On Being Human

“All human beings have the ability to decide, to create, and to choose. Celebrate the opportunities before yourselves every day. And accept yourself as you are. Make yourself available to others.  Sometimes when you have too many stories, it is hard to be like a little child and play.”  Father Mukanda Dawe

persolaise-chypre-laughterTo be a human being is to know, practice, and express the energies of compassion, cooperation, sharing, kindness, deep listening, and communication as a thoughtful speaker. To be a human being requires understanding mercy and justice.  Humans want to change things. Make improvements. Share our joys and our sorrows. We are hardwired to do this.

People are not always born as human beings they have to learn to become human beings. To be a Great Being we first have to be a human being.  Only when we have become fully human can we truly walk a Path of Spirit.  bronzekidshurt-children2It is possible – and oh so likely – that many people who proclaim their religion as the definition of right action are not even human beings as they continually endorse the extermination of others and contribute to the most egregious forms of human rights violations including war, slavery, genocide, torture, and the degradation of the Earth.  Only those who have not become fully human could wantonly kill people, earths creatures, and advocate for the destruction of Mother Earth – when all these things and beings are a part of our very soul?

In order to be fully human, it’s important to remember that it is alright to have sorrows and be regretful – which is different from guilt which is to be frozen and stuck in place.  To be human is to have compassion, to know how to truly help others – and how to bring changes to world-mind consciousness by our decisions and actions.  Such is our task, to bring about greater spiritual functionality so we can BE a Light for the World.  Another way to describe this energy is HUMANITARIAN which is an experience and an expression of empathy, sharing, listening with concern, and speaking with kindness.

kindness-concepts-3Who are you? Whether you are born a boy or girl or two spirit – everyone has given you expectations about how and what they expect you to be.  But most are never taught that you are a multi-dimensional spirit being here in this world to make a contribution to the good of all. Human beings are born to give. It is your purpose for life. All plants and animals know this and systemically make their contribution to the life force energy.

The purpose of the Society of the Compassionate Heart is to awaken the consciousness so people can become Human Beings and not just creatures.   To be human puts us right back to becoming a Great Being –It is about making choices in generosity, cooperation, helpfulness, cheerful supportive, nurturing kindness, understanding forgiveness, and tolerant patience.

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It is about LOVE (Ama Marai)

Holy Mother, Holy Father
I am your child- Ama Marai

I invoke Thee to guide the we- Ama Marai
Hold us, show us, unleash us to the ways of the sacred.

We are elevated in spirit’s presence
And anchored by the power of your love.

Guide our hearts to truly appreciate life and one another.
Train our minds to be in the absence of distraction.

Teach us the joyful obedience that chooses love again and again.
Lead our passion for service to be nourishment for the Mission

Together as family we emerge from the vastness of possibility,
Woven in the Spirit of Love.

Holy Spirit’s breath unfolding in the now
Is the unfoldment of bliss.

The gift of spirit realized with grateful hearts
Filled with unconditional love we are embraced

By the moment of freedom,
The moment where there is no suffering.

We receive this gift, we give this gift
We are free, so let it be.

Ama Marai 

Elyseya

Belonging To Community

I am a part of a community, not just a person for myself.”  wpid-hands_of_friendship
Being within community means I am not just passing through, or showing up sometimes, making demands, seeking attention, and complaining that my needs are not being met.  I do not pretend to be someone I am not nor do I disown or dislike the original community that shaped me.  Instead I am continually checking and adjusting myself to make sure I am right with my communities.  I do not expect them to understand and do things my way.  I am open to the needs and ways of the community.

Trust is an essential part of a viable community or any worthwhile relationship.  Trust assumes that everyone is innately well-intentioned and working toward the same goals and purpose.   Trust is learning to be trustworthy in ourselves which not the same as automatically trusting others.  Trust comes when we know that it’s possible to discern if another is trustworthy without having judgments about that.

Secrecy is a strategy that satisfies a need for safety and self-protection.  We live in a guilt and shame culture and learn early in life not to share things that might “get us into trouble.”  Even as adults we believe we can “get into trouble” instead of understanding that our mistakes are opportunities to learn, grow, become initiated, and develop compassion for the self and others.

Feelings of guilt or shame create a need to make excuses or deny our behavior.  secretsWe try not to get caught doing and saying things that our community, family, friends, and significant other might not approve of.  Most of us believe deep down that we are bad, unlovable, and unworthy of trust.  Often we don’t trust ourselves let alone anyone else.  After all how many times have we tried and failed- to stay on a diet- not drink too much- get enough sleep- eat the foods that are good for us- and so on.

