Daily Archives: April 29, 2012

“22 Commandments” For The New Age

                          “22 Commandments” For The New Age
                                       Ann Waldrum

            1. You shall learn of Honesty  and attempt to heal your fear of  it,
              to use this in daily living.
            2. You  shall learn  to Love  Unconditionally–beginning with  your-
              self.
            3. You shall help all people  in your worlds come to physical  heal-
              ing.
            4. You shall dwell  on things of high and pure  energy in others and
              self to change Earth.
            5. You will  learn and practice  Pure Service  — unconditional  and
              with love energy.
            6. You will release  Judgment into the Void–You will  see, identify
              and choose for yourself Only.
            7. You will  Recognize One God  –the God  that corresponds to  your
              vision.
            8. You will destroy no  one in any way — through  gossip — through
              killing  their gifts  — discouraging  self love  by injuring  the
              physical body by foreign substance — incorrect foods — incorrect
              labor.
            9.  You will  use your  mind in  the way  the Source  prepared — by
              faithfulness of prayer — by study and spiritual growth.
            10. You will learn self discipline so that you respond to  the Earth
              with wisdom.
            11. You will take full  responsibility for your own life  — blaming
              no other.
            12. You will seek  to learn about your God —  seeing the Connection
              clearly.
            13. You  will  be  known for  your  Gentleness, your  Loyalty,  your
              Kindness, according to your beliefs.
            14. You will grow in Peace  by change of attitude and  understanding
              of others.
            15. You  will learn to  respond and act  from the Highest  Center of
              Inner God — the Love Response.
            16.  You will learn to Love All Mankind by seeing the Highest in all
              people without exception.
            17.  You  will promote  the healing  of  Mind, Body,  and  Spirit by
              teaching and living the belief in Man’s Divinity.
            18.  You will show  faithfulness in your study  of yourself and your
              persona (masks) in order to Free All Parts of Self.
            19. You will Live your life as ordained by your faithfulness  to the
              Truth, as you understand the Truth.
            20. You will Speak in Love, Honesty and Wisdom.
            21. You will Think in Love, Honesty and Wisdom.
            22.  You will  live  in Moderation  (Balance) in  All Areas  of your
              life.

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‘THINK on THESE THINGS’ for April 29th

‘THINK on THESE THINGS’
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler

Leisure – what is it? It is that beautiful something that escapes us most of the time. Leisure, like most everything else, can be found if we truly want it. We seem to have the ability to do most of what we set our minds to do, and the less important things can be set aside for this particular thing.

We get pretty stale when we never take time to relax. A few hours of getting away from even a beloved madhouse will make a new human being out of a bundle of nerves.

Pursuit of leisure is to lose it. We can’t suddenly say that the next five minutes will be for complete relaxation. It takes that long to begin to unwind. Gaiety and rhythm and frivolity are shunned by most minds. But if there are none of these, even in the smallest amounts, then leisure is more of a restless shuffling – like a night out with no place to go.

We need to exercise our minds a little to achieve any goal, and leisure is definitely a goal!

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Elder’s Meditation of the Day April 29

Elder’s Meditation of the Day April 29

“The old people came literally to love the soil and they sat or reclined on the ground with a feeling of being close to a mothering power…The soil was soothing, strengthening, cleansing and healing…”

–Luther Standing Bear, OGLALA SIOUX

Have you ever noticed the relationship between children and the soil? Watch how happily they are touching the dirt. The children play in it and eat it. If you are stressed, go to a spot on the Earth, sit down, put your fingers in the dirt, dig in it. Wash your hands in the soil. When you touch it, notice what it does to your hands. Our bodies love to touch the Earth. Sometimes we get too busy and forget these simple things. Maybe you’ll even want to plant a garden or flowers. These things are mentally healthy.

Great Spirit, today, let me touch the Earth so the Earth can touch me.

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April 29 – Daily Feast

April 29 – Daily Feast

Life stirs up our priorities – makes us think beyond our usual knowledge. There are enormously important things basic to all of us such as the family. The family as a whole is important, and so is each individual. Family makes us consider health and spirit and the capacity to take care of ourselves. The invisible circle gathers all we love close to us. But the final arc involves the making of who we are personally. Each person must know contentment, must be in awe, reverent toward the spiritual, recognize truth, and not go strictly by the depths and height of feelings. Searching for happiness leads us far afield when the search is for self, for a divine connection, a knowing that we are indeed divinely centered. We are a part of the earth, part heaven, one with every living thing. For this reason we love. The ga lv quo di, the precious, the dear truth is that we love.

