LightStream is Proud to provide our readers with a column by Rebekah Dunlap.
Rebekah is author of Breakthrough and Rainbow Connection
Love Is the Pathway Home!
Excerpt from Story of A Clam
Love is the unifying, harmonizing power of the universe--the spiritual glue that holds everything together. The unlimited love of the Great Creator gives freedom to his creation for trial and error and innovation around the foundation of principle and consistency. This unlimited love may be the basic reality from which all else is only fleeting perception by transient creatures. And there is no situation that love cannot help or heal.
Love accents the completeness of life. It is the everpresent potential through which we can find fulfilling action or a harmonious attitude. Through unlimited love, we can enter the dimension of spiritual unity, wholeness, and maturity, where we can be united more closely with the Great Creator and those around us. The universe is not isolated from us, nor are we from it! God's love is expressed through all phases of creation.
One of the foremost qualities of the Great Creator's nature is his all-encompassing love. Can bringing the two sides of our nature together (the physical and the spiritual) be an ongoing creative endeavor that continually moves us in beneficial directions? If we neglect either the heights or the depths of our experiences in life, we may only stagnate. Bringing the two together by attending to the practical details of everyday life, our love can gather power and momentum.
I can now more fully understand my wonderful companion along this journey, Agape. Agape represents that unselfish love that gives unceasingly and expects nothing in return. It is the love that grows as you give it away! Agape is that holy, unconditional love the Great Creator provides for us regardless of our appearance, our social status, our financial assets, our level of intelligence, and even regardless of how unloving our actions may be sometimes. I shudder when I recall my obstinacy and egotism during my early association with Agape.
When we practice unlimited love, it becomes easier to love our enemies, to tolerate those who may annoy us, and to find something to appreciate in every being, place, and experience. The great paradox of unlimited love may be that it calls on us to be fully ourselves and honor our individual truth, while releasing self-centeredness and giving with nothing held back. Love, as with any other spiritual virtue, doesn't simply fall into our life as manna from heaven. Like an inquiring mind, it needs to be cultivated.
Have you ever experienced the feeling that you wanted to go home? Of course, when we travel on a vacation or a business trip, we may enjoy every moment of our travels and still anticipate the moment we will return home. What is "home" and the attraction that beckons us? Home is sometimes described as a dwelling place, the habitat that is our natural environment, and the place where something is, or has been, originated.
All of the above descriptions are attractive, for I have learned my true home is not restricted to a physical location. My true home is in the heart of the Great Creator. Love is the transport vehicle on the pathway to home. And it is impossible to give too much love!
It is one thing to talk about love and quite another to feel its impact at work in body, mind, and spirit! I would like to ask you some questions that have been in my like to ask you some questions that have been in my thoughts from the moment of meeting with The Keys of Opportunity.
Would you like to improve all levels of your being and all aspects of our life? How would it feel to know you were making a real contribution to your world? Would you like to feel that because of you and your work someone's life was blessed? Or that the whole universe was positively amplified because you were a part of it?
Just think, octillions of atoms are ready and waiting for your direction! Are you willing to grow to meet your good and, in the growing, to be open to give and to receive?
Character is that force that enables an individual to carry out a resolution once the mood in which that resolution was born has died.
Growing up in a military family, I discovered early in life that there are certain advantages to moving every two or three years. Each time we moved to a new place, I had the opportunity to reinvent myself. In addition to leaving behind worn-out toys and outgrown clothes, I could also leave behind some of the baggage that inevitably accumulates as we live and learn and grow – regrets, guilt, unhappy relationships, and deserved or undeserved reputations. Each move was a mini-death and rebirth experience.
The first day in a new school, I could be whatever I wanted to be. No one knew me and no one had any idea what kind of person I was. It was exciting and exhilarating to discover who I would be among the strangers in each new place. I could choose what I wanted to keep or leave behind. No one knew where I had been or who I was, except what I chose to tell or show.
I just finished the first nine days of school as a new teacher in a new school. On registration day my class list was posted at the door of the classroom. As students came in to register, they eagerly checked out the list to see who would be in our class. Many of them pointed to names on the list and said, “He’s bad!” or “She’s bad!” Even other teachers were checking out my list and warning me to watch out for certain students.
