Become as a Child

It is your belief system about your self and the world around you that prevents you from a greater experience of life. That you look back at your past self through melancholic eyes and long for a time when you were more innocent and life seemed much more simple is clear evidence of this.

“Unless you change, turn away from your faulty thinking and misguided emotional connections and become as a child -reclaim your innocence, learn to see life with wonder and awe and joy – you will not experience your bliss.” ~ Yeshua (Rebecca’s translation, Matthew 18:3)

Change your thinking and how you feel about what you think – the basis of your belief system – and change your experience of life. It really is that simple. The inner work it takes is not easy. Getting rid of the clutter in your mind is not easy. Changing the script for your self-talk is not easy. Breaking harmful emotional patterns is not easy. But the formula for creating change in your life is that simple and it can be done. That’s why spirituality -the path to wholeness – is called a ‘practice’. You have to mindfully and intentionally work at it day after day.

Do you have the courage to do it? Are you willing to open yourself up to the possibility that it can be different? Can you honestly examine the beliefs that may be causing you more harm than good and let them go if need be?

I offer spiritual counsel. If I can be of assistance to you with this, visit the contact page at my website.

 

breathe Peace ~

Rev. Rebecca

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Q&A: You Need More Than Appetizers

Q: I’ve tried a lot of different practices over the last few years. I like some of them more than others but none of them bring me the kind of fulfillment I’m looking for. Do you have any advice?

A: Thanks for asking, friend. My advice is to let go of most of them. Perhaps you’re snacking too much and not getting the depth of nourishment your soul is seeking.

What I have gleaned over the years from studying great spiritual teachers is that it’s not important so much which spiritual practice you choose; rather, it’s important that you pick one and commit yourself to mastering it. Seekers often fall into the trap of wandering around filling their plate with spiritual appetizers from this table and that one and they never get down to sitting down in one place and enjoying the whole experience of the meal.

It’s called a practice for a reason. You have to commit to it daily and stick to it. Spiritual practice is also called a discipline. You become a disciple of the teaching of your choice and use it to master and move beyond the needs and desires of ego-self to connect with the Higher Self.

I have friends who are musicians who practice for hours a day. Whenever they sit down to play, the experience of the music is so much sweeter because they’ve put in the work to master their craft. I also know some ‘wannabe’ musicians who could make some great music were it not for the fact that they keep jumping from one instrument to the next. They think the problem is that they haven’t found the right instrument. I think it’s because they never commit to a daily practice of any one of them.

Law says that you get back what you give. If your experience of a particular thing feels shallow and less than satisfying, perhaps it is because the level of commitment and attention given to the thing was low.

I know (and believe me – I know!) how easy it is to get frustrated in our culture of instant gratification. We want everything NOW! But it doesn’t come that quickly, does it? We need to plant seeds and water and cultivate and weed and wait. A lot of waiting. Eventually the harvest comes.

If you choose to follow a particular religious path, find something within that tradition and go with it. If you are a seeker, find a practice that resonates with you. Maybe it’s a form of yoga. Perhaps it’s tai chi. It might be qigong, breath work, or a type of meditation or centering prayer. The point is to focus on one and give it your full attention. In the end, the practice or tradition you choose is only a tool. It only matters in that it is what works for you. It’s a vehicle that carries you to the experience of the Divine banquet within. And that is the feast you don’t want to miss.

I hope that helps. Blessings on the Journey.

breathe Peace ~

Rev. Rebecca

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The Gift of Service

I recently rediscovered a magazine that I first found about a year ago: Positive Impact Magazine. It’s a terrific magazine, the mission of which is to inspire people and give them tools to make a positive difference in their world.

Jason Mraz live

This month’s issue features a profile on Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Jason Mraz and his nonprofit organization. The activities of the Jason Mraz Foundation are based on Jason’s Four Pillars of Service:

  1. Human Equality
  2. Environment Preservation
  3. Arts and Education
  4. Recovery and Assistance

Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others, cannot keep it from themselves. ~ James M. Barrie

I admire people who give of their time in service to others, no matter how large or small they think their gift may be. No gift of service is too small, I believe. It’s priceless to the one on the receiving end and – if they are mindful – to the one on the giving end, too. One doesn’t have to do something so grand as going out and starting a nonprofit organization, though I certainly wouldn’t want to discourage anyone from doing that either. Sometimes it’s the smallest acts of kindness that can have the greatest impact.

So what about you? Do you have any “Pillars of Service”? Are there areas of life that hold a special place in your heart; any causes that ignite your passion? How does Love find expression through you in service to others?

