The Point of Diminishing Contrast: Journey of Peace 2017– Day 40

Welcome to Day 40–did you make it through all 40 days? It gets long, doesn’t it? Just a reminder: The next 10 days are “rest” days for this Journey, during which time I will post one last time about my self-assessment for this Journey. Then we begin a Journey of Rest. Like on the 7th day, we rest for the 7th Journey. During this time I’ll do some alternative article-writing, which I hope will inspire and entertain you while we recuperate from the 2017 Journeys and gear-up for 2018. and then…I have some exciting news. The Journeys are now being formalized into online classes. Beginning in 2018, I will offer personalized guidance, support, encouragement, and inspiration for those wanting to take their spiritual practice/seeking to the next level. Stay tuned on that. For now…Thank you for being here and adding your light to the world. Blessings to you.

Copyright Tam Black 2017
for susanwithpearls

Guiding Thought

Knowing the essence of All as my Self, I respect and revere All Life. I love my Self; I love All Life. I bring this Love regularly, sincerely, and thankfully to all my activities and interactions. I now Know the Peace inherent in Oneness. I Know All as my Self. I Know my Self as Love.

Reflection

I love this phrase: “I love my Self”. I used to have a hard time even thinking about loving myself. Now I love saying it to myself and hearing it from myself! I love Love!

You know that I very often ask such questions as “how do I do [it]” or “how do I know”, right?

Well, over the past few days, I’ve been in a situation that has helped me to understand how one knows. Be forewarned: it is not clearly logical or rational, ultimately, the answer is, “you just know”. I think I am getting more comfortable with that answer.

So the question is (or the questions are), how do I know if I am At Peace or how do I know if I perceive Oneness or how do I know if I’m even doing anything.

A lot of times I don’t know–not emotionally, not intellectually, not physically. And I now see that it is due to what I now call “the point of diminishing contrast”.

You see, I hang out pretty much with people who a) are good communicators b) value peace and harmony in relationships and home c) care about spiritual values and actualizing them in the world. In short, I hang out with people who work at having clear minds/hearts, and living from that pure space.

This is the point of diminishing contrast: I vibrate with the folks I hang out with on a similar wavelength that reflects our values. There is less contrast between me and my friends than between me and someone who thinks and acts from (let’s call it) “lower self” values. It is harder to discern “how much” Peace I actually embody, if I don’t have a contrasting point of view.

Every once in a while it hits me: “most people don’t think or live like this”. I understand intellectually that my mind and life are smoother, more peaceful than most people’s. But it’s not like I understand the extent to which my life is smoother.

I’ve recently been given the gift of interacting with someone on a daily basis, who (how shall I say this?)…who’s mind is in chaos, and I can see it.

This is part of the bigger, “ultimate” answer of: you just know. When you get to a certain point of experience, you can recognize what you know in other people. This is true in many areas, not just that of spiritual growth. People who have been in recovery can recognize symptoms of alcohol disease in others before the others may recognize it. People who have reclaimed their lives after abusive relationships can recognize the symptoms of abuse. When people focus and learn the skills and behaviors of Peace, it becomes clear when someone is not at peace.

In this particular situation, the contrast is so great, I can practically see exactly how this person’s mind spins, the effects that the spinning has, and how it plays out in the life of this person. It’s just so obvious.

I have to say, this has been a draining situation. I am not used to working with people who are so not-self-aware, and so embroiled in their their mind’s antics. It has been educational on very many levels, and I am thankful for all of them. I can now identify my own Peace much better, and I bless and ask for Peace for those who do not have this awareness.

Breathe It In: Journey of Peace 2017– Day 21

Welcome to Round 3. We are half way through! For this round, the pronouns change once again, to remind you that “we are all in this together”. It’s not just “I”; it’s not only “you”; it is we–me-you-our, myour. All for All. Let’s get started!

Copyright Tam Black 2017
for susanwithpearls

Guiding Thought

We are Love. We have infinite Love to give; therefore, we are able to give Love infinitely. Filled with Love, our energy is vibrant. All of Life responds to our inner State of Being with mutual harmony.

Reflection

I feel inspired by today’s words. All of them. Sometimes I feel like just repeating the Guiding Thought in order to explain myself should be enough, as though the Guiding Thought says it all, perfectly. Today is one of those days.

Take it in. Feel it.

We are Love. We. are. Love. All of us, everywhere; no matter who we are, what we do, what we have ever done, We are Love. Nothing can change that. We cannot be something we are not, and we are Love, we can be nothing other.

Since we are Love, we have infinite Love to give. There is no end to Love; there is no end to the Love we can give. Love can pour out of us forever and a day and there would still be Love left over.

So, there’s no reason to hold onto it. There’s no reason to hoard our Love. There is no reason not to share and give generously… infinitely!

