Saturday, November 22, 2014

A Constant State Of Creation

  Read this slowly... each thought is great. I recommend absorbing each line with a deep breath, a pinch of catharsis, and a dash of consciously choosing to build inner peace.  ;-)

  Keep in mind I don't use the term "inner peace" flippantly or superficially, it is something precious and vital which I have a deep love and respect for, it is something that saves me time and time again. The reason I talk about enduring peace so much is because in my own journey I have personally reached points where nothing physical could make things right, nothing external could comfort me, nothing outside the spiritual plane was enough to quiet my fears.

  The world in general, the people we come in contact with, our circumstances, and even our own bodies... are all variables. To have the kind of comfort which sustains us through thick and thin it makes sense that we must anchor our spirits to something constant, something we can rely on no matter what the weather looks like outside.

If you have been searching for positive energy 
and are having a hard time finding it, here is
a thought I will share with you today:

Peace is not found, it is created.

  The concept of "enduring" peace is quite interesting because our current state of being only exists in the exact moment we are living in-- not yesterday, not tomorrow, not a week or a month from now "when the dust settles". The idea that peace can be found from any Earthly external source does not seem right to me-- because even when God gives us peace and comfort, he gives it to us individually on a very personal level which means it still resides inside us. Peace and comfort come to our hearts as a living flow of positive energy that is created in real-time as we continually make the conscious choice to embrace the principle described in the Serenity Prayer.

  I think the reason we might struggle with hanging onto a feeling of peace in our lives is simply because we get distracted and use our power of choice to entertain some other type of energy. And when we radiate a spirit of peace around us and share that positive energy with others, it won't stay with them unless they make room for it in their own hearts and choose for themselves to keep creating more peace inside themselves on an ongoing basis.

  We are constantly in a state of creation, our power to choose has a much greater impact than we realize. Every moment of our lives we are creating positive or negative energy. To whatever degree of power we possess to be able to choose for ourselves, it is our choice which one we are willing to channel at any given moment: love, comfort, and peace OR selfishness, judgment, and anger.

  So anyway, find the line in the graphic above that means the most to you right now, and choose to create positive energy in your own heart and mind by validating what you are experiencing in life.

  The one that struck a chord the most with me right now is "it is okay to say you've had enough". It is so easy for me to get caught in the trap of always feeling like I need to be tough, like the answer to my trials is to just put my head down and push until I get through it or until I can do "enough" for those around me.

  I think one of the wisest things we can do is stop pressuring ourselves, let ourselves feel, and then after self-validating, refocus on what we can do instead of all the things we wish we could do. It's okay to feel tired, it's okay to feel bruised, it's okay to admit we are bleeding when life has wounded us and it's not just a scratch. Then it's important to believe, to have hope, to find things to be grateful for, and remember to laugh and smile every chance we get. There is an important difference between validating our hurts, and dwelling on them.

  God does not expect us to lie and pretend we like the painful things in our lives, but he has made clear what he does expect of us:
"Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself."  (Matthew 22:36)

  We need to learn to love God in a way that teaches us how to view life with an eternal perspective. And with that broader perspective, we can learn to love ourselves the way He loves us. Then once we have learned what it feels like to self-validate our trials and love ourselves through our own ups and downs, we enable ourselves to practice a deeper, stronger level of compassion with others.

  There is a place for mortal strength, it is good to physically do the best we can in our daily lives. But true courage comes from our spiritual center, not the temporal body. The body without the spirit is nothing. Some people with the strongest spirits have some of the least functional bodies. I believe each of us can learn something by thinking about how that applies to us.

  Remember: all of us are constantly creating the flow of internal energy we call home, and we believe what we tell ourselves. Only when we pay attention to the state of our own soul can we truly make the world around us better place. By cultivating a positive spiritual space for our own spirit to dwell, we are building something beautiful that we can share with others.

You can do this.