Friday, May 3, 2013

Epilogue


“An eternity of wisdom and life lies waiting for discovery by those who are willing to embark on the mystical adventure.  All of our resources are within us.  All we need is our heart, our mind and the will to be something better than we are.”
-- Kim Chestney, The Psychic Workshop: A Complete Program for Fulfilling Your Spiritual Potential

I failed to finish the A to Z Challenge of 2013 on time, so I blogged the last five letters today.  This was my first Challenge, so maybe that is a reasonable excuse.  However, I must admit that working on my garage last week sapped my time and energy, and I put priority on finishing it before the blog.  I like the result:


But about the blog: I learned so much, and i took the opportunity to listen to my inner self a bit while working on it.  Words.  So many words!  Sometimes I wonder, if I were a monkey at a typewriter, would I create a written masterpiece in a million years of existence?  

But then, the awareness of my soul calls me back to the reality of my delving into mysteries, and I realize my human potential.  I am awed by the wonder and excitement of this journey.  I remember with fondness the people I have met and served.  I bask in the awareness of the present moment, all of life in movement around me, life pulsating within me, and all I have learned. 

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Your soul calls, too.  Will you take your journey?

-- Pete


Zebra


“I asked the Zebra,
are you black with white stripes?
Or white with black stripes?
And the zebra asked me,
Are you good with bad habits?
Or are you bad with good habits?
Are you noisy with quiet times?
Or are you quiet with noisy times?
Are you happy with some sad days?
Or are you sad with some happy days?
Are you neat with some sloppy ways?
Or are you sloppy with some neat ways?
And on and on and on and on and on and on he went.
I’ll never ask a zebra about stripes...again.”
-- Shel Silverstein

Picture a great fire sweeping across a savannah in Africa.  Thousands of animals run from the wall of flames in terror as fast as they are able.  More often than not, the animals tire and the fire catches up with them and consumes them.  All except the zebra, a rather ornery and strong-willed animal.

Unlike the other animals, the zebra runs toward the fire.  He runs at it in a valiant attempt to run through the fire and escape his demise.  Often, he succeeds.

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This is an important metaphor for our awakening.  You must run toward the fire of your “work”, allowing your awareness to grow.  You must immerse yourself in the heat of the hero’s journey, whatever form that takes for you.  To transform your life, you must awaken to how you live, react, and think.

Challenge yourself to give up worn out and useless ways of approaching life, letting the fire of self-discovery burn away the dross in your life.  You must face extinction, the end of your old self and mode of living, and welcome a new way, a new path, a new world.  Seek your soul’s mission, reorder your values, and seek divinity within yourself and others. 

Become the zebra and run through the fire!

-- Pete


Yearning


“Man is characterized by a hunger for the infinite, for an eternity of life, love and joy which, whether he knows it or not, can be nothing other than God.  Assuming that God exists, it will follow that God is man's true end, for the appetite of a living organism shows its function.  The stomach hungers for food because it's function is to digest food.  As physical taste and hunger may often be mistaken as to their true object, desiring nothing but caviar instead of a balanced diet, man is often mistaken as to the goal of his life, desiring wealth, power, or physical pleasure instead of God.  But his real appetite continues to be God, for which these lesser goals are always unsatisfactory substitutes.  Those who set their hearts on finite goals are always discontented; they must always have more and more and more of what they desire, and failing this are frustrated and miserable.  Profound contentment is only enjoyed by animals and primitives, in which infinite hunger has not been awakened, and by the saints and mystics who have realized union with God.”
-- Alan Watts, Behold the Spirit

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I have nothing to add to this quote, except that the great yearning for the Divine is present in each of us.  It is the soul’s desire.  As we become aware of it, we must embrace its messages as well as its gifts.

