Archive for August, 2012

A Constant Conduit

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How many of us have people in our lives who somehow seem to have this stifling effect on us? Simply being in their presence causes us to shut our hearts down. Sometimes this is due to unforgiven wrongs from the past … often times though we are simply picking up on something in their character that is either incompatible with our own current state, OR something is being reflected back to us that we don’t like about ourselves.

When we choose to close down though, we cease to be channeling and communicating the Love that we are meant to bring into this world. It is easy to keep our hearts open in the presence of those we love … so an obvious conclusion is to surround ourselves with those we love, and avoid the people we don’t. The problem is you are creating restrictions on when you will choose to be open. God loves everyone … not just the people you choose to love.

We must stay open to God at all times … not merely when it feels good or is convenient.

An interesting challenge to take on is to actually zero in on someone you would normally avoid … and focus on maintaining an open-hearted connection to them while having a conversation. Communicate with them while consciously keeping your heart open … no matter what they say, or how they act. As you do this more and more, you begin to realize that you don’t have to shut yourself down for ANYBODY. You don’t have to become their best friend … just don’t give them that power over you; of making you shut down for them.

When you reach a place where you are always open … with every person, and in every situation? THEN is when you will truly be able to be a constant conduit for Love … therein fulfilling your Divine purpose for living.

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Pic from zengardner

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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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From the Abundance of the Heart

My words to meditate upon today; on the topic of communicating Love from an open heart and following the timing and guidance therein:

“The artist alone sees spirits. But after he has told of their appearing to him, everybody sees them.”

– Johann van Goethe

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“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.”

– The Bible; Luke 6:45

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“With a truly tragic delusion,” Carl Jung noted, “these theologians fail to see that it is not a matter of proving the existence of the light, but of blind people who do not know that their eyes could see. It is high time we realized that it is pointless to praise the light and preach it if nobody can see it. It is much more needful to teach people the art of seeing.” 

– Carl Jung

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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

 

Prison of a Shell

We carry around with us these giant structures … each of us comes with our own conceptual carapace of beliefs, habits, and histories.  Not all of these things are positive either.  For instance, if you begin a deception you then continue to carry that deception with you … eventually it affects every aspect of your life.  This construct you have created starts to become a bothersome burden, but you continue to haul it around, and even add to it, just so that you won’t have to have had all that energy gone wasted … just so that you won’t have to CHANGE.

There comes a time though where we must decide whether we are going to live our lives in resignation, beaten down by the weight of what we have amassed, or whether we will let go of this burden … allow it to fall away, and shatter into a thousand shards of what it all really was … NOTHING.

When you have been Awakened, there really are only two choices:

a) Remain Awakened and be committed to that; no matter what the cost (which means your constructs must be shattered, no matter how painful it may be to experience).

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b) Switch off that light of Enlightenment and resign yourself to true misery … the misery of knowing what life is all about, and that you have chosen to turn your back on it.

That’s it … there are no other options … it comes down to those two, distinct choices.  You choose the former, and enjoy an open-hearted connection with your Creator that will see you through every difficulty and trial … or you choose the latter, and hope that those awful trials will pass you by because you are hiding in the shadows instead of living out in the Light.

It means, of course, that you may have to leave behind everything you have and everyone you know (potentially).  It doesn’t necessarily HAVE to be such a drastic outcome, but the potential is there and we must acknowledge such possibilities.  You can quite literally possess NOTHING and yet have everything, simply because you are Open and connected to God … or you can horde everything you’ve amassed and remain imprisoned by your gigantic, hollow prison of a shell.

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This post is the result of a meditation on my prior post, “The Breaking of the Shell“.

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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

 

The Breaking of the Shell

My words to meditate upon today:

“Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.”

– Kahlil Gibran

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“Forgiving is discovering the shining path of peace that at first you thought others took away when they betrayed you.”

– Dodinsky

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“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” 

– Lao Tzu

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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

Effects from a broken heart

Our pasts can affect us in such interestingly intense ways!  For instance, about a decade ago I had my heart broken for the first time.  It was by FAR the most painful event I have experienced as an adult … I went through worse as a child and teenager, but as an adult … this was the worst!  I could easily see how people kill themselves out of having a broken heart … it took me by such surprise, and it HURT … SO … MUCH!

That heartbreak really formed who I became for almost the next ten years.  Every decision I made was somehow about avoiding such pain … I wanted to be safe!  Well, trying to be an international performer is not really the “safest” of professions to pursue when you are trying to avoid rejection out of fear.  My life became consumed with fear … everywhere I turned.  If only the people who play these games could see and realize how drastically they affect the lives of the people they hurt.

That ONE event that I had allowed to shut me down … to make me close my heart?  It just kept getting more and more magnified, until I felt like I was being suffocated!

This is the result of allowing something, ANYTHING, to make you close your heart … to shut off that trusting connection with God.  You think that you can make yourself more safe in doing so … but things just keep getting worse, and worse, and WORSE.

Sometimes we have to face those greatest fears … and live through them; making ourselves stay OPEN through it all … in order to gain freedom from these self-made prisons.  It would have been better to never have closed oneself in the first place … but it’s hard to do if you have never been “switched on” (as in my post for meditation today, “Turn On The Light“).

I LOVED that part of one of the quotes in that post:

“If we go into a darkened room and turn on the light, it doesn’t matter if the room has been dark for a day, a week, or ten thousand years – we turn on the light and it is illuminated.”

Once you’ve done it; once you’ve been awakened, or turned on the light, or opened your heart, or whatever anyone wants to call it … which is NOT limited to any one religion, or non-religion … then you can go through the same experiences that used to absolutely CRIPPLE you … and be okay.  That doesn’t mean it feels good … your life may be extremely painful and difficult for a good period of time.  If you keep your heart open though, and stay connected to God … no matter what you go through, it will work its way through much more quickly … and you will eventually receive the healing you need.

If you close your heart though … that healing will never come … period … and it will affect every decision you make for the rest of your life.

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– pic from officialpsds.com

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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

PRISON

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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

Turn On The Light

 

My words to meditate upon today:

“It doesn’t matter how long we may have been stuck in a sense of our limitations. If we go into a darkened room and turn on the light, it doesn’t matter if the room has been dark for a day, a week, or ten thousand years – we turn on the light and it is illuminated. Once we control our capacity for love and happiness, the light has been turned on.”

– Sharon Salzberg

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“What we call happiness in the strictest sense comes from the (preferably sudden) satisfaction of needs which have been dammed up to a high degree.”

– Sigmund Freud

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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