Don’t Let Distractions Sway You –Journey of Freedom 02.12.17

Copyright Tam Black 2015
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Guiding Thought

Allow your physical body to experience itself fully as Light and Love. Your physical body embodies Light; you are an expanded body of Light and Sound. Move as Light, perceive as Light, behave as Light. You are everywhere—permeating, expanding, unifying, and healing. All things are possible.

Reflection / Contemplation

I’ve always (for now going on 40 years) “seen” myself as light. Even before I understood it, even before I knew it was “a thing”, I used to draw/color pictures of myself engulfed in light–mostly gold with pinks and light greens, sometimes purples and blues.

Sometimes it’s easier to be in that space of having only slight-awareness, instead of being fully aware. When I used to draw/color myself as light, the understanding I had about it was minuscule. I colored this way because it was fun, and it felt good, not because I thought it actually meant anything.

But If I become aware of myself as Light, and accept that as who I am, then I become responsible for it. Once aware I cannot go back to unawareness or ignorance. Or…I suppose I can go back, but why would I choose that? So: Once aware I become responsible for being who/what I know I am. I become responsible for maintaining my own forward-progression.

This is a big deal. If you are experiencing this, you know. It takes commitment and effort not to fall back in to old habits and illusions.

Actually being Light and Love takes no effort what so ever. Light and Love is your natural state–it is who you are in Truth. Any effort, any struggle, any slip is the effect of you believing you are something other than Light and Love.

And, you see…those “effects” are not even True, because they derive from something that is not True–a false belief about who you are. So even the “effects” serve only to keep you from understanding the Truth about yourself.

This is why the only focus to maintain forward-progression is the Truth: You are an expanded body of Light and Sound. You are Love Itself, the very nature and Source of All that IS. This is your Truth. This is your reality. Claim it. Take responsibility for it. Be It.

 

 

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Love in My World –Journey of Freedom 02.12.16

Guiding Thought

Through your physical body, bring Divine Light and Love to the physical universe. Heal unresolved issues through loving thoughts, words, and emotions, and become lighter and brighter. Bring light to all you have denied and heal your past-present-future NOW. Every day you are lighter and lighter!

Reflection / Contemplation

I am an Aquarius, and very “Aquarian” in nature–or so I’m told. That is: I prefer thinking, logic, and rationality (Air signs) to feeling, emotion, or intuition (Water signs); I prefer to think about things in universal terms rather than individual terms; I am extremely independent and do not generally even think to rely on anyone for anything; I can come across as aloof, detached, and uncaring (because I’m “always in my head”, but not because I don’t care–but you have to know me to know this). Generally speaking, I don’t like poetry (I like philosophy). I don’t like reading or hearing about people’s personal drama (I’d rather analyze it). I find the discussion of detailed steps tedious (talk to me about the big picture!).

Yet… my rising sign is Scorpio. With characteristics of deep emotion, high intuition, passion, and intensity, everything I just wrote above becomes reversed with Scorpio.

We are all walking conundrums, in my humble opinion. Each of us is the only one who can figure out the puzzle of “me”–and what an exciting puzzle it is!

Most of the time, I am in my Aquarian nature, but recently, this poem wrenched me from it:

To Love you is to daydream of you often, think of you so much, to speak of you proudly, and miss you terribly when we are apart.
To Love you is to cherish the warmth of your arms, the sweetness of your kiss, the friendliness of your smile, the loving sound in your voice, and the happiness we share…
To Love you is to never forget the adversity we have overcome, the tears we have shed, the plans we have made, the problems we have solved, and the pain of separation.
To Love you is to remember joyfully the days we made memorable, the moments that will live forever in our hearts,
The dreams we hope for, the caress and touches of love, and the exhilaration of love that fills our hearts.
To Love you is to need you, want you, hold you, and know you as no one else can.
To Love you is to realize that life without you would be no life at all.
(Author Unknown)
(See full post here)

Every line struck me so deeply. My Aquarian nature rebelled, and wanted to roll its eyes, to minimize the emotion, to give no credence to the meaning (it feels so dependent, so dramatic!). But I couldn’t do anything but agree with all of it, to feel it. Each line is so specific. It’s not about universal love. It’s not about “Love and Light”. It’s not about any of that abstract stuff that my Aquarian nature loves so much. This is so concrete, so real life.

