The High Path is the Destination

Babaji Copyright unknown

My message is very simple. Truth, Simplicity, Love, and Service. I ask for no-thing. I am no-thing. I observe unconditionally without judgement. I am not here to convince anyone of anything,..I seek only to share my message. 

What humans seek on the Lower Path such as wealth, power, and control is of no interest to me, and should be of no interest to those on the High Path, for the things of the Lower Path will only lead to misery and despair. Misery and despair is the destination of the Lower Path. Truth, Simplicity, and Love is the destination of the High Path.

Babaji of Haidakhan

On the “High Path”, the journey and the destination are the same: Following the path of Truth, Simplicity, Love, and Service leads to Truth, Simplicity, and Love.  The means are the ends; the journey is the destination.

Contrariwise, on the Lower Path, the path is different than the destination. Wealth, power, and control lead to misery and despair. People who are immersed in their own desire or attachment for wealth, power, and control, do not see, cannot see, or ignore where it ultimately leads.

On the Lower Path, the immediate gratification of the control, wealth, and power obscures the delayed effect of misery and despair.

On the High Path, because the journey and the destination are the same, Truth, Simplicity and Love are the immediate  and the ultimate gratification.

 

The Point of Diminishing Contrast: Journey of Peace 2017– Day 40

Welcome to Day 40–did you make it through all 40 days? It gets long, doesn’t it? Just a reminder: The next 10 days are “rest” days for this Journey, during which time I will post one last time about my self-assessment for this Journey. Then we begin a Journey of Rest. Like on the 7th day, we rest for the 7th Journey. During this time I’ll do some alternative article-writing, which I hope will inspire and entertain you while we recuperate from the 2017 Journeys and gear-up for 2018. and then…I have some exciting news. The Journeys are now being formalized into online classes. Beginning in 2018, I will offer personalized guidance, support, encouragement, and inspiration for those wanting to take their spiritual practice/seeking to the next level. Stay tuned on that. For now…Thank you for being here and adding your light to the world. Blessings to you.

Copyright Tam Black 2017
for susanwithpearls

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

I love this phrase: “I love my Self”. I used to have a hard time even thinking about loving myself. Now I love saying it to myself and hearing it from myself! I love Love!

You know that I very often ask such questions as “how do I do [it]” or “how do I know”, right?

Well, over the past few days, I’ve been in a situation that has helped me to understand how one knows. Be forewarned: it is not clearly logical or rational, ultimately, the answer is, “you just know”. I think I am getting more comfortable with that answer.

So the question is (or the questions are), how do I know if I am At Peace or how do I know if I perceive Oneness or how do I know if I’m even doing anything.

A lot of times I don’t know–not emotionally, not intellectually, not physically. And I now see that it is due to what I now call “the point of diminishing contrast”.

You see, I hang out pretty much with people who a) are good communicators b) value peace and harmony in relationships and home c) care about spiritual values and actualizing them in the world. In short, I hang out with people who work at having clear minds/hearts, and living from that pure space.

This is the point of diminishing contrast: I vibrate with the folks I hang out with on a similar wavelength that reflects our values. There is less contrast between me and my friends than between me and someone who thinks and acts from (let’s call it) “lower self” values. It is harder to discern “how much” Peace I actually embody, if I don’t have a contrasting point of view.

Every once in a while it hits me: “most people don’t think or live like this”. I understand intellectually that my mind and life are smoother, more peaceful than most people’s. But it’s not like I understand the extent to which my life is smoother.

I’ve recently been given the gift of interacting with someone on a daily basis, who (how shall I say this?)…who’s mind is in chaos, and I can see it.

This is part of the bigger, “ultimate” answer of: you just know. When you get to a certain point of experience, you can recognize what you know in other people. This is true in many areas, not just that of spiritual growth. People who have been in recovery can recognize symptoms of alcohol disease in others before the others may recognize it. People who have reclaimed their lives after abusive relationships can recognize the symptoms of abuse. When people focus and learn the skills and behaviors of Peace, it becomes clear when someone is not at peace.

In this particular situation, the contrast is so great, I can practically see exactly how this person’s mind spins, the effects that the spinning has, and how it plays out in the life of this person. It’s just so obvious.

I have to say, this has been a draining situation. I am not used to working with people who are so not-self-aware, and so embroiled in their their mind’s antics. It has been educational on very many levels, and I am thankful for all of them. I can now identify my own Peace much better, and I bless and ask for Peace for those who do not have this awareness.

