Be thankful for every breath you take.
Be thankful for your place in the scheme of all that is happening at this time.
Be aware of the subtle changes that you perceive.
Be grateful for the abundance that you share with the earth and also with your fellow man.
Be thankful for your diversity.
Be thankful for the source of your being. For it is who you are.
Be grateful for all those unseen angels that work with you, guide you, and support you.
Be patient with yourself in these uncharted waters.
Learn to love yourself, so you can love others.
Be aware of the expansion of your heart. Because if you are here, know that you are also expanding.
There is no limit or boundary that can hold your love. Trust in this.
Hold the hand of those you hold dear, and also those you do not physically know.
Life is a gift. Life is a testament of creation. Life is the opportunity to grow.
…If you try to do everything in the consciousness of God, you will see with joy that every day He is choosing certain duties for you to perform…Paramahansa Yogananda. From: Spiritual Diary
When I first began this journey upon this dear earth, I learned to make a shelf in my mind. I agreed with myself that I would no longer close my thoughts and ideas about anything. I agreed to try to be as open to anything that came my way to understand. No more would I say, “that is impossible”.
So, rather than be resistant, confused, or afraid, I chose to put that revelation or possibility on the shelf in my mind and wait to see what life would unfold. As understanding or information regarding what was questionable came up, I would take it down and revue or reanalyze it. I noticed that little by little understanding and wisdom would unfold to the point that I could accept it or I noticed that the idea was shrinking.
I have used this tool now for most of my life. It has allowed me to remain open to possibilities in reality. I have learned just how big truth and reality are, and that I have the right to accept or reject what does not work in reality for me. Reality is as big as creation and is part of creation. My lesson was to learn what part of reality feels comfortable for me and learn to live within those wise guidelines. The shelf allows me to remain open, because when I am closed, I am not growing.
There are so many wonderful possibilities, if you are open to receiving them, analyzing them, and choosing what works for you. And then you realize that everyone has that same ability. The wonders that we can create together!
In a time of misfortune I heard Thy voice saying: “The sun of My protection shines equally on thy brightest and thy blackest hours. Have faith and smile! Sadness is an offense against the blissful nature of Spirit. Let My life-transforming light appear through the transparency of smiles. By being happy, My child, thou dost please Me.” Paramahansa Yogananda, “Whispers from Eternity”
There are many things happening on the world stage right now. Many are alarming and need to be seriously looked at with conscious discernment to gain the truth of the situation. Questions need to be asked and solutions need to be appropriated correctly. We do need to see things as a humanity to know how to make the needed changes that are inevitable. The guiding principle should be to always work from the position of harmony and peace for the good of all mankind. Come together as a consciousness for peace and harmony and bring your love, light, and truth to bare on these dramas. Remember, we can’t change what we cannot see and with that we can only change our very selves. But there is a great strength in that. The strength of numbers. How will we handle the trials of this time? I will handle them from my heart, awake and aware and in the strength of my Source.
God is smiling through us…
God is loving through us…
God is expressing as us…
In this state of Being,
I Am! We Are!
One absolute Spirit in Diverse Forms.
“In God, we live, move and have our Being.”
Om, Peace Jean Scott Prugh, “The Eternal Beauty of Great Souls”
Today I would like to share my experience of meditation with others. Meditation is something that is both different and the same for each person who practices it. The experience will be different for each of us, because we are each a unique individual and the same in that the practice helps ease us into the divine concepts of truth that is never changing.
We all already know how to do this. We know it from our earliest memories of long passed daydreams. The first thing you want to realize is that you are where your thoughts are. In childhood daydreams we escaped the physical world to get to a more pleasant space that nurtured us at the time. Often this happened to me while in school, which often caused issues when I was found out. I was escaping to a better space than the classroom. Subsequently, I was moved away from the window. What I’m trying to say here is that it is easy to achieve that space if you connect to pleasant, natural, places. This is somewhat similar to meditation and it is part of the process that we have used since childhood. So, it is not weird or strange. It is natural to soul and even the physical form.
What we learn to do when we meditate is make a tiny switch, kind of like a train that shifts from one set of rails to another so that we are not only enjoying the peacefulness of a daydream, but actually move our self into that space of actually sitting in the energy of the source of life. There is a tiny shift, and we all know it, and when you place your mind and the desire of your heart there, it will happen. At first, I needed to put my trust into this. The tendency to want to sleep often came to me, and that is not meditation. Although, with practice, you can fall asleep in the NOW of meditation and know it will take you where you desire to learn. But that is not the same as fully meditating. You want the soul desire to commune with the higher self or God-self. So, even though you appear to be sleeping, you are even more awake and aware because of where the focus of your mind is placed than when you are just actualized and working in the physical illusions.
