ImpulsUS recognizes the power of spiritual practice for aligning the wieldy individual separate identity with the Only and All Presence out of which Grace flows freely. It is in practice that we become aware of the Ever-Present Reality of Good and eventually realize we are the Reality we have been seeking.
Meditation. Meditation invites us into a quiet, receptive mode of experiencing the Presence. It cleanses the mind; goes beyond physical dual association into the non-dual realm of Being. Meditation is silent and focused and can include contemplation as well as chanting. Each Sunday celebration service includes silence, contemplating and chanting.
Affirmative Prayer. Affirmative Prayer is a practice of aligning one self with The Self by beginning with identifying Qualities of God that if realized would be The Solution to whatever request we may have. Beginning with and in God is a mystical approach to prayer. Affirmative Prayer has its roots in the New Thought movement.
Sacred Inquiry. Sacred Inquiry has been a long held practice of religions. It is a process of becoming still and inquiring then awaiting answers to show themselves. The Life Visioning Process™ was created by Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith of Agape International Spiritual Center utilizing four specific questions upon which to dwell. ImpulsUS was created out of
this method is Sacred Inquiry.
Sacred Service. Sacred service may begin with a feeling of practice or obligation and yet can quickly become a teacher of great depth eventually evolving into a way of being. Service allows us to bring forth our Excellence without expectation of return and for the benefit of others. Sacred service changes who we are and how we interact with the seen world.
Spiritual Study. All words contain a vibration within them. Sacred texts transit an energy that assists in opening the Soul, expanding the mind, and softening the heart. Community study invites quickening to happen as insights and revelations are shared.
Spiritual Community. Buddhism refers to the Spiritual Community as the Sangha; one of its refuges upon which one can lean into. There is a story in the Upaddha Sutta demonstrating this:
As he was sitting there, Ven. Ananda said to the Blessed One, “This is half of the holy life, lord: admirable friendship, admirable companionship, admirable camaraderie.”
“Don’t say that, Ananda. Don’t say that. Admirable friendship, admirable companionship, admirable camaraderie is actually the whole of the holy life. When a monk has admirable people as friends, companions, & comrades, he can be expected to develop & pursue the noble eightfold path.
Community can deepen and enhance spiritual practice, sacred service and generous living.
Generosity of Spirit and Finances. Kindness is the recognition of family (kin) within all life forms coupled with benevolence toward another without intention of a payback. Financial generosity carries the same energy. It may begin with the spiritual practice of tithing (gifting 10% of income to where one is spiritually fed) and turns into an act of acknowledging the Grace of God as it shows Itself through spiritual teachers and organizations. We give because we are given to and recognize it.