The Living Series Part II

The Living Series: Living intentionally, living spiritually, living intuitively, living passionately.

Living with Spirituality / Living Spiritually

When reading the term “spirituality” I believe most associate this term with or think “religion”, going to church, praying, worshiping God. And this blog post will not have much to say about religion although I have studied and learned much from most of the world’s religions.

When I speak of spirituality I am addressing not only formal matters but informal ones as well.

For the sake of background on how I have learned to live pretty much every day with and in a spiritual mindset, I would like to first point out that I grew up a Christian preacher’s daughter, attending church 3 to 5 times a week every week until I was 17. Most of the time I loved it and had a great time because daddy was doing the preaching and I loved hearing his voice, watching him draw on the chalkboard and, my favorite, listening to him sing. I was a daddy’s girl through and through and, as soon as I could walk, I followed him up to the pulpit one Sunday morning (not having anything to say but just wanting to be close to him)😊 although I am more like my mother in many ways.

The Bible says that our bodies are temples and this makes sense if you believe that the body houses the soul/spirit – making it a sort of shrine to that part of God that resides within us each of us – which many believe is located in within the heart.

Spirituality can be defined in so many ways. Webster defines it as:

1.     Something that ecclesiastical law belongs to the church or to a cleric as such;

2.     Clergy

3.     Sensitivity to or attachment to religious values; and

4.     The quality or state of being spiritual.

So, spirituality must be considered having to do with adherence to religion but my favorite is the last definition: The quality or state of being spiritual. Then the question is, “If you’re being spiritual and it’s not in adherence to any religion, are you and can you actually be living spiritually?”

For me the answer is a very loud resounding YES! It is living every second of every moment of my waking day in realization and thankfulness of all the blessings I am granted regardless of what is going on outside of me. When you are able to align yourself with Source/God energy by aligning your ego (physical) with that of your inner spirit/soul, then it becomes easily recognizable that each moment in life is and can be a blessing when seen through the eyes of spirit. To me, this is living spiritually, thankfully, lovingly, peacefully, blissfully aware of my connection to that which created all that ever was, all that is, all that ever will be, and the creator within me.

Although ashrams, cathedrals, churches, mosques, synagogues, temples and their liturgy can be beautiful and uplifting to the soul/spirit, I personally don’t find it necessary to the nourishment of my soul. One can find ways every day on their own to nourish their soul without having to be guided or told what to do by another. Who knows better how to nourish your soul other than yourself and the Creator?

When we begin to live intentionally, and continue to live intentionally, we get better at being clear about the thoughts we want to think (and even controlling the thoughts we think) knowing that those thoughts will eventually manifest in our lives.

Most people do not consciously think about spirituality all day long but, as the divine sanctuary that houses our bodies and minds, it’s a wonderful blessing and the best part of being human if one can clearly focus on thoughts about things that bring joy, hope, love, kindness, the beauty and glory of nature, and all things that are good in life. In doing so and intentionally controlling your thoughts then each moment can become a spiritual moment.

Desiring, asking for what we want, thoughtful contemplation of that which is desired, trusting and having faith (better yet, KNOWING) that it will be given unto us is our birthright. If we align our thoughts (and energetic vibration that we give out to the Universe) with our spirit self instead of allowing the ego to control all thoughts, emotions, words and actions, this, in my life, is living spiritually.

My favorite thought of any day every day is “My Father is the creator and owner of everything that I behold and the most powerful source and force of good in this World. What on Earth do I have to fear?”

May we all learn to live with intention and with spirituality!

In honor of spirituality, the Sacred Spirituality candle was created by Candle Charms. Available in two sizes of pillar candles and two sizes of jar candles at http://www.ncharmed.com or at http://www.etsy.com/shop/magickalcandlecharms

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The Living Series

The Living Series: Living intentionally, living spiritually, living intuitively, living passionately.

One of the best things one can do for one’ self is to live intentionally. Intentional living means deciding what you want for your life and how you want your life to look like and then intentionally creating that environment manifested.

In this wonderful and near perfect leading-edge environment that we live in, there are many tools which may aid us in these intentional endeavors.

