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Grace

We are in many ways just like fish constantly swimming to and fro in the ocean, when all the while the ocean itself is the answer, and its name is Grace. Its bounty has never been witheld.
It is through Grace that we are able to lay down the burdens of our lives. We have only to forgive ourselves, and each other.
It is through Grace that we are given the opportunities to purify all our misconceptions.
Grace holds us in wholeness even as we see ourselves as separate.
Grace contains our darkest secrets and our greatest triumphs, judging neither.
Grace is love so profound, so unconditional, that we cannot name or limit it.
Grace transcends karma; it exists in God's time. The birth of Grace within us signals the completion of the endless round of birth and rebirth.
The Universal Christ -- by whatever name you remember it -- is the embodiment of Grace.

From Her Book

Where Two Worlds Touch

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Amazing Grace

We are in many ways just like fish constantly swimming to and fro in the ocean, when all the while the ocean itself is the answer, and it name is Grace. Its bounty has never withheld.

It is through Grace that we are able to lay down the burdens of our lives. We have only to forgive ourselves and each other.

It is through Grace that we are given the opportunities to purify all our misconceptions.

Grace holds us in wholeness even as we see ourselves as separate.

Grace contains our darkest secrets and our greatest triumphs, judging neither.

Grace is love so profound, so unconditional, that we cannot name or limit it.

Grace transcends karma; it exists in God’s time. The birth of Grace within us signals the completion of the endless rounds of birth and rebirth.

The Universal Christ – by whatever name you remember it — is the embodiment of Grace.

By Gloria Karpinski

From her book: 

Where Two Worlds Touch

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Affirming Prayer

To:  The Creator, The Child, The Spirit of Life

I am a Being of Light

Son/Daughter of the Mother-Father-God.

I walk consciously upon the Earth,my phisical home.

I choose to Serve all Life expressing on this Holy Ground.

I open my Mind and Heart to Receive Blessings.

I pour forth Blessings from my Mind and Heart.

I invoke the protection of Divine Light.

For the Privilege of Serving and Sharing, I give Thanks.

By Gloria

Poise In Chaos

We are being called by the soul of our beloved planet to bring all of our love, insight and training to this moment. We must be poised in chaos – sending forth healing energy for the pain of transitions, holding visions while the shadows in our civilization are brutally revealed, naked before our eyes. There is no way to look away.

Poise in the midst of madness requires us to find inner peace and then share all of our resources, building anew from a foundation of peace. We must pray without ceasing, the continuous prayer that keeps us in present moment, present with suffering and needs of all of our brothers and sisters, also holding that sacred peace for our four-legged relatives as well as our winged, finned and green growing ones.

Through prayer we align ourselves with infinite possibilities. NO matter how many negative images are offered up daily, the power of “Kyra Eleison” and “Om Tara, Tutare, Ture, Svaha” echo through the mind, and I can breath again.

I release my own responses so that I can be a clearer channel for my part in our treacherous journey. As I empty, I can be filled. Here I am: guide me.

Someone wise once said “Silence is Complicity,” and I know this to be true. Anger can be collected and directed with purpose. Managing the anger; that’s the challenge. Perhaps it is as simple, and as complex, as choosing consciously to harness anger, not to divide, but to discern right action and right words. Such a conscious skill takes practice, practice and more practice, for fear would take the anger and fuel the chaos.

The question I ask myself and I ask you to consider: Can I bring love to even this moment? And now this moment? Not a mandate for the uncommitted.

The time for accountability is surely coming. And that accountability will have to include more than the obvious decision makers. It must include every one of us who has kept silent through lethargy, self interest, fear, greed or even the sense of powerlessness before institutions that seem beyond our influence. We will all have to examine our insistence – or lack of it – on environmental protection; how carefully we monitored – or didn’t –the choices our elected officials have made about our land, the use of our taxes, the appointments of our public figures. This appears to be overwhelming – and humbling – to contemplate. And yet, it is liberating to wake up, let go and participate in the reality of our world whirling in change and challenge.

Now we must speak up and act up, not only with immediate support, but with lasting changes that persistent questions, educated votes and spiritual visions can bring. We will birth the new promised for our planet regardless of the difficulty of the labor.

                   Thank you for your attention while I “preached to the choir.”

                             Bless be the Choir!

 

By Gloria

The Body Remembers Part I

The body is a library of everything that has happened to us, our ancestors, and even our species. Buried in the folds of the more primitive parts of our brains are memories of the swamp, the jungle, and the treetops. Every joy and trauma has left an imprint.

