Teachings of Starbucks –Journey of Courage 02.09.33

Guiding Thought

Love is unconditional. I choose to be unconditionally devoted to the love which is unconditionally devoted to me. I embrace life in love as my True nature. Connected with All in Love, I stand boldly in my heart-center, unwavering in my dedication to Unity of Life in Love.

Contemplation / Reflection

I do my best to write my responses to the daily Guiding Thought from an experiential perspective. The Thought itself seems often to be heavily based in a spiritual or philosophical light. When I think about the seeking many of us do in looking for God, the Creator, answers to the unknown, I wonder at what value such seeking can do us if we don’t find ways to apply it in our day-to-day lives. As far as experiences today, there have been only a handful of inter-personal activities. When I look at those, though, I see heart-centered, unwavering dedication to a Life of Love. We went to Starbucks. We go there often enough that we know most of the baristas and they know us, including our “usual” beverages of choice. These wonderful individuals are always cheerful, friendly, patient and tolerant of their client base. There’s a rule about “no sleeping”. Unless it’s very crowded and/or a person is snoring loudly, a patron’s peaceful nap is quietly embraced. When someone acts out in a disruptive way, one of the staff steps out from behind the counter and sits next to the disruptor, speaking softly, calming, encouraging more settled behavior. When the power is out for hours, the manager sends her staff to another location to work so they don’t lose the income they anticipated. If the lock on the door is broken and the door can’t be opened, this same manager sits in her car near the door and cheerfully points out another nearby shop. She appears calmly accepting of an uncomfortable situation. Each of these incidents, and many others, shows unwavering dedication to Unity of Life in Love. I choose to use these employees as role models for embracing life in love as true nature. Sometimes I wonder if my unwavering dedication to Unity of Life in Love would be solid enough that I could qualify for a position at Starbucks!

 

 

Guest Contributor Mary Wallace

 

 

 

 

 

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Every thought, word, action or feeling we express affects the whole of Creation –Gratitude 2.8.34

Guiding Thought

Through gratitude, my consciousness of Love expands, connecting me with All. Gratitude increases my awareness of unity; gratitude shows me our Wholeness. Gratitude is the bridge to knowing others as my Self. What a gift you are!

Reflection / Contemplation

I mentioned recently that I’ve been reading the Saint Germain I AM Discourses. Through this reading, I’ve been reminded repeatedly of the work done by the man who inspired these Journeys, John Randolph Price.

Though there is much in the Discourses that I find inspiring, the thought about decreeing something through the I AM Presence is the one I am currently associating with Mr. Price.

In The Abundance Book, Mr. Price is very clear that at the beginning of the 40 days, one should make a forceful declaration to end poverty consciousness, and to establish a consciousness of abundance:

On this day, I cease believing in visible money as my supply and my support, and
I view my current world of effect, as it truly is simply an out picturing of my former beliefs. I
believed in the power of money, therefore I surrendered my God-given power and authority
to an objectified belief. I believed in the possibility of lack, thus causing a separation in
consciousness from the source of my supply. I believed in mortal man and carnal conditions,
and through this faith gave man and conditions power over me. I believed in the mortal
illusion created by the collective consciousness of error thoughts, and in doing so, I have
limited the Unlimited. No More! This day I renounce my so-called humanhood and claim my
divine inheritance as a Being of God. This day I acknowledge God as my supply and my
support.

No more! No more.

I feel like this is where I’m at. No more. Let us be done with nonsense of cruelty, of pettiness, of greed, of vanity, of power over others. Let us empower each other. Let us be kind to each other. Let us meditate together on the highest possible ideas and ideals that we can in every possible moment. Let us share; let us take care of each other, the earth and all her creatures and flora.

From this day forward, let us decree that our own, individual consciousness (and thus the consciousness of Humanity), which used to be focused continually on conflict, fear, and antagonism, will flow in a new direction—toward peace, harmony, divinity and spirituality.

If you do not feel like your consciousness has these impressions, then decree this for the world consciousness, because I hope you can’t deny that you see it “out there”.

Let us decree this transformation in consciousness is manifest. Energy accumulates where we direct our attention, and the energy of consciousness causes everything to take shape.

As we meditate together today for a world free from conflict and discrimination, free from injustice and oppression,  a world filled with love, respect, and gratitude toward one another and toward all life on Earth, we join in consciousness with millions and millions of people around the world doing this work in their own way.

Let us be the wave of concentrated energy working for the transformation of Humanity’s consciousness. Let us awaken peace, harmony, and gratitude within all Human Beings.

You are probably already doing this work. Thank you for that. Thank you for being here. Thank you for being the Love Presence you are. I cannot express how grateful I am for you.

Peace.

