A Hope for a Normal Day

All over the world, there are masses of displaced, homeless people who are not having their normal days.  They have fled their homes and left their normal lives behind them.  Their normal days and routines are disrupted, and their days may never be the same again.

War or natural disasters such as fires, floods, drought, famine, hurricanes, earthquakes, etc., has displaced multitudes.  A rapidly declining global economy, where  employment or a decent, living wage is difficult to find, has displaced yet more people.  I am certain these people, as well as many others, can relate to the following quotation from the book Yes World, written by Mary Jean Orion:

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, savor you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.”

“Let me hold you while I may, for it will not always be so. One day…I shall want more than all the world for your return.”

If we have a normal day today and have our basic needs, let us not pass this day by in quest of some rare or perfect tomorrow.  Instead, let us enjoy and be grateful for this normal day; and at the same time, pray for and do what we can to help others who do not the opportunity to have a day like ours.

I love the lyrics to a Christian song that say:

“There’s a roof up above me.  I’ve a good place to sleep.  There’s food on my table, and shoes on my feet.  You gave me your love Lord and a fine family. Thank you Lord for your blessings on me…   I know I’m not wealthy, and these clothes are not new, and I don’t have much money…Thank you Lord for your blessings on me.”   If you would like to listen to the song, click on the YouTube link below.

count your blessings

Today I am counting my blessings.  What about you?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEST_teMTjU

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A Hope from a Rainbow

In Abrahamic religions, a rainbow is a reminder of the promises of God, which give hope to so many people throughout the world.

The first appearance of a rainbow recorded in Judeo-Christian Scripture is in the Old Testament book of Genesis. Subsequent to the story of Noah’s Ark and the Great Flood, God places a rainbow in the sky as a token of His covenant. That covenant is a promise He makes to humanity to never flood the entire earth again.

During the current month of September 2015, I noticed that there has been a lot of media coverage about rainbows that appeared in various parts of the United States. These rainbows appeared at times or during events when a mass of people could notice them:

On September 10th , a day before the fourteenth anniversary of 911, a double rainbow appeared in the New York skyline:

http://www.weather.com/news/news/new-york-city-rainbow-911-anniversary

On September 19th a large rainbow appeared over the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, the site of a September 18th memorial tribute to Wayne Dyer, bestselling author and humanitarian.

Rainbow

On September 25th during Pope Francis’ visit to New York City, a rainbow appeared in Central Park before Pope Francis arrived. A rainbow also appeared over East Harlem when Pope Francis met with children there.

On September 26th Pope Francis conducted a mass in Philadelphia at the Basilica of Saint Peter and Paul, where a rainbow also appeared.

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/09/pope_francis_rainbow_connectio.html

On September 30th, in addition to the month’s unusual rainbow appearances in the United States, a spectacular rainbow appeared over Cozumel Island, off the coast of Mexico.  http://www.msn.com/en-us/video/wonder/spectacular-rainbow-alights-skies-over-mexicos-cozumel-island/vi-AAeXIhI

At such a perilous time in history, is God trying to remind people of His promises? Or is He trying to remind people He will never flood the entire earth again? Or are these appearances of rainbows merely coincidental and mean absolutely nothing? Or can just the sight of a beautiful rainbow in the clouds make people happy and fill them with hope?

Beloved poet and teacher Maya Angelou spoke about a 19th century, African-American song that says, “When it look like the sun wasn’t gonna shine anymore, God put a rainbow in the clouds.” Maya then told about the many people God had placed in her life as rainbows in her clouds. She explained how, even though many of those kind people were long-deceased, she still invited all her rainbows to come with her when she made public appearances. She said this ritual gave her strength and an awareness that she was not alone.

Maya

Maya encouraged her listeners “to prepare to be a rainbow in someone else’s clouds”. So, no matter what you believe about all the recent, rainbow appearances in the United States, there are always plenty of opportunities to become  rainbows of strength and hope in someone’s cloud.

Even though Wayne Dyer and Maya Angelou are both deceased and are greatly missed, they have been and will continue to be rainbows in people’s clouds.  The majority of people will not be able to do what these two humanitarians did, but all people can do what Maya encouraged, “Be a blessing. Just be a blessing.”

