Monthly Archive: August 2005

Are You Being In Service?

Greetings Divine Ones,

I am going to ask you a few questions so that you can simply ask
yourself where you stand within your heart and mind, to know whether
you are being in service or in servitude. Are you fulfilling the joys
within your heart or are you struggling to discover what your joys are?
Are you trying to attain anything outside of yourself to feel better?
Or are you loving the process of all that lies within the
attainment?

Are you sacrificing your truth on any level of your life? Or are you
sharing your truth with yourself and all others, regardless of what
others might think, say or do? Being “in service” means that you are
serving from the joys in your heart because it brings you joy to do so.

Being in servitude means that you are slaving away at a job, a
position, a relationship, or in material accumulation so that you can
somehow feel better from the outside in. This is what is known as
“spiritual slavery.” Spiritual slavery creates martyrs. It creates pain
and sacrifice at the expense of what feels true and good to you in your
heart.

“Spiritual Service” means that in all of your words, deeds and actions,
you feel a sense of oneness with God, All of humanity, and especially a
sense of oneness within your own self.

I ask you to ponder the above questions and know without any doubt in
your heart and mind that you are not here in this life to do more, you
are here in this life to share and express more of who you are from
within.

Soon, you may see areas of life on Earth seem to go bad. This is not a
punishment, this is a cause for life renewal. Many times, life renewal
must follow the old structures passing away first, before the new ones
can take their place. So do not ever fear what might seem to be outer
iscord. Trust and know for sure that under the Divine Plan for all of
humankind, that the new, better, renewed and vibrant ways of truth for
all shall replace many old and rigid structures that have prevented
truth to emanate for all of humankind in many areas of life on Earth.

To some of you this may seem confusing. To some of you it is what you
already know. To others, you may ask: “What in the world does this
mean?”

It means that in order for truth to prevail on all levels, what is
false must fall away. So bear in mind that if there are any areas of
your life where you find that a new and brighter way would be your
deepest joy, trust that as the old falls away, it paves the way for
what is truly in your heart to come forward in all areas of your life.

Never stay in a position where you feel that you must in order to be “somebody.”

You are the Divine in physical form. Your sense of oneness can only
come from your heart where you feel at one within your very own being.
So any area of your life where you feel fragmented, torn, not at one
within – this is the area where it would do you well to express the
divinity you hold inside by being honest enough with yourself where you
can finally say: “I AM That I AM” and come to know fully, and without
question, that you are the Divine in physical form.

Be patient with yourself as you grow. Follow what is in your heart and
take one step at a time. With every step you take, know that I am with
you, in you, as you, and guiding you from the depths of your heart and
soul where Divine Source dwells. Once you can feel and embrace your own
Divinity, you will know for sure that you are here for far greater
reasons than you may be currently aware of.

Each step, taken from your heart, combined with your deepest truth,
will always keep you on rock solid ground, where no outer circumstance
can throw you out of your inner equilibrium – for you will always feel
indwelling peace.

Trust in what your heart tells you. This is your truth. And, as you bring it out into your life, you
will be expressing your Divine nature, and this is your gift of service to humanity.

Enjoy as you go along. Joy from your heart, joy in being, sharing and expressing your purest truth is the joy of life on Earth.

Enjoy and Be Well.

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J. KRISHNAMURTI – The Core of the Teachings

The following statement was written by Krishnamurti himself on October
21, 1980 in which he summarizes the teachings. It may be copied and
used provided this is done in its entirety. No editing or change of any
kind is permitted. No extracts may be used.

“The core of Krishnamurti’s teaching is contained in the statement he
made in 1929 when he said: ‘Truth is a pathless land’. Man cannot come
to it through any organization, through any creed, through any dogma,
priest or ritual, not through any philosophic knowledge or
psychological technique. He has to find it through the mirror of
relationship, through the understanding of the contents of his own
mind, through observation and not through intellectual analysis or
introspective dissection. Man has built in himself images as a fence of
security – religious, political, personal. These manifest as symbols,
ideas, beliefs. The burden of these images dominates man’s thinking,
his relationships and his daily life. These images are the causes of
our problems for they divide man from man. His perception of life is
shaped by the concepts already established in his mind.

The content of his consciousness is his entire existence. This content
is common to all humanity. The individuality is the name, the form and
superficial culture he acquires from tradition and environment. The
uniqueness of man does not lie in the superficial but in complete
freedom from the content of his consciousness, which is common to all
mankind. So he is not an individual.

