There is Only the Path that is Right for You –Journey of Courage 02.09.14

Guiding Thought

You are safe in Divine Love’s assurance. Have the courage to face the ignorance and illusions within yourself and root them out. Allow the Light of Love to enter your mind and heart. Divine Love shines within you destroying anything false, transforming you from within.

Contemplation / Reflection

Sometimes I wonder if, spiritually, I’m on “The Path” at all.  It feels like I’m operating in my own, isolated little world. I don’t attend church services. While I do meditate and recite mantras, I don’t “practice” with any sense of discipline. Often, when I read books of a spiritual nature, my eyes glaze and I find myself dozing off.  How can I consider myself a spiritual student/being at all?  Then, I find myself sitting in an airport, with “spare” time before my flight. I’m talking in earnest with a woman who, instead of reporting to the hospital for a life-altering and possibly life-threatening surgery, has opted to purchase a one-way ticket to Hawaii.  Based on what she shares, she’s courageous, scared and clearly not getting the spiritual and emotional support she craves from family and friends. In about 30 minutes we share smiles, tears, hugs and phone numbers.  Oh, and did I mention, all this time, I’m at the WRONG GATE for my flight due to a gate change?!  Sometimes, I think I’m not “doing it right”, that there’s a particular teaching or practice or ritual that’s required. Then Divine Love sits me down next to someone who needs to speak as much as I need to listen, and I feel reassured that I am, in fact, in the right place at the right time. The belief that I am not on the right path is, perhaps, the falsehood that needs to be transformed.

 

Guest Contributor Mary Wallace

 

 

 

 

 

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Surprise! –Journey of Courage 02.09.13

Guiding Thought

Love is unconditional. Choose to be unconditionally devoted to the Love which is unconditionally devoted to you! Embrace life in Love as your true nature. Connect with All in Love. Stand boldly in your heart-center unwavering in your dedication to Unity of Life in Love.

Contemplation / Reflection

Today I’m only doing this because I said I would. But that’s reason enough.  I’ve been on the couch under a blanket today sharing this body with a bug.  Sharing my body with an alien being, isn’t THAT unconditional Love?! Trying to keep in mind that every living thing (bugs included) is my relation. That definitely puts a humbling challenge to my “unwavering dedication to Unity of Life in Love”. I’ve learned (yet again) that sitting in quiet meditation ALLOWS for peacefulness in this special sharing with my buggy brethren! I thought, as I read this Guiding Thought, that there wouldn’t be much connecting with all in Love. Without leaving the house, I wouldn’t be having any connecting at all.  BUT, that’s only if I limit my perception to include face-to-face encounters with other HUMAN beings. In fact, I have encountered many, many beings today, including anyone out there reading this, and any in here sharing this body today. So, my total and unconditional love to you ALL!

 

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Compliment? Or Offense? –Journey of Courage 02.09.12

Guiding Thought

When you attune your mind to the Oneness that is All of Life, you understand your place in Wholeness. You are the very Presence of Life, and this Presence of Life is you! You are blessed through this understanding. In return you bless all you encounter.

Contemplation / Reflection

I do my best to stay tuned to my place in Wholeness. Every once in a while, I get knocked upside the head when my ego sneaks out in ways I don’t even see.  Recently I thought I was paying a friend a compliment, a blessed comparison with my mother who is no longer on the planet.  Imagine my surprise when, shortly after, I received a message from this friend letting me know she was offended by what I’d said.  What she heard was very different than the message I thought I was communicating. When I “bless all I encounter”, I need to be certain I’m actually fully understanding my role in and as “the Presence of Life”. Fortunately, I am blessed with friends who will communicate their feelings of hurt or offense, so that we can clarify intent and retain the deeply loving and trusting relationships we share.  But, what about those others with whom I don’t share this same level of intimacy and clear communication? How many times in this life have I unwittingly said the wrong thing, or failed to say the right thing? How many times have I, without my knowledge, failed to acknowledge a kind act done toward me, or a kind word said?  I’ll never know the answer to that. The very best I can do is stay present and “stay tuned”.

