The world which surrounds us as a mother bear protecting her cubs, has cyclical and seemingly, eternal patterns of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats; all revolving around life and death.
And so it is with each of us. As we grow, learn and experience our environment, including other people, we amass an intellectual, emotional and psychological inventory of memories that together, form our core values, help us set goals and create and manage our expectations of ourselves and the world in which we are immersed.
In testimony to this truth, many of us annually set New Year Resolutions that serve to guide and mold our behaviors throughout the coming year. More than resolutions, they in fact, more closely resemble expectations of the future; expectations of Our future.
As healthy as it is to set and strive to achieve these earthly and mortal expectations, it is likewise, foolhardy to ignore other forces that similarly impact and influence our life on the Rock.
My beliefs include the existence of God, Angels and the Divine nature of coincidence. To be sure, every “Corrective Action” we experience masquerades as a stumble in life. Every chance interaction we encounter with another person serves some fundamental purpose for learning, about ourselves.
Many times, we fail to understand or comprehend the meaning of the encounter until at some point later in our life; when we are finally able to “connect the dots”.
“In perfect alignment with the season of Passover, each of us must resurrect our expectations of ourselves, our behavior, and specifically, our future. Like the Earth, we must revisit our presence in this world, our purpose as spiritual children of God and commit to taking the appropriate actions that will enable and empower us to reach toward the stars in an attempt to align our behavior with our inner spirit, toward the realization of our potential as human beings.”
Most importantly, this focus and disciplined effort does not and will not go unrewarded. To the contrary, any time we search within ourselves for answers in life, we grow, learn, attain wisdom and spiritually mature. In essence, we travel to a dimensional point in our consciousness which is closer to what we are to become, than to what we presently are.
Being is much more difficult than one might perceive at first glance. It requires patience, intent, humility, sacrifice and pureness of heart. Critically, it requires love and forgiveness.
And it yields so much more than that. Always know that the Answers Lie Within yourself; if only we make the effort to seek them out, and equally recognize our role in this world along with the presence of the Supreme Being. Be well.
Viewed individually, various events and occurrences in life appear discrete, independent and ordinary. Yet, when examined at a macro level, join to form a mosaic and fabric of cosmic and supernatural dimension, previously unnoticed, unknown and seemingly hidden as camouflaged fauna in the forest.
Life illustrates interdependence and purpose. It demands and provides perspective; creates balance and alignment; offers insight, understanding and is the precursor to appreciation, knowledge and wisdom. It’s sole purpose is to enable spiritual growth and maturity.
The Seasons of life present cyclic patterns that yield rhythmic frequency, vibration & harmony. These elemental constructs represent the fundamental nature of all matter and energy. Moreover, life offers a synergistic and systemic glimpse into the exceedingly complex and symbiotic environment we call our “world”.
“The seasons of nature are inextricably woven together to create a tapestry of nature that features seamless transitions and repeating patterns. Patterns that tease and delight the senses and awaken and align the soul to the secrets of life.”
All around us, seemingly opposite and mutually exclusive concepts and events in reality, are linked together and truly cannot exist without their counterpart and furthermore, cause their counterpart to likewise exist. It is impossible for Good to exist without Bad, Growth without Dormancy, Warmth without Cold, Beauty without Bland, Young without Old, Light without Darkness, Redemption without Sin and Birth without Death.
Together, these opposing forces compose the world we know and live in. One must truly appreciate the undesirable aspects of life, for without them, the positive and desirable features of our world could simply not exist. Indeed, they are defined by them.
Absent these complementary aspects of life, our world would quiver and shake like an unbalanced tire on a car, disrupting our ride through life, sending it out of control, preventing our focus on anything, resulting in a random, unordered and unintelligent primordial mess.
Oddly, order out of chaos, harmony and balance is achieved because of these choice-creating dichotomies in our world; but only if and when we choose the outcomes that complement the core values that are manifest in our spirits and souls. Profoundly, this is our charge in life, to create or achieve the perfect balance that produces harmony.
I’ve always been enamored with the inner peace that unadulterated nature produces within me as I experience it. A void is created that consumes worries, fears, anger and anxiety as a black hole consumes matter. Time appears to stand still and clarity of purpose presents itself in crystalized purity. Indeed, silence speaks volumes.
