Friday, May 22, 2015

Memorial Weekend

I am almost ready to leave for our annual retreat in Lake Arrowhead.

I love this retreat. The setting is so beautiful, the food is great. The conversations are thought-provoking and the after-hours activities are connecting. 

Last year, based on our Friday evening discussions, he entire weekend opened to the theme of authenticity and asking for what you want. It was very powerful.

We will see what this weekend brings.

On Monday, we salute the veterans and then give thanks for those who lost their lives defending their country.

Some ministers use the Memorial Weekend to remember all pour loved ones who are on the other side. I think this is a good practice.

We can always be thankful for our freedoms.

I grew up in Canada, where both veterans and those who have died in combat are honored on remembrance Day, November 11th. When I was a child I memorized the poem, "In Flanders Field."

I have come to understand death differently. I now believe that when we die, we are surrounded by such beauty and love, that there is no longer any quarrel with anyone.

What do you believe?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Why Do We Fall In Love?

"What we regard as normality is our collective, protective madness,
in which we repress the grim truth about the human condition." - Ernest Becker

The Same Reason The Flowers Grow. 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Work, Sunday Service

I am am instrument of God's Peace. I use my talents and abilities to spread Love. I surrender my job to God and remember my real job is to love the world back to health. My life's purpose is to Love. And so it is .

Friday, May 15, 2015

Working With Love

In her book, A Return to Love, Marianne Williamson writes:
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
This is a very famous quote and one from which we can learn a great deal.

This week we will be discussing returning to love at work. 

Marianne's main point is that when you do what you love, not because of a paycheck, but simply because you love what you do, you will be compensated. She also explains why it is so important for us to let our real values and beliefs shine through our actions.

So are you authentic at work? Are you doing what you love to do? If you don't love what you do, why are you doing it? 

If the answer is I need the money, this is an answer that is spiritually keeping you in lack.

Do what you love and the money will follow. Williamson says that for her it took two years giving lectures about these principles before she was paid anything. Why did she keep doing it? She did it because she was using the same principles in her life to bring her peace in all things.

It is why the practitioners and ministers in this and other New Thought Centers do what we do. We do it because practicing these principles has changed our lives. I know it has changed mine.

Do you want to shine at what you do? Then do it with love and you certainly will. Joseph Campbell, encouraged us  to "follow our bliss." Below you will see Jason Silva's shots of awe on this idea.