Crossing the Bridge Both Ways –Journey of Beauty 02.10.19

Guiding Thought

How do you distinguish fundamental beauty from fleeting, or superficial, beauty? What is the nature of illusion? What is the nature of dis-illusion? How do you get through illusion to Truth?

Reflection / Contemplation

It is in service to Beauty and this writing project that I disclose, yet another, collection I have. It is pens. My best friend from college and I are both in danger when we happen to be in an art or book store. “Do I need another pen? Yes. No. How many pens do I have? Oh this is beautiful. You have to get it.” We banter back and forth and in most cases, yes, we get the pen or pen sets.

I am picky about pens. What I love is the feel of the pen, the line and color of the ink, and yes, the aesthetics and look of the pen itself. Pens are in the forefront of my brain these days, because I am longing to get my hands on a piece of Beauty, this fountain pen that I see in a catalogue.

With this in mind, I am taken into the world of Ken Wilbur, a contemporary philosopher whose works attend to integral theory and consciousness. I like how he talks about Truth: little “t” and big “T”. Little “t” includes facts, data, science. Big “T” attends to the bigger and not so easily defined realities which are in the realm of philosophers, theologians, metaphysicians, cosmologists, etc.

I can easily exchange the letters to little “b’ and big “B” for today’s guiding thoughts on Beauty. I am given to wonder if, and how much my collection of rocks, mantras, and, pens (and all the others I have as yet to divulge…ugh), are fleeting or fundamental. In the beginning of this project, I stated that I must be exposed to or create Beauty on a daily basis. Does this include pens?

We are incarnational beings, and our senses are a primary conduit for both the witnessing and the expression of Beauty. We have to have little “b” and big “B”, just like we have to have little “t” and big “T”. How can we not?
The rocks, the pens, the “whatever”, I know are fleeting; they will go away, but I do know that they offer a bridge to the big “B” if I allow it. It is infusing meaning into the “explicate” order of things. I’d like to think we get to practice walking both ways on the bridge.

Guest Contributor Lita Artis

 

 

 

 

 

 

Journey of Beauty is now available as a free book.
You no longer need to wait for the Guiding Thoughts to be posted here daily–you may move at your own pace. This link will take you to the document in Dropbox; you may download it from there.

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Here is the schedule:

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)

Big Mind –Journey of Beauty 02.10.13

Guiding Thought

Do you know how beautiful you are? Do you have any idea what Beauty created you, what Beauty adorns you, what Beauty permeates and surrounds you? Do you know all Beauty is a gift of Love, leading you to Itself?

Reflection / Contemplation

There is a great deal of writing out there about Creation from ancient religious texts, philosophers, theologians, cosmologists, etc., in an attempt to answer the question, “Who created us and the Universe and why?” In addition there are writings that state that there are multiple universes, multiple timelines and dimensions. This is big, what I consider Big Mind.

One concept that I a rather like states that all of creation, us humans included, is merely the God/the Divine having an experience of looking back on itself. This is one big mirror, and certainly bigger than the one I use in my bathroom, or the Love I wrote about last round with these same guiding thoughts.

What else is catching my attention is the interplay between Phi (1.618), the Golden Ratio/the Golden Mean/The Divine Proportion, the Fibonacci Sequence, the mathematical formula that somehow shows up in the formation of spiral galaxies, plants (look up pictures of pine cones and the center of sunflowers), animals, art and architecture, and our very DNA…and let me not forget, sound frequencies.

Flower
Cabbage

Here in this Universe, or at least of what we know and can surmise, amidst the diversity, the complexity, the billions of years, string theory and universe stacking, etc., there is some amazing design thread which connects me and my DNA to the formation of a spiral galaxy billions of years old. And how many of these galaxies are there and how many have existed?

This is one Big, Beautiful, Amazing mirror meditation indeed!

Now it is time for me to go play with my Phi Ratio tuning forks.
And yes, I have them.

Guest Contributor Lita Artis

 

 

 

 

 

 

Journey of Beauty is now available as a free book.
You no longer need to wait for the Guiding Thoughts to be posted here daily–you may move at your own pace. This link will take you to the document in Dropbox; you may download it from there.

I accept donations and gifts via paypal: paypal.me/SusanBillmaier Thank you for the energy exchange!

