Thursday, June 8, 2017

EXILE




    Just sharing a poem that I wrote this evening; I hope you all enjoy it.


EXILE

 Familiarity fades into the lonely hush of time,
 the world vibrates with hollow echoes
 as the song birds sing their soulless songs.
 This dwelling becomes a cave,
 illuminated by dancing midnight fires -
 ghosts of prophets speak of wisdom
 as we sit in solitude within this desert of shadows.
 Divine presence hovers at the edge of our reality,
 bringing deeper revelation to those in exile -
 what of the two men, whose third companion is God?

Paul James Caiden 6/8/2017


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

JUST A THOUGHT... OR MAYBE IT'S AN OBSERVATION




     Is it any wonder that countries are always going to war, and there's always drama of some type hanging in the ether. Because people always talk, but nobody listens. Everyone's just concerned about stating what THEY WANT. Or, they make themselves the victim and never hear what the other party is truly saying. The great lost art of communication is truly lost, and I don't see how any person or any country can progress without the ability to listen. The answer: learn to be compassionate and understanding. If a person cannot do that, then they will never truly communicate with another being. And then, every conversation, every verbal exchange of any kind just becomes a hodgepodge of blame, selfishness and ego. We need to stop doing this before humanity loses every ounce of its humanity.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

NATURE'S REFLECTION OF THE DIVINE




    Nature is a reflection of the Divine: It's peaceful Meadows, majestic trees and rolling landscapes depict the tranquility of Spirit; while it's nourishing rains, autumn harvests and fruits of the land show us the giving, plentiful nature of the Universe.

    But man plows under the landscapes, and builds numerous towers that crowd upon one another. The swaying grass of the open meadows are replaced with highways and sidewalks. In the name of progress, we turn the beauty of our world into cluttered mazes that can sometimes inspire anxiety by there very sight. And inside those clusters of buildings that clutter the land are individuals with cluttered minds. Minds that worry all day long about money, medical issues, how to make the biggest profit on the little guy, and how to get ahead in the rat race of a life constructed by men whose minds are void of spirits inspiration. Is it any wonder there's so much depression, disease and other issues in our world today. Most of us are living in environments that are not natural for humans to exist in. Nature is becoming extinct, and God is reduced to a fairytale.

    What kind of environment do you want to live in? Are you happy in the concrete jungles or do you wish to live near the mountains, trees and running brooks? And perhaps even more importantly, what does your inner landscape look like? Does it reflect the clutter and anxiety of the world around you, or is it peaceful, gentle and serene like an evening breeze whispering through the summer leaves? A person can live right in the middle of chaos, yet have great peace within if he or she chooses to pursue it. Remember, nature is a reflection of the Divine... And that nature can be reflected in you, if you take the time to meditate upon it and welcome it into your being.


   

Monday, June 5, 2017

A PRAYER FOR THE LOST AND HATEFUL




    In my time of spiritual reflection and prayer this morning, I found myself uttering these words as I contemplated the terror attacks that are going on in the UK right now. It was almost as if someone were speaking the words through me. Afterwards, I realized, it's easy to feel hatred and anger. But then I asked myself the question, do those emotions truly lead us to the path of victory? If we kill a man who kills someone else, friends of that man will retaliate and try to kill us. Of course we have to defend ourselves, sometimes there's no other choice. But perhaps guns and bombs are not our ultimate solution. Maybe we should all contemplate the words of the prayer below, and then say it ourselves, from our hearts. After all, if those who hate and kill actually had an encounter with divine love; it would revolutionize their lives. There's no way that it couldn't. Contemplate, pray and pass these words along.


    O' that those who interpret their religion as violence and fear, would encounter the love and peace of God. For when one experiences the love of God for one minute, one hour, one day... he will crave it for the rest of his life and seek its light daily. Only then will the hateful disregard the treacherous teachings of men, and followed the true guidance God speaks in the depths of their hearts. This guidance cannot be found in any book, or in the words of finite man; but can only be found when a soul turns to God and opens to him like a flower to the sun. May the God of love reveal himself to all those who tread the path of a dark and fearful philosophy... and may they know the unexplainable joy that comes by walking in his radiant light.


