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May The Grace

 

Music has the capacity to transcend borders, boundaries, religion and reason, touching places that words alone are unable to reach. That may sound strange coming from a wordsmith. Perhaps a better way to say it is that words blended with music are that much richer, fuller and juicier in their expression. It’s hard to imagine a world without it. It accompanies me throughout my day, as I write, (although at the moment, in the wee hours of the morning, before the sun has awoken, out of courtesy for my sleeping son, the only music that reaches my ears is coming from a cooing mourning dove outside my window), in the car as I sing along, in  my office at work, at the gym as I sweat my prayers and in my head as a song pops in, cajoling me to add my voice.

A few days ago, Something Beautiful came through by way of Facebook. Alexi Murdoch is a Scottish singer-songwriter who inititally entered into my awareness on WXPN, an eclectic NPR station located at the University of Pennsylvania. www.xpn.org  The song Orange Sky was the first piece of his that had me wanting more “I dreamed last night, I stood beneath an orange sky, with my brother standing by.” had me mesmerized, but this one that you will hear shortly, truly dove deep and could very well become an interfaith classic. Enjoy this aural affirmation.

 

May the Grace of God be with you always, in your heart May you know the truth inside you from the start May you find the strength to know that you are a part of something beautiful…
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And I thought that I saw, a light Shine, I thought that I saw a light shine Yes, I thought, that I saw, a light Shine; I think I see a light shine, now….

May the Grace of God be with you always, in your heart May you know the truth inside you from the start May you find the strength to know that you are a Part of something beautiful…
May the Grace of God be with you always, in your heart May you know the truth inside you from the start May you find the strength to know that you are a Part of something beautiful…

And I thought that I saw, a light Shine, I thought that I saw a light shine Yes, I thought, that I saw, a light Shine; I thought that I saw a light shine Yes, I thought, that I saw, a light Shine; I thought that I saw a light shine Yes, I thought, that I saw, a light Shine; I thought that I saw a light shine Yes, I thought, that I saw, a light Shine; I think I see a light shine….now

From the corner of my eye I thought I saw a light shine From the corner of my eye I thought I saw a light shine X10

And I thought that I saw, a light shine, I thought that I saw, a light shine Yes, I thought, that I saw, a light Shine; I thought I saw a light shine now (From the corner of my eye I thought I saw a light shine From the corner of my eye I thought I saw a light shine) And I thought, than I saw, a light shine, I thought that I saw, a light shine Yes, I thought, that I saw, a light Shine; I think i see a light shine now

May the Grace of God be with you always, in your heart May you know the truth inside you from the start May you find the strength to know that you are a Part of something beautiful.

 

The idea of Grace has long fascinated me. There are many defintions, but a fitting one for our purposes here:

a. Divine love and protection bestowed freely on people.
b. The state of being protected or sanctified by the favor of God.
c. An excellence or power granted by God.
I had long heard that Grace is unearned, like love. It is offered just because it can be, because it is within the pervue of the Source to do so. If that is the case, how could we ever turn it down? What is it that has us hold up our hands and say “No, no, I couldn’t possibly.”, when our most fervent prayers are calling out for it? Such paradoxical creatures are we humans.
So, in this day and all those that follow, I encourage all of us to feel the flowing love of Divine Grace wash over us and know that this light is ALWAYS shining brilliantly within us.

http://youtu.be/qpubpGlRe0o  Something Beautiful by Alexi  Murdoch

www.aleximurdoch.com

The Red Thread of Fate

 

Tonight  I happened to tune into a new show, while pedaling away on the ellliptical at the gym. It is called Touch and stars Kiefer Sutherland as the widowed father of an 11 year boy who  is not verbal but who communicates with numbers and notes patterns and connections as a result. My kind of show, as it melds the worlds of science and spirituality. This episode had him stringing together digits that are phone numbers, times, the number on a school bus that had an accident and the children on the bus were rescued by a firefighter who happened to be at the right place at the right time, because Kiefer’s character intervenes and gets into a tussle with this man, preventing him getting on a train,  not knowing who his really is, the last person to see his wife alive when he attempted to rescue her from one of the Twin Towers on September 11th, 2001. Whew….I think I got it all!

