Sam’s Jail Blog: Sunday, May 10

Sunday, May 10:

I’ve spent the last several days immersed in deep thought and self reflections. I’m finishing a great book that led to a major breakthrough for me called The Enneagram of Passions and Virtues. The law of attraction has lined up the perfect reading list for me.

I read Chicken Soup for the Soul. It reminded me of the importance of holding gratitude and acknowledgment in my daily life.

I read a book on editing, and the various steps in publishing. I’m sure I’ll write a book one day and it also had some tips for the news service I’ll be launching shortly once I’m out of this caging facility.

I read biographies of Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. it showed me how bleak their situations became at times.

I read parts of the bible and the Ko’ran. I’m beginning to see and understand the universal teachings all of the major religions are based around.

I was lead to these religious books after reading the true story of Edgar Cayce, who could diagnose complex medical conditions of patients he had never met; having only their name and address – by going into a trance. He would recommend natural cures and treatments that worked, long after the doctors had given up hope. Over the 40+ years and tens of thousands of documented cases, he also came across a man who sought to unlock the secrets of the universe; man’s existence, our purpose.

This was the most fascinating part of the book for me. Essentially the readings described god as the source energy, the spirit as something separate from god – imperfect, existing in this capacity to experience. The soul experiences through the “earthen plane” where free will exists. The body therefore is simply a vessel through which the soul expresses itself. A wall goes up between the soul and the human experience so free will may exist, and we may reach enlightenment through what ever path we choose, over many lifetimes. Edgar struggled with this concept of reincarnation, having read the bible over 30 times and being a Sunday school teacher most of his life. He didn’t understand why reincarnation is not in the bible or taught by the major religions.

The readings told them the soul places itself into a physical embodiment in order to eventually, through many lives on many planets, reach perfection and rejoin god. Eventually Edgar was sent an old book that answered this question. Reincarnation was part of the teachings of Christ. “Organized religion” decided the subject of reincarnation was too complex for their feeble minds. Plus, if I could be bad in this life and simply make it up in the next life, the church loses power over the subjects. Unfortunately, Edgar never made the connection that organized religion is primarily a method of gaining control, power and influence over the masses.

The readings helped Cayce understand that Christ was sent as an example to fulfill the law, and that being born again and being denied the kingdom of heaven relate to reincarnation. If a soul has not yet reached perfection through his ways of being, the sould cannot rejoin god, which is perfection.

The book did a much better job explaining these ideas, and I highly recommend it. it really helped flush out my Pantheist belief system, and gave credibility to some of the “mediums” out there who allow others to communicate through them. I believe these people are able to lower the wall between themselves – their human embodiment – and their soul, to allow the soul to communicate directly with them. The soul retains every experience from every life/existence, and has the advantage of whatever perspectiveexist in the non-physical plane. Very fascinating to think about!

I have always found similarities in the teachings, not necessarily the implementation, of all the major religions, I think Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed and others were great teachers who understood the idea of presence and being. It saddens me to see such an incredible message distorted and contorted in order to support an organization that seeks to disseminate a now flawed example.

I look forward to diving into the teachings of all the major religions. I plan to read the Ko’ran and the teachings of Buddha, as theese are the spiritual practices I know the least about.

In front of that I have a book called Bury the Chains, which covers the first human rights movement to free the slaves.

SamIAm

14 Comments

  1. For those who wish to know more about the teachings of Buddha (Dharma) and wish to learn from a pleasant, amusing and knowledgeable teacher, I can't recommend enough that you begin with Brian Schell's dailybuddhism.com, especially the early episodes or the later recaps.

  2. <blockquote cite="the true story of Edgar Cayce, who could diagnose complex medical conditions of patients he had never met; having only their name and address – by going into a trance.">

    Sam, you're starting to lose it buddy. Think about this again when you finally get out of there and get some food in you.

  3. <blockquote cite="the true story of Edgar Cayce, who could diagnose complex medical conditions of patients he had never met; having only their name and address – by going into a trance." />

    Sam, you're starting to lose it buddy. Think about this again when you finally get out of there and get some food in you.

    Repost… sorry

  4. Sorry about all the errors… I don't understand the tags.

    "the true story of Edgar Cayce, who could diagnose complex medical conditions of patients he had never met; having only their name and address – by going into a trance."

    Sam, you're starting to lose it buddy. Think about this again when you finally get out of there and get some food in you.

  5. It's easy for anyone that's done some time incarcerated to see how religion takes a form of control similar to the government.

    I've been locked up with many people that "get religious" once they're locked up, thinking that God will get them out.

    From Sam's perspective, I too would read through the various bibles as a study in different philosophies. I read most of the testaments when I was a teenager. I'm a little curious how I would view those writings now that I look at organized religion as a control device. I'd also read the Koran just to have an internal debate between it and the bible.

    In jail you read or workout or think or be lazy. I read Atlas Shrugged in 3 days while I was locked up. Fortunately for me I was locked up for enough time to re-read it so it really sunk in.

    I look at Sam's recent blog post as a way to think maybe we should be donating books to the prison library. We can't force people to read, but they can choose what books they pick up.

    I'm going to donate these two books to the Cheshire County Jail:

    Adventures in Legal Land

    The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America

    I'm not sure if No Treason, The Constitution of No Authority is available in copy, but if I find it I'll send that too.

