Monday, August 31, 2020

SEPTEMBER 2020: Illuminated Life

"Don't shine to be seen. Shine so that others can find their own way."

Do you know the deeper, higher truth of who you are? Have you dared to acknowledge that there may be parts of yourself that you barely know or understand? Are you willing to allow yourself the leeway to grow, change and evolve? Do you have the courage to shine the light on your own inner being, as well as cosmic forces that are available to you? Do you ask and answer questions like these often? If you said, yes - Great! Self inquiry is an absolute necessity to begin to shine that light of yours from within.

"Who is more foolish, the child afraid of the dark, or the man afraid of the light?" - Maurice Freehill

If you see the Light, in its most practical nature, as the Truth, then you understand that enlightenment is the means by which we reveal the truth to ourselves and to the world. Yet, enlightenment is about far more than simply being honest. True enlightenment strips away all the illusions about life itself, including people, places and things, parts of our own personality and belief systems and anything else at all that is keeping us from the truth of love. It inspires us to open to our soul and it allows us to see the light in everyone and everything.

"When you possess light within, you see it externally." -Anais Nin

Many people try to shine a spotlight onto themselves from without, competing for attention and living in a perpetual state of lack, forgetting all about power versus force and the power of their true light.  When you absolutely know who you are, what you have to offer to the world and the importance of anchoring your God self onto this planet, then you know it's not really that much about you shining at all. It's about you becoming in alignment with your radiant God Self, so that the unique aspects of this creation that you are resonant with, can find you and we can all be re-united with the light.

"People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within." ~Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

We are here now in a dance of shadow and light. This is a dance that we must come to enjoy. For even though we all know that the life giving light of the sun is what keeps our body and mind alive and well. It is under the cover of the night, and in the void of our own soul, where all possibility exists and the deep lake of our inner being, reflects the light of God and refracts it out into the world in a way that allows us to reveal, share and receive God's Love. This is the means by which the omnipotent forces of creation can experience itself in the material world, where we can play and have fun, creating our dreams and manifesting love without "blinding" each other with our Light. This is how we all come to shine our Light from within and live as one.

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.' We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." ~ Marianne Williamson


Sunday Talks with Rev. Renee Bledsoe
September 06 - Illuminated Life
September 13 - Shine Your Light From Within
September 20 - Tools for Enlightenment
September 27 - Light is Truth: Dispelling Illusion

LIGHT AFFIRMATIONS
I am guided by the Light.
I am filled with the Light of the Creator.
I meditate with the Light.
As I shine the light and reflect on my life, I look for the love.
I ask what would love do?
My life is alive with the truth of my existence.
Life is Light.
I am a being of light.
I am evolving into the full realization and becoming my soul.
My soul will set my spirit free.
My light must come through the depths of my soul.
The Light is in service to my soul.
In the darkness of my soul, all things are possible and I choose according to the desires of my heart what I will create.
I use reflection and contemplation to know myself.
I allow myself to shine.
I allow others to shine, and bask in the gifts they freely give.
I see the inner beauty of all those who surround me.
I receive the gifts of life, through all the people, places and things on my journey.
The Light destroys all illusions of love.
The Light leads me to divine love.
I am inspiring, when I am inspired.
I live an illuminated life.
I dance with shadow and light, understanding that this is how I am able to choose with my free will.
It is within the darkness, that I find the true light within.
I order to access the darkness, I turn toward my problems and issues, not away.
I face the power of my own Light within and actively work with it to dispell illusion.
Once I see the Light, I have faith that my innate wisdom will guide me to the choices that will free my soul.
As I free my mind, I free my body. As I free my heart, I free my soul.
I am a radiant Light unto the world.
What I love inspires and enlightens the world.
I shine my Light from within.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

AUGUST 2020: Alchemy of Love

"You've got to get to the stage in life where going for it is more important than winning or losing." - Author Ash

This is your life, your time to experience the opportunity to make this world to be drenched with light, filled with Spirit, overflowing with joy and abiding in love. The alchemy of love, to be changed by love and not driven and whipped along by our fears turns surving into thriving. This is the beautiful way of the new earth.

