An Awakened Feminist Spiritual Response to #Charlottesville: Womb and Word: The Universe as Embodying the Heart and Mind of God

August 16, 2017

Womb & Word: The Universe as Embodying the Heart and Mind of God

Much of the violence that we are experiencing around the world, especially from groups like White Supremacists, the KKK, and ISIS terrorists, stems from patriarchal domination of religious and cultural values.  This patriarchal dominance tends to shut down our own self-awareness of our feelings, while it also side-steps or denigrates feminine virtues such as empathy, compassion, and gentleness.  Patriarchy denies the sacred feminine, and so denies peace.

Through the past five thousand years of patriarchal dominance in religions and cultures around the world, we human beings have often conceived of the Mind of God as something to be known, and surely this is half of the ultimate goal of life. Because goddess religions were mostly “lost” (shut-down by patriarchy) long ago, the voice of the Sacred Feminine has too often been silenced, often resulting in hatred, violence, and discrimination of some human beings against other human beings, against other species, and against the Earth herself.heart-hands

However, an upsurge in feminism within religions and cultures has been strengthening awareness of the Sacred Feminine over the past few decades, in part because of a spreading of Eastern religions which honor the balance of sacred feminine and masculine qualities.

The yin-yang symbol is the quintessential expression of this divine feminine-masculine balance, which leads to the one true wholeness of both humanity and divinity.  Within the yin-yang symbol itself, each side has the ‘seed’ of the other, representing the inherent inseparability of masculine energy-consciousness and feminine energy-consciousness.

In yoga philosophy, the masculine represents Shiva, the male principle of energized consciousness, or the Mind of God.  The feminine represents Shakti, the feminine principle of conscious energy.

What is so delightful, as I realized while meditating this morning, is that God, in the transcendent, predominantly masculine state of energized consciousness, or Mind, never rejects, but fully honors and remains inseparably interconnected with the feminine conscious energy. In the transcendent state, this blend of consciousness and energy remain ‘at rest,’ peacefully co-existing in a perfect state of unity, and embodying Infinite Potential.

So, unlike patriarchy, the Mind of God always honors the Goddess as the very Heart of God, or perhaps, since She is energy, as the very Heartbeat of God.

When the “time” comes to create a universe together, the Mind and Heart of God form an energy field which extends out from God to create the universe.

I would like to suggest that we understand this energy field as containing both the “Presence of God” and the “Nature of God.”  The Presence of God (masculine) and the Nature of Goddess (feminine) extend outwards together, forming a Universe.  In fact, I would like to suggest (as I sense intuitively, guided through meditative ‘revelations’) that the entire Universe is the great Womb of God.

So, God/dess as Creator, entails both Mind and Heart, or Infinite Idea and the Loving Desire to Create, Sustain, and Fulfill that Idea. That is, the Mind of God conceives of something, and the Heart of God enlivens that as ‘reality’ within a sphere we call the Universe, which is God’s Womb. (We could also conceive of the Universe as God’s laboratory, full of great experiments, but that would take the Heart out of it, leaving only Mind. Perhaps it is both.)

And how does ‘creation’ actually occur?  Of course, there is the male principle and the female principle and there is a womb. The ‘seed’ of God that becomes implanted in the Womb of God/dess is the ‘Word.’  However, ‘Word’ here is not just the masculine sense of logical, rational, creative idea.  Because, in God/dess, the feminine is inseparable from the masculine, the feminine aspect of Word is completely embodied in that ‘Word’ as ‘Sophia’, or Divine Wisdom. We have the male principle of Logos, and the female principle of Sophia, combining to form this seed, or Word of God.  (Or, perhaps the Word is the seed (semen) and Sophia is the egg, and the masculine Word impregnates the feminine Sophia/Wisdom, and a new divine creation is conceived, and eventually born within this Universe.)

The Word, truly understood as it is expressed in the Universe, is Sophia-Logos. Put another way, the Word of God is Wisdom and Divine Intelligence combined.

So then, let’s take this step-by-step.  God/dess, transcendent, conceives of a wise idea and ‘speaks’ it as a ‘Word’ that becomes implanted, like a ‘seed,’ within the Womb of God.

The Womb of God then balloons out from God, expressed as the very Nature and Presence of God, and brings life to that Word, which then creates everything through the vibratory expression of God as Word, or “Aum,” the vibratory essence of God in creation which creates all. (See, for instance, the gospel of John chapter one, and Autobiography of a Yogi, footnotes on page 22 and 169,)

As the Womb of God becomes extended from the Heart and Mind of God, the created Universe contains the Nature of God as the true Heart and Wisdom of God, fully unified with the Mind and Intelligence of God.  God’s Nature (Shakti) permeates the Universe as God’s own Heart, while God’s Presence (Mind) also permeates the Universe as the very Mind of God.  What moves and creates, and eventually fulfills ItSelf within the Universe is the inseparable Wisdom and Word of God.

The Wisdom and Word of God are God’s True Daughters and Sons, most fully visible within God-Realized Saints, of which both Christ and Buddha are examples, along with many other saints through history, and today. Truly, though, there is no split between Wisdom and Word, and so any incarnation of God fulfills both, as Son/Daughter of God/dess.

