Category: Peace

Flowing and Glowing

“Letting Go
Permits The Flow
And Creates The Glow.”

— Albert K. Strong

Some people say that we have to accept the world as it is, things as they are, and fight, fight, fight for what we want. I like how Alan Cohen puts that into perspective. He says, “If you must accept what is, then accept the presence of love, beauty, abundance, and perfection.” 

How do we know where we are? By how we feel. I know what love, beauty, abundance, peace, and joy feel like. I also have experienced and so know what hatred, anger, resentment, powerlessness feel like. You could say that if it feels good, it is, and if it doesn’t feel good, it is. If it feels good, it flows, and if it doesn’t feel good, it sticks. That’s how we can know and then choose as we will.

Have You Ever?

“If you want to see the brave,
look at those who can forgive.

If you want to see the heroic,
look at those who can love
in return for hatred.”

— Bhagavad Gita

“Forgiveness
is not an occasional act,
it is a constant attitude.”

— Martin Luther King Jr.

Have you ever loved someone who has wronged you? Have you ever not only let it go and forgave them but also had compassion on them and loved them and all of a sudden cared for them as human beings as if they were separated from their actions? Have you ever done that even if they have not stopped their wrongdoing?

The thing that we somehow forget is that we need to own our own feelings and realize that they are our feelings and that we created the feeling inside us. The outside stimulus was only a trigger that we allow or disallow to affect how we feel about others and more importantly, about ourselves.

So, in not forgiving, in holding on, in continually thinking about being a victim of other’s acts or words, we are the ones carrying the burden. And, make no mistake, it is a burden. Forgiveness may be likened to closing the door on the subject, but to truly love is more like opening the door to a warm Spring breeze and healing sunshine. For to truly forgive, is in fact, love itself.

What A Great Return

“Thousands of candles can be lit
from a single candle, and the life
of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases
by being shared.”

— Buddha

Like the candle, when we brighten someone’s day, cause them to laugh or smile, demonstrate kindness in a myriad of ways we are not less than we were before and yet we have extended our reach to as many as we decide to influence.

Yet, unlike the candle, it seems to me that this candle is not only energized, and improved by the experience of influencing others, it is enhanced and expanded by it.

Now isn’t that an interesting thought…

What a great return on investment!

Returning To Love

Good day to you. This is a long one, yet a very important one I think. My wife died of ALS in August of 2013. She was a real challenge for the last two years prior to her passing in many ways, and I, as her full-time caretaker had so many opportunities to strike back from her incessant negative verbal and then written communications to me when she could no longer speak.

The huge benefit to me through all of that, which I carry with me today, was and is that I got to earnestly practice patience, unconditional love, peace, giving, forgiving, and, well, all those things that we know are in our best interest and that of others around us but we may find burdensome to practice. The goal becomes a challenge and thoughtful response instead of a challenge and personal attack or egoic reaction or trying to justify anything at all about our position in all of that.

Below is a letter i wrote to Nancy in December of 2012, and as you can see, not knowing it then, it was only a few months before she was gone. I hope this letter and the Daily Inspiration I posted the same day has some meaning and perhaps even inspiration for you. — My Love To All Of You, Terry

12-9-12

Nancy,

I want to apologize for my sarcasm yesterday about Pearl Harbor and the religious connotations that surround that. Then, I proceeded to make more fun of the Bible and your beliefs.

I wrote about that in today’s Daily Inspiration (attached below).

I am earnestly practicing my own new beliefs in unconditional love and peace and harmony, and yet sometimes, that old, cantankerous, argumentative, my-beliefs-are-more-right-than-yours attitude surfaces and it takes me a minute or two, sometimes three or four to hear what is coming out of my own mouth and then to relate that this is not what I really wanted to say.

The reason this came out and has before from time to time is a frustration I have when I see you powerless and helpless and not exercising or believing in your own internal, and in my opinion, God-given power, but instead relinquishing it to external authorities, such as the Bible, God, doctors, government, and this list goes on.

But, that’s not your problem. It’s mine. Frustration wants something to be one way and it is not. That place is not peace and it is not unconditional love. I need to always come back to love and peace and that way is to relax in my own power to allow myself and others to be who and what they are without having to satisfy me.

I am practicing in my unconditional love and personal peace. I will continue to practice even more. It is the place I most want to be. Forgive me for my outburst and belittling the concepts of life that you think important. I need to let you have all your beliefs and be totally at peace with that.

I love you as much now as ever,

Terry

Daily Inspiration from 12-9-12

“In order to experience peace
instead of conflict,
it is necessary
to shift our perception. . .
Many of our attempts to correct others,
even when we believe we are
offering
constructive criticism,
are really attempts
to attack them
by demonstrating
their wrongness
and our rightness.”

— Gerald Jampolsky

I found myself using blatant sarcasm, making fun of someone else’s beliefs about something because. . . well. . . it doesn’t matter why does it? It was not my finest hour and as I thought about it afterward, I saw the error of my mouth.

Of course, to me, some of those beliefs are just plain silly and really easy for me to make fun of; however, who the hell am I to stand in judgment of what someone else believes?

Since I’m a practicing proponent of unconditional love, I need to get more practice in, don’t I? Every single one of us has beliefs that others around us do not have. This is also true of nations of people and throughout the wide variety of cultures around the world.

The only way I can see the world really working is each of us allowing the other to have their beliefs, while they also, allow us to have our own.

