Saturday, September 29, 2012

MORE PEOPLE LOVE YOU THAN YOU KNOW

If Love is the Answer, what is the question?
Photo: LOVE is always the answer...Now what's your question ? Kevin William...<3
MORE PEOPLE LOVE YOU THAN YOU KNOW!

K.I.S.S. - THE JOYOUS AND PRACTICAL GUIDE

May all find simplicity
joyous and practical guide.
Buddhist Text
K.I.S.S.
Keep It Simple Sweethearts
 
 
 

Many Angels Amidst Us

Morning, Angelic One!
I just realized it was September 29, the day celebrated as Archangel Michael's Feast Day. Many honor the whole Angelic Kingdom on this date. Shall we?
A wonderful friend and mentor, Jayne Howard, affirms that each time we see triple numbers, such as 111, 222, etc. it is a reminder to us that Angels are with us. Indeed they are -- each moment they are blessing and empowering all that is good, pure and beautiful within every man, woman and child on Earth. Be awake. I bet you'll see triple digits is droves!
Let's feel a huge, collective 'Thank you" to our beautiful unseen (mostly!) friends. Perhaps our greatest Service is in ACCEPTING all the Divine gifts offered and letting them flow through us in our every thought, word and action.
Infinite Angelic Blessings,
SusanSun
PS Remember Angels do for us only what we ask. There are legions and legions of Angels just twiddling their wings because no one asked their assistance!
 

Friday, September 28, 2012

How does your book read?

Living with Divine Sparks of Grace

By saying grace, we release
the Divine sparks in our food.
Rabbi Herschel(gratefulness.org)
 

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Malaysian Girls want to be One and have some fun!

Photo: You'd never see these Indonesian girls and their message in the mainstream media. It's too bad. Let's help amplify their message. Please like and share this.

"Kick it" means hang out and have fun, be friendly, chill together. You will meet many Muslims  kicking it with Christians and people of many religions at Libyans and Americans United for Friendship and Peace. http://www.facebook.com/groups/LibyansAndAmericans/
You'd never see these Indonesian girls and their message in the mainstream media. It's too bad. Let's help amplify their message. Please like and share this.

"Kick it" means hang out and have fun, be friendly, chill together. You will meet many Muslims kicking it with Christians and people of many religions at Libyans and Americans United for Friendship and Peace. http://www.facebook.com/groups/LibyansAndAmericans/

Let The Beauty We Love Be What We Do


Today, like every other day, we wake up empty
and frightened. Don't open the door to the study
and begin reading. Take down the dulcimer.

Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.






Jelaluddin Rumi, Jelaluddin Rumi poetry, Muslim / Sufi, Muslim / Sufi poetry,  poetry,  poetry,  poetry
Jeluddin Rumi
 What this poem means to me: 
"We wake up empty and frightened...." Like Thoreau, I think "most men lead lives of quiet desperation."  I know I awaken with anxiety about finances, and what I can do to make ends meet? What can I do about this? My birthday is coming up, and I plan to change my lifestyle to one more simpler. I am going to sell and give away alot, so I can live in a smaller place - probably a boat? With much past experience, I have learned to live much more economically on the water. I am going to meditate more. With more meditation, I live more in mindfulness. With mindfulness, I am more in the moment. I enjoy simpler things in life. I even enjoy cleaning and dishwashing more. I am more organized. I am more creative. I am happier. I hear the Celestial Song of Joy when in mindfulness.

Bunni Vaughan Healy Sounds great to me Ron. I always live better when I simplify, organize, scale down and breathe. There is only a certain amount of stuff you can own before you are owned by stuff.
 
Ron Alexander Thanks Bunni Vaughn Bunni Vaughan Healy, I have been living a priviliged life between the beach house and the boat in Charleston, however I cannot afford that soon anymore, unless I sell alot of art and my wooden show boat at the wooden boat show in Georgetown Oct. 20!
 


  • Ra Divakar I agree with Bunni Vaughan Healy! "The best things in life are not things."
     

  • Ron Alexander Bobby Hinkle
    Love turned outward toward pleasure and wealth naturally creates bondage, imprisoning the soul behind the prison bars of false, temporal illusions.
     


  • Bonnie Scrudato Beautiful Ron, I honor you and your path. You are a great teacher.

  • Ron Alexander I am definitely a student Bonnie and plan to be one as long as I live, thank you so much though!

