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Still Small Voice Meditation Guided

A guided meditation given to you by a spiritual counselor.

Find your peace, power and insight within a short pause in your day.

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A Bridge of Light

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.” Teilhard de Chardin

 There are not enough ministers to go around for people who look to organized religion as a way to connect to the Divine. There are not enough traditional therapists who feel qualified to assist people who do not desire to belong to a church and yet use spirituality as a guide for living.  Spiritual Counselors are growing in numbers due to this gap in the healing arts.

In my opinion, the best spiritual counselors are those people who have been able to synthesize the challenges of their own life with spirituality and who then serve others by offering the knowledge of transcendence.  They meet each client where that client is on her/his journey and apply wisdom, love and patience toward each person’s spiritual journey knowing that each person is unique in their approach to the Divine. They use whatever mystical or contemporary writings that will assist their clients and fellow spiritual journeyers to deepen their understanding of themselves as spiritual beings in human form.  They use life experience, divine guidance and constantly hone their ability to love on the deepest level possible.         

As a minister, whose training was intentionally geared toward non-denominational and non-traditional approach, I am able to float from one belief system to the other based entirely on what the spiritual seeker may need at that moment so that dogma does not hinder the process of spiritual exploration. 

Our world is changing.  A Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life found that the greatest growth in changes of affiliation to a religion is actually the group who choose no affiliation to at all. Many of these people continue to desire a connection to a higher power or Source Energy they believe exist but have very little or no support for this endeavor. It is an unnecessary suffering that the right spiritual counselor can attempt to alleviate.

Creating Heaven on Earth-A Spiritual Endeavor

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Creating Heaven on Earth-A Spiritual Endeavor
By Vickie Spray

The identities we cling to, the ones we have adorned ourselves with in order to make sense of who we are, hide the true identity of our spiritual nature. Our true Self, all of life’s true Being, can be seen in every act of love and the hope we feel even when things seem hopeless. , The true Being is what is behind the wag of our dogs tail when we come home. Our true nature does not care what we look like, what kind of job we have, how much money or how big of a house we may live in. It does not care if we are lesbian, straight, Bi or transgender. It does not care if we are fat, skinny or in between. Our true nature can not hold a grudge against ourselves for anything we have ever done. It resides within the pure joy we feel when are able to forgive someone who has wronged us and when we give without expecting anything in return.

The Spirit that is our true nature holds the world in place even when the unenlightened side of our human nature builds chaos. While we hear of catastrophes or experience the tragedies of living, a subtle energy of rebuilding occurs in all lives affected by that catastrophe. Spiritual growth is possible in each crisis we face. While fear is epidemic in the hearts of humans, a sense of peace is found in all who surrender to their innermost silence. While the great monster of shame born from the clinging past demands honor and respect, a quiet self-acceptance grows into full-fledged-unconditional-positive-regard. While we live in physical form, our Spiritual Self is a constant companion who simply waits for our attention.

In the stillness that lives beneath the world’s activity, is the strength, the power and the will of a Universe that holds us and all things dear. We are not separate from It and it is not separate from us. Our awareness to this connection is what is changing the world in which we all live. That awareness is how we become who we are capable of becoming. This awakening is what leads us to our true Self.

Our true Self is accessible at all times. It is gotten to by a willingness to pay attention to its promptings. It speaks in that small still voice we probably have heard at one time or another. Some call it intuition. Some call it God. Some call it Source, Universe or Consciousness. The mind is unable to reach this place. It can take us to the door of that inner sanctuary but it does not open the door. The mind has a tremendous amount of power but it does not have the power to reach our true Selves.

If we hold dearly onto the false identity of human form, what we look like or what kind of power or control we have amongst people, we depend upon something that is fickle and easily destroyed. If we depend upon the love that connects our true Self to these very same people and their true Self, our strength and peace of mind is a forgone conclusion. The more peace we experience within ourselves, the more peace we experience on the earth we inhabit. The more peace we experience, the more peace we will want to experience. It is a much friendlier loop than the constant loop of our minds with its constant concern for the unimportant and trivial.

The religions of the world were created by the combination of a whisper from Spirit and the roar of humanity. In some centuries, the ugliness of unenlightened humanity had horrid outcomes. In other times, the Spirit, in its quiet weavings within small enclaves of humans in touch with the mystery of living as Spiritual Beings, created a divine fabric of awareness that we can still feel in our present existence. The spiritual movement that is occurring on the earth at this point in human history is being built on both. Let the mystics, religious individuals, seekers, and philosophers continue to hear the subtle nudging of Spirit. In that nudging is the compassion, acceptance and divine right to BE. In the silence of our own Spirits we find the truth of who we really are. In that silence we experience the love behind all things beautiful. We are beautiful.

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Vickie Spray