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The Law of Magic

Religion4All

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My words for meditation today:

“I will tell you one of the deepest laws of life. You may not have thought about it at all. You have heard — the whole of science depends on it — that cause and effect is the base. You create the cause and the effect follows. Life is a causal link. You put the seed in the soil and it will sprout. If the cause is there, then the tree will follow. The fire is there: you put your hand in it and it will burn. The cause is there and the effect will follow. You take poison and you will die. You arrange for the cause and then the effect follows.

This is one of the most basic scientific laws, that cause and effect is the innermost link of all processes of life. Religion knows about a second law which is still deeper…

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Kitty Has Claws

I had a childhood flashback today, during my meditation, of a time when I was very young … perhaps even a toddler. One of our cats had been cut open along one of its hind legs … I remember seeing the muscles, and the bone, and the blood. I loved that cat. I was crying and I wanted to go hold it, to comfort it. My mom wouldn’t let me go though; she held onto me tightly as I strained my arms out to reach my animal friend.

My mother knew that going near a wounded animal, much less trying to comfort it, was extremely dangerous! Had she not been there and my little toddler self had run to pick up my cat and comfort it? That former animal friend would have turned into an explosion of fur, claws, and teeth. Truthfully, as a toddler, I could have literally been killed if certain arteries were severed.

What I couldn’t understand then I can metaphorically see in my life today, as well as in the lives of those around me.  We all have been wounded in some way or another … some can say they were wounded by death, some by disease, some by accident, some heartbreak, and others by malevolent intent.  These wounds are tender … so sensitive that we guard them vigilantly … we don’t want anyone getting close to them.  If someone who loved us, and even truly wanted the best for us … tried to simply tangibly love us and come to hold us, comfort us, caress the pain of that wound out of our system?  We would have a knee jerk reaction to push them away … we can’t even help it … it’s just SO sensitive that even though we know we love that person?  We still push them away.

God has shown me something over the past few weeks though.  Sometimes … God WANTS to heal us through other people.  We can do all the meditation we want.  We can creatively expunge every demon through art.  We can strive to be as popular as possible to act as a salve to that wound.  We can run.  We can hide … but unless we are willing to be open to what God wants?  That wound will not be healed … not ever.

Sometimes God will just heal something, it’s true.  God has healed MANY things within me, so I can certainly attest to that.  However, there comes a point where God looks at us like that cat of mine that was cut open … God knows that we will resist if healing were forced on us.  We have to be willing … we have to be able to still our knee jerk reaction … and swallow our pride, or angry retorts, or defensive posturing … and allow that wound to be treated, and healed … and sometimes God uses other people to do this … and we just have to trust them.

That’s very hard for some of us; to let ourselves go and expose our souls in such a way … but we have to do it anyway if we want to be healed.

If there is someone like this in your life … someone who loves you so ridiculously that they want to help you?  Don’t push them away; be grateful for them.  Calm those nerves, retract the proverbial claws, breathe in the love of the Universe … and breathe out your love for them … and let the healing balm of their love go to work at healing your painful wounds.

You might be very surprised at the outcome … often we want what is worst for us … and what is best for us is avoided, because of our own hyper-sensitivity to tender areas.  It takes conscious work to overcome this … but it is SO very worth it. 🙂

Peace and Love.

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– I am currently going back through older posts to re-learn the amazing spiritual lessons that have so changed my life.

Pic from Petside.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.

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Kitty Has Claws.

“Someone Like You” – Adele

The latest in my meditative take on current songs.  Sometimes I get hooked on an album, and the latest one has been Adele’s “21”.  When I first started listening to it I looked at it as an opportunity to work through any unresolved pain from loves lost, or trials in my life.  Her singing is so evocative; filled with pure, raw emotions.

What I found happening, unexpectedly and totally unplanned, was that the songs took on a new meaning … during an especially emotional session of meditation these songs came to me as if God was singing them to me (instead of me singing them to my own love’s lost).  It took my breath away to think that God could actually love me THAT much … but, of course, God does!  God is the inventor of love, God IS LOVE.  Of course God loves each and every one of us that much.

Ever since then, I have been hooked on listening to this album (even moreso) but instead of feelings sadness or angst … I have amazing bursts of joyful bliss just to know that God aches and yearns to be with me every second.

In this particular song … I was struck at how it must feel to God to pour unlimited love into our lives … and have us just turn our backs on that love.  Like God is in this quest to just find that ultimate Love returned … and each time I turn my back it is like the worst rejections I have experienced in my life (but more!). That one smarted a bit … but it is an interesting and unique perspective on our relationship with our Creator, I think.

“Someone Like You” – Adele

I heard that you’re settled down
That you found a girl and you’re married now.
I heard that your dreams came true.
Guess she gave you things I didn’t give to you.

Old friend, why are you so shy?
Ain’t like you to hold back or hide from the light.

I hate to turn up out of the blue uninvited
But I couldn’t stay away, I couldn’t fight it.
I had hoped you’d see my face and that you’d be reminded
That for me it isn’t over.

