“What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are small matters compared to what lies within us.” Click to Tweet

~Ralph Waldo Emerson? Henry David Thoreau? Henry Stanley Haskins?

ChiChiRiveraThumbThis quote has been attributed to many different people over the years and if you do a search for it, you will find conflict regarding the origins. I have a theory about this sort of situation, let me share this with you now. I believe in a collective consciousness.

in us copyI believe that ideas often come from a larger place outside of our minds, to which our spirit connects. Call this collective consciousness, a muse, angels, God, organized intelligence, call it anything you like. I would like to insinuate that there exists a larger energetic thought form than our individual brains. I would like to further hypothesize that somewhere out “there” are also particles and ideas that are simply genius, floating around, waiting to be tapped into. That being said, we can often tap into these genius thoughts by allowing them to touch us randomly, or by creating a serene platform inside that may allow them to be cast upon us in some heavenly inspired moment.

Perhaps like a broadcast from some genius radio station somewhere out “there”.  My hypothesis is that perhaps if we go within, we can create a space for the magical to alight within us.

Now, on to the quote. Ask yourself what worrying yourself about the past or the future can bring you in this moment? I would say; the inability to focus on the gift that this “present” moment has to offer. Did you ever ask yourself why we call this moment the “present”? I read somewhere it is called the present because it is A present. A gift that will never come again. If in every moment lies the great potential of a gift, are you open to receive it?? If the universe has a gift for you this moment, and you are so busy worrying about tomorrow, that you cannot receive the genius that may be buried within the “present”?

 I implore you, dear reader to cultivate an inner experience of serenity such that the mystical can alight within YOU. Meditation, even in minor increments would go so far to help you achieve that inner sense of serenity. If you need help, look for a meditation class, or join a meet-up group or use YouTube.

In Love and Light,

Rev. Marjorie Rivera Kain

www.Pittsburgh Medium.com

That's What They Say- thought provoking insights on common quotations

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”  ~ Anais Nin Click to Tweet

 

ChiChiRiveraA flower blossoms, it grows and blossoms, every flower has two very clear jobs encoded within its DNA. A flower comes into being with a few goals and effortlessly fulfills its purpose without so much as a brain.

When a flower blossoms, it leaves the world an infinitely more beautiful place.

nin.jpgWe humans could take a few hints from our friend the simple flower: We could try to keep things simple, allow ourselves to be more focused on our growth and life purpose. To allow time to ponder these thoughts daily would be a perfect way to begin to allow either growth or life purpose to unravel. (Guided Imagery, meditation or time spent in communion with silence are helpful techniques for personal development.)  If we humans took the risk to blossom, we as well would leave the world a more beautiful place.

 

In Love and Light,

Rev. Marjorie Rivera Kain

www.Pittsburgh Medium.com

When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.  -Malala Yousafzai Click to Tweet

ChiChiRiveraMy quote for this month comes from a young woman who inspires me with her humility and ability to stand up for what she believes in. If you haven’t heard of this young woman  yet, where have you been? She is a force to be reckoned with. She was shot in the head by the Taliban in her home country of Pakistan in 2012 at age 15, on her 16th birthday she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and she has since started a charity to help educate girls, gone on to attend Oxford University and she opened her first school on her 18th birthday.  Movies and books have been written about her.malala yousafzai

Oddly, we share the same birthday. July 12th. Though when I was 15, I was dreaming of getting babysitting gigs and buying a car. She was known as an activist and was shot for her beliefs.

Malala’s quote made me think about something, the world is rarely silent.  I can count on one hand the times when I recall the world around me being truly silent. I’ll share one example.  One time, I was in Sedona AZ, at the Stupa. What is a Stupa you ask?

