Choose Your Filter: Journey of Courage 2017 – Day 03

The point is: it takes courage to change, to figure out a new way of being, to become something different than what you are used to, what you are comfortable with. But the good news is…it’s becoming less painful to change than to remain in old thought-patterns that no longer serve Love and the upliftment of humanity.

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Guiding Thought

Love is unconditional. I choose to be unconditionally devoted to the love which is unconditionally devoted to me. I embrace life in love as my True nature. Connected with All in Love, I stand boldly in my heart-center, unwavering in my dedication to Unity of Life in Love.

Reflection

I know someone who used to hold-in all emotions, causing mental and physical health problems. After years of therapy, this person is finally able to “express themself”. In fact, now this person says whatever comes to mind, and is known in several circles as someone with “no filters”.

Having no filters, in and of itself, is neither good nor bad…but in this particular case…it results in this person being known for doing and saying things that are insulting, cruel, thoughtless, ignorant, and insensitive. People around just shrug and say, “no filters…”, as though that explains and excuses the behavior.

Having no filters, however, does not equal insensitive behavior; I know many people who say what’s on their mind without being cruel or insulting.

In fact, “no filters” is inaccurate terminology. What comes out simply shows what the filter actually is, what’s really going on in the mind, in the way the thoughts are processed internally, and then come out as words. This person  has filters; they are just filters that allow mean and insensitive things to come through.

Change the filter, change what comes through.

Expression is important, but maybe what is more important is what filter is being used internally –maybe this person’s initial health problems weren’t caused by holding things in, but rather by the types of things being held in (and now we know what this person was holding in!).

People are becoming more and more impatient with cruelty and suffering, on every level, from any person (even oneself!). More and more, people are thinking, “there’s got to be a better way”.

Collectively, we are finding that better way.

Refuse to tolerate your filters that allow through any cruel, insensitive, thoughtless, ignorant thoughts or behaviors–they are affecting you inwardly, and they are being expressed outwardly, whether you realize it or not.

Change your filter.

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.

Don’t just look, find the better way. Be the better way. Be strong in Love.

 

Spiritual Humanism– Journey of Gratitude 2017, day 12

It may seem a bit oxymoronic, and I know I come across most of the time as someone who gives primacy to spirituality over and above the human condition, but in many ways, I am a humanist. I believe in people. I believe in the strength of being human…I just think that being human and being spiritual are compatible, and not exclusionary categories. The best of our humanity reaches into our spirituality, and our spirituality joins our humanity as the best qualities of being human: kindness, compassion, empathy, encouragement, etc. Today brings these two together…

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Guiding Thought

Lift your mind and heart to the Truth of Being, to all that Is, to All you are. Accept your Self in Truth and offer your Self to All in gratitude for Being.

Reflection

Every day I pay homage to God, to saints, buddhas and bodhisattvas, to avatars and angels, to Divine Beings of Highest Light. I don’t take a lot of time, or go through any elaborate ritual (most of the time).

A way to show this homage–in almost every tradition–is to light a candle, to offer flowers or money. Sometimes I bring some thing to place before the Divine Beings; sometimes I don’t. Either way, I simply acknowledge their presence, thank them for being, and make my offering. If I do not have some thing to offer, I offer my mind, heart, and hands to be used in their service, for the benefit of All. Then I ask for simple blessing, that All may be blessed through me. It takes less than two minutes.

The reason I thought about this is the line: offer your Self to All in gratitude for Being. 

It occurs to me that I need to take my short ritual a (big) step further. offer your Self to All (not just Divine Beings…). 

Acknowledging Divine Beings is one thing, as those beings are able to assist All in ways that are unfathomable, and often invisible. They are working tirelessly in Divine Service; when we communicate with them, and let them know we are open to their assistance, they are able to help us more.

