1,000 Words -Healing (1.4.5)

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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.

Reflection

This is what I see today:

Remember that yesterday I found that “seeking Wholeness” is another way of saying “Healing”. Being Attuned with my Own Loving Presence–through the seat of Inner Unity and the Seat of Thought is that Wholeness–Oneness with Infinite Divine Mind, where there is only Oneness-Wholeness-Unity.

Beneath words: Journey of Courage 2017 – Day 22

“Words are a pretext. It is the inner bond that draws one person to another, not words.” ― Jalaluddin Rumi.

Words convey meaning. Any time a word is used there is a meaning beneath it. The trick is to get at the meaning beneath the words. Feel the words. Bring them into your whole being, not just your mind. Feel what they are conveying. Listen to the meaning, not to the word.

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Guiding Thought

When we attune our minds to the Oneness that is All of Life, we understand our place in Wholeness. We are the very Presence of Life, and this Presence of Life is us. We are blessed through this understanding. In return we bless all we encounter.

Reflection

There are words, and there are concepts. Words express concepts, and concepts can be expressed in many different ways, through many different words. One concept can be expressed through a variety of different words. For example, all these words express the concept of “universal” (“of, relating to, or characteristic of all or the whole” or “applicable everywhere or in all cases;general)

  • broad, common, comprehensive, extensive, global,
  • prevalent, ubiquitous, unlimited, catholic, cosmopolitan.

In other words…there are lots of ways to describe just about everything (and this does not even take into account the nuances in the variety of languages).

I mention this, because I have been deeply working on the concept that underlies today’s Guiding Thought, using different words. The concept has grown within my consciousness. Each day that I work with the concept, I understand it and feel it more deeply.

It started on the day of dedication and commitment for this Journey, to summarize: I dedicated all activity, energy, vibration, and movement of my all of my mental-emotional-physical-etheric bodies, and all of the effects of all of these bodies,  at all levels of consciousness to the Divine, for the benefit of all, including myself.

In this instance, the dedication was nearly equivalent to an offering, as though I am saying, “I offer all of every part of myself to the Divine”. All intention and energy of every action goes out to the Divine, to be received by the Divine. Goes out are the operative words. I am moving my energy with intention toward a specific direction (the Divine).

And then, the Divine gives it back to me: “For the benefit of all, including myself”. What goes out, comes back.

All of my energy goes out to All that Is, only to come back to All that Is, for the benefit of All that Is, including me. Do you see? There is only the Oneness of Life. When “I” put energy out, the only “one” I can put it out to is ONE with ME, and so “I” receive the very energy that “I” put out.

We all know this. This is the law of attraction, as you sow, so shall you reap and all that. You know this. I’m not telling you anything new.

I want to you feel it, to know it, and to understand it as a result of the fact of Oneness, however you can, whatever words you use. And so again…feel it:

When we attune our minds to the Oneness that is All of Life, we understand our place in Wholeness. We are the very Presence of Life, and this Presence of Life is us. We are blessed through this understanding. In return we bless all we encounter.

Practical Courage: Journey of Courage 2017 – Day 05

Sometimes I come out of the clouds and land solidly on the earth. Today, Courage takes a turn toward the worth. What can Courage teach me about abundance?

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Guiding Thought

I am ready and willing, here and now, to be courageous. I release my mind’s idea of security, of “right” and of “wrong”. I allow my personality to dissolve and to become One with the Love that Is, everywhere. All false boundaries evaporate like mist in the sun as I devote myself to the Oneness of Love.

Reflection

Courage can apply to just about anything. For people who prefer to avoid conflict, courage can mean standing up to someone, or standing up for someone. For people afraid of heights, courage can mean a hot air balloon ride, with a special someone. For people who have felt body-shamed, courage can mean (finally!) buying and wearing that outfit. For people who are afraid of speaking in front of others, it can mean joining a Toastmasters group.

