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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Surrender

Surrendering means something more than to devote ourselves to a cause, or to the will of Great Spirit.  It is more than giving of ourselves to others.  It is even more than abandoning our life to Spirit.

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True surrender is to die to everything and everyone.  It is to continually keep our heart and mind turned toward Great Father, Great Mother, and the Great Weaver of all Life.  We no longer seek self-satisfaction in anything but the words, the heart, and the mind of Great Spirit.

It should be added that self-surrender means following the path of detachment from people, places, things, and even from a natural desire to be noticed, appreciated, and loved by our God(dess).  It is to accept everything that happens as a gift.  It means to submit our life to being guided by a Higher Power- without argument, or exception.

Perhaps you think this is too difficult.  Do not be deceived.  There is nothing easier to do. tumblr_mmx1blnVL21s9rnz8o1_500 Nothing so sweet to practice.  The whole thing consists in saying:
“Beloved, I wish to be entirely yours.  Please accept my offering.”

Everything is an opportunity to serve the Light.
By incarnating in the physical world we decided to have an experience.  We have the power to imagine, decide, create, and change.  When we practice surrender we agree to accept life as it is.  We can always count on Great Spirit to help us have a little bit of everything.  Let us give thanks for the potluck abundance of our experience of life- instead of whining that we don’t like and want certain things.  Abundance is a full heart.  Not a full refrigerator, garage, or wallet.

tumblr_mlipahaKVj1qhmhdfo1_500Great Spirit
I abandon myself into your hands.
Do with me this day according to Your will.
Whatever happens today or any day,
May I give thanks for the blessing of life.
I am ready to accept all people
And to let only your love, joy ad peace be expressed to them.
Into your hands I lay my life.
Guide me in the ways I am to go.

Give me the relationships that will best serve You.
Allow my hands to do work that is a blessing to Your Name.
I surrender myself without reservation
And with boundless confidence
Because I know You love me!

More About Prayer

Communicating with Spirit

There are two main ways to communicate with Spirit: one is prayer and the other is affirmation. Affirmation is a repetitive thought, or phrase we focus on to convince ourselves that what we are praying for is possible. Prayer is a space of surrendering to Great Spirit’s loving grace because we don’t know what to do in a challenging time in our lives.

It is important to use both of these spirit communication forms every day.
When will you take the time to pray today?
What thoughts will you allow yourself today?
Why do you say you have no time to pray with The Beloved when all of The Beloved’s attention is always focused on you?

We can learn to pray with our whole heart.
With our whole mind.
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We can learn to pray unceasingly!

Spirit Talks to Us

Our spiritual teachers and guides in the world can communicate with us when we call upon them.  But in order for Great Spirit to talk to us, in order for us to hear the still small voice within, we must release attention to on pain, anger, fear, grief, and disappointments to place it firmly on Great Spirit’s Blessings.

It is necessary to bring our mind and the emotions to a place of silence even if that silence is only for a few moments. For it is only in that place of quiet that we can hear the inner guidance of Great Spirit.

The key to all of this is the act of surrender.

Surrender is allowing.  5prayerIt is trusting that indeed the Great Father hears us, the Great Mother hears us, the Great Weaver hears us, and will answer our prayer if we are only still enough to listen.

After you have a taste of True Spirit, you will want more and more all the time.
Learn to pray unceasingly!
Strive to pray with devotion-
Prayer is the road to spirit truth-
Good works are the vehicle
Meditation is the food-
Mantra is the conversation.

We usually pray and perform good works of Spirit for two reasons.  One is from fear of punishment and the other is from the hope of reward.  But there is a third reason to walk the path of spirit- to pray with a full heart- to listen with an empty mind- and to give to others kindness and blessings- This reason is because it comes from a heart centered on love, joy, peace, and light.  We do good because it is the only thing we wish to do…and because it is the right thing to do.  We are spiritual from love- not fear- and not from hope of reward.  We become the prayer benefactors for the world- hoping to ease the suffering, even if we cannot eliminate it.

