Participating with Purpose

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Life presents us with so many competing demands that any thought toward a larger purpose gets lost in a storm of “but how”. Our days are consumed by chores: taking care of our body, our family, our job, and our possessions. We talk to people without really connecting and remaining spare time often dissipates into our favored distractions.

The meaning of any act no matter how small is derived from having a purpose. But we tend to lose touch with the purpose of what we do. We often fall into the routine of details, not relating to how the job serves society. We respond to the needs of the moment or the day, letting the opportunities of our life just slip away.

A spiritual path though aligns us with the great purpose of the universe.

Although we remain only dimly aware of that purpose, something tells us that when we practice being present, do our prayer/meditation, practice compassion and actively seek wisdom, we simultaneously serve both our own purpose and a greater purpose. The truth of purpose goes even further; one could say that the Creator is the purpose, a profound mountain of purpose behind the cosmos, a purpose that creates and sustains the universe and us. Through our spiritual practice, our creative work, our acts of love, kindness, peace, and responsibility, we participate directly in that great purpose of The Most Sacred And Holy One.

Are we connected to our purpose while standing in line at the checkout? We need to feed our family, be kind to others and be fully present with people, so I guess the answer is yes. Living with intention connects us with a greater intention; the Creators intention, which is where we find meaning, this includes the meaning of each moment of our life. Participating with purpose brings about a confidence that what you do matters, that your inner work matters beyond yourself. Participating with purpose brings with it a happy and meaningful life.

The Spiritual Purpose of Life

In the sixteenth century Isaac Luria a renowned Kabbalist used the phrase Tikkun Olam, usually translated as repairing the world; this is the correcting and transforming role of humanity in the ongoing evolution of consciousness. Luria taught that the Creator created the world by forming vessels of light to hold the Divine Light. But as the Creator poured the Light into the vessels they shattered and tumbled down toward the realm of matter, the lower worlds. Thus, our world consists of countless creations of the original vessels, which are entrapped with the holy sparks of Divine Light. Humanity’s great task involves helping the Creator by freeing and reuniting these scattered holy sparks. By helping in the raising of these sparks back to the upper worlds, we are purposefully participating in divine restoration.

We meet similar concepts in other religions. The Christ; know as Jesus promised to return with the Kingdom of Heaven and encouraged people to prepare through love, wakefulness, and charity. In Buddhism, the Bodhisattva vows to forgo final liberation until all beings have been freed from suffering. The Gnostics held that a spark of Divinity resides entrapped within the soul of humans.

These concepts encompass both outer and inner work, both service to society by helping those in need and service to the Divine by liberating the spark within us – The Light. It’s learning to add value to the world through our generosity of spirit, and finding heaven in our heart. As we are, the Divine spark lies hidden beneath our layers of egoistic self-centeredness. That spark of light is our true value, through which Divine Will flows toward us. By pursuing spiritual inner work to strengthen our soul and purify our heart, we grow more able to bear that spark without shattering. The work of transformation and building of a soul creates a sound vessel for the Holy Spark, which then returns that spark back to the service of “The Most Sacred And Holy One”. Working to perfect our self and our soul through serving society, we contribute to the perfecting of the world. This is our creative expression, duty, and our calling as human beings. To contemplate and enter the process of repairing or perfecting the world, we need to understand the concept of the world. All the major religious traditions present a hierarchy of worlds or levels of being, from the one we ordinarily inhabit to the ultimate world of Divinity.

For example, the worlds are Physical, Emotional, Spiritual, and Celestial. Beyond all these is The Most Sacred And Holy One; the Creator, the Boundless and Absolute. Each of the worlds corresponds to a progressively higher level of cosmic energy that relates to the levels of one’s soul.

  • The Physical realm utilizes the energy from which the soul can grow more.
  • The Emotional realm is built on conscious energy, the basis of awareness.
  • The Spiritual realm works with creative energy, which is brought to life by the Light.
  • The Celestial realm, which is Divine Purpose, brings with it the energy of Radiant Love, which forms greater coherence with the Most Sacred And Holy One.

The basic principles are that the seeker pursues spiritual practice to transform his or her being and rise through the levels of the realms/worlds, to bring his or her own will back to Divine will, while opening a way for the higher energies to flow down to this world, and thereby advancing the great process of restoration.

