2012 – A Message of Hope

WORLD MEDITATION DAY : GET INVOLVED 🙂

DATE: First sunday of every month.

TIME: Anytime during the sunday will be fine, but the core time is 7 — 8 in the evening, your time.

http://www.worldmeditationday.com/

There is no time left to be complacent. The world is changing now. Not tomorrow. Be part of the change for good. The love. Not the fear. Let go your attachment to the old world and embrace the new.

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How to Be Harmonious in a Changing World ~ Sandra Ingerman, M.A.

As we continue to experience change to the Earth due to climate changes, it is important for us to shift our perspective about what is happening. We are also witnessing deterioration on political and economic levels.

Today many people talk about the change in consciousness and evolution that humans are going through. And at the same time all of life — all species and the Earth herself are going through a change.

The landscape of the earth is evolving and changing as it has done throughout time. Land masses have changed over time and will continue to do so.

The destruction that we experience is hard on the people and animals who suffer loss of home and lives.

And at the same time we must recognize that the Earth is evolving and changing into new landscapes just like human consciousness is evolving into a new landscape.

One way we can work is to look at how we can work on a physical, mental and spiritual level — body, mind and spirit.

Body:

We have a body and the Earth is a body. And the Earth with all the elements air, water and the sun support our life here on this planet. All of life is part of nature. And to live a healthy life we must live in harmony with nature.

Everything that exists goes through constant change and dies. And death is not an end — it is a transition. We must learn how to honor life, as it is so precious, and at the same time learn how to let go. There is always new birth that comes with all change and transition.

We are also being asked to learn to work in partnership in our local communities. There are now many different projects to create community gardens. This is a wonderful example of how we can come together to work in partnership to create the food needed for all where we live. Local communities are also joining together to help rebuild after destructive events occur. And there is also some wonderful work being done in communities to help the youth create a vision of a positive future for themselves and the world. These are just some of the examples.

Mind:

We need to be aware of what energies we are feeding with our thoughts. Indigenous cultures teach that thoughts are things.

Are we directing our thoughts towards what we desire to create in the world? Or are we directing our thoughts towards sabotaging our dreams? I think the phrase that we use “train of thought” is such a powerful key to our work. For a train ends up at a station. We must be more conscious about where our train of thought is leading us. We must start to replace sabotaging and defeatist thoughts with thoughts that will help to lead us towards the dream of the world we wish to live in.

As with any garden we must begin to look at what plants have strong roots that are overtaking our garden. If we have seeded our garden with thoughts of defeat then we must go to the core of the garden and do some weeding. For what you plant and nurture will grow.

If you think of your thoughts as seeds what thoughts do you nurture throughout the day? Those are the thoughts that will grow into healthy plants.

Our thoughts are made up of words. And words have power.

Reflect on what you create throughout the day with your words. Reflect on your thought process throughout the day and you will get real insights into the life and world you are creating.

Our thoughts and words make up our daydreams. Shamans around the world have been saying we are dreaming the wrong dream.

We dream new dreams with our imaginations. Where is your imagination focusing? Are you using your imagination to focus on what is not working? Or are you imagining with all your senses the dream you would like to see manifest for all of life?

Our future is created by what we are doing in the present. It is time for us to examine and be aware of what is growing in our inner landscape and bursting forth into the world.

Spirit:

When you go beyond the body and mind, you find that you are spirit. This aspect of spirit is divine and is a reflection of the creator.

Our spiritual nature is light which radiates from us and naturally transforms and heals. This spiritual light also creates unlimited possibilities of what can happen versus the limitations our minds put on things.

The sun shines light that is absorbed by all of life. The sun does not decide that since things are going “badly” in the world it won’t shine today. The sun shines each day.

We must make a choice to shine our light and allow that light to radiate no matter what is going on in the outer world. We can’t go back and forth deciding one day to feed the light and then one day to feed fear and anger. This going back and forth detracts from the focus and concentration of spiritual energies needed right now to create true change.

Let go of judging your work by what is happening in the outer world. Let go of the outcome. Your role right now is to do the work you are called to do and the universe will provide a pathway for the outcome to be achieved.

Think of a camera. If you keep moving the camera back and forth between your feeding a dream of hope and creating a healthy and abundant world and feeding a dream of anger, fear, and hopelessness you will never be able to produce a picture. To get a clear picture you have to keep your focus and keep the camera still.

Sandra Ingerman, M.A., is the author of eight books, including Soul Retrieval; Medicine for the Earth; Shamanic Journeying: A Beginner’s Guide; How to Heal Toxic Thoughts; How to Thrive in Changing Times; and Awakening to the Spirit World: The Shamanic Path of Direct Revelation.

Sandra teaches workshops internationally on shamanic journeying, healing, and reversing environmental pollution using spiritual methods. Sandra is a licensed marriage and family therapist, a professional mental health counselor, and a board-certified expert on traumatic stress. To order Sandra’s books and to read her blog, visit her on Red Room or at sandraingerman.com.

The author talks about her book, “Medicine for the Earth: How to Transform Personal and Environmental Toxins,” in this 2-minute copyright-free video.

God Whisperer … Not! ~ BJ Gallagher

BJ Gallagher
Sociologist, best-selling author and popular speaker.

I watched an episode of Cesar Milan’s “The Dog Whisperer” a few weeks ago and was fascinated by the dynamic between man and dog. It looked like Milan had taken on “Mission Impossible” with this particular mutt — a wild, willful bundle of energy. The dog was acting out as his emotions ran amok: anxiety, fear, self-protection, frustration, anger, desire to dominate, urge to flee and more. He was a real handful, even for the masterful dog whisperer.

