If you’d like to meet the person behind the “Doodlings” on this page, please watch the video below — otherwise, simply just pass it by and Read On!…
Here you will find random thoughts, observations, experiential comments – the wheat and chaff of Life – shared from the heart…
Shira encouraged (!) me to set up this page, to share the various “upwellings” that I receive occasionally on this sometimes-tumultuous journey through Life. What follows is the result. As it says above, they are shared from the heart. If you find anything below which supports or stimulates you on your own journey here, then I am satisfied – and if you get really fired up, the Secure Contact Form is on the right (below on mobile devices!), plus there’s also a “Comments” section if you scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page!!
Journey Well, Dear Reader!
P.S: What follows below was originally a posting from 01/13/16, but it has become such a powerful part of my daily life, both to myself and everyone who enters my world, that I decided to make it an integral part of this opening text – because it applies to You, too, now that you are here. 😃 Please read it (i.e. feel it) with your heart, not just your head…
Just As You Are – I Love You – Always…
WE ARE ONE-NESS
On this day after Thanksgiving, if you want to hear the best explanation I have ever heard about us (humanity) being The Universe (or Source, or God , or whatever name you choose to give It – “human construct“!) observing and experiencing Itself, then you could do worse than watch this.
Just sayin’!! Enjoy a happy and magical Now!! 🙏
Over most of this year, I have been increasingly incorporating Gratitude into my consciousness / awareness of daily life. I have found that being grateful in each and every moment – yes, including when situations arise that I may initially choose to deem “unpleasant” or “negative“! – engenders a growing inner environment of higher-frequency energy, of infinite appreciation and optimism and joy. I have come to accept that there are no “accidents,” that “coincidences” are far more than that, and that everything which occurs has an inherent blessing and potential lesson within it – no matter how it may at first feel and/or appear to me! Always look for the gift!
So after listening to Matt Kahn’s latest Soul Gathering recording tonight (“The Alchemy Of Transformation” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyE6ZZ6e3Q4), I felt inspired to write out a new set of affirmations to go with the toning tracks that I listen to nightly as I drift off to sleep, to reinforce the awareness of, and the benefits from being grateful for everything. As we resonate, so we create – and, like it or not, we are always creating, consciously or otherwise. That latter “otherwise” is something we really need to be aware of!!
The new affirmations follow (please excuse the capitalisation!)…
- I AM GRATEFUL FOR MY LIFE
- I AM GRATEFUL FOR THE ABUNDANCE IN MY LIFE
- I AM GRATEFUL FOR THE PEACE, LOVE, LAUGHTER AND JOY IN MY LIFE
- I AM GRATEFUL FOR MY HEALTH, FITNESS AND VITALITY
- I AM GRATEFUL FOR MY HEALTHY, BEAUTIFUL BODY
- I AM GRATEFUL FOR MY AWARENESS
- I AM GRATEFUL FOR THE LOVE THAT I AM
- I AM GRATEFUL FOR THIS MAGICAL, BEAUTIFUL, AMAZING, SUPPORTIVE PLANET
- I AM GRATEFUL FOR THE NEW HUMAN AWARENESS AND OUR EVOLUTION INTO A LOVING SPECIES
- I AM GRATEFUL FOR ALL THE BLESSINGS IN MY LIFE
- I AM GRATEFUL FOR ALL THE BLESSINGS I RECEIVE
- I AM GRATEFUL FOR MY SENSE OF HUMOUR
- I AM GRATEFUL FOR NOW
- I AM GRATEFUL FOR BEING HERE
- I AM GRATEFUL FOR THE LOVE AND GUIDANCE I RECEIVE
- I AM GRATEFUL FOR EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO GROW AND EXPAND IN LOVE AND AWARENESS
- I AM GRATEFUL FOR BEING, FOR THIS EXPERIENCE
…and I am grateful for you, dear reader, for sharing this journey with me in whatever way(s) we do. Happy Thanksgiving! – every day!!
Aloha and Namasté.
What follows is something that has distilled over the past week or so, derived from various resources and “ideas” which came to me, in order to clarify for me how energy is employed within and outwith us. The inner and outer energetic relationship and reactions/responses, in other words. If it speaks to you and helps to clarify, then we are all moved ahead – and if it does not speak to you, well, no harm done, I guess!! Journey Well…
ENERGY CAUSE-&-EFFECT PROCESS
- Emotion / Thought;
- Choice Point!… decide who is in the car’s driving seat – You or Ego Patterns:
- If it is You – consciously select Forward (Love) gear;
- If it is Ego Patterns, Reverse (Fear) gear is automatically selected for you;
- If you are in Forward (Love) gear, choose your Intention;
- If you are in Reverse (Fear) gear, don’t worry – your Intention will be chosen for you from within your hidden patterns = Russian Roulette;
- Action (Cause) – be it word, deed, emotion, whatever, aligned with your (chosen?) Intention;
- Effect – wait for the energy / frequency of the Intention you send out (radiate – it is frequency, which affects everything) to be reflected back to you. No guarantees of immediacy, but it’s usually pretty noticeable!
- Experience the Effect(s);
- Repeat – or Revise, as you choose!!
Tao Te Ching
From circa 4,000 years ago comes some wisdom that feels so apposite to today’s world, especially so here in the USA.
Below is the 18th verse of the Tao Te Ching, attributed to Lao Tzu (means “Old Man” in Chinese!) See if it triggers some “That’s today’s world!” responses in you, too, as it did in me this morning when I read it (especially the last verse)…
When the greatness of the Tao is present,
action arises from one’s own heart.
When the greatness of the Tao is absent,
action comes from the rules
of “kindness and justice.”
If you need rules to be kind and just,
if you act virtuous,
this is a sure sign that virtue is absent.
Thus we see the great hypocrisy.
When kinship falls into discord,
piety and rites of devotion arise.
When the country falls into chaos,
official loyalists will appear;
patriotism is born.
