Reflecting on religion and our search for the Sacred

A friend of mine, who usually doesn’t participate in our communions, said she would attend this Thursday; interested that she is in the path toward the inner Sacred. This made me realize that I need to put a little more reflection and words into this week’s gathering.

This theme of Searching for the Sacred stems from my observations during the past few days wandering throughout France. People sharing the importance of belonging to such and such groups, which seems to provide some sort of guardianship, or moral protection, or even impetus to go forward.

This is how I interpret their spiritual or religious connection, based on the prism that colors my reality.

Friends of mine, who are masons, mentioned the importance of studying within a group, and the friendly push they receive during their studies.

Last year, during one of their public meetings, values of the congregation were shared with us: Liberty, Equality, Fraternity and, above all, it seems, laïcité (secularism).

These are irrevocable French values, at least since the Revolution of 1789.

Why would someone need to ‘receive’ an additional coat of value-conditioning in addition to what the citizens of their country inherit?

Are we / they getting a double whammy here?

Another friend of mine explained to me that she wouldn’t engage into such or such behavior because she is catholic. That is fine, but why can’t she use her own conscience, her personal wisdom and compassion, to assess the inadequacies of such behavior?

Despite the comfort they provide, don’t these groups take us on to the outer road, on to the path that looks outside ourselves to obtain confirmation (and conformation) or support?

How much of our ‘inner Sacred’ do we forgo when we join these groups, and when we look outside for answers and security of mind?

My propensity toward walking the ‘inner Sacred’ is clear by now; yet it doesn’t tell how one should do to engage this most adventurous path?

There may be answers for some and that do not work for others. And I do not have all the answers. The answers I have are those that ‘do the work’ for me, that propel me forward.

Clearly, they are about listening to what comes, to what knocks at the door, and asserting myself.

Asserting myself with Love and Compassion, and telling what and why it doesn’t work for me. Such an instance occurred yesterday evening at dinner time while talking to my brother. I said what I had to say, clearly aware of the need to assert myself, and our conversation went on beautifully.

These ‘assertiveness pointers’ were highlighted for me during our retreat in the south of France this past June. It seems they are still working wonder!

Looking forward to exploring ‘our Way within’ with you All this Thursday!

Love & much Light

Image below: what appears to be a druidic site near Nebias, south of France

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Seeking the Sacred within

Dear Ones,

I am coming to the end of a two week-trip to my homeland of France.

Within this period, I attended three Catholic church services, came into contact with people of strong faith and attended a promotion-oriented masonic exhibit in Toulouse.

This made me reflect on what I call the ‘scaffolding’—l’échafaudage. What is necessary at some point in our lives, what is supporting us indeed, is what we may need to discard, at some further point, if we truly desire to fly using our own wings.

I just celebrated the 10th anniversary of my ‘discarding of the scaffolding.’ It occurred on Thanksgiving 2007 when I resigned from my lay Buddhist position. How mystical that I find myself walking the pathless path in France in the south of France a mere 10 years later!

I am grateful for what has unfolded in the past ten years and for the people and circumstances I encountered, either pleasant or challenging, who, at times, instilled doubt and made me reflect on my own cheminement (pathway). We need those folks and circumstances dearly in order to rekindle and refresh our faith in the Divine, in the Sacred—the One that lies within all of us, regardless of what we practice; the One that unites us All.

I also witnessed miracles along these two weeks; my brother saying ‘thank you’ twice to me; words I haven’t heard in his mouth for at least 20 years.

That is the miracle, dear Sisters and Brothers; the simple and ordinary miracle (as Brother Gerhard would say) of shining our Light and expressing our Love, in whatever circumstances and to whomever we meet in this lifetime.

Looking forward to gathering in this Sacred space once again this Thursday!

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Fructifying our Talents

How can we fructify our talents, dear Ones?

and put them to good use for the sake of making this world of ours a better and brighter place?

The message I received this morning, through the Gospel of Matthew 25:14-30, the Parable of Talents, in the church of Saint Germain les Corbeil, France, was incredibly similar to the one I received 14 months ago in the same church and via the same Gospel.

How can it be that Destiny, or the Divine, if you will, brings us twice to the same locale where are meant to receive a message that transcends time and space—knowing that I found myself here today because of a death in our family two hundred miles away?

