Archive for March, 2014

Be A Watcher – Osho

My words for meditating on throughout the day … kind of along the lines of what I have been learning and meditating on of late … simply look at what is so. The facts … not fighting against them or clinging to them. Observe what is so, allow it to be, let go, and simply live a life of action … acting out of your True Self … instead of living a life of reaction; reacting to what you assess to be positive or negative. We make these boundaries for ourselves (Good and Bad) and then try to control everything in life so that Life fits within these boundaries … and we wonder why life is a roller coaster.

I don’t teach you optimism. In the West it is very fashionable nowadays; it is called “positive thinking.” That is a new name for optimism; the old name has become a little too out of fashion, out-of-date. The new name is positive thinking. I don’t teach you positive thinking, because positive thinking carries the negative in its wake.

I teach you transcendence — neither positive nor negative. Be a watcher: witness both. When there is day, witness the day, and when there is night, witness the night — and don’t get identified with either. You are neither the day nor the night; you are the transcendental consciousness. Become more and more centered there in that transcendence. True religion is not positive, nor is it negative. It is neither via negativa nor via positiva; it is via transcendence.

If you look for the positive, you will find the positive. But by finding the positive you cannot destroy the negative; the negative is there, side by side. They are always together like negative and positive poles of electricity. You can’t have electricity with one pole, you will need both.

Life needs both: thorns and roses, days and nights, happiness/unhappiness, birth/death.

Be a witness to it all and you will know something that is beyond birth, beyond death; something that is beyond darkness and beyond light; something that is beyond happiness, beyond unhappiness. Buddha has called it peace, nirvana.”

– Osho

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pic from Silver Spur Tours

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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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– I am currently going through old posts to re-learn the many lessons God has given me. The quote in this post is re-blogged from:

via Be A Watcher – Osho.

Constant Transformation

 

“The moment you have in your heart this extraordinary thing called love and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstasy of it, you will discover that for you the world is transformed.”

– Jiddu Krishnamurti

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“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

– Mahatma Gandhi

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“The spiritual journey is one of constant transformation. In order to grow, you must give up the struggle to remain the same, and learn to embrace change at all times.”

– Michael Singer

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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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via Constant Transformation.

You Can Only Forgive That Which You Face

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I’ve been kind of amazed of late how MANY things linger around in that dusty attic we call our subconscious. I’ve been consciously going deep within and digging things up and it really is amazing the stuff that I find still unresolved within!

My opinion is that a lot of this is cultural. By and large we live in a culture that downplays the negative … we just don’t want to dwell on it. Someone talks about being abused and people cringe and uncomfortably comment,

“That’s in the past. Talking about it won’t help anything, just move on.” etc., etc., etc.

People don’t want to face the things that are uncomfortable, scary, or disturbing.

The problem with this is that ALL of that stuff is just hanging out in your subconscious! How’s your dream life? Do you have dreams that disturb you? Welcome to the window of your subconscious, where everything you’ve shoved down and left emotionally unresolved just hangs out and plays … and your body ultimately pays the price as its playground. The tension and stress from bitterness, regrets, and not fully forgiving literally eat you alive.

I’m not saying you should wallow around in all that crap … wallowing is very different from resolving and forgiving. It MIGHT be a good idea though to actively go in and discover what is there. Find out WHAT is eating you alive, so that you can actually save yourself from that gnawing beast within you.

An example, I was constantly told that I should get over having been abused my step-mother. Whatever the reason, whether “For the good of the family.” or just because it makes them uncomfortable … what that REALLY is saying is,

“Shut up, I don’t want to hear about it. Just stop talking about it and move on.” Or, in other words, “Shove it down deep inside of you and never bring it up again.”

By consciously going within to meditate and contemplate the full reality of what was SO … I have been able to forgive her. I can actually now look at the scenario and see exactly HOW she was a victim herself, just trying to survive like the rest of us. I didn’t downplay the abuse … there were some seriously messed up things that she did that affected me for decades. I accepted those things … I allowed them to be … I stopped fighting against them, excusing them or trying to escape them by shoving them down.

They simply were what was so … just the facts, without emotion.

Along with those facts were all the things that I did, and all of the things that other people contributed, and what was going on in life and the world … just the facts, without emotion.

Don’t downplay them … don’t shove them down. Allow them to be what they actually were … and face them … and then let them go … forgive. You can’t get to that last part though, forgiveness, without actually facing what is so. The more you diminish what was so, the more you allow whatever bitterness is there to creep inside you and fester.

