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.
Research suggests that meditation may physically change the brain and body and could potentially help to improve many health problems and promote healthy behaviors.
Scientific proof global meditation can change the world. So much so that Merseyside, England, went from being third highest recorded crime rate to the lowest-ranked city in England during the time of group meditation.
Other cities around the world had similar affects when groups of people meditated at the same time each day. In physics that affect is referred to the unified field theory (UFT), waves of vibration flow from everything in the universe affecting the collective consciousness. When the practice of group meditation stopped, the crime rate started rising again.
Based on Hindu Scripture, meditation has been practiced since 1500 BCE, starting as a religious practice. The practice spread to China and India around the fifth century BCE and other forms of Meditation developed including Taoism, Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity.
From a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual standpoint, the benefits of meditation are countless. Just imagine 10,000 people meditating at the same time each day with the same intention of service to others with unconditional love and compassion regardless of differences. That is the goal of a group called Meditation Warriors. It is a small community that meditates daily in the comfort of their homes from 10-30 minutes each day at 8:00 in the morning and/or evening world wide.
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.
The human body has the power to heal itself, but with the all the toxins in our water, food, and air we consume today, it has become a challenge. When we are born through the birth canal, we receive our mother’s immunity properties so we can begin our life outside the womb. Today our children are bombarded with vaccinations dictated by the pharmaceutical companies through our elected officials. That is another story. Let’s focus on our wellbeing.
The first step is that you must have the will to want to change in order to heal. Changing old habits is one of the most difficult things to overcome. This is about transformation, changing bad habits that have been ingrained for years.
The second step is daily meditation. Meditation is the practice of turning your attention to a single point of reference. It can involve focusing on the breath, on bodily sensations, or on a word or phrase known as a mantra. Practicing daily meditation turns your attention away from distracting thoughts and bad habits and focuses on the present moment. The benefits are countless.
The third step is to maintain a positive attitude. Attitude is a way of thinking or feeling about our surroundings that reflect our behavior. Energy affects our attitude. We all process energy and it is difficult to define or measure the energy state of an individual person. A person’s energy is also referred to as Chi, a Chinese word meaning aliveness, life force energy or life breath. It is also known as Ki, Qi or Prana. This energy has two main expressions, an outward and inward flow known as yin and yang. Just think about the times you are around negative people and how you felt. Chi gong, yoga, Tia Chi exercises may increase your positive energy and your overall well-being.
The fourth step is the diet, what we put into our bodies. You are what you eat and it is getting more difficult to get fruits and vegetables full of nutrition and free of chemicals, but that is the goal. The main rules of thumb are to practice moderation, cut out sugars and snack food, increase fruits and vegetables and limit meat. Juicing raw organic or pesticide free fruits and vegetables 1-3 times a day gets positive results. Wheatgrass is also known for its healing abilities and it is not difficult to grow your own.
The fifth step is exercise. The body is made to move. That does not mean you have to go to a gym but you do need to be aware of your movement. Walking, house and yard work, taking care of children or family, going to work, and gardening all contribute to a person’s movement. If you have a job that causes you to be sedentary for a large part of the day you may want to consider a gym or walk during your lunch break if you have a busy schedule.
Healing is not just about what you consume, but about the entire body. The will to make positive life changes, meditation, proper diet and exercise are all part of healing process. It takes time so just stick with it.
According to Hindu Scripture, meditation has been practiced since 1500 BCE, starting as a religious practice. The practice spread to China and India around the fifth century BCE and other forms of Meditation developed in several, including Taoism, Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity.
In the Bible, Psalm 1:1-2 says “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; (2)but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.”
In Joshua 1: 8 states “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it.”
Buddha said “Meditation brings wisdom; lack of mediation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.”
What were the ancients telling us about meditation? Today there is a lot of discussion about the difference between meditation and prayer, but I like to think they are one and the same. Through religions, humans have made a simple matter more difficult. If you want to define the difference, one way is to think of prayer as speaking to the creator, while meditation is feeling with the heart. Meditation is your personal connection to our creator, if that is your intention. Or it could be healing your body or just relieving your stress in our busy world. The message, according to the Bible, is to meditate both day and night.
