Archive for July, 2012

Unsheathing the Mind

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No doubt. Blind faith. Just believe! These words, said by many a sycophantic ignoramus, have succeeded in dissuading millions of logical minds over centuries … nay, millennia. Yet there is truth in these words … if there wasn’t, then no one would be listening.

In my prior post, I used the picture of Excalibur sheathed in stone. In meditating on the quotes as well as the imagery, I began to think of the sword as the mind, and of the stone as our doubts.

So what exactly is the key to unsheathing our minds? Certainly not strength, ingenuity, or willpower. In the story of Excalibur, every strong man, warrior, and I’m sure even intellectual tried to pry the Sword from its berth. The only person who was actually able to accomplish such a feat, was a weak child … unencumbered by doubt.

One of the things that adults most prize about children is their ability to naïvely and innocently BELIEVE.

For the logical mind, This is often a difficult task. Virtually anything can be compromised, twisted, or warped to suit the satisfaction of a selfish mind. Then it is spun, and repeated ad nauseam, to serve as the bit; steering the less logical minds along their own self-serving route.

So how do we wade through the centuries of lies and self serving machinations?

For myself, when I had my great crisis of faith, I felt the need to boil everything down to only that which could not be compromised. After years of wrestling with this conundrum, I came up with the answer that completely frees my mind of all doubt.

LOVE.

Stripping everything else away … every dogma, ritual, tradition, and tenet. Love is the only essence … the only source … that is completely infallible. Of course I’m talking about True Love … God’s Love, which is unconditional.

When I am centered in God’s Love, I know that my actions are a reflection of that Love … and every doubt falls away.

That is what it means to be a Being of Love, a Being IN Love … a Warrior of Light.

But there are many people who claim to be based in love, via their particular religion, and yet they spew hatred. How can they be right? How do we know who to believe??

I believe Jesus spelled it out very clearly … you will know by the fruit of their actions. If there fruit is ANYTHING but Love … then they are not based in Love. The same goes for all of us, with our own actions.

It is that simple.
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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

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In Spite Of Doubt

My words for meditation today:

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“The relationship between commitment and doubt is by no means an antagonistic one. Commitment is healthiest when it is not without doubt but in spite of doubt.”

-Rollo May
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“In life, many thoughts are born in the course of a moment, an hour, a day. Some are dreams, some visions. Often, we are unable to distinguish between them. To some, they are the same; however, not all dreams are visions. Much energy is lost in fanciful dreams that never bear fruit. But visions are messages from the Great Spirit, each for a different purpose in life. Consequently, one person’s vision may not be that of another. To have a vision, one must be prepared to receive it, and when it comes, to accept it. Thus when these inner urges become reality, only then can visions be fulfilled. The spiritual side of life knows everyone’s heart and who to trust. How could a vision ever be given to someone to harbor if that person could not be trusted to carry it out. The message is simple: commitment precedes vision.”

– High Eagle
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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

Southern California, Northern California, Mission Viejo, Irvine, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Marin, San Jose, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Palm Springs, Long Beach

Imagining Pleasure That Surpasses

Imagination is such an amazing thing. Just look at the world around you and marvel at how many things are the result of an imagination. When we are imagining things, we are truly being Godlike … the ultimate Creator. We can create such beautiful pleasurable worlds to live in, that sometimes we just don’t want to leave them!
We start to crave and cling to our imaginations. We also begin avoiding anything that will take away from our experience of those imaginations. Then, ultimately, when what we have imagined crumbles, or is taken from us, we shut ourselves down and go into a soulful hibernation.
So what is the answer?? We need to be nurturing of our imaginations, in order to create the things that we are destined to create in this lifetime … but how do we avoid getting crushed on that deep soulful level?
In my post for meditation today, “Variegated Mindfield“, Vincent van Gogh gives the instruction to not become a slave to your model. I began thinking about all of the various ways I have been enslaved to my dreams and imaginations … I admit, I found it puzzling to conceive of how not to be enslaved without constant work and attentive consideration to each thought.
Then it dawned on me, perhaps I was simply imagining the wrong things. If one imagines something that they cannot achieve or that is impossible … then invariably their spirit will get crushed.
I thought of God. It is my belief that God is capable of anything. So therefore it made sense to plug my imagination into my own intimate relationship with God … in doing so I can simply let go and allow God to manifest what I had imagined. I’m not talking about some get rich quick scheme though … God is not going to just give us whatever we want because, like little children, what we want is usually not good for us.
What God will give us in plenty is love and joy and happiness and peace and SO much more. I began imagining on that level. I imagined not ever having to fight to stay connected to God. I imagined other people’s judgments of me having no effect, because I am just that rooted in God love. I imagined being as gleefully happy as a little child, without concern for what tomorrow may bring … or even the next hour. I imagined becoming so completely one with God that the pleasure of that surpasses any orgasm, fantasy, experience, or high.
That sounds like a pretty awesome world to me!! All we have to do is keep imagining it and then allowing God to create it. We never become enslaved to our model … because we can just let go … no clinging, avoidance, or rejection required.
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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

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Variegated Mindfield

Day One of a solo road trip from Southern California to Washington state … LOTS of meditative time :-).  Today I will be meditating on these concepts:

“The sorcery and charm of imagination, and the power it gives to the individual to transform his world into a new world of order and delight, makes it one of the most treasured of all human capacities.”