I know I take the spiritual angle a LOT. It’s kinda who I am. I’m much, much more practical when you get to know me as a householder or worker. I can relate to three of my four  examples above. I just want life to be the practical result of living as connected to God/Love/Life/people as I can. And, I think it’s possible.

Along those lines, courage can also be about attaining success and financial freedom; this is how I read the Guiding Thought today. I want even my financial wealth to be a practical result of living a Love-filled life, and that takes courage.

I read: I am ready and willing, here and now, to be courageous as, “I am willing to put my faith and trust in God for my financial care, my income, my success, my wealth”. That takes courage–if you’ve followed along on any of the Journeys of Abundance, you’ll know I’ve been at this very thing for quite a while. Trusting God/the Universe for financial needs is really kind of scary for me. Money and how we “get it” is one of the most deeply rooted material beliefs. To switch and depend solely on Spirit…speaking for myself…has been a long learning process (in which I am now reaching a turning point!). 

I release my mind’s idea of security, of “right” and of “wrong” became an understanding that I need to shift how I think of security. In the past, security has meant a paycheck every two weeks, and knowing what I need to do to get that paycheck. But, as I rely on God as my supply, security becomes something else. It becomes God’s idea of security, not mine. And I can tell you, I am certain that God’s idea is much bigger than my own.  

I allow my personality to dissolve and to become One with the Love that Is, everywhere. With this statement of the Guiding Thought, I understood that even my idea of abundance needs to be re-evaluated in a new (higher, bigger) light. Oneness, Love Is. Everywhere. There is an abundance of Oneness and Love right here, where I am, right now. We also know that Love is the Source of healing, harmony, compassion, etc; so it must follow that there is an abundance of harmonious relationships, perfect health, and caring, loving-kindness everywhere, also. Abundance is everywhere, when I re-frame what I think abundance is. Abundance is not just money, riches, or material things. Abundance is whatever I need right now: and I have that already. 

The re-framing also takes courage, because, like I said, the conviction of believing abundance to be solely material is tenacious. It takes courage (and strength) to deny material causes, to seek only a supply from Source. The final sentence of the Guiding Thought helps to modify that as well: All false boundaries evaporate like mist in the sun as I devote myself to the Oneness of Love. God, as Source, is my supply. Anything else is a false boundary, a limitation on what God can give me, and what God wants to give me. It’s in my best interest to devote myself to the Oneness of Love, so that It can evaporate all those false boundaries! 

Getting to Oneness through gratitude–Journey of Gratitude 2017, day 37

Oneness is the new paradigm. I’m getting there, slowly. I still have habitual thoughts that are dualistic, but those are changing, as I confirm daily my Oneness with All. What follows is an exercise in expansion, out of dualism and into Oneness.

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Guiding Thought

Life is beautiful. There is nothing other than Life. Life is within me; Life pours out from me. Everything everywhere is Life. Life is Being. I am Life. All that I am, I offer in praise and thanks to all of Life.

Reflection

I am One with All.

If there is nothing other than Life…

If Life is within me…

If everything everywhere is Life…

If I am Life…

Then I am One will All of Life, with ALL.

Then All that I am is ALL, is All that IS.

If All that I am is ALL, then when I give All that I am to all of Life, I am giving All to ALL.

If I am All, and give to ALL, then the gratitude that results is simply a natural expression of thanks to myself, for my Self, for ALL of Life.

If I am All and give to ALL, then my gratitude for All includes every person, every situation, every encounter, All of earth, all of ALL.

When I Know this, there is nothing other than trust for the flow of life. There is nothing other than perfect peace in every situation. There is nothing other than treating others with the Love and Understanding of Knowing myself as ALL.

And they keep going: Journey of Worth 2.0 – Day 30

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Guiding Thought

If we are to be our Self in the world, we must be for others as well as ourselves. There is no other.

We are willing to be receptive to the Infinite Love of All. We are willing to understand how we must rise above the struggles and pains of the world. We are willing to rise again and again with each call for help, each outstretched hand. We are willing to be the ones to choose to change. We offer our pain, suffering, guilt, and blame up for transformation, into the light of Love that we may see and give only the light of Love always.

