So did we say a prayer today ?

For who ? For ourselves. Did we do something, some ritual that affirmed our faith today ? In what ? In ourselves. Our ability to connect with our inner selves. For if we do not, who is this person that is working, loving, talking etc. It’s certainly not you.


It’s an everyday search for me. For that something that can put me in touch with myself. My connection to consciousness. My connection to loving nature.
Of course many people have faith. Which is a wonderful ability. I don’t have blind faith. I am more of a searcher. Questioner. Good, bad ? I don’t know. No value judgements on any faith or the question of faith. Or on myself.
Some people do it with meditation first thing in the morning. I have never been able to do that. I have to connect to something, however small, however little, to loose my sense of individuality. That’s the daily struggle. Against my own exaggarated sense of myself. I am so used to it. I have relied on it for so many years. So tough to let go now. Not that I have never questioned it before. But now, it is really important for me to be truly ‘active’ rather than ‘reactive’, which is what I have done most of my life. And how do I know what that ‘true’ action is ? Unless I am constantly in touch with something larger, more immense, more universal than myself ?
Yes I know. By letting go. By allowing yourself not to be addicted to the result of your action. By allowing chaos to invade your life. Yes, I agree. All of that. I do allow chaos to prevade in my life. I am impeteous (spelling). But then the individual in me fights back hard.
It’s an everyday battle. This battle to let go of one’s addiction to one’s sense of individuality.
Yet, the smallest of things can provoke the sensing of my flowing into something much much larger. Something infinite.
This morning it was my 5 year old daughter waking me up with a loud ‘Peekaboo’ and the tinkling of an early morning laugh.
Sometimes it;s just getting up early enough to watch the first shades of dark blue brush across the sky. Something deeply stirring about that.
Sometimes it’s unexpected gestures of affection that were not sought. Or given so instinctually that you were not aware of them.
Sometimes, it’s writing a poem. But only if the words are coming from somewhere else. As if something is flowing through you, a river of emotion you can physically feel that flows through your being.
But it is always so unexpected. So much that I am constantly aware now. My senses hightened. Waiting for that unexpected moment.
When something deeper will reach out and engulf me, and give my life, and all my actions, however small, a deeper and all encompassing context. On a daily basis.
So say a prayer for me. And for yourself.
Shekhar

1,322 Responses to “So did we say a prayer today ?”

  1. Cinda says:

    Master Hanh coming to Toronto August 2013

    Aum

  2. cinda says:

    yes 🙂

  3. cinda says:

    The Holy Longing by Wolfgang von Goethe

    Tell a wise person, or else keep silent,
    because the mass man will mock it right away.
    I praise what is truly alive,
    what longs to be burned to death.

    In the calm water of the love-nights,
    where you were begotten, where you have begotten,
    a strange feeling comes over you,
    when you see the silent candle burning.

    Now you are no longer caught in the obsession with darkness,
    and a desire for higher love-making sweeps you upward.

    Distance does not make you falter.
    Now, arriving in magic, flying,
    and finally, insane for the light,
    you are the butterfly and you are gone.
    And so long as you haven’t experienced this: to die and so to grow,
    you are only a troubled guest on the dark earth.

    Translated from the German by Robert Bly

  4. cinda says:

    On this day, I have journeyed in this body for 18,247 years,
    translated into 50 years.

    Aum to all the Ones who have
    inspired
    loved
    cared
    listened
    taught
    argued
    delighted
    empowered
    injoyed
    disliked
    shared
    offered
    supported
    been themselves
    advised
    demeaned
    insulted
    complimented
    praised
    mentored
    befriended
    cherished
    appreciated
    forgiven…

    Namaste…blessings…Om Namah Shivaya

  5. cinda says:

    antibiotics…the flu gets rid of the flu?

    then something feels better?

    is this what some humans do with other humans?

