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Everlasting Values Commitments

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

     Beauty calls to eternal appreciation.  The eternal is an expression of values in the experience of humanity.  This day, I would like to share my commitments for an embrace of everlasting values.

  • Focusing on appreciation, I am constantly building values of eternal significance.  
  • In the joy of morning meditation I become one with all in the unifying power of fellowship in beauty. 
  • I enrich people’s lives by sharing my highest understanding and gladly being open to and accepting all the lessons that come from everyone, for we are all teachers of each other.  
  • Today I will take a good look at the stars and will see the Unity of All through their sparkling light.

Value of a Pringle Sunset

     It will be a joy to learn about the ways in which you embrace everlasting values.

Opportunities to Give and Share

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

     A question came in my correspondence:

“Everyday life offers varied opportunities for giving and sharing.  One of them comes when someone lets us know of a critical health condition.  What can we do in such circumstances?  How can we have a useful approach?”

Share and be ...

Share and be …

     By being sensitive to other people’s needs and desires we become better equipped to respond in constructive ways according to the situation.  In many cases, the best we can do is to share our deepest hope.  A hope that opens the door to the future… a hope that gives point and purpose to all experience… a hope that leads to understanding.

     It is worthwhile to let people know we wish to help in the best possible way and that we are open to hear what that might be.  Sometimes our best contribution is just listening to our dear ones.  Recently a friend was diagnosed with lung cancer.  Through our dialogues she has also given me a gift as she shared what she has discovered: “There is new life within us… waiting to be born.”

     A colleague who is now confronting heart problems and severe allergies that prevent her from eating a variety of foods told me that she wishes to let pain be a positive renaissance.

     Our gift to others may simply be just being there, sharing with the whole of ourselves.

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     I will be happy to share my personal approach, comments and experience – related with the attainment of inner peace – to a question you would like me to consider for my Musings.  Please send it to my email address.

Beyond Words …

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

     A dear friend offers her mind, heart and soul openly each day to a higher voice, asking that whatever gifts or talents she has been graced with, be shared in a goal of service toward peace, harmony and goodwill, and that she might be of service as an instrument or messenger to speak through.  She continues to seek God and higher goals of service through prayer and quiet conversations.

     She meditates continuously, quietly, throughout her day, focusing on selfless-leadership influences to intervene with compassionate protection for the helpless, suffering victims of world-imposed survival situations, and circumstances resulting from war violence, greed and loss of moral compass.

     She describes her mission like this… “Above the language barrier – seeking a higher form of human nature – beyond words…”.

Meaningful Living

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

      It is a joy to share with you some of my commitments to embrace the power of meaningful living and I invite you to reflect on them in the light of significant events in your life.

      Significant living was at the core of Peace Pilgrim’s

St. Francis of Assisi

St. Francis of Assisi

experience.  Speaking about her growth process, she said, “The turning point came when, in desperation and out of a very deep seeking for a meaningful way of life, I walked all one night through the woods.  I came to a moonlit glade and prayed.  I felt a complete willingness, without any reservations, to give my life – to dedicate my life – to service.”  “Please use me!” she prayed to God.  And a great peace came to her.  She described it as the second phase of her life, “I began to live to give… and entered a new and wonderful world.   My life was blessed with a meaningful purpose.”

      I embrace higher significance in each act of life.  In the privacy of my sacred space, I take time to reflect and explore deeper meaning in my most recent experiences and those still in process of assimilation.  I embrace the golden silence for a few moments of meditation and let symbolism arise.  In all events coming to my attention today I will consider what elements exist for the highest good of all concerned as I embrace a spirit of unity.  I am open to all synchronicities coming from the universe.

Love and Harmony

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

My husband and I go to our dear friends Sylvia and Phil’s house, every chance we have on the third Friday evening of the month and share interesting dialogue and a delicious vegetarian meal.  Sylvia shared her impressions after one of these gatherings:

“As always, I enjoyed our Friday night.  Actually, I’m still feeling a little full from all the wonderful food.  I am always impressed by how people coming together, each one bringing just one dish can create a gourmet feast.  Perhaps we can create this same idea in consciousness.  Just think, a few people sending loving thoughts could possibly change the world!”

           Love fosters harmony.  It has a transformative power that moves and has brought unity to the world from time immemorial.

I invite you to reflect for a moment on your core belief system about the power of love and harmony.  Here are some initial ideas to consider.

