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UniFaith Daily as you know, is an inspirational forum I created on Facebook, where people of all faiths are welcome to share what is inspiring to them. It is a place where we can come together in understanding, love and respect. As fellow human beings with essentially the same basic needs I feel we have more in common than we have in differences. I am fully aware of the many differences in opinions especially when it comes to Spirituality. I think the most important key concepts of any religion however are more alike than different. These concepts would include the ideas of connecting with the Divine in order to achieve a sense of continuation beyond the mere confines of physical life; and the importance of expressing love, forgiveness and compassion towards others within our life experiences. To be a reflection of our understanding of the Divine as we see God to be, within the perimeters of our given faith is a common goal within most major religions.

Here at UniFaith Daily my intention is not to convert anyone to a new faith or cause anyone to doubt their own faith in any way. I highly respect the right of each individual to choose the Spiritual path that best suits their own needs and brings them closest to the experience they desire to have with the Divine. I am not here to bring doubt. I am here to shed light on our similarities, and help us to come into a greater understanding and acceptance of one another, as we are.

I can see value and beauty in all expressions of faith. I do not think that to see the value and beauty in the faith of another should depreciate the value or the beauty of your own beliefs in any way. We can all see the many varieties of beauty contained within nature and appreciate them in their diversity. Why not also appreciate the beauty and diversity with in our spirituality as well.

I delight in the beauty that each of you brings to this virtual place. I would no more convert everyone to the same religion than I would wish for every flower to suddenly become a rose. I am not here to tell anyone what to believe, I am simply celebrating the fact that each of us has something of beauty and value that we do believe in. It is our Spirituality that defines us in so many ways. It is between you and God what beliefs you choose to define you in your life here on Earth. May the path you travel bring you ever closer in your walk with the One who loves you beyond all human comprehension.

Namaste my friends. I trust that the Divine presence in your life is able to accomplish whatever is needed to meet your Spiritual needs. May Gods Peace and Love always fill your life. ❤ ❤ ❤

Shalom Elohim  Kerrie UniFaith

Do only that which is right.”

When in doubt as to what is right let love be your guiding light.

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To be loved and accepted unconditionally is the longing of every heart. To see someone dear to myself struggle all her life to be loved and accepted by a family who should love her, but choose to continually reject her and heap conditions on their love and approval for her is disheartening to me to say the least. Again it can be seen as an opportunity for me to practice unconditional love.

The pain of being unloved by the very ones who are placed in your life to love and support you can feel overwhelming. Sayings like this is a great opportunity to practice unconditional love or pray for those who mistreat you et cetera can seem extremely trite. Why is it that often religions that claim to teach about love are the most conditional in their approach to its expression in their lives.

Why is it that we as humans so often think that we can only love those who love us, or that we can only love those who meet our approval? Can we only love those who are like ourselves, or can we reach out to everyone regardless of any conditions? All triteness aside, the Great Divine One did not show us conditions when He sent us his love. No, in his greatest example of unconditional love, He sent a humble baby to a poor family in Israel over two thousand years ago.

The story of Y’Shua the Nazarene, the Son of David, stands alone as the one who loved others so much that he gave up all that he had to show them just how much he could love them. He did not wait for people to meet any conditions before he loved them. He loved them  just as they were at the time. To those others rejected he offered complete acceptance. Those others wanted to stone to death he said “neither do I condemn you.” To those no one would touch, he reached out and touched them. To all He offered healing, acceptance and love. Those who knew him were transformed forever by his love and acceptance for them. His followers were fishermen, tax collectors, prostitutes, and everyone who nobody else loved.  If only more of those who claim to follow him would love others as unconditionally as He did.

Where would any of us be today if someone had not taken the time at some point to show us they loved us, that they cared what became of us? The Divine presence is within all of us; although it lies dormant in many. People who really make a difference in this world are the ones who care enough to love no matter what. In them the Spirit of the Divine is not dormant it is alive and well, a light shining for all to see and feel its warmth.

For contemplation here, I wish to share a few quotes on love.