Open it up … face it … and THEN let it go through genuine forgiveness and the power of Love.

Keep open that void where all that unresolved and festering ichor once resided and allow God’s LOVE to fill it instead. Let the golden glow of love into that place, and be happy. Rest.

Peace and Love.

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– pic shared from Lost At E Minor, from Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room

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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

 

Simulating Security

Trusting God

Look at your life. Every grandiose aspiration and tiny little bad habit. All of it is the sum of the life you have lived, and your reactions to that life. That is neither good nor bad … it just IS. It’s what is so.

So when you scrutinize different elements of how you are living your life … you don’t have to beat yourself up about them. They are simply what is so. If something works, continue on doing it. If it doesn’t work? Then perhaps you could look into what exactly is needed to begin changing that aspect.

This is the conscious work I have been doing of late. Sifting and sorting through my habits, and then digging underneath them to find the root of what is behind them. It sounds kind of painstaking, and it is actually … but I am finding a slew of current every day behaviors that are rooted in things that go WAY back to my childhood. Even though I am not LIVING in my past, literally … I am. Until now I had thought I had already worked through all of these things … released them to God through forgiveness and meditation.

I have found though that I am living in a present full of habits and behaviors that were LEARNED in my past. My brain and body have memorized what emotions and chemicals to release when each one of those habits are engaged in … and suddenly I am right back in the very same emotions from my childhood … just attached to a current day situation. More often than not my internal reactions are NOT equal to the events today … because the events going on today for me are nowhere near what they were for me as a child.

Some of you may have had wonderful childhoods … and if you did I am truly happy for you. It would be wonderful for everyone to experience such a thing. I had happy early years, but from age 11 on my life was full of death, sexual abuse, psychological abuse, verbal abuse, and physical abuse. I am not saying that in search of consolation … it simply is what was so in my life. Those events comprise who I am as a person today … and you know what? I am pretty damn happy with the person I am today! 🙂

So many of the wonderful things in my life that I treasure wouldn’t be here at all if I hadn’t experienced the life that I did. I have no regrets.

What I am finding through doing this conscious internal work, however, is just how much I still live in the same emotions from all those years ago. Those events no longer take place in my life … but the emotions live on through the habits I developed. Back then I didn’t know any better … and those habits actually kind of made sense for who I was then. They protected me in some way.

If all of this doesn’t completely make sense, I will give you a couple of examples from my life and show how they have evolved into different forms in my current life:

* As a child who experienced abuse virtually around every corner … my greatest fear was of being blindsided by some horrific event. So I began scanning 24/7 for anyone who would potentially be a threat to me … and I avoided those people.

* As a child I also ate foods that gave me comfort … they ultimately gave me comfort because I got to choose what I was eating and that made me feel in control. It was something I could lose myself in and not worry about the next awful thing that would happen to me.

In the first instance, it really is pretty simple to see how that stayed around. Because of my 24/7 scanning I began making instant assessments about anyone who came into my life. If any alarm bells went off in my head you were a threat and simply avoided. Who knows what those alarm bells could have been triggered by though?? Who knows how many wonderful friendships I missed out on, or opportunities I sabotaged all for the sake of perpetuating a habit that began in my childhood. Something that made me feel safe … but ultimately was sabotaging me. So now I go around with my head up, making eye contact and smiling at people with a heart WIDE open … sounds kind of simple, but when I first started doing it I literally felt like I was going to be attacked every time.

In the second instance, my use of food as a way of comforting myself … to feel like I had control … morphed into multiple areas: throughout my college years that turned into sexual promiscuity, alcohol consumption, drug use, and basically experimentation with anything that appealed to me. If I wanted it, that was enough … I simply did it, and that made me feel like I had control over my life. It made me feel that I was safe, even though I quite literally put myself into very dangerous situations as a result. So now I consciously go about looking at what is behind my desires … am I doing something simply because I enjoy it, or am I doing something to simulate security?

Even if you didn’t have a childhood full of abuse … I bet you can take a look at some of the things you do today and if you dig deep enough you might be able to find that they are rooted in some deeply seated event in your psyche. Even though you’ve moved on in life … those emotions, fears and reactions still live on. Take one thing that you feel embarrassed or ashamed about … and see if you can go internally wherever your emotions take you. Some memory most likely will unfold. Don’t shut it down … allow it to play out in your mind.

When you are done … open your heart to God and invite Love into that place. Ask for healing deep down into this ancient wound. Over time this kind of work will allow you to be free of these self-sabotaging ties to emotional events from our past. God wants us to be free to receive and give Love … everywhere, all the time. We can’t do this though without freeing ourselves of these fetters from bygone years.

