Prayer Power

 

Watch this moving video about prayer and the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.

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Making the Season Personal

This is the time of year that can be most amazing and fun, or difficult for individuals with a history of sad memories. Personally, I have had several tragedies hit right at or around the Holiday season.

When I was in my 20’s, the house in which I resided burned down, due to Christmas lights in the attic. I was at a party that night and almost lost my dog, Salty, but luckily a kind neighbor let him out while the firetrucks were spraying water on the fires. However, the following year Salty died of cancer, just after New Year’s Day.

Many winters passed with ups and downs until I found my life in danger by a crazy stalker. He was breaking into my house, and threatening my neighborhood. I had to contact law enforcement and the FBI, dealing with a whole new world of intrigue and espionage.

The next great tragedy was when my Mother transitioned, in Dec. 2010. My brother, sister and I spent that month grieving and sorting out her belongings.

The year after was hard as well, as I was nursing another beloved pet dog, Shevah, during an illness of seizures until I finally let her go back to Heaven.

Now with all the hurtful times, I still make holiday seasons personally spiritual by remembering to create precious moments. There were lots of potluck parties, genuinely good people and laughter. Lighting candles, sending prayers up to anyone that needs it, and appreciating the gifts that are all around us, created by God.

Making your holiday season work can be a creative process. If you release expectations of how Christmas should look, or how Hanukah is not celebrated enough, or how you are separated by distance from family and friends, or how you may be experiencing pain, you can open up a space in your heart and mind to receive a new way to be.

Stay open to small miracles, to messages that may come along, to making a new friend just when you least expect it. Pain can be transformed into an opportunity for learning about healing and patience. Loneliness can be transformed into a calling to be closer to your Angels, Guides and further Spiritual Awakening.

Gifts we might enjoy all year long, and all our lives can arrive at this time. Many blessings to you and your loved ones during this time. Let it shine.

Divine Order

A friend was expressing to me how special our Tea Ceremonies were in Taos, where several of our neighbors would sit around a Japanese style table and sip exotic teas, chat and tell stories. At the time it seemed natural, but in retrospect they were very profound.

It makes me think all too often how special moments in time are truly orchestrated by Divine Order.
As Always, Su

Sioux Prayer

O our Father the Sky,
hear us and make us bold.

O our Mother the Earth,
hear us and give us support.

O Spirit of the East,
send us your wisdom.

O Spirit of the South,
may we walk your path of life.

O Spirit of the West,
may we always be ready for the long journey.

O Spirit of the North,
purify us with your cleansing winds.

-Sioux Prayer

Tonto National Monument

by Su Maya

In Honor of Native American Month, I have posted another photo of an ancient site in AZ. This one is near Roosevelt Lake. There is more to see at this park, and you are allowed to get closer to the ruins.

Anasazi Ruins

by Su Maya

Ancient Ruins of AZ

This is usually called Montezuma’s Castle, but the National Park service identifies this site as a Sinagua site. ‘Sinagua’ means without water, it is not a tribe per se.

Anyway, the style and age of the structures are that of the Anazasi people, which means the “Ancient Ones”. Truly remarkable in their beauty and strength.

Spiritual Awareness: a Car Metaphor

Simple Awareness is like this: you are sitting in your car and looking out the windows at the world, and the glass is covered with dirt and bird poo, but you say to yourself, “That’s how it is, the world looks like a mottled mess of dark matter. My body is this car and the dashboard is the brain with all the things I can do with it. We can drive around, listen to music, see the lights, feel the sensations of hot and cold on my skin. I can get stuff and carry it around. If I have someone with me, this is our world, what else do you need?”

What if you cleaned off the glass, on every side, and looked out? You would see a lot more. You would be aware of a wider range of landscapes and skies, of roads that lead to unknown places, other animals and people that you could get to know better, and how they are all connected. So much more is available. The tiny holes of light that appeared through the mud, would be open to perception and knowledge. You would be amazed at how much was out there, that you were missing.

Our bodies are just the vehicles for higher learning. In the Kabbalah the word is Merkabah, meaning a chariot, a carrier of movement through time and space. The Soul is the real carrier which transcends both. When we do the work of clearing out the debri that has accumulated over the years, our true selves become vehicles for ascending new heights of awareness.

When we die, the body goes but you can take awareness with you. It is a valuable commodity in the afterlife. The work you do here to make spiritual awareness a growing asset for the future will pay off, even if you can not see it right now.