I am going to share something with you.. and hope NOT to write a book lol
I was raised as a Southern Baptist & forced to attend church pretty much against my will when I was younger. This had the effect of turning me sour on religion in general & especially so as far as organized religion is concerned b/c I saw so much hypocrisy in it, even as young as 14 or so..
That hypocrisy still exists today & likely even more so. To me the "organized" church has fallen into extreme disrepair as it seems to concern itself more with material things than spirituality.
I claimed to be an atheist for many years & eventually softened a bit to more an agnostic stance.
However, after my own job loss & bankruptcy story in 2003, the economic collapse of 2008, the scary creeping control of government tyranny, including the obvious militarization of every police force in the country I began to lose trust in everything that had made sense to me for years previously.
My life & views began to change independently.
I began to do a great deal of research on the history of religion.
It has ALWAYS been with us since the beginning of time.
As I studied, especially the ancient texts of the Sumerians, but also the book of Enoch & the bible itself, I came to realize there is simply too much there, too much information & recorded history, for me to be able to realistically deny the existence of "something", of spirituality, of a beginning somewhere in our distant past.
However it was the work of Sitchin, in large part, which began to mold my opinion(s) of the past.
Scientists now say that that the existence of other life forms in the universe is all but guaranteed by nothing other than the sheer numbers involved. Over time it became obvious to me that aliens likely do exist "somewhere out there". Many scientists also now suggest the possibility that more advanced civilizations could have, possibly, existed on earth long before our own time.
It didn't take much of a leap of faith for me to tie the two concepts together..
That "God" was, is and always will be an "alien being from elsewhere" (or God from heaven, if you prefer). Part of a race so much further advanced than ourselves as to make it quite impossible to consider the entity anything but a "God".
IMHO, Sitchin makes the case extremely well..
Similar to earlier authors such as Immanuel Velikovsky and Erich von Däniken, Sitchin advocated hypotheses in which extraterrestrial events supposedly played a significant role in ancient human history.
According to Sitchin's interpretation of Mesopotamian iconography and symbology, outlined in his 1976 book The 12th Planet and its sequels, there is an undiscovered planet beyond Neptunethat follows a long, elliptical orbit, reaching the inner solar system roughly every 3,600 years. This planet is called Nibiru (although Jupiter was the planet associated with the god Marduk inBabylonian cosmology). According to Sitchin, Nibiru (whose name was replaced with MARDUK in original legends by the Babylonian ruler of the same name in an attempt to co-opt the creation for himself, leading to some confusion among readers) collided catastrophically with Tiamat (a goddess in the Babylonian creation myth the Enûma Eliš), which he considers to be another planet once located between Mars and Jupiter. This collision supposedly formed the planet Earth, the asteroid belt, and the comets. Sitchin states that when struck by one of planet Nibiru's moons, Tiamat split in two, and then on a second pass Nibiru itself struck the broken fragments and one half of Tiamat became the asteroid belt. The second half, struck again by one of Nibiru's moons, was pushed into a new orbit and became today's planet Earth.
According to Sitchin, Nibiru (called "the twelfth planet" because, Sitchin claimed, the Sumerians' gods-given conception of the Solar System counted all eight planets, plus Pluto, the Sun and the Moon) was the home of a technologically advanced human-like extraterrestrial race called the Anunnaki in Sumerian myth, who Sitchin states are called the Nephilim in Genesis. He wrote that they evolved after Nibiru entered the solar system and first arrived on Earth probably 450,000 years ago, looking for minerals, especially gold, which they found and mined in Africa. Sitchin states that these "gods" were the rank-and-file workers of the colonial expedition to Earth from planet Nibiru.
Sitchin wrote that Enki suggested that to relieve the Anunnaki, who had mutinied over their dissatisfaction with their working conditions, that primitive workers (Homo sapiens) be created by genetic engineering as slaves to replace them in the gold mines by crossing extraterrestrial genes with those of Homo erectus. According to Sitchin, ancient inscriptions report that the human civilization in Sumer, Mesopotamia, was set up under the guidance of these "gods", and human kingship was inaugurated to provide intermediaries between mankind and the Anunnaki (creating the "divine right of kings" doctrine). Sitchin believes that fallout from nuclear weapons, used during a war between factions of the extraterrestrials, is the "evil wind" described in the Lament for Ur that destroyed Ur around 2000 BC. Sitchin states the exact year is 2024 BC. Sitchin says that his research coincides with many biblical texts, and that biblical texts come originally from Sumerian writings.
The one thing that stopped my spiritual progression cold in it's tracks was, and always has been really, prayer.
Prayer to me has always seemed somewhat idiotic. Nothing more than a silly ancient superstition in which one is required to talk to themselves, while pretending to be speaking to some omnipresent superior alien being from afar.. the heavens.
However.. in the end I decided so what? So what if it is stupid? Why not try it, in earnest, just to see WTF happens? What harm could come from it? It's a personal thing, I can do it in secret..
Jesus said: Mat_6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
Mat_17:20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
Mat_21:21 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.
Mar_11:23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
My what a power this seems worthy of lusting after!
In part I convinced myself that perhaps prayer is a "communications ability / system" that the Anunnaki built directly into our human DNA..
So I did.. I tried it.. I began to pray. That was maybe 2 or 3 months ago..
I didn't pray for pips or wealth or power.. I prayed for the ability to effectively use the "gifts" that were bestowed upon humanity by God / the Anunnaki. For wisdom, understanding and knowledge.
The results of this impromptu experiment have been nothing short of amazing.
Since then, in a very short time, my trading has improved dramatically. My account has begun to go in the right direction, consistently, for the 1st time ever. Also the Mrs & I are buying a house in the country with 3 acres & lots of beautiful trees for next to nothing, with a loan with a 2% interest rate.. This alone promises to increase our wealth to a large extent.
Now.. we can call these coincidences just that.. or we can call these events the result of "the power of positive thinking".. or we can call it merely "good luck".. or we could, if we choose to do so, call it the power of prayer or the grace of God.
It really matters not what one chooses to call it.
Nuff said friends ;)