Equally, when we speak of life and living, the same logic is present as each of our lives means something uniquely special, to a person.
Too often, we hastily conclude life and living is defined by a heartbeat. I offer to you that your heartbeat is but an inconsequential symptom of living and often distracts us from being able to truly comprehend the essence of living and all that it entails and consumes.
Collectively, my life and your life reflect a mosaic of sensory experiences, yet the intrinsic nature of life and living is only realized at the high end of the spectrum of our senses and is succinctly and accurately defined as a plurality.
Imagine, for this moment, if the totality of your life was channeled through only one sense. If you could only see the world without the benefit or complement of your other senses; would you still be living?
Or, how about only being able to hear the world around you, would you contend you are still living?
Does being able to singularly touch and feel your world equate to living?
Incredibly, the answer to all these questions is “no”. To my point, living is a symphony, comprised of each of our sensory input channels. And not surprisingly, when one or more of those channels are “turned off” or unavailable for reception, input and translation, the remaining or available channels are bombarded with their own “traffic”, resulting in an ultra sensitivity to that channel.
As an athlete balances and consumes input from all available senses or channels, the result is greater than the sum of the parts and is a true synergy. Our imagination is similarly synergistic in nature as we leverage every fragment of thought and memory to create new thoughts and memories.
“In our spiritual universe, it is also most logical, then, to conclude that our faith or our soul is the catalyst that creates or enables genuine living to occur. Faith is that invisible, yet undeniably present sense which processes all of our physical sensory information like a computer, effectively and involuntarily creating your life, whether you realize it or not.”
“What I am looking for is not out there, it is in me.” – Helen Keller
Let us all hope to create a life that is abundantly rich in our senses, yet wholly founded and driven by our heart, soul and faith. And in legendary fashion, live that life All Night Long. In truth, our sunset magically transforms into our sunrise, making us eternal beings. Be well.
When a bullet is fired from a gun, its trajectory is determined primarily by the skill and aim of the person shooting it, and a bit less by the physics and mechanics of the firearm, i.e., inertia, wind, grains in the slug, caliber of the firearm, etc. Consequently, the degree of success that is realized by the bullet as it hits its intended target is one of repetition, focus and technique.
The same logic applies to our lives. In finance, we regularly review our investments and insurance to determine if we are “on target”, realizing expected benefits and whether any changes are necessary. In our homes, we regularly review the condition and level of maintenance required to maintain the foundation, exterior and related surroundings. In our jobs, we regularly review our level of satisfaction and accomplishment, along with our compensation.
Collectively, in most aspects of our physical lives, we recognize, value and act upon the need to regularly assess various aspects of it; all with the end-game of leveraging our success, objectives and “happiness”.
In the larger mosaic of our spiritual and eternal lives, which, by the way, are astronomically greater in importance than our physical lives, most of us pay precious little attention and time to the care and feeding of our spirit and soul. Enter reflection.
“Reflection is little more than a feedback mechanism, however, it not only provides valuable information, it stimulates further and deeper analysis and thought, and it sharpens our spiritual focus and technique; and exactly like any physical accomplishment, improves with repetition.”
The proverbial Elephant in the Room, then, is poignantly, “Why do we not spend more time reflecting on our spiritual being?” As essential to our true well-being as an awakened, aware and sensitive soul has proven, it is largely neglected by most people in a chronic fashion. It is in effect, treated like a pair of socks that are stuffed into our dresser drawer and closed, only to be opened when the drawer requires cleaning or in the event we are searching for an item we cannot find.
Reflection, is that Spiritual Selfie that should be as popular and recognizable as the selfie on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. It can be distilled down to core values, priorities, initiative and responsibility. Much like our personality and character are developed in waves or a building block scenario, our souls likewise develop and mature via focus, technique and repetition; the precise outcome of reflection.
Let’s reflect on that for more than a moment, shall we?
Life is complex. Let your inner Light illuminate the world. Choose to be who you are meant to be inside. You are Beautiful! Be well.
One last question…. Who Are You?
Arguably, Denial and Despair are the epitome of darkness. When light evades our thoughts and appears light-years away, denial and despair swoop in to conquer our souls, control our minds and forever shroud our lives in the absence of light; for that is precisely what darkness is defined as, the absence of light.
However, as physics dictates in our physical world, for every Action there is an Equal and Opposite Reaction . This most appropriately applies to Life & Death, Good & Evil, Denial & Acceptance, Despair & Hope.
So, as this hypothesis implies, surely, the mere presence of darkness, all but guarantees the existence of light, if only we open our hearts to its warmth, comfort and enlightenment. Indeed, Light destroys and metaphorically obliterates Darkness.
Regardless of the circumstance, every situation has multiple outcomes as a result of the decisions we consciously and deliberately make as human beings; every second of every minute of every hour, day, week, month and year of our lives.
Denial is the unwillingness to accept the Truth, whether it be our present situation, condition or foreseeable outlook in life. Likewise, Despair, the sister of Denial, saps the heart of self-assurance, comfort and hope. Together, they present a formidable “force”, if you will, that can be difficult to overcome, in the perfect storm. The perfect storm, that is, the world that WE create.
