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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Sunday, November 15, 2009

God and Love.

A short selection of videos about God and Love, starting with
Mother Teresa.



"For I was hungry, and you gave Me bread."


Ram Dass: Profound Truth.



"If you want to become enlightened, serve people."


Gandhi: One World.



"For God to be God He must rule the heart and transform it."

Love Is The Question music video.



"Love is the key."

We tend to over-complicate many things in life, but the basic Truth is simple: Love unconditionally and you will find the one True Life!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Christian Meditation Series with Fr. Bede Griffiths


Bede Griffiths

Shantivanam | MySpace Video




Bede Griffiths

Shantivanam | MySpace Video




Bede Griffiths

Shantivanam | MySpace Video


Fr. Bede Griffiths was a man who saw to the heart of all the major world religions. As a young man he began his journey of faith in the Church of England, then became a Catholic Benedictine Monk. From there he was invited to India where he studied Hinduism and Buddhism. He saw to the core of all these points of view and saw the commonalities in all. In the above video series from Shantivanam Fr. Bede does an excellent job of showing the commonalities between the teachings of Jesus and the teachings of Buddha, and how Christians and Buddhists can learn from one another.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Friday, October 23, 2009

The Life of Father Bede Griffiths



Bede Griffiths was a monk, a man in whom there was no guile, and was last to see the guile that may have been in any other. This monk with a universal heart was an icon of integrity and guilelessness. As John Henry Cardinal Newman once described them, Bede was one of those: who live in a way least thought of by others, the way chosen by our Savior, to make headway against all the power and wisdom of the world. It is a difficult and rare virtue, to mean what we say, to love without deceit, to think no evil, to bear no grudge, to be free from selfishness, to be innocent and straightforward... simple-hearted. They take everything in good part which happens to them, and make the best of everyone. (homily, Feast of St. Bartholomew)Such was Father Bede Griffiths, Swami Dayananda, who died May 13, 1993, barefooted and clothed in the color of the sun, in his thatched hut at Shantivanam in South India.

God As Being And Wisdom. Father Abbott Placid

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Monday, October 12, 2009

World Peace through our Inner Peace

The Teachings



Deep down we are all the same. We are one. Friend and Foe alike. We are all One!

Gandhi On Satyagraha (Truth Force)



From a statement made by Mahatma Gandhi to the Hunter Committee in 1920.

For the past 30 years I have been preaching and practicing Satyagraha. The principles of Satyagraha, as I know it today, constitute a gradual evolution.

Satyagraha differs from Passive Resistance as the North Pole from the South. The later has been conceived as a weapon of the weak and does not exclude the use of force or physical violence for the purpose of gaining one's end, whereas the former has been conceived as a weapon of the strongest and excludes the use of violence in any shape or form.

The term Satyagraha was coined by me in South Africa to express the force that the Indians used there for a full eight years and it was coined in order to distinguish it from the movement then going on in the U.K. and South Africa under the name of Passive Resistance.

It's root meaning is holding on to Truth, hence Truth-Force. I have also called it Love-Force or Soul-Force. In the application of Satyagraha I discovered in the earliest stages that pursuit of Truth did not admit of violence being inflicted on one's opponent but that he must be weaned from error by patience and sympathy. For what appears to be truth to the one may appear to be error to the other. And patience means self-suffering. So the doctrine came to mean the vindication of truth not by infliction of suffering on the opponent, but on one's self (self-sacrifice rather than sacrificing one's opponent).

But on the political field the struggle on behalf of the people consists in opposing error in the shape of unjust laws. When you have failed to bring the error home to the lawgiver by way of petitions and the like, the only remedy open to you, if you do not wish to submitt to error, is to compel him by physical force to yield to you or by suffering in your own person by inviting the penalty for the breach of the law. Hence Satyagraha largely appears to the public as Civil Disobedience or Civil Resistance.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Gandhi: What It Takes To Practice Non-Violence.



By M.K. Gandhi from Harijan, March 25, 1939. (Additional comments in parenthesis are mine.)


The four days' fast set me thinking of the qualifications required in a Satyagrahi (one who practices non-violence). Though they were carefully considered and reduced to writing in 1921 they seem to have been forgotten.

In Satyagraha,(literally 'clinging to truth'. Also Truth Force or Love Force. Most commonly rendered in English as non-violence) it is never the numbers that count; it is always the quality, more so when the forces of violence are uppermost.

