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We Are One with Those at the Border

As I watch the film clips and photographs of the immigrants seeking asylum at our southern border, my heart cries not only for those people but also for their ancestors, many of whom were indigenous peoples who were shuffled around time and again while the white people stole their land.

Doesn't anyone realize that most of the immigrants are of Native American descent mixed with the Hispanic blood of the Spanish conquistadors? Thus current assault on them is but a continuation of the oppression of those who were here in the western hemisphere before the white Europeans came and savagely conquered and took the lands.

The United States of America purports to stand for freedom for all, however, it--we--if you are white, we have selectively excluded others who do not fit into our carefully manicured image of "Americans."  These people are immigrants, but they are Americans, too.

Part of my husband's family was given a King's Land Grant from the King of Spain several centuries ago including what is now the City of San Antonio. Even their rights to that land are questionable because they became part of the conquering force. When that land became a part of Texas and then the United States, they had to come across the border from Mexico, what had been their land. Over the centuries, the Mexican people became a mixed group of both Spanish and Indian ancestry, with other ethnicities in there, too.

I, as are many in the United States and in the world, appalled by the cruelty with which the U.S. immigration laws or policies are being enforced. The practice of separating families at the border and sending children to distant places far from the parents is abhorrent, as is the turning away of those who seek asylum from horrendous gang violence in their native countries. Does anyone remember that we, the U.S., used to finance the wars of dictators in those same places?

The U.S. is not using its power and wealth kindly or civilly. We have become bullies around the world, especially along our own border, rather than the leaders of freedom, as we used to consider ourselves. We have allowed our own rights as determiners of national laws and actions to be surrendered by those who are supposed to represent us. We are not a "one nation under God" by any measurement. Whether viewed from a secular of spiritual point of view, what is happening now is unethical and immoral and we must demand that it stop now!

Even as we exercise our rights as citizens of the United States, we must also turn to Spirit to guide us in interceding in this hateful process. We are all one, and whatever we do or allow to be done to others, we do to ourselves.

I pray daily that our leaders' hearts be softened and their minds opened. Please join me in this effort.

Doing Christmas...

How busy are you these days preparing for the holidays?  Do you have a "to do" list a mile long? Are you shopping till you drop? How about entertaining? Are you planning a party at home or at work? Are you rehearsing for choir or other activities at church? Are you planning for guests or travel over the holidays? Have you put up and trimmed your tree? How about decorating the house and the yard? You are probably a very busy person, as most of us are this time of year!

We keep hearing people in conversation or in the media talking about the "true meaning of Christmas," and, of course, this varies with your beliefs. But it also has to do with that "to do" list and how you spend your precious time. So many people are so busy DOING CHRISTMAS  they forget about the true meaning of Christmas--BEING CHRISTMAS!

How can we BE CHRISTMAS instead of DOING CHRISTMAS? How can we express the joy and peace and love that this season brings? How can we let the Christ Spirit be born anew in us? Any ideas?

For me, I plan to stop amid the hustle and bustle of the season and just listen to the sounds of silence instead of all the noise. I intend to look at nature and see its bounty and look into the eyes of people and see the Christ Light shining there. I shall  smell the fresh scent of the fir trees and of cookies baking in the oven. I will feel the gentle touch of my animals and feel their hot breath on my skin. I will savor the taste of hot chocolate and candy canes and enjoy the sensation.

Let's consciously use all the senses God has given us to experience in depth the Christmas gifts all around us.

Let's stop amid the chaos and confusion to give the gifts that really count.

Let's be still and give thanks for remembering the true meaning of Christmas!









GOD IS BLESSING YOU NOW, AND SO ARE WE!

There's a little light in all of us....

One of my favorite songs to sing begins,

     "There's a light emanating from my spirit,
      a white light shining from my soul,
      and the light emanating from my spirit,
      is the light that's making me whole."

I sing it with gusto, with enthusiasm, and with conviction, because I believe it.  I have experienced it--not just in myself but in others.

