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NO-FAULT RESOLUTIONS: THE RE-MIX

I’m glad to be in 2017, meditating, dancing, creating, establishing, loving, laughing, eating, exercising, giving, and growing into 2018.
I feel blessed to have an opportunity to resolve yet again that I’m going to do something to make my life and the lives of others better.  I choose to use the energy of this season to recognize the infinite power in me to demonstrate the awesome presence, wisdom and grace of love.
This is my dance: one of absolute good, expressing itself as the most loving person I can be.  In this infinite light of love, I resolve to be worry-free, debt-free, guilt-free, shame-free, blame-free, doubt-free – living a life of moments rather than mere days, but moments that are mindful about breathing in nothing but the pure power of possibility.  Like Joseph in the ancient, sacred text (Genesis 50:20), I like that even what somebody else intends for evil, God simply blesses me with, without ceasing.  I, like Jesus Christ, can call it all good (John 7:24): the appearances bless me, bless us, restore us.
14Here and now, I am liberated to love the power of Spirit like nothing else: to love it morning, noon and night and in that well-spring of love to be the best that I am called to be.  I am liberated from any requirement as to what form or shape my “best” will take.  The blessing is in the divine idea of simply being.
How liberating it is to walk into the New Year unencumbered by mistakes or regret.  How great it is to know that the truth that sets us free is being one with now.  The truth is that we are one with absolute good right now – good that is always expressing in, as and through us.  The truth is that the pure consciousness of God radiates through every cell of our body, awareness of our mind and expansion of our soul.  The truth is that God really does do the work that we are appointed to do.  The truth is that Spirit opens new doors, creates new circumstances, and gives us what we need before we even ask.  In this consciousness of grace, we can release needing, wanting or desiring and instead accept the infinite blessings that the universe is breathing through each one of us.
I resolve to forgive myself for everything I started to do but didn’t, wanted to do but forgot, or did do but failed to appreciate.  If I can’t do it, I won’t.  If I must do it, I’ll try.  If I don’t do it – well, there’s always next time.  The good thing about forgiveness is that we can do it right now, and it’s done. I release all obligations, all debts and all concerns of myself and others.  Yes, I forgive seventy times seven, and in the energy of the seven of completion, I let go and move forward to do the greater things that I must do, can do, and will do.
I leap into the awareness that I am free in the fluid stream of absolute good and marvelous in the manifestation that my goals are accomplished the moment that I claim them: the rest of the time is merely the process that I must grow through to accept their completion.  Here is to perfect health, wholeness and mindful acceptance of beauty, movement, lifting, energy and grace.

