July 7, 2012 Edition


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~ the Center of Light & Serenity

Healing Through Love

Love is not a private, secretive thing. Love is the glue that holds it all together. So when you think your world is falling apart, apply some glue ... love yourself, love the people you like, and also love the people you 'dislike'. "What and Why" you ask? Because it's time to love them for who they 'really are'... love them for their potential... love them in spite of their anger, their fear, their resentment, their frustrations, their behavior ... love them because they are a part of you and you are a part of them as ONE.

Love them because love is the greatest healer and your actions, your words, your thoughts, could be the saving grace for them as well as yourself ... your smile and gracious attention could be the one thing they need to help them hang on to the hope that, for them too, there is a chance for a better life.

When we choose to remember that the essential ingredient for peace within and for peace on Earth and in our neighborhoods is love, then we can choose to apply it in all situations ... whether at work, at home, or in our interactions with those in our surroundings.

Whenever we give, we create a vacuum that attracts even more of
what we have given.
-- Deepak Chopra

Today's Poem
To Touch The Heart
~ Author Unknown

To touch the heart of someone dear -
though it might sometimes cause a tear
to fall or rest upon the cheek -
Should be something all should seek.

For often hearts - not touched at all
start hardening and shrinking small.
And then the time - it takes to grow
A loving heart - is very slow.

For hearts expand as those who care -
extend their love and - let us share
a moment, space or special phrase
that eases pain on dreary days.
Or simply starts our lips to smile
and brightens time for just a while

The ways and kinds and means of sharing
it seems to me - Are based on caring.
And though we're often worlds apart,
You still can touch my very heart.

You make me smile or shed a tear.
And I'll remember year to year
Just how your "touching" helped me grow.
And I just thought I'd tell you so.

The Master 'Shakespeare' said:
"To BE or not to BE ... that is the question."
So, instead of making a "things to DO" list,
join us in making a "things to BE" list.
Now is the time to take a few minutes to start your list.
the Center of Light & Serenity

That Inner Longing For Fulfillment And Satisfaction
by Michael Bonamassa, Sr.

It's almost 2 years now that Sandy and I realized through our own experience how materialistic we humans really are in life. It seems that we tend to have an easier time acquiring possessions than we do getting rid of them. Because our children are all grown up, married and moved out into homes of their own, Sandy and I were at that point in our life when we had the need to 'downsize', so to speak. We sold our home of 34 years and bought a smaller one closer to our children and grandchildren.

Upon placing our home for sale, we were forced to assess what we'd have to do if we were forced to vacate the old premise before we could move into another home. Well, much to our surprise, the first thing that came to mind was "What do we do with all the things we have gotten and saved all these years?" Looking in our attic, our large carriage house, and even in our home throughout, we discovered that it's true ... just as we hold on to emotional baggage that is difficult to let go, our lives tend to be filled with material objects we've amassed over the years. That's right, like most, we too unconsciously hung onto possessions over the years for one reason or another. While it's true that owning 'stuff' can make you feel good for awhile, it certainly has nothing to do with satisfying that inner longing for fulfillment and satisfaction.

Unfortunately, it 's only at times like this that we recognize the emotional hold that these possessions really have on us. The question is "Why do we do this?" ... what is it that makes us feel compelled to hold on to "things?" Oh sure, there are some things that we have become attached to for their beauty, or because they help maintain memories of a certain time or place, but for the most part, we can't even remember why we've held on to them for so long. It's easy to convince ourselves that unused possessions might come in handy someday or that parting with them will cause some emotional pain ... or perhaps we simply fear the empty space that they will leave if we get rid of them.

If we really stopped and thought that when our personal space is filled with objects, there is no room for anything new to enter and stay in our life. Our collection of belongings may “protect” us from the uncertainties of an unknown future while keeping us stuck in the past. Holding on to unnecessary possessions often goes hand in hand with holding on to pain, anger, and resentment, and letting go of our material possessions may help us release some of our emotional baggage.

I'm sharing this with you because the truth is that when we make a conscious decision to fill our personal space with only the the material things that we need, or that bring us joy, our energy level soars. As we discovered, clearing our personal space can lead to mental clarity and an improved memory. As we learn to have a more practical and temporary relationship to material things, positive changes happen to give us space to create the life that we really desire.

