What is a person’s aura?

Auras are thought of as the unseen field of energy surrounding a person’s physical body. They’re affected by our mood and emotional state (and sometimes the states of others), and different colors are associated with different qualities and emotions. 

According to spiritual beliefs, an aura or energy field is a colored emanation said to enclose a human body or any animal or object.  In some esoteric positions, the aura is described as a subtle body.  Psychics and holistic medicine practitioners often claim to have the ability to see the size, color, and type of vibration of an aura.

In spiritual alternative medicine, the human being’s aura is seen as part of a hidden anatomy that reflects the state of being and health of a client, often understood to even comprise centers of vital force called chakras. Such claims are not supported by scientific evidence and are thus pseudoscience. When tested under scientifically controlled experiments, the ability to see auras has not been proven to exist.

The concept of auras was first popularized by Charles Webster Leadbeater, a former priest of the Church of England and a member of the mystic Theosophical Society. Leadbeater had studied theosophy in India, and believed he had the capacity to use his clairvoyant powers to make scientific investigations. In his book Man Visible and Invisible published in 1903, Leadbeater illustrated the aura of man at various stages of his moral evolution, from the “savage” to the saint.

In yoga participants attempt to focus on or enhance their “auric energy shield”. The concept of auric energy is spiritual and is concerned with metaphysics. Some people think that the aura carries a person’s soul after death.

There have been numerous attempts to capture an energy field around the human body, going as far back as photographs by French physician Hippolyte Baraduc in the 1890s. Supernatural interpretations of these images have often been the result of a lack of understanding of the simple natural phenomena behind them, such as heat emanating from a human body producing aura-like images under infrared photography.

You Can’t See It, But Humans Actually Glow with Our Own Form of Bioluminescence

When you hear about bioluminescence, your mind probably jumps to deep-sea creatures like the angler fish, which uses millions of bacteria to make a light appear in front of its head to catch prey and illuminate your nightmares. But what about humans?

According to a study conducted in 2009 by Japanese researchers, human bioluminescence in visible light exists – it’s just too dim for our weak eyes to pick up on.

“The human body literally glimmers,” the team from the Tohoku Institute of Technology wrote in their study published in PLOS One. “The intensity of the light emitted by the body is 1,000 times lower than the sensitivity of our naked eyes.”

The team made this odd discovery using super-sensitive cameras to monitor five healthy male volunteers for 20 minutes every 3 hours inside a light-tight room for three days straight (in between sleep, of course).

They found that participants ‘glowed’ throughout the day, with the brightest spots appearing around the forehead, neck, and cheeks in the late afternoon. The dimmest bioluminescence was recorded late at night.

And this wasn’t infrared radiation caused by heat – despite how the images might appear. Those signals are actually from photons of visible light (light particles) not caused by heat:

So, what’s going on here? Well, it’s actually a pretty interesting side-effect of our metabolisms.

As Elliot Bentley sums up for The Guardian, human bioluminescence is “the result of highly reactive free radicals produced through cell respiration interacting with free-floating lipids and proteins”.

These excited molecules can then interact with fluorophores, which can emit a photon, and boom, you’re actually glowing.

The team thinks the participants’ heads glowed the most because this part of the body generally sees more sunlight, affecting the melanin inside the skin and triggering the illuminating reaction better than in other areas.

Further backing up the hypothesis that animal bioluminescence is attached to metabolic rates, the researchers suggest that the glow could be linked to the body’s biological clock.

So, in the late afternoon when we’re burning the most energy, we glow the brightest.

The team hopes that in the future, we might be able to scan a person’s body surface to check light levels, indicating possible medical conditions that express themselves in changes in metabolism.

“If you can see the glimmer from the body’s surface, you could see the whole-body condition,” team member Masaki Kobayashi told Charles Q. Choi at Live Science.

So the next time someone tells you you’re glowing, you’ll know they’re speaking the truth.

What To Expect During a Reading

While Kathryn Grace, founder of Aura Shop in Santa Monica California, says that it’s not always possible to see aura colors with the naked eye, we can usually feel them. Think about how certain people give off a super warm and friendly vibe (or really negative energy) even before they say a word; that’s the aura at work. (You can also take a quick aura quiz if you’re curious about your aura color.)

