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

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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.


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.

That’s the Signpost Up Ahead: Journey of Courage – Day 17

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Copyright Tam Black 2015
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Guiding Thought

Love is strong! Powerful! Embrace Love and wield it through your awareness of Oneness. Oneness destroys the illusions of the mind, of the past, and of the material world. Move forward courageously with Peace in the Truth of Love and Oneness.


I have great spiritual goals. I am not ambitious in a material sense—I do not strive for climbing any work-related ladders, keeping up with the Joneses, having the next new electronic device or app, etc. To people who do strive in those ways, I may appear complacent, lazy, and perhaps even apathetic. The striving and ambition are within and out of sight (except, obviously, when I write about them here!).

Before I started the Journey this morning, I was doing some research for one of my spiritual goals—the creation of a spiritual healing center in the tradition of the Sanatan Dharma, the Eternal Religion, the principles taught in the Vedas. It was as though I was seeing new pieces of the puzzle and trying to see how they fit. There was so much! So much I need to learn, to do, to understand. I felt overwhelmed. I am at the very beginning of whatever is next.

I’ve been through this process before. Starting…learning…doing stuff…achieving something. At the beginning it’s always scary. The road ahead is uncertain, I don’t know what steps to take; I’m not even sure where I’m going or how I’m getting there…I just know “this is the right direction”. I spent much of the morning in this state of uncertainty, mixed with excitement of knowing there is a direction and I’m headed somewhere.

Then I started the Journey. “Move forward courageously with Peace in the Truth of Love and Oneness.”

It seems again to me that this Journey is here to encourage me. In fact, when I decided to do this Journey, before I had even started the previous Journey, I had no clue why I had the thought of doing a Journey of Courage, but—like many steps on my spiritual journey—I simply knew it was the right step in the right direction.

What are your spiritual goals? How do you approach them? What is your process? Do you think about “attaining” in a spiritual sense? How do you balance the spiritual with the material? How do you know what steps to take? If you are reading this, I bet you have answers to these questions, or at least have considered the questions.

I don’t think having spiritual goals is so dissimilar to having material goals. The difference is with a material goal, there are often more clear-cut, straightforward steps one can complete and say, “I’ve accomplished something”.

Ending my research about spiritual goals with the Journey feels like I’ve accomplished something. It’s not something tangible—far from it, and it has only given me many more steps to take, but somehow the Journey is a signpost saying, “This way, keep going”.