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Speak Beloved-
I am ready to hear you.
I am your servant.
Grant me wisdom and understanding
so I may bring comfort to troubled hearts.
Bend my heart that I might follow you
without hope of reward, or fear of punishment.
Beloved, you are my inspiration
and Giver of Light.
You alone can fully instruct me with your desires.
Speak therefore directly to me,
for I am ready to hear you!

The Beloved Speaks-
Prayer is to rejoice in My loving gift of life.
It is to see the world with the eyes of a child.
It is to dance with gladness,
and take delight in each day.
Discover your ability to be open-hearted.
Understand that your prayers
will result in inner peace
and bring joy to many hearts-
For you are my Beloved Child.

Prayer

Prayer must first come from a space of surrender to Divine Will and Way. It is faith in the true loving and compassionate kindness of Great Spirit that allows us to know that Divine Will and Way is love, joy, peace, abundance, and enlightenment.  It is not Great Spirit’s will that evil things happen…although evil things can and do happen- usually because of human fear, anger, and violence.  When we bring all of our human stubbornness to the insistence on knowing Great Spirit’s will in the world miracles happen.  The Great Mother has given us a compassionate heart; the Great Father has given us a powerful mind; the Great Weaver has given us a beautiful life…let us use these gifts to Know….

I will know, accept, and create love today!
I will know, accept, and create joy today
I will know, accept, and create peace today!
Nothing is impossible unless I allow it to be impossible!
The power of prayer is mine today!

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Pray Unceasingly
Prayer works best when it is a way of life. It is possible to create a life of prayer while living an ordinary existence. We do this through small moments of focus on our breath, a time of quiet contemplation, the recitation of a favorite mantra, or remembering to simply smile through the doorways of life.   Of course, it is easier to focus, create, and pray when we withdraw from our worldly involvements. This is what spiritual retreats are for…a time to remember that we are the Beloved Children of the Great Spirit…we are loved, cherished, and blessed with the gift of life.

  • Hands-spirituality-and-religion-16797009-500-376The secret to praying unceasingly is dedication and intention.  We can hold an intention for every action and every involvement in our lives.  This kind of Dedication is as simple as:

Great Spirit take my work in this time and make it a blessing for ______.

Prayer is directed thought. The thoughts of prayer are directed toward knowing and experiencing the Presence of Great Spirit.  In order to pray effectively it is necessary to clear the mind of disturbances.  Preparing for prayer is often as important as the prayer itself.

Some ways to make ready for prayer
Soft, soothing music
Focusing on a flame or crystal
Listen to, and watch flowing water
Chanting

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Prayer for others
Praying for others means knowing Spirit’s blessing for them when they cannot know this for themselves. Prayer works best when we know: that Great Spirit is always present for everyone at all times, that love is possible, that healing is a natural part of life, that nothing is impossible for Great Spirit, or for one who loves.  Instead of dwelling on the problem we dwell upon the loving kindness of Spirit’s Grace already at work in our lives or the lives of those for whom we pray.

Prayer is always answered.  Great Spirit always says YES!  But sometimes we have determined what WE think is best and if that is not the result of our prayer we feel that prayer has failed us.  prayerBut what if we cannot or do not want to accept what Spirit’s “yes” will mean for our life?   Then is the time to go back to surrender.  Go back to remembering who we Really are.  Go back to counting the many blessings that surround us every day.

 

Holy Spirit within-
Help me to live as that which I am-
Help me bring love to all of the world.
I ask for love in myself.
I ask for love in the world.
I ask for love for all of my people.

Holy Spirit within
Help me to live as that which I am
Help me bring joy to all of the world.
I ask for joy in myself.
I ask for joy in the world.
I ask of joy for all of my people.

Holy Spirit within
Help me to live as that which I am
Help me bring peace to all of the world.
I ask for peace in myself.
I ask for peace in the world.
I ask for peace for all of my people.

 

The Path

The path of spirit is something that you are; not something that you do.

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We were born to walk the path of spirit because we are spirit. Everyone has a destiny because we are born with a unique spark of the Great Spirit Life.  We only need to take a journey inside to find it.  The Path of Spirit is such a journey. Our destiny is to be the beloved children of Great Spirit…and to act like it.

