Are You a Repeat Offender?

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Ever had an unwanted experience, and the first thought that came to mind was “Why me?” or maybe “How on Earth could this have happened?” or even “This is so unfair.” Abraham-Hicks tells us, “There has never been an injustice anywhere in this physical time/space reality or anywhere else. The Law of Attraction does not promote injustice. It amplifies the vibration that is within you.”

Thoughts are things that vibrate everywhere in this physical time/space reality and everywhere else. Thoughts are impersonal until we make them our own by focusing on them. We could say thoughts are up for grabs, and we get to choose which ones we’ll grab and invite to vibrate within us. And, they’ll do just that, vibrate within us, until we let them go. While we are focused on them, they emit certain vibrations within us that the Law of Attraction amplifies and extends into the forms, expressions and experiences in our life.

A thought is like a cloud that passes by in a blue sky. Clouds come and clouds go, and never affect the sky behind them. Our mind is like a blue sky, and just like clouds, thoughts come. And they would go without affecting us, if we’d let them go. When we let a thought move on no matter what it is, when we let it pass by us or through us without giving it our focused attention by analyzing it, it doesn’t disturb our mind. Eckhart Tolle wrote, “If you can interrupt your inner dialogue for even a moment, you can experience the underlying stillness, the beauty and space that is always undisturbed.”

We are immersed in the Creative Energy of a Universe that, through the Law of Attraction, moves into action for us anytime we think into It, whatever we think into It. Most of us think into It most of the time without interruption, forgetting or unconcerned that all of our thinking-thinking-thinking affects our life because the Law of Attraction is amplifying our thoughts. Our thoughts make our life what it seems to be to us. The idea that our thinking affects our life experience isn’t anything new. This isn’t “New Thought.” The Roman Emperor, Marcus Aurelius, way back in the First Century AD, wrote: “The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.” Jesus said a Century before that, “As you have believed, so it is done.” And, relatively more recently Emerson wrote, “As a man thinketh so is he, and as a man chooseth, so is he.”

Ancient and contemporary spiritual wisdom tells us the same thing: Our thoughts become our life. That’s why it’s such a good idea for us decide to live consciously so that we can “chooseth” how we want to experience as our life. When we invite certain thoughts to stay with us, they emit a vibration that causes something to happen wherever we are. They cause a movement within the Invisible that brings forth eventually, or even immediately, a worldly experience that matches it not only in our personal life, but everywhere a vibration matches own!

It’s been said that “The universe is a continuous web. Touch it at any point and the whole web quivers.” Peaceful thoughts bring peace into the moment we’re thinking peacefully. If we focus on them long enough, their vibration attracts peaceful people and situations into our experience, and also supports expressions of peace in the world. In the same way, angry thoughts bring anger into the moment we’re thinking angry thoughts. If we focus on them long enough, their vibration attracts angry people and situations into our experience, and also supports expressions of anger in the world. We might want to ask our self: “What am I causing to ‘quiver’ in this world.”

There are really only two ways for us to live our life. One is to live consciously, aware of what we’re thinking in the moment we’re thinking it, and aware of how we’re feeling in that moment. In this way we become aware of which thoughts feel good and which do no. Then we can consciously choose to focus on the ones that feel good. Or we can live unconsciously by paying no attention to what we’re thinking or how we’re feeling as we’re thinking. In this way, we abdicate our power to consciously choose how we experience our life. But either way, the focus of our mind is a powerful thing that calls into our experience, through the Law of Attraction, what we call our life. We read in The Science of Mind, “As the Universe is run by an Infinite Mind, so man’s life is controlled by his thinking; ignorance of this keeps him in bondage; knowledge will free him.”

The old adage “You reap what you sow” is a metaphor for the Law of Creation or the Law of Attraction that amplifies the vibration within us and either keeps us prisoner of old thoughts and repetitive experiences, or frees us to experience life today as we choose. We don’t need to go back in time to relive the past. If we’re repeating the same thoughts today that we thought yesterday, and responding in the same way emotionally, those thoughts are keeping the vibration of our past alive in our mind right now as current thought, and the Universe is listening right now and responding. The vibrations we’re emitting today are calling to us more of the same experiences and holding us a prisoner of the past.

We live in the Vibration of Creation. There’s no getting away from our creative power. We are saturated with and within the Creative Flow of Spirit. Thinking that some of our thoughts are private and don’t go any farther than our head, and that they don’t vibrate and create, is like thinking we could be immersed in the ocean and not get wet! How we live with and within the Creative Power of the Universe is up to each of us.

Are you a “repeat offender”? If we’re not sure if we are, it may help to know that the answer to “Why me?” is that our life is what our thoughts continue to make it. The answer to “How on Earth could this have happened?” is that the thoughts we’re thinking are perpetuating what we are experiencing. The anecdote to feeling like a victim of unfairness is to remind our self that the Law of Attraction does not promote injustice. It amplifies the vibration that is within us. We are free to use our power of choice to change the vibration of our thinking. Thoughts that feel good have a high healthy, vibrant vibration. Thinking thoughts that feel good changes our life for the better. But changing our thinking for good takes desire, commitment and consistency.

