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Superhero Report Part II – Spiritual Practices

Here is part two of yesterday’s Superhero Report.  A selection of spiritual practices you can try.  Keep trying until you find one that resonates with you….and if none of these do, then you might already be doing your spiritual practice, you just might not be calling it that:  knitting, running, dancing, singing, listening to music, cooking, gardening, being in nature, drawing, painting, etc. etc. etc.   Remember….anything that helps you connect with love, peace, joy, and leads you to your truth. 🙂

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Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina is Latin for “divine reading,” “spiritual reading,” or “holy reading” and represents a method of prayer and scriptural reading intended to promote communion with God and to provide special spiritual insights.  Traditionally, Lectio-Divina is practiced with sacred scripture, but can be applied to any inspirational or meaningful written text.  Lectio Divina is accomplished in four steps, with the fourth step – contemplation – continuing beyond our practice time and flowing out into our day.

Lectio – Choose a scripture passage or inspirational written text.  Read the passage gently and slowly several times, savoring each portion of the reading.  As you are reading, look for a word or phrase that seems to jump out at you.  Receive this word or phrase as God’s nourishment for you.

 

Meditatio – Reflect on the text of the passage and think about how it applies to one’s own life. Specifically, ruminate, ponder, meditate on the word or phrase that jumped out at you.  Ask the question, “How is God speaking to me personally through this passage?”

 

Oratio – Respond to the passage by opening your heart to God. Allow yourself to have a conversation with God.  Offer a silent or spoken prayer in response to God, or write your thoughts in a notebook or journal.

 

Contemplatio – Listening to God. This is a freeing of yourself from your own thoughts, both mundane and holy, and hearing God speak to you. Opening the mind, heart, and soul to the influence of God. Contemplatio is often done in silence or carried with you as you go about your day.  Observe how your meditation period continues to influence your thoughts, behaviors, attitudes and feelings.

 

Centering Prayer/Silent Contemplation

Silent Contemplation is allowing yourself to simply rest in God.  The goal of contemplation is “no goal.”  Your job is to simply be.  Repeated practice opens you to the fruits of contemplation – deepening peace, insight, creativity, guidance, consolation and compassion.

1)Find a comfortable place where you can sit in silence.

2)Choose a focal point – the breath, a sacred word or phrase (love, peace, Jesus, Om, etc.)

3)Now, sit in silence.  When you find your mind wandering (which it will), simply return your attention to your chosen focal point.

4)Continue in this manner until your meditation period is finished.

 

Free-Form Journaling/Automatic Writing

Through this approach, you bring a question or a thought to your meditation session.   Offer the question/thought to God.  Then allow God to speak to you through your pen as you write in their journal.

1)Write your question in your journal.

2)Sit quietly to allow your own mind to step aside and invited God to step in.

3)If you find silence to be a struggle, listen to music first – preferably something that helps to relax your mind – chant, classical music, even some heavy metal music can be helpful. (I recommend Hildegard of Bingen, Bach and Disturbed or Tool as music for relaxing the mind.)

4)Then just write.  Let your pen respond to your question.  Or, begin a dialogue between yourself and God through your pen.

Mantra Meditation

1)Choose a favorite sacred phrase/mantra.  (Om Mani Padme Om; Hail Mary Full of Grace; Om Shanti; Give us this day our daily bread; Abwoon d’bwashmaya; etc.)

2)Repeat the mantra silently or aloud, over and over, allowing the mantra to draw you into a place of peaceful calm.

3)Continue repeating the mantra until you find it no longer necessary as you have entered into silence.

4)Return to the mantra if you find your mind becoming active.

 

Prayer Beads

Prayer beads and rosaries provide a tactile sensation to mantra meditation, and have been shown to help facilitate relaxation.  Simply use the beads to count your mantra repetitions. This is especially helpful if you have a creative or restless mind.

Imagination-Contemplation/Daydreaming Meditation

1)Choose a narrative story from scripture, a favorite myth or fairytale.

2)Read through the story slowly and meditatively.

3)Choose a character from the story (named, or unnamed).

4)Re-read the story from the vantage point of your chosen character.

5)Enter into your creative imagination, placing yourself in the story as your chosen character. Allow the story to unfold in your imagination in great detail, being mindful of thoughts, reflections, emotions that may surface through the process.