Debating a belief is fine when both parties want to explore the other’s beliefs, but when someone wants to cling to theirs, I need to support their right to hold whatever belief they choose. Hopefully, that is returned, and we are at peace.

It is the perception of I’m okay and you’re okay that works the best.

I Knew That. I’ll Practice The Art Of Allowing More.

Spread Some Joy Today–Do something good, and unusual for someone.

The Greatest Gift

To See As God Sees

It is your destiny to see as God sees,
to know as God knows,
to feel as God
feels.

How is this possible? How?
Because divine love cannot defy its very self.

Divine love will be eternally true to its own being,
and its being is giving all it can,
at the perfect
moment.

And the greatest gift
God can give is His own experience.

Every object, every creature, every man, woman and child
has a soul and it is the destiny of all,

to see as God sees, to know as God knows,
to feel as God feels, to Be
as God
Is.

— Meister Eckhart

A Kind Face

“Joy is the greatest cleanser, and it is
the greatest testimony to our
faith.

“Toil with happiness,” my Lord once
said to me.

God sent a servant on an errand
through a dangerous part
of the world.

The servant, having received in hand
what God wanted
delivered,

turned to the Holy and said,
“My Beloved Master, do you have a final instruction?”
and God replied,

“A kind face is a
precious
gift.”

— St. Francis of Assisi

Peace Is Not A Prize

“There is no way to peace.
Peace is the way.”

— A. J. Muste

Peace is not a prize.
Peace is not a thing.
Peace is pure love.
Peace is pure allowing.

Peace is not the absence of violence or conflict.
Peace takes no sides, has no winners or losers.

Peace is completely neutral.
Peace is unconditional love.
Peace is pure forgiveness.

Peace is not a feeling,
yet if it had feelings,
it would be pure joy.
It is an attitude; a point of view.

Peace cannot be achieved.
Peace can only be.
And ultimately, peace is a choice.

There has always been a lot of talk
about how to have peace,
but peace cannot be had.

There has always been a lot of talk
about the various ways to peace.

But there is no way to peace.
Peace is the way.

The Enlightened Life

The real value of reading many authors who may even be writing on similar subject matters is that each of them has an individually unique understanding and thereby an individually unique way of explaining what they have learned. As I was reading a different book from one of my favorite authors, Gerald G. Jampolsky, in Forgiveness: The Greatest Healer Of All, I found this golden nugget of wisdom expressed in a way that I had not before experienced. I hope you injoy his perspective. The first line was enough to inspire me!

“It can be helpful to think of the ego as having a belief system of its own. If we want, we can accept its beliefs or seek other ways of looking at the world. Of course, we have to remember that our egos are part of who we are. The greater our ability to recognize our fearful ego, the freer we are to choose a more loving and peaceful life.”

He goes on to say that the ego’s thought system foundation is fear, guilt, and blame. All of that is fear in different forms. And, if we followed the ego’s thought system as our guiding principles, we would always be in a state of conflict. I might also add another “c” word, contempt. It is easy enough to find these guiding principles at work all around us, and it is a good clue as to what portion of us is in charge.

Dr. Jampolsky also indicates that the ego, based on the information just presented, creates the belief within the ego that nobody deserves forgiveness, including ourselves. He states that our egos are very clever, and based on these beliefs, create all manner of havoc in our lives.

Yet, the good news is in the quote above. “The greater our ability to recognize our fearful ego, the freer we are to choose a more loving and peaceful life.”

We are always in charge. We can allow our ego to rule or be the manager of it instead. Either way, we are in charge and in our choosing.

I choose a more loving and peaceful life by spreading the joy that comes from awareness and the power of choice.

Rock Your Personal World

“It turns out that it is not possible
to separate anything from anything, though,
because at the core of all of those things
is you and the way you feel.
As you focus upon one unpleasant
or unwanted aspect of life,
it bleeds over into all other aspects.

Can you see, in looking back,
that there were opportunities
to look for positive aspects,
but because you were fixated
upon negative aspects,
those became your dominant experience?

Focus upon what you do want,
become a Vibrational Match
to what you do want,
train your point of attraction
to what you do want–
and watch your personal world become that.”

— Abraham, Esther Hicks

Love and Reprimand

“In order to experience peace instead of conflict,
it is necessary to shift our perception.
Instead of seeing others as attacking us,
we can see them as fearful.”

— Gerald G. Jampolsky
Love Is Letting Go Of Fear

This quote from one of my all-time favorite books is so powerful that it is worth reading again and again until our perception shifts. As we think someone or perhaps several are attacking us, the trained response would be to go into defensive mode. We judge the attacker and we fantasize about their intentions and motives. We sound the alarm inside and as we think about defending ourselves, our honor, our territory, we go into war mode. What is that old adage about the battle? The best defense is a good offense. We become the attacker also. On and on it goes expanding and spreading like cancer that is taking over our body.

Yet as we are willing to not become attached to the attack and give it no energy, we can take the wonderful choice to see the attacker as not an attacker but someone who is fearful and perhaps even taken over by fear. Fear is where all battles exist. They cannot exist in love. Once we can see what is going on as a choice between love and fear, we can choose love. We can see that the one in fear is really calling for help and is, therefore, a request for love.

When we choose to see through the eyes of love, we cannot react habitually as we might have before. Now, we see the fear in the other and we choose not to be fearful and because we see with the eyes of love, we love them regardless of what they seem to be projecting. The title of Gerald’s book is a succinct and powerful phrase. Love really is letting go of fear. It is a choice. We can choose love. We all can.

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