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Some of you may be wondering what led me to create this place of unity, UniFaith Daily. A place where all are not only welcome, but valued and respected. All love based faiths are considered equally valid, for they meet the needs of those who hold them, and they believe in showing love and compassion to others, and in doing no harm. I believe God by whatever name you know him is equally able to reach us all. All who choose to live by love, are choosing God, for God is love.

It has been a long and interesting journey which began in my youth. I was raised in a very strict faith, which taught that only they were saved, and no others of any faith had any hope whatsoever, unless they joined our faith. It was a very narrow point of view. At the time I never questioned it. It was what I was taught to be true. Over time I came to think differently. My faith could not answer many questions that I had satisfactorily however, which caused me to begin to search for the answers I longed for. This was the begining of a long process involving many different experiences that all ultimately contributed to my spiritual growth.

In my metamorphosis I came to a point where I began to question everything. I began a lifelong search for truth. I visited many places of worship for many faiths. I have studied the beliefs of many faiths, and read their Holy books. (I still do this) I have been a practitioner of various faiths. They each had their own unique perspective with true offerings of value for the soul seeking knowledge of the Divine. None fully answered all of my questions however.

It was then that I began to consider that perhaps God is far bigger, far more accepting and loving than any of us have previously imagined. I came across some books by no accident that helped further develop my thoughts on this idea. Neale Donald Walsh’s books Conversations with God were extremely eye-opening to me. don Miguel Ruiz with his Four Agreements, and The Mastery of Love also profoundly affected my new way of thinking. Many other books, and amazing authors have also contributed to my growing understanding, including Stuart Wilde‘s Affirmations, White Eagle in The Gentle Brother, and Heal Thyself.  Doreen Virtue in the Lightworker’s Way, Tuesday Lobsang Rampa‘s books, and many more.

The more I read and study, the more I come to the conclusion that all love based faiths have much of value to offer. No one faith can possibly contain all the knowledge and wonder that is God, the supreme amazingly wonderous Being who loves us all immeasurably.

I think Of Christ’s great demonstration of unconditional love to mankind. I think of how he often said, “Fear not for I am with you always, and judge not lest you be judged. And neither do I condemn you go and sin no more. “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do..” He  said many wonderful things, this is a very small representation. I think of Peter’s vision of all manner of creatures let down from heaven in a net, and God telling him not to call unclean what He has deemed clean. I think of Buddha, and his beautiful teachings on living a peaceful and harmonious life. Many Great teachers have walked among us over the centuries. I am referring to the ones who teach of love and compassion and of the Divine one who loves us and has compassion on us.

I think of the Jewish Faith and its rich History, and their beliefs in Love, charity and tolerance of others. They are strongly Devoted to Yahweh, Adonai and the teachings of Moses and the prophets. I think of the Muslim faith, and how much they love Allah, who one Muslim friend of mine said is also known as the most loving and the most peaceful one. I think of the simple beauty of the Buddhist Faith, and their devotion to the principles of love and compassion. I think the Buddhist Faith can best be summed up in this quote from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, “My true religion, my simple faith is in love and compassion. There is no need for complicated philosophy, doctrine, or dogma. Our own heart, our own mind, is the temple. The doctrine is compassion. Love for others and respect for their rights and dignity, no matter who or what they are – these are ultimately all we need.”

I think of the Hindu Faith and their devotion to the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads.  *”According to the Vedic scriptures an individual is born with three debts. The debt to God is called ‘Dev-rin.’ The debt to the sages and saints is called ‘Rishi-rin.’ The third debt to one’s parents and ancestors is called ‘Pitri-rin.’ These three debts are like three mortgages on one’s life, but not liabilities. It is an attempt by Hindu scriptures to create an awareness of one’s duties and responsibilities.”

I think of the Earth based Pagan Faiths, and their beliefs in love and compassion and in preserving the Earth. Pagan’s see the Divine in all of the God/Goddesses creation, valuing all creatures right to live here. It is their wish to do no harm.  They have great respect for the beliefs of others, and appreciate those who give them the same consideration. There are many more love based faiths, and each has value, I am simply listing just a few here as examples.

