Hurricane You

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I once had a professor who would jokingly refer to me as a literal hurricane … because we were close I took it as a token of affection. I was studying to be a classically trained singer, so what better description could one ask for than to be compared to a force of nature?? lol

While I do have a fairly sizable personality, we ALL affect the world around us in the same way … even the quietest and shyest person in the room. If you don’t believe me, try doing an experiment where you act in a manner that is unusual for you. For me that would be to sit in a corner, without saying a word. For someone else, perhaps that would look like they were being wildly charismatic. What do you think the result would be? I’ve tried this experiment out, so I know for myself.

When I was in college I once made the attempt to not say one word for an entire evening. You’d think that I would have had an educational evening of solitude where I could actually learn things about others (what a concept). No … suddenly people were buzzing around me, trying to figure out what was wrong! They kept asking me if something was bothering me and I would simply shake my head … it all went on for quite a while before I finally broke down and said I simply was taking a break from speaking for the evening. Even that explanation wasn’t good enough … I became the topic of conversation simply by doing nothing!

The point is, we each are our own personal force of nature. Whether you want to own that or not, it is most definitely true. You can decide that you aren’t going to believe it and continue to stumble about the world like a bull in a china shop; causing unintended ripple effects in reaction to you wherever you go. OR you could start to pay attention, become a watcher, and see how things unfold around you … and what role you have played in them unfolding in the manner they have.

What we really are supposed to be UP TO in life is being conscious, awake, and aware of this reality. When you truly see it you then start to try and figure out how to minimize the negative effects and maximize the positive aspects you bring into the world. That is just the beginning … because what you ultimately will find is that there is a TON of work to do at figuring and sorting yourself out … who you really ARE. You will go on a wonderfully frightening adventure within yourself; meeting both the demons and saints of your psyche. It is your own personal mythology and, if you stick with it, you will ultimately discover that Love is really the only thing of importance in this world … Love is what will set you free.

Eventually (we can all hope) you will get to the point where you decide you don’t want anything but Love to be the ripples of your influence. That is certainly what I hope for myself  ;-).

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– this post was the result of meditating on my prior post, “Freedom“.

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

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re-blogged from Hurricane You.

Hope is the thing with feathers

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My words to meditate on today:

“Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. the impossibles, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.”

– Shel Silverstein

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“Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all.”

– Emily Dickinson

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“There is a saying in Tibetan,
‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.’
No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.”

– Dalai Lama XIV

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

Southern California, Northern California, Mission ViejoIrvineLos AngelesSan FranciscoMarin,San JoseSan Juan CapistranoSanta AnaPalm SpringsLong Beach

re-blogged from Hope is the thing with feathers.

Decide To Grow – Osho

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My words to meditate on today:

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“In the past it has been said again and again by the priests that if you renounce you will attain to bliss. I tell you just the opposite: if you become blissful there is renunciation. And that renunciation has a beauty of its own — because in your rejoicing, all that is non-essential starts dropping away — because you can see it is non-essential. The very seeing is the transformation.”

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“A religion that makes you capable of celebrating to the optimum is the true religion. And this is the beauty of it: if you live life, a renunciation comes automatically. It happens — that is the nature. If you eat well, satiety comes. If you drink well, the thirst disappears. If you lived well, the clinging to life disappears. It has to be so. This is the law, the logos. If you have not lived well, then you always remain clinging, then you always dream about how to live.”

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“To decide to grow is a great renunciation — a renunciation of the security that is given to the seed, a renunciation of the wholeness that is given to the seed. But this security is at a very great cost. The seed is dead, it is only potentially living. It can live, or it can remain dead. Unless it grows, becomes a tree, it is dead. And as far as I know, human beings, unless they decide to grow, unless they take a jump into the unknown, are like seeds — dead, closed.  The moment you start renouncing, you start shrinking. Rather than growing, rather than becoming vaster and infinite, you start shrinking into yourself. You lose all interest in existence, in love, because you are told to torture yourself. Renunciation from the world is another name for self-torture. And a man who is torturing himself — how can you expect him to dance? How can you expect him to be ecstatic? He is committing a slow suicide.”

– Osho

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– pic from Elephant wearing striped pants.

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

Southern California, Northern California, Mission ViejoIrvineLos AngelesSan FranciscoMarinSan JoseSan Juan CapistranoSanta AnaPalm SpringsLong Beach

re-blogged from Decide To Grow – Osho.

What is to give light must endure burning

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Words to meditate on:

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“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

– Mahatma Gandhi

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“It takes courage…to endure the sharp pains of self discovery rather than choose to take the dull pain of unconsciousness that would last the rest of our lives.”

– Marianne Williamson

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“What is to give light must endure burning.”

– Viktor E. Frankl

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

Southern California, Northern California, Mission ViejoIrvineLos AngelesSan FranciscoMarinSan JoseSan Juan CapistranoSanta AnaPalm SpringsLong Beach

What is to give light must endure burning.

Spiritual Abundance in the Present

Reading through some older posts and loved this one … perfect for my day ;-).

In meditating today on my prior post (“Alice in Wonderland“), I found myself “chomping at the bit” … getting on a specific path and GOING is something that I find myself wanting these days.  What I discovered is that I am already on the right path, I have just been looking at things from the wrong perspective.

To explain, I will share a recent conversation with a family member.  This person has been in the business world his whole life, and is not spiritual in any form that I can discern.  As is the case when talking with family the subject of the future came up, and what my plans might be.  I explained that I am at a time and place in my life where I really want to wait, see what opportunities present themselves, and then act when they do (in other words; I want to focus on God and see what God manifests in my life … but worded for a non-spiritual businessman).  He proceeded to explain to me why I was SO wrong for not coming up with a plan!  He very passionately explained that I needed to figure out what my end goal is, and then plot each step along the way so that I would achieve success.

