Oneness

Each of us is God and all of us are God, in the sense that we are aspects of Him spread out over all of time and space. When we love ourselves we love God. It is not looking up saying “God I love you, you are perfect.” It is looking in the mirror and saying “God I love you, you are perfect.”

We are special; we are all on a mission to spread love and light. If we can learn to love ourselves completely, each part of our being, then by doing that from within we will automatically love each other. It is by loving and accepting all of our different qualities that we will love and accept all of those souls who represent those qualities around us.

That love will infect the energy of the entire planet and the Universe. This is each person’s individual mission. Understand that love and hate are like air born viruses. They travel through the energy field and infect others. As a virus begins first within an organism, so love and hate each begin first within the individual. I cannot spread something I do not have. I must love or hate myself to spread it into the energy environment.

Hate is simply fear. Love is acceptance as oneness. Love is being whole. We do come from one source. We are all different aspects of All that is, and we each contain every aspect of All that is. As we meet others we are meeting ourselves, like the same piece of the cardboard, just cut into a different shape. It is truly, as above, so below, as within without. If I can only love one person, I still am only accepting those aspects of myself that are represented by that one person. If I cannot love a certain person, and worse, if I hate that person, it is the aspect of myself that is represented by that person that I am not accepting.

We speak of good versus evil, of us versus them – Satan versus God – these are all imaginary divisions. They are not real. If you look to Satan as he appears in the old testament, he is not the enemy of God. If he is the enemy of anyone he is the enemy of man. The impression is that he just thinks that God gives man too much credit. He doesn’t believe that man is capable of loving God as the angels do. So God gives Satan carte blanche as to how he tests mans love of God with one exception – he can’t kill him. Knowing that Satan, being an archangel, is no dummy – he would use the division and distraction to distance man from God and prove his point, that man doesn’t have what it takes to love God. Religion is the first and the best tool to divide and conquer humanity. It makes sense; people are so busy defending their particular religion from other people who are defending their own religion, that God – becomes an afterthought. The focus becomes the bathwater and not God, the baby in it. If we were to overcome all of our other boundaries – race, nationality, economic status, religion will still remain Satan’s trump card. We commit more actions that distance us from our own loving hearts and God, in the name of religion, than even our greed commands.

Remember that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. We are each links. If we are not individually in love with the totality of our beings, we cannot benefit the whole. I can teach you to understand a concept, even the concept of self-love, but I cannot give it to you or to the energy of the universe until I have it. If we can love ourselves unconditionally – we will see no one as unworthy of our love and embrace the Oneness that we all share.

We are God, in the sense that we are aspects of Him spread out over all of time and space. When we love ourselves we love God. It is not looking up saying “God I love you, you are perfect.” It is looking in the mirror and saying “God I love you, you are perfect.” It is looking at all beings and saying, “God I love you, you are perfect.” When we understand that we need not look to what we cannot see to love God, because we each are a cell in the body of God. We are not born from God; we are each and all forever a part of God.

The “veil,” the “Maya” is what keeps us looking at a liver cell as opposed to a pancreatic cell as opposed to a skin cell when we are all simply and divinely cells of one beautiful body, and our individual work is what keeps the body alive.

We are a part of All that is. This is why there is no death. Even our physical bodies do return to the physical substance from which they came; that is not even dying, it is transforming into something greater than before. When our physical vehicle is no longer of use, we are re-incorporated into spirit. Until we choose to utilize a physical vehicle again.

If we go back to the theory of cells, we can understand that we have an ego, which in its highest sense, is the attachment to our individuality and the experiences we have had throughout our history of incarnation. The Aquarian Age is a time where we do not blend our individuality into the brotherhood of man. We add our individuality to aid the betterment of mankind. It is also about taking that individuality and bringing it into the perfect working of the whole. Just as a liver cell cannot forget it is a liver cell and start functioning as a pancreatic cell. Ideally it should realize that it is a liver cell of the same material and a part of the same whole as the pancreatic cell and without both there would be no body.

Individuality does not mean that we are floating unattached. Individuality means that we have our self, our gift, and our unique identity to contribute to the whole of which we are a part. We are a drop as well as the Ocean. We need each other because we are each other in the greater sense. We need God because we are God.

