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Eric's Sunday Sermon; That Which Is Inspiration

Updated on June 2, 2019
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Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

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finding Our Own Path
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It seems it is time to talk about inspiration. Many people never allow themselves to be inspired. Creativity is like a religion to them. If it is not straight up provable and what they consider logical then it is faith based and no good. This author is incredibly well read and knowledgeable about logic. You do not get degrees both undergraduate and graduate in philosophy and jurisprudence without getting logic, including mathematics and evolution notions.

Now that just above seems braggadocios possibly. It is not meant that way. But I will not care if you so take it. Perhaps and maybe that is a good way to figure it. Point is that my education and continuing education like licenses and certificates puts me in about the top .5 educated people in the whole world. The fact that the psyche docs call me a genius is more of a handicap than blessing. Shouldn’t I use that to make money?

There is a teacher that I have. Maybe a preacher or maybe a guru or maybe a medicine man. He does not label himself. “I do not want to be rich, they are unhappy.” Strange but that is logical.

It is as a teacher he tells to stop thinking so hard. Seems he is suggesting that he thinks money and fancy pantsy logical and fancy pantsy degrees and such need to be put into a bag in the closet. I ask if I just stop relying on it but keep it in my knapsack on my back. Without question of time or thought the answer is clear. “carry it on your back?” (This is embellished a bit for the words were more strange)

Yes that Rabbi was a young child not an old person. That was kind of a point of the reference to “degrees” above. Learn from an old person and you get opinions. Learn from a child and get questions. Better questions than achievement.

Writing right now is sour. Time to quit and close eyes and breath well for a once upon a time. 10-10-10-10-10. Breath in for ten, hold for 10, Breath out for 10 and then hold that. Once more. And repeat 10 times. Then do it fully through your nose. Then rotate blocking either side of the nose. And then smile for 10 and relax for ten and repeat.

I Just Like It


Just some more cliffs to climb.
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I was getting some advertisement about something call Grammerly I think. Wow! To my mind writing is an expression of thinking. Anyone who reads my dribble knows I bastardize out English language. (note it is not “our” it is “out” a point to be made by misspeaking or maybe not?) But a machine corrects your thoughts? Go figure. I understand it helps people advance at work and get better grades in schooling. (note again I use “schooling” instead of “school”.) You simply are not being schooled if an AI writes for you. This struck me as funny. A poet or song writer using this Grammerly thing. LoL.

Now if you are a normal kind of folk you will find this odd. On Friday and Saturday I write a sermon. The one I finished yesterday was about Bowing. Good stuff including the notion of the Viennese Waltz. To damned cerebral. I don’t do cerebral in or on sermons. It screws them up.

My teacher and I were talking all funny yesterday. He related what he had learned which is so right. “Think before you do.” Of course and yes and yes. So I queried of him if I was all wrong in “doing before I think?” The answer was quick and direct as he took off to ride his bike. “Depends on what you are doing.” Of course his humor ruined the moment. “Depends, like diapers.” And yet it did not. Yet it raised the issue of a safety net when you do without thinking first.

Rabbi people can really piss me off.

Inspiration is not so cool all the time. Take my word for it. In the kitchen making a simple dinner and the thought strikes you cold and hard not warm and fuzzy. You have no choice but to rush off to pen and paper. 3 O’clock in the morning and a solution to an issue comes to you. Sure just roll over and go back to sleep?

Lack of inspiration when you write inspirational stuff is just as crappy. Not writer’s block just a lack of orange juice on a Sunday brunch. Personally I do not really do inspiration much. Strange but inspiration does me. Who am I to argue with the grand scheme of things? Well not today or yesterday at least.

“He was inspired”? Can inspiration be in the past tense? I think not. Either you live in love or not. Either you allow inspiration in or you do not. Just think of it “I was ‘in love’ yesterday but not today.”


Happy is Happy.
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Close Your Eyes

Peace Be Upon You

True inspiration is thought of as an outside to inside deal. Well love and inspiration do not work that way. They are inside to outside deals. Growing inside. I get out there and think too much. My inspiration come from blocking the brain. Perhaps now you see that the beginning here was more about a handicap than a blessing. My son’s brain races sometimes. Poor him. But if we talk through it, it works out. We, inside change who we are. You properly say that we cannot change who we are. But is that true?

All you have is 50-100 trillion cells (that´s 100,000,000,000,000). Now it is thought that about 300 million cells die every minute in our bodies. And someone tells me that inspiration and love cannot change within us. Admit it that is laughable. 100 billion brain cells probably up or down a bit and we lose or gain some. I do not change? Inspiration and love change those factors. Most brain function is like senses of which there probably about 15 (not our 6 as referred to, for example, like a dog I can sense your fear)

I have been told that because I stimulate my brain functions in creativity, prayer, meditation and intellectual search that unlike a normal 60’ish I am not losing brain cells but still growing them. That stuff is trippy like cray cray. Let’s get our inspiration!

I am one lazy SOB. I “work” in my garden and lay in the dirt to smell it and “stare” at the son with my eyes closed. (Oops I used “son” instead of sun. The Sun is a son of God, she inspires me) I asked my elder teacher if I was inspired to be lazy. He who holds degrees including philosophy and art told me that either I was a giver or a taker. Not a real good answer I thought. 33 year old sons/suns act as such. I reckon I hope I am a giver here rather than just taking your time. Maybe we cannot give to all and so we should settle for the few. My wife loves my contribution. That inspires me from her inside my love. I wonder if I mean “my” love in the possessive or otherwise. Don’t look at me for an answer there.

So we “break-down” a shotgun. Mossberg is mine of choice. We also break-down our heart and inspiration. We take the danged thing apart and become inspired by love’s beauty within us and never with out us.

Yet love from others inspires us to love others more deeply.

