Spirit filled every atom and cell of my body with healing, radiant light, and I refuse to install a dimmer.
Spirit filled my mind with so many divine ideas, I have to give them away.
Spirit filled my heart with so much love, I’m starting to hug trees.
Spirit filled my life with so much joy, I laugh in my sleep.
Extra baggage as I go, only serves to make me slow.
I make the choice to let it go. The choice is up to me.
Hatred, discord now will be, changed to love and harmony.
In my hand I hold the key, the key that unlocks me.
Baggage I that left behind was filled with thoughts that were unkind,
I let them go to free my mind, became a lighter me.
We can grow by simply listening,
the way the tree on that ridge listens
its branches to the sky,
the way blood listens
its flow to the site of a wound,
the way you listen
like a basin when my head so full of grief
can’t look you in the eye.
We can listen our way
out of anger,
if we let the heart soften
the wolf we keep inside.
We can last by listening deeply,
the way roots reach for the next inch of earth,
the way an old turtle listens all he hears
into the pattern of his shell.
~ Mark Nepo
Self-realization is realizing the inherent nature underneath our conditioning. When you realize it, you plug into the truth that has been realized by all Buddhas and ancestors since time immemorial. The self perishes. Self is forgotten. What is the self that we hold on to? This is the question we must ask. Is what we were taught from the time we were born our true nature? Or are we just conditioned to believe that we are this or that? Self is an idea. It does not exist. We create it moment to moment. It is not until we are free of our attachments that we realize the complete falling away of body and mind. The true self. The ground of reality. It takes a lot of conditioning to separate us from our true nature. So, it takes a lot of training to reconnect us with our true nature.
We can certainly function with our highly conditioned mind. We can become very smart, make lots of money, raise children, maintain a home, have a successful business, friends and so on. We can feel pretty secure and sure of ourselves and those around us. Why would we want to change our comfortable lives? There is a moment when we realize that something is not right, that we somehow have not been given the whole story, that there is something more to this life than what people seem to think, or what we’ve been told. The moment that thought arises, we have done what is called in zen, “raising the Bodhi mind,” the aspiration for enlightenment. The moment you do that, the process is complete. The process beyond time and space. It is the birth potential of all sentient beings. Many will do it, many will not. Once you have entered the Way, it is hard to turn back. The practice of emptying the mind begins by practicing non-attachment. Just practice. 24 hours a day, you ask yourself, Who am I? That is moment to moment practice. Sit, meditate, walk, meditate, work, meditate, every breath, every thought, every action. It will come. If not in this lifetime, the next. What ELSE have you got to do? You need not rely on books alone. True awakening happens in the solitude, the quiet of your own mind. – Sunya
He must have been a gambler on the Delta Queen,
knowing where the cards were placed before they could be seen.
With hands as fast as lightening, he’d deal a winning hand,
then stroll along the promenade and listen to the band.
He must have been a feline, all slick and glossy brown,
with tread so ghostly silent, he never made a sound.
He’d sit high on the alter where monks would come to pray,
and listen to their chanting till the break of day.
He must have had a kingdom, high upon a hill,
and servants who with speed of light would do their masters will.
He had three shiny mirrors and sandals made of gold,
and drank a magic portion so he never would grow old.
Why is it so hard to really trust in the Divine? Let’s look at it from Unity’s perspective. Concerning Divine order and the laws of nature, I find great truth when I return to the wisdom of Silent Unity. Here is a message from Rev. Gal Dobert that I find refreshing – Namasté, Sharon
“The law of Divine Order and harmony is satisfied in me and I behold myself a tower of spiritual strength and stability.” —Cora Fillmore
“It is all in Divine Order.” How often I say those words. Sometimes when I say that phrase, I feel like I am being a little glib—just using it as a platitude instead of really embracing the full scope of what it means. Let’s refresh our hearts and minds about what it means to say, believe and experience: “It is all in Divine Order.”
Order is the law of the Universe. There is a divine and perfect order to all of life. To me, Divine Order is asking what is mine to do through prayer, and then trusting and allowing that process to take place. I often end my prayers with, “I let go, knowing it is so—and gratefully so it is.” One of the most important aspects of prayer is releasing and trusting.
One wouldn’t think of digging up a seed that has been planted in a garden to see if it is taking root and growing. Prayer is a seed we plant and order is the process of life unfolding within each seed.
