Source : Yahoo AnswersQuestion : Are you safer in surrendering to mystics and discarding the little that you know to dogma?

The mystics want you to think you know little; but no matter how much you think you know, is it safer to go with Reason or with Faith?

Answer by Joel C
Isn’t your question itself a nod to the necessity of reason? It expects a reasonable, understandable response.

However, to say that there is a necessary gulf between faith and reason is to misdefine faith (regardless of their rhetoric, the existentialists and the post-Enlightment sages do not have a monopoly on the word).

Traditionally, faith is not a belief without any corroborating evidence (a person may disbelieve or believe evidence, for example). Reason is a tool used to facilitate decision-making; faith is the decision. To contrast them is a bit of an apples-and-oranges issue.

Answer by Lea R
Whatever are you saying Mr. Saint?
To whom are you addressing this poorly thought out, unclear question ?
Who or what are mystics to you?
Which or what dogma are you referring to?

Answer by Indra’s Web
You question is tough for one big reason: I am not sure who these mystics are to which you are referring.

What I mean is this: I consider myself to be somewhat of a mystic, in that I believe there is something undefinable underlying the existence of all we recognize as existing.

But, as a pantheist, I do not discredit science nor do I buy into the specific “dogma” associated with any religious creed–reason being, truth defies definition.

As far as I know, most mystics believe similarly, although I am aware that there are certain mystic teachers with their own following. I respect many teachers, but only those who teach that their work is merely a pointer and whose philosophy is either logically, psychologically or scientifically verifiable–or directly experienceable.

Answer by 12 Syllogisms
Dogma is a matter of blind faith.
“In Sacred Scripture it is used, at one time, in the sense of a decree or edict of the civil authority, as in Luke 2:1: “And it came to pass, that in those days there went out a decree [edictum, dogma] from Caesar Augustus” (cf. Acts 17:7; Esther 3:3); at another time, in the sense of an ordinance of the Mosaic Law as in Ephesians 2:15: “Making void the law of commandments contained in decrees” (dogmasin), and again, it is applied to the ordinances or decrees of the first Apostolic Council in Jerusalem: “And as they passed through the cities, they delivered unto them the decrees [dogmata] for to keep, that were decreed by the apostles and ancients who were at Jerusalem” (Acts 16:4).” New Advent http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/05089a.htm

“Mysticism is the acceptance of allegations without evidence or proof, either apart from or against the evidence of one’s senses and one’s reason. Mysticism is the claim to some non-sensory, non-rational, non-definable, non-identifiable means of knowledge, such as “instinct,” “intuition,” “revelation,” or any form of “just knowing.” Rand

Rand is corroborated by Rune’s Dictionary of Philosophy: “Mysticism in its simplest and most essential meaning is a type of religion which puts the emphasis on immediate awareness of relation with God, direct and intimate consciousness of Divine Presence. It is religion in its most acute, intense and living stage. The word owes its origin to the Mystery Religions. The initiate who had the “secret” was called a mystes.” http://www.ditext.com/runes/m.html

So we can say that mysticism is “the claim to some non-sensory, non-rational, non-definable, non-identifiable means of knowledge” obtained by only one person, the “mystes”, who in the Catholic Religion was, at one time; and that this mystes creates “decrees, edicts, or ordinances” which are to be taken on the “faith” that who ever put them out knows what he’s doing.

Source : Yahoo AnswersQuestion : How can I justify my life of privilege?

I come from a life of privilege. I’ve always had everything provided for me, and I could live comfortably for the rest of my life in the United States without every having to worry about money. But I feel so guilty. It doesn’t seem fair. I was born into this. Why do I deserve this? What can I do to assuage my guilt? I feel a great desire to live a life of asceticism, to give all my money away to the poor, and to live as a wandering mystic, traveling the world in search of truth and goodness. Am I crazy?

Answer by n/a
No, not really. But you shouldn’t give it up. You won’t realise what you are leaving behind, until you do. I’m sure you will regret going, considering that many people have tried doing this journey before you, and have failed. Sorry to be a wet rag, but trust me, its for your own good!

Answer by C-Man
Life isn’t fair.

Someone else got lucky and was born in war-torn Kosovo, or the Sudan. Others were destined to be loyal employees of Enron who would lose everything. Others got debilitating injuries or sicknesses. Others were born into villages wiped out by a tsunami.