    Bonnie Scrudato We are all both teachers and students. You have taught me many valuable things, my friend. For instance, I remember the first time I really met you, we both attended The New Earth book study at Unity and you were wearing a little tag that said "silent Ron". You were practicing Vispasana. I was intrigued and had to know what that was about. So in that moment you opened a new door for me. And to me that is what a teacher does - opens doors for the student to explore. Thank you for sharing this earthwalk with me and again I honor your path. ♥

  • Ron Alexander "Teachers and students to each other" - Yes! I accept that Bonnie Scrudato! I am so grateful for the affirmative reminder!
  • Lisa Jones What is your passion Ron? What is it that you love to do that you lose yourself in? You lose all track of time because you are totally absorbed? What is it that your soul wants to express? Anxiety is just fear not realized. Getting to the core of the fear that keeps you prisoner is your only liberation from yourself. Love and hugs my friend! You are always right where you need to be in every moment.
  • Ron Alexander Thanks Lisa Jones! Very good, today I got involved in art creativity getting ready for the Wooden boat Show and really enjoyed useing some new bright colors = used to be stuck on white, varnish and blue bottom paint. - getting more abstract which really places me in the Moment. Then tomorrow I will help take Veterans sailing, and I get lost in the skill of sailing and the teamwork and fellowship with my fellow Vets!


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    A bird does not sing because he has an answer.
     He sings because he has a song.
    Joan Walsh Anglund (gratefulness.org)
    Photo: A bird does not sing because he has an answer.
 He sings because he has a song. 

Joan Walsh Anglund (gratefulness.org)

This poem goes along with Rumi advising us 'not to go get a book". It is time to stop seeking and start living - to be more of a human Being rather than a human "doing." It goes along with the KISS theory - Keep it simple Spirit. Why make life more complex than it already is with more intellectual theory?
    This beautiful bird is singing in the rain.
    This poem goes along with Rumi advising us 'not to go get a book". It is time to stop seeking and start living - to be more of a human Being rather than a human "doing." It goes along with the KISS theory - Keep it simple Spirit. Why make life more complex than it already is with more intellectual theory?


                                                                                                                 

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

    Reconnecting with Inner Harmony

     

     
    In a group meditation last week, we all heard celestial music. I call this magical music The Song of Joy. I hear it often when sitting in
     "silence."

    BEAUTY ADORING AND PROTECTING

    Photo: Turtle and friends. ~ ♥ ~

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    WITH A LOVELY CALLING EMBRACE THE WORLD

    Love, yes, love your calling,
     for this holy and generous love
     will impart strength to you so as
    to enable you to surmount all obstacles.
    St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier
    Embrace the World  (gratefulness.org)

     
     

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

    Forgiveness is an Attribute of the Strong

    “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” ~Mahatma Gandhi
     
     
    The Rev.  Martin Luther King Jr. is an awesome example of a very strong leader who knew the power of forgiveness.

    Five Wishes from Dying People & What Matters Most?

    Ange Love Vibration 1. I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
    2. I wish I hadn't worked so hard.
    3. I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings.
     4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
    5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

    "Today is a good day to die." Native American Brave going to battle - wish I could say that everyday - would mean I am prepared!

    Photo
    I don't think Buddha said this, however it is very good!

    BE AWARE

    Forget War - Just Take Care of Yourself

    It is better to conquer yourself
    than to win a thousand battles.
    The Buddha (gratefulness.org)
     

    Love One Another However...

    Love one another, but make
    not a bond of Love:
    Let it rather be a moving Sea
    between the shores of your souls.
                                                                 Kahlil Gibran
     
    Effie Aghili OMG...What a beautiful message, love and image..Indeed if we can live in God and live in love then we see and feel the beauty of everyone and everything will be as beautiful as this loving sea...Merci my dearest Ron for sharing your love and beauty...Embracing you within love...♥ :)
     
    Ron Alexander You are welcome Love Healer Effie! I like this quote alot since I am a man who needs alot of space in a relationship!

    Effie Aghili Indeed it is such a beautiful and perfect quote. I love Kahlil Gibran and his wisdom and I also love your loving soul my dear Ron...You are a man of sacred love and joy, stay blessed...Stay beautiful and keep shining as always....Love and hugs to your sacred heart...♥ :) 

    Monday, September 24, 2012

    NO INTEREST IN JUDGING

    Only Two Mistakes

    ALWAYS A TIME FOR GRATITUDE AND NEW BEGINNINGS

    (Ingratitude is a painter of hard lines on the face. -- Emma Curtis Hopkins)


    Thanksgiving comes to us out of the prehistoric dimness, universal to all ages and all faiths. At whatever straws we must grasp, there is always a time for gratitude and new beginnings.


