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Harmony

“With an eye made quiet by the power of harmony, and the deep power of joy, we see into the life of things.” -William Wordsworth“With an eye made quiet by the power of harmony, and the deep power of joy, we see into the life of things.” -William Wordsworth

You will never find harmony if the only way you can be happy is to have everyone else happy. First transform yourself. Your life in harmony, joy and health can then be a great source of nourishment for others starving for spiritual food. Find your true nature, your divine essence. Flow with your inner knowing in this exceptional moment sowing positive seeds of empowerment and awakening. Change in yourself is changing the world, for you are the most beautiful being living a purpose filled life. Keep moving forward without fear, and then the outcomes are brimming with courage.

When we allow our heart to connect to our higher consciousness it breaths a sense of harmony and peace into the world and us. We have an awareness of the calming nature that heart rhythm brings. Creating meaningful currents pulsing to the depths and ripples on the surface of any situation. Enthusiastically share the harmony. Experiencing the harmony within allows us to experience the harmony of the world around us. We are on the threshold of a momentous time when more and more people are embracing the path to awakening and living with purpose. This has the potential to help many relieve suffering and have more fulfilling lives.

harmony3Let us unroll our beliefs down to our core being, and examine them; there we find the root of our being is Love. Harmonize with the love at our core allowing it to cultivate our thoughts and actions in loving focus, so we may once again become our wholeness. Speak positively, hopefully, thankfully, and above all with that core of love. Allow your words of love to heal and create seeds of positive action. We release any disorders by refusing to give them any thought or energy, in that way we speak in harmony. We also recognize that our speech resonates in every word with our Being, leaving a lasting impression.

Happiness is simple after all; we need only keep harmony within our being. Within our divine nature there is a purity of spirit that is part of the greater oneness. Instead of looking outward for happiness look within to know your divine nature, there harmony and happiness resides.

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183732859767680507_IkwDPUam_cDon’t be distracted by the feelings of isolation. We are all in this ocean of consciousness, plunged into isolation by our own mental trappings. Once we change our perception to knowing our true nature, we begin to see we are the vast oceans, we are the void, we are the light of consciousness. Just like the bubbling spring is connected to inlets and tributaries on the surface and to the ever-flowing streams underground.

Don’t allow yourself to drift aside oar-less and separate on the surface of life. Wholeness requires we flow from beneath the surface and add our essence to the oneness on the surface.

Our heartbeat, our life cycle, and our day to day sometimes distract us by keeping our focus on time and push us toward separateness. Love, Unity, and our True Nature exists outside of time. When we accept this realization, it becomes the key in the lock that releases us. Life can take on new meaning of everyone and everything in this universe interconnected into a beautiful tapestry.  We need to nourish our “Being” with a retreat from the illusion of separateness by returning to stillness. In stillness we can touch the love in us that touches the love in others. Do this until you weave together in unity, becoming unconditional Love. Just as the water droplet joins another and leaves behind its sense of being a single drop to becoming flowing fluid.

Reach Out with your energy and see the reality of the world.Bring this new sense of being out of the stillness and back into daily life by looking at all the life around and using this non-discriminative ability to understand the true nature of what you see. When we do this, we free ourselves from separateness and see the inter-being of nature. We should be more observant of Mother Earth; Gaia replenishes and renews herself through the cycle of life. So why do we shut ourselves off from this amazing source of birth, death, and rebirth. It’s necessary for us to reach out with our energetic roots and branches and connect with our source.

You and I know there is no such thing as death, so is there such a thing as life? Quantum mechanics proves that there is a non-local part of our existence just as real as thoughts, feelings, and ideas that cannot be measured on an instrument. That leads us to understand that our consciousness resides outside the physical body in our higher consciousness. Our feeling of separateness is a result of our mind grasping and wanting. Our ancestors knew the importance of living in oneness with all living beings and finding unity. So are we truly living this life or just the dreamer with nowhere in particular to go?