To say that we are children of God is beautiful and it conjures up a beautiful loving image. Yet it implies that we are separate from God so when we are then told to look within for God, we become confused trying to find something separate but within. My child comes from me, she loves me and I love her, however we are separate physical beings in life and that separateness is what impels her to perfect the gifts that are contributed by her being and knowing her whole self.

My cells and my organs, on the other hand, are a part of me; they bear the same connection to me as we bear to God. I may look at every part of me and say this me in this lifetime. The power and strength of each part of me is at my disposal. So we must incorporate the premise that we are not children of God but parts of the body of God. We do not have to look within to find God, we are God within and without. Not only are we parts of God, but so is everything that exists as far as we can see and as far as there is.

If we can understand this concept and break free of the belief that we are merely creations of God but not God, then we can understand that everything else is connected to and a part of each of us.

God created man in His own image. Perhaps what that is saying is the God created man from His own image, and a soul that is, His own image. Understanding that all that exists is God, as each cell within our bodies are connected to the other and dependent upon the other, and the body upon the whole of all if its cells, so too are we connected to every living organism and in some way, aware of it or not, we are dependent upon each. God is economical. There are no left-over or dispensable parts. Each species, each organism has a purpose, and if we remove one from existence, we will eventually feel the repercussions of its absence.

We cannot pollute the atmosphere without somehow polluting ourselves. We cannot weaken the immune system of the earth without having problems with our own immune systems and the immune systems of every living organism that exists on the planet. Not in just affecting from without, but mirroring the effect within our own organism. We must remember that as above, as below as within as without.
We cannot consider ourselves separate from God nor can we consider ourselves separate from another individual, even if that individual lives thousands of miles away worships in a different church, speaks a different language and has a different color skin. We are all connected by the atmosphere that we all share. We live under the same sky and breathe the same air. We are each connected by air. Everything on earth is made of atoms. How then can we not be connected?

To be a part of something larger than ourselves does not make us less in reality it makes us more. When we look at the night sky and see all of the stars and all of the universes, this should not make us feel small and insignificant; it should make us feel great and limitless. Only the belief that one is great can give one the courage and motivation to do great things.

You Always Have A Choice

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You always make a choice

You make a choice

To be the driver of your live

Or

You make a choice to be

The passenger

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But in choosing to be

The driver be aware

Of not only the destination

Bit also the passing of life

Along the way

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And if you choose to be

The passenger,

Choose to share in knowing

The destination

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Do not just idly watch life

As it passes by

You can choose to make

Each decision as it comes

Or you can choose to follow

The decisions of others

Whichever choice you make

Choose to be responsible

Because

Whether Active or passive

Whether Leading or following

Whether Moving or staying

You have made a choice

A decision

Active or passive

And In the quiet acceptance

Of your choice

In the quiet acceptance

Of your responsibility

You will find

Quiet power

And active peace

It is time to stop looking for forever

Too much time is spent, lost, worrying about whether or not this is the one, the one job, the one man, the one woman, the one opportunity.  Is this the forever?  What if it isn’t the forever, am I wasting my time?  Those thoughts, those concerns, not only waste our time, but they waste our lives.  I look back on all of the relationships that I have had, along with their expiration dates and I think realize that each one was, “The One” for the purpose that it served in my life.  And each one ended when it was time for me to move to a new experience of myself, to a new place on my path.

When I remember the relationships that I have had, the relationships that I spent so much time and energy trying to ensure their foreverness, I cannot help but wonder how many beautiful moments I may have overlooked, or lost the memory of because I was too preoccupied with the question of whether or not this relationship had enough tomorrows in it to make it worthwhile.  Yet, in seeing each one honestly, I realize that more time would not have made any of them more important in my life, or more a part of who I am today.  Even more importantly, I can see how necessary it was for each of them to reach their end.  Each relationship in my life was meant to take me to the next.  Each relationship in my life allowed me to outgrow it.  This, even when I did not believe that was possible.  Each one left me with a little more room in my heart to experience a little more love the next time.  We are constantly growing.  And inevitably, as we grow we outgrow the space that we once fit into.