I read the following quote from Thich Nhat Hanh today, which really spoke to me at a profound and personal level. It touches so deeply on so many facets of human life and society right now. I want to share it with you here…
“Peace – is not simply the absence of violence; it is the cultivation of understanding, insight, and compassion, combined with action. Peace is the practice of mindfulness, the practice of being aware of our thoughts, our actions, and the consequences of our actions.“
The full quote can be read here. Aloha. 🙏
Have you ever re-read a book and noticed how much you had “missed” during the first reading? If you have ever experienced that, it can be quite an eye-opener, right?! Truth be told, it appears that there have been a plethora of such ah-hah’s for me of late!! (I wonder what that says about me??!!…) Anyway!!…
Today’s new insight was one that I am impelled to share – it seems so utterly fundamental – one of those simple things which are utterly essential to absorb, know, understand and act upon with deep self-enquiry. To incorporate into one’s be-ing-ness, in other words. It comes from Matt Kahn’s book, “Whatever Arises, Love That.“
“The re-occurring benchmark in spiritual evolution is noticing how well you communicate.”
Our language can be a blessing and a curse. Each one of us has our own inner interpretations around each and every word and phrase, based upon our training and also our lifelong experiences about it. An utter minefield, in other words! It feels as though part of the shift humanity is experiencing right now is to dramatically improve and clarify how and what we “say” to one another(s). To step into that place where it isn’t solely words (language) that we use to communicate, but also that we listen to and honestly incorporate what we feel and hear from our hearts.
Actually, that sounds as though it is all about “Life’s Longest Journey” – those eighteen or so inches between brain (intellect) and heart (soul).
Journey Well, Angels! 🙏 😃
Have you heard of / read Pam Grout’s book, “e3“?? There are nine “games” to challenge yourself in there, around manifesting. The first one (which I started a couple of days ago) is about “The more fun I have, the better life works.“
Part of it is to watch / listen to a music video at the very start of each day. The one I am using is Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6Sxv-sUYtM).
So off I set on my regular morning ½ mile walk. I can feel the minutest, infrequent mini-droplet of water on my arms – but no biggie, right??!!
I am getting to the halfway point, walking down a steep hill, with its mirror-opposite awaiting me, and I can feel those mini-droplets getting more regular – and bigger!
By the time I got to the steep hill on my way back home, it was decidedly “drizzling“! – and all I could see in my mind was the dancers in that music video, spinning around and singing “I’m HAPPEEEEEeee“!!! That was me, too, in my mind. Laughing and chuckling away, walking in the rain (thinking that if this wasn’t a public road, these clothes would be off and I’d be damn well dancing in the rain, too!!)
By the time I got home, it was starting to rain properly (as it does in the tropics!), and I was laughing out loud. This was sooooo good!! – and perfectly timed!! Wheeeeee!!
So if you want to turn your life around and make it happier, here’s one possible way that some happy surprises might happen your way – with your energetic help, of course. Nothing changes unless you do!!
Dance On!!! xoxoxo
Finally, after several months, I find time and space to sit down and resume writing here. This has been an interesting period in my life indeed. Many lessons offered – and hopefully the same number learned!! 😄
Today I read a quotation that truly resonated within me – I could soooo identify!!…
“Any man can make mistakes, but only an idiot persists in his error.“ (Cicero)
I am raising my hand here in admission that I have been an idiot many times over!! 😋 Accepting and seeing those old, hidden, deep patterns can be a rough ole road to tread – BUT! – there’s a huge joy of freedom on the other side of them!!
What you “know that you are right / sure about” (isn’t that how we hold those old, deep patterns?) is always (always!) the portal to change and to bringing more love and joy into one’s life. We deny, we resist, we “know” that we are “right about this” – but just coming to that place of being able to accept that there just might be another, a different way of seeing things, opens up the whole of The Universe – and therein lie myriad new opportunities and pathways to explore. Rigidity of thought (sic) is us residing in Flatline Land – there is no life there, it results in a steady demise and, ultimately, death.
So whenever you find yourself dogmatically certain sure that you “know what is so, what is right” – please learn from my journey along The Rocky Road Of Life, and stop and take a moment to try and open yourself up to the idea that, just maybe, there could be another way of seeing things. It truly is a doorway to bright, happy, healthy, new ways of be-ing – and you and everyone in your life will be happier and grateful that you had the courage to take this step.
Journey well. Namasté. 🙏
“Youthful Wisdoms Unseen“
Have you ever had occasion to look back at something that you’d written or created many years before, and realised how profound and potentially wise it was – and that you’d completely missed the deeper parts of it “back then“? I was clearing out shelves in preparation for a move and came across the piece of calligraphy below. Considering the roller coaster of emotions and trials that the intervening years have bestowed upon me, I’m wondering why the hell I didn’t “get it” more clearly back then when I wrote it!! Damn!!
And yet this evening, I watched a programme on Gaia.com (“Open Minds” – Regina Meredith with Nigel Taylor) where the principle was voiced that we all have (sic) to “pass through the fire” in order to find our authentic self and thus develop and expand spiritually. So even if our soul shines those brief flashes of youthful wisdom in our eyes, there’s no escaping at least some “trials and tribulations” in order to “know thyself” more fully as the years slide by. Back in my youth (!), I kind of knew that “the hardest learnt lesson is the best learnt lesson,” which somewhat goes hand in hand with the above.
Hopefully, I have reached (or am drawing much closer to!) that place where I gracefully and gratefully accept life challenges as blessings and opportunities for increased awareness, rather than rail and struggle against them – and thus release them far more quickly!! One step at a time!!…
“Killing What We Fear”
I was moved to sit down and write today, by something that Shira and I shared during our regular morning reading time together (we share time reading-out-loud books that “speak” to both of us, and enjoy the energies that such a process engenders – it takes us both into places of introspection and contemplation, which we can then exchange and share from).