Aura Colors

Red

If you have red in your aura, you are likely an energetic and fiery person, according to aura reader Rachelle Terry. Red auras indicate someone who is “quick at putting thoughts into action” and “doesn’t read instruction manuals.”

Orange

An orange aura is related to the sacral chakra, which deals with creativity and sexual energy. Orange in the aura may then indicate flowing creative energy.  Additionally, if orange shows up in your aura, it might mean you “tend to learn lessons from experience rather than theory” and “often have to learn things the hard way.”

Yellow

As you might have guessed with this cheery color, yellow auras signify someone who is sunny and charismatic. They may also have a magnetic personality that attracts lots of different people.

Yellow is the color of the solar plexus chakra, which deals with your identity and confidence. Yellow in your aura, then, is a good sign that you’re feeling confident and empowered.

Green

Green is one color associated with the heart chakra, so it relates to matters of the heart: love for yourself and others, compassion, and forgiveness.  If you have green in your aura, you probably love “music, nature, and not being tied down.” Because a green aura indicates a particularly open heart,  there may be a tendency to be easily influenced by one’s environment or other people, making boundaries important for this aura color.

Pink

If there’s pink in your aura (the other color, along with green, associated with the heart chakra), you likely live from the heart. You’re “kind, caring, and loving.” Like green, seeing pink is a sign that your heart chakra is open and receptive. Celebrate your kind and compassionate nature but remember the need for boundaries.

Blue

Blue in someone’s aura is a sign of a powerful mind—but one that might be a bit in the clouds. Those with lots of blue in their aura “operate more in the mental realms” and need to remember to ground themselves. But they can also be very insightful.  Blue is the color of the throat chakra, governing expression, and truth. If your throat chakra is clear and flowing, the blue in your aura would signify the outward expression of the insights you hold inside.

Purple

Purple auras get a lot of attention because this is the color associated with strong intuition and sensitivity, and great mental depths.  Purple is the color of the third-eye chakra, which deals with intuition. If you have purple in your aura, you may have some psychic, empathic, or intuitive abilities.

Indigo

An indigo aura often indicates a highly sensitive and empathic person who absorbs thoughts, feelings, emotions, and traumas of others.  And the darker the indigo aura, the more sensitive the person with darker shades of indigo indicating saturation of this ability and an overwhelm of others’ energies within themselves.

White

It’s a bit rare to see concentrations of white in one’s aura. But if you do it is the sign of a very quick mind—and a tendency for perfectionism and nervous energy.  White is linked to the crown chakra, which connects us to universal energy and oneness. To see it in your aura would mean you have a strong sense of connection to something larger than yourself.

Black

If there are black or particularly dark areas of your aura this isn’t actually the “color” of your aura, per se, but rather a sign that part of you is exhausted or fatigued.  In this case, take some time to ground, heal, and balance your energy levels to brighten up that aura a bit, and bring your energetic field (and chakras) back into balance.

Rainbow

On the slight chance that you have a rainbow aura that displays more than two colors, it’s a sign that you’re going through a super busy period or are in the midst of a change.  You might feel extra energized and confident when your aura is giving off rainbow vibes, so take advantage of it by getting out and meeting new people and doing new things. On the other side of the coin, this busy energy can lead to burnout and overwhelm, so be sure to make time for relaxation too.

The takeaway

Our aura is constantly changing—but for many people, one or two colors will consistently show up. Whether one day you’re blue, yellow, or red, understanding the energy of your aura at any given point can help you approach the day with more ease.

Resources:

HUMANS  By JOSH HRALA

MindBodyGreen

PlusOne

The Guardian

Communities

A community is a group of people who have a shared sense of belonging and identity around which they can coalesce.

Communities can be small, like a neighborhood, or large, like a global community. They may be geographically defined, or, defined by shared interests and beliefs. In general, they are support networks that provide a sense of security and comfort to the members. They can also be important places for networking and resource-sharing.

Examples of Communities

Business Communities

community is a group of people who have a shared interest in the well-being of businesses. This includes business owners, employees, customers, and suppliers.