How many times have we said, “I’m so done with that,” (whatever “that” is—not feeling healthy, happy, worthy, rich, or free), only to pick up right where we left off before making our “I’m so done with that” declaration with the very thoughts that have been causing whatever “that” is to persist in our life. We may pick up where we left off with thoughts of worry about our health that restrict the feeling of well being within us that is the basis of health and healing. Or we may go back to thinking about all those things we’re unhappy about. Or we may get on with our negative self-talk that never fails to keep us from feeling undeserving of something better. Or we may go back to lack by giving our attention to what we don’t have, and how expensive things are. Or we may start counting all over again all those things we have to do that we don’t want to do, things we feel obligated to do that keep us from feeling free. Even though the Divine Source of Life is Unlimited, unless we change our thought vibrations our habitual thoughts will continue to set up a vibratory barrier between us and the life we want to live.

There is a big creative difference between wanting change and being changed. A momentary change in our thinking that feels good is a good start. But we’re simply out on probation until we become the change that changes our life. Our mind is the authority in our life. Nothing changes unless we change our thinking and keep the change. Change begins as we focus on the feeling of joy, peace and satisfaction within us that we believe a physical change would bring about. Then, as we feel the prenatal joy, peace and satisfaction of the life we are creating with our inner focus, the vibration within us changes, and the Law of Attraction amplifies that change as new forms, expressions and experiences in our life.

We read in A Course in Miracles, “There is no world apart from what you wish, and herein lies your ultimate release. Change but your mind on what you want to see and all the world must change accordingly.” The Pure Positive Energy of the Source of all Life is eternally ready in each moment to enrich our life in every way whenever we’re ready to allow It to. We hold the key that opens the prison that has been keeping us captive to habitual thoughts and repetitive experiences. All we have to do is change but our mind on what we want to see and we are free.

Like Father, Like Son

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As far as our relationship with our Earthly father goes, we may either be thrilled that we are so much like good old dad, or we may wish the apple had fallen a little farther from tree (or at least rolled a bit afterwards). But as far as our relationship with our Heavenly Father goes, we may not see any resemblance to Him in us at all. But even so, It’s there because His Holy Paternity is everywhere, including right where we are.

In the Book of Genesis we read, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Like Father, Like Son (Like Father, Like Daughter). We could say that we were created in the “Sacred Spitting Image” of God. Nothing true or lasting about us has changed since the beginning. We haven’t fallen near or far from the Tree of Life. If we’re alive, then we’re still attached to the Sacred Branches of that Holy Tree by the Divine Life Force within us that is forever holding onto us and nourishing us with Pure Positive Energy.

When we realize we are still One with the Power that created us, we realize that the Love, Peace and Joy we feel, whenever we feel it, must be coming straight from Its Heavenly Source. In the Book of John we read, “I AM the living GOD, The Vine, and you are the branches; whoever abides with me and I in him, this one brings forth much fruit because without me, you can do nothing.” Our Heavenly Father’s DNA is everywhere because there is no Life without His Cosmic Chromosomes. Without them we could do nothing even when we think we are.

Even within this human experience where we seem to have inherited traits from our parents that we don’t like and wish we hadn’t inherited, even as we express our self humanly in all the ways we do, our true DNA (Divine Natural Attributes) of Love, Peace and Joy that we’ve inherited from our Heavenly Father are encoded within us. The good news is that unlike some Earthly fathers, our Heavenly Father is never angry with us no matter what we do. The wrath of God is an old Biblical concept, one many of us grew up with and tried to hide from. It was, and still is, a misinterpretation of the Law of Attraction that governs the Universe, and responds with perfect creative accuracy to the vibration we are emitting with our thoughts, whether they are positive or negative.

In The Way of the Heart we read, “You live in a field of vibrations and energies that is operated by the law of attraction or resonance.” The Law of Attraction is based upon “Like attracts like”; “What goes around comes around”: and, “What you put out, you get back.” The Law of Attraction is a Force that guides us by letting us know through the conditions, people and situations that come into our life what we’re attracting with our thinking. When we’re emitting negativity vibrationally, what comes around to us, what we attract, and what we get back can sometimes feel like scary punishment though It’s there to guide us.

