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The Demons of Denial and Despair


Darkness“Hello Darkness, my old friend.  I’ve come to talk with you again.  Because a vision softly creeping, Left its seeds while I was sleeping.  And the vision, that was planted in my brain, Still remains, within the Sound of Silence.”

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.

DespairDenial 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.Wolves

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.”

Brilliant_SunriseTake 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 Ying_Yang_2importantly, 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.

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The Seed Whence Blossoms Human Morality


ShakespeareIn 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 Wisdom_Mark_Twainlargest 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.

Sunrise_Above_CloudsThe 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.

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The Spark that Ignites Humanity


Rays_of_LightAs a human race, collectively humanity, we have diligently worked to dissect the world around us; to discover the secrets of the human body, to explain the universe; to attempt to understand all that “is”.  Yet, we continuously overlook the most empirical and critical aspect of our very existence.  We avoid researching and discovering our spirit and soul.

Atheists relentlessly strive to disprove something they say does not exist.  I say, that approach perfectly illustrates the definition of “Insanity”, much like Cognitive Dissonance.  Isn’t it so much more logical and sane to expend energy working to prove something does exist?  Positive communication is always the surest confirmation of the transference of thought and ideas, yes?  And by the very nature and definition of the scientific method, it is impossible to prove the non-existence of anything; for to accomplish that feat requires tangible facts.

“As involuntary reactions like breathing, pupil dilation, sneezing, and yes, even our heartbeat, occur without thought or conscious stimulus, compassion is likewise more a verb than a noun.”

Compassion involves caring, knowing, feeling and empathy.  It is a direct result of the way each of us are “wired” as unique and The-Eye-of-God-Nebulaindividual human beings.  Profoundly, however, it is a symptom and not the cause.  Anyone who is skilled in RCA (Root Cause Analysis) troubleshooting and thought process has been taught how to appropriately, get to the root of a cause/effect relationship.

Such is the case with compassion.  But just what exactly is at the root of compassion; what makes it a symptom?

As a campfire requires an ignition source, so must compassion be preceded by some spark to ignite it.  We see, hear and feel compassion all around us on a regular basis, so much so perhaps, that we have become somewhat desensitized to the reality of its existence.

A mother comforting a crying newborn infant; a little boy helping his friend up after having fallen off his bike; a father consoling his daughter after having her heart broken by her first boyfriend; a homeowner shoveling the snow from his elderly neighbor’s driveway after a snowstorm.  Yes, compassion is all around us, if only we take the time to recognize and appreciate it, along with the people that live compassionate lives.

Fireman_CompassionWhat spark then, undeniably dwelling inside each of us, ignites these acts of compassion?  Some call it heart, some conscience, others simply refer to it as caring, and still many more recognize it as the direct result of spirit, soul and faith.  Most definitely, compassion is in and of itself, invisible and intangible; yet the impact and outcomes of its presence are astonishingly and incredibly observable.  They are in fact, Real.

As a people, or perhaps better phrased, as a people lacking faith, we become agitated, frightened, anxious and insecure when we cannot explain things that occur in our world.  As testimony, some of the most calm, self-assured, peaceful, optimistic and happy people I know are people of deep, deep faith, regardless of their financial or occupational “well-being”.  Conversely, people of violence, anger and hatred clearly emanate a decided absence of faith in their lives.

For this author, this is clearly a cause/effect scenario and relationship.  Make no mistake, God dwells inside each of us, Sunset background25however, is equally dormant and superficially unrecognizable, unless deliberately and consciously , invited to participate, influence and direct our lives.

If you seek to be happy, to possess a sense of purpose about your life, to pursue a peaceful, content and significant existence, then without question, you must welcome, nurture and practice living in faith.  What comes along for the ride is humility, inner peace, moral conviction, and oh yes, Love.  Be well today and experience the compassion of a person that walks in faith; and you will never walk alone for the remainder of your (eternal) life.

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Letting the Light In – Achieving Personal Harmony


beautiful_forest_scenery-wallpaper-1366x768If 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 love-lifethoughts 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.”

