Archive for June, 2012

Isaiah 35

This was always one of my favorite Bible passages as a teenager – I even wrote a worship song to these lyrics, way back when.  For some reason, that song sounded in my head this morning … so I thought it would be a good passage to meditate on today; from the differing depths and perspectives that my relationship with God has grown and evolved since then:

Strengthen the feeble hands,
    steady the knees that give way;
say to those with fearful hearts, 
    “Be strong, do not fear; 
your God will come, 
    he will come with vengeance; 
with divine retribution
    he will come to save you.”

Then will the eyes of the blind be opened 
    and the ears of the deaf unstopped.
Then will the lame leap like a deer, 
    and the mute tongue shout for joy. 
Water will gush forth in the wilderness
    and streams in the desert.
The burning sand will become a pool,
    the thirsty ground bubbling springs. 

– Isaiah 35: 3-7

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

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Chasing Pavements – Adele

I don’t know why but ever since my last post, “Grasping at the Shadow“, this song has been running through my head.  It actually seems like the perfect musical finale to that post …

“Should I give up, or should I just keep chasing pavements?”

Well, according to what I received from my earlier meditations (detailed in that post) … BOTH of those things would be the wrong choices … both of those choices would have been based in the flaws of our own humanity, as opposed to the ultimate bit that God gave me at the end of that meditation:

We shouldn’t give up … and we shouldn’t keep “chasing pavements” either … we should be content in our connection with God … and trust that what God has in store for us is FAR better than the fickle machinations we come up with.  God knows what is best for us.

A wonderful example of this happened recently in my own life.  My sister just got married to the love of her life.  My sister who dealt with abuse, the death of her father at a young age, got into drugs in high school, married a drug dealer at 18 and had 4 kids.  Her husband ended up going to prison and she raised all of the kids on her own as a poor, single mother (for most of their lives).  Her kids (by the way) are some of the most well-adjusted, most loved young adults I have ever known … thanks to her incredible strength and the Love that she showed them.

They’re all grown now.  She has been on her own for a while, and she never really thought she would meet another man to rival the love of her life from her teens.  Well … she did.  She is more happy than she has ever even dreamed of being … she has had two grandkids this year, and her youngest daughter is getting married … AND she married her soul-mate … in comparison to this connection, she didn’t even know what that was until now.

I said to her … “Isn’t it pretty amazing?  After ALL of the things that you have been through?  God knew that this is where you would end up.  If all of those horrible things hadn’t happened, you would be in a completely different place in your life.  Would you want them changed now?”

Of course she wouldn’t … she is in love, and living out what has always been a fantasy for her.  My point is … we don’t know what is going to happen. We can try to make what we want happen, and then just go through life flailing away … trying to make everything fit our mold … OR we can focus on what we have, and trust that God will cause things to happen as they are supposed to happen.

God loves you more than anything you could chase after … however trite that may sound; go ahead, roll your eyes … it’s true.  You are LOVED.

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

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Grasping at the Shadow

In my meditations today (on my prior post, “Aesop’s Fables“) I found myself inspired by each of the quotes really.  I had every intention to write an extended post with a couple of paragraphs for each one.  As I continued meditating, I just didn’t feel Divine inspiration down that path.  For some reason the very first, and shortest, of the quotes from Aesop’s Fables kept returning to me:

“Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.” – Aesop

There are lots of ways that one could go with this quote:

I could say to a friend, or loved one, “Don’t take me for granted just because I am always here for you.  Yes, I love you unconditionally … but this does not make me weak, rather it exhibits the strength of my love … that will not likely be found in a fantasy/shadow.”

I could say to myself, “Be grateful for the things that you have and stop pining for the things, or circumstances, that you hope for.  Sit back in your awareness, and find the things that you are grateful for in the here and now … and let the fantasies/shadows dance in the pale moonlight … alone.  What will be, will be.”

What I felt God actually prompt me toward was this:

“Stop pining for the fantasies/shadows that would distract you, or derail you, from your relationship with Me.  If you try to force your own desires into reality, that is exactly what you will accomplish … for even if what you get is what I wanted you to have … you will have gotten it in the wrong way … and it will fall away and wither as a result.  WAIT on Me, be CONTENT with Me, and TRUST Me … I will make you happy beyond your wildest dreams and imaginations.”

Good words from God, those. 🙂

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

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Aesop’s Fables

My words and thoughts for meditation today – from Aesop’s Fables:

“Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.” – Aesop

Cherish what you have.

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“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop

Open-hearted kindness is always rewarded … even if the reward differs from our expectation.

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“A doubtful friend is worse than a certain enemy. Let a man be one thing or the other, and we then know how to meet him.”  – Aesop

This speaks to Unconditional Love … we must love truly, and be there for our friends with whole-hearted support – no matter their trials, mistakes, or tribulations.

