Love is Never Painful. 04.09.01

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 myself, I come to understand life as me. Life embraces me gently and joyfully in return.

Reflection

Life is definitely a process of self-discovery. It’s not, however, feeling very gentle or joyful. It’s hard to think about embracing all of life when there are parts that feel so painful. Two thoughts come to mind. First there is Big Life and little life, just as there is Higher Mind and lower mind. These correspond respectively with Ultimate Reality and relative reality. Big Life contains little life and little life contains Big Life. It’s all One, just depends on where you’re sitting, what perspective you have.

Each contains the other; All is contained in One.

The second thought is that Love is never painful. The absence of Love is what is painful. Or, rather, the perception of the absence of Love is what is painful. But (behold the underlying truth!) Love is all there is. If love is not perceived, it produces a state that does not exist (to paraphrase ACIM).

Note on healing: healing is the release, transmutation, of the ego– the little self– that thinks it can usurp the power and presence of Love.

“Not mine, yours.” I offer my ego for transformation, Swaha!

Committment and Dedication. 04.09.0

A commitment sends the message to the universe “I am ready to do this! Bring it.” The universe says “okay”, and does. The intensity of this response from the universe is in direct proportion to the intensity of your commitment (in my experience).

Committment

I am committed to working on myself in relation to my partner, through Journey of Courage. I am committed to spiritual honesty: communicating what is appropriate in a respectful manner. I’m committed to patience and gentleness with myself, my partner, and the relationship. I am committed to feeling, and to transmuting ego into love, compassion, and kindness. To this end, I am committed to contemplating the Guiding Thought for the day for a minimum of 5 minutes and writing for a minimum of five minutes.

Dedication:

I dedicate this journey to Archangel Raphael. It is only God who heals. Mentally, emotionally, physically. God is love. Love heals. God is One. Oneness is the “solution” to separation. Separation is the root of the need for healing.

Journey of Courage, Why? 04.09.00

Of course everything changes! …In relative reality.

In relative reality there is dualism: subject-object, within-without. If the within isn’t changing, the without is and vice versa.

But relative reality is a distorted expression of Truth! It has no inherent existence. And Ultimate Reality is Oneness. Love. Equality, beyond dualism…inclusive of the relative reality.

I Am that Truth. I am Love. I am One.

The more Truth of I Am that I BE the more I experience the unchanging Oneness and Equality of Love.

Consistency is a quality of Ultimate Reality , Oneness. Inconsistency is the experience of relative reality, the ever-changing movement of the mind and its perceptions and grasping (within) and consequent experiences (without).

In the face of relative reality’s accusations and threats of so-called inconsistencies I must have the courage to face those accusations and threats… And see them for what they are … Fears of a little, lower mind of relative reality… Fears from a little, lower mind that cannot find footing in an ever-changing world of its own creation. So that in the face of relative reality I stand in Truth, the Oneness of Love, my Self, I Am.

Journey of Courage Begins Wednesday, Feb 24!

“Journey of Courage” is designed to strengthen the inner-spiritual-warrior. It is created to promote unshakable faith and trust in the Inner Divine. It is about the courage to do the right thing, and the bravery to resist illusion and falsehood. Journey of Courage lay the foundation for Freedom, Peace, and confidence for walking your spiritual path. Register here, with a 40% discount:

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These Journeys are Consciousness Journeys…What does that mean?

As human individuals, we each have a consciousness–that is, we each understand and express ourselves with and through an individual intelligence. You might call this individual intelligence the sum total of each person’s memories, experiences, emotions, perceptions, unconscious, subconscious, and super-conscious mind.

This intelligence that comes through us as individuals is, and is connected to, the total Intelligence of Life–Infinite Intelligence (All of Life, All that IS, or, as some call it–God).

Human individuals can learn to identify their individual intelligence with Infinite Intelligence.

As an individual increases their own awareness and understanding of their personal connection to Infinite Intelligence (as, for example, through these Journeys), their consciousness expands.

Individual consciousness can expand infinitely because of its Oneness with Infinite Intelligence. As human beings,  we must also learn to express  Infinite Intelligence through our thoughts, personalities, and actions. Unifying individual intelligence with Infinite Intelligence is the process of evolving consciousness.

Consciousness Journeys are a tool to assist each person’s individual consciousness to expand to Know itself as Infinite Intelligence. The more steps a person takes, the more consciously connected he or she becomes with Infinite Intelligence, the more consciously he or she can embody Infinite Intelligence in daily activities. The “level” of consciousness can be self-observed through the degree to which Infinite Intelligence is embodied and expressed: Spiritual Consciousness is lived in and through the body, in and through daily interactions and activities.

These Journeys are not to convince people to believe in any religion or spiritual path. Rather, they are intended to encourage people to explore their inner Selves, find their own answers, and share their experiences with others. I encourage you to adapt the Guiding Thoughts to suit your style, or to find your own Guiding Thoughts in poetry, scripture, or ancient wisdom. By doing the Journeys myself, a pathway of consciousness is opened for others.

Lead to Stillness. Journey of Gratitude. 04.08.23.

A new Journey begins every 8th week. The next Journey, Journey of Courage, will begin February 24, 2021. Consider joining me and others, live-in-person (via zoom), on the Journey. This is offered as a class through Evenstar Institute (INSTITUTE – Evenstar’s Chalice). I also provide classes for small pre-formed groups at special rates. Feel free to contact me with questions (about anything!): susan@withpearls.com, or call or text: 908-256-2521.

Love’s Assurance. Journey of Gratitude. 04.08.10

Guiding Thought

Love is always with me. I focus my whole Self on being entirely with Love. I tune out distractions and place my entire focus on simply being with the Love that is always with me. This is the return. This is eternal Comfort and Peace: Being with Love, as Love is with me.

