The American "Thanksgiving Holiday" is just two days away for many of us. Where many fortunate families get to share quality time with each other. Even if the traditional meal is difficult for needy families to attain in celebrating this holiday. There are countless food banks helping the financially poor acquire a holiday meal at no cost. Other Americans like anyone on this globe may also become sad with the holiday blues due to a past regrettable incident. Be it a death of a loved one, things left unsaid, or worse left out in the open without a heart felt reconciliation. I'm sure all these circumstances occur simultaneously throughout every holiday period no matter our nation of origin.
For those of a sincere faith in the divine, if not in the goodwill of humanity must make a amends to a certain point alone. For many its a gentle and simple prayer for comfort and understanding. All others a simple "I'm Sorry" conveys mountains of much needed heart to heart healing. Otherwise surrender your ego at the door of hope and accept for yourselves a spirit of glad tidings which everyone equally deserves. By the loving "Spirit of God" in us all.
Today's trio of "Jewels of Truth" spiritual wisdom statements are on the topics of the: Good, being Present, and having Purpose. In the series of #1021-1023 written originally back in early March 2010.
As always enjoy these often inspired movements of my soul for all to benefit in understanding and certainly in wisdom.
1021) One must first know good in its many forms before one can sincerely offer it in kind to others in a genuine spirit of goodwill. All those offering good with a empty heart with a very shallow spirit make it an experience best left undone. In sharing the good tidings with a cheerfulness is the secret ingredient in knowing what is a genuine offer and what is clearly not. A grateful heart is the one with the richest heart to offer a very generous cornucopia of blessings. Without overt preaching nor a self-righteous attitude the grateful heart speaks in the language of the sublime. The Ineffable is expressed by the actions of the noble heart, not just the intent of their softly spoken words.
No belief system is superior to another person's all have an equal credence. No matter how foreign or bizarre the intent of their ideal way of life is portrayed. It becomes a red flag event to boast superiority in ideology. Often the pathway of ideals that speaks the loudest is the one that acts more than speaks. As the old adage goes "Talk is cheap". Be still and know that the most generous person you may encounter may be filling a black hole from a life of guilt. Unless they have made peace with their own humanity long ago and seek only to spread good news by their loving actions. Only an open heart will not hide their truest intentions in giving out of goodness. With an enriched heart comes often a sense of duty, if not obligation to do what is in their own power to accomplish. Perhaps not to save the proverbial world, but to make their own slice of reality a better place for all and not just a few.
Thus the circle of life envelops us whole when one form of goodness ignites that of another. When it is best experienced akin to a daisy chain of wholesome beauty seen from a far. In giving and receiving truly their is responsibility it can not be an empty gesture. Nor should one give out of a spirit of fear, jealously, hate, and certainly hypocrisy. One must also be mindful in giving wisely so as to not be exploited where your kindness is used against you. Observe where your heart leads and your mind will follow in giving from a spirit of goodness. Love encountered in any form is divinity in full display. Not to become someone else, but to be what you truly are already as God is our witness. ---Ivan Pozo-Illas / Atrayo.
1022) Only some of us live in the present tense of the word by being fully self-aware. Life tugs at us from a myriad of directions wanting our attention like a child in a toy store. Our frustration erupts when we can barely cope with what is just in front of us. Much less what will need help from others in the long term. We are a fickle bunch not so much out of vanity, although that can exist for some in life. Our fickleness comes when we forget our role in this universe. Distractions will tempt many of us away from our much needed focus. Not all of us are meant to be Zen masters with a laser intent of poised inner beauty.
Those living with regrets choose instinctively to live in the past. Reliving a series of events that they covet like a grand prize. If not wishing for a second chance for something that was not their own fault to begin with as it occurred. Guilt and despair from one's past if not addressed become cancerous to the spirit within. Only surrender with a willingness to move onward will release these souls from an endless loop of their literal past life. For the rest it comes down to forgiveness for what was left unsaid or undone even if you weren't at fault. Guilt is quite the trickster where reason has no bearing in our fractured judgements of ourselves.
Many more will choose to pine away for an ideal future they wish to be here right now, if not yesterday. Such is the misguided steps of a child wanting to go out and play. When the playground is right before their eyes and not in some aimless tomorrow that may never come in reality. Be mindful where you place your aspirations right now. For "Now" is eternally constant as moments come and go. How will this moment define you? Are you even aware of this present moment as it presents itself to you? What can bring you to a place of wholeness that leaves you self-actualized as it pertains to now?
These are some of the pertinent questions one should ask themselves before venturing into a flowering self-realization. That conjures what I call "Lucid Awakening" in one's life by means of a self-awareness that cascades a series of acknowledgments. That must happen before life right now becomes real to you. Otherwise you'll awaken for just a short while and like a drowsy soul you go back to sleep preferring the so-called dream. Rather than to the open horizon that lays before you to be lived right now. ---Ivan Pozo-Illas / Atrayo.
1023) What is purpose? Purpose can mean many things to many people. It can mean for some a steadfast mission with clear objectives to reach an overall goal in mind. To others it can mean a total arc of events that leads one to a desired place. Be it of mind or of circumstances in life that one must reach in order to live fully. Lastly purpose can mean a form of service to others left without needs fulfilled and wants met in action. Allowing oneself by each encounter to mold and become molded by the events that transpire all around us for our highest good. With a spirit of joy and thanksgiving to be given openly alongside your enthusiastic service will reveal to you the grace that is meant to be offered to all.
When one accepts their highest calling as a passionate truth in action. Than God and his Angels will move "Heaven and Earth" so you may find your bliss in its fullest measure. Trust the process laid out before you by your inner soulful guidance. Allow yourselves to become transformed from within by living in cooperation with the "Holy Spirit". So you may find yourself well groomed and hand tailored to serve in your greatest calling in life by "God's Will" as a testament of your mutual love. Amen. ---Ivan Pozo-Illas / Atrayo.
Anything that has real and lasting value is always a gift from within. ---Franz Kafka.
Whatever God does, the first outburst is always compassion. ---Meister Eckhart.
A sacred illness is one that educates us and alters us from the inside out, provides experiences and therefore knowledge that we could not possibly achieve in any other way. ---Deena Metzger.
Empathy is the love fire of sweet remembrance and shared understanding.
After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you.
---1 Peter 5:10