Thursday, December 4, 2008
For what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion light with darkness? II Corinthians 6:14
Not God, but ye yourselves, are the creators and supporters of moral evils. The Talmud
The Divine Spirit inhabits eternity, overshadows eerything, including human events, dwells within our own soul; and is released through our own act. Ernest Holmes
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
We all long for intimate relationships; we wish to feel that we are one with all people. This yearning, which every normal person has, emanates from an unconscious, but spiritual, perception that we are all one with Life itself. While there is no sense of rejection there will be no loneliness.
I no longer reject myself. Knowing that I am one with all people in the Spirit. I receive everyone as a friend. I establish a close and intimate relationship with everyone I meet--something goes out from me and becomes unified with them. I include all and exclude none.
Higher than all differences is that union of the soul with its Source; beyond all differentiation, the Infinite Person is enshrined in the sanctuary of my own consciousness. One with all people, I enjoy this Divine companionship. I embrace the Infinite in everyone and in turn am embraced by It. Ernest Holmes, Daily Wisdom, Nov. 26th
He that sayeth he is in the light and hateth his brother is in the darkness; he that loveth his brother is in the light. 1 John 2: 9-10
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I have only seen her once.
A clerk at the local Walmart.
She is a petite brunette, with glasses.
At first, rather ordinary looking, however
then her laughter and shining eyes
transformed her into a beauty,
There was no doubt that
She was laughing with me,
and we joined joyously
under those harsh lights.
For a little while, Walmart's
became heaven to me.
I keep looking for her there again,
as that moment laughing with her
became soothing medicine for me.
Perhaps it is just as well
that I do not see her again,
as that healing present
has become a shining memory.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Humanity and Divinity will be identical when we recognize Divinity in humanity. We must learn to see through the apparent, to not judge according to appearances, and to realize that at the center of every person's soul God is enthroned.
Today, I extend the hand of compassion to everyone I meet. I permit my inner vision to penetrate every apparent obstruction, every obstinate attempt to cover up the Divine, every ignorant misuse of the Law of Good. I withdraw the veil that hides my real self, and in so doing unveil the Reality in others. Today I love as never before, I draw close to the Spirit in everything and everyone.
Paraphrased fr0m Ernest Holmes' A Year of Daily Wisdom (Nov. 17)
Friday, November 14, 2008
Ron, Glad to know you are well my friend. None of my business really and say so if you like it wont hurt my feelings any, Havent you put up with enough BS from Barry by now?fm
fm, that is a good question, and thank you for allowing me to reflect on it.
Barry was left with no choice after his overdose a few weeks ago. After he got out of detox, he had to move in with me or go homeless. Since his overdose, where he almost died, I (really Spirit). have had to take charge So far, Barry has been grateful and humble. A woman at my church went through the same thing with herself and her son, and she knows a therapist who "was miraculous" for her and her family. Now, I have Barry under the care of same counselor, and Barry is responding well to the treatment with a spiritual emphasis.
Mom and my Aunt cannot afford to take care of him anymore, and frankly they are too old! I am weaning him off manipulating them, and they are very grateful to me. Finally I am out of the "scapegoat" role in the family back to the "caregiver" role, where I always was, but not understood - they mixed up my ability to respond with "trying to take control.". Remember, I am a trained therapist and moved back here to be a "rescuer", which I have found to be a most difficult path - finally I am helping for sure.
"I open my heart to God, and receive the blessing that forgiveness brings me.
My forgiveness of myself is related to my forgiveness of others, because my willingness to forgive others inspires me to also forgive myself. My life is enriched as this cycle of giving and receiving continues to bless me and all my relationships." Unity Daily Word
all for-givingness, Ron
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
...Unless I accept life completely on life's terms, I cannot be happy. I need to concentrate not so much on what needs to be changed in the world as on the needs to be changed in me and in my attitudes.
From 12 step literature (Big Book?)
There is a place within me
where very few can see.
There is a place within me
where I am perfectly free.
There is a place within me
where there is infinite ectasy.
There is a place within me
that is eternal intimacy.
There is a place within me
where we join joyously.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Joy Is the Realization of Oneness
There has been one crisis after another lately. Are you freezing in fear or are you taking action to be a part of the solution? “Where there is crisis there is opportunity”, according to the Tao. What is the “opportunity” here?
From reading Awakening into Oneness by Arjuna Ardagh and experiencing the grace of “Deekshas” (Oneness Blessings) by Diedra Price and Beth Inman locally many times now, I have been struck by the increase of joy in my life. “A happy person will be an asset to society. Spirituality is about happiness.” (Anandagiri in Ardagh’s book)
Deeksha givers go through intensive training to become empty vessels, so that God's Grace can come through their hands placed gently on your head. The intention is to balance the energy in the brain. The chatter from the busy left side decreases, as the calmer right side of the brain becomes more engaged. The result, for me, is that I end up feeling more centered in the moment. Even washing the dishes is enjoyable. I feel more accepting and helpful to others.
By its very name and principles, the Unity Church stands solidly behind the Oneness Movement.
“Joy is the realization of oneness, the oneness of our soul with supreme love.” Tagore
“Be of one mind,live in peace.” II Cor.13:18
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
What Love means to a 4-8 year old . . .
A group of professional people posed this question to a groupof 4 to 8 year-olds, 'What does love mean?'
The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined..
**************************** 'When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn't bend over and paint her toenails anymore.So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That's love.'
Rebecca- age 8
____________________________ 'When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.' Billy - age 4
____________________________'Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.' Karl - age 5
____________________________ 'Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.' Chrissy - age 6
____________________________ 'Love is what makes you smile when you're tired.'Terri - age 4
____________________________'Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.' Danny - age 7
____________________________ 'Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more.My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss' Emily - age 8
____________________________ 'Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.' Bobby - age 7 (Wow!)____________________________'If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate,' Nikka - age 6 (we need a few million more Nikka's on this planet)
____________________________ 'Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.' Noelle - age 7
____________________________ 'Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.' Tommy - age 6
____________________________ 'My mommy loves me more than anybody. You don't see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.' Clare - age 6
____________________________ 'Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.' Elaine-age 5
____________________________ 'Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.' Chris - age 7
____________________________ 'Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.' Mary Ann - age 4
____________________________'I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.' Lauren - age 4
____________________________ 'When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.' (what an image) Karen - age 7
____________________________ 'Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn't think it's gross.' Mark - age 6
____________________________'You really shouldn't say 'I love you' unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.' Jessica - age 8
____________________________And the final one The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife.
Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman's yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there. When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said,'Nothing, I just helped him cry'
Sunday, September 28, 2008
yes Jah rastafari ever livin ever lovin ever sure
you people make me feel IRIE
Bob Marley's music is so simple as simple as love
love has no eyes and makes no distinctions
love is the one thing which we can give and give and give and it will only become more
give love freely it is not a thing of barter nor does it imply that the recipient must give in return
love grows in the giving give freely and without strings just as Bob Marley gave his words and music for all the world to enjoy
dance enjoy rejoice and be happy
we all have but the single moment in time and none can tell which was the first nor which shall be their last
give love in this moment and worry not about the next
Sabrina, Happy Birthday, I wish someone could sing you Marley's "One Love" for your bithday. Do you have a video of him playing that One-der-full song. If not could you share the lyrics with us?"
