Including the Earth in Our Prayers by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

Every morning I love to walk early beside the wetlands where I live. It is a time of natural reflection and prayer, a time to be alone with nature and the divine that is present: in the hawk sitting on the telephone lines, the skyline softening and turning golden. And now, as we move towards the winter solstice, the first light comes later, and the darkness seems more potent. In this natural time of darkening my prayer instinctively deepens, as if in response to the loss of light. I sense the energy withdrawing into the earth, and today, the first hard frost, white and brittle, drew me even more towards an inner light.

In my prayer I wonder how it is for the Earth itself, at this time of another darkening, when our materialistic consumer culture depletes so much of the land. We have all heard the news of climate change, pollution, and species extinction. We have seen the pictures of smog-filled streets and clear-cut forests. But how do we sense this in our hearts? Do we dare to acknowledge and feel the wasteland we have created? Do we feel the grief of a world that is dying through our greed and desires? Do we pray for the Earth as we would a sick friend, a cancer sufferer, a dying partner?

More and more we are being reminded that we are not separate from the Earth and its ecosystem—we are all living together, dependent upon each other and our shared environment. As Thich Nhat Hanh writes: “We will survive and thrive together with our Mother Earth or we will not survive at all.”

We are a part of the Earth and it is through her great generosity that we are nurtured and nourished, eating her food, drinking her waters, clothed in her fabric. Even as we deplete her, she continues to give and give. Her generosity is a lesson for us all. Each morning on my walk I pass a gnarled old apple tree. I watch her boughs become heavy with fruit, slowly reddening as late summer turns to fall. I marvel at how she gives with such abundance without wanting anything in return. Now, in this “season of giving,” if we can remember the constant stream of gifts we receive from her, and be appreciative in our hearts.

As I get older I feel the Earth’s endless generosity more and more, as if I treasure each season in the year and its different offerings, its changing fruits. I know more clearly how I would not be here without this giving. At the same time my heart hurts for the Earth, grieves at the way our culture treats her wonder and gifts, her magic and sacred meaning. And the question arises from my depths, in a culture of seeming abundance how have we lost so much?

So during this natural season of darkening my heart responds to an unnatural darkening. My prayers turn towards a sacred world we seem to have forgotten. This prayer sometimes feels as if the Earth itself were crying through me, imploring us to remember it at this time of need. Maybe in this darkening something can be born, a new way of being that respects all of life, that sustains the whole of creation. Maybe once again we can remember our love for the Earth, our reverence for what is sacred within all of creation, and honor all of its inhabitants. Then our hearts can open and sense the divine that is all around us—our prayers turn into praise. Once again we can live in an ensouled world that nourishes us everyday with sacred meaning.

We are part of a magical, beautiful, and suffering Earth, whose darkening we have created with our endless exploitation. The Earth, which is so infinitely generous, needs our prayers, needs our loving, our open hearts and remembrance. Each morning as I walk in the first light I feel this need, and the response that comes from the depths of my soul: in this time of winter solstice may we include the Earth in our prayers.
We Are Part of a Living Whole – Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

An awareness of the inner worlds is an essential part of our human heritage—those worlds that are invisible to our physical sight, but exist in other dimensions of reality. However, this awareness has been censored by rational consciousness and our present culture. This talk explores our need to reclaim our connection to these realities, to return to the greater wholeness to which we belong.

The Relationship Between the Inner & Outer Worlds – Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

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Loveability: Knowing How to Love and Be Loved by Robert Holden

“Love is your destiny.
It is the purpose of your life.
It is the key to your happiness and
to the evolution of the world.”

Loveability is a meditation on love. It addresses the most important thing you will ever learn. All the happiness, health, and abundance you experience in life comes from your ability to love and be loved. This ability is innate, not acquired.
Robert Holden is the creator of a unique program on love called Loveability, which he teaches worldwide. He has helped thousands of people to transform their experience of love. “Love is the real work of your life,” says Robert. “As you release the blocks to love you flourish even more in your relationships, work, and life.”
In Loveability, Robert weaves a beautiful mix of timeless principles and helpful practices about the nature of true love. With great intimacy and warmth, he shares stories, conversations, meditations, and poetry that have inspired him in his personal inquiry on love. Key themes include:
Your destiny is not just to find love; it is to be the most loving person you can be.

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Self-love is how you are meant to feel about yourself. It is the key to loving others.

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When you think something is missing in a relationship, it is probably you.

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Forgiveness helps you to see that love has never hurt you; it is only your misperceptions of love that hurt.

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The greatest influence you can have in any situation is to be the presence of love.
Robert Holden PhD is the Director of The Happiness Project and Success Intelligence. His innovative work on psychology and spirituality has been featured on ‘Oprah’, PBS Special called Shift Happens!, and in two major BBC-TV documentaries, ‘The Happiness Formula’ and ‘How To Be Happy’, shown in 16 countries to more than 30 million television viewers. He is the author of the best-selling books Happiness Now!, Authentic Success (formerly titled Success Intelligence), Be Happy, Shift Happens! and Loveability.

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Lovability Promo FINAL

We are love looking for love – How to love and be loved? Robert Holden, UK

Published on Jan 18, 2014

In Robert’s brand new book: Loveability, you will learn how to love and be loved. Robert will help you deepen your experience of what true love is and inspire you to make your relationships happier, kinder, more enjoyable, and more loving. You will be guided you through essential principles and exercises of true love which can be applied to all your relationships, from your partner to your friends and even yourself! – source http://www.robertholden.org/books_sto…

Rupert Spira – ‘The Art Of Peace And Happiness’ – Interview by Iain McNay


Rupert Spira – ‘The Art Of Peace And Happiness’ – Interview by Iain McNay

Rupert has appeared on conscious.tv several times before and we very much value his wisdom and clarity. He has two new books coming out on Non-Duality Press this Autumn entitled, ‘Presence: The Seamless Intimacy Of Experience’ and ‘Presence: The Art Of Peace And Happiness’ These two deep, intimate interviews are great trailers for these two books

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