Willing To Go Into The Dark

Truth-Himself-Change-It-To-Reality-Final-Cover-FITAOne thing that has to happen on the spiritual path is to take a journey into the dark to find the light of truth, to discover our precious and true self.  There’s a difference between reality and truth.  Reality is what we imagine life is, truth is what life actually is.  Every time something happens we imagine an interpretation of the event and weave that meaning into the story of our lives.

Example- Marlene tried to reach a hospice patient on the phone.  She called three times in a three hour period but couldn’t reach her.  The patient lived alone so Marlene was concerned that she had died and worried about it for many hours.  But when she finally called the same woman later that evening her patient was fine.

So we can see the facts (truth)- a telephone call was made and there was no answer.  Then we see there is an attempt to interpret why the telephone was not answered.  Attempting to figure out why the telephone was not answered is pure imagination.  Reality is created from imaginings while the Truth is created from simple facts with no interpretation.

6627345_origWhat you know to be the truth about you does not need to be interpreted.   To say I have a heart of service does not mean you a good person. It means you have a heart of service. To say- I love people does not mean you are spiritual- it means you love people.  One is truth and the other is an imagination of meaning.  This could also be reversed.  I was angry, therefore, I am a bad person.  I told a lie, therefore, I am not spiritual.  These are imagined interpretations of an emotional state of experience.

When we take a journey into the dark to find the light of truth…we are attempting to find the thing itself not the stories about it.  So as we take the journey of finding our precious self- we will need to work our way past the interpretations and stories into the true purpose of our lives.  This means that we are going to come to new understandings about what it means to be human.  Everyone has an opinion about what it means to be human.

AAEAAQAAAAAAAANrAAAAJDNmNDEyOTQyLWQyZTUtNDdkYy05MjYxLTM2NjA0MjZmY2IzNwExample- At some point we may have experienced betrayal from a loved one, or at least know someone who spoke of betrayal by their partner, friend, or family member.  Once a betrayal occurs there is a tendency to stop believing in love and instead simply wait for everyone we love to betray us. However, having something happen, even many times, does not make a truth- it does not automatically become THE WAY LIFE IS.  Questions need to be asked, how many times has this happened to us or another, once, twice, three times-  was it truly every time in every relationship?  How many people have we known in our lives- was every one of them involved in a betrayal incident with us?  When looked at logically we can see betrayal is not a truth- it is a perception of reality.

Most of what individuals consider truth is a perception of reality.
A perception is formed when we give meaning to certain events
and hold onto that interpretation when making future decisions.

As we proceed to go into the dark to find the light of truth- there will be some ideas that are universally true and some concepts that are only a perception of reality.  For example there is a perception of reality that women who live in cultures where there are multiple wives have a true space of sisterhood.  Or men in other less civilized cultures always work together to help one another.   Neither of these statements are universally true.  These things may be true sometimes and not true at other times.  There is no place on earth where life is always wonderful.  It is universally true that all beings fear violence and death, and seek to be safe and loved.  But how individuals go about seeking these truths might require lengthy journeys into the dark of imagination and interpretation.

There isn’t anything wrong with having thoughts about our lives.  But life could be less filled with suffering if we learn to separate fact from generalizations and storytelling.  Life can be wonderful when we allow our stories to mean less and our true heart experiences to mean more.

Remember we are deeply entrenched in a belief system about perfection.  Most of us are trained into the idea that there is a certain perfected state which we must attain through struggle and hard work.  But as soon as we begin to measure ourselves against some imagined state of perfection we are creating a mental and emotional hell for ourselves and others.

Going into the dark is finding our way out of illusions
and dreams into what is awake and true. 

The-sacred-lifeWe are sacred and life is sacred because it is, not because of what we believe or think about it.  Everything is a unique expression of Great Spirit’s energy.  Some people say that in order to be sacred we must be able to take action.  But a flower is sacred and it is not taking action- it is only being.  What exists can be considered sacred.  It has life- even a flower has life- it has an indwelling spirit.

What makes humans different from other creatures of the earth is discontent.  When we let go of discontent what happens?  Peace.  Joy.  Freedom.  Love.  Harmony.  Humans are capable of discontent but we are not doomed to discontent.