Love is all we came here for.
No one could offer you more.
Do you know what I mean?
Have your eyes really seen?
Love is the open-ended door.
Nobody could offer you more.
Do you know what I mean?
Love is all we came here for.
Do you know what I mean?
Have your eyes really seen?"
Elton John from his Tumbleweed Album about thirty years ago.
Sabrina, "I know your eyes have seen," Happy Happy Birthday. One Love, Ron
AMIR ... RON .. my brothers .. wow am I happy about earning some more years of wisdom - at 39 i now that there is so much more to learn and pass on .. praise Jah for the blessing of life ..... i have this little blog thing going .. havent told anyone about it really its a way keep my balance .. but there is a video and lyrics for One Love on there ... I played Bob the entire morning and switched to Burnin' Spear in the evening - we intended to go to the reggae club but decided to stay home and enjoy the 'Reggae Ride' on the radio (every Sat. night) ... love love love Amir thats all its about nothing more - you are so right ... Ron thank God I have seen - now comes the responsibility of sight ... i pray for strength for us ALL ... Blessings ALLhttp://caribbeanpeoples.wordpress.com/bob-marley-videos/bob-marley-one-love-original-video-england/
Baha'i Writings -- Be As One Spirit from Ron's friend, Sally
Let your hearts reflect the glories of the Sun of Truth in their many colors to gladden the eye of the divine Cultivator Who has nourished them.
Day by day become more closely attracted in order that the love ofGod may illumine all those with whom you come in contact. Be as one spirit, one soul, leaves of one tree, flowers of one garden, waves of one ocean
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
The illusion is that we are separated from God's Love.
From that false thinking, there is immense grief.
All other losses add to this grief.
The stages of grief Elizabeth Kubler-Ross identified are: (DABDA -1,2, 3, 4, 5)
D !. Denial (this isn't happening to me! Or just blanking it out of your mind)
A 2. Anger (surprising, confusing emotional outbursts causing guilt)
B 3, Bargaining (I promise I'll be a better person if... Why did that happen to me? Why did she leave me? Why now? victimy questioning on and on ad nauseum)
D 4. Depression (I don't care anymore - loss of appetite, wonder, suicidal and/or homicidal ideation - if last two go to clinic or hospital to see professional about need of medication)
A 5. Acceptance (I accept with peace what has happened and will happen)
Most grief counselors believe that the stages are cyclical, with no script or real pattern, except that one can heal by experiencing "acceptance" more and more clearly and definitely, until finally the nightmare circle is almost extinguished.
The most tricky "stage" that keeps reappearing is the "Bargaining" because of all the confusion it causes in our thinking. A strong victim bargaining confusion can actually lead to a "thinking disorder", that may require medication, however this therapist prescribes meditation first. From my experience personally and as a grief counselor, changing our thinking or the glimpses a still mind experiences during meditation, returns us to the peace of acceptance that we all want as our end point. Then some unexpected anger or depression may creep back in, however if one looks closely, there is probably a "why me" victim thought behind the anger or depression.
At the attainment of pure peace of acceptance, joy becomes the dominating emotion. We are One with God. Since God is Love, we are One with Love. Since God is Peace, we are One with Peace. Since God is Joy, we are One with Joy.
And then the ugly nightmarish cycle may come back, however, with the realization of Oneness, it is replaced much quicker this time with Peace, Joy and Love! All it may take is a change of thought or a quick meditation.
Your grief for what you've lost lifts a mirror
up to where you are bravely working.
Expecting the worst, you look, and instead
here's the joyful face you've been wanting to see.
Your hand opens and closes and opens and closes.
If it were always a fist or always stretched open,
you would be paralyzed.
Your deepest presence is in very small contracting and expanding,
the two as beautifully coordinated as birdwings. -Rumi
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
I tear down the walls of opinion
That separates anybody from me.
I set them free
From the projections of myself.
So I may see them as they are.
I will not measure them with the
Yardsticks of yesterday.
For perhaps in the night
An angel of light
Revealed to them who they are
And today they may be that.
"Time" (my title) is a poem that I found written by "anon." on a back of a bathroom door in California in the '80's.
Here is one I wish I had written: The Ground
Today, like every other day,
We wake up empty and scared.
Take down the dulcimer.
Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel
And kiss the Ground. Rumi (translated by Bly)
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
the love of God within you:
eternal, changeless, and forever unfailing.
This is the answer to whatever
confronts you today." W, 79 (ACIM)
If we love one another,
God dwelleth in us, &
His love is perfected in us. John 4:12
Whatever is the question, love is the answer.
Whatever is the problem, love is the answer.
Whatever is the illness, love is the answer.
Whatever is the pain, love is the answer.
Whatever the fear, love is the answer.
Love is always the answer because
Love is all there is. Jerry Jampolsky & Diane Cirincione (LOVE IS THE ANSWER - CREATING POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS)
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sailing My Father Home
The Most Difficult Oneness
Nov. 1982 to Dec. 1983 was Ron’s last year as a professional sailing captain/teacher in the Bahamas, the Carolina coasts and New England. The year started with a tragic accident. His Father was brain-injured in a car accident/stroke. Ron faced the grief of his Father’s injury, losses of first mate/lovers, all the while sailing with students in his well-named vessel Kayoss. As a youth, Ron promised himself, he would not live the same stressful driven life of his Father, yet painfully he started seeing his Father’s shadow in himself.
After completing courses in Yoga and holistic health practice, Ron sailed home to South Carolina and took his 62 year old Father out of a rest home against his Mother’s will. A decision that caused more divisiveness between his Mother and Ron. While practicing alternative healing modalities with his Father, he learned much about himself, and how to love and accept his parents with all their pain and problems.
The author writes from his own ship log/journals written day by day all year, along with reflections from his memory.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
to do with
It is your
state of being.
Love is not
but love is not
confined to it,
it is beyond it,
it is more than that -
Man becomes mature
he starts loving
rather than needing.
He starts overflowing,
he starts sharing
he starts giving-
two mature persons
are in love,
one of the greatest paradoxes
of life happens,
one of the most
they are together,
they are almost one.
But their oneness
does not destroy
their individuality. Rajneesh
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Solomon and all his Wives
They try to say what you are, spiritual or sexual? They wonder about Solomon and all his wives. In the body of the world,they say, there is a soul, and you are that. But we have ways within each other that will never be said by anyone. Rumi (translated by Bly)
The Guest House
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they're a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond
(translated by Coleman Barks)
The minute I heard my first love story,
I started looking for you, not knowing
how blind that was.
