A lesson in ripples …

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A student came to his teacher very perplexed. Life had become unbearable and the only person he knew who could help him was his teacher.

His teacher received him warmly and listened as her pupil poured his heart out, tears just behind his words but not yet managing to fall.

When his words could no longer adequately describe his anguish, and the room was silent, the teacher rose and motioned for her student to follow.

They walked outside where raindrops were lightly sprinkling all around and the teacher sat on a bench near a pool. The student sat next to her and watched as she simply stared at the pool. He grew restless.

Finally his teacher said, “Do you see the droplets of water falling on the surface of the pool?”

“Sure, of course I do.” the student answered quickly.

“Good,” his teacher said, “now see if you can guess where you think the next droplet of water will fall.”

The student studied the pool for a few seconds and said impatiently, “I cannot.”

“Okay. Now I want you to focus with ALL your might, use the techniques I have taught you, and try to stop the droplets from hitting the water.”

The student was stunned at this daunting request, but did not want to disappoint his teacher so he did as he was instructed. He went through all of the techniques his teacher had taught him and when he was ready he focused his will with every ounce of concentration he could must. He created a sphere of energy and moved it over the pool to prevent the droplets from landing.

Still the water droplets landed on the surface of the pool.

The student’s shoulders slumped, “I cannot do it.” he said softly. His failure only adding to his woes.

“That is correct.” his teacher acknowledged, “No matter how hard you try you cannot stop the water from falling into this pool. Such are the events that take place in this world. Just as you cannot predict where the next droplet will fall, so too can you not predict the next event that will occur in your life.”

The student was relieved that he had not failed this test, but still seemed perplexed.

“You are looking at life as if you can predict what will happen and control it … but you cannot. To try and do so takes a tremendous amount of energy and concentration … and you will never be successful.”

His teacher paused and looked out over the pond again, “Now try and look at the surface and appreciate the beauty that each droplet of water creates.”

The student did so and after a few minutes a sigh escaped his lips. The ripples of each droplet intersected with each other over and over creating a hypnotically beautiful piece of evolving art.

“The difference between how you perceive the droplets of water hitting the pool before and now is all a matter of perspective. So it is with life … change your perspective on how you view the events unfolding around you and they will no longer trouble you. If you can surrender to the flow of Life without fighting or trying to impose your will on it, then you will be on the path to contentment and happiness and even possibly … enlightenment.”

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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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Greatest Fears or Golden Opportunities

 

main_900This seemed like a much needed re-post given the times we are living in. I know I found it a helpful reminder:

Sometimes it takes the biggest challenges in life to force us to evolve into the Beings we are meant to become.

When we’re down and out; feelings like we are going to collapse from exhaustion already.  Suddenly something else comes from out of the blue … something so dire that it jolts us out of our weariness.  It pushes us beyond what we are capable and before we know it … we’re there … we’ve arrived at where God intended us to be all along.

However, we MUST vigilantly be open … vulnerable … in order to perceive God’s guidance.  In my meditations today (on my prior post, “Willful Exposure“) I reflect on what it is necessary to be vulnerable.  Sometimes we master one aspect of it; say we’ve learned how to not cling to the things we desire … we’ve learned how to let go.  Then something else comes along and shows us yet another facet that we have been missing all along; someone berates you and you harden yourself … you push away.

In truth, the state of vulnerability requires a sort of spiritual stasis … one in which we are neither clinging, or pushing away.  We don’t react to the inner longings that push us to grasp for what our heart aches for.  Nor do we react to the machinations of the outer world … which is full of people desperately trying to cling to what they want.

When you are calm, and still … the cords of reaction that bind you simply slip away and you are then free to ACT.  You are free to make decisions based on where you feel God is leading you.  When you are in that place you are actually able to hear, and sense, where God is leading you.  You also see how completely lost you were for so long before.

But … in order to arrive at that place … you have to be vulnerable in the face of your greatest fears.  If you let the opportunity pass you by … you will just be lost in the never ending maze that is Reaction.

