Months and years of family and health challenges left me exhausted with more questions than answers. What the heck Universe, what’s the story? “What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger!” Hmm… does it, because I was pretty darn wiped out and not feeling strong in any way. Good thing I have an awesome sense of humor and strong belief that we are more than this… While gabbing with a friend on FaceTime, the collection of crosses on my wall showed up behind me on the screen. She noticed the crosses. “They’re pretty aren’t they? Each one unique and different.” I said. She asked if I had named them, (in other words, the physical “crosses” I bear). Interesting perspective, a perspective I had not considered and made me laugh.
For me, crosses represent the intersection of Spirit with matter in order to experience physical life as human. However, I sure appreciated my friend’s fresh perspective. The challenges presented over the many years and months could very well be named as my “crosses.” They are the intersection of Spirit experiencing life in all of its Fullness. Living experience. Energy of the Collective Whole, Spirit, God in all of Its glory, living out unique, creative, beautiful experiences. Some tough and challenging, others easy and fun, still others wild, out-of-control crazy! So hold on tight! We are witnesses and companions to the unfolding and manifesting Spirit. There will be good times and not-so-good times on this journey. All part of our experience as more than physical, as more than this…
“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.” ~ Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum
As a myriad things and
Playing a game
Has kissed you and said,
I mean, you’re Really IT!”
It does not matter
What you believe or feel
For something wonderful,
Is someday going
~ Hafiz, “You’re It”
Tag. You’re IT! Do you believe something wonderful, major-league is about to happen? I always have. I want to keep believing. These days it’s meant believing with a whole bunch of challenges. Health challenges, financial challenges, life-purpose challenges, all abounding around. In the midst of it all I see and feel God, as a myriad of things, encircling me. In the presence of the people I am with daily, in the winter sunshine pouring through my home office window, in the trees wearing the winter snow, in my pup’s wiggly butt as he brings me his favorite toy for playtime, these, each and all living God. So maybe someday is not here yet, and the major-league wonderful is still coming. In the meantime, the myriad of things gives me joy and keeps me going. Tag “You’re IT!” Living God.
by Patricia Griffin
Knowing we are one in Spirit living a physical existence requires making better choices, better choices in the words we use when speaking with others as well as an elevated awareness of actions taken in any given situation. With the awareness of the Whole, I find I have higher expectations for myself and the way I live my life now more than ever. Did I act with integrity? Did I choose right action? Was I mindful of others? Am I conscious of my responsibilities as part of the Living Spirit, as part of the Whole?
Tough when human-ness and autopilot kick in. When I’m attending to the basement flooded with sewage or trying to find a repairman for the dryer that finally gave out and the entire household needs to do laundry. Tough when the office door becomes a revolving door with many needing much and all at the same time. Tough when sleep is evasive and morning comes too soon. I’ve kept journals since childhood where I write dreams, life events, goals and meditative experiences. These chronicles carry proof of synchronicity and connectedness with All That Is. Experiences and outcomes witness to the words, “All is Well…”
How wonderful and full of grace to have pages and pages to remind me to stop, breathe and recognize the many times on this life-path where it got hard and I got worried, to remember that in the end all those events resolved. All and everything required to resolve the challenges on my life path have been provided. These last many months are no different and have proven yet again that all I need do is remember that all is as it should be.
Surrender and trust. Let go and know. BELIEVE and find comfort.
“Trust that there is a power within you that is greater than all the seeming failures of the outside world. Trust that you are guided and directed to experience God’s greatest good for your life. As we begin to live from this deep and abiding trust in the God that surrounds us and lives within us, we will come to realize that yes, every day is a holiday, and every meal is indeed a banquet. We live our lives in grace, joy, and gratitude. This you can trust.” ~ Eugene Holden, SOM
by Tristen C. Masters
“When we identify ourselves with God’s image and likeness, the new birth will begin.” ~ Phineas Parkhust Quimby
During metaphysical or spiritual conversation with friends, most often our discussion will turn to the question, “What is my purpose?” In Letters from God I shared how over the early part of this year there had been a period of inner conflict and spiritual fogginess. I was fearful about having lost my purpose. After deliberate dissection of all that occurred during that time, I realized that I had not lost anything, rather it was a period of intense deep learning. This period resulted in a stronger conviction as well as a more heightened awareness of living Spirit and my purpose…to be a light for others, always a source of compassion and love.
“The little accidents of life, those happy accidents that quietly shepherd us outside our own order of things, those odd and lovely coincidences, may they find no resistance in you. May you be yielded beyond your common distractions, for love may lead by a different map than the one you studied at daybreak…” ~ David Teems
Pre-February I understood acting as a source of light at a more conceptual level after having experienced collective spiritual connections in both the meditative and dream states. However, since this most current burst of learning, being led “by a different map,” there is an ever-constant conscious awareness of walking as Spirit in this physical environment. There is an ever-constant conscious awareness that all is well and as it should be. There is an ever-constant consciousness that my purpose is to be there for others, to be a light of love demonstrating Spirit in the physical. There is an ever-constant consciousness that we are more than this…
“Someone needs you today. Someone must ask no less than Christ of you…For need is never still, never really quiet. It sends out its signal, its pulses, alarms. Some are obvious. Some are hidden. Some lay beneath all detectable thresholds. Some have no voice at all. May all the hidden engines of sense within you be awake and vigilant, even as divinity on call.” ~ David Teems
“Even as divinity on call…”