Spirituality is diminishing religion and religion is trying to adapt to spirituality. We have all struggled with the difference between the two paths. That is the reason for free will.
Growing up on a farm in a small rural Christian community in Midwest US no doubt shaped my values and belief system and not from a positive perspective. I learned at a very young age that we all die. I was also taught that the only way to heaven was to follow the beliefs of my church or otherwise burn in hell forever. This did not seem right to me even at a young age and that was the beginning of my journey to seek the truth.
Religion is a system of certain beliefs, rules, and rituals that brings communities together socially. Additionally, it provides a foundation of understanding to that community regarding how they should live, worship, and achieve eternal life. There are around 4200 different religions worldwide with different belief systems.
Unlike religion, Spirituality looks outside the box with no boundaries or dogma. It is about free will, love, compassion, joy and service to others; it is specific to each individual with no set rules, beliefs or rituals. It is a personal journey to connect with our creator. Spirituality is unique to each person, but generally it could be defined as seeking to share the love of the Creator as it is known to one’s inner self. Is that the yearning that has been missing in our lives or the feeling that we were destined to do something? Maybe you are meant to do something. Pay attention and you will be surprised what you will see.
Dr. Andrew Newburg, Director of Research at the Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, provided insight into our spiritual brains. His research included how our brain changes after analyzing brain scans of people in prayer, meditation, rituals and various trance states. One of his many conclusions is that the main reason God won’t go away is because our brains won’t allow God to leave. Our brains are set up in such a way that God and religion become among the most powerful tools for helping the brain do its thing—self-maintenance and self-transcendence.
Most of us are seeking. Jesus said in the Book of Thomas “Let him who seeks continue seeking until he finds. When he finds, he will become troubled. When he becomes troubled, he will be astonished, and he will rule over the All.”
There is a movement shaking the ground we walk upon today. I’m not speaking of a movement for change, but a movement of change. This change is not positive nor is it conducive to a happy healthy world. We no longer reach out a hand to help but reach out a hand to hurt. Our words are no longer meant to comfort but meant to slash and belittle. Our hearts no longer hurt for those in pain or those who cannot help themselves; as they are too full of hatred and anger or indifference.
Yet in all this bleakness a light shines, the light of our children. An eight (8) year old boy who sees his friend unable to eat a hot lunch at school because he had no funds raises money to feed 3000 students hot meals daily at school. A thirteen (13) year old girl begins making fleece blankets to send to orphanages around the world after her brother, who served as a missionary, came home to tell his family stories of the children suffering; there are now children in ten (10) states participating in her program. A ten (10) year old girl who, after visiting her grandmother in a nursing home, starts a band that serenades the elderly to show them they have not been forgotten. Children around the world are paying it forward; making a difference in hopes of making a better world.
As parents we hold our children close, teaching and molding them into the adults of tomorrow; yet today we find we have as much to learn from them as they do from us. As adults we have become cold, callous and indifferent to our neighbors and our world. We close our doors at night locking ourselves in and the rest of the world out. Unfortunately, along with the locked doors we have locked our hearts as well.
It is time for a new movement, a movement of love, compassion, caring, and appreciation. A movement that brings a tear to our eyes again, that rattles our soul and envelopes our hearts with more happiness than we could ever imagine. The change our world needs begins with us.
To each of us I challenge to Pay It Forward, smile and hold the door open for a stranger, check on your elderly neighbor, reach the top shelf for someone at a grocery store, hold a child’s hand to comfort, pay for a meal for someone who otherwise would not eat, smile at strangers for no reason. Close your mind and live through your heart, be the person to others that you would find comfort in yourself.
The Native Americans had it right when it comes to our home, mother earth.
Native American Ten Commandments
1. The Earth is our Mother, care for her.
2. Honor all your relations.
3. Open your heart and soul to the Great Spirit.
4. All life is sacred, treat all beings with respect.
5. Take from the Earth what is needed and nothing more.
6. Do what needs to be done for the good of the all.
7. Give constant thanks to the Great Spirit for each new day.
8. Speak the truth: but only of the good in others.
9. Follow the rhythms of nature: rise and retire with the sun.
10. Enjoy life’s journey but leave no tracks.
Native Commandments Jasper Saunkeah, Cherokee
The way of the Warrior reminds us we have a responsibility to mother earth. Our home is being ravaged from the land, air and sea. Join us and become a Meditation Warriorand with just 15 minutes a day in the privacy of your home, not only to you help yourself, but our home, mother earth.
