Essene Meditations And Blessings #67

Meditation

My life is guided onward

Toward the Light.

All about me are the signs of growth,

The signs of new life

Bursting from containment.

I, too, feel this primal urge

To cast off limitation

And open my petals to the sun.

No longer must I wait.

I share my life with those I love.

The Blessing

Beauty surrounds me, beauty all around me.

Quiet beauty of the new flowers of springtime

Within me, the peaceful beauty of my being

Reflects the richness of my life,

And I am blessed.

-Danaan Parry

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May God bless and protect you and…

May you always be

Healthy, Happy

Safe and Comfortable

Seth Kelly Curtis

Spiritual Essays #23

How to Bring Spirituality Into Your Life

Spiritual Practice

by Jayaram V

In western traditions, you will find a clear wedge between spiritualism and materialism. It is not so in eastern traditions, especially in Hinduism and Buddhism.

Hinduism is rightly called a way of life, because it advocates a God centric life in which we are expected to integrate our materialistic and spiritual aspirations around a central purpose, which is attaining liberation (moksha) from the cycle of births and deaths.

Although Buddhism does not believe in the existence of God, it projects a way of life in which the practice of Eightfold Path is an important and essential component.

Both the religions uphold a holistic way of life, in which you are slowly and gradually drawn to spiritual life, while performing your obligatory duties and your day to day responsibilities.

Both the religions agree that until you are ready for complete renunciation, you should lead a responsible and virtuous life, preparing yourself for the next stage of your liberation.

It is not difficult to lead a holistic way of life, which is complete and in which you will have ample opportunities to fulfill both your material and spiritual aspirations. It is not necessary that to lead a spiritual life you need to become a monk or an ascetic.

You can be whoever you want to be and yet spiritual, because you can with some practice make it your essential nature. You may think that you are a physical entity, but as every religion declares you are a spiritual being.

To lead a spiritual life, you do not have to seek salvation in a faraway place. Although seclusion helps you stabilize your mind, you can create opportunities to create your own spiritual zone.

For the same reasons, you do not have to go to a forest or a mountain cave to find peace in your heart or find God. You can experience them wherever you are, through the things that you seek and the actions that you perform.

To live a life that is wholesome, spiritual and peaceful, you need awareness, sincerity, commitment and sensitivity to the deeper and not so apparent aspects of life. You should remain mindful and attentive to what happens around you and inside you. You have to train your mind and senses and change your mindset, so that you can discern the reality beyond the illusions.

Cultivate the qualities that are essential to lead a divine and holistic life. Holistic means, you consider every aspect of your personality, not just your mind and body to resolve the problem of your life and work for your salvation. In this regard the following suggestions are helpful.

  1. Think deeply about your perceptions and experiences that matter to you most as they happen. It helps you to be reflective and cultivate deeper awareness.
  2. Observe life and people without letting your emotions and judgments interfere with it to develop understanding, insight, intuition, and empathy.
  3. Practice silence so that you can learn to use your speech wisely and remain secluded even amidst people and the world as and when needed.
  4. Keep your negative thoughts under check and do not allow them to influence your actions and decisions.
  5. Feel grateful for the very opportunity to be alive and experience life in all its colors.
  6. Learn from your negative experiences so that you will become wiser and better.

Spirituality is a deeply personal subject. The purpose or the aim of spiritual life is to become free from whatever that holds you in bondage and fear. Therefore, aim to free yourself from the illusions and shackles of the world and find freedom from them.

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May God bless and protect you and…

May you always be

Healthy, Happy

Safe and Comfortable

Seth Kelly Curtis

Pagan Prayer #16

Morning

Today is a day to focus on achievement. What are the things I want to achieve? Success? Fame? Fulfillment? Wealth? Peace? Forgiveness? Whatever I want to achieve, I can bring into my life now. I bring my thoughts into alignment with my intentions. And my actions into alignment with my thoughts. Today, my thoughts and actions will be directed towards my goals.

Evening

I know that I did my best today to focus on achievement. Tonight I will rest knowing that I spent a productive day working towards my goals. Even if my achievements aren’t evident to others, I know that I continue to make progress on both the material and spiritual levels.

-From the book – A Daily Book Of Pagan Prayer by Megan Day

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May God bless and protect you and…

May you always be

Healthy, Happy

Safe and Comfortable

Seth Kelly Curtis

Rosicrucian Reflections #64 “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 finally we 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

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May God bless and protect you and…

May you always be

Healthy, Happy

Safe and Comfortable

Seth Kelly Curtis

Essene Meditations And Blessings #66

Meditation

My petals spread upward to the sun,

My roots dig deeply in the earth.

Outward streams my love

To touch all life,

Inward streams the love

Life shares with me.

Let me open fully to it all,

For love and life and growth come in many colors

And sing many different songs.

The Blessing

The season’s work comes clear to me,

Amidst my outward growth.

To love it all,

The bitter and the sweet,

For each is drawn to me,

Bringing lessons

To aid my journey home.

How blessed is the student,

How wise the teacher.

And are they not the same?

-Danaan Parry

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May God bless and protect you and…

May you always be

Healthy, Happy

Safe and Comfortable

Seth Kelly Curtis

Weekly Meditation #63

My Feet Do Not Falter

My feet do not falter, for they are kept upon the path of life through the power of the eternal spirit. Guide my feet; compel my way; direct my paths and keep me in your presence. My feet are guarded, and I am guided into the All Good. Divine Love guides my feet.

-Ernest Holmes

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May God bless and protect you and…

May you always be

Healthy, Happy

Safe and Comfortable

Seth Kelly Curtis

Science Of Mind #40

I Give Form To The Invisible

Life at the center of your being is a silent Power. Physical facts, form, and conditions are no obstruction to this Power. It flows through them and takes a new form in them. It remolds them. That which makes can re-make; that which molds can re-mold; that which creates can recreate. Remember, what you see comes from what you do not see. The visible is the Invisible made manifest. It is the Invisible caught in temporary form. every time you think, you are giving form to this Invisible Power.

The question arises whether any limit can be placed upon the possibility of the conscious use of spiritual Power. Theoretically it would seem impossible to place such a limit. The only limitation would be that which proceeds from lack of belief or understanding. The Spirit Itself must be ever present within us. If we could strip our mind of fear, superstition, and all sense of separation from this Divine Presence, approaching It quite simply and directly, we would probably be surprised at the results that would follow. In using spiritual Law, the one having the greatest faith obtains the best results.

I am surrounded by a spiritual Presence that responds to my word. Today I take charge of my thinking. Knowing that the Divine appears to each only as a measure of his own imagination, I enlarge the concept I present to It for fulfillment. I wait calmly and expectantly for new and greater experiences to come to me.

-Ernest Holmes

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May God bless and protect you and…

May you always be

Healthy, Happy

Safe and Comfortable

Seth Kelly Curtis