Saturday, October 31, 2015
During the meeting today of a spiritual writing group, I commented that I really did want to “change the world” and was doing that by changing one person at a time. I would like to see the focus of the world shift away from things like materialism, capital gain and competition, toward things like love, connection and faith. My belief is that would change the way we relate to each other and this planet, our home. This blog is part of that effort. In my view it is unlikely that a person would kill their own brother/sister, who they love, or destroy their own home. I’m a dreamer and I like that!
Friday, October 30, 2015
It’s been a difficult couple of days for me. I was wrongly accused of something and immediately went into the defensive arrogance of thinking “don’t they realize who I am!?”. I also rehearsed several defensive conversations before realizing that the conclusion that I was being accused of was the most likely one and stopped taking the whole thing personally. I relaxed to the peace of just doing my best and having the faith that it would all work out. It did.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Many years ago, when I was still using crutches, I was struggling to open a heavy, spring loaded door and, much to his mom’s amazement, a very little boy rushed across the parking lot to help me. When he was done he beamed his pleasure at me. Since then, because of my disability, I have asked for help numerous times, with similar results. Recently I have been getting a lot of help with the promotion of my book, help happily given. Today I acknowledged that I needed a new computer and began seeking assistance. Once again I was met with enthusiastic willingness. One of the principles of attitudinal healing that I learned years ago is that “giving and receiving are the same”. Each is a gift to be cherished.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Tonight’s recovery meeting was about spirituality and I did not speak, in part because the subject is so vast, and in part because the subject is so simple and basic. Several people spoke of their own concept, based on their own experience The concepts and words used varied a bit with each person, some very Christian, some mixed and some essentially atheistic. As far as I can tell, the words and names used make no difference. All acknowledged that there is something there that they can tap into. That seems to be enough.
Monday, October 26, 2015
In meditating about the unconditionally loving God or force that I have encountered and use in my life, it has become apparent to me that many, perhaps most, people prefer to think of that same God or force as a personified entity with, rules, judgements and other human qualities. For some reason, I do not feel the same need. I wish to connect with that force and to have that force inform and influence all of my actions during the day. The result is that my behavior is very loving and that I have a very fulfilling life.
Sunday, October 25, 2015
During my life journey for the last several years I have come to know an unconditionally loving God or force that does not require any sort of belief or obedience, a God that will never judge me in any way. It has become clear to me that it does not even matter what name you use for this force, just that there is something. This is a God that will allow me to commit self-destructive acts or acts that harm this planet or the beings that live on it. Having experienced the intense love of that force makes it totally clear, almost mandatory, that I do no less than treat other entities with the same love and respect.