Love and Light

Written by Skye Thomas

Seems that everyone who writes to me signs their letters "love and light." It has such a bright uplifting sound to it. Lightworkers are being taught to holdrepparttar energy ofrepparttar 122226 light and to equate love with a warm white light that heals and protects. After what feels like an age of suppression and darkness, it all sounds like such a refreshing change, much likerepparttar 122227 first bits of sunlight after a long harsh winter. And sorepparttar 122228 pendulum swings. Still we do not find balance.

Years ago a man came to speak at our church. Forgive me for my lousy memory, but I cannot recall which indigenous tribe or belief system he taught. What I remember is that he had an amazingly calm and soothing presence and that he ran us through a chanting meditation that hadrepparttar 122229 entire room spell bound with love and healing energy. What he taught is what stuck with me. He said that his people do not assume anything when sending each other healing energy. They do not predetermine thatrepparttar 122230 person needs white light, or green light, or physical healing, or mental healing or anything else. They imagine darkness warm and secure like a mother's womb protecting and embracingrepparttar 122231 person who appears to need help. They send them energy that is void of all color or emotion so thatrepparttar 122232 person and his spirit can do as they will with it. It'srepparttar 122233 ultimate in detachment. They simply sendrepparttar 122234 darkness and allow it to become whatever it needs to become in order to healrepparttar 122235 persons body or soul. I imagined it as pure unrefined energy rather than as highly tuned and polished energy thatrepparttar 122236 Lightworkers have so beautifully crafted. The concept stuck with me. Among his people there is no battle betweenrepparttar 122237 light andrepparttar 122238 darkness. All energy is ofrepparttar 122239 original source and all is holy and sacred.

I look to nature for reassurance that this is indeedrepparttar 122240 natural way of things. The sun andrepparttar 122241 seasons have their natural perfect cycles of light and darkness, of growth and of death. Ifrepparttar 122242 summer lasted forever,repparttar 122243 grass and trees would all shrivel up and die. Ifrepparttar 122244 darkness lasted forever,repparttar 122245 seeds would never sprout anew. We can love each for its gift and even have a favorite that touches us a bit more thenrepparttar 122246 other, butrepparttar 122247 balance is perfect and runs along beautifully with or without our loving it. The cycles of life and death, light and darkness do not require our help nor our approval. Such is healing and religion. All that is, is.... with or without our comprehension or approval.

Light and darkness need each other as a yin yang reveals. Withoutrepparttar 122248 other to reflect itself off of, they cease to exist. Rememberrepparttar 122249 cool shade underrepparttar 122250 trees on a hot summer day. Rememberrepparttar 122251 cool dark room for healing a migraine headache. Rememberrepparttar 122252 restorative sleep that is best done inrepparttar 122253 dark. The caveman inside of us may still be afraid ofrepparttar 122254 dark, but it does not mean thatrepparttar 122255 darkness and its energy is bad or evil. Much evil has been done inrepparttar 122256 light of day. Much evil has been done inrepparttar 122257 name of God and every other holy label we give torepparttar 122258 light. And goodness can also come ofrepparttar 122259 shadows.

Life Beyond the River: Guidance for our Times

Written by Rabbi Michael Ozair

LIFE BEYOND THE RIVER Commentary & Guidance for Our Times Copyright 2004 – R. Michael Ozair

"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move ourselves inrepparttar opposite direction."

Albert Einstein

Introduction While there continues to be enough violence and insanity in our post election world right now to warrantrepparttar 122225 urgent need for any shift in consciousness that we can gather, there are no hints of this shift in consciousness inrepparttar 122226 newspapers or political front.

Humanity is in a vigorous phase of global challenge. The acceleration of time andrepparttar 122227 increased energy frequency onrepparttar 122228 planet are creating volatile change and rapid transformation, for others, it is being experienced as near psychological meltdown. Pressurized change in a short period of time is usually confusing and chaotic. When energy shifts, our perception of reality shifts. When our reality shifts, our relationships are tested and our circumstances can be shaken torepparttar 122229 core. And yet, some of us are nevertheless attempting to keep awake, or at least make everyday life somewhat manageable.

It is during these times that we recall whatrepparttar 122230 Kabbalah calls "Life Beyondrepparttar 122231 River".

Life Beyondrepparttar 122232 River

The classical Kabbalistic text,repparttar 122233 Zohar, teaches that in order to create a meaningful world, G-d ran a "River" through reality, "separating" His Divine presence from physical existence. This River acts as a Veil and it isrepparttar 122234 source of all concealment and confusion. Our world is therefore referred to as an "alma d’piruda," a "world of estrangement." (Zohar 1, 22A).

