The Holy Virtue of Shekinah

    Sunday, September 13, 2009, 10:59 PM [General]

    I am the Creator of Heaven and earth; I ask that you receive the Virtue,

    Don’t be afraid, for I will bestow the Gifts of the Spirit,

    Bask in the light and splendor and glory of the Presence,

    For I am God the Mother, who brings these gifts to you.

     

    I will talk with you while you are in quiet meditation

    Let your mind be silent without judgment, remembering or planning,

    Let your emotions be silent without anger, fear, sadness or regret,

    Come to me in the Presence, with joy, praise and adulation.

     

    All I ask is that you will listen to others less fortunate,

    Think of them in a good way and feel their pain,

    Extend the Peace to all you encounter, however high or low,

    Know that I am there and I will work wonders through you.

     

    I am the Creator of Heaven and earth,

    I have been called the Holy Spirit and the Comforter,

    I am God the Mother, Shekinah,

    I am the God of the Heaven within you.

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    The Virtue of Shekinah

    Monday, August 31, 2009, 9:30 PM [General]

     

    I am the Creator of Heaven ad earth; I ask that you receive the Virtue,

    Don’t be afraid, for I will bestow the Gifts of the Spirit,

    Bask in the light and splendor and glory of the Presence,

    For I am God the Mother, who brings these gifts to you.

     

    I will talk with you while you are in quiet meditation

    Let your mind be silent without judgment, remembering or planning,

    Let your emotions be silent without anger, fear, sadness or regret,

    Come to me in the Presence, with joy, praise and adulation.

     

    All I ask is that you will listen to others less fortunate,

    Think of them in a good way and feel their pain,

    Extend the Peace to all you encounter, however high or low,

    Know that I am there and I will work wonders through you.

     

    I am the Creator of Heaven and earth,

    I have been called the Holy Spirit and the Comforter,

    I am God the Mother, Shekinah,

    I am the God of the Heaven within you.

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    Meditation follows intention and passion

    Thursday, September 4, 2008, 6:02 AM [General]

    Meditation is an amorphous and creative endeavor to form a synergistic connection.  It may be active or passive.  It may be internal or external.   It may be secular or religious.

     

    It is always mind altering or that should be body/mind altering.  Chi connects all things.  Shekinah, the Comforter, is always present and grants the Virtue (the Gifts of the Holy Spirit) according to our needs.  Tai Chi is a meditation in movement.  In it we discover the ebb and flow of Chi.  In Christianity, we discover that we may increase the power of our Virtue.

     

    And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

    Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.          Matthew 17:20-21

     

    There is nothing wrong with a good secular meditation to reduce the effects of stress upon our bodies.  Just simply, smoothly breathing, aligning our breathing to our heartbeats can reduce our blood pressure and heart rate.  Staying with it for just a little while, our brains begin to release body/mind hormones and endorphins, and this begins to bolster our immune systems.  To enhance the effects, try some chocolate or chili peppers before meditating. 

     

    It is not far removed to get to the spiritual meditation, if that is our intention.  By introducing our religious words or icons or music or art or dance, we may intentionally, introduce our “idea” of God into our meditation or contemplation.  We may silently say Jesus with each heartbeat, Shekinah with each breath, or “Have Mercy” with each stroke while swimming.  Our intention becomes one of drawing near to God or becoming “One” with God. And this also is a time when our passion might enter into the endeavor and totally enhance the whole experience.

     

    And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.     Mark 12:30

     

     

    Going back to the secular, there may be a problem keeping the meditation non-spiritual.  Chi is everywhere, and with your intention, you may receive or give Chi.  From the Christian perspective,  Shekinah may intercede for us.

     

    Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.                         Romans  8:26

     

    May the Peace of Shekinah be with you.

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    Mother of Peace

    Saturday, June 28, 2008, 11:38 PM [General]

    Oh Holy Comforter,

    Always with me,

    Saving me over and over,

    Redeeming me within and without,

    Loving me against my unworthy self,

    Guiding me in my search,

    Lighting my way when I am stumbling in the darkness

    Awakening me to understandings I could not fathom

    Granting me knowledge until knowing is unknowing,

    Releasing my regretful emotions…

    Granting me the emotion of Peace.

