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Quotes from Saint Francis of Assisi

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Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self. 
Francis of Assisi

For it is in giving that we receive. 
Francis of Assisi

Grant me the treasure of sublime poverty: permit the distinctive sign of our order to be that it does not possess anything of its own beneath the sun, for the glory of your name, and that it have no other patrimony than begging. 
Francis of Assisi

I have been all things unholy. If God can work through me, he can work through anyone. 
Francis of Assisi

If a superior give any order to one who is under him which is against that man’s conscience, although he do not obey it yet he shall not be dismissed. 
Francis of Assisi

If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men. 
Francis of Assisi

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned. 
Francis of Assisi

It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching. 
Francis of Assisi

It is not fitting, when one is in God’s service, to have a gloomy face or a chilling look. 
Francis of Assisi

Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love. 
Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. 
Francis of Assisi

No one is to be called an enemy, all are your benefactors, and no one does you harm. You have no enemy except yourselves. 
Francis of Assisi

Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words. 
Francis of Assisi

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. 
Francis of Assisi 

Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance. 
Francis of Assisi

Where there is injury let me sow pardon. 
Francis of Assisi 

While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart. 
Francis of Assisi

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The Servants Prayer

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The Servants Prayer
When I am hungry, give me someone that I can feed.
When I am thirsty, show me someone who needs a drink.
When I’m cold, give me someone to keep warm.
When I grieve, give me someone to console.

When my cross grows too heavy and this weight I cannot bare.
And when I need someone to hold to me, and it seems no one is there,
To lighten up my heavy load, give me someone who deserves
To be loved just as I do, give me someone, someone I can serve.

When I need some time, let sit me with one for awhile.
And when my heart’s heavy, let me find someone to make smile.
And when I’m humble give me someone that I can praise.
And when I need to be looked after, show me someone that I can raise.
And when I need some understanding, show me someone who needs mine.
And when I think of myself only, draw my thoughts to those who are kind.
And when I’m so POOR, show me someone who’s needy.
And when my eyes are blind to what is holy,
Let me see the Christ in each one who I feed.
Let me see the Christ, Christ in each one who I feed.

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Angelology and the Tree of Life.

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Angelology and the Tree of Life

Angelology and the Tree of Life.

The Tree of Life represents all that is in alignment with living. It’s a symbol and a reality that serves to remind us of the importance of everything and how it all works together to serve the betterment of the whole. Imagine a tree-taking root in your own garden or backyard. As it is fed with the rain of heaven, the warmth of the sun, the nutrients in the soil and the cycle of shedding the old and bearing the new, we can see God at work. The Tree of Life not only signifies the mechanics of God but also the compassion of a loving Creator God. It provides shade and protection. It bears fruit that will nourish us and in many cases offers its whole being.

The Tree of Life touches every global community and penetrates every religion known to mankind. It has a physiological blueprint that parallels the universe’s Law of Seven in every facet of its existence. Like the Seven Chakras, The Seven Archangels, and the Seven Octaves, the Tree of Life has Seven Branches that represent a union of all that is; supported by the trunk. This represents our strength and diversity in acknowledging the many different aspects of ourselves. The branches are seen as male and female. They are:

The lowest or First branch symbolises our Body Self; our sense of wellness.

The Second is an expression of our Personality; its vitality determines how well we are received and perceived by others.

The Third branch represents our relationship with the Divine and how easily we are able to connect.

The Fourth branch signifies our thirst for Knowledge.

The Fifth branch is called the Void. Its health facilitates an understanding of the collective consciousness of oneness.

The Sixth branch represents our Truth; the Essence of who we are, the ‘I AM’.

The Seventh and final branch, like the Crown Chakra is the primary portal or connection to the divine allowing one to explore that which is not attached or of the physical body, keeping our own Tree of Life healthy is vital if we are to be productive instruments of God. But most importantly, the thing to remember is that the Tree of Life represents the highest degree of the world of existence, the position of the Word of God, and the Supreme Manifestation. It’s no wonder so many are driven to save the trees on this beloved planet. Each leaf that flourishes as a result of our love is legions of angels governed by the likes of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ Archangels in our presence committed to sustaining our significance and the integrity with which we were created.

 

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An Integrated Spiritual Ecology for Soul Seekers Everywhere.

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An Integrated Spiritual Ecology for Soul Seekers Everywhere.

Francis of Assisi, in his living the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the full, gives us an example of ‘Four Ecologies:

an environmental ecology, living in harmony with creation and Mother Nature and the Elements.

a social ecology, embracing all people as brothers and sisters regardless of colour, race or status.

a spiritual ecology, in praise of the Father Mother God as Creator of all things.

an interfaith ecology, inviting all soul seekers of truth enter a new concept of living practical spirituality in the modern world regardless of one’s religious persuasions.

