Dear Brave Souls,
Some people think that spirituality is an open heart…but it is much more than that. You also have to have an open mind and assertively direct it to being a responsible co-creator with God/Holy spirit …and couple the open heart with and open mind and with the pure awareness of Soul/God. This allows your spirit to soar…sometimes it is difficult to get there when you are hurting. A great spiritual exercise to help this is for you to write about the nature of love…what do you think it is…how does it work in your life. What are you willing to do for the sake of love…what are you willing to give up for it. St. Francis wrote his famous poem about this…he was willing to give up all of his feelings of hatred, doubt, despair, darkness, sadness and all of his personal desires…that is why more than one religion claims him as their own. He is cherished by many different religions. Here is his famous poem as a reminder…try and write your own love poem, and send it on to me…so I can share it with everyone.
St. Francis Original Prayer for Peace, Healing, and Oneness
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me bring love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, bring your faith.
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, bring your light.
Where there is sadness, bring your joy.
Divine Master, grant that I may not seek to be consoled as to console.
Grant that I may not seek to be understood, as to understand.
Lord grant that I may not seek to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.
It is I dying to our False self that we are born to eternal life.
By St. Francis