What a gift is this life, at this time. Like no other time in human history do we have the benefit rolling forward on the cosmic waves of the collective consciousness of humanity to be guided to the shores of Shamballa... to the otherside of life. We can do this. It's your life. If not you, then who? 

It is time to go for the gold, to grab that Golden Ring. The ring takes many forms, but the essence comes from the Light of your own Soul. The Golden Ring is your Halo. When the Light of your Soul, the indwelling presence of divinity, is made known to you, then all matter becomes spiritualized. If there is any capacity at all for it to be good, right, beautiful, functional, helpful, artful or inspirational, then it can be filled with Light, and it's essence can be real-eyesed. 

It's our job to shine the light, to put the good stuff in, to raise up, to rise up and use our energy for the glory of this creation. When you go for the gold, you elevate this existence.. when you elevate this existence in consciousness... you bring heaven to earth. Let the beauty of true love become your essential reality in all that you encounter, and all that you are. This is truly living. Let the alchemy of true love bring you into true life.


Sunday Talks with Rev. Renee Bledsoe
August 02 - Alchemy of Love
August 09 - Wholeness is your Gold
August 16 - Receive = Give & Take
August 23 - Dare to Be Your Beautiful Soul
August 30 - Do It For Them


“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing about." - Benjamin Franklin

"I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." - Michael Jordan

"Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear." - George Addair

"Never be afraid to fall apart because it is an opportunity to rebuild yourself the way you wish you had been all along." - Rae Smith

"It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop." - Confucius

The Golden Ring Affirmationa
I am surrounded by golden celestial light.
I bask in the warmth of the glowing light this is all around me.
I take care of myself body, mind, heart and soul.
I nurture wholeness within myself.
My wholeness is my gold.
I open my heart to good.
I receive good in order to share good.
I receive love in order to share love.
I am in service to God's love.
I promise to always reach through any judgment and find the light.
I step through any fear or doubt with radical self-acceptance.
Self-acceptance is the key to compassion.
Compassion is the key to unconditional love.
Everything I do, I do from the golden light of my soul.
Wisdom and understanding easily come to me when I see what God sees.
Love and forgiveness come through understanding.
I allow God's love to permeate every aspect of my life.
I heal my relationship with my Higher Power.
I see my prayers answered in divine timing.
I allow the omnipotent forces of the Universe to work for me and the greater good.
I am motivated to make my life beautiful for the All.
My unique gifts and strengths illuminate this world.
My entire life is a benediction and a prayer.
I am blessed.
I am illuminated with God's love.
I bring that love to the world of form in many ways.
Everything I do, I do for love.
I dare to be my beautiful soul.
I risk being real.
I am authentic and vulnerable to let love live through me.
I reclaim my divine essence and restore my sacred innocence.
I am a light unto this world and all my relations.
I heal my relationship with money.
I see money purely as a tool to work the Divine Plan.
I receive all the money, support and resources necessary to do my part.
I engage in the sacrament of tithing to give back to God for all the unseen blessings that I am receiving all the time.
I pray for the eyes to see the extent of the bounty of this creation.
I go for it, and I do it for them.
As I grab the golden ring, I receive the fullness of the love of the Creator.
I give birth to the golden child within.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

JULY 2020: Time for Change

"The new myths, the stories that we will teach our children and endow them with the will to live epic lives, must be forged, lived and told by us." - Alberto Villoldo

The time for change is now. The new earth is here. We stand at the brink of momentous realization that heaven on earth is possible. We also are coming to realize what that is and how that looks, not as innocent children, but as breathing, living, maturing human beings who understand the potential and power of this creation. We start to take greater personal responsiblity and that brings us wake-up calls, but it also shows us the way to our higher power. As that power is realized, and our esteem and knowledge of self grows, not only do we learn about ourselves, we learn about the power of everyone and everything. We see and experience the interconnectedness of all that is viscerally and all the time. We read energy and we see the shape of all things in the spirit. And we know that we have the power in our own hands and hearts and minds to get back into the garden. But we also know we must do it together as a collective. Some of us have figured out that we, together, are the garden.