I resolve to love, and this resolution to be the pure power of love everywhere present expresses itself right now.  This is a no-brainer: a simple truth that can be used to harmonize any situation.  I am love right now, and I love unconditionally.  The bible can be summed up in this one resolution: love.  As John said, God is love.  I allow the loving energy of God to express in, as and through me right now.
I resolve to laugh.  We can’t take ourselves too seriously.  Otherwise, we will stop the endless flow of God’s good due to our own rigidity.  When we take ourselves too seriously, we do not keep our consciousness open to receive the blessings that are always calling us.  We place boundaries before blessings.   But with laughter, we are blessed to not hold grudges, to wear the world as a lose garment, to refuse to worry about what others think of us.
I resolve to dream.  Dreaming of endless possibilities and inexhaustible supply is the gift of being alive.  This is another resolution that is not confined by 365 days; we can dream right now and be done with it.  Or we can continue to be anointed by the grace of God’s favor dreaming through us.  It’s our choice: to be given the gift of dreaming Spirit’s divine call whenever we desire.  I resolve to dream as often as I desire, stepping well beyond the conventionality of the box in which I thought I was limited.  Spirit gives shape to divine intention through our dreams.
I resolve to give.  This is the answer to the question that is always asked: what is my purpose in life?  The truth is that I am here to give.  When we are consciously aware that we are here to bless, we stop holding back our good and instead give.  Give smiles.  Give hellos.  Give thank yous and you’re welcomes.  Give encouragement, handwritten notes, high fives, subway fare, spare change.  Give secretly, for nothing in return – not even the right to say, “I gave.”  We don’t even have to keep track of when we have to give.  Giving feels so good that the universe will provide so many opportunities that we don’t even have to be aware of them.
I resolve to listen.  We are all one with the pure consciousness of God speaking everywhere present.  We just haven’t taken the time to listen.  Listening hears the whole being of God emanating as us. We listen every day to www.mindfulnessgroup.blog.  We listen to the eternal breath of Spirit move through us as the completion of all good.  This resolution can be accomplished right now, in a single breath.  Breathing in, I listen.  Breathing out, I hear.  Listening has no agenda: we just are.
I resolve to create.  The truth is the “I” that creates is the “I AM” of God energizing, igniting and enjoying life in endless shapes, forms and dimensions.  No need to worry about the old ideas; the universe is filled with new ones.  By resolving to create, we open our consciousness to allow Spirit to co-create through us.  No need to judge our creations.  Creativity is bigger than us.  Whether we witness it or not, God’s good is always using us to bless others.  In the power of this resolution, we allow ourselves – here and now – to be the conduit of change and transformation.
I resolve to heal.  This resolution only requires the acceptance of grace.  In grace, we are whole.  In grace, we are lifted from our mats of affliction and realize that there is no sickness, illness, frailty or infirmity in the kingdom of God.  Right here and now, we accomplish the wholeness of Spirit and know that we are well.  We can look in the mirror of Christ consciousness and see ourselves as we really are.
I resolve to grow.  The humility of not knowing is a constant blessing.   I study the truth that sets me free.  The teachers that I need reveal themselves to me.  The books that I must read fall from wisdom’s shelves and open without prodding.  My eyes fall on the perfect words.  The students who bless me with guidance appear.  The journeys that I must take provide new paths.  The questions that I must raise ask themselves.  The epiphany of realization always blesses us.
I resolve to harvest.  We take advantage of so much that we have not worked for.  This is the season – right where we are – to reap what we have not sown.  We are enjoying so much for little that we take it for granted.  This season, I will open my eyes and experience each blessing: the beautiful apples, the smell of butternut squash soup, the rising of the sun, the solitude of the darkness, the tapestry of autumn leaves, the sound of waves at the shore.   Every day of the year, we can celebrate the harvest of the kingdom in whatever form or shape it takes.
I resolve to praise.  In fact, I praise and give thanks right now.  I give praise and thanks for health of mind, body and soul.  I give praise and thanks for my family – my marital, biological, spiritual, and work family and friends.  I give praise and thanks for the daily manna that God gives me to take care of every need.  I give praise and thanks for this country and this world and for the ability to keep everyone in the universe raised in perfect success.
I resolve to enjoy.  This is not going to be a month where I look back with regret or criticism because I enjoyed life a little too much.  I saved a little less, spent a bit more or just chilled out.  I resolve here and now that I will enjoy life – every tree, every manger, every carol, every taste of pleasure created for our benefit.  This, too, will I resolve to do each month and at every opportunity.  I will visit, celebrate, cook, dance, sing, swim, hike, run, drive, write, draw, paint, participate, preach, lift, work, walk, shop, and play by enjoying life.
In 2015, I declared that no-fault resolutions can’t go wrong because we are relieved from the responsibility of doing any more than what we will.  This re-mix recognizes that nothing is required except to lift up the awareness of Spirit moving through our lives each and every moment except to be still, and know.  In this awareness: I resolve to be one with each moment, and I let go of everyone and everything.

In letting go, I welcome each moment as a new me.

Happy New You!!!

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LIVING YOUR DESIRED FUTURE IN THE PRESENT – Part 12 – Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself

TO LISTEN TO PART 12  OF THE STUDY GROUP, CLICK HERE

This audio tape is the studied chapter from the book Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself,  by Joe Dispenza, which you can purchase on Amazon.  We are also excerpting the music of Peter Kater and R. Carlos Nakai , “Becoming Human” and Wade Imre Morissette “Still,” which can be purchased on i-Tunes.
“You have all the neurological machinery to transcend time, to make this a skill. What some might call miracles, I describe as cases of individuals working toward changing their state of being, so that their bodies and minds are no longer merely a record of their past but become active partners, taking steps to a new and better future.”
“Transcending the Big Three: Peak Experiences and Ordinary Altered States of Consciousness At this point, you understand that the main obstacle to breaking the habit of being yourself is thinking and feeling equal to your environment, your body, and time. . . .”

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COLLATERAL BEAUTY

collateralLast night, I was watching Will Smith’s movie Collateral Beauty, about a man who loses his only child, a daughter who was only six years old, and the pain that he grows through in order to return to himself.  The movie raises the question what is “collateral beauty”?  We always talk about collateral damage, the negative secondary or by-product of an accident, catastrophe or tragedy that brings additional pain, hurt, injury, and suffering.  But we never talk about collateral “beauty,” which is, to me, the ability to see the glass half-full instead of half-empty, the ability to see the presence of God, even in the midst of messiness, turmoil and strife.
collateral2 The movie Collateral Beauty focuses on three attributes, which in many respects reflect mind, body and soul: death, time and love.

