Temenos Journal II

October 4, 2014

Surrendering Judgment

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Surrendering Judgment

by Paul Ferrini

One of the most important spiritual practices
is to let things be as they are without interpretation,
without embellishment, without judgment.
That immediately gives the ego a coronary.

Imagine telling the ego it cannot judge, compare, interpret?
What then is it going to do?
It doesn’t really know how to do anything else.

As soon as we try to tell the ego not to judge
a whole new layer of judgment comes up.
But that’s why the process is so rich.

From Everyday Wisdom by Paul Ferrini
www.paulferrini.com
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Surrendering Judgment

Surrendering Judgment

by Paul Ferrini

One of the most important spiritual practices
is to let things be as they are without interpretation,
without embellishment, without judgment.
That immediately gives the ego a coronary.

Imagine telling the ego it cannot judge, compare, interpret?
What then is it going to do?
It doesn’t really know how to do anything else.

As soon as we try to tell the ego not to judge
a whole new layer of judgment comes up.
But that’s why the process is so rich.

From Everyday Wisdom by Paul Ferrini
www.paulferrini.com

March 6, 2014

Open Your Heart

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Have you ever had the experience of getting to know someone better after they had died? That’s happened to me a couple of times.

The first time was when someone I hardly knew suddenly passed away. He was a friend of a friend and I had only met him one time, but we seemed to have an immediate connection. The day after he died, I was daydreaming… doing some kind of chore in the kitchen when I sensed the presence of this new acquaintance. He was like hanging out with me, cross-legged on my kitchen counter, He had a warm and gentle presence, but powerful. He wanted me to tell our mutual friend that it wasn’t our friend’s fault. I asked him, “Why me? Why don’t you tell him yourself?” and he answered that our friend would not believe it was really him. He wanted me to tell our friend that it was okay… it wasn’t his fault. Of course I did the best I could to communicate that to my living friend.

My new deceased friend stayed connected to me for a while. He taught me a lot about continuing a connection and a friendship from the “other” side… and to even grow in love and understanding. He faded away from my conscious awareness after our mutual friend finally got his message about forgiving himself (or was it me?).

Losing a loved one… whether through death, divorce, estrangement…. is inevitable. We are going to be physically separated sooner or later. We are going to endure heartbreaking disconnects and estrangements. But we never lose our heart connections. And reconciliation and reunion are inevitable in the long run.

The best song I’ve ever heard about cherishing the love connection even beyond death is the theme from the movie “My Heart Will Go On” by James Horner. I had to rehearse that song about 50 times before I could sing it in public without crying… that’s how it touches my heart because it recognizes the truth – “My heart will go on and on…”

Yes, we can stay connected to loved ones by keeping our hearts open in expectation of the miracle. We can open our hearts wherever we are….

Open Your Heart  

by Genie Webster
 






I had a mama… and when we laid her down to rest,
I went wandering around, looking for her, I guess.
Then I heard a whisper. She said, “Honey, whatcha looking for?
I’ve been here all along… knocking at your door. 
You can…

Open Your Heart… wherever you are.
Love’s the same though we have changed,
And we’re together though apart.
Open Your Heart.

I had a vision… where all my dreams had come true.
We were all for One and One for All with You.
Keep on believing… that the best is yet to come.
And walk hand in hand with a Heart that carries on.
You can…

Open Your Heart… wherever you are.
Love’s the same though we have changed,
And we’re together though apart.
Open Your Heart.

Now I’ll be leaving… I’m leaving friends and family,
The home I love, my whole life history.
But I’m not grieving… ‘cause I’ll never be far away
I’m connected to the hearts of the ones who’ve heard me say…
You can…

Open Your Heart… wherever you are.
Love’s the same though we have changed,
And we’re together though apart.
Open Your Heart… wherever you are.
Love’s the same though we have changed,
And we’re together though apart.
Open Your Heart!

See the music video here.

(c) copyright 2013 Genie Webster

February 18, 2013

Out of the Matrix

neo

I took the weekend intensive “Out of the Matrix” workshop because I was pulled intuitively to do it, and my friends at Unity Center all encouraged me to attend. It’s something most everyone does around there.

