Intersect 6-20-16

 

Monday Meditation
Holy and gracious God, troche
we gather together
as followers of Christ, troche
people who believe in his vision
of a world filled
with one people of love.

We strive to be the people
who have answered Christ’s call
to dream his love-filled world into reality
by acting with love, compassion,
and grace toward all God’s children.
We have learned from Jesus
that everyone is a child of God,
no matter our skin color,
our brain capacity,
our gender,
our sexual orientation,
the language we speak
or the religion we espouse.
Jesus shows us that
we are beings of ultimate and sacrificial love,
and that if we act in kind,
so too will everyone we meet.

We have the power to melt hearts
and change minds
by simply being who we are called to be:
Followers of Jesus who work in his name
to bring about the kin-dom of love
he so passionately believed in.

His is a kin-dom full of paradox
that seems to make no sense
and defies all logic.
Enemies are to be loved, not hated;
outcasts are to be embraced, not disregarded or scorned;
the humble and the meek are lauded, not the rich and powerful.
For it is the power of love
that melts the hardest of hearts
while revenge only creates
an endless cycle of pain and suffering.

We recognize, Gracious God,
the sorrow,
the sadness,
and the pain in our midst.
We pray that those whose
hearts are heavy-burdened
by the tragic and unexpected loss
of loved ones in Orlando
will somehow find a way
to still see hope for humanity,
even when the moment
seems completely hopeless.

Please send all of us
your healing presence,
and remind us that you are here,
especially in the midst of tragedy.

Compassionate God,
hear the wailing sorrow of our hearts
and remind us all
how precious life is
and too fleeting.
Do not let hatred
possess our souls
and pervert our lives,
lest we too become like
those who commit the evils
we must find it in our hearts to forgive.

May the days that follow
be filled with your wisdom.
May the leaders of our secular and sacred spaces,
in governments and houses of worship
all around the world,
be inspired by you
to fill the world with love,
and do what they know in their hearts
is right and good
for the physical and spiritual welfare
of all the people of earth,
no excuses and no exceptions.
May we finally come to respect
the sanctity of all human lives,
and learn to care for each other unconditionally,
in the manner of Jesus,
in whose blessed name we pray.
Amen.

 

Intersect 6-16-16

The Picnic
One day in a more transcendent reality, Jesus and Buddha decided to meet for a picnic under a Bodhi tree. The Bodhi tree, of course, is where Siddhartha Gautama, later known as Buddha, reached enlightenment. As they sat down to an excellent lunch of nuts, berries, cheeses and wine, Jesus asked, “Isn’t this a fig tree?”
“Indeed, it is,” Buddha said.
“I hate those things!” Jesus joked, and they both laughed heartily.

“Is that story about you cursing the fig tree true?” Buddha asked. “What is truth?” Jesus replied. Buddha chuckled and said, “Your followers don’t know you have such a good sense of humor. It’s a pity the stories about you don’t portray that side of you. You’re always so serious with the parables and the answering in riddles. You didn’t make it easy for your students to understand what you were saying.”

“Well, I’m not sure that’s entirely true, Siddhartha,” Jesus replied. “After all, you and I worked in different places and times. I spoke to my people in a language they understood, just like you spoke to your people with images and stories they knew. The fact we’ve both been misunderstood by 21st Century humans is… unfortunate.”

Buddha poured them each a glass of wine and popped a Strawberry in his mouth. “You know, I taught that by going inward one would find the Godhead. I said (if I may be so discourteous as to quote myself) ‘Anyone who withdraws into meditation on compassion can see Brahma with his own eyes, talk to him face to face and consult with him.’ You once said ‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.’ It’s the same message, no?”

“It is the same message, of course!” Jesus exclaimed. “It’s my core message: unconditional, honest love changes the nature of human being. You and I draw from the same source—the Loving Godhead, so, naturally, our messages are similar.” Jesus smiled and teased, “Why do you think I’m hanging out with you right now?”
Buddha laughed and joked, “Well, I figured it was because I’m a glorious sinner! You loved to hang out with those sinners!”

“What’s that thing kids use today? Text? I’m going to text you LOL later,” Jesus said as he casually levitated a Cashew and flicked it at Buddha’s forehead.

“Nice magic trick,” Buddha laughed. Then his tone became more serious. “What are we going to do? It seems the people who claim to be our followers have missed our point entirely. They’ve turned both of us into gods. I was very clear about the fact I was not a god, and that we must all transcend the idea there are gods in control of our lives.”