Never mind, I’ll find someone like you
I wish nothing but the best for you too
Don’t forget me, I beg
I remember you said,
“Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead,
Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead, “
Yeah

You know how the time flies
Only yesterday was the time of our lives
We were born and raised
In a summer haze
Bound by the surprise of our glory days

I hate to turn up out of the blue uninvited
But I couldn’t stay away, I couldn’t fight it.
I’d hoped you’d see my face and that you’d be reminded
That for me it isn’t over.

Never mind, I’ll find someone like you
I wish nothing but the best for you too
Don’t forget me, I beg
I remember you said,
“Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead.”
Yeah

Nothing compares
No worries or cares
Regrets and mistakes
They are memories made.
Who would have known how bittersweet this would taste?

Never mind, I’ll find someone like you
I wish nothing but the best for you
Don’t forget me, I beg
I remember you said,
“Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead.”

Never mind, I’ll find someone like you
I wish nothing but the best for you too
Don’t forget me, I beg
I remember you said,
“Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead,
Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead.”
Yeah.

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I am currently going back through my many prior posts to re-learn the lessons God has taught me.

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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

“Someone Like You” – Adele.

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking

My words to meditate on for the day:

“If you knew the power within yourself to be truly happy, to be truly whole, then you would never ask another to become the image you desire for yourself, in order to be happy and whole.”

– Stephen Richards

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“Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives.”

– Robert Collier

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“You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure about you. We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us.”

– Nelson Rockefeller

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pic from “The Incredible Shrinking Man“.

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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

 

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking.

What Defines You?

Connecting with God

What exactly is it that defines you?  Is it your family, or your nationality?  Your career, or your dreams?  What is that one, specific thing that defines you as a person … completely?

This is what I found myself meditating on today (from my prior post, “Forget the Pose“).  Early on in my life, as I suppose would be the case for most people, it was my family.  When you are a child, what else is there that could possibly define you more than that?

When family was taken away from me, in my teenage years, I was adrift in the vacuous void of aimless depression … so I suppose that depression defined me.  In my twenties it became self-liberation and my dreams … going after the things I was passionate about, and letting nothing stand in my way.

Over time what I have chosen to define me has changed several times: a couple of times it became people I fell in love with, another time it became avoiding rejection at all costs, and at one point it was religion as well.

Here’s the thing though … ALL of those phases I described are exactly that … PHASES!  They don’t define me any more than a Magnolia flower defines the tree.  I made the decision to make them define me though … I wanted to be in control, because being OUT of control was way too scary a thing for me.

Now, I am at a new place … God defines me.  The old things keep clawing at my mind to find their way into control … but I don’t even have to fight them any more.  Once they get in?  They come face to face with a Loving and Living God within me who has lit my Soul on fire … nothing else can take up residence in that place any longer.

Of course, that takes a certain amount of work as well.  It’s not enough to just say that God defines you … you have to put in the work to make that reality.  For me that means spending at least an hour or two with God each day.  It was work for a while … now I find that I am loathe to leave God’s presence.  Today was like that … an hour went by, and I automatically thought, “Okay, time to get up and go about my day.”  Then I simply decided to just stay there … and spend some more time connecting with God … soaking in that Divine presence and Love.

So, yeah … there still are things that try to wrest control away … home life, love, the future and all the vagueness that entails.  My mind struggles to try and DEFINE something, so that I can be in control.  It’s like I needed all of those things, or people, to be there to take care of me in some way … so that I could be good enough … because it is clear that I obviously have been thinking that I am not good enough, or worthy enough.

God told me this today, “YOU ARE GOOD ENOUGH.”

THAT is something to define me … that with God at the center of my being: I am good enough … all things are possible with Love ablaze in your heart.  I can let go … there is no need to fight, or cling, or push … just let go, and BE … whoever, and wherever, and whatever it is that God guides me to be.

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I am currently going through my many posts to re-learn some of the lessons that have so changed my life in these past few years. These now are my posts to meditate upon and learn again anew. Peace and Love.

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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

What Defines You?.

A Perfect Paradox

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“I am already perfect … I need do nothing to become perfect … it is only my actions that are imperfect.”

That is a very different mantra than what I grew up with!  For those who do not know, I grew up in a fundamentalist Christian missionary family.  There were good sides and bad sides to this, as there is to all things … Dualiity.  The wonderful side is that this upbringing is what introduced me to the concept of having a literal relationship with God … it doesn’t get any better than that!  One of the many down sides is that I was imprinted with certain mindsets which I have now come to see are false … not only are they false, but they are harmful.

The specific mindset I am referencing here is the mindset that “We all are born sinners!” … horrible, awful sinners who must bemoan their woeful state and flagellate themselves constantly with the lashes of shame and penitence.

This is false.

