of all of the stuff or non-stuff that any of us wants – there’s no shortage of it. It expands proportionately to our ability to desire it.


Excerpted from: Philadelphia, PA on May 03, 2004

Our Love,

Esther (and Abraham and Jerry)


May 12, 2016

Auto – ‘think’ – not always enuff

Deeper Than Words, Feel the Essence

Some may think I’ve gone into a ditch with this post.   We often take the easy way, make snap decisions in both simple and/or small, and large and possibly complex issues which may or may not concern us directly. .  .  seemingly.  But is that true?.  I understand that thoughts are [in a sense] things.  Our life reflects that.  If we are sour on life, dislike most people, find our surroundings lacking – –  we generally reflect those attitudes into our surroundings > outward to others, then beyond into the ether. We can contribute heavy, rather negative energies outward — from our thoughts,  while continuing to think such, which in turn keeps us twisting and turning in solitude, perhaps loneliness and mounting maladies.  Conversely there are others who may not have a pot to pee in or a window to throw it out of, but can be heard humming with a contentment bordering on happiness.  Whatever they endure, there seems to be a center within at peace.   These folks are radiating out their energies as well, and seem to balance energies where ever they are or what they do.  There are many radiating out their misery; but also those beautiful vibes from the gentle ones who understand acceptance and gratitude.  All of us reflect out to all that is beyond us in countless ways. . . and contribute who we are to the balance.  It would be so wonderful if more and more of us could do this more consciously realizing how important we are to the overall scheme of everything.  We could heal the planet!  

Am not trying to advise anyone what to think or how.  We learn from living, gather input everywhere to help us shape our opinions about what is right or wrong, inappropriate or desirable.  We develop tastes and discrimination. .  and most of us are busy, perhaps too busy. thus relying on all that stored internal data even tho it may be outdated or lop-sided.  We can’t be analyzing every  little thing we face daily – we’d never get anything done.  But if we could approach a lot of it more gently, try to sense the essence of situations, issues and people and their predicaments…. feel it more and judge it less,  well we could find that many things indeed could be handled better,  understood more.    Two such issues cropped up in my peripheral vision today.  The first is an off-the-wall daily message from Abraham.  Kinda stopped me.  had to really think about it.  And the 2nd is an article in all the papers now; a conflict having to do with religious freedom (you could call it that),  the Tradition at the Citadel and all the lofty, splendid ethic and morality it stands for along with the proven success of it’s programs . .preserving one and not injuring the other.  As in so many parts of life, it’s not black or white.  Not right or wrong.  Worthy of discussion.  Makes one glad NOT  to be a judge.   I enjoyed them – hope you do. Jan

A young Palestinian man was found in Israel; he had a bomb strapped to him. And when it detonated, it didn’t detonate properly and he was wounded. But he did not get the triumphant results that he was seeking; he did not blow himself up and the people that were around him. And so he was captured. And when the newsman was asking him, why did you do this? He said, “They killed my friend and I wanted to die.” In other words, it was that simple: “They killed my friend and I wanted to die.” We think that those pure and simple words speak to this (Middle East Crisis) more clearly than all other words that have been spoken. It is that feeling that you’ve done this to me, so I’ll do this to you, then you’ll do this to me, and then I’ll do this to you. And what happens in that is: It just gets bigger and bigger, and bigger. And no one ever wins. There is no triumph that ever comes from any of that.  (ah, Abraham, is it really that simple?. . .  . can we achieve such clarity in our lives?

—Abraham   (Excerpted from: Albany, NY on October 04, 2001)

Our Love,

Esther (and Abraham and Jerry)


The Citadel will not allow an exception to the uniform to let a Muslim student wear her hijab

By Susan Svrluga

The Citadel will not allow a Muslim student to wear a hijab, an exception she had requested to the required uniform to keep her head covered, in keeping with her faith.  The family of the accepted student is now considering “all legal options,” according to an advocate authorized to speak for them.

The uniform is traditional, and central to the ideals of the nearly 175-year-old public military college in South Carolina, so the fact that it was considering an exception to it for an accepted student set off shock waves among alumni. The idea pleased some in the close-knit corps, who felt it could be an important symbol of religious freedom and inclusiveness. But it upset others who felt it would clash with the mission and ideals of the Citadel, where loyalty, teamwork and uniformity are paramount.

