Be

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“In the inner stillness where meditation leads, the Spirit secretly anoints the soul and heals our deepest wounds.” – St. John of the Cross

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John 14:27

Jesus said to his followers, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.”

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Jesus offers the peace beyond all understanding as St. Paul would later call it in Philippians 4:7.

In today’s scripture verse, Jesus is offering peace to his followers at the Last Supper as his death loomed, and later he again offered it when he appeared to them following the resurrection (John 20:21).

Jesus offers a peace that transcends this world and all its struggles.

It transcends time and space.

He told us how to access this peace at any time.

Jesus called this deep experience of peace the kingdom of God.

He said that this realm of spacious peace and contentment is within you (Luke 17:21).

Even amid the storms of life, you can turn inward and experience this peace.

Some type of meditation practice such as Centering Prayer is helpful in nurturing this experience.

But it’s always present when you are present, whenever you are truly here, truly paying attention to what is.

This is the experience of the “I Am” as God self-identified in the book of Exodus, the is-ness of now.

This is sometimes called the Christ Consciousness, when you are aware of your connection to everything.

Breathe deeply.

Experience the peace beyond all understanding.

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Energize

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“Breathe in deeply to bring your mind home to your body.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

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John 14:26

Jesus told his followers, “The Advocate, the holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name—he will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.”

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This whole idea of Trinity is mysterious.

It’s really beyond the grasp of our rational minds.

It seems to me that the Holy Spirit is like the energy between God and Jesus, the loving-relationship-itself, the giving-and-receiving itself.

This Loving-Energy is always present in-the-mix of everything that exists.

But we humans have free will.

We have the option of whether we want to tap into this Spirit.

I first must be aware that I have an ego, a mind that wants to run the show, so to speak.

It wants to protect its little construction of “me”, its story of who-I-am.

When I am aware of its game, then I begin to awaken.

Then the real me, my true self as Thomas Merton would have put it, comes to life.

This true self is totally loved and fully complete in this moment.

You can have realizations of this when being awestruck by the beauty of nature, perhaps a stunning sunset.

It’s those moments when everything stands still and the joy of beingness envelopes you.

You can nurture this type of awareness through various methods of meditation such as Centering Prayer.

The Spirit will always awaken you to the unconditional love of the Great “I Am” (as God self-identified to Moses in the Book of Exodus).

This Love is always available inside you.

As your mind surrenders to the is-ness of now, the I Am, breathe-in deeply.

Contemplate this Zen saying: “What, at this moment, is lacking?”

Allow the Spirit to lead you.

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Peace Be with You

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“All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well.” – Julian of Norwich

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John 14:1-2

Jesus told his followers, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?

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If you’re going through some rough times, are facing some difficult transition, or suffered a loss, these words of Jesus are comforting.

Just to hear someone like Jesus tell us, “Do not let your hearts be troubled,” brings peace.

Jesus is addressing the underlying fear many of us are carrying, the so-called ‘elephant in the room’: The fear of death.

Our egos, our minds, do not want to deal with the reality of death.

So our minds will do all they can to divert us from thinking about it.

The ego regards death as total annihilation.

Our culture furthers this avoidance by throwing all kinds of distractions at us, all the glitter that promises more fun and a better life.

Pay no attention to the Grim Reaper behind the curtain!

But the truth is, this earthly, physical life will end.

The good news is, your soul, your consciousness, will not die.

Near Death Experiencers are confirming this.

Jesus showed us this clearly in his death and resurrection.

Love triumphs over death.

We are only here for a season.

Immerse yourself in the human experience.

Receive and give love knowing that whatever you are dealing with: ‘This, too, will pass.’

You are eternal.

Jesus assures us there are “many dwelling places” in the afterlife and he will prepare a place for you and me.

So, take a deep breath, know that you are loved, and do not let your hearts be troubled.

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Glory Be

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“See the light in others, and treat them as if that is all you see.” – Wayne Dyer

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John 13:16-17

“Amen, amen, I say to you, no slave is greater than his master nor any messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you understand this, blessed are you if you do it.”

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Jesus said this after washing his followers’ feet.

Despite being the master, Jesus took the role of servant.

He wanted his followers to mirror his actions.

It’s this type of philosophy that got him crucified.

Those holding institutional power, whether governmental or religious, do not take kindly to the idea that they relinquish that power.

To tell people that all are equal and should be treated as such will only make those at the bottom like you.

That is, unless you are awakened to the underlying reality that we’re all connected to the same Source.

We’re all like rays of light from the same sun.

We are spawned by God, or Love itself, and will return to Love.

What we do to or for another we do to or for ourselves.

That’s why Jesus said that whatever we do for the least of these, we do to him (Matthew 25:40).

God is in each of us and we are in God.

As I often quote St. Paul who said that in God “we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28).

This is hard to grasp for people who are operating from the control of their egos.