 

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Again and Again –Journey of Courage 02.09.11

Guiding Thought

Life is a process of Self-discovery. Embrace All of Life, for All of Life is who you are! As you embrace Life as your Self, you come to understand Life as yourself. Life embraces you gently and joyfully in return.

Contemplation / Reflection

Several years ago I participated in a number of “personal growth” trainings and workshops. At the time, after years involved in these activities, I sincerely thought, “I got it”. After all, I’d walked on fire, broken a board with one stroke of my hand, spent days in silent retreat, laughed, cried, shouted out any anger within and learned to love the least attractive (to me) person in the group, and to love myself.  What more was there?  I’d done it! Ah, the ego speaks! It wasn’t long before I learned the lesson of this Guiding Thought, Life is a PROCESS of Self-discovery. You don’t get to do it just once and be done with it.  Because the only thing permanent is change, that means I also change, day-to-day or minute-by-minute. And that change is what All of Life is, everything around me, and me. To me, it’s like the idea of “enlightenment”. Maybe I’m not really “there” at all, but it seems to me that even an enlightened state is a process. Does it happen just once and last a life-time? Or does it happen again and again, what it means to be enlightened changing from moment to moment just like everything else in life? Now there’s another question I don’t truly have an answer to. So I continue to embrace Life’s process of Self-discovery, like taking this Journey of Courage. Today, it truly is a joyful journey, Life embracing me joyfully and lovingly. If I continue to rejoice in the ups and downs, the struggles and frustrations, I learn (again and again) to love the Journey itself.

 

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A Very High State of Being–Journey of Courage 02.09.10

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

Allowing What Is, is sometimes a very difficult thing for me. If the only thing permanent is change, why can’t I focus my Self of Love on changing the things I don’t “like”? Then I remind myself that you first have to love, or at least accept, What Is.  Yes, I can accept or allow What Is, sometimes reluctantly.  But if things truly are What Is, I may as well accept or allow. In the moment, What Is may be an illness, lack of financial resources, high levels of homelessness, political circumstances that I’d rather be Is Not.  What Is, is in the now, in this moment. And by the time I write this, it’s already What Was.  Hmmm, gotta love that!! Well, yes, gotta love what is, as well as what is not.  I don’t really understand what I’m experiencing around this Guiding Thought. One wisdom teacher in my life, though, said understanding is the “booby prize” and “confusion is a very high state of being”. With this one, I’m choosing to accept What Is, that I don’t have all the answers and it’s okay to allow myself to live in the open question. As for this response to Day 10, it is what it is!

 

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Let There Be Light! –Journey of Courage 02.09.09

Guiding Thought

Contemplation / Reflection

Lightness! I love it! I live where winters are mostly grey and wet and days are short. When the sun shines, like today, I rejoice in the sunlight, and I feel lighter. This seems to be true for most of the people who live here.  I consider myself a being of light and often wonder that I have landed in this environment for so many years.  So when the change to autumn and winter darkness comes, I kind of hibernate a bit. Each year it gets easier to “sit peacefully in a still place of nothingness” as life moves around me.  I also find it easier to practice “mindfulness” in the peacefulness of my home.  I’ve had a tendency to “multi task”, doing several things simultaneously. In the quiet peace, I’m much more able to be mindful of one thing at a time. When I eat, I try to savor the food and not just chew it down while I focus on laundry or a phone chat. When I practice artful projects, they turn out much better if I’m in the stillness of the project in my hands.  I’m certainly not perfect at this peaceful still place of nothingness, but that’s why it’s called “practice”!

 

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Smiles –Journey of Courage 02.09.08

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

When I allow myself to connect with my pure Inner Divine Heart of Oneness and allow it to express through me, I find myself in a bit of a paradox. As I am delving into the very core of my being, I find myself less self-centered and more other-centered. When I am other-centered, I feel the call to serve others with whatever kindness I can. And, in so doing, I am filled with joy. I often do things in service to others. As one example, I write snail mail at least weekly to people undergoing chemotherapy. I know my notes and cards brighten their days. I’m amazed at how much it brings joy to me just in the doing-ness. My smile is broader as I drop my letters into the mailbox, and I get to share that smile with others throughout the day. I read somewhere that “if you see someone without a smile give them one of yours”. While it may lighten their day a bit, it’s sure to brighten yours too!

 

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