One of the ideas expressed at the end of the show was The Red Thread of Fate which is a Chinese concept that shares that we are all inextricably connected to each other, even if we never cross paths. Think ahout how many people your life brushes up against each day, from those in your home, at your workplace, in the supermarket, library, highway, street corner, doctor’s office, gym… ad infinitum. Each interaction changes the world, for better or worse. If you smile at someone and they pass it on to the next person and the next, a shift takes place. It simply has to; there are no two ways about it.  It also relates to what I call the Hansel and Gretel Breadcrumb Trail that inexorably weaves its way through our lives, as a person I meet in the next 24 hours will link me with another and another.

I invite you to set each conscious intention each day, to postively interact with those around you. In that way, you will truly touch infinity.

www.fox.com/touch/

The Price You Pay

 

Each day when we awaken, we are faced with 1440 minutes in which to live; 24 hours x 60 minutes. We are given a choice about what to do with that time. We can squander it by complaining about how hard life is or we can embrace it by celebrating even the tiniest wonders. Today, like every other day, I awoke in my bed, with a routine to follow, commitments to keep, a job to drive to, tasks to complete there, creative ideas to indulge on top of the ‘normal people stuff’, like laundry, dishes, bills to pay, dinner to prepare,  floors to vaccuum, grocery shopping to do. I feel blessed when I consider that even in the midst of chores, I can express gratitude that I have a house that calls out for those things to be accomplished on any given day.

Tonight was even more ‘special’ since I was on a radio show, being interviewed by my friend The Comedian Medium Carole Tollen. She and I have known each other for at least 15 years in this lifetime and likely longer if we consider previous incarnations. Bantering, playful conversation about ‘life, the universe and everything’, flowed easily for two hours, with folks calling in to join the party, including my sister Jan and my friend Jewelee. It felt really joyous to have them on the line, since they enhance my life magically. One of the things Carole and I spoke about was my Bliss Mistress book and a chapter called S’mores in Heaven which was about the hospice journey my mother and I took in 2010 for the 6 months prior to her passing in November of that year. She had told me that she hoped they would serve that decadently delightful treat where she was headed. She has yet to tell me if it is so.

After the interview, my son Adam encouraged me to come to the back patio where he had built a blaze in the firepit. He handed me a modified s’more, using two oatmeal cookies in place of the graham crackers. There we sat, musing about his grandmother, looking up at the stars and planets gazing down at us. I can still catch the scent of woodsmoke on my clothes and hair…sensual delight. See the thing is, Adam had no idea that we were talking about s’mores on the show;  clearly cosmic coincidence, Spirit whispering in his ear.

Writing this entry is another marvelous part of the day in which I have spent my time, energy, heart and soul. All in all, I would say that it was a good investment.

http://tobtr.com/s/2911855   Carole Tollen Psychic Experience

John The Beloved Apostle

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The broadly grinning man with a knowing laugh, as if he gets the cosmic joke, stood in front of the room at Circle of Miracles,  filled with folks who were listening, fascinated as he wove stories about being an actor/action hero; a whip cracking, sword yielding spiritual renegade. According to his website “As a professional Fight Director, John has had the honor of becoming  one of forty fight directors invited to teach with the International  Order of the Sword and Pen (IOSP). This honor cast him along side of  fight directors from The Folger Shakespeare Theater and The Royal  Academy of Dramatic Arts, and from films such as Star Wars, Lord of the  Rings and The Highlander.”  He has been a regular presence at Renaissance Faires for many years as well as a speaker at New Thought Churches and entertaining troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

How do you live your bliss?

 

This is a wonderful question. How does one live their bliss? For me I celebrate Love in all facets everyday. I Love My wife and son, rainy days and coffee in the mornings. I focus on the joyful aspects in life and so life returns the favor. I love my life because I live it. By being bliss, you experience bliss.

You are a Renaissance man who wears many hats. How would you describe yourself?

