What a beautiful day! : Journey of Purpose – 03.02.34

 

Guiding Thought

My Inner Divine Mind is always expressing Itself in all ways through my own Loving Presence. This is Its True Nature, thus this is my True Nature. I turn to my Inner Divine Mind as the Source of my happiness, my purpose, and my fulfillment. I allow it to flow through my own Loving Presence and appear as all my activity, as every visible form and experience I desire.

The Guiding Thoughts audio for this Journey may be found here.

Reflections

Steve (Meet Steve here.)

Bent Halo

Reflection

Life is always a work in process. So I offer an expression of my True Nature, coming through my Loving Presence. The painting itself is currently a work in process. Guardian angels have always been meaningful to me.

Daily prayer

Guardian Angels,

Thank you for watching over us

And keeping us safe and healthy and happy.

May everything I think say and do today

Be for the benefit of all sentient beings.

Susan

I call this one “amoeba flower” LOL. It felt very apropos with today’s Guiding Thought:  “My Inner Divine Mind is always expressing Itself in all ways”…because I sure don’t feel like I did this “flower”. It’s just not “my” style, you know?

Today is the 7th day of Navratri, a celebration of the Divine Mother in all Her forms. Yes, I celebrate Navratri. Although this is a tradition given to the world from India, I take the “in all Her forms” part very seriously. Yes, I do celebrate Durga, Lakshmi, Kali, Saraswati, even Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kaalratri, Mahagauri and Siddhidhatri (at least when I can remember which day is important to whom).  But today, I went a different direction for the Mother’s form I celebrated. Today was Mother Earth Day in my household. It’s a cold, rainy day, and yet I was in the yard, raking leaves, cleaning, setting up bird baths, and transplanting flowers– Thanking the Mother for her beauty, for her gifts, for her support and nurturing. What a beautiful day!

 

If you are curious here’s my writing from The very first Journey of Purpose, six years ago Day 33.  

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Practice by Doing: Journey of Purpose – 03.02.33

 

Guiding Thought

I am now fully conscious of my own Loving Presence, which seeks expression through me. My own Loving Presence Knows my heart and Knows my happiness. It Knows how to fulfill my heart and bring me joy by placing me in right situations, with right people, at right times, where I may fully express my purpose. I submit my mind and heart, all my thoughts, words, actions to my own Loving Presence to be lifted to Its vision and plan for my life.

The Guiding Thoughts audio for this Journey may be found here.

Reflections

Steve (Meet Steve here.)

Bent Halo

Reflection

I am always in the right place at the right time to perfectly experience this journey. In many ways, this journey of Purpose is a journey of my Heart. I find joy within my Loving Presence. It is the Source of my happiness, a bright and glowing light of the sun with in me.

What is my purpose, where does my path lead me? I do not know the destination, but I find beauty as I walk on this path of exploration. My plan unfolds one step at a time. It is not for me to know the future, but only to fully experience the present, moment by moment. I will experience joy and happiness, and have fun along the way. I will find many friends, who share this path of Life with me. I abide in my Loving Presence, and open my heart to Its vision and Love.

Meadow with wildflowers along dirt road

Susan

Before you continue, I’d like you to just take 90 seconds to watch this clip–See how quickly she paints the leaves!!:

Do you see what I mean? Painting those leaves is nothing to her. She knows exactly how much paint, exactly what angle, exactly how much rotation of the brush and how much pressure. She is not even thinking about it! 

Whereas, for me, everything about painting flowers is meticulous and near-tedious. I do not even know where to begin painting leaves like she does.

But she has a technique that she knows how to do, and has done it over and over so that it has become thoughtless, mindless…and perfect.

This is how I want to perfect the Divine I am: That I am so One with the Divine that It is expressing through me without me thinking about it, without effort, so naturally, and so that it comes out perfect.

Unlike leaves and flowers, I don’t think there is any 5 minute video to demonstrate the technique to being naturally, easily, effortlessly at One With the Divine. Just so, it takes practice to perfect, and the only way to practice is by doing.

If you are curious here’s my writing from The very first Journey of Purpose, six years ago Day 33.  

