Tag: love

True Riches

My friend Ibrahima was a rather special man. Not many school directors in his part of the world (Mali) would decide to become peasants. But such a man was my friend. While I lived in Africa I used to go and visit him occasionally when I felt the need to get in touch with the…

What is the Meaning of Life?

Rev. Bill McDonald I have given much thought and time to contemplate that very question ever since I was a child facing death in the hospital at eight years of age. I had “died” in my hospital bed all alone and unmonitored by medical staff in an isolation ward. In those moments of “death”, I…

A New Way to Worship

by guest Rabbi Rami Shapiro – July 07, 2019 Comment: I love what Rabbi Shapiro writes – it is a major step forward from the rigidified religious practices of the past (and for quite a few, still the present.)  However, after having been most of my life as a member of traditional churches, it is my belief…

Love without conditions

Real Love does not change. It exists independently of the form through which it expresses. The Source of this eternal, omnipresent, formless Love is within you. This is where your faith must be placed, for this love is as certain as anything you will ever know. And once it is firmly established in your heart,…

Excerpts from Compassion and the Individual

Tenzin Gyatso; The Fourteenth Dalai Lama The purpose of life I believe that the purpose of life is to be happy.  From the moment of birth, every human being wants happiness and does not want suffering.  Neither social conditioning nor education nor ideology affect this.  From the very core of our being, we simply desire…

Social implications of oneness

A dominant aspect of mystical experiences all round the world is that the mystics very often see the links of all things – not only between all humans, but between humans and nature, and sometimes they feel a total immersion with the Ground of Being that upholds the universe and every living being. And what…

The essence of true spirituality

For over 60 years I belonged to forms of organized religion. These still play a useful role for some individuals who need to have verbal formulations of truths and liturgical and cultural forms that reassure and comfort. However, we live in a world where increasingly everything is challenged and each one is called to define…

Full Abundance

By Tosha Silver, from her book Change Me Prayers Divine Beloved, Change Me into someone who can give with complete ease and abundance, knowing You are the unlimited Source of All. Let me be an easy open conduit for Your prosperity. Let me trust that all of my own needs are always met in amazing…

Look for the Light Inside Yourself

Where you come from doesn’t matter. Where you are going is not important either. Look inward, see what you have become and decide whether you like what you see or whether you want to change anything. Whether you were born in the Senegal deserts, within a poverty-stricken family in a small Italian village, or in…

Gentleness

Gentleness

  As our guest blog for this month, we are sharing a Spiritual Teaching and Practice from Paul Ferrini’s   online course Journey from Fear to Love.  Ferrini is the author of over 40 books on love, healing and forgiveness. His unique blend of spirituality and psychology goes beyond self-help and recovery into the heart of…

You are being called forth to shine

Shannon Peck

We live in a time of danger. There could never be enough soldiers or police on earth to keep everyone safe and secure. We are in a global crisis in many respects. Never before has the world been in greater need of Love Lights, like you, to shine and bring forth a new age of…

A link between blessing and healing?

April 2019 blog

Blessing, in the meaning used on this site and in books* I have written on the practice of blessing, often results in healing.  A perusal of the section on healing testimonies shows that numerous healings or resolutions of “impossible” situations have occurred through this practice:  including a severe depression; very difficult relationships; being freed from…

Spiritual Mastery Prayer

Spiritual Mastery Prayer

by Paul Ferrini Father/Mother God: Help me to feel my oneness with you and my equality with my brothers and sisters. Help me to recognize my judgments and to look within for correction. Help me to give up shame and blame and to learn from my errors so that I do not repeat them. Help…

A Deeper Form of Gratitude

Gratitude

Kristi Nelson – Guest blogger – is executive director of A Network for Grateful Living, a global organization offering online and community-based educational programs and practices which inspire and guide a commitment to grateful living, and catalyze the transformative power of personal and societal responsibility. We often feel gratitude when we get or experience something we…

Unity and the Power of Love

Unity and the Power of Love

Excerpts from an article by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee Unity holds the essential vision that we are one living, interconnected ecosystem—a living Earth that supports and nourishes all of its inhabitants. If we acknowledge and honor this simple reality, we can begin to participate in the vital work of healing our fractured and divisive world and embrace a…

The End of Knowing

The End of Knowing

(Fr Richard Rohr’s Meditation for Friday, October 12, 2018) Our note: if the word God does not resonate with you, change it to one of the many other names for deity – Cosmic Love, Great Spirit, Infinite, Divine, Allah, etc. etc. “Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues,…

Divine Inspiration

Divine Inspiration

Whatever religion you were taught, however you were raised, whichever way you understood your teachers, you will grasp and understand this message. It not sufficient to believe this message, one also must live it. The essence of universal religion is peace and goodness encompassing love and kindness towards all creatures on earth. The time has…

The very best New Year’s start

The very best New Year’s start

“I believe it is impossible to live a happy life if one nourishes resentment for some harm done to oneself, or guilt or repressed anger for an error of omission or commission we caused. On the other hand, we become incapable of resentment when we have understood that everyone is at every moment at their…

The Prayer of Silence

The prayer of silence

Excerpts from The Dynamic Laws of Prayer, Caroline Ponder In the silence, when your conscious mind becomes quiet, then the subconscious phase of the mind, which is the seat of memory and feeling, is free to function, revealing fresh inspiration and new ideas … The silence is the workshop of God. The silence is the…

The greatest present ever

The greatest present ever

In a variety of teachings, unconditional love is the heart and soul of the spiritual life and the ultimate aim of the spiritual path – and by love is meant love in action of course (be it meditation or feeding the hungry), not discourses about love. “We bless ourselves in our desire to have a…

