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True Love Is Beyond Fear

Here are some bits of wisdom from Paul Selig's latest book, Alchemy that touched me deeply.

“Each individuated expression of humanity is a perfect imprint of God… Happy or sad, high or low, she cannot be seen as other than perfect in the eyes of God. As these become your eyes, you love in agreement to who another is. You don't make them other. You claim them as they truly are. And they are gifted by this, as you are gifted by their presence.

To agree to the essence of another is to comprehend who they are outside of their fear… To comprehend another as who they are outside of their fear is to know them in love. It is nothing other than the agreement to truth that claims you in accord with your fellows.

To love another, to truly love another, is to love them for all time… True love expresses throughout time, because true love is not bound by time. If true love is God in expression, it is eternal… true love must always be present, just as God must always be present even when you cannot see it or feel it.”

These short passages touched me deeply because I have become a practicing unconditional lover of all. This has nothing to do with right and wrong and other such historical labels that tend to color everything we see. It is to see beyond all of that white noise to see the essence of the divine in all people and all things.

This place that I have come to is pure joy for me and it requires zero effort as it is completely natural. The work is trying to maintain the facades that we have been trained to display. Releasing this is the no effort natural choice once the decision is made to walk this path. I often call that dropping the rope of resistance because it visually demonstrates how little effort is involved to change. Holding on to the rope is where all the work and stress is. Letting go is where all the joy, peace, and love is.

The Great Secret

God was full of Wine last night,
So full of Wine

That He let a great secret slip.

He said:

There is no man on this earth
Who needs a pardon from Me–

For there is really no such thing,
No such thing
As sin!

The Beloved has gone completely Wild–
He has poured Himself into me!

I am Blissful and Drunk and Overflowing.

Dear world,
Draw life from my Sweet Body.

Dear wayfaring souls,
Come drink your fill of liquid rubies,
For God has made my heart
An Eternal Fountain!

— Hafiz

Making Peace

“We encourage you to make peace with everyone who opposes you and with everyone whom you oppose, not only because you cannot insist on their yielding to your perspective but because their opposing perspective is of tremendous benefit to you.

You see, because of your exposure to what you perceive as their wrong or bad or unwanted behavior or perspective—you have given birth to an improved situation. And just as they helped the problem side of the equation to come into focus, they helped the solution side of the equation to come into focus, also; and that solution waits for you in your Vortex of Creation.

When you make peace with those who differ in desire and belief and behavior from your ideas of what is appropriate, you do not perpetuate what you consider to be wrong. Instead, you align with the solution side of the equation that has been waiting for you in your Vortex of Creation.”

— Abraham, Esther Hicks

Skinning Your Knees On God

Little by little,
You will turn into stars.

Even then, my dear,
You will only be
A crawling infant,
Still skinning your knees on God.

Little by little,
You will turn into
The whole sweet, amorous Universe
In heat
On a wild spring night,

And become so free
In a wonderful, secret
And pure Love
That flows
From a conscious,
One-pointed,
Infinite need for Light.

Even then, my dear,
The Beloved will have fulfilled
Just a fraction
Just a fraction!
Of a promise
He wrote upon your heart.

When your soul begins
To Ever bloom and laugh
And spin in Eternal Ecstasy–

O little by little,
You will turn into God.

— Hafiz

“To Do” Or “To Be” Love

As you begin to learn and grow in spiritual consciousness, your inner ear becomes more sensitive to the guidance and counsel of God’s indwelling Spirit, and you grow in attunement with the divine principle of love. Where your human way had been “to do” love, you find the Spirit is creating you into a “being” of love, “to be” love. “To do” love is ultimately contrived and inauthentic and therefore falls far short of love’s possibilities. Growing in the image of God is the process of inner heart opening, of movement from self-centeredness to God-centeredness, and from control to trust.

— An excerpt from Reflection 84 in the Reflections of the Heart book by Donna F. Fletcher

I see this passage as moving from conditional love that is most predominant to unconditional love and unconditional acceptance as I have come to know the love of God to be, and that I am eager to emulate.

Book Of Positive Aspects

In yesterday’s post, I referred to a notebook I’ve been carrying for a lot of years that I call My Book of Positive Aspects. I mentioned that I got the idea from Abraham, Esther Hicks and I shared two lists that were in this book.

The main reason for the book is to expand my awareness of all the wonderful things and people in my life and to find greater appreciation and love for the people and for the events and situations in my life.

I had several pages of what I saw as positive aspects of my wife, my business partner, special friends. One of the best sections to have is celebrating and recognizing the positive aspects of ourselves.

As I said, it is fascinating to see things you write down 5, 10, 15 years or more later. I found that when I made these notes and added to them from time to time that I would see things in other people, and even those very close to me, that I perhaps wouldn’t have thought of without this little exercise. It helps expand our view, our love, our appreciation.

Here are a few I wrote about my business partner, Ryan, who is 30 years younger than I am and we have been in business together for 13 years:

Ryan makes me laugh. He is very funny. I feel much younger around him.

Ryan is smart and quick with very intelligent ideas and views.

Ryan can see the pieces to the puzzle.

Ryan is a bundle of enthusiasm.

Here are a few that I wrote about myself:

I love people everywhere I go. That is the true and clear message of Jesus. As I release more resistance each day, I love more each day.

I love looking at how things are made–especially buildings. I have a large appreciation of architecture and design.

I have the courage to try things, to step out, and do.

I think I have a great way of looking at things, especially globally.

