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40-Day Spiritual Practice Period with Brother ChiSing
November 11 - December 21, 2009

From Brother ChiSing
November 11, 2009 (11-11-09)

Dear mindful brothers and sisters,

Today is 11-11 (just 2 years before 11-11-11 which symbolizes "Oneness Consciousness"), and in just 40 days it will be Winter Solstice. This year's Winter Solstice is very special, because it will be exactly 3 years before the Great Winter Solstice of 2012 (the number 3 can symbolize Buddha, Dharma, Sangha). Beyond all the crazy hype around this special symbolic date of 12-21-12, the truth is that this can serve as a spiritual wake-up call and encouraging opportunity for all of us to take seriously the critical time in history in which we live. Everything is accelerating to a critical mass point, and the world needs mindful people now more than ever to help humanity shift into a more enlightened consciousness. It's up to us to choose between global breakdown or global breakthrough (or both!). What we do collectively during the next few years and decades is crucial to determining the direction of our future. Let us be a light in these times. Let us not be deceived by the hype, but let us turn to the Infinite Light of Love and Life for guidance and support in how we let our light shine.

The Buddha took 6 years to become enlightened. And today, we have even more spiritual resources available to us than he did over 2,500 years ago. What if we could become enlightened in just 3 years? If we put our whole heart into it, I think it is very possible! Let's do it! Let's try!

During these next 40 days, we can prepare ourselves to enter deeply into this "3-Year Retreat", a retreat that you can do at home, at work, at sangha, in your everyday life. I would like to find at least 40 persons who will reply to this email with a "YES". I will be sending daily messages of encouragement to these 40 persons by email starting today for 40 days, as well as a link to a hidden web page where they can listen to free guided meditations and chanting music that will be powerful supports to daily meditation.

Why 40 days? Well, according to Western spiritual traditions, that's about how long it takes to make a personal shift in consciousness. Moses went to meditate up on the mountain for 40 days, and Jesus went into the desert to meditate for 40 days. If we do this 40-day "Spiritual Practice Period" together, we will experience a powerful spiritual transformation, perhaps even as great as Moses and Jesus did. Anything is possible in the Infinite Light!

During these 40 days, I invite you to make these 8 commitments:
  1. Daily meditation (and I will help you with this, so don't worry about it; you will be amazed that you really CAN do it with just a little support from me).
  2. Weekly sangha community meditation (I can give you alternative options if your schedule won't allow this).
  3. Donation (perhaps $40) to a charity or spiritual organization of your choice.
  4. Purchase and read the "Happiness" book by Thich Nhat Hanh (if you already have that, then get "Old Path, White Clouds"; and if you have that too, then get "Finding Our True Home" -- I have several copies of all 3 books)
  5. Listen to positive spiritual music every day, such as the "Awakening Heart" music CD.
  6. Participate in a mindful movement class, such as Yoga or Qigong, or other form of spiritual exercise (it's never too late to start!).
  7. Eat more mindfully, compassionately and healthy (cut back on meat and alcohol consumption).
  8. Participate in a retreat if you can, and/or do some community volunteer service even if just for half a day.
By the way, why is 11-11 so special to me? Well, about 11 years ago, when I was in a major depression after a relationship break-up, I read my first book by Thich Nhat Hanh, and for about 3 months or so, I saw the numbers 11:11 every day. Sometimes, it would be from seeing a digital clock, or a CD player, or my computer, or the TV. It happened several times a day for a few months, and then it tapered to about once a week (now it's just about once a month). It got me through the depression, because I felt at the time that it was a sign from God that, even though things seemed off track in my life, everything was actually "right on time" and in alignment. Later, I found out that this is happening to others as well, and that it means "Oneness Consciousness." And recently, I discovered that the exact time of the Great Winter Solstice of 2012 is at 11:11 Universal Time! So, I believe that I am one of the many who are being called to participate in assisting humanity in the movement toward "Oneness Consciousness" of which 2012 is another symbol of that. And all of you are called to participate too. These aren't so much literal numbers as they are symbols and metaphors for deeper spiritual realities. After all, it's going to take much more than just one day for humanity to make the Great Shift into higher awareness. After 2012, it will take the hard work of several years and decades of many mindful humans to make this Great Shift real. 2012 is just the symbolic beginnings of this Great Shift toward global enlightenment, peace, love, and wisdom. All the hype about global destruction is just a deceptive distraction from the real issue here: SPIRITUAL AWAKENING.

Okay, well, I await your email reply of "YES" today. As soon as I get your email, I will send you the readings, links and free supports I promised you for this wonderful 40-Day "Spiritual Practice Period" of Transformation, Prosperity, Health and Happiness. I am practicing in solidarity with you and all beings. Are you?

Namo AMITABHA Buddhaya,
Brother ChiSing

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