Sometimes something as simple as letting go requires some work … work to discover what you didn’t even know you needed to let go of.

Peace and Love.

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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 New Heaven

My words to meditate upon today:

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“Everyone who has ever built anywhere a new heaven first found the power thereto in his own hell.” 

– Friedrich Nietzsche

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“The jewel emerged from the water, when the mountain of gold was used to churn it.”

– Sri Guru Granth Sahib

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“Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.”

– The Bible; Isaiah 40:31

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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

I am currently going through old posts to rediscover and relearn the life changing lessons God has given me. This post is reblogged from:

A New Heaven.

Madness – Muse

This song HIT me last night … as I have been in a sort of constant state of meditation on the issue of Duality.  What I mean by this is how we fight against ourselves … we split ourselves in two: good/bad, wrong/right, dark/light.  This ever-present internal war is ultimately what keeps us disconnected from our Source … from Love, or God, or whatever name any might attach.

The lyrics are really what struck me; I started singing them to myself really … the other side of my own Duality that I have been looking at as an enemy all this time.  Then when I saw the video it hit home even more … the straight-laced man and the “darker” ingenue smoking cigarettes … surrounded by chaos and fighting.  This is literally what goes on inside of us every day, and we are just so used to it that we don’t even realize.  We distract ourselves with as many exterior things as we can … ALL so that we don’t have to face that all out war going on inside.

But that is where Peace is.  That is where Love is … it takes FAR more courage to end this war than any exterior action could ever require.  See if this resonates with you … listen and go inward … can you overcome the Madness … accepting, allowing and loving your whole Self as you were created to be?

Peace and Love

Madness – Muse

I… I can’t get this memories out of my mind. 
And some kind of Madness, 
Has started to evolve, mmn. 

And I… I tried so hard to let you go. 
But some kind of Madness, 
Is swallowing me whole, yeh. 

I have finally seen the light. 
And I… have finally realized. 
What you mean… 
And now, I need to know if it’s real love. 
Or is it just Madness, 
Keeping us afloat, mmm. 

And when I look back, at all the crazy fights we have, 
Like some kind of madness, 
Was taking control, yeh. 

And now I have finally seen the light, 
And I… have finally realized, 
What you need, mmm. 

(Mu-mu-mu-mad-mad-mad) x2 

And now I have finally seen the end, 
And I’m… I’m expecting you to care, 
And I… have finally seen the light, 
And I… have finally realized, 

(I NEED TO LOVE) x2 

Capture me, 
Trust in your dream, 
Come on and rescue me. 
Yes, I know, I can’t move on, 
Baby, you’re too head-strong. 
Our love is… 

(Mu-mu-mu-mad-mad-mad)

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

I am currently going through my posts from the past couple of years to re-learn the many amazing lessons God has given me for growth and transformation. This post was re-blogged from:

Madness – Muse.

Afraid of being a failure?

The words I will seek inspiration and guidance from today … in meditation:

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“Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“Don’t be discouraged by a failure. It can be a positive experience. Failure is, in a sense, the highway to success, inasmuch as every discovery of what is false leads us to seek earnestly after what is true, and every fresh experience points out some form of error which we shall afterwards carefully avoid.”

– John Keats

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“There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.”

– Siddhartha Gautama

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art by Ed Templeton, at Toy Machine

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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

Afraid of being a failure?.

The False Self

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This morning I had a vision while pondering my prior post, “A Mental Idol – words to meditate on from Eckhart Tolle“.  Along with the quotes in that post, I have been giving thought to the spiritual awakening that was described by the author, Eckhart Tolle.  He had been suicidally depressed and one night he thought, “I can’t live with myself anymore.”  Something about that touched something off within him, he then started thinking that perhaps the self he couldn’t live with was separate from what felt true to him, his “True Self” (as I have referred to it many times on this blog).  That was it … once that hit home for him, he simply was spiritually awakened and has since gone on to become one of the most influential spiritual teachers of our time.

The vision that I had occurred while I was driving (don’t worry, no lives were harmed as the result of this vision, lol).  I have been spending a great deal of time over the past year focusing on refining my understanding and knowledge of this concept of the “True Self” … however, what was on my mind this morning is what I have since come to refer to as the “False Self”.  While I was driving my mind was doing its usual thing; whirring around like the well-oiled machine it has been trained to be … and then the vision hit me.  I saw a sort of amoeba-like being of energy; constantly expanding out … constantly furthering it’s dominion and influences … THAT is the “False Self”. That part of yourself that is ever analyzing the way around problems, ever deciphering the secret codes of the world to open doorways to new realms of power? 