6)After your story has come to a natural conclusion, write what your witnessed through your imagination, allowing additional details to surface as you write. Do not censor or second-guess what shows up for you.  Write it all down.

7)Go back and read your written story.

8)As you are reading, reflect on the following two questions:

– How is God speaking to me through what was revealed in this daydreaming?

– How is the revealed story reflective of something going on in my current life journey?

 

Music Meditation

Music is used as a vehicle through which you can find that place of peaceful calm within.

1)Choose a musical selection (chant, classical music, instrumental music work well here.)

2)Listens to musical selection with rapt attention, allowing the movement of the music to draw you into peaceful calm or to stir other emotions that may need to be released (anger, sorrow, frustration, grief, etc.)

3)Rest in silent contemplation once music is finished.

 

Mindful Meditation/Theological Reflection

1)Choose an ordinary activity or object as the focal point of your meditation – it can be anything – a paper cup, a paperclip, a candle, a pen, a stick, eating an orange, chopping onions, etc.

2)Observe the object or engage in the activity with rapt attention.

3)Become aware of the object or the activity in a way that transcends your typical experience of this object/activity.

4)Reflect on how God is present or revealed through the object or activity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Finding and Cultivating Your Superpowers

Superhero Report for Monday, August 4, 2014 – Part I

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I absolutely believe that every single one of us is a Superhero waiting to be born.  Not everyone will have the call or the drive to facilitate positive change in the world, but every single one of us has a role to play in turning the world into love. The key, for each of us, is to find out what our unique superpowers are, nurture them and then share them in the world. I have learned that the single most important thing we can do to discover, cultivate and harness our Superpowers is to develop and maintain a spiritual practice.

In Monday’s Superhero gathering, we learned how to develop and maintain a regular spiritual practice, but first we dispelled some myths around spiritual practice and defined it in a way that speaks to a post-modern world, and specifically to those who are blessed with creative and active minds.  (Note, the following is an excerpt from my as yet unpublished book, Happily Ever After copyright 2014):

Starting a Spiritual Practice

 

Sit in the silence and listen.

Listen in the silence and hear.

When you hear,

So shall you know. 

 

The purpose of the following is to offer helpful support for starting a spiritual practice and to provide additional insights for those who already have a practice in place.

Dispelling Myths

The following are myths that have been propagated in regards to meditation as a spiritual practice.  None of these myths (from my perspective as an experienced meditator and Spiritual Director) are true.

  • Meditation has a goal
  • The goal of meditation is silencing of the mind
  • There is a right and a wrong way to “do” meditation
  • If you reach the state of peace, you did it right….if not, you did it wrong
  • An empty mind is the devil’s playground
  • Meditating makes you a “better” person
  • Only enlightened/holy people meditate
  • Meditation is the path to enlightenment
  • Sitting in silence is the only valid form of meditation….or it is the preferred method
  • Meditation is an Eastern practice and cannot be practiced by Christians
  • Eastern meditation practices are dangerous
  • Lay people cannot meditate

Before embarking on a meditation practice, it may be helpful to know:

  • The goal of spiritual practice is “NO GOAL.”  Your job is to simply show up.  Striving after a goal (other than showing up) will prove to be an obstacle to your practice.
  • There is no right or wrong way to meditate.
  • If you find that state of inner calm and peace…..it is PURE GRACE…..not something you received because you finally meditated the right way or enough times.
  • There is a rich tradition of meditation and contemplation in the Western Hebrew and Christian traditions.
  • It is in the emptiness that we find God/Love/Truth…..and we are also invited to find God in the midst of the chaos.
  • Meditation can be receptive (listening, sitting, being) or active (expressing, moving, giving, processing,).
  • Meditation encompasses many formats and practices including but not limited to:  meditative reading of sacred texts, journaling, sitting in silence, movement (yoga, tai chi, dance, etc.), chant, listening to music, daydreaming, paying attention to our dreams, mindfulness practices, acts of service, making love, being present to our family and friends, being out in nature, creative expression, painting, drawing, cooking, cleaning, etc. etc. etc.
  • A spiritual practice is anything that helps us to connect with God, peace, love, joy, flow, compassion, harmony, forgiveness, mercy, ecstasy.
  • In the Western tradition, Meditation refers to the reflective thoughts in the mind.  In the Eastern Tradition, meditation is understood to mean sitting in silence.  Contemplation is the term used in the Western tradition to refer to sitting or being in silence with God.
  • The only danger in meditation or contemplation is connecting with your truth.  Warning:  Truth can be a dangerous thing if we are not prepared or if we do not have the tools to handle it.  As Gloria Steinem said, “The truth will set you free, but first it will kick your butt.”
  • Meditation may lead you to enlightenment, if that is your path in this life; regardless, it will help you to be a happier, more peaceful and more loving human being.
  • From the Hebrew and Christian perspectives, meditation and contemplation will empower you to experience the Kingdom of God right here, right now, in this life.  You will discover that you don’t have to die to know the peace and love of God.
  • Meditation can be practiced by ANYONE……regardless of your race, color, creed, education, status, position of power, ordained or not, etc. etc. etc.