With every line, Love became more real and more tangible to me in my world.

Because I have this. I have this kind of Love. I have this person.

I have the person who brings the universal – big L – Love into my every day life, without whom there would be no life at all.

 

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I Wonder… –Journey of Freedom 02.12.15

Copyright Tam Black 2015
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Guiding Thought

How can you live apart from God? God is indivisible. God is your Source and the Life within you. Your Oneness with All through God was established at your birth, at the creation of your being. The realization of this Truth is the foundation of your freedom.

Reflection / Contemplation

It’s interesting. People are so different. Sometimes people judge others based on looks…or lifestyle preference…or education…or work…or who they choose to partner with…or what they eat…or how they speak…or what car they drive.

I’ve been judged by all of these things, and more. Even recently.

Sometimes (not always), it seems that the people who judge the harshest are the people who also have–or perhaps claim to have–a relationship with God, people of “faith”, people surrounded by other people of the same faith.

I’ve experienced this, too–being judged most harshly by one or more people who talk about their faith in God, about in leaving “it” in His hands, about the power of prayer.

When I’ve had the opportunity to have such conversations, I empathize with nearly everything such people say about God and their relationship with Him, when they are speaking about their trust and faith, their prayer, their life in Him.

And I’ve found that in those moments, when I am hearing their trust, their faith, their love for Him, I am right there with them. I feel an affinity, I understand–at least on some level–their passion, their commitment.

I feel my Oneness with All through God.

I wonder if they do.

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Declaration of Healing –Journey of Freedom 02.12.14

Copyright Tam Black 2015
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Guiding Thought

Divine energy nourishes you, heals you, and brings God into your mind and body. Enlightenment moves you, awakens your Soul, and firmly grounds you in all you do. Your energy creates your life experiences; your being is only love and light.

Reflection / Contemplation

The word “nourish” has been a big part of my vocabulary lately, as part of a philosophy of nourish-cleanse-balance. I’ve been cohering the susanwithpearls grounding-philosophy around these three words: when the mind cleanses itself of toxic  thoughts and nourishes itself with loving/healing thoughts, the mind comes into greater balance. When the emotions are cleansed of destructive, traumatic, or petty/small feelings, and compassion, empathy, and harmony replace them, the emotions come into a state of balance, or equanimity. When the body is cleansed of waste material produced as a natural by-product of cell growth, digestion, respiration, and the immune-system destroying unwanted viruses/cells/bacteria, and the body-systems are nourished with foods that promote healthy cell-growth, the body comes to a state of balance/harmony/health.

So today, this mind-body-emotions application becomes expanded even further–into Divine energy.

It seems to me that the Divine energy application represents an “umbrella”, under which the three I mentioned above fall. There is nothing Divine energy cannot do. It can heal the body; it can heal the mind; it can heal the emotions; it can awaken your Soul.

My energy creates my life experience. I want my life experience to be the highest, most wondrous experience it can be.

Thus! over and above all, I declare: I invite, welcome, receive, and accept Divine energy into my mind-body-emotions, to balance and heal all within me which is less than Divine Perfection. I invite, welcome, receive, and accept Divine energy’s love and light as an expression of this body, this mind, these emotions. May All be love and light in my body, mind, and emotions, in my life, my world, my experience. Om Tat Sat.

 

 

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Remember: Navratri begins in the United States on Sept. 29, and goes until October 8! Every day I’ll be offering a fire ceremony to the Divine Mother, and her various aspects.

 

 

Purify Your Presence –Journey of Freedom 02.12.13

Guiding Thought

Everything is energy. Everything is energy connecting everything! A shift in energy in one place shifts energy other places. Lift your energy to the vibration of Love and Light, to God, to all that is Divine. You are responsible for your energy; choose to free it by releasing the Divine Love within you.

