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My understanding of a Higher Power
is a fluid thing. "To Define God is to Limit Her," read the
title of a neighborhood church sermon one week. That made sense to me.
Perhaps it is human nature to try
to define the Divine. I certainly don't believe in the Judeo-Xian god
of my upbringing. I think I am too limited in this human form to comprehend
god. Native Americans call thatwhichIcannotknow, Great Mystery. Sometimes
the best expression for me is G.O.D.: Good Orderly Direction. If I could
just follow that, it would be path enough!
One notion I often return to is the
unity of all matter at the level of energy. The glue that holds all
matter together at the atomic level, that which unites all beings and
all that is. This tells me that we are all One. All united Divinely.
We are all god. Pantheism, perhaps.
I also perceive god as Love. It fits
into my belief that there are really only two emotions: love and fear.
All the others can be slotted into one side or the other of two columns
marked 'love' and 'fear'. So, either I am in a state of Grace. Or I
am in a state of Illusion ... Fear.
I am not a religious person, but I
find I am drawn to some of the mystic sects of many religions: that
is, those which teach that one can have direct conscious contact with
god. That one doesn't need an intermediary, such as a priest, to learn
Finally what I believe is neither
here nor there. What I do, is. If my beliefs don't provide a framework
for my life, goals to shoot for, a path to follow, then I might as well
not believe anything at all. It's the principles that count. Forgiveness.
Open-mindedness. Willingness. Honesty. Humility. Integrity. Service.
And Love. Above all, Love.
has become a large part of my daily life. I have practiced meditation
off and on since I was in my twenties. It is a source of incredible
peace and joy in my life -- not to mention a great stress reliever and
emotional management tool.
There are so many wonderful methods
or "ways in" to this state of alert restfulness. I've used
a candle as a focus point, or sometimes a point on the wall or ceiling.
I've chanted mantras and the sounds of the chakras. Mostly I just
sit for 20-30 minutes and follow my breath. Recently, I've been using
a meditation poem by Thich Nhat Hanh,
my yoga teacher shared with us. Hanh lives in exile in France in Plum
There is a beautiful illustration of one
of Hanh's other meditation poems online: an animated
ecard from SpiritCard Center. The animation is meant to be sent
as an online greeting card, but it works very well as a mediation.
I am also deeply inspired by Lorin
Roche's book: Meditation
Made Easy. It's a wonderful resource for beginner's and veteran
Paths and Teachings Which Influence
or Attract Me:
Law of Attraction
I am absolutely convinced that we get
what we think about - especially when our thoughts are paired with emotion.
I was introduced to the Law of Attraction by a friend who gave me a
tape of Abraham-Hicks.
There are many other wonderful sources for information on how to incorporate
the Law of Attraction into one's life:--
Secret - A must see movie if this topic interests you. My prayer
is that this information is no longer a secret!
Brezsny - Particukarly his book: Pronoia Is the Antidote for Paranoia:
How the Whole World Is Conspiring to Shower You with Blessings. I
love his weekly e-newsletter
with its wacky, but inspiring horoscopes.
Joe "Mr. Fire" Vitale
- The Law of Attraction is full of paradox - Abraham teaches that
you need only visualize what you want to receive; that action is not
necessary, but if you are more action oriented, Vitale's techniques
for using the Law of Attraction in your business may be for you.
I'm happiest when my life includes
a regular practice of hatha yoga. A number of summers ago I had the
extreme good fortune of finding my way to Kripalu,
a yoga center in the beautiful Berkshires. Kripalu's approach to hatha
yoga is compassionate and centered on the breath. It isn't about twisting
or forcing my body into a contorted pose, but about experiencing where
I am in the present.
This path has brought me the most tangible
experience of energetic connection to all that is that I have ever experienced.
I always leave a Reiki Circle feeling complete and connected. I was
introduced to to this healing energy a few years ago now by Charlene
Saucier, an Usui Reiki Master. I became a master through her circle
and instruction. I have missed it for the last couple of years, and
am so blessed to be part of a new Reiki healing circle here in the Florida
Keys, the Atlantis
Crystal Reiki Circle. I have also trained in Shambala and Karuna
Reiki. I would be most interested in connecting with Reiki
masters in Asheville, NC. to start a Reiki Share/healing circle.
Some yoga resources:
Net,Yoga Journal's web site, includes articles from current and
past issues, as well as a teacher's directory.
and Flexibility is an excellent 'How to Stretch' article by Brad
Mugger makes terrific accessories for hatha yoga practice and
Trends offers Hugger Mugger mats and some other yoga accessories
Al-Anon & AA and the 12 Steps
I've been a seeker all my life, but
it was in Al-Anon, a program for families and friends of alcoholics,
that I found a structure for my path. The 12 Steps, adapted from Alcoholics
Anonymous, lay out a clear guide for me. I am free to explore any belief
system, but I am encouraged to practice a set of spiritual principles.
12 Steps & 12 Traditions of Al-Anon.
to Harmony, an email discussion group with twice-weekly meetings,
was my Al-Anon home group on the Internet, when I was active
used the 12 Steps of AA to quit smoking more than fifteen years ago!
I had tried so many times and failed to stay stopped! Here's
how it worked for me!
Other 12 Step sites ...
Anonymous Schedule for the middle and lower Florida Keys
(Adult Children of Alcoholics)
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