What Do I Believe In?

January 21, 2012

I believe in Spirit… dark chocolate… good writing… the tendency of Life to work out if I pay attention… faith that all is as it should be… wellness in body and mind… ecstatic revelry… fire… Magick… synchronicity… interpersonal resonance… the unconditional love of pets… living true to myself… honesty…

parenting my kids… walking in the electric dark before a storm… walking in the damp light after a storm… challenges to my abilities, beliefs, and endurance… children as teachers… the path of wisdom as a way of living… freedom… personal liberty… Thomas Jefferson… self-determination… the power of choice…

breaking bread and sharing drink with friends… learning new languages… “the small of a woman’s back”… traveling with a backpack… music… rhythm… polarity… harmony… true power, which is within and is felt more than seen… the ease of making the right choices if I am in tune with myself… alignment with my inner being…

“long, slow, soft, deep, wet kisses that last for three days”… energetic exchanges… spiritual Love… erotic love… strength… forgiveness… peace… the interconnectedness of Life… the beauty, power, and presence in Earth and sky… connecting with both… the willingness of the Earth to take pain from me and recycle it… living what I know to be true…

camping in (or out of) a tent… water… light… drum circles… flow… befriending children and old people… paddling on the river… climbing mountains… bungee jumping… paying freaking ATTENTION… freedom from the past… exuberance… exhiliration… old friends… new friends… lovers, old and new…

quality… pizza… organic foods… staying up late… openness to the Spirit within… shocking experiences… felines… omens through Nature… the permanence of being alive… road trips… inner trips… laughter… every experience as a way to enlightenment…

sharing DNA… leveling out karmic imbalances… (forgiveness)… Shakespeare… Einstein… the real Jesus of Nazareth… Gautama Buddha… ME!…

dreams… imagination… discarnate entities… the kind of faith that makes things happen or endures difficulty… Bugs Bunny… the Baxter clan motto (Vincit veritas—Truth prevails)…

and the ability of a self-aware person to also be aware of the inner being of another who is open.

(written in 2009)

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Understanding, Power, Freedom, and Wisdom

January 8, 2012

To truly have, possess, and master some thing or experience, we must not want it too much—so much that we feel grief without it. Grief is only the feeling of loss of a perceived part of oneself, and anything we identify with that much is a draw on our energy—a negative, not a positive.

Of course, the best way to have something we do not have is to have a burning desire for it. But we don’t have to identify ourselves with it to the point that we feel loss without it. If we do that, we’ve crossed the line from freedom to bondage, because we’re focusing on the lack of the thing we want, instead of its desired presence.

Freedom focuses on the thing (or not!). Bondage focuses on the lack of the thing. Each is a production of our already-existing understanding, and understanding is power! We focus on a wanted thing because we have power. We focus on the lack of a wanted thing because we do not have power.

The Universe loves us, and It provides us with every good thing, in accordance with our level of understanding. When we understand this, we will be more able and willing to see that our lack of something we want is because of our lack of understanding.  (And with understanding we may well realize that we don’t want it!)

The Universe’s understanding is Perfect. Ours is not.

When we let go of our attachment to the idea of the thing we want too much but don’t have, it will finally be able to come to us—if, without the attachment to the idea, we still desire it!

Understanding is part of wisdom. All things are allowed to the wise person, if those things enhance and enrich our existence, rather than causing us harm or bondage—in other words, if those things are in accord with our inner being, with our True Self.

The Universe graciously withholds from wise people the things and experiences that would bring us bondage, rather than freedom! Those things would cause us bondage if we want them too much—that is, if we identify them with ourselves, which means that we confuse them with ourselves and feel grief or loss with their absence.

If we let go of our unhealthy attachment to these ideas, though, we will allow the Universe to bring them to us—if those things or experiences are good for us. The Universe automatically brings good things to us, to the degree that we are wise (which means “in the absence of unhealthy desires,” because we only have unhealthy desires to the degree that we are unwise!).

The less wise we are, the more “shit” we cause to happen in our lives. The less wise we are, the less we understand what is good for us. The less wise we are, the fewer good things we are asking the Universe for and, consequently, the fewer good things the Universe brings to us!

We get what our understanding allows us to have. The greater our understanding, the greater our wisdom. The greater our wisdom, the better our desires. The better our desires, the greater the good we experience as a result of them.


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