Connect with your Soul #1 of 3

Since I have some time between Journeys (Journey of Courage begins Fed 25), here the beginning of a short series I wrote to meditate on building a better relationship with my Soul. Think of it as affirmations; read it like a meditation. Invite your Soul to participate in your life!

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I now prepare my mind, heart, energy, will, and body to receive the love and support of Divine beings of light and love. I invite, welcome, accept and receive Divine Light and Love, for the benefit of all. I affirm: I am willing to Know my Soul, to Love as my Soul loves, to live as my Soul, to co-create with God my highest Divine purpose.

My Soul Knows Wholeness, Pure Oneness, and my Source—God. Through my consciousness of my Soul, I connect with Spirit, which expresses God through my personality and co-creates my physical reality.

My consciousness of my Soul connects me to Infinite Being, Infinite Intelligence, Infinite manifestation (Om Namah Shivaya). My Soul directs my personality—my mind, heart, and will—into alignment with Om Namah Shivaya, for its perfect, divine expression. My Soul draws the Love, Light, vibration, and energy of Om Namah Shivaya to me.

My consciousness now expands and I experience my Soul’s highest Love, Light, Wisdom, and Joy.

My Soul needs me to become a master in the physical world over form and matter for my spiritual advancement, for the benefit of all. I achieve mastery through union with my Soul, carrying out its goals and purposes.

When I live and act through my consciousness of my Soul, I am being my Highest Self. My personality is an instrument, which my Soul uses to carry out Divine Purpose.

I now call upon my Soul’s attention! I ask my Soul to stimulate my highest self, aligning my personality with my Soul’s Divine Purpose! I ask my Soul’s purifying, transformational energy to enter my consciousness, to work within me that I may master the physical world through Knowledge of its will!

Whether I am aware of it or not, my Soul is always loving me and directing me.

Behind the words–Journey of Gratitude 2017, day 40!

Welcome to day 40! How did you fare? This Journey got really serious, here at the end. I have no explanation for that. But if you like serious…read on! (It’s only a little intense).

This is all for now, for the next few days! I admit, I am glad this one is over. But I look forward to assessing what actually happened these past forty days–I’ll share that with you in the next week or so. In the meantime, relax a bit, then start gearing up–Journey of Courage starts February 25! Whooo hoooo! I’m excited!

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Guiding Thought

Love is always with me. I focus my whole Self on being entirely with Love. I tune out distractions and place my entire focus on simply being with the Love that is always with me. This is the return. This is eternal Comfort and Peace: Being with Love, as Love is with me.

Reflection

Love does not hear words. Love hears energy. Love hears what is behind the words, the subtle movement of the mind and heart, the feelings and vibrations that go into the idea, or concept, of the words.

The same can be said for “the Universe” with the idea of reaping that which is sown. What you “put out”, you get back. But what you “put out” is so much more than words, and it is that energy which you are putting out, to which the Universe responds.

Words convey something that exists prior to the words themselves. It’s that which I want to understand within myself, better. This is something I have been working on this whole Journey, without actually articulating it, or thinking about it in terms of this Journey. I’ve been focusing on the energy behind the words, on feeling what my words are saying, but not saying.

I want to be in touch with those subtle movements of my mind and heart, with those places which God Knows of  me, better than I know of me (God knew me before I was born; God knows my heart better than I do).

Yet, if God Knows, and God is that infinite presence and power within me, that comes through me, as me, then I have the potential to know myself as God Knows me. I just have to listen and go behind the words.

This is the essence of this Guiding Thought. On the surface, this Guiding Thought speaks of knowing Love, of being with Love. But really, it’s about knowing myself, Knowing my Self of Love, as my Self of Love Knows me.

I and Love are One. This is the return. This is eternal Comfort and Peace: Being Love, as Love is as me.

 

Fear. AKA Growing pains.–Journey of Gratitude 2017, day 39

This is unusual for day 39 of any Journey. Normally (what, really, is “normal”?), by day 39, I am wrapping the Journey up; I am seeing clearly; I am seeing connections and understanding the inter-relations between different experiences and aspects of the Journey. Not this time. What does it mean?

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Guiding Thought

Gratitude makes all things new! When I am aware of my Source in Love, I see its activity everywhere. It is the Substance of Life itself! I am in the flow and create and expand with Love, in Life!

Reflection

I had some fear come up today. It’s different than the edge-of-panic-anxiety that has accompanied the daily influx of cultural and political shifts that have been occurring over the past few months. I’ve been learning to deal with and transform that.

But today’s fear is similar to the more standard fears I’ve dealt with over the past four years on the Journeys, and thus, it has surprisingly taken me aback. It was as though everything I “know” and have practiced flew out the window. There were a series of things that happened that brought up my a) fear of the future b) fear of change c) self-doubt d) fear of ego-centrism e) discomfort f) fear of growing and expanding out of my comfort zone. All these things came up in about an eight-hour period, just one thing after another.