“The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”  ― Apple Inc.

Most of us have a sense, even if we have never truly experienced it or only in fleeting moments, the power of the potential of this creation and that a very intrinsic part of this is the re-unification of the Creator. We have a longing for true community, but we have forgotten how to be with our tribe. To many, getting along with others without a tremendous amount of negativity and hurtfulness being present has been something only wished for, but never fully realized. But that was before so many people had shifted into the return back to the garden. The garden is quite simply the consciousness that believes and can clearly hold the vision that paradise can be restored to the earth. And that means that the potential for everything on this planet to live and grow in harmony has never been more possible.

Those who choose their destiny will be the heroes, the pioneers, the midwives and the mothers of the future. - Alberto Villoldo

We have an inkling of what this earth can evolve into, if we will stop for a moment and truly assess the situation outside of our own wounds and the trauma and drama that most of us have endured on this journey to build the world into the state that it is now. Some who can only see, yet, in segments may have quite a different view and find it not so easy to be hopeful. But those of us who can see and who know the power of our own mind and intentions, and this is important... also know that this universe is unfolding according to a divine plan... and this is even more important... that the intelligence that created this universe is part of us and we are a part of it... then everything is by our own design... not as mere individuals, but as emerging souls who represent the body of God, who have come here to claim our free will to create paradise and come into the perfection of our wholeness.

“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” ― Albert Einstein

It is in our coming together and opening up to the magnetizing force of Love that we can cross the abyss of our own fears and realize that heaven on earth can begin to manifest for us right here and now. We flow between being of service to ourselves, being of service to others and then eventually when our soul stalkings bring us to the altar of our hearts and what we truly love in our unique expression, we find that what we love serves the world and our joy is the worlds joy and what heals us, heals each other. It is in this space that we come to understand the power of our individuality and our own soul.

Achieving universal higher-state frequency is greatly accelerated as one more easily recognizes and claims their universe citizenship. - Crystal Tones

It is important to approach ourselves holistically, and especially since time is compressing due to our ability to communicate. The energy of time is much denser and can now be used as the tool it was intended to be like never before. While it is true that clock time and the apparent limitations that it can impose seems limiting, time has given us the ability to determine what is truly precious and worthy of our focus, attention and devotion. So, it is here in this space that we stand with these new eyes, taking the gift of time to help us get clear on what we love... and it is through what we love that our soul emerges!

“Grief does not change you. It reveals you.”  ― John Green

True tribal community is where paradise is found. The memory of paradise is kept under the guardianship of our Native American Grandfathers and Grandmothers, the wisdomkeepers, who remind us that when we each know who we are, and we find our joy, then we can take our true place of honor in the community and bring glory and honor to our family, our community and to this creation. Soul's purpose expressed in beauty and creativity and joy is how we are in service to the whole, and is how we meet in tribal community. The power of ritual and ceremony in communion with our geographical tribe is what gives us the ability to be strong enough within our own ranks to truly bless the world. No longer reacting and surviving, we create our lives out of love and honor.

It is time for change, time to allow our wings to spread and to allow our soul's expression to take flight. It is in the very act of flight, our reaching out for and our movement toward what we love that draws it to us. As above, so below... Let this be...Paradise found... created. It's time to GO LIVE!

Sunday Talks with Rev. Renee Bledsoe
July 05 - Time for Change
July 12 - The Soul's Emergence
July 19 - The Power of Story
July 26 - Unity in Diversity


Time For Change Affirmation
I take 100% responsibility for my life.
I allow myself to be supported so that I may Grow.
I allow myself to change.
I grow up and into greater levels of love and responsiveness.
I reclaim all the lost parts of my soul.
I call back my energy.
As my soul gathers power, I become that which I am destined to be.
I have the ability to respond to my own pain.
I am transforming all pain in my body and in my life into love.
I have the ability to respond appropriately to the pain of others.
I trust the Great Spirit will give me the experiences I need to release hidden trauma.
I ask for ease and grace in my challenges.
I ask for graceful closure on chapters of my life that are over.
I am free to love and to choose life.
I release all lower level attachments.
The clearing of addictions and attachments is the process by which I claim my free will.
As I stand and face my fears, the hunted becomes the hunter.
I say what I need to say with love and non-judgement.
I hold sacred space within my heart for the healing of the world.
Time helps me to prioritize and focus on bringing true love into my life.
As I bring true love into my life, I make heaven on earth.
I am the change I wish to see in the world.
It is time for change...


