Category: Peace

Getting Out Of Drama Class

The drama triangle (Victim, Persecutor, Rescuer) is in action all around us and most of us don’t recognize it. Everyone’s favorite position is playing the Victim and moving from Victim To Persecutor and back again. There are many facets to this game of acting out. This unawareness continues the game as long as we remain ignorant of the game and that we are in the game. Once awareness of the game is in place, it is easy enough to stop playing the game by moving to the center and out of those dramatic roles. Habitual patterns are strong, but with awareness comes new strength.

There is no joy in the drama game; however, joy is always available to us any time we choose joy by moving into the peace, love, and harmony that exists outside of the drama triangle. We are the choosers.

Act Great!

What is the key
To untie the knot of your mind’s suffering?

What
Is the esoteric secret
To slay the crazed one whom each of us
Did wed

And who can ruin
Our heart’s and eye’s exquisite tender
Landscape?

Hafiz has found
Two emerald words that
Restored
Me

That I now cling to as I would sacred
Tresses of my Beloved’s
Hair:

Act great.
My dear, always act great.

What is the key
To untie the know of the mind’s suffering?

Benevolent thought, sound
And movement.

— Hafiz

Can’t Carry That Weight

Arrogance

The weight of arrogance is such
that no bird can fly
carrying it.

And the man who feels superior
to others, that man
cannot dance,

the real dance when the soul takes God
into its arms and you both fall
onto your knees in
gratitude,

a blessed gratitude
for life.

— St. John of the Cross

Emotions Are Guides Not Dictators

Let your emotions be your guide to your current thinking rather than letting your emotions rule your thinking. Abraham, Esther Hicks has so brilliantly introduced this concept of a powerfully effective and efficient way of navigating our human lives in our everyday world.

Emotions don’t create thinking. Thinking creates emotions. They are created in order for us to recognize that we are either in alignment with our Inner Knowing, or Higher Self, that part of us that is connected to Source Energy, or we are out of alignment. I like to use the view of being in tune or out of tune, in harmony, or in discordance. When a guitar or any other instrument is tuned to the right note, they resonate and become one. Until then, they are in discordance, or out of tune to the desired note. Our emotions are the perfect guide for us to navigate life with ease and clarity.

We have so many thoughts going on all day long, even tens of thousands of them each day. This amount of mental activity is not something that is easy to regulate or control even if it is desired. However, by paying attention to how we are feeling, we can then pay attention to our current thinking that is causing this emotion to come to the surface. As we are feeling bad or not good, we can understand that this guidance is telling us that we are out of tune, out of alignment with our Higher Self or Inner Being. Something is not right. It feels off.

This understanding, then, can help inspire us to see what thoughts are in our minds at the moment. In this case, we are thinking or seeing something that is not to our liking, not what we want, and such. It may be something coming up from our history or something new that is being related to our history. In any case, the bad feeling is our clue that we are experiencing something in our thoughts that we really do not want. Some may say it is negative thinking, but that is too big a category to deal with effectively. It is simply our thoughts about ourselves, another, or about some situation and our bad feeling emotion is simply and clearly letting us know that we are experiencing something we do not really want.

We can attach ourselves to that emotion and then the Law of Attraction will help find more thoughts that match the discordance for as long as we want to do this. Some people might do this for hours, or a day, or far longer. This is how depression is expressed. We are stuck in discordance because we are stuck in a loop of our thinking that is causing us to experience bad-feeling emotions because those thoughts are out of alignment with our Inner Knowing, and the Law of Attraction is bringing us more to match the vibration that we are emitting. It can be like flipping on a dark switch in a well-lit room.

Or, we can be in our awareness of this guidance that we are experiencing something we do not want and then make a decision to consider what it is that we do want. It may be as straightforward and simple as we want to feel better. And, this is the key to feeling better: Find some bit of relief by choosing a thought that feels just a little better. Then again, and again, and then we are soon feeling better and better until we are feeling good again. The fastest way to do this in my experience is to find anything at all to appreciate, then something else to appreciate, and so on. And, the best part of all this is that we are now living deliberately, choosing deliberately, expanding our lives deliberately because we now understand our emotional guidance system and how to make use of it and make use of the power of the Law of Attraction for our benefit rather than our detriment.

Temptation In The Garden

The thought came to me today that the snake in the Garden of Eden that tempted Eve represents our own egos. As we allow our egos to rule our thoughts, consequential emotions, and our behavior, we create a lot of drama. Seriously, a lot of drama. For so many lifetimes. Until each of us decides that it is time to change ourselves and build the life we always wanted in Love, as loved, loving all, and at peace as well as in joy with all of Creation.

I Have Learned So Much

I
Have
Learned
So much from God
That I can no longer
Call
Myself

A Christian, a Hindu, a Muslim,
A Buddhist, a Jew.

The Truth has shared so much of itself
With me

That I can no longer call myself
A man, a woman, an angel,
or even pure
Soul.