I kept noticing (how could I not?), and working on keeping my thoughts clear and loving, but underneath, I felt very shaky, wondering what is going on hereHave I really not gotten past all this stuff?

Apparently not.

And that is why today’s Guiding Thought is so important, and why this whole Journey is relevant: I can see that old stuff with new eyes, and transform it through gratitude.

Remember (I’m reminding myself!): Everything, Everything is here for my benefit, for my spiritual growth, for my enlightenment. Of course I am grateful for it. Everything is given to me by Love, with Love, that I may experience more  Love. Of course I am grateful for it. Whatever the sticking points are, they are showing me what I need to release and transform. Of course I am grateful for it.

I have asked for this. I have asked for growth. I have asked for expansion. I have asked for healing. I have asked for Eternal Peace and God’s Infinite Abundance. I have asked for Infinite Love. I have asked to be of service to the Divine. Of course I am changing. My little mind no longer can hold the influx of growth coming at me. These are growing pains, nothing more. And I am so thankful for this opportunity to create anew, and to expand into the infinity of Love in Life!

 

I’ve got a new Gratitude–Journey of Gratitude 2017, day 38

Loving in Unity means Loving everyone, everything the same. All are equal in Love. This is the essence of “Love your neighbor as yourself”. If you have not achieved a state where you can Love All equally, that’s ok. For us, for now, it’s a process. Love yourself more each day. Start there. You’ll see how it begins to grow all on its own to loving others.

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Guiding Thought

I seek only to Love in Unity. Love is Pure in Oneness. Let me Love All including myself in Oneness, that I may Know gratitude as the result of Being Whole in Love.
Reflection

On other days of this Journey, gratitude has been viewed, or described, as a bridge–as a way of opening to more love, as a way of appreciating others, as a way to fertilize Love so that it grows.

But the role of gratitude this day is different from those previous days. Today, gratitude has become a state of being, congruent with the state of Love. It’s no longer a bridge in today’s Guiding Thought. It’s a natural extension of Love Itself.

Here’s one way to look at it. You can think, “I am grateful for my spouse, my family, my job, my car, for good food, for sun in my face, for cleansing rain (or snow!); I am grateful for my lungs that breathe, and for the air, and for all good things in my life”. In this exercise, gratitude is invoked and intentional– you think about what you are grateful for, and why. And when thinking that way, you can feel the love begin to flow; you can feel yourself open. This is how gratitude is a bridge to Love.

But now, think about someone who you love with all your heart, and just feel that love. Take a moment and simply Love that person. You don’t have to think about this Love, it just fills you. Without thinking anything specifically, can you also feel how grateful you are for that person? It’s like gratitude is right there along with the Love, without thinking about it.

This is how gratitude becomes a state of being. As Love expands, from that one person to All, so does gratitude, so does the understanding and experience of Unity and Wholeness. If you practice this, and practice expanding Love (through loving yourself, through gratitude, through acceptance, through forgiveness…there are so many ways to learn to expand Love!), soon it won’t be a stretch to seeing the unity of life, and being grateful for All of Life.

 

Getting to Oneness through gratitude–Journey of Gratitude 2017, day 37

Oneness is the new paradigm. I’m getting there, slowly. I still have habitual thoughts that are dualistic, but those are changing, as I confirm daily my Oneness with All. What follows is an exercise in expansion, out of dualism and into Oneness.

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Guiding Thought

Life is beautiful. There is nothing other than Life. Life is within me; Life pours out from me. Everything everywhere is Life. Life is Being. I am Life. All that I am, I offer in praise and thanks to all of Life.

Reflection

I am One with All.

If there is nothing other than Life…

If Life is within me…

If everything everywhere is Life…

If I am Life…

Then I am One will All of Life, with ALL.

Then All that I am is ALL, is All that IS.

If All that I am is ALL, then when I give All that I am to all of Life, I am giving All to ALL.

If I am All, and give to ALL, then the gratitude that results is simply a natural expression of thanks to myself, for my Self, for ALL of Life.

If I am All and give to ALL, then my gratitude for All includes every person, every situation, every encounter, All of earth, all of ALL.

When I Know this, there is nothing other than trust for the flow of life. There is nothing other than perfect peace in every situation. There is nothing other than treating others with the Love and Understanding of Knowing myself as ALL.

Love’s Possibilities–Journey of Gratitude 2017, day 36

Have you been mystified by the world, our leaders, the cultural/political climate? This article is about options. What can I do, when I don’t know what to do. Spoiler alert: the answer is always Love.

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Guiding Thought

When I look within and see the radiance of Love, I remember my wholeness. I am wholly loving and wholly lovable. In the purity of Love lays peace, which I share with all in gratitude.

Reflection

We live at a time when duality, opposites, separation, and polarization have been the dominant thought-form for centuries, even millennia. How we think about nearly everything is conditioned by this history. History has “proven” the reality of duality, opposites, separation, and polarization, has it not? We believe in the “reality”, because it is what we have learned, what we have experienced.

Do thoughts not create our reality? Do I not have the opportunity right here, right now, to have a reality of my own choosing, based on thoughts that I choose? Yes, but…

When we are born, all we learn or experience is based on a previous generation of thought-forms telling us what is “real”. We are born into a world that was constructed by someone else, and then told, “have your own thoughts, create your own reality”. But what model can we use? The only one we know is what we are taught, which currently is predominantly dualistic.

What does that mean, in practical terms?

This morning, there was a news story about immigrant raids in New York, Atlanta, Chicago, and Los Angeles. There were over 10,000 comments on the story condemning the action. I thought, “What can we do? What choice do people have? Either they can raise a ruckus, take up arms, and “fight” in whatever way they know, or they can passively let the government raid their communities, and allow their friends and loved ones to be deported. Neither is acceptable”.

Either/Or. Fight or be passive. This was my own dualistic response to this news story. But then I realized that there is another way; we may just not see it right now.

Here is how I know: I’ve been “doing the work of Love” for a while now, and apparently the work has paid off. Recently, I’ve had several situations which began with a familiar conflict, sort of like severe personality conflict, or conflict with authority (to give you a frame of reference). As these conflicts “began” I felt the old, either/or–the only solutions I could see to the conflict were fight or passivity and neither was acceptable. So I made a point to pray, and ask for infinite, unconditional Love to enter. Wouldn’t you know it? Each of the situations smoothed out, effortlessly. I have no idea “how”, except for the invocation of Love.

The solutions were, in my experience small miracles, but all I did was change my thoughts from only seeing two options, to thoughts which could include all possibilities. This is what Love does. It includes, and takes into consideration the good of the whole. Love sees all options, and when we think in terms of love, those options become available to us as reality.

When I thought about the news story this morning, and heard my dualistic reaction, there was immediately a part of me that recalled these recent miracles, and I knew there is another way for the immigration-raids to be resolved. We don’t see it yet, but Love does. We simply need to invoke Love’s solution, through thinking Love.

There is hope in this world for all the current conflicts, for us to create a new reality, one that we have not inherited, a reality based in the inclusion of all possibilities, for the good of All.

Logical inconsistencies exposed–Journey of Gratitude 2017, day 35

Don’t let the title throw you. This is more about the exposure, than about logic. In this case, the exposure is both a vulnerable place, as well as an encouragement: Vulnerable because there is fragility in feeling out of control; encouragement, because within that there’s a higher purpose.

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Guiding Thought

When I am aware of my Self of Love, I see the world through new eyes. Love is the Source of all I see, all I experience; it is the very activity of Life itself. I place my faith in the principle of Love and receive with gratitude all my experiences.

Reflection

What do I say I believe? … vs … What do I think about what I experience?

or

What do I want to believe …vs … How I behave

For example, if I say I believe, or want to believe Love is the Source of all I see, all I experience

and

If I if I say I believe, or want to believe that Love is All Good, Only good

then

I must think and behave as though all I see, all I experience is All Good, Only good

In this, I have been both challenged and assured lately.

I’ve had several experiences that have felt like my world is falling apart: tumultuous, out of control, chaotic. I thought very hard about how I was perceiving and what I want to believe, knowing that I want to believe in (have faith in) the principle of Love.

There was inconsistency. I was experiencing chaos, turmoil, which is not compatible with fully believing in (trusting) Love.

So, I prayed. “You who knew me before I was born, in thy infinite grace, mercy, love, and kindness…assure me, help me to understand, help me to have faith in You as Love, as the Source of All Good”. Well…. if emotions had words, that’s a near-proximity of what the words would have been.

What I “heard” in response was, “Trust that everything I send you…everything…is for your highest good, your highest spiritual development.” It was more than “hearing”, it was feeling the truth behind the words.

Relief! In that moment, I experienced I place my faith in the principle of Love and receive with gratitude all my experiences. I saw how every encounter is perfect, and how gratitude for everything is the absolutely perfect response.

In my experience, I felt and experienced a shift. Love does work miracles.

As with so many things (in my experience) on the spiritual path, those moments of relief come, wash over me, give me that relief, then pass…and leave me with a memory of the feeling: just enough to hold on to, enough to motivate me, to inspire me, to make me keep going toward that feeling, so that I might merge with it again, intentionally, consciously.

Now, I am between these two states: still fragile in the face of what I perceive as chaos, turmoil, and strife with remnants of the inspired moment, I am neither fully free of my own perceptions, nor fully enveloped in the faith of love.

Onward!