Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Cardinal

There is a cardinal that often visits our backyard. 

These visits are nothing out of the ordinary. Plenty of birds visit the dense tree population of our neighborhood. Yet, the male cardinal, with its striking red coloring stands out in the summer landscape of deep greens and browns and the stark winter pallet of gray. 
Of all there is to see, my eye is immediately directed to him wherever he is perched. There is no denying his presence.
I continue to affirm that my inner vision sees spiritual truth in the same way. This truth teaches and reminds us that all is well, all the time. Regardless of the conditions around me, I long to develop the immediacy of seeing this in whatever landscape of earthly circumstance I view.
Imagine such a developed sense of consciousness!
Imagine having a filter within our mind that lasers past the illusion and sees only wholeness.
No matter what the outer picture of the world may appear to be, we immediately see solution.  
No matter what the information broadcasted, we see the undeniable presence of the Divine. 
No matter what level of darkness befalls us, we see the undeniable flicker of light.
Divine order - the ever constant energy of love is always right in the midst of it all.  Truth is noble and vibrant in its energy  like the coloring and disposition of the cardinal.  

It becomes our spiritual practice to 'see' it always in all ways.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Shout It Out

Today, I know that everything that has transpired in my life has brought me to this moment of awareness.

As I become aware of the now - the fact that I am breathing, that there is food in my belly, a roof over my head and clothes on my back, I can see that I have more in my life than a great deal of our world’s population.

I am aware that I am free to think, act and choose regarding my education, my political and sociological beliefs, to worship in what ever way speaks to my brand of spirituality. And more and more I am aware of the freedom to love whom I love without degradation or shame.



I have indoor plumbing, a hot shower, a computer to communicate and people that I can talk with openly and freely about my feelings without being jailed for oppositional opinions.

I am blessed in so many regards.

And everything in my life, what I label as pain and loss or joy and winning, has carried me here on the wings of life’s experience.

It is of no benefit to look back and mourn over what didn’t happen. We simply give thanks for the now.

As we raise our hands and hearts to the sky, we shout, “thank you life, thank you life, thank you life - for everything!”

In the energy of acknowledgement and receptivity, the Universe boomerangs back more of the high quality gifts that are already around us.

Will you shout out your gratitude today?

Friday, July 11, 2014

You Are Not Broken and Neither Is The World

Man does not exist for the purpose of making an impression upon his environment. He does exist to express himself in and through his environment. There is a great difference.  - Ernest Holmes

How many of us were raised to believe that we must leave some sort of legacy, a lasting impression upon the world?  I believe many of us were and we still, in large degree, believe that.  But when you go beneath that belief you might see that an intention to leave an impression could carry with it an idea that the world is lacking something.  "Duh," some of you might say with eyes rolled, "of course it's lacking."

But how do you reconcile a damaged and diminished world view with the professed spiritual tenet that everything is made in the image and likeness of God?


One of the greatest mental turn arounds for any metaphysician is coming to a deeply rooted awareness that the world does not need to be fixed.  Holmes goes on to write, It is quite a burden lifted when we realize that we do not have to move the world - it is going to move anyway.

What is being asked of us is to see the world through the lens of wholeness.  We are not here to save anyone or anything, although that is an appealing idea to the ego. We are to continually advance in a personal awareness and idea of the Creative Divine Source as all, in all, through all. 

Whatever earthly malady might appear before us, we must view it and even enter into that situation from a place of already existing solution, knowing there is never an absence of wholeness. We do not fight against - we move through the illusion of separation.

Seeing the world as whole is seeing the world from the realm of the Absolute.  The Absolute equals the infallible, changeless, birthless, deathless Truth that the world is a creation of Divine Intelligence.
Seeing the world as broken and in need of repair is seeing the world from the realm of the Relative.  The Relative is equal to facts, statistics, trends and numbers which are products of the human mind and personal perception.  They have a shelf-life and are constantly changing in relevance.

You are not broken and neither is the world. You are enough.  You are whole. The world is whole. There is nothing to prove.  Knowing this at your most fundamental core, you may now show up in the world bringing your wholeness to the world's wholeness.  Wholeness meeting wholeness equals greater degrees of a thriving creation of infinite life. 

If I feel called to the shores of Somalia to assist or to mediate in domestic violence or help clear the debris of a storm ravaged community, the Absolute demands of me to see it all as an opportunity to love more, share more, be more of my wholeness in that situation, not with any sort of Savior complex but as one willing to bring a quiet sanity to a seeming insane situation.

Holmes opening quote reminds us of the distinction between showing up and doing and showing up and being followed by doing.  In either case you show up but the effectiveness of being rooted in your truth first followed by doing sustains and permits the already existing solutions to find the light of day while simply diving in to fix something perpetuates the brokenness. 