Paul would say that we die daily, that in each breath we are given the opportunity to be renewed, to leave the old and begin again.  No matter what we experience, we have the ability to re-invent ourselves.  Even if we have made some transgressions, we can forgive ourselves and start all over again.  Spirit is unconditional love.  That Divine Mind of Absolute Good that we call God is the pure energy of forgiveness, of unconditional grace.  Every breath that we breathe allows us to embrace a new existence.
collateral4The collateral beauty of our challenges is that they allow us to re-start, to re-invent, to re-create, to re-establish who we are – to get rid of the old so that the new can emerge.  In John 8:51, Jesus says “Very truly I tell you, whoever obeys my word will never see death.”   Nothing and no one can destroy the pure presence of Spirit expressing as us.  So we get up from our mats and walk.  We rise like a phoenix from the ashes.  In three days, we find our temples restored.

nature-animation-gif-6It doesn’t matter what or who we are confronted with in the world, nothing or no one is too great for God.  Even what others mean for evil, God means for good.  As the scripture teaches us, the battle is not ours, it is God’s.  No weapon formed against us shall prosper.

Similarly, time is a construct created to attempt to contain our spiritual experiences or physical realities, but they are really without limitation.  Our bodies are more Spirit than flesh.  The collateral by-product of our challenges is that we realize time is only the appearance of limitation.  Proverbs 17:17 says “a friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.”  Our true friend is the timelessness and limitlessness of God.  In God’s time, we are ageless.  In God’s time, we are at the beginning and end of creation.  In God’s time, we are eternally beautiful, and the right time is wherever we are.

rain-in-forest-wallpaperThe collateral beauty of disaster or difficulty is that we can experience the fullness of the perfect divine order of life, realizing that despite appearances, we are in our right space at our right time.

I see God in my life, despite the appearances of difficulties.  I rise above the fray to position myself in the divine flow of Spirit expressing through me.  The collateral beauty is the strength that Spirit expresses in this lift above pain, above disappointment, above betrayal, above fear into the realm of absolute good.

springtimeCollateral beauty is more difficult to see because we are distracted from seeing the good everywhere present, the birth of Spirit all around us, the widow’s oil that keeps pouring, the baskets of fish and bread left over.  The Psalmist says (27:4) One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.”

Collateral beauty is our first step to finding the temple within.  The temple is love.

The letters of John leave a prophetic message: love is God.

rainbow3So even when we are blinded by the events and transgressions of the world, through their impact, we are given a new vision: one that allows us to see God in every word, every breath, every event, and every circumstance.

I can complain forever.  I can fear without ceasing.  I can stop creating.  I can worry about what others say.  I can cross over into a boundary of unhappiness so restrictive that I can stop living, like Will Smith’s character did.  He retreated into a world of pain and misery.

sunsetOr I can step out into the sunlight of a new day, a day that I have never seen before.  I can release the baggage of yesterday.  I can climb a new mountain and cross the waters of new faith, realizing that this, too, shall pass, but more importantly, that this – whatever this is, is the blessing of collateral beauty: a small crack in the universe, where I can see God.

 

 

WE ARE ALL AGENTS OF CHANGE

The full context of change is peculiar to our circumstances and comes in so many shades of determination, power, growth, and pressure that by their sheer nature, they  will draw us out of conventional wisdom, and lift us from the box of conventionality, and catapult us into the stream of pure possibility and amazing potential.
sunrise3Where do I start,  some might ask.

Another might say, how fast can I grow.

Many will say I am angry and comfortable in my anger so I want to remain in the space of opposition.

Gandhi would say I don’t take sides yet I am every side.

My she-roe of all times Harriet Tubman would say, I will meet you on a cold winter night, when you are without compass, or torch, or sufficient clothing against the bloodhounds and the cold winter air, and I will lead you through the underground railroad of strength and pull you through the power of hatred and resistance until you find yourself on the other side of knowing.

sunset6The Chief of Fire Operations would say throw away your script and your PowerPoint and just let them see the spirit of who you are and listen to why change is important: how even the most conservative of us, the most hopeful of us, the most amazing of us, the most loving of us are all agents of change.

