I wasn't going to miss the month of February without this segment in earnest. To update you my readers of what has been happening with the eventual publication of Volume 3 of the "Jewels of Truth" series. I've just today finalized the Interior portion of the book which will be coming in at a whopper of 348 pages. So far these are just the two formats of the paperback priced at $23.95 U.S. and the E-Book at $2.99 U.S. respectively. Eventually I'll work my way around to getting the Kindle and Nook versions available as well. Right now with the publisher iUniverse I'm just waiting on the "Cover Draft" to give it a once over before I fully authorize it. Once this step is done it heads to the printer and into their database for their print on demand bookstore online.
Now onto this weeks trio of "Jewels of Truth" spiritual wisdom statements on the topics of: Fellowship, Gambling, and the Holy Spirit. These will be #1066-1068 in the series which in a way you'll be sampling from Volume 3 before its formally published at iUniverse.
Enjoy as always and may you reflect and broaden your spiritual perspective in the process.
1066) It has been said that finding a good person in life is difficult. Well this is only true to a degree in so much of a discerning heart and mind that can locate a trustworthy person of benevolent character. This is aside from tricksters acting out with sly subterfuge in order to gain favor by acting out in the shadows. All is motivation be it good or wrongdoing by thoughts, intents, and actions. This element of human behavior is pivotal when we associate with strangers, friends, and family alike. We are social animals in the flesh and as divine souls in spirit. How we conduct ourselves can lend itself to one side or both sides of this living spectrum.
How we keep close to the right influential people around us will become a hint as to what we value in ourselves. If we associate with moral people than we act in kind and the same is true if we associate with miscreants. Our dedication will dictate often the terms even unconscious how we will act out of the dynamic of peer pressure. How we favor another may also indicate how we favor ourselves to a limited degree. When we invest our lives into the right people then we are rewarded tenfold. For such beauty reflects back onto our souls instantly. The opposite is true when we invest ourselves in shallow or bad people. Including a selfish inconsiderate lover by a romance or a marriage we damage our prospects of well being in truth. Taint yourself with an asshole and suffer the consequences of it even if your intentions were innocent.
Try to keep around good people whenever possible for this blesses your soul and theirs in a united metaphysical strength. It becomes an equalizer allowing grace to gain a foothold in all your interpersonal dynamics. Your precious character and dignity rely on the best choices in life if you dearly value the good things all around you. Learn from your mistakes and especially learn from the mistakes of others for this becomes wisdom in earnest. In all of what I have said live your lives with joy do not make life a hardship of drudgery lest you forfeit your native love with God for a temporary moment. Amen. ---Ivan Pozo-Illas / Atrayo.
1067) Gambling must always be pursued with caution. The risk of loss occurs more often for the unprepared by lack of skill or fore knowledge regarding the "Bet". Lady Luck favors the bold, but she does not favor the idiot. One must know the odds or know well enough the game for what the stakes entail before entering into such an exchange of chance. Gamblers seek pleasure of the "Win" above all else. Hardly ever is there fortune to be made with a feverish gambler. Only misery will be found with unpaid debts when a gambler refuses to stop when reason calls for it.
Seek not to be the fool by being in over your head in a wager. Seek prudence and balance yourself with care from making a deeper hole from where you may be standing right now. The skilled player that knows the odds is never welcomed by the casino. Only the pleasure seeker with a fat wallet and a lack of self-restraint is the safest bet by the gambling predators. ---Ivan Pozo-Illas / Atrayo.
1068) When one invokes the "Spirit of God" wonders will appear silently as if stillness has shifted in like a gentle cloud on a sunny day. For example if a young person is truly lonely in life. The invocation of the "Holy Spirit" becomes available as a form of comforting succor of the spirit within. Where like minded interests with the divine coalesce into a one mind sort of union. Allowing a mutual bridge of beneficial goodwill to be opened and maintained as one worships God in a beloved truth.
This allows for synchronicities to begin to lovingly take shape around the aura of any willing spirit in partnership with the divine. It may at first appear as a form of supplication albeit this is yet a misnomer in truth. There is a union of equality from one soul of God with another child of God as mirrored equals in Spirit. The contrast enters that our mortality is wholly flawed with that of any divine holy ghost. No matter the stage of life as living creatures we are unified constantly beyond our shallow awareness to the majestic presence of God always. Until that time the keen spirit awakens as a mortal child or by a spiritual devotion only to be rebuked by the world at large as heresy. The children of God as ignorant mortals want to become masters of their own fate. Yet so easily dismiss the holy and divine as nonsense until time they are ill prepared and knee deep in drastic trouble.
A union with the divine be it worship or devotion is a marriage or symbiosis of souls with God and his entire Creation. No half measures, no curiosity seekers, no half-truths, just the complete and total Kingdom of God with everything that it entails in principal. Enrichment in all things of godly treasures of the soul are awakened by the ardent seeker of God(dess). Short of this God's perfection would become a farce in any other regard in the absolute truth. Amen. ---Ivan Pozo-Illas / Atrayo.
In order to love who you are, you cannot hate the experiences that shaped you. ---Andrea Dykstra. "Shortcuts to Spirituality"
What you seek is seeking you. ---Rumi.
Find the thing that stirs your heart and make room for it. Life is about the development of self to the point of unbridled joy. ---Joan Chittister. "Monasteries of the Heart Newsletter"
We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. ---Thornton Wilder.
The latter splendor of this house shall be greater than the former, says the Lord of Hosts; and in this place I will give prosperity. ---Haggai 2:9
O Great Spirit, I awake to another sun, grateful for gifts bestowed, granted one by one. ---Twylah Nitsch. "Seneca Medicine Woman"
You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God. ---2 Corinthians 9:11