(Mt 22:29) Jesus answered and said to them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.
** And the companion of the [Savior is] Mary Magdalene. [But Christ loved] her more than [all] the disciples [and used to] kiss her [often] on her [mouth]. The rest of [the disciples were offended] by it [and expressed disapproval]. They said to him, "Why do you love her more than all of us?" The Savior answered and said to them, "Why do I not love you like her? When a blind man and one who sees are both together in darkness, they are no different from one another. When the light comes, then he who sees will see the light, and he who is blind will remain in darkness" (NHC II.3.63.32ff)
Lamb and the Lion - Glenda Green
1 Corinthians 13:1-10 Love Is the Greatest
4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
8 Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! 9 Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! 10 But when full understanding comes, these partial things will become useless.
Lamp of the Body
Luke 11:33-36 “No one, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a cellar or under a basket, but on a stand, that those who come in may see the light. 34 The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore when your eye is good, your whole body is also full of light; but when it is evil, your body also is full of darkness. 35 Therefore see whether the light that is in you isn’t darkness. 36 If therefore your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, it will be wholly full of light, as when the lamp with its bright shining gives you light.”
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury,pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen
You Make Loving Fun - song
"Mortals and wizards are not so different as you may think," Merlin said. "Both are sending their desires into the field expecting an answer, but in the case of mortals, the messages are garbled and confused; in the case of wizards, they are crystal clear. No intention is ever ignore, but there can be obstacles to their fulfillment because so many conflicts are hidden in them, all the conflicts within the human heart." - The Way of the Wizard - Deepak Chopra
John 13.34-35 "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."
John15.12-13 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
1 John 4:20-21 If anyone says, "I love God," yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. 21And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.
2 John 1.18-19 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us.
How many people did you get in peace with since you started your spiritual "career" that you have been in struggle of fight or just avoiding before. The number should decrease and one day soon should be zero. Your love should expand to the point of perfection when you actively Love all those that you have avoided or fought ever before. They all have been part of your spiritual growth and gave you the lessons you needed to spiritually awake and finally to spiritually grow to God union. Remember the saying - "" if you have learned to love them all - then you have learned to Love at all.
I recently took a trip into the mountains near my home in Colorado. It was a lovely fall day, and the aspen trees were bright gold against the blue sky. For a while, I zipped along at a comfortable pace, enjoying the scenery.
But then, all of sudden I came across a long line of slow-moving cars. The cars were crawling along well below the speed limit. I took my place at the end of the line.
I began to grumble to myself about the delay. Because the mountain roads in Colorado are so curvy, there are few places to pass slow-moving cars; therefore, back-ups like this occur often. Usually the culprit is an out-of-state visitor who doesn't realize that he or she can pull-over and allow the line to pass.
Minutes went by, and we all continued to crawl. I began to grumble louder. Doesn't this person realize that there is a huge line of cars behind him? Why doesn't he pull over at one of the well-marked "slow-moving cars" pull-outs? Is he intentionally being rude? Why is he interfering with my nice scenic drive?
I became more and more impatient. I imagine that many of my fellow drivers were feeling the same. Hey, I thought, driver at the front of the line — you're going 10 mph below the speed limit! Don't you see the sign? I squirmed with irritation.
Finally we emerged into a passing-lane area, and all of us zoomed past the slowpoke. As I passed, I looked over. Sure enough, there were two touristy-looking folks in the car, pointing at various sights and chatting animatedly. They seemed to be completely oblivious to the angry drivers around them.
As I passed them and accelerated up the mountain road, I was struck by how well this situation illustrated an important spiritual idea:
What we give to others bounces right back to us.
Did my impatience, irritation, and anger affect the slow-moving driver? No. Not at all. He had no idea that I — and perhaps the other drivers — were angry at him. He had no idea that we were mumbling nasty words. He had no idea that we considered him rude or clueless or whatever. He was completely unaffected by our thoughts.
We, on the other hand, were intensely affected by our thoughts. Our cars were like greenhouses, trapping the heat that we put out, and bouncing it back upon us. I continued to be irritated for quite a while. And why? Not because of what the slow driver had done. Not really. Instead, I was irritated because I had put out (and thus strengthened) thoughts of anger, irritation, and impatience. Those thoughts remained with me, bouncing around.
This experience reminded me that the thoughts and feelings we "give out" don't really go anywhere. Rather, they stay with us and multiply. In my experience with the slow driver, this dynamic worked against me. But the good news is that the same dynamic can work for us just as easily.
One of the most common themes in A Course in Miracles is the idea that giving thoughts is how we strengthen them for ourselves.
This is the exact opposite of how the world usually thinks. Most people believe that when they give away their thoughts, they get rid of them. They believe that by "venting" hostility at someone, they become free of that hostility. By judging other people, they feel less judged themselves. By labeling someone else as guilty (especially politicians!), they feel more innocent by comparison.
But the Course points out that this is completely, utterly backward. What we give to others actually becomes stronger within ourselves. The thoughts we "give" stay with us, bouncing and multiplying. Like my experience in the car, our minds retain the thoughts we "put out," increasing them along the way.
