Express Your Self!: Journey of Purpose – 03.02.40

Guiding Thought

The world awaits my expression! I am here to align with my purpose, participate with life, and share my Self. With each moment I spend cultivating my own Loving Presence to be attuned with my Inner Divine Mind’s expression, the more I encounter the Perfect Spiritual Idea in my life activities. I choose to be aware! I choose to understand! I choose to Know! I choose Life.

The Guiding Thoughts audio for this Journey may be found here.

Reflections

Steve (Meet Steve here.)

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Reflection

My purpose each moment is to be able to choose to be aware, to choose to understand, to choose to know. Each day, I start this journey with Purpose, and know it is worthwhile. I strive to be aware of my Loving Presence, to participate with life, and to share my Self as best as I am able. Each day I do my best, to live my life with meaning, joy and compassion. I do my best to love. It is enough.

I will continue to express myself, and find purpose in my daily journey, however that may look. I am a student of life, and may I continue to grow and learn and love.

 

“The river of love overflows its banks, and the lotus blooms in the heart of the devotee. ~Kabir

 

Susan

Day 40. Wow. Another Journey under my belt. I’ll probably have more to say about this during my 10-day reflection and subsequent writing, but I feel like I have learned something about doing the Journeys. “Something” as in: I can relax (see yesterday’s brief reflection). Yeah. I don’t have to be so serious or intense. Serious and intense is much of my nature, but I can also lighten up  a bit. A Journey is a Journey, and it leads…no matter where my mind is on the continuum of  “relaxed” to “intense”. (For me, the so-called opposite of relaxed is not “stressed”.  Stress implies anxiousness, or anxiety, or worried. I am rarely any of those…but I am often deeply focused, single-pointed, or concentrated–non of which produce stress for me.) I am looking foward already to Journey of Worth (will begin in 10 days!). How fun it is to watch myself change and grow and interact with myself in new and different ways.

Peace to All. Steve and I will be back in a few days with our End-of-Journey Reflections, then…Onward! with Journey of Worth!

 

 

If you are curious here’s my writing from The very first Journey of Purpose, six years ago Day 40.  

 

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Trust your Self in the Here and Now: Journey of Purpose – 03.02.39

Guiding Thought

I am. I am Love. I am kindness. I am filled full. I have all I seek, for all I seek is within me. Now I can be who I know I am. I share my Self with all and hold nothing back. I give All Love. The Fullness of my Self returns to me as every form, person, situation, circumstance, and event that renews my fullness. I need not worry or think about what may be …my Self Knows, and orders my life for my perfect fulfillment All I need do is remember my Self… and smile, breathe, and live.

The Guiding Thoughts audio for this Journey may be found here.

Reflections

Steve (Meet Steve here.)

Bent Halo

Reflection

 

Open to the present moment. That is key to not worrying about what may be. Focus on the now, All I need is within me, at the center of my Self. When I am present, I can experience the Love and kindness within me, and can share my Self with all. As Ram Dass so famously said, “Be Here Now”.

When my mind wanders into the future, it fills with “what ifs”, most of them of the worrisome sort. Fear of the future, regrets in the past. Happiness can be there too, but true happiness is found only in the now, moment by moment. When I remember my Self, I am home, I am fulfilled, I am One. (Not a numerical one). One with Wholeness, one with the Divine Mind, one with the universe.

Sometimes this all sounds like BS to me. I wonder what that means. Perhaps it is my ego, clinging to duality, insisting on the universe being composed of “I” and “not-I”. I am me, and you are you, and never the twain shall meet. Perhaps this is my critic, saying how dare I suggest I know the One, the Divine Mind. Little ol’ me, trying to sound like I know something.  Who dares?

 

 

WHO DARES?

Mother Earth groans and groans

Cement and Pavement weighing down

Acres covered weighing down

Mother Earth shrugs

Crack appears

Seedling Grows

A touch of Green

A growing thing

A weed pushes up – how dare it?

A plastic bag and Styrofoam

Float by on the wind, concrete toppings

Another weed shoots up a crack

How dares it?

