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December 1, 2012 Edition



Beautiful Earth

Man will occasionally stumble over the truth,
but usually manages to pick himself up,
walk over or around it, and carry on.
- Winston Churchill

Today's Challenges
the Center of Light & Serenity

The central event of this century is the overthrow of "materialism" or more specifically ... "matter", for the powers of the mind are everywhere ascendant over the brute force of things.

Those of us who use the Internet are challenged with spam, viruses and worms. What meaning can we find in these culprits?

It helps to remember that the cause of everything lies in the spiritual realm. And so we might reflect:

--- On spam: What unsolicited junk do we allow to enter our minds and distract us from that which we truly want?

--- On viruses: What malicious thoughts and behaviors sabotage our dreams and sap our vitality?

--- On worms: Why do we allow fear to worm its way into our lives and subvert our highest intentions?

The mass consciousness is a reflection of all of our individual consciousness's. It's our inner world that creates our outer world. Only when we clean up our own systems will the external systems follow suit.

Understand clearly how life and natural laws work. Explore ways to change your life! Create the future you desire by enhancing your intuition. Only when each of us sweeps in front of our own steps, will the whole world become clean. Now is the time!

Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power.
We have guided missiles and misguided men.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Drinking From My Saucer
author unknown

I've never made a fortune
and it's probably too late now.
But I don't worry about that much,
I'm happy anyhow.

And as I go along life's way,
I'm reaping better than I sowed.
I'm drinking from my saucer,
'Cause my cup has overflowed.

Haven't got a lot of riches,
and sometimes the going's tough.
But I've got loving ones around me,
and that makes me rich enough.

I thank God for His blessings,
and the mercies He's bestowed.
I'm drinking from my saucer,
'Cause my cup has overflowed.

O, Remember times when things went wrong,
My faith wore somewhat thin.
But all at once the dark clouds broke,
and sun peeped through again.

So Lord, help me not to gripe about
the tough rows that I've hoed.
I'm drinking from my saucer,
'Cause my cup has overflowed.

If God gives me strength and courage,
when the way grows steep and rough.
I'll not ask for other blessings,
I'm already blessed enough.

And may I never be too busy,
to help others bear their loads.
Then I'll keep drinking from my saucer,
'Cause my cup has overflowed.

When we look at the world with an attitude of wonder and awe,
we become aware that the world is filled with spiritual life.
Part of spirituality is being willing to admit
that something is beyond our comprehension.
Science has its place in understanding the world
but it will never have all the answers.
Only when we look into our own hearts
will we see that which is unknowable through science,
and yet be able to understand ...
- Author Unknown

Loving YourSelf In This Fleeting Moment Called Life ...
by Michael Bonamassa, Sr.

Recently, I was thinking what masters we are at creating our ego defense mechanisms. While we're growing up, we are all vulnerable to these creations. Think about it! In our growing years, we take our hits at the playground, we try to measure up to expectations in the classroom, and at home we compete daily for affection and attention. Then, as we continue to notice that the world does not revolve around us, our vulnerability increases until it is an uncomfortable state to be in.

Eventually we begin to grow, and as we do, we start becoming uneasy. This uneasiness increases to the point where we finally awaken to the fact that this is not who we are and thus the search begins. In the beginning, this is very difficult because of the many years spent in building the facade and wearing the masks, and relinquishing any of its power is not the way of the ego. But thankfully, with the help of our guides and angels, we look back and begin to see the truth ... that this facade and the masks we wore did not shield us from the negative energy. The fact is that the false defenses that appear to shield us from the pain of life simply don't work. And slowly, but surely, we begin to know and understand that only love for ourselves and who we really are is capable of managing the negativity in our world.

High 'Self'-esteem is having love for ourselves. It is usually built early in our lives with the help of our parents and teachers and through the pride that we build up in each of our accomplishments. The problem is that not everyone, including some of our parents and teachers, friends and peers have had healthy self-esteem. As a result, some of us were on the receiving end of their pain and the negativity they projected, and the damage that was done takes a very long time to heal.

