SoulGym

Where the spiritual rubber meets the road!

It's  my belief that Love is the only religion, and we are all channels for  the healing spirit of God (Abwoon).  At the heart of all the messages  found here is that within each of us dwells a living, immediate and  constant presence, the immanent spirit of The Living God.  A personal  relationship is truly possible with the Creator, however it must be  pursued, practiced, nurtured, and continuously proven in order that we  can learn to recognize God within and without.  
 

ACWW works to spread a message of devotion and remembrance of God at all  times, with truthful living, equality of mankind, living life with no  superstitions nor blind rituals.  Being devoted to living a spiritually  conscious life and building this life, a living church, on works, not  stone or wood.  Every person truly is directly connected to The Creator  as a temple of the living God and therefore a “church” and a “minister”  in your own right.

✢ Remember, the work is not on others, it is on yourself.

✢ "He drew a circle that shut me out. Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout. But  Love and I had the wit to win; we drew a circle that took him in."  ~Edwin Markham

✢ The Spirit is the true Self. ~Cicero

✢ Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking. ~Marcus Aurelius

FIVE FOCUS POINTS

Worship -  Worship is a way of living, an attitude and practice of the Presence,  of ‘praying without ceasing’ and a way of being 24/7/365.  It is from  this perspective that worship and praise truly is a fragrant gift to our  Beloved Abwoon.
 

Prayer -  Communication with our Creator, freely giving over our lives, longings  and belongings, and listening to the ‘still small voice’ is a continual  practice.  There are different forms of prayer practice such as inner  focus or inner listening, meditation, acting on your conviction or  belief, the request, the prayer of gratitude and intercessory prayer.   Each will be covered in this SoulGym section and there are some  divinely inspired prayers I have received that are in the SoulTalk  section.  Sincere prayer coming from your heartfelt longings and wishes,  gratitude for what you are already given and what you fully know will  be provided is what God finds fragrant and pleasing and blesses with fulfillment.
 

There are times that no words can express that for which we wish to  pray.  In these times, no prayer is necessary as all we need and require  is already known by God/Abwoon.  As Paul said in the New Testament, Romans 8:26 (KJV), “In  the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what  we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with  groans that words cannot express.”
 

Meditation -  Within the context of daily living, work to establish as much time  possible, especially before rising or going to sleep, to read and study  scriptures or spiritual literature and to meditate on these things.  And  even more important is it to just listen and practice the Divine  Silence (meditation) by going deep within for a period of time each and  every day--at least as often as is possible, even if it's only for a few  minutes here and there.
 

Discipleship/Devotion -  With honesty and humility, dedicate all you do--the work of your day  and the sharing of your gifts--as it is of utmost importance to live the  interior life within and let it blossom and share it with the world in  becoming more Christ-like in all aspects of living, being and doing.
 

Evangelism -  Sharing the good news through good word and deed is an important part  of a spiritual life in order to be an example to others that they might  be lead into a closer and more conscious, rich relationship with  Abwoon--as we are all God's children and in truth brothers and sisters  in Spirit.  It is our work, yours and mine, to kindle love in the heart  of everyone we encounter and not just by words because sometimes words  kill the feeling, however, by your Spirit, the love in your heart which  gives light and life.  It is the Spirit of love in any kind gesture that  always lives on in the memory of the receiver. It’s that Spirit of Love  that draws people readily and yields much where words or doctrine  fail.  What people do is much more important than what they say.
 

✢ Man  must free himself from dogmatic bonds and allow the God-Power to move as it will among people so that you may truly come to know God for yourself.

Areas for focus, attention and practice

  • Connection to your higher self
  • Balance in your daily life
  • Centering yourself within
  • Awareness of all that you are within and without
  • Experiencing the energies of spirit in and around you and in others--including plant, animal and mineral life
  • Relaxation is as vital to you as breathing and you must make time for it or it will never find you
  • Meditation in whatever form as often as possible
  • Listen more and talk less
  • Seek to know the 'still small voice' of God within--the only teacher who answers all questions

Like  the spiral which is an ancient symbol reflecting the universal pattern  of growth and evolution, so too does it represent a reminder of your  personal growth and evolution. The spiral pattern appears again and again in the natural world from the Milky Way galaxy to snail shells. The living spiral does not begin or end, it is an ongoing process of innocence, discovery, community, and the essence that connects all things.  So, realize that your practice should be gentle and gradual like the spiral gently growing outward and inward.
 

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Gently weave these into your life so that you may know God's presence, voice and Grace:

 