In the Book of Deuteronomy we read, “Take this scroll of the Law and place it in the side of the Ark of the covenant of LORD JEHOVAH your God, and it will be there a witness for you.” The Law of Attraction creates forms and experiences that “witness” for us the consequences of our thinking. Abraham-Hicks tells us, “To better understand the Law of Attraction, see yourself as a magnet attracting to you the essence of that which you are thinking and feeling.” There is nothing in either of those quotes, ancient or current, about an angry, wrathful God punishing us for wrongdoing.
We simply attract to us, through the Law of Attraction, the consequences of our own thoughts, words and actions. The Law of Attraction isn’t angry when it manifests consequences for us. It responds without judgment to the vibration of our thoughts, and the vibrational intention of our words and actions, and perfectly manifests the results

Even while all of this is going on, it’s important to remember that we haven’t been kicked out of our Father’s House no matter how we’ve behaved. It is the Divine Power of the Father within us, the miraculous molecules of Divinity at the root of our thoughts that give our thoughts power to create, no matter what we’re thinking and no matter what we’re creating. Those same miraculous molecules of Divinity live in every cell of our body and give us the power to heal. They are at the center of our heart and give us the capacity to love everyone and everything. This is the inheritance we are free to live in the world!

In The Way of the Heart we read, “Always remember that the Father looked upon His only creation and said ‘Behold, it is very good!’ That goodness has a name, it is yours! And behold it is very good!” The Father, our Father, the God of Love, the God of Peace, the God of Joy pronounced All that Is as “very good,” and that includes you and me. Because there is only One Father of Creation, and that Father could not look upon His Creation and behold It as very good unless He was looking with eyes of Love, as Holy Sons and Daughters of God we’ve inherited that Love. Love’s Lineage is Everywhere, but we can only perceive It with our heart.

What is true about us, and all Life, remains forever true about all of us no matter what we do. We are Love, now and forever, whether we choose to express the Love we are or not. We read in A Course in Miracles, “Darkness cannot obscure the glory of God’s Son. You stand in light, strong in the sinlessness in which you were created, and in which you will remain throughout eternity.” That means that we and everyone else remain “very good” in Truth. And, it also means that each of us experiences the consequences of our forgetting the goodness of our True Nature.

We have to pay close attention to what feels good within us if we want to discover who God is in us, and live our Godlike Nature in the world. The more attention we give to our Father-Son, Father-Daughter, relationship with the Divine, the closer we’ll feel to our Father. And, the closer we feel our Father, the more we’ll feel like Him. As we pay attention to what feels good within us and allow feeling good to guide us, the more goodness we’ll attract to us and the less negative consequences we’ll require to jolt our memory of who we are.

Like the God of our Creation, we are Unconditional Love. Like our Father, we too are created to behold the very good in all of creation. As we choose to forgive our own ungodly thoughts, and the ungodly behaviors of others, like Father, like Son, we too will be in Love with everyone! We read in The Way of Transformation, “As you proclaim and know in the depth of your being that you are the holy Son of God, you will not settle for less than Heaven on Earth.”

The Only Journey is Within

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Deepak Chopra wrote, “The inner journey is about finding your own fullness, something that no one else can find for you or take away from you.” A Course in Miracles tells us that it is a journey without distance, but that doesn’t seem to keep us from trying to find it somewhere outside of us.

It seems that this time of year brings out a restlessness within us that we interpret physically, and then take our body here and there trying to find peace for it somewhere. If we’ve been feeling restless, we might want to ask our self: “What am I seeking to find elsewhere, maybe not in another place but at another time, that I don’t believe I can find within myself right where I am, wherever I am, if I look with for it?”

Sometimes when we can’t find a way to get away—when our life seems too busy, too heavy, too confining, or just too crazy—it seems our body goes through the motions of whatever our day-to-day life seems to be, but there’s no one home in our mind. We’ve mentally escaped somewhere else, to a happier time in the past or an anticipated happier time in the future.

Even though we may know that something in our life is calling for change, so often we don’t want to take a look at what that might be because it might cause us to want something in our life we don’t believe we can have, such as greater health, more peace of mind, more money, more companionship, or more freedom. Abraham-Hicks tells us to “believe in what you want so much it has no choice but to materialize.” It’s never asking too much, and it’s never too late, for us to live a life of day-to-day happiness in a Universe that wants us to as happy as we want to be.

If we were willing to take the time each day to journey within and allow our spirit to rise to a place where we are happy in the moment, no matter what, we would be right where we need to be vibrationally to bring into our physical experience the happy life we want. Abraham-Hicks tells us, “It is not your job to make something happen. Universal Forces are in place for all of that. You’re not manifesting. You’re creating the environment that allows the manifestation.” No work, no effort, no struggle, no sacrifice, just a willingness to be happy on the inside creates an environment for happy people and events to come into our day-to-day life.

Nothing about our surroundings anywhere can permanently change us from the outside in. Rumi wrote, “Know then that the body is merely a garment, go seek the wearer, not the cloak.” We can take the cloak (our body) here and there with the intention of finding peace, but it is only as we journey within that we find a peace that requires no movement at all to be peace in us. The journey within is the only journey that will ever make a difference to us spiritually. It’s the only place we can find a fullness that belongs to us that nothing in the world can take away from us.

The journey within is like going on vacation, but unlike a vacation that benefits us only temporarily, every inner journey creates lasting change in the way we live our day-to-day life. It’s like going camping. We get away from “it all” and find a place that is still, calm and quiet, without having to pack bug spray or anything else for the journey. Physically we can go only so deep, but spiritually there are no limits to what we can discover about self and life, and live now.

