Here we are in late January already, how many of you have already broken your New Year's resolution?
I myself keep a constant multi year New Year's resolution that has a built in flexibility. My resolution is simple and to the point, it is "To Do the best I can and to be very well for it". That's it! No fuss no muss, and no drama. It keeps me humble and grateful for my achievements from small to large.
This month's trio of "Jewels of Truth" are on the topic of: Salvation, Suffering, and Heaven. These were originally written back in mid May to early June 2009. Where now they are finally seeing the light of day so to speak.
Enjoy them and may you find them thought provoking and inspiring.
957) We are all a living embodiment of God himself born through Life in abundance. Although our human disguised ego may make us stumble from time to time. God(dess), is the sublime witness within our hearts, minds, and souls. Gently stirring us with an urge to live a fuller life by caring for each other however we may define it. God, does not speak in tongues, God speaks in Miracles! We are the children of this blessed reality not as welfare recipients, but as inheritors of an ancient covenant made long ago. We have a responsibility for each one of us through a service in the Divine that unites us as One.
We as spiritual children of a living God may beseech our maker for favors and aid constantly. All speaking in various tongues of this Earth, but yet we all make the same universal request to be uplifted. Be it to uplift ourselves through grace or those we care deeply for by praying on their behalf. God, recognizes his flock most of all when we truly care about the well being of our brothers and sisters in Spirit. Our salvation through God, Christ, Moses, Muhammad, Budda, Krisha, etc.... is not won in exclusion of one another. It is a Divine gift offered to all who recognize their needs are second to "God's Will" for us all. Amen. ---Ivan Pozo-Illas / Atrayo.
958) Pain from a mortal point of view is usually a bad circumstance. However in small doses when dealt to us all by life itself is a humbling experience. It helps mold us into better individuals with empathy for ourselves and society at large. Such as in character development by wisdom or service as a form of charity. Pain when it is not emotional suffering or of a mental anguish will often consist of physical health disturbances. When if not treated with medical care will yield to overtime with worsened conditions.
Speaking primarily about mortal suffering through our own personal turmoils. This too can be overcome through a determined maturity and by accepting the grace and compassion of God in your lives. Such a compassion from God(dess) is often in plain sight from those who are fostering supportive roles in society. Be they family, friends, acquaintances, or even downright strangers in your midst. Allow yourself to grow out of your own suffering through humility and courage. The results are often worth the invested effort in yourself, and especially for your own slice of the world. Be calm and of a detached mind set that offers a clear mind when struggling with a personal turmoil. Most of all do not panic, take a very long step backwards by breathing deeply for your own sanity. Such a trait will make you strong and reliable for the many others that will depend on you when they are afflicted in pain. Seek out opportunities to act upon an amiable solution that warrants peace and healing. Then your faith in yourself and God would have come full circle through grace. Amen. ---Ivan Pozo-Illas / Atrayo.
959) Everyday is a Holiday in the Paradise we all call Heaven. For to make it a holiday it shall consist of Holy events that are continuous and without pause. This makes it worth all the while for the merriment of souls. In shining their true auric rainbow like colors of the "Holy Spirit" in Paradise. Heaven is not just a sacred place in God's realm of the Divine realities. It is within the grasp of every soul that can conceive of such a place. No matter how they may define it, they are correct. For Heaven is an "All Inclusive" dimension of possibility and promise. Be they meek or bold spirits in regard to their form of righteousness. Amen. ---Ivan Pozo-Illas / Atrayo.
Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success. ---Dr. Joyce Brothers.
The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. ---Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Those who are awake live in a constant state of amazement. ---Jack Kornfield.
It began in mystery and it will end in mystery, but what a rare and beautiful country lies in between. ---Diane Ackerman.
One simple grateful thought raised to heaven is the most perfect prayer. ---G.E. Lessing.
Politeness and consideration for others is like investing pennies and getting dollars back. ---Thomas Sowell.
Every blade of grass has its Angel that bends over it and whispers, "Grow, grow". ---The Talmud.
Great compassion is the root of all forms of worship. ---His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Shower Thy grace upon us in the moment of our greatest need, protect us from ourselves, and allow us to be a beacon of light rather than a dark cloud for the ambiance that surrounds us. Only with Thy aid can we create that peace within and harmony with the outer environment, both natural and social, for which our souls yearn. ---Seyyed Hossein Nasr. From "Talking to God: Portrait of a World at Prayer" (Anthology)