Frank Barron

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“You create your own universe as you go along. The stronger your imagination, the more variegated your universe. When you leave off dreaming, the universe ceases to exist.”

– Winston Churchill

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“What feeling, knowledge or will man has depends in the last resort upon what imagination he has.”

–  Søren Kierkegaard

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“Do not quench you inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model.”

– Vincent Van Gogh

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

Southern California, Northern California,Mission ViejoIrvineLos AngelesSan FranciscoMarinSan JoseSan Juan CapistranoSanta AnaPalm SpringsLong Beach

That which is pliable

What if you could prevent the events that you don’t want to happen … and only make the things you want to have happen … happen??

Sounds great, right!  Well, this concept is the CORE of what is wrong with modern day mindsets!  Change is is much a part of life as birth, or death, or living … you simply cannot get away from it, or prevent it.  When you try to do so … you are literally making your life a miserable place. YOU are the one causing your own pain.

So much of the suffering that we experience in our lives is truly caused by ourselves.  We spend inordinate amounts of energy in trying to hold on to the things we want, as well as trying to prevent the things that we do NOT want.  In doing so, we are attempting to prevent Change from happening … we are trying to dictate to the Universe what we think it should be.

The harder we try, the more exertion we expend with the intent of making Change be what we want it to be??  The more pain we experience.

It’s that simple.

If you let go of trying to dictate your will to the Universe … to God … then your level of personal pain will decrease accordingly.  Change WILL happen, and there is nothing that you can do to prevent it … NOTHING.  The best thing that you can do is acknowledge that change will happen, accept that change … and simply let go; allow the change to take place and allow yourself to adapt.

We want SO much to be in control though … just allowing something to be and adapting ourselves to it is equated to failure.  We are trained, from a young age, that we should be able to impose our will on the world … to make things be what we want them to be.

Even if you are able to do this for a period of time?  It won’t last … it can’t.  It’s impossible.  So then you are left with the fact that once it DOES change, your entire world is shaken, broken, or crumbled.

That which is rigid breaks under pressure … that which is pliable … takes that same pressure without any effort at all.

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This post was based of meditating on my prior post, “Constant Transformation“.

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

Southern California, Northern California,Mission ViejoIrvineLos AngelesSan FranciscoMarinSan JoseSan Juan CapistranoSanta AnaPalm SpringsLong Beach

Constant Transformation

 

“The moment you have in your heart this extraordinary thing called love and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstasy of it, you will discover that for you the world is transformed.”

– Jiddu Krishnamurti

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“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

– Mahatma Gandhi

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“The spiritual journey is one of constant transformation. In order to grow, you must give up the struggle to remain the same, and learn to embrace change at all times.”

– Michael Singer

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

Southern California, Northern California,Mission ViejoIrvineLos AngelesSan FranciscoMarinSan JoseSan Juan CapistranoSanta AnaPalm SpringsLong Beach

Following Orders

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LOVE … God’s Love. It truly is a dumbfounding, mind-boggling, overwhelm your senses Reality.

It’s not just the Love, however … it’s the timing of It that takes your breath away when you look back at the pockmarked terrain you have traversed … and somehow you made it through!

Around six months ago I felt God reveal something powerful to me in a time of meditation. What was revealed I was supposed to keep to myself, until such a time as I felt prompted to share it.

So I waited, and waited, and waited …
my oh-so-human nature chomping at my proverbial bit, sometimes agonizingly so … but still, I waited.

What’s more, what had been revealed to me involved several people! I thought, “There’s no WAY this is going to work out the way it was revealed to me!” Some of the people had seemed to disappear from my life!

But still, I waited … And just continued to focus on giving the unconditional love that God had told me to give … to all the parties involved. I wasn’t perfect at it, I messed up several times … but for the most part, I felt that I did what God asked me.

Suddenly this week I get the prompting, out of nowhere seemingly. I even did another meditation session just to make sure … and it was confirmed; this was … the time.

So I put it in motion. I shared what had been revealed to me, and followed through on everything exactly as God had shown me, six months ago.

The people involved reacted exactly as God showed me they would. I then focused on doing what God told me to do in response … deny my normal human reactions to their discomfort or even anger, and simply give unfiltered, unconditional love in return.

Does it seem stupid of me to be utterly amazed that everything … every single reaction … was exactly what God had revealed to me … except for the ultimate outcome which had been kept from me. I was simply supposed to do what I was instructed to do and trust that the outcome, whatever it was, would be God’s Will.

So I did … and the results thus far have taken my breath away. I could never have accomplished these things on my own … in any scenario.

All of this was accomplished by simply listening, waiting, and then following through when prompted. Way back when, I thought it would be a couple of weeks … but no, it was months. I almost had lost faith in what had been revealed … thinking it my own imagination at times.

Looking back … I am floored. God’s Love is TRULY all we need. Wow. In my post for meditation today, “Turn Into Love“, one of the quotes was as follows:

“Love is an undulating energy that moves through you, within you, and radiates out of you,
and changes everything.”

Uh … YEAH! 🙂
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Pic from Saints and Heroes.
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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

Southern California, Northern California, Mission Viejo, Irvine, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Marin, San Jose, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Palm Springs, Long Beach