Responsibility leads to courage: Journey of Courage 2017 – Day 26

Copyright Tam Black 2015
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Guiding Thought

We are responsible! We are able to respond with and through conscious awareness of our inner-centered, silent knowingness, moment by moment. Anchored in the inner harmony, we face our own thoughts and actions with courage.

Reflection

Why do I need courage to face my own thoughts and actions, especially if I am anchored in inner harmony?

Ahh. I see it now. It has to do with responsibility. (duh!).

Responsibility itself takes courage. There is a part of A Course in Miracles that talks about how poorly we have been taught (because of where we have placed our faith and reliance), and how poorly we have thus created. Creating poorly means creating from fear, from separation–which means that as we create situations out of fear and separation, we experience fear and separation. We must unlearn how we have taught ourselves, and shift our faith and reliance from ourselves to the Holy Spirit, so that we create from Love and Oneness.

This is a learning process. It’s not like we can just wake up one day and say, “OK, I’m going to create 100% from Love today”. (Maybe some people can do this, but so far, not me, and believe me, I’ve been working on it.) And then, even when we begin to create from Love, there are still effects from past fear-creations that may come up in our experience. So, the process is two-fold: Create NOW from Love; transmute effects of the past through Love. I suppose in a way, these are both the same thing, because NOW is the only operative time-frame.

What this asks us to do, though, is to be responsible for everything we encounter, whether it’s the effect of a past mistake, or a pure-in-the-moment creation. We must respond to everything with and through conscious awareness, and Love.

Dealing with past mis-creations in the moment especially requires attention and strength–be vigilant! It’s like pouring water through a pipe that is all gunked up on the inside. The more pressure you use, the faster the gunk washes away. The more frequently you respond with Love, the more you will be creating from Love. The faster and more frequently you can respond with Love–especially in a situation that is fear-based–the faster and more frequently you will experience the effects of your Love.

However, if you try to wash the gunk away using just a trickle, it will not move out and through the pipe very fast. If you spend 5% of your time thinking Loving thoughts, creating from Love, the return will be only 5%. If you continually respond to fear-based situations with fear, your trickle has turned to a drip.

I know, I know, I get it. Responding to fear with Love is one of the hardest things to be aware of, and to accomplish. When someone is accusing you of something that you didn’t do…when someone is hostile toward you…when, from nowhere, someone flings a psychic attack of guilt or not-good-enough or unworthy…FIRST you must get to the point where you can recognize the falsehood: You are an amazing beautiful being, fully Loved, fully worthy, innocent of ALL transgressions, no matter what “they” say. You are worthy and deserving of every good thing, all beauty, all abundance, and all kindness. Don’t let anyone ever tell you or try to convince you otherwise–Reject their falsehoods! Let no one tell you lies about yourself!

When you can recognize your worth, your beauty, and your strength, in the face of someone else’s hostility, you have become conscious of your anchor of inner harmony. Hold that space. Stand strong in that space. If that is all you can do, when faced with hostility, it’s enough. Don’t give in to fear; keep fear at bay. That’s enough.

But keep getting stronger. Keep working. Because as you do, you will not just stand, you will speak and act with Love and compassion, even in the face of fear, hostility, or attacks.

That is courage…and how responsibility leads to it.

Releasing boundaries: Journey of Courage 2017 – Day 25

Your vision will become clear only when you look into your own heart.

Who looks outside dreams. Who looks inside awakens. – Carl Jung

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Copyright Tam Black 2015
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Guiding Thought

We are ready and willing, here and now, to be courageous. We release our minds’ ideas of security, of “right” and of “wrong”. We allow our personality to dissolve and to become One with the Love that Is, everywhere. All false boundaries evaporate like mist in the sun as we devote ourselves to the Oneness of Love.

Reflection

I read the Jung quote before I began this morning, and I thought, “Ah! This is a perfect accompaniment. It asks people to look into their hearts, and it promotes looking within to awaken. Perfect!”

Then I read the Guiding Thought and felt all confused: “Ohhhh yeah. Even the distinction between inner and outer (just like us-them or self-other) is a boundary that can be dissolved in the Oneness of Love”.

So I applied the Guiding Thought to the Jung quote.

Who looks outside dreams. Who looks inside awakens. This is presented as two options. Either a person can look outside or inside, each perspective producing a different effect–dreaming or awakening.

When I read the Guiding Thought, I recognized that my initial reaction to the Jung quote created false boundaries. I found myself totally on board with looking within and awakening, and rejecting looking outside and dreaming. I have long been a fan of the edict “Know Thyself”, so of course! I would choose looking within as opposed to looking without. I also have a strong desire to awaken rather than to dream, so of course! I doubly choose looking within. And besides, “dreaming” implies a bit of “lack of attaining”, doesn’t it? Who want to identify or associate with a quality that is so insubstantial?

What if the distinction between inner and outer is a false, because there are no actual boundaries? What if thinking that “looking within is ‘right'” and “looking without is ‘wrong'” is simply a misunderstanding, and when I release my mind’s ideas of inner-outer/awake-dreaming I’ll simply experience Oneness?

What if there really is only Oneness?

Then, there would be no distinction between “inner” or “outer”. I could look anywhere and find myself; I would awaken to myself everywhere.

If that is the case, then what really distinguishes between awaking and dreaming? Nothing. It too, would be the same–a different experience of the same phenomenon.

Your vision will become clear only when you look into your own heart. Yes. But “your own heart” is also everyone’s heart (MYOUR)–the further we can get from thinking in terms of mine-yours-ours, the closer we get to the experience of Oneness.

This is why we must be ready and willing, here and now, to be courageous. Courage is a quality of the heart, but the heart knows no limits; it takes courage to release the ideas that “I am I” and “that is not I” and embrace the fullness of what unites us–the Oneness of Love.