– and finally –

“Don’t let your special character and values, the secret that you know and no one else does, the truth – don’t let that get swallowed up by the great chewing complacency.”  – Aesop

You are completely unique – there has never been anyone like you, and there will never be anyone like you again.  Don’t smother that sacred part of you that is you at your MOST beautiful … embrace it, and know that you are LOVED.

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

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Blind from birth

Could something such as this be done WITHOUT creativity??  Would the logical mind think to do such a thing?  Of course not!  God is the God of Creation … and thus Creativity.  If we want to be used by God … we need to allow God to Create through us.

“As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. 

And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 

Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. 

We must work the works of him who sent mewhile it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. 

As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” 

Having said these things, he spit on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man’s eyes with the mud 

and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing.”

John 9: 1-7, the Bible

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

Southern California, Northern California, Mission ViejoIrvineLos AngelesSan FranciscoMarinSan JoseSan Juan CapistranoSanta AnaPalm SpringsLong Beach

A Way to Live Life

In my meditations today (on my prior post, “Ultimately Rich“) I came to dwell on the thought that there are three elements/doctrines to being used by God creatively … or more distinctly, for our creativity to be used Miraculously.

First: we must know God. We must have a relationship with God that is so deep that it surpasses anything else in our lives. This is accomplished through meditation and having an open heart at all times.  When you can always be open, and connected to your Creator … the impossible is possible.

Secondly: we must love ourselves. We must act as a mirror for the depth of love that God has for us … to ourselves. This requires diligence and discipline; to overcome the negative Inner Mind.  Some of us have SUCH loathing that has been instilled in our mind … for ourselves!  It is a great crime of society at large … and truthfully one of the main reasons I felt led to start this blog … so that EVERYONE can know God’s love.  YOU are loved by God … just as you are.  If God can unconditionally love and forgive you, after all of the pain and rejection God has received from you over the course of your life, surely you can love and forgive yourself!

Thirdly: we must love ourselves in the physical sense. We must treat our body as a temple; the domicile of our greatest Love … God.

All three of these elements interact with each other. If you don’t love your body then that feeds your own negative Inner Voice, which then causes you to shut down your heart and become disconnected from God.  If you don’t love yourself, then you will abuse your body in an effort to distract yourself from that self-loathing.  If you don’t know God … well then, you have made the decision to never know the only Being who will EVER know you and love you for exactly who you are.  The greatest of these is Love … that being a loving and intimate relationship with God.

Most of us have at least one of these aspects working for us: a Relationship with God, Inner Love for Yourself, or Love for your Body/Temple.  For the unfortunates who do not have ANY of these things in life … we must show great care, compassion, and love … misery is their constant companion.

For myself, for a long time, I only had one … that was my relationship with God.  I have had that from the time I was a small child, and I have adamantly clung to that no matter what.  However, for a very long time I did not Love myself … either internally, or externally.  So while God could use me to some extent, because the one element (being that Divine relationship) was present, I could never be used by God to my true and full potential.

Presently, I would say that I have the first and second aspects of this Creative Triumvirate in place … and I am working on loving myself in the physical sense.  By this I mean eating the proper foods, not drinking alcohol in excess, or really any of the other legal drugs available to us (caffeine, etc.).  Notice I say “in excess” … Jesus was known to drink wine, so I am not saying that we should live life as an ascetic.  Only that things that are done to excess … deprive us of our connection to God.  All of these things, when done in excess affect our mental and emotional well being.  Think about it … if you have a hangover, do you really think you will be able to maintain an open-hearted connection with God the next day?  I’ve certainly tried … and it is very difficult.

They all work together though … now that I have a constant open-hearted relationship with God, and have learned how to love myself … I see all of the ways in the past that I truly have been abusing this “temple” where God and I live together.  So now that prompts me to change them … to move on into the next progression.

When all THREE of these principles are in place in your life … THEN is when God will truly be able to use you to accomplish miraculous things; not only in your life, but in the world around you.

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* Art by Franca Alejandra Franchi

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

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Ultimately Rich

My words for meditation today (following up on my post from yesterday, “Creativity is the Training Ground for Miracles!”.

“6 Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; 

if  service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; 

or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good.”

Romans 12:6-9, The Bible

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“Meditation will make you ultimately rich by giving you the world of your innermost being and also relatively rich, because it will release your powers of mind into certain talents that you have. My own experience is that everybody is born with a certain talent, and unless he lives that talent to its fullest, something in him will remain missing. He will go on feeling that somehow something is not there that should be.”

– Osho

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Painting from Solace Art Therapy

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

Southern California, Northern California, Mission ViejoIrvineLos AngelesSan FranciscoMarinSan JoseSan Juan CapistranoSanta AnaPalm SpringsLong Beach