“Thought is your enemy”! krishnamurti
Thinking is over rated! More and more we can come to realize that thinking interferes with our ability to see the light! After all thinking is just a compilation of all we have ever experienced; a pile of memories and an accumulation of knowledge stored in our mind. Old tapes running over and over. Ecclesiastes: what has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done; and there is nothing new under the sun. There is nothing new under the sun! Those who are able to see what already is do so through the process of true perception. True perception is an inner knowing and requires no thought. William Blake tells us: “If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.”
True perception has nothing to do with our physical eyes. True perception is beyond thought and time. True perception is the inner knowing of what already is. With the doors of perception cleansed we are able to cast aside the physical labor, and the labor of thought, which requires time. We will see clearly that we need not re-create. Do we think we can make this life better than God has created for us? Genesis says God looked at what he created and called it good. We already have all we need! We just need to see it as it is. The eternal now! All that ever was or ever will be already is. Jesus demonstrated this with the loaves and the fishes. He saw what already was and that no struggle to feed the many was necessary. And in his healing ministry Jesus saw the sick and dying as they truly are; alive and well. Any semblance of lack or disease or need for struggle is false and brought about only by our resistance to the truth of us. We are spirit! We cannot be anything else. We need not struggle to be connected…….we are connected. We do not need to ask to be closer to God. We are as close as we can be. God/Spirit is our very breath! Jesus scolds the apostles “have ye forgotten ye are Gods?” Buddha tells his followers……”I am awake”!
Our greatest moments come when we are not thinking. Our greatest moments come from that mysterious place of no time. Lionel Ritchie is a proponent of no thought; when he is acting as a vocal coach he tells his students: “Don’t think! Just sit and let it come through you!” I have heard Ritchie say this, and similar statements, often and I believe this is a method he applies to many avenues of life. Are we thinking when we are in the act of creating a work of art? Are we thinking when we are overcome with joy? Are we thinking when we move forward in the state of love to help one in need? Are we thinking when, in a moment of synchronicity, events fall into place as if by magic? Stillness envelops us when thought has been put aside. Our spirit takes over. Fear and judgement drop away and we move forward, free from thought, to be in the “God” state.
This perception; this inner knowing translates to all of our physical senses. We “hear” with our inner senses loud and clear what we need to hear. We see what is unseen, and we are flooded with “good” and gratitude. We do not think our way to self-realization! Spirit does not require our “good thoughts” to bring us to grace. . Remember Saul of Tarsus; was he thinking good thoughts on his way to persecute Christians? He was most likely thinking of ways to kill and torture! Persecution is not the answer to any conflict! And yet with persecution filling his mind Saul was “struck by light” and lifted to a new life of love and service.
Our spirit does not need our good thoughts to bring us to where we need to be. We are in charge only up to a point! We do not go beyond the point of no return. The spirit which is the truth of us enters in and saves us from ourselves!
Time is a created thing! In truth we created time in order to enjoy our creations. And thought is a process to be used in this world. However thought will not take us to the next step on our journey. Thought and time are of this world. And in this world we have made thought and time paramount. Creations that were to be our servants, have become our masters. Bertrand Russel tells us that it is a healthy idea now and then to hang a question mark on things we have long taken for granted”.
“The immanence of God: God manifesting as life through life”
Unable to sleep, restless .... mostly bored! I stared at the ceiling and wondered about the rest of my life and how it would unfold. I realized I did not want to be bored, or restless, or sleepless. I also reminded myself that I had the power in that moment to use the closest and best up-lifter that we carry; our breath! The gift of life. God manifesting as life through life. I began to breathe consciously! I took my attention off my wandering mind and began to breathe. I focused on deep conscious breaths that I hoped would allow me the gift of sleep. I reminded myself of the sacredness of our breath and how every breath is a mini birth. I acknowledged the sacredness of our breath beyond the obvious physical necessity of life. Our breath is life. We do not have to search for it or wait for it to appear. Breath carried us into the physical and breath will carry us home when our time in this dimension is over. We cannot leave home without it!
Many philosophers feel it is our thoughts that keep us from enjoying more fully this life. Our mind is a chatter box occupying space that yearns to be still. This fact is echoed by mystics; both ancient and modern.
