The Essence of Life

I was struck by the beauty of the night sky last night. I wondered how anyone could believe that all life, us, the world, our galaxy, the universe, was not fashioned by some magnificent being, some creative force. And, no matter what we humans do to each other and our planet, the Creator must be a force of good because only goodness can radiate such beauty in the face of humanity’s destructive, egocentric actions. As I have aged, I see beauty everywhere: the sky, a tree, a leaf, a dragonfly or a rock, birds and other critters. Beauty is everywhere because it is the essence of all living things on Earth.

And children, even in apartments where their lives are full of stress, play, laugh and learn the fine art of negotiation. Boys will be boys and say things like, “My light saber has more power than yours,” and in response: “It does not! I challenge you to a sword fight!” I’ve watched their plastic-sword fights, which are usually quite short because something else soon catches their attention. I have seen girls with their heads together. “I can’t believe she talked to him!”, plotting some sort of payback. Sometimes kids would say hi and come along for part of my walk. They told me about themselves, what was on their minds and I tried to offer a  kind word or two. Our own beauty is in learning who we are and why we are here. Our inner beauty is always present, waiting only for us to knock on its door.

I thought about our Creator (Him/ Her/ Spirit/ Light Within) as I looked at the sky last night and wondered how He/She feels when our hearts swell with love for Him/Her. Having endlessly broadcast Love in our direction, it’s got to be pretty wonderful when it’s finally returned. There really are only two ways to live, two worlds, and we get to choose: See the beauty and feel the Love, or separate and feel the pain and struggle. We, on this planet, are the sheep who got lost and who the Master comes after so that not even one beloved lamb is lost.

Thank You, Divine Child, for Coming to Earth

Black background, rays og golden light

Photo courtesy of Pixabay

I’ve been thinking of Jesus Christ, a true being of peace—regardless of our inability to understand His heart, or our non-acceptance of His message of Loving without judgment or conditions, or the contention among the one-God faiths, or our fault-finding with religious practices different from our own. Nothing separates us humans from each other like the death-grip we have on our religious and political ideologies!

Many of us are now celebrating the birth of a baby who was born 2000 years ago, to show us how much we are loved by our Creator and how to love Him in return. Christ taught that to make peace, we have to get off our high horses and love and respect each other because—no matter our country of birth, our culture or color, or gender or social status—we all come with divine souls on missions of Love: to honor the Divine first, then our world and each other, and even our enemies. Especially our enemies, for as long as we see others as ‘enemies,’ there will be no peace.

Care and connect, Jesus said. Make peace. Listen with your Higher Self. War begets war. Forgive. You are a light of God. Act like it. The divine map is within all of us, but we can and we do ignore it. We can’t arm-twist someone else into a loving, forgiving, peaceful state of being, but we can lead them there through our example. “You go first,” doesn’t work in this case.

Every year at this time, something magical ‘is in the air.’ The image of a divine child born in a barn, over whom angels hover and before whom kings bow, causes us to remember that there is something truly beautiful beyond this mundane, racing, world of angry madness we live in. We are so much more than a species of worker bees, goers, takers, warriors, hoarders, genders, or even bodies.

We are beings of light who drop into a material world to attend school. We are here to learn and grow, to love and share, to care and heal. We are here to forgive and show others how to do the same. We are meant to evolve together, to turn and make sure that every hand is held, that we’re moving together as one, into a remembered awareness of Who made us, of our heritage, of the Home we come from and will return to, should we so desire—and live like we mean it.

It’s not easy to remember we are divine children. Some among us would like us not to remember and are working really hard at suppressing this conversation. But we will remember. It’s like throwing off an old, wet, moldy, smelly wool blanket. We may not want to touch it and it may be kind of heavy, but not so heavy that we can’t throw it off—and throw it off we will. It is our destiny, no matter how long it takes.

Let Us Not Despair, but Prepare Ourselves

peace-glassesTo those who try to follow God’s path of peace, to those with non-white skin, to those who are old, ill or disabled, to those who have no access to quality education and struggle to survive, and to those who are gay, or whose religion is other than Christianity: Do not despair. While God loves every soul, He edifies the work of the peacemakers, the embracers, the healers, and the visionaries.