Lovers don't finally meet somewhere,
they're in each other all along.
Translator: Coleman Barks
People come and go at Unity Christ Church in Surfside Beach on Sunday.
Melinda Abeles (left) and Jan Joyner joke around while learning the movements of a peace dance.
About 50 people form a circle, touch palms and weave between each other in a dance.
Gabriel Sufi prays as people form a circle to begin a peace dance.
Anne-Marie Tobias pauses picking a direction to turn at the stain glass window of Unity Christ Church in Surfside Beach on Sunday.
Between chants of unity and poetry recitals, Dorothy Backus (left) and Andra Baylus laugh as they get confused on which way to turn during a peace dance
Friday, July 18, 2008
I choose joy, and the best definition I have heard of joy, is by Tagore - "Joy is the realization of oneness, the oneness of our soul with supreme love."
What is "supreme love"? Well in the Bible it says that "God is Love" & "Abide in love, and you abide in God." Also, "Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed, that we should be called the sons (children) of God." 1 John 3:1
Love builds, and hate destroys and we have free will to choose!
I choose the joy of my oneness with Divine (God's) Love.
in Joy, Ron
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
THURSDAY, JULY 17
7:00 -- 8:30 PM
A SPECIAL EVENING for
“Committing to Oneness”
A Learning-To-Love-Every-One Group
with Ron Alexander
Be certain to attend this Special Evening of
"Committing to Oneness".
On July 17, local Deeksha Blessing Giver, Beth Inman, will be
helping us receive the Grace of Oneness.
Something extraordinary is happening! The Grace of God in the form of Light is coming to the earth to help usher in the Golden Age that is anticipated by many to start in 2012. This event is triggering the Light of the Golden Age and gives us all an opportunity to assist the transformation to the Satya Yuga (Age of Truth).
A perfect place and experience to fully enjoy benefits of
"The Full Moon of the Guru" (Grace Light)
The "Full Moon of the Guru" or Guru Purnima (July 17) is an ancient tradition in India when heavenly teachers offer powerful blessings to the human race. It is a time of opportunity for divine energy to enter the collective heart of humanity, bringing new levels of compassion, joy, peace, and divine intelligence to the world.
A $20.00 Love Offering is suggested for this special Deeksha Blessing
by Beth Inman
Namaste Light Workers!
Are you ready to IGNITE the GRACE LIGHT?! Here are some specific instructions on what to do on July 17, 2008. Remember this is a GLOBAL event and the more people who participate the more powerful this phenomenon will be for everyone on the planet. Please do your part and spread the word so that millions of people will be Meditating Simultaneously for the awakening of the Grace Light on the planet. This event comes exactly 1 year after the global "Fire the Grid" event, coincidence?! I don't think so! Pass it on!
Something extraordinary is happening! The Grace of God in the form of Light is coming to the earth to help usher in the Golden Age that is anticipated by many to start in 2012. This event is triggering the Light of the Golden Age and gives us all an opportunity to assist the transformation to the Satya Yuga (Age of Truth). Find out more:
GLOBAL MEDITATION: July 17 8pm Pacific Time
The TIME to create a divine awareness of the Grace Light is 11pm Eastern Time / 8pm Pacific Time. Please check your time zone and plan accordingly:
What to do on July 17:
For more instructions to go www.TheGraceLight.com
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
They are phenomenal, they are simply a true example of what we all should do.
I am trying to apply some of their techniques and I hired a Thai expert to develope their green respect with the touch of elegance and beauty this Thai people are developing, I am simply impressed. No wonder why the most beautiful hotels and theme parks are in Thailand, and gosh how delicate and sweet are the ladies... wowwwww...
Thats a leap in faith for me ... I served in Nam' and Thailand in 68 and 69 and their idea of green was to throw all of the garbage out of the window of the hut and when it got higher than the hut, they moved the hut ...
Best regards, Vernon C./Vpc
Well Vernon, back in the late 60's no one care about green or yellow or polution, that was against all odds.
Now Thai's are learning thet they have just a few ways of survival, and one is to take care and watch for their land and forest, thailand is one of the most efervecent countries nowadays for European tourists, and Germans (they only beleive that the black forest is the only forest they can travel) are so exigent on cleanliness, no moskitos, no wild animals, (I mean for a German a rat is a wild animal), and Thais have ñearned to deal with this eloquent and theatrical tourists excelent, and I admire what they have done.
I hope its true for themselves and themselves alone, they're a proud an vigilant country and I hope that which you indicated is a self pragmatic paradigm for themselves and their fellows.
My best regards, Vernon C./Vpc
Vernon, Why just for "themselves alone"? The whole planet needs to work together to heal the environmental problems. "The wind from a butterfly wings affects the whole world." This is a paraphrase, of course, but I got to experience the winds from a volcano thousands of miles away and three days previously. These abnormally high winds came along the jet stream unexpectedly (we did not understand these effects back then) and sunk many boats in the "protected" harbor I was in. I was fortunate to be aboard, and used diesel power to face the wind along with my two set anchors. I had to wear goggles & a snorkle to see and breath through the spray. For less fortunate vessels that were flying by me set free by the wind and heading to the rocks, I had students fending them off with boat poles. They were going too fast to catch them.
We all need to work together, Ron
Wow, Ron....I was there on the boat with you as i read it!!! What an experience...sure makes you grateful for every minute you get granted from then on!
I certainly understan your repulsion of Thais, afterthe Kemish rouge, and after learning about the killing fields, you won't beleive that those kids are now able to stand up a nation, and what they have done in tourism, it's unbeleivable, Orient express is now owned by thailandese, the most luxurious venues in the world are located in the killing fields, and the remains of the 60's war are forgotten in the minds of Thais, they are respectfull, open, and overall welcoming all sort of tourits and don't care about their menthality, the only think I dislike is the protitution, the girls so young and pretty shoen in the hookers apparel like cattle, and the ugly "looking for sex" tourists geting drunk and abusing of the prostitution in Bangkcock, well that happens in other cities in the world but I have never seen the industry of prostitution like in Bangcock, its a "bang, bang" 24 hours a day.
Can you believe it? How many posts ago I wrote that "this too shall pass?" I think that most of us want to have planetary committment to good environmental solutions to any problems. Don't you agree?
"The modern world is developing an almost mystic consciousness of the continuity and interdependence of humankind." Jane Addams (many years ago)
Good to hear from you, Ron
"Treat the earth well: We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children"-Ancient American Indian Proverb, well said, huh? Ron
Well said Ron - well said. . . Our stewardship decides tomorrow.
