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ART for SAVE SHELTER

A fundraiser for the Women’s Centre in Owen Sound

Music, poetry, silent auction and door prize draw

 

Come out for a fun afternoon for a good cause

November 19th at the Garafraxa Cafe in Durham

from 2:00 to 6:00 pm.

Tickets are $ 10.00 each. Every ticket is entered into the prize draw. The more tickets you buy the greater the chance to win, and you have to be there to claim your prize.

Tickets are available at the door!

 Hope to see you there.  There is a wonderful group of poets and musicians who will be entertaining! 

For more information about The Women’s Centre in Owen Sound visit: http://www.thewomenscentre.org

 

Peacefully, Jane Continue Reading »

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As we grow and evolve, forgiveness plays a huge part in our healing process to become happy, vibrant and peaceful souls.  Gently embrace yourself on this day by opening your heart to forgive what or whom needs forgiving.

Forgives heals and restores love that brings in fresh views and allows you to move on to feel lighter and have freedom to make new choices.

Here is an article by Dr. Deepak Chopra about the process…seven steps to forgiveness.

The 7 Steps to Forgiveness

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Forgiveness is very desirable. For those who receive it, the burden of guilt is lifted. For those who give it, resentment and anger can be released, clearing the slate in a relationship and making room for peace.

Despite this, in everyday life forgiveness is not easy to achieve. Let’s see if there is a way to offer genuine forgiveness, especially to those closest to you, because ironically, they are the ones you should forgive first and yet they are often the hardest to deal with.

Key Steps to Forgiveness

Here are the key steps involved:

  1. Feel your emotions and face them directly.
  2. Write down your reasons for not forgiving someone.
  3. Ask yourself how motivated you are to offer forgiveness.
  4. Let go of as much resentment and anger as you can, here and now.
  5. Envision what the future would be like if you do forgive the other person.
  6. Reconnect at a sincere positive level.
  7. Find the place of forgiveness in your own awareness.

Each of these steps clears up a specific obstacle to forgiveness that may be inside you. Let’s see how this works, step by step.

1. Feel Your Emotions and Face Them Directly

Resistance to forgiveness is fueled by emotions. You can rationalize why somebody else did something unforgivable, because deep down you feel angry, resentful, victimized, and hurt. Be honest with your grievance and go to the emotional level where it is rooted. Let the feeling be what it is. The purpose of this step is twofold, because if you confront your feelings, you also have the choice to release them.

Instead of jumping straight to forgiveness, take responsibility for your own emotions. If you can, let go of at least a small portion of your story of how things were supposed to go. Letting go is almost as hard as forgiving, I know. At least say to yourself, “Maybe if I let go of my interpretation of events and what is unfair, I don’t have to be stuck with this feeling.”

2. Write Down Your Reasons for Not Forgiving Someone

This is best done in the form of a letter addressed to the person you feel wronged you. List all your resentments and reasons in detail. Set the letter aside for a day and return to it to add anything else you forgot to say. When you are completely satisfied, put the letter away to consult later. Don’t mail it. Its purpose was to get everything off your chest.

3. Ask Yourself How Motivated You Are to Offer Forgiveness

Before you started this process, you may have had little motivation to forgive the other person. There can be various reasons for this stubbornness, usually including righteous indignation. Now check to see if your resistance to forgiveness is ready to move. But don’t set any expectation on yourself. If you are still mad as hell, if you feel devastated by hurt, or simply consider what was done to you unforgivable, it’s better to know the truth than to pretend. No matter how weak or strong your motivation is, say to yourself, “All right, this is where I really am.” Sometimes simply being honest with yourself begins to thaw the log jam.

4. Let Go of Resentment and Anger, Here and Now

You can only change what you are aware of, and by now you have gained self-awareness about the situation. Return to the letter that outlines all your grievances and reflect on each point one at a time. As you do, ask yourself, “Can I begin to let go of this resistance?” Don’t force yourself to be magnanimous but stay with how you really feel.

Some items on your list will have begun to soften, and when you encounter this, say, “Maybe there is another interpretation of this event than the painful one I am holding on to.“ Release what you can and no more. At the same time, feel the burden of anger and resentment begin to lift. That’s a positive feeling which will increase your motivation to keep with the forgiving process.

