Sunday, November 9, 2014

SHARING YOUR GIFTS

Most folks think of a gift as some kind of material assets being shared with another. I have even talked with some who have declared that they have nothing to give another as a gift. And to that I say horse feathers! All of us have plenty of gifts that we can share if we but take a moment to realize that our lives are full of gifts. Gifts that are given to us by the Universe with no strings attached. But the Universe, in It's infinite wisdom, will stop giving us those gifts unless we share them with others. I was looking at a book this evening titled The Art of Living by Wilferd A. Peterson and would like to share with you the following paragraphs from this work. I quote: In gratitude for God's gift of life to us we should share that gift with others. The art of giving encompasses many areas. It is an outgoing, overflowing way of life.
Basically we give what we are. "The thoughts you think," wrote Maeterlinck, "will irradiate you as though you are a transparent vase."
The gift of things are never as precious as the gifts of thought.
 Emerson said it well: "Rings and jewels are not gifts, but apologies for gifts. The only true gift is a portion of thyself."
We give of ourselves when we give gifts of the heart; love, kindness, joy, understanding, sympathy, tolerance, forgiveness.....
We give of ourselves when we give gifts of the mind: ideas, dreams, purposes, ideals, principles,, plans, inventions, projects, poetry.......
We give of ourselves when we give gifts of the spirit: prayer, vision, beauty, aspiration, peace, faith...
We give of ourselves when we give the gifts of time; when we are minute builders of more abundant living for others......
We give of ourselves when we give the gift of words; encouragement, inspiration, guidance,......
We should give of ourselves with the radiant warmth of sunshine and the glow of an open fire.
We should give our community a good man(woman).
We should give our home a devoted husband(wife) and father(mother)
We should give our country a loyal citizen.
We should give our world a lift toward that one far-off divine event toward which all creation moves.
 The finest gift a man can give to his age and time is the gift of a constructive and creative life.

Personally I feel we all should strive to be the very best human being we possibly can. In this world of illusion and misunderstanding I truly believe that by realizing we are all in essence pure Divine love and that we are all connected to one another by this Divine Love that this is when our search for enlightenment has at last reached that One Path that leads us all back to the ONE. I would hope that each of you have already discovered all the gifts that you possess and that you are sharing them with all of us daily. May your light always shine brightly! Do a good deed today so you can be a little more free tomorrow!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

DEATH AS A NEW BEGINNING

I am sure that lots if not most of us humans view death as an ending of something and surely not a start of something new. There are so many teachings as to what becomes of us at the point of "death" when the human body no longer functions. I am not one who professes to know for sure where we go, if anywhere at all. I do have my personal beliefs which are true for me only! So with that being said I would just like to share with you a paragraph from The Urantia Book which states the following:

Love of adventure, curiosity, and dread of monotony---these traits inherent in evolving human nature---were not put there just to aggravate and annoy you during your short sojourn on earth, but rather to suggest to you that death is only the beginning of an endless career of adventure, an everlasting life of anticipation, an eternal voyage of discovery.

My wish is that each of you will just take a moment while on this earthly path to do something nice for someone and to express the Divine Love which resides in you right now. May your path be filled today with lots of love, peace, beauty, and joy.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