Love has
Befriended Hafiz so completely
It has turned to ash
And freed
Me

Of every concept and image
My mind has ever known.

— Hafiz

Awareness + Adversity = Breakthrough

“A man who is a master of patience
is master of everything.”

— George Savile

[Classic post from 9-9-12]

Consider this equation that popped into my head today: Awareness + Adversity = Breakthrough.

I’ve talked several times of late about my desire to and practice in becoming a much more patient person. It is working so well that I get these ‘ah-ha’ moments realizing that I am actually exercising considerable, if not extreme patience in a normally stressful or irritating situation. Tonight there were more than one and it is so interesting to become aware that I am aware of seeing myself being more and more patient.

It also struck me tonight that adversity plays a major role in the process. Without adversity, there would be no need to learn, nothing to change, overcome, or make peace with. So, based on that, once we become aware, we may feel the desire to change or to feel better. Then we will be making changes in our thought process to respond to the adversity rather than to react to it. Without awareness, we would just keep repeating the same old reactionary patterns from the past, or as Einstein said how we think the same thoughts and hope for things to change which was his definition of insanity.

Consequently, I began to actually get excited about the idea of adversity being in the mix and playing a part in my growth to the point of having gratitude for it being there. Again, without the adverse situation, it would not be possible to change, nor would there be a need to.

A breakthrough, of course, is that “ah-ha” moment. It is the realization that we have come through and are actually doing that which we hoped to achieve, which is to purposely and consciously be patient with life as it unfolds which can be the most natural response.

So, to put it together, as I become more aware and meet adverse or irritating situations or things, I have the opportunity to practice my patience, and in so doing achieve breakthroughs that strengthen, encourage, and excite me to continue to grow into more patience. Because I really do believe that he who is a master of patience is a master of everything else.

Bring It! I’m Eager For The Practice! And, So Enjoying The Change.

Spread Some Joy Today–What upsets you? How can you soothe that?

The Pedestal Has Left The Building

“Admiration, praise, and appreciation of another
must not be at the expense of ourselves.”

— Albert K Strong

[Classic post from 9-25-12]

When we can celebrate people and their accomplishments without putting them on a pedestal, or ourselves in a pit, what a beautiful, empowered, and joyful place this is.

It’s always been easy to see famous people, or people with a certain authority, title, or position as greater than myself. Things might go through my mind such as, ‘they can do that because they are great, and I will never be able to do that,’ or, ‘they were in the right place at the right time,’ or, ‘they got all the breaks and went to Harvard, and I didn’t have any such luck,’ and so on. It’s easy to put people on a pedestal and it is also easy and somewhat typical for us to see ourselves as so much less than that, thereby putting ourselves so far below in a pit.

We’re happy to praise them, lift them up, but when it is at the expense of our own self-worth or worthiness, it is damaging to both parties because we are not giving them the true joy we feel, but some odd sort of worship, and we are feeling less than them, or lacking at the same time. Yet, that is often how I felt about all those many people who were cooler, more popular, seemed to succeed without trying, and more. Fortunately, I’ve learned how to let most all that go and am feeling so much more alive as a result.

Now when I see someone doing so well, I am in awe of their skill and ability without taking anything from myself in the process. Because of that, I find that my joy for them is far exceeding what it ever was in the past. At the same time, I am uplifted in myself because deep down, we are all connected and I’ve come to realize that I am actually part of the whole instead of being outside looking in.

In this, I have risen above my ego so to speak. Another way to say it is that I follow my bliss. It seems to me I’ve heard that somewhere. . . and it is so applicable (thanks, Joseph Campbell). As I focus on that, I find more and more bliss. Whereas in the past I thought there was a limited storehouse, I have now found a truly unlimited supply.

Bon Appetit.

Spread Some Joy Today–Relax, you’re soaking in it. . .

Faith In Action

“The principle part of faith is patience.”

— George MacDonald

Often we may think of patience as a lack of action, but I see patience as action as in a commitment, belief, faith, solidarity. Some might think of patience as a weakness, and I see it as strength. Indeed, I see patience often requiring great strength.

When we want something so much, or we have worked for a long time to have something come to a certain circumstance of fruition, it is our impatience at work that can undue a lineage of effort and care that brought us to this place that we are now. In our rush to make it happen, this is where the decisions can go awry. Staying the course, with patience and conviction that it will come true is the best course. When the time is right, the inspiration to move will be so clear and feel so good that there will be no doubt about its correctness. When the time is right, doors will open, things and circumstances will change to bring about the clarity we’ve been seeking.

When we feel rushed whether, from the outside or the inside, it is up to us to renew our goals or intentions in order to add more clarity and then remind ourselves that our faith is put into action by our patience in the belief that it will come as we have imagined.

Demonstrate Your Faith – Have Patience!

Spread Some Joy Today–You cannot be denied. Seek joy and joy will be yours. Once it is yours, it is then yours to share.

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