- That which doesn’t kill us, makes us stronger
- Pick up your cross and follow me
- All life is Dukkha (suffering)
- Be One with your trials, for they bring you gifts of learning
- Be One with the brother who causes you strife, for he is your greatest teacher
- To be born again is to accept the gift of life consciously and with humility
- Enlightenment is Living as part of a greater whole
- Grace is those moments when God works through us, in spite of ourselves
The preceding phrases have resonated with me this month, through meditations, daily inspirational readings and prayer.
This moon cycle is the third month of a major translation: From introspection and concentrating on self-healing and growth over the past 7-8 years toward living consciously as a contributor to humanity’s spiritual evolution.
My view of suffering has evolved significantly.
Previously, in therapy to work through prior spirit and life-threatening experiences, I envisioned myself as a Monterrey Pine; one of those real-life bonsai trees, shaped by the salt winds and hard-scrabble existence on the cliffs over the sea. I value these experiences as the forces that have shaped me into a person who embraces life and understands love. Suffering is the clay from which our lives are shaped
In present life, I strive to see daily trials as learning experiences. Each encounter with less-than-perfect situations, people or myself is one more opportunity to practice being present, to stay centered. Suffering is a Gift of learning
Raised a devout Catholic, I was taught to carry my cross, to bear my burdens. What if our Cross is not our burden, but our Purpose? Should not one’s life purpose be big enough that sometimes we might stumble beneath it? But how much easier it is to carry our cross as Purpose rather than burden! Not suffering, but Purpose
One of my favorite mantras is “Nothing real can be threatened, nothing unreal exists” (A Course in Miracles). It reminds me that at our core, we are Light, we cannot be harmed. I envision darkness as encountering that bright light and being transformed. There is nothing so bad, that it cannot be transformed by the Light of Creation. Darkness is transformed by Light
Over the past few years, I have gradually gotten better at living the perspectives above. All of them have been fluttering through my head these past few weeks. I have sometimes experienced Grace; times when I responded to situations from my core of light and not from my small self.
At the end of this cycle, a new perspective made itself briefly apparent. I have trouble putting it into words, as I Knew it only briefly. It has since faded to a shadow of words and memory that do not do justice to Truth: For an instant, I was aware that there is no real suffering, only Oneness. There is no bad, no suffering, for all springs from the same Source. All energy is part of Creation. It is our own small self’s perceptions that cast the energy into shades of dark and light. When we are not afraid to transcend our small selves, we become co-creators.
Grace is God acting through us in spite of ourselves. Amazing Grace is losing ourselves in God.
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