The Sevenfold Path Of Peace

Quaerite Et Invenietis “Seek and you will find.”

 

The Essenes were a Jewish sect that flourished from the second century B.C. to the first century A.D. They recognized the spiritual nature of the physical universe and considered that Human life can be divided into seven departments, these being: physical, mental, emotional, social, cultural, its relationship with nature and its relationship with the entire cosmos. The Sevenfold Path of Peace is based on the ancient teachings of the Essenes and explains the utilization of these powers and forces.

Here are the seven aspects of contemplation for the Sevenfold Path of Peace:

Peace with the body

We recognize the body as our sacred vehicle, created by spiritual laws of the universe and that in the body are manifested all the laws of life. The Essenes learned the healthful foods, herbs, breathing techniques, etc. that were needed to have a physical body filled with vitality. This contemplation nurtures the power of love and acceptance for our physical expression. It is through our spiritual relationship with our bodies that the ability to heal is mastered.

Peace with the Mind

This contemplation, in regards to the Sevenfold Path of Peace, is thought of as a higher force – far more powerful than either feeling or action, because it is the creator of both. It is important to understand the power of the mind as a tool of manifestation. It is what empowers us to be co-creators with Spirit. It is through the use of the mind that we direct the flow of energy through the choices we make about our thoughts.

Peace with Emotions/Family

As a reflection of our love towards one another, this contemplation governs our relationships with those who are in our close environment and our spiritual families. Through this contemplation, we realize how our families are mirrors in learning more about our feeling physical bodies and ourselves. The Essenes knew that the feeling body is a most influential instrument for the creation of physical vitality, emotional freedom and spiritual happiness.

Peace with Community

A powerful step in the sevenfold path, this contemplation refers to harmony between groups of people. The Essenes teach that each of us journeys an exceptional path in helping human evolution, and it is only when we follow our own unique gifts that joy and peace will occur on the planet.

Peace with Wisdom of the Ancients/Culture

In this contemplation, we make use of the gifts of the masters of wisdom from the past. The Essenes believed there were three pathways to discovering truth. The path of intuition followed by mystics and prophets; the path of nature – the way of the scientist; and the path of culture – exposure to the great masterpieces of literature and the arts.

This contemplation opens the door to our spiritual ancestors and their spiritual truths. Essenes considered it the responsibility of all to learn from cultural wisdom passed down through the ages and pass teachings down to the next generation as a way of contributing to the evolution of humankind.

Peace with Earth Ecology/Environment

This contemplation nurtures how we live in harmony with the Earth and the physical field of existence. It is the knowledge and understanding that our health and wealth is dependent on how we cooperate with the physical planet. As we expand a loving relationship with the Earth, the planet nurtures our own spiritual beings.

Peace with Spirit/Devine/God

It is with this step of the Sevenfold Path of Peace that we experience one power and one presence in our lives and in the Universe. A doorway opens in our consciousness that accesses powerful, loving guidance and support from spiritual energies.

 

The Sevenfold Path of Peace is a way of evaluating ourselves and the way we present ourselves in our world. with every thought, feeling and action we are creating and contributing. The question is are we contributing to greater peace? Am I building up and growing as a spiritual being having a physical reality?

The Sevenfold Path of Peace offers us an opportunity to become aware, awake and conscious. To live in peace is to actively participate in creating Heaven on Earth.

-from ‘The Living Center’

 

May God bless and protect you and…

May you always be

Healthy, Happy

Safe and Comfortable

 

Kelly Curtis

 

 

Giving Thanks

Quaerite Et Invenietis  “Seek and you will find”

 

Today we celebrate our holiday of Thanksgiving here in the United States. People travel from all corners of the country to be with family and loved ones. Our Thanksgiving dates back to 1621 when a group of English Pilgrims in present day Massachusetts (US) shared a feast with a tribe of Native Americans to celebrate a plentiful harvest. Many countries worldwide have harvest related festivals, Canada, India, China, Malaysia and Korea are but a few. American Thanksgiving takes place on the fourth Thursday of November. It is a day that we pause from our hectic and sometimes selfish lives to give thanks for our blessings and to feast on wonderful turkey dinners.

