Archive for February, 2014

Every Inch, But One

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My words for meditation today:

“May what I do flow from me like a river, no forcing and no holding back, the way it is with children.”

– Rainer Maria Rilke

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“I shall die here. Every inch of me shall perish. Every inch, but one. An Inch, it is small and it is fragile, but it is the only thing the world worth having. We must never lose it or give it away. We must never let them take it from us. I hope that whoever you are, you escape this place. I hope that the world turns and that things get better. But what I hope most of all is that you understand what I mean when I tell you that even though I do not know you, and even though I may never meet you, laugh with you, cry with you, or kiss you. I love you. With all my heart, I love you.”

– Alan Moore; “V for Vendetta”

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“Wholeness is not achieved by cutting off a portion of one’s being, but by integration of the contraries.”

– Carl Jung

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pic from The Guardian

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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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Every Inch, But One.

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The Green Man Knows


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* shared from Paolo Coelho’s blog

“Do or do not… there is no try.”

“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”

“War does not make one great.”

“Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force. Mourn them do not. Miss them do not. Attachment leads to jealously. The shadow of greed, that is.”

“That is why you fail. (in response to Luke saying, “I don’t believe it.”).”

“Powerful you have become, the dark side I sense in you.”

“If so powerful you are, why leave?”

“Clear, your mind must be if you are to discover the real villains behind the plot.”

“Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose.”

“You must feel the Force around you. Here, between you, me, the tree, the rock… everywhere! Even between the land and the ship.”
“To the Force, look for guidance. Accept what fate has placed before us.”

“May the Force be with you.”

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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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The Growing and The Flowering

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A flower cannot bloom before its time. If it were even possible for humans to impose their will upon a plant to flower, the plant simply would not be able to … its constitution and make-up at that specific time could not fashion the flower petals inside of a bud that has yet to be born. One would have to accelerate the evolution of that plant a thousand times faster than its normal growth rate … what then would that do to the plant?

In the same way, we as people are designed to flower and flourish. However, each of us also needs our own period of gestation and hibernation and growth. Those who are growing should not look at those who are flowering with envy … your time will come. Those who are flowering should not look at those who are growing with disdain or judgment … your flowers will die and then you too will be growing again.

This is one of the greatest difficulties presented to religions in this day and age. The flowering are looked at, by the religious institution, as affirmation that their teaching is correct. The growing are looked at as people who have yet to flower … if only they would heed the religious teachings better – then they too could flower. This drives the growing ones away, and sets the flowering up for the failure of a future downfall when they too will be growing.

Every … single … person … needs the nourishment of Love. It does not come as a reward for heeding teachings … it should simply be … all the time and beyond conditions. It might take twenty years for one to flower … but God ‘s timing is beyond our comprehension. Perhaps their flower will be the most beautiful of all … and all they needed was time, and unconditional Love.

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I currently am going through the many posts from the past couple of years to learn more from those insights, and to further establish the lessons in my life. 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.

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via The Growing and The Flowering.

Live in the Light of Day

I had a vision during my meditation time today: the word “LIES” had been tattooed to my forehead, and was in the process of being surgically removed. It really was not a pretty picture to have emblazoned upon the screen of my mind. As I thought about it some more though, I realized that it was actually a pretty apt metaphor.

Lies become such a permanent part of our lives, when we undertake them. They are like some sort of organism that keeps expanding and growing, until they almost seem to have a life of their own. If you live with lies for a long time, they seem impossible to overcome, or extricate yourself from. To do so would mean that you would have to literally change EVERYTHING in your life.

Ultimately though, that is for the best. A lie, just like anything else that is negative or part of the darkness, is a device that forces your heart to shut down. You cannot tell a lie and keep your heart open … you can only become a good enough actor or actress so that others can’t tell that you have closed your heart when you tell it. Just because nobody else can tell that you’re lying, doesn’t mean that your heart is open.