Then it is often forgotten that it is never the intention of a Satyagrahi to embarrass the wrong-doer. The appeal is never to his fear; it is, must be, always to his heart. The Satyagrahi's object is to convert, not to coerce, the wrong-doer. He should avoid artificiality in all his doings. He acts naturally and from inward conviction.

Keeping these observations before his mind's eye, the reader will perhaps appreciate the following qualifications which, I hold, are essential for every Satyagrahi in India:

1. He must have a living faith in God, for He is his only Rock.

2. He must believe in truth and non-violence as his creed and therefore have faith in the inherent goodness of human nature which he expects to evoke by his truth and love expressed through his suffering.

3. He must be leading a chaste life and be ready and willing for the sake of his cause to give up his life and his possessions.

4. He must be a habitual khadi-wearer (home made clothing) and spinner (maker of home spun cloth). This is essential for India.

(At the time of this writing India was impoverished by the importation of British made cloth and clothing. Gandhi urged the boycott of these British products).

5. He must be a teetotaller (non-drinker) and be free from the use of other intoxicants in order that his reason may be always unclouded and his mind constant.

6. He must carry out with a willing heart all the rules of discipline as may be laid out from time to time.

7. He should carry out the jail rules unless they are specially devised to hurt his self-respect (Most of Gandhi's followers where subject to arrest for their non-violent activities and protests).

The qualifications are not to be regarded as exhaustive. They are illustrative only.


(Peace, Ralph)




Thursday, October 8, 2009

Tibet: History Of A Tragedy

An historical look at Tibetan culture of the last 70 years, and the repeated attempts of the Chinese to destroy it through lies, deceptions, and genocide.

Tibet: Murder In The Snow

Documentary showing the persecution of unarmed Tibetans attempting a run for freedom in India. This film demonstrates that the "Iron Curtain" is still alive and well in China.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Yoga Of The Heart



Mark Whitwell workshop with theme: Yoga is intimacy with body, breath, and relationship. This video is a companion to the book Yoga of Heart -- The Healing Power of Intimate Connection Lecture, Demonstraion, Question and Answer. Sacred music. heartofyoga.com yogaofheart.com

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

How Can We Know God?

Part 1.


On trying to understand the Infinite Ground of All Being, the Ultimate Reality (a.k.a. God) using finite and limited human minds and expressing this Truth in the limited and finite terms of human speech. The task is impossible! Like trying to pour the ocean into a jar, one can not contain even the notion of God completely in any one set of man-made religious doctrine or dogma, let alone the Reality of God! Only by direct experience of God can we hope to understand God, knowing even as we ourselves are known. How does one attain this experience? Through the practice of Meditation. As the scripture says, "Be still and know that I Am God."

Part 2. Silent Meditation Time.



The sounds of the evening calm after a day of heavy rain. Nature speaks!

Who Or What Is God?

Talks by Anandmurti Gurumaa on Mind, Body and Spirituality



Who or what is God? How does one express the infinite in finite human terms? No words can adequately describe God; God can not be defined in a satisfactory way. The best way to get an understanding of God is through the experience of God through prayer and meditation. The mystics of most all religious traditions tend to agree on this point. God can not be defined, but one can gain a direct experience of the Divine through meditative practice. Who or what is God? The answer can be found within!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Thich Nhat Hanh - The Energy of Prayer



Upon the publication of his book, "The Energy of Prayer", Zen Master the Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh was asked by Publishers Weekly to answer ten questions about prayer and about his teaching. This dharma talk is a response to those questions: "Some Christians -- those who think of God as someone external and powerful and transcendent -- would be surprised to know that Buddhists pray. What would you say to them?”

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Change. Music by Tracy Chapman.



Accepting Change.

Do we really believe in change, even change for the better, for ourselves and others? So many times we hear, "You can't teach an old dog new tricks," or "Once a criminal always a criminal." We have many other similar sayings which we repeat or hear on almost a daily basis. Yet as people who claim to be followers of Love who are called to a life style of Love and Forgiveness, should we not have a different attitude?