The really unfortunate ones were Paris Hilton, Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. They didn’t get any of those hardships. Have a tall glass of water and some perspective.

Answer by Kat
Why give it up? Why justify it? Why not use some of what you have been given to help others – maybe that would help you with the guilt issue.

Answer by kehkohjones
If this is not a joke, then I suggest that you do volunteer work in shelters and mingle with the less fortunate. Giving money away is being wasteful since most of it will be mismanaged by the greedy hierarchy of whatever organization receives your money.

Go to college, or if you already went to college, then do volunteer work at shelters, at the Ronald McDonald House (for children and parents that visit the city to get chemo or other cancer treatment), work with the Special Olympics, read for the Lighthouse population of blind people. There’s a lot you can do to mitigate yourself of your purported “guilt” for being “privileged.” Try being a little creative; I’m sure you’ll find a way.

Answer by Grommitt18
You don’t have to feel guilty about anything. If you do, try helping the needy in your community. But remember, you aren’t obligated to do anything you don’t want to do. I don’t…

Answer by Kathy T
Save yourself some time and read a biography of the Buddha. He had exactly the same problem as you do. You don’t have to be a Buddhist, but he found a solution to his problem.

And you need only justify your life to yourself.

Answer by platonic_pursuit
The answer to your question lies in a matter which I don’t think you have fully given thought to – inheretance.

Your mother and father, their mother and father, and so on and so forth worked very, very hard to acquire the money and resources that you enjoy today.

Within your family, there were times of struggle and strife. Yet, your forefathers accumulated enough wealth so that you would not have to ever do without. They have saved you a life of suffering by acquiring enough money to provide for themselves and you.

By giving away the money that you have, you in essence dismiss and reject all of the work of your forefathers. You call their lifes’ pursuits unworthy of you. You tell them that their life of providing for themself and you was in vein.

If you truly wanted to use your priviledge for good, then use the money that you have to better yourself, your community, and to start a family.

Go to college with the money. Get a good job that helps your community and yourself. Have children so that you may provide for them like your forefathers did for you.

You have nothing to be ashamed. You come from a line of very hard-working and wise men and women. Don’t slap them in the face. Use what they have given you to better the world, yourself, and a family of your own.

Answer by ladyjeansntee
Its good to have that humble-ness!

Cherish your life of privliage by being a good enough person to deserve it : be kind to anyone who helps you, and help out people in turn.

Learn about helping people get to where you are, or helping them work with what they have.

Don’t flaunt your wealth and be humble, and you have nothing to worry about. Be yourself and be happy!

Also! : don’t think that the money will always be there. Plan for the unexpected and save for the future. Disasters come when you least expect it so always be prepared.

Answer by jlgj
Money makes money. If you want to do good and assuage your guilt, then use your privilege to help others. Use your connections to raise money for poor, diseased, helpless animals and children who need your help. Set up a non-profit fund with your existing money in such a way that you can continually give. And practice your ideas, volunteer, travel to less fortunate places, etc.
You are not crazy, I’m not even that “privileged” yet still feel guilt when I see how amazing my life is when compared to others in need!

Answer by pattywakcrab
You are not crazy…money is necessary for people to survive in this world today…other than to survive it only satisfies you temporarily…and you can not buy complete happiness. Even though many, many, many, people would do anything to have what you have.

The truth is there are people on the earth, US included, going through very hard times, especially with many of our manufacturing plants shutting down, being shipped overseas, and leaving workers without employment. Many of them do not have educations because they went straight into the workforce at a young age to make a living for their families.

Also, there are women struggling to raise a family alone because of men who prefer to avoid responsibility.

If you choose to help people who are in need with the wealth you have been blessed with since birth, then you do not have to go searching for goodness, for it is within you! And you will find it in the lives you touch with your generosity!

Answer by Jonnie
No, you’re not crazy.

You just think about others and that’s beautiful. It may be the richest part of who you are.

Thank God that you are in a position to help others … then help them in whatever way you see fit.

In the old days you would have been a deserving king that I would have looked up to, but that was the old days. No more kings are wanted … especially in America.

You have nothing to feel guilty about your lucky birth, probably well deserved karma, feel guilty only if you don’t help … and make a difference in this world.

