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What the heck am I talking about? Well, on the one hand, right now is the moment for all of us to show up and “do” whatever it is we were called to this planet to do – to truly express our gifts and talents. On the other hand, right now is the moment that is calling us to “be” fully present and aware of all that is going on around us – to immerse ourselves in this holy present moment. These are not mutually exclusive.

Our Outer Calling

Our planet sure is undergoing massive change right now. It's as if we were leisurely peddling along on a bicycle and came to a downhill stretch where we picked up speed and we're going faster and faster. Life is whizzing by, stuff is coming at us in a furious pace, response time has shrunk, potholes and obstacles are coming at us left and right.

Technology seems to be changing on a daily basis. The Earth is facing challenges with global warming, overpopulation, water shortages, uneven distribution of resources and power, and political and social unrest. There is the appearance of more polarization among people and their beliefs – more vocal extremes arguing at one another over their differences – political, racial, religious, socioeconomic, and more. Violence, both physical and verbal, permeates our media and our entertainment.

These could be the times that try our souls…or it could be the moment that our souls are being called to express at their highest levels – their Dharma, their purpose, their reason for being on the planet at this time. The choice is up to each of us as to how we respond.

It's interesting. I've been in a lot of conversations recently regarding a greater sense of the call to be more visible on the planet so as to assist everyone in this vast moment of change. In working with people as a part of the spiritual organization of which I am a minister (Centers for Spiritual Living), there has been an awareness that this is the moment that our teachings of oneness and unity are called to be more widely visible at both the global and local level. There is a realization that we can evolve through the current planet challenges and move towards a positive future, and that our teachings of Science of Mind and Spirit can assist in that growth. This is the moment that is calling us forward.

Interestingly, I also sense this in my own life. Something about the current times seems to be saying that I can no longer “play it small”. Whatever I am called to do in this lifetime (which I have long discovered relates to teaching–both verbally and in print), now is the moment to move forward, to claim my life purpose, to live large. The challenges the planet faces needs everyone to show up and do and be “all that they can be”. Everyone means me and it means you.

So what are you called to do? What do you sense your life purpose to be? How are you called to serve humanity by living fully that purpose? Now is the moment to “just do it”. Don't wait on others to step up and live their purpose and solve all of the Earth's problems, this is the moment calling you to make a difference in your corner of the world.

Our Inner Calling

What a gift it is to be alive. Sometimes we get so busy doing – living in our heads, completing our “to do” lists, thinking about the past, contemplating the future – that we forget to just “be”.

Yesterday I had a beautiful experience. I was cutting the grass and decided to take a short break. I sat in the shade of our home's breezeway drinking a glass of ice cold water. A few feet away my beautiful chocolate lab, Harmony, was laying in the freshly cut grass and basking in the sunlight. Harmony's nose was lifted up in the air sniffing smells far beyond my sensory perception. She was obviously enjoying the moment. My heart began to overflow with a sense of love for her. I wished somehow I could grab hold of this moment and bottle it for later consumption.

I realized that no photograph could ever capture the fullness of this moment. Have you ever gotten back from a vacation and showed someone your photographs and felt compelled to tell them that the picture in no way fully captured what you experienced? I know I have.

Each moment has such a full richness to it if we pay attention. Not only is there the full visual sense of what is going on – vivid colors, full 360° perspective, true 3-D depth perspective – a visual texture which can currently never truly be captured in photographs, but there is also all of the other tastiness of the moment. My holy instant with Harmony included: my body's objective change as it shifted from physical exertion to a state of rest, the cool breeze blowing across my skin, the deliciousness of the ice cold water running down my throat, the smell of fresh cut grass, the crisp demarcation between the shade and the sunlight, the perception of the flow of life within Harmony, the relaxed sense of love that I know always connects the two of us…and so much more than words can never capture. Every moment has that completeness.

This was a moment I had been waiting for, but there really wasn't anything “special” about this moment. The only thing that was special was that I shifted my perception into fully experiencing the moment. Every moment can be such a moment if we allow it.

Sometimes I get nostalgic for the past. I fantasize about popping back into routine moments when my grown children were small so that I could fully experience them at that age again. I have my memories and my photographs, but neither bring the sumptuousness of detail that I long for. I would love to have just 5 minutes sitting with my young children in a room watching them play and sensing that moment in the same detail and fullness that I sensed in my experience with Harmony yesterday.

