Archive for the ‘Spirituality’ Category

UNIVERSAL FREEDOM

Friday, May 12th, 2017

To feel free we must be unrestricted in our ability to function well.
We wish freedom to choose, according to the law of Nature that ordains the power we wield in human free will and its natural immutable Laws that govern the universe and the worlds we know.
We wish to achieve, whether in the personal fields that employ our personal talents, as in effective efforts and actions that help others.
To be free in exchanges of thought and speech that reflects our sincerity and our respect for law and for what we see as truth.
We believe each who seeks freedom seeks to embrace the same freedom and benefits for others.
Freedom is a sense born in the breast of each person, a concept conceived in the mind or each one of us, and a spiritual aspiration that is to be ultimately experienced as an inner reality.
If these thoughts are to guide us we must acknowledge the value of independence as we recognize the responsibility each of us has to the whole of humanity.
We must seek to dissolve any barriers that restrict our sense of joyful appreciation of life so that we can be calm,centred and true to ourselves.
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KNOW YOUR OWN HEART

Sunday, December 11th, 2016

The richer and wider your embrace and love for life, all that you love will belong to you.
This is the inspiration of the Bhakti – to grow in emotional capacity to love the whole world, in an embrace that does not alter or falter. It is thought this brings a human being closer in consciousness to the Mighty Reality of the Great Creator of the created Universe.
The sacred teachings of the ancient wisdom make us aware that our hearts must stretch and expand in flexibility as far as we find possible.
Our hearts must also be strong and capable of contracting to focus in devotion or upon fulfilling specific tasks required in helping other beings.
Just as the muscles of our body disciplines aim at flexibility as well as strength, so we are guided to develop a strong and loving heart.
What we love we can relate to with open heart and mind, generous and unstinting in affection that will help us to greater understanding just as any adverse contractions of feelings of self alone, make us mean and tend to stunt our development as a humane being.
The passive and constant state of the heart should ideally reflect feelings of loving kindness that allow us to slip deeper to our core where the soul is anchored. There in the permanent atom of the heart is where we find limitless light, wisdom and truth enabling us to link to the source of being.
It could be seen that by experiencing sincere love we bear for life, for people, things, creatures, nature, our country and all facets of human existence will bring us closer to a state of Universal Consciousness that establishes a more direct link with our mysterious Maker.

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Spiritual Consciousness

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

Sometimes on lying down on the sward, I first looked up at the sky, gazing for a long time till I could see deep into the azure and my eyes were full of the colour; then I turned my face to the grass and thyme, placing my hands at each side of my face so as to shut out everything and hid myself.

Having drunk deeply of the heaven above and felt the most glorious beauty of the day, and remembering the old, old sea, which (as it seemed to me) as but just yonder at the edge, I now became lost and absorbed into the being or existence of the universe.

I felt down deep into the earth under, and high above into the sky and farther still to the sun and stars. Still farther beyond the stars into the hollow of space, and losing thus my separateness of being, came to seem like a part of the whole.

Then I whispered to the earth beneath, through the grass and thyme down into the depth of it’s ear and again up to the starry space hid behind the blue of the day……

From “The Story of my Heart” Richard Jefferies

Illumination

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

Thoughts on Illumination of Consciousness

“Illumination dissolves all material ties and binds men together with the golden chains of spiritual understanding; it acknowledges only the leadership of the Christ; it has no ritual or rule but the divine, impersonal universal Love; no other worship than the inner Flame that is ever lit at the shrine of Spirit.
This union is the free state of spiritual brotherhood.
The only restraint is the discipline of Soul, therefore we know liberty without license; a divine service to God without ceremony or creed. The illumined walk without fear – by Grace.”

from “The Infinite Way” pub. George Allen & Unwin

SHARING SPIRITUAL PRINCIPLES

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

To define the simple principles that all people over the world share – that is, the universal principles that guide humans how to live well – has the potential to eliminate the violence and chaos that threatens our existence and that of all life on our planet – if we choose to live by these principles.

By eliminating talk of our differences, a habit that has eroded our well being, and with a focus upon our shared ideals, the human culture and our present civilization could perhaps avoid catastrophe.

No longer can we avoid the fact that the resources upon which our lifestyle in the western world has depended are fast becoming depleted with no real evidence of a workable correction in practice.

That our materialistic society based on wealth, and motivated by greed rather than need has failed, is now a perception shared by those who care.

That religions have failed to unite the world is apparent and we know that failure will accompany any future effort that results in fragmenting our vast populations by aggressive or possessive attitudes claiming exclusive right to our Maker.