Making another responsible for our behavior is also a strategy to be safe and protected.  We tell others: “Don’t tell John I said that!”  “Please don’t tell Mom- I know I can trust you.”  “I don’t want Jill to hear about this, Ok?”  “I’ve never told anyone this before, but…”  Making others responsible for our secrets keeps us immature and spiritually undeveloped.

love-trustAll feelings of guilt and shame are an opportunity to develop compassionate forgiveness for the self or for another. When we fall out of grace there is a temptation to withdraw and blame others, or to punish ourselves.  However, pretending everything is fine when it isn’t fine only creates barriers in our heart.  So before we can actually make a commitment to a community or a meaningful relationship we have to stop pretending, withdrawing, and blaming.  We begin by thinking and acting with sincerity and reliability.

Trust I am a part of a community, not just a person for myself.

We open to Divine Will,
Surrendering, letting go, and being held
By the Great Mystery.
We trust in one another.

This day Great Father, we open
To the Divine way.
Surrendering, letting go, and being held,
in community,
We let divine movement carry us to the fullness of life.

This day Great Mother,
We remember who we are.
We remember why we are;
Your hands in the world, your voice for our people,
Free to create and bring love and joy and peace
To fill all the places of this day.

We are spirit, we are people of heart.
Guild us as we bring grace to this world.

Desire Mind

The function of desire-mind is to assist in recording choices that might be useful, good, and advantageous for us. Unfortunately, almost everything that desire-mind believes and considers important is based on things that happened, or didn’t happen, in our childhood, adolescence, or some other time in our lives when we felt emotionally attached to the outcome of an event.   This portion of our mind is always attempting to decide if we like something or don’t like something, find an energy or person attractive or decide they are disgusting, unpleasant, and repulsive.  These decisions are based in survival instinct.  But what a child decides is repulsive (like spinach) and therefore a threat to their very existence is to an adult- well- simply childish.

choicesMuch of what we consider necessary for survival is only a preference, not a fact.  Attraction and Aversion are the territory of Desire-mind.  And most of us have not sifted through the decisions of early childhood or adolescence in order to make informed choices regarding life goals, food choices, relationship attractions, and dislikes or distasteful alternatives.

The Great Being within has the ability to navigate the stormy emotional waters of desire-mind by taking each situation, circumstance, and relationship encounter as they come, as they are, right here, right now and redefining what we think about them.  Everything does not have to be compared to something from the past in order to know how to relate to it.  Therefore, the Great Being can find equanimity where the child-self finds only confusion or partiality.

remain calmEven if we become determined to remain focused on the now, and hold to the present moment, it will not prevent desire-mind from throwing up thoughts, images, ideas, and emotions.  These random experiences are called Arisings.  An arising is simply a thought or image that comes to awareness.  We have thousands, possibly millions, of these arisings daily.  Most of this random firing of the brain cells remains unconscious and unnoticed.  So when we do notice a thought, a memory, or an image, we immediately believe that it must be important, true, and have some meaning.

In order to get a feel for this concept take a few moments, settle into a comfortable position, and focus on breathing in slowly to the count of seven, then breathe slowly out to the count of seven.  Try doing this for five minutes.  Notice how many times desire-mind inserts a random thought so that you have to go back and remember to count to seven and focus on your breath. This is the experience of arising.  Remember it is happening all the time, thousands, tens of thousands, and hundreds of thousands of times a day.

mystic-dreamsIn the beginning when an individual notices these arisings the tendency is to believe that they are important and mean something.  “Why would I be having this thought?  Why would that image come to me? Why am I suddenly taken with an urge to eat something, drink something, or do something?  It must be a message of some kind.”  It is not unusual for an individual investigating the spiritual or mystical path to give credence to these random images believing they have made a breakthrough into ancient wisdom.

Meditation is the tried, true, and most authentic way to escape the maze of haphazard, indiscriminate, and arbitrary messages from desire-mind.  Following the breath, a mantra, or simple visualization over and over again allows us to see that desire-mind will keep at it- keep throwing up images, voices, urges, and thoughts whether we pay any attention to them or not.  After a while they become white noise…we are no longer in thrall to desire-mind’s attractions and aversions…we become calm,  open to a deep inner peace and even a blissful silence in which it becomes possible to hear our Greater Self- the Great Spirit within us speak for the first time.  Through the continued practice of meditation we learn to tame desire-mind.  We allow it to send us urges, thoughts, memories, and evaluations which we can consider and contemplate to determine if they are harmless possibilities or potential obsessions that will lead us into suffering.

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Looking around
We see spirits, souls,
Coming from far places, near places,
Clothed in layers of color and warmth.
Old, young, eager for the voice of wisdom to
Hold them and touch them with love.

Great Spirit, we open to your sacred grace.
Fill our bodies with each breath we take.
Fill our eyes with your beauty.
We open to you.
Touch us, hold us in love.
Cleanse us of our problems and worries.
We are here now to be filled with your Healing and Wisdom.
We open our eyes, we open our hearts,
We open to be the sacred people
We were born to be.