Some Christians have voted and elected a President who embodies the opposite qualities of Christ. I do not know why, but I believe what is happening here mirrors a spiritual war occurring in the Heavens. Perhaps the work we who ‘love the whole’ must now do is a debt to be paid on the road Home. Let us never forget how powerful we are when we stand together and with Christ, who teaches us to trust in Him most when things are the toughest, and to love even those who become our enemies–because war and revenge self-perpetuate. Let us do everything we can to heal the rifts, and to shine light on the truth that we are all children of God and that God is not petty or cruel or segragating.

There is a chance we may all lose loved ones to the ignorance now rampant in our country. Let us not fear loss. Let us be willing to do the necessary inner work to prepare ourselves to go with God, for life here, while of the utmost importance, is always fleeting.

God bless us, every one.

The Old Ways Are Crumbling

Sistine trunk posterI know we all got up this morning and went about our responsibilities, like getting ready for work and/or the kids off to school, with all that these morning rituals entail. We have a lot on our minds, especially those of us who didn’t get ready for work because we don’t have jobs to go to. It’s important to remember that we’re all in this life together, with our home, Mother Earth; and that we are all God’s children, playing a role in a great Cosmic Story.

We humans are due. We need to expand our awareness of that which is beyond our own minds and lives, of how we were created, and of all that we can see through the eyes of the Hubble telescope and beyond. We need to see the filaments of light that connect our souls to God, to each other and to Mother Earth and all life residing on her.

I was thinking of trees and all they do for us, beyond fiercely pedaling to clean the air; providing wood for our homes, furniture and other needs; and providing shade from the heat. They are like older siblings who protect us. We sit under them to read and write and enjoy a picnic. There is less crime where trees are planted together. They are our strong and sure earth-angels, beings of Love anchored into the earth, their roots connecting all around the world, helping to hold Love here. I hope someday that we can all see the light that emanates from them.

We live in a time when the old ways are dying out and new ways are born. We’re accustomed to small-mindedness and competition and greed gone mad, and to the degradation of Mother Earth and of us—but this madness is a deception, a distortion of God’s plan for us and our world and, as it has no foundation in what is real, it is crumbling. Change is hard for almost everyone, but when these corrupt systems collapse, what is born will take our breath away. We will fall to our knees, trembling in awe that we are children of a loving God.

Connection, Compassion and Love, A Guest Post By Michael Brine, Mike Hopkins and Maggie

As difficult as the news is every day, as much as the media has a need to keep us informed of dark, depressing matters, there is equal goodness all around us. (I know that a good deal of us have suffered losses that can only be measured in tears, and that the pain can linger. When enough time has passed, we take little steps back into life, working up the courage to take a swing at living again. I guess that’s the point–that we all know what loss is and yet, most of us get through it and carry on anyway. Really, what are our alternatives?)

Here my amazing online friends share here their tender stories of connection, compassion and love, for wherever there is union and healing, there is Love. We must all remember our own stories of care and goodness, both given and received, and we must share them, for they are needed now. We must share our stories until they become a Love-tsunami more powerful than any of the physical kind. The miracle of being alive now is the miracle of healing. We are all called to share great Love and oneness with each other and All That Is. We are called!

Here is a correspondence between Mike Hopkins, Michael Brine and Maggie. Continue reading

A Deeply Moving Prophecy from Peter Deunov in 1944, a Guest Post by Michael Brine

By Michael Brine


Michael Brine

In light of disturbing developments in the world, I’d like to share with you the prophecy given in Bulgaria by a man named Peter Deunov (1864-1944), just prior to his death in 1944. Civilizations using fear as their weapon are causing great suffering to many over whom they [mis]-use their power. The sexual enslavement of women – and that’s what in essence it is – in these more extreme régimes is disgusting and inhuman. To enshroud abuse under the cover of any “religion” is an insult to the great teachers and prophets; to God, who has created all things equal; and to our own inborn intelligence.

