I Am

I am is the most important energy in the life of a human being.  This is because everything is about us.  Humans always think in terms of I am.  “I am happy.  I am sad.  I am angry.  I am compassionate.”

b550a71c4cc07c6432bd0f76decd7b56--positive-feelings-positive-lifeI am consists of two parts: the Great and the little.  Great Self, True Self, Higher Self is the I am with a period.  For little self, personality self, incarnate self the words I am is the beginning of a sentence.  Humans explain our actions, our thoughts, and our intentions through the words I am.

Spirituality, we are informed, is to arrive at the totality of the Great I am.  Imagine a circle.  This circle is Divine Spirit, the All Is One energy.  It encompasses the infinite potential of all that has been and all that will be, or might be.

However, as duality arises from mind the circle begins to be crossed by lines.  We do this in religion as we divide the great circle into conceptual pictures.  The lines could be expressed as- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; Divine Mother, Father, and Weaver; Earth, Sky, and Spirits.  There are numerous ways the circle becomes a picture.  And then the picture becomes the path, the way, the truth.  We can’t help thinking and attempting to understand but we start making trouble when our picture becomes The Picture.

As humans we are always busy trying to understand ourselves, others, and the universe.  As spirits we discover the Great Circle that is the I am; the Divine Avatar connection, Buddha Self, Christ Consciousness Self, True Self, Higher Self, etc.  Then, because we are physical beings, we begin to define ourselves.  We have spent lifetimes creating patterns and habits of thinking and acting that are lines in the circle of our Great I am.  After a while, we have a very complex picture within the Great Circle of Life.

Most of us assume that the path of spirit is about changing ourselves to fit into the “spiritual” role defined by whatever set of teachings we are engaged in.  Sometimes it’s about finding the right path so we can be saved, healed, or magicked into a perfect being.  We have forgotten the Great I am and focus only on the messy lines we have scribbled within the circle.

To bring our attention back to the wholeness of our circle it’s necessary to accept all the lines within the circle, even the scribbles.  Everyone has things we don’t like about ourselves.  But, we are the artist who drew the picture.  Some of it we created as a child.  Part was created by a scared or angry adolescent.  Other parts seemed to be there when we were born.  What if we simply redraw the lines, or add new ones, so all the parts fit together into a mandala of beauty? cf678298ff62e73909fc118e228cc284--lotus-mandala-tattoo-lotus-flower-tattoos

The place to start with our Great I am mandala is to stop thinking we are broken. It helps to focus on how we already are loving, generous, kind, and compassionate.  Sometimes we will discover that we are harder than we thought; softer than we thought, more fragile than we thought, smaller or bigger than we thought.  Those are just lines in the Great I am Circle.  We can learn to say, “I am that.”

Once we add lines or restructure lines within the Great Circle we have wholeness.  We will have structural, spiritual, moral, and ethical integrity.  What if we paint the mandala of our life in all the colors of creation?  Maybe we will end up being who we were always meant to be.

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Reality or Truth?

Reality is the story we tell ourselves about daily life, personal encounters, and why we are the way we are.  Most people believe in a past where certain things happened or didn’t happen and what happened or didn’t happen creates their ability to have a happy life or not.  But what if our belief in reality is inaccurate?  What if someone else who was present at that time, engaged in the same set of events, has a different interpretation of reality?

The people of the United States are among the most litigious individuals in the world running a close second to the Athenians of the 3rd century BCE.  courtroom-drama-1When others do not concur with our interpretation of events we sue them in a court of law, hoping to find others to agree with our position and justify our story and pay a penalty for being wrong.  While this might all be fine and admirable in certain circumstances this attitude will only cause trouble for the spiritual seeker.

A Great Being once said, “Most people would rather be justified than healed or enlightened.”

So what is “Spirit Truth”?  How can we know if a religion or spiritual teacher is revealing the “real” deal?  taktshang2The most tried and true method of discovery is seeing how those teachings, those religious truths change one’s life for the better.  Now, I don’t mean do you have more money, friends, sex, or influence.   I mean do you forgive more, love more; have less fear, less anxiety, and greater kindness, tolerance, and compassion toward yourself and the world? Can you let go of the stories of your past in order to create new stories that bring joy and peace?  Are you motivated to do something to help make a difference for those less fortunate than yourself?  Do you wake up in the morning and give thanks for a new day of blessings?

If these things are true than the teachings and teachers are true…regardless of doctrines, dogmas, traditions and creeds.  There is truth everywhere because we are meant to find it!  We are the beloved children of Great Mother, Father, and Weaver.  It is our destiny to free ourselves from a plethora of crazy stories about who did what and why…so that we can absolutely know Spirit’s Truths of Love, Joy, and Peace…not emotionally…but mystically.

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Where there is love,
there I stand with you.
Where there is love,
joy is shining through.
The angels sing.
Spirit’s calling you.
Where there is love,
Spirit’s dream is true.

Where there is love,
Earth and Sky are one.
Where there is love,
Fairies dance and sing.
Sacred people come,
to the magic ring.
The heart fire calls.
Love’s the song we sing.

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.