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Something Magical

In order to be loved, you must first prove yourself worthy … right?

In order to be approved of, you must wade into the shuffling horde and discover that secret path to prosperity that somehow is eluding everyone else … that’s just common sense!

In order for your life to have meaning, you must become the person that is anyone BUT you … you must somehow amalgamate every positive trait from every hero or guide along the way (but none of their negative traits) while simultaneously sifting through your own inner psyche to do the same … it’s simple really; all the great ones do it.

For any who have not sensed the tongue forcefully thrust against cheek … well, now you know.  Doesn’t all of that sound completely ridiculous?? Yet that is what we subconsciously whisper to ourselves every hour of every day; in some form or another.  ANY time you believe such things you are living life with your heart closed.  Every time you buy into this fraudulent model imposed upon the masses … you are living somebody else’s life; or rather the life that they want you to live.

Unfortunately, there are a great many people that believe the meaning of life lies in gaining as much junk as they can, or gaining power over as many people’s minds as they can.  Their sole purpose in life is to gain more of whatever their personal drug of choice is … when your heart is open, you see those people for what they are … spiritually dead.  Their heart is SO closed that it has been locked inside a vault and the key thrown away.  There isn’t a lot of hope for them, although nothing is impossible … but that doesn’t mean that you have to buy into their way of living simply because they sniff obsequiously down their noses at you for not buying into their charade.

When you dare to live with your heart wide open … things come as a surprise to you, all the time!  You could be ruminating on topics of philosophical purport when suddenly someone crosses your path that completely changes the course of your entire day … perhaps even your entire life … and your totally good with that.  Not only is that okay, it becomes something wonderful … something magical.

Having your heart open doesn’t mean you get nothing done … it just means that you are open to wherever the Universe guides you; wherever God prompts your intuition to go.  You can work diligently, and be successful at what you do … but when you get caught up in the model, you are no longer following that inner, childlike curiosity that actually trusts something as innocent as intuition.  We lose that in SO many ways … but ultimately it all comes down to one, single thing: we allowed our hearts to close.

Break the model.  Dance crazily in the rain.  Allow the walls of those imposed structures to simply fall away.  Meditatively cause your heart to bloom … and let that garden overwhelm such constrictive restraints.  Dare to look at someone and see them for who they really are … a beautiful creation capable of amazing acts of love … instead of seeing the mirage of the model they hope to duplicate.  Be contagious … be a conduit of Love … show them that they too can let go if they want to … if they choose to … but you can’t make them, so never try … just show, and love, and be as blazingly wide open as you were created to be … to everyone … everywhere.

THAT is the meaning of life.

Peace and Love.

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This post comes as a result of meditating on my prior post, “Dance, when you’re broken open“.

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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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Dance, when you’re broken open

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My words for today’s meditation:

“I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.”

– Maya Angelou

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“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create.”

-John Lennon

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“Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free.”

– Rumi

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Pic from National Geographic Kids

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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 Viejo, Irvine, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Marin, San Jose,San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Palm Springs, Long Beach

If You Wish For Light

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My words to meditate on today:

“To receive everything, one must open one’s hands and give”

– Taisen Deshimaru

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“Everything comes to us that belongs to us if we create the capacity to receive it.”

– Rabindranath Tagore

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If you wish for light, be ready to receive light.”

– Rumi

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Pic from Jewcy.com, of Lady Aye.
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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 Viejo, Irvine, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Marin, San Jose,San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Palm Springs, Long Beach

Energy Vampires

I remembered today the very first time I became aware of what I currently refer to as an “energy vampire”.  I had a very close friend who was addicted to drugs … he was an insanely talented musician who I felt had a good heart and had been through a very tough childhood … I could relate to him in a lot of ways.  I spent the better part of two years trying to help him overcome his addiction, and nothing really ever seemed to work.  Then, one day, I had a vision that made everything clear to me.  In my vision I saw this person I believed to be my friend, but out of his chest were dozens of writhing tentacles.  I saw them for what they were … ways to siphon or leach energy.  I was able to see the many ways he had simply been using me; thriving off of the devotion that I had poured into him while he had no intention to change at all.

My friend was an energy vampire.