Something blooms beneath the sand

Breathing, growing a lone delight.

Acres of pavement, weighing down

A speck of green – growing up

How defiant!

~Sgw 06/30/12

 

Sitting on the steps outside a tavern, looking at all the pavement and cement everywhere. The only thing growing was a weed, growing through a crack. Somehow, I related to that weed, growing, stretching to the sky, despite all efforts to keep it down.

I smile, I breathe, I live!

 

Susan

This phrase struck me today, “my Self Knows, and orders my life for my perfect fulfillment”.

This morning, my partner brought to my attention that this is one of the least (if not the least) intense Journeys I’ve ever done: I’ve been relaxed, just painting, not thinking too much, enjoying.

And this is Journey of Purpose.

Maybe, just maybe, my Self Knows that what I have needed to do to fulfill my purpose is to relax, enjoy, and not think too much.

 

 

If you are curious here’s my writing from The very first Journey of Purpose, six years ago Day 39.  

 

Public Service Message regarding CoVid 19:

How to triage your symptoms. Use the flow chart here to help you determine a course of action regarding your symptoms.

Remember: One of the big concerns right now is the potential for overwhelming hospitals and emergency personnel. There is no treatment for mild cases. Severe cases require hospitalization, with respirators. You can determine for yourself what your symptoms are, and reduce the potential overwhelm in hospitals and at doctors’ offices. Please share; in working together, we can help the people with most severe cases get the necessary treatment.

 

Dawn’s Glow: Journey of Purpose – 03.02.38

Guiding Thought

I erase all I think I know of my Inner Divine Mind. I am changing. I am changed. All is new. With a blank slate of pure luminescence, I simply wait, feeling my inner glow. Transformation! I want this. I invite this. I welcome this!

I allow myself to change, to become more attuned to my Self, more aligned with my Self, and more congruent with my Highest Purpose. As I wait and watch my Highest Purpose appear in my activities as people and circumstances, I breathe, I smile, and I live.

The Guiding Thoughts audio for this Journey may be found here.

Reflections

Steve (Meet Steve here.)

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Reflection

I visualize a blank slate, pure luminescence, and the sun comes up in all its glory. It’s a bright glowing orb, yellow rays reaching out. I cannot help but smile. It’s a new day, a new dawn.  A blank slate invites poetry:

SHE DAWN

The SheDawn awakes

Beauty incarnate,

Joy abounding in each breath.

None else are so beautiful as she.

She sees with the sky,

And hears with the breeze.

~sgw 1979

 

Outside, it is grey, with a promise of some later sun. As I watch and wait, we smile at the Tulip Buddha.

 

Susan

My Luminescence; my Inner Divine glow.  I am changed.

 

If you are curious here’s my writing from The very first Journey of Purpose, six years ago Day 38.  

 

 

 

 

Public Service Message regarding CoVid 19:

How to triage your symptoms. Use the flow chart here to help you determine a course of action regarding your symptoms.

Remember: One of the big concerns right now is the potential for overwhelming hospitals and emergency personnel. There is no treatment for mild cases. Severe cases require hospitalization, with respirators. You can determine for yourself what your symptoms are, and reduce the potential overwhelm in hospitals and at doctors’ offices. Please share; in working together, we can help the people with most severe cases get the necessary treatment.

 

One Day, We Will Die…: Journey of Purpose – 03.02.37

Guiding Thought

Of myself I am nothing, yet in union with my Inner Divine Mind, through my own Loving Presence, I am everything and have everything. As I infuse my consciousness with Knowledge of my Inner Divine Mind, my activity expresses this Union and I experience life. I breathe in this life. I smile with Joy and gratitude, and I affirm: I LIVE.

The Guiding Thoughts audio for this Journey may be found here.

Reflections

Steve (Meet Steve here.)

Bent Halo

Reflection

One day I will die. But as Peanuts points out, on every other day I shall live. So I greet the day with gratitude, and I smile and I breathe. It is a wonderful day. As Louis Armstrong sang, “What a Wonderful World.”

