Posts Tagged ‘Simplicity’


I know, in the spiritual world I totally love to use the Islamic word Jihad for this struggle, but in today’s climate people would get caught up on semantics, and not the point of the interior struggle of old/new energy.

That is what this is about. I know I frustrate folks, mostly my spouse, where I will go hard core on a new interest, collect and do it for months-years, then reach a point of being completed with that interest and everything will go off to charity. Some look at it and g0—but what about all that money? I look at it as, I have had my learning/enjoyment and now want to pass that on to someone else (some would call this the Law of Circulation) and in giving we receive, for the positive energy space is renewed for a new pursuit.

As a spiritual director I work with all genders that struggle with this idea of release. They are trying to enter into a new interest but keep stumbling to start, and cannot figure out why. They have done soul work if there is something interior holding them back, and are ready to launch but still hit the block.

Walking through the journey on the interior, what is discovered is an exterior block. A past interest or life struggle where there is still totems/icons within the home tying them to the past they cannot move beyond.

A good example is someone wanting to reinvent their style, but still hold onto all the clothes of the old style? Instead of getting the new ready, and bagging up all the old ones for a local homeless shelter.

Just like needing to look at your life when you are in addiction recovery and getting rid of those things in your home space that are physical triggers; ending the relationships that are emotional/spiritual triggers….this is part of the cleanse that gets one on the right track of transformation and can be the harder steps than the actual interior soul work of recovery.

Or the battle of weight loss. It does not matter the gender, there is always the, “I will hold onto/store these clothes for when I fit into them again.” The challenge is that the pursuit of transformation is then weighed down by an anchor. It is an anchor of working on your exterior self to reclaim your past.

As we know, the soul work, energy work, treatment work that one does is to let go of the past, to be prepared to move into a presence of the present as one journeys to the future. The holding on of the clothes becomes an anchor to the past that the subconscious uses to defeat all the ground of holistic health gained by the interior work.

The release of the anchor into the flow of the Universe opens up new energy and new possibilities. When it is given to a local homeless shelter, it increases the vibration for these clothes then bless more lives transforming, gaining health and regaining homes.

So what truly is the battle of Holistic Health?

It is the battle of the whole person to release the soul sludge holding them back from being the “me” they are meant to be. Whether that sludge is physical things, people, belongings, mental baggage, emotional damage, or energetic corrosion…

The question is…are you ready to cut the anchor of the past, and be present in the now to be the best you, you can be?

 


It is highly entertaining that many spiritual tomes throughout history have been written in regards to simplicity. One of my spiritual roots that allowed me to rise, was the Franciscan ideal of “mendicant”-the open hand, used as a slur, but empowered through the idea that it is all God’s…so let it flow.

Yet how often does one take the idea of flow and the new, releasing the old, into their on-line presence?

How often do you enter mindfulness and truly look at who you are following on Twitter? Who you are a friend with on Facebook? What groups or likes you have on Facebook? Or as I did this last week updated my blog to better reflect where I am now in life.

So as a spiritual practice of simplicity within this new reality, take time to reflect on your social media presence and does it still truly reflect you? Go back through like you would the closet and basement with the clean up idea?

Are you ready for 21st century simplicity practice?

 


It has been a unique staycation. It started with 3 days on my Dad’s farm, which actually allowed for a complete decompression before returning to the city to move forward into a new reality. Yes the art of relaxation is to create that space of release and renewal.

But what continues that? Part of it is the Shadow/Soul/Self-work to release the energy sludge that holds us back, and letting our Chakra’s renew and burn it away as it leaves our system. This renews the spiritual self.

But what of our physical world? We live in a world that tells us we desperately need the newest, best, brightest! That our drive is the accumulation of belongings, money and wealth in such away. Yet what is wealth?

It begins with wholeness of character, that starts with passion, and knowing what you are meant to do in life. Then from there it is looking at our physical surroundings, yes these things have been useful in our life up to this point. But what is being kept simply out of duty? Out of tradition? Out of not knowing what that space would be like without that there?

For the release of the physical of things creates space and peace in our physical environments that becomes contagious to our own being. The question though is are we willing to peel the onion of our own homes, briefcases, purses, to see what can be found when that we simply have because that is what has already existed is released whether it is garbage, recycled, given to a non-profit or a thrift store…what does the face feel like now? what is new space saying about whom you are and how to use it? How comfortable are you to release the old? To allow the space to sit empty when it hasn’t been before?

What does how we keep our homes say about our inner self?

What happens when both are brought into a healthy vibration with one another?

Are you up for the challenge?