Invoking Light: Journey of Peace 2017– Day 36

Copyright Tam Black 2017
for susanwithpearls

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

When it’s rainy, our house becomes more active with unseen energies. I’m not sensitive to it most of the time, but Tam is. Tam hears a child laughing, footsteps; we both smell cigarette or cigar smoke.

This past week was rainy and Tam heard something new–a woman’s voice called out “HANK!?” and then the doorknob to the bedroom rattled.

I decided to smudge the house. Taking my sage and candle, I stood at the foyer–Tam was around the corner in the living room–and began my silent invocation of Divine Love and Light; it was about dusk, and dim in the space.

When I finished the prayer and began to move to light the sage from the candle, Tam said, “Did you just light something?” I said, “Nooooo”. Tam said, “What did you do; I saw a flash of light!?” I said, “I invoked light!” Tam said, “Well, you got it!” and then explained that there was a big burst of light that came in–and Tam’s eyes had been closed.

I was happy to hear that.

I do the spiritual work, and I know that something is happening, but it’s not like I see it. Spiritual work is not like material work–the cause-effect links seem to be neither immediate nor obvious.

Yet, the links and results are immediate, if this recent scenario is any indication (which I choose to think it is).

My prayer practices have taken on a new gusto.

All I have to do is do them. They work. Whether I see it or not, whether I know what the results are or not they work.

The Divine Light of God comes to those who call. Ask and ye shall receive.

I have been asking more. I used to have restricting thoughts about “what I ask for”. Doubts used to plague me about asking for the right things, about doing it right, about how I was doing it generally.

My prayers have become simple–some version of this basic prayer: I am my I Am Presence and I am One with the I Am Presence of all humanity. As one breath, one heartbeat, one voice, one energy, vibration, and consciousness of Pure Divine Love, I invoke Divine Light. I ask for Love and Light to enter and fill the minds and hearts of all people, blessing All. I offer my thoughts, words, feelings and actions to the Divine in gratitude for the opportunity to increase the Light in the world. 

I feel as though my communication with the Divine has opened up to new possibilities!

 

 

 

Reality is More Fun: Journey of Peace 2017– Day 35

Copyright Tam Black 2017
for susanwithpearls

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

I am One with All, whether I choose it or not.

Choosing It merely makes me an active participant in something that already exists.

Choosing Oneness sends the signal to my mind/body/brain to be on the lookout for It.

Seek and find: When I choose Oneness I make a decision about what I am looking for.

Most humans (at this point in time) default to seeking sense-perception experiences.

All sense-perception experiences are a) of the body, not of the Soul b) rely on human (not Divine) perception, which is prone to misinterpretation c) feed the ego-identity d) encourage categories, divisions, separations of the various perceptions.

Since the default is sense-perception, unless a person consciously, intentionally chooses differently, the experiences sought-after will be sensory perceptive experiences.

Oneness is not of the senses, not of human perception. If seeking sense-perception experiences, Oneness will never be experienced, never be known.

Choosing Oneness–telling your brain/mind what to look for–is the first step to experiencing it in the outer world. Our Divine Self perceives Divine Ideas differently than our body’s perceptions.

We are One through our Divine Self, our I AM Presence, the Holy Spirit. It’s ok to ask for help. In fact, it’s encouraged:

I Am my I Am Presence and I am One with the I Am Presence of every man, woman, and child. I ask my I Am Presence to shine the Divine Light of Wisdom into my mind/heart-thoughts/emotions, that I may Know my Oneness with All of Life. 

Eventually, we all must become active participants with our Divine Self; it is after all more fun to experience reality than perceptive misinterpretations.

Just That (Over and Over): Journey of Peace 2017– Day 34

Copyright Tam Black 2017
for susanwithpearls

Guiding Thought

I am fulfilled! I am filled to the utmost capacity! I embody All that Is. I am beyond complete! I accept and receive the beautiful gift of Life, and Know the perfection of the Love I Am. In gratitude I share this Love with All that Is.

Reflection

I wish I could convey adequately how I am learning about the rhythm and cycle of life. I don’t mean cycles of linear time. I mean as every present moment of now–the rhythm of now.

Every moment, life breathes me as I breathe life. This is the flow. It is instantaneously simultaneous, perpetual. I AM the Life I live, the life I live IS me. As I give to life, life gives to me. This is the experience of Oneness. Every breath connects me with everything Life IS–which is everything.

