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Purpose seems to present itself at all times in all places, we only need to be aware and stay present. Even when the world around us seems to be going a little wacky if we keep stillness and calm in our hearts a path will present itself.

delayedI was delayed for my first flight from Syracuse to St. Louis and it meant I would not make my connecting flight. Apparently there was fire in the tower in Chicago the day before and it shut the airport down, so there were no seats available for a new flight out of Chicago today even thought it was a day later. A couple chose to sit beside me while I was waiting. Spirit gave me a nudge, so I struck up a neutral conversation to pass the time. We were all delayed for a couple of hours. They asked why I was traveling to St. Louis and I quietly told them to help facilitate a retreat for people that have died and came back, “near-death experiencers.” They replied with curiosity that they were interested in the subject, and followed up with “what is a retreat for NDErs like.” I spoke of the challenges experiencers go through and how it is helpful to be with other experiencers to find ways of overcoming the challenges. They had many questions about how to live with a NDE and my feelings about the afterlife. Then purpose revealed itself. The man notified me he was going through lung cancer, and was thinking a lot about his mortality. We then had a quiet and lengthy conversation about how I overcame stage IV lung & bone cancer and about listening to our guidance. I could see hope returning to the man’s eyes as the conversation went on. We took up all of the delay time speaking then they called our flight and we went our ways wishing each other safe and present journeys.

Above the cloudsI love to fly once we gained altitude I closed my eyes and expanded my awareness to feel the thrust of the engines, and be aware of the out stretched wings cutting through the rushing air that fold under the wing that press it upward. I lost myself to the sense of speeding over the planet, leaving wisps of turbulence in my wake that eventually subside into settled air. My awareness sometimes went further to the outstretched land or water beneath and examined with great detail our earth speeding past.

I arrive at Chicago in a good mood and prepared myself for a long night in the airport. Then Spirit nudged me again to go to customer service even though I was already booked on a flight leaving the next morning. When it was my turn I asked what was available and I got the same answer as the representative bowed his shaking head, he then looked again at the screen in front of him and said “wait a minute a standby just opened up on a flight this evening.” chicagoI was so relieved to have listened and stayed in the flow of Being with all the chaos that was swirling around.

Another couple chose to sit next to me just as they announced our flight would be delayed an additional hour. They groaned turned to me and asked the same question, “So why are you traveling to St. Louis?” Again like magic we started a conversation about NDEs and this time they had someone in their family that had an experience. We spoke of the common factors in the experiences like the unconditional love and they gain new understanding of what their family member went through and why it had changed her life. Then the announcement system notified us that our flight would be boarding sooner than anticipated.

It goes to show we can always be of service even in unexpected circumstances. I boarded my flight thinking when I listen and I am present with authentic being, the universe aligns work and rewards.

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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.

Bamboo Woods

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.

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Since Voyage of Purpose was released, I have been receiving more and more correspondence from people who are just starting on similar paths as mine. Some are asking, “How can I develop communication with Spirit and find my purpose?” In this post I want to encourage and give some initial guidance and recommendations.

Communication with Spirit

Communication with Spirit

Developing our communication with Spirit can be confusing and difficult, especially in the beginning and even more troubling when trying to use that communication for finding purpose. I’ve learned it requires spending time to discern what is Spirit communication and what is normal mind chatter. I had similar problems especially after my Near-Death Experience (NDE), because my mind would sometimes try to sound like Spirit. I found it helpful to start using creativity to help me get a handle on what was Spirit and what was incessant mind chatter.

I believe our inspiration comes from Spirit. I know we all have something that we love to do that brings about inspiration maybe it’s music, art, crafts, writing or whatever. As we do these activities that bring us joy, I recommend devoting all our attention to it and see what new ideas pop into our consciousness. Explore the new ideas further and try to accomplish them. I found as I worked in my creativity my heart would sing when new inspiring ideas came into my thoughts. That is a very subtle way Spirit can start to communicate so we can hear it above the chatter in our brains.

I also recommend meditation to everyone on a spiritual path, I know, I know, that in itself can be a challenge. Meditation is great, yet if your having trouble quieting the mind try a ceremony before the meditation. Ceremony gives the mind a chance to wind down. Something like lighting a candle and giving your gratitudes for all the good and all the obstacles in life, then visualize them going into the light so they can achieve the highest good for all. I found that simple ceremonies gives the mind something to do and helps in quieting it, For example, look at all the ceremony that is part of church services, they have a purpose.

MeditationTake a moment to unplug from all the technology and visual sensations. Focus instead on “Being.” Once we tap back into the world around us we can see it as it really is, multiple streams of consciousness that are part of a single wholeness with infinite possibilities.

Our Purpose reveals itself with spiritual maturity. Once we commit to living a spiritually heart centered life, our purpose will start to reveal itself. First it comes in small ways. For example, when we have synchronistic events occur it tell us we are in the flow and where we are supposed to be. Be patient and quietly aware while looking for the purpose and it will show itself, meanwhile enjoy the direction spiritual development takes you.

