Monday, November 12, 2018

A World That Works For Everyone

Friends I hold to a vision that we can create a world that works for all.  I know in my heart it is possible, but sometimes when I look around me it seems so far away.  

My friend and colleague, Rev. Martha Quintana, posted this beautiful prayer coupled with a recent experience she had and she seems to have captured what I think a world that works for everyone could look like.  With her permission I'd like to share it with you.  Words to live by, in deed and in thought.  Thank you Rev. Martha.

Holding Up the Sky by Martha Quintana
I came back home after a week at the Parliament of World Religions. I’ll never be the same. I experienced a world where people honor and respect their different cultures and different appearances of the Divine while holding themselves in reverence. The Goddess came out to play in every woman and no man was left behind. I saw a world that worked in the thousands of people who exchanged ideas, imagined a world where all people are cherished, and where, finally, all have enough – enough food, enough housing, clothing, enough love, enough self-regard, and enough God. Authentic.  I stand proudly with my New Thought brothers and sisters in this dream. 

Today, I pray this vision that we humans evolve so high that we hold up the sky.

Prayer by Martha Quintana
There is a World so vast that it goes beyond the Earth. This World, the Divine Universe, lives, breathes, and has Its being as every star, every point in space, all creatures great and small, and all light everywhere. This World is Peace, Love, Divine Harmony, Goodness, Beauty, and Truth. This Divine World knows that it knows that it knows, and all is born.

I am born of this Divine World. As it knows Itself, it knows me and, like it, I am peace, love, divine harmony, goodness, beauty, and truth. I know that I know that I know. I am a woman of faith and anything that would hinder this faith now falls away never to return. As I know this for me, I know this for each person who lives this prayer.

I affirm and declare the Planet Earth is restored to balance. Every drop of water is pure and clear, and the temperature of the Earth’s surface is adjusted to hold all life.  Every creature on the planet, animals and humans, have enough. Every creature is restored to its natural beauty and truth.  I affirm every child, woman, and man goes to bed tonight having eaten good food and drunk good water, having good shelter, wholesome love, and knowing that great self-regard is the order of the day. 

I affirm that the Creator who stands in every person is authentically seen. I stand with the billions of people who hold this vision and know it is already made manifest.  Of this, I am sure. 

I am grateful for the Divine that allows Itself to be known in all cultures in the language that can be heard and seen. I am grateful for the ears to hear and the eyes to see and grateful that these abilities grow every day. I am grateful this day that every human being has enough and that all the balance of Nature has been restored for all beings. I am grateful for the Centers for Spiritual Living and for New Thought Religions because these are good places filled with people of faith. I am grateful.

I release this word back into the Law knowing that I know that I know. As faith. And so it is. Amen.

In my philosophy we talk about the power of a mental equivalent that we hold in our minds and hearts so that the Universe can use it as a pattern when it is creating through us.  Take this vision as your vision, this prayer as your prayer, know with me this vision and that our world is changing for good.

Namaste my Loves, Namaste!

Rev. Martha Quintana, Senior Minister
Rio Grande Center for Spiritual Living4374 Alexander Blvd. NE, Suite TAlbuquerque, NM

Thursday, February 15, 2018

No Words - They Are Not Enough

Recent events in Parkland, Florida have hit America hard.  Once again innocent children and their teachers are gunned down in what is supposed to be a safe place.  It seems there are a lot of people debating the merits of back ground checks for gun purchases and the lack of resources for people with mental health issues.  I see lots of finger pointing and there seems to be plenty of blame to go around.

And where does this get us.  17 people, most of them children are still dead.  What are you willing to do to end violence and mass shootings?  Yes I'm asking you, just like I'm asking myself.  

I feel very powerless over these many tragedies that keep happening in our world.  It doesn't satisfy me to make others responsible.  So I must ask the question what am I willing to do?

There's a story about Gandhi that I think illustrates this point.

A mother brought her child to Gandhi one day frustrated.  She told Gandhi that he was constantly eating sugar and she needed help to get him to stop.  Gandhi looked at the boy and told the mother to  bring him back in a week.  A week later the mother and son came back.  Gandhi walked over to the boy, looked him in the eye and said firmly, "Stop eating sugar!"  The mother looked at him incredulous and asked, "we had to wait a week for you to just tell him to stop eating sugar?  Really?" Gandhi looked at her and said, "I needed a the week so that I could stop eating sugar first."

So I must ask myself the question, where am I still harboring violence in my own consciousness?   What am I willing to do in my own world to change?  Let's think about this, let's feel into this together.  What could each of us do in our own lives that would make the world more peaceful?

In the end it's not about our words, it's about our actions, words are not enough.

I'd love to hear your thoughts and ideas because I truly believe there is a solution.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Resist Not Hate

Haters are not born, they are made.  For the most part hatred is created by individuals who are wounded in some way.  Intentionally or unintentionally, we seem to pass down our beliefs and our way of relating to the world to our youth....  And Haters beget Haters.

The fact is conscious choices take more effort than accepting wholesale what someone teaches us.

Here's what I've learned; if you come across someone who believes something you don't agree with, you won't change their mind by telling them they're wrong... no matter how right you think you are.  You know this! It's the law of resistance which states that what you resist you draw toward you; so as you resist their POV (point of view) you will only create a greater need for them to try and impose it upon you.

Martin Luther King, Gandhi, and HH the Dalai Lama have been very successful with non-resistance strategies.  But maybe you're not up to sit-ins and such..... try just listening, in fact, it could be your superpower.

