When Monks Speak: Journey of Creation – Day 13

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Guiding Thought

Choose only to create with Perfect Love. Since Perfect Love is all You Are, and all there is, accept Perfect Love as the only Source for all your creations. Project Perfect Love outward, shining with inner radiance.


In my imagination I had a wise person saying the Guiding Thought to me. It was an anonymous wise person, not someone I recognized or could identify. I can’t even tell you what gender this wise one was. But s/he was in a simple monk’s (Franciscan or such) robe, with hands tucked in the wide sleeves.

With the first repetition, I was immediately drawn in by the double meaning of the first sentence: Choose only to create with Perfect Love. The first meaning is that I focus on my own vibration or energy, and do my best to lift myself to a vibration or energy of Perfect Love, then from that place interact with my world, designing and building with Perfect Love.

The second meaning takes Perfect Love as a euphemism for God, and has to do with cooperating with Perfect Love, to achieve creation. This meaning  is about uniting my will with God’s (Perfect Love’s) Will, and acting from that collaboration.

Now, when I read this Guiding Thought, I have both of these ideas in my head at the same time, so that I “see” both Perfect Love streaming forth from my heart, and I see a channel of light going from the top of my head into the ether, to the heart and mind of God, which informs and instructs me on how to use my own will correctly.

All that from seven words. Nice.

The second sentence was stated to me by a monk in a bit more of a teaching-pose, with hand gestures; the monk had a different “feel” for this sentence: now s/he felt more Buddhist than Franciscan. The difference had to do with the awareness of the interconnectedness of All (known as Interdependent Co-arising, also known as Dependent Co-origination, which *very* basically means the experience of non-duality).

While the second monk was saying the second sentence to me s/he was simultaneously embodying the concept of the sentence, so that I could feel what it means that Perfect Love is all I am and all there is. With that feeling, there is no doubt or question about the second half of that sentence: accept Perfect Love as the only Source for all your creations. In fact, if there was a question it was more along the lines of, “how could I not accept Perfect Love as the only Source!?” The feeling made the reality of Perfect Love so palpable, that being told to accept it seemed redundant and unnecessary.

The third sentence took some effort, and I can’t say I can feel it–and most certainly not as strongly as the first two sentences.

It seems to me that the point of the third sentence is to make my brain think and apply itself in a specific direction, i.e. the direction of intentionally acting on the idea of Perfect Love.

In this statement, the intentional action is that of the brain thinking. My brain must visualize (think about) what might occur if I were to project Perfect Love outward and shine with inner radiance.

The brain, is of course the seat of skepticism, and feels some rebellion about this. It does not believe in Projecting Love or shining with anything. The brain believes in what this body can see, hear, taste, touch, and smell–and neither Perfect Love nor inner radiance qualify.

But the mere exercise of asking the brain to imagine this, propels the thought outward, in even the smallest capacity, thereby creating the experience of the projection of Perfect Love, and the shining of inner radiance (even to the smallest capacity). At some level, the brain becomes conscious of the thought and the corresponding experience, even if the experience is in the imagination (you know the brain responds the same way to imaginary experiences and “real” experiences, right?).

The result is that the brain then creates its own experience: what the body can see, hear, taste, touch, or smell–and the brain verify as real.

The other result is that am now aware of one of my brain’s stumbling blocks, and I can consciously choose to engage and release/transform it!


Thanks for the Coffee: Journey of Gratitude – Day 32

Copyright Tam Black 2015 Designed for susanwithpearls.com
Copyright Tam Black 2015
Designed for susanwithpearls.com

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.


I look around me, or take a breath, or feel the warmth of the sun, and appreciate Life. This has been the essence of this Journey for me: appreciating life, every aspect of it, anything that contributes to it. Emerson said:

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”

I like that even though he starts by saying “every good thing” he ends by saying “include all things in your gratitude”. Don’t just be thankful for things you think are “good”! Find reasons to be thankful for challenges, lessons, or even things that are unwanted. Gratitude may not transform the experience, but it will transform your interpretation of it.

The end of Emerson’s quote reminds me of the Buddhist concept of interdependent co-arising. This, simply put, is the idea that everything is interconnected. When I make coffee in the morning, it is not just “me” making coffee; it is every thing—every experience, every effort, every action, every substance, every person—who has gone into creating that moment of “me”, that moment of “coffee”, that moment of “mug”, that moment of “water”, etc. When I give thanks for that invigorating black liquid, I give thanks to every person, every action, every effort used to bring me those beans, this mug, this water, the electricity to run my coffee maker…every single thing!

When I read the part in the quote, “…all things have contributed to your advancement,” I think about it in terms of interdependent co-arising. Nothing is apart from Being. Nothing is apart from Life. In some way, everything has contributed to who you are, who I am, today; everything deserves thanks and gratitude.

Gratitude is both being thankful for what we have now, as well as striving to create the conditions for feeling gratitude. What are you thankful for? What more can you bring into your life that you can be thankful for?

Prepare your mind for gratitude; appreciate whatever you can, remember everything connected to it, and be thankful for those things as well.

Nurture your environment in gratitude. Openly express thanks to anything and everything. Silently thank anything and everything. Everything is of Life, for us.