  6. Cinda says:

    lots of assignments
    tired
    sleepy
    exhausted
    depressed
    fed up
    zoned out
    numb
    sad
    bewildered
    learning
    scared
    non trusting
    silence
    hushhhh
    abandoned
    courage
    persistence
    struggling
    balancing
    accepting
    forgiving
    angry
    upset
    overwhelmed
    nausia
    hurts
    bullied
    endure
    raped
    ripped
    demeaned
    threatened
    scolded
    bought
    owned
    shackled
    sold
    deceived
    violated…….

    how can a person study and work and live under these conditions?

    and

    is expected to treat others with fairness, equality, and inclusiveness?

    Who would do such a thing?

    …there is a deep lesson in life here

    to be realised

    aum

  7. Cinda says:

    “…we can be the masters of the things that try to enslave us.”

    ~Paulo Coelho

  8. cinda says:

    water will decide for us … because we are abusing its existence,

    this is the way of nature

    isn’t it?

  9. cinda says:

    …nature will let us know who is really in charge…

    so much for technology

    the moment of this power

    lies not in our hands….

  10. cinda says:

    From the beginning of human experience our species has intuitively understood that Movement was somehow an important tool in both living a good life and connecting with an Essence larger than themselves.

    It is no coincidence that even in the earliest times, when humans were feeling good about something and wanted to celebrate, they moved.

    Intuitively, they jumped to their feet and agitated in joyous celebration. And soon their movements became coordinated, remembered, and recreated. In short, they danced. This is a physical expression of Resonance.

    It is also no coincidence that when they felt bad about something, and sought help from what they understood to be a Higher Power, once again they danced.

    We have been dancing and moving in a coordinated and purposeful way for millennia. Somehow we knew that it was good for us.

    And it is. We were right, it is.

    Not surprisingly, then, Movement is considered to this very day to be a joyful and wonderfully effective Instrument of the Holy Experience; a tool used by many to achieve outer relaxation and inner peace.

    In Sufism—which is, of course, a form of Islam—some Muslims dance and swirl their way to a sense of blissful connection with the Divine. They are called Whirling Dervishes.

    In contemporary America a new trend has been sweeping the land, called Ecstatic Dance. In cities and towns across the country groups meet weekly to engage in this emerging new version of an ancient form of joyful movement that can bring one an experience of separation from day-to-day worries and frustrations and unification with Life at an entirely different level. Nothing has changed, yet everything is different. For a moment, one can dance into ecstasy.

    And, of course, all over the world will be found yoga classes and groups. Another rapidly spreading form of physical-spiritual connection is Dahn Hak, a Korean practice involving pre-set and prescribed movements that seek to unify Body, Mind, and Spirit together as a single life expression through sequenced physical activity.

    Tai chi is still another form of such Body-Mind-Spirit integration activity. And then, there is just plain good old-fashioned “exercise.”

    However you employ it, the tool of Movement has been known to produce significant benefit. Not only, as may seem obvious, physical toning and shaping, but metaphysical sharpening and opening as well.

    ~Neale D. W.

  11. cinda says:

    aum~Gajindranath Maharaj~aum

  12. cinda says:

    I know nothing

    or

    I don’t know anything

    Does this mean I know something called “nothing, or not knowing anything means I know nothing?

    hmmm

  13. cinda says:

    butterflies…

  14. cinda says:

    One of my students’ said to me, “Miss Raymond, what do you wanna be when you grow up?”…I said, “I haven’t figured out yet”.

    I near fell over with laughter! Ahaha haha ahahahaha ahaa

    You must know, I am 50 years, but it’s my childishness that they see and feel:-)

  15. cinda says:

    arrived

  16. cinda says:

    Chan Mary Shanmati Raymond Sankar ~ my Mother,

    Ma

    pass on 16 years ago

    today

    aum

  17. Cinda says:

    We say that we will have a Good Life.

    This is a guarantee
    if we are kind to one another.

    If we are patient.

    If, when I speak, you listen
    and if when you speak, I hear you.

    This is assured,
    if we continue to look for one another.

