Monday, April 1, 2019

APRIL 2019: Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe



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 tribal 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 community every day here. Tribal community is about much more than getting together and banging 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 07 - Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe - Celebrating 11 Year Anniversary!
                                           Luncheon Immediately following service
April 14 - Spiritual Partnership - Rev. Maribel Figueroa
April 21 - The Web of Life - Easter Service Church in Circle
April 28 - Brotherhood & Sisterhood of Light

Your vibe Attracts Your Tribe

I am connected soul to soul with all life.
I have something unique and precious to bring to my people and the world.
I allow myself to take the 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 support structure so each of us can flourish and 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.
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 an integral part of my spiritual community.
My vibe attracts my tribe.

Friday, March 1, 2019

MARCH 2019: Wisdom, Wellness & Wealth


“Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.” - Henry David Thoreau

Within every one of us is a Sage, Healer and a Magician. As we learn more about these parts of our selves we come into the depths of our own great mystery. This can give us insight into the heretofore unknown abilities that are emergent within us, and opens us up to the world of miracles, magic and our own true nature.

Join us this month at Church of Spiritual Light, as we focus on Wisdom, Wealth and Wellness and the potentials that lie deep within us. Having one without the other is virtually useless to us and keeps us in a state of lack in some area of our life. It could be said that health and wealth stem from wisdom - not knowledge alone, but a culmination of knowledge and understanding which leads us to the source of our true wealth: our wisdom.

“It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.” -Seneca

“Don't tell me where your priorities are. Show me where you spend your money and I'll tell you what they are.”- James W. Frick

Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. --Franklin D. Roosevelt

Sunday Talks with Rev. Renee Bledsoe
March 03 - Trifecta of Wisdom, Wellness & Wealth
March 10 - Soul Call: Getting Wise to Life
March 17 - Sacred Circle Altar - Spring Equinox
March 24 - Know Thyself, Heal Thyself - Rev. Maribel Figueroa
March 31 - Healer, Sage, Magician

Wisdom Affirmations

I have access to the wisdom of the ages.
I am open to learning, un-learning and re-learning.
I experience new things with curiosity and wonder.
I appreciate and enjoy healthy foods.
I feed my soul, as well as my body.
I take only good things to my heart and soul.
I forgive my negative thoughts and feelings and tend to myself with loving care.
I am a dynamic, multi-dimensional being.
I tap into the knowledge of my ancestors, through my body wisdom.
I trust my body.
Being human is divine.
I receive all things needful, both spiritual and material.
Money flows to me easily.
I respect and appreciate the abundance and the energy of money.
I allow the life force to activate within me.
I enjoy good health by taking care of my body and mind.
I schedule fun into my life every day.
I am a vibrant, joyful being.
I move into the future with confidence and joy.
I am open to experiencing more bliss in my life.
My outer world is a reflection of my inner world and vice versa.
I am seen and heard for who I am and allow others to get to know the real me.
I allow the flow of the eternal will to good to enter my heart.
I take responsibility for my future and my life.
I awaken the healer and shaman within.
I awaken the magician within and utilize my will for highest purpose.
I engage the Master within to guide and guard me.
I am blessed with wisdom, wellness and wealth in all ways.

Friday, February 1, 2019

FEBRUARY 2019: The Sacred Other


"What you seek is seeking you." - Rumi

Where do your true passions lie? What and/or who makes your soul soar, causes you to lose track of time, brings deep satisfaction and fulfillment to your life? What gets you excited to be alive? What melts your heart, brings out emotion? What are you avoiding? How are you experiencing love? How do you love? 

The answer to these questions can help you discover more about the quantity and quality of love you are allowing in your life. Many of us are very stingy with our love. We constantly withhold love from ourselves and others. We think that in order to discern right from wrong that we must cast judgment and withhold love in order to correct ourselves. Nothing could be further from the truth. For it is by facing and embracing what we are, all of it, that the whole picture is revealed to us and we turn the impetus of our journey from one of force, to one of power: The Power of Love.