“I am ‘beyond’ complete” because this Life is Infinite. As I breathe and feel It come into me, I feel it for what it is, which is infinitely gianormous. I’m beyond complete, because all that  fills up this tiny vessel like it’s nothing–and compared to infinity, it is!

When I feel It filling me, there is nothing else I want. Just that.

And so I do whatever I can do so that I have that. Just that.

What do I need to do?

Not much, really: Give Life back to Life. Give Love back to Love.

Since I am Life, and I am Love…

And Life and Love Supply me infinitely…

It’s simple to give back; I certainly have enough.

All it takes is small prayers throughout the day of gratitude to Life, for the opportunity I have to live and participate in It. Precious, precious life.

Take a moment now, say it with me:

I ask my I AM Presence to purify and bless all my thoughts, feelings, words, and actions, with Infinite Love. Thus purified and blessed, I ask my I AM Presence to Offer my thoughts, feelings, words, and actions to God-Life-Love-All That IS in gratitude for the opportunity for me to contribute to the light and life in the world. OM Peace Peace Peace.

 

 

 

And Then You’ll Notice: Journey of Peace 2017– Day 31

Welcome to Round Four–we are in the homestretch now! Once more, the pronouns change with this round–we are back to using “I” as the subject of the Guiding Thought. However…you may notice that you do not feel the same way about “I” as you did in the first round after having been through “you” and “we”!

Copyright Tam Black 2017
for susanwithpearls

Guiding Thought

I am Love. I have infinite Love to give; therefore, I am able to give Love infinitely. Filled with Love, my energy is vibrant. All of Life responds to my inner State of Being with mutual harmony.

Reflection

A friend of mine recently asked, “do you think it really is possible for (emotional) stuff to be released, and for us to have new way of interacting with people, a new way of being?”

I paused for a moment–I always pause just to make sure I listen within before speaking–then said, “Yes. Absolutely. There are things I used to do, ways I used to think, things I used to experience that just aren’t there anymore”. For example, there was a time when I could not even recognize that I was having an emotion, much less expressing it (other people had to tell me. ouch). Now, I am very attuned to my emotions, and I can even talk about them (when I choose to!).

Not being aware of my emotions was self-destructive behavior; not communicating my emotions damaged relationships (and/or kept me in relationships longer than I should have been).

I had to make a choice to make that change in my life. And I did, but you know what? It was not grueling or difficult or tedious or traumatic. It was just about awareness…and making choices. I did have to do some trial and error, some experimenting, but in self-awareness, that’s always the fun stuff anyway.

And then over time, something would happen–just a situation where there might have been tension or miscommunication…and I wouldn’t notice it at first, but later I would look back and think: I was different. I was in tune, and I chose to act with calmness and integrity. How about that?

So, if you were to ask me if I really thought that it’s possible to move to a State of Being that comes from the Source of Infinite Love within me, filling me with Love, to which All Life responds with Harmony…I would say, “Yes. Absolutely.”

One day, you’ll notice: you’re just different. You’re acting in harmony with others, with life. There is an ease and flow to how your life runs. Just like that.

 

Life’s Triathlon: Journey of Peace 2017– Day 29

Copyright Tam Black 2017
for susanwithpearls

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. We now bring the unifying force within our hearts to all people and experiences and thus Know ourselves as the happiness, peace, contentment, and safety we Are.

Reflection

We are not here everyday simply reading, contemplating, and writing our thoughts.

A friend of mine who does triathlons would explain it this way: I don’t go to the gym every day to put in my hour and go home, like so many people do. I did that for a time and got bored. What good is that? What is the endgame to that? That was how I decided to do triathlons. Now, my time in the gym serves a greater purpose. Now, with every moment in the gym, I am in training. Each day gets me closer to completing my next triathlon. 

Each day of reading, contemplating, and writing, is our training; life is the triathlon.

Our goal is not as concrete as crossing a finish line, but the training brings about tangible results: we act in union with higher principles and bring peace into our homes, our places of work, and all those around us. We are the Peace we seek.

We are creating the future. We are becoming the change we want to see in the world, thus the world is changing.

Every time you make the choice to commune with your heart before taking action…You are the change.

Every time you exhibit kindness, patience, or compassion…You are the change.

Every time you choose a memory of love over a memory of resentment…You are the change.

Every time you take a step toward being your own “better person” (whatever that is for you)…You are the change.

In this race, we can only cross the finish line together. Thank you for training with me; it’s so much more fun than running on a treadmill alone.