Tuesday, February 25, 2020

The Power of the Listening Pause! YOU are the Gift!

Hello, my friends, 

I'm writing this looking over choppy waters today. There's a cold front coming to Florida right now, and I hope it will be our last! The waves are up and the sky is mostly grey. I've been giving lots of EFT sessions lately. I love watching people's faces light up with realization and relief through EFT! my life is a joy! (You know where to reach me to learn more, TapforHappiness.com, TapforHappiness@gmail.com)

I have a special gift for you today. 

As you know, our mentor, Daisaku Ikeda, often quotes from intellectual and spiritual thought-leaders worldwide. There is so much wisdom to be had from people of many faiths. 

Here in St. Pete, Florida, we have someone who inspires me. Meet Reverend Temple Hayes,  Spiritual Leader and CEO of First Unity Spiritual Campus, a New Thought Center in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Of course, as always, my Buddhist practice is the central foundation of my life, and just like Sensei, I am inspired by many people) 

Here are some of the ways Reverend Temple has inspired me: She just finished a film on suicide prevention with Deepak Chopra. (If you're a long-time reader of this blog you know how important suicide prevention is to me) 

And, she speaks about the power of the listening pause, and in letting people speak their mind without interruption. As a modern-day human, many of us are in such a hurry all the time, we sometimes barely make time to truly listen.  In my longtime previous career working with families as they were making critical decisions about the safest places for their senior family members to live, I honed my listening skills, but there's always room for improvement. I think true listening is a life-long practice...and I'm always learning deeper listening. 

I heard Temple say recently: "Energy is infinite, you can't outlive it or outgive it." I love that thought. (As an EFT Practitioner and 35-year practicing Buddhist I know that's true!) 

And she urged us to keep listening to another long after you've already thought of your reply. 

She said, "When you let a person talk, those last few sentences they utter may be the exact core of what they were getting at, the very insight they were aiming towards, and your ability to pause and let them finish that final thought is a gift." 
And more wise words below...(I know we KNOW that everything we need, the entire universe is all within us, but sometimes, doesn't it FEEL like it's out there? I know at times, it does for me. And these words resonate with me): From "The Unedited Life" by Temple Hayes: 

"In The UnEdited Life, we allow ourselves to be who we are, wherever we are. We live authentically and move collectively into the field of possibilities.   Here we discover how to surrender fully to Divine Order. (We call that Nam-myoho-renge-kyo and the Gohonzon. J.S.) To accept all that life brings to us.  To trust the Divine Order of the Universe—not just sometimes, but all the time. This is the process writer and futurist Alvin Toffler calls learning, unlearning and relearning.
"When we listen deeply to the call of the heart and follow its path inward, our intuition and happiness expand exponentially.  Our deepest desires and dreams unfold organically and we live easily without fear, without chemicals or the momentary highs of “more”.   Natural laws begin to work effortlessly.  We come to view the world through eyes of infinite awareness and experience the great power of possibilities for the world—Peace. Harmony. Connection.
I invite you now to stop searching for your purpose and know you already are your purpose.  You see what is possible by being possible. As a first responder, your response is welcoming.
            This is the secret to happiness.
            Be who you are wherever you are.

Temple Hayes

@templehayes- Social

Sending this post with all my love for you! 
Jamie Lee Silver
See you in front of the Gohonzon!

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Saturday, February 22, 2020

"When We're Suffering" ~ Words of wisdom from Daisaku Ikeda

Here's a photo my son Aaron and I hiking in Phoenix last week. It is such a joy to chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo every morning and evening with him! 
This spring I'll see him quite a bit, in Chicago in March, and in June when he graduates from his two Medical residencies, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. 
Leaving Aaron is never easy, even when I love my life on St. Pete Beach. Although, as I'm sitting here, looking out over the Gulf of Mexico, watching the birds fly by my window, I have to say "Life is really awesome!" 

Within my own life, I am showing actual proof born of hard work and based on my prayer to connect with people who are meant to work with me personally. This afternoon I had an EFT session with one of my EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Tapping Clients and I'm filled with appreciation for my profession. My practice of EFT makes it possible to help people alleviate stress, anger, sadness, and grief (and any toxic emotion) and replace these emotions with wisdom and new insights that come naturally to the client ~ through clinical EFT using my great training, compassion, and ability to listen with all my heart. 

