January 1998 Newsletter (Volume 1, Number 4)
Holiday Celebration in Honolulu
James and Jan Tamashiro, Lloyd and Becky Nakamura, and Cheryl Asato from Los Angeles, Ted and Wendy Kanamori and their children from Maui, Tatou Mehta from New Jersey, Sudhir Mehta from Jakarta and Michael Mansfield from Minnesota, came to Honolulu to celebrate the holidays. Special meditations were held while they were in town, and the New Year was welcomed in with the spiritual family meditating. Thank you for travelling from far away places to make this time together so special!
All of the out of towners and many other members of the spiritual family went to Ted and Wendy Kanamori's home on Kula, Maui for more meditation on January 3rd and 4th. The Kanamori's are always such gracious and generous hosts. Thank you, Ted and Wendy! The spiritual family also celebrated Tom Taise's 78th birthday on Maui. Tom said, "This is my best birthday ever! I am grateful to God for all of the changes in my life."
Divine Mother Audrey's Message
By 1983, my thirty-five-year life had become filled with anger, frustration and confusion. I really needed God in my life, but didn't realize it. All I knew was that I blamed external events and people for all of my troubles. I had lifelong negative tendencies, such as a bad temper, putting my needs over those of others, quick reactivity, and a loose mouth without regard to how my words hurt others. (Read More)
The Spiritual Family's New Year Resolutions
Make God first and love Him. Practice humility, acceptance and flexibility. Take responsibility. Speak the truth with love and compassion. Share Divine Mother Audrey's infinite Love with everyone.
I resolve to choose love in each moment.
To practice forgiveness and to see God's hand in every moment of my life.
To have Divine Mother and Divine Mother Audrey with me in my daily life.
Change myself more and more by love and devotion to Divine Mother.
Be strong in God and to continue practicing to speak the Truth and not pamper the ego.
I resolve to keep doing the self examination, get in touch with my feelings and be more "in the moment"—because I know that in order to serve Divine Mother Audrey and shine Divine Mother's Light, I must be purified; and the purification comes, in part, from the discipline of truth-seeking and spiritual practice.
To always love and make God first and to practice love and devotion. Also, to give love to my daughters.
To listen with my heart, acknowledge feelings (my own, as well as others), and to speak heart to heart.
I resolve to practice to be true to my Godself and to refrain from being a people pleaser.
Be alert, (be in the moment), and do not procrastinate.
My resolution is to support and serve Divine Mother Audrey and give love with compassion and understanding to my husband, my children, and those around me. Thank You, God and Divine Mother, for the realization and the opportunity to do this.
Be able to speak the truth in the moment.
I resolve to love Divine Mother more!
Practice, practice, practice.
Since coming to the path I have grown in awareness and compassion. Reflecting back, I am grateful for the changes in my life, a feeling shared by those closest to me who knew me before, specifically, my wife and children. This year has been significant for the intensity of self-examination, and getting in touch with past and current feelings. Thank you for your guidance. With this painfully honest look at my past and current abusive treatment and behavior, I can no longer act this way. I resolve to change my abusive behavior pattern, replacing it with more wholesome behavior. This is becoming possible with the help of God. Thank you.
My New Year's resolution is to practice non-reactivity.
I resolve this New Year to cultivate humility and flexibility, true love, devotion and gratitude to God first.
My New Year's resolution is to listen to my heart. By following the voice of God in my heart, I can be free of the tendencies of being swayed by outside influences.
Make God first in my daily life, Love Him.
I will share each awareness as it comes up and not withhold anything. I will dive deep and share whatever is inside of me.
By the will of God, Divine Mother's grace, and the Light of Divine Mother Audrey's guidance, I resolve to get up off the floor, stay off the floor and live my life with dignity and self-respect and become a better example for my children.
I commit to change by practicing and concentrating on God with love and devotion, by telling the truth; remembering time and place, by listening with my heart and saying, "Yes, thank you."
With Divine Mother's grace, I resolve to be a better example for Sri Ramakrishna.
To praise God for everything; good or bad, right or wrong.
To love God first, each day putting my head on the floor, offering all my concerns to Divine Mother, asking her to grant awareness and a humble heart full of love and devotion, so I can listen to her in my heart, and follow her will, not mine.
To love and support Divine Mother Audrey first, to be grateful, humble and willing to change, and to shine the Light through example.
I would like to have a kind and compassionate heart and have feelings for others rather than being focused on my little, ego self. Thank you, Divine Mother Audrey, for showing us the way.
To be truthful, respect my Godself, and above all, practice loving and being grateful to Divine Mother.
With all my heart I will practice being "shan-shan" (i.e. "just do it") as opposed to procrastinating.
