Musings from the Minister
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|Posted on September 23, 2017 at 3:20 PM||comments (0)|
Today, I went shopping at the local mall. While there, I decided to have lunch at the Food Court and got a sandwich at the Subway. While offering a blessing of gratitude for the meal, it suddenly struck me how truly BLESSED I am. Imagine being hungry, walking up to a counter, saying what you want and having it handed over the counter to you. THAT is being blessed. Don’t believe me? Read on …
Tomorrow I leave for Puerto Rico as part of a recovery team being sent over to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. We have no idea how long we will be down there; the island is 100% without power; and 95% of the cell towers have been damaged or destroyed. Communication will limited to say the least. Moreover, temperatures there have been reaching around 100 degrees Fahrenheit with high levels of humidity – in short, hot, sticky, muggy, sweaty weather: the kind that makes me appreciate my air conditioner at home.
While having my lunch today, I thought about being in PR; thought about setting up camp as if we were going to some undeveloped area on expedition; thought about the local people and what they have endured; thought about what they have to do to get food, water, a safe place to sleep. Still don’t think ordering a sandwich from Subway is a blessing? Didn’t think so.
Today I realized that although I start my days with a prayer of Gratitude, there are still so many things that I take for granted. For all of those, Spirit, I am truly grateful and I receive these blessings in my life with a renewed sense of awe and reverence. I recognize them as blessings and carry Gratitude in my heart and mind for these simple joys which mean so much to someone who no longer has them.
It’s been said that wherever 2 or more are gathered in union of thought and purpose, there will Spirit abide as well. I’ll be going to PR with a team of 3 other people, but I know that I take with me a host of others in thought and prayer: family, friends, coworkers, Spiritual partners, etc. I ask all of you to join me in my prayer that I will be of Loving Service in my travels to this beaten land; that I will have the strength of heart & compassion to serve in whatever way I am called to do so. Thank you, Spirit, for this opportunity to share the wealth which you have poured on my life!! May I never again forget the blessings that have been given to me in this life – truly, “my cup runneth over!”
|Posted on March 22, 2011 at 9:40 AM||comments (1)|
In light of the events happening all over the world, the people of the Hopi Nation ask ALL of us, Lightworker or not, to join in sending Peace- and Love-filled prayers to Japan and to the Earth Mother for balancing the energies during this time of change and for the well-being of our future generations.
If you are so moved, please share this video with your other circles so we can get the "whole planet" praying not just for Japan but for the whole planet! Truly, we are all connected so each of us affects all of us, and the "all" of us is in each of us!
Peace, Love & Light to All!
In Service & Gratitude,
|Posted on March 4, 2011 at 8:23 AM||comments (1)|
I co-host a Blog Talk Radio show called The Spiritual Helpdesk and I got such a great reaction to the show on Forgiveness that I thought I would post the article and link to the replay here. The 14 minute exercise is mentioned in the show but you can go through them anytime. Enjoy!
To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.
Life is full of struggle and determination, beauty and suffering, harmony and pain. I believe that if we do it right, we’ll experience all these things and many, many more in our lives – celebrating every step along the way!! Sometimes, however, we forget that we are here to experience all that Life can give us, which includes the downs as well as the ups. During those times, when the downs go too low, we find ourselves holding on to the pain and refusing to see the harmony that the struggle may bring through. How do we get past those times? How do we keep from getting stuck in them and reliving the pain of that moment over and over again?
- Lewis B. Smedes
Forgiveness, that’s how. Forgiveness is the magic wand that allows us to see the beauty despite (and sometimes instead of) the suffering. Forgiveness is a promise to ourselves to actively re-engage in the processes of Life; to create a future full of Freedom – a life unbound! Forgiveness is a gift we give to ourselves and a commitment to personal growth.
What is Forgiveness? How exactly does one go about Forgiving? Is it possible to Forgive everyone who’s ever hurt me? Join us as we explore these and other questions on Spiritual HelpDesk Radio, Tuesday Feb 15th, with our interview guest Rev Laura C. Cannon of www.DivineTransformation.com.
Direct link to show: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/lyhd/2011/02/15/the-spiritual-helpdesk
14 Minute Forgiveness Exercise:
Watch these great YouTube videos on Forgiveness – and there are many, many more out there! I recommend watching in the order listed and as often as you feel drawn to. Enjoy!
The Gift of Forgiveness (less than 6 min)
Forgiveness (about 5 min)
I Am Willing To Forgive (less than 3 min)
|Posted on February 8, 2011 at 7:29 AM||comments (0)|
Not all of my daily meditations make it into my postings here, but this one screamed out to be shared so here it is. Today's message comes from the Chinese I Ching, or Book of Changes.
