Peace, Love and Answers

Nothing can protect you from your belief that fear can affect except you. So many are suffering under the delusion that there is anything that can separate you from Divine Love. You can never be separated from something that connects you with everything and everyone else; nothing other than fear.

Peace is the way

Love is the answer

The question is when

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There’s a lot going on in the world these days.

It should not really be surprising since we are all moving into the “new” 5th dimension.

Know that the Universe is here to support you–to support us all. Fear is not the answer; love is. The question is when will things improve. Or rather, when will we recognize that the way to that answer will only come when we let go of our need to fear.

Our beliefs keep us rooted to the 3rd dimensional reality that we think we live in. The truth is, it is those roots that keep us from moving forward. Obviously, this is easy to say, harder to do…or rather believe.

There are several Bible passages that came to mind when contemplating the events of the past few days. The one that jumped out at me is a familiar passage about the meaning of love from 1 Corinthians 13. Here’s the NLT version (New Living Translation) from the Bible Gateway:

13 If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. 3 If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.

4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

8 Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! 9 Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! 10 But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless.

11 When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. 12 Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.

13 Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.

Truth is truth. You don’t need to be a Christian to know that this is truth. It is beyond the need to understand; you know it in your heart of hearts. Love just is.

But apart from this truth, we must find in ourselves the other two, faith and hope. It’s important to remind ourselves of how these three shield our hearts from the drumbeat of fear and its close companions hate and anger.

Nothing can protect you from your belief that fear can affect except you. So many are suffering under the delusion that there is anything that can separate you from Divine Love. You can never be separated from something that connects you with everything and everyone else; nothing other than fear.

Shift your mindset. Change your beliefs. This is the way of peaceful coexistence with your perceived beliefs in that which separates you and leaves you suffering. Return to the truth: faith, hope, and the greatest of these, love.

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Reference: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Corinthians+13&version=NLT 

Mind Full of Poverty

We can never hope to have enough humility to truly understand what it is like “in another man’s shoes.” We can only endeavor to appreciate what we ourselves have achieved without putting down another person’s circumstances and apparent choices that may have led to that lifestyle.

Recently, one of the current administration’s secretaries, Ben Carson, was quoted as saying this:

Poverty is a state of mind.

No wonder he’s been getting a huge backlash from saying this; but, it made me think. What is the reverse? So, I posted a response:

Mindlessness is a state of poverty.

We have choices in life; it’s true. Perhaps, as adults, we have chosen to say or do things that have kept us in some form of impoverished state of living. However, we can never look over the proverbial fence and point a finger at anyone else who seems to be living in poverty and tell them that it is all a state of mind. To do so is not only cruel and heartless, but misses the point of choice and mindfulness.

What is the opposite of mindfulness? Mindlessness. We are living in a unique time where we are all being forced to wake up to our collective condition. To say everyone is waking up at the same time or in the same way is ridiculous. Each human has their own unique path and will spend their life in a perpetual cycle of waking up and falling back to sleep again; no exceptions.

When someone asked the Dalai Lama whether he was enlightened, he laughed and replied that if he were, he would no longer be in physical form. On suffering and ignorance, he said:

“All suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their own happiness or satisfaction.”  ~Dalai Lama

There is poverty that goes beyond the simple fact of not having enough money to afford food or housing. It is the poverty of an ignorant mind, what I call mindlessness. If you cannot appreciate that each person is always doing the very best that they know how to do, in that moment with what they have to work with, then you cannot judge them.

A 16th century martyr, John Bradford, who was burned at the state for the crime of “stirring up the crowd” with rebellious words against Queen Mary the First (the Tutor queen), is attributed with the well-worn expression of humility:

There but for the Grace of God go I.

To be humble and understanding of the suffering and condition of others is one of the underpinnings of most religions. We can never hope to have enough humility to truly understand what it is like “in another man’s shoes.” We can only endeavor to appreciate what we ourselves have achieved without putting down another person’s circumstances and apparent choices that may have led to that lifestyle.

There is another axiom that comes to mind, so to speak, pun intended…A mind is a terrible thing to waste! If we are mind-FULL, rather than mind-LESS, then we can realize that our own path is unique and never-MIND what it is that others are or have done on theirs.

I welcome your thoughts on this thoughtful topic.

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Knock and It Shall Be Opened

Only when you can confidently throw open or tear off those shutters completely, you will experience the true Light of Love that the Universe stands ready to reveal to you. It is your birthright, but it is also your choice.

Freewill.