Rainbow in the Clouds Song – Maya Angelou Tribute:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZZze4xtACc

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A Hope in The Language of DNA

Scientist Greg Braden, who is well-known for his many books and teachings about the connection between science and spirituality, has spent many years studying ancient civilizations:  their cultures, beliefs, languages, religions/spirituality, historical records, calendars, etc.  He has lived in remote places, among people in countries all over the world, in search of the oldest, most untainted records of these ancient civilizations.

Several years ago, in a hope to find scientific evidence of the unity of all Creation, Greg Braden began working with a team of scientists in their research and study of DNA.  This research team has already been successful in uncovering, what they believe is a secret, Divine pattern that lies hidden in the genetic code of all life.

These scientists have discovered that the numbers in DNA’s genetic code correlate with the number values of letters in the core, ancient languages. Using the corresponding letters in place of their respective numbers in the genetic code, the scientists have already uncovered and decoded the first layer of what Greg Braden calls an intentional message written within the genetic code of all life.

The English translation of the first layer of this intentional message is “God Eternal within the body”.   These scientists continue to decode the language and messages hidden in other layers of DNA.

I commend and am grateful for Greg Braden and his team of research scientists who continue their work in finding scientific evidence of the unity of all Creation.  People who believe in the unity of all Creation do not give up their cultural, religious, or spiritual beliefs.  Their beliefs expand.

I believe the more people recognize and accept the oneness of all Creation, the more people will be able to nurture, love, and have compassion for the Universe and all its inhabitants.

Even though many people  from diverse spiritual backgrounds may already have an awareness that “God Eternal is within the body”, this scientific evidence may verify and strengthen their faith and hope.  For those who have been uncertain about a Divine Being, these discoveries may give them a renewed hope to continue their search for answers about their belief.

Could it be that a Divine Higher Intelligence, a Divine Creator, placed The Creator’s designer label within the DNA of all Creation, so that all people and all Creation know who designed them?

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A Hope for Why We Are Here

If you or someone you love has ever questioned, “Why am I here?”, Recording Artist Alicia Keys wrote beautiful lyrics for a song she sings that I believe gives an answer to this question.  The words in Alicia’s song could be an answer for all of us who have ever questioned, “Why are we here?” 

The YouTube video below is a recording of The Today Show during which Alicia performs her song, “We Are Here”, which she wrote after someone asked her the profound question, “Why Are You Here?”

Suicide often occurs because people have lost hope or fail to see a purpose or reason for their lives.  Alicia gives a simple reason for why we are here, and that reason alone can serve as a purpose and a hope for people’s lives.

Please listen to the words and music to this beautiful song, and leave a COMMENT with your answer to the question, “Why Are You Here?”  Let’s get a dialogue started on this post.  Then, after answering the question, you may want to share this post with others you know. You might also want to read and share similar posts on this site such as:

A Hope for A Connected Life at https://ahopefortoday.com/2012/01/05/a-hope-for-a-connected-life/
A Hope for Global Thinkers at https://ahopefortoday.com/2012/02/12/a-hope-for-global-thinkers-2/
A Hope for Freedom at https://ahopefortoday.com/2012/01/31/a-hope-for-freedom/
A Hope in Human Diversity at https://ahopefortoday.com/2012/01/13/a-hope-in-human-diversity/
A Hope to Save the Planet: https://ahopefortoday.com/2012/03/03/a-hope-to-save-the-planet/
A Hope from Sandpipers: Unity at https://ahopefortoday.com/2011/12/21/a-hope-from-sandpipers/
A Hope for Usefulness: https://ahopefortoday.com/2011/12/20/a-hope-for-an-empty-pot/
Hug Award Guidelines: https://ahopefortoday.com/2012/01/14/hope-unites-globally-hug-award-guidelines/

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A Hope in The Art of Blessing

Because humanity has learned there is much hope in the art of blessing things and people, many ethnicities, cultures, and religions around the world share this art.  The words in the following photo are an example of an Irish blessing.

Blessing is also a core Biblical concept, and The God of Israel actually told the people of Israel that they could choose between life and death, good and evil, and blessing and cursing.

If choosing God’s blessing is a personal choice, then blessing other things and other people is also a personal choice.

Even though people cannot always verbally bless others, people can always bless others in their thoughts, prayers, attitudes, and actions.

