Ashura

“Forget the nonsense of there and here, race, nation, religion, starting point and destination. You are soul, and you are love.” Rumi

Though Unity – A Positive Path for Spiritual Living – is not an interfaith spiritual movement, it mostly finds its roots in Christianity it integrates practises from different other spiritual traditions, I personally like celebrating different religious events and rituals because I believe that all paths leads to God. I find that each celebration offers an opportunity to observe the inner movement of Spirit and helps us expand our relationships with the Divine Presence.

“All religions, all this singing, one song. The differences are just illusion and vanity. The sun’s light looks a little different on this wall than it does on that wall, and a lot different on this other one, but it’s still one light.” Rumi

Ashura, is an Islamic religious celebration that was originally requested by Mohammad. It commemorates Moses’ parting of the sea for his followers and the following gratitude-filled fasting and meditating.

Mohammad was a great prophet and spiritual teacher who taught similar messages that of Moses and Jesus about Spiritual Love and Devotion to the Divine Presence. This Love and Devotion is beautifully reflected in Rumi’s poetry. Though Rumi was not a Muslim, he belonged to the followers of the mystical tradition of Islam called Sufism.

When I look at a religious tradition, event or celebration, I imagine that it was created a long time ago to support a group of people to move into closer personal relationship with the Divine – the source of all Life.

As I observed Ashura, I was not fasting, I simply spent some time in meditation and contemplation yesterday: I imagined the parting of the sea as the opening of human consciousness as a result of following the teachings of a ‘master teacher’. In my understanding, Moses, Jesus, Mohammad and many more through human history were great spiritual teachers of ‘master teachers’ who carried the same message of spiritual Love for God, self, and others.

Moses lead ‘his nation’, the followers of his message, into a new level of consciousness, to a level of Freedom from a fear-based consciousness that generates the madness of the physical world. By remembering we move into Gratitude; as a result of our personal efforts and God’s Grace we are freer and therefore at a more joyous and abundant place within ourselves.

Why don’t you spend some time today in Meditation and Gratitude remembering all that is the result of your spiritual efforts and God’s ever present Grace in your life. You may want to make a list of these so you can always be reminded. 🙂

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Remembering St.Peter and St.Paul

On the  29thof June, the Christian Churches celebrates the life and martyrdom of St. Peter and St. Paul who were both guardians of Rome. 

Thoughts on read and reflect – please find reding below

Who or what is the two pillars of your inner church? Can you imagine that Paul and Peter represents qualities or powers that hold your inner life or your spiritual life? What qualities can you name that you think supports your spiritual journey?

Also consider the following: In Unity we identify 12 Powers that we inherently have and we can consciously develop to have a fulfilling inner and outer life. As  you can see, Peter represents the Power of Faith.

In what ways can you see your Faith in your individualized Soul and in the Divine Power that is the source of your Soul to be one of the pillars of your inner life or spiritual life?

12 Powers of Man on Unity.org

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Eid al-Adha

Muslims celebrated Eid al-Adha on the 17 June. I have been busy so I did not have time to look into this  celebration at the time. When I did, I realized that it is a rather important ‘holiday’ because it celebrates our devotion to God.

This celebration finds its roots both in Christian and Muslim traditions. 

Please read Genesis 22 Abraham Tested (read-click) and/or Quran, 37th Surah As-Saafat (read-click)

In my understanding, Abraham’s story of Genesis 22 is about total surrender to God’s Will and relinquishing our own will through Faith. This spiritual idea is usually very scary for most people because of a misconception. God is not ‘another human’ whom we give our power over when we give up our own will. God is a source of Love energy that guides us through our own Spirit. When we give up our will, we actually give up the will of our Ego and place it over to our Spirit that is in constant connection with the Love Energy Source we call God.

The Ego is in constant fear and self-protection, therefore it is in separation. Our Spirit – a personalised spark of God – is in constant Oneness with the Divine Presence or God.

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Pentecost

The promise of the Holy Spirit

Pentecost is celebrated 50 days after Easter and is when Christians remember the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the third part of the Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – which is how Christians understand God, and is the means by which God is active on Earth.

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“…behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city (Jerusalem) until you are clothed with power from on high” (Luke 24:29)

 

Metaphysically reading this quote, we are promised to be blessed with a deeper relationship with the Divine Presence as long as we stay in connection within through meditation and prayer. I often heard ‘Jerusalem’ described as an inner place, similar to an inner sanctuary, where we can always commune with God. So, we are asked to stay in meditation until we are ‘clothed from the high’, until we feel one with the Divine Presence. 

 
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. Acts 2:1-4

The promise of the Pentecost can be understood as a fulfillment of our hard work. We have spent the 40 days of Lent releasing our limitations, than we moved into different celebrations of Easter and Gudi Pavda,  then we moved into contemplation over Passover, then the people of the Orthodox faith celebrated Easter, a lifting of the Spirit higher after having released some of its burdens or karma, and finally we have arrived to the week of the Pentecost starting today: the moment when we receive the blessings of the Holy Spirit which is freedom in being a unique expression of God as we are. 

“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Messiah, as though Yahveh God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Messiah, be reconciled to God” (2 Corinthians 5:20)

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Metaphysical and Compassion

In Unity we look at events and spiritual texts through the lens of metaphysics.  Metaphysical interpretation means that we look behind the words and look for the messages, the learning, and the teaching in it.

I always ask, what does this event or sentences mean to me? How can I use it for my upliftment and growth?

I never judge or diminish anything just because I am not familiar with it.

I love looking at the different spiritual and religious celebrations and texts and use them for my daily spiritual practices. I use them to inspire me.

Each celebration gives me an opportunity to learn more about the people and the beliefs. We are all part of the Divine Presence regardless of our beliefs. Understanding others better gives me an opportunity to become a more compassionate human being.

Ascension Day

What is it?

The Feast of the Ascension of Jesus Christ (also called the Solemnity of the Ascension of Jesus Christ, Ascension Day, Ascension Thursday, or sometimes Holy Thursday commemorates the Christian belief of the bodily Ascension of Jesus into Heaven. It is one of the ecumenical (shared by multiple denominations) feasts of Christian churches.

Ascension Day is generally observed on a Thursday, the fortieth day after Easter.

Ascensiontide refers to the ten-day period between the Feast of the Ascension and the Feast of Pentecost.[4] The Sunday within that period may be referred to as the Seventh Sunday of Easter or the Sunday in Ascensiontide.

The Latin terms used for the feast, ascensio and, occasionally, ascensa, signify that Christ was raised up by his own powers, and it is from these terms that the holy day gets its name. In the Book of Common Prayer of the Anglican Communion, “Holy Thursday” is listed as another name for Ascension Day. William Blake’s poem “Holy Thursday” refers to Ascension Day;

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Forty days from the day he rose from the grave, Jesus ascended into heaven. Here is how Luke described the event:

Therefore, when they [the disciples and the risen Christ] had come together, they asked Him saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”

And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and to the end of the earth.

Now when he had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up and a cloud received Him out of their sight…” (Acts 1: 4-9 New King James Version).

“And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.'”

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How I see Ascension Day?

For Christians it is a very important feast because their faith says that for just as Jesus went into heaven, so will all Christians. Those who are dead will rise first; those who are living will be caught up to meet him in the air, according to Paul, writing to the church at Thessalonica. This is called the rapture. With this hope in mind, Christians sometimes conclude their meetings with the words, “Come Lord Jesus.”

I look at the Bible and all spiritual texts from a metaphysical point of view. In my understanding, Heaven is on Earth if we are able to ‘ascend’. As we lift ourselves higher by letting go of the burdens of misconceptions and error-thinking, we release what holds us back from experiencing God’s Love and Care for us, which is actually being in Heaven.

Yes, we can ascend just as Jesus did but not through him. If you can accept Jesus as your guide, someone you can relate to and feel connected to, you can use his teachings to lift yourself up and move into Oneness with the Divine or God.

Jesus’ ascension is the ‘example’; we can do what he did; he was Loving, Forgiving, Accepting; he held nothing against himself or others; he worked on his shortcomings, faced his fears; and he was a humble servant, a great teacher. By living life following his example, we can ascend to a higher level of consciousness and experience Heaven on Earth, before dying. 

Yom HaShoah, Remembrance Day

I am from Hungary. Today is a particularly painful day for me because of the people who were murdered as a result of antisemitism and hate-based violence during the Second World War in Hungary. Most of the murders were carried out by the fascist Arrow Cross Militia. When I think of that, I feel ashamed.

I also know that in order to heal, we must forgive and let go. We must find compassion in our hearts for ourselves and for others.

Tonight and tomorrow we Remember by lighting a candle and moving our focus from paint to peace and loving. We acknowledge the painful losses and we move our attention towards healing and Oneness. What we focus on is what we get.

It is time to heal. It is time to bring Peace and  Loving to the places where it hurts. I would like to invite you to spend the day focusing into and contemplating on lifting our consciousness out of the sphere of separation that wants retribution and revenge into Oneness that carries Compassion for all. 

It is time to heal, it is time to forgive, it is time to Love through Compassion for self and others.

Never again can only be reached through love and compassion, not by blame and hatred.

When is Yom HaShoah?

Yom HaShoah is observed on the 28th of Nisan in the Hebrew calendar, which usually falls in April or May in the Gregorian calendar. In 2024, Yom HaShoah is honored from sundown on May 5 through sundown on May 6.

Observing Yom HaShoah

Yom HaShoah gives the Jewish community and others space to reflect together on the immeasurable loss wrought by the Holocaust. Many communities observe Yom HaShoah with presentations from Holocaust survivors or their children, and—through their stories—living reminders of the exclamation, “Never again.” 

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Budapest: Shoes on the Danube Bank Memorial

The Shoes on the Danube Bank Memorial in Budapest, for the thinking and tenderhearted person, is also one of those places that will stir the heart to the very soul.  You see, this memorial was created to honor the Jews who were killed by fascist Arrow Cross militiamen during World War II.

Jews were ordered to take off their shoes and to stand at the edge of the river.  The evildoers then shot the Jews in the head and their bodies fell into the river where the current carried their bodies away.

Not unlike the German Nazis, the Arrow Cross Party was a highly nationalistic party whose objectives were to purge Hungary of those who were not descended from the region’s ancient Magyar tribes.  Between the Arrow Cross Party, and later the invading Nazis, it is estimated that up to 600,000 Jews lost their lives through outright murder in Hungary, or later being shipped to German concentration camps.

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Orthodox vs Catholic Easter

This weekend we are celebrating the Orthodox Easter. It is another Holy Celebration that gives us the opportunity to turn within and connect with the Divine Presence.

Every celebration and rituals regardless of the religion or spiritual path give us the opportunity to lift ourselves higher, release and let go of limitations that do not serve us any longer.  the Orthodox Easter is no exception.

First, I  was interested in finding out more about the differences between the Orthodox and the Catholic Churches. See my findings further below.

The Orthodox Easter

How can you use this celebration for your upliftment and growth?

Known as Pascha, the Greek word for “passover,” Easter in the Orthodox Church celebrates “the eternal Passover from death to life from earth heaven.” Great Lent, the church’s strictest time of fasting, takes place for 40 days, ending eight days before Easter on Lazarus Saturday—when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, according to Eastern orthodoxy. Palm Sunday and Holy Week follow, with continued fasting until Easter. Orthodox Easter always follows the Jewish holiday of Passover.

Raising Lazarus from the dead. I would like to invite you to contemplate on the metaphysical meaning of ‘raising the dead’ or ‘being risen from the dead’. What does it mean to you? How do you see that being applied to your own life? What do you think you can do to ‘raise yourself from dead’?

I am looking forward to your answers! 🙂

What are Orthodox Easter traditions?

Going to church is obviously an important part of the celebrations and important services start from Good Friday.

The most important prayers are in the early hours of Easter Sunday when celebrations begin, church bells ring and fireworks and crackers go off to mark Christ’s resurrection.

After the fasting of Lent, traditions often revolve around food.

In Greece, Orthodox Christians traditionally eat roasted lamb on a barbecue spit and Tsoureki, a sweet Easter bread.

They also break their fast with a traditional soup called Magiritsa, which is made of lamb, rice and dill before the main feasting begins on Sunday.

Serbian Orthodox families traditionally enjoy appetizers of smoked meats and cheeses, boiled eggs and red wine. The Easter meal consists of chicken noodle or lamb and vegetable soup followed by spit-roasted lamb.

In Russia Orthodox Christians break their fast with a traditional Paskha Easter cake.

As in the western Church, eggs are a symbol of Easter and of new life. At Easter, eggs are dyed red to represent the blood of Jesus that was shed on the cross for the redemption of all men.

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What do you think about trying some of the traditions? I find that practicing rituals offered by different faith help me stay open and accepting towards others’ ideas, thinking, beliefs or even ideology. What do you think? 

Eastern or Orthodox Church traditions revolve around food and feeding so I will check out and see if I can make a Paskha Easter cake 🙂

 

 

Some interesting information

Major Differences in the Orthodox vs. Catholic Churches

Modernly, the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches remain separated with key doctrinal differences between them. The primary theological difference is that the Catholic Church believes the Holy Spirit proceeds from God the Father to Jesus Christ the Son, and the Orthodox Church believes the Holy Spirit proceeds only from God the Father. The second major theological difference is that the Catholic Church believes the Pope has supreme authority over the Christian faith, while the modern Orthodox Church has no doctrinal authority. Aside from these key theological differences, modern religious practices and beliefs vary between the two churches. For example, the Orthodox Church allows for divorce, while the Catholic Church does not.

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Easter

According to the Bible’s New Testament, Jesus Christ was crucified by the Romans around A.D. 30, died on the cross on a Friday and was buried in a tomb outside of Jerusalem. Three days later, on Sunday, Christ rose from the dead, according to Matthew 28: 1–10

Non-Orthodox Christians celebrate the resurrection each year on Easter Sunday, the culmination of the 40-day season of Lent. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends with Holy Week, which includes Palm Sunday, commemorating Jesus’ humble entry into Jerusalem, Maundy Thursday, honoring the Last Supper, Good Friday, the day Jesus was crucified and Holy Saturday, the time of transition between the crucifixion and resurrection.

Why Orthodox Easter and Easter Are on Different Days

Known as Pascha, the Greek word for “passover,” Easter in the Orthodox Church celebrates “the eternal Passover from death to life from earth heaven.” Great Lent, the church’s strictest time of fasting, takes place for 40 days, ending eight days before Easter on Lazarus Saturday—when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, according to Eastern orthodoxy. Palm Sunday and Holy Week follow, with continued fasting until Easter. Orthodox Easter always follows the Jewish holiday of Passover.

Many historians, citing 8th-century monk and Anglo-Saxon scholar the Venerable Bede in his “The Reckoning of Time,” believe Easter’s etymological name comes from Eostre, the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring and fertility, who was often portrayed in drawings surrounded by hares and was believed to be worshiped during pagan festivals. Anglo-Saxons also reportedly referred to the month of April as Eostre-monath.

Orthodox Christians, who believe faith is inseparable from the church, follow the Julian calendar when it comes to celebrating Easter Sunday. The Julian calendar was established by Julius Caesar in 45 B.C. and is based it on the solar cycle—Earth’s revolutions around the sun.

Orthodox Easter takes place between April 4 and May 8, following the first full moon after Passover. Orthodox Easter always falls after the Jewish celebration of Passover, because, according to the New Testament, the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ took place after he entered Jerusalem to celebrate Passover. In 2024, Orthodox Easter occurs on May 5.

Georgian vs Julian Calendar

In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII instituted the Gregorian calendar to correct inaccuracies in the Julian Calendar. The new calendar added leap years to correct an 11-minute miscalculation that caused seasons to become out of sync with the calendar, thus pushing Easter away from the spring equinox. Under the Gregorian calendar, churches established Easter to be held on the first Sunday after the full moon that occurs on or after the spring equinox. In 2024, Easter is celebrated on March 31.

Much of the world came to officially recognize the Gregorian calendar, but Orthodox churches, primarily in Greece, Cyprus, Russia, Romania, Bulgaria and others, continue to observe Easter according to the Julian calendar.

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To better understand this, one needs to go back to 325, the year in which the first Ecumenical council, was held in Nicaea and convened by Emperor Constantine. It was intended to unify the Eastern Churches and find points of agreement between the different rites. Convergences were found, but each community insisted on its calendar.

“The first thing that the council decided was not to align our celebration with the Jewish Passover,”

“The Jews follow the lunar calendar for their Passover. The idea is not to celebrate it simultaneously,” he added.

This principle is also applied by the Orthodox, with one key nuance: The celebration must always fall after the Jewish Passover, never before it. “In the Gospel, Christ is crucified at Passover and resurrected three days later. So it makes sense,”

The second rule that the Council established 1700 years ago is for all Christians not to celebrate Easter before March 22. That’s where the problem lies for Orthodox Christians this year: March 31, the date on which Catholic Easter falls, is March 18 in the Julian calendar. That means it falls before March 22. Hence, the Orthodox cannot celebrate Easter on that date, unless they break the rule decided at Nicaea (now Iznik, in Turkey).

Father Ibrahim Saad, representative of the Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of Saida, Elias Kfoury, explained that “in this case, we move it for one month, using the following full moon as a basis.”

For 2024, Orthodox Easter is supposed to be set on April 28. So why is it on May 5 instead? Father Saad explained “We moved it because the Jewish Passover is celebrated until April 30,” recalling the first rule set by the Council.

“Several popes have called for Easter to be unified, and more and more people are in favor of that,” he said. To make such a change, many more ecumenical councils will be needed.

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Pass-over

The meaning of PASS-OVER comes from the story of the plague that took all the first born babies in town but those children whose house were marked – by lamb’s blood painted on their doorstop –  and thereby saved from the plague. The plague passed over these houses. 

Let’s imagine for a moment that this story is a parable of the soul’s journey. What do you think PASSOVER means in terms of our spiritual journey in spirit?

To remember the story, you can watch this clip from the Prince of Egypt.

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Over 3,000 years ago, a group of Jewish people called the Israelites were being kept in slavery by the ruler of Egypt called Pharaoh.

A man called Moses went to see Pharaoh many times to ask him to let them go, but Pharaoh refused.

Moses told him that if he did not release them, God would make plagues happen to the Egyptians. But Pharaoh did not listen, so the plagues came.

These ten plagues included the River Nile turning to blood, frogs covering the land, insect infestations, animals dying, the Egyptians getting skin diseases, complete darkness for three days and the first-born child in Egyptian families being killed by the angel of death.

God is said to have told Moses to tell the Israelites to paint lamb’s blood on their doorposts.

This way, the angel would know that Jewish people lived there. It would pass over that house and not kill the first-born child.

This is where the name Passover comes from.

For the last plague, even Pharaoh’s own son was killed. He summoned Moses and told him to take the Israelites out of Egypt immediately.

Finally, after more than 200 years of slavery, the Jewish people were free.

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My Passover Journey

As a minister I find it essential to walk my talk so to speak. So I am goin to post here my 8-day Passover Journey through the various TASKS I put out for you.

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Watch the extract from ‘The Prince of Egypt’  below. Then, I would like to invite you to give the story a new meaning by adapting it to your life and circumstances.
  • What is it that has enslaved you so far and you want to become free from?
  • How are you going to part the ‘red sea’ of you fears (or what enslaves you)?
  • How are you going to call upon the Divine to support you to become free?
  • What are you going to do during the next 8 days to support yourself to get free?

My answers

I see the parting sea as God’s Grace..

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

I ask to be released and I am given. But I must be persistent and humble in my asking. I am also protected from my own fears and demons who appear like the pharaoh’s army always chasing me and ragging me back down. But as long as I focus, I meditate and I pray I am led out of my own misery. 

  • What is it that has enslaved you so far and you want to become free from?

A sense of unexplainable guilt and obligation. I often feel that there is a sense of obligation behind my altruistic actions. I would like to serve freely or not serve at all.

  • How are you going to part the ‘red sea’ of you fears (or what enslaves you)?

My fear is that I would be punished if I do not meet my obligations. I often assume more obligations that is truly mine and I still fear punishment. I will consciously keep on stepping back and wait to be called upon instead of stepping in assuming obligation.

  • How are you going to call upon the Divine to support you to become free?

I have spent some time in meditation today consciously releasing my sense of guilt and obligations back to the nothingness asking God to lift me higher so I can become free of them.

  • What are you going to do during the next 8 days to support yourself to get free?

I will keep on meditating and praying for forgiveness and release, and will keep on stepping back releasing the assumption that it is all my duty. 

Different Activities for Passover

Passover is a week-long (8 days) reminder of hard-earnt freedom. We are asked to contemplate on the meaning of FREEDOM for us. When do you feel FREE? What makes you feel FREE? This week can be an opportunity to contemplate how you can support yourself to be freer in who you are as a unique expression of the Divine. 

Below is a list of various activities that people do during the week of Passover. As mentioned before, the first two night (evenings) are spend with contemplating on the ‘passing over the red sea’, a parable from the Old Testament in the Bible. Yesterday, I invited you to contemplate on the metaphysical meaning of the story and answer questions around the meaning of ‘freedom’ for you.

Today, I want to invite you to chose a ‘task’ for each day of Passover from the list below. I would like to encourage you to bring an element of the spiritual to each of the task you do by which you can support yourself to move into greater freedom in yourself.

Cleaning

During Passover Jews refrain from eating chametz, food with leavening such as bread, cookies, or pasta. Before Passover begins, families will clean their homes to clear out the chametz. (Jews refer to leavened items, which must be discarded from the home before Passover, by the Hebrew term “chametz” (pronounced “HA-metz” and also spelled “chometz.”) It includes anything made with grains like wheat, oats, rye barley and spelt.)

