+ Let's explore heavenly realms together. Heaven is not a distant place but is here all of the time. The first post, SE 1, explains the process. My plan is to offer a Spiritual Explorations post for every day of 2016. You can find them all on The Abundancetrek Blog. Each post has a separate link which you can find on the Spiritual Explorations Posts Access Page. Currently, we are exploring the practice of Heavenliness.

SPIRITUAL EXPLORATION POST 275 for October 1, 2016
This is the daily exploration for Saturday, October 1, 2016.
WE ARE EXPLORING THE PRACTICE OF HEAVENLINESS

+ This is a post on the style of The Way of Prayer as we continue to explore Heavenliness through the lens of the 12 styles of the Mandala process created by Edward Bastian.  There are 3 more Mandala styles to explore after this: Reason, Relationships and Wisdom. After that, we move on to the 9 Attributes of Heaven.

+ Prayer enables us to transform the world because it transforms us. From the moment we awaken each morning, our minds are at work in one direction or the other. Either we are slaves to the fearful mental habit patterns that dominate our world, or we are consciously taking part in the counterforce to the world's despair.

 ... To go within is not to turn our backs on the world; it is to prepare ourselves to serve it most effectively.
-- Marianne Williamson in Illuminata
This was the One Spirit Daily Inspiration on October 15, 2015.

+ This wise woman has discerned the essential connection between prayer and mindfulness.  As we continue to explore these heavenly realms, we need to keep our intention on our ultimate goal of transforming the world.  This is an attitude.  We might call it a Be-attitude.  I like to say we need an attitude of gratitude.  Slowly but surely our intention creates more compassion, peace, justice and sustainable abundance in ourselves and in others.  If we can become so mindful that we are in constant prayer, then the miracle of transformation grows and grows in ourselves and in others moment after precious moment.


+ The 7 steps of InterSpiritual Meditation by Edward Bastian are listed in SE21 and SE213. They are described fully in his book, InterSpiritual Meditation

+ To get inspired and illuminated by Ed Bastian, I invite you to set aside some time for these videos:  Seven Steps of InterSpiritual Meditation (11 minutes) | 15 minute introduction to InterSpiritual Meditation and the Mandala Process | 2 hour lecture & conversation

+ I would love it if you offered a guest post on this practice or any practice.  And, I have work to do on my Heavenliness page.  Maybe you can help.  Send an email with the subject “Heavenliness” or “Love” or “Guest Post” to John@abundancetrek.com.

+ You can always find a link to any of the Spiritual Explorations posts by going to http://abundancetrek.com/sepostsaccess.html

Links to all of the SE posts for Heavenliness:

July 19 SE 201 July 20 SE 202 July 21 SE 203 July 22 SE 204
July 23 SE 205 July 24 SE 206 July 25 SE 207 July 26 SE 208
July 27 SE 209 July 28 SE 210 July 29 SE 211 July 30 SE 212
July 31 SE 213 August 1 SE 214 August 2 SE 215 August 3 SE 216
August 4 SE 217 August 5 SE 218 August 6 SE 219 August 7 SE 220
August 8 SE 221 August 9 SE 222 August 10 SE 223 August 11 SE 224
August 12 SE 225 August 13 SE 226 August 14 SE 227 August 15 SE 228
August 16 SE 229 August 17 SE 230 August 18 SE 231 August 19 SE 232
August 20 SE 233 August 21 SE 234 August 22 SE 235 August 23 SE 236
August 24 SE 237 August 25 SE 238 August 26 SE 239 August 27 SE 240
August 28 SE 241 August 29 SE 242 August 30 SE 243 August 31 SE 244
September 1 SE 245 September 2 SE 246 September 3 SE 247 September 4 SE 248
September 5 SE 249 September 6 SE 250 September 7 SE 251 September 8 SE 252
September 9 SE 253 September 10 SE 254 September 11 SE 255 September 12 SE 256
September 13 SE 257 September 14 SE 258 September 15 SE 259 September 16 SE 260
September 17 SE 261 September 18 SE 262 September 19 SE 263 September 20 SE 264
September 21 SE 265 September 22 SE 266 September 23 SE 267 September 24 SE 268
September 25 SE 269 September 26 SE 270 September 27 SE 271 September 28 SE 272
September 29 SE 273 September 30 SE 274 October 1 SE 275 October 2 SE 276


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+ I love doing these web pages and blogs. I like to call it JOYFUL WANDERING on behalf of THE NEW FAITH FOR THE NEW EARTH which I previously called "The New Church for the New Age."

