Facing Fears –Journey of Courage 02.09.26

Guiding Thought

We are responsible! We are able to respond with and through conscious awareness of our inner-centered, silent knowingness, moment by moment. Anchored in the inner harmony, we face our own thoughts and actions with courage.

Contemplation / Reflection

Some days as I respond to these Guiding Thoughts, I wonder “what am I doing here?” I feel like I’m writing a personal diary and putting it out there for the world to see. I feel exposed and vulnerable. When I “anchor in inner harmony”, I feel less naked. I don’t know what you think of me and my shared thoughts. From an inner-centered awareness, I feel like that’s okay. I’m “responding” the best I know how. I think you are, too. Sometimes I try to write what I think someone else will want to read. Something someone else will find interesting, or thought-provoking. When I try to write from that space, what comes out feels forced and insincere, and I have to start over.  It’s taking courage, every day, to continue to share my thoughts. Some days I think I’d rather not. But, I’ve made a commitment to myself to do this work. As always when I directly face my fears, I think “it’s okay to be afraid and to do it anyway”. I gain strength and confidence from seeing myself as someone who keeps their word, no matter what. I see myself as more courageous for accomplishing these daily exercises.

Guest Contributor Mary Wallace

 

 

 

 

 

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Journey of Beauty Begins April 18!

Apr 18 Preliminary day Introduction: Why A Journey of Beauty (02.10.0)
Apr 19 Preliminary day Commitment and Dedication (02.10.00)

Apr 20 – 29 Days 01-10 Round One (02.10.01-10)
Apr 30 – May 9 Days 11-20 Round Two (02.10.11-20)
May 10 – 19 Days 21-30 Round Three (02.10.21-30)
May 20 – 29 Days 31-40 Round Four (02.10.31-40)

May 30 – June 8 Reflection days Gently care, de-fuse, and write one day of reflection on the Journey (02.10.41)

Love and Teddy Bears –Journey of Courage 02.09.17

Guiding Thought

Love is strong! Powerful! Embrace Love and wield it through your awareness of Oneness. Oneness destroys the illusions of the mind, of the past, and of the material world. Move forward courageously with Peace in the Truth of Love and Oneness.

Contemplation / Reflection

Love is strong! Powerful! As I pondered this Guiding Thought, I just kept coming up with “I got nothin!” So my husband brought out my favorite teddy bear, suggesting I might find some inspiration there. I’ve had a special teddy bear for many years. Not always the same bear. I seem to have a habit of passing them on to others when I perceive they would benefit someone more than me. And I got to thinking about the role of teddy bears in my world. I once spent six weeks in a hospital. I was given a bear I named “Hugs”. Hugs was with me every minute of every day during one of the more challenging periods of my life. “Kisses” is a teddy bear that supported me through cancer treatments. Teddy bears will listen to any tears, frustrations, anger and fear, and never talk back, never judge, never contradict, never argue. .. Love is like that. No matter the challenges faced, love simply IS.  Hugs went to a new home when a friend needed a hug. Same with Peppermint. Kisses still hangs out with me. Yes, love is strong, but it can also be gentle and quietly supportive, like a teddy bear. I look around my home and see houseplants, paintings, photographs, trees, cards from friends. Everywhere I look, signs of love. Ever present, demanding nothing but to let it be. There’s great power in that!

Guest Contributor Mary Wallace

 

 

 

 

 

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There is Only the Path that is Right for You –Journey of Courage 02.09.14

Guiding Thought

You are safe in Divine Love’s assurance. Have the courage to face the ignorance and illusions within yourself and root them out. Allow the Light of Love to enter your mind and heart. Divine Love shines within you destroying anything false, transforming you from within.

Contemplation / Reflection

Sometimes I wonder if, spiritually, I’m on “The Path” at all.  It feels like I’m operating in my own, isolated little world. I don’t attend church services. While I do meditate and recite mantras, I don’t “practice” with any sense of discipline. Often, when I read books of a spiritual nature, my eyes glaze and I find myself dozing off.  How can I consider myself a spiritual student/being at all?  Then, I find myself sitting in an airport, with “spare” time before my flight. I’m talking in earnest with a woman who, instead of reporting to the hospital for a life-altering and possibly life-threatening surgery, has opted to purchase a one-way ticket to Hawaii.  Based on what she shares, she’s courageous, scared and clearly not getting the spiritual and emotional support she craves from family and friends. In about 30 minutes we share smiles, tears, hugs and phone numbers.  Oh, and did I mention, all this time, I’m at the WRONG GATE for my flight due to a gate change?!  Sometimes, I think I’m not “doing it right”, that there’s a particular teaching or practice or ritual that’s required. Then Divine Love sits me down next to someone who needs to speak as much as I need to listen, and I feel reassured that I am, in fact, in the right place at the right time. The belief that I am not on the right path is, perhaps, the falsehood that needs to be transformed.

 

Guest Contributor Mary Wallace

 

 

 

 

 

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Compliment? Or Offense? –Journey of Courage 02.09.12

Guiding Thought

When you attune your mind to the Oneness that is All of Life, you understand your place in Wholeness. You are the very Presence of Life, and this Presence of Life is you! You are blessed through this understanding. In return you bless all you encounter.

