This past Wednesday I had the last of my four Reiki 1 classes and as with last week, it began with my teacher asking me to close my eyes and pick three cards. The three that I picked were Destiny, Wisdom, and Nonjudgmental. As with last week, she smiled and she said yes those are you; read the backs if you would like. You just need to walk in the fullness of them
Wisdom – Treat everyone and everything with loving compassion. When you see no difference between the sacred and the profane, the saint and the sinner. That is the ultimate wisdom.
Destiny – You can look . . . and you will find it. You can not look . . . and you will find it. That which is yours will surely come to you.
Nonjudgmental – To straighten what is crooked, you must first straighten yourself. Once you are aligned, the whole world looks different. Read More
Wednesday was the 3rd of what will now be four lessons for Reiki 1. So after a celebratory birthday lunch for my teacher (I made “fried” chicken, collard greens, “mac” and cheese, and biscuits), we began our lesson. After blessing and sanctifying the space, she said close your eyes and using your left hand (not my dominant hand), hover your hand over this deck of Zen cards and pick three. The three that I picked were Compassion, Wisdom, and Community. We laughed and she said yes those are you; read the backs if you would like. Read More
To all my spiritual teachers,
Most of you are no longer living in this realm, however, some of you are. Some of you I have never met, others of you I have. Some of you have taught me through your writings, your lectures, and other things you have done to assist others and me in our journeys. You were walking in your calling as a teacher and sharing the wisdom of your life with people like me and for that I am grateful.
A while back, in one of my earlier blogs, I made a list of 10 spiritual teachers in my life. They were: Read More
So I was checking in with my friend Angel today on FB and her status said, “People often forget that I am a Communication Major. The first rule of thumb is if you are going to tell a story get the facts straight otherwise it is considered gossip, slander and it is grounds for a law suit. You become a liability to your employer. Yep you guessed it, this post is a tease. "Is your lying tongue a liability?" Do you use your tongue as a tool for treachery or to teach? Are you a positive source of energy or a parasite that drains life?
That word parasite caught my attention, so I asked her if she had read my blog from last night, which was about parasites. “No, I didn’t, but I will.” Read More
Yes, I so get this one. I can definitely think of at least one time in which I felt disappointment. And to be honest, it generally had nothing to do with the other person or persons involved. It was always me. I was the one who was disappointed because I had expected someone to do something, they did not, and then I felt dissed. It was like you know what I expected you to do this because of x, y or z and you did not and then I felt disappointed because I was expecting you to do something. When I started looking at the expectations, I had placed on people and releasing them, I found myself experiencing less disappointment in my life. When I do experience it now, I find it is connected to an expectation that I did not realize I still had. So for me, the best response is to release the expectation and then I am no longer disappointed.
Frustration on the other hand – yeah, I know that feeling intimately well Read More
If I made a list of ten people in my life who have taught me invaluable lessons they would be the following:
1. My bubby, which is Yiddish for grandmother, who taught me to silence my self and listen to the spirit within.
2. my wife, Zoe Davis, who taught me that love was and can be unconditional.
3. Miguel Don Ruiz whose writings helped me bring an end to my own suffering.
4. Osho, whose writings helped me to understand the difference between belief and faith
5. Dr. Diane Samdahl, who gave me the courage to face my demons and insecurities
6. Meg Christian, who reminded me that it is all about the journey and that “great wisdom from painful experience is an inside job!”
7. my mother, Roslyn Kamin Jacobson, who taught me that love was the greatest gift one could give
8. my son, Nicholas Maurice Chambers Jacobson Johnson, who taught me the transformative power of love and faith.
9. Jorge Rieger, who is a constant reminder to me that the larger our welcome and affirming of human diversity is, the greater our understanding of the Creator is.
10. my father, Avram Lyon Jacobson, who taught me the importance of being responsible for one’s behavior and words. Read More