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I was feeling very unsettled, in a very bad mood

I was feeling very unsettled, in a very bad mood

I was feeling very unsettled, in a very bad mood   One day I was in the retreat house doing dishes. This was 30 years ago. I was feeling very unsettled, in a very bad mood, and struggling not to take it out on anyone. As I was fuming, doing dishes, one of the young monks came up to me and said: “Brother Mark, why is it you are always so peaceful and centered?”   I was shocked that he would say something like that to me when in my interior it felt like I was in the midst of an internal earthq

markdohle

markdohle

 

Trolling is the dark side of the internet.

Every platform on the internet has its own trolls. I usually don't get hurt by trolls, but I can get annoyed. One day trolling will be considered a crime - and the people who had the power to stop it, but didn't, will be regarded as accomplices! Humanity lives and learns, and humans have finally realized that mental abuse is just as bad as physical abuse (or maybe worse because you can't see the wounds with your eyes). You have to look with your mind to see them. Trolling nee

LightAngel

LightAngel

 

Me Calling A Female Customer "Sir" Accidently

I've done a lot of volunteer work over the years.  And sometimes humorous things happen at volunteer jobs.   One time I was working as a volunteer dealing with the public.  And every person that morning that I had dealt with were all men.   So when I finally had a female customer that day, I accidentally called her, "Sir."   How embarrassing!   She didn

MainerMikeBrown

MainerMikeBrown

The Ghosts are Not Shy

The Ghosts are Not Shy

The Ghosts are Not Shy Paul Dale Roberts, HPI's Esoteric Detective Halo Paranormal Investigations     VIDEOS FROM THE INVESTIGATION: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3bRkLlr0Jg www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0CmmnOvN8c www.facebook.com/paul.d.roberts.545/videos/1147972462396435/?notif_id=1633233806625836&notif_t=video_processed&ref=notif www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKDnqq99wHE www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKAe7E6XKms www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrh3zRrrZ20 www.youtu

pauldaleroberts

pauldaleroberts

The Deeper the Trust, Greater the Depth

The Deeper the Trust, Greater the Depth

The Deeper the Trust, Greater the Depth   “You understand—in Me you can find everything: all the love you need to help you. So don’t be afraid of making use of the one who loves you so. Unfold your trust like silk to clothe your request, and you will vanquish Me. My heart is easily taken captive by My little children. And you are all My little children. Any humble tenderness disarms Me.   Bossis, Gabrielle. He and I (Kindle Locations 1349-1351). Pauline Books and Media. Kindle Edition.  

markdohle

markdohle

We are not to judge, we are to heal, lift up and love​

We are not to judge, we are to heal, lift up and love​

We are not to judge, we are to heal, lift up and love   “When God comes, he always calls us out of our house. We are visited so that we can visit others; we are encountered so as to encounter others; we receive love in order to give love.” --Pope Francis When Jesus healed it was always a call to reenter society, to not withdraw out of fear but to seek to share their healing. No matter where one lives, in a city, a small town, on a farm, or in a Monastery, others will be encountered. Ho

markdohle

markdohle

A fragment of Retreat House October Newsletter

A fragment of Retreat House October Newsletter

A fragment of our October 2021 Newsletter for the Monastery Retreat House   Hello everyone, I am not in the best of moods as I write our October Newsletter. It almost seems like we are back at square one in the ongoing saga of the present pandemic. The reality of the times is becoming more real every day as many of us learn about the death of family members, friends, classmates, and just the rising numbers of deaths not only in the United States but worldwide. I would be lying if I said that m

markdohle

markdohle

Beauty is where you find it (the joy of little things)

Beauty is where you find it (the joy of little things)

Beauty is where you find it (the joy of little things)   A couple of days ago I had the joy of seeing our cloistered turtle.  She was in her usual place, where she is looking for some treats from one of the monks.   Usually, Br. Michael takes care of her, but this was later than usual.  So I went into the refectory (dining area) and got a banana for her.  When she saw me coming she starting running (sort of) towards me.   So I broke off two good size pieces of the Banana and placed them in

markdohle

markdohle

Bedeviled in Benicia

Bedeviled in Benicia

Bedeviled in Benicia Paul Dale Roberts, HPI's Esoteric Detective Halo Paranormal Investigations   The Haunted Boutique Shop     VIDEOS FROM THE INVESTIGATION: www.youtube.com/watch?v=arK3edhzXHU  (The briefing). www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxun3tdl5RQ   (Ghost Photos - skeletal hand & arm & ghostly boot) www.youtube.com/watch?v=N91TZ86A2bM www.youtube.com/watch?v=196dyd9QnG8&feature=youtu.be www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-KAreMSfzs   IN