Ying_Yang_2Faith 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.

A Sensory Encounter with my Book


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Miracle within my Soul

 

The Context of eternity

Why?

“You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’  But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’”
George Bernard Shaw

At face value, obsessing about death can be depressing and difficult to contemplate.  Due to our collective ignorance about the definition of life beyond what we know as human beings, we have been conditioned to view death exclusively as an event with no curtain call and a very, very final conclusion.

We have been taught that death is something associated with negativity and painful emotions, primarily as a direct result of focusing on our own sense of self and our needs as human beings.  True enlightenment and one of the secrets to an unwavering faith as well as a belief in salvation is a core mindset that focuses on others, their needs and how each of us can play a part in those lives, not only giving of ourselves, but profoundly, in learning about ourselves.

Unsurprisingly, humans are overwhelmed with their physical senses that condition the mind to be self-centered, and this is fairly understandable, given the minimal and limited knowledge we as human beings have about the ‘bigger picture.’

Taking a different perspective, however and peering deeper into the entire thought process and scenario can provide much needed clarity and motivation.

Once a person is past the point of acknowledging their own mortality and physical boundaries; that is precisely the point where the conversation you have with that person in the mirror, begins to get serious and real about your faith, your spirit and soul, about your fundamental purpose in life;  more importantly, about your eternal life.

Surely, it is the thought of the certainty of that mortality, an inability to change it, and the anxious realization about its inescapable arrival as well as the frustration about not knowing when it will occur, that leads most individuals toward an emphasis on the what and how of everyday life and away from any ongoing or serious contemplation of the realm of eternity.

Prodigiously, my thoughts are then followed by a sensation consumed with fear of the unknown.  And typically at that point of my synapse playing ‘connect the dots’, my deep dive into metaphysics is typically extinguished.

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Be well….

Michael

 

Learning to See with your Heart and Feel with your Soul


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Jason Alexander

George Costanza of Seinfeld (Jason Alexander) had an epiphany in one episode where he brilliantly realized that everything in his life would be made right if he simply did the “opposite” of what his initial thoughts were.

Subsequently instead of answering “no” to someone’s question, he would answer in the affirmative; instead of deciding not to go somewhere, he would choose the opposite, and go.  And although that was merely a story line and fiction, it is conceptually thought-provoking and intriguing.

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Sandy Hook Cemetery

In a few, critical aspects of our lives, George can be that role model for us.  In the most profound way, it applies to how we perceive our world.  Specifically, when we observe events, people and situations, when bad things occur, many times, our initial reaction and thoughts gravitate toward “why is the world so full of apathy, hatred and violence?”.

Case in point, the Sandy Hook Elementary School Tragedy, where an autistic young man with a personality disorder, used his mother’s unsecured firearms to take the lives of 20 children and 6 adults prior to ultimately ending his own.

In Truth, these conditions indeed exist, however, on the surface, not as the result of the Catholicpresence of emotions and actions, but rather, as the direct result of the absence of God and His spirit.  And so it is with many situations in life, i.e., domestic violence, divorce, abusive relationships, juvenile crime, civil unrest, bullying, etc.  Taking that unconventional “out of the box” approach, many of the scourges of life, society and culture can be considered the outcome of an absence rather than a presence of factors.

The invitation and presence of God in our lives manifests itself in the form of human beings with self-esteem and respect, humility, faith, love, positive attitude and sound family and friend support systems.

In reference to a previous post on this site, Seeing is really not believing, but rather, Believing causes us to See in an unique manner.  In many respects, we have it backwards from a cause and effect perspective.  We have effectively pushed God out of our schools, government and public places and then in the same thought sequence or breath, fail to comprehend why violence, hatred, crime and immorality are increasing at alarming rates in our society.  It is as if we have become blinded by the negative to such a degree we have voided any room in our minds to hold the positive, the religious, the just and the spiritual.

We have likewise traded worshiping God for the false gods of entertainment, flesh, technology, science and mind-altering substances.  Collectively, these addictions consume our being, slowly forcing out the one true and real God.  And we have no one to blame but ourselves.