Contemplation / Reflection

I do my best to stay tuned to my place in Wholeness. Every once in a while, I get knocked upside the head when my ego sneaks out in ways I don’t even see.  Recently I thought I was paying a friend a compliment, a blessed comparison with my mother who is no longer on the planet.  Imagine my surprise when, shortly after, I received a message from this friend letting me know she was offended by what I’d said.  What she heard was very different than the message I thought I was communicating. When I “bless all I encounter”, I need to be certain I’m actually fully understanding my role in and as “the Presence of Life”. Fortunately, I am blessed with friends who will communicate their feelings of hurt or offense, so that we can clarify intent and retain the deeply loving and trusting relationships we share.  But, what about those others with whom I don’t share this same level of intimacy and clear communication? How many times in this life have I unwittingly said the wrong thing, or failed to say the right thing? How many times have I, without my knowledge, failed to acknowledge a kind act done toward me, or a kind word said?  I’ll never know the answer to that. The very best I can do is stay present and “stay tuned”.

 

Guest Contributor Mary Wallace

 

 

 

 

 

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Smiles –Journey of Courage 02.09.08

Guiding Thought

I allow myself to connect with my pure Inner Divine Heart of Oneness. I am aware of the expression of the Divine Heart through me, as me. I connect with my heart, and am aware of embodying its pure Love intention for All. I am filled with Joy as I embrace my heart’s love.

Contemplation / Reflection

When I allow myself to connect with my pure Inner Divine Heart of Oneness and allow it to express through me, I find myself in a bit of a paradox. As I am delving into the very core of my being, I find myself less self-centered and more other-centered. When I am other-centered, I feel the call to serve others with whatever kindness I can. And, in so doing, I am filled with joy. I often do things in service to others. As one example, I write snail mail at least weekly to people undergoing chemotherapy. I know my notes and cards brighten their days. I’m amazed at how much it brings joy to me just in the doing-ness. My smile is broader as I drop my letters into the mailbox, and I get to share that smile with others throughout the day. I read somewhere that “if you see someone without a smile give them one of yours”. While it may lighten their day a bit, it’s sure to brighten yours too!

 

Guest Contributor Mary Wallace

 

 

 

 

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Personal Peace –Journey of Courage 02.09.07

Guiding Thought

Love is strong! Powerful! I embrace Love and wield it through my awareness of Oneness. Oneness destroys the illusions of the mind, of the past, and of the material world. I move forward courageously with Peace in the Truth of Love and Oneness.

Contemplation / Reflection

I thought this Guiding Thought would be an easy one, but have found it to be quite the opposite. Thought about the many love songs out there over the years that speak of “love” and they all seem to miss the mark.  Love is NOT something to be reserved for family, close friends or one special “beloved”.  Perhaps Jesus said it best when he said, in the Sermon on the Mount: “for if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? Do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do you more than others? Do not even the publicans so?”  REAL unconditional love is strong, it can also be very difficult.  To hold myself away from the illusions of the mind, to make the space to love the politician whose ideals are so different from mine, the land developers who seem to think the only answer is more density in housing, more money for rents, more yachts and luxuries, more military might, THAT is powerful love. It’s not easy, but it IS essential to personal peace.  I was once very involved in the “peace movement”, a struggle against nuclear power and war. Then, at a retreat weekend, a Buddhist Geshin said to me simply, “you cannot fight for peace, you must simply walk in peace”. For me that was one of life’s “aha moments”. No more struggle, give up the fight.  To live a life of love I must move forward courageously with Peace. To walk in peace, in love for everyone and everything,  I no longer seek to find or to be “the beloved”, I seek to be love.

 

Guest Contributor Mary Wallace

 

 

 

 

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Exercise in Compassion –Journey of Courage 02.09.06

Guiding Thought

I am responsible! I am able to respond with and through conscious awareness of my inner-centered, silent Knowingness. I practice Knowingness moment by moment. Anchored in my inner-harmony, I have the courage to face my own thoughts and actions.

Contemplation / Reflection

In considering this Guiding Thought, I was taken back to a class I was in awhile ago. We were training to be “peer counselors” to coworkers who might experience some kind of on-the-job trauma.  In one exercise, we were each asked to share a trauma we had faced.  It was a very intimate experience. Everyone was in tears by the end of the exercise. People had suffered the loss a loved one, (child, spouse, parent, sibling, precious friend or family member), experienced a heart-breaking divorce, lost their home, faced life-threatening illness, had a job terminated unexpectedly, been robbed, shot, beaten and more.  It was a first-hand demonstration of the fact that we have no idea what hardships another has faced. But face them, EVERYONE has.  As my father would say, “everyone has their own sack of rocks to carry”.  I am responsible for remembering this.  I am responsible for practicing Knowingness moment by moment.  I am responsible, through that Knowingness, for facing my own thought, my own misguided belief that I know ANYTHING at all about what someone else has been through, what they’re going through, what they might want or need from me.  I am responsible for asking what they might want from me, and for providing it to whatever level I’m able, with love and without judgment.

 

Guest Contributor Mary Wallace

 

 

 

 

Journey of Courage is now available as a free book.
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Become a Guest Contributor
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Get your feet wet:
Susanwithpearls has a new playspace. There is a whole ‘nother Journey of Courage happening here: https://journeys.withpearls.com/?affiliateId=bae2-0acc&discountId=172f-8ff7
This is new and different, so anything goes at this point. It would be a good time/place to test your own waters. Come in anonymously. Post a few days to the community. See how it feels. It is free, but you will have to sign up to access it.