YOU ARE A BEING OF LIGHT AND A DIVINE FLAME OF LOVE


Waking up to the active force of Divine Love and Light within each one of us sometimes

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grows slowly, at other times we make leaps and bounds of realizations of that fact, while others of us are simply born with this amazing knowledge. Still some of us rather live in denial that we are living, breathing aspects of the Light and Love of Mother-Father God, the Source of All.

The words “active force” are synonymous with “Holy Spirit,” the living, creative energy of Source. God cannot be dissected. This is the very force that animates us. The Bible tells us that we came to life when God breathed life into us. When this animation leaves us, our spirits leave us, we cease to be in bodily form. This much we know.

Even those of us who know we have the spark of God alive and well inside of us, sometimes get a bit of amnesia, and seek for some guru, some religion or church, or some teacher of spirituality outside of our very selves.

Think of the word “guru.” Spell it out slowly; “Gee You Are You.” Surprise!

Notice the words that are a subtitle to this blog, “STEP INTO YOUR POWER. STEP INTO YOU MASTERY.”

The answers we seek are not outside of ourselves. We know the truth when we hear it. Those of us who have tried finding the truth outside of us know this to be true. Reading earlier posts in this blog will explain how we were not created in sin, nor was the stain of original sin ours. That was the sin of the angels. We were created perfect, infused with the Light and Love of Mother-Father God, our very own God particle.

We all have the God-given gift of free will, no matter what country we live in. Some of us live in countries that do not promote free will. It does not mean that God did not give everyone the gift of free will just because someone or some country robs them of it.

We can use our free will to become aware of the Light and Love of God that is planted, as a seed of life within us at our birth, by means of prayer and meditation. We pray, not as a needy beggar, nor meditate as a spiritually blocked or fearful individual. It begins by making a decision to change our approach.

Rather, we use our God-given free will to unite with our Source in quiet reflection. What are we reflecting? We are reflecting the Light and Love of our God. We can’t help but notice that with this reflection, this prayer, this meditation, that the Flame of Love grows to such a degree that the Light within us equally grows. We can shine so brightly that others can see the transformation that takes place in our hearts and minds, demonstrated in our attitudes, thoughts, words and actions. There is a lightness to Light and Love that permeates our entire four-body system: our mind, body, spirit and aura that reaches all the way back to Source. We are not separate. We are One with each other. We are One with Source. We are One.

We begin to radiate with the Light and Love of which we are made of.

NAMASTE

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SEEK WITHIN ~ THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS INSIDE YOU


Is the kingdom of God inside you or outside of you? It is not only Christian beliefs thatstar-gazing[1] look closely at this point. If all people knew the original writings in many religions on this very point, there would be no self-esteem issues, nor depression, panic, anxiety, or stress in the minds of many. This is a crucial point to understand for mental, emotional and spiritual health.

It is understandable how well-meaning Bible students arrive at the understandings they do, given what their particular Bible translation informs them on belief changing verses. Take Luke 17:20-22 for example. Some versions of Catholic and other Bibles say that the kingdom of God is “among” us, assuming that Jesus, who said this, means he is among us.

However, that is not what the original scrolls of the Bible, translated directly from the original Aramaic say, nor is it what the Interlinear Bible in Hebrew, Greek and English says. These original sources say: “When some of the Pharisees asked Jesus when the kingdom of God would come, he answered, saying to them, The kingdom of God does not come by observation. Neither will they say, Behold, it is here! Or, behold, it is there! For behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” Holy Bible from the Ancient Eastern Text, George M. Lamsa’s Translation from the Aramaic of the Peshitta

That is what the Christian original Bible says. What do other faiths have to say about this? It is not the differences that must be noticed here, but the similarities in varying beliefs that are the same that jump out at us. Here is a list of other belief systems and what they have to say on this matter:

Baha’i Faith: “O SON OF SPIRIT! I created thee rich, why dost  thou bring thyself down to poverty? Noble I made thee, wherewith thou abase thyself? Out of the essence of knowledge I gave thee being, why seekest thou enlightenment from anyone besides Me? Out of the clay of love I molded thee, how dost thou busy thyself with another? Turn thy sight unto thyself, that thou mayest find Me standing within thee, mighty, powerful and self-subsisting.” Baha’u liah, The Hidden Words, Arabic #13

Buddhism: “If you think the law is outside yourself, you are embracing not the absolute Law but some inferior teaching.” Maja writings of Nichinen Daishonion Volk. 1, pg 3-5

Christianity: “The kingdom of God cometh not with observation; neither shall they say, Lo here! or lo there! For, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” Luke 17:20-22 King James Version

Confucianism: “The Superior Man seeks within himself. The inferior man seeks within others.” Analects 15:20

Hinduism: “Bright but hidden, the Self dwells in the heart. Everything that moves, breathes, opens, and closes Lives in the Self. He is the source of love and may be known through love, but not through thought. He is the goal of life.  Attain this goal! The shining Self dwells hidden in the heart. Everything in the cosmos, great and small, Lives in the Self. He is the source of life. Attain this goal!” Mundaka Upanishad 2.2.1-2

Shintoism:  “The deity is immanent in man and man is inherent in the deity; there is neither the divine nor the human; there is no difference in essence at all between them.”