If you  would like to read this month’s issue of Positive Impact online, go here.

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. ~ Anne Frank 

Consider what you can do to make a difference in someone’s life today.

 

breathe Peace

Rev. Rebecca

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Today is New Thought Day

Today is New Thought Day. It is the very first of what is to be an annual celebration of the worldwide New Thought movement on the first Sunday of March. Over 1000 New Thought centers and ministries around the world are holding services, prayer gatherings, potlucks, and celebrations of all kinds to honor the legacy of New Thought.

Some of you may be asking, “What is New Thought?” New Thought is a positive spiritual path that involves affirmative thinking, meditation, and other ways of connecting with the Divine Presence within to co-create with that Presence a Life of Love, Joy, Peace, and Abundance. We often say in our communities that we don’t tell you ‘what’ to think, but rather we give you tools and teach you ‘how’ to think rightly. It is through our thoughts and our emotions surrounding those thoughts that our experience of life is shaped and by consciously engaging and giving direction to those thoughts and emotions, we can change the course of our lives to one that has greater meaning and purpose. New Thought is about our personal transformation by awakening to our own divinity; it’s about the recognition of our interconnection and interdependence in Oneness and by our awakening and through that recognition we work together to build a world where all exists in harmony.

New Thought is hardly new; its practices are as ancient as humankind itself. It takes its teachings from every major world religion, from philosophy, and from the sciences. The modern New Thought movement, however, arose during the time of transcendentalism and was influenced by writers like Emerson, Thoreau, and Whitman. It began to take form through the experiments and writings of Phineas Parkhurst Quimby, who found that one could positively affect one’s physical health through affirmative thinking. Others arose in time – Thomas Troward, Emma Curtis Hopkins, Charles & Myrtle Fillmore, Ernest Holmes, Joel Goldsmith, and many more. New Thought gave birth to the modern self-help movement. Indeed, if you’ve followed people like Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson, Louise Hay, Eckhart Tolle or others similar to them, then you have been exposed to New Thought principles.

The people who seem to be finding their way to New Thought are those who identify as ‘spiritual, but not religious’ – the seekers who are not into theology and doctrine but recognize that they are part of something greater and desire to find connection to It; those who have become dissatisfied with traditional religion that focuses on one’s sinfulness and guilt and who is or isn’t ‘worthy enough’ to come to the table; women who are attracted to the idea that we are all connected and that all of life is woven together in a beautiful tapestry; and the cultural creatives – those who are into authenticity and the practical ways that we can work together to create a better world for all.

There are many branches of New Thought. The most well-known are Unity Worldwide Ministries, United Centers for Spiritual Living, Agape International, Divine Science, Center of Truth, the Association for Global New Thought, and the Affiliated New Thought Network.

The All Faith Center offered this presentation of New Thought that was approved by all the participating ministries.

The following is an excerpt from a new movie that just came out called “New Thought – the Movie.”

“What is New Thought?” – Rev. Dr. Harry Morgan Moses excerpted from the movie, “New Thought – the Movie”.

I invite you into the process of awakening, transformation, and conscious co-creation by checking out a New Thought center near you. If you have questions, visit my contact page at http://www.revrebecca.com/contact_me.

 

breathe Peace ~

Rev. Rebecca

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10 Things We Can Do

10 Things We Can Do to Contribute to Internal, Interpersonal, and Organizational Peace

(1) Spend some time each day quietly reflecting on how we would like to relate to ourselves and others.

(2)  Remember that all human beings have the same needs.

(3) Check our intention to see if we are as interested in others getting their needs met as our own.

(4) When asking someone to do something, check first to see if we are making a request or a demand.

(5) Instead of saying what we DON’T want someone to do, say what we DO want the person to do.

(6) Instead of saying what we want someone to BE, say what action we’d like the person to take that we hope will help the person be that way.

(7) Before agreeing or disagreeing with anyone’s opinions, try to tune in to what the person is feeling and needing.

(8)  Instead of saying “No,” say what need of ours prevents us from saying “Yes.”

(9) If we are feeling upset, think about what need of ours is not being met, and what we could do to meet it, instead of thinking about what’s wrong with others or ourselves.

(10) Instead of praising someone who did something we like, express our gratitude by telling the person what need of ours that action met.

This list is courtesy of the Center for Nonviolent Communication.  The Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) would like there to be a critical mass of people using Nonviolent Communication language so all people will get their needs met and resolve their conflicts peacefully.

2001, revised 2004 Gary Baran & CNVC. The right to freely duplicate this list is hereby granted.

 

breathe Peace ~

Rev. Rebecca

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