Ordinary Miracles: Journey of Fulfillment 03.06.02

Copyright Tam Black 2014 Designed for susanwithpearls.com
Copyright Tam Black 2014
Designed for susanwithpearls.com

Guiding Thought

I now invite, welcome, and receive the effects of Divine Love, and I am Truly grateful.

I experience Divine Mind as I experience these effects, and Divine Presence confirms itself in my life, activities and affairs.

 

Sharing

I wrote this Journey in 2014. At that time, I had only just begun thinking how important it is to invite Divine Love and Divine Presence into my life and affairs. Now, six years and 3 Fulfillment Journeys later, after I’ve been using the phrase, “I invite, welcome, receive…” regularly, frequently, and I look back and remember there was a time when seeing the effects of the Divine in my life was not a regular, common occurrence.

Leonard Orr used to say, “the Divine is so ordinary It’s often overlooked”.

When I was studying with Leonard, 25 years ago, I took this to mean that I should pay more attention to ordinary, common things that I would often overlook in order to become more aware of the Divine in my Life. It became a mindfulness practice, to notice the Divine, to find the Divine in small things, in the base happenings of my life.

Now I understand this phrase very differently, and I am certain that it has to do with consciously inviting the effects of Divine Love into my normal, ordinary, base life more and more frequently over the past 6 years.

The way I now understand Leonard’s phrase is very akin to the Sixth Principle of Miracles, “Miracles are natural. When they do not occur something has gone wrong.”

I experience miracles every day. It’s hard to explain; it’s not like big things are happening. It’s not like time stands still or the heavens open, or I am “cured” of anything, or anything like that. There are basically 3 categories that I notice “miracles” in my life:

  1. Something potentially really tragic or dangerous unfolds in front of me and I meet it with Peace, clarity, and equanimity. For example: When I was on the highway at 70mph and the truck ahead of me lost it’s tire, with one huge piece flying at me and several smaller pieces flying every which way. I just notice, breathe, and “see” where I can drive safely and do so. Or, another driving example: It was a dark and stormy night (yes, really), I was driving up Route 1 (NJ), with people in a hurry all around me going 50-55 bumper-to-bumper traffic. A car on my right cuts me off to pass the guy in front of him, then immediately slams on his brakes because traffic ahead is slowing down. Just before that happened, I “knew” he didn’t see me, knew he was going to cut me off, and I was prepared and slowed down in advance–he still almost hit my front bumper… I have several more of those kinds of stories. I always know that I am safe, that all is well, and–sometimes–I feel like I was put into those kinds of situations to remind people to slow down with “near misses”, to help them avoid a much worse situation in their future.
  2. My life works…perfectly. What I mean is that big things in my life work out perfectly. Moving. Job. Finding a place to live. Meeting “the right” people. This is why/how I know that whatever happens with my relationship, it will be perfect. All is well. (This is not to say that I am immune to tough emotions, mind-disturbances, or uncomfortable situations–I have these, too, and I simply remain vigilant in keeping my mind focused as best I can on the Divine through these situations).
  3.  I notice that when I do have disturbed thoughts or feelings, or am in a disturbed situation, when I change my mind to invite the Divine, I handle the situation better than “I” could ever handle the situation. I’ve experienced this over and over. I turn my mind to God in the moment, and all is well. The situation smooths out, tensions dissipate, emotions reconcile, the other person becomes more peaceful. “Om Namah Shivaya”.

When the effects of Divine Love become usual, common, and ordinary, Miracles are experienced naturally, as life. When Miracles are experienced often, usually, as common, daily, ordinary interactions, it’s easy to “overlook” them. One way I notice the miracles in my life is by reminding myself, that others don’t experience life the way I do; other people have hardship and struggle. My life is good. So very good.

And one day, this will be the experience of everyone. Miracles are natural. Divine Love is Who We ARE. Divine Perfection is what we can expect. Always. All ways. This is Life.

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I just had an unrelated thought that I’d like to share:

I’ve always thought of A Course in Miracles to mean something like, “A class-type format, which through study will teach a person what miracles are and how to live a miraculous life”. And, it is that.

My new thought changes the meaning of the word “course”, to mean “a route”, a path, a direction. So not only is A Course in Miracles a learning format, but it is also a course/route to Miracles. Not much different than a Journey, eh? 🙂

 

 

RAW(RRRRR). Journey of Fulfillment 03.06.01

Guiding Thought

Everywhere Fulfillment is, I am. Fulfillment is everywhere. Fulfillment is. I am.

Sharing

First, I’m changing my Why a little bit. Yes, all that I said in my Why is true and correct, but after an emotionally raw and rip-me-open past 48 hours, I have some foci I had not thought of before.