We might also sometimes call this the entrepreneur community.

The business community can come together to promote the interests of businesses, or to advocate for certain policies. They may also provide resources and support to up-and-coming entrepreneurs.

A great example is LinkedIn

City Communities

A city can also be considered a community because all people within the city are united in their shared interest in improving or maintaining their city’s culture and livability.

A city is often administered by an organized political group such as the city council which acts as the decision-making hub for the community. Similarly, libraries, schools, and sporting groups act as meeting points for members of a city.

The great city I live in is a wonderful community and even has a Community Club every citizen is a member of.

Ethnic Communities

An ethnic community is a group of people who share the same cultural heritage. This includes shared traditions, language, and values.

Ethnic communities who are expatriates of their ethnic homeland will often coalesce in a specific neighborhood within a city. The quintessential example of this is the Chinatown neighborhood which emerges in most major world cities.

This is a place where Chinese immigrants often start out their new lives where they can communicate with other expatriates who can help them settle into their new lives.

BlackPlanet: Initially, BlackPlanet was designed as a way for African-American professionals to network. Since then, it’s grown and evolved as a site operating under the principles of Web 2.0. Members can read other members’ blogs, watch music videos, chat with one another, look for new careers and discuss news. Though BlackPlanet is not restricted to any community, this site is more popular amongst African-Americans. This site helped Obama to connect to nearly 200,000 potential supporters.

Farming Communities

A farming community is a group of people who share the common interest of working in agriculture. Small towns whose economies are largely dependent on farming are generally referred to as farming communities. They’re typically very supportive of one another and pitch in to give each other support, but also often skeptical of government regulation and interference.

Hobby Communities

A hobby community is a group of people who share the same interests and hobbies. They often come together to socialize and enjoy their shared activities.

Examples of hobby communities include book clubs, knitting clubs, chess clubs, and collectibles.

People who are passionate about their hobbies often have a great sense of community and camaraderie with other people who share the same passion.

One such community is Collect to Connect; connecting collectors. 

Online Forum Communities

Web-based social networking services make it possible to connect people who share interests and activities across political, economic, and geographic borders.  An online forum is a website where people can have discussions about a variety of topics.

There is a plethora of on-line communities now. The following is a list of the largest social networking services, in order by the number of active users, as of April 2021, as published by Statista:

ServiceActive users (in millions)
Facebook2,853
YouTube2,291
WhatsApp2,000
Instagram1,386
WeChat1,250
TikTok1,000
QQ606
Douyin600
Sina Weibo566
Telegram550
Kuaishou481
Twitter478
Pinterest478
Reddit430
Quora300
Snapchat293

There are also a few unknown but up-n-coming sites:

www.earthlingsconnect.com

www.budtobloom.community

www.tagged.com

www.mybscreator.com

www.myheritage.com

Philanthropic Communities

A philanthropic community is a group of people who are dedicated to promoting the well-being of others, often through charitable work.  Philanthropic communities are often formed around a cause or social issue that members are passionate about. For example, there may be a community dedicated to fighting poverty or one that works to promote education in developing countries.  Members of philanthropic communities often have a strong sense of social responsibility and altruism.  An example of a philanthropic community is the effective altruism movement.

Political Communities

A political community is a group of people who share the same political beliefs or ideology and who have come together to leverage their power in numbers.  Political communities can be local, national, or international in scope. For example, within a nation, a political community may form a political party such as the Green Party, the Democratic Party, or the Republican Party.  Internationally, it may take the form of a bloc of nations such as the Soviet bloc, the European Union, or the Arab League.

An example of a political community is www.truthsocial.com

School Communities

A school community is a group of education stakeholders affiliated with a school, typically students, staff, and parents. The parents and community committees within schools are influential decision-making bodies where the community can come together. The school principal is the executive leader of the community.  School communities might come together to make decisions about the teaching methods the school will use, the teachers they will employ, and the new infrastructure projects that may be necessary.

There is also another type of school community called Classmates where you can reconnect with old friends from your school days. www.classmates.com

Sporting Communities

A sporting community is a group of people who share a love of a particular sport.  Examples include the swimming, golfing, football, and baseball communities.

