Crossing the Bridge Both Ways –Journey of Beauty 02.10.19

Guiding Thought

How do you distinguish fundamental beauty from fleeting, or superficial, beauty? What is the nature of illusion? What is the nature of dis-illusion? How do you get through illusion to Truth?

Reflection / Contemplation

It is in service to Beauty and this writing project that I disclose, yet another, collection I have. It is pens. My best friend from college and I are both in danger when we happen to be in an art or book store. “Do I need another pen? Yes. No. How many pens do I have? Oh this is beautiful. You have to get it.” We banter back and forth and in most cases, yes, we get the pen or pen sets.

I am picky about pens. What I love is the feel of the pen, the line and color of the ink, and yes, the aesthetics and look of the pen itself. Pens are in the forefront of my brain these days, because I am longing to get my hands on a piece of Beauty, this fountain pen that I see in a catalogue.

With this in mind, I am taken into the world of Ken Wilbur, a contemporary philosopher whose works attend to integral theory and consciousness. I like how he talks about Truth: little “t” and big “T”. Little “t” includes facts, data, science. Big “T” attends to the bigger and not so easily defined realities which are in the realm of philosophers, theologians, metaphysicians, cosmologists, etc.

I can easily exchange the letters to little “b’ and big “B” for today’s guiding thoughts on Beauty. I am given to wonder if, and how much my collection of rocks, mantras, and, pens (and all the others I have as yet to divulge…ugh), are fleeting or fundamental. In the beginning of this project, I stated that I must be exposed to or create Beauty on a daily basis. Does this include pens?

We are incarnational beings, and our senses are a primary conduit for both the witnessing and the expression of Beauty. We have to have little “b” and big “B”, just like we have to have little “t” and big “T”. How can we not?
The rocks, the pens, the “whatever”, I know are fleeting; they will go away, but I do know that they offer a bridge to the big “B” if I allow it. It is infusing meaning into the “explicate” order of things. I’d like to think we get to practice walking both ways on the bridge.

Guest Contributor Lita Artis

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Here is the schedule:

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)

Generational Reflection –Journey of Courage 02.09.31

Guiding Thought

Life is a process of Self-discovery. I embrace All of Life, for All of Life is who I am. As I embrace Life as my Self, I come to understand Life as me. Life embraces me gently and joyfully in return.

Contemplation / Reflection

I have a great-granddaughter celebrating her first birthday today. I wish I could be embracing her physically, but she lives in another state. My Self-discovery for the day is a whole lot of mixed feelings. First, saying “great-granddaughter” makes me think “I’m old”! But, in a workshop I participated in years ago, we were encouraged to choose an age we really enjoyed, and stay there in spirit. So, I’m forever 27! Old enough to have gained a little wisdom (I hope), young enough to still want to sing and dance and play through life. Next, feeling mixed about this little girl. For her first birthday she’s wearing a pink tutu and a white lace shirt. She’s adorable. She’s a tiny princess. But, it’s so very GIRLY.  And, she’s being raised in an incredibly loving family with three older brothers who adore her. I’m sure, somewhere along the way she’ll learn to play with boy toys. And, in truth, what I feel about any of this doesn’t matter a bit. I’m not present to influence the gender training of these children. Their mother is a brilliant and multi-talented woman who is a great role model.  These children will grow up learning of love, for themselves and for one another. And I can’t change my age. So I’m embracing Life as it presents itself. I understand that I have biases and preferences. As I embrace the meaninglessness of those, I feel life embracing me gently in return. Life is what it is. And that’s more than okay with me.

 

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)

Ground-Level Perspective –Journey of Courage 02.09.24

Guiding Thought

We are safe in Divine Love’s assurance. We have the courage to face the ignorance and illusions within ourselves and root them out. We allow the Light of Love to enter our minds and hearts. Divine Love shines within us destroying anything false, transforming us from within.

Contemplation / Reflection

I am looking for the ignorance and illusions within myself. I think they’re pretty darned well hidden! I recall putting on a pair of roller blades for the first time and taking off down a hill. I’d done a lot of ice skating and had the illusion that I knew how to slow down or stop if I was going too fast. Well, on ice skates, there are serrations on the toe that help slow you. Imagine my amazement when that didn’t work with roller blades. There’s a rubber bumper on the heel that slows and stops you. So there I was, sitting on the concrete path with scraped and bloody elbows. My companions, seeing me take off like a shot, labeled me “fearless”. I labeled myself ignorant! But I didn’t break anything, so I guess Divine Love assured me, there was hope of rooting out that ignorance.