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

“In your heart is all the love you need. Your heart can create any amount of love, not just for yourself, but for the whole world. When we know that our heart is a magical kitchen, we are always generous and our love is completely unconditional.” Don Miguel Ruiz

I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love. Mother Teresa (1910 – 1998)

The man who foolishly does me wrong, I will return to him the protection of my most ungrudging love; and the more evil comes from him, the more good shall go from me. Buddha (563 – 483 BC)

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”  1 Corinthians 13:4-7

“Be a lamp, a lifeboat, a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd.” Mevlana Rumi (1207 – 1273)

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If we are to heal our lives and effectively help those around us who are hurting;  we must extend and expand our love. Remove the conditions that have prevented you from loving yourself and others effectively. Put love into daily practice. Love is the only gift you can give that will truly heal the soul. Love others as you would want to be loved.

Namaste, Oh that my broken heart could bleed with love for all mankind; that mankind’s broken heart may be healed at last. Y’Shua gave His Love freely for such a one as me, and for such a time as this. Now is always a good time to love.

Namaste, Kerrie UniFaith

“Do only that which is right.”

When in doubt as to what is right, let love be your guiding light.

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The Purpose of Adversity

We all have suffering and adversity in our lives. We all wonder why me? What did I ever do to deserve this, when these events occur.

We all have people in our lives who to put it mildly really make our lives difficult. They push all our buttons, drive us crazy and often make us want to run screaming from the room. Why are they here in our lives we ask? Why do I have to deal with people like that?

Do not despair my friends. All people and all events in your lives serve a higher purpose. The Great Spirit, the Most Loving and Compassionate One has designed these difficult parts of our lives to help us to grow. When we struggle and suffer as often we do it makes us reach out and go beyond the limits we thought ourselves capable of. Even in the case of an *abusive relationship, this most difficult experience can make you look within and find your true strength and courage. You can come to see that you do not deserve to be treated so badly. You gather your courage and leave, for you learn that you are not to blame for the acts of another, and you do not have to stay and accept abuse, for you are worthy of love and respect.  When you learn to love yourself your tolerance for abuse will shrink away even as your love for your own self increases in strength and size within you. (* I do not suggest or condone the experience of abuse, but for those who have experienced it or are experiencing it; I want to encourage you to look within and find the courage to leave any relationship that is abusive. You are worthy of love and respect. No one deserves to be abused.)

You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. Buddha (563 – 483 BC)

In Romans 8: 28 it says “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

We are all called from every faith from every nation to walk the path of Love and show the Creators good purpose in our lives. Every difficult person, every challenging circumstance in your life is but an opportunity to practice love, kindness and compassion. Call upon the Great Spirit by whatever name you know Him/Her and “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not upon your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

The great Buddha says, “The man who foolishly does me wrong, I will return to him the protection of my most ungrudging love; and the more evil comes from him, the more good shall go from me.” Buddha  From this we can learn that every time another treats us unkindly it is an opportunity to grow and respond with love rather than equal unkindness. For “Hatred never ceases by hatred but only by love. This is the Universal law.” Buddha.

Never loose the courage to act with love, for love is what you truly are. To live by love is to fulfill your highest and best purpose.

“The right time to show your good character is when you are pestered by someone weaker than you.” Buddha

To treat others as you wish to be treated, has long been viewed as the golden rule. It remains true to this day. We cannot base our actions upon the actions of others as tempting as it may be to do so. We might think that they do not deserve our kindness. My friends it is not a matter of what they deserve, it is a matter of our own character that is in question. Will we choose to grow and live by love regardless of the circumstances, or will we wallow in our own desires and reactions. To turn the other cheek, and return kindness and love for hatred and fear is to bring your world into the highest balance the Great Spirit has intended for you. For “if you love until it hurts, there will be nothing left but more love.” Mother Teresa.

I pray that each of you will achieve much love in your lives. Daily practice of bestowing unconditional love upon others will bring you ever into a higher state of Being. For even as an artist must practice their craft and the musician their song so must we daily practice the art of love.

Namaste my Dear readers.

Namaste,  Kerrie UniFaith

“Do only that which is right.”

When in doubt as to what is right, let love be your guiding light.

Thank you to http://blog.gaiam.com/quotes/authors for the many fine quotes I use here.