Yours with respect;
Jonnie

Answer by Steven W
You answered you own question and can asuage your “guilt” in these 5 words,,,”I was born into this”

Steven Wolf

Answer by Sweetie Poo
You are so fortunate to have available to you resources to make a difference in this insane world. You can help so many people. Why should you feel guilty? Take what has been given to you a make this world a better place. That’s what money is for if used properly!

Answer by Alan
Hi – It’s your money. Don’t feel guilty about it unless you stole it or your great-grandpa sold slaves to earn it or something like that. Sounds like your real problem is that you don’t have anything important to do in your life and you feel like a nothing. If so, then get off your wallet and do something to make a difference in the world. If you have the means to do it then stop wasting time.

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Answer by student_of_life
I would suggest giving the money to unicef. Their cause is a good one, and they are pretty trustworthy. I guess I would take the opposite stance of kehkohjon…. I would say that giving money away is a far better approach because it goes to professionals who know how to use it. If you are unsure of which cause to donate to, research them. Not all charities are corrupt, and its suprising how far money can go. Unless you are a doctor or have other useful training, volunteering yourself doesn’t accomplish a lot. Giving your money to international aid organizations can literally save lives. Many children die from diseases that can be cured or prevented with vaccinations that cost as little as $ 1. Millions are undernourished. I read an estimate that the cost of turning a vulnerable 2 year-old into a healthy 6 year-old is $ 200 (cost of vaccines, food, and administrative costs). Thats $ 200 can protect a child through their most vulnerable years. Even if the cost is 10x that amount, thats still a pretty small to save a life.

The good thing about unicef is that they don’t just feed people, they also help with education, women’s rights, and family planning to prevent overpopulation.

Don’t feel guilty and do nothing. I think you have a great opportunity to really make a difference in the world. You can save a lot of lives. I would urge you as strongly as I can to follow that desire you have, you can do a lot of good.

Answer by small
No, you are not crazy, you are perfectly normal.

We can not really enjoy what we think we have not earned. It appears to be unjust. Justice is one of the high level values for which the human being can sacrifice anything, even own and others’ life.

You may feel better if you find a way of spending your extra money for the benefit of the needy and oppressed, rather than simply throwing it away and walking off, so to say.

Answer by miniaras
Your problem isn’t money. You have the same problem as everybody else: how to become a good person. And don’t fool yourself into thinking you have a good or bad start because of money. Your money won’t either help or hinder you. Give it away, keep it all to yourself – it really doesn’t matter. You’re in the same position as anybody else, and if you think differently, it’s just an excuse for being a failure as a person.

Source : Yahoo AnswersQuestion : Question about aquariums in Connecticut both the Maritime and Mystic ones?

I was looking to go to an aquarium in Connecticut and I looked into it and found both the Mystic one and the Maritime one in Norwalk and I was just wondering if anybody had a preference of one of them over the other one. Is one of them bigger or more kid oriented? Please give any opinions you have because I really dont know too much about them.

Answer by Halo Mom
I been to Norwalk many years ago
It was nice

I been to mystic, a lot
I have a child, and it’s not far from where I live know
It’s a good day trip

It has a lot out side, warm weather, you will see a lot
It has a Sea Lion Show, my daughter loves

I think Mystic is more Kid oriented
You in Mystic, you right across the street from shop’s and restaurants

Source : YoutubeWatch this video on live mystic

Loreena McKennitt The Mystic`s Dream Live at the AlHambra

Written by Goddessmother

In a reading you may want to ask about:

A loved one who has passed (I am often visited by spirits and angels) “Can you tell me if my Auntie is with us?” Does my mother have a message for me?”
Love and romance. “Does my boyfriend really love me?” ” Will we marry?” “When will I meet my true Love?”
Family. “I have trouble getting along with my mother-in-law. Why doesn’t she like me?” My daughter is struggling right now.”
Career. “Will I change jobs soon?” “Will I get the promotion?”
Pets: “Where is my lost cat?” “Why does my dog look so sad?”
Past lives: “Did I know my boyfriend in a past life?”
Guides: “Tell me about my guides.”
Health. “How can I get more energy?” “Why am I so stressed out?”
Spiritual growth. “I think I am gifted. Do you see these gifts?” “Why am I at a stuck point?”

General advice comes as naturally to me as answers to specific questions.