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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Balanced Breath

Balanced Breath Take time to notice your breath at various times today. You will observe five basic variations. According to the Sufis, they correspond to the five elements: earth, water, fire, air, and ether. In and out the nose, earth. In the nose out the mouth, water. In the mouth out the nose, fire. In the mouth out the mouth, air. And, subtlety, in and out the nose and mouth, ether. Add the variations of left and right nostril So what? Sufis say that balanced practice of these five is... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, January 14, 2019

When God Convicts

When God Convicts Still feeling guilt and shame from some past poor decision or act? Rest assured, it is not from God. When The Almighty convicts, it is specific, compassionate, and tender even when it feels like a slap upside the head. God convicts to heal and set things right. The devil convicts to ensnare and control. Our response ought to repentance. God wants to restore all who respond in genuine apology. All God asks is the desire to turn around. All our Creator desires is our restoration.... Sign in to see full entry.

When God Convicts

When God Convicts Still feeling guilt and shame from some past poor decision or act? Rest assured, it is not from God. When The Almighty convicts, it is specific, compassionate, and tender even when it feels like a slap upside the head. God convicts to heal and set things right. The devil convicts to ensnare and control. Our response ought to repentance. God wants to restore all who respond in genuine apology. All God asks is the desire to turn around. All our Creator desires is our restoration.... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

What's in a Name?

What's in a Name? All God's Names are Sacred and Holy. Does it really matter what we call the Nameless One? Onemight think so, if we listen to one of the great religions. We have murdered one another over these labels for The Holy One. In Arabic speaking countries, Jews, Christians, Muslims, Zoroastrians, and Others all name God, Allah. Perhaps the Name is not the problem. So why do we kill and maim in the Name of God? Shams says, "Whatever the reason, let's stop doing that." Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Rumi's Field

Rumi's Field Jalaluddin Rumi found a field beyond right and wrong. I asked God if I could build my house there? God's answer, "Nothing would please me more. Here's a hint, it exists above the distinctions and differences which divide us." God continued, "You must build on a foundation of Truth, and once built, allow all to enter." Shams says, "You must know my passcode to enter. Knowing your memory is short, Shams has written it on the door. "Welcome. I Love You." Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Child of the Most High God

Child of the Most High God You are a child of the Most High God. You did not have to choose it; It chose you. The fact of your being includes membership in the human family. Fearfully and Wonderfully made, we are created in the Image of The Almighty. Claim your birthright! Awaken to your Holy Heritage. Ask for what you want and need. Follow the desires of your heart. Thank and praise the One Who made you thus. Then shine the light of your Love freely; Do not be stingy, No! Become God's Blessing... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

A Crisis of the Heart and Soul

A Crisis of the Heart and Soul Holding us hostage to his demands, our President called immigration from the South a crisis of heart and soul. The commentators missed the real import. The speechwriters threw in the phrase because it sounded compassionate. Truth demands a closer look. For this phraseology was spoken by a man who has consistently shown himself ignorant of both heart and soul. Arguably, he is one who is used to getting his own way. Shams asks, "What price to stroke this man's ego?"... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Good Morning, Beloved

Good Morning, Beloved Honor to those who are blessed to awaken next to an earthly beloved. 'Belovedism' is born of the nature of our relationship with Creator. This morning, Shams awoke with The Beloved closer than his jugular vein. Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Unfaired Against

Unfaired Against What to do when unfaired against? When falsely accused and convicted without the benefit of an adequate defense. No opportunity to cross-examine one's accuser. No public consideration of the facts. No way to appeal the verdict to a higher court. So, what to do? Protesting and complaining is a tempting path. But, 'All things work for good for those who love the Lord and are called according to His purposes.' Perhaps this world is a giant chess game The Almighty is playing with... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

No Argument

No Argument If you disagree with my point of view, you will get no argument from me. It's not that I think I am wrong and you are right, No, it is more like neither opinion matters the Truth. I have no need to convince, no reason to best you. Perhaps neither of us have grasped the truth, or perhaps you are right. Truth is indifferent to our opinions of it. More than likely from our own frame, we are right. Shams would rather have you be right. He is thrilled that we both care. Truth dances to... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Letting Go

Letting Go Teach us to remember and to Thy Grace surrender. Thy ways, so much higher than my ways. For years, I thought I must direct my path. Unknown to me, I blocked Thy Blessings, accepting less than I could be. But, now I know The Divine Lover. And Jesus is my friend. So why would I choose any path that is not directed by the One Who created me and All. 'La Illaha Il Allah' There is nothing outside or beyond God Almighty. Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

New Year Intentions

New Year Intentions Shams has done too many revolutions around the sun to dare to make new year resolutions anymore. Shams merely sets intentions. In old age, he has become an 'ease-atarian'. On every breath, Shams focuses his intentions. Muslims stop to pray five times a day; Shams intends to pray with every breath. Happy New Year becomes Blessed New Year. Sign in to see full entry.

New Year Intentions

New Year Intentions Shams has done too many revolutions around the sun to dare to make new year resolutions anymore. Shams merely sets intentions. In old age, he has become an 'ease-atarian'. On every breath, Shams focuses his intentions. Muslims stop to pray five times a day; Shams intends to pray with every breath. Happy New Year becomes Blessed New Year. Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

A Modern Psalm

A Modern Psalm Oh, sing to Our God, a new song; Sing of the Unity of God's Love. Sing of Our Oneness, despite appearances. Your Love blesses the Just and unjust alike. Like the workers hired early, we complain, "Not fair!" Oh, Holy God, Forgive our self-centered judgments. 'Raise us above the differences and distinctions which divide us. There is no 'other'. Your Love makes no distinction. Like the Sun, You pour out light on all. For this Incredible Love, we give you thanks. Amen Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, December 31, 2018

New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve This is my 73d New Year's Eve. I will spend it at home with a friend. Chances are we will be asleep before midnight. This year promises more political chaos, continued moral degradation, likely financial crises, and little hope for the common folk. I cannot help but ask, "What's to celebrate?" But, then I turn my gaze inward. In the Sacred Center of my Soul I find reasons to hope and celebrate. We are fearfully and wonderfully made, in the very image of our Creator. In this light,... Sign in to see full entry.

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