Sermon – Comm-Unity On the Hill Congregation, Washington, D.C.*
Rev. Robbins S. Hopkins, Ed.D.
Thank you for asking me to speak. It is delightful to be here this morning. The question I am exploring today is, “What is authentic prayer”? Just plain and simple, authentic prayer is prayer that works. It is prayer that brings results. It is prayer that produces energy shifts. Authentic Prayer is powerful business. Well then, how do we accomplish this?
The Bible has a few things to say to us about prayer.
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him” (1 John 5:14-15).
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds ….” (Philippians 4:6-7).
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. (Ephesians 6:18).
“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express” (Romans 8:26).
Atlantic Beach HDR Sunset – Explored by L1mey
The week before Hurricane Irene, exactly 7 days before it hit this area, we decided last minute to book a house in North Carolina for the week for my husband and myself. We have been going to the beach in August for 41 years and we realized we were not going to go because none of our family were free to join us. We discussed this at length and decided to make a reservation and take a weeks’ vacation just for us. That felt very wonderful, celebratory in fact! One day later, we realized that there was a Tropical Storm in the Atlantic. We thought, we had better arrange for trip insurance in case something more serious became of this storm. We called for the insurance and were told that we could not get insurance now because there was a named storm in the Atlantic, specifically now called IRENE. So, my energy was very focused on this storm not only because of this reservation but also because I had been going to the North and South Carolina coasts literally all my life except for 4 years when were lived overseas.
So the prayers began in earnest. Every time I went into prayer, I got the feeling I was simply nipping at the heels of Hurricane IRENE. I did all the things I usually do in working at the global level but I could not feel any shifts in energy which is how I know the prayers have been effective. One day about the 4thday into the prayer effort, I finally asked in sacred space, “How do we do this?” I was feeling overwhelmed and completely under effective. Someone had shared with me that the Hurricane itself covered an area as large as Arizona. This left me totally amazed. I could feel the power and strength of Irene when in prayer and something I called powerful fury but I did not know how to address it in prayer.
*Comm-Unity on the Hill, meets at 10 Street and G Street, N.W. in jointly shared space with First Congregational Church of Washington D.C.. Services begin at 1 PM on Sundays. Comm-Unity can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-379-4450 . All are welcome.
** This sermon was preceded by a guided meditation for the congregation. This was offered October 2011
When we are on a conscious spiritual journey, sooner or later we spend time in Silence. But this is just the beginning of our potential journey.
After Silence, we may need to spend time on imbalances in our field. This can happen when our “quiet time” results in tough, yucky stuff appearing on the scene. Thoughts and feelings which are out of balance, unpleasant, heavy or unprocessed do frequently show up. Unsettling issues are a part of our dialogue with the Greater Whole.
This is the Divine Presence talking with us about what we need to focus on to remain in balance. Unsettling feelings are not the result of being in Silence. They are the result of our seeking inner peace! When we go into Silence we are seeking peace, balance, wholeness and centeredness. If we have unresolved issues with a co-worker, a spouse or a friend, we are likely to have them pop up after a period of sitting in Silence. In fact, many people never go into the Silence for this very reason. They are afraid that issues they do not want to look at will show up.
Guess what? Unpleasant issues, thoughts and feelings are ALREADY in our energy field, draining us of our Light and life force energy! They are already causing imbalance. Just because we are not thinking about them, does not mean they go away. In fact, because we are trying to “resist” them, they are even more demanding of our attention. The quickest way to resolve any unpleasant issue is to work in sacred space with our unresolved thoughts and feelings which are causing us stress or anger.
It is easy to say well “she should do this” or “he would be a whole lot happier if …”. However this will never bring resolution to an imbalance affecting us. These responses are actually a form of gossip and can perpetuate and expand the imbalance. As long as we focus on what others could or should be doing, we miss the lesson for ourselves. We are the ones who have to take the steps to re-establish inner peace for ourselves. Then others sense a shift in us and they are also affected by our coming into greater balance.
Coming into balance and inner peace is our part of the partnership with All That Is. No one else can do this work for us. The more we engage in this self-work, the more expansive our inner peace becomes. It begins to permeate our entire being and all our affairs for the positive. If this is hopeful or of interest to you, keep seeking and you will find exactly what you are meant to discover. There are infinite ways to undertake a work out process from Silence to release. Here is one you might try and adapt for you own purposes.
WORKING OUT with DIVINE PRESENCE– When we notice charged feelings and thoughts, causing imbalances, one option is to work them out within a sacred space, through writing to Divine Presence and then letting the imbalances go. Here are some steps towards that goal.
1. Open a sacred space in which to work. This gives us access to Divine wisdom, energy, love and support even when we are writing by ourselves. ( See Note A, for ideas of how to do this.)
2. The letter
Get a journal solely for these writings and date each letter. Sign your name as you would in any letter.
Address the letter to Dear God/ Beloved Oneness/ Perfect Love/ Great I AM/ Mohamed/Mary/Jesus/Buddha/Saint Germain/Ascended Masters, etc.
Keep this journal in a safe place where you are sure no one will find it or read it.
3. Explore the specific situation around which you have strong feelings which is causing you imbalance.
Begin by writing about your feelings.
Write as clearly as possible and with total honesty.
Include thoughts as well as feelings about the situation.
Write as much as you can until you feel really done.
Sign your letter each time you finish for the day
4. Ask in the Silence what fears and blocked energy you are carrying which are manifesting as imbalanced energy specifically related to you journal topic.
Specify the fears and other blocked energy in the journal as notes after your letter.
5. Go into a space of stillness and call for the sacred flame (within all of us) to consume all blocked energies you have identified which are causing turbulence and imbalance in your energy field from their originating source in this lifetime or from any previous life form you have taken.
If forgiveness comes to mind forgive self and others completely.
