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Sunday, April 17, 2022

Book Blessing and Activation


 

   Rev. Alia’s Book Publication

    Blessing, Birth, and Activation

 

This can be adapted for any creation you are putting out into the world.

This is intended to be spoken out loud just before hitting the PUBLISH button or other comparable moment, such as a book launch gathering.

This can be done retroactively with any book already published.

 

 

Why not add ideas or suggest new wordings, by making a comment on this document?

Make and use your own version of this, to fit your own spiritual beliefs.

First below is a version to be spoken by the author. Below that is a version with pronouns changed in case the blessing is spoken by someone else at a book launch gathering. 

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I start by acknowledging with awe, reverence, and worship, the Source of all that is, the Infinite Creative Power which constantly makes everything that happens, happen, and which is always and ongoingly the substance and aliveness we all are. I acknowledge and accept my rightful portion of that Infinite Creative Power through which, as which, this book has come into being.

 

I acknowledge with reverent gratitude all that has happened and all the Beings involved, in bringing this book into existence and into the world:

 

·       All my ancestors, and all the lineages of the thinkers represented in the book

·       All who made it possible for all those lives to touch mine and thus to flow through me into the book

·       All those who inspired and supported me in my creation process

·       All of the help, guidance, and support from my invisible guides, teachers, healers, all of the higher-dimensional team in which this embodiment is a member

·       All who made possible the publishing of this book and those involved in helping it find its way into the world

 

I acknowledge with gratitude and humble appreciation myself, and all the choices that I made which enabled me to reach this point of publishing this book: all the perseverance, all the loving motivation to benefit others, all the self-acknowledgement and self-love necessary to deal with hurdles and with challenges.

 

I acknowledge with the most profound gratitude, all who will use this book to enhance their own work toward a better world, and all who will share it with others and help more people discover it as useful to their work for a better world.

 

I hereby imbue this book with its own sacred conscious-identity morphic field/Beingness/selfhood and its own sacred flowing purpose for the evolution and upliftment of all aspects and inhabitants of this planet. May it be guided and energized by all loving Beings in at least these ways:

 

·       May everyone into whose life-space this book comes—in any way to any degree—experience upliftment, support, encouragement, inspiration, and added strength, wisdom, and knowledge available for making their contributions to a more wonderful world.

 

·       And may those who encounter this book be inspired to bring it to the attention of anyone they know who might benefit from it, and be guided to bring it to the attention even of people they don’t yet know who might benefit from it.

 

May the generosity of spirit (and its manifested activity) of all the above Beings return to them/us/me a thousand-fold and more, in every good way, including money, so we may glow more brightly in turn upon other nodes in Indra’s Net.

 

And so it is.

 

 

By Rev. Alia Aurami, Head Minister, Amplifying Divine Light in All Church

December 16, 2021

If you feel moved to gift in the Church's gift economy, to support and enable continuing ministries, send via Paypal to divinelightchurch@gmail.com, or write for other methods. We tithe to others building a more wonderful world.

 

We start by acknowledging with awe, reverence, and worship, the Source of all that is, the Infinite Creative Power which constantly makes everything that happens, happen, and which is always and ongoingly the substance and aliveness we all are. We each acknowledge and accept our rightful portion of that Infinite Creative Power through which, as [author's name], this book has come into being.

 

We acknowledge with reverent gratitude all that has happened and all the Beings involved, in bringing this book into existence and into the world:

 

·       All her ancestors, and all the lineages of the thinkers represented in the book

·       All who made it possible for all those lives to touch hers and thus to flow through her into the book

·       All those who inspired and supported her in her creation process

·       All of the help, guidance, and support from her invisible guides, teachers, healers, all of the higher-dimensional team in which her embodiment is a member

·       All who made possible the publishing of this book and those involved in helping it find its way into the world

 

We acknowledge with gratitude and humble appreciation [author name] herself, and all the choices that she made which enabled her to reach this point of publishing/launching this book: all the perseverance, all the loving motivation to benefit others, all the self-acknowledgement and self-love necessary to deal with hurdles and with challenges.

 

We acknowledge with the most profound gratitude, all who will use this book to enhance their own work toward a better world, and all who will share it with others and help more people discover it as useful to their work for a better world.

 

We hereby imbue this book with its own sacred conscious-identity morphic field/Beingness/selfhood and its own sacred flowing purpose for the evolution and upliftment of all aspects and inhabitants of this planet. May it be guided and energized by all loving Beings in at least these ways:

 

·       May everyone into whose life-space this book comes—in any way to any degree—experience upliftment, support, encouragement, inspiration, and added strength, wisdom, and knowledge available for making their contributions to a more wonderful world.