So, this morning, I heard Shira speak the following words, from Mark Nepo’s book, “The One Life We’re Given – Finding The Wisdom that Waits In Your Heart“…
“…much of the harm that we do on this Earth comes from trying to remove or cripple what we’re afraid of, rather than face what stirs us within to be afraid. For when we kill what we fear, we often close the door to what we need to know…“
This touched me very deeply. It spoke to me of the present socio-political situation that appears to be unfolding in the USA, of the extremism that is emerging from within the deep folds of society, of the expressed hatreds and separation that seem to be rippling through the fabric of this supposedly-united country. It made me think of the bully in school and how that apparent “superiority” is actually deep inferiority trying to assuage its own fears.
And that lead me to look at the posturing that many nations do on the global stage, especially the ones who have the largest military presences. Their apparent “We are strong; look at our might!” for me translates into “We are utterly terrified and are so afraid, that we are too fearful to show it, so we posture mightily…” And that fear can so easily translate into global bullying…
And it made me realise that there is only one reason to own any weapon of destruction, be that a bomb, a gun or anything else that destroys. It says, very clearly and very loudly, “I Am Afraid.” For if there is no fear, then why have such implements?
“…much of the harm that we do on this Earth comes from trying to remove or cripple what we’re afraid of, rather than face what stirs us within to be afraid. For when we kill what we fear, we often close the door to what we need to know…“
And later, after writing this, Shira challenged me, “So how do you move out of the fear and into the love? How do you shift the energy of what you’ve written?“ And I recognised the wisdom of what she asked – and along came The Universe and gave me the answer!! It came in the form of the latest Matt Kahn video on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejKqH0CZmnw), entitled “I Am The Light” (The Light I Am). It mentioned exactly what I had been feeling, about the “darkness” that is present – and explained that it is ALL Divine Perfection, no matter how it appears. That the one thing we need to keep focus upon, in every moment, is our own innate divinity and majesty, no matter what. I am the Light, the Light I am. To have the knowingness and faith that that is who and what we are. And that by so doing we align with Gandhi’s exhortation to “BE the change,” thus expressing our choice (Here-Now-My Choice Point) and holding the space for the Light (Love) to expand and lift the darkness (lower frequencies) away.
I hope that you will listen to the talk on YouTube referenced in the prior paragraph. It may help you clarify some aspects of Life.
Peace, Love, Laughter and Joy always, all ways, as we move into this amazing New Year of 2017!!
We cannot “care” for anyone more than they care for themself. And we are not here to “fix” anyone else, to (over)care for them when they choose not to do so for themself, to sacrifice ourself in any way for another if they are choosing a seemingly self-destructive path. It is not our role, nor ever our responsibility, to stop anyone from experiencing the life path they are choosing for themself – for we are not privy to the complex inter-relationships and effects that another’s life path choices have upon the holographic Universe and everyone and everything in it.
Rather, each of us has a sole self-responsibility to wake up and self-care as our primary task, to ourself and for everyone around us. We are only ever given command of one ship – the one known as “Me.”
It starts with us – always. We are here to chart our own course, to care for our own “vessel” so as to be a healthy, happy human and be filled with abundant Love to share. You cannot pour water from an empty pitcher…
I Met An Angel This Morning!
Early this morning, I went for a walk through the woods, to stretch my legs and experience some early-day one-ness with Nature. It was cool and calm and quiet, which made for a really pleasant wander along the path through the trees. No wind, so no rustling leaves. This fact will become important as the story unfolds!
For quite some time now, I have been aware of all plants as sentient and as “aware” of their environment as I am (there is scientific evidence to verify this), so I passed through their space with an open heart and an open mind, sending them all deep appreciation and love.
Towards the end of my walk, as I was drawing close to the car park at the start of the trail, I met a mother and her young son and their dog, walking in the opposite direction. As we neared and began to pass one another, the two adults shared “Good Morning! Lovely day!“s with one another.
But it was the young lad who really grabbed my attention. He was about six years old; a chubby, round-faced lad with a mass of freckles. He looked up at me and said, “The trees are talking! Can you hear them?“
“Yes, I can hear them,” I heard myself reply, smiling down at him. I looked up at his Mum and we shared a smile – though I suspect perhaps with different understandings at what had just transpired. Or perhaps not?…
It made me realise that I was aware of the trees’ presence, of their energy. Perhaps I did not “hear” them as clearly as that young lad obviously did (he was still close in years to his source of creation, more so than I am!), but perhaps he sensed someone who was at least in tune with the trees, and felt able to ask his question. I was really happy to be able to respond so positively and so spontaneously, and thus support his awareness, rather than decry and diminish it.
And, for me, he was indeed an angel this morning. He gave me a very solid “nudge” to revise my self-image about my awarenesses, and to watch my self-talk – to keep it positive and less judgmental. “I’m not one of those people who can see auras,” I often remark, because I think (thought!) that was my truth – but this morning may have shifted that mindset somewhat!!
Apparently, angels come in all shapes, sizes, genders and places!! Watch out for your hidden angels today – they are out there, waiting for you!!
You cannot change anything effectively until you change your beliefs. No amount of new actions, affirmations or any other sort of “work” will shift the deep fundamentals that control your life. Only new beliefs can do that.
So whenever a reaction “feels familiar“ inside – and you have to be aware and on the lookout for such reactions in every moment, especially when you are feeling “stressed” – this “familiar” feeling is the brightly flashing red-alert beacon that – Here-Now-My Choice Point – here is a gift / opportunity to “choose differently this time” and really change the direction of your life. It is an opportunity to let go of “I know that I am right / this is right” and seek new answers, new perspectives.
And never forget, in each and every moment, that everyone is doing the best that they can, given their picture of the world. Everyone. No exceptions.
Yes, you, too. Go easy on yourself – and everyone else…
It seems that there have been a lot of pithy statements appearing in my world these past few days, so now is the time to share them!…
- Compassion – the opening of always-another-chance – never ends. That is true, unconditional love.
- Have “preferences“ – no “needs“…
- A “good teacher“ is one who produces a lot of teachers…
- What you do to another, you do to yourself. Choose wisely.
