The Guiding Light – John 10:22-42

April 27th, 2016
In this audio we discussed how to increase one’s readiness for awakening.
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Guiding Light Archive Audios
Please join me live for The Guiding Light each Wednesday at 2pm ET in the Awakening Together Sanctuary.


Regina Dawn Akers
http://reginadawnakers.com

Staying Interested Meditation

April 26th, 2016
Find a place where you will be undisturbed. If it is comfortable, put on headsets or earbuds.

Relax, and enjoy this meditation.

Staying Interested Meditation
The music played during the meditation was provided by Pandora One.

You may join Regina for meditation live in the Sanctuary on:
Wednesday at 8am ET/5am Pacific
Friday at 10am ET/7am Pacific.
She also co-leads meditation on Tuesday at 10am ET/7am Pacific with Stacy Sully.


Regina Dawn Akers
http://reginadawnakers.com

Why It’s All Good

April 24th, 2016


Right now I'm contemplating liberation and obstacles and the nature of the universe in part because it's Passover. But even people who are not Jewish will relate to this post because we all experience hardships and wish for escape.

Passover continues to be a relevant holiday for me because it's not just about celebrating the Jews' liberation from the land of Egypt, it's also about personal liberation. The Hebrew word for Egypt, “Mitzrayim,” also means narrow spaces. That means the escape from Egypt was also an escape from a narrow space, a constricting spot, something I, too, have escaped from.

I love this picture as a symbol of things being all good.
I love this picture as a symbol of things being all good.

When I think of narrow spaces, constricting spots, I think of obstacles. I associate obstacles with suffering, with pain, and with punishment. I don't know where this came from, maybe growing up in the U.S. where there's a lot of talk of hellfire and brimstone, but whenever I experience an obstacle, I think it's because there's a vengeful God out to get me who wants me to suffer, who wants to punish me. Or the terrible things that happen to me are as a result of previous actions, possibly from a past life, but also serve as a punishment. I see a watered-down version of this reflected in the New Age community too where the “bad” things that happen to people are a punishment of sorts for their “bad” thoughts.

The bottom line is lots of punishment. Lots of black and white thinking. Lots of cause and effect, but in a judgmental way. However, I came across a few discourses and attended a lecture with a friend this week that reminded me obstacles are not punishments. They don't come about because God wants to punish us for our misdeeds. They come about for other reasons, which I may discuss at another time, but the main point for this post is God loves us tremendously and only wants to see us emancipated. The world is ultimately a benevolent one and the divine is seeking to liberate us, will do whatever it can to aid that, something aptly demonstrated not only in the Passover story, but in my own personal experience.

For every terrible thing that's happened to me, there has also been some grace, some assistance. One small example that comes to mind is a few years ago, my neighbor decided a Wednesday night would be a brilliant time to get drunk and high and talk loudly outside. I previously asked for that Thursday off so instead of fretting about not getting any sleep and being unable to function for work, I calmed down understanding I was taken care of, that it was all good.

The universe ultimately wants to see us succeed. There will be obstacles along the way, that's inevitable, but we will also be given tools to overcome those obstacles. Eventually we will all escape from our own narrow spaces, but maybe not in the way we think.

I dream of a world where we remember we live in a loving universe where the divine wants to see us liberated. A world where we understand there will always be obstacles but we will also experience grace. A world where we understand ultimately, it's all good.

Another world is not only possible, it's probable.

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Important: The Awakening Together Sanctuary has Moved to a New Virtual Location

April 22nd, 2016
On Thursday night PalTalk deleted the Awakening Together Sanctuary from PalTalk. There is a technical story behind this, but I won’t go into it. Instead, here is what you need to know:

You will now find Awakening Together in PalTalk under the Religion & Spirituality Category under the Spirituality Rooms. We were unable to reuse the exact same room name as before, so we are now Awakening Together Sanctuary Home.

If you followed the Awakening Together Sanctuary before, that link will not work now. You will need to navigate to the new room and follow it. You can do that by choosing Following, Follow this Room from the menu bar after you are in the new Sanctuary.

If you want to unfollow the old Awakening Together Sanctuary, enter Awakening Together Sanctuary Home and then choose Following, Manage Rooms I Follow from the menu bar. You can select the previous Awakening Together Sanctuary, and then click Remove Selected Room.

We look forward to seeing you in our new Awakening Together Sanctuary Home.


Regina Dawn Akers
http://reginadawnakers.com

The Guiding Light – John 10:1-21

April 20th, 2016
In today’s reading, Jesus explained the basics of the path of awakening: trusting inner spiritual guidance, including the yes and no, and a simple spiritual practice.
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Guiding Light Archive Audios
Please join me live for The Guiding Light each Wednesday at 2pm ET in the Awakening Together Sanctuary.


Regina Dawn Akers
http://reginadawnakers.com

Just Be Natural Meditation

April 19th, 2016
Find a place where you will be undisturbed. If it is comfortable, put on headsets or earbuds.

Relax, and enjoy this meditation.

Just Be Natural Meditation
You may join Regina for meditation live in the Sanctuary on:
Wednesday at 8am ET/5am Pacific
Friday at 10am ET/7am Pacific.
She also co-leads meditation on Tuesday at 10am ET/7am Pacific with Stacy Sully.


Regina Dawn Akers
http://reginadawnakers.com