The "River” or “Veil of Separation" runs through three areas of existence: olam, shanah and nefesh, meaning time, space and consciousness. The River runs through every moment and every thing. Each fragment of physical reality has its spiritual counterpart, but it is separated, or obscured, byrepparttar 122235 River.

In spite ofrepparttar 122236 separation, a person is still grantedrepparttar 122237 power and vision to stand before these veils of separation and gaze beyondrepparttar 122238 River, torepparttar 122239 Source of all Life, receptive torepparttar 122240 breathtaking scope of a Divine Reality.

How is this done whenrepparttar 122241 Veil of Separation is still there? Sarmad, a 17th century Jewish mystic from India, explains, "The Light of Life, which isrepparttar 122242 essence of G-d, lies dormant inrepparttar 122243 mineral world, lies in a dream-state inrepparttar 122244 vegetable world, is awakened inrepparttar 122245 animal world, and comes to full consciousness in man." This “Light of Life” is what we call nitzotz HaShem, a “spark ofrepparttar 122246 Divine” which exists within each human. It enables us to have a direct connection to Source, beyondrepparttar 122247 River. Once we can make a direct connection, we need not fearrepparttar 122248 turbulence of our times.

The Zohar comments, "Your ancestors had always lived beyondrepparttar 122249 river...and I took your father Avraham from beyondrepparttar 122250 river..." (Joshua 24:2) as meaning “The children of Avraham, Ivrim (Hebrews), are those who have crossed over. They have vivid memories of life beyondrepparttar 122251 River.”

In spite ofrepparttar 122252 ability to make our direct connection to Source, beyondrepparttar 122253 River, many of us tend to still turn away and settle into life on this side ofrepparttar 122254 River/Veil, thereby creating an all pervading sense ofrepparttar 122255 triviality of everyday existence. This is because it is easy to forget when one is challenged. The “side-effect” of being a spiritual being in a human body is that since we have descended torepparttar 122256 physical realm of existence which containsrepparttar 122257 furthest and densest frequencies inrepparttar 122258 universe, it will take deliberate efforts on our part to return ourselves to our true soul nature.

The Quest Always Begins with Our Quest-ions

Many of us are beginning with justrepparttar 122259 questions:

What can we do to help? How can we personally contribute torepparttar 122260 creation of a world founded in love, not based in fear? What is my purpose? Why am I here? Why are all these things happening to me?

If we do not know, we may feel an unidentified sense of frustration or urgency. "But be assured", Reb Nachman of Breslov teaches, "that if you are asking these questions, you are already part ofrepparttar 122261 solution". You are being guided. The nature of your contribution will be made known to you in divine timing.

The real problem is for those who are not asking these questions, who have buried themselves in self defeat, anger, victimization and often, a desire for revenge.

For those of us who want to "remember", it is important to discern between thoughts and attitudes that create inner peace and those that perpetuate inner conflict. We must be careful to choose behaviors and actions that create life, not destroy life. Since our inner realty creates our outer reality, our contribution begins and continues in our minds and hearts, when freed from anxiety.

Once this is done,repparttar 122262 game and our purpose in it becomes more interesting.

Our Purpose

Many people today are finding that their purpose is to serve as pillars to holdrepparttar 122263 space of peace in this cosmic moment in Earth history. If you are one of these pillars, do not underestimaterepparttar 122264 importance of your assignment. Love can only manifest onrepparttar 122265 Planet through our attentive embodiment of peace and light. May HaShem bless you in your efforts. Continue to carry out your mission with diligence wherever you are posted and appreciate yourself for volunteering for this assignment. You have chosen to be in this world, at this time in history for a reason.

Other people are being given more action-oriented assignments. You are being asked to serve humanity by orchestrating or facilitating specific projects. Several people in our fellowship worked very hard onrepparttar 122266 recent elections. Your efforts have not been wasted, but rather applauded and blessed byrepparttar 122267 realms above, in spite ofrepparttar 122268 outcome.

Piscean Age Still Grasping Tight

Remember, that it may take time for many to adjust to Aquarian Consciousness. Many still cling torepparttar 122269 Piscean Age energy. Pisces,repparttar 122270 age we have been in for 2000 years (and are exiting), is symbolized byrepparttar 122271 Fish. Fish are animals that swim in schools. When one fish decides to shift directions, each and every fish inrepparttar 122272 school turns simultaneously. It isrepparttar 122273 epitome of conformity, or "herd mentality". Nothing is questioned. The mob rules.

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