A spirit teacher shares gems of wisdom beyond
my capacity to fully understand; simple and yet
deep insights into life, as we each live it,
and how, He tells me,with a little effort
we each might live a life worth living.
Will I be pleased to be asked to share memories
of past experiences, He asks me.
What past experiences?
Your past experiences.
I couldn’t possibly remember them all.
How would it be possible?
But, my focus is on what I am experiencing now.
Because I must choose how to live today.
It’s too late to worry about yesterday.
What about tomorrow?
What about it?
Isn’t that my style of questioning?
So, you have chosen to adopt a way not your own?
It is my way, once I have adopted it.
Why did you adopt a new response?
It seemed more appropriate to this particular
situation than possible past responses might.
What does that mean?
It means that it’s never to late to change
the way we each respond to particular effects.
As in cause and …
Is that the message?
We each choose or at least contribute to
the next cause in whatever endless series
of cause and effect situations are
developing in our life.
Spirit tells me that awareness always comes
Before response, however limited or distorted
That awareness might be.
Knowing that it’s raining outside may inspire us
To dress appropriately for that particular
Weather condition, before we open the door.
Or, we may choose to remain indoors until
The rain decides to stop.
We adapt, each in our own way and to an
Individual degree, to whatever situation
Life presents us with.
We choose how and why to face it, or not to,
Or, at least not yet.
Is one of us stalling for time?
Yes, you are.
Spirit tells me that unconditional surrender is a no-win situations.
Winners become losers if their influence over other powers
Depends solely upon force.
Such a situation requires continued use of force to maintain
Control over whomever or whatever.
Addictions and other self-destructive lifestyles.
But, will power …
Will power alone can sometimes control but never
Release the need for whatever.
Then what is a solution?
A solution for what?
The tension, the stress in maintaining control.
Awareness, acceptance, understanding, compassion
For self, and respect for the so-called enemy.
Spirit tells me that the rules of Life are
Not nearly as simple as
Some would have us believe.
The Golden Rule that we learned
As children – to do unto others as
We would have them do unto us
Is too general to easily apply in
Most specific situations we
Experience as adults.
A wide range of responses
Need to be learned in order to
Appropriately respond to
The wide range of situations we
Experience in daily life.
I ask Spirit if there is
A mathematical formula to
Determine an ideal response
In any given situation.
Spirit tells me that
My personal response to any
Situation must necessarily
Express the quality of
I understand that to suggest
There is no ideal response.
Spirit’s response: Whatever works.
Energy flows or it does not.
And, it does.
Spirit tells me that a good mantra
To guide relationships is,”If
Someone is not playing fair,
May it not be me”. Of course,
This noble thought does not
Change the situation, and
If we find a need to recite it,
It has become an accusation,
An awareness that someone,
Not me, is not playing fair. But,
Perhaps I knew that, and it does not.
Solve the problem of relating to
Someone who does not play fair.
So, now what?
Spirit tells me that,
And I seem to have experienced
The situation, a thousand times
Or more, We throw you
To the dogs, and then,
Later, after you have
We gently ask you to
Comment on their savagery.
Spirit tells me that
Acceptance is not necessarily
Approval, and to understand
A situation is not necessarily
To accept or approve of it, but
It is pointless to be annoyed that
A tree is a tree.
Spirit tells me that, wherever we may have come from, we’re not there now.
We have either moved forward or slipped back, unless
We have climbed up out of something; a place, situation, relationship or
a state of mind.and
Wherever we are now, the ground is moving
Under us, through us, and
Nothing is static.
The Universal Law of
Applies to us, to everyone, and to
Individually and collectively.