Friday, December 27, 2013

Collective Consciousness of Love

The week before Christmas, I had to put my precious Angel (cat of 20 years) to sleep.  The night before, a dear friend of mine was killed.  Since then, I have been hearing from so many people how they, too, have been losing loved ones whether they are humans or animals.  I’ve noticed in previous years how there seems to be so many deaths around the holidays, but for some reason, it seems to be more so this year.  Not only deaths, but people have been dealing with the most horrible situations such as serious health issues and just plain old “bad luck.” 

Recently, I was pondering why so many bad things seem to happen around the holidays and my first thought was, “I don’t have a clue.”  As I pondered further, another thought occurred to me.  During the holidays, from before Thanksgiving until after New Year’s, most people are in a chaotic state of mind.  The season is supposed to be about love and joy, but rarely do we see and feel the love and joy.  Instead, people are running around trying to get the perfect gifts, fighting in the stores, going into debt, arguing over whose holiday to celebrate, what holiday figures should be displayed, what greetings should be said, eating and drinking too much, family discord, travel stress, and well, you can add your own.  All this negative energy is being emitted into the Universe and it affects everyone and everything around us. 

Dr. Masaru Emoto, a researcher and Chief of the Hado Institute in Tokyo, has established this in one of the most convincing effects that human consciousness can have on physical reality.  Not long ago, I had the pleasure of meeting him and hearing him speak.  By using water and a process of freezing water and observing the crystals, he proved that certain energies can affect the shape of the crystals.  He calls this “Hado…the intrinsic vibration pattern at the atomic level in all matter, the smallest unity of energy.  Its basis is the energy of human consciousness.” 

In experiments, he produced various Hado through spoken and written words, as well as playing different types of music to the water.  Depending on the energy exposed to the water, it produced different types of crystals.  Beautiful, loving, and kind words and music would produce crystals that looked like snowflakes.  Negative, hateful, and ugly words and music exposed to the water created crystals that looked like cancer cells, nothing at all like a magnificent snowflake.  His many experiments proved that our words and actions do affect those around us as well as what we put into the collective consciousness.  (For more information, go to masaru-emoto.net.)

Thinking on this, I came to the theory (my theory only) that the chaotic energy we put into the collective consciousness during the holidays affects everyone and not always in good ways.  Maybe, just maybe, that’s one reason so many “bad” things happen to so many during the holiday season?

So how can we change the energy during the holiday season (as well as throughout the year)?  We can become very aware of what we are feeling and what energy we are putting into the collective consciousness.  Are we contributing love, peace, kindness, and compassion?  Or are we contributing the negative chaotic energy by fighting and arguing, stressing, and buying into the consumerist mentality that the holiday season seems to have become?   For so many, we’ve completely lost sight of the true meaning of the holiday season whether it’s Christmas or any other holiday celebrated during this time. 

I would like to invite each of us to become very aware of what we are really celebrating.  What kind of energy are we putting into the Universe?  Who or what are we really worshiping?  How are we treating each other?  Are we lifting people up or tearing them down?  What kind of crystals are we making?  Mother Teresa said, “Spread love everywhere you go.  Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”  She also said, “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”

As we go into the year, let us hold everyone in the world, regardless of color, race, religion, politics, financial status, or sexual preference in the collective consciousness of total, unconditional love.  Let’s look for the God/Good in everyone.  As Gandhi said, “If you don’t find God in the next person you meet, don’t waste time looking for him further.”  Let’s live the Golden Rule “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”  We really can be the change we wish to see in the world.

In the New Year, I am seeing you embraced with love, happiness, good health, peace, and prosperity. 


Published in the Cookeville Herald Citizen newspaper December 27, 2013.
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Saturday, December 21, 2013

The Souls of Animals

Have you ever looked into an animal’s eyes and seen a glimpse into their souls?  I have.  Personally, I absolutely believe that animals have souls.  No one knows for sure exactly what the soul is or where it is located.  My belief is that the soul is represented as the breath of life.  When the breath leaves the body, so does the soul.  So why not animals?  For those of us who love our animals, most of us believe that animals do have souls.  People who have had near death experiences have seen their pets on the other side.  I believe that when it’s my time to cross over, I too, will see my beloved pets.  Hippocrates stated, "The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different." 

I’ll admit it.  I’m one of those who calls my pets my “kids.”  They are just as much my children as anyone’s human child is to them.  When my Toy Poodle was alive, I would call him my little boy.  It would be the cause for humorous conversations when I would be talking about my precious baby boy and people would exclaim, “I didn’t know you had children!”  I would reply, “Yes, I have four-legged kids.”  The look on their face was priceless while they tried to figure out what I was talking about.  People who love their pets and lose them are just as devastated as when they lose human loved ones.  I still grieve the loss of my beloved pets…those I’ve recently lost, and those I’ve lost years ago.

Why am I writing about animals in the religion section?  I am extremely connected to animals spiritually though I didn’t always feel this way.  Sure, I loved animals, but not to the degree that I do today.  I think it happened in the late 80’s when a deer jumped into my car and didn’t die right away.  As she lay in the ditch with me hysterically crying over her, she turned her head over her back to look directly at me, and I heard the words just as clearly in my mind as if someone were speaking them to me, “It’s okay.  I know you didn’t mean to hit me.  I forgive you.”  Ever since that moment, I became a believer.  I also became a vegetarian.  In fact, I call myself an “animaltarian” because I love animals too much to justify eating them.  That means any animal because how can we say we love only some animals and not others? 