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This morning as I was heading out to my car I stopped to observe the perfect beauty and synchronization of flight in a large flock of birds flying by over head. It took several minutes for them all to pass. I must admit I was quite awed by their beauty and the perfect synchronization of their flight. Each bird was equally spaced within the flock. They all traveled together at the same speed in the same direction. No one crowded anyone else nor did they collide. All the birds were calling out to each other as if to spread encouragement about their shared journey. It was an amazing and simply beautiful sight. I felt blessed to be gifted with the opportunity to observe them.

As I sit before my computer now considering the lesson contained in this example from nature, it comes to me that all of nature performs in an eloquently beautiful synchronized dance of perfect balance. It is only when man interferes that the balance is destroyed. Which leads to my next question. Why has man become so out of balance with nature? The same great Being who made man formed all of nature as well. Indigenous cultures live in harmony with natures cycles, it is only the modern industrialized cultures that have lost this sense of balance. What is it about us that separates us from our fellow creatures to the point that we have lost our sense of balance and harmony that we were born with?

Has man become to arrogant for his own good? Has the idea of superiority so infused our Being that we have lost touch with our roots and become a dis-ease in the garden; rather than the care takers of our home, which we were meant to be?

Man was intended to care for the garden and nourish it, not to abuse and over use it. We have fallen so far from our intended roll. We were meant to use only what was needed for our sustenance. Man should live in synchronized balance with all of nature, as other creatures do. Due to our lack of balance it appears that we have forgotten who we are, and why we are here.

For balance to be restored man will need to remember that we are a part of nature not separate from it. We are meant to fly together in perfect synchronization. What we do to this planet and our fellow creatures, we are in fact doing to ourselves, for all are connected. To regain our balance as living beings within the intricate web of life; we must release our greed and our belief in mans superiority. If we do not do so, we shall continue to be the disease that eventually destroys us all.

I hope man kind will learn the needed lessons to restore health, balance and harmony to this lovely planet we call home. This truly is an amazing and beautiful place, in spite of all we have done to it. Nature has amazing restorative power, it is not yet to late to heal our home.

Namaste my friends. May you each tend your garden well.

Kerrie UniFaith

“Do only that which is right.”

When in doubt as to what is right, let love be your guiding light.

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A Case for Common Ground

People of every race, religion or creed, gender or sexual orientation; all are loved by the Great Being who formed us. All have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. All have the Divine right to practice their faith as they believe. The point where the rights of the individual stop, are when the practice of these beliefs would cause another harm. To love others is to refrain from harming them at the very least. It is better still to help and comfort our fellow Beings, on their journey through this life. To love another is to seek that which is best for them, while still respecting what they choose as best for themselves.

The Great Spirit has created us in a vast and beautiful diversity. Why would a Being who obviously delights in diversity insist on complete conformity when it comes to the beauty of ones personal expression of spirituality? Why would a Being who is the very embodiment of unconditional love and acceptance endorse any system of belief that is steeped in fear, restrictions of liberty and creative expression? Why would a Being who accepts and loves all; condemn any to death for simply Being the way they were formed, even if that form or way of belief is different from their brothers.

Can it not be said that the Great Spirit wears many hats; a different hat for each group of His Children. To each One the Great Spirit appears in the form which they can best understand and relate to depending on their spiritual evolution.

If only we as human beings could come to the point in our evolution that we can see on a global scale. We are all one. What affects one of us will impact us all. When we choose to harm others because of our belief that we are superior to them in any way, we have forgotten that what we do to another, we are doing to ourselves. We have forgotten the place of love and acceptance from which we were born. We have forgotten who we all truly are. We are One.

For peace to ever be realized, all must be granted equality. All must be granted unconditional love and acceptance regardless of differences in opinion or belief. It is not necessary to agree on everything. To agree to disagree is a far better option than to force our beliefs upon others. For the survival of all who call this earth their home, we must find common ground on which to stand. We must all as sisters and brothers hold hands in peaceful unity.

We are all spiritual beings here on earth together, having a physical life experience. We all have the same common needs, hopes, dreams and fears. We all long to be accepted for who we are. We all wish to avoid suffering. We all long for unconditional love. We all fear being rejected and hurt. We all feel hunger, sadness, pain and loneliness. We all seek love, joy, peace and happiness. Are we not all the same at the core of our Being? The minor differences we have are but the different colors and shapes given to the flowers that grow in the vast field called life.

Namaste.  Kerrie UniFaith

Do only that which is right.

When in doubt as to what is right, let love be your guiding light.

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