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All's Right with the World

Posted April 19, 2014

bluebonnets


Easter is a holiday of relief.

Things were not as bad as first believed.

In fact, everything turned out better than could have been imagined.

Relief and an element of unbelief, because life became even better than before. Death wasn't real. The tomb was temporary. Possibilities were expanded.

Spring evokes the same feeling. We've survived another winter. Life has returned.

In Texas where I live, surviving winter is not difficult. But spring brings fresh joy, blanketing fields and hills and even highway medians with bluebonnets, the state flower, and a plethora of other wildflowers that inspire pride in all Texans. Which, again, is not difficult. (A Yankee acquaintance once sneered, “Texans worship weeds.”)

Spring, Easter … it seems to me this is the story of our lives. Going through hard times, wondering whether we can withstand them. Then, often suddenly, breaking through into the light, the warmth, the relief that the worst is behind us and, perhaps, was not so bad after all.

That is also the story of the hallway, when a door has closed on life as you knew it. You are alone in a hallway facing nothing but closed doors, much like a tomb that has been sealed with a stone.

It is temporary.

Whatever the trials and losses in your life, whatever darkness might surround you, there is a way out – a door you can open, an angel to roll away the stone.

No matter how bleak your life might seem on any given day or how painful any loss, a brighter day awaits you. That is the promise of Easter.

   

Turning on the Lights

Posted April 12, 2014

Dark Age battle


Are we living through another Dark Age, an era that will be viewed in hindsight as a dangerous and miserable time to have been alive?

I remember learning in school about the Dark Ages -- 1,000 years of feudalism, illiteracy, famine and plagues -- and I couldn't imagine how or why people lived through it.

Did they know how bad things were for them? Did they actively suffer, or just assume their lives were normal and nothing better was possible?

I could make a case that we are living through a dark age now. (Stay with me; this blog won't be a total downer.)

Imagine how a student in the future might look back on our era:

War was waning, but any effort to reduce military might was met with stiff resistance and fears of appearing weak.

In one country, nearly everyone owned guns, and unstable people routinely opened fire in crowded buildings, schools or plazas, killing randomly. Others set off homemade bombs. Even more took their own lives.

Physical bodies routinely went haywire. Doctors of the day often cut open their patients, hoping to fix them internally. Other times, they used strong poisons or radiation rays to try to kill disease. Some ailing people went to clinics where all the blood was sucked out of their bodies to be cleansed and returned.

Billions of animals were killed every year for food, even though most people knew a rich diet was making them sick.

The planet's water and energy were being drained so fast that the human race was in danger, and everyone knew it.

Poisons were being dumped into the land, water, air and food supply, but corporations found it less costly to pay fines than comply with regulations to keep people safe, if regulations existed at all.

A few countries, called the “developed” countries, were consuming the world's resources at a far faster rate than others. But no one asked them to stop. Instead, others wanted to be like them.

In the “developed” countries, most homes had a variety of electric light boxes, large and small, and adults and children amused themselves for hours every day by watching shows or playing games on screens, often alone.

Entertainment also was worshipped in sports arenas and movie theaters, with famous athletes and actors being paid millions of dollars, even though many others in the world lacked food, education, medical care or clean water.

How did they live through it all, the future student will wonder.

And why didn't they demand better?

Actually, most people in that era were aware of the inequality and dysfunction, but how could they fight it? The threats seemed too overwhelming and the status quo too entrenched. Corporate money controlled governments.

Of course even in that dismal age, certain individuals were working for improvement, investing their personal fortunes to lift the plight of the poor or sounding warnings about dangers to the planet and its myriad species, including humans.

If only the people then had known ______________.

How would the student of the future fill in that blank? How would you fill it?

If only people in that sad time had known that compassion pays. That hoarding wealth at the expense of others hurts everyone. That a permanent underclass drains society.

If only they had realized that all people are one. They never would have left part of the population hungry and sick, watching their children die by the thousands each day. Not everyone's lives would have been equal, but at least they would have recognized they already had more than enough to go around.

If only they had understood that violence is not part of human nature but a sickness to be dealt with lovingly. They could have helped not only those people who were in so much pain that they opened fire on strangers, but also those who advocated war and ordered their country's young adults to open fire on strangers.

If only they had known the power of their minds! Some of their great teachers had been telling them for centuries, but in this Dark Age, most still failed to recognize their thoughts had creative power.

Think what they could have done with such awareness:

  • They could have healed their bodies, or never have been sick in the first place.
  • They could have invented affordable ways to bring water and medicine to suffering populations.
  • They might have realized abundance was always available, leaving them no reason to cling so tightly to material goods.
  • They could have imagined their desired future instead of becoming mired in what was wrong with the present, and could have created their world together instead of squabbling over perceived lack.