We, the sons and daughters of God, embody both the masculine and feminine aspects of the Divine within ourselves.  If we fail to embody both, then we fail to embody both the Heart and Mind of God.  No one can fully realize the Self without both Heart and Mind, Wisdom and Word, even though one or the other may be dominant in its expression through an individual Saint.

Sisters and Brothers, patriarchy has no place in the liberation of the human soul.  Each soul blends both heart and mind of God, and without Realizing both, the Self cannot be liberated from the illusion of this ‘reality’ of the Universe.

While we live in the great Womb of God, we must constantly be reborn. Once we embody both Wisdom and Word, Heart and Mind of God fully within ourselves, we Ascend, or rise above embodiment within the physical plane of this Universe.

Ascension is possible only because both Sacred Feminine and Sacred Masculine are honored in equal balance and harmony.  Mind and Heart of God live forever united within God’s own Self, and our own Self, which all become One. Indeed, in the Mind and Heart of God, we are ALL always One.

May we realize this truth within our own hearts and minds: we are One.  May we live this truth of Oneness within our lives, individually and together.  Living this reality requires honoring the sacred feminine equally with the sacred masculine.

The good news is that, when we honor the sacred feminine, we honor the Sacred Heart of God.  When we honor the Sacred Heart of God within ourselves, we become Her Own Heart.  When we become One with the Heart of God, we find we naturally love all of humanity and indeed all life as One.

The very sacred good news is that, we will more fully come to know the Heart of God by learning of the very Nature of God within this experience of Life.  For the Heart of God is embodied within the universe, and we can come to know her more fully by becoming aware of how She is embodied within ourselves and others.

Without paying attention to the embodiment of the Mind and Heart of God in others, we will know little of the True Nature of God.  Yes, we can meditate and become One with God, but I would suggest that this awareness of God becomes even more expansive when we have honored both the Heart and Mind of God as expressed within and through this very Universe, within and through Life, and within and through one another.

Without seeking to love one another more fully, we cannot fully become One with the Sacred Heart of God.  Without seeking to understand one another more fully, we cannot fully become one with the Mind of God.

We can learn of Who God Is by transcending the earth plane through meditation.  What is so important for the Healing of Humanity, which is rapidly becoming necessary, is also to learn Who God Is by paying attention to the Presence and Nature of God within the Universe.

At its best, patriarchy only seeks God in the transcendent form, beyond the Universe, as disembodied Spirit, and then seeks to recreate it or ‘realize’ it as the Mind of God, without the Heart of God.  Without seeking the very Heart of God in creation, patriarchy has become a threat to Life itself here on earth.

Indeed, the predominance of patriarchy around the world has led to untold levels of human suffering, violence, and divisiveness.  As of 2017, the dis-embodied, heartless mental acuity of patriarchy has led to three major crises which threaten humanity’s very existence: the potential for nuclear war, the proliferation of chemicals which are toxic to life, and the inevitability of human-made climate change.

To reduce these threats and to end this suffering, we must become aware of the very Nature and Presence of God within the world and also within ourselves.

The suffering of humanity will end so much sooner when we seek the Heart of God within ourselves, and when we learn to become the Heart of God for others.  The spiritual awakening and liberation of humanity will come so much more quickly when we learn to love the ever-present Heart and Mind of God within us, within our world, and within one another.  For the sake of humanity, may it be so.

Love and Light,

Carol “Anandi”

https://www.amazon.com/Truth-Illusion-Politics-Spirituality-Persons/dp/0692886729/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

Highest Harmony Healing & Coaching

 

Posted in Awakened Feminist Spirituality, Healing Process, Interfaith Wisdom, Justice, New Thought Teachings, Oneness teachings, Politics and Spirituality, Self-Realization, Spiritual Blog, Spirituality and Activism, Transformational Relationships, Uncategorized, Wisdom, Wisdom Teachings | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How to Heal Wounded, Lonely, Cold, or Broken Hearts #love #divinelove #heart #sacredheart #shakti

Sometimes, we feel lonely, broken-hearted, or just cold and lacking love in our lives. Sometimes, we have no clue just how shut down our heart chakra may be.  If our heart chakra is open and flowing with love, our chests will feel peaceful, warm, and full of love.  How often do we feel like that?

If you answered “all the time” or “most of the time,” that is wonderful!  Many of us, however, grew up in less than warm, open-heart-chakra families, even if they did love us in very practical ways.  Some of us grew up in abusive families.  Some of us have experienced unloving or abusive partners as adults.  Some of us have had lonely lives. Some of us never learned to love ourselves fully, for whatever reason, from this lifetime, or from a previous life.

I’d like to share with you a spiritual approach which can help us heal our own broken, wounded, or sad, cold, or lonely hearts.

Recently, I learned from a new spiritual friend and colleague that Shakti represents the desires of our hearts.  (I think he would say that She is the desires of our hearts, but I will only share a sense of what I learned as it made sense to me.) Shakti also represents our one true longing, which is Her one true longing, which is union with Shiva.

For those of us with Western or middle-Eastern religious backgrounds, this is the same as saying the Masculine aspect of God is transcendent beyond the universe, while the Feminine aspect of God is immanent within the universe as omnipresent Spirit, and we, as individual souls, come from God and seek to re-unite our souls with God.

