A Life Worth Living

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.

Why?

How would it be possible?

To remember?

Yes.

Reflection.

But, my focus is on what I am experiencing now.

Why?

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?

Exclusively?

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.

Yes.

What does that mean?

It means that it’s never to late to change
the way we each respond to particular effects.

Effects?

Effects.

As in cause and …

Yes.

Is that the message?

What?

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.

Singular?

Singular.

Yes.

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Awareness comes before response

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.

 

 

Unconditional Surrender is a no-win Situation

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.

 

Whatever?

 

Yes.

 

Such as?

 

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.

 

And intention?

 

Yes.

 

 

 

 

The Rules of Life

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

My self-awareness.

 

I understand that to suggest

There is no ideal response.

Spirit’s response: Whatever works.

Energy flows or it does not.

And, it does.

 

 

When someone is not playing fair

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?

 

 

We’re not there now.

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

Around us.

Nothing is static.

The Universal Law of

Continuous Motion

Applies to us, to everyone, and to

Everything, both

Individually and collectively.