Does the red shift in light actually indicate the universe is increasing its rate of expansion? Reportedly, galaxy “A”, ten billion light years away, has a greater red shift than galaxy “B”, five billion light years away, indicating that galaxy A has a velocity greater than galaxy B. What was the velocity of galaxy A five billion years ago? If we assume that galaxy A’s velocity five billion years ago was the same as that which galaxy B’s velocity is as we observe it now, then galaxy A has actually decreased its velocity from ten billion years ago (less recent) to five billion years ago (more recent). That would indicate the universe is decreasing its rate if expansion, wouldn’t it?

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If nothing, not even light, can escape beyond the event horizon of a black hole, how do gravitons, if they exist, escape? If they cannot escape, how can they give gravity to a black hole?

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The standard explanation of time dilation describes an imaginary train traveling near the speed of light with a passenger holding a flashlight and directing the light straight up toward a mirror. Both the passenger and a person on a stationary platform adjacent to the train tracks observe the path of the light. The passenger would observe the distance the light traveled as being shorter than the distance observed by the person on the platform. Since the speed of light is constant, the passenger would experience less time than the person on the platform. But what if the person on the platform has a flashlight and mirror of his own? The passenger would then observe a longer distance for the light path than the person on the platform and thus experience more tome that the person on the platform. How can that be?

Mystics see everything and everyone as part of themselves. They are not people to fear. Those who are afraid are so because of ignorance. Those who hate them believing they are evil should examine themselves. They feel hatred; Mystics feel love. Which of these two emotions would be classified as evil and which one as good to a polarized-thinking individual?

Before passing judgment, people should rid themselves of hatred and any other attitudes they would classify as evil. After they honestly believe they express no evil feelings, they might again look for evil in mystics. This time they would have a difficult time finding any. If they should find something, they should once again look honestly into themselves. They might find it there too.

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Being one with everything—it’s not something mystics consciously think of becoming, it’s what they intuitively are.

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While certain things such as gravity and other natural forces remain steadfast, the choices people make with their lives are theirs alone to make. The results of those choices follow natural laws.

So the learning should somehow be related to the choices we make. But how do we know what we are learning if we haven’t yet learned it? Maybe we can look ahead to see if we can spot what reaction would result in the action we take. Is there a possibility that someone might be deprived as the result of your actions? If so, perhaps we should stop right there.

Natural laws are always in effect. When we deprive someone, we create a natural field that attracts an “equal and opposite force.” If we chose not to believe that will happen, it makes no difference. As always, the natural laws are immutable.

Perhaps this is something for us to learn. Don’t deprive anyone of anything. Oh, some may argue that if you know what to expect in return, it is OK because that means they have learned the lesson. That is an assumption about what is to be learned. The lesson to learn is in the choice itself. If someone is harmed or deprived in some way because of your actions, don’t make that choice. It’s that simple.

If some people choose to hurt or deprive themselves, they have the free will to make that choice, but it is not necessary to involve anyone else.

Making choices is a way to manipulate the future. For those who want to live within a tranquil environment, feel that way and show it by expressing those feelings. Some will criticize the validity of such practice, but those criticisms flow from the minds of individuals who have never tried it or those who wanted immediate results. They did not comprehend the accumulation and insensitivity of their previous actions and would accept nothing short of a miracle to fully understand their actions.

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Relationships should not be devouring. Differences of opinion are just that—different opinions. An opinion is not necessarily the truth. Unless those having opposite opinions understand the reasoning of the other, the truth is not shared between them. The only apparent truth is they each have different assumptions of what the truth is.

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A drop of water is part of the ocean but it can be visualized as an individual drop that can be separated from the ocean while retaining its characteristics. The same cannot be said of a wave. An ocean wave is not a separate entity; its existence requires the presence of the ocean.

The relationship between a wave and the ocean parallels the relationship between a person and the divine. We are waves in the ocean of divinity.

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There are no separate truths. The truth does not differ depending upon what a person says. So when can what someone says be believed? Some can be believed anytime, some only some of the time, and some seldom or even never.

The same is true for anything that can be seen from more that one side. In order to have a true perspective, you must see—and hopefully comprehend—all sides of an issue. Anything less is biased and does not present the whole truth. It is also important that personal opinions be discarded while scrutinizing an issue, for it could mask the true identity of a fact.

