We Need a Revolution…

http://www.wakingtimes.com/2018/06/08/we-need-a-revolution-it-starts-with-falling-in-love-with-the-earth/

“We can all experience a feeling of deep admiration and love when we see the great harmony, elegance and beauty of the Earth. A simple branch of a cherry blossom, the shell of a snail or the wing of a bat all bear witness to the Earth’s masterful creativity… When we can truly see and understand the Earth, love is born in our hearts. We feel connected. That is the meaning of love: To be at one.

Only when we’ve truly fallen back in love with the Earth will our actions spring from reverence, and the insight of our interconnectedness. Yet many of us have become alienated from the Earth. We are lost, isolated and lonely. We work too hard, our lives are too busy, and we are restless and distracted, losing ourselves in consumption. But the Earth is always there for us, offering us everything we need for our nourishment and healing: The miraculous grain of corn, the refreshing stream, the fragrant forest, the majestic snow-capped mountain peak, and the joyful birdsong at dawn.

Many of us think we need more money, more power or more status before we can be happy. We’re so busy spending our lives chasing after money, power and status that we ignore all the conditions for happiness already available. At the same time, we lose ourselves in buying and consuming things we don’t need, putting a heavy strain on both our bodies and the planet. Yet much of what we drink, eat, watch, read or listen to, is toxic and is polluting our bodies and minds with violence, anger, fear and despair…

We don’t need to consume a lot to be happy; in fact, we can live very simply. With mindfulness, any moment can become a happy moment. Savoring one simple breath, taking a moment to stop and contemplate the bright blue sky, or to fully enjoy the presence of a loved one, can be more than enough to make us happy… It’s not money, power or consuming that can make us happy, but having love and understanding in our heart.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

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“Repeat After Me”

http://www.serpentfire.ca/blog/2018/3/25/repeat-after-me

“It is a privilege to be tested. I am grateful for the lessons. They are all necessary experiences on the path of becoming.

I humbly accept the tasks set before me. I will not shrug off their poignancy, though I will ask for help if I need it, knowing that boundaries are important. I have made an agreement with the cosmos, that my tests are for my Will to understand, execute and overcome in my own time, at my own pace, but that they are mine. No one else’s.

It is a gift to be alive, and to endure the tests therein.  I graciously embrace it all: The good, the challenge, the pain, the relief.

I will become alchemy at its finest, and transmute the lessons into self love for myself and others. I will serve only my highest good. And when I cannot, I will take my leave and rest, knowing that tomorrow is another opportunity to try again.”

~Devany Wolfe (excerpt from upcoming book)

http://www.serpentfire.ca/

LAO TZU’S FOUR RULES FOR LIVING

http://www.wakingtimes.com/2018/05/15/lao-tzus-four-rules-for-living/

“Many centuries ago, Lao Tzu spoke of the four cardinal virtues, teaching that when we practice them as a way of life, we come to know the truth of the universe. The ancient Chinese master said that living and practicing these teachings can open you to higher wisdom and greater happiness, as they realign you to the source and enable you to access all the powers that source energy has to offer…

The four cardinal virtues, or rules for living life, can provide a framework for a life filled with inner peace and purpose.

1. Reverence for all Life

This virtue manifests as having unconditional love and positive regard for all creatures in the universe, starting with ourselves, then this will naturally flow out to all others… When we live with reverence for all life, we surrender our need to control and to dominate. We naturally come into heartfelt appreciation and gratitude for all of life. This first virtue is the key to diminishing the ego.

2. Natural Sincerity

When we are sincere and act with integrity, we move towards peace and inner tranquility. Our conscience clear, we don’t have the inner niggles over our dishonest actions that can erode a peaceful mind. Much of these four pillars relate to karma, the law of cause and effect, and maintaining equilibrium and impeccability. This virtue is honesty, simplicity, and faithfulness…

3. Gentleness

Gentleness is a deeply powerful trait. Often interpreted as weakness, gentleness is sensitivity, respect, and reverence for all life… Gentleness is an umbrella for forgiveness, acceptance and love. It is much like the yogic term ahimsa, or non-violence. When we give up being right and being superior, we start accepting ourselves and others, and so much conflict in our lives drops away…

4. Supportiveness

When we are supportive of ourselves, with kind words, loving actions and self-care, we are naturally supportive of others. This virtue is the basic tenet of humanity… When we give to others, share and support others, we become happy.  Our lives become meaningful and our hearts full. Supportiveness is about service. Open hearted service for the sake of helping others and benefiting others, with no thought to our own gain…

Let these four virtues fragrance your life, and notice the grace and ease that will come your way. For each one of these virtues brings in a way of being that is light, graceful and flowing and will help you shed destructive, self defeating patterns that sabotage your inner peace and happiness.

