Divine Presence Points the Way

One of the great scriptures of India, the Shiva Sutras, says that the successive stages of the spiritual path are "full of wonders." This has certainly been true in my experience, and continues to be so, in ever-expanding ways. Although the outward appearance of my spiritual practices has changed and shifted over the years, the experience of the Divine Presence remains the same.During a sacred visitation, a moment of Sacred Awareness, I feel that my best and dearest Friend is near. At these moments I'm completely fulfilled, blessed beyond measure.

The very air seems charged with magnificence, and I sense the vastness of the One at the center and origin of All That Is. As my friend John Baxter would say, "Not bad!".All faiths acknowledge the sacred Presence. Wise folks approach it with reverence and humility, knowing only that it's possible to learn from It if we listen for hints and lessons.

Spiritual seekers make a practice of responding to Its challenges with gratitude for a fresh, new opportunity rather than with irritation that our apple cart's upended again.As the world stage grows ever larger?as disasters, wars, famine and disease enter insistently into our living rooms?we who are seeing these events unfold feel increasingly connected to one another by the sheer fact of our humanity. Though we may not ever have met a Shiite Muslim, what heart can remain numb at the sight of a father's face wracked with sobs as he kneels near the body of his child, felled by a bomb? That suffering face is our face, and the compassion that arises is the key to remaining truly human, whatever our faith or religion.

During the day, again and again I'm reminded of these words of Jesus of Nazareth: "Blessed are the peacemakers." Who are the peacemakers, if not those who seek peace by means of spiritual practice and the expansion of inner wisdom? Who are blessed, if not those who have tasted the deep peace of God's grace? If we know the value of peace and blessings, if we know the value of prayer and compassion to heal and uplift hearts, then we are extremely fortunate. Knowing what I now know through experience of the Divine Presence, having felt and seen the majesty that exists within the human heart (not just in mine but in every single human heart) the pain of estrangement from others is no longer worth it. No matter how heinous another's past acts may be, my experience remains that, at the core of that being pulsates the spark of divinity. No, I don't like everybody.

But this knowledge of What's Within Everybody keeps me from losing hope. The contemplation has become: How can I keep my heart open and soft toward others, while remaining worldly wise and skillful enough to continue to be of service? How do I allow compassion to pulsate within, and remain strong enough to make a contribution with the life given to me? And, with grace, answers do come.I've concluded that Sacred Awareness Inspires Noble, True Service.

Hence the name of my newsletter: SAINTS. As you practice sacred awareness and compassion grows, you become both deeply compassionate toward others and strong in skillful means. Both tenderhearted and tough. And with such great strength??a strength grounded in unwavering peace??true service is readily expressed through your life and work. Not because you're special, but because this is the natural state of a human being who is Aware of the Sacred!.May our love for each other continue to grow.

May our sincere efforts to love teach us the true nature of love.

.Ceci Miller is the author of Sacred Visitations: Gifts of Grace that Transform the Heart and Awaken the Soul, endorsed by Chicken Soul Author Marci Shimoff, Mars/Venus author John Gray, and bestselling author John Bradshaw. The book's touching, often magical, stories guide readers beyond mere memoir into the profoundly personal world of their own sacred experiences.

Ceci's workshops teach the 5 Steps of Sacred Awareness. A student of meditation since 1976 Ceci's heartfelt stories of spiritual experience and contemplation--shared in articles, books, and public talks--have inspired meditators and seekers throughout the world. She is the author of two children's books and has co-authored and edited numerous books for adults.

To hear Ceci read an excerpt from Sacred Visitations, or to hear her interviews with people about their spiritual experiences on the Sacred Visitations Podcast, go to http://www.SacredVisitations.com.

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By: Ceci Miller


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