Under The Influence

If I were to say “hickory dickory dock, the mouse ran up the . . .” Most people would finish the complete rhyme, vaguely remembering when they’ve learned it or even why. Yet, like many other words, songs, lyrics, teachings, and rhymes, “we the people” find ourselves “unknowingly” knowing but being led by, that which we cannot fully explain e.g., the subconscious reflecting of heterosuggestive implementation. 

The unfortunate backlash comes when a person’s deep rooted inhibition, reflects in wickedness of an unknown influencer. Sounds far-fetched? Here’s an example that may help shine light on the understanding. Mentally envision a middle-aged wealthy man who’s in good physical health. Add to this man, a solid well known and respected reputation among friends, families, and colleagues. He’s filled to the brim with confidence, pride, and vigor, while possessing and expressing the freedom and privileges bestowed upon his status/journey throughout life, all to one day (in a matter of hours) fall to that of traitor, insurrectionist, and rioter, upon an establishment that best facilitates his, and the like thereof, once legacy. (a “ten-year maximum sentence” per his idols words, now chiseled felon within record). Moreover, “and all the king’s’ horses, and all the king’s men’s, couldn’t put . . .” 

Here’s the thing, this idol (his idol), who enslaved this man’s idea of freedom, struck the flame within a cluttered mindset of mess – saturated knowingly, and to a deeper affect “unknowingly” by way of heterosuggestivle hate, despair, and bigotry. And just as blindingly following the symbolism of rhythmic suggestions “one nation, under God, with liberty, and justice for . . . ” a man’s understanding of freedom was lost – under the influenced/er of factors seemingly unknown, yet embedded to destroy a democracy for its people, by its people, mindlessly under the influence of that which they care not to admit or could fully explain. 

Know this, to acknowledge that one has fallen “under the influence” doesn’t forgive, resolve, or expunge the action taken. As such, life cannot be restored by the murderer or the accomplice/s sudden realization of said rock overturned – no matter what their pied-popper played.

If this doesn’t shed at least a flicker of light towards admittance or understanding, try to imagine how the “three blind mice” felt – after falling from that which influenced them. 

Think About It.

Reginald O’Neal Gibson

The Soil Upon Which I Stand

Our history isn’t perfect, nor complete in its entirety, but there’s more than enough factual based evidence, per the experience of mankind’s failures, and successes, to make informed, influenced filled debates, and re/discoveries for the betterment of mankind. Only issue is, are we utilizing the greatness of past, paired with the examples of the present, to teach, facilitate, and influence the zeitgeist of today’s “accepted norms” of embedded differences – which in turn, manifests into a bias that exacerbates mankind’s deepest fears? This is why I choose peace to bare,  implement, and diligently lead by. I choose to lay down my fears upon the soil which accepted our ancestors blood – in absolute faith, that the prudence of the philosophical mind, in “biblical understanding” and in action; shall prevail. As such, I’d die a life of fulfilled purpose.  

– Reginald O’Neal Gibson

From Which It Comes

In my words:  

“Why are you throwing stones, when the land upon which you stand is foreign? Have you not your own/learned understandings to lean upon? Or have you’ve given sole ownership to that which incites your insecurities?”  

In my grandfather’s words:  

“Boy! Have you lost your #@&#!!! mind!?”  

Bottom line, I miss my grandfather — he had a way with words that was unequivocal.  

Please know, we have an innate responsibility to know, learn, and grow from which we’ve come. And by all means, when knowledge is shared, we must allow the reverence of God, its wisdom, and its word to prove evident upon our spiritual maturity. 

As such, knowing that one day our expressions, love language, and calling upon the message given (in time/maturity), shall be heard. And not for entrepreneurial, idealistic, or persuasive measures, but for the reciprocity, and reverence of the living word of God.  

With that said, if you ever find yourself judging others, ask yourself this question prior to speaking with/about them, “are the words you speak meant to cast stones? Or is there a better way to teach, interact, or lead by example?”  

