Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Dalai Lama Wisdom

The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered "Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived."

Monday, March 21, 2011

A Message...

Occasionally I will have a dream in which I feel an important message is being given to me.  Last night was one of those dreams.  In the dream I was speaking with my deceased father.  I do not remember the exact topic we were speaking on, I only remember that it was about giving up, and losing faith.  During this time of the conversation, more and more people began to populate the area around my father and I, and the conversation-as well as the dream-shifted to include the people. 

We spoke of the importance of not giving up hope, that within hope there is always promise.  Never forget our faith, for that is what empowers us and makes us strong.  As I spoke these words to my father, I was filled with a strong sense conviction, as though I was remembering a long forgotten, ancient truth.  While I was speaking, I also became aware of two things:  an insidious presence among the people present in the dream, as well as an increasing number of people who despaired and felt like giving up.  I encouraged the people to pray-even going so far as to lead them in a repetition of Hail Mary and the Lord's Prayer.  In doing so, I realized that even I had forgotten some of the words, and I began to stumble through it.  All the while seeing smug smiles upon a face here and there in the crowd.  

This is a very important message, everyone.  As a people, we are giving up.  We lose faith in our fellow man, in our government, in the world-when it is imperative that we do not lose faith or give up living our purpose.  It is so easy to become distracted by the unimportant things in life, to become caught up in the mundane routine of things and before we know it, time has gone by.  We forget to be present, to see the gifts and messages our angels, guides and the Ascended Masters leave for us.  Every single day we are given reminders, yet we have become closed off from accepting these messages.  Remember to be open to recognizing and accepting these beautiful signs, for they are what nourishes our very essence. 

If you are unsure of what the important things are, I cannot answer that for you.  I can, however, tell you what I use as my personal guide in when to let something go or when to hold onto it and cultivate it.  I simply ask:  When it comes time for me to leave this physical plane, will this be something I can carry with me, or will it truly have made a difference in life?  If the answer to this is no, then I know that for myself, this is not that important.  

Perhaps this is resurfacing because of events in the news.  Devastation caused by earthquakes and tsunamis, war breaking out again, these are all tests to our faith and hope.  It is during these times that our faith should be at it's strongest.  It is during these times that we should all be in a place of service to our fellow man, and reach out-when instead we seem to withdraw, and pull our material goods closer in fear of losing them.  Ask yourself: Can you take your possessions with you?  Will they have made a difference?  The answer is no.  Reaching out with hand and heart to others-the rewards of that are something you can take with you.
I spoke with a dear friend about my dream, and both of us were surprised (pleasantly) by her following response:

"We are being pushed to give up.  Hope, love, our dreams, ourselves.  I've felt it too. And it's a constant battle.  When we see others who don't seem to remember or want to do good, it's easy to lose our words and our way, but that's when we need to buckle down and focus.  We can only control ourselves and our actions and choices.  One person has the power to tip the balance between good and evil. But if we focus too much on others, we'll stumble.  

Focus on the words and actions you want to express and let them inspire others ot join of their own free will.  Don't force it.  Just let yourself be a source of inspiration and guidance when people come to you."

While her message holds special meaning for me, I felt that it was a message meant for everyone.  I don't believe this to be a message of my friend, exactly-but one of a much higher source.  Whether or not you decide this is one of the many messages you can be open to today, is up to you.

Remember to always live fearlessly.  But also remember to live spiritually awake.


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Hello, goodbye...

...and Hello again.

I have been remiss in my blogger duties-my apologies.  Periodically life will throw us a few more balls to juggle, and our focus shifts to make sure they stay in the air.  Our hands frantically move to and fro, in a game of catch-and-release, wondering when we can let the balls fall where they may.  I say anytime you want!  My balls have dropped (tee-hee!) and they will stop where they will.  There will be another ball or five to take it's place--such is life.  

Tonight I watched the final episode of a "guilty pleasure" television series I grew fond of, as it reminded me a great deal of my youth.  I am one of those people.  You know, the people who cry during sappy commercials and movies.  And yes, I cry at every single series finale I watch.  There is a sense of finality and goodbye to them, as you part ways with friends you saw weekly and connected with over a period of months or even years.  They accepted you as you were, and never cared if your hair was a mess, there was a stain on your shirt.  Never mind the fact that you never actually met these friends.  Letting go is tough, regardless of what you are letting go of.  There is a mourning process to work through until acceptance sets in.

As I sat sniffling tonight, yet smiling all the same as my "friends" said their goodbyes on the television, I remembered something I had not even realized I had forgotten.  Goodbyes are sad, and change can be scary.  We have to let go, though, in order for something wonderful to come into our lives!  And something will come into our lives.  Amazing things are born from tragedy, loss, and change; we just have to be open to possibility.  The Law of Polarity states that without dark, there can be no light.  In the same vein, without loss, there is no gratitude and growth.  We have to give in order to get.  

There is a song lyric that gives testament:  "You don't know what you've got, 'til it's gone..."

Always be in gratitude.  Always be open to possibility.  Amazing things happen every day.  You just have to be open to it.

Live fearlessly, everyone.  Life is too brief to always play it safe.

Much love.