Why a Journey of Freedom 2017

Hello my beautifuls! I feel so very good to be beginning another Journey! And a Journey of Freedom at that! Whooo hoo!

Today begin to think about why a Journey of Freedom may be important. Today is not a day for answers; it’s a day for looking at what might be sought after, what might be achieved, and why those things might be important. This is the setting up the intention day.

It is important to begin each Journey with an intention.

Without an intention, there is no focus. This is a basic concept in goal-setting. When the intention is set at the start, it becomes the measure, the standard, for every interaction: Does this interaction live up to my standard? Does this interaction help or hinder my goal?

The first Journey of Freedom that I did back in 2015, my intentions were very detailed and intricate. I admit, I think that I was “right on” in writing that intention, and it serves as a good example of “how to”, if you are new here. (There were two articles here and here, but I warn you: it’s good stuff, but long with just a wee bit of Western philosophy.)

This Journey, I am practicing K.I.S.S.S.= Keep it simple, silly Susan. In case you haven’t heard, there is a lot a going on during the month of August (at least that is what the astrologers say, with a lunar eclipse and a solar eclipse…and something about Saturn, and something about Uranus, and something about planets at 28 degrees… I don’t know really, but I know it’s supposed to be a bit of a swirling kind of energy month). I feel that it is prudent to simplify and focus only on what will be reasonable expectations for myself.

Thus!

My intention for this Journey of Freedom is to free myself of attachments to judgment, and judgments themselves. Let’s approach the swirling month of August with neutral eyes.

Here is the impetus whereby I arrived at this intention, from A Course in Miracles (this is a bit philosophical, if you’d like to skip down a bit, I give more of a personal reason for my approach a bit further down…):

God did create the Soul in His own Thought and of a quality like to His own. There is nothing else. Perception, on the other hand, is impossible without a belief in “more” and “less.” Perception at every level involves selectivity and is incapable of organization without it. In all types of perception, there is a continual process of accepting and rejecting or organizing and reorganizing, of shifting and changing focus. Evaluation is an essential part of perception because judgments must be made for selection.

What happens to perceptions if there are no judgments and there is nothing but perfect equality? Perception becomes impossible. Truth can only be known. All of it is equally true, and knowing any part of it is to know all of it. Only perception involves partial awareness. Knowledge transcends all the laws which govern perception because partial knowledge is impossible. It is all one and has no separate parts. You who are really one with it need but know yourself, and your knowledge is complete. To know God’s miracle is to know Him.

Forgiveness is the healing of the perception of separation (full text here).

When human beings perceive, there is an automatic judgment that takes place: this is not that; red is not blue-orange-green-purple-whatever; that skin is darker or lighter than this skin. Whenever a judgment based on a perception is made, it automatically sets up a dynamic of accepting some things, and rejecting others. This is how the brain categorizes and sorts. There is nothing inherently wrong with it, it is part of being human. (There are however ethical implications, when people use such judgments to decide something is better (like light skin) or worse (like darker skin), and create systems and institutions that enforce the “better-worse” belief, to a disadvantage certain people.)

However, as evolving humans, we can get beyond judgments, beyond the perception of either/or, beyond the human inclination to separate ourselves from every other person, place, and thing, by calling it “other” or “not me”.

This is learning a new belief system–one that encompasses the Allness of Life, the Oneness of All, the Beingness of Love, “Knowledge transcends all the laws which govern perception because partial knowledge is impossible. It is all one and has no separate parts.”

So, you see: Journey of Freedom, seeking to be free of judgments, is both about releasing perceptions which prevent me from experiencing/knowing/being Oneness-Love-God-Knowledge, and of accepting a state of mind, that is inclusive, equal, and at One with All.

Now, here’s the more personal reason: I mentioned that August is gearing up to be a bit of an energy-swirling kind of month…I want to be in a mind-frame of non-judgment as I experience that. If the energy is such that many people will be caught up in a riptide of energy, or a whirlpool, or waves crashing around them, I want to experience it from my buoy floating in the water: I may feel surges, but I am safe on my buoy.

I really don’t know what to expect; I can see several areas in my life where there is the potential for chaos and drama to erupt, if the cast of characters is caught up in their own drama/riptide/whirlpool. I can see the potential for situations to appear to be “bad” or full of strife…

And so, release judgments! I release all judgments associated with any perception I have during this journey. All things are equal, there is nothing “good” or “bad”. I accept all things as images on the screen of life, coming and going, playing their part. 

I think this will help. I really do. Join me with this intention, or write your own. Either way, it’s going to be a fun ride.

 

 

Keepin’ it real– Journey of Gratitude 2017, day 13

It’s a little rocky today, but I found a surprise through writing. Hopefully you will get the surprise, also. I am always (still!) amazed at how the writing brings out what is waiting in the wings; everything falls perfectly into place, always. I’m going to keep that thought in mind for my life journey!

