Monday, February 8, 2016

FREEDOM...JUST ANOTHER WORD FOR NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE

I wonder if you think of yourself as being free. I mean really free. For a long while now I have considered myself free. But here lately I've had to take a long hard look just to see if I have been living a lie. Once again I am trying my best to taker an honest look at that path which leads back to myself. I admit that this path I speak of is one that I detest at times. Seems as if this life is much easier if I continue to live the lie instead of being totally honest with myself.  But a small still voice whispers to me both day and night. I hear this voice whether I am awake, asleep, or anything in between. And it says, no rather demands, that I once again need to be honest with myself. As I try my best to turn a deaf ear to the voice it just will not let up. It continues to beckon me into the still of the moment where my true identity lies. Knowing this voice is my key to being really free, still I try to ignore it. But as it keeps calling I can no longer spin that lie that seems to make for an easier existence as a human being. I am reluctant yet compelled to take heed and listen. I fight back my little Ego Self and I do listen. The voice says to me....Can't you see that the verse from the song Me and Bobby McGee  says it all. Remember the words? Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose, and nothing ain't worth nothing but its free..... Those words ring loudly in both my mind and my heart. Have I really been free any of tis time? So many things take our freedom from us bit by bit. Will money set you free? I don't think so but I do know how it can cause you to not be free. Can any material things make you free/ I don't think so. If anything they just add another link in the chain that keeps one from being free. Do you ever worry about someone breaking in your house? Taking all the great stuff you have acquired over the years. Do you ever feel like something bad is going to happen to your IRA account? That maybe someone will steal your identity and run up big debts? That the bank will fail and close its doors leaving you without any money. Do you ever worry that your wife or husband will be taken from you? I could go on but the point I am making is that to be truly free I think one must learn to be content in this One Eternal Moment. Just imagine for a minute that you wake up tomorrow and have nothing in this world except the clothes you are in. That's right, no house, no car, no money, no one to stand beside you. Only you and the world around you. Do you think you could be happy at that moment? I wonder, I really do. I am sure that if that was to happen to me I would at first be terrified. But maybe, just maybe, I would be able to just take it all in and see the beauty in everything. I'm sure it would take me a time to get to that point and I even doubt my ability to do so. I like to think I could but I also know it would be such a great task to overcome that I may not ever get there. I recall a story from the Bible about Jesus and his ministry. In the story he was greeted by a very wealthy man who came to Jesus wanting to know what he must do to follow his teachings. The man was blessed with all the material assets one could have hoped for. But the answer he received from Jesus was that if he truly wanted to follow the doctrines of the ministry he should give away all his money, his estates, and all material wealth. Then he would be free to follow the path of freedom. When he heard this he was saddened and walked away from Jesus because he could not give up his possessions. This story could be symbolic for many of us. Not to follow Jesus or any creed but to find true freedom. Maybe the only way to become truly free is to have nothing else to lose. So do you consider yourself free? As for me I am still working on that. Luckily I suppose, I don't have much left to lose these days. And as I ponder these feelings about being free I do think I am on the right path. My hope for all of you is that you do find yourself "free". I imagine that being free or how one defines freedom will be different for each of us. I don't expect anyone to give up all their possessions to find freedom. And I don't intend to get to the point where I have only the clothes I'm wearing but it could happen. Of that I am sure. When I was around 10 years old I did experience that situation firsthand. One night I had stayed at my sister and brother-in-laws house. The next morning when they drove me home we were greeted with a sight that shook my soul. Where our modest home had stood there were now only a big pile of ashes. The house had caught fire in the middle of the night and burned to the ground. Fortunately my  mom and my stepdad had awoken and gotten out safely. No one was injured but everything we had was destroyed. At 10 years of age I was faced with the fact that the only thing I owned was the clothes I was wearing. Of course it was very traumatic but I am sure I probably handled that better then than I would have handled it say when I was in my 30's. I do remember though the outpouring of love and generosity of the community who rushed to our family's aid. Back in those days people always helped others. I remember seeing my stepdad taking some money from one of our neighbors outstretched hand with tears in his eyes. I was so touched even at this early age at the power of love. Within days I had more clothes than I had before the fire. Our community's outpouring of unconditional love in supplying us food clothes and money settled down deep in my soul even though I did not realize it then. And for a fleeting moment, as I got out of the car and walked toward the pile of ashes on the day of the fire I was free. It sure didn't feel like I was free, but looking back now I see what real freedom means. My dream is that one day soon the whole world will get back to being filled with people such as those generous neighbors of ours! If you will, take a quick moment and do a little something nice for someone. And as you do this I think you will have a small taste of being free! Much love to all of you