Friday, June 5, 2020

World Invocation Day 2020

World Invocation Day
World Day of Prayer, Invocation and Meditation
Friday, June 5, 2020

The Goodwill Festival of Unification
Celebrating the Spirit of Humanity

Since 1952 the full moon of Gemini-Sagittarius has been observed as World Invocation Day ~ a world day of prayer when people of every spiritual path join in a universal appeal to divinity through use of The Great Invocation. Together they focus the invocative demand of humanity for the light, the love and the spiritual direction needed to build a world of justice, unity and peace.

On the day of the Goodwill full moon, groups and individuals are invited to hold a meditative focus and for 24 hours, to sound The Great Invocation on the quarter hour over a period of time while spending the 15 minute interval in prayer or meditation focusing on goodwill and building the will to good.

The Great Invocation, given to humanity in 1945, is an integral part of the three Spiritual Festivals of Aries, Taurus, and Gemini. The massed intention reaches its highest point each year during the period of the three major planetary Festivals ... at The Festival of the Risen One in Aries and celebrated in the Western part of the world as Easter; a month later at The Festival of The Wesak, The Festival of The Buddha and widely celebrated in the Eastern world; and climaxes a month after that, with World Invocation Day during The Goodwill Festival, known as The Festival of The Christ, with the keynotes of Goodwill and Humanity.

2020 marks the 75th anniversary of The Great Invocation we use
(first version, given in 1936)

World Invocation Day has three central features:
First, the use of The Great Invocation, the world prayer which expresses truths central to all the major religions of the world.

Second, the spiritual cooperation of people of goodwill of every faith, joining in a united act of invocation of Divinity.

Third, the distribution into human consciousness of the spiritual energies evoked during The Easter and Wesak Festivals.

Will you join us in observing World Invocation Day through the united use of The Great Invocation, and will you help to make this day widely known?

Saturday, May 30, 2020

JUNE 2020: Jewel in the Heart

Om Mani Padme Hum - "The jewel is in the lotus." 

We've had quite a journey this year and it is difficult to believe that we are approaching the halfway mark of 2020! Time is taking on new meaning for many of us. As we move toward the new aeon that, in fact, is what will be shifting the most for us: the perception of time. We are stepping out of time. And not in some airy fairy, ungrounded way. In a very real way, clock time is already beginning to lose its grip on our lives.

"How we spend our days, is, of course, how we spend our lives". Annie Dillard

As we move deeper and deeper into the information age, more and more people are finding and following the rhythm of their own heart and leading their lives from this space. Ironically, this place moves so quickly that it affords us the ability to SLOW DOWN and live our lives from the heart, and not just the head.

"To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else." . Emily Dickinson

As our values change, so too will the focus and pace of our lives. As we reorient our lifestyle to accommodate the things we hold dear, such as peace, health, joy, love, creativity and connection, we begin to savor life. This allows us to experience the now and the beauty of eternity through a much longer strand of magic moments.

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

This month, June, is about accessing the Jewel of the Heart. We will be exploring all the paths that lead to the discovery of this precious treasure within us all. And that path is traveled through all of our relationships. This entire month will be devoted to the exploration of all our relations, with our Self, with the world, with our creator, with our families and our significant others.

"The jewel in the lotus has many meanings, but the most profound meaning is that your own authentic buddha nature is the jewel. You are in the center of the mandala of your universe of experience. No matter where you go, you are in the center of your universe. Deep in your heart is the indestructible drop of consciousness which is the individual mindstream that leads to Buddhahood. May you speedily and joyfully realize your own Buddha~nature and be forever free from suffering and never be apart from true happiness."

