Monthly Archives: November 2013
As I reflect today upon my life (as I do daily), I can’t help but become overwhelmed, to the point of tears, with the amazing journey my life has taken, the multitude of paths I have walked; some pleasant and some otherwise. And the simply astonishing events, dare I say miracles, I have personally witnessed; miracles experienced by myself and upon others in my closest circles.
The collective synergy that these emotions of a lifetime have fused in my mind remains unsurpassed and most notably, unquestionable with regard to the authenticity and incomprehensible Power that I have created by faith.
As I’m sure you will attest, each of us are born with the power to think, analyze and critically, choose what to believe. The free will I speak of is not a result of some biological mutation, physical evolution or chemical reaction. Inexplicable by science, this innate ability to exercise our senses and minds and consequently integrate the data into thoughts, beliefs and memories, can only exist as a result of a deliberate plan or design. Indeed, none of us are here by accident… Not a single one of us.
I’ve seen and experienced awe-inspiring behavior by others, words of sacrifice, events beyond coincidence and yes, seemingly impossible outcomes that have unfolded into reality as naturally as a handful of sand blows into the wind and returns to its individually existing millions of granules of silica in a matter of seconds, transparently assimilating back into the environment from which it came forth. Effortless, magnificent and incredibly profound situations revealed by our sight, sound and mind, created without human intervention or prompting, yet relevantly impacting my life.
My point here is that I believe I am quite qualified to speak of my life in this fashion as you would equally be qualified to speak about yours; the clarity and certainty of the events; especially how, when and why they occurred.
This awareness of reality, at least the reality we are allowed to experience and understand, leads me directly to the conclusion that nothing in our lives occur by coincidence or as a result of some random experiential life generator.
“Each and every moment of our mortal lives occurs by design, within a plan and with specific outcomes for which we are to ponder the significance… and most profoundly, as a direct result of our free will to think, do and act as we choose.”
If one wholly acknowledges and accepts this tremendous, yet simple hypothesis, the resulting, inevitable and extraordinarily liberating Power that is created and realized by faith becomes confounding to our sense of logic as human beings. Oh, but how so real it is.
I can only offer to you how stimulating, inspiring and emotionally charged it is to witness life in this active mindset or frame of reference. My being and aura has always been deeply grounded in an unshakable, solid foundation of faith. And with this liberating sense of free will, most certainly, comes an equal amount of responsibility to exercise it with the utmost caution, integrity, compassion and sense of gratitude. To truly and genuinely experience a full life is akin to holding that “Tiger by the Tail”.
The immense energy we create by our minds, when based in a framework of morality, fairness, goodness and compassion, is indeed noble, significant and eternal. I am free to be me, and so it is my wish for you to experience an equally exhilarating sense of peace, joy and gratitude to be free, as you define it; but choose wisely, my friend. Be well.
- The Meaning of Life – How Much Are We Humanly Capable of Understanding? (robrieke.wordpress.com)
- What’s the Belief of Your Mind? (mindbehindtheface.wordpress.com)
- Daily Message… (truthlovepeace.net)
- Living In The Shadows – No More (cerkas.wordpress.com)
- Life’s SOS – Significance of Suffering (cerkas.wordpress.com)
There are few words that evoke crystal clear clarity in visual terms like the image that is created in my head by the word “Compassion”. I see with my mind and feel with my heart; the emotion of caring when I contemplate the meaning of compassion. For me, compassion captures the essence of what we (including myself) are about. Specifically, what we value, what we cherish and what we strive to achieve in the course of living our lives.
Throughout my life, I have been gifted with the ability to join and leverage my senses to create imagery that has enabled me to generate incredible focus in all areas of my existence toward the Greater Good. And subsequently, to be able to transform and apply that focus into actionable, observable and achievable outcomes and results. I know its kind of like a logical and nerdy affliction, however, it is who I am. To the point, I KNOW who I am. By fully embracing that essence of my being, self awareness is very tangible, evident and easy to assimilate into reality.