The perfect passage for this is illustrated in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
Take the time to consider all the apparent conflicts in your life and make an effort to create a sense of gratitude for them in your heart, for your journey would not be able to realize a fitting conclusion without them. Be well.
Most assuredly, there are times in your life when you and your values have been and will be challenged, questioned and perhaps even attacked. It is precisely those moments, those fleeting instants in eternity, when clarity of purpose and commitment to life bubble up to the crown of your existence, becoming distilled, purified and emblazoned.
Energy levels go through the roof, distractions vaporize into the ether and the thirst for truth is unquenchable. We need to pay attention to these transient moments of awareness, however few they are in our lives, as they represent our essence as human beings, spiritual children and eternal souls.
There are indeed, places and times for light-heartedness, carefree expression and basking in the atmosphere of joy. Indeed, these purposeful times cleanse our hearts, minds and souls, rejuvenating us in repose; and are necessary and healing experiences in our lives.
They only serve, however, to sustain our life, not to defend, honor, proclaim; or fulfill it. Each of us must know we are expressly here for a higher purpose, more than to frolic like sheep in a meadow or soar on the wings of eagles. At its infinitesimal level, life beckons a more solemn tone, albeit woven in the throws of love, faith, goodwill and salvation.
We have a job to do here, and it behooves us as the tools and messengers of this job, to craft our methods, refine our approaches and perform as though our lives depend on it; because they do.
And no time does this become clearer, as a Christian, for me, than at Christmas. My heart becomes filled with compassion, my mind with goodwill of helping whomever I can touch with my melody, my words and my love for humanity.
“I am, literally, driven to tears for I know, deep within my soul, of the stark reality of why we are here, together as a chorus of song, sharing our lives, helping each other to become more like the One we worship.”
As this magnificent celebration approaches, as we subconsciously count down the days, hours and minutes to that cherished event, let us remember, Why it exists, What it means and How it transforms us as Spiritual children.
If you truly seek Peace, then live your life as testimony to that end. If you sincerely Love others, then consciously and deliberately Do and Behave in the manner reflective of love. If you desire Goodness in your heart, then undeniably reach out to others in good Faith. And above all, do these things with compassion for people; without regard to how others perceive your efforts; by overcoming all obstacles and resistance and by simply letting your energy and love flow from your heart as pristine water pours down a waterfall in the forest.
It makes no difference whether anyone witnesses your actions, because it only matters that you know and that should be reason enough to pursue goodness in your life. Remember the lesson that whatever intention is sent out by you, eventually returns back to you. Make it be a noble intention, for your sake. Never stop pursuing to become who you are capable of becoming. Be well.
- Life, Death … Love! (jvoss1225.wordpress.com)
- A Christmas Eve of Love, Joy and Tears (timelessitaly.wordpress.com)
- The Documentaries That Broke Me Open & Made Me Cry (Happy Tears) (theblissfulblog.com)
- To Give & Receive. ~ Melissa Horton (elephantjournal.com)
- My Take On Christmas (tenaciousfollower.wordpress.com)
- Finding the Christ in Christmas (veteranstoday.com)
- Love at Christmas (keithgarrettpoetry.com)
- SHM REFLECTION_The Real Meaning of Christmas. (salvationhouse.wordpress.com)
- Christmas is the Compassion of God (rjowles.wordpress.com)
- eat. pray. love. (thebarrelife.wordpress.com)
If you’re like most people, there have been times in your life when you noticed or had the feeling that something was just not right. Has this happened to you? In truth, all of us at times, struggle with attempting to figure out the source of that uneasiness and become frustrated when we simply can’t place our finger on it.
Scenarios like this occur as a result of a misalignment between our inner core values as human beings and our resulting or reactive behaviors, words and thoughts. Indeed, it may be the classic struggle between good and evil playing out in our lives. Or, it may empirically represent when we fail to live our unique values within our souls.
To be sure, there is nothing wrong with going through these experiences. To the contrary, they serve as indicators to alert us that our thoughts and actions have wandered off the path of our soul and only serve to move us away from who we truly are and who we will become. Worthy of note, the most essential aspect of these moments in life is that we recognize when they occur and acknowledge what they are based upon.