In the meantime, Shakti, represents that part of God sent out to create the Universe, including us.  Shakti is desire, as in desire for reunification, or Oneness with God.  We are all part of God, so our desires for one another essentially convey our desire for part of God.  These desires are the desires of our hearts.

What this friend and spiritual colleague taught me, then, is that we need to honor the desires of our hearts, and indeed be aware of all desires as pointing to our greater desire for Oneness with God.  When we deny our desires, whether for a partner, or anything else, we shut down, or partially close-off our hearts.  To open our hearts, we need to accept our desires, and seek to transmute them into our real desire for oneness with God.

That does not mean suppressing our desires, or denying them either.  When we love ourselves, we seek the purest and most loving forms of fulfilling our desires, meaning, ways to fulfill them that also honor God in others.  Getting in touch with our deepest heartfelt desires and honoring those desires can help heal our own hearts.

So often, we think that we need someone else to love us and to heal us.  But the Divine is ever in us, around us, and accessible to us, primarily through our chakras, as energy, life force, Spirit, love, joy, and peace.  What will truly heal us is reaching out to access this unconditional love of God directly, and loving ourselves just as we are, desires and all.

We especially need to avoid shaming ourselves for our desires.  Desires reflect a deeper need for connection, Oneness with God, nature, and each other, and for wholeness and well-being.  There is no need to judge our desires, though we may need to transmute them to keep them loving for ourselves and others.

As Buddha taught me (blog entry on the fundamental nature of reality), the true and fundamental nature of all being, or the ground of being is:  All Is Well.  When we realize that our true desire is for the state of being in which All Is Well, we can connect our desires in this lifetime with our desires for God.  When we realize that the All is Well is clearly not just about us, but about everyone, then we can spread the well-being and Oneness to all life.

For instance, this spiritual colleague and I had been walking in the heat, and we stopped to purchase a couple of bottles of water (in glass bottles, which creates greater well-being for our health, the environment, and all the animals on land, air, and in the water!) because we felt hot and thirsty.  We needed to drink water to restore the state of being in our bodies in which “All Is Well.”

Yet, if another thirsty person walked up, about to drop from heat exhaustion, our desire for the “All Is Well” would lead us to share some of our water with this other person, so they wouldn’t die of heat stroke.  This is a true desire of our heart: to share resources and save lives. (I wonder what would happen to our economy if we lived by that true desire!)  When we share water with someone thirsty, we create the All Is Well state of being for them.  We extend the All Is Well.

Our own hearts desire things for us that seek to create this well-being of All Is Well inside ourselves and in our lives.  So, rather than shutting down or denying or not listening to the desires of our hearts, we need to open our hearts to hear, see, feel, and love what and whom we love.  If we love peanut butter, wonderful!  If we love playing basketball, wonderful!  If we love knitting or crocheting, wonderful.

Next, if we need to do so, we transmute a desire which won’t bring a state of well-being for ourselves or others.  As one example, if we love eating, that’s great, but how can we transmute that desire so that it aligns with the Highest Good in which All Is Well?  Generally, by eating healthy foods in healthy amounts!

So far, for healing our hearts, we have: Step 1) honor our desires as they are, without judgement; Step 2) recognize that all desires reflect a truer desire for Oneness with the State of Being in which All Is Well (which is also God’s nature); Step 3) transmute our desires to create well-being for ourselves and others here-and-now.

Another step can be so helpful in healing our own hearts.  When we feel we need more love, rather than looking to someone else to love us, we simply need to recognize that, in our deepest heart-of-hearts, we already love ourselves bountifully, or we would not be desiring more love.  If we didn’t love ourselves, we would have no such desire.  So, in desiring love, we realize that we do love ourselves, and in honoring our desire for love, we begin to allow our own love to flow to ourselves, and then we simply choose to love ourselves enough to heal ourselves!

Love Is.  Love is part of us, because Love is part of the essence of the well-being of our Source.  Love is part of the All Is Well, and so are we.  We just need to love ourselves and our desire for the All Is Well enough to re-create the All Is Well for ourselves and as many others as we are able.  Then we will be surrounded with the All Is Well.

And, my friends, when we can all do this, all-day, everyday, we will be creating Heaven on Earth!

Love and Light,

Carol “Anandi”

Please check out my three 5-star reviews for Truth and Illusion:  Truth and Illusion: The Politics of Spirituality and How One Person’s Lie Is Another One’s Truth, on Amazon.com

Highest Harmony Healing & Coaching

Posted in emotional healing, Healing Process, Health and Wellness, Interfaith Wisdom, New Thought Teachings, Oneness teachings, Relationships, Spiritual Blog, Spiritual teachings, Spirituality, Transformation, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

We Are Born of Water and Spirit #spirit #truebaptism #spiritualrebirth #water

July 25, 2017

Today, I met with a lovely young lady from the Caribbean, frontwho is highly intuitive, creative, a dancer, and a beautiful soul.  We share numerous points of connection, including the symbolism of rivers as divine flowing energy which channels through us.

