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    Friday, January 16, 2009, 12:38 PM [General]

    Good morning and welcome!

     

    Around 5;00 am I heard "Get up!" but I turned over instead...the bed was warm... the cost...my blog post is late! It is wonderful to be able to hear that still voice, that sounds so loving, calm and wonderful even when its "shouting."  May I never lose touch or go "deaf" to it even when I ignore it!

     

    I have been observing some very interesting social concerns that people are involved in.  One concern is the isolation that one group has been experiencing for more than a few decades.  This isolation has created a culture of emotional brutality and physical violence.  Now.. the environment is the "last bastion" of economic opportunity and the "haves" want to work with the "have nots."  An interesting dilemma.  

     

    I have been thinking of ways to help.  One thought came to mind after a deep discussion on the emotional experience of being engaged.  I explained that I went through a few "mental trips" while being engaged for only a few hours.  I experienced fear of rejection, trying to identify how to be on the "right side" and then self reproach for having gone through the experience of those emotions and not immediately identifying them! 

     

    The thought?  I envisioned a young man, "asking" so many times and his emotional response to being rejected for years....suddenly I could understand the meanness that could develop after the sadness of being rejected and not even being given a chance.  With that understanding the next question is how to get from feeling mean and not having hope to softening up and asking again?  How to force yourself to face that rejection.  First you have to build yourself up and guard against your own emotional response!  Well that is the start of the work and I'm up for it!  It is the process of identifying if the "have nots' want to work with the "haves!"

     

    warm waves of universal love

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    Love is a force...

    Thursday, January 15, 2009, 10:41 AM [General]

    Good morning and welcome!

    Stayed awake until the wee hours. Commenting on an interesting topic and reading.  The subject we were commenting on was about relationships.  The subject of love came up for me.  But it came up as a question. People often share that Love is the ultimate.  People will say that "God is love" or "Love is the answer!" They also say that "Everyone wants to be loved."

    But then there are phrases like "Love at first sight," "Falling or being in love" "I love you." and "When love is gone."  That's the love between relationships. My question is: What is that love? A force or an emotion? Is the love between a parent and child a force or emotion?  What is love? Is is sometimes temporary, sometimes strong, sometimes weak.  People say love is the answer, I ask, what is love.

    So far it looks and works like a "force" that one can feel and can be motivated by.  People are moved to action when they experience what they call love. However when "love" comes so do other emotions sometimes.  Jealosuy, fear, how does love bring those emotions about?  If it is a force is it God?  I think it is.  I also think that the force causes us to work and to have experiences and that is the purpose of love. 

     warm waves of universal love and enlightenment to each of us..

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    "Of myself...I can do nothing"

    Wednesday, January 14, 2009, 9:37 AM [General]

    Good morning and welcome!

    I heard these words during the night and was reminded of the force of life that works through us.   The magical part of hearing those words, (which I have read before) reminded me that we are all born helpless.  We cannot walk, talk or even feed ourselves, yet remarkably, someone carries us, feeds us, clothes us, until we can! Remarkably, someone usually cares!

    What does a Stephen Hawkins do?  Stephen exercised the power of his brain.  Since his motor skills depleted he used his brain. He used his mind of course but physically he used his brain to engage in the world.   There's a great lesson in here for me..."of myself I can do nothing...but the father in me..."  "father" being the force of the universe.

    I also wanted to share with readers, that the process of giving (or sharing what you have with others who need it)  until you have no more...... worked again...Deepak Chopra's example of the model of the cell transferring everything to the next generation of cells, worked again...My big problems (the ones I wrote about the day before, causing me great stress) were addressed again!  I love the "magic" of this world and the "intelligent design."  "God" the force of the universe works through people to help us solve our problems. I believe that "Creationism" and "intelligent" design both have a place in my understanding of the universe!  One is "pre-material" and the other is the movement (the sub-atomic process) of matter.

    Money, food, "manna" doesn't "rain down" from the sky.  In my experience of the world. it is people who make these things available to each other. The force that drives them is the "mystery."  It is very often the force (pre-material) we call "love." 

    I love these days, when I hear that voice and awaken like I should! 

    warm waves of universal love and light...

    Thanks for reading! 

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    Back and forth...

    Tuesday, January 13, 2009, 10:41 AM [General]

    Good morning and welcome!