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Blossoming: Journey of Purpose – 03.02.32

 

Guiding Thought

My own Loving Presence is my Self. I turn my attention inward and become aware of my own Loving Presence. With my focused awareness, my own Loving Presence fills me, grows brighter, and grows warmer. I claim myself with these words:

I AM my own Loving Presence. My loving Presence is the Self of myself. I love my Self!

I want to give my Self everything it desires-and my Self wants the same for me. What do I desire, but total Peace, Freedom, Love and Harmony? These are the infinite and eternal qualities of my Self! I am now aware of the inner activity of my own Loving Presence and I invite It to express Itself through me and externalize in my life as circumstances, people, forms, and events that fulfill my desires.

The Guiding Thoughts audio for this Journey may be found here.

Reflections

Steve (Meet Steve here.)

Bent Halo

Reflection

These eternal qualities lie within me. They are not outside of me. I need not look anywhere else, but within my Loving Presence, the Self of myself.

Dwell, Oh Mind, Within Yourself

Dwell, Oh Mind, within yourself;

Enter no other’s home.

If you but seek there, you will find

All you are searching for.

 

God, the true Philosopher’s Stone

Who answers every prayer,

Lies hidden within your heart,

The richest gem of all.

 

How many pearls and precious stones

Are scattered all about

The outer court that lies before

The chamber of your heart!

 ~ A Song of Sri Ramakrishna

 

Susan

Flowers again.

My Purpose is becoming more refined. My Self knew that for this Journey the best way to connect with my Purpose was through my heart/right brain (painting, not “thinking and writing”). I cannot say or speak my Purpose yet; language would still (at this point) get in the way. But I am feeling nuances and newness to my Purpose. Imagine being in a room you are familiar with in the daylight, and now it’s pitch black, so you are feeling your way around, picking things up, running your hands down/around objects, finding new textures and weights–new dimensions beyond sight. That’s sort of what I’m experiencing relating to a blossoming of understanding of my Purpose. (“blossoming”… and flowers…get it? my Self also has been leaving me clues and insights right out in the open!)

If you are curious here’s my writing from The very first Journey of Purpose, six years ago Day 31.  

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Owning Up: Journey of Purpose – 03.02.31

You’ve made it to Round 4, congratulations!

We are back to using “I” as the subject of the Guiding Thoughts. If you are new to the Journeys, please see this page for information about how the rounds change.

Guiding Thought

There is a Perfect Spiritual Idea of Perfect Fulfillment. My Inner Divine Presence Knows every form, experience, situation, event, circumstance, condition, relationship, and sequence that fulfills my desires. When I am diligent about maintaining my focus of desire on the loving benefit and fulfillment of all sentient beings, Divine Substance – which is the source of Spiritual Idea’s manifestation-flows through me and externalizes in my experience. Divine Presence appears as the perfect fulfillment of every single form, experience, situation, event, circumstance, condition, relationship, and sequence that I could possibly desire.

The Guiding Thoughts audio for this Journey may be found here.

Reflections

Steve (Meet Steve here.)

Bent Halo

Reflection

The key here is wishing happiness for others. When my desires are focused on others, the Divine Spirit flows through me, and all desires are fulfilled. When I focus only on my selfish desires, nothing is satisfied. My desires are endless, and satisfaction is fleeting.

It is easy to put this in 3rd person perspective, more challenging when I own the statements, when I say what “I” want. I started to say “when our desires are focused on others”.  It’s harder to say “when my desires are focused on others. It’s about owning up to the truth of this for me.

It’s easier for me to preach with “you” statements. It’s easier for me to hide out in “We” statements.  There’s nowhere to hide when I claim this as “I”. This is some of what I’ve learned from going through the 4 rounds of guiding thoughts. I noticed I have a tendency to use “our” statements. I think at some level that is me not taking ownership of my statements.

I recognize the importance of the “You” and “We” rounds. It takes a shift of consciousness to reflect on the guiding thoughts from those perspectives. It is just as important for me to take ownership of my statements in the “I” rounds.  This is not about being selfish. It’s about being responsible for my reflections, to state the truth as it is for me. Sometimes, for me, this is easier said than done.