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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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Why American Republicans are so angry

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I don’t normally get involved in politics in this page, but I have found it impossible not to ruminate on the topic leading up to election day. There has been so much more anger and hostility than I have ever seen in an American election that has given me pause to wonder.

I remember my brother, a staunchly right wing voter, said to me after Barack Obama won his first term,

“This isn’t really a reflection of the majority of America, it is just a reaction to the Bush administration. Next election he will be gone.”

Then, when Obama won a second term, he didn’t make such bold prognostications … but he was still adamant that what Obama represented did NOT represent the majority of Americans. In his view what Republicans really needed to win was a “true conservative”.

I would not put Trump into the category of “true conservative”, however he has whipped up the ultra conservative base like no other candidate I have seen. So, while I don’t think Trump is a “true conservative”, he has motivated the base in a way that I believe was what my brother wanted … someone who motivated the “real majority” to get out and go out and vote.

So here is, in my opinion, why Republicans are spitting mad this year and talking revolt. They are finally starting to realize that they are no longer the majority. They have been the majority for a very long time and it feels like something is being taken from them that they have cherished.

I get that, I can relate with that.

I am a member of one of the minority groups in this country. I can attest that it does not feel good to be disrespected. I acknowledge that it makes the blood boil when you feel like other people are trying to MAKE you fit into a mold that they have cast … when you don’t fit into that mold.

The majority is becoming the minority … and the minorities have largely banded together to make it so.

As much as one side might like to take it out on the other … to have them know what it feels like to be treated in such a manner. This is a mistake … and it is not the behavior of someone with an open heart who is connected to God.

I hope that when this day ends we can actually “go high”, instead of just using it as a catchphrase. I hope that this country can focus on Love, compassion, understanding and, yes, compromise.

It is no easy thing for them … just as it has been no easy thing for those of us who have been minorities all along. We all still will be living together.

God is Love … measure all of your actions against that measuring stick … is how you are conducting yourself the embodiment of Love? Surrender, let go of the ego … and Love.

That is how I plan to move forward.

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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it’s me, my reflection… — Known is a drop, Unknown is an Ocean

Realize that your world is only a reflection of yourself and stop finding fault with the reflection. Attend to yourself, set yourself right; mentally and emotionally. The physical self will follow automatically… ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

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Creativity is the training ground for miracles

Have you ever thought that there must be some sort of greater purpose to your creative surges?  You find something that you love, and when you give yourself over to it your spirit soars!  You could spend days, weeks, months doing it and never tire of it.  The stereotype attached to this is that it must be something artistic … that’s true creativity.

That’s simply not true.  We can find creativity within us during just about ANY activity.  If your calling is to be the world’s best mom, or dad; you can find amazing and incredible things to do with your kids, and creative ways to show them your love.  If your calling is to be a construction worker; you can find creative ways to make yourself the best and most trusted in your trade.  Basically … if you LOVE something, or someone … there’s probably a reason for it.  Whatever it is … that is part of the unique Creation that is you.

Here’s the thing about creativity though … just because you have it, doesn’t mean that it is necessarily being put to good, or constructive, use.  Here’s an example: when I was a suicidally depressed teenager – my teacher remarked that every time she read my poetry she cried.  I remember I wrote one piece in particular that reduced her to a weeping mess … it was about a deer that had been shot through the lungs by an arrow and was dying a slow death.  Yeah … REAL uplifting.

What Creativity DOES do is show us the unique gifts that God has blessed us with.  When we are connected with God and unimpeded by the past, worries of the future, and all of the chaos that goes on in the world of today … when we are just CONNECTED to God’s Love.  That is when our Creativity can then take on the form of a Miracle.

I enjoy expressing myself through writing (as well as many other forms: cooking, singing, composing music, etc.).  You could say that since I gave my life to the arts, I have become a creative being … and that would be true.  However, the things that I produced as that creative Being were a direct reflection of who my True Self was at the time … at the time when my True Self was repressed and shackled to an Inner World of fears, rejection, bitterness, anger, and many other things … that was how I expressed myself creatively … those awful things within me were expressed inherently in what I Creatively did in some way, shape, or form.