Sunday Talks with Rev. Renee Bledsoe
June 07 - Jewel of the Heart
June 14 - Be Kind to Your Mind - Rev. Maribel Figueroa
June 21 -  Entering Eternity
June 28 - Think with Your Heart

Affirmations
I open my heart to love.
I am a living expression love.
I lead with my heart and follow my bliss.
I connect my head to my heart and my heart to my hands.
My hands are an extension of my heart.
I am one with all my relations.
I am one with the creator.
My heart blossoms like a lotus.
I activate my high heart energy.
I am devoted to serving in the light.
My heart is the gateway to my soul.
I am one with my soul.
I take only good things to my heart.
I seek wisdom & understanding in all my relationships.
I honor relationships as the collective soul.
I express love in all my relations.
I activate the power of true love.
The Father strengthens my soul
The Mother is my heart.
I am the Father, mother and child in one.
I am a threefold being of light.
The energy of the sun lives in my heart.
I see and feel my connection to all that is.
I experience God through my relationships.
This is God’s journey – May we walk it well.
I am, that I am.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

MAY 2020: The Currency of Love


“You are truly wealthy when you have something that money cannot buy." - Unknown

Many think only of money when pondering abundance and prosperity. But few would disagree that the first abundance is love. But what do most of us really know of the true nature of love? Many have spent a lifetime learning what love is not. Now the challenge is on to really take ourselves individually, and as a whole to the next levels of love. Our poverty will not uplift, enrich, support or create life. But our poverty observed has the potential to enlighten and teach us, and help us transcend belief systems surrounding lack and limitation, and allow ourselves to receive and create a life of true abundance, filled with love and blessings of all things needful.

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Sunday Talks with Rev. Renee Bledsoe
May 3 - The Currency of Lovee
May 10 - Mother's Day Celebration - All Abundance of the Goddess
May 17 - Soul Power with Rev. Maribel Figueroa
May 24 - Prosperity Consciousness
May 31 - Desire to Receive in Order to Share

“Life in abundance comes only through great love.” ~ Elbert Hubbard

Throughout our lives love takes many forms, assumes many faces, and takes us places both inwardly and outwardly that stretch and grow us. Always opening us to experience the unloveable, to allow us to create the space for true love and true abundance to enter our hearts, and infuse our lives.When we realize and truly open to the absolute abundance of love, it has no choice but to outpicture in our lives. 

"Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into." - Wayne Dyer

As we fill our daily existence with more expressions and opportunities to show love the universe responds. Lack is released and old belief systems about love, spirituality and religion, divinity, sexuality, partnership, friendship and prosperity start to shift and move, quake beneath our feet.

"Whatever we are waiting for – peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance – it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.” ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach

As we come to the realization that we are love, by practicing the art of love, new ideas and needs come into play that support the desire to release limiting beliefs, most especially about money. Money seems to be the paper equivalent of dynamite. If we hold and handle it correctly, with consciousness, care and respect, it can be utilized to great effect... but one false move... and boom.... total devastation. As with all things of great power this is true. Yet, if we kill the messenger, we never get the message. So what is the message of money?

“People with a scarcity mentality tend to see everything in terms of win-lose. There is only so much; and if someone else has it, that means there will be less for me. The more principle-centered we become, the more we develop an abundance mentality, the more we are genuinely happy for the successes, well-being, achievements, recognition, and good fortune of other people. We believe their success adds to…rather than detracts from…our lives.” ~ Stephen R. Covey

As we heal our relationship with money, and understand the energetics behind the paper and metal, we realize that we have been practicing with real world playthings that allow us to see how we are handling our dynamite... before it could blow us to bits. And some of us do get blown to bits, and in the process are released from the stranglehold of the little ego and the cosmic belief systems that have come to be attached to the money wound.

"Abundance doesn't follow giving until giving becomes its own reward." -Jan Denise

Money, like all things of great potential  tempts and calls us out like nothing else, with the exception of sex. Yet, we cannot blame the temptor. For if we do, we fall prey to the perpetuation of the old belief systems that say that money is bad, sex is bad and as Neale Donald Walsch says.... having alot of anything is bad. Inherently this is both true and false. It is a paradox. For we are really handing it to ourselves, testing ourselves and working with our ability to release our selfish separate selves that are driven by lack.

