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from an email I got…

Near an outcropping of majestic seaside cliffs, a lighthouse stands tall and steadfast. Its light alerts ships of the rocky terrain ahead. It informs those who see its light of their current position in the darkness and guides them to safety.

One may assume that such a radiant lighthouse beamed its light assuredly and confidently from its very first day. Not this particular beacon. During his first days he stood in storms and endured driving rain and winds, as well as dense fog and haze. When the storms lifted and the darkness of night and veils of fog faded, the sun illuminated his surroundings: perilous cliffs and treacherous rocks. Surrounded by storms, darkness, and danger, the lighthouse became frightened.

One day a wise seagull perched atop the lighthouse. She noticed a sense of fear and sadness and asked the lighthouse about his distress.

“I’m afraid of the storms and the rain, the wind and the fog,” the lighthouse said. “At night I’m engulfed in darkness, and during the day I’m surrounded by perilous cliffs and treacherous rocks.”
The seagull replied, “You are a lighthouse. Your strength withstands the strongest storms. Your light beams through the darkness. You are strong and steadfast, and the rocks and cliffs pose no threat to you.”

“But I see the ships in the ocean tossing and turning in the churning waters of the stormy sea,” the lighthouse lamented. “I see the cliffs and rocks veiled in the storms and fog, masked in the darkness of night. I may not be in danger, but I fear for the safety of the ships. They face real hazards, true perilous danger, and I just sit here, beaming this light. I want to stop the storms. I want to clear the fog, to move the rocks and cliffs. I want to illuminate the darkness, but I can’t even do that. I can’t offer enough light to provide clear visibility. I can only beam. I feel I’m not doing enough and I’m angry at myself because I can’t do more to help.”

The wise seagull answered, “You are a lighthouse. You cannot clear the weather or completely illuminate the darkness, and you cannot move rocks or cliffs. Lighthouses do not have these powers. You drastically underestimate the power of your light. You are a lighthouse! You stand in treacherous surroundings, in the midst of storms and darkness, beaming a guiding light; a signal of hope and safety.

Have you considered how ships see you? They see a beacon; a steadfast signal of guidance and safety. In you they see a being strong enough to stand directly in the chaos and danger while beaming a light that says, ‘Danger lies here. Navigate carefully.’ Your light makes a difference. It may not provide clear visibility, but it offers clear guidance. Your light allows others to navigate to safety.”

As the lighthouse contemplated the seagull’s words, he realized his new friend spoke words of wisdom. Lighthouses are not built in safe places. They stand amidst chaos and danger, yet are not consumed by these forces. They stand strong in darkness, fog, and storms, and while they do not fight against these forces, lighthouses provide a beam of light that allows others to navigate safely through chaos and storms.

The lighthouse became excited. He realized that he need not fear storms or darkness anymore, because he was a lighthouse, standing strong and steadfast in his power. He beamed even brighter, realizing that his radiance allowed the ships around him to experience a similar feeling of empowerment as they chose their paths based on his guiding light. Lighthouses allow ships to sail the waves of empowerment. The lighthouse does not tell a ship where to go, but provides guidance in the midst of chaos.

The seagull was right. The lighthouse underestimated his power. From that day forward, he chose to beam his light confidently and stand steadfast as a radiant beacon for all to see.

Many of us who choose to walk a spiritual path can relate to the lighthouse story. We “wake up” one day to find ourselves surrounded by darkness and chaos. As we realize our resilience and choose to stand in our power, we fear for those around us. We wonder what we can do to help them see through the darkness. We want to stop the chaos, settle the storms, and neutralize the perilous terrain. We want to change the world, but we cannot do this; at least not in the way we expect to.

A lighthouse holds no expectations, makes no demands, and passes no judgments. It stands in the midst of chaos without judging or fighting it, without converting others to fight it, and without being consumed by it. Human lighthouses empower themselves as they choose to shine the light of their truth and their hearts for all to see. As others see this beacon of light and choose their path, they sail the waves of empowerment. Human lighthouses empower themselves and others simply by shining their light.

