|Excerpted from Agape International Spiritual Center’s Daily Inspiration ‘Inner Visions’, September 12, 2018,
‘Try It On!’
Courage is the spiritual art of living dangerously.
When it comes to evolving one’s fundamental life structures, most individuals go through life experiencing an “it’s good enough” mindset. Fearing that a shift in consciousness equals an unguaranteed outcome, they remain willing to settle for what they perceive to be the safety and security of predictability. More directly stated, it’s about living in the illusion that life’s outcomes can be controlled. Bottom line: A life philosophy of “It’s good enough” is a fear-based agreement with mediocrity.
Break free from the “it’s good enough” paradigm! Dare to have the courage to trust in yourself, in life itself. Try on a state of consciousness that allows you to discover that there is so much good, love, joy, peace, prosperity, and creativity yearning to manifest in your life once you give it permission to do so. Because when you do, there will be an energetic opening that will usher you into a whole new recognition of limitless possibilities, into an unconditional “yes” to this great adventure called Life.
What does this take? Courage. The courage to disrupt your comfort zone, to live beyond your coping mechanisms, justifications, rationalizations, manipulations, well-worn excuses that hold you back simply because you fear stirring up your life or what others will think about you. Trust that your life, just as it is, is a trustworthy path to evolving a deeper confidence in the truth that you live in a friendly universe that supports you in every way. Let your reliance be on the reliability of Reality, of Spirit, which are constantly offering you opportunities for enlightened action.
Go ahead—try it all on, even if you don’t know where it will lead you, what Teutonic shakeups will take place in your life, because when you do, you will gladden your heart with the realization that it’s all working together for your good with the full support of the Universe.
As I free myself from mediocrity and try on my highest potential, I realize that it is a perfect, custom made fit.
Michael Bernard Beckwith
‘Tikun Olam: Repair of the World’ by Dr. Cheryl Joy Bratman from Agape’s Inner Visions publication of daily dnspiration on Sunday, September 9, 2018.
Let the good in me connect with the good in others, until all the world is transformed through the power of love.
Rabbi Nachman of Breslow
Just to be is a blessing. Just to live is holy.
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel
This year, September is the month of the Jewish High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. It is a time of deep reflection and prayer as the Jewish New Year begins and profound atonement and forgiveness are practiced and embodied. In Hebrew, tikkun olam means to repair, heal and restore the world. This concept speaks to the shared responsibility we have with God to continue to make the world a better place.
The mystical teachings of the Lurianic Kabbalah envisioned that God contracted part of God’s self into vessels of light—partly limiting itself—to create the world. These vessels shattered and their shards became sparks of light trapped within the material of creation. Prayer, especially contemplation of various aspects of divinity, releases these sparks of God’s self and allows them to reunite with God’s essence, bringing them closer to a fixed world.
Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson said: “If you see what needs to be repaired and how to repair it, then you have found a piece of the world that God has left for you to complete. But if you only see what is wrong and what is ugly in the world, then it is you yourself that needs repair.” We are currently living in a world that seems incredibly chaotic and discordant, and it is our job to come together to make the world whole again.
So at this time of the Jewish High Holy Days, no matter what your religious heritage may be, let’s all come together to meditate, pray, follow God’s commandments, and perform good deeds, realizing that we are all participating in tikkun olam– helping to perfect the world.
I consciously choose to be responsible for my part in tikkun olam – helping to repair and heal our world.
Dr. Cheryl Joy Bratman
The Truly Unlimited Life
Life is an adventure. A truly unlimited life is an adventure into the unknown! If we choose, we can be conscious, willing adventurers that seize all the possibilities before us. It all depends on where we hold our attention, in what we believe. From our belief, we create. So, let us create from the knowing that all sense of limitation is false and that unlimited living is our birthright.
Limitation is a perception, because as we know, we live in an unlimited world. As you look out into the world, if you look closely, you will see creation sprouting forth in so many ways! The depth of the ocean is unlimited, the sky above is unlimited, and nature itself is completely unlimited! Spirit is unlimited in all its creation and we are one with Spirit. If I ever begin to forget and fall into the trap of limitation, the best solution is for me to immediately get myself out into nature. I hike, I walk, or sometimes I just sit and observe the ease and grace in which all the ways the Earth keeps creating. I then remember again that all is well and abundant. If I am one with God, which I know I am, then I am able to tap into the abundance, the unlimited nature of God. This is where I choose to live. It is our job to push through any illusion of limitation and see the unlimited opportunities that lie before us. When we remember that we live in an unlimited world, then we will mold our choices and create a truly unlimited life!