Separation from our true nature only occurs in the mind. It is an illusion that becomes our reality if we allow it. We can get lost in our imagined wanderings. Separation can lead us into being more self-deprecating than we ever need to be.  We need to focus within on our innermost self until the unseen becomes known and our mind can be without those distracting thoughts. We have been introduced to this life as separate and a spectator of ourselves. Also, we have intrinsic skills as interpreters of our deeds and our nature with understanding and contemplation. As we awaken to our true nature we may use these skills to live in a manner that is in harmony with our higher self. Life is precious to experience and separateness is invaluable as a challenge to overcome.

There are two types of Separation.There are two types of separation within us, the first is the illusion of being separate from everyone and everything else in the universe, then there is the feeling of duality between our Self and Spirit. Eliminating the separation is a key element in our awakening. When we learn to work from within in order to effect change we have taken a small healthy step. Focus on Self Love and watch the duality meld away, as we become comfortable we extend that pure Love outward to encompass the world and radiate into the universe. It is perfectly fine to celebrate your self, honor the self, and delight in delivering your gifts. But always be true to your Self so you may be true to others.

We seek our purpose one and all. Yet purpose is not a legacy, unless it is building upon loving intent for all.

We have been on a path of separation and now we are in a state of initiation. We are beginning to experience new ways of living in a changing world. Let us recreate our lives; the choices we make now will reverberate for a millennium. The best choices will lead us toward shifting our consciousness into an awakened society. The choice is ours.

The Bell Meditation
An Excerpt from Soul Soothers: Mini Meditations for Busy Lives

A guest blog by Cindy Griffith-Bennett

294a88ef52bb6fde0a41f2964280252bThe Bell Meditation

1. Choose a sound or action that you hear or experience at least five times a day. An action could be using your debit card, and a sound might be your cell phone ringing.
2. Every time your sound or action occurs, take a deep breath. The phone will still be there if you wait one extra ring.
3. Pay attention to where your mind is. Are you thinking about what you are doing now, or is your mind in the past or future? Are your thoughts calm or agitated? Don’t judge yourself, simply note your thoughts, take a deep breath, and shift them if they need it
4. Pay attention to your body. Is your breathing shallow or deep? Are your shoulders tensed or relaxed? Are you sitting or standing correctly? Are you slumped over?
5. Fix anything that might be adversely affecting your body.
6. Pay attention to your surroundings. Are you being affected by outside influences?
7. Note how you are being affected and if possible, fix it.
8. Go back to what you are doing. Bring your newfound mindfulness into your activity.

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Use this mini-meditation to practice mindfulness throughout your day. The Bell Meditation is a reminder to come back to the state of mindfulness. When you hear your “bell,” check in to see where your mind is. Each time it “rings,” take a deep breath and connect with your mind, body, and environment. Bring yourself back to the present moment and mindfulness. Don’t judge what you find when you check in; simply note it.

The Bell Meditation is great for work. You can make any sound or activity into a bell as long as it isn’t happening constantly. A receptionist might not want to make a phone ringing into a bell, yet for someone who only gets calls a few times a day, it is perfect. The receptionist could use the mail delivery along with a trip to the copier as bells. If you are a busy mom, you could use walking through the doorway to the kitchen as your bell, or every time you get in or out of the car. Eventually your bell will get stale and loose its effectiveness and so you may need to change it a bit. If you are a person who gets caught up in the moment, loses track of time, obsesses, or whose physical disabilities are aggravated when you don’t pay attention to your body, this is a perfect meditation to keep you in touch with your thoughts, body, and environment. The Bell Meditation will assist any time you need to bring mindfulness into your daily life.