 

Susan

Inspired by yesterday…and a friend who said, “It looks like a brain”. I see something other than a brain, even though that is what I was intending to paint. I won’t tell you what I see, so you can have your own experience…

 

If you are curious here’s my writing from The very first Journey of Purpose, six years ago Day 31.  

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Focus: Creative Expression: Journey of Purpose – 03.02.30

Guiding Thought

The world awaits our expression! We are here to align with our purpose, participate with Life, and share our Self. With each moment spent cultivating our own Loving Presence to be attuned with our Inner Divine Mind’s expression the more we encounter the Perfect Spiritual Idea in our life activities. We choose to be aware! We choose to understand! We choose to know! We choose Life!

The Guiding Thoughts audio for this Journey may be found here.

Reflections

Steve (Meet Steve here.)

Bent Halo

Reflection

Focus. With shelter in place being enforced here, we have little excuse to go out into the world. It is an opportunity to focus on our spiritual activities, to reach out and connect with our friends and family, to share our concerns and well-being with each other. There is little excuse to say we don’t have the time.

It is an opportunity to examine our beliefs, our purpose, what can we contribute to others around us. What is important at this time?

On the fun side, it’s an opportunity to try new recipes, to tackle that new art project, to read that book that’s been on the shelf forever.

Focus. Take the time to communicate with our dear friends and family. Take the time to reflect on why we cherish these relationships, and what they mean to us. To look deep inside, to honor our love and friendships.

We cherish Life!

 

Susan

Not sure what I was thinking with these… though…recently I have been so pleased with myself that I am taking so much time, daily or near-daily, to paint–to express creatively. whether my works are “good” or bad” don’t matter to me at all. I sit here, and tap into my creative expression. wow.

 

If you are curious here’s my writing from The very first Journey of Purpose, six years ago Day 30.  

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Relax -n- Love: Journey of Purpose – 03.02.29

Guiding Thought

We are. We are Love. We are kindness. We are filled full. We have all we seek, for all we seek is within us. Now we can be who we know we are. We share our Self with all and hold nothing back. We give All Love. The Fullness of our Self returns to us as every form, person, situation, circumstance, and event that renews our fullness. We need not worry or think about what may be…our Self Knows and orders our lifes for perfect fulfillment. All we need do is remember our Self… and smile, breathe, and live.

The Guiding Thoughts audio for this Journey may be found here.

Reflections

Steve (Meet Steve here.)

Bent Halo

Reflection

All we need is Love. Love is fulfilling, Love is kind.

It is one of the most popular topics in the world.

Some say love is blind.

We are finding new ways to love – today, staying home is love.

Some say:

Love – by the Plastic Ono Band, John Lennon:

“Love is real, real is love

Love is feeling, feeling love

Love is wanting to be loved

Love is touch, touch is love

Love is reaching, reaching love

Love is asking to be loved

Love is you

you and me

Love is knowing

We can be

Love is free, free is love

Love is living, living love

Love is needing to be loved.”

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7er_xx7Wmg8

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=h0m3f6O2cPs. With lyrics

I Corinthians 13:

“Love is patient and kind;

Love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude.

Love does not insist on its own way;

It is not irritable or resentful,

It does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

Hafiz – “I Heard God Laughing”

 

Keeping Watch

In the morning

When I began to awake,

It happened again-

That feeling

That You, Beloved,

Had stood over me all night

Keeping watch,

 

That feeling

That as I began to stir

 

You put Your lips on my forehead

And lit a Holy Lamp

Inside my heart.

 

Susan

It was SO relaxing to paint these today…

If you are curious here’s my writing from The very first Journey of Purpose, six years ago Day 29.  

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We smile, We Breathe, We Live and We Paint!: Journey of Purpose – 03.02.28

Guiding Thought

We erase all we think we know of our Inner Divine Mind. We are changing. We are changed. All is new. With a blank slate of pure luminescence, we simply wait, feeling our inner glow. Transformation! We want this. We invite this. We welcome this!

We allow ourselves to change, to become more attuned to our Self, more aligned with our Self, and more congruent with our Highest Purpose. As we wait and watch, our Highest Purpose appears as our activities, as people and circumstances. We breathe; we smile, and we live.