The message I heard 14 months ago was about our Light; shining it forth and high. Here is an excerpt of Matthew 5: 13-16:

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

14 “You are the Light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.

15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.

16 In the same way, let your Light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

The message that fell upon my ears this morning concerns our talents—or our Light, if you will—and the necessity to put them to good use, so that they can fructify, they can bring fruits, and nourish others.

The irony of this “nourishment metaphor” is that I came to church this morning with two boxes of cereals in my backpack; two boxes that I had bought for my brother at the local supermarket.

Once we reflect on the circumstances that propel us toward the place where we are meant to receive, we cannot but be blown away by the ‘limpidity’ of Source and the ‘generosity’ of Spirit.

We are One, dear Ones, in Unity Consciousness, and sharing our talents, as well as shining our Light, is our main reason for being.

Looking forward to being All of us together again on Thursday.

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Be the Light and People will find the Way

I found myself today attending the funeral of a distant cousin in the city of Nancy, eastern France. The decline of our 88-years old cousin’s health was rapid after she suffered a heart attack early October and it precipitated yet another trip to France this year—one that feels more mystical, more mystery-filled, than ever.

In the service at the cathedral of Nancy this morning, the ‘final farewell’ song caught my attention: Dieu est Amour, Dieu est Lumière, Dieu notre Père—God is Love, God is Light, God our Father.

Not only because of the misogynist nature of the French Catholic tenet (where is God the Mother? one may ask) but because the message of Love has been pounded on me continuously in the less than 72 hours that I have been back on French soil. Indirectly reflected in my brother’s attitude toward money, in my subsequent desire to re-commit to loving those who do not feel the warmth of love within, to another beautiful communion this evening where the magnificent decree of the church of AMOR rang true and loud. This cannot be the simplest coincidence of All that Is.

My brother’s behavior clearly reflected a lack of Love, on the emotional level, and a seeking for balance on the material. Will a saving of 4 euros and 20 cents on our daily parking fee yesterday compensate for the Love he did not receive at home? Will the money he has in his bank account—which, paradoxically, increased significantly this year due to our mother’s transition—prevent him for feeling and acting empty within? The message was astoundingly clear to me and I heard it more than once. Which prompted me to emulate the title of this post: Be the Light, shine our Light, and the people will—hopefully—find the Way.

Besides the importance of ‘nurturing Love’ for our own sake and that of Others, I have been sensing a closing of some sort; a message that I ought to share openly even if its resonance feels very personal.

Due to my cancelling the return portion of a frequent flyer ticket last December, I traveled to Europe twice with the same ticket, one year apart, which means two outbound flights. Where is the return? Does that mean there is no going back to the ‘old world’ and only a one-way journey to the grand and beautiful New?

Similarly, in terms of closing a cycle and ushering into the New, four people of the same generation decided in our family to exit their bodies in less than a year. Between November 23rd, 2016 and November 12th, 2017. It feels they have been called back Home for a purpose and that they were not willing to witness the fall of the curtain.

What will the New Year bring?

But new heights, and new vistas.

How will we then prepare ourselves,

Dear Ones,

In the forty-five days ahead of us?

It is an important question,

One that the same title

May very well answer.

Be the Light

The People will find the Way.

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For the Sake of Love & Learning

For the Sake of Love & Learning

Or shall it read, dear Ones, for the Sake of the Love of Learning?

What this title refers to is what I call intentional / intuitional learning, the one we use when we put out our antennae, tune in, and listen. We then open ourselves up to what may come, to what may want to manifest.

By listening, I mean listening to what resonates within; what resonates within our Hearts or possibly within our pineal gland.

Here is a recent example of my “intuitional learning,” my “intentional receiving,” knowing there is more to come, now that my antennae are “out.”

This past weekend, I attended a workshop in Nashville presented by a white American gnostic male—this is the way William Henry painted himself to us on the second day.

Here is a link to the post which led me to the workshop, which was entitled, The Magi of the Golden Sun: The Shining Ones and the Way of Light.

http://www.williamhenry.net/2017/05/magi-of-the-golden-sun-the-blue-avians-and-the-2022-new-star-prophecy-from-resistance-to-resplendence/

This workshop was indirectly mentioned to me (via the above-mentioned weblink) early July by a friend of mine. I followed my Higher Self guidance (and the link to the workshop link) and signed up for it, not knowing what would happen by the beginning of November.

