Posts Tagged ‘divine’

Stop, Look, Listen

March 8, 2012

At a church service this evening, the minister ingeniously applied a warning for children to the quest for divine connection. He said that when children are crossing a street or railroad tracks, they’re told to “Stop, look and listen.” Similarly, you can deepen your relationship with God by, throughout the day, reminding yourself to “Stop, look and listen”:

Stop whatever you’re doing for a moment
Look to your (more…)

Ibrahim Jaffe and the Healing Doves

March 3, 2012
Dr. Ibrahim Jaffe

Dr. Ibrahim Jaffe

I enjoyed interviewing Dr. Ibrahim Jaffe, founder of the University of Spiritual Healing & Sufism, for my book, Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything. Here is an excerpt from his incredible story, which took place during his first year of residency at the University of Illinois Medical School.

She continued to spiral downward until she reached a point where we knew she only had a few days left. Her vital signs were out of control. Her pulse, which should have been about 80, was 150. Her respirations, which should have been around 12, were up around 40 to 50. Her temperature was hypothermic, around 94 to 96. And her blood pressure, which normally should have been at 120/80, was down to 50 over zero, barely enough to sustain life.

As she neared death, three Orthodox rabbis who had been regularly visiting her decided to consult with a head rabbi in Jerusalem. The head rabbi found a passage in the Talmud that said that the way to heal yellow hepatitis is to clean the feathers around a dove’s sexual orifice, and then place the dove over the belly button of the person with hepatitis. The passage said that if the dove dies, it means it’s absorbing the disease, and to continue to put doves over the belly button until they stop dying. At that point, the disease has been absorbed and the person may be healed.

One of the rabbis asked the chief of medicine whether he would allow doves to be brought into the ICU so that the girl could potentially be healed. The chief of medicine, who was also Jewish and who was very sad about losing this young girl, agreed. So the rabbis went around to pet stores and soon came in with a giant cage filled with (more…)

Waking the Wizard WIthin

January 2, 2012

In church yesterday, the minister offered an intriguing analogy that I hadn’t considered before. He used Harry Potter as an illustration of Self-relaization.

At the start of Harry’s story, he was living with a family that treated him poorly; his room was a small closet underneath the stairs. He felt alienated and alone. Life was miserable. Ah, but then Harry (more…)

The Power of One

December 25, 2011

Knowledge is power. Well, kind of sort of. Knowledge opens the door to wisdom, which spiritualizes experiences, which is the gateway to enlightenment . . . and when you reconnect with the Source of all that is, you will finally know true power.

That was the thought process I had upon reading this enchanting parable told by Hazrat Inayat Khan, a Sufi teacher from India. I hope you enjoy it!


A young lad was sent to school. He began his lessons with the other children, and the first lesson the teacher set him was the straight line, the figure “one.” But whereas the others went on progressing, this child continued writing the same figure. After two or three days the teacher came up to him and said, “Have you finished your lesson?” He said, “No, I am still writing ‘one.'” He went on doing the same thing, and when at the end of the week the teacher asked him again he said, “I have not yet finished it.” The teacher thought he was an idiot and should be sent away, as he could not or did not want to learn.

At home the child continued with the same exercise, and the parents (more…)

Take Aim for the Farthest Reaches of the Sky!

February 17, 2011

Do you have a vision of your life’s work? Nurture it. Become one with it. Know that every dream, no matter how insignificant it may sound to others, is a sacred agreement between you and God.

Every calling is great when greatly pursued.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

Your destiny is nothing more than the organic unfolding of (more…)

Take a Cue from the Chinese Bamboo Tree

December 15, 2010

Chinese bamboo trees

Spiritual growth and immediate gratification are mutually exclusive concepts. You must perform your spiritual practice with infinite patience. God will respond in God’s time, not yours. Just because you have not yet attained the ultimate goal of self-realization, in which you blissfully melt into oneness with the divine, does not mean you are not making significant progress.

In the Summer 2007 issue of Self-Realization magazine, a quarterly magazine devoted to healing of body, mind and soul, Swami Smaranananda, Joint General Secretary of Yogoda Satsanga Society of India, offered this analogy.

When the Chinese bamboo tree is planted, it is watered and fertilized, but for four (more…)

Truth Is Not Afraid of Questions

September 15, 2010

A person of integrity honors other people’s perspectives and interpretations, never making the mistake of taking an opposing view personally.

Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

When someone challenges your statements or positions, you welcome the opportunity to clarify any misperceptions.

Truth is not afraid of questions.
Paramahansa Yogananda

Even if every choice you make is virtuous, your (more…)

Knowledge Vs. Wisdom

July 11, 2010

The journey toward true security begins when you shift your focus from the external world of knowledge and achievement to the internal world of wisdom and experience.

Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.
Sandra Carey

Knowledge is ever-changing; it is the calling card of the intellect. Wisdom is timeless; it is the common sense of the soul.

Intelligence complicates. Wisdom simplifies.
Mason Cooley

Our outer world offers access to (more…)

Divine Blessings Ceaselessly Shower Down

July 7, 2010

Image by Jan Jansen Pascal

The beckoning whisper of Spirit is a call to rise, to be a source of love and light to the world, to humbly be of service to God and mankind. Life begins anew when you joyously acknowledge that everything you do is for God and that everything you have is from God.

By living fully, recognizing that all we do is by His power, we honor God; He in turn blesses us.
Becky Laird

As you transform the way you show up in the world, divine blessings ceaselessly shower down to guide your way.

Every man who becomes heartily and understandingly a channel of the Divine beneficence is (more…)

Stand High and Tall and Noble

April 23, 2010

Aligning your will with God’s will calls forth your own innate divinity and dissolves any blocks between your consciousness and divine consciousness. This divine attunement strengthens your resolve and reinforces your capacity to do, to achieve, to become.

Believe in the nature within you, the divine nature, that you are in very deed a son or daughter of the living God. There is something of divinity with you, something that stands high and tall and noble.
Gordon B. Hinckley

No matter what comes your way, you accept it with humility and gratitude, with this three-word homage to God always on your lips: (more…)

Doorway to the Divine

March 30, 2010

When you identify with ego, with individuality, separateness, and scarcity, you see yourself as naked and vulnerable in an unfriendly world. Transcend your ego, and you discover that behind every perceived separation from spirit is a doorway to the divine.

Two prisoners whose cells adjoin communicate with each other by knocking on the wall. The wall is the thing which separates them but is also their means of communication. It is the same with us and God. Every separation is a link.
Simone Weil

Lose yourself in ego and you unconsciously act selfishly. Lose yourself in spirit and you consciously act selflessly.

Once you get hold of selflessness, you’ll be dragged (more…)