Monday, November 25, 2013

Thank You!

“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough."
~ Meister Eckhart (1260-1328), German spiritualist, philosopher, mystic, and theologian

During this week of the Thanksgiving Holiday I have been thinking a lot about the Ho’oponopono healing ritual. The four phrases of:

I am sorry, please forgive me, thank you, and I love you, along with a prayerful heart can correct, restore, and maintain good relationships among family members and with their God by releasing unwanted emotions and negative experiences.
 
I want to dedicate this blog to all the families of the United States and around the world who are celebrating the Thanksgiving Day, either in harmonious company, taking the round and giving thanks, or to those who quarrel and don’t want to sit at the same table with their brothers, sisters or loved ones.  We are all in need of ho’oponopono prayers.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Forgive, Love and Unite

In 1973, at the height of the Watergate crisis, Rev. SunMyung Moon called a special prayer and fasting condition for 40 days under the motto: Forgive, Love and Unite.

Since Rev. Moon is a religious leader, his message was based on deep prayer and spiritual concerns for America.  Unfortunately, he has passed on last year, but I feel he would once again encourage us to start a campaign with the motto of: Forgive, Love and Unite in the face of the political and economic turmoil this country is facing.

I personally don’t agree with the policies and the tactics the leadership of this country is pursuing.  I believe that the solution for the problems America is facing today is that she has turned her back on God.  When we asked for change, we didn’t consider that the change has to come from each individual; in the spirit of John F. Kennedy: “Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country.”   

 
 “Your willingness to forgive others is in direct proportion to forgiving yourself.”

 
Forgive

I believe most people have the wrong idea about forgiveness.  Forgiveness does not mean forgetting, rather cutting the emotional attachment to the act of wrong doing.  The spiritual laws of the universe will take care of the ‘judgement’ in form of indemnity. 
It is also called the Law of Karma.  When we violate the laws, the wrongdoing has to be corrected, we can either choose to do it willingly or we have ‘pay the price.’
 


 The Lord’s Prayer:

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”
~ Matthew 6:9-13

 
"To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you."
- Lewis B. Smedes

 
Love

Love is not only a virtue  but it is also the life-sustaining energy with which we cannot live without.  Believers say that God is Love.  When God is at the center of our relationships, love can flow easily and freely.  Without that center our relationships become master/servant-realtionships and one wants control over the other. When forgiveness is implemented, love can flow freely again and nourish us in the vertical way.

 
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
~ Corinthians 13:13

 
"United there is little we cannot do in a host of cooperative adventures. Divided there is little we can do."
~ John F. Kennedy, (1917-1963) 35th President of the United States.

 
Unite

There is an Aesop Fable called the Bundle of Sticks.  The story is about a father who had several sons who were always quarreling. He made them hold together a single stick into a bundle of sticks to prove that they can be very strong and unbreakable when they hold together like the bundle of sticks.  He proved to them that if they unite together they can solve any problem and protect each other against the enemy.
 
On this day some people gathering in Washington outside the White House to declare a 'SecondRevolution.'  We need a revolution of the heart recognizing that we are not each other’s enemy, that hate and blame does not bring any solutions, rather that the ego and self-centeredness of each individual clashes with the other.  That ego is a spiritual force (some people called it Satan) which can only be subjugated through forgiveness, love and service.
 
Dr. (Ihaleakal√°) Hew Len has a very similar idea when he encourages us to practice Ho’oponopono which is an ancient Hawaiian technique for solving problems. He says that this routine goes beyond the “The Secret” and can solve spiritual, emotional, material, any kind of problems. When we let go and take 100 % responsibility, our life changes.

I know that this method is completely contrary to the way our society operates; it is also the very reason we cannot really bring any solutions but rather go from one problem to the other, accusing, blaming, criticizing and judging each other.

With the Holiday season approaching it is a good opportunity to reflect and prepare for the New Year with better intentions.

 

Monday, November 11, 2013

I pledge Allegiance


I pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.

Every time I say this pledge, which is twice a month at our Toastmasters’ meeting, I get emotional.  There is something in this short sentence which moves me deeply.  I have been thinking of the word INDIVISIBLE which means inseparable, undividable or united. 

On this Veterans Day 2013, I want to call out to all patriots who love this country, let’s unite together to save this nation.  Let us forget our differences and come together to not just pledge allegiance to the flag but to the God who has blessed this nation and bestowed upon her a great responsibility. 

I like to share with you an excerpt from a talk I listened to, 40 year ago -- God’s Hope For America:
 
“America has been known as the "melting pot" where people of all colors, creeds, and nationalities are melted into one new breed. In order to melt anything, heat is required. Do you know who provided the heat for America? God was that heat. Without God, you could never have melted your people together.
America could only achieve true brotherhood through the Christian spirit, but when you begin to lose this foundation, America's moral fiber will deteriorate. Today there are many signs of the decline of America. What about the American young people? What about your drug problems and your juvenile crime problems? What about the breakdown of your families? I hear that three out of every four marriages in America end in divorce. The California state government is issuing more divorce certificates than marriages licenses. What about racial problems and the threat of communism? -- And what about the economic crises? Why are all these problems occurring? These are signs that God is leaving America. I can read the sign which says, "God is leaving America now!" If this trend continues, in a very short time God will be with you no longer. God is leaving America's homes. God is leaving your society. God is leaving your schools. God is leaving your churches. God is leaving America. There are many signs of atheism in this once God-centered nation. There have been many laws enacted that only a godless society could accept. There was a time when prayer was America's daily diet. Today you hear prayers in American schools no longer.”
~ Sun Myung Moon, Lisner Auditorium, Washington, DC, October 21, 1973

I am grateful to President Dwight Eisenhower who in 1954, followed the suggestion of his pastor George MacPherson Docherty, to add the words UNDER GOD to the pledge and got the full support of Congress.

"From this day forward, the millions of our school children will daily proclaim in every city and town, every village and rural school house, the dedication of our nation and our people to the Almighty.... In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America's heritage and future; in this way we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country's most powerful resource, in peace or in war."
~ President Dwight Eisenhower, 34th President, 1890-1969, a veteran who served his country proudly.

 

Monday, November 4, 2013

Discovering the Gap


In our society we talk of all kinds of gaps:  generation gap, education gap, market gap, etc. with the focus on the differences of opposites or the separation thereof.  In this article I want to focus on the meaning of gap in the sense of space or pause.

I was reading a book by Dr. Wayne Dyer “Getting in the Gap,” and how focusing on the interlude between words can bring us into contact with the Divine.  Dr. Dyer explains that the real meaning of our existence lies in the space between our thoughts.  In that ‘no-thingness’ or ‘no-thought’ we discover our inner creative energy.  Through meditation on that ‘void’ we come in contact with the Divine energy which will give a greater health, happiness, relaxation and creativity.

Athletes and artists experience that creative force where thinking stops by focusing on the task at hand.  We may have glimpse of this silence when we are in some activity like gardening, or being in nature.  Meditation can help to stop all thoughts and to pay attention to that gap.  In the book Dr. Dyer introduces the japa meditation which includes the sound of ‘Ahh’ when we are pondering the gap.  Describing the gap takes us away from it (thought form); we need to experience it and will feel the presence of God.

Here is a video, depicting the gap: 


 

I am happy that I discovered the gap because it gives me another approach to experience my relationship with God.  This is just another way to be intimate with my God.