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I’ve been having an odd experience of late, and I’m sure you’ve experienced the same thing: some word or a phrase–or often, a tune–you just can’t get out of your head. That’s what I’ve been dealing with for some days now, and I think I may know why. The word that keeps playing over and over in my mind is “Avalokiteshvara.” I know, it’s a mouthful. So here it is, broken down a bit: Ava-lo-keet-esh-vara. In Mahayana Buddhism, this is the name of “The Bodhisattva of Infinite Compassion.” But I need to back up a little and explain what I’ve been up to in recent weeks. About a month ago, I decided to begin work on a new book, aimed at synthesizing three great spiritual-philosophical traditions: Judaism, Buddhism, and Stoicism. (Yes, some would prefer the term “religion” for at least the first two, but that’s a discussion for another time). My original title for the book was a contraction of the three words—hence, “JuBuSto”—but I later settled on the more mellifluous title, “The Three-Petalled Rose”. The idea grew out of my growing conviction that Judaism, Buddhism, and Stoicism share many features, and lead to a common path of spiritual and Read the Rest…

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**Editor’s Note** It is with great plea­sure that we share our newest fea­tured mem­ber of Tiferet!  You can learn more on all featured members by clicking here. If you would like to be fea­tured you can click here and fill out the brief form. Anthony Lawlor is an architect and author who explores the relationship between spirit and matter through design. His books include [amazon-product text=”THE TEMPLE IN THE HOUSE” type=”text”]0874777771[/amazon-product], [amazon-product text=”A HOME FOR THE SOUL” type=”text”]0609801295[/amazon-product] and [amazon-product text=”24 PATTERNS OF WISDOM” type=”text”]0984017208[/amazon-product]. During 30 years of architectural practice, Anthony has received awards for excellence in design from the American Institute of Architects and Interior Design Magazine. Anthony’s film The Living Temple offers a video journey through world sacred places. His work has been featured on Oprah, National Public Radio and numerous other national media. Anthony lectures and teaches workshops internationally on consciousness in design He is based in Marin County, California, USA.   We invite you to con­nect with Anthony and read some of his posts on Tiferet. **Note: Tiferet has offered classes with Anthony before and we plan to do so in the future.  We invite you to join Anthony’s future classes.** Tiferet Mem­ber Profile Personal Website Books: Links listed above Read the Rest…

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January 22nd, 2012 at 9:57 am

FAQ: How To Find Your Own Member Profile URL

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Here are the steps to take if you want to find your personalized member profile URL.   Login here: Under the “My Account” option that shows at the top of the screen you will choose “Profile” and then select “Public” Once you click on “Public” you will be taken to a new page and the unique URL for your profile will be in your website browser bar.  Click here to see mine as an example. Your user name will show in the URL where mine shows “michellemangen”.      

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January 21st, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Taking the First Step

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Taking the First Step We have completed the end of an era and we are beginning on a new road of light and awakening. We all have a part to play in bringing a greater spiritual consciousness to our world. The intentions of awakening were laid down long before our births in the illuminating light of unity and the completion will be known by our children’s children. Breathe in this new dawn and let it fill you with Love, Hope and Courage as we emerge from the darkness. Let us begin our walk from the darkness with an understanding of our rhythms and long-term spiritual development. We have within us the most effective monitor of our rhythms. Our heartbeats reflect our life’s rhythms and cycles. Our first step is to develop an orderly discipline and practice in our day to listen to our heartbeat and rhythm, hearing the message of this moment. In that way we bring our being into perfect and proper order. As we learn how to live in harmony with the rising and falling energies of our lives, we flow with the ups, downs, ins and outs to progress toward our goal of spiritual maturity. Now, carefully Read the Rest…

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January 21st, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Blog Posting Guidelines for the Tiferet Site

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We look for creative work that expresses spiritual experiences and/or promotes tolerance. Our mission is to help raise individual and global consciousness, and we publish writing from a variety of religious and spiritual traditions. We strongly urge you to read other TIFERET blogs prior to posting to insure that you are reaching your intended audience. We will not publish rants, infomercials, advertorials or press releases. Please be mindful that your post has relevance to a diverse spiritual community. We look for bloggers who will be regular posters. Please review the guidelines below prior to posting.   How to submit: First, sign in as a free or patron member on the site. Your photo and bio will appear on your membership profile and be attached to your blog post. If your membership profile is missing a photo, bio or social media links you can learn how to maximize your member profile here. You can find other “getting started” tips on this post. To add your blog post go here: At the top of the page (once you are logged in) you will see a gray toolbar. Go to “Dashboard” and  select “New Post” from the drop down menu.Formatting Guidelines: Enter Read the Rest…

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January 20th, 2012 at 10:28 am


Added by Fred LaMotte

In the begin­ning, God looks into the mir­ror of his own Spirit and sees Christ as the bril­liant sun. This mir­ror is the womb of eter­nal silence and the Mother of God, for even God is moth­ered by a Spirit inside. Now Christ looks into the mir­ror and sees You. You are the same reflec­tion. You were born of that joy!

