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To my friends

In beloved friends on August 16, 2012 at 5:12 pm

English: friends like you

English: friends like you (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My friends

Love You all!

Two wolves

In Prayer on July 7, 2012 at 1:03 pm

 

Two Wolves

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.

He said, “My son, The battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all.

One is Evil.

It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment Inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego.

The other is Good.

It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf wins?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

This is a story I have read in one amazing place.

Place where people love each other.

Place where people cherish each others gifts givenn by God.

Place where I feel happy.

There is a beloved child of God called Robin.

That child gave us this story.

Read my friends and be blessed!

The most important things in life

In Dream on July 6, 2012 at 5:04 pm

24 Things to Always Remember | InspirationalArchive.com

24 Things to Always Remember. . . and One Thing to Never Forget

your presence is a present to the world.

You’re unique and one of a kind.

Your life can be what you want it to be.

Take the days just one at a time.

Count your blessings, not your troubles.

You’ll make it through whatever comes along.

Within you are so many answers.

Understand, have courage, be strong.

Don’t put limits on yourself.

So many dreams are waiting to be realized.

Decisions are too important to leave to chance.

Reach for your peak, your goal, and your prize.

Nothing wastes more energy than worrying.

The longer one carries a problem, the heavier it gets.

Don’t take things too seriously.

Live a life of serenity, not a life of regrets.

Remember that a little love goes a long way.

Remember that a lot . . . goes forever.

Remember that friendship is a wise investment.

Life’s treasures are people . . . together.

Realize that it’s never too late.

Do ordinary things in an extraordinary way.

Have heath and hope and happiness.

Take the time to wish upon a star.

And don’t ever forget . . .

For even a day . . .

How very special you are.

Letter from the smalest rainbow fish to Lord

In Prayer on July 6, 2012 at 11:46 am

Better Heresy of Doctrine Than Heresy of Heart

By Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge from Gentle Spirit Christian Church

“Better heresy of doctrine than heresy of heart”. — John Greenleaf Whittier

Thomas Carlyle said, “A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.”

On this point I believe Jesus and Carlyle are in agreement. Jesus told his disciples that “what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart.” If our hearts are not loving, if we are not following the path of love that our hearts desire, then the utterances of our mouth will be nothing but pure evil, pure hate, pure deceit. When we cultivate a loving heart we find knowledge — not just knowledge of the world but, more importantly, knowledge of ourselves.

I had a revelation of this fact about a year ago as I was lying, quite naked and vulnerable, on a massage therapist’s table. The therapist was massaging an area of my upper chest when she remarked about how tight I was in that region. She then explained to me the concept in Chinese medicine that the body is divided into seven chakras or power points. The point she was massaging is called the Heart Chakra. Since it was tight she said, “That means you’re not following your heart.” I immediately burst into tears. Those simple words, said in passing by my massage therapist, hit home with me. It made me realize that more than anything else I need to honor what’s in my heart. I cannot live in any way that is contrary to what I know in my heart to be God’s will for my life.

John Greenleaf Whittier gives us the title of this sermon. “Better heresy of doctrine than heresy of heart.”

Each of us here tonight knows this saying to be true. Each of us, because we are sitting in a church as openly GLBT people, alongside our straight allies, knows that we are doctrinal heretics. But we also know that being doctrinal heretics is better than hiding, denying our true selves, and living a lie that doctrine would have us to live. We’ve heard all the doctrines before. There are doctrines that tell us we are “intrinsically disordered.” There are doctrines that tell us we are “abominations.” There are doctrines telling us we are unloved by God unless we change our sexuality. All these doctrines are a heresy of our hearts, because, in our hearts we know better.

We know the doctrines are wrong. In our hearts, we know there is no disorder in our sexuality. In our hearts, we know we are blessings to God. In our hearts, we know God loves us no matter what. To choose heresy of doctrine over heresy of heart is what we do when we realize that we are God’s children, beloved and blessed, just as we are as GLBT people ä no matter what the doctrines might say to the contrary. Just as we have so honestly rejected doctrine in the face of our God-given and God-blessed sexuality, so should we also be honest about other doctrines that do not speak to our heart.

Don’t be afraid to examine your faith or your beliefs.

If doctrines do not speak to your heart, do not hesitate to discard them.