"The universe operates through dynamic exchange… giving and receiving are different aspects of the flow of energy in the universe. and in our willingness to give that which we seek, we keep the abundance of the universe circulating in our lives." ~Deepak Chopra

Our soul's are stalking us. The different aspects of ourselves are weighing in, counterbalancing and allowing us to attenuate the expression of our soul in the physical. So the truth is that while you are lost in lack and fear, you may well stay there... or by sheer force of will manhandle your way to apparent wealth. But the underlying energies of lack will remain no matter what has outpictures. For we do have the ability to work our will through the distortion of whatever belief system we are running it through.

“The world is full of abundance and opportunity, but far too many people come to the fountain of life with a sieve instead of a tank car… a teaspoon instead of a steam shovel. They expect little and as a result they get little.” ~ Ben Sweetland

As we continue to learn our lessons about proper energy management, and continue to open up to the glory of our own soul, we will ultimately begin to find our place, amongst our people, the world, and the entire cosmos. When we open up to the limitlessness of our souls, we find that the soul and the spirit are not bound up in lack. Yes, the soul may throw limitation your way, but it is largely for purposes of exploration and learning. When the soul's expression comes to meet the desire to receive in order to share, a very big portal and vortex of power begins to open within the mind, body, heart and soul connection to Spirit. And suddenly one day through this new, high and vital energy our perception shifts, and we realize that the Light, God or Higher Powers, Love and Money are all connected.

“To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance.” ~ Buddha

As the realization unfolds and we actually perceive this not only inwardly, but outwardly, as well,our earthly possessions of all forms, including our money, our talents, our work, our energy, our light and our love go back from whence they came, and our absolute desire is to use the great gifts we've been given, in service to the Light and to bring even more love, joy, abundance and peace, creativity to the planet.  Furthermore, we come to the realization that our abundance was always there, and that all we have done is released the belief systems of lack and limitation, not because we've been wrong... but because we are ready to do more, take on more response-ability to bring love, and to allow ourselves to belong to the world.

This is true love... and that is true abundance. We do not attract what we want, we attract what we are. The power that is within us is beyond our conscious grasp, early in our human development. But when it is time to fly and we find our compassion and love for life has given our heart wings.
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AFFIRMATIONS
I see all the blessings that are bestowed upon me.
When I can see my blessings, I am grateful.
I do the work to see the light in my life.
It is my hearts desire to connect with the light of my soul.
The light of my soul guides me to my true calling.
My true calling knows no lack or limitation.
I no longer see limitation as lack.
I fill my heart with love and peace.
As I create with my hands my life is infused with creativity.
My creativity allows for positive expression.
I send blessings for the abundance of the world.
I am happy for others who are abundant.
I feel abundant in the Spirit.
I allow the abundance of Spirit to enter my heart.
As the abundance of Spirit enters my heart I am overflowing with love.
I open to more creative and responsible ways to express my soul and serve the world.
I am a New World Server who brings the Light and the Love of Creator to the earth.
As we formulate, invent, and create new energy becomes available to us all.
Our creations are connected.
When I am creative, I silently give others permission to create.
I am abundant in all things needful, both spiritual and material.
I am open to receiving what is necessary to continue in my life's mission.
My life mission and my purpose are important to us all.
As I step into my life purpose, I am instantly abundant.
I give to others that which I value in my life.
I activate the desire to receive in order to share.
I turn my physical bounty into spiritual gold.
As my purpose is realized I become responsive to the needs of my mission.
Generosity of Spirit and Gratitude for life is my True Abundance.
My abundance is backed in spiritual gold.
The currency of love is true abundance.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

APRIL 2020: The Great Web of Life

The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.
-Black Elk

No one is an island. We are all in this together. We are connected. Even if we understand these things to be true from a spiritual perspective, as well as the physical, how do we reconcile our loneliness in a world full of 7 billion people? There is a big difference in "knowing" that we are interconnected, and living as if we are. That is where the rubber meets the road.