In the I Ching, there are 64 Hexagrams made up of 6 Lines each. Each Hexagram provides some form of message for living and enjoying life. Today's message comes from Hexagram 8 - Holding Together.
"Seek union with others and with the Sage."
"Holding Together" means creating union with others in order to complement and assist one another. To have successful unions, 3 things must be present. First, that we each hold fast to our own inner truth. Second, that we resist acting out of emotional response. Third, that others see the benefit of the union also.
This is really a recipe for establishing community, but it starts with the individual. Each of us must cultivate a relationship with our "inner truth" first, our own spirituality, ie., our own relationship with Spirit. This is the first union that must be created successfully; then, after that, all others will have "good fortune."
Part of that relationship with Spirit means recognizing within ourselves when we are not acting in accordance with that inner truth. In short, when we allow our emotions to dictate our actions instead of guiding us to clarity, then we are not acting in a way that will support the relationships we seek. Emotions are our responses to what happens in our environments. They are here to guide us by letting us know that we are either emotionally clear and ready to decide on a course of action or we are not. Only in clarity can we expect to take actions that will benefit not only ourselves but those with whom we seek union.
Humans are social creatures and so desire the sense and security of community. A couple thousand years ago, people greeted strangers in Peace and Love and welcomed them into their homes as though they were extended family. In some cultures of the world today, that practice still exists. In order for successful unions to occur - in other words, to have successful relationships - we must give the ones we want to be in relationship with a sense of "family." This, more than anything else, will help to break down any barriers between us.
In short, it seems that the wisdom of the I Ching tells us that successful relationships have 3 components to them: first, a relationship with Spirit; second, a relationship with oneself; and third, a relationship with others. Community, therefore, starts with each individual and "holds together" through the Love we share with Spirit and each other. Have you hugged yourself today? 8~þ
"A genuine commitment to truth is the fundamental building block
of all relationships. Where this is not present there can be no union."
|Posted on December 17, 2010 at 11:45 AM||comments (1)|
“I only earnestly wish that the wind will soon puff away all of the clouds which are hanging over the tops of the mountains." ~ Shinto Prayer
“Be fair in thy judgment, and guarded in thy speech.” ~ Baha’i Prayer
“Oh Lord God Almighty, may there be Peace in Celestial regions. May there be Peace on Earth.” ~ Hindu Prayer
These prayer portions say to me:
Push away from you all those clouds of doubt keeping you in the dark and preventing the light from shining on you. Be fair in your dealings with others and try not to speak to harshly to or about them. Create on this earth an environment welcoming to the Love of God, the Angels and all other Celestial Beings.
I read these words and I think, “Isn't it amazing how clearly Spirit provides the message we need to hear, if we just allow ourselves to be open enough to receive it." During this time of year people seem to be nicer to each other – maybe it’s got something to do with the timing of the year; maybe it’s got something to do with the “holiday season;” or maybe it has to do with their belief systems. Somehow, though, I think it has to do with, at least on some level, people’s willingness to hear God’s voice, to hear Spirit’s message, to be a little less concerned with themselves and a little more concerned with others.
Whatever the underlying reason for doing that, I believe the end result really is the creation of an environment here on Earth that carries the energy of Love more prevalently than at any other time of year. I also like to believe that more and more people across the face of the planet are striving to maintain that energy throughout the entire year. I wholeheartedly and enthusiastically join my brothers and sisters in holding, maintaining and sharing this Love today, this season, and every day of the year. Won’t you join us, too?
|Posted on November 7, 2010 at 2:04 PM||comments (0)|
A weapon, howsoever powerful it may be, can always be superseded by a superiorone; but no weapon can, however, be superior to nonviolence and love. ~ Jainist Prayer
Be eyesto the blind, and a guiding light unto to the feet of the erring. ~ Baha’i Prayer
And theservants of God, most gracious are those who walk on the Earth in humility, andwhen we address them we say “PEACE” ~ Muslim Prayer
There are many weapons in the world today but probably the most damaging one is the weapon most people use without even realizing: our words. It’s been calculated that 97% of human communication is nonverbal, and yet the words we use have such power in our minds and in our lives. We hear them with our ears but we listen to them with our minds, and we replay them over and over again until they become a part of who we think we are. Whether the words are spoken to us or we speak them to ourselves, we assign their power and value in our lives.