To reiterate, all love based faiths have much to offer. If we were to be open to sharing our inspirations with each other. If we could listen without judging, and simply except each other as we are. If we were able to see that no other beliefs are a threat to our own, what a wonderous place that would be. A truly wonderous point of view. It is not necessary for everyone to agree, it is only necessary for everyone to respect and accept each other. Such a place is my dream for you, and led to the Creation of UniFaith Daily. Let Love be the guide of all.

I would no more see everyone believe the same, then I would see every flower become a rose. The true beauty of Mankind’s Faith is in our diversity. It is as if we are all part of a great kaleidoscope of expression of the vast glory of the Divine.

In closing let me share this thought. Walk with me if you will on the vast beach of the ocean of the Universe. Here all manner of treasures wash ashore from the Divine source of all life. Each one walking here may take whatever appeals to them on the deepest Spiritual levels of which they are able to understand and accept. All gifts are precious, and flow from the One source. No gift is less valuable than any other. Simply take your gift and treasure it in your heart. See also that your brother’s and sister’s gifts are the treasures of their hearts, and they are just as precious as your own.

Namaste, That Place in Me where the whole Universe dwells, Greets that same place in you.

Kerrie UniFaith

*http://hinduism.about.com/od/deathdying/a/Pitri-Paksha-Annual-Ancestor-Worship.htm

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We all suffer in this life. The Great Buddha‘s perspective on overcoming our expectations, and desire’s to end this suffering by rising above it are to this day Beautiful, profound and still ring true.
Yet as one goes through the very real emotions of one who has just lost a Loved one, or a beloved pet, or any greatly prized possession even these feelings can hurt with such intensity as to remind one of a physical injury. Thankfully time heals these wounds. The intensity fades over time. Although depending on how much the one lost from your physical sight was Loved by you, it can take a great deal of time.
A method I have found helpful is to create healing visualizations within your mind where you can be with the departed Loved one in your memories, or like I do, create a beautiful garden in your mind where you keep all your treasure, and all those dearest to you. Here nothing is ever lost or stolen. In truth nothing that is truly yours can ever be taken from you in this life. Often in life we incorrectly perceive what is ours, but what is truly yours, is deep within you and no one can ever take that from you. This very precious being that you are is your divine birthright, and the Love that forms your very soul.

In my garden walk the angels, ministering spirits who Love to serve others, all those I Love most dear, both human, divine and of the animal kingdom. Here I may peacefully go, and find the solace that my aching heart needs to heal, so that I may go on and serve in Love as my Master has so eloquently demonstrated in his life time here.
You my Dear ones are most welcome to join me there. Walk in peace, Live in Love.

Take Heart and Know that you are Loved!
Take Courage and know that you are never alone!
The Great Spirit says, “I am with you always!”

Kerrie UniFaith

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Meditations

These meditations are from the book “From the heart of a Gentle BrotherBartholomew.


The East

The east corresponds to the element of the air, to dawn, the mind, spring, the pale airy colors of white and violet, to the eagle and other high-flying birds, and to the power o know. The material symbol of the east is the sword. It is the double-sided sword f decision. With awareness the mind can use this tool to cut through illusion to the truth.

So please close your eyes and become centered in whatever way is meaningful to you. Breath deeply and be conscious of the air as it flows in and out of your lungs. Feel that air as the breath of th divine. Breath it in as a life force, as inspiration, as creation. When you exhale let your own breath merge with the wind and clouds, with the great currents of air that sweep over land and sea s the earth revolves on its axis.
Pause

The bird is a powerful inspiring symbol which can be said to carry your prayers to heaven… If you want more than anything else to fly free from the limitations you feel on th earth plane, soar through space and break into another realm of consciousness then the winged ones can help you. Energy follows thought…

Meditation on Expansion

Please take a comfortable position lying down. With your body in full contact with the earth, we will be able to use it to push-off into the vastness. You can begin to develop the ability to lift off and out of whatever seems to entrap you, and break free of that particular limitation or belief.

Concentrate on your breath. Become aware of your breath as it moves through your body. Feel it filling your cells, all of your cells, your whole body. Then extend that awareness to the energy around your physical body. Feel the ground, hear the sounds, acknowledge the strength of the energies surrounding you. Take your time. Feel the energy around you and under you. Now feel your energy push-off from the earth and move upward and outward. Feel the lift off. Feel your energy moving skyward. Your Spirit has the ability to fly free. Do this until you have the feeling of moving out. Energy follows thought.
When you have the feeling of being stuck, hurt, angry, confused or fearful, if you will stop a moment feel what is happening around you, then “push-off” from the earth and feel yourself moving upward, you will begin to separate from that particular emotion, fear, or feeling. You will not reconcile your entire life’s process, but you can for that moment fly free of any particular limitation and remember,Freedom is one moments liberation after another.
Pause until you feel a completion.