We live today as though there is a way to live it that will insure our control of tomorrow.  But that is not the case.  Regardless of what we do, we do not control, nor do we even guarantee that there will be, tomorrow.  This is such a tenuous time that we are living in.  Change is slow and sudden.  We don’t see it while it is happening, and we are accosted by it what it has happened.  But it is always in the process of happening.  Anyone who enters our lives is in the process of leaving as we are in the process of leaving any lives that we enter.

There are certain animals that are monogamous.  They mate for life.  I am certain that there is some genetic reason for that to be.  We humans are at best, serial monogamists and there is a reason for that.  Our evolution is based upon relationships, from the relationships with our parents, our siblings, our friends, our teachers, students, bosses, to our relationship with the planet and all of the species that live on her.  Through each relationship we evolve in a holistic understanding of ALL-THAT-IS.  Each form of relationship teaches us something about our place in many different pictures, and though those pictures we learn to see ourselves in others, and others in ourselves.  We see ourselves against the backdrop of the whole, and ultimately we see ourselves as the Whole.

Each relationship is a precious incite into who we really are.  If someone comes into our lives and makes us feel that every atom of our being is rejoicing, we need to fill ourselves with that feeling with such abandon that it becomes a part of us.  We should not waste one moment worrying, creating battles because we are afraid that the person who brings this into our lives will leave.  Because they will, or we will, at some point.  That is the guarantee.  Anything that on earth that breathes its first breath will breathe its last.  Anything that beings under the Sun will end under the Sun.  Everything has its season.  The most precious commodity on earth is time.  And we can never, never waste it  when we spend it loving what we will one day lose.  We only waste it when we squander that time fearing that the end will come, and not filling ourselves with the love that is in front of us because of that fear.  Either way, the end always comes, but what matters is whether we reach it full having savored every ounce of love on that path, or empty, having feared the losing of that love so much that we missed the chance to fully experience it.

People come and go. but the love that they offer, if we accept it, is the one thing under the Sun that is eternal.  It does not leave our hearts once we allow it in.

If there ever was a time to love with abandon, it is now.  The things of man are disintegrating before our eyes.  It is unrealistic to depend that the material world of today will be a foundation for tomorrow.  It can barely stand under its own weight.  It is love, love in every form that we will build on.  Whoever loves you, today, is the one.  Whoever you love today, is the one.  Because it is not about this person or that person, it is about the love.  And if we can all learn to give it without fear, we will receive it without end.  This experience that we are having, at this time, on this planet is temporary.  Yet, what we take from it, is the one thing that is forever.

In each life, we are ultimately packing what we will take with us into the next.  We are building the blocks that will be the foundation for our next incarnation.  No one knows when we will draw our last breath, but when that day comes, we must leave with what we have gathered.  If we have gathered fear of abandonment or bitterness over being abandoned, then we will take those issues into our next life as the place where we begin each of our journeys.  However, if we live with the understanding that there really is no such thing as abandonment when there is no such thing as forever.  Everything and everyone has an expiration date, how it is reached is not personal.  Some things turn rancid, some get moldy, and some just fall apart, it just depends on what it is made of, but it will certainly reach a point where it is just no good anymore.  But that is it , that is the relationship with whatever, but it is not me, and it is not you, it just is life under the Sun.  So love as though it is forever, because love is.  And live as though it is for now, because everything else is.

Do You Have To Love Yourself To Love Others?

Success is as dangerous as failure.
Hope is as hollow as fear.

What does it mean that success is a dangerous as failure?
Whether you go up the ladder or down it,
you position is shaky.
When you stand with your two feet on the ground,
you will always keep your balance.

What does it mean that hope is as hollow as fear?
Hope and fear are both phantoms
that arise from thinking of the self.
When we don’t see the self as self,
what do we have to fear?

See the world as your self.
Have faith in the way things are.
Love the world as your self;
then you can care for all things.

Tao te Ching

My friend, Paul Crockett,  posed a question that I thought to be profound.  He asked, “If one does not love one’s self, can one love others?”.  He said that he believed that one can, but my first thought was, “How”? This led me to the realization that we all love ourselves.  Even when I believed that I did not love myself, I treated myself lovingly.  If I was stressed, I would buy myself a drink.  If I was sad I would treat myself to something sweet.  Sometimes, I would allow myself to separate from my sense of obligation to others, I would remove myself to be alone and lick my wounds.  Other times when I felt neglected I would take myself shopping to spend money that I did not have on something that I did not need.  I see everyone around me doing the same.  So I have never met anyone who did not love themselves.  If we did not love ourselves, then we would not become defensive when criticized or treated without respect.  We accept ourselves, warts and all, but we do so because we have no choice.

