How Can We Have Love?

What is necessary to have love in our lives?  Is it someone who loves us and who we also love?  Is it true friends, people to trust, and those who are supportive of us?  Is it belonging?  Is it being accepted as we are and who we are?  In order to have love we have to sacrifice something to get it.  In order to have joy we have to sacrifice something.  In order to have peace we have to sacrifice something.  In order to have abundant energy and good health something must be sacrificed.  What needs to be sacrificed is almost always an unhelpful attitude or belief.

192859-I-m-Letting-Go To have love, one must sacrifice the attitude that we are unlovable, unworthy, or challenged in some way.  We let go of the idea that there is something wrong with us, or that everyone is against us.  To have love we must sacrifice those attitudes, stories, and ways of thinking about ourselves and the world around us.  If we come into the place of divine relationship and find love inside of our heart, it isn’t because we’ve found the right person, set of circumstances, group to belong to, or new family associations.  It’s because we have decided true love is within us and can be found all around us if we are open to receive it.

heartbreak-rejection-lost-love-1 We might go to a  church, meditation, or dharma gathering and declare, “I have never found so much love from a group of strangers than I have here.”  And if we don’t feel welcomed, think we don’t belong, or that people are ignoring us- we will tell a story, or form some kind of belief about what’s wrong with that group of people in order to excuse our inability to feel love and compassion.  Love comes from within us- not from the people around us.   This doesn’t mean that sometimes there are not people who don’t like us.  There probably will be.  No matter how wonderful we are, someone won’t like us.  When people don’t like us or we form dislikes of others it’s the lack of love within our heart or their heart that’s the problem.

But if we are expecting love- mostly we will receive love.  If we are expecting to be disapproved of- mostly we will be disapproved of.  If we have a story of unworthiness- mostly we will experience unworthiness.

In order to have love, something has to be sacrificed.  What needs to sacrificed is whatever story we have about why love doesn’t work for us.  How useful is that story?  We want to think about cutting away the past that doesn’t serve us and keeping only the past things that help us go forward in love.  And if we have an experience where someone doesn’t love us or doesn’t like us, walk on.  Leave them behind.  Why are we dragging them along?  If we cut ties to the things of the past that anchor us into victimization, unhappiness, isolation, not belonging-guess what?  Life is filled with opportunity instead of pain, happiness instead of suffering!

hold-handsYes, it’s true.  We think everyone should love us.  But they won’t.  This doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with us?  It means someone didn’t like us or love us…that is not our problem.  Our challenge is not being able to love everyone just as they are, in not being filled with Divine Compassion for all beings.  If we are not able to look at everyone and love them, does that mean that they are intrinsically unlovable?  Or that we have just not found the place of love and compassion in our own heart so we can see them with love?

The point of sacrifice is to cutaway, liberate, and detach from the things that actually end up causing our suffering.  If we are attached to stress it’s very hard to be at peace.  If we are attached to being overwhelmed and burdened it will be difficult to find peace.  What would we have to give up or sacrifice in order to create a life that didn’t hold burdens and stress?

Liberation is not always permanent.  But if we are liberated for an hour, we had a good hour.  And then everything fills back up and we have to liberate ourselves again.  We could say that the world provides plenty of opportunities to have be upset and stress.  But it is possible to detach ourselves from the stress of the world through meditation, silence, times of prayer, and going somewhere to be in nature.   We detach ourselves so we may come back to a place of joy, peace and love.  That is why there is the phrase- Be Here Now.

Divine Spirit Awakenings LogoMost of what we have to sacrifice is attachment to what happened in the past, five minutes ago or five years ago.  If we detach from those things, sit in the present, be focused, know who we truly are, be who we truly are, mostly we will be happy.  Mostly we will have the space of joy.  Mostly we will have peace.

There is a Great Beings inside of each of us just waiting to be released.  Why are we keeping that Being locked behind a wall of unhappiness, anger, thwarted desires, and struggling?  What if we decide to know our heart of love?  What if we decide to allow ourselves to be happy now?  What if we let go of what upsets us and allow peace to flow into the crevices and corners of our lives?  Anything is possible for Spirit!  We are Spirit and when we know that anything will be possible for us!