Reflection

Love isn’t just always with me. Love is always me. In other words, Love and I are never separated. And if I feel like I am separated from Love, that’s on me. I’m the one who has not accepted fully myself as Love, or is unable to Know myself as Love.

I love this particular Guiding Thought. It reminds me that Love is always with me. No matter what. And when I Know that…really Know that, This is the return. Return to Love, return to Self.

And then…we begin the next round, which begins with a statement about remembering your Self. How great is that? This Guiding Thought tells me how to remember myself (knowing that Love is always with me, that Love and I are never separate), and the next one directs me more specifically to remember the Truth of who I am—Love.

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A new Journey begins every 8th week. The next Journey, Journey of Courage, will begin February 24, 2021. Consider joining me and others, live-in-person (via zoom), on the Journey. This is offered as a class through Evenstar Institute (INSTITUTE – Evenstar’s Chalice). I also provide classes for small pre-formed groups at special rates. Feel free to contact me with questions (about anything!): susan@withpearls.com, or call or text: 908-256-2521.

Thank You, Struggle 04.08.09

Guiding Thought

Gratitude makes all things new! When I am aware of my Source in Love, I see its activity everywhere. It is the Substance of Life itself! I am in the flow and create and expand with Love, in Life!

Reflection

How funny that it was yesterday that I focused on “the new”. Today, however, I am focused on how transformative gratitude can be.

This song by Alanis Morissette always reminds me that it’s the struggles in life that really push us forward: “thank you terror, thank you disillusionment, thank you frailty”. There are deep lessons in the struggle. Keep on!

Thank U, Alanis Morissette

How ’bout getting off of these antibiotics
How ’bout stopping eating when I’m full up
How ’bout them transparent dangling carrots
How ’bout that ever elusive kudo

Thank you India
Thank you terror
Thank you disillusionment
Thank you frailty
Thank you consequence
Thank you thank you silence

How ’bout me not blaming you for everything
How ’bout me enjoying the moment for once
How ’bout how good it feels to finally forgive you
How ’bout grieving it all one at a time

Thank you India
Thank you terror
Thank you disillusionment
Thank you frailty
Thank you consequence
Thank you thank you silence

The moment I let go of it
Was the moment I got more than I could handle
The moment I jumped off of it,
Was the moment I touched down

How ’bout no longer being masochistic
How ’bout remembering your divinity
How ’bout unabashedly bawling your eyes out
How ’bout not equating death with stopping Thank you India
Thank you providence
Thank you disillusionment
Thank you nothingness
Thank you clarity
Thank you thank you silence

Everything is New (almost) 04.08.08

Guiding Thought

I seek only to Love in Unity. Love is Pure in Oneness. Let me Love All including myself in Oneness, that I may Know gratitude as the result of Being Whole in Love.

Reflection

I really have forgotten how these Journeys go. You would think that after doing them for 6 years I would have this down.

Everything is new.

And this is a lesson that I have repeated over and over and over. New moment. New river. New self. New interactions. New thoughts. New relational aspects between inner and out.

Everything is new.

This is the basis for “the only constant is change”.

I am never the same person as I was even a moment ago. None of what I am seeing or experiencing is the same as a moment ago.

Except Love.

Love is the unifying constant. It is the undertone of all activity. The source and supply that weaves together the substance. When my outer experiences are chaos or disharmonious, I focus on Love. It carries me from one moment to the next.

# A new Journey begins every 8th week. The next Journey, Journey of Courage, will begin February 24, 2021. Consider joining me and others, live-in-person (via zoom), on the Journey. This is offered as a class through Evenstar Institute (INSTITUTE – Evenstar’s Chalice). I also provide classes for small pre-formed groups at special rates. Feel free to contact me with questions (about anything!): susan@withpearls.com, or call or text: 908-256-2521.

All at Once. Journey of Gratitude. 04.08.07

Guiding Thought

Life is beautiful. There is nothing other than Life. Life is within me; Life pours out from me. Everything everywhere is Life. Life is Being. I am Life. All that I am, I offer in praise and thanks to all of Life.

Reflection

“All that I am, I offer…”

In the previous post, day 6, I talk about releasing to God for transmutation: Swaha! This idea was about the little things of life: the mental/emotional disturbances that are not Love, that get in the way of Love. In yesterday’s “model” or framework, one could spend every moment in awareness and constantly release each thought, each emotion, each anything as it comes up to the mind. Swaha. The details of life, offered up, one by one.

But today’s Guiding Thought changes that. Everything that is Life (which is everything) is offered all at once: “All that I am, I offer in praise and thanks to all of Life”.

“All that I am”…this means everything. Including all those disturbances, all those ruffles, all those hinderances.

Those things, however, are not the Truth of you, but the false expressions of projection, ego, uncertainty, and separation from the Truth. Offering them means their transmutation into a higher version, a higher expression of you.

More and more, as you offer and offer, the lower self smooths out, becomes more harmonious, more at peace.

All at once.

Swaha! Journey of Gratitude. 04.08.06

Guiding Thought

When I look within and see the radiance of Love, I remember my wholeness. I am wholly loving and wholly loveable. In the purity of Love lays peace, which I share with all in gratitude.

Reflection

I am working on this “whole and wholly” thing. Love is only whole. Love is only pure. Love is only peace.

Anything else is not Love.

Any mental/emotional/psychic feeling or thought that feels disturbing is not love.

Therefore: let those go.

“Swaha” is the Sanskrit word used for releasing thoughts/emotions to God. It is sometimes translated as “Yours, not mine”.

God can only transmute lower energies when we give permission: Swaha.

Anything we give to God, God will transmute into its highest form, its highest expression. Swaha.

Let everything be released to God, for its transmutation into highest form and expression. Swaha!