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Be Still and Know that I am God

Posted by sibbia on November 6, 2007

It is said that these words from the basis to self-realization, simply be still and know that I am God.

 How many times today have you stilled your thoughts, your actions, your mind?  How many times have you stopped to realize there is a God?

I understand that for many the words “God” and “religion” have great negativity associated with them.  They want nothing to do with anything dealing with either.  They may consider themselves spiritual but, for many reasons, uncomfortable with the standard trappings of organized religions.

Conversely, you will find many deeply entrenched in their particular religious organization.  After years of the same view, studying the same material and nuturing the same ideas, their mindset becomes rather myopic and they develop the tendency to reject anything that’s not part of or promoted by their religious group.

What we need to have is the ability to really see for ourselves what is true.  To have access to wonderful, profound teachings, and a spiritual community to support us, while we learn for ourselves who and what God is, and as the result of this, who and what we are.

Practices, such as meditation, that allow this kind of inner knowing are free of ties to a particular religion.  They are interfaith and can be used by all.  After all, we were told simply, “Be still and know that I am God.”

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The Trial of Your Life

Posted by sibbia on November 3, 2007

Gavel, judge

You stand before the judge and your eyes nervously scan the room.  Friends, family and co-workers line the room.  The faces of people you only vaguely recognize join them.  You start in surprise to notice the face of a beggar you regularly pass as you hurry from one place to another. 

“What is he doing here?” you ask yourself. 

They’ve all been called as witnesses.  Because today you find yourself on trial.  The trial of your life, the trial for and about your life. 

All your choices and actions have been called into question.  They are the foundation upon which you must build the case for your beliefs. 

You’ve been accused of being Christian!  Is there enough evidence to convict? 

You’ve been accused of being spiritual.  Do your actions support that statement? 

You claim to believe in personal freedoms, creativity and expression.  How do you treat those very different from yourself?  How often do you try something new?  What way have you made your mark on the world? 

You say you believe in God, the Divine, a Supreme Being, angels, the spirits of your ancestors, the collective unconsciousness… how often to you try to connect, pray for guidance, release your worries and cares to a higher power? 

Too often we say something is important to us, but our actions aren’t in alignment with that statement.  We talk about the value of family, for instance.  Yet in actuality, spend very little time with our loved ones.  We say that life is short, yet constantly put off our hopes and dreams. 

Oh, we have a myriad of creative excuses for our behavior.  Comfortable logic that we depend on whenever our conscious begins to nag at us. 

All I can say is: 

Tell it to the judge.

One of the best things we can do for ourselves is to put our actions in alignment with our thoughts and ideas.  Diligent attention to this one thought would change our lives dramatically. – Sibbia

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Is Hell endothermic or exothermic?

Posted by sibbia on October 26, 2007

As I’m taking a course in statistical thermodynamics right now (in fact we had our midterm today), I just couldn’t pass this one up!  I hope my readers share my sense of humor (and pardon my irreverence!)

The following is an actual question given on a University of Washington chemistry mid term.

The answer by one student was so “profound” that the professor shared it with colleagues, via the Internet, which is, of course, why we now have the pleasure of enjoying it as well:

Bonus Question: Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)?

Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle’s Law (gas cools when it expands and heats when it is compressed) or some variant.

One student, however, wrote the following:

“First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing in time. So we need to know the rate at which souls are moving into Hell and the rate at which they are leaving. I think that we can safely assume that once a soul gets to Hell, it will not leave. Therefore, no souls are leaving. As for how many souls are entering Hell, let’s look at the different religions that exist in the world today.

Most of these religions state that if you are not a member of their religion, you will go to Hell. Since there is more than one of these religions and since people do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all souls go to Hell. With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of souls in Hell to increase exponentially. Now, we look at the rate of change of the volume in Hell because Boyle’s Law states that in order for the temperature and pressure in Hell to stay the same, the volume of Hell has to expand proportionately as souls are added.

This gives two possibilities:
1. If Hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter Hell, then the temperature and pressure in Hell will increase until all Hell breaks loose.
2. If Hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in Hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until Hell freezes over.

So which is it?