Getting Started

As mentioned above, there is no right or wrong way to meditation or to enter into spiritual practice.  I have learned, however, that there are certain things we can do that will help us to be successful in our goal of SHOWING UP for our spiritual practice.  Remember…the only goal is to SHOW UP.  The following steps may help you to do this.  

  • Set aside a regular time each day for your spiritual practice where you can be uninterrupted for 15-30 minutes.  For many people, this is first thing in the morning, but choose a time that works for your own personal bio-rhythms.
  • Choose a special place in your home or office that is designated as your place for your spiritual practice.  It might be a certain chair in your living room, your drawing easel, maybe you have the luxury of setting up a meditation corner or room.
  • Have the tools that you need for your practice near your chosen place – your journal, a bible, writing utensils, maybe a candle or incense burner, a blanket.
  • Turn off any potential distractions – phones, computers, pagers, etc.
  • Create a ritual that helps you to enter into your spiritual practice.  Light a candle.  Burn incense.  Say a prayer.  Bow to your sacred space.

Magic Wands Please….

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to spiritual practice.  Each person possesses their own unique temperament and preferred ways of functioning in the world.  As such, through the ancient traditions, a variety of tools have been developed to fit the needs of a wide variety of people.  Practice individual methods until you find one that feels like it fits you.  And know that from time to time, this will change.  Or, maybe like me, you will find a variety of practices speaking to you.  You might then look for a way to incorporate several into your daily practice.  Remember….there is no right or wrong way to meditation.  Ultimately, any activity that you do that leads you to a place of peace and helps you to remember love is considered a spiritual practice. 

Stay Tuned tomorrow….same Bat time, same Bat channel….for Part II – Specific spiritual practices you might like to try.

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VIrtual Church – Spiritual Practices Supplement

Below is a copy of the content of the Agape Meditation Practices Newsletter which is a supplement to the weekly virtual church online services.  This newsletter is available to email subscribers through Constant Contact (see subscribe icon in the right sidebar menu).  If you find these practices meaningful, helpful and perhaps inspiring, please consider subscribing.   

Agape’ Meditation Practices Newsletter

Supplement to the Authentic Freedom Virtual Church Service

Sunday, March 9, 2014

First Sunday of Lent 

Scripture Reading:

At that time Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was hungry.The tempter approached and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become loaves of bread.” He said in reply, “It is written: One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.”

Jesus tempted

Then the devil took him to the holy city, and made him stand on the parapet of the temple, and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down. For it is written: He will command his angels concerning you and with their hands they will support you, lest you dash your foot against a stone.” Jesus answered him, “Again it is written, You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.” Then the devil took him up to a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in their magnificence, and he said to him, “All these I shall give to you,  if you will prostrate yourself and worship me.” At this, Jesus said to him, “Get away, Satan! It is written: The Lord, your God, shall you worship and him alone shall you serve.”

Then the devil left him and, behold, angels came and ministered to him.    (Matthew 4: 1-11)

 

Additional Readings:

Gn 2: 7-9, 3: 1-7

Ps 51: 3-17

Rom 5: 12, 17-19

Imagination as Revelation

For centuries, spiritual teachers across cultures have demonstrated the power of imagination as a source of guidance, insight, knowledge, comfort and healing.  St. Ignatius of Loyola discovered this in his own journey while convalescing after a serious war injury.  Through his imagination, he was turned from a desire for fame, wealth and power to one of service to God.  Ignatius learned that God could speak to him directly through his daydreaming and came to know God and in coming to know God, came to know himself through his daydreaming.  This week, you will have an opportunity to practice this powerful form of meditation, known for centuries by spiritual teachers and formalized within the Christian tradition by Ignatius of Loyola in the practice he came to call Imagination/Contemplation.