I always try to be grateful for the blessings in my life, I have many, but sometimes I fall short. I honestly try. Every night I remember to thank God/The Universe for my many blessings, both large and small, during my nightly shower. Because I enjoy my hot shower so much, I realize what a blessing it is. Sometimes though, life gets in the way of twenty-four hour a day gratitude. I’ll complain to myself about my job, how my boss is an ungrateful grump. But I’ve gotten better with my gratitude lately and I’ll tell you why:

I recently saw a news story on television about people in Madagascar working in mica mines. These poor beautiful people work fourteen hour days, seven days a week, for very little money. They do all this on one bowl of rice a day and live in hovels. They do this because they have to in order to survive (mica, by the way, is used in your cell phone. Think about that when you use it).

After seeing this story, I vowed to try much harder to appreciate what I have, especially my job. It really has made my job a lot easier, knowing that I’m only going to work about eight hours, just five days a week. Then I get to go to a lovely home and woman, who has a nutritious and delicious dinner waiting for me. Afterwards I have a very comfortable bed to sleep in. All that being said, I’d like to make a list of the things I’m grateful for:

I’m grateful for my wonderful girlfriend and companion Erin, and the beautiful home she’s made and keeps for us.

I’m grateful for our wonderful, crazy dog Annie, and our cats Kayak, Keno and Milo (who lived in a woodpile until he adopted us).

I’m grateful for the food we always have.

For the clean water I can get any time I wish.

I’m grateful for our home, a warm and comfortable shelter (right now it’s raining outside and I’m warm and dry).

I’m grateful for my warm and comfortable bed.

I’m glad I live in a safe place in the world (so many don’t).

I’m grateful for my job and the income it brings in.

I’m grateful to my boss for the challenge of learning to love and accept people I wouldn’t normally want to be around.

My health is an enormous blessing.

I’m grateful for our car (it sure is easy to get to work).

For having the fitness to ride my bicycle to work when I do.

For friends and family.

I’m grateful to you for being interested in my blog, and having very interesting blogs yourself.

I know that I have it so much better than most on this beautiful planet (God bless those people).

Thank you God/Universe for all of my blessings both large and small.

Happy Thanksgiving or Harvest Festival to all!

 

May God bless and protect you and…

May you always be

Healthy, Happy

Safe and Comfortable

 

Kelly Curtis

 

Spiritual Treatments #7

 

Quaerite Et Invenietis  “Seek and you will find”

 

Use these treatments as prayer or affirmation. If used as prayer, feel the words as originating from your heart and going to the place inside you that God resides. If used as affirmation, pay close attention to the words and truly believe what you are reading. If you don’t believe in God, substitute the word God for anything you choose.

 

“I start this day with the realization that God is All-Presence, All-Power, All-Good and that I am one with him. I open my heart and soul to this awareness and let it flood my mind and body. I raise my eyes to Him and see only the Good, the Beauty and Harmony of Life. I stretch my arm aloft and place my hand in the right hand of the Father and know that He will  lead me in His path of Goodness this day. His peace fills my mind. I let His Harmony and Right Action take over my life; I let his light illumine my way and disperse any and all remaining clouds of doubt and darkness. My hand in His, I walk this day secure in complete faith and trust. Where He leads, I shall follow; and my life and all the lives I touch this day will be better for this Partnership. So be it.”

 

May God bless and protect you and…

May you always be

Healthy, Happy

Safe and Comfortable

 

Kelly Curtis

My Contribution to Peace

 

Quaerite Et Invenietis  “Seek and you will find”

 

I contribute to Peace when I strive to express the best of myself in my contacts with others.

I contribute to Peace when I use my intelligence and my abilities to serve the Good.

I contribute to Peace when I feel compassion toward all those who suffer.

I contribute to Peace when I rejoice over the happiness of others and pray for their well -being.

I contribute to Peace when I listen with tolerance to opinions that differ from mine or even oppose them.

I contribute to Peace when I resort to dialog rather than to force to settle any conflict.

I contribute to Peace when I respect Nature and preserve it for generations to come.

I contribute to Peace when I do not seek to impose my conception of God upon others.

I contribute to Peace when I make Peace the foundation of my ideals and philosophy.

I contribute to Peace when I look upon all as my Brothers and Sisters, regardless of race, culture, or religion.

-Rosicrucian Manuscript

 

May God bless and protect you and…

May you always be

Healthy, Happy

Safe and Comfortable

Kelly Curtis

 

 

Words to Live by #6 Take Time

 

Quaerite Et Invenietis  “Seek and you will find”

 

“When your world moves too fast and you lose yourself in the chaos, introduce yourself to each color of the sunset. Reacquaint yourself with the earth beneath your feet. Thank the air that surrounds you with every breath you take. Find yourself in the appreciation of life.”