One of the most misunderstood of all the concepts in between the personality and that we call God, the Divinity from which all things emerge. How, you may be asking, can I have freewill and yet my religion tells me that we also have karma or pre-destiny? This is an age-old conundrum.

There is many parts of the human being that are physical, but not all of you is in this physical reality that we think of as our existence. Consider, for a minute, that you are much more than a physical being that is currently walking on this planet we call Earth. Much of who you are, who you have always been and will always be, does not depend on this physical body that we so casually refer to as “me”.

Picture this, there is no beginning and no end to the soul; it is eternal. You are eternal. And, as an eternal being of light, you incarnate into this physical body willingly, knowing that with that decision, you are self-limiting yourself in physical form. Some of you may have sense of this, but it does not depend on you understanding this concept.

The Bible says, from dust you are made, to the dust you shall return. This passage refers to the portion of you that has become physical for the span of time you refer to as your life. Such a short amount of time as it is, it is merely a blink of an eye to the eternal you. When you take time into consideration, all that you call “good” and “bad” is merely a flicker of judgment you make with the limited understanding that you have obtained, mostly within the span of this life.

On a soul level, there is so much more to this; a greater understanding of experience that you can only have when you have a physical body. Choice is the true navigator of your life. What you choose, to do or not to do, this is what you have come here to play with. This is what amounts to freewill. Freewill, however, is as illusionary as this so-called reality that you are choosing to experience as a human being.

Freewill is a misnomer in that nothing is actually free, which is to say without consequences, as is the concept of willpower. Nothing can be willed to happen, everything that happens, happens because of what we perceive to be linear sequence of past to present. There is no past. Time and space, or rather space/time, exist only through our perception of this sequential, third-dimensional reality that we put so much stock in. One cannot fully understand what it like to be an eternal being while also fully enveloped in a 3D reality mindset.

Only through the acceptance of our eternal nature, you will understand that the Universe does not judge you. You judge you, and each other. Without judgment, there is no freedom of choice, as we think of it. There is also no need to experience the consequence of choice. There is only being Light, being Love. In this, you are free to choose to self-limit yourself as a human with a limited lifespan and to will yourself to be something other than light or love.

The Universe, “God” if you will, grants you the freedom to not believe, to not accept your own divinity. This is the sole purpose of the concept and exercise of so-called freewill. You are free to shutter yourself in a “lighthouse” of your own making. Free to close the shutters and either ignore or willfully deny your own light to shine. This is what the Bible passage talks about when it provides an allegory of hiding your light under a bushel basket. This is the choice you make to not shine your light; that much is a choice that can be called freewill.

What you may not fully realize is that this choice not to shine works both ways. You are not only hiding your light from other humans, you preventing the full light of the Universe to shine upon you. How silly is that? Why would the Universe give you this one choice? In fact, it did not. God did not give you freewill to shutter yourself up in your tower without windows. As a soul, you decided to conduct that experiment. What would this be like? To hide yourself from yourself and see what it would be like, to feel like, to close yourself up in that dark tower of your own creation.

If you have concluded that you don’t like what that feels like, then you have the choice to throw open those self-created shutters to expose yourself to yourself, to the Light of Love that you are. That is your choice. How will you ever know what it is like to freely shine that Light that has always been within you unless you risk exposing yourself to the Light that is Creation Itself?

You won’t. Until you do.

Again, there is no universal judgment and whether you choose to exercise this one measure of freewill. That is your choice. It has always been your choice and on a certain level, you know that. If you are reading these words, there must be a part of you that is ready to make that choice. To the degree you fear making that choice, you will risk either not opening up your shutters at all or perhaps, still uncertain of what is “out there”, you will only peak out briefly. In either case, that is you confirming that the Universe is unsafe. If that is your current belief, that is your truth.

Only when you can confidently throw open or tear off those shutters completely, you will experience the true Light of Love that the Universe stands ready to reveal to you. It is your birthright, but it is also your choice.

Will you let God’s Love shine upon you? It is your choice.

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Affirmation for Miracle Workers

I am content to be wherever He wishes, knowing He goes there with me.

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I am here

only to be truly helpful.

I am here

to represent Him Who sent me.

I do not have to worry

about what to say or what to do,

because He Who sent me will direct me.

I am content to be wherever He wishes,

knowing He goes there with me.

I will be healed

as I let Him teach me to heal.

To all of those who are lightworkers, healer, ministers and seeker.

  • A Course In Miracles (ACIM)

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Distant Horizons

It’s far more likely that, if you lift your head up, you will see that although the path may be long and the goal seems to be far away, with every step you will get closer. It is when you stop realizing that the ultimate destination is still possible that you will fall back into despair and fear-based thinking.

