The Epiphany of the Lord


Isaiah 60:1-6; Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6; Matthew 2:1-12

When we were children, we never wondered what was the right or the wrong thing to do. We just knew. We just wanted to explore the world around. Something within told us.

It becomes the growing field of our gentle voice within, which we call conscience.

As we grow older, we seem to lose this gift of knowing which is the better way to act. Somewhere along the way, most of us seem to be conditioned to distrust ourselves.

When most people are faced with a financial decision, they consult to a parent, friends, colleague, book, financial adviser, or combination of these.

There are people also, when faced with a personal or moral decision, consult to their spouse, pastor, priest, minister, friends, or the scriptures, even, rummies, etc.

Different opinions and different interpretations leave many people more bewildered than they were to begin with, right!

But finally, after gathering as much information as is available, or as much as we choose to accept, we are forced to listen to our own inner voice and then to make a decision and to act (understanding that even to make no decision is to act). Taking ownership of the decision and to act accordingly.

The very best persons who are expert in their fields can surround you, but at the end you are the only one who has to decide. Your inner-voice, your conscience becomes important here. If not, we find ourselves deciding because, “Uncle Dave said it was the right thing to do” or “Father George told me it was best this way” or “The Scripture told us not to do that!” or “Mom or dad told me that I need to be a good girl or boy!”

Don’t miss understanding here. It doesn’t mean we do not seek the input from advisers, experts, and professional.


Contemplation ~

Imagine yourself after traveling very long distance, following your inner-voice—your conscience, spending lots of money and time, and you end up in the homeless shelter where the Holy Family is there. There are shepherds in your midst–unshaven, probably dirty and smelly. There are also Kings from different countries with their entourages and followers…. They come to pay homage—offering gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

The amazing one is, you see the excitement and glorious joy of everyone, including Mary and Joseph as they cared for the Child Jesus: Dancing and singing. Heaven has come to earth. They both come together. The glory and the simplicity merge one another. The night is not the darkness.

The fear and the trembling are experienced along the most joyous majestic and fantastic feelings. The pain, the loneliness, the outcast are experienced with the light and the purest love of God. That is the revelation. That is the epiphany.

[The Babylonian prophet envisioned from the exile, a new day and a glorious new beginning. He believes that total darkness would be vanished with the dawn to be quickly followed by the stunning brightness of the rising sun. People, the Israelite who sought God would be rewarded. The glory of God rendered them]

The epiphany happened not because: “Uncle Dave said it was the right thing to do” or “Father George told me it was best this way” or “The Scripture told us not to do that!” or “Mom told me that I need to be a good girl or boy!” but because, the believe and the acts of searching; because the works of divine mercy—God’s providence, that God want to love and to care deeply and the searching of human’s heart, as pilgrimage Magi who opens to the inner-star and wants to follow it full-hearted.

The acts of Mary and Joseph has shown to us the openness, the trust, and the availability for the God’s intervention. The acts of the shepherds and the acts of the magi to do homage—are the acts of embracing God’s intervention—embracing God’s revelation in our daily lives.


Here is the message:

  • Following your star is about discovering who you are and what you are capable of. It is about learning to be yourself and open to God’s intervention, to believe in, and to trust.
  • Following your star is about being prepared to dare to be different in a world where uniformity is safe and rewarded. It is about search yourself with the guidance of God’s mercy, and with faith.
  • Following your star is about discovering something deep within that is yours and no one else’s; the trust makes you are able to stretch out of comfort level, in order to accomplish more, and to follow the true inner calling.

Along the pilgrimage, your heart will say—I know I’m in there someday and somewhere. I know I’m in there someday and somewhere; and I am not walking alone because God, through His Son has visited me personally. He came looking for me through His words that happening within, which I believe in.


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Listening to The Source


“Make everything in you an ear,
each atom of your being,
and you will hear at every moment
what the Source is whispering to you…
you are-we all are
the beloved of the Beloved,
and in every moment,
in every event of your life ,
the Beloved is whispering to you exactly what you need to hear and know.
Who can ever explain this miracle?
It simply is.”


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Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work.
And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.
If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking.
Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.
~ Steve Jobs

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The Bell of Mind


“Mindfulness is often described as a bell that reminds us to stop and silently listen. We can use an actual bell or any other cue that helps us remember not to be carried away by the noise around and inside us. When we hear the bell, we stop. We follow our in-breath and our out-breath, making space for silence. We say to our ourselves, “Breathing in, I know I’m breathing in.” Breathing in and out mindfully, paying attention only to the breath, we can quiet all the noise within us—the chattering about the past, the future, and the longing for something more.”

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Tranquility Breathing

Tranquility Breathing

Sit comfortably and take a slow, deep breath. Slowly exhale, releasing any tension you may be holding in your body. For the next few minutes, observe the process of inhaling and exhaling.

Take a slow, deep breath through your nose while thinking the word “So” and then exhale slowly through your nose while thinking the word “Hum”.

Allow your breathing to flow easily. In tranquility of all senses, repeating, So . . . Hum . . . when you breahte in and breathe out . . . So . . . Hum . . .

Then slowly, mindfully, close your eyes while continue fill yourself when your breathe in and breathe out. . . So . . . Hum . . . observing the process of breathing without trying to manipulate the process of breathing. . .

All come naturally and easily . . . So . . . Hum . . .

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Life is Beautiful

Life is beautiful: The practice Mindfulness Meditation in psychotherapy is designed to help you bring the light of consciousness into all aspects of your being so that you may clear negative thoughts and emotions, detrimental patterns and addictions, and other unwanted blocks to experiencing true happiness, health, and joy in life.

Through the process of Mindfulness Meditation you will discover who you truly are.

By shining the light of consciousness into all aspects of your life, you’ll continuously climb the ladder of consciousness towards enlightment.

Looking forward to meet with you in this therapeutic transforming journey at Notable Life Counseling Services LLC.

Namaste’ DR. Rony Kusnadi

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