 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

OBTAINING INNER PEACE




    There are many ways to obtain and grow our own personal, inner peace. But the one that most people fail to do, is to put forth a little effort to gain knowledge about the spiritual truths of our universe. As in everything else in life, a little education can go a long way. It's a wonderful thing to have faith and believe, but it strengthens our faith when we know why we believe. It is empowering and puts our feet on more solid spiritual ground, when we have and can give educated, logical, historical and even scientific reasons for our belief. For instance, did you know that there are many scientific and medical institutes that have done further studies on the near-death experience? Did you know that many of their findings seem to support our consciousness surviving the experience of physical death? These findings go far beyond the patent, scientific explanation of the near-death experience being nothing more than the hallucinations of a dying brain. Life after death, the hereafter, it's a common belief in most religions. Having a little science behind your faith makes it come more alive in your everyday life... It becomes something that is a reality, not just a blind hope or something that our ancestors passed onto us.

    There are many areas of study and interest around the subject of spirituality. There are just as many scientists, historians, philosophers, theologians, quantum physicists and intelligent minds that present some pretty hard-hitting evidences for God and a spiritual universe as there are atheists. But most people are unaware of this, and this is why the atheists jeer and sneer when they ask a believer an intelligent or scientific question and cannot get an intelligent answer; because many are unaware of the actual facts and do not know why they believe what they believe. Many people who have a spiritual belief system in their lives think that science and religion do not mix. That is a colossal mistake. Because science can sometimes peel back the veil, even if it is but a little bit, and give us a glimpse of the mysterious wonder that is our universe. And having these glimpses means so much more than having an educated answer for your beliefs; those glimpses, that self education and knowledge can bring a piece into your life that you probably never knew existed.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

YOU THINK YOU HAVE INNER PEACE... UNTIL...




    Do you have inner peace? Is all right in your world? Do you feel at peace with yourself, nature, the universe and the state of the world? Many people will say that they have inner peace, but when circumstances get challenging, tragedy strikes or something disrupts the routine of their lives... their reactions can be far less than poised, centered or peaceful. Naturally, there are times in life when we all get upset. But we might ask ourselves, how easy is it for our inner peace to be completely disrupted and blown off course?

    We must understand, many people mistake the ease of life as inner peace. As long as everything is fine in their lives, and they feel happy and content, they say that they have peace of mind. But when problems or challenges pop up, they are suddenly in mental and emotional ruin. Why is this? It is because many individuals view peace as a transient state of being. As long as the weather is fine, everything at work is fine and the everyday routine turns like a well oiled machine, they're fine. But when one area of life gets out of alignment, the whole system crashes and they become overly stressed out and anxious. For some, it can be a great day today, and total depression and catastrophe tomorrow. Their emotional state is dependent on how situations play out or maintain in their lives. And like waves on the ocean, that can change day to day and even moment by moment.

    The trick to overcoming this cycle of ups and downs, is discovering what it is that truly brings you peace. What gives you strength, what rises you above the noise and clatter of this life and its problems? What is it that gives you the faith and the courage to start again when everything around you collapses? What is it that gives you hope and the inner assurance that no matter what happens, you are going to be okay? What is it that brings you joy even when the circumstances of life around you are not so very joyful? What is it that gives you strength when you face tragedy or even loss? The states of mind and being cannot be found in a good day at the office, a big bank account or because everything at home has been running smoothly for the last six months. Nothing in this material world can give you a strong or lasting foundation of peace that will not collapse under pressure. This kind of strength and peace can only be found in a connection with the Divine... for, when everything and everyone else is gone, what else is there? The things of this world come and go, they appear and then fade. Nothing upon the earth will last forever. But our connection to Spirit, our assurance of the unseen, that will last for all eternity.

   But how do we make that connection with the unseen? How do we start to build that kind of faith that will sustain us through the most difficult of times? ... We will talk about that, tomorrow.


 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

THE TAROT




    I have a great love for the Tarot: It is a tool for guidance in our lives, a tool for meditation and can even be used to get spirit impressions from angels and loved ones who have crossed over. The cards can be used in simple ritual to help give our intentions of manifestation and extra boost. They can be used for healing, cutting unwanted psychic chords and even balancing our energy system. To me, the cards are more than just a fortune telling accessory, they are living companion in my life.