Man to Man with Greg

Hello and Welcome. Let me introduce myself.

My name is Greg. My wife and I have 3 adult children, one of whom was severely disabled.  Among other things, we have lived with and suffered from Tourette’s Syndrome, OCD, and Depression. Either directly, or indirectly, we have all been touched by the trauma of childhood sexual abuse, and we have lots of experience in working through trauma and its aftermath. We have also all been traumatically impacted by the Watchtower Organization, its teachings, and it’s members.

 

Accompanied by my wife and daughter, I have been privileged to work with parents and families and to help them learn and develop skills in Compassionate Parenting. It has also been my privilege to work with the Faculty Staff at the Local Waldorf School to help them learn how to more compassionately interact with parents, children, and other staff members using empathy, compassion, and Nonviolent Communication.

 

For the past 10 years, I have also been active as a Peer Support worker and am very busy helping support, encourage, and mentor other men to heal from their childhood sexual abuses. I specialize in Active Listening using compassion, empathy, and Nonviolent Communication.

 

And for the last couple of years, I’ve been using my skills and experience to actively help and support persons who have been deeply hurt and traumatized by the Watchtower Organization and other religious organizations.

 

Most importantly, I’m here because I care very deeply about people.

 

12 Responses to Man to Man with Greg

  1. Marjo says:

    Thank you Greg. I think I got it what you are after on this. Flame doesn’t have a shadow because God parted the light from the darkness. But I never thought that verse 3 in that way that this earth has been filled with light all over. I wonder how bright earth must have been then.

  2. Greg says:

    Marjo, I really appreciate your expression. I like to add a couple ideas to what you’ve said, not to replace, nor correct, but only to share and maybe supplement.

    Verses 3-5 in the RVIC read: And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.

    A great many thoughts fill my mind with awe when I read that passage. I like to let my mind just wander here a bit and try to soak it all in.

    Here you have God creating Light. So this isn’t just talking about His own natural state of BEING light. No, that was pre-existing. Here we have the heavens, the universe, the sun and stars, the earth, and even the waters already existing. But there wasn’t any light yet. And then, after God created light, now there was light. Everywhere. All the time. And then God “parted the light” and made it possible to still have conditions (or “islands”) of “no light”.

    To me, this is very similar to how Marjo speaks about a candle’s flame casting no shadow. Later, in Genesis 1:6, and again in verse 9, God “parted the waters”, too, and this allowed for breathable air, and for dry land to exist within pockets of the waters.

    So until there was light, you couldn’t have the possibility of having “no light”. And rather than leave it so that there was light and water everywhere, God made places where there was a conspicuous and useful absence of light, and a conspicuous and useful absence of water. Not a TOTAL absence, just a very perceptible difference in the amount of light and water.

    Moreover, I see that the possibility of abundance, or of absence, of both life-giving light and life-giving water is both a literal and a spiritual condition. I like to just let my mind wander here for a bit and soak in the sights. (Did you notice the references to Water and Light in that expression?)

    Both light and dark are necessary for growth. Both water and drying out are necessary for life. And so even in these few verses, I can appreciate “The Divine Plan” as an object, a Plan, and yet also as an experiential condition, something we are in the middle of, something that will help us become healthy and fully-grown.

    I could go on and on. I’ll limit myself to sharing one last thought: Every single one of us on the planet are trying to grow and become the best “potato” we can be. Some of us have been born into conditions of very low light, so our growth and our foliage is straggly, thin, sparse, spindly, and leggy. Some of us are currently barely recognizable as potatoes (human beings), but all of us are reaching towards the light, trying to send down roots to find and draw in water and nutrients needed for growth and survival. Some of us get trampled down, choked out, broken, withered, and very sickly. Some of our fruitage isn’t healthy.

    And yet, in the coming peaceful kingdom, there will be far more favourable conditions which will allow us to grow and flourish. There will still exist places of greater light, and places of greater darkness, but the darkness won’t be so consuming, and the division between the two won’t be so deadly.

    -greg

  3. Marjo says:

    In Genesis 1: 1-5

    Verse 2: Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness covered the surface of the watery depths, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.

    Verse 3: Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

    Verse 4: God saw that the light was good, and God separated the light from the darkness.

    Verse 5: God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” There was an evening, and there was a morning: one day.

    Apostles understood in that time that God is light and His Word too in 2. Cor 4:6: For God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of God’s glory in the face of Jesus Christ.