I say this on a day where Mary just returned from the grocery store, wearing gloves, and wiping down every item purchased from the store. On one hand it is sad we need to do this. On the other hand, I am so thankful that we can obtain the items we need.  With Knowledge of my Inner Divine Mind, I accept the changing activities we need to do in order to survive.

I breathe. I smile, I LIVE.

 

Louis Armstrong – What a Wonderful World – Lyrics

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Louis Armstrong – What a Wonderful World

Susan

A second  tribute to Earth-Air-Water-Fire.

If you are curious here’s my writing from The very first Journey of Purpose, six years ago Day 37.  

Public Service Message regarding CoVid 19:

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Remember: One of the big concerns right now is the potential for overwhelming hospitals and emergency personnel. There is no treatment for mild cases. Severe cases require hospitalization, with respirators. You can determine for yourself what your symptoms are, and reduce the potential overwhelm in hospitals and at doctors’ offices. Please share; in working together, we can help the people with most severe cases get the necessary treatment.

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May All Beings Be Free: Journey of Purpose – 03.02.36

 

Guiding Thought

Today I relax with confidence in the activity of my Inner Divine Mind. I allow it to express Its true nature of all-sufficiency and all-supply in my life and affairs. Today, my only responsibility is to protect my own Loving Presence from thoughts that block Its flow. If I feel uncertain, I remember My Source; If I feel weak, I remember my Inner Flow; if I feel doubt, I assure myself of my Inner Knowing and I am free.

The Guiding Thoughts audio for this Journey may be found here.

Reflections

Steve (Meet Steve here.)

Bent Halo

Reflection

I went for a walk today, repeating my mantram as I walked. Whenever thoughts came up about the pandemic, I would steer my thoughts back to the mantram. I have to do this over and over and over. I find that the mantram helps me to remember my Source, to let go of worry, and bring me back to the present moment. It helps to protect my Living Presence from unproductive thoughts. When I can do this, I am free.

 

Susan

A tribute to Earth-Air-Water-Fire. May the Earth heal and purify, and all life with it.

If you are curious here’s my writing from The very first Journey of Purpose, six years ago Day 36.  

Public Service Message regarding CoVid 19:

How to triage your symptoms. Please use the flow chart below to determine whether or not you should go to the hospital.

Remember: One of the big concerns right now is the potential for overwhelming hospitals and emergency personnel. There is no treatment for mild cases. Severe cases require hospitalization, with respirators. You can determine for yourself what your symptoms are, and reduce the potential overwhelm in hospitals and at doctors’ offices. Please share; in working together, we can help the people with most severe cases get the necessary treatment.

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Refuge and Guardian Angels: Journey of Purpose – 03.02.35

 

Guiding Thought

My Purpose is to awaken to the Truth within me and share it. The Truth within me-My Inner Divine Mind-flows constantly and purely. As I go deeper in my awareness, the current of this flow broadens, strengthens, and brightens. It fills me and pours forth. This is my Source, the Source of all my good, all my happiness, and all my abundance. I awaken to My Inner Divine Mind and invite it to express Itself as every person and event that will increase my awareness of it.

The Guiding Thoughts audio for this Journey may be found here.

Reflections

Steve (Meet Steve here.)

Bent Halo

Reflection

I looked back on the guiding thought for day 5, from 30 days ago. My reflection included “Two hours ago I heard about the first coronavirus death in the US. Here in our hometown area. And another 50 people at a local life care center are being quarantined.” And now 30 days later we have over 2000 deaths in the USA attributed to COVID-19. We are in statewide mandatory “shelter in place”, and many other states have also ordered this.

This backdrop does not change the guiding thought, or the recognition of the Truth within me. The constant pure flow of Divine Mind is not dependent on outer circumstances. It could not be otherwise; else it would shrivel up like a well gone dry. My Source is always there, strengthening, brightening.

It seems fitting to include my completed Guardian Angel painting today. May our Guardian Angels continue to watch over us.

