Always and Forever
Always and Forever
I am very proud of Steve and Paul, their achievements with the dogs that they breed, raise and share their home with. Our whippets come from their “home”. They are so dedicated to their “family”. “Achievements” such as the ones that they strive for, are met only with hard work, focus and total commitment. Main ingredient is LOVE.
When we love, truly love, unconditional love… it will reflect in all we do.’
PL Precept # 21 Live in Perfect Liberty
photo, Steve and Paul
Marriage between two individuals, is a sacred bond. It is a commitment of Oneness in a world of constant change. Like friendships that last, it is a growing of hearts, a learning in understanding, and a blessing of life, lived to its fullest potential.
Partners learn and grow together. Without knowing it they help shape and form their loved one’s knowledge and wisdom of what “togetherness” is. No two people are alike, and no two couples are the same. What is constant in love that stays true, is unconditional faith, trust, caring, and acceptance. Respect being a key ingredient.
Love is a four letter world, with endless definitions.
I have been overwhelmed with the thoughtful, caring, sharing you have all showered me with. I know I am not alone, and never will be, you all fill my world with such support, kindness and affection.
For those who have asked, service will be on PL Ancestor’s day (the 11th) we will do the service at the church (10a.m.) for Ancestor’s day, then Rev. Eugene will do a special prayer for Brian. Brian took such solace in prayer, when he was still able to read, he read the Precepts and Principles regularly. Prayer brought comfort and consolation.
Unconditional Love lives on forever
the earthly flame may flicker and die
but we, like the majesty,
of the Universe
will live on, in the mountains, lakes and streams
for all Eternity
2nd photo- social media
When I went to Japan a couple of years back for training, I landed in a heat that was smothering. I’ve been in the Florida sun, the heat of southern California, but never the relentless heat that was beating down in the area of Japan I was in for the training. I can’t recall the exact reason, but the air conditioning was not working on campus, so not only did I have to adjust to living surrounded by a strange language and more people than I am used to in a given day, I had to adapt to sleeping in Japanese dorm style accommodations.
These were the wonderful ladies from Spain, my roomies. Ana back left was the only one who spoke any English. Even with the heat, the foreign languages, somehow we all got along, and had not only a good time, we created GREAT lasting memories.
Days like today, when I start to want to complain about the heat, I think back to when we learned how to work and pull together, enjoying the moments. the heat forgotten, just the combined energy of “community” singing and encouraging each one another.
We came from all over, together we renewed our commitment to working towards World Peace. Whether in Japan, or back home. the objective is still the same, in working to be a better person, every step will lead to living with love in our hearts, and World Peace that much more of a reality.
PL Precept # 11 Always be with God
PL Precept # 3 God appears through One’s Self
top picture, is the PL Peace Tower on campus in Japan
The use of words is very powerful. Once we speak them, we can’t take them back. A teacher in an English high school showed the movie to his students. He showed the movie because he was genuinely passionate about teaching, and he wanted his students to learn, and grow as humans. It wasn’t so they would rebel, but to expand their minds and open up the world around them. Communication is key in any and all relationships.
Today in PL(Perfect Liberty), it is Thanksgiving, a day we set aside each month to show our appreciation and gratitude to God for the blessings we have received. and to give Thanks. A Thankful Heart leads to Happiness. Two services today, one at 10 a.m. and another this evening at 7 pm.
To all the Fathers out there, Happy Father’s Day.. In today’s society, I think that the day should include all the single parents, who have to pull double duty. Being a parent is a life long commitment.
Namaste – Oyashikiri
I attended a wedding yesterday, the bride wore a beautiful white wedding gown, the groom and his best men were all dressed in a classic tux, bridesmaids all wore lovely gowns, it really was beautiful to see. The service took place in a lovely garden, the setting was perfect for the union of two people who so in love they have committed not only to themselves that they will love each other and enter into that very special bond of man and wife… they are now making that vow public, for their friends and the world to share in their happiness. The picture, the water, all so inviting.