There may also be close-knit fan groups who feel connected to the players. For example, the fans of the Seattle Seahawks call themselves the “12th man” and consider themselves to be an important part of the team.

Connecting fans with players is walls.io

Tribal Communities

A tribal community is a group of people who identify with a tribe. In North America, these are indigenous tribes who come together to continue their traditional culture, language, and arts.

The largest Native American tribes are the Cherokee, the Navajo, and the Sioux.

One way for tribes to connect is the Facebook group socialdistancepowwow

International Communities

Zorpia  is a social network that has a large international community. Zorpia’s features include profile customization, networking features and an incredibly detailed search. Zorpia has an impressive music section featuring popular artists like Ashlee Simpson, Vanessa Hudgens, Alanis Morissette and more. 

Cryptocurrency Communities

Cryptocurrencies, of which Bitcoin is the best known example, are decentralized tokens that serve as mediums of exchange and stores of values.

In short, they serve the purpose of subverting conventional currencies in the digital world. They can be used to help people evade taxes and government detection.

Cryptocurrencies first caught the world’s attention in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis that demonstrated the disproportionate amount of power central banks had acquired over the global financial system, and by extension, the lives of billions of people across the world.

To break the monopoly of central banks, software engineers proposed to shift the power to print money away from central banks, and thus to decentralize the global monetary system.

For a long time however, cryptocurrencies were not taken seriously. They were seen at best as a countercultural movement composed of shady, anonymous forum posters confined to the virtual world.

Crypto enthusiasts, however, were more than just another underground internet subculture. They were driven by a desire to disrupt one of the most fundamental pillars of human society – the banking system.

Even today, cryptocurrencies divide the opinion of national policy makers, with the majority still not willing to accept cryptocurrencies as legal tender.

Conclusion

These are just a few examples of the different types of communities that exist. There are many more, and new ones are forming all the time.

Communities provide support, connection, and a sense of belonging for their members. They can be an important part of people’s lives and important support networks.

Today, with the rise of the internet, it’s easier than ever to find and connect with people who share your interests, no matter where you are in the world.

Who Believes in Divine Harmony?

I do … without a doubt. 

What is the meaning of Divine Harmony?

Divine Harmony means experiencing the deep connection we have with God. After all, this is our nature! The word Divine has religious implications, and the name means ‘heavenly’ or ‘of heaven’. And to be in Harmony means to agree, but also means tranquility. 

Nedra Tawwab wrote the article (below) How to Find Harmony While Adulting

Does balance exist or is harmony what we’re really seeking?

Oftentimes when we talk about wanting to create more balance in our lives, what we are really seeking is harmony. When I think of the word balance I think of a checkbook. I think of having all things come out equal at the end of the month and making everything make sense. The fact of the matter is, that adulting makes very little sense. It is one of the most, if not the most, nonsensical things I’ve ever encountered. As a result, our lives are complicated because there are so many moving pieces to remember. Finding balance in the midst of adulting is unrealistic.

Harmony allows us to figure out how to do the things we have to do in a better way, whereas balance prompts us to try to give equal attention to every aspect of our lives. I don’t believe things can always be equal. If you try to give 25% here and 25% there, something will inevitably fall through the cracks. That being said, it is possible to manage your responsibilities and relationships in a cohesive manner that works for you. It is possible to achieve work-life harmony.

Here are some things we can do to streamline our lives and make them easier to allow more space for harmony:

Create a routine or schedule. Waking up at the same time every day and following the same set of steps on a daily basis frees up brain space that can be used on other things.

Minimize the number of decisions you must make and make decisions in advance. I typically have two things I will eat for breakfast. It’s oatmeal on mornings when I don’t have a lot of time and egg whites and hashbrowns on mornings when I have more time. Some people create capsule wardrobes to minimize the thought they must put into getting dressed every day. There are folks who always wear the same hairstyle. You don’t have to cut corners in every area of your life, and everybody’s time-saver is not going to be the same but making decisions like these ahead of time can save you a lot of energy.

