“Masquerading Light”: Journey of Healing 2.0 – Day 40

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Guiding Thought

I give today to Light. I feel the Light within pour forth; I feel my radiance, my glow. I see—with my inner eye—this light envelop and infuse all I encounter, all my words, and all my actions. I watch as others resonate with me, their light growing brighter in the sanctity of my own. To all beings and all situations today, I offer only light, and learn, as I do, the Wholeness of my Self.

 

Sharing

I’ve thought for a long time that humans are Light, masquerading as bodies. The feeling is kind of like the Wayne Dyer quote, “You’re a spiritual being having a human experience”. So, to paraphrase this, “You’re a Light Being having a human experience”. I never quite felt the truth in the Wayne Dyer quote, but I feel something, some stirring of recognition, when I paraphrase the quote using “Light Being”.

When I read today’s Guiding Thought, it’s almost like my entire being says, “Yes! This is what I want, this is who I am”.

In the spirit of being Light, giving light, and offering light to the Wholeness of my Self, I’d like to take a moment and give you light, right now. Take a minute to receive it…

In addition to Light, I feel so much love and appreciation for all of you out there, reading this, or not reading this. I have so much love and appreciation for all of the people doing the work, learning to love themselves more, helping others, being their own light, being an inspiration, finding their own way. If you are reading this, that means you. Thank you.

Our work, the work of love, of light, of service, is so necessary. Each of you making this contribution in your own life, taking any time what so ever to find ways to love, to find ways to give, are making a difference. Each of you sharing your stories, helping others, creating a network of empathy and compassion, are making a difference. I love you and appreciate you; you are so important to Life and its process.

As you recall, this Journey—and each round—begins with basically 3 days of emptying the mind and releasing any (old) notions of “what healing is”. Throughout this Journey I have thought (but not written), “What does this have to do with healing? What have I healed? What are the results? What is the relevance?” I have now figured out that the Journeys rarely lead me on a path of logic, but they always lead me appropriately, so I just “go with it”.

And I just realized, this moment of such deep love and appreciation for all of you, this recognition of Wholeness with you, this is the healing. We are Whole. We are Holy. I love you. The Journey is at an end (for now!).

There will be a short break for reflection on the whole Journey. I will post the afterword within the week! Then on to the next—Journey of Abundance begins July 28!

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Please enjoy this uplifting song of revitalization, hope, and pleasure of Life at the end of a Journey (the “theme song” for day 40)! 

“Literal and Figurative”: Journey of Healing – Day 39

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Before I get started today, I have a confession about yesterday. After I did the Journey, and talked about making the decision for the Whole and Holy Self, I went on with my day…and I had a moment of completely forgetting the Whole and Holy Self. I find that driving is the place where my more volatile emotions feel comfortable expressing themselves. No, I don’t get road rage. Yes, I do get very frustrated and angry at people who don’t DRIVE their cars, pulling out in front of me and going only 20 mph, braking at a green light, making a turn, then not accelerating. Sometimes I yell at people who do these types of things (“big peddle on the right!!”). No, I don’t swear at them. No, I don’t flip them off. It’s more like I just talk to them, sometimes very energetically and loudly. That happened yesterday. My behavior upset me. How can I be doing all of this spiritual work, and succumb to that kind of abandonment of principles? I felt guilty. Then I felt bad about feeling guilty… Then I let it go. Oh well. If getting a bit hot while driving is the worst behavior of my day and no one got hurt…I can forgive myself and move on.

I tell you this mainly because recently while watching Craig Ferguson on Join of Die, I was reminded that “Americans do not like hypocrisy…Charlie Sheen can be on the Late Show and say he loves hookers and alcohol, and the audience applauds…” but if someone like Bill Cosby falls, people really despise them, as much for what they did as for pretending to be otherwise.  I think I do a pretty good job of being transparent here, and not making any personal grandiose claims, but just to make sure you know…I had to make my “confession”.  🙂

And now the Journey!

