New Habit, Hmmm What Shall it Be?

Forming New Habits

I have been thinking about it and we work with three areas of being, heart, spirit and soul, for me the balance of those and of those with consistent right knowledge seems key to a great future and solid faith journey.  My new habit, to start with I would like to work with is balance of heart, spirit and soul as a Christian artist, with this seeking of this consistent right knowledge.  What do I have to for that to happen? As I see it a few things:

  1.  Meditate on the right things
  2. Choose the right place to seek knowledge
  3. Develop my craft as an artist and my faith building in a way that balances all three

The right things, right place, that is the next piece that has to fall into place, which I will be working on, and sharing with you.

Forming New Habits

Forming New Habits

I have prayed and meditated as far back in life as I can remember and when I have gotten a “word of knowledge” my approach has been “full steam ahead, broad stroke with big brush”.  We know the question that gets asked “So, how’s that working for ya?”  Well, truth be told, not as great as I would like it to, and that could be said pas and present.  When I found this pin, I realized that I have been changing my approach, adjusting my compass, how I respond to any turbulence etc..  What I would like to do is take one item listed at a time, share my view of why I think it makes a lot of sense, and apply it to my life and share with you how that is going. 

Let’s start with focus on one new habit.  Often we for example make a list of ten new year resolutions, well how realistic is that, or of ten goals to achieve in the next month.  Having goals is great, but how about one day at a time, one step at a time, one goal at a time, one habit at a time.  One new habit, I need to choose one new habit, something I want to initiate to improve my life, assist in my personal growth maybe as an artist, or in my faith. This is a start.  In the next few days I will think about this goal, and set that goal.  I will let you know what that goal is. Hopefully you will be inspired along my journey.

Shalom and Amen

 

Candle Prayers

This year my health really knocked me out and I did not get an advent wreath and we only put up the nativity scene, not even the tree, kept it simple as myself and my 93 year old mum have had a rough time health wise. However, if I had gotten the wreath it would have been great to have these prayers to reflect on.  You can vary them, modify them to your own heartfelt words, but they are a nice model to work with.

 

Advent Candle Prayers

Helping Others to Accept Christ

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Believe it or not, Christ Consciousness, Christ embrace is not easy for everyone. Often times when we think we want to help, we are disliked by other people. You may wish to help your friends, family or closest partner to awaken to beautiful settings in life. You may want your mother or possibly that elder sister to just awaken and accept rather than suffer. You want to show them the benefits of changing their way of thinking. However, it is not as easy as you think.

Consider the example of Christ. He enlightened all of us. However, you also know that despite his miracles, there were those who stood against him. Even among his chosen companions, there were some who didn’t follow him as strongly as his truly devoted ones. There were others who opposed him although knowing he was chosen one. I am not referencing this in comparison to your family or friends. What you need to learn is that the great master approached everyone according to their own level and intelligence. He didn’t impose rules on anyone. He loves everyone and approached them all. However, there are following things you can do to your relatives which will possibly open their mind for spiritual change.

Permission:

Your family or closest friend may or may not respond well to pieces of advice you offer them. No matter the amount of love, the advice will seem to be imposing if you offer them regularly. Instead, why not start with asking how can you be of any help? If they tell you, it is best. Ask their permission in giving advice like can I have a say in this matter.

No need for Pity:

Never feel sorry for your friend or family. When you feel pity for them, it might also become apparent from your behavior. They would straight up reject your advice. Instead approach this way, “Hey, you aren’t weak, you are a strong person”. Encouraging them as well as

Compassion:

Often times it is the troubles which either make a person bitter or they make one better. Try compassion always. When you approach someone with compassion, they will respond well to your advice. They will see you as guide. You have perfect opportunity to let them be led towards the great Master.

Support:

While compassion is best, offering advice isn’t the only thing they will respond well to. What do your friends or simply humans need when they are sad? They need support and need to feel loved. They often don’t view advice as relatable since it sometimes makes them feel they were wrong. No matter your intention, your advice may not be the best way. You need to be their support through tough times to let them trust you. Only then, you will have chance to become their guiding light.

No to Negative folks:

This one is especially difficult. Some among your friends or even your family will not only reject your advice, they will try to bring your vibrations down too. They have chosen to become bitter instead of better. Any advice you offer will be made fun of. In this scenario, it’s better to stay away than offer any help. If they ask for help, it’s good. If they don’t, never approach on your own. You need to heal and remain healed than trying to heal the destructive people. You can only pray to Jesus for them.

Always keep in mind that although spirituality is a wonderful thing, Master Jesus didn’t impose ore even judge everyone on its basis. The great Master told only his secrets to those who wanted to follow him. You should go for same attitude.

Life after Christ Embrace

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One of the greatest gifts to us human beings is Christ consciousness, having accepted Christ as Lord and Savior. As the world is moving forward, we are seeing more and more people awakening. We as humans are coming to realize our self-worth as well as our cosmic and spiritual homes. Since the experience of Christ Consciousness, awareness of a relationship with Christ, it is like a treasure found, not everyone is fit to accept it and use it to best of interests. That is why the awakening need in some is manifesting in form of doubt and atheism.