So, before you claim scripture, wisdom, and or the anointing to prophesied, please examine your thoughts, understandings, and intentions, because they too have an underlined effect on the delivery of the message being shared. Least you’d be like my grandfather, making a snappy point — but ultimately falling back into the rubble from which it came

Think About It.  

Reginald O’Neal Gibson 

De-Find Thyself

This is not my world. 

This is not my house. 

This is not my car. 

This is not my job. 

This is not my phone. 

This is not my computer. 

This is not my education. 

This is not my money.  

This is not my bank. 

This is not my credit. 

This is not my medicine. 

This is not my riches. 

This is not my worry. 

For these are merely suggestions, used in the temporary — by a system created to control the ONLY thing I do have! Which is, my God given PURPOSE! 

Let “no other” measure, classification, nor identification, define your creation.  


Don’t just “Think About It” — be about it!

Reginald O’Neal Gibson 

Attention, Listen up!

I’m praying for your finances, your friends, your family, and your future, because sometimes it’s YOU, that’s screwing things up! 

I’m serious, take some spiritual responsibility!

People pointing fingers to the “far-left” or to the “far-right,” in hopes of feeling/being a part of “some-thing” thought bigger than themselves. When in fact/hope, they should be focused on what’s in between the left and the right, better known as the center of self. As such, lost vicariously sharing other people’s posts, agendas, and or reflective insecurities!

Why? Because they “know not who they are,”per the boasts and distractions of others – who in turn, don’t know, have a clue or even care if they exist!

And to make matters worse, you publicly pray to God, all the while listening, believing, and trusting “hook line and sinker” to the sensationalistic, well funded, media-influenced, pointing fingers of hatred, towards others ideologists! This, as opposed to welcoming God’s answer/s, directions, and or blessings! Point is, you can’t have it Botha ways. Either you trust in God and allow his answers, or you keep falling for the rhetoric that incites your insecurities.

Hey, listen up. God answers prayers “particularly” for three reasons. (not an exhausted list)

1.) To reward your faith, reverence, and trust in him/his mysterious ways.

2.) To remind you that his word, promise, and power is real, unquestionable, and forevermore.

3.) To continue your reflective purpose of glorifying God’s will, favor, and mercy over “all” made in his image. 

*(Including those you’ve been told, or influenced to believe are your enemies -because they pray too, and sometimes much harder)!

So starting today, until you start working on you, I’ll focus my prayers of healing, and God’s favor, over your “finances, friends, family, and future.” Think about this, would you turn an empty glass over, and start pouring water on the bottom of the glass? No, that’s insane! 

And as such, I’m not wasting anymore prayers, on anyone not willing to listen, trust or be influenced by the peace, love and mercy of God’s word, answers or blessings.

P.S. In case you didn’t know, This is your subconscious speaking! You’d know that if you’d rest a bit more, and stop listening to all that external rhetoric.😉

Think About it.

Reginald O’Neal Gibson

The Keep Up

Peace be Still😉

It’s amazing how people conjure up excuses to justify their dumbfounded reasonings – regarding your finances, blessings, and or lifestyle? Then, turn with audacity to huddle up with likeminded others, all in  hopes of making you feel unworthy, inadequate or defeated!

Please, keep doing you! Keep learning and developing you! And above all, keep smiling at those trying to keep you down, even while praying for them! Why? Because one day, they’ll most assuredly seek the very leadership skills you’ve developed, while being patient with them and theirs, that is, if they’ve  kept up.

R. Gibson

Mirror Mirror on the Wall . . .

I spoke to an old acquaintance earlier this morning, who had the audacity to greet me by saying “man, I’m just waiting for you to fail miserably, just so I can rub it in your obnoxious, holier- than-thou, pretentious smirk of a face.”

So, me being me, I answered back aloud “not everyone fails at or on the same level. Some fail, chose to learn from it and continue moving forward – regardless of others input! And besides, didn’t I rebuke you just yesterday? No reply.

Point is, never think the enemy from within controls your destiny.