After meeting with her in Silver Spring, Maryland, I rode the metro through DC, a long ride through the city and then back north to Rockville, MD. As we came out of the metro tunnel into Maryland, I heard Higher Consciousness tell me about the young woman and myself, “You are born of the same water and of the same Spirit.”  What a beautiful and meaningful metaphor for our shared spirituality!  Then, I realized that being ‘born of water and Spirit’ sounds like a metaphor for Christian baptism.

In Christian baptism, one (if immersed rather than sprinkled with water) goes under the water symbolizing dying to our old selves and rising to new life in Christ and being filled with the Holy Spirit.

What came to me on the metro, however, is that true spiritual baptism means completely letting go of the ego self, emptying ourselves, and allowing the flow of divine Spirit, or Divine energy-consciousness, to flow to us and through us to bless the world.

Now that’s a baptism worth believing in!  Being baptized with the flow of Spirit to us and through us can happen anytime and all the time, if we let it.  Of course, that is the point of baptism, to allow the Spirit to flow like life-giving water into the world to cleanse us, heal us, and make us ALL whole.

May it be so – and let the rivers of living water flow!

Love and Light,

Carol “Anandi”

Truth and Illusion: The Politics of Spirituality and How One Person’s Lie Is Another One’s Truth on Amazon.com

Highest Harmony Healing & Coaching

 

Posted in Channeled teachings, Inspiration, Interfaith Wisdom, Oneness teachings, Spiritual Blog, Spiritual teachings, Spirituality, Transformation, True Baptism, Uncategorized, Wisdom | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

From ‘There Is no God’ to God as Harmony #God #Harmony

One of the qualities I admire about atheists is that they have generally rejected a lot of really bad ideas about who God is.  From ‘the Man upstairs,’ to the judgmental, angry, and punishing ‘God,’ there are a lot of really inharmonious understandings of who or what God is.

While I understand and respect that the very word ‘God’ causes great difficulty for many people, I would like to invite us not to ‘throw the baby out with the bathwater’ by rejecting not only the word ‘God,’ but also any and all ideas about God.

My own personal experience that most shook up my concept of God occurred one morning in February or March of 2016.  I was meditating,* and felt this enormous sense of peace filling me and surrounding me.  What I was sensing was PERFECT PEACE.  There was not a vibration inside me or around me that was out of harmony with peace.

During this state of perfect peace, into my head came what I call the “Teacher Voice,” which said, “This … is … God.”  That thought soaked in for a second or so, and then my ego mind, which has been theologically trained and which therefore is greatly accustomed to reading about ‘God,’ speaking about ‘God,’ listening to words about ‘God,’ and writing about ‘God,’ objected, “No!  I want words!”

Of course, I then realized how utterly ludicrous that thought was, and returned gratefully, to that feeling of perfect peace.  I then realized, “If this is God, everyone will fall in love with God!”

Peace is an essential concept for humanity and divinity, as well as for our experiencing Oneness; however, in English, the word ‘peace’ does not convey the fullness of meaning that it does in other languages such as the Hebrew ‘Shalom.’

Increasingly, instead of peace, the Universe (God, Holy Spirit; call it what you will) has been placing the word ‘harmony’ in the center of my awareness.

First, back around early 2014, it came to me to brand the work I do as Harmony Healing and Harmony Coaching.  I named my business ‘Highest Harmony Healing & Coaching,’ because connecting with the highest levels of consciousness enables us to achieve greater harmony in life and to fulfill our highest potential.  Empowering my clients to make that harmonious connection and attain that harmonic fulfillment is my goal.

Moving forward a couple of years, after the presidential election of 2016, I had to tune in through meditation for help understanding how to respond to the resulting big shift in our collective life as humanity.  So, I meditated at 11:11 on 11:11, which was a Friday morning, and four harmony principles came to me to help us better get along.

The four harmony principles, as they came to me on 11/11/16, are:

  1. Humanity and Nature Are One.
  2. Humanity and Divinity Are One.
  3. Divinity and Nature Are One.
  4. We Are One.

Recently, it came to me that Harmony is another good word for God.  Just as we may describe or experience God as Love, or Justice, or Peace, or Bliss, all of these aspects are encompassed in the word ‘Harmony.’  So, I invite us all to consider that there is something woven throughout the nature of this universe that seeks not just homeostasis, but harmony.

Indeed, I invite us to consider that there is an energy/consciousness throughout the universe that creates harmony, and that this energy and consciousness of Harmony and which creates Harmony exists beyond the universe, and is the Source of the universe.

I can hear the objections already:  “You’re still just asking us to believe in God, and there is no such thing and there is no scientific proof of such a thing and if there were, why would it let bad things occur?”

Please notice that without freedom, we human beings do not experience harmony.  Thus any real God would be granting us freedom in a universe that freely evolves or devolves, such that things that we experience as ‘bad’ can and do occur.

And yet, we also experience harmony.  Have you ever noticed how great it feels when we are with a group of people, and everyone is getting along?  It does not really matter if it’s family or a work group, as long as everyone is getting along beautifully, we experience that harmony as something fantastic and delightful.