 

Beautiful Challenge –Gratitude 2.8.26

Guiding Thought

When we look within and see the radiance of Love, we remember our wholeness. We are wholly loving and wholly lovable. In the purity of Love lies peace, which we share with all in gratitude.

Reflection / Contemplation

Waking up is happening now! People everywhere are remembering who they are and why they are here. They are opening their hearts, and lifting their minds to the Light and Love that they are. Consciousness is expanding!

When our consciousness is raised and we increase Love and Light in our lives, we begin to see with new eyes and hear with new ears. We see and experience Oneness, Unity, Harmony, and understand that all life is connected. We are One.

Often, from our newly awakened state of consciousness, our reflex response is to resist so-called negative situations and behavior patterns, like poverty, greed, corruption, violence, abuse of power, oppression, hatred, selfishness, prejudice, pollution, disease, or ignorance. This causes us to set ourselves against the people involved–forgetting that we are One, and labeling “us” and “them”.

When we resist them, they resist us. But since we are One, it is merely the self resisting another self; in our ignorance of the truth, our resistance to unity creates the appearance of further separation. Arguments cannot be “won”. Coercion does not change a person or a situation. Convincing or persuading has no real lasting effect; it is simply a judgement that someone else’s thinking or feeling is flawed or wrong. But, guess what!? “They” think the exact same thing about “us”.

I know what I know. I know what I don’t know. But I also don’t know what I don’t know.

This is why it’s imperative to expand and raise my consciousness into Love, so that even when I don’t know, I can think, speak, and act with Love and kindness. I can treat others with respect and dignity; I can honor all of life and all of Life’s expressions. When I shift my consciousness, I allow myself to perceive a greater Truth, a Truth of Unity and Oneness, and to experience this Oneness of Life at a deeper level.

Here is an example:

Imagine a deaf and blind person trying to convince someone who can see and hear that there is no such thing as color or music. The person who can see and hear, knows clearly that there is color and music, but can also understand why a deaf and blind person would think there is not color and music, and be able to have compassion for that point of view, responding with patience and understanding. A person with a consciousness of Love, Oneness, and Unity, is like that person who can see and hear music, understanding the perspective of someone who experiences separation, yet responding with love and compassion.

However, we do not always know how or what people perceive. We do not know their level of consciousness, nor can we judge where they are in their own ascension process. Everyone is unique, and everyone came here with their own lessons to learn, as well as their own contribution to make.

People are where they are, they are who they are, and everyone (and I mean everyone) is doing the best that they can. We cannot make the mistake of assuming that people should know more than they do or that they should understand more than they are capable of understanding. When we expect more from people than they are capable of, we are generally disappointed and frustrated with their actions or their perception of things… which throws us right back into a separation “us” versus “them” mentality.

We are experiencing a beautiful, challenging time! We are healing ourselves, each other, and the planet! Everything that is coming to the surface as “negative” or as polarized “against” us, is doing so in order to be healed and transformed.  It is time to meet ourselves head on, and love each other into light. Regardless of so-called differences, regardless of our so-called oppositions, irrespective of what is “out there” that we are resisting…it is there for us to become more than who and what we are right now. How we meet each situation: with resistance, or with love and compassion, will determine the next step of our ascension, or whether we remain stuck.

Remember: Love is always the answer. Love is always the response. Love is always the lesson.
Any question I ask…the answer is Love.
“What do I do”? …the answer is Love. And I don’t mean this abstractly. I mean this literally. Open your heart, and Love.
“What am I learning”? ….the answer is always Love.

Where do you stand? -Fulfillment (1.6.16)

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Guiding Thought

Why would you choose to limit yourself? To limit your reality? All reality is yours, and yours to give. In giving and sharing, your Joy increases, expanding Love, expanding your experience of Life!

Sharing

I have moments of being in love with some of the people I work with. Now is one of those moments. Every year at this time, I initiate a project and connect via email with about 75 people…we work on the project for about 7 months via email,  then go our separate ways until this time again next year. I’ve just sent that initiating email, and begun the re-connections. Each and every one of these people is so dear to me–so gracious, kind, and caring. I just love them ALL.

This is just one area of my work-life. Not all my work-related relationships are like this. I still work in an office-atmosphere full of ego and lower-minded pettiness–most of which I do well to avoid (keep my head down…do my job). The contrast is clear to me, though–what is possible, vs. what lower-minded-ego-assertion creates.

The first (loving my colleagues) is full of mutual respect, good/positive communication, caring about the work, cooperation, and a sense of personal responsibility. The second is full of undercutting, backstabbing, non-or-false-communication, competition, and blame.

What is ironic to me is that these are not two separate workplaces. It’s all the same place, just different personalities that create the two atmospheres and experiences.

It only takes a few lower-minded-ego personalities to depress the morale of a place…but it also only takes a few higher-minded, loving, positive personalities to raise it.

