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Thursday, Jul 29, 2010 The Gathering with Spirit – July 29, 2010

This Thursday, July 29, we shall gather together once again to invoke the power that belongs to us through our shared focus on the Divine.  We all know that there is strength in numbers and, when our like minds resonate together with clarity, courage and Grace abound.

Let’s consider that at birth we are each given a complete number of breaths that take us all the way through life and into our final transition.  Not knowing where you are in your current “breath account”, how would you choose to use your remaining balance?  For material gain?  Success?  Fame?  Relationships?  Enlightenment?  Face it…we are not here forever, just for a very short period of time, and then we move on.  Taking the value of each day as a precious gift reinforces your choice to live authentically…breath by breath.  The resulting choices ultimately manifest through exactly where you place your attention.

Bring your attention into pinpointed focus toward the Divine in community and strengthen your resolve to fulfill your highest good now.  We shall pray, meditate and share Universal Principles that have endured the sands of time.

“Group meditation is a castle that protects the new spiritual aspirants as well as the veteran meditators.  Meditation together increases the degree of Self-realization of each member of the group by the law of invisible vibratory exchange of group meditation.”

—Paramahansa Yogananda

Monday, Jul 26, 2010 This week’s Food for Thought – July 26, 2010

Yogah Chitta Vritti Nirodahah Yoga is the uniting of consciousness in the heart.

The lotus flower has long been a symbol for the unfolding of Spirituality.  It is one of the most elegant illustrations of the meshing of our human and Divine natures.

The lotus seed is planted and grows in muddy waters, below the surface of the lake, far from the light.  Though the light is murky and unclear, the flower blossoms by drawing energy from within.  As the bud passes through the muddy waters, it lifts its face to the sunlight and finally emerges.  Miraculously, not a trace of soil remains on the flower.  It lives in the mud yet is unaffected by it.  This is an example for us to be in the world but not be adversely affected by it.  The lotus flower teaches us that no matter how muddied the waters of our consciousness may become, clarity can always emerge from our spirit if the Divine Light guides us—even if it is only one tiny lotus blossom at a time.

Nischala Joy Devi, The Secret Power of Yoga

“I looked in temples, Churches, and Mosques.  I found the Divine in my heart.” —Rumi

Why is the Lotus the national flower of India?
The lotus always grows in ponds with a layer of moss or mud on top of the water.  This symbolizes that, even when it is surrounded by dirt and impurity, it can still grow proud and beautiful.  A single lotus growing in a pond can make even the moss and mud look beautiful.  In the same way, Indians should strive to rise up and grow proud and beautiful even when they are surrounded by impurity or ill faith.  In this way, we should endeavor to make our surroundings, not just our physical but also our mental, emotional and spiritual surroundings, more beautiful.  —Wikipedia

“As a lotus flower is born in water, grows in water and rises out of water to stand above it unsoiled,
so I, born in the world, raised in the world, having overcome the world, live unsoiled by the world.”

Thursday, Jul 15, 2010 The Gathering with Spirit – July 15, 2010

This Thursday, July 15, draws us together, once again, for The Gathering with Spirit.  A time and space where we, as like-minded devotees to the One from which all life has been given, lift each other up with courage and love.  Your life is a song with its own rhythm, harmony, verse and message.  Come share your melody with us for together we make the most spellbinding musical repertoire ever compiled!  We are awesome, awe-inspired beings!

When I meditated on the word Guidance,

I kept seeing “dance” at the end of the word.

I remember reading that doing God’s will is a lot like dancing.

When two people try to lead, nothing feels right.

The movement doesn’t flow with the music,

And everything is quite uncomfortable and jerky.

When one person realizes that, and lets the other lead,

Both bodies begin to flow with the music.

One gives gentle cues, perhaps with a nudge to the back

Or by pressing Lightly in one direction or another.

It’s as if two become one body, moving beautifully.

The dance takes surrender, willingness,

And attentiveness from one person

And gentle guidance and skill from the other.

My eyes drew back to the word Guidance.

When I saw “G”, I thought of God, followed by “U” and “I”.

“God, U, and I dance.”

God, you and I dance.

As I lowered my head, I became willing to trust

That I would get guidance about my life.

Once again, I became willing to let God lead.

My prayer for you today is that God’s blessings

And mercies are upon you on this day and everyday.

May you abide in God, as God abides in you.

Dance together with God, trusting God to lead

And to guide you through each season of your life.

This prayer is powerful and there is nothing attached.

If God has done anything for you in your life,

Please share this message with someone else.

There is no cost but a lot of rewards,

So let’s continue to pray for one another.

And I Hope You Dance!

Thursday, Jul 01, 2010 The Gathering with Spirit – July 1, 2010

Life is full of excitement and infinite possibilities for each of us.  Our Spiritual Community continues to grow and morph as we remain ever “vigilant” to the voice within that beckons us to share time with like-minded friends.  We are creating, together, a safe and sacred space where we may each express our innermost truth and become encouraged to become the most awesome humans on the planet!

This Thursday evening, July 1, please join me for The Gathering with Spirit.  I know that your presence here makes everything shift into a higher vibration so we need you AND you need us to feel good about just being magnificent YOU!

Science Discovers Intelligent Order

“The rise of science served to extend the range of nature’s marvels, so that today we have discovered order in the deepest recesses of the atom and among the grandest collection of galaxies,” writes Paul Davies, Ph.D., well-known author and professor of mathematical physics, in Evidence of Purpose: Scientists Discover the Creator (New York: Continuum Publishing, 1994).

Symptoms theorists Ervin Laszlo reports in The Whispering Pond: A Personal Guide to the Emerging Vision of Science (Boston: Element Books 1999): “The fine-tuning of the physical universe to the parameters of life constitutes a series of coincidences—if that is what they are…in which even the slightest departure from the given values would spell the end of life, or, more exactly, create conditions under which life could never have evolved in the first place.  If the neutron did not outweigh the proton in the nucleus of the atom, the active lifetime of the sun and other stars would be reduced to a few hundred years; if the electric charge of electrons and protons did not balance precisely, all configurations of matter would be unstable and the universe would consist of nothing more than radiation and a relatively uniform mixture of gases…If the strong force that binds the particles of a nucleus were merely a fraction weaker than it is, deuteron could not exist and stars such as the sun could not shine.  And if that force were slightly stronger than it is, the sun and other active stars would inflate and perhaps explode…The values of the four universal forces [electromagnetism, gravity, and the nuclear strong and weak force] were precisely such that life could evolve in the cosmos.”

Professor Davies estimates that if—as some scientists maintain—there were no inherent guiding intelligence and cosmic evolution were governed only by the chance operation of strictly mechanical laws, “the time required to achieve the level of order we now meet in the universe purely by random processes is of the order of at least greater than 10 trillion years times eighty.”—Inconceivably longer than the current age of the universe.  Citing these calculations, Laszlo wryly observes: “Serendipity of this magnitude strains credibility,” and concludes: “Must we then face the possibility that the universe we then witness is the result of proposal design by an omnipotent master builder?”

—Publishers Note from The Yoga of Jesus (Self-Realization Fellowship, 2004)

To reach cosmic understanding, it is necessary to unite our feeling with

the infinite feeling that penetrates everything. —Rabindranath Tagore

(Spiritual Pigs – Unite!)