These are thoughts and advice that I pass along to my TOA Tantra Group from time to time. It has been suggested that I make them available more broadly. Here are just a few small thoughts but I will regularly begin to add more as time passes.
PAUSE FOR A MOMENT TO JUST BREATHE... Do you feel that? The air pouring into your lungs? The blood flowing through your veins? IT IS LIFE! Rejoice! You are alive! Rejoice! you have another day of life - another gift from the Universe to be explored and experienced to the fullest! Rejoice! You are blessed with life, with this amazing moment! DO NOT think about what you don't have or of bad things that have befallen you from time to time... NO. REJOICE! You are a survivor, a liver of life, able to breathe in this moment, to feel sunshine warming your skin, wind gently blowing through your hair, grass beneath your feet, the symphony of sounds that grace your ears, all the beautiful colors and sights your eyes behold. REJOICE! YOU ARE ALIVE! And pass the joy on to others today. OSHOLON
TODAY IS THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE! OSHOLON
REMEMBER - Do not feel hatred towards any man nor woman... do not feel anger
towards anyone! For not only are they a Child of the Universe, a Child of God,
but God lives within each one of them... hate things that they do... be upset at
their actions... but as hard as it is to do, feel compassion, forgiveness and
empathy towards them... feel hurt for what is hurting them... for the Darkness that is deceiving them... God is in them.. Love the Divine in each man and woman for that is truly
loving God... OSHOLON
"ONE OF THE SUPREME LAWS OF THE UNIVERSE IS THAT WE MUST GIVE OF OURSELVES FIRST IN ORDER TO RECEIVE. BUT THE CHALLENGE IS THAT WE MUST GIVE WITHOUT THOUGHT OF RECEIVING - FOR THE PURITY OF THE ACT OF GIVING. IT IS THE NATURAL ORDER OF THINGS THAT AS WE GIVE AWAY OUR LOVE, OUR FORGIVENESS, OUR ENERGY, THE UNIVERSE REPLENISHES US WITH GOD'S OWN GREATER LOVE, FORGIVENESS AND ENERGY. IT IS THE TRUE RIVER OF LIFE, FLOWING THROUGH US. BUT SELFISHNESS, HATE, AND APATHY WILL FORM A DAM BLOCKING THIS RIVER... LOVE AND FORGIVENESS DESTROYS THAT DAM, FREEING US." OSHOLON
LIFE AND THE UNIVERSE PROMISE US ONLY ONE THING - this MOMENT, this hour, perhaps even this day... Live THIS VERY DAY to the fullest, savoring every moment, every second, every breath, every sound, the amazing kaleidoscope of visual colors of life, the feel of the wind or sunlight basking your skin, smelling the varied fragrances of life... renew your LOVE OF LIFE TODAY and breathe in the LOVE the Universe is sending to you even NOW... MAKE A DIFFERENCE TODAY! Touch a life, a heart... heal the loneliness and despair of another with a word, a look or a touch... say a word of encouragement even to a stranger, for they too are a Child of God, a Starchild of the Universe... They are a piece of God... MAKE A DIFFERENCE TODAY! OSHOLON
MEDITATE ON THIS NEXT SERIES OF THOUGHTS FROM OSHOLON. ALLOW THE TRUTH TO SPEAK TO YOUR HEART:
YOU ARE ALREADY FORGIVEN! The Universe, that which is God, already loves you unconditionally. There is nothing you can do to lose that love. The question is: will you accept that love? The Universe, that which is God, has already forgiven you even for your darkest moments, actions and thoughts. You do not need magic words or names to be forgiven. You have been forgiven since before you were born.
THE KEY IS TO LOVE AND FORGIVE YOURSELF. You must learn to love yourself and forgive yourself, even with all of your human weaknesses. If God loves you how can you not love yourself. Meditate each day and focus upon self love and self forgiveness. Only then will you find love and forgiveness for others. Self forgiveness does not mean excusing yourself for your failings - but not paralyzing or despising yourself because of them. Use love as your source of energy, determination and making a positive difference in this world.
YOU ARE A MIRACLE! Pause for a few minutes and seriously contemplate the miracle of your life... So many are guilty of taking their lives for granted as though life is nothing... Too many feel that they are insignificant considering the size of the world and the way that they have been put down at times through the course of their lives...
YOUR ARE NOT INSIGNIFICANT!!! FAR FROM IT!!! Pause to open your eyes and your mind - about the Miracle that is YOU... Your body is composed of elements that were born out of a MINIMUM of 3 Supernovas according to science... Supernovas are stars that died and exploded... and depending upon the size of the star, each one during the Supernova process heats up to a point that produces very specific elements (the building blocks of our planet)... No one Supernova can produce all of the elements that exist, only part of them... So the elements that comprise you - carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen and so many more - were born of explosions of different dying stars and traveled millions of light years across the vastness of the Universe to come together now in the WONDER THAT IS YOU!
YOU ARE A STAR CHILD, a bona fide child of the Universe... and the subatomic particles (particles that form atoms) within those elements, that have formed the being that is you, have existed since the moment of the Big Bang, the moment when our Universe was formed 13.5 billion years ago... These smallest pieces, building blocks, within you are timeless, immortal - just as your very essence, your soul, is timeless and immortal, destined to travel the Universe through many adventures... You are a Star Child...
But more than that, when your mother and father were joined together at your creation, a MINIMUM of 250 million sperm were released - possibly as many as a billion - and these millions of sperm conducted a death race towards the single solitary egg that your mother had produced...if any other sperm had made it to that egg first and penetrated it - out of 250 million or more - YOU WOULD NOT EVEN EXIST!!! You survived 250 million to one odds to be here today - to be alive!!!