It is in meditation that GOD, or the Source, reveals to us what our souls desire to hear. This poem simply expresses what we want to achieve. With trust and listening to the desires of our hearts we take that inward track and in the stillness awaken to who we really are. Let us then labor for an inward stillness, An inward stillness and an inward healing; That perfect stillness where lips and heart Are still, and we no longer entertain Our own imperfect thoughts and vain opinions, But GOD alone speaks in us, and we wait In singleness of heart that we may know HIS will, and in the silence of our own spirits, That we may do HIS will, and that only.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
These words define what we want to achieve with meditation, for in all ways Spirit fills us, but we don’t know this until we send our words to their rooms and silence our thoughts and just BE in the stillness where we are never alone, but in GOD.
I wanted to share this most appropriate song for this month of love. I sing it to the universe. Whether you know it and can sing it, or just speak it from the energy of your heart, simply let its wonderful energy go out to the universe and like a boomerang, it flies back to you. It is written by Yogananda and is most in step with this time of life. In love and light, Namaste.
O Master, may Thy joy fill our days.
O Master, may Thy wisdom guide our ways.
The time has come for us to see
That there’s but one reality
Upon the earth and high above:
The truth that all was made from love.
A love that calls to us to fly
Above the hills, above the sky,
Above the storms, above the pain:
A land where peace and laughter reign.
O Master, may Thy joy fill our days.
O Master, may thy wisdom guide our ways.
Guide all our hopes and all our dreams
Past every glow that only seems,
Into the light, the inner sun,
Into the truth that we’re all one.
Help us to find in every hour,
In every thought in every flower,
A joy that spans eternity,
The truth that makes us ever free.
O Master, may Thy joy fill our days.
O Master, may Thy wisdom guide our ways.
There appears to be much discussion about 12/21/12. I for one did not feel any difference, but my own feelings of maybe I am not worthy. I was disappointed in myself, that I did not make the grade. This has been the crux of my definition of self for most of my life. It is something of my struggle to obtain enlightenment. It has been something I have struggled with most of my life.
Having studied the works of my Parham guru, Swami Sri Yukteswar, the book called The Holy Science, I already knew within myself that for me the ascension was a gradual process, I still, like many others, hoped it would be quick and easy. But, like so many of us who live in this day and age of instant gratification, I can see the disappointment in not achieving such, and know that it does not stop the ongoing process.
Slow and steady wins the race. I check within myself and still realize the changes that need to take place. I then realize that I have been given a period of grace to work in. We all have, though many do not realize it. We are becoming who we need to be to work in this dimension of our earth. We are becoming our God self, or our higher self. And that is no small, quick fix, well at least for most of us. It is something we all wanted to do together.
Let your love grow and let it show in your world. As a single mother trying to raise my children on my own, I often worried about having a roof over our heads and food on the table, or paying our bills so we would have electricity, water, and gas. I was given a challenge. “If you help feed someone else or share just what you have, you will never be without shelter or food.” I can honestly say, though sometimes it has been precarious, HE has always upheld HIS end of the bargain. One of the keys is in learning to give of yourself. Another is love, straight from the heart. Have a willingness to work from the heart, without judgment. See peace and harmony for your future and the future of all humanity. Learn to create the best world for all people. In doing so, we all succeed.
We are already in the process and have been in this process for some time. Maybe that is why we don’t recognize the changes yet. I certainly have seen and felt the peace and tranquility, the beauty, of this experience for a few years now. Let’s think about this for a while and open ourselves to the infinite good that upholds us all the way. And take the time given to us to make the attitude adjustments needed to progress along our path.
In truth, light, and love. Namaste.
I ran across a wonderful bit of wisdom to share and begin our new year with. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Do not undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others. It is because we are different that each of us is special.
Do not set your goals by what other people deem important. Only you know what is best for you.
Do not take for granted the things closest to your heart. Cherish them as you would your life, for without them life is meaningless.
Do not let your life slip through your fingers by living in the past or for the future. By living your life one day at a time, you live all the days of your life.
Do not give up when you still have something to give. Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying.