I few years ago there was a lady in a church Bible study I once taught who shared with us what her church was doing in its prison ministry. Her church would send out missionaries to a local prison to witness to the inmates and share their experiences of Salvation through Jesus Christ. These missionaries had an open loving attitude towards the inmates, and where very successful in reaching many of the men while incarcerated. Some inmates were so moved by the missionaries that upon their release they would re-settle in that church's general area, and try attending their Sunday services. This is where a problem developed. The church did a wonderful job of preaching the Gospel, as they understood it, to the inmates while they were in prison. But, when the former inmates began to mingle with the church members during the Sunday service, the attitude of the average church member seemed to be that of rejection of the former inmates. "Not in my church!" seemed to be the prevailing attitude! They just could not accept the possibility that these men had changed, and made them feel most unwelcome. As a result, none of the former inmates ever joined the church which was so kind to them while behind bars, but could not accept them in their own community of faith.

Jesus taught a different kind of Gospel. "Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us," and "If you hold your brother bound by his sins, so will your Heavenly Father hold you bound by your sins." Jesus taught radical Love and Forgiveness. Why? Was it just to be nice, or to have people consider Him a lunatic? No. I believe Jesus taught this way because He firmly believed (and more than believed...He knew) in the power of the Transformative Love of God; the power to change for the better. This is the Love which turned prostitutes and thieves into Saints. The Love which turned murderers into followers of Christ. It is the same Love which has the power to transform our world today, if only we shall let it. But if the power to change is to take root, we must accept it into our own lives and allow for the possibility that change can and will come for us and for others. Most seem able to accept the possibility of change for the worst. Now as followers of Love, we must open ourselves up to accept change for the better!

Blessings,

Ralph


The Power To Change Through Practice Of Meditation



No matter if you are 8 or 80, it is never too late. Change your thinking and change your world!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Meditation For Starters. With Swami Kriyananda, 1998.

John Forte - God is Love, God is War



Beautiful song illustrating the point that life is what we make of it. In all things we Co-create with God. If we operate on a daily basis out of Love, we co-create harmony and order. If we operate on a daily basis out of fear and hate, we co-create chaos and destruction. How do we choose to live this day; out of Love or out of fear? The choice is ours.

Where Is The Love? Music by The Black Eyed Peas

Friday, August 28, 2009

The Politics Of Love. A Presentation by Leo Buscaglia



A beautiful presentation from the 1980's by Leo Buscaglia. Known in his hay day as "Dr. Love" and "Dr. Hug" Leo always presented the message of absolute, unconditional Love. Here he presents the same message in simple everyday language using real life examples to illustrate his point: Unconditional Love is possible and very beautiful to behold!!!

Some excepts:

"Be a great Lover, and people will think you are crazy. They thought St. Francis was crazy...They thought Jesus was crazy....They thought Buddha was crazy. Oh God, when will the world be ready for great Saints!"

"To be loving and forgiving you've got to be strong...you have got to have guts!"

"Don't wait for someone else to start the process...start Loving now!"

Thanks Dr. Love. We miss you!

Leo Buscaglia Short Clip on Love and war.



Don't wait to say "I love you."

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Brennan Manning: What It Means To Be Cool In Christ.

Richard Rohr On The Emerging Church and Emerging Conciousness.

The Parable Of The Life Saving Station



Jesus Scholarship



What Did Jesus Really Teach?



The Emerging Church



New Structures



The New Mind



Summary Of The Emerging Church

Friday, August 21, 2009

Inter-Faith Service of Forgiveness and Oneness.

The Bridge Of The Holy Spirit.

"You will know them by their fruits." -Jesus

What is the mark of Salvation? Christians have argued about this for centuries. Some say membership in one church or another, while others maintain that the mark of Salvation is some special ability or gift such as speaking in tongues. In the Gospel Jesus simply states, "You will know them by their fruits."

What fruits could Jesus be talking about? I believe the Apostle Paul hits the nail on the head when he speaks of the fruits of the Holy Spirit; among them being patience, Love, and understanding. I believe that when we see these qualities in another human being we see, in some small way, the Presence of the Holy Spirit. And when we see these qualities in another human being present in a very strong and powerful way, we see the Presence of the Holy Spirit made Manifest!