5. Envision What the Future Would Be Like If You Forgive the Other Person

Any place you feel your grievance beginning to melt away, pause and envision what it would feel like to be at peace with the other person. Sense the warmth in your heart. If it leads to tears or sobbing, that’s okay—catharsis is a powerful emotion. If you can, feel the possibility of loving the other person, wishing them well, and setting them free—all of which is in your power.

6. Reconnect at a Sincere Positive Level

When you can’t forgive someone, you usually isolate yourself from them, either physically or emotionally. Make an effort to repair this isolation and decide the appropriate level of reconnection. The safest course may be to write a note or send a card expressing your desire to reconnect and then leaving the next step to the other person. Be risk-averse here. You are treading on sensitive ground for both of you.

7. Find the Place of Forgiveness in Your Own Awareness

The final step of the forgiveness process is to shift your state of awareness. Forgiveness is a state of consciousness, not an action. Emotions get you closer to forgiveness yet they also block the way. If you remove the obstacles, it turns out that forgiveness is completely natural and generally far easier than you may have supposed.

More importantly, once you shift your awareness into forgiveness, there is a much smaller chance that you will relapse. The experience of being a forgiving person becomes part of your spiritual journey, something you deeply need and desire.


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Deepak Chopra, M.D.

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Deepak Chopra MD, FACP, founder of The Chopra Foundation and co-founder of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing, is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation, and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, Clinical Professor at UCSD Medical School, Researcher, Neurology and Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. The World Post and The Huffington Post global internet survey ranked Chopra #17 influential thinker in the world and #1 in Medicine

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The book “Anam Cara, A Book of Celtic Wisdom” by John O’Donohue is about ‘soul friend relationships.  He speaks of physical ‘soul friends’ and a spiritual ‘soul friend’ that we experience within our prayers and meditations or perhaps our inner voice that speaks to us during the day.

Relationships are the key to everyday life.  The success of our daily relationships with one another determines our emotional happiness and contributes to our sense of self.  People reflect back to us many views about ourselves or anything else that is happening in our families, work, communities or world events.  We have so many different kinds of relationships, but they all assist us to make choices about how we want to live in our world.  Loving relationships create peaceful, happy environments where we care about one another and want the ‘other’ to be well and happy too. I feel deeply that I have an “anam cara” relationship with my husband Ian and my children.  I am truly blessed by my women friends’ deep soulful connections.

I have misunderstood relationships in the past with some people whom I have thought were an ‘anam cara’ but perhaps were not.  I am learning that I can feel a deep soul connection with a person and think that the person feels the same way but sometimes they do not.   So do I feel rejected or do I love this person more deeply?

Years ago I know I felt rejected, but now I look at the relationship and ask “What gift did this person give to me?  What do I know about myself that I didn’t know before? How does this person fit into my life or is it time to move on knowing the soul is always connected?”  Reiki has taught me the energy and power of love to heal and to balance my emotions.  Conscious Aging, a program I offered last year, is still teaching me about detachment and personal wisdom. My ‘anam cara’ relationships teach me vulnerability, intimacy, trust and deep unconditional love.

Life is quite a journey that unfolds to present us with exact event and initiations (transformations) that will assist our soul to grow more deeply in love…with all souls.  Look at all the conflicts in the world!  People wanting to control and fight one another.  The world needs each of us to discover our inner ‘Aman Cara’ to be a best friend to ourselves.  The other day I heard someone say, ‘If someone doesn’t love you, love yourself!”  He was a life skills teacher in South Africa.  What a big step it is to love our Self, heal our hurts through forgiveness, and to share that love with others.

It is truly magical when soul friends are together!  Judgment leaves and love reigns!

Know that each person has a place of love within.  Each is a little child who needs to be loved and deserves to live in a safe environment.  I remember I was mad at my Mother when I was a young woman.  Someone said ‘If you could see your mother as a 3 year old child, what would you say to her?”  This thought really helped to release my anger with my mother.  The next time I saw her, I gave her a really big hug just as if she were 3 years old.  I realized that my mother always had unconditional love for me and I had it for her as well.  John O’Donohue says “Love allows understanding to dawn, and understanding is precious.”

