There are times during the transformational process when it may feel as if we have ‘no choice’ in  certain situations, especially if we want to be true to ourselves and stay in integrity.  Yet we always have the option to choose how we feel about our choices. That’s not to say that all of the choices we make are of our liking, or even comfortable … sometimes they are not. As transformational beings, however, the choices themselves are not primary. What is paramount is our ability to find the thread of congruency woven though the challenge of each difficult choice. That thread can be described as right action.

We can identify right action by the awareness that such an action will bring us inner peace and a sense of being congruent with our truth. Many times, right action can feel uncomfortable, like something we (our ego-selves) do not want to do, face or confront. At the same time a greater part of us already feels or senses the peace in such action before we have acted.

Right action is not contingent on our emotional reactions. It is recognized by the sense of harmony felt in the connection and intercommunication of heart, mind, body and spirit, and this is what determines the level of our integrity and harmony. When these facets of self are incorporated in choice-making, we are able to maintain our inner wholeness which, in turn, determines our capacity to be at peace with the world and with ourselves. If the world we inhabit is in turmoil, often the most powerful (and sometimes the only benevolent) thing we can do is to choose toward our greater integrity.

We may experience our nobility as humans through right action, as it supports wholeness in ourselves and offers others the opportunity to do the same.

2012: Hopes, Wishes, Dreams Fulfilled Through The Congruency of Love

Each past New Year carried a familiar sense of expected freshness and change – with a resolution or two thrown in for tradition’s sake. 2012 has a feeling all Its own. It feels strong and demanding. Resolutions and traditions don’t seem to fit in this New Year. I thought it might be fun to talk to the New Year – as if it were a kind of presence already completed and hanging around with its newness just waiting to be called  into expression.

When I sat in silence this morning, I asked if  I could talk to It. It whispered to me, “I am not a year for sissies or the faint of heart. I am the year of expansion, discovery and miracles; I bring the opportunity to recover the lost memory of who you are; I am the year in which you will be offered true inner power.” At this point It was no longer a whisper but a strong, confident voice. “I am like a wind that creates a swirling vortex to carry you upward, spiraling ever higher, if you will let me.”

I couldn’t help but think this sounds good, but a bit scary. The New Year continued, “All you need do is not resist the blasts of cold, the gusts of force and the hot dry droning air that comes before the wild fires rage.”

”Wow” I thought, “This doesn’t bode well.” Then instantly I felt a warm comforting feeling start at my feet and undulate up far beyond the top of my head. Maybe I did react too quickly to this new 2012 energy. Feeling more confident I asked, “Okay, tell me something useful, please.” I sat quietly and listened…nothing…not a sound …not a twitch of movement. It seemed like a long time before I heard something… then, a whisper… ”The Congruency of Love”…. followed by a deep silence  – almost void-like in its quality.

So this is the something useful that 2012 has to offer, hum.  After some thought, I actually began to get what an awesome gift this is. I had experienced this in December when my Mom died. We were/are very close. She was a dynamic woman, revered and respected on the Cape for her love and dedication both as a teacher and as an individual.  When she died, people expected my heart would be heavy, that I would feel her death as a loss. But I did not. I do feel an energetic difference where her energy used to be on the planet…it is different – cooler - with her warmth not present…yet our love for each other feels the same.. There is an honesty in my love for her and her love for me, which made her death congruent…or seamless in a way. There is no ‘left over’ anything, no guilt, no wishing I had or hadn’t done …. there is nothing but love.

What would congruence look like without the experience of loss I wondered? How would I have known it? I think it would have unfolded as I began to recognize that love is a state of being…not an emotion. That condition of being the love that we are allows us to be powerful yet not damaging. Have you noticed that when you say something that is coming from your heart (connected to the love that you are) most people do not take offence, even if it isn’t what they want to hear?  In fact, I’ve found people actually “hear” you. That is they hear what is beyond the words; they hear the heart’s intention. When I speak only from my mind or the emotional moment, I notice how easily I can be misunderstood.

As I considered what the Presence of the New Year had said, especially the part about miracles and true inner power, “The Congruency of Love” began to take on a greater significance. How can I even recognize a ‘miracle’ if I don’t engage my heart? The mind can only know what it knows, it does not have the capacity to search for or identify truly ‘new’ possibilities. Newness, inspiration, the unknown, these are the heart’s domain. To experience these possibilities the heart and mind must “talk “to each other and come to a place where both communicate and recognize the value and purpose of the other. Seamless creation is “The Congruence of Love” whether it is an invention, a discovery , a partnership, a creation or our own union with our  Divine Self.

As this first month of 2012 melts away I feel as though the Presence of the New Year has given me not just a thought or idea, but a tool to help me catch that vortex and spiral higher – not interrupting the journey, but surrendering into a rebirth of recognition and a homecoming back to the only Identity I (or any of us) have.