If we are to succeed we must act now and resist the old reactions that have destroyed world peace.

What are these simple principles we must act upon?
Any answers given will echo all that our great philosophers and citizens have declared, for example,

Honour our father and our mother – those who have given and nurtured our early life.
Know that male and female are equal and opposite in the natural and the human world.
Observe and preserve Nature and its laws.
Respect all natural life of which we are custodians.
Abstain from violence if we wish to arrive at peace.
Love one another in the spirit of brotherhood within the family of mankind.

At this time of year it is made a little easier to think of surrendering that which is worthless for the sake of true value. This naturally will include our participation in personal sacrifices as in combined determination of the whole of humanity to preserve the beautiful Earth and to express the noblest qualities of which human beings are capable. Let each of us begin today……..

UNION WITH THE DIVINE

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Union with the Divine ! this is a phrase common to human aspiration and the inherent desire we have to realize truths through our own direct spiritual experience.

All of us long for profound, conscious realisation and confirmation of our beliefs. It is natural that we seek to have a direct relationship with our Maker. To have an intimate inner knowledge of the Source of our life energy helps us to feel spiritually secure. Without this inner element, life can remain incomplete.

Most of us seek a degree of spiritual knowledge and understanding and have faith that it is our own spiritual experience that will confirm that knowledge. We have already arrived at some preconception about what constitutes God and Divinity and these are exercised when we start to meditate.

Our concepts of God and our relationship with the Divine are not all identical. Some of us see the Divine as the Great Creative Fire and consider ourselves as little sparks of that same element –

As from a glowing fire, kindred sparkles come forth thousand-fold,
So from the Eternal, manifold beings are born and return also.
” Manduka Upanishad

Others conceive God as the Divine Ocean of Life and themselves as a mere droplet of that same element of water –

“The dewdrop slips into the shining sea….” Buddha

Some people consider themselves as part of the universe and all manifested natural life and may seek to experience that Oneness by achieving harmony of being amongst the outwardly manifested world of supreme Nature.

Some yearn to identify themselves with the great force of Love and seek only to free themselves from the limitations of personal love to find a new identity as part of the eternal heart -beat that radiates Divine and Infinite Love.

There are of course many approaches to this most important and sacred relationship a human being possesses. Whilst determining our approach, we claim privacy and respect the privacy of others. So often our serious thoughts and attitudes to the ultimate Creative Intelligence
are rarely expressed to others, until we feel a strong spiritual bond of understanding.

As to our manner of spiritual communing, this is also our private choice. Some of us elect to meditate in solitude, others in groups and formal religious ceremony and church ritual. No matter what way we choose, we find that meditation and prayer are inherent and are required to develop a state of stillness of both body and mind.

Meditation becomes our most vital means of distancing ourselves from worldly matters and identifying ourselves with our higher consciousness. It provides us with the opportunity to put in perspective lesser issues and to gradually elevate our minds much as the direct upward movement of an elevator lifts us to a higher level. In order to do this, we must first achieve body comfort and stillness and so rise above the body awareness to our subtler emotional and mental planes and feel in touch with our soul consciousness.

Following some degree of effort in concentration of thought is the receptive or ‘listening’ stage in meditation. This is a state of awaiting response. It is an effortless time where we experience an influx of new thoughts and experiences associated with our spiritual purpose.

There are good times when this process happens smoothly and difficult days when we cannot elevate to the desired mood. Positive experiences become our encouragement. These moments may come through psychic realization , dreams or times of clear thought and intuition. As with everything else, it becomes easier as we become familiar with our different states of awareness in meditation.

It is through meditation that we arrive at personal experience and absorption in the quality which we seek to strengthen. We have opportunity to discover a proven reality of the ideas we say we believe in. We can find proof of our philosophy or sometimes that which confounds it, to cause us to modify our attitudes towards greater issues of life.

More expansive that prayer alone, meditation offers a two way communication between our lesser self and the higher self and between our personal consciousness and God.

We are free to develop our own life link with our Creator. This is usually established best through a simple mental approach and with patience, bearing in mind that it is our breath that provides the most obvious and ever present line of communication between the physical world and the Divine.

The final key to this however is no longer thought but feeling.

Meditation

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

“Let us, then, labour for an inward stillness,
An inward stillnesss and an inner healing;
That perfect silence where the lips and heart
Are still, and we no longer entertain
Our own imperfect thoughts and vain opinions,
But God alone speaks in us, and we wait
In singleness of heart, that we may know
His will, and in the silence of our spirits,
That we may do His will, and do that only!”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

THE BHAKTI LOVES

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Understanding that Love is the ultimate enduring quality, it is this capacity to love that is the focus of the Bhakti as it is the focus of the emotions of all of us.