Clean your house off  leavened items can be seen as cleaning our consciousness of ‘thoughts’ that fester. What thoughts and emotions do you allow to fester in your consciousness that causes you fear or harm? Is there something you often worry about? Eliminate these thoughts by giving them up to God (the Divine), consciously releasing them by affirming that

“I release you into the nothingness where you came from! I stop worrying about … now.  I am grateful for your service but now I am OK without you! I love you and release you. I am at peace knowing that I am centered in the Care of the Divine Presence.”  

Eating Matzah

During Passover, you’ll probably eat matzah, a cracker-like bread substitute representing the bread that didn’t have time to rise when the Jews fled Egypt. Learn to make your own matzah (CLICK).

How about making some plain food over the week? How about not indulging in heavy dishes and just keeping your food simple and basic. We often eat process food that are full of chemicals because they go through a complicated laboratory-like system before it gets on your table. Make your own food this week. Bless your food this week. There were times when food was scarce and every bite was a grace-filled blessing of nourishment. Make eating your food a spiritual event 🙂 during Passover and see what happens. 

“I bless with food so it can nourish my body and keep it healthy and strong. I release all condemning thoughts that I harbour about my body’s imperfections. I love my body with this food.”

The Seder

The seder, held on the first one or two nights of the holiday, consists of a festive meal, the retelling of the Exodus story, and several other rituals and traditions, like finding the afikomen (a piece of matzah hidden during the ceremony), singing songs like “Dayenu,” and opening the door symbolically for the prophet Elijah. 

Provocative questions on relevant topics to help bring your Seder to life.

The Haggadah tells us to adapt our Seder to the various attitudes of the people we find present around the table. The “wise son” receives wisdom, the “evil son” receives sharp confrontation, the “simple son” is taught the ABC’s of Judaism, and the “one who doesn’t know how to ask” is engaged in dialogue that will open him up.

Questions that provoke discussion about relevant topics can help bring your Seder to life. Here are some questions for your Seder table that you can pose yourself or discuss with others over the week. 

  1. When dipping the Karpas into salt water: Has anything ever happened to you which seemed bitter at the time but later turned out to be sweet?

  2. When breaking the middle matzah and hiding it for later: What is a “hidden” aspiration that you have, i.e. something that you have postponed for later in life but you plan/aspire to one day get to?

  3. When speaking about how the Jewish people were sent down to Egypt: How have the hardships in your life helped you become a more compassionate person?

  4. When speaking about the harsh slavery: In our day-to-day lives, do we really love what we do or are we more like slaves to our work or lifestyle?

  5. The word Mitzrayim (Egypt) resembles the Hebrew word for constriction. What is your personal Mitzrayim? What is holding you back the most?

  6. When speaking about the plagues: Are there signs in our life pushing us to change that we are just refusing to see?

  7. Are there signs around us that God exists? What are they?

  8. If you knew for certain that God would help you succeed, even through miracles, what new endeavor would you take on?

  9. When speaking about jumping in the Red Sea: What have you done recently that defied your fears and you stepped out of your comfort zone?

  10. When singing Dayneu: What are the gifts in our life that make it all worth it?

  11. When reciting Hallel: If you could fully express gratitude to someone in your past who really made a difference in your life, who would it be?

  12. When eating matzah: If you could eradicate laziness from your life and live with complete discipline, what could you accomplish?

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The Haggadah

During the seder, families will read from the Haggadah to tell the story of Passover and pass down the traditions and lessons of the story to their children, relatives, and friends. In Hebrew, Haggadah means “telling.” This book is basically a guide for the seder and includes prayers, blessings, songs, and information for how the seder should be performed. Families everywhere add their own personal touches to make the script of the Haggadah their own.

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What is a Haggadah?

The word haggadah comes from the same root as “to tell” in Hebrew. The haggadah is meant as a guide to the entire Seder. A good one will serve as a follow-along reader for you and your guests, taking them through each step with instructions, explanations, talking points, ideas for further reflection, and, of course, all of the texts you will be reading, singing, or discussing. 

Why should I make my own haggadah?

As you can see from the above, there is nothing at all unusual about authoring custom-made haggadot. The whole objective of the Seder both as a didactic and an experiential endeavor is to get people to participate, ask questions, formulate opinions, and generally interact with the Seder experience. Another wonderful aspect of making your own haggadah is that the copies you use at the Seder can double as Passover gifts for your guests to take with them as both a memory of the special time you will have spent together, as well as for future use for years to come. 

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If you are not Jewish, you can create the Haggadah around any themes that are meaningful to you. The main message of Passover is ‘Freedom from Slavery’. You can choose any story around this message from the Bible or any other source that inspires you and make a Haggadah.

Haggadah is a booklet that you make yourself using pictures, text, colouring, writing, painting. Haggadah can be seen as a reminder of the Passover story as you interpret it. (you can chose another story, if you like). The questions above can guide you and you are invited to contemplate on the meaning of ‘freedom’ for you as you create your own Haggadah. 

Opening the Door for Elijah

On each table there is a goblet of wine called “Elijah’s Cup.” During the meal someone will open the door to welcome the prophet Elijah, exemplifying the line from the Haggadah “Let all who are hungry, come and eat.”

Every Passover, Jews set an extra cup of wine on the dinner table and open the door for the enigmatic prophet Elijah, hoping he will enter. An evolving symbol of hope and redemption in Judaism over the centuries, Elijah’s return is said to mark the Messiah’s earthly arrival.

What does the Bible tell us about Elijah?

He first appears as a zealous prophet for God. There’s something wild and primeval about him. He’s totally committed to monotheism. [Elijah’s name means “Yahweh is my God” in Hebrew.]

In that period, [9th century BCE], a good number of the Israelites were wavering in their faith. King Ahab of Israel really wanted to have it both ways, worshiping the Israelite God and [the Canaanite god] Baal.

So Elijah was out to defeat idolatry, but he didn’t entirely succeed. Dejected, he asked God to take his life. He went to Mount Sinai where he had an encounter with God, and God said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

In the Book of Kings, Elijah is taken up to heaven in a whirlwind, in a fiery chariot. In the book of Malachi [the final prophetic book in the Bible], it later says Elijah’s going to announce the End of Days. So, the rabbis assume that he’s taken alive to heaven. But, for the rabbis, he’s too extreme. So, he gradually becomes depicted in rabbinical texts as a compassionate hero. He’s still zealous, but now he’s zealous to right wrongs. He’s zealous to help the poor. He can’t stay away from Earth when somebody is in trouble.

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We all need a version of Elijah at your ‘table’ or in our life. Zeal – dedication and enthusiasm – is a quality we all need in order to  move through life’s challenges.  You are encouraged to invite or, if you already have them, enhance these qualities in your life. What can you do to become more zealous and enthusiastic? What changes do you need to make and where? Apart from being a zealous prophet, Elijah is also a symbol of hope and redemption. In my observation, we all have areas of our life where we can do with more hope. In meditation, invite God/the Divine Presence to fill that area of your life with Hope and Love. Visualize pouring these qualities in and feeling you up. Observe the sensation and ensure that you take these with you all day, every day. 

We become freer by releasing what does not work or what does not serve us any longer.

 

Singing “Dayenu”

Many families will sing “Dayenu” during their seder. The word dayenu means “it would have been enough.” This joyous tune celebrates the many blessings God bestowed upon the Jewish people during their exodus from Egypt in ancient times.

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While listening to this fun song, I invite you remind yourself of the wonderful things that are present in your life. Be grateful and celebrate the many blessings that are present and by doing that you will shift your focus from lack to abundance. Focusing into abundance of blessings and goodness frees us from worry about lack and drama. 

Passover

In Unity we chose to celebrate, integrate and welcome people from all faith. Personally, as a minister, I like celebrating along with different traditions because I believe that each spiritual tradition, custom or celebration offer an opportunity for us all to look to the Divine Presence and move into  deeper communion with IT.

From the 22nd to the 29th of April we are celebrating Passover or Pesach. I would like to invite you to walk this 8-day Passover journey with me doing something different each day – see my next post on the possible activities list – that may support your spiritual unfolding and build a deeper sense of awareness of your connectedness to the Divine Presence.

Today, I am going to introduce what Pesach is… (read more below)

Then, I would like to invite you to watch this clip from the animated film called The Prince of Egypt and/or read the passage in the Bible about the freeing of the Jews.
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
Then, I would like to invite you to give the story a new meaning by adapting it to your life and circumstances.
  • What is it that has enslaved you so far and you want to become free from?
  • How are you going to part the ‘red sea’ of you fears (or what enslaves you)?
  • How are you going to call upon the Divine to support you to become free?
  • What are you going to do during the next 8 days to support yourself to get free?
 
Tomorrow, I will post a few activities that you can do over the next 8 days to support yourself in your ‘Passover transformation’.

Pesach starting on the Evening Of
Mon, Apr 22, 2024 till Mon, Apr 29, 2024

SHORT INTRODUCTION

Passover falls on the 14th day of the Hebrew month of Nisan (late March or April). Depending on your tradition, you might celebrate Passover for seven days, while others observe the holiday for eight days.

Passover is both agricultural and historical in origin. Also known as Chag haAviv, the “Festival of the Spring,” it reminds us of the early spring harvest in the former land of Canaan, now Israel. Much more commonly recognized for its historical significance, Passover is also known as Zman Cheruteynu, “The Season of Our Freedom.”

The name Passover is symbolic of the Angel of Death “passing over” the Jewish homes while killing the first born of the Egyptians, the last of the Ten Plagues before Pharaoh let the Jews go.

 

What is Pesach?

Pesach, or Passover, is an 8-day Jewish holiday during the Jewish month of Nissan- at the beginning of spring. ‘Pesach’ means to pass over, commemorating the miracle God performed for the Jewish people enslaved in Egypt, where He passed over their homes during the 10th plague that killed the firstborn of every Egyptian home. 

Any chometz (food made of flour and water that was allowed to rise) is removed from the home, and matzah (flat, unleavened bread) is eaten instead. Maror (bitter herbs) is eaten to remember the brutal conditions that the Jews lived in.

The history of Pesach

The celebration of Pesach is based on the story of Exodus, when God saved the Jewish people from the cruel Egyptian rule and ultimately brought them to the Land of Israel. The story begins when the Egyptians enslaved the Jewish people, forcing the women, men, and children to perform back-breaking labor every day. They were vicious and cruel, enacting new laws to make the lives of the Jews increasingly miserable.

The king of Egypt, Pharaoh, even decreed to kill every Jewish male newborn when he had a dream that a Jewish man would redeem the Jews from their bondage. Ironically, his own daughter Princess Batya saved Moses, a Jewish baby floating in the Nile river, and brought him to her father’s palace. 

Batya raised Moses in the palace of his greatest enemy until he ran away. One day, God revealed himself to Moses in a thornbush and sent him as a messenger to Pharaoh, ordering him in the name of G-d to let the Jewish people go. Pharaoh refused, so G-d inflicted the people of Egypt with the first plague- all the water in the land turned to blood for a week. 

Pharoah begged Moses to end the plague, promising to release the Jewish people. But as soon as the plague ended, Pharaoh changed his mind and did not relent. So God brought the second plague – millions of frogs all over Egypt. This repeated itself 10 times, with each plague lasting a week). Here are the ten plagues:  blood, frogs, lice, wild animals, death of the animals, boils, hail, grasshoppers, darkness, and the death of every firstborn.

Pharoah suddenly realized that he was the firstborn of his family and would therefore die imminently. He ran to find Moses in the middle of the night and ordered him to round up all the Jews in Egypt and leave the country immediately. Thus, the Jewish people were released from their decades of cruel slavery and ultimately were appointed as God’s chosen nation at Mount Sinai in the desert.

How is Pesach celebrated?

For the entire 8 days of Pesach, Jews may not own or consume any chometz. This is because when Pharoah urged the Jewish people to leave Egypt, they were in the middle of baking bread. They flung their doughs over their shoulders and hastily walked out of the land.  The bread jostled on their backs as they walked in the hot sun, which didn’t allow them to rise. The dough resulted in matzah, which Jews eat instead of bread during Pesach.

Today, the homes are cleaned extensively to ensure no trace of chometz. Many people use the opportunity of Pesach cleaning to ‘spring clean’ the house simultaneously. There is a special ceremony on the day before Pesach where the final search for chometz takes place, and all remaining foods are burnt.

On the first two nights of Pesach, the family hosts a ‘seder,’ where the Haggadah – the story of the Exodus from Egypt- is read. Several rituals during the seder include eating the maror, eating matzah, drinking four cups of wine or grape juice, and discussing the story in great depth.

 

Ram(a) Navami, day of awareness

In the Kali Yuga, the wars are within us wherein Rama is our Sou, Sita is our Mind, Hanuman is our life force (prana) and Ravan is our ego.

Ravana (Ego) takes over Sita (Mind) which makes Rama (Soul) restless, To harmonize Mind and Soul, one needs to meditate and breath Hanuman in complete awareness. Once the harmony is established, Rama and Sita reunite and ego is destroyed.

 

SPIRITUAL SIGNIFICANCE

Today, as part of Rama Navami Hindu Celebration, we are invited to find and observe the light within and observe its presence though out many senses. We are asked to be present in our experiences throughout the day and observe, how the light that resides within.

At this link CLIK HERE you can read the beautiful story and the spiritual significance of this celebration.

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What is Rama Navami?

The rituals and customs associated with Rama Navami vary from region to region throughout India. The day is marked by reciting from the Hindu epic Ramayana which narrates the tale of Rama. Vaishnava Hindus celebrate the festival by visiting temples, praying, fasting, listening to spiritual discourses and singing bhajans or kirtans (devotional songs). Some devotees offer worship to Rama like an infant by placing an image of him in a cradle. Charitable events and community meals are also organized. The festival is an occasion for moral reflection for many Hindus

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The celebration runs through the 16th and the 17th of April from about 2pm till 2pm the next day.

Gudi Padwa/Chaitra Sukhladi

The Hindu New Year

It is believed that Lord Brahma, the creator of the universe, created the world on this day. Therefore, this day is considered auspicious and is celebrated as the beginning of a new era.

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Another day to have fun and celebrate. 🙂 The Hindues celebrate Sukhladi or Gudi Padwa (this celebration has many names) on the 9th of April with gifts and decorations.

Every celebratory event is an opportunity to cheer up and have fun. The world is full of drama and gloom. When I am invited to celebrate, give thanks, be marry and joyous, I take the opportunity.

Let’s celebrate that we are healthy, we live in abundance of opportunities, we are free to make decisions for ourselves, and we are loved (at least by one person, yourself). Let’s make it a day of joy, fun, laughter, even if it is difficult because of circumstances. One laughter is more than none.  One smile is more than none. Remembering of one nice thing is better than none. Making a day count by peeping out of the drama and the craze, will make your day. I guarantee that.

More information on Chaitra Sukhladi

In 2024, the date of Chaitra Sukhladi is April 9. Chaitra Sukhladi is celebrated with much fervour and enthusiasm in Maharashtra and Karnataka. On this day, people wake up early and take a ritualistic bath. They then decorate their homes with rangolis and flowers. People also offer prayers to Lord Brahma and perform puja rituals. They wear new clothes and exchange sweets and gifts with family and friends.

In Maharashtra, people prepare a special dish called Shrikhand-Puri on this day. In Karnataka, people prepare a dish called Holige, which is made of jaggery and lentils. The festive spirit is high during Chaitra Sukhladi, and people come together to celebrate this day with great zeal.

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Every Road leads to God if it is a road of Love, Compassion and Charity. Each culture and faith has its own traditions and celebrations that were originally created so to enable the seekers to find their path to God. Ramadan is one of these traditions.

Ramadan

Ramadan begins on the night of Sunday, 10 March, and continue through Tuesday, April 9, ending in the celebratory Eid al-Fitr.

I found a few lovely tips that we could all follow to observe Ramadan. Following these simple tips can remind us of the core message of Ramadan (which is rather similar to Lent): It is a time for reflection, withdrawal from the world by not indulging in pleasures like eating, turning your attention within and celebrate your connection to the Divine Presence.

TODAY’S EID CARD

Come and join me by posting your EID CARD each day expressing in drawing and writing what you are most grateful for ‘today’ (each day) in our FACEBOOK GROUP

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Every Road leads to God if it is a road of Love, Compassion and Charity. Each culture and faith has its own traditions and celebrations that were originally created so to enable the seekers to find their path to God. Ramadan is one of these traditions.

Ramadan

Ramadan begins on the night of Sunday, 10 March, and continue through Tuesday, April 9, ending in the celebratory Eid al-Fitr.

I found a few lovely tips that we could all follow to observe Ramadan. Following these simple tips can remind us of the core message of Ramadan (which is rather similar to Lent): It is a time for reflection, withdrawal from the world by not indulging in pleasures like eating, turning your attention within and celebrate your connection to the Divine Presence.

TODAY’S EID CARD

Come and join me by posting your EID CARD each day expressing in drawing and writing what you are most grateful for ‘today’ (each day) in our FACEBOOK GROUP

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Every Road leads to God if it is a road of Love, Compassion and Charity. Each culture and faith has its own traditions and celebrations that were originally created so to enable the seekers to find their path to God. Ramadan is one of these traditions.

Ramadan

Ramadan begins on the night of Sunday, 10 March, and continue through Tuesday, April 9, ending in the celebratory Eid al-Fitr.

I found a few lovely tips that we could all follow to observe Ramadan. Following these simple tips can remind us of the core message of Ramadan (which is rather similar to Lent): It is a time for reflection, withdrawal from the world by not indulging in pleasures like eating, turning your attention within and celebrate your connection to the Divine Presence.

TODAY’S EID CARD

Come and join me by posting your EID CARD each day expressing in drawing and writing what you are most grateful for ‘today’ (each day) in our FACEBOOK GROUP

Laylat al-Qadr

In UNITY we believe that Sin is only an error in our thinking. The Night Power or Laylat al-Qadr is an opportunity to meditate, pray and affirm our connectedness with the Divine Source. Our ‘sins’ are forgiven because we surrender our will – eg. through fasting – and allow our consciousness to be lifted higher. 

Mohammad Prophet was a spiritual teacher similar to Jesus who brought forth spiritual laws (suggestions) for the seeker to attain a deeper relationship with the Divine. Mohammad suggests that after having practised abstinence for over 20 days during Ramadan, we now have arrived to The Night Power, that we can use for further stretching our limits. By using the night for meditation and prayer we can expect our reward in attaining a higher level of consciousness.

We must remember that attaining a higher level of conscious has physical implications as well. It is not only an inner experience though often it starts with that. As we lift our gaze or our consciousness higher, our physical experiences start reflecting our becoming more loving, accepting, kinder, embracing and more. It maybe difficult to imagine but as we become more vulnerable through being more in touch with the Divine, we generate and attract more ‘positive’ experiences for ourselves.

It is worth remembering that the spiritual path is not only an inner journey. As we evolve spiritually we also evolve in the physical. 

The Night Power

Laylat al-Qadr, Islamic festival that commemorates the night on which God first revealed the Qurʾān to the Prophet Muhammad through the angel Gabriel (Jibrīl). It is believed to have taken place on one of the final 10 nights of Ramadan in 610 ce, though the exact night is unclear.

Sunni Muslims believe that Laylat al-Qadr occurs among the odd-numbered nights of the last ten nights of Ramadan (21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th or 29th). Some scholars opine that if a Friday night occurs on an odd numbered night, the night is likely to be Laylat al-Qadr.

source: Britannica

The Night of Power (Arabic: لیلة القدر, romanized: Laylat al-Qadr; also rendered as the Night of Destiny, Night of Decree, Night of Determination, or the Precious Night), is, in Islamic belief, the night when Muslims believe the Quran was first sent down from heaven to the world and also the night when the first verses of the Quran were revealed to the Islamic prophet Muhammad

Muhammad would usually practice spiritual retreat (Iʿtikāf) during the last ten days of Ramadan, awaiting the Night of Power, fasting and praying throughout the night, and abstaining from sexual relations. He urged his followers to do the same. According to one hadith, Muhammad said: “Whoever stands [in prayer] during the Night of Power out of belief and seeking reward, his previous sins are forgiven.” (Sahih al-Bukhari 1901)

Source: WIkipedia

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Every Road leads to God if it is a road of Love, Compassion and Charity. Each culture and faith has its own traditions and celebrations that were originally created so to enable the seekers to find their path to God. Ramadan is one of these traditions.

Ramadan

Ramadan begins on the night of Sunday, 10 March, and continue through Tuesday, April 9, ending in the celebratory Eid al-Fitr.

I found a few lovely tips that we could all follow to observe Ramadan. Following these simple tips can remind us of the core message of Ramadan (which is rather similar to Lent): It is a time for reflection, withdrawal from the world by not indulging in pleasures like eating, turning your attention within and celebrate your connection to the Divine Presence.

TODAY’S EID CARD

Come and join me by posting your EID CARD each day expressing in drawing and writing what you are most grateful for ‘today’ (each day) in our FACEBOOK GROUP

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Every Road leads to God if it is a road of Love, Compassion and Charity. Each culture and faith has its own traditions and celebrations that were originally created so to enable the seekers to find their path to God. Ramadan is one of these traditions.

Ramadan

Ramadan begins on the night of Sunday, 10 March, and continue through Tuesday, April 9, ending in the celebratory Eid al-Fitr.

I found a few lovely tips that we could all follow to observe Ramadan. Following these simple tips can remind us of the core message of Ramadan (which is rather similar to Lent): It is a time for reflection, withdrawal from the world by not indulging in pleasures like eating, turning your attention within and celebrate your connection to the Divine Presence.

TODAY’S EID CARD

Come and join me by posting your EID CARD each day expressing in drawing and writing what you are most grateful for ‘today’ (each day) in our FACEBOOK GROUP

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Every Road leads to God if it is a road of Love, Compassion and Charity. Each culture and faith has its own traditions and celebrations that were originally created so to enable the seekers to find their path to God. Ramadan is one of these traditions.

Ramadan

Ramadan begins on the night of Sunday, 10 March, and continue through Tuesday, April 9, ending in the celebratory Eid al-Fitr.

