Worlds Within Worlds of Rules

Spirit tells me that happiness is not
different things to different people,
as some might believe it to be.

Happiness is a feeling of contentment
that harmonizes both intellect and
emotion.

Can it last?

Nothing lasts.

But, is it a thing?

What?

Happiness.

What else could it be?

A state of mind.

States and minds are things.

But, people seek happiness.

Where? How?

Wherever and however they seem to think
it might be found.

It can never be found.

Then, is it possible to become happy
or contented.

Yes.

How?

Develop a satisfied mind.

How?

Live by rules of your own choosing.

How to know if I am choosing
the rules I live by?

Who else could choose them?

Most social rules were created before
I was born.

So what?

I didn’t choose them.

Do you live by them?

Some of them.

Why only some?

Some are required.

Why?

They are designed to create order where
there might otherwise be chaos.

Such as?

Traffic laws.

Yes.

What does that mean?

Traffic laws are a form of general rules
designed to benefit all members of specific
societies.

What rules would benefit individuals?

Whatever would benefit a group can only be
effective if it is followed by individuals
within the group.

So, the personal and the general are as one?

Yes and no.

How so?

Group rules apply to everyone to whom
they apply.

And personal rules?

Personally chosen rules are selected from
general rules.

Worlds within worlds of rules?

Yes. Our personal rules should be chosen
above and beyond those we accept.

Who el

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A Calling, I Guess

Spirit tells me that we have been climbing
our mountain; our chosen way of life is as
a mountain.

But, what if I didn’t choose my way of life?

How would it be possible not to have chosen?

It may have chosen me.

How would that have been possible?

I was born into a particular family, within
a particular culture, in a particular
community, at a particular time, possessing
particular attributes.

And then what?

I became part of that family and culture.

And then?

And then I seemed to grow beyond …

Beyond what?

Beyond the comfort zone of them and myself.

And now?

I seem to be on the outside, looking in
to a place I can never return to.

Yes. Would you return if you could?

No. I seem to be where I am and moving
even further away from where I once
needed to be.

Is it a choosing?

No.

Then, what?

A calling, I guess.

Yes, but you choose to respond.

Yes.

Beyond the comfort zone

We play by rules we choose

Spirit Teaches I Ching Wisdom.

 

Today’s I Ching is 7 – The Army.

 

Spirit explains: As today follows yesterday into the past, so The Army

Follows Contention (6); and, as today reaches toward tomorrow, so does

The Army reach toward Closeness (8).

 

I can understand The Army and Contention acting on each other, but,

What relationship can The Army have with Closeness?

 

When reason alone fails to solve contention then power is a necessary

Organizing force. It serves a good purpose if it can bring together

Contentious groups. It can contribute to a sense of closeness.

 

Okay, I can accept that, but how does it relate to me?

 

Who is contentious?

 

Perhaps I am, at times.

 

Who is The Army?

 

I don’t know.

 

Is the army as a referee in this instance?

 

That’s possible, but not all referees play by the same rules.

 

What rules do I play by?

 

Perhaps rules of your own choosing.

 

Yes, and so do you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awareness isn’t designed to be Appealing

Spirit tells me that living a spiritual life in the so-called real world

Is the same as living a not-so-spiritual life except for awareness of

Choosing how I live the way I do, and how my way of living

Affects my personal health and happiness, and also that of

Everyone else.

 

That’s pretty heavy stuff.

 

What is pretty heavy stuff?

 

Laying a guilt trip on me by suggesting …

 

I’m not suggesting. Everything we do affects everyone and

Everything else.

 

If I am more responsible for others than they are for me,

Just because I’m aware of my responsibility and they may

Not be, then how appealing can awareness be?

 

Awareness isn’t designed to be appealing.

 

Choosing gives meaning to our life

Spirit tells me that

It is by choosing how we live,

And why, that gives

Meaning to our life

Our lifestyle consists of

Chosen patterns of activity

And these patterns of behaviour

Can become fixed and rigid, or

They can dissolve into nothingness,

Unless we are aware of how

They serve us and when.

 

Awareness, alone, is not enough,

He tells me. We must

Continuously choose to adapt

Our thinking, our emotional

responses, and, our attitude

To life, if we choose

To develop a more meaningful

Lifestyle, wherein

Our daily patterns of activity

Are in harmony with our goal,

To transform the way we live

Our life.