Lighthouses don’t always see evidence of their effectiveness; they don’t always see ships arrive safely at their final destinations. They only shine within their surrounding environment. Human lighthouses shine in the present moment. We do not often see the “results” of our light. Like the lighthouse in the story, some human lighthouses underestimate the power of their light and the strength of their being. They feel as though they’re not enough and as though they’re not doing enough. Then somehow a wise seagull appears. Perhaps a friend or teacher, a book or an article offers a new perspective, or perhaps their higher self communicates with them. Something or someone helps the human lighthouse realize the inherent power of its light; the Light of our spirit.

The light of our spirit impacts all who experience it. The light of our spirit differs from candlelight or a light bulb. It illuminates our innate Divine Intelligence. Divine Intelligence works through us and moves energy through us to others in exciting and mysterious ways. We don’t often see this light with our eyes, but we experience its feeling, intent, belief, desire, and passion.

We broadcast Divine Intelligence through the light of our spirit when we choose to follow a spiritual path, when we are conscious of how we manage our energies, and when we pray and meditate. We share our guiding light with others through simple acts such as listening, laughing, breathing, praying, sharing conversation, and telling stories; we share our light simply by being ourselves and embracing the light of our spirit.

As human lighthouses, we beam the love and truth of our spirit to those around us and to the world. We live as beacons and share our light in many simple ways. Our light makes a difference in the world, even though we may not see it. Through chain reactions of events that occur as more people become empowered, human lighthouses affect true change in the world.

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by Jason Hommel ~ Silver Stock Report at http://www.silverstockreport.com
March 7, 2009

(Thank God that God’s in Charge!)
Thank God that God’s in Charge, and that He’s doing it right!

Thank God I’m not in charge of the Nation. 

When I first began studying gold, I had a lot more arrogance about what “should be done” about gold by those in power.

Some of my more bizzare ideas were as follows.

At first, in my most naive, I thought that the government should BUY gold and silver, so as to protect the United States in the event of a currency collapse, so that the government could protect the people, economically speaking.  In other words, do something like in Genesis, where Joseph in Egypt bought grain while cheap, and sold while expensive to “protect the people” from starvation.  But that’s an insane idea, as I later learned from years of study of free market dynamics, that the last thing we should want is a super wealthy Federal Government, as that would actually increase government power and control, and lead to totalitarianism!

Next, as I began to understand more about how the government was manipulating gold by selling it and/or leasing it into the marketplace, secretly, through large bullion banks like J.P. Morgan, I thought that the government should sell its gold openly and honestly and transparently, by paying gold to government employees, as at least that would be the “honest thing” for a government to do.  But that’s another insane idea.  The last thing we would want, in the event of a currency collapse, would be for all the government workers to have all the valuable capital, as they are the least capable of running businesses!  Also, such people would probably dump their gold for dollars much faster and more foolishly into the coin market, depressing prices far faster than the central banks are doing in a more “managed” way.

Next, I thought that it would probably be better if the gold of the world were spread out more, so that the nations that did not have a lot of gold, should be acquiring gold, such as China.  But that’s a rather bizzare notion.  If a large and powerful U.S. government that owned a lot of gold is bad, then similarly, if the government of China had a lot of gold, that would simply be worse.

why did I have so many foolish thoughts?  Probably because I was raised in government schools, and probably because much of what “passes” for intellectual discussions centers around “what the Government should do”, instead of what “we” should do.

For a while, I kept re-thinking that story of Joseph in Egypt, who advised the Pharoh by interpreting a dream given by God.  There were seven fat years, and seven lean years.  Joseph helped the Pharoh buy grain when it was cheap and plentiful, and sold it when it was lacking, and expensive, to “save the people”. 

For a while, I thought that the moral was that if you are good enough, and if you are wise enough, you can give Godly advice to Kings!  How inspiring!

But there is more to the story.  The end result!  The real moral to the story!  The Pharoh ended up owning all the land and people, totally, so everyone in the kingdom became a slave, even the Israelites.

The missed moral of the story is that Godly advice that leads to total wealth, when given to governments, and results in Totalitarianism and total slavery.

The other main theme of the Bible is that Kings are theives, as was pointed out by Samuel in 1 Samuel 8:6-18.  When the Israelites wanted a King, and before Samuel annointed Saul to be their first king, he carefully warned them that the King would take their sons, daughters, horses and lands.

I believe, and free market principles show, that when the government tries to “force good” on people, the end result often has unintended negative consequences.

