Saturday, June 24, 2017

Which Frequency Are You Tuned Into?

Guitar players adjust the strings of their guitar to a specific tuning.  They do this such that when they play, it will sound a certain way that is pleasing to the ear. They are adjusting the frequency (the vibration speed) so that the strings are in harmony with each other.  When they aren't in harmony the sound is wobbly.  When they are in harmony the sound is smooth and steady. 

Setting my intention for the day is exactly the same. I get to choose the way I want my day to look such that it is pleasing to me and in calibration with Spirit.  This is how I ensure that my values and my actions are aligned for my greatest good, and the greatest good for all.  If I notice a wobble, I embrace that wobble, consider my values, adjust my frequency, and take new action based on my values!  

For example, if I value being grateful and I intend to be tuned into gratitude, then find myself complaining, I stop, sit, and write a gratitude list.  I continue to contemplate that which I am grateful for throughout my day.  

I'm not a victim to the circumstances and conditions of the world that may arise because that's not the tuning I'm in. The frequency I'm tuned in to is of the Spirit: love, beauty, perfection, wholeness, peace, compassion, joy, gratitude, and abundance!

Which frequency are you tuned into on this day? 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Finding Your Good

Remember when you were a young child and Easter was so thrilling because you knew there would be an Easter egg hunt?  You also knew that there were, without a doubt, eggs out there meant for you to find.  And those eggs were filled with some great treasure especially for you.  It just had to be something good.
When given the green light to find the eggs, off you went, searching for your good with joyful anticipation.

I am reminded of what Emma Curtis Hopkins once said,"there is good for me and I ought to have it."

As adults we don't participate in this sort of activity but when I contemplate it I am filled with that same wonderful energy as when I was a child.  That thrill of knowing my good is here, and it's already mine,  it's just a matter of me finding it.

Just thinking about it creates a new vibration within me and I feel uplifted.  Good and more good is mine.  I have adopted this habit in my daily life and I always look for and find my good everywhere I go!  In practicing this I've also discovered a multitude of ways that Spirit communicates with me.  My life has been filled to overflowing with joy in finding messages from Spirit everywhere.  It's like a game of hide and seek!  The best game ever!

I invite you to adopt this as a spiritual practice for the day, the week, the month, or however long you are called to do so.  It is fun and I believe that spiritual growth should be fun.  There is good for you and you ought to have it.

Go out and find your good, it's waiting for you.  It's here, it's there, it's everywhere, just waiting for you to notice it.

Happy Easter dear friends!

Friday, September 12, 2014

3 Frogs Sat on a Log...

Three frogs sat on a log.  One decided to jump off.  How many frogs are left on the log?

THREE!  One made the decision to jump off but did not follow it up with the action of jumping off.

A decision without action is nothing.  I've also heard this stated as "faith without works is dead."

Sometimes it can be far easier to not make decisions, or to remain stagnant, than to expend the energy necessary for us to learn and change our mind-sets and heart-sets.

It is a simple fallacy in the thought process that can keep us unconsciously woven in non-action.


Thursday, September 5, 2013

Love Everyone and Don't Get Angry!

I just finished reading the new book by Ram Dass, "Polishing the Mirror."  Within the book he shares the story of a time when he was in India with some of his devotees, and his guru, Maharaji-ji.  He went to India to flee from the Western culture only to find himself in the midst of the western culture that exists within India.  This angered him.  He was so upset that he locked himself in a room and when his Western devotees came to see him, he angrily told them to go away.  Within a short amount of time he alienated the entire group of people who were there to see him.

Ram Dass was upset and confused.  His guru constantly told him "tell the truth and don't get angry," but the truth was that Ram Dass was angry.  One night in an angry fit, he threw a plate of food to the ground.

Maharaji-ji then wanted to know what was troubling him.  Ram Dass said he couldn't stand all of those people and he couldn't even stand himself.  He hated everyone.  Maharji-ji responded with "Love everyone and don't get angry."  Ram said "I don't love everyone."  Maharji-ji got nose to nose with him and said, "Love everyone and tell the truth."  Ram started to say, "But..."Then he realized what Maharaji-ji was really saying to him which was this:

When you finish being who you think you are (unable to love everyone), this is who you will be (love everyone).  He thought he was somebody who could not love everyone and tell the truth.  Maharaji-ji said, "when you give that one up, I am still here, and the game is very simple.  Love everyone and tell the truth."

Is it just me, or does anger feel like a hostile takeover within?  I am grateful for spiritual evolution and the ability to identify anger and allow it to pass by like a taxi cab on the street, rather than getting in the cab and going for a long and bumpy ride!

Most of our anger comes as the result of things not turning out the way we think they should have turned out.

When anger arises, you may find it simple to move past it by saying to yourself - "Love everyone and don't get angry."

Or take these additional steps to move through anger and liberate yourself from the bondage of it:

1. Feel your anger fully.
2. Set a specific amount of time to rant about it.
3. Take responsibility - What could you have done better?
4. Put yourself in the shoes of the other person (or people, organizations, institutions).
5. Wear a rubber band on your wrist and flick it when you begin to obsess on angry thoughts.
6. Return to loving everyone once again.

I believe that if you look hard enough you will find something to love in the eyes of another, and if you can focus on the part that you love, the anger will fall away naturally and immediately, if you allow it to.

Love everyone and don't get angry.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Change Your Lipstick Shade, Change Your Life: A Woman's Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

Last Thursday I was walking past a Sephora at the mall when I was pulled in like a magnet.  Without being mentally aware of where I was going within the store, I found myself standing in front of a plethora of makeup and I suddenly become aware of a compelling, it was a need...a compelling need for a new, bright, happy lipstick shade.

"MUST HAVE," I thought.  And so the search began.

