This Father's Day, Rev. Connie Nissen speaks about the walls we put up in consciousness, and she gives us meditation exercises to help break them down.
Many of us carry a hole in our heart in the shape of the father. A common story told is, "If my father had just been there, I think I would be better than I am now." But Joseph Campbell wrote, "Where we stumble, therein lies our treasure." The fatherless sons, telling that single story, may feel valueless. But we know these feelings create our experience, that our thoughts and beliefs are creative things.
Do we know our true nature? That we are Divine? Life is a projection of reality, depending on which stage of consciousness we are in.
According to the Vedanta, there are six states of consciousness:
Rumi wrote, "When we see ourselves, we will be the ideal of ourselves." This is about seeing ourselves in the true way that we are.
The Hindu Vedanta gives five reasons for our suffering:
- Not knowing the true nature of reality
- Clinging to the insubstantial
- Aversion to fear
- The identification with the false self, the ego
- Fear of death
But what we stand for is "That"---the indescribable nature of who we are.
The pertinent question is, "Do we make ourselves available to our true nature?"
Rev. Patrick continues his talk from last Sunday on the book The Five Levels of Attachment.
The journey is about up-leveling our lives. The key to all transformation is awareness. We must remember to proceed with two things: self-respect and self-love. Let us find the capacity right now to love and respect ourselves.
The Divine Feminine is the goddess tradition, which has been our story since before history. This tradition symbolizes balance, healing, renewal, and restoration.
Our steps along the path of the Divine Feminine are simple:
- We agree that we are on this journey of consciousness, which is awareness of our divinity.
- We build that awareness through meditation, contemplation, forgiveness, and gratitude.
- We need to ask for guidance.
- We need to listen for the answer.
God is able to make all grace abound toward us; that we, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.
The enemy of prayer is inertia---resistance to change. If we'd like change to occur in our lives, then pray, pray, pray. It is the inertia within our consciousness that makes us feel like not praying. A life of prayer takes courage and a willingness to change.
The simplest thing we teach is that the only moment is now. The hardest thing we teach is being in the present moment, because life is so full of distractions.
Between this thought and the next thought is where we find our Connection. That is why practicing meditation is so important.
We all long for a greater experience of the Infinite, a greater experience of God, a greater experience of Wholeness. We need to become that clean, hollow vessel. This means looking at things in our lives that are limiting our experience.
In this week's talk, Rev. Connie Nissen contemplates the home. The spaces that we inhabit---that make up our home and workspace---reflect the state of our inner space. The interior design of our home is really a mirror of our own interior design.
Where we live and what we live with are an extension of who we are. Our living quarters are a physical manifestation of our emotional wants and needs, a mirror of our thoughts, dreams, hopes, wishes, and issues.