Religion and Spirituality

 

In my view, spirituality and religion are related, but not the same thing. Religion has arisen in an attempt to codify spiritual thought and ideas by the establishment of doctrines, creeds, stories, and other traditions – and to make it “experiential” through ritual and repetitive prayers.

But these things can distract us from the organic spirituality present in all of us. They can distract us from the spontaneous human experience of our spiritual nature and longing.

 

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The Key to Effective Prayer

Prayer will be heard with greatest effect when it comes spontaneously from the heart and soul expressing in your own words your desire to help others or to become a more spiritual person.

Do not pray for material things because God has already provided what you need. Do not pray for elevation of your earthly status, for it counts for nothing in the spiritual realm. Rather, pray for elevation of your soul through your expression of love, compassion, and service.

 

You might like to see the discussion of prayer that appears on pages 76-81 in The Teachings of Silver Birch, edited by A.W. Austin.

A Message for Frontline Medical Workers

We have seen you gathered in groups around COVID 19 patients working together in an effort to save lives and minimize suffering. It is difficult work and requires you to find the courage to risk your own health to help the afflicted. Somehow you have found a way to work in the midst of suffering all around you and not let your compassion and grief overwhelm you. Your strength is greater than you realize.

Know this: You are not alone. There are spirits standing behind you to give you strength and support, and to aid you any way they can. We are witnesses to your unwavering commitment to help, heal, and save lives while sacrificing so much of yourself in the process.

For this you have been blessed and you will have a special place in our world when it is time for you to join us.

We have seen your tears and felt your grief for the lives lost in the dark hours of the long night. Do not hold back your outpouring of compassion and tears because it makes way for renewed strength and commitment when the morning comes.

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Compassion as Healing

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Step One

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Genuine, heart-felt compassion is step one for becoming a spiritual person. We cannot claim to be spiritual in any way without it.

Once we take that step and consistently look outward (as well as inward), we will have set out on a path to greater spiritual awareness.

Compassion is a powerful, unspoken prayer for mercy and healing for those who suffer.

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For those who grieve the loss of a loved one…

Try not to grieve too long. Strive to transform your grief into gratitude.

Gratitude for the time that you had them in your life.

Gratitude for the wonderful times you had together.

Gratitude for the cherished memories that will never be forgotten.

Strive to create a legacy for them that is composed of memories of love and joy rather than grief and loss… 

…For their connection with you is not severed by death.

Thanksgiving Prayer

My dear God, thank you for all of the blessings and gifts that I have; that I have had; and that I may have in the future.

But most of all, thank you for your love and compassion, not just for me, but for all of your human children.

May each person strive to love all people around the world without prejudice, fear, or favoritism.

Charity Doth Call My Spirit Forth

Exploring Spirituality Beyond Religion

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Charity that comes from the heart is an act of love and compassion where the spirit reveals itself in all of its divine glory. It raises us up ever so slightly so that our feet seem to lose touch with the ground, if only briefly. With each charitable act, a wave of happiness and fulfillment washes over us and for those few moments, we understand the meaning and purpose of life. We realize that our joy comes from giving of ourselves—our spirit selves—to others.

But too often these moments are fleeting. When our feet touch the ground again, we find ourselves yearning to soar once more, free of the constraints, obligations, and selfish desires of the physical life. But it is not our time to fly away just yet. We must prove ourselves worthy of wings.

It is my belief that charity is a human and spiritual responsibility. We…

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A Way to Communicate with Loved Ones in the Hospital with COVID-19

 

One of the many devastations arising from COVID-19 is the inability to be with a loved one who is sick in the hospital. Sometimes it is not even possible to give support or say goodbye over the phone or by video. There is another way which requires, for some, a leap of faith.

When you love someone there is not just a physical connection but also a spiritual one. As such, we are able to communicate on a spiritual level as well as by physical means. If you can be open minded to this idea, then you will be able to tell your loved one everything you would if you could be with them physically.

You can do this by way of a spiritual meditation. Sit in a quiet place where you will not be disturbed or distracted. Visualize your loved one. You can visualize them in their hospital bed or as the previously healthy person they once were. Focus on that image and how much you love them. Try not to let your emotions overwhelm you; instead focus only on your feelings of love.

Once you have your emotions under control, you are ready to tell them everything you would if you were physically with them. Focus on their image and speak to them from the heart.

It is important to control your emotions because, if you do not, your communication channel will be weakened and it will be difficult for them to hear you clearly. If you’re having trouble, take a break and then try again. 

If your loved one is destined to pass away, then this process may make their transition easier. If they are to survive, it may strengthen their will to live.

I understand that some may be skeptical of this method of communication, but what have you got to lose? Skepticism is healthy but not at the expense of being open-minded. You will feel better whether you believe in spiritual communication or not.

If you believe in prayer, then you believe in spiritual communication. 

A Letter to God

Exploring Spirituality Beyond Religion

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Dear God,

I am writing to ask that through your grace and the efforts of your Holy Spirits that the dark minds of the wicked and selfish be turned toward the light of goodness, love, and compassion. I ask that you give us world leaders and governments that are driven by a strong desire for the happiness, health, and well-being of their people and by a strong desire for a peaceful world.

I realize that transformation is a very slow process and that sometimes it is only through great suffering that change takes place; that sometimes it is only through great injustice that justice can finally be achieved; that sometimes it is only through darkness that the search for light and truth begins.

It appears that you have set into motion circumstances to motivate us to change as individuals and as a civilization. You have pointed the way, but I…

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