For a while, there have been old structures that keep clanging heads with the spiritual transformation that has become the phenomenon of my life. I tried to ignore them, or even preserve them, for quite a while … simply because to see them shatter would mean a good deal of pain for people I love, as well as pain for myself. Ultimately though, I have had to face the proverbial music … to live two very different lives is too much for anyone to perpetuate. Eventually one has to choose … either to go back to the way you were, or to bring the outer world into alignment with your inner world.

That’s why the vision I had is such an appropriate portrait for this … it IS painful, but it is so very necessary if you are to have an open heart … a deep, and profound connection to your Creator. Living with lies is no different than living with bitterness, or anger, or an unforgiving mentality … they all are a part of the darkness that spiritually blinds us. The only way to be free is to expose them to the Light … sometimes you simply have to face the consequences in order to live in the Light of Day.

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Going through some old posts and finding hidden gems to learn from all over again :-).

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This post was the result of meditating on my prior post, “Governance of a Warrior“.

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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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via Live in the Light of Day.

A Way to Live Life

A Way to Live Life

Going back through some of my older writings … this one struck a cord! 😉 Peace and Love.

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In my meditations today (on my prior post, “Ultimately Rich“) I came to dwell on the thought that there are three elements to being used by God creatively … or more distinctly, for our creativity to be used Miraculously.

First: we must know God. We must have a relationship with God that is so deep that it surpasses anything else in our lives. This is accomplished through prayer, meditation and having an open heart at all times.  When you can always be open, connected to and guided by your Creator … the impossible is possible.

Secondly: we must love ourselves. We must act as a mirror for the depth of love that God has for us … to ourselves. This requires diligence and discipline; to overcome the negative Inner Mind.  Some of us have SUCH loathing that has been instilled in our mind … for ourselves!  It is a great crime of society at large … and truthfully one of the main reasons I felt led to start this blog … so that EVERYONE can know God’s love.  YOU are loved by God … just as you are.  If God can unconditionally love and forgive you, after all of the pain and rejection God has received from you over the course of your life, surely you can love and forgive yourself!

Thirdly: we must love ourselves in the physical sense. We must treat our body as a temple; the domicile of our greatest Love … God.

All three of these elements interact with each other. If you don’t love your body then that feeds your own negative Inner Voice, which then causes you to shut down your heart and become disconnected from God.  If you don’t love yourself, then you will abuse your body in an effort to distract yourself from that self-loathing.  If you don’t know God … well then, you have made the decision to never know the only Being who will EVER know you and love you for exactly who you are … the only being who will every give you Unconditional Love.

Most of us have at least one of these aspects working for us: a Relationship with God, Inner Love for Yourself, or Love for your Body/Temple.  For the unfortunates who do not have ANY of these things in life … we must show great care, compassion, and love … misery is their constant companion.

For myself, for a long time, I only had one … that was my relationship with God.  I have had that from the time I was a small child, and I have adamantly clung to that no matter what.  However, for a very long time I did not Love myself … either internally, or externally.  So while God could use me to some extent, because the one element (being that Divine relationship) was present, I could never be used by God to my true and full potential.

Presently, I would say that I have the first and second aspects of this Creative Triumvirate in place … and I am working on loving myself in the physical sense.  By this I mean eating the proper foods, not drinking alcohol in excess, or really any of the other legal drugs available to us (caffeine, etc.).  Notice I say “in excess” … Jesus was known to drink wine, so I am not saying that we should live life as an ascetic.  Only that things that are done to excess … deprive us of our connection to God.  All of these things, when done in excess affect our mental and emotional well being.  Think about it … if you have a hangover, do you really think you will be able to maintain an open-hearted connection with God the next day?  I’ve certainly tried … and it is very difficult.

They all work together though … now that I have a constant open-hearted relationship with God, and have learned how to love myself … I see all of the ways in the past that I truly have been abusing this “temple” where God and I live together.  So now that prompts me to change them … to move on into the next progression.

When all THREE of these principles are in place in your life … THEN is when God will truly be able to use you to accomplish miraculous things; not only in your life, but in the world around you.

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* Art by zendotstudio

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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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A Way to Live Life.

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

Prison of a Shell.