Category: Trust

The Voice Of Guidance

“When I was nineteen, I was stricken with polio that left me with one paralyzed leg and the inability to walk. A close doctor friend refused to let the hospital fit me with braces. Instead she administered, for several months, Sister Kenny’s treatment of hot packs and massages. During that time, I spent many hours speaking to my paralyzed leg. My leg did not hear or receive the message from my brain. Yet one miraculous day, after several months, there was the slightest tremor in my toe. Gradually, my leg began to hear the message and awaken in response. As the connection between brain and leg strengthened, my leg began to recover, and in time I began to walk. In this same way, we don’t, in the beginning, hear the gentle voice of guidance within that would awaken us to holy life. But through devotion and practice, the connection becomes stronger, and we are enlivened by the inflow of Divine Love.”

— Donna F. Fletcher
Excerpt from Reflection 92

Reflections of the Heart

Being The Example Of Love

“Know that you cannot change anything out there; you can only allow other people and situations to change. If you wish to see anything in your world change, change yourself! Then the other changes. Then you will be being a representative example to everyone else of what kind of unconditionally loving being they can also be–by allowing them to see the example you are setting, regardless of what they are choosing. If you are buying into their reality, and becoming frustrated and hateful and so on, because they are choosing to be frustrated and hateful and so on, you are only reinforcing the reality they are already living. You are not giving them an example; you are not giving them a chance to see any other way.

Trust. Be the life you wish to be. Act as if you are that way. We are not suggesting you ignore the fact that other people are choosing to suffer. But the way to assist them best is to first and foremost be the being that at least shows them there is another way to be. Otherwise they cannot see an example of how they could also choose to be: loving to themselves.”

— Bashar, Darryl Anka

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.

Our Core Value System

“Being invulnerable behind protective walls is a living death. Vulnerability has no guarantees against pain, but it is the way of love…

If your life is ever growing more toward wholeness, fullness, and abundance, your core value must be life-affirming…

Growing in Divine Love is a core value. And, as in all core value systems, actions evolve from the core value. Opening the heart to receive Divine Love happens in response to the deep desire to grow in Divine Love. As your inner core becomes more and more dedicated to loving, your outer life will grow in richness, meaning, and love relationships.”

— Donna F. Fletcher
Reflections of the Heart

This is an excerpt from Reflection 88. The entire piece was very good and the above portions brought me joy. I especially loved the first two lines: “Being invulnerable behind protective walls is a living death. Vulnerability has no guarantees against pain, but it is the way of love.” This sentiment is perfectly pictured in the simplicity and insight of Donna’s word choices.

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.

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

The Treasure Chest

Within each person, God implants a treasure chest of latent possibilities awaiting that person’s birth into life, and He gives each person special talents for the artistic expression of life. This means that you are a creative artist, and will create your life according to your vision. Some will create, with great heart, their dreams. Some will abdicate the gift of being an active doer and acquiesce to the passive role of non-doer. Such people never know the joy and fulfillment of taking, from their treasure chest, their gifts and talents, and of using them to create a life of beauty and fullness.

Life is what you make it. Your life can be a beautiful painting if you develop the inherent gifts of vision, honesty, courage, devotion, and steadfastness that can be found in the treasure chests you received from God. With your vision, you can dream dreams, with honesty you can create from the center of your truth, with courage you can accept life’s pain without giving up, with devotion you can give heart to your life. With steadfastness, you can withstand the storms.

Donna F. Fletcher
Reflections of the Heart

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