The dog lunged and snarled; the man stood his ground, asserting who was in charge. The dog menaced; the man didn’t flinch, instead putting his hand on the canine. The dog went ballistic, trying to break free from the man’s grasp, despite that fact that the man was superior in size, power and intelligence. The dog resisted; the man persisted. The more the dog rebelled, the more the man effectively reinforced who was calling the shots.

The tension was riveting. My stomach knotted as I watched the struggle between man and beast. Who would prevail? Had the dog whisperer finally met his match? Would this crazy canine get the best of the famous dog tamer? Or would Milan, the savior of incorrigibles, be able to work his magic on this hopeless case?

The suspense was palpable; my body tensed as I watched the drama unfold. Then, out of nowhere, as if the network had broken into the program for a special announcement, I had an epiphany. As I watched the struggle onscreen, it dawned on me: I am that dog! The struggle between the dog and his whisperer mirrored the struggle between me and my God.

As the show concluded, Milan explained how the dog will be less anxious, happier and more secure when he submits to the powerful, protective energy of the pack leader. And I realized how much happier I am when I feel the strength and security of God’s power and grace. Just as dogs thrive when they know their place in the pack, I thrive when I know my place in the universe. Dogs are happiest when they experience positive discipline, structure and love; I am happiest when I experience the same.

The TV show drew to an end with the dog whisperer victorious and his former canine combatant, falling into line behind him. I chuckled — not at the dog, but at myself.

Like many dogs, I am a slow learner, as well as a fast forgetter. On those occasions when I forget who is the alpha God in my life and become disconnected from the holy, I suffer separation anxiety. When that happens, I get caught up in anxiety, fear, self-will and defiance. Lapsing into bad behavior, I flail around, howl at the moon and make a mess of myself and my surroundings — out of control and out of harmony with everyone and everything.

I need to be reminded frequently that I am not “The God Whisperer.” I do not bend God to my will. I am not the alpha. I do not train God to follow my lead. And if I ever think I’m the alpha, I’ve got it backward.

Instead, I am the one in need of leadership and it is God who is “The Soul Whisperer,” working with my willful, unruly and undisciplined soul, patiently, lovingly taming my restless, rebellious spirit. The moment I finally surrender to my Higher Power, the instant I quit trying to call the shots, everything falls into place. It is only then, when my will is aligned with His will, that the soul whisperer is able to work His magic with me … and I am transformed.

BJ Gallagher’s new YouTube movie is “If God is your co-pilot, switch seats.”

Enlightenment is Never Far Away By Sadhguru


Sadhguru
Founder, Isha Foundation

Enlightenment is not something that happens. It is always there. The sadhana, or yogic practices that one does on the spiritual path enable you to see that it is there. You are not doing sadhana to construct divinity within you. Many people talk about self-development, but self is one thing you cannot develop. You can develop the mind, you can develop the ego, but how can you develop the self, which is absolute and boundless?

Only that which is incomplete can be developed. If something is already all-pervading and eternal, how can you develop it? So, sadhana is not about building something. It is not about creating divinity within you or becoming enlightened. The source of creation is already there within you. Sadhana is just a way of opening your eyes. Sadhana is like an alarm bell. The whole thing is just a process of waking you up, waking you up to another level of reality.

There is no such thing as self-knowledge. There is just self. That is all. Jesus made this clear. He talked about himself and his father in heaven, but at one point he said, “I and my father are one.” The you that is beyond all limitations and that which you are referring to as the almighty are the same.

To experience this, you must become willing to transcend your limitations. This willingness is surrender. The only barrier to it is your identity with the limited nature of your body and mind. If you are willing, who can stop you? The sadhana is just to make you willing. Enlightenment is never far away, but to make a person completely willing takes time because there are layers and layers of resistance. It takes time to work through the resistance, to become absolutely willing. It need not necessarily take time, but generally people do take time.

India is a very ancient culture that has produced many enlightened beings. This is a culture that has always said that the only way to transform oneself is to turn into a god. Yoga is a scientific tool to realize and experience this. In yoga we have no incarnations of God. We see the possibility that even you can become godlike, blissful and all-seeing.

Let this be clear. Yoga is a technology, so there is no question of it working for one person and not working for another. Your telephone, television and computer work for everyone — even though most people do not have a clue as to how they work. You just have to learn how to use them. Similarly, most people will never understand how yoga works. Factors such as age, attitude, or karmic situations can decide how quickly it works, but it definitely works whether you can immediately notice it or not. Some people will catch fire like gasoline, some will burn like paper, others will burn like wet wood, but yoga can definitely hasten everyone’s evolution.

If enlightenment is the one and only purpose of your life and all your energies are focused in this direction, it is not far away. The problem is that people have so many other priorities, so spirituality is kept on the side. What you are seeking is within you. If it is the only priority of your life, nothing can stop you. If you are willing, what is within you cannot be denied to you even for a moment.

Right now, you are the divine but unaware of it. Whatever you are unaware of, does not exist for you; you must understand that. If you are sitting down and an elephant is standing right behind you and you are unaware of it, it does not exist for you. Only when you become aware of it does it exist for you. Similarly, although God is within you, as long as you are unaware of your God-like nature, it doesn’t exist for you. When someone becomes aware, he also becomes aware that everybody carries the same potential.

Life as you know it is not a barrier. If realizing your ultimate nature is the only priority in your life, everything you do will naturally orient itself toward that. Your work, relationships, love, money — even your very life’s breath — will orient themselves toward your ultimate nature. The experience of every little thing you do becomes extremely fulfilling and joyful when it is done in the light of great purpose. Once your ultimate nature is your only priority, the life process will become a joyful and fulfilling process.

This article has been excerpted from the book “Midnights with the Mystic” .

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