Many times in life we are attracted to what we need, mostly this give us the skills or knowledge we will need later. When we keep at it, we find what works for us. We are each unique individuals that are helping the universe shift into a new tomorrow. The more we work on ourselves the more we help the universe become a more peaceful and sustainable environment. Spirit is quietly waiting to give us the assistance necessary once we relax, focus and understand our ability to communicate.

 

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Well Its Official!!!  &  We wanted to let our friends here know first.

Findhorn Press

Findhorn Press

David and Cindy have completed “Voyage of Purpose” a book about David’s transfomative experiences, how each one built upon the next creating opportunities for spiritual awakening. “Voyage of Purpose” © David and Cindy Bennett. The book will be released by Findhorn Press, Scotland, available in the US October 2011 – www.findhornpress.com – (the book is not up on their website yet, but will come in late spring/summer and then you can read more and pre-order).

Cindy has been biting at the bit to tell everyone but I made her wait until the contracts were signed. We are so excited they are a great match for us. They distribute in the US, UK and Australia.

Findhorn changed the secondary title and the cover, just like we were told would probably happen in the Next Top Author contest. We are very pleased with the way it is going. We will keep you in the loop when we learn the publication date. Here is a peak at the first draft of the cover. It can still change.

Voyage of Purpose

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Dying is hard but returning to life is even more difficult and challenging.

What the heck am I talking about? I died in a boating accident and drowned in 1983. You can read about my Near-Death Experience (NDE) on my website, but what I want to share here is some of the life altering aftereffects an NDE can bring about in an experiencer’s life. Just think about it one minute and you can understand the conflict of living a life that is confining and limited in our physical form. When in the light we have an unlimited ability to connect to the universal all. It is an incredibly loving experience that is humbling beyond words. But back to life and living in this world after such an experience.

First I’d like to look at judgment. In my NDE there was an all all-encompassing life review that was shared with my soul group of light beings. The review looked at every detail of my life, good and bad. So you can imagine I did not want to share my most unsavory moments in life with this group of beings. I was judging myself, but the most marvelous thing was, my family of light beings were not. They were emanating a pure love that was unconditional so there was no judgment attached. In the Light you also see the interconnection between all living and non living things in our universe. In addition to that every time we have an interaction with someone or something there is an energetic exchange. In physical life we can barely notice this exchange unless we train our selves to be more sensitive. Well, I can say that every time I used judgment against someone in my life review it created an energetic exchange that was disruptive and blinded me to the true nature of the situation or person. The ripples caused by those exchanges were even more disturbing than I knew. The more energy I put into a wrongly judged event the more far reaching the ripples of effect would range outward beyond my perception.

When returning to life after that experience I wanted to become as loving and nonjudgmental as my light family. But experiencers bump into a world of judgment not just being judged about the NDE but we feel judged about everything.  A leopard can’t change his spots that quickly. We have lived a life full of habits that don’t change in an instant. Some times we can fool ourselves to think we can change that fast but it takes an effort to develop new habits.  In life we have these wonderful emotions that can be attached to our judgment and when that happens most of the time we blind ourselves to the truth. Many times we rush passionately forward unknowing the truth only to create suffering.  After many mistakes we remember the NDE and slowly change. You can not be exposed to that much unconditional love without it changing the way you work and think. Some in the NDE community call it a re-wiring of the mind psyche. What ever it is, it happens to most experiencers and it changes the way we live our lives. We can’t help it. Many people see us as detached because we don’t want to jump to judgment. That is not true, we are much more attached than ever and trying to see as clearly as we can in this bodily form. We will use discernment and look at things with our hearts until we feel we know the truth. But we are as human as the next person so we are fallible. Seeking truth requires patience to get beyond the drama that life presents us on a daily basis. Our judgments create the greatest suffering including stress and disease. One only has to live in this world to see the suffering that judgment brings. So becoming a little less judgmental is not a bad thing and very desirable to everyone not just experiencers.

Another thing that happens when we return is we are striped of the false personas we had spent our whole life developing. We had developing false personas to show the world what we wanted them to see us as. We wanted to appear smarter, stronger, confident, altogether, or maybe beautiful and standing tall. What ever we made up, we used these personas for different life situations. We were hiding our true self so no one could reach us and that way we were protecting ourselves. Well, what happens is we get such an in-depth look at our true nature in the NDE, that we can accept who we are without all the false trappings. We are far from perfect and know our faults, but how can we develop non judgment if we pickup those old false personas and are not showing our true selves. It can be terribly frightening at first striped bare and exposed. But to develop non judgment you can no longer mislead someone else into a false judgment. We have to be truthful and clear to avoid false judgment. After you step out as yourself you see no one can really harm your true nature because it is a part of the Universal All.

Near-Death Experiences can give everyone of us wonderful tools for living. Living life as our true self with less judgment is just one tool in the box. I know I’m trying to use this instrument as often as possible.

Dave Bennett is the President of the Upstate NY IANDS (International Association for Near-Death Studies) He speaks about his NDE and the aftereffect on the web and to groups. His website is www.Dharma-Talks.com

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