What I believe is that we are all capable of loving others, ‘conditionally’.  More than anything else, the soul incarnates time and again in order to attain the characteristic of unconditional love.  Unconditional love understands, embraces, forgives, it is without judgment.  We love ourselves, but we judge ourselves, we do not forgive ourselves, and we do not see our perfection.  We have been told that only God is perfect.  If we believe that we are parts of, born of, created by God, then we are perfect.

The spiritual path is not traveled by the soul, it is guided by the soul.  It is traveled by the ego, and the spiritual goal of the ego is to become one with its own soul.  For the soul, oneness with All-that-Is, is the goal.  The tool of the soul is the ego.  The soul is love, it is beauty, it is one with all that emanates from Spirit.  The journey, the task of the soul, through each trial and each lifetime of experiences is to tear away at the illusions held by the ego of separateness from the soul, from Spirit, and from all life everywhere.  We come to learn that we are all parts of One Whole, and the Whole is the sum of its parts.  I may be stomach cell, someone else may be a liver cell, another is a heart cell and on and on but we are all perfect in that the whole would not exist without us.

When we attain to this knowledge – when we live our lives from the foundation of this understanding, we no longer judge ourselves.  The transient scales of society which condition our judgment – fat, thin, tall, short, ugly, pretty, smart, stupid, Black, White, rich, poor, gay, straight, Christian, Muslim, Jew, all lose their ownership of our lives because we hold only the belief that we are, and all life is a perfect reflection of and vital part of the Spirit that dwells within us.

When we speak of the material world we usually think we are referring to the underlying reality — the world that we are perceiving “out there”. In fact we are only describing our image of reality. The materiality we experience, the solidness we feel, the whole of the “real world” that we know are all aspects of the image created in the mind; they are part of our interpretation of reality. Paradoxical as it may sound, matter is something created in the mind. Peter Russell “From Science To God”

Let us  ourselves as Our Creator sees us.  That we are good.  That the nameless One  The Perfect Source of our existence, would not create an image of itself that was flawed.  And if it did, the flaw itself could be nothing but a new level of perfection.  Living from this reality we not only love ourselves unconditionally, but the love that rises from our being and is felt by those around us is void of judgment, or condition.  There is an understanding that the universe is economic.  No one and no thing is created by Spirit that is unnecessary to the perfection that is All-That-Is.

When people see some things as beautiful,
other things become ugly.
When people see some things as good,
other things become bad.

Being and non-being create each other.
Difficult and easy support each other.
Long and short define each other.
High and low depend on each other.
Before and after follow each other.

Therefore the Master
acts without doing anything
and teaches without saying anything.
Things arise and she lets them come;
things disappear and she lets them go.
She has but doesn’t possess,
acts but doesn’t expect.
When her work is done, she forgets it.
That is why it lasts forever.

Tao Te Ching

Every person in our lives is a loving participant on our journey.  Some teach us forgiveness because we must forgive them.  Some teach us patience – because we need it to deal with them.  Some teach us unconditional love because they do things that are hurtful, sometimes without awareness of the effect that they have on us and sometimes fully aware.  And very often they act as mirrors – reflecting back at ourselves the things that we have been unable to love in ourselves.  If we can see each person and experience as a vital part of growth that we came into this life to attain, we will see only beauty, and be able to only love.

This is the path to loving ourselves and all whom we meet unconditionally; it is the path to union with the soul, and The Creator.  This is our purpose for the earthly experience; this is the awakening to the only real truth.  Until we are able to know ourselves only as the Spirit we imagine ourselves separate from, the love that we give and the love that we feel for ourselves will continue to make us feel like a starving man who can see but can never reach the food.

