My dear friends, our Job year has continued, now in addition to all that we went through this spring (late miscarriage of twins, car broken into w/ wallet stolen, repeated months of not being able to pay our mortgage on time, computer crashing in early May) our car isn't working. So I'm riding my bike to and from work everyday (15 miles each way). Fortunately my job is awesome, but so much in my life is beyond my control right now. The saddest consequence has been the loss of activity/morale in this group. I ask of you all to forgive me and my inability to moderate discussions which has resulted in members having hurt feelings. Please, let's keep sharing something positive, something personal, and avoid criticizing one another. Let's share our stories once again. And though I have no access to beliefnet right now except the rare five minute occasion on someone else's computer, you all have so much wisdom of your own to share, so please do keep sharing. I don't know how or when I will have a new computer, but it should be in the next couple of weeks, and I promise to be a regular presence here once again. In the meantime, I so appreciate your patience and forgiveness, and your efforts to keep being Ourself loving ourselves!
God says, "They have been buried below layers of debris in their souls, which I am now cleansing and healing in order that they can more readily recognize the leading of My Spirit in their lives. "I will not leave undone what has gotten them stuck in ruts. I will not leave unclear what has left them without solutions and resolutions to their crisis. I will not leave their unanswered questions unanswered, because I will give them their meat in due season. I will heal them at a deeply, spiritual level, as well as at a level of their emotional well-being. "I will cause them to see Me in places where they have failed to recognize Me. And like a faithful brook, whose waters never fail and are always certain, I will make their souls like a well-watered garden and I will feed them with the abundance of My riches from My storehouse."I will bring peace and closure to events that they have endured for which they have felt left wounds in them. These are the things I will do and I will not leave them undone."
Well I have been away for a while as well I guess is a busy time for everyone. Before we know it is gone. I have been waiting for the sun to come out and now we are having lots with nighttime storms. I have been doing some reading too. I am in real need of community and sometimes I can get that through certain fiction books about the old times. Anyway blessings to everyone. Have a great summer.
Wow, It's been a long time since I've been among you all on-line, but make no mistake I've been with you in Spirit each day and night! When I pray and meditate, I am seated amongst you, see your smiling faces (eyes half closed)across the candlelit hall.
I sing a joyful song of awe, of wonderment, of mountaintops once climbed (in my youth), of clouds flying by us in bright sunlight, shadows following close behind, views as breathless as a new love(when first realized).
I sing a song renewal, of wetlands sloshed through in the half light of dawn, a rush of morning coolness, dew, and blossoms new, birds just awakening and yearning to be dryed (in the coming morning's sun). New Day every Day
I sing a song of promise, of wonderous new directions of growth for humanity! For All life! Just as there exists among the ancient trees of the Northwest! Centuries of life are coded mysteriously in each and every cell of their seedlings, each having all of the potential of the Giants. So is true with each of us! As is true with the microcosm is also true with the macrocosm, as above, below, as without, within! The seedling arises!
Pure potentiality we are, unblemished (by the wrestling in the red dust), untapped, unrealized, and for so many even unaware, until we awaken and so choose to be reborn into the ever present moment of Now, a whole part of the One Source. Unlimited!
I sing a song of fellowship, of community, of being whole, yet a part of the larger whole!
Of being present, yet afar! Of missing friends, yet knowing fullwell they are fine, cared for, loved beyond measure by the One Source, sustained by the Universal Energy.
Blessed be Community! Ourselves United!
Love to all dusty, and msPJ
I always thought of myself as a very smart person life has show me that i must get my knowledge for GOD
Thank you so much for sharing that with me- I'm going to try it myself! It's weird, now that I have a copy of my book as a real book instead of a manuscript with red edit marks all over it like when I was writing it, I can really hear the book's own voice, and so I've really been enjoying reading it, not quite as an outsider, but as a reader rather than as an editor. I hope others will try keeping a copy by the bed or couch to use as you suggested, and I hope folks share their enthusiasm for the book with friends to get the word out there. The book world is undergoing a lot of change in its business operations, which makes marketing a very difficult task-- so word of mouth is the book's best hope at staying in print!
I miss you all soooo much these days. Our computer died, and it has been hard to find time to use public computers because our family life is so challenging right now, having recently lost our baby. Sara, the kids and I are loving each other through these hard times, just like we have through so many other struggles as a big family. In any case, I send you all waves of love and light, and long, gentle hugs... and a silent prayer for the light of truth to guide the hearts and minds of all humankind (each one of us!) in brighter and more harmonious directions. Thank you so much for all the love, beauty and wisdom you share here! It lights my heart everytime I read here.
Just dropping by to say hi and to wish everyone a joyful Sunday. It is always a pleasure and an inspiration to read the posts here.
Ty, I'm continuing to read your book and am very much enjoying it. Today your words were a beacon light shining through the fog of my depression. Instead of pulling the bed sheets over my head and lying there, I am getting up, stretching, moving and opening up that window you write of so that “the fresh air of ourself can move and circulate.” If anyone else in this group suffers from depression, I recommend keeping “Being Ourself” by your bed. It helped met get up and moving this morning, and encouraged me to focus on the positive in my life instead of dwelling on the stressors.
HAPPY 365 MORE JOYFUL DAYS AROUND THE SUN!
Beaucoup 'd amour
Namaste' dear one
Thanks so much Sky for sharing this, I really like that analogy too, about taking much needed daily vacations from the all consuming urgency of "me, myself, and I" with all the drama of relationships,domestic work, and money... to bask in the light of the wholeness which is always right here (everywhere) and available for healing and rejuvenation. We do have coexisting responsibilities to both our spiritual needs for freedom and quiet and our everyday needs for support and sustenance. Recognizing that our individual struggles exist within the context of the greater whole, our true identity as nature itself (or Tao or Ourself), is a great relief. It allows us to open up and actively float downstream, in the peace and harmony of the inner life.
In any case, I wanted to let the group know that Sara and I are currently without a computer, so we will try to write when we can from public computers, but it might be a little slow for a week or two from our end. Keep connecting and chatting with each other though because you all are different parts of this same whole with SOOO much to contribute.
Peace and Love!
I ordered your book and it arrived just in time for my birthday. I am reading it slowly, as you suggest, and enjoying it. I am quoting a sentence from it that got my attention. "Everybody and everything, including all of our thoughts and feelings, all exist within and are part of the same house. Moving out of our messy, poster-clad bedroom with the dirty laundry of isolation littered all over the floor, and checking out the magnificent house as a whole is getting to know Ourself."
As I was reading I was sitting in that disordered room literally (my house was becoming a mess and I needed to get up and do something about that) and mentally (dirty laundry was piling up internally as well as externally). This group and the posts I read here take me out of that bedroom for a while and help me to feel part of "Ourself" rather than alone and separated. I look forward to reading the rest of "Being Ourself" and to spending time carrying out the reflections you include in it.