At the Citadel, students are expected to leave behind their individuality — and almost all of their possessions — and form opinions based on character rather than appearance. Allowing one student to wear something completely different struck many as antithetical to that mission. And some objected, as well, because exceptions have apparently not ever been made for other religions. Christian cadets have been told not to display crosses, for example.

That the exception was being considered at a time when the role of Islam in U.S. culture is so polarizing, when presidential candidates and national leaders are debating whether the fight against terrorists is not a fight against the Muslim faith, or whether the religion is fundamentally one of violence, made the issue particularly incendiary far beyond the Charleston, S.C., campus.

A statement from the college president, Lt. Gen. John Rosa, explained that the uniform is central to the leadership training at the college, as cadets give up their individuality to learn teamwork and allegiance to the corps, and its leaders concluded that they could not grant an exception to the required dress. Rosa emphasized their commitment to having a diverse and inclusive campus, and their recognition of the importance of cadets’ religious beliefs. There are several Muslim students enrolled.

The cadets’ commandant called the student Tuesday morning to inform her, according to Keelor. He also told her he hoped to see her on the grounds in August.

The student cried after the commandant told her, said Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations who spoke with the family Tuesday morning. “She told the commandant it wasn’t fair that she has to choose between practicing her faith and going to the Citadel,” he said.

She had worked very hard and had been focused on going to the Citadel for a long time, Hooper said. “That’s why she was so heartbroken,” he said. She will not attend, he said.

“A complete denial was very shocking,” he said. They had expected their request to be granted. “The father said, ‘We live in a land of laws. These outdated traditions violate that law’ ” that protects religious freedom, Hooper said.

“As far as legal action [is considered], all options are on the table,” he said.

Speaking for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Hooper said not granting religious accommodation was a bar to any practicing Muslim and was not acceptable at a public institution. “Obviously from CAIR’s perspective, as a civil-rights organization, we’re not going to drop this issue,” he said. “We’re going to view it as a continuation of the civil-rights struggles that allowed African Americans and women to have free entry and participation in these types of institutions nationwide.

“There are Muslim women wearing hijab in our nation’s military,” he said. “ … Whether it’s hijab or beards or turbans, to cling to these outdated ‘traditions’ merely out of a sense of not wanting to change anything is, I think, untenable in this day and age and in our increasingly diverse society.”

Asra Nomani, an author and co-founder of the Muslim Reform Movement, applauded the Citadel’s decision. “Women and girls, of course, should have a right to wear — or not wear — the headscarf in society, if they wish, but it is truly an insult to the struggle for secularism and civil rights in this country to conflate the headscarf with the struggle for religious and civil liberties in the United States,” she wrote in an email.

She believes the hijab is not required for Muslims, but is an interpretation by “a fundamentalist, puritanical, political Islam.” In her opinion, “Including the headscarf in the Citadel uniform would be equal to including the side curls, or payot, worn by some men and boys in Orthodox Judaism.”

In a statement, CAIR senior staff attorney William Burgess said, “The Citadel violated the student’s right to a religious accommodation under the First Amendment and the South Carolina Religious Freedom Act, which makes it illegal for a state institution to place a burden on a person’s ability to practice his or her faith without the most compelling justification.

“We believe the desire to maintain an outdated ‘tradition,’ which was the same argument used to initially deny admittance to African-Americans and women, does not justify violating a student’s constitutional rights. Our nation’s military currently accommodates religious attire in the form of headscarves, beards and turbans. The Citadel should offer the same accommodations.

“No student should be forced to choose between her faith and an education that can facilitate future service to her nation.”

Nick Pinelli, who just graduated and who set off a social media firestorm when he wrote that the college was considering the religious accommodation, said in a message Tuesday morning: “I believe a thoughtful decision was made by the Board of Visitors, the Commandant of Cadets, and the President. The decision was made after the most careful consideration by all involved and with an immense amount of concern for both equality and reason.

“The Citadel continues to create leaders who are sought after by employers across the state and nation, and this decision is one that focuses on both the importance of freedom, as well as the importance of the 174-year-strong system that has bettered thousands of lives and has created thousands of leaders in the public and private sectors.”

On Tuesday afternoon, he said the reaction he has heard from cadets and alumni has been very positive. He added that he hoped the student in question knew he didn’t mean to hurt her personally or change her goals when he objected to the idea of making an exception. “I really hope that she comes in the fall,” Pinelli said. “Anybody gets a lot out of it – anybody who wants to come gets a lot out of it.”

