Have you ever thought about light energy and how it is the basis of everything on Earth? All the great Masters knew this. Jesus was often quoted in the Gospels as saying: “If therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.” (Matthew 6: 22-23), referring to the practice of focusing on the spiritual eye in the forehead during meditation. Similarly, in the Hindu scripture, The Bhagavad Gita, Sri Krishna tells spiritual seeker Arjuna: “Out of compassion for them, I, who dwell within their hearts, destroy the darkness born of ignorance, with the luminous lamp of knowledge.”(Chapter 10: verse 11).
In ancient times, the importance of the sun to all aspects of life was reflected in its deification in the form of the sun god Ra. As Ra shares his universal light with us this summer, let’s follow his example and share our individualized light —our gifts, love, time, and so on — with others.
Summer is the perfect time to do this because it’s a time of plenty when the natural world offers infinite bounty: there are fruits ripening, vegetables ready to be harvested, warm sunshine raising our spirits. As we delight in this bounty, let’s remember the words of Christ and Krishna above, who showed us how to lead a better, kinder, and more spiritual life to bring us closer to God.
We can all do this by giving of ourselves to help others. We each possess a vast amount of inherent Divine light that can be readily augmented by tapping into our inner silence. As we do this, we strengthen our link with its Source. For me, this happens best when I connect with God during meditation. Once we rediscover this light through the process of awakening, we can then share it with others. Amazing!
Read the rest of the article here as featured on Best Self Magazine. Have a wonderful summer – and remember – share your light with others! It will benefit both them and you. Much love, Anita.🌞
What do female voices from around the globe think is the meaning of the Divine Goddess/Feminine? To find out, I recommend this wonderful book, Goddess: when she rules (Golden Dragonfly Press). Profits from the sale of the book will go to charities which promote education for women. I wrote the essay below as a contribution to the Goddess book. The editor, Catherine Schweig, also hosts a great blog site for those interested in spiritual poetry: Women’s Spiritual Poetry. Click on the image to read the article which was published in Mystic Living Today e-zine. It’s a bit longer than my usual posts, so you’ll need a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit. Enjoy! Much love, Anita.🙏
Divine Goddess: Healing our planet through compassion.
Lately, I’ve been saying this affirmation/prayer before meditating. These 4 things (restlessness, delusion, judgement and impatience) are big old habits for me to relinquish if I’m ever to experience lasting true inner peace.
I hope you experience inner peace at some point today. Make the time….it’s worth it! Much love, Anita.😘
This week is holy week in the Christian calendar. It asks us to remember the life of, and sacrifices made by, the avatar Jesus Christ who came to earth as an incarnation of divine forgiveness and love and was crucified by his people for blasphemy. I’m thankful for his teachings and for the example of his life. He was still teaching his disciples right up to the end. At the last supper, he washed their feet, and I remember this being done at Holy Thursday mass when I was a little girl. The priest would wash a member of the congregation’s feet, and I always wondered why he did that. Jesus explained it to his disciples:
4 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. – John 13:14-17
So, I’m thinking, okay I’m not going to be washing anyone’s feet any time soon, but how can I carry out a simple act of respect and service for another? Well, I woke up this morning with the hymn “Suffer little children to come unto me….for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” ringing in my head over and over. Yes, I can do something to help children! Here’s what I’ve done. I’ve set up a justgiving.com fundraising page to raise money for the Save the Children charity, which helps children in desperate situations all around the world. I have set an easily attainable fundraising target of £100. Would you like to help me reach this target by donating 1% of your income for this month (or any amount you like, however small)? If you would, God bless you and I send you love from my heart. If you can’t donate, send good thoughts. Every little helps. Anita. Click on the link below to make a donation:
“For like the olive I cannot be without The sturdy tree; And like the nectar I cannot flow without The blossom at its Source.”
The above quote is taken from my poem In the Garden which I wrote last year at Easter time. It got me thinking of the issue of surrender. The more I read and talk about spiritual matters, the more the word surrender raises its head. And I’ve finally understood it! Just as in the poem, an olive cannot exist without the sturdy tree which gives it life; and nectar cannot flow if there is no blossom from which it may flow. So neither can we exist without that which gives us life – the Creator / God / Brahman / Source. I’ve also realised that the more I/we fight this higher power and try to do things our way, even when it feels wrong, the more we become immersed in “I”, the ego.
The ego is the part of us that is entrenched in the duality of the material world. It believes in all the dramas playing out before its eyes. It has desires, needs, wants and believes that these will bring it the happiness it seeks. But, deep down, we know, don’t we, that the soul has always had the right idea all along – we just didn’t want to listen! For the soul is linked with wisdom – Divine wisdom – and it directs us towards courses of action which will be for our highest good. Always. We just have to surrender to it and have faith that everything will be as it should be, for our greater good.
Surrendering doesn’t mean giving in and doing nothing. It means listening to our inner wisdom and choosing a course of action in line with it, one that will be for our good and the good of others. It means doing the right thing just because it’s the right thing to do and not wanting or expecting something in return (praise, reward etc.). This is non-attachment to the outcome of our actions, which is a highly desirable spiritual quality we should all endeavour to attain.
This Easter time, whatever your religion or belief system, why not take a moment to think about the avatar, Jesus Christ, who came to earth over 2,000 years ago as an embodiment of Divine Forgiveness. Think of his teachings and the example of his life of renunciation and selfless service. He was and remains an inspiration to many, and yet he was condemned by his people. #healingwordsmon