The stupa is one of the oldest forms of sacred architecture on earth, dating back to the time of the Buddha, 2600 years ago. Stupas are mostly found in the East, where Buddhism first took root and flourished. They are indeed rare in the West. A stupa is considered to be the living presence of the Buddha and as such represents the Mind of Enlightenment. Stupas have been built to avert war, end famine, and promote prosperity and well-being. Their sole purpose is to bring benefit for all living beings, and the mystical accounts of the healing powers of stupas are well documented.

stupaSo, I went hiking (YES, I hike, lol) and up the mountainside I went, to emerge in a clearing about the size of a football field. Where there were hundreds of people walking around in a circle, in silence, or meditating. Hundreds of people. I was in awe. Honestly, I had never heard of a stupa before. I had never been somewhere where it was so powerfully silent. YOu could hear a pin drop, and I do recall that the only sound I could discern was the occasional flap of a peace flag. I remember thinking to myself “nothing but the sound of peace” over and over. That calm feeling stayed with me for weeks. Even one small whisper during that serene time would have rippled through the crowd. My point is, one voice makes a difference. One whisper could make a difference. One conversation could make a difference. Perhaps her quote is to inspire us to start talking to each other about matters of importance. We could talk about our humanity and also what connects us? Maybe a spark in conversation will make a few more people realise that we can figure out a way to help. I don’t think it NEEDS to be silent for your voice to make an impact on the world, but if you never speak up, we will never know.

Here’s the picture I took at the stupa in Sedona, as inspiration.

In Love and Light,

Rev. Marjorie Rivera Kain

www.Pittsburgh Medium.com

“When you hold on to your history you do it at the expense of your destiny.” – TD Jakes Click to Tweet

ChiChiRiveraThis quote really made me stop and think for a moment! Watching people, I notice patterns, and I have to say, we are often so focused on our own past experiences, hurts, regrets and failures. I understand this tendency, because come on, what else do we draw from? However, the more we think about our pasts, the more we dwell there. Spending time in our memories does not allow us to move forward in the business of life (making new experiences).

Making new experiences is the juicy mindset of the adventurer. Don’t you want to be an adventurer? If you cling on to the past, you could prevent yourself from being open to receive new experiences. If your cup is already full, nothing new can fit. Let go of yesterday to make more room. If you want to know some good ways to be open, here are some suggestions: Watch your thoughts, attitude and behaviour. You are the only one who can control them. You can train your mind to be in the moment, by merely focusing on your breath. Seriously, listening to your breath is a wonderful way to get you out of your head and into the present moment. Go for a quick walk outside. Wonder at a cloud or a leaf or a bird, share your gratitude of nature’s wonders. Gratitude works almost instantaneously to bring you into the moment.

Allow your destiny to unravel by being open to what the Universe is presenting to you right now! If you take the time to notice the signs, life becomes a magical adventure, and you hold the compass. Click to Tweet

In Love and Light,

Rev. Marjorie Rivera Kain

www.Pittsburgh Medium.com

"I was told to challenge every spiritual teacher, every world leader to utter the one sentence that no religion, no political party, and no nation on the face of the earth will dare utter: 'Ours is not a better way, ours is merely another way."
~Neale Donald Walsch

Rev. Rivera’s insight on this quote:

Rev. Marjorie Rivera KainThere is a very important turning point on every person’s Spiritual path when they may choose to begin to take responsibility for themself and become willing to change themself. At the beginning stages of every journey, people still have some insecurity, so they look for spiritual teachings that make them feel good, tell them what they want to hear and don’t challenge their existing beliefs too much. I mean, come on let’s face it, we ALL like to be comfortable. Comfort seeking is natural, but I feel there is a limit to how much you can grow as long as you maintain this approach.

As you become a more mature seeker, you may begin to realize the fundamental mechanism behind all true channelings/messages. The simple fact is that there are in existence, beings that have a higher state of consciousness than you do. Thus, your advantage of studying teachings that challenge you can help you see what your ego does not want you to see, or hear what your ego does not want to hear.

I feel that  mature seekers deliberately seek out teachings that challenge their most cherished beliefs. As you mature, you begin to realize that the divine teachings challenge your beliefs, thus compelling you to reach beyond the ego’s dualistic understanding. As the world evolves spiritually, many seekers are awakening from soul darkness and beginning to step slowly away from body-centered ego-consciousness. Instead of identifying as mere physical bodies that are born and die, we begin to see ourselves as spiritual beings having a human experience.

When I talk about challenging your beliefs, you may find that there are many more truths that connect ALL beings, regardless of your Spiritual path, political path, ethnicity, or sexual identity. Truths that unite us rather than divide us. I ask you to seek higher truths in your personal progression and on the path of your soul’s evolution so that we ALL may become closer and more accepting of one another. Click to Tweet

In Love and Light,

Rev. Marjorie Rivera Kain

www.PittsburghMedium.com