    If I am not a prayer to you I am nothing,

    I did not know you until I found your Name,

    And you formed my total being in the rapture of your peace,

    Oh Holy God the Mother,

    Shekinah, blessed is Thy Name.

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    communion of our soul

    Friday, February 29, 2008, 1:19 PM [General]

    Gnostic: Christianity is communion of our soul with the Holy Spirit (Shekinah, God the Mother), for regeneration and the sharing of our soul with others.  When we focus our mental, physical and emotional energies in meditation, we can free our soul to become one with the Holy Spirit.  In this synergy, our soul is regenerated by Shekinah and becomes stronger.  This is receiving the Grace of God. We are Christian when we actively share our soul with others.  Thus, we are following the First Commandment, to love God with all our heart, mind and soul, and the Second Commandment, to love others likewise.

     

    Secular: Mysticism is the release of our soul to the power of the universe for regeneration and the sharing of our soul with others.  When we focus our mental, physical and emotional  energies in meditation, we can free our soul to become one with the spirit of the universe.  Our soul is regenerated by the spirit of the universe and becomes stronger.   We are actively spiritual when we share our soul with others.
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    A Heathen's Prayer

    Saturday, December 15, 2007, 10:25 PM [General]

    Lord God, Author of Creativity, Allah, Yahweh, Ishwara, Brahman, Shekinah  Eloheem     Creator of heaven and earth, and a thousand other planets with life,      Creator of all religions.

     

    I am but an unworthy Heathen, a Savage.       

    My descendants came from the forest lands, I am not from the Chosen or the TrueChurch.        Yet, I love You as if I were truly Your own.

     

    In praying to you, I swing back and forth between courage and fear, arrogance and humility.  In my darkness I want to scream out your name, for I do not know if you hear me, And I am afraid that I may not hear your answer,I am truly unworthy to utter your name, I try, but most of the time, I am surely guessing., And leaves me in the deepest, darkest despair.

     

    I ask You also to forgive all those who sinned against me,

    For I know how easily one can fall into disregard.        I forgive them all, whether intentional or unintentional, known or unknown,        For surely I, in my wretched state, provoked them.Forgive them, have Mercy upon them, Bless them and let Thy Grace fall upon them.          Give me the Virtue to forget those sins.

     

    But for the words of Jesus, I should be struck dead now and be sent to Hell. Have mercy upon me, grant forgiveness for my sins,

    More importantly, bless those I sinned against,

    They did not deserve one such as I.

    And stay with me so that I will bring no more harm to any other living creature

     

    Let Thy grace fall upon me, lift up my soul,        Take it and shape it, as you would have, I surrender to Your Will,        Grant me the Virtue that Jesus imparted unto others.

    Sanctify my soul unto Yours.

    Become my soul. 

    In Christ's Holy name I pray, And with the Prophets, Disciples, Mohammed (may prayers and peace be upon him), Buddha, Krishna, sons of Abraham, the teachers, the artists, and the Mystics and Saints

     

    Amen.
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    Simply Breathing

    Saturday, November 10, 2007, 9:43 AM [General]

    We should find a relaxed position in which we may stay quiet for a period of time, whether it be sitting, kneeling or lying down.  We should then think through relaxing each muscle in our body, from our toes to the top of our head.  If it helps, tighten each muscle then let it relax. Obviously, one of the best times to meditate is after aerobic or strenuous exercise.  Let your hands be open, do not form a fist.  Let your jaw open slightly, so that your teeth are not clinching.

    Let the hands come together above the chest in order that the beat of the heart may be felt.  For a few moments be aware of the beat of the heart and quietly praise God for the gift of life.  Close your eyes and rejoice in being alive.  Become aware of your breathing.  Notice the air coming in and going out.  Notice the sharpness of the movement from inhaling and exhaling.  If it is a sharp movement from one direction to the other, then try to round it out.  Hold your breath for one heartbeat between inhaling and exhaling.  Make the change from inhaling to exhaling a very smooth one.  Let the heartbeat guide the rhythm of breathing.  Let it flow gently and calmly and experience the cycles of the body as the breathing moves to the beat of the heart.


    If your breathing is sharp from inhaling to exhaling...

    breathing

    Try to smooth it out by holding your breath for one heartbeat between inhaling and exhaling.  Start each inhale slowly then let it increase and start each exhale slowly and then let it increase.