The irony, of course, is that when we are young and our kids are young, we are so into “doing” – working our jobs, growing our careers, cooking, feeding, cleaning and all the other “busy-ness” that seems so important at the time – that we don't take much time just to “be in the moment”. Our children grow up so fast and all those special moments race by, fading into our memories. I often want to grab young parents by the collar and demand they pay loving attention to these all too brief moments with their children. I hope my children are reading and heeding this.

Of course, we can't cling to any one moment. Our experience of time continues to move forward. Yet, that's okay. The march of time brings an endless stream of these special moments – the trick is to pay attention to them. Right now, this is the moment we have been waiting for. This is the moment to experience life fully – to be in this holy instant.

Doing and Being

So right now is the moment that you are called to both express your full creative talents in service to the planet – “to do” what you were called here to do – and to live fully present in each moment – “to be” here in each moment and experience its richness and beauty. Can you both “do” and “be” in this present moment?

Some of you may say that we can either do or be but not both simultaneously. Somehow we have gotten it in our minds that our focusing on tasks takes us out of the present moment. This is the same mindset that says work and play are mutually exclusive. It doesn't have to be this way.

It's been my experience that when I truly lean into living my life's passion, leaning into the call to be a teacher such as in writing these words, that it brings such a level of completeness to the moment – that it becomes in a sense a spiritual experience. I've heard the same from others. Work becomes play and then everything combines into just “being life”. Every moment is “to live for”.

So how are you called to serve? Are you being a force for good on the planet in your own special and unique way? Are you living your life purpose? Are you fully experiencing the vast beauty and love in each and every moment of your life?

The more you live your life purpose, the more you serve the greater good, and the more beauty and love you sense in every moment. What are you waiting for? Now is the moment.

Blessings.

Mark Gilbert

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Right now. This is it. Wait no longer. This is your moment, this is my moment, this is our moment.
What the heck am I talking about? Well, on the one hand, right now is the moment for all of us to show up and “do” whatever it is we were called to this planet to do – to truly express our gifts and talents. On the other hand, right now is the moment that is calling us to “be” fully present and aware of all that is going on around us – to immerse ourselves in this holy present moment. These are not mutually exclusive.
Our Outer Calling
Our planet sure is undergoing massive change right now. It's as if we were leisurely peddling along on a bicycle and came to a downhill stretch where we picked up speed and we're going faster and faster. Life is whizzing by, stuff is coming at us in a furious pace, response time has shrunk, potholes and obstacles are coming at us left and right.
Technology seems to be changing on a daily basis. The Earth is facing challenges with global warming, overpopulation, water shortages, uneven distribution of resources and power, and political and social unrest. There is the appearance of more polarization among people and their beliefs – more vocal extremes arguing at one another over their differences – political, racial, religious, socioeconomic, and more. Violence, both physical and verbal, permeates our media and our entertainment.
These could be the times that try our souls…or it could be the moment that our souls are being called to express at their highest levels – their Dharma, their purpose, their reason for being on the planet at this time. The choice is up to each of us as to how we respond.
It's interesting. I've been in a lot of conversations recently regarding a greater sense of the call to be more visible on the planet so as to assist everyone in this vast moment of change. In working with people as a part of the spiritual organization of which I am a minister (Centers for Spiritual Living), there has been an awareness that this is the moment that our teachings of oneness and unity are called to be more widely visible at both the global and local level. There is a realization that we can evolve through the current planet challenges and move towards a positive future, and that our teachings of Science of Mind and Spirit can assist in that growth. This is the moment that is calling us forward.
Interestingly, I also sense this in my own life. Something about the current times seems to be saying that I can no longer “play it small”. Whatever I am called to do in this lifetime (which I have long discovered relates to teaching–both verbally and in print), now is the moment to move forward, to claim my life purpose, to live large. The challenges the planet faces needs everyone to show up and do and be “all that they can be”. Everyone means me and it means you.
So what are you called to do? What do you sense your life purpose to be? How are you called to serve humanity by living fully that purpose? Now is the moment to “just do it”. Don't wait on others to step up and live their purpose and solve all of the Earth's problems, this is the moment calling you to make a difference in your corner of the world.
Our Inner Calling
What a gift it is to be alive. Sometimes we get so busy doing – living in our heads, completing our “to do” lists, thinking about the past, contemplating the future – that we forget to just “be”.
Yesterday I had a beautiful experience. I was cutting the grass and decided to take a short break. I sat in the shade of our home's breezeway drinking a glass of ice cold water. A few feet away my beautiful chocolate lab, Harmony, was laying in the freshly cut grass and basking in the sunlight. Harmony's nose was lifted up in the air sniffing smells far beyond my sensory perception. She was obviously enjoying the moment. My heart began to overflow with a sense of love for her. I wished somehow I could grab hold of this moment and bottle it for later consumption.
I realized that no photograph could ever capture the fullness of this moment. Have you ever gotten back from a vacation and showed someone your photographs and felt compelled to tell them that the picture in no way fully captured what you experienced? I know I have.
Each moment has such a full richness to it if we pay attention. Not only is there the full visual sense of what is going on – vivid colors, full 360° perspective, true 3-D depth perspective – a visual texture which can currently never truly be captured in photographs, but there is also all of the other tastiness of the moment. My holy instant with Harmony included: my body's objective change as it shifted from physical exertion to a state of rest, the cool breeze blowing across my skin, the deliciousness of the ice cold water running down my throat, the smell of fresh cut grass, the crisp demarcation between the shade and the sunlight, the perception of the flow of life within Harmony, the relaxed sense of love that I know always connects the two of us…and so much more than words can never capture. Every moment has that completeness.
This was a moment I had been waiting for, but there really wasn't anything “special” about this moment. The only thing that was special was that I shifted my perception into fully experiencing the moment. Every moment can be such a moment if we allow it.
Sometimes I get nostalgic for the past. I fantasize about popping back into routine moments when my grown children were small so that I could fully experience them at that age again. I have my memories and my photographs, but neither bring the sumptuousness of detail that I long