Set your sights on distant horizons and never give up!

We can often be pulled down to stare at the ground in front of us and lose perspective. When your focus is so narrow, it’s hard not to get depressed by what seems to be insurmountable obstacles. This is rarely the truth of your circumstances.

It’s far more likely that, if you lift your head up, you will see that although the path may be long and the goal seems to be far away, with every step you will get closer. It is when you stop realizing that the ultimate destination is still possible that you will fall back into despair and fear-based thinking.

The Law of Attraction

All too often, this kind of thinking becomes your reality. The Law of Attraction is not about obtaining great wealth, though that is possible. It’s also not about fooling yourself into thinking something is possible when every fiber of your being belies that to your current reality. The key is focusing not on what you don’t have or even what you think you want to have, since both only acknowledge that which is clearly what is. Attracting something new into your life requires that you move toward your goals with resolve and positive action.

Manifesting a new reality is not difficult, but it does take changing your state of mind. The mind likes things to stay the same; changing your mind is difficult since it requires embracing more than is known and stepping into the less-known.

Embracing the Coming Storm

You may look out to the horizon and see a storm forming. Storms can be scary. They may bring strong winds and rain, tornadoes and blizzards. What will happen when it reaches us cannot be completely known, that is what makes us fearful.

There are two distinct responses to an approaching storm; one is to do nothing, either over-confident of your level of preparation or resolved to fear; the other is to spring into action. With action, you may still experience the results of the storm, but you will know that you have done everything you could have done to prepare. This is embracing the storm. You acknowledge the potential threats, do what you can and then live with the results. Anything else is just pride, arrogance or fear.

Fear and Never Giving Up

There is an all-too-human reaction to seemingly great odds when things appear to be against us; fear. Fear is our animal instinct to the unknown. The reaction is usually fight-or-flight. Fear itself is not wrong, but it is the default position when we don’t understand what is happening. The answer is to convert the instinct to fear into the more productive action of breathing into that which we don’t yet understand and find a way to make sense of it in a non-reactive way.

By never giving up, you increase the likelihood of that becoming your reality. When you look up from the few steps directly in front of you, the known, and start focusing on that distant horizon, you begin the journey toward your ultimate goal. The path will continue to stretch out before you, but with resolve, it will get easier without succumbing to fear.

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Of War and the Cry for Peace

Unless we change our minds about these deeply held beliefs, Shakespeare’s words of 500 years ago will surely be as true tomorrow as it was when the ink was drying on his quill. Or, that it was an old truth when those words were penned about a time of Roman rule. All things end, but as to that end we are the ones who choose what its portents may hold for us.

Dogs of War and The Cry for Peace Beyond Human Understanding

Reflections of Opposites

We are entering a time of opposites, seeing deeply into a mirror of our own making. Pursuing that which we think we lack, but in truth, we cannot possess anything that we believe is lacking. The pursuit will be futile indeed, as the moon chases the sun into the horizon, all is an illusion in life without knowledge of how things work.

How is it that we believe that war will bring us peace of any kind? We couch the question as a need for safety, for protection of things and people we claim to hold dear. We choose the course of our lives in things that cannot possibly bring us closer to want we want or feel that we cannot live without, such is human folly.

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Shakespeare was aware of the use of the meaning of havoc and he used ‘cry havoc’ in several of his plays. The ‘cry havoc, and let slip the dogs of war’ form of the phrase is from his Julius Caesar, 1601. After Caesar’s murder Anthony regrets the course he has taken and predicts that war is sure to follow.[1]

ANTONY:

Blood and destruction shall be so in use

And dreadful objects so familiar

That mothers shall but smile when they behold

Their infants quarter’d with the hands of war;

All pity choked with custom of fell deeds:

And Caesar’s spirit, ranging for revenge,

With Ate by his side come hot from hell,

Shall in these confines with a monarch’s voice

Cry ‘Havoc,’ and let slip the dogs of war;

That this foul deed shall smell above the earth

With carrion men, groaning for burial.

How many is the number of our perceived enemies? How can vanquishing their numbers ever bring us closer to that need for safety? It shall never. It has never brought us one step closer, and surely, we keep up the illusion for that is what history seems to do. Repeating itself numerous times over the many eras of so-called human development.

Unless we change our minds about these deeply held beliefs, Shakespeare’s words of 500 years ago will surely be as true tomorrow as it was when the ink was drying on his quill. Or, that it was an old truth when those words were penned about a time of Roman rule. All things end, but as to that end we are the ones who choose what its portents may hold for us.