Champion was a wonderful man who walked with tourists at the pyramids and told us tales of his youth; not all good! Champion walked with our group for a while and I was drawn to the incredible peace he emanated. I asked him where this peace came from and he told me something I never forgot. “Don’t worry, don’t hurry, and don’t think too much”. When Champion said this, I remembered a lovely woman, who was relating her near death experience to Raymond Moody. She said that in her life review all the good deeds she had done were shown to her. Yet only those deeds that she had done without thinking “lit up”. Does this mean the good deeds that did not light up were not appreciated? No, it does not. To me this incident only reminds us that the greater gifts come directly from the heart. Not from this world but from the spirit which is the truth of us.
Judge not! When we think before we give, when we think before we move forward to help; when we think before we reach out a friendly hand…. we are judging. Judge not! Discernment is just a fancy word for judgement. I feel we can teach ourselves to not judge, but to trust. Trust not our ego and the things of this world. Trust the life force flowing through us. With practice our lack of judgement and our ability to trust will bring us peace. We will be in the right place at the right time for the right reason. As we lay aside judgement our trust will not be misplaced. As we surrender to the immanence of God we surrender to life and the peace of knowing all is well. It is all for us; not against us. This peace that passeth understanding is real and it is what we seek. We do not have to be human doings! We are human beings! Sadhguru says he does not have thoughts! Hard to believe! However, think of those blessed (rare) moments when we experience pure stillness. Time drops away; space drops away and somehow “we move” in the right direction. We are the observer.
Thought is of this world and requires time. Cora Richmond tells us that as we move further into the spirit world thought drops away and is replaced by perception. Perception in its truest sense is an inner knowing that comes from within. Spirit does not think its way to knowing. Spirit is part of the whole and is knowing. Time and thought are of this world and we must surpass thought and time to be who we are. This requires stillness. “In stillness the world is transformed”. “Be in this world but not of it”.
Once many years ago I was in a therapy session and just having the biggest pity party. The student therapist did not know what to do with all my wailing. I was not seeking the light but feeding the misery! I must have been making a lot of noise because my teacher walked in and asked, “have you suffered enough Emmy” .... I was jolted into awareness......yes, I have suffered enough and thank you for reminding me. On that day I realized that we can wake up if we truly want to get relief. Restless? Bored? Sad? We can remind ourselves that maybe we just need a breath of fresh air. A reminder of who we are; a reminder that all we need is within us.
Does this mean that we do not acknowledge our grief? Our anger? Our less than perfect reactions to situations we are uncomfortable with? Steve Jobs tells us that feelings move people to action. It is in acknowledgement of our present position that we are moved to higher ground.
Namaste! emmy chetkin
“All man’s miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone.” blaise pascal
I put on my brakes this morning as I approached our Lily Dale gate from Dale Drive…….what brakes? No brakes! An icy patch took me racing towards the gate and as I looked out I saw Natalie’s beautiful house looming in front of me. I tried to stop and then I suddenly became still. A memory surfaced through the silence. A memory of my brother Richard telling a tale of an impending accident and no brakes! At the emergence of that memory I was in a vacuum of no house, no car, no Emmy! Somehow in that stillness I knew Richard was at the point in his story where he said, “I just put the car in park”.
I put the gear in park! I came to a gentle stop just inside the gate. I was in that present moment where, with no awareness of self, you just know what to do. Sometimes in those still moments you hear spirit speak in an audible voice. Sometimes in moments of stillness you sit suspended in a gentle supportive space with no thought. This morning was a new (to me) example of stillness. This was stillness in action.
I have heard Elaine Thomas call this “unconscious competence”. It is indeed! Unconscious and competent! Competence is where we could exist if we would take the time to sit in silence from time to time. Silence allows the negative to settle and reorganize itself. It allows us to see more clearly. It can help tremendously to take a moment of silence before any task we are about to do. Phil Bolsta tells us that silence can synchronize your breathing with the heartbeat of creation! And of course, our own pioneers of Spiritualism urge the necessity of going within. It is in this void of sound that earth and all that is was created. We need from time to time to sit and breathe. Stop doing if only for moments and be……still.