CHOOSING A PATH WITH HEART

Even though all of us are connected to each other and to all things, we do indeed each choose which path to follow. Personally, I feel that eventually all paths leads to the same result. And that result is merging back into the One Consciousness from whence we all came from. Of course, that is only my humble opinion and that is a moot point for sure. But we all do choose the path we wish to take and those paths will be filled with many a twist and turn. I would like to share with you the following passage from Carlos Castaneda's book titled "The Wheel of Time". In the passage the character Don Juan is speaking. "Anything is one of a million paths. Therefore, a warrior must always keep in mind that a path is only a path; if he feels he should not follow it, he must not stay with it under any conditions. His decision to keep on that path or to leave it must be free of fear or ambition. He must look at every path closely and deliberately. There is a question that a warrior has to ask, mandatorily: Does this path have a heart?
 "All Paths are the same: They lead nowhere. However, a path without a heart is never enjoyable. On the other hand, a path with heart is easy-it does not make a warrior work at liking it; it makes for a joyful journey; as long a s a man follows it, he is one with it".
My sincere hope for all of you is that the path you have chosen for the moment is one with heart. One that indeed brings you much love, much joy, and much peace. If your path, on the other hand, lacks heart I hope you soon will see that it is time for a change. Sometimes a seeming simple path can indeed bring one back to the road to joy. A path that entails one to do as much good for this world as they do for themselves can often times be a great start on finding that path that does have heart. May I be bold enough to suggest that right now, while you can, just reach out and do a kind deed for someone and aspire to become part of life's solution. I leave you with thoughts of love, peace, and joy. Remember to enjoy this one Eternal Moment! Give love, accept love, be love, for that is all any of us really are.

Friday, October 10, 2014

THE PRICE OF LOVE

You ever wonder what the cost of love really is? I'm sure each one of us could come up with a different answer according to our personal experiences. Of course it doesn't cost anything to give love or to accept love. That is of course, if the love is an unconditional one. I was recently looking through some old copies of the Science of Mind magazine when I ran across the one I am talking about now. It was printed in the magazine's daily meditations and was dated May 21st of 2004. And yes, I do manage to keep some of the older copies instead of giving all of them away. Their page for this daily affirmations was titled The Price of Love. And it started out with a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson who stated the following: He who is in love is wise and is becoming wiser, sees newly every time he looks at the object beloved, drawing from it with his eyes and his mind those virtues which it possess. That particular quote came from Emerson's work which was titled The Method of Nature. Following that quote was a quote of their own which stated this: If we look at love long enough, we shall become lovely, for this is the way of love.  That quote comes from the SOM Textbook page 491.The following is the rest of that days work and I am not sure who the author was on this one. But with that in mind here is the rest of the work.
Kahil Gibran, in his book The Prophet, said that unconditional love is not to be perceived as converging two islands into one. In love the two must remain distinct, individual, and be where the one water of love washes upon their shores. The price of love includes retaining our own individuality, as we allow the other the same right. There is an absence of love in the one who says, if you love me, you will, or will not, do a certain thing; will or will not be a certain way.
 Real love requires us to retain our identity, live with integrity, perform in strength, and offer protection, shelter, and support. The price of love prevents us from allowing ourselves to be manipulated, and thereby becoming shapeless, characterless, and unable to function from truth. Love is present when one can say, "I allow you all of the space you require to be yourself, because that is the only way I can mirror your gift to my life."
 When I feel loved, I know I can safely tell you how I feel, what I think, and reveal to you the poetry of my dreams. Since I know you are for me, and know you believe I can become what I want to be, I want you to know my past limitations do not bind me. You can count on me to grow. You can count on me to be there if you fall. I will catch you and put your feet back on the path you have chosen==as you would do for me. This is the price of love. Because my love for you comes from the Cosmic Sea, I have endless currency to pay the price.
 And the writer then leaves us with the following affirmation:
Today I am reborn in the river of your love, washing the shores of my soul.

I wish I had kept the entire magazine from which this reading came but instead I had torn out the one page to keep and gave away the magazine to someone else on life's pathway of discovery. I would love to know who the author was because I feel they said it perfectly what unconditional love is and what it costs us. My hope is that all of you got some good from this work and that in your life you have at least one soul who will Always love you unconditionally. Because if you do, then everything else in this life is pure gravy! I leave all of you with a reminder to try and do something nice for someone just because you can. And please remember that you are LOVED. Even if it doesn't always feel that way! Go out in this world with a smile and lend a helping hand when you can and always enjoy this One Eternal Moment! Bless your hearts, all of you!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Satisfaction

Are you truly satisfied with your life as it now stands? I sure hope you are. Living a life of satisfaction is truly rewarding while a life lived but not finding satisfaction can seem like torment. I share with you today the following quote from Ralph Waldo Trine who stated: "To find one's center, to become centered in the Infinite, is the first great essential of every satisfactory life." My sincere hope is that each of you will find the path that serves to make your life one of true satisfaction. Be not dismayed if you haven't reached that state of consciousness yet, for life will surely offer you many opportunities to discover total satisfaction. Just be prepared to recognize these opportunities when they do knock on your door. Stay thirsty for learning and keep an open mind. And never be so content that the fires inside of you die to just an ember. Show love, give love, accept love, and be love, for that is truly all we are.

