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Joy of the Mountain – A day in the Community

Mother, Mother,

Divine Mother of the Universe…

One finds at the root of the mountain

That joy, that joy, that indescribable joy

Raising as another sun from the horizon

Behind the golden canopies of other giant trees,

And thought, mind waves cascading down the slope

Majestic graceful mist and light

Ethereal veil of the early morning.

When my eyes open at six AM

And a day of hard work lies ahead,

Long silence, mono-tone prayer,

And solitude

Mountaineer of the spirit I ponder the mountain:

DO I REMEMBER WHY I AM HERE?

          It is because of the slope; today I’ll try the hardest side.

          It is because of the summit, the magic one

          That slowly rises within

As the adoration hours slide

Under these determined feet.

Mental energy,

Vital strength facing all the impossibilities of life,

And a love that overflows far beyond

The reaches of one’s arms

Stretched in blessing for all souls

When I remember why I am here

The somber shadows of depression flee:

Let’s go forth, let’s make the mountain true

And as the day goes by

The dream materializes from a golden mist

The Temple is no longer a vision, or a building,

It is all there is.

I stand in the joyful mountaintop of the daily chores

          Ready for whatever,

Let’s see what will come next.

          In prayer, silence, offering of life.

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Community life, resilience and inner peace

The work and mission of Cafh is to unfold consciousness in individual human beings by using the Method of Cafh. It helps a person to gradually keep uppermost in mind union with Divine Mother and love for all souls; it helps them to place individual problems in the context of human problems; it helps them to live their yearnings and bring them to the world, in other words the Method gradually makes a person consistent and able to solve human difficulties. 

This mission made sense to me in the depths of my heart and I decided to work for it in my life. I entered a Cafh community and have been there for 34 years. For me this mission was not a natural way of being but I can validate the wisdom of the method. It has helped me to pay attention more and be courageous to look inside and see the limits I put on myself to protect me and my personal way of looking at life. Gradually I have learned to be more vulnerable to life and other people and circumstances. 

It is an ongoing work and I see now that relating harmoniously is cutting edge work for human beings. The flow of life requires so much openness and flexibility to be able to “dance” with it and not end in anger, resentment or discontent.  

Community life gives me a container for daily life in a schedule, spiritual companions who have similar yearnings, a safe and loving environment in which I have developed habits of work, using time well, prayer, reflection, study, etc., that support and strengthen me in the work of fulfilling my mission. Going beyond my limits of defensiveness in this environment is possible—not easy—but possible. Daily I need to do real inner work for unfolding to happen, even in this loving environment. I have learned to make the effort without bargaining with life so much.  

This feel to me like inner freedom. Some call it renouncement to oneself. Solving problems of relationship and fulfilling the needs of everyone to live harmoniously requires this work and offering.  

Through personal guidance, living with established parameters, practicing exercises, healthy living and a stable lifelong practice with like-minded companions Community life fosters inner freedom. Miraculously an awareness of being an integral part of a greater whole awakens.  

Now I can see that Community life is a container for actually offering one’s whole life for the common good but one has to be attentive to use it for that purpose and not for a personal life, since living for myself seems to be the default setting for most of us human beings. 

This work and attention—will and consciousness—makes resilience possible. Whatever experience comes in my life, I have the tools and the strength to work with it and learn to love more and learn more about myself. I have learned to accept the good times and hard times as opportunities to live my mission. I have been able to more frequently not look back toward regret or shame but to offer myself to the present, changing my thoughts, expanding my feelings and doing actions that solve the situation instead of making it worse. 

I have my pace of learning and others have theirs. Community life respects everyone. This has brought a great peace both inwardly and outwardly to my heart. I am gradually uniting integrally with my mission in body, mind and spirit.

 

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