Here is the schedule:

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)

Radiant Displays –Journey of Beauty 02.10.12

Guiding Thought

What is inner Beauty? How do you recognize it in others? How do you recognize it in yourself? How do you cultivate inner beauty, especially when there are questions about what it is and how to recognize it?

Reflection / Contemplation

It has been for some time now, years it seems, that I have had this deep yearning about being and knowing my own light, even deep within my cells. My closest friends have been privy to these desires, and conversations have ensued as to how best to attend to them, not only for me, but for them too. My name, Lita, even carries this energy of light. It is now with this project that I see the overlay of Beauty with my preoccupation with light.

In addition to rocks, I am a collector of phrases. It is amazing how synchronicity shows up, especially now with my attention to Beauty. This sound healer I keep mentioning states this phrase on the most recent cd I am listening to. “Sensory phenomenon are radiant displays of energy which arise from pure Consciousness.” In this instance, he is describing what can arise within the meditation he is soon to lead.

I am becoming more inclined to believe that this is exactly what Beauty is: the radiant displays of energy which arise from pure Consciousness. And somebody else just put the words in my mouth.

The light which I so crave to connect with is not so much that, as it is my desire to connect with pure consciousness and have that translate into my life here and now. We can substitute the words Light or Beauty, the Divine, God. I have this inkling that when we recognize it within ourselves that we can start to see it in those around us.

The cultivation piece is to stay hungry and aware.

 

Guest Contributor Lita Artis

 

 

 

 

 

 

Journey of Beauty is now available as a free book.
You no longer need to wait for the Guiding Thoughts to be posted here daily–you may move at your own pace. This link will take you to the document in Dropbox; you may download it from there.

I accept donations and gifts via paypal: paypal.me/SusanBillmaier Thank you for the energy exchange!

Here is the schedule:

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)

Fully Human –Journey of Beauty 02.10.07

Guiding Thought

How may I be aware of myself as Beauty? Not just as beautiful, but as Beauty Itself? How can I exist as Beauty–how can I be Beauty? How may I Know my Self as the Beauty I Am?

Reflection / Contemplation

I was in a continuing education course a number of years ago, as required by my massage profession to maintain my license. The instructor, an osteopathic physician, was presenting information on neural development and the brain. It was all very interesting and pertinent to the course, but there was one statement that he made, which caught my attention. “We do not fully become fully human until we are around 11 or 12 years of age.” What was really being said was that consciousness does not set in until then. I bet this concept and exact time of occurrence in our species continues to offer lively debate among philosophers, neuroscientists, psychologists, and mystics.  I want to be in on that conversation.
What strikes me about this statement is that I was about that age, perhaps a year or two older, when I truly knew something about myself. My memory is vivid. To this day I can recall with clarity where I was in the room, who all was in the room, the time of day, the lighting, even what I was thinking, etc. I made the choice to be a wise person, and I knew that it involved head and heart interaction. I “knew” that wisdom could not reside wholly in the head, by being book smart, head smart.
How is it that I knew? I was observant enough at that time to know that I was different from my siblings and as much as I tried, I could not be them. This coming into my humanity, my consciousness, my ability to be self-reflective was perhaps the starting point for the choices I have made in my life.
As I reflect on today’s guiding thoughts, my awareness, existence, knowing myself as: fill in the blank___________, requires engagement with my consciousness, in whatever way that grabs me. How may I be aware of myself as Beauty? There are lots of ways for sure, and ways that are truly reflective of who I am. But it all comes down to choice, doesn’t it? I choose to be engaged with my own self-awareness.

Guest Contributor Lita Artis

 

 

 

 

 

 

Journey of Beauty is now available as a free book.
You no longer need to wait for the Guiding Thoughts to be posted here daily–you may move at your own pace. This link will take you to the document in Dropbox; you may download it from there.

I accept donations and gifts via paypal: paypal.me/SusanBillmaier Thank you for the energy exchange!

Here is the schedule:

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)

Dancing with the Stars –Journey of Courage 02.09.40

Guiding Thought

I am aware, I allow, and I accept What Is. I go within to my silent Self which Knows and follow my Inner Wisdom to Truth. I practice Divine Balance in thought, word, and action. I Am! I Am my Self! I Am my Self of Love!