Fortunately for us, the Jainist prayer reminds us that NO weapon has power over Love: not even our words. That got me thinking …if our words can be unconscious weapons, why can’t they also be conscious tools of healing and protection? Well, they can! It’s so easy to do, too – just fill your heart with the energy of Love and let that the energy spread over your whole being - but most importantly, over your mouth before you speak. It may take some practice, but eventually you’ll get to the point where your words – ALL of them – will be spoken in Love. That’s just the first step, however.
If we make it a conscious, daily exercise to fill our whole being with Love, then throughout our entire day we’ll live our lives through and in that energy of Love. Then, we will be that guiding light to and for others who will see it and feel drawn to it like moths to fire. At that point, it will be easy to show them how to do the same thing, and we’ll all be able to greet each other in Love and in PEACE!!
Just my thoughts for today. Thanks for reading them!
|Posted on October 15, 2010 at 9:55 AM||comments (0)|
Each day, I take time to quietly sit and "pray Peace" as we did in the Beloved Community seminary program. During this time, I will often pull 3 cards from the Praying Peace card deck created by James Twyman. I take these cards, which have a line or two from the different prayers, and allow Spirit to carry a message to me through them. These messages become for me a ongoing meditation that I focus on and bring my thoughts back to periodically throughout the day. On occasion, I will share those meditations here; like today!
The cards today were:
"The all-seeing Lord up on high who sees even the footprints of an antelope on a rock mass here on Earth." - Native African Prayer
"Give to everyone who begs from you, and of those who take away your goods, do not ask for them again." - Christian Prayer
"May those who find themselves in trackless, fearful wilderness - the children, the aged, the unprotected - be guarded by beneficent celestials." - Buddhist Prayer
As I contemplated the message from these cards, I remembered an old song that Bette Midler redid several years back called "From a Distance." One of the lines in that song states, "God is watching us from a distance." This, then, is the message that came through for me today:
Spirit (God, Allah, etc) sees everything, but he uses our eyes to do it! When you see someone in need, don't look away - see them with Spirit's eyes - see them as they truly are: spiritual beings, children of light and love. Share your Divine Love with them - hold nothing back; give it all! Let the Love that Spirit put in your heart fill your eyes and color everything you see. Fill yourself to overflowing with this Love, then let it pour out of you. Share it with your environment; fill your world with it. Then, we will all be wrapped in it and feel protected from those "trackless wildernesses" that seem so scary. When we realize that we are all a part of Spirit, we can truly understand that "God is watching us" and the distance isn't so great after all!
In Service & Gratitude,
|Posted on October 7, 2010 at 1:20 PM||comments (0)|
Hello and Welcome!!
As you can see, this is a blog page, and you can expect that I'll be adding to it on a regular basis. I plan to post a new entry either weekly or whenever the Spirit moves me to with posts ranging from stuff that catches my attention in the news to different kinds of thinking about or doing things. Something that comes to the forefront of my mind is a new look at meditation so that will be the topic of this first post. I first came across this form of meditation at the Enlightened Beings website. I've put it into my own words but the premise is still the same:
For hundreds (maybe thousands) of years, people have been taught to meditate - especially here in the west - by breathing in all the Joy, Love and Compassion and breathing out all the misery, ugliness and negativity. Well, after so long a period of "dropping" all of our negative aspects out into the world it's time we took a hard look at what we've created!! Where has all that anger, frustration and hatred gone? It's not hard to find - all you have to do is turn on the news any night of the week.
Well, for a truly powerful and revolutionary change in our world, it's time to make a truly powerful and revolutionary change to how we think/meditate. For the next thousand years and more, let's look at meditation like this:
- breathe IN all the nastiness, bitterness, anger, frustration and negativity;
- allow it to enter your Heart Center and let the power and energy of your Sacred Heart transform these elements; then,
- breathe OUT only the Joy, Love, Compassion, beauty, blissfulness, brightness and positivity - let THESE elements now fill our world and our beings.
Now, imagine what Earth will look like after a thousand years of THIS kind of thinking and doing!!
In Service & Gratitude,
"When you breathe out, pour yourself into existence. This is the method of compassion: drink in all the suffering and pour out all the blessings. You will be surprised what happens when you do it. The moment you take all the sufferings of the world inside you, they are no longer sufferings. The heart immediately transforms the energy. The heart is a transforming force: drink in misery, and it is transformed into blissfulness... then pour it out. Once you have learned that your heart can do this magic, this miracle, you would like to do it again and again. Try this beautiful method of compassion: take in all the misery and pour out all the joy." ~ Osho