It is essential to find peace within – it is the key to all other solutions – for without peace there can be no love, and without love there can be no true solution.
And without love there can be no peace…
Peering Through The Fog…
My main, “lifetime” career was in the maritime industry. On large, ocean-going ships, in other words! I spent many long, and often peaceful, happy hours on ships’ bridges, sailing across the ocean’s surface. It is a wonderful place for contemplation! But as Joseph Conrad knew, it can also be the wildest place on Earth. Every face of Nature may be found there. Over the years, it has moved me to write poetry, dragged me into abject fear and terror, and carried me into some of the most profound spiritual moments of my entire life.
Memories from my times at sea came to me today as Shira and I were talking over morning coffee. It is our daily time of reading, sharing and discussing, usually about energy and healing, or something spiritual. This morning, the fog dropped in – quite literally! My mind sped back to long hours spent on the bridges of ships, peering out into that swirling maze of myriad water droplets known as “fog,” straining eyes – and ears! – to discern even the slightest evidence of “another ship.” Please consider that we might have been in the middle of thousands of miles of open ocean – but still we could not “see,” and thus life changed most dramatically. Generally, speed was reduced, extra lookouts (who listened for foghorns blaring in the mist, too) were posted on the bridgewings and fo’c’s’le – all such measures seeking to ensure that there was no collision with another vessel. Effectively, the normal passage of the ship on its voyage was severely altered and curtailed until the fog cleared or the vessel sailed out of the fogbank. Since we humans are creatures of habit, being fog-bound wasn’t the ideal state for those on board – everyone’s patterned, scheduled life was disrupted – and it certainly didn’t suit the shipowners or charterers, who knew all too well that “time is money“!
If you have ever driven a car in fog, you’ll know what I am talking about. You can be driving on the straightest road ever made, with not one side road for miles and miles, with wide lanes, a perfect road surface and markings – the works. But when that fog comes down – life changes! Minimal speed, inching your way ahead, straining to see whatever you can of the road surface in front of you, the lines at the side – and perhaps (probably?) a deep hope in your gut that there will NOT be another car (or something bigger) “in the way” as you slowly work your way forward, hoping that you will see it (moving in the same direction as you, right?) before you hit it. OMG, what if there’s been a collision ahead and you plough into it???….
Can you feel that sense of tension and the fear such situations can create?
Our reactive, subconscious patterns, our habitual responses acquired during early childhood, even in utero, and from any traumatic life events, come from a mindset that is effectively fog-bound by our “stories.” There is one huge difference, though. The fog that we stumble through, reacting to Life, is not external – it is all IN-side us. Still, we cannot “see our way ahead” clearly, so we become fear-based and stressed – or, if we think that we can see our way ahead clearly (“I know that I’m right…“), we press blithely on and, often dramatically, meet whatever is waiting for us. So often, we perceive that everything we experience as “life” is separate from us – “out there,” “them,” “other“… We create stories in our heads about what we see and believe “out there,” and thus reinforce and generate more stories – new chapters are written and old ones embellished. In this way, we create our ongoing experience of Life.
If we can gain a sense of how we can be so easily “internally fog-bound” with the filters, beliefs and stories we absorbed during our formative years, and how this can so severely restrict the way we move through life (or open us up to pratfalls if we are less-cautious!), it offers a doorway of questioning, of openness, to seeking new answers, new ways of “seeing” things – and that new pathway of awareness can steadily and surely move us out of the Inner Fog which can keep us so profoundly hampered in life.
May we all be inner-fog-free!! 😃 👍🏻 🙏
Wisdom — is the ability to cry…
I read the following sentence this morning and felt it to be a powerfully insightful statement. Can you sense its depth???…
“Only while loving do the pains of feeling lighten.”
My understanding is that we are here to feel our emotions – our real emotions, and all of them, not just the ones we feel “okay” with or that are “acceptable” – and to express fully who and what we are with deep integrity and authenticity in this manifestation. Since I believe that we are all Love, that we are all an expression of Love in some form, then it is only by feeling loving, by Be-ing the Love that we are, that we can bring the (perceived) “pains” of our emotions into a place where we are able to experience them completely and, thus, into a place of understanding, acceptance and growing wisdom.
To me, that is evolution – and we are experiencing vast amounts of it nowadays! Ride The Wave!!… 😃
(thanks – again! – to Mark Nepo – “The Book Of Awakening,” p.564 – for the quote)
From all that I’ve learned these past years, one of the biggest illusions we face in this universe of contrast (and that we also face the need to perceptually overcome) is Duality – the perception of “Separateness.” By that, I mean the apparently “real” dualities – you/me, here/there, left/right, big/small, past/future, up/down – anywhere that a “contrast” appears, in other words – and the subsequent “judgments” that arise, based upon them.
My understanding is that it is only by the means of (apparent) contrast that we get to exert our free will (choice) and express who we are in this manifested world (the world of 0.0001% manifested – as opposed to the 99.9999% unmanifested energy = infinite potential). In other words, the light needs the darkness in order to know itself as light. “…I am not / do not choose ‘that’ – therefore I am / choose ‘this’…“ As Creators, this is our task here.
The challenge is that we have lost sight of what the contrast is there for, and have started to believe in it as the only “reality” – and are thus giving it creative energy to “be.“ Looking around the world nowadays tells us what that misuse of creative power has manifested for us.
In the realm of spiritual healers, and going back into the history of esoteric lore, there arises a strong thread of a belief in “dark energy” – “evil forces,” in other words. This, too, stems from a belief in the illusory duality of contrast – something that we now have to heal and love into a new awareness.
My new way of seeing and holding this is simple. It totally removes the “judgments” that tie us up in such complicated knots in so many ways. It aligns perfectly with “Loving What Is.“ It absolutely removes duality, separation.