    This will have to be quick because I woke-up-late-with-not-enough-time....just the way I didn't want to wake up. However I did wake up peacefully, but to a strangely warm morning...this winter. Here we are...there is no war at home (on American soil) but I feel like nothing makes sense...as if I were in a war...

     

    The generation behind me isn't doing as well as I expected and I can't understand why.  I think its several things, lack of humility in spirit matters, lack of deep academic interest, and lack of job opportunities that provide ADEQUATE income....and these young people are not bad...they don't seem to know what to do.  

     

    The group I am looking at are varied in their approaches. Two went to post secondary school, two took vocational training, one has tried several venues and one is a gifted house painter but rarely works as one.... One has worked for nearly nine years (and full time for most of them) and has attended college having earned recently a first level degree, but can't find a good paying job, another has completed college but has never held a steady job, the vocationally trained haven't found jobs in their vocation and the painter never works.  There is one who has tried the marines, a type of job corps, nothing seems to stick. I'm sure there may be nuances I don't perceive but...its baffling.

     

    So this is parenting at the next level?  What do I do now?  I pray and I help when I can. I should probably not worry, keep my eye on what I am supposed to be doing, things will turn out...

     not very deep today...

    thanks for reading! 

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    God's grace and practical matters

    Monday, January 12, 2009, 10:15 AM [General]

    Good morning and welcome!

     This morning, or perhaps I should begin with last night!  My family is experiencing quite a bit of change and they are a bit uncomfortable, (I am too).  I have not lost faith in the outcome and so can be calm to a great degree. I am also older and we have always lived on the tight rope!  However because I am now addressing "new" adult concerns and have just awakened to a new level and type of support, even I went to bed confused as to how I would address my own problems!

    However in the night (or rather wee hours of the morning), I could see how to present my problems to those who may help me solve them.  I "heard" that instruction if you can see this clearly now, get up and write it all down, why wait until you become confused again?

    I got up and realized that I should be rising every morning at this time, because it adds to my "quiet time" and hopefully to my future ability to calendar in meditation time.

    I was able to write my concerns and my request to address my concerns in a clear and concise manner.  If I had not "seen" the steps in my in-between- states and heeded the call to get up....I would probably have awakened to my usual, in-a-rush-no-time-to-think-behind-the-gun-too-many-things-to-do approach. 

    God's grace....a practical approach. 

    PLEASE NOTE: For my friends from all walks of life, don't be put off because I sound so Christian-like,  God is everywhere and is called by many names but there is only one being or force to which we are all praying or studying, experiencing, etc., God is the universal being the one eternal omnipotent living, creative fabric of force that everything is composed of. 

    I am grateful to have been awakened this morning with help in addressing a practical matter.

    warm waves of universal love and light,

    sentient8 

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    when i wake up...to this mystery

    Sunday, January 11, 2009, 1:08 PM [General]

    Good morning and welcome!

    This morning upon regaining conciousness to this world, i could hear instruction, but i did not focus and now i can't remember what I heard.  i love hearing that instruction.  i know it is from the universe (God). i love even the "space" where i hear it. It is like being in a swimming pool, sounds from the waking world are not clearly audible, and thoughts are like objects floating around...but the instruction is so clear and so practical.

    my life is a mystery. i call it a journey but it is also a mystery.  i go through life never being sure about any thing except that i am here.

    upon awakening from sleep...it is best for me to be still and hear God.  If i miss that opportunity I have to look for "answers" from the universe through others and through "signs" and although I am sure they are all around me, I have to discern them.  

    it is "day 11" of the new year...i still have not created time in my schedule of living for meditation.

    i will.

    warm waves of universal love and light,

    thanks for reading! 

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    Opinions...we all have them...

    Saturday, January 10, 2009, 11:58 AM [General]

    Good morning and welcome!

    Honesty...can be tough, but it shouldn't have to be.  Last week I was part of a serious "post" discussion. (None of those listed on my site, so far the groups I belong to have been safe!) I found the group through a featured request for support on the "Community" page of beliefnet. In hindsight I now realize that the group might be a support group.  I didn't recognize it because I was responding to an individual question from one person in the group.

     Someone asked a serious question about themselves.  They wanted help. The group of people posting was very supportive and gave their responses, I also answered. I shared my perspective, but I tried to lighten up the "weight" by discarding the labeling aspect of their request for a "self diagnosis."  It is my opinion that labels  (positive or negative) give weight to the person they are applied to.  I try to abandon labels in my life.  For example, while I try to be a good person, I know that i cannot accept the label of good because I also do "bad" things.  (Like eat meat!  I am sure chickens wouldn't like me if they knew I ate them.)