This week off has been quite productive in continuing a renewed life of simplicity and watching things that no longer serve us in the now go forward into the flow to bless others.

Are you ready to renew?


On March 13, 2013 the broader non-Catholic world came into the Charism of St. Francis of Assisi when Pope Francis the First began his pontificate and began slowly chipping away at the Papal Imperial Plan to bring out the gospel way as laid out by Rabbi Jesus. For this Jesuit pope, it was a gospel path laid out by mendicants in the 13th century Italy. That’s right, beggars, the homeless (y’know the ones that he has opened the palace up to for sanctuary).

But who were these mendicants? They were the quirky ones, the ones without place in society, the ones called out by Francis Bernadone the son of a wealthy family of Assisi, who went off to be a Knight in the Crusades in the Holy Land, only his party skills and legend did not translate well onto the battlefield and he spent many a day wounded and jailed. In fact it was on the travel back he found himself in a little falling down chapel in San Damiano.  Where in his delirium, a voice of the Cosmic Christ spoke to him:

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“Francis rebuild my church”

After three rebuilt chapels, and some mighty fine refurbishments if Francis did say so himself, the vision of the Christ within came to him once more to elucidate the calling more: “Not the buildings, the community.”

Think on that. As the world treats Pope Francis like a rock star and are astounded by his ways, he is emulating the Living Christ within, the one that called to Francis and led Francis to strip himself of worldly wealth, and walk out of a world of prestige and falsity. He would move out with those “outside the norms of society, he would go with the lepers, and create an egalitarian role for women; and to top it off, would even take a pilgrimage to the Vatican to get the Pope’s blessing of his age. But that was not the most scandalous action, as Francis realized as a world we are a village, he would go to the Holy Land and spend time in silence, prayer, feasting and dialogue with Saladin leader of the Muslims he once called enemy attempting to broker a peace between the children of the Holy.

Think it through today.

Why does Francis matter?

Simple:

He lived simplicity.

He understood the inclusivity of community by providing the proper supports for all.

He understood and lived a shared Eco-system.

He showed love and respect for all of creation (very Shamanic, just think of his Feast Day October 4 where animals are blessed around the world).

He did not see labels, but saw brothers and sisters… even deeper he saw the Cosmic Christ within each and every one of us.

He lived for justice.

At the centre of it all, was simply love. Nothing more. Nothing less. The Holy message of the way shower, Brother Jesus of Nazareth.


Stargate SG-1 (season 1)

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simplicity nuke (Photo credit: Sean MacEntee)

It is interesting the things one gets reminded of in the quiet of contemplation of communion. For me today it was a reflection on the vow of Simplicity in life I took as a Franciscan. For celibate friars it is a vow of poverty, but for those who are called to live in the world it is one of simplicity. Why was I reminded of this?

I think it is a reflection that grows out of my overnight stay in Red Deer this week at the Sheraton for the AHS In Roads Conference. See we are a family without a signal for our television (converter box, cable, satelite, net flixs, etc) so we use our own DVD‘s either bought in discount bins, or borrowed for free from the Calgary Public Library and I will admit every so often I miss channel surfing. So Thursday night, I actually got the opportunity to have cable, and guess what? I was bored with it. Channel surfing was replaced by reading 4 books in my overnight stay and when I did watch television it was a repeat of a show I already own on DVD (Stargate SG-1).

What does this have to do with the subject of this post? Simple, the world says you need this, yet in actuality there is contentment in a simpler path. So here is where I am going:

The 1/3 Challenge and it is quite simple…a personal vow of simplicity.

Where are areas in your life that you would like to simplify? Perhaps it is getting rid of the T.V. signal, or deciding no to own DVD’s or CD‘s? Replacing your Ipod with a simple radio?

For your kids having them go through their toys and books and choosing a third to give to a charity that raises money to help kids overseas? or donate to a women’s shelter?

Perhaps it is going through your own books to donate to the library, local missions, or overseas missions?

Perhaps it is pruning your own clothes and donating them to a local shelter? (Do you keep the “Thin clothes” the “in shape” clothes?? What if you lived in the now and removed those things that held you back and blessed someone else?).

Going through all those canned goods you have and seeing if there is anyway to bless a local food bank?

Pruning old paperwork…

What is the 1/3 challenge? It is simple, cleanse yourself of 1/3 of the physical belongings in your life and see how you feel.

Will you fall short of 1/3 or go beyond once rolling. Only you will know, but it will start with the simple first step of ACCEPTING the 1/3 CHALLENGE.

Let me know how it goes…

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