Sikhism: “This is a wonderful, unique discourse: The living self is the image of the Supreme Being. It is neither old or a child; Neither it suffers pain, nor in death’s snare is caught; It is not shattered nor dies; In all time it is pervasive. It feels not heat nor cold; Neither has it friend nor foe; It feels not joy nor sorrow; All is its own; it belongs to all might. It has neither father nor mother; Beyond the limits of matter has it ever existed. Of sin and goodness it feels not the touch– Within the heart of each being it is ever awake.” Adi Granth, Gaunt, M.5, p. 868

There is a lot of food for thought, prayer and meditation here. Enjoy!

STRESS? WHAT STRESS?


Stress? What stress?

Imagine you are here ~ no worries ~ nothing to do ~ RELAX

We need to take care of our mental health, in addition to our physical health. Our mental health is important. We need to take better care of it. With physical health issues, we tend to take care of the things we need to take care of. If we ignore the first symptoms of a problem, the pain associated with the physical problem usually sends us to the doctor, even if it is inconvienient.

But those with mental health issues often have another hurdle to jump. Our pride, which is fed by our insane ego, suggests to us that if we were mentally strong enough, then we could simply wish our problems away, or worse yet, our insane ego might suggest that you are feeling so good, you should get off your medications because you do not need them anymore.

NEVER GET OFF ANY MEDICATIONS WITHOUT THE ADVICE OF YOUR DOCTOR WHO PRESCRIBED THEM.

The following considerations work both for people currently on medications, and for those who are not on medications.

Let’s go back. Twice now I’ve referred to the ego as the insane ego. The ego very much wants to have a loud voice, no matter how shy you might be, in order to keep you alive. It does not like to have its voice squelshed. However, our ego can make its presence known so loudly that we trip over it time after time. So I will be refering to our unbridaled ego as the insane ego.

Our insane ego can rear up when we first become aware that we might be mentally unbalanced, overly frightened or overwhelmed, by suggesting that this problem “is all in your mind,” and that “It will go away.” Guess what? Problems, mental or otherwise do not go away when we do not deal with them.

It is important for good mental health, to acknowledge our feelings. Feelings are not right or wrong. They simply are. Unpleasant feelings like guilt, unworthiness, grief, and depression do not magically transform themselves by stuffing them deep, down inside you, or denying them. First we need to acknowledge them. Sometimes these feelings are so strong they create a physical pain, but that’s just the symptom of the emotional pain. Know this, once you identify the source of the problem and deal with it, the pain begins to lessen, while your personal power grows stronger.

Whatever you focus on grows. The more you focus on the anxiety, the more the anxiety grows. The good news is, the more you focus on relaxation, and doing the things that bring on the relaxation response, the more you will unwind and heal.

While it is not healthy to pretend we do not have anxiety, it is healthy to have a conscious plan.

For panic attacks, remember to breathe. Nowadays we do not breathe right. When we do breathe, we do not get the same amount of oxygen as we did a century ago due to so much pollution in the air. Plus we are cutting down the rainforests in the world, which are the lungs of the planet. So, remember to take slow, deep breaths. After taking 15 slow, deep breaths, your blood pressure usually returns to normal.

You need to know, if this hasn’t occurred to you already, that you are not going to “feel” like doing any of this. Once the negative habit of anxiety has rooted in you, a little voice inside of you will start by telling you, “This is stupid,” or “It won’t work,” or “I don’t feel like it.” It’s like you have the negative you on one side, and the positive at-least-wants-to-try-to-be-positive you on the other side. Realize this before hand so you expect it, then consciously take the steps to get better anyway.

Yes, you can get better.

To reduce stress, make sure each day includes stretching, and exercise like walking or swimming. Remember to move your body in five different directions. For example, you could do a forward bend, arch your back backwards, lean from the waist to one side sliding your hand down your outer calf or whereever you can reach, then do the same thing on the other side. Lastly, do some sort of twist, gently. None of these moves need to be extreme. They just need to be done. This helps you by releasing those feel-good endorphins.Listen to happy music you like. Relaxing music helps a lot.

Know too that the world is not going to come to an end if you do not get everything on your to-do list done. Your head already knows this, yet somehow we place enormous burdens on ourselves, out of a mis-guided goal of perfection. Accept yourself right where you are, right now, with all limitations you see.  It is not that you are having a good day if or when you get 900 things done in a day. Give yourself permission to be you and enjoy the wonder.