I found a few lovely tips that we could all follow to observe Ramadan. Following these simple tips can remind us of the core message of Ramadan (which is rather similar to Lent): It is a time for reflection, withdrawal from the world by not indulging in pleasures like eating, turning your attention within and celebrate your connection to the Divine Presence.

TODAY’S EID CARD

Come and join me by posting your EID CARD each day expressing in drawing and writing what you are most grateful for ‘today’ (each day) in our FACEBOOK GROUP

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Every Road leads to God if it is a road of Love, Compassion and Charity. Each culture and faith has its own traditions and celebrations that were originally created so to enable the seekers to find their path to God. Ramadan is one of these traditions.

Ramadan

Ramadan begins on the night of Sunday, 10 March, and continue through Tuesday, April 9, ending in the celebratory Eid al-Fitr.

I found a few lovely tips that we could all follow to observe Ramadan. Following these simple tips can remind us of the core message of Ramadan (which is rather similar to Lent): It is a time for reflection, withdrawal from the world by not indulging in pleasures like eating, turning your attention within and celebrate your connection to the Divine Presence.

TODAY’S EID CARD

Come and join me by posting your EID CARD each day expressing in drawing and writing what you are most grateful for ‘today’ (each day) in our FACEBOOK GROUP

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Every Road leads to God if it is a road of Love, Compassion and Charity. Each culture and faith has its own traditions and celebrations that were originally created so to enable the seekers to find their path to God. Ramadan is one of these traditions.

Ramadan

Ramadan begins on the night of Sunday, 10 March, and continue through Tuesday, April 9, ending in the celebratory Eid al-Fitr.

I found a few lovely tips that we could all follow to observe Ramadan. Following these simple tips can remind us of the core message of Ramadan (which is rather similar to Lent): It is a time for reflection, withdrawal from the world by not indulging in pleasures like eating, turning your attention within and celebrate your connection to the Divine Presence.

TODAY’S EID CARD

Come and join me by posting your EID CARD each day expressing in drawing and writing what you are most grateful for ‘today’ (each day) in our FACEBOOK GROUP

EASTER and PENTECOST

In Unity we always look for a deeper or a metaphysical meaning of events, texts, and celebrations.

When we look at Easter we see the upliftment of our consciousness to a higher level as a result of fasting or withdrawing from the worldly to the spiritual.

On Easter Monday, we celebrate a kind of renewal and a clearer and deeper understanding of our spiritual journey through release and forgiveness. We are joyful and merry. We feel lighter because we released faulty ideas, misconceptions of who we truly are and who God is for us. (read about how I see God here CLICK)

During the  days between today (Easter Monday) and Pentecost there will many spiritual observances from different traditions that we can use for our spiritual upliftment and growth. We can observe these  50 days by making the time to meditate or pray daily, focusing into the Divine Presence, reading uplifting spiritual material, and acting kindly towards ourselves and other.

Lets’ see if as a result of our efforts what happens on the day of Pentecost!

What is Pentecost and what does it have to do with Easter?

The name comes from the Greek word pentekoste which means fiftieth. Pentecost (also called Whit Sunday, Whitsunday or Whitsun) is a major festival in the Christian church, celebrated on the Sunday that falls on the 50th day of Easter. It commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles – while they were in Jerusalem celebrating the Feast of Weeks, as described in the Acts of the Apostles – and other disciples following the Crucifixion, Resurrection, and Ascension of Jesus Christ (Acts of the Apostles, chapter 2), and it marks the beginning of the Christian church’s mission to the world.

The events of Acts Chapter 2 are set against the backdrop of the celebration of Pentecost in Jerusalem. There are several major features to the Pentecost narrative presented in the second chapter of the Acts of the Apostles. The author begins by noting that the disciples of Jesus “were all together in one place” on the “day of Pentecost” (ἡμέρα τῆς Πεντηκοστῆς).[27] The verb used in Acts 2:1 to indicate the arrival of the day of Pentecost carries a connotation of fulfillment.

There is a “mighty rushing wind” (wind is a common symbol for the Holy Spirit) and “tongues as of fire” appear. The gathered disciples were “filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance”. Some scholars have interpreted the passage as a reference to the multitude of languages spoken by the gathered disciples, while others have taken the reference to “tongues” (γλῶσσαι) to signify ecstatic speech.

Source Wikipedia and Britannica

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Every Road leads to God if it is a road of Love, Compassion and Charity. Each culture and faith has its own traditions and celebrations that were originally created so to enable the seekers to find their path to God. Ramadan is one of these traditions.

Ramadan

Ramadan begins on the night of Sunday, 10 March, and continue through Tuesday, April 9, ending in the celebratory Eid al-Fitr.

I found a few lovely tips that we could all follow to observe Ramadan. Following these simple tips can remind us of the core message of Ramadan (which is rather similar to Lent): It is a time for reflection, withdrawal from the world by not indulging in pleasures like eating, turning your attention within and celebrate your connection to the Divine Presence.

TODAY’S EID CARD

Come and join me by posting your EID CARD each day expressing in drawing and writing what you are most grateful for ‘today’ (each day) in our FACEBOOK GROUP

Easter Message, a video

This is the video recording of the Spiritual Communion Service we held at Unity Daily Word UK. Rev Kabelo Letebele from Unity Johannesburg, South Africa, started the service whereas Rev Kimerie Mapletoft, Director of Silent Unity, UK introduced the program. Main speaker: Rev Ildiko Kudlik, UNITY EUROPE

(Please note that some of the songs are not shown in the program because of YouTube Copyright laws. Pls find the entire program and the songs below. )

 

EASTER SERVICE

Candle Lighting

I would like to ask you to light a candle or switch on a Candle App on your phone. As we light this candle, we remember that we have a light just like this within us. It is the unique essence of who we are. As we light the candle, we connect with this deeper part of ourselves and connect with the Divine Presence.

This song is to remind us of our loving relationship with the Divine/God.

 

The Lenten Journey

The Lenten Season is a 40-day journey of release and purification. We are getting ready to embrace a higher level of consciousness.

I walk the Lenten journey yearly now. Every year I am offered a different ‘main theme’ to work on. This year, my main learning seems to be ‘going with the flow’. I am leaning to release struggle and embrace neutrality and total acceptance of what is.

It is especially challenging for me because I am a ‘controller’. I want things the way I want them. My ideas are often flawed and limited. My life is way greater than what I can comprehend and therefore I don’t really know what’s best for me. I know what I want, and I struggle to get it because I often move ‘against’ the flow of Life. All my struggles would cease if I could just let it all go and move into Divine Order. (which is not a pre-destined fate or apathy!)

Silence and Contemplation

I would like to invite you to listen to this short mediation and contemplate on your own personal Lenten Journey: What was it like?  What have you discovered? What have you become aware of? What are the major ‘let go’s’ this year?

After listening to the meditation stay in the Silence for a while.

Forgiveness

Often as a result of looking at our shortcomings, we find ourselves wanting and so we judge ourselves. We think: “I shouldn’t have …”

I would like to invite you to remember or to read the part of the Bible that depicts the Crucifixion story in the the New Testament.

The Crucifixion of Jesus

26 As the soldiers led him away, they seized Simon from Cyrene, who was on his way in from the country, and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus. 27 A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him. 28 Jesus turned and said to them, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For the time will come when you will say, ‘Blessed are the childless women, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’ 30 Then

“‘they will say to the mountains, “Fall on us!”
    and to the hills, “Cover us!”’[b]

31 For if people do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?”

32 Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. 33 When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”[c] And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

35 The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.”

36 The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar 37 and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.”

38 There was a written notice above him, which read: this is the king of the jews.

39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”

40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”

42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.[d]” (NIV Luke 23:26-43)

Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:43

This sentence to me is a sign of total acceptance of what is and forgiveness.

Silence and Forgiveness

Now, I would like to invite you to listen to this short meditation on Luke 23:43

After you listened to the meditation you may want to stay in the silence and remember the different things you judge yourself for, then just say:

I forgive myself for judging myself for …

Resurrection

What do you think the resurrection story about?

Can you imagine that Jesus’  resurrection story is something that happens inside of us? Jesus’s story can be understood as the story of our own consciousness. As a result of having walked the Lenten Journey, having forgiven our ‘sins’ (by sin we understand our shortcomings and error thinking)  we find ourselves on a higher altitude, on a higher level of consciousness, and in greater Oneness with the Divine Presence as well as in greater Loving within ourselves.

Song and Silence

I would like to invite you to experience ‘this higher altitude’ by listening to this song.

As we listen to the next song, I would like to invite you to close your eyes and experience being lifted …

After the song, stay in the Silence for a while. 

 

Thank you listening and spending this time with me. I hope you found the meditations and songs uplifting. I wish you a blessed Easter Holiday.

 

40 Days of Love – Day40+7

40 Days of Letting Go, Letting God

From Release to Embrace

Rules 

At the link below, you can find the audio recording of all the Rules. You can randomly choose one and contemplate on it. It may bring you some insight or something to let go of today.

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ESTER SUNDAY, the Holy Week

Today, we are releasing any attachment to our physical life and embracing God’s Love for us.

Today, as we release the ultimate attachment which is to our physical life, we remember that our souls continue their spiritual journey aft er death but that our
human lives are on an upward trajectory while we are here.

Today we celebrate all that the Easter story means to us. In  resurrection we realize that we have risen to a new level of consciousness on our journey of enlightenment.

HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!

Today we affirm: Today I let go of all attachments and arrive to a higher plain.

Note : My writing is based on the book “40 Rules of Love” by by Elif Shafak (See more about the book here (click)  ( and The Lent booklet by Unity.org 

 

Holy Week or Passion Week   

Holy Week in the Christian year is the week immediately before Easter.

Holy Week begins with the commemoration of Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, marks the betrayal of Jesus on Spy Wednesday (Holy Wednesday), climaxing with the commemoration of the Mystical or Last Supper on Maundy Thursday and the Passion of Jesus on Good Friday. Holy Week concludes with Christ’s rest in death and descent into hell on Holy Saturday.

Christians believe that Jesus rested in death from the ninth hour (3 pm) on Good Friday until just before dawn on Sunday morning, the day of his resurrection from death, commonly known as Easter Sunday.

Holy Week liturgies generally attract the largest crowds of the year. Many Christian cultures have different traditions such as special liturgies or services, floats, sculptures or live reenactments of Christ’s life, his arrest and crucifixion (also called the Lord’s passion, the Passion of Christ or Passion of Jesus)

Looking at the ‘story’ above, what do you think this week could be about in terms of ‘Lifting one’s consciousness?’

Personally, I think it is important to find the True meaning behind the word ‘LOVE’,  understand it and experience it as a Spiritual Quality inherently within us. 

I am going to walk this 40-day Lenten journey contemplating on the True meaning of Love, Divine Love, Spiritual Love for me by experimenting with the 40 rules and quotes from the Lent Booklet. Every day, between 

the 14th of February and the 28th of March 2024,

I will post a ‘rule’ from the book ’40 rules of Love’ and an a release idea from the book ’40 days of Let go, Let God – Lent 2024′ by Unity.org. Then, we will contemplate on it and share about it in the UNITY EUROPE Facebook Group (CLICK HERE).

Download the LENT BOOKLET @this link 2024 Lent English 

Let’s walk this journey together!

Join me by …

either reading the daily blogposts I create – SEE THEM HERE (CLICK) – or joining the FACEBOOK GROUP (CLICK) where I am going to share my writings and daily contemplative questions. I will also post a short video/audio material on the daily posts. (click on the buttons below to join)

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Every Road leads to God if it is a road of Love, Compassion and Charity. Each culture and faith has its own traditions and celebrations that were originally created so to enable the seekers to find their path to God. Ramadan is one of these traditions.

Ramadan

Ramadan begins on the night of Sunday, 10 March, and continue through Tuesday, April 9, ending in the celebratory Eid al-Fitr.

I found a few lovely tips that we could all follow to observe Ramadan. Following these simple tips can remind us of the core message of Ramadan (which is rather similar to Lent): It is a time for reflection, withdrawal from the world by not indulging in pleasures like eating, turning your attention within and celebrate your connection to the Divine Presence.

TODAY’S EID CARD

Come and join me by posting your EID CARD each day expressing in drawing and writing what you are most grateful for ‘today’ (each day) in our FACEBOOK GROUP

40 Days of Love – Day40+6

40 Days of Letting Go, Letting God

From Release to Embrace

Rules 

At the link below, you can find the audio recording of all the Rules. You can randomly choose one and contemplate on it. It may bring you some insight or something to let go of today.

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Today, we are releasing fear of change and embracing God’s Love for us.

Today, our LENT booklet invites us to release release fear of change by embracing the idea that change is inevitable.

“The first step is to get in tune with the Infinite,” Eric Butterworth wrote in his essay “How to Overcome Fear and Worry.” We can take a gentle, cleansing breath to get in touch with the indwelling presence of God. As we do this, we release fear and embrace change wholeheartedly.

Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10

Today we affirm: I am willing to release all limiting thoughts
and know change as my divine birthright

Note : My writing is based on the book “40 Rules of Love” by by Elif Shafak (See more about the book here (click)  ( and The Lent booklet by Unity.org 

 

Holy Week or Passion Week   

Holy Week in the Christian year is the week immediately before Easter.

Holy Week begins with the commemoration of Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, marks the betrayal of Jesus on Spy Wednesday (Holy Wednesday), climaxing with the commemoration of the Mystical or Last Supper on Maundy Thursday and the Passion of Jesus on Good Friday. Holy Week concludes with Christ’s rest in death and descent into hell on Holy Saturday.

Christians believe that Jesus rested in death from the ninth hour (3 pm) on Good Friday until just before dawn on Sunday morning, the day of his resurrection from death, commonly known as Easter Sunday.

Holy Week liturgies generally attract the largest crowds of the year. Many Christian cultures have different traditions such as special liturgies or services, floats, sculptures or live reenactments of Christ’s life, his arrest and crucifixion (also called the Lord’s passion, the Passion of Christ or Passion of Jesus)

Looking at the ‘story’ above, what do you think this week could be about in terms of ‘Lifting one’s consciousness?’

Personally, I think it is important to find the True meaning behind the word ‘LOVE’,  understand it and experience it as a Spiritual Quality inherently within us. 

I am going to walk this 40-day Lenten journey contemplating on the True meaning of Love, Divine Love, Spiritual Love for me by experimenting with the 40 rules and quotes from the Lent Booklet. Every day, between 

the 14th of February and the 28th of March 2024,

I will post a ‘rule’ from the book ’40 rules of Love’ and an a release idea from the book ’40 days of Let go, Let God – Lent 2024′ by Unity.org. Then, we will contemplate on it and share about it in the UNITY EUROPE Facebook Group (CLICK HERE).

Download the LENT BOOKLET @this link 2024 Lent English 

Let’s walk this journey together!

Join me by …

either reading the daily blogposts I create – SEE THEM HERE (CLICK) – or joining the FACEBOOK GROUP (CLICK) where I am going to share my writings and daily contemplative questions. I will also post a short video/audio material on the daily posts. (click on the buttons below to join)

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Every Road leads to God if it is a road of Love, Compassion and Charity. Each culture and faith has its own traditions and celebrations that were originally created so to enable the seekers to find their path to God. Ramadan is one of these traditions.

Ramadan

Ramadan begins on the night of Sunday, 10 March, and continue through Tuesday, April 9, ending in the celebratory Eid al-Fitr.

I found a few lovely tips that we could all follow to observe Ramadan. Following these simple tips can remind us of the core message of Ramadan (which is rather similar to Lent): It is a time for reflection, withdrawal from the world by not indulging in pleasures like eating, turning your attention within and celebrate your connection to the Divine Presence.

TODAY’S EID CARD

Come and join me by posting your EID CARD each day expressing in drawing and writing what you are most grateful for ‘today’ (each day) in our FACEBOOK GROUP

40 Days of Love – Day40+5

40 Days of Letting Go, Letting God

From Release to Embrace

Rules 

At the link below, you can find the audio recording of all the Rules. You can randomly choose one and contemplate on it. It may bring you some insight or something to let go of today.

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Good Friday, the Holy Week

Today, we are releasing blame and embracing God’s Love for us.

Today, as we release blame we remember the words of ultimate forgiveness:

“Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34

Also, instead of reading clever words on how to release blame I would like you to image hearing these words inside of you:

forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing

Then move your attention to different events and people in you life so far who may have hurt you. When someone’s name appeared in your consciousness simple do as you are told:

forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing

(Please, remember, we are not forgiving the act but the error in their consciousness)

Then start remembering events where you were at fault, and people who have hurt. Once again do as you are told:

forgive them (him/her); for they (s/he) do not know what they (s/he) are doing

(Here we are forgiving our blame, our judgement against ourselves)

Today we affirm: Today I let go of blame and view every
experience in the light of understanding

Note : My writing is based on the book “40 Rules of Love” by by Elif Shafak (See more about the book here (click)  ( and The Lent booklet by Unity.org 

 

Holy Week or Passion Week   

Holy Week in the Christian year is the week immediately before Easter.

Holy Week begins with the commemoration of Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, marks the betrayal of Jesus on Spy Wednesday (Holy Wednesday), climaxing with the commemoration of the Mystical or Last Supper on Maundy Thursday and the Passion of Jesus on Good Friday. Holy Week concludes with Christ’s rest in death and descent into hell on Holy Saturday.

Christians believe that Jesus rested in death from the ninth hour (3 pm) on Good Friday until just before dawn on Sunday morning, the day of his resurrection from death, commonly known as Easter Sunday.

Holy Week liturgies generally attract the largest crowds of the year. Many Christian cultures have different traditions such as special liturgies or services, floats, sculptures or live reenactments of Christ’s life, his arrest and crucifixion (also called the Lord’s passion, the Passion of Christ or Passion of Jesus)

Looking at the ‘story’ above, what do you think this week could be about in terms of ‘Lifting one’s consciousness?’

Personally, I think it is important to find the True meaning behind the word ‘LOVE’,  understand it and experience it as a Spiritual Quality inherently within us. 

I am going to walk this 40-day Lenten journey contemplating on the True meaning of Love, Divine Love, Spiritual Love for me by experimenting with the 40 rules and quotes from the Lent Booklet. Every day, between 

the 14th of February and the 28th of March 2024,

I will post a ‘rule’ from the book ’40 rules of Love’ and an a release idea from the book ’40 days of Let go, Let God – Lent 2024′ by Unity.org. Then, we will contemplate on it and share about it in the UNITY EUROPE Facebook Group (CLICK HERE).

Download the LENT BOOKLET @this link 2024 Lent English 

Let’s walk this journey together!

Join me by …

either reading the daily blogposts I create – SEE THEM HERE (CLICK) – or joining the FACEBOOK GROUP (CLICK) where I am going to share my writings and daily contemplative questions. I will also post a short video/audio material on the daily posts. (click on the buttons below to join)

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Every Road leads to God if it is a road of Love, Compassion and Charity. Each culture and faith has its own traditions and celebrations that were originally created so to enable the seekers to find their path to God. Ramadan is one of these traditions.

Ramadan

Ramadan begins on the night of Sunday, 10 March, and continue through Tuesday, April 9, ending in the celebratory Eid al-Fitr.

I found a few lovely tips that we could all follow to observe Ramadan. Following these simple tips can remind us of the core message of Ramadan (which is rather similar to Lent): It is a time for reflection, withdrawal from the world by not indulging in pleasures like eating, turning your attention within and celebrate your connection to the Divine Presence.

TODAY’S EID CARD

Come and join me by posting your EID CARD each day expressing in drawing and writing what you are most grateful for ‘today’ (each day) in our FACEBOOK GROUP

40 Days of Love – Day40+4

40 Days of Letting Go, Letting God

From Release to Embrace

Rules 

At the link below, you can find the audio recording of all the Rules. You can randomly choose one and contemplate on it. It may bring you some insight or something to let go of today.

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Maundy Thursday, the Holy Week

Today, we are releasing anger and embracing God’s Love for us.

Our Lent Booklet invites us today to release anger because it can can consume us, and yet to let it go we must willingly acknowledge its presence. If we attempt to bypass that step on the journey, we allow anger to color our perception of every
area of life. 

Today is Maundy Thursday, a day when we remember the Last Supper. Jesus was a man who could get angry when he wanted to make a point, but not that evening. He humbly washed the feet of his disciples, even Judas. 

I love the story of the feet washing. I cannot imagine a more humble act of loving.

 

12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. NIV John 13:1-17

Today we affirm: My actions and thoughts are fueled by love

Note : My writing is based on the book “40 Rules of Love” by by Elif Shafak (See more about the book here (click)  ( and The Lent booklet by Unity.org 

 

Holy Week or Passion Week   

Holy Week in the Christian year is the week immediately before Easter.

Holy Week begins with the commemoration of Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, marks the betrayal of Jesus on Spy Wednesday (Holy Wednesday), climaxing with the commemoration of the Mystical or Last Supper on Maundy Thursday and the Passion of Jesus on Good Friday. Holy Week concludes with Christ’s rest in death and descent into hell on Holy Saturday.

Christians believe that Jesus rested in death from the ninth hour (3 pm) on Good Friday until just before dawn on Sunday morning, the day of his resurrection from death, commonly known as Easter Sunday.

Holy Week liturgies generally attract the largest crowds of the year. Many Christian cultures have different traditions such as special liturgies or services, floats, sculptures or live reenactments of Christ’s life, his arrest and crucifixion (also called the Lord’s passion, the Passion of Christ or Passion of Jesus)

Looking at the ‘story’ above, what do you think this week could be about in terms of ‘Lifting one’s consciousness?’

Personally, I think it is important to find the True meaning behind the word ‘LOVE’,  understand it and experience it as a Spiritual Quality inherently within us. 