Free yourself from the belief that you must leave some legacy. The greatest accomplishment any of us can achieve is personal awareness.  From this awareness of self, we learn how to see the perfection in every molecule of existence.  This is the mastery we are destined for.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Life Is Always Fair

People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.  ~  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our relationship with our world is the overriding template for our relationship with everything.

A bold statement, yes, but when you earnestly combine the infallible workings of spiritual law to the way each of us operates in life, then you can see the truth in Emerson’s words.

The most powerful thing any of us can ever remember and then apply is the fact that it is never about anything or anyone ‘out there.’

Our experience, attitude and circumstance is not created from what anyone did or did not do. The mental and physical framework of our being is solely constructed from our thoughts about all of that. If you only grasp one thing in this lifetime let it be that.

It may appear maddening at times to own such responsibility for the quality of your life experience, particularly when our cultural landscape makes it so easy to be divisive, accusatory and blame oriented but that kind of mass conscious thinking will only breed more animosity and pain.
If freedom and joy are the attributes you crave, then always remember that life becomes how you see it.

Life is always fair. It delivers to me everything that is in harmony with my thoughts.

Affirm the following;  Today I choose to see how my life offers me one beautiful opportunity after another. Everywhere I turn someone is eager to help me along my path. I, likewise, reach out and help others. This world is my loving family and I allow myself to receive that love. And so it is.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

A Horse of a Different Color

The inhabitants of Troy tyrannized the ancient Greeks for many years.  

Fueled by an undeniable demand for independence,  the Greeks staged an elaborate plan to win back their  freedom.  Many of them appeared to flee by sea, leaving  behind a monument - a wooden horse of enormous proportion. 

Amused by the Greeks decision to run away, the soldiers of Troy boastfully claimed the horse as a victory trophy and, by trolley and rope, wheeled it into their cities heavily guarded compound.  During the night, those who had appeared to  leave by sea returned to a strategic spot near the gates of  Troy.  The interior within the horse had been hollowed out and filled with the Greeks finest soldiers.  
         
These hidden soldiers exited out of the horse, opened the gates for their waiting comrades and defeated the surprised sleeping citizens of Troy thus ending their long era of oppression.

We all have had our share of oppression. The quality of our lives has been marginalized by giving our power and authority away to people and circumstances for no other reason than the fact we forgot who we were. Reawakening to our true God-like nature leads us to address this oppression consciously and to take back our power. 

We all have a Trojan Horse within our mind that is filled with the highest and best qualities of our being.  It already sits among all our forgetfulness. All we have to do is open it, letting all the 'soldiers of our authentic truth' out in order to reclaim ourselves and live in freedom.

We can be dominated by our stories of less than and the world's seeming injustice, or we can unleash the truths that lie in wait within us. 

Recognize that within you there is a pure, powerful and unviolated being that only needs your cooperation to breathe again.

Open up your mental Trojan Horse and reclaim what is yours.


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Walk Into The Cave


You must walk into the cave unreluctant

And as you enter, your eyes momentarily entertain the vapid darkness, yet it is your heart that will see.  It is your heart that will beat with signals of illumination, shedding light for your yet-to-be steps.
 
You must walk into the cave unreluctant

And at first you doubt your ability to navigate the jagged twists and unknown turns that await.  Still, by the simple act of entering, your instincts reawaken and you are welcomed home to the ancient wisdom nestled patiently within your own mind.

You must walk into the cave unreluctant

And for those beginning moments you feel tense and fearful about the unknown losses awaiting you in this mystery. Do you turn around and go back to what is familiar or do you challenge that fearful impulse and align with the inward will that cannot cease its calling?

You must walk into the cave unreluctant

And in those beginning steps you revisit all of the life-long evidence you’ve built against yourself as to why you cannot succeed. But the deeper you travel into the cave the further removed those stories become.  A new story is established with each soldiering step and it reads of how you are far more capable than you’ve ever given yourself credit to be.


You must walk into the cave unreluctant

If for no other reason than the fact that you don’t want to.

You must walk into the resistance. You must walk into the discomfort.
You must lean into the darkness, the doubt, the mystery for this is where you come to find that the true realization of infinite life can never be realized in the communes of conformity where the asleep take shelter.

Real infinite life – your resurrection, only happens when you walk into the cave unreluctant.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Problems



You run
and in your running you feel a temporary assurance that all this fear
will stay locked in some distant room
whose door you never have to open.

You fight
and in your fighting you feel that if you can just be louder,
stronger, more long-standing in your aggression that the
possibility of something or someone defeating you can be delayed.

You stay
and in your staying you uncover an internal creative power that has waited in anticipation for your recognition.

You are reminded that fear will travel with you regardless how far you run.
You are reminded that in your resistance and fighting, you only enlarge the force you choose to battle.
In your staying you bravely let go the crippling pattern of fearful avoidance and blaming others.
You dissolve the belief that anything outside may harm or diminish you.

And now you are clear;
Fear is a choice.
There is no us and them.
There is no problem. There is only our perception of the world waiting to be changed.

~ David Ault