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.
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.
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.
I read the first sentence and thought, “I don’t know…there’s got to be more to it than that…” This was not, however, the doubt and skepticism it sounds like. It was genuine curiosity about what is really going on, what the Truth is, and how I can understand what healing is.
You see, recently I’ve been feeling a bit conflicted about this Journey being so mental, when I, and so many people, think of healing as physical. We all know that there are many types of healing, there is emotional healing, soul healing, heart-healing, psychological healing; but most generally, when people think about health, it’s all about the physical. So, isn’t it a bit misplaced for me to be so focused on concepts, rather than concrete, tangible things and actions that people need for healing?
These conflicted thoughts were also the reason for my initial reaction to the first sentence. How can I claim Wholeness is healing, when that does not move people closer to actual physical healing?
The thing is, I actually do think it’s right: Wholeness is healing. Wholeness is Holy, is Divine Health. I also think the mental does move people closer to actual physical healing, but it’s not direct, and I think it’s easy for people to overlook, or fail to take responsibility for it. The mental is just the first step; a person must act; a person must choose to act.
I just don’t understand or know enough yet for physical healing to materialize immediately in my life, in my world. I don’t get it. Yet. But that’s what this Guiding Thought is all about, isn’t it? —Seeking Wholeness within my mind and heart, in all my actions and affairs.
This is why I am incorporating more earth practices in my daily routine. Earth is about the body, about living in the world, working, having relationships, doing what it takes to live fully in a body, all my actions and affairs. I know that I need to integrate healing the mind-emotions-spirit into my physical body.
My mind, body, and soul, are all my responsibility. In a way, I have a responsibility to my mind, emotions, and soul to bring my body to Wholeness. If I am going to work so hard on lifting my heart and mind to new levels of understanding, I should work just as hard to incorporate new levels of understanding Wholeness into my body. What does my body need to be whole? How have I fragmented my body? What is going on in this physical vehicle that needs to be transmuted?
Despite all of the vacillations within medical research, there are some things that I think are probably right: for example, fluoride in the water is not good for the body. Aluminum poisons the nervous system when ingested. Processed white sugar, particularly that made from GMO sugar beets, wreaks havoc on the body. Alcohol suppresses the immune system.
I have minimized most of these things in much of my diet. But not completely. And, what damage was done inside me when I was still drinking out of aluminum cans, or eating more commercial sugar, that has never been repaired? How do I need to heal my body that I am not even aware of?
Just as these Journeys are a proactive way to heal the mind and heart by consistently focusing on Whole and Loving thoughts, there are proactive things to do to repair damage done within the body.
As my Healing consciousness elevates, it tugs at me to get my body elevated also. My body needs to heal, so that it can hold the energy of my elevated consciousness, so that it can channel, reflect, and transmit the energy of more Love, more Wholeness, so I can be the change I am effecting.
Some other things that I also believe to be true, despite varied fads and opinions: Fruits and vegetables nourish the body with natural, unadulterated vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. Certain herbs and teas “flush” toxins out of the body.
It doesn’t do me any good to think really high and loving thoughts, then act competitively with my co-workers. It doesn’t do me any good to talk about Oneness, then pick a fight in my relationship. It doesn’t do me any good to talk about health and continue to eat GMO sugar, drink alcohol, or drink fluoridated water.
As above, so below, but it must be me who makes the decision to act in a consistent way with the “as above”. It’s up to me. If I am going to talk about healing, ask for healing, then I need to be prepared to act in a healing way toward my body. That means increasing the things that support my physical health, and decreasing the things that suppress my immune system, or leave toxins in my tissues.
This is going to be a big part of this Journey. It means changing habits and making adjustments. I don’t know if I am ready, but I’ll do the best I can.
It feels good to be taking this little pause between Journeys. The natural metaphor I have in my head symbolizing my Journeys is hiking in the mountains. I’m on a dirt path, surrounded by rocks and trees; there is always more ahead, always the path behind. Sometimes the terrain is steep and jagged; sometimes the trail is flat, as though through a meadow. This pause between Journeys is like finding the perfect rock to sit on in the sunshine, drinking some water, taking in the landscape, listening to the birds and creatures, and assessing the progress; even the pause is part of the hike. It’s a time to feel accomplishment, to feel my body relax, to refresh and re-invigorate for the next part of the trail.
These few days since ending the Journey, this pause, is an integral part of the Journey itself, like sitting in the sunshine. There are things to observe and appreciate that I may not have noticed while being occupied with Guiding Thoughts.
It feels important to me to remind myself that this is part of it. Life is the Journey. My interactions, my conversations, are reminding me where I have been and how far I’ve come. Even though I am not intentionally doing the work of directing my consciousness at this point, my consciousness is still flowing, moving, winding down, and gearing up, appreciating the rest while also prodding me forward.
What do I see when I look back? How do I feel about this Journey?
First, I can tell you that I feel very happy and feel such a sense of accomplishment in doing a ‘Journey of the Heart’. This was a first! And I did it! I don’t think I ever doubted that I could do it, but it definitely felt, at times, like I was just beginning to learn a new skill. There was uncertainty, fumbling, trying different things, seeing what felt right.
This process reminds me of learning to play the clarinet: you have to practice how to fit your mouth correctly around the reed so the thing doesn’t squeak (in the meantime, there are squeaks); as you learn not to squeak, you are also learning the finger-placements; once the not-squeaking improves, the next thing is to learn to make rich, full tones, while doing a better job getting all the finger-placements right. The more you practice, the more these come together for a beautiful, consistent sound.
Regarding a ‘Journey of the Heart’, I think I am still squeaking….but not as much as when I began the Journey!
I say this because even though there were moments of clarity and feeling very connected with my heart, feeling it communicating with me, feeling its love and power, there were also moments of questioning, wondering, and uncertainty. Am I doing this right? What am I supposed to be doing? Is this my heart speaking or…what?
It’s like on some level I knew the vastness and depths that were possible, and I also knew I was just scratching the surface.
My inner-depths were opening to me, calling me, but I wasn’t exactly sure how to approach them.
And that’s why I am so happy that I’ve done this. Next time, there will be even fewer squeaks, and maybe even some full rich tones. I will be able to listen more specifically, understand what I am hearing, and how I am being guided. I’ve opened to the call and direction, and can now move more purposefully toward it.
A second thing I feel about this Journey is that I will never again experience Journeys in the same way as I did before this Journey. Every Journey now will have the heart very naturally and intentionally incorporated. I will more easily feel with my mind and think with my heart. There will be greater inner-unity and wholeness.
That makes me very excited to see what the next Journey brings.