So what are you choosing to create today? A life of limitation or a full experience of unlimited living? Remember that adventure awaits you at every turn, and you deserve to live an unlimited life now!
I boldly stand in the adventure of life as I accept unlimited possibilities around each turn.
Kim Stanwood Terranova
Excerpt from Agape International Spiritual Center’s daily inspiration ‘Inner Visions’, 7.10.2016.
“We are here to align our personal laws of life with the cosmic laws governing the universe and thereby flourish.”
Michael Bernard Beckwith, Spiritual Liberation
SPEAK THIS WORD!
**Warning: Reading the following may change your life….
The following is meant to be read silently or aloud, once or twice, every hour or until you realize these Truths about yourself.
I AM grateful for life and the experience of the journey.
I AM alive for a reason and my purpose is continually revealed to me.
I AM continually awakening and my understanding is expansive.
I AM fully equipped, supplied and provided for.
I AM one with all life
I AM patient, sowing seeds of love, peace and joy.
I AM harvesting in abundance where I have and where I haven’t.
I AM at home everywhere I go, in all settings and situations.
I AM the presence of love, harmony and joy wherever I go.
There are no obstacles that are too big for me.
There is no experience or situation that overwhelms me.
The conditions and facts of situations and circumstances do not define me.
The heat of the moment meets the coolness of my consciousness revealing the perfect conditions.
There are no glass ceilings, limitations or boundaries that can restrict the realization of the dreams, visions or plans Spirit has given me.
There is one power, one authority and It has sanctioned my journey.
The same power that animates my life activates the creative genius and brilliance that uniquely reveals itself as me.
I do not carry burdens, live through the past or linger in unforgiveness.
My burden is light. My burden is LIGHT…MY BURDEN IS LIGHT and brings illumination, elucidation and edification.
I am overjoyed to know the truth of who I AM.
My walk, dance, laugh and smile celebrate all of life’s journeys.
I accept who I’ve been, where I’ve been and know that today I am not that nor am I there.
Today I am free to be the full expression of Life in a way It has never been before.
Abundance is the reality of my existence.
All concepts of lack are dissolved and impoverished mindsets become fertile and fruitful in the field of my conscious awareness.
Peace saturates my mind and penetrates the calcified impossibilities.
Love is upon me as a blanket of dew in the morning.
Love holds my hand, lifts me up, guides and comforts.
Love is always, was always and will be always in all ways.
Love graces, discerns and imbues me.
Love allows my tears to nourish the garden of my conscious awareness.
Love is my way of being in the world.
Love is all there is!
That’s it and that’s all!
No doubt about it and that’s about IT!
AND SO IT IS! AND SO IT SHALL BE!
NOW, RIGHT NOW AND RIGHT NOW!
YOU’VE BEEN CALLED!
Your life has a purpose. That purpose isn’t to make money as an attorney or teacher, to purchase a big house or fly clothes or even to drive an expensive car. You might do any or all of these things in your life but it isn’t your purpose. Often we hear the word passion tied to the idea of our purpose. I don’t disagree with that but let’s take a different approach. Think of a time you heard someone call your name out. They weren’t just shouting your name but they were calling you in such a way that you knew to come running. Maybe you mom or dad was ready to go and they shouted out (insert your name here) and you came running. It wasn’t just that it was time to go, you knew within yourself that you needed to be there and you dropped what you were doing, hopped up and off you went – running toward the one who called you.
You’ve been called forth in this life and maybe you don’t know what you’re called to just yet. It isn’t always about a career or profession. It could be about being a parent, or being a friend. It could be a community volunteer effort or using a particular gift seeking to be expressed in an alternative way; that Creativity is inspiring. Within you there is a space that is always listening to the call of the Universe. The Creator called you forth into existence “for such a time as this.” You weren’t born too soon or too late. When you’re willing to make the inquiry…”what is my purpose?” the answer will already be on it’s way to you. You must be willing to hear, beyond any limited idea you already have for yourself. Tune in to the innermost part of your being and listen from that space within you that has no resistance and no desire. This place is your willingness to surrender to the call.
