Making Fear Obsolete: Journey of Courage 2017 – Day 02

I am feeling very committed, very determined today. There is no wishy-washy in my determination to accomplish this Journey. Too much is going on in the world not to give absolutely, completely, 100% to Love, Peace, Harmony.

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Guiding Thought

When I attune my mind to the Oneness that is All of Life, I understand my place in Wholeness. I am the very Presence of Life, and this Presence of Life is me. I am blessed through this understanding. In return, I bless all I encounter.

Reflection

I am very excited about beginning this Journey. I’ve never been prone to panic or anxiety attacks, but recently (ok, let’s be honest, since November 9, 2016), I’ve had bouts of feeling overwhelmed with near-panic and worry. It does not happen often, or regularly, but when it does, I can’t even say what triggers it, or why. It just “comes upon me”. This morning was such a time. I thought, “this feels bigger than me”. And what was implied in that was, “I don’t know how to handle this, or even if I can”.

This is why I need a “Journey of Courage” just now.

Three  days ago, I wrote “[Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego] were so filled with trust in God, in His plan, that whatever the outcome, their Peace was unshakable”. Putting courage in the context of unshakable Peace, really makes courage unnecessary. Peace goes first into everything, clearing out any doubt, fear, or worry, which would otherwise require courage to face.

This is why I need a “Journey of Courage” just now: I want the idea of courage to become obsolete, as fear, doubt, and worry dry up, evaporate, become as dust to be blown away in the gentle breath of Peace.

This Journey does not focus on strengthening courage. Instead of strengthening the tool to use against fear, this Journey aims to eliminate the fear, so the tool is not necessary.

How?

Unshakable Peace.

We can get there.

What do you want? How badly do you want it? When I woke up this morning, with that lump in my chest from nowhere, thinking, “this feels bigger than me”, I was so glad that I had just written this two days ago:

I declare that I know my Divine Self is bigger than my fears. I know that I am connected with a Power greater than myself which flows through All, connecting each with ALL, and providing All Good to All, at all times. Thus when I am aware of, understand, and Know this Power through me, as me, I am able to walk in Peace and Harmony with All, approaching All with Love. I am committed to realizing this Power through me, as me, in every aspect of my life.

My near-panic may feel bigger than me, but the power I AM is even bigger.

 

Bona Fide: Journey of Courage 2017 – Day 01

 

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Guiding Thought

Life is a process of Self-discovery. I embrace All of Life, for All of Life is who I am. As I embrace Life as my Self, I come to understand Life as me. Life embraces me gently and joyfully in return.

Reflection

At first, I wondered what relevance this Guiding Thought has to courage. Then I realized: Embracing life takes courageTrusting Life takes courage. And, not just that: Self-discovery takes courage.

The courage of self-discovery comes first. It has to. Life will not reveal itself to the one who approaches It inauthentically, insincerely, or tritely. The first responsibility that we have is to figure out who we are, authentically. Only then can we give something real to Life.

Life can only give to us what we first give to It. Garbage in, garbage out; bona fide in, bona fide out.

Bona fide means in good faith. Bring yourself to life in good faith. Life does not ask for perfection, just good faith in being real.

What is being real? It is letting go of the drama that burdens and embracing an attitude of release; cultivating creative, constructive habits and relationships; recognizing patterns that are no longer relevant to who we are, or who we are becoming; feeling emotions, without them dominating and overwhelming.

It’s only after we can begin to embrace ourselves, our own personality, thought-forms, beliefs, and sift through what serves our highest vision of who we are, that Life can see our sincerity in wanting to live our highest vision. That is when Life can give us more. Life will return to us, the highest vision that we can stand, that resonates with what we are able to see and recognize and receive.

Then, we take what life gives us, and do it again! Sift through the dross, the dregs, the muck, release more drama! Cultivate deeper relationships! Create better habits! Then life takes all that and responds at a new level, giving even more.

This is the process of self-discovery. Life is constantly moving, as are you. Give to life now what you want out of it. Be rewarded with Life.

 

Journey of Courage: Commitment and Dedication 2017

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Today, like yesterday, is a preparation day. When you start any journey, you first do some things to get ready–like think about where you want to go, and how you might want to get there. In writing yesterday about why a Journey of Courage, we set the tone, and prepared our mind for what we think, or hope, to encounter on this Journey, like looking at the topography map of your mind. What do you think or feel about courage? What have you learned over your lifetime about courage? What kinds of conscious choices to you want to make from this point forward?

