Gloria Karpinski's Center Circle

Gloria Karpinski's Center Circle

Shared Thoughts

Affirming Prayer

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 physical 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

Considerations on Power

1.    Power is in the present moment, here and now.

2.    Vision is concretized through persistent harnessing of power.

3.    True power does no harm to self, other people, other species.

4.    Managing power well is part of Spiritual craftsmanship.

5.    Money, position, fame and talent are resources, not identities.

6.    Spiritual power seeks to uplift others, not be put above them.

7.    Both body and psyche have to be strong to handle power.

8.    Power is in choosing to act, not react.

9.    Powerful world service begins with full responsibility for self.

10.  Spirit-infused power serves then detaches from results.

11.   Words are decrees. Bless and release; curse and bind.             

12.  The chalice emptied into the world is endlessly refilled..

~by Gloria

From her book Barefoot on Holy Ground

Poise In Chaos

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Through prayer we align ourselves with infinite possibilities. No matter how many negative images are offered up daily, the power of “Kyrie Eleison” and “Om Tara, Tutare, Ture, Svaha” echo through the mind, and I can breathe 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 promise for our planet regardless of the difficulty of the labor.

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

                             Blessed be the Choir!

~by Gloria