Final Reflection (Susan), Journey of Purpose 03.02.41

Reflections on the 40 day Journey of Purpose 2/26/20 – 4/4/20

Journey of Purpose was nothing like what I thought it would be when I set out. First, in my intention, I thought the Journey would be about taking the Journeys to the next level; that is: putting them together in book form. That didn’t happen. Second, the Journey became about forgiving myself for not sticking with the first intention, and then trying to figure out what my real intention of the Journey was. It was about this time–about half way through the Journey, around March 18-19-20 that covid really came to the fore in Michigan, where I live. It was March 22 that the first shelter-in-place order was announced. At that point, the Journey became about shifting gears, figuring out what my place in the new order of things. I just kept painting my flowers. At one point, the flowers became my refuge, my shelter of relaxing and not worrying. When I mentioned this (relaxing) to my partner, the response was, “well…maybe that’s the purpose”. I could not disagree. I am not known for my relaxed state. Finally, around this same time, I received some information that put me on a brand-spankin’-new path. A new path of purpose. The next phase of my life was presented to me, and I grabbed onto it (I have not revealed what this is yet, but soon, as it is still not ready to be public). So that new path became the purpose.

I’ve never had a Journey jump around from intention-to-intention, purpose-to-purpose like this. Every Journey is new…still.

By the end of Journey of Purpose, I felt energized about going deeply within my worth (the next Journey). And that begins today.

For those of you who have followed along, I do owe you an apology. Journey of Worth did not begin on its scheduled day. These days in the stay-at-home- world, I have been allowing myself to ebb more than flow, to relax more than get things done. Delaying the start of Journey of Worth was in this bubble. I hope you understand and forgive me.

Journey of Worth…coming soon!

Final Reflection (Steve), Journey of Purpose 03.02.41

Bent HaloReflections on the 40 day Journey of Purpose 2/26/20 – 4/4/20

I certainly enjoyed this Journey of Purpose. It’s been 5 days since completing day 40 reflections. I have rested, and not thought a lot about the journey. I have felt complete. I believe I kept my commitments to the best of my abilities.

Looking back over the 40 days, there was a recurring thread of concern over the coronavirus pandemic, and its huge impact on our daily lives. Some days it seemed to get the better of me. Other days I was able to face it directly. I realized that I was committed to the journey, regardless of extenuating circumstances.

I had fun on this journey. I enjoyed the process, even when it was sometimes difficult to focus on the guiding thoughts. Regarding purpose, perhaps my journey held purposes above and beyond my understanding. My participation perhaps gave Susan some freedom to work on her writing project. I was glad to see Susan having fun with her flowers and other paintings. Perhaps one of my goals to have fun on this journey rubbed off on her a bit. These were not goals of my journey, but were perhaps unintended impacts.

I am satisfied with my participation. I wanted to explore the concept of Purpose. Not “what is my purpose.”  I realize now that all my actions may serve many purposes, many of them unknown to me. It is a call to always do my best, and not worry or be attached to outcomes. My Purpose is bigger than I know.  It may seem to be doing little by “Staying home”, that surely I could be doing more to relieve other’s suffering (self-critic). But that “staying home” is an act of love, saving perhaps thousands of lives (self-acceptance).

There is no one answer to the question “what is my Purpose?”

Express Your Self!: Journey of Purpose – 03.02.40

Guiding Thought

The world awaits my expression! I am here to align with my purpose, participate with life, and share my Self. With each moment I spend cultivating my own Loving Presence to be attuned with my Inner Divine Mind’s expression, the more I encounter the Perfect Spiritual Idea in my life activities. I choose to be aware! I choose to understand! I choose to Know! I choose Life.

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

Reflections

Steve (Meet Steve here.)

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Reflection

My purpose each moment is to be able to choose to be aware, to choose to understand, to choose to know. Each day, I start this journey with Purpose, and know it is worthwhile. I strive to be aware of my Loving Presence, to participate with life, and to share my Self as best as I am able. Each day I do my best, to live my life with meaning, joy and compassion. I do my best to love. It is enough.

I will continue to express myself, and find purpose in my daily journey, however that may look. I am a student of life, and may I continue to grow and learn and love.

 

“The river of love overflows its banks, and the lotus blooms in the heart of the devotee. ~Kabir

 

Susan

Day 40. Wow. Another Journey under my belt. I’ll probably have more to say about this during my 10-day reflection and subsequent writing, but I feel like I have learned something about doing the Journeys. “Something” as in: I can relax (see yesterday’s brief reflection). Yeah. I don’t have to be so serious or intense. Serious and intense is much of my nature, but I can also lighten up  a bit. A Journey is a Journey, and it leads…no matter where my mind is on the continuum of  “relaxed” to “intense”. (For me, the so-called opposite of relaxed is not “stressed”.  Stress implies anxiousness, or anxiety, or worried. I am rarely any of those…but I am often deeply focused, single-pointed, or concentrated–non of which produce stress for me.) I am looking foward already to Journey of Worth (will begin in 10 days!). How fun it is to watch myself change and grow and interact with myself in new and different ways.