     

    It might help look at the yin yang figure as a guide to breathing rate.  Start inhaling very slowly, then increase until your lungs are full.  Likewise, start exhaling very slowly, then increase the rate until your lungs are empty.

     

    Count out the heartbeats to the breathing.  Breathe in for the same number of heartbeats that you breathe out.  Further relax the body by gently breathing more deeply into the lungs and by drawing the air more deeply into the stomach.  This should be done by inhaling for one more heartbeat than normal and exhaling for one more heartbeat than normal.  Let this flow smoothly and let the body adjust to this new cycle.  The heart rate may also slow during this period since even the heart is beginning to relax.  Adding more heartbeats to the inhaling and exhaling may continue as long as the smoothness of the flow is maintained and there is no strain.  The purpose is to relax the body and experience the peace and calm of this relaxation.  As we have wondered at the miracle of birth, so we should rejoice at this miracle of being alive.

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    The Sacrament of Meditation

    Saturday, November 10, 2007, 7:46 AM [General]

    So, perhaps the act of meditation or contemplation, with the inherent
    surrendering, is opening ourselves to the Grace of God, God in the
    Present, the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, or Shekinah, God the Mother.
    This may be our loving God with all of our hearts, minds and soul.
    When we attain peace, we are then much more prepared to love others
    and display the behaviors of becoming more merciful, kind, humble,
    gentle, patient, tolerant, forgiving, and charitable.  These may also
    be outward signs of an inward Grace who sanctifies us.


     

    Meditation as a sacrament of other sacraments.
    Administered by the Holy Spirit, The Comforter, Shekinah.
            Relax and let Shekinah do her work...
            Forgive all
                    Bless them
                    Let go of regretful emotions.
                    Let the Peace beyond all understanding come over you.
                    Let Shekinah amend your mind, body and soul.

    This meditation, loving Shekinah alone, renouncing all worldly
    distractions, is the highest sacrament and is our greatest expression
    of freedom.


     

    Certainly in these modern times we have even more external
    manifestations of an inward peace.  We can measure the heart rate,
    breathing rate, the blood pressure, brain images and brain waves.

    No negative emotions, just peace...

    So, the act of meditation is loving God
    Directing all of our energies (physical, emotional, intellectual and
    spiritual),
    Giving all of our energies,
    surrendering all to God in the present, in the here and now,
    to The Holy Spirit, The Comforter, The Shekinah.


     

    II. NATURE OF THE SACRAMENTS OF THE NEW LAW
    (1) Definition of a sacrament
    The sacraments thus far considered were merely signs of sacred things.
    According to the teaching of the Catholic Church, accepted today by
    many Episcopalians, the sacraments of the Christian dispensation are
    not mere signs; they do not merely signify Divine grace, but in virtue
    of their Divine institution, they cause that grace in the souls of
    men. "Signum sacro sanctum efficax gratiae" -- a sacrosanct sign
    producing grace, is a good, succinct definition of a sacrament of the
    New Law. Sacrament, in its broadest acceptation, may be defined as an
    external sign of something sacred. In the twelfth century Peter
    Lombard (d. 1164), known as the Master of the Sentences, author of the
    manual of systematized theology, gave an accurate definition of a
    sacrament of the New Law: A sacrament is in such a manner an outward
    sign of inward grace that it bears its image (i.e. signifies or
    represents it) and is its cause -- "Sacramentum proprie dicitur quod
    ita signum est gratiae Dei, ei invisibilis gratiae forma, ut ipsius
    imaginem gerat et causa existat" (IV Sent., d.I, n.2). This definition
    was adopted and perfected by the medieval Scholastics. From St. Thomas
    we have the short but very expressive definition: The sign of a sacred
    thing in so far as it sanctifies men - "Signum rei sacrae in quantum
    est sanctificans homines" (III:60:2).


    Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Eucharist, Penance, Extreme Unction,
    Orders, and Matrimony

    http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/13295a.htm#III

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    From within the Peace

    Saturday, October 20, 2007, 8:10 AM [General]

     

    Striving through my meditation

    Surrendering into my contemplation

    Lifted up into Oneness

    Forgiven before I arrive

    Joyfully welcomed in coming home

    As a child who was away far too long

    Loving kindness surrounds me

    Becoming that which I could not be alone

    Sanctified completion in Her presence

     

    Hoping that for my family

    Hoping that for my friends

    Hoping that for my neighbors

    Hoping that for my enemies

    Through the Peace beyond all understanding

    We may become one.

