Imagine…

When I first created the Global Meditation Network back in 2012 it was with the idea of assisting others in creating a regular practice that would help them connect to a field of other like-minded meditators sharing the intention to raise the consciousness of the planet to a higher vibration of love and unity.

Today while in the shower I heard John Lennon’s Imagine on the radio and I have never heard the lyrics more clearly than I did today.Sometimes the lyrics have struck me as trite, or the general idea of the song as almost cliché.

Perhaps because I am tired on a Saturday morning after a long week of work and my defenses are down, I heard the lyrics as if they were coming from my very soul themselves, as if they were verbalizing the passionate core reason for being here right now, and the vision I see when I look at the world. Have you ever really listened to Imagine? This is the world I want to live in:



“Imagine” by John Lennon

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today… Aha-ah…

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion, too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace… You…



You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world… You…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

How a $200,000 Horse Taught a Woman to Focus Her Mind.

BeforeIMG_0953 I share my story, I would just like to share a little bit about myself. My name is Christine Mooney and I’m on a continual spiritual quest to get the most out of life that I can and help the most people that I can. Part of that quest involves reading as many spiritual and scientific books as I can. I’m currently reading a book called E-Squared by Pam Grout, and a particular chapter in that book reminded me of a very real experience I had many years ago. 

The fourth chapter in E-Squared is called “The Abracadabra Principle: Whatever You Focus on Expands”. Instead of trying to paraphrase what she said in that chapter and butchering it, I’m quoting the relevant part here:

The only reason we don’t change water into wine or heal cancer with one touch is because our thoughts are scattered all over the place. Instead of being one, constant, well-aimed tuning fork, our thoughts are more like a junior high band of beginning trumpet players. On one hand, we pray for things to work out, but on the other, we worry they won’t. At the same time we imagine a positive outcome, we secretly think optimism is a bunch of baloney. We want to be committed to a relationship with so-and-so, but what if he leaves? We want to make money, but didn’t the Bible say something about camels and rich people and the eye of a needle? The force is literally bouncing off walls. Go this way. No, wait; go that way. It’s knocking around like a lightning bug in a Mason jar. It’s being dissipated because we have no clear bead on what we really want. It’s not that the field of potentiality isn’t answering our prayers. It’s just that we’re “praying” for too many things.

Grout, Pam (2013-01-28). E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality (pp. 72-73). Hay House Insights. Kindle Edition. 

When I read this passage, I felt a certain amount of anxiety, which I realize isn’t helping anything! I feel like my thoughts are constantly bouncing around and not being aimed in any one direction. Part of that is that I suffer from intense obsessive compulsive disorder, about which I feel there are many misconceptions out there. Based on popular opinion, I feel like people hear the term OCD and they assume I’m a neat freak, or am constantly straightening picture frames! In reality, at least in my reality, I have a hard time controlling my thoughts. I am constantly counting things in my head, such as windows in houses I drive by, taillights on cars, steps going upstairs, swallows while I’m drinking, and on and on. 

Another big feature for me is that I have what I call a negative tape loop that plays every bad experience I’ve ever had in my life over and over and over again. It’s usually really hard for me to fall asleep because I can’t turn my thoughts off. I’m already on some medication that helps my depression and alleviates my OCD a little bit, but it’s still something I struggle with every day. 

This passage in Pam’s book scared me because I felt like I would have a really hard time focusing positive thoughts constantly. Her description about “knocking around like a lightning bug in a Mason jar” sums up my brain activity perfectly! Then I remembered an experience I had a long time ago. 

I was friends with a girl who was very into horses, and I had taken lessons on and off and loved horses as well. She was working at a large horse stable at the time I knew her and would get to ride for free in exchange for cleaning out the barn. I went with her one day and after spending hours cleaning the barn, we were allowed to ride some horses. The horse I rode was named L.A. Aftershock, and she was worth $200,000. She was a VERY well trained horse! When I got on her back for the first time, she started wandering around all over the place. Of course I wondered what was wrong with that horse! Then I realized that she was so well trained, and I was so inexperienced, that she was responding to every little cue my body was giving her. Once I settled my body down, our riding went much more smoothly. When I was on her back,  she made me a better rider. I was forced to control my physical body because if it gave any unintentional cue to do something, she would do it!