Jesus said, “Well, you already know how much I admire you. I had heard of you when I was in human form and always thought that what you taught was so very similar to my Jewish traditions—traditions that in my time I felt my people were confused about. So a couple of thousand years after you and I taught, people are confused again. It’s natural. We both know language changes, especially when you teach in metaphor, which we both love!”

“It may very well be natural,” Buddha said, “But that doesn’t make it right. I’ve been thinking about going back to set everyone straight. What about you?” Jesus spit the wine out of his mouth, dropped his glass and spilled all over his bright white robe. “No, no, no, no, no! I think that’s a horrible idea! Haven’t you seen what they’ve said about me? They all expect me to return—me, Jesus, coming back on a glowing, flying horse or something, like a character in Game of Thrones.”

“I love that show,” Buddha said.
“I know, right? Anyway, our point—if I may be so bold, is that all human beings—not just you and I—are capable of transcending, of reaching entirely new levels of conscious reality—what you called Nirvana.”

Buddha poured Jesus a fresh glass of wine and said, “Of course, you are correct. I think the problem stems from the non-Jewish people who became your followers, and the non-Indian people who became mine. They missed our cultural meanings. Suddenly we’re both walking on water and moving mountains—not that I couldn’t do that if I wanted to…”

“Keep it 100, Sid. Amen to that!” Jesus joked. “But we were both trying to say that faith is what changes the world. What was your quote? ‘A monk who is skilled in concentration can cut the Himalayas in two.’ It’s the same thing I said! ‘Truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will be able to move this mountain.”

Jesus continued, “When I said ‘I am the light of the world, whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life,’ I was trying to teach my students that I am simply a pointer in the darkness and that if they practiced what I preached they too would become lights in the darkness for others. So what happens? Now they worship me and tell everyone the only way to heaven is to believe in Jesus. I don’t even know what that means!”

“Jesus Christ! You are Joshua, the anointed one! It is an appropriate name for you,” Buddha said. “My name means ‘enlightened.’ I am a Bodhisattva. It is said, ‘When a Bodhisattva descends from heaven, there appears in this world an immeasurable, splendid light surpassing the glory of the most powerful glow. And whatever dark spaces lie beyond the world’s end will be illuminated by this light.’ We all have Bodhisattva potential. That’s why I urge my students to practice the Noble Eightfold Path—to eradicate greed, hatred, and delusion from their lives; to achieve the same enlightenment I discovered.”

“I want the same for my students,” Jesus answered. “I left them precise instructions on ascendance, on how to become one with God. I showed them, through the actions of my life and all my teachings, how to behave as a God-connected being. Yet, here we sit, looking at an Earth 2500 years after you taught, and 2000 after me. Did anyone listen? They have turned us both into idols of worship. They are as lost now as they were when we started. We failed, my dear Buddha.”

Buddha sat silently for a moment and then said, “Dude! Way to harsh my mellow. Have you always been so depressing? I’m only asking—and I don’t mean to be rude, but I’ve noticed that most of the human depictions of me are all fat and jolly, and you—well, you’re all morose and heavy-laden. I won’t even get into the whole blonde hair, blue eyes thing. I’ll LOL you later!”

Jesus looked askance and said, “I was—am—a pretty light-hearted fellow, actually. I think our cultures were just different enough that your people could accept your teachings a little more readily. Remember, I taught the same things you did: Love your enemy. Accept that a certain amount of suffering is the way of the world, yet we never suffer alone—God is with us through it all. I thought I showed that pretty well on the cross. But, I taught in an occupied territory and told people they didn’t need a priest to communicate directly with God. So, I became a bit of a political target.”

“Well,” Buddha replied, “My priestly class was none-too-happy when I said the same thing, but I didn’t  present a revolutionary threat to our rulers. My father was very upset when I left the palace to pursue the enlightened path and serve the needs of the poor. But, I could not stand to live a life of lavish excess while right outside my palace people had nothing to eat, nothing to wear, no safe place to hide from robbers, bad weather, or wild animals. What is it you said about a rich man and the eye of a needle?”

“It’s funny,” Jesus said wistfully, “for all we have in common, our backgrounds are so different. You were born a king, yet rejected and left behind everything you had for the good of the many—something I told everyone to do, by the way! I, however, was born a peasant and had kingship forced on me, even though I rejected any kingdom—Earthly or otherwise, every step of the way. I never wanted to be a king. I just wanted to help people see a world beyond human suffering; what I called the Kingdom of Heaven—a place where all people from all nations understand each other as equal, beloved beings of the Eternal Godhead.”

