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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

 

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.

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The giveaway is for five signed books. Hurry giveaway ends July 12th ~ Voyage of Purpose is a  great summer read. Enter to win
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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.

inner symphony

Don’t allow life’s adversity to spiral into greater and greater circles of suffering. Instead infuse Love into every situation and ask your higher guidance for harmony. Listen to the guidance and feel the flow that is surrounding us. It is like hearing music that rhythmically flows around and through us. Move into the flow and watch as adversity is washed away with loving harmony.

The more we connect with our resonant harmony the more we are in touch with our True Being. This, after all, is our natural state of being, not some supernatural accomplishment. Deep within us we feel the connection to oneness, we only have to allow that love to be present. Acknowledge the love; bring it into all aspects of life like work, play, study, and reflection. Soon we see harmony and abundance are growing in both inner and outer worlds.

Door after DoorSometimes we find ourselves feeling unfulfilled. During those times look again to your connection with your True Being. Within your Being is the link to the greater consciousness of oneness and a way to identify that missing something. It is very much like opening one door after another, each time remembering a little more of our purpose and solutions. Always be patient and allow the resonance of your Being to guide, direct and heal.

Once we begin to live in balance with our True Being we each create our own realities and manifest in our lives what is needed to be whole and complete. The inner life is the true reality…yet, our inner guidance provides for making life in this world more precious and productive. Don’t retreat from activity in the world; embrace the ongoing effort of making this moment and our future the best it can be filled with love and harmony. Be the center of your “Being,” radiating your good works outward into the world.

Namaste
David Bennett

radiating your good works outward

Be the center of your “Being,” radiating your good works outward into the world.

Developing ConsciousnessIs our love reflected in every aspect and every waking moment? For most of us I would have to say no. We are human after all, and our material lives make this difficult with all the distractions that cross our paths knocking us off center. Although many of us will pay to hear a talk on spiritual living, most struggle to apply the basic principles in our day-to-day lives. Are we just talking about love or are we actually working toward demonstrating love and spirituality. The best way to apply this is to get our heads out of the clouds and and start step by step bringing clear conscious light down to earth into a daily practice.

While working on our spiritual maturity we are also developing clear consciousness. When I speak of clear consciousness, I’m talking about how we learn to live with clarity, and a centered sense of grace. There are many spiritual teachers from the past and in the present that are teaching us to live more simplistically by being in the present, this is a wonderful way to start. As we follow these teachings, bringing them into our practice, we are returning to truth, harmony, and a spiritual integrity of knowing who we are. What a wonderful place to begin, knowing who we are, knowing our True Being.

If we look deeply at who we are, then we need to make sure not to overlook the secrets and bad habits that make up our shadow side. Our shadow parts are those parts of us that we are ashamed or embarrassed of. We should acknowledge our shadows so we can transcend them and become better people. As we move forward practicing our new disciplines of being present more than likely we will achieve a pivotal moment, a divine realization. It is in these pivotal moments that our world opens up with new possibilities. This could be the spiritual key that unlocks our lives so we may live a centered life with spirituality in our hearts.Develop a coherence between our heart and head

This practice leads us to develop a coherence between our hearts and our heads. Bringing those two spiritual receivers into unity infuses every cell in our body with knowing the perfection of our presence and the absolute rightness of this moment. Now that is a strong foundation of presence to build upon. Once we achieve this, we can allow ourselves to be cast into infinite new levels of knowing.

For example, think of an invisible point in space, where our conscious minds and hearts, in union, can burst like a flash of light. In a millisecond, we experience expansion of this physical world and beyond, a new birth or shifting consciousness. Once we experience a knowing such as this, we begin living in that expansion.

When living with clear consciousness we can start truly living our sacred saga, dedicated in following our divine talents and guidance. Always remember, clear consciousness requires balance and positive movement forward. It all start within each of us, constantly requiring reevaluation of ones awareness and attunement. Within us is our connection to the universe.

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When living with clear consciousness we can start truly living our sacred saga, dedicated in following our divine talents and guidance.

Namaste
David Bennett

Becoming "Authentic Beings"As we traveled across the country these past two months on our book tour,

I gave many talks. One message that Spirit kept giving over and over was, that to flow through the increasing shifts that are coming quicker and quicker, spiritual people will benefit by developing into Authentic Beings.

This leads people to ask “What does Spirit mean by Authentic Beings?” This came up so many times that Cindy and I felt it would make a wonderful topic to reinvigorate our newsletters and blogs that had fallen silent during our journey.

To become Authentic we have to develop a new way of Being.

If we focus on the prime element of Love and being heart centered then we begin to think and act with loving intention. Love is the key to being “Authentic,” yet many people across the country have reminded me, “It is hard to stay focused on loving intentions in todays world.”

I agree. Yet we must develop the discipline despite the challenge and it all starts simply with a deeply sincere and solemn intention to work toward living with loving intentions. Let’s start developing our own personal practices, as opposed to just reading the theories. Just like recommended in the noble eightfold path, it’s time we start taking steps and developing right action now. Our Being instinctually knows what is loving; we only need to instill it into our way of living one step and one day at a time. That is a marvelous way to begin and once we step down that path we are making a difference.

We are all a part of this universe, so we are all a part of the shifts we see today. It is a serious responsibility we all share to make our future and the future of our children a more verdant and peaceful place. As we become more heart centered in our daily tasks we contribute to those goals. Along with a heart centered lifestyle runs parallel the necessity of mindfulness or living with a focus on this moment. The more we focus on this moment, trying to do our absolute best, we are continuously working for a better tomorrow.

This is an ancient way of living that is being brought forward and melded into todays lifestyles to create a togetherness and coherence of old and new. Living in connection to our heart is living a spiritual life. Our true being resonates to this new way of being, supporting us with guidance, enhancing our light connection and inspiration. Gratitude and giving back to our circles and communities is an important part of this lifestyle. It allows us to share our inspiration, our spark of light with those around us, igniting their light and love. In this way we build stronger communities based on mutual respect and cooperation.

Always know we are human and sometimes we fall down, but we can use our failures to strengthen our spiritual transformation. If we learn from our missteps, we add considerably more knowing to our consciousness and to the greater all. We pick ourselves up and continue on our paths toward developing into Authentic Beings.

Remember~ Authentic means “of undisputed origin,” let us live true to our hearts in all ways, lifting our loving intentions for the greater good for all, that way we are being true to ourselves and authentic.

Authentic means "of undisputed origin,"

Authentic means "of undisputed origin,"

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We have some very exciting news ~ Our publisher Findhorn Press has found our book Voyage of Purpose is doing so well that they have ordered a second printing.

Also Great News for those of you who have been telling us that you are waiting for an eBook version. Voyage of Purpose is now available as a Barnes & Noble Nook eBook.