The Miracle of Life

It sounds simple, and it is. But because of its simplicity, most of us take the miracle of life for granted.

We are sustained by something, no matter what we choose to call it–God, Spirit, Lifeforce, Energy, Cosmic Consciousness, Universal Life, Chi, Ki, Prana, or any other name. It’s not the name that’s important; it’s the concept and the underlying force. We are sustained; therefore, we have breath. That’s miracle enough! But the true miracle of life and living, is that of ebb and flow.

With every breath we take, life is either ebbing–with the exhale–or flowing–with the inhale.

Each step we take is a rhythmic balancing act. If something in our bodies didn’t work properly, we could not take another step. To keep walking, balance must be maintained, and to start walking from a state of rest, balance must be restored.

We sleep, and we wake. Unfortunately again, we truly underestimate the power of sleeping and waking! We waste our waking hours with thoughts of “What if,” “If only,” “What’s next?” and “Not now.” And we miss the opportunities Life offers us–the chance to release old patterns, beliefs, thoughts and situations, and allow new ones to flow to and through us.

And we all know we don’t use our sleep wisely! We skimp on rest, drink caffeine-laced beverages and energy drinks to stay awake, because we don’t have time to sleep. Time is irrelevant. It, too, ebbs and flows. Some days it seems time is on our side. That’s when we’re in the flow, working with Life and its gifts. Other days we have no idea where time is going and where it’s taking us. That is ebb, and it’s perfectly natural.

What is not natural, is how we respond to ebbing time. Rather than giving thanks that time is shifting in our favor, we lament not having more time. And we know that what we resist, persists. So, learn to live with time’s flow, as well as its ebb, and to be grateful for both.

We are not linear beings. We are cyclical, spiraling, evolving beings. We have Life to thank for that! As we put aside society’s notions of productivity, good work, right and wrong, we realize that the ebb and flow of the universe is mirrored in our own hearts, minds, and bodies.

And that is why we need sleep! Sleep is a time to rest and rejuvenate the mind, as well as the body. It’s a time to assimilate, work out, and release parts of our lives. That is why we dream; it’s a tool to help us work with Universal ebb and flow: Working with it, not against it.

Sleep is also a time to reconnect with that Presence of Life within us. Before falling asleep, we can simply affirm a restful night, dedicating it to God or Spirit. And we can respect ourselves enough to truly rest, without escaping first into books and technologies. Sleep is a blessing, and we can shift and learn to embrace it as one.

We take time to be with other people. But just as important is the time we take for ourselves. This includes hobbies, interests, and creative activities. But more than that, it includes meditation, going within, quieting the personal ego mind, and contemplating and experiencing the Power and Presence of Life.

Next time you breathe–and hopefully you won’t wait long!–let yourself experience the ebb and flow of your breath. Yogis, mystics and meditators speak of this often. But only when we experience it for ourselves, can we truly appreciate the ebb and flow that is the miracle of Life.

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You are a divine being whose true nature is love.

You came from love, were created out of love, are made of love, and can experience love now.

You are one with love. You are one with permanent, unchanging, transcendent love, now and always, in this eternal moment that is your life. Through this love, you live. Within this love, you move and have your being. As love, you came forth as a human person. And in love you can choose to live, aware now of your divine nature.

May the Light of Love surround, enfold and guide you in every action, word, thought and experience of this, your life on earth.

May you feel blessed, and loved always.

May you let it be so, believing in the all-seeing, all-knowing, ever-present Power of divine Love. For as you allow it to be so, so it is.

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Four Steps to “Be Here Now”

This is the day the LORD has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. –Psalm 118:24

This day, this moment, is new! We’ve never been here before, and we’ll never be here again! TO make the most of this moment, this day, this week, this year, there are some steps we can take to truly “be here now.”

1. Recognize God’s presence.

You can call it God, Universal Consciousness, Spirit, Shekhina, Allah, Goddess, or anything else you like. But recognize it. Acknowledge it for what it is–Creator, Source, Life. It is what creates all things, what all things are made of, and what makes all things “tick.” Recognize that; know it within yourself, and make it real to you.

2. Declare it within you.

Proclaim and affirm that this Presence of All-There-Is, exists within you. Why wouldn’t it? You just recognized that it is within all things. Yet somehow we’re good at saying, “But not within me…” This is total falsehood and spiritual foolishness! That Presence, that Great Spirit, is as much within you as within anything else. It’s not just for the Chosen Few. It’s for each Chosen One, and that would be you! Affirm that God is within you. Make that declaration, and make it confidently.

3. Identify ultimate reality.

Invoke spiritual reality from within yourself. This means letting go of appearances, outward conditions, and negative thoughts. It means going beyond these things–which is why we call this metaphysics. “Meta” meaning beyond; “physics” meaning physics itself, or physical existence. Guide your own mind beyond appearances, and identify your True Self. In spiritual reality you are whole on all levels of your being. You are love, peace, happiness, abundance; you are all good. Stay with this until it becomes real to you.