When one looked beyond the pretty ambiance, fashion, decor, and “stage” settings, and took in the people and the overall vibe of the place, suddenly the picture wasn’t so pristine and pretty, it took on a different season, and the water was less inviting. Couples were not sitting in harmony with each other, they were many of them simply there. Some I knew were openly negative with each other. Others were simply there because it wasn’t “polite/right” to not be there.
Life is like a river that is always on the move, sometimes it is raging and driven with purpose, other times it is mellow and simply meandering, but always it is active.
A wedding ceremony to me is like a moment in the building of a bridge between two people. How well that bridge is built and then maintained will determine how long the two parties will remain connected.
Always however, they will be joined in the Universal bond of ONENESS, their roots will be forever entwined.
The cosmetics of the rituals that humans put on the sharing of one’s life with a partner or soul mate, or self defined.
The reality is, that we are all ONE.
How we reach out and interact with our other “selves” is very telling on where we are in our personal journey of growth.
Like a tree in the forest, we don’t always get to choose where we will sprout and grow, but grow we will, it will be the depth of our roots and the determination of our will, and our faith in our ability to grow that will see us survive.the test of time.
I am a firm believer that in using the word love ( a word that captures a lot of imagination, and can me so many different things to anyone who uses it) … LOVE … if we replace it to say ..in GOD, I will, or I am, our actions will be/would be entirely different, and our thought and commitment would also be different.
We all need air to breathe, and we all need love in our lives.
When we commit to being with someone, sharing our lives with that person, we are saying, you are the air that i breathe, the bridge between us is strong, and I will work very hard to maintain my part of the bridge. Our roots will grow stronger, and though we may not always see the same view in or of the forest, our roots will be forever entangled and our commitment to live together on this earth will be evidenced by the security and strength of our bridge.
Namaste – Oyashikiri
Perfect Liberty is an International church, therefore members who will share with us, at times will do so in both their languages. I do not change their words, or thoughts, but share them with you as they are offered. I love PL so much because as a community we share and grow with the encouragement and support of not only the ministers but fellow members. The Japanese terms are commonly used in PL, You should be able to find the words and their meanings on our website, (link on right) However I will work them in if I can do so without changing the expressions of the writer
Meet Harry (USA), Harry attended Kyososai (the celebrations I wrote about in August) this past July/August. =^_^+ in fact, you will see Harry carrying the Canadian Flag for Canada (he became an honorary Canadian to help me out! True gentleman!!)(see prev. blog)
This was a fun picture taken when we met the actors who perform in the PL children;s theater
Each Kyososai is unique and every year is distinct with the mix of different people
attending. Often for me I try to absorb as much as I can all that goes on at Holyland
during my stay there. The whole time spent there is the rensei training, not just the
official part of the program …. Listening to lectures, taking every opportunity to pray at
the himorogi, conversing, sharing testimonies with the Brazilian members, breathing the
air and working up a sweat just being outside.
But reality hits when I get back from the Holyland. I always seem to receive my
blessings thru Mishirases and intuitions that that help me realize my short comings, last
year it was a nasty bladder infection that haunted me from getting good rest and sleep.
It’s like god is giving me another chance – blessing and salvation after my prayers at the
Himorogi. This year it was a flu symptom that bothered me physically, but also the way
my wife told me what a pest I was to her. I never thought I was a pest probing and
inquiring about what she did and did not do. I always thought I gave her a lot of latitude,
but apparently not. My mishirase brought me to church and the consultation for
oyashikiri helped me realize that I needed to back off and give her more space and not to
probe unnecessarily. It was the words my minister spoke that triggered my intuition. I
have always prayed to try to understand my wife and I never could, I was being a pest
and suffocating her. All this time I could not realize that my actions were killing her
spirits. Thank you, Oshieoyasama.
Mishirase: Divine warning from God, in the form of an illness, a misfortune, an accident pain or suffering
Oyashikiri Prayer– The special prayer to receive the blessings of Oshieoya-sana’s Shikiri
Shikiri – PL’s unique way of prayer, asking God’s blessing with a sincere promise to accomplish what we have to do
Oshieoya-sama – Honorific title of the spiritual leader of PL, Rev. Takahito Miki
Thank you Harry for sharing your testimony with us.
Blessings to each and everyone of you, now and always…
photo taken in Japan July 2013 by Q