Dear Augustin,great words,but allow me to suggest that I find it better not to even mention the aspects which you dislike. You are indirectly advertising for them unless you can choose your audience.
Ron I had forgotten that great one. Thx., can spread the word in fertile minds.
Good point again Amir - Thoughts are things - chose the good ones!
This audience of course (I hope) is for adut people with strong moral values, I wanted to reafirm and retreive Vernn's repulsion to Thailand and the bad experiences he suffered back in the 60's, and certain things that has not changed since then when US troops stationes in Bangcock and left what now they are making money out of it. It is certainly disgusting and lack of moral, but in the other hand to see how they are building a nation, taking advantage of their disadvantages its amazing.
Agustin - Many people that served in that debacle hold the same opinion.
IT was a difficult time for many and the country, indeed the entire area, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, was cetainly not what it might be now. Unfortunately, those of us who served still have thoughts of that time frame etched forever in our minds.
It was a difficult time. . .
If, indeed, the area has progressed, all the better for the people.
There is an old saying - "You can certainly make chicken soup out of chicken poop - just don't ask me to drink it. . . ".
It might be a super area, a renaissance, a new world. . . for me, I'll have to pass. . . sorry
I certainly understand you, and I also have my nightmares with all these asians, I served in 1972 til 75 in 'nam at the navy and yes, everytiime I see these asians, my nightmares and records of the past pops up in my mind, and for me china can be the economy of the future, but they are not more than !""E#$%& chinese, the always fear army of 'nam and Korea, some of us have memories of the past, but I have recovered from those nights with fear waiting for the order of battle in Asia, for the wake up calls at the same places.
I don't mean to stir up old pain, Agustin - please believe me. . . for me, the cure was to lock that all away and move forward. It was a painful time for all who served.
I bear no malice to anyone. . . I just prefer to keep the lock on the door.
For all of us Viet Nam era ex-soldiers, I recommend soldiersheart.net
Dr.John Fisher is a friend of mine and is on the Board of Directors. He spoke at our church Sunday, and he is really impressed by the community that Viet Nam has for their ex-soldiers, which we don' t have, and how closely he was taken into their community on one of his trips there. One of his life's mission is to help create community for Iraqi Vets.
"There is more room in a broken heart." Ron
Dear Ron, I brwosed over this web page, and some tears came down, what a remarkable project John Fisher is doing, I found a couple of friends there, well, I hope God is taking care of them and I hope this part of history does not come back again and Irak is the last chapter of the book of human horrendous chaos.
Thanks for sharing
Agustin Ortiz, ...
Agustin - embraso, mi amigo. Thank you for serving. Ron - thank youB
Agustin - embrazzo, mi amigo. Thank you for serving. Ron - thank youLet's all move on pleaseThat was then; this is NOW
Ron, "There is more room in a broken heart" is so true....it is something I personally understand and have, as God has filled the hurt part of my heart with His love to help heal it and to help others by sharing His love from my heart to theirsl who are hurting. It makes perfect sense, being His servant of healing.Love and blessings to all.Marie-Dominique (on a break)
Marie-Dominique D, .
Bill,I can understand Agustin' desire to have the Asian Population be a wonderful thing ... unfortunately I can't help him in that duologue, some of the pictures still play through my mind and my thoughts. And it wasn't a paradise then and in my mind isn't now. I know people who are here now from Thailand, and they don't see it in his terms either ... but each to there own. And too Ron, Each Country has a right to their own destinies and thats what I meant, and sometimes well meant individuals and countries who come to their "aid" place to much fertilizer on the garden to only harm what they meant to feed, which is also what I meant ... sometimes the old slogan "Best left alone to let Sleeping Dog's lay where they might" is still true.Best regards, Vernon C./Vpc__________________________________________________________
Bill & Vernon,I understand that you do not deal with the past, however also, it is true that "history is doomed to repeat itself if we don't learn from the past."I worked with homeless Viet Nam vets, who were the majority of the homeless then, now the Iraqi vets are becoming the new unfortunate majority.So I join with John's "soldiers hearts" organization to facilitate healing for the vets coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan, and hope that these people can go back in peace to those countries in the future, as so many Nam Vets are going back to Nam now.Yours in peace now, Ron
-Ancient Indian Proverb
May your troubles be less
May your blessings be more
May nothing but happiness
Come through your door!
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
I have been reflecting recently on the notion of Grace. Nearly every religion has a concept or definition of grace: Grace is the "freely given, unmerited favor and love of God." It is the "spirit of God operating in humans to regenerate or to strengthen them." And it is "Divine love and protection bestowed freely on people."
Each of these definitions hints in some way at the mercy of the Divine to shower us with blessings freely, without any pre-condition.
In my post last week, I shared the inspiring and transcendent experience of astronaut Edgar Mitchell during his return trip toward earth in Apollo 14. I also shared my own transformational experience in India when, in a glorious instant, my consciousness exploded into radiant and ecstatic Oneness. All sense of separateness and individual identity vaporized and, for several (timeless) days, "I" was pure Being, imbued with supreme power and intelligence. That was grace.
I did nothing to deserve that experience. The day started out much like any other day. I had no forewarning that my body would soon erupt into brilliant, self-effulgent light, nor any reason to suspect my life was about to take a drastically different course. Yet when the illusion of separation was shattered, my fundamental understanding of reality was radically re-configured. Even this briefest glimpse of the inherent interconnectedness of all things changed "me" forever. That was grace
It was nearly a year later when I thought to ask my spiritual teacher whether the experience had a name. "Of course," he said, "you experienced the light body."
This answer was profound coming from a sage whose lineage are masters of light and transcendence. His deeply mystical tradition teaches that ultimate enlightenment is not simply liberation of the mind (as if that weren't hard enough), but also liberation of the body. The yogis discovered that we have many layers of existence - from the gross physical body, to subtle energy bodies, to the radiant body of light. As we expand our capacity to hold greater light by awakening various energy centers in the body, we can ultimately transform the dense matter of the physical form into the spiritual body of light. Well-known eastern saints such as Babaji and Swami Ramalingam are documented as having achieved this liberation, the immortal "light body", similar to the resurrection of Jesus, the assumption of Mother Mary, or the ascension process in other faiths.
I share this whole story for a particular reason. Independent of your ability to perceive it, or your sense of merit or worthiness, everyone is infused with grace light. Grace light is the incredibly radiant light of the Divine within every soul -- compassionate, intelligent and almighty. It is not a physical light -- it is an explosive inner light, more brilliant and powerful than the sun. It is the burning bush for Moses, the light of Jesus that blinded Paul on his way to Damascus, the power of Allah, Buddha and the enlightened ones of all faiths throughout the ages.