Sharing 

Oh, it’s day 30. Thank God. How has your Journey been going so far? I’m going to hit my second wind here soon, but for today, I can just say “Thank God, it’s day 30”! Be well… and enjoy!

I’ve been working a lot with this idea “there is no other”, otherwise known as “Oneness”. It’s more than doing things for a win-win; it’s more than just being connected with others; it’s more than doing things for others or with others. Thinking in terms of Oneness, means truly thinking of others as me, as aspects of me. It is not easy for my little brain.

So I keep working with it.

As part of this, I think your struggles are my struggles; your pain is my pain. This is why I must rise above the struggles and pains of the world, because as I do it, your struggles and pain are lifted. This is why I must respond to the calls for help, the outstretched hands. They are but my own.

Now, sometimes this happens in the material world: sometimes this means being in a situation where I might feel anger or agitation, and I have to put those aside and choose to focus on Love and acceptance. Or sometimes it means offering assistance to someone, or even just being kind or gracious to people who are grumpy or cranky (because sometimes I am grumpy and cranky and I appreciate when others are kind and understanding to me).

But most of the time I work with these ideas metaphysically, through meditation and prayer, through things like the Guiding Thought. It’s said, “change your thoughts, change your experience”. As I’ve been changing my thoughts to Oneness, I do think my experience has been changing. But it’s weird–it’s not like anything in my life is changing (externally), it’s more that I can feel myself more calm and accepting, more open…and accepting. Things are just OK at a very deep level.

But more than that, I can feel my thoughts changing without a lot of effort. My brain doesn’t spin much anymore; my thoughts turn easily toward love; I don’t think negatively about that one situation I’ve mentioned here before. It’s like I’ve reached a point where the momentum of the effort has its own momentum. It’s like a playground merry-go-round–it takes a lot of effort to get the thing spinning, but once you get it going, you can just stand there and push it once every rotation to keep it going.

30 Merry go round

I just push my thoughts regularly in the right direction and they keep going even when I’m not paying attention.

Try working with Oneness more. allow yourself to include others conceptually as yourself. Help others as you would help yourself, because maybe it is.

Warning! Potential Hydroplane Hazard Ahead! : Journey of Abundance – Day 23

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Guiding Thought

We fill our minds and hearts with Love, aligning with the Light of Truth. Steadfast and focused on our own Loving Presence, we live in the peace of fulfillment of our own Divine Identity.

Sharing

I always really like this round, using “we” as the subject. It’s this round that really breaks the barriers of separation, I am able to “see” Oneness; it’s as if I get to glimpse beneath the surface and watch it work, see how it operates [see the philosophical musings here].

I began the Guiding Thought by simply thinking about the first word, “We”. Who is this “we”? I started with my close friends and family, seeing them as we, then I added you, who are reading this, I then included work colleagues; we are all we. Then I thought about the world leaders and they became part of we. And finally, I thought about all people of all nations—we are all we.

Of course, I don’t know all of these people, but with imagination I can reach out and touch them—even the thought of reaching out and touching everyone is enough.

After that, I moved on to the next words of the Guiding Thought and started over with my small circle of we, seeing first myself, then my close friends and family filling our minds and hearts with Love. Then I saw you, who are reading this, and filled your mind and heart with Love. I then saw my work colleagues, the world leaders, and finally all people of all nations filling their minds and hearts with Love.

Since I have a garden and use a hose to water it, that is how I saw our minds and hearts filling: we all had garden hoses “attached” to our minds and hearts, with Love flowing out and in. The water/Love flowed and filled, seeping into all the tiniest spaces and the spaces between the spaces. I thought of the “containers” of our minds and hearts, and saw that if these containers were only a meter deep, but they extended infinitely in all other directions, Love would fill it infinitely. And if that container were only a millimeter deep but extended infinitely in all other directions, Love would fill it infinitely. But the container is as infinitely deep as it is wide, and the Love just fills it!

