Waiting for the Water to Recede –Journey of Courage 02.09.21

Guiding Thought

Life is a process of self-discovery. We embrace All of Life, for All of Life is who we Are. As we embrace Life as our Self, we come to understand Life as ourselves. Life embraces us gently and joyfully in return.

Contemplation / Reflection

My best friend lives on a river in the Midwest. The river has crested at its highest levels since she moved there. Her street and her entire yard are under water. Fortunately, her home is dry, an island. But she can’t go home until the water recedes. Her new mantra is “thank you for keeping my home dry, thank you for keeping my home dry”. When she sent out a request on social media for anyone who had a guest room available, she received offers from Colorado, Washington state, Texas and even the United Kingdom. This is an amazing statement about the oneness of us all. Open homes and open hearts. What a wonderful demonstration of Life embracing us gently and joyfully!

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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Assurance –Journey of Courage 02.09.04

Guiding Thought

I am safe in Divine Love’s assurance. I have the courage to face the ignorance and illusions within me and root them out. I allow the Light of Love to enter my mind and heart. Divine Love shines within me destroying anything false, transforming me from within.

Contemplation / Reflection

Three years ago I went through breast cancer surgery, chemo and radiation.  My husband and a friend from Wisconsin sat in the hospital through the surgical procedure.  Several friends kept me company through each and every chemo treatment. Sometimes they would sit with me for hours just quietly holding a foot or a hand, with very little conversation. It was an amazing, almost overwhelming demonstration of “Divine Love’s assurance”. The hospital chaplain made a point of standing by my side at each chemo session, saying a special blessing for my well-being.  Another friend visited from Hawaii and accompanied me to every radiance (I prefer that term to radiation) session. He just sat in the waiting room quietly praying for my healing.  I am, indeed safe in Divine Love’s assurance.  When, through my own ignorance and illusions,  I think of myself as unloving and unlovable, when I think I am unworthy of receiving such loving support,  I need only to recall the amazing outpouring of Divine Love that surrounded and embraced me through that difficult time.  The love I received from these angelic souls brought moving tears of joy and love through me. I witness how storms, floods, fires, or an epic event like 911 bring out Divine Love’s assurance. I see how strangers in a community come together in love and support of one another.  I stand at the foot of our massive mountains, walk a beach beside the immense and powerful ocean, or sit in quiet meditation. No, I’m not perfect physically or emotionally. None of us is or we’d have no need to be here on this lovely garden planet at this time.  But the perfection of Divine Love dwells in us all and so, perhaps we are, each of us, perfect after all.  We need only the simple courage to be still and know.

Guest Contributor Mary Wallace

 

 

 

 

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The World is Upside Down. –Gratitude 2.8.31

Welcome to day 31 and the final round! I’ve been reading a lot of different things on this Journey: The Ra MaterialDancing with Shiva, Hinduism Basics – Traditional Overview- The Most Organized Eternal Way Of Life, and now I am reading the Saint Germain I AM Discourses. Maybe a little all over the place, ya think?

If you believe (or know) that every outer thing is a reflection of your inner self, and/or your inner state, then this Journey has also been reflecting a little all over the place. We are just now beginning Round 4, which of course is 10 days long, but it’s supposed to end on Thursday this week. Have I really missed that many days this Journey?

I guess I have. No rest during the “rest period” on this Journey. Must….complete…. the Journey…..

For this round, we return to “I” as the subject of the Guiding Thought. The idea is that after going through the rounds of “you” and “we”, you will have a different understanding of “I” that takes into account what you have learned through “you” and “we”.

Thanks for sticking with me. I am glad you are here!

Guiding Thought

I remember my Self and recognize the Love within me, the Love I Am. I see this Love as all I am and all there is, the reality of me, the reality of you, and the reality that is the Life of All. I honor this Love and this Life, and offer my gratitude for Its Being. What Joy there is in Being!

Reflection / Contemplation

Being Love is the most natural thing in the world.
As the most natural thing, it is easy…effortless!
Who needs to think about something, when it’s just the way it is?

Do birds think about flying?
Do cats think about playing?
Do you think about laughing when you hear something funny?

But…you may say…being Love is not easy. If it were easy, I would always be in Love, always be in Peace, always be happy…and I am far from all those things.

Yes. The world is upside down.
We believe things about ourselves that are not true.
We believe we have been wronged…
We believe we are victims…
We believe we have no control…
We believe in our own pain and suffering.

While we may experience the world through these lenses, they are not the Truth of who we are. But we believe these lies. And so, we live the lies.

Believing the lies, we disbelieve the Truth. We deny the Truth, because we’ve made the lies our home, our comfort, our identity.