I too was once caught in my web of doubts and faithlessness. I was once a very casual person. Like common stream, I viewed that only priests had power to save us from fire of hell.  Christ Jesus had died for our sins and we have to make up for his sacrifice by being overly religious. Never did I ever miss church due to fear of God.

My life changed drastically as I embraced the moment of Christ Consciousness. Being one of God’s creations, the work of transformation found me. Ever since I breathed in that moment, I realize now that it was the revolutionary moment of my life. I still go to church; the difference is that the fear of God has been replaced with love of all mighty Creator. In this article, I will tell you what experiences I underwent ever since I accepted the divine truth. I assure you that these things are very general. The awakening is highly personal experience, wrapped by improving moments of your life. It makes you realize that the small virtues have power to change your entire life.

Gratitude:

The gratitude is one of the rights of God. We owe it to great Master as well as Creator that we are thankful for the life He gave us. I understand some of you are not going to agree. I know we as humans undergo many challenges. Some of you have experienced cruelties of life. But did you ever think for a moment that there are always two sides of pictures? Believe it or not but those experiences are the reason why you are not falling into such life’s cruelties again. If you are then it simply means you haven’t learned from life mistakes and incidents. You don’t know how tough it is for that kid in Africa who is smiling. Awakening makes you realize the fundamental truth that life is sacred. We are and should always be grateful for life if we truly accept higher truths of life.

Liberation:

No! I am not talking about liberation from your problems. Those problems are what make us special. They are necessary for our growth. Spirituality doesn’t mean escape from problems. It simply means embracing your mistakes and learning that thought transformation is a divine action. As we undergo the experience of Christ Consciousness, we are truly liberated from all those attitudes, emotions and limitations of our mind which we think are stemming from outside sources. The outside sources are actually manifestation of those limitations which you will be freed from.

Sense of Connection:

We are all connected. We humans are divine beings of God. All of us have a purpose. Whether they choose to do it or not is up to human beings individually. However, ever since the awakening, you will feel a deep love for God and His creations, wanting to guide them on the path of biblical wisdom.  There is a reason for it. God is connected to everyone. When you truly love God, you care for His beings because you now love the same thing which God loves. There is no rocket science involved here.

Higher Purpose:

Ever since that profound moment, I have deeply felt that I was sent to this world with a sense of purpose. The practice of meditations and acceptance is not to just excel in life. It comes with a higher purpose and understanding. You will come to realize it better as you embrace the divine truth.

Like I said, spiritual awakening is highly personal. I have not mentioned many things here which worked for me. However, the above mentioned gifts are profoundly general.

Why It Matters

Happy Chanukah

 

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Not too long ago a family member said something to me in reference to my posting my views on facebook and linked in etc.., she said something to the effect of who was I to have an opinion and post it on social media.  In other words because I was no great scholar I had no business or right posting anything on social media or giving an opinion on anything political etc…. In terms of faith issues I am the only Christian Conservative or general Conservative in the family really, and get flack on that, and more than once my mom has suggested I just go along and pretend I agree or simply have no opinion, rather not express it, be invisible.  Chanukah, The American Revolution, Civil War, people fought and shed blood for certain rights, freedoms etc…, so for me to not fully be able to express my views as a person of faith, and not be able to express conservative Biblical truth would be a great dishonor to those who came before me and I refuse to do so.  It may cost me something, but that’s okay, let it. Life’s choices always cost you something, and if you are going to stand strong and tall with truth and sacred truth, you had better be willing to pay a price and have a heck of a lot of faith to the very end, no matter what happens or how it plays out.

To all our Jewish friends a Very Happy Chanukah!

Shalom and Amen

Life and Trees, Huh?

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Trees are pretty darn amazing if you think about it. The roots, the trunk, the rings, the branches, leaves, and even fruit that grows on it, flowers, pretty amazing.  Trees are also a great metaphor for life and faith life if you think about it, and apply it to living.  How, well let’s explore that.

The trunk, the trunk is strong, rooted deep in the ground firm, and goes deep, quite deep and could be seen as the unconscious self, the part that hold much of our hidden memories, even suppressed anxieties etc…, also that innate search for something, that intangible something we can’t quite discern what it is we are looking for, that all encompassing love that we can’t quite define, that tugging at the conscience even when society says yeah do what you want, but deep down we know better.   It’s the storage area of all the memories and lessons hopefully wisely learned in our lives, the place where God was able to touch us, make an impact initially.  Then you have the branches and leaves that tell of all the external stories in our lives, all the fruits we have born, have created, the arms extended, what we have carried, the storms we have weathered, the rings tell of the years gone by.  Carvings can tell of who and what has visited us, left their mark on us literally.  

If I am going to be a tree, what kind of tree do I want to be?  What kind of roots do I want to plant what kind of fruit do I want to produce? These are all important questions as I journey through the second part of my life being at the slightly over 50 mark age wise.  I need to determine this and then make it happen with the Lord’s help, be a fruitful Tree of Jesse, one that produces good fruit, not only for myself, but also for others. 

Amen