I am going to walk this 40-day Lenten journey contemplating on the True meaning of Love, Divine Love, Spiritual Love for me by experimenting with the 40 rules and quotes from the Lent Booklet. Every day, between 

the 14th of February and the 28th of March 2024,

I will post a ‘rule’ from the book ’40 rules of Love’ and an a release idea from the book ’40 days of Let go, Let God – Lent 2024′ by Unity.org. Then, we will contemplate on it and share about it in the UNITY EUROPE Facebook Group (CLICK HERE).

Download the LENT BOOKLET @this link 2024 Lent English 

Let’s walk this journey together!

Join me by …

either reading the daily blogposts I create – SEE THEM HERE (CLICK) – or joining the FACEBOOK GROUP (CLICK) where I am going to share my writings and daily contemplative questions. I will also post a short video/audio material on the daily posts. (click on the buttons below to join)

Ramadan & Eid Cards18

Every Road leads to God if it is a road of Love, Compassion and Charity. Each culture and faith has its own traditions and celebrations that were originally created so to enable the seekers to find their path to God. Ramadan is one of these traditions.

Ramadan

Ramadan begins on the night of Sunday, 10 March, and continue through Tuesday, April 9, ending in the celebratory Eid al-Fitr.

I found a few lovely tips that we could all follow to observe Ramadan. Following these simple tips can remind us of the core message of Ramadan (which is rather similar to Lent): It is a time for reflection, withdrawal from the world by not indulging in pleasures like eating, turning your attention within and celebrate your connection to the Divine Presence.

TODAY’S EID CARD

Come and join me by posting your EID CARD each day expressing in drawing and writing what you are most grateful for ‘today’ (each day) in our FACEBOOK GROUP

40 Days of Love – Day40+3

40 Days of Letting Go, Letting God

From Release to Embrace

Rules 

At the link below, you can find the audio recording of all the Rules. You can randomly choose one and contemplate on it. It may bring you some insight or something to let go of today.

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Today, we are releasing negative thinking and embracing God’s Love for us.

Our Lent Booklet invites us today to release negative thinking that is often brought on by the ‘negative news’ coming from the world. 

It is challenging not to get caught up in the craze of the world that lives on drama and negative thoughts. Troubling events in the world are a reality, yet instead of focusing on the negative, we can choose to turn our thoughts to the beauty and wonder that exist everywhere.

Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.—Proverbs 16:24

Today we affirm: I focus my thoughts on the goodness
and beauty in the world.

Note : My writing is based on the book “40 Rules of Love” by by Elif Shafak (See more about the book here (click)  ( and The Lent booklet by Unity.org 

 

Holy Week or Passion Week   

Holy Week in the Christian year is the week immediately before Easter.

Holy Week begins with the commemoration of Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, marks the betrayal of Jesus on Spy Wednesday (Holy Wednesday), climaxing with the commemoration of the Mystical or Last Supper on Maundy Thursday and the Passion of Jesus on Good Friday. Holy Week concludes with Christ’s rest in death and descent into hell on Holy Saturday.

Christians believe that Jesus rested in death from the ninth hour (3 pm) on Good Friday until just before dawn on Sunday morning, the day of his resurrection from death, commonly known as Easter Sunday.

Holy Week liturgies generally attract the largest crowds of the year. Many Christian cultures have different traditions such as special liturgies or services, floats, sculptures or live reenactments of Christ’s life, his arrest and crucifixion (also called the Lord’s passion, the Passion of Christ or Passion of Jesus)

Looking at the ‘story’ above, what do you think this week could be about in terms of ‘Lifting one’s consciousness?’

Personally, I think it is important to find the True meaning behind the word ‘LOVE’,  understand it and experience it as a Spiritual Quality inherently within us. 

I am going to walk this 40-day Lenten journey contemplating on the True meaning of Love, Divine Love, Spiritual Love for me by experimenting with the 40 rules and quotes from the Lent Booklet. Every day, between 

the 14th of February and the 28th of March 2024,

I will post a ‘rule’ from the book ’40 rules of Love’ and an a release idea from the book ’40 days of Let go, Let God – Lent 2024′ by Unity.org. Then, we will contemplate on it and share about it in the UNITY EUROPE Facebook Group (CLICK HERE).

Download the LENT BOOKLET @this link 2024 Lent English 

Let’s walk this journey together!

Join me by …

either reading the daily blogposts I create – SEE THEM HERE (CLICK) – or joining the FACEBOOK GROUP (CLICK) where I am going to share my writings and daily contemplative questions. I will also post a short video/audio material on the daily posts. (click on the buttons below to join)

Ramadan & Eid Cards17

Every Road leads to God if it is a road of Love, Compassion and Charity. Each culture and faith has its own traditions and celebrations that were originally created so to enable the seekers to find their path to God. Ramadan is one of these traditions.

Ramadan

Ramadan begins on the night of Sunday, 10 March, and continue through Tuesday, April 9, ending in the celebratory Eid al-Fitr.

I found a few lovely tips that we could all follow to observe Ramadan. Following these simple tips can remind us of the core message of Ramadan (which is rather similar to Lent): It is a time for reflection, withdrawal from the world by not indulging in pleasures like eating, turning your attention within and celebrate your connection to the Divine Presence.

TODAY’S EID CARD

Come and join me by posting your EID CARD each day expressing in drawing and writing what you are most grateful for ‘today’ (each day) in our FACEBOOK GROUP

40 Days of Love – Day40+2

40 Days of Letting Go, Letting God

From Release to Embrace

Rules 

At the link below, you can find the audio recording of all the Rules. You can randomly choose one and contemplate on it. It may bring you some insight or something to let go of today.

*

Today, we are releasing drama and embracing God’s Love for us.

Our Lent Booklet invites us today to release drama that we often generate as a result of our unsettled mind. We can find that our thoughts that stem in fear end up in drama.

The more we align our hearts and minds with God, the more we are given clear direction. Fear and drama fade away. 

Breathing in slowly and mindfully, slowing to stillness, and filling ourselves up with gratitude pulls us away and frees us from inner and outer drama.

Today we affirm: I release drama and extend peace and love to all

Note : My writing is based on the book “40 Rules of Love” by by Elif Shafak (See more about the book here (click)  ( and The Lent booklet by Unity.org 

 

Holy Week or Passion Week

Holy Week in the Christian year is the week immediately before Easter.

Holy Week begins with the commemoration of Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, marks the betrayal of Jesus on Spy Wednesday (Holy Wednesday), climaxing with the commemoration of the Mystical or Last Supper on Maundy Thursday and the Passion of Jesus on Good Friday. Holy Week concludes with Christ’s rest in death and descent into hell on Holy Saturday.

Christians believe that Jesus rested in death from the ninth hour (3 pm) on Good Friday until just before dawn on Sunday morning, the day of his resurrection from death, commonly known as Easter Sunday.

Holy Week liturgies generally attract the largest crowds of the year. Many Christian cultures have different traditions such as special liturgies or services, floats, sculptures or live reenactments of Christ’s life, his arrest and crucifixion (also called the Lord’s passion, the Passion of Christ or Passion of Jesus)

Looking at the ‘story’ above, what do you think this week could be about in terms of ‘Lifting one’s consciousness?’

Personally, I think it is important to find the True meaning behind the word ‘LOVE’,  understand it and experience it as a Spiritual Quality inherently within us. 

I am going to walk this 40-day Lenten journey contemplating on the True meaning of Love, Divine Love, Spiritual Love for me by experimenting with the 40 rules and quotes from the Lent Booklet. Every day, between 

the 14th of February and the 28th of March 2024,

I will post a ‘rule’ from the book ’40 rules of Love’ and an a release idea from the book ’40 days of Let go, Let God – Lent 2024′ by Unity.org. Then, we will contemplate on it and share about it in the UNITY EUROPE Facebook Group (CLICK HERE).

Download the LENT BOOKLET @this link 2024 Lent English 

Let’s walk this journey together!

Join me by …

either reading the daily blogposts I create – SEE THEM HERE (CLICK) – or joining the FACEBOOK GROUP (CLICK) where I am going to share my writings and daily contemplative questions. I will also post a short video/audio material on the daily posts. (click on the buttons below to join)

Ramadan & Eid Cards16

Every Road leads to God if it is a road of Love, Compassion and Charity. Each culture and faith has its own traditions and celebrations that were originally created so to enable the seekers to find their path to God. Ramadan is one of these traditions.

Ramadan

Ramadan begins on the night of Sunday, 10 March, and continue through Tuesday, April 9, ending in the celebratory Eid al-Fitr.

I found a few lovely tips that we could all follow to observe Ramadan. Following these simple tips can remind us of the core message of Ramadan (which is rather similar to Lent): It is a time for reflection, withdrawal from the world by not indulging in pleasures like eating, turning your attention within and celebrate your connection to the Divine Presence.

TODAY’S EID CARD

Come and join me by posting your EID CARD each day expressing in drawing and writing what you are most grateful for ‘today’ (each day) in our FACEBOOK GROUP

40 Days of Love – Day40+1

40 Days of Letting Go, Letting God

From Release to Embrace

Rules 

At the link below, you can find the audio recording of all the Rules. You can randomly choose one and contemplate on it. It may bring you some insight or something to let go of today.

*

Holy Monday the Holy Week

Today, we are releasing doubt and embracing God’s Love for us.

Our Lent Booklet invites us today to release doubting that undermine our outlook on life, our confidence, even our relationships. When doubting, we question our own judgment and our faith in the Divine (or God or the Source).

In order to release doubting we must doubt the doubt, so to speak. We must examine them and question them. As we connect to our own inner wisdom, we challenge the doubt by asking: Is this really True? What am I afraid of?

But ask in faith, never doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.—James 1:6

Today we affirm: I am in tune with my own inner wisdom.

Note : My writing is based on the book “40 Rules of Love” by by Elif Shafak (See more about the book here (click)  ( and The Lent booklet by Unity.org 

 

Holy Week or Passion Week

Holy Week in the Christian year is the week immediately before Easter.

Holy Week begins with the commemoration of Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, marks the betrayal of Jesus on Spy Wednesday (Holy Wednesday), climaxing with the commemoration of the Mystical or Last Supper on Maundy Thursday and the Passion of Jesus on Good Friday. Holy Week concludes with Christ’s rest in death and descent into hell on Holy Saturday.

Christians believe that Jesus rested in death from the ninth hour (3 pm) on Good Friday until just before dawn on Sunday morning, the day of his resurrection from death, commonly known as Easter Sunday.

Holy Week liturgies generally attract the largest crowds of the year. Many Christian cultures have different traditions such as special liturgies or services, floats, sculptures or live reenactments of Christ’s life, his arrest and crucifixion (also called the Lord’s passion, the Passion of Christ or Passion of Jesus)

Looking at the ‘story’ above, what do you think this week could be about in terms of ‘Lifting one’s consciousness?’

Personally, I think it is important to find the True meaning behind the word ‘LOVE’,  understand it and experience it as a Spiritual Quality inherently within us. 

I am going to walk this 40-day Lenten journey contemplating on the True meaning of Love, Divine Love, Spiritual Love for me by experimenting with the 40 rules and quotes from the Lent Booklet. Every day, between 

the 14th of February and the 28th of March 2024,

I will post a ‘rule’ from the book ’40 rules of Love’ and an a release idea from the book ’40 days of Let go, Let God – Lent 2024′ by Unity.org. Then, we will contemplate on it and share about it in the UNITY EUROPE Facebook Group (CLICK HERE).

Download the LENT BOOKLET @this link 2024 Lent English 

Let’s walk this journey together!

Join me by …

either reading the daily blogposts I create – SEE THEM HERE (CLICK) – or joining the FACEBOOK GROUP (CLICK) where I am going to share my writings and daily contemplative questions. I will also post a short video/audio material on the daily posts. (click on the buttons below to join)

HOLI

HAPPY HOLI!

How to use HOLI for our upliftment?

Just to keep it simple, we may want to use the Festival of Holi, a ‘night and day’ to ‘colour up’ our life. We can focus on vitality, a new season is coming bringing an opportunity to make things anew. 

So what could colours bring into our life? What difference could colours make during the day? What colours do YOU want to focus on? Can you surround yourself with this colour?

Experiment with them and see what experiences they create for you! What experiences anew have they brought into your life? Let me know! <3

 

What is HOLI?
India, renowned for its lively festivities. From the early celebrations of Mahashivratri to the vibrant climax of Holi, this month is brimming with happiness. Beyond symbolizing the onset of spring, Holi embodies rejuvenation, good fortune, and positivity.

Holi falls on March 25th, preceded by Holika Dahan on March 24th

 

Holi is one of the most famous festivals. It is a festival of colors, celebrates spring with with powder. It symbolizes righteousness, featuring stories of Krishna, Radha, and Lord Shiva. The event represents unity, fertility rituals, and a triumph of good over evil, it commemorates the victory of Vishnu as Narasimha over Hiranyakashipu.

It also celebrates the eternal and divine love of the deities Radha and Krishna.


Holi, with its vivacious colors and festive fervor, unites people in a jubilant celebration of harmony and happiness. As the festival draws near, India eagerly anticipates the joyous revelry heralding the arrival of spring.

It is also an invocation for a good spring harvest season. It lasts for a night and a day, starting on the evening of the Purnima (full moon day) falling on the Hindu calendar month of Phalguna.

Learn more about the history of Holi CLICK HERE

 

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Every Road leads to God if it is a road of Love, Compassion and Charity. Each culture and faith has its own traditions and celebrations that were originally created so to enable the seekers to find their path to God. Ramadan is one of these traditions.

Ramadan

Ramadan begins on the night of Sunday, 10 March, and continue through Tuesday, April 9, ending in the celebratory Eid al-Fitr.

I found a few lovely tips that we could all follow to observe Ramadan. Following these simple tips can remind us of the core message of Ramadan (which is rather similar to Lent): It is a time for reflection, withdrawal from the world by not indulging in pleasures like eating, turning your attention within and celebrate your connection to the Divine Presence.

TODAY’S EID CARD

Come and join me by posting your EID CARD each day expressing in drawing and writing what you are most grateful for ‘today’ (each day) in our FACEBOOK GROUP

40 Days of Love – Day40

 

40 Days of Letting Go, Letting God

From Release to Embrace

Rule 40

A life without Love is of no account. Don’t ask yourself what kind of love you should seek, spiritual or material, divine or mundane, Eastern or Western. Divisions only lead to more divisions. Love has no labels, no definitions. It is what it is, pure and simple. Love is the water of life. And a lover is a soul of fire! The universe turns differently when fire loves water.”

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Palm Sunday, Start of the Holy Week

Palm Sunday is celebrated as Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem when his followers waved palm branches and shouted hosanna.

The ultimate letting go

In the final week of Jesus’ life, which we commemorate as Holy Week starting today, we see him letting go in all the ways we have discussed: letting go of ego, of others’ approval, of worry, of fear, and of needing to be seen as right. We also see him letting go of outcomes, letting events unfold without his interference, trusting in his highest good.

How hard can it be, right?

Love has no labels, no definitions. It is what it is, pure and simple. Love is the water of life. And a lover is a soul of fire! The universe turns differently when fire loves water. Rule 40

Today’s rule reminds us again the real meaning of Love. I seems to me that Love that encompasses everything we are and everything we are surrounded with, may mean something different to us all. Depending on our Karmic lessons and our individual circumstances, we may experience God’s Love differently. Most people I know identify this ‘Love’ with freedom. I can relate to that. Some calls ‘Love’ ‘kindness’, some ‘acceptance’. I am realizing now that Love maybe the ultimate letting go. 

But letting go of what?

I think it is control. Control stems in fear. Fear is what Love isn’t. Jesus’ story is our ultimate ‘letting go’ story. You may not believe that Jesus was a human being at some point in history, and it is just fine. Can you the greatest spiritual journey in his story? Can you see this story as a reminder that in order to get closer to our most precious Essence that is of the Divine, we must let go of everything that isn’t; everything that isn’t Love.

The rules finished with Palm Sunday. We are welcomed to the house of ‘Love’ where we are asked to spend a week contemplating on the real meaning of Love for us and what it is that is not Love that we are asked to let go of.

Every day, we can spend some time, any time in silent contemplation on what it is that I need to let go of so to get closer to myself and God? When you find something, just say, I let you with compassion. I am no longer afraid of you.

“Trying to control the world?
I see you won’t succeed.

The world is a spiritual vessel
And cannot be controlled.

Those who control, fail.
Those who grasp, lose.

Some go forth, some are led,
Some weep, some blow flutes
Some become strong, some superfluous,
Some oppress, some destroyed.

Therefore the Sage,
Casts off extremes,
Casts off excess,
Casts off extravagance.”

― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

 

Note : My writing is based on the book “40 Rules of Love” by by Elif Shafak (See more about the book here (click)  ( and The Lent booklet by Unity.org 

Personally, I think it is important to find the True meaning behind the word ‘LOVE’,  understand it and experience it as a Spiritual Quality inherently within us. 

I am going to walk this 40-day Lenten journey contemplating on the True meaning of Love, Divine Love, Spiritual Love for me by experimenting with the 40 rules and quotes from the Lent Booklet. Every day, between 

the 14th of February and the 28th of March 2024,

I will post a ‘rule’ from the book ’40 rules of Love’ and an a release idea from the book ’40 days of Let go, Let God – Lent 2024′ by Unity.org. Then, we will contemplate on it and share about it in the UNITY EUROPE Facebook Group (CLICK HERE).

Download the LENT BOOKLET @this link 2024 Lent English 

Let’s walk this journey together!

Join me by …

either reading the daily blogposts I create – SEE THEM HERE (CLICK) – or joining the FACEBOOK GROUP (CLICK) where I am going to share my writings and daily contemplative questions. I will also post a short video/audio material on the daily posts. (click on the buttons below to join)

Ramadan & Eid Cards14

Every Road leads to God if it is a road of Love, Compassion and Charity. Each culture and faith has its own traditions and celebrations that were originally created so to enable the seekers to find their path to God. Ramadan is one of these traditions.

Ramadan

Ramadan begins on the night of Sunday, 10 March, and continue through Tuesday, April 9, ending in the celebratory Eid al-Fitr.

I found a few lovely tips that we could all follow to observe Ramadan. Following these simple tips can remind us of the core message of Ramadan (which is rather similar to Lent): It is a time for reflection, withdrawal from the world by not indulging in pleasures like eating, turning your attention within and celebrate your connection to the Divine Presence.

TODAY’S EID CARD

Come and join me by posting your EID CARD each day expressing in drawing and writing what you are most grateful for ‘today’ (each day) in our FACEBOOK GROUP

Contemplation Day39

40 Days of Letting Go, Letting God

From Release to Embrace

Rule 39

While the part change, the whole always remains the same. For every thief who departs this world, a new one is born. And every decent person who passes away is replaced by a new one. In this way, not only does nothing remain the same, but also nothing ever really changes. For every Sufi who dies, another is born somewhere.”

*

Today we affirm: I observe my world in the light of love

Today’s rule remined me of the cycle of life and death and how little time we are allowed to deal with our karma or our learnings in a single life-time.  It also reminded me of the timelessness of Spirit, the Essence of who I am. Though, this form, this body I am inhabiting is finite, my Soul lives on leaving this mortal place with my last breath.

Though the cycle of life maybe somewhat scary, the infinity of my existence is comforting. 

What did you discover by contemplation on this rule and Lent reading?

in Loving and with many Blessings,
Rev Kudlik

Please note that though I may use ‘him’ or ‘his’ pronouns to talk about God/the Divine, it is only because the English language does not have a gender neutral pronoun. ‘They’ sounds odd to me to use and ‘it’ sounds lifeless. 

Source of heart picture, click

Purim, a Jewish Celebration

The message of Purim

In my understanding Purim celebrates two things: overcoming and gratitude.  I look at the Bible as a source of inspiration the teachings behind the stories. The stories in the Bible happened so long ago that nobody knows how much of it had actually happened. 

In Unity, we interpret the stories and take the learnings from them.

Esther’s story for me is about knowing that God is always at work: as we face our challenges, stand up for oneself in the face of dire circumstances, and overcome inner challenges, we can start seeing God’s ever present support. Finally, we can move into gratitude for the support we have received.

How to use celebrating Purim for your benefit?

Similar to celebrations from other traditions, we can simply take the time to contemplate on the messages and teachings, we can spend some time in the silence to become aware of inner errors, ‘fight them’ which means let go of them, and become grateful for triumphing over our own challenges. 

Most of all however, we can use the time to become consciously aware of God’s Presence in our life, the way we are supported from behind the scenes; and we can express our gratitude to the Divine Presence for His never ceasing Love and Care for us. 

What am I going to do?

I will spend the evening to meditate and contemplate on areas of my life where I feel unsupported by God, where I feel I am being let down and left to my own divides. I will also look at where I am in error, why I feel this way. Finally, I will spend the day to observe the ‘behind the scene’  support God provides me with. Finally, I will move into Prayer on Gratitude for all the ‘hidden’ support and guidance I receive that I am be oblivious of. 

What is Purim?

Shushan Purim is a unique day in the cycle of Jewish holidays. Purim is the only holiday whose date depends on where you happen to celebrate it. For most of the world, Purim occurs on the 14th of Adar. However, if you happen to reside in Jerusalem or the city of Shushan (where the story of Purim took place), or any walled city, Purim is on the 15th of Adar. Therefore, the observance is called “Shushan Purim.”

Queen Esther then instituted the holiday of Purim for the day after the Jews were permitted to defend themselves. It is an important distinction for the holiday. Purim does not celebrate a military triumph. It celebrates the day of “rejoicing and feasting” that followed. That is why Purim is on the fourteenth day of Adar, not the thirteenth.


We must be careful to be clear about why we are celebrating.
Real joy is not about triumphalism. We do not rejoice over the death of Haman. Rather, our best celebrations are always about gratitude. We wait a day after our temporal victory and rejoice. We celebrate by laying down our weapons and taking a bag of cookies over to our neighbors’ homes.

That is something to be joyful about.

