Archive for April 4th, 2011

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Suijin. Water. Shinto.

April 4, 2011

Mizu-no-Kamisama, Goddess of Water

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Prayer and Water

Prayer is as old as our desire to communicate with something larger than ourselves, and as new and recent as our hunger for spiritual peace in the midst of a turbulent world.

Prayer is also a process, whereby we seek to shift our awareness to a kind of broader context, a deeper understanding, and a new way of acting and being.

Prayer is a way to shift our perspective on life. In our prayer practice we to learn to identify what spiritual qualities we wish to embrace; we invite those qualities into our energy system and our physical body; and we strive to live those qualities daily.

Whether to God, prophets, other types of sentient beings or for causes and hopes dear and desperate, prayer is a tool that helps weave us into the great fabric of the Universe.

Water is truly one of the most remarkable substances in the Universe. It is the most precious and sacred substance you can bring into your body. In chemistry, it is called ‘the universal solvent’ because it dissolves more substances than any other liquid.

Water forms 72% of our Planet’s surface. It forms about 60% of our overall bodies’ weight; it is about 70% of our brain’s weight, and about 90% of our lungs’ weight. Pure water is neutral, neither acidic nor basic. It is a perfect ‘carrier’ for substances. Water holds the memory of everything that it comes in contact with, and because of that, it can be imbued with energetic and sacred qualities that enhance our life, improve our health, and bring us into connection with the larger universe of spirit. WaterPrayer is a way to blend these special attributes of water with our intent to communicate with spirit.

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Long distance information, give me Memphis Tennessee

April 4, 2011

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I want to ask you a question, and that is: What is your life’s blueprint?

Whenever a building is constructed, you usually have an architect who draws a blueprint, and that blueprint serves as the pattern, as the guide, and a building is not well erected without a good, solid blueprint.

Now each of you is in the process of building the structure of your lives, and the question is whether you have a proper, a solid and a sound blueprint.

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I want to suggest some of the things that should begin your life’s blueprint. Number one in your life’s blueprint, should be a deep belief in your own dignity, your worth and your own somebodiness. Don’t allow anybody to make you feel that you’re nobody. Always feel that you count. Always feel that you have worth, and always feel that your life has ultimate significance.

Bell off the Chosho-Ji Temple

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Secondly, in your life’s blueprint you must have as the basic principle the determination to achieve excellence in your various fields of endeavor. You’re going to be deciding as the days, as the years unfold what you will do in life — what your life’s work will be. Set out to do it well.

And I say to you, my young friends, doors are opening to you–doors of opportunities that were not open to your mothers and your fathers — and the great challenge facing you is to be ready to face these doors as they open.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, the great essayist, said in a lecture in 1871, “If a man can write a better book or preach a better sermon or make a better mousetrap than his neighbor, even if he builds his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door.”

The Chrysanthemum Throne

This hasn’t always been true — but it will become increasingly true, and so I would urge you to study hard, to burn the midnight oil; I would say to you, don’t drop out of school. I understand all the sociological reasons, but I urge you that in spite of your economic plight, in spite of the situation that you’re forced to live in — stay in school.

And when you discover what you will be in your life, set out to do it as if God Almighty called you at this particular moment in history to do it. don’t just set out to do a good job. Set out to do such a good job that the living, the dead or the unborn couldn’t do it any better.

Two of Fifty

If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music, sweep streets like Leontyne Price sings before the Metropolitan Opera. Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well. If you can’t be a pine at the top of the hill, be a shrub in the valley. Be be the best little shrub on the side of the hill.

Bonsai Red Pine

Be a bush if you can’t be a tree. If you can’t be a highway, just be a trail. If you can’t be a sun, be a star. For it isn’t by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are.

Six months before he was assassinated, King spoke these words to a group of students at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia on

October 26, 1967.