6. Give thanks for the healing support and vibration clearing of your energy field.
7. Continue to write about this imbalance as long as it remains in your consciousness following this process each day you write about it.
Every time you enter into stillness for clearing, healing energy will consume the low vibrating thoughts and feelings separating you from Peace.
You are only responsible for your own feelings. If you change, others involved in your situation will be profoundly affected as well.
Take as much time on the issues as you need, knowing that your desire and intention for Inner Peace will be completely supported.
NOTE A: Here is one way to open sacred space. ” I call forth my Highest “I AM” Self , the Angelic Host, the Ascended Masters (Jesus/Krishna/Mary/Mohammed/ Moses/St. Ignatius/Buddha ,etc.), the Nature Intelligences, Cosmic Light Beings of the Universe, Divine Ancestors and Divine Physicians to help me hold this sacred healing space. I may then say, “Spirit of the Living God/Great Oneness /Divine Wholeness/Holy Spirit, come forth into this space dedicated to wholeness and balance. My thanks.”
Peace, joy and health can only be obtained by entering into one’s Silent self. However, while trying to get to a state of Silence, we often we have to face issues that are unresolved, problems we are struggling with and feelings we do not want to feel.
This stops many a person from meditating, being in Silence or lying in shavasana ( corpse pose) on a yoga mat. The key here is to stay with the Silence while releasing all connection you have with the issues entering and swirling around your mind. One way to think of this is to allow the ideas, thoughts and issues that show up to pass across your “mind screen” and out of your focus. A mantra, a point of vision like a candle or attention to breath can help to bring our focus back to Silence. A mantra might be,” I am One with All That Is”, or “I am God’s Beloved Child”. With enough detachment from our mind’s issues, thoughts, problems, and people, one can move past the monkey mind to a place of no thought while in stillness. This however does not come quickly to some.
When I first began to try to meditate sitting up, I would sit with my back next to an old black walnut tree.
One day when I was wrapped in a sarape, covered with a hat and gloves and determined to “have my own time”, I thought, is this really what I am doing? By then, the snow was coming down rather steadily but that tree and I had bonded so I sat until I was completely snow covered. I felt a certain peace in doing that because, I so desperately needed time for Silence, even if it was snowing. When I could get to that tree, I felt welcomed because of having put all else aside to go into Silence. I did not really know what I was doing but I knew I had to show up and be still and let the Silence guide me into greater Peace. Bit by bit, step by step I was led into the Silence until that state increasingly stayed with me through the day, through my work, through my creating and through my pain.
Here is what I have learned along the way. We can’t be in stillness and Silence if we don’t show up. The first step in meditating is to show up with the intention for Silence and stillness. Another step is to select a place dedicated to enter into Silence. It may be in a corner of a room or it may be a favorite chair or a special tree or garden. The place has to be a haven for the time you intend to meditate. The major challenge though is to continue to come to Silence, even when your last experience was of the mind churning with thoughts.
One can think of this process as training the mind, like one would train a dog to obey. For most non-meditators, the mind runs willy-nilly all over the place, most of the time. As you begin to sit in the quiet, with the intention to connect to the Greater Whole, the Oneness, you have to let the thoughts pass through without picking any of them up and without giving any of them attention. In the beginning this may be all you do for months. Then one day, you will come out of mediation and realize that you have “lost time” when you were not conscious of sitting in the Silence. This is the golden feeling of peace and balance. As we begin to have a glimpse of this, there is nothing in the entire universe that can touch us this way. We have created the time and space for peace in our lives.
Meditating in a group is easier for most people than meditating alone. This is because as we gather in a group, there is more energy focused on meditation making it easier to enter into that energy flow. However, you can simulate this by setting the intention to meditate with those of the Highest Light around the globe who are meditating at the same time you are. You will be connected energetically with those meditators and it is often easier to get into the flow than trying to meditate alone.
In our lives we get very attached to what is going on with our friends, family, job and affairs. We have opinions, ideas, concerns, conflicts, solutions running around in our heads constantly. Meditation is a time to check out of the dailyness of our lives and seek Peace for a few moments while remaining conscious of being awake. It is like taking an energy nap to renew yourself. However, unlike sleep, meditation trains the mind to be still in the midst of chaos, and this expands into the very fabric of our lives. Over time, as we begin to be able to detach from our mind’s daily drama while in meditation, we increasingly do detach from the drama in our daily lives as well. When our mind gets used through Silence and stillness to our letting thoughts and feelings pass us by, we learn to increasingly remain non-attached to all outcomes in our lives as well. This enables us to increasingly hold the space for the Highest Benevolent Outcome for everything we are involved in all areas of our lives.
In Ray’s efforts to learn to meditate he kept coming up against his feelings about work which were not positive. This would throw him out of a peaceful state, again and again. He became very frustrated with his efforts to meditate. When this happens, we are being led to attend to the negative feelings that are coming up. It is not that we are “failing” in our efforts to meditate, it is that we need to attend to these negative feelings. Here are some ways to do this:
1. Out loud, say “I release all these negative thoughts and feelings I am carrying about work, totally and completely”.
2. In a journal, write out all the negative thoughts and feelings you have about work and the costs and benefits to you of holding onto these. Decide which thoughts and feelings you are going to keep, which ones you are going to let go of and what further actions you are going to take.
3. While you are coming out of your state of Silence and stillness, call forth you sacred inner flame and command it out loud to consume all your blocked emotional, mental, thermal( self-protective) and spiritual energy from their originating sources which are manifesting as these thoughts and feeling about work in the present. All that can leave you energy field today will go.
There is nothing in the world like Silence for healing and for guiding us to balance. Our thoughts and feelings create the imbalances and the balances in our lives. The more we are in Silence and stillness, and attend to the imbalances surfacing there, the more balance we will manifest in our lives. Silence trumps everything we think we are for a glimpse of the peace and stillness within, which is who we truly are.
New spiritual information is coming through for those with Crohn’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, ALS, high cholesterol, vitiligo, chronic fatigue, glaucoma, HIV/AIDs, common cold, epilepsy, body’s electrical system, and irritable bowel syndrome. Recently, each of these conditions has been described by Divine Knowing to me as the result of imbalances in energy which have attracted a virus to the physical body. The viruses are doing the damage at the physical level manifesting as these various conditions or diseases. Despite the fact that medically several of these conditions have not been linked to viruses, this is the pathway for healing that has been given spiritually.
Imagine my total amazement when over time, more and more imbalances such as those listed above have been addressed by Divine Knowing as caused by viruses. Through spiritual explanation, we contract a virus to our bodies because of some blocked energy, emotional, mental, thermal (self-protective) or spiritual (fear and doubt) which has compromised our immune system. I am seeing healing for clients when bodies have been cleared of this blocked energy manifesting as a “Crohn’s causing virus” or as a “glaucoma causing virus”, for example. This is the exact wording coming from Divine Knowing.
It may be years before we have medical confirmation of this spiritual information regarding virual sources for these imbalances. However, if you or a loved one is suffering with the above mentioned imbalances, you can use the following prayers for support and healing.
Prayer in my applied definition is working with Divine Presence or Universal Energy to bring forth the needed healing vibrations for shifting imbalances. All prayers are helpful though I have found that the more specifically directed this call for healing is, the more powerful it is. We are going tojump to graduate level prayer for maximum impact. Some background might be helpful before we put the prayers to use.
The major types of blocked energy so far revealed are emotional, mental, thermal (protective) and spiritual (fear and doubt).
The sacred flame is a form of Divine Presence within each of us. This energy is eternal, all knowing and all powerful. This concept comes from the Saint Germain teachings.
Open a sacred healing space for all prayers with a call to Divine Presence. I open my prayers by saying, “I call forth my beloved I AM Energy, the Ascended Masters, the Angelic Host, the highest Cosmic Light Beings of the Universe, the Nature Intelligences, the Divine Ancestors and Divine Physicians”.
Thurman was diagnosed with glaucoma and it was affecting both eyes. He asked me to pray for his healing. I opened the Sacred Space with my I AM Energy and that of the Divine Realm and said:
I call forth the sacred flame from within Thurman. Consume the blocked emotional, mental, thermal and spiritual blocked energies from this lifetime and any previous lifetime manifesting as a “glaucoma producing virus”. Virus, return to complete balance with all other tissues in the body. Let there be balance in Thurman’s eyes. And So It Is. Thanks to All That Is.
Say the prayer knowing it will be heard. All we ask, think, say is heard. Every hair on our head is counted! Stand in partnership with Divine Presence and know the call will be heard. It is your spiritual birthright to call the Energy of Divine Presence into this dimension for healing. Hold the intention for balance and wholeness and when it can manifest, it will do so.
This is a prayer you could say for yourself if you have high cholesterol or any of the other conditions listed in the first paragraph. Open the sacred healing space to begin.
I call forth the sacred flame from within me. Sacred Flame consume the blocked emotional, mental, thermal and spiritual energies I am carrying from this lifetime or any previous lifetime manifesting as a “high cholesterol causing virus” at the physical level. Virus come into perfect balance with all the tissues of my body. Let there be balance with this virus and my cholesterol levels. And So It Is. My gratitude and thanks.
You may have a friend or family member who is not open to prayer. Therefore, it makes no sense to try to get their permission at a human level, for healing prayer. Their minds are not open to this. In sacred space though we are ALL ONE, created from Universal Love Energy. Your love for this person will be strongly channeled for their highest good through your prayer of healing love for them. You can do no harm by sending Love energy in their direction by calling it into their field. They will feel the love even if the healing cannot be received. Eventually love heals all.
Here is a prayer for a person whom you might not have spoken to about prayer. Open the sacred healing space first.
I hold Kalli in this Sacred Healing Space for her highest benevolent outcome. I call forth her I AM Energy. Sacred flame, come forth from within Kalli. Consume all blocked emotional, mental, thermal or spiritual energies from this lifetime or any other lifetime which are currently manifesting as a “cancer producing virus” at the physical level. I command this virus to come into right relationship with the rest of Kalli’s body at all levels. All cells in this body balance in the name of the Most High. And So it is. Blessings of the Light. My loving thanks.
This prayer energy works powerfully because we have chosen to partner with Divine Presence. We have come knowing that we will be heard. We are commanding Divine healing energy into this earthly dimension through our own commitment to love and service, to self or others. We are commanding the return of balance for ourselves or for another. Use these prayers when you or others are facing these imbalances. I give deep thanks together with all of you, that this approach to healing is being shared with us at this time in our evolution.
We can choose to be afraid or trusting. We can choose to be selfish or generous. We can choose to be welcoming or restrained. Each and every choice we make for the goodness of the greater whole produces more balance. Each and every choice we make which is not for the goodness of the greater whole produces more imbalance.
The greater the imbalance we feel within ourselves, the greater these imbalances manifest in our lives. There is however no dark entity ofdarkpower to be reckoned with sometimes known as the dark side. We can know we are connected in one part of our lives to the Light and we can feel disconnected in other parts of our lives from the Light. In my case, I was very surprised that I felt attacked by something I envisioned as dark energy. I had not felt that fearful energy for years and years and yet there it was showing its ugly head right after our car accident. (spoken about in part 1)
Regardless of where we are in our journey, what we feel, see, sense, and experience is a reflection of the choice to be connected to the Light or the choice to be separated from the Light. This leads us back to the accident.
Why did that accident really happen to us? I kept asking this in my mind and had a hard time not getting an immediate answer. I wondered if I had attracted that accident to us through some means, if I needed to pay a karmic debt that I was not aware of, or if I was being attacked by the dark. I gave a lot of power to this last thought.
There are multiple true answers to this question. Each of us involved, my husband, the truck driver, and me experienced this same accident for different reasons. I now feel that I had this accident to give me a chance to directly face my deeply hidden fear about some force I thought of as the dark. This was not something I might take a Sunday afternoon to contemplate! As with most of us, I would probably always choose to engage in something else, anything else, actually. I needed a deeply shocking experience to go into my own darkness and wrestle my way through all of that old stuck energy.
Even though I slogged through the darkness after the accident, I sensed the minute we were hit, at some unconscious level, that we were not hurt. Immediately after the impact, I was led to pray for the complete and total healing of our fear from our energy fields. I felt an insulating energy drop in around us as the accident occurred and as the investigation was taking place. I also had the dawning thought with increasing certainty that the impact of the truck’s energy on our van was buffered by Divine Presence. We were surrounded immediately by that Divine Energy of Light. We were protected from harm’s way.
This experience of the Divine Presence with us at the accident continued to be present while I wrestled with my own created fear of the darkness. That powerful knowing just stayed within my energy field through all my stages of anger, frustration, uncertainly and questioning I felt I needed to feel. During one phase of my deeply questioning and anger tinged state about this accident, I asked about all the times I had been killed from this dimension. I was told the number. Then immediately following this exchange I heard, “but you agreed to that”. I started to laugh knowing deeply that this was true. Further, if this is true for me, then it is true for every one of us. Even the “innocent bystander” leaves when it is his or her time to leave. At the same time, an innocent bystander does not leave before it is his or her time either.
Yet the question remains, why do some come here and physically suffer and others come and mentally or emotionally suffer? Our entire journey is about coming into balance within our own energy. When we begin to experience this inside, it begins to manifest all around us in all our affairs. Many of the challenges, problems, conflicts, situations we get into are a result of imbalances we have chosen in our lives. If we need to “atone” or re-balance, from some past transgression we have caused, we have infinite ways that we can do that in a lifetime.
Parts of our lives can appear like suffering until we get that we are One with the Light and that we are being given our specific life circumstances so that deep imbalances in our human selves can be re-balanced with the Love of the Universe. We may also have a life in which we are given the option of being here in illness or disability as a way to re-balance some huge transgression of our past or as a way to develop compassion for ourselves and others, or as an example of living with joy and grace with our disability for others to learn from.
We are given whatever we need to come into a more loving and whole space with All That Is. We cannot judge by appearances for ourselves or for others. There is a Divine and Holy Order within this Earth dimension even though we may not be able to discern it. The process of re-balancing for the Goodness of the Whole is taking place, all the time for all people everywhere.
If you think you have brought imbalances, fears and transgressions of the past with you, you can work them out before you are required to do so, in some totally WAKE UP fashion. I recommend all the preemptive work we can do to clear the darkness, fear and imbalance we feel inside ourselves.
You can pray and ask forgiveness for all the people you have hurt throughout all space and time.
You can ask for all the debts of imbalance you have brought about in your times of separation from the Light to be made whole in all ways by Divine Grace.
You can literally call in the healing energy of the Light for all those you have specifically hurt.
You can call for the fear of anything you know you are facing to be consumed by the Light of God/All That Is.
Of course, one has to have the feeling that restoring balance is important. We are loved beyond all measure but knowing that at the soul level requires our acting in this energy. We need to embrace the fact that we can clear our old stagnant energies and past misdeeds by calling for this to happen.
We have to embrace a new intention for being here, one that embraces that all living is for the purpose of healing and thereby for coming into the Energy of the One, the Whole, the Eternal Community of Life. Then all is possible.
Guilt is energy run amok. Perhaps guilt comes about through the twisted thought that feeling guilty is a deserved response to a horrible choice we have made in the past. Perhaps guilt is born when we have the feeling that we have let another person down. Guilt can certainly surface when we know we have been seriously unkind or mean to another person or when we have indulged ourselves in ways that are bad for us.
Whatever its origins, Dr. David Hawkins author of Power vs. Force says it is next to the lowest of all our emotional energies in vibration, just above shame. Thus guilt is a energy drain on our being, physically, emotionally and mentally. Guilt is an emotion we have to chose to have and continue to hold and strengthen, by giving our power to it.
Elise is a medical intuitive. She gives readings for people as a service for which she charges. Early in her career, Elise had a reading with a male, mid-sixties client and sensed energy imbalances on his arms. She told him he had skin cancer and in this case, she was wrong about that diagnosis. This was shared with her through an angry email which the client sent to her after he had had a skin biopsy taken of the places in question. The client suggested she stop her readings if she was going to cause such upset for no reason.
In working with Elise five years later, she was still carrying deep guilt about this client. Elise was fearful about fully exploring and using her talents because she had been inaccurate other times as well. This guilt was seriously interfering with her practice and desire to serve others. My question to her was if perhaps she was picking up on cancer from another area of the client’s body. She had had that very thought herself after the angry email arrived though with no way to pursue it. Further, the client’s biopsies would have required a doctor’s approval so the client’s anger was somewhat misplaced.
When Elise asked in earnest for forgiveness for the impact of the inaccurate readings she had given in the past, the presence of guilt in her energy field cleared completely. Then Elise was able to develop new information, safe-guards and protocols for the readings she wanted to offer. Elise’s taking on of the guilt was due to her own insecurities about her gift of intuition. This is precisely why this situation was attracted to her, so these insecurities could be healed and she could move on. It took 5 years to completely heal but that is a short time in eternity.
Where in your life are you taking on guilt? Guilt is never useful and often masks the real steps that need to be taken to correct a situation. Even if you feel guilty and responsible for your parents’ divorce or you lied or cheated and got some reward you did not earn, guilt serves no good purpose for anyone. There is always an energy of the Light which will completely heal the feelings of guilt and remorse. In Elise’s case, she needed to ask for forgiveness and receive it, in order to release the guilt. In feeling guilty about one’s parents’ divorce, it is highly likely that shame about our own behavior or acute loss around the family unit is fueling feeling guilty about such a situation. Misplaced energies can result seemingly in feelings of guilt. If guilt lingers as a result of lying and getting some reward we have not earned, questions of self-worth and personal integrity can also be stirring the pot of guilt.
Remember,we take on guilt from a place of imbalance and we can set it down when balance is restored. Search for the real feelings and blocked energy masquerading as guilt. There are always reasons we have chosen to hold onto guilt feelings. Guilt is something we allow in our energy fields and it does not support any good thing at all. In fact it is a major drain on our overall energy. Guilt is a misplaced thought fueled by emotions of regret.
If you are feeling guilt energy, open a Sacred Space and ask yourself:
Why am I holding onto this guilt energy?
Is there something I need to ask forgiveness for?
Is there some other energy I am carrying which is fueling or sustaining this guilt energy?
What benefits am I getting by holding onto this guilt energy?
Then go into Silence and sit with Divine Knowing/Ascended Masters/All That Is, with these questions presented. When you have done that, go about your life and wait until the desired insight is revealed to you. It will present when you are ready to hear it. The goal of identifying guilt energy is to ultimately release the blocked energy behind the feelings of guilt so that the guilt can also be released.
When you are ready to release blocked energy and guilt, ask Divine Presence:
to clear all blocked, stuck energy and feelings from you energy field, masquerading as guilt
to clear all the guilt energy from you field
for forgiveness for all the pain you have caused self and others
to witness the thanks you are feeling for Divine Support
Then, write me and tell me about your experiences with casting out guilt.
Gratitude and negativity can not exist at the same time. Gratitude and worry can not hold the same space. Neither can gratitude and anger, blame or resentment coexist together. Therefore choosing the energy of gratitude is a life giving activity.
It fills up the places where draining energy might have dared to roam. Being grateful takes us out of negative attention and connects us with Love. Gratitude is a part of the large body of Love feelings which are available to us. How can we cultivate gratitude?
One early step towards gratitude is to be aware of times and places when we are feeling angry and drained. We have to train the mind to “jump the track” to gratitude when we are angry, frustrated or feeling simply down. We can focus on that which is draining energy or that which is life affirming and the later creates good endorphins throughout the body. This then helps us glide through situations which might have snagged our good feelings in the past. If we practice focusing on our blessings and on that for which we are grateful, we literally feed ourselves a diet of Love. This affects every single aspect of our lives, including our chemical balance, our ability to sleep soundly and our ability to attract mates or live peacefully with the mates we have.
Gratitude energy is of a very high vibration, not simply the fleeting thought of gratitude but the real feeling of being grateful for the blessings we have. This actually opens and strengthens our connection with the Divine Presence as well, because we begin to exude Love energy which attracts us to Divine Presence. This is a totally awesome experience filled with love and support which can only improve our lives.
In fact, developing the choice for gratitude is a wonderful way to become closer and more connected with All That Is on many levels. When we feel grateful or appreciative, we actually calm our nervous system. This brings us into greater balance and we cultivate the feelings of goodness and well being. So the question is why would we not choose to live in this energy all the time? Basically, fear. Fear keeps us in a state of vigilance, anxiety, stress or all three. Fear and gratitude are not compatible with each other.
Beth kept feeling fear and anxiety for her son, Greg. In fact, every time she thought of Greg, her body constricted due to her very real concerns about him. She was afraid that he would suffer because of his excessive weight. She was concerned that he was not happy in his job and she worried that his current relationship was unsupportive. She was unable to think about Greg without a sense of deep sadness, worry and discomfort. Their interactions began to suffer, become strained and eventually Greg did not want to see his mother very much at all. This added to Beth’s angst and generally sense of loss and impotence regarding her son. She needed a change of thoughts and feelings regarding her son.
Beth began by writing down all the fears she was carrying about Greg and his life. She named over 22 fears she had for her son. She allowed as how it was probably impossible for him to come for a visit and not feel the energy of fear she had for him. One by one, she began to call out the specific fears she had for Greg and turn them over to All That Is/Divine Oneness/God. At the SAME time, she began to list the things she was grateful for about her son. This was a much harder list to compile because she hardly ever thought in this way. Eventually, though there was a complete shift in her thinking about her son. She began to fill her thoughts with the energy of gratitude and this began to transform their time together and their relationship. Love heals anything and gratitude is a form of Love, pure and simple.
This is also true about our Earth. When we feel gratitude towards her beauty, it is a healing energy. When we drink in the beauty of a sunset or bask in the warming rays of the sun or work with our flowers or food, and feel gratitude, we become a healing presence for Mother Earth. It is harder to feel gratitude for our Earth if we are worrying about pollution, animal extinction, strip mining, insect imbalances, genetically enhanced foods, clear cutting, pesticides and dwindling oil supplies. If this is your relation with our Earth, consider praying to Divine Presence to bring forth re-balancing energy for Mother Earth. This is something we can readily do which can clear us of the draining energy of worry and concern. This allows us to focus on the gratitude we feel for the beauty of the Earth, and we can stay in a state of gratitude for the other aspects of the Earth which feed our soul.
Prayer Process for our Earth
1. Open a Sacred healing circle with your highest I AM self, the Angelic Host and the Ascended Masters. You can include any and all Divine Presence you want to help you hold the space.
2. Set the intention to call forth Divine Healing Energy for Planet Earth.
3. Clear you own concern, fear, anger or sense of outrage regarding Earth conditions which you know are particularly draining you.
Sacred Flame, I call forth my blocked emotional, mental, thermal (protective) and spiritual energy originating from this lifetime or from any previous lifetime which is manifesting as my outrage with the practices of strip mining I am seeing in West Virginia. ( fill in the blank for you)
4. Call for the Sacred Flame, the Presence of All That Is which knows nothing but the Divine, to clear blocked energies manifesting as imbalances on our Earth.
Sacred Flame (Divine Presence in this form) clear the blocked emotional, mental, thermal and spiritual energies from our Earth from this century and from any previous centuries which are now manifesting as strip mining in West Virginia. I call for energy of the Great I AM/Divine Presence/Mighty God to fill the strip mining industry with the perfect vibrations to bring strip mining into Right Relationship with All That Is.
5. My deep appreciation and lasting thanks.
In the process of clearing our blocked energy and blocked energy from other sources, we ourselves benefit greatly by being able to remain in a state of gratitude. When we are in a state of gratitude, this grows and blesses all whom we meet and all we come in contact with including our Sacred Planet.
Spiritual healing is the healing of the unseen energy in our energy field. It is not magic! We know that we are out of balance if we become angry or afraid about something in our lives. Anger, fear, shame and guilt each have a unique vibration which is different from the vibrations of joy, laughter, contentment and love. When we carry anger in our energy field regardless of its origin, the vibration of anger permeates our body. That vibration leaves our body when we reach resolution regarding the anger. Or, the anger vibration may remain in our energy field for years, if it is not completely resolved, released or the person forgiven, who is related to the anger. Spiritual healing is the process of releasing blocked energy which is not serving us well in our lives.
Spiritual healing recognizes that our thoughts, feelings, actions, memories, experiences and bodies are all one interrelated flow of energy impacting each other in thousands of ways every day. This is the mind, body, spirit connection. Every thought and feeling we have resonates throughout our bodies. If we experience trauma, sadness, abuse, fear, abandonment, our body registers this emotional content in the body. When we are stressed, out of balance, we are more vulnerable to contract infection, virus, parasites, etc. When we are out of balance emotionally or mentally, this ALWAYS shows up in our bodies, sometimes immediately and sometimes years later but it ALWAYS shows up.
The way to stay healthy and in balance is to do our inner work. This work most powerfully consists of identifying and releaseing blocked emotional, mental and spiritual energy which is manifesting as pain, hurt, anger, broken relationships, poor communications, repeating confrontations, back pain, cancer, ADHD, depression, infections, irritable bowel syndrome, etc. and all other types of imbalances in our physical bodies.
Each and every one of us is here to learn to be in greater states of Peace and Joy. Some of us recognize this and others among us do not. We can choose to ignore our inner work but eventually we have to do the work to find Peace and Contentment in our daily lives. We can spend lifetimes on the externals of what others think of us, on material possessions and on public attributes of prestige and success. The externals however have next to nothing to do with feeling successful, peaceful and balanced inside. The goal of spiritual healing is Peace and Wholeness inside. Thenour lives, our relationships, our jobs and our bodies come into greater and greater balance.
When we release deep sadness, un-forgiveness, resentment, hatred, judgement, shame, fear, etc. our minds and bodies come into greater balance. When I open a sacred space, I call Divine Presence into this dimension to work with me to help others who are in need. As I begin to work with another, I don’t know in my “human mind” exactly what blocked energy may be manifesting as infection, inflammation, Parkinson’s, Alzheimers, Crohns or Grave’s Disease. I do know that some set of blocked energy is manifesting as imbalance in the body. I also know that Divine Knowing knows all. Through listening, with the intent to come into balance, we will learn to identify the imbalances and then they can be cast out of our energy fields allowing the body to heal.
Some people come to me for a “quick fix”. Those rarely manifest. We have to steadfastly seek to connect with Divine Energy because the outer world is more visible, more tangible and seemingly more real to many of us. Until we have real experience with Divine Presence, the thought of this Presence is a vague possibility. We can experience Divine Presence though other people, nature, creations, etc. but we have to eventually go inside and have a dialog with Divine Presence and ourselves to find Divine Connection. God/Divine Presence/All That Is is within. Our I AM Presence, the part of us which is wholly connected and balanced, is within. If we seek with the attitude that we will get our body fixed and go right on with our behaviors and thoughts which have brought us to imbalance, we won’t be able to sustain any form of balance, mentally or physically.
Our bodies and more importantly our souls won’t allow us to be out of balance without letting us know in very powerful ways. We get as many chances as we need to release resentment, rage, blame, self-punishment and un-forgiveness but there is no way to fool the body into balance. We come into balance when we are done with giving our power and attention to negative energy which is manifesting as imbalance.
To Begin Inner Spiritual Healing Work:
1. Relax into Silence with the spoken intent to connect more deeply with Divine Presence. I intend to connect with Divine Presence. I open a Sacred Space for healing and wholeness. Wait there a while and be.
2. Identify a negative draining thought, feeling or emotion which is in your immediate energy field such as rage, for example. Or name the diagnosed imbalance you want to clear blocked energy for, such as breast cancer.
3. State aloud with conviction, With the Energy of the Most High,I command out the blocked core source of the rage I am feeling,(of the breast cancer, I am manifesting) through all time and space, with the intent to come into greater Balance and Peace. I affirm my desire to connect more deeply with Divine Presence in my life.
4. I offer my deepest thanks for this support and for the power of this healing within me.
It may seem easier to get medical drugs, therapies and pills to take care of a situation. However, the same imbalances that brought the last sinus infection, the last back ache, the last heart attack, the last cancer stay with us unless we release the thoughts and feelings that have caused the imbalances in the first place. We get all the chances we need to come into balance. If you want to be done with chronic imbalance, go inside. Work with Divine Presence with the intent of creating more Peace and Balance, Health and Wholeness. All healing modalities can be supported and strengthened with inner spiritual work. Release that which you know is out of balance and all else will follow.
Begin Today. Sit today in Silence and cast out that which is manifesting as imbalance in your life. Repeat these processes frequently until the negative emotions have left your being or until the physical imbalance is re-balanced. Healing comes a little at a time. Keep calling out the imbalances, a little at the time.
Here are some folks questioning the purpose and experience of Silence, being answered by folks who have tried Silence and find It working for them. These answers are paraphrases from individuals in my meditation and healing practice.
Why would you ever sit in Silence when there are ever so many other more interesting things to do?
Because in Silence, nothing is expected of me. In Silence, I feel at ease, safe with no one asking anything of me. Perhaps that is a lot like hiding but when I come out of it, I don’t feel like I have run away. I feel like I have run towards something that perhaps I don’t fully get but I know is great and it feels trust worthy. Also, increasingly, the myriad of “interesting things” in my life is not helping me become more peaceful. As long as I “do things”, I feel worthy, productive, competent and focused. I feel more in control. However when I stop, I know I am not in control. It feels good to sit in Silence where there are no control games going on or even the pretense of those running in the background. I love to do this in the woods, or at the beach. It seems like a whole other way of being.
l’ecluse #1 by [le]doo
I don’t see myself ever seeking Silence because my mind won’t settle down when I stop running from one thing to another. There never seems to be any peace in Silence for me.
When I first stopped doing, thinking, running around, working, to enter into Silence , my mind only knew how to keep thinking thoughts. That is exactly what it continued to do. I focused on my breath going in and out or sometimes on a candle flame or on the blank wall, and let my mind go. Eventually , my thoughts silenced themselves because I gave them no attention. Then real peace set in. I would find myself simply swirling along, not aware of time at all. There is a great sense of floating at times and of taking a real break from demands, lists, concerns and responsibilities. When I come out, I am usually more centered and less frantic. I’d like to be free of worry and concerns, all day long. In the meantime, I am getting healthier, while I practice getting there.
What could possibly be in Silence that I can’t get from putting my energy and efforts on what I like to do?
…perhaps a space where just being is a nice state. It is a great relief to be able to sit in Silence and simply be there. It is like taking a short nap for me. I usually come out refreshed and feeling lighter. I have no idea how that happens but I experience it again and again. What I find in Silence is more space to be. If I find that I can’t get away from issues and stuff from my daily life, I name them out loud and escort them back “outside the doorway to the Silence” and leave them there. They are always there when I finish my quiet time but they are often different in ways, less pressing or I have some clarity about how to respond. I really don’t know how this works, but it does. I don’t get this type of refresher in the day just running around doing things on my list. I like the sense of entering Silence and coming out of it, both. It works for me.
Why would I ever consider Silence, I don’t like to be alone usually and I find it boring in the extreme.
Intentional Silence is completely different from being alone. For me, I go into Silence to connect with a Greater Whole which I don’t fully get but know is probably there. I never feel alone because I go with the intention of connecting with Divine Energy. I don’t know about boring. I did have to learn to be still and listen to the Silence. There is a different kind of knowing there which I am slowly getting. In the beginning though, it was simply a place of Peace for me.
I don’t like Silence because I don’t know what to expect and I can’t really figure out what I am suppose to be doing there.
That is a great reason to keep going there. We don’t know what to expect most of the time in life. I often get thrown when things do not go as I expect. In Silence, I simply sit and am quiet and things happen in that space in a very different way than in my daily life. I get the sense that the hardest issues for me to learn can be learned there. I often get gentle nudges or hunches which help me when I leave that space. I don’t know what I am supposed to be doing there for sure, but I go there because I feel better when I do. I get to be there doing nothing, having no rights or wrongs in that space. When I come out, I am more able to roll along with things rather than feeling I need to control them. That has been great for me.
When my doctor asked me how I brought my blood pressure down without medicine after 10 years of it being too high, I told him through spiritual clearing and healing in Silence. He just rolled his eyes.
But really, that is what I did. I began sitting in Silence and when things came up which were stressful, I named them usually as a fear, called out the blocked energy around them and asked for them to be consumed from my energy field. This process has worked for me, big time. Then I usually enjoy my Silence after I do my release work. My blood pressure I guess was related to all the stress I was carrying when I got angry, irritated or frustrated. Maybe my cells just settled down as all those things left my energy field, who knows. Anyway, my doctor is happy and I think I am a lot healthier all around. ( for more on how to name and release) http://www.robbinshopkins.com/2009/09/calling-out-impatience-part-2/
Other Responses to Why Silence?
When I finally got to entering Silence on my own, I found it amazing that when I came out, I was clearer about the issues I was facing even though they were not specifically addressed by me in that Silence.
I found myself always making excuses for myself as to why I was drinking too much until in Silence I found a place to connect in stillness and within the quiet. I then began to be able to consider getting help for my drinking habits.
When I was really lost, in a situation I was completely confounded by, doing things that were unfamiliar and sometimes unpleasant for me, I could always take 5 minutes in Silence and know I was still connected to the Greater Whole.
When I got to Silence even for a short time daily, I began to see that my temper was less explosive and my language was more even, even the curse words dropped out in time. Some type of peace was coming over me just by a few minutes in Silence.
Tjosvoll Vest by Vinje
Try Silence for several days, a few minutes at the time and then keep giving it to yourself, as a gift. You are actually giving Divine Presence/Greater Whole/All That Is/your “I AM Presence” a chance to send you Love so that you will have more Light to bring to your body, your affairs and your thoughts. Love creates Light which heals us completely. Sometimes we just aren’t creating enough Love of our “I AM Presence”/own True Self /Core Eternal Being for us to generate enough Light to feel balanced, centered, content and whole. When you enter into Silence:
1. set an intention ( say it out loud) to connect with All That Is
2. to receive healing Love
3. to experience inner Peace, with time
When you leave Silence give thanks for whatever happened for you in that time, regardless of whether you think if was good or bad, well done or botched, helpful or unhelpful. Appearances often deceive us. Being in Silence with these intentions is ALWAYS HEALING even if we can’t see it in the beginning or on a specific day.