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The part of you that continues after your physical body dies is your spirit. You, in essence, return to your creator—to your beginning, to what you have always been. Your body, as your spirit, is composed of that which everything is composed—the creator itself. As the body decays, it only changes form into other physical matter and energy, but the basic building block of all physical matter is the same vibrating energy of the universe. Everything—mind, body, and spirit—is derived from and is God (or whatever you want to call the force behind the creation of the universe.)

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Some people wonder why God allows evil to exist—why God, if al powerful, does not prevent evil from happening. People, in order to be truly free, must have the freedom to choose, even if they choose to behave in a manner they perceive to be evil. Without free choice (including the choice to label things good or evil), people could not make a free choice to do what they consider to be good.

God, nature, the primal force (or whatever one chooses to call that which created the existence of everything) is permeated in everything that exists—everything that exists is composed of that divine entity. God sees the world through the eyes of each and every person and acts through the conduct of each of us as well.

People may choose to label something as evil or even choose to do something that they perceive to be evil. The ability to choose is God given. The choice itself is that of the free-willed person. By preventing evil, God would be preventing free choice.

With volition, people may choose to be kind, considerate, and helpful to others—to love and respect others. To be human is to have free will.

There are those who blame evil on a demonic entity. For them it is easier to blame an external force for everything they perceive to be evil. Especially when attempting to transferring blame for their own chosen actions. “The devil made me do it.”

Everything is composed of the same substance—God. We each are doing the work, play, or deeds of God and are at the same time responsible for our own actions.

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Skin is an organ with many functions. Clothing inhibits the full ability to perform those functions. Most clothing covers a considerable amount of skin. Sensors intended to receive ambient information are deprived from performing their tasks. Shoes completely isolate skin, making it difficult or impossible for the foot to breathe or perspire freely, or to experience touch.

People also alter their hair, cutting it or removing it completely from some or most of their bodies. People assume hair has no function other than style. Some people naturally lose their hair. That does not mean it had no function. It might mean it is no longer necessary on that individual but that does not negate the hair had a purpose before it fell out.

People who had lost hair on their heads may still have an abundance of body hair. When your body hairs touch an object, you are alerted to the object's presence, enabling you to assess the situation and take measures to prevent the skin from coming in contact with a harmful object or allowing contact if it is informative or pleasurable.

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Virtually identical paths might appear to be different. Those who have reached the end of the path might give different directions for people to follow if they desire to reach the same destination. If, for example, two people living in the same house gave directions to their house, the instructions might differ.

One resident might say, “Take the main highway and turn on the first street past the railroad tracks—the one that goes between the brick buildings. Follow that road until you see a yellow house with a big oak in the front yard and go down that street. Right after you pass the stop sign there’s a curve. When the road straightens out you'll see a gray and white house with my car in the driveway.”

The other resident might say, “Take Route 42 to Jackson Road. Turn right. Turn left on Millbrook. We're about half a mile down. The house number is 756.”

Both sets of directions describe the same route yet are completely different in the way they are presented. They both are valid and were given by people who have traveled the route. Once guests have visited, they may also give directions to the house and their directions might be different yet because of things they may have perceived along the way.

Someone who has never been there would have to rely on information from others who have already visited. That person, if asked for directions, might give incorrect information since he or she has no personal verification of the route. If the information was obtained from a map, the map might have contained mistakes unknown to the map-reader who had never traveled in the area.

People who have attained spiritual fulfillment—those who have experienced illumination—may reveal the path they took to enlightenment. Their descriptions might vary as well, but they will each be valid because they were based on experience. Those persons still on the path, having not yet reached their destination, may mislead others traveling the path. Instead of helping, they might take their followers on a different path where they could get lost.

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People often confuse infatuation with love, but there are big differences—primarily duration. Pure love continues irrelevant of circumstances. Infatuation plays havoc with emotions, releasing them, apparently uncontrollably, with increased magnitude. Such intensity is two-sided. It might bring two people extremely close to each other or drastically repel them from each other. Unless both people involved are in tune with each other, conflict may arise.

With infatuation comes an attraction toward one primary element in another's personality, filtering or blinding perception of other elements of the character of the perceived.

Pure love is like that of mystics. Their love is not limited to one individual, nor is it threatened by the objective’s personality, physicality, gender, age, or any other trait.

That does not preclude the mystic from having an attraction to another person.