Journey of Courage: Commitment and Dedication 2017

Topography Credit: Public use, USGS.gov
Topography
Credit: Public use, USGS.gov

Today, like yesterday, is a preparation day. When you start any journey, you first do some things to get ready–like think about where you want to go, and how you might want to get there. In writing yesterday about why a Journey of Courage, we set the tone, and prepared our mind for what we think, or hope, to encounter on this Journey, like looking at the topography map of your mind. What do you think or feel about courage? What have you learned over your lifetime about courage? What kinds of conscious choices to you want to make from this point forward?

The commitment today serves as an agreement between you and yourself about what you are willing and able to do to see this Journey through to the end. Choose a commitment that you think you can keep: One day a week? Every other day? One day each round? Whatever you choose, please, I ask you: do it. Make the agreement with yourself. Keep the agreement with yourself. When you keep agreements with yourself, it teaches you that you are reliable, competent, trustworthy…and carries through on many different levels. This is about momentum and moving yourself forward in your spiritual growth.

The dedication for the Journey gives the Journey a purpose beyond you. The Journey is bigger than you are, so to say. Dedicate your Journey to one other person, to a greater purpose (“I dedicate this to the purpose of increasing my courage to demonstrate to others how to have more courage”) or to a Cause or Belief (like Love, or Oneness, or Harmony), or dedicate the Journey to God, the Divine, or to a Humanist ideal that you think would serve all of humanity. Write your own, or adapt what I have written below for yourself, in your voice, so that they feel right for you.

Commitment

I declare that I know my Divine Self is bigger than my fears. I know that I am connected with a Power greater than myself which flows through All, connecting each with ALL, and providing All Good to All, at all times. Thus when I am aware of, understand, and Know this Power through me, as me, I am able to walk in Peace and Harmony with All, approaching All with Love. I am committed to realizing this Power through me, as me, in every aspect of my life. To achieve this, I am committed to reading the Guiding Thought, each day, for the next 40 days, reflecting for a minimum of five minutes, then writing for a minimum of five minutes, the thoughts and reflections that come to me regarding the Guiding Thought (which will be published on this site).

Dedication

I dedicate all activity, energy, vibration, and movement of my physical body during each day of this Journey, during each meditation, each reflection, at all levels of consciousness to the Divine, for the benefit of all, including myself.

I dedicate all of the affects of the activity, energy, vibration, and movement of my physical body during each day of this Journey, during each meditation, each reflection, at all levels of consciousness to the Divine, for the benefit of all, including myself.

I dedicate all activity, energy, vibration, and movement of my mental body during each day of this Journey, during each meditation, each reflection, at all levels of consciousness to the Divine, for the benefit of all, including myself.

I dedicate all of the affects of the activity, energy, vibration, and movement of my mental body during each day of this Journey, during each meditation, each reflection, at all levels of consciousness to the Divine, for the benefit of all, including myself.

I dedicate all activity, energy, vibration, and movement of my emotional body during each day of this Journey, during each meditation, each reflection, at all levels of consciousness to the Divine, for the benefit of all, including myself.

I dedicate all of the affects of the activity, energy, vibration, and movement of my emotional body during each day of this Journey, during each meditation, each reflection, at all levels of consciousness to the Divine, for the benefit of all, including myself.

I dedicate all activity, energy, vibration, and movement of my etheric body during each day of this Journey, during each meditation, each reflection, at all levels of consciousness to the Divine, for the benefit of all, including myself.

I dedicate all of the affects of the activity, energy, vibration, and movement of my etheric body during each day of this Journey, during each meditation, each reflection, at all levels of consciousness to the Divine, for the benefit of all, including myself.

So let it be done.

Tomorrow the Journey begins! Thank you for joining me; we are so much better together ❤

2016 Journey of Healing Declaration,Commitment, and Dedication

Declaration

Today, I declare my intention to Know myself as Love, and to do whatever it takes to find and transmute the barriers I have created within myself to knowing myself as the Love I am. I declare myself free from imaginary bonds that would negate my Divine Self. I declare myself whole, holy, healthy, the abode of Love, the life of Love.

Commitment

First, I am committed to fulfilling 40 days of meditation/contemplation and writing with focus, engagement, and involvement in the exploration and discovery of my own healing.

Second, in my ongoing commitment to the enlightenment of everyone on the planet, I commit again to doing a daily prayer/mediation for the 7.125 billion people on the planet. Join me for this if you like with a simple prayer such as:

May forgiveness, healing, and freedom enter the minds and hearts of all beings, that we may all learn to use the light and love within us to the fullest, in the cause of Love and Freedom on earth. May all men, women, and children on earth know Love; enable each person to know that Love’s healing presence will always bring happiness, and release from anything that is not of the light. Enfold every person in the power of light, and transmute all imperfection in their lives through Divine Order, with Divine Love. (adapted from Patricia Cote Robles).

Third, I continue in my commitment to the practice of earth, and will continue to work out and eat “really” healthy.

