Greetings and welcome! Today begins a new Journey–oh, happy day!
As the title suggests, we begin the Journey with thoughts about why to do this Journey. This is the place to begin to sift through your intentions and expectations. It’s a place to begin to get clear about what you want for yourself (and/or others–we are all One), what you want to work on for 40 days. You do not have to know exactly, but you do need to reflect as best you can, and write down some thoughts about what you want to focus on.
This is what I do here, today. Please keep in mind that your reasons for doing this are all your own. Stay true to yourself. Be honest with yourself. This is your Journey. My thoughts will not be your thoughts. My thoughts are here to inspire you, to offer one way to think about how you might proceed, or to open your flow of energy. If you like what I write and you are stuck…follow my writing–use my thoughts as a springboard, put them in your own words, then they become yours. Viola!
I’m so glad you are here with me.
There are two related things that I will be working on. The first idea was introduced at the end of the last Journey, the second is a familiar idea, revisited.
Here is the idea from the end of last Journey, which I have been mulling over for the past 10 days:
Transformation through the light of Love is the only way to change the pain, suffering, guilt, or blame in anyone, at any time. Transformation, transmutation changes everything. This is the secret to dispelling karma, this is the secret to unraveling death, this is the secret to getting out of the birth-death cycle: Love. Transformative, transfiguring, transmuting LOVE. The old is gone. Love remains. Love is all there is.
Love is all there is. Yet, Love is not all that people experience. In fact, most of the time people experience things that are not-like Love (anger, greed, grief, betrayal, let down, etc., called suffering, in some traditions). Healing is another word for the transmutation or transformation of the experience of those things that are not-like Love to an experience of Love.
Thus, the first thing I am working on is a better awareness and understanding of what is required for this transmutation or transfiguration into an experience of Love.
The second thing I am going to work on is something I’ve mentioned here before, but now I am including it in this particular context:
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” – Rumi
This seems related to transformation/transfiguration, because I must first find the things that need to be transmuted. Love is all there is. There is no need to seek for Love, because it is there already, within me, as me. Unfortunately, I have built my own barriers to Love. It’s up to me to find them and transform them. This is also healing.
As I mentioned in the recent Afterword, there have been a few moments when I think, spontaneously, “I Love myself”. Let me tell you: Love feels good. I am talking about that Love that comes from nowhere, has no origin, no impetus, no thought, no connection with anything other than Itself, which bubbles up and enfolds and feels totally genuine and authentic. Love feels good. You know it when you feel it. Somewhere within myself, I know this Love is all I am, all I want, all that is. I am reminded of that when it bubbles up from nowhere; It gives me a taste, a hint, a reminder, “I am here; I am what is possible; I am all you want”.
Why a Journey of Healing? Because it’s right. And it’s up to me to be with the Love which is already with me.