    If we want to find.

    If, when I am here, I am seen,
    and if, when you are here, I see you.

    We say that this will be a Good Life.

    This is a guarantee
    if We are Naked with one another.

    If We are clotheless.

    If, when I am vulnerable,
    you shelter,
    and if, when you are defenseless,
    I protect.

    (© 2007. From the book Silent Sacred Holy Deepening Heart by the American poet Em Claire)

  18. Cinda says:

    Well, I am finding more and more…

    I can get lost, in the frantic highways of getting things done on time.

    What is this all about?

    Why do we do what we do?

    How is it so easy to repeat mistakes once made from times before…over and over again?

    Sheer stupidity? Ignorance? Blindness? …. I do not know!

    I do not know

    I do not know…

    Aum

  19. Cinda says:

    Happy Father’s Day!

    To all the Fathers who dedicate(d) their lives to raising their children mindfully, lovingly and bringing awareness to the Being of their child(ren).

    and

    To all the father’s who do their best…

    Aum

  20. Cinda says:

    I am tired…and there are billions more tired than me,,,
    Aum

  21. Cinda says:

    Power of Intention…released here

    ENERGITICS the new form of recognising the existence of what can travel from one form to the next…
    because there is truly no end or beginning,
    just movement from one thing to the next, so therefore, energy also moves like
    that of genetics, hence…

    energetics

    Aum

  22. Cinda says:

    Sri Sri Sri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji

  23. Cinda says:

    I imagine you exist…and we are meeting
    we embrace
    we feel
    we share
    we flow…
    I imagine
    we exist

  24. Cinda says:

    A Note from Neale…

    My dear friends,

    The time has come…for all of humanity to decide Who and What we Really Are, and Who and What we Choose To Be in relationship to that, and how we wish to demonstrate that in our world.

    The time has come…for leadership to emerge in every city, town, and village on the globe, in every time and place, in the form of brave and strong and wise individuals, ready to receive the call, prepared to make whatever sacrifice is required, anxious to get on with the task, and determined to not abandon The Work until The Work has been done.

    The time has come…for you to decide whether you are that leader in the world within which you move, if you are to be that one who will stand shoulder to shoulder with the few courageous Others and change the course of our Future by changing the direction of our Present.

    “It is a revolutionary world we live in, and this generation at home and around the world, has had thrust upon it a greater burden of responsibility than any generation that has ever lived.”

    For the world can wait no more. The people of this planet can sustain themselves no longer across millennia and centuries on the strength of humanity’s past and present behaviors. We have, at best, but decades left, and then we will be required to shift our experience, or we will have our experience shifted for us.

    Our species, as a collective, knows and understands this at a celluar level. We are therefore now asking ourselves, on this day and from every corner and place: If not now, when? If not you, who?

    For it is as Robert F. Kennedy said, addressing the people of South Africa on their Day of Affirmation in 1966, in words that are even more true today than they were then:

    The cruelties and obstacles of this swiftly changing planet will not yield to obsolete dogmas and outworn slogans. They cannot be moved by those who cling to a present that is already dying, who prefer the illusion of security to the excitement and danger that come with even the most peaceful progress.

    It is a revolutionary world we live in, and this generation at home and around the world, has had thrust upon it a greater burden of responsibility than any generation that has ever lived.

    Paraphrasing and expanding on the words of Robert Kennedy, I would observe that there are some who believe there is nothing that one man or one woman can do against the enormous array of the world’s ills. Yet many of the world’s great movements, of thought and action, have flowed from the work of a single person. A single monk began the Protestant reformation, a young woman reclaimed the territory of France, one lone black minister said “I have a dream” and altered the course of his nation’s history, a frail and elderly nun awakened the compassion of humanity across the globe. And 32-year-old Thomas Jefferson declared that all men are created equal.

    Once again quoting Robert Kennedy directly…

    These people moved the world, and so can we all. Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.

    It is from numberless, diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped.

    Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, that person sends forth a tiny ripple of hope…and, crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, these ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistence.

    …Like it or not, we live in times of danger and uncertainty. But they are also times more open to the creative energy of men and women than any other time in history. All of us will ultimately be judged–and as the years pass we will surely judge ourselves–on the effort we have contributed to building a new world society, and the extent to which our ideals and goals have shaped that effort.

    Robert Kennedy also said these words:

    Some men see things as they are and say, why? I dream of things that never were and say, why not?”

    It is time, now, for us to say, “Why not?” It is our opportunity to begin a new kind of civil rights movement…a civil rights movement for the soul…freeing humanity at last from the oppression of its beliefs in an exclusivist, violent, angry, and vengeful God, who would judge us for our human foibles and misunderstandings, and who would condemn us to everlasting damnation for approaching Him in the “wrong way.”

    ” This is important work that you are doing, and you must, must continue.”

    What the world needs now is a New Spirituality, a new way to honor our impulse toward the Divine that does not make others wrong for the way in which they are doing it.

    I know that many of you are working right now to produce that result, each in our own way. I see this every day, and each day I hear about efforts distant from me, in which you and others like you everywhere are engaged. This is important work that you are doing, and you must, must continue. Continue in your homes, continue in your relationships with your loved one, your children, your neighbors and friends, your co-workers, your fellow citizens. And continue in ways to increase and magnify your probability of success in making a real difference on our planet.

    That is, of course, the work of this Foundation—the Foundation that sends you this Bulletin each week, filled with what we hope are inspiring and helpful insights from CwG. And the Foundation’s work goes way beyond that. From our Books for Friends/Prison Outreach program, that sends free copies of CwG to prisons and the indigent, to our Retreats and the new CwG College, and all the Foundation is doing to spread the word of CwG throughout the world.

    Let us work together to do this. The time has come.

    With love and hugs,
    Neale D. W.

  25. Cinda says:

    My dear friends,

    The time has come…for all of humanity to decide Who and What we Really Are, and Who and What we Choose To Be in relationship to that, and how we wish to demonstrate that in our world.

    The time has come…for leadership to emerge in every city, town, and village on the globe, in every time and place, in the form of brave and strong and wise individuals, ready to receive the call, prepared to make whatever sacrifice is required, anxious to get on with the task, and determined to not abandon The Work until The Work has been done.

    The time has come…for you to decide whether you are that leader in the world within which you move, if you are to be that one who will stand shoulder to shoulder with the few courageous Others and change the course of our Future by changing the direction of our Present.

    “It is a revolutionary world we live in, and this generation at home and around the world, has had thrust upon it a greater burden of responsibility than any generation that has ever lived.”

    For the world can wait no more. The people of this planet can sustain themselves no longer across millennia and centuries on the strength of humanity’s past and present behaviors. We have, at best, but decades left, and then we will be required to shift our experience, or we will have our experience shifted for us.

    Our species, as a collective, knows and understands this at a celluar level. We are therefore now asking ourselves, on this day and from every corner and place: If not now, when? If not you, who?

    For it is as Robert F. Kennedy said, addressing the people of South Africa on their Day of Affirmation in 1966, in words that are even more true today than they were then:

    The cruelties and obstacles of this swiftly changing planet will not yield to obsolete dogmas and outworn slogans. They cannot be moved by those who cling to a present that is already dying, who prefer the illusion of security to the excitement and danger that come with even the most peaceful progress.

    It is a revolutionary world we live in, and this generation at home and around the world, has had thrust upon it a greater burden of responsibility than any generation that has ever lived.

    Paraphrasing and expanding on the words of Robert Kennedy, I would observe that there are some who believe there is nothing that one man or one woman can do against the enormous array of the world’s ills. Yet many of the world’s great movements, of thought and action, have flowed from the work of a single person. A single monk began the Protestant reformation, a young woman reclaimed the territory of France, one lone black minister said “I have a dream” and altered the course of his nation’s history, a frail and elderly nun awakened the compassion of humanity across the globe. And 32-year-old Thomas Jefferson declared that all men are created equal.