Can you remember a time when you have tried to “dig up the seeds” of your prayers instead of allowing the process of manifestation to occur? I certainly can. I must admit that I am at times an impatient person. I have a sense of urgency about most things—in other words I like action!
The funny thing is that fall and winter are my favorite seasons. They are seasons when it looks as if nothing is growing or changing on the outside, and yet all things are teeming with life inside as they prepare for spring. When I take time to ponder my natural surroundings, I see how important it is to trust divine order in every situation.
There is One Presence and One Power moving in and through us—in divine and perfect order. Trust and know this to be true in your own life.
Rev. Gail Dobert is director of Silent Unity, the prayer ministry at Unity World Headquarters.
YOUR MATE HAS TO CONTROL EVERYTHING YOU DO OR THERE WILL BE HELL TO PAY.
YOUR INDEPENDENCE HAS BEEN DESTROYED. YOU’RE NOT ALLOWED TO MAKE NEW FRIENDS AND YOUR OLD FRIENDS AND FAMILY HAVE, LITTLE BY LITTLE, BEEN PUSHED OUT OF YOUR LIFE.
AGGRESSIVE WITHOUT REASON..
YOUR MATE CAN GO OFF WITHOUT WARNING. YOU HAVE BEEN SLAPPED, PUNCHED, VERBALLY ABUSED, AND BRUISED. THE BRUISES ARE IN PLACES THAT CAN’T BE SEEN BY OTHERS. THE ABUSE OFTEN COMES WITH HEAVY DRINKING BUT NOT ALWAYS.
FULL OF REMORSE..
AFTER A ROUND OF PHYSICAL AND VERBAL ABUSE YOUR MATE IS FULL OF REMORSE. PROMISING THINGS WILL BE DIFFERENT. COMING HOME ON TIME, BRING YOU GIFTS.
HUMILIATED IN FRONT OF FRIENDS..
YOU ARE ROUTINELY HUMILIATED IN FRONT OF FRIENDS AND FAMILY. ESPECIALLY HIS BUDDIES. YOUR LOOKS, YOUR COOKING AND EVERYTHING YOU DO IS RIDICULED.
CHARMING TO OTHERS..
YOUR MATE IS FRIENDLY AND CHARMING TO OTHERS, WITH A READY JOKE AND A SMILE. NO ONE BELIEVES YOU WHEN YOU TELL THEM YOUR BEING ABUSED. YOU EVENTUALLY TELL NO ONE FOR FEAR OF NOT BEING BELIEVED.
WALKING ON EGG SHELLS..
YOU WILL AVOID CONFRONTATION AT ANY COST, CHANGING YOURSELF, YOUR STYLE, YOUR IDEAS AND OPINIONS JUST TO AVOID CONFRONTATION.
IT KEEPS GETTING WORSE..
YOU NEVER FEEL LOVED, PROTECTED, AND APPRECIATED. YOU CAN’T SEE A WAY OUT.
DID YOU SEE YOURSELF IN THE EXAMPLES OF ABUSE ABOVE? REMEMBER, YOU ARE A PRECIOUS CHILD OF GOD. YOU DESERVE TO BE HAPPY. GET OUT BEFORE IT IS TO LATE. YOUR CHILDREN MIGHT BE NEXT.
DON’T THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO DO OR SAY. DON’T THINK ABOUT YOUR FUTURE. ANYTHING WILL BE BETTER THEN THIS SOUL SHATTERING LIFE. IT WILL WORK OUT SOMEHOW. THERE IS HELP OUT THERE. JUST CALL THE NUMBER BELOW AND SAY, “I NEED HELP, PLEASE HELP ME.”
GET HELP..ABUSE HOTLINE
YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
THE NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE
Like my Mother before me and her Mother before her, on my 21st birthday I inherited my Great Grandmother Alice’s Rose Trunk. I was given the ornate key to the trunk and a yellowing note written in old fashioned, flowing script.
To My Daughter,
Now that you’re a women, my Rose Trunk is yours. Pass it on to your first born Daughter and she to hers. It is a link to your past and I pray the link will never be broken. I have traveled the path you have yet to walk…through marriage, family, intimacy and motherhood. To find true happiness in all these things, laugh as much as possible and don’t take life to seriously. Remember I love you.
Early the next morning I crept up to the attic to claim my treasure. Grandmother’s beautiful cherry wood trunk sat beneath the attic window, a shaft of sunlight highlighting the hand painted roses that adorned the lid. Dust motes floated in the sunshine casting the corner in a warm, mellow glow. Beside the trunk stood a full-length Cheval mirror, as if waiting for Grandmother’s return.