The body catalogues what is painful, un-forgiven, shamed, fearful, and blocked just as it does well-being, joy, and pleasure. It unfailingly reports the responses of our emotions to the world, the tracks of consistently held thinking patterns, and the intentions of the soul, whether freed or fettered. As a friend quipped, “my body sends faxes to my mind.”

We might forget, but the body doesn’t. It consistently files away data in the cells. We’ve all heard about people craving beer and French fries after a heart transplant, even though they never liked either one before surgery, only to discover that the heart donor had loved them. The cells remembered.

In my practice I find myself frequently saying to students and clients: “Did you notice that you just started rubbing your throat when you talked about so and so, that you crossed your legs when you mentioned this or that, dropped your voice, began breathing shallowly when a particular subject was mentioned.” My intention is to help them increase awareness of the tight connections between memory, emotions and the body.

Since we were in the womb, we’ve all been recording memories in our bodies of a world perceived as safe, or not. We learn early on where the power is, who can be trusted, whether ourneeds will be met or not. We learn about “yes” and “no” from the set of a jaw, a look in the eye, a tone in the voice.

Children raised in abusive households learn that even physical safety depended on correctly reading the energetic climate. They learn to use their bodies as detectors. They don’t always have accurate interpretative skills, and sometimes they believe their bad thoughts or behavior caused the abuse, or even a death or divorce in the family.

In ancient diplomatic training in Asia, one learned not to move a muscle during a negotiation, lest one’s position be revealed. Lots of children learn that ancient skill simply from growing up in emotional or physically dangerous environments. If the separating of feelings from the body becomes severe, one dissociates, buries the feelings deep in the cells, and then repeats the inner script over and over in the world. The body has to be reeducated in such circumstances, and that is best done by spiritually aware therapists.

Great pain can be stashed behind intellectual armor. Many bright children learn to hide in mental realities. It hurts less than feelings. The pattern then carries over into an overly intellectualized adult who is afraid of feelings and vulnerability. But we really can’t fake out our deepest feelings, no matter how much we intellectualize. The cells in our bodies know what we really believe reality to be.

Usually we have quite a collection of paradoxical beliefs.

 

By Gloria Karpinski

The Body Remembers Part 2

Usually we have quite a collection of paradoxical beliefs. We’re holding energy that is both old and wise, you and foolish, believing and doubting. Embracing all of it, we grow, gradually re-educating all the cells toward self-love, which in turn open us to the flow of our own spirit. The object is not to “be spiritual” because one miraculously stumbled across the truth. The spiritual is inherently beautiful. The object is to discover and destroy the lies that say otherwise.

The full drama between the truth of ourselves and the lies we have accepted acts out in muscle groups that relax or tense, and breathing patterns that are shallow or deep. If we feel safe, we express that freely in our body postures, our voices and movements. IF we’ve been taught that our bodies and many of our natural feelings are not acceptable, we set up complex distortions, subterfuge, and illusions. Feeling unsafe, we create masks that we hope will protect us or be accepted by the outside world.

The imagined split between body and soul is the great, great grandparent of most of the duality we experience on Earth. Through the centuries of spiritual questing, we’ve periodically pronounced the body originally sinful, a temptation, and a distraction that deduces us to explore our senses at the risk of our souls.

We’ve decreed that it must be mortified, shamed, punished, denied, hidden, or at the very least overcome. Even if we defiantly chanted “eat, drink and be merry,” afterward we often felt guilty and ran to our prayers and confessions for forgiveness. Maybe it’s not okay to feel this good, or have this much fun?

Overstatements? Probably. But ask yourself:

How often do I link laughter, dance or the sheer joy of being alive in a physical body with my spirit?

Do I experience Spirit present in my sexuality?

Am I critical or approving of my body?

Do I view the aging of the body as enemy or another rich cycle of life?

Whether we celebrate or deny it, the body is with us as vehicle, focus and record of our earth experiences. The goal is to synthesize spiritual mindfulness with awareness and appreciate of the body. All of us are spiritual beings having a physical experience. No matter how or even if we define it, or whether or not we formulize it in a religion or theology, we carry a longing to bring our physical experience in sync with our spirit.

The elements of the Earth are in our bones, the rivers and oceans run in our bloodstreams, the wind tides of life fill our lungs, fire energizes our minds and bodies. Our heart beats entrain with the beat of the earth. We need the sun as we need the great forest in order to live. From the sacrificed animal and the abundant harvest, our cells carry the life force of all that we take in. We cycle to them; they cycle to us in an interdependent, circular dance of life.

Whenever we don’t listen to the body, we don’t listen to the Earth. If we don’t regard nature, can we respect our own nature and that of all others and the life-force behind nature that is the mother of us all?

Seed Thought for Meditation

Mind exists in every cell in my body and can be contacted.