But, we are human, and it’s hard to imagine those invisible beings; I still wonder if they really are there. I question why I do what I do–is anyone really listening? (I feel the rightness of it, but more than that, I can’t explain). As humans there must be some way that we can embody this with other human beings. After all, don’t people deserve respect and acknowledgement simply as being human, with the dignity inherent in that? Don’t we all live in this world, contributing to the life of culture, the life of nations, the stream of movement we call history?

Just acknowledging another’s humanity is the next step, the step further: offer your Self to All in gratitude for Being. I can imagine performing my short ritual silently, internally, with every person, with every being, “I acknowledge your humanity. We are different, but the same. Thank you for being the unique individual you are. May we enrich each other through our differences, and strengthen each other through human kindness. May we share with others that richness and strength, increasing it with all we meet.”

If you prefer something more spiritual… “I acknowledge we are One, united in and by Divine Love. Thank you for being, thank you for being One with me. I offer my heart, head, and hands to you in service to the benefit of All. Please bless me, that I may bless All.”

Why does this matter, as a humanist, or as a spiritualist? Because as you make these acknowledgements part of your routine as you meet people, you strengthen that truth within yourself. And, as you give blessings to others, those blessings ripple out, then return to you.

The world needs this now.

Namaste.

“Unfamiliar and Unworried”: Journey of Abundance 2.0 – Day 30

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Guiding Thought

The Divine Presence of Love is the most natural energy in the world and beyond. Through the wisdom of Love, we understand Love as True wealth and an expression of our Divine nature, to be cultivated in consciousness, expressed, and shared. Our Love is infinite. Our wealth is infinite. We realize this as our reality and circulate wealth with joy and gratitude.

Sharing

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
-Ecclesiastes 3

I’ve been trying to wrap my head around what “season” I’ve been experiencing on this Journey. I almost don’t recognize myself. On these Journeys, I’ve told myself that I have to be the one who goes deep; I have to be the one who takes responsibility for change; I have to be the one to set the example. That has translated into research, a lot of thinking, and analyzing everything under my own personal microscope. Not this Journey. Am I letting myself down? Am I doing enough? Am I letting you down? By not really digging in, am I not living up to my own standard, am I standing still on the Journey?

I do have these questions, but they are not worrying me. After all, I am still on the Journey—I haven’t stopped, I’m still here, taking a step every day. It’s just new terrain and I am not familiar with it.

I’ve entered a “season” for some purpose. Maybe the purpose will be revealed later. I suspect that is the case. For now, I’ll just let my consciousness do what it does. This feels right. It feels natural, even though it’s unfamiliar. It feels like this is where I’m supposed to be, what I’m supposed to be doing.

All is well.

“Booyah! In The Twinkling of an Eye!”: Journey of Abundance 2.0 – Day 11

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Welcome to Round 2!

Here we go! If you are new to the Journeys, please see this page, under the heading “Four Rounds”, for how things change slightly in this round.

 

Guiding Thought

Divine Love-Light is the Source of All. It is all good, all God. This Source is always seeking expression through you. Your awareness of your personal identity as this Source provides you with infinite fulfillment and prosperity.

 

Sharing

Sometimes it seems like I should be able to just change, like “in the twinkling of an eye”. Sometimes, I feel like I am so close! On the verge! A tiny miniscule step away from a complete turn-around into Divine Being-Doing-Having! I get it, I see it, I feel it…it’s right there… and then…it’s not quite there; I’m not quite there.

It’s true that I am changing, that I am changed, that I am more aware than I have been; I can see my life in new light, I can interact with patience and love and kindness more and more and more. I am constantly stepping into a “new” state of being, as I work with the contemplations.

As I step into each new state of being, it becomes natural: it’s just “who I am”. Each new level of awareness (for example of my personal identity as Source), becomes incorporated into my being. And, as you perhaps can understand…when you are “just being” or “just being yourself (or your Self)” you don’t really notice—it’s just who you are.

So what I end up noticing is what I am not yet. I could be the most kind, loving, Divinely present person around, but if I expect myself to be “more”, I am focused on the “more” not on the “where I’m at”.