The ego will create stories all about the little “me” it constructs based on all the stories of your life.

But when all the stories dissolve, when you simply come into the presence of the Divine Presence, right now, right here, you are simply part of the Great I Am.

You are loved and totally accepted.

Can you live from that place of love and oneness with all creation?

Can you share that love equally with everyone and everything?

Then, as Jesus said, “blessed are you.”

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Open Heart

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“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.” – Rumi

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John 10:27-28

“My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish. No one can take them out of my hand.”

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Whose voice are you listening to?

And whose voice are you following?

There are many voices trying to command our attention, trying to get us to do this or that.

In today’s scripture verse, Jesus says that his sheep hear his voice.

He seems to be telling us that there is a transcendent voice, a voice beyond this earthly realm.

It takes some silent attentiveness to hear this quiet and loving voice over the din of the many other voices.

The Gospel of John is the more theologically developed gospel.

The writer wanted to get across some deeper teachings gleaned from years of thought.

It was probably written around the year 100, some seventy years after the crucifixion.

In this gospel, Jesus taught that he is in God and “you are in me and I in you” (John 14:20).

There is a oneness beyond what our normal human intellect can grasp.

Science is now confirming much of this oneness at the molecular level.

Jesus says that when we follow his lead, his way, he gives us eternal life and that we will never perish.

As Teilhard de Chardin stated, “We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”

Your soul, your consciousness, is housed temporarily in your body.

We are all destined for eternal life.

But Jesus says we can have it now.

Now my friends!

It’s always now.

As Jesus said: “The kingdom of God is within you.”

Let go of all the noise.

Follow the ways of Jesus and experience the deep realm of God’s peace and love right now…and always.

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Pause

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“The moment you completely accept your non-peace, your non-peace becomes transmuted into peace.” – Eckhart Tolle

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Psalm 42:2

As the deer longs for streams of water, so my soul longs for you, O God.

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What are you longing for?

What is it that you are searching for?

It’s easy for us to think that there is something out there that will satisfy this longing.

There is an old story about a man who was crawling around outside his home looking for a key that he had lost.

Others saw him and joined him in the search.

After much time searching and not finding the key, someone asked the man if he had a more precise location of where he had dropped it.

The man then told them that he had dropped the key in his basement, but since there was more light outside, he thought he would look there.

The key in the story stands for the key to life, the thing you think will fulfill you or make you happy.

We think we will find it somewhere out there, when in fact, the answer is not outside you but within you.

You don’t have to go anywhere to find it.

Your soul is longing to connect with its Source, with God.

Jesus said that you will not find the kingdom of God outside you but within you.

The reason is that God, the Divine Presence, the great I Am, is inside you – and all around you.

God is in whom we live and move and having our being, as St. Paul put it in Acts 17:28.

You as an eternally loved child of God already have everything you need.

Nothing outside of your soul, or your consciousness, will complete you.

You are already complete and unconditionally loved at your soul level.

Stop for a moment and observe the next thought that comes to you.

Who is observing that thought?

The real you, that’s who!

Simply be present to the Presence.

You are part of the “I Am”, the beingness of God.

Rest in this Presence and experience the vast abundance of life eternal.

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One Body

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“Matter is spirit moving slowly enough to be seen.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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Acts 8:3

Saul, meanwhile, was trying to destroy the church; entering house after house and dragging out men and women, he handed them over for imprisonment.

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The actions of Saul could be compared to a terrorist today.

He was literally terrorizing the first followers of Jesus, dragging them from their homes.

Many of them were certainly killed.

Saul thought he was doing this on behalf of God.

Some of the most evil things done in history were carried out by people who believed they were doing good!

Saul thought he was protecting his Jewish faith from these new heathens.

Many human beings are horribly misled by whoever has their ear.

This is how people get radicalized.

What would have happened if those who were the early Christians lashed out at Saul?

What if they would have killed him?

Then, the cycle of violence would have gone on.

That’s why Jesus modeled nonviolent resistance, standing up to oppressors in truth but also in love.

This is hard!

But it’s what Jesus called us to do.

That’s because we are all connected.

We are all one, all children of God.

Saul found this out when he had a mystical encounter on the road to Damascus when he was knocked to the ground by a flash of light.

He then heard a voice that stated: “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”

The voice then stated: “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.” (Acts 9:4-5)

So the risen Jesus was stating that Saul was persecuting him by persecuting his followers.

What we do to one we do to all and to Jesus himself.

Saul was slowly transformed by this experience and became known as Paul, one of the most impassioned followers of Christ.

St. Paul went on to write in Romans 8:38-39 that nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.

In Christ Jesus.

In God.

In the Great I Am.

We are all connected.

When we hurt one, we hurt all.

When we love one, we love all.

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Grace Is Free

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“I am in the house of mercy and my heart is a place of prayer.” – Rumi

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Psalm 27:1

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom should I fear?