Do not be afraid to admit that you are less than perfect. It is this fragile thread that binds us to each other.
Do not be afraid to encounter risks. It is by taking chances that we learn how to be brave.
Do not shut love out of your life by saying it is impossible to find. The quickest way to receive love is to give love, the fastest way to lose love is to hold it too tightly, and the best way to keep love is to give it wings.
Do not dismiss your dreams. To be without dreams is to be without hope. To be without hope is to be without purpose.
Do not run through life so fast that you forget not only where you have been but also where you are going.
Life is not a race but a journey to be savored each step of the way.
In truth love and light. May this little bit of wisdom bring you a most wonderful 2013. Namaste
This is very personal, but I felt the importance of relating it at this time.
After the death of my mother when I was a child, I was very confused about a number of things having to do with death. About 7 months later I came home with the flu, from school. My father, who hadn’t felt well that day, was at home on the couch. I came in the door to the same sounds that I had heard when my mother died. Those last breath sounds. I screamed and ran over to him and started pounding on his chest and saying, “you cannot leave me, too.”
I guess I must have started his heart. This was before CPR. I insisted he go to the hospital. It took us 45 minutes to walk 7 blocks up hill to the hospital. I didn’t know how to drive and he couldn’t drive in his condition. He also kept stopping to rest and tell me about his experience and he said he met and talked to Jesus.
The point being that he told me that I should never be afraid of death because “you do not die”. He talked about watching and floating above his body. About feeling no pain. In his physical form, he had cancer and was always in great pain. He talked about observing his form and his personality, everything that made him who he was, was still who he was, even without his physical form. He could touch and feel himself, but not the body.
He watched a pinpoint of light get larger and he realized he was moving toward the light. He came to a veil and he could see a beautiful land on the other side. He also saw a man approaching him. The personage came through the veil and talked to my father. He gave him a choice. He could come now or go back and relate this experience to his children. He was shown our lives, by his decision. He chose to come back, for a little while. Immediately he felt the tug and pull and a sensation of moving down toward his body. As he returned he could feel the pain in his body once again. He could also feel and hear me pounding on him. He didn’t know how long he would live and felt the urgency of relating this experience to me as we walked to the hospital.
He told me never be afraid of death. When he died about a year later, his face was so peaceful and calm.
His choice and experience showed me how great was his love for us. What a teacher!
I bring this up as a means of comfort for those going through the Newtown CT. slayings. I hope they can one day be at peace knowing that their loved ones are truly alive and well and never lost and alone. May the peace of the heavens blanket you and all who feel this loss, wherever they are in the world.
May we as a humanity grow to understand our connection to each other, and the fact that we are all so much more than the body. Over the years I have come to realize that our loved ones are no more than a thought away and they always live in our hearts. That is the best and most sacred place of all.
May the blessings of peace and love come to all at this time and throughout the coming year.
Namaste, in truth, love, and light. Patti
You know how you have dreams? And then you have DREAMS. I have had a recurring dream since I was a very young child. I always thought it was a nightmare. I did not understand it. I will relate it.
I am running with a family, mostly children. I always felt like they were my children. My inner child? As we are all running there are loud sounds of things falling. I look behind me and see right before my eyes that the trees, ground, and sky are tumbling down. I hide myself and all these children under the comics of a newspaper that is blowing past us. We quietly huddle under the comics. The comics blow away, and I find myself climbing to the roof of a house. The sensation reminds me of The Wizard of Oz, where Dorothy is in a house swirling in a whirlwind, only I am on the roof. Then I am lifted up and am hovering above and can see the children and other people below me. I then begin to reach down and give everyone a hand up past me and they climb to safety. Everything below me is collapsing, but I can feel something holding me securely as I help give people a hand up.
Since I was a small child I have always known that GOD IS. As I was growing up I often felt as though I did not fit in and was lonely. I have juggled myself trying to stay balanced between both worlds. One of knowing, and one of being alone, until I realized that I was never alone. Now I understand that dream, and it was really not a nightmare at all.
We each have these opposites that we have to struggle with and come into balance, and it is all okay. We are all so much more than we think we are. We have all done so much more than we think we have. For me it has been to learn to trust that it all works to bring out my best in myself, even when I slip and fall, it gives me the opportunity to pick myself up.
Today I picked myself up and realized I needed a big hug, so I gave myself a hand up today. We can do this for ourselves and others.