 

·       And may those who encounter this book be inspired to bring it to the attention of anyone they know who might benefit from it, and be guided to bring it to the attention even of people they don’t yet know who might benefit from it.

 

May the generosity of spirit (and its manifested activity) of all the above Beings return to them/us a thousand-fold and more, in every good way, including money, so we may glow more brightly in turn upon other nodes in Indra’s Net.

 

And so it is.

 

By Rev. Alia Aurami, Head Minister, Amplifying Divine Light in All Church

December 16, 2021

If you feel moved to gift in the Church's gift economy, to support and enable continuing ministries, send via Paypal to divinelightchurch@gmail.com, or write for other methods. We tithe to others building a more wonderful world.

 

 

 

 

Thursday, April 14, 2022

A New Key to PTSD and Forgiveness?

 A New Key to PTSD and Forgiveness?

In listening to Thomas Hübl and Diane Poole Heller discuss trauma in a webinar on April 13, 2022, I got the answer to one of my longtime questions about my own life. It wasn’t anything they said; the insight popped in from the field of related inquiry they generated. (The course they are offering is https://healingbrokenconnections.com/)

 

Trauma, and the human neurological ongoing, repeating, and damaging loop that it sets up, happens to humans, individually and collectively, far more often than most people realize, I believe. It really doesn’t take much to set up a trauma response that lasts and lasts, whether it’s minor or major. (I regard that as one of the few “design flaws” Nature made in humans!)

 

So here’s a new key, and it’s related also to self-forgiveness: I have been requiring that the original event be never-done. That it never happened. I believe PTSD is an attempt at this. We replay the original scenario, or as close to it as life will allow us to get, and do our best to have it turn out differently this time—which of course it never does. But even if it did, that would not wipe out the original happening.

 

So a key is coming to terms with the fact that it DID happen. Reframing it, re-contextualizing it (expanding the context) so the actual nature of what happened is changed. That’s a terrific way out of the loop, I now feel.

 

What does that mean? Let’s look at an analogous situation. A man slices open someone’s belly with a knife. How did you imagine that, and what was your response? What context did you give it, what story did you make up?

 

Now what if you could see the context as a surgeon operating to save the person’s life? Does that reframe actually shift your neurological and biochemical response to the happening? I think it can.

 

I am not very familiar with new sophisticated and effective approaches to PTSD by retraining the brain, but I am betting this “seeing the happening in a different light” is part of it.

 

For myself, I’ve been unable to forgive myself for some harms I caused, because I’ve been in such resistance to the fact they happened. I’ve been demanding that I find a way to make the happening never have happened. As that is impossible, healing is impossible.

 

So giving up that demand, and seeking alternative approaches to dealing with the fact that it did happen, is required on path to healing, I now see. And if the trauma response is as common as I think, and often mild and subtle but still draining and damaging, this insight could actually benefit a lot of people!

 

And no, platitudes like “We all make mistakes, just accept being human, you were doing the best you could at the time” have NOT worked so far (for me) as reframes. They don’t address the neurological need to make it never have happened.  Some people try to make it never have happened by making the memory less accessible through alcohol or other drugs or addictions. Very understandable, but the collateral damage is great. I’m now suggesting this new approach. I don’t offer a way to make it as if it never happened. That’s the demand impossible to fulfill. I am suggesting to find a way to give up the hard-wired neurological demand for it to have never happened, and then proceed with healing methods.

 

That’s my next step. Can you introspect and find this demand in yourself? Can you feel it blocking forgiveness, or self-forgiveness? Can you feel how it locks up and drains energy in a demand impossible to fulfill?

 

Let me know how you free yourself from it!

 

This is not mental health advice; it is sharing something I’ve realized. You are responsible for what you do with this. Consult a certified expert in PTSD treatment if you have it.

 

By Rev. Alia Aurami, Ph.D., Head Minister, Amplifying Divine Light in All Church
"Amplifying Divine Light in All" is a completely independent church fostering empowerment of people to co-create loving, thriving God-realized lives, and wellbeing for everyone, on a clean, peaceful Earth.
Our main religious purpose and mission is to amplify the Divine Light in everyone. When you read this article, you will agree or disagree with its various points, and then you will know more about what is true for you. Knowing more of your own Truth amplifies your Divine Light. Thus providing/presenting this article is one way for us to accomplish our purpose and mission. 
This article and our providing/presenting it are therefore a central and essential part of our exercise and practice of our religion. 
None of the contents herein are claimed as absolute truth. They represent one possible perspective which might prove useful for you. All results from using anything written in this blog are solely your own responsibility, which you assume by reading.