With all that movement of Love, all that accessibility of Love, all that availability of Love, how can our energy be anything but vibrant? And beautiful? And gentle, caring, kind?

I imagine being tuned in to that vibration so strongly within myself, feeling so much Love pour out that everything and everyone who comes into the vicinity feels it and automatically responds in kind, producing the mutual harmony.

Please note… feeling inspired is different than fully feeling the words embodied. I feel inspired; I do not feel that I currently embody the words.

I feel a little lifted. I feel lighter. I feel happier than I was 30 minutes ago. I feel hopeful. I feel as though, “I can do this”.

I still also feel like I have a lot to learn, a long way to go. But thank goodness for every drop.

May you be lifted, inspired, lighter, and happier, every moment, with every breath, until we all know ourselves together as the perfect embodiment of perfect Divine Love!

 

 

Past the Darkness: Journey of Peace 2017– Day 11

Welcome to round two! I do believe we are off to a good start. I am feeling a bit corny today, and I have Peace Train rolling around in my head. In particular, it was these lyrics that got me to that song, Now, I’ve been happy lately–Thinkin’ about the good things to come–And I believe it could be–Something good has begun.

Listen, if you like: 

Now, in round two, the subject of the Guiding Thought changes from “I” to “you”. Pretend that you are speaking to someone else (“teaching” them the wisdom of the Guiding Thought), or that a wise teacher is speaking to you, transmitting the wisdom of the Guiding Thought to you. (For more details about the Rounds, click here.) Onward!

Copyright Tam Black 2017
for susanwithpearls

Guiding Thought

You are Love. You have infinite Love to give; therefore, you are able to give Love infinitely. Filled with Love, your energy is vibrant. All of Life responds to your inner State of Being with mutual harmony.

Reflection

Peace Train, although optimistic and hopeful on the one hand, also recognizes we have a long way to go.

Now, I’ve been cryin’ lately
Thinkin’ about the world as it is.
Why must we go on hating?
Why can’t we live in bliss?

‘Cause out on the edge of darkness
There rides a peace train.
Oh, peace train take this country.
Come take me home again.

It’s hard to stay hopeful with the violence in Las Vegas, the divisions in the US because of racial injustice, and the dismissive, uncaring attitude the US administration has shown to US citizens in Puerto Rico.

I’ve been cryin’ lately. 

It sure feels like the edge of darkness.

But then, right behind the darkness, there has been so much light. Everywhere there are stories about people helping each other, people speaking out against injustice, people sending money and resources to help those in need.

Tragedies highlight the worst in people, and bring out the best in people.

My question is: when will we no longer need tragedies to bring out the best in people? When will we help each other “just because”? When will the systems and institutions have built-in support for all people, for those who cannot help themselves, for people who come into misfortune? When will we no longer need the darkness as a reactant, for us to spark our light?

I am not just optimistic that this particular historic moment of darkness will pass. I am optimistic that it will pass and leave more light shining than the world has ever seen. I am confident that people are using this particular historic moment of darkness to finally decide that we are done with the hatred, done with the discrimination, done with the violence, done with apathy, done with bigotry.

The reason I can be this optimistic? Because I know each of us has infinite Love to give; therefore, we are able to give Love infinitely. When we really realize this…when we know this…there is nothing we cannot do, no one who will be left unloved, uncared for, overlooked, forgotten; we can love and help each other infinitely, because we will not be afraid of losing what we have–because we have All within.

Journey of Peace 2017: Commitment and Dedication

Today, I commit to eradicating, releasing, and removing all obstacles, hindrances, block, or areas of ignorance in my mental-emotional-physical-spiritual bodies, in all time frames and dimensions, at all levels of consciousness.

I commit to replace what I release with the Divine Light of Truth, with Love, with Peace, and with Harmony.

I commit to embody my new level of consciousness–of Divine Light, Love, Peace, and Harmony–by taking actions which demonstrate Peace, Compassion, Love, Caring-For all life, Acceptance, and Understanding.

In order to maintain and expand my consciousness in a vibration of Peace, I commit to forty consecutive days of this Journey. I commit to contemplating the Guiding Thought for a minimum of 5 minutes each day, and to write and share any thoughts that come up about or around it.

May this Journey serve all beings. May this Journey be a vehicle through which the Divine enters and uplifts the world and all who reside here.

This Journey is dedicated to All Beings: May All attain enlightened actions in the world through Knowing Peace. May we Know compassion for each other, may we demonstrate our kindness, may we see others as ourselves, and know our Oneness with All.

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om

 

Thank you for being here! I look forward to spending this Journey with you. Tomorrow, we begin the contemplations! Be well. Be the Love you Are. Be your Self. I love you.