    Atlas Shrugged was my rehabilitation, at least the start of it. Sam's conversations with other inmates inspire me to believe that we have a better opportunity to help rehabilitate prisoners than "the State" could ever hope to.

    Those incarcerated will have to choose for themselves, but at least this way I feel like I am giving them more of a chance to change their own thought process about liberty.

    Our only other option is to be there with them.

  6. I met with my lawyer for an unrelated issue yesterday (Tuesday) and we got to talking about Sam and the case.

    I mentioned that I was considering writing a letter to the judge and was wondering if that was appropriate. He assured me that a public citizen, outraged at the turn of events has every right to write to a judge – barring the obvious (threats &c).

    I gave him a copy of my letter to look over. He suggested two small changes (which I made) and then stated that this might in fact have some effect on a judge. He also suggested that I send a copies to the Keene Sentinel and the NH Judicial Conduct Committee in Newmarket.

    It's my best attempt at a solution to the problem; specifically, it politely tells why the judge would find it in his best interest to change his position.

    I've decided not to send the letter. It's here below if anyone is interested.

    (It's a business letter, which doesn't paginate well on a web form.)

    , NH

    May 12, 2009

    The Honorable Edward J. Burke,

    Judge of the Keene District Court

    P.O. Box 364

    Keene, NH 03431-0364

    Dear Judge Burke:

    I would like to bring to your attention information related to the case of Sam Dodson.

    As you are probably aware, Mr. Dodson has been held as “John Doe” in Cheshire County Department of Corrections for the past 4 weeks. Per your order, he will remain there indefinitely unless he consents to give his name and address. During this time Mr. Dodson has been on a hunger strike in order to gain sympathy and publicity for his cause. He has lost 20 lbs.

    It is my understanding that the Department of Corrections knows his legal name and address.

    It is difficult to predict the time it takes to die from starvation, but a reasonable estimate based on Mr. Dodson's situation shows a 50% chance that he will die within the next week, rising to near certainty about 4 weeks from now.

    What you probably do not know is that in the intervening weeks there has been a growing tide of sympathy for Mr. Dodson's situation. Initially blog posts and opinion articles with an immature tone, these have matured into a full-fledged campaign of sympathy for the plight of what I believe to be an innocent man. To take one example, Mr. Dodson's supporters recently sent a well-worded press release to over 500 (!) news organizations around the country. Blog posts and articles are now numerous on the web.

    If Mr. Dodson should die in jail, every aspect of the case will be brought out for public inspection, including his original charges, your court orders, and the jail house conditions that led to his death.

    I understand that people should show proper judicial respect, but Mr. Dodson's case appears to be a point of pride with vanishingly small value.

    I urge you to consider whether it would be better to concede the point, and in so doing let the matter slowly dissipate.

    [NB – By my reading of the situation, all the action in Sam's case is now with superior (and NH supreme) court, so that a letter to Judge Burke would have no impact on the proceedings at this time.]

  7. The web form munched the town name (top) and my name (bottom) of the letter. The NB stuff at the bottom is not part of the letter.

  8. Could someone please tell me if you need to be signed in to mail to jail. com in order to send a letter?

    I got to the …letter has been created page.

    That should be enough, right? No sign in?

    Thank you.

  9. //The law of attraction has lined up the perfect reading list for me.//

    // was lead to these religious books after reading the true story of Edgar Cayce, who could diagnose complex medical conditions of patients he had never met; having only their name and address – by going into a trance.//

    How can I get Sam some books about critical thinking? Who do I send them to? He's starting to loose it.

  10. @Talking Cow Pig

    I had the exact same question as you about a week ago and Mike Barskey (who is running mail to jail) responded to me saying that my letter would be sent. Though if you do sign up with the mail-to-jail website you can review your past letters, etc.

  11. I received the same confimation. Later, Mike Barskey replied with a response from Sam. Mine went through :) No login.

  12. Today I joined the saturday Chatroom with 5 or 6 others. I watched about 5 of SamIAm's videos. Read a bit about his situation, and this Blog. Fearlessness is a great asset. I am amazed how much devotion Sam has without stronger Christian conviction. I suggest he sticks more to The Bible and looks at it as a Law Book, because it is, God's Word is Truth(Law), and even the ungodly recognize this. John 7:46, "The officers answered, Never man spake like this man." It is full of Law Terms, Redemption, Salvation, even Grace is a Law term found in any Law dictionary. God that Created all that Is Real is Supreme Law. As for his supporters, consider taking one hand saw and one hammer and boards and begin making a Coffin on the front lawn of best place in town for it as in Courthouse front lawn, and see if it makes the newspapers, after thats made bring a shovel and prepare to recieve your War Hero,,,,And Cody if you can forgive my rudeness, Please Shut up, you arent helping anyone, If he begins eating without proper care<<Good Yogurt to start a new stomach culture it will put him on the floor in great pain<<I have been there after 45day fast at Idaho County, and he can use encouragement rather than enemies. Names are very Important. I wish I was there, but I am not. Going to bed without dinner makes sleep come hard, but after 3or4days even if you dont sleep the dreams come 24/7, give him a break if he is tripping, The Lord can show great things in such a State. This Man is Laying down his life for you and your children, I hope it is appreciated whether they release or he goes home to The Father where he began.

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