Spirit tells me that if we believe in ourselves
then half of the struggle is over.
As in, well begun is half done?
But, how can I know if I believe in myself
or whether I’m only pretending?
We can never know.
But, we do know if we have begun
to do whatever?
But, if we seem to be working alone …
Alone is the only way we can work.
It can feel very lonely.
Then, your mind has wandered from the work
you set out to do.
Then, fight the good fight?
Yes, and trust that there are others,
many more others than you could possibly
be aware of, who are also fighting
your fight, on your side.
I wish I knew what it was all about.
Enlightenment, and clearing the path
that others might follow.
What if they prefer to clear their own path?
All paths are one path.
Spirit tells me that the way of enlightenment
is different things to different people,
if only in their different minds, and even
so-called different minds are not really
different at all.
Then, how can we agree on the way to go?
There is no way.
No way to enlightenment or no way to agree?
We are each and always have been
in the process of becoming.
Some call it becoming enlightened.
What do you call it?
What it is.
Then, what is it?
Then, now, and forever the same
Not what process of becoming?
It would be an intellectual trap.
Would be, or might be?
Please explain the process of
Before I explain enlightenment?
I need to bring it all together.
Spirit tells me that we each follow our own Path of Enlightenment
And that The Path is the only game in town.
Travel along the path requires thoughts and emotions working
Together in more or less harmony, to create our unique personality.
The path of enlightenment does not have a geographical location
As a goal. Instead, it is a personal, spiritual journey or process
To refine the quality of our thoughts and emotions, and the
Actions that express them.
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.
Spirit tells me that denial and rejection serve us well,
While they serve us at all. However, inevitably and
Unavoidably, acceptance of reality wins the game.
Whether or not we eagerly strive toward enlightenment,
Awareness, or a simple acceptance of Life as it is, is a
Personal choice and expresses our Individual style, or
Coping skills – our way of playing the game of Life.
Spirit tells me that the path of enlightenment
Must necessarily be an uphill struggle.
We rise to enlightenment, He tells me.
We do not go down to it, but
There are landslides along the way.
Arrogance is one of them.
Enlightened people are no better or worse than
Those who are less enlightened.
A full container is no better than one
That is only hall-full.
It simply holds more of whatever,
While it does.
Spirit tells me that
Other seekers of enlightenment
Who read of my struggle to learn
From Spirit, while maintaining, or
Attempting to maintain, devotion to
Physical as well as spiritual life,
Alone or with others who are
Alone together, more or less,
May find that my struggle
Offers something to think about
That may help them grow in
Understanding of why
Life is as it is, or
Seems to be,
An endless cycle or series of
If they are,
To teach us what?
Spirit tells me that
We share what we care
To share, nothing more, and,
Whenever I complain, and
I seem to complain much more than
I care to admit, or even
Remember, Spirit tells me,
In a pleasant and assuring manner, that,
If walking the Path of Enlightenment
Is not a struggle, then
I’m not on the path at all,
But only pretending to be, or
Into denial or illusion.
But, I protest,
Where is the joy?
Then Spirit gently tells me that
The struggle for awareness is
A joyous struggle if
I will only allow it to be.
Today’s I Ching – 25 – No Error
Heaven above, Thunder below. No Error follows Return in the order of the Hexagrams.
Spirit explains: Every step we take leads us away from somewhere and toward somewhere else.
We each move Live with awareness; some with more and some with less, our choice.
Return refers to choosing to be aware of having wandered from our personal path and choosing to return to it.
No error expresses the concept of “no blame” which is inherent in the I Ching. Perhaps wandering from The Way of Enlightenment, or Tao, was necessary for us to become aware of where we really want to go, or do.
What does this say to me? I ask.
Figure it out, He tells me.