In the early Christian Church, when people faced hardship and persecution for the name of Christ, even the enemies of Christianity made mention of one fruit in particular, "See how they love one another!" It was this Love which set the Christian apart, a form of Love we have forgotten in the 21st Century. That Love is called in the Gospel Agape, the completely unmerited love of God which is freely given to all and then radiated back out by all who recieve and live in this Love. John wrote of Agape, "God is Love, and those who Love abide in God." This simple rule still holds today. Where ever we see Unconditional Love in action, we see God coming once more into this world. It matters not what a person calls themself, so long as they live by Love. In this Love the Holy Spirit makes known its Presence and God abides uniting all.

In the videos that follow our teachers and musicians speak of Love in the most radical form; the Love of enemies and the power to forgive those who have harmed us. It is a message we do not hear in the world today; not in the media nor even in most churchs. It is, however, a message we very much need to hear today. It challenges us all to live as God intended!

Blessings,
Ralph

Ajahn Brahm of the Buddhist Society of Western Australia. On Forgiveness and True Spirituality.



Peter asked Jesus, "How many times must I forgive my brother when he sins against me, seven times?" Jesus answered him, "Not seven times, but seventy times seven times."


Music by Larry Norman. If God Is My Father.



"This is how you should pray: Our Father in Heaven..." Matthew 6: 9-15


"I See Me In You, And You In Me." Discourse On Inter-Being With Thich Nhat Hanh.




"May all of them be One, Father. Just as You are in Me, and I am in You, may they also be One in Us..." John 17: 21


Music by Crux and Rev. B. Everything Under The Sun.



"Tell me when everyone under the sun will be One."


Meditation In Poetry. Please Call Me By My True Names by Thich Nhat Hanh.




Gospel For Today: Matthew Chapter 25: 31-46
"Whatever you do to the least of these, you do it to Me."


Closing Music. Prayer Of St. Francis. Music by Denis Sorenson.




Denis Sorenson was the Tenor in the "3Ds" a popular singing group of the 60's. He was so impressed by The Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi, that he put the words to music. This was performed at a concert commemorating their 25th aniversary. More can be learned about the 3Ds on the Phoenix Records website: phoenixrecords.org

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Ten Paradoxical Commandments Of Jesus.



Then there are the Three Commandments of Jesus which can be drawn out of the Gospels.

They are:

1) Love God Above all Things.

2) Love your neighbor as yourself.

3) Love your enemies.

These Three Commandments are all contained in the final Commandment Jesus gave to His disciples in the Gospel of John:

"Love One Another As I Have Loved You."

Mahatma Gandhi : God is Life, Truth, Light, Love and The supreme Good




One of the Principal Spiritual Inspirations here at St. Francis Place. Like St. Francis, Gandhi preached a message of Love and lived in simplicity. Through the course of his life he managed to build many bridges between the worlds Great Religions, such as Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. He taught a common Spirituality that could be grasped by all. Much of his message has been lost on the world today. None the less it is a message that needs to be heard, and one we are devoted to spread here at St. Francis Place. Be you Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Jew, Buddhist, Agnostic or Atheist or whatever you chose to call yourself, deep down we are all One, Children of a Common God. Let us live together in Peace as our Heavenly Father/Mother Intends!

Peace,

Ralph & Heydi

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Excuses Be Gone! by Dr. Wayne Dyer



Excuses Be Gone! The New Self-Help Book by Dr. Wayne Dyer. To order simply click on the photo above. Buyers will also be registered to win a trip to Hawaii.

Blessings,

Ralph & Heydi

You and The Other.



God as seen as Being the Presence of Another who is always with us and Whom we can sense in moments of quite and solitude. By Fr. Thomas Keating.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Prayer Of Peace and Wholeness Update




To date the Prayers Of Peace and Wholeness practice here at St Francis Place in Wheatland Mo. have been a success. Even though there have been some tough times over the past few weeks, an atmosphere of Peace has prevailed. One man I work with has calmed down considerably. He has gone from primarily negative in attitude to positive, and has even recieved a job promotion he has been working at for the past several months. My own personal attitude has also improved. I do not worry about things which used to upset me, and no matter how bad things get I can always return to a state of Peace and Calm. So things have been going well by way of cultivating Peace and Wholeness here. And the work goes on!

I still do not have a firm idea of how many people are praying with us. So far only 3 people including myself have joined the online discussion group. But I know from responses recieved on UTube there are more participating with us in an informal fashion. If you would like to participate in a more formal way send an email to me so we can all keep in touch and keep one another informed and encouraged. Working together we can not only work to improve our own lives, but the lives of those around us, and yes...even the world at large. Remember, Peace and Wholeness begin at home, but spread out much further than that!!!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

"I See You In Me, And Me In You" Discourse by Thich Nhat Hanh



Beautiful teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh on the Oneness of all things...Inter-Being.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Towards Understanding In A World Of Difference.

