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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May All Beings Be Free: Journey of Purpose – 03.02.36

 

Guiding Thought

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

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

Reflections

Steve (Meet Steve here.)

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Reflection

I went for a walk today, repeating my mantram as I walked. Whenever thoughts came up about the pandemic, I would steer my thoughts back to the mantram. I have to do this over and over and over. I find that the mantram helps me to remember my Source, to let go of worry, and bring me back to the present moment. It helps to protect my Living Presence from unproductive thoughts. When I can do this, I am free.

 

Susan

A tribute to Earth-Air-Water-Fire. May the Earth heal and purify, and all life with it.

If you are curious here’s my writing from The very first Journey of Purpose, six years ago Day 36.  

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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Refuge and Guardian Angels: Journey of Purpose – 03.02.35

 

Guiding Thought

My Purpose is to awaken to the Truth within me and share it. The Truth within me-My Inner Divine Mind-flows constantly and purely. As I go deeper in my awareness, the current of this flow broadens, strengthens, and brightens. It fills me and pours forth. This is my Source, the Source of all my good, all my happiness, and all my abundance. I awaken to My Inner Divine Mind and invite it to express Itself as every person and event that will increase my awareness of it.

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

Reflections

Steve (Meet Steve here.)

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Reflection

I looked back on the guiding thought for day 5, from 30 days ago. My reflection included “Two hours ago I heard about the first coronavirus death in the US. Here in our hometown area. And another 50 people at a local life care center are being quarantined.” And now 30 days later we have over 2000 deaths in the USA attributed to COVID-19. We are in statewide mandatory “shelter in place”, and many other states have also ordered this.

This backdrop does not change the guiding thought, or the recognition of the Truth within me. The constant pure flow of Divine Mind is not dependent on outer circumstances. It could not be otherwise; else it would shrivel up like a well gone dry. My Source is always there, strengthening, brightening.

It seems fitting to include my completed Guardian Angel painting today. May our Guardian Angels continue to watch over us.

Susan

As I was sitting down today to paint along with the Guiding Thought, I thought to myself, “I am going to take refuge in my flowers”.

The use of the word “refuge” caught my attention, as it felt a bit out of place. I am more accustomed to the use of fefuge  in the Buddha Dharma; there is a prayer called the refuge prayer. It goes like this:

To the excellent Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha,
I go for refuge until enlightenment.

Here is one meaning of this prayer:

I have found deliverance and hope due to the one who demonstrated the possibility of awakening – the Buddha;

I enjoy immeasurable wealth, basking in the sunlight that dispels all darkness – the teachings (Dharma) on the nature of reality;

I receive strength and shelter from the lineage (Sangha) of heroes and heroines, the Buddhists before me and around me, the ones who sustained the teachings, the ones who will never abandon sentient beings.

When I went for refuge to my flowers, here is what I felt:

I find comfort and nurturing in my painting.

I find joy in the pleasure painting happy flowers brings me.

I receive strength from the calming familiar presence of these flowers.

Where do you find refuge? Can you find it right in front of you?

 

If you are curious here’s my writing from The very first Journey of Purpose, six years ago Day 35.  

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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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.)

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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.  

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.

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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.)

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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.  

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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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.)

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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.  

Public Service Message regarding CoVid 19:

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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.)

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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.  

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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