My point is that our thoughts are the same way. Everything in our environment is a direct result and reflection of our thoughts. We need to train our minds to stay calm and focused so we can “steer” our lives to where we want them to go. If your thoughts are bouncing around all over the place, your life will reflect that. Just remembering my experience with that horse has started to help me calm my brain down and focus on one positive thing at a time. For years I’ve prayed and meditated, which of course helps, but something about the combination of Pam’s book and my horse experience have really made it all come together for me. Thank you for letting me share my experience here, and I hope it can help someone else.

– Christine Mooney
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Wisdom from a Hopi Elder



Above is a video featuring Hopi Elder Floyd Red Crow. In it he talks about cycles of evolution and purification, and how this relates to our society’s extreme inbalance where we have taken our connection to the Earth and Spirit out of our delay lives. In losing site of this sacred connection we do atrocious things to the Earth and each other.

In listening to Floyd Red Crow it occurs to me how very simple the things that he is talking about are: That the Earth, her creatures and us are one, the importance of seeing the Spirit in all things, that we MUST care for the Earth and her creatures to survive and remain in balance, etc.. How did we forget this? How as a human race do so many of us still stay asleep? Why is this not taught by our mother culture and reflected in the actions it takes?

Our cancerous culture is built upon lies, greed and consumerism, which is poisoning the planet and us. It’s murdering our children, giving them a polluted and used up world. Here’s a news flash. We ARE the Earth. What do you think these vessels that you live in are made from? They are from the Earth and go back to the Earth. They ARE the Earth. Anything we do to the Earth, to each other, we do to ourselves.

It’s time to wake up America. It’s time to wake up sick culture. I call to the hearts, minds and souls of humanity to arouse from their sleep, take back their spiritual creative power, and remake the world anew into the paradise that our souls call out for.

Darby

The Vision

two people meditating with earthI had the idea to create the Global Meditation Network one evening while at an overnight position at a job that afforded me the luxury of being able to meditate when there was some downtime.  That night I closed by eyes, went inside and connected with my heart and felt it open and expand to embrace the world in love and compassion. I wondered how many other people were meditating right now at the same time as I was? I imagined these meditators all across the world as beacons of light, sending mercy and healing to the Earth and all of it’s creatures. My heart went out to everyone. Together we were making a difference in the world and helping the collective consciousness of planet to rise, to evolve.

Wouldn’t it be great, I thought, to have a website that allowed you to log in and see who was meditating all over the world?  To have an online meditation community, where members could invite other members to meditate with them, creating a movement for elevation of consciousness on the planet.

I got very excited about the idea and when dawn came and it was time for me to end my shift at work, I drove home and went online to search for a domain name. Initially I called my idea “World Meditation Project”. Over time the name shifted to “Global Meditation Network”.  This initial inspiration happened over a year ago, and I am now working on creating this community in earnest.

In addition to being a place where people can go to meditate with other like minded people to help create a culture of peace, beauty, and love, it will also be a place to explore concepts. ideas, tools and practices that help us to live a life where we feel connected to our soul’s purpose and in full possession of our deepest essence. I’m hoping  to explore the big questions about why we are here and how we can create a society that respects all life and honors and upholds the sacredness in everyone and everything. I certainly don’t have all the answers, but one thing I love to do is learn from others and try to apply new concepts, tools and practices to my own life to see if it helps me live more authentically.  In this regard I’ll share my experiences with various books, programs, techniques, tools and ideas, and will invite you to do the same. I also plan to interview various leaders in the self-help and spirituality fields who wish to share their knowledge with our community. Likewise, if you have some insights or practical ideas to share, I invite you to do that too as a contributing author of articles or videos.  There will be a section on our site where you can submit your article or video for inclusion on our website to share with all of our participants. As a member of the Global Meditation Network, you are encouraged to take what you like if it serves you, and leave whatever you feel doesn’t. 

My primary interest in life has always been how to live a meaningful life in the world. What has been most meaningful to me is to live a life that recognizes and honors that we are more than our bodies, that we are spirit in form, and that the nature of reality itself is more than what is just physically apparent. If just a little of what you find on this website blesses the world by helping you to live more fully in your spirit, that would bring me great joy.

Thanks for being a part of our journey here at Global Meditation Network. If you have any suggestions on how to make this website more useful for yourself or others, please email me at our Contact Us page.

With love,

Darby Miller
Founder, Global Meditation Network