I haven’t seen my friend since that period of time.  I made a few more futile attempts to break through to him, but I could see that it was all a waste of time (at least at that stage in both of our lives).  He had learned to specialize in making people believe in him; he would say anything, to anyone.  He had gone SO far into this way of living that, even if he could break free, he wouldn’t have been able to.  Still, it is not my intent to cast judgement upon him.  Someday I hope that changes for him … I hope that God’s Love will find it’s way into that tightly bound soul, and heal all of the hurts that drove him to such a place.  There is not one of us who cannot say that we haven’t been the same … we all have been, or are, energy vampires at some point in our lives.

That was my first conscious experience with this level of the spiritual world … how people use their spiritual gifts in horrible, negative ways.  They think it gives them power, but ultimately they are simply enslaving themselves.  Any time that our actions are about taking what we want instead of simply being a conduit for Love, and receiving what Love that is given accordingly?  THAT is being an energy vampire … and not one of us can cast the first stone here.  Still … God LOVES ALL of us, in every phase of life that we go through … that LOVE doesn’t cease to be, or end … Love is always there  … all we have to do is be willing to let go of all the games and machinations … and simply receive it.

Today, in my prior post “In Order Not To Be Judged“, I meditated on the topic of judgement … judging others and, even worse, judging ourselves.  It occurred to me that judgement is another facet of energy vampirism … one person taking something from someone else for the sole purpose of making themselves feel better.

When someone judges you, how do they make you feel?  Insecure, afraid, intimidated, like a failure, angry?  What about them … how do you think they feel after getting the reaction from you that they want?  Powerful, righteously justified, correct, in charge?  This happens in virtually every part of our lives, every day.  People judge you for what you believe, what you wear, your heritage, your height, your weight, your sexuality, the people you’re friends with, the people you co-habitate with, how your children behave … the list is endless.  We get SO caught up in this game … half the time we don’t even realize that WE OURSELVES are guilty of leaching energy off of other people in the same fashion!

How is it even possible to stop???  Ah … well … here is where meditation comes in.  You need to learn how to step back inside yourself … become a Watcher of your own thoughts, and feelings, and reactions.  When all these countless forms of manipulation try to coerce you into reacting to them?  Just observe … let go … let those writhing tentacles trying to siphon your energy just fall away.  Simply rest back in the center of your consciousness … that is where a true connection with God takes place.

You can be free … you just need to let go … and trust … that God will be there … to catch you in that frightening free-fall toward truth … toward enlightenment … toward wholeness.

Let go … stop trying to make the world fit into what you want it to be … allow the world to be whatever it will be with you simply being an open-hearted conduit of God’s Love.  You will be surprised how it changes your perspective … and your life.

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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In Order To Not Be Judged

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My words to meditate on for the day:

“People hasten to judge in order not to be judged themselves.”

– Albert Camus

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“The highest form of human intelligence is to observe yourself without judgement.”

– Jiddu Krishnamurti

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“One must not let oneself be misled: they say ‘Judge not!’ but they send to Hell everything that stands in their way.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche

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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 Viejo, Irvine, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Marin, San Jose, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Palm Springs, Long Beach

Warrior of the Light – Paolo Coelho

My words for daily meditation:

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“I’ve been through all this before,’ he says to his heart.
“ ‘Yes, you have been through all this before,’ replies his heart. ‘But you have never been beyond it.”

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“A Warrior of Light values a child’s eyes because they are able to look at the world without bitterness. When he wants to find out if the person beside him is worthy of his trust, he tries to see him as a child would.”

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“This miracle is in the small things of daily life; we must live in the understanding that at every moment there is a way out of each problem, the way of finding that which is missing, the right clue to the decision which must be taken in order to change our entire future.”

Paolo Coelho: The Warrior of the Light – A Manual

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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 Viejo, Irvine, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Marin, San Jose, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Palm Springs, Long Beach

Seeing With New Eyes

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My words to meditation on today:

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“We could say that meditation doesn’t have a reason or doesn’t have a purpose. In this respect it’s unlike almost all other things we do except perhaps making music and dancing. When we make music we don’t do it in order to reach a certain point, such as the end of the composition. If that were the purpose of music then obviously the fastest players would be the best. Also, when we are dancing we are not aiming to arrive at a particular place on the floor as in a journey. When we dance, the journey itself is the point, as when we play music the playing itself is the point. And exactly the same thing is true in meditation. Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment.”