 

Spirit’s Manifestations

There are five basic manifestations of the path of spirit: love, joy, peace, abundant life, and light.

Today, let’s examine the manifestations of love.
The basic nature of humans and most animals is love.

Kindness-cat-and-birdManifestation #1 is Kindness
The first step consists of the golden rule: if you wouldn’t want unpleasant things to happen to you don’t create them for others.  If we don’t want disparaging remarks made about us, then don’t make them about others.  If we don’t want someone responding in irritation and anger, then don’t respond that way.  If we don’t want rejection and betrayal, then don’t reject or betray others.

 

Give away to others only what you are willing to receive for yourself.
This is the practice of holding up all of our actions to examination.  How would I feel if someone said, looked, acted in that way to me?  All of these practices are difficult to establish.  Expect to make mistakes.  As long as we still feel disempowered, unaccepted, unappreciated, belittled, betrayed, angry, or frustrated, we still have that negativity inside of us.  What we feel is ours!  It’s us having the experience.

Once we have accepted that what we feel is ours we can develop the practice of thanking those who allowed us to experience our negative emotions that create suffering.  Once we understand that we are the cause of our suffering we can develop mind habits that free us from suffering.  If we are one with Divine Spirit it doesn’t make any difference what anyone else is doing.

devotionManifestation #2 is Devotion
This is a rule of Love because awakening to passionate admiration for a great being, saint, spiritual teacher, or other representative of Divine Spirit allows one to emulate and model our behavior on someone we respect and hold in high regard. The All Spirit doesn’t require us to adore or worship.  We perform these practices because they awaken love inside of our hearts.  A true spiritual teacher doesn’t need or demand your devotion.  Is Great Spirit diminished because we decide not to pray?  No.  Does it matter to us?  Absolutely.  Devotion changes our relationship to love, kindness, and awakening consciousness.

Thupten_Jinpa_Modern_CompassionManifestation #3 Compassion
Compassion is the willingness to feel and experience the pain of another without needing to fix it, heal it, or do anything about it.  We are the gentle, warm-hearted listener allowing another to express their suffering without benefit of our advice.  Compassion is the practice of seeing a loved one’s face in the face of all other beings.  It’s the ability to truly rejoice in the good that comes to another even as a parent rejoices in the accomplishments of their child without envy or self-interest.  Compassion is the ability to see everyone as worthy.

prayer_t_nvRule #4 Sacrifice
Sacrifice is the willingness to take an active role in relieving suffering.
Here are some ways that might happen:  speak for those whose voices are not heard; give to charities; conduct a clothing or food drive; spend time praying for the benefit of all beings each day; if good things happen for you, dedicate the merit of that good for others.  Walk barefoot and let the pain, shame, and rejection you experience be an energy you carry for those who bear great suffering.  Bless the food you eat that all beings, everywhere, shall be full and content.  When cleaning dedicate that energy so that entities will be freed from their inner pain and feelings of unworthiness.  When in pain, say, As I have and feel this pain, and as it is healed, may it do good for all the people of the world who are in pain.

The practices of love are liberating us through conscious awareness.  To truly practice being love means there is no vacation, and no time off to be human, judgmental, depressed, unworthy, limited, or a gossip. Constant vigilance of our thoughts and behaviors will reap the reward of feeling and knowing love all of the time.  Why would we want to do anything else?

Spirit’s Plan For Us

9ff62d1c0d6f7e33e4a09489d59de107There’s a plan for us in this life devised by soul before we were born.  We are here to implement that plan to make a contribution within the world that only we can make.  We chose to be born in a certain family hoping we could make a contribution to that family.  The other places we set our destiny into motion are: Community, Friends, Companions, our Nation, our Earth, and the Sacred.  We are not here to be self-fulfilled but spirit-filled, love-filled, and joy-full creators of something original and new.

We are workers of the Light for the Divine Sacred Way of love, joy, and peace.  We can start by choosing a portion of that divine inheritance (love, joy, peace) that comes naturally to us.  Our task is to be a preparer of the way, a pioneer, an innovator, a creator of something that was once thought to be impossible.