It occurs to me that what may be called the ‘Buddha Mind,’ refers to a remarkable ability to maintain an inner sense of harmony despite exterior circumstances.  Jesus Christ taught the practice of non-attachment, not by that terminology, but nonetheless, letting go of dependence on ‘things’ for our happiness and instead trusting completely in God for the peace in our inner being.  Jesus called that inner state of harmony ‘the kingdom of God.’  Jesus also invited us to live in ways that create an outer harmony among ourselves that may also be called the kingdom, or Reign of God.

Harmony is our birthright, and harmony, which includes love, is what we are happiest and most fulfilled creating together.  Harmony is an inner state of being that we can learn to create any time and all the time by learning to trust ‘God.’

What has enabled me to learn to trust God was mostly a lesson I learned directly from Buddha.  During meditation, Buddha taught me that the fundamental nature of reality is: “All Is Well.”  If you think about it, that state of being in which all is well is also perfectly harmonious!  And if we think further about it, the state of being in which “All Is Well” is a perfect description of Source, or God, as the fundamental nature and origin of reality.

So, if the Source of all that is exists eternally and infinitely in a state of being as “All Is Well,”  and if “All Is Well” and harmony are equivalent, then Harmony is another name for God.  All Is Well is the nature of God, and Harmony names that very essence which creates us, and which therefore intends for us ultimately, and as often as possible, and as consistently and permanently as possible, to experience Harmony.  That Source in which all is well intends for us to experience, and to assist in creating Harmony  – inside ourselves, outside ourselves, and among ourselves.

May it be so!

Love and Light,

Carol “Anandi”

* I have now been meditating for over 20 years (Raja Yoga and Kriya Yoga)

Truth and Illusion: The Politics of Spirituality and How One Person’s Lie Is Another One’s Truth, available in Kindle and paperback on Amazon.com

 

Posted in Health and Wellness, Inspiration, Interfaith Wisdom, New Thought Teachings, Oneness teachings, Personal Transformation, Spiritual Blog, Spiritual teachings, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Life With God #Life #God #Psalms #Interfaith #Multifaith

This past Sunday, I was privileged to get to preach at a congregation where I have been honored to preach a few times before.  I am so grateful to that congregation, small though it is:  Hyattstown Christian Church.  Even though I consider myself an interfaith spiritual teacher, healer, and life coach at this time, I am grateful for opportunities to return to my roots in Christianity.

Here, I would like to express some ideas that go beyond the traditional Christian view, to share a more universal message on this topic:  life with God.  I do understand that many people feel very uncomfortable with the word ‘God,’ and consider themselves atheists or agnostics; I welcome you and invite you to consider the message within and beyond the mere word ‘God,’ and then to comment on your experiences of ultimate essences such as peace, love, gratitude, and joy.

Speaking of interfaith, or multi-faith, the scriptures that moved me in formulating this message about life with God were actually the Jewish scriptures that were assigned as Lectionary Readings* for Sunday.  So, this message arose in the context of reading Zechariah 9:9-12, and Psalm 145:8-14.  I hope you’ll read them, if the Jewish and/or Christian traditions speak to you.

The first image portrayed in the Zechariah text is that of: “Lo, your king comes to you, righteous and saved, humble and riding on a donkey.” **  The powerful spiritual concept here is that the Divine comes to us, for the king represents God, as a faithful servant of God.

For all those times in life that we humans experience ourselves feeling lost and alone, how reassuring this is that God comes to us.  For all those times when we feel stressed, anxious, at wit’s end, and don’t know what to do next, we can trust that even in those moments of near panic, God comes to us.

For me, this is what the practice of meditation has confirmed over and over again.  The most notable time this occurred, for me, was one morning when I meditated to a state of complete peace.  I felt utterly peaceful.  Inside me and all around me was this energy of perfect peace.  There was not one vibration inside me or outside me that was out of harmony with this peace.  In this peace, I heard inside my head, what I call the Teacher Voice say, “This is God.”  That soaked in beautifully for a split second, and then immediately my theologically-trained ego-mind objected, “NO!  I want words!”  Of course, I then realized how ludicrous this is, and thought, “If this (peace) is God, then everyone will fall in love with God!”

Through meditation, I have also learned that we can also learn to breathe and invite God’s presence to come into us.  We can also breathe and invite God into us as Spirit, or as Holy Breath, or as peace, or love, even when we are not meditating, right in the middle of the challenges of life.

When we live life in peace, we are living with God.  When we make peace with one another, we are sharing God.

Psalm 145 gives us another clue about how to live life with God:  “All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord, and all your faithful shall bless you.”

Gratitude is such a powerful way to connect with God.  Gratitude opens our hearts up  to the powerful presence of God.  Gratitude can move us from from the negative, complaining, whiny, lacking, victim-consciousness, to the all the divine possibilities that can ensue from connection with God.

Gratitude acknowledges that we have received and are receiving divine gifts and divine presence every moment in our lives, even when it neither looks nor feels like it.  Everything in our lives is technically a gift one way or another.  We just have to be grateful for it in order to perceive the gift in it.

I do not write this from naive, Pollyanna perspective; rather, as I am writing, I am remembering being in relationship with an abusive partner who was also a healer.  He could channel such beautiful energy.  However, I remember one time when I had experienced him as being cruel and uncaring to me, and then encountered him when he was channeling healing energy and was meditative and peaceful.  I angrily shared my upset with him, and without taking in any of my concerns, he just remained in his own peaceful zone.

