Two dimensions of one mind

Spirit tells me that He and I are, or represent,

Two dimensions of one mind that is itself just

One of many dimensions of a more expanded

Expression of an ever more expanded

Consciousness that continuously and

Unendingly expands, or, as some say,

Evolves.

 

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How we learn who we are

Spirit tells me that we are as individual sparks of Life

Experiencing life.

 

We learn to know who we are and what we are by

Experiencing relationships with other sparks of Life,

Of intensities that may differ, in some way, or ways,

To our own.

 

They are, these other sparks, what and whom they have

Become, as are we.

 

The strengths and weaknesses of other sparks

Provide us with a means of knowing our own, by

Comparing ourselves with others.

 

This awareness is not meant to be used to judge

Others, nor ourselves. Differences exist and are

As a gift to everyone.

 

How would it be possible, He asks me, to know

Anything, if nothing or no-one differed, or seemed

Not to,, from anyone or anything else, in any way?

How could we grow? or be aware that we had, or

Had not?

 

Awareness of differences can serve to inspire each

Of us to become, not as any other, but all that we can,

And in this way, inspire others to do the same,

Not be the same.

We each have a duty to care

Spirit tells me that we each have a sacred duty to care for

The world we live in, the world that sustains us and

Makes it possible for us to experience physical

Existence within a material creation.

 

Each suggests a personal responsibility.

 

Yes.

 

How is it possible for individuals…

 

Are you speaking of individuals in general or of

Yourself, in particular?

 

Both.

 

The answer is the same.

 

My question is still, how can it be done?

 

It can only be done individually. We each must learn to

Care about and care for everyone and everything else.

 

We each may have a different understanding of

What it means to care about and for.

 

What is your understanding?

 

I do care about and for whom and what I can.

 

How much do you care about and for, and

How do you express this care?

 

Am I on a witness stand?

 

Everyone is on a witness stand.

 

 

Different teachers for different seekers

Spirit tells me that there have always been Spiritual teachers

Who cared enough for their community to risk their lives

To share the wisdom that had been shared with them.

 

There have always been people who needed to understand

What life was all about and what purpose socially accepted

Rules served in their particular time and place.

 

How can we understand rules whose purpose has not been

Explained to us? Or does not seem to make sense?

 

Spirit tells me that leaders have always feared being

Questioned abut the purpose of rules they impose on

Their followers. The very nature of rules requires that

They are not an option and must be obeyed.

 

The problem arises, claims Spirit, when these rules

No longer serve their original purpose, the best interest

Of the community and, instead, serve, or seem to serve

The personal interests of those who enforce the rules.

 

Then a new teacher rises up out of mass discontentment

With old ways of thinking, to share a new way of living that

Requires new rules.

 

The old game then begins again. Young people insist upon

Change while the elderly remember that they too were once

Young and had listened in their youth, and followed a then

New teacher and new leaders with new ideas of new rules.

 

So, what is the solution?

 

To what?

 

To sharing new ideas of how to live.

 

There are no new ideas of how to live.

 

 

 

Do you try to look?

Spirit asks me if I can understand why whatever is

Happening is happening, before I am aware that

Whatever is happening is happening?

 

I protest. Something is always happening.

 

Yes.

 

Then what should I do?

 

You could practice understanding why what has

Happened has happened, even while you practice

Being aware of what now is happening.

 

I try.

 

Do you try to look?

 

Respect intelligence wherever you find it

Spirit tells me to respect intelligence whomever and

Whatever seems to possess it, for all of Life does, in

Greater or lesser degrees.

 

Intelligence is a precious gift, as is intuition, which is

A blending of thought and emotion. They are each

Potentials that we can develop through practice until

We refine them into awareness, understanding, and

Enlightenment, and beyond.

 

What could possibly be beyond enlightenment?

 

The experience of knowing that we are one, not only

As we are, now, as one, more or less.

 

 

 

Embedded within a pattern of Existence

Spirit tells me that we are, each and every one of us,

Embedded within a pattern of existence that is also

Embedded within even more expanded patterns.

 

I protest that such a reality may exist and probably does,

For I can visualize such a concept, and then my mind

Blurs the image, or does the image blur my mind?

 

It’s too deep for me, and my Spirit Teacher seems to

Sigh at my simplicity.

 

I want to live in the here and now, even knowing that

They do not exist except in the here and now and,

Even then, with little or no stability.

 

What about your desire to expand your awareness and

Understanding?

 

What about them?

 

Can they expand in your so-called here and now?

 

Perhaps I have a problem there, or here, but how

To bridge the gap between the two perspectives?

 

There is no gap and no need for a bridge.

 

Then what?

 

Simply release your hold, your identification with

Your so-called but non-existent here and now.

The fog will slowly lift and the way will become clear.

 

Unconditional Surrender is a no-win Situation

Spirit tells me that unconditional surrender is a no-win situations.

Winners become losers if their influence over other powers

Depends solely upon force.

 

Such a situation requires continued use of force to maintain

Control over whomever or whatever.

 

Whatever?

 

Yes.

 

Such as?

 

Addictions and other self-destructive lifestyles.

 

But, will power …

 

Will power alone can sometimes control but never

Release the need for whatever.

 

Then what is a solution?

 

A solution for what?

 

The tension, the stress in maintaining control.

 

Awareness, acceptance, understanding, compassion

For self, and respect for the so-called enemy.

 

And intention?

 

Yes.

 

 

 

 

Alone or in a Crowd

Spirit tells me that individuality does not necessarily mean

Exclusion from oneness.

 

We each are as we each are, alone or in a crowd. We can

Never not be what we are, but we can pretend, for

Whatever reason or reasons.

 

However, the danger of pretending to be what we

Know we are not arises when we forget that we are

Pretending.

 

Our response to any experience is a very individual one,

Regardless of how many others may share that

Experience with us. Our personal response changes us,

Sometimes at a very deep level of our existence, our

Being, our essence.

 

This, Spirit tells me, is the purpose of experience:

To help us become aware of who and what we are,

As individuals and as one with Life.

 

 

 

Once upon a time – our created past

Spirit tells me that everyone is living a story that we create

As we live it.

 

The past may belong to an earlier chapter in our story, but

Through the magical art of reflection we can reminisce and

Embellish what might otherwise have been considered as

Meaningless or distressful memories.

 

Our creative mind can provide whatever past situation

With a greater depth of glory, pleasure, love, or

Personal satisfaction. We can even adjust facts, or

What we thought were facts at the time, as well as

The level of skills and understanding that we may

Actually remember having achieved during those

Earlier chapters of our story.

 

Why, He asks, do we, and everyone does edit the past?

For many reasons, not least of which is to bolster

Self-esteem, or public esteem, as many leaders

Seem to feel a need to do.

 

You ask me if the past really happened at all?

That, my child, depends upon how politically correct

You want my answer to be.