Sunday, January 24, 2016

KARMA---YOURS AND MINE

Wayne Dyer once wrote that whatever anyone does to you is their karma.....How you react to what it is they have said or done is your own karma. I have thought about that statement often these past few months. I have to agree with him on that. I know there are times in all of our lives when someone will do or say something to you that immediately strikes your emotions in a very hurtful way. When I was younger my first reaction to an event like that was to immediately try to strike back. Either to defend my beliefs or to "get even". Thankfully over the years I have learned to instead try to remember that my reaction will determine my own karma. I try my best to not react at all but if I do I try to do it in  a kind loving, and positive manner. Now I admit that I am not always able to do things that way but when I do react with anger to anyone I then get upset with myself for not being able to "live" my belief. I am getting better at it and one day I hope to get to the point where I can just experience a negative attack on  myself by not reacting at all. This human ego self I try to keep under control but man, it sure is hard to do at times. I might suggest that you take a close look at yourself and see how you are reacting when someone hurts you in some way. I truly believe that if we learn to quit trying to react in anger we will then not have to face some negative karma in the future. We can't change anyone but ourselves. But we can make our lives easier if we learn to live from unconditional love for everyone. And that includes the ones who have hurt us the most. I hope all of you folks will have a most blessed new week just begun. Give love, accept love, be love. It really is as simple as that. At least in my personal opinion. Bless you all!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

ARE YOUR DREAMS REALLY WORTH IT?

Ok. we all have our dreams as to what it is we would like to see happen. And that is exactly the way it should be. Or should I say most of the time. I would challenge each of you to take an honest look at your dreams right now. Whatever they are maybe you should take a close look and see what it takes to achieve those dreams. I have found out that many folks who are trying to realize their dreams oft times go about it in such a way that they leave behind them much heartache, sorrow and damage to others. Take the person who is dreaming of one day becoming the CEO of a big company. That dream in itself is a good one I suppose. But the way they go about attaining that dream may include lying, cheating, and stepping on someone's toes in a big way. Or how about the person who dreams of material wealth? Again, that dream is a good one. But if he or she cheats others along the way to attaining his or her dreams I would say this. If a dream includes hurting others needlessly then that particular dream isn't worth having. I've seen time and time again people who have attained their dreams in a less than loving way. And you know what? Most everyone of them find that they are still very unhappy. I admit there are those folks who can somehow justify anything they did as being ok. So all the rubbish they leave behind in their search for fulfilling a dream just goes unnoticed by them. Instead they delude themselves with their own ego self and go around feeling like they have accomplished something really great. I would say to those folks, Some day, somehow, you are guaranteed to have to face your past demons. One day you will have to look into your "real" being and admit that you haven't done anything except add to the so called problems of this world. When the time does come and they cannot put any kind of "spin" on their actions that will be their Judgment Day. Like it or not, every day is Judgment Day. I am always working on myself to make sure that my personal dreams do not include harming anyone or anything. And just like all of us, I too will one day have to peer deep into my deepest part of my soul and then realize have my dreams been good ones or not. I suppose time will tell. So with much love intended may I ask each of you to just take a moment and look honestly at your dreams and then decide, Are they worth striving for, or should I go in a direction that doesn't include leaving destruction in my wake. My sincerest hope is that each of you will find that your dreams are truly worth pursuing. And that they may soon arrive on your doorstep. Give love, accept love, Be love, for that is truly all any of us are. Be good to yourself and even better to others!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

LIFE AS A MIRROR

Ever notice how others are so quick to judge you in one way or another? Yeah, we all do it at times. But I will say this, the next time you see some fault in another person, just remember that life's mirror is always reflecting back to you the truth. So when you see another's faults the probability of you possessing those exact faults of your own are rather high.  Why we as human beings are so quick to condemn still remains a mystery to me. Just try for a while this exercise. The next time you judge someone as being "mean", "hardheaded", "unfair", "selfish", or anything else you may imagine, peer honestly into Life's Mirror and see if those things may just be true of yourself. May we all be slow to anger, judgments, and condemnation of anyone. The hardest path is the one that leads back to yourself. You, and only you can decide when that path will be the 'Right" one to take. See just how honest you can be with yourself when no one else is watching. Just don't be too surprised when the reflection you see is not what you may have expected. To all of you I wish the very best now and always. Be good to yourself and even better to others!