We are fairly frequently taught that these kinds of “WINNING!” mentalities (wherein the tactics don’t matter, only the end results) are the way to be successful in life.

It doesn’t even have to be so grandiose sounding … it could just be you one-upping the person who is your nemesis at work.  It could be you getting some sort of subtle revenge on the ex who broke your heart.  Yup, that’s the “False Self” … it not only takes over your life, it slowly but surely replaces any vestige of your “True Self” as well.  Some people perhaps have never even known their “True Self” … they were trained early with only the “False Self” as their notion to right and wrong, or the way the world should be.  I know for myself there was a period of my life where almost every moment was an extension of that “False Self”.  There would literally only be a few minutes out of each day where I would let my “True Self” out … I’d stop and meditate, or do some breathing exercises … and then BACK into the fray that was life as my “False Self”.  It’s EXHAUSTING!

It doesn’t have to be that way though.  You can be your True Self all the time … every minute of every day.  If you don’t know that part of yourself, take some time to meditate … connect to whatever your own personal concept of God is, and allow yourself to be filled with Love.  It may take some work … we have been SO conditioned that not only do we NEED the “False Self” in order to be successful, we have come to actually look at it as a good thing … a defense mechanism that protects us … when really it just consumes the soul and leaves you hollow, empty, and ultimately unhappy.

You can have all the riches in the world and it wouldn’t matter if it is brought about by the False Self.  In virtually every religion in the world there is some sort of paralell concept … in the Bible, for instance, it talks about being able to identify “the fruit” of your actions.  The “fruit” of the True Self brings life and happiness, the “fruit” of the False Self shrivels into decaying unhappiness.  These ideas end up getting hijacked and changed into morality laws for everyone to abide by … but it’s not about the letter of the law, it is about the Spirit … about whether it is the True Self, or the False Self.

Quiet your mind … let that constantly contorting “False Self” just fall away … ignore its pleas for attention.  Allow a fire to light in your heart, and a blossom to unfurl its petals in your mind … connect to the Source of Love … and open to the beauty and happiness that is life as your True Self.

Peace and Love.

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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

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I am currently going through older posts to re-learn the many lessons God has given me over the past few years. This post is re-blogged from:

The False Self.

The Folly of the Follower

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My words for meditation today:

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“Ester asked why people are sad.
“That’s simple,” says the old man. “They are the prisoners of their personal history. Everyone believes that the main aim in life is to follow a plan. They never ask if that plan is theirs or if it was created by another person. They accumulate experiences, memories, things, other people’s ideas, and it is more than they can possibly cope with. And that is why they forget their dreams.”

Paolo Coelho; “The Zahir

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“He thinks great folly, child,’ said Aslan. “This world is bursting with life for these few days because the song with which I called it into life still hangs in the air and rumbles in the ground. It will not be so for long. But I cannot tell that to this old sinner, and I cannot comfort him either; he has made himself unable to hear my voice. If I spoke to him, he would hear only growlings and roarings. Oh, Adam’s son, how cleverly you defend yourself against all that might do you good!”

C. S. Lewis; “The Magician’s Nephew

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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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The Mantle of Failure

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I think it’s fairly safe to say that if you truly seek to live a life devoted to spirituality … to following wherever it is that God leads you … you will be considered a failure by a majority of people in the world. The reason for this is that if you truly follow wherever it is that the Universe guides you?? You must be willing to let go of whatever you have. In general people who have a lot of possessions are not willing to make such a sacrifice … and those who make such a decision are often labeled “a failure”.

This does not mean that it is impossible to be wealthy and spiritual … it simply is not a characteristic commonly found amongst the world’s elite. It is hard enough to let go of everything when you are poor, or have very little! The difficulty involved in letting go of a fortune is mind-boggling.

Could it happen that God’s intent is for someone to be both wealthy and spiritually devoted? Of course! The difficulty still remains that such a person must be WILLING to let go of everything if that is where they feel Divinely led.

So let’s leave those privileged few aside for now and focus on what I feel is a core issue for the majority of those with a calling to devote themselves to a spiritual life … Failure … or rather, being considered a failure.

Jesus was misunderstood by his family and considered to be a failure by some at first … what parent wouldn’t think such a thing if their child became a homeless nomad wandering the wilderness with sinners and strangers???