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for. I would love to have just 5 minutes sitting with my young children in a room watching them play and sensing that moment in the same detail and fullness that I sensed in my experience with Harmony yesterday.
The irony, of course, is that when we are young and our kids are young, we are so into “doing” – working our jobs, growing our careers, cooking, feeding, cleaning and all the other “busy-ness” that seems so important at the time – that we don't take much time just to “be in the moment”. Our children grow up so fast and all those special moments race by, fading into our memories. I often want to grab young parents by the collar and demand they pay loving attention to these all too

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brief moments with their children. I hope my children are reading and heeding this.
Of course, we can't cling to any one moment. Our experience of time continues to move forward. Yet, that's okay. The march of time brings an endless stream of these special moments – the trick is to pay attention to them. Right now, this is the moment we have been waiting for. This is the moment to experience life fully – to be in this holy instant.
Doing and Being
So right now is the moment that you are called to both express your full creative talents in service to the planet – “to do” what you were called here to do – and to live fully present in each moment – “to be” here in each moment and experience its richness and beauty. Can you both “do” and “be” in this present moment?
Some of you may say that we can either do or be but not both simultaneously. Somehow we have gotten it in our minds that our focusing on tasks takes us out of the present moment. This is the same mindset that says work and play are mutually exclusive. It doesn't have to be this way.
It's been my experience that when I truly lean into living my life's passion, leaning into the call to be a teacher such as in writing these words, that it brings such a level of completeness to the moment – that it becomes in a sense a spiritual experience. I've heard the same from others. Work becomes play and then everything combines into just “being life”. Every moment is “to live for”.
So how are you called to serve? Are you being a force for good on the planet in your own special and unique way? Are you living your life purpose? Are you fully experiencing the vast beauty and love in each and every moment of your life?
The more you live your life purpose, the more you serve the greater good, and the more beauty and love you sense in every moment. What are you waiting for? Now is the moment.
Blessings.
Mark Gilbert
NOTE: If you enjoy the musings of our guest blogger, Mark Gilbert, visit his website at Conscious Bridge to read more.
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Can We Move to Love in the Big Apple?

September 3, 2010 by  
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The proposal by a moderate Islamic group to build a mosque a couple of blocks away from Ground Zero in New York has created a lot of controversy. Even President Obama has weighed in on the issue. Most of us are aware of the arguements on both s

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ides, so I'm not going to take time to reiterate. Most of us have an opinion on the matter. Thoughts on the issue have brought me back here to “A Message From God”.

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I haven't posted anything here on Lee's web site in awhile (in spite of his saying that you might hear from me occasionally). I am stating my intention right now to guest here more often and hope that his readers (you) enjoy it. My absense has not been due to a lack of writing. I post frequently on my own blog site Conscious Bridge. And, I've had a couple of magazine articles published this year including the current September issue of Science of Mind. Here's a link to an extract of that article: Integral Theory: The Bridge to Oneness.

