We intuitively feel the power in “letting go and letting God”. The idea does touch our heart and leads us inward. There’s that sense of well-being as we relax into inner trust. Ah!!!… But it doesn’t last long. The inspiration fades as we think with our own self: “Yeh, I need to do that! Let’s try and get that going.” The tension of trying brings us away from trust and into our own effort. Spirituality is an enigma. Faith is a mystery. Quietly, we can ‘let go’ without ‘actively’ letting go. Effort in the process brings the focus back to the ego-self. EGO is Edging God Out. FROG is Fully Relying on God. We cannot do both! One foot in the relationship with the Divine and one foot out. On the one hand, “I better get going. I need to have perfect faith.” The other is, “I really want to let go and rely on you, Lord. Please help my unbelief. “ It is an allowing. It is trusting that the invisible is more real than the visible. It is based on the belief that God is present and loving. Faith is a process beyond words. An Eastern mystic saying aimed at ceasing the floodgate of effort is, “There is no gate! Come, let me show you how to cross it.”. If the Master says, “I, of myself, can do nothing.”, that’s a pretty good clue that I might want to rely on the Father for everything. There is no guilt or effort or doing that will make us good enough to enter heaven. It’s the recognition that God within us makes us Holy, now. read more F.R.O.G.
There is wisdom in all religions. Religion is created by man to understand God, the Unknowable. Thus, there are many wise and some not so wise aspects of all faiths. There is only one God, worshipped in many ways. After Siddhartha’s enlightenment, he felt he had no other purpose than to awaken as many people as would listen. The essence of his teachings he called The Four Noble Truths. They are something extremely wise that we can learn from. read more The Four Truths
All God’s children are One. We are the Body of Christ. Our thoughts are intermingled. There is no ‘out there’ and ‘in here’. Part of our perception of the fall from Grace is that we are separate from each other, … read more You are the World
Consider the state of Being when you are aware of desire for something and simultaneously the emptiness of seeking pleasure in materiality. This is an act of untying the knot in finding true compassion through sharing of the world around us. It is mindfully eating a delicious piece of chocolate cake with a dear friend all the while feeling the indwelling presence of God which produces the incredible taste, the essence of Love with your friend and the overall joy of the moment. In this state, the inner fount of joy is never lost. That joy is experienced in the center of all activities. read more Nonattachment
If you are not feeling loving, or peaceful or joyful then you are living in the “self”. The self tricks us into being upset because our beloved is not acting correctly. We fall out of a space of unconditional love and either attack or pull away. That is the moment that we can realize we are stepping outside of a spiritually focused marriage. So much of our behavior as a couple is projecting and blaming. Become committed to putting the Divine first in your relationship. Make your marriage contemplative. Get quiet, fill you heart with God’s love and only then share your feelings from a contemplative stance. Where does joy come from? Yes, from Christ, from Buddha consciousness, right within us. read more The Contemplative Marriage
The best part of couple prayer is spending quiet time with the Lord and with your spouse. This is the time of silent meditation. This is what Jesus was doing in the early mornings on the mountainside: communing with God!! The intention of connection with God in stillness allows the Holy Spirit to heal our deeper mind. We are not able to do this on our own. Try this a few times with your mate and feel the energy in stillness. You don’t talk when you kiss! Relationship with our mate and God is passionate. Words don’t convey the meaning. Allow God to love you in silence. Feel the connection with your mate in silence. read more Prayer and Meditation for Couples
Meditation is very simple. Meditation is the process of quieting the mind which allows our little self, our worries and concerns, to take a break. As our mind quiets, our true Self can emerge. God can express Himself in our world. Our agitated mind is constantly dwelling on the past, reacting to some event in our world or preoccupied with concerns about the future. These worries of our fearful self, like wind on a lake, keep our mind stirred up and keep us removed from the Peace of God. Quietness is the secret to deepening the connection and relationship with the Divine. read more Meditation: Silent Prayer