“Faith is the antidote for denial and despair. Faith in the Light, a solution in a sea of transparency adrift amid seemingly hopeless odds; Faith that our lives are worth saving, or better put, that our sacrifices in this life are worthy of eternal redemption.”
As much as each of us indeed creates our own existence and future, to a degree of arguable scope, we are undeniably influenced by others close to us and those that directed our actions, perhaps thoughts, as young children. That said, each of us are ultimately responsible (and accountable) for the lives we choose to create, lead and live.
Without question, overcoming denial and despair takes energy, strength and courage. All three characteristics, however, represent admirable and equally achievable outcomes for everyone. All it takes is spiritual and mental resolve, directing our free will to populate our minds and hearts with positive, healthy and self-fulfilling thoughts.
Bottom line, our lives are mere reflections of our thoughts, tendencies, hopes, fears, behaviors, habits, actions and resilience or will to actualize our spirit and nature. The cup will forever and eternally be both, half empty and half full. It’s simply a matter of to which we afford more energy.An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life… “A fight is going on inside me, he said to the boy. It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. This same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too. The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, Which wolf will win?
The old Cherokee simply replied, The one you feed.”
Take the time, to examine your thoughts on a regular and frequent basis. Contemplate your values, apply them to facing dilemmas and solving problems; live a principled life. If you do that, you will live a life of no regrets and more importantly, better prepare your path and enhance the value of your journey toward the sun, the healing Light of the world, into your unique eternity. Be well.
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.
Without question, our time here on Earth is extremely precious, not to mention equally finite. And if you’ve ever pondered about the hereafter, whether it will be pleasant or “as advertised”; indeed, whether you will even hopefully “be” there, then most assuredly, your present life, physical being and presence is absolutely significant, impactful and relevant.
Admittedly, none of us spend an adequate amount of time reflecting on our earthly lives, much less, our eternal one. Even more ironic is the fact, that in the larger picture of consciousness, faith and salvation, our eternal lives are infinitely more critical (pun intended) than our physical or mortal lives.
Why is it then, that we dedicate so little time to nurturing, evaluating and working toward the improvement of our inevitable future? Daily reflection is a habit I have seriously, deliberately and successfully, expended energy to create in an effort to better prepare for the transformation of my spirit and soul at my moment of death. Yes, I think about death on a very regular basis, yet, not in the morbid or morose sense that most people picture it as a subject.
Death, is as an important an event in our lives as is our birth. Accordingly, it is an equally important event in everyone’s life; yet we have come to jubilantly celebrate birth while we mourn, block out and avoid thinking about death.
The Irish have gotten death correct more than most. If you’ve ever been to an Irish funeral or wake, it is anything but sullen, reserved, sad or quiet. In reality, it is treated in its proper context; death is the passageway to eternity and is truly cause for a Celebration!
As mysterious, unknown and feared as death has become for most of us, it should be preceded by an equally important and meaningful life. How would you respond if someone approached you and posed this question to you; “Is your life a vibrant testimony of your faith and values, or is it an empty ritual of routine daily tasks that only serve your physical and present life?”
“Have you grown and progressed in the refinement of spiritual being or have you simply become a very good Hunter and Gatherer? Indeed, if your soul could speak, would it whisper of eternal life and redemption, or would it boast of xBox, the NFL, Friday Night out with the boys, and weekends at the beach?”
If we are to make it to the next level of existence and spirituality, our present lives must be dominated by the Primal Force of Conscience, a continuous reminder of what is right and what is wrong, conscious and deliberate behaviors and actions that support and align with our core values, and regular evaluation of those behaviors that deviate and/or distract us from our ultimate goal; to live in harmony and more importantly, to live forever.
At the moment of your death, will you be unanimously convicted of being a Christian, living a noble and obedient life, or will your life have been a continuous rerun of “going through the motions” and have become a hung jury? Furthermore, if values, behaviors and memories represent spiritual “currency”, what’s in your wallet?
Look not to your habits, but rather, deep within your heart to live a life full of testimony as you ponder your future in the Empty Sky. Be well.
In all of humanity, there lies a hidden goal, an invisible track up0n which our lives tread. Sometimes lightly, other times ever so hard, we strive to be just, to be fair, to do unto others in a golden fashion.
We spend our youth watching others while learning to be, we emulate the movements and transform into “me”. The essence of life is taught in fleeting moments, its lessons branded in our souls for an eternal tomorrow. Many of us “get it” quickly and habits are formed that direct our conscious thoughts as breathing. We think, we act and we react in a programmed sense of reality, at times forgetting about the foundation of our thoughts.
As adults we remember the lessons, the good times and bad, while wondering what it means to “be”. The largest crime, being we forget that our lives haven’t yet been lived and indeed it is our own volition that will paint and resonate our unique presence to the rest of the world; and ourselves.
When maturity comes home to roost, the world indeed; a different shade and color casts upon us. We forget many of life’s details, however, the morality of our being and purpose crystalize into a focus so intense it is nearly impossible to avoid. The way of the world is now child’s play, yet no other besides us can comprehend and understand the melody; or the rhyme.