And you know it comes back to faith; it’s presence, influence, acknowledgement and its truth. Society has conditioned and encouraged us to equate having faith to being damaged, to being weak… and that is simply wrong. I ask, how can denying our inner values and feelings be wrong? It is not. In Truth, inner strength is all about leveraging the alignment of values and actions.
The most exhilarating and liberating feeling in the world comes as a result of consciously (and by choice) thinking and acting in alignment and harmony with our soul; the essence of who we are.
“And this balance is not limited to our minds, but extends to include our bodies as well as our physical, emotional and psychological health; it can best be described as a musical instrument being perfectly tuned and playing an epic symphony.”
Faith and prayer reflect our ability to understand, communicate and ultimately like who we see in the mirror each morning as we begin each day anew. Listen to the voices in your mind, accept the goodness of who you are, choose to think and act in support of your spirit, seek Love. Then, and only then, will alignment and harmony exist in your life and consequently produce/create peace, love and joy.
Feel the warmth, relish the peace and experience the harmony of life. Be yourself; Let the Light In; Experience the ultimate symphony.
- Being Religious and Being Spiritual is Different… (joseasanoj.wordpress.com)
- The Journey of Healing (backtowardslight.wordpress.com)
- Beyond Good and Evil – Making the effort to live in harmony (theseekersdungeon.com)
- shadow puppets & soul play (makebelieveboutique.com)
- The soul is either raised or cast down (teachingsofmasters.wordpress.com)
As I contemplate my life today, a visual presented itself to me as an allegory illustrating our tendencies as human beings, along with the defense mechanisms we have created to retain our sanity, focus and understanding of this precious thing we call Life.
I see the epic perceived age of our planet, with strata of sediment that have accumulated as the seasons, years, storms and epochs have weathered the Earth into a resilient mass of life. All the while, doing so quietly, steadfastly, powerfully and yet helplessly and in a seemingly suspended manner when viewed through a divine or universal lens.
I discover the age of a grand Red Pine by counting the rings that emanate from the core of its trunk.
I feel the warmth of life retained in my body as a result of the layers of garments I have chosen to wear to protect my health.
I taste the gratifying and succulent flavor of an onion in the meal I’ve prepared to nourish and maintain my existence as I peel back and off the intelligently designed covers that signify growth, evolution and protection.
I hear the endless scale of sounds ranging from a single shrill call of a hawk, to the melody of the wind as it caresses and envelops the pine trees that adorn the landscape of my yard, to the vibrant and piercing claps of thunder as spring waltzes into season like a ballet dancer, to the unmistakable whir of the chopper blades as they support and carry a critically injured child of God to the trauma center at the local hospital.
I empathize with the anger of the sons, daughters, brothers and sisters as they attempt to rationalize, comprehend and accept the untimely or tragic death of a loved one.
I touch the lives of those around me by my attitude, demeanor, emotions, behavior, words and most importantly, intent.
And in contemplating these facets of existence characteristic of human life, I have come to realize that regardless of the situation or context of the many types of layers each of us encounters and more importantly, creates in our unique and special journeys toward Eternal Life, the common denominator present with every condition is the essence of what lies at the center of it all; our spirit and soul.
Our being and consciousness incomparably defines us to each other and incomprehensibly, to ourselves. This fact alone guarantees and unequivocally demonstrates that life is not an accident, random occurrence or mutation that has evolved from some primordial organism.
Rather, life is not an entity, but a robust and magnificent continuum of energy with no beginning nor end and witnessed simply as it transforms from one state to another, forever in eternity.
Be well today.
- Lessons of Love (1spiricallove.org)
- Capturing Emotion Through the Camouflage of Life (cerkas.wordpress.com)
- Peeling Away the Layers (heartenergetics.wordpress.com)
- A Sensory Encounter with my Book (cerkas.wordpress.com)
- Human Energy Field (thetropicofcapricorn.wordpress.com)
With all the pressures of daily life, the drama, the deadlines, the bills and the uncertainty, it’s all so important to regularly remember and focus upon all that is good in America. The environment that envelopes and holds us captive is, at its core, an unimaginable and breathtaking treasure of peace, solace and beauty.
Take a brief five minutes to remind yourself (again) just how fortunate we are to live in the United States of America.
God Bless America!
Listen to your inner voice as it reminds you how truly lucky you are to be an American.
- Matthew Ward – 7/4/2012 (americankabuki.blogspot.com)