The commitment today serves as an agreement between you and yourself about what you are willing and able to do to see this Journey through to the end. Choose a commitment that you think you can keep: One day a week? Every other day? One day each round? Whatever you choose, please, I ask you: do it. Make the agreement with yourself. Keep the agreement with yourself. When you keep agreements with yourself, it teaches you that you are reliable, competent, trustworthy…and carries through on many different levels. This is about momentum and moving yourself forward in your spiritual growth.

The dedication for the Journey gives the Journey a purpose beyond you. The Journey is bigger than you are, so to say. Dedicate your Journey to one other person, to a greater purpose (“I dedicate this to the purpose of increasing my courage to demonstrate to others how to have more courage”) or to a Cause or Belief (like Love, or Oneness, or Harmony), or dedicate the Journey to God, the Divine, or to a Humanist ideal that you think would serve all of humanity. Write your own, or adapt what I have written below for yourself, in your voice, so that they feel right for you.

Commitment

I declare that I know my Divine Self is bigger than my fears. I know that I am connected with a Power greater than myself which flows through All, connecting each with ALL, and providing All Good to All, at all times. Thus when I am aware of, understand, and Know this Power through me, as me, I am able to walk in Peace and Harmony with All, approaching All with Love. I am committed to realizing this Power through me, as me, in every aspect of my life. To achieve this, I am committed to reading the Guiding Thought, each day, for the next 40 days, reflecting for a minimum of five minutes, then writing for a minimum of five minutes, the thoughts and reflections that come to me regarding the Guiding Thought (which will be published on this site).

Dedication

I dedicate all activity, energy, vibration, and movement of my physical body during each day of this Journey, during each meditation, each reflection, at all levels of consciousness to the Divine, for the benefit of all, including myself.

I dedicate all of the affects of the activity, energy, vibration, and movement of my physical body during each day of this Journey, during each meditation, each reflection, at all levels of consciousness to the Divine, for the benefit of all, including myself.

I dedicate all activity, energy, vibration, and movement of my mental body during each day of this Journey, during each meditation, each reflection, at all levels of consciousness to the Divine, for the benefit of all, including myself.

I dedicate all of the affects of the activity, energy, vibration, and movement of my mental body during each day of this Journey, during each meditation, each reflection, at all levels of consciousness to the Divine, for the benefit of all, including myself.

I dedicate all activity, energy, vibration, and movement of my emotional body during each day of this Journey, during each meditation, each reflection, at all levels of consciousness to the Divine, for the benefit of all, including myself.

I dedicate all of the affects of the activity, energy, vibration, and movement of my emotional body during each day of this Journey, during each meditation, each reflection, at all levels of consciousness to the Divine, for the benefit of all, including myself.

I dedicate all activity, energy, vibration, and movement of my etheric body during each day of this Journey, during each meditation, each reflection, at all levels of consciousness to the Divine, for the benefit of all, including myself.

I dedicate all of the affects of the activity, energy, vibration, and movement of my etheric body during each day of this Journey, during each meditation, each reflection, at all levels of consciousness to the Divine, for the benefit of all, including myself.

So let it be done.

Tomorrow the Journey begins! Thank you for joining me; we are so much better together ❤

Why a Journey of Courage – 2017

Courage means something different for everyone. This is the first day of Journey of Courage. My approach to this Journey focuses on specifically spiritual courage. To me, the picture of spiritual courage is represented very well by Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego of the Hebrew Bible, the Christian Old Testament. They each had resolute Peace, being lead to the lion’s den and the fiery furnace, respectively. There was no fear, only peace, calm, and trust in the Lord.

We hear a lot today about courage as feeling fear and “doing it” anyway (whatever “it” is). But these four men put courage in a much different perspective. There was no fear. They were so filled with trust in God, in His plan, that whatever the outcome, their Peace was unshakable.

I think that type of courage is possible–the courage that embodies faith, trust, and the Peace that passeth understanding. That’s what I am working toward.