The Captains tell me we have an important job to do, important skills to learn, seats of fire to extinguish, but we also have important ground to stand on – a tradition which grew from my father’s father’s father who fought fires and saved lives and taught me how to be family – a family that now realizes it is male and female and trans and bi and gay and queer and all shades of skin and all textures of religion and all skills of comprehension and all complexities of mind with the presence of all voices of God or no-God, the common denominator of which is a love so strong that I will give you my life.

I will rescue you.
loveworkThe courage of change stands at the edge of redemption, the fear of falling, the blackness of fire, the lost of hope, the roof of abandon and catches you just before you go over the edge of the abyss and holds you there beyond politics, beyond bigotry, beyond religion, and sees you as neither mind nor body but soul and resuscitates you until you can breathe again. So that you can return to each moment that realizes change is always possible.

We walk the water of impossibilities, and find that we have the courage to create outside of the box of conventionality, to tell a new story of strength, to dance beyond the realm of fear, to climb into the fresh space of deep listening, to witness that each and every one of us is an agent of change.

We balance ourselves in the legal framework of policies and protections and best practices and better than the best like a careful blade of the law, to make sure that we color within the lines, until we learn to express ourselves outside of them.

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All adversaries activate change.

When I was a little kid, about five years old, my cousins taught me a game called “tonk”; and part of it included a trump card that could win over cards.  It was something that we wanted, something that we could use, something that empowered us to leave the ordinary deck with a new sense of awareness into the extraordinary energy of winning, and find ourselves in that captivating awareness of now in a reality of dissonant voices that struggle to be heard, that find themselves resurrected in the streets of protests and revitalized realms of caring and emerging battles of pride.  We never knew we had to get back to the basics of inclusion, and never knew that the sheer vote of a single card would trump us, into realizing that we have to take our heads out of our proverbial yesterdays.  We have to realize that tomorrow is already here.

david-renshaw-at-the-wallThe wall of blame, the wall of distance, the wall of hatred, the wall of envy, the wall of false pride, the wall of lies, the wall of resistance, the wall of fear has got to come down, so we can really see that we are one, despite our differences.

(This is Part 1 of a Seven-Part Series dedicated to Activating Change)

GIVING THANKS FOR THE DIVINE WITHIN: GOD AS INDIVIDUAL BEING


img_5609-2This is from a previous class on the teachings of Joel Goldsmith.
Joel GoldsmithThis was taken from the 7th Section of Joel’s book
Living by Grace and from
“Evaluating Your Spiritual Progress”  which is in
the end of the 6th Section.
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Join us as we listen to the divine within.

The music is several different versions of Amazing Grace by Ladysmith Black Mambazo,
Walela and a piano solo called Amazing Grace.
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IT IS TIME FOR A SPIRITUAL RENEWAL INVENTORY

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2 – WHAT AM I?

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6 – WHAT DO I WANT TO BE?

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USE THIS TIME FOR SPIRITUAL RENEWAL TO CHANGE AND KEEP REVITALIZING YOUR LIFE.

REV. LOVING ALSO OFFERS FOR SALE ON AMAZON A NEW JOURNAL TO HELP REFLECT AS YOU ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS: SEEING MYSELF AS GOD SEES ME.

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A PRAYER FOR WORK

” Yoarthlighothworld.  A city on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neithedo people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.  Instead,theyputitonitsstandanigives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds anpraisyour Father in heaven.”
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Matthew 5:14–16)
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alovawork, saluting the divinity in everyone and every situation.  

Nothinannoncakeemgoofromworkplace, from those whom I supervise, from those who I serve, frothoswhprovidservicetme.

alovialthings.  bless those with whom I work
and I release them to their greatest good.

 I embrace God’s love for me.
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anallow God’s love to use me for even greater things than these.PRAY2alovialthings.
Lovgivewatmbeinmbest, giving my best,
accomplishinmbest.

dnodweligossip, or envy, or struggle. I am able to be the best that I am called to be by realizing that I am a blessing, that I have special gifts and talents, that I have something unique to offer, and brinwho I am and the knowledge that I have in the obedience that I am.

alovialthings, a love that is success, a love that is joy, a love that is victorious. I am love in all things.