Automate some of your decisions. You can set reminders for yourself, either on your device or in your planner, for important dates like birthdays so you don’t forget them. Sign up for subscription services to get refills on frequently used products so you don’t have to remember to reorder them.

Taking these steps can allow you more space for maintaining your relationships and it invites more ease. Figuring out how to uncomplicate adulting will go a long way toward creating a more harmonious life.

Journal Prompts

What things could make your life feel easier? What decisions can you make in advance that would lighten your load as an adult?

How do you know when you’ve achieved work-life harmony? What does that feel like for you?

Read

To Enjoy Life More Embrace Anticipation, by Holly Burns in The New York Times.

Watch

Biography: Bobby Brown. Bobby Brown’s Don’t Be Cruel is one of my favorite R&B albums. I live for the celebration of the man who ushered in the New Jack Swing. You can watch the docu-series on A&E.

Listen

Most Violence is Not Caused by Mental Illness on The Daily podcast. In this episode host, Michael Barbaro speaks with psychiatrist Amy Barnhorst about the connection between gun violence and mental health. You can listen to the show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you stream podcasts.

Angels – Do You Believe They Help You in Times of Emotional or Physical Crisis?

First, let me explain what I mean by Angels. There are the obvious ones, with large white wings, and Heavenly aura, and others similar, but with slightly different interpretations. And then there are those that are a lot more subtle. Angels are sometimes another word for an unseen Being. Or maybe a ghost of a long-lost relative. Even a stranger who suddenly appears, just as you are in danger, and maybe saves your life, then totally disappears back into the crowd. The latter are real people. But why were they there at that exact time? Did an unseen force point them in your direction? Maybe they were going to the movies and suddenly ‘decided’ to go by a different route, therefore being in the right place at the right time.

God can speak to us in many ways

Sometimes things happen that seem to be the opposite of Divine Harmony.  There are people whose sole purpose is to create chaos, who hate, or who can’t get beyond the hurt they were dealt. 

Timothy McVeigh was an American domestic terrorist responsible for the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people, 19 of whom were children, injured more than 680 others, and destroyed one-third of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

During that sad moment in our history, this photo was snapped of an Angel in the smoke cloud.  Was this God’s way of comforting his people?

Taken at time of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing

I would like to see what Angel photos you have … please post!

italki – Teach or Learn

italki is the best language tutor platform because there are teachers for every budget, it’s a safe and secure platform, and it has a lot of free features to enhance your lessons. Practicing with a native speaker is the best way to learn a language, and italki is the best place to find them!

Is the italki worth it?

italki is a legitimate language learning platform with a Trustpilot score of 4.8 out of 5. Founded in 2007, they have grown to become one of the world’s largest marketplaces for online language teachers, with 5 million students from 100+ countries being taught by over 5,000 italki teachers and tutors.

Teach

To apply as a teacher, please follow these steps:

  1. Submit an application on https://teach.italki.com via only by a computer or laptop. Applicants will be notified of the result within 10 business days.
  2. Complete the following onboarding process within 15 calendar days upon receiving a pre-approval email.
  3. Upload your identity document (How to pass ID verification?)
  4. Watch the Teacher Success tutorial videos
  5. Complete the guided tutorials to set up your account
  6. Pass the quizzes.

After you have completed the onboarding process and finished setting up your account you are ready to go!  Before you apply, please check which teacher type you want to apply for. You can only choose one teacher type.

Difference between Professional Teachers and Community Tutors

If you first apply to become a Community Tutor, you can later upgrade to Professional Teacher

What are the technology requirements for teachers?

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  • Stable internet connection
  • Video communication tools

You can use one or more of the following video platforms to conduct lessons.

  • italki Classroom

italki Classroom is the default option and can be accessed by clicking the “Enter Classroom” button on the lesson page. Easy to use: Adding your students as friends are not required. italki Classroom will connect teachers and students automatically.

When a student requests a lesson with you, italki will provide you and your student with the contact details (such as Skype account/ID) or a link to italki Classroom or Zoom.  When a student books a lesson, they are required to select a communication tool they want to use for the lesson. italki will offer the student the option of selecting italki Classroom by default, the teacher does not need to select it.