Will you answer the call?
In service to love,
Jason D. Mitchell, ALSP
Mindfulness. Everything in life is worth examining.
Our ability to look at the world that we live in, including ourselves, has allowed humanity to evolve and transform both the world that we live in and ourselves. While we can, and should, debate the benefits of some of the choices we’ve made, what is absolutely true is the gift that this is for each of us individually. You do not have to wait on anyone else to tell you about your life. Whether we are in a physical prison, following the orders of prison guards, going through a PhD program completing assignments or working out with a personal trainer none of the individuals or organizations dictate what is happening within us.
Socrates is given credit for the quote, “the unexamined life is not worth living.” When this quote was introduced to me it immediately resonated and rooted itself in my consciousness. As I grew in my commitment to spiritual study the practice of mindfulness was introduced to me through the writings of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. He has said, “that mindfulness is the capacity to be aware of what is going on, of what is there.” The more I practice mindfulness the more I’ve found the connections between being present and examining my own life. Our lives are the sum total of our thoughts and actions. As I am more present with my thoughts – about life, about people, about my choices, about my journey – I am able to bring a greater awareness into my choices. Rev Michael Bernard Beckwith teaches that, “choice is a product of awareness.” We can only make choices about those things that we are aware of. Sometimes we appear to be making choices when we’re really just running the default programming of our mind.
Whether you give yourself to the practice of mindfulness, or another spiritual technology, it is essential for your growth, development and spiritual unfoldment that you increase your awareness of your own thoughts. Whether it is while you’re in a prison cell, taking an exam, having a conversation with your beloved or sitting at home alone; your awareness of your thoughts is key. You cannot change your life, or your experience of the world that we live in until, through awareness, you recognize the patterns. Once you’ve realized how you’ve been thinking you can elevate your thoughts, establish habits that are beneficial to your well being and step into a life worth living.
Excerpted from November 2, 2017 Inner Visions produced by The Agape International Spiritual Center: Jesus and Facebook by Joseph Argazzi
We cannot serve two masters, for either we will hate the one, and love the other; or else we will hold to the one, and despise the other.
Holy Bible, Matthew 6:24
So, who’s your master, Social Media or Spirit? Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Youtube? How many Likes you get? How many followers you have? Did your hashtag go viral? How many retweets? What’s your conversion rate? How many signed up for that Summit or workshop? You know how to funnel and create click bait, right?
Being smart and applying today’s technology can be a powerful tool. But let’s get honest. Are we committed to our message, come what may, or trying to get something from others through manipulation?
If you’re concerned about creating an effect, think on this. Jesus had 12 followers and he wasn’t all that liked by most of the establishment. And I’m pretty sure he never posted a selfie. He did however, have a significant impact on the world with his message of love, compassion and forgiveness. And it had everything to do with the content of his character and the simplicity of his truth teachings, not how many people he could get to follow him.
Social media can be seductive and ignite a strong desire for praise. Or it can swing wide and clobber us with harsh, brutal criticism. These are flip sides of the same coin. There’s only one question to ask. Am I going to be obedient to my message or my number of Likes? Does my peace and prosperity come from God or how many followers I have? It’s tricky, trust me, I’m right there with you. But only you can know that answer and I think it’s a question worth asking. As Bob Dylan said, You’re gonna have to serve somebody.
I stand fast and obedient to the message that is seeking to be known through me. I trust implicitly that God is the Source of my strength and realize it matters not if I have one or a million followers, as long as I am a follower of God.
And so it is. Amen
It would be easy to slip into hopelessness now, to resign ourselves to the idea that the concentrated assaults on everything from the planet to our democracy have succeeded to such a degree that it’s no longer possible to stop them.
Yet it is exactly that hopelessness we must resist now, even more than we must resist the forces that seem so intent on bringing us down. Our hopelessness is only called for if in fact miracles are not possible, and because they are, there is no cause for hopelessness.
Hope springs eternal because life springs eternal, and life abounds with possibility. We have within us the capacity to change things, but only if we are willing to change ourselves. We have written the human story that now unfolds in front of us, and the only way we can change the story is if we are willing to rewrite it.