Peter Deunov was a being of a very high level of consciousness, while at the same time an incomparable musician, who gave during his whole life an example of purity, wisdom, intelligence and creativity. For years he was established close to Sofia, where he lived surrounded by numerous disciples; and he, by his radiance, awakened the spirituality of thousands of souls in Bulgaria, and throughout Europe during his time.

Later in Peter Deunov's life

Later in Peter Deunov’s life; image courtesy of Facebook

Some days before his departure to the other world, he remained in a profound mediumistic trance and he made an extraordinary prophecy in regards to the troubled epoch that we are crossing today – a prophecy about the “end of time” and the coming of a new Golden Age for humanity. It is long, but it is a deeply moving testament. It feels current and is so vibrant, one could almost doubt that these words were spoken 70 years ago.

“During the passage of time, the consciousness of man traversed a very long period of obscurity. This phase which the Hindus call “Kali Yuga,” is on the verge of ending. We find ourselves today at the frontier between two epochs: that of “Kali Yuga” and that of the New Era that we are entering. Continue reading

The Fake World is a Pretty Good Actor


black stalks in gold skyWe draw lines on maps and buy and sell land and buildings, but we can’t take anything from this world when we cross into the spiritual world. Who really owns the planet? It’s not any of us, no matter who we are. This planet, its land, its riches, all assets, all the monies, are actually owned by the Higher Power. Life is the greatest, most compassionate of gifts, and everything we see is loaned for our use, to be productive and successful in our efforts to live a meaningful life.

None of us are innocent, but we are, to some degree, pawns in a big, secretive game played by wealthy men. Is there anything we can do to break free? Yes, but we have some hard habits to break. We can turn off our TVs more, get outdoors and appreciate Mother Earth. We can tell our children what advertisements are: manipulations of our desires for stuff—and that we don’t have to buy into all the clamor. We can put away our e-devices for an hour every day and share the time with others.

We can stop obsessing about media reports on this or that happening. (What would the media do if we ignored them and created our own stories?) The entertainment media cater to what they think we want to hear; and, worse, the “news” media filter and slant the news to their points of view. Do we know the truth about anything?

We can and should quiet the chatter of our own minds and get in touch with who we are and why we are here. We can teach our children that all people are equal, and that acts of kindness link us to the pool of Universal Love. We can volunteer and show them how to make a real difference in our communities.

We need to forge our own paths and make our own life-truths, and get in touch with our souls, for this connects us to God, the Source of answers to all personal and world problems. Every problem comes with its own spiritual solution, but we have to be quiet, open, and reflective to be aware of it.

Energy gathers around us, and the way we feel joins us with energy of the same kind. There aren’t any answers in muck-flinging, but there sure are in the beams of light. When we lift the veil, we see the invaluable heart connections linking all of life and that everything else pales in significance.

The Man of Real Peace

Head of Christ

Hoffman’s Head of Christ

When I think of Jesus Christ, what I know in my heart is all mixed up with pomp and history, wars and wars of words. The gentle man of peace, the direct-speaking man with no belongings, the man whose gaze and voice and touch healed us, what does He think of our world?

When I read news stories of those who sacrifice their lives for another, I experience awe. Years ago in our town, a woman jumped instinctively to save her family dog and was killed by a train. My young sons were so upset, “Don’t you ever do anything like that!” I try to imagine what her children felt. I can’t; it’s beyond my understanding.

And that’s how it feels to me with Jesus Christ. How did that happen again? A Great Being of Light chose to take on a coarse body like ours and lived and worked like us, to try to get through to us? “Your Father understands everything—look to Him for help in this life. Your Father’s love for you cannot be measured. With every beat of your heart and every breath you take, He is with you. Earth is not your home; follow me and I will show you the way.”

Earth is not our home? Hold on a minute! Let’s not get carried away. I’ve got stuff, gold, position, respect. I’ve got power; I say jump and people jump. I’ve got family, goals, responsibilities, people to see, places to go, things to do. I can’t follow You right now; I promise to check in at the end, though. Promise.

I often wonder if we aren’t characters on a stage, a darn good mock-up, but still a mock-up, and if enough of us realized it, we’d be like Jim Carrey in The Truman Show and break through the fake sky to the real one. I think that’s why the Man of Peace was born—so we could find what’s real. And that’s probably why He was killed, too.