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Twigs of my poetree of soul: Prema Timeless, sublime, tonal, Melodious sojourn into life, self. River banks, as petal and thorn Roll, filled by agua’s flow; Entwining on her bed, Know, love is. Mauna, Silence, echoes its song; Which no words could trace. Thus ananda, bliss, intimates The eternal, and details Living shantih, peace. If One lived as prayer, Their light adding To the well of light, Their every step in grace, They left no footprints; That will echo always. grace Feeling with your spirits hands, See with the eye of your heart, Hear with the ear of your soul, And know with the body Of life’s knowledge, We can be prayer; Being forever answered. Thanx While feeling sacred on This All Hallow’s Day, I also feel pangs of the Hungry, so wrought by The profane; for the food Wasted by us could feed All the world’s…. Yet, Betwixt, in the mundane It’s only hurled. So You, a joyous lake. Me, the mountain, underground, Which, you fill, That holds you always. Within and without us, Is this love. virtue Were it a cause that Opened those tiny arms, Alighting brilliance, a smile, As I hugged him back, then, It could Read the Rest…

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January 20th, 2012 at 10:26 am

Here I Fall

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 “O happy fault, O necessary sin of Adam!” ~Exultet, Easter Vigil A life-coach told me, “You’re perfect right now.” I tried it out, but it was boring. My imperfections delight me more. Why would a teacher evoke the concept of “perfection” at all, unless still unconsciously motivated to seek some status, some finished state? Who wants to be finished? God is perfect. God is one. To be perfect, we must all be alike. But God creates me to be like no one. Therefore, God commands me to abandon perfection. So here I fall, thanks be to God, a sloppy fractaled measureless spill from above, into the ocean of my blessed flaws.

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January 19th, 2012 at 10:00 am

David Bennett | Tiferet Community Featured Member

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**Editor’s Note** It is with great plea­sure that we share our third fea­tured mem­ber of Tiferet!  If you would like to be fea­tured you can click here and fill out the brief form. Introducing David Bennett David is author of “[amazon-product text=”Voyage of Purpose” type=”text”]1844095657[/amazon-product],” a public speaker on Television, Radio and lectures across the nation, and leader of the Upstate New York IANDS. He facilitates a sharing group for Spiritually Transformative Experiencers (STErs) and writes a regular column about STE issues for the central NY newspaper “Metaphysical Times.” Recently started writing a bi-weekly blog based on daily reflections posted on his FB fan Page DharmaTalks. David had three transformative experiences; in 1983 he drowned and had a NDE while the Chief Engineer of the ocean research vessel Aloha. He experienced a Transformative Experiences in 1994 when he was meditating in Sedona AZ. The third experience occurred November 2000, when David was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer that metastasized into his spine causing its collapse. Now in remission and retired/disabled David’s passion includes working with experiencers and cancer survivors integrate their experiences along with writing. We invite you to con­nect with David and read some of his posts on Tiferet. Tiferet Mem­ber Profile Read the Rest…

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January 18th, 2012 at 7:18 am

The core of pure potential at the center of your heart

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As I work with clients, I understand what it means to put yourself fully into service; how working with others, on their stories, calls the best out of us… out of me. I understand, also, what my elementary school principal meant when she said I was “not living up to” my potential. I understand this because I am coming closer to living up to it now.  Not living up to my potential means, for me: shrinking from edges – in life, in myself, in my capacity (and by capacity, I mean: my ability to widen and deepen.) It has also meant using my past ‘failures’ as excuses to not do my best in the present. Oh well, I used to say, I guess I am not the kind of person who does her best. This year, My clients have shown me: we can change the kind of person we are. They showed this through their engaged enthusiasm, courageous edge crossing and the discovery of their own constant connection with themselves and with grace. You are constantly connected with grace. You know that, right? You can change the kind of person you are. You know that, too, don’t you? Nothing is written in stone; Read the Rest…