We made this page so we could share our affirmations - some might call them prayers. We use many of these frequently. Our daily affirmations are sets of statements that we say to ourselves while visualizing the end result. We learned this as part of the "Integral Transformative practice" (ITP)
The first of these we use, frequently, before a meal. For it, we thank Thic Nat Hanh and Larry Ingram. Others we use less frequently. The next three are from a little book entitled "Grace Before Meat" Compiled in 1949 and published privately by John R. Clark, Pat's maternal grandfather. The foreword begins "Friend, do you return thanks for your daily food? If you do not, why not start now? You will be a better person for doing it."
"This food is the gift of the whole universe. The earth, the sky, and much hard work. May we live in a way that makes us worthy to receive it. May we transform our unskillful states of mind, especially our greed, our judgementalness, our fears, our aggression, and our defensiveness. May we take only foods that nourish us and prevent illness. We accept this food so that we may realize the path of love and compassion."
"Some hae meat, and canna eat. And some wad eat that want it. But we hae meat and we can eat. Sae let the Lord be thankit."
"We thank Thee, Lord, for this our food; For home and friends and all things good. May Thy rich blessing wide be spread; And all Thy little ones be fed.
"I saw a stranger yestereen. I put food in the eating-place, drink in the drinking-place, and music in the listening-place. And in the name of the Triune, he blessed myself and my house, my cattle, and my dear ones. And the lark said in her song "Often, often, often, goes the Christ in the stranger's guise."
"Teach us, O God, to remember what we ought not to forget, and to forget what we ought not to remember."
Bill's sister-in-law Martha emailed this to us after Christmas several years ago. We were so struck with it we have kept it. We have no idea of the author, but whoever you are we thank you.
"Let us invoke our ancestors, both spiritual and genetic, for we are the sole reason for their existence. Let us invoke the children, and their children, For they are the sole reason for our existence. Let us invoke the mountains and rivers and this great Earth, and acknowledge our intimacy and interdependence with all things sentient and insentient. Let us reflect that the gift of Life is more fragile than the dewdrops on the tips of the morning grasses. Then let us vow. Let us vow to heal and nourish. Let us vow to love and share. Let us vow to alleviate suffering and bondage. Let us vow to manifest Peace and Joy with Wisdom and Compassion."
These are the affirmations Bill uses to keep grounded. They are adapted from the Edu-Kinesthetics In Depth Manual, courtesy of Mary Rentschler.
In January, 2006, we learned that Bill's oldest, Laurie, had an aggressive form of lung cancer. We developed a special affirmation for her, mailed copies of it to our close friends and family, and asked them to (according to their spiritual preference) either: pray for her; send her subtle energy; visualize her surrounded by white light; hold her in the light; or however their spirit moved them. Here is the link to that affirmation. Laurie died after a courageous struggle early in the evening of April 27, 2006. She was 48 years old.
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