In the Book of Luke we read, “Neither will they say, Behold, it is here! Or behold, it is there! For behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” How amazing that right where we are, whereever we are, the kingdom of God is there within us, the Light of Spiritual Truth that is forever within to guide us. No matter how small our physical  body may be, we are one with the Infinity of God within us. Mooji said, “You have to see and meet God in this life. Don’t let this life go by and miss discovering the Supreme One. You’ll find him inside as your constant being.”

To live as if our options for Joy in this Earth life are limited to our physical surroundings is like looking in a mirror and believing we are limited to what we see in the mirror, our own reflection and whatever else the mirror is reflecting. When we focus solely upon the physical world as if it’s outside of us, and we can do nothing to change what we see, it’s like looking in a mirror and not liking our hair, or clothes, or something else that is reflected there, and believing there nothing we can do about it. But, we all know that a mirror is for the sole purpose of reflecting our image so we can see if there is anything we see that we want to change. We don’t expect the mirror to do it!

Wally Famous Amos wrote, “Life is just a mirror, and what you see out there, you must first see inside of you.” The world we see is a reflection of the thoughts we are thinking wherever we are. Life mirrors back to us what we believe about self and our relationship to life. We change what we don’t like by changing how we think, not by waiting for something or someone outside of us to make the change.

If we were to live our day-to-day life with the awareness that everything we experience as the life around us is changeable from within us, we’d stop arguing with the living mirror that is the physical world and look within our self for the inspiration and guidance to change how we see the life around us. It’s been said, “You cannot see your reflection in boiling water. Similarly you cannot see the truth in a state of anger” or in a state of stress, anxiety, worry, defensiveness, or restlessness. “It’s only when the waters are calm that clarity comes.”

There is no mirror big enough, and no physical world full enough, to reflect the infinite life that lives within us. Emerson wrote, “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Are we going to let this life go by without finding the true spiritual being living within us as us right now—our constant Being, our Divine Self, the only One that is able to meet God in this life wherever we are? Are we going to settle for just being satisfied to find some place in this world where we can go from time-to-time that will remind us temporarily of how good it feels to feel good. Or are we willing to find that place within us, that happy place we can go to everyday and take with us everywhere?

Alan Watts wrote, “Man suffers uniquely because he takes seriously what the gods have created for fun.” Are we having fun yet, or are we waiting for another time or another place before we allow the fun to begin? We are created to feel good all the time. Spirituality isn’t a destination we find from time-time, it is our true nature that we can live all the time. We are so vast and unlimited within us that we’ll never reach the end of our spiritual journey. But we’re not created for an ending, we’re created for an endless adventure of Joyous extension and expansion.

In order for we, human, to interact with each other here on Earth in a healthy way, in a harmonious way, and in a loving way, it is essential for each of us to dissolve our sense of life as being outside of us and separate from the life within us. Rather than searching for an isolated peaceful place in this world we can go, if we’re willing to take a journey within that takes us away from the appearances of this world, we’ll find all we need for happiness here and now. Rumi wrote, “There is a life-force within your soul, seek that life. There is a gem in the mountain of your body, seek that mine. O traveler, if you are in search of that, don’t look outside, look inside yourself and seek that.”

Camp Wannabe

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Mehmet Murat ildan wrote, “Go for a camping and there both your weary mind and your exhausted body will rise like a morning sun!” Camping can be healing—taking time to watch the sunrise, listening to the sounds of nature, staring at the campfire, watching the sunset, and perhaps in between jumping into a cool lake,  and doing some guiltless reading, relaxing, or napping—can all be refreshing to our mind and body many ways. Camping often takes our focus off of things in our life we don’t want think about, and negative things happening in the world that without TV or other social media we don’t even hear about.

When we go camping, whether it’s camping in a cabin, an RV, or a tent, it is often for the purpose of getting away from it all. A good question to consider might be, “What is ‘the all’ that so many of us want to get away from? What is it about our daily life that makes our mind weary and exhausts our body. What is it about our day to day life that causes us to feel so tired and sick, and sick and tired, that we want to get away from it, if only for a weekend?

John Muir wrote, “And into the forest I go to lose my mind and find my soul.” It’s a beautiful thing to find our soul because our soul is such a beautiful thing to experience. But if coming back to our day to day life after getting away from it causes us to lose touch with our soul again, if we feel restricted, anxious, bored, or weary living the life we call our own, then camping isn’t enough to permanently uplift us or to lastingly change anything about us.

We can’t get away from it all anyway because even if it all isn’t physically present, we take our self, the perceiver of it all, with us. We take our habits of thinking about life, and our habits of reacting to it, wherever we go. As Dr. Seuss put it, “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” And, Jon Kabat-Zinn echoed the same thing: “Wherever you go, there you are.” There is nothing about our surroundings anywhere that can change us from the outside in. We take the same self camping that we take to the office or to the market. We take our happiness and our orneriness with us wherever we go and react to our surroundings according to the way we feel at the moment.

