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Passover

On this first day of Passover, as we celebrate freedom from the slavery of the past, we also pause and consider the suffering of others, as we reach out to them in compassion. The angel of death has passed us over and given us a second chance at life. Others suffered and died in our place. We spill a drop of wine in remembrance of the suffering of the Egyptians at the original Passover when our forefathers were set free. Even though we suffered greatly at the hands of the Egyptians at that time, we nonetheless choose to show compassion for them every year as we remember this important and sacred time in our history.

Today we still suffer at the hands of others who would do us harm. Today as believers in Hashim we still choose to put ourselves in the place of others and show compassion even for our enemies, for we are all the children of the same G’D, known by so many names. To live with love and compassion in our hearts, and to practice kindness as a regular part of our lives; we are celebrating the Oneness of all. The Great Love of Hashim for all of his children may be demonstrated by our lives. Love and forgiveness are truly the only power’s capable of healing and uniting us all in the peace and harmony we long for.

In contemplation of celebrating Passover and the compassion shown us by the Divine in having the death angel pass over us, and granting us freedom from the slavery of our past, may we take time to contemplate both our freedom, and the suffering of others. Let us find ways to show greater kindness to all others within our sphere of influence. In this way we will lighten the burdens of our fellows. In helping another, we are also helping ourselves. For every act of kindness blesses both the giver and the receiver.

In closing I wish to share this beautiful quote from Thich Nhat Hanh on compassion for others.

The essence of love and compassion is understanding, the ability to recognize the physical, material, and psychological suffering of others, to put ourselves “inside the skin” of the other. We “go inside” their body, feelings, and mental formations, and witness for ourselves their suffering. Shallow observation as an outsider is not enough to see their suffering. We must become one with the subject of our observation. When we are in contact with another’s suffering, a feeling of compassion is born in us. Compassion means, literally, “to suffer with.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

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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Divinities Secret

I really love this quote by Ken Wilber. The imagery of the fog and the divine voice whispering in your ear as your mind stills at sunset captures my imagination with such magical force that I am spell-bound by the sheer magic captured within these words. I hope they captivate you as well and bring their magical essence into your experience with them here.

Divinity has one ultimate secret, which it will also whisper in your ear if your mind becomes quieter than the fog at sunset: the God of this world is found within, and you know it is found within: in those hushed silent times when the mind becomes still, the body relaxes into infinity, the senses expand to become one with the world in those glistening times, a subtle luminosity, a serene radiance, a brilliantly transparent clarity shimmer as the true nature of all manifestation, erupting now and then in a compassionate Radiance before whom all idols retreat, a love so fierce it adoringly embraces both light and dark, both good and evil, both pleasure and pain equally….”

Ken Wilber

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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