– Allan Watts

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“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes.“

– Marcel Proust

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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 Viejo, Irvine, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Marin, San Jose, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Palm Springs, Long Beach

The birds fly, but they don’t leave any footprints

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My words to meditate upon for the day:

“One thing: you have to walk, and create the way by your walking; you will not find a ready-made path. It is not so cheap, to reach to the ultimate realization of truth. You will have to create the path by walking yourself; the path is not ready-made, lying there and waiting for you. It is just like the sky: the birds fly, but they don’t leave any footprints. You cannot follow them; there are no footprints left behind.”

– Osho

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“It is not that we love to be alone, but that we love to soar, and when we do soar, the company grows thinner and thinner until there is none at all. …We are not the less to aim at the summits though the multitude does not ascend them.”

– Henry David Thoreau

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“When the stories of our life no longer bind us, we discover within them something greater. We discover that within the very limitations of form, of our maleness and femaleness, of our parenthood and our childhood, of gravity on the earth and the changing of the seasons, is the freedom and harmony we have sought for so long. Our individual life is an expression of the whole mystery, and in it we can resat in the center of the movement, the center of all worlds. ”

– Jack Kornfield

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Pic by Joe Gilland

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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 Viejo, Irvine, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Marin, San Jose, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Palm Springs, Long Beach

Kitty Has Claws

I had a childhood flashback today, during my meditation, of a time when I was very young … perhaps even a toddler. One of our cats had been cut open along one of its hind legs … I remember seeing the muscles, and the bone, and the blood. I loved that cat. I was crying and I wanted to go hold it, to comfort it. My mom wouldn’t let me go though; she held onto me tightly as I strained my arms out to reach my animal friend.

My mother knew that going near a wounded animal, much less trying to comfort it, was extremely dangerous! Had she not been there and my little toddler self had run to pick up my cat and comfort it? That former animal friend would have turned into an explosion of fur, claws, and teeth. Truthfully, as a toddler, I could have literally been killed if certain arteries were severed.

What I couldn’t understand then I can metaphorically see in my life today, as well as in the lives of those around me.  We all have been wounded in some way or another … some can say they were wounded by death, some by disease, some by accident, some heartbreak, and others by malevolent intent.  These wounds are tender … so sensitive that we guard them vigilantly … we don’t want anyone getting close to them.  If someone who loved us, and even truly wanted the best for us … tried to simply tangibly love us and come to hold us, comfort us, caress the pain of that wound out of our system?  We would have a knee jerk reaction to push them away … we can’t even help it … it’s just SO sensitive that even though we know we love that person?  We still push them away.

God has shown me something over the past few weeks though.  Sometimes … God WANTS to heal us through other people.  We can do all the meditation we want.  We can creatively expunge every demon through art.  We can strive to be as popular as possible to act as a salve to that wound.  We can run.  We can hide … but unless we are willing to be open to what God wants?  That wound will not be healed … not ever.

Sometimes God will just heal something, it’s true.  God has healed MANY things within me, so I can certainly attest to that.  However, there comes a point where God looks at us like that cat of mine that was cut open … God knows that we will resist if healing were forced on us.  We have to be willing … we have to be able to still our knee jerk reaction … and swallow our pride, or angry retorts, or defensive posturing … and allow that wound to be treated, and healed … and sometimes God uses other people to do this … and we just have to trust them.

That’s very hard for some of us; to let ourselves go and expose our souls in such a way … but we have to do it anyway if we want to be healed.

If there is someone like this in your life … someone who loves you so ridiculously that they want to help you?  Don’t push them away; be grateful for them.  Calm those nerves, retract the proverbial claws, breathe in the love of the Universe … and breathe out your love for them … and let the healing balm of their love go to work at healing your painful wounds.

You might be very surprised at the outcome … often we want what is worst for us … and what is best for us is avoided, because of our own hyper-sensitivity to tender areas.  It takes conscious work to overcome this … but it is SO very worth it. 🙂

Peace and Love.