Human beings have a deep and wide intelligence that far outstrips the thinking mind. Even scientists have come to identify what they call a host of intelligences within an individual. There is mathematical genius, artistic and creative genius and even now there is exploration into the intelligence of the heart and body itself! The heart has an electro magnetic field of resonance which is thousands of times stronger than that which is conducted by thought alone, giving new meaning to phrases like, "put your heart into it" or "my heart wasn't in it" and "I really took that to heart". But how do we grow in our ability to love?

The answer to this question, as so many poets and mystics have revealed, is potentially why we are even here in the flesh - to experience the many faces and facets of the Creator, to intimately reveal to ourselves who and what we are through this knowledge and experience and to create something new as we allow the alchemy of our passions to forge us into autonomous beings of light who can CHOOSE so very many ways to express true love and reveal the Light. For when the Light is revealed through the stories of our lives, we are able to see the purpose of living as we continually discover and lean into what really matters to us. For without love, little else truly matters. As Rumi says, "Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”

"There is some kiss we want with our whole lives, the touch of spirit on the body." ~ Rumi

Sunday Talks with Rev. Renee Bledsoe
February 03 - The Sacred Other
February 10 - Sacred Circle Altar- Divine Union of the Lovers Within
February 17 - My Relations: Body, Mind, Heart & Soul - Rev. Maribel Figueroa
February 24 - Life Purpose & The Mythic Call

"Without an understanding of myth or religion, without an understanding of the relationship between destruction and creation, death and rebirth, the individual suffers the mysteries of life as meaningless mayhem alone.” - Marion Woodman

February Affirmations

I am love. I am loved. I am loving.
l allow love to live through me.
Love is an energy, a substance from which I am created.
The aspects of my being are in harmony with life.
My body and soul is the sacred altar of my life.
The languages of light and love move and guide me.
I speak the language of love. And open to greater awareness of love in my life.
I go to the next level with my love. I love myself as I love all.
I receive the Light of Truth that is all around me and in so doing I receive more Love.
There is only love. Whether I choose to block or allow it is my choice.
I am the intention of love. Loving is what makes me feel alive.
When I withhold love from others, I am withholding love from myself.
I open to Divine Light within and activate my High Heart.
What I love, loves me. I am passionate about life.
My love can heal and empower others.
I am committed to true love and devoted to learning how to love better.
It is safe to unconditionally love others, because first I unconditionally love myself.
I see my relationships, most especially the challenging ones, as messengers reminding me to love myself.
When someone doesn't love me, I know their soul's purpose in that moment is to remind me to love myself.
I send lovingkindness to all those who feel unloved or unloveable.
The divine template for Mother/Father God lives within me.
The Lovers within me are devoted to wholeness and the perfection of this creation.
I trust in my ability to love from a place a wholeness.
I am aware of my need for love, and acknowledge that love is as prevalent as air.
My heart is broken open only to let down my guard to receive more love.
I am guided and protected by my love.
Being human is the fruit of the marriage of divine love.
Love is revealed in the human journey. I have many stories of love to tell.
I am awakened by love.
My purpose is to love and be loved.
I see the Sacred Other. I am the Sacred Other. We are One.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

JANUARY 2019: The Bigger Yes



“After the final no there comes a yes. And on that yes the future world depends. No was the night. Yes is this present sun.” ― Wallace Stevens

We often differentiate between "those who are on a spiritual path" and those who are not. The truth is that we are all walking this earth together and integrating the seen with the unseen worlds, learning and remembering how to be truly human, which is actually both spiritual and physical, whether we think we are on a spiritual path, or not. Challenges come to us all to integrate, either way.  It has been quite the journey for us all, whatever stage of the cycle we are experiencing. The difference here, is that when we are CONSCIOUSLY on a path of spiritual remembrance, we are actively and with intention invoking our own ability to recall things about ourselves, humanity and this creation that will unlock new vistas and unexplored, surprising aspects of our being that can unfold and create new dimensions of love and joy in our life... and allow us to evolve through the awareness of love.

