Feeling the Essence: Journey of Peace 2017– Day 14

Copyright Tam Black 2017
for susanwithpearls

Guiding Thought

You are fulfilled! You are filled to the utmost capacity! You embody All that Is. You are beyond complete! Accept and receive the beautiful gift of Life, and Know the perfection of the Love You Are. In gratitude, share this Love with All that Is.


I had to really think about who it was saying these words to me. I thought it might be my guardian angel…but that didn’t feel right; I thought it might be a different angel, but that didn’t feel right; I thought it might be any number of the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, or Beings of Light I speak with fairly regularly, but none of those felt right. Finally, I understood it to be what is known as the higher self, the Soul, or the I AM Presence–whatever you call it, it is that part of you that connects you with God, with All that Is, with All of Life. It’s the part who knows your deepest, truest, highest, Love Self. It’s the part of you which mediates between your “me” personality and your Love-Oneness. It’s that part of me that Knows that part of you, the Divinity within.

I found it was a lot easier to hear (as in receive and accept) the words when I understood that the One saying the words to me knew what It was talking about. I trusted the truth of the words, because I trusted the source.

That’s the point of shifting perspective in this round: when you receive the words from a source you trust, it’s less likely you’ll reject them; if you are the one giving the words (i.e., you are the “teacher”), then you become the trusted source–and you would have to trust yourself then, wouldn’t you?

I felt confident being told You are fulfilled! You are filled to the utmost capacity! You embody All that Is. You are beyond complete!, though I did not feel it.

I’d like to pause a moment and talk about that feeling it thing.

I’ve been understanding the role of feeling it more and more. I’ve been understanding why feeling it is so important.

As a species, humanity is moving into this feeling it part of our nature. This is why you are seeing so much in the culture about the flow, about mindfulness, about “the power of now”. These things all contribute to our ability to feel itFeeling it is more than intuition, it’s more than a “gut feeling”, it’s more than flow, it’s more than awareness/mindfullness. Feeling it is the instantaneous understanding of the essence behind the words. The essence is Oneness. Feeling it is direct communication with the part of you that connects you to All, and receiving a snapshot of insight into a sliver of Everything. For a moment, you just know, and you just know that you just know. But it’s not an intellectual knowing, it’s a feeling knowing. You just know. The more of these experiences you have, the more you trust them.

When I read the Guiding Thought–and hopefully when you do, too–I approach it from two levels: my mind/intellect and my essence. I use my mind to think about the meaning and application of the words, for example I ask things like, “what is the definition of ‘complete'”? “When have I been fulfilled in practical ways”? “What can I do right now to ‘accept and receive the gift of Life'”? In other words, I engage my brain and give it a platform for contributing to the conversation. Granted, in doing so, I give it an opportunity to object, to be obstinate, to contradict me, to argue, to throw a tantrum (sometimes it does!). And that’s ok. I want to hear my own objections. I want to know where I reject the Guiding Thought: those are the places that need help understanding, and eventually moving to a new (“higher”) place.

The second level is seeking the essence. I often use the words “beyond the words” or “behind the words” to describe what I mean by essence. Just today, I came across this from the Kena Upanishad (1:6): What the mind cannot comprehend, but what constitutes the mind, know that alone to be God. What speech (or words) cannot reveal, but what reveals the speech, know that alone to be God.

More and more, I’ve been working on retaining in my thoughts, “All this is God”. If you believe in God, you probably have somewhere in your background an understanding that “God is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent”. “All this is God” sums that up for me. Everything I see, think, smell, touch, taste, hear, feel, remember, know, believe….everything is God. God is the essence of All.

The essence beyond or behind the words is God; God is what is being revealed in every moment, in every word. It’s up to us to seek the revelation, to seek the essence. God is everywhere.

There is a part of you that knows itself as that expression of the Divine. If you begin to listen to that part of you, the part of you that connects you with your own essence, and the essence of All, there is a shift in how you understand every person, every interaction, and every thing. You begin to feel that connection; you begin to experience Oneness, and the Love that is the essence of All.




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