For What Do You Seek?

Always looking forward,
or back.
Never quite finding.

Time spent wondering
to and fro,
Never satisfied.

Journey seems rough,
contentious,
Never suitable.

Always living in a haze,
broken,
At least it seems.

Today, though, is different.
You are still wondering,
still in a haze,
but you can see it,
the way out.

Awakening has begun,
Spirit is strong,
vibrant, alive!
No longer viewing things
with eyes closed.

Realization of what you seek,
just steps ahead.
Coming closer and closer,
if only you could…
the illusion is shattered.

What you seek is not out here,
the revelation is cold,
all along,
possessing the power
to set yourself free.

Worldly hordes forced your hand,
long ago
so you buried it deep.
And there it still sits,
waiting to be released.

You are the only one,
who can release You
from Your dark prison.
Put there so You could fit in,
Yet, now, You yearn to be free…

Emerge from Your darkness,
into Your Light.
Past and future irrelevant,
run from the ordinary…
Now…Your journey begins!

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Respecting Self and Others…

Respect seems sorely lacking these days…between Adults, Parents & children, spouses, children, both in families and in school, co-workers and even for our own self.  Even with the multitudes of churches, intolerance for bullying on school campuses “diversity training” in the workplace and efforts to raise self-esteem, respect has dwindled to nearly nothing.  (And I am from the South…land of hospitality!)

I can’t say what first started the decline, but it is truly annoying!  Why can’t we respect ourselves and others?  What has changed to cause the lack of respect?  And, when will we get it back?

I do not have the answers to these questions, but I would like to put forth some thoughts.

You are the face to the world of the Ultimate Self, and that position demands respect.  You are a sacred treasure, prized by Your Creator…yet, unfortunately, we lose sight of that.  We get caught up in the worldly.  We forget just WHO we are, and we act with disregard, neglect, apathy…towards ourselves, and towards others.

Respect is defined as high or special regard or to consider worthy of high regard; esteem.  And to esteem someone means we place a high value on him or her.  So…strictly speaking, if we no longer respect someone, we no longer find value in them…they are no longer special.  That goes for us, as well.

We must first regard ourselves highly before we can expect that treatment for ourselves or return the regard to others.  This is not a pep talk on how to be good to you, it is a fact.

If you have no respect for yourself, why not?  Answer the questions honestly, why DO you feel you are of little worth?  Can you change it, and if so, why wouldn’t you?  What is holding you back?  Is it lack of education?  Is it a weight issue?  Is it something you were told or how you were treated, or not treated, by someone you respected?  Would it help to know that you are not the only one with these issues?

Many people feel like they lack education and they either do not have the money or time to invest in higher education.  BUT, that doesn’t have to stop you!  There are many great books out there on many a great topic.  You can find books on nearly everything.  If books do not interest you, there are always DVD’s.  I have seen them on nearly every subject, as well.  You can take charge of that concern.

Many people have weight problems, too.  Sometimes we stress eat, sometimes we don’t eat the right things, sometimes we don’t exercise, and sometimes there are medical issues to be found and cleared up.  All of these things can be taken charge of, as well.

Many people are also treated disrespectfully by those they once held in high regard.  Whether that person is your parents, teachers, preachers, siblings, boss, whomever, you cannot give them charge of you.  By succumbing to their bad treatment, you give away your own power.  Chances are, these people have been treated badly at some point, as well, and while that is no excuse for bad behavior, we must learn to take charge of our own situation.

With respect for you, however, if you are in a position of deep depression or possible destructive behavior and you feel you can see no way out, there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with seeking help…nothing.  Talk to family or friends, or seek outside help if you need it…remembering that realizing you have a problem is the first step…

We are worthy of the utmost respect; to be highly prized…we are VERY special.  As unique expressions of Creation, we are worth SO much…but then, so is everyone around us!  It’s time we started acting like the valuable, prized beings we are…Truly, until you are happy with your self, it will be hard to be happy with those around you.  See where and what you can make changes to help you feel treasured by you…then, spread the love…What happens might be surprised you!

Painful Compassion

As I watch you struggle,
my heart cries out for you.
Compassion hurts sometimes,
as does love…

You are a part of me.
You mean the world to me.
I want to be here,
but the pain of your decisions
is suffocating.

So I will walk away…
but I will pray,
and just know that, if you ever need me,
I will be here for you.

