In this week's talk, Rev. Catherine McLeod tells of her journey to Tibet and teaches us about their ways of meditation.
The primary mantra used by the Tibetan Buddhists is "Om Mani Padme Hum". This one mantra condenses all the teachings of the Buddha, and is used to extend the spiritual energy of compassion to ourselves and all beings.
Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love. -- Rumi
Mindfulness is the "on-ramp" to heartfulness. Heartfulness is training ourselves in the art of becoming ourselves. Developing intimacy with who we are---the bare-bones of present-moment awareness---is a muscle we can develop. Cultivating such awareness requires practice; it develops within us emotional intelligence, self-recognition, and self-regulation.
Work of the eyes is done. Now go and do heart work.
We must court the Presence of the Divine. We must invite the Relationship to Source.
Meditation helps us separate the fact of stress from our anxious reaction to it; it takes us deeper into the realms where language and thought lose their potency; it helps us develop compassion for ourselves. It is a way, an experience, an openness; a falling in love with a naked reality.
We meditate to wake up and live, to become skilled at the art of living.
- Want more for others than you want for yourself.
- Think from the end.
- Be an appreciator in life.
- Stay in rapport with Source Energy.
- Be aware of resistance.
- Contemplate yourself surrounded by the conditions that you want to create.
- Understand the art of allowing.
- Maintain a constant sense of gratitude.
- Realize that problems are never solved by condemning them.
- Be matched up with the Source of your being.
- Meditate (just be).
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.