Life is really good.


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Audrey -- he would have died in the '90's I think. "The Rifleman".

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      Audrey Hunt 

      2 years ago from Pahrump NV


      I'll do some checking on this. It's possible he's somewhere in this area. I've run into a few celebrities here. Give me a day or so and I'll get back to you.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Audrey can you help me out here? Chuck Connors invited me to his home. And we went on about things for two days. But I cannot remember exactly where. I thought Idyllwild where my Uncle had a place.

      Is that just fog, or did he live there?

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      Audrey Hunt 

      2 years ago from Pahrump NV

      Thank you, Eric, for another magnificent sermon. This is such a fun read! I have a passion for knowledge which translates to " I have a passion for Eric's sermons ". I now walk away with even more love in my heart.


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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby being a nurse you will like this one as life is so good. I slammed hand into a limestone "cliff" some broke off and I did not debride right so there is a rock in there, I also slipped and got a horrible hematoma on my leg.

      Doc. Just laughed and said to stop acting like a teenager. And then he laughed again and sent me into lab work. I told him I did not want to know about anything inside. But Oncology ordered it.

      Life is so good. I love medical professionals.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      "Life is truly good " as you say. It is so easy to let the events in the world get one down, or loosing a loved one, or just the everyday path we take. Your writing is inspiring, and your " oops " makes it fun to read. Thanks Eric for the pictures you include. He's adorable.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mary I am sorry I can only think of a Psalm of Solomon for that notion. I am sure there is better.

      thank you for your comment.

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      Mary Norton 

      2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I don't know why your sermon reminded me of a passage I read somewhere, "...your beauty lies in your willingness to break."

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you John. I sure enjoy writing these and sharing them with great friends like you.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill isn't that a fun notion to think about. Thinking and doing? Hmm

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill I just get out there some times. Sometimes I am so high in the clouds it takes a lightening bolt to bring me down. Thanks for grounding me today.

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Gondwana Land

      Thanks for another great sermon, Eric. You are my kind of teacher, tutor, preacher or whatever you wish to call it.they say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but I am always learning something from your sermons.

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      William Kovacic 

      2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      “Think before you do.” That's not me about 99% of the time. The other 1% usually doesn't work out so well. But I do try - occasionally. Thanks for the inspiration, Buddy!

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Nithya your latest poem reflects beauty. Thank you

      I am so excited about this day and tomorrow.

      Meditate every morning with love I say.

      I just do that stuff, not really special as others know so much more than I.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      2 years ago from Dubai

      Love is a great source of inspiration. I cannot imagine a world without love. I believe meditation calms the mind and soothes the soul. I make it a point to meditate early in the morning, helps a lot. Enjoyed reading your sermon.

      Hats off to all your achievements, must have been grueling.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Dora sometimes it is called for to make a point.

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      " I am not losing brain cells but still growing them." That in itself inspires us to keep being, doing, having the best of everything. A little bit of bragging may not hurt.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Marlene I just read a basic quote from one of my favorite peoples. "It all happened so fast, I am afraid to wake up. I am afraid it is liable to be a dream you know?"

      Thank you for blessing me by leaving me a note.

      Oh yes. That was Elvis.

      When we play tickle wars we agree not too hard 'cuz we could wake up.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Oh my, Sean my wife gets "crabby" like right now. Give here a card and a flower or two and we are back on track. My boy kicked me out of "out" backyard. I am feeling uninspired. For me that is fun also.

      OK the flowers and card made me smile.

      We are back on track in minutes but now I am kicked out of the kitchen.

      Thanks for sharing our crazy life with us

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      2 years ago from USA

      I absolutely adore your introductory photo. There is such a deep message in seeing such an innocent person on that long stretch of road, finding his way in this world. You inspire me!

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      2 years ago from Greece, Almyros

      You are always an inspiration and an immense talent, my brother! Thank you for one more uplifting Sermon!

      Blessings - forevermore!


      PS: I can see you are following my "Breath in, Breath out" prompting! Lol!

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Pamela your "Painful Recovery" story so touched my heart. I still do not believe in loss. But you had me weeping for those who do. What a gift you have to bring things home.

      I was just thinking of you and my goodie MsDora. The words you use are fine and dandy. Your love to write them is like the pureist gold and diamonds. May we give us room to be inspired through others and do so forever, even as angels.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I like your Sunday sermon about inspiration. I also like your music choices, as I had never heard the Maid of Orleans before. Love and inspirations are inside jobs, and that makes sense to me. I can get inspired about many different things, even though at times I am a little short on taking any action.

      I know love is first and foremost in many aspects of my life, and you drum that message home to us frequently. It is an important thing to understand, and I like your message Eric.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wow Bill that is too cool to bowl right you need to bend and bow for a proper release. So much to do with the idea of a food bowl in Asia.


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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      2 years ago from Washington DC

      Interest parading or is it inspiration, Eric? You are doing a masterful job of interest parading is why I ask.

      Somehow I chose not to pursue a paper trail of what I ingested intellectually, barely got a high school diploma and that was because my mama said "if you are going to live in my house you will get a diploma" so that one I got. If I remember correctly the military gave me a paper certifying me as an aircraft mechanic, a qualifier to be a Sgt. but academically nothing. I preferred life to educate me rather than somebody with a paper saying he is a philosopher when philosophy means "lover of wisdom" and isn't something one speaks. And with all of your academic credentials you are "interest parading" me causing my brain matter to grow rather than die. Thank you, I enjoyed it. LOLAL

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I thought you said the sermon you wrote was on bowling. I couldn't figure out why in hell you were writing about bowling. It took me a good two minutes of ruminating to realize my mistake. Maybe subconciously you were thinking about bowling? Is that possible?

      Happy Happy my friend!


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