Neil Kramer : Shadow Mapping and The True Spiritual Path

http://www.higherjourneys.com/neil-kramer-shadow-mapping-and-the-true-spiritual-path/

Shadow mapping is the appreciation that truth brings pain… Frame difficulty as initiation, not misfortune.  Difficulty is soul wisdom set before you on purpose…
~Neil Kramer

Alexis Brooks writes: “Neil joins Higher Journeys Radio once again for part two of a completely riveting and soul stirring discussion about mapping the shadow, growing into a fully conscious human and understanding the painstaking work that comes before any meaningful benefit can honestly be realized.

There are many today who yearn to walk a spiritual path, and others who insist they are already on their way. But in that journey, where does pain and trauma come into play? According to Neil Kramer, without addressing the trauma, there can be no true spiritual work.

CLICK HERE for an MP3.

http://neilkramer.com/

Neil Kramer : Spiritual Sovereignty in a Mad World

http://www.higherjourneys.com/neil-kramer-spiritual-sovereignty-in-a-mad-world/#

“The way to disinfect one’s self from Empire is to stop feeling that you have to choose from their menu of life options.” ~Neil Kramer

Alexis Brooks writes:  “The forces that craft and peddle control on this planet, though in existence for perhaps millennia, appear to be immutable – too powerful to sink or fail. But for some individuals on this planet, in what spiritual philosopher and teacher Neil Kramer calls “Empire” – the rules and rulers of this Global game just don’t exist.

Neil joined Higher Journeys to discuss his thoughts on what it takes to walk a sovereign path, even amid this mad world of containment and control. And in his signature blend of eloquence and honesty, his message is simple but profound.

In this episode we discuss the origins of societal containment, the acquiescence of the masses to Empire, the rise of Imperial socialism, the importance of finding equilibrium in life, the soul-less collective, education as a conduit for corruption, why we must design our own individualized menu for living, and the importance of being ready and willing to “engage with the mystery of life.”’

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http://neilkramer.com/

Neil Kramer : The Power of Peace

http://neilkramer.com/the-power-of-peace-with-regina-meredith/

Neil Kramer talks to Regina Meredith to discuss ‘The Power Of Peace.’

Regina writes: “While we continue to tear back the curtain of conspiracy, and dig under the rocks of suppressed information, we are often missing the obvious – how to craft the most beautiful and meaningful life possible. In my conversation with spiritual philosopher, Neil Kramer, we delve into the most basic of subjects – peace and will. What does peace actually mean and what is required to establish it at the core of our lives? What kind of strength does genuine peace bring? With a strong background in Hermetics, Neil shares his wisdom in his typically clear and high overview of what it means to live a substantial and beautiful life.”’

“The consensus view is generally wrong… whether we’re looking at NASA, whether we’re looking at science or religion or culture or politics or food, you come to a point where you realize that everything that we’ve been taught in the mainstream is garbage; you have to wipe that away and start again. And that’s the point where humility is necessary.

So, you can’t proceed down this path to equilibrium if you’re full of doctrine and dogma… You can’t do that, you have to say: I am confident enough as a spiritual entity, a spiritual human being, a spiritual man to say — I don’t know what I am, I don’t know what I’m doing, I don’t know what this means, and I’m okay with that. And at that point… something opens and wisdom comes inside…

Wisdom is totally experiential and it will only come in it’s pure form to the man or woman who has found a good measure of equilibrium. So, you can test somebody’s wisdom by the amount of equilibrium that they embody…

So if I think of the great wise elders in my life, whether they’re 25 years old or 85 years old, it makes no difference, they all have a measure of equilibrium that they have earned and brought about and crafted within themselves… The person of distinction who has made themselves substantial says: Nobody can make me feel anything. My feeling, my contact with reality, is mine and there can be no outside influence on that, unless I give my consent to it.” ~Neil Kramer

http://neilkramer.com/