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The Universal Law of Love

28 Aug

Is there one maxim which ought to be acted upon

throughout one’s whole life? Surely it is the

maxim of loving kindness:  Do not unto others

what you would not have them do unto you.

-Confucius

Karma picks up where the golden rule leaves off.  Do unto others as you would have them do unto you–because someday it will be done unto you.  The Sanskrit word karma means “act,” “action,” “word,” or “deed.”  The law of karma as it is traditionally taught says that our thoughts, words and deeds–positive and negative–create a chain of cause and effect, and that we will personally experience the effect of every cause we have set in motion.  Karma, therefore, is our greatest benefactor, returning to us the good we have sent to others.  it is also our greatest teacher, allowing us to learn from our mistakes.

Because the law of karma gives back to us whatever we have sent forth as thought, word, or deed, some think of it as punishment.  Not so.  The law of karma is the law of love.  There is no greater love than having the opportunity to understand the consequences of our action–or our inaction–so that our soul can grow.  Karma teaches us to love and to love and to love as no other process can.  it gives us hope.

A single lifetime, whether lived to nine or ninety-nine, is just not enough time for the soul to pay off her karmic debts, develop her vast potential or fulfill her reason for being.  How could we learn all our spiritual lessons or share all of our unique talents on the stage of life in only one lifetime?

The peoples of every nation have some karma to resolve together, but they also have a collective genius–a particular endowment of talent that their culture can offer to the world.  It has been said, and it is true, that many American were incarnated on the ancient continent of Atlantis, which sank beneath the ocean many thousands of years ago.  Materialism, the abuse of power and the misuse of technology contributed to the decline of that advanced civilization.

American are facing the same tests and opportunities again.  Can we wed science and spirituality so that we can use our power and technological advancements to liberate rather than to control?  Can we sustain a practical spirituality that educated the heart and soul as well as the mind?  This time around, can we stay focused on inner values rather than worldly sophistication and intellectual knowledge devoid of spirit?

Observe the opportunity.

-Ecclesiasticus

Karma and Reincarnation by Elizabeth Clare Prophet

Cultivate Gratitude

17 Jul

Gratitude is strengthening because when we are grateful we establish a figure-eight flow of love from our heart to the heart of God.  And when we send love and gratitude to God, light and blessings return to us.  If we don’t take a moment in our busy day to feel and express our profound gratitude to the spiritual Source that continuously gives us breath and life and opportunity, we are not tapping the tremendous resource of energy that is available to use at any hour of the day or night.

Sometimes we fail to make the most of the blessings we have been given because we dwell on the negatives instead of noticing the richness of our life.  Something beautiful happens and all we can think of is the one thing that went wrong.  Gratitude can help us gain back our heart perspective–the perspective that whatever is happening in our life, it is an opportunity, even a gift, that can help us open our heart and grow.

When we consciously cultivate gratitude, we get into the habit of seeing the positives.   We don’t take things apart before they’ve even had a chance to breathe the breath of life.  We are naturally more balanced and at peace, and therefore we criticize less and we blame less.  We make the most of what we have, and we enjoy life more.

But listen to me: for one moment, quit being sad.

hear blessings dropping their blossoms around you. God.

-Rumi

When we have gratitude, we see with our heart.  One of the ways we can consciously cultivate gratitude and begin seeing with the heart is to look for opportunities to appreciate others–to show them how grateful we are for them.  When we appreciate others, we share in their blessings.  “Appreciation is a wonderful thing,” Voltaire said.  “It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”

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Cultivating gratitude is learning to treat each other as we so often treat children, cherishing their every effort and cheering them on.  No matter how crude a child’s offering, it is always pure.  It doesn’t matter what they’ve drawn or what they made, their work is beautiful and they need us to appreciate their effort.  When a child sees that we are grateful for that effort, he or she will make another effort and then another.  When someone is sincerely grateful for something you’ve done, doesn’t it make all the difference?  Doesn’t it make yo want to do i again and again?

Love is to learn from everything, to see the gifts of God

and the generosity of God in everything.

-Sheikh Muzaffer

Not only is gratitude and appreciation empowering, but it is healthy.   Researchers at the Institute of HeartMath have shown that emotions like anger and frustration put a strain on the heart and other organs.  Emotions like love, compassion and appreciation, on the other hand, have been shown to create harmony in the body, leading to enhanced immunity and improved hormonal balance.  “Scientist discovered a dramatic demonstration of love’s transforming power when they looked at the difference between the effects of love and frustration,” writes David McArthur and Bruce McArthur.  Frustration creates a chaotic pattern in our heart rate variability, which is the speeding up and slowing down of our heart rate.  In contrast, they say, a deep heartfelt feeling of sincere appreciation produces a balanced, ordered pattern that is generally associated with efficient cardiovascular function.  “It is a dynamic example of the transforming power of love operating at the level or our physical bodies,” say the authors. “When this pattern is present in the heart, other systems in the body are strongly affected by its order and efficiency.”

Gratitude is so powerful that it can raise up or bring down an entire civilization.  We can talk about everything that brought down the world’s great civilizations, even as far back as the lost continent of Atlantis, but it all boils down to the failure to give gratitude for the Spirit. When we are grateful for something, we acknowledge the giver, we take care of the gift we have been given and we share it with others.  We realize that the true measure of success is not what we have achieved but whether or not we have used our God-given talents to bring out the best in others.  When we have gratitude , we want to give more because our cup is overflowing,

If the only prayer you say in your whole life

is “thank you,” that would suffice.

-Meister Eckhart