So life throws you a curve-ball. You do your best to react with curiosity, with gratitude, to learn from it, to “flow with it” and see where the next step of the Path lies. So you realize that these unexpected turns of events are opportunities for learning and personal growth – good for you!
But sometimes, one curve-ball isn’t quite enough to elicit the type of change the Universe has in mind for you, so another comes hurtling your way. And oh – here comes another! And maybe even another! … and still, another?!
Ok, so you’ve taken a deep breath and realized that you’ve done this a couple of times by now; you’ll be ok. You’re relatively Aware, and have faith that the Universe has plans for you. You’re doing your best to “go with the flow”… even if the flow is more like a hair-raising, white-knuckled, whitewater rafting type of flow than what personal experience has so far shown you. But the entire point is to shake things up, isn’t it? The Universe is paving the way for major changes in your life, and like with most things, it’s how you choose to react that determines the experience… and the end results.
You might not be able to tell where this series of events is taking you. And that’s ok. You might not be sure if this particular series of “whitewater” events is about to hurtle you over a waterfall or land you in a nice serene lake. And that’s ok too. Keep your center and stay balanced. Take each step, each moment, and each breath, one at a time. Before you know it, you’ll land in the lake. You might find yourself in the lake after a thrilling flight over a waterfall, but you’ll safely end up where you’re supposed to be nonetheless. So “enjoy the journey and not worry about the destination” and make the most of these “curveballs”. The Universe knows what it’s doing.
Sometimes it seems that this physical life decides to throw us a random “curve-ball” with which to contend.
When faced with these curve-balls, our personal world seems to stop for short period of time. Suddenly, everything changes, and we are faced with the decision of how to react and what we do with the experience. We can react badly (“This kind of thing always happens to me! Life stinks!”), or we can recognize the opportunity for what it truly is – a chance for us and/or those around us to learn and to grow. Your choices can reinforce the type of experiences you have on this plane, so if your first reaction is along the lines of an emotional “Not me! Not again!”, I’d encourage you to transform that reaction to one of interest and curiosity “Oh! What lesson is here for me?!” or a grateful “Thank you – I will be more mindful and aware” or perhaps even “Oh! Where is this experience leading me next?!”.
Because the truth is that these curve-balls… these unexpected turns of events… are not random. They are the Universe’s way of doing things. They are a jolt to our assumptions and to our lackadaisical lives. They are the Universe’s way of reminding us of our connections to and with others. They are reminders of our own Paths, and of our own choices, and they can change your perceived physical reality in a moment!
And the choice in how you react and what you gain from the experience is yours…
Nourish yourself on all levels of your being – physical, emotional, psychological, intellectual, spiritual, energetically, etc.
Do it always.
Today, I challenge you to shine!
Let’s be honest here… how many of us are at least a little bit hesitant -or even downright afraid- to let the full glory of our inner light shine out to the world?
I’m not asking you about the little pieces of Light that show when you’re happy, meditating/praying or fully engaged in a creative pursuit, nor am I asking about that subtle glow that happens when you’re at peace with the world, or the occasional beam of Light that sneaks out when you least expect it! I’m asking about full, 100%, all-the-time, glorious, blinding (in a good way), wholesome, complete LIGHT!
You do realize that it resides within you, right?
Stop with the self-doubts and the excuses and the societal beliefs and conditioning that you’ve absorbed through the years! Do you realize that you are made of Light?
You do know that it’s unlimited… that this Light is the true nature of reality… don’t you?
Take a moment, right here, right now, and just feel that Light. Feel it! Feel it come from within yourself. Feel it surround you. Feel how far and deep it goes… feel how bright it is, how loving, how comforting and how all-encompassing that Light is.
Did you feel it? Do you still?
Yes, that Light really, truly exists. And it’s within you. No, it’s not your imagination conjuring some image or feeling or whatever. That Light, that Peace, is really there. And yes, you can feel it – if you let yourself.
So today, I challenge you to let your Light shine to it’s fullest capacity …all day! Today, just today, let your Light really and truly shine.
Think you can do it? I know you can do it! So, I challenge you to let your Light really and truly and fully shine!
… and should you get “lost” in daily activities, catch yourself, just breathe for a moment, recenter yourself, and recall the Light and your connection to it, and Shine On!
Breathe in all the Good.
Breathe in all the Light.
Release anything that does not serve
or benefit you in the highest sense,
for the highest good.
Just let it go
and breathe in all the Good.
Breathe in all the Light.
Know that you are One.
Breathe it all in.
connected to yourself,
in all its myriad aspects,
in all its various roles,
… and breathe!
We are One.
