Anchored in the Great Knowing — 02.13.12

Guiding Thought

Knowing yourself as Peace fortifies your inner awareness of the unity within. Through gratitude for the Life You Are, connect with harmony. Through harmony, Be restored and strengthened, and thus be able to carry your Inner Peace to all of life’s activity around you.

Reflection
Lita

My entry with today’s guiding thoughts has to do with “gratitude”. The curious worker bee in my head is always seeking out ways and techniques to get to that place of Peace and Harmony. It is like finding the right music station. I am not sure I know what I want to listen to, but I sure know it when I hear it. It is as simple as that.

Gratitude and appreciation practices are gaining a fair amount of press in a variety of circles today, especially in the Big Mind circles (do check out HeartMath, the Global Coherency Project, Gregg Braden, Tom Kenyon, etc.), not only for the peace it creates in the body/mind arena, but its central role in evolutionary consciousness.

For the last several years I have been a big proponent of heart/brain coherency practices (which draw gratitude and appreciation into the heart accompanied by breath), not only for the simplicity of the technique, but also for how quickly shifts take place in the body, heart, and mind. This practice is also central to an upcoming sound healing workshop I will be attending next month. I “get opportunity” to practice what I preach.

Right now it’s all about the body for me, a mix of awareness, breath, and feeling. There are, of course observable amplifications of my senses, both internal and external, but what is more interesting to observe in myself, is that when I am faithful to the practice, I am less reactive to people and situations which normally take me to barking, judgment, and impatience.  My internal peace and harmony extends outward; I am anchored in the Great Knowing of myself as Peace.

Only Then Do the Boundaries Dissolve — 02.13.11

Welcome to Round Two! 

Thank you for being here– for those of you Journeying on your own/with us, and for those of you just beginning. We are all on the Upward Spiral of Ascension, each taking their own steps to evolve individual and human consciousness to align with and express Divine Consciousness. These Journeys lay out a path to follow on a Journey that has no end (Divine Consciousness is Infinite and Eternal, afterall!). So…Welcome, and I am so grateful for you to be here, adding your light on the path.

In Round Two, the Guiding Thoughts shift from a focus of “I” to a focus of “you”. See this page for an extended explanation.

Also for this round, our Guest Journeyer is now Lita. Steve’s beautiful reflections will continue in the comments section, so if you enjoyed his writings, please follow up and read those. For Round Three, Mary will be the Guest Journeyer, then Steve will be back for Round Four.

And as a reminder: this is not “my” Journey, not Lita’s Journey, not Steve or Mary’s Journey. This is our Journey– all of us, together. Feel free to add your reflections with us in the comments section.


Guiding Thought

You are Love. You have infinite Love to give; therefore, You are capable 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
Lita

Infinite Love to Give – this is certainly a challenge during stressful times.

My first exposure to the Metta (Lovingkindness) Meditation was offered as a way to deal with a very stressful work experience. I was trying to figure out a way to heal and forgive what I perceived as underhanded and deceitful actions by co-workers. Each of us, in our own camps, was “right” and justified in our actions.

The first round or cycle of the Metta Meditation is directed towards the Self. The second round is directed towards others (personal connections). And the third round is directed to the larger community or the Universe, or all sentient beings. Well, at least, this is how I learned it.

I worked hard at extending peace, even forgiveness, to a very sticky situation. My ego, needing to be right, was extending benevolence…and working hard at it.

In retrospect, I know I leaped over that first round of the practice – the self – too soon. I am coming to know how essential it is to attend to this first step: May I dwell in the Heart. May I know my True Nature (I am Love), May I be Healed. May I be at Peace.

When I settle into a steady practice of the Metta in the first round, then I open to knowing that my true nature is Infinite Love. Then, and only then, do the boundaries (who is right religiously, politically, personally, etc.) dissolve and I am able to extend the Infinite Love, Infinite Loving Kindness to everyone and everywhere.

Mitakuye Oyasin — 02.13.10

 

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
Steve

The answers lay within. I wrote that down over 40 years ago. And I have spent the next 40 years looking for those answers everywhere but within. It feels like coming full circle, and I can now declare that God is within me, that all Life is within me, my True Self. I can and do love my Self. I accept myself as I am, and know that my True Self is Love, and that I can share this Love with all.

Of course, the best answers are questions. Those are the questions that come from within; who am I, what is my purpose, is there god? Some questions are unanswerable, and that’s okay. Accepting uncertainty, I can flow with life, knowing Peace from within, knowing Love as my true self.

Mitakuye Oyasin – All my relations – Lakota phrase of interconnectedness and oneness. Earthly reverence, every living thing is our relation. May I walk in Peace and Love.

