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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Surprise! –Journey of Courage 02.09.13

Guiding Thought

Love is unconditional. Choose to be unconditionally devoted to the Love which is unconditionally devoted to you! Embrace life in Love as your true nature. Connect with All in Love. Stand boldly in your heart-center unwavering in your dedication to Unity of Life in Love.

Contemplation / Reflection

Today I’m only doing this because I said I would. But that’s reason enough.  I’ve been on the couch under a blanket today sharing this body with a bug.  Sharing my body with an alien being, isn’t THAT unconditional Love?! Trying to keep in mind that every living thing (bugs included) is my relation. That definitely puts a humbling challenge to my “unwavering dedication to Unity of Life in Love”. I’ve learned (yet again) that sitting in quiet meditation ALLOWS for peacefulness in this special sharing with my buggy brethren! I thought, as I read this Guiding Thought, that there wouldn’t be much connecting with all in Love. Without leaving the house, I wouldn’t be having any connecting at all.  BUT, that’s only if I limit my perception to include face-to-face encounters with other HUMAN beings. In fact, I have encountered many, many beings today, including anyone out there reading this, and any in here sharing this body today. So, my total and unconditional love to you ALL!

 

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.

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If you think you might possibly like to be a guest contributor at some point for a future Journey (taking your next courageous step!), as Mary is doing now, please email me: susan@withpearls.com. We can talk. Smooth. Easy. No pressure. Just take that step and we’ll see how it goes from there.

Golden Rule Specifics -Fulfillment (1.6.19)

Copyright Tam Black 2018
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Guiding Thought

May those who seek, help others find;

May those who sorrow, be compassionate;

May those who are lost, light a path for another;

May those who question or doubt, give guidance;

May those who worry, lift the burden of another;

May those who hide, see their own light in the eyes of a stranger;

May you give peace, no matter what.

Sharing

What do you want when you are seeking?

What do you want when you are sad (or lonely)?

What do you want when you are lost?

What do you want when you question or doubt?

What do you want when you worry?

What do you want when you are afraid of revealing yourself?

What do you want always, and forever?

I am not asking these questions rhetorically. Think about your feelings, and what you want in order to relieve that feeling. The examples in the Guiding Thought are meant to be both specific ways that you can act when you are feeling those emotions, and also springboards for you to come up with other ways to give when you are feeling certain emotions.

These are specific examples of the Golden Rule, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”.

In order to fulfill the Golden Rule, you need to know for yourself what you would want someone to do unto you, so that you can then do that.

Go as deeply as you can into your feeling. Think about where it came from, and when you first started feeling that feeling. What does it relate to? Who was involved? Can you remember feeling that feeling at other points in your life? With other people? What did you want when that emotion was triggered, that you did not get? How did you then respond? Did your response soothe the situation or escalate it?

Most people today do not live by the Golden Rule. Instead, they live by the rule, “Do unto others as you think they have done unto you”. This means: if someone thinks they have been betrayed, they betray; if someone feels put-down, put-upon, or burdened, they treat someone with disdain, cruelty, or disrespect. The overarching theme is, “When I make you feel bad, I feel better”.

But the “feeling better” in this case is not a true feeling better. It’s a band-aid for deeper emotional hurt, a momentary salve to forget how deeply one is wounded.

The true healing comes when you give what you would want to receive. Remember, when you give something you are a) confirming that you already have it b) extending it, growing it, expanding it.

The good news is you can begin small, with people you don’t even know, just to try it out. If you are feeling lonely, and you wish for a true connection, go to the grocery store and give the checkout person a genuine smile; feel it from your heart, and make eye contact. You don’t even need to say anything… or if you say, “have a nice day” (again) feel the words genuinely in your heart, that is enough.

You and other people are not separate–if you are feeling something, then at some level everyone else is, too. You don’t need to know what to say to someone else. You only need to know what you would want to hear and say that.

You heal yourself, when you give to others what you would want to receive. When you heal yourself, you heal the world.

 

True Wealth -Abundance (1.5.26)

Copyright Tam Black 2018
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Guiding Thought

Increasing our thoughts of Love and our attitude of service dispels all fear of lack and limitation. As we serve more people with Love, money and wealth flow abundantly to us. We use money and wealth with love and wisdom to create lives we love through our highest vision.

Sharing

“If everyone works diligently and with love, there will be peace throughout the world.” ~Haidakhan Baba

What is True Wealth? What is Real Abundance?

Did you know that it’s estimated that about 5 million people die each year due to unclean drinking water?

One out of six children — roughly 100 million — in developing countries is underweight. Poor nutrition causes nearly half (45%) the deaths in children under age five – 3.1 million children each year.

Each year, over 1.6 million people worldwide lose their lives to violence. Violence is among the leading causes of death for people aged 15–44 years worldwide.

