Archive for October, 2012

Stay Awake – Martin Luther King Jr.

My words for meditation today:

“But today our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change. The large house in which we live demands that we transform this world-wide neighborhood into a world – wide brotherhood. Together we must learn to live as brothers or together we will be forced to perish as fools.

We must work passionately and indefatigably to bridge the gulf between our scientific progress and our moral progress. One of the great problems of mankind is that we suffer from a poverty of the spirit which stands in glaring contrast to our scientific and technological abundance. The richer we have become materially, the poorer we have become morally and spiritually.”

– Martin Luther King Jr.

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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

PEACE-FIELD OF LOVE

 

My words to meditate on today:

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“You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level.”

`- Eckhart Tolle

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“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing 
and rightdoing there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass
the world is too full to talk about.”

– Rumi

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“Love is a weapon of Light, and it has the power to eradicate all forms of darkness. That is the key. When we offer love even to our enemies, we destroy their darkness and hatred …”

– Yehuda Berg

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pic from travelimg.org

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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

Knowing What You Want

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I’ve been meditating on the concept of “knowing what you want”. On some level I’ve come to see it more as knowing what you NEED to want, or SHOULD want, in order to be on “the Path” (as it is sometimes referred to) … that place that uniquely fits you. You can “know what you want” until you’re blue in the face … it doesn’t mean that even if you get it you will find happiness. Whereas if you open yourself to be divinely guided to what you SHOULD want (which is very different than dictating your will to God, or the Universe) … THAT is what will bring contentment, joy, and happiness into your life.

At any rate, here are my words to meditate on … coming at the issue from varying angles:

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“Faith is a state of openness or trust. To have faith is like when you trust yourself to the water. You don’t grab hold of the water when you swim, because if you do you will become stiff and tight in the water, and sink. You have to relax, and the attitude of faith is the very opposite of clinging, and holding on. In other words, a person who is fanatic in matters of religion, and clings to certain ideas about the nature of God and the universe becomes a person who has no faith at all. Instead they are holding tight. But the attitude of faith is to let go, and become open to truth, whatever it might turn out to be.”

– Alan Watts

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“Don’t allow your mind to tell your heart what to do. The mind gives up easily”

– Paulo Coelho

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“Accept and express your underlying certitude, and it shall be worldwide sagacity.”

– Ogwo David Emenike

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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

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More Important Than Looking Good

My words for meditation today:

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“Everything will line up perfectly when knowing and living the truth becomes more important than looking good.”

– Alan Cohen

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“Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway.”

– Mother Theresa

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“So much of the stress you hold and the ways you keep yourself stuck have to do with how far you’ve traveled from your original self. You can release that tension by identifying who’s actually there under all those layers and why that pure essence is really perfect as it is. And when you let go of that stress… when you can stop blaming yourself for being who you are, it frees up an enormous amount of energy to move forward in life.”

– Jean Haner

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pic from documentary.org – regarding “Beauty CULTure

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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

 

How God Sees Us

I recently heard a friend pose the following question (which actually was asked quite harmlessly to their dog),

“Am I deserving of that??”

My friend corrected the statement instantly by saying,

“Well of course I deserve it, what a silly thing to say!”

Oh, how the things we say to animals, or babies, can actually reveal SO much about ourselves!

Thus began a very interesting conversation about how we are constantly asking ourselves this very question … and where such an idea comes from.  This was ultimately a conversation that caused me to ruminate and meditate upon this very question for the entirety of the day!

Truthfully?  There are SO many ways that we live our lives by asking this question.  Are we deserving of treating ourselves special (from simple things like a treat, a massage, or an hour to ourselves all the way to how we act on a daily basis … and who we love, or how we allow ourselves to be loved!)???

For myself, I realized something significant.  I realized that I have always sought after significant relationships that have lax boundaries … I admit, I have had a lot of fear in my life about absolute commitments.  I have always told myself that I am afraid that if I engage in such a relationship that I will eventually hurt the other person … we see it all around us every day, so why would it be any different for me??  How am I any better than all these millions of well-intentioned people who wind up hurting their spouses, or children?