Life only works if we have a plan.  The path of Spirit only works if we have a plan.  Nothing is gained by waiting for the perfect opportunity.  We must be fully engaged in both life and the path of Spirit.  It doesn’t matter whether we are happy if we don’t create opportunities to share that happiness with as many other beings as possible.

selfish-manThe path of life is definitely about us.  What we want and don’t want, what we think should happen and what we think should never happen to us.  The plan of Spirit means we are creating as much good for other beings as we have created for ourselves and our families.  Meaningful work means generating an attitude of service.  Without true heart service all work is meaningless.

Humans are not meant to be alone.  Rampant psychological problems come from being alone.  We need community.  We are herd animals and need a place to belong.  We may long to find ourselves, but the only self we will find is through our connections with others.  By the age of seven most people have created a lifetime of core beliefs.  From that time forward there is only the same mental, emotional, and habituated inner roads to travel.  But maybe everything in our minds is not a precious memory.  Maybe some of those thoughts are erroneous.  Maybe some of our emotions are stones weighing us down.

20150824_092516People used to sift flour to get out the stones.  We need to sift our lives to get rid of the stones.  Humans only consciously remember about 10% of their lives.  The rest has gone into brain storage, somewhere.  Review the last two weeks.  If they were ordinary, we remember very little of what happened.  Most of the time the events of our lives are not important enough to remember.  To remember who we truly are as spirit beings requires effort, daily, hourly, minute-to-minute effort.  This is why we cultivate a life of meditation, prayer, and study in order to remember something worthwhile and beautiful!

What are you remembering?  Is it of true value for your soul?

The consciousness of the western world tends to be one of guilt, shame, blame and punishment.  One of the first things we ask when something happens is:  Who did it?  Why did they do it?  What is going to happen to them now?

From childhood we learned that if we don’t lie about things, we will be punished.  We are terrified of making mistakes, to accidentally do something that will bring punishment down upon our heads.  We are so used to expecting punishment that we punish ourselves through cruel, critical inner dialogue.

We need to think of a new plan for our lives.  While we can’t change the western mind consciousness all at once…we can start changing the way we think, what we choose to believe, and what we choose to share.  Restorative justice means everyone is forgiven and allowed to begin again.  f2c793b49f2c477ebc950aaae5f2d847The Beauty Way is restorative justice.  The world above me is restored in beauty, the world below me is restored in beauty, the way before me is restored in beauty, and the way behind me is restored in beauty.  My voice is restored in beautyIt is finished in beauty.

So why remember negative incidents and characteristics about ourselves?  We don’t deserve it.  Let us throw out thinking errors!  Let’s not wait to see what life brings us.  Get a paddle or a motor and drive the boat upstream.  Only dead fish go with the flow.

An affirmative plan is to celebrate ourselves.
It forces us to remember the good.  Freed from guilt and blame it’s easier to make changes from the standpoint of infinite possibilities. Let’s challenge ourselves instead of punishing ourselves.

The path of Spirit is a dance of joy!
Make a daily plan to design a celebration of joy, laughter, love, happiness, and generosity.  Create something memorable that isn’t suffering!
Choose a sacred word of the day and make room in your life to express it.

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A New Mission

This Covenant Prayer is a description of a way of life – a life of knowing and sharing love, joy, and peace with all beings.  The spirit path can be summed up in this phrase-I promise to put in lots of hard work to create love, joy, and peace for myself and all other beings.

 The Words of our Covenant with Great Spirit are:

In honor we hold ourselves because we are the children of Mother Earth.
We invoke the sensual wild so that all life is abundant.
May all the decisions we make bring wisdom. 
May we find the wisdom to become what is needed for others and ourselves.
We shall not begin what we cannot finish in love, joy, and peace.
We accept all people as our own (family) and open our hearts to share with them.
United in purpose, together, we are one.
We are makers and shapers of beauty in the world.
We sow the seeds of eternity and reap the harvest of love and joy,
over,and over, and over again.

