What I learned from the Rapture
Well, the End of the World came and went (Saturday, May 21 at 6pm local time, everywhere) with a fizzle. No floating bodies or open graves or big earthquakes. What a dud.
Seriously. After all that fanfare I was sort of hoping for something… maybe a celestial voice or a partial eclipse or a talking cat.
And that got me thinking: if I was disappointed, what about all those poor people who spent all their money, racked up credit card debts, and quit their jobs in the expectation that they wouldn’t be on earth after Saturday?
That’s gotta be really hard. It’s bad enough when your date doesn’t show, but to be stood up by Jesus? Ouch!
So I’m thinking, what lessons can we-who-didn’t-Rapture over the weekend take away? (Those of you who did, in fact, float up into the arms of Christ on Saturday have my apologies for not writing something appropriate to your new circumstances. Send me your post-rapture heavenly email and I’ll send you a separate mailing later in the week. Give my regards to the big J.)
I think we ALL know what it’s like to burned: to love or trust someone who lets us down, or to invest money in something that doesn’t live up to its promise. It’s part of life’s learning curve.
Here are some tips on how to enjoy the adventures and come out a little less bruised:
1) Be your own messiah. The world is full of charismatic figures with talents and wisdom, and nobody has a more direct access to your Source than you.
People have always called me an “old soul” because of my wisdom and intuition, even as a child. My response is, “Huh? ALL ‘souls’ are equally old… eternal, in fact.” Just learn to listen to your own inner wisdom. It gets better with practice.
2) Don’t risk more than you’re willing to lose. Take a leap of faith and be optimistic… and cover your tush for failure.
No glove, no love, Baby. And no plastic that I can’t pay for.
3) Don’t pin your dreams on any belief system that makes the torture and suffering of others okay… unless it’s an ex, and the break up was recent.
I’d love to hear from YOU! What did you learn from the Apolcalypse? Please post your comments, quips, and observations below.
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Oh My Goodness! This was so much fun to read 😉 Love your personality!
lessons from the rapture . . . wow.
so many. i’ll tell you the one that pops up.
marketing gurus. I’ve had so many of my clients tell me horror stories about working with marketing consultants who shamed them or tried to bully them into the one approach that would work. and when people are scared and overwhelmed they are incredibly open to influence. they crave guidance. and that level of trust can be so addictive. it can feel so intoxicating to receive it. and it can really fuck up the guru. when people come to us desperate or in need – the biggest thing we can do is help them trust themselves again.
it’s easy for a marketing guru to want to tell people, ‘everything you ever learned about marketing is wrong!’ and to encourage people to believe they know nothing. but that’s not true. you grew up in a culture of being marketed to. you know a LOT about marketing. you just need someone to help you make sense of your own experiences and then give you some options and suggestions.
some quotes to consider in this:
“Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to greater danger. It works the same in any country.”
– Hermann Goering, The second in command of the Third Reich.
“The best chief is not the one who persuades people to his point of view. It is instead the one in whose presence most people find it easiest to arrive at the truth”.
Scottish Gaelic Proverb – “Promising but not fulfilling, is worse than refusing.” (Gealladh gun a’choimhghealladh, is miosa sin na dhiùltadh)
Thank you, my lad Tad. I really like your Scottish Proverb.
I didn’t learn anything new from the “rapture,” but I did have something confirmed. You can believe anything you want to. You can believe when you die, your soul goes to a garage in Buffalo. But the “rapture” or lack thereof, showed me we all don’t know anything. It’s hard to take but we’re pretty small and insignificant as far as the universe is concerned. That’s a scary thought for most. So we believe in things we can’t possibly know. I’m OK with that. But it’s always a “shake-the-head” kind of moment when I hear anyone who is so certain about any religion.
Some say wisdom comes with age; I just wished it made me smarter. But at least I’ve reached that age where I can admit I don’t know anything and be OK with it.
There’s a small patch of sky about the size of your index finger at arm’s length. It’s just above the second star in the handle of the Big Dipper. In this one small patch astronomers have already counted 50,000 galaxies! Tell me we know anything…we don’t. Be at peace with that…..it makes life so much less stressful!
Great perspective, John! Thanks for posting.