The reason that I returned here is twofold—one, an intuitive feeling that the timing was right. I even contacted Lee last week when the feeling hit. Secondly, I knew that Lee's intention here at “Message” is to foster an interfaith dialogue. What better issue to bring to such a discourse than our thoughts and feelings around the mosque.

So, I invite you for a moment to set aside any emotions or opinions you have formed about this controversy and consider the press release that was issued by the United Centers for Spiritual Living (UCSL) which I have copied below. I would ask you to thoughtfully read the position and consider it as you are in your process of continually re-creating your beliefs around this and all issues. I would like to hear what you think about the press release.

In the “truth in advertising” department—I must tell you at the outset that I serve as a minister with UCSL. I must also tell you that this press release is not something the organization normally does. However, there was a feeling that the time was right for our organization to be more visible in the world about its beliefs. Putting this message out to the press is seen as an important step in our working towards healing the division that fear and distrust has created in our country and on the planet. The intention is about moving us as a people away from hatred and moving us to love and understanding. The importance of that shift towards love is why I am bringing you this public proclamation for your consideration. I hope that it resonates with you and you share its message with others.

Love and blessings to you.

Mark Gilbert

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Mosque Controversy Obscures Bigger Issue

Golden, CO…As the media frenzy around the controversy over a proposed mosque within blocks of Ground Zero has continued to grow, and verbal and physical attacks against Islamic people take place, I am struck with the thought that many Americans have forgotten some basic tenets of not only the U.S. Constitution, but also of civility and common decency. While I appreciate the raw feelings surrounding the site, which has rightly become sacred ground in the nine years since the fall of the World Trade towers, it does not make sense to me to deny rights to groups who had nothing to do with the tragedy. September 11th was not an act of Islam. It was an act of terrorists who distort the precepts of that religion.

As the Community Spiritual Leader for United Centers for Spiritual Living, I have had the honor of traveling throughout the Middle East and experiencing Islamic people firsthand. Hospitality is a profound spiritual practice that lives at the heart of their religion. It stretches back to the patriarch Abraham – acknowledged as the father of Judaism, Christianity and Islam – who kept his tent open on all sides to welcome any traveler.

Our organization teaches that there is a deep and essential unity underlying our apparent differences. Underneath diversity is the shining reality that there is only One God, One Life shared by all. Consequently, we honor all paths to God, understanding that each religion has a golden thread of truth. We know that, as Albert Einstein said, we cannot solve a problem with the same consciousness that created it. Fear and hatred will never transform fear and hatred to create a peaceful world. We need to envision a world beyond what we now know; a world free of war, homelessness, hunger, poverty, disenfranchisement and terror – a world of peace, freedom, justice, caring, compassion and unity. The bigger issue,

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Rev. Dr. Kathy Hearn is the Community Spiritual Leader for United Centers for Spiritual Living, a global organization that provides spiritual tools to transform personal lives and help make the world the better place. To find out more go to www.unitedcentersforspiritualliving.org

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Blogging and Tweeting As a Spiritual Practice

April 15, 2010 by  
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I love those wonderful moments when my head steps out of the way and spirit moves through me. Those moments reaffirm for me that the true nature of life is more than what I simply take in through my senses.

Fostering a direct relationship with something beyond me is, in my opinion, the most important reason for developing a routine spiritual practice. We spend so much time directing our attention outward to the material world that it's easy to forget that there is an inner spiritual world. Incorporating practices to build our “spiritual muscle” are just as important as exercise routines to build your body's muscles. And similarly, the more you practice the better you get.

There are many ways for humans to taste the divine. I believe that just as we each have our own unique talents and creative abilities, we are each drawn to experience God in our own ways. Some people run getting in the “zone”, others meditate in a variety of ways experiencing a sense of Oneness, while still others feel that flow through creative expression. Where does this experience show up in your life? For me, most frequently, it's in writing. And more recently, it's been through blogging and tweeting, posting my thoughts and writing on the Internet.

Starting a blog is pretty simple. There are several free sites such as blogger.com, WordPress.com and others where in just a few minutes you can create an account, have your own site where you can share a bit about yourself and then post your writings. Their online software can be used to create and edit your thoughts or you can write them on your computer and copy them into their editor. Your articles can be short (which is generally recommended) or long (which is what most of mine are, I am told!).

