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.

The Illusion of Chains –Journey of Freedom 02.12.26

Guiding Thought

Through our physical body, we bring Divine Light and Love to the physical universe. We heal unresolved issues through loving thoughts, words, and emotions, and become lighter and brighter. We bring light to all we have denied and we heal our past-present-future NOW. Every day we are lighter and lighter!

Reflection / Contemplation

I practice because I do not recognize the Truth that is before me.

I practice when I do not recognize the Truth that is before me.

Practice slowly severs the chains that bind my mind to illusion.

But, there are no chains, there is no illusion. There is only Truth—

For me to wake up and see,

Which sometimes I do

And then I remember that I exist in Peace, in Unity, in Freedom, in Forgiveness.

All is Clear, Pure, Innocent.

 

Practice makes it possible for me to wake up (until I wake up finally).

But while I am asleep, I must continue to practice—

In the hardest times,

During the most troublesome situations,

In the most distressing circumstances—

Practice !

These times are the ego-mind tightening the chains.

These are the illusion convincing you it is real.

These times are the hardest times to remind myself of the Truth.

But that is why I must !

Gently, lovingly, forgive, and remind myself: I am innocent and Free.

 

The chains I have wrapped around myself,

that I struggle to throw off,

that I chip-away at with practice—

They are of my own making!

I am free!

 

I am free because I am innocent. Chains of punishment are not necessary; I have done nothing to deserve them.  My struggle is with myself, in an elaborate dream of my own making.

In this dream, one side knows I am free, the other wants to keep me in chains. Only one leads to Truth.

In this dream, practice is the battle.  In the depths of illusion I remind myself of Truth. Yet I fight it.  Practice !  “Fight” back!  Gently, lovingly—forgive. And then, let go. And simply remember. Simply be with forgiveness, innocence, and freedom, and Know they are so.

This is the wax and wane of dualistic life. For as long as your physical body exists for the ego and not the Divine Self, I will feel the tightening of chains, I will feel the persuasion of the ego calling me to illusion.

If (when) I feel these chains, if (when) I follow the persuasion, I experience the ego and meet with hard times; I experience distress and trouble, which can either be fought with practice, or succumbed to—and if succumbed to, then the ego wins that battle.

The cycle is broken through practice.  Practice reminds us of the Truth, through hard times, or easy times.  But it is practice in the easy times that gives us strength for the hard times.

Practice strengthens the voice of the Divine Self, over and above the ego.

Vigilance!

Guard your thoughts!

Practice!

But remember:

It is only the ego at war with itself, in a dream of your own making.

The Divine Self defends Truth by existing in Truth, not by attacking an illusion—to attack an illusion is insane.

When (if) you are in “battle” you know  that the ego is fighting only itself. You know this because you are in battle.

As long as there is dualism, there will be these “battles.” There will be conflict. There will be struggle.

 

But that is why you are here.  We (you and I) bring the practice that loosens the chains for all—gently, lovingly, with the strength and power to stand in the illusion and know it’s not real, and “fight” the illusion with the power of Truth and Love and Forgiveness. This is ours because we can withstand the persuasive voice of the ego and return Home for rest between battles.

 

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Letting Go –Journey of Freedom 02.12.25

Guiding Thought

How can we live apart from God? God is indivisible. God is our Source and the Life within us. Our Oneness with All through God was established at our births, at the creation of our being. The realization of this Truth is the foundation of our freedom.

Reflection / Contemplation

Freedom means letting go. People just do not care to let go of everything. They do not know that the finite is the price of the infinite, as death is the price of immortality. Spiritual maturity lies in the readiness to let go of everything. The giving up is the final step. But the real giving up is in realizing that there is nothing to give up, for nothing is your own. It is like deep sleep–you do not give up your bed when you fall asleep, you just forget it. Nisargadatta Maharaj

 

 

Journey of Freedom (August 11 – October 01) 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 have provided the Journeys free of charge since 2013. If you would like to contribute to site maintenance and administration costs, I accept donations and gifts via PayPal: paypal.me/SusanBillmaier Thank you for the energy exchange!

For information on Jharra, please see withpearls.com/jharra

For information on the Haidakhan Fire Ceremony, please see withpearls.com/havan