For millennia many spiritual masters have sought to serve this process by meditating on, and opening to the higher energy of Divine Love and Light this is the Light of the Radiant Self. They allow the Light to spread through them as if sitting in its midst and draw the Light down for the Earth, for life, for their own soul. The possibility of opening to the Divine Light stands within reach of us all if we are prepared to do the necessary inner work.

For those who can, yet another possibility presents itself, with a pure heart and a quiet mind, the person creates contact with Divine Light and raises the Light up into the Radiant Self, then offering the Light to the Creator in a sacred act of service, which is hidden (Higher Chamber) in the higher worlds. Only then does the person open the channel for the Light to flow down through his or her soul into our world. The idea of Divine Restoration places spiritual practice at the heart of this epic unfolding of the universe: it is the evolution and spiritualization of creation. With each small act of kindness, with each moment of being fully present, with each effort to see, cleanse, and integrate our inner life, with each heartfelt prayer opening to the higher energies and the higher will, we build the new world and serve the Divine Architect.

In conclusion, the outcome of the whole process remains uncertain because of the nature of free will. Truth is though serving our planet and fulfilling our highest destiny really does matter. Our personal inner work does, in fact, make a difference. If we can raise ourselves to the station where the Divine can see and act through us, then we complete the momentous work of restoring at least one part to the Whole. This story of Divine Restoration helps us discover a vision of unbounded meaning; it gives purpose to perfecting ourselves, perfecting the world and creating a genuine connection with the Creator.

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Elizabeth Ellames

The Gift Of Celestial Slumber

IMG_3998Good Morning Shing Ones,

The last quarter of the year in the Living Attributes culture is known as the Festival of Angelic Light.

As we approach the gift of Christmas what becomes apparent is the absolute devotion of the beautiful accelerators of creation – the Angel Rays. They do indeed teach us the gift of bestowal. The word bestowal doesn’t even enter our vocabulary anymore, so no wonder we don’t fully understand what it means.

Bestowal means to honor or gift without any compensation this is what the Angels do, this is what they teach us to do. They are fully present to their role in the process of Creation and their only motivation is to serve in that divine process. As humans, we are also part of that divine plan, our service, and presence also aid in the Creators miraculous masterpiece of creation.

This brings me to the topic of Celestial Slumber – I often mention to women in our community that the extreme tiredness they may be experiencing over the past few weeks and may feel after Temple is due to the amount of light they are receiving. 

When one experiences this level of tiredness for seemingly no apparent reason, this is the surrounding Light that has come upon you (angels) sometimes called the reforming Light, there is a process of transformation in progress. The best thing you can do is rest and I mean literally stop and take a Kindy Nap, more gracefully put a Celestial Slumber. Think of it like this, the radiance of your Living Goddess is emerging rapidly like a new-born child and every part of your growth is vital in your full development. If you need to take a rest please take one, it is your divine responsibility to you and your world around you to do so.

Our Light is our greatest Gift we must take care of it.

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Love Elizabeth.

Honesty, the best policy!

This above all: To thine own self be true, for it must follow as dost the night the day, that canst not then be false to any man (or woman).

William Shakespeare 

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I have been very focused lately about the importance of being honest with one’s self. We often expect others to be totally honest with us, but don’t necessarily ask if we are being honest with our self. What is our inner truth saying to us?

I have been doing a small experiment around this idea, which has proven to be a useful tool around these kinds of honesty issues.

This is what I do; before I go off on a complaining tangent about how someone hasn’t been totally honest with me,

  • I stop and ask myself. “When prior to this issue or challenge wasn’t I totally honest with myself?”
  • The result was, that there was always a moment when my instincts or intuition told me to respond or rectify the situation.
  • But because of veiled fears attached to my conscious or unconscious mind, I find reasons to let things slide. Oh dear, don’t you hate that!

The saying goes – “There is really only One of us here anyway”.

So, I suggest that we might as well start with our self. The outcome will be, that your perception of what is going on will alter – and that’s because you have brought it to the ‘Altar’ of our true self.

Something to ponder and perhaps give the “question yourself first” idea a go. It might take a bit of practice at first because the key here is to stay objective, without any blame, which means not blaming yourself also. Simply addressing the truth for truth’s sake. 

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Heart to Heart Elizabeth

Love Your Past Your Present and Your Future

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Why I use the concepts of icons and archetypes?

Firstly what are Archetypes – they are a universal and symbolic representation that teaches us about life and ourselves. Archetypes are the architects of story and life. There are literally hundreds of archetypes that have been our teachers through the medium of story telling for centuries. They live in the realm of fairy tales, mythology, theatre and now film. So through the process of an individual telling their personal story they are able to recognise their personal archetypes.