Saw this bumper sticker the other day. A Great little reminder!


An Explaination Of The Symbols is below:


And Another Point of View:


If you want Peace...Work towards Understanding all of God's Children!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Prayer Group Update: Personal Share Of The Week Of Hell. :-)



It has now been two weeks in which I have been involved in the St Francis Place Prayers of Peace and Wholeness prayer effort. Overall things have been going well, in spite of some rough times on the job. Work has been hard with new managers pushing our labor force to the maximum extreme. Due to people calling in sick, and others taking vacation leave, this past week our labor force has been cut in half with the same, or some days double, the work load. These have been the kind of conditions in which tempers flare, and people walk off the job. Yet through it all, calmness has prevailed, and days which started out bad have thus far ended well!

I have been observing the Prayers of Peace and Wholeness twice a day. My first Prayer Time is during my lunch hour at work; the second on the drive home. I have found the practice allows me to return to a state of calmness and God-Centeredness in spite of what the day throws my way. Also I have found it helpful to offer a Prayer of Peace whenever I feel tempted to say a cruel word, or experience thoughts of anger or ill will. The result has been Peacefulness within myself, as well as my co-workers. Even our bosses have shown a greater state of calmness then I would otherwise expect. All in all, in our own life here in Southern Missouri, the practice of this form of Prayer has been a success!

For those new to the Prayers of Peace and Wholeness practice, what we do is spend time each day focusing on feelings of Peace and Wholeness, feeling them as already present within our lives no matter what our circumstances, manifesting them within ourselves, and radiating these feelings to others. To that end we pray whenever necessary, as well as at the regular times of 8-9 PM CT (2-3 AM GMT), and 1-2 AM CT (7-8 AM GMT). I have also found that chanting quietly to myself while working has had a tremendously calming effect on myself and others. One of my co-workers, who is unaware of this prayer practice, smiled and bowed to me after I had gone out of my way to do her a favor. While this would not be worth mentioning in a place like India where bowing to one another is common practice, in Southern Missouri this is just about unheard of! Needless to say I will be continuing this practice for some time to come. :-)

If you would like to, please feel free to join us. Our Prayer group is Inter-Faith, and is open to all who wish to grow in Love, Peace, and Wholeness. You may even join us on our Discussion Board, the address of which is posted on the side bar of this site. Looking forward to your participation in this Prayer Fellowship!

Blessings,

Ralph Lindenberger
St Francis Place
Wheatland Mo. USA




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Larry Norman | Only Visiting This Planet (1947 - 2008)

Wayne Dyer: Living The Wisdom Of The Tao

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Blessings,
Ralph

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

St Francis Place Prayer Group Now On Google Groups.


(Planting Meditation Garden at St Francis Place Spring of 2009)

The St. Francis Place Prayer Group now has a Discussion Board running on Google Groups. This should allow those participating to keep in regular communications more easily, and help in coordination of Prayer Group Intentions and Activities. To access the Board, follow the link below:

http://groups.google.com/group/st-francis-place-prayer-group

If not already registered on the Discussion Board, you may register for free using the same link. If anyone has any problems getting on the Board, please let me know, and I can add you directly.

Thanks to all who have informed me of their participation so far. It has been just over a week, and I continue to hear from new people on a daily basis. There is a great need for Peace and Wholeness in our World, and together we can make a difference!

Blessings of Peace Be Upon You,

Ralph & Heydi
St Francis Place
Wheatland Mo. USA




Wayne Dyer - Excuses Begone! Tour 2009

Monday, July 27, 2009

Prayer of Peace, Recovery, and Wholeness.



Tonight and every night at 8 pm CT(2 am GMT for our International Friends) St Francis Place will be hosting a time for Prayers of Peace, Recovery, and Wholeness, and we invite all of our friends in the Internet community to join us. Prayer and Meditation will last from 8 to 9 pm CT (2-3 am GMT), and again at 1-2 am CT (7-8 am GMT) and will focus on the manifestation of Peace and Wholeness in our lives and local communities. During this time our prayers will be directed not in praying for peace and wholeness, but in manifesting peace and wholeness; in being peace and wholeness. Recognizing that peace and wholeness are already in our lives and feeling that peace and wholeness in our hearts, giving thanks for this blessed gift, and projecting it outward into the hearts and lives of our friends, families, and communities. In this way we recognize the gift that God has already given to us, and seek to manifest this gift more fully in ourselves and in the world around us.