We wrote the story of a country that had everything, was given everything, was blessed beyond comprehension and yet chose to sell our souls to the highest dollar. We wrote the story of a country that put economics before love, sales before ethics, and our government on the bidding block. We wrote the story of a country that has treated the earth with lack of reverence, democracy as though we could take it for granted, and justice as though it only mattered if the issue was applying it to ourselves.
We wrote that story, and now we can write another one. But we can only do that if we are willing to recognize that all of us, to some degree, have been co-creators of the one we have now, atone for our heartlessness to each other and our arrogance before our Creator, and get to work on cleaning up this mess and re-creating the world.
Hope is a moral imperative, and cynicism is just an excuse for not helping. We have no choice but to recreate our civilization.
I know many of us feel the urgency of this moment, the radicalism at the heart of what we’re being called to do. For it is not incremental, it is a-historic; jumping out of the timeline of what is to be expected, off the scale in the amount of light it calls forth as much as political and weather storms are off the scale in terms of darkness.
This new world cannot be forced, any more than it can be rationally calculated; it can only be invoked into expression by the deepest kind of reverance. Invocation is the priest and priestess’ task, and that is what all of us are being called to be right now.
When I was a little girl, I used to ask God what I was supposed to be when I grew up. I would always see the word “priest,” but I thought it was weird…obviously impossible, because Jews don’t have priests. Then I grew up to realize that indeed they did in the Old Testament, and even more importantly, that the priest is anyone who invokes into expression the unlimited possibilities that emerge from the field of ultimate Reality. All of us are recruits for the new priesthood, no matter what we do, needed to invoke into expression the unlimited possibilities inherent in the Mind of God. Yet they remain un-manifest until we have the courage to invoke them.
Like ancient priestesses at Delphi, let us summon all our powers of multi-dimensional knowing, emerge from the narrow and shallow casing of a mechanistic worldview, throw off the chains of a rationalistic approach to life, and remember we are co-creators of our future. We are not victims here; we’re merely reaping what we’ve sowed. And we can sow anew. We are here to create the good, the true, and the beautiful, and anything less than that is short of our purpose and our mission in this life.
Each of us is endowed with an internal guidance system, and if we ask within what we’re to do, we will be guided. We will be told what to do and we will be told how to do it. We will be led to each other and we will collaborate in miraculous ways. We will dwell within the golden Light of a higher kind of knowing. We will know, and we will do.
From Marianne Williamson’s blog at www.marianne.com
THE LIFE YOU ARE CALLED TO
Let’s talk simply and directly today. What’s the difference between the life you have and the life you are called to? I didn’t say the life you want because everything we want in life isn’t good for us. Every want we have doesn’t serve our highest good. Do you know what you’re called to? Do you know that there is a calling on your life? Before we can begin to compare our current life with our calling, we must know our calling right? You may now know the purpose you are called to serve and you may not know what it is supposed to look like in terms of a career or where you serve humanity but let me tell you a few things that we are all called to. See how land within you.
- You are called to be a beneficial presence on the planet. Not merely to exist but as a creation of The Creator who knows only growth, expansion and progression, you are called to this yourself!
- You are called to be love, experience love and express love. Not merely romantic or familial. Love that is sacred and powerful, magic and wonderful, intimate and healing.
- You are called to be peace. Not passivity but a dynamic expression of harmonizing goodness. You are called to be peace, actively as a quality that brings ourworld into alignment and balance.
- You are called to be abundance. This isn’t merely financial but it is that also. You are called to produce and bring forth from within and through you, into life, more than what was before you arrived on the planet.
- You are called to be joy. The high frequency of de-Light which is not based upon conditions and circumstances. It is innate and rooted in the celebration of existence. You are joy because you exist.
- You are called to beauty. Notice I did not just say be beauty or beautiful. Beauty is your calling and in answer to it you radiate beauty, you recognize beauty, you share beauty with the world and you are it’s living expression.
There is so much you are called to that you can know as the experience of your life today. Wholeness, perfection, harmony, balance, and more; are right here within you.
So, let’s return to the original question. What’s the difference between the life that you have and the life that you are called to? Your answers will guide you on the path to a greater realization of this and more as your life. Take this on today. Are you willing?
In service to love,
Newport Coast Community Center
6401 San Joaquin Hills Rd. @ Newport Coast Dr.
Newport Beach, CA 92657
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