“Him I Have So Long Desired” – Sunday Meditation


This beautiful prayer makes a meditative pause in the breath of this Sunday. Find a few quiet moments outJesus Light of the busy day to rejuvenate your mind, soul and spirit. Drink from the well that never will run dry.

This prayer was first published as “Ad Quem diu Suspiravi,” from the Latin of Alexander LeopoldFranz Emmerich, Prince of Hohenlohe, Bishop of Sardica. It was translated by the Rev. John F. Duston, S.J.

 

“He for Whom my heart was sighing

       Jesus, now at last is mine.

I possess him and embrace Him

        Sharing in His life divine.

                            *

So, my soul, with all thy powers,

        Let thy hymn of triumph ring

And with holy exultation,

        Greet the coming of thy King.

                            *

Sad was I. distressed and lonely;

        Joyless was the path I trod;

He, above all else the dearest,

        Was not near me – He, my God.

                            *

Ah! but then  He came and entered

        In the dwelling of my soul

And the deepest consolation

        Held me in its sweet control.

                            *

Strong the sun, dispersing shadows

        Lowering over the darkened earth;

Gently strong, the falling raindrops

        Bringing wilted flowers rebirth.

                            *

Stronger still, the Master Lover

        Dissipates my human fears;

Gone all sorrows; gone all anguish;

        And the light of hope appears.

                            *

Now, the day in beauty dawning,

        Now each hour till night from morn,

Breathes its happy benediction,

        Jesus in my heart is born.

                            *

He who has Thee wants for nothing;

        Thy possession, joy supreme,

Font of life with all its riches,

        Happiness and peace serene.

                            *

Shall I not then, sing Thy praises,

         King of kings and Lord of Lords,

If within my heart, I ponder

        All the gifts Thy love accords?

                            *

As I hasten to unfold Thee

        In my arms – myself alone –

Thou art rushing, gently, loving,

To enfold me in Thine own.

                            *

Let me count Thy gifts, dear Jesus:

        Out from dark eternity,

Thou hast fashioned me from nothing –

        Nothing and obscurity.

                            *

Thou hast given of Thy nature –

        Human me, a thing divine!

Sharing, through Thy loving kindness,

        Treasures that are truly Thine.

                            *

On a wind-swept hill, deserted,

        In a stable, Thou were born.

And Thy death – ah, what a contrast!

        Love divine, and human scorn!

                            *

These were gifts, but all above them.

        Every day, You come to me,

All forgiven; all forgotten,

        Smiling, gracious, lovingly.

                            *

O the rapture, dearest Jesus,

        That Thy thrilling presence brings!

Take me in complete possession,

        Son of God and King of kings.

                            *

Love of self – the weed most killing –

        Root it out and in its place,

Plant Thy Love; make me adore Thee;

        Make me love Thee by Thy grace.

                            *

Take whatever in me hurts Thee,

        So that You and I may be

Joined in everlasting friendship

        Now and in eternity

                            *

When the sun in glory rises,

        When at night, it sinks to rest,

Stay with me, my dearest Jesus,

        Loved, by Thou my loving Guest.

                            *

Let not life with all its falseness,

        Let not Death’s relentless power,

Let no force, however potent,

        Break the union of this hour.

                            *

Till my dying breath I’ll love Thee;

        In my heart, I’ll praise Thy name

Till my human voice in heaven,

        Joins angelic hosts’ acclaim.

                            *

Then, I’ll gaze on Thee in rapture;

        See Thee as Thou truly art;

I shall love Thee – love Thee Always –

        Soul to soul and Heart to heart.

AMEN

Bible Study ~ Our God Particle


This study focuses on Creation and our part in it. The first word of advice here is not to get caught up inPhotos from the Hubble Space Telescope | Stingray semantics. It is not our beliefs, one way or the other, that makes history, history. This applies to the Creation of the world, universe, galaxies and beyond. We do not need to prove our existence by debate of Creation versus Big Bang Theory, nor religion versus science. It is enough that we are here. The planets and other creation are “out there.” The matter of fact is, in a word, matter. Our Grand Creator can animate it, motivate it, synthesize it, orchestrate it, re-create it and abolish it at Will, however it technically first came to be, however long that reality is.

  1. God is bigger than his creation.
  2. God is not at the mercy of his creation.
  3. All Creation is a reflection of God.
  4. We are made in the image and likeness of God.
  5. We are animated by God.

In the first Creation account in the Book of Genesis, written by Moses in the wilderness in the year 1513 BCE (which covers “In the beginning” 1657-1513 BCE), Genesis 1:1,2 it says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters.”

