How rare is it to be incarnated as a human being? We are rare and precious in the eye of our Creator. We are here to be transformed by our journey. How will we be? How will we carry ourselves? Who will we love? What do we need to know?
In each moment in our lives, we can practice Perfect Preparation. That is, we get to set our intentions before living. We get to set our purpose before we act. But purpose isn't about doing or having. It's about how we show up in the world, how we express the Divine through us in our own unique way.
This Mother's Day inspires us to "mother" a new idea, that is, to nurture a new idea. We do this through the seven faces of intention: Creativity, kindness, love, beauty, expansion, abundance, and receptivity.
We all bring into our lives what is required by right of consciousness so that we can move through it to bring mastery and awareness to our experience.
In reviewing the various chapters of her life, Rev. Connie Nissen explores the power of intention and how we can align ourselves with it.
An intention isn't about getting something, but about our participation with God's highest intention for us and our willingness to allow the power of Spirit to flow through us. It sets a direction in our lives.
She ends by encouraging us to create a personal intention for our lives.
What moves us into prayer? Desperation or inspiration?
If we are not together in the heart, what's the point? When body and soul are not dancing, there is no pleasure in colourful clothing. -- Rumi
Let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. -- Rev. 22:17.
Easter and the holy days are rites of passage, marking cycles, circles, and seasons.
In his life's story, Jesus said, "Destroy this body and consciousness will rise up." His life was raised up by the power of his word and his intention.
Easter is the transformation from the material to the spiritual. In this transformation, there must be a death of one thing to allow the creation of another. In this way, we must train ourselves to see our difficulties as opportunities for the raising of consciousness.
"Lack" is what we have imagined it would be like if Spirit were not abundant. But there is no reality in lack. Abundance is manifest here and now, awaiting our awareness of it.
Prayer. It is more than just asking for things we want. It is essential for our happiness. To connect to Spirit replenishes our Spirit. Prayer is most powerful when done from the spaciousness of our connection to Spirit.
The final question from Muller's book is, "What shall our gift be to the family of earth?" Yet, first, we must ask ourselves, "How can we contribute when we are wracked with shame?" We must live a wholehearted life. Brené Brown, in her insightful book The Power of Vulnerability, gives us four antidotes to shame:
Often in times of crisis, we look to grab onto something that has meaning.
Many of us feel hurt or flawed, and because of this, we often feel like we have no real gift to give. But this kind of thinking can be more costly than the original abuse.
We believe that we have been broken by our suffering. But the sorrows are not unbearable; these wounds can heal. Our sorrow does not contaminate our gift. Our sorrow can become our gift.
A gift not offered dies in the heart. The Family of Earth aches for our gift to be offered.
To start out, we hear reports from three teens who went to Winter Camp. Then, Rev. Patrick once again weaves a message of hope from the writings of Mark Nepo, Wayne Muller, and his own insights, reminding us what a gift life is, through a tender discussion of death.
When things happen in our lives, we can choose to judge them---to decide if they are right or wrong---or to see what is true in them for us. If we allow ourselves to get caught up in judging, then we spend our lives sorting instead of living.