Thank You, Struggle 04.08.09

Guiding Thought

Gratitude makes all things new! When I am aware of my Source in Love, I see its activity everywhere. It is the Substance of Life itself! I am in the flow and create and expand with Love, in Life!

Reflection

How funny that it was yesterday that I focused on “the new”. Today, however, I am focused on how transformative gratitude can be.

This song by Alanis Morissette always reminds me that it’s the struggles in life that really push us forward: “thank you terror, thank you disillusionment, thank you frailty”. There are deep lessons in the struggle. Keep on!

Thank U, Alanis Morissette

How ’bout getting off of these antibiotics
How ’bout stopping eating when I’m full up
How ’bout them transparent dangling carrots
How ’bout that ever elusive kudo

Thank you India
Thank you terror
Thank you disillusionment
Thank you frailty
Thank you consequence
Thank you thank you silence

How ’bout me not blaming you for everything
How ’bout me enjoying the moment for once
How ’bout how good it feels to finally forgive you
How ’bout grieving it all one at a time

Thank you India
Thank you terror
Thank you disillusionment
Thank you frailty
Thank you consequence
Thank you thank you silence

The moment I let go of it
Was the moment I got more than I could handle
The moment I jumped off of it,
Was the moment I touched down

How ’bout no longer being masochistic
How ’bout remembering your divinity
How ’bout unabashedly bawling your eyes out
How ’bout not equating death with stopping Thank you India
Thank you providence
Thank you disillusionment
Thank you nothingness
Thank you clarity
Thank you thank you silence

Everything is New (almost) 04.08.08

Guiding Thought

I seek only to Love in Unity. Love is Pure in Oneness. Let me Love All including myself in Oneness, that I may Know gratitude as the result of Being Whole in Love.

Reflection

I really have forgotten how these Journeys go. You would think that after doing them for 6 years I would have this down.

Everything is new.

And this is a lesson that I have repeated over and over and over. New moment. New river. New self. New interactions. New thoughts. New relational aspects between inner and out.

Everything is new.

This is the basis for “the only constant is change”.

I am never the same person as I was even a moment ago. None of what I am seeing or experiencing is the same as a moment ago.

Except Love.

Love is the unifying constant. It is the undertone of all activity. The source and supply that weaves together the substance. When my outer experiences are chaos or disharmonious, I focus on Love. It carries me from one moment to the next.

# A new Journey begins every 8th week. The next Journey, Journey of Courage, will begin February 24, 2021. Consider joining me and others, live-in-person (via zoom), on the Journey. This is offered as a class through Evenstar Institute (INSTITUTE – Evenstar’s Chalice). I also provide classes for small pre-formed groups at special rates. Feel free to contact me with questions (about anything!): susan@withpearls.com, or call or text: 908-256-2521.

All at Once. Journey of Gratitude. 04.08.07

Guiding Thought

Life is beautiful. There is nothing other than Life. Life is within me; Life pours out from me. Everything everywhere is Life. Life is Being. I am Life. All that I am, I offer in praise and thanks to all of Life.

Reflection

“All that I am, I offer…”

In the previous post, day 6, I talk about releasing to God for transmutation: Swaha! This idea was about the little things of life: the mental/emotional disturbances that are not Love, that get in the way of Love. In yesterday’s “model” or framework, one could spend every moment in awareness and constantly release each thought, each emotion, each anything as it comes up to the mind. Swaha. The details of life, offered up, one by one.

But today’s Guiding Thought changes that. Everything that is Life (which is everything) is offered all at once: “All that I am, I offer in praise and thanks to all of Life”.

“All that I am”…this means everything. Including all those disturbances, all those ruffles, all those hinderances.

Those things, however, are not the Truth of you, but the false expressions of projection, ego, uncertainty, and separation from the Truth. Offering them means their transmutation into a higher version, a higher expression of you.

More and more, as you offer and offer, the lower self smooths out, becomes more harmonious, more at peace.

All at once.

Swaha! Journey of Gratitude. 04.08.06

Guiding Thought

When I look within and see the radiance of Love, I remember my wholeness. I am wholly loving and wholly loveable. In the purity of Love lays peace, which I share with all in gratitude.

Reflection

I am working on this “whole and wholly” thing. Love is only whole. Love is only pure. Love is only peace.

Anything else is not Love.

Any mental/emotional/psychic feeling or thought that feels disturbing is not love.

Therefore: let those go.

“Swaha” is the Sanskrit word used for releasing thoughts/emotions to God. It is sometimes translated as “Yours, not mine”.