Recognizing this universal truth, the Tamil Siddha lineage is acknowledging an emerging phenomenon - the awakening of grace light in the hearts and minds of more and more people around the globe. According to them, humanity is undergoing a major evolutionary transformation and the great masters of many traditions are here to help steward the process. This lineage believes that grace light will awaken both individual and collective consciousness, affecting a global shift into a new level of human evolution.
Every individual will play an important role in this shift, as the primary conduit for expression of light is the human body. Once various energy centers are opened, (a process the Siddhas call "opening the 9-Gates") you become a vehicle for transmitting light to others. It is an opportunity for everyone to contribute to a shift of consciousness on a global scale.
The beginning of this shift will correspond with a significant astronomical event on the eastern calendar. The "Full Moon of the Guru" or Guru Purnima (July 17th) is an ancient tradition in India when heavenly teachers offer powerful blessings to the human race. It is a time of opportunity for divine energy to enter the collective heart of humanity, bringing new levels of compassion, joy, peace, and divine intelligence to the world.
I encourage you to 'tune in' to the sacred energies during this time. Open into a state of receptivity and faith. Take time for prayer or meditation, let go of fear, and simply let the blessings wash over you. That is grace.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
see - onenessmovement.org (video and article below - a different click)
If you cannot make the COMMITTING TO ONENESS group this Thursday,
be sure to come next Thurs. on July, 17th as local Deeksha Blessing Giver Beth Inman will be helping us receive the grace of Oneness.
A perfect place and experience to fully enjoy benefits of "The Full Moon of the Guru"!
The "Full Moon of the Guru" or Guru Purnima (July 17th) is an ancient tradition in India when heavenly teachers offer powerful blessings to the human race. It is a time of opportunity for divine energy to enter the collective heart of humanity, bringing new levels of compassion, joy, peace, and divine intelligence to the world.
Below is a One-der-full article and video:
THURSDAY, JULY 17
7:00 -- 8:30 PM
“Committing to Oneness”
with Ron Alexander
This group is for those who are committed to “being the change
we want to see in the world” (Gandhi).
Friday, July 4, 2008
In The Beginning, the world was without form, void and silent.
There was only darkness. There was neither color nor light.
God moved upon the face of the Universe.
And God said, "Let there be light." And there was light.
And God saw that it was good.
First came motion, then sound, then light.
God then created the heavens and the earth,
And all manner of living things upon the earth.
God saw that it was good. It was paradise!
All this was given to man. And one more thing
Was given to man: free will. God did not intervene.
Mankind has created the world
As it has existed for thousands of years:
A world of anger, violence, sadness and destruction.
In the midst of this, you were born.
Why have you come?
You have come to remember;
To remember the perfection in which you were created.
You came to see this:
Your sister and you, in the midst of a heated argument;
Suddenly remembering the creation;
She, with a deep breath, saying,
"All this does not matter, does it.?"
You, in a moment of pure vision, reply, "No."
And you and your sister embrace.
You came to see a man grab his dagger in anger,
And raise his hand to stab his neighbor –
Yet in the midst thereof, remember who he is!
Behold! The dagger clatters to the floor!
And they embrace.
You came to see the suicide bomber, driving toward death;
Suddenly stop the car, disarm the bomb;
And accept peace in his heart.
You came to let go of anger, judgment, ego and greed.
And remember the motion, the sound and the light.
Motion is the dance everlasting;
Sound is a song of the purest love.
Light exposes the world of illusion,
And bathes it all in a glorious warmth.
You have come to experience the ultimate joy.
– The joy of choosing peace.
– The joy of living in a world
Where violence is thing of the distant past.
– The joy knowing that when you hurt another,
You hurt yourself.
Let us live in a world without strangers;
A world without fear.
Let us dance, sing and send light
To all the world.
Let us kneel and give thanks for the creation.
Let us go home.
July 4, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Thanks for bringing this important poll to us, H Ahmadi - and thanks for everyone's thoughtful replies.
I am wondering if we can elevate this dialogue to universal inspirational quotes that everyone agrees on? How about this one?
"It seems to me a dreadful thing to have a soul controlled by geography." Georges Santayana
Blessing to all, Ron
Thursday, June 19, 2008
"I felt like a genie liberated from its bottle. The energy of my spirit seemed to flow like a great whale gliding through a sea of silent euphoria. Finer that the finest of pleasures we can experience as physical beings, this absence of physical boundary was one of glorious bliss. As my consciousness dwelled in a flow of sweet tranquility, it was obvious to me that I would never be able to squeeze the enormousness of my spirit back inside this tiny cellular matrix." p.67
"......my consciousness shifted away from feeling like a solid, to a perception of myself as a fluid - at one with the universe." Dr. Taylor's MY STROKE OF INSIGHT (p. 136)
Here are comments about Dr. Taylor's book here:
Dr Taylor says: "I believe that the more time we spend choosing to run the deep inner peace circuitry of our right hemispheres, the more peace we will project into the world, and the more peaceful our planet will be."
I loved the video by Jill Bolte Taylor on TED. www.ted.com/talks/jilltaylorAlso, did you see Dr Taylor's interviews with Oprah on Soul Series - wonderful!Best of all is her book MY STROKE OF INSIGHT - I've read it twice already. Second time better than the firstDr. Taylor is a great inspiration. The lessons in the book are life-changing...very simple yet very powerful.Here's the link to the book http://www.amazon.com/My-Stroke-Insight-Scientists-Personal/dp/0670020745/ref=pd_ts_b_12?ie=UTF8&s=booksand here's the link to Oprah's interviewshttp://www2.oprah.com/spiritself/oss/guest/oss_guest_jboltetaylor.jhtml
Oprah's 4 interviews with Jill Bolte Taylor were the first that Oprah did after Eckhart Tolle and they take everything Tolle talks about to another level. Oprah's copy of Jill's book, MY STROKE OF INSIGHT, was dog-eared and all marked up and kept reading from it the way she read from A New Earth and recommended it highly.Oprah's recommendation was enough for me. I read My Stroke of Insight and I loved it too. This story is as inspiring as The Last Lecture or Tuesdays with Morrie - and even better, it has a Happy Ending! I bought the book on Amazon because they have it for 40% off retail and they also had an amazing interview with Dr Taylor that I haven't seen anywhere else - Here is the Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/My-Stroke-Insight-Scientists-Personal/dp/0670020745/ref=pd_bbs_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1211471755&sr=1-2
I read "My Stroke of Insight" in one sitting - I couldn't put it down. I laughed. I cried. It was a fantastic book (I heard it's a NYTimes Bestseller and I can see why!), but I also think it will be the start of a new, transformative Movement! No one wants to have a stroke as Jill Bolte Taylor did, but her experience can teach us all how to live better lives. Her TED.com speech was one of the most incredibly moving, stimulating, wonderful videos I've ever seen. Her Oprah Soul Series interviews were fascinating. They should make a movie of her life so everyone sees it. This is the Real Deal and gives me hope for humanity.