Peace to All. Steve and I will be back in a few days with our End-of-Journey Reflections, then…Onward! with Journey of Worth!

 

 

If you are curious here’s my writing from The very first Journey of Purpose, six years ago Day 40.  

 

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Trust your Self in the Here and Now: Journey of Purpose – 03.02.39

Guiding Thought

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

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

Reflections

Steve (Meet Steve here.)

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Reflection

 

Open to the present moment. That is key to not worrying about what may be. Focus on the now, All I need is within me, at the center of my Self. When I am present, I can experience the Love and kindness within me, and can share my Self with all. As Ram Dass so famously said, “Be Here Now”.

When my mind wanders into the future, it fills with “what ifs”, most of them of the worrisome sort. Fear of the future, regrets in the past. Happiness can be there too, but true happiness is found only in the now, moment by moment. When I remember my Self, I am home, I am fulfilled, I am One. (Not a numerical one). One with Wholeness, one with the Divine Mind, one with the universe.

Sometimes this all sounds like BS to me. I wonder what that means. Perhaps it is my ego, clinging to duality, insisting on the universe being composed of “I” and “not-I”. I am me, and you are you, and never the twain shall meet. Perhaps this is my critic, saying how dare I suggest I know the One, the Divine Mind. Little ol’ me, trying to sound like I know something.  Who dares?

 

 

WHO DARES?

Mother Earth groans and groans

Cement and Pavement weighing down

Acres covered weighing down

Mother Earth shrugs

Crack appears

Seedling Grows

A touch of Green

A growing thing

A weed pushes up – how dare it?

A plastic bag and Styrofoam

Float by on the wind, concrete toppings

Another weed shoots up a crack

How dares it?

Something blooms beneath the sand

Breathing, growing a lone delight.

Acres of pavement, weighing down

A speck of green – growing up

How defiant!

~Sgw 06/30/12

 

Sitting on the steps outside a tavern, looking at all the pavement and cement everywhere. The only thing growing was a weed, growing through a crack. Somehow, I related to that weed, growing, stretching to the sky, despite all efforts to keep it down.

I smile, I breathe, I live!

 

Susan

This phrase struck me today, “my Self Knows, and orders my life for my perfect fulfillment”.

This morning, my partner brought to my attention that this is one of the least (if not the least) intense Journeys I’ve ever done: I’ve been relaxed, just painting, not thinking too much, enjoying.

And this is Journey of Purpose.

Maybe, just maybe, my Self Knows that what I have needed to do to fulfill my purpose is to relax, enjoy, and not think too much.

 

 

If you are curious here’s my writing from The very first Journey of Purpose, six years ago Day 39.  

 

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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.

 

Dawn’s Glow: Journey of Purpose – 03.02.38

Guiding Thought

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

I allow myself to change, to become more attuned to my Self, more aligned with my Self, and more congruent with my Highest Purpose. As I wait and watch my Highest Purpose appear in my activities as people and circumstances, I breathe, I smile, and I live.

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

Reflections

Steve (Meet Steve here.)

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Reflection

I visualize a blank slate, pure luminescence, and the sun comes up in all its glory. It’s a bright glowing orb, yellow rays reaching out. I cannot help but smile. It’s a new day, a new dawn.  A blank slate invites poetry:

SHE DAWN

The SheDawn awakes

Beauty incarnate,

Joy abounding in each breath.

None else are so beautiful as she.

She sees with the sky,

And hears with the breeze.

~sgw 1979

 

Outside, it is grey, with a promise of some later sun. As I watch and wait, we smile at the Tulip Buddha.

 

Susan

My Luminescence; my Inner Divine glow.  I am changed.

 

If you are curious here’s my writing from The very first Journey of Purpose, six years ago Day 38.  

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

One Day, We Will Die…: Journey of Purpose – 03.02.37

Guiding Thought

Of myself I am nothing, yet in union with my Inner Divine Mind, through my own Loving Presence, I am everything and have everything. As I infuse my consciousness with Knowledge of my Inner Divine Mind, my activity expresses this Union and I experience life. I breathe in this life. I smile with Joy and gratitude, and I affirm: I LIVE.

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

Reflections

Steve (Meet Steve here.)

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Reflection

One day I will die. But as Peanuts points out, on every other day I shall live. So I greet the day with gratitude, and I smile and I breathe. It is a wonderful day. As Louis Armstrong sang, “What a Wonderful World.”

I say this on a day where Mary just returned from the grocery store, wearing gloves, and wiping down every item purchased from the store. On one hand it is sad we need to do this. On the other hand, I am so thankful that we can obtain the items we need.  With Knowledge of my Inner Divine Mind, I accept the changing activities we need to do in order to survive.

I breathe. I smile, I LIVE.

 

Louis Armstrong – What a Wonderful World – Lyrics

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Louis Armstrong – What a Wonderful World

Susan

A second  tribute to Earth-Air-Water-Fire.

If you are curious here’s my writing from The very first Journey of Purpose, six years ago Day 37.  

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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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