On the Road to Enlightenment (Advent 4)

•December 13, 2022 • Leave a Comment

…do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.  She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.’ All this took place to fulfil what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: ‘Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel’, which means, ‘God is with us.’

                                                                Matthew 1

Conceived of Holy Spirit,

In the purity of simplicity,

I AM saves,

I AM restoring,

I AM renewing,

God within human,

God in the manifestation,

God in All…….

The prophets tell this,

Mary yesses this, and so it is,

That Christ is and was and is to come…….

God our redeemer, you prepared the Blessed Virgin Mary to be the mother of your Son:  grant that, as she looked for his coming as our saviour, so we may be ready to greet him when he comes again as our judge      Collect

In the flow of God’s Grace,

We sit in our morning prayer,

Here, in the holy temple of us,

In the inmost part of us,

Where comes the Christ,

In our laying bare of self.

This One will judge what is to stay,

And what in us must burn away.

We cannot decide this,

Our judgement is compromised,

By false beliefs,

Half-understood moral codes,

Programmes for happiness,

And self-surviving, self-serving,

Self-sufficiency, mingling with,

Neediness, unconscious attachment.

Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way…When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took Mary as his wife, but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus        Matthew 1

In the flow of God’s Grace,

Stands the one who listens,

To angels……………………………………………..

Angels never lie;

Listen to them, in the wind, in the forest,

And on the seashore.

They speak in the mountains,

And whisper in your heart,

“Beloved, The One you seek,

Is among you,

Surrounding you,

And within you.”

Look into the soul of lover and stranger,

Dance with the natural,

Gaze deep at the life that beats,

Your own heart,

Ba-doom, ba-doom, ba-doom…

Angels speaking, angels dancing………………

~ breathe ~

Through Christ we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles            Romans 1

Angels are speaking to all beings,

All the time, of God’s love,

To believers and non-believers,

The not even knowing ones, that there is anything to believe, more than the obvious, which is not real,

however insistent it may seem.

In listening,

Is our practice,

From listening, may we speak,

And ears may be opened,

To the music of angels,

And the Cosmic song of Peace.

just the music (stereo and high quality)

The Reed and the Wind (Advent 3)

•December 6, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Be patient, beloved, until the coming of the Lord.  The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains.  You also must be patient.  Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near.              James 5

Like a seed in the warm-womb earth,

Beneath the frost-cold surface of appearance,

Wait for the I AM,

For the I AM is near.

Winter before Spring,

Spring before Summer,

The seed does not complain,

But keeps silent and waits.

She is nourished by the rain,

When the rain comes,

And when it is delayed,

She does not moan.

A seed has no expectation,

No agenda,

No sense of entitlement,

She simply trusts,

In the Natural One,

In whom all nature,

Has its being….

As The Baptizer’s disciples went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: ‘What did you go out into the wilderness to look at?  A reed shaken by the wind?  What then did you go out to see?  Someone dressed in soft robes?  Look, those who wear soft robes are in royal palaces…This is the one about whom it is written, “See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.”                        Matthew 11

The one who waits, in the practice,

Of life and presence,

In the silence,

And the breathing,

No stranger to wildness,

Rooted in the stillness,

Is not shaken,

By sudden change of circumstance,

Or by fearful shouts,

Of social impatience.

This one is prophet.

This one is teacher.

This one is true.

Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees.  Say to those who are of a fearful heart, ‘Be strong, do not fear!  Here is your God.  Isaiah 35

From the silence,

I AM calling,

You,

To be teacher now,

And prophet true.

Take my Love,

And open the hearts,

Of the hurting ones,

Who have been blown dry,

In the wilderness of lost dreams…

~ breathe ~

 The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing.                Isaiah 35

When you speak,

From the seeded root of the eternal Tree,

My Word embedded in hearts of people,  Will awaken in the stream of living water,

From the truth in you to the truth in them,

And the crocus, lotus child of God,

Will walk in beauty once again,

Paradise restored,

A Christed Prometheus Unbound……

The I AM looses those that are bound; the I AM opens the eyes of the blind;  the I AM lifts up those who are bowed down;  the I AM loves the ones who wait in faith Psalm 146 

The Fire, The Axe And The Sword

•November 29, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope.  May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.   Romans 15

                                                                

People of faith, share your faith,

With each other, with people of different faith, and with people who don’t think they have any faith.