So what exactly is compassion, you ask? Indeed, it is a burning desire to create outcomes that help people, redeem their noble and innocently directed energy and create synergies to advance good in the world; while overcoming evil, hate, sinister behavior and malcontents. It is the warmth of the support offered by friends and family; the protective shield against harm; the eternal guard against negativity and destruction. It is optimism, humility, kindness and yielding. It is constant, powerful and selfless duty.
“It is no coincidence that at the heart of the word compassion, lies compass. And what is a compass?; if not a guiding light and beacon that directs us to, and identifies “the way” of goodness, kindness, civility and moral abundance.”
Each of us truly knows, deep down inside our hearts, what is Right, conversely, what is Wrong, and what things prevent us from creating the reality of our compassion. We must seek the quiet shores of our mortal oceans, listen to the voices manifested as the whispers of the wind in our minds and commit to adjusting our sails and rudders to point in the direction that our Moral Compass leads us to follow. But it takes true courage, conviction and intent. It requires purposeful thought accompanied by deliberate action.
Likewise, Personal Harmony occurs when our thoughts, intents and actions correlate and support our essence as human beings and gifted spirits. When achieved, personal harmony in our lives reverberate outward as a surreal symphony of accord and fellowship. This frequency-based harmony in turn, causes others to take notice and encourages them to similarly seek their inner peace and reason for being.
And the most effective approach to discovering your compassion is to focus on others, precisely their needs and their footprints in the world. What is life, if not a living classroom, led by our Teacher, an environment where He teaches and we learn the important aspects and nuances of our being. Let others’ challenges, victories and failures be that magnet that drives the “True North” of our moral compass. And let it point the way for us in our journey; in your journey in this life.
“Compassion for People, Passion for Writing, Living my Conscience.” Be well.
Only YOU can truly Change the World…
- Haiti Surgical Mission – Up Close and Personal (cerkas.wordpress.com)
- Megan Guyton- Compassion is Key (facets2013blogb.wordpress.com)
- Setting the Moral Compass a Look at the Human Soul – Special Series: # 003 (christon74.wordpress.com)
- Leading With A Moral Compass (reasonoftheheart.wordpress.com)
- The fall comes from living (bodyremember.com)
- Without God, what’s the point!? (thelivingmessage.com)
- Compassion (sandystrachan.wordpress.com)
- Letting the Light In – Achieving Personal Harmony (cerkas.wordpress.com)
- Making Sense of the World – Shine Your Light (cerkas.wordpress.com)
As darkness is truly and simply the absence of light, it follows that the evidence of light is revealed in the shadow(s) it creates upon its presence, when set with a background. In much the same way of thinking, the evidence of God is revealed in the behaviors of others upon His presence, with the world as a backdrop. As with light and God, it is difficult to view both directly as they are piercingly brilliant and vanquish all darkness around them.
Many individuals find comfort in being the shadow, believing in their hearts that their efforts are noble, and hence, their salvation secure. As with any and most conventions, however, the genuine truth lies somewhere beneath the surface and beyond the image. Artificial light is precisely that; not real and only reflective of true light.
“What, then, is true light? It begins with pure intent and robust knowledge, and is complemented with action.”
It is a fervent desire to learn as much as possible about God, the Trinity, and perhaps most practical, how to apply that knowledge to everyday life. Amazingly, it is the resulting change in us as human beings, once affected by God’s love. Bottom line, it is the ability to positively impact those around us by sharing our thoughts, words, lives and actions (key word; action).
I’d like to profoundly modify the historic quote by Lao Tzu from “To Know and Not Do is to Not Know”, to “To Know God and Not Do is to Not Know God”. As spiritual beings, we are compelled by our heritage to “Do” the work of God and not simply know about it. To Do God’s work inherently enlightens us as Christians and positively impacts those around us with whom we have contact and interaction.
Importantly, there is a distinct and meaningful difference between being the shadow and being the light. If we were made to live and walk in God’s image, then it is incumbent upon us to strive to become the light and not be content to be merely the shadow.
The Light is warmth, peace, illumination, clarity, awareness, calm, joy, beauty and confirmation. Most of all, it is Love. It is the presence of all that is good and righteous. Be the Light, become eternal and dare I say, become Inspired!