This is great news for me. I have a girlfriend who has the same condition as Dr. Jill - AVM. Perhaps this will help inspire her as she is having a really down time at the moment.One Love .. Sabrina
I have been recommending a book called "My Stroke of Insight - a Brain Scientist's Personal Journey" by Jill Bolte Taylor and also a TEDTalk Dr. Taylor gave on the TED dot com site. And you don't have to take my word for it - Dr. Taylor was named Time Magazine 100 Most Influential People, the New York Times wrote about her and her book is a NYTimes Bestseller),
Inspirational Video With "Stroke of Insight" Scientist
99.99% OneOprah's Soul Series If video does not play here, I suggest going to oprah.com. & buying Dr. Taylor's inspirational book Stroke of Insight. Four parts to this video about 20 minutes per part - very fun to watch! Oprah's interview is brilliant.Also, Dr. Taylor appears on ted.com
Jill Bolte TaylorWhen she was a young girl, brain scientist Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor became fascinated with the functions of the human brain. Jill, one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people of 2008, has a brother with schizophrenia, and his brain disorder led Jill to dedicate her career to studying severe mental illnesses as a Harvard-trained neuroanatomist. While she worked to uncover the differences between the brains of people born with mental illnesses and those who were not, something remarkable happened to Jill's own brain—it went silent. On December 10, 1996, at age 37, Jill awoke with intense pain behind her left eye—a blood vessel had exploded in the left hemisphere of her brain, and within hours, Jill could no longer walk, talk, read or write. She was suffering from an arteriovenous malformation—a rare type of stroke. While Jill struggled to phone for help, she was aware that the left hemisphere of her brain was shutting down, taking with it her language, organizing and other analytical skills. Without the dominant left side of her brain controlling her thoughts, Jill says her mind went silent, leaving only the right side of the brain functioning. Through the right side of her brain, Jill says her consciousness shifted away from reality—and the trauma her body was suffering through—and into a place of inner peace and Nirvana. The experience was life-changing. Not only did Jill face years of recovery after her stroke—and major brain surgery to remove a large blood clot in her brain—she also discovered a better quality of life through increased use of the right hemisphere of her brain. She's now an artist as well as a scientist, creating anatomically correct stained-glass replicas of brains that are sold as fine art. She's also published My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey. The book explains in scientific detail exactly what happened during Jill's stroke and how she recovered. It also takes a closer look at how the right hemisphere of the brain works and how Jill says people with normal brains can access it to find their own inner peace and improve their quality of life and the lives of those around you.I saw a lecture by Dr. Bolte (another pod cast, I think) while I was at the Feminist Leadership Academy in April.Thanks for your response, C. The "podcast" is on ted.com. I like this one better because of Oprah's brilliant interview, Ron.It was terrific! CThanks for the endorsement. I'll be sure to watch it! CC, You are welcome, the relationship/interview between Oprah and Jill is an "insight" itself. Tears came to Oprah's eyes several times as well as to ours watching it. The book Stroke of Insight is a must, also.One of most important books to come around in a long time. She describes caregivers coming to her in hospital as either "energy givers" or as "energy takers", vividly describing how important the "bedside manner" is ........she is now teaching first year medical students.Her description of her Mother coming to her, while she was in "infantile state", was a tear dropper also. She did not know who it was, yet her Mother got into bed with her and wrapped herself around her, just what she needed as a patient, then her Mother took her home with her............
I have seen this.....remarkable. Committing to Oneness Group:Thanks for the response, Sally. I am looking at possibly dialoguing about "felt" experiences of oneness at the group, with a goal of feeling group oneness.I have a couple of stories I would like to share - one a feeling of Oneness with the Universe (an experience on a sailboat), and the other a feeling of Oneness with another being (it was not romantic though not ruling that out.) These were vital epiphanies in my life that have kept me motivated to "commit to everyday experiences of Oneness" thus leading to the inquiry: How can we feel oneness with those we apparently think, feel and look so differently?"Committing to Oneness: An Inquiry, Meditation, & Dialogue GroupYours in Oneness, Ron
There is a silence into which the world can not intrude.There is an ancient peace you carry in your heart and have not lost.There is a sense of holiness in you the thought of sin has never touched.All this today you will remember.ACIM
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Committed to helping make planet a more cozy place, Ron
Ron the advice Keith gives is hands on serious stuff. Augustin if you need help and details just give the word.
Now THAT's the spirit! Bravo All!
Friday, June 13, 2008
When nuclear plants were first opening in the Southeast, local people saw them as part of an economic boon, as their salaries were much higher than the other local industries. Unfortunately, the new workers were not educated adequately of the danger of radiation poisoning, especially the long-term more subtle effect.
Jan, a science major at UNC, was an adventurer, who loved Marine Science and sailing. Unable to get a lucrative job, she went back to UNC graduate school in Environmental Science (specializing in water quality). Upon getting her M.A., she accepted a job as one of the first Radiation Safety Officers at a Nuclear Plant in North Carolina. She was shocked at the carelessness of the workers there, especially when transferring the waste to tankers for a trip to Barnwell, South Carolina Nuclear Waste Facilities. Since she was new, she had a hard time exerting any influence over the workers. They had already been doing it their unsafe way for over a decade. Jan, who quit after a couple of frustrating years, agrees that the conditions were much like that of the 1983 movie “Silkwood”. This film was based on a true story about Karen Silkwood, who worked at a nuclear processing plant, and was mysteriously killed in an accident, while taking evidence of unsafe practices to a reporter.
Andy, a welder, making a relatively good living, in North Carolina, when he was accepted a much higher salary to work at the same nuclear plant. He verifies that most of his co-workers were careless, and even when radiated, would leave early or even skip the prescribed scrubbing. “What you can’t see can’t hurt you.” appeared to be common theme with many of these workers.
Andy’s extraordinary story typifies the danger of Nuclear plants to our environment. One of his primary jobs was to check the welds and valves on the Plutonium tank. A leak from this seventy foot high tank could be catastrophic, so Andy spent a lot of his time checking the tank’s weld spots and valves. It was brought home to him how vital his job was to the security of the plant, when the first few times he checked the valves and weld spots, there were three security officers with shotguns pointing at him. He said they were ordered to shoot him, if he started welding above the primary valve, as there would be no other valve to stop the leak. His only child was born with Spina Bifida, a condition never seen before in his or his wife’s family.
My ex-wife’s father died of radiation poisoning from the Savannah River Plant when he was in his mid-forties. There was no doubt about the cause of his tragic early death, as all his children living at home at the time of his demise were awarded a hefty sum of money, from the federal government.
