Spirit tells me that acceptance is contentment.
How can I feel content about accepting something
that I can’t change?
What else would you feel?
In losing a battle you know or believe that
you never could win?
What else could I feel?
Satisfied with yourself that you did, if you did,
everything you could do to win.
And satisfaction is as contentment?
In this case, yes
Are we referring to a specific case?
Yes, and no.
As particular and general?
“How can I feel content about accepting something that I cannot change?”
I suspect you may broadly agree with what I say below, so this comment is merely an addition to the discussion if you will permit it:
By definition, if we seek to change something (other than as a creative exercise), then there is no contentedness. The acceptance inherent within contentedness still allows for ideas of ‘better’, ‘worse’, ‘insufficient’ and so forth, yet there’s no attempt at control, nor any attempted imposition of change. So contentedness can still permit of judgements of these kinds, but they are conveyed as, and are known to be, powerless – merely the playing around of the relativist in the accepting mind, so to speak.
With gratitude and respect, Hariod Brawn.
Harold, I love it and I wish I could personally relate to it, but I seem to need to be while accepting that I must be a total failure at being a control freak. I don’t want to have to accept that I seem to be powerless in any situation. So, when I do, I do so reluctantly, and, even if I pretended to be more noble, Spirit would call me on the pretense.
Thank you ever so much for your input and I do hope you offer more input into my struggle with Spirit and His superior mind. I would like to see you, or anyone, challenge His position. What fun that would be.
Again, I sincerely thank you.
Firstly, I hope you will forgive me for correcting one tiny error in the message you so kindly left on my site – it’s merely that my name is Hariod and not Harold (unimportant of course).
I’ve no desire to challenge anything or anyone Jean (that is your name I hope?), though it’s always good to exchange ideas of course. May I ask though, what is this ‘spirit’ that you refer to on each occasion with a male pronoun?
I haven’t explored your site fully so please forgive the question.
With gratitude and respect, Hariod.
Dear Hariod, Ten thousand apologies. Our personal name is important, at least during the lifetime that we use it to identify ourselves with or are identified by others, even though we very likely did not personally choose it, unless, of course, we claimed it before entering into physical existence. And, yes, my name is Jean. Why I would choose such a simple name, is beyond me, but perhaps, in its own way, it expresses me.
I wish I could be as you are, with no desire to challenge anything or anyone. That characteristic seems to be part of who or what I am.
Now, to Spirit. My relationship with a seemingly formless (unless my eyesight is just not well enough developed) very male (or Yang) very conscious and intelligent energy system. Perhaps, in the final analysis, we are each no more and no less than a complex conscious, vibrating energy system in a limitless universe of interconnecting perspectives that each contribute to and are in essence part of a greater and infinitely more powerful and intelligent energy than the like of myself could possibly comprehend, let alone explain.
I do know that in recognizing Spirit as an intelligence outside (more or less) of my own, that I risk being considered insincere and/or into denial about accepting credit for His role in my life and in my blog posts.
And, I can well understand disbelief. If I did not personally experience His existence, then I know I would very likely be one of my most severe critics. Perhaps that’s part of the reason I was chosen to assist Him, in a very unequal relationship. I am learning so very much about life from Him that rejection by family and friends, though very painful, are a price I choose, reluctantly, to pay. I totally understand your asking.
Many thanks for the clarification Jean; yours is certainly a perspective that I can respect.
Recognising what you refer to as ‘an intelligence’ which is outside the narrow confines of selfhood is surely both a sound and constructive position.
I tend to baulk a little at anthropomorphic language when it comes to these things, though this is merely my preference and not a judgement based in arrogance.
With gratitude and respect, Hariod.
Thank you, Hariod, It was not at all easy to respond to your request for clarification. Like, just who and what is this so-called “Spirit Teacher” that I struggle with? You worded it all so much more low-key than many might. I’m really not designed to be qualified to be placed in the position that Spirit seems determined for me to accept. Why me? I don’t know, yet. But, perhaps, in time, I will. In the meanwhile, this is an intensive spiritual education that I could never have afforded, if money was a requirement. Thanks again, Jean.