Spirituality

Everyday Namaste

Everyday Namaste

A breathtaking crimson sunset … the sound of children laughing … an exquisite landscape painted by a brilliant artist ... the majestic plume of a peacock. There are so many beautiful things in our world to behold and be awed by. For me, however, there truly is nothing more beautiful than experiencing or bearing witness to a moment of Namaste.

Namaste is an ancient Sanskrit word that essentially means “The Divine in me honors the Divine in you.” There are three key components to the practice of Namaste. First, we come from a place of understanding that we are made in the image and likeness of God and that our true essence is Divine.

EGO = Edging God Out

A provocative question has arisen about the law of attraction and the idea that our thoughts and feelings create our experience: If we believe that we create our own reality, where is God?

How presumptuous, some might say, to imply that we are in charge! Isn't that just running rampant with our egos, thinking we can control everything, when in fact we should be seeking God's will? Who are we to see ourselves as creators of our own experience? Shouldn't we turn to God for guidance rather than ourselves?

The Simple Life, Part I

There is much to learn in life, but it is best to learn how to live. When we are young, we have little doubt that life holds great promise. We have things to accomplish, places to visit, and people to love. However, it is the rare young person who puts these compelling issues in perspective. For most of us, the importance of spiritual principles and a relationship with God is a realization that occurs much later in life. By this time, we may be somewhat bruised by our experiences, but we need not be embittered, for we can live the simple life.

Moving Into Spirit

Moving Into Spirit

One of the most difficult challenges of my own spiritual journey has been coming to both clarity and comfort with God—as a word, as an idea, as an energy. I have an intuitive understanding of the Christ; in fact, it was a visceral, intuitive grasp of the Christ as described by the outstanding Unity minister Eric Butterworth on Easter Sunday, 1976, that began to shake me free of old attitudes and turn me in a new direction. The universal truth that we are all divine—as all of life is divine—and divinely creative as God is eternally creative continues to reveal new depths and implications these many years later. But there has been little hard-core resistance within me to the process of Christ exploration.

Every Experience Is Our Teacher

Every one of us has had experiences to meet that at first seemed difficult but proved to be times of growth and gain. Through these experiences, we discovered new strengths in ourselves, we unfolded new powers and capabilities, we experienced a closer unity with God, and we relied on God with a faith greater than we knew we possessed.

Every experience is our teacher; we learn from the persons, the events, the circumstances that surround us. Most of the time we are not aware that we are learning because we are more aware of the struggle we are making. Like the child struggling to get to her feet, to learn to walk, we do not see that our efforts are teaching us and freeing us.

Break Free From the Tomb of Doubt

Resurrection. Crucifixion. Ascension. Atonement. Historically, these are the words that represent Easter and its symbolic celebration of Jesus.

However, there is no one Easter to fit all.

In his book Keep a True Lent, Charles Fillmore explained, “The resurrection takes place in us every time we rise to Jesus’ realization of the perpetual indwelling life that is connecting us to the Father. A new flood of life comes to all who open their minds and their bodies to the living word of God.”

The Power of Thought

The Power of Thought

I first heard of Eric Butterworth back in 1955. At that time I was a performer based in San Francisco, and my voice teacher happened to be a lay minister at the local Unity Church. He took me to his church the first time and I never left. …

What I found to be so compelling in Butterworth’s teachings, and still do, is that the power of God, the essential spirit, is within each of us. We can ignore that, or we can draw upon it and decide to grow. We can heal ourselves—or at least heal ourselves enough to know that we may need the help of a professional. And it’s just a marvelous way of looking at the world. …

The Silence

The Silence

There is only one way to experience "the silence" and that is to be silent, physically and emotionally silent. One of the best ways to accomplish this is through the process called meditation.

Small Investments Bring Big Benefits
Sitting quietly, with the body relaxed and the mind stilled, brings many physical and emotional benefits. It reduces tension and stress, lightens anxiety, lowers blood pressure, increases energy levels, improves sleep patterns, helps to decrease harmful body chemicals and increase beneficial ones. It does all this and much more.

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