The Four Noble Truths of Buddha Dharma states 1) as a human, there is suffering in life. 2) The good news is that we can understand the causes of that suffering and 3) that suffering has an end. 4) we find the end of suffering through the path of living ethically, meditating, and developing wisdom.

Suffering can end. Real wealth and abundance is the Peace at the end of suffering.

We can find practical solutions to end human suffering. There are solutions even now. We must serve each other, all over the earth, to relieve suffering. There is no Peace until there is Peace for all.

 

I Am Becoming -Abundance (1.5.13)

Copyright Tam Black 2018
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Guiding Thought

Fill your mind and heart with Love, and align with the Light of Truth. Be Steadfast and focused on your own Loving Presence; live in the peace of fulfillment of your own Divine Identity.

Sharing

I wonder what’s next for me?

I wonder this on many levels.

  • What’s next for my personal growth? I’ve been going through some personal growth (inter-relational stuff) for the past 6 years, that all has been very difficult; but I think I am through it, finally–and so much the better for it! What’s next!?
  • What’s next for my spiritual progress? My spiritual advancement has grown it seems by leaps and bounds in the past two years–first my mundan, then my 40-days of fire ceremony to the Divine Mother, now another 40-days of fire ceremony to Haidakhan Babaji and the Divine Mother; I recognize myself as spiritually fulfilled–which only began after the mundan. And I am now recognizing that fulfillment in others more and more.
  • What’s next for my service projects?  What’s next for my abundance growth?  My service projects are bringing me a different kind of fulfillment–and I think they are leading me toward my next abundance growth-spurt. So much of my wondering, doubting, thinking about “when will this happen” has just dropped away–it’s no longer in my mind.
  • What’s next for my healing? I am on a really good track with my healing; I’ve been eating kitchari almost daily, and my body has been very appreciative.
  • What’s next for my learning?  I’ve come to a bit of a lull with my learning (learning fire ceremonies took a lot!), but I am anxious to see what captures my fancy next.
  • What’s next for my Love? One of my most beloved pets died about 18 months ago; then another died about a year after that. There was a void that I was not ready to fill. Then, over the summer, the Universe decided to fill it for me: a kitten was abandoned in my garage. It took about 5 weeks for him to trust me enough for me to pet him, but now (8 weeks after he first showed up), he is in the house as family. What new Love will this little guy teach me?

I am wondering these things, because I’ve already come so far. Part of the wondering is “what could be better than this”? “If I’ve gotten here, how much more amazing can I have in my life”?

I now live, most of the time, in the space of always having my mind and heart filled with Love, aligned with the Light of Truth. I falter now and again–like earlier today, when I was tired and hungry, and felt cranky…but it rarely lasts very long.

I feel like I can see through the mud of material reality. I can see (or sense) the spiritual reality that enlivens everything, that exists as everything, that calls to everyone and lifts us up to Itself.

Be steadfast and focused on your own Loving Presence; live in the peace of fulfillment of your own Divine Identity. It happens. I’m here to tell you. Stay steady, seek ye first the Kingdom, and all will be added unto you.

I’ve not arrived; I am becoming. And it’s getting really fun to watch.

 

Celebration! -Healing (1.4.40)

Copyright Tam Black 2018
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Welcome to day 40! It’s a day for celebration–can you see the celebratory theme in the picture? YAY! 40 days of Healing!

Guiding Thought

I give today to Light. I feel the Light within pour forth; I feel my radiance, my glow. I see—with my inner eye—this light envelop and infuse all I encounter, all my words, and all my actions. I watch as others resonate with me, their light growing brighter in the sanctity of my own. To all beings and all situations today, I offer only light, and learn, as I do, the Wholeness of my Self.

Reflection

Even the Guiding Thought seems to share a celebratory tone. Imagine victory. Imagine celebration. Then read the Guiding Thought with that in mind.

Doesn’t it feel good? Can you feel the radiance, the power of Light, when you associate it with celebration? Can you feel how healing it is to celebrate?

I will wait until I write the Afterword to give a serious assessment of how I think this Journey went for me. But I will say this for now: I feel good. I feel like I’ve learned something. I feel like I have accomplished something. And the accomplishment is part of the learning. And I feel good. Isn’t that what matters? 

Much of this Journey felt spiritually like I was trudging through tar. But healing to me often means drudging things up the need to be healed, rather than waiting for them to surface unexpectedly and unbidden.

I’ve said this before: I do this to myself. I would rather be the one initiating my own trudging through tar, rather than have a tar-storm rain down on me with no prompting, or insight as to why. With these consciousness journeys, I choose. I set the intention, I set the pace, I choose the method.

And then I get through it. Then I celebrate. Today, I give celebratory Light to you. I pour it forth, making it available for you. I see this light envelop and infuse you. I watch as you absorb it, your light growing brighter in the celebration of my own. Peace, Joy, and Love to you.

I’ll write the Afterword in a few days, then Journey of Abundance begins July 28!