“Too” –Journey of Courage 02.09.02

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.

Contemplation / Reflection

When I attempt to attune my mind to the Oneness that is all life, I hear my outer voice saying I am too – too tired, too selfish, too separate, too individual, too self-centered, too lazy, too insignificant, too unpracticed, too undisciplined.  When I momentarily glimpse this attunement, I am not too much of anything.  I am whole, how can that be TOO anything.  When I have the courage to be not too, I can see that you, too, are whole!  I imagine you, anyone, has their own list of TOO. If I can see past my judgments of myself, if I have the courage to do that, I’m perhaps less likely to be judging you. May we all be blessed with the vision to see our wholeness, our oneness, and therefore the wholeness and oneness of each other.  NAMASTE.

Guest Contributor Mary Wallace

 

 

 

Journey of Courage is now available as a free book.
You no longer need to wait for the Guiding Thoughts to be posted here daily–you may move at your own pace. This link will take you to the document in Dropbox; you may download it from there.

Become a Guest Contributor
If you think you might possibly like to be a guest contributor at some point for a future Journey (taking your next courageous step!), as Mary is doing now, please email me: susan@withpearls.com. We can talk. Smooth. Easy. No pressure. Just take that step and we’ll see how it goes from there.

Get your feet wet:
Susanwithpearls has a new playspace. There is a whole ‘nother Journey of Courage happening here: https://journeys.withpearls.com/?affiliateId=bae2-0acc&discountId=172f-8ff7
This is new and different, so anything goes at this point. It would be a good time/place to test your own waters. Come in anonymously. Post a few days to the community. See how it feels. It is free, but you will have to sign up to access it.

 

 

 

Embracing and Letting Go –Journey of Courage 02.09.01

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.

Contemplation / Reflection

To embrace All of Life and to understand it as me, I must invoke the courage to embrace the parts of life that I don’t necessarily “like”. I must accept that “liking” is  my own personal filter and perhaps that filter requires a good cleaning from time-to-time that I may see this Life, these people, this set of circumstances, from a higher perspective.  I must acknowledge that the labels I assign to situations and personalities within my daily experience inhibit my ability to allow my inner, Divine self from shining through. Through my foggy filters, I miss Life’s “embracing me gently and joyfully”.  I have a poster in my room that states: “today is a good day to have a good day”. When I allow, or invite Life to embrace me gently and joyfully, I am more capable of making it a good day, of seeing the “good” in everything and returning the joy and gentleness that Life offers. That person, this set of circumstances, they just ARE. If I have the courage to willingly embrace them, perhaps I can love them as they are, an accurate reflection of me. Discarding MY labels for them I can also more joyfully embrace my Self.

Guest Contributor Mary Wallace

 

 

 

Journey of Courage is now available as a free book.
You no longer need to wait for the Guiding Thoughts to be posted here daily–you may move at your own pace. This link will take you to the document in Dropbox; you may download it from there.

Become a Guest Contributor
If you think you might possibly like to be a guest contributor at some point for a future Journey (taking your next courageous step!), as Mary is doing now, please email me: susan@withpearls.com. We can talk. Smooth. Easy. No pressure. Just take that step and we’ll see how it goes from there.

 

Commitment and Dedication –Journey of Courage 02.09.0

COMMITMENT

I am committed to exploring the fears within that may arise in the course of this Journey of Courage, to contemplate those fears and to call upon my higher, Divine Self to better understand, accept and transform those fears. I am committed to reading the Guiding Thought each day for the next 40 days. On those days when I may be traveling or away from home, I commit to engaging with the Guiding Thought in advance, or while away, in order to provide a public response to that Guiding Thought on a daily basis.  I will read the Thought, reflect on it, and record the thoughts and reflections that arise on a daily basis.

DEDICATION

I dedicate any merit that may arise from my contemplation of the daily Guiding Thoughts to the highest good of ALL BEINGS, myself included.

And so it is.

