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Blessing as a Form of Service

Blessing as a Form of Service

In one of the most powerful passages on oneness in world spiritual literature, the prophet Isaiah describes service as the ultimate path to enlightenment and the source of real health (the words whole, holy and healthy stem from the same root):  “Is not this the fast that I have chosen? To loose the bands of…

God’s Love and the Fruit Salad

God's Love and the Fruit Salad

Excerpts from Julian of Norwich One morning early, while making my fruit salad, the sentence “All is well, all is well, all is very, very well” continued playing through my mind.  I was suddenly reminded of a very beautiful booklet I read years ago, ENFOLDED IN LOVE – daily readings with Julian of Norwich. Despite…

I Am

As long as you believe that the God you seek is hidden up there in the sky, As long as you believe that your salvation is to be found in religions, sects, gurus or others, As long as you believe that you are too small to forgive yourself and that and only God can do…

An Unspoken Sermon

Author Unknown His name is Bill. He has wild hair, wears a T-shirt with holes in it, jeans and no shoes. This was literally is wardrobe for his entire four years of college. He is brilliant. Kind of esoteric and very, very bright. Across the street from the campus is a well-dressed, very conservative church.…

Islam and Women – Progress in Afghanistan

Thanks to Jamila Afghani and the organization she created, Noor Educational and Capacity Development Organization (NECDO). 6,000 imams in Afghanistan have taken gender-sensitivity training Click here for the full story of this amazing, courageous woman: http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Making-a-difference/2017/0105/Thanks-to-this-Afghan-woman-6-000-imams-have-taken-gender-sensitivity-training It is Friday noon in Kabul, Afghanistan, and men dressed in traditional clothes hurry to mosques to pray in…

Freedom by Grace

Excerpt from the Infinite Way Letter of August 1955 By Joel Goldsmith Freedom is not a condition of government—freedom is a condition of the Soul. Men in chains have been free; men have been free under slavery and oppression. Men have prospered in periods of depression and panic; men have survived war and flood and…

A Practical guide to spiritual enlightenment

Adyashanti From The way of Liberation Open Gate SanghaSan Jose, California Practice Absolute Sincerity To have genuine sincerity is absolutely necessary in the spiritual life. Sincerity encompasses the qualities of honesty, genuineness, and integrity. To be sincere does not mean to be perfect. In fact, the very effort to be perfect is itself insincere, because…

Lakota Prayer

Oh, Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the winds and whose breath gives life to all the world, hear me. I am small and weak. I need your strength and wisdom. Let me walk in beauty and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset. Make my hands respect the things you…

Blessing and the Spiritual Path

Recently Les Voies de Soi asked Pierre to talk about his spiritual path. In this just released informal video conversation Pierre shares with us the role the practice of blessing has had in his life: ”demolishing” the ego, fostering unconditional love, compassion and forgiveness, eliminating all judgement, and creating a yearning for simplicity in all…

The Might of Love’s Tenderness

Pierre Pradervand The seashell called angel wing is delicate and exquisitely beautiful. One sometimes finds numbers of them on the shore when the tide recedes, their winsome loveliness resting gently on the sand. One wonders why they were not crushed to smithereens in the pounding of the huge waves that brought them in. Yet wave…

Have You Met St. Francis?

A mystical encounter in Tuscany. Andrew Harvey Andrew Harvey is an author, religious scholar and teacher of mystic traditions, known primarily for his nonfiction books on spiritual or mystical themes. He is the founder of the Institute for Sacred Activism and has been featured in many videos and interviews on mysticism and sacred activism. During…

He chose me to be

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.” (Jer. 1:5) Our minds cannot comprehend how special each soul is to God. We do not understand the dignity that is ours when His Goodness chose each one of us to live, to think, to know, to see, to love. We did not happen to…