If any of us fully realized this, we would immediately devote the rest of our lives to giving — and thus strengthening — thoughts of kindness, generosity, and love. It would be the only logical thing to do! By giving kindness, we immediately "get" that kindness. By giving love, we multiply it for ourselves. We are always the most immediate recipients of our thoughts.
A Course in Miracles spends a lot of time talking about this idea within the context of forgiveness. You can probably see how this follows.
If we generate thoughts of resentment and hatred toward others, we're really filling our own minds with those thoughts. If we choose to release those thoughts, we're simply engaging in an act of self-respect. Forgiveness has little to do with another person's actions; it's really an act of kindness toward ourselves.
Much has been written about this dynamic. So rather than cover that ground again, I'd like to take a brief look at the flip side of things. What can we can do when someone else has a grievance — or directs hostility — against us?
As a bit of background, let me introduce a concept from science. In physics, there is a dynamic called "entrainment." The idea is that two moving systems will often begin to harmonize — to move in synchrony with each other. Like two partners coming together in a dance, the motions of the systems begin to complement each other.
The mind seems to be built this way as well. It is, after all, how communication happens. Two people may have different thought patterns when they begin a conversation. However, during their conversation, the two people begin to align their thoughts. There is an entrainment, or alignment, that takes place between the minds. (In fact, if this doesn't happen, both people probably feel like they "just didn't connect.")
The problem is that this type of thought-entrainment can create a great deal of pain — especially for very empathetic people. Sensitive, empathetic people tend to "entrain" easily to whomever they are with. If they are surrounded by people who are generating loving, kind thoughts, there can be a beautiful sharing and strengthening of that outflow. But if they are surrounded by people who are "putting out" shaming, attacking thoughts — ouch! The tendency is to "entrain" onto that attacking pattern (often in an internalizing manner.)
I find that a great protection against this is to remember that we are always affected by our own thoughts. As I discussed above, our loving thoughts affect us, as do our unloving thoughts. Regardless of what anyone else is "putting out," we are most immediately affected by what we put out.
That is why it is important to "dis-entrain" from people's thought patterns at times. If someone is generating unkind, shaming, attacking thoughts — and sending them in your direction — you do not have to align with those thoughts. You do not have to "entrain" with their motion. Instead, you can firmly choose to "put out" — and thus strengthen for yourself — whatever thoughts you want.
A Course in Miracles touches on this dynamic when it encourages us to "see all attack as a call for love." This is another way of describing the process. When someone "sends out" attacking, shaming, hostile thoughts, that person is multiplying those thoughts for himself. He will suffer from his thoughts; there is no way around that.
Understanding this, we can choose to respond to his hostile thoughts with our own loving (kind, compassionate) thoughts. We don't do this because we're being saintly. Not at all. Instead, we do it out of a wonderful sense of self-interest. By refusing to "entrain" with his hostility, and choosing instead to fill our minds with peaceful, loving thoughts, we engage in an act of kindness toward ourselves. We also simultaneously offer the other person an invitation to entrain onto us.
Again, it can sometimes be challenging for highly empathetic people to do this. I myself find this to be a primary challenge in life. Those of us who are sensitive or empathetic are used to automatically entraining with whomever we're with — regardless of the "quality" of the thoughts that are being generated. We tend to "lock on" to other people's patterns.
But it's essential that we learn to be firmly self-respectful, and refuse to entrain with unloving thought patterns. We are most immediately affected by our own thoughts. The thoughts we "give out" stay with us and multiply. This is true regardless of what anyone else around us is doing. It is our responsibility to choose what thoughts we want to strengthen — and multiply.
I think of those tourists on the mountain road. While I and the other drivers "sent out" thoughts of irritation, the tourists filled their minds with thoughts of wonder and appreciation for the splendor of a Colorado fall day. They maintained the flow of their peaceful thoughts.
Now, could they have been more aware of the traffic situation? Sure. Could they have pulled over to let us pass? Of course. But regardless, I'm glad that they chose to fill their minds with appreciative, wonder-filled thoughts, and didn't entrain with our anger and irritation. By doing so, they helped me to see the contrast between what I was multiplying, and what they were.
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"The penetration of Love by Truth and the embracing of Truth by Love is the true meaning of Tantra. It is an inner alchemy available to every one of us when we live in conscious surrender to Existence. The deeper man goes into the truth of his essential nature, the more his presence radiates as the light of love. And the wider woman opens as love, the brighter is the light of her awareness. When male and female polarities meet in wholeness within each of us, there is an alchemical marriage that heals the wound of separation. Every drop of love made in the sacred crucible of our hearts brings us closer to ourselves, to each other and to God."
God's message to women by Joseph Saab facebook
When I created the heavens and the earth, I spoke them into being. When I created man, I formed him and breathed life into his nostrils. But you, woman, I fashioned after I breathed the breath of life into man because your nostrils are too delicate. I allowed a deep sleep to come over him so I could patiently and perfectly fashion you.
Man was put to sleep so that he could not interfere with the creativity. From one bone I fashioned you. I chose the bone that protects man's life. I chose the rib, which protects his heart and lungs and supports him, as you are meant to do. Around this one bone I shaped you. I modeled you. I created you perfectly and beautifully.
Your characteristics are as the rib, strong yet delicate and fragile. You provide protection for the most delicate organ in man, his heart. His heart is the center of his being; his lungs hold the breath of life.
The rib cage will allow itself to be broken before it will allow damage to the heart. Support man as the rib cage supports the body. You were not taken from his feet, to be under him, nor were you taken from his head, to be above him. You were taken from his side, to stand beside him and be held close to his side.
You are my perfect angel. You are my beautiful little girl. You have grown to be a splendid woman of excellence, and my eyes fill when I see the virtues in your heart. Your eyes - don't change them. Your lips how lovely when they part in prayer. Your nose, so perfect in form, your hands so gentle to touch. I've caressed your face in your deepest sleep; I've held your heart close to mine. Of all that lives and breathes, you are the most like me. Adam walked with me in the cool of the day and yet he was lonely. He could not see me or touch me. He could only feel me. So everything I wanted Adam to share and experience with me, I fashioned in you: my holiness, my strength, my purity, my love, my protection and support.
You are special because you are the extension of me. Man represents my image - woman, my emotions. Together, you represent the totality of God.
So man - treat woman well. Love her, respect her, for she is fragile. In hurting her, you hurt me. What you do to her, you do to me. In crushing her, you only damage your own heart, the heart of your Father, and the heart of her Father.
Woman, support man. In humility, show him the power of emotion I have given you. In gentle quietness show your strength. In love, show him that you are the rib that protects his inner self.
Did you not know that WOMAN was so special in God's eyes? Now we really know! Hallelujah!!
The Bible says "the tongue has the power of life and death." Proverbs (12:18) says, "Reckless words pierce like a sword."
Ephesians 4:29 "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen."
Ephesians 4:30 "Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God."
Once upon a time, there was an island where all the feelings lived; Happiness, Sadness, Knowledge, and all the others, including Love. One day it was announced to the feelings that the island would sink, so all repaired their boats and left.
Love wanted to persevere until the last possible moment. When the island was almost sinking, Love decided to ask for help. Richness was passing by Love in a grand boat. Love said "Richness, can you take me with you?" Richness answered, "No, I can't. There is a lot of silver in my boat. There is no place here for you."
Love decided to ask Vanity who was also passing by in a beautiful vessel. "Vanity, please help me!" "I can't help you Love. You are all wet and might damage my boat," Vanity answered.
Sadness was close by so Love asked for help, "Sadness, let me go with you." "Oh....Love, I am so sad that I need to be by myself."
Happiness passed by Love too, but she was so happy that she did not even hear when Love called her!
Suddenly there was a voice, "Come Love, I will take you." It was an elder. Love felt so blessed and overjoyed that he even forgot to ask the elder his name. When they arrived at dry land, the elder went his own way.
Love realizing how much he owed the elder, asked Knowledge, another elder. "Who helped me?" "It was Time," Knowledge answered. "Time?" asked Love.
"But why did Time help me?" Knowledge smiled with deep wisdom and answered, "Because, only Time is capable of understanding how great Love is."
Raja Yoga - Patanjali 8 Steps for ascension into the Kingdom of God within
1. Yama, moral conduct: abstaining from injury to others, falsehood, stealing, incontinence, and covetousness.
2. Niyama: purity of body and mind, contentment in all circumstances, self-study (contemplation), and devotion to God.
3. Asana: disciplining the body so that it can assume and maintain the correct posture for meditation without fatigue or physical and mental restlessness.
4. Pranayama: techniques of life-force control that calm the heart and breath and remove sensory distractions from the mind.
5. Pratyahara: the power of complete mental interiorisation and stillness resulting from withdrawal of the mind from the senses.
6. Dharana: the power to use the interiorised mind to become one-pointedly concentrated upon God in one of His aspects through which He reveals Himslef to the inward perception of the devotee.
7. Dhyana: meditation deepened by the intensity of concentration (dharana) that gives the conception of the vastness of God, His attributes as manifested in His endless expansion of cosmic consciousness.
8. Samadhi: union with God: the full realisation of the soul's oneness with Spirit.
When a person is settled in that inner kingdom of divine consciousness, the awakened intuitive perception of the soul pierces the veils of matter, life energy, and consciousness and uncovers the God-essence in the heart of all things.
He dwells in the world, enveloping all-everywhere, His hands and feet; present on all sides, His eyes and ears, His mouth and head.
Shining in all the sense faculties, yet transcending the senses; unattached to creation, yet the mainstay of all; free from the gunas (modes of Nature), yet the Enjoyer of them.
He is within and without all that exists, the animate and the inanimate; near He is, and far; imperceptible because of His subtlety.
He, the Indivisible One, appears as countless beings; He maintains and destroys those forms, then creates them anew.
The Light of all lights, beyond darkness; knowledge itself. That which is to be known, the Goal of all learning. He is seated in the hearts of all. (Bhagavad Gita XIII: 13.17)