    J. Robert Moskin(GRATEFULNESS.ORG)

    Even Gratitude for Hardships:

    "Hardship, in forcing us to exercise greater patience and forbearance in daily life, actually makes us stronger and more robust. From the daily experience of hardship comes a greater capacity to accept difficulties without losing our sense of inner calm. Of course, I do not advocate seeking out hardship as a way of life, but merely wish to suggest that, if you relate to it constructively, it can bring greater inner strength and fortitude."--Dalai Lama
     
     
     

    Sunday, September 23, 2012

    DOUBLING DOWN ON SHARING DIVINE LOVE

    Photo: My God! I am your humble servant. You have guided me and protected me from all harm and I am so grateful for your blessings. To know you is the drive in my life. To help others know you is my purpose and the gift I give to them.

The gift they give to me is the acknowledgement of your spirit within them. I know when their souls are touched for you 'tingle' my spirit with joy, peace and understanding.

Thank you for everything! I honor your presence by sharing your Divine love with all! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.
    Thank you for everything! I honor your presence by sharing your Divine love with all! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.
    DDDDD = DIVINE DOUBLE DOWN DR. DEAN


    My God! I am your humble servant. You have guided me and protected me from all harm and I am so grateful for your blessings. To know you is the drive in my life. To help others know you is my purpose and the gift I give to them.

    The gift t...
    hey give to me is the acknowledgement of your spirit within them. I know when their souls are touched for you 'tingle' my spirit with joy, peace and understanding.

    Thank you for everything! I honor your presence by sharing your Divine love with all! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.


    Projection - Why People Vote Against Their Own Interests

    I was raised a Liberal, went into business for myself after college and became quite conservative in my views and politics. I considered taxation to be the bane of society and a royal pain in my gludias maximus. I left the original counsel ...
    of my father. I was angry and blind to the pain of those who had less than me, always thinking they were lazy...mostly, I was just eager to prove Dad wrong.

    Time passed, the years morphed from season to season. My resentment of the government and those in power grew and grew. I wanted it my way or the highway. It was childish, I admit. All through the years, whenever I was vexed, I drank it away. Then I got sober and had some business set-backs. Some of my own making and others because of the economy. It was then that I realized my previous anger was my own and had NO basis in reality. I learned that sometimes people, hard working people, hit upon hard times; sometimes because they make mistakes and sometimes through no fault of their own.

    I changed my politics. In fact, you would be hard pressed to find someone more liberally minded today than I on many issues. People can and do change...if their hearts are open to the fact that sometimes, perhaps most of the time, when we seek to blame others for our own plight, we are failing in our inner humanity to be good people, to be unselfish people, to be good neighbors...to be unselfish neighbors.

    The Tea Party philosophy represents EVERYTHING I hate in the dark side of humanity, including my own. I utterly reject it as I utterly reject my former selfish behavior. I have come home to the kindness of community my father tried to inculcate into me.

    Thanks Dad! The older I become, the smarter you get.
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    Photo: I was raised a Liberal, went into business for myself after college and became quite conservative in my views and politics. I considered taxation to be the bane of society and a royal pain in my gludias maximus. I left the original counsel of my father. I was angry and blind to the pain of those who had less than me, always thinking they were lazy...mostly, I was just eager to prove Dad wrong. 

Time passed, the years morphed from season to season. My resentment of the government and those in power grew and grew. I wanted it my way or the highway. It was childish, I admit. All through the years, whenever I was vexed, I drank it away. Then I got sober and had some business set-backs. Some of my own making and others because of the economy. It was then that I realized my previous anger was my own and had NO basis in reality. I learned that sometimes people, hard working people, hit upon hard times; sometimes because they make mistakes and sometimes through no fault of their own.

I changed my politics. In fact, you would be hard pressed to find someone more liberally minded today than I on many issues. People can and do change...if their hearts are open to the fact that sometimes, perhaps most of the time, when we seek to blame others for our own plight, we are failing in our inner humanity to be good people, to be unselfish people, to be good neighbors...to be unselfish neighbors.

The Tea Party philosophy represents EVERYTHING I hate in the dark side of humanity, including my own. I utterly reject it as I utterly reject my former selfish behavior. I have come home to the kindness of community my father tried to inculcate into me. 

Thanks Dad! The older I become, the smarter you get.