THAT is why I say that Creativity is the training ground for Miracles.  When you have gone within and cleared out all of those ancient blockages.  When you have opened yourself to allow the Love of your Creator to wash all of that crap out?  Then your Creativity becomes what God always intended it to become all along … a conduit for God to work through you.

Think about it … when you see a painting, or hear a song, that completely takes your breath away … or makes you cry even … there is something MORE to it than just the brush strokes, or vocal gymnastics of the singer.  There is a SOUL that is expressed.  THAT is a miracle.  Raising the most beautiful children in the world, because you allowed God to shape them instead of imposing your own flaws upon them … THAT is a miracle.

Guess what??  LOVING yourself, even though you can find a million ways to loathe yourself … THAT is a Miracle … it is the first Miracle in the line of many more Miracles to come.  Learn to Love yourself … you are beautiful, just as you are.  God thinks so … and I think so too (because I choose to be a mirror of God’s Love to the world).

God wants you to accept how wondrously you are Loved, and embrace that View as how you see yourself.  Then your TRUE Creative Self will be unleashed upon the world … for whatever God intends.

Peace and Love.

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* this posting came from meditating on my prior post, “Portal of Healing and Creativity“.  Picture is from 10000 Victories Kung Fu School.

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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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I LOVE YOU

Amanda Sage

Here is a poem I wrote while struggling and grappling with issues that came up from, well … living life!😉 Interestingly, this poem has changed my WHOLE way of meditating each day. Now, after doing my breathing, stretching, grounding, connecting to God and establishing boundaries … I spend time allowing whatever is causing me stress or anxiety in my life to come up. I feel it to its fullest … and then I simply say “I love you.” … just as in this poem.

I love you.

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Rising swells

all flecked with fury.

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I love you.

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Judgement’s eyes

cast weight on the scales

of my heart.

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I love you.

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Friend or foe;

uncertainty’s advance.

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I love you.

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Ancient wounds prodded

provoking past mistakes.

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I love you.

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Dreamscape carnage

littered with pieces and parts

of who I was

and what I’ve done.

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I love you.

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A shuttered heart

defending inner sanctum.

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I love you.

I love you.

I love you.

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Namaste.

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  • poem written by the author of Religion4All, art by Amanda Sage.
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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 Untethered Soul (meaningful excerpts) …

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A wonderful looking back on a transformative period in my life!

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2012

During the past year I have had the good fortune to read an extremely meaningful and fortuitous book, “The Untethered Soul” … fortuitous in terms of the timing of when and how it came to me.  It is one of a handful of books, over the course of my life, to have drastically altered me.  Lately I’ve been re-reading it, while doing cardio at the gym, by opening it up to whatever page wants to present itself to me.  I found the following excerpts to be powerful (yet again):

“Life is surrounding you with people and situations that stimulate your growth.  You don’t have to decide who’s right or wrong.  You don’t have to worry about other people’s issues.  You only have to be willing to open your heart in the face of anything and everything, and permit the purification process to take place …

The stuff that holds you down periodically rears its head.  When it does, let it go.  You simply permit the pain to come up into your heart and pass through.  If you do that, it will pass.  If you are sincerely seeking truth, you’ll let go every time.  This is the beginning and end of the entire path – you surrender yourself to the process of emptying yourself …

Getting involved in the darkness does not dispel darkness; it feeds it.  Don’t even turn toward it.  If you see disturbed energies within you, it’s okay.  Don’t think that you don’t have blockages left to release.  Just sit in the seat of awareness and never leave.  No matter what goes on below you, open your heart and let it go.  Your heart will become purified, and you will never know another fall …

Always let go as soon as you’re aware that you didn’t.  Don’t waste your time; use the energy to go up.  You are a great being who has been given a tremendous opportunity to explore beyond yourself …

So don’t fall.  Let go.  No matter what it is, let it go …

That which is holding you down can become a powerful force that raises you up.  

You just have to be willing to take the ascent.”

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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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