Lovpenetratemadversaries. Regardless of the situation, love manifests me as a winner.
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This is a prayer that we give our best to our work environment, regardless of what shape it may take or where it might be or what it might demand, and that we come to it not so much expecting it to give to us but for us to give to it. May we find there whatever is in
accordance with Spirit’s desire for our growth. May we perform no task out of greed or selfishness or deceit.
PRAY10This is a prayer that we not lose ourselves in the fabric of the law firm, the corporate world, the police force, the military, the government, the university, the hospital—or wherever we find ourselves collectively giving to society—but that we understand that Spirit put us there for a reason, and part of that reason is what we as individuals bring as separate, creative expressions of Spirit.

lightThis is a prayer that we have the vision and the faith to celebrate our gifts with every task that we perform by never being afraid to speak our truths and tell our stories and do our best. Being the best at who we are in all of our imperfections, not perfection itself, is a blessing.
PRAY8This is a prayer that we put our egos aside to contribute what we can, whatever guise it may take, and that we be there to mentor those who need mentoring and that we grow and improve ourselves and increase our knowledge. We pray that we continually bless others in ways we cannot even imagine.
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This is a prayer that we use the work environment to cultivate whatever gifts and talents we have and take them out into the world to continue to develop them and to bless others by doing so. We are constantly growing, constantly learning, and constantly developing better judgment and greater resources, which can ultimately contribute to even greater good, productivity and peace than we currently experience.
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Each lesson, each test, each job, and each performance inevitably prepares us for the next. Life strengthens us through our challenges and our struggles and even our suffering; and the lessons that we learn, the strength that we develop, the faith that we nurture through our experiences at work – whether they appear to be positive or negative – serve us as well as our workplaces because they enhance our creativity, courage, and commitment.
light31If others second-guess our skills and abilities, it only shows their shortcomings, their fears, and their need to grow, not our own. More importantly, the opinions of others are grossly over-rated and give us an opportunity to trust our own judgment. This means that we must be open-minded and receptive to good advice but know the difference between someone else’s judgment and our own wisdom – by developing a discernment that is not merely intellectual but Spirit- based.
Mary and MarthaCentering in Spirit helps us stand strong in the workplace, to be a tremendous success and a great asset because Spirit guides us continuously. Regardless of what we are doing, all we need to do is to be open and receptive to that guidance.
beauty eightThis is a prayer that we center ourselves in the guidance that Spirit gives us, especially in the midst of those who do not recognize our greatness, those who question our worth, those who diminish what we can offer. Only God realizes our greatness, and God puts us in our right time, at our appointed place to contribute, develop, and move forward. This is a prayer for us to shine our light, our gifts, our talents – that only we can offer.
PRAY11This is a prayer that we find a space for Spirit at work. We spend such an enormous amount of time giving to our jobs and our businesses that if we do not take Spirit there, it is absent for 75% or more of the time that we live. There is no separation between us and Spirit merely because we leave church, or temple, or synagogue, or mosque. This is a prayer that we continue to be centered in Spirit—particularly in places that are most in need of its presence. This is a prayer that we allow Spirit to use us and to be so centered in Spirit that we realize it is with us—especially at work. This is a prayer that we open our consciousness to the presence of Spirit in the mundane and everyday, ordinary encounter. . . .
Prayers Cover for CreateSpaceTHIS IS AN EXCERPT FROM REV. LOVING’S BOOK
Prayers for Those Standing on the Edge of Greatness,
which can be purchased on Amazon by clicking here, or wherever books are sold.

Look out for the sequel in 2016!

GOD ALONE

Rev Loving listening to SpiritJoel Goldsmith wrote that the “answer, the solution to all problems, is the realized Christ . . . . Christ risen in our consciousness, Christ raised up from the tomb through meditation.”  He says that we should devote one meditation period alone each day to God: “God alone.”

In this period of God alone, we center ourselves in God and ask for We lovednothing.  This is the ultimate communion – to just be in God’s presence, to just sit in the kingdom, to just be a witness to the activity of Christ in our minds, light in our bodies, and grace in our souls.

Circle of PrayerIn the kingdom, we can trace our steps backward from the far country with the assurance that our deliverance is eternal and find ourselves, once again covered in the best robes of salvation.

In the kingdom, we return the garden that gives without ceasing.  We see the fruit that has always been hanging. We realize that it was never eaten, that even when it is plucked, its branches remain low for our reach.  Our fruit remains fresh in the awareness that there is neither good nor evil, only God alone.

Spiritmuv Prayer Circle 3God is a Brown Girl Too 2010 Retreat 073Here, in the heart of God, I see Moses.  He never died.  He simply became that which truth is and always will be.  He had no need to enter that which he already was.  This is the space of sacred breath and gentle silence.

I sit on the edge of nothingness into not one – but thousands, millions, infinite meditations that do nothing but listen.

