Really Free

Very few people know that the Founding Fathers of the United States and the framers of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were very spiritual men – Freemasons, Rosicrucians and advanced metaphysicians.  The country was conceived and inaugurated not simply as a political movement, but as a radical step in living under higher spiritual laws.

If you examine the back of a dollar bill, you will find many mystical symbols, including the all-seeing eye of God; a pyramid; and the Latin Novus Ordo Seclorum, meaning “a new order of the ages.”  The front of the bill contains several Rosicrucian symbols.

The Founding Fathers were champions of political freedom, but they grasped a deep understanding of spiritual freedom, our power to rise above circumstances and bring the light of higher wisdom to our daily lives.  If you are free politically but your soul is in bondage, you cannot say you are free.  If you are liberated in your mind and heart, you are truly free.

Today would be a good day to consider how free you are.  If you are living in pain, fear, resentment, or conflict, it is time to declare independence.  Are you tired of feeling enslaved?  If you go to a job you hate, fight with people you care about, or feel shackled by economic stress, you are being moved, like the Pilgrims who left England to flee political oppression, to escape the emotional oppression of feeling limited by external circumstances.

We have all felt oppressed in one way or another, and we are all freedom-seeking beings.  If we truly want to honor the United States and its Founding Fathers, today let us remember the kind of freedom they valued as men of higher thinking – freedom of the heart, mind, and spirit.

This editorial above was written by Alan Cohen folks.  It talks of a deeper freedom – one that you and I deserve and should go after.  Spend some time today thinking about just how free your life really is.  And the, salute our Founding Fathers!

Freedom to you all…

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Good News for Crackpots

Every day an elderly Chinese woman brought two large pots to a stream to fetch water for her household.  The pots hung at both ends of a stick she carried on her shoulders.  One of the pots was perfect, but the other had a crack in it.

At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half-full.  For a long time this went on, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water each day.

The perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments.  But the cracked pot was ashamed of its imperfection, miserable that it could only perform half of what it had been created to do.

After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, the marred pot spoke to the woman one day by the stream: “I am embarrassed because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house.”

The old woman smiled and answered, “Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot’s side?  That’s because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds along your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them.  For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table.  Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house.”

While you may criticize yourself for your flaws, they may serve a purpose.  What you perceive as your shortcomings give you character, and may endear you to others and serve them.  Do not be hasty to judge yourself for your foibles.  What you think may be the worst thing about you might be the best.

Excerpt from Alan Cohen’s A Daily Dose of Sanity book…

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An Invitation From God

My Message is no different from the message that your own heart sings every time you look into the eyes of another with love.  It is no different from the message that your heart cries out when you see suffering anywhere.

This is the message that you bring to the world, and that you would leave with the world, when you are your True Self.  It is the message that I leave now with you, that you may remember it once again, and share it with all those whose lives you touch.

Be kind to each other, and good.  Be kind to yourself, and good, as well.  Understand that these two do not have to be mutually exclusive.

Be generous with each other, and share.  Be generous with yourself, as well.

Know that only as you share with yourself can you share with another.  For you cannot give to another what you do not have.

Be gentle with each other, and true.  Be gentle with yourself, and true as well.  To thine own self be true, and it follows as the night the day, thou canst then not be false to any man.

Remember always that betrayal of yourself in order not to betray another is betrayal nonetheless.  It is the highest betrayal.

Remember always that love is freedom.  You need no other word to define it.  You need no other thought to comprehend it.  You need no other action to express it.

Your search for the true definition of love is over.  Now the only question will be whether you can give this gift of love to yourself and to another, even as I have given it to you.

All systems, agreements, decisions, and choices that express freedom express God.  For God is freedom, and freedom is love, expressed.

Remember always that yours is a world of Illusion, that nothing you see is real, and that you may use The Illusion to bring you a grand experience of the Ultimate Reality.  Indeed, that is what you have come here to do.

You are living in a dream of your own creation.  Let it be the dream of a lifetime, for that is exactly what it is.

Dream of a world in which the God and Goddess in you is never denied, and in which you never again deny the God and the Goddess in another.  Let your greeting, both now and forevermore, be Namaste.  Dream of a world in which love is the answer to every question, the solution to every problem, the response to every situation, the experience in every moment.

Dream of a world in which Life, and that which supports Life, is the highest value, receives the highest honor, and has its highest expression.

Dream of a world in which freedom becomes the highest expression of life, in which no one who claims to love another seeks to restrict another, and in which all are allowed to express the glory of their being in measure full and true.

Dream of a world in which equal opportunity is granted to all, and equal resources are available to all, and equal dignity is accorded to all, so that all may experience equally the unequalled wonder of Life.

Dream of a world in which judgment is never again visited by one upon another, in which conditions are never again laid down before love is offered, and in which fear is never again seen as a means of respect.

Dream of a world in which differences do not produce divisions, individual expression does not produce separation, and the greatness of The Whole is reflected in the greatness of Its Parts.

Dream of a world in which there is always enough, in which the simple gift of sharing leads to that awareness – and creates it, and in which every action supports it.

Dream of a world in which suffering is never again ignored, in which intolerance is never again expressed, and in which hatred is never again experienced by anyone.

Dream of a world in which ego is relinquished, in which superiority is abolished, and in which ignorance is eliminated from everyone’s reality, reduced to the Illusion that it is.

Dream of a world in which mistakes lead not to shame, regrets lead not to guilt, and judgment leads not to condemnation.