For more information about setting up and using communication tools, click here.

Microphone and webcam

You must have a microphone and a webcam. Headphones are also recommended.  Using an external camera or microphone typically provides better audio/video quality than using your device’s built-in camera or microphone.

If you need help with preparing an introduction video, please check this page: How do I record and upload a video to italki?

Once you’ve become a teacher, you can update your profile such as your intro video, adding another teaching language, etc.

italki Classroom Guidance for teachers

italki Classroom is a video communication tool that is available to all italki students both on the italki website and the italki mobile app.

Check the video introduction of italki Classroom here.

The benefits of italki Classroom include:

  • Full-featured: File sharing and screen-sharing.
  • Convenient: App download is not required on PC as italki Classroom is a built-in italki interface. italki Classroom can be accessed by clicking the “Enter Classroom” button on the lesson page.
  • Easy to use: Adding your students as friends are not required. italki Classroom will connect teachers and students automatically.
  • Fair: italki can track system records in case there is a dispute over a lesson problem, ie. absence and being late.

For further information click here.

How long is an italki lesson?

Each teacher provides 60min single lessons. In addition, teachers can choose whether to provide 30min, 45min, or 90min lessons and Lesson Packages.

How do I get paid and what’s the withdrawal fee?

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Although italki does NOT charge any fee for your withdrawals, you may be subject to different fees depending on which method you use. Please be aware that different countries may have different transaction fees charged by the respective payment provider.

The chart below shows typical fees for each payment provider. Please consult your payment provider’s website for your particular country to see what fees apply to you.

For details about when you will get paid, please check the article: I’ve submitted my withdrawal request, when will I receive my payment.

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For example, if you submit a withdrawal request via PayPal or Payoneer on the 12th, we will collect the request on the 15th (withdrawal deadline). Payment will be sent anytime between the 16th and 26th.

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Why Be Human?

What does it mean to be human? It’s a simple question, just a few short words, but it unwraps the bundle of complexity, contradictions, and mystery that is a human life.

It’s a question we have been asking for thousands of years. Priests and poets, philosophers and politicians, scientists and artists have all sought to answer this ultimate puzzle, but all fell short, never able to fully capture the vastness of the human experience.

BBC created a series called Being Human … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8cTsGEKhAQ

“Being human must be truly amazing.  You can see the beauty of a sunrise.  You can appreciate the power of a symphony.  Only you know how it feels to laugh with old friends.  To be able to love, to feel intense emotion.  To create life.  I can do many things that humans do.  But I can only dream of really being human.  Actually, I can’t do that either.”  Sophia the Robot 

Being Human is Wonderful

Why do we behave the way we do? How do we live better? How did we get to now? What is our future? 

Twelve thousand years ago, we learned how to domesticate plants and other animals for food and were able to settle in one place. We became a social animal, building complex communities that become kingdoms, learning to trade with each other using a concept called money.

By 2500 years ago, a small group of humans in Southern Europe and the Middle East started to ask big questions about who we were. What is the best way to live? What is a good life? What does it mean to be human? How we responded to these questions is how we built our civilization, art, and philosophy.

Five hundred years ago, the scientific revolution began, allowing us to harness the resources of our planet to live longer and more productive lives.

A person is a being that has certain capacities or attributes such as reason, morality, consciousness or self-consciousness, and being a part of a culturally established form of social relations such as kinship, ownership of property, or legal responsibility.

To be human means to learn from mistakes and grow every day. Being human is learning to make choices and prioritize tasks. Loving ourselves and self-awareness is the key attributes of human possession. Living life to the fullest without regrets.

We are Storytellers

Able to weave together common narratives about who we are and how we should live. We should celebrate Being Human – the awe of being alive and the thrill of discovering what it means to be us, the greatest wonder in the world.

It is our nature to make up stories, to interpret everything we perceive. Without awareness, we give our power to the story and the story writes itself. With awareness, we recover the control of our story.  Why do humans like stories so much?  It boosts our feelings of things like trust, compassion, and empathy. It motivates us to work with others and positively influences our social behavior. Because of this, stories have a unique ability to build connections.