Of course the most important, most powerful, tool any of us have toward manifesting any intentional endeavor is our mind. We choose not to live by default, but to take responsibility for the choices we make, the thoughts we think, the actions we take, the words we write and say, and live with a grid of intentional wants and desires, hopes and dreams, allowing it to fill-in, all in divine time. We live in hope, faith, trust and knowing that the life we choose to have we CAN have and someday WILL have as evidenced by all that we see around us.

My second favorite tool in living intentionally is meditation. One could expound for pages of books for years, decades, and centuries on the wonders and effects of the power of meditation. Meditation is not only self-care, self-love, and relaxation but, most importantly, it is a means of connecting with who you really are, your spirit/soul higher self.

However, some people find meditation challenging and even difficult. So my third favorite tool for intentional living is an aid to meditation – the intentional line of candles made by Candle charms.

Candles are not only romantic, shed light with flickering flames pleasing to the eyes, but when made with a specific intention with specific ingredients combined for a specific intention, and when focused on and burned with a specific intention, can become a powerful tool for meditation and manifestation.

Candle Charms, which are available for sale at http://www.ncharmed.com are made with fragrances that are chosen and mixed for their energetic properties. Many may question how that is possible. The fragrance oils used in Candle Charms contain the highest quality oils on the market with the highest concentration of essential oils contained therein on the market. Every plant, herb, flower, tree has its own energy so the fragrances are mixed with the intention of combining the energies of nature’s flowers and plants that correspond and align with the intention of the candle to be created. The magic of color is added along with a sprinkle of quartz crystal to synthesize and ignite the energies. And voila!, Candle Magic.

Regardless of the various tools that people may use to live their lives intentionally and purposefully, one thing is sure – the world needs more people to decide to live intentionally.

Have a blessed day!Love

 

AHIMSA…

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My favorite word of any language (so far)

Ahimsa (Sanskrit: अहिंसा; IAST: ahisā, Pāli: avihisā) is a term meaning “not to injure or harm”. The word is derived from the Sanskrit root “his” meaning to hit or strike; “isā” meaning to cause injury or harm.

A-hisā is the opposite of this, meaning to cause no injury, do no harm. “And it harm none, do what ye will” reads the Wicca Reed.

Lovely is the thought of ahimsa, nonviolence, no harm and only peace that pounds throughout the hearts of men. Unfortunately, in this Kali-Yuga era of existence, violence seems not only inevitable, but guaranteed, to show up in our lives from people and places we would not expect.

In my generation we were taught that war equaled violence. But violence today shows up über all – it’s not just in the form of killing or war.

There are many avenues of violence – not just physical on the street – but ways of words and emotional drives that can land us crashed and at a dead end. How many times does violence beat its way into our lives through text messages, e-mails, phone messages and phone calls?

What is so astonishing to me is the realization that I have not only chosen my own path with such difficult people, but I have also agreed to endure the suffering that’s required for me to learn the lessons I must learn from these difficult relationships. It’s just so heart wrenching and questionable that it even sucks to write about it.

So….what is it that we must learn in order for the violence to stop? Well, I am really working on this and not sure that I have the answers but I have written a poem entitled “Teach Me to Whisper” because I know that I, too, am also guilty of spreading my own version of emotional and verbal violence.

I believe that non-violence begins with learning to be kind to, to respect, and to love one’s self. It’s a foreign concept to many but the following are some suggestions just to get started:

Begin with being nice to yourself (whatever this means to you). For me it has become relying on my keystone habits (enough sleep, meditation, yoga, exercise, eating healthy and overall balance of responsibilities in my life (those I want and those I have).

It is also important that our mind, body and spirit be aligned (like a triangle). The body is the best place to start because when you can bring your body into submission to your own will (that which will best serve you), it gets stronger and healthier. And so yoga and exercise and meditation become your allies. They assist in helping you achieve your goals because what keeps you focused has value, what burns fat after age 50 has value, and that which calms the mind in blessed reassurance of victory is priceless. Really, what would you be willing to pay for the peace which passes all understanding?

Anyway, I intended a very different post. But I guess I didn’t feel that ranting about a cell phone being used to torture and terrorize would feel very inspiring.

PLEASE, just be careful what you allow your eyes to see, what talk or music you allow your ears to hear, what food, drink or other you feed into your mouth, be careful with the smells your nose must devour, and what you allow your skin to touch. Because what we allow into our hearts, our minds, and our bodies influence who we are and who we will become.