While an Icon – An icon is often an individual who has lived or is living out a very public archetypical journey, they are recognizable by their fame or celebrity and often have become immortalized by their charismatic nature. The public usually become somewhat fascinated with their lives or beauty simply because they are to some degree playing out the roles of demigods, teaching us about light and shadow attributes from a far, but not so far.

My discovery of why we do this kind of seeking and obtaining;

  • Perhaps we are instinctively attempting to pull away from our parents. And in doing so we often connect strongly to a particular public figure, who’s either in music, film, fashion, sport, television or literature. We may do it in a creative and somewhat expressive manner, like identifying with their music, their dress and their culture.
  • Perhaps it is simply for the purpose of developing a new identity outside ones current family unit.
  • Perhaps we do it because some where deep within our nature we know there is something about our chosen iconic figure that is just like us.
  • Perhaps what we are really doing is looking for an alterative tribe, a new leader, a mentor, a role model who has similar values to our own and who isn’t going to tell us to do our homework or clean our room.

At this point I would like to add who my iconic influence was as a teenager… DAVID BOWIE!!… and also because it’s a year since he left our world, it still makes my heart weep to know this amazing artist has left us, along with others such as Prince, Carrie Fisher and Alan Rickman and thats only to name a few.

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Simply put we are intuitively looking for someone else to look up to, other than Mum and Dad.

For me BOWIE was perfect, he was a risk taker, a change agent, a true creative creature, a fashion icon and an absolute artist at heart… My spirit recognized him, because after all I also longed for all those things!!! So much so that I cut and coloured my hair like his, did my make up like his and even created costumes for others to wear similar to his, which were all influenced by his creative, flamboyant, androgynous, but very stylish appearance and progressive music.

Amazing how life shows up for us… I found a quote by Bowie just recently and of course it is very similar to what I now believe as an adult.

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  • I’m just an individual who doesn’t feel that I need to have somebody qualify my work in any particular way. I’m working for me.

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  • Who am I? I am all that is, all that was and all that is yet to come… And my responsiblity to you is to be me.

For some of us we need to connect to something or someone outside our family to feel like we belong, I know that’s how it was for me. I had faced many challenges as a child all connected to abuse, so I am indeed extremely grateful for the creative influence that David Bowie provided, he became my Angel Prince from a far away Star Kingdom, who gave me my precious and most beloved gifts of CREATIVITY and HOPE.

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I now known how important it is to be authentic when sharing your gifts, reason being, you never know who may be watching and truly counting on catching a little of your spectacular light that could grow into something greater within themselves some day.

Bravo Bowie, for it was you, who saved me from the shackles of convention and compromise.

Here are a few examples of other famous icons – Ghandi, Joan of Arc, Ned Kelly, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe or Princess Diana. All these iconic figures have been major influences for many people, some even influenced nations.

Can you recall any of your most loved or admired ICONIC figures of present day, resent history or even ancient history?

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Shadow Side Of The Female Archetype

The Shadow Side Of The Archetypes In The Emotional Ream

The Shadow Side Of The Maiden uses her eternal adolescence to control her world around her… She eventually resembles the sulking or perhaps defiant teenager, making herself co- dependent on others to get what she wants… Which she then hides behind in order to not commit to the relaxed and flexible nature of her leadership that demonstrates her authentic quest, which is…

Autonomy. Meaning – (the quality of being autonomous; independent.)

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The Shadow Side Of The Teacher uses her quick to the answer approach to control her world around her… She eventually becomes judgmental and impatient with another’s inability to express themselves, this makes her devalue others, which she then hides behind, in order to not commit to the expressive and compassionate nature of her own leadership that demonstrates her authentic quest, which is…

Cultivation. Meaning – (the improvement or development of something.)

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The Shadow Side Of The Visionary uses her reclusive melancholy nature to control her world around her…. She often feels wounded and misunderstood by others making her withdraw and then deeply depressed, which she then hides behind, in order to not commit to the purity and wisdom of her nature and leadership that demonstrates her authentic quest, which is…

Prophetic. Meaning – (predicting and for-seeing the future.)

 

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I AM Assurance

Today I move from DOUBT to ASSURANCE and merge with my LIVING GODDESS…

I see ASSURANCE, I feel ASSURANCE, I am ASSURANCE