All rights reserved under the Common Law. This means please respect our creatorship.

 

Saturday, December 11, 2021

What Do "Sacred" and "Divine" Mean?

What Do “Sacred” and “Divine” Mean?

 

Part One: Personal Inquiry into the Concepts

 

Inquiring

 

It is good to begin to live in the inquiry around each concept.

 

“Living in the inquiry” means maybe once a day asking a question inside, such as any of questions suggested below, and being still and quiet and waiting at least a few minutes for some answer or insight to pop into awareness. If nothing comes, then going about one’s day but staying open.

 

And it also means asking the question now and then at random times, and being alert to answers or insights that pop in at random times.

 

What you do with what “comes” from inquiry, can vary. Any or all of those can be useful; see what you are called to do. You could be

  • writing it down
  • acting in a new way
  • teaching it to others
  • taking the new sense or response back into further inquiry
  • simply letting your consciousness absorb it into your being, without any mental effort.

 

Contemplating

 

There is also a useful approach called spiritual contemplation, which is even simpler than inquiry, and suitable for single concepts like this. Simply be quiet for a time, and keep repeating the word to yourself, gently, every so often, and see what arises in you as you gently keep your attention on the word. I recommend doing that in addition to the more elaborate process of inquiry using questions.

 

Sample Inquiry Questions about Personal Conceptual Meaning 

 

Here are some inquiry questions using the concept of “sacred” as an example, but please also use all these questions around the concept of “divine.”

 

What does this concept of “sacred” mean to me conceptually? 

Is it an important concept to me personally? Why or why not?

What is the significance of this concept in my life?

Why do I think or believe or feel it is an important concept for others to be aware of? 

What are the meanings I think others have of it? 

Is it truth, or is it a belief, when I say something is sacred or divine? How do I decide that? 

Is it honest for me when I apply the word to something? 

How do I know or decide what is sacred and what is not sacred? 

What do I mentally regard as sacred? 

What is not sacred, for me and/or for others?? Why is it not sacred, for me and/or for others? What does sacredness depend on, for me or them? 

How has my understanding of this concept changed over time? 

What is the leading edge of this concept in my own evolution of it or personal journey with it?

 What are my deepest personal questions I am living with, about this concept?


Sample Inquiry Questions about Religious and Spiritual Significance of the Concepts


 What do I think is or should be the role of the concepts of sacred and divine in any church's theology or religion? How would or do they express in its actions, its ministries? 

Are the concepts of sacred and divine important in my own spirituality or religion? If so, how, and if not, why not? In other words, what role does each concept play in my personal religion or spirituality?

 

Part 2: Experiences

 

For each concept, you might ask yourself questions like these, and make notes. 

 

What does it mean to me experientially? 

What do I feel experientially as sacred? What are those feelings, and how do I experience them in my body? 

How might others experience something as sacred? On what basis do I say that? What have I seen or known of others’ experiences of sacred?

 How has my deepest experiential sense and “getting” of this concept changed over time based on my experiences of it in life? 

What is the leading edge of this concept as I experience it in my own personal journey with it?

What are my deepest personal questions about my experiences related to this concept? 

Do I have any resistance to this concept, or am I uncomfortable about it in any way, or am I aware of some shadow aspects of me triggered by it in some way? 

What role does the experience related to each concept play in my personal religious experiences or spiritual experiences?

How does this concept show up for me in my inner experience? What meaning does it have for me there?

How does this concept show up for me in my behavior and how others see my actions? What meaning does it have for me there?

How does this concept show up for me in my experiences and actions as a social being, in culture? What meaning does it have for me there?

 How does this concept show up for me in my interactions with social systems? What meaning does it have for me there?

 

Which of the questions suggested above are alive for you around each concept? What questions not mentioned above, are alive for you around each concept?

 

This blogpost is part of a four-part series exploring these concepts. The others are What Does "Divine" Mean?, What is Theology? and What is Religion?

Questions and comments welcome below!

By Rev. Alia Aurami, Ph.D., Head Minister, Amplifying Divine Light in All Church
"Amplifying Divine Light in All" is a completely independent church fostering empowerment of people to co-create loving, thriving God-realized lives, and wellbeing for everyone, on a clean, peaceful Earth.
Our main religious purpose and mission is to amplify the Divine Light in everyone. When you read this article, you will agree or disagree with its various points, and then you will know more about what is true for you. Knowing more of your own Truth amplifies your Divine Light. Thus providing/presenting this article is one way for us to accomplish our purpose and mission. 
This article and our providing/presenting it are therefore a central and essential part of our exercise and practice of our religion. 
None of the contents herein are claimed as absolute truth. They represent one possible perspective which might prove useful for you. All results from using anything written in this blog are solely your own responsibility, which you assume by reading.