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Pic from Petside.com

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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

Voting – a right lives have been given for

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I just slapped the “I voted” sticker upon my lapel. I urge any of my American readers to do the same today. Voting is it right that should never be taken for granted … a right that thousands of our fellow countrymen have died to give us.

It’s easy to become frustrated or disillusioned with all the back and forth bickering, and attack ads.

A guideline that I use for just about everything in life is this … does it put us on a track toward Love?

If Love is the most important thing that we can be devoting our lives to … then shouldn’t we be using Love as the most important criteria for voting.

That’s how I boil down the rhetoric. I think if you can go out and say that you voted for someone who will make us a more loving country … I believe your conscience will be pretty darn clear :-).

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 Viejo, Irvine, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Marin, San Jose, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Palm Springs, Long Beach

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Be Your Own Hero

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So many decisions in our adult lives are made when we really don’t even know what we want in life. When we are in our twenties we are really just exploring … testing the “truths” of our parents and exposing ourselves to new worlds. In your thirties you’re supposed to have some sense of where you want to be in life, and subsequently spreading out to accumulate more of what you need to sustain this goal. Then, for the next twenty or thirty years we continue to grow: with families, better jobs, and more of that precious commodity known as security. We must perpetuate this until we are old enough to where society will deem it acceptable to do something else … and all this is apparently based on what we decided to do in our twenties.

So much time and energy just to please everyone else … never mind what you want … or infinitely more important? What God wants for you.

I don’t know about any of you … but I sure as hell wasn’t ready to make decisions like that in my twenties! I’d been steeped in religion as a child in a missionary family, but I knew NOTHING of what it meant to be completed by God … to have soul and mind and body simply be an open conduit for LOVE. If I had known I certainly would’ve made different decisions. Now that I do know how can I not change my life accordingly??

All these expectations that are put on you? These mental manipulations by people who are supposedly trying to help you? The perceptions that you will be a failure if you do this, or rejected if you do that?? They are empty, meaningless, hollowed out shells … the very structures that they all built before, but that never satisfied or completed them. Why waste your time filling someone else’s shell?

We are all unique fingerprints. We all have our own powers. We all have our own individual purpose … but we will never find out what it is if we busy ourselves living someone else’s life.

Be your own fingerprint and allow that shell to be broken … refuse to accept the limitations that others put on you … just let go of them and let them fall away … dissolve.

From there on out begins the adventure … be your own hero … to follow wherever Bliss, Intuition, God, the Universe, LOVE guides you to be.

By the way, that last part? LOVE?? Never lose that as your core, and never balk at where It takes you … Love is your Guide.

Peace and Love.

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This post is a result of meditating on my prior post, “Follow Your Bliss – Joseph Campbell“.

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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 Viejo, Irvine, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Marin, San Jose, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Palm Springs, Long Beach

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Glow With An Inner Radiance

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My words for daily meditation:

“The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter.”

– Paulo Coelho

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“Patience is power.
Patience is not an absence of action;
rather it is “timing”
it waits on the right time to act,
for the right principles
and in the right way.”

– Fulton J. Sheen

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“One who is patient glows with an inner radiance.”

– Allan Lokos

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Pic from katysuik.com

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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 Viejo, Irvine, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Marin, San Jose, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Palm Springs, Long Beach

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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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 Viejo, Irvine, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Marin, San Jose, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Palm Springs, Long Beach

An inner Valhalla, transforming Nirvana of a place

For most of my life, I admit, I have viewed sensitivity as a bane … a curse that must somehow be endured for the remainder of however long I wind up living.  There were times in my life (when I was a teen) where I even had suicidal thoughts because the idea of SO many years being THIS sensitive just seemed like something I could never endure.

I remember revealing to my best friend in high school that I knew things about other people without them ever having to tell me.  I endured endless mood swings because I now know that I pick up the energies of everyone I come across.  As a teenager, I just thought all of those feelings were my own … and that I was just that messed up of a person; that I had no control over my own emotions.

