Revised; originally published on 16 September 2013
- Video by Alice
- Summary of the Video
- More Information
- Birth Order Reference
- Bill Ballard Reference
- Luke 15
- The Parable of the Lost Sheep
- The Parable of the Lost Coin
- The Parable of the Prodigal Son
VIDEO BY ALICE
This video includes the role of our birth order in relationships, eldest child vs youngest child roles, Bill Ballard on death and rebirth, Luke 15, nonjudgment of others’ roles, and neutral awareness of our own relationship roles.
SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO
- About a strong rain the night before, a leak in my roof, my cat getting scared. Then the next day, a visit to a little meditation place in the woods
- Role of our birth order amongst our siblings, and how that affects relationships throughout life
- The eldest child, such as I, tends to carry quite a lot of responsibility for other people. This is because the parents will say: You’re the eldest. It’s your responsibility to help take care of your younger brothers and sisters.
- In the case of a child that is the youngest child in a family, especially in a big family, or one of the youngest children, you won’t find that at all. Instead, you’ll find a happy-go-lucky feeling … a feeling that other people are going to take care of them … as was the case when they were very young. They might not have as much feeling about security and money, because the older siblings were looking out for them all the time when they were very young.
- And then there’s the child in the middle … which may be addressed in the “More Information” section below.
- We need to identify the role or roles we’re playing in life; not because they’re good or bad, but just so we’ll know what we’re doing rotely, automatically. By observing, we’ll know whether we want to continue with that behavior. So that we can choose rationally what roles we want. And we’ll have more roles and choices in life.
- Apparently, this is coming up for a lot of people: The feeling of dying and being reborn. A feeling that the old is coming to an end; a desire to cling to that, and to fear the death of the old. The thought that the rebirth into the New is coming round.
- I was listening to one of Bill Ballard’s video, and he confirmed all that … he talked about rebirth too. I had been taking it in a personal sense, but when I heard Bill Ballard’s video, I thought: Maybe this is happening with a large group of people right now. Then the next day, I heard an acquaintance talking about the same thing, and it became clear that we’re all changing our roles and upgrading our understanding and awareness of everything that’s going on in our relationships right now.
- It feels a lot like death. In fact, a lot of people are choosing to die rather than face this. Personally, I’d like to stay alive, and I’d like to have my choices; but of course, you never know what the Divine has in store for us!
- Then today I went to church. The sermon was on Luke 15, and there were three stories involved (I’m paraphrasing below; for the Biblical text, see “More Information” below).
- Parable of the Lost Sheep. The first story had to do with a shepherd. He had a hundred sheep. One got lost, and he went out looking for it. It was really important for him to find that one lost sheep.
- Parable of the Lost Coin. The next story was about a woman. She had ten coins, but she lost one coin. She looked through the whole house; finally she found that coin, and she was so happy that she invited all her neighbors over to celebrate.
- Parable of the Lost Son. The last story was about a man who had two sons. The younger son (remember what was said, above, about younger siblings?) told his father: I’d like my inheritance now. So the father divided up all he had, and he gave half to the younger son. The younger son went off to a foreign land, and spent all the money that he had, until he had nothing whatsoever.
Hard times fell upon that place where he was. He worked for someone else who had pigs, and that person asked him to go and feed the pigs. He was so hungry, he wished he could eat the pig food, but nobody offered him any.
So then he thought, What am I doing? The lowly people that work on my father’s farm have plenty to eat. I should just go back and beg my father for forgiveness and understanding. So he did that. His father was very happy to see him. He said, “My son … was lost, and is found again!” So he ordered that the fatted calf be killed, so that they might feast and be merry. So they did that.
The older son, who was very responsible in looking after his father’s land, and who had never spent any of the money, was off in the fields, taking care of things. He heard all the music and merrymaking, so he came back, and asked a servant, What is going on here? The story was explained to him, and he got really angry and refused to go in.
He said to his father, I’ve been doing all the hard work all this time. You never even killed a goat for me and my friends. So the father explained to him: My son, who was lost, is come back again. This is a time of rejoicing. (I guess everything was knit up that way.)
- After the pastor told these stories, he went on to say to us: Which of the people in these stories do you identify with?
- Do you think of yourself as the lost sheep, as the sheep that are safe and found?
- Do you think of yourself in the role of Christ, passing no judgment on anyone?
- At first, I couldn’t figure it out. Finally I realized I could identify with any of those. I feel that’s a good state of mind to have: Not to judge other people’s roles, but just to see them very clearly. And the same with mine.
- What the pastor said was even more interesting. He said, We may think of ourselves as found, but there are parts of us, parts of our bodies, that are not found. We may be mostly found, but nobody is completely found.
- I thought maybe he was saying, Don’t judge other people. Take a good look at yourself, and do what you can to find yourself…
- So that’s the story for today: Finding oneself. Finding one’s role. And maybe not taking a role too seriously, even if we learned to be the thing that we now are when we were little children.
- I wish you all a wonderful day … not too rainy, no roof leaking, your cat (if you have one) not too scared. All is well here, and I hope all is well with you. Love and blessings.
Birth Order Reference. Here’s an article about birth order and relationships:
“Birth Order and Personalities,” by Diana L. Walcutt, Ph.D., http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2009/07/22/birth-order-and-personality/
Bill Ballard Reference. Here’s the Bill Ballard video I quoted in my video:
Video: “9-13-13 Bill Ballard — Birthing of New Earth and Fractals in My Experience,” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1q2MPmcUbkI ..
Luke 15. And here’s Luke 15 (KJV) (1):
The Parable of the Lost Sheep
3 “And he spake this parable unto them, saying, 4What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? 5And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. 7I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.”
The Parable of the Lost Coin
8 “Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? 9And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and herneighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost. 10Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.”
The Parable of the Prodigal Son
11 “And he said, A certain man had two sons: 12And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. 13And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. 14And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. 15And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. 17And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 18I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, 19And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. 20And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. 21And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. 22But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on hisfeet: 23And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: 24For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.”
25 “Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing. 26And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. 27And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound. 28And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him. 29And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: 30But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf. 31And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. 32It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.”
In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars
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