For Life’s Abundance

Gratitude

Just in time for Thanksgiving, here is a blessing from Pierre’s new book https://pierrepradervand.com/365-blessings-to-heal-myself-and-the-world/ As my basic text on blessing states, blessing and gratitude are in a sense the two sides of  the  same  coin. When you bless a situation or a person, you are also saying thank you to the universe for a given…

LOVING Donald Trump

White House Nov 2018 blog

“PIerre, you must be losing your mind!” “Hey, man, you are going soft in the head!” “What, you expect me to not only put up with, or stop hating, but LOVE the present tenant of the White House?” No, in fact I don’t expect anything from anyone (when I am in a sane state of…

How a nightmare childhood inspired one-of-a-kind gifts

Foster care

“I bless children in foster care, that the challenges of their past weigh not unduly on their future. I bless  the  hosting  families that they may welcome their foster child with gentleness, deep compassion and caring and an understanding of their special needs.” Pierre Pradervand, from https://pierrepradervand.com/365-blessings-to-heal-myself-and-the-world/ On any given day, there are nearly 437,500…

I don’t want to know… Oriah Mountain Dreamer

I don't want to know...

“May I follow at all times my highest sense of what is right, whatever the cost and however lonely the path, or however loud the mockery of the Pharisees. “May I express the integrity that always speaks truth to power, as the old Quaker saying goes, when silence might better serve our interests, and which…

Blessing adapted from Andrew Harvey

July blog

Guest blogger: Andrew Harvey Andrew Harvey is one of the great spiritual teachers of today who has inspired thousands all round the world to turn their spirituality into the real power behind their lives rather than icing on the cake. For instance, it is all too easy to make (create, utter, send out) a nice blessing…

Listening Hearts (excerpt)

Listening Hearts

A message written or spoken and sent from the heart but received with the mind, will likely be not understood, or completely misinterpreted. They don’t speak the same language. We don’t need more talking heads on the planet right now. We each have a divinely renewable resource that needs to be accessed. It is called…

You are Me and I am You

Oneness

By Pierre Pradervand One of the more amazing and beautiful aspects of internet is that it is becoming the most powerful tool ever to spread ideas instantaneously worldwide, including a growing sense of one world consciousness and our oneness with all life. Little by little, it is assisting us go beyond the old, tired dualistic…

The First Ripple of Love Has to Be Around Yourself

Ripples of love

“As I stand in front of a mirror, may I stand in awe of the amazing beauty that looks at me, the immense kindness, the caring, the goodness and so many other qualities that are simply awaiting  my acknowledgment.” PP from https://pierrepradervand.com/365-blessings-to-heal-myself-and-the-world “The healthy love of oneself is a great religious value. The person who…

Our spotless innocence – unchallenged and unalterable

Our spotless innocence

By Pierre Pradervand ~ “I bless myself sincerely and joyfully for being the utterly beautiful divine creature I am, at one with the Source of infinite Love. … I bless myself as Spirit’s manifestation of glorious liberty, total freedom and unlimited innocence – and this is true of all humanity.” From my new book, 365…

A blessing for Earth Day ~ April 22

Earth Day 2018

For the Incredible Beauty of Creation Pierre Pradervand The incredible beauty of nature defies the wildest imagination. From the perfection of a tiny alpine flower no one will ever even see to the splendor of a star-studded summer’s night, through the intricate beauty of a seashell to the breathtaking harmony of a spider’s web, all…

Oath of Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great

This is the text of an astonishing oath given to an audience of 9000 dignitaries of all races in 324 B.C.  It is just as relevant to our times!  “It is my wish, now that wars are coming to an end, that you should all be happy in peace. From now on, let all mortals…

“THANK YOU” – the only prayer we will ever need!

“THANK YOU” - the only prayer we will ever need!

The medieval thinker, writer and teacher Meister Eckhart is one of the very rare non-dual Christian theologians in 2000 years. He has inspired thousands over the years. He once made the amazing statement (to those who imagine that God is a kind of father Christmas up there on the top floor who grants their prayers…

Blessing as a Form of Service

Blessing as a Form of Service

In one of the most powerful passages on oneness in world spiritual literature, the prophet Isaiah describes service as the ultimate path to enlightenment and the source of real health (the words whole, holy and healthy stem from the same root):  “Is not this the fast that I have chosen? To loose the bands of…

A Candle is talking to you

A Candle is talking to you

You have lighted me, and you are looking at me, dreaming. Perhaps you are happy to have me. In any case, I am happy to be lit. If I don’t burn, I shall be like the others, left in a box where I have no purpose. My reason for being is fulfilled only when I…

The loveliest dress

The loveliest dress

A story about compassion to share with children! She was the poorest little girl in the entire world. She owned nothing, not even a rag doll, not even pictures. She only had one single dress and when her mother washed it, she had to remain in bed while in dried. One evening, the mother was…

God’s Love and the Fruit Salad

God's Love and the Fruit Salad

Excerpts from Julian of Norwich One morning early, while making my fruit salad, the sentence “All is well, all is well, all is very, very well” continued playing through my mind.  I was suddenly reminded of a very beautiful booklet I read years ago, ENFOLDED IN LOVE – daily readings with Julian of Norwich. Despite…

We think we know so much …

We think we know so much …

We know how to reach the stars, but we don’t know how to respect the heavens and even less so the immensity of the cosmos. We know how to talk about love, but we have such difficulty loving while respecting the other and one’s self. We know how to bake bread, but we have trouble…