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Before I go to much into anything spiritual- I need to say that I’ve come to a place in my life where I’m very content with my thoughts and ideas regarding spirituality and the purpose it serves in my life. My spirituality has grown and sort of evolved over the last 5-10 years of my life. The last few years I’ve chosen to explore my own spirituality and feel I’m beginning to establish a foundation for what I feel is true for me. That being said, I firmly believe we all have the right to our own beliefs. I have found things that speak to me from many different religions, ideas, thoughts and philosophies (not to mention a few Dr. Seuss books). Regardless of my opinions (which I have plenty, but have learned when to keep them to myself), I live by the philosophy of ‘To each his own”.

To continue on this idea, I just finished reading another one of Dr. Brian Weiss’ books, “Messages From The Masters”. Another excellent book by the way, in case you haven’t read it. I have quite a few things I want to share in my regular postings, but loved what he did with the first Appendix in the book. Towards the end of this book he talks about how beneficial it would be if we could focus on the similarities among different religions, as opposed to the differences. This first Appendix lists many shared spiritual values, so I thought I’d list some of them here.

The following shared spiritual values were under the heading for Forgiveness

Buddishm: Never is hate diminished by hatred. It is only diminished by love– This is an eternal law.

Christianity: For if you forgive others the wrongs they have done, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, then the wrongs you have done will not be forgiven by your Father….”Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.”

Hinduism: The noble-minded dedicate themselves to the promotion of peace and the happiness of others–even those who injure them.

Islam: Forgive thy servant seventy times a day.

Judaism: The most beautiful thing a man can do is to forgive wrong.

These shared spiritual values came from the book, Oneness:Great Principles Share by All Religions, by Jeffrey Moses.

Spiritual February 18, 2008

LouiseHay, Totality of Possibilities 2/21/08

I went to have lunch with a friend yesterday who lives about an hour or so away, which is never a big deal for me because I love the time to myself in the car so I can listen to an audio book. So, I thought I’d listen to someone I hadn’t listened to before, but had heard a lot about. Louise Hay is the founder of Hay House publishing and the author of the best seller, ‘You Can Heal Your Life’. I have read and listened to a lot of the authors she has published, but never her own work. So, I listened to ‘The Totality of Possibility’. I just saw her on Oprah last week (it was another follow up to ‘The Secret’ and she was on with Martha Beck and Cheryl Richardson. She’s one of those types of people who when she speaks you instantly feel like you could just sit and have coffee with her. Anyways…..she’s also pretty funny. One of the things she said in this audio was in regards to believing in a power higher than yourself. What she actually said was “Well, if you think you are all there is…..of course you’re going to be afraid!”. The audio was recorded from a live presentation and the audience instantly started laughing when she said this. I also started cracking up in my car.

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