Need help listening?  It's not easy when everything within you 'knows' the haters are wrong. The Urban Confessional offers excellent guidelines on how to listen compassionately.  They believe people need to be heard and that there is value in simply listening to someone.

True listening is a skill and it's not the same as agreeing with someone or condoning harmful behavior.  I think the secret is that when you listen and make simple non judgmental inquiries people begin to think and hear themselves.  Here's an example of what's possible, by being heard one young woman connected her own wounded experience to why she felt so harshly about certain people.  

Yes we need to stand for love, but standing against hate is not the way.

Let's have a conversation, I want to understand why you feel the way you do; really, I do.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Love Has No Opposite

Nothing in me supports what happened in Charlottesville, yet I am challenged to see how healing can take place if one takes up the cause of opposition.  

If I am to love the "sinner" and "reject" (I can't use the term usually put here) "sin" then my actions and deeds must be elevated from those of the "sinner" so that my actions demonstrate my choice to love. Now to be clear, I don't use the term sin in its common interpretation but rather to mean to miss the mark.  So in this context, I am loving the individual but not her/his mistake.  

If I were to take any other stand it feels to me that I'm just creating resistance energy that, while motivated by compassion, is still in opposition to something.

Love has no opposite. This I know to be true.  

Today I choose Love and this choice gives me the eyes to see and the heart to embrace all of humanity.  

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Biggest Mystery Is No Mystery At All

Ask and it shall be given to you... Mark 7:7

Miss Dorothy wanted to win the lotto so she prayed to God, and she lost. Next week she prayed to God again, and she lost. The week after she prayed to God, and she lost. Finally, getting quite impatient, she said to God, "Why won't you let me win?"  To her surprise God actually replied, a little exasperated, " Miss Dorothy, How about buying a ticket first?" 

Miss Dorothy like many of us hope our prayers are answered, and God does answer our prayers but not in some Merlin-like magical way but rather through our faith.  It metaphysical terms that means our belief. "It is done unto you as you believe."  Matthew 9:29

The biggest mystery of all is actually no mystery.  We must make ourselves available to receive that which we would ask for.  Sometimes we are ready to receive what we think we need or want and sometimes there is more preparation we need to do.  It is God's good pleasure to give us the kingdom - all we have to do is ask and be prepared to receive.  

If our prayers seem to go unanswered then it is ours to go within and see what needs to be cleared within ourselves to make space for that which we long for.  A few years back a group of gal pals who were single and wanted to be coupled declared the summer to be "Being my own boyfriend summer".  They planned activities, took themselves to dinner and events, bought flowers for themselves and each other and created the experience they were looking for outside themselves.  They are all coupled now, one married, one engaged.

We must be willing to become that which we seek.  Dr. Ernest Holmes, Founder of Centers for Spiritual Living, put it this way:

We arrive at a consciousness of Unity only in such a degree as we see that what we are looking FOR, we are looking WITH, and looking AT. SOM pg 124.2

What seems like a mystery is just the hidden treasure of wholeness living within you awaiting your discovery of it.


The Alchemy of Gratitude

"The thing about gratitude is that when we can invoke it, bring it forward, there is an alchemy that happens… it turns water into wine and mere metal into gold.  When we invite gratitude into a difficult situation the ego seems to step away - having nothing to grab hold of and we become available to newness, and a sense of being supported."    Alice Reid

Today I start with gratitude, knowing it is the result of allowing my heart to open wide and experience the One in everything around, about and inside me.  There is no thing but the Divine in all I see, hear, feel, taste, touch, think, and smell.  I simply surrender all ideas and thoughts unlike this and I’m in heaven, right here and right now.  My being remembers why I’m here and who I came here to be and I trust. A knowing comes over me like a warm embrace.  

I am one with the One and it fills me with Love and a great sense of well being.  I am supported and cared for by Life and I walk in the world with a confidence and a trust that Life is for me always,  I serve the world from my wholeness and I claim this deep sense of belonging and confidence for myself and for all beings everywhere.  This is the call I hear and respond to as I bathe in my gratitude for my life and the One Life that lives it through me.  Thank you God.

Amen, Ashay, Blessed Be and So It Is.

Monday, May 1, 2017

No Sense of Otherness

I'm claiming a new relationship with Oneness.  I came across Emma Curtis Hopkins affirmation and it really shifted something in me when I read it:

A sense of the Oneness of all Life so enters my being that there is no sense of otherness.  It is here that Mind performs miracles, because there is nothing to hinder the Whole from coming through.

Seriously... MIND BLOWN - Emma rocked it!

It occurs to me that if I ever fully embody Oneness I would no longer crave connection.  In fact words and phrases like "all by myself"and "I feel all alone" would not even be in my lexicon.  

But how do we get there from here... is there even a pathway from seeing a dualistic world to knowing Oneness?  It feels like a really big leap to me. 

I think the place to start is with my judgements... you know those places where rather than owning my own stuff, I project my judgements on to you.

Rumi understood Oneness, he wrote: 

"The people of this world are like the three butterflies in front of a candle's flame.
The first one went closer and said, ' I know about love.' 
The second one touched the flame lightly with his wings and said, ' I know how love's fire can burn.'
The third one threw himself into the heart of the flame and was consumed. He alone knows what true love is." 

Yep - Divine Mind, give me the courage to throw myself into the flame of Oneness so I may be consumed by it and know no sense of otherness.

"I am you and you are me and we are Thee".