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When the psalms speak of the Lord, they are speaking of God.

Scripture tells us that God is light (1 John 1:5).

It also tells us that God is love (1 John 4:8).

This coincides well with the thousands and thousands of Near Death Experience testimonies of encountering a Light that exuded an overwhelming love beyond any earthly description.

While I don’t believe I had an NDE, I did have an experience of ecstatic love while at my lowest point in the hospital following a ruptured appendix in 1998.

I’m not sure of the duration of this mystical event as it may have been an instant or several minutes.

It came out of the blue so to speak in the middle of night while I lay awake in the dark.

I suddenly was enveloped in the unconditional love of God.

I had done nothing to deserve or merit such an encounter.

It certainly was the turning point that jettisoned me in a new direction in life.

When you find yourself in the Light of God, you are filled.

You are whole and complete beyond any illusory constructs of this world.

That is salvation.

It is given to all people all the time as a gift.

It’s grace, pure and simple.

Scripture also tells us that “there is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment, and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love” (1 John 4:18). 

When you know you are loved unconditionally and that you have eternal life assured, what is there to fear?

This is the good news of the gospel that is so desperately needed to be heard and accepted.

Take time to rest in the Divine Presence.

Some form of meditation such as Centering Prayer is helpful.

Just be.

Breathe.

Listen.

You are loved.

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Now Is the Time

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“Frankly, Jesus came to show us how to be human much more than how to be spiritual, and the process still seems to be in its early stages.” – Richard Rohr, The Universal Christ

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John 3:16-17

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.

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Some teachings of the bible are deeper than the literal.

To believe in Jesus is to have faith in his way of life.

I’m reminded of the first reading in the Church lectionary for today where an angel of God frees the imprisoned apostles and tells them to go to the temple area and “tell the people everything about this life” (Acts 5:20).

This life.

Tell them about what life is like in following Jesus.

What is it like to “lose your life to find your life” (Matthew 16:25)?

What happens when you become the grain of wheat that falls to the ground and dies?

You actually do bear much fruit (John 12:24).

This life in following Jesus is about letting go of your false self so that your true self can rise.

Then, as St. Paul put it, it’s no longer I who live but Christ who lives within me (Galatians 2:20).

If you lived your whole life as a false self, living only for the whims of your ego, at the time of your physical death, it would indeed be like perishing.

All that is false would dissolve.

Can you imagine the shock of realizing this as your true essence makes the transition to the heavenly realm?

Eternal life, just like the kingdom of God, is available now.

Jesus said it was right here among you and within you (Luke 17:20-21).

It’s always now — the only time that is real.

Do you want to be living in the Divine Presence of the eternal or the delusion of what is destined to dissolve?

Jesus came, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.

Saved means to have the fullness life!

It means to live in the wholeness of your true self, reflecting the love of the One who created you.

God, who is love (1 John 4:8), wants us to live in the freedom of the knowledge that we are unconditionally and eternally loved in this realm, not just one day in heaven.

If we all did this, the veil of delusion would fall and we would experience salvation in the here and nowand always.

May it be so!

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Winds of Change

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“There is an irreducible opposition between the deep transcendent self that awakens only in contemplation, and the superficial, external self which we commonly identify with the first person singular.” – Thomas Merton

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John 3:7-8

Jesus said, “Do not be amazed that I told you, ‘You must be born from above.’ The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

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This is a tough teaching for anyone who is caught up in their own mind.

When you think you are your thinking, these words of Jesus will be totally befuddling.

Many people are operating from their egos which have created a false-self based on cultural, parental, and religious norms.

But Jesus says we need to awaken to a new paradigm.

We need, in a sense, to be born again.

As Pierre Teilhard de Chardin said, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”

We are being called to awaken to the realization that we are spirit.

And our Loving Source is the Spirit from which we come, in whom we ‘live and move and have our being’ as St. Paul put it in Acts 17:28.

To get in touch with our Spiritual Source, we have to allow our minds to quiet.

Some type of meditation practice such as Centering Prayer is helpful.

We need to take time to simply be present to the Divine Presence which is all around us, and more importantly, inside us!

Jesus said that the kingdom of God is among you, which is also translated as within you (Luke 17:20-21).

When you are consciously in touch with the spacious realm of the sacred within, you will be moved to speak certain words and do certain actions on behalf of Love itself.

The inspiration will come out of the blue, like the wind.

You will find yourself being called to change, to go outside your comfort zone.

That is why many people resist.

They don’t want to change.

If you have the courage to listen and act, you will discover your true self and have life to the full.

As Jesus said: You must lose your life to find it (Matthew 16:25).

You must lose your old ego-concocted-life, to find your true life.

The only thing stopping you is fear which is an illusion.

May we allow the winds of the Spirit to direct us to freedom.

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