Why the name “Through the Mountains?” It has nothing to do with mountaintop experiences (though those are very nice). I chose mountains because they are unweildy, and require, for most of us, finding passes to get through.
I chose this picture because it talks of Risk, Contentment, Traveling, Wonder, and Home. It is full of fierceness, and comfort. Its winds are full of mystery, joy, and a little threat.
Yet, there lies Home, saying, “I’ll hold your spot. Go, but don’t forget why you were here. Go, but understand Risk is needed just until you attain fullness of spirit. Go, until you can’t go anymore. Play life for all it’s worth…
…go, but never forsake what should bind you.
My purposes include:
1) Encouraging each of you to deal with belongings in such a way that you act true to your ideals, not allowing trends or inappropriate sentiments to decide things for you.
2) Promoting The Eternal, the Lord of heaven and earth, as the source of all life, wealth, wisdom, joy, and lasting peace. Psalm 119:172 – “My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness.”
3) Helping you to decide and define your ideals and vision, so you can bring the various parts of your life into alignment with that vision.
4) Helping you to experience all the freedom of soul and mind of which you are capable.
I will often talk about attitudes, paranormal and spiritual issues, and changes made to homes or lives in the way of projects or decisions. I will discuss ways in which very small things can have great influences … both good and bad.
Why Paranormal –
The spiritual world is alive and well. Many problems, complex and simple, can be traced back to the influence or presence of unclean spirits, and can be solved with perseverance and some knowledge. However, there is no ultimate “formula” for dealing with spirits, whether demonic or human, so I have chosen to dwell on the topic at length, giving many examples of influences, meetings, and victories – and the reasons for victories, where known. All of these illustrative stories are true, having happened either to myself or to someone I consider trustworthy. Many do not yet have proper endings.
My Immutable Convictions:
1) The Holy Bible, King James Version, can be taken at face value, and is the Love Letter from The Eternal to men and women of all ages, of all races, and all beliefs.
2) The Creator is by His very nature good, just, and loving, and has all things under His perfect control. Our free will to choose what we think and do is part of His original and immutable plan.
3) There is no other name under heaven by which we must be saved than that of Jesus Christ, the Anointed One, and The Eternal’s only begotten Son. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. In Him alone is perfect peace, and absolute redemption. Being saved from yourself and all other trouble has nothing to do with how you pronounce Jesus’ Name, in what denomination or religion you grew up, what the experiences of your life have been, or how you view yourself. It has to do with your whole-hearted agreement with Him regarding what He says about Himself, and you, and your willingness to allow Him to exchange His beauty-loving heart for your trashed-out one.
TRANSFORM YOUR HOME INTO A POWERFUL ALLY FOR INSPIRING THE WORLD TO GREAT THINGS
… or, How This All Got Started
Your home can be a great commanding force. Depending on how you think of it and care for it, it can be a drag on your health, emotions, and finances, or it can be an invigorating and restful haven, in which you and your family can feel secure, knowing you have not cheated your souls with cheap thoughts and resources inappropriately used.
Your home can influence others for good or ill, too. Your neighbor who comes in to ask a favor of you, or the friend who steps in to invite you to a party or fun day out, can go away feeling either drained or empowered.
While everyone has different tastes in decorating, and different ideas of what makes a home comfortable, there are some principles that you can apply to most any home, to make it not only reflect your ideals, but influence others to a higher and better form of living.
How “Through the Mountains” Came To Be
“Through the Mountains” was conceived from frustration with my mother-in-law’s insanity. She has always craved control, and, largely for this reason, has attempted to exercise dominion over three-and-a-half husbands (the last one won’t actually marry her).
But when she began insisting that she had supreme rights in our home and that, furthermore, we were fools as parents, we began declining visits. Had she done such a wonderful job with her widely fractured family? Night and day, she left messages on our phone, telling us how heart-broken we had made her for “setting our [kindergarten age] son against her.” She made threats to get Social Services involved. We reminded her that, as near as we could calculate, it was her doing that our son was already in Social Services’ files. We had all suffered for it. My family and I were thinking about running away when, little by little, it dawned on us we could make her depart.
I began by putting up a few new pictures over the piano where she weekly posted herself as teacher to our son. They depicted scenes from Peter Pan, and were meant to convey ideas of a reliable, contented, and adventurous family. Once this was done, idea after idea led me a spiraling chase, until I decided to share them with the world.
Do you know, the old nag has only been here once since I added those pictures, and her phone calls have practically ceased. I guess she couldn’t take the pressure of knowing she was the odd fellow out – that my family and I really could rely on each other for inspiration and support, and that her fearful, no-risk attitudes would find no rest among us. Of course, we employed some words, too, to help define acceptable attitudes and visitation rights. She declared with her actions that these terms were unacceptable to her.
On Whom Does This Concept Work?
The atmosphere of your home will automatically affect anyone who walks through your door, including your family. The pictures you display, the books you read, the music you listen to, and the words you speak all have a profound and, often, silent effect on the soul. Your words, and those from books, thoughts, and music can hang in the air a long time – sometimes for years. Attitudes, good and bad, can have effects on the inhabitants of a place decades after the mood has changed. A painter’s thoughts can exude from his work, filling your home with his beliefs and the stories he had in mind as he painted.
It is therefore I put what I have learned out for your consideration. You can choose to go armed into the world of redecorating and transformation, and you can be confident that what you learn here can help stabilize and rejuvenate your home, even if you never buy another piece of furniture or invest in another bucket of designer’s paint. You can go to bed at night knowing that you have done your best to bring harmony to your surroundings, and that your subconscious is forever thinking of new ways to improve your home and life.
A Journey to Renewal
My family and I are constantly on the move, mentally and emotionally, to cultivate our habits and lives so they will produce more and better liberty of soul. We invite you to walk a bit on this journey with us, and encourage you to begin your own journey, starting in your own home, with what you have right now.
My family and I live life to make a mark. The Lord of heaven and earth teaches us to fellowship, and we live each day in His presence. We dwell in a small community on the Colorado plains, and engage in a variety of work as self-employed idealists.
Our children, Billy and Tyger, work with us nearly always, and have begun to learn what real life is all about. We invite learning to come with us wherever we go, and rarely see the inside of a classroom. Come November 2015, Billy will be thirteen, and Tyger, nine.
May the meditations of our hearts help you on your way to a greater alignment of your home and intentions.