This video is right on with the rest that works.
More power to you and thanks for journeying together!
The Flow of Pure Love
Deep down inside, we are Dynamic Love seeking expression. As we settle into that through practices like mediation or inspiring activities, Creative Love starts to flow bringing degrees of peace, joy and sometimes pure bliss. These things come from experiencing the Flow of Love from within. This is the great wisdom behind traditions like Taoism which is all about the Way or the Flow. This is why the rest that works is so focused on finding and going with the Flow of Creative Love from within – no matter what else is happening.
It’s interesting that before "Christians" were called Christians they were called “followers of The Way” (Acts 22:4). The writers of the New Testament epistles, from Paul to Peter to James, John and Jude, often spoke of following Jesus primarily as a way in contrast to other ways. As one reads the letters this stands out (with the possible exception of Paul who sometimes focused more on Jesus as The Christ than his way). Jesus was much more focused on God, alignment with the kingdom of heaven and getting to loving than himself. He pointed to himself primarily as an example of how to connect and live in the Flow of God's Love – how to nurture what he called the “well-spring” from within (John 4).
In the end, it’s all about the Flow of Healing, Creative Love in us and around us.
More power to you in being in The Flow today. Thanks for journeying together!
This video touches on important Lenten themes but then points toward what leads to resurrection - a powerful resurgence of life - through getting to loving. It kinda sums it all up. (I didn't realize that the bud holding the camera would come through, but I'm glad it did. I hope you enjoy it).
The next class on the rest that works will be Tuesday nights, 6-7:30 pm, April 6th - May 10th at The Center. Here's the link if you're interested or think that a friend might be:
More power to you in living your personal form of the rest that works! Thanks for journeying together.
I had a few fun things weave together in interesting ways this morning, starting with my prayer time, then an e-mail and then my cup of tea. So please bear with me (especially if you’re not a football fan).
During meditation, after settling down and coming to that in-between space, I felt like there was something I was being invited to learn from my life. Then - I kid you not - a montage involving decades of the Denver Broncos passed through my mind. (They’ve been my team since birth). The lesson was fun and seemed to be something along the lines of passion and cooperation are needed but defense is key (i.e. “Defense wins championships”).
Then a phrase came to mind, “Guard your heart as the apple of your eye.”
The truth of that statement cannot be overestimated. We see differently when we look through the eyes of love. We see the good in people. We see the good in ourselves. We see the good in life. That’s why “giving a critical, condemning spirit a rest” is such a key step in the lifestyle of the rest that works.
What sank in this morning was a call to value and protect the loving space in me - that passionate part that yearns to love and be loved. It appreciates, affirms and adds to what gives life. When it is functioning well, I function well. I am excited about working with the Creative Forces of God. When it isn’t functioning well, I might get a lot done but there isn’t much deep peace or heartfelt joy.
It’s like our hearts and minds together form a cup. Our hearts represent a God-given space and propensity to love. The most important task of our minds is to maintain the sides of the cup.
Our cups are meant to be strong in order to receive and convey the unforced rhythms of grace that give life. Boundaries need to be maintained to facilitate the flow of that which warms hearts. A cup that doesn’t value carrying its contents faithfully isn’t very helpful. If it’s weak, the first order of business is getting it strong (not by condemning it but by building it up again).
The other piece from the morning that makes me laugh is how light-hearted the whole process was, all the way to when I was holding my cup. This is what I experience from the kingdom of heaven almost daily now, through dreams, meditation, staying open to the Holy Spirit or other practices of the rest that works. Those who work with the Creative Energies of Our Creator are neither boring nor condemning. They are dynamic and creative. Whether from my unconscious or the kingdom of heaven, this morning’s message was full of good news from a fun-loving heart (Thank You Messenger!). Cultivating that kind of relationship with God, our Heavenly Helpers and our Eternal Soul is one of the wonderful fruits of developing and maintaining a personal practice of the rest that works.
Thanks for journeying together, and more power to you in guarding your heart as the apple of your eye. I hope that you have a great day!
The Phoenix Fire
There's Creative Fire at the heart of what leads to the Phoenix experience. One has to feel for it to stay close enough to work with it. That's why adventuring with God through the rest that works feels more like walking a wise labyrinth than a straight line. The Fire in the hearth of the heart offers home-making love but also burns the chaff of things like resentments. Edgar Cayce had a saying that I really like about the latter:
"For resentments of any nature bring their fruit in the physical. Not that there should be wholly that of passive resistance, but: THY WILL, O LORD, BE DONE IN AND THROUGH ME AS THOU SEEST I HAVE NEED OF FOR MY SOUL DEVELOPMENT, AND THAT I MAY THROUGH THIS DEVELOPMENT BE THE GREATER CHANNEL OF BLESSING TO MY FELLOW MAN.” Reading 288-37
I think that God is most interested in the growth of souls in love, not egos or comfort. God’s Will includes what gives the best opportunities for soul development for ourselves and others. God might let us or others create experiences that we don’t want, but if so, it will be with a greater goal in mind. It may be to chose to see and do things differently, or it may be in order to help others.
When there is pain in this life, God will ultimately work it towards good, either in this life through the "kin-dom" of heaven or in the afterlife kingdom of heaven (or through interactions between the two as we go. This is why opening to Heavenly Guidance and Love can be very important and amazingly helpful, It can keep our hearts on fire when other things aren't).
The rest that works helps us open to how God may be working things towards good in us and around us. It centers our lives around the Creative Fire of Divine Love. That's one of the reasons it makes such a difference.
More power to you in your adventuring with God through the rest that works. Thanks for journeying together!
Amelia is our neighbor, good friend and a practitioner at The Center. Queen magazine is an amazing publication run by our friends Sarah Stokes and Hannah Cole. Some of the best aspects of the rest that works run beautifully throughout Amelia's story and her life (link to story below). Thanks Amelia and folks involved, with special thanks to the people in Guatemala! (I learned much the same from people in Mexico and Africa).