A Joyful Noise!

Editor: Rev. Doti Boon

http://safedoti@aol.com

Vol. 9 pg. 44 (11-4-10)

AFFIRMATION

God’s wisdom transforms me into the being I truly am.

 

Having courage to allow the Divine Into Your Experience

          To have a meaning-full and spirit-full experience while performing rituals or saying prayers, we must have the courage to let the Divine Presence into our experience. In our wish to become one with God, we send out the invitation, set the table, place food on the plates, but are afraid to actually open the door and allow the Spirit of the Universe to enter. Opening the door to allow our holy guest requires courage – which we often lack.

          Many of us are afraid to open the door when God arrives! The fact of the matter is that fear prevents most of us from actually having that transformational spiritual experience we say we want most!

          We are afraid of the experience of the Divine itself, of how much such an experience might change us. We are afraid of God. We are afraid of ourselves. For if we are created in the image of God, meeting God can be likened to meeting ourselves – REALLY MEETING OUR GOD SELVES – for the first time. That can be scary, since we are not who we think we are. We are not merely physical beings but rather spiritual beings having a physical experience.

          When we let the Divine Presence enter our lives and our experience, we complete ourselves. We allow our missing part to return. We feel complete. The Hebrew word for this is shalom, which means “completion” but often is translated as “peace” instead.

          When we are completed through conscious connection with the Divine – we are transformed into being One With God: that position that we have forgotten during our stay here on the physical plane.

          Allow yourself to feel, to sense God. Allow yourself to really experience what it means to have transformed an empty ritual or prayer into a meaning-full and spirit-full one. Allow yourself to transform into being ONE WITH GOD.

Portions of this text were used with the permission of Nita Amir – author of

From Empty Practice to Meaning-Full and Spirit-Full Prayers and Rituals.

Life’s Accounting System

Our Birth is our Opening Balance!

Our Death is our Closing Balance!

Our Prejudiced Views are our Liabilities

Our Creative Ideas are our Assets

Heart is our Current Asset

Soul is our Fixed Asset

Brain is our Fixed Deposit

Thinking is our Current Account

Achievements are our Capital

Character & Morals, our Stock-in-Trade

Friends are our General Reserves

Values & Behavior are our Goodwill

Patience is our Interest Earned

Love is our Dividend

Children are our Bonus Issues

Education is Brands / Patents

Knowledge is our Investment

Experience is our Premium Account

The Aim is to Tally the Balance Sheet Accurately.

The Goal is to get the Best Presented Accounts Award.

Getting a Promotion

A Catholic Priest and a Rabbi were chatting one day when the talk turned to a discussion of job descriptions and promotion.

“What do you have to look forward to in the way of a promotion in your job?” asked the Rabbi.

“Well, I’m next in line for the Monsignor’s job.” replied the Priest.

“Yes, and then what?” asked the Rabbi.

“Well, next I can become Arch-Bishop.” said the Priest.

“Yes, and then?” asked the Rabbi.

“If I work real hard and do a good job as Arch-Bishop, it’s possible for me to become a full Bishop.” said the Priest.

“O.K., then what?” asked the Rabbi.

The Priest, beginning to get a bit exasperated replied, “With some luck and real hard work, maybe I can become a Cardinal.”

“And then?” asked the Rabbi.

The Priest is starting to get mad and replies, “With lots and lots of luck and some difficult work and if I’m in the right place at the right time maybe, just maybe, I can get elected Pope.”

“Yes, and then what?” asked the Rabbi.

“Good grief!” shouted the Priest. “What do you expect me to become, GOD?”

“Well,” said the Rabbi, “One of our boys made it!”

Now – that’s transformation!

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2 Responses to “A Joyful Noise!”

  1. Doti Boon Says:

    I love the picture – where is that located?

    Thanks for sending this out.

    Doti

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