• 144th International Peace Meditation “Living in a Sea of Consciousness”

    “Living in a Sea of Consciousness”

    December 7, 2008 Completing 12 years of continuous monthly Meditations–

    You are not alone. You and I are a part of all that is, has been, and will be. We are connected through a vast web of consciousness that influences our lives and decisions.

    Suppose that you and I were actually alone in the universe. Probably we would seek for one another, as humans don’t like being alone. We might find one another, and in the course of this discovery, find our Self. Our Self is who we each are in its purest form.

    As humans, we tend to define ourselves as part of a family, neighborhood, town or city, state, and country. This is how we view ourselves as we function day to day. We marry, or choose a significant other. We procreate, or don’t. We stay close with family, or we become distanced. We work in our communities, or, generally, one nearby. We travel, but maintain a home base. In other words, we live, work, procreate, and die within the narrow confines described.

    What if it were not so? What if you and I, alone in the universe, sought to find one another without even knowing of the other’s existence? What if events moved us independently toward one another so that at some point we met, or connected? Imagine the meeting–cautious, but celebratory. Strange, but with a sense of coming home.

    Perhaps that is a small slice of what we call consciousness. We each know that we are human. By our very nature, we seek connection. And when we meet certain individuals during our life-span, we have a sense of “coming home.” While this meeting may defy our understanding and our attempts to construct meaning, we both recognize that something powerful has occurred. In spirituality, we call this, “Recognition.”

    What about the other relationships with which we function day to day? Some relationships may be with those with whom we are related. Some may be with colleagues. With some, we may do volunteer work in service to others. However, even though we may have relationships that are a result of family, work, or society, we may not feel a sense of deep connection. We would not share intimacies. Often these relationships end when one moves, or simply moves one’s life in another direction. In these relationships, we come together for a purpose, and when that purpose is complete, we each move in another direction.

    At another level are relationships that may become separate, or even hostile. Many times these relationships were created out of a sense of purpose, or doing something together. When that purpose is complete, the need for separation to continue onto other pathways may not be recognized. On a personal level, one, or both, may want the relationship to continue, but it is not designed to continue. If the participants in the relationship do not recognize this, at the energy level there will be movement. That movement may manifest on the personality level as hostility, and the two will separate. It is not due to changes in affection, but changes in direction. Thus the relationship is interrupted so that each may continue on his or her designated spiritual path.

    We are all connected. As human beings, we are connected in a sea of consciousness. Many have devoted their lives to prayer and contemplation so that this sea of consciousness might rise to a higher level, thus raising all within it. Yet, connection does not mean participation. Within each life there are lessons to be learned, and contributions to be made. This is the purpose of the spiritual journey, and the evolution of the soul.

    Therefore, hold loosely to all relationships. Connect deeply with those with whom you discover your sense of “home” as these are your true life partners. Wish no one ill, and strive to elevate human consciousness through positive thought and action.

    This Meditation is dedicated to all those on a conscious spiritual journey which will take them to previously unknown reservoirs of the mind.

     

    “Reflection”
    Every day

    I breathe in the thoughts of the universe
    Feeling the pain
    Hearing the cries
    Sensing the fear
    Seeking the peace
    And every day

    I breathe into the universe
    Prayers for caring
    Release from pain
    Hope for consciousness
    Gratitude for being
    Every day

    The universe contracts and expands
    on screams of children, on acts of love
    on threats of violence, and hope for peace
    on raging anger, and gentle joys of compassion
    Every day

    Our consciousness rises
    on love and kindness
    And contracts
    on violence and pain
    Only by living peacefully
    can we have hope
    for the world

    Sue Kidd Shipe, Ph.D.
    Executive Director

    Please join us in prayer/meditation during the 24 hours of Sunday, November 2, and again the first Sunday of every month. The International Institute for Human Empowerment, Inc. is completing our 12th year of continuous International Peace Meditations. Forward our Meditation to all in your address book; make copies for your religious and spiritual brochures and bulletins.

    Important Dates to Remember:

    January 18, 2008; 2:00 p.m.
    Rev. Martin Luther King March and Commemorative Program
    Schenectady County Human Rights Commission
    Schenectady, New York
    For more information, call Michelle at 518.377.2982

    September 11, Annually     International Unity Day

    Please join us in this essential annual commemoration. You can find out more by going to www.humanempowerment.org and selecting the globe.

    The International Peace Meditation invites people of all faiths to participate. The International Institute For Human Empowerment, Inc., a 501C3 charity registered in New York State, is not a member of any religion in order that it may serve all.

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    Sue Kidd Shipe, Executive Director
    International Institute For Human Empowerment, Inc.
    P. O. Box 3920
    Albany, New York  12203   USA
    (518) 393-9491
    sueshipe@humanempowerment.org
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