I don’t mean impose your doctrines,

But share your faith,

The Love that is inside you,

The Love born in the experience,

Of God, I AM,

That in you, which is authentic,

Uncluttered by ideas or ideals,

Spoken of by the Prophets,

And written for you in your Scriptures.

Speak of this, share it,

And be ready to listen.

Listen deeply,

Celebrate what speaks into your heart,

Share what you know, witness,

With steadfast integrity,

To the Christ in you

But when (John the Baptizer) saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, ‘You brood of vipers!  Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?  Bear fruit worthy of repentance.  Do not presume to say to yourselves, “We have Abraham as our ancestor”; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham.  Even now the axe is lying at the root of the trees…            Matthew 3

The One who Loves is coming,

With the Christed axe of freedom,

To cut away the trees of arrogance in you,

In me,

All sense of entitlement,

Attachments to religious or philosophic,

Preferentialism,

Self-justifying reason,

Or slanted manipulation of heritage.

No expert knowledge about Abraham will open the gates of heaven, nor about Buddha, Mohammed, Shiva or Christ.

It is faith like theirs,

That holds the key,

That unlocks the sacred Life in every heart.

So let’s wait here, you and me,

Sadducee and the Pharisee,

In the Advent earth beneath our trees,

While the axe of redemption,

Swings at the feeble roots,

Of our fear-constructed,

Self-delineating expertise………………..

~ breathe ~

He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.  His winnowing-fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing-floor and will gather his wheat into the granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.’    Matt cont.

When the cutting and the burning is done,

Our beautiful selflessness will be laid bare,

And all that marks us out,

In the imagination selfhood,

Will be like ash and splinter,

And I will behold you,

Sister,

Brother,

And you will behold me,

And we will come to know,

That I am you and you are me…………………. 

Let The Rivers Clap Their Hands

•November 9, 2022 • Leave a Comment

‘Beware that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name and say, “I am he!” and, “The time is near!” Do not go after them.  When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end will not follow immediately.’  Luke 21

Armageddon, Apocalypse now,

Drama, disaster, distraction,

Tools of the deceiver, the faker, the thief.

Don’t be flattered by the celebrity evangelist, with the gold and the suit, who tells you that you are the chosen, and the foreigner is damned, and the kingdom is yours, if you will but “follow me; simply send me your money, it is for a good cause, the building of God’s kingdom, a school of Christ for the conversion of savages, leather-bound Bibles properly annotated with the doctrines of the favoured ones to whom sound theology is bestowed, oh and of course the well spent funds for our private-jet transport to all the places we need to go to give instruction to the needy, and our swimming pool mansions God wants us to enjoy, because God is the God of Prosperity, don’t you know?”

This is the religion of worldliness, and it sleeps with the rich and the powerful, who will seek to destroy you, if you stand in faith and won’t bow to the game….

they will arrest you and persecute you; they will hand you over to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors because of my name. This will give you an opportunity to testify. So make up your minds not to prepare your defence in advance; for I will give you words and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to withstand or contradict   Luke contd                                                                 

The players of the game, have their arguments composed for them, by cunning and wily minds, who live in think tanks and iron out the details, rig the votes, choose the choosers, profile the desirable and the deviant, who should be promoted, who expelled. Don’t fight the game by playing the game.

Learn to listen with your heart,

find the voice inside you,

Be still,

In the Vibration,

Of the kingdom,

Within

Let the sea thunder and all that fills it, the world and all that dwell upon it.  Let the rivers clap their hands and let the hills ring out together before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth.  In righteousness shall he judge the world and the peoples with equity.

                                                                         Psalm 98

~ breathe ~

Be still, stand firm,

While all around is panic and chaos,

Let the noise be the noise,

Even violence and destruction, will pass.

Speak the peace you know

in the temple space

of your morning prayer,

And do not be afraid,

Only believe,

In the One who is coming,

To unchain the Love,

That lives in the soul,

Of the sea, and the earth, the birds and the trees,

In you and in me,

And in all the gentle ones, who

Wait for the Lord,

His day is near………..

