Thursday, September 15, 2016

AUDIO and VIDEO Pilgrim Story Hour - Disappointments

As pilgrims, we spend a great deal of time reading about the experiences of others who have walked before, and without realizing it, end up carrying those ideas as expectations for how our pilgrimage should be.

Sometimes, those expectations can lead to disappointment, especially when things don’t turn out quite as we had anticipated.

On this episode, I share a story about one such experience.


This VIDEO, along with all others in the series, are on:

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/PilgrimStoryHour/; and
YouTube https://www.youtube.com/c/monydojeiji.

The AUDIO podcasts of this series are on:

SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/mony-dojeiji; and
iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/pilgrim-story-hour/id1138028764.

Enjoy these stories, and please feel free to share them :-)
Buen camino!
~Mony~

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Mony Moment: Life Lesson Learned from Helping Others

I was raised with the teaching that you always help those in need, especially your family and close friends. That, of course, included giving them money if they needed it.

I have recently had to revisit the wisdom of that teaching.

Many years ago, I loaned a sum of money to individuals who were like family to me. I didn’t formalize the loan with any legal documents, and trusted in their word and integrity to pay it back.

It came as a slap in the face to be told that, not only could they not pay back the loan, but that they considered what I had given them to be a gift.

I’ve spent the last few months doing a lot of inner work (especially self-forgiveness and Ho’oponopono) to deal with the anger, the betrayal and the humiliation. I’ve felt stupid, naïve and, above all else, terribly wounded.

Of course, I’ve taken legal action; but those of you who follow my writings know that I try to look upon these situations from the lens of Spirit, and to use them as opportunities for growth on all levels.

It would be easy to stay in the role of victim, and not examine my contributions, no matter how unconscious, to this drama. When I can finally come to the place of stillness and non-judgment, I begin to see that, perhaps, I created this scenario so that, at the highest levels, I expand my understanding of what it means to help another.

I believed I was doing the right thing by helping. I believed I was being understanding and compassionate.

But was I being wise?

I understand now that I wasn’t.

In my rush to fix my friends’ money problems and not see them suffer, I neglected to ask myself whether giving money would truly solve the deeper questions of their lives that they needed to address.

In my rush to be a saviour, helper and good friend, I neglected to see them as wise individuals capable of finding creative solutions to their self-made problems. I didn’t give them the chance to make difficult, values-based decisions, or to flex their problem-solving muscles.

Without meaning to, I disempowered them.

All parents understand this lesson well. It’s easy to step in and do everything for our children, but we know that in so doing, we take away their power to develop those all-important abilities to rationalize, to intuit, to reach beyond their known limits. There is power in the struggle, in the wrestling with ideas and feelings, in the arriving to a more confident place of understanding and wisdom.

But I didn’t have that wisdom then… :-)

Now, before offering to help or fix a situation, with money or time, I ask myself:

Why am I doing this? Are my actions in service to the highest within me? Within them? Or am I simply assuaging my guilt?

Do my actions empower them, or keep them as victims?

How am I seeing them? As incapable and in-need? Or fully capable and creative beings?

These are not easy questions to answer, for they force ME to wrestle and struggle with what I believe and with who I am as an individual.

But isn’t that what we’re all ultimately here for?

One of the techniques that has helped me move on from this situation, and gain a measure of peace, is a practice popularized by the Christian mystic Emmett Fox. It goes something like this:

“I now affirm and acknowledge the presence of Divine Truth, and only Truth, in them, in me and in this situation. It is the only consciousness at work. It arises in them and me, standing in full dominion, giving us each the courage to act with wisdom and love, rather than fear. And through Divine Power and Intelligence, I know that this situation is resolving itself for the highest good of all. I choose now to only allow those energies to manifest and be at play. A higher mind than mine is now working here, and I allow it to do its work.”

Or something like that, it depends on the moment!

The point is to only allow that consciousness, that energy, those words to permeate my thinking at all times.

I don’t always pull it off; but, when I do, I feel a tremendous power within me. I feel as if I’m not alone on this path, and that I am healing us and this situation on levels I can’t even begin to imagine.

Above all, I feel that I have honoured the spiritual path I am walking, to the best of my abilities today and now.

I hope this experience serves you in your life journeys.
Much love,
Mony

Thursday, September 8, 2016

AUDIO and VIDEO, Pilgrim Story Hour - Carrying Precious Cargo

As pilgrims, we spend much time preparing the physical aspects of our journey, and often neglect the fact that we are pilgrims walking to a destination that many consider sacred, and one they may never visit in their lifetimes.

On this episode of the Pilgrim Story Hour, I share stories of some of the precious cargo I was asked to carry with me to Jerusalem, and what I learned from the process.

The YouTube VIDEO is below, along with all other episodes of this series. My channel is http://www.youtube.com/c/MonyDojeiji.

The AUDIO podcast of this, and all other, episodes is on:

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/mony-dojeiji/

and iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/pilgrim-story-hour/id1138028764

Thanks for tuning in, and for sharing!



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Thursday, August 18, 2016

AUDIO and VIDEO, Pilgrim Story Hour - Alchemy of Difficult Relationships

The difficult people that we sometimes meet during pilgrimage often provide unique opportunities for us to go inwards and transform our deepest pain into the greatest healing…if we choose to look at them in that way.

On this episode of the Pilgrim Story Hour, I share the story of Isabella, a difficult woman I met while in Medugorje, during my Rome-Jerusalem pilgrimage, and how she did just that for me.

The YouTube video is below, along with all other episodes of this series.

The audio podcast of this, and all other, episodes is on:


Thanks for tuning in, and buen camino!
~Mony

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

AUDIO and VIDEO, Pilgrim Story Hour - Language beyond Words

Communication is a complex art form that goes beyond words. During pilgrimage, when we often don't speak the language, we are forced to find other, more subtle, ways of connecting with others and making ourselves understood.

On this episode of the Pilgrim Story Hour, I share a story from my Rome-to-Jerusalem pilgrimage that takes place in Croatia where I needed to communicate without words.



The audio podcast for this series is also available on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/pilgrim-story-hour/id1138028764.

Enjoy and please feel free to Like and Share.

Gracias and buen camino,
Mony

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

AUDIO - Pilgrim Story Hour episodes now on iTunes!

All episodes of the Pilgrim Story Hour are now available for download as audio podcasts on iTunes!

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/pilgrim-story-hour/id1138028764

Be sure to subscribe to receive notification of new episodes, and feel free to share.

Thanks for tuning in, and buen camino!
~Mony

P.S. You can also listen to the podcasts on SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/mony-dojeiji.

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VIDEO Pilgrim Story Hour with Mony Dojeiji - Rituals and Ceremonies



On this episode, we share stories of rituals and ceremonies performed during pilgrimage. My story takes place in the sacred town of Sanli Urfa, Turkey.

To see all episodes, please visit my YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAGZVg274dayrXEuG9bFR9lDZYmFAnBb_.

You can also listen to the audio podcast on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/pilgrim-story-hour/id1138028764. Please feel free to subscribe to receive notification of new episodes.

Enjoy, Like and Share!

Buen camino,
Mony