In that same email, my friend had mentioned a ‘mysterious’ medieval painting whose name reads The Wilton Diptych. I didn’t know what these two words meant and didn’t pay much attention to the information. I didn’t even bother to watch the Wilton Diptych video link my friend sent me. It is now clear to me that I wasn’t ready for the exploration.

In the course of the ensuing four months, I remember having a lengthy virtual discussion with two other friends about The Wilton Diptych and the Blue Avians. Yet nothing that would crack my inner-Earth; nothing that would wake me up.

That being said, something woke me up that past Saturday afternoon when William Henry mentioned Garab Dorje, a “miracle child who brought the Great Perfection or Rainbow Teaching from the Celestial Realms.” It is not utterly important to know who Garab Dorje—a Tibetan being who is said to have lived between 184 BCE and 57 BCE—is. What mattered (to me) is that something woke me up, whatever that something was.

That same evening, after learning about Garab Dorje from another friend, that ‘something that had woken up’ prompted me to do research about the very Wilton-Diptych-reason I attended this workshop.

The first thing I did was to watch the video link my friend had sent me early July. This is when the “cerebral light” went on, as I learned what a diptych is, and that Wilton is the name of the family who owned the painting until it was transferred to the National Gallery of London.

All along, in my “cerebral obscurity,” I had thought that Wilton was a first name and that Diptych was a family name. “Why not?” my logical mind says, and why would a common name (diptych) be written with a capital D?

And then comes the mystical part of the learning, the intuitional one, and the fact that my waking up led me to send the video link to William Henry, not knowing if he had watched it or not, and him presenting the Wilton Diptych on Sunday—and not on Saturday…Why, my antennae would say? Why this ‘unconceivable timing’?

From ignoring a friendly video link early July, to waking up to some piece of apparently-important information on Saturday evening, to William presenting that very same information on the next day. That is way too “accidental” to be a coincidence.

And so my antennae got buzzing with questions, wide open as they became. In the Wilton Diptych, there is apparently a mystical transmission—or is it a mystical request in the first place—going on between baby Yeshua and kneeling Richard II, King of England.

Richard II, on the left side of the two-sided panel painting, is surrounded by Saint Edmund, holding an arrow, Saint Edward the Confessor, holding a ring, and Saint John the Baptist, holding a baby lamb. He is facing Mother Mary, who is holding baby Yeshua, and they are both surrounded by a large community of blue women angels, who all wear the emblem of Richard II—the White Stag—on their robes, right below their left shoulders.

Richard II, who was born in Bordeaux—we share the same homeland—in 1367 apparently commissioned the painting which was executed between the years 1395 and 1399. Which means 3 to 4 years before his death in 1400. Why would a king do that, knowing he would enjoy the painting’s presence for such little time?

Did he understand he would be transitioning soon, and did he consciously know the painting —and more specifically the energy of it—would help him transition? Or perhaps ascend?

William asserted that the transmission (or the request) at play is that of the Rainbow Body, or the Beaming Garment, in William’s own words. A friend of mine mentioned codes being sent, by baby Yeshua to Richard II.

My antennae are not dismissive of these two possibilities but my little finger (as we say in French, mon petit doigt, referring to our intuition) says there may be more to this; there may be something else at play here. And that is the reason why I came into “full spiritual contact” with this painting, at the very time when I was finally ready for it.

My antennae are wide open; open for any inner-learning that may want to manifest.

Let’s “manifest” more learning this coming Thursday and discover, or confirm, why it is that we are letting our antennae out.

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With much gratitude, dear Ones, for the life we live in, and for the times we are in together.

Photos of the Wilton Diptych, courtesy of William Henry

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The beauty of Nature and the nature of Beauty

Good morning, evening, dear Ones.

Here is the recording our of communion, as enjoyable as it is every week!

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Song of the Builders — Mary Oliver

Song of the Builders

On a summer morning
I sat down
on a hillside
to think about God –

a worthy pastime.
Near me, I saw
a single cricket;
it was moving the grains of the hillside

this way and that way.
How great was its energy,
how humble its effort.
Let us hope

it will always be like this,
each of us going on
in our inexplicable ways
building the universe.

~ Mary Oliver ~

(Why I Wake Early)

 

 

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