    Once again quoting Robert Kennedy directly…

    These people moved the world, and so can we all. Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.

    It is from numberless, diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped.

    Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, that person sends forth a tiny ripple of hope…and, crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, these ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistence.

    …Like it or not, we live in times of danger and uncertainty. But they are also times more open to the creative energy of men and women than any other time in history. All of us will ultimately be judged–and as the years pass we will surely judge ourselves–on the effort we have contributed to building a new world society, and the extent to which our ideals and goals have shaped that effort.

    Robert Kennedy also said these words:

    Some men see things as they are and say, why? I dream of things that never were and say, why not?”

    It is time, now, for us to say, “Why not?” It is our opportunity to begin a new kind of civil rights movement…a civil rights movement for the soul…freeing humanity at last from the oppression of its beliefs in an exclusivist, violent, angry, and vengeful God, who would judge us for our human foibles and misunderstandings, and who would condemn us to everlasting damnation for approaching Him in the “wrong way.”

    ” This is important work that you are doing, and you must, must continue.”

    What the world needs now is a New Spirituality, a new way to honor our impulse toward the Divine that does not make others wrong for the way in which they are doing it.

    I know that many of you are working right now to produce that result, each in our own way. I see this every day, and each day I hear about efforts distant from me, in which you and others like you everywhere are engaged. This is important work that you are doing, and you must, must continue. Continue in your homes, continue in your relationships with your loved one, your children, your neighbors and friends, your co-workers, your fellow citizens. And continue in ways to increase and magnify your probability of success in making a real difference on our planet.

    That is, of course, the work of this Foundation—the Foundation that sends you this Bulletin each week, filled with what we hope are inspiring and helpful insights from CwG. And the Foundation’s work goes way beyond that. From our Books for Friends/Prison Outreach program, that sends free copies of CwG to prisons and the indigent, to our Retreats and the new CwG College, and all the Foundation is doing to spread the word of CwG throughout the world.

    Let us work together to do this. The time has come.

    With love and hugs,
    Neale D. W.

  26. Cinda says:

    …for Gary Diggins…healing, peace and comfort

    Aum Shanti Shanti Shanti Hari Aum

  27. Cinda says:

    Love and prayers to all those who need it in this moment…

    Aum

  28. Cinda says:

    …for Yvonne,

    strength

    comfort

    love

    peace…

    aum

  29. Cinda says:

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday, Sept. 1, that there now is no uncertainty whatsoever as to whether chemical weapons were used in the Aug. 21 massacre of nearly 1,500 people — including over 400 children — in Syria.

    Mr. Kerry said that hair and blood samples from the victims of that attack, collected by first responders and provided to the United States, have tested positive for sarin, which, an NBC News report said, “is considered to be the most toxic and fast-acting chemical warfare agent.” Mr. Kerry revealed the results of those tests on the NBC program Meet the Press.

    The government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has steadfastly insisted that it was not responsible for the use of those weapons, claiming that opposition rebel forces, whom the government labels “terrorists,” launched the chemical attack in order to claim that the government did so, thus to rile international sentiment against the Assad regime.

    Mr. Kerry on Friday, Aug. 30 said, however, that the U.S. believes with “high confidence” that the Assad government is responsible for the attack on its own people, based on a number of highly reliable intelligence sources, including intercepted communications between regime military commanders, satellite tracking of missiles launched from government-control areas to the site of the massacre, and other intel, which Mr. Kerry said could not be detailed publicly without jeopardizing sensitive sources.

    The question before the world is: What should be the response of the international community if it is proven that the Assad regime did, in fact, gas its own people to quell the citizen rebellion that has plagued it for over two years?