So I hope you discover your ‘Aman Cara, soul friend and are “graced with affection.”  Your heart can learn a new way of feeling, of being in a relationship that awakens you to a new unity with another, a Beloved, your soul…

Peacefully, Jane

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Jane Rosalea Brown, BA, CSW, USUI Reiki Master

Minister of Spiritual Peacemaking

Author, In Silence Discovering Self through Meditation

Author name: Jane Rosalea Booth

http://www.janebooth.wordpress.com

 

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Each September 21st the world is invited to observe the UN International Day of Peace. It falls this year, a day before the fall Equinox that shows us the balance of night and day and invites us to move into the fall season with hope, love and the opportunity to transform our world. Enjoy this video produced for the UN peace day.  It is wonderful video that will inspire you through wisdom of the speakers and songs.

FEATURING BAN KI MOON, KOFI ANNAN, POPE FRANCIS, THE DALAI LAMA, JIMMY CARTER, JOHN F. KENNEDY, JANE GOODALL, DESMOND TUTU, PREM RAWAT, MALALA YOUSAFZAI, AHMED ALHENDAWI, MARILYN BAPTISTE

HUMANITARIAN MESSAGES FROM SHAKIRA, DAVID BECKHAM, DANIEL CRAIG, LEONARDO DICAPRIO, PHARRELL WILLIAMS, ANGELINA JOLIE, LIAM NEESON, KRISTIN DAVIS, RUSSELL BRAND, SELMA HAYEK, KATY PERRY, HELENA CHRISTENSON, THE KIN, TEGLA LOROUPE, SEAN CONNERY, PRINCE EA, GET LIT, KHALED HOSSEINI, HUSSAIN AL AMRY, TUCKER ROBBINS, KIM CHURCHILL, FOREST WHITAKER

 Video: PEACE BEGINS WITH YOU

http://peacechannel.com/

The time for peace is now!  Throughout our world billions of people desire peace.  Let us make peace be our way each day through forgiveness, compassion, integrity, tolerance, deep love and respect for one another.

May we move deeply into our hearts to reveal peace in our lives each day. Love and peace to all.

In peace, there is love,

Peacefully, Jane

 

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Jane Rosalea Brown, BA, CSW, USUI Reiki Master

Minister of Spiritual Peacemaking

Author, In Silence Discovering Self through Meditation

Author name: Jane Rosalea Booth

http://www.janebooth.wordpress.com

 

 

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I am pleased to share a guest article by JoAnne Dodgson. Please click on each link for the ceremony.  There are 4 videos.

http://www.joannedodgson.com/equinox-ceremony/

Equinox Ceremony

 

 

My deep appreciation to JoAnne Dodgson for sharing her wisdom and this Equinox Ceremony,
Peacefully, Jane
Jane Rosalea Brown, BA, CSW, Reiki Master
Author, In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

 

 

 

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A guest article “What is Oneness?|

What Is Oneness?

by: Roger Gabriel (Raghavanand)

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Imagine that you’re the whole universe; you live in total joy and bliss. Imagine there is no past or future, only now. Imagine there is no space or time, just an unbounded eternity. Imagine endless peace, harmony, and unconditional love. Imagine no fear and equality in all things. This is Oneness.

Unfortunately, we can never imagine it fully. To understand or experience anything, we need to compare it to something else, which immediately brings us into duality. Oneness by definition is incomparable.

So is it ever possible to know Oneness? Yes, but only by direct experience, when we go beyond the mind, intellect, and ego. Oneness is the coming together of all opposites. It’s always with us as the basis and underlying essence of everything. It’s nothing in itself, but holds the potential for everything.  We have to go beyond the senses, beyond duality to find Oneness.

We’ve all had random, unexpected glimpses of Oneness. Perhaps you were watching a beautiful sunset and had that moment when you felt like you merged with the whole of creation; or saw your newborn child for the first time and fell in love with the whole world.  We even have expressions for these glimpses, we say, “It took my breath away” or “Time stood still.” This is Oneness. We became one with the totality of the experience. When we return from the moment of Oneness, we find it impossible to properly express it. It just was! There are no words to describe Oneness. In Vedanta, it’s simply referred to as Tat, which means that.