So, yes. Until you believe the Truth, and deny the Lies, Being Love feels hard. But it’s not the Being Love that is hard. Letting go of the lies is what is hard, we just blame Love, so we can continue to hold on to the lies. The world is updisedown.

The solution?

Focus on the Truth. Attend to Love. Take time each day to invite, accept, and receive Love. Deny the lies you tell yourself. If you feel a lie whispering or shouting to you, think Love. Blast that lie with Love, and transform it with Divine Perfection to Divine Perfection. For every lie, is simply a distortion of the Truth waiting to return Home to Love.

Once you become proficient at invoking love daily, hourly, you will see: it’s the easiest, most natural, effortless thing in the world.

 

 

Golden Rule Specifics -Fulfillment (1.6.19)

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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.

 

I Got That Joy Joy Joy Joy -Fulfillment (1.6.17)

Copyright Tam Black 2018
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Guiding Thought

Your joy unifies! Accepting your joy, acknowledging it, sharing it, and expressing it heals you and heals others. To be wholly joyful means to be wholly Love…means to be wholly your Self.

Sharing

What does it mean to heal in this context?

It’s more than a physical healing, like healing a scrape, or broken bone. It’s more than healing from a virus or a bacterial infection. It’s more than psychological healing; it’s more than emotional healing. These types of healing address a body, a mind, or emotions–just one facet of a human being. These things are what most people are talking about when they talk about “healing”.

In the context of the Guiding Thought, it’s really unification that heals. If joy unifies, then by accepting your joy (acknowledging it and sharing it), you are sharing its quality of unification. And remember, when you give something not only are you confirming to yourself that you have it in the first place, but you are expanding and intensifying it. So, as you give joy to others, you simultaneously make it stronger within yourself, and spark another’s joy within them.

This type of healing does not address a body, a mind, or emotions each independently, but rather addresses anything that is perceived as separate or fragmented, regardless of where it resides in a person’s being.

The Truth of your Being…is Love. Being Love is being Wholly ourselves. This is our “healed” state–our natural state of being the Love we are. Anything else is “illness”.

“Healing” in the context of the Guiding Thought simply means to be the Self you are, the Love you are. Love makes us whole because Love is wholeness, and is what we are.

This wholeness is the healed state, in which everyone understands and Knows their Self in Love, which is the same Love as everyone else. No one is “other. No one is “separate”. No one is “less than”. We are all that beautiful, all-pervading, all-encompassing, infinite Love.

What’s not to be Joyful? If you were there, wouldn’t you want everyone to Know themselves as that Love, to join you in that joy?

 

 

 

Choose -Fulfillment (1.6.8)

Copyright Tam Black 2018
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Guiding Thought

My motivation is my choice. My intention is my choice. My will is my choice. In Peace, I listen within for guidance so that my actions are motivated by joy, my intentions are love, and my will is simply to share Joy and Love.

Sharing

Before you go any farther here, consider whether or not you believe in free will. Do you think or believe that human beings can choose how their lives unfold? Or, do you think that there is some ultimate, predetermined plan and humans live a life that is pre-scripted? Get clear for yourself before reading on, so that you may agree or disagree with what I have to say from an informed personal viewpoint.

I believe in free will. I think that we have the ability to direct our thoughts and actions, and, depending on how/where we direct those, we will experience different things, and/or experience things differently. Image result for water forming canyons

And, I also believe in karma, which I will define here as: the effects of those mental and physical actions we have chosen, which leave impressions (like the impression of a fingerprint, or the impression of a gently running water as it moves through rock–even water can carve canyons), which we then re-experience, unless or until we change the thought that created the impression/effect.

Karma is not the same as determinism, but it can be experienced as though it is determinism, when an impression is repeated enough times that it becomes a deeply seated habit, or pattern, like water forming a canyon.

I believe there are thoughts and mental patterns that bring us deeper/higher into Divine Consciousness, and there are thoughts and mental patterns that only enhance our lower self-of-misery, pain, and suffering. I believe every moment we have a choice between these two.

I believe that an excellent use of free will is to direct thoughts and mental patterns to Divine Consciousness. Actually, I’m going to go even further and say, that some days I believe the only proper use of free will is to direct ourselves to Divine Consciousness. But some days that also feels a bit extreme, especially when I am having a particularly hard time keeping my thoughts “up”.

With free will, and the full power of choice, now read the Guiding Thought again.

My motivation is my choice. My intention is my choice. My will is my choice. In Peace, I listen within for guidance so that my actions are motivated by joy, my intentions are love, and my will is simply to share Joy and Love.

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