That’s Different: Journey of Freedom 2017–Day 22

Copyright Tam Black 2015
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Guiding Thought

We freely release patterns, habits, and thoughts that inhibit our Freedom! We allow our thoughts and feelings to transform through remembrance of Freedom through Love. We were born with everything we need to be free in Love. We allow Love to lead us. We trust Love and surrender to its wisdom.

Reflection

I’m at a new place, so to say. Everything is the same, but I am different. A Buddhist friend of mine says it this way “The tree is still the tree”.

Every day as we go through life, we see things through our own eyes providing a unique interpretation of all our experiences and interactions. To us, there is a “normal” pattern, a “normal” way of seeing and walking through the world. We don’t really notice anything really “special”, because we don’t have anything to compare it to; it’s just life as we know it.

Then, when we gain a moment of enlightenment, a moment of pure peace or joy or understanding or complete harmony and we look at something “mundane”, we see it completely differently—through the eyes of peace, joy, understanding, or harmony.  It’s still the same thing that we have always seen, but we are different, so we see and experience it differently. The tree is still the tree, but there is so much more to the tree than ever before seen.

I have been releasing so much on this Journey, and indeed for the past 10 weeks or so, since I did my mundan ceremony. I can feel my emotions changing; I can feel my thoughts changing; I can feel my awareness heightened; I feel more Love and Peace without even trying. That’s different.

That’s a big indicator about how I’ve changed, too: without even trying. There is a smoothness and ease to my thoughts, emotions, and activity that is just different.

So, today, as I read the Guiding Thought, it was as though it was reflecting back to me what I am and what I am experiencing. It was not an ideal toward which I was striving; it is here, now, who I am and what I am doing. That’s different. 

I feel like the Guiding Thought is speaking the Truth back to me.  “We were born with everything we need to be free in Love. We allow Love to lead us. We trust Love and surrender to its wisdom.” All I think in response is, “yes, of course”. This feels very matter-of-fact, not something I can question at all. That’s different.

The thing is: We are in this together. If I am feeling it, it has also–already–affected you. Tune into it; ride my wave, know your own Freedom, because it is here, now for all of us.

Keep on Trekkin’: Journey of Creation – Day 32

Copyright Tam Black 2017
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Guiding Thought

When I am aware of my own consciousness as Perfect Love, I am aware of everything as Love, and of Love as everything. In this state of awareness, I create naturally and easily in unison with Perfect Love, with all of existence.

Reflection

I have to tell you something. I have not “gone public” with this information until now, though I’ve told my family members who I don’t see regularly. It feels like a coming out, with the bit of nervous tension, the wondering how you will respond, wondering if you will still like me, or be my friend after you have this information…here it is: I shaved my head.

That was exactly a month ago, today, and Tam has been shaving it every third day for me. I’ll continue this practice for 9 months.

I had a ceremony called a mundan ceremony, which is traditional in the Indian (Hindu) culture for young children. In the Hindu tradition, it is all about releasing karma, and starting this life with a clean slate. As an American who came to the practice of the Sanatana Dharma as an adult, I had never had the opportunity to have such a ceremony as a young child.

However, the practice remains a powerful tool for releasing karma, and letting go of feelings and impressions that hinder Love, at any time of life. The mundan ceremony was given to me, you may say as a gift, to propel me further along my path of opening my heart and my life to the Divine. In my ceremony, the intention was karmic release, plus a clear intention to dedicate my life force to the Divine, that the Divine might enter the world to love and serve all life.

During this Journey of Creation, I have mentioned several times about the very physical changes that are taking place in my life. Since I did this on (I think it was ) day two or three of this Journey, I do not know which has had greater sway in the changes going on: the Journey or the mundan.

But I can tell you, it’s as though the changes being made are laying a foundation for more positive growth in my life.

I am letting go of things that have been weighing me down, and I am increasing the things that bring love and light into my life, into this world. Sometimes I need to shake things up, so the pieces re-settle in a new, higher order.

Yes, I have felt some chaos of transition (which I have written about here and here). Yes, I have felt unsettled and uncomfortable. Yes, sometimes I don’t know what the heck is going on, or what to expect. Yes, I have done some things out of character (shave my head!… oh, no, wait…that’s not really so out of character…).

Yes, I am very happy to know that my life is changing and shifting, and getting me to my next (bigger) step.

Life is working with me! YAY.

So, today, this is all relevant because this:

When I am aware of my own consciousness as Perfect Love, I am aware of everything as Love, and of Love as everything. In this state of awareness, I create naturally and easily in unison with Perfect Love, with all of existence.

feels so right. So perfect. So on.

No, I don’t feel yet like I am there; I don’t feel like I am creating naturally and easily, in unison with Perfect Love;  I don’t feel like I have it.

But I do feel like it’s attainable. I feel like the work I have been doing has been leading me and helping me build (create) what’s next. Can you feel the exuberance? Do you know what it means to “see the light at the end of the tunnel”, or be this close to being done?

I feel like the Guiding thought is True, and that I am close to it. I feel like hurdles have been leapt, that rivers have been crossed, that treacherous terrain has been surmounted, and I can see the plateau, with the golden fields of wheat and cool, running streams just up there, close enough that I will make it and find peace and solace until my next trek.

Who am I kidding? I am always trekking, there is no “next”. Life is the trek.