If we accept the postulate given to me by Teresa during my Freshman year that, “It will be a cold day in Hell before I sleep with you,” and take into account the fact that I slept with her last night, then number two must be true, and thus I am sure that Hell is exothermic and has already frozen over. The corollary of this theory is that since Hell has frozen over, it follows that it is not accepting any more souls and is therefore, extinct……leaving only Heaven, thereby proving the existence of a divine being which explains why, last night, Teresa kept shouting “Oh my God.”

THE STUDENT RECEIVED AN A+.

Note:  I do realize that this was not an actual exam, and the true origins of this story can be found here, but it was too rich to pass up.  Always enjoy the little things!  They make up the bulk of your life.

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Be happy when

Posted by sibbia on October 25, 2007

It’s the same song, time and time again; I’ll be happy when.

I’ll be happy when… I have a car… have a new car… finish my car payments… sell my car.

I’ll be happy when… I start dating… get married… have kids… have the house to myself… get divorced… get remarried

I know I’ll be happy when I:                                      

                   Lose weight!
                   Gain weight!
                   Have more money!

This time I’m sure I’ll be happy when I:                                     

                  Refine my goals!
                  Get it right this time!
                  Make a name for myself!

Have you ever let yourself speak the words, I’ll be happy when?

I’ve spoken before about the power our words hold, our thoughts even more so.  So ask yourself, are you holding your happiness hostage?

It’s time to change the song.

I’ll be happy when…                       

                        the sun rises, the stars shine
                        the wind blows, I sense the divine.

I’ll be happy when…                        

                        a baby smiles, a cat purrs
                        when-ever the slightest pleasant thing occurs.
I’ll be happy…

Today!

There is too much sadness in the world for us to add to it with the constant pursuit of happiness. 
Instead of always pursuing happiness, make the choice to slow down and let it catch you.  Then spread it where ever you go. 

Happy Butterfly

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The Little Divine Messenger — Personal Account 10/17/07

Posted by sibbia on October 17, 2007

After a particularly difficult morning, my daughter happily bounced into the room.  Pleased to see this change in her, I waited to see what she wanted.

“Hey Mom?”

“Yes?”

“God gave me a message for you!”

“Oh, really?  And just what would that be, Simone?”

“God said not to worry!  He’s going to take care of allll of your problems today.  So you can just relax.”

“Is that so?  Did Marcus put you up to this? ….”

After a bit more prodding and her confident little assurances that this was a Divine Revelation, I shrugged my shoulders and thanked her.  I agreed that this was wonderful news and that I would hand over all my problems and concerns to God today and just relax.

And what a day it’s been!

Someone I haven’t spoken to in months popped up to resolve our differences, someone else emailed me to let me know about a source of funding, I received a message to discover that someone had found a craft fair for me to go to in December, the university processed my refund request today… I even decided to ignore the fact that I was running late so that I could stop to pick up something to eat, only to discover the other party was later than I was!

Any and every time I thought, “God’s handling this,” the situation worked out smoothly and I realized I’ve come to depend on myself too much lately. 

This process has worked so well, that I intend to incorporate it all the time in every situation I can and I would like to invite all of you to give it a try.

I want to tell all of you that God is going to take care of all of your problems today, so turn them over!  Now you can just relax.

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Your Divine Mother

Posted by sibbia on October 17, 2007

Who is God? What is God?  What images does the word bring to mind for you?

Far too often God is depicted as a stern, judgmental Father, someone to whom you must answer for all the wrongs committed in your lifetime.  Perhaps this is why many have moved to use the term, the Universe or Creator, but what is it that you picture when you call out to the Universe to support you?  What image comes to mind when you ask the Creator for help?

Just how should one picture God in our prayers and meditations?

This may help:

     “I have trouble visualizing God,” complained a student of religious New Thought.  “I’ve imagined Him as Infinite Intelligence, as the I AM principle, as my God-Self within, as the Cosmic Ground of Being.  It all seems so abstract!  But your relationship with the Lord is so loving.  How can I achieve such a relationship?”

     “The first step,” replied the Master, “is not to imagine that He wants your definitions.  He wants only your love.

     “Why not,” Yogananda then suggested, “worship the Infinite as your Divine Mother?”

     “What a lovely idea!” exclaimed the visitor. “But is it valid? Is it true?”

     “Indeed, yes!” replied Sri Yogananda emphatically.  “God’s love is already reflected in human relationships.  His love, like the sunlight shining on countless pieces of glass, is reflected everywhere.”