Guest Contributor Mary Wallace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why? –Journey of Courage 02.09.00

COURAGE –

1:  “the ability to do something that frightens one”, or

2:  “strength in the face of pain or grief”.

There seems, in the first definition, to be some level of choice. I can be afraid of something and do it anyway.  I had a fear of heights, so I CHOSE to stand on top of a telephone pole (with a life line), to ride in a hot air balloon and a glider plane.  My fear of heights dissipated significantly.

In the second definition, pain and grief are components of life that present themselves often unexpectedly.  In these cases, at least in my life, courage becomes a requirement.  We MUST demonstrate it outwardly, whether we feel it internally or not.  I worked for an airline that dropped a plane out of the sky. Pain and grief? In abundance.  Courage? A necessity.  I received the unanticipated diagnosis of breast cancer.  Pain and grief?  Absolutely. Courage? Very little choice.

So I sit and wonder about courage.  Is it something that shines through simply because, without it we wither? Can I demonstrate courage outwardly and be trembling in fear internally? Is courage something we can cultivate?  Can we build it now, so we’re prepared when we need it? Perhaps this 40-day Journey of Courage will help clarify this issue.  What are my fears today? What courage will be needed to face them?  How will I muster/find/cultivate that courage? Do I already embody it? Will it come from emulating my role models?  Perhaps these questions, too, will be answered through this Journey of Courage.

Introducing…!

Hello Everyone!

Today begins Journey of Courage, the second Journey for 2019. I am very thankful you are here!

For the first time ever, there will be a new voice guiding you through the Journey. I’d like to introduce you to Mary Wallace:

Mary Wallace  – who is she? She is a wife (39 years married to Steve) and living in the Seattle area. She is a mother (son Mark is 48 and living in Colorado).  Among other things, she has been employed in medical research, financial planning, airline management, clowning and hospice comfort therapy. Today she is none of these things. She is a massage therapist currently looking to muster the courage to redefine herself yet again and wondering how many lifetimes she can live in a single life-line. Today she simply is.

This is Mary’s next step of courage! She has not before done a public Journey, so I ask you all to support and encourage Mary, as she takes her steps. Thank you, Mary!

Also, for the first time ever, I’m providing the Guiding Thoughts in advance, so that you may follow along at your own pace. Please view/download the PDF here.

Now, we begin! Let’s go get us some courage 🙂

Peace,
Sus

Announcements and Prep for Next Journey, with Free Booklet now available

Hello everyone.

Journey of Courage begins in two days! There are exciting things (for me, anyway) going on over here–with some exciting opportunities for you, too.

First: There will be a new voice for you to enjoy. I’ll do an official introduction soon, but for now know this… It will not be susanwithpearls doing the Journey of Courage! And it will be someone devoted to personal and spiritual growth with lots of experience breaking through inner barriers. I am excited!

Second: Susanwithpearls will still be doing a Journey. If you enjoy my voice that much, you may join me via this link: https://journeys.withpearls.com/?affiliateId=bae2-0acc&discountId=172f-8ff7 it is free, but you will have to sign up to access it.

Third: both of these steps are the beginning of my own personal Journey of Courage. If you would like to witness me fumbling through the next step of my Journey, I encourage you to come along. I can imagine it will be entertaining, because I am really getting myself deep into some uncharted territory.

Finally: I am- for the first time ever- making the Guiding Thoughts available in advance, as a booklet. You no longer need to wait for me to post the Guiding Thoughts–you may move at your own pace. As always, I am here for you, if you need/want encouragement or support…or a kick in the arse. This link will take you to the document in Dropbox; you may download it from there.

Peace and Love,

Susanwithpearls

I Am Looking for/Finding You.

I am ready for my next step. This means that someone out there–or several someones out there–are ready for their next step. If this resonates immediately with you, you may be someone I am looking for. If it does not resonate immediately, keep reading and see how this feels…

I planted the seed for my next step in November of 2017. I have been building a platform for people to work with me directly on their own Journeys. In other words, I would act as a guide for others who are interested in their own spiritual growth/ascension. I’ve been building this platform, working out the kinks, thinking about it… then more thinking about it… then more thinking about it.

