November 30, 2007

 

Daily Inspiration: Begin doing what you want to do now.  We are not living in eternity.  We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand and melting like a snowflake. ~Marie Beyon Ray

 

Today’s Affirmation: This is a moment of infinite possibility, and I am alive in it.

 

Today's Contemplation: A great confusion about infinity is that it contains all time.  The truth of infinity is that time does not exist.   We each create our time and we create all the time we need to play out our dreams of the moment.
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November 29, 2007

 

Daily Inspiration: Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree.  In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall. ~Larry Wilde, The Merry Book of Christmas

Today’s Affirmation: I awaken to my inner child and make this season a celebration of my inner-sense.

 

Today's Contemplation: It has never mattered what we do at this time of year nearly so much as who we are.  If we are generous in our nature we will still be that and appreciated for it even without the trappings of the season.  If we are miserly with our love, all the show of grandeur will not fool one single heart.  Give your first gift to yourself today, be authentic.
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November 28, 2007

As he described it he went through a complete loss of identity, he had moments where he still knew who he was, but they were moments and they were fickle moments.  Everyone and every thing lost its place of priority in his mind and nothing really mattered any more.  His biggest challenge was not so much where he was mentally as where the world was in relation to him.  Society did not know him, it could not relate to him.

 

At first he fought his impending collapse but the more he fought against it the bigger and more terrifying it became for him.  The crisis continued to grow until finally he was unable to hold back any more; he collapsed. Until he surrendered into it he could not move through it.  He had to let go, and he had to let go completely.  One can compare his process to the metamorphosis of a caterpillar to a butterfly; his whole mental framework had to dissolve in order for the new mental construct to take form.

 

He told me that when he pulled himself together, or more accurately, when he came back together, it was like he was a completely new and better person.  He said it wasn’t like the old him was lost.  It was more like the pieces had not been put together in the right order the first time and his break down was really more of a reassembly.

 

He felt much better, much more complete, after that experience and he learned and shared with me something valuable in the process.  He shared the importance of surrendering to the process, the importance of trusting that even this terrifying loss of identity was really for his greater good.

 

Have you ever noticed how important this perspective has been in your own life?  I have.  As long as I hang on to my beliefs, opinions, programming, strategies or whatever name I choose to call my limited way of thinking, life seems to be a painful repetition of mishaps.  It is only when I let go to some greater something that I rediscover a level of harmony.  Always when I get hung up on an old way of thinking I get stuck, I create pain and I ultimately have to change my mind.

 

The only real challenge is that I don’t really know where I’m stuck or what the new idea is.  If I knew I would have already changed.  So I am forced to surrender and turn my problem over. 

 

Those we call ‘healthy’ people go through this process all the time every day unconsciously.  They just don’t necessarily call it surrender, forgiveness or letting go.  The beauty of unconsciousness is this; that we don’t have to justify or validate our processes.  So we shelve our problems for the night, or while we take on another project, help out another or take care of necessities.  And when we come back we find our solution has just ‘popped’ into our minds.  Because we unconsciously do this on a regular basis there is no serious buildup of pressure.  Therefore the transformations in our lives are not overwhelmingly dramatic.

 


Occasionally we get stuck in an old belief, some idea we just picked up along the way juxtaposed to our present situation.  We don’t see it but underneath we start feeling pressure a sense of inner tension that just keeps building.  It starts to affect our sleep, our eating patterns, our communication and every other area of our lives.  If the inner conflict remains unresolved long enough it will always show up in our physical experiences; either mental, emotional or physical health.  But still we will not be able to identify the root problem precisely because it is a ‘root’ problem.  It is a foundational concept that we have built our whole lives and values around.  And the only solution is a complete collapse.

 

This is incredibly wonderful news; granted in a strange and often unpleasant feeling way.  It is wonderful because the discomfort is absolutely necessary for us to recognize we have a core value misalignment.  The healing can not begin until the dis-ease manifests.  The greatest beauty here is in the realization that ultimately the healing is not in fixing the problem, certainly not physically, through external intrusive medicine, although that can have its short term benefits.  The only real answer is surrender; release to a realignment of beliefs and values.  As the great teachings declare; “Be ye transformed through the renewal of your mind.”  

 

So as soon as we recognize the ‘problem’ even before we see our health practitioners, we can start the healing process.

I choose to be grateful for the revelation of misalignment revealed through this discomfort and I choose to surrender, I let go of my way and open to a new experience.

Then we can carry on with whatever action we trust will help in the ‘healing’ thereby being proactive in our process.

 

And again, we can not force this to happen. Ultimately all any of us can do is surrender to a higher order.  For this we only need a faith that there is a power greater than we are available to us, and that we can use it by surrendering to it.

