August 4, 2012 Edition


To Awareness

The Rose Within

A certain man planted a rose and watered it faithfully, and before it blossomed, he examined it. He saw the bud that would soon blossom and also the thorns. And he thought, "How can any beautiful flower come from a plant burdened with so many sharp thorns?" Saddened by this thought, he neglected to water the rose, and before it was ready to bloom, it died.

So it is with many people. Within every soul there is a rose. The God-like qualities planted in us at birth grow amid the thorns of our faults. Many of us look at ourselves and see only the thorns ... the defects. We despair, thinking that nothing good can possibly come from us. We neglect to water the good within us, and eventually it dies. We never realize our potential.

Some people do not see the rose within themselves ... someone else must show it to them. One of the greatest gifts a person can possess is to be able to reach past the thorns and find the rose within others. This is the characteristic of love, to look at people, and knowing their faults, recognize the nobility in their soul, and help them realize that they can overcome their faults. If we show them the rose, they will conquer the thorns. Then will they blossom, blooming forth thirty, sixty, a hundred-fold as it is given to them.

Our duty in this world, especially so at this time, is to help others by showing them their roses and not their thorns. Only then can we achieve the love we should feel for each other ... only then will we bloom in our own garden.

"Our purpose in life is not to see what lies dimly at a
distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand."
the Center of Light & Serenity

Today's Poem
Our State of Mind
~ author unknown

If we think we are beaten, we are.
If we think we dare not, we don't.
If we'd like to win but we think we can't,
It is certain that we won't.

If we think we'll lose, we've lost.
For out of the world we will find
Success begins with a person's will.
It's all in our state of mind.

When we live in the present, our eternity lies in each moment.
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The Real You
by Michael Bonamassa, Sr.

If you've been reading these articles and Spiritual Insights lately, you couldn't help but notice that we talk a lot about BEING who we really are as Souls; especially since the beginning of 2012 and our talks about the Ascension process. Yes, we're talking about altering our state of consciousness to that level of our Soul/HIgher Self, but it goes much more beyond that.

If you've been on the spiritual path for a time, or even if you've just reached that point of awakening, I'm sure that you've heard that it is one thing to know ourselves conceptually, and another thing to know ourselves experientially. For example, we may know conceptually that we are a loving person, but if we have never actually expressed our love to anyone, we will merely know love as a concept ... we will have an idea about ourselves, but not an experience of ourselves ... we will have a knowingness, but not an understanding of it.

This is what happened in the beginning, if you will ... All That Is/God, being all-knowing chose to have more than a mere concept of Itself ... He/She/It chose to have an experience of Itself. All That Is/God wanted to know Itself more than just conceptually, but to experience this knowingness and truly understand this knowingness .... to know what it felt like to be all-powerful, to be all-knowing, to be all-loving ... to know what it felt like to be wisdom personified, courage displayed, love expressed ... to know, experientially, every aspect of Its Being and the magnificence of Divinity.

To merely “know” about Itself was not enough ... to merely understand was insufficient ... only experiencing this knowing would do ... so using this all-knowingness, All That Is/God created the perfect process we call "Life" ... and US. It is we who represent the vehicle for this direct experience ... it is we who are All That Is/God personified through the magic of physicality. In plain English, we, you and I, are God “Godding”, so to speak ... us and every other living thing in creation.

Since God is All That Is, ever was, and ever shall be, because Its' home is in the Realm of Absolute and not like the physical world that is controlled by the Law of Duality where everything has an opposite ... beginning/end, here/there, good/bad, love/fear, etc. and since we are a part of All That Is, we, you and I, are God experiencing ... we too are all knowing and we too have the power to create. we are using that power every moment ... usually without being conscious of it ... usually without intending to ... for the creative power of All That Is/God is enfolded into our every thought ... our every word ... our every deed ... all a part of the Law of Creativity. This is the perfect process we know as "Life."

So God’s desire was/is to experience Itself ... experience It's all knowingness ... and it is this which is the greatest desire of our soul, too. All our soul really wishes to do is to have the experience of Who We Really Are. And that is what you and I are doing here ... that is what our life is all about.

How it is working ... the perfect process by which all of this takes place ... is exactly what is happening in this journey of life! And that is what the journey is all about ... about experiencing ... about understanding. Now, the obvious question you might ask is: "If we are all-knowing and one with All That Is/God, then why must I 'awaken to who I really am?' ... why am I not consciously 'aware' of this?"

The answer to this very simply is that All That Is/God, in Its All Knowingness, knew also that It had to place a veil of forgetfulness on we incarnated souls because this knowingness would interfere with the experience. Therefore, It created the "Ego" (Edging God Out) to represent the veil of forgetfulness which would govern and view our physical bodies as being separate from all others; solely with the knowledge of governing the body and its functions, like indicating when it should be fed through the feeling of hunger, when it should drink through the feeling of thirst, and use of the other senses.

With that said, enjoy the journey by knowing this, and view each experience as merely another checkmark carved into the infinite goal of understanding ... both the negative ones, as well as the positive ones, that the Law of Relativity and the other natural laws provide.

A chicken and a pig were having a discussion.
The chicken said, "I am committed to giving one egg every day."
"That's not commitment," the pig said. "That's just participation.
Giving bacon, now that's commitment!"
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with the Center of Light & Serenity
Dazed & Confused
by Kalyn Raphael

Of all the many quotes I've heard or read about commitment, the one above is the one that empowers me most ... until one is committed there is always hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness ... a true giving of oneself. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans ... that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then too does providence move. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way.

As simply as can be said ... nothing happens without commitment. Commitment is the secret ingredient in every recipe for success. Once you are committed to something, it happens. No matter how long it takes, no matter what else happens, no matter what. That's the power of commitment. It's truly awe-inspiring!