Creating a site is the easy part. Determining what to write takes a bit more thought. If you can think of a subject, someone is probably blogging on it somewhere. No matter what subject you choose for your blog, your experience of writing for others can deepen your experience of God.

Although I’ve been writing a blog (www.consciousbridge.com) consistently for a while now, it’s genesis was really 10 years ago, before blogs came on the scene. It was then that I first discovered how by stepping my ego aside and allowing words to flow through me and to write from my heart, I could sense Spirit intimately. Although journaling had opened the door to the experience, it was in knowing that the words would be published for others to read that I found my writing went deeper.

It all started when I wrote a review online for a spiritually-based book and posted my e-mail address. Shortly afterwards, I received an e-mail from an individual named Lee Eric Smith who had written a book entitled “Is There Sex in Heaven?” His book was primarily a series of questions designed to foster spiritual and religious discussion.

At first, I thought his e-mail was just a marketing ploy to sell his book. Yet, he wrote that he was looking for people to contribute their thoughts to a weekly e-mail he intended to distribute. His plan was simple — e-mail a spiritually-based question, gather readers' comments, compile the submissions and reissue them the following week with a new question. It sounded interesting so I got on his mailing list.

Very quickly. I started looking forward to the weekly questions. I loved taking them into my meditation and sensing what came up. I would later sit at my computer, get my ego out of the way and the words would flow! I sensed spirit at levels deeper than I had ever before.

As mystic Ernest Holmes reminds us, “We move because there is a universal Energy activating us. We think because there is a universal Mind thinking through us. We exist because the Spirit has seen fit to give us life.” His words were an important reminder that the wisdom poured forth came from Spirit. With time and practice, I developed the ability to know when my words came from ego or when they came from somewhere beyond me.

This process of writing for Lee's e-mail also allowed me to gain greater clarity in my understanding of the spiritual truths I was learning through reading and classes at my local Science of Mind center. The learning was melded into my words and deepened my realizations. It also reinforced for me that I was on my right spiritual path.

Lee and I corresponded via e-mail, for his weekly questions as well as separately, although we never spoke nor met face-to-face. Yet I could tell we shared a common bond in our search for wisdom. Eventually his weekly “just asking” e-mails came less frequently and ultimately stopped altogether. As we fell out of touch, I found I no longer had a venue for contributing my spiritual thoughts. Yet I always remembered how writing in the flow with an intention to share with others had built my “spiritual muscle”.

This experience stayed in my mind for many years and contributed to a decision buy cheap viagra online a year ago to return to spiritual writing. Like many others, I sensed a book within me that wanted to come forth. I committed to writing it. The outline came and then chapters of it, slowly, in pieces.

This commitment developed within me the habit to write each morning. It became part of my daily spiritual practice. Yet on many days, I found that I was called to write content that didn't seem related to the book. Needing an outlet for this unrelated writing, I created a simple blog to post them. In time the blog grew, and I developed a separate website for my postings.

Although the sites you can create on the free services previously mentioned are great and can serve the vast majority of bloggers' needs, for greater control over layout of the site many people turn to hosting their own website. This will cost you a little bit of money, but you get to learn a lot about the technology of websites which is rewarding in and of itself.

If you decide to go this route, you're steps will be to come up with a domain name that no one is using, to register it, to select a website host, and then to determine which blogging software (such as WordPress, Movable Type, etc.) to use on your site. All of this is beyond the intent of this article, but if you're interested there's plenty of help available online to walk you through it.

Most days I arise with no idea what my blog is going to be about. As I begin my morning routine of sitting meditation, I set the intention for Spirit to allow today's writing to come into my awareness. As I sit quietly I simply notice any thoughts which arise, making a mental note of them and then releasing them. As I come out of my meditation, I sit quietly and simply allow any thoughts to come forth. Generally, this process gives me the blog's daily theme.

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As I move to my computer and begin writing, I again move into quietness and contemplation. As the words come forth, I allow the stream to flow onto my screen unedited. I sense when my head is taking over and I pause. I allow myself to get back in the flow before I continue.

As you might gather, my blog has a spiritual theme to it — its intention is to move us toward a positive future. Yet as stated, you can get in this flow and have this experience no matter what the subject. After all the text has been written, I go back and edit. Even the editing is a time to be in the place of the divine. As you read what you have written, contemplating its clarity for others, it magnifies its clarity for you. You deepen in your understanding of your topic as well as deepen in your experience of Spirit moving through you. Although I have experienced God in journaling, I don't edit my journals for others. This process of reading and editing for others can truly take you deeper.