I sat in the sunlight and gently turned the key in the lock and lifted the lid. A faint scent of roses greeted me and brought a smile to my face. Inside was a trunk full of the most marvelously preserved vintage clothing. There were bloomers, corsets, and night gowns trimmed in dainty lace. Fitted bodices with puffy sleeves and soft, flowing skirts. Tiny French kid open toed slippers decorated with roses, long white gloves, and a feathered fan tucked into a side pocket. At the very bottom was a navy blue seaside canvas jacket and skirt with a satin yellow vest and matching yellow straw hat.
One dress seemed more prized then the others for it was carefully wrapped in a length of rose silk and fastened with an ivory broach. Inside the package was a white dress dotted with tiny rose buds whose pattern was vintage when Alice was a girl. The dress was light as a feather, with a red satin belt that trailed down the back in ribbons. I can see why Grandmother loved this dress. It was so delicate and charming it brought tears to my eyes.
Tucked in the pocket was a heart shaped gold locket. I opened it to find a young couple holding hands, so obviously in love. This must have been my Great Grandmother and Great Grandfather before he went off to war. I was surprised to see she looked a lot like me.
I posed before the mirror, the delicate rosebud dress pressed to my body. I pictured myself dancing with a handsome stranger. I glanced down for a moment, laughing at my bare feet peaking out from under this elegant dress. I looked up into the mirror and there in a cloudy mist stood my Great Grandmother Alice wearing the rosebud dress…smiling, swaying and twirling to some unheard music. Her voice whispered softly, “This is my favorite dress. Thank you Daughter for this moment.” She adjusted the bow in her hair, looked into my eyes and was gone.
As I arrived for dinner the following Sunday my Mother and Grandmother pulled me into the kitchen asking, “Did you see her? Did you see Grandmother Alice?”
By Jane Johnson
I love children. They know how to live in the now. They express themselves, laugh when it’s funny and cry when it’s sad. They don’t hold onto things. They know how to let go. Why can’t we? It’s a tough world out there. Invite love and new life into each day. Hatred breeds hatred. Theres no time left to live in this dream world. Time to wake up!
Are you ready?
1. Reclaim yourself – an action of getting back something you lost or gave up. But what was taken from you or what did you give up? What have you lost of yourself? Did you lose your sense of joy, trust or love. How about your desire to learn or even try something new, and live in the Now instead of the past or future. Do you appreciate life? Do you let things go, and do you recognize how you can change who you are right now? We go through so many emotions. Let’s talk about anger. Are you mad right now? Here’s a little test. Sit with good back support — on a couch, chair or on the floor but with a straight back. Breathe 10 deep inhales through the nose and 10 exhales from mouth. Now, think slowly of inhaling new life, and quickly of exhaling all anger. Now stretch your neck muscles from side to side while breathing in and out 10 times each side. Hold areas of tension. Feel it, release it. Turn head from side to side. Feel the stretch as you release, release, release. Raise your shoulders and tighten arm and neck muscles. Hold for 10 seconds. Now, drop your shoulders. Make easy circular motions with your head. Open your arms, make circular motions as if gathering the fragrance of new life and breathe deeply. If you did this correctly, you had no time to remain angry!
2. Redefine yourself -
Let’s redefine ourselves. Finish these sentences:
I am…(a radiant child of God…)
I have…(all that I need…)
I stand for…(love, peace, truth…)
I believe in…(the basic goodness in all people, prayer, affirmations…)
3. Recreate yourself -
Now decide…who are you really? How would you like to see yourself? How do you want others to see you? Who do you love?
Stand for yourself within yourself so that you can surround yourself with the things that honor who you are. Be the living, loving manifestation of the christ, Jesus. Take on those traits of love. peace, compassion and joy.
4. Stay active -
Everywhere you go, spirit is there. Spirit moves us to action. An inactive person lives in the realm of the hungry ghosts. They always desire more but don’t want to work for it. The point is: We are not limited by this body or this brain. Nothing that you can hear, see, taste or touch can harm you because we are unlimited. We are free. Nothing can bind us. Christ lives in each of us. Satan (negativity) can’t get in unless you invite him. This may surprise you but we were BORN perfect! Think on that. Pray about it. The sooner you accept this truth, the easier it will be to live a life of ease, peace, surrender, love, trust and joy.
Love everyone and let no one make you afraid.