Category Archives: spirituality

Thanks GP and Goop for today’s newsletter. My response below. What’s yours and can it be expressed in a neutral non-judgemental way on both sides?

Normally a shop, travel, recipe and fun blog by Gwyneth Paltrow- Today she gives a little of herself in support of human acceptance and human growth. In this case homosexuality. And regarding the Bible no less.

http://goop.com/?page=newsletter_vn&id=most_recent

It really doesn’t need to be a heavy subject – it’s pretty simple actually. So thanks for posting GP and getting me to think about this for a moment, once again.

Here’s my reply:

photo by thayer gowdy (click photo to see her fab website)

I would just like to add that I interpret when Jesus speaks of “ I am the way” or “let me show you the way” and of the “Father”, that HE himself is saying “watch me” I am the Father and son and spirit in one, in this human form. Just as YOU are and have the potential to be here in this present life. The “way” is within us, not outside of us… When we see this we have found truth, found ourselves, found how to heal ourselves and the world… The Father is that all-encompassing LOVE that we came from and are part of, all of us, each one of us, connected by and through the “Father”. When you know this you are “saved” because you will become this grace and compassion and ultimately what Jesus and every other sacred evolved soul through time and history have been trying to show: LOVE. There is no room logically or scientifically and especially not spiritually for anything to exist that resembles judgment, within LOVE. Who are you to judge anyone but yourself. And furthermore, what you see in others is in yourself somewhere whether it be fear or unworthiness or lack of trust or love. So, heal yourself and heal the world. Don’t worry about others choices and avoid looking at your own. Care about your own spirit. You chose this life as a gift to learn, don’t waste it hating yourself deep down inside when you are truly worthy of the love you desire. Strive to “be who God meant you to be ( to me this is LOVE ) and you will set the world on fire.”  – Saint Catherine of Sienna. 🙂

Namaste. (I bow to the god within you:)

Ask and you shall receive, because you already have it in YOU.

Russell Simmons has a book out now on the top sellers lists called Super Rich: A Guide to Having it All. Meaning we all have abundance. He said, We, all of us, need nothing. That when you ‘know’ this you are the ultimate giver (and thus receiver). That is what this “having-ness” is about.
The View compared him to Buddhists and mentioned the Dali Lama because Russell said it’s about compassion and smiling and ‘laughter’… Very interesting to me. It’s exactly Michael Tamura’s (and many others’) philosophy. Check out his book: YOU Are The ANSWER.  www.michaeltamura.com
The worldly connections are getting closer 🙂
Jay Z said recently, I think to Oprah “The worst thing you can do is be successful as someone else. I want to be successful as myself.” This again is about his true self, his soul that is bigger than his stories here and there, than his ego, than his fears. I love that Jay Z and Russell are sharing this. True givers and receivers in action. Of what that giving/receiving truly is. And directly in the midst of pop culture. That ‘compassion’, that ‘grace’ that we talk about or maybe you hear about and wonder, or you’ve felt in moments and remember, but weren’t sure how to hold it.

It’s not about holding, because as my teacher said yesterday, when you hold something it is because you don’t have it. When you learn to let go or ‘allow’ it, you see it remains within you and is part of you. You ARE that Grace. You ARE that Compassion. WE all are. Why do we resist exactly what we think we want then. Well, that’s a longer conversation, if you want to THINK about it… or you could just meditate and KNOW it :-). But basically, it’s not our fault. It’s part of our experience here on earth and in our human bodies. The great thing is, we can get back to who we truly are any moment we decide to do so. I believe that’s exactly what we are all here doing together in this world. Some faster than others, some not in this life but in the next. Whatever. We are all on this healing journey together regardless of our limiting ‘ideas’ of our world, of time and space and of right and wrong…

Rumi said: “Out beyond ideas of Wrongdoing and Rightdoing, there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, and even the phrase ‘eachother’ doesn’t make any sense.”

Even in 532ish A.D. we were on this path. 🙂

“Universal language”

We are often saying the same thing in a different way… what does this mean? we speak in so many different words, tones, languages, emotions but often- it is the same thing or same intention we are speaking of- the truth or understanding of this gets lost in the language or the translation or the tone. I believe there is a universal understanding out there- and in here within us. this gets lost as we grow and age and become immersed within the earthly world- however, it is still there. it’s up to us to learn to see this clearly, to learn to listen and to truly “see” – beyond the pain and emotions and differences and things we are conditioned to believe are “truth”.

Here’s a passage taken from my teacher Juli Somers at the CFIT in Santa Fe:
“We not only forget what God is like, we forget what we are like – who we really are.  We forget why we are here and see ourselves as these one dimensional beings. We get lost in believing we are these bodies – I am this pain, I am these emotions and all the roles we play. As Carlos Castenada so brilliantly put it, we need to remove our awareness from the “numbing effects brought about by living at ordinary states of consciousness”. It isn’t easy being in these bodies at times. Daily life gives us our spiritual practice. If we are awake, we are always being encouraged to stretch into more of an authentic being-ness. The secret of life has been hidden inside each of us and we only have to look within discover why we are here.”