"The more you are motivated by love, the more fearless and free your actions will be."  - Dali Lama

Those who have remembered and recalled more of the true nature of being human, will be asked to assist and be of service to those who are still awakening. Many lightworkers are now going to be asked to become loveworker, too. For no longer is it just about revealing light or truth to the world for the sake of anything other than to bring greater, deeper, more profound expressions of love to this planet. Yet, those who remember are challenged to provide support while still allowing others to experience and bring forth their own light, through the processes and experiences of their own life and the power of their inner wisdom. That is what keeps it all real and that is what brings love to the light... and heaven to earth.

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does." - William James

Remembering our interconnectedness can't just happen when we are all getting along. Yet, it is true that we can break the circle of love and short-circuit our ability or desire to feel connected. That is very real. The way of the loveworker is to wield the Truth upon the Self, first and foremost. And first healing and holding the space for love to reveal itself within us.  Always asking, where is the love in this person, situation or experience. Where is love being blocked? How can we let more love in? Where is the love right now, without changing anything at all in this moment? This opens the way to unconditional love.

"Life shrinks or expands according to one's level of courage." - Unkown

Unconditional Love, or Agape, is an actual spiritual substance. Many have only experienced it in consciousness fleetingly... but it is available freely and without question.... however, we must have the eyes to see it, the ears to hear it and the heart to channel it. Because true love is far from just being a feeling. In fact, we can truly love someone and not even like them very much or have difficulty being around them. This is a call for greater unconditional love to the self, as well as an opportunity to hollow a deeper channel for love. For we can only hold as much unconditional love for others as we can hold for ourselves! In holding space for the unloveable in others, we learn to love ourselves and vice versa.

'Even if you abandon one idea for another one, saying yes allows you to move forward.' - Tina Fey

The new earth and the new age ushers in a time of the restoration of the soul, the magnetic feminine aspect of ourselves, that passionate synergy that unexplainably arises as a result of our appreciation of something or someone, as well as the electrical masculine which protects the sacred space. The ultimate union of love and light occurs when we remember our own divinity and we come together as kings and queens, royal servants of this creation. It is in this state of grace that we can create unimaginably, subtle, yet deeply profound inventions of love that bring magic, mystery, joy and abundance to every living thing in the universe. This is how we say Yes to the bigger picture, the journey of the divinity of humanity.

“I imagine that yes is the only living thing.” ― E.E. Cummings


Sunday Talks with Rev. Renee Bledsoe
January 06 - The Bigger Yes
January 13 - Trusting the Unknown
January 20 - Sacred Circle Altar - Illumination of the Soul
January 27 - Insisting on the Truth - Rev. Maribel Figueroa

BIGGER YES AFFIRMATIONS

I accept full responsibility for my life.
I surrender my intentions to my higher power.
I let love live through me as I open to my bigger YES.
I claim my shadow and embrace the gifts it holds for me.
I dance with my shadow and turn into the light.
I acknowledge the full spectrum of my beliefs with humor and grace.
I make intentions through the powers of humility and awareness.
I create sacred space for healing and enlightenment.
Whatever has happened in my life has brought me to here and now.
I step outside of time to heal and empower my life.
I work with alternate dimensions and states of consciousness
to move energy and manifest my destiny.
I continue to learn about and use spiritual tools to manage my energy.
I work with time in new and respectful ways.
I use the power of the earth, moon and planetary cycles to manifest and heal.
I look to my relationships, my higher self, guides
and guardians to show me what I cannot see.
I honor difficult relationships as teachers,
and am willing to release them into the light.
When I receive the lessons and messages from challenging situations
they miraculously shift into the light.
I purify my intentions through the powers of love, compassion and forgiveness.
I am moved into action on behalf of all creation.
I am guided by angels and spiritual teachers.
I actively engage and communicate with my higher self.
I am a being of light, created with the intention of pure love.
I am capable of transforming anything into love.
I am a vessel of light and my cargo is love.
Love is born through the light within me.
I step into the land of the living as I cross the shores of my soul.
I seize the glory and power of each new day.
I allow my bigger YES to guide my life.