Love and Light

No one told me I was Love and Light in Form when I was growing up.

But I Am!

This form, my body, cannot exist apart from the spark of the Divine, my Soul, within. I was taught, very simply, that God is Love. Interesting, don’t you think, that neither “God” nor “Love” can be adequately defined and understood? And yet, we desire both with a passion that drives us. Why? I believe it is because we passionately seek to find the truth of who we truly are.

Sadly, many of us are taught that can only be found outside ourselves, and this Truth, The Truth, can only be found within….because God, Love and Light, manifests in me, and you….because

We are Love and Light in Form

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It Is What It Is

From “Desiderata” by Max Ehrmann:

 As far as possible without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.

There are times when I reach out to another from a place of sensitivity and compassion only to be met with defensiveness and resentment. In the first moments of this response, I am wounded and begin to wonder how I have wounded this person, often a loved one. I know my intention was clear as I sought to share love so did I express myself that poorly?

Then this quote comes to mind and heart. I keep a wall hanging in my home of “Desiderata” because for fifty years its wisdom has taught me, guided me, and soothed my heart and soul. My truth is that my intention was one of love and I know that I can only be who I am in any given moment. The response probably had absolutely nothing to do with me.

So, I take another line from Max Ehrmann:

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, & remember what peace there may be in silence.

I enter into the silence within, remembering that I can only be at peace with another person if they allow it. When that doesn’t happen, I turn into the peace of my Soul and know that it is what it is. I surrender to the moment and choose healing and peace over woundedness. In these moments of silence and surrender, I find the ability, the love for myself, that allows me to “go placidly amid the noise and haste” produced by the turmoil of another’s heart and mind.

Yes, there is some sadness and I embrace that as part of this oh-so-human experience. In the silence even the sadness feels different and soon dissipates. Life is what it is and each person’s path is unique and sacred. I honor my own path and, in surrendering any need to teach, help, or fix, I honor the paths of others.

Be blessed today for you are Divinely, eternally, unconditionally loved. Namaste.

Love=Oneness=Love

If I recognize I am judging you, I know I am judging myself.

If I find it difficult to love myself, I will find it difficult to love you.

If I am not loving you, I am not loving myself.

If I do not know that the very essence of my being is Love, I will not see Love in you.

THE KEY IS

Knowing that True Love is not a thought or a feeling.

True Love is the spark of the Divine that is the very essence of my being and of your being. Thoughts and feelings cloud, confuse, and complicate that truth.

When I am in a place of oneness within myself and you are in a place of oneness within yourself, we are truly one. (This, dear hearts, is the definition of “Namaste.”)

When I am in a place of oneness with mySelf – my Soul, my God-Self, the Divine that gives me life – then I am Love Itself. This is when loving myself and you becomes the natural flow of life because, when I look into your eyes, I see mySelf; I see Love.

LOVE = ONENESS = LOVE

Me In The Giant Redwood

Once a long time ago, during an extremely challenging moment in my life, I visited the Redwood Forest in Northern California. Even though I was not alone, everyone grew quiet, as did I, walking the path among the trees. Several were on the ground. I stood next to one that had fallen and, on its side, it was taller than my 5’8″ frame. The quiet soothed my soul, my mind, and my heart. The life force energy of the trees towering above me was palpable and I felt as though I could feel them breathing.

On the path leading back to the parking area, I came upon a Redwood with an opening in its trunk. The opening did not go through the tree. It was inviting and I walked toward it, touching the bark on its sides as I approached. I looked inside and it was clean and had a fresh aroma to it. I stepped inside and felt myself gasp softly. I was standing inside a Redwood tree! The top of the curved opening skimmed my hair as I turned my palms outward to rest against its “skin.” Closing my eyes, I was transported to another level of awareness. I felt the flow of my breath and the beat of my heart – both quiet and gentle. The life force energy of the tree pulsed into my hands and I remember thinking “I can feel you breathing! I can sense the flow of sap, of life running through you!”

I do not know how much time passed. It didn’t matter to me; nothing mattered except the oneness I was experiencing. “I” disappeared as did “Tree.” There was only the One. Later I realized that I had, in those moments, known the truth of non-duality. Everything is one thing.

At one point I knew that, should I so choose, I conly disappear into that tree. The oneness would become a physical reality and I could share life with that tree until it’s years came to an end. I breathed deeply on the brink of full immersion and thought of the depth of oneness with my children. I could feel and see them so clearly in my heart. They would be left without ever knowing what had become of me; they would be told I “disappeared without a trace.” Ahimsa (Do no violence) came to mind, the fundamental principal of my yoga practice. My choice was made: this moment of non-dual bliss must not become the source of such emotional, mental trauma (violence) for my children. With soft tears flowing, I breathed awareness into my own body, my personality, my humanity.

Physically, I walked out of “Tree” and returned to “me.” On every other level, that bond, that sense of oneness, has remained these past 19 years. That day, in the giant Redwood, non-duality evolved from concept to reality. My gratitude abounds for my teacher whom I call “Tree.”

Everything is one thing.

Thoughts on Guilt

Vernon Howard saw guilt as a major barrier to creating and experiencing a tranquil mind. When asked why a person should not feel guilty, he replied

For several reasons, one of them being that guilt is a purely self-centered emotion. It supplies an unhealthy thrill to condemn yourself, to reflect about your cruel self. But let’s concentrate on the most important reason why you must abolish guilt from your life. It is a familiar but totally false idea that guilt is a sign of humility or repentance. Far from producing humility, it creates the exact opposite. Being a miserable pressure, a sense of guilt drives the individual into negativity, such as arrogance, hostility, and additional cruelty. Such cruelty may be rationalized and covered up, either slyly or openly, but it is still there. So a sense of guilt leads to hostile actions that produce more guilt.

And the vicious cycle continues as this person wallows in self-condemnation and builds resentment toward those who refuse to accept and carry the guilt that is thrown toward them.

It has been my experience that guilt results from believing we are meant to be perfect. It is fed by the inability to forgive oneself for not hitting the mark. I cannot say I have ever experienced  in myself or in others a situation in which guilt produced healthy and lasting change.

What is the answer then? It is to expand your awareness into the Truth of Who You Are. It is to practice what you are learning about your True Self. It is to rest in that Truth, in the Oneness of Self and Source and to allow yourself to experience being human – which means letting go of all ideas of perfection as our culture defines it. I have written before about the true meaning of perfection. The original word in sacred writings meant to come into maturity or to fulfill one’s purpose. For example, an apple tree is perfect when it matures into its own ability to produce apples. It fulfills its purpose in existing.

As a spiritual being currently having a human experience, my purpose is to manifest the Divine – Love & Compassion – while being fully human. So, the path out of non-productive guilt is to have love and compassion toward myself so that I learn to forgive myself and others. Love and compassion will guide me into making necessary amends to myself and others; love and compassion will guide me into healthier, happier behaviors as well. Judgement brings condemnation. Forgiveness based in the awareness of the Divine within brings expanding awareness of the Truth of All That Is.

And, as I have written in the past few days, this transition is found, begins, and is brought to fruition within. It is found in the sweet stillness, wisdom, love and peace of your Soul, dear hearts.

Perfection is found in the manifestation of the Divine within you. As you mature into the Truth of Who You Are, trying will be laid to rest and be-ing that Divine manifestion will become your natural state because it is Who You Are. Like the apple tree, you will produce the fruit that reveals your oneness with the Divine. Please let yourself off the hook of guilt based on harsh, unreasonable expectations. Let yourself play in the gardens of life as you grow and flourish, as you become fully human enlivened by the Divine spark within.