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Travel

Meditation: Travel

What a lovely spirit the featured woman has in this video. The spirit of travel. The spirit of adventure. The spirit of embracing all kinds of people and places with lovingkindness.

We don’t have to physically start globetrotting to embrace the beauty of adventure and travel. I’ve experienced over 30 years of globetrotting. My globetrotting was paused when I began looking at monasteries – in the USA – where I could live out my life and explore the inward journey of the spirit. After my monastic journey, I became full-time caregiver to my Mom, who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2015. My Mom passed on from this life to her next adventure in November 2018. She is with me always in my heart.

My adventures in monastic explorations is also dear to me. Just not as dear to me as my Mom. After exploring 4 different monastic communities, one thing became abundantly clear, institutional monasticism isn’t for me. Being told when to get up, when to go to bed, and being tied to daily imposed rituals isn’t my gig. Two monastic communities invited me to join their community. Two other religious communities invited me to go away. They each gave me a lovely gift of having a view into their lives and labors. Each community taught me multiple lessons. Such as; how to work in a jelly factory, laboring in a bakery, working in a homeless shelter, ministering in a local jail, how to live in close proximity to different personalities and thrive – to name just a few skills. Outside of the unique ways of ministering they offered, they  all had a form of regimentation that seems untrue to the original spirit of monastic life.

Original monastics were unfettered from the confines and dictates of regimentation imposed from a hierarchical structure. Originally, monastics were free spirits – like the woman in this video. Originally, monastics went alone into the desert – or some other wilderness terrain – to explore the inward journey of the spirit. Today’s monastics are like potted plants that are managed, confined, and defined by an institutional structure. Yikes.

Where is life calling you? Where is the Great Spirit inviting you to go.  More importantly, how is the Great Spirit calling you to be?  Not where to go, but how to be. As the saying goes, wherever you go, there you are. So, explore the inward journey. Explore being the best version of you. Then, wherever you go, you will bring your own special light.

Enjoy the inward journey. Be the light of lovingkindness, wherever you go.

anthony glenn miller

The stranger has not lodged in the street;
I have opened my doors to the traveler.

Job 31:32

Hikikomori

Meditation: Hikikomori

Why are the hikikomori seen as strange, while wage slaves, compulsive shoppers, mall-dwellers, sports fans, and religious or social conformists are socially acceptable? Question everything. Who will call the estranged, the lonely, and the outcasts, into a life of wholeness.

Honor all. Know self. Be love.

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For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

I Corinthians 12:13

 

Body & Spirit

Meditation: Body and Spirit

A spirituality that honors the body, the mind, and the spirit.

Learn to harmonize the body, mind, and spirit.

At one with Nature. At one with Self. At one with the Great Spirit.

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Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own?

I Corinthians 6:19

Hermit

Meditation: Hermit

What voices inform your journey? The voices in your head? The voices of others? Our focus determines our vibration. Vibrate with the energy of love, joy, and peace. Be a gift to yourself and others.

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For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him.

Psalm 62:5

Inner Silence

Meditation: Inner Silence

A return to silence.

A return to love.

A return, in each moment of the day, to the Great Spirit.

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If only you would be altogether silent! For you, that would be wisdom.

Job 13:5

 

Shallows & Depths

Meditation: Shallows & Depths

Beyond the shallow culture of our age.

Into the depths of a deep inward yielding to the Holy Spirit.

Gently leaving worldly things. Abide in Christ.

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Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold.

Proverbs 8:10

Peace – Love – Joy

Meditation: Love – Joy – Peace

A vibration of love.

The experience of joy.

Radiating peace.

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The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Galatians 5:22-23

Madame Guyon III

Meditation: Madame Guyon

May you soul awaken to the power of the Great Spirit.

Experience the Eternal One.

Listening for the LIGHT.

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Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Matthew 6:33

Madame Guyon II

Meditation: Madame Guyon

The witness of a well-lived life, in the Holy Spirit, is a gift to all. Many fail to see and experience the odor of sanctity. Yet, the few who see and experience the mystics, sages, and saints in our midst, are blessed in body, mind, and spirit. What are you seeking? Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for the authentic witness of faith. Blessed are those who become an authentic witness to the Light of Christ.

Thank God for Madame Guyon, and all those who point us toward the Eternal Light. Witness to the Eternal Light. Be the Light.

anthony glenn miller

I and the Father are one.

John 10:30

Madame Guyon I

We live in the midst of a spiritual industry. Selling stillness. Wordy books on silence. Monetizing meditation. Nevertheless, true mystics remain among us. A mystic is one who has a direct encounter with the Eternal Light, with God, with Source, or whatever name you choose to refer to the Divine. I like the term Tao because it points towards that which cannot be named.

Madame Guyon suffered greatly in her life for her simple belief that one can have perpetual communion with the Divine through Christ. Or as Jesus put it, I and the Father are one (John 10:30). Jesus also prayed that his disciples would experience oneness with the Father (John 17:22) as he did. So why would the institutional church – in this case the Roman Catholics hierarchy – condemn such an example of faith? If the average person understood that they need no mediator – other than Jesus Christ – to have a direct experience of God, what does this do to the church hierarchy (i.e., bishops, priests, deacons, spiritual directors, etc.)? The Great Spirit sets us free to experience the Kingdom of God that is within us (Luke 17:21).

Madame Guyon is in the lineage of many other saints and sages who call us to live from the Spirit. The Great Spirit that roots us in love, joy, and peace. Will your life be a witness to the beauty of the Eternal Light working through you? Be Love. Be Light. Be a blessing to all.

anthony glenn miller

Jesus stated:

I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one.

John 17:11

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