I Am

I am is the most important energy in the life of a human being.  This is because everything is about us.  Humans always think in terms of I am.  “I am happy.  I am sad.  I am angry.  I am compassionate.”

b550a71c4cc07c6432bd0f76decd7b56--positive-feelings-positive-lifeI am consists of two parts: the Great and the little.  Great Self, True Self, Higher Self is the I am with a period.  For little self, personality self, incarnate self the words I am is the beginning of a sentence.  Humans explain our actions, our thoughts, and our intentions through the words I am.

Spirituality, we are informed, is to arrive at the totality of the Great I am.  Imagine a circle.  This circle is Divine Spirit, the All Is One energy.  It encompasses the infinite potential of all that has been and all that will be, or might be.

However, as duality arises from mind the circle begins to be crossed by lines.  We do this in religion as we divide the great circle into conceptual pictures.  The lines could be expressed as- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; Divine Mother, Father, and Weaver; Earth, Sky, and Spirits.  There are numerous ways the circle becomes a picture.  And then the picture becomes the path, the way, the truth.  We can’t help thinking and attempting to understand but we start making trouble when our picture becomes The Picture.

As humans we are always busy trying to understand ourselves, others, and the universe.  As spirits we discover the Great Circle that is the I am; the Divine Avatar connection, Buddha Self, Christ Consciousness Self, True Self, Higher Self, etc.  Then, because we are physical beings, we begin to define ourselves.  We have spent lifetimes creating patterns and habits of thinking and acting that are lines in the circle of our Great I am.  After a while, we have a very complex picture within the Great Circle of Life.

Most of us assume that the path of spirit is about changing ourselves to fit into the “spiritual” role defined by whatever set of teachings we are engaged in.  Sometimes it’s about finding the right path so we can be saved, healed, or magicked into a perfect being.  We have forgotten the Great I am and focus only on the messy lines we have scribbled within the circle.

To bring our attention back to the wholeness of our circle it’s necessary to accept all the lines within the circle, even the scribbles.  Everyone has things we don’t like about ourselves.  But, we are the artist who drew the picture.  Some of it we created as a child.  Part was created by a scared or angry adolescent.  Other parts seemed to be there when we were born.  What if we simply redraw the lines, or add new ones, so all the parts fit together into a mandala of beauty? cf678298ff62e73909fc118e228cc284--lotus-mandala-tattoo-lotus-flower-tattoos

The place to start with our Great I am mandala is to stop thinking we are broken. It helps to focus on how we already are loving, generous, kind, and compassionate.  Sometimes we will discover that we are harder than we thought; softer than we thought, more fragile than we thought, smaller or bigger than we thought.  Those are just lines in the Great I am Circle.  We can learn to say, “I am that.”

Once we add lines or restructure lines within the Great Circle we have wholeness.  We will have structural, spiritual, moral, and ethical integrity.  What if we paint the mandala of our life in all the colors of creation?  Maybe we will end up being who we were always meant to be.

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What If…?

What if there is nothing wrong with me?  What if there is nothing wrong with you?

apocalypse-statue-of-libertyIn this very difficult and scary time when the world we thought we knew seems to be disintegrating it becomes important to ground and center in spiritual truth.  No, I am not advocating a head in the sand, ignore the pain, and pretend everything is happening for the best attitude.  I’m suggesting that we reinforce our relationship with our humanity, with our inner goodness, with our strength of character.  I am suggesting we remember and ground ourselves in the benefactor qualities of the human race.

Because we can imagine and act on our imagination humans have created many amazing, beautiful, and positive things in this world.  We have also created, through imagination and action, genocide, poverty, destruction, hatred, bigotry, and war.  As we know the beginning of both heaven and hell reside in the use of our own mind.  It resides in the way we think and speak of others and the way we think and speak about ourselves.  As we become overwhelmed by hearing and seeing the dark side of human behavior let us also look for and listen to the good in our young people, in the actions of our brothers and sisters around the globe.  Let us remember that hard times call for heroic action.  The heroes of old are calling your name.  Many children, women, and men are listening and responding in protection, compassion, and a renewed sense of purpose.  Protecting all of life we nurture and defend what is precious.

hand-846092_1280-2-custom-1Here are some things to consider as you cultivate the hero within you:

*You are living your life the best you know how and attempting to get better every day.

*You make mistakes, like everyone else, which allows you to gain wisdom.

*You’re unique, whether you’re introverted or extroverted, practical or a dreamer, technical or artistic, book smart or street smart…however you are…you are the only person just like you on the planet.

*If you do what you enjoy and don’t harm other beings, you’re living a beautiful life.

*You will never become someone because you already are someone.

*If someone hurt, you…you didn’t deserve it…no one does…and it didn’t happen because of karma.

*It’s OK to feel your emotions and respond to them.  If you need to improve the way you respond; well everyone could use some improvement in that area.

Chaos, confusion, darkness, fear, anger, grief…these are all perfectly understandable emotions in this time of upheaval and potential destruction of the values we were taught was the American Way.  The Buddha once said, being with what is we can respond (not react) to what is.  We respond by knowing who and what we love- the Earth, the animals, the children, compassion, generosity, and fearlessness.  We respond by maintaining the knowledge of our inner goodness and working to create a world we can proudly leave to our children.

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And if, like the Jedi, many of us are destroyed, then like the Jedi we will rise again and defeat the darkness of hatred, greed, and anger.  The Force is with us!  We are unstoppable!

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 

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