“Me too,” Buddha said. “So what would you do now, to right the ship? If you will not return in the flesh (at least, not in the flesh as Joshua from 2000 years ago), how do you propose we help the Earth students rediscover our original meanings so that they might attain enlightenment and truly become beings of ultimate love?”

“I think that we use the Spirit of Eternal Love to touch the hearts of our followers,” said  Jesus. “Perhaps, from this plane, we can encourage Buddhists and Christians to spend more time with each other. I pray that by studying your ways, some of my followers might rediscover that my message is not one of worship, but of personal connection to God.”

“And it is my wish,” Buddha said, “that my followers will also stop worshipping me, and remember that, like you, I am simply a connector to the Godhead, the great creative all in all.”
“That which I call ‘Father,’” Jesus said.
“That which I call ‘Nirvana,’” Buddha said, “but which is, no matter the name, the one true source of all that exists in all universes: Love.”
“And of course, the only way to get to love is to become love.”
“May it be so for all humankind,” said Buddha.
“Amen,” said Jesus.

Monday Meditation

Monday Meditation
Great and loving God, look
as our understanding
of your ever-expanding universe
has increased, online
our affection for you
seems, patient unfortunately,
to have diminished.

While we have gained tremendous knowledge,
we have lost equal parts wisdom.
For every atomic secret unlocked,
for every quantum entanglement unraveled,
for every genetic code revealed,
we have locked away
a little more
of our sense of wonder.

And those of us who find
the wonders of God
in atomic structures,
quantum entanglement,
and genetics,
weep tears
of grief and disappointment.

In this,
the age of knowledge,
we are often ashamed to admit
we still believe
in the magic of love.
Our compassionate voices
are muted
and our spiritual imaginations
are stifled
by the screams
of hate-filled people
yelling supercharged intolerance
from the other side of
an electron-charged screen.

The broadcasting banshees
try to convince us
there is no love,
there are no miracles,
there is no God.

They distract us
with fear and hate-speech
designed to keep us
from seeing your love in the world,
and worse,
intentionally formulated
to keep us
from being your love in the world.

We too often feel ashamed
because we believe in
a universal power of love
in an age when
too many of us are told
we’re not worth loving.

We are called “superstitious”
or “unenlightened.”
We are chided
and talked down to
just for believing
there might actually be
a power in the universe
greater than us.

You. our all-loving God,
help us see through
the sham of shame.
Working through us,
you help us realize
there is no shame
in striving to be humble
and sensing something
extrasensory,
something wisdom tells us is very real,
even while knowledge
insists this cannot be.
For knowledge may
reveal your secrets,
but understanding
comes through wisdom alone.

We are thankful
we still sense
you, our eternal presence of love,
our great,
ever-unraveling mystery,
our God.

We pray for peace and love
to overcome the hearts
of all the messengers
of hatred
in the world.
We ask for our souls to be filled
with your presence,
so we,
like the great enlightened Christ,
might also become purveyors
of eternal, unexplainable,
much-needed and world-changing
love.

In your many names we pray,
unashamed to call ourselves
your people.

Amen.

Intersect 6-1-15

The Love Frequency
String Theory is a sort of “theory of everything” that unites both branches of physics—general relativity (which talks about “big things” like planets) and quantum mechanics (which talks about “small things” like atoms and subatomic particles) with one, cheap elegant idea: All physical reality is created by tiny vibrating strings. These strings create different fundamental building blocks depending on their frequency—their musical pitch, in essence.

When we look at matter through an ultra-sensitive microscope, we can see the individual molecules vibrating away. What looks like a solid table or chair to us is, in fact, a bunch of wildly vibrating atoms. This makes sense if we think about what’s happening inside an atom. There’s a nucleus that’s orbited by a proton, a neutron, and an electron. Think about the way the moon orbits the earth and all the planets orbit the sun. That sort of motion is going on inside every single molecule. The stuff around us—and we the people—are composed of trillions and trillions and trillions of these vibrating, singing molecules. So it turns out vibration is the foundation of all matter.

I love string theory not only for its elegance, but also because it implies that everything is created with sound. Everything is music. “In the beginning was the word,” right (John 1:1)? We gain new meaning from that phrase if we think about it in terms of string theory. In the beginning was the word means we are the physical manifestations of a song God is singing. Isn’t that lovely? We are all God songs.