Source

Read the story in the Bible
Book of Esther HERE

Book of Esther

 

40 Days of Love – Day39

40 Days of Letting Go, Letting God

From Release to Embrace

Rule 39

While the part change, the whole always remains the same. For every thief who departs this world, a new one is born. And every decent person who passes away is replaced by a new one. In this way, not only does nothing remain the same, but also nothing ever really changes. For every Sufi who dies, another is born somewhere.”

*

Today, we are releasing judgement and embracing God’s Love for us.

Our Lent Booklet invites us today to release judgment and choose to observe life from a higher point of view. I notice when I engage in judgemental conversations and  I consciously choose to b a witness to love and well-being in our beauty-infused world.

I expectantly look for acts of loving-kindness, I also watch for opportunities to be a blessing because I know that where I focus is where I am going. 

if I’ve criticized myself, focusing on past errors or goals not met, I now let go of self-judgment and embrace self-love.

The Lord is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made. Psalm 145:9

Today we affirm: I observe my world in the light of love

Note : My writing is based on the book “40 Rules of Love” by by Elif Shafak (See more about the book here (click)  ( and The Lent booklet by Unity.org 

Personally, I think it is important to find the True meaning behind the word ‘LOVE’,  understand it and experience it as a Spiritual Quality inherently within us. 

I am going to walk this 40-day Lenten journey contemplating on the True meaning of Love, Divine Love, Spiritual Love for me by experimenting with the 40 rules and quotes from the Lent Booklet. Every day, between 

the 14th of February and the 28th of March 2024,

I will post a ‘rule’ from the book ’40 rules of Love’ and an a release idea from the book ’40 days of Let go, Let God – Lent 2024′ by Unity.org. Then, we will contemplate on it and share about it in the UNITY EUROPE Facebook Group (CLICK HERE).

Download the LENT BOOKLET @this link 2024 Lent English 

Let’s walk this journey together!

Join me by …

either reading the daily blogposts I create – SEE THEM HERE (CLICK) – or joining the FACEBOOK GROUP (CLICK) where I am going to share my writings and daily contemplative questions. I will also post a short video/audio material on the daily posts. (click on the buttons below to join)

Ramadan & Eid Cards13

Every Road leads to God if it is a road of Love, Compassion and Charity. Each culture and faith has its own traditions and celebrations that were originally created so to enable the seekers to find their path to God. Ramadan is one of these traditions.

Ramadan

Ramadan begins on the night of Sunday, 10 March, and continue through Tuesday, April 9, ending in the celebratory Eid al-Fitr.

I found a few lovely tips that we could all follow to observe Ramadan. Following these simple tips can remind us of the core message of Ramadan (which is rather similar to Lent): It is a time for reflection, withdrawal from the world by not indulging in pleasures like eating, turning your attention within and celebrate your connection to the Divine Presence.

TODAY’S EID CARD

Come and join me by posting your EID CARD each day expressing in drawing and writing what you are most grateful for ‘today’ (each day) in our FACEBOOK GROUP

Contemplation Day38

40 Days of Letting Go, Letting God

From Release to Embrace

Rule 38

It is never too late to ask yourself, “Am I ready to change the life I am living? Am I ready to change within?” Even if a single day in your life is the same as the day before, it surely is a pity. At every moment and with each new breath, one should be renewed and renewed again. There is only one way to be born into a new life: to die before death.”

*

Today we affirm: I serve from a loving, willing heart,
knowing God is my Source for all I need.

Obligation is a biggie for me. I have acted out of obligation most of my life. I still do sometimes. I need to be careful. Each time I am asked to do something, or I am chosen to do something, I say ‘Hurray! Yes, I am gonna do it! Except that I forget to check if I can do that or not; if I wanted to do it or not.

There is an ‘unceasing should’ inside of me. When in doubt, ‘Mr Should’ steps is telling me affably, that ‘ You ought to do that, that is the right thing to do, you know!’ Each time I say ‘No, it is not for me!’, there is a little voice inside of me saying: ‘You could have done it, why did you refuse, it is really not nice of you, you know!’ 

This is my ‘obligation-blame/shame’ Game.

It is never too late to ask yourself, “Am I ready to change the life I am living? Am I ready to change within?” Even if a single day in your life is the same as the day before, it surely is a pity. At every moment and with each new breath, one should be renewed and renewed again. Rule 38

Today’s rule is spot on again. Am I ready to change the life I am living? I so hope I am! There is aspects of my life that is really tiresome and a ‘Debby downer’. I keep on finding myself in situations where I act from the same place of fear and misunderstanding and the results are obviously the same. Every time I stay YES to an obligation that is not aligned with who I am, I drag myself down into self-pity and anger. Every time, I do not take the opportunity to change – e.g. say NO – I am letting myself down.

It is time to release obligation and serve myself first with a loving heart …

What did you discover by contemplation on this rule and Lent reading?

in Loving and with many Blessings,
Rev Kudlik

Please note that though I may use ‘him’ or ‘his’ pronouns to talk about God/the Divine, it is only because the English language does not have a gender neutral pronoun. ‘They’ sounds odd to me to use and ‘it’ sounds lifeless. 

Source of heart picture, click

40 Days of Love – Day38

40 Days of Letting Go, Letting God

From Release to Embrace

Rule 38

It is never too late to ask yourself, “Am I ready to change the life I am living? Am I ready to change within?” Even if a single day in your life is the same as the day before, it surely is a pity. At every moment and with each new breath, one should be renewed and renewed again. There is only one way to be born into a new life: to die before death.”

*

Today, we are releasing feeling obligated and embracing God’s Love for us.

Our Lent Booklet invites us today to release feeling obligated and saying ‘yes’ before we think it through. When responding quickly and without considering what our ‘yes’ entails, we try to please or take advantage of a situation. 

Every situation brings an opportunity to know ourselves a bit more. When I awaken to the dilemma I have created, I am called to forgive myself and own up to my errors.

When I turn within to my Higher Self and to God, I become aware that I am worthy no matter what. I stand humbled to know that others can and will come forth to do what needs to be done. I do not need to feel obliged to do it all.  – Rev. Peggy Konkel

 

Your only obligation in any lifetime is to... - Quote 

Today we affirm: I serve from a loving, willing heart,
knowing God is my Source for all I need.

Note : My writing is based on the book “40 Rules of Love” by by Elif Shafak (See more about the book here (click)  ( and The Lent booklet by Unity.org 

Personally, I think it is important to find the True meaning behind the word ‘LOVE’,  understand it and experience it as a Spiritual Quality inherently within us. 

I am going to walk this 40-day Lenten journey contemplating on the True meaning of Love, Divine Love, Spiritual Love for me by experimenting with the 40 rules and quotes from the Lent Booklet. Every day, between 

the 14th of February and the 28th of March 2024,

I will post a ‘rule’ from the book ’40 rules of Love’ and an a release idea from the book ’40 days of Let go, Let God – Lent 2024′ by Unity.org. Then, we will contemplate on it and share about it in the UNITY EUROPE Facebook Group (CLICK HERE).

Download the LENT BOOKLET @this link 2024 Lent English 

Let’s walk this journey together!

Join me by …

either reading the daily blogposts I create – SEE THEM HERE (CLICK) – or joining the FACEBOOK GROUP (CLICK) where I am going to share my writings and daily contemplative questions. I will also post a short video/audio material on the daily posts. (click on the buttons below to join)

Ramadan & Eid Cards12

Every Road leads to God if it is a road of Love, Compassion and Charity. Each culture and faith has its own traditions and celebrations that were originally created so to enable the seekers to find their path to God. Ramadan is one of these traditions.

Ramadan

Ramadan begins on the night of Sunday, 10 March, and continue through Tuesday, April 9, ending in the celebratory Eid al-Fitr.

I found a few lovely tips that we could all follow to observe Ramadan. Following these simple tips can remind us of the core message of Ramadan (which is rather similar to Lent): It is a time for reflection, withdrawal from the world by not indulging in pleasures like eating, turning your attention within and celebrate your connection to the Divine Presence.

TODAY’S EID CARD

Come and join me by posting your EID CARD each day expressing in drawing and writing what you are most grateful for ‘today’ (each day) in our FACEBOOK GROUP

The Fast of Esther

As you can see below the Fast of Esther revolves around Esther success as a result of fasting. Please the story of Esther below.

This time we are observing numerous ‘fasting’ traditions in the Christian, Jewish and Muslim traditions. Probably not by accident.

We seem to be asked, from every angle, to retreat from life events and move into the silence. Fasting is rarely about food, though most traditions focus on the physical aspects of spiritual observations.

In my view, most significant spiritual teacher requested their followers to ‘fast’ on being engaged in daily activates and spend more time with the Divine in silent contemplation. The Fast of Esther seems to be one of these times with a specific focus on ‘overcoming challenges’ as a result of fasting. 

Today, I would like to invite you to spend some time in silent contemplation on what challenges would you wish God to support you to overcome?

Spending time is the silence or in silent contemplation will result in receiving inner guidance of what to do next or it may reveal some aspects of self that needs to be released in order to ‘succeed’. 

Read about Ester’s story

Esther is a prominent figure in the Old Testament. In the Bible, Esther was the Jewish wife of the Persian king, and risked her own life to save her people from an antisemitic royal advisor. The Jewish holiday of Purim celebrates Queen Esther’s story… Source

Book of Esther, book of the Hebrew Bible and the Christian Old Testament. It belongs to the third section of the Judaic canon, known as the Ketuvim, or “Writings.” In the Jewish Bible, Esther follows Ecclesiastes and Lamentations and is read on the festival of Purim, which commemorates the rescue of the Jews from Haman’s plottings. The Book of Esther is one of the Megillot, five scrolls read on stated Jewish religious holidays. In the Protestant canon, Esther appears between Nehemiah and Job. In the Roman Catholic canon, Esther appears between Judith and Job and includes six chapters that are considered apocryphal in the Jewish and Protestant traditions.

The book purports to explain how the feast of Purim came to be celebrated by the Jews. Esther, the beautiful Jewish wife of the Persian king Ahasuerus (Xerxes I), and her cousin Mordecai persuade the king to retract an order for the general annihilation of Jews throughout the empire. The massacre had been plotted by the king’s chief minister, Haman, and the date decided by casting lots (purim). Instead, Haman was hanged on the gallows he built for Mordecai, and, on the day planned for their annihilation, the Jews destroyed their enemies. According to the Book of Esther, the feast of Purim was established to celebrate that day …

Fasting is associated with some pivotal moments in the Purim narrative. One such moment is when Esther approached King Ahasuerus without permission in an effort to intercede on behalf of the Jewish people. Before she went to the king, she fasted for three days, and asked that all the Jews fast as well.

Another dramatic turnaround occurred on Adar 13 (the default date for the Fast of Esther), the date that Haman had set aside for killing the Jews. Instead the Jewish people soundly trounced their enemies. This triumph was accomplished while the Jews were fasting, as they prayed to G‑d that they be successful.

Source

 

Contemplation Day37

40 Days of Letting Go, Letting God

From Release to Embrace

Rule 37

God is a meticulous dock maker. So precise is His order that everything on earth happens in its own time — neither a minute late nor a minute early. And for everyone without exception, the clock works accurately. For each, there is a time to love and a time to die.”

*

Today we affirm: I live a life of vibrancy and joy. 

Today’s rule is so ‘precise’ again. Whatever I experience at any given moment in time is in perfect order, or in Divine Order. Only attitude makes it hard. When in apathy for example, though it maybe hard to see, it is simply a choice that we make in response to what is happening in our lives.

If we could just move into the flow of life allowing it to bring forth the different experiences we ‘need’ to have, they would pass quicker and we could move to greener pastures. But because we fight life by placing ‘judgements’ and ‘attitudes’ on our life experiences, we are actually holding onto things we do not want. 

When I am upset about an experience I am having, by being upset about it, I am actually lengthening the time, this experience is staying in my life by keep on feeding this experience with a ‘negative attitude’ (anger). 

Every moment offers a choice. The best choice however is knowing that all is OK, and by not resisting what is going on in our lives, we actually let it pass quicker. 

What did you discover by contemplation on this rule and Lent reading?

in Loving and with many Blessings,
Rev Kudlik

Please note that though I may use ‘him’ or ‘his’ pronouns to talk about God/the Divine, it is only because the English language does not have a gender neutral pronoun. ‘They’ sounds odd to me to use and ‘it’ sounds lifeless. 

Source of heart picture, click

40 Days of Love – Day37

40 Days of Letting Go, Letting God

From Release to Embrace

Rule 37

God is a meticulous dock maker. So precise is His order that everything on earth happens in its own time — neither a minute late nor a minute early. And for everyone without exception, the clock works accurately. For each, there is a time to love and a time to die.”

*

Today, we are releasing apathy and embracing God’s Love for us.

Our Lent Booklet invites us today to release apathy because it derives us of the ability to see the beauty before us or feel the love shown to us. We feel separate and alone. Reconnecting with life can seem hard work and may to come quickly.

Yet, we must remember that the Divine Presence is everywhere present, even in our apathy.  We are not to fight it but move through it. We are not to judge it but move though it. We must stay willing to get to the other side by questing for faith and being willing to engage with life again. 

Sufi mystic and poet Rumi – the Lover of Life and God – reminds us to live each moment to the fullest, with an open heart, despite the circumstance. A Persian poet, scholar and theologian whose works have become popular worldwide for their spiritual and mystical insights, Rumi’s words of wisdom are timeless and can help us navigate the complexities of life with greater understanding and compassion. Source

Today we affirm: I live a life of vibrancy and joy. 

Note : My writing is based on the book “40 Rules of Love” by by Elif Shafak (See more about the book here (click)  ( and The Lent booklet by Unity.org 

Personally, I think it is important to find the True meaning behind the word ‘LOVE’,  understand it and experience it as a Spiritual Quality inherently within us. 

I am going to walk this 40-day Lenten journey contemplating on the True meaning of Love, Divine Love, Spiritual Love for me by experimenting with the 40 rules and quotes from the Lent Booklet. Every day, between 

the 14th of February and the 28th of March 2024,

I will post a ‘rule’ from the book ’40 rules of Love’ and an a release idea from the book ’40 days of Let go, Let God – Lent 2024′ by Unity.org. Then, we will contemplate on it and share about it in the UNITY EUROPE Facebook Group (CLICK HERE).

Download the LENT BOOKLET @this link 2024 Lent English 

Let’s walk this journey together!

Join me by …

either reading the daily blogposts I create – SEE THEM HERE (CLICK) – or joining the FACEBOOK GROUP (CLICK) where I am going to share my writings and daily contemplative questions. I will also post a short video/audio material on the daily posts. (click on the buttons below to join)

Ramadan & Eid Cards11

Every Road leads to God if it is a road of Love, Compassion and Charity. Each culture and faith has its own traditions and celebrations that were originally created so to enable the seekers to find their path to God. Ramadan is one of these traditions.

Ramadan

Ramadan begins on the night of Sunday, 10 March, and continue through Tuesday, April 9, ending in the celebratory Eid al-Fitr.

I found a few lovely tips that we could all follow to observe Ramadan. Following these simple tips can remind us of the core message of Ramadan (which is rather similar to Lent): It is a time for reflection, withdrawal from the world by not indulging in pleasures like eating, turning your attention within and celebrate your connection to the Divine Presence.

TODAY’S EID CARD

Come and join me by posting your EID CARD each day expressing in drawing and writing what you are most grateful for ‘today’ (each day) in our FACEBOOK GROUP

Contemplation Day36

40 Days of Letting Go, Letting God

From Release to Embrace

Rule 36

This World is erected upon the principle of reciprocity. Neither a drop of kindness nor a speck of evil will remain unreciprocated. For not the plots, deceptions, or tricks of other people. If somebody is setting a trap, remember, so is God. He is the biggest plotter. Not even a leaf stirs outside God’s Knowledge. Simply and wholeheartedly believe in that. Whatever God does, He does it beautifully.”

*

Today we affirm: The fear of lack has no power over me.
I am blessed.

Rumi Quote: “Giving thanks for abundance is sweeter than the ...

Fear of lack is a ‘biggie’ for most of us. It is for me. The world teaches us competing to gain the upper hand, so to get more of the limited resources available to us. It is so easy to buy into this belief.  By being grateful however we can ‘contra-act’ to this belief. As I move my attention from lack to gratitude for everything, I release myself from the prison of worry created by lack-thinking. 

This World is erected upon the principle of reciprocity. Neither a drop of kindness nor a speck of evil will remain unreciprocated. Rule 36

So, the more I focus into Gratitude, the more I move into reciprocating Gratitude.

What did you discover by contemplation on this rule and Lent reading?

in Loving and with many Blessings,
Rev Kudlik

Please note that though I may use ‘him’ or ‘his’ pronouns to talk about God/the Divine, it is only because the English language does not have a gender neutral pronoun. ‘They’ sounds odd to me to use and ‘it’ sounds lifeless. 

Source of heart picture, click

40 Days of Love – Day36

40 Days of Letting Go, Letting God

From Release to Embrace

Rule 36

This World is erected upon the principle of reciprocity. Neither a drop of kindness nor a speck of evil will remain unreciprocated. For not the plots, deceptions, or tricks of other people. If somebody is setting a trap, remember, so is God. He is the biggest plotter. Not even a leaf stirs outside God’s Knowledge. Simply and wholeheartedly believe in that. Whatever God does, He does it beautifully.”

*

Today, we are releasing fear of lack and embracing God’s Love for us.

Our Lent Booklet invites us today to release the fear of lack knowing that there is more than enough for everyone, me and you included.

There is no room for thoughts of lack in my consciousness. There is endless possibility within me and I want to see that manifest. I open my inner eyes and mind to tap into this good, and I demonstrate abundance in my life, world, and
affairs now.

As I affirm that I am blessed, I move into the knowing that ‘what is for me, will not pass me’. I focus on the abundant experiences, I blessed with, with Gratitude in my heart.

Rumi Quote: “Giving thanks for abundance is sweeter than the ... 

Today we affirm: The fear of lack has no power over me.
I am blessed.

Note : My writing is based on the book “40 Rules of Love” by by Elif Shafak (See more about the book here (click)  ( and The Lent booklet by Unity.org 

Personally, I think it is important to find the True meaning behind the word ‘LOVE’,  understand it and experience it as a Spiritual Quality inherently within us. 

I am going to walk this 40-day Lenten journey contemplating on the True meaning of Love, Divine Love, Spiritual Love for me by experimenting with the 40 rules and quotes from the Lent Booklet. Every day, between 

the 14th of February and the 28th of March 2024,

I will post a ‘rule’ from the book ’40 rules of Love’ and an a release idea from the book ’40 days of Let go, Let God – Lent 2024′ by Unity.org. Then, we will contemplate on it and share about it in the UNITY EUROPE Facebook Group (CLICK HERE).

Download the LENT BOOKLET @this link 2024 Lent English 

Let’s walk this journey together!

Join me by …

either reading the daily blogposts I create – SEE THEM HERE (CLICK) – or joining the FACEBOOK GROUP (CLICK) where I am going to share my writings and daily contemplative questions. I will also post a short video/audio material on the daily posts. (click on the buttons below to join)

Ramadan & Eid Cards10

Every Road leads to God if it is a road of Love, Compassion and Charity. Each culture and faith has its own traditions and celebrations that were originally created so to enable the seekers to find their path to God. Ramadan is one of these traditions.

Ramadan

Ramadan begins on the night of Sunday, 10 March, and continue through Tuesday, April 9, ending in the celebratory Eid al-Fitr.

I found a few lovely tips that we could all follow to observe Ramadan. Following these simple tips can remind us of the core message of Ramadan (which is rather similar to Lent): It is a time for reflection, withdrawal from the world by not indulging in pleasures like eating, turning your attention within and celebrate your connection to the Divine Presence.

TODAY’S EID CARD

Come and join me by posting your EID CARD each day expressing in drawing and writing what you are most grateful for ‘today’ (each day) in our FACEBOOK GROUP

Contemplation Day35

40 Days of Letting Go, Letting God

From Release to Embrace

Rule 35

In this World, it is not similarities or regularities that take us a step forward, but blunt opposites. And all the opposites in the universe are present within each and every one of us. Therefore the believer needs to meet the unbeliever residing within. And the nonbeliever should get to know the silent faithful in him. Until the day one reaches the stage of Insane-I Kamil, the perfect human being, faith is a gradual process and one that necessitates its seeming opposite: disbelief.

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Today we affirm: I replace bitterness with betterment

And all the opposites in the universe are present within each and every one of us. Therefore the believer needs to meet the unbeliever residing within. And the nonbeliever should get to know the silent faithful in him. Rule 35

It is the same with everything. There is two side to each coin. Where there is bitterness, there is betterment as well. The believer must meet both. We live in a world of duality and until we reach stage of Insane-I Kamil, the perfect human being, we are evolving through realizing and embracing it all.

When we say in Unity, that we release something, it does not mean that we reject it. Though we use the word ‘denial’, we do not mean that we deny the existence of something. We simply state there there is another side to the coin that we want to bring forward and we release ‘experiencing’ what does not serve us. 

Everything, night and day, good or bad, health and illness exist in our world of duality. We simply strive to move higher into greater Oneness with the Divine, leaving duality behind. 

What did you discover by contemplation on this rule and Lent reading?

in Loving and with many Blessings,
Rev Kudlik

Please note that though I may use ‘him’ or ‘his’ pronouns to talk about God/the Divine, it is only because the English language does not have a gender neutral pronoun. ‘They’ sounds odd to me to use and ‘it’ sounds lifeless. 

Source of heart picture, click

The Feast of St. Joseph

CELEBRATION OF THE FATHER

Today we celebrate St Joseph, Jesus’ father: a holy man, the spouse of Mary, earthly father of Jesus and a hard-working carpenter.

I found this lovely text below on St Joseph that remind me how little we appreciate ‘the father’. The father we had may have came in many shapes and forms. The Divine Prescence that we often call Holy Father, or The Father (with capital letters) does act as a caring and loving person in our lives if we allow ‘him’  to do so. 

