Forgiveness

Forgiveness is the ability to compassionately understand ourselves, our desires, and our needs.  It’s the ability to realize that no matter how awkwardly I’ve attempted to meet those needs, and no matter how many mistakes I make in the process, it doesn’t mean there is something wrong with me. broken-heart-broken-hearts-6853604We are well served to be suspicious of any voice, inside or outside, that says there is something wrong with us.  For example- it’s possible to realize I have been unkind toward someone and then feel sad about that.  It’s not that I’m a bad person who will get into trouble- it’s just that I don’t want to be unkind because it hurts my heart.

Forgiveness is allowing.  Allowing ourselves, or another, to confess a mistake, take responsibility for whatever harm may have been created by that mistake and to move on into trusting that something new can happen.  Forgiveness is letting go, permitting something to pass, and allowing something in.  With true forgiveness we agree to forget the past in order to authorize trust for the future.

If we hold ourselves or others in a place of remembering preceding incidents, emotional outbursts, and former mistakes 3.-BURMA-US-congress-Lalitwe are keeping them a prisoner in our mind; they have been judged, sentenced, and jailed.  And we will continue living a life of suspicion, doubt, and mistrust of those whose mistakes we find upsetting, shocking, or appalling.

Consider– we cling to mistrust in order to be safe and self-protective.

What if, instead of falling into judgment, we allow in the possibility of a life initiation?
Initiation means making a beginning, opening an investigation, or launching a new possibility.  Initiation also implies hard work, striving to learn a new skill, and sufficient motivation to introduce a transformed, difficult, and disciplined response to our accustomed discontented and calamitous emotions.  Both those who judge and those who make errors are in need of such an initiation.

The initiation being offered is the knowledge necessary to build an intimate relationship with spirit, the self, and others.  Such a relationship is built by reviewing and restating our values, beliefs, and past stories so that they are consistent with our current understanding, goals, and aspirations.  relaxOur relationship with self is also fostered by distinguishing the adult-voice from the child-voice, the self-hate voice from beneficial caring advice.  It means cultivating and developing genuine emotional intelligence.  A mature, adult, spiritual relationship is cultivated through disciplined thought, silent meditation, contemplative prayer, and the counsel of a sagacious spiritual director.

As we practice and create trust all our relationships begin to have an indivisible sense of unity.  Each member of our community becomes like a cell in our body.  The group needs the me, and I need the group.  To be truly human means understanding that we need each other.  Only in this way can we express and experience the love and caring for which we long.

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Do you trust yourself?

If so, what do you trust yourself to do, say, or give to others?
Can you meet your own needs
or do you expect others to know what you want
and give it to you?
What demonstration do you wish the people around you
to make so you can trust them?
Are you willing to make this demonstration
so that others can trust you?
Do you believe others are well-intentioned
even when they are ungraceful in their behavior or words?

A Blessed Life

If we look at the world around us we see many souls who are without spiritual guidance, who long for a true relationship with Great Spirit- for someone to see them, hear them, and believe in them.  suffering2Do you know twenty people, or more, who are suffering?  Do you know people who have no hope that their suffering will end?  This is a sad but very experience common in the world now.

Spend a little time becoming aware of what you have in your life and in your heart.  Focus on your relationship to Great Spirit Mother and Father seeing the many ways you have been blessed with healing and hope.  Who would you be if you had never had the experiences of love, sharing, healing, and goodness that abound in your life?  When we become aware of what we have in our heart, in our family, in our life we desire to serve Great Mother & Great Father seeking an ending to all this suffering.  gratitudeWhen we find our gratitude we try to help others.  Many times we won’t be successful, but we can try anyway!

Wherever we go let us know that the Metta (loving kindness) is possible, that others can have these things, even as we have these things.  It’s easy to join the world- to be afraid, needy, and filled with the desire for many things.  But when we have love inside of us we understand what real joy is.  When we relax and bring our mind and heart to a place of peace we become free.  We can just sit and feel what we feel and then return our mind to the breath- letting go of all those other troublesome things.  If we align our lives in this way we begin to be happy and our inner demons are diminished.

So how do we reach through the noise of illusion and distraction to touch other’s hearts?  sharing-love-handsWe look into their eyes and speak to them.  We listen and really be present.  We discover what makes them a unique expression of Spirit grace. We offer this as a sanctuary.  We allow our blessed life to touch another’s life with blessings also.

The Metta

May all beings have good air to breathe.
May all beings have fresh, clean water to drink.
May all beings have food and a home.
May all beings share love with someone.
May all beings know their true purpose,
Be well and happy,
And free from suffering.
Today I shall do what I can to make this so.

Wisdom

Most of the time we react to life.  We react to others, then we think about whether that was a good idea or not.  Reaction is not always wrong.  Sometimes we need to react.  But wisdom is thinking before the action takes place.  It is deciding after we know the answer instead of before we ask the question.

  •  Wisdom happens when joy, peace, and abundance are more important than fear, grief, anger, and pain.
  •  Wisdom means being filled with divine grace.
  •  Wisdom means conscious awareness of what you are thinking.
  •  Wisdom means deciding how to feel.

Forgive yourself errors and understand that you will probably make more mistakes.  This is the path of growth and change.

The Masters have told us that the secret to enlightenment is a playful, loving heart.  The child within each of us is in truth our guide to the fields of light.  When we heal our inner child of the disappointments, disillusionment, and the pain of unmet desires we can follow that child to the place of trust, innocence, and delighted wonder that is the home of all the Great Souls.

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Divine Child Within where did you go?
Somehow I lost you
amid the rocky paths of life.
I miss your smile, your laughter,
and your magical heart.
Come and be with me now
as I sit in quiet wonder
admiring the forest and the joyous birds.

Awaken for me once more
The enchanted world
of fairy charm that used to linger
Within the iris patch
or behind the knotholes
in the contented trees of my youth.

Divine Child guide my weary thoughts
to the still, quiet places
where dreams are true.
May we discover together
the ancient, pristine wisdom
that allows heaven’s gate
to open into the loving embrace
of our Divine Mother.