Keelor said it was a difficult decision. “Though the college heard from many alumni,” she wrote in an email, “the decision was based on the fact that the standardization of cadets in apparel, overall appearance, actions and privileges is essential to the learning goals and objectives of the college.”

[Two Muslim women write about the debate over whether hijab is required; they choose not to wear it]

Tatjana Christian, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Army, said, “The Army has a process in place that allows soldiers to request an exception to policy based on their religious practices. Any request for an exception to this policy is considered on a case-by-case basis, considering impact on unit and individual readiness, unit cohesion, morale, discipline and health and safety of the force. We will continue to review the merits of each specific request for religious accommodation.”

Emily Kelley, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, said in a statement: “The U.S. Military Academy values the diversity in the Corps of Cadets. Our Standards of Cadet Conduct and Appearance regulation allows for the wear of religious items that are not visible or apparent when in duty uniform, provided they do not interfere with the performance of the Soldier’s military duties, or interfere with the proper wearing of any authorized article of the uniform. Any requests for religious accommodation are thoughtfully and carefully considered on a case-by-case basis.” No cadet has requested an accommodation to wear a hijab.

The U.S. Naval Academy follows the regulations of the U.S. Navy, according to a spokesman. Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen, a spokesman for the Navy, said in an email that they support to the maximum extent possible the free exercise of religion and consider unit cohesion, alternatives, and other issues as they take each request on a case-by-case basis. Since the Pentagon updated its policy on religious accommodation in 2014, the Navy has had about 30 requests for religious accommodation.

As the Military College of South Carolina, The Citadel has relied upon a highly effective educational model requiring all cadets to adopt a common uniform. Uniformity is the cornerstone of this four-year leader development model. The standardization of cadets in apparel, overall appearance, actions and privileges is essential to the learning goals and objectives of the college. This process reflects an initial relinquishing of self during which cadets learn the value of teamwork to function as a single unit. Upon graduation, The Citadel’s graduates are prepared to enter a life committed to principled leadership in military service and civilian careers.

The Citadel recognizes the importance of a cadet’s spiritual and religious beliefs, providing services for specific needs whenever possible. For example, during the first week of school faith-based organizations on campus and from the community meet with freshmen cadets. Cadet religious officers arrange transportation to churches, mosques, synagogues and other places of worship for those without cars. Accommodations for prayer and dietary needs are common at the college.

The diversity of religions and cultural backgrounds represented in the Corps enriches the overall cadet experience and better prepares graduates to become principled leaders in all walks of life, underpinned by The Citadel’s core values of honor, duty and respect.


October 16, 2015

Political “Big Issues” . . an Abraham discussion

Filed under: Abraham's easy accessible truth — Jan Turner @ 3:42 am

Abraham’s wisdom – so relevant for today

Looking for something else, I came upon a terrific post from May 30, 2013.  Had forgotten about it,  but in checking it out it was clear that the message was so penetrating and worthwhile, I was compelled to watch it all over again.   So extremely worth the time, especially in today’s political climate.  Was noticing how much I kept thinking of Bernie as I listened  to the give and take between Abraham (through Ester) and this intelligent, well-motivated political aspirant.  It was delightful.  

As I sat pondering,  the video segued into a multi-hour further discussion on individuals with questions on relationship and other personal issues.  Discussions of this sort are really helpful to those who may be new to the “LAW OF ATTRACTION”  concepts,  because they are more relaxed and  somewhat different from the ‘teachings’ most of us grew up with.  But then, I have observed there are many paths up that mountain,  so whatever gets us there is good.   Jan

April 13, 2013

. . pluck that fruit. .

Still receiving the daily messages from Abraham  (via Esther) and remain as blessed as ever.  Tho I really do try to restrain myself,  sometimes, my need to share becomes too dominant . . and there you go                                                                                                                                                                                                                               .   .    .    .   yes,   we ARE all in this stream of life together,    and it is wonderful

Take the worthiness that is yours, and let the “Fairies of the Universe” assist you. Stop taking so much responsibility upon yourself, and live happily ever after. Shorten that crevasse between where you are and where you want to be, on every subject, to now, now, now, now, now. Ride the wave. Just pluck the fruit… You don’t have to be the one who puts it in the ground any more. You can just skip across the top of things and pluck the fruit of all of the things you want. “Oh, fruit. Oh, delicious this, delicious this, delicious this, delicious this.” In other words, it’s all right there for you; it’s ready for you to receive it as fast and as soon as you will vibrationally let it in.— Abraham

Excerpted from the workshop in Boston, MA on Saturday, May 21st, 2005 # 43

Our Love,
Esther (and Abraham and Jerry)

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May 8, 2012

Thrive, just accept it. . .