It is how we perceive our surroundings that brings out the best in us, the worst in us, or something in between. If we’ve been arguing with our self about something, or arguing with someone else about something, it affects our mood and attitude about everything as long as we remain angry or upset. And, it affects our perception and point of view. In the say way, if we’ve been appreciating our self for no reason, or appreciating someone else for no particular reason, it affects our mood and attitude, as well, about everything as long as we remain appreciative. And, it affects our perception and point of view.

No matter who we may be with and seem to be relating to—our family, friends, coworkers, or strangers—it is the relationship we’re having within us that causes us to feel what we feel about anyone else in any moment. Whatever is going on within us determines our interpretation of what’s going on around us. In other words, how we are feeling affects how we’re seeing what we’re seeing while we’re feeling what we’re feeling. That’s why it is important for us to love the one we’re with wherever we are because that one is always us. The Buddha said, “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” How much love and affection do we feel for our self in our daily life?

From the beginning of our Earth life, when we first entered the world, we came into an environment of not only contrast but comparison. The humans of the world had been cataloging and pigeonholing everything long before we got here, and they didn’t stop after we came. Once we arrived in 3-D form, we were put into catalogues along with everything else, and often we were put into a pigeonhole that was so small we could hardly breathe.

Our parents were familiar with the catalog-pigeonhole system, so they knew where to put us. We might have been the oldest child, youngest child, middle child, or an only child, and we were treated as if who we were was already determined by where we were in the birth order. We didn’t argue because we thought they knew! We tried so hard to live up to everyone’s expectations of us (high or low) that we began to expect it of us, too. In school we were compared scholastically, athletically, creatively, and in many other ways to other children. Often those comparisons made us wanna be like the children we were compared to, the ones the teachers and coaches and other children liked best. Most of us learned the opposite of appreciation for who we were, the very self we took with us everywhere we went.

If we’re dissatisfied with who we are today it’s because we’re still in the habit of comparing our self to others. We may wanna be as smart, quick-witted, young, healthy, thin, happy, or spiritual as someone else that seems to us to be so much more of those things than we are. We may wanna be pleasing to others, especially those we love. But our desire to wanna be like someone else, to wanna be the one others want us to be, causes us to lose touch with our soul and the beautiful Self we are already. While we’re wanting our life to be like the life of someone else who seems to have a better life than us, while we’re trying so hard to become spiritual, and while we’re wanting to be somewhere else so we’ll feel better about our self and life, we’re missing out on  experiencing the magnificent spiritual self we already are, right where we are.

Abraham-Hicks tells us, “Two things will keep you on the ground forever: Comparing yourself to others and listening to those who want to keep you on the ground with them. Be yourself. Trust in your giftedness, AND SOAR.” If we don’t trust that it is okay to be our self, we won’t discover the gift of our uniqueness that we came to share with the world. When we’re not loving our self, we can’t soar because it is Love that lifts us up. Self-love is never a selfish act or an egotistical act. The ego may be self-protective and self-defensive, but it can’t love us as God loves us. Self-love is an act of surrender to the Love that created us, the Love that loves us just as we are, the Love that wants us to be happy being our Self.

We read in A Course of Love, “Love is the condition of your reality. Love is as essential to your being as the heart to the body.” Self-love allows us to accept our self and our life as it is, and to appreciate who we are wherever we are. When we love being our Self, we free our mind of self-sabotaging beliefs that cause us to be controlled by the fear we’re not enough. Self-love means we don’t feel the need to look for approval from others because we trust that the Universe in which we live already approves of us. Louise Hay wrote, “You’ve been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.”

Self-love causes us to wannabe our Self, and to take care of our mental-emotional-physical health. We’re motivated to let go of whatever isn’t healthy in our day to day life—certain people, activities, a living situation, habits—all those things we’ve allowed to cause us to want to get away from it all. The poet, Aberjhani wrote: “Dare to love yourself as if you were a rainbow with gold at both ends.” If we’re willing to stop judging our self by comparing our self to anyone else, and if we’re willing to shine like the priceless colorful rainbow we are right now (not will be someday or somewhere else), but today right here, we’ll discover that there is no one else we wannabe.

Cool Your Jets!

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“Cool your jets” is a term that Abraham-Hicks uses often in different ways. When I chose it as the title for this Sunday talk so that we might have a conversation about the importance of patience in our life. The humorist, Arnold Henry Glasow, wrote: “The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it.” But how do we learn patience in a “don’t wait, get it now (with free overnight shipping included)” world? How do learn not to smash the egg when the world seems to offer so much so quickly, except for peace and unity, no matter how many opportunities we’ve had as a human race to change everything in “the blink of an eye”?