The prescriptions given to us are so precious and personalized. Thank you. I will keep the prescriptions in my heart and continue to practice throughout the year.
To tell the truth in the moment with humility. Thank you so much Divine Mother and Divine Mother Audrey for your deep Love, which is helping me to face myself and my past actions.
Practice speaking the truth on how I feel "in the moment." I feel by doing this, I can respect my Godself more and more which I could never have done without Sri Ramakrishna, Divine Mother and Divine Mother Audrey. I know then that I can support Divine Mother Audrey more and love Divine Mother as much as she loves me.
To do my one-third with gratefulness and joy so that Divine Mother Audrey can go out into the world and give her precious energy to the millions who need her and Divine Mother. Thank you, Divine Mother for leaving us Divine Mother Audrey.
To apply all the spiritual awareness I have received to my daily life, consistently. I feel I have received so much from both Divine Mother and Divine Mother Audrey that it's about time I start giving back.
To practice true devotion to Divine Mother by accepting everything that happens in my life.
To love God first, and to practice patience, love and surrender.
I resolve to be more "God centered" in my life; to put a conscious effort to put God, and the spiritual family in my heart, especially during times of stress, anger, and fear so my wife, children and others who come into contact with me will feel God's Light, Love and blessings. I also resolve to let God work through my music to create songs that will touch people's hearts and shine God's Love.
To understand more and lose the desire to be understood.
To love God with my whole heart, to be less stubborn, to be more willing to change, and to trust my heart.
To assume responsibility and change the many habits and conditionings.
To be in God's Love and peace in devotion and gratefulness.
I am willing to hold onto Divine Mother and listen with my heart and let her reveal to me what I need to know.
To smile more. My smile is a way to show how grateful I am to have met Divine Mother, and to experience God's pure Love through her and Divine Mother Audrey.
To always live in the moment and let go and let God. God is the Doer, not us. I have finally experienced this and know it is the truth.
To do everything as if it were for Divine Mother Audrey.
I look forward to being steadfast in the truth and to be a shining example of Divine Mother's Love.
To focus on God within, know the truth and stand firmly in the truth.
I will be more open and express my true feelings to my family.
I resolve to be more open, compassionate and loving.
To be grateful to God throughout the day for the experiences and awarenesses I am receiving.
To continue to let go of habits and attitudes that no longer serve me.
To stop putting myself down. Divine Mother Audrey, with her infinite Love and kindness, lit a spark of self-worth within my heart, and now I want to go through life with my head up. Thank you, Divine Mother Audrey, for such a precious gift.
With so much Love given to us by Divine Mother Audrey, we can't sit and be complacent. I ask Divine Mother for help to make us stronger in our faith, to be open in our expressions, and to have more compassion for others.
I resolve to always treasure the Love of God.
I will follow my heart, and not my mind because the mind is limited and the heart is infinite.
To take better care of my body with healthful foods, Shaklee products, and regular exercise. With a strong, healthy body, I hope to be able to serve God with more energy and focus.
I wish to give my heart to Divine Mother with gratefulness.
Love and devotion to God first, head to the floor in humility, and tell the truth!
To continue sharing the love with my family which Divine Mother has so freely given to me. I will never forget how she freed me from worrying about my little self.
To get off the tip of my nose and be grateful.
Mary Ann Ram
Keep practicing loving Divine Mother and opening my heart to her.
Express my feelings more, so I can find my voice and find my Godself.
Love God first, be grateful for all that I have received from Divine Mother; be humble.
I want to say the mantra more and cultivate a more loving, humble and grateful heart. Also, I would like to be present in the moment more and to listen more attentively to others. I want to be more clear in what I am saying and less defensive about criticism of me. I want to be better at keeping in touch with friends and I would like to get a bit fitter and lose some weight as this would probably help with the wonky knee I have.
Change, tell the truth no matter what, don't be afraid, have courage and be happy.
To be able to share my feelings with my husband and my family so I may be in the moment and make God first in my life.
Lee Ann Serizawa
To be a better mother, wife, sister, daughter, friend, employer and citizen. And I will do this by cultivating a humble heart and giving it to Divine Mother and Divine Mother Audrey. I will strengthen my love and devotion for God and shine the Light to those that I come in contact with, by being a good example of God's Love. Thank you so much Divine Mother Audrey for all the precious awarenesses and your pure unconditional Love.
To be aware of and in touch with my inner self with Divine Mother's assistance and to put God first as I go about my daily tasks and activities.
To cultivate true love and devotion to God, thereby enabling me to give out to others with joy in my heart.
Move to the forefront with my family and specifically with my children; to speak the truth always; to respect myself; and to love God with my entire being.
Take more responsibility and lead a more disciplined life.