The moral of this story is ... learn from those like ourselves and don't wait until you're forced to 'downsize'. Take inventory now and get rid of the material possessions that are merely taking up space. And while you're at it, include the excess baggage of emotions that keep you living in the past. You'll be surprised of how much weight you've been carrying!
This appears to be a good place to invite you to view
a most incredible experience by Jill Bolte Taylor on TED Talk.
It truly brings clarity of Who We Really Are.

"Abilities wither under faultfinding, blossom with encouragement."
is knowing how to belong to oneself."
-- Donald A. Laird

with the Center of Light & Serenity
How To Live Totally In The Moment
By Jan Tincher

If you erase your personal history, it means nothing will get in your way of living for the moment.

It means you don't remember that so-and-so used to call you a dummy ... and therefore you are.

It means you don't remember that your teacher told you you couldn't write or spell ... and therefore you can't.

It means you don't remember that your school mates told you you were ugly ... and therefore you are.

Do you understand how important that is? If you want to live in the moment, you can't let something that is not IN THAT MOMENT be IN THAT MOMENT.

Let's do it now. Here's how: Put that old thought in a cloud ... a cloud covered with a fine mist.

Now the mist is raising the cloud. That cloud is rising higher and higher. It had something in it, didn't it? What was it? You can't see it, can you?

Oops, it's trying to poke through.

Cover it with crayons of different colors on all sides. Now, you can't see it, can you?

Ooops. You say it's still coming through?

Do you do fireworks? You know what fireworks would do to that, don't you? Kabam!

If that doesn't work, use a suction cup. Attached to the suction cup is a long string. Light the bottom of the string, and watch as the flames leap up and the whole thing burns to nothing.

Now, you realize you're doing this all in your mind, don't you? In your mind you can do anything.

DO WHATEVER IT TAKES ... within reason ... to get rid of that cloud that is holding that old thought. Do this: Blow up a balloon, put ALL of this in it, and then let it shoot clear up to the moon when you release the air.

You finally got rid of it, didn't you? Good.

Now, go back to living in the moment. You don't remember any of that old stuff, because each time an old, unsupporting thought comes up, you let it go.

Once it's gone, concentrate on your pulse. Be very quiet until all you can hear is your pulse beat.

At this very moment, isn't your life in it's perfect place?

"If you want the truth, I’ll tell you the truth:
Listen to the secret sound, the real sound, which is inside you ..."
-- Kabir

(a channeled vignette)
SOUL - The Essence Of Your Being ...

Have you ever stopped to think how you cling to the old, the familiar and the past in general? You do this because you were taught by your parents and others around you by watching them do the same thing. It's the same reason why you are full of judgement and condemnation ... attributes of the "conditional love" that you've been exposed to for many, many years. "If you're a good boy or girl, Mommy and Daddy will love you." You were even given a Santa Clause to reinforce it in your pivotal youth.

The society that you were brought up in has taught you that the way to get what you want is through hard work, much effort and even struggle. As a result, you have come to measure your success in life by your bank account, the home you live in, the car you drive and the place you hold in society. All this has taken you away from who you really are ... causing the bright light of your Soul to become a distant memory as it is replaced by a world of illusion that becomes your reality.

Eventually, you begin to sense and listen to the gentle nudges of your Soul. It is then that you begin to realize that there's something missing in your lives ... a hole in your heart that needs to be filled. As you struggle to find this something, you are shown that you have been wearing a mask to gain conditional love, but that it is really an unconditional acceptance, respect and love for which you are yearning ... and you begin to awaken to the fact that this hole is a longing to reconnect with your inner self.

As you reach this point of awareness, it is then that you open yourselves to true healing. Slowly but surely, the ego begins to surrender as you begin to let go of the false beliefs that you've been holding ... as you begin to sense new truths from within ... from the intuitive sense that you had forsaken for the five physical senses that you came to rely upon so heavily. It is then that your soul guides you back to unconditional love and takes you off the path of pain and suffering and places you on the path of joy and happiness. It is then that it calls you to let go of the past and to embrace the peace and serenity that lies in the "present moment."

You have taken this journey into the essence of your being and now it's time to share the joys and happiness of reconnecting with the soul. You are It's an invitation to fall in love with the greatest person on Earth ... YOU! The time is now for you to heighten your awareness and come to know the unconditional love that you really are as Soul? It's easier than you might think.

A Special Blessing to You and Yours ...
Until next week ...
These things, we warmly wish for you-

May beauty, love and abundance be your constant companion
And may the light at the core of your being light the world around you.

Love and Light,
Mike & Sandy

A Candle Loses Nothing By Lighting Another Candle ...



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