  • Pray often and anywhere for anything.  Pray in gratitude and  thanksgiving, pray when fearful and affirm God's presence, pray when  you're unsure of something and EXPECT an answer or a sign.  And always  remember, "...the desire to please God is a continual prayer." John Wesley
  • The realization of the potency of calm stillness--make time EVERY day to be silent and in silence if only a few minutes.
  • Practice being in the moment and  first see what is in your heart and what it is you are called to give  before acting in each situation that comes your way--is it your ego  seeking gratification, or is it your open heart that wishes to give.
  • Make a list of five to ten things  that you are grateful for that have happened in the last 24 hours, and  do this every day for a month. Watch how your perception of life and the  world around you does in fact change for the better!
  • Observe all of life, your thoughts,  actions and interactions, feelings and emotions.  Become an observer of  life without judgment.  Ask questions and wonder about what goes on  around you and between you and others...you do not know it all.
  • Discriminate in what is important  and necessary--learn to separate the wheat from the chaff in your life.   Learn to say "No".  Someone once said, "I like myself best when I have  less on my plate."
  • Forgive everyone who ever did anything to you in your entire life--whether real or imagined.
  • Allow things to be as they are while practicing being the observer of your life both inner and outer expressions.
  • Do not take things personally.   Things happen and people say and do things that are very rarely about  you--it is usually more about them, their perceptions, limitations and  problems.
  • Serve God in others--see everyone as a brother or sister.
  • The key to a joyful and uplifted life (and a less convoluted life review at your transition) is to:      
    • examine your actions on a daily basis
    • ask God for complete guidance to create the necessary changes that ultimately lead to peace and love
  • Meditate.
  • Make  it a point to practice listening more. Start by picking one day of the  week to practice listening to the other person without thinking about  what you're going to say back--really listen and take that person in  completely.  Over time add another day...
  • Remember  to honestly and generously give praise, gratitude and appreciation  throughout your life.  Sprinkle it all around you and everywhere in  life--you'll be surprised at how people and things will bloom all around  you!
  • Begin  with giving to yourself first, then into your family, expand into your  community, and grow into giving to the world.  Only when you are  nourished and rested, then the energy to give to others will just flow  through you from the source of All.
  • Journal  about what you are witness to within yourself; your dreams, about life  and death; beginnings and endings; starts and finishes; successes and  attempts.
  • Allow  God/Abwoon to direct your life and learn the language of the Holy  Spirit.  Life becomes magical beyond belief when you turn your life over  to the Holy Spirit, and it becomes expanded in ways you could not have  orchestrated if you tried.
  • Commend yourself daily to the Holy Spirit to choose for God for you in everything.
  • Look  for signs of the Creator’s hand in your life through the agency of the  Holy Spirit in your dreams, synchronicities, signs, intuitions and  inspirations unlike of your own making.
  • Choose  a word or quality of God and live it for a period of time, like  spaciousness, awe, joy, compassion, etc. and see what happens in your  life to mirror that quality you focus on and hold in your consciousness.
  • Realize daily  that you are a steward of the earth and that ultimately you own nothing  and will one day leave this world with nothing EXCEPT that which you  carry in your heart and memory.  Look around you and see what you no  longer need or desire and give it away to someone who will need it or  cherish it as a way to practice letting go of it all and therefore  keeping what you really want and need instead of getting buried in  "stuff".  Remember what the Beatles said, "...and in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make."
  • Discipline  is... 1. Do what has to be done; 2. When it has to be done; 3. As well  as it can be done; and 4. Do it that way every time. Then let go of the  outcome and move on to the next thing.
  • Read  inspiring literature of a diverse nature in the early morning before  you begin your day and again at the end of your day before you go to  sleep so that you fill your mind and feed your spirit and engage your  soul regularly.  Here great growth in consciousness can occur with an  open and thirsty mind and heart for more of God’s teachings and  knowledge found in many disciplines and from many teachers and  countries. You may even be gifted by the Holy Spirit with special  understanding or insights on what you read and learn.
  • Practice  viewing your day in your mind before you get out of bed in the  morning.  Visualize how you're going to feel about your day and what you  are going to do and what you might encounter--just a couple of things.   Then let it go and forget it and see if what you imagine unfolds for  you.  Keep practicing this and over time, you might be quite surprised  at what you find happening.
  • Divine  Providence depicts God caring for individuals and all of mankind,  enlisting humans in a process of making free choices with the aim of  creating a heaven within the human race.  Ponder this question  thoughtfully:  When will you allow the Source of All to become through you all that you seek in your heart?
  • Always  do your best and do what is yours, that which comes through you from  God--use your God given gift made manifest out in the world, not just  for the few close friends, but for all mankind.
  • Pray  the prayers of your heart.  Praise God from your heart and always in  the affirmative with praise, gratitude and appreciation for all of the  His wondrous gifts and guidance at all times, for all occasions and all  things--especially BEFORE you have seen or received your desired  outcome. "And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive." Matthew 21:22 (KJV)
  • Practice  at least once a day to do something kind for someone else and let no  one know about it.  If you get caught or speak about it, then try again.
  • Challenge yourself to go one month without complaining, moaning, or criticizing.
  • Get over yourself -- stop all: self-criticism, self-condemnation, self-righteousness, self-rejection, etc.

To best nurture and grow your relationships:

 

  1. Spend time expressing your own creativity rather than trying to fix your partner or friend(s).
  2. Eliminate the barrier to speaking and hearing the truth about everything.
  3. Break the destructive cycle of blame and criticism.
  4. Become a master of verbal and non-verbal appreciation--your  relationships will last, thrive, flourish and nurture you for a  lifetime!

✢ All tomorrow's good may rest today upon your  gratitude, for she who gives her thanks before the wine is pressed from  grapes still clinging to the vine has shown a faith above, beyond the  present hour and her thanksgiving holds the future flower. ~ Source  Unknown

✢ Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
~ Howard Thurman

✢ Watch your thoughts; they become your words.
Watch your words; they become your actions.
Watch your actions; they become your habits.
Watch your habits; they become your character.
Watch your character for it will become your destiny.

✢ When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.
 

✢ Criticisim and blame is a disease of the mind that  infects us all.  The cure is appreciation and acceptance of others as  they are. ~Author Unknown

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