At a time in history when schools are beginning to forbid children to say “bless you” when another child sneezes, the art of blessing others is important to teach our children and grandchildren.

The following content about blessing things and people is copied with permission from a little book called The Aloha Spirit by Serge Kahili King:

“To bless something means to give recognition or emphasis to a positive quality, characteristic or condition, with the intent that what is recognized or emphasized will increase, endure or come into being…”

“First of all, the positive focus of your mind stirs up the positive, creative force of the Power of the Universe. Secondly, it moves your own energy outward, allowing more of the Power to come through you.

Thirdly, when you bless for the benefit of others instead of directly for yourself, you tend to bypass any subconscious fears about what you want for yourself, and also the very focus on the blessing acts to increase the same good in your life.

What is so beautiful about this process is that the blessing you do for others helps them as well as you.

Blessing may be done with imagery or touch, but the most usual and easy way to do it is with words. The main kinds of verbal blessing are:

Admiration – This is the giving of compliments or praise to something good that you notice. E.g., “What a beautiful sunset; I like that flower; you’re such a wonderful person.”

Affirmation – This is a specific statement of blessing for increase or endurance. E.g., “I bless the beauty of this tree; blessed be the health of your body.”

Appreciation – This is an expression of gratitude that something good exists or has happened. E.g., “Thank you for helping me; I give thanks to the rain for nourishing the land.”

Anticipation – This is blessing for the future. E.g., “We’re going to have a great picnic; I bless your increased income; Thank you for my perfect mate; I wish you a happy journey; May the wind be always at your back.”

In order to gain the most benefit from blessing, you will have to give up or cut way down on the one thing that negates it: cursing. This doesn’t mean swearing or saying “bad” words.

It refers to the opposite of blessing, namely criticizing instead of admiring; doubting instead of affirming; blaming instead of appreciating; and worrying instead of anticipating with trust.

Whenever any of these are done they tend to cancel out some of the effects of blessing. So the more you curse the harder it will be and the longer it will take to get the good from a blessing. On the other hand, the more you bless the less harm any cursing will do.

Here, then, are some ideas for blessing various needs and desires. Apply them as often as you like, as much as you want.

Health – Bless healthy people, animals, and even plants; everything which is well made or well constructed; and everything that expresses abundant energy.

Happiness – Bless all that is good, or the good that is in all people and all things; all the signs of happiness that you see, hear or feel in people or animals; and all potentials for happiness that you notice around you.

Prosperity – Bless all the signs of prosperity in your environment, including everything that money helped to make or do; all the money that you have in any form; and all the money that circulates in the world.

Success – Bless all signs of achievement and completion (such as buildings, bridges, and sports events); all arrivals at destinations (of ships, planes, trains, cars and people); all signs of forward movement or persistence; and all signs of enjoyment or fun.

Confidence – Bless all signs of confidence in people and animals; all signs of strength in people, animals and objects (including steel and concrete); all signs of stability (like mountains and tall trees); and all signs of purposeful power (including big machines, power lines).

Love and Friendship – Bless all signs of caring and nurturing, compassion and support; all harmonious relationships in nature and architecture; everything that is connected to or gently touching something else; all signs of cooperation, as in games or work; and all signs of laughter and fun.

Inner Peace – Bless all signs of quietness, calmness, tranquility, and serenity (such as quiet water or still air); all distant views (horizons, stars, the moon); all signs of beauty of sight, sound or touch; clear colors and shapes; the details of natural or made objects.

Spiritual Growth – Bless all signs of growth, development and change in Nature; the transitions of dawn and twilight; the movement of sun, moon, planets and stars; the flight of birds in the sky; and the movement of wind and sea.

The previous ideas are for guidance if you are not used to blessing, but don’t be limited by them. Remember that any quality, characteristic or condition can be blessed…”

There is an old Christian hymn that says, “Count your blessings.  Name them one by one…”  When people intentionally take the time to notice, appreciate, name, and bless the things and people in their lives, it increases their awareness of the many blessings that are part of their every day lives.

In other words, people need not only to take time to smell the roses, but take time to bless the roses.  When people choose a life of blessing, they choose lives in which they want themselves and everything and everyone around them to prosper and thrive–not just survive!

If you enjoyed this article, you may also enjoy reading A Hope in A Greeting, Word, or Phrase at https://ahopefortoday.com/2012/01/20/a-hope-in-a-greeting-word-or-phrase/.

