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You Are God!

Posted by sibbia on July 18, 2007

I’ll say it again, you are God.  How can I make such an audacious claim?  Many of us recognize that the divine force is part of everything and resides in us as well, and yet don’t seek out the realization of that perfect divinity.

They may accept Jesus Christ as the son of God, without realizing that we are all sons and daughters of God, or remembering that Jesus said that we were to go forth and create even bigger works (miracles).  To the average man, this is an impossible, ludicrous statement.  Yet I remind you that we are made in God’s image and likeness and we are all an expression of only one divine force.

We are as the waves on top of the ocean — made in its image and likeness but lacking its full power and realization until we merge back to the source from which we came.  When we focus on God and God-like behavior, we are beginning that process of reconnection, for we have been surely told, “draw closer to God, and God draws closer to you.”

The highest aim of this blog is to help us realize and express our divinity.  This is the answer to any question we face, and the supply to our every need.  Everything I write, design, create and photograph is meant to inspire the very best in our nature.  Sharing and providing service to others helps strengthen my commitment to bringing light into world (starting with myself).

The more we recognize our own divinity, the stronger our faith becomes.  Fears vanish and our lives become more harmonious as we transcend the ego and align ourselves with the divine.

Piercing the veil of illusion that makes us believe we are seperate individuals removes selfishness and competition from our hearts and we being to understand our collective power.

Is this some lofty, difficult goal?  No.  Must we run off to the mountain top to meditate for ten years, forsaking all worldly concerns?  No, for how would we be of any use to others then?  When faced with a challenge, a crisis, temptation, dilemma… say to yourself simply:

Only that which is true of God is true of me for God and I are one.

Let this thought guide you, ask what God would do in that situation and do your best to behave in the same manner.  In that instance, you have reached toward God and God reaches back toward you.

There is only one thought that comes through me to share with everyone today and that is:

You Are God!

I am the artist; I am the Creator, and my life is as divine as I make it. 

See it, believe it, achieve it.


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Becoming A Divine Vessel (Summary)

Posted by sibbia on July 12, 2007

The Becoming a Divine Vessel series was presented with the goal of providing us the means to express the divine force inside us on a regular basis.

It is a five step program that is as simple or as complex as we choose to make it.  Any one step can bring great change into our lives if we focus on it with diligent attention.  As a group, they encompass the spiritual Laws necessary to bring us closer to God and reflect God’s light and power into the world.

It is also important to note that these Laws are not only a foundation for spiritual success; they are key to our material success and manifestation as well.  When we realize the Divine plan for our life is whole and perfect, we are content to accept only that which is God’s will for us.  This frees us from envy, fear, worry and doubt, and this freedom opens the channels for the abundant, Universal supply to flow to and through us. 

To review, the five steps that were given to us are:
 
1. Listen to the Quiet Voice — Seek God’s guidance.  Trust in more than your mind and your senses.  Allow the answer, idea, or help you need to come to you.  Expect it without fear or worry and it will be so.

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. – Psalm 32:8
 
2.  Learn to Nurture — Make caring and kindness part of your nature.  Start in small ways and expand on it.  Dedicate yourself to caring for something from thought to finish, remembering you reap what you sow.
 
3.  Be Creative — A hallmark of God’s nature, creation.  Develop creativity as you would a muscle.  Train it exercise it, and use it daily so that it will be there to serve you when you really need it.
 
4.  Establish Order — Refuse to let chaos rule in your thoughts or your surroundings.  Pay strict attention to your thoughts, words, and the things you allow to influence you — your surroundings, choice of books, music, movies, etc.
 
5.  Forgiveness — Let go and let God.  Reconcile yourself with the things of your past.  Hold no resentment or ill will towards another being.  Instead send forth love so that love may return to you.

May these words help to guide you along your path!

The Divine in me recognizes and celebrates the Divine in you,

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Becoming A Divine Vessel (Part Five)

Posted by sibbia on July 10, 2007

One of the conditions that block the expression of the divine force inside us is our failure to embrace one simple virtue — forgiveness.

