Posted on January 9, 2016 | Discuss on Facebook
Our Kitchen Mystic Series continues apace, as Erin and I explore the deeper level of peace that is the universal underpinning of the Christmas story.
For Christians, Christmas time heralds the birthday of Jesus Christ, and all that he brought and brings to the world to lift us out of the darkness of human error and frailty.
For non-Christians, the “Jesus” focus of Christmas time may seem like a large birthday party going on (and on) right next door to us, and if we aren’t personally connected, after a while our patience and tolerance wears thin. You might have a moment when you think, “If I hear one more Christmas carol in a store I’m going to scream…”
For the churched and the unchurched among us, for the Christians and the Nones together, there is a deeper level of spirituality that we can all share in at this time.
Beyond the historical and religious Jesus, there is a Universal Spirit that he fully embodied and each of us can tap into it to some degree, no matter what our level of church affiliation or non- affiliation is.
Let’s call it “Christ Consciousness.”
Enter in with us and touch something that is so much deeper than words, and let us remember together what is so easy to forget:
We are all One.
As John Lennon put it, Imagine all the people … living life in peace … you may say I’m a dreamer. But I’m not the only one. I hope one day you’ll join us, and the world will live as one.
As winter’s darkness grows, it brings us the gift of how much we love the light, and how we are trying to “be a light” for ourselves and for everyone else.
Cozy up with us this week and go deeper.
Be there. Be Here!
The blessing of feeling Christ Consciousness can happen in a moment.
May it happen for you now, today.
Mary and Erin
EPISODE 137 Churched or Un-churched – what is “Christ Consciousness?”
“Christ consciousness” is an experience of Universal light and oneness that is the deeper level of Christmas-time energy. For Christians and non-Christians alike, this experience of peace is a joy beyond words that Mary nevertheless attempts to put into words in this podcast.
“Christ Consciousness? We tap into it. It’s a field of light and energy that we occasionally breathe in, and our consciousness stretches out into it like into a lovely warm ocean.
Your heart is open – your mind is still – you feel nothing but good will and blessing towards others – you feel safe – you wish to serve and bless and love everyone – you become love, with peaceful detachment.
You tap into a space that is love, it’s inside you, and you are inside it. You feel encouragement, bliss, a desire to serve, blessing, thriving, unity.
You see yourself in another person and know yourself to be one and the same being.
This is what we hope to taste in a moment in a Christmas midnight service: that way you stretch out into a vast timeless space with other people, in the play of dark and light.”
Take some time amid the noise and bustle of the holiday season to be in a moment with Mary and Erin, as we remember to find that quieter, deeper place.
Sense that spiritual fabric of light and energy and the one-ness that informs all religions as well as our most special moment in an otherwise ordinary day.
You are a Kitchen Mystic.
You can do that.
Posted on December 19, 2015 | Discuss on Facebook
Great news! Even though a recent study on Religion in America tells us that church enrollment is declining, it also reports that there is an increase in the number of people (churched and unchurched) who claim to regularly have spiritual experiences: the feeling of peace, gratitude, and a sense of wonder about the Universe. The Kitchen Mystics!
This week Erin and I continue our musings on living life as a Kitchen Mystic, a dedicated spiritual person who does not feel the need to go to church.
Are you a happy churchgoer, or a “None,” someone who has no religious affiliation?
Do you find church rewarding, optional, irrelevant, or oppressive – an activity that actually mutes the true life and power of your own spirit’s truth and happiness?
A Special Note:
As the year draws to a close
and we prepare to re-set for the New Year,
give yourself a treat from your favorite Kitchen Mystic and do my 21-day online course:
Forgive Yourself, Love Yourself, and Move On.
This is a super affordable opportunity for some simple and serious renewal.
You’ll receive a daily email with an easy soulful exercise, and the guidance for how to clear some debris from last year or some chronic disappointment in yourself.
You deserve to love who you are, and get support to begin again. Because a rich and meaningful life is always about beginning again.
Abundant Blessings to You –
Mary and Erin
Have a listen!
EPISODE 136: THE KITCHEN MYSTIC SERIES – SPIRITUALITY AND RELIGION
“Spirituality is a state of awareness in which you are vitally and lovingly present to yourself, to other people, to Nature, and to Spirit.”
Church is wonderful, unless you happen to have been abused in one, or raised in a church that felt dry and irrelevant to you, and then you left to join the growing numbers of the “unchurched.”
This week, Mary tells a story of recovering from a wound sustained in her childhood church experience, and how she found her way into her own spirituality that is both disciplined and joyful. (She managed to retain a few positive things from her childhood church tradition.)
Sometimes we have to forgive God! (or at least, our concept of God.) And then we can start a whole new relationship with God.
Posted on December 13, 2015 | Discuss on Facebook