When we ask Spirit for something, we must be prepared to give something. Generally speaking, maybe even always, our giving is more of a giving up of something.
Here’s the deal: In actuality, there is no bargain to be struck, only a matching of energy between Spirit and our Self (our own Spirit). Do you see what I mean here? It’s this: Everything is ours for the taking; it already belongs to us. We simply receive based on what we believe about ourselves and about the Source of All.
If, for example, we perceive ourselves as unworthy, as less than, as somehow deserving of punishment or, at the very least not deserving of love at every moment, it is these beliefs that we must be willing to allow ourselves to give - as in, “give up.” It goes without saying that the same holds for our perceptions of others. What we perceive about our brothers and sisters is a reflection of what we believe about ourselves. We can only receive what we believe and what we perceive. Taking a good, honest look at our beliefs and perceptions lets us know exactly who it is that is creating our so-called reality. Between you, me, and the fence post, it is only you creating your reality and me creating mine. There is no blame, only responsibility. On the other hand, it then follows that if we are in alignment with the Oneness of All Things, and if our hearts wish only good for all, then we will be showered with the riches that Spirit can provide. In other words, we receive the riches of the spirit.
Sometimes it is true, too, that “our ship comes in.” When I first heard my mother say, “When our ship comes in, we’ll have . . .” I began believing that we were waiting for a big boat to come to our house from far across the ocean, and that on that boat would be everything I could ever wish for! Yes, sometimes the ship comes in. More often than not we simply cease “needing” the riches of the world to be piled up on our doorstep. We discover our contentment in the beauty our eye falls upon when we finally spot the lilies in the field. Wherever we land, though, it is good to dream; it is good to imagine all that our hearts desire and to fuel these desires through using our imagination and emotion.
The above paragraphs are my introduction to the following, which I received during a recent “sit down” with my journal for a little heart-to-heart with Spirit.
Perseverance is usually necessary in the human world. Holding steady in mind and heart is what “slow and steady wins the race” means. As the future is created by the NOW moment, we invite you to peer ahead by claiming NOW what you most desire in your “ahead.” We understand that you believe this to be what you are already doing; however, we also know that because of disappointments in your so-called “past” there is a hesitancy to go full steam ahead. Some of your current efforts are coming from fear, not trust, and from worry, not groundedness. While fear can be a powerful motivator, it is much more difficult to create what you wish most to experience if fear and past disappointments are steering the boat. Naturally, fear’s creations lead to disappointment, which is much less fulfilling and often quite painful, whereas creating out of a positive expectancy, equally powerful, is much more likely to bring the higher, lighter, more nourishing and enjoyable states and experiences you most desire.
<At this point I asked, “How does one flip the switch when in physical and emotional discomfort? Even depression?”>
As you know, clearing through emotional release is very beneficial for humans. It “takes the lid off the rice pot” so that what is boiling within doesn’t boil over and wreak havoc. Of late, you have not been taking the lid off. Although the rice pot hasn’t yet boiled over, you may need to lift the lid and permit the contents of the pot to receive the light of your love and understanding, so necessary for you to be able to assimilate what’s in the pot. The rice pot, as you know so well, is a metaphor for Life.
<<tears come as I permit myself to feel what has been simmering under the lid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .>>
<”How was that?” I ask.>
Marvelous! You have acknowledged and discharged well on what you have been holding: 1) your mother’s decline and your fear and sadness about losing her physical presence; 2) the fears you have about aging alone and with a body that is less healthy than you would prefer; 3) the worries you have about not being able to support yourself financially, both in the here and now and as you age. Perhaps you feel a bit more grounded now. Is this true?
<Yes. I feel cleared out by the discharge, at least more clear than I was before I followed your suggestion.>
Good. Now we can speak to you, Horatio, of those oft mentioned, “more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” You, dear one, are afraid to dream! We are going to make one suggestion to you this morning: Take one day to yourself and dream. Write down everything your imagination brings forward that you would like to experience in this precious gift you call life. Permit every dream you’ve ever/never had to flow into your heart and mind and . . . Yes, we hear your thought that doing so will bring up old feelings of disappointment. This is correct, and those feelings need to be released. The so-called “past” is dead and gone, so have your day of dreaming and releasing, dreaming and releasing. Over and over until all that remains is the dreaming. You must become a dreamer again.
We also wish to ask, Horatio, “What happens to a dream deferred?” You surely know that “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.” From the role you now “play” as a spiritual teacher, you might permit yourself to ponder how the deferment of those early dreams actually permitted you to don the teacher’s robes. Let your dreams now come from this You who wears the garb of teacher and minister, this You who has been created by every age of this lifetime: infant, toddler, youth, teen, young adult, mature householder, elder – and yes, Sage. You balk at the last, but we tell you it is so. All the lifetimes you have spent as servant to sages during your soul’s many sojourn’s on Earth (and in other realms) have made you reticent to step into the role of teacher. Most assuredly, you are the teacher; this you know and are able to claim, even if doing so is not yet fully comfortable. We ask you now to simply hear us when we say that Sage is present, whether you are ready to acknowledge her or not.
Your belief that all of one’s trials, fears, disappointments, and failures must vanish so that Sage can be born is a misunderstanding. Child, Sage is born out of full ownership of the life that you chose. Sage takes its place on the stage alongside all the roles and amid all the dreams, realized and unfulfilled, of your incarnation as Amy, and in so doing, honors the life you have lived and honors how that life will go forward. Suck the marrow from the bones, for Sages’ robes, when worn humbly, represent to others the worth of the life that they are living.
You have heard some of these others refer to you as “Yoda” and as “Pema.” Such acknowledgment is rooted in your Sage Self. To your way of thinking, the “you” that you know is just you, simply seems normal. The “I’m just me” response speaks to your natural humility. We would simply ask that you allow such acknowledgments, when they are given, to anchor you to the Now Reality and to accept the recognition as accurate. You may never be known by the multitudes in this life, but the Oneness Presence you bring so effortlessly to everything you do and say is known and praised by unseen multitudes “where” We reside. Don’t let that go to your head! Do let it go to your heart. Do let your heart dream. And do let yourself see that your ship has come in.
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