The Guiding Thoughts audio for this Journey may be found here.

Reflections

Steve (Meet Steve here.)

Bent Halo

Today I started a painting that’s been floating around in my thoughts for a while. I was inspired by a book called “Painting from the Source” by Aviva Gold. It is indeed about reconnecting with our Source, our Inner Divine Mind, and encouraging us to transform our attitude towards creative endeavors.  It is about allowing ourselves to change, to recognize that we are not born with our inner critic.

The process begins of course with a blank sheet of paper. Be with our emotions, and watching what comes up. For example, the inner critic that says painting is not a productive use of our time. That we can’t paint, that we’re no good at it. We can notice those thoughts, and say “no thanks” to the critic, and let them go. And breathe. Breathe, and let our Higher Purpose express itself through our painting.

The painting process, the letting go can be a metaphor of how we live our lives. We smile, we breathe, we live and paint!

 

Quotes from Jean Haines – “Paint Yourself Calm”

“There is far more to be gained from painting than the end result of color on paper.”

“The process of painting in a certain way with the sole intent of using color to calm ourselves can be a powerful discovery.”

 “Art isn’t an exclusive club for those who are gifted or know what they are doing.”

“Life is like a white sheet of paper waiting to be painted.”

Susan

I started with flowers…

then I decided they were butterflies.

This is kind of in sync with what I’ve been feeling…yesterday, the flowers were dancing.

Tomorrow…lavender!

If you are curious here’s my writing from The very first Journey of Purpose, six years ago Day 28.  

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Navratri Celebration (01)

A celebration of the Divine Mother in all Her forms.

Click here to download a free booklet to follow along with the Fire Ceremonies, and the prayers to the Divine Mother.

Each morning for Navratri (March 25-April 2), I will be doing a fire ceremony to honor the Divine Mother. If you would like to be specifically included in the ceremony and the blessing, please email your full name and location, adding a picture optional. contact@withpearls.com. I’ll be posting a video of each ceremony, so you may join in the energy at your convenience.

Nights of March 24 – April 1, 2020 (Days: March 25- April 2)

Navratri means “Nine Nights” This is a time when the Divine Mother makes Herself easily available and accessible to all of her children. When the children seek the Mother, she rewards and blesses them.

Days 1-3 focus on purification, cleaning out, letting go of what no longer works in your life. For the first three nights, the focus is on the aspect of the Goddess responsible for Destruction and Restoration (Kali). This is a time of purification, a time to let go of all that is not “on purpose” for your life. This relates to “cleaning out your closets”, to make way for new things.

Days 4-6 focus on preparing to receive blessings: putting your mind, your tools, your house in order. The second set of three nights are devoted to the aspect of the Divine Mother who cooperates with us to learn what we need to learn, acquire what we need to acquire, and prepare in every possible way to live a Truly Fulfilled Life (Lakshmi). This is the time of preservation and taking care of things, or “putting your house in order”.

Days 7-9 focus on gratitude and receiving the Divine Mother’s blessings. Now is the time to ask for the Divine Mother’s Blessing. The work of the first six days now grants you a boon from the Divine Mother. She rewards and blesses Her children who look to Her. The final three nights are devoted to the aspect of the Divine Mother who embodies Divine Wisdom, and all that is pure and sublime in Nature (Saraswati).  To realize Her, one must go beyond the pleasures of the senses and rejoice in the serenity of the spirit, to transcend the cravings of the flesh and to reside in the power of the mind of pure wisdom.

At Evenstar’s Chalice, each day, (following each of the nine nights), an alter will be available for your prayers and offerings, and there will be special events offered to celebrate the Mother. See: https://www.facebook.com/pg/EvenstarsChalice/events/?ref=page_internal or http://www.evenstarschalice.com/happenings.html

Gratitude and Blessing: Journey of Purpose – 03.02.27

Guiding Thought

Of ourselves we are nothing, yet in union with Inner Divine Mind, through our own Loving Presence, we are everything and have everything. As we infuse our consciousness with Knowledge of our Inner Divine Mind, our activity expresses this Union and we experience life. We breathe in this life. We smile with Joy and Gratitude, and we affirm:  WE LIVE.