     Other labels, like stupid, foolish, smart, bright have an emotional effect that can be distracting. 

    The point of my post was, you know what the problem is...be careful AND address it.  Don't add to the problem by making it emotionally bigger than what it is.   

    One person responded "mockingly" including incorporating my comments in their post.  I don't believe the person that posted intended to be directly insulting toward me, but "mocked" my post because I insisted on "discarding" the label.  I have been offended by that post, (oh-oh..that demonstrates more of my imperfection!)  I won't be posting in that group anymore!  I know it's good to present all sides.. but not to address each other's opinions by way of picking each other apart.  We are each one piece of the whole. I only have my piece of the answer!

    On the high note, the group and their responses in empathy to the original post demonstrated the warmth of the many people who visit the beliefnet community. Another good outcome is that I will continue to respond to invitations to answer questions from my perspective but I will not comment on the post of another unless I agree with it.   It is nice to be here on such a progressive internet community.

    Back to my happy (and safe) place...my quest for the understanding of the process of miracles and recognizing God in others.  That takes practice, not because I can't see it, but because I forget to look!  Okay...see God in each other, in as much as ye have done unto the....

     warm waves of universal love and light!  May we all experience the healing we need.

    Thanks for reading! 

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    Walking....

    Friday, January 9, 2009, 12:17 PM [General]

    Good morning and welcome!

    There is a famous poem.  Footsteps. From what I remember, Footsteps is a prayer of gratitude and speaks of someone walking through their life, with Jesus walking beside them as support.  The poem acknowledges two sets of footprints as the evidence, but at some point there is only one set.  At that time the prayer asks where the support was.  The answer:  There was only one set because Jesus was carrying the walker.

    The poem is often accompanied with a picture of footsteps on a sandy shore.  Recently I posted to a site where someone shared their challenges or rather what must have felt like their trials and tribulations.  After posting the "footsteps" poem came to mind complete with the picture.  I was reminded that we each have to keep walking on our journey.  Stopping will never get us there and we have to have faith that God, the universal creator will carry us through. We get tired...physically, mentally and emotionally... there are ways to "refresh"  but many of us don't know them.  Instead, we pray. There are spiritual practices that also help and inspire us. 

    There is a wonderful practice that serves me well.  That practice which is the action I am speaking about is a rule that I've learned about but wasn't really taught by people.

     The rule is:  give/share the "extra" that you have for the right reasons, God will provide. Sometimes, when I see a need and I meet it for someone else with what seems to be my "extra" I get worried, but jut when I need my "extra" back....it is provided. 

    We all worry about how our basic needs will be met.  I have worried about them all my life, however they have been met. Basic needs are nutritional food, good quality shelter and adequate clothing.  These basic needs (and more) drive our economy together. Since we have created the type of economy that weaves our lives together in a sort of economic fabric, sharing and giving is part of it. The rule that I have observed is that when I share/give to those I come in contact even to the last...my supply is replenished. 

    This practice and the resulting experience has already happened three times this year and it is just the 9th day.  I think it is one of the 'laws" of supply and demand at work, that I am fortunate enough to be able to see working.  This practice requires faith, I don't want to share my "extra" I might need it, but when I do, it always comes back in time when I do need it!

    Now its off to the world of work and trade and human interaction! May I see and respect God in each person I see today! I bow to God who is omnipotent and within his creation. 

    Thanks for reading! 

    warm waves of universal love and light!

     

     


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    Love and humanity

    Thursday, January 8, 2009, 12:04 PM [General]

    Good morning and welcome!

     Love that broad word that expresses itself in affection.....like the blossoming of flowers love is wonderful and love can take you on a path that you don't want to walk.  so what is it? 

    For God so loved the world...

    Mother sacrifices everything for her child,

    couples long to "be" with each other...

    what a force....why a force....

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    My own advice...

    Wednesday, January 7, 2009, 12:12 PM [General]

    Good morning and welcome!

     I woke up fatigued, not much rest although I took a sleeping aid!  I gave someone advice yesterday, and I am going to take it.  I am going to do my part, do my work and pray along the way. I am also going to bring good will and cheer to those I encounter.  I will take time to connect meet with God in them.

     warm waves of love and light to all...may we be productive 

    Thanks for reading! 

     

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