Example
f942b6e5c543f9c042351c84bda0533cDave is an author who travels, and between writing, websites, and social networking, spends a lot of time on his computer. He doesn’t get phone calls often; most people contact him via email. So a ringing phone does not work well as a bell. He also has a rebuilt spine and working at the computer can be quite painful. He wants to develop a bell so that he is reminded to get up and stretch as well as be mindful about how he is sitting. Since he travels, he needs a bell he can carry with him. He found an app for his iPhone that actually has a bell that he can set to go off a number of times a day. Dave is working at home today. When the iPhone bell goes off, he takes a deep breath, and puts his attention to where his thoughts are. His thoughts are positive and in the present moment, so he moves his attention to his body. He discerns that he is sitting in his chair cockeyed and his neck hurts. He stands up to stretch his muscles. Realizing that his neck pain is from the angle he was holding his head, he takes a few minutes to raise the computer monitor a couple of inches. Dave returns to working on the website, noting how much better his neck feels with the monitor adjusted.

Why – Discernment vs. Judgment
As discussed in the chapter on the Walking Meditation, adding mindfulness to your life offers you the ability to get off autopilot and back in your mind’s driver seat. Mindfulness helps you to be proactive instead of reactive, while compelling you to take responsibility for your actions. Yet, practicing mindfulness can also set you up to start judging yourself. You have enough people judging you without doing it yourself. This doesn’t mean that everything you do is fine, and that you are perfect, it only means that judging is not a productive way to institute change.
The human tendency is to judge what is experienced as either good or bad. This person is not nice, so he or she must be bad. This ice cream tastes rich and creamy, so it must be good. Many spiritual teachings emphasize the importance of being able to separate what you experience from how you feel about it. You can then decide if it is in your best interest, without judging it as good or bad. For example, decadent ice cream with all the sugar and calories may make the taste buds happy, and you say, “This is really good.”

ice_cream_coneYet if you eat too much of it, you may find the first rush of pleasure turning into a sugar crash. That sugar rush may feel good or bad depending on how your body processes sugar. Yet to deal with all that sugar, your pancreas pumps out a lot of insulin, challenging your immune system. Sleep will be difficult tonight and your immune system will take 24 hours to get back to normal, so you think the ice cream is bad. But when you look at this situation more closely, it isn’t the ice cream that is good or bad. The ice cream is simply ice cream. It is how your body feels after eating it that makes you decide if it is good or bad. Spiritual teachings suggest that you don’t label the ice cream at all. It is ice cream, not good or bad — it just is.
Looking at things as they are, without judging them, is called discernment. Your mind tends to judge; your intuition uses discernment. Your intuition looks at your situation, along with the most likely outcome of your options, to see which choice leads you closer to your soul’s path. In the case of ice cream, your intuition would not say it is good or bad, yet it might discern that if you have a little of it, maybe a kiddie-sized cone, the sugar in the ice cream cone won’t send you on quite the same sugar high and inevitable crash as the double cone you contemplate getting.
That discerning choice will allow you to have the kiddie cone and still get to the tasks you need to later on, without falling asleep because of a sugar crash. A wonderful story of discernment is about a monk looking out a window. He sees the sun shining, a slight breeze, and puffy white clouds. He exclaims, “This is going to be a great day: the flowers will benefit from the sun!” He grabs a light sweater and begins his walk to the garden for fresh vegetables. The next day he looks out the window and it is raining, a little cold, and a stiff breeze is coming from the north.

f85dd682a2e3ac312cd91eaca8e59450He exclaims, “This is going to be a great day: the flowers will benefit from the rain!” The monk grabs his boots, coat, and umbrella for his walk to the garden. This monk’s story teaches three things: 1) weather is neither good nor bad; 2) don’t let the rain determine if you are going to have a great day; and 3) be prepared and don’t forget your umbrella.
All of life offers lessons and opportunities for growth. Allowing yourself the freedom to live without judgment, yet with a strong ability to discern what is best for your highest and most loving good, allows you to make choices throughout your day to create the best environment for growth. Using the Bell Meditation gives you the opportunity to stop living in autopilot mode, and allows you to take control of how you choose to participate in your environment.
After a while of practicing discernment, you will stop making limiting choices based on short-term thinking and begin to make choices that bring you into balance and are best for your long-term goals. Discernment doesn’t tell you that you can never have a double- scoop ice-cream cone. It simply helps you choose a time when the sugar crash won’t get in your way of accomplishing your soul’s goals — and it reminds you to bring the umbrella in case it rains!