    PEACE IS THE WAY

    There is no way to peace.
      Peace is the way.
    A.J. Muste(gratefulness.org)
     
     
     

    Saturday, September 22, 2012

    TRUST THE DIVINE




    There is nothing in this life like trusting in the Divine. It is fulfilling, rewarding and healthy. It is not an assumption, a taking for granted or sureness. It is an overwhelming feeling of inner peace and resolve.

    You know when you trust in the Divine that all will work out for the best for everyone; no matter how it appears in the world. Reject all appearances and embrace Divine trust.

    Divine order will move through you and create what is best for you and everyone associated with you. Trusting in the Divine moves mountains and faith in that trust moves the omniverse. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

    Thanks to the LOVING Heart

    Thanks to the human heart
     by which we live; thanks to its
     tenderness, its joys, and fears.
    William Wordsworth(gratefulness.org)

     
     

    Friday, September 21, 2012

    Follow Only Beauty and Obey only Love

    Photo: Many of us have foolish ideas about who we are and many, many rigid rules about how life ought to be lived. This is not to condemn us, for we are doing the best we can with the understanding, awareness and knowledge we have. As we gain more, understanding, awareness and knowledge, then we will do things differently. (Louise Hay)
    Many of us have foolish ideas about who we are and many, many rigid rules about how life ought to be lived. This is not to condemn us, for we are doing the best we can with the understanding, awareness and knowledge we have. As we gain more, understanding, awareness and knowledge, then we will do things differently. (Louise Hay)

    Denise DeMaras:

    How People Hurt us and Who is really Responsible

    The author and founder of the Seat of the Soul Institute shows us how to understand the reason others inflict pain on us—and who's really responsible.
    Gary Zukav
    Photo: Christopher Briscoe
    Everyone wants to learn the same thing from painful situations: how to avoid repeating them. For example, when you do your best to take care of someone and then that person pushes you away, you feel unappreciated. Or when you expect to be thanked and the opposite happens. Or when someone betrays your trust: You expected honesty and instead experienced dishonesty. The list of painful situations that you can learn about yourself from is very long, and you have probably experienced many of them.

    If you treat each of these experiences as a separate, freestanding, random event in your life, you will continue to be surprised by them and, eventually, become frustrated. "Why is this happening to me?" will turn into "Why is this happening to me again?"

    These are good questions, but when you look outside yourself for the answers, you will not find anything of spiritual value. For example, my wife, Linda, and I once hired a manager to help us. We chose him because he was interested in what we teach, seemed capable and was excited to work with us. A year later, we discovered that he had lost a lot of the Seat of the Soul Institute's money, left it with debts we did not know about and stole a laptop computer when he departed.

    Of course, we learned to do a much better job of due diligence from that painful experience—checking references, verifying qualifications, researching previous work experience, etc. It was a lesson that I did not forget, but there was an even more important lesson that I learned from this painful experience.

    After feeling shocked (an experience of a frightened part of my personality, which is also a not-loving part of my personality) and blaming him for my emotional pain (also an experience of a frightened part of my personality) and feeling like a victim, I discovered something completely surprising, interesting and humbling: In shame and blame—both of which are very painful to experience, provided that you do not distract yourself with drinking, eating, shopping, sex, smoking, etc.—I saw this person as someone whose intention from the beginning was to get the most for himself from our interactions, and he did.

    What I discovered about myself truly jolted me: I had held the same intention toward him! The very same intention. I expected him to relieve me of my responsibilities, expand the institute and bring it revenue, and as long as he did that, I would be satisfied. In other words, my intention was to exploit him just as his intention was to exploit me. I got exactly what I gave. My real intention did not create the benefits for the institute that I had envisioned. It was to obtain as much from him as I could. I intended to exploit, and I created exploitation. It was a big lesson for me to learn. I am so grateful for it because it taught me to look carefully and honestly at my intentions, and showed me how powerfully they create my experiences.

    This is how to avoid re-creating painful situations: Take the time to discover your real intention before you act. If it is to change someone or the world so that you will feel safe or better about yourself, don't act on it, because it is an intention of fear and can create only painful consequences. If your real intention is to create harmony instead of discord, cooperation instead of competition, sharing instead of hoarding, and reverence for life instead of exploitation, act on it, because it is an intention of love and can create only healthy and wholesome consequences.

    When you do this, you are creating authentic power.
     