Buddha left a life of royalty and opulence to discover the meaning of life … even going so far as to join a group of naked, homeless radicals in his own personal spiritual quest. How could his family, friends, or just about anybody think he was anything but a failure at the time?!?

Currently I’m at a place in my life where I had to make some similar decisions. I am closer to being homeless or destitute than at any other point in my adult life. I could have stayed in the safe confines of the structure I had built for myself: one that had money, love, friends, the promise of success, and a decent amount of respect. Instead I went where I felt I was led through my relationship with God.

I wouldn’t change my decisions though. I still believe that I’m following where God has led me. That, for me, is more important than anything else. If the meaning of life is happiness … then ultimately I have that in the never-ending depths of a spiritual embrace. That is all I need … in the meantime I keep my heart open and wait with childlike curiosity to see what is in store.

I accept the mantle of “FAILURE” that others might adorn me with … as accepting it allows me to move forward as my True Self, and be transformed as a result. That is the key to overcoming your greatest fears: accepting them while never closing your heart … and allowing God’s transformation to occur.

Peace and Love.

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I am currently going through previous posts that I have made of the past couple of years to re-learn and further understand the opportunities for growth and transformation that God has given me. This post is a re-blog of The Mantle of Failure.

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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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The Mantle of Failure.

Being Salvador Dali

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This past night I woke at 4 am, restless.  Since I could not get back to sleep, I decided to do something productive with my time … so I meditated.  The message that I received was this:

“You become whatever it is you fight against.”

If you fight your fears, you become afraid. Fight against the judgement of others, and surely you will only receive more judgement heaped upon you. Fight against the awfulness that are tragedies outside your ability to command, and you will become depressed.  Fight against the the darkness within you, and you become inevitably owned by that darkness.

I received a mental picture; a vision. I was standing next to a candle in what appeared to be a darkened castle; stone was all around.  The light of my candle simply served to make the darkness beyond more frightening … a prison, if you will.  To break free of the prison there were only two options: snuff out the light and simply become accustomed to the night, OR pick up the candle and take it with me.  I walked every inner corridor of this metaphoric domain, and along the way I found I could pass on the flame.  Soon the entire place was filled with light and I could walk wherever I pleased.

The same would have been true if I had blown the candle out as well though … it would have been less lit, but my eyes would have grown accustomed.  That domain was my soul … that darkness a part of me … no matter how many candles I lit, there would always be darkness somewhere.  To truly BE your True Self, you must end the inner struggle … accept both sides, just as they are, and allow Love to fill up all of it.  Then there is no fight … only the supreme richness of Being.

Here are my quotes to meditate on today; on the subject of being yourself:

“Each morning when I awake, I experience again a supreme pleasure: that of being Salvador Dali.”

– Salvador Dali

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“Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.”

– Rumi

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“Be yourself – not your idea of what you think somebody else’s idea of yourself should be.”

– Henry David Thoreau

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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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I am currently going through older posts to re-learn the valuable lessons that God has given me to transform and grow. This post is from:

Being Salvador Dali.

A Perfect Paradox

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“I am already perfect … I need do nothing to become perfect … it is only my actions that are imperfect.”

That is a very different mantra than what I grew up with!  For those who do not know, I grew up in a fundamentalist Christian missionary family.  There were good sides and bad sides to this, as there is to all things … Dualiity.  The wonderful side is that this upbringing is what introduced me to the concept of having a literal relationship with God … it doesn’t get any better than that!  One of the many down sides is that I was imprinted with certain mindsets which I have now come to see are false … not only are they false, but they are harmful.

The specific mindset I am referencing here is the mindset that “We all are born sinners!” … horrible, awful sinners who must bemoan their woeful state and flagellate themselves constantly with the lashes of shame and penitence.

This is false.

We all truly are beautiful creations … at our core we are the unique, sparkling beauty of a soul that God created us to be.  We have LEARNED to do evil things … but we are not evil at our core.  We have taken upon ourselves the structures of the world around us: how we were raised, who we find to love, where we go for acceptance and validation, what we choose to believe, who we choose to follow, and the list goes on.  These all are the structures we have built upon the fabric and foundation of our souls … and we will do ANYTHING to maintain the solidity and surety of those structures … even if it means doing things that are harmful to others.

It is in letting these structures dissolve we find the freedom to become the perfect and beautiful creatures that we were created to be.  The more we adhere to these structures, the more we keep that perfect creation buried deep, SO DEEP, within the sealed up wells of our inner psyche.  We do this thinking that we are protecting ourselves … if that True Self gets hurt it can be devastating.  So we submerge it, and hide it, we bury it, and bind it … so that we won’t be hurt in such a way again.

