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 

Fear Is a Liar

fear maskFear is my old buddy. We’ve been together a long time. All of this life and from before that, I’m sure. Fear of loss, fear of judgment, fear of my dark side. Fear of wrong living and karma–that’s a big one. How I envy those people who live with gusto and confidence!

How does fear become our boss? It’s sneaky, relentlessly worming itself into our minds, our outlooks. It’s a liar, but it’s such a good liar. All those possible scenarios! And fear is a good boxer. Punch to the eye, “Ow!” The gut, “Ow!” Kick in the ribs when we’re down: “Told you so.”

Fear grabs hold and feeds on itself. Little fears grow into mountains that cast big shadows over life. The only answer I’ve found: Turn on the lights. Not just the lights, but the Light. Call on your Higher Power: “Let me see. Show me the way.” In the movies, the character becomes a hero when he finds his courage. “Steady, now. Look up. Fear exists only in your mind–it’s an emotion. It’s not real. Walk right on through those shadows. Yes, like that. Very good. See? You’re already on the other side.”

Related Post: What is Karma?

Mistakes, then Unconditional Love

We Are Never Abandoned

There are so many mistakes to be made as a human, from little ones to the big life-errors that make us cringe and wonder if God loves us when we think of them. But, doesn’t it seem likely that our omniscient Creator knows our weaknesses and likely errors before we are born?

We come into this physical world to live, to make choices, to experience and to grow in wisdom. We are not born to separate farther from our Creator.

I think of God as unconditional love, compassion and forgiveness. No matter how far we sink into the muck, we will not be separated from God unless we consciously choose to be. Very few walk that path.

The hard part for us humans is believing that God knows us, cares deeply and understands not only us, but all that happens in our world due to mankind’s actions. We are asked, when ready, to become God’s hands, God’s feet and God’s heart, to help heal this country and world.

We’ve been taught many untruths about life and the mistakes we make. Know that God is Love, forever an invitation–the invitation–to love and be loved. Someday we will fathom the gift that God’s love is and our tears of sorrow and regret will be transformed into tears of joy.

From Whining to Heroic

MazeA longing for spiritual growth, for connection with something deeper, begins when we acknowledge that while we live in a physical world, there is a causal world we can’t see with our physical eyes. There are man-made laws to keep order, but there are also universal laws that apply to us, because we are souls of the invisible world who take on bodies in a material world. The universal laws are the laws of our Creator, designed to guide us–the ones who strayed–back Home.

Michael Brine has written here about the universal law of, “As we sow, so shall we reap,” explaining that if too much negativity is put out, by a person, a city, or a country, the scales tip and even innocent children are caught up in the ‘reaping.’ I think he’s right—it’s a good explanation that helped me to understand more about mass tragedies. The children lost to us may be souls who volunteered their young lives before they were born for human evolution.

The only way we can change what happens to us (the reaping) is to change what we think and do (the sowing), making way for growth. I’ve seen several stories about men who were deeply involved in street-gang life, violence, drug sales, keeping girls as prostitutes, and on and on, but who had an inner conversion and when they got out of prison, they began to work on behalf of young people in gangs. “Hear my story,” they say. “Let’s change your story before you become me.”

My story, or yours, may not be as dramatic, but the law still applies. In order to change our lives, we must change our thoughts and actions. Blaming others, feeling self-pity, desiring revenge—all of this has to go for us to be born anew into lives befitting our nature as souls.

One universal law that has been a tough one for me is the law of acceptance. We can’t control everything that happens to us—we can only control how we react to those things. Many years ago I was a partner at a small newspaper where we published an annual issue on people we called the ‘able-disabled.’ Some had been in crippling accidents and had lost the use of their arms or legs or both. One young woman lost all four limbs to gangrene. She was a torso in an electric wheelchair and had been fitted with artificial arms and metals clips for fingers that allowed her to work as a switchboard operator. She was filled with grace and acceptance and trust in God. I’ve made much progress in accepting the loss of an active life (related to illness), but I’m nowhere close to where this beautiful young woman was. I see her light and follow when I can.

We can fight what has happened to us for as long as we like. We can also accept, forgive and move on with what we do have, with what we can do. The gift of life and the opportunity to grow on Earth is priceless. Once we realize this, we begin the process of moving from whiner to the hero of our own story.

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 Need to ‘Light More Candles’

Hot Air Balloons

There is a verse in the Bible that goes something like, “The sins of the father are visited on his children,” which I understood as, “The children pay for their father’s sins.” The first time I heard this, I thought, “That’s not fair! The father should pay for his own sins.”

I contemplated possible explanations for this philosophy, such as it’s the DNA that is passed from parent to child, as in tendencies and potential. Then I thought of children who are raised in violent homes who go on to raise their children in violent homes. In wars, soldiers fight for their side and, in retaliation, their towns are bombed and their children die. And, at least in the movies, personal crimes are committed against children as payback for something their parents did.

But then I realized, we’re all so interconnected, it’s not just my father’s sins or your father’s sins affecting me and you; it’s all of us together in one big pot. We are each responsible for our thoughts and actions because what you do affects me and everyone else, and what I do affects you and everyone else. When we think negative thoughts and project negative opinions, their energy gathers with other negative thoughts. The more there are, the more powerful and inviting the mass of dark energy becomes. It doesn’t take much, some anger or outrage and a few drinks or a drug, and we tap the dark energy field. BAM! Our negative thoughts become negative actions, ever supporting the growing darkness–and the cycle repeats itself over and over again.

When we send loving, healing thoughts out to the world, they, likewise, gather with other loving thoughts; and like the sun rising over the horizon, their very nature dispels the darkness. The old saying, ‘It takes one candle to light a dark room,’ has never been more true—but there is a pretty big mass of fear-darkness hovering over our planet today. We need to light more candles: It’s a very good time to practice forgiveness. We can start small and, as we experience the value of letting go and healing, build up to the big issues. (Practice does make perfect.)

Call your parents or a sibling. Get out of the rut and check on your elderly neighbor. Drop off some groceries at the food bank or volunteer at the homeless shelter. Think, “Today, I will be kind, no matter what.’

And last, but not the least of things we can do, is to pray with all we’ve got for our angels to come to our aid. They are waiting for us to ask for their help and we need them. We are powerless against the powers of darkness without the forces of love and light.