What thoughts are we going to bring into our awareness?  Can we know our holiness of being?  We can share our holiness of being; which does not require us to do anything except be that energy.  When we come into beingness we have found the Light of Truth.

It is important to learn to center ourselves in truth.  Remember that Truth begins with what we know is precious about ourselves.  We are all well trained into pathways of discontent.  If we find something precious within us what will happen if we don’t express it all the time?

We are discontent with ourselves.  When I am full of peace then I am sacred.  When I am full of joy I am sacred.  When I am serving other, when I have a willing heart, when I am offering my gifts…then I am sacred. The rest of the time I am profane, confused, angry, hurt, and unhappy.

unborn_babyWhat if we just are sacred without doing anything?  To rest in each day is important because it is only by going into a place of non-action…into the dark… that we can truly appreciate and find the precious light.

Before we were born we were in the dark.  There was nothing for us to do and we did not understand that we were supposed to be bored and unhappy with our lack of accomplishments.  We just existed.  And for most of us- our experience was- that our mother knew we were precious even though she couldn’t see us, hold us, or do anything for us.  We must go back into the dark womb of Our Divine Mother so that we can find once again remember and find the Light.  There is nothing to do there.  There are no questions to ask

Let us go back into her dark womb and allow ourselves
to be reborn from Divine Mother.  

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A Journey Into The Dark

journey-beginsThere is a difference between reality and truth.  Reality is what we imagine life is, truth is what life actually is.  Every time something happens we imagine what it means and weave it into the story of our lives. Let’s examine this- first there are the facts- perhaps a telephone call was made and there was no answer.  Then there is the attempt to decide what it means that the telephone was not answered.  Figuring out what something means is pure imagination.  Reality is created from imaginings while the Truth is created from simple facts with no interpretation.

What you know to be the truth about you does not need to be interpreted.   To say I have a heart of service could be interpreted that you a good person. But it really it is only a statement that acknowledges that you have a heart of service. To say- I love people could be interpreted that you are spiritual. But in truth it simply means that you love people.  One is truth and the other an imagination of meaning.  This could also be reversed.  I was angry, therefore, I am a bad person.  I told a lie, therefore, I am not spiritual.  Accepting what is without trying to connect it to another concept leads to freedom of mind.

awakeningWhen we take a journey into the dark (of interpretation) to find the light of truth…we are attempting to find the thing itself not our stories about it.  So as we take the journey of the Metta (loving kindness) we will need to work our way past the interpretations and stories about appearances into the truth of each statement.

The Metta
May all beings have-
Fresh air and water
Food to eat
A home & someone to love
A meaningful purpose
Be well and happy
And Free from Suffering

Life is not wonderful because you have thoughts and interpretations about what is happening.  Although there isn’t anything wrong with having thoughts about your life-try to think about the possibility of separating fact from generalization and storytelling.  Life can be wonderful when you live in the Light of Truth knowing you are sacred, compassionate, and human spirit.  So, try to allow your stories to mean less and your life become more meaningful.

PerfectionismIt is a fact that we are going to like some people and not particularly like others.  This does not mean we are bad, unspiritual, or emotionally defective in some way.  Not liking some people doesn’t mean anything unless we decide it means something. Remember that there is a deeply entrenched belief system about perfection.  Most of us are trained into the idea that there is a certain standard by which we must live.  As soon as we begin to measure ourselves against some imagined state of perfection we are creating a delusion, a fanciful measurement that will most likely find us wanting .  This is not real!

Going into the dark is finding your way out of the illusions and imaginings into what is awake and true. 

hellobabyisitdarkWe are sacred because we exist.  Because we are.  Because we are a unique expression of Great Spirit energy.  Some people would tell us that in order to be sacred we must be able to take action.  But a rock is sacred and it is not taking action- it’s only being.  What exists can be considered sacred.  It has life- even a stone has life- it has an indwelling spirit.  One of the challenges that happened for humankind was when we decided we were the only ones with an indwelling spirit.  Some people have even decided that not all humans have an indwelling spirit so they can be killed or used in some way because they are not sacred.

 All life is sacred and precious and a unique expression of divine creative energy of the All Spirit Beingness. Before we were born we were in the dark.  There was nothing for us to do and we did not understand that we were supposed to be bored.  We just existed.  For most of us- our experience with our mother was that we were precious even when she could not see us or hold us.  Let us go back into the dark womb of the Great Mother so that we can find the Light.  There is nothing to do there.  There are no questions to ask.