Never forget, that image in the mirror often masks the persistence of a daily fear, whispering ever-so gently between your ears. And as such, you aloud should let your spiritual prayer life, eminent through spoken words of faith, confidence, and worthiness, not only for yourself but for others as well!

Why? Because “the superficial, pales in comparison to that supernatural – which God has bestowed upon your life.”

– Reginald O’Neal Gibson

TRICK – KNOW GOOD.

Please understand, the treat lies within the trick of the fallen one, turn away! That is, the reaping or treatment from what is sown in ignorance (without repentance), will undoubtedly reveal itself most unfavorable. As a result, the old cliche/proverb which mentioned “speak no evil, hear no evil, and see no evil” is rendered void, being it’s fallen by one – over time. Thereby, beckoning with question, what will you do upon knowing the good from what was lost? For the revealing is now upon us, and the need of your brethren is at hand! Trust not your senses, for your feelings are fickle, overwhelmed with clutter. Trust not your tongue, paralyzed in anger drought of salt, spewing nothing more than the dust from which it came. Ultimately, you will stand upon the threshold of your purpose, allowing your relevance to be revealed. Moreover, being you’ve acknowledged with your mouth, by way of the Holy Spirit, and not the physical sense, that “faith without works is dead,” you should be well prepared with good offering, when the humbled hands of need reach out to you. Thus, Know – good.    

Think About It.   

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*Per my wife, I’d like to share a little something about the way I write. Please know, my writing isn’t to persuade, but rather make way of truth, and self-reflection. It’s not meant to make a statement or prove a point, nor embellish oneself. And for the love of goodness, it’s not to teach or preach at you but rather, grow that something special which is already within you. As such, I’m sowing the seeds which in turn will one day assist in the healing of a broken mind. So, if one cannot figure out what I’m saying in the present, it’s fine, just keep on living, for I write for future. 

Also, a friend of mine recently said, “Reginald, why can’t you just write what you’re trying to say in plain and simple words. This way more people can relate, and understand what you’re saying? Here’s why.  

First, because I write within the influence of the Holy Spirit. Can you imagine interrupting someone authentically speaking in tongues at a revival, at church or in praise of a quickened miracle, and say “wait, wait, wait, hold up, stop for a minute! Can you please, slow down and explain the words that are coming out of your mouth, in layman’s terms, because on behalf of the congregation and I, WE DON’T UNDERSTAND WHAT YOUR’E SAYING!?  

Secondly, words of wisdom are meant to empower the mind, heal the body, and strengthen the spirit, not to entertain, pacify or negatively lead astray. That is, caring, loving, and purposeful words are spoken to dig deep, make well, and keep fertile the soil of one’s temple. In this, the fruition of fruit shall be evident upon the anointing. 

And lastly, not everyone is on the same level! For instance, the title of my last short story was called “That Little Dam Voice,” (representing the wall or in my case a dam, which was created within the darkness of personal mindset. Hence, the result of discrimination, fear, and self-doubt. That is, until one day, that little “dam” voice spoke so loudly, it broke through the barriers, and allowed the embedment of God’s purpose for my life to flow!) But, taking a step or two back, wouldn’t you know it, people in multitudes came out in comments “oh no! You spelled the word damn wrong, just letting you know, Love you! Of course, I wasn’t surprised, no one wants to read anything lasting more than a sixty second read, especially if it doesn’t start with “BREAKING NEWS!” Just understand, words speak to the level of one’s personal experience. In other words, you can’t say “I understand your pain,” to a person who’s going through a pain you’ve never experienced first-hand, no more than I can “show” someone the images of my life after death experience, but to the least I can write about it, ensuring that one day someone struggling through the trauma can benefit in confirmation.  

That being said, thanks to all who’s loving enough to correct, critique, and converse. If any are confused, just let the words flow (whether in one ear, and out the other), trust; words will do exactly what they were meant to do, prick the soul upon the growth of purpose. 

Reginald O’Neal Gibson