We are willing to go into the dark to find the light of truth, so that our actions
take place in rightness and our passion leads to devotion.
May our changes bring healing to the world.
In the heart of the Wisdom Light we shall find comfort.
May our protection be guided by obedience to a Higher Power.
May our strength be supportive of the weak and helpless of the world.
May our joyous playfulness bring magical possibilities and laughter set us free.
It is in the heart of our mirror self that we shall find
unconditional love, so that love may truly lift up the world.

a720159d11d4487ce161cd8c935888eeThe mission of our time is to live by a set of ideas and ideals of consciousness whose very nature has the power and ability to transform hearts and minds.  It is a process of gathering friends and companions who are convinced of the truth that all life is precious and no one should be left out.  There have been many Missions of Consciousness throughout time; adopted for a while the teachings bring great change.  Then, one by one these statements of greatest of being lose the power to awaken hearts and direct lives.  It is time for a new Mission.  The Mission of the Metta.  This Mission requires each of us to focus on three things: Liberation, Obedience, and Release.

Liberation

02fb413f32e2d99898239eefbd868117Liberation from suffering is a part of every mission.  The process of suffering is caused by what we have that we don’t want and what we want that we don’t have.  The path of freedom from suffering is gratitude, appreciation, and blessing.  In gratitude we focus on the people, places, experiences, and things in our lives that we have in such abundance.  With appreciation we speak our thanksgiving to those who have walked with us at different times thanking them for the gifts they have shared with us.  We acknowledge that we are part of a whole, not a separate being, independent and alone.  With blessing we speak Metta for others: May you be well and happy.  May you be at ease.  May you feel safe.  May you know you are loved.

To be a true seeker it is part of our job to bless, express appreciation, and count our gratitudes.  It is not enough for us to be happy, have love, and a peaceful life.  We are responsible to create the possibility of these gifts in the lives of others: humans, animals, and all living beings.  In this way we will know we are truly on the path of Freedom/Liberation.

Obedience

2ade9f2fb20fd9b0b982de5a4698bda3A True Seeker is not self-employed, so obedience becomes important.  A True Seeker knows he or she is employed in life, in spirit, by a Higher Power- Divine Mother…Divine Father…Divine Weaver.

When we practice being obedient to Great Spirit we decide to be obedient to love, peace, compassion, healing, generosity, and joy.  We change our attitude, our interactions, and involvements so that the energy we express is in accordance with Divine Will.  It is the Will of Great Spirit that we practice love, joy, and peace with all beings.

Release

ba6c4424174458bf1f6d7bf3fc22bd4eRelease is very difficult because we are afraid of what will happen if we are not in control; little realizing that we have never really been in control of anything other than our thoughts.  Even controlling our thought is a challenge for most of us.  So we learn to meditate, chant mantras, and focus with prayers hoping to gain a little peace from the experience of monkey mind.  When we release we are allowing ourselves to let go of the visions we have of being bad, unworthy, lazy, confused, disorganized, or unlovable.  We let go of the vision of our amazing gifts, accomplishments, and knowledge.  We allow the Ancient Wisdom of Great Mother- Great Father to guide our lives.  The voice of the Divine is audible within our hearts if we are truly seeking to practice love, joy, compassion, generosity, and peace for ourselves and for all other beings.

A New Mission, A New Consciousness is arising- May we join our voices,
our hearts, and our lives together for the benefit of all beings everywhere!

Sowing Spirit Seeds

One of the seeds of Spirit is inspiration. Gift giving is representative of a caring and loving heart.  It is all based on being inspired to give of the self.  This is difficult to do when we don’t feel love, joy, or peace.

inspirationWhy did we forget that we were born to love?  Things happened.  People were unkind to us.  We were not taught to release our fears to Divine Mother and Father. Yet our work of Spirit is to an inspiration of love.

Many of us interface with our family of origin because of obligation or duty.  Perhaps it’s time to be inspired to forgive the past hurts, criticisms, and disappointments.  Perhaps it’s time to rediscover the love we brought with us from Spirit.    Generosity is not bargaining; it’s giving away whether that person gives back or not.  Instead of keeping score, let’s be inspired to love and forgive.

When we are focused on the past mosPower-of-Forgiveness1t of what we remember is what we don’t like about that past.  We are beings of Light.  Everything is possible for us even forgiving ancient wrongs.  Love is forever within us so that all we have to do is remember that love instead of the old stories of sorrow and pain.  Pain can be forgotten.  May we be inspired to express the loving, joyous spirit that we were born to be.