 

I guess I would describe myself by stealing a line from the burning bush story, “I am that I am.”  I feel that in our lives we are constantly in motion and the many things I do are indicative of the things I enjoy. I enjoy coaching people to set and reach their potential, but I also enjoy teaching stage combat to actors. I enjoy performing my comedy sword-fighting show and also enjoy quiet times in meditation. I am simply being me to the best of my ability and yet I also believe that we are all connected through God/Universe/Source. So in the end I am being the best part of us I can be, and I call that part “John.”

 

Please speak about the action hero concept that you explored with us at Circle of Miracles.

 

We each are living both spiritual and physical lives. This means that to experience who we are, we must experience both. Many people who declare themselves as “spiritual” live lives of lack and frustration. Others who define themselves as physical lack purpose. The truly rounded individual incorporates both aspects. The truly enlightened person sets intention, acts upon the new belief, and receives the experience they desire. Action is a step in our process to creation. Action in any direction creates. Inaction creates nothing. An action hero is a person who achieves extraordinary results through thought, word, and deed. It all comes down to the “deed” in the end. Focus on  the  outcome then take action towards it as if it was being achieved and you will witness it manifesting around you.

 

I loved the description of  simplicity vs. struggle when it comes to whip cracking. Can you elaborate please?

 

How we manifest our life is like using a bullwhip.  I decide on my goal, and make decisive actions to reach it, “ the crack”.   When we allow distractions to alter our course, we struggle and loose sight of our goal, “no crack”. Unfortunately, if our momentum begins with with struggle and discord, our goal can never be realized. I truly believe we are a product of our belief about our present moment. You are what you are not what you will be. So if we simply believe in an easy life, we get it and if we believe it is a struggle, then all we get is a struggle. A childhood friend of mine always believed things came to him easy and that he always had plenty of money. He recently told that me he gives himself $20,000 a year to blow on toys. I grew up in a family that struggled for money and was filled with limiting belief. It wasn’t until I changed the belief about my life that things began changing for the better . I just simply believe.

 

Juxtaposed with that image is the John of Peniel persona. How did he come to your awareness?

 

The question sounds sort of Schizophrenic.  LOL. I am now a believer in reincarnation, but wasn’t when the information about my past life was brought to me. I had a series of nineteen different psychics tell me about my past life as John the beloved Apostle, after which I had a past life regression and remembered that life as well. I feel privileged to have those memories, but I am very clear that it is all me. They are just earlier memories. One lesson I received in this amazing journey, is that it does not matter who anyone was in a past life. It only matters what you are doing right here, right now. Many people hear about my past life experiences and want to associate me as a holy man or an apostle. I am just a person like any other person, as you are. I feel we are each on our own journey and how we live our lives through thought, word, and deed is what matters.

 

Please tell us about him.

 

In that past life, I was blessed to have a wonderful teacher. His name was Jeshua, and I felt a real brotherhood with him. He taught through living his way, his truth and his life. He asked us each to do the same.  And so I lived as the best me that I could be. I admired Jeshua as one would any mentor with vast knowledge. The greatest lesson I learned at the time was to fully be myself in all aspects. In my life at the time, nothing was more important than my friend and teacher. It seemed that though there was so much to learn, the lesson was simple, “ Be Love.”

 

How does the way we use language impact on outcome in our lives?

 

Words are a direct product of your belief. When counseling individuals I am reviewing the words they are using and specifically how they relate to their belief about their present moment. The Book of John, (which I’m really proud of-LOL) begins with “in the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God.” Let’s look at this statement from a different perspective,” In the beginning of your creations is your word and the word went out and was with God/ Universe/Source and God created it in its own image” and so the word actually was “God.” If we become very conscious about our words we become very conscious of our true beliefs. As Buddha would say,” What you think you become.You create your world.” Those beliefs behind the words are creative. Change the thought behind the words, change the words, and change the experience. In the Bible the disciples asked Jeshua what diet they should follow. His answer was ,” I would be more worried about what comes out of your mouth then what goes in. “

I will include a link to your websites and mention your book, of course(:

 

Here are the websites:

Spiritual website-  www.JohnofPeniel.com

Corporate Speaking Website – www.johndavisactionhero.com

 

Books:

Signs along the Path: a Guide to an Inspired Life- by John C Davis and Holly Matson

John of Old, John of New: The Awakening of an Apostle—By Sharon Prince

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