My twenties and much of my thirties consisted of a strange dichotomy of both embracing my sensitivities (pursuing a career in music, writing, and composing) and numbing myself to my sensitivities in whatever form of anaesthetization I could find.  Talk about a battle of opposites!  Trying to be as blazingly OPEN as I could possibly be … and then WHAM, just slam the door on it as soon as I was done being creative.

Now … I have started to acknowledge my sensitivity as the gift that has brought me to the Path of Englightenment (not to say that I have arrived at such a place, but rather that I have embraced the journey as my life).  What always seemed like something I had to try and control, or manage … I now have simply set free.  My sensitivity knows no bounds.  Sometimes I get caught up in my old ways of thinking or doing things, but it very quickly becomes apparent … because I am just THAT sensitive.  If I was NOT that sensitive, I wouldn’t be able to follow this Path.  My eyes would be blind, and my ears deaf, my senses dead to the subtle Guidance I now see all around me.

If you find yourself struggling in such a way … know that you are being led to a place that is special, and beautiful.  A place that others, who don’t have your sensitivities, cannot even conceive of … where you commune with your Creator at the deepest depths of your expandingly sensitive soul.

When you get there?  You wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.  So have hope … and never give it up.

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This post came as a result of meditating on my prior post, “The Sensitivity Curse/Gift“.

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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

 

Stay Awake – Martin Luther King Jr.

My words for meditation today:

“But today our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change. The large house in which we live demands that we transform this world-wide neighborhood into a world – wide brotherhood. Together we must learn to live as brothers or together we will be forced to perish as fools.

We must work passionately and indefatigably to bridge the gulf between our scientific progress and our moral progress. One of the great problems of mankind is that we suffer from a poverty of the spirit which stands in glaring contrast to our scientific and technological abundance. The richer we have become materially, the poorer we have become morally and spiritually.”

– Martin Luther King Jr.

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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

How God Sees Us

I recently heard a friend pose the following question (which actually was asked quite harmlessly to their dog),

“Am I deserving of that??”

My friend corrected the statement instantly by saying,

“Well of course I deserve it, what a silly thing to say!”

Oh, how the things we say to animals, or babies, can actually reveal SO much about ourselves!

Thus began a very interesting conversation about how we are constantly asking ourselves this very question … and where such an idea comes from.  This was ultimately a conversation that caused me to ruminate and meditate upon this very question for the entirety of the day!

Truthfully?  There are SO many ways that we live our lives by asking this question.  Are we deserving of treating ourselves special (from simple things like a treat, a massage, or an hour to ourselves all the way to how we act on a daily basis … and who we love, or how we allow ourselves to be loved!)???

For myself, I realized something significant.  I realized that I have always sought after significant relationships that have lax boundaries … I admit, I have had a lot of fear in my life about absolute commitments.  I have always told myself that I am afraid that if I engage in such a relationship that I will eventually hurt the other person … we see it all around us every day, so why would it be any different for me??  How am I any better than all these millions of well-intentioned people who wind up hurting their spouses, or children?

In truth … what I discovered is that what I have really been afraid of is that I will NEVER find someone who actually loves me for who I am, on that level!  I was deceiving myself … I wanted it to be about me trying to be noble … that I was trying to save whoever I was with from pain.  What I really found is that I have been avoiding such a unique level of purity in a relationship, because I am SO scared of being hurt on that level.

Here’s the thing though … when you embrace a life of open-heartedness … you simply can’t shut yourself down any more.  It’s impossible.  Every day you are either deciding to keep your heart open, no matter what, or you decide to keep reacting in the same defensive patterns that have marked your entire personal history.

I will never consciously shut myself down for an extended period of time … ever again.  I might have lapses that I notice in an hour, or half a day … but that is it.  Closing my heart is SO apparent to me now, that I can’t engage in it for long without those haunting symptoms of fear, anxiety, and other things from my past to kick in.  When they do?  Well then I simply open my heart, center myself in God, and move forward again … no self flagellation, or personal guilt trips … I just let go, and keep my heart open.  It really is that simple.

