I recently had one of my articles published on a website that did not give me credit as the author. Not only did the owners of this site, the address of which I will reveal later, “forget” to give me credit (their words), but they also butchered the information that I was trying to explain. Instead of stealing the whole article, they took the time to pick and chose which paragraphs they would copy and paste onto their site. Fortunately, I have a good friend that messaged me and asked me if I wrote for their site. She recognized my information and wondered why my name was not associated with the article. It is nice to have friends who have your back.
I have been blocked and unfriended by many people for bringing to their attention that the quote they take credit for on their very nice Facebook page post is not their writing. I watch as they accept the many compliments from their friends for writing such wise words. Then I reach a point where I can’t stand the dishonesty anymore and I bring out my handy dandy sword of truth. I will write something like…”I really like this quote by (insert name).” Then I am blocked. Oh well, such is life. I dislike dishonesty and falsely representing yourself as something you are not, by pretending to have wisdom that you haven’t obtained. I also believe in fairness, justice and morality. Pretending that you wrote something that you did not is not fair, justified or moral.
I pray for a world where spiritual competition does not exist. A world where people don’t have the need to be the next spiritual celebrity and will pretend to be anything to achieve this goal. A world where humanity has self confidence and knows themselves as true beings of light that are capable of anything. A society that lives by the Universal Laws as taught in the ancient writings….Know Thyself. As I fervently pray for these things I keep my sword of truth by my side, and I am not afraid to use it.
While I was still in shock of having my article stolen and butchered, I made a couple of posts about my predicament. To my surprise I had people who do not know me personally, who have never had a conversation with me either online or by phone, accuse me of being all “in ego.” In their view, I had no right to take credit for anything I write, and if I state that I am unhappy, I am all in ego. I had someone tell me that she will no longer follow any of my work because I am all in ego. So, because I am upset about having my information stolen all of my previous information is meaningless to her. That is so funny…
However, since I pride myself on doing inner work and using every situation I find myself in as a learning experience, I decided to dig deep within myself into the notion of “credit.” Was this individual correct, and I am not really all that humble, and was my desire for justice in this situation ego driven? Did I want credit given to me to feed my ego as a prize for my good work, or was it something entirely different? I have to say that 99% of the people that read about this situation were supportive, but the ones who weren’t had the most to say, were the loudest and were the most judgmental of all. AND….they were my greatest teachers. This entire situation gave me a huge opportunity to know myself better and clean house even more. What I discovered from within the deepness of my soul, was very revealing to me.
First, I decided to look at how my non-supporters brought to my attention that I can’t take credit for anything I write because it all comes from God, and that God deserves all the credit. I 100% agree with this notion. Everything I write about comes from my own direct personal experiences with Universal Knowledge, also known as the Akashic records. For the most part, I don’t write about topics that have been researched by other people. Most of my articles are original because I experienced what I wrote about on a clairvoyant and physical level. My articles are part of my inner being, and my inner being is part of God. Following this logic, they are not mine. They came from God, the Source of all knowledge. I really do agree with this, so I decided to take it a step forward, to peel back another layer of the onion. Shall we go down the “who gets credit rabbit hole”? Sure, I was willing to jump!
Giving all credit to God is the right thing to do, and if we live on a realm, reality or planet where physical density is not so heavy this would work. However, we must adjust to boots-on-the-ground Earth life. If God was given credit for everything we have available to us on this planet then we would not have any of the following: known books with authors, scientist with inventions, physicists with discoveries, philosopher findings, etc…. If you read about a new piece of information, you would not know who to present questions to. The author, discoverer is God. Nothing would have any other label other than…Created, Written By: God. I don’t think our great creator had this in mind.
Instead I offer a different point of view. We know that nothing is new under the sun and all comes from God/Universal Knowledge. But, how do individuals tap into this vast stream of information that is readily available to every living soul on this planet. They do so by meeting certain vibration requirements designed by God. If you don’t vibrate with the level of knowledge you seek, then you will not receive it. How do you vibrate at the various levels of information? By doing inner work and practicing humility, compassion, forgiveness and love.
“The lips of wisdom are closed, except to the ears
of Understanding”–The Kybalion.
These ears that are referred to here in this quote are earned, not just freely given out to whoever asks. To paraphrase Matthew 22:14…”Many are called, but few are chosen”. Does this mean that God picks and chooses favorites that are allowed to tap into Universal information. NO! It means the ones that are chosen have earned it by their works, specifically inner work on themselves.
By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? ~Matthew 7:16~
This passage from Matthew compares a person’s vibration and information to fruit. If the person’s vibration is low their body will not generate fruit but thistles. Our body is like a tree that bears fruit or thistles. If we tend to our roots fruit will come. If we don’t then thistles will flourish.
This brings me to the million dollar question…. Does a person who has dedicated their life to doing constant inner work, who is their own watcher of their life, who is practicing compassion and humility, worthy of credit? I say yes. All of the ancient mystics, sages, philosophers, astrologists, ancient scientists did a lot of inner work to clear the body to receive the light of God in the form of information and new ideas. The credit or byline was earned. I feel that I, and many others fall into this category.
My first priority is to share the information I receive and to answer as many questions as I can. I am the one that received this precious information and it is my responsibility to make sure it is presented in a clear and concise way. If what I have written is stolen, I can’t do that, and this is what bothers me the most. I don’t feel I should get credit for my writings because it is my legal right under the Copyright Laws. I feel I should be given credit for earning the ability to receive the information. I was preparing to go to Law School before I got married, so I am very familiar with the legalities. However, I answer to the Universal Law of Vibration and I don’t feel I am in ego in saying so.
Since we live on planet Earth, where things are difficult and confusing, I feel all people should be given credit for a job well done. We are all worthy, even if the ultimate source of our information comes from God. This being said, I would like to point out the name of the website that picks and chooses who gets credit for their work. I have found that not only my article was misrepresented, but others were as well. If you are a well known author, then you will be given credit for your article. If you are like me, who is not very well known, it is stolen. The vast majority of the articles on this site have the authors listed. In the case of my article, they also changed the title of the article, I was very lucky to have my friend Amanda find it for me. Thank you Amanda!!!!
Thank you for taking the time to read my article, I am sure not all that read this will agree, and that is fine. I have stated how I feel about the topic of Spiritual Copyright infringement, and I do not wish to debate with those that disagree. I respect opposing views but do not feel the need to argue this any further.
I hope that all of you who put your time and energy into sharing information get the credit you have earned. It is not easy to put yourself onto a computer screen for all to read. The least we should expect is a proper byline.
Pray for peace and justice, but don’t put away your sword of truth,
Lisa Rising Berry
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