Forgiveness:

1. To give up resentment of.

                   2. To cease to feel resentment against.

The idea of a forgiving God is clear in the Scripture, “Thou art a God of forgiveness, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, and abounding in loving kindness. And Thou did not forsake them.” (Nehemiah 9:17)

This idea of forgiveness as a Divine virtue transcends any particular religion. It can be seen everywhere. A Muslim starts a prayer with: “In the name of Allah most gracious most merciful.”

The need for forgiveness also lies outside of any spiritual venue — physical ailments, psychological disorders, and great loss of life have all been tied to a lack of forgiveness.

That said, forgiveness should be a daily practice. It can be extremely healing and transformative. Forgiveness is another method for establishing divine order and, as such, helps to release any blocks which stop the flow of good into your life. In securing the good (blessings) we expect to receive, we must remember that achieving true faith, becoming more successful, and finding our place in the world is not an act of force. It is a quiet determination and desire for good which is allowed to guide all our actions. Allow this desire for good (in other words, success and blessings in all aspects of life) to permeate your being. Send that desire forth, expecting it to return to you in countless ways. Now knowing that we are all connected and that we reap what we sow, how could we wish anything but success for another?

Realize that your “enemy” is God, that your “competition” is God, that you are God and bless everyone in every situation that crosses your path. Affirm that everyone and everything ultimately works for your own success as you desire only the best for others. Do this several times a day until it takes hold in your spirit and watch it unfold in your life.

This one practice is more important than the other four covered in the Becoming a Divine Vessel series. It is transformative and if you are new to the practice of active forgiveness, you may be shocked at how much you have to forgive — broken promises, past relationships, family conflicts, competitors, childhood trauma… forgive them all, let them go and embrace the abundance of love and light that now comes into your life.

If this post has helped you in any way, please share your experience. Click here to comment or send an e-mail to sistersibbia@hotmail.com.

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Becoming A Divine Vessel (Part Four)

Posted by sibbia on July 6, 2007

Establish Order

It is a scientific fact that everything tends toward entropy. Rare is the student who successfully completes a course in thermodynamics without being able to tell you that entropy never decreases – it increases or, at best, remains the same. This is essential information for studying and predicting the behavior of many systems — and a completely man made phenomena.

“I shall never believe that God plays dice with the world,” said Albert Einstein and the author agrees with him. In fact, there’s no evidence to suggest it.

Nature is a complex, balanced system with built in checks and balances and a high degree of order. If examined, one will find symmetry in plants, species whose survival depends on another, and patterns throughout nature.

To bring ourselves closer to God and express the divine force inside us, we should also create order, and the place to start is in our own lives.

As Within, So Without

In many ways our external environment is nothing but a reflection of the state of our mind and heart. Turbulent, violent or conflicting emotions, scattered thoughts, half finished plans and abandoned goals all find a physical means to express themselves in our life. Prayer, meditation, conscious breathing… all techniques that promote stillness and reduce mental clutter are helpful but not complete by themselves.

As Without, So Within

To clear our mind and clear the way for blessings, we should clear up the physical space around us. Invite divine order into your life as you bring order to the space around you. Make a special point to clear out spaces that haven’t been touched for some time — closets, attics, basements, and garages. Remove things you no longer want or use, give them away if possible (and practical), throw them away otherwise. While you do this repeat to yourself that you are clearing the way for your blessings to flow into your life. Be sure to recognize and acknowledge them as they come. Now give thanks and enjoy the benefits of the energy that can now flow freely around you!

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Becoming a Divine Vessel (Part Three)

Posted by sibbia on July 3, 2007

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Be Creative

Creation. The ultimate example of God’s power. God, the Father, the Mother, the Creator of all living beings.
We too posess this creative spark, this power to bring things to life in the world whether we recognize it or not.

A perfect complement to understanding how our thoughts and perceptions create the reality around us is to go through the act of creation over and over again.

The process of creating a situation in our lives and creating a work of art (or other creation) is essentially the same. We must first clearly determine in our mind’s eye what we desire to create, then holding this picture in our minds we proceed to think, act and speak only as if it’s done. When asked a painter says, I am painting a mountain, a landscape, or a young woman for example, even though there may be little on the canvas to show it right then. A writer sits down to a blank piece of paper (or computer screen) to write a book, a story, an essay, etc. It comes forth from the mind; it is conceived of internally before they was evidence to the outside world

Everything anyone has ever done or accomplished began with an idea held firmly in their mind until the thing or situation existed in the world. And as all acts of creation essentially contain the same steps, this is an extremely important skill for us to practice in as many ways as possible.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

Write a story, any story.  Storytelling is an imaginative process full of new characters and worlds to explore. Whether you write 2 pages or 2,000, you are practicing using the power of your mind to create something.

