Thursday, February 26, 2009

Universal Kabbalah

Free Introductory Workshop/Discussion
Instructor: Rev. Renee Bledsoe
Join us for this free workshop and discussion about the Universal Kabalah. Find out about how this powerful pathworking system can help you work miracles and create magic in your life. Learn the keys to unlocking the secrets of the universe that are hidden in plain view. If you love to learn about the cosmology of our universe and if you are a seeker of higher, universal truths, then you will enjoy working with Kabalah!

When: March 8th, 2009 - 2-4pm

RSVP: Renee Bledsoe at 239-560-6314
Location: Kindred Spirits, 3333 Del Prado Blvd. Cape Coral, Fl 33904

Friday, February 20, 2009

Meditation Power

by Rev. Renee Bledsoe
She Who Weaves the Web
Feb 2009

As I sit here writing this article on meditation, I am bowed and humbled by what comes into my space always when I need it. Always in my seeking I am richly rewarded with the cure to all my ills and the ever winding way to joy.

My wrist is hurting pretty badly. I've been working too much, not taking enough breaks, collecting stress like a tin pail sitting in the rain. The pain emanating up my arm, the anger I felt when they forgot to give me cream for my coffee and the sullenness of my child are trying to tell me something. And then I have occasion today to write an article on meditation.

Nevermind that in my daily inspirational readings I get the "meditation" card 8 times out of 10 and the "balance career and home life" card at least once per week. I guess it sometimes takes a lot to get my attention! And so there is pain... So with a humbled heart and the inner knowing that the teacher is always, always the student I'm going to answer the call to remind you, as I remind myself, about the power of meditation.

I think many of us are coming to be more aware than ever of the power of meditation as a way to develop our connection with divinity. Many people who never knew their inner world held so much richness and bliss have found a whole new way to communicate with their soul and their spirit. But we've almost forgotten what meditation is doing for the body.

My irreverence for my body has been legendary. I have sculpted, starved, toxified, whipped and negelected this body with the best of them. I realize more and more that I have never accepted this human body, nor it's perceived limitations and that created a great deal of disdain within me for the body. But as they say, all paths lead to Rome and as every strike of the keyboard sends a shooting pain up my arm this will be the last thing I type for the next couple of days. I promise to "get it"!

Yes, meditation can help you fulfill your destiny and put you in touch with your omnipresent self, your God Self, Higher Self and the All That Is. And if you keep on that road I am seeing that as with all great spiritual truths, you are lead back to where you first began and you see it with new eyes, new awareness and new wisdom. And this is what has happened for me. I have been lead from the body that I never could accept, to the mind and the inner planes of my soul that I could happily enjoin with and back again to my body. Now I know what this journey has been about, at least up to this point. I also know there is always more...

As odd as it may sound, meditation has taken me out of my mind, by allowing me to connect through my mind with No-thing and that has placed me squarely back in my body. What an unexpected miracle this is!

As is written on the OSHO Zen website: "If you want to live a more fulfilled life, first you will want to know your potential, who you really are. Meditation is the route to that knowing. It is the methodology of the science of awareness. The beauty of the inner science is that it enables whoever wants to explore and to experiment within, to do so alone. This eliminates dependence on an outer authority, the need to be affiliated with any organization and the obligation to accept a certain ideology. Once you understand the steps, you walk the walk in your own, individual way."

Yes, I so relate to that and this is why I meditate, but I have been delivered to a new destination within myself and I have never been so present within my body.

Osho masters say, "Many meditative techniques require one to sit still and silent. But for most of us accumulated stress in our bodymind makes that difficult. Before we can hope to access our inner powerhouse of consciousness, we need to let go of our tensions. Osho Active Meditations have been scientifically designed by Osho over a period of time to enable us to consciously express and experience repressed feelings and emotions, and learn the knack of watching our habitual patterns in a new way."

