Life isn’t black and white.
Although we may wish it were.
But it’s not that simple.
Life is grey and blue and purple and red and every color of the rainbow.
Life is not what you grew up thinking it was.
Life is now.
And often contradictory and paradoxical.
Just when you think you’ve figured it out, it expands beyond your comprehension.
Yet, it’s so often wondrous and loving along the way.
Yes, we have sorrow and grief, but often these provide the contrast for us to appreciate how exquisite and sacred every moment is, every breath is.
You and I have been given a gift.
And it’s this very instant. It’s this very breath.
And the next one.
Wisdom traditions dating back to the dawn of consciousness have been trying to tell us this.
When you center yourself…
When you clear your mind…
When you get in touch with the magic of your holy breath… you can approach an understanding of the magic that surrounds you.
It is profound.
It is yours.
It is what you came here to discover.
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For some reason we are hard wired for self loathing. It is an odd aspect of the human condition.
The critic inside your head is quick to beat you up.
You must let this go.
You must override this.
Take conscious control of your thoughts.
You are the master of your mind when you choose to be. And you must make this choice.
Forgiveness is one of the most powerful forces in the Universe. It is important not only to forgive others, but to forgive yourself. Frequently, when thinking of forgiveness we neglect to forgive ourselves.
Forgiveness is a spiritual technology. Forgiveness is a super power. Forgiveness is highly transformative.
Forgiveness pulls you out of ego and toward love and humility.
Remember this key concept from A Course In Miracles: “You can either have a grievance or a miracle. You cannot have both.” Forgiveness is a big part of this equation. This applies to you personally when you choose to forgive yourself.
Release the grievances you have against yourself and open up a space for positive transformation. This is how your personal miracles occur.
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There is a lunatic living inside your head. This lunatic is feeding your mind with fear based thoughts that are distorting your clearest, highest and most accurate perception of the world.
In Zen they call this Monkey Mind. In A Course in Miracles and psychology they call this Ego. The author Steven Pressfield calls this Resistance.
Ego is not your friend.
But you need not be victimized by the fearful, negative, angry thoughts of this lunatic. You can get clear. You can center yourself. You can ease your mind and transcend the lunatic.
The calm you seek is inside of you and as close as your next breath. Meditation can take you there, Music can take you there, Nature can take you there, your Beloved can take you there.
Go there. And go back there as often as you possibly can.
The choice of Love over Fear is yours and it’s the most important choice you will make every day of your life.
I came across a quote today…
“Leave them better than you found them.”
How wonderful is that?
Leave them better than you found them.
What if all of us left people better than when we initially met with them?
In every encounter, doing something to uplift others, inspire others, make others feel better. Without regard for ourselves, but with absolute regard for the other people in our lives.
How much better would all of our lives be?
I strongly believe that the benefits to the provider of such kindness would equal or exceed those of the receiver.
Why not try it?
Direct experience is so much better than theory.
Find out for yourself.
Leave them better than you found them.
And get back to me with your results.
You don’t fully appreciate what you have until it’s gone.
Our power was out for nearly 23 hours.
Yeah, I know… “First World Problems.”
We were wondering if this would go on for several days.
But the moment when the lights came back on tonight, there was a feeling of hallelujah, liberation and rapture.
Something as simple as the lights coming back in your home becomes a joyous celebration.
If only I could remember to feel such gratitude every time I am privileged to turn on a light.
Let it shine.
“You can have a grievance or a miracle.
You cannot have both.”
This is my favorite line from A Course in Miracles.
A lifetime of experience reveals the wisdom of these twelve words.
They speak to the power of focus, the power of gratitude and the corresponding power of dwelling on the negative.
Miracles rarely occur when we are mired in grievances.
Yet when we appreciate our blessings, they somehow multiply.
There’s the old adage, “What you focus on increases.”
This is a transformative idea.
Do you want to focus on grievances or miracles?
Miracles are everywhere.
All around you.
Your next breath is a miracle.
And so do grievances.
The choice is yours.
It’s a big, life altering choice.
You are empowered to choose every moment of your life.
The word “ghosts” reminded me of the final track of Dan Fogelberg’s 1981 album, The Innocent Age.
The song is “Ghosts.” It’s mystical, haunting and evocative. On many levels, it’s my favorite Fogelberg tune and most people have probably never heard it.
It’s one of those songs that can take you into another dimension.
It’s fascinating that dimensions ranging from Heaven to Hell, from despair to bliss, are accessible in virtually every moment.
Here is Dan Fogelberg’s “Ghosts” via YouTube. I didn’t create the video, but it’s not a bad visualization of the song…
We lament our adversity.
We feel victimized by our circumstance.
But what if our adversity is an opportunity?
What if our struggle is a gift?
What if we’re not only equal to the task, but born for it?
If we only have the courage.
If we only have the vision to see
That this very obstacle will not only free us,
But will also light the way for others
In their moments of despair.
You know the way forward.
The answers were born inside of you.
The Universe is waiting
For you to accept your cosmic inheritance
And become the person
You came here to be.
These three words may sound trite at first, but knowing the depth of their meaning and how Joseph Campbell came to understand them is truly empowering.
Campbell spent his life studying the world’s mythologies and religions. He found common themes and connected the dots on “The Hero’s Journey,” which is not only the basis of humankind’s greatest stories, but is also encoded in your very own psyche and DNA.
Your bliss is your passion. It is your soul work. It is what you came into this world to experience and to share with others.
An extended quote from Campbell on how it works:
“Follow your bliss.
If you do follow your bliss,
you put yourself on a kind of track
that has been there all the while waiting for you,
and the life you ought to be living
is the one you are living.
When you can see that,
you begin to meet people
who are in the field of your bliss,
and they open the doors to you.
I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid,
and doors will open
where you didn’t know they were going to be.
If you follow your bliss,
doors will open for you that wouldn’t have opened for anyone else.”