Doctrines were developed centuries ago to assist people in learning more about God and how to worship God. Just because doctrines are old does not make them true for all eternity. If doctrines of yesterday cause your heart to stumble today take Whittier’s advice and commit a heresy of doctrine before you commit a heresy of heart.

But, maybe that begs the question how do we know what is in our hearts?

How do we cultivate that heart of love that will express itself in the words that we speak?

How do we discover what path our hearts should tread?

Buddhist monk, Jack Kornfield, in his book “A Path with Heart” gives us a starting place in answering that question. Above all, he advises, any path we choose should “have heart.”

Think deeply about the path your life is on right now.

Is it a path that fills your heart with joy and anticipation of each new day?

Or is it a path that fills your heart with dread as each new day begins? If your heart feels heavy as you go through each day ä then the path you’ve chosen isn’t one with heart. My massage therapist would probably find your heart chakra very tight.

Jesus tells us that where our treasure is, there will our hearts be also.

That sounds wonderful, but there’s a warning there, too. Think carefully. What do you treasure? Do you treasure your partner, your job, your house, your car ä money? Wherever our treasure is our hearts will be there. But are we treasuring the right things? If we treasure relationships over God, or money over God, or any material thing over God, our hearts are treasuring the wrong things.

Jesus tells us in Matthew 22:37 that we must “love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment.”

Listen to that verse carefully. We’re told that we must love God not only with our minds and our souls but also with our hearts! If our treasure is God there will our hearts be also.

This is the key to finding that path with heart. First we must discover what it is our heart treasures. If our heart treasures anything above God then we are in danger of being on a path without heart. The path worth pursuing is a path with heart. A path with heart has God as its center as its ultimate treasure where our hearts “sanctify Christ as Lord.”

Don’t worry that your path may seem very different from someone else’s path. We are not all called to walk the same path. Even if we all keep God as the center of that path, our paths may look very different, even contradictory to someone else’s path. That doesn’t matter let no one tell you you’re on the wrong path if you know in your heart that you are where God has led you to be! No one can map out your path but you and God.

If your heart treasures God above all else then your path will be made clear. So we must then begin a process of letting go. This is our first step on our spiritual path. We must let go of false treasures. Let go of our heart’s desire for relationships, money, cars, houses and jobs. I say this is a process ä and often it is a long process a daily process of reorienting ourselves to God.

But we must dedicate ourselves to walking this path with heart. It’s difficult in our busy lives to even think about beginning a process of letting go.

 With so many activities filling our daily calendars, how can we even think of letting go of the material stuff that consumes us? How do we find the time in our busyness to stop and consider whether we’re even on the right path to begin with? And do we really want to let go at all? Isn’t it, after all, the things around us that make us important, that fill us with a sense of self? Yes, often it is the things around us that make us important, but that’s the point it shouldn’t be like that.

What makes us important is our heart and what it treasures. If it treasures things, our spiritual path is empty, heartless. If it treasures God above everything, then and only then, can our paths full of heart. I have very recently begun the practice of meditation.

I am still a novice at this practice easily distracted by the daily chores of living but so far it’s been interesting to spend 10 or 20 minutes each morning simply sitting and breathing ä realizing the fullness of life and contemplating my heart and its path. Finding time to be still in our busy lives is important if we are to truly locate that path that our heart longs to be on. Many may feel that even taking the time to do so is a waste of time time that could be spent doing something more outwardly productive.

Maybe but I’ve found that those outwardly productive things still get done even if I spend time in meditation.

As the old saying goes, rarely do people come to the end of their lives and wish they had spent more time at work. Instead, we tend to ask — Did we live well?

Did we spend enough time with our friends and family?

Did we love well?

Our spiritual practice our goal of finding that path with a heart begins when we stop to take inventory of how precious our lives are, and whether we’re spending our time wisely.

Kornfield recommends a simple meditation for this that I’d like us all to take a minute to do. If we want to discover how to live well, we must reflect on our lives.

I’d like everyone to close their eyes and just reflect on this moment in their lives and then think back. Cast your memory back across your whole life and bring to mind two good deeds that you have done, two things that you did that were good. They need not be grandiose; let whatever wants to arise show itself. In picturing and remembering these good deeds, also become aware of how these memories affect your consciousness, how they transfo rm the feelings and state of the heart and mind, as you see them.