In truth … what I discovered is that what I have really been afraid of is that I will NEVER find someone who actually loves me for who I am, on that level!  I was deceiving myself … I wanted it to be about me trying to be noble … that I was trying to save whoever I was with from pain.  What I really found is that I have been avoiding such a unique level of purity in a relationship, because I am SO scared of being hurt on that level.

Here’s the thing though … when you embrace a life of open-heartedness … you simply can’t shut yourself down any more.  It’s impossible.  Every day you are either deciding to keep your heart open, no matter what, or you decide to keep reacting in the same defensive patterns that have marked your entire personal history.

I will never consciously shut myself down for an extended period of time … ever again.  I might have lapses that I notice in an hour, or half a day … but that is it.  Closing my heart is SO apparent to me now, that I can’t engage in it for long without those haunting symptoms of fear, anxiety, and other things from my past to kick in.  When they do?  Well then I simply open my heart, center myself in God, and move forward again … no self flagellation, or personal guilt trips … I just let go, and keep my heart open.  It really is that simple.

So now, as I arrived at this new level of myself … I realized … YES!  I AM WORTHY of being loved on that level.  I AM DESERVING of having somebody see me for who I am, and loving me for being that person.  I don’t have to pretend to be ANYBODY else.  I don’t have to live up to anyone else’s expectations on anything!  All I have to be is me … a being who ultimately was created to LOVE.  If I can be that person all the time; always centered in the purity of God’s Love … then I have achieved the purpose I was intended for … and it doesn’t matter what that looks like on the outside.

That is how God sees me … and isn’t it fitting that we each have somebody out there who will eventually see us how God see us?  The only way they will ever see us that way though … is if we allow that authenticity to be manifested in our daily lives.  If we hide that person … then we WILL end up being rejected … but somehow we think we are protecting ourselves because having our “false selves” be rejected is something we can excuse:

“Well, they didn’t really know the real me.”

Whose fault is that??  The only way you will be accepted for your True Self, is to BE your True Self … to LIVE as your True Self.  Sure, if you get rejected as that person, it hurts more … but if you keep your heart open through that, it really doesn’t linger.  When you are actually LOVED for your True Self?  WOW!!!  That will be the finest moment of your entire life … and hopefully continue on for many more of the increasingly finest moments you will even know beyond.

You can’t get there by being the person you feel everyone thinks you should be though … you have to be the real YOU.  Otherwise?  You will never really be loved for who you are … and isn’t THAT what we all ultimately want?????

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pic from bipolarmuse. This post is the meditative result of my prior post, “Worthiness is our Birthright“.

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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

Worthiness is our Birthright

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My words to meditate on today … on a topic with breakthrough potentiality. 🙂

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“Our stresses, anxieties, pains, and problems arise because we do not see the world, others, or even ourselves as worthy of love.”

– Prem Prakash

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“Your problem is you are too busy holding on to your unworthiness.”

– Ram Dass

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“In every aspect of our lives, we are always asking ourselves, How am I of value? What is my worth? Yet I believe that worthiness is our birthright.”

– Oprah Winfrey

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Pic from Trend Hunter
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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

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When we were children

My words to meditate upon today:

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“To love is to risk not being loved in return. To hope is to risk pain. To try is to risk failure. But risk must be taken because the greatest hazard in my life is to risk nothing.”

– Bob Marley

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“When we were children, we used to think that when we were grown-up we would no longer be vulnerable. But to grow up is to accept vulnerability… To be alive is to be vulnerable.”

– Madeleine L’Engle

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“We take a risk when we open our hearts because the truth is, if we open our hearts, we will get hurt. You can’t open your heart and not have some hurt because you’re in a human experience. Even if it’s the love of your life and you have many wonderful, deepening, growing, powerful years together, it’s a human experience and that person will pass over. Love takes courage. Be courageous.”

– Mary Manin Morrissey

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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