So now, as I arrived at this new level of myself … I realized … YES!  I AM WORTHY of being loved on that level.  I AM DESERVING of having somebody see me for who I am, and loving me for being that person.  I don’t have to pretend to be ANYBODY else.  I don’t have to live up to anyone else’s expectations on anything!  All I have to be is me … a being who ultimately was created to LOVE.  If I can be that person all the time; always centered in the purity of God’s Love … then I have achieved the purpose I was intended for … and it doesn’t matter what that looks like on the outside.

That is how God sees me … and isn’t it fitting that we each have somebody out there who will eventually see us how God see us?  The only way they will ever see us that way though … is if we allow that authenticity to be manifested in our daily lives.  If we hide that person … then we WILL end up being rejected … but somehow we think we are protecting ourselves because having our “false selves” be rejected is something we can excuse:

“Well, they didn’t really know the real me.”

Whose fault is that??  The only way you will be accepted for your True Self, is to BE your True Self … to LIVE as your True Self.  Sure, if you get rejected as that person, it hurts more … but if you keep your heart open through that, it really doesn’t linger.  When you are actually LOVED for your True Self?  WOW!!!  That will be the finest moment of your entire life … and hopefully continue on for many more of the increasingly finest moments you will even know beyond.

You can’t get there by being the person you feel everyone thinks you should be though … you have to be the real YOU.  Otherwise?  You will never really be loved for who you are … and isn’t THAT what we all ultimately want?????

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pic from bipolarmuse. This post is the meditative result of my prior post, “Worthiness is our Birthright“.

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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

“Flame On!”

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One of the things I love most about music is that it has the ability to transport you back to any number of places or times. I hear Coldplay’s XY and I’m going off to try and fulfill my dreams in Germany. I hear Mozart’s overture to The Magic Flute, and I’m in Rome again waiting to perform.

This morning I listened to Adele’s most recent album again. Anyone who’s followed my blog for a decent amount of time knows that I had a string of meditative breakthroughs while listening to Adele’s albums over the past year (as detailed in prior posts: “Chasing Pavements – Adele”, “Make You Feel My Love – Adele”, “Someone Like You – Adele”, “Adele meets the Dalai Lama”, and ““Letting Go” does not mean “Giving Up”“) … all from the perspective of listening to those heart wrenching songs as if God were singing them to me … that God loves each of us every bit that much (and more).

As I listened to each song, the magic that is music took me back to each one of those spiritual breakthroughs … and I realized something:

For the past month or two I have been strangely absent in regard to posting on the results of my meditations. I suppose I have felt as if I’m in sort of a state of spiritual shock. I’ve made decisions and taken actions that have transformed my outer life much in the same way that my inner world has been transformed over this past year. Relationships have changed, life courses altered, a new place to live, the list goes on. All these changes have left me feeling … numb … hence my description of spiritual shock. It’s all been good and necessary … but still a shock to the system.

What I discovered as I revisited all of those places within me is that in some way I had been shutting myself down without even realizing it. A subconscious way of protecting myself I suppose. So instead of changing the music, which ironically was my immediate reaction, I made myself listen and even sing along to the songs. I made myself revisit those places and open them back up again.

Suddenly there was a literal jolt within me. I felt like that comic book hero from the Fantastic Four … the Human Torch. He would shout, “Flame on!”, and instantly turn into a raging inferno of flames. Somehow that seemed to happen for me spiritually … that searing flame always emanating from my heart chakra was back.

I hadn’t intentionally shut it down … but it somehow had been, at least somewhat. It felt good to have it back … like a long-lost friend making a grand, long-awaited return.

I realized that I need to take that flame into the new areas of internal exploration, as well as the changes that have become my new life.

Feels good to be awoken again … 🙂

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 Viejo, Irvine, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Marin, San Jose, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Palm Springs, Long Beach

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking

My words to meditate on for the day:

“If you knew the power within yourself to be truly happy, to be truly whole, then you would never ask another to become the image you desire for yourself, in order to be happy and whole.”

– Stephen Richards

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“Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives.”

– Robert Collier

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“You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure about you. We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us.”

– Nelson Rockefeller

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pic from “The Incredible Shrinking Man“.

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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

Pema Chodron on Tonglen

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THE PRACTICE OF TONGLEN: by Pema Chodron

In order to have compassion for others, we have to have compassion for ourselves.