Notice this is when we started marking time, not when human beings first appeared on the planet. This also does not mean there was no time, space or Creation prior to 1657 BCE. Creation took billions of years to get to that point, maybe more, void of human eyes to see, ears to hear, or brains to comprehend. We have an amazing Generator of Life, who can create from nothing, making something out of nothing. We are magnificent creatures made by God, but even with all our brilliance, inspiration and crutch of technology, we cannot even come close to creating something from nothing, try though we might.

Psalm 33:6 echoes this, “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made and all their host by the breath of his mouth. The host of angels, spirit creatures, became animated by the breath of God. This is their God particle; without it, their spirits are lifeless. The original Creator creates by the active and creative force of his Spirit, and by his breath.

John 4:24 says, God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” It is God, Spirit, which is breathed life into the angels. This is no mindless happenstance, a fluke of the perfection of order of the universe, the tides of the oceans, nor the miracle of our very next breath. This is a spiritual thing, not a reasoning of the mind, nor a physical reality. It is a spiritual one.

Genesis 2:7 says, ” –  then the Lord God formed man out of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living being.” Did you get that last part? We become animated, brought to life, by the very breath of God. Yes, that was to our first parent, but follow the DNA, and you get to us. We were created from the dust of the earth. Picture this, there we were, a lump of dust on a planet of dust. How are we made in the image and likeness of God? The next thing we know, God himself breathes his own breath/spirit/life into us, our very own God particle. Does the Bible say this? Yes it does, in Genesis 2:7.

All living things on the earth, and the sun, moon, stars, waters, plants, trees, animals, birds, fish, reptiles, insects, everything in nature large and small, is created by the Author and Spirit of Love, our God, in a process termed to be six days. From that day forward, all Creation has been living in the seventh day. It is God’s Creation, with an Alpha and an Omega. To put us back on track after the Fall of Man in Paradise Garden, dealing with the fallen angels transgressing with humans, as our Bible Study next Wednesday will address in Genesis 6, Our loving Father sent us his only begotten, not made, Son, Jesus, the Christ, to be our Savior. There was no other way, left to our own devises, after the angels messed with our DNA. We needed spiritual help for a spiritual problem. We still do.

Do we live forever by our own power, ego or desire? In this present system of things, no we do not. Our very breath returns to the one who loaned it to us in the first place. Our God particle, is just that, God’s. What we choose to do with our breath, how we choose to life in thoughts, words and actions, is up to us, by means of God’s gift of free will.  How are we choosing to use our very own God particle?

Further study: Read Psalm 19

Heavenly Father, I pray with an earnest heart, full of Love for you, that your Holy Spirit continue to move the hearts, minds and voices of all who visit Enlightenment Ministry, to make us all more compassionate and empathetic to the needs of others, and increase the awareness of our own God particle, your breath which inspired our very life. I pray all this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

 

Kindness Meditation For A World That Needs Kindness


Heavenly Father, remind me how much I am loved by you, personally, intimately. This world can be trying

Kindness is sparked by doing only that which is right, and letting go of the rest.
Kindness is sparked by doing only that which is right, and letting go of the rest.

with its vexing distractions, political turmoil, human cruelty and ego-driven pride, fueled by my and others anxiety and drama addictions. Remind me of a time when I was first created, when I was new and innocent, filled with inspirations of integrity, sparked by your very breath in me. What did you have in store for me when I first made my début in this world?

This fast-paced world screams so loud at times that it can be difficult to concentrate on the things that matter most, the loving whispers of your care for me, poured out in the depths of my heart. You do not capture me in the loudest moments of the day. It is in the quiet of the morning, the break in the day, or in the twilight of the evening that gets pulled up over me, blanketing me with your love. That I notice.

Struggles with finances, fame and glory are necessary to deal with in my existence, yet it is not all of my existence. It seems only when I have lost your peace in my life, feeling the void, that I remember it was not always this way. I know it is necessary to feed and clothe my family, but at times these thoughts are all that consume me. Not all of my human family can even relate to my situation. The divide between the rich and the poor is growing into such a chasm that I am not sure any bridge can span its sweep.

It is my thoughts I must bring back to you, Heavenly Father, so you can put them back in their proper order. My thoughts have been like run-away horses, galloping away with the chaos of life. It is only when I realize this, in those quiet moments, do I realize that it was me who dropped the reigns, not you. My first reclaiming thought is to remember your love for me is always there, waiting for me to look up, encouraging me, nurturing me, never abandoning me.

My heart, mind and soul knows you know me, and love me. When I stop the insane merry-go-round of life not meant to be lived at super-sonic speeds, not in how I think, nor talk, nor act, then I feel myself back in the palm of your hand, and know that you are closer to me than my next breath.

As always, I pray in Jesus name, for the wondrous gift of Holy Spirit to surround you and me with kindness, gentleness and peace, so we can begin again to make a better world, be better neighbors, have better relationships, and better communication with you and those we love, and especially with those we don’t.