Monday, April 24, 2017

the gift

gifts! who doesn't love them? when we are gifted we feel important, loved, and cared for and about. what's not to love about the possibility of treasure within the package of a lovingly given gift! although it seems as though not all of us understand exactly how we are supposed to accept (receive or develop) gifts, we are (nonetheless) constantly bequeathed (from first breath of life), and therefore honored ... if we choose to be.

we sometimes ask about the reason we have come here ... and the answer, actually, is that we agreed to! the soul of creation (from which our own bodies, minds are individually sparked) only desires its own next (evolved awareness), and our world has proven a remarkable laboratory for the physics of change.

the cosmos is ever evolving and expanding, and only asks (requires) us to as well. our bodies are vessels, and carry out the inexhaustible, insatiable requirement divine spirit has for awareness. we are given opportunity at every moment throughout our lives to create. the closer we allow ourselves the courage of who we are, divine love, the more confident we are in our place here, an individual expression of the cosmic energy of change. we (may) know(!), for example, that life is to be created, lived, enjoyed and connected, and that love is our common denominator. it is ours to choose to create, live, enjoy and connect, and to love.

belief and knowing are two different things : what we believe is a product of what has been taught to us, in one form or another : for example : religion, in all its forms. belief (actually) may have its provenance within, or become a product of knowing. knowing is that which is (inherently) known : the source creator's presence within one's heart of hearts : the seat of the collective soul : the seat of one's own spark of soul : the still small voice inside : the ability (willingness) to know our own best answers : and the (respect, acceptance and) honor we may in turn give to our indelible gifts, through giving and sharing with the world. the difference in belief and knowing is simply finding the attributes of the divine in us, regardless of what we have been taught. the attributes of good in us were given names in our education, but we knew them, as earth knows rain. beliefs will change throughout our time here, (which is a natural order), based on the changing world we live in : knowing is divine, and therefore, immutable. knowing is the acceptance of guidance, the march toward the light of love which exists inside us, which is the divine spark of life in each of us : the first and greatest gift of all ... love ... divinely gifted into all beings with first breath of life (opportunity) : a co-creator within it all : mother earth's indelible gift to our lives here.

when we are first born (hopefully we are fortunate enough to be not afraid), we are individually given a whole cadre of gifts; starting with breath of life. we are connected to source in a wholly dependent way. we have absolutely no conception of responsibility, or of fault, or of blame. we are pure because the world has not yet had its way with us, and therefore we are free to choose how our senses perceive all there is. opportunity is as perennial as the coming of flowers in spring, and we only know ourselves as sensory beings. the hope of our care, growth and change is given within each suckle of our mother's milk and of our father's loving touch; themselves gifts to us, as they may be allowed.

as is the way of it, we change and become more of who we are in the world with each passing day, imperceptibly growing, learning and accepting ... should we happen upon learning appreciation for all that is, we may expand appreciation. ...and as is well understood, what we bless, expands. the dichotomy, of course, is that whatever it is that we think about expands : blessings or curses. this is (again, also) ours to choose ...

as is (also) the way of it, life shows up : as it does. it is up to each one of us to allow it to be remarkable. no matter who we may be born, we are all gifted ability (knowing) for beauty, love, peace, kindness, compassion, and equanimity, along with first breath. as is the way of belief, we grow and learn where we have been dropped into the soup of humanity, and are (usually) taught to believe that life is hard : this is the accepted way among us, but not the way it must be, if we wish, if we will. life is hard because we have so chosen (believed) the path hard (or because our education of the way we are with each other has given 'hard' as the only lesson), also, the way of the world as we have believed (created) it is such that survival sometimes depends on making choices for our lives that may (do) not lead to ability within living well. we get caught up in 'surviving' as opposed to 'living,' and must become concerned (focused) on whether we are able to eat (or feed ourselves and our families). life spins out of balance. 'struggle' : whether we may shelter ourselves and those in our care from life's fury only adds to angst when held up against others; or our children are starving. it becomes then a stretch (or a seeming impossibility) to find (believe) good in the world. the way forward is certainly ours to create (transform) also. thinking peace, goodwill, brotherhood and love has the power to create more of the same, but in order to create these things, we must be willing to think on the good in us (in order to attract those things into our way forward); and be (our own gift of ability for) good in ourselves.

the 'gift' we are come here to accept 
is the gift of discovering our gifts : 

and our way forward within the gifting (forwarding) of our gifts, for the good of the all, including ourselves.

being 'good' in the self has nothing to do with status or with wealth. good in the self is a (nother) indelible gift : ours to share, to celebrate, to be : or not. 

and so as we release fear and delve to relearn our part here, we may recreate our lives 'good' (first in mind). there (may) become moments of caring, and thus access to yet another gift of the divine intelligence that creates us good; we have it in us (by divine decree) to create ourselves kind, loving, creative beings, offering to all other beings (each a spark of the same gift) within the sphere of our home (as we know it, as we don't know it), ability to create good within themselves, within ourselves, and within our world.

this (release of fear) good we may choose is an acknowledgement, a sweetening of our angst, and further, commitment within us for reciprocity; each of us sharing our inspired gifts, each of us giving in order to share ... each receiving the blessing of each other's gifts. this is the way it is done above, so may it be below. the gods enjoy each other : and divine light is born ... the light of good within us also.
think good : do good : be good.
namaste(!) to all the relationships i'm trying to have in my time here : and wow, you do learn here about forgiveness : and as they grow and change and become more of their own way, may i also grow with them - and become more of who i am in the world ... and co-create within them a way forward that is from the heart of good; and therefore, find the good (gifts) (love) in me also.

blessed be the gifts : may i honor and fulfill their own chosen way in the world, for the benefit of creating my own best self, living my best life ; creating the dream i dared ; doing my sacred work : ability within purpose : action within ability : contribution for the good of the all ! ...lofty but doable... and well, why not?

i am that, i am.

i am also grateful : so, thank you. i accept with a lovely anticipation : to know that i am capable, and i am loved, because i love : and in so doing, honor the gift of life in me.