If you live in the US or Canada and would like a 20-minute free "Taste of Tapping Tune-up," to experience tapping for yourself, please email me with two times you are available at TapforHappiness@gmail.com. You can also email me if you'd like a full session or series of sessions. Check out my website at Tapforhappiness.com

For now, I'm only offering this to my US and Canadian Readers.   

Here's a quote from Sensei that is so beautiful to me. 

"When we're suffering, 
feeling sad, 
or experiencing hard times, 
we should just go to the Gohonzon with an open heart, 
like an infant who throws him/herself into the arms of his/her mother and clings to her. 
The Gohonzon will "listen" to our every word, 
so we should chant abundantly 
as if we are carrying on a conversation, 
confiding in our innermost thoughts. 
In time, even hellish sufferings 
will vanish like the morning dew 
and seem as but a dream. 

"If, for instance, 
we recognize that we have been in error in some way, 
we should offer prayers of deep apology 
and correct that error. 
Then, we should make a fresh determination 
never to repeat the same mistake again
and set forth anew. 

"Also, in crucial moments 
where victory or defeat will be decided, 
we should firmly resolve to win 
with the power of a lion's roar 
or the ferocity of an asura demon, 
as if to shake the entire universe. 

"And, in the evening, 
after a happy day, 
we should chant to the Gohonzon 
with profound appreciation."

Daisaku Ikeda, 
New Human Revolution Vol 11, "Pioneering New Frontiers" 

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Faith Equals Daily Life!

Hello, my friends! 

Faith Equals Daily Life is a term we hear often in this practice. This week a reader emailed me to ask what this means to me. 

For those of you new to this blog, I'm a 35-year practitioner of Nichiren Buddhism, and I live my life to rid the world of suffering. I'm a proud member of the SGI, but I do not speak for the SGI. This is my personal blog for you. 

Faith equals daily life means: 

Chant about everything! Infuse all your hopes and dreams into Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, and take steady action based on your determinations. Go forth fearlessly supported by your abundant daimoku! Leave complaining to the other guys, don't let it cloud your benefits. Focus on being, and seeing the solutions. Journal in Appreciation every day. 

All kinds of benefits are flowing to me with this determination. I am chanting to reach the people who are most open to using EFT, and those I can help the most profoundly to be naturally drawn into my sphere. I am chanting to fulfill this mission that my entire life has prepared me to do. 
I did not go through all my trials in vain. My prayer is to turn poison into medicine (for my life and for ALL).  

The pain I suffered at losing my beloved boy to suicide has a purpose right now. My study and certification in Clinical EFT, and my certification as an energy healer, along with cultivating deep listening skills all add to my expertise as an EFT Professional. The fact that I can help people all over the world through modern technology is the icing on the cake! The book I've written: Our Forever Ben, One Mom's letters to her son in spirit and his poetic replies" is more current than ever! 

One of my most recent benefits is being invited to create a video course called "How to live a life of meaning after losing a loved one to suicide." I'll get all kinds of curriculum and technical support to create this! What a joy it is to help others in this way! I'm beginning the formulation of this course and will keep you appraised of it! 

Another benefit...and this is a doozy: My son Aaron Michael Silver is very busy with his life as a medical resident in Phoenix. Our time together is premium time. Check this out: He just confirmed that on April 21st, his 30th birthday, he will be here in Florida for a conference and he will be able to take his birthday off to spend with me. Talk about benefit! 
May your life be filled with benefits too! 

Chant about everything. YOU are the Buddha. YOU tell your life what you want by praying to your life every single day. When you chant to be the example of kosen-rufu (world peace) and to let your bright light illuminate the way for others all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas of the universe convene to carry forth your life force.  

As Daisaku Ikeda writes: 

"Prayer is an attempt 
to merge the inner workings of our life
with the rhythm of the universe. 
When we pray in such a way, 
all the workings of the universe 
will function to protect us 
and the endless cycle of painful reality 
will be transformed 
into a cycle of victory and happiness. 
Prayer is the key to open the door 
to unleash that infinite human potential within our lives."

Daisaku Ikeda, From Ikedaquotes.org

Faith equals daily life means that every single day is a reflection of your faith and determination. Faith equals daily life means our faith is not shut off in some little box that we only take out every once in a while. No, our faith IS each day...our determination for each day...our life, Well-Lived...every single day. 

Chant about it all. Chant to connect life to life. Realize that, as Daisaku Ikeda says: YOU are the protagonist in the great play of your life. Enjoy it!!

Be well my friends!