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Native American Prayers

Being part Cherokee, and Blackfoot Native American myself, I have a special Love for all Native Americans. I would be remiss if I were to neglect to put some native american Prayers on my blog. I found a few out there, which I will share with you here.

Trouble no more about their religion;
respect others in their view,
and demand that they respect yours.

Indian Serenity Prayer
God, grant me the strength of eagles wings,
the faith and courage to fly to new heights,
and the wisdom to rely on his spirit to carry me there.
(sent in by Patti)

 

Native American Prayer for Peace

 

Oh Great Spirit of our
Ancestors, I raise
my pipe to you.
To your messengers the four winds, and
to Mother Earth who provides
for your children.
Give us the wisdom to teach our children
to love, to respect, and to be kind
to each other so that they may grow
with peace of mind
Let us learn to share all good things that
you provide for us on this Earth.

 

Chief Yellow Hawk

 

 

Great Spirit Prayer

 

 

Great Spirit, Great Spirit, My Grandfather,
All over the earth the faces of living things are all alike.
Look upon these faces of children without number
And with children in their arms,
That they may face the winds and
Walk the good road to the day of quiet. . .
There is no death. . .
Only a change of worlds. . .
Only a change of worlds.

Author Unknown

 

 

“I pray to the Great White Spirit, that we may be enabled to reveal the operation of the laws that belong to the Spirit realms. I pray that we may be enabled to give a clearer understanding of the Great Spirit and his relationship to all the phenomena of life and to all His Children who dwell in the Universe.”
“The Great Spirit has been so misunderstood throughout the centuries, misinterpreted, limited and restricted that we seek to reveal the Great Spirit as perfect law in operation. The Great Spirit is responsible for every manifestation of life. All that exists does so because of his power and sustenance. The whole order of creation pays tribute to his Law. The mightiest and the lowliest, the strongest and the weakest, the birds, the flowers, the trees, the wind, the ocean, the mountains, the hills, and the vales, the sunshine and the rain, the storm and the lightning-all these are but the expressions of the Great Spirit of all life.”
“We seek to reveal that all are fashioned in His spiritual image, that His Spirit manifests through their being, that they move and breathe and live because the Great Spirit is within them and they are within the Great Spirit. None has the power to come between the child and the father, for all the inspiration, all the truth, all the wisdom, all the revelation, all the knowledge that belongs to the infinite reservoir can be reached by each child of the Great Spirit as he desires, in aspiration, humility and service, to become an instrument for the mighty power.”
We seek to reveal the greatness latent within every human soul, the mighty force waiting to be released, pent up through misunderstanding, waiting to surge through the physical being and express spiritual heights in their daily lives. We would seek to make all children live lives in fullness, in beauty, in understanding of the purpose for which they were born, so they might extract from life all the richness, all the sweetness, all the beauty that is theirs for the asking.
We seek to bring the Great Spirit closer to his children, and his children closer to the Great Spirit, to overcome all the obstacles that stand in the way, to banish all the restrictions and limitations so that the children of His world of matter may know the Great Spirit and seek to reveal Him in service. That is the prayer of Thy Indian servant, who seeks to serve.”
From the Teachings of Silver Birch P. 211-212
A prayer of Benediction from Silver Birch.
“I pray to the Great White Spirit that, wherever you are, whatever you do, His power and His Love may sustain you; that your heart, always filled with a desire to serve, shall be open to the inspiration of the Great White Spirit. May He infuse into you a greater capacity for service, that you may build around you a centre of Light, of Peace, of Happiness, so that all those  who come to that centre may understand that it is a place where the Great White Spirit reigns.”
“May He bless you and sustain you and keep you always in his path. May you learn to understand more clearly His purpose, His power, and His plan. God Bless you, my Son/Daughter, and go forward
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Teachings of Silver Birch P. 243

To Read more on Indian prayers shown at top of Blog entry today see the following link:

 

Namaste  Kerrie UniFaith

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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All prayers are Holy and sacred. It is an honor to share with so many devoted souls, the Joy of celebrating a Spirituality in which all Faiths are unique, beautiful, sacred and equally valid in their expression. In honor of that Spirit of oneness on this Holy day of prayer I wish to share with you my Beloved, many beautiful prayers, from around the world. I shall begin with some Jewish prayers, as it is a Jewish Holiday. My sincere Love and appreciation to all who seek to know and see the Best in each other. Namaste.

