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Om Is Oneness

Take a moment to breathe in the day; drinking in all of the sensations that surround you. Breath is essential and without it, life would cease to exist. As you exhale, chant the word ‘om’.  I like the idea that some of my favorite words contain these two letters:  Shalom (Hebrew for hello, goodbye and peace) and Home (a place we carry within us as a reminder of our Divine origin, regardless of where our feet are planted)

 

 Om is said to be ‘the sound of the Universe’.  The symbol looks like this

 

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According to Wikipedia:

 

Om or Aum (also Au?, written in Devanagari as ? and as ???, in Sanskrit known as pra?ava ????? [lit. "to sound out loudly"] or Omkara or au?k?ra (also as Aumk?ra) ????? (lit. “au? syllable”) is a mystical or sacred syllable in the Indian religions, i.e. Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism.

 It has the literal meaning of “It is” or “Will be”.

The feeling of it, for me, is transcendent when chanted and even more profound in the form of what I call an ‘Om Hug’.  Stand heart to heart with another person, take a deep breath and together, chant “0o0o0o0o0o0o0o0o0o0o0o0o0o0mmmmmmmm”  You will feel the vibration between you and even after the sound dissipates, the sensation will remain. What comes to mind for me is riding a wave of sonic serenity that carries me into the next moment.

 Dyana Jean, a Philadelphia based  D.J., created and performed a tribute to the sound of om. She is a musical mixologist who blends hip hop with rollicking rap that has a deeply spiritual flavor. The lyrics are life enhancing and with clever twists, they cajole you to dance along, with a you-can’t-help-but-smile on your beautiful face. She has a commited sense of social consciousness that flows into her creations.

 

This song is  guaranteed to get you moving wherever you are.

http://youtu.be/rg-39LKCxhw  Om Is Oneness

 

 facebook.com/Dj.DyanaJean 

 

Om Shalom~                   ?      ????

The Flight

A facebook friend  named  Kim Summers posted this quote today, perhaps for me to find at just the right time.

 
 “Remembering that the Butterfly becomes the Butterfly, because of the tight confines of her cocoon. She needed that time. That experience served her well. It made her wings strong…… Focusing on the flight!!”
 
Sleep eluded me most of the night, before I arose to write this missive for You to find.. Since the home of the Bliss Blog is a spiritual website, I have the blessing of writing about matters of the soul. This is one of them.  I have long considered myself a woman with a deep and solid connection to the Divine in all of its grand and glorious forms. Growing up in a loving family with parents who ‘walked the talk’ and lived their beliefs in all they did, I had fine role models.  In the midst of ‘life stuff happening’, they always reminded my sister and me that things work out for the best; as my father would say “As long as we love each other.” and my mother would add “What will be will be.”  And we did and it was.
 
In my daily work as a social worker-writer-therapist-speaker-healing catalyst, I remind people that love trumps fear and that they have survived every challenge that has ever occurred in their lives, because they are here to tell about it.  Sometimes those words feel profound, sometimes they ring hollow.  At the moment, they are a lifeline for me. 
 
When I look at my life, I see that I am surrounded by loving family and friends, amazing opportunties to stretch and grow, miracles unfolding, the spaciousness to express my creative gifts, glowing health, a keen mind, an awareness of what is good and whole and holy….and yet, at the moment, I am also achingly aware that my beloved parents are not here in body, that I have encountered major unexpected expenses, my dreams for myself seem to be taking way to long to manna-fest and that I sometimes feel simultaneously stretched/stressed/compressed beyond what seems manageable.
 
I have ongoing dialogues with the God of my understanding and ask, not “Why is this happening?'”  but “What are my next steps?”  At the moment, I feel the compression of the chrysalis tight around me and a bit of the confinement that speaks of uncertainty. I am immersed in a training called Zoetic Workshops right now that at the onset, had me pondering the question “What do I want to experience in it?”  The answer was “Trusting myself.”  I have so many decisions to make in an overwhelming number of areas and the image that comes to mind is that of a hollowed out portion of the beach in which water had  poured and it lies empty for ever so brief a time, and then fills up again. It seems as if no matter how much I clear space, it doesn’t lie open for long.
 