4. Accept the healing of your mind.

Now, receive! You’ve asked for something from the Universe. It would be counter-productive and spiritually rude to turn it away! So, consciously accept this oneness and wholeness as your new life. Give thanks that it’s already real in Universal Mind, and that it’s manifesting in your life now.

This process is many things. It is the steps in metaphysical prayer treatment or affirmative prayer. It’s also a way to give up the personal ego. The part of us that fears, doubts, worries, and is generally negative, is sublimated or taken over, by the Higher Mind within us. This is not a painful thing! It’s joyful! But it must be done at least once daily.

Take these simple steps. Meditate and pray with oneness as your goal–at-one-ment with the Mind of God. And they become so integrated that you live in a state of oneness more and more of the time.

Negative trends happen. It’s how we respond to them that’s important. Train your mind to respond with these steps, or whatever resonates with you. The result is that negative trends don’t last as long, and positiveness is your dominant state.

“Now may you be blessed,
May you always feel whole,
Fulfilling the purpose
That’s deep in your Soul.
–And so it is!”
–from “Harp and Drum”

Keeping Your Own Council

I just read a wonderful post called He Who Goes To A Medium Must Go With A Clean Inner Life! I fully agree with the conclusion stated in the title. If you’re going to visit a medium, psychic, or other healer, reader or even a minister, you must have a clean inner life. Otherwise, any message you receive could be distorted by inner thoughts, beliefs, and subconscious patterns (I call it goo) that haven’t been sublimated.

But what is sublimation, and what does it have to do with keeping your own council? Sublimation means allowing negativity of any kind, on any level of being, to be overcome by the Higher Mind within. It means raising your consciousness above the level where currently, you see a problem. And truly, keeping your own council is the best way to do this.

Are you feeling fearful, inadequate, let down or negative now? If you are, there is good news. These feelings come from the personal ego, and the personal ego is, above all, what must be sublimated by the Spirit within, that is our true nature. And the Spirit within is what you seek when you keep your own council. It is not the ego’s council, which is like asking for someone else’s opinion. It is true knowing, and who wouldn’t want that kind of council?

No medium, psychic, teacher or other guide whom you visit with your outer senses can tell you what is best for your life. They can, however, be tools for the Higher, Universal or God-Mind to speak to you. But only when the personal ego is out of the way, can you truly hear that guidance.

It is not guidance just because it comes from this channel or that spiritualist or the medium you saw on television! It’s guidance when it comes from the Mind of God! This Mind is within you and everyone, always. And the best thing you can do to improve your life on all levels, is to establish and keep contact with that Mind.

This is accomplished through meditation. Not meditation once or twice a week, or when you have nothing better to do. But daily meditation and/or prayer, expressing the desire to live from the Higher Mind that is one with all things, and not from the personal ego. By entering into this type of meditation, you will really experience God-Mind for yourself. You can read about someone else’s meditation experience, but it means nothing to you. Only your own personal contact will show you, beyond thought and experience itself, when you have made contact with Universal Intelligence.

You can respect those who serve as psychics, mediums, teachers, readers, healers and other channels! Above all though, seek first the Higher Mind (or Kingdom of Heaven) at the core of your own mind and being. If after that, guidance comes through a medium, a friend, or even a child, that guidance is real. And the person who serves as messenger has been a tool to bring it to your outer senses.

In every case, the thanks, glory and appreciation go to the God-Mind. So yes, thank the person who has provided service. And go beyond that, thanking the Cosmic Consciousness within you, within that person, and within all things.

Fireworks

Bursting balls of light
Packaged in spirals and tubes
Set them off to demonstrate
The wonder of God and His elements

So much light streaming down
That it cannot be contained
The visual is not enough
There must also be abundant sound

The smell of sulfur
Knowing not to touch
They seem so close
You could almost taste them

The questions, “Will it end?”
And, “What if it ends?”
A spectacle for every sense
And awe-inspiring, even when feared

Fireworks sing God’s power
Strength
Creativity
And beauty

The Is
Was
And Ever Shall Be
Of all things

Namaste!


I admit that fireworks are still not my favorite creation! That’s why this is a quiet poem with no sound or visuals. 😀

Happy In-Dependence

Today in the United States, most of us are celebrating our independence–from England, from others, from everything we don’t need.

In short, it often seems more like, “Ha ha, I don’t need you, I don’t want you, and there’s nothing you can do for me… Unless of course, I want to exploit you, in which case I’ll be happy to. But remember, I’m independent!”

I’ll say no more on that; I can already feel some cringing going on, and that’s not where I’m going with this.