Many of us many not have had the biological father that we wished for. At the same time, if we take a close look at our lives, we can probably find male figures who acted as ‘fathers’ in our lives.  We are provided with what we need, the substitute father figure included, as long as we are open to the idea the Divine Grace that is constantly with us. 

Today, as we celebrate St Joseph, I wish to honour those man, my biological father included, who acted as fathers in my life though in different capacities.

My grandfather who was not biologically related to me because he was my grandmother’s second husband, was the man I considered my father. He was a man of  ‘tough love’ but he cared for me deeply. Sadly, he died when I was about 7 years old.

Soon after his death, my music teacher showed interest in my musical abilities and took me under his wings. He acted as a father to me because his involvement in my life went much deeper than a relationship between a teacher and a student. He shaped my character and took care of me when I was neglected because of different family problems at home.

In my late teens, my first serious boyfriend, who was about 10 years older than me, showed me the value of hard work and taught me many life lessons such as ‘minding my own business’ that I still value today.

Later in my twenties and thirties, many men showed up in my life in the form of collaborators, bosses, friends, etc.  who helped me grow and evolve both personally and spiritually.

I am grateful for you all, gentleman! You all had an enormous impact on my life. I bow in front of you with gratitude and honour in my heart. Without you, I would not be the person I am today. I want you all to know that I love you and respect you!

⋆。‧˚ʚ♡ɞ˚‧。⋆

 

” In the Bible, he is referred to as a “just man,” which was considered a high compliment in his time. It also meant that he was willing and open to do whatever God asked of him, including taking Mary as his wife, despite her unusual – and blessed pregnancy (Matthew 1:19). He also loved and cared for Jesus. There also is a reference that St. Joseph was a descendant of King David.

St. Joseph protected his family, heeding the Lord’s direction, which came in a series of dreams and messages from angels.

Pope Francis issued an apostolic letter titled “Patris Corde” in Latin. It translates to “With a Father’s Heart,” in which the pope describes St. Joseph as a beloved father, a tender and loving father, an obedient father, an accepting father, a father who is creatively courageous, a working father and a father in the shadows.

… the Holy Father said we are able to see more clearly the importance of “ordinary” people who exercise patience and offer hope daily. These people resemble St. Joseph, “the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence,” who played “an incomparable role in the history of salvation.” Source

Here you can find some 10 little known facts related to St Josef. CLICK

40 Days of Love – Day35

40 Days of Letting Go, Letting God

From Release to Embrace

Rule 35

In this World, it is not similarities or regularities that take us a step forward, but blunt opposites. And all the opposites in the universe are present within each and every one of us. Therefore the believer needs to meet the unbeliever residing within. And the nonbeliever should get to know the silent faithful in him. Until the day one reaches the stage of Insane-I Kamil, the perfect human being, faith is a gradual process and one that necessitates its seeming opposite: disbelief.”

*

Today, we are releasing bitterness and embracing God’s Love for us.

Our Lent Booklet invites us today to release bitterness because there is no good reason for doing this. Not even righteous indignation merits retaining bitterness. Bitterness maintained means refusing to unshoulder a useless, debilitating burden. Until we drop the burden, betterment is blocked.

We feel lighter the moment we choose to let go of bitterness. No longer are we mistreating ourselves with the heavy burden we created. Rev Michael Jamison

As we realize that we are alone punishing ourselves by retaining what harms us and now we can evict it.

See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springs up and causes trouble, and through it many become defiled. Hebrews 12:15

Today we affirm: I replace bitterness with betterment

Note : My writing is based on the book “40 Rules of Love” by by Elif Shafak (See more about the book here (click)  ( and The Lent booklet by Unity.org 

Personally, I think it is important to find the True meaning behind the word ‘LOVE’,  understand it and experience it as a Spiritual Quality inherently within us. 

I am going to walk this 40-day Lenten journey contemplating on the True meaning of Love, Divine Love, Spiritual Love for me by experimenting with the 40 rules and quotes from the Lent Booklet. Every day, between 

the 14th of February and the 28th of March 2024,

I will post a ‘rule’ from the book ’40 rules of Love’ and an a release idea from the book ’40 days of Let go, Let God – Lent 2024′ by Unity.org. Then, we will contemplate on it and share about it in the UNITY EUROPE Facebook Group (CLICK HERE).

Download the LENT BOOKLET @this link 2024 Lent English 

Let’s walk this journey together!

Join me by …

either reading the daily blogposts I create – SEE THEM HERE (CLICK) – or joining the FACEBOOK GROUP (CLICK) where I am going to share my writings and daily contemplative questions. I will also post a short video/audio material on the daily posts. (click on the buttons below to join)

Ramadan & Eid Cards9

Every Road leads to God if it is a road of Love, Compassion and Charity. Each culture and faith has its own traditions and celebrations that were originally created so to enable the seekers to find their path to God. Ramadan is one of these traditions.

Ramadan

Ramadan begins on the night of Sunday, 10 March, and continue through Tuesday, April 9, ending in the celebratory Eid al-Fitr.

I found a few lovely tips that we could all follow to observe Ramadan. Following these simple tips can remind us of the core message of Ramadan (which is rather similar to Lent): It is a time for reflection, withdrawal from the world by not indulging in pleasures like eating, turning your attention within and celebrate your connection to the Divine Presence.

TODAY’S EID CARD

Come and join me by posting your EID CARD each day expressing in drawing and writing what you are most grateful for ‘today’ (each day) in our FACEBOOK GROUP

Contemplation Day34

40 Days of Letting Go, Letting God

From Release to Embrace

Rule 34

Submission does not mean being weak or passive. It leads to neither fatalism nor capitulation — just the opposite. Real power resides in submission, a power that comes within. Those who submit to the divine essence of life will live in unperturbed tranquility and peace even the whole full World goes through turbulence after turbulence.

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Today we affirm: In the middle of chaos, by the power of my
Spirit, I declare: “Let there be light.

Everyday life surrounds us in a swirling chaos, and it’s easy to fall into the grip of our ego’s fears and confusion. Remind yourself each day of your intentions and spiritual purpose. Meditate, find your center, look closely at yourself, and don’t let go of your intention until it feels centered inside yourself. Deepak Chopra

 

Those who submit to the divine essence of life will live in unperturbed tranquility and peace even the whole full World goes through turbulence after turbulence. Rule 34 

Well, not sure what else to say. There is only one way out of the chaos through meditation and connecting with the Divine Presence in the Silence. 

I have a lot of chaos in my life. I live an overwhelmingly complex life with many challenges and little time for God. The chaos is in my head. I let the world dictate what I should think about myself and and how to meet my needs.

Today, I am releasing all chaotic thoughts and emotions into the nothingness asking for Divine intervention and guidance, so I can live and more peaceful and aligned life. Thank you. 

 

What did you discover by contemplation on this rule and Lent reading?

in Loving and with many Blessings,
Rev Kudlik

Please note that though I may use ‘him’ or ‘his’ pronouns to talk about God/the Divine, it is only because the English language does not have a gender neutral pronoun. ‘They’ sounds odd to me to use and ‘it’ sounds lifeless. 

Source of heart picture, click

40 Days of Love – Day34

40 Days of Letting Go, Letting God

From Release to Embrace

Rule 34

Submission does not mean being weak or passive. It leads to neither fatalism nor capitulation — just the opposite. Real power resides in submission, a power that comes within. Those who submit to the divine essence of life will live in unperturbed tranquility and peace even the whole full World goes through turbulence after turbulence.

*

Today, we are releasing chaos and embracing God’s Love for us.

Our Lent Booklet invites us today to realize that chaos in our lives is the result of our thinking. When facing chaos in our lives, it is necessary to review our thoughts and feelings. if they are not in agreement with the greatest desires in our hearts, we need to change those thoughts and feelings that caused and empowered the chaos.

Our Lent booklet invites us to look for the blessings in the chaos in our life; accept the opportunity it is giving us to be transformed. 

What blessings and learnings are there in your personal chaos? 

I really love today’s affirmation. Such a lovely invitation to connect with the indwelling Spirit and bring the Light forth by affirming : Let there be light!

Today we affirm: In the middle of chaos, by the power of my
Spirit, I declare: “Let there be light.”

Note : My writing is based on the book “40 Rules of Love” by by Elif Shafak (See more about the book here (click)  ( and The Lent booklet by Unity.org 

Personally, I think it is important to find the True meaning behind the word ‘LOVE’,  understand it and experience it as a Spiritual Quality inherently within us. 

I am going to walk this 40-day Lenten journey contemplating on the True meaning of Love, Divine Love, Spiritual Love for me by experimenting with the 40 rules and quotes from the Lent Booklet. Every day, between 

the 14th of February and the 28th of March 2024,

I will post a ‘rule’ from the book ’40 rules of Love’ and an a release idea from the book ’40 days of Let go, Let God – Lent 2024′ by Unity.org. Then, we will contemplate on it and share about it in the UNITY EUROPE Facebook Group (CLICK HERE).

Download the LENT BOOKLET @this link 2024 Lent English 

Let’s walk this journey together!

Join me by …

either reading the daily blogposts I create – SEE THEM HERE (CLICK) – or joining the FACEBOOK GROUP (CLICK) where I am going to share my writings and daily contemplative questions. I will also post a short video/audio material on the daily posts. (click on the buttons below to join)

Ramadan & Eid Cards8

Every Road leads to God if it is a road of Love, Compassion and Charity. Each culture and faith has its own traditions and celebrations that were originally created so to enable the seekers to find their path to God. Ramadan is one of these traditions.

Ramadan

Ramadan begins on the night of Sunday, 10 March, and continue through Tuesday, April 9, ending in the celebratory Eid al-Fitr.

I found a few lovely tips that we could all follow to observe Ramadan. Following these simple tips can remind us of the core message of Ramadan (which is rather similar to Lent): It is a time for reflection, withdrawal from the world by not indulging in pleasures like eating, turning your attention within and celebrate your connection to the Divine Presence.

TODAY’S EID CARD

Come and join me by posting your EID CARD each day expressing in drawing and writing what you are most grateful for ‘today’ (each day) in our FACEBOOK GROUP

Contemplation Day33

40 Days of Letting Go, Letting God

From Release to Embrace

Rule 33

While everyone in this World strives to get somewhere and become someone, only to leave it all behind after death, you aim for the highest stage of nothingness. Live this life as light and empty as the number zero. We are no different from a pot. It is not the decorations outside, but the emptiness inside that holds us straight. Just like that, it is not what we aspire to achieve but the consciousness of nothingness that keeps us going.”

*

Today we affirm:  I release my need to be right

The wise man is one who knows what he does not know.  Lao Tzu

Live this life as light and empty as the number zero. … It is not the decorations outside, but the emptiness inside that holds us straight. … Just like that, it is not what we aspire to achieve but the consciousness of nothingness that keeps us going. Rule 33

Today’s rule reminded me again of the importance of ’emptiness’.  I have been told many times that the spiritual journey is mostly about unlearning and releasing. This Lenten Season – all Lenten Seasons – is a great opportunity to unlearn and let go.

This emptiness however does not give me a sense of ‘hunger’ but rather a sense of calmness. The less I strive to become someone or do something ‘great’, the more contented and at peace I feel. The world only offers me some temporary pleasures most of which I can live without. I am recognizing simple pleasures that are unattached from worldly neediness. Gardening for one. 

Buddhists believe that true happiness comes with complete detachment. The moment when we stop striving and needing, we arrive to a peaceful place of nothingness. The consciousness of nothingness provides me with with a sense of joy, peace, and satisfaction knowing that all I need to do with ‘flow with Spirit’. 

Though it sounds mystical, it is actually rather practical. Flowing with Spirit means staying aware of the present moment, engaging with what’s in front of me, and being contented with a ‘good day’s work’ just as it has been.

What did you discover by contemplation on this rule and Lent reading?

in Loving and with many Blessings,
Rev Kudlik

Please note that though I may use ‘him’ or ‘his’ pronouns to talk about God/the Divine, it is only because the English language does not have a gender neutral pronoun. ‘They’ sounds odd to me to use and ‘it’ sounds lifeless. 

Source of heart picture, click

St Patrick’s Day

What does St Patrick teaches us?

What I find the most interesting about St Patrick’s life is that he returned to the place of his slavery as a missionary with the intention to raise the consciousness of the local pagan people – his captors among them.

St. Patrick’s story talks about enlightenment by being separated from your herd, and great courage to return to the place where he was where once a captive.

St. Patrick used his own enlightenment and new-found faith to spread the word. So he became a missionary to raise people’s consciousness and understanding a ‘One God’ .

How to celebrate the day?

We can use the Celebration of St Patrick day to review our own faith whatever that may entail. We can observe what it is that we may need to become aware of and to do so we can lift our own consciousness to a higher platform.

We can also celebrate how far we have come on our journey of enlightenment.

INTRODUCTION

Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, lit. ’the Day of the Festival of Patrick’), is a religious and cultural holiday held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. 385 – c. 461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.

The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and, by extension, celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general.

Who was St Patrick?

Saint Patrick was a 5th-century Romano-British Christian missionary and Bishop in Ireland. Much of what is known about Saint Patrick comes from the Declaration, which was allegedly written by Patrick himself. It is believed that he was born in Roman Britain in the fourth century, into a wealthy Romano-British family. His father was a deacon and his grandfather was a priest in the Christian church. According to the Declaration, at the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Gaelic Ireland.

It says that he spent six years there working as a shepherd and that during this time he found God. The Declaration says that God told Patrick to flee to the coast, where a ship would be waiting to take him home. After making his way home, Patrick went on to become a priest.

According to tradition, Patrick returned to Ireland to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity. The Declaration says that he spent many years evangelising in the northern half of Ireland and converted thousands.

Patrick’s efforts were eventually turned into an allegory in which he drove “snakes”, heathen practices, out of Ireland, despite the fact that actual snakes were not known to inhabit the region.

Tradition holds that he died on 17 March and was buried at Downpatrick. Over the following centuries, many legends grew up around Patrick and he became Ireland’s foremost saint.

Celebration

Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, Irish traditional music sessions (céilithe), and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks.[9] There are also formal gatherings such as banquets and dances, although these were more common in the past. Saint Patrick’s Day parades began in North America in the 18th century but did not spread to Ireland.

40 Days of Love – Day33

40 Days of Letting Go, Letting God

From Release to Embrace

Rule 33

While everyone in this World strives to get somewhere and become someone, only to leave it all behind after death, you aim for the highest stage of nothingness. Live this life as light and empty as the number zero. We are no different from a pot. It is not the decorations outside, but the emptiness inside that holds us straight. Just like that, it is not what we aspire to achieve but the consciousness of nothingness that keeps us going.”

*

Today, we are releasing being right and embracing God’s Love for us.

Our Lent Booklet invites us today to release the need to be right. Rev Ellen Debenport invites us to consider Jesus’ example when he is faced with Herod and Pilate. Jesus never explains himself or claims to be right. He always claimed to be a messenger but not the source of ‘all knowing’.

Often, it seems to me, that when we strongly believe in something we want everyone to believe in the same thing, partly to have company, partly because we want others to be happy. However, we often go about it in a way that we appear to be a ‘know it all’ or someone who is ‘right’. That is when arguments usually start.

Looking at Jesus’ example we can see that when we are firmly planted in a belief we neither need company, nor would we want to be right.

The wise man is one who knows what he does not know.  Lao Tzu

Today we affirm:  I release my need to be right

Note : My writing is based on the book “40 Rules of Love” by by Elif Shafak (See more about the book here (click)  ( and The Lent booklet by Unity.org 

Personally, I think it is important to find the True meaning behind the word ‘LOVE’,  understand it and experience it as a Spiritual Quality inherently within us. 

I am going to walk this 40-day Lenten journey contemplating on the True meaning of Love, Divine Love, Spiritual Love for me by experimenting with the 40 rules and quotes from the Lent Booklet. Every day, between 

the 14th of February and the 28th of March 2024,

I will post a ‘rule’ from the book ’40 rules of Love’ and an a release idea from the book ’40 days of Let go, Let God – Lent 2024′ by Unity.org. Then, we will contemplate on it and share about it in the UNITY EUROPE Facebook Group (CLICK HERE).

Download the LENT BOOKLET @this link 2024 Lent English 

Let’s walk this journey together!

Join me by …

either reading the daily blogposts I create – SEE THEM HERE (CLICK) – or joining the FACEBOOK GROUP (CLICK) where I am going to share my writings and daily contemplative questions. I will also post a short video/audio material on the daily posts. (click on the buttons below to join)

Contemplation Day32

40 Days of Letting Go, Letting God

From Release to Embrace

Rule 32

Nothing should stand between you and God. No imams, priests, rabbis, or any other custodians of moral or religious leadership. Not spiritual masters and not even your faith. Believe in your values and your rules, but never lord them over others. If you keep breaking other people’s hearts, whatever religious duty you perform is no good. Stay away from all sorts of worship, for they will blur your vision. Let God and only God be your guide. Learn the Truth, my friend, but be careful not to make a fetish out of your truths.”

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Today we affirm: Collaborating with the Divine, my heart’s desires are fulfilled

Nothing should stand between you and God. No imams, priests, rabbis, or any other custodians of moral or religious leadership. Not spiritual masters and not even your faith … Stay away from all sorts of worship, for they will blur your vision. … Let God and only God be your guide. Rule 32

Today’s rule has always been my guide. The very reason I could not join any religious orders was this very rule. I have always been looking for a relationship with the Divine without others telling me ‘what’ or ‘who’ the Divine is.

I have nothing against any organised religions. I believe that they all serve a purpose. We join religious or spiritual organisations because we find our values matched there. This is how it should be. 

Not letting  anything stand between me and God is another matter. I believe that the reason why we are not enlightened beings, myself included, is because there are numerous things standing between me and God. Many things that we are practising to let go of during this Lenten Season are among them.

What did you discover by contemplation on this rule and Lent reading?

in Loving and with many Blessings,
Rev Kudlik

Please note that though I may use ‘him’ or ‘his’ pronouns to talk about God/the Divine, it is only because the English language does not have a gender neutral pronoun. ‘They’ sounds odd to me to use and ‘it’ sounds lifeless. 

Source of heart picture, click

Ramadan & Eid Cards7

Every Road leads to God if it is a road of Love, Compassion and Charity. Each culture and faith has its own traditions and celebrations that were originally created so to enable the seekers to find their path to God. Ramadan is one of these traditions.

Ramadan

Ramadan begins on the night of Sunday, 10 March, and continue through Tuesday, April 9, ending in the celebratory Eid al-Fitr.

I found a few lovely tips that we could all follow to observe Ramadan. Following these simple tips can remind us of the core message of Ramadan (which is rather similar to Lent): It is a time for reflection, withdrawal from the world by not indulging in pleasures like eating, turning your attention within and celebrate your connection to the Divine Presence.

TODAY’S EID CARD

Come and join me by posting your EID CARD each day expressing in drawing and writing what you are most grateful for ‘today’ (each day) in our FACEBOOK GROUP

40 Days of Love – Day32

40 Days of Letting Go, Letting God

From Release to Embrace

Rule 32

Nothing should stand between you and God. No imams, priests, rabbis, or any other custodians of moral or religious leadership. Not spiritual masters and not even your faith. Believe in your values and your rules, but never lord them over others. If you keep breaking other people’s hearts, whatever religious duty you perform is no good. Stay away from all sorts of worship, for they will blur your vision. Let God and only God be your guide. Learn the Truth, my friend, but be careful not to make a fetish out of your truths.”

*

Today, we are releasing competitiveness and embracing God’s Love for us.

Our Lent Booklet invites us today to release competitiveness by reminding us of a great story from the Bible, the story of Jacob. Jacob was in constant competition with his brother Esau so much so that eventually he had to leave his home because Esau threatened to kill him. Learn more about their story from these two videos below:

We all a competitive streak in us. We are raised to look at the other so to see how valuable or worthy we are. At the same time, competitiveness can inspire us to challenge ourselves to do better, to evolve.

Admitting to the unhealthy way we express our competitiveness, we become like Jacob who lay his head upon a stone and dreamt of a stairway to heaven. As we release an aspect of ourselves that stands in opposition to others, grace reveals the steps to fulfilling the truest desire of our hearts: collaboration.

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Philippians 2:3-4

Today we affirm:  Collaborating with the Divine, my heart’s desires are fulfilled  

Note : My writing is based on the book “40 Rules of Love” by by Elif Shafak (See more about the book here (click)  ( and The Lent booklet by Unity.org 

Personally, I think it is important to find the True meaning behind the word ‘LOVE’,  understand it and experience it as a Spiritual Quality inherently within us. 

I am going to walk this 40-day Lenten journey contemplating on the True meaning of Love, Divine Love, Spiritual Love for me by experimenting with the 40 rules and quotes from the Lent Booklet. Every day, between 

the 14th of February and the 28th of March 2024,

I will post a ‘rule’ from the book ’40 rules of Love’ and an a release idea from the book ’40 days of Let go, Let God – Lent 2024′ by Unity.org. Then, we will contemplate on it and share about it in the UNITY EUROPE Facebook Group (CLICK HERE).

Download the LENT BOOKLET @this link 2024 Lent English 

Let’s walk this journey together!

Join me by …

either reading the daily blogposts I create – SEE THEM HERE (CLICK) – or joining the FACEBOOK GROUP (CLICK) where I am going to share my writings and daily contemplative questions. I will also post a short video/audio material on the daily posts. (click on the buttons below to join)

Ramadan & Eid Cards6

Every Road leads to God if it is a road of Love, Compassion and Charity. Each culture and faith has its own traditions and celebrations that were originally created so to enable the seekers to find their path to God. Ramadan is one of these traditions.

Ramadan

Ramadan begins on the night of Sunday, 10 March, and continue through Tuesday, April 9, ending in the celebratory Eid al-Fitr.