Nuclear power is a carbon-free fuel and is promoted as a “clean” fuel. However, the by-product - depleted uranium is highly toxic, hard to transfer safely, and has a half-life of 4.5 million years, meaning wherever it is stored, is permanently contaminated. As there is a limited diminishing supply of fossil fuel, so it is with uranium, continually escalating the price of this very expensive fuel. Is it a safe and clean alternative energy source?
Monday, June 2, 2008
My Deepest Truth: WE ARE ALL ONE
"Bhagavan states that there is only one cause for human problems and that is a sense of separateness-the sense that the world can be divided into 'me' and 'not me'."The ultimate potential of the Oneness Blessing is much more that in its effect on the individual. The Blessing can precipitate a shift toward a completely different state of consciousness, where the sense of 'me' as a separate entity dissolves. What remains is a simple and direct realization of Oneness, unclouded by the conceptual mind. The Oneness Blessing has been able to catalyze this shift for thousands of people, both in India and in the rest of the world. This is something so profoundly simple and glorious that it defies logical description. Oneness is the heart's deepest longing, the song of ages."
from AWAKENING INTO ONENESS (ARJUNA ARDAGH) Also see onenessmovement.org &
In gratitude for the Reality of our Oneness, Ron
Digesting all this wonderfull stuff. Amir
Ron, I have a simpler way of looking at truth....The only cause of problems for us humans is our separateness from our Heavenly Father, our Creator God.... we have been separated by sin and the only bridge between us and God is our acceptance of Jesus Christ into our hearts and let the Holy Spirit guide us in the way we should go.I say to Him, "Not my will be done but Yours....use me today to be a blessing to those whom I am in contact with, so I may show the glory of your Love to them and be of service."Immersed in His Love and sharing with youse,sister Marie-Dominique
Just checked in for my daily wonderful dose of MD - Ron - you have struck on the great universal truth - We ARE all one! MD - Phillippians 2: 3,5 - the ultimate servant mentality is shown here BECAUSE in the eyes of Jesus the Christ, we ARE one.
Thank you, William & Marie, for providing inspirational, Biblical verses, as being a Christian, I really welcome the Judeo-Christian evidence, as sometimes it may be harder to find than in Buddhism, Bahi'a, Sufism, etc.
THE GREAT UNIFYING FORCE THAT CONNECTS US ALL!
Dr. Martin Luther King in his book STRENGTH TO LOVE has a chp. called "Paul's letter to American Christians". As Paul wrote his letters from a jail cell so did Dr. King.Here is a few cogent quotes from this important chapter:"Be sure the means you employ are as pure as the end you seek. As you press on for justice, be sure to move with dignity and discipline, using love as your chief weapon. Let no man pull you so low that you hate him......But before leaving, I must say to you ....that love is the most durable power in the world......I have discovered that the highest good is love. THIS PRINCIPLE IS AT THE CENTER OF THE COSMOS (my capitals). IT IS THE GREAT UNIFYING FORCE OF LIFE. GOD IS LOVE. HE WHO LOVES HAS DISCOVERED THE CLUE TO THE MEANING OF ULTIMATE REALITY: he who hates stands in immediate candidacy for nonbeing.
Dear Bill, Marie, Amir, et.al.
The Key to World Peace
I have been heartened this weekend to read that Tony Blair, the former P.M. of England, has formed a very well-financed interfaith foundation "that will enlist religion as a force for conflict resolution & economic development rather than violence and strive."
Nobody has written about this interfaith connection better than Dr. King, I believe: "Hindu, Moslem, Jewish, Christian, Buddhist Belief":"When I speak of love, I am not speaking of some sentimental and weak response. I am speaking of that Force which all great religions have seen as the supreme unifying principle of life. Love is somehow the key that unlocks the door which leads to ultimate reality. This Hindu-Moslem-Christian-Jewish-Buddhist belief is beautifully summed up in the first epistle of Saint John: 'Let us love one another; for love is God and everyone that loveth is born of God and knoweth God.'"
One God, One Love, One Mind, Ron
Friday, May 30, 2008
Well done Ron - Amir - what is a lie? Interesting question. . . It is an avoidance of truth.When someone's truth conflicts with your own, you have a choice, or rather a number of choices.You can try to understand the new truth and embrace it or if it does not fit your reality, you may undestand it and file it.When you understand it and your core tells you it is truth, and then you deny it. . . THAT is a lie. [according to MY truth] "You will know the truth and the truth will set you free"
Great answer, Bill.
My teacher Ernest Holmes, the mystic who founded the Science of Mind (they do not call their meeting places churches also not wanting to be a religion):
"We believe in the unity of all life, and that the highest God and the innermost God is one God. We believe that God is personal to all who feel this indwelling Presence.
We believe in the direct revelation of Truth through our intuitive and spiritual nature, and that ANYONE may become a revealer of Truth who lives in close contact with the indwelling God."
I am not sure that I don't like your answer better, Bill?
In gratitude, Ron
In acceptance, Ron. . . . or in the vernacular, I'll buy THAT for a dollar!B
Hey you guys...you made my head spin as I wrapped all that around in my mind....very good!!!! It sounded like a conversation, philosophically-wise, that my son and his best friend have but over stuff like the speed of dark as opposed to the speed of light, or other scientific things too.... in the mornings and late at night, when I am trying to put my eyes in front of my face after a longhard day! They are not here anymore, but now I have Plaxo to do that for me In Gratefulness,M-D
M-D - you are a pure delight. . . a gift for all of us to value. Thank you so much for being you.Essentially in existance, there is truth and lack of. . .just as there is Love and absence of love.This is what governs - emotions, actions, reactions, thoughts, feelings, movement. . . Everything!Think for a moment - when you feel the presence of Love, how do you feel?Now, how do you feel in the lack of love?A completely different set of values, actions and emotions. . . right?Think of great people you have known in these terms. . . .then think of monumental criminals . . . . Love. . . . absence of love. . . . The simplicity of the universe boggles the mind. . . You know what the BIG SECRET TO LIFE IS?????Keep going. . . It's coming Just a little more. . . . THERE ISN"T A BIG SECRET TO LIFE!! It's just there to enjoy and experience. . . what you make of it, is what YOU make of it. . . . . B
Digesting all this wonderfull stuff.
I have been reflecting on truth inspired by Bill, Amir and Marie on this board, and it can be mind boggling so I meditated and came up with a simpler (deeper) Truth for me:
The Deepest Truth (to me anyway as I am committed to Oneness): We are all One!
"Bhagavan states that there is only one cause for human problems and that is a sense of separateness-the sense that the world can be divided into 'me' and 'not me'.