Since everything is Divine (or nothing is!), there is only Energy. Energy varies in its frequency, its vibration, but that is all. It isn’t “good” or “bad;” not “dark” or “light.” There is no “me” and “them.” There is just Energy. We are all an integral part of it. It simply Is. And the one other variable around Energy is Choice – our choice of what we are, what frequency we resonate at, what we choose to “be” – because that creates the world we (all) subsequently experience.
That’s it – Energy and Choice. That’s all we have to solve for. It ties in perfectly to that simple question we are called upon to answer in every nanosecond of this consciousness / awareness we call Life – “How will I respond?“
Energy and “How Will I Respond?“ Try them on for size!!…
Gifts In Strange Wrapping Paper
I had an experience yesterday that has impacted me on many levels. This, coupled with another similar experience a year or so ago, reinforces the knowledge that The Universe often brings its “gifts” and new awarenesses in what could be seen as “unusual wrapping paper“! In other words, the “gift” may present in ways that, without deeper reflection, do not make it apparent to be what it actually is. “Feeling” seems to be the way to identify it and, of course, given the infinite potential of everything to be everything else (!), perhaps it all depends upon how we see it in its unique and extraordinary moment?? Anyway…
I was filling my car up with gas, when I became aware of a guy asking people at the pumps if they could “help out” – “someone panhandling,” to use that dismissive and pejorative term. That was my initial internal reaction/thought. I’d also noticed, from the corner of my eye, that he had some type of modern “walking stick.”
I was facing the pump, setting things up to fuel the car, when he first spoke to me. “Sir, can you spare something to help out?” – or words to that effect. My initial reaction was one of rejection – an internal no. So I gave him some answer about only having “plastic” (which was untrue), and he responded with a smile and “I don’t have one of those machines…” As he walked away, I looked up, to see that he had two prosthetic legs.
I filled the car and, inwardly, decided that I did not feel right about blowing the guy off. His response about “not having one of those machines” had been said with a wry smile; a true moment of humour. I had cash in my wallet and “…he could be me…” I thought. As I drove away from the pumps, I was looking for him, only to see that he’d walked away from the gas station and crossed the entrance road into the parking lot. I was trying to get close to him in my car, wanting to connect with him on my side of the vehicle; no reaching across “at a distance.” Finally, I ended up in the exit lane of the parking lot, with a few cars ahead of me waiting for traffic on the main road, and called him over.
The dialogue between us isn’t what matters here. It was his response which touched me so much, and continues to do so nearly a day after the event. You know when you can tell that you’ve made a difference in someone’s life? When what you’ve done has totally shifted the energy of The Universe? I got that at the time, but the true depth of it only arrived later.
At first, I thought that it was the actual cash that I gave him which was what was important. I wanted him to know that he mattered, that he’d been seen and acknowledged. It was only this morning that it really hit me, though.
He had been seen. It wasn’t the money. Someone had actually taken time to change their actions, their life, altered what they were doing to connect with him, to engage, to show him that he mattered and had value. And it dawned on me that so many of us, to some degree or other, do not feel seen. I may have given him a few dollars; he gave me a far bigger gift – one of awareness.
So my take-away from all this?? To SLOW DOWN – so as to be able to see myself fully, to feel “seen” – and thus then to be able, to be present enough in every Now moment, to really see someone else. I promise you – it will touch your heart and change lives…
Oh, and have you ever noticed (have you ever really looked?)? Street people, the ones who are genuinely without, have the clearest, most piercingly crystalline eyes. I suspect that they see the truth far more clearly than the rest of us. They have few self-deluding illusions left…
I read a very clear example about Life this morning.
Thanks to the wisdoms from Viktor Frankl (“Man’s Search For Meaning“) and Matt Kahn (I believe that it was his “The Soul’s Journey” on YouTube that included this gem, amongst many others – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aOjT7V9A08), I have come to understand that it is not the “what,” “why” or “how” of our lives that are important. The manifested circumstances of our lives are simply that – What Is. And “what is” cannot be changed, because it is already manifested, materialised. Anything that we (try to) do with it, about it, will be looking backwards into the past – and we cannot alter the past! It is beyond our reach, by definition. Therein lies our first clue.
The one, single question that we need to answer in every moment – The Question That Really Matters – is “How Will I Respond?“
Why is this important? Because Here-Now-My-Choice-Point is the Point Of Creation – that magical place in space-time where we can influence what comes our way. The only place where that can be done, where we can radiate our energy outwards, ahead into The Universe, and directly affect what flows to us as “life.” There our energy impacts the dynamic, fluid entity of the cosmos and moulds the unmanifested into becoming-manifested, as Life flows towards us. That is creating!
So what did I read this morning? It was in HeartMath Inc’s latest book, “Heart Intelligence: Connecting with the Intuitive Guidance of the Heart” (http://store.heartmath.com/heart-intelligence).
Doc Childre, the founder of HeartMath, painted a picture of a “seasoned surfer” who skilfully adapts and works with every nuance of every wave that presents itself to her/him as they skim forward. They are “in the flow” of what presents itself to them in every moment. They don’t stop and complain each and every time the “the perfect wave” doesn’t offer itself to them. They remain in the essence of their Here-Now-My-Choice-Point, and answer that ongoing question of “How Will I Respond?” in every millisecond. Thus they remain in the flow of life, of the waves they are surfing, and by using that awareness they develop their own skill and surf majestically and comprehensively, in the flow.
Can you see how that analogy is a perfect example of how Life presents to each of us? – and how we are best served to respond? What is, is. “How Will I Respond?” is the one question we truly do need to answer in each moment of every day. It is our ongoing Choice Point, to actively create our future…
I have watched this three times already, and I truly believe it to be one of the most expansive and profound teachings I have ever experienced. Nearly 1.75 hours of amazing, amusing, intense and challenging explanation (i.e: our point of self-perception) for we humans and our place in this Universe.
Please – take the time to watch and listen – it has the potential to change your life – and the lives of everyone else….