All rights reserved under the Common Law. This means please respect our creatorship.

 


What is "Religion?"

What is "Religion?"

 

Here's a three-part definition I made up. A religion consists of

  • an object or focus of attention, 
  • a feeling about the object or focus, and 
  • a practice of paying attention to the object and having the feeling, some or all of the time. (That corresponds interestingly enough with mind, heart, and body.)

The object would be some sort of ultimate, most often, whatever is selected as being the ultimate cause and nature of everything we are aware of.

By “ultimate” I mean that for which there is nothing underneath, prior to it, a cause of it, or beyond or further into which we can become aware.

The feeling would be some sort of awe, reverence, appreciation, or wonder, and the object would be that which evokes the most intense of those feelings for a person. It has to be “evokes awe” rather than “is deemed worthy of awe” because it would not be ultimate if we apply to it some criterion of “worthy” of awe.

I choose “awe” because it seems to be the deepest, most profound, most “cosmic” of all emotions. It does not have "otherness" in it, as the concept of "gratitude" does. Also, it goes beyond appreciation. Its relationship to Divine, Unconditional Love that is an experience of Being, is beyond the scope of this particular blogpost.

The practice would be various actions that involve paying attention to the object and experiencing the feeling. These often involve rituals, but need not. Those actions are what is generally called “worship.” It is also plausible to regard the feeling of awe as worship--worship as a feeling--and the deepest, most meaningful worship practice, as feeling awe.

In some sense, everyone has a religion, given this definition, but most people hold it and experience it only subconsciously. And in most people who think their religion is one object/feeling, it’s actually something else that’s the ultimate object of awe for them--which they would be very reluctant to admit.

What is "a religion," to you? What is your religion? If you differentiate "spiritual" and "religious," what are the similarities and differences for you? What do you think they are for others?


This blogpost is part of a four-part series exploring these concepts. The others are What Does "Divine" Mean?, What is Theology?, and What Do "Sacred" and "Divine" Mean?

Questions and comments welcome below!

By Rev. Alia Aurami, Ph.D., Head Minister, Amplifying Divine Light in All Church
"Amplifying Divine Light in All" is a completely independent church fostering empowerment of people to co-create loving, thriving God-realized lives, and wellbeing for everyone, on a clean, peaceful Earth.
Our main religious purpose and mission is to amplify the Divine Light in everyone. When you read this article, you will agree or disagree with its various points, and then you will know more about what is true for you. Knowing more of your own Truth amplifies your Divine Light. Thus providing/presenting this article is one way for us to accomplish our purpose and mission. 
This article and our providing/presenting it are therefore a central and essential part of our exercise and practice of our religion. 
None of the contents herein are claimed as absolute truth. They represent one possible perspective which might prove useful for you. All results from using anything written in this blog are solely your own responsibility, which you assume by reading.

All rights reserved under the Common Law. This means please respect our creatorship.

What Does "Divine" Mean?

 What Does "Divine" Mean?

Orienting Question: What have your own inquiries into “Divine” brought? Anything like or unlike described here?

 

Since our name is “Amplifying Divine Light in All” Church, it would be good to explain something about what "Divine" means to us.

 

We recognize and honor that for other religions, the word means something quite different. We also recognize and honor that even within our church, individuals have differing meanings.

 

So I’m offering my meaning, as Head Minister of the Church. Others within our church feel an alignment and resonance with this, as I do with their meanings.


There is no permanent answer


Also, the meaning is not fixed. As we live in the inquiry “What is Divine” our understandings, our revelations, our experiences, change over time.

 

By “inquiry,” I mean something as simple as uttering or thinking the word “Divine” and then being quiet for a minute or two, just alert to notice whatever pops into my experience or awareness, if anything, and just enjoying whatever does arise. Perhaps writing it down. But just letting it sink in, without analyzing or meaning-making til later. We do this practice multiple times a day, or whenever it occurs to us to do.

 

The question: What does "Divine" mean? points to the same thing as these other questions listed just below. Exploring these other questions, as we do often, is a means of “living in the inquiry.”