Freedom is not a reaction; freedom is not a choice. It is man’s
pretence that because he has choice he is free. Freedom is pure
observation without direction, without fear of punishment and reward.
Freedom is without motive; freedom is not at the end of the evolution
of man but lies in the first step of his existence. In observation one
begins to discover the lack of freedom. Freedom is found in the
choiceless awareness of our daily existence and activity. Thought is
time. Thought is born of experience and knowledge which are inseparable
from time and the past. Time is the psychological enemy of man. Our
action is based on knowledge and therefore time, so man is always a
slave to the past. Thought is ever-limited and so we live in constant
conflict and struggle. There is no psychological evolution.

When man becomes aware of the movement of his own thoughts he will see
the division between the thinker and thought, the observer and the
observed, the experiencer and the experience. He will discover that
this division is an illusion. Then only is there pure observation which
is insight without any shadow of the past or of time. This timeless
insight brings about a deep radical mutation in the mind.

Total negation is the essence of the positive. When there is negation
of all those things that thought has brought about psychologically,
only then is there love, which is compassion and intelligence.”

© 1993 The Krishnamurti Foundation Trust Ltd,
Brockwood Park, Bramdean, Hampshire, England

Old Cowboy’s Advice

* Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.

*  Keep skunks, bankers and lawyers at a distance.
 
*  Life is simpler when you plow around the stumps.
 
*  A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.
 
*  Words that soak into your ears are whispered… not yelled.
 
*  Meanness don’t jus’ happen overnight.
 
*  Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.
 
*  Don’t corner somethin’ that you know is meaner than you.
 
*  It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.
 
*  You cannot unsay a cruel word.
 
*  Every path has a few puddles.
 
*  When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.
 
*  The best sermons are lived, not preached.
 
*  Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t never gonna happen anyway.
 
*  Don’t judge folks by their relatives.
 
*  Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
 
*  Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back,  you’ll enjoy it a second time.
 
*  Don’t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t botherin’ you none.
 
*  Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.
 
*  If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.
 
*  Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.
 
*  The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with watches  you from the mirror every mornin’.
 
*  Always drink upstream from the herd.
 
*  Good judgment comes from experience.
 
*  Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in.
 
*  If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.

I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.
– Kahlil Gibran

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The other day a young person asked me how I felt about being old. I was taken aback, for I do not think of myself as old. Upon seeing my reaction, she was immediately embarrassed, but I explained that it was an interesting question, and I would ponder it, and let him know.

 Old Age, I decided, is a gift.

 I am now, probably for the first time in my life, the person I have always wanted to be.  Oh, not my body!  I sometime despair over my body … the wrinkles, the baggy eyes, and the sagging butt.  And often I am taken aback by that old person that lives in my mirror, but I don’t agonize over those things for long.

I would never trade my amazing  friends, my wonderful life, my loving family for less gray hair or a flatter belly.  As I’ve aged, I’ve become more kind to myself, and less critical of myself.  I’ve become my own friend.  I don’t chide myself for eating that extra cookie, or for not making my bed, or for buying that silly cement gecko that I didn’t need, but looks so avante garde on my patio.  I am entitled to overeat, to be messy, to be extravagant.  I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.

Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4 a.m, and sleep until noon?

I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 60’s, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love … I will.

I will  walk the beach in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and  will dive into the waves with abandon if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the bikini set.

 They, too, will get old.

 I know I am sometimes forgetful.  But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten . and I  eventually remember the important things.

Sure, over the years my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when a beloved pet gets hit by a car?  But broken hearts are what give us strength and understanding and compassion.  A heart never broken is pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of being imperfect.

 I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turn gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face.  So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver.  I can say “no,” and mean it. I can say “yes” and mean it.

 As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think.  I don’t  question myself anymore.  I’ve even earned the right to be wrong.

 So, to answer your question, I  like being old.  It has set me free.  I like the person I have become.  I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be.  And I shall eat dessert every single day. 

 Today, I wish you a day of ordinary miracles.

– Akaysha

   

Part 1:
The four conditions of happiness are simple: clear eyes, a quiet mind,
a sense of beauty, and an open heart. Unhappiness is the dark effect of
refusing to cultivate these essential elements for having imagined, by
a false light, a contentment that does not exist.

Part 2:
The real limitation in life is a creation of the illusion that outside
of us exists something that — if we could only gain it — would have
the effect of making of us more than we already possess the potential
to be.

Part 3:
We can only begin to change the world around us by becoming a conscious part of all that is changing.

– Guy Finley

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The places in our personality where we tend to deviate from love are not our faults, but our wounds…

– Marianne Williamson

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Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

– (Christopher Robin to Pooh) A.A. Milne

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To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world
tells that you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive.