Monday, September 29, 2014

THE BEST YOU CAN DO IS FORGIVE

W. Frederic Keeler once stated: "Forgive others  and forgive yourself. You have that power."  That is such a simple statement but to me it holds the key to living a life of fulfillment. Oft times we go through our daily routines while holding grudges or ill feelings toward someone we feel has wronged us. But more often that that we go through our entire lives sometimes and never forgive ourselves for the things we feel were mistakes in our own choices. And I feel that is just as harmful to us as not forgiving others for their poor choices. You want to feel light and beautiful today? If so just forgive everyone who has caused you trouble and don't forget to forgive yourself of the things you have done whether real or imagined. Any negative condition in your life can be healed. The Science of Mind states this: We must know that the All-Powerful Spirit is ever available and ever equal to the healing of any discordant condition.... Here's wishing that all your troubles will be few and that you will allow your light of perfect love to shine brightly at all times! Do something nice for yourself cause you deserve it. And after that do something nice for someone else. Forgive and live large!!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

A LIFE OF SERVICE

This world of illusion we find ourselves in at the moment sure seems contradictory to the world I would rather see. To me seems like most everything we human beings try to accomplish is things that will gain us fame, fortune, and respect. Don't get me wrong, I believe there is nothing wrong with trying to gain these things for ourselves and those we love. The problem is, as I see it, is that we don't seem to care who we have to step on to get those things. The law of Karma will always see to it that we reap what we sow. It may take a while for this law to catch up with us but indeed it surely will. Speaking of karma my blogger friend Deepian just recently wrote a wonderful entry about karma. I think you would find that interesting so if you get a chance check his blog out. Seems to me we are going about seeking our "good" on this plane by going in the opposite direction we should be going. Instead of living a life of wanting others to be of service to us, we might be a lot better off by trying to live a life of service to others. At least that is my humble opinion. And living a life of service doesn't mean doing without what we want for ourselves in this life. Rather it means that living a life that includes doing good for others will enable the karmic law to attract to us those things we "need' to be happy and content. I truly believe with all my heart that the more good we do for others the more good will appear in our lives. It isn't rocket science to see this. One can only attract into their own lives the good that they are willing to give to others. And the good news is this  my friends, you don't need money, fame, or anything else to do a kind deed for someone. All you need to live a life of service has been afforded you since the day you arrived on planet earth. Most of us have only allowed that "Inner Eye" of pure unconditional love at our core of being to get covered up by all the dark, dense, and cloudy vibrations of this 3D world. But I assure you of one thing, all of us have within the innate ability to once again let that light shine ever so brightly. It is up to each of us to determine how we do that. For me it is by living a life of service. It is a path I have chose to follow and my hope is that you will come along with me and all the other souls here who sincerely want the very best for everyone! I love the advice given by Daniel Boone Herring who has stated the following: "Let us begin to see what we can give, and start the limitless well of refreshment within our own souls to flowing outward." Great advice Mr. Herring! The more people who decide to live  a life of service will undoubtedly push this world to a far better state of being! Here's to hoping all of you are enjoying this one eternal moment and finding your life filled with love, wisdom, kindness, and utter joy. If not, then may I suggest you at least try doing something nice for someone right now. If you want more love in your life, then give more love to others. If you want more wisdom, then share what wisdom you already possess. (Yes, you have more than you even realize). If you want to be treated with respect and kindness, then treat those you meet with more respect and kindness. I'm sure you get the picture. And along the way if you ever get discouraged and think you are just spinning your wheels, remember all of us have those times of doubt but the light always dispels the darkness.Please, please, just let your love light shine! And also remember that you are loved and you are very special! "HUGS" to all.