Saturday, July 11, 2015

Attempting to be a Positive Influence

I do the best I can, trying to be a positive influence on the world around me.  I make an effort to conduct myself with integrity.  In spite of my efforts, some people get angry at me or think I am lying, controlling, etc.  I gather that is part of expressing myself, putting myself “out there”.  I often feel like one of those ocean reef creatures that retract when the water around them is disturbed even slightly.  It is better for me to keep in mind the words of Mother Teresa “Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.  You see, in the final analysis, It never was between you and them anyway.”

Friday, July 10, 2015


The topic for today’s recovery meeting was “humility”, an attitude which, historically, I have not done well with.  In the past I was certain I was right and imposed my will on a lot of situations and people, not very harmonious.  As I said during the meeting, it is now paradoxical that my life is highly productive and harmonious as long as I continue to ask for support and guidance, consider myself an instrument and remember that I am not in charge.  I am more effective if I maintain an attitude of humility.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Being Lost

We had our monthly men’s group tonight and I spoke of feeling lost, as expressed in the dream I described yesterday.  After I spoke people commented & it seemed apparent that the other members did not understand my feelings, which was not surprising since I did not describe them well.  I don’t really understand either, which is the nature of being lost.  Not surprisingly talking about being lost did help me clarify the feeling.  The fact is that through increasing awareness, meditation and reading I have realized that most of the things in life that I clung to actually meant little or nothing.  Things like material possessions, jobs, performance, cause and effect, ego or specific belief systems mean little or nothing while ethereal things like love and connectedness mean something.  However, the specific words used to describe those ethereal things (quantum physics, science, specific religions or belief systems) do not matter.  That does not leave me with much to hold on to - probably a good thing.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Descriptive Dream

I had a dream in which I was lost and very slowly wandering in a city of mystery, a city where people were very normal and totally occupied with the duties of life, an obvious metaphor for my current existence.  By the end of the dream and by relying heavily on the people I met, I found my way back to the known location I was searching for, my origin.  The interesting part of the dream is that I still felt lost and extremely uncomfortable, while everyone else was just fine, again, very descriptive of my current situation.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Changing Focus

If I focus my attention on the fact that I am disabled, in pain, experiencing emotional turmoil, getting older or any other of a number of unpleasant, earthbound facts of my life, I can certainly feel that life has dealt me some poor cards.  These facts or events of my life are very transient, some would say illusory.  If, however, I change my focus to the eternal sense of “I am”, I can view the same events as very short lived and bringing me closer to love, acceptance and compassion.  The latter is a more long term view that I can arrive at through the processes of detachment and meditation on the wonder of life.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Being Present

This afternoon Maria and I went out to a special location in the Twin Arrows area, nearby.  The spot is on a ridge, having an expansive view, with ruins and a strong spirit presence.  While there, there was a light rain, some wind and wonderful smells.  Because of the wind and rain, for protection I nestled myself within the branches of a small juniper.  I felt a strong connection with that little tree, smelling the scent of the juniper and being wrapped within its branches.  I could also feel a welcoming presence, with no need to understand why, just being present and enjoying the sensations.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Basic Truth

Over the years I have learned of the words of various spiritual leaders like Buddha, Christ, Black Elk, Nisargadata Maharaj and Wolfgang Kopp and realized that they were all talking about the same things, often using different words and with some slight differences due to individual biases.  Reading the words of various mystics like Saint Teresa of Avila, Saint John of the Cross, Thomas Kelly or Neal Donald Walsch, I have come to realize the same thing, often with feelings of great delight.  Similarly, I have come to realize the same when experiencing my own or reading about other’s near death experiences.  More recently I learn of the same underlying truths of life through quantum physics.  The basic truths and power of peace, connectedness, love and inclusiveness do not change, though the words used to express them do.