If you wish to participate simply drop whatever you are doing between the hours of 8 and 9 pm (2-3 am GMT) or 1-2 am CT (7-8 am GMT)and Pray and Meditate with us, where ever you may be. If you are unable to keep the whole hour, whatever time you can give will be helpful, even if only a few minutes. In God's time only the present moment exists. All other measures of time are simply constructs!

The St. Francis Place Prayer Group now has a Discussion Board running on Google Groups. This should allow those participating to keep in regular communications more easily, and help in coordination of Prayer Group Intentions and Activities. To access the Board, follow the link below:

http://groups.google.com/group/st-francis-place-prayer-group

Registration on the Discussion Board is free, so join up today. The group is Non-Denominational and Inter-Faith; all are truly welcome!


Looking forward to your participation in this time of prayer.

God Bless,

Ralph & Heydi
St Francis Place
Wheatland Mo. USA



Prayers of Peace, Recovery, and Wholeness.



Join us for an hour of prayer every day from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm Central Standard Time. Prayers will be focused on Peace, Recovery, Wholeness, and the Manifestation of Good in our lives and communities. All are welcome to join in!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Gregg Braden Interview.



In this interview Gregg discuses his training in western science, his deep interest in eastern philosophy and the science behind prayer and miracles on the level of quantum physics. Very worth while program!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

New EFT Practice Serving Springfield Mo. A Personal Share.

Good Day Friends,

My name is Ralph Lindenberger, Co-Founder and Director of St. Francis Place and a practitioner of Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). I would like to share some of my family experiences with this simple, natural, and highly effective treatment known as EFT.

When I first heard of EFT, I was hopeful, yet somewhat skeptical. EFT was explained to me as a natural treatment, similar to acupuncture, only without the needles. I was told EFT worked by unblocking the bodies natural flow of energy by tapping along certain "Energy Meridians" on various locations of the body. I was familiar with the practice of Acupuncture, and being a practitioner of Meditation, I was familiar with the concept of Energy Meridians. Yet the practice of EFT sounded so simple, gentle, and non-invasive, I doubted if it could truly be as effective as proponents claimed. Still I decided to give it a try.

My first challenge for the use of EFT involved an emotional problem. Deep down for many years I have had a fear of failure. No matter what I did, or how confident I would appear on the outside, I always expected the worst to happen when embarking on a new project. I knew I needed to boost self-confidence, so I used the tapping technique on my fear of failure. After one session, I felt better with a boost of self confidence, and figured the process had been a success, at least on a superficial level. But the real test came, unexpectedly, the next day during a conversation with my parents. My wife and I had gone through a highly emotional trauma involving certain people involved in our previous employment. For the past couple of years I had felt a deep resentment of our treatment by these people at that time. My parents are still involved with these parties, and sometimes bring them up in general conversation. Usually, when that happens, my emotional state goes through the roof. I go on a what I have called a "resentment trip" for the rest of the day, stewing and simmering over the past. But, when my parents brought up these people after my EFT treatment for fear of failure, I unexpectedly found my self calm, cool and collected both during this conversation, and after! After a couple of years stewing over this past resentment, I found myself suddenly free of this negative emotional burden. I figured the result was "psychological" in nature, but at least it worked, both for self confidence and the related resentment issue!

Our next experiment with EFT involved our family dog. She has been very much afraid of thunder and lightening storms, and every time one moves through she is a wreck. If a storm comes through at night time, none of us get any sleep. After studying the procedure my wife put our dog through a session of the EFT tapping technique. Since then we have had thunder and lightening storms every other day, and she has been fine through them all. No fears, no trembling, no making messes on the carpet. This showed me EFT worked on more than just a psychological level, as there was no way our dog could be convinced psychologically as to the perceived benefits of EFT. She is a smart little dog, but not that smart!

Next I tried EFT on a case of poison ivy. I applied EFT to the problem, just as the rash was starting to blister. Later that day, instead of blistering further, the rash dried up and disappeared! After this, I was convinced!

