Love is strong! Powerful! I embrace Love and wield it through my awareness of Oneness. Oneness destroys the illusions of the mind, of the past, and of the material world. I move forward courageously with Peace in the Truth of Love and Oneness.
Sometimes “wielding Love” provokes a fear-response.
I feel many layers/levels responding to this Guiding Thought today. One level is a deep, all-pervasive calm and peace. It feels like the observer, the stillness of Knowing, which is devoid of reaction, devoid of feeling anything is “right” or “wrong”.
As I sat with/in this space, I found I wanted to go deeper into some questions, concerns, and doubts. After all, if I am in a space of non-judgmental peace, I can look at “stuff” (supposedly) without a harsh reaction from my mind and emotions…so…that is what I did.
I looked with greater analysis and assessment of my thoughts and actions regarding several aspects of the expression of my Divine Self.
Part of being self-aware and of moving consciously in the world, expressing my Divine Self, is to ascertain whether or not I “walk my talk”. Thus, I look at—analyze and assess—what I say and what I do. I look for:
- Consistencies—where I think I am aligned within and without. These help me acknowledge I am on the right track.
- Inconsistencies—where what I say and what I do are out of alignment. These help me know where I am still experiencing the illusion of separation.
- Those things that are not misaligned but that are things I can do better. I always find things I can do better.
That’s a large part of what these Journeys are for me: continual assessment and analysis of staying the path, becoming more consistent, going deeper, and aligning every single thing I come upon into Divine Oneness.
Acceptance and forgiveness are very important in this process. As long as my mind is involved, it will always find those places of apparent inconsistency and “need to do better”, which require me to relax and forgive, lest I drive myself (or the people around me) crazy.
Also very important is entering and being-with the all-pervasive calm and peace. “Oneness destroys the illusions of the mind, the past, and of the material world”.
As I said, in my state of peace, I began to look at, in a deeper way, my thoughts and actions. My focus was spiritual:
- What is devotion?
- Am I devoted enough?
- Do I pray with heart-felt sincerity?
- How pure are my intentions?
- Do I have inner and outer integrity?
- Do I praise and respect the Divine in/as All?
What I found is that even though I am doing OK with being consistent, my standard is rising. I want to be more devoted; I want greater sincerity, purity, and integrity.
With an increase in the standard, I felt more of the “I can do better”.
With that, I needed to invoke acceptance and forgiveness.
As all of this was happening, I also seemed to feel confused and frustrated. How am I supposed to do more? I was not unwilling, but I felt exasperated and small.
It was good!
Love lifts us to itself. When we are ready, it gives us more. Then we work through our responses to it (with gentleness, patience, and forgiveness), and raise ourselves to its standard. We become more congruent and consistent on a new level.
And on and on…until we finally Know Oneness together.