I want you to have an experience of commitment that really brings home what commitment means. So do this with me ... ask yourself ... "Will my children [and if you don't have kids, use your spouse, your parents] ever starve to death?" Take this question seriously; what's your answer?

I have never met anyone who said anything other than "No! ... never; not a chance!" And they say it immediately, apparently without any thought or hesitation at all. Now, here's the interesting thing ... The truth is, you have no proof for making that statement. The truth is, you really don't know what's going to happen tomorrow ... or two, or 200 tomorrows from now. How could you possibly control the future? You can't. There is absolutely no evidence whatsoever that your kids (spouse, parents) will not starve ... yet you will state with total certainty that it will never happen to them. How can you do that?

You can do that because you are committed to it. That's all. There is no more to say. That is commitment in its clearest and most compelling way. It has nothing to do with how a thing will or will not be accomplished. Commitment is simply, powerfully and without question, what you say will be done. The how of it all doesn't matter ... at all ... to the making of the commitment itself. Commitment has nothing to do with how. Commitment is what will happen ... no matter what.

I'm going to make a bold assertion ... What you have in your life right now, who you are in your life, right now, is exactly what you are committed to ... no more and no less.

Like belief, attitude, purpose, commitment itself has no color of its own. The color of your commitment is the color you give it. You can be committed to failure or committed to success. It's up to you.

Have you ever spoken in front of a sizable group of people? It's considered by most psychologists to be the number one fear of all time. Why do you suppose that is? It's because most people have a huge, even monstrous fear of looking bad. Can you imagine anything worse than making a fool of yourself in front of hundreds of people? Would you be willing to be introduced with great fanfare to a big audience and then bomb, let them all down? Not me ... and I'm certain, not you, either.

Have you ever seen an entire company or enterprise committed to success? It's amazing. You can almost feel their commitment. And it's not just superficial optimism and rah-rah, either. You just know they're going to succeed. And the reason you know that is that they are living and working their commitments. Do you remember the children's story, The Little Engine That Could? I read that recently to my grandson. He loves it when the little engine begins chugging up that long steep hill, pulling the circus train behind, affirming again and again, "I think I can ... I think I can ..." That little engine was committed.

Most people are committed to convenience and comfort. Winners are committed to success and high achievement. What are you commited to?

(a channeled vignette)
You Are Being Reprogrammed

During this year of the ascension process when energy is being sent into Earth to raise human vibrations, most of the confusion and chaos among you is an indication that there is a need for your life force energy to be adjusted or re balanced. While most are not conscious of it, your soul, mostly through your spirit guides, are constantly feeding you information and making small alterations to your energy to accommodate such day- to-day changes. However, when these are major changes, they require more intense sessions involving physical pain, but such sessions are first experienced by those who have agreed to incarnate into the physical as forerunners or scouts in order to allow spirit to identify and adjust the level of pain that can be experienced by others.

If there is a big lesson or life change coming up for you, you will notice physical changes while your spirit guides work on your energy, implanting the new patterns and connections. When they work on your energy, they are changing the way it was to the way it needs to be. This can involve clearing energy blocks, creating energy blocks, fixing or changing energy breaks, and programming the energy cells to do what needs to be done. This is a very complicated procedure as you can imagine and you could refer to it as a "surgery" of sorts.

The physical symptoms will be subtle for most or they can be quite intense and first experienced by those referred to above as the forerunners. For example, you may notice changes in your sleep patterns that cause you to take short naps through urges that can be quite sudden. You can be sitting down to read a book or watch television and suddenly your eyes start to close and no matter what you do, you can't seem to keep them open. The spirit guides use this time to work on your energy and program whatever the new lessons and experiences are into your energy. When these changes will be painful, by putting you to sleep, you won't feel them working.

Much of the programming takes place around the head area, so you are basically having "brain surgery". At times, you may notice that your head is overly sensitive, for example, and brushing it may actually cause some feeling of discomfort. The wind blowing through your hair and pulling on it could cause small sensations of pain. And of course, headaches can also come and go.

If you are the type of person who meditates, you may find yourself having the urge to do it more often. However, instead of seeing things or talking to your guides, you may go into a deeper state where you blank out, so to speak. This is so that you do not feel the work they are doing.

If you are being reprogrammed, you may start to have thoughts that prepare you for the future events. For example, you will feel the energy coming and have a strong feeling that "something" is going to happen, but not understand what. Or, you may have the urge or desire to do something, but not know exactly what you should be doing. Once the energy settles and you start to walk the new path, what you need to do becomes clear to you. These feelings can happen in a moments notice, merely days, or even weeks and months before the actual events begin.

All of these symptoms are normal when you are being reprogrammed for the next set of events that are going to happen in your lives. These programming sessions can last anywhere from a few minutes or even a few moments of confusion that you may experience if the experience is of a minor nature, or as much as a few months for those of a large nature. Normally though, they will last on the average of a few days to a couple of weeks. Changes have to be done over time as your physical body can only accept so much at a time and you do have a life to live while this is going on.

It's important to understand that any reprogramming that affects humans in general, due to times such as those which you are now in and that requires pain, is experienced first by those individuals referred above as the front-runners or those who incarnated to set the pace for others.

If you communicate with your spirit guides already, you can ask them if you are going through a reprogramming. If not, and the discomfort is of a minor nature, try to trust your intuition to give you the right answer. However, you are reminded that you should always see a doctor to rule out any other physical problems if you are experiencing physical pain and discomfort.

A Special Blessing to You and Yours ...
Until next week ...
These things, we warmly wish for you-

May the stars carry your sadness away,
May the flowers fill your heart with beauty,
May hope forever wipe away your fears and tears,
And, above all, may silence make you strong.

Love and Light, Mike & Sandy


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