It’s a big step, and a bit scary.

No, not just a bit scary…it’s terrifying. I can feel the trepidation swell in my chest as I write. But I must take the next step. I must act.

So here’s what I am looking for, there are two options:

  1. I am looking for 1 to 10 people who would like to do a 40 day Journey, with me as their guide. You would be both a willing test subject, as well as a member of my “development team”. We would work out the details together, but I’m thinking you would receive written input and encouragement, with a few phone calls for processing. Check out the platform here, and if you are interested in Journeying with me as your guide, email me susan@withpearls.com, and I will give you free access. The next Journey is Courage, and it begins on Feb. 24. If that is too soon, or you want to do a different Journey, email me and we’ll work something out.
  2. One person who would like to do a “public” Journey on this site. If you have been reading this blog, you know the deal: one post per day based on your process with the Guiding Thought (plus the Whyplus the commitment/dedication).  You would be the lead writer, as a guest on this blog for the Journey. Your voice would be heard, your Journey would be “out there” for other people to follow and learn from; you would take a step into a new role, if you have only ever done the Journeys privately. I would be with you daily, for support and encouragement, and we could phone call to help you process, if you feel like you’d like that. If you are interested, email me susan@withpearls.com. The next Journey is Courage, and it begins on Feb. 24. If that is too soon, or you want to do a different Journey, email me and we’ll work something out.

Both of these would be huge for me. If they feel huge to you, perfect! We will be in this together. That’s how this “works”…we may be at different places, but energetically, we are working out similar things. If this feels right to you, email me.

Much love and peace.

Big Decision –Gratitude 2.8.?

Last night I came to a decision. Since I missed two more days of Journey of Gratitude over the weekend, I am going to call it a wrap with Journey of Gratitude, at day 35–the last day published.

This is the first time in six years that I have not completed a Journey on time, much less, simply not completed the Journey. It was a big decision, which I do not take lightly. After all, I made a commitment on January 5th, 2019 to complete this Journey.

It’s also a big decision to intentionally decide not to keep a commitment, no matter how small or big. I wonder about the energetic repercussions. I wonder about what this means.

And, yet, I am not dwelling on it. I am forgiving myself and moving on. This is the best decision; I know it in my heart, even if my mind wants to make a big deal about it.

To satisfy my mind, however, I did think about the reasons, which I would like to share with you.

  1. I was consistently inconsistent.  Clearly I struggled with maintaining my daily practice with Journey of Gratitude, not just once, but several times, and not during one particular round. I missed days 5, 13 (which I did, but just realized I never published it), 15, 16, 18, 21… etc.  Some days I tried to “make up” the following day, other times, I just let skipped the day. This reminds me of the saying, “Moderation in all things, even moderation”. This is saying, it’s ok to be a little bit radical once in a while, as long as moderation is the norm. So, maybe it’s ok to be inconsistent in some things, as long as consistency is the norm (did I mention this is the first time I’ve not completed a Journey in six years?).
  2. The struggle became more harmful than beneficial. Sometimes struggle is motivating. Sometimes struggle is a catalyst to push through something, to come out on a new level, a new plane, a new perspective. Sometimes struggle strengthens me. That wasn’t what was happening. I have pushed through enough, been motivated by struggle enough, dug into my crap enough that I know the difference. I felt demotivated and weakened. There was no point where I felt like I had gained ground, there was no break.
  3. I am happy with what I did accomplish. For the first 21 days, I limited myself to writing on one index card. For those 21 days, I had to feel more deeply to distill the feeling into words. This was intense work. I give myself credit for that. I’ve also been happy with the insights that I have had not only during those first 21 days, but since then.
  4. I feel like I have arrived at a new place. I cannot quite put my finger in it, but in the past 14 days, I feel like I have received/given a stronger call to action. Something has shifted, and it’s time for something new. Are you ready? Here it is:

I am ready for my next step. This means that someone out there–or several someones out there–are ready for their next step. If this resonates immediately with you, you may be someone I am looking for. If it does not resonate immediately, keep reading and see how it feels…

My next step began in November of 2017. I have been building a platform for people to work with me directly on their own Journeys. In other words, I would act as a guide for others who are interested in their own spiritual growth/ascension. I’ve been building this platform, working out the kinks, thinking about it… then more thinking about it… then more thinking about it.