pauldaleroberts

pauldaleroberts

In my own life, I have found that I am the problem

In my own life, I have found that I am the problem

In my own life, I have found that I am the problem “Don’t you come to Me with more confidence than to any friend on earth? Aren’t you at home in My heart? It should be that way too, since for each soul I am the unique, the incomparable one. Bossis, Gabrielle. He and I (Kindle Locations 1344-1346). Pauline Books and Media. Kindle Edition. ++++++++++ My sister Judy and I will often have a conversation, whether or not the Christian faith is a religion. She says no, I say yes

markdohle

markdohle

The Vampire Almanac (Book Review)

The Vampire Almanac (Book Review)

Name of Book:  The Vampire Almanac Author: J. Gordon Melton, Ph.D Publisher: Visible Ink Press Price: $29.95 Reviewed by: Paul Dale Roberts, HPI's Esoteric Detective     Comments:  Whoa!  This is a smorgasbord of vampire information.  I mean you get everything in this book about vampires. Let's open the book and take a look inside to see what we will find.  In the beginning of this book, the author explains his fascination with vampires which gave birth to hi

pauldaleroberts

pauldaleroberts

Getting Through a Bad Day (Mind Storm)

Getting Through a Bad Day (Mind Storm)

Getting Through a Bad Day (Internal Mind Storm)   One of the benefits of being older is that consistency over how time is spent becomes easier. At least that is for me. When younger, I could be quite restless and would often have a hard time settling down for private meditation/prayer. I used my energy like most young people through my work and exercise. Now that I am older I am aware of how my energy is now being used in a different way. While my body is slowing down, and fatigue is becoming

markdohle

markdohle

Aridity and our walk with God

Aridity and our walk with God

Aridity in our walk with God   "Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the wilderness and speak tenderly to her. (Hosea 2:14)   The soul is made for the ‘Living Water’, that which allows our souls to flourish and grow. Yet the desert is also a reality that dwells within each of us. A place of dryness, thirst, listlessness, and a feeling of not knowing where one is moving towards, for in the desert there are no well-worn roads. It is there that we ‘wait on the Lord’ i

markdohle

markdohle

The woman who did not love God

The woman who did not love God

The woman who did not love God (Written September 15, 2015) "I don’t love God" the woman informed me. "All my life I have suffered, been abused, abandoned and now the only love of my life is gone". She started to cry and then looked at me and said “why me?”, then she became so quiet that it worried me. “Why are you here” I responded. “If you are seeking an easy answer I can’t give it to you. Just because I am a monk I don’t have some sort of elevated answer to the awful tragedies that peop

markdohle

markdohle

 

Flickering

There is neither pure light nor pure darkness that we may wander. The balance between worlds is our buoy. Our ability to hold firm the center is the gauge of our scramble. Should we lose sight and fall we will feel the pull of the waters.   But we were destined to breathe and not drown.   The light will rise and fall on our island, a daily cleanse and fresh garment for every branch. And we are the Suns of the world, Pushing the pet

spirit-writer

spirit-writer

An Interesting encounter

An Interesting encounter

An interesting encounter (Written in September 2014)   Working in a retreat house that is in close proximity to a large city has it benefits as well as challenges. People come here for spiritual rest and renewal and from time to time there are those who arrive who are looking for a safe place. For the former group, we are set up to help, for the latter, it can be a little more difficult.   Early last week I was on my way to the front office. It was just before 7 AM and I was trying to get s

markdohle

markdohle

El Gato Volador & The Dark Watcher

El Gato Volador & The Dark Watcher

El Gato Volador & The Dark Watcher Paul Dale Roberts, HPI's Esoteric Detective Halo Paranormal Investigations El Gato Volador by William Carlisle     EL GATO VOLADOR OF JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK There is an artist in Panama named El Chombo, that knows of a story about a flying cat aka Gato Volador.  Here are some lyrics to a song he created about this flying cat: Hago como iguana / I do like an iguana Hago como mosquito / I do like a mosquito Hago como pol

pauldaleroberts

pauldaleroberts

Forgiveness: Freedom of Heart

Forgiveness: Freedom of Heart

Forgiveness: Finding freedom of heart   There is a saying that is often used about the need for the military. It goes like this; “freedom isn’t free”. This concept can be used for many areas of our lives if we wish to un-clutter both our outer and inner selves. Many people struggle with discipline, I know that I do, yet without it, freedom is not possible. The freedom to do whatever we want at any time is in reality the exact opposite of true freedom.   When you look at someone playing the

markdohle

markdohle