Posted in Life, Mental health/wellness, Prayer/healing

Life lessons and a Star Wars analogy

The fear of loss is a path to the dark side.
Attachment leads to jealousy. The shadow of greed that is.
Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose. – Yoda

After this advice was given by Yoda to Anakin, Anakin Skywalker (in Star Wars episode III) was led into greater temptation before he was able to train himself to let go of everything he feared to lose (mainly his wife, Padme). And ultimately when he succumbed to the dark side, he lost it all anyway.

Fortunately, in the end of Star Wars episode VI, we see that hate is not the master of love. Meeting Luke helps Anakin – now Darth Vader – to remember his true self. After Anakin dies he is transformed back into the force and joins Obi Wan, Yoda and others before him.

I think important lessons can be taken from this fictional story.

For instance, spiritual healer, Mary Baker Eddy, also warned against personal attachment back in the early 1900’s. She instructed that those who were members of the church she established should not be motivated by personal attachment or animosity. Perhaps she sensed, as those in the Bible did, that this led to evil. Instead, she instructed them to be governed by divine Love; to be charitable, kind, and forgiving.

This is also the path that Christ Jesus taught – the path of life.

…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. – Gal 5:22

Instead of becoming Jedi masters and having to live as monk-like warriors, we can become masters of our own thinking. We posses the power to overcome all evil in our thought and to demonstrate the all-power of goodness and love.

Know, then, that you possess sovereign power to think and act rightly, and that nothing can dispossess you of this heritage and trespass on Love. If you maintain this position, who or what can cause you to sin or suffer? – Mary Baker Eddy

Take each day to do this. The the entire perception of mankind will feel the difference and will be uplifted by it. Your example is a shining light to others enabling them to do the same.

Posted in Identity/healing the past, Mental health/wellness, Prayer/healing

A prayer…humble and heartfelt

 

God always speaks to us in a way we understand.
You may hear Him differently than I do.
This is one way that I heard him.
I’m so grateful.

God: Oh dear one, don’t worry. I see you. I see your real identity and it will so shine out and sparkle for everyone to see. The Christ is here helping you navigate through the clouds of darkness that seem to surround you.

Me: The many mistakes I have made; so many temptations – none of them resulting in anything lasting or satisfying.

God: But don’t worry you are now living the life I want you to lead. So much evidence of who you really are surrounds you.

Me: I’m so grateful I resisted; I’m grateful I pulled through. Thank you…thank you for healing me. For enabling me to see who I really am; to see my God-given dominion and authority over the darkness.

God: You’re so welcome. You couldn’t express or do anything different. You can only be what I made you to be. You are loved, so loved. Don’t worry about past mistakes. I forgive you. You are wiped clean. I have washed you clean.

Me: When I see others who didn’t have to go down that broken, stupid path, I feel left out. I am jealous. Why couldn’t I resist the darkness and they so naturally and effortlessly could?

God: My dear one, everyone goes through struggles. Some of them you don’t see. While your struggles were visible and hard to hide, others have internal struggles. They may seem to be fine from the outside, but inside they have to overcome material limitations just as you did. You all have to follow in the path of Christ and overcome hardship. No one has it easy or gets a “free-ride”. Not to worry.

Me: Ok. So even though our struggles and temptations may look different from the outside, they are still the beliefs of materiality – the cross or the world – that we have to overcome. They aren’t personal. They don’t belong to any of us. We get to see through them all.

God: Yes, dear one. They aren’t part of anyone’s identity. You all are band together with the bonds of unity, harmony, spirit, love – made in the likeness of me. You can’t be separated from anyone. You can’t be torn apart from one another. I love you. I love all. I made all. You exist in my universe that I created.

Posted in Guest blogs/reposts, Love/relationships, Women

Reblog: Golden Rule Day (a spiritual perspective on Valentine’s Day)

by Virginia Harris, C.S.B.

Do you remember Valentine’s Day when you were a kid in elementary school? What I remember is coming to school with a brown paper sack filled with valentine cards for everyone in my class, to be placed on each desk at the first recess. No one was left out, everyone received a Valentine – even the kid(s) who I was sure didn’t like me much. But it was the one day I could make a little gesture to be a friend to everyone…so said my mom. Read more