Monday, April 17, 2017

good begets good

for heaven's sake, be good! 

break it down : for heaven's sake, be good! in order to bring heaven into the world we live in, bring good into the world we live in ... the good in us is divinity in us ... as we read, study, and hear over and over and over in all spiritual teachings and texts throughout the ages; throughout the history of mankind. the light of spirit in us implores us to be good : to and for each other. to be kind, caring, compassionate, loving and forgiving of each other, and to ourselves.

the truth is: we get what we give. this is a universal law, and it works exactly as it says it does. bringing good into the world is shining the light of good in the world, and it is ours to do. it's actually a great way to envision the way of things; and to wake up every day in the world. 

it is absolutely positivity, but also so much more ... in the grand scheme of things, looking toward the good in every single situation and obstacle has the potential (if we allow) of dissolving the angst (fear) around it, and therefore allowing for opportunity to explore (think into it) a good outcome.

the opposite of good is fear.

think about it. we face life : we may see opportunity, or we may see tragedy (depending upon our very own perspective) : every time, in every piece of information we process, in every decision we make, and in every action we take. the belief we give to how our lives are affected really all boils down to choice. ours is to choose to have a great day (even within current circumstance), or to create our outlook miserable. existence becomes more about who becomes a victim : lash or be lashed. it seems that most of us rock along with catcher's mitts on both hands : doing what we must do to get through another day. life slowly becomes callous and hard, and we begin to think (create) the expectation of crisis as natural order.

we see atrocities being perpetrated upon each other, (including - surprise - the ways we entertain ourselves) and feel helpless to correct the harm being done in the world (it never seems to end well in real life). in reply, we arm and steel and tell ourselves that our only recourse is war, in all the forms there are. we choose our weapons and are inundated with who is wrong, who is being wronged, and how we will keep ourselves and our families safe. we have greatly expanded our perception of enemy, and this has become the way among us. 

there simply must be a better way.

what if we consciously, confidently decided that each and every moment of each and every hour of each and every day was going to be met with a commitment we make to ourselves (and to each other) to do and to be good? that we will send good into the world, and that we are aware of the good being returned to us. bad news is bad news, but, it is always our choice to reinvent : to create, and to find counter-balance within good news also. don't worry : the storms pass - they always do.

what if we genuinely, with awareness, with intent, give ourselves the gift of a good perspective? ... and did our own little bit of good : wherever and whenever we are given opportunity to do so...

in the quest for justice we have believed we must fight : and so the battle lines were drawn. what if we reinvent the fight and create the call for compassion. there is so much angst among our race, and it is a very easy thing to get swallowed up by it all : but there is also, in every moment, the option of using our (very) big brains to create (think) a good outcome if we will. when we find ourselves faced with obstacles, challenges and everyday woes, we (also) have the option of looking at them in a way that will create hope within us for the best possible outcome - no matter what.

there is great comfort in the old adage : if god brings you to it, god will bring you through it ... regardless of your particular choice of word for the creative energy that is the creator, or source. if we choose, we may bring about healing : for ourselves, and for our world; but we must choose. 

this is not (necessarily) about fooling ourselves. this is about bettering our world, one person's viewpoint at a time. there are millions of examples, but to bring perspective is a wholly personal choice ... no matter what.

acknowledgement is a master tool in the arsenal : to look upon the world with our heads hung and reinforce our angst to everyone we communicate with brings more and more angst, and therefore, more and more fear. we believe what we tell ourselves : to see the world in a way that allows ourselves and all others to see beauty will serve a number of purposes : it magically, automatically has the indelible power to transform any situation or occurrence to make us (ourselves) feel better, and when we feel better, we are able to see our way forward : how we talk with ourselves and with others tells our truth about how we see the world, and our perception of how it is all showing up. the very good news is that we ourselves are the master craftsmen of our view.

we are powerful : never let anyone tell you differently. we are at any moment able to change our minds, our hearts and our way of being in the world, with only a thought to do so. should we think the thoughts of good, set our intention to notice and forward good, and always be present to the good we are (constantly) given opportunity to share, we may, one smile at a time, change the world. 

should we stand up to our fears and awaken every day and say (claim) :

'i live, share, and partake in an abundant, loving universe!' 

'i am able to express goodwill to each and every being i meet!' 

'i am a blessed, grateful soul!'

'i see and celebrate beauty all around me!'

'children are beautiful and important!'

'i am the change i wish to see in the world!' 

our day begins with goodwill, hope and celebration. we were given free will : let us will ourselves good, and therefore create better, within ourselves and within our world.

we can, if we will.

namaste to you this day, you peace-loving, compassionate, good person, sweetheart, you ... here's a smile to get you started: