Posted by: zanemaser | July 30, 2014

IT’S ALL YOUR CHOICE

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Spirit interpenetrates the finite.
All the “divine ideas” that are possible already exist.
Each idea chosen and thus pursued
creates form in time and space.
A consequence is set in motion.
The ending is encoded
from the beginning choice.
Life is the cumulative experience of a
growing collection of choices.

What if humanity—comprised of each and every person in their own timing—arrived at a place to HEAR a BIG TRUTH revealed, at least “this” version of it. From this given scenario, the Light sheds light on the whole realm of infinite possibilities!

I came across a remarkable passage in the third book of Neale Donald Walsch’s popular trilogy, “Conversations With God.”1 It’s such a mind-boggling, consciousness-expanding, Universe-opening IDEA that my jaw dropped and my eyes widened. “WOW,” I marveled, “if I grasp this breathtaking revelation in its full spiritual ramifications, I grasp it ALL!! I am indeed my own creator!”

As this particular “conversation” goes, God is patiently explaining to Neale that everything that will ever happen “has already happened. Every possibility exists as fact, as completed events.” An exhilarating mind-bender, isn’t it? It certainly was for Neale, as he attempted to digest this BIG concept with its embedded maxim: “time does not exist.”

So, God goes on to give the example of a child playing a computerized video game using a CD-ROM.2 The computer responds in perfect synchrony to all the twists and turns the child makes with a joystick. Is it advanced magic or simply technology? God puts it plainly: “It’s all on the disc. The computer knows how to respond to every move the child makes because every possible move has already been placed on the disc, along with the appropriate response.” And this is nothing compared to the “technology of the universe!”

God invites each of us to “think of the Cosmic Wheel [and our life] as that CD-ROM. All the endings already exist. The universe is just waiting to see which one you choose this time. And when the game is over, whether you win, lose, or draw, the universe will say, ‘Want to play again?’”

If we are able to take in and live consciously in the realization of this wider, grander backdrop of what life really IS, then there is no such thing as a shackle of limit or a boundary that can contain us. ALL options are real and available right now. ALL possible versions of life have their predetermined destination. It’s ALL up to how you choose in this moment.

And the best news is that God assures us that whatever choice we make, we absolutely get to experience it—guaranteed! Remember, this precise opportunity has already taken place. The future is truly now, and you can have ANY future, attests God, your heart desires. It’s ALL your choice!
 

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Since you are infinite consciousness, you embody
within yourself all that exists—you include
the entire universe within your being.
…All that exists lives within your consciousness.
Joel S. Goldsmith


Similar Offerings:

• That Could Be Me (includes a brief biography of Neale Donald Walsch)

• What Value A Gold Nugget?

• It’s Already Present

• Divinity Remembered

• Arise Anew!

• Two Choices In Life

• Self-Creation


Endnotes:

1. Neale Donald Walsch. 1998. Conversations With God: an uncommon dialogue. book 3. Hampton Roads Publishing Company.

2. Ibid. Page 107-108.


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Posted by: zanemaser | July 21, 2014

CREATIVE INDIVIDUALITY

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Blessed am I radiant in creative purpose,

for I behold the rainbow’s Light.

The promise of the Self is mine.

My heart is the Sun’s abode.

On our bike ride this afternoon, I noticed the bumper-sticker invitation: “Be yourself. Nobody else can.” That’s an excellent summation of the Sun, symbol of individuality and wholeness, moving into the dazzling solar sign of Leo on July 22. With outgoing and expansive Jupiter’s entry into Leo a few days ago (until next August 11, 2015), our confidence and creative potential can potentially soar to an all-time high!

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The Sun and Jupiter will harmoniously join with the bold originality of Uranus in fiery Aries to widen our imaginative horizons and assist us to bring our creative inspirations into spectacular manifestation, if we choose to focus our abilities in that fortunate direction. The Fire of Life burns brightly now, so take center stage, and let your very own innovative abilities shine in your special way!

Each of us has an inner dream that we can unfold,
if we will just have the courage to admit what it is.
What we really want to do is what we are really meant to do.
Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way

The Sun indicates not only our conscious sense of identity but also is the symbol of Consciousness. It is our vibrant spirit and Spirit, the unique transparency of light that is meant to shine through us not from us—as our gift to the world. The Sun signifies both the heart of the person and the heart of the birth chart in its highest expression, for it also shows the spiritual lesson to be learned and the conscious purpose or primary expression of the life. It describes the underlying keynote of our character—the real Self-identity—with its power for Self-integration.

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In addition, the Sun points to the central focus in the birth chart of the individual’s drive for significance, success, and power, and its fortifying energy motivates our deepest longings and creative aspirations to stand up, to stand out, as who we came to Earth to be. Exalted in its supreme position amongst the planets (its number is One!), the Sun indicates the potential for spiritual attainment and the realization of our inherent divinity.

If you think of a central Sun and the way it bursts into
infinite sparks of light particles, each one has the
original essence but is also now its
own particle—one yet One and the Same.
There is only one Truth and—I AM THAT—and
it appears as countless facets of the Whole.

Authentic, unshakeable selfhood is a central issue around which the heart and creative life of the “Solar You” revolves. All evolutionary manifestations along the self continuum are entirely appropriate expressions of the Sun, from occasional self-centeredness or self-interest to self-confidence, self sufficiency, self-respect, self-development, self-awareness, self control (or conversely self-indulgence in the tendency to live on too grand a scale!), self discipline, self-love, and self-actualization. The eternal nature of our Sun being is Self-completeness.

Is it any wonder that the spiritual pathway of the sign of Leo is that of self-expression, creativity, joy, and ultimately bliss. In the language of yoga, this equates to ananda yoga. Fittingly, the Sun is a natural symbol of leadership, authority, and honor. This is beautifully seen in all the regal ways lions (Leo) have been portrayed in myths, works of art, and iconography as potent symbols of solar strength, supremacy, glory, and brilliance. Shakespeare wrote in King Lear, “Ay every inch a [spiritual] king.”

Life isn’t about finding yourself.
Life is about creating yourself.
George Bernard Shaw

In the end, our life’s journey is to express our own inner light and comfortable “place in the Sun.” When we connect deeply with our greater Sun destiny, we discover that the ingenious spark we seek to express is within our own intuitive heart. Astrologer Stephanie Austin points to the fact, “it may be no coincidence that the word ‘art’ is encompassed in the word ‘heart.’” Creative individuality is an inside-outside work that is meant to flow freely to an appreciative world.

If we are willing to act on novel and daring opportunities, our talents could get a significant boost in the coming year as new channels open up to showcase our particular form of “artwork.” In September, and then again from February to June 2015, Jupiter in Leo links with Uranus in Aries, heightening the abundance of energies that favor fresh, pioneering, progressive, and colorful self-expressiveness! Reach for the sky and color it with the heart of your energetic signature!

A blade of grass never becomes a rose, a cat, or a star.
Always, throughout eternity each is maintained in its own
individuality. Never subdue yourself. Let yourself come out.
Never be afraid to be different. Always be yourself.
Only in freedom can you be yourself.
Assert your individuality.
Joel S. Goldsmith

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Similar Offerings:

• The High Calling of Royal Leo

Sun Thoughts For Easter (additional thoughts about the Sun)

• Catty Woman

• Manifested Splendour

• Be True

Ad Infinitum Ourselves

• Soul Purpose

• Greatness Within

• How Would You Be Remembered?


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Posted by: zanemaser | July 11, 2014

THE GLORY OF MORNING

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In anticipation of the Sun’s returning Light,
the morning glory’s delicate bud waits
in readiness and simple faith.
It is among the first to welcome a new sunrise.
To celebrate the solar warmth
and healing power that is sent out to all life.

Like the morning glory that blooms in the morning and dies in the afternoon of the same day, sharing its stunning beauty for those brief hours, we too have only the glory of this morning. The Sun greets us with its promise of a brand new slate to write today’s script. Its rays provide the heat and light necessary for continued life. The natural world is the context that enfolds us, but do we in fact notice the magnificent, generous life around us? Do we offer gratitude for its nourishment and ever-present blessings? Do we realize nature as a cathedral, a place of worship?

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With the current, global changeability escalating (for example, the warming of our planet), what we tend to take for granted seems more uncertain, at least on the outer level. Life can transmogrify into something really different in an eye’s blink! Take hold of and glorify this moment! It never returns. Aptly, that is why the morning glory is considered a symbol for death and rebirth.

As case in point, while I was reveling in the splendor of this morning’s meditation, a city water pipe a block away blew apart, spewing water 30 feet high, rupturing the street as though a bomb had hit! Within seconds, water was pouring down several blocks, causing basements to fill with inches of stinking sewage. And this event is the third serious flooding in the past few years, tragically happening three days after the city was suppose to start the repair work to replace the pipes! Houses are shape-shifted again! None of our neighbor’s awoke this morning anticipating yet another terrible round of destruction and disruption, a disaster that could have been avoided had the city acted promptly.

On the up side, the good news is July is a relatively calm, astrological month in terms of planetary interactions. “A summer of grace,” as astrologer Lorna Bevan put it, in part due to a harmonious trine in the water signs composed of Saturn (wisdom gained through experience) and Chiron (healing and wisdom) and completed respectively by the Sun (illumination), Mercury (lighthearted and versatile), and Venus (beauty-loving), as they flow through the nurturing, tender sign of Cancer. The planet of optimism and bountiful fortune, Jupiter, changes signs on July 16. It moves into Fiery, Sun-ruled Leo, also an expansive, generous, graceful, enthusiastic energy. Over the next year, warmth of heart and an encouraging hand offered to others will be expressed spontaneously, as we tap the sparkling, joyful nature of Jupiter in Leo—a signature well able to leap out of bed to glory in the morning!

July is set to be a time for quiet reflection, relaxation, renewal, and settling more comfortably into the tremendous changes we’ve all experienced in recent years. The long-term square of Uranus (radical change) to Pluto (processes of death and rebirth) has kept us dancing the double quickstep, and it still looms as a more quiescent but influential background note. The intense cycle of the Uranus-Pluto square will build for a rare, sixth time during the autumn months to culminate in mid December. Their final squaring off before they bow out and separate occurs next March 17. Deep, quantum shifts are their immutable bequest—described by Terry Lamb as the overarching “architects of transformation” that will define our current times. Their lasting legacy is the gateway to move to a higher vibrational level personally and as a global culture.

In the grandeur of each morning, ask yourself: Will I consciously choose harmony and peace, beauty and grace, compassion and connectivity, sharing and loving from my awakened heart?
 

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Destiny calls to each of us. There is a world
behind a world where we all are connected,
all part of a great and moving plan.
William Shakespeare, A Winter’s Tale


Similar Offerings:

• A Visual Celebration Of Summer

• When Two Gods Meet (a comprehensive look at the Uranus-Pluto
     square)

• Days of Presence

• Gratitude Consciousness

• Every Moment Is A Gift

• The Divine Broadcast

• Nothing Needs Adding

• Stu-pend-dy!

• The Fellowship Of Joy-Full-Ness


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Posted by: zanemaser | June 27, 2014

INFINITE HEART

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In the space of the heart,
my little self diminishes,
making room for the presence of the Divine Self
in all its perfection and infinity.

The spiritual teacher, White Eagle, has spoken many times about the importance of the human and spiritual heart. Such profound ideas are meant to move us into a contemplative space, which will take us much deeper into the mystical nature of the heart. Spiritual consciousness eventually opens as we devote more and more time to meditative stillness and the silencing of the overly active earthly mind. White Eagle tells us that the “higher worlds” are contacted “through your heart center,” what he refers to as “the mind in the heart.” It is the Divine Mind or Intelligence, secreted within our being.

Thus, when we are emptied and quietly receptive, we prepare ourselves for an audience with Spirit and divine impartations of truth and love. In such moments of Grace, we may receive guidance that answers a current issue, wisdom in the form of words from a well-known spiritual verse, confidence and power that significantly exceeds our everyday self, or a flash of illumination that remains with us for hours—even days. The peace we feel is the effect.

We have touched the place in our consciousness where nothing is missing, and therefore, everything is already present. Our waiting—in the sanctuary of our heart—is known, and whatever the worldly requirement, it is fulfilled in the perfect manner at an ideal time. Recollect your own past moments when exactly what you most needed appeared, as if precisely scheduled.

This particular teaching of White Eagle struck me both as soul food for the long-term nourishment of my inner being and as one of his many pearl offerings of great price:

The heart centre contains seven divisions; each centre in the heart has its keynote or sounding note on every plane of life. …In your heart is the sounding note of earth; in your heart is the sounding note of the astral plane, the lower mental, the higher mental, the intuitional, the celestial and the Divine Christ Plane.

…You cannot go far wrong, then, if you turn to the inner lodge, the heart lodge, and obey the Master presiding in that lodge…. And the sounding note is love … all love … all love….1

Only within the consciousness represented by these higher levels of our Heart Self does Spirit converse directly with our spirit. On this elevated playing field “spirit meets spirit,” because our five material senses are supplanted by our more finely tuned spiritual senses—the only faculties that possess the appropriate “note” on which to commune with the inner dimension.

In another talk, White Eagle gives this remarkable image as encouragement on our evolutionary Path of unfoldment: “God has provided you with certain powers — shall we say a built-in microphone in your heart? — through which you can communicate and a speaker in your heart through which you can listen to the sounds of a higher etheric level.”2

Only as we are tranquil and still can we rise to enter the “secret place of the most High,” otherwise known as the “holy of Holies.” In this restful place of absolute harmony, our microphone and speaker await. Every corner of the Universe, all levels of life are reachable within our infinite heart. Every thing is already provided when we are intimate with our heart. In this state of Oneness, Divinity joyfully reveals Itself.
 

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When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary;
When troubles come and my heart burdened be;
Then, I am still and wait here in the silence,
Until you come and sit awhile with me.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up… To more than I can be.

…There is no life – no life without its hunger;
Each restless heart beats so imperfectly;
But when you come and I am filled with wonder,
Sometimes, I think I glimpse eternity.

…You raise me up… To more than I can be.
“You Raise Me Up,” song lyrics by Brendan Graham


Similar Offerings:

• Sweet, Sweet Heart

• New Heart, Clean Slate

• Casting Outward, Casting Inward

• In-Put And Out-Put

• Manifested Splendour

• Inner Climate

• Self-Emptying Meditation

• The Divine Broadcast

• The Temple Of Silence


Endnotes:

1. White Eagle quote used from Jane Sorbi’s article, “The Receptive Heart,” pages 157-8, Stella Polaris (bi-monthly magazine of The White Eagle Lodge), June-July 2014.

2. quote from a Sunday address given by White Eagle titled “The White Dove,” also in the same issue of Stella Polaris.


Text © by Zane Maser, 2014. Photos gratefully used from Wikimedia Commons. The Buddha photo is attributed to ©BrokenSphere/Wikimedia. All rights of Zane Maser and SunnyCat Astrology are reserved worldwide.

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Posted by: zanemaser | June 13, 2014

ORCHID TALK

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When two friends understand each other totally,
the words are soft and strong like an orchid’s perfume.
Martin Luther King Jr.

Often, when I go into my favorite grocery store, there is a display of gorgeously colored, vibrant orchids. Commercially, they are meant to be exotic, inviting, and irresistible, enticing buyers to take one or more of these attractive beauties home. Their mystique is otherworldly! And so, an orchid or two hop into the shopping cart, hoping for a good home.

Alas, that does not always turn out to be the case. And more times than I’d like to remember, many orchids arrive at stores looking in pretty tough, roughly handled shape. These sad ones, with their bumps and bruised appearance, waste away for want of being in “perfect” condition. How many people would give them a chance to regain their stately grace?

My heart weeps for these neglected, forgotten ones.

In their almost endless variety, estimated to be more than 26,000 accepted species occurring naturally,1 orchids are highly coveted treasures that are some of the gentlest life forms on Earth. The orchid family is also one of the largest plant families, with an additional 110,000 cultivars (varieties that are cultivated).2 In addition, orchid flower essences are very powerful healing agents that can create positive shifts in our subtle energy field and help to produce both clarity and focus to
our individual spiritual Path.
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You can get off alcohol, drugs, women, food, and cars,
but once you’re hooked on orchids, you’re finished.
You never get off orchids … never.
Joe Kunisch, Commercial Orchid Grower

For when a man falls in love with orchids,
he’ll do anything to possess the one he wants.
… it’s a sort of madness….
Norm MacDonald

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Indeed, orchids tend to be dramatic, stage grabbers, casting their spell widely, which is why they are commercially lucrative and addictively sought. But on the inward level, orchids are first and foremost subtle beauty and sweetness personified.

Respectful and humble, orchids talk to those with listening ears: “Remember who you are. The consciousness in which you deal with and treat us is the same consciousness that permeates your treatment of your self. Is it thoughtful? Kind? Accepting? Critical? Harsh? Neglectful?”

“We are your mirror. If you give us respect and love, then it comes from the tender warmth of your own heart. It is how you first feel about you. Be present in self-acceptance. Love who you are in this moment. Your own imperfections are temporary learning vehicles.”

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“Underneath, it’s ALL the One Life, comprised of the one Infinite, Universal Substance of pure Light and Love, the Divine Truth made manifest as Unity. We are all of the One Family. Someday in the not-too-distant future, the entirety of humanity will surely awaken to its Oneness. Until that glorious time, live from your heart, as we do, radiating harmony and peace. Respond to every moment and life as the sacred Wholeness It already is.”
 

On June 22, you are invited to join in a worldwide prayer of appreciation and healing for our Mother Earth and all levels of life.


Similar Offerings:

• Divine Seeds

• Colors of the Divine

• It’s Already Present

• Slow Down! (our Phalaenopsis orchid and its relaxed pace of life)

• Flower Essences To The Rescue!

• Bumblebee Hotel

• Earth Day 2012


Endnotes:

1. http://www.researchgate.net/post/How_many_orchid_species_are
_there_on_earth

2. http://www.madsci.org/posts/archives/2003-01/1043096476.Bt.r.html

3. http://www.healingorchids.com/livingtreeorchids.html


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Posted by: zanemaser | June 9, 2014

MERCIFUL OPPORTUNITIES

Teach me to feel another’s woe,
To right the fault I see;
That mercy I to others show,
That mercy show to me.
Alexander Pope, Universal Prayer (1738), Stanza 10

As the mystical story goes, a stranger arrives in town one day. Several members of the community have random encounters with this unknown person. He seems different. His energetic presence is one of equanimity and peace. He comes across as self-possessed, self-sufficient. He travels unencumbered. His name is Joshua. The word spreads quickly about the unusual visitor.

In the story’s unfoldment, Joshua begins to have a quiet effect on the lives of more than a few people, one by one. Small incidences become significant. His ability to inspire people, individually and in group-centered ways, accelerates into impactful results. Lives start to imperceptibly shift. Hope is restored for some. Individuals open their hearts to one another, coming forward in greater authenticity. The people band together as a true community.

Even the Catholic priest, though not without fierce resistance, is forced to encounter his own hidden fears, bitterness, and outright jealousy. Yet Joshua, when accused and defamed by the priest, responds with silence and a merciful attitude. From slander cast, he offers no defense or protection. His empathic nature feels the priest’s pain, as his compassion eases the tension and off-based accusations hurled at him from the threatened clergyman. Joshua remains gracious and generous in his bestowal of understanding, support, and lack of any judgment returned. To him, no offense has occurred.

His kindly presence is felt as a beacon of nourishing Light for those whose natural inclination is to respond with the same match of love and forgiveness. Joshua unites the community by igniting their inner flame of Spirit. They rise into the highest expression of themselves, given the opportunity presented by this soft-spoken, simple man.

Mercy listens — really listens, with interest and concern —
then smiles, and reaches out her hand.
J.M. DeMatteis, Mercy (1993)

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The Virgin of Mercy

Such opportunities to respond on the high side abound daily—for all of us. My hubby and I had our own poignant one recently.

At about 3:00 am, loud and weird sounds woke us up. Was an animal climbing our back gate, crossing the 2 X 4 board above it? We heard boards breaking, some even hitting the ground. What the heck? I noticed my pulse racing and my adrenaline flowing.

Chris pulled on his clothes, much to my protestations. Armed only with a flashlight, out the back door he went into the darkness. He could see a man’s hands on our fence and his head above it. Looking over the fence into the man’s face, Chris demanded, “What the hell are you doing?” “Oh, oh, I thought this was my, my friend’s house,” the invader mumbled. Was he out-of-it drunk or without all of his wits, Chris wondered.

Chris told him to leave—now! Our mysterious stranger, having down his damage, finally retreated across the street to stand behind our neighbor’s car, but did not leave. I suggested we call the police. Fortunately, they arrived pronto. The policewoman questioned the man for several minutes, attempting to get his story. Satisfied she had the necessary information, the police pair walked the man back over to our gate, where Chris was waiting.

She confirmed our suspicion that he was very drunk. Since his destructive behavior was considered a crime of “breaking and entering,” did Chris want to press charges?

“No,” Chris answered, “I’ve made plenty of ill-chosen blunders in my life.” He reasoned that a poor choice did not need to follow this young man into his future as a police “record” for one lapse of discretion. The damage is minimal and maybe this incident of forgiveness will set him on a path of greater discrimination. Besides, that man is me, and I am him, thought Chris. He recalled an incident of his own years earlier when he was plowed drunk and passed out on a highway in Giza, Egypt. Only his friend’s merciful rescue saved him!

Each act of compassionate understanding and mercy, in small and greater ways, changes lives and increases the light of the world. Every kindhearted response opens the way so that goodness and mercy follows each of us all the days of our lives (Psalms 23:6). And the world is elevated to that extent. Perhaps this is why in Islam, one of the names of Allah is the “Most Merciful” (al-Rahman), and, further, the most common name occurring in the Quran is the Compassionate (al-Rahim).1 And the Old Testament concurs (Psalms 103:8), describing the Lord as “merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.”

Think of the moments in your life when your heart of mercy resulted in spiritual dividends for those lives you touched and for you in return as an unexpected gift at an unanticipated time. Truly, life is One.
 

In Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, Portia asks Shylock to show mercy. He asks, “On what compulsion, must I?” She responds:

The quality of mercy is not strain’d.

It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven

upon the place beneath. It is twice blest:

It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.

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The Avalokiteshvara (Guanyin), also known as
the Bodhisattva of Compassion


Similar Offerings:

• That Could Be Me

• Compassion On the Day of Love

• Profound Goodness

• Waves of Goodness

• A Neighbor’s Need

• The World is in our Neighborhood

• “Souper” Bowl of Caring 2012

• Charity Enacted

• Be of Understanding Heart

Endnote:

1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercy


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Posted by: zanemaser | May 27, 2014

SPREADING LOVE

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To those who love,
all is love.

A garden is a marvelous way to spread love. It is a place of quiet communion with other levels of life: the angels of the elements (earth, air, fire, and water), the deva and little nature spirits; and the mineral, plant, and animal kingdoms. The feeling of the One Life pervades. To be in the joy of a garden is simply to BE.

A garden is also where community is made for those kindred spirits who appreciate and share a love of creating this particular form of beauty and peace. Stopping motion long enough to “smell the fragrant flowers” becomes a reality here. Such an oasis of harmony lights up a neighborhood, even for those who do not consciously notice or take in the vibration of Life loving Life.

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One of my favorite tasks in the garden is pruning off the spent blossoms of the rhododendrons, peonies, and roses, to name a few, and collecting all the colorful petals to decompose in our composter. The flowers are the height of creative expression for plants—their glorious moments of showing forth love—as well as a precious encapsulation of their radiant energy. Flowers are the plant’s vital essence passed forward as a return of nutrients into the soil.

When the luscious rotting has taken place, we apply the rich, dark compost throughout our flower and vegetable beds. This additive of love is spread over the garden and recycled into the soil at the microscopic level. By taking care of the humblest, yet most vital component of the living system—the soil—we take care of the foundation and thus the healthy quality of the Whole. To nurture the soil in such a way is to nurture our self. Inextricably linked, each sustains the other in a self-reinforcing feedback loop of love.

At its best, life is truly a circle of generosity and reciprocity. Spiritually interpreted, what if the biblical verse of “casting your bread upon the waters and finding it after many days” simply means to spread love? So, the more we love, the more ways it returns. Universal Law tells us that each particle of whatever we cast forth is earmarked with our name, whether it is anger or patience, greed or kindness, self-centeredness or love. And oftentimes, interest is added! Cast forth wisely!
 

In astrological parlance, the feminine energies of Venus,
the Moon, and Neptune flow from the loving heart of
the gardener into their unique expression of landscape beauty.
In what ways do you use these energies to create beauty?
What is the special form in which you radiate forth love?

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Similar Garden Offerings:

• Gone Gardenin’

• Memory Garden

• A Wall Of Love

• Divine Seeds

• Little Angel Band

• Bumblebee Hotel

• A Visual Celebration Of Summer

• Divine Shaping

• The Tree That Shares

• A Prayer of Love for the Earth


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Posted by: zanemaser | May 8, 2014

THE TEMPLE OF SILENCE

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Silence is Divine experience.
Emptied and receptive,
listen for the Creative Voice.

The sacred Festivals of Light are important markers for peaks of spiritual power and development during the year. They are vital times of communion when the veil thins “between the earth and heaven.” During these days, spiritual rays blaze forth, and the vibrations increase on the Earth and for all kingdoms of life. Above all, in such moments of deep silence, the light in our own hearts can be stimulated, so that we are better enabled to remember and embrace who we truly are—magnificent beings individually expressing the “One Divine Urge.”

The holy celebration of Easter is behind us now. It signified a heightened opportunity for our true Self to arise out of the entombment of the small (outer) self and the enslavement of materiality in general. On May 14 yet another Festival of Light occurs at the time of the Full Moon in Scorpio (at 24 degrees). It is the Wesak Festival of the beloved Lord Buddha, once again bathing us in peace-filled Illumination. His golden aura encompasses all. Then, at the subsequent Full Moon on June 12 (at 22 degrees Sagittarius), the Christ Festival is considered the capstone of the first half of the year, a time during which we strive to reach a pinnacle of inner development. And the energies peak once more at the Summer Solstice on June 21.

All who make the choice from the human and spiritual levels of life can meet together during these gatherings of the like-hearted. For in the midst of one of the ancient Festivals, time as we know it ceases. All blends together—with no past, present, or future. In the utter quietude, those assembled recognize only the eternal, universal Life—all One Consciousness and One Power from the same origin of Love.

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From the higher spheres, these grand Festivals shed blessed light on the Inner Mysteries of our being for those who pause sufficiently from earthly concerns. The portal of entry requires us to be in the silent depths within, where the Light is revealed. These Celebrations also indicate the balancing effect of spring and renewal (resurrection) following winter’s long sleep. Throughout these great, annual changes, the flow of life bursts forth, flowers, and fruits not only as a material reality but also spiritually. As below, so above.

This yearly cycle folds into the larger evolutionary cycle in which we come to Earth having been given freewill and the freedom to fully experience our individuality (“self”-expressiveness as “Gods in embryo”) secreted within our divinity (the final at-one-ment of the Buddhist’s “nirvana”). At this point of Self-realization, we know deep down the perfect interpenetration of the inner world with that of the outer world. As above, so below.

The Light within us
is the Light around us.
Vibrant and pulsating Creation.
Be still in I AM.

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If you choose, let the practice of turning within to listen exercise you—a constant emptying of the self to allow a vacuum for Self-filling. Consider it an intimate practice to experience your Divine nature. After all, the Latin derivation for intimacy means “impress,” or “make familiar,” which comes from the Latin intimus, meaning “inmost.”1 Spiritual intimacy grows as we invest peaceful moments in our “interior room.”

For those who do not currently have such a practice, you can begin simply at first. Make a conscious commitment to pause all outer motion and sit comfortably upright with your feet on the floor. Only a few minutes three-to-four times a day will make a huge difference, because when you drop down into your heart, you are choosing to be alone with God (use whatever word most resonates with you). Therein, wait patiently, becoming like a tuning fork. Hand everything—every single thing—over in surrender to Spirit. In this illumined center, Divine Intelligence already understands and supplies. Relax into an even deeper quiet. Rest awhile in this absolute feeling of complete wellness, for it is the spiritual reality of your being.

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Day by day, the cumulative effect of this discipline to connect with the “PC” (the Peace Center) grows exponentially. It results in an overall greater measure of calmness, harmony, and an imperceptible yet a noticeable desire to simplify your life. Choices shift. Changes show up in how you live outwardly. The superfluous becomes easily recognizable and released. Real Values become precious. There is an increasing imperturbability. Life flows in a seamless way when interior silence becomes a prominent partner.

Your “PC” will become your second home, a space you will seek to visit more and more frequently for perhaps longer and longer stretches. This inner home IS your foundation and thus where the trillions of atoms of your being are infused and nourished with the living Light of Divine Spirit. It is indeed a sacred temple.

And when the great Festivals of Light take place during the course of every year, you will be well versed to partake as a conscious participant, warmly recognizing each face of the vast multitude. It is without doubt a reunion of the Like-Hearted.
 

If you cannot still your body
and silence all thought,
it is analogous to a continuous
“talking over the top of” God.
It isn’t even a conversation!
Can you listen?

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Similar Offerings:

• Manifested Splendour (a celebration of Easter)

• The Wesak Festival of Lord Buddha

• Heavenly Incarnation: Lord Buddha

• The Christ Festival

• Remembrance Day

• Spiritual Lighting at the Solstice

• Growing Light: Imbolc

• Silence Is Power

• Self-Emptying Meditation

Endnote:

1. http://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/intimacy


Text © by Zane Maser, 2014. Photos gratefully used from Wikimedia Commons. All rights of Zane Maser and SunnyCat Astrology reserved worldwide.

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My editorial guru and technological wizard is Chris Maser, my best friend and fabulous husband.


If you are interested in an astrological consultation and/or a specific question answered by a horary chart, please visit SunnyCat© Astrology.



Posted by: zanemaser | April 24, 2014

CONSTANT CARE

 

In these modern days, there are all kinds
of options for insurance and care,
from Immediate Care to Urgent Care to Emergency,
life, disability, and cancer insurance policies,
long-term care and assisted-living care,
curative, palliative, and hospice care,
homeopathic and alternative care,
less costly Ayurvedic care in India
for those willing to hop a plane,
respite and child/adult day care,
even doggie day care,
broken-down-along-the highway towing car care,
to many more waiting to be named.

But the true heart of it is,
In the beginning….
God created Constant Care
as our no-cost inheritance
to ensure we know Invisible Grace
is always present,
to know those everlasting arms
are ready at all times to catch us
were we to start to stumble and fall.
The wee birds are lifted up too.

The little shiny sparks of divinity
that we are
descended into the densest of matter,
sadly forgetting our Heavenly Home,
its warmth and joy.
“Hey look, I have this form,
this body.
How marvelous am I!
And I can be a some body through
a personality that I think is ‘me’.”

Eons pass.
Layer upon layer is heaped onto this outer face.
And the sacred flame in our heart flickers
for want of notice and tending.
We desperately search for all the ways
to alleviate our fear,
only to acquire another safety net of insured care,
hoping all the bases are now covered.

All the while,
Constant Care has forever been our share,
as near as a breath of sparkling air,
infused with all the inner food we need,
so to outwardly plead
is to miss the continual provision
from the infinite and eternal Source
Who knows all needs in due course.

Constant Care is our birthright.
Sleep soundly, deeply, peacefully,
child of Mine,
this starry night,
under a soft blanket of Love.

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Similar Offerings:

• Constant Provision

• The River of Supply

• Nothing Needs Adding

• Colors of the Divine

• Cupped Hands Of Love

• Profound Goodness

• Divine Seeds

• Putting on Your Everyday Face

• Casting Outward, Casting Inward


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Posted by: zanemaser | April 18, 2014

FLATTENED AND RESURRECTED—THE POWER OF AN ECLIPSE

If you focus on the ephemeral,
you miss the Eternal.
Chris Maser, philosophical wizard

Nineteen years ago, in 1995, my life was punctuated by massive change and the significant passing of several two-footed and four-footed loved ones. Captured in a cycle of serial “loss,” I was emotionally reeling. That autumn, with my husband halfway around the world for 18 days, an out-of-the-blue, debilitating panic attack struck. A wave of buried anxiety—triggered by the activation of my “loss” button—resurfaced. My emotional equilibrium teetered. Life as I knew it and counted on had permanently shifted.

If there is a single definition of healing
it is to enter with mercy and awareness those pains,
mental and physical, from which we have
withdrawn in judgment and dismay.
Stephen Levine

Ancient grief will eventually surface in one way or another. What is buried festers, in one way or another, on one level or another, such as in chronic back pain held in the body. Accessing the emotion and story behind the trapped pain and suffering opens the wound and heart to fresh air. The stagnant energy begins to release to resume its natural flow. Finally, at last… The armor protecting our heart melts. Life feels warmer and more welcoming.

In present time, I am once more in the throes of accelerated changes and multiple passings, albeit in different, outer ways. And, yes, the same energy is afoot, touching the same inner button and again setting off the theme of “loss.” No surprise, the clockwork of the 19-year cycle of eclipses has come around to nearly the same degree in the same sign and area (house) in my astrological birth chart, which also means that every nine and a half years the same degree in the opposite sign is stimulated. When something is personally triggered, in my case natal Saturn (the realm of anxiety, fear, loss, mortality, and sorrow), eclipses have a reputation for rearranging the energies in our lives, sometimes in rather unforeseen, startling, troublesome (and also positive) ways! They are known to be markers for abrupt and/or radical change, most especially when the eclipse degree touches a sensitized point in the chart. Issues related to that arena of life (house) tend to be stirred.

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Tuesday’s Lunar Eclipse in Libra at 26° (0:42 am PST) was a strong and total “Blood Moon.” With so much planetary activity on the radar screen this week and next, as the Cardinal Grand Cross peaks for an unprecedented fifth time, this spectacular Eclipse served to heighten our ongoing “alert mode!”

The magnified energy of an eclipse can be like an intense vortex, when some sort of crisis is precipitated that takes us down into our earliest, haunting fears, suppressed emotions, and hidden failures. Sometimes referred to as a “cosmic push,” the energy of an eclipse, one that affects us directly, can not only change the trajectory of our life but also ultimately free us from past imprisonments. Space is created for new movement, forms, and patterns. Our muscles of resilience are strengthened. In precise fashion, that’s the balancing effect of the Universe—disharmony replaced by harmony.

A Lunar Eclipse, which occurs at the time of a Full Moon, symbolizes a culmination when some sort of result, resolution, or fulfillment has been attained. It is both a peak of completion and thus an ending that tends to be permanent. The passing of my loved ones is such an example. As a door(s) closes, another opens, offering us the opportunity to step forward when the light of the Full Moon is no longer blocked by the Earth.

The 19-year eclipse cycle is a reasonable span of time to grow, blossom, and return to the still center within our being. Each time this whole, structured cycle begins anew, we are given the chance to engage it at a higher level of insight or stage of our development. We get to make the conscious choice. For me, Saturn, the Great Wise Teacher, has been a deepening influence, revealing “death” to be a misperception when taken only at the outer level of apparent loss. The One Life, emanating from the Divine Center, is indeed Eternal!

The Mystical Teachings that come down from On High declare that every thing is helpful, and every thing happens for a purpose. We are continuously reassured that there has been and is an orderly unfolding of our evolution and spiritual maturity—an organic process undertaken with Watchful Eyes of Compassion upon us. From one Lunar Eclipse at a specific degree of the zodiac to the same approximate degree nineteen years later, it heralds that a spiritual cycle is now complete. And so it is. And so we nod in gratitude.

 

For those of you already astrologically astute, you will know whether the current eclipse has formed close contacts (aspects) to the same significant planets or points in your natal chart. For Tuesday’s Lunar Eclipse (at 26° Libra, which pulls in the other Cardinal signs of Aries, Cancer, and Capricorn and a range of somewhere between 21 to 29 degrees), consider the issues or themes that were activated in your life in the weeks and months surrounding last October, in 2005, 1995, and 1986-87 (roughly 9½ year intervals). Does a pattern(s) emerge? Can you pinpoint the focused learning you have undergone? Can you sense the gradual but definite inner growth in your process of greater self-appreciation and authenticity? Are you ready to greet the next spiritual cycle?

Loving yourself … does not mean being self-absorbed,
it means welcoming yourself as the most honored
guest in your own heart.
Margo Anand

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Similar Offerings:

• An Eclipse Story of Healing

• The Hunchback in Each of Us (a look at anxiety and panic attacks)

• Sudden Deaths Come Calling

• The River of Grief

• Shrouded in “A Dark Night”

• Mending

• Resilience

• Cycles Upon Cycles

• Two Choices In Life


Text © by Zane Maser, 2014. Photos gratefully used from Wikimedia Commons. All rights reserved worldwide.

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My editorial guru and technological wizard is Chris Maser, my delightful husband.


If you are interested in an astrological consultation and/or a specific question answered by a horary chart, please visit SunnyCat© Astrology.



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