Nearly a month since I last posted here – and it has been a very full, “interesting,” and what feels like a highly freeing, self-developmental month. Apparently, from all that I hear, I am not alone in this!! This is good!!! 😃
An extension to a well-known saying today – because it keeps speaking to me…
Everything is either an Act Of Love or a Cry For Love –
– and every Cry For Love is a Cry Of Fear
Treat everyone you meet with More Love, Not Less – including yourself, every day, in every moment…
Another thing which keeps cropping up in various forms – Whenever one is facing some form of challenge or something “troublesome” – whatever you are sure is absolutely “right,” correct, without question – “everyone knows that – I know that” – just there is where you need to release all belief, all judgment, all certainty – and fully open your mind to everything as new possibilities. I can almost guarantee you – the pathway to peaceful and harmonious resolution lies that way…
Following on from my ongoing experiences with daily blessings (below – 5/18/16), something else arrived in front of me today – another powerful way to bring healing and balance back to the world, by using our personal energy to lift the collective energy higher. This, too, is in the form of a daily practice which relates to things many of us probably take too much for granted. It works on our innate power as co-creators in this Universe to affect the energy matrix in which we all live. Something to repeat every morning upon waking…
“May every breath I take bless this world with clean air
May every morsel I eat bless everyone with enough food
May every drop of water I drink bless everyone with available, clean water
May every movement I make bless everyone with good health, and
May every step I take bless everyone with freedom and joy“
May you always be so blessed…
I recently heard what turned out to be a very empowering suggestion from Matt Kahn, which I promptly put into action. It is to create a blessing around what one personally desires for oneself, and then to use that blessing on everyone one encounters throughout the day. Drivers you pass on the street (especially ones who cut you off, or are “driving too slowly“), people in the grocery store, colleagues at work (especially your boss and the other employee who “doesn’t like me“!) You get the picture – spread it around, to everyone and everything. Let your imagination roam free with it – no limits, release all the judgments.
My own blessing reads as follows:
“May you be blessed with great self-awareness and love, with vibrant health and healing, and with glorious abundance.“
With that in mind, I set out for the grocery store and to gas up my car.
Now, maybe it depends upon where one is on one’s journey through Life, how one perceives everything, but if you’ve never tried this process I suggest that you do try it – and make it a regular, daily habit. I have never yet experienced anything so unifying and uplifting as this practice. On my way back home, I felt like stopping and stepping out of my car, and proclaiming this blessing to the whole world – to the Universe, in fact – I felt so empowered.
And here’s the good part. By expressing such a blessing (high energy) to everyone / everything you encounter, you are similarly lifting your own energy upwards, since it is emanating from you – and that feels sooooo good!! And guess what? Guess whose life experience from all this blessing is also affected? Remember, in the energetic realms, like attracts like, so by sharing all this high, happy energy, you also benefit in like manner.
Now, if that isn’t a win-win, I don’t know what is. Do give it a try!! 😃
Perhaps it depends upon where one is in one’s journey through Life (?), but the following few sentences from two parts of Mark Nepo’s book, “The Endless Practice – Becoming Who You Were Born To Be,” really spoke deeply to me this morning. So they are shared here in the hope that they may trigger some profound, internal response in you, too, Dear Reader!
- Concerning an (in)ability to feel and violence:
“The inability to feel leads to violence as a last attempt to feel. …we’ve created a culture that keeps divorcing its citizens from their inborn nature.“
- Concerning the innate gifts that you possess and that are you:
“So you don’t have to hide what God has given you. You don’t need to apologize for what you love. That you love it makes it sacred. In truth, your love makes the sacred show itself, the way the sun makes flowers open.“
May you feel fully, courageously, and may you deeply know that what you love is truly sacred…
Seek to see beyond your understanding.
(with acknowledgement to Matt Kahn)
My Essential Truths
I have always sought to distill my life experiences down into easy-to-remember, succinct maxims that are readily retained and accessed by the mind, hopefully thus always being available, especially in what are perceived as stressful times. “Rules Of The Road” that help me to stay on track if life hands me an unforeseen “nudge” – not, of course, that that ever happens (right!!)
This morning, after all the recent “growth spurts” that I seem to have experienced lately, I decided to write down the maxims which had finally accumulated in that heart-related repository, stored somewhere in my be-ing. They are shared here for what they are worth. If they give you pause for thought, then that is good!! 😃
- EVERYTHING IS DIVINE – OR NOTHING IS
- IF YOU WANT TO SEE PERFECTION – LOOK IN THE MIRROR
- JUST AS YOU ARE – I LOVE YOU – ALWAYS
- EXCUSES BEGONE!
- YOU ARE EVERYTHING UNTO YOURSELF
- BE THE CHANGE YOU WISH TO SEE IN THE WORLD
- HERE – NOW – MY CHOICE POINT
- LOVE OR FEAR – YOU GET TO CHOOSE
- EVERY RELATIONSHIP IS SACRED
- WE ARE ALL HERE TO WALK ONE ANOTHER HOME
- THERE IS NO “OTHER“
- LOVE IS THE ANSWER, NO MATTER WHAT THE QUESTION
- LANGUAGE IS A MINEFIELD
- DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER!
Some “side notes“ on the above, which you will need to place appropriately yourself!…
- Divinity = Truth
- Yes! – YOU!!
- Thank You, Wayne Dyer, Mohandas K. Gandhi and Ram Dass
- To thine own self be true
- Choose your words with care and always be aware of them – before speaking
- Love is always Unconditional – otherwise, it is not Love
- Love and Fear are Mutually Exclusive – they can not exist together
- Everything is A Relationship – and contains A Message
- You are the single most important thing in your life – always
- Maxims always apply to You, too
As always, comments invited…
During our morning reading today (a daily ritual, akin to shared meditation), the following piece spoke deeply to me of “our human condition” and especially where we collectively stand at this point in our evolution. If there is one thing that I have observed and felt internally which disempowers us more than anything else, it is Fear. The perception that we are able to evolve (and are evolving) our reactions to Fear is uplifting indeed…
The Temptation Of Fear
Nothing disheartens us more than fear. It is wildly paralytic and numbing. It keeps us from listening, and what we do hear through fear is often distorted. So let’s look at the dynamics of fear. As human beings, we’re born with a fight-or-flight reflex in which we’re physiologically wired to respond to life-threatening situations by either fighting off a threat or running from it.