  • What do I sense/regard/feel as the most important thing to pay attention to?
  • What do I regard as Ultimate?
  • What most fills me with awe and reverence, and a desire to worship in some way?
  • What has most drawn my attention as I contemplate life most deeply?
  • What has the most significance, when I think about Life, about Existence?
  • What is most fundamental about Life, about Existence?

Exploring these questions is a more complex form of inquiry called “contemplation,” and can involve revisiting the question and then writing down all that comes in while being quiet.

 

What is "worship"?

 

In one sense, the meaning of “Divine” for us is “most important, most fundamental, Ultimate, of most significance, most awe-generating, most moving us to reverence and worship.” 

 

And for me, when I say “awe” I don’t mean a mental experience or even an emotion or feeling. I mean a mind-blowing, heart-stopping, breath-taking sense of Being awe, reverence, and worship that drops me to my knees because I cannot stand up—yet not feeling one iota of separateness of me from the “object” of my awe. Paradoxical experience of Being.

 

I also don't mean it's just one thing and that's "it." There can be many moments of awe in a day, if one is open to that experience.

 

What gives you that kind of experience?

 

We draw our answers from several religious traditions and sages, enriched by our own revelations and experiences.

 

Two of the possible ultimates

 

I’ve discovered that for me, while the vastness and complexity of what I understand to exist inspires awe, my heart detects something beyond that which evokes in my heart an even greater, overwhelming sense of awe, reverence, and worship: whatever power or force CREATES all that exists, ongoingly in each moment.

 

I know that for many people “All That Is” is their Ultimate, their God. My Ultimate, my God, is whatever is creating all that is. That’s a rational conclusion, because logically the Creator, or the Power or Force of Creating, is prior to the Created. 

 

It’s also a beyond-rational conclusion of my deepest religious/spiritual sensing about what is precisely the object of my religious awe, what I most profoundly feel a sense of worship about, what is truly my “God.”

 

And some religions don’t even distinguish: God is the Creator, the Creating, and the Created. That is true for me, yet my sense of awe prioritizes the Creative Power of the Creator--whatever that IS. 

 

I have some speculations about what it is. If quantum physics is correct that the Universe blinks in and out of “existence” (whatever the heck that means) zillions of times every nanosecond, then Creating is being done, from scratch so to speak, that often, and is thus ongoing.

 

Where does everything go when it blinks out? And why does it come back different every time, like the series of still cartoon pictures, each slightly different so when we flip through we create the illusion of a moving picture? And what power brings it back and where is that power located? What is the non-existence like?

 

Those are interesting questions which I spend a lot of my religious inquiry time contemplating—not just mentally, but experientially, through my heart and body and soul. Part of the answer probably lies in the common notion of a "Field of Infinite Potential."

 

What makes the inquiry into the meaning of “Divine” important?

 

The meaning each of us holds at any time has implications for our sense of who we ultimately are, and what our relationship is to the Divine. Those in turn have implications for our values, for how we live our lives and relate to others.

 

For example, if the Power of Creation is Divine, then so is every Created, which means every person, every living thing, anything which I can be aware of! 

 

Thus each Created fundamentally deserves and receives my reverence, my honor, my respect, in their fundamental nature AS a Divine Creation. On the manifest level of multiplicity, given I am a Created with a particular nature that has preferences, I might choose to avoid or seek to eliminate some other Created, and that is what I am being created to do.

 

This blog and this post are part of our church’s ministry. We seek to amplify the Divine Light in you, by prompting you to inquire and contemplate further into what Divine means to you. The more you sense, know, experience, and understand of that meaning, the more of that Divine Light is amplified in you, through you, as you. So be it!

 This inquiry is part of a four-part series. The others are: What Do "Sacred" and "Divine" Mean?, What is Religion?, and What is Theology?

Questions and comments welcome below!

By Rev. Alia Aurami, Ph.D., Head Minister, Amplifying Divine Light in All Church
"Amplifying Divine Light in All" is a completely independent church fostering empowerment of people to co-create loving, thriving God-realized lives, and wellbeing for everyone, on a clean, peaceful Earth.
Our main religious purpose and mission is to amplify the Divine Light in everyone. When you read this article, you will agree or disagree with its various points, and then you will know more about what is true for you. Knowing more of your own Truth amplifies your Divine Light. Thus providing/presenting this article is one way for us to accomplish our purpose and mission. 
This article and our providing/presenting it are therefore a central and essential part of our exercise and practice of our religion. 
None of the contents herein are claimed as absolute truth. They represent one possible perspective which might prove useful for you. All results from using anything written in this blog are solely your own responsibility, which you assume by reading.

All rights reserved under the Common Law. This means please respect our creatorship.