Only Then Do the Boundaries Dissolve — 02.13.11

Welcome to Round Two! 

Thank you for being here– for those of you Journeying on your own/with us, and for those of you just beginning. We are all on the Upward Spiral of Ascension, each taking their own steps to evolve individual and human consciousness to align with and express Divine Consciousness. These Journeys lay out a path to follow on a Journey that has no end (Divine Consciousness is Infinite and Eternal, afterall!). So…Welcome, and I am so grateful for you to be here, adding your light on the path.

In Round Two, the Guiding Thoughts shift from a focus of “I” to a focus of “you”. See this page for an extended explanation.

Also for this round, our Guest Journeyer is now Lita. Steve’s beautiful reflections will continue in the comments section, so if you enjoyed his writings, please follow up and read those. For Round Three, Mary will be the Guest Journeyer, then Steve will be back for Round Four.

And as a reminder: this is not “my” Journey, not Lita’s Journey, not Steve or Mary’s Journey. This is our Journey– all of us, together. Feel free to add your reflections with us in the comments section.


Guiding Thought

You are Love. You have infinite Love to give; therefore, You are capable to give Love infinitely. Filled with Love, your energy is vibrant. All of Life responds to your inner State of Being with mutual harmony.

Reflection
Lita

Infinite Love to Give – this is certainly a challenge during stressful times.

My first exposure to the Metta (Lovingkindness) Meditation was offered as a way to deal with a very stressful work experience. I was trying to figure out a way to heal and forgive what I perceived as underhanded and deceitful actions by co-workers. Each of us, in our own camps, was “right” and justified in our actions.

The first round or cycle of the Metta Meditation is directed towards the Self. The second round is directed towards others (personal connections). And the third round is directed to the larger community or the Universe, or all sentient beings. Well, at least, this is how I learned it.

I worked hard at extending peace, even forgiveness, to a very sticky situation. My ego, needing to be right, was extending benevolence…and working hard at it.

In retrospect, I know I leaped over that first round of the practice – the self – too soon. I am coming to know how essential it is to attend to this first step: May I dwell in the Heart. May I know my True Nature (I am Love), May I be Healed. May I be at Peace.

When I settle into a steady practice of the Metta in the first round, then I open to knowing that my true nature is Infinite Love. Then, and only then, do the boundaries (who is right religiously, politically, personally, etc.) dissolve and I am able to extend the Infinite Love, Infinite Loving Kindness to everyone and everywhere.

Mitakuye Oyasin — 02.13.10

 

Guiding Thought

Knowing the essence of All as my Self, I respect and revere All Life. I love my Self; I love All Life. I bring this Love regularly, sincerely, and thankfully to all my activities and interactions. I now Know the Peace inherent in Oneness. I Know All as my Self. I Know my Self as Love.

Reflection
Steve

The answers lay within. I wrote that down over 40 years ago. And I have spent the next 40 years looking for those answers everywhere but within. It feels like coming full circle, and I can now declare that God is within me, that all Life is within me, my True Self. I can and do love my Self. I accept myself as I am, and know that my True Self is Love, and that I can share this Love with all.

Of course, the best answers are questions. Those are the questions that come from within; who am I, what is my purpose, is there god? Some questions are unanswerable, and that’s okay. Accepting uncertainty, I can flow with life, knowing Peace from within, knowing Love as my true self.

Mitakuye Oyasin – All my relations – Lakota phrase of interconnectedness and oneness. Earthly reverence, every living thing is our relation. May I walk in Peace and Love.

The Lowliest Grasshoppers — 02.13.09

 

Guiding Thought

The purpose of Life for all beings is to experience happiness, peace, contentment, and safety, Knowing the Oneness and Immortality of the Divine Self. Such Knowledge is beyond speech, beyond thought; it is found in the depths of the heart where communion (co-union) with All is reality. I bring the unifying force within my heart to all people and experiences and thus Know myself as the happiness, peace, contentment, and safety I Am.

Reflection
Steve

Non- duality is not a thought. It is an experience of the heart. All beings want happiness, peace, contentment, safety. Even the lowliest grasshoppers of the world want to survive, to be safe. I see this everyday with our cat (his name is Red). This is a being with wants and needs so similar to mine; to be fed, to be held, to have a warm safe place to sleep.  While animals may live in a different realm than humans (according to Buddhist thoughts), in the Oneness of the Divine self, we are all connected, and want the same things. The desire for these things crosses all the realms,

When I am at Peace, it spreads to those around me. Likewise, when I am angry, it spreads to those around me, to the humans, cats, and dogs too. That is why it is so important to create and be with others who also foster their inner peace and unity with our Divine One. This does not mean it is always soft and quiet, or that we should run away to a quiet cave somewhere. It simply means that I bring my internal happiness and peace with me wherever I go.

 

You Are Safe

May you be safe, little one

In the arms of God

May you be safe, little one

In the world above

May you be safe, little one

Surrounded by Love

May you be safe, little one

Wherever you are.