Go into her dark womb and allow yourself
to be changed by the Great Mother.mother_stars_s

The Blessing Way

The potential for delivering blessings to the people around us is everywhere.  It’s easy enough to bless others when we feel happy, full and prosperous, but what about the times we are sad, mad, anxious, or upset?  If we are not blessing the people in our lives are we cursing them instead?  upset-womanLike the guy who cut us off in traffic, or the rude woman at the checkout stand, or when a family member says something unkind to us?  Our tendency is to react with anger, or maybe mutter a curse word or two under our breath.  What if we practiced blessing everyone instead?

So, what is a blessing?  A blessing could be time, money, energy, possessions, kind thoughts, hopeful wishes almost anything that we appreciate about being alive.  We could bless others with the hope that they will enjoy the sunshine, have a pleasant day, be filled with joy, take time to play or wish them well in all they do that day…our possibilities are limited only by our imagination.  343448-2000x1407

When we give away a blessing even if it’s our time, money, or possessions those things come back to us multiplied.  Remember the last time you moved out of a house or apartment and gave away a bunch of stuff because you didn’t want so much clutter?  How long did it take for you to accumulate the same amount of clutter again?  The universe abhors a void…if we give away something will come to fill up that hole.  That’s another reason to give away blessings, scattering them throughout the lives of those around us like flowers at a wedding….for if we give away all those good wishes surely they will return to us again.  This might also be a good reason not to think or shout curse words at the world…because what we give away always comes back to us.

And while we are busy blessing others with good…rather they deserve it or not…how about we bless the mean voices in our heads that tell us we are stupid, wrongheaded, and there’s obviously something wrong with us.  We could bless those voices of self-hate…maybe…if we try.

What are you grateful for in your life?   

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Great Spirit, may I be a true human being.
May I care about others,
giving and receiving what is needed,
instead of focusing on what I want and think I need.
May I make the world a better place than when I arrived.
May I listen more than I speak.
May I see each day as an opportunity to celebrate life,
And share my blessings with everyone!

May I accept others as they are,
and have the compassion to stand with them in love,
and not run away from their pain.
O Sacred Ancestors
You who have gone before me on this journey
Help me to remember that the only thing that matters
is giving, sharing, and creating love!

Surrender

Surrendering means something more than to devote ourselves to a cause, or to the will of Great Spirit.  It is more than giving of ourselves to others.  It is even more than abandoning our life to Spirit.

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True surrender is to die to everything and everyone.  It is to continually keep our heart and mind turned toward Great Father, Great Mother, and the Great Weaver of all Life.  We no longer seek self-satisfaction in anything but the words, the heart, and the mind of Great Spirit.

It should be added that self-surrender means following the path of detachment from people, places, things, and even from a natural desire to be noticed, appreciated, and loved by our God(dess).  It is to accept everything that happens as a gift.  It means to submit our life to being guided by a Higher Power- without argument, or exception.

Perhaps you think this is too difficult.  Do not be deceived.  There is nothing easier to do. tumblr_mmx1blnVL21s9rnz8o1_500 Nothing so sweet to practice.  The whole thing consists in saying:
“Beloved, I wish to be entirely yours.  Please accept my offering.”

Everything is an opportunity to serve the Light.
By incarnating in the physical world we decided to have an experience.  We have the power to imagine, decide, create, and change.  When we practice surrender we agree to accept life as it is.  We can always count on Great Spirit to help us have a little bit of everything.  Let us give thanks for the potluck abundance of our experience of life- instead of whining that we don’t like and want certain things.  Abundance is a full heart.  Not a full refrigerator, garage, or wallet.

tumblr_mlipahaKVj1qhmhdfo1_500Great Spirit
I abandon myself into your hands.
Do with me this day according to Your will.
Whatever happens today or any day,
May I give thanks for the blessing of life.
I am ready to accept all people
And to let only your love, joy ad peace be expressed to them.
Into your hands I lay my life.
Guide me in the ways I am to go.

Give me the relationships that will best serve You.
Allow my hands to do work that is a blessing to Your Name.
I surrender myself without reservation
And with boundless confidence
Because I know You love me!