"The ultimate potential of the Oneness Blessing is much more that in its effect on the individual. The Blessing can precipitate a shift toward a completely different state of consciousness, where the sense of 'me' as a separate entity dissolves. What remains is a simple and direct realization of Oneness, unclouded by the conceptual mind. The Oneness Blessing has been able to catalyze this shift for thousands of people, both in India and in the rest of the world. This is something so profoundly simple and glorious that it defies logical description. Oneness is the heart's deepest longing, the song of ages.
from AWAKENING INTO ONENESS (ARJUNA ARDAGH)
Also see onenessmovement.org
In gratitude for the Reality of our Oneness, Ron
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Which candidate do you think is the most effective at "Love Force"?
"When I speak of love, I am not speaking of some sentimental and weak response. I am speaking of that Force which all great religions have seen as the supreme unifying principle of life. Love is somehow the key that unlocks the door which leads to ultimate reality. This Hindu-Moslem-Christian-Jewish-Buddhist belief is beautifully summed up in the first epistle of Saint John: 'Let us love one another; for love is God and everyone that loveth is born of God and knoweth God..'
At the center of nonviolence stands the principle of love. The nonviolent resister would contend that in the struggle for human dignity, the oppressed people of the world must not succumb to becoming bitter or indulging in hate campaigns. To retaliate in kind would do nothing but intensify the existence of hate in the universe. Along the way of life, someone must have the sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate. This can only be done by projecting the ethic of love to the center of our lives. Christ gave us the goals and Mahatma Gandhi provided the tactics."
Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Coretta, his beloved wife, wrote: "Martin Luther King Jr.'s theological belief in the interdependence , of all life inevitably led to the methods for social change advocate as well as his adversary. Christ gave us the goals, he would often say, and Mahatma Gandhi provided the tactics."
On page 150-151 in hi book Strength to Love, Dr. King writes of his fascination with the Gandhian concept of “Love (Truth) Force” and the great success of non-violent resistence in India. In Montgomery, Alabama in 1954, "as a pastor, at the beginning of the protest, the people called me in to be their spokesman. In accepting this responsibility, my mind consciously or unconsciously, was driven back to the Sermon on the Mount and the Gandhian method of nonviolent resistence. This principle became the guiding light of our movement. Christ furnished the Spirit and motivation and Gandhi furnished the method."Dr. King wrote of his trip to India to: "My privilege of traveling to India had a great impact on me personally, for it was invigorating to see firsthand the amazing results of a nonviolent struggle to achieve independence. The aftermath of hatred and bitterness that usually follows a violent campaign was found nowhere in India, and a mutual friendship, based on complete equality, existed between the Indian and British people within the Commonwealth."
In the next paragraph, "…the nonviolent approach does something to the hearts and souls of those committed to it. It gives them new self-respect. It calls up resources of strength and courage that they did not know they had. Finally, it so stirs up the conscience of the opponent that reconciliation becomes a reality."
Here is more of Dr. King's writing from STRENGTH TO LOVE:
Loving Your Enemies
“Ye have heard that it hath been said,
thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate
thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love,
your enemies, bless them that curse you,
do good to them that hate you, and pray
for them which despitefully use you, and
persecute you; that ye may be children
of your Father which is in heaven.”
This command of Jesus challenges us with new urgency. Upheaval after upheaval has reminded us that modern man is traveling along a road called hate, in a journey that will bring us to destruction and damnation. Far from being the pious injunction of a Utopian dreamer, the command to love one’s enemy is an absolute necessity for our survival. Love even for enemies is the key to the solution of the problems of our world. Jesus is not an impractical idealist; he is the practical realist.
Jesus realized that every genuine expression of love grows out of a consistent and total surrender to God. So when Jesus said ‘Love your enemy’, he was not unmindful of its stringent qualities. Yet he meant every word of it. Our responsibilities as Christians is to discover the meaning of this command and seek passionately to live it out in our daily lives.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Seriously, though, looking back at it, I am grateful that I was introduced that way, for it has led me to inquire about how to teach oneness?
It would be as if teaching a wave that it is part of the ocean,
a flower that it is part of the earth,
a bird that it is part of the sky,
or a fish that it is part of the water.
Being Oneness is The WayTo teach Oneness.
Inspire oneness (?), hopefully, would be about the best I could do, but only for the experience of oneness. The best a teacher could do would be to set up conditions to experience oneness. What "conditions" would that take?
Encourage an open mind, a "beginners mind" as the Buddhists call it. Encourage a sense of wonder, of freshness, of surprise and spontaneous joy.
Teach meditation - help guide one to a still mind, a silent place inside where all is new. Where there is the end of knowing and the start of realizing that there is no separation.
Encourage exploration, adventure Inside allowing Reality of our shared Spirit to be our guide.
Inspiring the grateful mind, the interdependence of us all - givers and receivers alike.
Encouraging the spontaneous spark of the joy of a shared heart with each other and/or nature, the ever-widening circles of mindfulness of presence of nowness of newness that make our world come alive.
A friend/teacher of mine, Don Johnson wrote:
"...I walked out onto a dock in the Gulf of Mexico. I ceased to exist. I experienced being a part of the sea breeze, the movement of the water and the fish, the light rays cast by the sun, the colors of the palms and tropical flowers. I had no sense of past or future. ...
I did not experience myself as the same as the water, the wind and the light, but as participating with them in the same system of movement. We were all dancing together.........."
I have had a similar experience on a sailboat, except it was at night..." the stars were sending rays......".
And I had another joining experience with a wise friend of mine at the gift shop at church. It was a depressed time for me, and the "oneness" I felt with her was very helpful in moving out of the "valley of the shadow".
Tonight our group will be an inquiry, meditation and dialogue group. Come dialogue and inquire about your experiences of oneness (or not) and hopefully the meditation will help us find that still Perfect Reality and realize that the great dance of life where the giver and receiver are one.
Yours in amazing wonder, Ron
Response from Sally who was the friend:
Well you are a teacher of Oneness.....because it is something you KNOW and want to share. At this moment, you are gathering together others who also believe in Oneness - each coming from our own perspective, seeing that small part the "elephant" in that old folk story. From my perspective, we are one with eyes on different parts so the more who acknowledge their connection - the more vision we have.
But you hit on something in your email..... the letting go of ego. Because differences only appear to be there because we tend to hold tightly to our beliefs which causes conflict. We tend to connect with "like-minded" people. And then there are people like me who have felt like aliens from the very beginning because few people saw things the way I did. After reading The Highly Sensitive Person I realize that society NEEDS the diversity, the warriors along with the peace makers, the pragmatic along with the dreamers.
I have felt Oneness with all of creation any number of times - and connected with a man to the extent that he can be (and is) across the country and he'll know when I'm troubled or in pain - and visa versa. It was hard for me to understand that you can have a "soul mate" who isn't a lover or partner - but it exists. Now I realize that is what I have when I make that "immediate" soul connection with people. They may be in my life for a moment or for years, but they bond with my soul.
Thanks for writing.....my son and I are dealing (again) with having only one car, but barring the unforeseen, I'll be there tonight. It's 7 or 7:30?