That's what this message is about ... how it is possible to heal and build a healthy self-concept. First and foremost, it's important to practice "mindfulness." We must be watchful of our every thought, because from our thoughts come words, from our words come action, and so it's important that we touch upon how we feel' with our thoughts. Is there a tightness because we are lying to appear to be King of the hill? or do we feel loose and free knowing that we are being true to ourselves?

At first, the latter may take time in coming, but it will come as long as we listen and take responsibility for this feeling and take action to change our thoughts to ones coming from positive energy. Now, since we only receive what we give out, if we are always fearing the worst, this is what we will create and experience. As we begin to listen to our feelings and move into positive energy, we begin to build character on this positive energy that we are focusing on. And before we know it, we find a new world for ourselves, for we will be focusing on the wonderful things we can experience in life by being open and available ... by not hiding behind a mask ... by being who we truly are.

Know that when we reach this state of concentrating on the wonderful things that life has to offer ... by eliminating the illusion of fear that we learned behind our masks of defense ... then will we be able to step out in confidence and strength. During these periods, it's important that we avoid trying to measure our life by accomplishments ... the acquisition of love or money ... and we must try not to focus on the past that holds no keys to the future. Rather, we must be joyful in the knowledge that we have begun to learn true authenticity, building genuine feelings, incorporating positive words into our speech. Only then will we have true love and intimacy come in our relationships.

Today is the only day we have to build the world that we are wanting for ourselves. Regrets will only cause us to live our moments focused on the past. As unique human beings, we are truly wonderful, and God's standards for greatness are found in authentic living, giving and receiving the wondrous gifts that are ours for just a fleeting moment called "Life."

Consciousness is a state of being, the nature of which
is to be conscious of the nothingness of its being.
- Jean-Paul Sartre

with the Center of Light & Serenity
To Touch The Timeless Truth

What does it mean to grow up? Do you remember the first time you knew you had to grow up? Wasn't it something like, "If you want that fifty-cent allowance, you have to take the trash out once a week!" Or do you remember that terrible death knoll that rolled right through you when the teacher said that dreaded word, "Homework?" "Homework! Oh, no! You mean I can't watch Superman? No more Wonder Woman or Hanna Montana?"

So, growing up involved, in the beginning, responsibilities, didn't it? And if it seemed that with each new age came a new set of responsibilities, it's true. We grow up into ascending levels of responsibilities, each reflecting another new and higher ideal. A big part of growing up, of maturing, has to do with entering into a relationship with certain ideas that pre-exist the one who is growing.

How about other ideas connected with growing up? Remember this one ... that first time you thought to yourself ... "Hmnn! I think I love him/her," and those powerful emotions surging within you? Whatever the age, it's a startling experience. "Wow! I never knew a relationship could be like this!" And you fall in love. But the heart of this relationship ... and all others ... was created before the beginning of time within a beautiful idea called LOVE!

Then, as we continue to grow up, perhaps finding a dedicated life mate, we realize one day, "Ah, now I'm married, with a child of my own." ... or whatever it may be for you in a time of self-evaluation. We realize ... "Now what? I'm still growing up. I've got kids. They have needs that outweigh my desires. I'll have to make sacrifices." Sacrifice is an idea, an unspoken mandate seeded in the heart of all creatures before the word for it ever was spoken.

On and on the life grows, developing and transforming itself, until, if we keep going, we may one day get to the point where we realize that what's missing in our life is a certain depth of compassion that lies beyond our present reach. And this unrealized compassion of ours has nothing to do with just giving something away. It has to do with the next degree, the next level, the next depth of relationship. If we're true to our finding, then we must continue growing up. We have to, little by little. And then comes the question ... "Into what are we growing up?" The answer may surprise you because it appears that our personal maturation is measured by increasingly higher levels of ideals that we grow into.

We do not just grow up into ideas ... no sir, ideas grow into us. This process of growth we're investigating here is really something coming into us. It is the marriage of something that already exists with something readied for that Union. Think about it.