The Rebellion Comes First

•November 1, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Let no one deceive you in any way; for (the Day of the Lord – I AM) will not come unless the rebellion comes first and the lawless one is revealed, the one destined for destruction.   2 Thessalonians 2

                                                   

Question what you think you know.

Your most cherished doctrines,

Are the handpicked ones,

Which you choose,

For the comfort and security

they pretend to bring you.

Be wary of that which closes your mind,

And anaesthetises your heart,

In order that pain be diverted,

Nailed to another man’s sin,

Another woman’s woes.

It is in the castle of philosophic knowing,

That your false self resides,

Skulking in great halls of certainty,

Hiding among battlements of defensiveness,

Staring out through arrow-crack, fear hollowed eyes.

It is in the rebellion,

The casting down of the chains of religious self-obsession, the tyrannical logician,

That your deceiver self is exposed,

To the white Light,

Of the one true I AM

‘And the fact that the dead are raised Moses himself showed, in the story about the bush, where he speaks of the I AM as the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Now he is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all of them are alive.’ Luke 20

Dying to self, delusion’s power retreating,

The kingdom of heaven opens within,

And a living one’s eyes,

Opening in the Light,

Bleary in the Brightness,

Slowly behold the Christ…………

For I know that my Redeemer lives, and that at the last he will stand upon the earth; and after my skin has been thus destroyed, then in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see on my side, and my eyes shall behold, and not another.   Job 19

~ breathe ~

Deep within you,

The heart of the Lover beats,

To the rhythm of the Malkutah d’Alaha.

‘The kingdom of heaven is within you’,

Says Jeshua, The Free I AM.

Your freedom is here,

Where the Lord moves,

In and out,

Of your breathing, temple heart,

Like breath,

Like wind,

Like Spirit.

Enter the rhythm now,

And dance…………..

We are compelled always to give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the first fruits for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and through belief in the truth 2 Thessalonians 2

                                                

By God’s Grace,

The listener hears,

The voice of Salvation,

Through the many whispers,

Screams and shouts,

Of suffering and doubt,

Inherited from fearful parents and guardians of certainty,

‘The kingdom is within you’, repeats the Voice, through the ages, through eternity

‘…the kingdom is within…………………..’

Primal Voice a New Song

•October 26, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Daniel had a dream and visions of his head as he lay in bed. Then he wrote down the dream: I, Daniel, saw in my vision by night the four winds of heaven stirring up the great sea, and four great beasts came up out of the sea, different from one another… and the visions of my head terrified me…I asked one of the attendants what does it mean, he said, : ‘As for these four great beasts, four kings shall arise out of the earth. But the holy ones of the Most High shall receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom for ever — for ever and ever’                                                           Daniel 7

Ev’rybody’s talking ’bout / Bagism, Shagism, Dragism, Madism, Ragism, Tagism / This-ism, that-ism, is-m, is-m, is-m…..             John Lennon

American Empire, Russian, Chinese, United Nations…

Well that’s four,

Might as well be them;

Used to be British, French, Spanish, Roman, Turkish, Egyptian, Huns and Vikings, Ancient China… Ffoow……….

Empires come and go,

Their kings and queens, their governments, oligarchs, magnates and warlords return to dust,

And blow away in a wind that cares,

Not a lot,

Who they were or ever thought they might be….

But the kingdom of Heaven,

Malkutah d’Shamayim

Kingdom of God,

Malkutah d’Alaha

Eternal realm,

The Way,

Of the Christ,

Into whom,

May enter,

All who Love,

Is forever, and ever, and ever……

Alleluia. O sing to the Lord a new song;  sing his praise in the congregation of the faithful… Let them praise his name in the dance;  let them sing praise to him with timbrel and lyre

Sound praises to the Lord, all the earth.