 

The Animals from "Litany For A Peaceful Planet"

For the animals I plea

The Indians called us their four legged brothers.

They were right, you know.

HAVE WE NOT SHARED THE JOURNEY WITH YOU?

Two by two we’ve passed this way.

Just like you.

DO YOU NOT REMEMBER?

We have fed you.

Clothed you,

Carried you,

Protected you.

We have been your friend

Your scout,

Your herder,

Your sport.

Our bodies have been tormented that yours might not.

Our lives have been sacrificed that you might live.

DO YOU SERIOUSLY ENVISION YOU SHALL

CLIMB OVER US THROUGH THE DOORS OF HEAVEN?

Honor our life stream.

Bless our sacrifice.

Heal our misuse.

From:  “Litany For A Peaceful Planet”

By Gloria Karpinski

Considerations on Love

1.    Love is constant, undisturbed by shifting circumstances.

2.    Love accepts our “crazy” places, warts, foibles, and secrets.

3.    Love embraces light and shadow as the original dynamic duo.

4.    Love’s compassion serves others, but it doesn’t bind them.

5.    Love is authentic: all feelings, pain as well as joy, are real.

6.    Love is a healing mist penetrating every molecule of life.

7.    Love aspires to be harmless in thought, word or action.

8.    Love has reverence for life no matter what form it takes.    

9.    Love assists, but it doesn’t rescue or steal lessons from us.

10. Love is grateful for all experiences no matter what they bring.

11.  Love forgives even when it must discipline or say good-bye.

12. Love is poised in chaos, centered, peaceful, remembering.

By Gloria Karpinski

From her book

Barefoot On Holy Ground

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Considerations on the Body

1.    Mind exists in each cell and can be contacted.

2.    Breath. Say “yes” to this day. Breathe and release yesterday.

3.    The body is of the Earth. Both require respect and loving care.

4.    A healing for any one of us is ultimately a gift for all of us.

5.    Physical purification often accelerates with spiritual dedication.

6.    Surrender expands possibilities; quitting eliminates them.

7.    Remember the Infinite self; celebrate the finite self.

8.    The Mother/Father/God has no hands and feet but ours.

9.    Embraced with compassion, pain can be transformational.

10. Soul intention is fulfilled through the body, not in spite of it

11. Gratitude empowers and enhances the immune system.

12. Pain is an experience; suffering is a response.

by Gloria Karpinski

From her book

Barefoot On Holy Ground

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Considerations on Discernment

1.    Unflinching self—honesty is the bases for discernment.

2.    Wait to speak, believe, and act. Breathe. Wait a minute.

3.    Unquestioned assumptions are potentially lethal.

4.    Discerning disciples ask: “Do I choose to energize this?”

5.    Discernment fuses intuition, experience and knowledge.

6.    Listen. Question. Evaluate. Choose. Then trust yourself.

7.    Non-critical laughter restores perspective.

8.    Wisdom never judges, but is always discriminating.

9.    Seek inside, not outside, to discern your truth.

10. Discernment reveals the lies behind prejudices.

11. Disciples seek mentors that “walk their talk.”

12. Self-judgments are projected onto others.


by Gloria Karpinski

From her book

Barefoot On Holy Ground

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Considerations on Knowledge

1.    Knowledge obeys the spiritual law: “Seek and you shall find.”

2.    Knowledge provides the maps; we must make the journey.

3.    Knowledge illuminates the blindness of superstition.

4.    Myths and symbols depict dynamics, not fixed realities.

5.    A “beginner’s mind” is unbiased, and therefore teachable.

6.    Intelligence exists in every atom of life and can be contacted.

7.    Mind is a process, always interacting with other processes.

8.    Wisdom synthesizes the knowledge of mind, body and spirit.

9.    One who knows is free to say, “I don’t know” and learn more.

10.  Knowledge solves and creates mysteries simultaneously.

11. Science is God/Goddess revealed. All seekers are true scientists.

12. Knowledge prepares the vessels that revelation fills.

by Gloria Karpinski

From her book

Barefoot On Holy Ground

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Considerations on Revelation

1.    Insight can arrive suddenly; integration takes time and effort.

2.    Wisdom fuses pragmatic knowledge and intuitive knowing.

3.    Truth, like flowing water, cannot be captured in a net.

4.    The universe reveals itself through each of its living parts.

5.    The heart can know a truth that the brain merely theorizes.

6.    Angels, teachers, and guides empower; they don’t dictate.

7.    Insight can be a sudden gift or the fruit of daily practice.

8.    Pride in the known and fear of the unknown block revelation.

9.    Messages are everywhere; pay attention and be grateful.

10. Be aware truth speaks universally; be aware of exclusive words.

11. Knowledge carefully builds; revelation suddenly reveals.

12. Snowflakes and sunsets are unique; so are revelations.

By Gloria Karpinski

From her book

Barefoot On Holy Ground

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Considerations – A Twelve Part Series