YouTube video below of Bing Crosby singing “Count Your Blessings.”

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A Hope to Save The Planet

Earth Hour is an annual global campaign to help save the planet.  Native American Chief Seattle said, “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors.  We borrow it from our children.”  This year I challenge everyone around the world to participate in Earth Hour as a commitment of hope to help save our earth for our children and grandchildren.

EARTH HOUR 2012 – MARCH 31, 2012

 

DARE THE WORLD TO SAVE THE PLANET

“We only have one planet.  You can help protect it. Participate in the world’s largest single campaign for the planet: Earth Hour.

It starts by turning off your lights for an hour at 8:30 pm on March 31, 2012 in a collective display of commitment to a better future for the planet.  Think what can be achieved when we all come together for a common cause.”

Earth Hour 2011 took place in 135 countries and more than 5,200 cities – it had a global reach of 1.8 billion and a digital footprint of 91 million.

You can join Earth Hour by clicking on one of the links below:

Facebookfacebook.com/earthhour Twitter:  twitter.com/earthhour YouTube:  youtube.com/earthhour Flickrflickr.com/earthhour_global Tumblrearthhour.tumblr.com Google +:  gplus.to/earthhour

Participate in Earth Hour

Pledge your support:  Click on a category below to sign up to participate and turn off all non-essential lights from 8:30-9:30 pm local time.

Go Beyond the Hour

This Earth Hour we invite you to do more than switch off your lights. We want you to dare the world to save the planet. “I Will If You Will” is a simple promise and a challenge. Dare anyone (your Facebook friends, co-workers, celebrity crushes) to accept your challenge and help protect the Earth or accept the challenge of someone else.

Click here to Visit “I Will If You Will” to see all the challenges and create your own.

All text about Earth Hour-Dare the World to Save the Planet was copied from www.earthhour.org.  Please leave a comment below to let me know that you plan to participate in Earth Hour this year on March 31, 2012.  Thank you, Connie Wayne

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A Hope for Inner Peace from Peace Pilgrim

Mildred Norman Ryder, better known as Peace Pilgrim, had a mission to help promote peace by helping others find inner peace.  She said,

“Peace is an idea whose time has come.”

She backed her words with action as a spiritual teacher, non-violence advocate, and a peace prophetess who lived from July 18, 1908-July 7, 1981.

In order to direct the attention of United States’ citizens to her desire for peace in the world, Peace Pilgrim began her first coast-to-coast pilgrimage across the United States on January 1, 1953.

She said of that day, “On that day I became a wanderer relying upon the goodness of others. It would be a pilgrim’s journey undertaken in the traditional manner: on foot and on faith. I left behind all claims to a name, personal history, possessions and affiliations.”

When she was not on the road, she was busy speaking and gathering signatures for the three petitions she carried in her satchel–one petition with a plea for immediate peace in Korea, and one petition for the President and congressional leaders requesting the installation of a Peace Department.

The third petition she carried was a plea to the United Nations and the world leaders for world disarmament and reconstruction:

“If you would find the way of peace you must overcome evil with good and falsehood with truth and hatred with love. We plead with you to free us all from the crushing burden of armaments, to free us from hatred and fear, so that we may feed our hungry ones, mend our broken cities, and experience a richness of life which can only come in a world that is unarmed and fed.”

She presented the petitions to officials at both the White House and the United Nations at the end of her first walk across the country.

Throughout her twenty-eight year pilgrimage, she honored the same commitment with which she began.  She walked until she was given shelter, fasted until she was given food, and went without money.  The only possessions she had were the clothes she wore, a toothbrush, and a comb.

Peace Pilgrim’s pilgrimage covered “the entire peace picture: peace among nations, peace among groups, peace within our environment, peace among individuals, and the very, very important inner peace.”  She talked about inner peace most often because she felt that was where peace begins.

Peace Pilgrim said, “The situation in the world around us is just a reflection of the collective situation. In the final analysis, only as we become more peaceful people will we be finding ourselves living in a more peaceful world.”.