Monday, January 11, 2016

YOU CAN'T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT

Years ago the Rollin Stones had a song titled the same as this entry. They did however go on to say that "If you try sometimes you just might find you get what you need."  How very true this lyric is. Many times in my personal life I have pictured something in my mind that I thought I needed to be happy. But quite often the thing I desired never did come to fruition. And at times it was  a little disheartening that my desires never came about. But amazingly after I waited for things to clear up I found that I really did not need the thing I wanted at all. Life in Its infinite wisdom knew what I really needed better than I did! So over the years I have learned that when things do not go as I wanted I am still able to take a lesson from the entire episode. And that always makes me feel like I have become a better person by not receiving what I wanted  but rather I got what I really needed. Life can seem hard and even cruel at times but I firmly believe that all things happen for a reason. I am living proof that you can't always get what you want but I am learning to accept that I am always getting what I need. It sure ain't easy sometimes but it always is a blessing. So if things do not turn out the way you would like them to try not to be too discouraged. Instead look for the lessons and accept that Life knows you better than you know yourself sometimes.  But my hope for all of you is that all your dreams come true without too many "hard" lessons. Remember to keep smiling through the rain laughing at the pain til the sun comes out again. (Thank you Wet Willie) Let your light shine brightly and try to do a little something nice for someone today!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

THE POWER OF LOVE

As I see it love is the most powerful thing that has ever existed. Even when I look upon all the hatred and senseless killing we are doing to each other I am still reminded that love still exists even among all the so called "bad stuff". We fail at times to recognize that love is always present, even in the most horrid events taking place. If we can all begin to see and feel this love it will then surely overcome everything that may still exist. While I am talking about the power of love let me say this. Right here from my blog I have been introduced to many really good people in this world. My closest friends on here are located many many miles from where my physical presence is at the moment. But the love I sent out to these folks quickly reached across the miles and great friendships have been the result. Love can travel faster than the speed of light and touch any one wherever they may be. And while I am speaking of my friends I want to share with you a small portion that my friend Christopher just wrote on his blog. We have become very dear friends in these past years and I am a much better person by having his loving presence in my life. Christopher has just written a most beautiful story on his blog and I want to invite all of my readers to check it out for yourselves. You can find his blog by clicking on his name that is listed in the comments from my blog. His blog is titled God I Am God You Are. I assure you his blog is well worth checking out. Now I want to share with you a few lines from his latest work. (Thank you Christopher for allowing me to share this with my readers). Christopher states :"Life is only worth living when we insist that Love remains in our heart. Love eases pain, it carries hope upon its wings, it allows us the courage to brave each day, honor each moment, and cherish the many gifts we hold dear." There is not much left for me to add to this except to say may all of us reach out with love to embrace everyone and everything that we possible can. The power of love is about the only thing we need to have in our lives. For with love all things are possible. Thanks again Christopher. I love you man! Hey, I love all of you and wish only the best for you and yours!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

LAUGHING AIN'T A PLEASURE TIL YOU KNOW ABOUT CRYING

I was talking with a very dear and very wise friend of mine( Thanks Christopher) when he gently reminded me that in this world of 3d illusion that consciousness has to express both a positive and a negative because it is dual in nature. And this consciousness has no way to express other than the way it is. I knew this but as usual I need to be reminded time to time of some things that should be second nature to me.(But I am still learning, with the help of good folks like Chris). Some may call the duality positive and negative, or ying and yang, or right or wrong, or any other label they may come up with. No matter what we call it, it will always remains true to itself. As I try to express love to all the "good" people I also have to express that same love to the "bad" people. And as Chris pointed out to me when I label anything as either good or bad I am limiting my own personal awareness of life , love and peace. If we did not ever experience any hardships how can we expect to experience happiness? If I never had to face adversity in any way how can I expect to experience perfect peace? If I never have to face loss, how can I ever experience gain? On and on and so it goes. I guess what I am saying is that when any of us are faced with something "bad" we should be eager to embrace that thing as eagerly as we are to accept "good" stuff. All of us have at one time or another lost someone we love. And as hard as that may be how could we have ever experienced the happiness we shared with that person while they were still here. Whatever this life may send our way I feel it is up to each of us to gladly accept and own whatever it is, even if it is something that brings us down to our knees. We all go through difficult situations but if we can just own the experience and learn from it we will be better able to come out on the other side a much better human being. No need to blame anyone or anything that may have been the cause of our consternation. No need to be angry, no need to damaged, no need to do anything other than just love it! Love each situation as it unfolds. Take our lumps so to speak and learn to do better the next time. As Chris reminded me the other day--we are all on our separate paths and each path whether we wish to admit it or not, is one that is sacred. So today whatever path you may find your self on just love it. My hope is that all of us will eventually choose the path of perfect love, perfect peace, and a willingness to accept and to love everyone just as they are. This collective consciousness we now find ourselves in is one of too much hatred, to much violence, to much greed, and too much condemnation. But as people who are making this collective consciousness we can change the way it goes. May we all learn to love others as we love ourselves. Kindness peace, love , and gratitude can replace all the negative stuff we see now. But it can  only change little by little as more humans join together in making our dream of a peaceful loving world a reality. Will you join me today in my dream of this world? I hope you will but if not I still love you anyway. Be safe, enjoy the holiday season ahead of us and try to be the very best human being you can. HUGS to all.