SPIRITUALITY

Spirituality

  • DAILY BOOK OF MIRACLES,  SPIRITUALITY

    Day 2 What the Sun Said to the Moon

    From a Daily Book of Miracles, a work in progress, by Krista M. Moore, Illustration by Mary S. Moore

    Daily Miracle Message

    Sometimes it is difficult to hear what Spirit says. Listening for something can cause nothing to become much louder! It can feel almost impossible to connect to that ineffable Presence. Travelling in many circles of play and work, we dream, we write, we become still at night. And we wake again to the same plight: What is it all for? Is anyone listening? What does my life mean?

    The doorway is open if we let ourselves seek it. Jesus said, “Seek and ye shall find. Knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Mathew 7:7-8). We must enter. It is not an easy path, it is through “the narrow gate” (Mathew 7:13): to close the door to one world and open the door to another. But it must happen.  

    Like sleep at night, we must engage in the practice of putting to rest all other things. We must fold down the sheets and lay our heads down. We must turn out the light, so the true light of our own inner being is illuminated. As our busy mind rests, our spirit is able to connect to God, to reunite with its Creator.

    We can not expect this to happen instantly.  It is a process of repetition, like the moon’s ascent each night.  It does not decide when or what it will be;  it simply returns, gloriously.  And like the symbol of the moon, it can be a very emotional process. That time of rest is also a sorting of many things we have carried during our days, weeks, months, years, or even lifetimes. 

    But once in a blue moon, if we persist, if we continually let go and return with open hearts and minds, we are able to dream beautiful dreams, to rise past fitful sleep, to that other place we call freedom or heaven on earth. To connect with our true selves and Spirit in new and beautiful ways, with the sun shining on our face. 

    Daily Miracle Prayer

    Dear God, help me to open my heart and mind to You. Help me to hear your Voice, and ascend to where you always abide. Let me move past all the cares and worries of this world. Let me rest my head and return to You so that I can know heaven on earth. Amen.

    Daily Miracle Blessing

    Rise up, daughter! Rise up, son! Turn your face to me and feel my eternal Light. Take your place among the stars at night and see the Light of who you are. Return to me and bask in my golden glow, forever held and free.

  • DAILY BOOK OF MIRACLES,  LIFE,  SPIRITUALITY

    Day 1 Sorting The Laundry

    From A Daily Book in Miracles, work in progress, Day 1, by Krista M. Moore

    Daily Miracle Message

    You may not think sorting your laundry is very miraculous. It may appear that clothes being sorted is the most mundane activity known to man – or mankind – or humankind. But how you sort the laundry, and why you sort the laundry is more important than you might think. 

    The avoidance of pain drives – almost – all human beings. We will come up with a million things to do other than sort the laundry. Unless we like that sort of thing. And most of us do not. As a matter of fact, when we sort the laundry, we may even be tempted to think that our lives are not important. That we are as mundane as the things we are sorting. But that is not the case.

    If you look at your life, it is like one giant pile of assorted things we put on: roles we play, ideas we have, decisions we make, children and projects we create, work we do, games we play. There are a million and one things on our todo list. And sorting the laundry is like the epitome of what it takes to face up to all of that.

    What if we sorted the laundry like it was our best friend? The most delicate and precious solitary act, the most reverent act of kindness toward ourselves and the ones for whom we are carefully folding and putting away? 

    Without the clothes on our backs our lives would be pretty scary indeed. Think of Adam and Eve!

    We can sort our laundry and name why we like each item, or why a certain item has seen better days and needs to be lovingly put away or given away. 

    What if we caressed our clothes like we caressed our lover, watching our hands as they fold, smelling the fresh fabric, unfurling the sheets with a last zip and flourish before folding each corner down over the other, trying to remember how our mother or grandmother learned to do such a thing? It is a marvel.

    What if we let go of our desire to do anything else but be exactly where we are?

    Now that would be a miracle!

    Daily Miracle Prayer

    Dear God, give me the strength to be here, exactly where I am, starting this day with You at my side. Give me the clarity to accept the things I cannot change and the will to love the things I can. I will love it all anyway. Amen.

    Daily Miracle Blessing

    Oh, that you would know how mighty and blessed you are. Exactly as you are. With all that you have and all that you do, you are a miraculous child of God. Bless you!


  • SPIRITUALITY

    Have No Fear

    “Have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops” (Mathew 10:28-29)

    My random opening of the ESV Bible today, a new spiritual practice, revealed knowledge and wisdom that encouraged and uplifted me in my new quest not to hide the truth, but to proclaim it from the rooftops. In a secular world, especially in an especially “progressive” Canada, that is no easy feat.

    I am reminded not to fear or worry what others think as I proclaim the Gospel in 21st Century North America and beyond. I figure I am not alone, though it sure feels that way sometimes.

    Spreading light is easy if it’s the usual “self-help” or “new age” variety. But as soon as you use the word, “Jesus”, “Christ” or “Bible” you are in for advanced cynicism, curiosity or criticism.

    I’m alright. Based on today’s passage, I’m in good company.

  • SPIRITUALITY,  TRAVEL

    Finding Sublime in Sacred Climb

    On a recent trip to Peru, to complete my Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) along with Life Cosmic teacher Alexander Petrogiani and crew, I experienced the sacred in space and time. The environment of expansive will, of dependence on careful steps and mercy, revealed that life has a purpose even when we don’t know.

    Climbing the mountain of Machu Picchu was less of a challenge for the body and more an invitation for the soul: the sacred envelopment of Mother Nature, married with the obvious causation of an eternal and infinite Creator, God the Father, made me less anxious than I thought I would be.

    Noticing the softness of the flowers and bushes hugging the outer edges of a nearly 8000 foot drop, I felt nothing but the miraculous, the awe and wonder of the scenery, with only the sound of my rhythmic and reliable breath and the odd butterfly visiting me.

    My feet were first shoed, then naked against the cooler stones that once supported the walk of ancient shamans (some buried near the top), and their disciples who still pilgrimage today. I come with a different perspective, but am not untouched by their history and what the sublime meant to them who were so tied to earth and its authority.

    I climb with determination, that I will reach the top, and that I can trust in myself and God to keep me going. My ragged breath heaves in and out of my mouth like a woman in labour. It cannot stop my feet, which seem to spring up the giant steps, floating above cliff ledges that no one of faint or fearful constitution should approach.

    I am proud of my friend, a nurse with a rare blood disorder, who is also terrified and out of breath, just steps behind me, with her guide tightly wrapped on her arm. The phrase came to me, a reminder not to get too cocky of my progress as I stop for her, as Jesus said,

    “The first shall bee last, and the last shall be first.” (Mathew 20:16)

    The view was more wonderful than can be described. We all made it. And then we had to climb back down. That was the tricky part. But, it isn’t about the climb, it’s about being there. Yeah, we know. But you really haven’t been there until you climb.

  • LIFE,  SPIRITUALITY

    Start the Day Positive

    Thank you God, for giving me a new day!

    If you can begin each day by saying, “Thank you, God”, you are not only protecting yourself against negativity, you are setting the tone for an amazing day ahead of you.

    Spring into action each morning with a “Praise, God!” “Hallelujah!” or other such song in your heart. Even if you don’t feel like it, it is impossible to hold pessimism and cynicism in a heart that is glad, thankful and under the authority and direction of God.