Psalm 149

Listen to the birds singing unto heaven,

Dance in the wind,

And let the sound of the rain,

Bathe you, mind and soul;

Tangle with the rhythm of your fragmented mind,

Jangle with the beat of indigene time

Then he looked up at his disciples and said: ‘Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. ‘Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. ‘Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. ‘Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice on that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven’                Luke 6

When you wake up one morning, and find you cling no more to any thing,

No wealth,

No reputation,

No pretence,

Or struggle with what you’re meant to be,

No longer trying to be what someone expects you to be,

When you finally understand, you just can’t please all the people, all the time,

And you don’t even need to please some of them some of the time,

So you walk the walk,

Way, Truth and Life,

Then,

Yes my sister, my brother, then,

You will know what it is to be Free

~ breathe ~

tangle with the rhythm

Open the Door

•August 2, 2022 • Leave a Comment
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He brought him outside and said, ‘Look towards heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them.’ Then he said to him, ‘So shall your descendants be.’

   And he believed the Lord; and the Lord reckoned it to him as righteousness.

                                                         Genesis 15

צֶדֶק  ~ ts-ed-ek ~ rightness,

I AM reckons Abram’s faith, rightness.

Judging appearances amounts to wrong thinking,

Judging in this way negates possibility,

Closes the self to providence, blocks the flow of Grace,

But Abram meets the The One Who Is

In meditation,

And Abram knows, in this moment,

That which Abram is………………………………..

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen…By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible…Our ancestors died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth… seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of the land that they had left behind, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one.                              Hebrews 11

Hiraeth,

The longing for our true home,

The unbounded vastness,

From which we came.

“Listen,” says the sage,

“To the wail of the reed-flute,

As she cries in her agony,

Having been ripped from the reed bed,”

Sound of human soul,

Torn from the Oneness,

Split by the axe of duality,

She yearns for her freedom,

Like Son of Man with no place

To lay his head……………………………………….

‘Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom…Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks…                                               Luke 12

~ Breathe ~

Return to the Beginning.

The one who stands at the beginning, stands at the end.

She will not be extinguished by death,

But will find herself already, in eternity.

Be still in the morning,

Be still in the evening,

Breathe in the presence of Presence.

Wait for the Lord…

Wait For The Lord,
Whose Day Is Near.
Wait For The Lord,
Keep Watch, Take Heart!”  x 3        
(Taize)                  

Our soul waits longingly for the Lord;  he is our help and our shield.  Indeed, our heart rejoices in him;  in his holy name have we put our trust.  The earth is full of the loving-kindness of the Lord.           Psalm 33

5 minute sound meditation: Bb bansuri flute recorded at St Gwynour’s church in North Gower today (2 Aug 2022)

Teach Us To Pray

•July 21, 2022 • Leave a Comment
teach us to pray

He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.’                 Luke 11

Without and within,

The holy place blessed,

A certain place,

Any place,

Becoming still,

Breathing in, Presence,

Return to Source,

Breathing out, open your heart,

And pray…

He said to them, ‘When you pray, say: Abwoon d’bwashmaya, Source of All Being, Teytey malkuthakh, Enlighten in us Your realm of Love. Give us each day what bread we need to live and to grow in Love. Loose the cords of error and misdirection binding us, as we release the strands we hold of others’ guilt. And keep us from the tendency to forgetfulness, that we may be present, as you are always present.’

Luke 11 continued (Aramaic based paraphrasing from Neil Douglas-Klotz)

~ Breathe ~

No need to heap up words,

God knows what you need.

Simply direct your heart to Source,

And be open to receive,

Light.

Walk in that Light,

And hold the Light,

With your life,

For others to see,

Into their lives,

And so find the Christ there,

Here,

And there,

In you,

In them,

And everywhere,

I Am…

As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him…See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe, and not according to Christ. For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells              Colossians 2

Persist in your prayer,

Keep it simple,

Keep it flowing from the heart,

Never give up,

Even when you come to the dryness,

When it feels like you are present and God is not,

When you feel deserted and abandoned by everyone and everything, know this,

You are never alone,

I Am with you always,

Whatever blocks you, it is never permanent, it too will pass,

And you will know yourself more than before,

And you will know human being,

You will know the Divine,

And you will love, just as I have loved you

Your loving-kindness, O Lord, endures for ever. I will give thanks to you, O Lord, with my whole heart;  before the gods will I sing praise to you.  I will bow down towards your holy temple and praise your name, because of your love and faithfulness;  for you have glorified your name and your word above all things.             Psalm 138

Under The Oak, At The Feet Of The Christ

•July 13, 2022 • 6 Comments

The Lord appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day.   Genesis 18

                                                      

Sitting beneath the Oak of Hebron,

Tree of wisdom,

Tree as old as the world,

Abraham

A man of God

Meditates,

Shaded by the great boughs

Of the Tree of Life,

From the hot desert sun;

Breathing in,

Three angels appear;

Breathing out,

A welcome prepared;

Breathing in,

Three become one;

Breathing out,

God’s promise spoken…

Through the greatness of your mercy, I will come into your house. Lord, who may dwell in your tabernacle?  Who may rest upon your holy hill? 