~ It is the command of the Great Spirit, and all nations and people must obey. ~

BIG ELK

‘A Cherokee Feast of Days’, by Joyce Sequichie Hifler

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Daily Motivator for April 29th – Momentum of achievement

Momentum of achievement

Success comes most readily to those who are already successful. That’s why the small successes are so important.

When you set a goal, however small it may be, and then work to achieve it, you put in motion a powerful positive momentum. That momentum can help you to reach toward higher and higher levels of achievement.

The small successes do matter, for they set that momentum in motion. No step is trivial, however small it may be, when it is leading in a positive direction.

Too many people wait and hope for, beg, plead and even fight for that one big break that will bring about instant success. Sadly, in so doing they overlook the small opportunities for success that come in every moment of every day.

You can easily make a little bit of progress in the next fifteen minutes. And you can make a little more progress in the next few hours. Create for yourself the momentum of achievement. And you can take it wherever you wish to go.

— Ralph Marston

The Daily Motivator

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Daily OM for April 29th – Brand-New Day

Brand-New Day
Inner Sunrise

When today is not going well, it is tempting to focus on tomorrow as a blank slate with all the possibilities that newness provides. It is true that tomorrow will be a brand-new day, but we do not have to wait until tomorrow to start fresh. We can start fresh at any moment, clearing our energy field of any negativity that has accumulated, and call this very moment the beginning of our brand-new day.

There is something about the sunrise and the first few hours of the morning that make us feel cleansed and rejuvenated, ready to move forward enthusiastically. As the day wears on, we lose some of this dynamic energy and the inspiration it provides. This may be why we look forward to tomorrow as providing the possibility of renewal. Many traditions consider the light of the rising sun to be particularly divine in its origins; this is why so many people in the world face east when performing ritual. We too can cultivate that rising sun energy inside ourselves, carrying it with us to light our way through any time of day or night, drawing on its power to awaken and renew our spirits.

One simple way to do this is to carry an image or a photograph of the rising sun with us in our wallet or purse. We can also post this image on our wall at work or at home, or have it as our screensaver on our computer. When we feel the need to start fresh, we can take a moment to gaze at the image, allowing its light to enter into our hearts. As we do this, we might say out loud or quietly to ourselves, I am ready to let go of the past and start anew. We might visualize anything we want to release leaving us as we exhale, and as we inhale, we can take in the fresh energy of the eastern sun, allowing it to light the way to a brand-new day.

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Daily Zen Meditation for April 29th

In the Ch’an perspective wisdom is a state
That is free from attachments,
Free from measurement,
Free from self-reference
And empty of vexation.

- Sheng Yen

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The Daily Zen Journal for the Month of April – Plum Blossoms

 

On The Way

 

 

 

Plum Blossoms

 

 

Dogen (1243)

 

 

 

My late master Taintong ascended the seat and taught the assembly:

 

Tiantong’s first phase of mid-winter:

Old plum tree bent and gnarled

All at once opens one blossom, two blossoms,

three, four, five blossoms, uncountable blossoms,

not proud of purity,

not proud of fragrance;

spreading, becoming spring,

blowing over grass and trees,

balding the head of a patch-robed monk.

Whirling, changing into wind, wild rain,

falling, snow, all over the earth.

The old plum tree is boundless.

A hard cold rubs the nostrils.

 

This old plum tree is boundless. All at once its blossoms open, and of itself the fruit is born.

 

It forms spring; it forms winter. It arouses wind and wild rain. It is the head of a patch-robed monk; it is the eyeball of an ancient buddha. It becomes grass and trees; it becomes pure fragrance. Its whirling, miraculous transformation has no limit. Furthermore, the treeness of the great earth, high sky, bright sun, and clear moon derives from the treeness of the old plum tree. They have always been entangled, vine with vine.

 

When the old plum tree suddenly opens, the world of blossoming flowers arises. At the moment when the world of blossoming flowers arises, spring arrives. There is a single blossom that opens five blossoms At this moment of a single blossom, there are three, four, five blossoms, hundreds, thousands, myriads, billions of blossoms—countless blossoms. Theses blossomings are not-being-proud-of one, two, or countless branches of the old plum tree. An udumbara flower and blue lotus blossoms are also one or two branches of the old plum tree’s blossoms. Blossoming is the old plum tree’s offering.

 

The old plum tree is within the human world and the heavenly world. The old plum tree manifests both human and heavenly worlds in its treeness. Therefore hundreds and thousands of blossoms are called both human and heavenly blossoms. Myriads and billions of blossoms are buddha-ancestor blossoms. In such a moment, “All the buddhas have appeared in the world” is shouted: “The ancestor was originally in this land” is shouted as well.