Reflection / Contemplation

In the early 1990’s, I learned the spiritual purification practices of Earth-Air-Water-Fire, loosely from the Vedic tradition. The teacher I learned them from had “Americanized” them, to be suitable for the fast-paced, on-the-go lifestyle of Americans–who (generally speaking) are not inclined toward spiritual practices. Here is the breakdown:

  • Earth: Exercise, nutritious food, fulfilling work, loving relationships, abundance
  • Air: Breathing, taking in Prana and oxygen.
  • Water: Bathing twice a day for at least an hour; drinking lots of clean water.
  • Fire: Sitting with an open fire or candle.

The Elements are Spiritual Building Blocks–they are the first materials created, from which all other materials were formed. Each of these has a physical as well as an energetic, or spiritual, component. All of them cleanse the energy bodies which are associated with the physical body (the auric field). Interaction with the Elements brings Spirit into the physical, and thus brings harmony, balance, and healing into the physical body.

  • Earth practices do more than exercise or move the body: they use the body to bring forth higher qualities of fulfillment, love, or abundance.
  • Air Practices cleanse the body at a cellular level, but also bring higher vibrational energies (prana) into the body.
  • Bathing cleanses the emotional body. Water flows downward, and will “wash” the energy-field from tip to toe.
  • Sitting with Fire cleanses the chakras and removes “stuck” emotions, especially anger; fire will also burn up karmic attachments. Fire burns upward and will “wash” the energy field from toe to tip.

My relationship with the elements has varied and shifted over the years, for example depending on whether or not I had a bathtub, or a space to have a fire, or the inclination to exercise. Since learning them though, I have used these practices consciously every day, to some degree.

At their core, these are all purification practices. They cleanse the body/mind/emotions of “lower” energies associated with misery, hatred, jealousy, envy–those energies that prevent people from feeling loving-kindness, compassion, generosity, cooperation.

The reason I bring this up today, is due to the last line of the Guiding Thought: You are responsible for your energy; choose to free it by releasing the Divine Love within you. I’ve been “out and about” amidst a lot of energies lately, and when I come home, I feel my personal energy has become heavy, distorted. I take a bath, and it’s gone! I am lighter again!

Imagine if everyone did one thing just one day to cleanse their energy bodies, and to remove lower energies of misery–one thing, as simple as taking a walk, taking a bath, or sitting with a fire. And in that one day, what misery, anger, or hatred could be transformed! Imagine what the world would be like if people did this consciously everyday. What would you feel like if you didn’t have to walk around with a build up of negative energies in your mind/body/emotions. And it’s not like taking a bath or sitting with a fire is difficult, you know?

The greatest gift you can give humanity is the purity of your own presence.
~Leonard Orr 

 

 

 

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Transformation through Remembrance –Journey of Freedom 02.12.12

Copyright Tam Black 2015
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Guiding Thought

Freely release patterns, habits, and thoughts that inhibit Freedom! Allow your thoughts and feelings to transform through remembrance of Freedom through Love! You were born with everything you need to be free in Love. Allow Love to lead you. Trust Love and surrender to its wisdom.

Reflection / Contemplation

Yesterday, I remembered. Today, through remembrance, I transform.

Several years ago, I wrote this:

…[m]y life is about stepping into being and expressing more of who I am– easily just being myself and sharing that for the good of all. And so as I discover myself (or discover my Self) it is up to me to figure out how to bring that discovery into the world—to express it, to share it.

Part one is the discovery. Part two the expression.

This has been one of the most difficult and ongoing lessons of my entire life. It is scary. It is vulnerable. It is powerful…

Discovery, though, uncovers something that is already there. It is not creation; it is not “manifesting” something out of thin air that you hope to be. It is something that you are, that now seeks/desires expression. Your consciousness of who you are has caught up with itself in physical reality. Or maybe physical reality has caught up with consciousness…

Either way the responsibility falls on the individual to express it. To be it. Figure out how to transform the experience of life to be congruent with a new understanding of the Self.