Here you will find hundreds of links and quotes and ideas promoting spiritual practices, peace and justice, sustainable abundance and compassion. If you want a far more organized website for spiritual practices and those other things I just mentioned, then please go to the best website in the universe, Spirituality and Practice, created and constantly updated by my friends Mary Ann and Frederic Brussat. The movie reviews alone are worth making it one of your favorite places, maybe even your homepage. Uplifting online courses are offered frequently at very reasonable prices. There is almost always one going on, maybe 2 or 3. GO!

+ Another website I highly recommend is Spiritual Paths, which focuses on the new movement of InterSpirituality. Ed Bastian offers a seven-step process for InterSpiritual meditation which has become a powerful way for people of different religions or no religion to find common ground. He also offers a tool for discerning which spiritual styles and spiritual questions come naturally to you and which you might need to work on.

+ For years, I have focused on the TWELVE SPIRITUAL PRACTICES below. Click on any practice for more information. The idea of connecting these practices with the paths of Mind, Heart, Body and Soul came to me recently as I read THE SEEKER'S GUIDE: MAKING YOUR LIFE A SPIRITUAL ADVENTURE by Elizabeth Lesser, a truly amazing book. She uses these four categories which she calls Landscapes. She offers many practices for each of the landscapes.


STAGE ONE: THE JOURNEY OF THE MIND STAGE TWO: THE JOURNEY OF THE HEART STAGE THREE: THE JOURNEY OF THE BODY STAGE FOUR: THE JOURNEY OF THE SOUL
STILLNESS SILENCE SOLITUDE SIMPLICITY
DETACHMENT DISCERNMENT DEVOTION DELIGHT
HUMILITY HEALING HOLINESS HEAVENLINESS

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IN MEMORY OF ANDREW JOSEPH WILDE 1977-1994

+ Breathe deeply. Breathe fully.
Be still. Be silent.
Be centered. Be grounded.
Lighten up. Loosen up.
Let go. Let God.
Celebrate. Enjoy.
Be glad all over!

+ We are
intimately,
intricately,
infinitely
connected
by a matrix of
unconditional,
unlimited,
uniting
LOVE
which is
miraculous,
mysterious and
marvelous.


+ NOVEMBER 12, 2009 was the day that The Charter for Compassion was unveiled.
You can read it and hopefully decide to affirm it at CharterforCompassion.org. As 2012 began, there were over 80,000 signatures.

+ Spirituality and Practice offers greatly expanded and abundant resources on the practice of compassion


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+ Isaiah 42:1-9 + 1 Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. 2 He will not cry or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; 3 a bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice. 4 He will not grow faint or be crushed until he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his teaching. 5 Thus says God, the LORD, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people upon it and spirit to those who walk in it: 6 I am the LORD, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations, 7 to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness. 8 I am the LORD, that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to idols. 9 See, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth, I tell you of them.


+ Excessive thinking
Weakens the will.
The more you know,
The more your mind
Is confused.
A confused mind gives
Rise to vexation.
The weakened will obstructs the Tao.
- Shih Wang Ming (6th century)


+ "You do not need to do anything; you do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. You do not even need to listen; just wait. You do not even need to wait; just become still, quiet and solitary and the world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked. It has no choice. It will roll in ecstasy at your feet." -- Franz Kafka


+ "To be nobody-but-yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else -- means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting" -- ee cummings


+ "The spirit of liberty is the spirit of not being too sure you are right." -- Learned Hand


+ Read Epiphany: Gift of Light by Metta Zetty. She describes a spontaneous experience of awakening into awareness. She begins: "On the morning of February 5, 1997, my life was changed, at a deep and fundamental level, by a completely unexpected and inexplicable experience." | Read her description



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