How does EFT work? In a nutshell, EFT works by unblocking the flow of energy throughout the body. Just as proper blood flow is needed through the arterial system to maintain good health and wholeness, so too proper energy flow is needed throughout the bodys nervous system for emotional and physical health. If the energy flow is blocked, negative emotional states can arise: anger, depression, shame, and the like. If these emotional states are not addressed they may well manifest themselves as physical ailments: headaches, nausea, even arthritis and cancers can result. EFT unblocks the flow of energy by tapping along key points of the bodies Energy Meridians. This is often done in only a few sessions. The result is freedom from the negative emotional state, followed in many cases by relief from the accompanying physical ailments. Aches and pains are reduced, or disappear completely. And it works on man, woman, or beast alike!

Are there limits to EFT? Yes there are. EFT does not work on maladies that are purely physical in nature such as broken bones and gun shoot wounds. But, even in these cases, it can be used to speed healing after conventional medical treatment has been applied. EFT is not intended to be used as a replacement for standard medical treatment, but as a healing aid that can be used to boost the effectiveness of medical treatment, or treat cases where standard medical techniques have failed. Any illnesses that are created by negative emotional states can be addressed using EFT. These illnesses include, but are not limited to:

...Addictions,
...Allergies,
...Migraine Headaches,
...Nausea,
...Sexual Dysfunction,
...Low Self Esteem,
...Weight Lose,
...Trauma,
...Blood Pressure Problems,
...Fears and Phobias,

The list goes on...

EFT has been endorsed by such recognized doctors as Deepak Chopra and Eric Robins. And since it's discovery in the 1980's it has been used to help thousands. We are using it to help us...maybe it can be used to help you as well!

God Bless,

Ralph

"Some day the medical profession will wake up and realize that unresolved emotional issues are the main cause of 85% of all illnesses. When they do, EFT will be one of their primary healing tools...as it is for me." -Eric Robins, MD

"EFT offers great healing benefits" -Deepak Chopra, MD

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The Rivals of Jesus

Who Killed Jesus?

Or: The Gospel According To Dr. Who with Christopher Eccleston.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Prayer Melody

Prayers from Buddhist and Catholic Traditions, along with simple chanting. Peace to all!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Rabbit Day With Heydi.



Wild Rabbits eating from our garden.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

St Francis Place Update 4/20/2009

Ralph and Heydi From St Francis Place

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Does Life Suck?

Ajahn Brahm Deals With The Second Immortal Question :-)
And the First Noble Truth.



Top Three Ultimate Questions:

1. What is the meaning of life?

2. Does life suck?

3. Why?



The Four Noble Truths:

1. Life is suffering.

2. Suffering is caused by attachment.

3. There is an end to suffering.

4. The end of suffering is found on the Noble Eightfold path.


The Noble Eightfold Path:
Consists of...

1. Right View.

2. Right Thought.

3. Right Speech.

4. Right Action.

5. Right Livelihood.

6. Right Effort.

7. Right Mindfulness.

8. Right Concentration.

Thich Nhat Hanh - To Touch Life, Come Home to Yourself

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Did Jesus Meditate? Part 1 of 2.



Among Christians there are a wide variety of opinions concerning meditation. Some see it as beneficial and practice the art daily. Others see meditation as "the work of the devil", and avoid it like the plauge (swine flu?). What would Jesus say about the practice of meditation? Even more closely to the point; what would Jesus do? Did Jesus meditate?

Meditation would have been no stranger to Jesus of Nazareth. Meditation is mentioned several times in the Old Testament. It is also known that there were Buddhist missionaries in Palestine during the time of Jesus, so He would have been familiar with their practices as well. If we look deeply at the teachings of Jesus contained in the Sermon On The Mount, I believe we find evidence that Jesus did in fact meditate, and taught His disciples to do likewise. In His teaching on Prayer Jesus taught...

"And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you, they have recieved their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room and close the door and pray to your Father who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask."

Matthew 6: 5-8

In the above passage from Matthew, Jesus teaches his followers to pray in solitude, using as few words as possible. Short and sweet seems to be what Jesus teaches concerning prayer. Yet many times in the Gospel accounts Jesus is said to spend an entire night in prayer before making a major ministerial move. Jesus is said to rise from sleep hours before his other disciples so he could go into a quite place to pray. Jesus is even said to have gone into the desert for 40 days and 40 nights to fast and pray. If Jesus believed in keeping spoken prayers short, what would He be doing for hours on end, or even days on end, praying in the wilderness? I believe He was spending time listening to God, being with God. In short, Jesus meditated.