I reflected on what it might be like to be labeled “bad” and never be able to just move away and start over. How do you give a child the chance to leave behind the baggage of the past and start fresh? Being a new teacher helps. On the first day of school, I held up a clean piece of paper and told my students: “You don’t know me and I don’t know you. No matter what kind of a year you had last year or the year before, every person in this class starts with a clean piece of paper. Each of you will decide what you are going to write on your paper, and together we will write the story of our class. I don’t have any “bad” students in my class, only students who might have some bad habits that need to be changed.”
I’m glad that I learned early in life that it is possible to travel light – to leave behind the baggage of outgrown ways and habits that no longer serve us. I’m glad that I learned how to recreate, reinvent and rebirth myself. I hope I can help my students realize that they, too, have the ability to change and grow and become new and unique individuals as they move through the circles and cycles of life. I hope I can teach my students that every day is a clean piece of paper and that each of us is the author of our own life story.
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LIVING IN FAITH
By, Carrie Shubert
Over the past three years some one or something has put the squeeze on us. Some call it ‘planetary activity’ and to other’s, the raising of our consciousness. It is all of the above and more. If we become too ‘attached' to things, the threat of their removal causes us to panic and to act out.
Some of our attachments include; health, relationships, finances and our children. If attachment means being attached or fastened to, then the very thought of losing control makes one try to hang on more.
An example for me was the letting go of a love relationship. I had been involved for a little more than four years. Once I began to love this man, I adjusted my thinking to accommodate our relationship. I knew from the beginning that it couldn’t last because I wanted a committed relationship and he didn’t. I hung on trying to make him change his thinking. The lesson I finally learned was to follow my path and if he was to be on it, his behavior would need to change. I asked my higher power to continue to reveal to me if I should end the relationship. Although I always got answered in some way, I didn’t want to see it, because it was to move on. When I finally did end it, I started to get clarity. I began to see how insane those years were. If I had had faith, the moment I saw the first red flag (which was in the first three minutes of meeting him) I would have walked away and trusted that my higher power had something better in mind for me.
Review your life. Notice how things have unfolded. Hasn’t it always worked out? What’s up for all of us is to let go and trust in a power greater than ourselves. The more you hold on to something or someone, the more pain you will have.
Letting go is a process in which you want something, but you just trust that everything will work out for the better and quit focusing on the outcome. You will find more peace, less struggle. It’s going to get even more intense, so strap on your seat belt, a positive attitude, and go with the flow. An old proverb: “It’s better to ride the horse in the direction it’s going!”
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Healthy Back-To-School Choices
As I sit here in contemplation, I can almost hear school buses revving up their engines in the distance and little feet getting ready to scamper off to school once again. Below please find some healthy choices for products to send kids back to school with this fall.
To make sure your children have an adequate daily intake of their essential vitamins, I recommend the following for preschoolers and elementary ages: Animal Parade chewable vitamins by Nature’s Plus. These chewables come in three delicious flavors; cherry, orange and grape. Also by Nature’s Plus, Lovebites heart-shaped multi-mineral and multi-vitamin supplements are also very popular. For those Gummy Bear lovers, Rhino Chewy Vits are also very tasty and easy to get your child to take.
For active teens, I highly recommend Doctor’s Choice for Teens by Enzymatic Therapy. And for adults, who must have extra energy available to pack lunches and go to work, I highly recommend Source of Life tablets by Nature’s Plus.
Boost the Immune System
It is always wise to give the immune system a boost at the first sign of sniffles or at the onset of a cold. I recommend Echinacea with Goldenseal by Reliance Vitamins, especially when you know a bacterial infection is probably the culprit. To simply boost the immune system, another excellent product is Echinacea with Astragalus by Nature’s Way.
In the case of a severely compromised immune system in need of a strong boost, try Transfer Factor Plus by 4-Life Research. This highly effective, multifaceted immune-booster has been known to increase the effectiveness of the immune system by 250% in some cases. For more information on it, contact Michael Ciletti at email@example.com or call 215-416-0054, referencing this article.