Take some time to think about what courage means to you, before continuing. What thoughts does your mind hold about courage? Who do you consider heroes? What qualities do they embody? Do you think there is a difference between spiritual courage and “other” courage? In what situations in your life have you been courageous? Take a moment to write down some thoughts about courage, and why you are interested in taking up this Journey of Courage. There is no “right” or “wrong”, just reflect and write. Your initial thoughts will set the tone for your Journey; they will be there for you throughout, to help you focus, to remind you about what the point of all this is.

My thoughts follow. They are here for you to see, and feel, and “use” to whatever extent that feels right, but it’s more important for you to reflect for yourself, and begin your Journey firmly in your own mind/heart.

Currently, courage means basically what I mention above: it is the unshakable faith and trust in God and His plan, so that amidst all sorts of situations or circumstances I Know Peace.

You see from my definition, that I am actually not even focused on courage itself. Courage is a by-product of a deeper relationship with God. Thus, what I am actually cultivating, in order to “get” courage, is faith in, trust in, love for, and service to the Divine.

More practically, however, I wonder what courage means for me in this time of political/social unrest. This quote comes to mind:

The greatness of spiritual Truth is not in numbers, nor in the degrees of the world’s acceptance or rejection of the Truth, nor in its popularity. 

Its greatness is in its Truth. 

Fight bravely against all evil and crime.

You must have the courage to do the right thing, and the bravery to resist all atrocities and falsehood. 

Be watchful lest the attitude of non-violence produce a lack of discernment between good and evil. 

Be a true Divine warrior against evil. 

Live in Peace and Harmony, but never at the expense of Truth. Never compromise with evil, for that will lead to spiritual decline. 

Haidakhan Babaji

I am not an impractical spiritual person! I know we live in the world, with politics, people, and social systems. But I also know that the better we as humans get at living with and through principles of love, kindness, compassion, patience, harmony, the more our institutions will reflect this.

I think that right now, in this atmosphere, courage for me is sticking to my principles, come hell or high water. That means: doing what I can to be kind to everyone, and to stand up to those not being kind; to be patient and understanding, but to have the courage to disagree; to support and encourage others to find the strength to stand up for themselves and others; to conscientiously work with diverse people and situations to bring about greater understanding and harmony.

So be it.

Because I fed the birds…

One day a Christian monk and a Hindu monk met walking on the road. The Hindu monk said to the Christian monk, “Tell me the principles of your faith”. The Christian monk replied, “The Christian faith is summed up in the Lords prayer, which goes like this, ‘Our Father'”…Before he could get another word out, the Hindu monk ran quickly away. Perplexed, the Christian monk went on his way. Ten years later, the Hindu monk found the Christian monk, and said, “I have meditated for 10 years on the first lesson. I now understand, ‘Our Father’. What is my second lesson”?

There are (at least) two concepts that this story highlights. The first is that of feeling “impulsed” to do something. When the Hindu monk quickly ran away, I like to think of that as that overwhelming call to action that some receive from the Divine, when they are open to it. This is what is embodied in the Sanskrit word shubhecha, which means, “the initial impulse that starts us on a spiritual search.” Shubhecha can be experienced time and time again, as new searching leads to to new lessons, which lead to new searching.

The second concept in this story is the requirement to do what is asked when shubhecha enters, to actively look for answers to spiritual questions. When action is taken in the service of this type of impulse, then understanding, integration, and greater peace are experienced. Shubhecha is the spiritual breadcrumb that leads the seeker on a path. Each breadcrumb must be found, picked up, and digested; the action of picking up and ingesting the breadcrumbs is the very thing that leads to the next breadcrumb. The Hindu monk would never have been ready for the second lesson, had he not spent 10 years meditating on the meaning of the first.

When I was struck with the shubhecha to feed the birds, I did not know it was a crumb. This was about three years ago. I was reading a book by or about Haidakhan Babaji (I don’t remember the book). There was one line which said, simply, “Feed the birds”. It came to me as a directive from God. I thought, “OKAY”. For three years now, almost every day, I have fed the birds. Each time I do, I remember that line, and as I feed, I know I am fulfilling that directive. I did not know it was a spiritual practice that was leading me to something more. It was simply feeding the birds.

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About six weeks ago, I was reading another book about Haidakhan Babaji (again, I don’ t remember the book), and the line this time that struck me was “You must dedicate all your actions to the Divine”. It took a bit longer for the shubhecha to kick-in this time–I have been turning the sentence ’round  and ’round in my head thinking here and there about dedicating random actions to the Divine. It was only this past week that I really experienced the impulse to dedicate every action to the Divine; in fact, the “message” I got was that I must do this thing in the same way as I feed the birds.