It is possible to focus on impatience within ourselves and rout it out! This concept though came to me slowly over a long period of time. I awoke gradually to the implications of naming what was causing me distress, imbalance and friction in my life. Here are some concrete examples of how to name impatience and command it out of our field.
Before doing this work or any other of a spiritual nature, open a sacred healing space. I do this by inviting my Highest I AM Self , the Angelic Host, the Nature Intelligences, the Ascended Master of all traditions, the Comic Light Being of the Highest Light, Divine Physicians who can work with me today. Do what works for you.
When impatience is manifesting in our lives in the present time, we usually know it is present. We sometimes carefully and cleverly ignore it, make excuses for it or downright deny we are being impatient. This is a process when you are ready to honestly face the energy of impatience within.
1. The first step is to NAME the settings, interactions, situations where we are feeling impatient with ourselves or others. It looked like this for me. Getting up every morning, stomping around the house looking for my hair brush and cursing about never being able to find anything, repeatedly, day after day when I had to go to work!!
Also, even though you can quickly and decisively name impatience in others, that does you absolutely no good. You can only change that pattern in yourself. Your own healing of this imbalance will affect those around you.
What does impatience look like in your life? How does it specifically manifest? Pick one instance where you have been impatient with self or others, to further explore.
2. A second step in this process is to name all the ways impatience in the situation you have named is benefiting you. For me, it benefited me because it allowed me to get out my impatience with myself in a safe private environment before I was publicly at work. The ranting also kept me in touch with my power, as distorted as that was, because I felt trapped by the daily routine of going to that job. Giving power to my impatience provided me a forum to rail without any perceived consequences to myself. I could let loose and not hurt anyone but myself.
How does the impatience in the situation you have identified, benefit you? What pay offs are your getting from you impatience in this situation?
3. The third step is to consider the costs of this continued set of behaviors to yourself and to others. In my case, it was very unpleasant for my husband to witness this self-condemnation on my part every morning I had to work. Though I seemed to be getting in touch with what I thought of as power, really, I was venting my impatience with myself all over the house. This made it very difficult to get to work with grace and ease, actually, next to impossible. I don’t think grace and ease were even in my vocabulary at the time.
What are the costs to yourself and to others of continuing with this form of impatience with yourself or others?
4. The fourth area to explore is what specific fears are fueling the impatience with self or with others. In my case, my fears were of losing the “me” I liked, by being in a job I was not happy with. Another fear was that I was losing my sense of my 0wn power by needing to “fit in” to the organization where I was working. Another fear was of never getting to where I could really make a difference through what I was doing.
What specific fears are fueling the impatience with self or with others?
When the fears are specifically named, you are ready to decide if you would like these to leave your energy field for good. If so, continue with the next section for how to do that. If not, perhaps you can return to this when you feel ready to release the fears manifesting in your life as impatience with self or others.
Clearing the energy behind impatience.
There are a few basic concepts which will support this clearing of blocked energy manifesting as impatience. The first is that impatience is not an eternal energy. It is not of the family of love and therefore is fleeting, passing and is not a permanent fixture of our own true selves. We may have this trait for months, years or lifetimes but none the less, it is a passing trait which we can release if we are so inclined. Secondly, we have the deep knowing of All That Is within us. We are one with God/The Great Oneness/All That Is. We may not feel we are connected to this knowing, but we are. We need to claim this connection and releasing that which is not of love, in any form, strengthens that connection on our side. From the “other side” that connection is constant, everlasting and steadfast. Thirdly, if we command blocked energy out of our field, it will go. Until you have experience doing this, you have to simply do it and see. Then the experience of cleared energy will be known to you in this time and space and the process will become easier over time.
The clearing process begins with intent. One day I decided that I no longer wanted impatience in my energy field. Thus began a series of letting go and clearing of impatience energy from all areas of my life. I imagine there is still more to do but the backlog has been addressed! We get as many chances as we need. We can do the work now or do the work later. This is a loving step towards claiming the power and peace of our own true selves. Every one of us is capable of being patient with ourselves and others. We simply need to call out the blocked energy manifesting as impatience and call forth love to replace it.
Steps to Clear Impatience from you Field
1. Reopen your sacred healing space or restate your intent to work within that space if you have already opened it that day. ( see above)
2. Call forth the sacred flame from within you.
This flame is the form of God, All That Is, the Great Oneness which is within each of us. It knows nothing beyond the Presence of God. It is the energy of our own I AM Energy and of the Great I AM Energy in the same moment. Further, the Sacred or Eternal Flame is constant, all powerful, all knowing and everywhere present. We are in good hands with this image of Divine Oneness! Say, “I call forth the Eternal Flame from within me.”
3. Call out all the blocked fear energy you have identified in your field which is manifesting as impatience. Say something like, ” Sacred Flame consume the blocked fear of ______ which is manifesting as impatience with myself and others. ” You can call out all the specific fears you have identified from Step 4 above, at the same time.
4. Call out the core of the blocked energy from the specific year, month and day of its inception into you field. Say something like, ” I call forth this blocked fear of ____________ from all time and space from the specific year, month and day of its inception into my energy field which is now manifesting as impatience with myself and with others. Consume the original blocked energy source of this impatience from my energy field totally and completely.”
All that can go in the given day, will leave your energy field. However, you may have to repeat this process many times until the manifestation of all impatience leaves your field. Each time you do this, more and more blocked energy will leave your field forever!
5. Call in the Presence of Divine Love in the place where the fear has been. Say something like, I call forth the Presence of Divine Love into my thinking, feeling, acting self where this blocked fear energy has resided manifesting as impatience with myself and others.
6. Give thanks for the loving support of the sacred healing space. Say something like, Thank you so much for this opportunity, for the clearing and for the reconnection with Divine Love.
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