  1. I want to use the Journey simply to stay sane for the next 40 days. 2020 has been a bear, and it’s not over yet (especially with the election coming up, and people losing their marbles with all the Covid stuff).
  2. I want to use the Journey to reflect on my relationship, and process the bear-of-2020 relationship stuff through Journey of Fulfillment. Although the past 48 hours ripped me open (the kind of emotion that produces a nausea in me; I feel strong emotions very physically), I had some really solid insights about who I am in relation with my partner, and what I need/want out of a relationship. Tough stuff–for me, anyway. (kind of a new realization: I’ve never actually had a fulfilling relationship (present relationship included), but it’s possible, now more than ever, with this partner or no one.

Now, the sharing…

The first thing that occurs to me with the Guiding Thought, especially after what I just wrote about my relationship, is that Fulfillment stands apart from the relationship. “Fulfillment is“. There are no qualifiers here; it’s not here sometimes and not other times. Fulfillment is.

But it’s not now; I may be fulfilled in my Divine Self, but the unfulfillment in my relationship glares too brightly in my face, and in this physical body/relationship, the Divine Fulfillment does not come through.

By my own understanding and teaching, if the “out there” (in this case the relationship) is not right, there’s something in here (inside myself) that needs to change. If I open enough to Love, the Divine will pour forth, righting all, straightening all paths. It has not done this for me in the past because I’ve never thought that I could; I’ve never even thought that I could actually have a fulfilling relationship. What does that even mean!??

I’ve just never thought that something was not right out there. I’ve never thought about trying to be fulfilled in a relationship. I’ve always just taken what has come and tried to be happy (and I’ve been pretty happy, afterall, my moon is in Sagittarius–we are resiliently happy folks).

Here’s my thinking: I should be able to simply be fulfilled, with no reference to anything or anyone. I should be able to rise above worldly cares, be all, bring love and light to a situation and be fulfilled. I should be able to call forth my Divine Self and be all that I need or want, because I already am all I need or want. I AM. 

Four thoughts come to mind.

  1. “Don’t should on yourself” (thanks, Judy).
  2. I’m not a monk–as my partner recently reminded me. Monks sit in a cave with no relationships. There are no dynamics, no bumps, no surprises, no mutual feelings, no stimuli, no push-pulls that prod and nudge and swiftly kick a monk. A relationship has all these…and more.
  3. The fact that I am thinking about that I could have a fulfilling relationship is huge. I mean…really. Think about that. I bet there are lots of people who go through life assuming that there is some fulfillment in a relationship. Not getting fulfillment but expecting it is very different than having no concept what so ever that a relationship can actually be fulfilling.
  4. I feel like I have found a place where I have restricted the flow of the Divine in my life. have limited the Divine. I have been unconscious about all of the possibilities for fulfillment, and all of the good the Divine wants to flow forth from me. I now have an opportunity to expand and allow more of the Divine in my life.

Thank you for being here. Do you think it might be an intense Journey?

 

 

 

 

Commitment and Dedication, Journey of Fulfillment– 03.06.0

Welcome to Journey of Fulfillment! Today, the second preliminary day, we “get serious” with our commitment. Now is the time to think about what you are willing and able to do, in order to fulfill your Why. Then commit to it. Today in the dedication, we also offer our efforts to something greater than ourselves.

Commitment Statement

Today I commit to being aware, to understanding, and to knowing my Divine Nature, my Self of Infinite Love and Oneness, as the Source and Substance that animates my mind and body, and governs all of my Life and affairs. Today, and for this Journey, I commit to focusing my mind and heart on my own Divine Self, my True Nature. I deny the prodding of my lower mind which would have me believe I am less than I am, that I am separate and alone. I place my faith in Infinite Love and claim my authority over financial and material situations, interactions, and affairs in all areas of my experience.

I commit to contemplating the Guiding Thoughts for a minimum of five minutes each day, then writing an response for a minimum of five minutes each day.

Statement of Dedication

I dedicate any and all good that may result from this Journey of Worth to the benefit and enlightenment of all sentient beings. May we all Know our Selves together in Love.

Journey of fulfillment: Why? 03.06.00

“I look within and uproot anything that is imperfect.”

This statement is the theme for this Journey of Fulfillment. I’ve been noticing things in my life, let’s call them personality defects, that I am dissatisfied with about myself. I won’t go into details, but let’s say they have to do with criticism, judgment, and lack of acceptance within myself.  Then, there are also some practical habits that I want to change, particularly how I currently lack organization in some areas of my life and my space.

Simply put, there are things about myself that I want to change. It’s not that I find these habits or characteristics problematic, but I can do better. I can be better. And that is what I want.

I figure, there is not perfect fulfillment where there are imperfections. And so since I’m going for 100% Filled Full, I need to correct these little things in my personality traits and in my habits.