“shema yisrael adonai eloheinu adonai echad (silently) baruch shem kavod malchuto le’olam vaed”.

“Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one,” found in Deuteronomy 6:4

Transliteration: Barukh ata Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha-olam…Translation: “Blessed are You, LORD, our God, King of the universe…”

This blessing is said whenever something pleasant that has not happened for a while is encountered. This includes all holidays except Shabbat. It is said on the first night of Hanukkah, but not for the other nights of that holiday. The blessing is also recited upon such occasions as affixing a mezuzah (particularly on a new home), buying new dress clothes, or eating a rare fruit.

Transliteration: Barukh atah Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha-olam, she-hehiyanu v’kiy’manu v’higi’anu la-z’man ha-ze.Translation: “Blessed are You, LORD, our God, King of the universe, Who has kept us alive, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this season.”

 

The Birkhat Ha-Gomel blessing is said after surviving illness, childbirth, or danger.

Transliteration:

Blessing: Barukh ata Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha-olam, ha-gomel lahayavim tovot sheg’malani kol tov.Congregational Response: Amen. Mi sheg’malkha (for a woman: sheg’malayikh) kol tov hu yigmalkha (yigmalayikh) kol tov. Selah.

Translation:

Blessing: “Blessed are You, LORD, our God, King of the Universe, Who bestows good things on the unworthy, and has bestowed on me every goodness.”

Congregational Response: “Amen. He Who has bestowed on you every goodness, may He continue to bestow on you every goodness. Selah.”

(For link to additional Jewish prayers please see footnotes at end of Blog.)

Christian Prayer: A Scriptural Model
A model for Christian prayer is found in the Gospel of Matthew. Jesus Christ himself gave all of us a pattern for prayer:

“After this manner therefore ye pray:

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen” (Matthew 6:9-13 KJV).

In preparation for Muslim prayer all verbal parts of the prayer, apart from the voluntary personal prayer, must be spoken in properly pronounced Arabic. Not following the correct sequence invalidates the prayer. There are 13 articles:[4] or requirements to properly present the prayer. I will include the link to this information below in the third link.

Allaahumma salli ‘alaa Muhammadin wa ‘alaa ali Muhammadin Kamaa sallaita ‘alaa Ibraaheema wa ‘alaa ali Ibraaheema Innaka hameedun Majeed Alaahumma baarik ‘ala Muhammadin wa ‘alaa ali Muhammadin Kamaa baarakta ‘alaa Ibraaheema wa ‘alaa ali Ibraaheema Innaka hameedun Majeed.

 

O Allah, bless our Muhammad and the people of Muhammad As you have blessed Abraham and the people of Abraham. O Allah, be gracious unto Muhammad and the people of Muhammad As you were gracious unto Abraham and the people of Abraham. Surely you are the Most Praiseworthy, the Most Glorious.

 

The following prayer is a gift from the Hindu Faith.

 

The Lord of Love is one. There is indeed No other. He is the inner ruler In all beings. He projects the cosmos From himself, maintains and withdraws it Back into himself at the end of time. His eyes, mouths, arms, and feet are everywhere. Projecting the cosmos out of himself, He holds it together.-
Shvetashvatara Upanishad

(Above prayer compliments of Beliefnet.)

The following prayer is a gift from the Pagan faith.

Make me strong in spirit
Courageous in action
Gentle of heart
Let me act in wisdom
Conquer my fear and doubt
Discover my own hidden gifts
Meet others with compassion
Be a source of healing energies
And face each day with hope and joy
~ Abby Willowroot © 1998

(For more information on pagan chants and prayers see the fifth link below.)

Buddhist Prayer replaces the negative with virtue and points to the blessings of Life. It allows us to turn our hearts and minds to the beneficial, inspiring our thoughts and actions.

For Buddhists, prayer expresses an aspiration to pull something into one’s life, like some new energy or purifying influence and share it with all beings. Likewise, prayer inspires our hearts towards wisdom and compassion for others and ourselves. It allows us to turn our hearts and minds to the beneficial, rousing our thoughts and actions towards Awakening. The following prayer is a gift from the Buddhist faith.