However, this impulse is often exaggerated and triggered by situations that, though stressful and uncomfortable, are not life-threatening. Yet we respond the same way, fighting or fleeing as if our life depends on it. Such overreactions can leave incredible damage in our path. As when we kill a bee that’s made it to our kitchen, because we fear its sting. Or when we swat at someone, because we fear being stung by their neediness or pain. Or not letting a woman torn open with grief into our church, because we fear she is mad.
But what if this fight-or-flight reflex is evolving like everything else? What if we’re in the midst of an evolutionary processing which our basic understanding of what it means to fight or flee is being redefined by our experience? The evolving questions could save us. Can we grow the skill to determine what is truly life-threatening from what is simply ego- or identity-threatening? And how might we respond more precisely to situations that seem life-threatening, though they are not?
The longer we can resist the temptation of fear, in order to discern what is truly threatening from what is stressful and uncomfortable, the less violent our reactions are. This requires a special kind of listening, awakened by our strength of being and our strength of compassion. This discernment is a reflective practice that deepens our integrity. I believe that over time, the art of facing things openly and honestly can evolve our fight-or-flight reflex beyond its primitive response. Facing conflict and fear can keep us in relationship with our experience long enough to uncover what we have in common with every living thing.
With deep thanks to Mark Nepo – “The Endless Practice” – ISBN: 978-1-4767-7464-0
No Strangers In The Heart
Some words that touched me deeply during our daily morning readings and sharings…
“Now I wonder: Is listening with our heart a form of sweeping away all the noise and distraction that life keeps whipping up? I remain convinced that, when we can listen deeply – beyond our need of being heard, beyond the rustle of our own concerns – there are no strangers in the heart. When we can truly listen, we slowly, through the sweep of love, become each other.“
Mark Nepo; “Seven Thousand ways To Listen” – p. 256. (ISBN: 978-1-4516-7466-8)
“I tell you, the more I think, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.“
This morning, I awoke, remembering a “signature” that I have in my e-mail application. The words speak deeply of where I am in my life right now, so I chose to share its wisdoms here – regrettably “Author Unknown“…
“Someone said men are allotted just as many tears as women, but because we don’t shed them, we die earlier.
I don’t want that to be me…“
I have a dear friend who has always expressed her “fear of strangers,” and this morning, while reading a segment from Mark Nepo’s book, “Inside The Miracle” (ISBN: 978-1-62203-554-0 — do yourself a huge favour and do not just read it – absorb this book), it made me think of her. I shared what follows with her by e-mail, and then I wondered how many others of us share this fear (essentially of the “unknown“). Perhaps there is some insight and thus release for you, too, in the following words…
“One of the great paradoxes of be-ing is that each of us is born complete and yet we need contact with life in order to be whole. This, then, is the purpose of the stranger: to enliven what is dormant within us. Once enlivened, it is our responsibility to keep what’s dormant conscious and to integrate the fibres of hard-earned experience into the fabric of a living spirit.
The word stranger denotes a living embodiment of that which is strange. But the word strange means more than being odd and unfamiliar. The word strange comes from the Old French, estrange, which means extraordinary. Ultimately, the stranger functions as an unexpected messenger who can embody or mirror what is extraordinary within us, what is possible but yet unlived.
The strange messenger is an extraordinary completing agent that disrupts what is familiar in order that we might grow; sometimes by mending us and sometimes by breaking down our walls. And whether it be someone who finally loves you for who you are or a fire that destroys all your paintings or the sudden appearance of a deer staring at you in the wet snow, the strange messenger serves as a catalyst that opens us to a deeper way of living. Whether embodied in an event or in a person or in a break in our comfortable way of thinking, experiencing the extraordinary brings us closer to the ongoing Unity of Creation of which we all are a part.
The strange messenger can arrive as a cloud or a brick: as a lyric of truth piped over your head in a restaurant, drifting into the centre of all your confusion at just the right instant, or as a sudden wind that relieves you of a certain map, forcing you to find your way by other means. But inevitably, the presence of the extraordinary, whether harsh or kind, will reconnect us with the rest of the Universe.“
With a deep Thank You for your enduring wisdoms, Mark Nepo…
I had a revelation two mornings ago, where I “got it” how Life flows to us. It has fundamentally shifted my whole perception, and I want to try and set it down as clearly as I am able to…
In this “linear time” reality, we perceive ourselves as on a journey – we are travellers, always moving through life, on our way to some crossroads or other where we can then (perhaps) make a decision about which way to go, when we get to “see the signpost.” My new understanding is that we are fixed – we “be” – and all that is “yet to be (manifested),” that 99.99999%, flows towards us and past us.
We are energy / frequency transceivers – always receiving and transmitting our unique energy signature, our frequency, into The Universe. It is what we transmit outwards (our frequency, our “vibe“) that makes the unmanifested turn into (apparently) manifested and thus form our experienced reality. Note that we are not moving – it is all flowing to and past us. We are constantly, in every moment, every second of life, Here, Now, at our eternal Choice Point. Remember that saying? – Be Here, Now. We always are. This is how we create our world experience. All the other unmanifested (that is, unseen) is also there, flowing to and by us; we simply cannot perceive it, since our transceiver is set to a tight frequency band of reception / transmission. If we can widen that range, it affects the unmanifested and we begin to perceive more and more of the “non-material,” the energy world.
As we stand in that Here, Now, My Choice Point place, we constantly have the opportunity to choose our response to what we perceive. What we do not change, we choose by default (what you are not changing, you are choosing), and thus experience what the Collective is choosing.