In addition to the uprooting, I’m going to reach, and stretch myself a little bit more on this journey. I’ve been thinking about this concept of 100% for a while now. And I really want to reach more into that. I want 100% fulfillment, 100% alignment with Divine Will, 100% Harmony within my body mind and Spirit. I want that 100% with my Divine self.

So these are my two goals, uprooting the imperfections while reaching for greater perfection. Let’s do this.

You with me?

Fulfillment. The Final Journey of 2020. Class begins Tomorrow

You know the saying, “if at first you don’t succeed…try, try again”.

This has become my anthem during 2020. Nothing has worked out to the completion I had anticipated at all this year. At least not with the Journeys. Yet, I keep going…and keep going…with what is before me, to the best of my ability.

That’s about all we can do, right? Especially this year. I know you know what I’m talking about.

I did however unexpectedly begin something new, that has come to completion.

The Journeys are now offered as classes. 7 weeks. $35 (soft-launch price). You get the workbook, an hour a week with me, my insights and encouragement, as well as the wisdom of any other people who show up for the class (on ZOOM–join from anywhere in the world).

Journey of Fulfillment might be a nice way to stimulate your end-of-year. Amidst all that is going on, tune-in to the Truth of your own Divine Fulfillment. ‘Cause it’s who and what you are, and it’s waiting for you.

Anywhoo…I’m not much of a sales person, but I am a sincere supporter of your spiritual journey. I will do whatever I can to help support your spiritual seeking, your inner work, your contemplation, your muddling through this world as the beautiful divine being you are.

Click here for more information, and the registration. I’d love it if you’d join us. https://www.evenstarschalice.com/store/p249/With_Pearls_Journey_of_Fulfillment.html

And, I’d also like to thank Evenstar’s Chalice, in Ypsilanti Michigan for hosting my classes. This would not be possible without those great folks.

AND (finally) for those of you who won’t be joining the class, but want to follow along online, the online Journey will begin on Thursday, Sept 24… but I highly recommend the class….ijs

Natural Energy: Journey of Abundance- 03.05.10

Guiding Thought

The Divine Presence of Love is the most natural energy in the world and beyond. Through the wisdom of Love, I understand Love as True wealth and an expression of my Divine nature, to be cultivated in my consciousness, expressed, and shared. My Love is infinite. My wealth is infinite. I realize this as my reality and circulate wealth with joy and gratitude.

Reflection

In common parlance, “natural energy” is used to mean things like solar energy, wind energy, hydro-electric, or geothermal energy.

Yet, according to today’s Guiding Thought, the most natural energy in the world (and beyond) is Love.

Similarly, people talk about “the power of Love” (two examples below…), but rarely- if ever -do they mean it in the same sense as one would think of electricity or solar power.

“The power of Love” is mysterious, intangible, unpredictable, uncontrollable; a pull between two people, a push that makes people act in ways they would not, if they were not under its “spell”,

“Natural energy”, and “natural power”. Why are the same words used for Love, and for the energy of the elements that we harness to run our gadgets and gizmos?

Is there actually an underlying similarity? An underlying commonality?

I don’t have this well-thought out. But here’s where I’m going:

Love is creative. Literally. Love creates. Love is infinite. Creation is infinite. Wealth is infinite.

The catch? Even though Love is the most natural energy in the world, and my Divine Nature, I must have the consciousness of It as my expression. 

When I do that, when I realize this as my reality and prove it by living it and circulating wealth with joy and gratitude., then know my Love is infinite. My wealth is infinite.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abundance of Time and Space: Journey of Abundance- 03.05.09

Guiding Thought

Divine Abundance expresses infinitely through my own Divine Presence. When I identify with my Divine Presence, I open the floodgates and Divine Abundance flows naturally, easily, and effortlessly through me, materializing all good in my life and affairs.

Reflection

I’ve had a bit of a breakthrough, in a new understanding/definition for abundance.

I was describing this feeling of pressure, constraint, restriction (as it was then expressing as pain in my neck). She said, “It’s all about abundance…”

And it hit me. Time is abundant. Time is infinite and eternal.

Why? Because Divine Presence is infinite and eternal, and I AM that Presence.

Time limitations (pressure, restrictions, constraints) are experienced only in this third dimensional, material body.

Spirit, the Holy Self, the Divine Self, does not even know such limitations. All is One; All is Now.

Another friend of mine has been using the word “spaciousness” recently. Whenever I’ve heard her say it, my brain feels like it’s glitching. I think, “what…what does that even mean”. Now I understand that space and time, in the context of abundance are when I open the floodgates and allow Divine Abundance to flow thorugh naturally, easily, and effortlessly…as Eternality and Infinite Space.