Our breath is the power of life. No breath? No life! Every breath today can be a new beginning and a fresh start. We release the old and begin anew. Sometimes in times of stress, or off-balance moments, or not so good moments I tell myself; “I just need a breath of fresh air”. That every day common phrase reminds me to stop and breathe; it rewrites whatever I am experiencing. That is all any of us need. A new outlook, a new beginning. A breath of fresh air! The celebration of the New Year is a ritual that inspires us to let go of the old and to enter the new with a fresh perspective. Can we, will we? Can we let go of the old and move forward into the New Year? I use my imagination to stir me to “let go”. I picture the hoarders that television so loves to portray! When we hold on to the not so great behavior of the past we are like those who fill their homes with items they cannot let go of. The hoarding of those items makes life difficult and cumbersome. Television shows us that these people cannot even navigate within the space of their homes. The hoarding of old behavior impacts our lives in the same way. Our lives become difficult in varying degrees and we are unable to navigate our lives easily and with joy. We blame the behavior of others for our state for mind. Long ago on a very difficult day I was doing just that; blaming others for my state of mind. On that day I experienced another moment of stillness. I was swept up on a powerful wave of energy. This time the voice was audible. As I lifted I was told; “it is all for you”. This life with all its joys and sorrows is all for us. For us to navigate, for us to enjoy, and for us to evolve and truly realize we are creating our own happiness and unhappiness. I do believe that as we create silent and still space in our lives we will one day evolve to a new dimension. A dimension where we awaken from the dream of Adam and are more easily able to manifest our true selves. We are beings grand and glorious! We are beings sensitive and humble! Fear and negativity have no place in our lives unless we allow them a place to flourish. Happy and Blessed New Year to All!
Namaste! emmy chetkin
“The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1-5
We are now approaching the days of celebration; the day of national Thanksgiving with our celebration of abundance, and the season of Solstice and our celebration of light. It can feel difficult to claim abundance when so many are in need. It is also difficult to claim light when so many of our fellow citizens are literally without electricity. And yet this is when we must banish despair and hold the light as a beacon so strongly that those in storm tossed conditions feel our strength and the hope of brighter days. We are passing through a time of floods, and storms, and fire. We also are witness to the acts of humans who have lost control of their minds. The forces of nature cannot be taken personally. Destruction from human beings who suffer in minds crazed beyond our comprehension is more difficult to hold to the light. And yet as spiritualists we must hold all suffering to the light. When we ordain our ministers, we remind them that it is easy to love our brothers and sisters when they are at their highest and best. It is also easy to love souls who have become vulnerable through pain or suffering. As spiritualists we must learn to respond with love and healing to aspects of humankind that might not at first glance evoke love and understanding. We who witness the suffering must not turn our eyes away. We are in solidarity with all of life. The biblical quote from John 1-5 is for all generations for there has not been a time when only peace and only abundance manifested. We can give thanks for the beauty, and for the storms of our lives for we would not recognize one without the other. We continue to affirm that we create our own reality. Often our creations appear less than positive and yet the hand of the Creator is always guiding us. This too shall pass away! We continue to celebrate life for there are pockets of light everywhere lifting and blessing the fallen. In these times it is even more important for us to claim wholeness. For “you” to suffer does not alleviate the suffering of another. If we are comfortable and sheltered from the storm; free from pain emotional and physical then it is for us to shine the lamp of hope brightly and to fully appreciate the good that is everywhere present. To appreciate is more than giving thanks. To appreciate is also to elevate and improve. Let us dig deep within our being and elevate the space of healing. We hold the space for those who are feeling the power of Mother Nature. We hold the space for those feeling man’s inhumanity to man. Life’s challenges are not new, nor shall this be the last of stormy weather physical and emotional we may meet. The master Jesus is chastised by the crowd for accepting the gifts of fragrant oils to perfume his hair and anoint his feet. The disciples remind Jesus that the oils are expensive. They suggest the money for the oils could go to the poor. Jesus responds; “the poor you will have with you always”. It is an affirmation to life that we celebrate in this season and always. “You are the light at the end of the tunnel.” Would we refuse to be the light? We cannot for we come from the light. We carry the light. And it is to the light that we shall return.
The light of the Solstice brings its own healing of hope as the earth once more turns it face to the sun and better days. This season we call Christmas has been celebrated since time immemorial as the Solstice. The Solstice, like Christmas, is a time of giving. Not all giving must be of monetary value. The gift of our presence to someone in despair is a gift beyond any tinsel wrapped package. To be present and to allow another to be recognized and to be heard is a gift worth its weight in gold. To sit in silence with a friend whose grief is beyond measure is a priceless gift. We know that light can dispel the darkness. We also know that darkness cannot dispel the light. Regardless of how far a being has “fallen” that spark of light within is never extinguished. Let us rejoice with life as it continues to carry us to sights and places not yet seen. We bless our brothers and sisters who have physically braved the storms. We salute them and pray that angels of love light and mercy from the realms of spirit and from this earthly plane continue to guide us all to health and well-being. May we all enjoy a blessed and loving holiday season!