Just The Facts

Don’t confuse your story with the facts.
Making a plan is important.
Worrying about the future is a waste of time
What would you do if you knew you could not fail?
What would happen if you smiled through all the doorways of your life?

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Spirit connection allows us to find new ways to live our lives.  When we practice kindness, appreciation, generosity, and gladness we begin to live in new and creative ways.  The world around us begins to reflect our delight in being alive.  When we hold to fear, anger, and disappointment our world is hell.

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Simplicity is making things easy, uncomplicated and understandable it is surrendering to the “little way” of focusing on one thing at a time.  It is practicing owning and directing our thoughts instead of allowing those same thoughts to fill us with dread.

Spirit is the practice of making our lives – and the lives of others – delightful.
Over and over on the path of spirit we hear: What you focus on you create. Yet when we are embroiled, in trouble and challenge it seems impossible to change our thoughts or our feelings- this is when distraction is the tool to reach for.

Distraction can be any activity that will fully engage our mind and emotions:
Reading an exciting or interesting book.
Cooking a new or elaborate dish
Watching a favorite movie
Going for a walk
Calling a friend
Visiting a family member
Volunteering for something

When we cannot get the inner voices to be quiet or to behave- remember distraction.  Practice it often.

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In order for something new, different, exciting, or unusual to be created we must be willing to separate ourselves from the tried and true.  Structure and tradition becomes dogma when everything must be accomplished in the same way each time. We often develop dogma in our lives. We cherish our grief, old pain and betrayal by reminding ourselves of them over and over again.

Maybe today it is time to set ourselves free, to separate ourselves from ideas and understandings from the past that prevent the delightful future awaiting us.

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Today may I give birth to faith and compassion.
May I begin to renew my contract with Great Spirit
to practice love, joy and peace
in my heart, my life, and my communities.
May I start over on the path of wisdom.
May I come to recognize that creating something new
is both a joyful and a painful process.
May my mind be open
and my heart be filled with the joyous echoes
of Great Spirit’s goodness.

Fear

“If you are fearful you will become angry.”

There are two kinds of fear: authentic fear, and imaginary fear.  Authentic fear means something is happening to arouse an instinctual reaction. This could be seeing a poisonous snake, being attacked by a bear, or falling into an icy river. These fears call for a reaction, a decision, and an engagement.

The most common fear, for most of us, is the fear of the unknown or imaginary fear. With this fear we project imaginings into a possible future and react as though what we have imagined is the reality that will actually happen.

It seems to be a part of our consciousness to be afraid.  If we are not afraid because we don’t have something, then we are afraid because we do have something.
I’m afraid I won’t have enough money for___!
I’m afraid of having too much time on my hands!

We are fearful of the future. We are fearful of the past. We fear what we don’t know. We fear what we do know.

For a worker of the light, true freedom comes when we let go of anything we cannot immediately change.  We refuse to think of a thing if all we can do is worry.  We replace fear thoughts with creative thoughts, with grateful thoughts, with generous thoughts.  We do what we can in the moment and let Great Spirit take care of the rest.

“Fear teaches wisdom.”

Fear allows us to remain safe, healthy, and whole in a sometimes dangerous world.  Of course, we know that too much fear is bad for us, but, since it is also a tool, let us examine fear’s role in our lives by asking it a few questions.

  • Is this fear helping me or harming me?
  • What lesson does this fear have for me?
  • Since fear is wisdom’s voice, how may I grow in wisdom from this fear?
  • No one enjoys being afraid, but courage only comes to those who embrace fear, and then get on with the task at hand.
  • Fear means it is time for self-examination, questioning, and decisive action.

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I hate fear!
Yes, Great Spirit, I know that fear
is supposed to be helpful
That it is a protective instinct,
And Makes survival possible.
But I still hate it!
When I feel fear the only question
I have is, “Why me?”

Beloved, bless me with the courage
to get through my fear
so I can walk in joy and peace
with you again.
Today, I will surrender my fears to you.
Just for today-
I will let you do my worrying for me.
Just for today-
I will allow you to bless me with peace.
Just for today-
I will allow my imagination
to inspire me
instead of frightening me.
Just for today, Beloved, Just for today.