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October 2014

FEAR, LOVE & FAITH

At our PATH CHAT this morning, we talked about times when we have felt fear.  We shared stories, we looked at what kinds of fears we have experienced, and then came the question:  IS FEAR REAL?

We noticed that our fears were either external or internal and usually originated with something in childhood, however we wondered if humans are hard-wired for fear and whether or not experiencing it is optional.

FEAR has been metaphysicalized by many people and groups of people.  One school teaches that it is FALSE EVIDENCE APPEARING REAL.  While I love acronyms, this doesn't do it for me, because I ask, If I can feel FEAR, then isn't it real?  If I feel LOVE, isn't that real?  How do the two, then, differ?

One person in our PATH CHAT described FEAR as "the absence of LOVE," and that has real power for me.  Rather than wondering if FEAR is real, I can choose to replace it--whatever it is or isn't--with LOVE, and I know that LOVE is real.  I chose to think of the key word here as FAITH, since I have faith in the power of LOVE.  Whatever feels, looks, or sounds like FEAR, can be transformed to LOVE.  I have FAITH that this is so.

A great spiritual teacher, Peace Pilgrim, proved time again that her FAITH in God's protection under many trying and dangerous circumstances brought LOVE, not FEAR.  She withstood the elements, attackers, poverty, and isolation, but always relied on her FAITH to replace FEAR with LOVE.

Can we do the same?  Of course, we can.  Peace Pilgrim is no braver than any of us who have chosen different paths than hers.  The task is simple:  our choice must always be forLOVE, not FEAR, and knowing our power and capability to choose rightly strengthens our FAITH


Who Has Seen the Wind?

I am looking out my living room window and I see the trees, some close and some farther out, dancing in the wind.  When I was a child, I thought the trees were creating the wind by pushing the trees around. Now I know that it is the wind blowing the trees around--just the opposite of what I thought I knew.

God is like the wind:  we see God's effects all around us, but we may not see the way God works in the world, in us, and in all creation.  The creative force of good in the world, which I call God, is always a mystery, and I want it to stay that way.  I am not interested in a God that can be defined and confined by the wits of humans.  My soul longs to know the unknowable, the ineffable, the ever-expanding nature of God.

I only know one way to begin to know God beyond the box that religion has constructed.  That is meditation and exploration of the God that lives within each of us.  It requires us to be disciplined, to be committed, and to be curious.  AND, it means we have to be conscious of that Holy Spirit within us so we can begin to know the edges of God, who is without edges.

Have you seen the wind? 
Have you seen God? 
Where are you looking?














There are many reasons to meditate and many benefits.

"Come deeper, not higher," said the angel.

People are mostly conditioned to think that spiritual growth and enlightenment begins with a step up in consciousness, but the way to wisdom is an inner path.  Jesus said, "No one comes to the Father but through me."  The spirit that lives within each of us is the same spirit that lived in Jesus while he was here on earth.  His call to us is to go within and get to know that deeper part of ourselves.  

The process of descending with the mind into the heart is an age old practice begun by the Desert Fathers in the first centuries after the birth of Jesus.  They often went alone into the desert and lived in caves, some for many years at a time.  In meditation, many reported that their process was of taking their conscious mind into the heart and there meeting God.

We, too, must take this journey--it's only about 18"--and sink deeply into our soul...to experience that total integration of head and heart.  Through this "Soaking Prayer," we discover the power of God lies within us.  With this knowledge, we know the power of the universe in personal terms. 

Instead of reaching higher, try reaching deeper.....

Seek ye the Kingdom of God....the path lies within us!

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