The following is The Summary of Steps Toward Inner Peace written by Peace Pilgrim:

“FOUR PREPARATIONS        

1. Assume right attitude toward life

Stop being an escapist or a surface-liver as these attitudes can only cause inharmony in your life. Face life squarely and get down below the froth on its surface to discover its verities and realities. Solve the problems that life sets before you, and you will find that solving them contributes to your inner growth. Helping to solve collective problems contributes also to your growth, and these problems should never be avoided.

2. Live good beliefs.

The laws governing human conduct apply as rigidly as the law of gravity. Obedience to these laws pushes us toward harmony; disobedience pushes us toward inharmony. Since many of these laws are already common belief, you can begin by putting into practice all the good things you believe. No life can be in harmony unless belief and practice are in harmony.

3. Find your place in the Life Pattern.

You have a part in the scheme of things. What that part is you can know only from within yourself. You can seek it in receptive silence. You can begin to live in accordance with it by doing all the good things you are motivated toward and giving these things priority in your life over all the superficial things that customarily occupy human lives.

4. Simplify life to bring inner and outer well-being into harmony.

Unnecessary possessions are unnecessary burdens. Many lives are cluttered not only with unnecessary possessions but also with meaningless activities. Cluttered lives are out-of-harmony lives and require simplification. Wants and needs can become the same in a human life and, when this is accomplished, there will be a sense of harmony between inner and outer well-being. Such harmony is needful not only in the individual life but in the collective life too.

FOUR PURIFICATIONS           

1. Purification of the bodily temple.

Are you free from all bad habits? In your diet do you stress the vital foods – the fruits, whole grains, vegetables and nuts? Do you get to bed early and get enough sleep? Do you get plenty of fresh air, sunshine, exercise, and contact with nature? If you can answer “Yes” to all of these questions, you have gone a long way toward purification of the bodily temple.

2. Purification of the thoughts.

It is not enough to do right things and say right things. You must also think right things. Positive thoughts can be powerful influences for good. Negative thoughts can make you physically ill. Be sure there is no unpeaceful situation between yourself and any other human being, for only when you have ceased to harbor unkind thoughts can you attain inner harmony.

3. Purification of the desires.

Since you are here to get yourself into harmony with the laws that govern human conduct and with your part in the scheme of things, your desires should be focused in this direction.

4. Purification of motives.

Obviously your motive should never be greed or self-seeking, or the wish for self-glorification, you shouldn’t even have the selfish motive of attaining inner peace for yourself. To be of service to your fellow humans must be your motive before your life can come into harmony.

FOUR RELINQUISHMENTS           

1. Relinquishment of self-will.

You have, or it’s as though you have, two selves: the lower self that usually governs you selfishly, and the higher self which stands ready to use you gloriously. You must subordinate the lower self by refraining from doing the not-good things you are motivated toward, not suppressing them but transforming them so that the higher self can take over your life.

2. Relinquishment of the feeling of separateness.

All of us, all over the world, are cells in the body of humanity. You are not separate from your fellow humans, and you cannot find harmony for yourself alone. You can only find harmony when you realize the oneness of all and work for the good of all.

3. Relinquishment of attachments.

Only when you have relinquished all attachments can you be really free. Material things are here for use, and anything you cannot relinquish when it has outlived its usefulness possesses you. You can only live in harmony with your fellow humans if you have no feeling that you possess them, and therefore do not try to run their lives.

4. Relinquishment of all negative feelings.

Work on relinquishing negative feelings. If you live in the present moment, which is really the only moment you have to live, you will be less apt to worry. If you realize that those who do mean things are psychologically ill, your feelings of anger will turn to feelings of pity. If you recognize that all of your inner hurts are caused by your own wrong actions or your own wrong reactions or your own wrong inaction, then you will stop hurting yourself.”

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For twenty-eight years, Peace Pilgrim’s message was, “This is the way of peace–overcome evil with good, and falsehood with truth, and hatred with love.”

She also said, “The Golden Rule would do equally well. There is nothing new about that except the practice of it. But I consider it the lesson for today and so it becomes the message of the peace pilgrimage. Please don’t say lightly that these are just religious concepts and not practical.”

“These are laws governing human conduct, which apply as rigidly as the law of gravity. When we disregard these laws in any walk of life, chaos results. Through obedience to these laws this world of ours will enter a period of peace and richness of life beyond our fondest dreams.”

“The key word for our time is practice. We have all the light we need, we just need to put it into practice.”

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