I’m just not feeling it today. Today, my heart is mostly closed, my thoughts and emotions are a bit unruly, my focus is off, my connection to Spirit is … ignored (it’s probably the best word to use right now). Through recent events in my physical microcosm, I find myself disappointed in humanity today. It is not their fault. They truly do not know what they do, nor do they realize just how entrenched in mistaken perceptions of reality and life and living that they are –and I know this!– but I find myself less forgiving and less compassionate of them and their situation than I usually am… and a lot less than I endeavor to be, always.
I’m tired of having to fight against the tide… tired of fighting against the cultural conditioning and warped expectations or understandings that so many humans seem to embrace and then, to the detriment of everyone, project as solid reality. Their reality is wrong. And it’s not just wrong, it’s absolutely backwards, and worse – it’s detrimental to the overall development and spiritual/emotional evolution of the species!!
To quote Morpheus from The Matrix
“You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it”
And so, I’m tired. And I’m disappointed. And, once in a while at least, I’m allowed to be. After all, I am incarnated here too, and dealing with this reality and the warped perceptions and egos of humanity goes hand-in-hand with my decision to be here. But I want to “smack them up the side of the head” to wake them up to Reality… or I’d even settle for just getting them out of their stupor! But it doesn’t really work that way, does it? *sigh*
Reality -real Reality- is based upon personal responsibility and personal analysis/understanding. It’s also based on Compassion and understanding that we are all aspects of the One. But boy, oh boy, does the human race seem determined to go out of their way to avoid experiencing even a little bit of any of this!
As we grow in our consciousness, there will be more compassion and more love, and then the barriers between people, between religions, between nations will begin to fall. Yes, we have to beat down the separateness.
– Ram Dass
And so, I retreat to my meditation cushion, do some cleansing and healing work, and try to find a little more compassion for those who are entrenched in the system, blinded by it, and perpetuating it.
May the passing of one year to the next find you joyous, healthy, content, and rightfully on the Path to Higher Knowledge and Understanding. May you find and strengthen your sense of peace and serenity, confidence in yourself, and the connection to your soul. May you find the answers you seek and the strength and guidance to Act Rightly. Let your Work here be done with ease, satisfaction, and joy, and let it be received gratefully, with grace.
May 2016 be a refreshing breath of fresh air – a cleansing of the World Energies which no longer serve humanity. May 2016 bring changes for the better… for us all.
I love you all <3 Happy New Year. -OMM
The World is as you make it to be.
It is through your eyes, through your senses of perception, it is with your emotions, and with your thoughts that the world in which you live is created. There is nothing else. You create your reality. It really is as simple as that.
Know that all is Whole. Know that all is Complete already. Know that if you are experiencing anything other than this Perfect Wholeness, that it is your perception – your senses, your mind, and your emotions, that are clouding the experience of Reality for you. Shift your perception. Yes, you can do it! You have already within you the ability to lift the veil of superficial sensory perception!
What’s stopping you? Only you.
Believe the Truth of Wholeness, of Completeness, of Health and Healing and of One.
You deserve it. The World needs it.
You already know the Truth. It’s time to Live it.
Humanity’s understanding of the Universe is completely backwards. The prioritization of money and power and control instead of doing things from a truly ethical standpoint is just wrong. It’s backwards. Not only is it anti-developmental for the species and of the planet, it’s just plain destructive. It goes against the true nature of humanity (which is Love and Connection), and anyone who claims higher moral ground and the need to enforce morality on the masses is lying to themselves. The majority of humanity actually leans towards community and compassion for each other – not for power or control, but because it is ethically the right thing to do, and on a deep, deep level, we all know this to be the case.
Humanity has the capacity to evolve on its own, without coercion. But in order for the world to follow that path, we must shift the cultural model of life and living away from the power and control and money and war that have taken over our lives and understanding of the Universal Laws, and we must shift towards independence and Spirit and safety and peace. We must. And we can. We already are making progress, and we will continue to progress.
How does one continue spiritual development and maintain spiritual awareness while also maintaining a connection to the physical world and meeting its daily demands? You let go of any preconceived or conditioned notions of physical expectation and you train yourself to be forever in the moment, forever and always in communication with Spirit. You trust -or rather, you know – that the physical is taken care of… because it is taken care of.
In focusing on each moment, you begin to see the spaces between the moments. You begin to see the connection of each moment to the next through these spaces, and you begin to recognize that the physical is in each moment. In these spaces, and within these connections, you find the All. And within this All, nothing is lost… but all is gained.
It begins with a moment.
It continues to the next moment. And then to the next.
It ends as ONE.
… but it begins with a single moment.