Namaste! emmy chetkin
The pioneers of Spiritualism, and before them countless mystics and philosophers, have preached this understanding of the nature of God. I first encountered the immanence of God many years ago following a regression that took me to Amsterdam and the time of Spinoza. As the regression unfolded I saw myself in Amsterdam in the mid to late 1600s. The facilitator asked me where I went to church and I responded that I did not go to church. The facilitator insisted that I must be a Calvinist or another protestant sect and asked that I walk by the church that must be in the town. As I approached the church I turned away and pulled my shawl more closely over my head. “I do not go to church; I am Jewish”! The facilitator than stated “there are no Jews in Amsterdam”! Well from somewhere within my knowingness I shouted; “Spinoza is here”! My grandmother from the spirit side of life then physically took my hand and led me from the building. How I arrived home I have no idea but I recall wondering “what is a Spinoza”? I thought it might be a piano. At home, my trusty encyclopedia then introduced me to Baruch Spinoza. I saw that Spinoza was indeed Jewish. Spinoza was the son of Jews escaping the inquisition in Portugal. These conversos/marranos (Jews who voluntarily or forcefully convert to Christianity) eventually arrived at the safety of Amsterdam where Spinoza was born in 1632. Spinoza was eventually shunned by the Jewish community for his philosophies concerning the nature of God. Spinoza was known as a free thinker who preached the Immanence of God. That God is infinite and we are all connected and all part of the one substance which is in itself and through itself conceived and whose knowledge does not depend on the knowledge of any other thing. Up to that point I had only enjoyed my grandmother’s religion, but with this regression I slowly over the years began a more thorough research of spiritualism. I saw that our pioneers had obviously studied and accepted much of Spinoza. I finally became “a card-carrying spiritualist”!
As we look at each truth expressed in the Immanence I am intrigued and delighted with the wisdom of our pioneers. If we could fully realize the immanence we would have no need for religion for all persons would realize (make real) that in a world where God is everywhere present there is no separation; there is no judgement. There is no need to search; there is only life in all its beauty. Sadhguru tells us that religions only exist because people don’t experience the creator within them. Self-realization is knowing that we are as much a part of God as is all of nature and as such we are indeed connected for there is nowhere else to be. We are one and what we do for one we do for all and what we deny others we deny ourselves. For this reason, the entrance to Delphi in Greece states “know thyself”! To know thyself is to know God.
Our road to self-realization, or enlightenment, or greater understanding, is hampered only by our fear, our guilt, and in some instances by our lack of compassion. Our path is clouded by any action or way of living that does not wish well-being for all of nature. We must include all of life! Letting go of these self-defeating energies opens our way and lightens our load. Much like unloading what is unnecessary from our luggage on a vacation. And it is all up to us…….to let go and let God.
If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things through narrow chinks of his cavern. …wiliam blake
Spinoza preached that we are all part of the one substance we call God. We are one. We are one person having many different experiences and yet we are not the experience. In this physical world of duality, we experience a sense of motion physically and mentally and yet our God self remains immutable, unchanging, and everywhere present. Does this mean we do not enjoy the show? Of course, we enjoy life! It is the greatest show ever!
Namaste! emmy chetkin
This statement of Alaric is challenging! We live in a dualistic world and duality by its very nature invites judgement. Duality is entrancing and keeps us distracted from our purpose to love and be loved. Judgement enters the picture even when it involves what we would call discernment. We do not see that these actions are also judgements. Even our opinion is just a polite way of saying judgement. What is our opinion but our view of good, better, best? Raymond Moody once aired a panel of persons who had experienced near death, (been declared dead) and had returned to tell their stories of life at the threshold of the spirit world. Many of the experiencers related dramatic and life changing events resulting from the NDE. One woman caught my attention as her story was simple, but contained an element that I never forgot. In her life review she saw all her good deeds, and there were many; but she also saw that only those deeds that she had done without thinking counted. I puzzled over this for many years. And one day in Egypt I met a man at the pyramids who walked and talked with our group. I asked him how he had learned to be so peaceful and he said it is easy; “don’t worry, don’t hurry, and don’t think too much”! When we take the time to think before we give, before we love, before we help, we are judging the pros and cons. We do not think of this as judgement but it is. The really nice woman had to think before she gave. Judgement!