For me, I choose to walk in the light of the knowledge that we make our own way. Only the one that made us to walk upon this world of duality. This is what is meant by “beyond human understanding”. For, as long as we remain human, we can only define our world through the hazy and uncertain mirrors that reflect back to us our own fears…or visions of beauty. This is our only choice. What do you choose to see in that mirror?

Debra E. Brady

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[1] The Phrase Finder, “Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war” http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/105600.html

A Different Kind of Light

Adonai, my God, Source of healing and hope, we dedicate this night of Hanukkah to those who are experiencing pain or symptoms. Give them and those who care for them rich blessings of strength and support, solace and determination. Illumine their lives with insight and guidance, and shine peace and serenity on their path.

Written and Presented by Rev. Debi Brady
(Originally given as Hanukkah-A Different Kind of Light on 12/7/2001 and posted on The Spiritual Spa in the early 2000s)

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The Bible passage is taken from the Living Bible, Psalm 67:

O God, in mercy bless us; let your face beam with joy as you look down at us.

Send us around the world with the news of your saving power and your eternal plan for all mankind.

How everyone throughout the earth will praise the Lord!

How glad the nations will be, singing for joy because you are their King and will give true justice to their people!

Praise God, O world! May all the peoples of the earth give thanks to you.

For the earth has yielded abundant harvests. God, even our own God, will bless us. And peoples from remotest lands will worship him.

I’m taking my topic from a book entitled “A Different Light: The Hanukkah Book of Celebration.” Hanukkah for the Jewish year of 5762 begins this evening [2001]. For those of you who are unfamiliar with how this Jewish tradition began and its deeper spiritual significance-let me illuminate you.

Hanukkah is the mid-winter holiday preceding Christmas. And, although, most Jews do not celebrate the birth of Jewish mystic and Christian savior we call Jesus of Nazareth, these two holidays do share some other common elements. For eight days, Hanukkah, which is the Hebrew term for rededication, is celebrated with ritual gift-giving and candle-lighting. Religious significance and reflection upon personal and family awareness are also integral to both holidays. And, there can be a deeper, healing significance as well.

During Hanukkah, a Menorah with its special arrangement of nine candles is lit. Eight of the candles are for each night of Hanukkah, and the highest candle, known as the Shamash or “servant”, is used to light the other candles. These eight special candles are blessed and then lit each evening, and a gift is then exchanged between family members. Eight days and eight candles are symbolic-they commemorate the miracle that a flask holding only enough oil for one night’s work burned for eight.

Noam Sachs Zion, who edited the book entitled, “A Different Light,” refers to Hanukkah in terms of his forthcoming book, “Soul Print-Our Personal Essence,” as our hidden light, which he calls the DNA of the soul. He uses the metaphor of the whirling dreidel as the dance of life which transforms our occasional lows into meaningful experiences. For those of you who are not familiar with this, a dreidel is a four-sided spinning top with Hebrew letters printed on its sides. In Israel, these letters mean “A Miracle Happened Here.” I grew up in a Jewish neighborhood where I learned to spin a dreidel as a game played during recess. At the time, I didn’t draw any special meaning from this game, but remember being fascinated with the Hebrew characters. I knew what each letter represented along with the rules of the game. Now, many years later, I’ve become fascinated by the deeper spiritual meaning.

As children, we learn things of the physical realm through games, instruction and experience. We generally take things at face value. But, as we mature, we become increasingly aware…and often distressed…about how many familiar things seem to have changed meanings. The comfortable definitions that we learned as children take on a different significance. The holidays are just one example of this. It’s important to keep in mind that we are a combination of physical and spiritual dimensions as we explore the various meanings to be found in this Jewish celebration.

In an article, Rabbi Shaya Karlisky noted that there are still a number of questions which frequently arise when discussing Hanukkah, such as, why is it important to distinguish between the Written and Oral Torahs and why is it celebrated for eight days. The answers provide a deeper understanding of how Hanukkah has shaped modern Judaism and can enhance our lives as metaphysicians.

As the story goes, after capturing the region, which included Jerusalem, the Greeks placed many restrictions on the Jewish people, referred to as “decrees.” One of these decrees was that the written Torah would be translated into Greek and thereafter the oral Torah would be banned. You should understand that Greeks actually appreciated the wisdom of the Torah. They believed in nature, and they worshipped it. They placed primary importance externals, such as the physical body and the survival of the fittest, which still have a great influence on our culture even today.