  1. Knowledge obeys the spiritual law; “Seek and you shall find.”
  2. Knowledge provides the maps; we must make the journey.
  3. Knowledge illuminates the blindness of superstition.
  4. Myths and symbols depict dynamics, not fixed realities.
  5. A “beginner’s mind” is unbiased, and therefore teachable.
  6. Intelligence exists in every atom of life and can be contacted.
  7. Mind is a process, always interacting with other processes.
  8. Wisdom synthesizes the knowledge of mind, body and spirit.
  9. One who knows is free to say, “I don’t know” and learn more.
  10. Knowledge solves and creates mysteries simultaneously.
  11. Science is God/Goddess revealed. All seekers are true scientists.
  12. Knowledge prepares the vessels that revelation fills.

By Gloria Karpinski

From her book

Barefoot On Holy Ground

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Living In A Miracle - Part 3 of 3 - Mother Meera

SHE IS NATURE

Sometimes we are afraid of the force of her moist, dark, vital sexuality, for she is that as well. She brings all life into form. In that reproductive form, she has been persecuted, even made responsible for all the ills on our planet…symbolized in Eve and Pandora, to mention only two. She is nature. And we’re ambivalent about that.

Because we don’t regard nature with total respect, we seek to conquer her. There is a high correlation between the denial of the Divine Feminine, the raping of women psychologically, socially, politically, and physically, and the raping of the land. When we perceived ourselves as dependent on the good Earth, we honored the Mother of nature and worshipped Her. We dismissed Her when we had the arrogance to think we could conquer nature.

Our Mother teaches us wisdom, not just knowledge. She teaches us of the unbroken connectedness of all life, its wholeness and its holiness, and she insists that we honor that life wherever it is found – in her green growing children, the four-legged ones, the winged ones, the two-legged ones of every race, and in both genders.

We need her inner guidance opening our intuition and hearts, stretching our understanding into inclusiveness, moving us from the specific to the universal and insisting that we examine consequences of our so-called progress. Without that guiding wisdom, we can be like a breed of intellectually precocious but underdeveloped children out of control, building more and more efficient ways to annihilate each other and wreck havoc with the intricately interwoven patterns of nature, patterns that took eons to build.

So, even in the midst of our pain, our healing begins. As I write this, I think of the women I have seen that carry even unto today the rage and terror of the burning times, the holocaust of the middle ages when religion sanctioned the systematic torture and death of millions of women. And I have heard the legacy of these times echoing down through three more centuries, depositing traces of its paralyzing fears in our collective unconscious. And I think the Goddess for the healing in progress.

We are hot on the trail of recovering awareness of our Mother, exploring terrain rarely charted in the Western psyche – risky, dangerous, even forbidden territory. There are a lot of excellent guides to take us beyond the boundaries set by patriarchy – teachers, books, CDs, ritual, workshops, all kinds of gatherings that celebrate feminine knowing, knowledge of the goddess traditions and resurrection truths that challenge crippling theologies that have been suspicious of nature, often choking off life itself, and certainly denying 50 percent of the Divine.

You do not have to go to Germany or anywhere to know the Mother through Mother Meera, much as it is thrilling to do so. She lives in you. So all you really have to do is ask –not beg – just ask prayerfully, expectantly, as a trusting child asks of a benevolent parent. While she may strip away your illusions, it is only to make it possible for you to see and then be your truth. And She will provide the inner strength and support you need to grow into your truth.

By Gloria Karpinski

Living In A Miracle - Part 2 of 3 - Mother Meera

IN THE NAME OF LOVE

They come to us and endure the pain inherent in being in this dimension for one reason only – love of us. It is a sacrifice for love that, of course, none of us can fully comprehend, but in the recognition of the unqualified pureness of that love, I have learned more about Jesus, Krishna, Kwan Yin, Mary, Meera, and the others who have blessed our planet than all of the books and speculations that have passed through my mind put together. Through Mother Meera, for example, I have deepened my understanding of Jesus. A meditation on this divine love fills me with gratitude, humility, and awe so deep I can find no expression in the universe big enough to hold it.

There is the place within us, male and female, that is beyond polarity, that is whole in its essence. We incarnate into one gender or the other to satisfy our karma and the creative laws of the physical. Spiritual disciplines from all over the world are guideposts for returning to the state of wholeness that is truly androgynous in the pure sense of that word. We have deep wounds from our forgetfulness of that wholeness.