Will we ever arrive at a time when we just naturally do the loving and most inclusive thing? It seems Pollyanna and not very practical to suspend judgement as Alaric seems to suggest. To any sensible person judgement is necessary! What if we went on a judgement diet? “Judge not lest ye be judged.” Judgement is a weight we carry. If we could completely trust there would be no need for judgement! We live and breathe and have our being within the mind of God Creator All That Is. Do we not trust God’s plan for us? Does not the Universe know what we need and want? In all of the animal and plant kingdom we are the only life form to interfere in God’s plan. If it crosses your path it is for you! If we resist trust we may someday have no other resource but to trust! With practice, our lack of judgement and with practice our ability to trust will bring us to include all of life. The universe knows what we want and need, and as we begin to trust the current of life, and see that we do not have to think so much, perfect solutions and perfect scenarios will present themselves to us. There is a book called “the surrender experiment” by Michael Singer. In this book Michael decides to say yes to life. Yes, to whatever is asked of him. I will tell you that Michael also added meditation to his life. A lot of it! He decided to say yes to life and not judge or weigh the issues presented to him. Michael’s life changed dramatically. His life became full and colorful and rich! He went from a struggling professor to a successful businessman who never lost his humility and just kept on saying yes to what God put in his path.
Jesus asks, “Have ye forgotten ye are gods?” God holds within Itself all that is. God does not reject but includes us all! This is our challenge! To be the Gods that we are! Do we think God’s plan would not be fun? Fulfilling? Joyful? We could begin in small ways to trust God. We could begin in small ways to cast off doubt and fear. We could become the Gods that we are!
Love is inclusion at its most divine! Namaste! emmy
You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet, still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet. Franz Kafka
“Energy Does Not Lie”!
Patricia Hayes, founder of Delphi University, used this phrase in almost every class. Many teachings we immediately recognize; others take experience for us to accept. Over the years I saw this truth manifest for me in my own life. I have had my energies mirrored to me many times. More often than I would like that mirror image is unmistakably “me” and is not always a pretty sight!
Energy does not lie! We are vibratory beings and our vibration comes into the room long before we enter. This vibration signals those we come into contact with in ways not even known to us. We are vibratory beings and vibrations resonate with one another; talk with one another and telegraph our intentions, our desires, our abilities and our needs. Our vibration can attract those who are able to benefit from, or contribute to our abilities. Our vibration, when in a mode of non-judgement, can manifest as a healing for those in need; an inspiration for those who are stuck in a pattern that is not for their highest good. When we are emitting an energy of judgement, or not so good intent those around us pick up our signal and may back away. No one wants to be judged and judgement is not an arena of healing. Even broadcasting a vibration of intensity or frustration can fill others with a desire to move on to calmer waters. Hopefully receivers of this not so good energy are aware that negative behavior is a cry for help. Hopefully those who feel our off balance energy will send us a prayer of healing and well-being. That’s what we are here for; to help one another. Let us remember “we are one”.
It is a good idea to consciously keep our energy in a vibration of love, well-being and success. We can do this through music, inspirational readings, and the all-time most powerful process……..meditation! The Buddha did not sit under that tree for nothing!
Energy does not lie and vibrates the truth of us to those with ears to hear and eyes to see.
Reading another person’s energy is not as easy as we may think. Our ears and our eyes are not always spiritually open and we may read from our ego. We often misread energy out of fear and sometimes out of a desire to “make it work?” Is our sensory antenna put off course by our own bias! Yes to all the above. But fear not for we are here to learn and unfold our abilities. Inherently everything and everyone is in a state of change; all evolving to find balance and harmony. We perceive everything around us through the filter of our own state of mind. To be awake and aware is to see the complete picture. Once we have the complete picture we cannot help but be loving, compassionate and kind towards everything and everybody around us. In this loving state of mind we bring ourselves to the very best vibrational tone we are able to attain in this present time. We then effortlessly arrive at the station of one of our countless incarnations. Our own personal appointment in Samarra! Our human experience is created from our vibration and it is a conundrum that all our lives are happening now. Yet we remember that Spirit cannot be contained in time or space! Life is like a train that circles the time track of our lives. We get on or off as the spirit moves us. Our vibration is our ticket to ride. Our vibration dictates our focus. We are everywhere present even as right now we are focused on earth 2017 with each of us enjoying a different experience. This is our earth ride and it will continue…..as we unfold our more clear understanding we communicate our more attuned self. This expansion of our understanding clears the self-made blocks we have created that keep us from seeing all that we are and can be.