– Robert Louis Stevenson

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There is only One, and that One is Spirit. It is present everywhere,
all at once, its perfection fully formed in all of its creation. It has
the power to create anything I can imagine, and this power to create
works naturally and effortlessly by means of spiritual laws. These laws
are impersonal, immutable, unchangeable, and utterly reliable. This One
is also the infinite intelligence of Life, knowing how to accomplish
whatever I give it to do, and to do it with panache.

I was not created to suffer, to learn lessons, to improve myself, or to
somehow ‘get better’. I was created by the King of the Universe to
create a life that contains…whatever I choose. Because the laws of
the Universe operate upon what I truly believe, if I believe that I
must suffer to experience a life of spiritual connection, I receive
suffering in abundance. If I believe that I’m here to learn something I
didn’t pick up the first time around, life brings me many learning
opportunities until I learn by choice or by force. In precisely the
same manner, if I believe that I am here to give and receive love
without limit, abundance without end, and joy without boundaries, that
is what I receive.

I pay close attention to the subtleties of my mind and my heart. I
notice when I’m believing in less than a perfect universe operating
perfectly. I see clearly each instance in which I act upon the belief
that Life is finite, lacking intelligence, or capricious…AND CHANGE
MY MIND. I do this by using my innate and inherent spiritual power to
guide my beliefs to the Truth. Anything in me that is out of alignment
with the greater _expression of Truth for me is now obliterated by
means of this treatment. I’m no longer willing to live life halfway. I
trust in the infinite promise of Spirit, that I may have life and have
it more abundantly. I trust in the impersonal laws of Spirit, knowing
that they work for me as well as anyone, and that they work perfectly,
every time. I place my faith in the creator of all life, which
obviously includes me, knowing that this creator loves me without
limit, and is always guiding me to my greater experience.

I live this day knowing that I’m here to love, to give, and to celebrate! And I do. And so it is.
 
– The GoodStart List

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The beginning of freedom is the realization that you are not the
possessing entity – the thinker.  Knowing this enables you to
observe the entity.  The moment you start watching the thinker, a
higher level of consciousness becomes activated.

You then being to realize that there is a vast realm of intelligence
beyond thought, that thought is only a tiny aspect of that
intelligence.  You also realize that all the things that truly
matter – beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner peace – arise from beyond
the mind.

You begin to awaken.

– Eckhart Tolle

My Kayla is back in Missouri.  Yeah, I miss her.  I’ve only
cried a few times, for a few seconds.  She’ll be back.  We
love each other too much… hope that doesn’t ever change.

I went to the Recovery, Inc. meeting last night.  It went very
well, and I continue to cement friendships among that group.  If I
can keep up my attendance, I’ll have my own group in about 6
months.  Again.

I met with my new therapist, Matt, earlier today.  It was a bit
rocky at first, he seemed to want me to open up to him with no idea of
who he was.  After I brought that to his attention and learned a
few things about him, things went fairly well.  I have another
appointment next Wednesday.  By the end of this session, he was
getting excited about working with me.

Hugs,
me

How To Make Your Dreams Come True
By Glenn Plaskin

Reprinted with the permission of Family Circle.

Could 2003 be your lucky year – the one in which you fulfill a dream, improve your health, increase prosperity and feel happier?

Absolutely, says bestselling author Wayne Dyer, whose latest book is 10
Secrets for Success and Inner Peace (Hay House). Dyer believes that
positive thinking and a spiritual connection can lead to dramatic
improvements in anyone’s life.

He also insists that changing your thoughts and attitudes really can
lead to making your most impossible dreams come true. All you need is a
burning desire and an unwavering vision of what will eventually
materialize.
In a talk with Family Circle, Dyer explains how to create a new
contract with yourself that will enable you to make of your life
everything you want it to be.

Family Circle: How do you make 2003 the year for a personal transformation?

Dyer: First look at any disharmony or scarcity in your life – your
finances, struggles, even some health problems – and say: I created
this. My life is the result of the choices I’ve made. What we think
determines what happens to us, so if we want to change our lives, we
need to stretch our minds.

Family Circle: Is that New Age psychobabble or does it really work?

Dyer: It may sound like psychobabble, but in fact, we become what we
think about. William James, the father of psychology, said that if you
form a picture in your mind of what you would like to be, and you hold
it there long enough, it will become a reality. I’ve found that has
worked for me.

Family Circle: Give an example.

Dyer: When I wrote my first book, Your Erroneous Zones, there was
nothing I wouldn’t do to make it a success. I called bookstores to
create a demand, then delivered the books to the stores myself! I
always say it’s never crowded along the extra mile.

Family Circle: But what if your life isn’t changing in the ways that you want it to?