Source is always seeking expression through you. When I stop thinking about what I am not-yet, and just be naturally, my awareness can shift from the future (from what I am not-yet), to the present (what I AM). When I am able to see myself now as I AM, in Truth, my personal identity as Source, then the Truth shines through; I AM my Self…in the twinkling of an eye.

“Moving From Effect to Cause”: Journey of Healing 2.0 – Day 16

 

 

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Guiding Thought

As you unite in consciousness with your own Loving Presence, you unite with Divine Mind. Divine Mind is Infinite Being—it is now, here, always. You exist in Divine Mind, as It does in you, united forever—One. It leads you to Itself through your consciousness of your Self: your consciousness of your Self, as Infinite Being is Oneness with Divine Mind, is Peace, is Wholeness, is Unity with All.

Sharing

I feel something really big bubbling beneath the surface. That’s sometimes how it goes with these 40-day Consciousness Journeys. There is a part of my mind always “working on” the Guiding Thoughts. My subconscious, my super-conscious, even my unconscious mind are always active in interacting with these ideas. Like when I wake up from sleep, trying to remember a dream, I have only bits and pieces, colors, or shapes. Unlike a dream, eventually (so far) the pieces come together.

The essential piece today is how I am receiving help and guidance on this Journey. I am always reading; I look to books (mostly written by people who I think are wise, or experienced, or who have a unique connection with Divine Source) for guidance. Books speak to me beyond words. Books show me things I don’t see elsewhere. Books always seem to have exactly what I need to advance my understanding or to shed a light on all that stuff that bubbles beneath the surface. [I understand that not everyone has this kind of relationship with books, but everyone has something that can guide them or speak to them beyond words. Music does this for many people; cooking can do this, as well as gardening, swimming, or house-cleaning…anything that allows a person to relax and connect with themselves. What’s yours?]

Different books seem to come forward at different times for the Journeys. I read what calls to me, what feels right. This Journey, the book is The Angels Within Us by John Randolph Price. This morning, before I began the Journey, this is what I read:

One of the most famous Hermetic principles is as above, so below. It is an absolute Truth that deals with correspondences, and it enables us to solve a problem by moving above the level where the difficulty seems to be…The key words to this (are) of, as, is.  

Today’s Guiding Thought follows this precisely: your consciousness of your Self, as Infinite Being is Oneness with Divine Mind, is Peace, is Wholeness, is Unity with All.

Mr. Price goes on to say, “In applying the principle, you are moving from effect to Cause, into the creative realm of you Spirit, and you are letting the vibration of your higher nature be the attracting and harmonizing Power.

Moving from effect to Cause…” Just take that in for a moment.

Using this principle, think about the Guiding Thought this way:

When you experience dis-ease, you are experiencing effects of a particular perspective (or “level”, if you prefer) of consciousness.

As you unite in consciousness with your own Loving Presence, you unite with Divine Mind.

Divine Mind is Infinite Being—it is now, here, always. You exist in Divine Mind, as It does in you, united forever—One.

Divine Mind knows only Wholeness; when you experience the effects of Divine Mind, you experience Wholeness–Health.

When you change your perspective closer and closer to an above perspective, the effects change correspondingly.  Your consciousness of your Self, as Infinite Being is Oneness with Divine Mind, is Peace, is Wholeness, is Unity with All. You decide what your consciousness is. If you experience dis-ease, your consciousness of your Self as dis-ease is dis-ease.

I’d like to note that this is a line of thinking that I am exploring and for which I am demonstrating an argument. As an intelligent, rational person, I also hear myself objecting to this line of thinking, and objecting to the argument. Here’s what I hear:

  1. This sounds a lot like you are blaming the vicitim. I dare you to tell anyone who is really sick, who has cancer, who is in pain, that “all they have to do is change their consciousness”… It sounds really close to “it’s all in your head.”
  2. You are denying the real physical nature of health-disease. There are factors like infections, viruses, bacteria, nutrition, genetics, etc. that this does not address. Again… it sounds a whole lot like, “it’s all in your head…” and we know through medicine that that ain’t so.