-- Pete

X-factors


“When you walk to the edge of all the light you have and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown, you must believe that one of two things will happen.  There will be something solid for you to stand upon or you will be taught to fly.”
― Patrick Overton, The leaning tree: [poems]


In algebra, ”X” represents the unknown quantity.  So many things are hidden from us in this plane of existence, yet it is worth our striving to find the formulae for our lives that unlock the unknowns, the mysteries, which can offer greater guidance on our journey.  It is through our work toward awareness, a consciousness of the mysteries and a delving into their meanings, which can bring greater understanding and fulfillment to our lives.  Simply contemplating an x-factor can bring insight and wisdom.

When I consider the mystery of life, I become aware that my life has purpose and meaning, not only for others, but also in the edification of my soul.  That mere revelation is enough an answer to understanding the essence of life.  If I contemplate the immensity and mysteries of the universe, I begin to awaken to my values of humility, and I awaken to the idea of God.

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If I think about the mystery of the soul, I come to a deep feeling of gratitude for the image of divinity within me.  This mystery directs my comings and goings on this planet as I listen to its stirrings and quiet voice.

X-factors are not meant to cause consternation or frustration.  Although we may never fathom them, we can be aware of their effects on our lives and draw meaning and motivation from them.

-- Pete

Wisdom


“The greatest wisdom is in simplicity.  Love, respect, tolerance, sharing, gratitude, forgiveness.  It's not complex or elaborate.  The real knowledge is free.  It's encoded in your DNA.  All you need is within you.  Great teachers have said that from the beginning.  Find your heart, and you will find your way.”
― Carlos Barrios, Mayan elder and Ajq'ij of the Eagle Clan

Wisdom is the birthright of every person, for its essence exists within the soul.  It lies within us, waiting to be tapped as we awaken and grow in awareness.  We often are awestruck by those who utter wisdom.  We call them sages, wise men, or prophets. 

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Nevertheless, the wisdom of humanity and divinity lie with each person.  You can open the fount of your own wisdom by growing still and seeking connection with it.  Perhaps you imagine it taking a form, having a face, or embodying light of a force of knowing.  The important thing is to listen to its gentle stirring within your self and open up to its guidance.

When wisdom comes, speak about your insight with your guides and check out your interpretations.  Wisdom comes from them, too, to help you on your journey.  Indeed, wisdom comes from many sources of the divine.  I have experienced great wisdom from my four-year-old granddaughter, from a mentally challenged friend, and from a gentle breeze on a sunny day.

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Learn from your wisdom, and keep its lessons and promptings ever in your awareness, so that you may continue on your good journey!

-- Pete

Values


“Peace of mind produces right values, right values produce right thoughts.  Right thoughts produce right actions and right actions produce work which will be a material reflection for others to see of the serenity at the center of it all.”
― Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values



A major shift in awareness occurs when we consider and question our values, those virtues we embrace and allow to permeate our lives.  I never questioned the values taught by my family and church, for they were the “traits of God”: judgment, intolerance, anger, retribution, capriciousness, a command for perfection, and so on. 

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I associated those traits with a god and a mother who judged my every deed and motive.  I learned to live in fear, then anger, then deep sadness at the life given to me by this god, a life of gnashing of teeth and wailing in tears.  Furthermore, I adopted those values as my own so I could be more God-like, or so I supposed.

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When we begin our journey toward awareness, we must question our concept of the divine, or, at the very least, the “values that we value”.  Hopefully, we trade intolerance for acceptance, judgment for discernment tempered with compassion, perfectionism for gentleness and kindness.  Hopefully, we exchange our negative values for the positive, grounded in the primary energy of unconditional love.

Perhaps you need to change your ideas about the god of your childhood.  Maybe you have to rip the face of your mother or father off your image of God.  Can you envision and learn to accept a different form of God, one who works in your life to bring forth peace, empathy, a sense of service, and whatever values your soul holds dear?

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As you think about values that can guide you, consider aligning them with the affirmative values of spirit, of God.  Throw out those that do not work.  Absorb new, positive values to guide you on your path to transformation.  Consider how they fit your concept of the divine and how they fit your ideals.  Then, use all of them in all you do in this life.

-- Pete