Thoughts?

“Find that which makes you enthusiastic-that which brings you enthusiasm. Whether is be a job, a cause, a family, a hobby, an activity, so on… alot may be revealed from that experience of enthusiasm discovered and nurtured…” Paulo Coelho

“When you dream alone, with your eyes shut, asleep, that dream is an illusion. But when we dream together, sharing the same dream, awake and with our eyes wide open, then that dream becomes reality!” (anonymous)

I took this from Paulo Coelho’s blog today.

what does spiritual healing mean to you?

I asked friends in a Facebook post this question and here are some of the replies:

“Spiritual healing is learning how to accept and move on. Things have happened, are happening, and will happen, and once we can accept that this is just the way life works – giving/taking, good/bad, happy/sad – then we can spend our energies on enlightenment and all that good stuff.”

“I think “spiritual healing” means recovering from some sort of distress or negative state of mind in general. It’s about being happy or achieving peace of mind. Being “spiritually healthy” is about giving something positive to the universe.”

“Spiritual healing is the journey to finding true joy within, with no attachment to the outcome and judgment of others. You transcend above the emotions that limit you… jealousy, anger, hate, etc…

“balance of body & soul, optimum inspiration, for an enlightened lifetime adventure”

“I think it means repairing damage caused by a particular traumatic experience or the circumstances of childhood and aberrant parenting which, no matter how successful are necessarily traumatic due to the very nature of the process and individuals involved — how’s that for a mouthful?  ”

“loving yourself!”

“used to be that those terms meant some sort of hippie new age sh** which I didn’t care for. But now a days it’s more of how I live my life. I’m done with treating the symptoms. I’m more into treating the cause and dealing with the whole body, mind and spirit, as a cure for what ails you. ”

HERE IS MY PERSONAL FAVORITE BECAUSE THERE IS A STORY AND LESSON LEARNED IN HERE:

I normally wouldn’t throw my hat in this ring, but I’m in a Bible study and this week the whole topic was about this very thing, so here goes. I do believe in God, and Jesus, and having a sweet son w/ autism, and watching the incredible “coincidences” of how God has provided for him (and us) has really strengthened my faith.

I don’t know what you believe – so I hope I don’t offend!!

There’s a passage in the Bible – 2 Corinthians 12 – where Paul has some kind of disability.  The consensus is that it’s some kind of problem with his vision…. he talks about how he’s prayed over and over again for God to remove “the thorn from his eye.”

Anyway, eventually, he comes to the place that he realizes that God uses his suffering to develop his character and to be an example to others.   I love the way the notes from our homework say it:

“God did not remove Paul’s ‘thorn’ of suffering in order that God’s grace might be seen and proved sufficient to balance Paul’s suffering.  Surely there is no greater proof of God’s power and grace than when a person is given such supernatural joy in God that the comfort he receives is greater than his pain.

“When a person suffers yet has the courage to endure without murmuring against God, the strength of faith in God manifests a particular glory of God that many of us know nothing about.  Often this bears more eternal fruit than a testimony of a miraculous healing.”

Anyway, just thought I’d throw that out there.   I’ve prayed and prayed (and done LOTS of other kooky medical/therapy/etc. stuff) for God to lift <my son’s> autism.  It’s painful as a mom to watch, and who knows what his future will look like.   He’s made some amazing progress, but still maybe 50% chance he’ll live independently someday.

I’m finally at the place that I still pray for healing, but I also can see the amazing changes in my life, and our whole family because of it.   I always used to sort of roll my eyes a little when people who had a child w/ Down Syndrome, etc. would say what a “gift” the disability had been, but now I really do understand.

If God just “healed” <our son> and we went on with our daily lives, I might not have gone so “deep.”

Hope that doesn’t come off as preachy- I just think that’s been a big realization for our little family.

I also believe in a lot of alternative therapies – and I think ancient Eastern medicine, etc. had figured out a lot of things about how our bodies work that modern medicine is just now touching on.  I think we’re spiritual beings and God created our bodies to be self-healing in lots of ways we’re just now discovering!

I just wanted to clarify that I don’t really mean self-healing in the “if I just think happy thoughts my body will heal” – but more that God designed our bodies in miraculous ways – ways that we’re just beginning to comprehend – and that there are so many cleaning/healing/detoxing processes built into our bodies that we need to support instead of always just medicating.

you are invited…

godmother and goddaughter, photo by marianne campbell

This is our first post in an attempt to create discussion via words or video. To reveal the connection among us regardless of our personal structures. This is about healing and how we are created to do this. Created with the power to heal over and over, continually throughout this life time here- through our experiences, our fears, our emotions, our thoughts and essentially our love: for others and for self. Here we go…