Just one breath breathing into another is holier than a song.  This is where we find ourselves in the loving embrace of Jesus’ eyes as he carried our cross.  I will never leave you nor forsake you, he said.  I will send the Holy Spirit to be your teacher, counselor and guide.

The Holy Spirit is neither Christian, nor Muslim, nor Hindu, nor Jew but is that vast intersection of all faiths, struggling for expression when all they have to do is listen.

I HONOR THE MOTHER WHO GAVE ME BIRTH, THE MOTHER WHO KEEPS GIVING ME BIRTH, THE MOTHER IN ME, AND THE MOTHER IN YOU

21I honor the Divine that birthed the unique being CALLED ME.

eye 24I honor the Universal Ethers that formed every hair, every molecule, every fiber, every divine vibration of the I AM that I AM.

ownership 6I honor the Cosmic Womb that delivered the light that shines as me.

100I honor the Spirit that carried me into this  reality of absolute good that we call life.

great 7I honor the Perfect Harmony that called me from the endless bounty of this time space continuum before I was shaped in the womb.

thanks 31I honor the Souls who came before me and through whose legacy I began, not simply because I am, but because without them, I would never be.

Gabriel 12I honor the God that gave me a destiny in the irresistible vortex of my desires.

thanks 40I honor the Ancestors — expressing through me the love of enlightened purpose and endless possibility.

DSC03766I honor the Christ that died for me because in the second that my Savior died I began.

soul5I honor the Breath that the Holy Ghost breathed as me in the transformational moment of my spiritual liberation.

spirit 6I honor the Freedom that blessed me through the all-encompassing soul of my being.

DIVINE MOTHER 5I honor my Mother, and in so doing, I honor all of who I AM.

God is a Brown Girl Too 2010 Retreat 205Mothers do not only bring out the best in us, they are the best in us.

aa IMG_0392They are that aspect of us that sacrifices all to give to others.

IMG_1927They are that co-creative side of us that will bring forth all energy, all resilience, all commitment, all compassion, all power to give birth to something greater than ourselves.

ac IMG_0574A mother is the deep wisdom in us that knows, really knows as much as God and sees through all appearances of things, and reaches beyond flesh to pull us back from waywardness to righteousness.

ReadingA mother is that balance in us of carefulness and carefree-ness, of resistance and release, of responsibility and blame, of praise and humility.

DSC_0232My mother had 5 children, and from a very early age I wanted to emulate her and so I sat on the porch with about 5 dolls lined up under my care and protection because I appreciated the sacred act of mothering and the love that she gave me.

Marlon and Cecilia Photos of Younger Days 012Thich Nhat Hanh says that our mothers are so profoundly connected to us that they continue to nurture us even when they have left the fleshly realm, that they never stop giving us life, that we can always call on their support.

Our Mothers Watch Over Us Even When They Are Gone

When the singer says sometimes I feel like a motherless child, we feel her pain because we know that those words mean she has lost spiritual grounding.  She can no longer see the spiritual ancestors that continue to give birth to us, to love, to protect, to heal us.

img073I have been a mother to you, and each one of you has been a mother to me.  We will give birth to spiritual children while we live, and through our life and practice, we will continue to give birth even after we die.

Sitting togetherAnd so I want to give everyone an opportunity to celebrate the mother today:  The mother who gave you birth; the mother who keeps giving you birth; and the mother in you; and the mother you will always be – even after you are no longer on the earthly realm.

DSC_0214My Mother is a reservoir from which the continuous stream of good constantly flows into my life, a stream that has nothing to do with money or bank accounts — but flows endlessly  from inexhaustible supply.

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My mother is all-knowing wisdom, all-giving love, all-flowing peace constantly cleansing my heart.

Marlon and Cecilia Photos of Younger Days 004My mother is complete faith, unlimited joy and calming grace that blesses me with a life so wonderful that I have never even dared to imagine it.

Christa & Camille LovingMy mother is the divine ideas that keeps anointing me with fresh stories and new friends and untold strength and cosmic energy.

Aunt Cecilia Uncle Marlon and Christa Sweet 16My mother is the success, overflowing from the abundance of gifts in the irresistible vortex of my desires.

Cecilia and NajahMy mother moves through my life through a community called church and a vibrant connection of Oneness with each and every one of you.

SittingMy mother is the freedom that resurrects me through the all-encompassing soul of my being.

PrayingMy mother is the prayer that is always answered and is always blessing me.