My  New Year wish for you, for everyone on Planet Earth is that we live in congruence with our love and perhaps wave to each other as we enjoy the spiral-ride upward.

Welcome to 2012

As you start the new year, why not visit the SRi home page and subscribe to a  monthly Thought Food. Thought food is just that, food for thought, a short ‘snack’ to chew on and extract the juices of your own spiritual wisdom.  This month’s nibble is a double helping of two thoughts to kick off 2012:

  • We are all mirrors for each other. If I want to change the reflection I see in my mirror, I’m the one who needs to change.
  •  Wakefulness is not  an impossibility; it is not Masterhood. It is the awareness that we are meant to master ourselves through uniting with  the God of our heart’s understanding. It is accomplished when we choose that union in the little things of our lives.

A Dream of a New Year

I climbed into bed, feeling the heavy comforter wrapping me up in safekeeping like bubble wrap, while Rupert and Alexander burrowed their furry feline bodies under the covers to warm my feet. Hummmmm … felt so good and cozy. My husband Sam was already in quiet rhythmic breathing as I put head to pillow that cold January evening.

I fell asleep thinking of Scrooge and how the visits from Christmases past, present and future changed his present as well as his future. It was a dream he had … wasn’t it? Scrooge didn’t have to live the future or relive the past; he only needed to be awakened by the dream of what was to come if the present didn’t change. There is something about the arrival of a new year that brings thoughts and dreams of prosperity and abundance with it. Perhaps it is the result of all the holiday spending and knowing the credit card payments will soon be due. I dreamt how much easier my life, my family’s and my friends’ lives would be if I could just win the lottery. Imagine having millions of dollars to fulfill hopes, to pay off debts and start new projects that could help and support others. It all dreams as a fabulous dream.

So how come I find myself lucid dreaming, thinking that something is missing from this dream? With all the bills paid, new businesses started, house paid for, money in the bank to pay for whatever is wanted or needed, what could be missing? Nothing at first glance, at least nothing that I could think of, especially since it could all be shared with people I love, and even with people I hadn’t met yet but knew I would love.

A moment’s lucid contemplation revealed that the dissatisfaction was coming from a feeling of finiteness, even though I am dreaming this and there is an abundance of money. A Buddhist quote sprung to mind: “Now that my house has been burned down, I have an unobstructed view of the moon.” Where did that come from and why? WOW … I suddenly realized that I didn’t want more … more stuff, more money, more worldly security. I actually wanted less. And oddly, at the same time, I wanted ALL. Winning the lottery would make me comfortable and, in a huge way liberated, but it wouldn’t make me limitless, and that is what I would wish for myself and others this 2011 … to live infinity.

I had read how the Samoans taught their children to go back to sleep and re-dream their dream as they’d like it to be, if they’d had a scary one. Being lucid in my dream, I decided to do just that. Turning on my side, shifting Rupert’s soft furry body slightly out of the way, I took a deep breath and decided to re-dream my dream of the lottery.

What would an infinity dream look like? Actually, I could ‘feel’ it, more than see it. It ‘felt’ like unquestionable knowing … knowing that whatever I might ask the divine within me, whatever good and needful thing it might be, would be given. Somewhere within me my heart began to remember that there is a divine law of inheritance that says something like: By right of being the creation of a Divine Creator – made up of Divine substance – you, too, have all that the Creator has ……. because you and your Creator are One.

I love this! In this infinity dream, I am limitless being, allowing the infinite to form itself according to my need: to multiply itself if that is needed, to decrease itself if that is what is required, or to create anew, should newness be the object of my heart. This dream is too good to be true or to even be a dream. What’s the catch?

Like one of Scrooge’s visiting ghosts, a voice in the dream spoke: ‘Trust – know that when you ask, you receive, even before you have finished asking. Remember the wisdom of your heart – AND FORGET EVERYTHING ELSE.’ These last four words felt like a strong wind blowing through the room, shaking the bed and making the kitties, who were asleep beside me, leap onto the floor with a thud. Oddly though, they did not run out of the room. The kitties and I (Sam slept on, undisturbed) sat still and strained to hear more …and, softly, more did come: ‘Remember only what you want to bring forth and forget that which you do not want in your life. There is no other creator but the one that IS your heart.’

Truly, I wish I could say that I jumped out of bed and began materializing my every need, laughingly. But alas, I could not … or maybe, in keeping with my new awareness, I should say I did not.

This was a dream, an infinity dream … wasn’t it? I know I am different for it. My viewpoint has shifted from winning the lottery to remembering my identity. Some part of me recognizes that when I can fully accept the Self of me, I will have won the lottery – I will have won my freedom and I will live in infinity.

To quote Dickens: “God Bless you one and all.”

