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Friday, Oct 14, 2011 The Gathering with Spirit – October 13, 2011

It was wonderful coming together last night to share Spirit and community. This quote came to me in morning meditation and I felt it was meant for all of us:

Do not take life’s experiences too seriously. Above all, do not let them hurt you, for in reality they are nothing but dream experiences…If circumstances are bad and you have to bear them, do not make them a part of yourself. Play your part in life, but never forget it is only a role. What you lose in the world will not be a loss to your soul. Trust in God and destroy fear, which paralyzes all efforts to succeed and attracts the very thing you fear. – Paramahansa Yogananda

Life is beautiful and so are you!  Have the most brilliant week of your life and SHINE ON!!!!

For those of you who missed this week’s Gathering, there will be another Gathering on Thursday, October 27th from 7:00-9:00 pm, and every other Thursday after that. Check the schedule for dates. More more details on The Gathering, click here.

Friday, Jul 22, 2011 The Gathering with Spirit and Drumming Circle – July 21, 2011

Our drumming circle last night was magical. The energy in the room was palpable and Devonshire Street was rockin’! Special thanks to Ivor Weiner for leading the circle with his incredible drumming and entertaining stories. Ivor has played drums since he was 3 years old and has led drum circles for adults and children with emotional/behavorial disorders. He brought a variety of drums for everyone to play, from Native American to African, along with some interesting and unique percussion instruments. It was a real treat to see some of our more conservative members get swept away by the rhythm. For those who were unable to attend, keep an eye out for news about future circles, because you won’t want to miss this unforgettable experience. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Tuesday, Aug 03, 2010 Intuition

Our Gathering on Thursday night was a great example of Spirit moving through us in a fashion unpredictable and yet so familiar. What better subject to reinforce our Oneness with Source than the ability to honor the ever-present voice within us that shows up over and over as “intuition” and the critical importance of paying heed to this guidance immediately, obeying the call. From the examples shared, it became obvious that all of us require the doubling of our efforts to hear, absorb and take action, trusting that the guidance being given to us is authentically Divine.

The Yogananda’s perspective:

“Intuition is that faculty of the soul which at once directly perceives the truth about anything. Without the power of intuition, you cannot know the Truth. Intuition means “soul-perception”, and is the knowing power of the soul, without the help of the senses or the mind. Intuition can give you knowledge about things that your senses and understanding can never give.

“Many books and courses of study are prescribed for students in school, but nothing is taught about concentration and the development of the sixth sense, the all-knowing faculty of intuition. Many people make mistakes in everything, from health and business to philosophy and religion. Thousands of people make wrong investment and take wrong paths because their minds are not scientifically guided by intuition.”

Please be mindful as you move along your path to pay close attention to your intuition and the hidden opportunities in each moment. Stay present and don’t miss a thing!

Here is the meditation chant that we shared, in case you would like to continue its use:

Kirtan Kriya



Chant quietly (or silently) on the exhale

(Touching the fingers in succession while chanting stimulates the brain and increases mental energy).

SA – index/thumb

TA – middle/thumb

NA – ring/thumb

MA – little/thumb

Repeat eight times

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

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!)