The book contains other topics as well. One list is “I want… I would love to…” In looking at this list, I’ve crossed off all but about five that I had listed as completed since I wrote the list. That’s fascinating.

One of the best things about the Book of Positive Aspects is to find things to appreciate in people or things that you may not have cared for or perhaps even disliked intensely. Nothing is ever only negative, or positive for that matter, but a mix. Allowing ourselves to see beyond the mask so to speak can really help us to learn to appreciate everyone and everything. We don’t need to appreciate everything about them or that thing, but finding things we can appreciate is a very powerful and empowering exercise.

Taking Stock

Sometimes I take stock and make lists. I've shared one before that at the top of the page in a notebook I write, “I love…” Then I start listing everything I can think of that I love regardless of what or who it may be. It is such a grand exercise and doesn't consume much time and has huge benefits, even into the future.

I've carried a notebook with me in my travels for a long time. I got the idea from Abraham, Esther Hicks which they call a book of positive aspects. In this book, I chose a few people and wrote down everything that I thought was positive about them. It is a delightful exercise in finding more joy and hidden treasures we may not ever think of. I just went through it the other day and found two new lists like the I love list. It is fascinating to look at those lists from 2014 today.

One list has at the top of the page, “I'm thankful for…” I filled in three pages. I won't burden you with the whole list, but here are some examples:

Music, guitar players, bass players, subwoofers, God, songs, songwriting, music recording, beautiful and unique voices, drummers, distorted guitar, egg sandwiches with pepper jack cheese, freedom, my emotional guidance system, my desk, my iPhone, telephones, the Internet, along with a lot of people.

The other list I titled, My Life, and wrote this at the top of the page: “I have learned so many things in a short period of time and I love learning still! Some of these are:” Then I started writing. Here are a few samples:

I've learned so much about the Internet! (In 2008 I started an Internet business), I've learned to feel joyful in struggle, I've expanded my capacity, I see a future so bright it burns my eyes!, I've learned that it is okay to focus on what I want instead of what others want for me, I can find joy in every day, It's okay to say no, I can remain calm even when others around me are panicking, I'm learning to be okay with me as I am, I'm learning to not make things a big hairy deal. It is OK. Things will turn out well, It's okay to let go of things.

I don't suggest doing this all the time or even regularly, yet taking stock from time to time and saving the lists so you can see where your head and heart were then is a surprising benefit.

Enjoy!

I Am So Glad

Start seeing everything as God,
But keep it a secret.

Become like a man who is Awestruck
And Nourished

Listening to a Golden Nightingale
Sing in a beautiful foreign language
While God invisibly nests
Upon its tongue.

Hafiz,
Who can you tell in this world
That when a dog runs up to you
Wagging its ecstatic tail,
You lean down and whisper in its ear,

“Beloved,
I am so glad You are happy to see me.

Beloved,
I am so glad,
So very glad You have come.”

— Hafiz

An Excerpt

I saved and just reread a letter dated 8-3-90 that I wrote to my stepson who was 15 at the time. I met him when he was 12. He is super-intelligent and he wrote me a quizzical note about my search for meaning and happiness. I do not have that note, but I have my reply. This is a short excerpt from the 2-page typewritten letter that I thought was worth sharing. This was over 30 years ago.

“Seeing what we can do while we are on this planet is part of what it is all about. Happiness is one of those nice words that lack sufficient meaning to be used alone except in literature. What makes happiness? Well, it is an individual definition first. It is very personal. Second, it is not an end result as in a destination, but an attitude, a feeling, a oneness with the moment of now–it is the journey.

Joy and happiness are not even the same things. I can find joy in doing something that is causing me frustration at the moment. Think about your workouts and the pain of the moment when pushing the weights and your body is crying out for rest, yet there is joy overall from the experience. You can have joy in pain. Can you have happiness in pain then?

If one is looking for meaning, one will find it within and not outside or in things or accomplishments. The closer we get to finding our true self, the closer we come to our Creator and our true meaning. Many things on the outside are parts of the road map to within.

…I do enjoy life. Not the way you do…What brings you happiness, joy, contentment, a sense of purpose, meaning, will be very personally yours. Though some of our values and principles will co-mingle, many may not, and there should be no shame in this, for again, we are not the same. I appreciate the differences. Were we the same, this communication would be totally unnecessary and I am enjoying the opportunity.

When I give it more than superficial thought, I realize that I am happy, that I do enjoy life, that it has meaning for me. Much of that comes from knowing you and being a part of your life. You are one of the most unique people I have ever had the pleasure to meet and be with. Though our relationship has been of a certain type based on circumstance and personality and experience, I feel your touch and importance beyond the day-to-day supervisory, teaching, guiding capacity. I love you very much and I respect and admire you. You indeed add meaning to my life. Thank you for the notes. I appreciate them. Love, Terry”

Honoring Each Other

By honoring the divine in all others, and even all things, this allows us to use our discernment instead of judgment. Discernment is a choice. Judgment is a reaction. Judgment rejects the divine in others claiming the divine for ourselves instead. This is often called self-righteousness, or simply righteousness as applied to a group. Even as we might seek to surround ourselves with like-thinking people in our realm of judgment, we are claiming the divine in ourselves and rejecting it in all others outside of the righteous group. We may even reject the divine in all including ourselves by saving the divine for the unseen superpower from our historical teachings, perhaps even claiming all are less than this power, yet claiming righteousness in our alignment with that unseen power as if we are the chosen ones and all others are not worthy of that choice.

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