     “The Infinite is the Mother behind all human mothers, the true Father behind all human fathers.  He is the ever-loyal Friend behind all earthly friends.  He is the eternal Beloved behind all human loves.  He is all things to all men, because, you see, the Lord is everything.”

     “Through your parents He cares for you, supports you, and protects you.  Through your friends He shows you that love is a free sharing, without any hint of compulsion.  Through the beloved He helps one to find the selfless intensity of divine love.  Through people’s children He helps them to understand love as something precious, as a thing to be protected from harmful influences and nourished with devotion.

     “Countless are the forms in which God comes to man.  In each, He seeks to teach man something of His infinite nature.  The lessons are there, for anyone whose heart is open to receive them.

     “Thus, it isn’t that the Lord wants you to deny your human nature.  What He wants, rather, is for you to purify it:  to expand whatever love you feel in your heart, and not to keep it locked up in ego-attachments.

     “For the devotee, it is natural therefore to worship God in some human aspect:  as his Divine Mother, for example, or as his Heavenly Father.

     “I myself worship the Mother aspect, especially.  For the Mother is closer than the Father.  The Father aspect of God represents that part which is aloof from His creation. The Mother is creation itself.  Even among mankind, the human father is more disposed than the mother to judge their erring children.  The mother always forgives.

     “Pray, then, to the Divine Mother.  Talk to Her like a child: ‘Divine Mother, naughty or good, I am Your own.  You must release me from this delusion.’  The Mother ever responds with compassion when the devotee prays to Her sincerely in this way.

     “Of course, in the highest sense God is none of the forms in whicih people worship Him.  But it is helpful to use human concepts as a means of deepening our devotion to Him.

   “Beyond devotion comes divine love.  In that perfection of love there is complete union.  In that state the yogi realizes the supreme truth:  ‘I am That.’ “

– taken from the Essence of Self-Realization:  The Wisom of Paramhansa Yogananda

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I Don’t Believe In…!

Posted by sibbia on October 7, 2007

 Eye and Magnifying glass

 “I don’t believe in the Law of Attraction.  I don’t believe in God.  I don’t believe one can learn to always control their emotional response.  I don’t believe in reincarnation.  I don’t believe in Islam, in Christ, in meditation, in trance, Buddhism.  I don’t believe, I don’t believe!!!”

I’m waiting for someone to tell me they don’t believe in gravity.

This modern era we live in has been described as the time of the skeptic and skepticism.  We are, supposedly, enamored with science and fact-finding.  We want truth and facts, not faith or belief.

That description is wrong.

We have become a society of “un”believers.  The vast majority of us have a narrow, myopic view of what is possible, of reality itself, and take a quiet, perverse pleasure in brushing off anything that doesn’t fit that world view as something they don’t believe in.

So I’m issuing a challenge, but before we go any further we need to review some definitions:

Fact
1.   Something that actually exists; reality; truth.
2.   A truth known by actual experience or observation.

Opinion 
1. A belief or judgment that rests on grounds insufficient to produce complete certainty.
2. A personal view, attitude, or appraisal.

Believe in:  to be persuaded of the truth or existence of.

One acceptable definition of fact is something known through direct experience or observation and to believe in something is to be persuaded of its truth.  Given these definitions, I want to encourage everyone who reads this to challenges his or her current beliefs.  I want to bring back the era of the skeptic.

Skepticism:  (synonyms)  questioning, probing, testing

For a moment, or just for a particular subject, throw away what you think you know.  The atheist can ponder the existence of God with new eyes.  The Christian can study the teachings of the Hindu or Muslim.  The Jew can ask if Christ was the Messiah.

But this isn’t limited to religion by any means… look into UFOs, hypnotic writing, energy healing, secret societies, love at first sight — absolutely anything you don’t believe in is fair game.

The goal?  Try to prove that it’s true, that it exists.  If, after a deep look into the matter, you cannot prove it exists (is true etc) then ask if you can definitely prove it doesn’t.  Was there one story or case that might give it validity?  Is there any way you can verify things personally? (by trying it yourself)

The point of this exercise?  To expand your consciousness and your awareness.  To create more open minds, more dreams and more possibilities when just a few more people say to themselves, “What if?”  To reawaken the skeptic — by reminding us all that things can be investigated with purpose of proving the theory, idea or belief — with an open mind — instead of one closed to new ideas.