 

The author of this poem is unknown, but I love the message it sends. Take time to smell the roses! Take time to be grateful!

 

“Take time to work

it is the price of success.

 

Take time to think

it is the source of power.

 

Take time to play

it is the secret of perpetual youth.

 

Take time to read

it is the fountain of wisdom.

 

Take time to be friendly

it is the road to happiness.

 

Take time to dream

it is your highway to the stars.

 

Take time to give

it is too short a day to be selfish.

 

Take time to laugh

it is the music of the heart.

 

Take time to love and be loved

it is nourishment for the soul.”

 

May God bless and protect you and…

May you always be

Healthy, Happy

Safe and Comfortable

 

Kelly Curtis

 

Rosicrucian Reflections #1

 

Quaerite Et Invenietis  “Seek and you will find”

 

“The truth is more complex than it seems and a good heart has more impact than anyone with a thousand words or actions.”

-Robin Sacredfire

 

Rosicrucianism is a spiritual and cultural movement that started in Europe in the early 17th century. They study and practice the metaphysical laws governing the universe, some of their studies include: The mysteries of birth and death, the illusory nature of time and space, the creative power of visualization, the influence of thoughts on health, the development of intuition and much more.

I’d like to share some of their wisdom in a series titled ‘Rosicrucian Reflections’. I hope you enjoy and can use these gems of knowledge as they’ve been very helpful to me on my quest.

 

“The first step is to control and order our thinking. Too many of our failures yesterday were self-created by our own negative thinking. Sooner or later we are going to have to realize and accept that fact. The unhappy consequences of our own negative thinking are going to be presented in our lives repeatedly until we finally realize that we are punishing ourselves. Then we will begin to think positively always and our lives will begin to change. This is nature’s way of teaching. It is simply a matter of will to control our thinking. It is just as easy to think that we shall succeed as to think that we shall fail. It is no more difficult to think that we will feel better than to think that we shall decline and feel worse. We need simply to decide whether to expect happiness and good things today, or unhappiness and disappointing experiences. Remember, we create, whether we like it or not!”

-Rosicrucian Manuscript

 

May God bless and protect you and…

May you always be

Healthy, Happy

Safe and Comfortable

 

Kelly Curtis

Spiritual Treatments #6

 

Quaerite Et Invenietis  “Seek and you will find”

 

“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies, were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of star stuff.”

-Carl Sagan

 

From the book ’34 Spiritual Treatments’ by Ernest Holmes, use these treatments as prayer or affirmation:

 

“His Mind has determined my ways, and I walk them in harmony and love. The Devine cannot conceive confusion, and I shall have none this day. I let God’s Idea of me direct me. I use His law for good alone. I am certain of success, for I let Divinity operate as me. The Law of Mind is my refuge. I think into It what I want, and It brings to pass the desires of my heart. God wants me to have the good I seek. His whole Being is mine to distribute into form. I know this and glorify God through my right thinking. The Peace of God is mine. I let it infiltrate my whole subconscious and bring healing to me. I let go of my human will and accept the Good which God has for me. This Good is greater than I have ever visualized. I rejoice in Its wonder and use It with authority. My peace is established and no power can disturb it.”

 

May God bless and protect you and…

May you always be

Healthy, Happy

Safe and Comfortable.

Kelly Curtis

Words To Live By #5 If I Had My Life To Live Over Again

 

Quaerite Et Invenietis  “Seek and you will find”

Someone asked 85 year-old Nadine Stair, from Louisville, Kentucky, “How would you have lived your life differently if you had a chance?” Here is her response:

“If I had my life to live over again,

I’d dare to make more mistakes next time.

I’d relax.

I’d limber up.

I’d be sillier than I’ve been on this trip.

I would take fewer things seriously.

I would take more chances,

I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers.

I would eat more ice cream and less beans.

I would perhaps have more actual troubles but fewer imaginary ones.

You see, I’m one of those people who live

sensibly and sanely hour after hour,

day after day.

 

Oh, I’ve had my moments.

And if I had it to do over again,

I’d have more of them.

In fact, I’d try to have nothing else.

Just moments, one after another,

Instead of living so many years ahead of each day.

I’ve been one of those people who never goes anywhere

without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a raincoat

and a parachute.