Dream of these things, and more.  Do you choose them?  Then dream them into being.  With the might of your dreams, end the nightmare of your imagined reality.

You can choose this.  Or…you can choose The Illusion.

Which do you choose?

~from  the book Communion with God  through Neale Donald Walsch (author of the Conversations with God series)

 

 

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3 Cold and Flu Fighting Soups

Got the sniffles?  Head for the kitchen and make one of these single-serving soups right in the bowl.  Each has ingredients like ginger, garlic and strong spices that ease cold and flu symptoms – and taste way better than cough syrup!

Curry Green Leaf Soup – Add 1/2 cup finely shredded spinach or kale, 1 Tbsp finely diced red onion, 2 tsp curry powder and 1/4 tsp cayenne to soup bowl. Cover with 1 1/2 cups hot vegetable broth.. Stir to wilt greens.

Lemon, Honey and Garlic Soup – Add 1 Tbsp each finely diced yellow onion, celery and carrots; 1 minced clove garlic; 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice; and 2 tsp grated lemon zest to soup bowl. Cover with 1 1/2 cups hot vegetable broth and drizzle with honey. Stir to combine.

Ginger Chicken Noodle Soup – Add 1/2 cup cooked rice noodles, 1/4 cup cooked shredded chicken, 1 to 2 Tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce, 1 Tbsp sliced scallion and 1/2 tsp sesame seeds to soup bowl. Cover with 1 1/2 cups hot chicken broth. Stir to combine and serve with Sriracha sauce.

Really good for you folks…

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NINE STEPS TO TRANSFORM YOU INTO A RIVER

I love Paulo Coelho, a Brazilian novelist and author of The Alchemist. He recently posted the following on his blog:

“A river never passes the same place twice,” says a philosopher. “Life is like a river,” says another philosopher, and we draw the conclusion that this is the metaphor that comes closest to the meaning of life. Consequently, it is always good to remember:

1.  We are always doing things for the first time.While we move between our source (birth) to our destination (death), the landscape will always be new. We should face these novelties with joy, not with fear – because it is useless to fear what cannot be avoided. A river never stops running.

2. In a valley we walk slower. When everything around us becomes easier, the waters grow calm, we become more open, fuller and more generous.

3. Our banks are always fertile. Vegetation only grows where there is water. Whoever comes into contact with us needs to understand that we are there to give the thirsty something to drink.

4. Stones should be avoided. It is obvious that water is stronger than granite, but it takes time for this to happen. It is no good letting yourself be overcome by stronger obstacles, or trying to fight against them – that is a useless waste of energy. It is best to understand where the way out is, and then move forward.

5. Hollows call for patience. All of a sudden the river enters a sort of hole and stops running as joyfully as before. At such moments the only way out is to count on the help of time. When the right moment comes the hollow fills up and the water can flow ahead. In the place of the ugly, lifeless hole there now stands a lake that others can contemplate with joy.

6. We are one. We were born in a place that was meant for us, which will always keep us supplied with enough water so that when confronted with obstacles or depression we have the necessary patience or strength to move forward. We begin our course in a soft and fragile manner, where even a simple leaf can stop us. Nevertheless, as we respect the mystery of the source that gave us life, and trust in His eternal wisdom, little by little we gain all that we need to pursue our path.

7. Although we are one, soon we shall be many. As we travel on, the waters of other springs come closer, because that is the best path to follow. Then we are no longer just one, but many – and there comes a moment when we feel lost. However, as the Bible says, “all rivers flow to the sea.” It is impossible to remain in our solitude, no matter how romantic that may seem. When we accept the inevitable encounter with other springs, we eventually understand that this makes us much stronger, we get around obstacles or fill in the hollows in far less time and with greater ease.

8. We are a means of transportation. Of leaves, boats, ideas. May our waters always be generous, may they always be able to carry ahead everything or everyone that needs our help.

9. We are a source of inspiration. And so, let us leave the final words to the Brazilian poet, Manuel Bandeira:

To be like a river that
flows silent
through the night, not fearing the
darkness and reflecting on
any stars
high in the sky. And if the sky is filled
with clouds, the clouds
are water like
the river, so without remorse reflect
them too

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A Thanksgiving Prayer

Here is a prayer of thanksgiving for all of us to think about this Thanksgiving Day…  I pass on to you all many Blessings folks.  Love your families and friends…  Linda

Dear God, Goddess, Divine Spirit of all there is,

Thank you for the opportunity to gather together in one another’s company.  We thank you for the light you bring to this family gathering.  Please grant us the opportunity to continue to be there for each other in good times, as well as not-so-great times.  Give us strength and fortitude to ride the tides of change, and empower us always to be nurturing and loving with one another.  Open our spiritual eyes that we may see one another for who we truly are, and love one another in the same spirit.  May sadness, disappointment and anger be minimal; May happiness, positive thoughts and good experiences together be bountiful.

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AMAZING AUTUMN BREAD

 

This is the best recipe for Banana Bread-and it is gluten free! Soooooo good!

Ingredients:

2 cups gluten-free all-purpose baking flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

4 eggs

2 cups mashed ripe bananas (4-5 medium)

1 cup sugar

½ cup unsweetened applesauce

1/3 cup canola oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 chopped walnuts

Directions:

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt.

In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, bananas, sugar, applesauce, oil and vanilla.

Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.

Transfer to two 8-in. x 4-inch loaf pans coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with walnuts.

Bake at 350° for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.

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