 

Spiritual Practices:

 With this week’s scripture, you are invited to use the spiritual practice of Imagination/contemplation. Follow the steps below:

1)       Slowly and meditatively read the gospel account of Jesus’ temptation in the desert.

2)      Put yourself in Jesus’ place. Imagine that you are Jesus in the story.

3)      Placing yourself in the place of Jesus, imagine in detail the setting.  What are you wearing?  What is the environment like in the desert?  What is the weather?  How are you feeling.  When the devil shows up, what does he/she look like?  Is there anyone else there?

4)      Without censoring, allow the story to unfold in your imagination.  Allow yourself to daydream the story in your mind, letting it flow without censoring, questioning, critique, simply allow the story to unfold in your mind.  Be attentive to all the details.  Be especially mindful of any thoughts, feelings or emotions that might surface.

5)      After the story has come to a natural conclusion in your mind, write it down in a notebook or journal, being attentive to any additional details which might reveal themselves.

6)      After you have written the story, go back and read what you wrote.

7)      Reflect on the following questions:  a) How is the story that was revealed to you reflective of something going on in your own life?  b) What might God be trying to reveal to you through the story that came forth through your imagination?

Authentic Freedom

In this week’s reading, we have an opportunity to confront the role of temptation in our lives.  Authentic Freedom speaks directly to temptation in awareness of the seven core fears:

  • There is not enough
  • I am insignificant and have nothing to contribute
  • I can’t (be the person God made me to be)
  • I am not loved
  • I am not free to express my truth
  • I do not know my truth and my path
  • I am alone

Reflect this week on how you are tempted to entertain or give in to these fears.

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How God Speaks Through Our Imagination

Today’s blog comes to us through Kristen Moss.  Kristen attended the inaugural Authentic Freedom Ministries Sunday Service.  Using the story of the Epiphany, the star and the Magi from the East, I invited the participants to engage daydreaming as prayer through the meditation practice known as Imagination/Contemplation. Through this practice, you place yourself within the context of a scriptural narrative and imagine the story unfolding in your mind through the perspective of one of the characters.  The “character” that spoke to Kristen was the Star, and this is what it said:

After reflecting on a reading from the Gospel of Matthew 2:1-12, we picked something from the story that we related to and meditated on it. I was drawn to the North Star.
The Star’s Message to Humanity
“I am the North Star. I light the way for many people as well as other entities. I, with the guidance of others; “Guardians of Light”, we pass along great messages of peace, love and wisdom. Fear not, my friend, worry not of the other beings you fear will do you harm. We are the “Bringers of Light”, part of a glowing and powerful group of galaxies, constellations, stars and planets. Many of you humans have forgotten that your planet, Mother Earth, is a living and breathing place that must be loved, must be cared for… must not be misused or abused. We see what is being done… the hate and fear that humans breed… the lack of respect for your home~ Earth~.

We see how this planet is crying out for you to stop all the harm and to come back into the space of love and understanding. Do you not see that Mother Earth is a reflection of you? She mirrors your human behaviors… send Her love and gratefulness; she, in return, will love and provide abundance for you in all ways… now is the time to remember… don’t forget!

I, the north star, along with my astial brothers and sisters, watch with great awe as well as sadness. We know the potential you are all capable of. We see your future and know that many great and wonderful things await you and your planet.

Many others have been observing you all as well, some more than others. Most come here with the intent to assist your people (humans) in the shift in human consiousness, the shift that greatly will affect your earth home in a wonderfully, loving way.

We stars love and protect you.. we guide you, we assist in your spiritual development. We gather together in our own ways, astral collective gatherings of Light and Love. We assist all that are within all of the billions of galaxies here and well beyond”….

What is the star saying to you?

How have you been open to the Divine speaking to you through your imagination?