 

Guiding Thought

I am the Light of Love. Light saturates my mind and body, surrounding every thought, and radiating out to All. Everything radiates Light in return. Everywhere is Light. I rest in Peace, Being Light.

Sharing

I love the idea of being Light. I always have, and I think about it a lot. It feels like something that is deep, old, familiar, and real. It’s like I feel like of course I am Light. But then, I’m not, I have this material body, so there’s a disconnection. But part of me feels like being Light is natural, normal, and once I think it enough and really focus on the Truth of Who I AM, then my body will be light.

Along these lines, I think about Jesus and the Transfiguration. He became light. And he also said, “all of this and more than this shall you also do”. So, it’s plausible I can become Light, right?

I also think about how I need to treat my body in order for it to become light. I think about what foods to eat, how much to fast (if at all), how to change my body to make it easy for it to become Light.

All of this is a literal interpretation of the Guiding Thought. I have a long way to go for this literal interpretation to actualize in my body.

Not everyone thinks about being Light in a literal sense. The Guiding Thought can certainly be interpreted in a figurative sense as well, where “Light” is the energy of Love, and represents you being the Love You Are.

I actually use the Guiding Thought in both the literal and figurative sense. I see myself as Light, and I see myself giving Love as Light to All. Whichever the case, I know it feels really good to think about Light.

“The River Delta Mind”: Journey of Healing 2.0 – Day 38

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Guiding Thought

I decide today to be aware of my Whole and Holy Self working within me, expressing through me. As I move through the affairs of my life, with an open mind and empty hands, I look first to my Whole and Holy Self for guidance. My only decision today is to be aware of my Whole and Holy Self—all other decisions arise out of this, in conjunction with my Self.

 

Sharing

A decision is different than a simple statement of intention. The word decision comes from the Latin dēcīsiō, which means to cut off.  Think of your decision-making process like a river delta symbolizing different pathways in your brain where possible outcomes can flow. Then think about “cutting off” the flow to all but one of those pathways. That’s a decision.

If today we decide to be aware of the Whole and Holy Self, which means cutting off any activity of the lower mind. That means paying 100% attention to the Truth of us, expressing through us. (If you need a refresher on this, just look at yesterday’s post).

I know, I know. It’s not easy to do, especially when moving through the affairs of life. Those activities can be so distracting! Here is something I am working on for this: the affairs of life are Life itself. Embrace them as part of the Wholeness, as part of your Wholeness. And how do you do that? You do it by looking to your Whole and Holy Self for guidance.

That’s it. Decide today to be aware of the Whole and Holy Self, first, last, always. Everything else follows.

“Seek ye first the Kingdom of Heaven and all things shall be added unto you.”  The Kingdom of Heaven is within you; the Kingdom of Heaven is you, your Whole and Holy YOU.

Copyright attribution: English Wikipedia user Decumanus

“The Truth of We”: Journey of Healing 2.0 – Day 37

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Guiding Thought

Love is Wholeness. The essence of Love is Peace. The essence of Wholeness is Unity. My essence is Love, therefore, my essence is Peace; my essence is Unity. Since my essence is Unity, I share Love and Peace Wholly. Knowing the Unity of Whole Love and Peace with All is the essence of Holiness. I choose to be aware, to understand and to Know my Whole and Holy Self, which is Love. 

 

Sharing

I’m now interpreting this Guiding Thought in light of yesterday’s sharing, THE ALL in the All, because, what is more Whole than The ALL in the All and the All in ALL? I know it’s hard to talk about this stuff without sounding like I’m just playing word games…but I’ll try.

Think about it: What if you had 100 percent certainty, complete knowing that EVERYTHING (“The ALL”) was inside of you? What if you knew with absolutely no doubt that ALL of the love, presence, power, harmony, abundance, and intelligence of EVERYTHING is right there in you, as you? That’s your essence, the essence of Love…wouldn’t that give you deep and abiding peace?

