Worlds Within Worlds of Rules

Spirit tells me that happiness is not
different things to different people,
as some might believe it to be.

Happiness is a feeling of contentment
that harmonizes both intellect and
emotion.

Can it last?

Nothing lasts.

But, is it a thing?

What?

Happiness.

What else could it be?

A state of mind.

States and minds are things.

But, people seek happiness.

Where? How?

Wherever and however they seem to think
it might be found.

It can never be found.

Then, is it possible to become happy
or contented.

Yes.

How?

Develop a satisfied mind.

How?

Live by rules of your own choosing.

How to know if I am choosing
the rules I live by?

Who else could choose them?

Most social rules were created before
I was born.

So what?

I didn’t choose them.

Do you live by them?

Some of them.

Why only some?

Some are required.

Why?

They are designed to create order where
there might otherwise be chaos.

Such as?

Traffic laws.

Yes.

What does that mean?

Traffic laws are a form of general rules
designed to benefit all members of specific
societies.

What rules would benefit individuals?

Whatever would benefit a group can only be
effective if it is followed by individuals
within the group.

So, the personal and the general are as one?

Yes and no.

How so?

Group rules apply to everyone to whom
they apply.

And personal rules?

Personally chosen rules are selected from
general rules.

Worlds within worlds of rules?

Yes. Our personal rules should be chosen
above and beyond those we accept.

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We Are Never Alone

My Spirit Teacher tells me that we are never alone
and that our interconnection with all life is not
in any way an impersonal one.

We are more than linked to each other, He assures me.
We each blend into and become, at least to some extent,
one with the other.

How is that possible?

The link is not between us, but within us.
Our energies vibrate in harmony, or in disharmony,
with everyone in our lives, and everyone is
in our life, for, there is only one Life,
that both sustains and contains all life forms;
everyone and everything that is.

What about thoughts?

What about them?

Are they all one thought?

How would that be possible?

Then, are they as forms of life, also
interconnected?

They are forms of life.

And emotions?

And emotions.

Uncategorized?

More and less.

Not more or less?

More and less.

Then, more and less than what?

More and less than we each attract
to ourselves.

Please explain.

Sometimes we attract certain thoughts
and emotions that we do not at other times
attract.

Can we learn how to attract those thoughts
and emotions that we prefer to attract, and
resist attracting others?

Yes.

How?

Practice awareness, or mindfulness,
as some call it.

Meditation?

Yes.

Alone or with a group or teacher?

Yes.

Acceptance follows Awareness

Spirit shares words of wisdom with me, and with
whomever else cares to join our one-to-one sessions.

Spirit tells me that acceptance follows awareness
or it does not.

But, this is not our I Ching lesson.

This is a truth that goes beyond I Ching.

How can truth go beyond a way to truth?

It must, of necessity.

As in the goal being beyond the journey?

Yes.

But, if a goal is beyond a journey, or path,
to that goal, then how can it ever be reached.

It cannot.

Then why do some of us struggle to find and
then to follow our way to wherever if
wherever does not exist?

It does exist, and it calls us to itself.

But, why struggle to go there if we can
never reach it?

We do reach it.

How?

As we travel towards truth, truth is
also moving towards us.

Is there a half-way meeting place?

No.

Then what?

As we absorb truth, truth is also absorbing
us. We become one.

But not equal parts of one?

Yes, never equal, for we are becoming;
we are even now, one within an all-
inclusive one.

Wow! But, back to awareness and acceptance.

We can never go back.

All ways are one way

Spirit tells me that I need to learn to live in community in a mutually satisfactory way, with all others who are also living, or trying to live within the same conditions.

How is that possible where I am?

Where are you?

Below ground level, it seems, in the mud of a bog, entangled within roots of weeds, as well as those of more respected but stronger plants, who are also striving to live their life, their way.

All ways are one way.

Which is?

Reaching for the light.

Mind is not really within us

Spirit tells me that the so-called inner world of spirituality and

Mind is not really within us, at least not exclusively. On the contrary,

We, as individuals, are within one mind. 

 

Drops of water within an ocean might be unaware that they are

No more than concentrated segments of it, as lumps in a sauce

That has not been well stirred.

 

Our individual minds are not entirely contained within our human form.

Form does not contain mind. Finer and denser aspects of mind

Interact with each other within  without, and through whatever forms

May temporarily exist.

 

My thoughts are your thoughts, or will be, perhaps, if and when

Your mind is able and willing to receive them.

 

Why are you telling me this?

 

You seemed to need to hear it.

 

Embedded within a pattern of Existence

Spirit tells me that we are, each and every one of us,

Embedded within a pattern of existence that is also

Embedded within even more expanded patterns.

 

I protest that such a reality may exist and probably does,

For I can visualize such a concept, and then my mind

Blurs the image, or does the image blur my mind?

 

It’s too deep for me, and my Spirit Teacher seems to

Sigh at my simplicity.

 

I want to live in the here and now, even knowing that

They do not exist except in the here and now and,

Even then, with little or no stability.

 

What about your desire to expand your awareness and

Understanding?

 

What about them?

 

Can they expand in your so-called here and now?

 

Perhaps I have a problem there, or here, but how

To bridge the gap between the two perspectives?

 

There is no gap and no need for a bridge.

 

Then what?

 

Simply release your hold, your identification with

Your so-called but non-existent here and now.

The fog will slowly lift and the way will become clear.

 

Greater awareness contains the ego self.

Spirit tells me that whatever we are, were, or yet will be,

We are, were, and will always be whatever, with and

Within everything else that is.

 

Everything and everyone  is more than connected to everything else.

Everything and everyone is interconnected. We each are

Both a part of and part of it all.

 

Each piece in a puzzle has a unique shape, unless some other

Piece or pieces share that feature of its otherwise uniqueness.

However, no other piece fits with meaning into the same space

Within the puzzle..

 

There is a reason for each puzzle piece, and for

Each and every person to be exactly as and

Where we are. This reason goes far beyond

Individuality.

 

The relationship between each piece of a puzzle and

The puzzle itself, explains Spirit, is as

The relationship between ego self and

Greater awareness.

 

 

 

Life is as sifted flour

Spirit tells me that Life is not so much non-spatial as of

Limitless space, and not so much integrated as

Beyond the conceptual limits of integration.

 

Sifted flour, He tells me, can be measured, and yet,

No measure produces anything other than flour.

Whatever size of measuring cup is used, what is

Contained within the measuring cup is sifted flour.

 

Life, Spirit tells me, is like that.

 

 

Boundaries and Limitations

Spirit tells me that

Boundaries are around us and,

Limitations are within us, but

Neither boundaries nor limitations

Are static or rigid, unless

We choose to allow them

To be.

 

We can, If we will to, at least

To some extent, overcome

Personal boundaries and

Limitations.

 

We can, if we will to,

He tells me, push

Both our boundaries

And limitations,

To give ourselves

More flexibility and

More opportunities, if

We are willing to accept

The cost; responsibility.

The reward is increased

Satisfaction in creating

Our own life.