The Tau Community of Saint Francis is an online Community of Brothers and Sisters who seek to express and share this ‘integrated spiritual vision/ecology’ for the sake of and out of love for God’s world by providing the following:

۞ a vehicle whereby mankind can embrace religious diversity without 
 compromising one’s spiritual values as they search for lasting peace and 
 reconciliation of all Faiths to unite as ‘One Spiritual Family’ sharing God’s love 
 for all and to all.

۞ a unique concept of sharing God’s Love through a common sensed approach of 
 putting practical religious/spirituality into positive action for all who are seeking 
 peace where mutual respect is essential for the integration of all faiths/beliefs.

۞ an online spiritual community, ( a monastery without walls) based on the core 
 values of Franciscan Spirituality, where the Creator God is Love and by inviting 
 all to come and share that love as brothers and sisters by embracing a ‘spiritual 
 way life,’ from the comforts of their own home.

۞ an online network of Friends providing spiritual support for those in need of 
 spiritual guidance and daily prayer.

۞ an online network providing spiritual information for those who are guided by 
 God to advance their spiritual life further. Namaste

Brother Sean TCOSF

Tau Community of Saint Francis Chapel Gap, Storth, Milnthorpe, Cumbria. LA7 7JL Tel: +0044-1524-762292

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Divine Healing Working in Partnership with the Science of Prayer

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Divine Healing Working in Partnership with the Science of Prayer

Divine Healing Working in Partnership with the Science of Prayer

An effective healer is one who is attached to the divine and detached from the self, the ego. We are invited by the Creator to remain focussed, not on what we can do as healers, but on what God can and will do through our childlike trust and simplicity.

But what is the science of prayer? Saint Francis of Assisi held the view that prayer is a conscious awareness of the presence of the divine God in everything that lives, moves and breathes as having their existence from Source – the Creator. The science of prayer is a collective response, uniting minds and hearts to send out positive love and light (Christ Consciousness) to the universe. Collective prayer ‘love and light’ will prevent ancient prophecies, as predicted by Notradamus, from having a devastating impact upon our society and the earth.

Prayer works from one’s heart centre and connects with all that we truly are as a child of light. We are empowered by the healing essence of divine love to connect with the Source, and through our very existence, we become co-creators of the divine for the divine. Our daily contact with God through nature and working with the angels, transforms us into living sanctuaries where the Creator God resides. Even the animal kingdom has an angelic presence that connects with our soul when we have had the scales of ‘self hate’ removed. The angels of the earth realm and the animal kingdom are our teachers, as they know only selfless love for their Creator, and in turn manifest this to everything that lives, that moves and has its existence from Source.

Prayer is not only that which is used in a church. The science of prayer teaches us that when we embrace God within our life and our life’s work as teachers and healers, we behold perfection and beauty. When the Creator made us he made perfection. When we operate from our ‘head centre’ we experience the ugly face of our humanity and imperfections and deny ourselves the opportunity to experience selfless, reverent, healing love.

The presence of selfless love inspires us to release all negative energy and reclaim our divinity as a co-creator of God. But first we have to connect and release our inner wounded child, before we can ‘Behold-Enfold-Hold-Listen to the sacred voices of pure divine love.

Many centuries ago, a group of dedicated scholars decided to vacate mainstream society and agreed to live in community in isolation from the negative energy of towns and cities. They lived usually in an oasis or by the lakes suitable for communing with their God three times daily through invoking the angels of nature realms. They dedicated their lives to serving their God, sharing a common purpose, with equality as their core value. Their love of the holy books and sacred writings of the ancients inspired them to painstakingly write down each document. The group

were known as the Essenes and it was their teachings and simple philosophy “The Tree of Live” that inspired many great men and women to dedicate their lives to God in daily prayer both then and more importantly today. According to the Gnostic Gospels, several well-known names were members of this group, including Jesus, John the Baptist, Peter, Mark, John and Mary Magdalene.

“The Gospel of Peace of Jesus Christ written by John” by Edmond Szekely caused a sensation when it was first published in 1936. Although it was a translation of only a fraction of the original Aramaic script, more than 250,000 copies have been sold throughout the world. After 40 years of painstaking efforts, Dr Szekely finally completed the manuscript revealing the pure, original words of Jesus translated from the Aramaic tongue spoken nearly 2000 years ago. Szekely directly makes reference to Jesus being a Nazarene Essene.

In November 2003, we entered a new phase of enlightenment known as the Harmonic Concordance that facilitated a major shift or an awareness of spirituality, in particular our own beliefs. Many scholars have reported the year 2012 as the dawn of the New Aquarius, when we enter a major shift in divine consciousness that will directly have a positive impact for all who work as light workers and spiritual healers.