There is no state of physical decline or damage that you could not recover from—none—not any, if you knew it…   If you wanted it and knew that you could. And that’s those miracles that they talk about every day. They’re not miracles at all, they are the natural order of things. But because they are rare, people think they are miraculous. They’re not. That’s the way it is supposed to be. You’re supposed to thrive.

— Abraham

Excerpted from the workshop in San Diego, CA on Saturday, February 23rd, 2002 # 432

Our Love,
Jerry and Esther

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April 13, 2012

See what is – want “More”

Many around you want to point out “reality” to you. They say, “Face the facts. Look at what-is.” And we say to you, if you are able to see only what-is—then, by Law of Attraction, you will create only more of what-is… You must be able to put your thoughts beyond what-is in order to attract something different or something more.— AbrahamExcerpted from “The Law of Attraction, The Basics of the Teachings of Abraham” # 407

Our Love,
Jerry and Esther

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April 9, 2012

Seeing (allowing) your desire

You could stand here sick with ten illnesses today, and tomorrow have no evidence of any of them. Your body has the ability to replenish itself that fast. But most of you do not have the ability to change your thoughts that fast. So the amount of time that it takes between sickness and wellness is only the amount of time that it takes for me to figure out how to let it in — for me to figure out how to feel good, when I’m looking at something that makes me feel bad

— Abraham

Excerpted from the workshop in Atlanta, GA on Saturday, November 4th, 2000 # 399

Our Love,
Jerry and Esther

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November 21, 2011

Our Earth is “stable”

The stability of your Earth exists because its change and expansion does not outstrip its ability to find balance. It is not only Earth’s size and the laws of physics that are of enough significance to absorb the shock of any change, but also Earth’s Vibrational nature of Well-Being.

While your Earth appears to be a geological sphere of rock and soil and water held together by gravitational forces, it is so much more than that, for within every particle of Earth’s substance is Vibrational Consciousness seeking individual balance—Consciousness aligning with a Broader Non-Physical vision of Earth’s future.

Even though the human inhabitants of planet Earth are often outside of their Vortices, in a state of resisting their personal Well-Being, the overwhelming Consciousness of your planet (in soil, in water, in flora and fauna) is incrementally finding balance every step along the way.

In time, as you relax and breathe your way into alignment with your Source, you will be able to feel the dominant Vibrational pulse of Well-Being that permeates your Earth and everything it is comprised of, for Well-Being is the basis of All-That-Is.

— Abraham

Excerpted from the Getting into the Vortex Guided Meditation CD and User Guide # 264

Our Love,
Jerry and Esther

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September 6, 2011

Do What you Love – here’s why

People say, “The joy is in the journey,” but they rarely understand what they are saying. You are in this focused time/space reality with goals and objectives that call you because as you identify a desire it literally summons life through you. Life summoning through you is what it’s all about —it’s not the completion of anything.

— Abraham

August 13, 2011

What the (?#&h!?) is it all about?

It’s not about years. It’s not about age. It’s not about youth.  It’s about decline.    And decline is about alignment, or not.

Decline is about, in this moment, which way am I forking? In this moment, which way am I forking? In this moment, which way am I forking? That’s all it’s about.

— Abraham

Excerpted from the workshop in San Diego, CA on Saturday, August 13th, 2005 # 164

Many might find the above to be  some kind of cryptic code, perhaps wondering “What’s it all about?”  Many esoteric concepts are like that.   But to look at it quietly (without resistance) it is or can be kinda simple.

Doesn’t matter if we come from some dung-pile or a walled-off palace,  we all came to experience fully, try to learn from it;  to make choices,  grab onto life – give it a go, and in that freedom of choice,  be happy  – find your ‘joy’ or whatever words you give it.  Do it your way.  Choose.

How to do that?  In a miasma of confusion – reach for the happier thought.  Among your ‘choices’ which  FEELS better  – –  go with that which  aids  in  becoming aligned with inner self.     (action follows thought)

When and if we stop choosing, we are no longer ‘forking’  so to speak.  We seem to be no longer interested in participation. . .   .    .   then, by default, we no longer do.

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