“I send out my energy to attract to myself those people and those situations that can best benefit from my wisdom, my abilities, and my love.” Patricia Hayes
Namaste! emmy chetkin
“keep your heart chakra open!” dr.susan persico
Susan Persico, who was our friend, and was also member of our church passed into spirit January 19. Susan was scheduled to speak this March 26th and I had been looking forward to her talk. Her lectures came from life experiences and were natural and inspirational and fun! I remembered her last talk here in the church and I went to my computer to listen once again to Susan’s account of her near death experience which occurred in December of 1982. In her talk last year Susan shared the high points of her NDE. I smiled as I listened because even within the event Susan was having an inner detailed commentary on what was occurring. She reacted to the events with wonder, interest, joy, acceptance, and a desire for more. Most importantly Susan returned from that visit to the spirit world with a profound understanding of love and the truth of our oneness. I am grateful to Susan for sharing that intimate and intense and sometimes funny event with us. It is comforting and a validation of all we believe. The love Susan was infused with “blew her heart chakra” open; and her experience of how real our connection to one another, and to all that is, was classic.
Susan is a perfect example of how we can live in this world of duality and still know we are one! It is when we forget our oneness that life seems to become more difficult, more pressing. We live in a world of duality where the opposite is always showing itself. A world where we often want things to be different than what they are. Wanting something to be different takes us out of the present moment. The present moment is the only place where we can create anything, even change! If we truly want things to be “better” then we must stop judging. Carl Jung tells us that we cannot change anything unless we accept it ……..”Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.” I am sure we have all had moments where we did not want the “it” to stop. As we are being bathed in the sheer exhilaration of nature and of life we do not judge, or wish for change. However, when life hands us not so wonderful experiences we tend to lose our center. We are upset and we judge the situation as bad. If we would like to increase the beauty and learn to move more easily through the “not so good”; we must realize more and more that God is in all of life and we are part of God. We can learn to bless what we see for it is all part of us; the oneness. Be still and draw upon the love that is within us; bless the situation with healing and know you cannot heal from a place of anger, judgement, or discontent. We are vibratory beings and we can lift our vibration into healing by our attention to the love and the oneness that is the truth of us. Less than good situations can create sadness and all manner of negative emotions. Susan tells a wonderful story of a message she received one day as she looked at a depressing scene in a train station. As Susan observed the scene she thought; “There but for the grace of God go I.” A new thought “popped” into her head. “there with the grace of God go I.” The lesson of oneness had been well taken! We are many! Yet we are one!
We are not all going to have a near death experience, but we can learn from the experiences of those who have been there and were brave and loving enough to share with us the blessings they were given. Thank you Susan Persico! and thank you to all who have written of their NDEs through the years. Namaste! emmy chetkin
Go to www.livingspiritlilydale.org and click on “more” in top right for past speakers.
Susan is April 2016
ALL ROADS LEAD TO HEAVEN!
I was born into a very Roman Catholic family, and my grandmother on my mother’s side of the family was a well-known and sought after medium. Minnie was a physical medium as well as clairvoyant and counselor. From a very early age I loved the mysticism of the Catholics. But my grandmother lived next door to us! She easily won the prize of a child’s interest. My grandmother would often show up at my school to take me out for the day. I could see the excitement in the attitude of the nuns. In those days Catholic sisters wore habits and they seemed to float and flutter in the hall as they greeted Minnie. I was told that I was a lucky girl and that my grandmother was a saint! A saint! To a young Catholic girl this was the highest honor and I did not miss the implication of the respect they afforded her. Score one for spiritualism! What I also loved about spiritualism was the colorful mediums and the amazing people who visited my grandmother. Native Americans, priests, nuns and artists and a medley of people who, to my young eyes, were straight out of an exciting book. One that I wanted to read! Yet it was many years before I began to read that spiritualism book. After many visions, and a magical visit from the spirit world, I attended my first formal metaphysical seminar. I had never looked beyond the colorful characters, and unlike my friends in Lily Dale, I had never attended a séance! But in this class I sat in the very front to make sure I did not miss a word! After a welcome to the class; the teacher asked “how many of you think it is important to be right”. Well I knew the answer to that question; my hand shot up instantly! Sitting front and center I could not see that I was the only person to raise a hand! Today I laugh even as I type this. How little I knew. Somehow, somewhere, I had developed the idea that “being right” was important. The teacher kindly said; “you are going to have a difficult time in this study”. That was the first time I had ever heard that statement addressed to me!