 

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)

Chaos and Quiet –Journey of Courage 02.09.20

Guiding Thought

Be aware, allow, accept What is. Go within to your silent Self which Knows and follow your Inner wisdom to Truth. Practice Divine Balance in thought, word, and action. You are! You are your Self! You Are your Self of Love!

Contemplation / Reflection

Chaos and quiet. Went for a stroll through the local botanical garden on this sunny, spring-like afternoon. The garden is under the flight path of planes leaving the large international airport. They’re loud. Add to that a couple of trucks with loud mufflers and a motorcycle and you have noisy chaos. In only a minute, the vehicles and the plane are all long gone. I’m now standing on the edge of the pond in the Japanese garden section and all is peacefully quiet. I am aware. I allow the noise, what choice do I have?  And now I stand in the inner and outer stillness. I breathe deeply.  I am my Self aware of both chaos and quiet. And I love the balance of it! One of my favorite songs from years past was titled “Delicate Balance”.  A part of the lyrics: “it’s all such a delicate balance, as it turns through the circles of air. To live it is real, to love it is to feel that you’re a part of what everything is.” Delicate balance, divine balance, chaos and quiet…………

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!

 

And the Wind Dances -Abundance (1.5.24)

Copyright Tam Black 2018
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Guiding Thought

Divine Love is infinite. Therefore, our Source and Supply are infinite. As we increase our consciousness of our Inner Divine-Love Presence as our Source and Supply, money, wealth, and prosperity increase in our life-experiences—and we use that money, wealth, and prosperity to fully express our Inner Divine-Love Presence.

Sharing

Wind blows through an open door.

Open, there is no-thing.

Closed, there is some-thing.

Wind cannot blow through some-thing, only through no-thing.

Open, there is space and movement.

Closed there is barrier and halting.

Wind dances freely in space,

 condenses and tightens against barriers, resisting restraint.

I am an open door for the wind of Infinite Love.

Wider and wider no-thing expands, as Infinite Love dances in space.

 

 

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.

 

Everyone is Atypical -Healing (1.4.11)

Copyright Tam Black 2018
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Welcome to Round 2! We’ve completed 10 days, WHOOO HOOOOO! How are you doing? How’s your Journey? Are you understanding anything in your life from a new or different perspective? Have you had any “Ah-ha-s”? My Ah-ha-s usually come mostly during the last round. I seem to spend a lot of time stewing in my own juices first, then…boom, things come together. So… don’t worry if you don’t think you’re “getting it” yet.

The Guiding Thoughts change slightly for this round. If you are new here, please see details under “Four Rounds” on this page. Here we go!

Guiding Thought

Clear your mind of all past notions of what you think healing is. Erase all memories and stories from your thoughts, leaving only a clean slate. Turn your attention to your Inner Divine Mind and ask, “What is healing”? Wait and listen in silence; take your attention deeper into the vastness of Divine Mind and ask again, “What is healing?”, “What is wholeness?”, and “What is holy?” Wait and listen. Feeling stillness, simply pause in the quiet and await your answer.

Reflection

“What is healing” can be interpreted in two ways. 1) The emphasis is placed on “what”: “What is healing?”–what are things or actions that bring about healing. Some answers could be (for example): “Eating fresh fruit is healing”. “Relaxation is healing”. “Saunas are healing”. 2) The emphasis is placed on “healing”: “What is healing“, which points to the essence of healing: What does it mean to heal?  What does healing feel like; how is it experienced; how is the mind comported to induce healing? 

The first is physical, the second is beyond the physical. The first responds to symptoms or conditions, the second, when understood, addresses everything.

I always regard the Guiding Thought as asking the second type of question, looking for the essence of healing.

For this answer, healing must speak for itself. This is why letting go of preconceptions is necessary, and why stillness and quiet are necessary.

Healing must tell me of itself.

One of my most beloved animals was a Jack Russel Terrier. This breed is known for having boundless energy and keen intelligence:

My dog, Spot was an atypical Jack Russell. He did not run around, crazy; he never really wanted to play; and he was very sensitive (not aloof like most Jack Russells).

I could not approach him like a typical Jack Russell. I had to forget everything I thought I knew about Jack Russells, and let Spot teach me about himself. I had to be attentive and sensitive right back to him, otherwise, he would look at me with such expressive eyes as though I had completely misunderstood.

There are so many things/people that are not what we think they are. How often are we disappointed because we have misunderstood? How often have we projected what we thought someone or something should be rather than asking it or them to tell us about themselves?

What can we learn of healing by listening to each other?

Spot (2004-2016)