The circle of life and the rules of the universe needn’t be like mixing oil and water, discrete upon each other, closer than close, yet never to blend. And whence does blossom human morality? It can only be from one source, that which was first, and always will be. Man’s law and God’s law, by intent, should mix together seamlessly, aligned in unison, moving forth in one direction, in harmony.
“In the greater sense of humanity and existence, our collective lives should not be testimony, so much as promise. Indeed, our lives must be the evidence of moral thought, noble deeds and imparted wisdom earned by the time of being and granted by the Divine. Man’s law is but a cheap imitation that mimics God’s law, and by no means whatsoever, could replace it.”
Life is a singular path in search of Salvation. Waste not, want not. Live it with zest, determination, deliberately and compassionately and seek the Truth of all that is seen and unseen. Be well.
One of life’s most powerful teachings conditions each of us to fear death; the concept, the finality, even the word! My truth, however, contradicts this myth, as I perceive death as simply another stage in my development as a Christian, an eternal being and spiritual energy source. Death is but a completely normal and inevitable passage-way and transformational event which occurs admittedly on a very personal level, and serves a specific purpose in the perspective of eternal life and our personal salvation.
As human beings our tendencies influence us in significant ways; to be afraid of the dark, to avoid walking under a ladder, to not allow a black cat to cross your path. Many see these scenarios as superstitions, conditioned behavior or legitimate and potential sources of darkness and evil. Profoundly, just because we may perceive them as real, doesn’t logically result that they represent “Truth”.
It would be completely understandable for the caterpillar to fear it’s fate of becoming a cocoon, yes? However, a closer examination of this now known and demystified event reveals it to be nothing more than a normal process or event in the life-cycle of the caterpillar. One could conjecture that the caterpillar in fact, faces death without reservation, because of the awareness of the transformed life that is created as a result of the process.
Death is but another “rebirth” or transformation of our life energy from one stage/form to the next.
“Death is as a bridge in that its purpose is to connect two worlds, the result of which is to serve as one seamless and uninterrupted journey.”
Without question, death can be viewed as an end in the physical perspective of human life, but arguably, death is so much more than that. Likewise, it can be viewed as simply a doorway to another aspect or phase of existence and consciousness in the purest sense of the word, life.
We, as yet, are unaware of the form our soul assumes after our physical death. If it is, however, anything like the journey of the Caterpillar, aka Monarch Butterfly, with all sincerity, we should not fear its coming and in fact, should welcome its arrival! The only assumption underlying this path of thought is that we strove to live our physical life to our unique potential, in a meaningful, noble, dignified and reverent fashion. Break free of the captive and limited mindset each of us, to varying degrees, have been molded and conditioned to exist within, as boundaries.
Be the caterpillar! Anticipate your transformation (death) and plan to celebrate the occasion of your soul’s metamorphosis into eternal life. Emerge a radiant and beautiful spirit/soul, let your Heart fly toward the sky, be as one with God and rejoice in everything distinctively You! Be well.
Children have long been referred to as the key to our future, and rightly so as they will inherit the world and eventually reside, influence and lead it as adults. From a theological sense, however, there have been many references to the guarantee of a place in heaven, much akin as the key to heaven, being the ability to see and live life through the eyes of a child.
What then, could it possibly mean to see through the eyes of a child? At a minimum, it is the absence of filters, pure honesty and innocence magnified. Moreover, it is authenticity, vulnerability and kindness without compromise, without prejudice nor fear.
The eyes of a child represents a naive, positive and pure observation of reality, absolute and unaltered in semantics and virtue. The eyes of a child observes the world with pure honesty, with unlimited potential, with absolute faith, blamelessness and harmlessness with the totality of purity of thought. Indeed, the eyes of a child sees the world framed in goodwill, truth and possibility.
And so it is quite profound and beautiful when the world is perceived without reproach. True beauty is not only possible, but exclusively witnessed through the eyes of the child. It is vision without disease or destruction. The eyes of child create happiness, truth and singular compassion for others without hesitation or reservation.
Could it be possible to replicate this experience as an adult? Can we learn how to see the world through the eyes of a child? What is preventing us from eliminating the interference and distractions of our world? Can we literally visualize and see the impact and consequence of God without fictitious alteration or contextual embellishment?
It is no wonder we covet childhood as we grow and mature into adulthood. The pure joy of experiencing life without adversity solidifies endless possibility and faith in mankind. It is no wonder that the most profound insight and revelation of life is witnessed exclusively by children. The essence of sinless beauty and proper perspective equates to a visual paradise of thought and consciousness.
Without question it is the journey we must embark upon to guarantee our transformation to eternal salvation. Physical death is only a partial transfiguration of the soul. Without seeing through the eyes of a child we are imprisoned spirits unable to escape our mortality.
The key to heaven rests with our perception of life and whether we choose to do and see the good in others and the world around us. I choose to believe and embrace the possibilities of goodwill and brotherhood as Christmas reminds us to think like a child. Let us remember our beginning in the hope of accepting and creating our future. Pray that we can behave and experience this special season as we did when we were innocent, young and full of joy and hope. Be well.