I found a few lovely tips that we could all follow to observe Ramadan. Following these simple tips can remind us of the core message of Ramadan (which is rather similar to Lent): It is a time for reflection, withdrawal from the world by not indulging in pleasures like eating, turning your attention within and celebrate your connection to the Divine Presence.

TODAY’S EID CARD

Come and join me by posting your EID CARD each day expressing in drawing and writing what you are most grateful for ‘today’ (each day) in our FACEBOOK GROUP

Contemplation Day31

40 Days of Letting Go, Letting God

From Release to Embrace

Rule 31

If you want to strengthen your faith, you will need to soften inside. For your faith to be rock solid, your heart needs to be as soft as a feather. Through an illness, accident, loss, or fright, one way or another, we are all faced with incidents that teach us how to become less selfish and judgmental and more compassionate and generous. Yet some of us learn the lesson and manage to become milder, while some others end up becoming even harsher than before.

*

Today we affirm:  I am safe and secure in God.  

Through an illness, accident, loss, or fright, one way or another, we are all faced with incidents that teach us how to become less selfish and judgmental and more compassionate and generous. Yet some of us learn the lesson and manage to become milder, while some others end up becoming even harsher than before. Rule 31

Once again, I find a strong relationship between today’s Lent message and affirmation and rule. When I way very young, I was playful, fun-loving, funny, bright and curious. Soon,  I learnt that the wold I lived in was cruel and vindictive. So, I changed.   I was so scared of the world around me that I chose to become harsh, judgmental and a fighter. 

During my journey of ‘becoming’, I slowly, slowly becoming milder, kinder and more compassionate. It has been challenging because when I look around I see how groups of people keep on choosing to become harsher and more cruel as a result of challenges, disagreements, differences, etc.

Everyday, I pray that we can start to see that harshness and cruelty only creates more pain because our true nature, our essence is Love which is kindness and compassion. 

 

What did you discover by contemplation on this rule and Lent reading?

in Loving and with many Blessings,
Rev Kudlik

Please note that though I may use ‘him’ or ‘his’ pronouns to talk about God/the Divine, it is only because the English language does not have a gender neutral pronoun. ‘They’ sounds odd to me to use and ‘it’ sounds lifeless. 

Source of heart picture, click

40 Days of Love – Day31

40 Days of Letting Go, Letting God

From Release to Embrace

Rule 31

If you want to strengthen your faith, you will need to soften inside. For your faith to be rock solid, your heart needs to be as soft as a feather. Through an illness, accident, loss, or fright, one way or another, we are all faced with incidents that teach us how to become less selfish and judgmental and more compassionate and generous. Yet some of us learn the lesson and manage to become milder, while some others end up becoming even harsher than before.

*

Today, we are releasing insecurity and embracing God’s Love for us.

Our Lent Booklet invites us today to release our sense of insecurity by contemplating our Divine Nature. As we recognize the Spirit of God as our true source of power, we immediately feel safe and secure. 

Nothing and no one has power over us. We are all grounded and centered in the Divine Presence as long as we choose that. By choosing, we plant our faith in something greater than ourselves who loves and cares for us. I call that greater presence the Divine or God. 

Today we affirm:  I am safe and secure in God.  

Note : My writing is based on the book “40 Rules of Love” by by Elif Shafak (See more about the book here (click)  ( and The Lent booklet by Unity.org 

Personally, I think it is important to find the True meaning behind the word ‘LOVE’,  understand it and experience it as a Spiritual Quality inherently within us. 

I am going to walk this 40-day Lenten journey contemplating on the True meaning of Love, Divine Love, Spiritual Love for me by experimenting with the 40 rules and quotes from the Lent Booklet. Every day, between 

the 14th of February and the 28th of March 2024,

I will post a ‘rule’ from the book ’40 rules of Love’ and an a release idea from the book ’40 days of Let go, Let God – Lent 2024′ by Unity.org. Then, we will contemplate on it and share about it in the UNITY EUROPE Facebook Group (CLICK HERE).

Download the LENT BOOKLET @this link 2024 Lent English 

Let’s walk this journey together!

Join me by …

either reading the daily blogposts I create – SEE THEM HERE (CLICK) – or joining the FACEBOOK GROUP (CLICK) where I am going to share my writings and daily contemplative questions. I will also post a short video/audio material on the daily posts. (click on the buttons below to join)

Ramadan & Eid Cards5

Every Road leads to God if it is a road of Love, Compassion and Charity. Each culture and faith has its own traditions and celebrations that were originally created so to enable the seekers to find their path to God. Ramadan is one of these traditions.

Ramadan

Ramadan begins on the night of Sunday, 10 March, and continue through Tuesday, April 9, ending in the celebratory Eid al-Fitr.

I found a few lovely tips that we could all follow to observe Ramadan. Following these simple tips can remind us of the core message of Ramadan (which is rather similar to Lent): It is a time for reflection, withdrawal from the world by not indulging in pleasures like eating, turning your attention within and celebrate your connection to the Divine Presence.

TODAY’S EID CARD

Come and join me by posting your EID CARD each day expressing in drawing and writing what you are most grateful for ‘today’ (each day) in our FACEBOOK GROUP

Contemplation Day30

40 Days of Letting Go, Letting God

From Release to Embrace

Rule 30

The true Sufi is such that even when he is unjustly accused, attacked and condemned from all sides, he patiently endures, uttering not a single bad word about any of his critics. A Sufi never apportions blame. How can there be opponents or rivals or even “others” when there is no “self” in the first place? How can there be anyone to blame when there is only One?

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Today we affirm: I see with divine eyes; grace fills my days and prospers my struggles

The true Sufi is such that even when he is unjustly accused, attacked and condemned from all sides, he patiently endures, uttering not a single bad word about any of his critics. A Sufi never apportions blame. Rule30
 

I see a deep relationship between ‘struggles’ and today’s rule. It seems to me that we often struggle because ‘judge’ what’s in front of us as ‘good’ or ‘bad’. In my experience struggle starts when I decide that something does not work. Every time when I want something but it is not happening or at times when I don’t want something and it keeps on popping up, I move into ‘struggle mode’. I either struggle to get something or struggle to avoid something. 

I don’t think we need to struggle. Challenges are good, we develop character through being outside of our comfort zone, but struggle is a kind of attitude. Struggle is similar to ‘drama’, to me. As I struggle, I try to manipulate my environment to help me or God to provide me with what I want. Very tricky!

If I could move into neutrality, like a Sufi, into a ‘mode’ of total acceptance of what is, regardless of circumstances, I would surly stop struggling. I would just go with the flow. I would just keep on embracing each moment with what it brings. It is a huge learning for me!

What did you discover by contemplation on this rule and Lent reading?

in Loving and with many Blessings,
Rev Kudlik

Please note that though I may use ‘him’ or ‘his’ pronouns to talk about God/the Divine, it is only because the English language does not have a gender neutral pronoun. ‘They’ sounds odd to me to use and ‘it’ sounds lifeless. 

Source of heart picture, click

40 Days of Love – Day30

40 Days of Letting Go, Letting God

From Release to Embrace

Rule 30

The true Sufi is such that even when he is unjustly accused, attacked and condemned from all sides, he patiently endures, uttering not a single bad word about any of his critics. A Sufi never apportions blame. How can there be opponents or rivals or even “others” when there is no “self” in the first place? How can there be anyone to blame when there is only One?

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Today, we are releasing struggle and embracing God’s Love for us.

Our Lent Booklet invites us today to release the idea of struggle. What struggle is, in fact, the forging of our physical strength and the correction in our spiritual evolution.  Rev Ken Daigle

The best analogy for such a ‘struggle’ is the butterfly’s emergence from the chrysalis. The butterfly cannot take flight until releasing the cocoon and leaving it behind. in moments of struggle, we can remember that each instance involves a breaking free and renewing.

Suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope … because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.Romans 5:3-5

 
 

Today we affirm: I see with divine eyes; grace fills my days and prospers my struggles

Note : My writing is based on the book “40 Rules of Love” by by Elif Shafak (See more about the book here (click)  ( and The Lent booklet by Unity.org 

Personally, I think it is important to find the True meaning behind the word ‘LOVE’,  understand it and experience it as a Spiritual Quality inherently within us. 

I am going to walk this 40-day Lenten journey contemplating on the True meaning of Love, Divine Love, Spiritual Love for me by experimenting with the 40 rules and quotes from the Lent Booklet. Every day, between 

the 14th of February and the 28th of March 2024,

I will post a ‘rule’ from the book ’40 rules of Love’ and an a release idea from the book ’40 days of Let go, Let God – Lent 2024′ by Unity.org. Then, we will contemplate on it and share about it in the UNITY EUROPE Facebook Group (CLICK HERE).

Download the LENT BOOKLET @this link 2024 Lent English 

Let’s walk this journey together!

Join me by …

either reading the daily blogposts I create – SEE THEM HERE (CLICK) – or joining the FACEBOOK GROUP (CLICK) where I am going to share my writings and daily contemplative questions. I will also post a short video/audio material on the daily posts. (click on the buttons below to join)

Contemplation Day29

40 Days of Letting Go, Letting God

From Release to Embrace

Rule 29

Destiny doesn’t mean that your life has been strictly predetermined. Therefore, to leave everything to fate and to not actively contribute to the music of the universe is a sign of sheer ignorance. The music of the world is all-pervading, and it is composed of 40 different levels. Your destiny is the level where you play your tune. You might not change your instrument, but how well to play is entirely in your hands.”

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Today we affirm: I joyfully and fearlessly love with abandon.

Today’s Rule reminded me of ‘free will’. I grew up with victims who installed victimhood in me. I played the victim most of my life. I believed that my life was pre-destined until I knew better. I still find myself sometimes playing the victim where I feel that I don’t have a choice. Then I remind myself that I always have a choice. I may not have a choice in changing the my circumstances at the present moment but I do have a choice in how I am participating. 

The Bible verses below exemplify just that. The more I am aligned with the Divine Presence the less I feel a victim. I can see every event whether I like it or not personally, as an unfolding of something bigger, greater … the unfolding my own Life with all its mystery and uniqueness. Likes and dislikes are momentary, but the mystery of Life is constant and so exciting.

 
 A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps. Proverbs 16:9  This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. Galatians 5:16-17 
 
The music of the world is all-pervading, and it is composed of 40 different levels. Your destiny is the level where you play your tune. You might not change your instrument, but how well to play is entirely in your hands. Rule 29
 

What did you discover by contemplation on this rule and Lent reading?

in Loving and with many Blessings,
Rev Kudlik

Please note that though I may use ‘him’ or ‘his’ pronouns to talk about God/the Divine, it is only because the English language does not have a gender neutral pronoun. ‘They’ sounds odd to me to use and ‘it’ sounds lifeless. 

Source of heart picture, click

Ramadan & Eid Cards4

Every Road leads to God if it is a road of Love, Compassion and Charity. Each culture and faith has its own traditions and celebrations that were originally created so to enable the seekers to find their path to God. Ramadan is one of these traditions.

Ramadan

Ramadan begins on the night of Sunday, 10 March, and continue through Tuesday, April 9, ending in the celebratory Eid al-Fitr.

I found a few lovely tips that we could all follow to observe Ramadan. Following these simple tips can remind us of the core message of Ramadan (which is rather similar to Lent): It is a time for reflection, withdrawal from the world by not indulging in pleasures like eating, turning your attention within and celebrate your connection to the Divine Presence.

TODAY’S EID CARD

Come and join me by posting your EID CARD each day expressing in drawing and writing what you are most grateful for ‘today’ (each day) in our FACEBOOK GROUP

40 Days of Love – Day29

40 Days of Letting Go, Letting God

From Release to Embrace

Rule 29

Destiny doesn’t mean that your life has been strictly predetermined. Therefore, to leave everything to fate and to not actively contribute to the music of the universe is a sign of sheer ignorance. The music of the world is all-pervading, and it is composed of 40 different levels. Your destiny is the level where you play your tune. You might not change your instrument, but how well to play is entirely in your hands.”

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Today, we are releasing loneliness and embracing God’s Love for us.

Our Lent Booklet invites us today to release

Random feelings of loneliness have washed over me while dancing to a favorite song in a crowded arena, sharing birthday cake with friends, or walking alone on a moonlit night. They are like waves crashing down in my consciousness, pulling my
attention to thoughts and feelings that I am unworthy, unloved, and unlovable.  Rev. Todd Humphrey

It seems to me that Rev Todd’s sharing is a universal feeling. Everyone feels lonely at times. However, that loneliness stems in a misguided idea or though based on feeling abandoned or misunderstood.

However, the truth is that we are never alone. The Divine walks with us every moment of our existence from birth to death. Each time we sense loneliness, we can choose to turn within and connect to God. 

“There is a loneliness more precious than life. There is a freedom more precious than the world. Infinitely more precious than life and the world is that moment when one is alone with God.”  Rumi

Today we affirm: I joyfully and fearlessly love with abandon.

Note : My writing is based on the book “40 Rules of Love” by by Elif Shafak (See more about the book here (click)  ( and The Lent booklet by Unity.org 

Personally, I think it is important to find the True meaning behind the word ‘LOVE’,  understand it and experience it as a Spiritual Quality inherently within us. 

I am going to walk this 40-day Lenten journey contemplating on the True meaning of Love, Divine Love, Spiritual Love for me by experimenting with the 40 rules and quotes from the Lent Booklet. Every day, between 

the 14th of February and the 28th of March 2024,

I will post a ‘rule’ from the book ’40 rules of Love’ and an a release idea from the book ’40 days of Let go, Let God – Lent 2024′ by Unity.org. Then, we will contemplate on it and share about it in the UNITY EUROPE Facebook Group (CLICK HERE).

Download the LENT BOOKLET @this link 2024 Lent English 

Let’s walk this journey together!

Join me by …

either reading the daily blogposts I create – SEE THEM HERE (CLICK) – or joining the FACEBOOK GROUP (CLICK) where I am going to share my writings and daily contemplative questions. I will also post a short video/audio material on the daily posts. (click on the buttons below to join)

Ramadan & Eid Cards3

Every Road leads to God if it is a road of Love, Compassion and Charity. Each culture and faith has its own traditions and celebrations that were originally created so to enable the seekers to find their path to God. Ramadan is one of these traditions.

Ramadan

Ramadan begins on the night of Sunday, 10 March, and continue through Tuesday, April 9, ending in the celebratory Eid al-Fitr.

I found a few lovely tips that we could all follow to observe Ramadan. Following these simple tips can remind us of the core message of Ramadan (which is rather similar to Lent): It is a time for reflection, withdrawal from the world by not indulging in pleasures like eating, turning your attention within and celebrate your connection to the Divine Presence.

TODAY’S EID CARD

Come and join me by posting your EID CARD each day expressing in drawing and writing what you are most grateful for ‘today’ (each day) in our FACEBOOK GROUP

Contemplation Day28

40 Days of Letting Go, Letting God

From Release to Embrace

Rule 28

The past is an interpretation. The future is on illusion. The World does not move through time as if it were a straight line, proceeding from the past to the future. Instead, time moves through and within us, in endless spirals. Eternity does not mean infinite time, but simply timelessness. If you want to experience eternal illumination, put the past and the future out of your mind and remain within the present moment.”

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Today we affirm: I find lessons and blessings in whatever is happening.

What if we were fully committed to living from universal principles and walking our talk of practical spirituality? What if instead of fighting what is in front of us, we center ourselves in the Divine Presence and face the music?

Whatever we find in front of ourselves, we have manifested that. Taking responsibility for our experiences is probably the hardest lesson to learn. From childhood we are taught to be victims of our circumstances and with that we keep on generating those experiences until we stop and face the music. 

If you want to experience eternal illumination, put the past and the future out of your mind and remain within the present moment. Rule 28

It took me a long (looooooong) time to realize the difference between taking responsibility and being controlling. When I am controlling, I am not in the present and I don’t feel illuminated at all. I focus on what I want and put all my efforts in MAKING SURE that that’s what’s going to happen.

Taking responsibility is stepping back, meditating, allowing life to bring me the experiences that I inherently hold within myself because of the energies I hold in myself. When the experiences arrive, I look at them, deal with them, then go into meditation and release them so new (hopefully even nicer) experiences can come forth. 

This is what release and embrace is all about!
 

What did you discover by contemplation on this rule and Lent reading?

in Loving and with many Blessings,
Rev Kudlik

Please note that though I may use ‘him’ or ‘his’ pronouns to talk about God/the Divine, it is only because the English language does not have a gender neutral pronoun. ‘They’ sounds odd to me to use and ‘it’ sounds lifeless. 

Source of heart picture, click

40 Days of Love – Day28

40 Days of Letting Go, Letting God

From Release to Embrace

Rule 28

The past is an interpretation. The future is on illusion. The World does not move through time as if it were a straight line, proceeding from the past to the future. Instead, time moves through and within us, in endless spirals. Eternity does not mean infinite time, but simply timelessness. If you want to experience eternal illumination, put the past and the future out of your mind and remain within the present moment.”

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Today, we are releasing discouragement and embracing God’s Love for us.

Our Lent Booklet invites us today to release discouragement even in moments when life throws curve-balls at us. 

What if we were fully committed to living from universal principles and walking our talk of practical spirituality? What if instead of fighting what is in front of us, we center ourselves in the Divine Presence and face the music?

The key is surrender. What we can embrace, we can face. We rest in the assurance that wherever we find ourselves, the Divine is in there too. Instead of asking why, we can ask ‘what is in there for me?’ 

As we turn within, we are presented with the lesson with all its blessings.

It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. Deuteronomy 31:8

Today we affirm: I find lessons and blessings in whatever is happening.

Note : My writing is based on the book “40 Rules of Love” by by Elif Shafak (See more about the book here (click)  ( and The Lent booklet by Unity.org 

Personally, I think it is important to find the True meaning behind the word ‘LOVE’,  understand it and experience it as a Spiritual Quality inherently within us. 

I am going to walk this 40-day Lenten journey contemplating on the True meaning of Love, Divine Love, Spiritual Love for me by experimenting with the 40 rules and quotes from the Lent Booklet. Every day, between 

the 14th of February and the 28th of March 2024,

I will post a ‘rule’ from the book ’40 rules of Love’ and an a release idea from the book ’40 days of Let go, Let God – Lent 2024′ by Unity.org. Then, we will contemplate on it and share about it in the UNITY EUROPE Facebook Group (CLICK HERE).

Download the LENT BOOKLET @this link 2024 Lent English 

Let’s walk this journey together!

Join me by …

either reading the daily blogposts I create – SEE THEM HERE (CLICK) – or joining the FACEBOOK GROUP (CLICK) where I am going to share my writings and daily contemplative questions. I will also post a short video/audio material on the daily posts. (click on the buttons below to join)

Ramadan & Eid Cards2

Every Road leads to God if it is a road of Love, Compassion and Charity. Each culture and faith has its own traditions and celebrations that were originally created so to enable the seekers to find their path to God. Ramadan is one of these traditions.

Ramadan

Ramadan begins on the night of Sunday, 10 March, and continue through Tuesday, April 9, ending in the celebratory Eid al-Fitr.

I found a few lovely tips that we could all follow to observe Ramadan. Following these simple tips can remind us of the core message of Ramadan (which is rather similar to Lent): It is a time for reflection, withdrawal from the world by not indulging in pleasures like eating, turning your attention within and celebrate your connection to the Divine Presence.

TODAY’S EID CARD

Come and join me by posting your EID CARD each day expressing in drawing and writing what you are most grateful for ‘today’ (each day) in our FACEBOOK GROUP

Contemplation Day27

40 Days of Letting Go, Letting God

From Release to Embrace

Rule 27

Whatever you speak, good or evil, will somehow come back to you. Therefore, if there is someone who harbors ill thoughts about you, saying similarly bad things about him will only make matters worse. You will be locked in a vicious circle of malevolent energy. Instead, for forty days and nights, say and think beautiful things about that person. Everything will be different at the end of 40 days because you will be different inside.”

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Today we affirm: I first look for the good (God) in everyone and everything

Whatever you speak, good or evil, will somehow come back to you. Therefore, if there is someone who harbors ill thoughts about you, saying similarly bad things about him will only make matters worse. You will be locked in a vicious circle of malevolent energy. Instead, for forty days and nights, say and think beautiful things about that person. Everything will be different at the end of 40 days because you will be different inside. Rule27
 

Today, the rule speaks for itself (again). I can give you numerous examples of the above but I am sure you have your own example.

The one thing that come to mind to share is the importance of awareness or insight. Most often than not,  we do not even realize that we speak ‘evil’ because we live in the world of our Ego. And the Ego is often hurt by what others say or do. When that happens, the hurt Ego moves into ‘revenge’ mode and starts either gossiping about or blaming the ‘culprit’. But if we learn to stay present …

Have you seen the film? If you stay present, life appears in slow-motion mode and you can observe what you are doing and what others are doing. You are constantly aware of what is happening in you, with you and with others. In mid air, you can change the way you speak from ‘evil’ to ‘good’ by moving back into neutrality or the Loving. 

 

What did you discover by contemplation on this rule and Lent reading?

in Loving and with many Blessings,
Rev Kudlik

Please note that though I may use ‘him’ or ‘his’ pronouns to talk about God/the Divine, it is only because the English language does not have a gender neutral pronoun. ‘They’ sounds odd to me to use and ‘it’ sounds lifeless. 

Source of heart picture, click

40 Days of Love – Day27

40 Days of Letting Go, Letting God

From Release to Embrace

Rule 27

Whatever you speak, good or evil, will somehow come back to you. Therefore, if there is someone who harbors ill thoughts about you, saying similarly bad things about him will only make matters worse. You will be locked in a vicious circle of malevolent energy. Instead, for forty days and nights, say and think beautiful things about that person. Everything will be different at the end of 40 days because you will be different inside.”

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Today, we are releasing criticism and embracing God’s Love for us.

Our Lent Booklet invites us today to release critical thoughts by recognizing the good that is right in front of us.

