He Has Risen
Today is Easter Sunday and we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus the Christ. I view Jesus as the man born with a knowing of his divinity or connection with Christ Consciousness that he came to Earth to awaken in all of us. I believe he came to help all of us Two Leggeds to come to be Resurrected from our ignorance. The ignorance of our true nature as Divine, like Jesus knew his identity as Divine.
Easter is a day to commemorate Jesus’s gift to us all that we too can become Enlightened. We can come to an awareness that we are already part of the Divine Conscious Energy that makes up the whole Universe. As my Guru, Baba Muktananda taught, “You have nothing to attain, only to realize”.
This owning of our true nature as God frees us from the sense of separation from God that in my mind is the real cause of all our fear and suffering on this Earth.
May all of us come to the conscious recognition of His ever abiding presense.
Peace be with you.
So, last night I finally accepted the notion that my office really needed a new sofa and love seat. We needed to update the old hand me downs from the 1970′s clinic where Rebecca and I once worked. By the way, this furniture was donated to me back then.
Rebecca had long been encouraging me to upgrade these old pieces. The tattered, broken down relics were even receiving complaints from my clients who sat in them but sometimes had a difficult time getting up from them.
We went to Art Van Furniture and purchased a sofa on sale and a love seat on clearance. Because the love seat was on clearance, and was a floor sample, we had to agree to pick it up ourselves. We proceeded home to get our old van, pumped up the tires, all almost flat, and picked up the love seat. By the time we got to Inner Wisdom it was getting late and was dark outside. As we struggled to get the clunky piece of furniture to fit through the narrow front door of this old 1800′s house, we got stuck.
Even though I unscrewed the legs off, it wasn’t fitting. Just as we were stymied, a male voice rang out from the seldom used, now dark sidewalk. ”Do you need some help? I move furniture for a living and live just down the street.” He was there in a few steps, expediting the passage into the waiting room and was just as quickly gone. There was no introduction or pleasantries exchanged. ”Thanks” and he disappeared into the night from whence he came.
After my hyperfocus on the task subsided, Rebecca and I finished arranging the new furniture and new area rug. I then realized how much of an upgrade the new rug and furniture provided to the space. I had been so resistive to gracing the office with decent furniture.
The synchronistic experience of the Furniture Guardian Angel’s appearance moved me to text my daughter Jill in Colorado, who recently has been sharing her renewed commitment to “trust the Force” in her life as a central guiding principal. I thought my Guardian Angel moment might help to strengthen her quest for a stronger faith in the benevolence of the Universe. These reminders, I believe, happen to help all of us to trust what we can’t see, but yet we sense.
This is what Jill texted back to me; ”You know why that furniture guy came by…you finally felt you were worthy of nice furniture..walking truer to yourself…this path always leads to abundance.”
I texted back; ”The student teaches the teacher. So!” She responded with “Yes Grasshopper.”
Thank you to all the various Guardian Angels amongst us that are the conduit of God’s Grace to us all.
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Jesus Christ said, “Before you point out the sliver in your neighbors eye, pluck the beam out of your own.” This is my somewhat liberal paraphrase at least.
When Rebecca and I have spent time with His Holiness The Dalai Lama, his quote was, “It is far more useful to be aware of a single shortcoming in ourselves than it is to be aware of a thousand shortcomings in somebody else.”
The Twelve Step Program discourages us from taking anyone else’s inventory, but rather in the Fourth Step encourages us to take our own inventory. In order for us to address and change any issue within ourselves, we, ” must be willing to take a moral, fearless inventory of ourselves.” We can’t change anything about ourselves that we aren’t willing to admit is there.
While it takes courage to face oneself, it is this willingness that empowers a person to transform their script, their life.
My wish for you is that you find the courage to do just that.
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So, it is time to update this blog of mine. I have been encouraged, most recently by my daughter Jill, to begin to make regular entries to this Inner Wisdom Blog. These entries will be more regular and include both my own thoughts and those bits of wisdom I have collected over the years from honored sources.
In 1983, my wife Rebecca and I attended a conference in Davos, Switzerland sponsored by the International Transpersonal Association. This was a gathering of eminent scientists and spiritual teachers in the Alps Mountains. We were out to dinner in a small cafe when two young adults, a boy and a girl, came into the cafe with a guitar and offered a Christian song to pursue their Christian ministry.
As they departed the cafe, they placed a card with a different spiritual saying on each table. Our card read something like, “Do not rebel against God’s leadings or you will spoil his plan of glory for you.” I still have this now tattered card on my desk at work reminding me to follow the Lord’s leadings.
It is in that vein that I now am committing to risk expressing my self/Self on the blog.
Let me know what strikes you and may God bless us all.
Rules for Being Human was gifted to me many years ago but I can’t remember who shared it with me. I love this set of rules and especially am fond of Rule #10, since it is so true.:
Rules For Being Human
1. You will receive a body. You may like it or hate it, but it will be yours for the entire period this time around.
2. You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called life. Each day in this school you will have the opportunity to learn lessons. You may like the lessons or think them irrevelant and stupid.
3. There are no mistake, only lessons. Growth is a process of trial and error experimentation. The “failed” experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiment that ulitmately “works”.
4. A lesson is repeated until it’s learned. A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. When you have learned it, you can then go on to the next lesson.
5. Learning lessons does not end. There is no part of life that does not contain its lessons. If you are alive, there are lessons to be learned.
6. “There” is no better than “here”. When your “there” has become a “here”, you will simply obtain another “there” that will, again, look better than “here”.
7. Others are merely mirrors of you. You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects to you something you love or hate about yourself.
8. What you make of your life is up to you. You have all the tools and resources you need. What you do with them is up to you. The choice is yours.
9. Your answers lie inside you. the answers to life’s questions lie inside you. All you need to do is look, listen, and trust.
10. You will forget all this.
One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.
He said; ”My son, the battle is between two wolves inside all of us.”
One is Evil! It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego.
The other is Good! It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather; ”Which wolf wins?”
The old Cherokeke simply replied; ”The one you feed.”