Month: November 2013

Offering Gratitude

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“In this time of Thanksgiving let us offer gratitude to all those parts of us that we have been programmed to continually put down. For example, when we are in a state of fear, we have been programmed to believe that we are there because we are not strong enough. When we are in a state of stress we have been programmed to believe that we are there because we are not wise enough. Thus every time we experience these states we unconsciously also punish put ourselves down.

It is in those areas of our life that we need to develop our ability to be grateful. When we strengthen those areas of our life, by seeing them as the gifts to us they truly are, that is when our union with our Creator becomes clearer. Fear, stress, every moment, regardless of how the ego has taught us to define it, is an expression of who and where we are at that moment in time. Where we are is always the perfect place for our greatest growth and development.

We are love, an extension, expression of God/Source, yet we cannot love what we don’t appreciate. When we don’t appreciate ourselves exactly as we are, then we fail to love ourselves, fail to see our union with God/source, and thus feel lonely, lost, and confuse. Feeling alone, lost, and confused is what allows for the expressions and emotions of fear and stress to manifest themselves. Yet it is these types of expressions that are our greatest reminders that we are not where we truly belong. We belong in the states of peace, love, and joy. Thus expressions such as fear and stress come to us to guides us out of the state of confusion, and for that let us offer them the gratitude that they deserve. Let us also offer ourselves the compassion, respect, and gratitude that we deserve in every moment, for being wise and strong enough to allow these expressions to be experience in order to help reunite us with whom we truly are.”

~ James Blanchard Cisneros, author “You Have Chosen to Remember”

I am thankful to be able to reblog this from today’s Facebook post via James Blanchard Cisneros.

Thank God

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Recently, I have been drawn to explore the life and works of John Wesley. During the 1700’s, he was literally a man on a mission. His message of Oneness reaches outside of the “Church” and will pluck you right off the street, if you let it. To me, his words have served to strengthen the bridge I’ve been crossing on this journey, helping me cross the divide. You might be surprised what you find.

As I write this I feel slight hesitation in blogging so clearly about faith and God. I know that for most of us who have sought spiritual fulfillment through alternative channels, talk of God can be an instant flip switcher in your head. “No thanks! Parents dragged me to church as a kid. Seen those con artists on TV. Not for me!”

This is where I have come to recognize that old fear was just another illusion. I had some spoiled milk once, but I didn’t give up milk. I might have stayed away from it for a bit but I did go back. Now I just pay closer attention to what I am drinking.

To me, the only major difference in the current “Oneness” movement sweeping the globe and John Wesley’s preaching is that Wesley gives credit to God. In my opinion, the current movement tap dances around that issue and desperately wants to give credit where credit is due. Gracefully. it leaves that final step up to you and me to choose when we’re ready. I see now that it truly is possible to turn your back on ego. Thank God.

The Covenant Prayer

by John Wesley

I am no longer my own but yours.

Your will, not mine, be done in all things,
wherever you may place me,
in all that I do and in all that I may endure;
when there is work for me and when there is none;
when I am troubled and when I am at peace.

Your will be done
when I am valued and when I am disregarded;
when I find fulfillment and when it is lacking;
when I have all things, and when I have nothing.

I willingly offer all I have and am to serve you,
as and where you choose.

Glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
you are mine and I am yours,
may it be so for ever.

Let this covenant now made on earth be fulfilled in heaven.
Amen.

Given Freely

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“First. It is free in all to whom it is given. It does not depend on any power or merit in man; no, not in any degree, neither in whole, nor in part. It does not in anywise depend either on the good works or righteousness of the receiver; not on anything he has done, or anything he is. It does not depend on his endeavors. It does not depend on his good tempers, or good desires, or good purposes and intentions; for all these flow from the free grace of God; they are the streams only, not the fountain. They are the fruits of free grace, and not the root. They are not the cause, but the effects of it. Whatsoever good is in man, or is done by man, God is the author and doer of it. Thus is his grace free in all; that is, no way depending on any power or merit in man, but on God alone, who freely gave us his own Son, and “with him freely giveth us all things.”

~ John Wesley, Sermon 128 – Free Grace

Mistaken Revelations

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“When I was young I was sure of everything. In a few years, having been mistaken a thousand times, I was not half so sure of most things as I was before. At present, I am hardly sure of anything but what God has revealed to me.”

~ from a letter in the Works of John Wesley

Don’t be so sure. True humility opens life up.

Mothers Of The World

When I was a child my parents were Gods. They were not ordinary people. They did not have a past or future. They were simply Mom and Dad, the two who made things happen. The two who made things okay.

One of the many wonderful things about growing up is that you get to rediscover your parents as people. Real people. People with a past. People who struggled. People who have dreams and desires. People who have tasted both success and failure. People in all their glorious messiness with a cherry on top.

Just like me. Just like you.

I am grateful for both of my parents. I am so very grateful for my Mom and Dad.

I ran across this amazing video yesterday and wanted to share it. Thank you to all of the Mom’s out there who do the work of the Gods, day in and day out.  Thank you to my own Mom. Thank you to the Mother of my step children and my first born child on the way. Where would the world be without the Mothers of the world?

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Remember and Reflect

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“You will see reflecting from others what you are holding and supporting within yourself. And so today we work on reshaping our inner world so that the outer world can be a reflection of our efforts. Today let us slow down our thinking long enough to truly see how every thought we think helps build the world we see and experience. In every interaction, we silently offer our sisters and brothers gratitude for volunteering to reflect our inner condition. We acknowledge to ourselves that they are in our life to help us create a more peaceful and joyful place within our heart and minds. Today we slow down time by making, before every interaction, a concerted effort to refocus our minds to offer them, thoughts of compassion, forgiveness, peace, and joy. Today we remember that the world we see is simply a reflection of the thoughts we think.”

James Blanchard Cisneros, Author of “You Have Chosen to Remember

Return to your heart. Slow down and remember to be grateful for the mirrors in your life. Peace begins within.

Cultivating Love And Respect Within Yourself

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“To start attracting love and respect, we must stop searching for love and respect, and begin cultivating it within ourselves.”

~ Ralph Smart

 How do we cultivate love and respect within ourselves? We stop searching for validation and start living from the heart. We take action based only on what the heart wants. We speak only the words our heart speaks.

Does that sound difficult? It takes practice if you’re used to  living in the mind. Start simple.

Respect the communication between you and your body. Eat only when you’re actually hungry. Sleep only when you’re actually tired. Laugh or cry when you really want to. Don’t stifle your emotions. Take full, deep breathes throughout the day. When you have to go to the bathroom, don’t wait until you’ve come to a good spot in your work day. Just go.

Don’t be a victim of circumstance. Do what your heart wants to do when you want to do it, even if that means doing it alone. You aren’t hurting anyone else’s feelings except your own when you do something you don’t really want to be doing. Sometimes that might mean skipping a group gathering or “letting down” a friend. A real friend will respect your choices.

These are just a few simple ways I’ve found to begin cultivating love and respect in yourself. If you’re shifting from mind living to heart living, give them a try and watch what happens. Be easy on yourself. Keep it simple. And remember to give yourself credit for your choices too! You have to water the plants for them grow. Maybe that’s why they call it “growing up?” 🙂