We must also remember that what we see in others is somewhat – no exactly – a reflection of what is occurring within ourselves. It is wise to investigate what triggers the criticism within ourselves before we offer ‘constructive criticism’ of another. Discover the negative residing within your own consciousness and then replace it with a loving attitude; both towards yourself and the other. 

Today we affirm: I first look for the good (God) in everyone and everything

Note : My writing is based on the book “40 Rules of Love” by by Elif Shafak (See more about the book here (click)  ( and The Lent booklet by Unity.org 

Personally, I think it is important to find the True meaning behind the word ‘LOVE’,  understand it and experience it as a Spiritual Quality inherently within us. 

I am going to walk this 40-day Lenten journey contemplating on the True meaning of Love, Divine Love, Spiritual Love for me by experimenting with the 40 rules and quotes from the Lent Booklet. Every day, between 

the 14th of February and the 28th of March 2024,

I will post a ‘rule’ from the book ’40 rules of Love’ and an a release idea from the book ’40 days of Let go, Let God – Lent 2024′ by Unity.org. Then, we will contemplate on it and share about it in the UNITY EUROPE Facebook Group (CLICK HERE).

Download the LENT BOOKLET @this link 2024 Lent English 

Let’s walk this journey together!

Join me by …

either reading the daily blogposts I create – SEE THEM HERE (CLICK) – or joining the FACEBOOK GROUP (CLICK) where I am going to share my writings and daily contemplative questions. I will also post a short video/audio material on the daily posts. (click on the buttons below to join)

Contemplation Day26

40 Days of Letting Go, Letting God

From Release to Embrace

Rule 26

The universe is one being. Everything and everyone is interconnected through an invisible web of stories. Whether we are aware of it or not, we are all in a silent conversation. Do no harm — practice compassion. And do not gossip behind anyone’s back — not even a seemingly innocent remark! The words that come out of our mouths do not vanish but are perpetually stored in infinite space and they will come back to us in due time. One man’s pain will hurt us all. One man’s joy will make everyone smile.”

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Today we affirm: I have faith in the power that is vested in me.

 

OMG! This rule is so wonderful and so, so difficult to follow! I keep on catching myself puffing and huffing about something or someone. Every time, I feel that I cannot resolve a situation or I cannot rebalance my relationship with someone, I find myself having this inner conversation with myself in which I fume about what happened or about the other person’s behaviour or words.

Unfortunately, my ‘unforgiving attitude’ and ‘faulty-party-seeking’ inner monologue adds to the ‘negativity’ that we all generate. In my observation, humanity is pretty good at ‘hating each other’ on an international scale. I am talking about critical mass here, not everyone. We focus mostly on what we do not like about the another person so to save face. I am just the same.

It takes me considerable effort to catch these automatic thoughts, erase them and generate ‘enough’ positive thoughts so to rebalance all the condemning thoughts I put out. 

 
The words that come out of our mouths do not vanish but are perpetually stored in infinite space and they will come back to us in due time. One man’s pain will hurt us all. One man’s joy will make everyone smile. Rule 26

That is why I love doing this 40-day journey. It reminds me daily to keep on letting go of what does not generate good or loving in the world and it keeps on guiding me back to present moment, to the Loving, to the Goodness, to be compassionate.

 

What did you discover by contemplation on this rule and Lent reading?

in Loving and with many Blessings,
Rev Kudlik

Please note that though I may use ‘him’ or ‘his’ pronouns to talk about God/the Divine, it is only because the English language does not have a gender neutral pronoun. ‘They’ sounds odd to me to use and ‘it’ sounds lifeless. 

Source of heart picture, click

Ramadan & Eid Cards1

Every Road leads to God if it is a road of Love, Compassion and Charity. Each culture and faith has its own traditions and celebrations that were originally created so to enable the seekers to find their path to God. Ramadan is one of these traditions.

Ramadan

Ramadan begins on the night of Sunday, 10 March, and continue through Tuesday, April 9, ending in the celebratory Eid al-Fitr.

I found a few lovely tips that we could all follow to observe Ramadan. Following these simple tips can remind us of the core message of Ramadan (which is rather similar to Lent): It is a time for reflection, withdrawal from the world by not indulging in pleasures like eating, turning your attention within and celebrate your connection to the Divine Presence.

TODAY’S EID CARD

Come and join me by posting your EID CARD each day expressing in drawing and writing what you are most grateful for ‘today’ (each day) in our FACEBOOK GROUP

40 Days of Love – Day26

40 Days of Letting Go, Letting God

From Release to Embrace

Rule 26

The universe is one being. Everything and everyone is interconnected through an invisible web of stories. Whether we are aware of it or not, we are all in a silent conversation. Do no harm — practice compassion. And do not gossip behind anyone’s back — not even a seemingly innocent remark! The words that come out of our mouths do not vanish but are perpetually stored in infinite space and they will come back to us in due time. One man’s pain will hurt us all. One man’s joy will make everyone smile.”

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Today, we are releasing FEAR and embracing FAITH. 

Our Lent Booklet invites us today to release fear which is the ultimate iron door between us and God’s Loving Embrace.

 

Jesus Walks on the Water

22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.

25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.

27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

29 “Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”  Matt 14:22-31 Source

In this parable, we learn about the difference between Love and Fear. Peter falls because he gets scared of the wind. Peter’s action represents a part of our consciousness who is like a fawn; it gets scared of the slightest of wind. At the beginning, as Peter gets out of the boat, he confidently walks on water. This deed represents a part of our consciousness – sometimes called the higher self – who is in constant connection with Spirit, who is in Faith and complete Trust with the Divine.

When we focus into fear – we watch the news that scares us or listen to others’ worries and moaning – we are prone to fall. As long as, we focus into the Loving, into the Divine Presence, we ‘can walk on water’: Life becomes like shimmering water and we can walk on it with ease-and-grace.

Today we affirm: I have faith in the power that is vested in me.

Note : My writing is based on the book “40 Rules of Love” by by Elif Shafak (See more about the book here (click)  ( and The Lent booklet by Unity.org 

Personally, I think it is important to find the True meaning behind the word ‘LOVE’,  understand it and experience it as a Spiritual Quality inherently within us. 

I am going to walk this 40-day Lenten journey contemplating on the True meaning of Love, Divine Love, Spiritual Love for me by experimenting with the 40 rules and quotes from the Lent Booklet. Every day, between 

the 14th of February and the 28th of March 2024,

I will post a ‘rule’ from the book ’40 rules of Love’ and an a release idea from the book ’40 days of Let go, Let God – Lent 2024′ by Unity.org. Then, we will contemplate on it and share about it in the UNITY EUROPE Facebook Group (CLICK HERE).

Download the LENT BOOKLET @this link 2024 Lent English 

Let’s walk this journey together!

Join me by …

either reading the daily blogposts I create – SEE THEM HERE (CLICK) – or joining the FACEBOOK GROUP (CLICK) where I am going to share my writings and daily contemplative questions. I will also post a short video/audio material on the daily posts. (click on the buttons below to join)

Contemplation Day25

40 Days of Letting Go, Letting God

From Release to Embrace

Rule 25

Each reader comprehends the Holy Qur’an on a different level of tandem with the depth of his understanding. There are four levels of insight. The first level is the outer meaning, and it is the one that the majority of the people are content with. Next is the Batin — the inner level. Third, there is the innermost of the internal. And the fourth level is so deep it cannot be put into words and is, therefore, bound to remain indescribable.”

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Today we affirm: I release worry and I guide my thoughts toward the good I wish to see made manifest.

Let go of your worries

Let go of your worries
and be completely clear-hearted,
like the face of a mirror
that contains no images.
If you want a clear mirror,
behold yourself
and see the shameless truth,
which the mirror reflects.
If metal can be polished
to a mirror-like finish,
what polishing might the mirror
of the heart require?
Between the mirror and the heart
is this single difference:
the heart conceals secrets,
while the mirror does not.

 
Today’s rule talks about different levels of understanding of our experiences and our entire universe both inside and out. 
 
I decided to contemplate on Rumi’s poem today and see if these four layers of ‘understanding’ are revealed to me.
 
since most of it is unspeakable, I will keep the awareness and insight to myself, this time.
 
I hope you had fun discovering the different layers of insight today.
 
 
 

What did you discover by contemplation on this rule and Lent reading?

in Loving and with many Blessings,
Rev Kudlik

Please note that though I may use ‘him’ or ‘his’ pronouns to talk about God/the Divine, it is only because the English language does not have a gender neutral pronoun. ‘They’ sounds odd to me to use and ‘it’ sounds lifeless. 

Source of heart picture, click

40 Days of Love – Day25

40 Days of Letting Go, Letting God

From Release to Embrace

Rule 25

Each reader comprehends the Holy Qur’an on a different level of tandem with the depth of his understanding. There are four levels of insight. The first level is the outer meaning, and it is the one that the majority of the people are content with. Next is the Batin — the inner level. Third, there is the innermost of the internal. And the fourth level is so deep it cannot be put into words and is, therefore, bound to remain indescribable.”

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Today, we are releasing worry and embracing God’s Love for us. 

Our Lent Booklet invites us today to release our worry-thoughts by realizing that we are using our power of imagination to envision the worst possible outcomes. We can make a different choice and use the power of our imagination to envision a story wit the best outcomes. 

We remember today, that any story about the future is fabricated by our own imagination. By letting go of worry we allow a an uplifting and brighter story to be made manifest.

And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? Luke 12:25

Today we affirm: I release worry and I guide my thoughts toward the good I wish to see made manifest

Note : My writing is based on the book “40 Rules of Love” by by Elif Shafak (See more about the book here (click)  ( and The Lent booklet by Unity.org 

Personally, I think it is important to find the True meaning behind the word ‘LOVE’,  understand it and experience it as a Spiritual Quality inherently within us. 

I am going to walk this 40-day Lenten journey contemplating on the True meaning of Love, Divine Love, Spiritual Love for me by experimenting with the 40 rules and quotes from the Lent Booklet. Every day, between 

the 14th of February and the 28th of March 2024,

I will post a ‘rule’ from the book ’40 rules of Love’ and an a release idea from the book ’40 days of Let go, Let God – Lent 2024′ by Unity.org. Then, we will contemplate on it and share about it in the UNITY EUROPE Facebook Group (CLICK HERE).

Download the LENT BOOKLET @this link 2024 Lent English 

Let’s walk this journey together!

Join me by …

either reading the daily blogposts I create – SEE THEM HERE (CLICK) – or joining the FACEBOOK GROUP (CLICK) where I am going to share my writings and daily contemplative questions. I will also post a short video/audio material on the daily posts. (click on the buttons below to join)

Maha Shivaratri

INTRODUCTION

Maha Shivtratri holds an immense religious and spiritual significance among Hindus. Maha shivratri is the one of the major festivals of Hindus celebrated across the country with great grandeur. This is one of the most significant festivals in Hindu religion.

‘The Great Night of Shiva’ is a Hindu festival celebrated annually in honour of the deity Shiva. The festival commemorates the wedding of Shiva and Parvati, and the occasion that Shiva performs his divine dance, called the Tandava.

Maha Shivaratri is celebrated at night.

The celebration runs between Fri, Mar 8, 2024, 5:27 PM – Sat, Mar 9, 2024, 1:47 PM EST

This event is called Natyanjali, literally “worship through dance”. It also commemorates the start of spring. 

Now, a bit over half way through the Lenten season, and just a night before the start of Ramadan, Hindu’s offer us an amazing opportunity to celebrate ourselves with music and dancing.

As we can see with the Dervises who dance themselves into alignment with the Divine, we can take some time on the evening of March, 8 to listen to some uplifting music and dance. We can use the rhythm of the music to rock us into a state of trans or as the Hindu’s call it a state of awakening.

Remember to take the time to enjoy and celebrate yourself: celebrate that you have come so far on your journey of unfolding or just dance for the sake of the music. It does not matter, as long as you are doing it enthusiastically. 

What am I going to do? DANCE! 🙂

Contemplation Day24

40 Days of Letting Go, Letting God

From Release to Embrace

Rule 24

Hell is in the here and now. So is heaven. Quit worrying about hell or dreaming about heaven, as they are both presents inside this very moment. Every time we fall in Love, we ascend to heaven. Every time we hate, envy, or fight someone, we tumble straight into the fires of hell.”

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Today we affirm: I am centered in divine wisdom and my way is clear.

Clarity comes with being present in the moment and being aligned with with our higher nature and the Divine Presence.

Every time we fall in Love, we ascend to heaven. Every time we hate, envy, or fight someone, we tumble straight into the fires of hell. Rule24

In my experience, I get confused, I lose my way when I am lost in different agendas; when I am angry or upset or overthinking something.
 
And when that happens I am in Hell. Confusion is the result of me focusing downwards into the pit hole of hell.
 
As soon as, however, I lift my head up, close my eyes, start watching my breath – mindfulness technique – I turn in and up, I align myself with my higher nature and the Divine. I enter a Loving place, Heaven, and I become clear and relaxed. I feel guided by universal wisdom and kindness.
 

What did you discover by contemplation on this rule and Lent reading?

in Loving and with many Blessings,
Rev Kudlik

Please note that though I may use ‘him’ or ‘his’ pronouns to talk about God/the Divine, it is only because the English language does not have a gender neutral pronoun. ‘They’ sounds odd to me to use and ‘it’ sounds lifeless. 

Source of heart picture, click

40 Days of Love – Day24

40 Days of Letting Go, Letting God

From Release to Embrace

Rule 24

Hell is in the here and now. So is heaven. Quit worrying about hell or dreaming about heaven, as they are both presents inside this very moment. Every time we fall in Love, we ascend to heaven. Every time we hate, envy, or fight someone, we tumble straight into the fires of hell.”

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Today, we are releasing indecision and embracing God’s Love for us. 

Our Lent Booklet invites us today to release indecision, a notion that makes us believe that our way may not be clear and we are lost  in the innumerable choices.

However, we have access to the wisdom of the ages within us. As we become still and focus into the Divine Presence, as we allow manic thoughts to settle and let go of our inner struggle, Divine Wisdom reveal the way forward and we are assured clarity.

Warning – the guidance we are revealed may not be what we expect it to be! As long as we attuned and we establish an inner awareness of the Divine guide within, we will be guided through the hurdles.

But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and
all these things will be given to you as well.—Matthew 6:33

Today we affirm: I am centered in divine wisdom and my way is clear.

Note : My writing is based on the book “40 Rules of Love” by by Elif Shafak (See more about the book here (click)  ( and The Lent booklet by Unity.org 

Personally, I think it is important to find the True meaning behind the word ‘LOVE’,  understand it and experience it as a Spiritual Quality inherently within us. 

I am going to walk this 40-day Lenten journey contemplating on the True meaning of Love, Divine Love, Spiritual Love for me by experimenting with the 40 rules and quotes from the Lent Booklet. Every day, between 

the 14th of February and the 28th of March 2024,

I will post a ‘rule’ from the book ’40 rules of Love’ and an a release idea from the book ’40 days of Let go, Let God – Lent 2024′ by Unity.org. Then, we will contemplate on it and share about it in the UNITY EUROPE Facebook Group (CLICK HERE).

Download the LENT BOOKLET @this link 2024 Lent English 

Let’s walk this journey together!

Join me by …

either reading the daily blogposts I create – SEE THEM HERE (CLICK) – or joining the FACEBOOK GROUP (CLICK) where I am going to share my writings and daily contemplative questions. I will also post a short video/audio material on the daily posts. (click on the buttons below to join)

Ramadan & Eid Cards

Every Road leads to God if it is a road of Love, Compassion and Charity. Each culture and faith has its own traditions that were originally created so to enable the seekers to find their path to God.

Ramadan is one of these traditions.

INTRODUCTION

Ramadan

Ramadan begins on the night of Sunday, 10 March, and continue through Tuesday, April 9, ending in the celebratory Eid al-Fitr.

As the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, Ramadan holds a sacred place in the hearts of millions worldwide. Its significance transcends mere abstention from food and drink; it is a time of spiritual rejuvenation, self-discipline, and heartfelt connection with the Divine.  (source)

Significance of Ramadan

Ramadan holds paramount importance in Islam, marking the month when the Quran, the holy book of Islam, was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

Beyond its historical roots, Ramadan serves as a period of intense introspection, purification, and renewal for Muslims. Fasting from dawn until sunset is the most recognizable aspect of Ramadan, but it encompasses much more.

It is a time for increased prayer, charity, and acts of kindness, encapsulating the core tenets of Islam.  (source)

The month of Ramadan is the month of abstinence, the month when one deprives oneself of food, among other things. But beyond fasting itself, this month is a good opportunity to question the “basis and the foundations” of Islamic spiritual practice. Above all, it is a time of solidarity and sharing. Islam is not a dogmatic religion. It is above all an interior step, a “vision of the heart” that allows man to return to the centre of himself. (Source)

This year Muslims observe Ramadan between the night of the 10th of March and the 7th of April. I have always wanted to observe the Ramadan without the fasting. This year, I decided to find alternative ways to observe Ramadan in a way that is truly respectful and beneficial to anyone who understand that all spiritual practices uplift our consciousness and supports us on our journey of unfolding in our Divinity.

I found a few lovely tips that we could all follow to observe Ramadan. Following these simple tips can remind us of the core message of Ramadan (which is rather similar to Lent): It is a time for reflection, withdrawal from the world by not indulging in pleasures like eating, turning your attention within and celebrate your connectedness to the Divine Presence. 

  1. Light a Candle every night before going to bed

Ramadan’s core traditions take place at nighttime. Once upon a time, before electricity, people used oil lanterns as their source of light to help them carry out Ramadan’s nighttime traditions.

2. Write Edi Cards every evening

Eid cards are a great way to celebrate the holiday. You can  use Eid cards to express gratitude to anything the day brought forth. 

3 Charity

Charity and giving are important aspects of Ramadan—and they can be something that your family does together. Your family can choose charities or activities where you can donate your money or your time. Whether you give money to a worthy cause that’s dear to your hearts, conduct a food drive, or volunteer with a local organization, it’s a great way to give more generously during the season.

Ramadan Eid Greeting Card

Eid Cards

Muslims send each other cards at festivals – the two main ones being Id-ul-Adha at the end of Hajj (the great pilgrimage), and Id-ul-Fitr at the end of Ramadan. These cards state the traditional greeting at this time – ‘Happy Festival’ (Eid Mubarak).

During a Blessed Celebration, Happy Eid greetings are exchanged; a traditional Muslim greeting is Eid Mubarak, which means “blessed celebration”.

The word “Eid” means feast or festival. Every year Muslims celebrate both Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. Eid al-Fitr takes place at the end of Ramadan, and translates as “the festival of the breaking of the fast”. Like Ramadan, it starts with the first sighting of the new moon.

The Arabic word “mubarak” translates as “blessed,” while “Eid” means feast, festival or celebration, so “Eid Mubarak” can literally mean “blessed celebration” or “blessed feast”, although it is widely interpreted as simply wishing somebody a “happy Eid”.

What am I going to do?

Starting tomorrow, on the evening of the 10th of March, I will celebrate each day of Ramadan by lighting a lantern every evening and writing an Eid Mubarak Card stating what I am grateful for each day. I will create this card myself spending some time in silent contemplation while drawing a lantern that holds my prayer of gratitude. 

Find out more about how to celebrate Ramadan HERE (Click)

Contemplation Day23

40 Days of Letting Go, Letting God

From Release to Embrace

Rule 23

The human being has a unique place among God’s creation. “I breathed into him of My Spirit,” God says. Each one of us without exception is designed to be God’s delegate on earth. Ask yourself, just how often do you behave like a delegate, if you ever do so? Remember, it falls upon each of us to discover the divine spirit inside and live by it.

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Today we affirm: I am always one with Spirit, in darkness and in light

Each one of us without exception is designed to be God’s delegate on earth. … Remember, it falls upon each of us to discover the divine spirit inside and live by it. Rule 23

In my experience, darkness is a state of mind. Darkness is when I am lost in my petty errors, my anger, my frustration and blame other or God for the feeling of discomfort that comes with these experiences.

Yesterday, I had a great lesson in choosing to be in darkness or moving out into the light – shifting my consciousness from victimhood and blame to forgiveness and acceptance. 

It all started with me being with my father and my brother for not having checked my car, particularly the oil level in the engine. Then, I took off. While driving, I was still fuming with anger about my family’s behaviour, how unsupportive then are … and on … and on …

Luckily, I stopped 35 kilometers later to buy something to eat. The engine was smoking.  As I opened the hood, I realized that I had forgotten to put the cap back on the oil tank and now the oil had slashed all over the engine and the inside of the hood. I was so angry, I felt desperate, I felt let down, I was a victim.

I called my brother to tell me what to do who explained that all I needed to do was to clean off the oil, make sure that there is still enough oil in the engine. I spent an hour cleaning the engine and sending photos to my brother who eventually said that it looks clean enough so I can get back onto the road. About 30 minutes later, my mum called checking on me if I was OK, and the car was OK … 

As I was driving I heard Spirit asking me if I knew what was going on, if I were at all aware how I had generated this experience for myself, if I knew what the lessons was. As I was dismissing ‘Him’, ‘He’ turned serious and said: It must stop, now! Your must stop having expectations on people. You must stop having demands on people.  If you feel lost or alone, ask for support and wait until it arrives and do what you can in the meantime. It is time to accept people as they are, for what they can or cannot offer.

As I was moving out of my self-generated darkness, I remembered today’s rule, ‘everyone is God’s delegate on earth‘, everyone is ‘perfect’ as they are. ‘disrespecting differences and imposing your thoughts on others is tantamount to disrespecting God’s holy scheme.” Rule20 

It is all about respect …

What did you discover by contemplation on this rule and Lent reading?

in Loving and with many Blessings,
Rev Kudlik

Please note that though I may use ‘him’ or ‘his’ pronouns to talk about God/the Divine, it is only because the English language does not have a gender neutral pronoun. ‘They’ sounds odd to me to use and ‘it’ sounds lifeless. 

Source of heart picture, click