I hear you.

If these are your objections…I hear you. Continue with your objections, continue with the Journey. It’s all part of the process. I do not claim to have your answers, but the Journey may help you reveal them to yourself.

As for me, regarding the first objection: changing my consciousness to include more and more of a relationship or connection with or experience of my Divine Mind will never be harmful, and it may be helpful. I choose to continue to change my consciousness relying on when “it may be helpful”. Regarding the second objection:  I agree. I solve this for myself by working on as many “levels” of myself as I can, mental, emotional, physical, etheric; this is why I plan to do a cleanse, to address issues that are “real” in my body. (However, I’d like to admit openly that I am a metaphysician at heart [if you didn’t notice], despite doing things to influence the physical body, I will almost always think the mind has a great influence over how we experience “reality”.)

When I give you pieces as I have today, it is for this reason: This is all I can see right now. This is what my mind is working on, but I don’t have the big picture, and I don’t have answers. I hope that by now, you are beginning to be able to recognize your own pieces, that perhaps you can acknowledge, “this is me, working on…something; I am not quite sure what it is yet, but there’s a lot of Journey left for me to figure it out!”

 

“It’s up to me”: Journey of Healing 2.0 – Day 04

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Guiding Thought

To heal and be healed is to be aware; to understand, and to Know Wholeness.  Thus I seek Wholeness, Unity, Oneness within my own mind and heart, and in all my actions and affairs. I focus on uniting the fragments within myself, so that I see only Oneness, which is the Truth of my Self. As I Know myself as the Oneness that I am, this Truth reflects in the world around me, confirming what I Know through my experience and life activity. 

 

Sharing

I read the first sentence and thought, “I don’t know…there’s got to be more to it than that…” This was not, however, the doubt and skepticism it sounds like. It was genuine curiosity about what is really going on, what the Truth is, and how I can understand what healing is.

You see, recently I’ve been feeling a bit conflicted about this Journey being so mental, when I, and so many people, think of healing as physical. We all know that there are many types of healing, there is emotional healing, soul healing, heart-healing, psychological healing; but most generally, when people think about health, it’s all about the physical. So, isn’t it a bit misplaced for me to be so focused on concepts, rather than concrete, tangible things and actions that people need for healing?

These conflicted thoughts were also the reason for my initial reaction to the first sentence. How can I claim Wholeness is healing, when that does not move people closer to actual physical healing?

The thing is, I actually do think it’s right: Wholeness is healing. Wholeness is Holy, is Divine Health. I also think the mental does move people closer to actual physical healing, but it’s not direct, and I think it’s easy for people to overlook, or fail to take responsibility for it. The mental is just the first step; a person must act; a person must choose to act.

I just don’t understand or know enough yet for physical healing to materialize immediately in my life, in my world. I don’t get it. Yet. But that’s what this Guiding Thought is all about, isn’t it? —Seeking Wholeness within my mind and heart, in all my actions and affairs.

This is why I am incorporating more earth practices in my daily routine. Earth is about the body, about living in the world, working, having relationships, doing what it takes to live fully in a body, all my actions and affairs. I know that I need to integrate healing the mind-emotions-spirit into my physical body.

My mind, body, and soul, are all my responsibility. In a way, I have a responsibility to my mind, emotions, and soul to bring my body to Wholeness. If I am going to work so hard on lifting my heart and mind to new levels of understanding, I should work just as hard to incorporate new levels of understanding Wholeness into my body. What does my body need to be whole? How have I fragmented my body? What is going on in this physical vehicle that needs to be transmuted?

Despite all of the vacillations within medical research, there are some things that I think are probably right: for example, fluoride in the water is not good for the body. Aluminum poisons the nervous system when ingested. Processed white sugar, particularly that made from GMO sugar beets, wreaks havoc on the body. Alcohol suppresses the immune system.