God can only transmute lower energies when we give permission: Swaha.

Anything we give to God, God will transmute into its highest form, its highest expression. Swaha.

Let everything be released to God, for its transmutation into highest form and expression. Swaha!

What Comes My Way. Journey of Gratitude. 04.08.05

Guiding Thought

When I am aware of my Self of Love, I see the world through new eyes. Love is the Source of all I see, all I experience; it is the very activity of Life itself. I place my faith in the principle of Love and receive with gratitude all my experiences.

Reflection

I was reminded today to look over my Why to remember what I want my focus to be for this Journey. “There is a Perfect Spiritual Idea of Perfect Fulfillment.“.

In the realm of Spirit, perfection is already fulfilled. It’s there; I just have to align with it and bring it forth.

“Just have to…” Sound so simple, doesn’t it?

But this Guiding Thought gets me closer, doesn’t it?

If Love is my Source, Substance, and Supply, then my Self of Love is Its expression through me.

It is the very activity of Life, and that activity is my activity. So when I act as my Self of Love, then all of my actions are expressing the Source and Substance of Life (Love).

And when I act in that way, as my Self of Love, expressing Love, then how can I not simply be grateful for everything that comes my way? How can I not have absolute faith that what comes my way is Love?

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A new Journey begins every 8th week. The next Journey, Journey of Courage, will begin February 24, 2021. Consider joining me and others, live-in-person (via zoom), on the Journey. This is offered as a class through Evenstar Institute (INSTITUTE – Evenstar’s Chalice). I also provide classes for small pre-formed groups at special rates. Feel free to contact me with questions (about anything!): susan@withpearls.com, or call or text: 908-256-2521.

Clarity in Strife. Journey of Gratitude. 04.08.04

Guiding Thought

Through gratitude, my consciousness of Love expands, connecting me with All. Gratitude increases my awareness of unity; gratitude shows me our Wholeness. Gratitude is the bridge to knowing others as my Self. What a gift you are!

Reflection

You know when someone (like a sibling or a partner or a close friend) starts an argument with you from out of nowhere? When you’re having a great day, yet something you say triggers your sibling/partner/close friend and they go on offensive defense? When they then come at you with something out of left field, and you think WTF???

You know how when this happens you need to do your best to remain poised in grace, yet they keep coming, knowing all the weaknesses you have and very likely eventually they get to you and you end up arguing, defending yourself, throwing things back in their face, bringing up what they did last week or last month or last year?

This almost was my evening. But gratefully, I had been doing japa (Om Namah Shivaya) since about 9:30 this morning. The name of God purifies everything. Clears everything. When everything is cleared, there is nothing left for someone to fight against. No argument or anything. There is only stillness where they can see their own reflection.

Sometimes they don’t want to. They just want to drag you down.

But with clearness, you may stand in the energy let it wash over and through you; you can be in a space of recognizing the worth of Oneness in the other person, the value of seeing them as you see yourself.

This is healing.

I was extremely grateful today to have this. I gave thanks to God for being so powerful that I withstood the above, and I was able to smooth things out (it’s a tough job…).

Clear Conscience. Journey of Gratitude. 04.08.03

Guiding Thought

I fill my mind with the Light of the Truth of Love. What more is there? In the Light of the Truth, I am Free. What more is there? My consciousness expands in the Truth of Love: forever One, forever Joyful, forever in Peace.

Reflection

“In the Light of the Truth, I am Free”…forever Joyful, forever in Peace.

This Guiding Thought relates Love with Truth with Freedom with Joy with Peace.

It reminds me of the Sanskrit Om Satchitananda, which translates as Essence of Ultimate Reality: Truth-Pure Consciousness-Bliss. The essence of Ultimate Reality is the Truth of Love. Just Love. Love is all there is. Truly. and so, really: what more is there? there is only Love.

I’ve been coming back to this a lot lately, using the Jewel song, “Hands”. In that song, there is a lyric that says, “only kindness matters”. I’ve been using that lyric, thinking, “only Love matters”.

There have been so many times in the past two weeks that I have felt at a loss, not knowing what to do, feeling lost as to what the “right” thing to do would be, and I think, “Only Love matters. If there is nothing more I can do, I can Love.” And then I consciously call forth Love using this phrase, “I pour forth the full, pure, Divine Love of my being to >name of person, or situation< to Bless, Heal, Protect, and Prosper (or other such qualities)”.

Love anchors me; it gives me a focus; it gives me a purpose; it gives me a way to focus and direct my thoughts when my actions or emotions feel uncertain.