When we tell stories about ourselves, they also serve another important (arguably higher) function: They help us to believe our lives are meaningful. “The storytelling mind”—the human mind, in other words.

All humans are made in the image of God.

That claim was–and still is–revolutionary. But what does it mean to be made “in the image of God?” What is Genesis trying to convey? Why is this such a powerful idea? In the ancient world to “be made in the image of a god” was a depiction reserved for only two things: idols and kings. When Genesis uses the phrase “image of God,” it uses the Hebrew word selem for “image.” You might be surprised to learn this, but selem is often translated as “idol” in our Bibles – “the idols of God.”

Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.”  So, God created human beings in his image. In the image of God, he created them; male and female he created them.  Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.” – Genesis 1:26-28

Our Spiritual Component

God has made humans different from all other created beings. Humans have a physical body and a spiritual component: a soul and/or spirit. Part of this immaterial aspect is the possession of intellect, emotion, and will. Human beings are different from angels, which have no physical body.

There are various unbiblical views of what it means to be human. Classic Gnosticism, for example, takes the view that mankind is primarily a pure, spiritual entity shackled by an unwieldy, corrupt body. Other views, such as naturalism, see mankind as a wildly complex, physical machine with no spirit at all—any feelings, thoughts, or inspirations we experience are solely the byproduct of chemical reactions within our brains. Neither of these extremes has any biblical support.

To be human means to bear the image of God.

We are not divine, but we reflect divinity. God has a mind, emotions, and volition. As image-bearers, we, too, have intellect, emotions, and a will. We possess creativity, inventing, fabricating, synthesizing, making music, and creating all types of artwork. We possess the gift of language, relating thoughts from one self-aware mind to another, learning thousands of words, and coining new words when we need them.

To be human means to have a purpose.

God’s stated assignment to Adam and Eve was to “be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground” (Genesis 1:28). We still fulfill this purpose when we domesticate animals, use natural resources, shape nature, and carve out an existence even in the harshest environments. But we are more than tenders of the planet. Our purpose includes knowing God and having a relationship with Him. Our highest purpose is to glorify God: “All things have been created through [the Son] and for him” (Colossians 1:16).

To be human is to have needs.

Only God is self-sustaining and self-sufficient. We have needs of body, soul, and spirit. Our bodies must receive food, drink, and rest to survive. Our souls must have fellowship with others, outlets for creativity, and times of mental, emotional, and aesthetic stimulation to maintain health.

To be human means to be morally responsible.

We can discern what is right and wrong. All humanity shares the same moral responsibility, and we are all under the same moral imperative to obey God. “The righteousness of the righteous will be credited to them, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against them” (Ezekiel 18:20).

In the end, to be human is not enough.

Humanity is corrupted by sin and faces the sure judgment of God. Only the redeemed human will see God and live with Him forever. Only those in Christ will experience the removal of the corruption and the wiping away of every tear. “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again” (John 3:3).

To be human is to balance between hundreds of extremes. Sometimes we have to avoid these extremes, but at other times it seems we should pursue them, to better understand life.

ID2020

Digital Identity Alliance – popularly known as ID2020

https://www.biometricupdate.com/201909/id2020-and-partners-launch-program-to-provide-digital-id-with-vaccines

The image of the paranoid loner, boarding up their window, donning a cone of tinfoil, and hiding away from a supposedly vast, all-encompassing network of mass surveillance, has been around for almost a century.  Writing for Vice, Roisin Kiberd traced the tinfoil hat idea back to 1927, when Julian Huxley, half-brother to the novelist Aldous Huxley, penned a short story called “The Tissue-Culture King.” In this story a scientist named Hascombe dabbles in mind control, eventually realizing that donning a cap made of foil will protect him against telepathy.  The idea remains relevant in the modern-day.

Digital Identity Alliance is a non-profit that states The Need for a Good Digital ID is Universal

The ability to prove who you are is a fundamental and universal human right. Because we live in a digital era, we need a trusted and reliable way to do that both in the physical world and online.

The concept of digital identity does not require a microchip or other invasive surgery, but for true believers, it functions as a kind of foreshadowing. 