My eyes moved quickly over the various shades of lipstick in their diverse array of tubes of different widths and lengths.  I was delighted by the numerous options before me but I didn't see what I was looking for just yet.  I continued along the lovely smorgasboard of makeup when I saw one jump out at me.  If it were a snake, it would have bit me.

On that day I went from this shade of lipstick:

To this shade of lipstick:

I was so thrilled about my new lipstick shade that I put it on right there in the store.  I was reminded that this is how my meditation practice often occurs for me.  I LOVE to meditate.  I mean LOVE it!  Sometimes I am drawn like a magnet to take that time out just for me to go within.  I realize that as I sit down to go within I never know how deep or far I will go with my meditation until I am in the midst of it.  I always go with an intention though, and it is usually to strengthen the muscle of non-attachment, surrender, or release, such that I can be more present in each moment, which always leads to greater peace and happiness for me.

My new lipstick shade had an impact on everyone I came in contact with that day, including myself.  That's right, my attitude was a little more cheery because I knew that I was wearing a new, bright shade, and it was a noticeable, beautiful color.

I have heard that if we want things to be different, we've got to do things differently.  When we first awaken to the Truth of our existence, we are careful with the thoughts we think, as they become our words.  As awakened beings who continue to evolve and blossom ever more each day like a flower, we have the awareness that our actions are a result of the thoughts we have had and the words we have spoken.  Now we can use our actions to altar, boost, or enhance our thinking (or mental attitude) which is a fun spiritual tool.  So ladies, as you travel along the path of enlightenment,  and you find yourself stuck, or lacking the enthusiasm you were used to once having, a new lipstick shade is just what you need.

Change your lipstick shade, change your life.

Much LOVE & Many Blessings,
Rev, Elizabeth Rowley

Sunday, July 15, 2012

5 Fun & Easy Spiritual Practices

5 quick and easy spiritual practices that you can do daily:

  1. Pranayama Breathing (extension of the breath)
    1. Inhale through your nose for 6 seconds.
    2. Exhale through your mouth for 6 seconds.
    3. Do this 10 times. 
  2. Practice Random Kindness
    1. Pay someone a compliment (nice shirt, nice tie, love your shoes).
    2. Hold the door open for the person walking in behind you or exiting from the same door in front of you.
    3. Post a lovely comment to someone’s facebook wall for absolutely no reason.
  3. Gratitude List
    1. Stop whatever you are doing and write down 5 things you are grateful for.   (Stop reading this and do it now!)
    2. Before you begin your day every morning.
    3. Just before you fall asleep at night.
  4. Start Your Very Own “Brag Book”
    1. Carry it with you and write down every compliment you receive.
    2. Refer back to brag book when you forget how completely AWESOME you are!
    3. You will develop a greater awareness of the constant influx of your good.
  5. Higher Power On the Hour
    1. Set an alarm on your phone or in Outlook to make time for your higher power every hour on the hour for one day.
    2. Stop whatever it is your are doing and make conscious contact with the Divine.
    3. Get back to work!
We have a 5 point spiritual practice in Religious Science of Prayer, Meditation, Sacred Service, Circulation and Education.  I believe with the new organization we also have three additional practices being added and those are visioning, mindfulness and the creative process.  These are definitely important to be practiced within every spiritual community and in our individual lives too.
However, in order to continue to grow and expand your mind and consciousness, I believe that a balanced practice plus a variety of other practices sprinkled in will open you up to greater joy, happiness and possibility in your life.
I have discovered that when I do the exact same physical exercise daily my body becomes efficient and even though I have a killer workout routine, my body is no longer responding the way it did when I first began the routine.  Time to switch it up.  My doctor said that in the case of exercise you want your body to be inefficient because this is what causes muscles to grow and fat to burn.  I believe the same is true for Spiritual Practice.
I have also found that if I use the same shampoo in my hair over and again and then one day I switch it up, my hair responds in a wonderfully new and different way...usually a new shine with more volume.

Variety is the spice of life.  Please leave a comment here if you have additional spiritual practice ideas.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Pinterest: The Future of Vision Boarding!

Pinterest is like India.  Sensory overload.  

From the moment I stepped off of the plane when I arrived in India back in 2008 my senses were overwhelmed.   I'd seen things I had never seen before nor could ever have imagined I might see.  
People everywhere.  Men with suitcases stacked 3 high on their heads, women wearing bright colorful saris with large hoops in their noses, people carrying bushels of plants stacked 4 feet high, camels pulling obscenely large overstuffed carts of goods, automobiles stacked with 20 people outside of them clinging to bumpers and fenders,  monkeys, cows, dogs, auto rickshaws, bicycle rickshaws - all on the same road,  roundabouts gone wild, chanting until 3 am, Krishna flutes heard while drifting off to sleep at night...prayers, ritual and rites of the river, on the street, in the temples, at the dobiwala.

The Ganges crowded with people---filling their buckets to the rim with holy water for the day, people swimming, groups conducting rites of passage, repeating prayers while dousing themselves with river water, people doing laundry, brushing their teeth, swimming, laughing, saying goodbye to the remains of loved ones, gondolas, arati puja ceremonies, children selling goods.

I had the same visceral response that I had to India when I began to explore Pinterest,  the epic social pin board.  It is a virtual vision board playground for you to capture images you love which you can look at daily, from anywhere, wherever you are.  If you haven’t done so already, I highly recommend you check it out.  Be sure to carve out some time for yourself to dream weave and capture images that sing to your soul.

I started my virtual vision board on Pinterest today and will continue to add images.  Make it a spiritual practice by putting on some meditative music, set your intention and then find your photos and pin them to your virtual board. 

Your future is waiting for you!!

Happy Tuesday!