If I had to do it again, I would travel lighter than I have.

 

If I had to live my life over,

I would start barefoot earlier in the Spring

and stay that way later in the Fall

I would go to more dances.

I would ride more merry-go-rounds.

I would pick more Daisies.”

 

May God bless and protect you and…

May you always be

Healthy, Happy

Safe and Comfortable

Kelly Curtis

 

Spiritual Treatments #5

Quaerite Et Invenietis – “Seek and you will find.”

 

“We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.”

-Oswald Chambers

 

I recently downloaded a book on my Kindle titled “34 Spiritual Treatments” by Ernest Holmes, a teacher, writer, and the spiritual leader of the New Thought Movement. These 34 treatments are like prayers or affirmations. I’d like to share them as I’ve found them to be very powerful. So once or twice a week I’ll post one of them.

 

“I believe that I am the son/daughter of God and heir to all the father hath. As I let my inner self see things in their entirety and in their right relation, I know that the spirit of life and power is back of all that is visible in this world. To the degree that I open myself to the Devine inflow, do I become like God. Today, I let my thinking be affirmative and constructive; I let my mental pictures be bright and full of good cheer. Today, I partake of the life of God and feel the essence of that Life expressing Itself in and through me. Today, I reject all limitation and disease, and act in accordance with my belief. I acknowledge the order and beauty of God’s creation and act in cooperation with all this beauty. What is true of God, is also true of me. I am never separated from the source of All-Good.”

 

May God bless and protect you and…

May you always be

Healthy, Happy

Safe and Comfortable

Kelly Curtis

Affirmation or Prayer?

 

                           Quaerite Et Invenietis – “Seek and you will find.”

 

“Prayer does not fit us for the greater work. Prayer is the greater work.”

-Oswald Chambers

 

“I act as if I already have what I want – It’s an excellent way to attract happiness into my life.”

-Louise Hay

 

I called this post Affirmation or Prayer instead of Affirmation and Prayer because some of us may believe in one or the other depending on our beliefs. But really, no matter our beliefs, we can use them both, after all, they’re very close to the same thing, and both require absolute faith.

To me, using an affirmation is nothing more than me talking myself into believing something, whereas with prayer, I’m talking to God. But for affirmation or prayer to work, you must truly believe. With affirmation you must pay close attention to the words you use and let them truly sink in. With prayer and affirmation imagine your words as coming from your heart, not your brain. Let the words go not out into space somewhere, rather,  let them go straight to the place in you that God resides. And believe!

A lot of us have heard the parable of the mustard seed, where Jesus states: “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

All you need is faith as small as a mustard seed. But, that mustard seed of faith has to be pure; it can’t have any impurities such as doubt. That small mustard seed must be pure faith. If faith is the dream builder, then doubt is the dream crusher. Believe, Believe, Believe!

Now, let’s look more closely at prayer and affirmation.

Prayer has been with us a while. It is found in written sources as early as five thousand years ago. The word prayer comes from Medieval Latin – Prearia, to “petition,” According to Wikipedia: “Prayer is an evocation or act that seeks to activate rapport with an object of worship through deliberate communication.” Prayer can take a variety of forms such as hymn or incantation, it can be part of a liturgy or a ritual, performed alone or in groups. It can be used to make a humble request, to meditate or to pray for another. Prayer can also be used for purposes of thanksgiving and praise. You can think of prayer as the worlds greatest wireless connection. “Your prayer may be awkward and feeble, but the power of prayer is in the one who hears it.”

Here are three principles to use for more meaningful prayer: Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings. Express more heartfelt gratitude. and finally, Pray for others with real intent.

Remember about faith? Mark 11:24 says: ” Therefor I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

Now let’s look at affirmation. Wikipedia has this to say about the subject: “Affirmations in new age terminology refer to the practice of positive thinking and self empowerment – fostering a belief that “A positive mental attitude supported by affirmations will achieve success in anything.”

In a nutshell, affirmations are a statement to be repeated to oneself, or written frequently, most effective if used in present tense. But, they must be positive and specific. So, they are the action of affirming. Affirm to state as a fact. Assert strongly.

To sum up – The point of prayer is not just to say the words, but to feel the meaning underlying the words. The same is true of affirmations. Whether we use affirmation or prayer, or both, just remember if you believe, you can move that mountain.

 

May God bless and protect you and…

May you always be

Healthy, Happy

Safe and VComfortable.

 

Kelly Curtis