In doing so, however, we are denying the perfection that already IS.  We already ARE perfection … the perfection that God created us to be.  It is only our ACTIONS that are imperfect … and those actions are based on what we have learned, taken on, or been brainwashed to believe.

Will my actions ever be perfect? No, probably not. That still doesn’t mean that I am a horrible, awful person at my core … and neither are you.

When you were born and those innocent newborn eyes looked out into the world … do you really believe you were evil??  No … you were perfect … and you still are perfect … your actions simply do not reflect that perfection.  You have lost touch with the perfection that IS the LOVE of God. Love that is there for all of us, and LIVES in all of us already.  All we can do is strive to reflect that Perfection into the world around us … strive to embrace the fact that we are all beings with Duality and to embody the perfect Love that is already there at our core.

Doing this means LETTING GO of the structures that are learned or imposed … not clinging to them more desperately.

THAT is a HUGE difference … at least for me.

You are perfect … JUST AS YOU ARE.  God loves you … JUST AS YOU ARE.

Peace and Love.

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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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A Perfect Paradox.

The Sum Of Our Parts

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We are all the sum of our parts … those being experiences had (good and bad), and decisions made (good and bad).

There is no other person in the entire universe who actually knows how things occur uniquely for you … nobody. None of them have your experiences … so when something happens to them they are triggered back to their own unique emotional responses based on their own set of experiences, memories, and decisions. You and your set of emotional reactions to the world spinning around you … are completely unique and literally not knowable to anyone else.

Kind of makes you feel lonely to think about. In thinking on this deeper however it actually gives me hope, and understanding, and forgiveness.

In my own life I was taken back to the first person who broke my heart. I vilified this person for years and made them into a complete monster. That former love had no clue, however, what was being triggered in me by the lies, deception, and severing of our bond. For me it took me back to a childhood full of abuse, the death of my mother, rejection by my father, etc. I was a quasi-suicidal teenager … I’m also living proof that it very literally DOES get better. Each and every year that goes by gets better and better … life is is a beautiful and tragic miracle and through all that pressure, pounding, sculpting and polishing … it really can turn into a beautiful gem. So if you are in such a place … don’t give up hope. Keep living, and striving, and learning how to live with your heart wide open … life will get better.

Back to my earlier point … that person who broke my heart? The place that I was transported to by their rejection and deception was completely unique to me. There was no possible way anyone could have known the horrors of that place. That person did not do THAT to me … because they didn’t even know those levels of pain could exist, most likely.  I now look back and can literally see the whole scenario as a few mistakes that were made … mistakes that I very easily could have or could make in my own life. I can see that now and forgive them … LOVE them even. That person wasn’t a monster … they were just flailing around trying to find a way to stay afloat.

The same is true for everywhere we go in life. Every person you come across throughout your day is a unique universe unto themselves of emotional triggers that take them back to places within them unknown to anyone else around them.

This is why LOVE is the only way to be … LOVE is the only source that translates to every person. True love … unconditional love … LOVE freely given from an open heart. It gets through that mine-field of personal travesties and recollections and touches people at their core. To live any other way … is to simply be setting off chain reactions of other people’s personal histories all around you, everywhere you go.

You really do change the world … but it is up to you to decide how you want to do that. All you have to do is LOVE, and you will be a success … a beautiful, stunning, dazzling success of a person … nothing else is needed, or even important. Stay open, and never close … become a conduit of Love … and life will miraculously transform around you.

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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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Empathy – Osho

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My words for meditation today:

“Empathy is relating to people through the heart. But this is possible only if the mind is silent, if there are no thoughts in the mind and it gives way, opens the door to the heart. But ordinarily you are so full of thoughts there is no way to be sensitive.

Even when you love someone, you say, “I think I have fallen in love.” That too, is a thought: you think. Your love is also dependent on your thinking. You cannot do anything directly from the heart. Your mind has been trained, educated, conditioned in every possible way and your heart has been ignored in every possible way. By and by, you have forgotten that the heart is far more valuable than the mind. Your mind has become everything.

The heart is not a Christian, is not a Hindu, is not a Mohammedan, is not a communist — but the mind is. Different ideologies make the mind different. The mind is American, the mind is Russian, the mind is Indian, the mind is Chinese. But the heart? Have you ever thought about the heart? Is the heart also American, Indian, Russian? The heart knows no boundaries, but it has been put into a state of nonfunctioning.

