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.”

A Prayer for my child

A beautiful prayer:

I call your name into the cosmos my child. I ask the great beings that govern this blue planet to  intercede for you. I ask the great beings that govern this consciousness called humanity to call your name and bless you greatly, bless you specifically. I call you name. I call your name. I prayer light into your life. I prayer joy into your life. I pray ease and love into your life. I pray that every step you take connects you with such power from mother earth that you feel glad to be on this earth, and powerful to be on this earth. I call your name into the cosmos my child.

MONEY ABUNDANCE PRAYER

Say this prayer as you put money into a bag, jar or bottle every day. If you start with an easily achievable amount, it helps you open your heart to money – which is the whole objective of this exercise! Do this daily.. it will change your cellular response to money and help open that beautiful heart of yours.

This is inspired by two short affirmations written by Yogananda as part of  A Horn Of Plenty. I loved them and started doing them daily:

Teach me to feel that Thou art the power behind all wealth and the value in all things

Knowing Thee (the divine life force/God/light etc) I will know all things through Thee

Help me manifest material and spiritual abundance through my knowledge of the oneness of all things

Help me earn appropriately, spend appropriately, keep appropriately and give appropriately

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PRAYER (FOR THOSE WHO BATTLE TO TRUST LIFE)

This saying became my mantra for a year. I copied it out, decorated it with a drawing and put it on my wall. (I also insisted it went into the communal kitchen for everyone else to see!)  Every time I read it, something deep inside me shifted. 

TRUST

Don’t waste your life for that which is going to be taken away. Trust Life.

If you trust only then can you drop your knowledge

only then can you put your mind aside.

And with trust something immense opens up.

Then this life becomes full of God, overflowing.

When the heart is innocent and the walls have disappeared you are bridged with infinity.

And you are not deceived; there is nothing that can be taken away from you.

That which can be taken away is not worth keep and that which cannot be taken away form you, why should one be afraid of it being taken away?

It cannot be taken away, there is no possibility. You cannot lose your real treasure.

From Osho Zen Tarot Cards

 

 

 

 

PRAYERS – FORGIVENESS

Forgiveness Prayer

 I forgive everyone who has ever hurt or harmed me, consciously or unconsciously, in this lifetime or any other in this Universe, dimension, plane or level of existence, or any other.

I OFFER THEM GRACE

I ask forgiveness for everything I have ever done to hurt or harm another consciously or unconsciously, in this lifetime or any other in this Universe, dimension, plane or level of existence, or any other.

I ASK FOR GRACE

 I forgive myself for everything I have ever done to hurt or harm another consciously or unconsciously, in this lifetime or any other in this Universe, dimension, plane or level of existence, or any other.

I ACCEPT GRACE 

I AM FREE. ALL CHAINS AND RESTRICTIONS FALL FROM ME. AND I STAND IN MY FULL POWER AS A MASTER.

Thanks to Laa’iqah Ebrahim for sending this to me!