  • What does it mean for me to attain a state of dynamic harmony through love, kindness and peace?
  • Do I experience love and respect for all fellow human beings and all creation?
  • In what ways do I constructively contribute to universal harmony through my actions in everyday living?

Tao and Meaning…

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

         Some time ago, I wrote a note to you about Tao and Meaning, based on the experience of my friend, Sherry Carroll that summarized into this quote: ““Once you understand the meaning you can forget the words.”

         As a result of this note, some of you shared your own related impressions:

“This is a good illustration of ‘qualia’.”

Stan Carnarius

“I like Sherry’s idea!”

Claudia Biacci

“Words Forgotten!  Meaning CLEAR!”

Brian Donley

“Hearing the story rings so true.  Yesterday I was proofreading some philosophical materials and two of those subtle meanings became apparent. “

Carol Zengara

         I invite you to send me your favorite Tao quotes and I will consider them for potential publication in various of my global writings.

 

         “Qualia” is a philosophical term that refers to individual instances of subjective, conscious experience.  There are multiple definitions of “qualia” and they have changed over time.  One of the simpler, broader definitions is, “The ‘what it is like’ character of mental states.  The way it feels to have mental states such as pain, seeing red, smelling a rose, etc.”

The perceived redness of an evening sky…is beyond words…a “Qualia.”

 

 

Using Affirmations – Part One

Monday, July 15th, 2013

         Sometimes people ask me about the value in the use of affirmations and I would like to take this opportunity to share with you some related ideas.  The use of affirmations is based on the belief in the power of inner thought and of the spoken word as representative power of this thought throughout life, especially as this may be believed to be modified by the employment of special forms of speech.  Affirmations are an adaptation of the creeds or mantras of other religious expressions.

         Affirmations can be spoken aloud, written down, done silently or even sung or chanted and in their rehearsal have a profound transformative value.

         My daily practice is to use affirmations consciously as part of a healing ritual during my morning meditation.  I also repeat three times aloud the three most pertinent affirmations for the day, placing distinctive emphasis on different parts of the sentence as the mood of the moment suggests.  Thus, if my affirmation is “I accept anew with thanksgiving the abundance in the universe,” it may be first, “I accept anew with thanksgiving the abundance in the universe,” then, “I accept anew with thanksgiving the abundance in the universe,” and finally, “I accept anew with thanksgiving the abundance in the universe.”  This qualitative distinction gives strength to varied elements in the sentence and is characteristic of the mantric technique.

         How do you practice the use of affirmations?

 

 

In the Pursuit of Rainbows

Friday, May 10th, 2013

This day I am inspired by the wondrous inner meaning of rainbows…

        Each of us finds the significance in them that best reflects our functioning at any given time and in such a mood we find inspiration anew.  Rainbows bring Hope and a fresh perspective in living.  Inspired by Marc Edmund Jones, my thoughts go to the power of eternal values and having meaningful responsibilities in our pursuit of rainbows, the iridescent joys that linger to inspire all.  In the everlasting joy of meaningful living all is possible….

        It is always a joy to hear from you and to share in the depths of inner peace and universal harmony.

How do you share your pursuit of rainbows?

Wishing you a wonder-filled Day.

Prayer

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

My beloved husband, Bob Kline and I have shared for almost three decades a joyful partnership in the wonders of the spiritual Path.  I treasure our co-operation and continuous activity in our common mission for peace and harmonious living.  I honor his contribution to in all the ways he knows how to make it happen so my ideas can travel around the world.

One evening during our time in Glastonbury, United Kingdom he was inspired during a Sufi Concert and later on he shared with me a powerful statement that made an impact on him.

 

 “For saying so many prayers,

 I have become a prayer.”

                        Rumi

Pondering about Meaning

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013
 
A golden stepping stone to the awareness of wholeness comes from living a meaningful life.  Carl G. Jung said, "the ultimate essence of a universe in which man has a conscious existence is meaning."  Everything in life has the potential to develop special significance when we participate in all that happens around us.  Our choices make a difference.

Through experience we develop greater sensitivity to relationships with all that exists, a deeper sentiment for life's purpose and a penetrating understanding of people and situations we encounter.  Each moment is filled with unsuspected meaning.

I would like to share with you some related affirmations, as a springboard to create positive statements that are significant at this stage of your own inner process:
  • I recognize an added overtone of significance in all that comes to me.
  • Each experience has a deeper meaning awaiting to be discovered.
  • Each situation and event has a divine purpose.

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