 

As this season of celebration comes in don’t forget to surrender to a higher power as the various discomforts arise.  This season really can be a season of healing; and not just for computers and appliances.

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November 27, 2007

 

Daily Inspiration: Rule your mind or it will rule you. ~Horace

 

Today’s Affirmation: I am the benevolent author of every thought I have.  I choose only good ones.  

Today's Contemplation: Thoughts are the foundation stones of our lives; they are creative potential that seeks to become the form and substance of who we are.  Every thought we have will etch its pattern into our affairs according to its nature, even the thoughts about others.  Are you the ruler of your thoughts?
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November 26, 2007

 

Daily Inspiration: Go often to the house of a friend for weeds choke the unused path. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Today’s Affirmation: Every thought of every person comes as an invitation.  I choose to let my thoughts knock upon their heart and my actions bring goodness.

 

Today's Contemplation: Today with instant communication it is easy to allow ourselves to become overwhelmed and neglect the real heart connections; the ones that actually feed and nurture us.  Pay attention as much to the ones you think about as to the ones entering your electronic world.
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November 25,2007

 

Daily Inspiration: How far that little candle throws its beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world. ~William Shakespeare

 

Today’s Affirmation: Today I cast my reservations to the wind and let my good will stand in the light of transparency.

 

Today's Contemplation: It is hard not to feel bound by the status quo yet still it is possible to rise above such limitations.  Yet to do so we must be willing to be seen as different and unacceptable by all we do not hold as valuable.  We must commit to holding out for our greatest imaginable good.
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November 24, 2007

 

Daily Inspiration: Praise is a powerful people-builder.  Catch individuals doing something right. ~Brian Tracy

 

Today’s Affirmation: In appreciation of all good I let joy and peace grow.

 

Today's Spiritual Contemplation:  Often people get caught up in the urge to eliminate negatives.  This is a futile effort because all negatives are the absence of positives; all that is required is to celebrate the positives and in their growth witness the dissolution of all that never was.
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November 23, 2007

 

Daily Inspiration: Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Today’s Affirmation: I am alive, thoughtful and free of my past.  This moment is in clear focus.

 

Today's Spiritual Contemplation:  In order to see clearly we must be willing to release all preconceived ideas; this truly is a work in progress.  The results; a mind that stays fresh and alive.
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November 22, 2007

 

 

Daily InspirationI am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship. ~Louisa May Alcott

 

 

 

Today’s Affirmation: The Infinite guides and directs me; my actions are in alignment with the whole.

 

 

 

Today's Spiritual Practice:  What we truly learn comes to us from the Infinite, not as some separate existence, but rather from the centre of our being.  Each one of us is centred in the one and as such it is fully available to us, we need only allow the answers to come.
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November 21, 2007

My son has become a bit of a world traveler.  I think it’s good.  There is something deeply impacting to the psyche when witnessing the challenges of a third world country, in seeing true poverty.  I suspect depression is not nearly so prevalent in people who have shared life on that fringe of existence and then found their way into the prosperity of our world.  They know and will likely never forget how blessed they are.

It has now been many years since I traveled any distance.  Years ago I thought I might never stop traveling.  I wanted to see the world, see the people and help them.  Since then with the raising of family and new found passions I have discovered myself more than satisfied with all the ways I can help the world from my doorstep.

I have found the biggest differences I have been able to make have been with those who are closest to me.  I have found that learning to change myself, my ways of thinking and behaving, has been the most empowering action I have been able to consistently take.

Still I do my best to make a difference.  I suppose because in my heart I know how unnecessary lack and suffering are.  When I see another in pain I seek to be present in love.  This doesn’t necessarily mean giving anything beyond the affirmation that they are more than enough to overcome their challenges.  It does mean showing up with compassion.


Yet still I recognize there is no possibility of changing another person’s life.  Until that person has embraced a desire for something new there will be no lasting change.  There are a lot of people all over the world resigned to the belief that ‘this is as good as it gets’; and for them their belief has ensured they have the best they can have.   At some point they must declare to themselves there must be something more to life than this experience they seem to be stuck in.  They must come to doubt the validity of their beliefs.

 My faith is that every limiting belief will at some point show its limitations, and in that moment of revelation a new idea can begin the process of transformation.  My desire is to be available in that moment.  I don’t have to travel to witness a world in transformation; I only need to show up where I am, as I am.  I only need to believe in the incredible power of the human spirit to rise above the human experience.  I only need to believe in people, in each individual’s ability to find and do well in their world.  As I do they do. 

I no longer feel the burning desire to find new places or to change the world; I have found much peace in changing myself and touching the people at hand.  In this way I may actually be participating in global change.
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