Are you a child of love?
Are you an entity of peace?
Are you a person of joy?
Is enthusiasm, and abundance a part of your life?
Do you seek knowledge in order to know things or do you seek the wisdom to experience things?

This is the core of Beingness.  It is our destiny. To live out this destiny it is necessary to question our motives, to make new beginnings, to end outworn ideas, to transform ourselves until we become an expression of our heroic possibilities. Walking the path of spirit requires questioning, judgment, change, transformations, and deaths.  In order to truly do these things we need a teacher, a mentor, a guide who has traveled this path before us.  How will we know the questions to ask, the discernments that are real, the changes  and transformation that will be necessary, or what truly needs to die in order for us to live more fully. Reading a book won’t do it.  Reading this blog won’t do it.  In order to have Wisdom we must have true and personal experiences guided by one who has been there before us.

The formula for walking the path of spirit is determination, commitment, and responsibility.  Determination is the ability to continue when continuing requires death and sacrifice.  Commitment is an attitude of sharing, of willing cooperation with the needs of the many and not just the needs of the few or the One.
Responsibility means being accountable for our every thought, word, feeling, and deed.

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The Journey of Spirit

The first lesson, the on-going lesson, of the journey is what to take and what to leave behind. When we begin a trip of any kind we usually try to imagine what we will experience, and what we will need for those experiences and so we begin our spiritual journey with an amazing amount of baggage.  As we travel the inward road we have to either lighten the load or give up on the journey.  Whenever the demands of life seems to interfere with commitment Spirit, it is time to lighten our load.  Whenever we are overburdened with pain or stress it is time to lighten our load.

Great Spirit help me to have a willing heart.
May I be willing to accept the joy of commitment,
The peace of determination,
And the love of responsibility.
I wish to heroically become Your worker of Light.

Great Spirit, it often seems that I am striving,
Trying, seeking, learning, grasping, and working
To be good, loving, kind, successful, and abundant.
Life seems exhausting when I fall into places
Where I don’t really believe you can,
or will help me.

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Teach me to have Faith, Beloved!
Help me to know you are there for me.
Help me to cease striving and let you take care of me,
the way you do the birds of the air
and the lilies of the field.
I surrender to you now!
There is nothing for me to control!

Trust

“Ambition and goal-setting are essential to the path of life, but they will get you in trouble on the Path of Spirit.”  

The Path of Spirit is surrender.  It is trust that Great Spirit will help, guide, guard, and protect us.  When our faith in these truths is smaller than a mustard seed we feel the need to problem solve, set goals, strive, and evaluate ourselves and others. When our desires do not unfold in the way we want, in the way we feel is needed, we may lose faith in Spirit.  But, a trust that happens only when things go our own way is not trust.

Often we believe that Spirit is promising us things and then not delivering those promises.  We hear that if we follow certain rules, work on certain processes, and practice certain disciplines then Spirit will reward us.  One has only to read the lives of the Saints to discover that Spirit did not save them from the pain, grief, fear, and anger of the world.
So, why follow Spirit at all?

We can choose Spirit and the spiritual path because it teaches us to hold, and know, the possibilities of love, peace, kindness, and generosity regardless of what is happening around us or to us. 

This is what the Saints understood; that when we surrender to Spirit we are surrounded with peace even when nothing in the outer world has changed.

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 Humans are very attached to struggling.
We strive to be perfect.
We try to succeed.
When we are not struggling and striving we quickly become bored.

  • What if we allowed ourselves to laugh more often?
  • What if we appreciated the small joys of each day?
  • What if we saw life with spirit eyes?
  • What if today we make other people more important than we are?
  • What if today was your last day on earth?

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As I awaken this day to Great Spirit’s Dream,
As I walk in the light of truth,
May I remember that I don’t have to be perfect.
Teach me to accept my personal challenges
and minimize their effects
in the lives of the people around me.

Teach me to live as though my only job
Was to create love, laughter, kindness
and joy in the world.
Help me to accept myself
And all others as who they are.
Assist me to make my life story
into an Angel’s Life Story.