>Poof< There it is: Journey of Courage – Day 24

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Copyright Tam Black 2015
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Guiding Thought

We are safe in Divine Love’s assurance. We have the courage to face the ignorance and illusions within ourselves and root them out. We allow the Light of Love to enter our minds and hearts. Divine Love shines within us destroying anything false, transforming us from within.

Sharing

When the sun shines on a bike or car or building, a shadow is created. The shadow is nothing. The shadow is not even “the absence of light”. While there is a shadow, the object is in the light. The light is constant, just blocked, obscured but still shining! Remove the bike or car or building, the light shines on the same place, as it was. The light is unaffected.

“Allowing” light to enter our minds and hearts means to give ourselves permission to receive it. The Light is there, it wants to shine within us (because it is us), but it follows the direction of our thoughts, of our free will. The light is us, the light is within us. We give ourselves permission; we give light permission.

Permission is necessary while we are afraid of the shadows. Where there are obscurations of ignorance, there are shadows. When we allow the light in, it shines on our ignorance and obscurations; we see the block; we see a shadow. As long as a thing and its shadow frightens us, the introduction of light must be slow and gradual.

When we understand we do not need to fear the ignorance, the light, or the shadow, we understand the Love and Light we are! Unconditional Love gives us the assurance to accept this understanding. We are safe in Divine Love’s assurance, always, eternally, infinitely safe.

Healing happens when we feel the assurance of Divine Love, and every obscuration or fear of shadows suddenly disappears. The acceptance of Love’s flow is so sudden and complete, the mind does not have time to think! Does not have time to see the shadows! Does not have time to be afraid! There is just >poof!< the release of the block and the sudden all-enfolding illumination of Love.

Keepin’ it 100: Journey of Courage – Day 23

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Copyright Tam Black 2015
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Guiding Thought

Love is unconditional. We choose to be unconditionally devoted to the Love which is unconditionally devoted to us. We embrace life in Love as our True nature. Connected with All in Love, we stand boldly in our heart-centers, unwavering in our dedication to Unity of Life in Love.

Sharing

I have several wise masters in my life, friends, people who I can converse with or email when I need to do some external processing.

Usually when I am processing externally, there’s a lot of jumbling of words; I never say quite what I want to say in a way that really says what I mean. For much of my life, this inhibited my verbal communication. Since I couldn’t say what I meant clearly, and it was more of a jumbled mess, the respondent would react to what they thought I was saying. They were unable to help me clarify so there could be real communication. Then it just became more of a jumbled mess because then if I tried to correct their perception, they just thought I was being defensive. Eventually I stopped trying to correct people’s perceptions, and sometimes I just didn’t initiate any communication what so ever, but that’s really hard in relationships. I’ve “gotten better” on all counts—my communication is less jumbled from the get-go, and I am more patient with people’s perceptions.

But I am SO thankful for the wise masters who I call friends in my life who I can talk with as a jumbled mess, and they get it. With them I don’t have to worry about their reactions or perceptions; I don’t have to worry that they will be offended or take something personally. I don’t have to worry about being clear! I can say things that I know are from a “lower” part of my mind or emotions and they know I am working through something, working it out. Sometime “stuff” needs to come out raw and unfiltered. They listen beyond the words, hear beyond the ears. In those moments for me, they embody unconditional love.

Have you ever been in a situation where you just know someone loves you unconditionally? It’s so relieving! All worry and uncertainty fades. A weight is lifted: the weight of trying, the weight of pleasing someone, the weight of trying to figure out what someone else wants.

1 Corinthians 13 keeps going through my head: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” In the moments of being a jumbled mess with my friends, this is how they seem to me…just love.

Sometimes when I think about the Guiding Thoughts, they are so big. What do I do with them? How do I do this? Today’s is like that. How do we understand and give unconditional love? How do we devote ourselves to something so big and abstract?

And then I think about my friends. My wonderful, beautiful friends who teach me so much in such simple ways…if I could give to others what they give to me… it’s that simple. Love is simple: Listen. Be. Allow others to be. Doing these simple things with others is devotion to love, devotion to being love and loving.

A Lesson From AnnaLise: Journey of Courage – Day 13

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Copyright Tam Black 2015
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Guiding Thought

Love is unconditional. Choose to be unconditionally devoted to the Love which is unconditionally devoted to you! Embrace life in Love as your True nature. Connect with All in Love. Stand boldly in your heart-center, unwavering in your dedication to Unity of Life in Love.

Sharing

I am so thankful for the Love that is unconditionally devoted to me!

I see my shortcomings and—recently—instead of beating myself up, I have thought, “…but Love loves me!”

It’s a small shift, just a small thought, but it has been freeing! I feel like Love accepts me as am I and works with me how I am, regardless of my shortcomings.

I had an inkling of worry that this will make me lazy or complacent, accepting my shortcomings and not trying to grow out of them. If Love always loves me, why should I work at it?

I watch the show How to Get Away with Murder regularly. In a recent episode, Annalise told Nate, a man who she has betrayed repeatedly, “I want to tell you the truth, you deserve that…I want to change, I don’t want to be that woman anymore.” However, the audience, the viewer can see the words are merely another rendition of her repeated lies…we know better.

I wondered how many times I’ve said to Love, “I want to tell you the truth, you deserve that…I want to do better, I don’t want to be that woman anymore” and not really meant it.

The difference is that Annalise was saying those words fully knowing she did not mean them, fully aware of the manipulative effect they would have on Nate.

I don’t think I’m capable of saying something like that to Love without some sincerity. I may be aware of my own hindrances or delusions; I may think those things “block” Love’s love or acceptance of me, but there is always also a part of me saying, “See, this is the stuff in the way. I want to do better, but first I need to get through this stuff. Do you want to help?” The sincerity is always there; sometimes I am simply unable to access it at the very deepest level. With that, I’ve pretty much dismissed the inkling of worry.

In fact, I’ve realized that instead of wanting to be complacent, feeling Love’s love has motivated me to do better! I want to live up to what Love sees in me, even if I don’t see it in myself (yet). I want to be devoted unconditionally to the Love that is unconditionally devoted to me. I want to return what has been given to me so generously.

Love does not give of itself for itself. It gives of itself for us. We only gain through Love, and Love knows it.

I repeat: I am so thankful for the Love that is devoted to me unconditionally!