It’s hard to watch someone you love struggle through any part their life.  There was a time that I would rather struggle for my entire family, and my friends, than have them struggle even once…but I realize that isn’t the way they learn.  We watch as choices are made and directions followed that benefit no one, and if we try to speak up, these people simply turn a deaf ear or a blind eye…They make excuses thinking they are moving forward…and in truth, they really are…for their decisions may prolong their joy, but they do usually find it.

This is a good time to realize that we are all connected, and yet we are all individual expressions of Creation.  We have been given free will to do and decide for ourselves in whatever way we see fits our goal.  And, yes, parents, that goes for your children…and your own parents…your spouse/partner and your friends.  All we can do is show unconditional love.

One of the hardest lessons I have had to learn in my own life, especially with my own children, is to mind my own business unless they ask.  Interference is viewed as just that, interference.  “But what about when they come crying to you because, once again, they did not learn the lesson they were supposed to?”  All we can do is let them know we love them.  Should we have to put up with their bad decisions, made over and over again?  Certainly not…but we can still offer love.  We can still feel compassion for them, even as we wonder why they are not learning their lesson.  Is it possible to maintain a safe distance without cutting them off completely?

Ask yourself, too…did you learn from every single lesson given to you?  Some lessons are more painful to watch, that is very true, but what does breaking the spirit of these people have to do with helping them?

Have we tried all avenues available to us, such as prayer and meditation, to help then with their problems, or have we given up on them?  It’s not hopeless…No one is hopeless…Stay the course of love and compassion and continue to send your positive energy their way, you never know when they will be willing to accept it!

You are the Chosen One…

In light of everything going on in this world, go to our mirror, and repeat after me:

I am a perfectly wonderful expression of Creation.
Our Divine loved me enough to give me life,
and I am going to use this opportunity to do everything in my power to bless those around me.
In doing so, I also bless myself, as we are all connected on this life’s journey;
What affects one, affects me, too.

Our Blessed Mother/Father Creator has given me freedom of choice,
and with that, I can choose to do anything, even change my mind.
And, while sometimes I may feel like not choosing, I understand that that, too, is a choice.

I cherish the thought of learning from the other adventurers whose paths I am so fortunate to cross.
My hope is that each and every one of us finds that we are all kindred spirits and true Soul mates,
and…we will honor the Divine in each other as our pilgrimages intertwine and unwind as we move on our way.

Blessed are you, the pure elucidation of The One that Creates all.  You are loved beyond measure!

Love the “Doing”

The first words of a truly fantastic sentence, “I love the thought…” catch us all anticipating what it is we will “love.”  It’s magical!  We can ponder all kinds of lovely things…for example, we can love the thought of…

spending time with my children.
making a special dinner for friends.
staying in for dinner with my honey.
watching the stars.
relaxing in a hot bath.
sleeping late.

Or maybe something a little different…

planting a garden in spring.
a swim in the hottest part of Summer.
making snow angels in the yard.
bicycling, walking, running or dancing…something active…
taking pictures of those trees as they turn magnificent colors in the Fall.

Or maybe something extreme…

moving to a warmer/cooler climate.
running a marathon.
bicycling cross-country.
hiking the Grand Canyon.
skydiving.
backpacking through Europe.
taking a trip to Fiji…

I think you get the idea.  There are literally thousands of things you could “love the thought of,” but what about actually DOING them?  Yes, these seem like simple things, but how many times do we make excuses for not taking action on our simple, lovely thoughts?  Truth be told, when we make excuses, we are wasting our lives…there is SO much we could do…but to do it, we actually have to get out there and just DO it…(Reminds me of the old Nike slogan!).

What are we seeking to do when we “love the thought” of something?  Usually, we feel bogged down, in a rut, overworked, under-appreciated…drained…depressed.  I heard a wonderful teaching by Trevor Isley that pointed out when we are depressed, we are “low in spirit.”  So, again, what are we seeking when we “love the thought” of something?  To feed our spirit!  AND, if you can find something “fun,” you can rejuvenate!

Most of the things that would feed our spirit, thereby supporting our soul, don’t cost much, if anything…And, the things that you want to do that do cost money, well…start saving for it…Plan ahead for the big things, but learn to be spontaneous for the little things!

At the very least, don’t waste any more of your life just loving the thought of something…Make your journey spectacular!  Live your life!  Make time to love DOING the things that make you truly happy!