I already knew that really, that has been the type of path that I have been on for my entire life.  Study, train, get educated, audition, work, repeat formula ad nauseum.  That is a path of a man/woman trying to  impose their will on the Universe, to make It what they want It to be.  That simply isn’t me any longer.  I’m done trying to build up constructs to make myself look good, or to try build a facade of success and happiness.  Happiness comes from knowing God, and being on the path that God intends for me.  Don’t get me wrong … the study, train, get educated, audition, work, etc. route is good … and it could certainly be what God intends for me to do.  I’m not ruling anything out.

So, as I meditated on the concept of paths I actually began to realize that I AM on a path.  I feel that God has revealed to me that I am supposed to wait … and in this time of waiting I am supposed to prepare myself by meditating and spending time with my Creator; excavating internal blockages, working through spiritual issues in my life, and overcoming the bad habits that I have allowed to exist.  By doing all of this I will be making myself ready for whatever it is that God intends for me.  That is exactly what I have been doing with this blog and my daily meditations … so, the path that seems sort of like in-action to me is ACTUALLY the path I am supposed to be on for now.

So what is the difference?  Well, one path (the path that seems to be taught to everyone in the world) is to look WAY in the future, decided which peak you want to reach, and then go about doing all of the work to reach that peak.  What if the peak that God wants you to be on is on the other side of the planet, and you couldn’t even see it from where you were standing?????

A revealing that I felt God show me in my meditation is that God can’t even reveal to me what it is that might be intended for me … for the VERY fact that such a mindset has been so ingrained into me.  If God says to me,

“Somewhere down the road I have planned for you, you will end up in Sri Lanka.”

Well then, what would I do?  I would either go about doing everything I could to end up in Sri Lanka, OR I would do everything I could to run away from that.  In either case, I would be missing all of the doors that God was opening for me along the way.  So God, in all His/Her/Its wisdom, keeps the final destination from me … God simply wants me to focus on the here and now, the present … and do the things that I need to do to prepare myself.  That is the path … not one of gazing off into the future, but one of being completely aware of my surroundings and taking care of the present … so that when God guides or prompts me, I can hear or see or feel that and act accordingly.

That is the path … the Path of Manifestation from Spiritual Abundance in the Present.

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

Southern California, Northern California, Mission ViejoIrvineLos AngelesSan FranciscoMarinSan JoseSan Juan CapistranoSanta AnaPalm SpringsLong Beach

re-blogged from Spiritual Abundance in the Present.

Non-Reaction – Eckhart Tolle

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The concept I have been pondering today:

“A powerful spiritual practice is consciously to allow the diminishment of ego when it happens without attempting to restore it.  I recommend that you experiment with this from time to time.  For example, when someone criticizes you, blames you, or calls you names, instead of immediately retaliating or defending yourself – do nothing.  Allow the self-image to remain diminished and become alert to what that feels like deep inside you.  For a few seconds, it may feel uncomfortable, as if you had shrunk in size.  Then you may sense an inner speciousness that feels intensely alive.  You haven’t been diminished at all.  In fact, you have expanded.  You may then come to an amazing realization: When you are seemingly diminished in some way and remain in absolute non-reaction, not just externally but also internally, you realize that nothing real has been diminished, that through becoming “less,” you become more.  When you no longer defend or attempt to strengthen the form of yourself, you step out of identification with form, with mental self-image.  Through becoming less (in the ego’s perception), you in fact undergo an expansion and make room for Being to come forward.  True power, who you are beyond form, can then shine through the apparently weakened form.  This is what Jesus means when he says, “Deny yourself” or “Turn the other cheek.”              

– Eckhart Tolle

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– pic from The REAL Center.

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

Southern California, Northern California, Mission ViejoIrvineLos AngelesSan FranciscoMarin,San JoseSan Juan CapistranoSanta AnaPalm SpringsLong Beach

re-blogged from Non-Reaction – Eckhart Tolle.

Ineluctable Void – Personal Limitations

What a TRULY amazing quote … summing up just about everything I believe spiritually in one paragraph. The only limits in this lifetime are what we impose on ourselves.

Some might say this is silly, “Well human beings obviously can’t fly, so that’s a limitation!”  I say, “Why limit yourself this way?!”  Jesus was supposed to have walked on water, and that is also something people would say is impossible. Why even argue about whether it is possible or isn’t?? It’s a waste of energy, and who are any of us to say that we know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, what is possible or impossible?

Too often we think of ways to LIMIT ourselves, instead of thinking of ways to expand ourselves. Why do we do this?? It is far better to think of ways to expand ourselves, than ways to limit ourselves.

My guess would be that it is easier and more comforting to have a set of boundaries … it makes us feel safe and in control. These are the words and topic that I will be meditating on today:

“The agony of breaking through personal limitations is the agony of spiritual growth. Art, literature, myth and cult, philosophy, and ascetic disciplines are instruments to help the individual past his limiting horizons into spheres of ever-expanding realization. As he crosses threshold after threshold, conquering dragon after dragon, the stature of the divinity that he summons to his highest wish increases, until it subsumes the cosmos. Finally, the mind breaks the bounding sphere of the cosmos to a realization transcending all experiences of form – all symbolizations, all divinities: a realization of the ineluctable void.” – Joseph Campbell

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

Southern California, Northern California,Mission ViejoIrvineLos AngelesSan FranciscoMarinSan JoseSan Juan CapistranoSanta AnaPalm SpringsLong Beach

via Ineluctable Void – Personal Limitations.

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