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Guiding Thought

Fill your mind with the Light of the Truth of Love. What more is there? In the Light of the Truth, you are Free. What more is there? Your consciousness expands in the Truth of Love, forever One, forever Joyful, forever in Peace.

Reflection

I’m having trouble today. It’s not with the Guiding Thought, or the process, or the Journey, or anything in my life. The trouble (as it so often is) is with my mind. I feel a disconnection between my mind and heart, my thoughts and my feelings.

My heart wants to feel this, to really go into it, to know the truth, to feel the love, to feel the joy and peace. But it ain’t happening. How do I feel it? This has been an ongoing question this Journey. I don’t know how to make myself feel it, and the more I focus on getting there, the further I get away from it (probably because it’s my mind that is doing the focusing).

Every moment with the mind is an opportunity to reform the mind.

I don’t even doubt today; I am not feeling skeptical. I know this is right and true (“I believe!”). Above all else, I want the Light of the Truth of Love. What more is there? without resistance, without contingencies or qualifiers…

Then why can’t I feel it?

You see…it goes in waves, one rolling in after the other, and who knows what the next one brings. Wasn’t it just a couple days ago that I felt totally in it?

I SO want to authentically encourage you, to tell you in a genuine way about my experience today with Truth, with Love, with Life. I want to share Joy and Peace, so that it is infectious, so you can feel it, beaming through while reading this, so that when you feel it, you know, “this is all I want”, “this is REAL”, “this is amazing”, “am amazing”. I want that for me; I want that for you.

Here’s what’s interesting: did you just feel it, reading that paragraph? Writing about not feeling it, then writing about wanting to feel it, I felt it. Did you? Read that paragraph again, it’s there. It a trickle, but it’s there. Tune in to the subtlety.

Authentically writing about not feeling it, and wanting to feel it, did more for provoking the feeling than trying to fake my way through. Keepin’ it real is always the way to go.

 

“Bursting My Own Bubble”: Journey of Fulfillment 2.0 – Day 38

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Guiding Thought

My motivation is my choice. My intention is my choice. My will is my choice. In Peace, I listen within for guidance so that my actions are motivated by joy, my intentions are love, and my Will is simply to share Joy and Love.

 

Sharing

I’ve figured it out.

When I begin each Journey, I write down an intention, to (attempt to) get clear about what I hope to accomplish for the particular Journey. Then I spend about 35-40 days with that intention, that “goal”, working itself out in my subconscious. You have seen it: the path is not linear, it’s not obvious, and sometimes it seems like I am straying far away from the purpose, the path.

This is how I think of it (please note this is as much my imagination as it is “fact”, and probably more my imagination): My brain has been receiving sensory input since before I was born. All of that sensory input was translated into electronic impulses, which moved through my brain over synapses, creating “neural networks”. A “network” is a bundle of impulses. So, for example, I have a bundle of impulses that tells me how to type on a keyboard, a bundle that is associated with petting my cat; I have a bundle associated with doing the dishes. But, I also have a bundle that is associated with typing on a keyboard while listening to music. And I have a bundle for typing on the keyboard, while my cat is vying for my attention. And I even have a bundle for doing the dishes while listening to music, while my cat vies for my attention.

Each of these that have common elements which are all intertwined in these networks, tangled, entangled. When you throw the neural networks of emotions, beliefs, or subconscious impressions in there, you really get some tangled-ness, going back to all of the emotions, beliefs, and impressions I’ve had since before I was born.

For example, there was the time when I was doing dishes, with the cat underfoot vying for my attention while I was listening to REO Speed Wagon after having just broken up with my high school sweetheart when the dog came galloping in, chased by my brother who was shouting and carrying on, which scared the cat so that it jumped up and scratched my face, in turn, causing me to spill hot coffee down my front. After that, it took a long time to be nice to the cat, listen to REO, not be mad at my brother for chasing the dog, or even smell coffee. (This is all fiction, by the way, meant to entertain you while giving an example.)

Each of the neural associations had lasting conscious effects. While I may recover from this scenario consciously, there are still neural pathways, neural networks, that were created, which may still create some emotional stress from the trauma of it.

The individual Journeys unravel the neural networks that are associated with their topic (in this case, Fulfillment). Since most of my neural associations that are entangled are completely sub-conscious (or unconscious), the Journeys take me through a convoluted path to dis-entangle the networks in my brain. At least, the path seems convoluted, because I do not consciously have access to all of that disentanglement process.

This is what I figured out:

When I started the Journey, you may recall (WHY), I listed a bunch of affirmations that I have been working with regarding my purpose and its fulfillment.