I also played with the intensity of the flow coming through the hose. Full blast, the container fills more visibly than a trickle, but a trickle still will fill it infinitely. Our consciousness controls this flow: how much Love do we allow to come through?

Then I thought about the word alignment. Since I recently had my car aligned, that is what came to mind. When a car is out of alignment, the steering wheel pulls to one side—the car does not just go straight; if you take your hands off the wheel, the car will drift. My car drifted severely prior to the alignment. Thoughts are like car wheels, our decisions about what thoughts we entertain are our hands on the steering wheel. The thoughts that keep us going straight are the ones in alignment with Love; if our thoughts are out of alignment with Love, we drift.

If Love is Truth, filling our minds and hearts with Love is the alignment—it’s what keeps us headed straight, rather than being at the mercy of misaligned thoughts and feelings.

The rest of the Guiding Thought follows logically from all this:

  • Divine Presence is the Light of Truth, which is
  • When we are steadfast and focused—that is, keeping our minds and hearts aligned in and with Love—the only result that is possible is to live in the Peace and Fulfillment of our Divine Identity (which is Love).

If you have read this, and if you saw just a glimmer, felt just an inkling, of anyone or everyone, everywhere, filling our minds and hearts with Love, you have assisted in the fulfillment of this Guiding Thought.

May we all live in the Peace and Fulfillment of our own Divine Identity.

 

Context and Method for Enlightenment

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May those who seek, help others find;

May those who sorrow, be compassionate;

May those who are lost, light a path for another;

May those who question or doubt, give guidance;

May those who worry, lift the burden of another;

May those who hide, see their own light in the eyes of a stranger;

May we all give peace, no matter what.

 

 

I believe in enlightenment. I think that enlightenment is real and attainable for me, and for you. These articles and Journeys are really just recording the steps on the path to my own enlightenment. If you are reading this, this is one of your steps too.

Today, though, I had a big shift in how I think about enlightenment. I don’t even know all of the ramifications and implications of this shift. I have to think about it, let it sink in, let it work on me, lead me, and guide me, where appropriate.

Here it is, as best I can describe it: I used to think enlightenment means I reach a point of mental-emotional-physical experience where nothing bothers me, nothing hurts me, nothing troubles me; in that state of experience, I just have all the answers and know exactly what to do, and I’m always right (in that “higher-spiritual sense”, of course). In this state, life is always blissful, carefree, peaceful, harmonious.

I still think this is basically accurate—this is the experience of perpetual enlightenment (let’s just call it that for now). It is the “Ultimate Enlightenment” that I am striving for.

What shifted is how I saw the context and the method, both of which are given in today’s guiding thought.

The Context: In a way, the context is simplified by the phrase “it’s the journey, not the destination”. What this means is with every moment, every step, every interaction there is a choice between the experience of perpetual enlightenment or… not.

There are 3 ways this choice can happen:

1)      Not deciding, not making a choice, letting your default actions/habits/thoughts make the choice for you. You go on at the whims of all of the previous choices you’ve ever made in your life that have established themselves as patterns in your mind/body.

2)      Make a choice that puts mental/emotional/spiritual/physical distance between yourself and another. This choice is made by preferencing “otherness” or exclusion.

    • (for example) “They are them and I am me, and what we want is mutually exclusive, so I have to look out for my own interests, because if I give in, I won’t get what I want.”
    • (for example) “You were just really rude and inconsiderate to me; I am going to be rude and inconsiderate to you, to show you how it feels!”
    •  (for example) “If I don’t stand up for myself, you’ll walk all over me” ~or alternately~ “If I stand up for myself, you’ll walk all over me, so I’ll just be quiet and not resist the inevitable”

3)      Make a choice that includes another’s interests in with your own. See your interests as compatible, not contrary to another person’s;   join your interests with another’s in a way that benefits everyone, including you.

