A human being is a part of the whole, called by us, ‘Universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.

Albert Einstein

We are indivisible from Nature. You breathe in the same breath exhaled by the ancients, by Confucius, Buddha and Jesus. The stuff that makes up these bodies, these vehicles, is the same stuff that makes up every form of existence. Look at compost. The decomposed bodies of plants are the building blocks of the fruits and vegetables we eat. And we are what we eat.

Truly knowing our interconnectedness with all life, all matter, makes us responsible, respectful guardians of this beautiful planet. How can we then pollute the soil, water and air of our home? We are inseparable from these elements. They are in us and we in them.

We are by nature creative beings. To be God-like is to be creative and alive. Why has the Creator brought us into existence? Our journey out into this world is co-coincident with a longing to return to the formless essence from which we come. But to be here in this world is to be a creator.

In order to get something you’ve never had you’ll have to do something you’ve never done. You’ll have to walk beyond the gateway of the known into a land of trust. To grow is to create. To know your interconnectedness with all of life is to create responsibly.

Affirmation:

I Am indivisible from Nature. I create with respect for all of life.

 

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Here’s another inspiring story sent to me recently by a friend. I wish I knew who the author of it was so I could give them the credit they deserve.

Enjoy,

John

One can be very happy without demanding

that others agree with them. 


― Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

You may be surprised to know that there are still people who believe that the earth is flat. The Flat Earth Society was founded in 1956 by Samuel Shenton and continues to have adherents to this day. The group believes that, despite all scientific evidence to the contrary, the earth is not round. They explain the NASA moon landings as a hoax engineered in a television studio, and have elaborate theories of the earth as a large flat disk.

Since everything science has demonstrated about the earth proves conclusively that the earth is a sphere, the notion of a flat earth seems ridiculous to just about all of us. Yet there are people who still choose to believe the idea.

If you wait for everyone in the world to agree on something, even as simple as a round earth, you will wait forever. All human beings are free to believe whatever they wish, and there will always be some who disagree with you, no matter how sound your reasoning is. So if you hoping for universal agreement or approval . . . don’t hold your breath.

Even more subtly, talent, beauty, and value are entirely subjective. You may have the greatest book, movie, song, or artwork in history, but there will always be someone who doesn’t appreciate it. So don’t be put off if your mother doesn’t understand your novel. She does understand how to make a fabulous lasagna, and the world is a better place for it.

The more approval you need, the less power you have to mastermind your unique creations. Sure, it feels great when others applaud your efforts, and when that happens, celebrate. But if they do not, be not daunted. If you applaud your creations, they are excellent indeed.

You need not flatten your earth just because others do theirs. Love doesn’t just make the world go round; it gives the world far more dimension than some believe.

What have you been waiting for other people to approve of?

Can you find satisfaction in your own approval of it?

 I know what I know, and that’s all I need to know.

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“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”

Elizabeth Kubler Ross

 

To be Awake is to be sensitive. To be sensitive is to be vulnerable and to be vulnerable can be challenging in a world of insensitivity.

Lucia and I were approached the other day by a young man who’s had his competency questioned in his workplace. He’s a gifted, talented and sensitive man and he feels hurt by the accusations he has received.

The world we come from, our true home, the world we’ve, in fact, never left knows only love. Fear, accusations and questions of competency, these elements and others like them only exist in the minds of men.

In order to know our true spiritual world, to know who we are, requires sensitivity. With sensitivity comes vulnerability. Herein lies one of the key challenges of human existence. How to be sensitive, vulnerable and safe in an unfeeling world?

To be sensitive and vulnerable in this world connects us with our spiritual heritage and is the source of inspired creativity. It can also lead to confusion and hurt if we let it. There are those in this world who’ve forgotten their deeper heritage. These people, often unintentionally, can prey on vulnerability.

Negotiating skilfully through this world of fear, hate and manipulation requires knowing who we are. Herein lies the dilemma, the crux and purpose of human existence. In awakening to your sensitive, creative nature you will be misunderstood by some, by those still mired in forgetfulness. Remember, you are not the first to experience this. Was Jesus understood by those who nailed him to the cross? Was the Buddha understood by those who poisoned him? You are in good company and you are never alone, so please don’t be daunted by the task at hand.

The solution? Dive deeper and find that place within you that loves and forgives all people, whether they are kind to you or not. Learn to see the light in everyone. In doing so you will touch the hearts of even the most insensitive, armoured individuals and you will assist in their awakening.

Be the Light. Your light and your beingness is your protection. Accept that others may not understand you. Remember, they too, one day, will awaken. Your job is not to question the timeliness of each individual’s awakening.

Tread lightly. Be gentle. Forgive. And, most of all, be patient with yourself and others.

Remember, deep down, in your true home, in your heart of hearts, you are perfect just as you are. So is everyone else.

Be creative. Find ways to serve and work without expectations of receiving acknowledgement or payment.

Awakening while in this world is not always easy. You will be tested and questioned. But remember you are never alone. Nothing anyone else says or does can hurt who you are. You can only be hurt by your own wrong actions, reactions or inaction. Be strong. Be sensitive. Be vulnerable and be loving. Only then can you skilfully navigate the sometimes stormy oceans of this world.

Consider the following affirmation:

Nothing in this world can hurt who I Am.

I am sensitive, creative, loving and strong.

I Am Immortal, Eternal, Unlimited, Absolute.

And consider the following quote by Pearl S. Buck. Can you now see beyond the pain of the overt sensitivity and creativity of which Pearl writes?

“The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive.
To him,
a touch is a blow,
a sound is a noise,
a misfortune is a tragedy,
a joy is an ecstasy,
a friend is a lover,
a lover is a god,
and failure is death.
Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create – so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. He must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating.”

~Pearl S. Buck

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