…Whoever…speaks the truth from the heart…                                             Psalm 15

~ Breathe ~

Touching earth with naked feet,

Gently I walk,

In the evening, in the morning,

Slowly ascending,

Healing steps,

Feet healing earth,

Earth healing feet,

And the breeze

And the birds

And the leaves on the trees

Are whispering and singing,

“The holy place is within you;

Go there in peace;

The One you are looking for,

Waits for you there…”

Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying.                                                  Luke 10

She knows the Way,

She who sits at the feet

Of the Healer;

Quietly she sits,

Listening,

Listening;

Listen with her now,

Sitting,

Listening,

At the feet

Of the Healer…

For in him all the fullness of God is pleased to dwell, and through him God is pleased to reconcile to Godself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross…which is the Christ in you…                      Colossians 1

At the feet of the Healer,

I behold my own suffering,

No longer diverting,

No more will I run;

Right here,

In the wound herself,

A stream of Living Water

Is bubbling up,

“Drink of me,” she says,

“I Am The I Am,

I Am in You,

And You are in me…”

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Down to the Level Place

•February 8, 2022 • 2 Comments

Almighty God, you alone can bring order to the unruly wills and passions of sinful humanity:  give your people grace so to love what you command and to desire what you promise, that, among the many changes of this world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found…                                       Collect                

Russia and China on one side, the West on the other. In the middle, Ukraine waits, some looking East for their hope of belonging and others to the West and a bank-pin system named “Freedom”. Empires ancient and modern preen and pose, pumping out the chest, snarling each, “I am the righteous; I will bring order and justice to this chaotic gabble of ideologies you call civilization!” Oh God, awaken your people to open the hearts of the lost. Let Love reign. Let Love rain.

Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green; in the year of drought it is not anxious, and it does not cease to bear fruit.                                 Jeremiah 17.7-8   

 In the morning and in the evening, the trusting ones sit, feet on the earth, posture straight, rooting, still, following the breath, “I breathe in,” comes the mantra, “and I know I’m breathing in; I breathe out and I know I’m breathing out. Here I am, present to what is, present to the Living God who is always here and now.” In this way, when fear rises and dryness comes, they do not lose heart. What threatens to overwhelm loses its power, attachment to consolation fades. What remains is the tree and the water, and the leaves of the faithful are green.

Blessed are they who have not walked in the counsel of the wicked,  nor lingered in the way of sinners, nor sat in the assembly of the scornful.  Their delight is in the law of the Lord and they meditate on his law day and night.    

                                                                             Psalm 1.1,2

The faithful are not swayed by argument or threat, no partisan politics nor nationalistic racism. They do not exclude the refugee at their gate, nor discriminate according to privilege or class. The people of God listen to one Voice, the vibration of Beginningness, the Genesis sound, the life-breathing Word that was and is and always will be. In meditation together your tribes become one people, one beating heart, one life and a healing presence in your world.

He came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon. They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. And all in the crowd were trying to touch him, for power came out from him and healed all of them.

                                                          Luke 6.17-19

Down to the level place, like water from the mountains to the sea, comes the Master. Here, everyone is equal, just as God created us. Born naked, the baby knows nothing of wealth or poverty, captivity or freedom, communism or fascism, monarchy or democracy, theocrat or atheist, envy or hate. The baby gazes into eyes of mother, or other. “Love is all,” is all the eyes of the new-born seem to say, “Love me as I love you”.

Here on the level place, Christ waits for all. “Blessed are you,” he says, “who know yourselves”. Go in peace and love in the world until at last the world…loves…too.

 
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