After just under a week of daily practice of dedicating every action to the Divine, I now understand some things:

Each time I fed the birds, I “proved” that I was willing to do what God asked me to do. This has shown that I am reliable, and that I am committed, and that I will do what is asked of me. Simply put, I’ve been agreeable and consistent. Feeding the birds was easy and fun! And I receive a lot of joy watching the birds who feast at my table. The practice was rewarded through that joy, through a greater sense of unity with my feathered friends, through a feeling that I was giving to nature and the earth, taking care of Her and Her creatures.

As I said, it took about six weeks for the shubhecha to kick-in. This is how it happened: One day last week, the thought “You must dedicate all your actions to the Divine” was stewing in my head, as they do when I am allowing a thought to work on me, as I work with it. When they stew like that, they usually are “floating” with very little substance–just enough for me to feel their presence, but not enough to interrupt or disturb “normal” thoughts. They usually float just behind my right ear-area of my brain. I don’t know how I know this.

All of the sudden, the thought gained substance and shifted to the spot at my forehead: You must dedicate all your actions to the Divine and you must do so like you have fed the birds.

OKAY.

That’s how I usually respond when the shubhecha comes upon me in such a way that there is no ignoring it. OKAY. There was one time, about 25 years ago, when I had just begun my daily practice of bathing first thing in the morning (3 or 4 or 5 a.m.), when I did NOT want to get up to take my bath. I resisted, I wanted to fall back asleep, and in that half-sleep state, I had this dream: A shoulder-high Doric, Roman pillar stood in the middle of a vast space, which was dark and empty. A spot light from above shone on the pillar, on top of which was an old, black rotary phone. The phone rang. I answered it, “Hello”. The voice came across the line, “Susan, this is God. Go take a bath”. “OKAY”.

It’s not like I think about saying “OKAY”. It’s more like my whole body/being responds, and my brain just thinks what all of my energy is already saying. I have a choice, yet, somehow, “OKAY” is the only choice. But I digress.

The past five days, I have been taking time daily to dedicate every action to the Divine. At first, I tried just thinking “I dedicate this action to the Divine”, and did that for every action I could (a bit overwhelming). Then, I coordinated my breath (an action) with the thought, and did that for at least 20 minutes. That worked much better. But then, I figured out a bit of a “prayer” to accomplish the coordination of every action with the thought of dedicating every action to the Divine. It goes something like this:

I dedicate all activity, energy, vibration, and movement of my physical body, in all time frames and dimensions both known and unknown, and at all levels of consciousness to the Divine, for the benefit of all, including myself.

I dedicate all the effects of all the activity, energy, vibration, and movement of my physical body, in all time frames and dimensions both known and unknown, and at all levels of consciousness to the Divine, for the benefit of all, including myself.

I dedicate all activity, energy, vibration, and movement of my emotional body, in all time frames and dimensions both known and unknown, and at all levels of consciousness to the Divine, for the benefit of all, including myself.

I dedicate all the effects of all the activity, energy, vibration, and movement of my emotional body, in all time frames and dimensions both known and unknown, and at all levels of consciousness to the Divine, for the benefit of all, including myself.

I dedicate all activity, energy, vibration, and movement of my mental body, in all time frames and dimensions both known and unknown, and at all levels of consciousness to the Divine, for the benefit of all, including myself.

I dedicate all the effects of all the activity, energy, vibration, and movement of my mental body, in all time frames and dimensions both known and unknown, and at all levels of consciousness to the Divine, for the benefit of all, including myself.

I dedicate all activity, energy, vibration, and movement of my etheric body, in all time frames and dimensions both known and unknown, and at all levels of consciousness to the Divine, for the benefit of all, including myself.

I dedicate all the effects of all the activity, energy, vibration, and movement of my etheric body, in all time frames and dimensions both known and unknown, and at all levels of consciousness to the Divine, for the benefit of all, including myself.

This is my current breadcrumb. I’ve already learned so much, but that sharing will be for another article.

Maybe in 10 years, I will be ready for the next lesson.

In the meantime, I am doing this, “as I fed the birds”–with joy and ease. I think about it. I do it. I’ll let you know where it leads.