Dyer: Realize that insanity is repeating the same thoughts and
behaviors again and again, and expecting different results. To get a
new outcome, you have to rewrite your agreement with reality, which I
do regularly.

Family Circle: What do you mean?

Dyer: You have to compose a brand-new agreement with yourself that
says: There is nothing that is not possible for me. I can attract
abundance into my life. Connect with that thought. Norman Vincent Peale
said, “Change your thoughts and you change your world.”

Family Circle: So if you want to lose 10 pounds . . .

Dyer: First visualize yourself looking the way you want to and never
let that picture out of your head. Envision yourself eating healthful
foods and exercising. If you hold those thoughts in your mind, you’ll
act on them.

Family Circle: So what happens when you focus on all the things that you don’t have?

Dyer: You stay stuck. Every thought you have either makes you stronger
or weaker. Thoughts of kindness, hope, forgiveness, and peace are
strengthening. Anger, anxiety, worry, and fear weaken you. You must
process events in terms of appreciation rather than depreciation. You
either feel that the universe is plentiful and providing, or you feel
short-changed, that nothing is ever right. That’s what I call a
scarcity mentality – expecting that things won’t work out for you. I
was recently on a plane that was running 30 minutes late. The woman
sitting next to me said, “With my luck, I won’t make my connection.” I
answered, “With my luck, I will!” I think she may still be in Dallas.

Family Circle: How can you reprogram yourself?

Dyer: Before you go to bed, create an image of what you want for
yourself; then act as if you are who you want to be. Catch yourself
verbalizing self-defeating thoughts, stop labeling yourself, and take
time just to be.

Family Circle: And how do you do all that?

Dyer: You quiet your mind. On average, a person has 60,000 separate
thoughts a day. We’re thinking too much! As an ancient proverb says,
“It’s the silence between the notes that makes the music.” So get
quiet. Meditate; go for a walk; listen to the birds, the ocean. Breathe
in the fresh air and allow your mind to let go.

Family Circle: can just hear workaholics saying they don’t have the time to do that.

Dyer: If you don’t take time for being healthy, you’ll eventually have
to make time for being sick. You can meditate for two minutes at a red
light. Just close your eyes, take a deep breath, and clear your mind.
The person behind you will let you know when your two minutes are up!

Family Circle: What are the signs of inner peace?

Dyer: People who have a sense of peace tend to smile, feel compassion,
and enjoy the moment. They lose interest in conflict, and they don’t
worry!

Family Circle: You often say, “Stop worrying because there’s nothing to worry about.” How can that be?

Dyer: It makes no sense to worry about things you have no control over
because there’s nothing you can do about them, and why worry about
things you do control? The activity of worrying keeps you immobilized.

Family Circle: So the next time you’re tossing and turning in bed . . . ?

Dyer: My teacher in India always said, “First think of God, whatever
God means to you. Think of the universal force that allows an acorn to
turn into an oak tree or a blossom to become an orange.” The moment you
bring spiritual energy to the present, worry and anguish dissolve.

Family Circle: Other than yourself, do you know anyone who has mastered this?

Dyer: I don’t know that I have! I’ve got eight kids and I struggle with
the same things most people do. I’ve dealt with marital problems and
addictions. What I’ve learned is to remind myself that all I have is
today. That helps me shift my attention to what’s good and right.

Family Circle: You always say that forgiveness is a dramatic way to
transform a life. Forgiving your father for abandoning his family was a
turning point for you.

Dyer: After he died, I went to my father’s grave and told him, I don’t
know what motivated you to run your life as you did, but I forgive you.
Afterward I felt a deep sense of relief and peace. Forgiveness is
transforming. I use the metaphor of the snake bite. It is not the bite
that kills you; it’s the venom. When you hold a grudge, the poisons of
anger and blame destroy you. Your heart weakens, your blood pressure
rises, you get ulcers. It wrecks your health, makes you miserable.

Family Circle: And when you forgive . . .

Dyer: . . . miracles begin to appear in your life because forgiveness
heals. It’s the core of every great spiritual teaching – from Jesus and
Buddha to Gandhi and Mother Teresa.

Family Circle: You also recommend the art of detachment, calling it “one of life’s great lessons.” What do you mean?

Dyer: I mean detach from the opinions of others; from the habit of
judging or controlling others; from the past; from the need to be right
and to win; from an obsession with material things. Follow your passion
in life, but detach from the outcome and allow the universe to handle
the details.

Family Circle: So, as we usher in 2003, what would you say is the key to achieving happiness?

Dyer: When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on
the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way. That’s what life is.
There’s no way to happiness. Happiness is the way. It’s what you bring
to life.

*Excerpted from Family Circle/January 14, 2003 issue