Related Post: Man with a Plan 

Never Wander Far From Your Heart’s Light, A Guest Post from Mike Hopkins

Stay True to Light

Sometimes I think of all the sickness in our world.

If one becomes engaged in this sickness,

over time one will become sick.

So live within the darkness of men and women,

yet hold tight upon the Light.

Never wander far from your Heart’s Light.

Live amongst men and women and

participate in community.

Yet, do not join in the dark intentions of those

who manipulate others for their own purposes.

Stay true to the Light within yourSelf

So as to show a way out of the madness

of men and women.

© 2016    M.N. Hopkins
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Let’s Dump Our Guilt and Shame

I’ve thought a lot about the toll guilt and shame have taken on my being and I wonder if these two emotions are not a problem in many peoples’ lives, especially those who break down in some way, such as people like me who get sick, or who are homeless for many years of their lives.

How can anyone have confidence or imagine success when wracked with guilt, or if we are separated from family or friends due to the shame we feel? It’s much harder to go through life separated from loved ones because they are embarrassed or ashamed of us. I guess that’s the point, though.

Have you ever wondered why we are who we are? Doesn’t it make sense that we enter into life to be who we really are? That would mean that we are born to the life we have chosen specifically for us to learn what we’re made of, and to grow from the understanding we gain through living our lives. We might try to suppress certain inclinations, but we can’t, because that from which we hide (even if only from ourselves) raises its ugly head in surprising ways, usually at the worst possible moment for maximum humiliation. At least, that’s the way it worked for me. 🙂

Our conscience was meant to be our guide, not to trigger years of wallowing in guilt and hiding in shame. Not only does wallowing separate us from others, it separates us from God because we put up a wall there: “Don’t try to talk to me, God. At all! I know what I’ve done and that I’m one of your black-sheep rejects. I get it, okay?”

That voice is not Love talking. It is the darker part of our human nature that, at least until we are willing to stand toe-to-toe with it, manipulates us away from the light. I see this like we are all in a movie with a great battle between Love and fear and fear wants to control us, while Love desires only to heal us.

What a wonderful world it would be if we could bag up our guilt and shame and take it all to the dump. Then those of us who harshly denounce others could go and trade in our condemnation for compassion. We’d be people at peace with each other and yes, that would be a wonderful world.

If We Get Past Our Thoughts, What Do We Find?

I remember being at a motivational meeting in my mid-20s and the speaker asked anyone who could get through a locked door without the key to raise his hand. Only a couple of hands went up. Then he asked the same question but added that our child was on the other side of the door and the room was on fire. “How many of you could get into the room now?” he asked. Nearly every hand went up, including mine.

His point was about motivation and I’ve thought about his questions many times over the years. What makes a person or an activity valuable in our lives? Who would we risk our lives for? How do we find those important things, the ones that make getting out of bed every day exciting and fulfilling? This knowledge lies within us, but it is beyond the noise and clutter of thought-production.

Thinking WomanAren’t thoughts funny things? One after another after another after another, never stopping—unless we decide we are the bosses, not them. After all, these bodies are soul-carriers with specific purposes, the most important being contact between the two. Our minds can be receivers, (for me it’s often when I’m writing), but whatever it is inside us that produces thoughts doesn’t like being turned off or even turned down. Thinking can drive us crazy with confusion, opinions, fears and judgments. Isn’t the inner critic amazing? It is never at a loss for words, especially those designed to keep us stuck in the same worried/frantic place.

The thing is, it’s all a lie. We’re not meant to live in fear and confusion, separate from others. We’re made for service and community, for sharing our lives, for love of a personal kind and the kind that includes us but is more than us. Love is the answer to every question. Every question. It is the source of life, the purpose of life, and the invitation to inspiration and meaning. It can be tapped by setting aside quiet time every day, sitting with our eyes closed and a willingness to let our thoughts come and go without judgment. When our thoughts no longer get a rise out of us, it’s not as much fun for them, and the space for peace heals our minds and bodies and spirits.  Where could quiet time take you?

We’re Here Seeking Balance

One day when I was folding laundry, my young daughter walked into the room and said, “Mommy, I have a question.”