 

Connect with your Soul #3 of 3

I now choose to expand my consciousness to know myself as infinite being, infinite intelligence, and infinite manifestation–Om Namah Shivaya.

My consciousness of myself as Om Namah Shivaya is Om Namah Shivaya!

My consciousness expands infinitely. Om Namah Shivaya!

Om Namah Shivaya is a light of Divine beauty, perfection, and love. It is the substance of the All, both visible and non-visible. The magnificent light of Om Namah Shivaya is Source of All, radiating from and permeating within All. Om Namah Shivaya!

Om Namah Shivaya unites my personality with my higher self, my higher self with my soul, and my soul with God. Om Namah Shivaya!

Remembrance of my name, Om Namah Shivaya, unites my awareness instantly with the light of All. Om Namah Shivaya!

The light of Om Namah Shivaya streams forth from my mind, heart, and body to All, and from All to my mind, heart, and body. Om Namah Shivaya!

My mind, heart, and body awaken to the divine light and love of Om Namah Shivaya. Desiring only to share the glory of Om Namah Shivaya, my heart sings only Om Namah Shivaya! Om Namah Shivaya!

When I feel the constraints of physical life– tension, disturbances, tightness, frailty– I sing, “Om Namah Shivaya!” surrendering to Divine Light and Love, opening my consciousness, accepting healing, receiving Divine Peace. Om Namah Shivaya!

With every breath, I breathe Om Namah Shivaya!, drawing in Divine Love and Light. With every thought, I think, “Om Namah Shivaya!” expanding my awareness of Infinite Love. Waves of gentle assurance wash over and through me. Om Namah Shivaya!

I absorb the infinite Divine Love and Light of Om Namah Shivaya to super-saturation! It fills me, overflows, pouring out from my physical presence, available for All to share! Om Namah Shivaya!

I know only Divine Love and Light in the world around me! I know only Divine Love and Light in my body’s molecules, cells, and DNA! I know only Divine Love and Light as my interactions with All. Om Namah Shivaya!

My thoughts float on Divine light. My emotions transform in Divine Love. My body regenerates itself in its Source, Om Namah Shivaya. Om Namah Shivaya!

Crystal clear and pure with Divine Love and Light, I present to All my Source: Om Namah Shivaya! Om Namah Shivaya!

Fluid and light, I am drawn upward. Material reality brightens, glows, and hums joyfully with my expansion, for I am in Life! Om Namah Shivaya!

Surrounded by Divine Love and Light, sharing in the Infinite All, I know myself as Om Namah Shivaya. Om Namah Shivaya!

Om Namah Shivaya is everything and nothing, and the space between everything and nothing. What is there but Om Namah Shivaya? Om Namah Shivaya!

The world plays with me, in the dance of Om Namah Shivaya! Intricate, complicated, yet simple and innocent, I am free. Om Namah Shivaya!

Welcomed and safe, comforted and assured, I live in Om Namah Shivaya. Om Namah Shivaya!

Connect with your Soul #2 of 3

Enlightened Ones! Beings of Light! Throughout time you assist in Divine Purpose. Come now to my aid in your infinite wisdom, that I may join your efforts and contribute my uniqueness of Divine Being to the All.

Masters of Love! Servants of Light! Infinite in number you are! Here and now we are in union. All beings of Divine Love and Light serve together the ALL in joy and harmony, in peace and hope.

From deep within I call to my Soul. With utmost honor, respect, and gratitude I open my consciousness and ask of my Soul, “come! Be me! I am ready!”

My magnificent, powerful, beautiful soul! How Divine you are! What glory you exude, what serenity you embody, what wisdom you reveal. Your love for me is so beautiful, your acceptance of me so vast. May we always be One.

I am my soul, my soul is me. Created by Source as Divine Love and Light, what an exquisite, wonderful and Divine being I Am!

My Soul—who is me—wills with me only Divine Love and Light. What peace and joy we share!

My body’s heart merges with my Soul’s Crystal Jewel of brilliant rainbow light. I watch as this new light radiates from my heart center. There is no end to it! The deeper I go into my heart’s new light, the more infinite and expansive is my awareness.

In merging with my soul, I merge with Spirit, and Om Namah Shivaya, emerging as my unique Divine personality, my Self as I was created.

With my heart filled with pure love for All, I am the temple of God, happy, free, and safe; infinitely loved and loving.