GOD, THE UNIVERSE, WANTED YOU TO LIVE... and you survived childbirth that still kills one out of every seven babies worldwide... and you overcame childhood diseases and accidents that kill so many children between the ages of 0 and 12!
Even as an adult you have survived many close calls that you may not have realized - in traffic and other places that could have ended you... and here you are today, alive, able to breathe and taste and feel...
REJOICE IN THE MIRACLE THAT IS YOU! And stop feeling down about what you may not have... First look to see what you do have - YOU HAVE LIFE. Life is beautiful! Yes it is challenging, but those challenges are what keep us alive and keep us growing... What would we ever learn in this lifetime were we not challenged???
And regardless of your past, ALL THE POSSIBILITIES are within your grasp now and in the future! You contain within you the stardust of the Universe - all the power and energy and wisdom of the Universe is pouring into you every moment of every day. It is there for you to receive and to feel IF you do one thing: Give it away to help others.
YOU ARE NOT HERE JUST FOR YOU! Life is not a selfish journey. The Universe did not have you survive 250 million to one odds just for you - so you could selfishly pass through life as though you were an island unto yourself. The Universe had you survive untold odds so that you can touch and influence others throughout your journey - touching them with a word, or an example of the way you live your life... You have within you the power to heal souls, bodies and minds - including your own.
YOU ARE A MIRACLE! Rejoice in that wisdom... and pass along your miracle to change this world in good ways... pay if forward...
DO NOT WASTE THE MIRACLE THAT IS YOU... your Miracle grows stronger with each and every passing moment... Open your eyes to see what you have and do not complain about what you do not! YOU ARE A MIRACLE!!!
If you seek the Spiritual Path why do you cry out in protest when all is not perfect? "I thought my life would be peaceful and filled with bliss," you say. "After all, I am a Spiritual Person!" But where should peace and bliss exist? If it should be in the world around you, then it is not inside of you. What value is there in that? But if it is inside of you, what care you about the chaos in the world? True peace and serenity and bliss arise from being in the moment within, not without. OSHOLON
"But I am a loving person who gives love to others, why is it not returned?" Where is it you are looking for love? Are you expecting adulation from crowds and adoring followers? Are you trying to uplift your ego? Or are you quietly listening to the love pouring into you every moment of the day from the Universe itself? Does love guarantee a perfect life with no challenges? No, having love girds you with the power to overcome challenges and to touch others far beyond yourself. Did not Jesus teach nothing but love? What happened to him? Was not Gandhi a major teacher of love and forgiveness? What was his fate? What about Martin Luther King? And so many others. Teaching and giving love should be purely from your heart because you are a representative of the Love and Light of the Universe. The Darkness resents love and will test you. You have the power to overcome all tests and challenges - and the power comes from the very Light of the Universe itself. You need only to receive it. OSHOLON
I pursued three degrees in religion because when I was younger I truly wanted to know and study God in every way that I could. I became well known in Christian music circles and traveled throughout the US singing and teaching the love of God. But the more I studied religion - all religions not just Christianity but Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Taoism and more - the less I could believe in religion. To me, when I poured into the histories, it became obvious to me (but it was just my own opinion) that all religions had been twisted and corrupted from the intentions of their founders by Kings and Emperors who warped them for their own designs, primarily claiming that they were divinely anointed by God, and by them teaching God is to be feared and will do horrible things to us if we do not love Him in the right way and say the right "magic words". I personally could not fathom that the Creator of the entire Universe and the Creator of all mankind could have created us such that 99.9% of all the people who would ever live would not be able to figure out the Secret and say the exact Magic Words, and would therefore be damned to an eternity of Hell without end, forever and ever tormented because we were created too limited to understand what God required!!! No. If God were to be that way then he is a tyrant worse than Hitler. Hitler could only kill you once but this tyrant will send you to a burning Hell forever - over nothing! THAT is not our Creator! It is a fiction perpetuated by ancient tyrants to control the masses through fear! God, the Universe, loves you every second of every day, forgiving you every second of every day without end, conditions or magic words. You are loved unconditionally and forgiven unconditionally. The key is to LEARN TO LOVE YOURSELF... LEARN TO FORGIVE YOURSELF... Ignore the tyrants and their horrible images of that which is God. Silence yourself and listen. The Universe is whispering words of love to you at all times... every moment of every day. OSHOLON
Be in the Moment... ever in the Moment... for it is the only truth and existence there is. OSHOLON
You live many, many, many more good moments every day of your life, than you ever live bad, even on the worst day of your life... and each moment feeds you with peace and serenity and love... but you are unaware of this because you choose to regret or relive that past... or because you are worried about the future... NOW is the only existence and reality that you have... Now is the only thing promised to you... LIVE NOW and you will live a richer, longer and more meaningful life in this world. OSHOLON
Send love and healing energies to at least one other person every day... and in turn receive the love, wisdom and healing of the Universe. OSHOLON
And I tell you that the truest principle of the Universe is that you must GIVE FIRST in order to RECEIVE... the more you give love and insight to others, the more you help others, the more love and insight the Universe will give to you, and the more power you will receive to overcome and endure life's challenges. OSHOLON
If you do not accept love then you cannot feel loved...but at ALL TIMES you are loved... OSHOLON
Tantric Energy can be either Light or Darkness - Yin or Yang... Be careful with its powers...to harbor ill thoughts or selfish intent when using its resources is to take the path into Darkness... But to be selfless and giving when using it for the good of others is the path to Light and Enlightenment. OSHOLON
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