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The Game Of Being Unenlightened

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My words to meditate on for the day … on how we “play the game”. We make the choices and decisions that have us live in confusion, anxiety, depression, insecurity or self loathing. Then we go bounding about the earth with these decisions for how to live our lives affecting the flow of each day. We have the power to alter our course, to view the world differently … to be the author of our own reality. Peace and Love.

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“Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.” 

– Thich Nhat Hanh

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“Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

– Jesus; the Bible, Luke 10: 38-42

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“If somebody wants to remain unenlightened, it is absolutely his business to decide about it. If they want to play the game of being unenlightened, it’s perfectly okay. If you have become fed up with the world, if you are fed up with your anguish and anxiety and you have realized that now it is time to awake, then there is no difficulty. Nobody can prevent you. Nobody is preventing you. It is only your own decision to play the game as an unenlightened being or to play the game as an enlightened being. It is only a question of inner decision.”

– Osho

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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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Despite All My Rage I Am Still Just …

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My words to meditate on for today. Whatever the feeling, whether anger or fear or anything else, if it causes you to close your heart to Love … well, you will be making decisions for your life from a closed-hearted place. Nothing but heartbreak and pain comes from making decisions out of a closed heart. Peace and Love to you.

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“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.”

– Mark Twain

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“When reason ends, then anger begins. Therefore, anger is a sign of weakness.”

– The Dalai Lama

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“Despite all my rage
I am still just a rat in the cage.”

– Billy Corgan

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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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Blissful Happiness Ensues

Allowing other people, or events, to negatively affect our own actions is one of the greatest day-to-day challenges we face. If you already have an open hearted, centered relationship with God these circumstances are merely bumps in the road … they can still be dangerous, however, if we are not careful to reestablish that connection each and every time.

For those who are struggling to understand and achieve a place of centeredness … life can be quite literally a minefield. Every step could lead to a potential explosion. Each day is spent reeling and hurtling from one concussive explosion to another. In such a place, every day is frightening … and the idea of being centered, or openhearted, is as foreign and ridiculous as a human being flapping their arms and flying off into the horizon.

I implore those of you feel that you are trapped in such a scenario to consider the idea that finding peace is not quite that ludicrous … it is possible.

For myself, I employ a simple grounding technique to filter outside energies. I have always been fairly sensitive and find myself picking up other people’s energy all day, every day … so I am literally doing this exercise many times a day.  It has become rote for me … so habitual that I don’t consciously realize I am doing it sometimes.

I envision a series of roots extending into the earth. The earth is God’s creation; a precious gift that is full of energy. I allow this gift of energy that God has given us to fill my space. Whatever energy is not mine, but rather is the energy of some intruding force (stuff someone else is sending my way, for example), I allow it to float away like the spores of a dandelion. I then concentrate on allowing that space to be filled with God’s Love.

Once this has been completed, I focus on opening my heart again, and I allow that loving energy to flow out of me.

When you are caught up in a state of reacting to the negative energies around you, you are living with your heart closed.  You can feel it if you pay attention … let’s say, for instance, you are blissfully daydreaming of something wonderful.  For that brief moment … you are happy.  Then something happens … someone confronts you, a car cuts in front of you, etc. … when that happens, just take notice of the way you reacted.  Your heart was WIDE open, and then suddenly the door to your heart was defensively slammed shut!

The ultimate goal is to get to the point where we never close our hearts to God … for anything.  When we do though, and it happens to the best of us, I find that the grounding exercise I described above helps me to find a place of being centered so that I can open my heart.  That is where Love is … and where Love is … blissful happiness ensues.

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This post was written after meditating upon my prior post, “Why are people so afraid“.  Pic frompeevish mama.

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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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re-blogged from: Blissful Happiness Ensues