The Prayer/Meditation Polarity

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It’s early morn and the rain beats softly onto the ground. Wind chimes whisper in harmony with the wind and, with each breath, the vibration within plays an octave higher. My mind is off in meditation seeking answers within and without. Whoa… there’s a trap. Meditation is a daily necessity but, as most meditators know, there are moments in and outside of the space-time continuum (four dimensional space) as we progress into the 5th dimension. Polarity loves to strike when we are literally trying to straddle the fence of choosing to connect with the inner and seeking answers from a force or source that is not within our own self. Don’t misunderstand. I do believe in prayer and its power but, in my experience, prayers serve one better when they are aligning harmoniously with our intentions, although outside of meditation. My guess is that many will disagree and they may have good reasons but, with me, prayer(s) tend to get in the way during meditation of me connecting with spirit/soul/higher self. And this may come from being raised with the teaching that prayer is communicating with a powerful source outside of myself, e.g., up in Heaven. This is a belief that needs to be altered just a bit in order to reach true transcendental meditation. Jesus said: “The Kingdom of Heaven is within you” and these are words that the Church did not/does not emphasize. So, until I am successful in altering this belief/behavior pattern, I am making a conscious choice to keep prayer and meditation on 2 separate dimensions until my prayer naturally merges into my meditation. After all, prayer is talking to God and meditation is listening to God. Difficult to talk and listen at the same time.
I just thought I would post this in the event that anyone else has had or is experiencing this block.
Until the next magical moment, may your prayers be pure joy and may you find your answers in meditation.

More Ways to Increase Your Vibrational Level

…A continuation of my previous post “Just Open Your Mouth and Say AH”

Here are several other ways of increasing your vibration:

  • Take a 30 minute time out from yourself and do something for someone else (call and check on a family member or friend who is sick, write a card to someone you care about, say a prayer for others, etc.).
  • Just say no to junk food and opt for healthier choices to fill your tummy.
  • Practice Yoga (Ever wonder why so many successful people practice yoga? It’s not a fad but helps you to FOCUS).
  • Make a connection with other light workers and encourage their work.
  • Pray the Rosary or practice Japa Meditation by chanting a healing or spiritual mantra using a mala (prayer beads). I like doing this while I’m driving because it has a soothing, calming effect and I’m less likely to let traffic upset me.
  • When something upsets you, STOP! And take a moment to mindfully inhale deeply and slowly let out the breath before opening your mouth to speak.
  • Cultivate an enduring sense of respect and compassion for all living things and learn to express these sentiments in your speech and how you conduct yourself towards other people and other living beings in daily life.
  • Always remember that the ultimate answer to most questions is LOVE.

Just Open Your Mouth and Say “AH”

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The word vibration took on a new meaning in the USA after The Beach Boys’ famous hit “Good Vibrations” hit American radio. As most of us know, the decade of the 60s was the dawning of a new era. With the arrival of gurus from the East, the western culture of America opened itself to the wisdom of ancient cultures and a generation was born that took on a persona of its own. But, as with any child, the teachings of the parent, while influential as they may be, tend to accumulate within the child as a mixture of what is taught combined with the energetic expression of the life form in which it has been birthed to create its own individual expression of its life purpose and a reflection of the age in which it’s living. So not only was this a time of insightful meditation, but also a generation of truth seekers who even used experimental drugs for tapping into parts of the brain not cognitively used, and the onset of several substantial movements (most notably Women’s Lib and Civil Rights). Much great media has been produced from and about this era and rightfully so, but I would like to write about the word “VIBRATION”.

As beings of light we, as humans, have our own individual and unique vibrational energy which contributes to the universal whole of cosmic energy and what’s wonderful is that this little tidbit of information is not just some hippy dippy mantra of a bygone groovy generation but has been proven scientifically as well. This blog post, however, is not an attempt to spew forth scientific findings.

What’s important to realize is that vibrations are not all equally strong or on the same octave so to speak. Some are slow and low while others are faster and higher. A cosmic example of this would be to compare the energy of the Sun with that of the Moon. While both provide light, they do so at opposite times and, although the Sun may burn your skin, the moonlight casts shadows on your skin. The Sun provides warmth and light for growth, the Moon regulates the tides while also providing light for growth. Many examples of various vibrational energies can be seen throughout nature and can be easily identified as similar or different especially when examining different species of life. I love both eagles and dolphins but one is of the air, the other of water.