For Stress and Anxiety
There is no question that along with the start of school in the fall comes a variety of jitters ranging from fear of meeting new classmates and “fitting in” socially to “pre-test” anxiety. One of my favorite products for treating anxiety is a homeopathic mixture by Enzymatic Therapy called Anti-Anxiety. 10 to 20 drops taken in water or juice will stop an anxiety attack in its tracks. I have received many thank you letters in the past for recommending this fine product.
As you all know, I am a big fan of flower essences for healing the emotional body. Rescue Remedy by Bach works wonders under a wide variety of stressful situations, bringing you back to center. I often say that if Rescue Remedy was poured over the face of the whole planet, we would reach instant enlightenment…well, at least we would slow down long enough to breathe!!!
Although the cause of acne has not yet been identified scientifically, my daughter and her friend have found Nelson’s Acne Gel to be quite effective for small breakouts.
For more difficult cases of severe acne, AKNE ZYME Klear by Enzymatic Therapy is fantastic. It is taken internally and contains sublimed sulfur, bromelain, thymus glandular, and burdock root for internal cleansing. Mud Therapy Mask by Queen Helene is also useful to draw out blemishes and to dry up oily patches of skin. Finish your facial by re-moisturizing with Cellular Therapy by Aubrey to replenish a healthy glow to the skin.
Lunch Box Treats
For the child who is allergic to dairy products, Imagine makes a milk substitute called Rice Dream, which comes in convenient snack box containers. Gingko Biloba Rings by Robert’s Gourmet Foods is a crunchy snack, which contains gingko biloba…an herb which aids in holding mental focus and concentration. Throw in a Kid’s Nutrition Bar in peanut butter and jelly by Nature’s Plus to make sure your child gets his/her daily vitamin allotment.
I am personally excited to be kicking off the fall with a speaking engagement at the Fall Equinox Natural Life Approach Expo…a celebration of health and wellness to be held at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, N.J., where I will be lecturing on my first book, Corporate Mentality to Spiritual Reality on Sept 22,23. For more info, contact www.naturallifeapproach.com . I hope to meet you there or on the road….
Please see my biography and fall calendar of events under the speaker section of www.lightstreamers.com. for additional information regarding my fall lectures and classes.
With Love, Light, and Creating from the eternal moment of the Isness of Now,
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Warrior Work Week 2
Principle 2: The Way is in training.
In week one we worked on “seek the truth, do not be dishonest in your thinking”. Often we think that the truth is “out there” when in fact, the truth we should be most concerned with is the one reading this. Look at the “truth” your body exudes. Carlos Castaneda tells a story in “The Awakened Warrior”, a collection of essays on warriorship, about a man who goes on and on about the rainforest and what needs to be done to save it. Afterwards, Carlos says to his mentor, Juan Matus, that this guy really loves the rainforest. Juan replies that he doesn’t believe him because how can he love the rainforest when he has such disregard for his own body. He is grossly overweight and he smokes the entire time he speaks. He will be dead long before the rainforest and yet he uses the rainforest issues to avoid dealing with the “truth” that is in his own being. Ram Dass in his new book, “Still Here” talks about how after his stroke he realized that he had not loved his body; he had “spiritualized” it away and ignored it. The WAY is in TRAINING emphasizes the importance of loving your body, building it’s flexibility and strength while cultivating the space within it through movement and breath. Look at how much time you spend working on your computer, your car, your “relationships” and then compare it to how much time you spend on/with your body. What are you training on a daily basis to build within you and around you? Are you training the mind too much? Are you overtraining your body? Are you training your spirit through building inner skills like detachment (not taking things personally) and patience.
This week examine what you are training to become and each day reflect on your training. Use each moment of the day to train your body, your mind and/or spirit. Set simple goals that are achievable. Even 30 seconds or a minute of expanding and contracting the chest and back muscles can greatly reduce stress. Movement classes or tapes can help you in all 3 areas since it stimulates the mind and body while showing you what your limitations are thus helping you to nurture your inner skills as well.
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