The first lesson was “do you want to be right or do you want to make it work”? The “me” that had stepped into that classroom would have probably left! Left the class believing that the teacher was “wrong”. In truth I had changed when my foot crossed that threshold. I felt so comfortable and truly happy to be there that I did not even consider right or wrong. I stayed in class and thus began a wonderful journey into self-discovery, and a friendship that I will always treasure. I began to learn that my belief in the importance of “being right” could close my mind when the answers did not match my preconceived notions. “Being right” could actually be a handicap and hinder my ability to learn. “Being right”, when not properly communicated, can hurt others and stifle group progress. And the need of “being right” holds us back from engaging in new processes that await our understanding. I learned that love was more important than anything and to be is more important than to do. Lao Tzu tells us that “in stillness the world is transformed”. No intention……just stillness. We call this world a world of duality and feel we cannot escape it. Right/wrong. Hot/cold. Above/below. Everything has its opposite. I had always felt we could lessen duality and create more peace. And recently I read a book by a very young metaphysician who offered an option of oneness that is attainable. Alaric Hutchinson encourages us: “love is being able to view a situation without adding duality to it”. If we are going to turn our duality trained mind to the oneness that is the truth of us then we must learn to look at situations free from duality. Or as the bible teaches …….judge not.
LIFE IS LIKE A KALIEDESCOPE.
NO MATTER HOW IT IS TURNED
IT IS ALL BEAUTIFUL..
THERE IS NO WRONG WAY. NAMASTE! EMMY
'you have within you more love than you could ever understand' - Rumi
A chance to love!
How many chances do we get to love in life?
A lot! The chance to love is the gift we receive from the creator as we enter life. Let us use this gift and use it and use it! How many times in a day or a week or a month so we make the choice to not love? The choice to love is always present! I often quote my friend and teacher who would answer when I would question loving everyone. “You have to love Emmy. You do not have to take them home with you.”
Picture for a moment ‘you’ at the pearly gates, and now inside, and now face to face with the creator. Your life rolls in front of you and all those moments you chose not to love are presented to you. What a travesty, what a sad day! I actually play that game with myself from time to time, and those times I chose to withhold love, make me want to hide. I resolve once more to not let those opportunities to love ever slip away. and yet again, in yet another disguise, the chance to love presents itself and once more I harden my heart. I turn my head. I forget we are one. I forget we are love. I unconsciously make my decision. That no goodnik does not deserve love! That person is pesky, too needy, annoying, too loud, too quiet, mean, manipulating… For whatever is my rationale at the moment I have withheld love. Love is for sale!
We decide who deserves our love and who has earned it. In these moments of withhold we could remind ourselves that them most seemingly horrible person needs the healing balm of love the most.
William Law tells us: ‘Love has no errors. All errors are a lack of love’
There is nothing stopping us from sending love in any situation. You do not have to take the person home with you! Send love from the silence of your heart. Energy never lies and our love is felt whenever we open the channels; and opening the channels is easy because loving is our purpose. “I believe that the reason for life is for all of us simply to grow in love” - leo tolstoy
Recorded by many artists is this song: ‘Why me lord? what have I done to deserve even one of the blessings I’ve known? Why me lord? what did I ever do that was worth love from you and the kindness you’ve shown?’
This song was not my husbands style of singing, but he would sing it endlessly for me because I loved it so much. It became my mantra in difficult times. I know that the love we are given from the creator to supports on this earthly path is not earned. We are treated as temples of love and this love was meant to sustain one another as the one we are. This precious powerful love sits so patiently and so abundantly waiting for us to let it flow. What a glorious purpose we have! What a powerful mission. A mission so sacred, so profound and so simple! Love one another! We cannot use love up, and we cannot misplace it or put it in the wrong place. It is never the wrong time to love!
May we all enjoy a loving and joyous holiday season!