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Natural Love of the Heart Part 2

DSCN1895The whole world is getting a wake up call.  The Universe all around is calling us to our Highest Selves and that which is inclusive, serviceful, kind and unifying.  We are being called back to the Source, God within us.

So many of us are hearing the clarion call to expand the “love of our hearts.” Yet so many souls on this earth right now have little to no help at all.  This is not a marketing scheme to find ways to expand income and create an online business.  I am not judging that but that is not the purpose here.

It is my mission to support  the use conscious loving awakening tools that empower anyone who seeks to connect to the presence.  Every soul has a destiny to understand what that means and how to do it. It is a call for service and right action for every soul that knows how to reach God to help those that do not or cannot figure out what to do. Go within and listen to God by connecting and centering yourself in your heart.  Ask, Seek and Knock on the door of God within you.

The spirit of oneness is calling each one of us to play our part and go deeper.  I feel a call to go deeper into the profound harmony with the wisdom of universal truth than ever before.

The supportive guidance in the following paragraph comes from Paramhansa Yogananda’s 1932 edition of Metaphysical Meditations and is offered as a suggestion and conscious tool to help begin a meditation by centering devotionally in the heart.

Lock the eyelid doors and shut out the wild dance of tempting scenes. Drop your mind into the bottomless well of your heart. Hold the mind on your heart bubbling with your life-giving blood. Keep your attention tied to the heart, until you feel its rhythmic beat. With every heartbeat feel the knock of almighty Life. Picture the same all-pervading Life knocking at the heart-door of fifteen hundred million human bodies and of billions of living creatures. The heart-throb constantly, meekly announces the infinite power standing behind the doors of your awareness. The gentle beat of all-pervading Life says to you silently, “Do not receive only a little flow of My life, but expand the opening of thy feeling powers, and let Me flood thy blood, body, mind, feelings, and soul with My throbs of universal life.”

This works for me.  I offer it to you hoping that it will serve you in as you deepen your connection to Spirit.  Please let me know how you are doing on your spiritual journey.

Know that you are Loved,   Rev. Barb Walley

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Is the Ego your friend? Part 2

I grew up thinking that developing a strong ego was a good thing.  What my spiritual journey has revealed is that it is really about how I protect myself from what I fear.  All of the many ego identifications are often about what we like or what we dislike.  Whatever we identify with will always create fences that define our limitations and block others out.  We all have oodles and bundles of self definitions.  We just do not recognize them as that.

The ego takes sides – and expresses the color, shape  and size of the limitations that we choose. It is not very obvious that we are up to that It is what sets us apart from the other souls on the planet who have more or less than we do.  They live in other countries, cultures or economic realities.  We create fences with so many of our thoughts, beliefs and .

We construct brick fences, or thick concrete fences, or high barbed wire fences, or electric fences, glass transparent ones that block others out.  They are all how we limit ourselves and keep others out of our lives.  It is about what we think will keep us safe.  It is our delusional fears that are triggering in us.

The fences can be economic, social, cultural, racial and they often translate into divisions.  They invoke feelings that mask the Soul.  In our souls we are one.  In the heart of God we are one.

When the hurricanes head into an area of the world – they come to everyone regardless of the economic or social circumstances.  It blows its ravaging winds upon everyone in its path. The rich might be able to escape more quickly if they have the means available to them, and sadly the poor and sick are not as easily served.

Only Spirit within us can set us free.  When we identify with God and choose that energy that lifts us toward our higher self, we have an opening to possibilities

The great Spiritual Master – Paramhansa Yogananda said that limitations are like putting on a very heavy coat on a very hot summer day.

All of these fences are “agitations of the heart” and they delude us and disturb the mind and body with the conditions and beliefs that we fool ourselves into believing.  I am on a journey to bring more love, more authenticity and service into the world as it is.

I am a spiritual life coach and I do engaging workshops, speak at meetings and in spiritual centers.  I teach one on one, in groups.