Today with my trio Blissing, we performed "You Can't Be A Beacon If Your Light Don't Shine," another song with power and conviction of an inner reality.  There is one line in the chorus that goes, "There's a little light in all of us by God's design." That light shines from within when we let it, when we take off the blinders that keep out the light and keep us from seeing the light all around us. You see, my friends, we live in our own light, in each other's light, and in God's light, because we are all One. 

So even if your light seems a little dim sometimes, our lives are always illuminated with the truth of our connection with the Divine in ourselves and in others. I remember from my early days in an Episcopalian church hearing the priest say right before the offertory, "Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify the father in heaven." Now my theology has changed, but the idea stays eternal: there's a little light in all of us, and our task is to LET IT SHINE!

It's Time to Fall In Love With Yourself!

Fall in love with yourself? As songstress Whitney Houston sang, "the greatest love of all is deep inside of me."  And it's inside of you, too.  People are always looking outside of themselves to find love.  Everyone needs love; it is essential to growing up living a healthy life. 

Our parents, teachers, and  ministers forget to tell us that
WE ARE LOVE ourselves.  We are made in the image and likeness of a Creator who is the essence of love.  Life may deal us difficult conditions, but once we know that we are love, we can choose to meet whatever comes to us with love. 

I clearly remember when Rev. Jim Rosemergy, a Unity minister, said that the only love you'll ever feel is the love that flows forth from you.  What a transformational concept.  WE ARE LOVE, AND WE HAVE TO EXPRESS THAT LOVE TO FEEL IT AND ACT FROM IT IN OUR LIVES!

So, what next?  How do you use this idea?  In order to feel the love that we already are, you have to put it to work in everything you do, from grocery shopping, to errand running, even to big decision making.  Will you be perfect at first?  Probably not, if you're living in a human body. You can begin making it a habit to pause before every reaction in your day and choose to respond with love.  It may change your response, which is better than reacting in a knee-jerk answer.  As you practice coming from love, the habit will grow and you will notice changes in the love you feel yourself and in the way others respond to you.  Falling in love and expressing the love that you are brings hidden treasures in your life.

AFFIRM:  I AM LOVE, AND I EXPRESS THAT LOVE IN EVERYTHING I THINK,
              SAY AND DO.

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A Fork in the Road....

Today, Pathfinders meets a fork in the road, and a path will be chosen.  Or will it? 

If we go to the left, what will we encounter?  If we take the fork to the right, will it matter?

Today, Pathfinders will hold its first Sunday Gathering.  Does that make it a church?  Must we adopt certain beliefs to attend?  What about another place I go to?  Do I have to switch allegiance?  The answer to each of these questions is NO!

Pathfinders was not formed be a church with a building and a staff and a creed one must recite.  Rather, Pathfinders is a supportive spiritual system of people who know that Spirit lives witin them...people who are committed to a spiritual life, whatever form that may take...people who are open and accepting and growing....people who desire to express more of Spirit in their lives.

You are a Pathfinder if you know that spirituality is an important component to your life...if you love and accept others and encourage them on their paths....if you know spirituality is an inside job.

Our purpose at Pathfinders is to reveal to people their own inherent spiritual nature and to encourage them to express that in the world.  Our world needs each and every soul now present on the planet to discover, explore and express the Spirit Within them, because without that the picture of our wholeness is complete.  As Ram Dass said, "We're all just walking each other home."

Pathfinders seek universal truth wherever it is found---in the words of Jesus, Buddha, Great Spirit, Allah, just to name a few.  We take those truths inside of ourselves and contemplate and meditate upon them.  If our inner guidance is such that this is a truth for us to incorporate in our own lives for the betterment of all, then we put it into practice.

Our gifts come in many forms:  healing, prayer, creative arts, visual arts, hospitality, study, writing.....and others.  Each of these gifts are given so that we can bless the world.  Your gift is essential; it is critical that you nurture and develop it so we can once more come into our wholeness.

Master Teacher Jesus told us that greater things than he did, we would do.  Now is the time to bring that prophecy into fruition with the love and support of each other. 

We will gather today, and some of us will take one fork in the road and some will take the other.  It doesn't matter, for we walk in Spirit and in Truth, knowing all roads eventually converge once more in our Oneness.

