Blessings at Hannukah

Blessing for lighting the candles בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה’, אֱ-לֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו, וְצִוָּנוּ לְהַדְלִיק נֵר חֲנֻכָּה.‬ Transliteration: Barukh ata Adonai Eloheinu, melekh ha’olam, asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu l’hadlik ner shel Hanukkah. Translation: “Blessed are You, LORD our God, King of the universe, Who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us to […]

Baha’i Faith

“Wert thou to attain to but a dewdrop of the crystal waters of divine knowledge, thou wouldst readily realize that true life is not the life of the flesh but the life of the spirit…”— Bahá’u’lláh Baha’u’llah’s Revelation affirms that the purpose of our lives is to know God and to attain His presence. Our […]

Acts 2

The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost 1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated […]

Pentecost & Passover

History + Traditions of Pentecost/Whit Sunday & Passover The word Pentecost is Greek and it means “50th day.” Fifty days after Easter Sunday, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and their followers, and the beginning of their Earthly ministry to make disciples of all nations. At Pentecost, the Apostles and […]

St. Valentine, the true story

… He was a Roman Priest at a time when there was an emperor called Claudias who persecuted the church at that particular time,” Father O’Gara explains. ” He also had an edict that prohibited the marriage of young people. This was based on the hypothesis that unmarried soldiers fought better than married soldiers because […]

Hafiz

“ Beloved, I am waiting for you to free me into your mind And infinite being. I am pleading in absolute helplessness To her, finally, your word of Grace: Fly! Fly into ME! Hafiz, Who can understand Your sublime nearness and separation?” (Hafiz, I heard God Laughing)

A child’s world …

Worried that their son was too optimistic, the parents of a little boy took him to a psychiatrist. In an attempt to dampen the boy’s spirits, the psychiatrist showed him into a room piled high with nothing but horse manure. Instead of displaying distaste, the little boy clambered to the top of the pile and […]

Man in the mirror <3

I’m gonna make a change, for once in my life It’s gonna feel real good, gonna make a difference Gonna make it right… As I turn up the collar on my favorite winter coat This wind is blowin’ my mind I see the kids in the street, with not enough to eat Who am I, […]

Love

“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not […]

Mary did you know?

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPsgIhlYQmM[/youtube] “Mary Did You Know” (originally by Mark Lowry (lyrics) and Buddy Greene (melody)) Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy would one day walk on water? Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy would save our sons and daughters? Did you know that your Baby Boy has come to make you new? […]

One Path

In the light of recent events in the world, I was delighted to read this passage by Beas, “It is simple logic that if the Lord is one and He is within every on of us and if we have to seek Him within our body, then the path leading to our destination, to our […]

Tolle

“As far as inner transformation is concerned, there is nothing you can do about it. You cannot transform yourself, and you certainly cannot transform your partner or anybody else. All you can do is create a space for transformation to happen, for grace and love to enter.” – Eckhart Tolle

Enlightenment

“Enlightenment is a destructive process. It has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier. Enlightenment is the crumbling away of untruth. It’s seeing through the facade of pretense. It’s the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true.” ― Adyashanti source

Common Sense

Joe Miller said that there are four qualities necessary for spiritual life. The first is common sense, the second is common sense, the third is sense of humor. When he was asked what is the fourth quality, he replied laughing, “Even more common sense!” Love is a fire/Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee (extract)

Remembering the teachings

Let Go, Let God …Look for the purple light, be open to the feelings of peace, trust that inner knowing…It’s time you start really honouring that, and honouring yourself…that’s how you really do let go, and then that gives God the opportunity to now really Love you Home. Source – ILM.org   Picture Source  

The shadow side

“…Working on the shadow side takes such commitment and time. Often there seems to be so little change, just the uncovering of even deeper problems, deeper pain, more intense feelings of isolation, rejection, abandonment – whatever are the feelings hidden behind the doors of our unconscious. A friend said that she had heard that their […]

The meaning of Life

“The spiritual awakening is the most essential thing in man’s life, and it is the sole purpose of being.” Khalil Gibran “We came not into this life by exile, but we came as innocent creatures of God, to learn how to worship the holy and eternal spirit and seek the hidden secrets within ourselves from […]

HEARTBREAK

is unpreventable; the natural outcome of caring for people and things over which we have no control, of holding in our affections those who inevitably move beyond our line of sight. Heartbreak begins the moment we are asked to let go but cannot, in other words, it colors and inhabits and magnifies each and every […]

