This month of February almost escaped me without sharing the "Jewels of Truth" segment with you my readers. This month's entry will be on the topics of: Surrender, Living, and Disappointment. All of which were originally written back in early to mid June 2009.
I hope many of you enjoyed your Saint Valentine's holiday and now are looking forward to Saint Patrick's this coming March.
Be Well and in Good spirits.
960) Within the Christian Serenity Prayer it states: "God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change..."
In recognition by taking into account such a form of "Acceptance" into full stride. One must remember that you are implicitly welcome to surrender all your burdens onto the shoulders of God's mighty spiritual physique. In full confidence knowing the "Things" you can not change are under the full purvey of God's dominion. It is only through the human condition we grab the bull by the horns and try to our displeasure to bend the will of the bull by our sheer ego's. This is often an act in futility, when fully disregarding the limits of our strengths and weaknesses.
Be still and know that there is a higher power at work amidst what appears to our mortal eyes as utter and reckless chaos. Behind the veil of our shared divine reality are Angels of all kinds afoot and diligently invested into our personal lives. Not as puppeteers, but as kindred souls compassionately seeking out our highest good. So when we zig and the Angels zag things become problematic for ourselves to say the least. To keep our interests aligned with our master plan in Life we must humbly follow the "Will of God". Which for each of us is just as unique to us as our fingerprints is to our hands. Release your troubles both real and perceived to the Lord God mentally and emotionally. Doing so grants him exclusive permission to realign your loves and joys into your master plan by a caring divine grace. Where our spirits begin to soothe and we vent the built up pressures in our lives internally so we may become fully resilient in him our "Father who art in Heaven".
Thus the living waters of providence will flow steadily and surely filling us up with grace. To the degree you surrender is to the degree you will affect change in your own lives. So if it is lukewarm, you will reap lukewarm results. If it is unconditional, than the will of the Heavenly host will walk with you in lock step. When you stumble, the Angels will dust you off and help you back onto the horse of life. Surrender is not a compromise, it is total. Half measures yield half of the results when working in conjunction with the divine. Grant yourself the peace that surpasses your mortal understanding and be supplanted with the holy. Amen. ---Ivan Pozo-Illas / Atrayo.
961) We age because we are mortal human beings experiencing a life that so many before us have already lived. We offer up our lives as a sacrifice to those we love by our heartfelt motivations. Often those motivations are of a noble purpose at other times they are as selfish as our ego's can fathom. We live so as to have moments that we can call our own. Some live for pleasure, others live for sheer achievement, all the rest live without a plan and are aimless in this life. Our efforts whether intentioned as good or ill are our lives in totality. This is our contribution to ourselves, our loved ones, and most of all to God(dess). Amen. ---Ivan Pozo-Illas / Atrayo.
962) When handling disappointment one must distinguish whether if the fault is your own or that of another person's own action that has caused the initial grief. Do not claim as your own the fault of another person's conduct. To do so cheats you of your own self respect. Take responsibility only for yourself and not the actions of another without full consideration of what is at stake. Assuming the mantle as your brothers keeper when your brother is of ill repute only invites misery. Only a steadfast engagement into another person's welfare will ensure balance in your personal dealings.
Disappointment when it is without merit and proven to be false by the selfish whim's of another person. Should not feed the gullible into pleasing such a tyrant, lest the naive at heart will lose their peace of mind totally. Be on guard that pleasing others is only secondary to making sure your needs are always met in their fullest measure. Otherwise error and travesty will seem to conspire against you at every turn. Walk away from the demanding fool, let them spoil in their own unruly mindset. Set yourself free from the miser that seeks perfection in creating for you a living hell.
If disappointment is of the actions of someone with a good heart which occurs than forgiveness is key. Followed by correction by example not to punish, but to teach with respect for all parties involved. Certainly the conscientious person that has erred is fully aware of their own misstep and is eager to make amends. Give them the chance when their self-worth has clearly indicated your earned trust in them. Those others who are of the misfortune of addiction seeking recovery must have setbacks in order to value a sober life. Just make sure a setback is not a face dive into total and an utter destructive relapse. All others that don't care the pain they have caused through disappointment and heartache are to be fully released to their own devices. Only if they are ready to return to the fold of your loving kindness will they become reconciled with you. Without such a requirement let them go, otherwise you welcome suffering for both yourself and them continuously. ---Ivan Pozo-Illas / Atrayo.
To set the mind on the Spirit is life and Peace. ---Romans 8:6.
Whatever your life's pursuit: art, poetry, sculpture, music, whatever your occupation may be. You can be as spiritual as clergy, always living a life of praise. ---Pir-O-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan. "Bowl of Saki".
The greatest things ever done on Earth have been done little by little. ---William Jennings Bryan.
May I see my own limits with compassion, just as I view the limits of others. ---Roshi Joan Halifax. Spoken at the "Legacy Wisdom Conference" April 17th 2011.
The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper. ---Eden Phillpotts.