Guest speaker Rev. Patrick Harbula speaks about living for the joy of it.
Life is not just something to be endured. It is to be lived in joy, in a fullness without limit. We have a song to sing, we have a joy to bring to the world, and love and peace and happiness.
Joy is not the opposite of sadness (that's happiness). Joy is an ever-present pervasive spiritual quality. A deep inner peace. A connectivity.
As long as we don't resist life's experiences, we get to experience joy all the time.
Continuing his teaching on the Spiral Dynamics framework of human evolution and change, Dr. Patrick discusses the mechanisms behind the emergence of a new paradigm.
Each paradigm shift is a reactive, adaptive response to the inadequacies of the previous world view. Namely, our move from survival to shamanic thinking, to tribalism, to individual warrior consciousness, to the rule of law, to innovation and democracy, to meaning and balance, etc.
Our youth, returning from summer camp, share their stories of transformation and personal self-empowerment through shadow work and re-cognizing their self worth while being fully supported in a loving, intentional community of others.
There's a power for good in the Universe, available to everyone, and we can use it.
Dr. Patrick continues introducing Spiral Dynamics, a system that looks at the patterns of cultures. The first tier is about doing. The second tier is about being. This week, Dr. Patrick covers the Second Tier.
There is not a process of adjusting reality to the conditions that need to be changed, but of adjusting the condition that needs to be changed to a reality that already exists. In other words, we don't need to fix anything, we need to evolve into something.
Enlightenment is not about magic. It is about seeing clearly.
In this week's talk, Dr. Patrick introduces the First Tier of Spiral Dynamics, a system that looks at the patterns of cultures. The first tier is about doing. The second tier is about being.
Life mirrors back to us what we are.
Our consciousness precedes our experience. So are we keeping our commitments? Do we expect the Universe to behave any differently towards us?
In the practice of the Power of Eight, we "power up" through the heart connection. We are energetically connected, and when we set an intention as a group, doing so through unconditional love, we step into the Mystery and into the Unknown. This allows the Power That Creates Worlds to do Its work in us and through us, making miracles happen.
What is a miracle? According to Einstein, a miracle is "spooky action at a distance".
Virtual entanglement: We are connected whether we realize it or not. For every action that we take, even if no one witnesses it, it matters. Every action matters.
What is a miracle? A miracle is an event or an action that apparently contradicts scientific law.
Dr. Patrick introduces Lynne McTaggart's The Power of Eight, a book that looks at harnessing the miraculous energies of the small group to heal others, to heal our lives, and the world. This books documents the transformative and miraculous changes that have taken place through the power of group intention and offers very compelling evidence of the power of the mind.
Parenting oneself---the creative process by means of each one of us---is never-ending. So it is today on Mother's Day that we celebrate the part of us that is the feminine face of God, because that is in fact the creative part of thought, the thought process that puts whatever ideas we might have into form.
The divine impulse is always to grow---to evolve and change. Periods of dormancy are normal, but when we cling to the past and refuse to grow, we stagnate.
Every moment is our opportunity to challenge ourselves to awaken to a new experience, to transform and be the best version of ourselves.