Try your hand at painting, drawing or sculpture.  Dream of something and give it life on paper, canvas or in clay. It need not be a masterpiece, just something you can envision and represent some way in the physical world.

(Re)Decorate a room.  Give it a completely new look. Immerse yourself in colors, fabrics, pictures, comfortable chairs… things that will help you enjoy spending time there. Envision as much detail as possible, then, bring it to life!

Make something new.  A birdhouse, a bracelet, a blanket, a deck or patio… Learn a new skill or capitalize on one you already have. Revel in the finished project knowing you made something that was not there before.

(Re)Create something.  Refinish a table, add decorations to a t-shirt, save, decorate and reuse old glass bottles, rebuild an old car… the ideas are endless. Pick one and you will be practicing looking at what is in front of you and changing it to something different, and is that not what we are trying to do in our lives? Look at situations that are present and reshape them to our own designs?

Happy Creating!

If you have any thoughts about my becoming divine series, please let me know. Part four in the series will be coming soon, please check back often.

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Becoming a Divine Vessel (Part Two)

Posted by sibbia on June 29, 2007

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Becoming divine — recognizing and expressing that God force within us is not a one step process. We do not need to be perfect or candidates for sainthood. We need to allow the divine to work through us — and in that moment we are a divine vessel.

Learn to Nurture

Love is the most powerful force in the universe. Its hallmarks are caring, concern and the ability to put someone or something before ourselves. When we start to recognize the web of interconnectedness among all living things, it is easier to feel and express love but we don’t have to wait for that knowledge to suddenly come to us in one fell swoop. We can encourage it… by learning to nuture.

Everyone should have something which is dependent on his or her care — someone, something or some project which
they can help succeed. Plants and pets are good choices and children and older parents/relatives are quintessential examples. Here are four suggestions to get you started. If you think of more, please post a comment.

1. Sponsor a Child but don’t stop there. Send letters or a card, just to say I hope you’re well.

2. Start a garden. Watch something grow from seed. Water it, protect it from weeds, add plant food and enjoy the, umm, fruits of your labor. 🙂

3. Bring home a pet! Adopt a dog or cat or even bring fish or a songbird into your home. Pets have numerous benefits in addition to bringing more love into your home.

4. Mentor. A child, a co-worker, a classmate, someone new to your hobby or new to your business. The person will never forget your help, and you might be surprised to find how it benefits you as well.

Remember, we reap what we sow. What seeds have you planted today?


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Becoming A Divine Vessel (Part One)

Posted by sibbia on June 28, 2007

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If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change. ~ Buddha

This is the first of a series of posts with thoughts, ideas and tips to help us embrace the divine within ourselves and express it in the world. May it prove to be useful to you.

Listen to the quiet voices

In-spiration, the process of being guided from within. A very important practice we can learn and develop is the ability to trust our intuition to learn to trust the small voice inside of us that gives us ideas, warns us of problems, suggests we suddenly call a friend, visit a store, try this new idea.

The more we acknowledge and honor this voice inside of us, the better we are able to harness its power to know exactly what to do in every situation. Learning to expect inspiration and acting on it when we receive it, strengthens and encourages our ability to connect to the Universal Mind which offers a perfect solution to every situation.

A word of caution, however. Intuition and inspiration are not rational thought processes. It is not a matter of “trying to figure things out.” This is not to say we should never use our minds to reason through a problem. We simply should not confuse the two. Our own thoughts and those that come from somewhere outside ourselves are loud, noisy creatures. They can confuse us, annoy us, circle around our heads and disturb our peace, if we allow them to do so. Divine knowledge and inspiration happen quietly and can easily be lost in the tumble of our own nosiy thoughts.

We must develop a practice of quieting our thoughts, removing ourselves from the situation, “sleeping on it”, stopping to meditate and trusting that guidance will come to us. And when it does… act.

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