And for the blogs and bloggers I know and love:

Surface Earth, To Be Me, CuriousC, Mighty Morgan, Sophia, Catherine and Enreal

I hope you will join me in writing a post that the covers the result of challenging one belief!

Namaste.

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*Photo from Patrick Wilken at flickr

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Fear

Posted by sibbia on October 5, 2007

“If you have control over it, then there’s no need to worry.  Likewise, if you have no control over it,
there’s no sense in worrying about it.  That takes care of anything you could worry about.”

Fear.  That monumental four letter word.  It is insidious and cunning.  It starts small and whispers in your ear.  It influences your thoughts and gradually takes hold of you — pretty at first, like the vines on a tree or the ivy covering a house, protective even.  It grows slowly, searching for places to lay down new roots. And if you’re not careful, you’ll find yourself ensnared, trapped in its iron-clad hold, struggling to get free.

And that’s only if you’re lucky.  Most of us never try to escape, or realize there is something to escape from.

Fear.

It’s the voice that disguises itself as comfort and security.

Fear.

It’s the reason you haven’t asked for that date.  Haven’t made that call.  Decided to wait before you wrote that book, submitted that proposal, asked for a raise, ventured out on your own…

Fear!

It’s left you unsure, makes you hesitate, steals your power…

FEAR!

It searches for a weakness then grows without bounds!

F E A R !

Either it controls you or you control it.

Fear?

What do you do?

Just take that first step…

Fear?

Seek it out and fight it!

fear??

No… 

Strength.

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Human Potential

Posted by sibbia on September 23, 2007

What do you think one person can do?  How much can be achieved in one lifetime?  How much can be achieved later in life?

Human potential is a fascinating subject full of quirks, mysteries and much debate.  And this particular period of history is thought by many to offer a better chance for the development of an individual’s true potential than ever before.  But is this true?

We have more (and better and faster) access to information than ever before, but as a whole we use less of it.  We are content with focusing on increasingly narrow specializations without seeking a broader understanding of the happenings outside our field or the world around us.

And when we do dream or wonder or seek to explore, too often we are told (or tell ourselves) that we couldn’t, it’s too much or too big a goal for one person, or we’re too old, don’t have enough time, will never have enough money.

Instead, we remember that we used to want to be a doctor, or start a school, write a novel, learn an instrument, travel more, start a business… but we continue to lead lives that we consider more “practical” or “stable”.

That said, there are brave souls who desire to break the mold.  They are courageous enough to “try to do it all”, or make major life changes.  People who walk away from successful careers to start their own businesses, become a medical doctor at age 50, run several different businesses, websites and blogs, finally climb Mt. Everest and other accomplishments I can only imagine.

Such people are shining examples of what one person can do and how one lifetime can be used.  As this is a fascination of mine, I will profile such people when I run across inspiring stories.

 I hope we all get a better understanding of just how much each of us really can achieve.

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Coming Back To God

Posted by sibbia on September 16, 2007

This brought tears to my eyes.  Enjoy!  

Lifehouse – Everything Lyrics

Find Me Here
Speak To Me
I want to feel you
I need to hear you
You are the light
That’s leading me
To the place where I find peace again.

You are the strength, that keeps me walking.
You are the hope, that keeps me trusting.
You are the light to my soul.
You are my purpose…you’re everything.

How can I stand here with you and not be moved by you?
Would you tell me how could it be any better than this?

You calm the storms, and you give me rest.
You hold me in your hands, you won’t let me fall.
You steal my heart, and you take my breath away.
Would you take me in? Take me deeper now?

How can I stand here with you and not be moved by you?
Would you tell me how could it be any better than this?
And how can I stand here with you and not be moved by you?
Would you tell me how could it be any better than this?

Cause you’re all I want, You’re all I need
You’re everything,everything
You’re all I want your all I need
You’re everything, everything.
You’re all I want you’re all I need.
You’re everything, everything
You’re all I want you’re all I need, you’re everything, everything.

And How can I stand here with you and not be moved by you?
Would you tell me how could it be any better than this?
How can I stand here with you and not be moved by you?
Would you tell me how could it be any better than this?

How can I stand here with you and not be moved by you?
Would you tell me how could it be any better than this?

Would you tell me how could it be any better than this?

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