So many therapists who work in partnership with spiritual healing energy, fail to take care of their own spiritual needs. They operate from a place of isolation and neglect the spiritual life, which should be an essential part of all that they are as a child of God. When the self gets in the way of the healing process, our negative voices isolate our spiritual connectedness with our God and thus release energies, which can be transferred from the therapist to the client leaving them in a vulnerable place. This is not what spiritual, divine healing is about.

Working with the Divine asks only this, that we ‘Behold-Enfold-Hold and Listen’ to the inner sacred voices, communicating love and light to our heart centre. This demands that we reconnect with all that we truly are as a co- creator of God and that we listen to Him in periods of silence. “Silence is the sister of the divine.”

Therapists who work from their head centre are often overwhelmed with their own personal issues. In light of what is revealed to them, they become focussed on their worries, their fears and insecurities. They lack the integrity that is required of them as therapists and healers. But we are invited each day to come back to the Source, the Creator who loves us.

Therapeutic channelling, using sacred oils to anoint the feet of clients and therapists, is another such prayer demonstrating God’s love for His children through the art of connecting one’s soul, mind and heart with Him in the presence of the healing energies of the Lord Christ and the angelic realms. Silence is another powerful prayer that opens our heart to receive pure love, affirming us that we are whole, perfect and complete in the presence of God.

Through practical prayer – a lifting or raising up of our mind and heart before the Creator in the presence of Christ Consciousness and the angelic realms, messengers of God, we are empowered to take back our personal power and control and work from a place of selfless, reverent, healing love that embraces all and everything that we come into contact with as a healer or therapist working is partnership with the Divine God/dess.

Let your Divine Light Shine In.

Brother Sean

 

 

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We Are All Monks

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We Are All Monks
Since my early youth I have seen myself as a monk, but one without a monastery or at least without walls other than those of the entire planet.   And even these, it seemed to me, had to be transcended—probably by immanence—without a habit, or at least without vestments other than those worn by the human family.  Yet even these vestments had to be discarded, because all cultural cloths are only partial revelations of what they conceal:  the pure nakedness of total transparency only visible to the simple eye of the pure of heart. ~Raimon Panikkar

Raimon Panikkar reminds us that we need—perhaps more than ever—to rediscover the wisdom of monasticism for our time.  While most of us will never live in a monastery or take monastic vows, we can learn to master the spiritual virtues and qualities of being that flourish in solitude and silence.  As we walk through the imaginative doors of the monastery, and figuratively enter its enclosure, we are immediately struck by the absence of superfluous noise.  There arises an intuitive recognition that much unhappiness in life is the result of never experiencing one’s own silence or the freedom of solitude.   In crossing the threshold between worlds, we discover a desire that is deeper and more fundamental than the attractions of material things.  We discover that passion for truth is the force or intention that leads us to practice spiritual disciplines and to uncover ancient structures of consciousness that purify our hearts and deepen our minds.
We have a rare opportunity to cultivate this contemplative dimension outside the monastic enclosure, and even outside a religious or denominational form.  We are blessed to be able to draw upon the wisdom of the world’s spiritual traditions and the thought of great contemplative masters.  It is as if the doors of our imaginative monastery were flung open and we were granted access to the collective storehouse of human spiritual possibility. This development in spiritual consciousness, that offers us a new monastic form for the uncloistered and the religiously unattached, grows out of silence itself.  For in meditative awareness, we find a radical emptiness that is more primordial than religious identity, and more nameless, writes Panikkar, than the qualification of being Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, and so forth.

Fr. Zossima, in Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, says that monks are not a special sort of person, but only what all persons ought to be.  While to some this may be a startling claim, it is nonetheless true that the monk is not a separate kind of person from the rest of us.  Rather the monk symbolizes one dimension of the core of our natures, and the possibility that every one of us can reach this dimension.  Although not everyone is suited to the formal monastic life, we all have a contemplative dimension that is worthy of cultivation.  We all have the capacity to experience something of the silence that precedes religious forms.  Inherent in the human person, contemplation is essential to our natures and to discovering who we are.  It is a reality of which we are made and for which we yearn.
The challenge of being modern, uncloaked monks consists in the attempt to integrate “what every person ought to be” into the wider social and personal circle of our lives.  Not content with the historical isolation of the monk, or with extreme forms of ascetical renunciation, the contemporary seeker desires to return to the original simplicity of the contemplative ideal.  As we push open the monastic doors we discover that these ancient resources can assist us in integrating all aspects of contemporary life–work, family, friendship, and sexuality–into the holy dimension of being.
It is intrinsic to human nature to be better, more holy.  To find the deep source of meaning and the quality of being that are essential to live authentically, we must be willing to be new.  The image that Panikkar offers—that we all have a monastic dimension—upholds a certain quality of life and a certain freedom of being that flourish in stillness, detachment, and rest.  For the monastic heart is solitude, and grace.  ~Beverly Lanzetta

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