At the beginning of the Journey, I was attached to the affirmations, and achieving their outcome.

You may be aware of some of the ideas regarding attachment (and non-attachment). If you are not, here is a lengthy, but easy-to-read essay by a source I trust. http://www.lamayeshe.com/article/chapter/chapter-six-every-problem-earth-comes-attachment

Most often attachment associated with enlightenment has to do with ego­-attachment. But people tend to be attached to things as well: families, friends, clothing, cars, good food, a job, etc., which of course is all just an expression of the attached ego.

I was attached to the affirmations: these will get me what I want. I want this particular outcome. If I just say these affirmations, I will get what I want. I want.  I want. I want. Do you see?

The Journey (and God knows…I don’t know how), showed me how my attachment to the affirmations was exactly what prevented their fulfillment, and what’s more, through the Journey, the attachment was released. For 37 days, the bubble rose; hitting the surface, it burst, releasing what was trapped within.

“On This Rock I Stand”: Journey of Abundance 2.0 – Day 22

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Guiding Thought

We choose to expand our consciousness and open our heart to Divine Love’s flow within us. Realizing our own Divine Presence, we know God as the Source and Fulfillment of all our good.

 

Sharing

I choose! Yes, I do. I choose to expand my consciousness and open my heart to Divine Love’s flow. Can you feel how powerful that statement is? How powerful making the choice is? In that sentence, in that choice, is the decision to say yes to the Highest Love possible, and say yes to allowing that Love to flow through you.

When you say yes right here, right now, well, that’s a start. The idea is to say yes continually, in every millisecond; say yes with your heart, your mind, your being, without having to think about it; say yes in all situations, to all people.

When you choose Divine Love, you make a stand, and take a stance. You are proclaiming to the world what you want, and what you will accept in your life. Divine Love is your standard! Accept nothing less!

Yet, the world (and people…) can be cruel, or ignorant, or selfish, and when they see you standing tall, taking your stance, and living the highest life that you are able to at this time, they can want to pull you down. They can (even under the guise of “your best interest”) try to shake you, try to turn you to change your mind and redirect your yes to Love, toward petty, mundane emotions, interactions, or desires.

What will you allow into your life? What will you allow into your mind? Be strong. Know what YOU want and accept nothing less. Stand on your rock, proclaim your dedication to Love, claim your Self. Let nothing shake you…Even you.

Sometimes, even your own fears, doubts, or expectations can insert themselves into your mind, and ask you to accept something less than Divine Love, your highest standard. Sometimes you can attack yourself…under “your own best interest”. Reject low standards, even when they come from within your mind. Remember your choice.

Why do I make this choice here? Why do I give voice to the doubt, the skeptic, the fears here?  Because here is neutral territory, where I can see what’s going on. It’s okay for me to listen to the voices within me here; when they speak here, I can recognize them “out there”. And in recognizing them out there, I can see them for what they are and make my choice with clarity.

“Just So”: Journey of Abundance 2.0 – Day 17

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Guiding Thought

Your consciousness is the gateway through which Divine Love flows, materializing your infinite Supply. Be now conscious of your own Inner Divine Presence—Infinite Love—expressing through you, providing you with the means to be aware, to understand, and to know It as your Self– more and more!

Sharing

The bottom line: Love yourself. The more you are aware of yourself loving yourself, the more you appreciate yourself for the Love you are. That’s really all this Guiding Thought is saying.

You see, when you are aware of loving yourself, well, that’s you being conscious of loving yourself. That is the gateway to materializing your infinite Supply.

And what is your infinite Supply? Love, of course!

The Source is Love. The Supply is Love. The channel (you) are Love. Infinitely.

As I was walking today, listening to the Guiding Thought, it was a hard concept for my brain to handle. That is why I simplified it. It was as much for me as for you.

Everything is Love. Everything comes from Source. Look around. When I was walking there was an abundance of blue sky! an abundance of dirt! an abundance of leaves and green! Everything is provided by Source in abundance! Appreciate the abundance all around you, anything and everything, large and small. Let your mind see it as Love providing you with an abundance of >whatever it is<. Recognize abundance! Be aware of it, even if it’s not the “kind” of abundance you “want”. Let yourself see abundance.

That’s opening your channel. That’s letting Love flow. That’s seeing abundance materialize in your life.

“What’s Before Me”: Journey of Healing 2.0 – Day 29

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Guiding Thought

We are the Light of Love. Light saturates our minds and bodies, surrounding every thought, and radiating out to All. Everything radiates Light in return. Everywhere is Light. We rest in Peace, Being Light.

 

Sharing

We are almost at the end of Round 3, and I am looking forward for the next, and final round, to ask yet again, “What is healing?” I don’t know (yet). Do you think I’ll have any answers by the end of this Journey?