Our myths express the externalization of this holy yin/yang dance through story, giving insight into very complicated psychological processes and describing the inner landscape. Myths, religions and spiritual symbols, rituals – they all form the language of the unconscious for us to see. Before we fully choose for ourselves, our powerful myths tell us what is right and wrong, what will be rewarded and punished. Basically, we learn what is going to be acceptable in our society.

THE SACRED ASPECTS OF MOTHER

It’s likely that in growing up you didn’t have an Isis or a figure such as the beloved Tara of Tibet, a highly evolved princess who became bodhisattva, one who has mastered but stays to help others. Where were the reflections of the multifaceted aspects of the mother such as the East offers – the elegant Saravati, creator of languages, author of sciences and mathematics, queen of knowledge as well as wisdom. Or the Earth Mother Kali, destroyer of time. Or White Buffalo Woman, who brought the peace pipe to the American Indians. Where were the temples of the divine feminine, the rituals, the images, the sacred scriptures of the various queens of heaven, the words of a feminine deity to inspire and instruct?


I can track my own relationship to Mother Meera back to my childhood questions. By 11 years old, I was puzzled about the absence of a female deity in my culture. I was raised in a Protestant church in a midsized Southern town. Mary, mother of Jesus, was not even a relevant figure in that setting. She was brought out as a part of a larger drama once a year at Christmas, but that was it. I quickly got the message that the very mention of a goddess was strangely dangerous. But I didn’t have the scholarship to challenge the system at that point. So I simulated and acceptance, which is what most of us did.

We have denied the Mother for so long. The world has done a major repression over the past 3500 years of the truths of the feminine. For a great majority of Western people, it is still questionable to even speak of a Divine Mother. For many it is quite scary, almost sinful, as if to say there is a Cosmic Father who is going to punish us if we mess around with loyalty to Him. That sounds foolish, I know, but in the privacy of your heart and meditations, ask yourself how comfortable you are with saying “God-She” and not be making a joke: Or to capitalize the Goddess and really mean it – to feel easy with it and not defensive and angry. We all long for wholeness. And we are not whole when we only honor half of our divine nature.

By Gloria Karpinski

Living A Miracle - Part 1 of 3 - Mother Meera

Meera means miracle. Mother Meera is a miracle. I want to share a small part of my experience with her. To put words to a miracle, thus to any experience with her, is challenging. I find that none of the words fit; they don’t stretch enough or they seem pretentious. When we use words to describe lesser realities, they don’t seem powerful enough to describe the radiances that she embodies and call forth within us.

Mother Meera incarnated into a female body in India. Small and beautiful, wrapped in shimmering saris, she is, as one would expect, very compelling in her presence. According to all reports, she repairs the house, shops, tends to the garden, and is an excellent cook. She now lives and dispenses darshan (blessings) from her home in Thalheim, Germany, a small conservative town not far from Frankfurt, as well as several other places including Asheville, North Carolina, USA.  They are not you basic Hollywood idea of a setting for such a drama. But then neither was Nazareth.  Or the many other places Avatars have chosen.

 

HER TRUTH LIBERATES

People come from all over the world to receive her darshan. In silence, one person at a time, she touches and blesses releases and calls forth, accelerating the evolution of all.  With her eyes – her amazing eyes – and her touch, she unties the knots of bondage and gently, firmly calls you to yourself. She does this without a word. From the moment you are seated, sharing this holy space with pilgrims from France, South Africa, the Orient, and the Americas, until she arrives, and throughout the next few hours, you are held in a living, vital breath. I experienced moments of being breathed into infinity, then lovingly returned to awareness of my ego self; breathing in, breathing out; expansion/contraction, the dance of life.

There are no hiding places with Mother Meera. Her light reaches deep into shadows, recovering wounded and fearful energies that have blocked the way. This living in a miracle is a gift beyond measure, albeit not the most fun for the ego in the short run, but for the serious student (and ultimately that is all of us), it is pure grace. Everyone I have known has experienced an acceleration of the karmic issues they are using for growth and a new-found strength to complete those issues. Invariably, thegratitude is high as all of us realize how many plodding, trial and error efforts, indeed how many lifetimes, have been burned away by this grace. A great teacher can affect your life positively; a master can alter your life pattern; and an avatar can change your evolution.

Avatars are a gift of grace to us. They are on a direct assignment from the godhead. From realms of light, avatars bring to us revelation and aquickening in our evolution. They transcend religions, even though religions are often built on their teachings. But they are beyond separatism and dogma. Their message is always one of universal love and unity.

By Gloria Karpinski