Your whole energy has been diverted by the educational system, by religious teaching, by political ideologies. It has been forced to go directly to the head and bypass the heart. Slowly slowly you start living without the heart. And to live without the heart is not to live at all.”

– Osho

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pic is by Shane Gallagher

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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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Empathy – Osho.

A Many-Headed Monster

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There is no such thing as sin; not really. The various, and multiple, never-ending aspects of sin are simply an invention of mankind in an effort to structure, and for some to actually gain power over, the rest of mankind.

Before you get upset and label me a blasphemer, let me explain myself. There really are only two states of being: being connected to God, or being shut off from God. When you are connected to God you are not sinning … it is impossible. When you are shut down on a spiritual level, you will eventually end up doing something, or many things, that the various religions label “sin”. Really all you are guilty of is being shut down to God.

When you are connected to God, your heart feels open … like a child gazing at their successfully flown kite on the perfect sunny/windy day. When you are shut down to God your heart is closed; the world starts to feel small, suffocating, threatening, and full of fear … predatory. Very frequently we shut our connection to God down in reaction to the actions of others. This happens over and over again until you eventually get to the point where your entire life is lived in a shut down place … your heart is permanently closed.

Some people actually like being in this place; it makes them feel as if they are in control … it makes them feel powerful. For these people there is no hope. For the majority, however, there is a longing for something more … a knowledge deep down that something within is missing and unfulfilled.

This is the reason behind why Jesus spent all of his time with everybody BUT the acknowledged religious experts of his day. He spent his time with the open-hearted … or those who longed for open-heartedness. The people Jesus spent time with might have been labeled “sinners” for not following all of the rules of religion; for not fitting into the structure. They were, however, people who were searching and longing for openhearted connection with God. No religion has exclusive rights to an openhearted connection with God. There are many people in religion, and out of religion as well, who have such a connection. There are also a great many people in religion who have no such connection; while professing to be pious. Look at the “fruit” of many of their actions and you will See: abusing children (or covering up the abuse), condemning others, hoarding money, starting wars, hatred, killing … the list of their “fruits” is long, and none of it is the product of an open heart; of Love. They point out everybody else’s sins, and tell you to fight with all your might against your evil heart.

Your heart is not evil … it just needs to be opened.

If you are striving to be free of sin, you will be perpetually fighting a many-headed monster … that battle will never end. If you are simply striving to maintain an open-hearted connection with God? Life becomes easy. You begin to allow yourself to be Led, instead of trying to impose your dominance over an unbeatable foe. That is true freedom.

Many are threatened by this occurrence because they no longer can control you. They therefore strive to shut your heart down again with their actions. Do not let them; don’t get distracted. Simply BE in an open-hearted place, and follow the Divine guidance that comes naturally from being in that place … and everything will be as it is supposed to be. You only lose when you close your heart … so never close it.

This is where the Journey begins … living every moment of life with an open heart; allowing Love to guide you and spill out of you.

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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

I am currently re-reading old posts to learn again the many lessons that God has given me. This is re-posted from:

A Many-Headed Monster.

The Key To Unspeakable Joy

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A friend posted this online and I found it to be very good food for thought today:

“You will lose everything. Your money, your power, your fame, your success, perhaps even your memories. Your looks will go. Loved ones will die. Your body will fall apart. Everything that seems permanent is impermanent and will be smashed. Experience will gradually, or not so gradually, strip away everything that it can strip away. Waking up means facing this reality with open eyes and no longer turning away.

But right now, we stand on sacred and holy ground, for that which will be lost has not yet been lost, and realizing this is the key to unspeakable joy. Whoever or whatever is in your life right now has not yet been taken away from you. This may sound trivial, obvious, like nothing, but really it is the key to everything, the why and how and wherefore of existence.

Impermanence has already rendered everything and everyone around you so deeply holy and significant and worthy of your heartbreaking gratitude.
Loss has already transfigured your life into an altar.”

~ Jeff Foster

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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

Beauty and Radiance

My words to meditate on today:

“We are so afraid of our beauty and radiance and brilliance because it scared the adults around us when we were children.”

– Amrit Bohara

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“We need never be bound by the limitations of our previous or current thinking, nor are we ever locked into being the person we used to be, or think we are.” 

– Allan Lokos

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Photo shared from Sanctuary Photography

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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

– I am currently going through old posts to re-learn the many lessons that God has given to me. This is re-posted from:

Beauty and Radiance.