Most people are not one or the other. Most people are neutral, and just go with the dominant energy-force, swayed by whatever is in front of them Most people are asleep. Zombies. Unaware that they have a choice.

But everyone has a choice–and more and more people are waking up to that every day. The balance is shifting. More and more people are tired of the Debbie-downers, the competitive personalities that want to win, which means smashing anyone in their path.

I heard a great phrase today: be committed to the process, not to the result.

People who are committed to a result are usually committed to it because they see that result as something that is good for themselves, not for a group, not for another. The result they seek is selfish and self-serving.

People who are committed to a process encourage each other, share with each other, learn from each other–and use those dynamics to unfold a result, rather than impose a result.

So much more is possible with an unfolding–anything can happen, the possibilities are endless.

Do you see, in this extended example how love opens up interaction, communication, and relationships, and how ego-mindedness shuts it down? Do you see how people limit themselves when they don’t choose love? Do you see the possibilities that open up when people bring cooperation, good will, and helpfulness to work, and to relationships? Do you see how joy increases with love, how your experience of Life can increase with Love?

More and more people are waking up. More and more people are noticing the difference in a workplace when there is cooperation, or when there is competition. More and more people are choosing to be positive, to be uplifting, to not just go with the flow of the de-moralizers.

Where are you?

Everyone is your Neighbor -Fulfillment (1.6.5)

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Guiding Thought

In Divine Mind, I am filled full! All are equally filled full. All are equal in Love. I fill my mind with thoughts of fulfillment and remember what I already know. I am determined to fulfill my purpose, to know my Self as Divine Love, and to share the fullness I am.

Sharing

Yesterday I talked about the Oneness of “you” (the self with which you identify–your personality, your bodily expressions, etc.) and your Higher Self. You and your Higher Self are the same Self…it’s just a matter of allowing “you” to be “IT”.

and make no mistake: you are the only one preventing yourself from being your Self.

This Oneness is why the first statement of today’s Guiding Thought is correct: since you are One with your Higher Self, and your Higher Self is One with Divine Mind, then you are fulfilled already.

And, since we are All One in that same Higher Self (call it “one in Christ”, if you want, or One in Love, etc.), we are all fulfilled.

Remember, Love is omnipresent. It exists everywhere, all the time. In equal portion. I do not “have” more Love than you; you do not “have” more Love than your neighbor. Love is everywhere, always.

However, just as I described yesterday about “how much gets through our filters”, it’s the same with Love.

It only seems like someone has less Love, because of the obstructions they have set up in their individual, personal filtering system, that allows some Love through, but not All Love. Some people have lots of obstructions and therefore don’t seem to have much Love. But the Love is right there, just on the other side of the barriers they’ve set up to it… waiting.

This is also why people seem to have more Love. Those people have done a lot of work to tear down, release, or otherwise dispose of the “stuff” clogging their Love-filter.

Similarly, some people seem to have more love in one area of their lives (like pets, or children), but less love in other areas (like strangers, or people of a different belief system). This is because they have fewer clogs in one area than in another area. If you “don’t like” someone… it’s a clog in your filter. Want more love? Work on getting to know, appreciating, liking, then loving people who you (currently) don’t like.

This is the work: Love God. God is Love. Love love. Love your neighbor. Everyone is your neighbor.

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Namaste -Abundance (1.5.12)

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Guiding Thought

Choose now to expand your consciousness and open your heart to Divine Love’s flow within you. Realize your own Divine Presence. Know God as the Source and Fulfillment of all your good.

Sharing

“Namaste” (pronounced Nah-mah-stay) is a Sanskrit word that means “I honor you” or “the Divine Presence in me honors the Divine Presence in you”.

Namaste was imported to the United States with other traditional Hindu practices like yoga, chanting, and meditation.

As a white person, born and raised in the United States, I am going to make the claim we don’t get it. White people–or any person–socialized in the superficial, consumer-driven, materialistic United States do not get it.

Namaste, like yoga, chanting, or meditation in India, is part of a multifaceted philosophy, medicine system, culture, spirituality, and way of life. Like so many things appropriated by (predominantly white) people in the United States, the (very deep and traditional) meaning of Namaste (which is accompanied by a feeling deep in the heart) has been sterilized, made into a superficial trend, and been completely disconnected from its essence, its heart, its dynamic-presence lived every day in a culture that is thousands of years old.

We (people born and raised in the United States…) don’t know any better. This is our culture, borne out of centuries of white-European patriarchal imperialism and colonization: seizing and appropriating other cultures is kind of the white-European thing.

And, we can stop. (Yes, we can). The problem with appropriation is not (IMHO) the fact of the appropriation–cultures and societies have integrated, meshed, and blended for as long as there have been people in societies. The problem is with the mind-set of dominance and the accompanying dilution of the culture and the traditions being dominated.