Know that you are Loved,  Rev Barb Walley

 

 

Walking Through the Storm

I was having a particularly challenging morning today and it was triggered by the news that I read on the internet.  I was just browsing my emails and not guarding my sensitivity level because it was early and the brazen and aggressive news hit me smack dab in my heart and my head.  I immediately felt restless and nervous about what is happening to the our beautiful planet, our country and the many innocent souls who are the hardest hit by greed and ignorance.

When circumstances, people or situations hit us over the head because we were caught off guard, it is very useful to have a few time tested tools available to apply to our current mind set or we will be drawn into the energy, emotional drama or the dominant attitude being expressed.

I was suddenly feeling anxious and my plan for the morning had been ease and grace, doing my meditation, staying centered and calm and the opposite came forth because I had been triggered and had no healthy screen in place.

Once again, God brought me to a challenge that was going to stretch my inner life skills to work through the feelings of fear and insecurity that came up when I read a few of my emails.

I realized that I was barely alert and I needed to be kind and accepting of myself where I was at, in the moment.  Not that I should pamper myself and play out “poor me” scenarios.  I was aware that I needed to be compassionate and conscious and I needed a healthy strategy to find a way to gently shift my gears.

I went for a short ride with my dog to Masters Market at Ananda Village and picked up one of my favorite breakfast sandwich and then went to share some extra fresh tomatoes I had with a friend.  If we are too absorbed in our own suffering it is time to give more generously of ourselves.   I had to break out of self concern and give my energy to help someone else.  Giving of ourselves when we are challenged or moody, frustrated or upset is the best way to utilize our misdirected energy.  Be generous with our lives and we simply can’t  out-give God or the universe.  With a loving and empowering attitude the energy will shift and change and the thunder storm will pass.

Know that You are Loved,  Rev. Barb

 

Look more deeply Within…

“I’m like the fog – you’re the Infinite Sea – everything about you is a Mystery.  Your love is always free… like the birds in the air, children everywhere, the winds blowing fair on the sea.”   c1981   

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Choose to be Free

What is important to you, right now, in your life?  I have seen how easy it is to get caught up in shallow or temporary distractions.  When I get hooked, I find it is far too easy to forget to look more deeply into my heart and soul and see what is more important to me and what is a minor interest competing for my attention.

Recently a couple of friends came over for a visit.  Our conversation reflected our past and what brought us to our spiritual paths.  Even though we’ve been friends for years, I had not shared a deep part of myself, my passion and journey as a song writer and some of the more meaningful experiences that I had in the entertainment industry.

I shared a couple of the early devotional songs that I wrote in the 1980’s.  The songs were inspired by my study of the “The Course in Miracles,” reflecting some of the moments of amazing grace and an ever deepening relationship with God.  The songs emerged through me in a very magical way and everything about them came forth mysteriously.

One of the lines in a song said, “Everything about you is a mystery.  Your love is always free, like the birds in the air, children everywhere, the winds blowing fair on the sea.”

Today, the wind is blowing fair on the sea.  What is still true for me is the “amazing grace” that comes through those most precious times when I am in attunement with Spirit.  It changes my consciousness, it shifts my heart and awareness and my spirit is lifted out of the mundane.

Learning to deepen my spiritual relationship to my Source through daily spiritual practice helps me keep my heart open and connected to the Divine and my higher self.  The magic is much more subtle than my song writing days were and the vibrations last longer than the intensely short and sweet resonance of a song.   The power of Divine Love opens my heart and lifts me up without setting up an ego trap to reel me in – one more time.

Know that you are Loved,  Rev. Barb Walley

 

 

Ego blocks the Divine Circuits? Part 1

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I read a great article by Jyotish Novak this morning.  He and his wife Devi are the Spiritual Leaders of the Ananda Communities Worldwide.   I am consistently blessed by the wisdom and compassion that they share in their blogs.  I recommend signing up for their “Touch of Light” weekly email list by going to Ananda.org

This week has brought forth several opportunities to look at the power of magnetism in my life.  I asked myself what am I magnetizing to myself and is it working.  I will share my discoveries with you as I go more deeply into expanding awarenesses.   The Ananda Community is dedicated to the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda.  We dedicate our daily practice of Kriya Yoga with the goal of reaching Self Realization. Our daily lives are actively engaged in conscious meditation, yoga and conscious practices that support us as we live in attunement with High Thinking and Simple Living.