So Osho, you mean that if I meditate I'm going to really get to know myself? Snap! I guess that's why it took me so long to do it! Boy, am I getting the picture here...but the message is so simple it's almost easy to miss. This, for me isn't about processing my pain. It's about paying attention and understanding just how simple the answers really are. It's about understanding what this most amazing miraculous creation called a human body is capable of and capable of manifesting. It is understanding that the bodymind is God in the flesh, ever burgeoning to be purified so that it's desires, signals and messages are perceived through the eyes of love and can be interpreted and acted upon through life-giving means.

Meditation can help you get clear, connect you with your own divinity, the divinity of everything else and deliver you back into your body with a new awareness, more clarity and the ability to respond to your own body talk. I guess it's really that simple. I can attest to the newly forming power within me to connect deeply, in presence to my physical body. It is downloading into me and each day I become stronger in the knowledge that I have to integrate all the parts of myself, body, mind and soul to become all that I can and beyond. For me finally these are no longer words. Through the power of meditation, quietly and pervasively like a gentle rain and even through that pinch in my wrist... I am made whole.

Let's do this together.

There are several options here if you would like assistance with meditation and to explore what is right for you.

Meditation Classes and Events (Southwest Florida):
Illumination Meditation & Pure Light Blessing - Wednesday's 7-8pm $10 (First Wed of the month is free!)
Church of Spiritual Light - Every Sunday - 9:45am - 11am (Begins with Morning Meditation - 30 mins)

Angelic Yoga with Pamela Kinton and Flow Yoga with Connie Caracappa

All of these events are hosted at  Church of Spiritual Light, 1939 Park Meadows Dr., #1, Fort Myers, FL 33907 Rev. Renee Bledsoe, 239-560-6314

Prayer for Soul Connection

Mind connects to Heart
Heart connects to Soul
Soul connects to Divinity
All are within and through me
I breathe with my Souls breath
And knowing permeates my body
My soul has been with me since the beginning of time
And will be with me until the end of time
As I connect in this incarnation
I know my purpose
The cloud of unknowing is no more
Only by connecting within do I feel my souls essence
Only by bringing it forth do I allow it to shine
I ask to be congruent with its essence
I ask for clarity in my purpose
And honor what was agreed to in my souls fusion with this body
I am blessed with connection
I am blessed with purpose
I am blessed with divinity
I breathe my souls breath
I am on fire, my soul ignited
In love, in Life
I walk my souls path
And I am set free
And so it is
Thank you

By Joanna Salerno 2/14/2009

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

You Were Born Together

by Khalil Gibran

"You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore. You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days. Aye, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God. But let there be spades in your togetherness. And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love. Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each of you be alone, even as the strings of the lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping. For only the land of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together, for the pillars of the temple stand apart, and the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow."

Touched By An Angel

by Maya Angelou

We, unaccustomed to courage
exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of loneliness
until love leaves its high holy temple
and comes into our sight
to liberate us into life.

Love arrives
and in its train come ecstasies
old memories of pleasure
ancient histories of pain.
Yet if we are bold,
love strikes away the chains of fear
from our souls.

We are weaned from our timidity
In the flush of love's light
we dare be brave
And suddenly we see
that love costs all we are
and will ever be.
Yet it is only love
which sets us free.

A Prayer For Valentine's Day

from Out of the Ordinary by Joyce Rupp

Praise to the One whose love stirs the ancient embers
sparks the breath of prayer

Praise to the One whose love entices the wandering
beckons the confused

Praise to the One whose love grows wings on the weary
dreams hope in the discouraged

Praise to the One whose love soothes with the ointment of mercy
transforms with the touch of compassion

Praise to the One whose love threads the energy of friendship
stitches the strength of fidelity

Praise to the One whose love tickles the soul with laughter
urges the heart toward joy

Praise to the one whose love embraces the untamed
dances with the passionate

All praise to this Gracious One
All gratitude to this Beloved
All love to this Mentor of Friendship
All devotion to this Shaper of Hearts.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Living In Gratitude with Caroline Myss