Soul Soother
6c91c8881f5c1ee0fff1ebcc730293fb Your soul knows that judgment is a waste of time, yet with discernment you can change what is not working in your life to create an environment around you that promotes the most soul growth. Judgment often creates an adverse vibrational state while discernment is neutral. Living a discerning life allows a more optimistic outlook. You are not living in fear of “bad” things happening as you realize that it is natural for life to present challenges. You stay open to whatever solutions are available rather than shutting down out of pessimism; you’ll feel optimistic, yet realistic, about what needs to be done.

Discernment creates an opportunity for you to think about what you want in your life, how you want to act, what type of energy and vibrations you want around you, see situations and people as they truly are, and make choices that lead you closer to fulfilling your potential.
Your soul wants you to be able to discern the energy and vibrations that are not for your highest and loving good. One way to do that is by using the Blessing Meditation to send loving energy to anyone or any situation you encounter that might need a little extra vibratory boost.

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12/21/12

The End of an Epoch and the Beginning of an Era

The 21st of December is the winter solstice, and marks the longest night of the year. It also heralds the end of the Mayan calendar, and for many, this is a very auspicious week. Do we really know what it means to be at the end of a great cycle? Perhaps, ten years from now, we will look back and recognize it’s significance. This week is a time to celebrate life.

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Winter Solstice Meditation:

 

Start with a white candle in the center of the circle with pine bows, sweetgrass, sage, amber, frankincense and white flowers.

Listen to or envision a lone drum is beating a heartbeat rhythm.

Envision an inner light that begins in your heart and slowly begins to shine beyond you. It moves upward in the night sky.

Your focus moves upward with your light until you see a lone star in the sky. You and your light moved to the star and meld your light with the star.

Shining as the star you notice a temple or sacred space back down on earth. You begin to shine your light down on the sacred space. Slowly you move your focus becoming the sacred space radiant in light.

In the center of the sacred space you find a white rose. The Rose changes once your light touches it, into an elder, a grandmother.

She draws you toward her and she shows you how to make your medicine bundles. You put together all you need for the coming year. So as the coming year unfolds you will have all the tools you need. Love, compassion, strength, respect, balms for the suffering, when your bundle is finished it shines with the light. The bundle rises high up in the air and shimmers and dances, it surrounds you and fills you.

Now your light streams down to the earth, and covers the earth.

You can separate yourself and watch the light go up to the star and down to the sacred space and pour over the earth. It is self-perpetuating now and you can connect to it at any time you want.

Slowly, move back to your body and the sound of the drum. Feel your feet on the ground.

Remember you have all the tools that you need for the coming year.

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Inspiration is the Doorway to Spirit Communication. Inspiration is the Doorway to Spirit Communication.

We all have something in life that draws from that creative state within our being, and leads us to our inspiration. This process is very similar to meditation, in that, insights come to us from somewhere beyond ourselves. Each and every one of us holds the same power to create from our inspiration. The time has come for us to develop our creativity and recognize we are tapping into the intuitive process.

When we work with whatever creative endeavor we enjoy, we naturally begin to relax. This is totally normal, and in this relaxed state of being we may focus our awareness on more than just what we are creating. We can use this time to look at what’s going on in our life to make decisions, to look at issues, and possibly find solutions to our concerns.

The creative process can take us even further...The creative process can take us even further, if we allow ourselves to be aware, open, and receptive to all forms of experience. Creativity can access our own Divine love that exists within our higher consciousness. We can move beyond the mental musings of our mind, and connect to the collective psyche of the universe. Once we open these doorways we can bring them into our daily lives, enriching ourselves and those around us.

Once exposed to Divine Love, we break through our physical and mental barriers and are forever aware of our greater state of Being and interconnection to all life. With this spiritual connection we fill our actions with loving attention, thus, walk down the path of spiritual maturity. This is true Spirit communication from our source to our intellect and our ability to act.

