To Serve Comfort Needs

Spirit tells me that there is more to life
than material existence can ever offer,
for it is as the lowest step on a ladder
to ever-higher levels of existence.

Peaceful co-existence can never come from
focus on form alone, while ignoring essence,
and all form possesses, or contains, essence.

Even a chair?

Even a chair.

What essence could a chair possess.

Purpose, or potential purpose.

To serve comfort needs?

Yes, Life itself serves comfort needs.

How?

By expressing itself within all forms
of life.

But, not all forms of life feel comfortable.

How do you know?

I’m a form of life.

Yes.

I don’t always feel comfortable.

Why?

How could that be possible?

How could it not be possible?

There’s something you’re not telling me.

What?

Perhaps we each define comfort differently?

As a quality or as a variable?

I could feel less comfortable?

Yes.

Yes.

Now what?

Today’s I Ching is 39 – Halting

 

Water over Mountain.

Halting follows Disharmony.

 

Spirit explains: Disharmony expresses lack of general consensus,

Disagreement, perhaps even different world views, different

Goals or needs.

 

Whatever; a way forward has been halted, brought to a

Stand=still. A mental road block can halt co-operation and

Progress as effectively as one made of stone.

 

Now what?

 

Yes.

 

The River of Life and Meditation

A wise man once claimed that we cannot step into the same

River twice. Spirit tells me that the river referred to was Life, not

Water, alone. And, claims Spirit, the River of Life contains many

Undercurrents that we must step carefully through to reach safety.

 

The unavoidable undercurrents of emotion and thought are two

Potential dangers we each must learn to walk through while

Crossing the River of Life.

 

How?

 

Deep breathing and meditation can help us.

 

How?

 

Air is necessary to life but only if we breathe in and then out.

If we practice sitting quietly and breathing deeply, while we

Focus on a particular emotion that is troubling us, then

Step into that emotion by breathing it in, deeply, and then

Release it, again and again.

 

Both emotion and thought, claims Spirit, are life-giving energies.

But, as with all nutrients, there is a fine balance between

Beneficial (the Middle Way) and the self-destructive quantities of

Too little or too much. We each must learn to recognize our

Individual needs.

 

 

We are all addicted to something

Spirit tells me that

We are all addicted to something.

Our individual needs and desires

Could never be fully fulfilled.

Maslow’s hierarchy had it right,

If only partially.  But, he didn’t reach high

Or far enough. He spoke of needs,

Suggesting, material, physical,

Survival needs, as if these alone

Could somehow satisfy our

Mind.

 

Spirit tells me that, our spiritual

Needs, drives, and desires

Can never be satisfied and,

That Compassion allows us

To feel this need to fulfillment

In others.

 

An ancient dictum to

Go forth and multiply.

Referred to more, much more

Than reproduction for

Its own sake. It was

A Divine command, as if

A command was necessary.

It is in the essence of

Our nature to seek

Without possessing the capacity

For self-satisfaction. We need

To learn to accept and respect

Needs and desires fulfillment

As a holy purpose and

A sacred duty. Of course,

We can get sidetracked.

.

Each in our own way

Spirit tells me that we each develop awareness

In our own way and in our own time.

There is no reward for those who

Finish first, for nobody ever finishes.

Thee is no end to what

What we can learn if

We want to.

We each satisfy our individual need

To learn whatever, according to

Personal interests,

At any given time.