Andrew Jackson knew a thing about bankers, and he fought the Central Bank, and won.  Then, he passed a law saying all land sales had to be in gold.  That was good, as it collapsed the debt created bubble in land values.  But it was a government edict, decree, command, force (force is bad), that overvalued gold, because the value did not come from the people, and so it had a bad ending.

Silver Advocates back in the late 1800’s wanted a government price fix ratio of silver to gold.  That was bad, because they did not trust a free market price.  The government responded, but said you could not pay debts over $5 with silver.

So, I have finally concluded that we should not be desiring to give the government Godly advice on what to do.  Entrepreneurs need the advice.  Wealth builders need the advice.  Risk takers and employers need the advice.  Business owners need the advice.  They are the ones who will make society strong, not government.

On the other hand, now I’ve begun to fear if the government did listen to me or ask me my advice, because the last I would really want is to help them grow wealthy compared to others.  But the bad thing about being an honest man is that if they did ask my advice, I would have to tell them.  So in that sense, it’s great that the Government is not listening, and doing the opposite of my recommendation, which is to say, they are selling gold.

So, let’s be thankful!  The power of oppressive government is waning, as they do the wrong thing by selling gold at this time.  They are doing this to prop up their failing paper currencies, but it will backfire on them, and they will be much weaker as a result in the long run, which will ultimately be much better for the prosperity and freedom of the rest of the world.

The main advice for businesses is that they need to pay off debt, especially silver debts, especially as silver rises.

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Part of what is causing the lack of liquidity in silver is many bullion traders and mints operate in debt.

It’s commonplace in this era for businessmen who are willing to take risks to go into debt to start a business.  But price swings in bullion are killing them.

This includes most mints, and many large well known bullion dealers who overspend on advertising to attract a large capital pool from which to “float”, and use as debt financing.

As silver prices rise, the time it takes them to deliver will just keep increasing by weeks and months until they go bankrupt.

Trouble is, if they have a silver debt, or a silver short position by floating on customer money, they can’t just “cover” and go long, since they have no money to buy the silver that they owe in the first place. 

They can’t cover and go long just as the average person cannot instantly pay off a home loan and then put $500,000 cash in the bank.

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People should be buying silver like crazy, and yes, silver buying has been up in the past several years–enough to finally manufacture bars and rounds. 

But the fact is, people have not yet begun to really buy silver and gold.

You know what it’s like trying to convince your friends, they generally don’t listen.

I have a slightly better time at it, I think, because I’m wealthy, and live in a nice house, but still, not even that is enough to convince all family and friends. 

When it comes down to a choice, many people have a real hard time saving anything at all, let alone silver.

Convincing people to buy silver is still very hard today, although it’s getting easier.

Don’t you feel like when you try to talk about silver to your friends and family, doesn’t it feel like you’re trying to convince an Anexoric to eat food?

They both desperately need it, but generally speaking:

don’t know it,
or don’t believe it,
or can’t understand it,
or get troubled by it,
or outright reject it.

Perhaps the mature perspective is that it’s probably ok if they don’t listen.  After all, maybe God does not want them to grow wealthy in the next economic cycle.  Maybe they are not ready for the responsiblity of wealth.  And that’s probably ok, because maybe they are not ready to be put in charge of very much.

I grow weary of reading all sorts of articles that try to pinpoint and discover the grand conspiracy of who is in charge “behind the scenes”.  God’s in Charge, and God has put you in charge of a few things at least, especially your life.  It does no good to seek who is in charge of anything, unless you are willing to do two things, first.  First, acknowledge that God is in charge of everything, and second, realize and understand your own God-given responsibilities.

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This from an eMail I received today from my cousin, Sharyn Mowry:

Malachi 3:3 says: ‘He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.’    

 This verse puzzled a group in a Bible study and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God.  

  One of them offered to find out the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible Study.

That week, the woman called a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work. She didn’t mention anything about the reason for her interest beyond her curiosity about the process of refining Silver.      

As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where  the flames were hottest as to burn away all the impurities.  

The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot; then she thought again about the verse that says:  ‘He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver.’   She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined.   

 The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire. If the silver was left a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed.

  The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silversmith, ‘How do you know when the silver is fully refined?’ 

He smiled at her and answered, ‘Oh, that’s easy — when I see my image in it.’  

If today you are feeling the heat of the fire , remember that God has his eye on you and will keep watching you until He sees His image in you. 

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