Fantasy horses“Okay,” I said, placing a towel on the stack. “What is it?”

“I can’t tell if when I’m sleeping is the real world, or if this is the real world.”

Whoa, is she my daughter, or what? “Well, I think I’ve decided that since we spend more time awake than asleep, this is the real world. But I can’t say for sure.”

“Okay, thanks, mommy.” And she skipped out of the room, leaving me wondering how in the world I was to answer questions like that from someone so young.

Every spiritual practice I’ve read about describes the veil between this world and the world of light—the real world. So, where are we when we’re awake and when we’re asleep? I love that our dreams teach us about our emotions, and that we can fly, and swim under water without gills, and speak and cause things to happen. I suppose having those powers is also why we have to wake up. We can’t all speak and cause whatever we want to happen; that really would be a disaster. 🙂

I guess being born on Earth really is school, with life showing us what is possible when goodness rules–and if darkness was to rule. We’re here seeking balance, learning that we’re not the center of the universe, yet that we are precious to God; that it’s not about what we take, but what we produce and give; and that the darkness we see in this world is a con job and that our true home is in the light. No matter how much the darkness puffs itself up, we’re headed for the light. It is decreed.

How Do We See, Hear, or Speak No Evil?

See, hear speak no evilIs it possible to not see, hear or speak evil in our world?

How do we define evil? Murder, rape, torture and sexual abuse would be on most people’s lists. As would be terrorism. But, is someone evil if they cheat us out of our life savings, or steal our IPADs? How about a parent who demeans her children? Do politicians commit evil acts when focused solely on lining their own pockets? What about the companies that poison our air and water and the ground we need to grow our food? Or those corporations that make automatic weapons, or dump America’s toxic wastes in poor, foreign countries? Here’s another one we can agree on: drug cartels and dealers who have lost their humanity and feed their wealth and power by destroying life.

From Wikipedia on Seeing, Hearing or Speaking No Evil:

  1. “In Japan the proverb is simply regarded as a Japanese Golden Rule. Some simply take the proverb as a reminder not to be snoopy, nosy and gossipy. Early associations of the three monkeys with the fearsome six-armed deity Vajrakilaya link the proverb to the teaching of Buddhism: That if we do not hear, see or talk evil, we ourselves shall be spared all evil. This may be considered similar to the English proverb, “Speak of the devil –and the devil appears.”
  2. Others believe the message is that a person who is not exposed to evil (through sight or sound) will not reflect evil in their own speech and actions.
  3. Today, “See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” is commonly used to describe someone who doesn’t want to be involved in a situation, or someone willfully turning a blind eye to the immorality of an act in which they are involved. The Italian version, “Non vedo, non sento, non parlo” (I see nothing, I hear nothing, I say nothing), expresses the Omertà, the local code of silence.
  4. In many interpretations, it can be seen as a way to avoid spreading evil: Do not listen to evil things so they do not influence you. Do not read things that are evil or look upon evil things so they do not influence you. Lastly, do not verbally repeat evil things so they cannot be spread about.”

We must, of course, acknowledge that evil exists. Darkness, destruction, hatred, prejudice, greed, superiority, are facts of life in our world. But we should not focus on the darkness, lest it take us there, which is its purpose. As I understand it, all of life was created by Light but, for whatever the reasons, some entities pulled out of the light, creating darkness. Too proud to head back home, they decided to muck things up and they are doing a darn fine job of it! Above all, is remembering that Light came first and that it rules over the darkness. We each have the power within us to reject the darkness with our Creator’s divine assistance, always freely given when asked for.

But then we must change our own behavior regarding seeing, hearing and speaking evil. We can no longer stir up trouble–we seek solutions and finding them, we become peacemakers. We accept the power of our words and use them wisely and to support, not tear down. We refuse to listen to judgments and negative opinions, because they are likely inaccurate.

We can never effect change by adding to negativity, but we can make the world a better place by being positive. It’s an arduous path, but well worth it, because it profoundly affects the quality of our own life, the lives of those we love and the health of the whole of existence. We have only two choices: Add our energy to the darkness or add it to the Light.