Here we are, in this moment of time, where the people of the Mother Earth need to come together to save our home. As a whole the human race, regardless of spirituality or religion, should honor and cherish Mother Earth; however, we have failed as stewards of the earth. Followers of religion make up 85% of the earth’s population. Mother Earth gives us life, provides food and water, and cleans the air we breathe with trees and plants. She provides us with every opportunity to live in harmony with our families, friends and nature. So if 85% of the world population has spiritual and religious values why are we not doing our job as stewards? Mother Earth is being polluted daily. Corruption at the highest levels causes pollution to our lands and waters, poisoning the air we breathe, the food we eat and killing all nature in its wake. Ocean life and bees are dying, species are being driven to extinction. We are told what they want us to believe and like slaves, we think we have no choice but to listen as they continue another day of onslaught of Mother Earth. If we don’t act, then Mother Earth will be destroyed. Earth Warrior, a term you may have never heard, is emerging and you can be part of it. It has already started, listen to the video Earth Warrior.
We live in a time where we can communicate with each other instantly across the world. We live in a time where Mother Earth needs us. That is not a coincidence. This is our moment. The way we can save Mother Earth and all life therein, is to create a new way of life; with love, gratitude, appreciation, compassion and caring for our home. We need earth warriors, people that will take this endeavor seriously and be part of the change. No experience required and no age limit, all peoples of the world are being asked to participate. Mass meditation is the Way. Jesus, Krishna, Buddha and Tao Tzu all spoke of the Way in our ancient texts.
In the Dialogue of the Savior Judas asked Jesus, “How do we find the Way?” Jesus answered, “By developing love and compassion.”
Krishna said in the Bhagavad Gita, “Those who find the Way are those who have love and forgiveness in their heart.”
Buddha said in the Dhammapada, “No one can understand the Way unless they have pure hearts.”
Tao Tzu said in the Tao Te Ching, “The perfect man is one whose sins are forgiven. He becomes the way.
The way for the human race to save Mother Earth is to meditate and/or pray at the same time each day with the same intention. But for now, we need you, your friends and everyone in your family to have the will and commitment to save our home, Mother Earth. Meditation can be learned by anyone in the family and you can do it every night at 8:00 PM in the comfort of your home. Consider it training for the big event when we spread continuous love, gratitude, appreciation, compassion and caring all over the world. Mother Earth needs all peoples from all walks of life to join together to save our home.
Meditation and/or prayer is beneficial to your overall health and well being. It will change your life and save our home. We are at war and our only weapon is us, the 85%. We have a divine spark within us that once ignited will save and create the world that all want to live.
It is time for all people and all religions, including Christian, Judaism, Muslim, Hindu, Taoism and Buddhism to name a few, to come together for a common cause. This is not what our creator intended, and as stewards of the earth, we have failed. Our ancestors, different cultures, religions, and beliefs have so much to offer and we are told to seek the truth. The earth is our home and we all have responsibility to save it from this destruction. We are not different races, but one race, the human race, with a divine spark within us. If we ignite that spark we can save ourselves and the world we live.
“For the Muslim, humankind’s role on earth is that of a Khalifah – vicegerent or trustee of Allah. We are Allah’s stewards and agents on Earth. We are not masters of this Earth; it does not belong to us to do what we wish. It belongs to Allah and He has entrusted us with its safekeeping.” –His Excellency Dr. Abdullah Omar Naseef
“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” –Buddha
Are you willing to walk the path, the Way, as our ancients have so eloquently spoken? Are you willing to be an earth warrior for our homes’ survival? Are you willing to work to free the world to defeat the onslaught of Mother Earth before it is to late? If so, go to Meditation Warrior to learn about meditation and get in the habit of meditating every evening at 8:00 PM your time. Then you will have an opportunity to move to the next level.
The Ankh Cross represents life , male and female, balance, zest, joy of life, energy and love for Mother Earth. From the spiritual point of view the ankh represented the key to all hidden knowledge. We all have have a great power within us, we just have to discover it through Meditation and prayer.
You can help by either joining us at Meditation Warrior or follow Inspirations. Please pass this message on to all your friends, post it on your blog or Facebook page or send it through email and include this message in your place of worship and monasteries. It is time to take back our home before it is too late.