Flash Thoughts: Musings around what if …

Flash Thoughts: things that pop into our heads for rapid and relevant consideration; differing from thoughts in general by their ability to shift consciousness into expanded awareness.

What if attaining affluence actually requires us to rethink bargains and ‘saving a buck’? What if bargain was actually two words (bar: a thing that blocks the way or prevents further movement;gain: an increase in wealth, earnings advantage; improvement = bargain), meaning that every time we let a bargain dictate where or what we spend money on, we actually turn off the flow of abundance?

What if ‘not caring’ was actually a powerful form of surrender, when we trust that this is a compassionate universe willing to support our true hearts’ desires?

What if ‘why’ (concerning a problem) is seldom a helpful question to ask, one that tends to keep us in the problem? What if we answered the question ‘why’ with ‘because,’ and then dropped the whole dilemma? Or, what if we asked instead: ‘How else can this be viewed?’ ‘What else is possible?’ Or, ‘Who told me this was the way it had to be?’

What if, instead of asking, ‘What’s wrong with this (situation, person, etc.)?’ we asked, ‘What’s right with this …?’ In doing so, we’re choosing to gravitate toward the positive. (See Principle of Polarity).

What if some of our readers have comments on this posting? What if some of our readers have some of their own flash thoughts to share? Actually, that’s exactly what SRi is looking for ……. so, please click here and let us hear from you!

The Opportunity

How about that opportunity agreement we signed up for…..Remember? Anyone else out there feeling like you’re living in a disaster flick? Volcanoes erupting, tsunamis raging, regular people behaving in abnormal ways. And what’s with this greater than average disclosure energy? You know, companies, politicians, whole governments getting ‘found out’ … nothing can be hidden any more … all is exposed to the light of … well, it’s more powerful than the light of day … more like the light of transformation. What’s really happening here? Consider this …

If you were offered an opportunity to express your creativity across a wide spectrum of circumstance and loving exchange, an opportunity designed and maintained by the perfection of divine love, would you take it? (That sounds good, kind of fun, right?) To provide optimal variety for your creative experience, you are given one tool: CONTRAST … you know, good/bad; rich/poor; dark/ light. To a vast creative being like you, this is probably an opportunity too tempting to resist.

Actually, you … or I should say we … did not resist. We accepted this rare gift to express ourselves in a reality created through the mechanism of contrast. (Are we having fun yet?) Seems I forgot, as did most of us, to read the small print regarding this well-timed opportunity. It reads:

“Those accepting this once in an eternity opportunity must agree to submit to long-term amnesia until the opportunity has ‘played itself out.’ Opportunity not valid unless accompanied by said amnesia.”

Oops, try this, it might be easier: “Those accepting this once in an eternity opportunity must agree to submit to long-term amnesia until the opportunity has ‘played itself out.’ Opportunity not valid unless accompanied by said amnesia.” [Hmmm…'long-term' – 'played out'…not sure that sounds good.]

Here we are … all of us who joyfully, playfully, seriously and lovingly accepted the above agreement. Can you sense that this opportunity/agreement is approaching the ‘played out’ point? Are you beginning to feel the amnesia eroding away, leaving you with glimpses of a self vaguely familiar, strangely powerful, and slightly … maybe a little more than slightly … bewildered, bruised and dazed? Could be you are one of a large number of people beginning to remember. Remember what? That we are in the throes of a renaissance, remembering the delightful sense of great expectation and expansiveness of this opportunity. The sense of readiness is stirring us to move into the consciously active process of shaking off the amnesiac state and claiming ourselves AS our SELF.

What would that process look like? Without doubt each individual would have their own unique way of supporting this process of wakefulness. Keep in mind we have an infinite amount of possibilities to work with … no need for duplication. Yet, there is an interesting paradox around life on planet Earth. One way to describe this contradiction is: alone, we are a one-of-a-kind creation; no two of us are exactly alike [not even identical twins]. No two of us sparkle at the same brilliance. AND when we offer support, guidance, direction, loving arms, and listening attitudes to one another, our uniqueness expands into an increasing brightness, illuminating our Oneness.

With this paradox in mind, it seems that ‘pooling’ our love and spiritual resources is a sure and steady way to shed the shroud of amnesia draping us. SRi was conceived just for that purpose. Someone said, “Timing is everything.” Another sage mumbled: “If not now, when? If not here, where? If not you, who?”

Well ………

When? This now moment!
Where? There are lots of wheres, and you’re at one of them: spiritualresources.info.
Who? You, me, and everyone else who is willing to offer their time, experience, compassion and gifts.

Oh, almost forgot. Remember the small print in the opportunity agreement, the part about amnesia? There was yet another line in even smaller print … it was really hard to read, easy to miss. But here it is, now found and easy to read: “Opportunity open to all. The part about amnesia is optional and included here to make things more interesting for participants. To negate the amnesia clause, open your heart and have fun.”