As I started publishing my blog, I started reading about ways to market it so others might read it. There's some simple things you can do to call attention to your writings. One, go search for other blogs on similar subjects. Read what they write and leave a post in reply to one of their articles. If appropriate, mention your blog site in your post or at least give the web address with your name. Two, send an introductory e-mail to your friends inviting them to go read your blog and to sign up to receive notification of any updates (called a “feed”). Three, create a Facebook and Twitter account and begin posting comments there. Let your friends and followers know about your blog site. If you want, there are tools that automate your blog posts so that they immediately place a blurb about them on your Facebook and Twitter page.

In fact, the simplest way to start blogging is to use your Facebook and Twitter posts as short micro-blogs. If creating a blog site seems like too much for you, then following my advice for getting in the flow and creating some short one paragraph writings that you can publish on one of these accounts will help give you a taste of blogging as a spiritual practice.

Twitter can be a very unique spiritual practice in and of itself. You are limited to a maximum of 140 characters in your writings. People have become very creative in how to say a lot in such a short space. You obviously must be succinct. I recommend simply going within and asking for spiritual guidance on a brief sentence that is being called forth through you to share with the world. When that sentence comes in your awareness, post it on Twitter. You can use Facebook the same way if you find Twitter's 140 character restriction too confining.

As you begin placing your posts out on the Internet for others to read, whether it's in Facebook or Twitter or on your own website, you begin to realize at greater levels of your awareness just how truly interrelated all of the world is. Oneness takes on a whole new meaning. People read and respond to your postings from around the world. The planet's shrinking becomes real and tangible for you.

You begin making new friends and new discoveries. You learn that the spiritual significance of blogging and tweeting isn't just about what you place out there for others, it's also about your spiritual growth as you are on the receiving end of their writings. Spirit has spoken through them and you are listening.

Stephen Dinan has called Twitter part of the “spiritual evolution of the planet”. He writes that “Its growth corresponds to the accelerating spread of a global consciousness, one in which our sense of boundaries no longer end at national boundaries and we are increasingly in touch with our sense of “oneness” with others.” I couldn't agree more.

Dinan outline a number of reasons that he sees Twitter (and I would add Facebook, blogging and other social media to that) as being important to our spiritual unfoldment. It increases the speed at which information can propagate to like minded people around the planet. The media itself creates a degree of intimacy that breaks down our personal barriers, with this comes more transparency and authenticity–we begin to remove the distinction between public self and private self. Twitter allows us to fine tune our focus on what interests us, listening to those we want to hear, rather than a general media which “broadcasts” much more than we need or desire. As we are able to focus and track at a finer level, we broaden the reach of our listening to the whole planet. Finally, he points out that as we connect at a more intimate level with our heroes and heroines, we see that they are human just like us, breaking down one more barrier on the road to oneness.

By blogging and tweeting, you are definitely opening yourself to connecting with new friends…and sometimes you connect with old ones. One morning, as intuition guided my writing for the day's blog, I found that my experiences of

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contributing to Lee's weekly e-mail came into my consciousness. Those memories were woven into my article. As I published the blog on my website, I wondered whatever happened to Lee.

As I searched the Internet with what few details I had, I came across an individual named Lee Eric Smith who had the potential to be my friend from 10 years back. I reached out and sent an e-mail to this person. He quickly replied.

Not only was this my friend from so many years ago, but I discovered there was meaning behind our reconnecting. In one of those amazing coincidences of life, I found that Lee was publishing his own spiritually themed website (www.amessagefromgod.net) with an intention very similar to my own. Within a few days, we spoke for the first time. We discovered similarities on our paths to God and we explored a future in which we could work together.

Blogging has truly become an integral part of my spiritual path taking me to places I would never have imagined. As Ernest Holmes advised us, “There is something right within you and within me that is awaiting expression, and what we must learn to do is to get out of the way and let it express itself. Withdraw to ourselves, receive and distribute this Spirit. ” I know that I have withdrawn into myself, received and distributed. In doing so, I have found that the gift has returned to me many times over. May you find the same as you blog and tweet!

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This article is simultaneous being posted here on A Message From God and on Conscious Bridge websites! For more information about Mark Gilbert, visit www.consciousbridge.com

Your comments and feedback on how social media has impacted your spiritual growth is greatly appreciated.

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