In contrast to this, the Jewish philosophy is that we are the outward revelation of God, the Divine in every aspect of creation. Rabbi Karlisky points to how modern discoveries in quantum mechanics has shown us that the physical world works on an atomic level similar to the metaphysical world of the Kabalists. It is by exploring this duality between these two ancient cultures that we can better understand our own spirituality.

The fundamental conflict between Israel and Greece is illustrated in the two dimensions of our reality: the inner dimension, or what appears obvious on the surface; and the hidden essence of “what you see is what you get.” The exterior dimension of the Written Torah is found in the Old Testament of the Bible and is the basis of three major religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. It is the Oral Torah’s inner hidden dimension, which hides its Divine aspects. When studied by a scholar, the Written Torah has no real impact without its inner dimension which is found in the oral tradition. The Greeks believed that the essence of the person was not altered by external wisdom and therefore has no inner affect. They thought that by keeping the Written Torah to themselves they could eliminate the Oral Torah. It is the Torah’s inner, hidden dimensions, which Jews view as life itself.

Jews also believe in an ongoing relationship between God and man, and that the natural laws are related to our spiritual reality. As Rabbi Karlisky put so eloquently, “Without man’s input, there are holidays with no holiness. Man can actually create hidden spiritual reality.” Judaism maintains that we have the ability to transcend our natural instincts and that we are the unification of the external shell that we call our physical body and our internal dimension often called our soul.

We turn now to the significance of the use of the number eight in the celebration of Hanukkah. An important aspect of the number eight can be seen by understanding the very common use of seven found in scripture and throughout the natural world around us. Picture the six directions, north, south, east, west, above and below, of our three-dimensional world with ourselves in the center, representing seven points. We are this seventh point that represents the spiritual dimension existing within nature. It is man’s ability to transcend his nature which is represented by the number eight and celebrated by the eight days of Hanukkah.

The number eight transcends the order of nature. Our culture reflects an existence, which is limited to the dimensions of nature, and based on “seven.” All things can have a deeper meaning, if they based on this eighth dimension. It is within our ability as humans to transcend nature, to rise above those things which we can easily relate to with our five senses, and become one with the Universe. We are, in essence, God expressed in physical and spiritual forms. It is this aspect that we see embodied in the Christ. This is not a matter of being saved in the classical sense taught in most Christian churches, but rather, we are “saving” ourselves from the trap of living solely in the physical form. We can be “saved” by transcending these seven dimensions of nature in which we’ve come to put our trust.

There is another aspect of this holiday season that is inherent in both the Christian celebration of Christmas and the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah. It is the great potential for physical and spiritual healing.

Rabbi Simkha Weintraub, the Director of the National Center for Jewish Healing, said in her article called “Blessing And Extending The Light,” that beneath usual meanings of the holiday, a deep universal and personal significance may be discovered. The Temple represents the “house of God” within our bodies. If we recognize our bodies’ sacredness and offer thanks for all their inherent miracles, we can then rededicate ourselves to God and humankind.

Since this holiday takes place during the winter solstice, it is literally the darkest time of the year. By the lighting of candles, we can draw a little light into the world and appreciate it as a blessing.

We are also reminded that it is during this time that we should keep all those who are in need of healing in our thoughts and prayers. When we think of praying, we should consider any expression of sympathy or concern an act of prayer. Prayer is not only a structured verse found in religious texts, it can be as simple as a couple of words of thanks for that which we enjoy or even meditation, if our intention is one of thankfulness. Healing starts at home, with ourselves at the center of our thoughts and prayer…radiating this awareness out from the center of our being into the Universe. By meditating upon the light in a darkened room with clear intentions for healing, we can find comfort, inspiration, and perspective in this simple and personal ritual.

The Rabbi notes that greatest “Hanukkah gift” is that of light. Our prayers and deeds of loving kindness can spark hope and illuminate our lives with renewed meaning and direction. Isaiah 58:8 says, “Then shall Your light burst through like dawn, and Your healing spring up quickly.”

Let me leave you with Rabbi Weintraub’s Ritual of Healing for the First Night of Hanukkah.

After reciting or chanting the appropriate verse from Psalms, a candle is lit. And, since this is first night of Hanukkah, the following verse from Psalms 27:1 would be used:

Adonai is my Light and my Salvation – whom will I fear? Adonai is the Strength of my life – who can make me afraid?”

Let me close with the prayer blessing this night’s intentions:

Adonai, my God, Source of healing and hope, we dedicate this night of Hanukkah to those who are experiencing pain or symptoms.

Give them and those who care for them rich blessings of strength and support, solace and determination.

Illumine their lives with insight and guidance, and shine peace and serenity on their path.