    Sue Vernon "No one can make you feel inferior without your permission."~Eleanor Roosevelt
     

  • Doug Miller Just leave the first time, then no need to forgive yourself.
  • Ron Alexander I consider this more like a turnaround, Doug, as per Byron Katy. If one "betrays" you for instance, then look for how you "betrayed" them. I am going back in my life and reviewing those who I feel "betrayed" me and then looking at how I "betrayed" them. Then I use the Ho'Oponopono Prayer - "I apologize, please forgive me. Thank You, I love you! It is very humbling, however I feel like I am cleaning up my karma! Blessings, ron
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    Thursday, September 20, 2012

    Spirituality trumps Religiosity

    So Simple and True



    "Be silent , That Heart speaks
    without tongue or lips."

    --Rumi
     
    Photo: "Be silent , That Heart speaks without tongue or lips."

--Rumi
     

    Supportive Friends and Therapies


    Dean A. Banks Thank you, Ron. Your faith in the face of adversity is most inspiring!
     

  • Ron Alexander Dear Dr. Dean A. Banks, your affirmation here has me contemplating about my steps to healing and has inspired me to write about it. I am so grateful to you and others for wonderful supportive feedback
  • The author and founder of the Seat of the Soul Institute shows us how to understand the reason others inflict pain on us—and who's really responsible.
    Gary Zukav
    Photo: Christopher Briscoe
    Everyone wants to learn the same thing from painful situations: how to avoid repeating them. For example, when you do your best to take care of someone and then that person pushes you away, you feel unappreciated. Or when you expect to be thanked and the opposite happens. Or when someone betrays your trust: You expected honesty and instead experienced dishonesty. The list of painful situations that you can learn about yourself from is very long, and you have probably experienced many of them.

    If you treat each of these experiences as a separate, freestanding, random event in your life, you will continue to be surprised by them and, eventually, become frustrated. "Why is this happening to me?" will turn into "Why is this happening to me again?"

    These are good questions, but when you look outside yourself for the answers, you will not find anything of spiritual value. For example, my wife, Linda, and I once hired a manager to help us. We chose him because he was interested in what we teach, seemed capable and was excited to work with us. A year later, we discovered that he had lost a lot of the Seat of the Soul Institute's money, left it with debts we did not know about and stole a laptop computer when he departed.

    Of course, we learned to do a much better job of due diligence from that painful experience—checking references, verifying qualifications, researching previous work experience, etc. It was a lesson that I did not forget, but there was an even more important lesson that I learned from this painful experience.

    After feeling shocked (an experience of a frightened part of my personality, which is also a not-loving part of my personality) and blaming him for my emotional pain (also an experience of a frightened part of my personality) and feeling like a victim, I discovered something completely surprising, interesting and humbling: In shame and blame—both of which are very painful to experience, provided that you do not distract yourself with drinking, eating, shopping, sex, smoking, etc.—I saw this person as someone whose intention from the beginning was to get the most for himself from our interactions, and he did.

    What I discovered about myself truly jolted me: I had held the same intention toward him! The very same intention. I expected him to relieve me of my responsibilities, expand the institute and bring it revenue, and as long as he did that, I would be satisfied. In other words, my intention was to exploit him just as his intention was to exploit me. I got exactly what I gave. My real intention did not create the benefits for the institute that I had envisioned. It was to obtain as much from him as I could. I intended to exploit, and I created exploitation. It was a big lesson for me to learn. I am so grateful for it because it taught me to look carefully and honestly at my intentions, and showed me how powerfully they create my experiences.

    This is how to avoid re-creating painful situations: Take the time to discover your real intention before you act. If it is to change someone or the world so that you will feel safe or better about yourself, don't act on it, because it is an intention of fear and can create only painful consequences. If your real intention is to create harmony instead of discord, cooperation instead of competition, sharing instead of hoarding, and reverence for life instead of exploitation, act on it, because it is an intention of love and can create only healthy and wholesome consequences.

    When you do this, you are creating authentic power.
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    Sue Vernon "No one can make you feel inferior without your permission."~Eleanor Roosevelt
     

  • Doug Miller Just leave the first time, then no need to forgive yourself.
     


  • Ron Alexander I consider this more like a turnaround, Doug, as per Byron Katy. If one "betrays" you for instance, then look for how you "betrayed" them. I am going back in my life and reviewing those who I feel "betrayed" me and then looking at how I "betrayed" them. Then I use the Ho'Oponopono Prayer - "I apologize, please forgive me. Thank You, I love you! It is very humbling, however I feel like I am cleaning up my karma! Blessings, ron
     
     

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