Susan

As I was sitting down today to paint along with the Guiding Thought, I thought to myself, “I am going to take refuge in my flowers”.

The use of the word “refuge” caught my attention, as it felt a bit out of place. I am more accustomed to the use of fefuge  in the Buddha Dharma; there is a prayer called the refuge prayer. It goes like this:

To the excellent Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha,
I go for refuge until enlightenment.

Here is one meaning of this prayer:

I have found deliverance and hope due to the one who demonstrated the possibility of awakening – the Buddha;

I enjoy immeasurable wealth, basking in the sunlight that dispels all darkness – the teachings (Dharma) on the nature of reality;

I receive strength and shelter from the lineage (Sangha) of heroes and heroines, the Buddhists before me and around me, the ones who sustained the teachings, the ones who will never abandon sentient beings.

When I went for refuge to my flowers, here is what I felt:

I find comfort and nurturing in my painting.

I find joy in the pleasure painting happy flowers brings me.

I receive strength from the calming familiar presence of these flowers.

Where do you find refuge? Can you find it right in front of you?

 

If you are curious here’s my writing from The very first Journey of Purpose, six years ago Day 35.  

Public Service Message regarding CoVid 19:

How to triage your symptoms. Please use the flow chart below to determine whether or not you should go to the hospital.

Remember: One of the big concerns right now is the potential for overwhelming hospitals and emergency personnel. There is no treatment for mild cases. Severe cases require hospitalization, with respirators. You can determine for yourself what your symptoms are, and reduce the potential overwhelm in hospitals and at doctors’ offices. Please share; in working together, we can help the people with most severe cases get the necessary treatment.

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What a beautiful day! : Journey of Purpose – 03.02.34

 

Guiding Thought

My Inner Divine Mind is always expressing Itself in all ways through my own Loving Presence. This is Its True Nature, thus this is my True Nature. I turn to my Inner Divine Mind as the Source of my happiness, my purpose, and my fulfillment. I allow it to flow through my own Loving Presence and appear as all my activity, as every visible form and experience I desire.

The Guiding Thoughts audio for this Journey may be found here.

Reflections

Steve (Meet Steve here.)

Bent Halo

Reflection

Life is always a work in process. So I offer an expression of my True Nature, coming through my Loving Presence. The painting itself is currently a work in process. Guardian angels have always been meaningful to me.

Daily prayer

Guardian Angels,

Thank you for watching over us

And keeping us safe and healthy and happy.

May everything I think say and do today

Be for the benefit of all sentient beings.

Susan

I call this one “amoeba flower” LOL. It felt very apropos with today’s Guiding Thought:  “My Inner Divine Mind is always expressing Itself in all ways”…because I sure don’t feel like I did this “flower”. It’s just not “my” style, you know?

Today is the 7th day of Navratri, a celebration of the Divine Mother in all Her forms. Yes, I celebrate Navratri. Although this is a tradition given to the world from India, I take the “in all Her forms” part very seriously. Yes, I do celebrate Durga, Lakshmi, Kali, Saraswati, even Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kaalratri, Mahagauri and Siddhidhatri (at least when I can remember which day is important to whom).  But today, I went a different direction for the Mother’s form I celebrated. Today was Mother Earth Day in my household. It’s a cold, rainy day, and yet I was in the yard, raking leaves, cleaning, setting up bird baths, and transplanting flowers– Thanking the Mother for her beauty, for her gifts, for her support and nurturing. What a beautiful day!

 

If you are curious here’s my writing from The very first Journey of Purpose, six years ago Day 33.  

Public Service Message regarding CoVid 19:

How to triage your symptoms. Please use the flow chart below to determine whether or not you should go to the hospital.

Remember: One of the big concerns right now is the potential for overwhelming hospitals and emergency personnel. There is no treatment for mild cases. Severe cases require hospitalization, with respirators. You can determine for yourself what your symptoms are, and reduce the potential overwhelm in hospitals and at doctors’ offices. Please share; in working together, we can help the people with most severe cases get the necessary treatment.

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