is Time For Receptivity
we are in the beautiful month of October; the Fall, my favorite time
of year; the month in which the Earth-Based traditions celebrate Samhain,
the last harvest festival in the agricultural growing season. To me
in these modern times this feast day means it is time to honor the vitalizing
necessity of balance. There is a time for inner action. There is a time
for outer action. There is a time for receptivity. There is a time for
giving. There is a time for celebration. There is a time for contemplation.
In all of these wondrous cycles there is a time for every purpose under
the Moon and Sun.
As I look
back over 2005 completed thus far its been a time of amazingly
awesome blessings and learnings, many of which are at such a level of
generosity they confirm for all time my trust in the generosity of the
Universe. One of my most precious learnings is the stunningly dynamic
power of Self Love. As a young adult many years ago I made the conscious
decision to release all fear, step fully into my life and be the very
best I could be! Every day, every year since then has shown me in one
way or another how much good comes into my life as I continue to grow
in my understanding and trust of the profound goodness of the Universe.
I keep learning over and over the Universe is impartial. It operates
according to Universal Law; what I put out is what I get back. Its
not a punishment. Its simply the Universal Law of Mind Action
at work. What is clearer to me than ever is my life is a choice! If
I put out Love I get back Love. When it seems that I dont get
back good for good I remember the underlying Good is still there! I
truly believe the Universe wants only good for us. I believe the Law
is impartial. I believe the Law is Love! I also believe it is a sentient
process. We are sentient beings. The Law that governs us is sentient
too. What I understand clearer than ever is our choice between Oneness
and Separation. Oneness is Heaven on Earth. Separation is Hell on Earth.
It is very clear to me what I want reflected back to me! By my receptivity
to Oneness I have said yes to the awesome spiritual gifts of Love, Joy,
Peace! By Separation I have said yes to Self-hatred, agony, meanness,
violence of all sorts. Again I say nobody spiritually conscious chooses
to live in, and cultivate, a consciousness of Separation. I said to
a new friend today it is agonizing to watch people live their lives
in a strangulating self-hatred. I dont want any of that in my
life. I want a life based on equality, respect, loving kindness. Its
astonishing how bountiful Life wishes to be for us. I cant imagine
shutting the door to all of that Love and Generosity. Its a gift!
Today I envisioned putting out the Welcome mat and inviting
Life into my life and then standing back and watching the blessings
pour forth. Thats what Ive been experiencing lately. All
I can say again is its astonishing to experience the level to
which Life wishes to bless us if we will just open the spout for the
blessings to pour forth. There is only one little roadblock!
Its name is Self-hatred! It comes disguised as disconnectedness,
shadows, loneliness, unacknowledged pain. It comes disguised as anxiety
when things are going too well. Thats our signal that
weve shut the door again. We must look at all these disguises
in order to bless them and release them. Only by looking at them will
we be able to say, No thank you. I dont want that in my
life any more. Ego is a fascinating face of this disconnectedness.
Ego repeatedly invites us to live by a false inflatedness telling us
things like self esteem is about having money, having an important
job, a high paying job. I learned the lesson of my lifetime this
year when I realized at the deepest core of my being that my life is
about joy! My life is about being open and receptive to Lifes
continuous stream of blessings. My life is about being of service. Even
though Ive been living from that awareness for years Im
astonished by the level Im at now. Im having new awarenesses
about the power of prayer, the power of Love, the power of God in me.
On the opposite end of this preciously connected scale of experience
I have also learned some very powerful lessons about the power of preconceptions
and assumptions. Im learning the vital necessity of letting go
of preconceptions so I can truly see who is there in front of me and
within me! Being present in the now is yet another connection to Joy!
continue to unfold at a deeper level yet. All of these awarenesses speak
to the willingness to be receptive. Its impossible to be receptive
when were living a life of unconscious fears of any kind. Its
important to realize that surrendering doesnt mean be a doormat.
Surrendering means take down the walls of separation between us and
our good. Surrendering means open our hearts and be receptive to the
flow of Divine Love. Thats why I am more committed than ever to
looking at all the blind spots, shadows, preconceptions so I can live
continuously as close to the center of Joy in my life as I possibly
can. Im learning valued and valuable lessons along the way. I
am wholeheartedly committed to moving through the pain. I am grateful
for who I am as a person. Despite the pain I passionately trust in the
intrinsic goodness of the Universe. Life has been difficult at times.
I am still happy to be here! So I honor this time of entering the receptive
part of the growing season. I send my internal and external roots deep
down into the rich, growing depths of my spiritual life. I release the
fear and doubt that get in my way. I diligently cultivate the love and
trust and surrender that prepare my way! I let go of ego separation.
I cultivate the Joy of Presence! I understand and trust that Spirit
doesnt want me to suffer. Life is not about suffering. Life is
about Joy. My job is to open to Joy and release everything else. Im
grateful for this contemplative time. The miracle is its not just
once a year! We can enjoy contemplative time every day. We can turn
within any time we choose to the joyful Spirit of Life that is always
within us, and always ours. That is truly how bountiful the world of
Spirit wishes to be for us. I use this contemplative time to expand
my horizons; to remind myself that the gift of life I have been given
is meant to be my time to manifest my faith and my effort toward that
faith, to bless the world with all the gifts I have within me. That
awareness makes this time so very special, so very sacred. That awareness
is there as a gift for me and for you each moment. In that spirit of
gratitude for blessings of the past, present, and future I give thanks
for the blessings of this external and internal growing season. Blessed
Be to you! I wish you a bountiful, contemplative harvest of joy, peace
and preparation! I wish you blessings as yet unimagined! The best is
yet to be! We are still growing! We have many more blessings to cultivate
and reap. Namaste!!!
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