The Guiding Thoughts audio for this Journey may be found here.

Reflections

Steve (Meet Steve here.)

Bent Halo

As we shelter-in-place, I am struck with gratitude for all our blessings, like a warm house, food in the pantry, fresh fruits and veggies in the fridge, money in our pocket, and someone to share with.  We have everything.

We have so much to be thankful for. It is hard not to worry about those that have lost their jobs, can’t pay the rent, or have no medical coverage.

So let us be thankful, express our gratitude, and affirm with Joy that WE LIVE. And let us pray for the wellbeing of all those who are suffering.

Every Movement

I rarely let the word “NO”

Escape from my mouth

Because it is so plain to my soul

That God has shouted “Yes! Yes! Yes!”

To every luminous movement in Existence

Hafiz “I Heard God Laughing”

Susan

This is life. Everything that we experience is life. All life is God, and of God, and in God. Every Breath is God. Every glance is God. Every moment of every thing is God.

When we experience Life as it is: God, of God, and in God, what can possibly bother us? The “trick” is to be in union with God, being everything, having everything.

And as we know ourselves in union with God, we can help and share with those who do not know, those in suffering and distress. They, too, are in God, the Life of God. Help them know it. Peace.

 

If you are curious here’s my writing from The very first Journey of Purpose, six years ago Day 26.  

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Identify as Divine Mind…Relax: Journey of Purpose – 03.02.26

Guiding Thought

Today we relax with confidence in the activity of our Inner Divine Mind. We allow it to express Its true nature of all-sufficiency and all-supply in our life and affairs. Today, our only responsibility is to protect our own Loving Presence from thoughts that block Its flow. If we feel uncertain, we remembers our Source; if we feel weak, we remember our Inner Flow; if we feel doubt, we assure ourselves of our Inner Knowing, and we are free.

The Guiding Thoughts audio for this Journey may be found here.

Reflections

Steve (Meet Steve here.)

Bent Halo

I keep coming back to the action of one-pointed attention. When we think about the past or what might happen in the future, worry sets in. It blocks our flow of our Loving Presence. One pointed attention focused on our Source, our Inner Divinity, will bring us back into Peace and Harmony. This brings us freedom.

Our thoughts are like wild horses, who want to gallivant off in all different directions. By gently reining them in, we can bring our attention back to the present, to our Source, to the Peace within us all. This is a practice that we do over and over again, as our thoughts want to stray. This practice makes us stronger, and gives us the ability to remain calm and centered in difficult times.  With our attention pointed inwards, we access the unshakable strength of our Source, or Eternal being, and realize all happiness and abundance in our lives.

May all sentient beings enjoy happiness

and the root of happiness.

May we be free from suffering

and the root of suffering.

May we not be separated from the great

happiness devoid of suffering.

May we dwell in the great equanimity free

from passion, aggression, and prejudice.

~Pema Chodron – Comfortable with Uncertainty

Susan

There does not seem to be a lot of relaxing these days. While listening to the Guiding Thought, it occurred to me that the anxiety, panic, and distress in the world shows us just how far we have collectively allowed our thoughts to stray from Divine Presence. Not only do we (humanity) not use our thoughts to connect with the Divine, we also actively allow our thoughts to take us away from the Divine.

What we are experiencing collectively is the Divine. This is evolution. This is transformation into our higher-divine selves.

We do not need to embrace it…it’s coming whether we do or not. But the experience can be more joyful, more relaxed if we identify with the activity of Divine Mind acting in us, through us, as us, all of us, together.

 

If you are curious here’s my writing from The very first Journey of Purpose, six years ago Day 26.  

Public Service Message regarding CoVid 19:

How to triage your symptoms. Please use the flow chart below to determine whether or not you should go to the hospital.

Remember: One of the big concerns right now is the potential for overwhelming hospitals and emergency personnel. There is no treatment for mild cases. Severe cases require hospitalization, with respirators. You can determine for yourself what your symptoms are, and reduce the potential overwhelm in hospitals and at doctors’ offices. Please share; in working together, we can help the people with most severe cases get the necessary treatment.

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