I’ve always considered myself to be a sincere, positive and genuine person, so it is easy for me to make that cognitive and theological leap toward believing in God and that we truly see with our hearts and feel with our souls.  Our heart and soul is our GPS guidance and navigation system to life and living, and people that have reached and accepted that conclusion are the happiest and most peaceful and content people I have ever met or interacted with during my lifetime.

In closing this thought, our challenge is to humbly acknowledge that our lives are meaningless without God in them, to guide, console, spiritually nurture, learn, grow as human beings and most importantly, Love.  Love is the ultimate energy force in the universe.  Nothing less will be acceptable if we are to be successful in slowing down and eventually reversing the alarming, dangerous and devastating trends in our existence.

“We live by faith, not by sight.” -2 Corinthians 5:7

God bless us all.  Be well.

To Believe is to See


Believing_Is_SeeingContrary to the old axiom, “Seeing is Believing”, truth, reality and wisdom indicate otherwise.  If you take the time to really think about it, you will discover that what you see is truly dependent upon what you believe.  To reference another legendary quote, “Beauty is in the Eyes of the Beholder”; meaning, each person perceives (or sees) beauty in their own unique way.

And so it is with how we perceive the world around us.  What each of us considers beauty, or happiness, perhaps even evil, resonates from our souls and is inextricably connected to our core beliefs and values of good, bad, right, wrong; and oh yes, God.Child_Smiling

Two people can witness the same event and come away with completely opposite impressions of what occurred.  A football game, an auto accident, an interaction between two people, a sunset, trees swaying in the wind, a child’s smile.  And although all of our senses contribute to our images and memories in our lives, it is singularly our sight that influences us most.

Crimson_sunsetThe colors of the rainbow, rosy red cheeks in winter, a crimson horizon emblazoned with a fiery ball, that eerily cast shadow of a building, the tears of a crying child, the sadness of a broken heart.  Each scenario generates images in your mind; images that are influenced by each of our pasts, experiences and memories.

When I see… An old aluminum fishing boat, the visions in my mind immediately crystalize of daysMirro_Deep_Fisherman spent fishing with my dad, enjoying the peaceful sunrise on the water, sharing a sandwich, exchanging ideas; and loving every second of our time together.

When I see… An American Flag, emotions of sacrifice, pain, and immense gratitude fill my heart, because I know that tens of thousands of patriotic and brave soldiers fought for my right to be free, to live where I wish, to travel where I desire, to write of my thoughts.

When I see… an elderly person walking slowly, with a slight hitch in their gait, yet a Agnes_Cerkaspeaceful smile on their face, thoughts of kindness and helpfulness, perseverance, family and humility enter my mind, for I can see a life spent serving others and caring for themselves last.  Most assuredly I see an image of my mom.

So you see, it all originates within your heart and soul.  Your essence, your spiritual DNA as I like to call it, determines what you truly see in the world that surrounds, yet includes and depends on you.  Truly, each of us chooses what we see as we open our eyes.  We see with our heart and our soul, we create the image and memory of our focus, we relate our experiences in life to everything our eyes enable us to perceive.

The Truth of the matter is that we create our lives with every tick of the clock, beat of the heart and belief in our soul.  If we genuinely desire a better world for us and for our children, let it begin with positive thoughts of gratitude, humility, generosity, peace, reverence and respect.

WhiteDoveI have a vision not only of my past, and not only for my future, but a vision of the world that Can be what I desire it to be.  And the most profound realization of all is that I can most assuredly create that future world, by seeing what I believe, by projecting my positivity to individuals when we interact, to my family on a daily basis and to the world when they read my words expressing my thoughts and ideas.

Do you See what I mean?

 

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Transforming your thoughts into words not only preserves them in time, it also serves as an opportunity to review them to determine if they genuinely reflect your true sense or need to be changed.  Reflection is a powerful concept that produces great results by considering multiple perspectives of our thoughts.  Additionally, it is liberating to know we can change our lives and the world around us by changing our thoughts and perspectives.

How cool is that!?

Watch your thoughts, for they become words.

Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.

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