    He loves being in light because light is good. So now God is giving us that light to understand His word better. All kind of religions are making shadows for us not to see the true light in His Word. Now we have found that inner peace so we can accept the light too. When we pray understanding He will give it to us. Then we will shine the light of the knowledge which Jesus was preaching on the earth. We are not living in the shadows anymore.

  4. jacqueline says:

    Greg in an email you mentioned that Genesis 1:1-3 bears a revisit.
    Well I have many times and here is just my brain on fire:

    Genesis 1:1-3 1″ In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”

    Only the earth was formless and empty now. The heavens didn’t seem to have changed. But did something happen between verse 1 and 2?
    Did he start something new on the earth after he had created it and the heavens in verse one?
    Some say this is our heavens that we see and the following verses break down this creating in verse 1. That could be correct but It could be outer heavens that are still intact from the creating of them. The still-expanding heavens, not our sky, heaven.

    But I also see that something could have occurred and time passed that made the earth now empty. And he was doing something else new to the earth. Thus verse 2 and 3 is a new work on the earth. I also found out the first verse tells the whole history of God’s plan end to beginning.
    So you see my brain on fire see more than I ever did when I was guided toward the belief of one or a few persons. But I can be completely wrong on what I am seeing, but at least I can think without being afraid of being labeled. I am training my brain to listen to Holy Spirit guidance in little steps.
    Now why did you suggest I visit these verses? lol

  5. jacqueline says:

    Hello everybody, Greg needs our prayers for illness in his immediate family. Thank you

  6. Greg says:

    I really really really appreciate everyone’s expressions and contributions on our Testimony Meetings. Sometimes I can hardly keep up with all the wonderful things being shared and expressed. There are nights when I sit reflecting on all the missed opportunities, all those little gems that flew past so fast we didn’t even get to comment on them.

    I thank EVERYONE from the bottom of my heart for helping to make it such a beautiful time together.

    -greg

  7. jacqueline says:

    Good morning Greg, what an encouraging faith strengthing breakout session last night on the Testimony meeting.
    I think you took us through every emotion as you moderated out different views on “second death”. Those that couldn’t speak had scriptures and comments moving fast on the sidebar.
    Then we began to turn on our cameras and the laughter broke out as we saw each other, some for the first time.
    Kent had a bit of fun, I noticed playing with the positioning of my image.

    Now They see what we do! That was a typical group healing session!! Emotions, crying, laughter. That’s how you heal.

    Ariella has moved on and formed a “Coffee Time” with Ariella. She is moving forward, not stuff crying over spilled milk. Hooray for her. I will join her and friends from around the world if I can get up early enough. lol

    Jeff is just faithful! We can depend on him being there, quietly but there. His Catholic church stepped right up when he left the witnesses and gave him comfort and a physical house to live in as he attends the grounds.
    WHAT A BLESSING THAT WAS FROM JEHOVAH!

    Henry has moved on and called this morning excited about choosing a name for his “watching the world” (I just put stuff there until he got his together)

    CC is seriously thinking about buying a new computer to get a nice set up, her equipment doesn’t work, no camera etc.

    Ted was just a powerhouse of support with his fast posting of scriptures and comments as we talked. We need to thank him for that. He can’t speak but he sure can post some scriptures really fast.

    I need to find out how to keep the screen big so the scriptures don’t move up so fast before we read them.
    ALL IN ALL Greg, me think we had the LORD and the Lord’s blessing. Praise HIM!
    jacqueline

  8. Greg says:

    OK, thanks for the informative suggestions and ideas!
    -greg

  9. jacqueline says:

    Yes Greg your introduction Page should be the static page the one that never changes on man to man. Then all other articles will fall under man to man and they will be clickable. Or the meet the team page issupposed to have your bio on it below your photo. (1)So think about if you want to change your static page and let the article now be a clickable. (2)In addition or in place of insert a bio where your show is mentioned. I just put some stuff.

  10. Greg says:

    Jacqueline,
    I had wondered about briefly introducing myself so individuals would know just a little bit about me and why I’m here. So I had hoped to move this article to a page by itself, and put my introduction here. I figured it might seem more natural, intuitive, and less cluttered that way. 🙂
    What are your thoughts?
    -greg

  11. jacqueline says:

    Okay Greg so this is back up, now isn’t there another article you posted before?

  12. jacqueline says:

    Greg, I never thought about why one disaster will totally take you out emotionally and another one has minimal effect.
    It depends on how it happened and if it was personal or an act of “nature”.
    Thanks for this perspective.

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