And although we as humans are of the same species, we also vary in degree and range of vibration. One of us may exude a happy, positive, and friendly vibe while another pulses with hatred, fear, and negativity. This is simple enough for even a naïve baby to realize but what many do not know and never realize is that the vibrational energy that we produce, are, and project out into the universe can be manipulated, altered, and the range of expansion increased with mindful practice.

The principle of Divine Compensation demands that in order for the universe to grant us access to the desires of our hearts we must be in vibrational alignment with the energy of those desires. Herein lies some difficulty. However, with mindful practice we can focus our energy, thoughts, actions, words, and lives in a manner which will cause our vibration to align itself with our soul’s purpose and we will be rewarded with the desires most eminent within our spirit.

One way of increasing our vibrational energy to a higher level is to quiet the thoughts of our mind and focus on connecting our mind to that of the Divine through meditation. There are many forms of meditation but one I have found most easy and effective is a meditative practice taught by Dr. Wayne Dyer.  You simply sit in a comfortable position, take in a deep breath, open your mouth and say “AH” (holding this vibration as long as your breath will allow), and repeat for approximately 20 minutes.

Here are some further suggestions for increasing your vibration to a higher level:

If you awake early in the morning and cannot fall back asleep, get up, light a candle, and meditate.

Take a spiritual/ritual morning bath in sea salt, essential oils, or your favorite soap and meditate or say morning prayers.

Spend some time reading sacred texts or books spiritual in nature.

Listen to mp3 audio books on topics that inspire you.

Do something you love to do for an hour or so.

Focus throughout the day on thoughts that invoke positive good feelings within your mind and body. (If you are not feeling emotionally well/happy/at peace this is a signal to you that you are not in vibrational alignment with your higher self/purpose and you need to replace your thoughts with ones that make you feel good).

Sing and/or dance in joyful celebration of your life.

Take a walk outside surrounded by as much nature as possible all the while being mindful of your breath.

Before falling asleep, recall your thoughts and actions of the day and tell yourself to remember what you dream.

When you awake try to recall your dreams and how they made you feel and try to understand the correlation of the activity of your dream to how it made you feel.

There is a vast array of ways for us to raise our vibration but just remember if what you are thinking and doing are not making you feel good, these are negative vibes and are not helping you to achieve what you have come to accomplish.

Until the next magickal moment, may peace, love, and light burn brightly within your hearts and may your vibes always be GOOD VIBES!

So much for the (Holidays) Holy Days…

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Have you ever met a Christian who did not celebrate Christmas as Christ’s birthday? Weird, huh? Welcome to my world and I’m not sure I can adequately explain or if I even have to but here goes …

If you’ve read my blog, you know I’m a preacher’s daughter (which are rumored by many to be the worst) but, unlike most Christians who celebrate Christmas as a spiritually miraculous night in history when the prophesied Messiah was born of a virgin (half Holy Spirit of God/half woman), my parents taught their children that Christmas had nothing to do with the birth of a Savior and Messiah nor with some made-up fake Santa Claus who had a sleigh with flying reindeer that delivered gifts to nice children. And so it was the hard core reality to my brothers, sister, and me that Santa was nothing more than mom deciding if you were good enough to get your gun or game or the baby doll you dreamed of loving under the tree or if that Christmas you were to be so sick that you could only dream of tasting the candy in your Christmas stocking. I can only remember being too sick every Christmas to even imagine enjoying all the sweets.

As much as I revere and adore this holy day, it remains a challenge to me even after 50 years. SURPRISE!!! I am over half a century old and I still am having difficulties understanding all this.

But I have celebrated Christmas over the last 3 decades how I choose and that’s progression, I think (although almost always alone). Each day is what we make it – whether a holy day or not – designated or not – each day is what we make of it. Choose the day, choose your gratefulness, choose your holy day (preferably every day) but choose a day to honor and glorify the spirit within your heart. The true meaning to me of Christmas is not what I was taught – it is lovely and nice when mom and dad buy toys for their children who have been good boys and girls – but nothing can compare to the glory of spirit in all its rejoicing of knowing that the night Jesus Christ was born was truly a Holy Night. Blessed Be this Season.