It helps to start the day with meditation.  If we don’t have time to pray and connect with the Great Being within, we have just screwed up our day.  When we are thinking crabby, depressed, anxious thoughts we will probably be giving them away.  When we start our day with a reminder that we are here to create love, to live life fully in grace our day will be filled with laughter, love, and inner peace.

It’s important to focus on whatever we wish more of in our lives.  When we pray, we are reminding ourselves of what is possible.   Nothing is impossible for Divine Father and Mother.  Prayer aligns our mind and emotions with Spirit’s truth, Spirit’s story.  We may have to repeat these reminders because we have a short attention span.

If we want to create something positive we must do something to make it happen.  After 2000 years we are still praying for peace.  Why?  Maybe because we think prayer is enough.  Maybe we have to create peace in our lives before it can manifest in the world around us.  To create peace- we could forgive others; forgive ourselves; do something nice for the neighbor we most dislike; or stand with a peace vigil.  There is always something we can do.

049-letitshine-1440x900-BThoughts don’t count unless they lead to action.  Wouldn’t it be nice if …but people are hungry, dying, and unloved.  Thoughts don’t count until we act upon those thoughts.  Perhaps we could foster a cheerful attitude whether we feel like it or not.  A virtue is something we cultivate that isn’t natural to us.

When we are truly align with Spirit’s energy we must feel something or we are wasting our time.  We have to feel something to have power with that something.  Sad thoughts weaken us; happy thoughts strengthen us.  Feel deeply Divine Mother’s will, Divine Father’s peace, Great Weavers healing-and act to manifest that truth!  Think, feel, be in alignment with Divine Mother and Father’s will and act from that place of inner rightness!

If we don’t sow the seeds of eternity, we might find that our earthly experience is filled with suffering.  Find a saint to emulate.  Look until you find one you can relate to.  Be the saint you are capable of being.  You can if you will.  What do I resolve to do that Spirit wants me to do?  What do I want more of in my life?  Think it.  Feel it.  And Act on it. Sow the Seeds of Eternity and reap the harvest of love and joy- over, and over, and over again.

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Living a Spirit-Centered Life

There are three important energies that must be expressed in order to live a Spirit-centered life.  These are difficult energies because they do not necessarily bring success in the world.  Those energies are a focus on: knowing, understanding, and manifesting– Great Spirit’s will for you each day.

To manifest Great Spirit’s will it is necessary that for every action, thought, or, especially, any words that comes out of our mouths we ask: How is this promoting love, joy, or peace?love_peace_joy Because the only true expressions of Divine Will results in more love, joy, and peace. If it is not promoting one of these truths of Spirit Grace, what we are about to do, think, or say, is not Great Spirit’s plan for us.  If we discover our intention is not in alignment with love, joy, and peace then we can practice silence, meditation, or non-action.

Anger and grief, even pain, are usually the result of thinking in terms of what others need to do in order for us to have love, joy, or peace.  What are we going to do to create love, joy, and peace?  It is not Great Spirit’s way to confront misbehavior. forgiveness Focus instead on forgiveness.  Listen to the voice of Spirit and we will hear Great Mother and Father Say-I do not remember that you have ever offended me.  This is Great Spirit’s forgiveness.  It is the only way we can find more love, joy, and peace when people and things upset us.

Some ideas that prevent us from promoting Great Spirit’s will in our lives are- thinking, obsessing, and retelling our favorite hell/pain/betrayal stories over and over again.  Pointing out the faults of others.  Worrying over imagined “what ifs” does not enhance happiness or peace.  Being upset because others “don’t get it” prevents us from the possibility of tranquility or friendship.  Counting our hardships instead of our blessings prevents us from feeling, knowing, understanding, and expressing our Divine Inheritance of love, joy, and peace.

Because the ability to desire, manifest, and hope for love, joy, and peace already exists inside us- all we need to do is take a quiet time out- a meditation time- and listen for what Great Mother and Father wish for us this day.  Meditation can be as simple as sitting quietly outside listening to the birds, floating peacefully in a pool of water, or sitting on a cushion focused on our breath.  Take a time out and listen- How can I love more today?  How can I practice bringing joy into life today?  How can I let go of my worries and enter into the promise of peace?