"And I saw that the sacred hoop of my people as one of many hoops that made one circle." - Black Elk

We are all craving something we cannot name in our relationships, a warmth, a closeness, an intimacy. Yet, often when we have made ourselves vulnerable in this way, we were hurt, abused or ignored. This had the effect of closing our hearts down for a time, until the pain of a closed heart became more painful than opening up again and risking letting others in. Or, when others opened up to us we hurt them, even inadvertently because we didn't understand how vulnerable they felt. In relationships where people are not taking responsibility for their own feelings either way, this leads to the inevitable shutdown, because we do not know what true intimacy looks like, and certainly do not yet possess a healthy sense of self. After all part of our journey here is to learn how to love.

“One can acquire everything in solitude except character.” ― Stendhal

Conversely enough, since we exist relationally, we cannot get a sense of self without the contrast of each other. So as we go into pseudo relationship, pretending to be connected, but truly not we still do not learn how to love.  For we are very busy blaming other people for our relationships and forgetting that we are the common denominator in every single one of our relationships. Sometimes we are fortunate, with enough practice, to see a pattern emerging. When that happens we have the opportunity to understand that our whole process in relationship has not been some random propensity for isolation and suffering, but to introduce us to lost parts of our psyche. When we can clearly see this and make these connections there is a true softening of the heart and a coming to compassion for what has been at work in our lives.

What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.” ― Kurt Vonnegut

We must remember that what occurs in the 1% or 3 dimensional/ physical aspect of our lives is giving us clues about what is going on in the 99% or unseen aspects. If we are to bring heaven to earth in our relationships, we must realize that there is a great unknown that wants to be revealed here through the mystery of our relationships. For, we did not come here to get lost in a one on one relationship and never experience the depths of love that come from loving humanity and this creation as passionately as we do our lover. Our soul will not let us rest until we love God/dess and have a real relationship with our divinity and our creator. Therefore apparent separation has been a part of our soul's evolution... and could be thought of at this stage as more of an involution, or the inward enfolding of the heart becoming centered from within.

“Lovers must not, like usurers, live for themselves alone. They must finally turn from their gaze at one another back toward the community. If they had only themselves to consider, lovers would not need to marry, but they must think of others and of other things. They say their vows to the community as much as to one another, and the community gathers around them to hear and to wish them well, on their behalf and its own. It gathers around them because it understands how necessary, how joyful, and how fearful this joining is. These lovers, pledging themselves to one another "until death," are giving themselves away, and they are joined by this as no law or contract could join them. Lovers, then, "die" into their union with one another as a soul "dies" into its union with God. And so here, at the very heart of community life, we find not something to sell as in the public market but this momentous giving. If the community cannot protect this giving, it can protect nothing...” ― Wendell Berry

Even as we come into community and truly connect with all our relations, we must connect not only spiritually, but also emotionally, mentally and physically. We must connect socially. We must connect from within, and from our heart fields unfolding. We must also connect etherically. Yet, we will not do this until we are ready for a kind of intimacy that outstrips anything we have heretofor known. This comes through a series of initiations. These are initiations of the soul and hearts readiness to truly love. But it is not just a readiness of desire, for their are certain structures and measures of character that must be present and whole enough to truly love, and to be a strong container for divine love, or agape to be held on earth.

"And I saw that the sacred hoop of my people as one of many hoops that made one circle, wide as daylight and as starlight, and in the center grew one mighty flowering tree to shelter all the children of one mother and one father." - Black Elk

The subtleties of true community in the modern world are being forged behind the scenes right now within our very own community, and within our hearts. For we are practicing the art of true tribal community every day here. True community is about much more than getting together and beating on drums... or even doing sacred ceremony. It is not just about anything we could physically "do" together. It is about the spirit and consciousness with which we gather. it is about an understanding that even when we are not physically gathered that we are still connected. This makes the gathering times that much more meaningful. It is about Cosmic universal Truth, that is abiding, and a reverence for the sanctity of life and this whole creation, including the unseen worlds.