It’s a big step, and a bit scary.

No not just a bit scary…it’s terrifying. I can feel my trepidation swell in my chest as I write.

So here’s what I am looking for, there are two options:

  1. I am looking for 1 to 10 people who would like to do a 40 day Journey, with me as their guide. You would be both guinea pig as well as a member of my “development team”. We would work out the details together, but I’m thinking you would receive written input and encouragement, with a few phone calls for processing. Check out the platform here, and if you are interested in Journeying with me as your guide, email me susan@withpearls.com, and I will give you free access. The next Journey is Courage, and it begins on Feb. 24. If that is too soon, or you want to do a different Journey, email me and we’ll work something out.
  2. One person who would like to do a “public” Journey on this site. If you have been reading this blog, you know the deal: one post per day based on your process with the Guiding Thought (plus the Whyplus the commitment/dedication).  You would be the lead writer, as a guest on this blog for the Journey. Your voice would be heard, your Journey would be “out there” for other people to follow and learn from; you would take a step into a new role, if you have only ever done the Journeys privately. I would be with you daily, for support and encouragement, and we could phone call to help you process, if you feel like you’d like that. If you are interested, email me susan@withpearls.com. The next Journey is Courage, and it begins on Feb. 24. If that is too soon, or you want to do a different Journey, email me and we’ll work something out.

Both of these would be huge for me. If they feel huge to you, perfect! We will be in this together. That’s how this “works”…we may be at different places, but energetically, we are working out similar things. If this feels right to you, email me.

Much love and peace.

 

 

The Biggest Challenge –Gratitude 2.8.35

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 / Contemplation

When I identify the experiences in my life with my Self of Love, I am invoking the Principle of Love to come forth into my life.

What is this Self of Love? This is key.

Please note that it is more important to feel what this concept means for you, than to define it with words, or to read what I think about it. Please take a moment to do whatever you do that connects you with your deepest/highest Self, then continue reading.

I have worked with this idea “Self of Love” labeled in different ways.

The first label that I began with, when I was a teenager was “higher self”. Those words just made sense to me when I began exploring my spirituality. I am me, but there is part of me that has a higher perspective, which is more loving, more kind, more wise than “I” am. This higher self is accessible to me, and when I connect with it, I can experience it as me.

A second label that I have used is my “I AM Presence”. This also has just made sense to me. Coming from a Judeo-Christian background, and knowing that the name God gave to Moses was, ” I AM that I AM”, it feels like I AM connecting my little self with God, when I think about I AM. (There’s a whole lot more to this for me now, but this isn’t the time to go into it.)

A third label that I use, but mainly within these Journeys is my “Divine Presence”. This also connects my mind/heart with God, the Diving, with me–this personality living this life.

A fourth label that I am aware of, but do not use very often, is “Christ Presence”, and along these lines, also, “Krishna Presence”. Personally, I just do not connect with these labels. They don’t resonate with me.

And of course, there is “Self of Love”, which is used in today’s Guiding Thought.

As I said, the labels are less important than feeling the concept: that there is a part of you that is you that knows you better than you know yourself, and is wiser, more loving, more connected with All, more everything that is Love, than you are, but that as you, can be invoked into your being, into your life, and into your experiences, so that you can be and live as that part of you.

Whew. Ok, that was a long preface, just to say this:

There’s a situation in my life currently, in which there is so much to do, so many things to figure out, so many paths which need to converge at all of the exact appropriate times, and so many pieces/scenarios to figure out, that I (little me) cannot do it. I just can’t. I don’t have enough information, I can’t see all of the (infinitely) possible options and scenarios, I can’t work out the timing, because there’s too much involved.

So, I have been doing a lot of work with my Higher Self, my Self of Love, my I AM Presence, my Divine Presence, my Christ/Krishna Self.

Here is what I have been doing: I connect with my I AM Presence. Then, I identify my I AM Presence as the perfect fulfillment of this situation. Then I affirm, “I AM that I AM” (where “that” signifies the perfect fulfillment of this situation).

The situation is very involved; there is a lot going on and a lot to do (a lot of activity). But the biggest challenge for me is not time management, or stress of getting everything done. The biggest challenge for me is keeping my mind identified with my I AM Presence, and continuing to identify my I AM Presence as the perfect fulfillment of this situation.

I feel like this is a step in my progress, and it relates to this verse, from Malachi (3:10):

prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

Keeping my mind on the Divine Presence within, as the Source of the Perfect Outcome is how I “prove”. It is up to me to maintain my mind and heart steadfast in faith in the Divine Presence within. It’s not up to me to figure it out. It’s not up to me to think about the details and how they are all going to work together. It’s not up to me to plan (because I don’t have all the information). It is up to me to prove the Divine Presence is active in my life and affairs.

Did I mention this is a big challenge?

Every thought, word, action or feeling we express affects the whole of Creation –Gratitude 2.8.34

Guiding Thought

Through gratitude, my consciousness of Love expands, connecting me with All. Gratitude increases my awareness of unity; gratitude shows me our Wholeness. Gratitude is the bridge to knowing others as my Self. What a gift you are!

Reflection / Contemplation

I mentioned recently that I’ve been reading the Saint Germain I AM Discourses. Through this reading, I’ve been reminded repeatedly of the work done by the man who inspired these Journeys, John Randolph Price.

Though there is much in the Discourses that I find inspiring, the thought about decreeing something through the I AM Presence is the one I am currently associating with Mr. Price.

In The Abundance Book, Mr. Price is very clear that at the beginning of the 40 days, one should make a forceful declaration to end poverty consciousness, and to establish a consciousness of abundance:

On this day, I cease believing in visible money as my supply and my support, and
I view my current world of effect, as it truly is simply an out picturing of my former beliefs. I
believed in the power of money, therefore I surrendered my God-given power and authority
to an objectified belief. I believed in the possibility of lack, thus causing a separation in
consciousness from the source of my supply. I believed in mortal man and carnal conditions,
and through this faith gave man and conditions power over me. I believed in the mortal
illusion created by the collective consciousness of error thoughts, and in doing so, I have
limited the Unlimited. No More! This day I renounce my so-called humanhood and claim my
divine inheritance as a Being of God. This day I acknowledge God as my supply and my
support.

No more! No more.

I feel like this is where I’m at. No more. Let us be done with nonsense of cruelty, of pettiness, of greed, of vanity, of power over others. Let us empower each other. Let us be kind to each other. Let us meditate together on the highest possible ideas and ideals that we can in every possible moment. Let us share; let us take care of each other, the earth and all her creatures and flora.

From this day forward, let us decree that our own, individual consciousness (and thus the consciousness of Humanity), which used to be focused continually on conflict, fear, and antagonism, will flow in a new direction—toward peace, harmony, divinity and spirituality.

If you do not feel like your consciousness has these impressions, then decree this for the world consciousness, because I hope you can’t deny that you see it “out there”.

Let us decree this transformation in consciousness is manifest. Energy accumulates where we direct our attention, and the energy of consciousness causes everything to take shape.

As we meditate together today for a world free from conflict and discrimination, free from injustice and oppression,  a world filled with love, respect, and gratitude toward one another and toward all life on Earth, we join in consciousness with millions and millions of people around the world doing this work in their own way.

Let us be the wave of concentrated energy working for the transformation of Humanity’s consciousness. Let us awaken peace, harmony, and gratitude within all Human Beings.

You are probably already doing this work. Thank you for that. Thank you for being here. Thank you for being the Love Presence you are. I cannot express how grateful I am for you.

Peace.