I cannot say that I have felt bliss or joy or peace as I have moved through my awkwardness using Love. But I can say that I have no regrets, and that “my conscience is clear”, as I have made the best choice I can in every moment to live a life in which only Love matters. And in this, I am Free.

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A new Journey begins every 8th week. The next Journey, Journey of Courage, will begin February 24, 2021. Consider joining me and others, live-in-person (via zoom), on the Journey. This is offered as a class through Evenstar Institute (INSTITUTE – Evenstar’s Chalice). I also provide classes for small pre-formed groups at special rates. Feel free to contact me with questions (about anything!): susan@withpearls.com, or call or text: 908-256-2521.

The Self-referential ALL. Journey of Gratitude 04.08.02

Guiding Thought

I lift my mind and heart to the Truth of Being, to all that Is, to All I Am. I accept my Self in Truth and offer my Self to All in gratitude for Its Being.

Reflection

There’s a phrase from A Course in Miracles that says, “Only Truth is True”. This phrase is what I am thinking when I think about lifting my mind and heart to the Truth of Being. There is only One Truth of Being that is True, and that is THE Truth of Being. It sounds so repetitive and tautological (self-referential), doesn’t it? Yet, I find comfort in the idea that only Truth is True, and that the Truth to which I lift my mind and heart is True. And I AM that Truth; the Truth is ALL I AM.

Truth does not need to be defended. Truth IS. This, too, is a comforting thought. If I am defending something, anything, then what I am defending is not the Truth. Likewise, I do not need to defend who I AM; if I defend who I AM, I am defending something that is not the Truth, for the Truth of who I AM is True.

I Love the Truth of who I AM. I refuse to listen to those who would define me as other than the Truth of who I AM. It is this Self of Truth that I Accept and Love so deeply. It is All I AM. How can I not Love the Truth of My Self? How can I give other than the Truth of My Self? My Self is All there is, in Truth…

…Which is why when I give My Self to ALL in Truth, there can be only gratitude, for I am giving my Self (the microcosm of All) to My Self (the ALL, the Macrocosm of Being).

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A new Journey begins every 8th week. The next Journey, Journey of Courage, will begin February 24, 2021. Consider joining me and others, live-in-person (via zoom), on the Journey. This is offered as a class through Evenstar Institute (INSTITUTE – Evenstar’s Chalice). I also provide classes for small pre-formed groups at special rates. Feel free to contact me with questions (about anything!): susan@withpearls.com, or call or text: 908-256-2521.

Equality of ALL. Journey of Gratitude. 04.08.01

Guiding Thought

I remember my Self and recognize the Love within me, the Love I Am. I see this Love as all I am and all there is, the reality of me, the reality of you, and the reality that is the Life of All. I honor this Love and this Life, and offer my gratitude for Its Being. What Joy there is in Being!

Reflection

This is a great reminder today. I have to remember that Love is all there is, and I am that Love. Everything I experience is this. Is me. Is Love.

The reason this is such a great reminder is there is nothing/no behavior, no words, no attitude, no conversation, no nothing that is not part of the reality of the Life of All. All parts are part of the whole, and are the whole. Fractal. Microcosm/macrocosm. All in ALL.

Whether I agree or disagree; whether I am sad, angry, or bothered, or positive, happy, or approachable; whether I am upbeat, downtrodden, questioning, or curious, I am in Life, in the Life that is Love, in Being. Being.

Nothing is better or worse. Nothing is “higher” or “lower”. It’s all equal because it’s all Love.

And I am that Love.

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A new Journey begins every 8th week. The next Journey, Journey of Courage, will begin February 24, 2021. Consider joining me and others, live-in-person (via zoom), on the Journey. This is offered as a class through Evenstar Institute (INSTITUTE – Evenstar’s Chalice). I also provide classes for small pre-formed groups at special rates. Feel free to contact me with questions (about anything!): susan@withpearls.com, or call or text: 908-256-2521.

Journey of Gratitude. Commitment and Dedication. 04.08.0

Today, I commit to being grateful for all life, all of who I am, in my mental, emotional, physical, spiritual bodies, in all time frames and dimensions, at all levels of consciousness.

I commit to releasing any pattern that does not embody Divine Perfection and to replacing it with the Divine Light of Truth, with Love, with Peace, Divine Perfection, and with Harmony.

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

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.

In order to maintain and expand my consciousness in a vibration of gratitude, 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 ( or use other means of expression) and share any thoughts that come up about or around it.

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.