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Category Archives: Affirmations
What does it take to become enlightened?
What does it take to get all the things we want, or to become all that we want to become?
“I’ve climbed to the top of the mountain. Now what?”
Jesus, the Buddha, and every other spiritual teacher that I have ever encountered, taught us that everything is within us already.
“Thoughts become things!”
So our life circumstances and everyone around us, comes from the make-up of our thoughts.
Some people are given mantra’s by a guru, but mine came to me because they stood out so clearly and resonated so deeply with me.
Both came from our way-shower Jesus.
“Behold! The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!”
“I and thy Father are One.”
I write them in my journal, say them to myself often during the day, and use them in meditation by repeating them over and over and contemplating the meaning.
Using these mantra’s and contemplating the meaning, led me to my word for this year, which is, “RELAX!”
Some people have been so put off by various religions that they won’t even use the word, because it brings up associations of fear and guilt in them.
But a lot of these people still have another word for “it,” because they know that there is something there. (Obviously excluding our atheist friends)
(I will use the word “God” here simply because that is the word I use. But please feel free to substitute with whatever word you choose.)
I have heard varying arguments and debates over the years from people on both sides of the fence.
To me it seems that God really doesn’t want anything, “bad” to happen to us. But God doesn’t really want anything, “good” to happen to us either.
It isn’t like God is sitting up in the sky moving us around as if we were chess pieces. How could a person think that God would love one person, but not another? Or that one person is more deserving as another?
Not long ago I found myself giving a talk.
It was the week after the shooting in Orlando, and I prayed a lot the day of the talk, because I knew that the issue was going to have to be addressed.
Some of the things that came out of my mouth were pretty surprising. “Have you ever read the bible?” I found myself asking the small audience. “Or the Bhagavad Gita? Or any scripture?”
“Studied history at all?”
The simple fact of the matter is that violence is not really anything new.
Last year when Swami Kena came through Savannah, (as he has for 11 straight years now) I had to be out-of-town.
So it had been nearly two years since we’d seen each other last when he was here recently, and it was wonderful as always to see him and get to spend time with him.
He’s been in the hospital a couple of times lately, and we had already planned and then cancelled his trip, when he called me one day and said, “See if we can still get those rooms on those dates, because I am coming.”
This reminds me of the old saying that it seems like I’ve used a million times; “If you want to sell a newspaper, you need a good train wreck.”
Your brain is naturally geared toward negativity.
As man has evolved, the human brain has grown. But over the years, the survival parts of the brain had to be large, because let’s face it, survival used to be a lot tougher than it is now.
And that talent is your purpose in life.
You know, music just comes so naturally to me that it is easy to overlook. It is easy to take for granted. It is easy to get annoyed when someone yells, “Play “Brown Eyes Girl!” It is really easy for me to think, “What difference is this making?”
Yet at the same time, I cannot deny the joy that my talent has brought to many people. Kids in hospitals, the elderly and dying at Hospice, casual diner’s at restaurants and people partying at bars, and most recently in Unity’s all over the southeast.
The last several months have been spent doing a lot of self-examination.
It hasn’t always been pleasant to search within and be honest in looking at myself and how my life has thus far played out.
But now that I can objectively look back, I see the various states of consciousness that I was in as I moved from one chapter to another up to now.
One thing I saw was that often in the past I have been “afraid that things wouldn’t turn out right.”
And sometimes they didn’t.
And the reason for this is because I had fallen into the trap of thinking that this is my life. And I was too quick to take my eyes off of God.