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Has your Spring Sprung?

Posted by [email protected] on April 27, 2015 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Song of Solomon: chapter 2: Verses 11 and 12:

“ For behold, the winter is past, the rain is over and done. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of spring has come and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land”.


Well… spring has sprung in New England; and with it a sense of looking forward; to expecting something good. Warmer weather, lighter clothing, more sunlight, flowers blooming, the wild life in our yards, longer days, prepping the garden, planting, spending time outside again.

We happily leave winter behind us. We had record snowfall this winter. It altered our plans. It had us wondering how we would ever remove all that snow and get back to our normal routines. It made some of us wonder if it was time to move to a warmer, milder climate once and for all.

We wont even mind the rainy April weeks ahead because, well at least it’s not snow and also we joyfully envision the flowers the month of May will bring. And after that, it’s just a hop, skip and a jump to summer. July and August… Vacation months… every since we were kids…nothing maybe except for Christmas morning beat the months of July and August. It meant the pool, the beach, family vacation, hanging out late with our friends, No School… WOO HOOO!!

But if we step back and take a look at spring and our mentality about it, our consciousness… What is it all about? What state do we find ourselves in? The first thing we notice is we have become positively expectant. We expect good. We daydream about all the good that is on its way. We are not so focused on our aches and pains, our letdowns. We don’t see trouble at work or on the home front in quite the same way. We are looking out, looking forward with great joy. It has altered out entire mind state.

I love Easter; it’s my favorite holiday. It is about resurrection and ascension and rebirth. The old self, the lower self, the limited self dies and we are reborn once again to our higher self, higher levels of consciousness. Just like the flowers coming through the dirt, our real self is blooming. We are aligning with all that is good. Seems like everything that happens in spring is just like the undercurrent of the ocean, driving us into the shore of all that is good, all that is of God.

But how do we maintain that spring-like positively expectant attitude at other times during the year? Like when it’s 95 degrees in the middle of August and it’s terribly humid or when there is 3 feet of snow on the ground in February? Or when there are more bills than money to pay them? Or when we have medical issues, or when people leave or people die? Are we only designed to be spring-like in the spring? Are we only to expect good, when the “bad stuff” is behind us and there are no earthy signs of it visible to the eye?

Everyday, every single day of our lives our good is on its way. It is all around us. The blessings are everywhere as we maintain levels of higher consciousness and live beyond the faulty, not to be trusted, appearances of this world. Trust that all you need to live a happy, purposeful, peace-filled, healthy life is here. Keep your mindset on that immutable truth and refuse to waiver from it. The more we focus on our good, the more of it we will see and the more of it we will attract in our lives.

So there is no need to wait for March, April, May and June to have a spring like attitude- you can have it every day of your life.

Do our prayers change God's mind?

Posted by [email protected] on April 2, 2015 at 7:05 AM Comments comments (4)

 

Well happy spring dear ones!

I often get prayer requests from people around petitioning God for something specific. Theses are often material things like a new job, a new car, new home, a relationship, a specific healing outcome, etc. I must admit this is about right in line with the way I used to pray in years past too; that was until I realized who I am and what I'm entitled to. I am a Divine being having a Divine experience and anything on this physical plane to the contrary or less than a divine experience, is nothing more then an illusion, like a nightmare. It's nothing more then a passing cloud covering up the warmth and light of the sun (or in our cases the Divine). It does not so much need to be prayed about or over as it needs to be seen for what it is (an illusion) and transcended. And it is the vehicle of prayer that does exactly that.

I pray to remind myself of who and what I really am, about how I could be walking through this life instead of how I'm walking in this present moment that is presenting itself as lack on some level. There is no lack. There could never be lack for us. As a Divine being I have inherited the qualities of the Divine such as (but certainly not limited to) joy, peace, love, divine wisdom, abundance, health and wholeness. These things and more are mine (and yours) inherently. These things are in unlimited supply and available to us all the time. They are mine in each moment that I am reminded of this truth. The more I align myself to this good, these things of God, the more of them I tend to manifest on this earthly plane.

So you see it is not about asking for money, but instead claiming the Divine quality of abundance as something that is inherently mine.  These are not foxhole prayers of desperation and supplication; they are joyous affirmations and contemplations about what and who I really am. It's not about turning to the things of this world and acting as if they could ever plug the hole of the day, it is really about understanding the true source of supply and seeking that, aligning with that, focusing on that. The more I focus on that, the more all my human needs are satisfied.

So prayer... changing God's mind, asking for some specical favor that he/she/it has been withholding from me up to this point, his beloved child?...I should say not. Prayer is about changing my mind and opening up to all the good (or God) that is just waiting for my invitation. :D

Bonsai dear friend! 8)

 


Is the intellect the enemy of spiritual evolution?