What Christians call “the word” is referred to as Aum in many Eastern cultures. Aum is said to be the primordial sound that was present at the creation of the universe. The concept of Aum or “the word” creating our universe is supported by string theory’s suggestion that these little subatomic “strings” oscillate to form matter.

Now, if you remember your basic physics, you remember that anything in motion creates energy. So even the larger matter created by these incredibly tiny singing strings also transmits an energetic frequency. The ancients called it “the music of the spheres” and there have been entire symphonies written about it.

Of course, this means that humans, too, emit frequencies. In fact, it turns out that we are always broadcasting. It’s an unconscious activity for most of us because it just happens naturally, but we all definitely resonate at a particular frequency. And in truth, the frequency we’re resonating at changes throughout our lives and often throughout the day, depending upon our moods and activities.

We sense the frequencies other people are broadcasting—we feel them more than we hear them, because these frequencies are well beyond the range of human hearing, which is actually quite limited. The more aware of this always around us vibrational energy we become, the more sensitive we become both as receivers and transmitters. We sense each other’s frequencies. This is also something we do quite naturally. Think about the way we describe meeting people. Don’t we often say something like, “that person gives me a bad feeling,” or “I’m picking up good vibes from this person?” We say these things because we intrinsically understand the idea of resonance—that our energies are interacting with each other.

When we get together with another person we create music. Whether the music is harmonious or dissonant depends on the way our energies—our frequencies—combine. It’s all about how we resonate with one another.

It might help to think of each other as piano strings.

When you hit a note on a piano, the string vibrates and sends sound waves out into the air. We hear the piano string as a note, and we feel the air its pushed around us. Importantly though, when one piano string is played, it causes the other strings near it to pick up a bit of that vibration too, so they resonate sympathetically. What we’re hearing when a note on a piano is played is not only that note, but also several notes both above and below it. These are called sympathetic vibrations and the same thing happens when we gather with other people. Whatever frequency we’re resonating at also affects the people around us, and vice-versa.

As we continue to ascend into a greater sense of our spiritual being this year, it’s important to remember the ideas of resonance and sympathetic vibrations. As humans, we too are musical instruments. We are intended to be finely tuned into the God frequency, the frequency of love. This is the example we see in Jesus Christ and Buddha—beings perfectly in tune with the universal harmonic of love.

As human beings, as spiritual beings having a human journey, we are both broadcasters and receivers. We receive frequencies from everyone around us and the world in general—which is why this perpetual news cycle is so damaging. When we constantly receive bad news, we begin to transmit negative energy. We’re tuned into a negative frequency and so transmit the same. But just as we can change the channel on the TV and find something less negative to watch, so too can we change our spiritual channel.

We are created from God’s frequency, and we are created to broadcast God’s love frequency out to the world. We’re always ready to tune back into God’s love frequency. We are made with the capacity to receive God’s love frequency. Is this not the example of Jesus Christ? A human being also fully God? Does not every single story about him show a human being broadcasting a message and lifestyle of complete, unconditional love?

Jesus is meant as an example for the rest of us. That’s the way all of us are made. We’re not supposed to be worshipping at the feet of Jesus. We’re supposed to be acting like him, unconditionally receiving God’s love and broadcasting it back into a world desperately in need of it.

As beings created from the word of God—as God’s love songs, we are capable of constantly receiving a stream of love from God. In truth, we’re always receiving this, because we can never be separated from God. However, we’re pretty good at tuning God out. While practices like reading and prayer help keep us in tune, there are some new developments that come out of string theory that are pretty interesting, too.

One of the ways we can tune ourselves up is by listening to certain frequencies that are being shown to alter our sort of “default” frequency. While these tones are still a matter of great debate in the scientific community, there is mounting evidence that we are extremely sensitive to certain frequencies—that they almost, “reprogram” us.

This makes sense if you think about songs you hear that make you feel good, or sad, or angry. Music generates an emotional response in us not only because it often has moving lyrics, but also because the notes themselves, which are specific frequencies, physically affect our tuning.

We can use this knowledge to be more intentional about tuning into God, especially as we begin to understand the affect specific frequencies have on us mentally, spiritually and physically. I’ve provided a link to a specific frequency that has been undergoing some pretty intensive scientific testing: 528Hz, known as “The Love Frequency.”

This frequency has been shown to create a state of serenity and a sense of cosmic connection in test subjects. I highly recommend that you seek some of these tuning frequencies out and spend an hour or so a few times a week retuning. The more we do this, the quicker the pace of our ascension.

And God knows, this world needs more ascended beings right now.

528 Hz Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PRV6w6VJbc