A REALLY GOOD ARTICLE BY A FRANCISCAN FRAIR

“For me, the two correctives of all spirituality are silence and service. If either of those is missing, it is not true, healthy spirituality. Without silence, we do not really experience our experiences. We may serve others and have many experiences, but without silence, nothing has the power to change us, to awaken us, to give us that joy that the world cannot give, as Jesus says. And without clear acts of free service (needing no payback of any sort, even “heaven”), a person’s spiritual authenticity can and should be called into question. Divine Love always needs to and must overflow!

To live in this primordial, foundational being itself, which I am calling silence, creates a kind of sympathetic resonance with what is right in front of us. Without it, we just react instead of respond. Without some degree of silence, we are never living, never tasting, as there is not much capacity to enjoy, appreciate, or taste the moment as it purely is. The opposite of contemplation is not action, it is reaction. We must wait for pure action, which always proceeds from a contemplative silence in which we are able to listen anew to truth and to what is really happening. Such spiritual silence demands a deep presence to oneself in the moment, which will probably have the same practical effect as presence to God.

You do not hear silence (precisely!), but it is that by which you do hear. You cannot capture silence. It captures you. Silence is a kind of thinking that is not thinking. It’s a kind of thinking which mostly sees(contemplata). Silence, then, is an alternative consciousness. It is a form of intelligence, a form of knowing beyond bodily reacting or emotion. It is a form of knowing beyond mental analysis, which is what we usually call thinking. All of the great world religions at the higher levels(mystical) discovered that our tyrannical mode of everyday thinking (which is largely compulsive, brain-driven, and based on early patterning and conditioning) has to be relativized and limited, or it takes over, to the loss of our primal being and identity in ourselves. I used to think that mysticism was the eventual fruit of years of contemplation; now I think it all begins with one clear moment of mystic consciousness, which then becomes the constant “spring inside us, welling up unto eternal life.”

About the Author: Richard Rohr is a Franciscan friar, an internationally known speaker and author, and founding director of the Center for Action and Contemplation. The above passage is from his book, Silent Compassion: Finding God in Contemplation.”

WHY LISTENING TO YOUR SOUL IS IMPORTANT TO GOAL ACHIEVEMENT

The Soul is a field of intelligence and a stream of energy.  It is not a replica of your human form but it knows of YOUR human condition intimately, and holds the memories of all your lives, past and future, however it is not moved by emotions like the human-self.

The Soul knows every decision you have and will ever make – right to the point of the death of your body. It knows your challenges and every single possibility that presents itself in every choice, whether seemingly mundane, like which route to take to work, or seemingly huge, like which person to marry.

Your Soul has lived your life already and knows what life you would have led as you go up the tunnel to Spirit, but at the same time it also mystically remains connected to Spirit (your Spirit and the Universal Life Force – the Great Spirit). Quite something, is it not? It therefore knows your destiny and the life path to which you committed as you took on a human form, and all your human foibles and struggles, and it mediates between the two – all with the aim of getting you to raise your human consciousness.  It is that purpose, raised human consciousness, that is Soul’s total abiding purpose.

In light and gratitude,

Cat

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THE SCIENCE BEHIND MANIFESTATION, AND ATTRACTION

The experience we have in our bodies affects the world around us. Two assumptions that science has made in the past, assumptions that they are now revisiting, point to this. They are:

1. That the world is full of space. No! Per scientist Gregg Braden, it is full of a living pulsating essence.  Scientists name this essence the quantum hologram; nature’s mind;  and the mind of God. Max Planck father of quantum theory7 said that it is a ‘conscious and intelligent mind – and is the matrix of all matter.’
2. We influence the world around us through the conduit of this pulsating essence using through the human heart – our feelings. Thoughts are important, but feelings are what makes it all happen.
So today remember that it is vital that you set up your life to create a series of feelings in your body that support your goals and dreams. Dance, watch a great movie, do good for others, do what ever it is that brings joy flooding into your system. And then know exactly what it is you would like to achieve. By doing these two things you’re deliberately using science to succeed.

USE ALL YOUR BRAINS TO ATTRACT YOUR IDEAL LIFE

Did you know that we have three main brains? Yes, it’s true. One left brain, one right one, and another less known, the heart. Scientists now know that the heart has over 50% neural cells and is responsible for directing the manufacture of key brain regulating hormones. Yep, it’s true the heart is actually the boss of the brain and boss of your body.In truth the heart is actually boss of your life. It has a magnetic field bigger than the brain. It also has a electrical field bigger than the brain. Accordingly to the HearthMath Institute in the USA, the heart’s electromagnetic field permeates every cell of the body and is 500 times more powerful than the electromagnetic field around the brain. That’s something isn’t it!
I cannot emphasize, once again, how important it is to bring your daily thought processes into your heart centre. When you do this, your decisions will become coloured and imbued with Soul qualities, giving you body based insights to direct your life along the correct path, a higher destiny and consciousness.

Modern man’s natural inclination is to use the brain to understand and navigate life. and so we have to deliberately re-train ourselves to include heart based decision making. Simply taping on your heart with the tips of your fingers from time to time during the day will help you, and your heart-mind, remember that it’s actually the boss and that you know that! And when that happens, move over your life! Watch how much more in tune you will be with the heart beat of your own destiny.

SUCCESS IS A WHOLE BODY AFFAIR

Success is a whole body affair. Limiting ourselves to what we think,  is limiting the natural success that is waiting to flow into us and our  affairs. Start your day by making a gentle body connection. and keep a part of yourself in touch with it during the day as often as you can. It’s an invaluable source of information and guidance. It’s the way the Soul communicates.