Posted by [email protected] on December 7, 2014 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (0)

 

This is a topic that has been on my mind for many years. Just what place, if any does the intellect hold for those who are seeking to evolve spiritually? It gets a pretty bad wrap, the intellect or intellectual people do, by some who are walking and even helping to lead others down a spiritual path. Intuitively, that never felt right to me. It never felt fair, but I never gave it much more thought than this.

If we define the Intellect using dictionary.com we have the following:

1. the power or faculty of the mind by which one knows or understands, as distinguished from that by which one feels and that by which one wills; the understanding; the faculty of thinking and acquiring knowledge.

2. capacity for thinking and acquiring knowledge, especially of a high or complex order; mental capacity.

In contract to this, intuition as defined by the same source is:

 

  • an immediate cognition of an object not inferred or determined by a previous cognition of the same object.
  • any object or truth so discerned.
  • pure, untaught, noninferential knowledge.

 

When we are in a meditative state we are generally and for the most part getting our information and insights from or through the intuitive channels. We are in essence bypassing the intellectual channels (although I do not believe entirely, but I will not argue that here.) And I do not know about you, but the type of information I receive during times like these, are typically short bursts of feeling or a sense of deep inner knowing, for instance about what direction to take. This mode of acquiring information has been incredibly helpful to me and one I would not want to be without during any time in my life.

However to make use of this information once I get it, I find myself further developing it by, either adding it to other bits or bursts of information I have previously received or perhaps journaling about it or allowing it to become a sermon/talk or a blog even. I might even be so moved to use this information to create a positive affirmation that I would use to re-work a core belief that I have determined is no longer serving me. The crafting of a crisp and effective affirmation, based on these truths obtained through intuition happens through the wonderful God-given power of the intellect. To form an opinion about a bible verse (or another great inspirational work) to apply it to real world happenings or events, happens at the power of the intellect. The intellect for me has been such a powerful God-given tool to help further develop my understanding of so many spiritual and non-spiritual concepts. Whether to deliver the message with humor or not is a function of the intellect. The intellect helps to order, make sense of and deliver the message in a way that others will most readily be able to understand. It adds clarity and color and if used correctly can really drive the point home in a way to reach more people, more effectively.

I have observed that the most evolved spiritual teachers have both highly developed intuitive and intellectual abilities. In fact, the marriage of the two can be quite breathtaking and critically important to those who would learn from them. These teachers are typically oh so careful about connecting the dots of their theories and suppositions; fully developing them and leaving no holes that have us asking “how in the earth did you arrive at that conclusion”. I pause here to thank all these glorious teachers for continuing to evolve these two incredible gifts of the Divine. You have created quite a sturdy bridge for the rest of us to cross over on our quest for spiritual evolution.

This entire line of thought takes me to the conversations that many have had around Science vs. Spirituality. And its only in the more recent past that people a lot smarter than I am, are determining that these two are complimentary and are supportive of each others claims. This is something that many of us on the metaphysis side had a deep inner knowing about, but had no scientific facts to back up (until now that is- read Dr. Joe DisPenza, Dr. Lissa Rankin, Bruce Lipton and the list goes on and on.)  It’s quite a glorious thing when these two work together. And so it is when the intuitive and intellectual powers work together. Yes, we can just all get along.:P

 

12/5/2014- It's all about what you focus on man...

Posted by [email protected] on December 6, 2014 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)


I often get asked by people to pray for them... and what that usually translates to is, please pray for a certain intention, like... a cure for an illness or a new job or a new car. People ask for these things as they believe that is what will make them happy or make their present pain go away. But I have come to understand that these things are not typically what bring about long lasting happiness. These things are all at the level of effect. If we want to be happy or have long-lasting peace or other things we would label as good, we must tap into the source. To do this effectively, we must examine what we believe about source, divine creation, god or whatever we each call it. Do you believe that source is power, love, knowledge and all things good? If you do, maybe you trust that source is always pushing these things your way, because there is nothing but good to push or radiate or deliver. If this is true, than the only thing we ever need to pray about (or think about, since each thought is in fact a pray) is the divine, god, the creator. If we focus on the divine via prayer and meditation and daydreaming, visualization, etc., then as a consequence we are focused on the realm of cause ( the divine and all things good.) The more we focus on that realm, the more we are calling into being (and by this I mean allowing, because it is always pushing to us the good, its all around us, in us and through us, but we are not always open to that) those things; wholeness, love, peace, abundance and more. We don't need to try and control it by being prescriptive about it, we could leave that to higher intelligence and trust that the best possible outcome will be formed as we do our part. So what's out part? What do we do? All we need to do is not block our good, by focusing on whatever the "problem" or perceived lack is. And how is that we focus on lack? through speaking about it, thinking about it, buying into it with fear or nervousness or desperation and more then this in acting on this fear in anyway, (trying to control or direct it, fighting it off, etc). If we believe in the power of the divine realm (cause), there is no need to do anything but trust. All we are ever called to do is trust and allow and put our focus in whatever is good, brings us peace, Joy and a sense of love and connection. Sounds too simple to be true... try it for a period of time and get back to me.... :)


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