Today I had the honor to lead a guided meditation. We walked through a forest, the color of the leaves ranging from a beautiful emerald green to a dark maroon peppered with a majestic gold.
Taking a path into the trees. Mother Earth embraces us as her children and provides a environment to truly experience our inner selves. A place where one can be with no fear, no judgement, just love.
In our sanctuary we were able to open our mind, heart, and soul to accept the Divine Love that is always there for us. Reminding us that we are treasured. No matter what we face and how we feel, we can turn to this place inside our soul and call upon this endless supply of warmth and safety.
You are loved!
As I am forced to see the outcome of others perceived righteous indignation on small and large scales. I find myself acting with a renewed sense of purpose. I will be Joyous and Free.
Let me start by examining my words. I’ve inserted definitions of the words I’m using to describe a state of being, I desire.
World English Dictionary
1.having a happy nature or mood
1.a deep feeling or condition of happiness or contentment
2.something causing such a feeling; a source of happiness
3.an outward show of pleasure or delight; rejoicing
— adj (and foll by from ) , freer , freest
1.able to act at will; not under compulsion or restraint
2.a.having personal rights or liberty; not enslaved or confined
b. ( as noun ): land of the free
3.not subject (to) or restricted (by some regulation, constraint, etc); exempt: a free market ; free from pain
4.(of a country, etc) autonomous or independent
5.exempt from external direction or restriction; not forced or induced: free will
I think I’ll take two number 1’s and a number 5 please. Can you super-size that?!
· How does one become Joyous and Free?
I shall strive to be of a happy nature, with deep feelings of true happiness. While living in a condition of contentment. Released from the attachment of external direction or restriction of another’s will
My first act towards this goal – I refuse to be pushed or provoke into a state of aggression/ depression for someone else’s agenda. This is supported by my God given right of free will. Thus, provides me the choice to take action and not react to blatant acts of hostility. I choose to turn the other cheek. My action will be to turn it over to God.
12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
12:20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
· Is it possible to be Joyous and Free all the time?
I realize that I am a Human Being designed by God, in God’s likeness, but I am not God in wholeness. I take my will back from God often. As, I grow during my journey I am quicker to recognize my slip and correct it much sooner than ever before. As in The Lord’s Prayer “ Thy will be done”. The more I model my ways in this light, the more often I will experience joy and freedom.
I am, whom I’m suppose to be in this moment.
When my mind is in fast forward, always attempting to be in the next moment I tend to forget my true purpose. To live.
My daughter said to me today “I can’t wait till it’s summer! How about you?” I replied “Yes, I can wait.” She gave me a look like I was crazy. So, I went on to say “If I wish today away, the faster summer would come and then go. Before you know it will be winter again” she seemed to get what I was saying. I wasn’t always like this, I was the kid that would wish/pray for the last day of school on the first.
Accepting who, what and where I am in the moment allows me to be present. If I’m present I can fully embrace the gift that life is.
Here is an excerpt from one of my favorite books:
“And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing, or situation—some fact of my life —unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing, or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment. Nothing, absolutely nothing, happens in God’s world by mistake. Until I could accept my alcoholism, I could not stay sober; unless I accept life completely on life’s terms, I cannot be happy. I need to concen- trate not so much on what needs to be changed in the world as on what needs to be changed in me and in my attitudes.”
Acceptance Was the Answer chapter 16 of The Big Book
Spoken, written, or thought, words are the most powerful tool a human being has.
Being created in God’s likeness we can wield word giving them intent and power. Along with free will we have the CHOICE you use them for positive or negative purposes.
Words were used by God himself to create life itself. (Genesis 1:1- 1:31)(NIV)
1In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
3And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day…
As humans we use words to create a reality .
“I love you” is a devotion of the strength of your feelings to another.
“I hate you” is also a declaration of the strength of emotion a person feels towards another.
Both hold a incredibly strong charge.
There are millions of variations of the words. They all hold power. Remember when someone has use a positive or negative combination of these words towards you. The feelings they called forth.
You have the power to cause bliss or devastation. “Remember, with great power, comes great responsibility” said by Uncle Ben to Peter Parker in Spiderman, originally quoted from Voltaire.
Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace by St. Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith,
Where there is despair, hope,
Where there is darkness, light,
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much
seek to be consoled as to console,
not so much to be understood as to understand,
not so much to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
it is in dying that we awake to eternal life.
During my work on judgements, I have come to this place. I am at peace with this reality. I invite you to join me in finding your truth.
I am me. I am also God, as is everyone and everything. I am a work of God’s art, as is everyone and everything. I am perfection, as is everyone and everything. I am an expression of God as a Goddess. The Qualities unique to this human suit are no better and no worse than anyone else’s. We are all God. What humanity could consider as a flaw or attribute were given to me as a gift from God. I strive to show the utmost respect to all of God’s work including myself.
Love and Light,