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A bug climbs on a stalk of grain near Kumanovo

There is not a flower that opens,

not a seed that falls into the ground,

and not an ear of wheat

that nods on the end of its stalk in the wind

that does not preach and proclaim

the greatness and the mercy of God to the whole world.

~Thomas Merton~

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Grace_wordleI am continuing to listen to the Hay House online global event.  Today I am highlighting Michael Neill’s interview.  He has an interesting take on the meaning of the biblical Garden of Eden.

“We were all born in Eden.  We were all born in a State of Grace.  The story of the fall from Eden, is the story of each one of us going from the innocence and grace that we are born into, eating the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  In my world, the tree is simply the world of personal thought, where we begin to create our own world, our own experiential reality, via this amazing gift we all have — to think — and then we get lost in that.  We get detached from the Garden and we think that it’s this place outside that we then have to strive to get back to.  But the return to Eden is only ever one thought away, because the moment you step outside your personal thought system you drop right back into that place of Original Grace.  You drop right back into that Garden, and it’s as if you never left.  Now the truth is, you’ll leave again because the nature of thought is: we are not going to stop thinking any time soon in our lifetime permanently. What happens is, you start to realize, either I am living in my thinking or I am living in Original Grace, then it gets uncomfortable when my thinking takes me away from that Grace, that peace and clarity; so it becomes easier and easier for me to return to Original Grace.”

I would add that Original Grace is only one breath away.  Ahhhh, deep conscious breath everyone.  Fill those lungs with a big In-SPIRIT-ation, let it slowly go and flow all the way through every little pore, sinking deeper into that place that’s never left you, not even for a millisecond – Original Grace.

 

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“There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.”  Albert Einstein

“The most ordinary of things can easily turn extraordinary, making us wonder if, perhaps, the extraordinary is hidden in the ordinary always, just waiting to be discovered.”  Jeff Foster

The wisdom of two people a few generations apart, both articulating similar viewpoints … leading me back here on the subject of grace again…

Spring is about to pop across this great nation.  I look forward to spending time with a single green leaf.  It has pores and veins just like we do!  I love how the newness of spring buds begins in the soft, lucent green of a newborn leaf, and matures in a few weeks to it’s bigger, deeper self.  

These are moments that have saved me.  They are times when life’s situations, the problems, my thoughts, worries, fears, judgments … all fall away … and I find myself melding into the here-ness of the moment.  It is, truly, all that is.  

And this, ah, yes … this is my saving grace.

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“Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.”  ~ Frederick Buechner

I believe, in between the pages of all of our lives, is invisible Grace.  Undeniable grace is at work always.  It doesn’t need our belief or faith in it to be made visible … but be made visible, it surely will be, if you are willing to see it.  

There was a morning I was shook awake by a loud bang.  I eventually made my way downstairs, opened the front door, and found a car on my porch.  I would come to see there were three cars spilled out like so many colored dice across my lawn.  As dawn broke, I would hear the songbirds herald the day – that was Grace.  

One day just before I started this blog, my son was in an ambulance racing to the hospital.  I hurriedly followed along in my car, rounded a bend, and saw Mt. Rainier in all her rapturous glory.  I wept with true gratitude in that moment.  That was undeniable Grace.

Look back on your life and see how it’s always held you, guided you, and somehow … against all odds … picked you up and set you down on the shores of calm water.  This is life’s golden promise and gift to you.  

Grace, simply is and always will be.

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What You Are

Grace

is

present,

because

Grace

is

another

name

for

what

you

are.

~Mooji~

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At first, I gave thought to posting a poem in honor of Thanksgiving tomorrow.  I approached my book tower that stands in a corner of my bedroom.  It contains about 50 books on poetry and spirituality.  I held my hand out and let it sweep over the books like an energetic wand and let it draw me to just the right book.  My energetic wand didn’t choose poetry instead it led me to a spiritual book!  I’ve not quoted this spiritual author before.  I’ll post my personal comments directly below the excerpt.

Let us begin where we are at this particular moment and let our spiritual unfoldment begin with the understanding that since God is the principle of this universe, it is perfect.  A star is a star; a rose is a rose; a dog is a dog is a dog; and the moon is a moon is a moon is a moon; but let us not call them good, and let us not call them bad: Let us call them by their names—star, rose, dog, moon—and we shall find that God will reveal their nature to us and the correct place and function they are to occupy in our experience.

What creates and perpetuates humanhood is the pairs of opposites—the belief that flowers are good but that weeds are evil, the belief that robins are good but the bugs on the rose bushes are evil.

In proportion as we keep our minds free of judgments, it functions without concepts, so that when the principles of life come into expression, they come through as they did through Einstein, as pure law.   … Sit in the Silence with no judgment—not trying to get rid of a disease, not trying to overcome a sin, and not trying to destroy a fear, but just sitting there in a vacuum of God’s grace—the truth comes through in its purity.

~Joel Goldsmith, The Thunder of Silence  (March 10, 1892–June 17, 1964)  author, spiritual teacher, mystic and founder of the Infinite Way

After I transcribed this, I was listening to the sounds of my teenage son outside, pleading with his friend to continue playing with him and the friend refusing.  Historically, this wouldn’t bode well.  I just stopped and took a moment and sat in that vacuum of God’s grace where I let myself not judge it.  My whole body relaxed into it, as I could feel the places that had held the judging thought of what would happen, just melt away.

The next thing my ears heard was laughter between my son and his friend.  Regardless of the outcome, I can sit in this vacuum of God’s grace in any given holy instant.  God, I just LOVE that!

 

 

 

 

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“Pain Is Inevitable. Suffering is Optional.”  (Zen Aphorism)

It’s a very famous quote that I’ve heard many, many times but only recently began to get a sense of what I think it really means.  Life happens, stuff happens — this is inevitable and responding with pure, genuine, heart felt pain is what is natural.  Or said another way, it is letting your heart break open with love.

But what is suffering?  I think suffering is letting your heart close down in judgement — judgement either of one’s self, another or a situation, whatever that may be.  Suffering includes regrets, all forms of “if only’s” and “I should have’s”.  It also includes believing that there is something wrong that you have done or something intrinsically wrong with you or another.  Blame of anything or anyone leads to suffering.  Negative out-picturing of events, past, present and future also cause suffering.  An idea that says life can never be the same without a person, a situation, or a condition being met, will certainly lead you on a path to suffering.  If we do the simple math, it often looks like: this happened + I judge it to mean this painful thing = I now suffer.

Any time you are in pain that has led to suffering you can be certain it includes some type of discrimination.  I call it discrimination because it selectively screens out what is truth in favor of a perception that separates you from believing in yourself or others and ultimately from believing in Life’s tendency to flow towards well being, balance, order, benevolence and grace.  As long as we are willing to settle for conclusions and judgements that separate us from all that Life willingly and daily offers up to us, we will suffer.

Where’s the way out?  When suffering, ask yourself what are you believing about yourself, another or the situation right now.  Now ask yourself if you unequivocally know that whatever it is you are believing, is absolutely true.  There is very little, if anything, to which you can honestly respond with a yes.  Now, are you willing to suspend what you’ve been believing?  You see, wanting to be on the other side of suffering is a beginning and wanting to be in self friendly relationship with yourself is a must.  Yet wanting won’t be enough, it requires your willingness to live in harmony with yourself.  And sometimes that willingness comes a bit at a time but come it will for one who is ready to walk in harmony with his or herself.

Want the world to be a peaceful, harmonious place, a world filled with love and loving people, want it to be a world without discrimination?  It all starts at home with a willingness to walk the inner walk of living in friendship with ourselves one step, one day at a time.

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