What I have discovered on my spiritual path that it is essential to have a tried and true roadmap to reach a fully awakened consciousness.  In Jyotish’s blog he shared 12 qualities that Paramhansa Yogananda, the author of Autobiography of a Yogi,  gave us as a roadmap to help us develop twelve Godly qualities as a means of overcoming the ego.  They are as follows:

1.   Fearlessness and non-attachment
2.   Absence of self-conceit
3.   Purity of heart: no malice towards others
4.   Perseverance (in the acquisition of wisdom and the practice of meditation)
5.   Sattwic charity (including helping others materially)
6.   Self-restraint (which leads to control of the senses)
7.   Freedom from anger and faultfinding
8.   Straightforwardness
9.   Kindness
10. Forgiveness, (giving a person a chance to reform)
11. Renunciation (primarily of the heart)
12. Tranquility in the Self

Those are powerful ideas and I certainly have several on this list that I need to work on. Yogananda suggested that we pick one of these qualities (at a time) to focus upon and that makes great sense to me.  Feel free to discuss any of these ideas that you like with me.   And we will be going more deeply into these 12 qualities in future blog posts. Have a blessed day.

Know that you are Loved,  Rev. Barb Walley

Measuring or Comparing Yourself?

Part 1:   When circumstances or situations are just ripe, many of us can slip into the inadequacy dance.   We go round and round comparing and measuring ourselves and our lives against the perception that we have of someone else’s life.  The very fact that we are doing that, points to a a strong sense of “I am not enough.”   That is not the truth but the habit and seduction of this mind set can erode the tenor of even the most precious times of our lives.

Growing up in my family, I was compared to my older sister for most of my childhood or my cousins, our neighbors and who knows who.  My parents often compared themselves to the lives of others.  Once the habit was established no one had to say a thing, I was off and running my mind in many circles and endless reasons why I did not make the grade.  I was a sensitive child who did not approach things in the ways that my family thought I should and that provoked any number of reasons to tell me who and what I ought to be.

Learning to be our own selves and honoring who we are is so essential.  Learning to stop comparing ourselves and our lives to everyone and their sister is a struggle that we have to overcome to be our authentic selves.   Creative people, and I am one, will often address things in a way that does not conform to others peoples way of going about things.  Other than safety and being kind and considerate, everyone has the right and the need to be themselves.  There is no one who can take their place.  We are all unique souls that are here for a reason.  What that might be is a struggle that many souls wrestle with for years and eve lifetimes.

Please don’t waste your life on endless comparisons.  Take a look at what is going on. Are you feeling badly about yourself or your life because you are comparing yourself to someone else.  Make the decision to honor who you are!  You are a precious soul on this earth and you are here for a reason, a season and this lifetime.  Life is our teacher and many come to our aid to reflect what we need to learn this time through.  Do your best to learn what life is trying to teach you.  You are not alone.  We are all needing to fulfill the larger reason for our presence here on the earth right now.

Know that You are Greatly Loved!   Rev Barb

United in Life

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Many of us have already voted in the US, or will vote some time today.  It is easy to get caught up in the issues that are very important to us all.  Even so, it is very important to realize that we are all a part of one nation.  We are  interrelated, interdependent, inseparable, and interconnected to all of life.

We are a part of an integrated whole earth and we are not separate from any living thing.  We are not separate from anyone anywhere and the decisions we make today will impact our collective good.

Hold the High Watch today and always, as best you can.  If we could take a view from outer space, looking at our beautiful planet, we see that there is one globe and all of it is connected in one way or another.

So as you go about your day, reinforce our unity with all of life.  We are one and a part of a greater good that includes everyone and everything.  Lets be very conscious of our oneness with life and each other today.  Let’s be watchful that we do not let our ego or anyone else’s create a division between us.  No one, is any better than anyone else.

Know that You are Loved,  Rev. Barb