As I just now, years and years later, brought gratitude to this memory, I realized that what I am most grateful for was seeing his ability to dismiss all that was important to me.  At the time, I did not trust my own sense that this was the case, and choose to remove myself from the relationship, which is how I managed to get into and stay, for awhile, in an abusive relationship: I did not trust myself.

When we trust that God comes to us, and enters us through the Holy Breath of life in us, we can learn to trust ourselves more fully also.  When we learn ways to help us remain in this lovely energy of peace, we can learn what it is inside us that removes us from this divine state of being, for it is not what happens outside that removes us from divine, peaceful presence, but our own thoughts, fears, and limiting beliefs that remove peace from our own hearts and minds.

Buddha is ultimately the teacher I would like to thank for helping flesh out this lesson about “Life with God.”  Buddhists, please don’t stop reading just because I placed Buddha and God in the same sentence.  I have talked with Buddha.

Yes, you read that correctly, I have talked with Buddha.  More importantly, Buddha has talked with me.

Buddha taught me two most essential lessons that I count as lessons on how to live life with that which I call ‘God.’  The first lesson is “The Fundamental Nature of Reality,” which I have shared elsewhere here in this blog.  The second lesson is “The Keys to Enlightenment,” which I have also shared elsewhere in this blog.

Both of these lessons came while I was meditating.  (I have been connecting with and taught by Buddha and other Ascended Masters, including Jesus Christ, since May 2010.)

One morning, I was meditating after having a life experience about which I had been feeling extremely upset.  In the wee hours of the morning, when I had been not managing to sleep, the Teacher Voice had said to me, “All is well.”  That had brought me some peace.

When I later meditated, I sensed Buddha’s presence, and experienced him reminding me that ‘all is well.’  I then sensed Buddha prompting me (without words) to open Karen Armstrong’s wonderful, academic book called, “Buddha.”

I did so, opening very handily enough to the term ‘dhamma’ in the glossary.  (Dhamma is also dharma.)  Karen Armstrong gives this extremely helpful opening to the definition of Dharma:  “Originally, the natural condition of things, their essence, the fundamental law of their existence;” she goes on to explain that dharma has come to refer to religious teachings, etc.

Suddenly, it became crystal clear to me, that Buddha was telling me that the fundamental nature of reality is the state of being in which “all is well.”  By putting Buddha’s comment, “All is well,” with this definition of dharma as “the natural condition of things, their essence, the fundamental law of their existence, it becomes evident that the natural and I would add, divine law of existence is that “all is well,” and all is moving into ever greater states of perfect wellness, or wholeness, or “salvation.”

It even occurred to me that “All is well” functions as a name for God, or an affirmation of divine presence, if you will.

So, to experience ourselves as living life with God, we just need to trust that all is well, and to vibrate with this energy-consciousness of “all is well.”  When we trust that all is well and that divine presence is working to move everything into the wholeness of all is well, then we can continuously experience the very real presence of God, within us and with us, always.

To do so, we just need to let go of our fears and attachment to those desires that are interfering with our remaining in this state of energy-consciousness in which all is well.  And that, my friends, is what Buddha taught is is the key to enlightenment: release all else, and remain in the “All Is Well.”

Another way to say that might be: Remain in God.  Or, simply, live life with God.  It really is heavenly!

Love and Light,

Carol (Anandi)

*The Lectionary Readings come from the Revised Common Lectionary, a three-year program for reading the Bible in worship designed by a gathering of numerous Protestant denominations.

** I am indebted to James T. Butler, one of the scholars in an excellent commentary called Feasting on the Word, for the more literal translation “righteous and saved,” of the Hebrew phrase that is usually translated “triumphant and victorious.” Feasting on the Word, Year A, Vol. 3, p. 199.

Posted in Affirmations, Buddhist Teachings, Channeled teachings, Inspiration, Interfaith Wisdom, Meditation, New Thought Teachings, Spiritual Blog, Spirituality, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Accepting The ‘Son’ of God (or Daughter) #SonofGod #Christ #Awakening #Enlightenment #Salvation #Liberation

The Universe has recently been seeking to enlighten me, frontor re-enlighten me, as the case may be, about our true nature.  From multiple sources, including early morning reminders that life is just a dream as I have awakened (from dreams to awakened dreaming!), to emails from another spiritual writer, to an audio seminar by spiritual teacher Brent Phillips, as well as in readings in A Course In Miracles, the Universe has been speaking to me about our true nature, along with miracle mindedness, and the illusory dream of life.

Then, this morning, I read an article about Bernie Sanders grilling Russell Vought, nominee for Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget, about whether or not non-Christians are condemned.  Personally, I believe Bernie’s actual point was to raise the question as to whether Vought could separate church and state in order to serve as a civil servant justly upholding the law, but the way Bernie questioned Vought was itself questionable.  This political debate is, however, not the issue here.

The issue is a quote from the Bible which Vought had used in an article defending Wheaton College’s firing of a professor who stated that Muslims and Christians worship the same God.  Clearly, what I am about to write is not likely to make sense to people who believe that Christians and Muslims worship a different God, which view can only occur due to lower chakra understandings of the Bible*.