Independence is something we can all have! But independence from what? A common way to start a Spiritual Mind Treatment (affirmative prayer, or metaphysical treatment) is this: “I recognize that there is but one Life in this universe. That Life is God’s Life, and that Life is my Life now.” Does that sound like self-serving, egotistical independence to you?

No! The independence we seek and truly celebrate, is in-dependence of God. We depend on God, and are independent of the personal ego. In our dependence we open to true freedom, ultimate reality, and the source of all things. When we depend on the ego and celebrate our independence from what we don’t like, we have not evolved at all. We’re still in victim consciousness, like a small child who says, “I don’t need your help! I can do it myself!”

However, when we celebrate our in-dependence with God, we know ultimate Truth:

“Why call ye me good? I of myself do nothing. It is the Father within me that doeth these works” –Christ

In this dependence, we release attachment to our personal, outer identity for something better: The inner knowing, and then the outward manifestation of our at-one-ment with God-Presence.

It starts within us, always. Independence is possible! But independence from what? From all that no longer serves our Highest and Greatest Good, from negativity, from reacting to conditions rather than responding from Love.

We can still celebrate a country’s independence, or personal milestones, and do so gladly! But at the heart of our independence is the recognition that God is our Source and the true doer of all things through us.

May this be a happy In-dependence Day, for each and every precious being God has created in His image!

And as we let it be so, so it is!

What Time is It?

The following is from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, King James Version (KJV). For a musical version try this Video–Turn Turn Turn by The Byrds

3 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

“What time is it right now in my life?” I’ve been asking myself this question in prayer and meditation, so I can know and follow divine guidance. This text is comforting to me, and its rhythm and poetry speak to my heart, and keep my mind occupied. 🙂

Taken literally, this text doesn’t make much metaphysical sense. A time to kill? Inevitably we kill things sometime, but is that an image we want to hold for long? Generally, no. SO I take this symbolically. I believe the different stages in this text are all saying the same thing:

There is a time to actively participate in all things, and there is a time to rest and go within. There is a time to create, and a time to release. There’s a time to hold on, and a time to let go.

These times are rarely well-defined. We can’t say, “Ok. In Winter we don’t work at all. We just take it easy and rest by the fire. In Summer we work all day every day, no breaks, do not pass go, do not collect $200, just work work work!” Because then, what do we do in Spring and Fall?

No, these times can be much more subtle. They are above all, inner times, or inner seasons. They can and do overlap, but I feel they are a dominant state. The concept of “time” in this text is a guideline. You probably work in Winter, both on a mental and spiritual level as well as physically. But our dominant state, at least for those of us who live in cold climates, is more rest than outside work.

The author of Ecclesiastes is sharing the Truth that life works best for us when we flow with its seasons. We need to learn how to work with our inner seasons and landscapes, rather than resisting them.

The references to gathering stones, war and peace, etc, are cultural references of the time the text was written, as well as metaphors for the building up and taking down, the letting in and letting go that we experience as the evolution and change that take place in our lives.

Verses 9-15 read:

9 What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?

10 I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.

11 He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.

12 I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life.

13 And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.

14 I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.

15 That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.

There are beautiful images and great affirmations here! And the question is put bluntly enough: “What’s in it for us?” What’s the point of working or laboring? And what, do tell, is our God-given task?

The affirmation that put the whole thing into perspective for me is:

12 I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life.

13 And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.

So, we labor not only to receive God’s gift of joy to us, but also to participate in that gift. We, too, are the gift. We are a gift of and from God our Creator and Father; the same Father who makes everything, including us, beautiful in its time. And that gift is given to us, as merriment and a good life, as well as through us. We can only receive what we allow God to give through us.

But, God has not only made everything beautiful in its time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.

What does this mean for us? It means the world is within us! We already have everything we could ever need, imagine or co-create with God. We just do not, because we cannot, see that whole world at once. We cannot, in our own mind, know God’s work from beginning to end, why things happen, or how they will play out. It is not ours to know. In fact, if we knew, our ego would explode–it is not equipped to handle all that! God knows this and keeps silent, rolling out the tapestry of our lives to us just a little at a time. What a blessing!

We need to trust God, because in our limited mental and intellectual understanding, we will never know God’s work from beginning to end. The thought “Give God what is God’s” comes to mind. We need to allow God to take care of us. He will do it anyway–but if we really allow it, we experience much more good, and less struggle.

The text ends with the greatness and eternal nature of God:

14 I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should *fear before him.

15 That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; **and God requireth that which is past.

*this is not dread or ego-centered fear as we know it, but awe and wonder

**God sees the big, eternal picture, and everything in every time, existed for His glory. Everything was required, from the eternal perspective.

I encourage you to read this text or another on seasons that resonates with you. Ask yourself that question: “What time is it right now in my life?” You will receive guidance. And by following it, you will live in the flow of God-Life within and around you.

And as we let it be so, so it is!