Let us revitalize our bond with the very source of our vocation! Let us return again and again to the Golden Temple residing in our heart, to the rhythmic heartbeat, to silence, to simplicity.
To revitalize the bond with the vocation means asking myself what the commitment to unfold spiritually means to me. It is to answer honestly the question: How much of my life am I willing to commit to achieve this unfolding? It is to know why I chose this path and what meaning it has for me to make this effort. It is to realize that everything I do needs to be directed towards meeting that goal. It is to verify how united my will is to the purpose of my existence.
Let us seek inner immobility, peace of mind, that stillness that allows us to contemplate our lives as a whole; let us seek to understand, to participate and to choose wisely every step, from the depths of our being.
The Mysticism of the Heart teaches us to harmonize our inner stillness with productive external activity, making work fruitful, useful and efficient.
This duality is expressed through the ideas of Presence and Participation.
Presence is achieved when we no longer jump from one objective to another and we center ourselves interiorly on a single transcendent objective: the fulfillment of our vocation to become a soul united in substantial union with the Divine Mother.
Participation enables us to overcome the danger of being focused on ourselves, making us aware that we are in everything and everyone.
The apparent contradiction of living simultaneously in Presence and in Participation is resolved through Reversibility, which keeps us from continually dispersing our energy, centering us instead on the single idea of offering ourselves without expecting anything in return. Reversibility gives us the flexibility to participate with all souls, in all the events of life and the world, without being so caught up in activity that we lose sight of our vocation.
In order to attain this state of simplicity, which will lead us to live in Presence and Participation, to be a source of peace and to transmit it, let us make good use of the means Cafh gives us in the Method.²
Let us make good use of prayer, which leads us to be humble by recognizing that there is something beyond us; and to develop faith in the possibilities of human beings by working on ourselves without relying on the need to see results.
Let us make good use of the elevation of thought and the invocation of the divine, which reminds us of where we are going, making us aware of our destiny and our reason for being.
Let us make good use of the practice of meditation, which teaches us to relate to the transcendent and which moves us to unfold.
Let us make good use of the habit of reflecting, which allows us to pause long enough to discern clearly and thus profit from the lessons that life offers us.
Let us make good use of the exercise of stopping, which leads us to develop patience and understanding, making us masters of the present, of our impulses and passions.
Let us seek edifying reading, which inspires and nurtures the best in us.
Let us habitually practice the contrary act, which leads us to transcend our tastes and inclinations so as to meet real needs and to unite with all souls without distinction.
Let us revitalize the bond with our vocation, with the brightest moment of our existence, so that its power will lead us to leap forward in our unfolding, for the good of our soul and of all souls.
Let us seek with all our being to enter a new realm of possibilities. Let us open this door without fear of losing that comfort that makes us lethargic, that security that is no more than an illusion, that place which we occupy today but tomorrow will have to leave.
Let us seek the inner temple where we can remain in loving worship at the feet of the Divine Mother, before the mystery of life and death. Let us seek peace, light, the right measure of all things. Let us radiate joy, serenity, love.
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1 Cafh: The word Cafh has ancient roots; for the members of Cafh it symbolizes the effort of the soul to attain union with God. At the same time it represents the presence of the divine in each soul. The text "The Golden Temple" is an extract from the Message of the Director at the Cafh Annual Assembly in Mar del Plata, Argentina, in May 2012.
2 Method: The Method of Cafh is based on Cafh's teachings and has an ascetic-mystical nature. It is "ascetic" because it presupposes dedication and regular effort to make a positive impact on habits and personal tendencies. It is "mystical" because its recommendations guide us to traverse the road to divine union through a conscious and progressive participation with all living beings. Click here to view two other articles in Seeds that discuss the Method: Cafh as a Method of Life and What's a Method of Life? To access some of the teachings of Cafh, go to to http://www.cafh.org/english/teachings/index.htm.