“In Buddhist practice, one is urged to consider how to live well by reflecting on one’s death. The traditional meditation for this purpose is to sit quietly and sense the tentativeness of life.

After reading this paragraph, close your eyes and feel the mortality of this human body that you have been given.

Death is certain for all of us — only the time of death is yet to be discovered. Imagine yourself to be at the end of your life — next week or next year or next decade, some time in the future. Now cast your memory back across your whole life and bring to mind two good deeds that you have done, two things that you did that were good. They need not be grandiose; let whatever wants to arise show itself. In picturing and remembering these good deeds, also become aware of how these memories affect your consciousness, how they transform the feelings and state of the heart and mind, as you see them.” Let’s take some time now to do this meditation.

I’ll admit this exercise was rather hard for me when I first read it. Of course, Whosoever immediately comes to mind. The magazine, by all accounts, has been a good deed and has helped hundreds of people that I know about and probably thousands that I don’t know about. But, my other good deed that came to mind was very small ä it was the times I have lent money to friends in need without the expectation of ever having it paid back. In truth, I’ve been paid back many times over by God’s blessings on my life. The money isn’t important.

What were some of your deeds that arose?

Would anyone like to quickly share just some of their thoughts?

Just tell us a phrase that came to mind like mine would be “loaning money.”

What this meditation shows us, Kornfield says is that, “the things that matter most in our lives are not fantastic or grand.

They are the moments when we touch one another, when we are there in the most attentive or caring way.

These moments of touching and being touched can become a foundation for a path with heart ” When we do these good deeds when we reach out to those around us without thought for our own good, our own comfort these are the moments when we have made God our treasure.

These are the moments in which we have loved God with our hearts, not just our minds and our souls.

These are the moments we should meditate on the moments we should seek to multiply as we continue on our spiritual journey.

You will find this spiritual path difficult because along the way there will be so many people who will try to dissuade you from following this path.

More often than not I’ve found such people to be those of a more right-wing thinking who believe there is only one path that the heart must tread theirs of course. A path that strictly adheres to doctrines, no matter what the heart may say.

Those on the religious right tell us that by following our hearts we will end up in hell sentenced to eternal damnation.

They’ve made up doctrines saying it’s so! They’ve convinced a good many [too many!] of our GLBT brothers and sisters that it’s true! They’ve held many of our brothers and sisters hostage with outdated doctrines and dogma. They’ve made these people so afraid of God’s wrath that they willingly commit heresy of heart to avoid any appearance of heresy of doctrine.

We in the GLBT community are not innocent of these charges either.

Even within many GLBT congregations, doctrines can become so strong that people will commit heresy of heart easily before they’ll go against any doctrine the church or congregation teaches. But, it is our hearts that God desires not our adherence to doctrines!

The Psalmist invites God to “search me and know my heart.”

God knows our hearts God knows our paths [And, remember, not all of our paths are the same.

We must respect each other’s path for if it is a path with heart, they all lead to God.] Since God knows our hearts and our paths then we cannot find a place where God is not.

We can run from the path with heart we can choose a life of trying to hide from God or we can stop now, and listen to what our hearts are telling us.

Our hearts long for God ä for that path where God walks with us. Let no one tell you that you have no right to walk that path as the person you are.

God knows your heart!

God knows your path!

If a doctrine of the church or a doctrine of society stands between you and your heart’s path, remember “better heresy of doctrine than heresy of heart.”

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If we’d take a few moments each day to ponder the magnificent blessings in our lives that we take for granted, we’d never be unhappy.Lord,I thank Thee on all Your blessings You gave me and still giving me in this amazing life.Thank You for all my familly,my friends and to all persons I finally met on my life path.Thank You for this amazing Gentle Spirit Christian Church and for all amazing people sourrounded there.

Thank You, God – YouTube

 Thank You Lord on being Your beloved and blessed child!

                                                                                                          Thank You for a gift of ilness!

                                                                                                           Thank You for becoming homeless because I fould home in Your wounded Sc.Heart!

                                                                                                          Thank You for keeping me safe on Your hand!

                                                                                                           Thank You for gurding upon me spirit and soul!