We all truly are beautiful creations … at our core we are the unique, sparkling beauty of a soul that God created us to be.  We have LEARNED to do evil things … but we are not evil at our core.  We have taken upon ourselves the structures of the world around us: how we were raised, who we find to love, where we go for acceptance and validation, what we choose to believe, who we choose to follow, and the list goes on.  These all are the structures we have built upon the fabric and foundation of our souls … and we will do ANYTHING to maintain the solidity and surety of those structures … even if it means doing things that are harmful to others.

It is in letting these structures dissolve we find the freedom to become the perfect and beautiful creatures that we were created to be.  The more we adhere to these structures, the more we keep that perfect creation buried deep, SO DEEP, within the sealed up wells of our inner psyche.  We do this thinking that we are protecting ourselves … if that True Self gets hurt it can be devastating.  So we submerge it, and hide it, we bury it, and bind it … so that we won’t be hurt in such a way again.

In doing so, however, we are denying the perfection that already IS.  We already ARE perfection … the perfection that God created us to be.  It is only our ACTIONS that are imperfect … and those actions are based on what we have learned, taken on, or been brainwashed to believe.

Will my actions ever be perfect? No, probably not. That still doesn’t mean that I am a horrible, awful person at my core … and neither are you.

When you were born and those innocent newborn eyes looked out into the world … do you really believe you were evil??  No … you were perfect … and you still are perfect … your actions simply do not reflect that perfection.  You have lost touch with the perfection that IS the LOVE of God. Love that is there for all of us, and LIVES in all of us already.  All we can do is strive to reflect that Perfection into the world around us … strive to embrace the fact that we are all beings with Duality and to embody the perfect Love that is already there at our core.

Doing this means LETTING GO of the structures that are learned or imposed … not clinging to them more desperately.

THAT is a HUGE difference … at least for me.

You are perfect … JUST AS YOU ARE.  God loves you … JUST AS YOU ARE.

Peace and Love.

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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

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I am currently going through my many posts to re-learn some of the lessons that have so changed my life in these past few years. These now are my posts to meditate upon and learn again anew. Peace and Love.

A Perfect Paradox.

Change Effects Change

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Change effects Change … as in exterior events (change) cause you to make decisions in your life, thus change that is effected.  We CONTROL our own change … we cannot control the exterior events, but we CAN control our own actions … how we react to that change.

I can look back over my life in the past few years and really witness this in great detail.  There was a long period of my life where I basically reacted to exterior events bringing change into my life in a smattering of peripheral ways … topical treatments to either soothe momentarily, or make me forget until the next bout of change came along.  Alcohol, sometimes drugs, relationships, sometimes not relationships but just simply sex, work, poetry, art, singing, writing, composing, the list goes on a bit longer.  Some of these things were positive in ways, and others were VERY negative.  The point is that I was using them in reaction to the exterior change happening in my life; things that were out of my control … as a way to make me feel as if I was IN control.  When, in fact, I was not in control at all … it’s all a grand charade of fooling ourselves.

This all changed for me a few years ago.  I still was using these tactics to make me feel as if I was in control … but they just weren’t working like they had before.  I could either engage in them to a larger extreme (which is a rather frightening thought), or I could find new coping mechanisms … OR I could do what I did: meditate … connect with God.

I had been meditating all along, but only very sporadically … when I really NEEDED it … so, like, once or twice a month.

Something happened though … I began to see that the change I created in myself through meditation … through connecting with God to resolve the internal problems brought about by exterior change in my life … began to be the only way that I could get truly meaningful change to occur in my life at large.  Change within me that made me happy.  Change underneath all the masks I had acquired that made me start throwing the masks away.

The more I meditated, the more free I became of all these devices I had been using to “protect” myself … that were really harming me more.  I allowed the exterior changes in my life to start knocking down the walls and inner blocks I had created … I accepted the change, and instead of running from it I went within and just meditated … to work through what was brought up by those external changes that were out of my control.  I opened myself up … I exhumed all of the crap that had accumulated by dumping topical treatments on top of unresolved inner issues.

Now here I am a few years later … after I enacted those changes in my life toward how I dealt or coped with change … and my life looks completely different.  I am happy.  I feel free … and the things that seemed like distant dreams or aspirations are beginning to take form and blossom.  If I had stayed on the path I was on … well, I would be in a VERY different place.  I am fairly certain that it would not be a happy place … my coping mechanisms had never brought this kind of happiness before.  It was only momentary; fleeting … this is solid and permanent; a way of life.

So, in essence, I changed my tactics … I changed my reactions to the external changes I could not control.  We all have this ability … we can let go, or we can cling for dear life.  We can open our hearts, which feels vulnerable, or we can keep that portal slammed shut.  We can connect to our Maker at ANY time, to deal with ANY problem … we CAN do that … or we can throw topical treatments at things until your simply drowning in your own swamp of unresolved issues.

It’s up to you though … YOU HAVE THAT POWER.

Peace and Love.

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pic from the movie xXx. I am going through old posts and reliving/learning from them anew. This post was originally posted here Change Effects Change.

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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