The nature of responsibility exists before the first human being does a responsible act. The nature of relationship exists before the first person puts the hand of a lover together with his or her own. And compassion exists before the first human being ever said in kindness, "Can I help you with that?" or, "Let me not burden you with my problem." These states of energy exist independent of their expression. They exist before any human being became the so-called owner of their quality.

Now, all of our present ideas about this life are constructed on what the world is that our physical senses tell us we are in. And these same ideas can never get beyond themselves, because they are the product of the world our senses perceive. Our senses cannot give us new ideas. This is why real knowledge is, and always has been, critical for real spiritual growth. Only with new insights that naturally align us with the greater unseen 'reality' are we naturally empowered to come upon, and have come into us ... new ideas to know ourselves by.

Our spiritual work is to begin the deliberate process of bringing into the present ideas we have of ourselves ... those new ideas that actually show us the limitations and suffering inherent in the ideas we're unconsciously living from. And as we've discovered, these new ideas are not really new at all. They were made in the beginning, and the whole thing is complete now. The King is in his Kingdom and the Kingdom is within. And this "within" is hidden within our God-created nature. And this new nature must be invoked, welcomed, and invited in.

Take into your meditative or prayer life the understanding that the ideas from which we presently live are not going to make the Cosmic connection. We can't have a new mind with old ideas, or, as the Master Jesus stated, "You can't pour new wine into old skins." So the first connection that you need to make is to simply and deeply see that, and then allow these new ideas that you've been given ... this new knowledge ... to set you on the path to the Truth that sets you free. Allow these special insights you've received to develop by doing your part to nurture their necessary growth. And then watch what happens.

A full-spectrum approach to human consciousness
to them a spectrum of knowing ...
a spectrum that includes,at the very least,
the eye of flesh, the eye of mind, and the eye of spirit.
- Ken Wilber

(a channeled vignette)
Relationships ...
A Time For Balance & Harmony

This insight is about relationships and harmony. You are at a time which highlights relationships ... a period of balance and harmony ... a time to shift to issues with your romantic pursuits, as well those involving friends and business associates for some. This insight is especially directed to those of you who have had such relationships in the past which were out of balance/harmony.

Cooperation and compromise are vital to a harmonious life. It is a time when it's essential to consider bonds you currently have with others, and evaluate whether you're getting a fair shake, so to speak. Are the connections ideal? Are they being equally fair and reasonable? This is the time to address such questions.

Emphasis is placed on this being a time of 'balance and harmony'. While respect, love and trust are generally earned, it's important to understand that this is not a one-way-street. When one 'gives' more than one 'receives', one is out of balance and it's a true indication of lack of self-love ... a wanting/desire of giving what one is lacking in self.

It's time to ponder how these qualities must be in balance within relationships. It's a time to address balance issues if you're involved in an unequal association. Its time to find balance between how much you're putting into your relationship versus your need for a little me time that is brought about due to lack of self-love.

It is also a time when energetic flares are coming into Earth with the intent to provide a glimpse of the future; primarily to show that one's outlook may not look as incredible as false hope may project. Can't wait to get in stable times? Well, this may be the core of the problem ... the real need and wants brought about by the lack of self-love. You are not like a pioneer on your way to a new frontier, but rather one's who has turned on the 'auto-pilot'; blindly unaware of the dangers ahead.

Very simply, you are at a time when it is essential for your relationships to be foremost in your thoughts. To keep the dramatics in your future years to a minimum and in line with your greatest good, it is a time to declare and more accurately and articulately act upon feelings in balance with that gained from experiences of the past. If you truly want to let go and prevent a final and most harmful repeat of mistakes of the past and avoid the ultimate cosmic 2 x 4, now is the final hour for bringing your life into balance and harmony.


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

May you have faith so that you can believe,
May you have courage to know who you really are,
May you have patience to accept the truth ...
And may you receive nothing but unconditional love to complete your life.

Love and Light, Mike & Sandy

A Candle Loses Nothing By Lighting Another Candle ...


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