Truly enlightened understanding of ultimate truth only flourishes from the heart chakra up through the crown chakra.

The quote Vought used in the article was John 3:18, “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” (New International Version)  At issue here is, what does it mean to believe in the name of God’s one and only Son?

A Course In Miracles teaches that we are all the Son of God, and as I translate it, we are all the Son and Daughter of our Divine Mother/Father, and that one Offspring of God is salvific.  Christ is teaching us in A Course In Miracles, and I believe he also taught us in the original New Testament texts, that we are all Sons and Daughters of God, by virtue of attaining a certain consciousness, which I, along with Paramahansa Yogananda, would call Christ-Consciousness.  One could also refer to this elevated, or enlightened consciousness as the Buddha Mind, or enlightened consciousness.

Vought wisely responded to Bernie Sanders that all people are created in the image of God and therefore worthy of respect. That is a Christian view based on a text in Genesis, in the Torah, or Old Testament.

As souls living a human life, we are created in the Divine image, which in Genesis is also stated in the plural: “our image.”  Thus is God’s nature communal, or multiple, as in both feminine and masculine; at any rate God’s image is not stated here as singular, though it honors the Oneness of God within that “our image” concept.  Therefore, billions and billions of people can be created by God in “our image,” meaning, God’s image. I would suggest that it requires an infinite number of us in order fully to image God as humanity, and God exists infinitely beyond this human image.

Looking at ourselves as souls created in God’s image is a starting point for understanding our purpose on earth, but not a sufficient explanation of our “salvation” from the darkness, death, and decay of life on earth. We come to earth as souls separating ourselves out from the Divine Consciousness through a lowering of our vibration, i.e., “The Fall.”

We then develop an ego self as we become aware of our apparent (though not real) separateness from the Divine Self and from one another.  This separateness gives rise to pain as well as pleasure, as we experience the duality of this illusion of life in the universe, or this Maya, as it is called in Eastern thought.

We begin to awaken when we realize that we are spiritual in nature, and that this physical manifestation of the world is not the most real aspect of reality; that indeed, Spirit and manifestations of Spirit are more real and permanent than the physical world.

We become enlightened by stages as we energize our chakra system with both feminine and masculine energies as well as with love*.

As we become aware that we are one with God and one with one another, we become more and more enlightened as we then choose to live a life in service to others, and as we choose to align with Divine Will rather than our ego’s will, which appears as separate from Divine Will.  As we let go of attachment to the material world, we further attain higher degrees of enlightenment.  As we learn to perceive each and every situation as filled with Divine potential, despite the appearances or feelings we may be perceiving, then we can develop Miracle Mindedness and become One with the flow of pure potential in the Universe.

As we live for the larger purposes of the Divine Self rather than for our lower self’s purposes, we energize ourselves more and more as Divine Presence in this world.

What takes us one step further in Enlightenment, or Awakening, is becoming aware that we do not even exist as separate selves.  We are the Daughter or Son of God that God created us to be.  We are each individual manifestations of the Divine Presence, when we allow ourselves to be who we truly are, rather than our ego selves.

When we accept and choose this Divine manifestation of God-in-Us, we accept and choose the Son of God, or the Daughter of God, for we allow God to birth God’s Self in us.  This is salvific, for when we allow ourselves to empty ourselves so that God can always be manifest in us, then we no longer exist in separation, but rather in a continual state of Oneness, and in this state, we have been set free from the world of form, or duality, or Maya.

This liberation is our ultimate salvation, and it is experienced as heaven, or Nirvana, or Samadhi, here on earth and beyond.  It is Bliss.

 

What came crystal clear to me this morning is that “believing in the name of God’s only Son” refers to letting go of any sense of ourselves as separate beings and emptying ourselves, believing that God is birthing God’s energy/consciousness/Sonship/Daughterhood into ourselves so that God becomes manifest as us upon this earth.

Jesus also said that those who lose their lives for his sake (the sake of Christ-consciousness) will gain their lives.  In other words, if we let go of our life as separate beings who do what we want, and instead empty ourselves and let go of living life as we want, then we gain Life in God.

What better life could there be to gain than Life in God?

Who are we really?  Once we accept the Presence of God in ourselves fully, we become fully Daughters and Sons of God, forever, because that is who we already are; we just need to remember ourselves as that!

May we all accept our Buddha-nature, or Christ-Consciousness, or the Presence of the Divine in our emptiness.  May we all, like the most God-Realized soul I have had the privilege to meet, Dada J.P. Vaswani, realize that we are nothing and that God is All.

Love and Light,

Carol “Anandi”

*For an explanation of how lower chakras effect our views of the Bible, please see my new book:  Truth and Illusion: The Politics of Spirituality and How One Person’s Lie Is Another One’s Truth

 

Posted in New Thought Teachings, Oneness teachings, Philosophy, Self-Realization, Self-Realization Teachings, Spiritual Blog, Spiritual teachings, Spirituality, Truth vs Illusion, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What Is Needed?