Khalil Gibran@Large

“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” ‘Life is naked’ “Why do you draw bodies always naked?” Haskell is said to have asked him. Gibran answered: “because life is naked. A nude body is the truest and the noblest symbol of life. […]

Psalm 139

Psalm 139 New International Version (NIV) For the director of music. Of David. A psalm. 1 You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with […]

TRUST

“Those who trust in the Lord will be like a tree planted by the water.” (Jer 17:8-NIV) 7″Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD And whose trust is the LORD. 8″For he will be like a tree planted by the water, That extends its roots by a stream And will not fear when the […]

M. Robinson: Deeper

“As a person goes deeper inside themself…, they will meet egoic mind in it’s totality. Then, just before the person drops the whole of their identity and beliefs of separateness, boredom will present itself. It is the last argument of the egoic mind… How can I live this life without striving, without reacting from the […]

My Gratitude Protfolio

  “She beautifies my disillusioned brain. She’s like my fairy godmother. … ‘This is the best day of my life. I’m a genius. I love people and people love me. I never criticize, condemn, or complain. Everyone I meet today is loving and respectful. I love God and God loves me.’” Source “He is a wise […]

The Lion and the Lamb

Isaiah 11:6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. Isaiah 65:25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: […]

Today is Epiphany

An epiphany (from the ancient Greek ἐπιφάνεια, epiphaneia, “manifestation, striking appearance”) is an experience of sudden and striking realization. Generally the term is used to describe breakthrough scientific, religious or philosophical discoveries, but it can apply in any situation in which an enlightening realization allows a problem or situation to be understood from a new […]

Reminder so to hang in there…

Epiphany (feeling), a sudden realization of great truth The word epiphany originally referred to insight through the divine. For the philosopher Emmanuel Lévinas, epiphany or a manifestation of the divine is seen in another’s face (see face-to-face) Despite its popular image, epiphany is the result of significant labor on the part of the discoverer, and […]

Reminder – Meditation

Though I don’t especially like Osho’s style, I like this bit: “Slowly slowly, meditation becomes your very life, your very heartbeat. That day is the most blessed day when you don’t have to meditate – you are meditation. Your very being, whatever you are doing or not doing, is silent, peaceful, loving, alert and aware […]

Providence

Providence “The Providence of God is His care over his works.” “His children are assured of His providential care in all their concerns. Its acts are threefold; preservation, co-operation, and government. He controls all things for the highest good of the whole; Providence displays God’s omnipresence, holiness, justice and benevolence.” “Nothing is really small with […]

Spirit is…

Spirit is energy, the force that activates the human consciousness and gives it life. Spirit individualizes itself as Soul and so resides closely within each consciousness. Many people have said that a human being has a Soul, but it is closer to reality to say that the Soul has a human being. (John-Roger)

Crying out in need …

Physically, we’re quite a well-fed nation. But we have hidden hungers that are not satisfied. You may figure the way to overcome the hidden hungers is to stuff yourself with food until you’re satiated and no longer cry out in need. And then you think, “Now I feel better.” When you feel better, you think, […]

Control

This morning I realized that I am so not done with control. Though I am not in control but I pretend I am. So pathetic! I am so so scared to let go! It feels like jumping off a cliff with this fear of height inside of me tearing me apart. It feels like suicide. […]

The Love we all search

This whole fuss with Love is so simple even though we build extreme amount of passion and drama about it. Many books, films and other pieces of art have been made over the centuries about either the longing for or the expression of desire and love. Not realizing that actually the very longing we all […]

Unwanted

It seems what I can offer is less valuable than a pile of papers. In a world of fear and greed the one that offers the most gains the least. Upside down values that never alter. After all, it is all about not feeling wanted. With a mother who struggled to decide between an abortion […]

Awaken

You don’t have to understand something that is already within you; you just have to awaken to your experience of it. Then understanding appears. The sleeper goes for abundance by manifesting illusion out of greed and insecurity. The one who is awakened only has to take in the next breath. (JR)

Wherever

People say, “But I’m confused. I don’t understand.” I say, “That’s your concern.” For you must still keep breathing, even if you’re confused, and you must still eat, even if you don’t understand, for no one will do these things for you. Oh, you might get a slave for a while, but even slaves eventually […]

Kabir

Oh mind you carry on your back Your actions like a heavy sack. No wonder that your shoulders ache Another strain’s enough to break Your neck So drop this stupid load. This is the last stop on the road where you can find rest Stay, be Love’s guest. Kabir Translated by Robert Bly