When we fail to express our inner divine nature of love, joy, and peace- and we will fail- wallowing in guilt will not help us.  Guilt is just the warning beep that we have gone against Spirit’s purpose; recognize it and try again.  Notice we have made a mistake and get on with trying to know, understand, and manifest love, joy and peace.  This is an obsession worth having!

Consider Others Before Yourself

To consider others before ourselves is not an invitation to martyrdom.  It’s an invitation to contribute to the lives of those around us and to make a difference in the world in whatever way we can.  It is the call of our soul as a human being.

journey-beginsWe knew when we came here what it would be like.  Great Spirit shared stories of what the world was like- and told us they knew that we could make a difference.  But after we were born, instead of holding to selfless intentions, we learned to be self-centeredness.  I need; I want; I must have.  And someone is preventing me from having it.

We have forgotten we are here to make the world a better place.  So-called peace talks often demonstrate how people believe life is about getting what they want and making demands on others to give it to them.  True peace talks would be about what there is to share together in the spirit of loving kindness and generosity.  Even marriage counseling is often about complaining.  He doesn’t give me what I need. / She doesn’t fulfill my needs.  Then the process often moves into negotiations- I’ll give you this if you’ll give me that.  This rarely works.  The other person would have already given what us what we felt we needed if s/he had the ability to share that energy with us.

The point of leading a spirit centered life is to get rid of selfishness and make a contribution.  69b36b5e82167110faa898868d98c1c7This takes time, maybe as much time as it would take for a bird’s wing feathers to wear down a mountain.  But if we align our lives with Great Mother and Father’s Grace- transformation into loving kindness, compassion, and peaceful joy may be only a surrender away.  Be willing to contribute without receiving thanks

True humility is to recognize when we are wrong, apologize, and make atonement, if necessary.    The battle of light and dark goes on inside us every day.  If we are not practicing love, joy, and peace then we are causing pain and suffering- even if only to ourselves.

Practice loving without return, happiness without a cause, and peace when it seems stupid.   Do this if others notice or not, if we receive praise or not- Practice even in difficult circumstances.  Our purpose isn’t to save the world but to be good spirit centered people contributing to the world.

To live Spirit’s life we must take sanctuary in beautiful places.  We must take refuge when hopelessness and helplessness overwhelms us.  Great Mother and Great Father are waiting to hold us, comfort us, and send us back to the world with renewed determination and hope.  The Spirit-centered life is hard, but not impossible- when we live it one thought, one, action, one word, and one day at a time.

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Oceans Wide the Open Heart

Great Mother is telling us that her heart is as vast as the ocean.  What happens to something that we drop into the ocean?  It is changed; it is transformed, and becomes something other than what it was.  If we pick up a stone or a shell from the beach it has been smoothed and made precious beyond what it was before.

8b3cb4182b5cae282457530ffdc70aa9When we go to Maha Amma she will begin to remove the energy of our rough edges.  When we think in terms of oceans of love we are most likely to think of love as indulgent- allowing and accepting endlessly the faults, and petty behaviors of others.  What do we know of the ocean- it constantly transforms everything it touches.  Great Mother is an infinite force of change brought about by love.  She smooth’s, changes, and sometimes wears away entirely that which is no longer useful for life.  Great Mother takes us into the vastness of her ocean, and when we surrender to her we are saying we are willing to be remade- to be remade into what will be of value to life and to our people.  Great Mother can change our nature, shape our nature, and make our nature more precious than we can ever imagine.

When change comes most people try to hold onto the past and keep the new energy, the transformational energy, from happening.  If we surrender to change we can be content to simply see what happens next.

Mother-Ocean-web re-2Come to the heart of Maha Amma and say- Change me to be who you need me to be. We may have ideas of what that is but this is not surrender.  In surrender we don’t hold on to any ideas of who we need to become- we allow ourselves to become someone Great Mother needs.

Bhakti means devotion.  The truly devout soul surrenders their will to the will of another.  Devotion is not putting our hands in a prayer mudra or keeping a pious look on our face.  It is the ability to surrender our will to the will of another and to become what they would make of us even if that is no one we would recognize.

Maha Amma’s great ocean of love is calling for us to come and be tumbled and remade in her image and likeness so we can understand the true meaning of love.

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