Saturday was the seventh anniversary of what I call my

55075375 - caduceus symbol illustration drawn in vintage woodcut style vector

The Caduceus, or Staff of Hermes  Copyright: zoljo / 123RF Stock Photo

“Enlightenment Vision,” in which I was so incredibly blessed to meet and be blessed by numerous Ascended Masters.  I am so grateful for the remembrance of blessing and enlightened consciousness.  Lately, I have experienced a drop in consciousness and a lower vibration, as I have struggled with substitute teaching in some settings in which some of the children’s behavior has been, well, I can only call it outrageous and very unfit for creating an educational atmosphere.  This has brought up so much concern in me, and so much uncertainty about how to deal with the really disruptive behavior, that I lowered my vibration and consciousness.

This weekend, it was helpful to me to remember the blessed vision (there is a blog entry here describing it), and I tuned in to learn what I need to do differently.  First, I was reminded that I need to accept what others are doing as part of Life giving us all what is needed, and as part of what all the souls present together have agreed to experience.  Although my heart breaks to see such unmanageable behavior, which may have horrible consequences for children in the long run, as well as being so disruptive of the educational process in the moment, I have to acknowledge that, on a soul level, whatever is, is what is needed.

So, I have to practice more non-attachment in order to remain in the peace, despite the days like Friday, which started with the teacher in the room next door warning me that I might need to send two boys to her class (which I did), and which ended with me following another teacher’s advice just to stand in the door way for the rest of class (almost an hour) to prevent one boy from running out of the room.

Obviously, I could no longer teach the class while standing in the doorway.  Fortunately, a third teacher sent an older boy (maybe fifth grade), to help, and this older child helped perfectly, not only following my directions and requests, but also not allowing the boy in question to get away with some disruptive choices, and putting on a video for the class to watch.  What a waste of young minds, class time, and tax payers’ money.  All because we don’t teach parenting and we don’t teach holistically and we are not allowed to touch students, as in, we cannot just hold and hug a child to get them to stop acting out.  (That “passive restraint” in the form of a hug is a technique I was taught 35 years ago while working with autistic children.)

There is so much to that situation that I needed to process: from how do I pay attention to the students who deserve attention, (I did my best), to how do I help those who needed help (I did my best), to how to understand why the boys came back with behavior not at all improved after seeing the counselor, to how am I to make sense of that spiritually, to how did I need to improve myself and my behavior in that setting.  (By the way, this is a partially lower income school, and to me, it appears to have much less funding than other elementary schools in wealthier districts.  To me, it seems that they deserve twice as much funding in order to lower class size and to increase supplies and implement special programs.)

On the spiritual path, what is needed is always for us to work on ourselves, until we have attained that final Oneness with the Divine.

And so it is that on Saturday, I meditated, I contemplated, and I asked for guidance and insight to understand all of this.  What came to me on Saturday were six primary teachings.  First, as written above, to accept what is, and to trust that all the souls involved have asked for this experience so that we can grow spiritually.  Next, what came to me was that, when I don’t know what to do, I need to ask Source, “What is needed?”  Usually, I receive specific guidance and answers to questions like this, and I did in the case of working with such students.

The third realization that came to me Saturday was that God is always what is needed.  We may need to manifest God in a particular way, but God is the one who is always needed.  If you have not read many of my blog entries, please know that, to me, God is love, God is peace, God is bliss, God is wisdom, God is truth, God is strength, and God is harmony.  But God is often experienced as all of those things without words, simply as the energy of love, peace, and bliss; for instance, God is the experience of harmony.  God is always needed, the question is simply:  how do we incarnate God through ourselves as the wisdom or the love, the patience, the harmony that is needed?

The fourth realization that came to me was that, although there is so much that I long to help heal and transform in the world, the universe is just an illusion of space-time created so that we can remember our ultimate nature as part of the Divine Self.  So that, yes, my ultimate purpose and quest is still and always union with God.  It became clear to me that this experience of union with God, or Self-Realization is exactly the cure to the woes of the world.

Fifth, I experienced the masculine and feminine kundalini energies rising within me as creating love and fulfillment without the need of any other human being.  If you have not yet felt the snake-like rising of the kundalini energies through the two nadis, I invite you to learn to meditate in ways that will facilitate you doing so.  This is one of many reasons I teach Raja Yoga meditation: to facilitate the kundalini rising.  Through this experience, I received a feeling of completeness and a satisfying love that I had never quite felt before.  Honoring the divine masculine and the divine feminine within ourselves is essential for our own fulfillment.

I realized, sixth, that with this inner completion of love through the rising and meeting of the male and female kundalini energies, we no longer “need” a human partner (regardless of outer gender, human partners usually help each of us balance our inner masculine and feminine energies, no matter our orientation), because we embody a fullness of both within ourselves.

Well, what a beautiful sense of completion that suggests, and as the one teaching affirms:  what is needed is always God.  As I received in an earlier teaching, the path to the “all is well” is what is needed in the present moment.   God is the Divine Being in which All Is Well.  In the Divine Being, we are complete.  To God be the honor, always.

Love and Light,

Carol “Anandi”

My new book is out:  Truth and Illusion: The Politics of Spirituality and How One Person’s Lie Is Another One’s Truth

Posted in Inspiration, Interfaith Wisdom, Meditation, New Thought Teachings, Oneness teachings, Self-Realization, Self-Realization Teachings, Spiritual Blog, Spirituality, Transformation, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment