• Spirituality

    by Published on 01-27-2014 12:05 PM  Number of Views: 444 
    1. Categories:
    2. Happiness,
    3. Spiritual Emergence
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    EXCERPT: from Chapter Ten ~ In Service



    Lighten Up
    When we remember to give our love as we go about the day, suddenly the world doesn’t seem such a serious and challenging place. There’s nothing wrong with being a walking billboard that screams: “Lighten up!” It’s a great relief to see a smile, hear a laugh, or see someone truly having fun. We can use more of the positive in our lives. It’s a great reminder that life is meant to be enjoyed. So play! Be silly. Let loose. Entertain yourself and others. Do the ridiculous. Skip down the sidewalk or whistle while you work. Despite protests of the meanie you’ll inevitably encounter, have a good time.

    Fun is contagious. Light is uplifting. So amuse yourself by brightening someone else’s day. If ...
    by Published on 04-23-2013 05:30 PM
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    When we come close to those things that break us down, we touch those things that also break us open. And in that breaking open, we uncover our true nature. --Wayne Muller

    As someone with a serious chronic medical condition, I have danced with mortality. Many times. It wasn't until our most recent pas de deux, however, that I truly understood just how much this dance could impact me.

    Nowhere was this more apparent than in my work as a hospice volunteer.

    The mission of the San Francisco-based Zen Hospice Project -- a Buddhist-inspired organization where I have volunteered for five years -- is to bring kindness and compassion to those facing loss and death. I trained to be a volunteer out of a deep longing to explore and evolve my comfort level ...
    by Published on 03-19-2013 02:03 PM  Number of Views: 279 
    1. Categories:
    2. Ontology,
    3. Spiritual Intelligence
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    People often consider their spiritual work to be a separate arena from their worklife. In truth, the workplace can function as an ideal environment in which you get paid to grow spiritually.



    Here are six ways:

    1) You have the opportunity to confront your grandiosity.

    The daily tasks it takes to become successful in business confront the glamor, fame, and wealth the ego feels is its due. On the career path, you start at the bottom and work your way up. The ego humbles itself in the process of admitting how much you don’t know.

    2) You learn how to work.

    To be successful at anything takes an inordinate amount of effort. Much of New Age thought has hurt its adherents, hypnotizing them into believing that all they have to ...
    by Published on 03-09-2013 06:54 PM
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    That old saying sounds so cliché and yet, for an instant attitude shift, there’s nothing better to do than to take a pause in your busy workday to appreciate everything that’s around you. Here’s 7 ways – that take only 10 seconds each - that I’ve discovered:

    1. On the walk to the train station every morning, I stop at 1 house to admire the care and love someone has put into their potted plants or garden. It’s a short stop, but it jogs me out of my morning rush and into an instant appreciation of beauty and nature.

    2. Savor a sip of your favorite drink. Too often we gulp down our coffee or tea on the run. Many times my tea will be gone and I don’t even remember drinking it. Tomorrow morning, before drinking your coffee or tea, take a deep breath to ...
    by Published on 02-21-2013 08:27 PM  Number of Views: 858 
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    A popular post circulating Facebook awhile back posited that the signs of spiritual progress are about becoming increasingly upbeat, positive, and blissful, a common new-age misconception. Spiritual progress is not about entering an eternally ecstatic state — that’s called being high. Instead, you’ll know real spiritual growth has occurred when you experience the following:

    1)** You welcome all your emotions.
    Beginners on the spiritual path often believe that they must be positive all the time, criticizing themselves for having normal human feelings such as grief, jealousy, rage, negativity, or a just-plain bad day. You’ll know you’re progressing when you accept that all emotions are essential to the human experience. You wouldn’t want to miss a second of what’s true ...
    by Published on 08-27-2012 05:27 AM  Number of Views: 865 

    My Summary: Memories of God (Theological reflections on a life) written by Roberta C. Bondi (1995)

    I recommend this book to all those who grew up female in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s or to those who want to know what it was like as a cultural experience in a Christian context.

    In Chapter 1 - She expresses her confusion and struggle with calling God, Father. She sets it culturally and personally as a child of the 50's and tells us how she worked through her dilemma.

    In Chapter 2 - she speaks of her life-treatment: (that) her emotions and experiences were discounted in her relationships with family, church, and culture.

    She states: "what we know of God is always wrapped up in who we are, in our ways of feeling, thinking, and perceiving, ...
    by Published on 07-25-2012 02:48 PM  Number of Views: 1194 
    1. Categories:
    2. Ontology,
    3. Transpersonal,
    4. Metaphysical,
    5. Theosophy,
    6. Transformation,
    7. Mysticism,
    8. Spiritual Intelligence
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    The Soul; Transcendental Self, Death, Culture, and the Multiplicity of Self Object
    By Sean (John) Hinton

    My inclination is to write about death and how witnessing this life passage affects our sense of self, and how, since time immemorial, the world has formulated rituals and religious apologues in the face of death. Having just experienced the death of a very dear friend, death is in the forefront of my conscious thoughts these last few weeks. My son also came close to death, so I feel the specter of mortality a lot these days and the effect it has in my own psyche. I will use a heuristic (personal) view of my immersion, meditations, and illumination on the events of these last few months to put forth a view of our self as mortal, and how death ...
    by Published on 04-09-2012 05:30 PM  Number of Views: 1569 
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    Ambassador of the Ancestors
    Malidoma Somé shares a mystical journey inspired by his African ancestors

    by Virginia Lee
    for Common Ground Fall 1996


    CG: Your name, Malidoma, means "to befriend the stranger and the enemy," a destiny which was given to you at birth. Would you tell the story of how you discovered your purpose in life and how you have fulfilled your destiny ?

    MS: One's purpose in life, from a tribal perspective, is not really "discovered" by the individual as modern language seems to indicate. Instead, in the Dagara tribe where I come from, one's individual purpose is something that is already set prior to birth. And it is the task of the living to discover the purpose of an incoming ...
    by Published on 03-30-2012 02:10 PM  Number of Views: 2732 
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    A few words about the intent of the ceremony:
    This ceremony, performed as a ritual, offers us the opportunity to leave behind something that no longer serves our life. More precisely, it is an act of letting go. The purpose is to release a pattern, belief, emotion or experience that impedes us. We offer our behavior patterns of thought and deed to make room for a new way of being. This ceremony is a request for transformation of something specific we individually wish to let go of, something to be returned to us renewed and in a form that serves and supports our lives in the present.

    Together we ask for the possibility of transforming a negative condition into a positive replacement. The more precisely we articulate our request, the more clearly we can see what needs ...
    by Published on 12-20-2011 05:15 AM  Number of Views: 916 
    1. Categories:
    2. Consciousness,
    3. Transpersonal,
    4. Rituals,
    5. Practices
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    As a Transformational Counselor/Ritualist, I support my clients in their spiritual goals. If appropriate for the clients’ goals, I ask them if they have an altar that may support them on their journey, and provide clarity in response to their questions and concerns. I've been struck that, more often than not, my clients will share that they do not have an altar. This has surprised me because most of my clients are transpersonally oriented, meaning thatthey have incorporated into their way of being, beliefs and practices which include non-ordinary states of consciousness, contemplative practices, self transcendence, and a connection or journey to the Divine or meaning-making.

    Upon reflection, I've discerned several possible reasons why many of my clients may not think about ...

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