And if you knew all that love, presence, power, harmony, abundance, and intelligence of EVERYTHING was also in everyone and everything else, as them, wouldn’t you feel Unity with everything around you?

And if you felt that Unity with everything around you wouldn’t you be absolutely happy to share that Love and Peace Wholly, with everyone and everything, knowing that they are doing the same thing, because they know and feel the same way?

That’s Holiness. That’s the Truth of You, the Truth of me, the Truth of we. One. Whole. Holy. Together.

“THE ALL in All”: Journey of Healing 2.0 – Day 36

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Guiding Thought

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

 

Sharing

Again, like yesterday, my early morning meditation was a prequel to the Journey. I was reading about The Kybalion, a collection of phrases, maxims, aphorisms, and precepts regarding the teaching of Hermes Trismegistus. One chapter this morning was titled “THE ALL” IN All, and the quote from The Kybalion which was deconstructed in this chapter was, “While All is in THE ALL, it is equally true that THE ALL is in ALL.”

Maybe it’s just me, but the phrase “While All is in THE ALL, it is equally true that THE ALL is in ALL.” sure feels close in meaning to I exist in Divine Mind, as It does in me, united forever—One.

Both of these are also in line with my recent contemplations on “I and the Father are One” (where the Father = Divine Mind = THE ALL).

I’m not going to dissect my own connections today or how I see more within all of this; I feel like this is something deep, which is stewing, and it needs time in the stillness within me (no stirring!) for all the flavors to blend appropriately.

I will, however, leave you with this extended quote from the book:

The Hermetic Teachings are to the effect that THE ALL is imminent in (“remaining within; inherent; abiding within”) its Universe, and in every part, particle, unity, or combination within the Universe. This statement is usually illustrated by [the Teacher instructing] the student to form a Mental Image of something, a person, an idea, something having a mental form, the favorite example being that of the author or dramatist forming an idea of his characters; or a painter or sculptor forming an image of an ideal that she wishes to express by his art. In each case, the student will find that while the image has its existence and being, solely within his own mind, yet he, the student, author, dramatist, painter, or sculptor, is, in a sense, immanent in; remaining within; or abiding within the mental image also. In other words, the entire virtue, life, spirit, of reality in the mental image is derived from the “immanent mind” of the thinker…

Let us say that Othello, Iago, Hamlet, Lear, Richard III, existed merely in the mind of Shakespeare, at the time of their conception or creation. And yet, Shakespeare also existed within each of these characters, giving them their vitality, spirit, and action. Whose is the “spirit” of the characters…have each of these characters a personal spirit, independent of their creator? …have the Venus of Medici, the Sistine Madonna, the Apollo Belvidere, spirits and reality of their own, or do they represent the spiritual and mental power of their creators? …Both propositions are true. [Othello is both Othello and also Shakespeare.]…

The ALL is in the earthworm, and yet the earthworm is far from being THE ALL. And still the wonder remains that though the earthworm exists, merely as a lowly thing, created and having its being solely within the Mind of THE ALL—THE ALL is imminent in the earthworm, and in the particles that go to make up the earthworm.

Can there be any greater mystery than this, “All in THE ALL; and THE ALL in All?”

The Kybalion: A Study of the Hermetic Philosophy of Ancient Egypt and Greece
Three Initiates
Pgs. 95-98, Kindle edition

“When the Light Comes Through”: Journey of Healing 2.0 – Day 35

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Guiding Thought

My own Loving Presence is my personal connection with Divine Mind. Attuned to my own Loving Presence, I Know myself as Whole and Holy. As I feel my Inner Unity, I know: this is all I want; I have found all I seek.

 

Sharing

It’s not so much the moments spent here with the Guiding Thought that matter. It’s where those moments take you.

What do you see differently? What comes into your awareness that is absolutely right and perfect? What answers show up, sometimes without you even being aware of having asked a question? What do you find that seems to lead you to something more? What people do you unexpectedly connect with?