I have minimized most of these things in much of my diet. But not completely. And, what damage was done inside me when I was still drinking out of aluminum cans, or eating more commercial sugar, that has never been repaired? How do I need to heal my body that I am not even aware of?

Just as these Journeys are a proactive way to heal the mind and heart by consistently focusing on Whole and Loving thoughts, there are proactive things to do to repair damage done within the body.

As my Healing consciousness elevates, it tugs at me to get my body elevated also. My body needs to heal, so that it can hold the energy of my elevated consciousness, so that it can channel, reflect, and transmit the energy of more Love, more Wholeness, so I can be the change I am effecting.

Some other things that I also believe to be true, despite varied fads and opinions: Fruits and vegetables nourish the body with natural, unadulterated vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. Certain herbs and teas “flush” toxins out of the body.

It doesn’t do me any good to think really high and loving thoughts, then act competitively with my co-workers. It doesn’t do me any good to talk about Oneness, then pick a fight in my relationship. It doesn’t do me any good to talk about health and continue to eat GMO sugar, drink alcohol, or drink fluoridated water.

As above, so below, but it must be me who makes the decision to act in a consistent way with the “as above”. It’s up to me. If I am going to talk about healing, ask for healing, then I need to be prepared to act in a healing way toward my body. That means increasing the things that support my physical health, and decreasing the things that suppress my immune system, or leave toxins in my tissues.

This is going to be a big part of this Journey. It means changing habits and making adjustments.  I don’t know if I am ready, but I’ll do the best I can.

 

Waiting on Inspiration–Journey of Worth 2.0 – Day 28

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Guiding Thought

We are worth the effort it requires to move our minds to Love. We are worth the time of waiting, in patience, for Knowing to arrive. Every moment, every second that we open to simply being willing for Love to enter is a moment offered to Eternity; a moment offered to healing, a moment offered to Unity.

Love does not announce itself with trumpets and cymbals. It simply settles slowly, quietly, gently, beyond sense-perception. So we must wait in patience and take the effort to move our minds to join the quiet stillness of Love. Here we rest. Here is Peace. Here is all we want and need.

Sharing

I’ve hit the wall. I usually hit the wall much earlier in the Journey, around day 9, 10, or 11, so I am thankful that it has held off this long on this Journey.

Sometimes the wall looks like doubt, sometimes it looks like cynicism, sometimes it looks like despair. Today it looks like uninspired.  I think, actually, I hit the wall yesterday, but I could not admit it to myself, much less publicly. So I tried to write something… and what I wrote yesterday felt uninspired, don’t you think? Maybe I shouldn’t admit that.

Today, I still feel uninspired. Bland. Neutral. Colorless.

It was three days ago that I wrote, “Worth is absolutely connected to material things, like money, but I have not even addressed that (yet)…This will be the direction for the rest of this Journey, bringing all this together a little better.” And yet, I still have not addressed Worth as a well-rounded idea which includes physical/material things. And I am still waiting–it’s been on my mind; writing about it just hasn’t been “right”. Especially not today. I want to get that right, and do it well, so today is not the day.

This Guiding Thought says, “We are worth the time of waiting, in patience, for Knowing to arrive”. I am waiting now, I guess, waiting for inspiration.

Waiting is hard to do. I get worried when I have to wait like this. How do I know what I am waiting for will arrive? How can I be assured that I will not be stuck in waiting? What am I supposed to do while I am waiting? (Do you see how the theme of my wall fits in with the theme of the day?)

When in doubt, write about what you feel–that’s the trick. Forget about what you “want” to write, forget about what you think you “should” write, and write about the wall, write about feeling uninspired or worried or doubtful.

The writing changes the river, changes your experience of it. That change is always enough to ensure not being stuck. The writing pulls you into a new place without effort. The flow changes easily. Everything becomes new. (>Woot!< Yesterday’s article comes through!)