    As well: What should be the response of the international community if it is proven that the rebel forces perpetrated the attack in order to have something to pin on the government and give the U.S. and other Western powers a justification for launching attacks on Syrian government military assets, thus weakening the government’s ability to fend off the two-year-old rebellion?

    Conversations with God said in Book One that if despots are allowed to continue in their despotism, what does that teach those despots? It also famously said:

    “Sometimes man must go to war to make the grandest statement about who man truly is: he who abhors war. There are times when you may have to give up Who You Are in order to be Who You Are. There are Masters who have taught: you cannot have it all until you are willing to give it all up. Thus, in order to “have” yourself as a man of peace, you may have to give up the idea of yourself as a man who never goes to war. History has called upon men for such decisions.”

    This leaves me, as a person who opposes any decision by U.S. President Barack Obama to employ U.S. missile power in targeted strikes against strategic military installations in Syria, in a challenging position. If there is proof beyond a shadow of a doubt that Syrian President Assad used that nerve gas on his own people, that would make him a despot of the first rank.

    As President Obama himself has implied: What is a despot being taught if he is allowed to get away with despotism? And, likewise, if the Syrian rebels actually did use sarin on their own fellow citizens in order to “frame” Assad and his regime, what would it teach them if they were allowed to get away with it?

    The spiritual response to these events would be to find a way to allow growth and remembering (or what some people would call “learning”) to occur. CWG says sometimes humans must go to war. But now, here is where I notice something very important in the CWG cosmology. The dialogue does not define exactly what it means to declare war. Ah, but my dictionary does. Under “war” it offers as one of its definitions: “a sustained effort to deal with or end a particular unpleasant or undesirable situation or condition”…as in: the authorities are waging war against all forms of smuggling.

    Now this is something I can agree with. We must not let those who used chemical weapons in Syria think they can do so with impunity. There will be consequences to pay, and severe ones that will not be pleasant, or easily ignored. Yet those consequences do not have to involve lethal military weapons. They do not have to involve the killing of people.

    It is as Einstein said. We cannot solve a problem at the same level and with the same energy that created the problem. We cannot end killing with killing, violence with violence, hatred with hatred. Yet neither can we look the other way as despots commit despotism.

    If the Syrian government is proven to have used nerve gas on its own people (and much of the current evidence points that way), the world (and yes, that includes Russia and China) can and should turn that regime into a pariah government, supported by not even its present allies. Not in the U.N., not in the international trade markets, not in the court of global public opinion, not in any way whatsoever. All imports of every kind, by any nation, should cease. Blockades ensuring that edict should be enforced. All cooperation with the government should end. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would find out soon enough that he made not only a humanly horrific, but also a politically horrendous, error.

    And if new evidence emerges that the rebels were, after all, responsible for the Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack in an effort to frame the Assad regime, then any and all support from any and all quarters now flowing to the rebels must be immediately and forever ended.

    Mr. Kerry said that the second scenario is completely fabricated by the Assad government and is impossible to believe, because of the high improbability that the rebel forces could get their hands on such weapons grade nerve gas, much less have the capability of delivering it from rockets tracked by satellites to be blasting off from government held territory at the moment of the attack.

    The world’s job now must be to deliver all the evidence gathered so far to allow the international community to deal with this monstrosity with certainty and sureness, bringing the perpetrators to non-violent but effective reckoning. It is possible to do this. It is just as possible as launching missiles and killing more people.

    As well, as spiritual beings, we have another option: Pray. Envision. Intend.

    Call it by whatever word fits into your personal understanding, but use the power of Purposefully Focused Energy to generate an expanded contextual field around the experience that humanity is co-creating regarding Syria — a field that now includes the reality of peace and safety, harmony and cooperation, joy and celebration.

    This can work. Yes, it can. Along with practical measures taken on the ground in Syria. Like the establishment of War Free Zones, protected on the ground and in the air by nonaligned U.N. peacekeepers. And the shipping in of extensive food and medical supplies and other necessities. And the use of the same enormous expenditures that it would take to launch missile strikes against that country, to offer aid in many forms (education, social services, etc.) to the rank-and-file citizens of that country, so that they could ultimately decide for themselves who they want to govern them, and by what national approach or mechanism.

