Purification Prayer

 

Dear God, the Supreme Light within and without,

I am sorry for any harm that I’ve ever caused anyone, anywhere.

I am sorry for any judgment that I’ve ever cast without the understanding to transmit compassion instead.

I am sorry for all the times that I’ve allowed irritation or anger to overpower loving-kindness in my thoughts, words, and actions.

Please purify me.

Please cleanse my spirit of all negativities and dis-eases.

Please help me to surrender everything to You, the Supreme Divinity, within and without.

Om Namah Shivaya*,
I bow to the Pure Consciousness in me, that is also in everyone and everything,
StarFire Teja

* Om Namah Shivaya essentially carries the same meaning as the teaching of Jesus: “The Kingdom of God is within you.” ❤

 

Photo by Daniel Zurnau on Unsplash.

 

Prayer for a Pandemic by An Unknown Author

Dear readers, as you look at this photo of a sunny woodland path, I hope you feel cheerfulness of mind and peacefulness of heart…

In these uncertain times, some really potent writings are surfacing, such as the following prayer, written by an unknown author. I wonder why that person chose to remain anonymous?

PRAYER FOR A PANDEMIC

May we who are merely inconvenienced
Remember those whose lives are at stake.

May we who have no risk factors
Remember those most vulnerable.

May we who have the luxury of working from home
Remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.

May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close
Remember those who have no options.

May we who have to cancel our trips
Remember those that have no place to go.

May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market
Remember those who have no margin at all.

May we who settle in for a quarantine at home
Remember those who have no home.

During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other,
Let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors.

Amen.

~ Author Unknown

(This prayer was posted on Facebook on March 12th by Grace United Church in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada… Thanks to my Aunt, Sister Jane, O.S.B., who sent it my way in an email!)

Amen! May we find ways to be the loving embrace of the Divine to each other!

With gratitude and lots of love,
StarFire Teja

 

Photo by MabelAmber on Pixabay.

 

Dear Billionaires

Dear human beings who have billions of dollars,

A quick google search just informed me that there are somewhere between 2,100 and 2,600 of you billionaires in the world… I do not know any of you personally, but I feel inspired to appeal to you on behalf of the Earth and its inhabitants.

Although I was a Political Science major at Butler University, I gave up on trying to understand or follow politics back in 2016… And I have even less of a grasp on economics. I did take the class in high school, but I don’t think I really got the concepts… So my appeal to you, the billionaires on planet Earth, is entirely based on the spiritual, emotional, and energetic worlds I live in, and the knowledge that I have gained through spiritual studies and practices…

I just turned 50 in January, and the current world events are the strangest news I have heard in my lifetime. With the virus pandemic, I feel as though we are living in a sci-fi novel, with really bizarre scenes such as Starbucks coffee houses blocking off certain tables so that people can’t sit right next to other people, and other shocking scenes with the cancellations of major sporting events and the shutting down of Broadway and Hollywood…

It is just heartbreaking to hear of people losing their jobs over this situation. I may not understand much about economics, but I do understand that someone who makes less than $20 per hour is already pretty poor, so if they cannot work because their school-age children no longer go to school, what will they do? Go into credit card debt?

Will this virus pandemic cause a global economic collapse? My grandparents were alive during the Great Depression in the United States, but I know nothing about how that kind of economic state would unfold now. Would you, the billionaires of the world, still have money? Would you be able to not only bail out the banks, but also to help with every other facet of the world’s societies?

From time to time I have seen inspiring articles about various billionaires helping others, such as paying for the troubled youths of an entire community to go to college… Well, now is the time, more than ever before, for you billionaires to use your financial powers to help other humans, and also to help the Earth and the animals, fish, and birds. Perhaps you will do some deep soul searching, and decide to live more simply, downsizing your wealth from billions to just millions.

Sitting quietly in meditation, bring your awareness to the very center of your mind, and listen for guidance about your deeper purposes at this time. Some years ago, while I was sitting in meditation, I became deeply aware of how much the animals, fish, and birds are suffering on this sacred planet Earth. The compassion that arose from that meditation led me to shift to a plant-based diet…

Please watch this 2-minute video: internationally renowned wildlife conservationist, Dr. Jane Goodall, explains why she recommends a plant-based diet.

In order to help the environment (and the animals, fish, and birds), perhaps you will invest in plant-based foods and vegan products, such as vegan clothing, shoes, and cars.

(By the way, this article from one year ago talks about a few billionaires who are already funding vegan startups, such as Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, and Bill Gates.)