Morgana, I’ve been reading your newsletter for months now, and this has got to be the funniest one yet. Through the humor, your sound advice shines through and you give us permission to be human (ie do no wrong unless its a recent break-up.) The lesson I hope many get out of the rapture is that it is really a waste of life to be waiting for the worst. Whether the entire world ends or not, our time will eventually be over. If we live in fear and anticipation of a calamity we are going to miss out on the blessings all around us. I think you are a lovely soul and I’m so glad to be on your list:)
Thank you, Brenda. And that’s excellent advice. 🙂
Don’t pin your dreams on any belief system that makes the torture and suffering of others okay…
LOVE that! 🙂 H.
As I pondered what happened about Judgment Day, my inner wisdom said:
“It is time to stop judging yourself and other people”
This made wonderful sense.
That’s beautiful, Sharon! Thank you.
Love the line about being stood up by Jesus. 🙂
Thanks Morgana for that article. Rapture lesson…..some people take themselves so important that they have the right to spread panic. I can imagine that there were people who were in big fear and did silly things that they will regret for the rest of their life. What some guru thinks is so important about announcing the end of the world? It just comes to me probably biggest learning for me is to accept people’s silly action without judgement and love them anyway. I have big challenge with unconditional love.
Hi Therese. About unconditional love: I’m very, very good at unconditional love…. but I do NOT believe in unconditional relationships. See the humanity in everyone, but don’t accept everyone’s behavior in your own life.
Lorrie — I just broke up with a messiah type. They make terrible dates!
Thank you Morgana, you wonderful soul, I have now a better clarity about unconditional love.
While I am here thank you Brenda for you input. I do strongly agree with you.
We all have so much to live for, why should we be worry about our last day on this planet. It is wonderful to be a part of so many wonderful souls.
I have quite a few “charismatic Christian fundamentalist” friends – very few of them have endorsed the May-rapture date (or any other man-mad date for the end-of-the-world as we know it!) They are genuinely loving and caring people; their only “fault” lies in their insistence on a kind of “having to” fall at Jesus’ feet in abject nothingness and claim him as “Saviour” in order to “escape everlasting Hell.”
My reading of “Big J” (also from non-Bible sources) is that his message was to turn everything upside down – the seemingly powerless are shown how to come into their magic (yes, MAGIC!) powers, (and we can get help from him!) whereas the self-proclaimed powerful who are running more on ego and self-aggrandizement than compassion and empowering EVERYONE in community (not just themselves) are heading for deepest disappointment, in one way or another (not just on Earth!)
I take heart from the ultimate healing goodness of Creation and the Cosmos – those who would try to disempower the masses do not have time on their side nor divine guidance in their court – ALL of Life is cosmically built at its deepest cell-level to heal and become better, not to disintegrate and/or become enslaved! We have no time to waste on fear-based prophesies which enslave and ensnare – in whoever’s name they are peddled.
Morgana, you helping others to become more empowered, more aware and to be able to feel (and thus, live) abundant/abundance is actually mirroring cosmic Truth – the kind that “Big J” came to tell people about – “I came that you might have Life – and have it more abundantly!”
Love your humour.
Brilliant post! I loved “be your own messiah”, so true. And as others have said, the masses are so easy to control, if they don’t start waking up and thinking for themselves and taking responsibility for their lives they will be herded somewhere they are not gonna like!
And also loved someone’s comment about Marketing Guru bullies, so true, so many out there. And yes, our society has grown up being bombarded with marketing so everyone has some knowledge.
“….nobody has a more direct access to your Source than you do.” That’s huge and the crux of it! It’s a good reminder; that’s what I know I need to keep working at. Thank you!
I sure wish I’d read that when I was a child. The Rapture has been something I waited for (consciously and subconsciously) all of my life. I was raised by Charismatic Fundamentalist or Pentacostal Christian or parents, community. Such a funny term, because now that I look back on them, their conduct, their teachings and beliefs, there is nothing charismatic or Christ-like about any of them. They scared the heck out of everyone, young and old, judged everything great or small, would not evolve as does the universe, and are based, if not bathed in fear, hate, judgement, lack and waiting for “ideal conditions of heaven”. They might smile and act loving and kind upon initial meetings, but if you could be a fly on the walls of their homes or listen in on their sermons, you’d get a clear picture of what the basic operating program is. So great advice here… It sure sounds and feels like the refreshing truth.
Well, Jb, at least you figured it out and separated yourself from people who don’t share your values.