    Give the power back to the people to determine their country’s future. Remove it from the warring factions on both sides, and return it to the people. Freedom is the highest expression of spirituality, because it is a characteristic of Divinity.

    Divinity has two essential qualities: Unconditional Love and Total Freedom. Bring that to Syria and watch the situation resolve itself without the use of a single killing weapon.

    With love and hugs,

    Neale Donald W.

  30. Cinda says:

    TEACH…the documentary.

    Our future is our children.
    The message is the message…it is mostly in the delivery
    is what

    will

    inspire

    children

    to

    feel

    excited

    about

    learning…Aum

  31. Cinda says:

    Finding Peaceful Solutions(((Syria)))Conversation Mindfulness Compassion

  32. Cinda says:

    The Cosmic Yes…

    Aum

  33. Cinda says:

    Aum Shanti Aum

  34. Cinda says:

    Aum Gum Ganapatayei Namaha

  35. Cinda says:

    Aham Prema

  36. Cinda says:

    Narasimha Tava Dasohum

  37. Cinda says:

    Aum asatomo satgamaya
    Tamasoma jyotirgamaya
    Mrityorma amritamgamaya

  38. Cinda says:

    My dear friends,

    Why is life turning out the way it is turning out? Why is love so often so hard to find, and then to keep? Why is goodness and kindness and compassion and even a smiling face sometimes so hard to find in our day-to-day experience? Must our lives consist of drama, drama, and more drama day in and day out?

    I get asked questions like these a lot, and as I turn to the Conversations with God dialogues to find answers, here is some of what I uncover, in these words from God:

    Every human thought, and every human action, is based in either love or fear. There is no other human motivation, and all other ideas are but derivatives of these two. They are simply different versions — different twists on the same theme. Think on this deeply and you will see that it is true.

    This is what God has called the Sponsoring Thought. It is either a thought of love or fear. This is the thought behind the thought behind the thought. It is the first thought. It is prime force. It is the raw energy that drives the engine of human experience.

    And here is how human behavior produces repeat experience after repeat experience; it is why humans love, then destroy, then love again: always there is the swing from one emotion to the other. Love sponsors fear sponsors love sponsors fear …

    … and the reason is found in the first lie — the lie which you hold as the truth about God — that God cannot be trusted; that God’s love cannot be depended upon; that God’s acceptance of you is conditional; that the ultimate outcome is thus in doubt. For if you cannot depend on God’s love to always be there, on whose love can you depend? If God retreats and withdraws when you do not perform properly, will not mere mortals also?

    …And so it is that in the moment you pledge your highest love, you greet your greatest fear. For the first thing you worry about after saying “I love you” is whether you’ll hear it back. And if you hear it back, then you begin immediately to worry that the love you have just found, you will lose. And so all action becomes a reaction — defense against loss.

    Yet if you knew Who You Are — that you are the most magnificent, the most remarkable, the most splendid being God has ever created — you would never fear. But you do not know Who You Are, and you think you are a great deal less.

    And where did you get the idea of how much less than magnificent you are? From the only people whose word you would take on everything. From your mother and your father. These are the people who love you the most. Why would they lie to you? Yet have they not told you that you are too much of this, and not enough of that? Have they not reminded you that you are to be seen and not heard? Have they not scolded you in some of the moments of your greatest exuberance? And, did they not encourage you to set aside some of your wildest imagining?

    These are the messages you’ve received, and though they do not meet the criteria, and are thus not messages from God, they might as well have been, for they have come from the gods of your universe surely enough. It was your parents who taught you that love is conditional – you have felt their conditions many times – and that is the experience you take into your own love relationships.