Hoping to see you there on Sundays at 4 pm at Jongo Java Coffeehouse on Main Street in Hendersonville, NC.  If you cannot be there in person, please hold us in the light of love and laughter.


LETTING IT UNFOLD....Not Standing in the MIddle Trying to Orchestrate

ANNOUNCING:  COFFEEHOUSE SPIRITUALITY ON SUNDAYS AT 4 PM!

Beginning June 7, we'll be gathering at Jongo Java Coffeehouse, the best coffee shop in Hendersonville, NC, at 4 pm, for a little music, a little meditation, a little reflections and discussion. 

As with everything Pathfinders does, we include all people of every creed (or no creed), race, age, gender, color, lifestyle....and any we've left out...to join us.

Our purpose is to offer an opportunity to a larger population to discover and explore the Spirit within them and in each other.  It doesn't matter what you call God--i call it Dear One--or if you follow Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, Mohammed or any avatar/leader/savior.  What matters is that it's time for everyone to recognize that the Divine Spirit lives and breathes in everyone and to honor that in every way.

Let's erase the boundaries, blow up the box, blur the lines, and love and respect each other.  It's all good.  It's all God.  It's in everyone of us!

Pass the word along.....until even the rocks cry out!


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


Everywhere I Look I See God

The affirmation goes, "There is no spot where God is not,"  and that is most certainly true.  In working with children, they catch on quickly to the same of
"I Spy God."  Can you say the same thing? 

How often to we adults get so busy in our daily lives that we forget to notice the Presence and Power of God everywhere.  LOOK UP!  LOOK DOWN!  LOOK NEXT TO YOU!  LOOK IN THE EYES OF A CHILD OR AN ANIMAL!  LOOK AT A TREE OR FLOWER...A SEASHELL...A STONE...A LAKE!  WHAT DO YOU SEE?  GOD, of course.

Challenge yourself today--right this minute and right where you are--to see God.  Give thanks in that moment for God's ever presence in your life and your world!

Come Along the Path of Deeper Consciousness...

Come...into our sacred space without walls...into a state of consciousness that loves, affirms, and embraces all people as spiritual beings, made in the image and likeness of the One Presence and One Power that created us. 

So it says on our home page.  What does it mean to enter a sacred space without walls?  For each one of us it is different.  It could be an outdoor chapel with trees as walls and the sky as the ceiling.  Perhaps it is a quiet corner of the house with a comfortable chair, a candle and a seashell.  Maybe for you it is walking along the beach hearing the soft breaking of waves on the sandy shore.

Or maybe it isn't a place at all...maybe it's a state of mind around which there are no boundaries, no limits, no walls to keep us apart...where there is only I and Thou.  In such a place or state of mind as this, there is no judgement, no comparisons, no us and them...only the sacred Oneness of us all.  Only here in the holy light of wisdom do we perceive the reality of who and what we are--children of the Divine, whole and perfect and complete.

How could it be any other way?  If the Creator is perfect, and we are made in its image, then does it not follow that we too are perfect?  In A Course in Miracles, we find the affirmation, "I am as God created me."  And so it is.
Creator of it all, let me remember who and what we are, and let me walk in glory with all your creation.
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Follow the well-ordered path....if you can!

The well-ordered path of spiritual unfoldment?
Wouldn't it be great (and convenient) if our spiritual path unfolded in totally predictable ways?  We would always  know which turns to make, where to stop and rest, and how fast to go. 


But like's not like that, even for those of us who desire a closer relationship with Spirit.  In fact, it sometimes seems that the more committed we become on our spiritual journey, the more difficult the challenges.  We encounter our own Jonah or Job experiences which bring up many issues to heal. 

There's always one thing we can count on, no matter how crooked the path--the Spirit Within that guides, coaches, and leads the way for us.  When we listen in the Silence to that Inner Voice, there is always an answer.  No begging, beseeching, or bargaining is necessary, because we recognize the Source at once and gladly respond to its call.

Powerful Inner Spirit, I seek your guidance in the Silence and willingly follow your voice.


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