How to live and why

Spirit shares gems of wisdom.

Spirit tells me that to live in such a way
that brings a sense of satisfaction and pleasure
requires us to seek to serve others, because
in serving others we also serve ourselves.

Survival of oneself depends upon survival of
others and upon the survival of the environment
which sustains us all.

But, He continues, we cannot care for anyone
if we do not first care for ourselves for,
if we have no love for ourselves then we have
no love to share with others.

It’s as simple as that.

To love unseen potential

Spirit tells me that it is easy to love whom or what is obviously

Lovable, but to love what or whom requires intention to love

Unseen potential, we must first feel compassion based on

awareness that we, ourselves, may not always have been as

lovable as we may now consider ourselves to be.

 

How would we express love based on compassion?

 

We would accept it as a sacred duty to care for and about

Whatever or whomever we intended to love.

 

 

Unconditional love expresses care

A Spirit Teacher explains I Ching 9 – Small Development.

 

Small Development follows Closeness in the order of life experiences

Represented by the sixty-four hexagrams. The exact number of

Personal life experiences necessarily varies from individual to

Individual, but the reality that each experience develops out of

A previous one, does not.

 

Closeness expresses a sense of community with people, places, or

Things; a feeling of attachment, connectedness, and relationship.

 

Closeness, as an awareness of oneness with others, reminds us that

We are not alone. Both seen and unseen energies share our progress

And care for us with unconditional love.

 

There are times …

 

Yes, there will always be times of doubt, but they pass, if we let them.

 

 

Saying it doesn’t make it so.

Spirit tells me that, at a grass-roots level, compassion is as

Sophisticated a way as any to express genuine care.

 

Gentle words of love and caring serve a need, both to the

Giver and to the one receiving, but only when the words

Are supported by caring deeds can they at least seem

To be genuine expressions.

 

Compassion is a beautiful word that expresses a deep but

Simple emotion, genuine care for someone or something.

But, saying it is never enough. We need to support our

Caring words with caring actions.

 

I could still be pretending.

 

Yes.

 

 

Pawns can make a Difference in the Game

Spirit tells me that I am, as I sometimes suspect that

I might be, and yet struggle against the very idea of

Being, no more than a pawn in the Game of Life.

 

Pawns can and do make a difference, He tells me, as if

That would cheer me up. Yes, He continues, pawns can be

Part of winning a game, but only if they are willing to serve

A skilled, master of the game.

 

Spirit is not without ego. The implication is, of course,

That I am the pawn while He is the skilled, master player.

 

The rules of the game are Universal Laws, but the Spirit

Of the game is Love. The rules are inflexible, in the same

Sense that four o’clock comes at the same each day,

Whether or not your day’s work is done.

 

The good news…

 

Wow! There’s good news? I try to sound sarcastic, but,

It’s wasted on Him.

 

The good news, without seeming to have noticed my

Interruption, is that the Game of Life is directed by Love,

And, Love allows for compassion.

 

That’s so good to know.

 

But, rules are rules.

 

Spirituality’s Seductive Nature

It was not love at first sight, at least not in a physical sense, since I

Have not yet developed the capacity to visualize that area wherein

Form and essence merge in ever-finer elements of matter.

 

But, human and spirit qualities seem to be, in many ways,

More close than similar. And, so would be the potentially

Seductive nature of student and teacher attraction.

 

When I ask Spirit to explain why mutual attraction to

Spiritual values could …

 

Be corrupted? The corruption, or danger of such, is in

My own mind, or it isn’t.

 

He then reminds me of the countless gurus I have followed

Throughout many lifetimes, or so it seems, with each one

Falling from grace, in my mind.

 

They didn’t fall; they seemed to crash. Confucius might calmly

Comment, “No blame”, but I was, each and every time,

Devastated and confused. I was sure, beyond a doubt, again,

Again, and yet again that I had discovered a philosophy

To live by that explained everything, until it didn’t.

 

Will I meet the same fate?

 

How can I know..?

 

Until or unless it happens?

 

Yes, and perhaps that scares me.

 

Why? When it is time to move on to another teacher, we must,

Or stagnate.

 

My earlier teachers belonged to recorded history…

 

So, were less personally a part of your life?

 

Yes.

 

 

 

As I am is not the way I am, or is it?

Spirit tells me that for me to love myself as I am

Does not require that I love myself the way I am.

 

I can accept myself as imperfect without necessarily

Accepting my imperfections.

 

And, He suggests that I really must work on these.

 

Where would I begin?

 

From the beginning.

 

When was that?

 

It never was.

 

So, what then?

 

You can only begin now.

 

He’s wrong of course. I’ve been trying for as long as

I can remember.

 

 

 

Creation as an Outcome

Spirit tells me that creation, all creation, is an outcome of three potentials;

Thought, feeling, and energy  – a cosmic trinity.

 

Nothing worthwhile, He tells me, is achieved or created without

Deep thought, passionate commitment, and energy, physical or

Otherwise.

 

Thought, feeling, and energy are blended together into the

Creative force of love. Love is, He seems to sigh, an often

Misunderstood emotion, when, in reality, it is as white light,

That can disperse itself into every possible hue or blend of

Colour.