The events and circumstances of their lives reflected the chaos of their thoughts. They were creating their world without intention or understanding.

Except …

Word began to spread, an increasing number of people began to believe, and the world began to change.

Like the imaginal cells that prompt a caterpillar to build a cocoon and prepare for transformation, increasing numbers of people who were awake began to gather within society to promote more conscious existence.

Of course they were laughed at and called crazy or woo-woo. But as they found each other, their energy strengthened. Some even remembered they had volunteered to incarnate during this difficult time so they could teach and guide others.

This was not an entirely dreadful period of history but one fraught with spiritual potential.

Of course even those who were aware of their inner power had some discouraging days, but most of the time they remembered that creating their world was up to them, starting with their thoughts.

They practiced these spiritual laws together in communities of like-minded souls, and gradually, their worldview became mainstream.

How do you think they might they have brought about transformation faster? And what could you do this week to shine a light in the darkness?

   

Trust the Answers

Posted April 5, 2014

whirling dervish

Are your prayers being answered?

One of the most frequent topics I am asked to speak about is unanswered prayer. It always catches me up short, because there's no such thing as unanswered prayer.

The answer to prayer is always YES.

It's one of those concepts that is both simple and mind-boggling:

Our thoughts are prayers. Prayer is not a short period of pleading – or even affirmation – between “Dear God” and “Amen.” We can't turn off our prayers, because the universe is always picking up our energetic vibration. In that sense, it hears every word and knows every thought.

The universe, or Infinite Love, consistently reflects our thoughts to us. (“The measure you give will be the measure you get back.” Luke 6:38)

Therefore, whatever we hold most strongly in our minds shows up in our lives.

The answer is always YES.

YES to whatever you are thinking.

YES to whatever you imbue with your energy.

That could mean YES to what you fear, if those are the thoughts you have been holding. Or YES to what you don't want, after days of dwelling on what could go wrong.

The answer is a given: It's always YES. The prayer-thought is up to you.

This is spiritual law. This is the definition of divine order. This is cause and effect.

This is why we work so hard to keep our thoughts positive and our general vibration, or consciousness, as elevated as possible.

But there's a second and trickier (for me) part of this: Trusting that whatever shows up is good.

What shows up may not be fun, pleasant or easy. But it is good in the sense of answering my deepest desires. Good in a way that gives me what I ultimately want from this human life experience. It is happening for me, not to me.

Hard to believe sometimes.

I'll never forget one ministerial classmate who declared to our little prayer group that she was turning over a new leaf of health and beauty. She was going to diet, exercise and affirm a body she loved.

Four weeks later, she was having a hysterectomy. She was in bed for weeks and felt anything but healthy and beautiful.

Unanswered prayer?

Well, think about it. If she wanted to be healthy, then she needed to get rid of anything in her body that was unhealthy. It was perfect order and an answer to her deepest desires. The answer was YES.

It just wasn't fun.

This is why all hell sometimes breaks loose when you embark on a path of self-improvement.

Affirm patience, and you'll be inundated with slow and annoying people.

Affirm harmony in relationships, and I swear, people will pick fights with you. You'll get a chance to clear out any combativeness you harbor.

Anything unlike the nature of your intention has to be released. It's a necessary part of the process, helping you achieve what you want.

Can you trust that whatever shows up in your life IS your highest and best?

But wait a minute. If prayer includes our fearful and negative thoughts, and all thoughts have creative power, it would follow that we create our worst experiences by mistake, because of erroneous thinking, right? That would be mis-creation, to bring about events or conditions unintentionally.

Well, yes and no, kind of, maybe.

I believe it's all working for good. We can take the short route or the long one. We can be off course most of the time – like airplanes, rockets and sailboats – and still reach our destination after a few corrections.

Yes, we might make life harder than it has to be. But, as I wrote a few weeks ago, grace is the universe biased in our favor.

Most things work out. Most of us are fine today. Most of our fears and worries will never come true.

Health is our natural state of being, abundance surrounds us, and love is the foundation of all things.

So even if we are off-course at the moment, we are headed generally in the right direction. We can't NOT be.

I'm as irritated as you probably are by people who chirp “it's all good” in the face of terrible events. Some days, we just have to kick and scream and cry.

But maybe they're right in the grand scheme of things. The answer is always YES. And, in ways you may not see yet, the events of your life are happening for you.

So I ask again: Can you trust that whatever shows up in your life IS your highest and best?

Let me know ... below.

   




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