We can choose Love or Fear – everything else is a derivative of one of those two options. We always stand in My Choice Point. As such, we are always at choice how we are going to change the way we perceive Life as it flows to us. When we change our frequency, we begin to affect the unmanifested flowing to us and thus change our life experiences. We are always At Choice. Here. Now. This is how we are creators of our life experience.
This is not intended to address the greater aspects of life; simply the elements that we can affect by our choices and the frequency/ies we select to transmit outwards into the Field flowing towards us. The more we practice choosing and sending out the frequencies (emotions) we want to manifest, the wider and greater their effect upon what we experience as “manifested.”
If you shift your perception of yourself as moving, a traveller through Life, and become a fixed point in the Flowing Field of Energy, it makes it easier and simpler to understand that Here, Now, My Choice Point is where we always are and how we are thus empowered in every single moment to choose and exercise our Power Of Choice to create new.
This “picture” has enabled me to move my inner focus and how I “hold” life and its progress in profound, fundamental ways. That we are always “Here, Now, My Choice Point” is so focussing and so empowering. I hope that it may speak to you, also…
May You Enjoy…
Limits On Love
From my past, I received a sudden insight this morning: I can only ever receive someone else’s love to the degree that I love myself.. Whatever limits or restrictions or “less than 100%“s I hold about unconditionally loving myself, those same limits block the love that I receive.
Since We Are All One, how can it be any other way? The limits are Universal…
Who Will Live Your Life?
After reading this excerpt from Mark Nepo’s book entitled “Inside The Miracle” (ISBN: 978-1-62203-491-8) this morning, I felt so moved by its wisdoms that I had to share it. So here is my spoken rendition of “Who Will Live Your Life?” I hope that it touches chords within you as it did within me earlier today…
Following readings from “I Can See Clearly Now” by the late-Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
Wise words by Buckminster Fuller:
“Never forget that you are one of a kind. Never forget that if there weren’t any need for you in all your uniqueness to be on this earth, you wouldn’t be here in the first place. And never forget, no matter how overwhelming life’s challenges and problems seem to be, that one person can make a difference in the world. In fact, it is always because of one person that all changes that matter in the world come about. So be that one person…”
And from Joe Girard:
“The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs – one step at a time…”
As Panache Desai remarks, that’s how he became an “overnight success” – ten years in the making!! 😋
I had a deep, tearful moment this morning, just as I said “I Love You” to myself (I was actually doing morning body stroking / appreciation) and I sensed that there is some old, old part of me that feels so unworthy, so unloved and unlovable, that it yearns, it aches for love.
So my solution? – give it what it needs. Love it beyond its belief as to what is possible to be loved. And thus heal it, finally, once and for all.
No matter how much love we receive from outside, it is OUR Love for ourselves that matters the most. Without that, we are empty…
Our Language Totally Limits Us
Quantum physics tells us that the manifested world (what we perceive with our five senses) represents about 0.00001% of The Universe; that there’s another 99.99999% swimming all around us that is pure energy – unmanifested.
I see our language as also being part of that 0.00001%. When we try to express something that is “ethereal,” “spiritual,” we are using something that – by its very nature – is confined, restricted, limiting. For instance, take the word “Love.” More specifically, “Unconditional Love” or “The Love Of The Universe” – “Divine Mother Love” – those concepts. I am reminded of the saying: “To name me is to negate me.” When we move into the realms of energy and spirit, of frequency and vibration, of Creation, then our language – that vast talkback system in our head that eventually spews forth from our mouth – or our keyboard! – fails us totally. And we are currently collectively moving into the realms of energy and spirit, of frequency and vibration.
We have to become aware of and start to use new ways of receiving and communicating, of inter-relating, that are not based upon language, but upon spirit, upon energy, upon “heart.” Forge new pathways in all forms of our relationships with one another, in the ways we communicate, with Self and with one another. And it appears to me that much of that shift will be enabled by a change of perception from Fear – into Love, into Trust and Faith in Self, in The Universe, in one another. A stepping away from a perception of ourselves as limited, mechanical, finite beings – into a world where we know ourself – our collective, whole, unified Oneness – as infinite, singular, inextricably connected, flowing, perfect and sublimely varied. And we celebrate that infinite diversity, rather than fear it…
Our words carry energy when we express them, impacting the unmanifested 99.99999%. From the limited to the limitless. So we might be wise to be very aware when we speak, to choose what we say cautiously, with care and with love, rather than fear. For those words we utter then resonate outwards into The Universe and affect what is made manifest in our world, individually and collectively. We may not be able to accurately state (in words) what “Love” is – but our heart knows, and it is from there that we shall express in the future – one “word” at a time.
Journey Well! 🙂
What does Love feel like?
It dawned on me this morning (is that a punny joke?) We live in a world of (ostensibly) five senses and we are generally driven by them. Our perception of this world is based upon them (for the most part – until we wake up), and our (re)actions are stirred and triggered by our perceptions of them and our responses to those five senses. We tend to create our world based upon them.
So, my question arose – what does Love feel like? Because if we don’t know what Love feels like on a sensory level, then consider what type of a world we are creating / living in… Perhaps it could be missing a very vital, important element?
And then I look at the world we’ve collectively created over this past century or so. Can you see one element that is missing, by and large, the absence of which perhaps underpins all the things we’d not choose to have exist in our “ideal world“? Could that one element be Love? – and could that be because we do not really know what it feels like, individually and collectively?…
So, my question to myself – and to you – is “What does Love really feel like?” I become aware that we are very good at manipulating our emotions, both externally and internally. It’s how we are raised and how we learn to survive as we grow from childhood into adulthood, with whatever ways we use and manipulate our emotions. We use our intellect to control how we feel – it’s an emotional survival tool. BUT – and this is the big one – that process divorces us, steadily and increasingly, from a true experience of all emotions, including Love.
And isn’t that one of the biggest gaps we have to bridge now? To return to an internal knowing and experiencing of the real feeling of Love? I suspect that it is a key to a doorway into BE-ing Love and living at that higher frequency in integrity and in deep honesty…