Lauri Lumby

Authentic Freedom Ministries

http://yourspiritualtruth.com

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Daydreaming as Prayer

In today’s blog, we continue the exploration of spiritual practices from the Western Mystical/contemplative tradition.  Today, we examine the spiritual practice called, “Imagination Contemplation” or what I like to call “Daydreaming as Prayer.”


Creative Imagination

One of the things we are invited to embrace in the contemplative spiritual path is that God communicates truth to us each and every day and that The Divine communicates this truth in a limitless number of ways.  Visual sight, spiritual sight, intuition, learning, life experiences, insight area all ways in which the Divine communicates truth to us.  The one vehicle for communication of truth that often gets forgotten or discounted is our imagination.  Our creative imagination is a fantastic and fun vehicle through which the Divine reveals our path, answers to our quandaries, insight into ourselves and into God and opportunities for learning.  Our imagination provides a colorful landscape on which God paints the direction of our lives.

St. Ignatius of Loyola

St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556)  was the first contemplative in the Christian tradition to systematically reclaim the imagination as a powerful, effective and authentic vehicle for prayer, meditation, contemplation and discernment.  Ignatius was a man with a vivid imagination and spent a great amount of his life in daydream, fantasizing about a life of status, power, riches and fame.  That was until he was seriously wounded in battle and had to spend several months in bed healing from his wounds.  It was during this time of convulesence that he found a book on the life of Christ.  Reading this book, he found a new vocation and decided to give his life to God.  He then took the gift of creative imagination and applied this to his daily meditation and prayer with remarkable results.  He found that when he placed himself in the stories from scripture and allowed his imagination to run wild, he found new insights, direction and guidance.  He called this particular approach to scripture Creative Imagination.

How it works

Employing the technique of Creative Imagination as a form of meditation, contemplation and prayer is really quite fun.  Here is how you do it:

1) Choose a narrative story from scripture (or from fairytales, myth, children’s stories, etc. any narrative story will do).

2) Read through the story slowly and meditatively.

3) Look for a character in the story (named or unnamed) that seems to speak to you in a special way.

4) Imagine that you are that character.

5) Re-read the story from the perspective of that character

6) NOW DAYDREAM!!!!!!!   Place yourself into the story, imagining every detail – the scenery, the weather, what you are wearing, take note of what you see, smell, hear, sense, etc.  Imagine every detail of the story and allow it to unfold UNFETTERED in your mind.  Let your imagination run wild with the story and see where it takes you.

7) As the story unfolds in your mind, pay particular attention to any thoughts or emotions that may arise as the story plays out.  Give yourself ample time to let the story reveal itself in its fullness.

8) When you feel the story is complete, write it down.  Write down all you remember, thoughts, reflections, emotions, etc.  and be attentive to any additional details that present themselves in your writing.

9) After you have written it all down, go back and read what you wrote.

10) Now answer two questions:    a) How is what was revealed to you in your imagination reflective of where you are currently at in your personal and spiritual journey?  b) What is God revealing to you through what came forth in your story?

Why I love it

Personally, I have found the practice of Creative Imagination a wonderful addition to my existing spiritual practices.  It allows me to receive guidance, comfort, insight and direction in a creative and unexpected way.   I am always surprised at what shows up both for me and for my clients when this form of meditation and prayer is engaged.  This is a meditation practice that is especially useful for those of us who struggle to tame the monkey mind.  With Creative Imagination, the monkey gets to play.  How cool and fun is that!?  And here’s a little ditty to invite your own imaginative play:  WHAT A DAY FOR A DAYDREAM!

How might you begin to incorporate daydreaming into your existing spiritual practice?

Where have you previously discounted your daydreaming as frivolous or a waste of time (or where have others told you to stop daydreaming?)

How might this meditation practice give you new insight into your day to day daydreamings?

Lauri Lumby

Authentic Freedom Ministries

http://yourspiritualtruth.com

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Bibbity Bobbity Boo

Exploring dreams, imagination, magic and mantra prayers.  What does Disney’s Cinderella teach us about ourselves?

 

 

Ok, so apparently we are having a Disney Princess theme this week.  Yesterday is was Mary Poppins (yea, I know, she’s not a princess….), today Cinderella, tomorrow …. who knows? 