If getting things from the world is important to us, then there’s lots of stuff to get quickly, but a change in the behavior of others isn’t one of them. However, if gaining spiritual awareness that will change us and the way we experience life is important us, then there are plenty of opportunities in this world to help us expand and grow spiritually as quickly as we allow them to. The unspeakable violence that occurred last week in Texas, that many are speaking of, anyway, in angry accusatory ways is a call for each of us to choose to live each day, no matter what occurs in the world each day, with the spiritual intention of being a place where Love and Peace come into world.

When something horrific happens, especially to children, our first reaction is naturally shock, deep sadness, and even rage. What happens within us after that first reaction is up to us. We can continue to focus on those same thoughts and feelings, but such continued focus only serves to perpetuate the pain and darkness. Or we can look within our self, instead, for the Light of Truth about our self and the world, so that we can help to uplift it.

Rumi wrote, “In a night full of pain and darkness, be a candle spreading light until dawn.” Our world is calling for Love, Compassion, Peace, and Joy. When we’re willing to let go of outrage, sadness, and blame, it doesn’t mean we don’t care anymore or that we lack compassion. It means we are allowing the God of all Creation to answer the call for Love through us. We are One Life, One Love, together.

The innocence of children always touches our heart. We love to hear them laugh and giggle about things only they know why are funny. We love the straight-forward questions they ask that come from the unsullied innocence of their minds. Children (for awhile) see things differently than we, adults, do, and so they experience the Joy that is the true nature of every living being. That’s why it is easy for us to see the sweetness of a child, and so much harder for us to see the sweetness that lives within all of us.

Adults “in-charge” of laws and policies in our country, and in most countries, demonstrate everyday through their interactions with each other the belief that anger, conflict, blame, and fighting against one another is the way to solve problems. Movies, TV shows and video games often tell the same story. Why wouldn’t the youth of today believe that’s true? Children learn that there is someone to blame for their pain, someone responsible for their anger about whatever they’re angry about, and that some outer action is needed to take the pain away. Many of us have learned that, too. How often when things happen in our life that cause us to be mad or sad do we blame someone else for how we feel?

Some of us may be looking for someone to be accountable for last week’s tragic manifestation. But each of us is accountable. We are each responsible for our own mind and what we offer the world through our thinking. We are accountable for the thoughts we claim as our own, and then focus on and talk about. The Persian poet, Shams Tabrizi, wrote: “Do not seek Heaven or fear Hell in the future. Both are already here present. Whenever we learn to love without expectation, without bargaining or negotiation, we are already in Heaven. Whenever we let hate rule us, and put barriers between our hearts, we are already in Hell.”

Almost immediately after last week’s violence against children (by children) came the adult anger, blame and conflict that served to add more negative energy to a negative situation and to dominate the atmosphere in which our children are learning and growing. Helen Keller said, “We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.” At this point along our journey together in this human environment, we’d all likely agree there is not only joy in the world.

This world with its darkness and light, with its duality, opposites, and contrast gives us so many opportunities to learn, if we choose to learn from what happens in our life, in our county, and in the world. There is so much for us to choose between, so much to ask for that we want to see and experience. Haven’t we seen enough contrast to know that Peace and Unity is what we want? And, isn’t it time for us focus on that, and only that, in our mind and conversations?

No matter what negative thoughts we may choose to focus on in our human mind, there is not one of us anywhere in the world that isn’t asking for peace, love, joy, and safety from a deep spiritual place within us that is eternally centered beyond the human mind; a place that knows all things are possible because God is all there Is. As we ask for the good we want, individually and collectively, it is given by a Universe of Love that responds to us, by the Pure Positive Energy of the Source of Life that creates for us, by the Power of God that Loves us unconditionally.

It may seem there are so many roadblocks and so much road rage along our human journey these days that to learn be brave and patient, hopeful and kind, and loving and nonjudgmental isn’t possible. But, Abraham-Hicks tells us, “You’ve got to find a way to focus on things that don’t put your shield up. And you can do it, but you’ve got to cool your jets.” It’s been said that all things are difficult before they become easy. Patience is not simply the ability to wait; it’s how we behave while we’re waiting. When we “cool our jets” and wait peacefully and patiently for outer change to come, we reflect our deep conviction that Love is all there is no matter what momentarily appears to be.

There would be no answers for us to want to receive, or for us to wait to receive, if there were no spiritual questions in our mind. There could be no expansion in awareness of the unlimited Love, Peace and Joy that we are individually, and together, if there were no challenges that caused us to ask for more Love, Peace and Joy. From what appears to be that we don’t want to see and experience we learn what we do want to see and experience. Through our thoughts, and every thought is a prayer, we ask for what we want and it is given.The Universe always says, “Yes.”

Abraham-Hicks calls asking “Step 1.” Step 1 isn’t hard. There is plenty of the unwanted to inspire our prayers. “Step 2” is the Step that belongs to the Universe, the Source Energy of Life, the Power of God that answers prayer. Our part in this human experience of creation and expansion isn’t to make things happen through human effort, no matter how sincere our efforts may be. It is to ask and receive. We receive by letting in what we’ve asked for, by allowing our self to feel the goodness of it even before it appears. This is what Abraham-Hicks calls “Step 3.”