“A proper community, we should remember also, is a commonwealth: a place, a resource, an economy. It answers the needs, practical as well as social and spiritual, of its members - among them the need to need one another.” ― Wendell Berry

True tribal community is about resonance and a harmonic convergence of souls. It is about absolute abundance of all things needful both spiritual and material. When we are ready to be on the path of love and release ourselves from the severity and the suffering path, we will come into true community. For it is here that life lessons are no longer learned through unconsciousness and malevolent shennanigans. Lessons are learned through true love. We live by the golden rule, and that is to treat one another as we would like to be treated. But the jewel in the crown is that the members of the community have and understanding of their own divinity and they have or are rapidly abolishing any distortions around the way they want to be treated.

“Without God man neither knows which way to go, nor even understands who he is... One of the deepest forms of poverty a person can experience is isolation... Poverty is often produced by a rejection of God's love, by man's basic and tragic tendency to close in on himself, thinking himself to be self-sufficient or merely an insignificant and ephemeral fact, a "stranger" in a random universe...The human being develops when ... his soul comes to know itself and the truths that God has implanted deep within, when he enters into dialogue with himself and his Creator... It is not by isolation that man establishes his worth, but by placing himself in relation with others and with God.”  ― Pope Benedict XVI

True tribal community must emerge... naturally and organically, as a result of a recognition of a deep common ground in complete wholeness. Any one of the aspects missing will not build true community. We may not be an island, but we are certainly asked to go deep within, to make friends with solitude and to learn how to love and relate from the inside out. It is our community, these faces of God/dess that have helped us to defy gravity from within and allowed our individual souls to soar for all to see, experience and delight in. As this outpictures, the true community is not only there to support... but the real story is that they have been a part of the midwiving of each of us as a soul, all along.

“Men are free when they are obeying some deep, inward voice of belief. Obeying from within. Men are free when they belong to a living, organic, believing community, active in fulfilling some unfulfilled, perhaps unrealized purpose. Not when they are escaping to some wild west. The most unfree souls go west, and shout of freedom.”  ― D.H. Lawrence

Sunday Talks with Rev. Renee Bledsoe
April 05 - The Web of Life
April 12 - Easter Service: Awakening the Christ Consciousness - Celebrating 12 Year Anniversary of CoSL
April 19 -  Spiritual Partnership with Rev. Maribel Figueroa
April 26 - Heirarchy of Light

Affirmations

I am an integral part of my spiritual community.
I have something unique and precious to bring to my people and the world.
I allow myself to risk for love by being love.
If loving is my aim, then the very act of risk is the accomplishment.
I dare to love with my whole heart.
My love is my protection.
Divine love is my guide and my glory.
When I am truly loving, it is easy to allow others to be free.
My true community comes together on all levels of being.
My true community provides a safety net and a support structure so that each of us can flourish and evolve.
As I evolve, the love of my people slows me down and helps guide my choices for the highest good of all.
I trust in the light of my soul to guide us all to our greater good.
I am the light of my soul.
Spiritual partnership brings me onto the path of love.
I step fully onto the path of love and learn my life lesson through love and creativity.
I desire to receive in order to share God's love.
True community brings absolute abundance in all things.
There is always someone in my community who is willing to lend a hand.
I am of service to my community, as my soul's work is revealed.
I learn about how to be of proper service in true community.
I take my own council first through writing and meditation.
After I take my own council, I am open to receiving the wisdom of my community.
The small medicine wheel gives me the forum to receive the council of my community in a safe and sacred manner.
The small medicine wheel allows a holistic, synergistic message to emerge through the power of our kindred spirits.
I am victorious in love.
I am learning how to love like God/dess loves.
I am listening to my soul, even as it slowly and silently emerges.
The divine I AM presence within me comes forth more easily, as the oversoul of my spiritual community is revealed and strengthened.
I see my place in this world and am willing to take this rightful place.
I die the little ego deaths everyday if necessary to come into oneness with my tribe.
We are all connected by the creators love.
I see that love is the great connective force of this creation.
I am a loving, harmonizing force for good in the world.
I am connected soul to soul with all life.
I am awakening into Christ Consciousness.
All is my relation in the Great Web of Life.