 

While I’m not a big fan of the typical thematic interpretation of the Disney Princess genre (you know, lonely girl longs to find her prince, she enters into some sort of journey, then finds her prince and lives happily ever after), I will attempt to look past the “happily ever after dependent upon finding your prince,”  to find the universal message for those of us in the real world!  Today, I feel called to spend some time with Cinderella.

As the firstborn child in a typical American middle class family of moderate dysfunction, I could totally relate to the Cinderella theme of “how come I have to do all the work?”  I recall as a child identifying with the Disney interpretation of the child forced into drudgery by her cruel stepmother.  Yep, I loved cultivating my inner victim and longed for the “prince” that would rescue me from the responsibilities of the firstborn.  Today all I can do is say, “Sorry mom.”  I was a huge brat and in many ways lazy (as I guess most teens are) and I admittedly loved nurturing the illusion of entitlement.  Again, sorry mom! 

Now, looking beyond my inner victim, I ask, what does Cinderella have to teach me (us) today?   The answer to this question seems to be hidden within the Cinderella soundtrack.  One of the things I love about Disney films is that they are great at creating standout soundtracks to accompany their films and within these soundtracks are usually one or two (or in the case of Mary Poppins – MANY) songs that totally make the movie.  This is no less the case for Cinderella.  There are two songs from this film that stand out to me and it is these songs that illuminate the universal message within Disney’s Cinderella.   

 

A Dream is A Wish Your Heart Makes – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhTjnzlcIeI

If you don’t want to take the time to click on the YouTube link and watch the video, here is what the song says:

A dream is a wish your heart makes…

In dreams you will lose your heartaches…

Have faith in your dreams and someday, your rainbow will come smiling through.

No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true.

Not being a huge fan of the pop-culture spirituality that says, “Ask and you will receive” coupled with “You create your own reality and what you think you will have,”  I’m not inclined to give a literal interpretation to the Cinderella soliloquy.  Instead, let’s look at it from a Divine-centered perspective.  Here is my current working theory (right or wrong):

  • God plants within our heart our highest truth and knowledge of the path that will lead us to our highest good.
  • We have access to this knowledge through active attention to the Divine through our hearts, intuition, dreams, imagination, insight, learning, knowledge, physical and spiritual vision.
  • We are invited to be open to receiving God’s vision for our life and when we act upon this vision, our life unfolds in a magnificent way far beyond what we ever could have imagined (manifested) for ourselves. 

The Cinderella dream song reminds us of this truth.  When we tend to the dreams and visions within our hearts – those guided by the Divine within us, then whatever “we wish for” will come true.  This is not magic….this is REAL!  But in truth, when we actually do this, it feels nothing less than magical. But how do we allow ourselves to be open to receiving the Divine vision of our highest truth and greatest path?  The answer is in the second great song from Disney’s Cinderella:

Bibbity Bobbity Boo! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAJr1ixBdIc

Now I have to give credit to my (now deceased) mother-in-law, Deanna Schmidt, for what you will now read.  Bibbity Bobbity Boo, while presented as a magical incantation invoked by Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother, it is nothing less than (thanks to Dee) a mantra prayer.  Mantra prayer is one of the infinite ways in which we can allow ourselves to be open to receiving Divine guidance, insight and comfort in our lives.  Through mantra prayer, we repeat a sacred word or phrase over and over and over, allowing the rhythm and repetition to lull us into a peaceful, meditative state.  Bibbity Bobbity Boo is a fantastic form of mantra prayer (and was used by my mother-in-law when she felt anxious or scared – in fact, it is the prayer she used when fighting breast cancer). 

And….I suddenly realized there is one more VERY IMPORTANT lesson for us in Disney’s Cinderella…….WE ARE NEVER ALONE in our spiritual journeys.  This is the role of the Fairy Godmother – to remind us that the Divine places people into our lives (or we draw them to ourselves, or both) that act as a vessel through which the Divine is able to unfold the miracle in our lives.  And isn’t Fairy Godmother a great title for these amazing, magical people? 

So the invitation today is to:

Reflect on the dreams your heart is revealing to you.  How might they be leading you to your highest truth?

What tools are you currently using to be open to Divine guidance and inspiration in your life?

Who are the Fairy Godmothers and Godfathers in your own life who have acted as vehicles for the Divine in your life?

 

Lauri Lumby

Authentic Freedom Ministries/Your Spiritual Truth

http://yourspiritualtruth.com