Divine Heritage

We are ALL children of Divine Majesty…making us “royal heirs” to a mighty kingdom.  And it does not matter to WHAT religion you adhere, the truth is simple…You are Divine…Do not let someone coax you into giving up your precious birthright.

With such “power” also comes massive, but simple, responsibility…to make sure that every single one of our sisters and brothers achieves their own truth…their expression of Our Divine Parentage.  As vessels of the attributes of Blessed Creation, love should imbue every cell in our body as our very being illuminates the world.  Is it not true that The Supreme truly embodies love and light?

Let nothing hold you back from pursuing your sacred heritage.  May your Soul shine forth today as the essence of who you are radiates outward, inspiring our noble siblings to embrace their greatness.

All Along…

Standing in the shadow of the Immortal,
my mortal body, broken and bruised,
from expressing myself, over and over,
trying to find forever.

My eyes do not see what is in plain sight,
as my mind and body struggle forward.
Limping along at a tedious pace,
Not realizing help is right before me.

Emotions battered and torn,
attempting to convey love,
trying to locate peace,
striving for true freedom…

At once, I see beyond the shadow
and I realize, this…Immortal…is familiar.
It is clear, now, the shadow is cast by me…
A place I’ve created to hide from who I really am!

As my spirit reaches forth,
grasping for the Omnipotent,
My heart leaps as it envisions
the end of suffering and sorrow.

Finally, love, peace, freedom…they are mine,
as my soul intermingles with the Soul of all…
And I realize…we have been One all along…

Spiritual Appetite…

We’ve all heard the saying, “You are what you eat” (and some us of reflect that!!!), but have we ever considered that with regards to our spirituality?  What if we modified it to “You are what you pray?”

Do you pray for the good of the person for whom you are praying, or do you pray selfishly?  Do you think positive thoughts for people (another form of prayer!), or are your thoughts self-serving?  Once, one of my friends admitted she was praying against what I wanted because she did not want me to move forward to the next phase of my life…She wanted me to stay where I was…How do you think Karma affected that situation?  I did get my desire to move forward, by the way!

AND…if you will pray/send thoughts like this for a friend, how, spiritually, are you treating those you consider your enemy?  What does the Bible have to say about that???  Matthew 5:44 says, “…love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those insulting you and persecuting you…” and why?  Because what reward is there if you love only those who love you…How can you grow, if you do what is “safe?”  The bible tells us that, too…it also says Our Creator sends both sun and rain to the good and evil…but for us to be perfect, as Our Creator in heaven is perfect.

We’ve talked about praying and meditating so much that it becomes SO routine that your subconscious actually thinks positive thoughts on its own…but, likewise, we can “train” our subconscious to think negatively, as well…And that will come back to bite you if you are not careful…Remember Karma…what goes around comes around???

I challenge you, today, to start a campaign for the positive…if you catch yourself thinking negatively about someone, or even something, find something positive to think for the situation, no matter how small…before you no it, all your thoughts will be positive and your Spiritual Appetite will be more than satisfied!

Joining With Others…

A lot of what may come out on this blog may seem repetitive, and I will apologize in advance for that.  As we all know, thought, repetition is a key to retention.  This blog is as much about me finding our own inspiration as it is reaching out to others, and in doing so, we are learning something with every post.

As I was in the middle of my morning meditation/prayer session, I was pretty much doing what I do, and as has become my normal practice, I asked that my positive prayers and energy for those in need be joined with others praying in love and light and for positive energy and outcome, I realized something important for me.  Remember the great teaching in the Bible, “…if two of you agree on earth concerning any matter that they ask, it shall be done for them…For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am…” (Matt 18:19-20).

Everyone who has ever gone to church for any length of time has heard this teaching.  BUT…did we honestly get it’s meaning?  During my session, this morning, it dawned on me that if we JOIN our positive meditations and prayers, even if and when we are praying alone, to others who are meditating/praying for positive outcomes, we have just joined with another, or others, in the same quest!

Why not “invite” others who are meditating/praying similar things for the world and for others, or even for the same person, to “join” your thoughts and prayers in the Spiritual realm.  (Be sure to quantify your wish to join others by stating to join others sending the same or similar energy…positive love and light…or you might get a nasty surprise!)  That way, our seemingly small intention becomes one huge desire for friends, family, others, the planet…just whatever needs the energy…And, as I have said, before, praying for the whole planet cannot be a bad thing…

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