~Steve G. Wallace

InterBEing — 02.13.08

 

Guiding Thought

When I lift my vibration into Peace and Harmony, all are lifted with me. With this awareness comes great responsibility: I am a Peace steward of all humanity, of all Life. Eternal Peace is my natural state. I joyfully and easily share it with all, and fulfill my Divine Purpose in the world.

Reflection
Steve

All life is connected. Our separateness is a delusion, a misperception by our limited ego self. It is said no man is an island. When others weep, I weep. When others hurt, I hurt. Thich Nhat Hahn calls this connectedness  “interbe”. In some ways, it is very much like the world wide web. Yet, I often live my life as if I were a stand alone PC, not connected to a network, unable to share with anyone else.

When I raise my vibrations of Peace and Harmony, because we are All one, my vibrations can lift others too. My prayers for the wellbeing of others Do have impact. The practice of Metta, Loving Kindness involves sending blessings of healing and Peace to those in need.  The interconnectedness of  All beings allows this practice to work.  I believe this healing work is very important, and allows us to help bring peace and harmony to all.

May I dwell in the heart, may I be free from suffering, may I be healed, may I be at Peace.

May you dwell in the heart, may you be free from suffering, may you be healed, may you be at Peace.

May all sentient beings dwell in the heart, may all beings be free from suffering, may all beings be at Peace.

Be the open heart the earth longs for — 02.13.07

 

Guiding Thought

The Peace of God is stronger than my self-constructed obstacles to it. I open my mind to Holy Communion with the Divine. Brought to union with God, obstacles crumble. Peace stands victorious. I am that Peace.

Reflection
Steve

Polish the mirror The only thing between me and the glorious light of God is the dust on my mirror. Ram Dass says we do spiritual practices not to get to other states, but to get in touch with who we already are, to clear the dust from the mirror, to come more fully into the present moment.

The sun is always shining on all of us, but I cannot see it through the clouds. That glory is always there. When faced to this light of peace, my obstacles blow away like dust in the wind.

A song by Guru Ganesha  says it well:

“May the light of a thousand suns shine upon you

 Live the Life from grace that you were meant to

 Carry the light of God’s Love into this world

 Be the open heart the earth longs for”

Meant to Be — 02.13.06

 

Guiding Thought

I prepare my mind for Peace. I prepare my mind to recognize that above all else, I want the Peace that passeth understanding. Today, I offer only this, in humility, and gratitude to my Divine Self: I am willing to let the Peace of God be what it is and I accept myself as I am meant to be.

Reflection
Steve

To accept myself as I am, as I am meant to be is a big step. For myself, my inner critic is still sometimes a strong voice. It is sometimes hidden, but still there. Recognizing that voice, and letting it go has been very helpful to my peace and wellbeing. More and more, I am okay with myself, as I am. I don’t need to be “fixed”.  I only need to get out of my own way. My desire for internal peace drives me on this journey.

I welcome peace, I deserve peace, I am peace.

I am grateful for this wondrous human life that God has given me. I am humbled by the beauty of our world. I accept the Peace of God as it is.

I am meant to be.

I Can Choose — 02.13.05

 

Guiding Thought

I am now aware of my complete harmony with All of Life. I choose to carry the harmony of Oneness with me in all areas of my life. Awareness of Oneness brings immediate peace to all my relationships and interactions. I choose Peace. I choose recognizing Unity with All.  I choose Oneness with All.

Reflection
Steve

This is what we strive for, the “peace that passeth understanding”. It is a state of being, an awareness within us that All is one.  Knowing that I am included in the All.

I find myself struggling to be present for this reflection. I have started and paused many times attempting to focus on this guiding thought. I am hungry, I need to run upstairs, I want some music, my keyboard is dusty. Anything but recognizing that perhaps I don’t know what to say. Apparently, I am not choosing Peace at this moment.

I think what scares me is the concept that I Can choose Peace. I Can choose harmony, I Can choose Oneness with All. I have come from a place of I want this, but I don’t have it. I don’t deserve it. I don’t know how to control it. I did not know that I can CHOOSE it.

The declaration that I can choose Peace is powerful. It comes from my heart space. It is scary when I think about it (head space), the implications that I have choices, that it is up to me to make these choices.  For me, this is where grace comes into play. I did not create peace or harmony, these are from the All, God, the Creator, our supreme magician. All I need to do is to let go, and find that Peace and harmony that is already within. I am Oneness.

One of my favorite chant songs from Deva Premal and Miten is “Om Namo Bhagavate/Oneness”.

Women sing “Om Namo Bhagavate, Vasu De Vaya”. Men sing “Everywhere I go, I feel the Oneness Inside of me”.  I remember when I first heard it in concert, and when I sang with them, my heart opened so wide, I could feel it expand in my body, and tears fell from my eyes.

“Everywhere I go, I feel the Oneness inside of me”. I choose that. I choose Oneness.