Hold me now in your own light, forget the night, it’ll be alright…embrace your destiny.
It ain’t about the watch & chain, the piper’s game, the empty flame that gives you what you need. Seems like oceans of tears I’ve been cryin’ for you to wake up from this dream – From New Earth– C Murray
Good morning everyone and welcome to Sunday Morning Tune-up! If you are just joining us, this is our second week. It may be helpful for you to go back two weeks to obtain a better understanding of what brought us together. Here are the links to make it easier;
I hope that everyone had a good week. It has been a very difficult and stressful week for most of us following the drama in Washington…which is all the more reason for us to come here to nourish and strengthen that part of us that will always be our best defense in any and every storm imaginable! Last week our focus was on the practice of meditation as a primary tool of spiritual nourishment. This week I’d like to begin with intention. For those of us who are new to meditation, we have all we can do to “settle down” into a good meditation…it can sometimes feel like we’re battling with ourselves to achieve the quiet mind. This is why it is so important to see this as an opportunity to practice patience, smile at ourselves and refocus on our breathing. But as this becomes a little easier, we are now ready to set our intention.
Think of this as what you do when you get into your car to go to a place you’ve never been to before. The first thing we do is program our GPS with the address of our destination. This is exactly what we mean by setting our intention in meditation. By the way, I encourage everyone to please feel free to communicate any difficulty, experiences or questions by either replying on this blog post, or by email directly to firstname.lastname@example.org . Your intention can be related to anything. It can be related to an important goal in your life, a problem you need a solution for, or even a health challenge you are facing. And the best way I can think of to set intention is in the body of prayer.
This would probably be a good place to, once again, state the importance of selecting the right setting for a good meditation. As you settle into position and begin to relax, here is where you use the power of your imagination to turn thought to substance…almost tangible enough to touch. There are two very effective ways to engage intention. Here as we’ve just done…setting the stage for our meditation. And the other great practice is to use it to program our sub-conscious just before we fall asleep…
“All men who have achieved great things have been great dreamers.”
— Orison Swett Marden, writer
This practice is far from rocket science…simple yet, amazingly, miraculously and powerfully effective. And it costs nothing to do? So, why don’t we do it? Think about this. We are recyclable eternal beings inside of a disposable & biodegradable physical shell. (Which would win God very high marks as an environmentalist…one would think.)
Q– Why do we treat the former as if it is the throw-away; and the latter as if it lasts forever?
A– Because the institutions we have come to rely on have programmed us so. They have turned us outside in by establishing and then rewarding consequence over principle. (This was painfully obvious in a recent exchange between major network news anchors lamenting Boehner’s way of leading without the Pelosi-style bribes & threats…completely oblivious to what they were actually saying!)
So how do we turn this ship around? Simple…incrementally! In this case, one small step for man, is a huge step towards God. As I may have mentioned, one of my favorite Gen La teachings illustrated this as the process of wearing new paths in the mind. And this sort of brings us back to the objective we share of helping each other to clean the bugs from our respective windshields…to better position ourselves in order to allow God’s whisper to rise above the lure of their external candy. I will leave you with another great spiritual tool and a wonderful book recommendation, but first I would like to share some old Native American folklore to help illustrate the task at hand;
An elder Cherokee was teaching his grandchildren about life. He said to them, “A fight is going on inside me. It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.
One wolf represents fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
The other stands for joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.
This same fight is going on inside you, and inside every other person, too.”
The children thought about it for a minute and then one child asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?” The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
So another wonderful spiritual tool to develop as part of your daily practice is this. When you find yourself in a deep state of meditation this week, I want you to actually visualize yourself meditating. Yes, that’s right…to actually see yourself sitting there at peace…comfortably relaxed. It’s very easy to do right? Now ask yourself, who is this observing me? Let this same observer randomly observe your thoughts from time to time…in your car, on the way to work. What does the observer find you thinking? Good positive thoughts in alignment with your intention…or negative and fearful thoughts about the stock market, our bills or the future of our country? Either way, we are programming our destiny. A simple step, a simple thought is how we turn the ship. When we catch ourselves in negative thought, simply smile…and breathe in the light. There have been many times where I have found myself restless or worried over something in the middle of the night and just the thought of God brought an instant warmth and calm at the deepest most cellular level.
Lastly, I have a great book to recommend to you if you haven’t read it already. It is Eckart Tolle’s New Earth. I love this book because it presents many of these techniques and principles in a way that is beautifully accessible by people of every faith and discipline. So with that I will wish everyone a wonderful last Sunday of July! I look forward to seeing you again next week! God Bless…and don’t forget to feed your wolf!