There is so much to write about and I will… It’s all still processing and unfolding. Let’s just say that nothing has upset me since that weekend. Nothing has even irritated me. Plus I’m energetic and motivated to do good productive stuff. My happiness has been amplified and so far it’s sticking.

So many stories and so much good news….

It all starts with the movie “The Matrix.” Watching the movie is highly recommended for students because there are a lot of teaching gems in the movie (in between the creative action scenes!). Also, a lot of characters from the movie are used for teaching purposes.

So two nights before the workshop I finally put the DVD in the player and I lasted about an hour before I fell asleep (typical, I’m afraid). I finished watching the movie the next day, the day before the workshop… so it was fresh in my mind as I headed to the workshop.

The hero of the movie is the Keanu Reeves character named Neo. For some reason, the Neo character in the movie reminded me a lot of one of my new friends at Unity, and I knew he was one of the teachers in the Out of the Matrix workshop.

As I was driving to the workshop, I found myself daydreaming about Neo in the movie, who morphed into his human counterpart at my church (I have a vivid imagination!)… and so I started sort of wishing that I would get lucky enough to be paired up with this Neo-type guy as my “mentor” (coach in the program). Of course, once I arrived at the workshop, I snapped out of my fantasy and buckled down to… reality. 🙂

You can imagine the wide-eyed, ear-to-ear grin I must have had when the earthly Neo approached me and introduced himself as my mentor!

All I could say was, “For the whole weekend?”

That was only the beginning…

I recommend this workshop to everyone who’s ready to get out of their own way and be consistently happy already:

http://www.outofthematrix.org/

February 14, 2013

Confucius Say II…

Filed under: A Course in Miracles,Forgiveness,Spiritual Activism,Temenos Journal — by Genie Webster @ 3:26 pm
Confucius Purple Heart

“To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.” – Confucius

February 13, 2013

Confucius Say…

Confucius Heart

“If you look into your heart and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear?” -Confucius

January 23, 2013

New Year, Start Again

new beginning

There’s something about graduating to cronehood that really lit a fire under me to just take over myself. Something has come over me. Is this the menopause power surge I’ve heard about? I’ll take it! I’ve taken over my life and I’ve made some resolutions which have been pretty easy to keep so far.

I have resolved to…

1. Continue to reach out to my disconnected loved ones, without expectations. Reconciliation is inevitable… sooner or later… in every relationship without exception.

2. Keep writing. So far, so good.

3. Do not over-commit your time. Schedule time so you can recharge your batteries. Make that recharge-time your top priority… only to be trumped by family emergencies, mandatory work, or (in my case) a chance for spontaneous romance 😉 Seriously, I’m doing much better at knowing my limits so far this year, accepting that I’m not willing to burn the candles at both ends anymore. That’s for younger people.

4. Do not overspend. Save a cushion for unexpected trips to the vet. Or new tires. (I haven’t done so well on this one but at least I have new tires and a washer & dryer at last!). But… must now pull in the reins since Sweetie Pie is going to need a tooth extracted ($$$).

5. Drink more water. 

6. Attend ACIM study group weekly. I had been so faithful to my weekly Study Group in Reno for eight or so years… Then I lapsed for a year when I got to Cleveland and got all involved with Unity Center’s choir and music. I could do one or the other, not both. I chose choir because that was where I was needed. Now, since the New Year, I’ve been back on course with the Course and I’m staying on course because I’m resolved to do it. It helps me think more like God. Which brings me to Resolution #7.

7. Think more like God. 

December 3, 2012

Advanced Forgiveness Lesson

Be assured that if you knew all, you would pardon all.

~Thomas A. Kempis

Thomas A. Kempis

Thomas A. Kempis

Holding on to a grievance is always a mistake… because there’s always part of the story that you do not know. Only God knows the whole story.

‎”No one can judge on partial evidence. That is not judgment. It is merely an opinion based on ignorance and doubt. Its seeming certainty is but a cloak for the uncertainty it would conceal. It needs irrational defense because it is irrational. And its defense seems strong, convincing, and without a doubt because of all the doubting underneath.”

~ Lesson 152, A Course in Miracles