In particular, to care about other people who are fearful, angry, jealous, overpowered by addictions of all kinds, arrogant, proud, miserly, selfish, mean —you name it— to have compassion and to care for these people, means not to run from the pain of finding these things in ourselves. In fact, one’s whole attitude toward pain can change. Instead of fending it off and hiding from it, one could open one’s heart and allow oneself to feel that pain, feel it as something that will soften and purify us and make us far more loving and kind.

The tonglen practice is a method for connecting with suffering —ours and that which is all around us— everywhere we go. It is a method for overcoming fear of suffering and for dissolving the tightness of our heart. Primarily it is a method for awakening the compassion that is inherent in all of us, no matter how cruel or cold we might seem
to be.

We begin the practice by taking on the suffering of a person we know to be hurting and who we wish to help. For instance, if you know of a child who is being hurt, you breathe in the wish to take away all the pain and fear of that child. Then, as you breathe out, you send the child happiness, joy or whatever would relieve their pain. This is the core of the practice: breathing in other’s pain so they can be well and have more space to relax and open, and breathing out, sending them relaxation or whatever you feel would bring them relief and happiness. However, we often cannot do this practice because we come face to face with our own fear, our own resistance, anger, or whatever our personal pain, our personal stuckness happens to be at that moment.

At that point you can change the focus and begin to do tonglen for what you are feeling and for millions of others just like you who at that very moment of time are feeling exactly the same stuckness and misery. Maybe you are able to name your pain. You recognize it clearly as terror or revulsion or anger or wanting to get revenge. So you breathe in for all the people who are caught with that same emotion and you send out relief or whatever opens up the space for yourself and all those countless others. Maybe you can’t name what you’re feeling. But you can feel it —a tightness in the stomach, a heavy darkness or whatever. Just contact what you are feeling and breathe in, take it in —for all of us and send out relief to all of us.

People often say that this practice goes against the grain of how we usually hold ourselves together. Truthfully, this practice does go against the grain of wanting things on our own terms, of wanting it to work out for ourselves no matter what happens to the others. The practice dissolves the armor of self-protection we’ve tried so hard to create around ourselves. In Buddhist language one would say that it dissolves the fixation and clinging of ego.

Tonglen reverses the usual logic of avoiding suffering and seeking pleasure and, in the process, we become liberated from a very ancient prison of selfishness. We begin to feel love both for ourselves and others and also we begin to take care of ourselves and others. It awakens our compassion and it also introduces us to a far larger view of reality. It introduces us to the unlimited spaciousness that Buddhists call shunyata. By doing the practice, we begin to connect with the open dimension of our being. At first we experience this as things not being such a big deal or so solid as they seemed before.

Tonglen can be done for those who are ill, those who are dying or have just died, or for those that are in pain of any kind. It can be done either as a formal meditation practice or right on the spot at any time. For example, if you are out walking and you see someone in pain —right on the spot you can begin to breathe in their pain and send some out some relief. Or, more likely, you might see someone in pain and look away because it brings up your fear or anger; it brings up your resistance and confusion.

So on the spot you can do tonglen for all the people who are just like you, for everyone who wishes to be compassionate but instead is afraid, for everyone who wishes to be brave but instead is a coward.

Rather than beating yourself up, use your own stuckness as a stepping stone to understanding what people are up against all over the world.

Breathe in for all of us and breathe out for all of us.

Use what seems like poison as medicine. Use your personal suffering as the path to compassion for all beings.
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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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You become more divine as you become more creative

My words to consider today:

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“The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it. ”

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Whatsoever you do, if you do it joyfully, if you do it lovingly, if your act of doing it is not purely economical, then it is creative. If you have something growing out of it within you, if it gives you growth, it is spiritual, it is creative, it is divine.

You become more divine as you become more creative. all the religions of the world have said: God is the Creator. I don’t know whether He is the Creator or not, but one thing I know: the more creative you become, the more godly you become. When your creativity comes to a climax, when your whole life becomes creative, you live in God. So He must be the Creator because people who have been creative have been closest to Him. Love what you do. Be meditative while you are doing it — whatsoever it is! irrelevant of the fact of what it is.”

– Osho

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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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