Golden Chain Prayer

We are a link in Amida’s golden chain of Love that stretches around the world, we will keep our link bright and strong.

We will be kind and gentle to every living thing, and protect all who are weaker then ourselves.

We will think pure and beautiful thoughts, say pure and beautiful words, and do pure and beautiful deeds.

May every link in Amida’s chain of Love be bright and strong, and may we all attain perfect peace.

Namo Amida Buddha

(For link to site for Buddhist prayers and beliefs see fourth link below.)

There are many more Faiths, and many more wonderful prayers out there. My blog today only contains a very small sample. I wish to thank all People of all Faiths for their Love and devotion to the Faith of their choice. I pray that we might come together in a Spirit of Peace and Love and Harmony, and celebrate what we share in common. A Love of something bigger than ourselves, something very sacred we all sense and worship in the ways we best understand. Whether you pray to a Divine source you see outside yourself, or to the Divine Light you see inside yourself, may you all be Blessed, Healed, Forgiven, Loved and excepted. whatever your need, I pray it will be met. Shalom, God Bless you, Love and Light, Namaste, Blessed Be.

 

 

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Thoughts on forgiveness

As I sit in careful consideration of the deep and historic meaning associated with the sacred High Holy day, Yom Kippur, it comes to me that like all Humans we each have a deep need to be excepted. Excepted by the Divine, by our peers and by ourselves. Without this feeling of acceptance we feel inadequate, unworthy of the very Love our soul craves.

How do we obtain this acceptance on any level? The key my Friends lies in the act of forgiveness. Forgiveness implies Divine grace, unmerited pardon, freedom from the burden within.

Forgiveness can be difficult to dish out, depending on our personal perceptions of what forgiveness really is. We often think that the person being forgiven should do something to deserve our pardon first, or at least ask for it. What if the act they committed is so heinous that we cannot even conceive of ever forgiving them? Isn’t that letting them off the hook? To determine this we first need to understand what true forgiveness is.

Forgiving someone means that we find the strength to go beyond ourselves to a place that helps us see those who have hurt us in a new way.” (Brad Hirschfield from A chance to start over, Beliefnet newsletter. See link below)

 

Forgiving does not condone the act committed against you, it simply releases the power of that event, or person from being able to hurt you any longer. It does not mean you will forget the event, any more than a healed wound would not leave a scar. The scar is still there, but the pain is gone.

Forgiveness is truly an act of self Love, as it allows you to heal and move on. Whereas clinging to anger and bitterness over a harm done, poisons your life for a very long time. True Freedom is within your grasp if you are willing to do the work and release yourself in forgiveness. Forgiving others also opens the door to bring forgiveness back to yourself, for as we forgive, we too are forgiven.

 

Namaste  Kerrie UniFaith

For more information on the subject of Forgiveness an excellent book on the subject is: Forgiveness: The Greatest Healer of All. By Gerald Jampolsky. See link below.

Also included below is Brad Hirschfield’s link to his excellent article.

http://books.google.com/books?id=DigN_qWAW8kC&dq=Gerald+Jamplosky+Forgiveness&printsec=frontcover&source=bn&hl=en&ei=6gKUTM6JDMmenwfHzbHOCA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=5&ved=0CCcQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q&f=false

http://www.beliefnet.com/Faiths/Judaism/2009/09/How-to-Forgive-and-Receive-Forgiveness.aspx?source=NEWSLETTER&nlsource=12&ppc=&utm_campaign=Jewish&utm_source=NL&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_term=yahoo.com

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Your pleas shall be answered, but wait patiently for the Lord to respond. Do not lose hope and begin to complain, “I beseeched the Lord, but He never responded.”

-Hadith The Prophet Muhammad, as reported by Sahih al-Bukhari

Qur’an, Al-Ma’idah, Surah 5:9

Allah promised forgiveness and an immense reward to those who believe and remain righteous.

Whether you’re Muslim, Christian, Jewish, or just a spiritual seeker, you can probably appreciate the goals of Ramadan: a whole-body awareness of God and a humble thankfulness for whatever blessings He has granted.

Thank you to Beliefnet for providing this information.

 

Namaste,  Kerrie UniFaith

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