                                                                                                          Thank You for showing me the way home into Your arms!

                                                                                                          Thank You Lord for all Your angels and saints!

                                                                                                                        Your smalest rainbow fish

Let There be Peace on Earth – Sing Along – YouTube

Lyrics:

Let there be peace on earth,

and let it begin with me.

Let there be peace on Earth,

the peace that was meant to be.

With God as our Father, brothers all are we,

Let me walk with my brother, in perfect harmony.

Let peace begin with me, let this be the moment now.

With every step I take, let this be my solemn vow,

To take each moment and live each moment in peace, eternally.

Let there be Peace on Earth,

and let it begin with me.

I believe

In Dream on June 29, 2012 at 6:53 pm

 

“Goodbye, said the fox. And now here is my secret, a very simple secret. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye

I am looking for friends. What does that mean — tame?” “It is an act too often neglected,” said the fox. “It means to establish ties.” “To establish ties?” “Just that,” said the fox. “To me, you are still nothing more than a little boy who is just like a hundred thousand other little boys. And I have no need of you. And you, on your part, have no need of me. To you I am nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world….”             from The Little Princ                                                                                

I Believe – YouTube

 

I believe… That we don’t have to change friends if we understand that friends change.

I believe… That no matter how good a friend is, they’re going to hurt you every once in a while and, you must forgive them for that.

I believe… That true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance.

Same goes for true love.

I believe… That you can do something in an instant that will give you heartache for life.

I believe… That it’s taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.

I believe… That you should always leave loved ones with loving words.

It may be the last time you see them.

I believe… That you can keep going long after you can’t.

I believe… That we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.

I believe… That either you control your attitude or it controls you.

I believe… That heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.

I believe… That money is a lousy way of keeping score.

I believe… That my best friend and I can do anything or nothing and have the best time!

I believe… That sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you’re down, will be the ones to help you get back up.

I believe… That sometimes when I’m angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn’t give me the right to be cruel.

I believe… That just because someone doesn’t love you the way you want them to doesn’t mean they don’t love you with all they have.

I believe… That maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you’ve had and what you’ve learned from them and less to do with how many birthdays you’ve celebrated.

I believe… That it isn’t always enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself.

I believe… That no matter how bad your heart is broken the world doesn’t stop for your grief.

I believe… That our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.

I believe… That just because two people argue, it doesn’t mean they don’t love each other. And just because they don’t argue, it doesn’t mean they do.

I believe… That you shouldn’t be so eager to find out a secret. It could change your life forever.

I believe… That two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different.

I believe… That your life can be changed in a matter of hours by people who don’t even know you.

I believe… That even when you think you have no more to give, when a friend cries out to you, you will find the strength to help.

I believe… That credentials on the wall do not make you a decent human being.

I believe… That the people you care about most in life are the essence of life.

Tell them today how much you love them and what they mean to you.

A Prayer for my Friend – YouTube

My beloved

In Dream, Love, Music, Poetry on March 21, 2012 at 7:37 pm

I belong to You,I said until my last breath,but I want You to be free to do what ever Your mind tell You to do.I love Your mind.I admire Your mind as much as my own.
Maybe I am not humble but in my mind and heart I was/am so proud to be called Your.
Eternally Your,
Sparrow