Much of last night was spent pondering what to do about the choices that are clamoring for attention, for which I have no immediate answers. Living in the ‘just don’t know’ of them is where the anxiety resides. Bleary eyed with a full day ahead of me, I am still encompassed by the chrysalis. I welcome the spreading of my wings in free flight~
 
In the midst of all of this soul searching, I discovered a card that had been given to me by a friend more than 10 years ago. In water color, with a rainbow stretching over a mountain and river, the words “With God, all things are possible.” remnided me that I am not alone in my decision making and with that Energy as my spiritual advisor, I can indeed trust myself.
 
 
 

Light Is Life

What is light?

According to online dictionary Encarta:

  1. energy producing brightness: the energy producing a sensation of brightness that makes seeing possible
  2. quality of light: a particular kind or quality of brightness
  3. artificial source of light: an artificial source of illumination, e.g. an electric lamp or a candle

In spiritual terms, light is of the Source, something that illuminates our hearts and souls; that guides us from darkness. It allows us to see past illusion to what is Real.  Have there been times in your life when you have been immersed in the shadow of despair, fearing that you will never find your way out? And then, a phone call, or letter, message, visit from a friend or loved one, or perhaps an encounter with a stranger, re-awakens the certainty that just like the theme song from Annie assures us, “The sun’ll come out tomorrow. Bet your bottom dollar, there’ll be sun.”

And if you are like me, you will forget and the light will dim, but those times will be fewer and farther between as you allow more light and more love to enter your every day existence.

Little darlin’, it’s been a long, cold, lonely winter….here comes the sun~

 

One of my favorite shows now off the air that brought with it a sense of quirky wonder, was Northern Exposure.  Listen as the character of ex-con/small town D.J./minister Chris holds forth on the importance of light in our lives.

 

Shine on, y’all!

 

 

http://youtu.be/U2TPMoP01Sc

Eagle Scout

I am increasingly amazed at the quality of young people I have in my life.  Ian Montgomery and his dedication to being a force for good in the world, give me hope for the future.  He happens to be yet another teen cousin who has taken the values and guidance of his parents and turned it into positive action
How do you live your bliss?

At this point, I am still finding myself and setting goals. I am achieving some of them and making new ones. For example, I am an honors student, I am working towards my Eagle Scout rank, I am involved in the care of my elders, and I am continuing with my goal-setting.

As a teen, what are some of your interests and activities?

Some of my interests include camping, video games, and being with my friends.

Please tell me about the Eagle Scout project you are doing.

My Eagle Scout project entailed me working in an inactive cemetery. What this means is that no more money is going in to the upkeep of this cemetery due to no more plots of land being sold. What I did was that a group of volunteers and I removed the creeping ivy from the gravestones to prevent further damage to them, and photographed the stones. The pictures and ledgers were transcribed and the information was uploaded to a genealogy website – http://www.facebook.com/l/6c1bb2mBHjDBhbwi3WXKycn9ekg/findagrave.com

The fully transcribed ledgers will be going to the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia, who will put them on the world-wide burial registry.

What motivated such an act of love?

My mother is very involved in genealogy and she has found long-lost family members in nearby areas. She found her great-grandmother at this cemetery and invited me to come along. I was interested in it and when I saw the state of the cemetery, I was astonished. There was extremely thick ivy around the stones, some gouging out pieces of the granite and marble of them. There were multiple trees, which were overgrown weeds, around some of the stones, uprooting many adjacent ones. This made me feel that someone should do something about it, and I felt that I would be able to accomplish making this cemetery better.

In our conversation, you mentioned that this is something you are doing for which the recipients will never be able to directly thank you. What inner satisfaction are you experiencing as a result?

Some inner satisfaction that I am experiencing as a result of this project is that I feel I understand my heritage better and it puts a sense of humility in me. I also have the realization that a small group of volunteers can make a world-wide difference.

What values are you being taught at home that fuels your beliefs and actions?

Values I am being taught at home are cheerfulness, humility, honesty, faith, and the greater good.

How can others get involved with this project?

My project specifically is finished, but being on a street corner, there is trash that will continue getting caught on the fences. If anyone has a low-power crane or something similar, some of the knocked over stones could be righted up. The name of the cemetery is Mount Carmel Cemetery, and it is on the corner of Frankford and E. Cheltenham Ave in Philadelphia, PA.

Ian let me know: “On a side note, there are 17 recorded Weinsteins in the cemetery, if you are interested.”

 
 

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