All of these things have happened for me, as I have been doing these Journeys. Most recently, it seems like I am being lead into the Guiding Thoughts, rather than the Guiding Thoughts leading me into something new—and that is a new experience!

This morning, before setting out on the Journey, I did my contemplative meditation. Mind you, I do not currently have a set meditation—I’ve kind of been jumping around with different styles that speak to me at the moment (including writing, reading, contemplating, drawing, making lists, writing letters to angels—maybe you wouldn’t call any of this “meditative”, but since through these activities, I connect with a flowing energy of Love, Openness, and Joy, I call it meditation!)

This morning, I was working with a meditation on the I AM presence: linking my mind to God, recognizing that God is the One Source, the One Power, the One Cause of Love, then visualizing God as a radiant sun, with me as one of the beams, thus acknowledging the Unity of myself with God: All that God is, I AM, all that God has is mine; the Father and I are One. Through this visualization, I was able to see/feel the energy of God coming through me. Like a river, a golden-white “beam” flowed through me, pouring out before me (“making all crooked places straight”). In different words, this follows the Guiding Thought almost precisely: Connecting with Divine Mind, feeling Whole and Holy, feeling the Inner Unity…and Knowing: this really is all I want.

It was as though the floodgates really had opened, without me trying to do anything. I could see and feel my Oneness with Source, and with that the phrase “I and my Father are One” took on new depth of meaning. But more than that, it took on new depth of application. It was both a reassurance of the reality of my relationship with God, as well as a call to greater action. I cannot know this river of Love flowing through me without taking it into every situation, every interaction, and seeing that Divine Light working.

What that means is that I must keep my channel clear, and make myself available for God at any time, and regardless of what is happening “out there”, I must remain fixed on God’s presence through me, trusting that all is well.

“Wrapping My Head around Wholeness”: Journey of Healing 2.0 – Day 34

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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

To heal and be healed is to be aware; to understand, and to Know Wholeness.
Why is this said as a statement of fact? Is it [a fact]? Does it require my belief? Is it True? What is Wholeness; what does it mean to “be Whole”?

One meaning of Wholeness is to be in an unbroken or undamaged state. Certainly this applies to healing. Does that mean people who seek healing are broken or damaged? Or, do they perceive themselves as broken or damaged? I supposed there are many types of “broken” or “damaged”—mental, spiritual, emotional; so, in this context, healing means repairing something that is broken.

Another meaning of Wholeness is “entire”, for example, “I can’t believe I ate the WHOLE thing!” How does this fit with healing? I think that in order for this to fit, it must be used in conjunction with the first meaning of “unbroken” or “undamaged”. If humans perceive themselves as anything other than part of an entirety (the Whole of Life), they do not perceive the Whole; thus, they perceive in a broken or damaged way. Healing in this second context means, opening up to the understanding that Wholeness includes everyone, every living being, including you (or me).

A final meaning of Wholeness is “a thing that is complete in itself”. How does this fit with Healing? Again, it must be considered in the context of the preceding definition. A person is only Whole within the entirety of Life, and the entirety of Life is incomplete without that person. Life is complete in itself, each person included in that completeness.

Thus I seek Wholeness, Unity, Oneness within my own mind and heart, and in all my actions and affairs.

If healing is Wholeness, as established above, then the only healing action to take is to seek that Wholeness, everywhere. Heal everything to Wholeness.

I focus on uniting the fragments within myself, so that I see only Oneness, which is the Truth of my Self.

Remember that Life is Whole, including you. This Wholeness and Oneness is the Truth of you. Seeking the Wholeness everywhere means seeking yourself everywhere.

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.

Seeking is finding, thus the previous seeking comes to Knowing the Truth of your Self. When the Truth is Known, it is unassailable, unquestionable—and the Truth expresses itself in all your activity, confirming Itself.