My beloved Nightingale

In Dream, Love, Music, Poetry, truth on March 21, 2012 at 7:29 pm

My beloved Nightingale,
So far I am addressing You my love,but I want somehow to be able to go through all circumstances,places,times,characters,roles,happenings,performances,openings..far beyond ,..far beyond feminist writer,so called idealistic lesbian,dancer,drag king performer..far beyond your family,your  tutors, and each and every person from Your life.
I want You to stop preforming and acting,at least when You are with me.
I am really trying very hard to be beyond everything and everybody..I want and i do love and cared for,be  able to stop herself and to try to be simple here and to listen for a while.
I am woman in love with You but also I am Your friend from the bottom of my heart and with whole my spirit and mind.
You Clara,can be for a while with me united with heart,mind and spirit of Yours.
I want You to listen me as my friend,as woman who did realised how much I do love and care for You.
You do know that people at the end of their lives do realise a simple true about most important things in life,like living in a present moment,loving simple a person,Nature,seeking for little Beauty which are lefted in our days to be found by us,doing things with united heart,spirit,soul,mind,intellect.Looking for Love(God)True,Music,Art,Move,Friendship,Comradeship,Faith,Hope and Joy.
We are all born to be happy,to love and be loved.To give ourselves from love and with love.To be able to resieve love from love and with love.
Somehow You did open Your heart to so many people who are wounded,without real possibility to cherish You as a person,as young lady,as friend,as artist,as idealist and romantic soul.Even woman.When You open Yourself to wrong people they usually manipulate You.Clara,in searching for Love You have to be stable person who knows what does she wants if life and why does she want that.I don’t want to go into each Your relationship to open Your inner eyes.You will do that by Yourself.You do know Your mistakes already,i believe You do.
Why don’t we together find who You are and what do You want in life(Why).
I will write as much as I know so far,You can add what ever You want or erase if that’s not true.
– young woman with extraordinary need to be loved,protected,safe,to be recognised and to be fulfilled
-with already so much painful relationship,betrayed,manipulated,used,miss guided,
-character triads:honest,truthful,tender,gentle,curious,sensitive,sensual,emotional
-artist(what is the meaning of an artist,to You?),writer,dancer,composer,
-compeating inside a family,the oldest child,
-searching for:ideal person(soulmate,friend,comrade,guider and love),ideal poem,ideal word,ideal move..longing to be the best in all fields,to prove yourself to everybody,to be somebodies everything,to be adored,loved.
You can add what ever You think You should add.But in small,that is my opinion what You are and want.
Still I do feel that there is more what had never been said.I don’t even want to ask You if You thing that is good to hide it.But You should know that hidden things are never good for us in our life,it is always wound which grows inside us unless she is loudly spoken.You said so much that I really do not see the reason for hiding.Think about it!
You know that we can’t change our past but she is here so we can learnt from her.When You learn from past You become wise.And besides Love,true and honesty we do need to be wise in life so we can know what is good for us and what is not,and of course the reasons for it.Because of Your past I did call You experience young Lady.So far I don’t really see that You did understood the lessen which gave You Your own past.
Do left out all what is not You and what is not really good for You .I am telling You as You friend and love,go out from lesbian world.You are not part of it.They already changed You in so many ways that I don’t want to even try to write about examples of that.You did almost lost Your soul,nothing on this world is worthy as Your soul.They are not Your real friends.Mixing Your wonderful being (and woman you already become) with LTBG people did hurt Your heart.You are not like them,You are far too good,too honest,too clean to be part with them.All they want is Your soul,Your being that they can manipulate with You,Your clean and pure heart to make it like theirs.You feel already theirs sorrow,theirs dirt.You don’t want really to be become some old drag king or lesbian queen.They will let You down,they already did.Manipulation is not Love,never.
How on Earth is possible that someone say:Last is blind,love is not.?????Who is this?This is not woman.Woman is gentle,always caring,always sophisticate,emotional.To talk about last in front of an Innocent child?Is she a which?She does not have faiths?How can she have faith when she did renounce all the Beauty she was born for.And You learnt from such person?What Clare?To become vulgar and strong as she is?What for?To preform some drag king?King? They are devils,dragons,monsters.My love You are beautiful woman.You are princess of Your own words.You make magic with words!You can heal each wound with Your beautiful words:Why my Love?Why on earth You are mixing with dirt people?I will send You my heart,not just literary,and then You will see that love do exist.I know that dreams are made for us to be found.I found my dream.You will find,I know You will.
It is You ,who invite such person without souls and hearts to become part of Your own life.
I can do anything instead of You.You have to change Your life.To become what You really are.
Beauty do exist in world.You can always find it when You look with clean open Heart.You have such heart,I know,I do feel it.use Your heart my beloved Lady and You will find the way to home.Trust me .Trust in me like I did trust in You long before we become even friends.Do not let anybody to take You all the Beauty you posses.
You don’t have to prove Youself.Your Words will prove for You.
I would love that You are closer.Insteed all I can send You my words,my admiration,my love and my faith in You .You already gave me what have no one gave me before:poem for me.I do live for them.In them lay down all my faith.
I love You Nightingale.I will always love You!
Eternally Yours,
Sparrow
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