If Not Now... Then WhenCreative spiritual maturity is needed today in our local communities, nations, and the world. More and more we need to push open that door in our heart and mind to let the light stream out were it is visible for all to see. Share our valuable new found ideas, expand them with other creative men and women working for a promising radiant future, filled with equitable solidarity and peace.

Blessings,
David Bennett
http://www.DharmaTalks.com

 

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Spiritual Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning Your Practice

Lately we have been doing a lot of cleanup around our home, I guess you could call it a spring cleanup. This takes me back to a time when I was integrating my near-death experience (NDE). Friends and I made a trip to my mentors home in Virginia, but she didn’t know we were coming.

Margaret Kean was my NDE mentor and I’d like to share a tidbit of what she showed me. Here is an excerpt from our book Voyage of Purpose where I was speaking about that time.

Margaret lovingly and graciously invited us into her home, though with an odd look. Little did we know at that moment that she had just asked the universe for some help and received instant confirmation from Spirit with us ringing the doorbell.

Margaret headed a healing missionary in Swaziland, Africa. She and her assistant, Libby, spent eight months, or more, of the year bringing medicines and healing to the poor in Africa. Margaret and her husband, Len, had decided to sell the retreat center to allow her more time in Africa. Libby was away drumming up financial support for their upcoming mission work. Hearing all this, William and I immediately offered to help get things ready to sell the property; in exchange Margaret offered guidance, sharing, and her company.

One of the many tasks we tackled was cleaning the stone floor in the front foyer. William and I got down on our hands and knees to scrub it clean. While we were in the process, Margaret walked by and in passing bestowed a gem of wisdom that stays with me to this day: “How you approach cleaning is the very same way you approach your spirituality.”

Some people clean by starting at one end and work systematically and thoroughly. Others have a scattered approach and hit spots here and there. There is no wrong or right way, only the way we choose. Whatever your cleaning style is, it is more than likely it is going to be the same method you approach your spirituality. There is no wrong or right way, it is just your process. Trained as an engineer, I do things systematically. Mindfulness works well with a systematic approach and my cleaning habits reflect that. Margaret’s words not only affirmed my approach to spirituality, it made me realize that you can use cleaning to focus and reflect on your spiritual practice…

From time to time those words return to me, and I reflect on them. Occasionally we should perform a little housecleaning to shake the dust off our practice. For me that is returning to what started me down the road of spirituality, my NDE. For others it may be connecting and experiencing the joy, beauty, creativity, and healing of living on Mother Earth. Whatever it is, return to the root of your practice and revive it so it may again shine in your heart, bringing revived vigor and inspiration.

Use your style to approach and infuse your practice with the original loving intention that created your practice. Clean the glass so to say, and as we are shinning things up the light can clearly illuminate our future path. Again there is no wrong or right way, but make sure to utilize “your” process, to keep it on your path.

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Along your path you may find that others may have a parallel path

Joseph Campbell once said “I have a theory that if you are on your own path things are going to come to you. Since it’s your own path, and no one has ever been on it before, there’s no precedent, so everything that happens is a surprise and is timely.”

Along your path you may find that others may have a parallel path or may intersect yours from time to time. Enjoy their assistance and friendship. Embrace your own path and your own practice; allow it to propel you into a future of positive potentials.

In our spring cleaning we let go of past hurts and pleasantness, because they weigh us down on the journey. We let go and live in wonder of this moment, always looking forward to the next, forever keeping our light clean and bright. The time has come, enjoy your cleaning.

Blessings,
David Bennett
www.DharmaTalks.com

Center Being

Return to the root of your practice and revive it so it may again shine in your heart, bringing revived vigor and inspiration.

Voyage of Purpose on KindleGreat News!!!

Our book “Voyage of Purpose” is now available on Kindle at Amazon.com.
Our book remains widely available in both print and all other electronic editions as well (EPUB and PDF formats). You can find our e-book at your local independent bookstore, www.indiebound.org, www.BarnesandNoble.com, www.ebookstore.sony.com iBooks and elsewhere. E-books can also be bought directly from the IPG website (www.ipgbook.com).
Please take the time to find our e-book on one of the vendors listed above.