When Ye Pray

Excerpts from The Thunder of Silence, chapter 14, by Joel S. Goldsmith (1892-1964) For centuries the world has believed that merely voicing words in an attempt to reach God was sufficient to bring the power and the presence of God into daily experience. For hundreds of years, millions, even billions, of people all over the…

The Power of Divine Love

Divine Love is the highest power of the universe. It is here within us often hidden in the deepest recesses of our heart and in the universal energy matrix. It is the energy that provided the first impulse to all Life and that opens the heart to receive abundance in all its forms.  Why is…

That we may walk in your beauty

You whose voice is heard in the breeze, Thou whose breath gives life to the world, we need your strength and your wisdom. Grant that we may walk in your beauty, That our eyes never tire of contemplating the golds and purples of sunset. Help us read messages you have hidden in the leaves and…

The Iman and the Little Frog

Pierre Pradervand At the time, I was on a spiritual path which I followed for 40 years, one of the rare forms of Christian nondualism. The founder of this movement, a remarkable American metaphysician of the 19th century, claimed that it represented the highest revelation of truth to-date – an affirmation with a heavy burden…

We are all loved by god

* Harikant. (Hari is a name of god, kant means beloved… beloved of god. The full name means beloved of god. And everyone is beloved of god. We are here because god loved us. Just our existence is enough proof that this cosmos needed us. We are not accidental, we are essential. It is not…

Sikhs Set Up Free Bakery Near War Zone to Feed Fleeing Syrians

Sikhs are taking one of their traditions of religious hospitality to one of the most inhospitable places on Earth — five miles from the Syrian border in refugee camps for people fleeing that country’s civil war. The UK group, Langar Aid, an organization that provides food and water to people in need, has set up a…

This Life is Joy

“The Infinite is the source of joy!” (Chandogya Upanishad 7.23) There is a mighty rushing river of deep Joy at the center of all life. Oh yes, there is also a roller-coaster ride of pleasure and pain at the surface of human experience. Yet transcending this is a Joy that is the very effervescence of…

I am love – a meditation or prayer on identity

It has been my privilege to travel widely through the five continents of the world in the course of a very active existence. I have met people from all walks of life, from prostitutes to presidents, saints and sinners. I have witnessed incredible poverty, amazing acts of daily heroism (especially from women). I have studied…

A poem on hope, Abbé Pierre

I will continue to believe, even if everyone loses hope. I will continue to love, even if others distill hatred. I will continue to build, even if others destroy. I will continue to talk peace even in the midst of a war. I will continue to spread light, even in the midst of darkness. I…

Prayer – The Other

Lord, When I’m hungry, when I’m starving, lead me to someone who needs food. When I am thirsty, send me someone who needs water. When I am cold, send me someone I can give warmth to. When I am hurt, give me someone to console. When my cross becomes heavy, give me the cross of…

Reverence for All Life

Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965). Here is an excerpt from My Life and Thought in which the Nobel Peace Prize winner ponders the spiritual practice of reverence. “The man who has become a thinking being feels a compulsion to give to every will-to-live the same reverence for life that he gives to his own. He experiences that…

Nepal enters new era of peaceful worship and celebration

Based on an article by FARAH AKBAR – nbcnews.com/ ““Humankind is making amazing discoveries concerning our partners from the animal kingdom. More and more specialists believe animals have a conscience like we do and daily we are discovering their amazing abilities – while at the same time continuing to slaughter them on an increasing scale!…

Excerpts from The ‘Eye of the I’

Chapter Ten (The Nature of God), by David R. Hawkins, MD, Ph.D., 2001 Veritas Publishing, www.veritaspublishing.com -God is everywhere present, including the here and now. God is not elsewhere, such as only in a distant heaven, nor in the future so as to be available only when one gets to heaven. The presence of God is…

Why Love is the best ‘revenge’

“We are choosing love, not for an outcome but for the actual creation of a different reality, where cynicism cannot overshadow the real connection of Love. The norm is fear and separation, but Love is the greater reality. I don’t have to judge those who fear, I can feel compassion for them. There are wounded…