Contentment: The Battle For Synchronicity

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Emotional contentment can only come about when your your Inner World and your Outer World are in synchronicity with each other. You can meditate or pray all you want. You can go to church, sign up for yoga classes, or Pilates. You can get massages, mani/pedis, plastic surgery … and on and on. These things are only temporary, topical treatments … contentment substitutes.

The first step to this process is finding contentment within … I have found that such contentment will come from connecting to God on that inner landscape of your soul. We each are unique and so this Divine connection that you have with God is yours and yours alone to discover. A relationship with God is exactly that … a relationship. Do you know any two relationships that are exactly the same? I don’t. So explore, open yourself, get to know God in a way that you never dreamed of and makes you vulnerable … a place that will really show you just how MUCH God actually DOES love you.

It may only be five minutes a day, to start … so you start with that and grow it from there. The easiest way to achieve this is through meditation or some form of prayer. Eventually, if you are diligent in achieving this state of contentment, you will find that you begin to be content wherever you are. This is where the battle for synchronicity takes place..

Whatever relationships you have that don’t fit with your new state of contentment … will immediately make themselves known. Either because of the routine that has been established, or because there is jealousy that you have somehow found contentment and left them behind … you didn’t share it with them. What they fail to realize is that contentment is up to each person to find … a person’s exact path to contentment is specific to them. The relationship either gets worked out through honest communication … or it must end … or you have to give up and go back to who you used to be. Contentment is addictive in its own right though … going back may not be an option!

Other aspects of your life will begin to wage war against you as well. If you have addiction problems, of any sort (food, alcohol, drugs, sex, emotional dependency, etc.), they will constantly clash with your newfound state of contentment. Each one requiring you to either sacrifice or … change.

This is not about religious dogma, or zealotry. We are all unique creations … as such, we each need to find what works for us in our own personal relationship with God. If we truly want to achieve contentment, then we must synchronize our outer world with our inner state of content.

This is no easy task. Do not get discouraged. It will not happen overnight … it takes time to change your ingrained habits. Just keep going back to that inner state of contentment … if you have the desire, and maintain your commitment to an open-hearted connection with God, in time you will achieve the synchronicity that is true contentment … in both your Inner and Outer Worlds.

Be strong … Peace and Love.
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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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I am currently going through old posts to re-learn the very valuable lessons God has given me over the past few years. This post is a re-blog from:

Contentment: The Battle For Synchronicity.

The Moon Does Not Fight

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Meditating on being vulnerable enough to let the layers fall away; petal by petal:

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”

– Helen Keller

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“It always seemed strange to me that the things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, aquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first, they love the produce of the second.”

– John Steinbeck

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“The moon does not fight. It attacks no one. It does not worry. It does not try to crush others. It keeps to its course, but by its very nature, it gently influences. What other body could pull an entire ocean from shore to shore? The moon is faithful to its nature and its power is never diminished.”

–  Deng Ming-Dao

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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 Jose,San Juan CapistranoSanta AnaPalm SpringsLong Beach

The Moon Does Not Fight.

An Exercise In Loving Yourself

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More good stuff on the topic of healing. Here’s a useful exercise in learning how to love yourself:

Imagine all of the things that you say to yourself that are negative: “You’re too fat.”, or “That part sags.”, or how about “You’re a failure and you’ll never amount to anything.” Any of those ring a bell? If not, keep thinking … I’m sure you’ll think of something.

Now think of the one person that you love more than anybody else in the world … it could be your spouse/lover, or a parent, or your son or daughter, or a brother or sister. Imagine saying those things that you say to yourself … to that person you love so dearly … with the same regularity. Are you horrified yet?? You would never call the person you love up on the phone to tell them how ugly they are … or how much of a failure they are. Why? Because you love them … you want to nurture, protect, and care for them!

But that’s what we do to ourselves. How can we truly say that we love ourselves if we treat our own tender souls that way?? You wouldn’t even treat someone you HATE that badly!

So this is the challenge: every time you say one of those hateful things to yourself … STOP. Repeat the mantra,

“You are loved, you are beautiful … I love you, I think you are beautiful.”

You will be amazed how often you need to stop and repeat this to yourself.

We cannot truly say that we love ourselves, unless we are treating ourselves the way we would treat the one we love most.

If we cannot love ourselves, then we will never heal … or be able to be used by God to bring healing into the world.
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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

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I am currently going through old posts to re-learn the life changing lessons that God used to transform my life … it’s way to easy to forget what we’ve learned and THAT is not something I aim to accomplish ;-).  This is a re-post of:

An Exercise In Loving Yourself.