Stronger Together: Journey of Freedom 2017–Day 38

Copyright Tam Black 2015
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Guiding Thought

My connection with the Infinite Source of Love is and always has been enough. Love loves me always, everywhere. Assured in love, I am perfectly lovable and perfectly loving with all people in all situations. 

Reflection

I have a connection to the Infinite Source of Love.

You have a connection to the Infinite Source of Love.

We have a connection to the Infinite Source of Love.

Right here, right now: you are connected to Love. You are connected to me, as I am to you, through Love.

The Love that Loves me always and everywhere Loves you always and everywhere.

We always have access to that Love. We always have an infinite supply.

Yesterday, I was at Trader Joe’s, my lunchtime hangout (yes, I am there at least once a week). I got to the checkout, and began the usual, “Hi, how are you” with the cashier. This was a cashier I did not know; I know many of them, but not this one. As he was responding to my “Hi, how are you”, he gave a slight indication that there was more to his response than the template answer.

So I asked him, “really–how is everything”?

He put his hand to his heart, rolled his head and eyes and started to say something real. After just a few jumbled words, he stopped himself and said, “Now I’m getting too philosophical…Let’s just say I’m going through a rough time right now…”

Normally, I would have replied with some quip about how philosophy is AOK with me! but this time, I looked right at him, and said, “if it’s any consolation, everyone is having a rough time right now, we’re all in this together, we’ll get through it together.”

I think he did not know what to do with my intensity. He stumbled over the words, “yeah, stronger together…”

YES. Stronger together.

Whatever way he meant it– even if he was being cliche because he did not know what else to say/do–YES. Stronger together.

I know how meant it; I know that I was connecting with Infinite Love, asking It to be with him, and telling him in unspoken words that I am here for you, >love< —take some, there’s plenty, be strengthened and encouraged.

I don’t know what he got. That’s how it is; we never really know what the recipient actually experiences. The interaction was too brief for me to see anything beyond the next, “your receipt’s in the bag, have a good rest of your day”.

We really are stronger together, and we need to strengthen and encourage each other daily if we are going to get through this (whatever this is–for you, for your neighbor, for the cashier at the store…).

Love is infinite. We are connected through Love. Share freely.

Total Immunity: Journey of Freedom 2017–Day 34

Copyright Tam Black 2015
Designed for susanwithpearls.com

Guiding Thought

Divine energy nourishes me, heals me, and brings God into my mind and body. Enlightenment moves me, awakens my Soul, and firmly grounds me in all I do. My energy creates my life experiences; my being is only love and light.

Reflection

I’ve been reading a lot lately about immunity. Have you ever thought that if the body were totally immune there would be no reason to fear infection, sickness, disease, decay, or even death?

What’s more, if the mind were totally immune, then there would be no mental illness, no PTSD, no anxiety, worry, depression, addiction, or bi-polar disorders.

And think about it: if you were totally immune, no one could take advantage of you, manipulate you, lay guilt trips on you, make you feel shame, embarrass you, or insert any emotion into your belief system at all.

Sounds ok to me.

Where would that leave the abusers, the narcissists, the gas lighters, the liars, and manipulators?

They would have to figure something else out, because when enough of us become immune to their mental/emotional onslaughts, they will not get what they want: power and control (over others). No one will be feeding their dragons, so the dragons will starve.

I actually think this shift is already happening.There is enough exposure right now of toxic, narcissistic, and manipulative people at the very highest levels, that people at the lowest levels are now able to identify it, see it for what it is, and say “no more, not in my life”!  What a gift the current state of political dysfunction has been! It’s brought so much toxicity out for all to see! Now people can rid themselves of something that before they could not even identify.

So, let’s work towards total immunity, shall we?

You see, I really think “total immunity” simply means being Love and Light. How can anything less than Love and Light affect someone who is Love and Light?

 

Notice: Journey of Freedom 2017–Day 30

Copyright Tam Black 2015
Designed for susanwithpearls.com

Guiding Thought

We focus our mind and thoughts on our Inner Divine Self, our Self of Peace, our Self of Joy, our Self of Infinite Being and Intelligence. When we are aware of our Inner Divine Self, we radiate these qualities, expressing the freedom of Being in Life!

Reflection

When I focus on my Divine Self, I feel more at peace.

When I feel at peace, I find joy flows more readily.

When I notice that I feel at peace

or

When I notice the joy flowing more readily,

I want more.

So I turn my attention to my Divine Self, my Source of Peace and Joy.

I’ve been noticing this today.

I feel happy and contended.

There is a calm in my mind, heart, and body.

I want more,

or rather, I want to keep it going.

I bring my attention to the top of my head, and think of warm golden light flowing into me, down my neck, into my torso, and out from my heart.

And I smile, at peace, and filled with joy. Free.