There is a quote from Anthony William, the author of Medical Medium that is very inspiring to me today:  Because there’s no rule book for mystery illness, there are also no limits to recovery… Healing is one of the greatest freedoms God offers us. Healing is the law of the universe, the light, or whatever you choose to call the higher source–not the law of humans–and so it grants true justice. Untethered by statute, healing from mystery illness can exceed imagination.

Healing and freedom…healing as freedom. That resonates. Healing is a gift and a right, not just a right, but a law of the universe. I can heal. You can heal. We can heal, with no limits to recovery. Just set about doing it. However you set about doing it.

[Oh, BTW—we started the MM (Medical Medium) cleanse (me and 4 friends)! I’ve put up a few pages for your information. Look under the Resources tab for my summary and notes on the book Medical Medium, a very basic outline of the cleanse-plan (I’ll continue to add to this page), as well as a spreadsheet for you to download to set up your own plan (any suggestions for format?), and my daily journal entries about how it’s going (so far, so good). The reason I’m posting these things is because, when I have done cleanses in the past, I’ve found it very useful to read about other people’s experiences, and what they thought. I also have to say I don’t think the book is set up very well for instructions on doing the cleanse, so I am going to figure it out for myself (Sorry, Anthony…maybe you’d like to collaborate on an “eating guide”?). ]

This Journey seems to be a conglomeration of many different areas of my life, little bits of healing here, little bits of healing there, with no central focus, no cohesion (but of course, there is something unifying everything!).  I feel like I am working on body on the one hand and mind on the other, and I don’t know how they relate or interact. I wish I knew what I was doing. I am at a point where I feel like I am fumbling around, figuring things out, without knowing what all the pieces are or what the final picture is going to be.

There is a Bible verse coming to mind at the moment relevant to this, Ecclesiastes 9:10. It feels instructive at the moment, “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.”  In other words, “do what is before you to do, and do it with all you have”. Or, “when you don’t know what else to do, do what is in front of you”. Keep your head down, and keep going?

I have several projects I am working on (including this Journey), plus the cleanse, plus just a general commitment to giving myself lots of love and care. Those are the things before me at the moment. How do I interpret them? What do I make of them? I don’t think I need to think about that. I simply need to do what is before me to do, with all my might.

“Intentional Intention”: Journey of Purpose 2.0 – Day 32

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Guiding Thought

My Own Loving Presence is my Self. I turn my attention inward and become aware of my Own Loving Presence. With my focused awareness, my own Loving Presence fills me, grows brighter, and grows warmer. I claim my Self with these words:

I AM My Own Loving Presence. My Loving Presence is the Self of myself. I love my Self!

I want to give my Self everything it desires–and my Self wants the same for me. What do I desire, but total Peace, Freedom, Love, and Harmony? These are the infinite and eternal qualities of my Self! I am now aware of the inner activity of my Own Loving Presence and I invite it to express itself through me and externalize in my life as circumstances, people, forms, and events that fulfill my desires.

 

Sharing

“You will find that intention on liberation is the means to it. When this intention is full no other means is necessary. But when intention is weak what is the use of a thousand means? Therefore, the principal means to liberation is intention alone.”  -Tripura Rahasya

It matters where your intention rests. What do you want? What are your goals or desires? What are your goals for your intellect, for your heart, for your physical body, for your work and service? Where do you want to be at this time next year, in three years, in five years? Where do you want to be in 50 years? Can you think that far ahead? What are you doing within your own mind, your personal expectations, to get yourself there?

I always have two sets of answers to these questions. One is Spiritual, and therefore by definition both very abstract and very intangible. These answers are often what I discuss here, and ultimately, the purpose of these Journeys: God. Truth. Freedom. Service to the One Divine Will. The second set of answers is much more mundane–literally. These answers have to do with the fact of living in a body, in a house, needing to eat and take care of my family, financial matters, and the general stuff of life.

The irony is that it’s always harder for me to think about what I want in the concrete than it is for me to think about what I want in the abstract. It’s easier for me to think and focus on concepts like Love, Freedom, or Oneness than it is for me to say I want something tangible like, a car, remodeled basement, or an increase in salary. I get the feeling that most people are the other way around–that the material stuff of life is easier to focus on when it comes to wants or desires. Just look at all the abundance and magnetizing and laws of attraction stuff out there now, showing people how to “do” this; it predominantly focuses on getting stuff.

Intention is the means. Whether it is freedom or a new car that you desire, intention is the means. The question for me becomes, what is my highest desire, and I have to tell you, it’s never a car (though I did play with this for a period of time): “What do I desire, but total Peace, Freedom, Love, and Harmony?” Let your highest intention draw all things up to itself. Let the highest intention lead you; let all things come as a result of the highest intention, and they will serve only that.