We can also have direct experience of Oneness through meditation, which provides a systematic path by which our awareness settles to quieter levels of thinking until we finally transcend thought completely. All duality is in the realm of thoughts. When we slip into the spaces between our thoughts, we become Oneness. Oneness isn’t just experiencing something; it’s a state of being.

Deepak Chopra has told us that, “Every single thing is an aspect of One Field of Consciousness.” Chopra has also said, “The Whole never loses contact with its parts, they are never lost or forgotten.”

Modern quantum physics talks about a unified field, which underlies and connects everything in creation. Who we are, is pure consciousness or Oneness, expressing itself in different forms at different times in our evolution. Pure Consciousness, which is eternal and timeless, is the Oneness; we are the separation or the duality.

Chopra said, “The origin of life forms is the differentiation of pure consciousness into multiple forms of life expressed as qualia conglomerates which create the relative world.” John Lennon simplified Oneness as, “I am he, as you are he, as you are me, and we are all together.”

Author Damian Mark Smyth says, “We’re One, we’ve always been One, we’ll always be One, until we think we are not.” And herein lies our challenge, we are one but we think we are separate; we have forgotten our Oneness.

As a result of forgetting, we create an illusory world of duality, which leads to suffering. All disagreements, conflict, and wars are due to the mistaken belief that we are separate. When we realize we are one, who, or what is there to fight against? On a cosmic level, two people fighting is as ridiculous as if your hands decided they didn’t like each other and started fighting.

Are we then doomed to a life of separation, where Oneness always remains an elusive dream? Not necessarily. Vedanta and its great teachers have illuminated a path that guides us to the place where it is possible to live fully in this relative world, with full remembrance of Oneness. Vedanta gives us a vision of 200 percent of life.

Here are a few suggestions to take you in the right direction.

Community 

Being part of a harmonious community helps to foster the principles of Oneness. Community supports us on our own journey and allows us the opportunity to serve others. Community helps us open up to new and different ideas; to begin to dissolve our barriers and limiting beliefs. Community can connect us with a sense of Oneness.

Meditation 

Meditation can give us direct exposure to the Oneness deep within. When we transcend thought, we enter a field of pure awareness—the non-local, ground state of existence. By making this journey back and forth from local to non-local awareness, we begin to witness the state of Oneness along with our waking, dreaming, and deep sleep states of awareness. This opens the door to higher states of consciousness and the full re-integration of Oneness in our lives.

Conscious Actions 

Begin to be more conscious of everything in your life. Be conscious of your thoughts, emotions, and how you react to situations and people in your life. Try to be conscious of your choices. Being conscious of how your actions affect your life and of those around you can help to create a sense of belonging—a sense of being part of something greater than just your own ideas.

See Your Own Oneness 

When you stand in front of a mirror, pause for a moment, and look directly into your eyes. Say silently or aloud AHUM BRAHMASMI (a hum brah mass me), which means I am the Universe or I am the totality. You can say it in English if you prefer. This is your soul reflecting back into itself and reminding itself of its Oneness. Practice this at least once a day or whenever you catch your reflection in a mirror.

See the Oneness in Everything

The Bhagavad Gita states, “If you can see God (the Oneness) in everyone, you can never do harm to anyone.” Wherever you go, whatever you experience through your senses, keep reminding yourself that it is all part of the same Oneness. Begin to recognize the world as a reflection of yourself.

Namaste 

The Indian blessing Namaste (nam ass tay) is accompanied by bringing the palms together in front of the heart center, when meeting or taking leave of someone. It means, “I recognize the Divinity in you which is also the Divinity in me” or in other words, “We are the same Oneness.” If it’s not comfortable for you to say it aloud, think it silently every time you meet someone.

OM 

Oneness is the potential for all sounds but is, itself silent. In every moment of existence, the whole of of creation is constantly emerging from the silence of Oneness. The first sound or vibration emerging from the silence is OM. This vibration then expands into all the sounds and vibrations of the Universe. When we chant OM it draws our awareness back to the dawn of creation, and into Oneness.