Are Bill Gates and the ID2020 Coalition Using COVID-19 To Build Global Surveillance State?

According to snopes.com conspiracy theorists misrepresent Bill Gates’ funding of vaccination and digital identity research as evidence of a nefarious global surveillance plan foretold in the Book of Revelation.

According to the GatesFoundation.org, their perspective is:

  • Tackling diseases individually won’t solve many global health challenges. Working across disease areas allows us to identify public goods that can accelerate global health impact and reduce the threat of epidemics.
  • We believe technical innovation has a critical role to play in the design, development, and deployment of these public goods.
  • We invest in deep technical expertise and novel platforms in vaccine development and manufacturing to accelerate innovation for better, faster, and cheaper vaccines.
  • We also invest in building high-quality modeling and forecasting capabilities informed by trustworthy primary data. We make this information public to allow all experts to better prioritize our collective global health resources.

Read the entire article here.

An initiative like digital ID raises legitimate privacy concerns.

Digital ID, people assume, is yet another plank in an ever-widening global plot in the pursuit of, well, globalism. Ironically, the folks who are allegedly so concerned about privacy spend so much time posting content on social media sites and apps that track them.

However, if you are like 85% of Americans, you own a smartphone that you carry with you at almost all times.  Through this phone, you access email texts and phone calls. You may have any number of apps that allow you to access your financial information, health stats, or real-world services like ordering food online or calling a car (both of which require real-time location information). Regardless of the service provider or model of the phone, odds are there’s more information about you out there than you realize.  Every click on a website and each moment spent searching or reading; can all be scraped, collected, and analyzed to produce a stunningly accurate image of the individual using any smartphone. A growing percentage of the US population – the vast majority – has simply given over access to their personal lives.

For privacy advocates, this represents another step down a dangerous path.  For some tech fans, it’s just the future, as inevitable and necessary as the sunrise. For the surveillance state, it’s an unprecedented leap forward, making the task of monitoring and preempting threats, and avoiding other attacks like 9/11, not only much easier but morally necessary. No one in this scenario sees themselves as the “bad guy”.

D2020 is a public-private consortium in service of the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goal of providing legal identity for all people, including the world’s most vulnerable populations.

ID2020 has published a ten-point mission statement, which includes: “We believe that individuals must have control over their own digital identities, including how personal data is collected, used, and shared.”

Participants: Accenture, Microsoft, Avanade Inc, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Cisco Systems Inc have contributed their expertise to ID2020.

Conspiracy theorists falsely alleged that ID2020 and Bill Gates made plans for mandatory COVID-19 vaccination and the implantation of microchips into patients’ bodies. As a result of these conspiracy theories, the staff at ID2020 received death threats.

How close are digital driver’s licenses to becoming real?

According to aclu.org, in May of 2021, A secretive international standards committee (which won’t reveal its members, but which appears to be made up exclusively of corporate and government representatives) is currently putting the finishing touches on a proposed interoperable global standard for what it calls “mobile driver’s licenses,” or mDLs. The association representing U.S. DMVs is moving to implement that standard, as are federal agencies such as DHS and the TSA. But the licenses we would get under this standard are not built to include airtight privacy protections using the latest cryptographic techniques. They are not built primarily to give individuals greater control over their information, but to advance the interests of major companies and government agencies in inescapably binding people to identity documents so they can be definitively identified online and off. It’s vital that we only accept a system with the strongest possible privacy protections, given all the potential ways that mDLs could expand.

Identification is necessary sometimes, but it’s also an exercise in power.

As a result, the design of our IDs is a very sensitive matter. A move to digital IDs is not a minor change but one that could drastically alter the role of identification in our society, increase inequality, and turn into a privacy nightmare. A digital identity system could prove just and worthwhile if it is done just right. But such an outcome is far from guaranteed, and much work will have to be done to implement a digital identity system that improves individuals’ privacy rather than eroding it and is built not to enclose individuals but to empower them.

Resources:

Stuff They Don’t Want You To Know by Ben Bowlin with Matt Frederick and Noel Brown

www.snoops.com

www.gatesfoundation.org

Wikipedia

www.aclu.org