We’re all good at Step 1, but what changes our life and the world is Step 3. It’s not simply our ability to wait, but how good we feel while we’re waiting. Throughout the ages war, and harmful, hurtful, violent behavior, has offered us an opportunity to learn what we’re made of. Through our deepest sadness and sorrows, we have had opportunity after opportunity to learn that Unity and Peace is what we want. Yet war, violence, conflict, blame, and division continue. Why? Because we’ve forgotten Step 3! We haven’t allowed Unity and Peace to come into our indiviudal awareness so It can come through us and into the world.

We read in A Course in Miracles, “The first obstacle that peace must flow across is your desire to get rid of it. For it cannot extend unless you keep it. You are the center from which it radiates outward to call the others in. You are its home, its tranquil dwelling place from which it gently reaches out, but never leaving you. If you would make it homeless, how can it abide within the Son of God? If it would spread across the whole creation, it must begin with you and, from you, reach to everyone who calls and bring him rest by joining you.” Each of us is either building more roadblocks, and adding to the road rage along our Earth journey, or we’re being a candle spreading light until dawn.

Love and judgment and blame can’t live together at the same time. They are opposites that live on opposite sides of town.Will we choose to allow our mind, our city, our country, and our world to be a home where Love abides? Our world is calling for the Love, Compassion, Peace, and Joy that we can offer by allowing the God of all Creation to answer that call through us. We can tell by the way we feel how much we are allowing our self to receive from the Universe that always answers, “Yes.” It’s up to each of us to be a place where Love and Peace enter the world. It’s a choice that only we can make for our self. But as we do, we make a choice for the world as well.

Rumi

I prayed for change, so I changed my mind.
I prayed for guidance and learned to trust myself.
I prayed for happiness and realized I am not my ego.
I prayed for peace and learned to accept others unconditionally.
I prayed for abundance and realized my doubt kept it out.
I prayed for wealth and realized it is my health.
I prayed for a miracle and realized I am the miracle.
I prayed for a soul mate and realized I am the One.
I prayed for love and realized it is always knocking, but I have to allow it in.

 

Ignorance is Bliss

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“Ignorance is Bliss” is a statement we will either agree or disagree with depending on what we believe “ignorance” means. More often than not, we look at ignorance (when we’re being generous in our outlook) as simply “not knowing, or not understanding, or not having education.” But sometimes, when we’re not feeling so generous in our outlook, we may look at ignorance as just plain “stupidity.” But there is another way of looking at ignorance, i.e, as innocence, as the Divine “I Am,” the free and clear Awareness or Consciousness that Mooji calls the “pure and simple Self.” He wrote, “That Self is Here and Now only. Contemplate what it is to be fully ‘Here’ and fully ‘Now.’ For this you must leave all else.” The Ignorance that is Bliss leaves all else behind and experiences the pure joy of Being Here Now where there is no past to regret or reconcile and no future to be concerned about. When we’re not resisting that Self as our self, with thoughts that tell us otherwise, we naturally feel the Bliss of Love and Peace for no worldly reason at all.

We, humans, have been educated about a lot of troublesome things about our self and the world that just aren’t so. We’ve learned from those we believed had the knowledge to teach us about the limitations of who we are. We were taught that life is full of problems needing to be solved, and to spend our Earth life trying to learn as much as we can about how to solve them with the very mind that was taught to believe in its own limitations. Einstein said, “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” When we focus on our personal problems and conflicts, and the problems and conflicts of the world, and we fight with and against each other, we’re using the same kind of thinking that created the problems and conflicts in the first place.

In order for us to be happy and problem-free, and live in a world of harmony, we need to unlearn our limitations spiritually so that we can live here and now as the Divine “I Am” that is our pure and simple Self, as the One who is willing to leave all else behind and live in the Power of the Present Moment in which there is nothing to reconcile or be concerned about. We leave all else behind by freeing our mind of opinions judgments and concerns. When we do, if only briefly, the Wisdom that solves and dissolves problems flows into our awareness because our mind is blissfully ignorant of problems, blissfully free of reasons to be uptight, upset, or confused.

Yoda said, “You must unlearn what you have learned. You will know good from bad when you are calm, at peace, and passive.” All of our thinking, thinking, and over-thinking fills our mind with so many problems that there is no room in our awareness for solutions. It fills our mind with so many judgments of what’s bad and good, and wrong and right, that there is no room in our awareness for the Unconditional Love in our heart. And, it fills our mind with so much fear and worry that there is no space for Bliss to come into our awareness. If we take pride in being a “worry-wart,” if we insist on commiserating with others about our problems, their problems, and the problems of the world, we can’t uplift anyone especially our self.