Love  

Love is the greatest, most powerful unifying force in creation. When we are in love, we become one with the object of our love. These inspirational quotes that tell the story of the relationship between love and Oneness.

The Sufi poet Rumi wrote, “The lover asked his beloved, do you love yourself more than you love me? The beloved replied, I have died to myself but I live for thee.”

Ram Das said, “Oneness is the source of love. Real love is the One celebrating itself as two.”

In the Vedanta it says, “The ignorant man (engrossed in duality) desires material things; the intelligent man (seeker on the path) desires enlightenment; but the wise man (knower of Oneness) just loves and receives everything.”

The Yajur Veda tells us “It is Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent. It is all-powerful, all-pervasive. It pervades, permeates, and penetrates all things and all hearts.”

Live your life from love, recognize that you are the Universe. Be the Oneness and everything will be yours.

Join Deepak Chopra and 30 world-renowned speakers, authors, artists, and scientists at Sages & Scientists where you will have the opportunity to come together and discuss consciousness through spiritual and scientific expression. Click here to learn more.

– See more at: http://www.chopra.com/ccl/what-is-oneness?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=CCL%20Newsletter%20160405&utm_campaign=April#sthash.FRiOAfUt

 

Peaceful Way Meditation – Creating your own Sacred Space

We hear of people journeying to Sacred Sites around the world where the ‘holiness’ of the place seems to affect people. For some, it is a healing experience and for others a deeper spiritual connection.  Each religion has these sites and pilgrims come to them to honour their religious beliefs. I have had this sense of ‘awe’ in several places that I have visited.

Creating a Sacred Place within

However, you do not have to travel around the world to far off places to experience a sacred place. As we meditate in silence, we create a sacred space within where we can feel peace, love and joy. To enhance our mediations, we can also create this peacefulness in our homes and surroundings by creating altars.

Creating a Sacred Space with Altars

Altars have been created to worship God/Goddess in all religions. They are designed in many ways, but they all have an atmosphere of peace and tranquility.

Creating a sacred space at your home is a wonderful experience and can become a spiritual ritual that brings comfort, peace and creative expression. Find a place in your home where you can mediate each day without being disturbed.

Create an altar to enhance your sacred space. Altars are easy to create and can be changed at anytime. They help to set a quiet place where you may pray or meditate. Allow yourself to be creative with your altar, but they do not have to be elaborate. Simplicity is often better. Add objects, pictures, art and poems to your altar that represent you, your family, your health, your religion, your dreams. Whatever you love and embrace create an altar for it.

Creating a Sacred Space in Nature

Mindfulness meditation is about being aware of your self and surroundings in the present moment. As I go for my daily walk, I create a sacred space. I give thanks for the beauty of the trees, plants, animals that I see. I give thanks for the quietness of the snow falling and covering the earth. I give thanks for the water in the bay as it laps against the shore. I give thanks for my dog, Max as he bounds along in front of me. I know I am one with all of nature and it is one with me.  I sometimes take small rocks and make a pile with them as a symbol of my gratitude or sometimes to honour someone who is in my thoughts at that moment.  Everything in nature can be part of your sacredness and part of your sacred space each day.

Creating a Sacred Space at Work

Not many of us think of our workplace as a sacred place. But I know a lady who started creating a sacred space at her desk by simply placing a small crystal on her desk. She began to send love to her co-worker who was usually sharp and abrupt with her. Within a few weeks, the co-worker began to change. My friend had been sending loving thoughts to this lady as she sat in front of her computer. It has been a couple of years now, and my friend and her co-worker are getting along wonderfully. Try thinking of your workplace in a new way…a sacred way…share your love…without saying a word. It works!

Enjoying Sacred Space

Whether I am creating sacred space within during my meditations, creating an altar in my room, enjoying nature or driving my car, I realize that life is a sacred gift. Each moment I am in a sacred space because I am alive. Creating quiet sacred spaces is wonderful because it gives me time to listen, give thanks and reflect on my meditations. Altars are a wonderful creative expression. They are like a living book that tells something about me and my life and allows me to show my appreciation and love. Sacred space is all around you and within you…you are that space filled with love. Feel it. Embrace it. Share it.

 

Peacefully, Jane

Jane Rosalea Brown

Author, In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

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