In the short excerpt below from The Lost Gospel of Q, Marcus Borg seems to agree. What Jesus was doing for hours on end in solitude was what we today would call meditation. (See Did Jesus Meditate? Q9. Editors Note) For me it makes perfect sense. What do you think?

Blessings,

Ralph L.

Did Jesus Meditate? Q9




"Q9. Around this time Jesus went out into the hills seeking solitude and spent the entire night in prayer. At daybreak, he came down with his disciples. A great crowd of people from all parts of Judea, Jerusalem and the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon had come to hear him and be cured of their diseases. Fixing his eyes on his disciples he began to speak: "Fortunate are you who are poor, for yours is the realm of God."


Editor's Note: "Prayer" in ancient Palestine usually meant the recitation of long set prayers often proclaimed aloud and in public. In retreating to the hills for long hours of solitude, Jesus was probably engaged in what today we would call Meditation."

From the book The Lost Gospel Q: The Original Sayings of Jesus. Marcus Borg PHD, Consulting Editor. Ulysses Press. Berkeley Ca. 1996.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

The 10 Paradoxical Commandments of Jesus



From the book Jesus Did It Anyway by Kent M. Keith.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Be Love

Quote of The Day...

People who have taught themselves to give on all levels have discovered a critical ingredient to living. -Deepack Chopra on Twitter

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

From: "The Monk And The Rabbi."

The Monk and the Rabbi - Mysticism & the Peak Experience

Friday, May 1, 2009

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Sunday, April 5, 2009

The Metta Sutta in English



Metta Sutta, translated by Amaravati Sangha

This is what should be done
By one who is skilled in goodness,
And who knows the path of peace:
Let them be able and upright,
Straightforward and gentle in speech,
Humble and not conceited,
Contented and easily satisfied,
Unburdened with duties and frugal in their ways.
Peaceful and calm and wise and skillful,
Not proud or demanding in nature.
Let them not do the slightest thing
That the wise would later reprove.
Wishing: In gladness and in safety,
May all beings be at ease.
Whatever living beings there may be;
Whether they are weak or strong, omitting none,
The great or the mighty, medium, short or small,
The seen and the unseen,
Those living near and far away,
Those born and to-be-born —
May all beings be at ease!

Let none deceive another,
Or despise any being in any state.
Let none through anger or ill-will
Wish harm upon another.
Even as a mother protects with her life
Her child, her only child,
So with a boundless heart
Should one cherish all living beings;
Radiating kindness over the entire world:
Spreading upwards to the skies,
And downwards to the depths;
Outwards and unbounded,
Freed from hatred and ill-will.
Whether standing or walking, seated or lying down
Free from drowsiness,
One should sustain this recollection.
This is said to be the sublime abiding.
By not holding to fixed views,
The pure-hearted one, having clarity of vision,
Being freed from all sense desires,
Is not born again into this world

Friday, March 20, 2009

Is Christianity A Western Religion?

From uctelevision

Is Christianity A Western Religion? Short Answer: "NO!"

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Deepak Chopra, Robert Thurman: God and Buddha - a dialogue

Deepak Chopra and Robert Thurman lecture in New York, 2000

Monday, March 2, 2009

The Mystic Heart - Part 1- The Supreme Identity



In this dialogue series, Brother Wayne Teasdale and Ken Wilber discuss the advent of an integral mysticism in the postmodern world. Reflecting on their own spiritual experiences, the relation of science to spirituality, the lives of the great inter-spiritual pioneers, and how youth culture is revitalizing the mystical traditions, Brother Wayne and Ken show how an integral perspective can bring the revelations of mysticism into everyday life. In so doing, we learn to give fullest expression—as parents and professionals, students and seekers—to the Mystic Heart in each of us.

If, as historian Arnold Toynbee put it, the introduction of Buddhism into the West "may well prove to be the most important event of the 20th century," we might also argue that the re-discovery of the contemplative roots of Christianity will be equally important. And as we enter the 21st century, it stands to reason that the recognition of a common mystical ground between Buddhism, Christianity, and the other World Religions will be the most important event of all.