There’s a lot there still for me to process…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not Entirely: Journey of Abundance- 03.05.08

Guiding Thought

My mind and heart focus entirely on the Divine Presence I Am. I think, I speak, and I act in accordance with Divine Will, releasing Divine Substance into all my activity and all my financial affairs.

Reflection

With today’s Guiding Thought, I’ve had a “real” clash. What happens when the will to acknowledge Divine Presence becomes undermined by perceived “real” physical pain? I mean the kind of sudden, stabbing, muscular pain that makes you unable to move. What happens when just focusing on anything, much less Divine Will, or Divine Presence, is difficult? What happens when The Truth of Divine Reality comes face to face with the body’s limitations? Is this what death is like: facing the unknown, clinging to the body?

This has been my situation:

I got one of those severe muscle cramps in my neck that is (I believe) caused by a micro muscle somewhere else tensing up. My first experience with this was about 10 years ago, when I stepped over my dog (a very normal, non-rigorous action) and my lower back absolutely screamed in pain. I went from a zero to a 7 in an instant. I could no longer walk; I could barely move. Fortunately, I visited my sister (who at the time lived 550 miles away; the correspondence of the visit and the pain was completely coincidental), and she told me that when small muscles (micro muscles) freeze up, they can cause severe pain in other, seemingly unrelated muscles. She did her non-professional version of trigger-point therapy on me, poking and prodding my hip and hamstring until I felt another different severe pain. At that point, she took the eraser-end of a pencil and pushed down on that pain even harder. Payback for being the bratty little sister is a bitch. I howled, it was SO painful. But. it only took about 25 seconds. The pressure with the pencil eraser “unlocked” the frozen micro-muscle, which then released my lower back. It was, absolutely a miracle. My sister performed a miracle. Wow.

My current situation is similar. I did absolutely nothing to provoke pain, but all of the sudden, out of the blue, my neck was giving me sharp pains whenever I moved to the right, or up. It’s excruciating. When I laid down, I could not lift my head it hurt so much. I used tuning forks on my neck for about 15 minutes; it helped, but only for a few hours. I had to sleep sitting up. I did about 5 hours of reiki, and that did not stop it. I slept for an hour on my bed of nails. That did not stop it.

I reminded myself of the Truth of my Being. That I am Perfect, Whole, Complete. That Divine Will is Perfect Health. I did mantra. I listened to meditations. Still there was pain. How can one believe in the Truth of Being, when there is so much pain? How did Jesus do it?

Then my sister said, “roll your back on a small, hard ball against the wall. Find the frozen muscle, and push.” So I did. She was right again. The pain is not gone, but it’s a lot better. May back is sore from pressing so hard all over it, but I’m going to do it again, and again, and again, until the pain is gone.

I could not focus entirely on Divine Presence today. But I still have faith that one day… the Truth of Divine Presence will so-fill my mind and heart (100%) that all body-ego-earth trappings will be unnoticeable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ask.: Journey of Abundance- 03.05.07

Guiding Thought

My consciousness is the gateway through which Divine Love flows, materializing my infinite Supply. I am now conscious of my own Inner Divine Presence—Infinite Love—expressing through me, providing me with the means to be aware, to understand, and to know It as my Self– more and more!

Reflection

I’ve been working a lot with words like “tangible” or “concrete” or “experienced” when I do my healing work. No longer do I simply ask for healing energy; I ask that it show up for the person I am working with in tangible or concrete ways, asking for them to experience healing in a way that they can recognize.

Similarly, when I direct my energy toward abundance, I ask for it to show up in tangible, concrete ways.

Divine Source does not know illness or lack, limitation or poverty. It only know wholeness, health, abundance. That is what it isThus, that is how Divine Source knows me.

If I say to Divine Source, “flow through me, be me, give me all the health and prosperity you can!” It says, “I’m already doing that. I am pouring forth the Fullness of Being to you at all times!”

Divine Source does not understand the little mind of scarcity. Divine Source only knows Itself as It IS, nothing else. It cannot join us in our consciousness of anything less than what It is. All it Knows is that It is constantly flowing in, through, and around us.

If I am not seeing or experiencing that flowing-forth of abundance, it’s up to me to expand upward to join The Full, Pure Consciousness of All Being.

And since that Full, Pure Energy of Being is always flowing forth as me, I can direct it where, when, and how I want it to appear in my life. How do I do that?

I say something like this, “I am my I AM Presence. I am One with the Full, Pure Energy and Consciousness of All Being. As that Oneness, I direct the Full, Pure Energy of Being to flow into my material reality providing me with tangible, concrete goods, services, and money for me to utilize in my life and experiences. And with deepest gratitude, I offer the Full, Pure Love of my Being to Divine Source (my Father-Mother-God), in gratitude for the opportunity to serve.”

Ask for tangible prosperity, in ways you’ll recognize it. Ask for what you want. Direct the energy. After all, it’s your energy.