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Focus on your Spiritual Eye

DSCN2024In the midst of these uncertain times of change, I practice lifting my thoughts to my Spiritual Eye between my eyebrows to focus on being joyful regardless of what is going on .   This is a practice that we do at Ananda that was passed on to us by Jyotish and Devi, the Spiritual Directors of Ananda Worldwide.

Here it is:  Stop, close your eyes, and bring your energy to the spiritual eye, at the point between the eyebrows. You may find it helpful to place your fingertip there to help you focus. Now become aware of light and joy at that point. Do this for at least fifteen seconds. This simple practice will reconnect you with the presence of God as light and joy. All success, all happiness, flows from a superconscious connection to the Divine. Master said that keeping our consciousness at the spiritual eye is the fastest way to make progress.

I hope that this practice supports you on your journey today.  If you use this practice at least five times each day, it will help you stay centered no matter what is going on in your life.     Know that you are Loved,  Rev. Barb

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Give your love Today!

DSCN2049You really have something to contribute to the lives of others.  Make this day one where you honor the potential that Spirit inspires in you.  Whatever you can share from your heart and soul, makes a difference in the world.  Anyone can feel overwhelmed with the suffering and poverty that we encounter these days.  Even so, there is so much good that is within you and others that is worthy of expressing.  You have something meaningful to share!  It may be something simple or practical that is helpful to someone, or perhaps it is offering encouragement of someone who is not feeling as strong as they need to be today.  Your selfless service is a blessing to others.  Be generous with your love and kindness and that truly makes the world a better place.                                 Know that You are Loved!   Rev. Barb Walley

Joy and Light are within you!

DSCN2674We have so many opportunities to “Practice the Presence” in our lives.  Gratefully the world is awakening to these practices more and more each day.  When I first heard the  term of “Practicing the Presence” it awakened something in me that held the power and consciousness that keeps giving and grows and support the deepening of my daily spiritual practice a little more each day.

When I decided to move to a spiritual community five years ago, I made that decision so that I could be in an environment that is in a continuous practice through out my day.  I invite you to join (Ananda Sanga Worldwide Community) in the practice of “Reawakening the consciousness of light and joy” by using the following technique: (whenever possible – try to do this in a quiet place- never in a moving vehicle)  Stop, close your eyes, and bring your energy to the spiritual eye, at the point between the eyebrows. You may find it helpful to place your fingertip there to help you focus. Now become aware of light and joy at that point. Do this for at least fifteen seconds. This is a technique that Jyotish and Devi, the Spiritual Leaders from the Ananda World Wide Community sent out in their weekly letters.  Join us in lifting up our consciousness five times a day, into the light and joy and make it another way that you can “Practice the Presence” through-out your day.

Know that you are Loved,  Rev. Barb

Emotional Freedom is your Divine Right

DSCN1895Many of us are feeling very sensitive these days.  When our lives are in high gear because of the many things most of us try to accomplish in a day, there are times when we feel an intensity that impacts us emotionally. My purpose in my blog posts is to help bring a greater peace, joy and harmony to our lives.  I teach classes that help us grasp what Emotional Freedom means and I also  provide user friendly tools to recognize, suspend and then dissolve the effects caused by the  excitable emotional self.

In my ministry and Kriya Yoga practice I’ve been practicing how to tune into my own energy and direct it to a my  (third eye) spiritual eye. It is a conscious practice of going within ourselves instead of being seduced by whatever else is going on. You and I are meant to be “free” and to get there we must master many aspects of  ourselves.

The work I have been doing for many years now is focused on mastering the many aspects of ourselves, especially the emotional self.  There are great tools to help each one of us to grow and raise the vibrations within us.  There are many paths leading to the some Source.  Just choose one that works for you and takes you beyond the ego self.

When I see the impact of the collective choices on our planet I see that the level of indulgence in the past few generations especially, has been enormous.  When we are more concerned and compassionate toward our planet and all of life… than we are about checking our emails, then we might just change the consequences of being caught in the material world.  Daily I have to work within myself to restore my emotional balance as I see the direction our world is headed.  I know you must feel the impact of greed and unconscious living has emerged and will impact greatly the future generations, the animals and the painful reality of beloved planet.  Just look at the impact on nature, and we have to see how important it is for all of us to stop, now and look around.and many of us are still saying… “Everybody look whats going on!”  Freedom is for us all, not just the greedy, rich and powerful.  God created us all to be Free from fear, greed, self indulgence and we must play our part in some beneficial way. How do you want to make a difference?  Where can you help if you are not doing something empowering.  It takes a consciousness shift and we are in the process.  For every soul who is doing something actively kind, thoughtful, inclusive, beneficial and generous I say “bless you” for caring.  We can make a difference, large or small, to lift the veil of ignorance and greed from our collective lives and for benefit of all living things.  I send you my heartfelt “Thank You” for making a difference.  You really do matter!