     

    Blessed Shekinah

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    The Hymn of the Lord

    Friday, October 19, 2007, 7:20 PM [General]

    The Hymn of the Lord
    Which He Sang in Secret to the Holy Apostles, His Disciples

    XCVI
    Now before he was taken by the lawless Jews,
    who also were governed by the lawless serpent,
    he gathered all of us together and said:
    Before I am delivered up unto them let us sing an hymn to the Father,
    and so go forth to that which lieth before us.
    He bade us therefore make as it were a ring,
    holding one another's hands,
    and himself standing in the midst he said:
    Answer Amen unto me.
    He began, then, to sing an hymn and to say:

    Glory be to thee, Father.

    And we, going about in a ring, answered him:
    Amen.

    Glory be to thee, Word:
    Glory be to thee, Grace.
    Amen.
    Glory be to thee, Spirit:
    Glory be to thee, Holy One:
    Glory be to thy glory.
    Amen.

    We praise thee, O Father;
    we give thanks to thee, O Light,
    wherein darkness dwelleth not.
    Amen.

    Now whereas we give thanks, I say:

    I would be saved, and I would save.
    Amen.
    I would be loosed, and I would loose.
    Amen.
    I would be wounded, and I would wound.
    Amen.
    I would be born, and I would bear.
    Amen.
    I would eat, and I would be eaten.
    Amen.
    I would hear, and I would be heard.
    Amen.
    I would be thought, being wholly thought.
    Amen.
    I would be washed, and I would wash.
    Amen.
    Grace danceth. I would pipe; dance ye all.
    Amen.
    I would mourn: lament ye all.
    Amen.

    The number Eight (Ogdoad) singeth praise with us.
    Amen.
    The number Twelve danceth on high.
    Amen.
    The Whole on high hath part in our dancing.
    Amen.
    Whoso danceth not, knoweth not what cometh to pass.
    Amen.

    I would flee, and I would stay.
    Amen.
    I would adorn, and I would be adorned.
    Amen.
    I would be united, and I would unite.
    Amen.
    A house I have not, and I have houses.
    Amen.
    A place I have not, and I have places.
    Amen.
    A temple I have not, and I have temples.
    Amen.

    A lamp am I to thee that beholdest me.
    Amen.
    A mirror am I to thee that perceivest me.
    Amen.
    A door am I to thee that knockest at me.
    Amen.
    A way am I to thee a wayfarer. .

    Now answer thou unto my dancing.
    Behold thyself in me who speak,
    and seeing what I do,
    keep silence about my mysteries.

    Thou that dancest, perceive what I do,
    for thine is this passion of the manhood, which I am about to suffer.
    For thou couldest not at all have understood what thou sufferest
    if I had not been sent unto thee, as the word of the Father.
    Thou that sawest what I suffer sawest me as suffering,
    and seeing it thou didst not abide but wert wholly moved,
    moved to make wise.
    Thou hast me as a bed, rest upon me.

    Who I am, thou shalt know when I depart.
    What now I am seen to be, that I am not.
    Thou shalt see when thou comest.
    If thou hadst known how to suffer,
    thou wouldest have been able not to suffer.
    Learn thou to suffer, and thou shalt be able not to suffer.
    What thou knowest not, I myself will teach thee.
    Thy God am I, not the God of the traitor.
    I would keep tune with holy souls.
    In me know thou the word of wisdom.
    Again with me say thou:

    Glory be to thee, Father;
    Glory to thee, Word;
    Glory to thee, Holy Spirit.

    And if thou wouldst know concerning me, what I was,
    know that with a word did I deceive all things
    and I was no whit deceived.
    I have leaped:
    but do thou understand the whole,
    and having understood it, say:

    Glory be to thee, Father.
    Amen.

    This is the complete text of the Hymn of Jesus, translated with an
    extended commentary by G.R.S. Mead, originally published in the series
    "Echoes from the Gnosis" by The Theosophical Publishing Society,
    London and Benares, 1907.

    http://www.gnosis.org/library/hymnjesu_mead.html

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