In order to help humanity, perhaps you will invest in a massive network of urban organic vegetable gardens, with fields of sunflowers, and chains of plant-based restaurants, and stores with healthy foods in the poor sections of all the world’s cities.

I believe that we are all interconnected in one web of living energy that is love. We don’t all realize that we are part of this One Love Energy because we are in different individual bodies, but if we look deeply into our inner beings, we can remember this oneness. Let us all live together in peace and harmony, with the rich helping the poor, the strong helping the weak, and the healthy helping the sick…

Thank you for reading this letter.

May All Beings Be Free of Suffering.
May All Beings Be Happy.

With love, compassion, and hope,
StarFire Teja

 

Photo by Melanie Kreutz on Unsplash.

 

Got Compassion?

Warning: this video is shocking and intense. As a highly sensitive person (HSP), I felt pretty overwhelmed while watching this: “DAIRY IS SCARY! The industry explained in 5 minutes.”

I found that video in this article: “UPDATE: Café That Ditched Dairy After Watching Youtube Video Now Goes Vegan,” which led me to read about that London (Kentish Town) Café here: “Fields Beneath.”

Cows were not created by humans, and cows do not exist to feed humans. So-called “food” products made from cows (meat, milk, cheese, butter, yogurt, ghee, icecream) cause many diseases in the human body. And yet, the dairy industry continues to spread harmful, incorrect information, especially about milk… “Got milk?” the billboards read…

So I say, “Got compassion?”

I certainly have compassion for the incredible suffering of the cows, so I have not eaten any dairy products for more than 10 years.

My plea for humanity is to replace dairy products with coconut milk products (and other wonderful plant-based alternatives like almond milk). For example, replacing dairy creamer with this So Delicious Organic Coconut Milk Creamer that contains “Simply 5 Ingredients.”

Holy Coconut Shells, this is possible, people! Let’s shift from scary dairy to holy coconut this very year of 2020!

With great compassion for all beings,
StarFire Teja

 

May All Beings Be Free of Suffering.
May All Beings Be Happy!

 

Photo by manueltapi on Pixabay.

 

Peacefully Sourced Holiday Meals

While the two human sides argue about whether or not eating dead animals is good for human health, the animals continue to suffer tremendously.

While the two human sides throw scientific health studies at each other, science has already proven that the animals have feelings — that animals, fish, and birds have complex emotional lives just like humans, cats, and dogs.

May the two human sides drop their health arguments and look deeply into the reality of the creatures of the land, sea, and air, in order to see that the cows, pigs, lambs, fish, chickens, and turkeys are living, breathing beings who are suffering immensely.

It is wrong to kill innocent living beings. The meat of killed animals, fish, and birds is filled with the violence of killing, and it is filled with the fear, terror, and grief felt by the animals, fish, and birds as they were killed. When consumed, those negative vibrations (in the cooked meat) enter the human body and psyche.

Consider the difference between eating a carrot and eating a piece of dead turkey meat.

When eating a carrot and contemplating the source of the carrot, the energy of peace arises because the carrot was pulled out of the soil of the sacred Earth… And the carrot does not have a central nervous system, so there is no fear, no terror, no screaming, and no blood.

The same cannot be said for contemplating the source of the dead turkey meat… The turkey has a central nervous system and feels fear and terror. The turkey has a family and a complex emotional life, just like a human or cat or dog. So the energy of peace does not arise when contemplating the source of the dead turkey meat.

As we enter the holiday season, may many human beings awaken to the reality of the suffering animals, fish, and birds, and with compassionate hearts and minds, commit to creating peacefully sourced holiday meals. There are many plant-based holiday recipes available online, and a plant-based holiday meal will generate the energy of peace in all who consume it!

Forks Over Knives is a wonderful resource for shifting to a plant-based diet. Here are a few links to some of their Thanksgiving holiday recipes~

~ “A Plant-Based Thanksgiving Menu To Be Thankful For

~ “Party-Ready, Plant-Based Thanksgiving Menu

~ “Thanksgiving 2018: The Ultimate Make-Ahead Feast

~ “2017 Recipe Special: A Forks Thanksgiving

May more and more human beings make food choices that protect and respect the lives of the animals, fish, and birds. May all creatures be allowed to live in freedom and happiness.

May All Beings Be Free of Suffering.
May All Beings Be Happy!

 

Photo of beautiful living wild turkeys by Skeeze on Pixabay.