Know that you are Loved!  Rev. Barb Walley

Calmly Observing an Agitated Mind

 

DSCN2043How can we shift when fear has us in its grip?   When the challenges in our world, our politics, our environment and our personal lives are stirring us up, the ancient Yoga Sutras give us very sound advice.  We are all feeling the intensity of a world going nuts.   We are facing so many facts coming at us from facebook, the internet, TV if you watch it, iphones and we are getting overloaded at best.  The sutras tell us how we can rise above the triggers that make it worse.

Through a clear intention and effort of the “will” we can learn to perceive the situation that often throws us into an emotional tizzy.  It is a muscle like any other.  The more we use it the more efficient it becomes.  Essentially we are talking about developing “control over” our perceptions and the perceiving consciousness according to Charles Johnstons version of the “Yoga Sutras” written in 1982 and it is always at my bedside.

Johnston uses what he calls a “trite example” of a charging elephant suddenly appearing.  Like the guy in his story, we might be enticed at first and then terror sets in.  The man in his example used “an effort of the will” which he needed to restore his awareness.  He had to perceive the situation, the consequences and realized that some “action” must take place.  In this situation, he had to get out of the way as quickly as possible.

Johnston illustrated that this man had to recognize the urgency of the situation, his terror and take himself in hand, “control his thoughts”, and quickly calm down which helps him take right action.  He was safe because he got out of the way as quickly as possible.

The point here is to recognize that there is an order to perception.  First the situation ignites our minds because an object or situation triggers us.  The second awareness comes from “the control of the mind” from within ourselves when we understand the nature of the agitating perception.

At this point, our spiritual eyes are available to open and we can see that a more true and piercing inquiry helps us grab a hold of the reactive part of us.  This brings forth an “inner tool” that helps us control the triggered fear and suffering.   Then we are able to release the automatic response that prevents us from seeing clearly and perceiving from a higher consciousness.   A conscious and uplifting attitude cannot come forth when we are stuck in the reactive mind.  That is one significant reason to meditate.

So next time you notice that you are stuck, try this out and see how you do.  It is working for me and I see that I am bouncing back more quickly.

Know that you are loved,    Rev. Barb

Grateful for this Day

How will you embrace this day?  Today we have an awesome gift.  Through gratitude and expanding our capacity to see the good in life, we will expand that good.  Be mindful of where your focus is today.  This is the Summer Solstice and the longest day of the year.  Fill it with the best version and vision of life within and all around you.  Thank you Beloved Father of us all, for all that you are constantly teaching us.  We are grateful to be your very own and we give even greater thanks, that you are our very own.

Dr. Ernest Holmes wrote this:  “If day by day we have a greater understanding and a clearer concept, if daily we are realizing more of Truth and applying It in our actions, then we are on the right path and eventually we shall be made free. It is a wonderful experiment and a great adventure to make conscious use of the Law; to feel that we can plant an idea in Mind and see it gradually take form.”  SOM – Science of Mind

I hope that you find a way to connect with yourself and your loved ones today.  Perhaps it will be in person or simply in your heart.  Make that connection in your heart and mind, give them a call, share your gratitude for their presence in your life.  Include your loved ones in your meditation and prayer.  Keep our hope and trust in our oneness alive and hold the highest vision for a world that works for everyone.

Know that you are Loved,  Rev. Barb

 

As Within So Without

 1381644_594206667283333_1578599035_nDr. Ernest Holmes, the Founder of The Science of Mind, had a great way of reminding us of the power of our thoughts to create our circumstances, situations and reality.  It was brought to mind by a sweet friend and SOM teacher I met at my first church in Glendale, Dr. Terry.   “As Within, So Without.”  Dr. Holmes used this principle often when he was expounding on the power and creativity of our thoughts to act upon the energy and will we use that is creative far beyond our current understanding.

We are cooking up our personalized version of “food for thought” all of the time.  Most of those thoughts slip by us and we wonder why we are feeling a certain way.

The Universe is always revealing what we need to shift in our awareness and thinking to clean up the mental messes that we tend to create when we are not fully aware of what Terry calls “vitriolic tirades” that are just beneath the surface of our consciousness.  We hide the dark shadows of our attitudes and judgments because we are not willing to reveal them, even to ourselves.

The trouble we have with hiding our true beliefs is that they come up and out in spite of our best intentions to keep them to ourselves.  We are all one and the Universe is always showing that to us.

I live in the rolling hills of northern CA and I love how nature tells me when I am fooling myself.  We have lots of bluejays here and they are very loud.  One poignant morning when I had buried my true thoughts beneath the surface of my conscious awareness a while ago, the very loud squawk of the bluejays sounded off like an alarm, swalk, swalk, swalk, as if to say…. Yada, yada, yada… BS, you are not telling the truth to yourself.   I heard the alarm loud and clear and regrouped with a deeper look at my feelings and saw the incongruence.  I took notice and I have an increased intention to work out the inner hidden corners of my life, where the dust of inconsistency and unwillingness accumulates.

 

Spirit reveals our truth all of the time, giving us the opportunities to be honest and more our true selves.  We are created in the “image and likeness” of the Divine Source of Life and we will grow in this life time or the next.

Know that you are Loved,  Namaste,  Rev. Barb