The one who has a great devotional component in his or her nature will naturally seek to develop what the spiritual student deliberately sets as a personal discipline –

to extend the heartfelt feelings of love and compassion …. from particulars to the universal …. to an ultimate love of life itself….

from friends and family to embrace all humanity …. teachers, leaders, saints…

from home and country to all the nations of the world ….

from garden, plants and flowers to all forests and wilderness of our Earth …

from love of knowledge and appreciation of personal life experiences to a greater understanding of those common to all of human nature

to love and aspire to goodness, truth, beauty, peace and noble qualities and expressions….

to love all Nature, all life and the Great Creator of the Allness that we perceive in the atom as we do in the cosmos and the heavens.

Love is limitless and the human heart claims a capacity to love in ever increasing emotional feelings that determine a healthy state of body, mind and soul as we seek to contemplate our life Source remembering to revere the wondrous worlds material and spiritual ‘in which we live and move and have our being…’ Holy Bible

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PRATYAHARA – role of the Senses

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Pratyahara – the word means restraint, withdrawal or detachment.
Regarding Yoga practice it refers to the ability to withdraw consciousness from the dictatorship of the senses at will. The classical definition is that Pratyahara is ‘a restraint from acceptance of the food of the senses.’

Detachment applies to the aspirant’s attitude to worldly and material things, in order that he may attach himself completely, in the spiritual sense, to God. It in no way should be interpreted as an indifference to things of the earth.

It is obvious that the senses can produce distractions for the mind and can even weaken the will unless one is willing to prove the mind superior to the impulses and waywardness of sensory habits. Pratyahara can be directly related to a need to improve concentration by overcoming sensory distractions. Beyond this basic need, the aspirant aims to withdraw awareness from the material world in order to increase his perception of the spiritual or non-physical spheres. The usual five senses need to be subdued as a prelude to meditation when the extra sensory mechanism or intuitive sense begins to function.

The first discipline of a student is to develop each of the senses in a balanced manner. Only when the 5 senses are observed, developed, then controlled to come under the direction of the mind can an impartial state of detachment be claimed. This will ensure that there is no undue accent upon any of them to cause any bias or distortion to one’s impressions from the outside world, which we seek to register as clearly and truthfully as possible. In seeking truth, it is usually the senses which offer the first distortion or diversion from truth or Reality.

Pratyahara is practised for relaxation purposes in the position known as Savasana.
A degree of pratyahara is necessary before being able to apply mental concentration which in turn precedes meditation. It is often practised in the body position known as the Yoni Mudra. In this follow the directions of your teacher or Guru.

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SIMPLICITY – The Spiritual Life

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

We learn that better health comes through purification of the body, body building, and self discipline to maintain youthfulness and vitality. Simple practices require the inclusion of hygiene techniques, fasting, relaxation, natural diet, exercises to integrate mind and body, postural control and attention to correct upright body posture.

Some will choose to add further practices in breath control, muscular development, emotional discipline, mental exercises and spiritual self culture through meditation.
No matter how we specialize or what other disciplines we follow, the basic ones of health remain fundamental to our well being, just as common sense helps retain our mental balance.

So we are reminded to appreciate the importance of simple principles that help us to anchor the vital energies that will enable us to live as we desire, in quality of health and quality of our lifestyle.

In our philosophy loving kindness, truth and goodness play their part within our personal
outlook that guide us to live in accordance with the moral codes and life knowledge we inherit from aeons of human civilization. To include a deep reverence for the Creator – the great Allness that is the spiritual Source of our being provides us with the ingredient of inspiration.

Whether our personal attitudes and choices, made from our power centre of free will, differ one from one another is of little moment when we share our common sense, our loving heartedness and our desire to live a constructive life by respecting and caring for the life of other living beings. We must consider all life, whether plants, birds, fish, animals, or human or indeed the very elements of Nature that sustain us – our beloved Earth, its waters, and its atmosphere.

By changing our focus from argument and criticism and aggression regarding our differences we begin to become free of the stress and strain created by our intense sense of individuality to find we expand in a common understanding, in attitudes of mind and in our hearts.

When our choices prove wise and take us along the path that leads us to be kind to ourselves and to others, and refrain from violence of thought, word and deed, we will naturally begin to feel at ease and freer to experience in consciousness knowledge of being an integral part of the greater universe. This brings with it a profound sense of ‘coming home’.

The most respected quality of greatness is that of simplicity and its rarest human expression is in simple spirituality.