America’s Radical History Revealed – Part One

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This post is the first in a series called “America’s Radical History Revealed”, which will highlight radical reformers, rebels and non-conformists of every stripe… holy men and hell raisers, saints and sinners; I cast no judgements. People such as these have changed the world and always have. I celebrate their passion and dedication to setting minds and souls free. You can and should decide for yourself.

The following is a short excerpt from an article called, “Retracing the Steps of Psychedelic Outlaws on an LSD Mission From God”, written by  and published by KQED public media in Northern California…

It sounds like the plot to a Paul Thomas Anderson movie: a cult of Southern California surfers worships LSD as a deity in the early ’60s, becoming so obsessed with spreading psychedelics to the masses that they move their families in together and form a church.

Church members engineer an international smuggling ring to bring hash, pot, and acid back from sources in Europe and Afghanistan. They trick out their vans and surfboards with secret compartments to hide the contraband from border agents. They launder their money through an art gallery in Laguna Beach, build an LSD lab in Palm Springs, and are ultimately responsible for distributing over 100 million hits of acid.

What’s being described here is no fiction. It’s the very real — and very colorful — story of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, the subject of Orange Sunshine, an excellent new documentary by director William A. Kirkley.

A Royalty Of One. We Only Rule Ourselves

“Jesus Christ knew he was God. So wake up and find out eventually who you really are.” – Alan Watts

Philosopher Alan Watts delivers one of my favorite lectures of his; a deep and fascinating talk about the nature of Jesus Christ and his message for all humankind. I have received more spiritual fruit from this one lecture than all the years I attended organized religious services.

A Buddhist philosopher reveals a deeper understanding of Christ than the Church, which claims authority over interpretation of biblical teachings..

Indeed the letter kills as the Spirit gives Life…

Securing The Blessings Of Liberty For A Stranger

“The dictates of humanity came in opposition to the law of the land, and we ignored the law.” ― Levi Coffin

I drove from North Carolina to Illinois a week and a half ago (November 6th). As I was driving along US Highway 35 through West Virginia about 15 miles from the Ohio River, I was thinking of the Underground Railroad and the daring and courageous abolitionists, who risked their lives, lively hoods and property to secure the blessings of liberty for perfect strangers; a people born into a 400 year history of humiliation and human bondage, who could provide nothing in return except for their eternal gratitude.

The closer I got to crossing into the “Land of Canaan”, I felt an overwhelming sense of grace as I pondered to myself, “How Christ-like it is for someone to risk everything to help secure the blessings of liberty for a runaway slave!” I wept like a baby as I felt the warm and comforting Love only a loving God could give me.

I had two more similar spiritual awakenings after I crossed into Ohio.

The following video was recorded via Facebook Live at a rest area. My Lord placed the following message on my heart…