This is one reason I love St. Francis of Assisi who is considered the Patron Saint of Animals.  It is said that he called all creatures his brothers and sisters.  Whenever you see pictures of St. Francis, you usually see him surrounded by animals and birds.  He treated animals with love and respect.  St. Francis said, "Not to hurt our humble brethren (the animals) is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission--to be of service to them whenever they require it. If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men."

We’re hearing so many stories where animals are saving human lives.  They can sense when someone is going to have a seizure or other kinds of attacks and alert their owner.  They protect us.  They comfort us when we’re sad, depressed, or hurting.  They feel emotions just like we do, and they feel pain.  We are also learning to communicate with them in greater ways.  In fact, I believe that animals are just like us, only in different form.  Cardinal John H. Newman said, "Cruelty to animals is as if man did not love God."  The Quran states, "There is not an animal on the earth, nor a flying creature on two wings, but they are people like unto you."  Rabbi Solomon Ganzfried said, "It is forbidden, according to the law of the Torah, to inflict pain upon any living creature."   

Not everyone will agree with me and that’s okay. On the other hand, some people reading this will understand what I am saying.  Also, this isn’t about eating animals as I cannot tell others what to do.  My purpose is to just give others a different perspective in how we treat all life, and that includes people, animals, and our earth; to treat them with kindness and compassion.  So, the next time you look into the eyes of an animal, take a peek into their soul.  As Anatole France said, “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”


Published in the Cookeville Herald Citizen newspaper December 20, 2013.

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Saturday, December 7, 2013

The Holidays Are Here!

Thanksgiving is behind us and we are now heading into the homestretch to celebrate Christmas.  A wonderful holiday of joy and good tidings! 

 

December is also a month where other religions celebrate their holidays also.  Buddhists celebrate Bodhi Day, which honors Gautama’s attainment of enlightenment under the Bodhi tree in Bodhgava, India.  Jewish people celebrate Hanukkah, which is also called the Festival of Lights and is observed for eight nights and days.  Kwanzaa is a celebration that honors African heritage.  And then, of course, we have Christmas which is celebrated by both Christians and non-Christians, though Christians celebrate it as the birthday of Jesus.  I’m sure there are many more, but these are just a few that I am aware of.

 

Along with the holidays, we participate in festivities that include a lot of food and gift giving.  We also decorate trees, rooms, houses, lawns, and sometimes we decorate ourselves.  The season is very colorful and beautiful.  I love it that people get together to share the holidays with each other and we seem to care a little more for our fellow beings.  People are a little kinder to each other, and charities see a huge boost in their donations.  We fix meals for the hungry, and give toys, food, and other items to children and families who wouldn’t normally be able to celebrate.

 

I love the spirit of the season!  But I have to be honest.  I’m not so sure about the rest of it anymore.  It seems that the holidays have become more about consumerism than the spirit.  People don’t think they can have a Christmas (or other holiday) if they don’t receive presents.  Many people will spend hundreds, if not thousands of dollars during the holiday season on gifts for others, as well as on decorations, cards, stamps, food, and the list goes on and the money adds up.  Many people go into debt just to celebrate in the way they are accustomed to. 

 

Then add the stress that accompanies all the above!  This doesn’t even include deciding which relatives to spend what holidays with, travel arrangements, being stuck in airports, families not getting along, or someone being upset because they didn’t get what they wanted.  And I haven’t even mentioned Black Friday and other big sale days yet.  People will literally fight to get the item on sale, and some people have been seriously hurt or even killed because of it. 

 

How many of us could give all of this up, stop all the fanfare, and still be able to celebrate without feeling we’re missing something?  Could we do it?  Probably not too many could, especially if they have children.  Santa Claus has pretty much become the main symbol for Christmas nowadays. 

 

There are people and children all over the world who don’t have anything, let alone get to celebrate a holiday the way we do, so we get them presents and ship them for the holidays, but what about the rest of the year?  They still need shoes, clothing, and food all the other months, too!

 

And, of course, there is the arguing over what holiday greeting we should say and some people can get quite nasty over it.  Personally, I’m secure enough in my faith that it doesn’t bother me one bit what greeting someone uses.  If someone says Merry Christmas, I’ll say Merry Christmas in return; or Happy Holidays/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/ Bodhi Day or whatever.  I’ll happily return their greeting with the same.  I’m just happy someone said anything to me at all!  Normally when I say hello to someone, I’m doing good to get a hello in return. 

 

To me, the spirit of the holidays means to spread love, peace, and joy to everyone regardless of what holiday they are celebrating.  I honor everyone’s beliefs and whatever holiday they embrace.  I love the diversity!  There is something to be learned from all of them, and I’m blessed to have friends from all faiths who have shared their celebrations with me.

 

So, this year, let’s remember to be the examples of our Spiritual Masters and spread the love and joy of the season!  Merry Christmas!  Happy Holidays!  Happy Hanukkah!  Happy Kwanzaa!  Happy Bodhi Day!  Happy (add your holiday)!  Wishing everyone of all faiths a beautiful and wonderful holiday season and the best of new years!

 


Published in the Cookeville Herald Citizen newspaper November 6, 2013.

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