Dedication

I dedicate this Journey to you and to your healing. May you know yourself as the Love you are; may all pain or suffering you experience be transmuted by Love, to Love. May you know yourself as vibrant, radiant health within and without.

Listing About

Copyright Tam Black 2009 Edited for susanwithpearls.com July 2013 by permission
Copyright Tam Black 2009
Edited for susanwithpearls.com July 2013 by permission

I don’t know what I’m doing!! Like a ship that lists about, a rudderless boat on a vast ocean, I have been catching wind in the sail and been cast about. I do stuff. Life is full of activity.  I make lists and cross things off, add more to the lists, cross more off. I accomplish things. I am productive. I am efficient. I am gettin’ shit done. Activity has increased; there is so much to do!

Everything feels important, but also pointless. Why am I doing all this stuff? I’ve been happy, but not satisfied; satisfied, but not content. What is the purpose? What is the meaning? Where am I trying to get to? Do I know? Can I get at the “knowing”? Am I stuck? Am I just where I need to be? Why am I doing this or that? Where am I going?

In order to answer these questions—especially the knowing—I ask myself, “What do I need to do?” and I am back to an activity.  When all activities, even the ones which normally focus, calm, center, and balance seem pointless… what do I do?

My mind races along with my life, even my thoughts have the energy of activity. I can’t/don’t want to be still. There are tools I have which I could utilize, but none feel quite right.

There is deep wonder and curiosity at what this is all about.

  • Is this my “old” consciousness, which is safe, warm, and comfortable spinning in circles to keep me from growing into a new level of awareness?
  • Is this a new level of consciousness pulling at me, telling me my old tools no longer work, and I need to expand to find new tools?
  • Is it my ego that is simply afraid of life and is using these tactics to keep me occupied so I don’t feel that fear and don’t move in any direction?
  • Do I need to force myself to relax and be quiet?

This place is a particularly difficult one for me. Do I forge ahead with activity, be patient and wait, be diligent in customary practices that have proven consciousness-directed results, or try new practices that might “work” better than other ones?

Part of the problem is I am being blown about: I don’t know where I am going; I have stumbled in staying focused in purpose. There is no flow.

How do I change this?

Step one: Being aware Check. I am aware. I’ve described it pretty well, I think.

Step two: Thinking there is a better way – Check. I know there is a better way. I may go through ups and downs, but they are all part of the flow, and I understand how they fit. That is better.

Step three: Deciding to change – Hrmph. I guess I found my sticking point.

What does it take to decide to change? I already know there is a better way, so why would I want to stay here? Ah! It’s not about wanting to stay here…it’s about not knowing where to go (that was pretty clear in the second paragraph above, I see it now). What is my purpose? What is important to me? What do I want? Now, it’s about remembering and reminding myself of what I want. What do I say? My purpose is to be truly helpful. I want to be happy and happiness is tied to purpose; I want to embody my purpose. I want to explore life, share it here, in hopes that your life might open for you through my discoveries, that you might know your purpose, and be happy in living it because that joy is too amazing to hold on to.

It’s important for me to be consistent in words and actions. If I do not, right now, decide to change, I am creating an inconsistency in my life. SO, I declare:

This moment I decide:  to be true to my purpose. I decide: even if I do not know the details of my purpose, I will hold my purpose in mind with singular vision. I choose: to release all barriers that restrain my consciousness from knowing my purpose. I choose: to actively engage my consciousness to be aware, to understand and to know my purpose. I choose life; I choose to live in life’s flow; I choose to learn how to allow life to show me its highest flow, my highest purpose.

Step four: Committing to actions that bolster this decision – Hmmmmmm.  I have a little push-back to this one. Didn’t I say that actions feel like part of the problem…? I must go back to basics. This step is again about consistency.  Just because I say I make a decision, doesn’t mean I have to follow through. BUT, if I do not follow through with actions, I am telling my consciousness either my words were not important or that I did not mean them. The action(s) does not need to be big or fanatical; it just needs to be solid—consistent. It does not need to be geared toward increasing my awareness and understanding or toward expanding my consciousness (I could just commit to brushing my teeth every morning to the tune of Whitney Houston’s “Greatest Love of All”), but if I am going to take an action like this I am going to make it as solid and moving as possible. I’ve made the decision, why not go for it? And the truth is, now that I have gotten to this point, I really want to change. I want to get through this. I want to move my consciousness into a new understanding and knowledge! YAY! OK. Now, with firm commitment and conviction, I declare: for the next 40 days (40 days is generally a good number for me; the decision really sinks in to consciousness after that time) at least one time per day, I will turn my mind to my Inner Divine Presence and contemplate my being and my purpose (using prayers/affirmations/songs/mantras) and invite my Inner Divine Presence to express my highest purpose through me. After at least 5 (but preferably more like 15) minutes, I will write in my journal any thoughts that come. Then I will take one deep breath, smile and live my life.

Would you like to join me?