The Lowliest Grasshoppers — 02.13.09

 

Guiding Thought

The purpose of Life for all beings is to experience happiness, peace, contentment, and safety, Knowing the Oneness and Immortality of the Divine Self. Such Knowledge is beyond speech, beyond thought; it is found in the depths of the heart where communion (co-union) with All is reality. I bring the unifying force within my heart to all people and experiences and thus Know myself as the happiness, peace, contentment, and safety I Am.

Reflection
Steve

Non- duality is not a thought. It is an experience of the heart. All beings want happiness, peace, contentment, safety. Even the lowliest grasshoppers of the world want to survive, to be safe. I see this everyday with our cat (his name is Red). This is a being with wants and needs so similar to mine; to be fed, to be held, to have a warm safe place to sleep.  While animals may live in a different realm than humans (according to Buddhist thoughts), in the Oneness of the Divine self, we are all connected, and want the same things. The desire for these things crosses all the realms,

When I am at Peace, it spreads to those around me. Likewise, when I am angry, it spreads to those around me, to the humans, cats, and dogs too. That is why it is so important to create and be with others who also foster their inner peace and unity with our Divine One. This does not mean it is always soft and quiet, or that we should run away to a quiet cave somewhere. It simply means that I bring my internal happiness and peace with me wherever I go.

 

You Are Safe

May you be safe, little one

In the arms of God

May you be safe, little one

In the world above

May you be safe, little one

Surrounded by Love

May you be safe, little one

Wherever you are.

~Steve G. Wallace

InterBEing — 02.13.08

 

Guiding Thought

When I lift my vibration into Peace and Harmony, all are lifted with me. With this awareness comes great responsibility: I am a Peace steward of all humanity, of all Life. Eternal Peace is my natural state. I joyfully and easily share it with all, and fulfill my Divine Purpose in the world.

Reflection
Steve

All life is connected. Our separateness is a delusion, a misperception by our limited ego self. It is said no man is an island. When others weep, I weep. When others hurt, I hurt. Thich Nhat Hahn calls this connectedness  “interbe”. In some ways, it is very much like the world wide web. Yet, I often live my life as if I were a stand alone PC, not connected to a network, unable to share with anyone else.

When I raise my vibrations of Peace and Harmony, because we are All one, my vibrations can lift others too. My prayers for the wellbeing of others Do have impact. The practice of Metta, Loving Kindness involves sending blessings of healing and Peace to those in need.  The interconnectedness of  All beings allows this practice to work.  I believe this healing work is very important, and allows us to help bring peace and harmony to all.

May I dwell in the heart, may I be free from suffering, may I be healed, may I be at Peace.

May you dwell in the heart, may you be free from suffering, may you be healed, may you be at Peace.

May all sentient beings dwell in the heart, may all beings be free from suffering, may all beings be at Peace.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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)

How To: Embrace Your Heart’s Love –Journey of Courage 02.09.38

Guiding Thought

I allow myself to connect with my pure Inner Divine Heart of Oneness. I am aware of the expression of the Divine Heart through me, as me. I connect with my heart, and am aware of embodying its pure Love intention for All. I am filled with Joy as I embrace my heart’s Love.

Contemplation / Reflection

Some of the most inspiring and personally rewarding experiences of my life have been, and continue to be, volunteer activities. One of the earliest I recall was called “Holiday Hospital Project”. Participants visited local hospitals on Christmas day, singing carols and delivering gifts to those who were hospitalized during this holiday. It was an amazing experience. I’ve also volunteered with a local hospital’s hospice patients. As a hospice volunteer I would visit with a terminally ill patient while their primary caregiver received a few hours of respite. The caregiver could go shopping, take in a movie, connect with a friend, enjoy a walk or simply disappear into another room for a well-deserved nap. Sometimes my task was to read to the patient, or watch a sport on TV, or just to be there sitting with them while they napped. I served on the board of a local environmental group. I wrote newsletters for a Native American action group. Currently, I’m a “chemo angel”, committed to sending weekly notes or small gifts to people experiencing chemotherapy. (visit chemoangels.com If you want to know more, or if you know someone experiencing this treatment who would like to receive snail mail encouragement.) Before doing much volunteer “work”, I used to think that volunteers were the “givers”. But, once I got into ANY volunteer task or activity, I was the recipient – filled with joy as I “embraced my heart’s Love”. Such “work” is so personally enriching and rewarding, it’s not something that can easily be put into words. I encourage anyone and everyone to find a volunteer outlet and to participate. There are so many options, something for everyone. Volunteering is an opportunity to discover your own personal creativity. You can express your Self in ways you may not have opportunity to do in a “job”. You can set your own hours and boundaries. (Just a warning that protecting your personal boundaries is one of the earliest lessons in volunteering. You will be SO appreciated and any organization will just want MORE of you. SET YOUR OWN BOUNDARIES.) That being said, when you “give” yourself to a volunteer role that suits you, you will find yourself connected with your heart and its pure Love intention, you will “embrace your heart’s Love” in beautiful ways you never anticipated. I know I have, every time.

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)