Namaste is the case in point. Americans think Namaste is just a word. But it’s not just a word. It is a feeling of deep respect offered to another. This feeling comes out having self-respect, so that when one says, Namaste (“The Divine in me honors the Divine in you”), the feeling accompanying the word is the sharing of this knowing and understanding of the Divine within. If you can’t feel it, you’re not using the word with its intrinsic depth and meaning.

Cultivate that sense of feeling in your heart, in your mind. Expand your awareness of the Divine within. Connect to your Inner Divine. Then, and only then, say “Namaste”.

 

 

 

 

Hold Fast– Worth (1.3.32)

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Guiding Thought

I love myself for the Truth within me. The Truth within me Knows me for who I am—Pure Love, Only Love, beyond all valuing of the world. In Love all are equal, for we are One. This is how Truth Knows me—Pure, One, and Free. This is my Truth; this is our Truth; this is the Self I love.

Reflection

A friend wrote this to me in an email earlier today:

we both know only too well that while we are here things seem important to us, that ultimately we are doing not cos we have to, but just because we can, and when we stand back sometimes we can see that human life is mostly much ado about a meaningless nothing.

This is the key today: sifting the meaningless nothing from the Truth, and making human life about the Truth within.

People go through rough patches, but as my friend points out–it’s mostly of our own making “because we can”, and it’s also mostly meaningless nothing. Why then, oh why, do we do it to ourselves, and buy into it, and then not know how to get ourselves out of it?

I was reading a Christian blog on tithing also earlier today. The author referred several times to points in his life when he was “tested”, and when he went through a “crisis of faith”–and he was currently experiencing such a crisis.

Last weekend, I binge-watched several episodes of Naked and Afraid XL: All Stars, the shows from the Amazon, in which Chance, an Army Ranger, stayed with Russel because “you never leave a man behind”, then Russel turns around and leaves Chance because he was “only thinking of himself”, making for a (pretty severe) mental crisis for Chance.

Pretty much this whole Journey I’ve been in and out of my own crisis–which I’ve called “panic” and “anxiety”. From the two above examples, and my own experience, it seems like when these crises are happening, it’s not like there is anything specific to do, except to get through it. The Christian blogger prays, Chance repeated his military creed, and I’ve been doing mantra.

There’s an element of acceptance here, “there’s nothing to do, but to get through it”.

At the moment, I am thinking that acceptance is the key. But acceptance, to the mind, is difficult because it feels like what you’re accepting is something you don’t want i.e. panic and anxiety, or personal crisis, or betrayal. But this is the trick of the mind, right? The panic and anxiety are caused by not accepting–they are caused by resisting the Truth within.

The Truth within Knows the Truth of us.

In crisis, we remind ourselves of that Truth, however we can, and by doing so, align with It. When we align with Truth, we align with what is Real, not the meaningless nothingness our minds have constructed.

The Christian Blogger reminds himself of Truth through prayer. I use these Journeys, and mantra. Chance used the Ranger Creed (below). Any method that points you to your own highest ideal–the strength within, a higher cause, responsibility to be the best human being you can be–will increase the influence of that Ideal, and decrease the grip of the mind which presents us with meaninglessness.

Cling to the ideal. Cling to the highest vision for yourself. Do whatever you need to do to get through it, with the Truth of your Self intact. Hold fast. This too shall pass.

I am thankful for friends with wise words. I am thankful for friends who keep me afloat. I am thankful for friends who anchor me. I am thankful for friends who know when to tell me to breathe! By being their Truth, they remind me of mine.

Ranger Creed

Recognizing that I volunteered as a Ranger, fully knowing the hazards of my chosen profession, I will always endeavor to uphold the prestige, honor, and high esprit de corps of my Ranger Regiment.

Acknowledging the fact that a Ranger is a more elite soldier who arrives at the cutting edge of battle by land, sea, or air, I accept the fact that as a Ranger my country expects me to move further, faster, and fight harder than any other soldier.

Never shall I fail my comrades. I will always keep myself mentally alert, physically strong, and morally straight and I will shoulder more than my share of the task whatever it may be, one hundred percent and then some.

Gallantly will I show the world that I am a specially selected and well-trained soldier. My courtesy to superior officers, neatness of dress, and care of equipment shall set the example for others to follow.

Energetically will I meet the enemies of my country. I shall defeat them on the field of battle for I am better trained and will fight with all my might. Surrender is not a Ranger word. I will never leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy and under no circumstances will I ever embarrass my country.

Readily will I display the intestinal fortitude required to fight on to the Ranger objective and complete the mission, though I be the lone survivor.

Rangers, lead the way.