There are two ways to go about it: the first is expressed in the first paragraph above: act as though you are what you want to be. In doing this, you teach your consciousness to align with those qualities. But the other way is to accept, in consciousness, who you are. Just accept yourself as that which you know you are: your powerful self, your love, your infinity. Transform your mind to align with that self.  As Einstein said, “Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.”  Just choose. Be who you know you are.

The article is titled, “Transformation is Easy When You Step Into Something that IS“, and I feel like it goes hand in hand with yesterday’s reflection and today’s Guiding Thought.

The idea from yesterday is that I/you/we are ALWAYS who we ARE. We are always our Self. We are always our Self of LOVE. But the mind forgets this, and so we need to direct the mind back to remembering by inviting it to think in ways that affirm the Truth of our Self.

When we think/talk about releasing patterns, habits, and thoughts, these are constructs of the mind, which bind it to untrue ideas about who we are–ideas which inhibit Freedom (because when we are our Self, we are Free).

The idea of transformation is not about transforming your True Self. It’s about transforming your mind.

Who you are IS. You cannot be other than who you ARE. You Are your Self of Love. Always.

But you can think otherwise. And changing the thinking can require the time and effort of releasing the patterns, habits, and thoughts that get in the way, and it can require transforming untrue thoughts to True thoughts. This is the only reason it’s a “process” or a “journey”: the mind is getting in the way of your remembering–and being–who you ARE; the mind needs to be lead step by step into the Truth of YOU. You are already Infinite Love, Infinite Intelligence, Infinite Being. Infinity is a big concept for the little mind.

But this is why transformation can also be easy, and can happen “in the blink of an eye”. As soon as the mind gets it, you’re there. Because you already are there.

 

 

 

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Making My Mind Remember –Journey of Freedom 02.12.11

Copyright Tam Black 2015
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Welcome to round 2! Thank you for being here. I wish for you waterfalls of Divine Flow, beautiful insights, and Joy on the Journey! With this round, the pronouns change from “I” to “you” (see this page for detailed explanation).

Guiding Thought

Love is your natural state; in Love you remember who you truly are. Remember your holiness, your innocence, and your infinity. Love enlightens your mind and lifts your heart. Be buoyant and expansive! Be aware of your Self as Infinite Love, unbounded and free, thoroughly loving and lovable.

Reflection / Contemplation

I am in my natural state.

How can I not be?

Thus, I am in Love.

This is unchanging. I am always in my natural state.

Right?

So if this is correct–and it makes sense to me, that it is–why then do I not seem to remember who I truly am?

If I am always Love, and if in Love I remember who I truly am…why don’t I? Or why does it seem as though I don’t?

Or do I? Then, if I do, this–who I am right here right now– is me being myself remembering Love.

Either I am or I’m not. There really isn’t another option, right?

If I am, then I am as I am in my natural state, in Love. And I am pretty sure I am.

Why does there feel like there is a disconnect then, between being and remembering?

If I am all the time, then I am even when I forget.

If I forget who I am, I am still who I am, even though I’ve forgotten.

So what do I do, when I’ve forgotten? I tell myself–I direct my mind— to remember.

If my mind has forgotten, it’s up to me to bring it back to remembering.

How do I do that?

I invite myself to be my Self, by reminding myself of who I AM. And since I am only inviting the Truth, how can I deny that invitation?

How do I do that?

Well, I am directing my mind, right? So I just think. I think what I want my mind to think, which is:

Love enlightens your mind and lifts your heart.
Be buoyant and expansive!
Be aware of your Self as Infinite Love, unbounded and free, thoroughly loving and lovable.

And you know what happens?

I feel Love flow through me.
I am buoyant and expansive
My mind is now aware of my SELF–of who I am!
I remember.

 

Journey of Freedom (August 11 – October 01) 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.

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