From a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual standpoint, the benefits of meditation are countless as we learn more each day. Meditation can not only change our lives, it can change our world.
Studies show that group meditation reduces crime rates in cities with the right intention. When the practice of group meditation stopped, the crime rate started rising again. That tells us that meditation should become part of our life, to be practiced every day. The more you practice the greater the change/benefit you will realize.
Research suggests that meditation may physically change the brain and body and could potentially help to improve many health problems and promote healthy behaviors. It could do so much more, but it is up to each person. There is no right or wrong way to meditate; only your way. Just practice by taking the time each day and start with just five minutes, and that five minutes will expand. Make it your ritual, your connection to the creator. If you’re interested in joining a group that meditates every evening at 8, go to Meditation Warriors .
We adapt to our culture and our culture molds who we are. We all have our spiritual or religious beliefs. We learn how to pray, and when to worship and follow certain religious and/or spirituals beliefs or rituals. Then there are distractions of the world; always distracting us from what is important, saturating our unruly minds, wasting energy on useless matters. It not only disrupts our already unruly mind, but also our hearts.
Science tells us the heart, like the brain, generates a powerful electromagnetic field with each contraction extending outside the body. The heart generates the largest electromagnetic field in the body. The electrical field as measured in an electrocardiogram (ECG) is about 60-100 times greater in amplitude than brain waves. The therapeutic potential for interaction of this cardioelectromagnetic field both within and outside the body is largely unexplored, but we do know there is increasing evidence suggesting that the cardioelectromagentic field actually affects human beings in close proximity. We have already learn how group meditation can reduce crime with the right intention.
Science is just now trying to understand what the ancients were saying in their sacred texts written centuries ago. Christianity, Hinduism, Buddha, Daoism are just a few that refer to the heart.
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”.Matthew 6:21
“The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.” Buddha
My teachings are older than the world.
How can you grasp their meaning?
If you want to know me,
Look inside your heart.” Tao Te Ching
“He is the source of light in all luminous objects. He is beyond the darkness of matter and is unmanifested. He is knowledge, He is the object of knowledge, and He is the goal of knowledge. He is situated in everyone’s heart.” The Bhagavad Gita
Science tells us the positive energy in our heart is greater than our brain. The ancients tell us to look in our hearts for the way. Meditation/prayer can be our path. Join us every tonight at 8:00 to meditate and/or pray in your own way to make this a better world for all. Meditation For A for Better World
As a growing world community, keep in mind the positive benefits of meditation/prayer, not only for yourself but for the world. Never before have so many people been able to come together, learn and communicate from our homes.
We have learned from a scientific prospective, group meditation called “Maharishi Effect,” reduces crime. So much so that Merseyside, England, went from being third highest recorded crime rate to the lowest-ranked city in England during the time of group meditation.
Other cities around the world had similar affects when groups of people meditated at the same time each day. In physics that affect is referred to the unified field theory (UFT), waves of vibration flow from everything in the universe affecting the collective consciousness.
As spiritual beings, we already know in our hearts there is a power within us, but lack the wisdom or knowledge to understand. Ancient teachings provide some insight. According to the parallel sayings by Richard Hooper:
“Wisdom and Knowledge find those with a pure heart,” Jesus, Dialogue of the Savior.
“I abide in hearts out of compassion replacing ignorance and darkness with a shining lamp.” Krishna, Bhagavad Gita.
“Choosing the path of wisdom, become aware of those things which lead you forward, and those things which hold you back.” Buddha
“Perfect wisdom comes spontaneously to those who seek it.” Lao Tzu, Chang Tzu
In the New Testament, Matthew states “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” Are we the meek? Is it our time to inherit the earth? Or, have we always inherited the earth and just now awakening?
By coming together daily to meditate/pray, we rekindle the wisdom that we thought had been lost through the ages. Together, by taking 5-20 minutes to meditate/ pray daily and if possible 8:00 PM, so we may be able to generate positives waves of vibration that can change our world. Meditation Warriors is a group that meditates daily.