The story of David and Goliath is part of the fabric of popular culture, in addition to being a regular story in the Jewish and Christian traditions. At face value, it’s the story of how a young boy saved his people from their enemy by slaying a giant with a sling shot and a pebble. […]
During his life, Wayne Dyer taught from many spiritual texts and traditions, including the Tao te Ching. This holy book is attributed to someone named Lao Tzu but scholars now think that it is a collection of wisdom that was common in the period and geography (China) from which it emerged.
One of the many profound lessons in the Tao te Ching is repeated in other sacred texts and involves the perspective we take toward the goals in our lives.
Wayne Dyer described it as an energy that asks not “what’s in it for me?” but “How may I serve?” In a blog that was posted before his death and appears to still be maintained, Wayne wrote of this concept.
Lao-tzu says that doors don’t open while we have attachment to physical things for ourselves. What he calls the angelic guides or Source energy doesn’t enter our lives until we take the focus off “what’s in it for me?” and instead focus on “how may I serve?”
This is a clear coaching moment on examining our motives in the things we are trying to achieve. What is our end-goal?
This is always important but especially so if we are in a leadership position where “what we want” can set a tone for the direction of an organization or business. Are we pushing hard toward a goal that serves the larger organization or is it something WE want; something that serves primarily our own personal agenda?
We’ve seen this play out on the national scene such as with the Enron debacle and other major business implosions, but the lesson remains the same in situations large and small. We cannot hide from spiritual law.
…Source energy doesn’t enter our lives until we take the focus off “what’s in it for me?” … and instead focus on “how may I serve?” Take the focus off scarcity and lack and visualize service. That’s how Spirit works—when we’re letting go, when we’re not trying, not chasing. ~Wayne Dyer
And so it is.
(C) 2018 Practitioner's Path
We are never alone or helpless.
The force that guides the stars, guides us too.
(adapted from a quote used by Dada Gunamuktananda)
In reading and studying the Upanishads, I have especially enjoyed the verses that precede each body of text.
Coming from the Judeo-Christian perspective that I was raised in, it is fascinating to me how much in common there is between these major religions (Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity).
Yes, there are significant differences, but there’s more alignment than fundamentalists on any side would care to admit.
Here is the opening to the Katha Upanishad which is known as a favorite across time.
May the Lord of Love protect us. May the Lord of Love nourish us. May the Lord of Love strengthen us. May we realize the Lord of Love. May we live with love for all; may we live in peace with all.
OM shanti shanti shanti
In Hindu tradition, the word ‘Lord’ is used as much as it is in the Christian tradition. If the semantics of that bother you, simply replace the word ‘Law’ for ‘Lord’ (“May the Law of Love,…” etc.)
As we bid 2017 adieu, I can think of no more important seeds to plant in the New Year than seeds of love and peace.
May we indeed live with love for all and in peace with all.
And so it is.
(C) 2017 Practitioner's Path
I wanted to share an online opportunity to “step up” to spiritual prosperity in 2018…
These principles work – and I have demonstrated their efficacy many times in my life, but it’s important to understand that they are not tickets to jackpots; so be prepared for deep learning, spiritual growth & yes, increased prosperity!
Start your New Year off with a gift to yourself!
None of us knows what awaits in 2018. Judging from the news reports and general world happenings, it’ll be a year to remember, if only for how we survive some of the craziness that comes our way.
One way to prepare for whatever it is to come is to get clear on our spiritual foundation; to connect or reconnect with the truth of who we are, and of life.
There’s a lot we can learn and do in times of stress and turmoil. One thing is to join with a supportive community, and what better community than one that shares a common perspective.
In Pittsburgh, a new community is emerging; built as a network of smaller metaphysical groups and businesses. This “Community of Communities” is intended as a network and support system for people of like minds and metaphysical leanings and will provide the kind of connections and support in the metaphysical community that is usually only seen in church communities.
The “anchor” point for this community meets on Sundays at 1pm (starting January 7) in Mt Lebanon. For more information, follow the blog for Spiritual Learning of Pittsburgh or request to join our Facebook group.
Don’t do 2018 alone!
I stopped by the grocery store this afternoon to pick up some food for the weekend. Thankfully I’m done Christmas shopping so I wasn’t feeling the stress of the season or the lateness of the date that (unfortunately) many around me seem to be feeling.
After an angry encounter in the parking lot (someone thought I was going instead of coming because I sat in my car a little too long), I came into the middle of some holiday hostility. A man was openly berating his wife as she stood in front of a display of dried fruits, trying to make a decision.
Many thoughts passed through my mind at that moment, including an urge to hit him over the head with my purse. I decided against that, and paused to know peace for them in that moment, and then moved on. The incident reminded me of what’s wrong with the holidays and how far we’ve come from what they should be bringing into our lives during these seasons where we celebrate and seek out the Light.
I don’t know how I managed and still can’t fathom how working parents get it done. The time investment, the money, the stress from work and other obligations – it all converges to create more debt, more headaches and more stress than any of us need any time of the year, and especially at Christmas.
We’re missing the point in all the frenzy, but how do we pull back without making our families feel like they’re less-than? The first week back at school after the holiday break can be brutal for kids whose presents were lacking.
How do we teach the lessons of the season detached from the treasure trove of presents in a way that is meaningful and not hurtful?
While I am clear that the answer isn’t more or different gifts (I’ve written about that here) I still don’t have any pat answers, and I am glad that more of us are having these conversations.
No surprise, Michael Gott wrote a song that captures the deep desire inside many of us for a more peaceful experience this time of year. His song, A Quiet Christmas is found on his holiday album – along with a whole list of terrific songs – All is Calm, All is Bright.
You can hear the song here (move the time ahead to 6:40) but to truly experience the richness of the music and song (and to support the artist!), get the album (or download the single song from iTunes).
Here are some excerpts from the lyrics:
Too much – too much to do; too little time to get it done. Too fast – my life goes by too fast; I’m on the fly and on the run,…where’s the joy – where’s the peace?
We all long to find that quiet Christmas. From my heart to yours, knowing this year that you will find your joy, your peace, your truth.
And so it is.
(C) 2017 Practitioner's Path