    It is also the experience you bring to God. From this experience you draw your conclusions about God. Within this framework you speak your truth. “God is a loving God,” you say, “but if you break His commandments, He will punish you with eternal banishment and everlasting damnation.” For have you not experienced the banishment of your own parents? Do you not know the pain of their damnation? How, then, could you imagine it to be any different with God?

    You have forgotten what it was like to be loved without condition. You do not remember the experience of the love of God. And so you try to imagine what God’s love must be like, based on what you see of love in the world. You have projected the role of “parent” onto God, and have thus come up with a God Who judges and rewards or punishes, based on how good He feels about what you’ve been up to. But this is a simplistic view of God, based on your mythology. It has nothing to do with Who God is.

    Having thus created an entire thought system about God based on human experience rather than spiritual truths, you then create an entire reality around love. It is a fear-based reality, rooted in the idea of a fearful, vengeful God. Its Sponsoring Thought is wrong, but to deny that thought would be to disrupt your whole theology. And though the new theology which would replace it would truly be your salvation, you cannot accept it, because the idea of a God Who is not to be feared, Who will not judge, and Who has no cause to punish is simply too magnificent to be embraced within even your grandest notion of Who and What God is.

    This fear-based love reality dominates your experience of love; indeed, actually creates it. For not only do you see yourself receiving love which is conditional, you also watch yourself giving it in the same way. And even while you withhold and retreat and set your conditions, a part of you knows this is not what love really is. Still, you seem powerless to change the way you dispense it. You’ve learned the hard way, you tell yourself, and you’ll be damned if you’re going to leave yourself vulnerable again.

    Yet the truth is, you’ll be damned if you don’t.

    ====================Having re-read that marvelous passage from Book One, I have made a new determination on this wonderful September day in 2013 to share my love unconditionally with all those whose lives I touch. I know this is not going to be easy. I have embarked on this mission before. I have embraced this challenge in the past. I did not always succeed in my endeavor. (To be transparent, I did not succeed nearly as much as I had hoped I would.)

    Ah, but that was Then, and this is Now. I’ve lived a bit more Life. I loved a bit more fully. I’ve laughed a bit more loudly. I’ve longed a bit more earnestly for the most complete experience of Divinity in every moment that I can call forth. I know more now. And as wonderful Maya Angelou says: “When we know better, we do better.”

    How about you? Want to join me in this adventure?

    Sending light and love….
    Neale Donald W.

  39. Cinda says:

    When we begin to see where light and darkness meet at every point

    then,

    we begin

    to

    see

  40. Cinda says:

    (((Om Namah Shivayah)))

  41. Cinda says:

    “Be the Change you Wish to SEE”

    Gandhiji…Happy Birthday to a timeless inspiration and spirit of compassion and awareness

    Aum

  42. Cinda says:

    When we make the choice…we find more then the answer to what we
    thought we were choosing

    Aum

  43. Cinda says:

    In the field of the mystics, there is no here or there
    there is

    everywHERE

  44. Cinda says:

    Like that of Tesla and Maria Montessori,

    these Beings lived a life of pure gift,

    holding true to what is

    and

    not possessing it…

    Aum

  45. Cinda says:

    The other day, I looked in the mirror for the first time

    and

    stumbled across myself.

    Who is that person, I need to get to know?

  46. Cinda says:

    Have I seen the end to know the beginning?

    Did all of this happen in the blink of an eye…and whose eye?

    what does it matter?

    or

    does it?

    what is this thing we call meaning?

    and

    why do we give so much attention to it?

    when all we are doing by doing that is to

    create more and more suffering

    beyond what we feel we can handle…

    and

    then what?

    perhaps…

    there may be some guidance

    at

    http://www.ishafoundation.org

    Aum

  47. Cinda says:

    This Is It . . .

    Aum

  48. Cinda says:

    Happy Diwali to all that is the Light, within…everyone

    Aum

  49. Cinda says:

    Sending love and light to all the people and creatures in this world who are suffering and finding it difficult to manage the challenges they are faced with on a daily basis.

    Aum

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