Contemplation / Reflection

Wow, day 40, Finally! Already! I don’t quite know where to put that. I thought this would be the end of this Journey of Courage. Instead, I find that What Is, is that I’ve made new commitments to myself through this Journey. Yes, I’m getting up a little earlier every morning. The Divine Balance in my thought, word and action is evaporating the obscuration of the thought “I am not a morning person”. It’s also changing my actions regarding clutter, particularly where the papers on my desk are concerned. But that’s not all. On a deeper level, I am more in touch with my “inner Wisdom” and truth. It’s hard to hide from the truth when you challenge yourself to find the courage to tell the truth. The clutter on my desk is only the outward manifestation of a level of clutter in my thoughts and actions. I’ve uncluttered my closet. I’ve uncluttered my bookshelf. A nice start, perhaps, but I haven’t uncluttered my desk. In terms of this Journey, I obviously still have lots of work to do. In the meantime, I AM my Self of Love! I Love the changes taking place. While I’m completing the commitment of 40 days of responding to these Guiding Thoughts, I find I have new commitments now. The beauty of this is that it’s commitments to my self, and my Self. Practicing Divine Balance is just that – a dance with Divine Balance. I intend to continue dancing as if no one is watching. But I’ll be watching! You may look for me dancing with the Stars, but not on television!

 

Guest Contributor Mary Wallace

 

 

 

 

 

Journey of Courage is now available as a free book.
You no longer need to wait for the Guiding Thoughts to be posted here daily–you may move at your own pace. This link will take you to the document in Dropbox; you may download it from there.

I accept donations and gifts via paypal: paypal.me/SusanBillmaier Thank you for the energy exchange!

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)

Shining Light on “False Boundaries” –Journey of Courage 02.09.35

Guiding Thought

I am ready and willing, here and now, to be courageous. I release my mind’s idea of security, of “right” and of “wrong”. I allow my personality to dissolve and to become One with the Love that is everywhere. All false boundaries evaporate like mist in the sun as I devote myself to the oneness of Love.

Contemplation / Reflection

“I am not a morning person.” My thought as I awakened this morning. My husband was already up, dressed, and off running errands. Then the thought “who says I’m not a morning person?” The answer, of course, is I SAY SO, and so it is. I think about all the years that I “allowed my personality to dissolve” and showed up at work by seven AM. It feels like “my personality” would prefer to stay up late, and then to sleep in a bit. BUT, I have been courageous about dissolving that in the past. SO, I’m going to challenge myself to do so again. I WILL get up a bit earlier, and go to bed a bit earlier. As summer approaches and the sun rises earlier and earlier, it will be easier and easier for me to do so too. Gradually, I’ll return to being a “morning person”. By this time next month, I’ll be up, have coffee and be at the swim pool in time to begin my day with a water exercise class. So I look at what other illusionary beliefs I hold about myself that I think it might be beneficial to change. Since retiring from decades of deskwork, I’ve been doing a wonderful job of avoiding paperwork as evidenced by the stacks of paper on my desk. Do I have the courage to change to a belief that I handle all paperwork promptly and easily? While my home is “clean enough”, do I have the courage to transition to “a place for everything and everything in its place” – no clutter? We’ll see. But without these Guiding Thoughts shining light on these “false boundaries” I’ve set for myself, I wouldn’t, even now, be considering finding the courage to “evaporate” them. As I’ve been writing these thoughts these past weeks, I’ve learned that I AM strong, I AM courageous, and I am devoted to the oneness of Love. And I would LOVE a tidy desk and a morning workout in the local swim pool.

 

Guest Contributor Mary Wallace

 

 

 

 

 

Journey of Courage is now available as a free book.
You no longer need to wait for the Guiding Thoughts to be posted here daily–you may move at your own pace. This link will take you to the document in Dropbox; you may download it from there.

I accept donations and gifts via paypal: paypal.me/SusanBillmaier Thank you for the energy exchange!

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)

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

 

 

 

 

 

Journey of Courage is now available as a free book.
You no longer need to wait for the Guiding Thoughts to be posted here daily–you may move at your own pace. This link will take you to the document in Dropbox; you may download it from there.

I accept donations and gifts via paypal: paypal.me/SusanBillmaier Thank you for the energy exchange!

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)