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The Bible Story of Joseph and the journey of the Soul

The story of Joseph is a story of the journey of the soul. It seems that this is a soul that has gained wisdom through other lifetimes, and is able to maintain its connection with God throughout its trials on earth. Therefore, it is safe to say that this is the story of an old soul and its journey through the senses and desires of the physical body and the earth plane.  In the Bible story of Joseph we see the story of the soul. Joseph has a dream:

5. And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it to his brethren: and they hated him yet the more. 6. And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed: 7. for, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves came round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf. 8. And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us? Or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words. 9. And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it to his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed yet a dream: and, behold, the sun and the moon and eleven stars made obeisance to me. 10. And he told it to his father, and to his brethren; and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth? And his brethren envied him; but his father kept the saying in mind.

Here, we see Joseph, as a soul, envisioning the time when he will become the master over his sense represented by the sheaths of corn, and finally over his fate, as described by the Sun, Mon and eleven Stars. Jacob – here representing the higher self, the connection with God, hears the goal of the soul and keeps note of it, knowing that it is seeking to return – to rise above the body. Most likely, this story represents a soul which has had many lives already and facing the return home.

The brothers, here representing the senses and the desire nature of the body betray Joseph take his coat and throw him into a pit in the wilderness, the pit representing the body where at first , the soul cannot see its way to God through the Maya. The fact that there is no water probably tells us that there is no way for wisdom to flow to the soul at this point:

22. And Reuben said unto them, Shed no blood; cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness, but lay no hand upon him: that he might deliver him out of their hand, to restore him to his father. 23. And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they stripped Joseph of his coat, the coat of many colors that was on him; 24. and they took him, and cast him into the pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it.

Later, the brothers sold Joseph to a passing caravan – he is sold into slavery. So here we see Joseph given by the senses over to one of the desires of the body – greed.

What profit is it if we slay our brother and conceal his blood? 27. Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother, our flesh. And his brethren hearkened unto him. And there passed by Midianites, merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver.

Yet, despite the desire of the senses to break Joseph, God is within him, he is aware of his goal – he is a light within, one that glows without. And because of the light that is steadily growing, the soul continues to maintain his direction. Then, as happens to all souls – Joseph is tempted by the wife of his master. As the soul is always tempted by the desires of the body. Although Joseph does not fall to the temptation – he is then tested further by being punished anyway. He is thrown into jail. Here we see that this soul, cannot be tempted by glitter, nor can he be tempted by adversity. Because of his unwillingness to succumb to the tests of the physical – the greatest of desires and temptations do not stand in his way.

Ultimately, Joseph interprets a dream for Pharaoh. He tells Pharaoh that his dreams state that there will be seven years of plenty and seven years of famine. Because of this interpretation of the dreams, Pharaoh makes Joseph the final authority in all that happens in the kingdom. Here, Joseph is expressing the wisdom of an advanced soul. He expresses the fact that there are cycles of abundance and cycles of loss in life on earth. If one is not greedy during cycles of abundance one will have enough during cycles of loss. This is very much a statement of the middle way. Pharaoh, representing the higher self, sees that the soul cannot again be affected by what happens in the environment. The soul is prepared for the end of the journey, with its connection to God intact. It has been declared that the senses and the destiny will be under the rule of the soul, and the battle for the soul – has been won by the higher self.

When his brothers come to him in need of food for their families and for their father, he was generous to them. Here the soul ruled person, being ruled by the principal of love is generous and benevolent to all, regardless of what others might have done to him. The soul, is advanced enough to understand that nothing happens that is not determined by God, and so all is good.
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15. And when Joseph’s brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, It may be that Joseph will hate us, and will fully requite us all the evil which we did unto him. 16. And they sent a message unto Joseph, saying, Thy father did command before he died, saying,
17. So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the transgression of thy brethren, and their sin, for that they did unto thee evil. And now, we pray thee, forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of thy father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him. 18. And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said, Behold, we are thy servants. 19. And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God? 20. And as for you, ye meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.

The soul goes from the pit, to slavery, to temptation, to adversity, to clear perception, and finally to mastery and home. This is only one of the many stories in the bible, which give us such light as to the meaning of life from the perspective of the soul’s journey. When we are ready to understand the scriptures, all scriptures as guides to life at all stages, we will truly see how they are all great master teachers. We see this repeated again when Jesus having received the Christ enters into the wilderness (the descent of the soul into flesh) and faces the temptations of Satan. This is the path of all souls that come into incarnation. It is the facing of the tests, the tests of temptation, and the tests of adversity, to ultimately overcome them all and free the true self that lies within.