Notice that I am not talking about this in terms of making a “loving”, “compassionate” choice, as I so-often am inclined to do.

This is about pure practicality, in the interest of interests. Because that is a large part of how people interact (at this point in human evolution…). “What are my interests?” What do I get out of this?” “What do I have to lose?” “What have I lost?” “What do I need to fight for?” These thoughts are behind a LOT of human decision-making, whether we like it or not.

The point is that the “enlightened” choice is to include another’s interests in your own (which is actually the loving, compassionate choice). You can both have what you want. No one needs to lose. There is enough for all. We are working toward the same ultimate goals. This is unity; this is Oneness at a micro-individual level.

That’s why it’s a journey. “Well, I only chose Oneness 10% of the time today…maybe tomorrow I can choose it 11% of the time”.

With every interaction we have the opportunity to make a choice for Oneness, for enlightenment…or not. But we will never get to Ultimate Oneness without doing it every step of the way, 100% of the time.

Think about Ultimate Oneness: Every single human being making a choice to include another’s interests with their own, 100% of the time. And we have a way to go. (Or we could just all do it now, then we’d be there.)

The Method: In a sense, the method is what you hear so often from spiritual seekers, gurus, teachers: “Love.” “Be kind.” “Help others.” “Be compassionate.” Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. We got that. The difference is when and how we do it, within the context above.

For me, it’s not too difficult to give love, be compassionate and kind when it’s someone I like, at a time when things are going smoothly, when my emotions are stabile, when I am not worrying about this or that.

But I’ll be damned if it isn’t a bitch to try to be compassionate when I’m the one who’s hurting—especially to be compassionate to the person who hurt me?! Uh…hell, no. You know what I mean?

But the guiding thought is saying this is precisely when I need to be compassionate, when I need to choose not to put distance between myself and another. That is precisely the moment I need to take a step toward enlightenment by thinking and choosing an action that joins rather than alienates.

How?

When lost, help another find; give encouragement; light a path. When in sorrow, be compassionate;

Sometimes this means just being patient, sitting and breathing with someone going through a rough time; sometimes it means holding a hand, giving a hug. When you feel lost, what do you wish, in your heart of hearts that someone would give you? Give that. When you are sad or grieving, what do you wish, in your heart of hearts, that someone would give you? Give that.

When questioning or doubting, give guidance;

You may be experiencing doubt, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have wisdom to share. What encouraging, reassuring words would you like to hear? Give those. It’s ok if the context is completely different with another person. Encouragement and assurance, given from the heart, are received in the same spirit.

When worrying lift the burden of another;

“How can I help?” Sometimes just saying that sincerely to another person is enough. They may just need to hear that someone is willing to help. They may just need to vent, or to cry to an uninvolved person. They may need a ride somewhere, maybe a babysitter, maybe a sandwich. The solution in the moment may be simple and painless for you. You can’t solve their problems; you can’t lift their worry—they need to do that for themselves, but many times what will help in the moment is a small demonstration of care, of showing them they are not alone.

If you are “worried” about not having the time/energy/resources to be able to help someone at that precise moment, don’t verbalize the question. Just say to them in your mind, “how can I help”? This, too, is a connection, a willingness to share the burden. Sometimes something concrete will come as an answer in your mind, like, “offer to run an errand” or “buy him a cup of coffee” or “say, ‘I felt that way too, when >this thing< happened to me’ (but don’t make it about you)”. An answer always comes: “how can I help?”

When hiding, look for light in the eyes of a stranger.

When you are hiding, the last thing you want is to be seen (I’ve been kind of into tautologies lately!). That’s why looking for light in a stranger is safe. You never have to interact with that person again. But it still reinforces the looking for light. Thus it reinforces your light (and the strangers). Just try it.

This is how we “arrive”. We are always both on the journey and arriving with every choice we make in every moment. We make the choice to be what we want to become, to unify, and to join with others. Each time we make a choice which unites rather than separates, we are enlightened, until we all finally, reach ultimate enlightenment.