A Chinese Proverb tells us, “That the birds of worry and care fly over your head, this you cannot change. But that they build nests in your hair, this you can prevent.” Why would we want to focus our thoughts on anything that made us feel sad, frightened, or anxious when every day there are so many beautiful thoughts and things to focus on? Why would we focus on fearful and worrisome thoughts when every day the Wisdom within us is calling to us to let them go? Why would we fixate on situations in the news that our knowing about them does nothing to solve them?

Mooji wrote, “Throw everything away, forget about it all! You are learning too much, remembering too much, trying too hard. Relax a little bit and give life a chance to flow its own way unassisted by your mind and effort. Stop directing the river’s flow.” Do we trust that if we stopped all of our thinking, thinking and over-thinking about our self and the world, that there is a Universe of pure positive Energy, a spiritual flow of God Power that would take care of us and the rest of world without our direction? Or do we believe that without our holding onto judgements of good and bad that the God of all Creation wouldn’t know how to help the world?

I asked a friend, who tells me often that he wants a spiritual outlook on life, why he watches the news so religiously. He said he wants to stay “informed.” It would seem that the more information we have, the better equipped we are to deal with the world. We feel more prepared for “what’s next” when we have knowledge of “what’s happening now.” And such information gives us something we can talk about with others that lets them know we know, and that we’re concerned too. We don’t want to appear as if we have our head in the sand or that we’re looking at the world through rose-colored glasses! None of us wants to appear to be ignorant of something that’s important, especially if that information is about threats to our health, safety and well-being.

But we can become so equipped with dealing with this world of appearances (where everything everyone has thought or is currently thinking is taking form and expression somewhere) that we can read and google our self into depression that keeps us from seeing beyond a limited problematic world to the unlimited possibilities that are available to us and all of humanity. Everything we see around us has already taken physical form. As we stay “informed” of the forms, expressions and actions that have already come into this three-dimensional world, our mind becomes a rerun of yesterday’s news or today’s breaking headlines. Our attention to such “forms of information” helps to bring more of what’s already happened into more form, expression and action in the world.

Mooji tells us “ No thought has any power. You have power. And when you identify and believe in the thought, you give power to the thought.” We perpetuate our personal problems, and the problems of the world, by identifying with them, believing in them, and then talking about them. We see what we believe and we cannot see what we don’t believe. And, if we don’t believe that’s true, consider Mother Teresa who held human beings in her arms that were dripping with disease, but she did not see it! She was “blissfully innocent.”

We’ve heard that it isn’t a good idea to expect the bad, and in that way we allow good stuff to come in—first to our mind, then into form in our life. But, still, we often tend to live in a head that is filled with “what ifs” and we often give power to thoughts that conflict with the good we want to see. Instead of feeling good and noticing the positive results of our good feeling, we feel bad we’re not feeling bad! We second guess our self: “Shouldn’t I join in the dramas of the world so that I appear to care, because I do care! Shouldn’t I do more of what other people have said should be done to change the world? Is feeling good really enough?”

One of the things that often trips us up is that we think that if we don’t think about problems, if we let go and let Life flow, that without our focus on what needs fixing, the flow of Life that flows with the intention of God’s Love won’t know where to go. We are vibrational-spiritual beings. The form that we have taken in this 3D world is just a speck of who we really are. Whether or not we’re aware It’s there, we carry within us at all times a spiritual-vibrational Presence that is uniquely individualized as us. We could say that the pure positive Energy of the Source of all Life is present in an encapsulated, condensed, individualized version of Itself that we call our self.

Abraham-Hicks refers to our individual vibrational state of being as a “Vortex,” as the “precursor of all positive motion forward,” as the “holding tank, the anchor, the touchstone, the place where all of the dreams, wishes and hopes we’ve added to along path of our physical experience” are held until we are in “vibrational alignment” with our Inner Being. The innocence that is free from past judgments, and current and future concerns, the blissful ignorance that leaves all else behind in any moment, puts us in straight up alignment with our True Being. Everything we feel, all day every day, is nothing more than feedback about our vibrational proximity to our individual spiritual Truth. When we feel good, we’re standing on Holy Ground.

Robert Adams wrote, “The truth is very simple. A flower does not try to be beautiful, its true nature is beauty. She exudes fragrance, beauty and perfection, just for herself. Similarly when you wake up, you naturally exhale love, compassion and beauty. It is all you, for it is your True Being.” When we let go of our resistance to our True Being, when we’re not clinging to some thought that keeps us from feeling good, we feel good. And the better we feel, the more informed we are about the spiritual Universe in which we live and the True Being that is us that lives in It. When we let go and live, even for a moment, as the True Being we are, we naturally exhale love, compassion and beauty for our Self, without trying to figure where to direct It or who deserves it. Then our loving and happy thoughts easily take form in our life and uplift the world around us.

Mooji tells us, “Don’t worry about anything at all. You are not here by accident. This form is just a costume for a while. But the one who is behind the costume, this one is eternal. You must know this. If you know this and trust this, you don’t have to worry about anything. This world is so full of love, and your heart, your being, is so full of love, so full of peace. You don’t have to go to some place else to find peace. It is right where you are.”