“Taking the Time for You”
December 4, 2011 — Holidays sweep us away with schedules of parties and time spent with family and friends. Gift-giving celebrations require preparation, shopping, and sometimes cooking and baking. Preparing the home for guests, cleaning and decorating, add to the excitement, and sometimes, exhaustion, of the holidays.
After the excitement and joy of the season, regardless of the holiday celebrated, there is often a period of serious reflection. The decorations are put away; we’re back to our regular eating and sleeping patterns; and life has returned to “normal”, whatever that may be for each of us. It is now the time for reflection and re-examination of our lives. Are we where we want to be in our lives? What do we want to change? What steps do we want to take to recapture our dreams? Do we even remember our dreams?
I’ve had a vision of the Institute for many years. I’ll call that dream, the “Empowerment Center.” I see a building with an area for reading and reflection. I picture a Meditation Center where people of all faiths can come and seek answers in the stillness. I picture a library of resources to help make positive life changes. I see written curricula to help one prepare for, and take steps toward, new insight and understanding.
I see myself leading Meditations and teaching spiritual empowerment. I see beautiful inspirational grounds for walking in the beauty of nature. I see the the “Empowerment Center” as the backdrop for deep inspiration and positive change.
I see ambassadors of our programs bringing others in for spiritual growth and experience. I see that whatever religious path or belief has brought you to this place, you are now ready to move from faith, to profound experience. Whether you are a religious leader, or follower, you will be moved toward more clarity and deeper commitment.
I see a large area devoted to setting the conditions for people of a variety of backgrounds and perspectives to come to be part of a think tank to develop blueprints to address social needs. I see them taking those blueprints, or maps, they have created back to their jobs and communities, committed to making the designated changes they have chosen together. I see people participating in our Select Empowerment Seminar Model to address many kinds of issues relative to Leadership and improving our communities.
I see people finding answers, and empowering their spiritual lives with unimagined fullness. I see people finding new direction that calms the restlessness they have been experiencing.
I see people grateful not to need to denigrate their religions, but able to see that all religions bring us to a point of faith, from which we can take the next step: the step of spiritual experience and empowerment.
I see people coming to the realization that spiritual empowerment is the first step in all true empowerment. I dream of people finding their true spiritual paths and the fulfillment that comes with following it.
Many people create paths and believe it is their spiritual path. Your true spiritual path cannot be created; it can only be revealed to you as you take each step.
A spiritual path is the opposite of a strategic plan. In a strategic plan you begin with the end in mind and develop the strategies for attainment. In a true spiritual path, you take a step, and wait for the next step to be revealed.
We have been given the vision for the “Empowerment Center” and we will take the next step to attain it as each step is revealed to us. Your participation is critical as we move forward.
Be well. And join us in our initial Empowerment Center in Niskayuna, NY, this year. Details will follow.
This Meditation is dedicated to the realization of our dreams as the next steps are revealed to us.
Sue Kidd Shipe, Ph.D.
With this International Peace Meditation we have completed 15 years of continuous meditation.
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