 

 

 

My late master, old buddha, ascended the seat and taught the assembly:

 

When Gautama’s eyeball vanishes,

Plum blossoms in snow, just one branch,

Becomes thorn bushes, here, everywhere, right now.

Laughing, spring wind blowing madly.

 

This is the time for all human and heavenly beings to turn towards attaining the way, as the old buddha’s dharma wheel is turned to the extreme limit of the entire world. Even clouds, rain, wind, and water, as well as grass, trees, and insects, do not fail to receive the benefit of this teaching. Heaven, earth, and land are vigorously turned by this dharma wheel. To hear words never heard before is to hear these words. To attain what has never existed is to attain this teaching. This is the dharma wheel which one cannot see or hear without having some inconceivable good fortune.

The “plum blossoms in snow” is the appearance of the udumbara floweer. Although we repeatedly see the eyeball of the true dharma of our Buddha Tathagata, we do not wink, nor do we smile. Now we correctly transmit and accept that plum blossoms in snow are truly the Tathagata’s eyeball. We take them up and hold them as the eye at the top of the head, as the pupil of the eye.

 

When we enter into plum blossoms and fully study them, there is no room for doubt to arise. They are already the eyeball of “Alone above and below the heavens, I alone am the honored one,” and again, “most honored in the dharma-world.”

 

Therefore, plum blossoms in heaven, plum blossoms in the human world, mandara blooms raining form heaven, great mandara blossoms, and all blossoms of inexhaustible lands in the ten directions are one family of plum blossoms in snow. Because they bloom through virtue of plum blossoms, billions of blossoms are one family of plum blossoms. They should be called young plum blossoms. Furthermore, flowers in the sky, flowers on the earth, and flowers of samadhi are all the large and small members of plum blossoms’ family,

 

To form billions of lands within blossoms and to bloom in the land is the work of plum blossoms. Without the virtue of plum blossoms there is no virtue in rain or dew. Life streams issue from plum blossoms. Do not think that plum blossoms are merely snow all over Shaolin Monastery of Mt. Song. They are eyeballs of the Tathagata illuminating overhead and underfoot. Do not think that plum blossoms are merely snow of Snow Mountain or Snow Palace. They are the eyeballs of Gautama’s eye of true teaching. The eyeballs of the five eyes are fully manifested in this place. The eyeballs of one thousand eyes are completed in this eye.

 

Indeed, old Gautama’s brilliance of body-mind contains not one unillumined particle of the true suchness of all things. Even if there is a difference of views between human and heavenly beings, and the mind of ordinary and sacred are separate from one another, snow-all-over is earth, earth is snow-all-over. Without snow-all-over there is no earth in the entire world. The outside-inside of this snow-all-over is old Gautama’s eyeball.

 

Know that blossoms and ground are entirely no-birth. Because blossoms are no-birth, ground is no-birth. “No-birth” means unsurpassed wisdom. To see it just that moment is “plum blossoms in snow, just one branch.” Ground and blossoms, birth permeating birth. This snow-all-over means snow covers entirely outside and in.

 

The entire world is mind-ground; the entire world is blossom-heart. Because the entire world is blossom-heart, the entire world is plum blossoms. Because the entire world is plum blossoms, the entire world is Gautama’s eyeball.

 

“Here, everywhere, right now” is mountains, rivers, and earth. Everything and every moment is realization everywhere of “I am originally in this land, transmit dharma, and save deluded minds. One blossom opens for five petals; the fruit matures of itself” Although there is the coming from India and proceeding eastward, this is the everywhere of plum blossoms right now.

 

Dogen

 

Excerpted from Moon in a Dewdrop: Writings of Zen Master Dogen Edited by Kazuaki Tanahashi 1985

 

 

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Reading this piece is like standing under a plum tree with blossoms falling all around you, the fragrance enveloping your senses and feeling connected with much more. Remember the last time the fragrance wafted into your consciousness? Here Dogen uses the plum blossoms to discuss the interpenetrating nature of reality. With a wordless grace the natural world communicates an interconnectedness that many teachers have tapped into to help understand principles of Zen.

 

Blossoming is the old plum tree’s offering.

 

What then is our offering? To take any teaching the next step we only have to apply some part of it in our daily lives. Each piece overflows with suggestions, hints, and direct clues; which ones will we actualize?

 

Only one who bursts with enthusiasm do I instruct;

Only one who bubbles with excitement do I enlighten.

If I hold up one corner and you do not come back to me

With the other three,

I do not continue the lesson.

 

Confucius

 

How about coming up with one or maybe two other corners for ourselves?

 

With enthusiasm,

 

Elana

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