Saturday, November 17, 2018
This morning I had the opportunity to connect briefly with a young person who had Down’s syndrome and I was reminded of a similar young man I have known in the past. There was a sense of purity, simplicity and happiness coming from him. With the previous young man there was also a solid connection with God and eternity which I envied since the connection was not cluttered with intellect, as it is with me. I have to work at my connection while his came to him simply and easily. "Seek Him we must, with a headlong love, with enthusiasm and romantic ardor, but also with lowliness and patience, and that is a hard combination." (Gilbert Kilpack)
Friday, November 16, 2018
The "Serenity Prayer" (God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference) calls for the courage to make changes in my life. I often feel like I do not have the necessary courage so during meditation I fill myself with gratitude, love and faith, then decide what action to take. When I take the action I frequently a mixture of fear and faith. So far, things have always worked out for the best. "Faith, then, means putting trust in a process that slowly builds an intimate relationship with someone I can neither see nor fully understand, but only feel. Living a life of faith implies being in continual contact with God and opening up to being searched and known." (Elizabeth Ostrander Sutton)
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Because of the power of love and my connection with God/eternity, I am a great deal more than I was. I would like to share that. Tonight I was able, through meditation, to show that to the spirits and encourage them to pass that on to the living. I also serve as an example of them being able to impact the living in a way that supports the ideals for which they fought and died for. Words and thoughts are not enough to convince them so I let them probe me and show them what that power feels like and has done for me, then they get it. "Great deeds can only be achieved when we are more than our little selves. When we are lent wings we should not reject them." (Irene Claremont deCastillejo)
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Today I felt like a creaky old man and the facts are that I am seventy years old, disabled with poor coordination and balance and in a body that I abused for much of my life. I get a choice between being angry for my situation or grateful for my life and glad it is not worse. Neither choice changes anything other than my attitude and the way I feel. I choose gratitude! After all I have a home, several good friends, a wonderful wife, a warm bed and good food. I am also upright, breathing and not in much pain or in a wheel chair. Working with the spirits from Arlington National Cemetery and other places gives me a sense of purpose.
Monday, November 12, 2018
"Love instead of war, killing, aggression and death" is what I hear for the method of achieving the goals of the ideals the spirits believed in and some died for. Then my mind comes back with the question "what if the perpetrators are intent on using aggression". The feeling that comes back strongly is "trust in the process" so that is what I will do and also present as a solution. It is clear to me that this is a case that logic, reasoning and words will not satisfy while knowing and faith will. "To understand better the value of silence in daily life, and its relation to this spiritual transformation for which we yearn, it is useful first to consider the limitation of language, of words It is next useful to contemplate the limitations of logical reasoning." (Daniel A. Seeger)
Sunday, November 11, 2018
Today, during my meditation with some of the spirits from Arlington National Cemetery, I encountered a conflict which concerned me for a while. Some of the spirits agreed on the one hand that killing, aggression and death would not get us closer to the ideals they believed in and some died for. And on the other hand that killing, aggression and death had to help, a belief they had been taught and were committed to. I felt confused and thought they might be right that violence was necessary, at least some of the time. I asked for guidance and meditated. In that meditation I was flooded with remembrance the many instance when violence melted and vanished as a result of love like when members of a church turned toward prayers for perpetrators rather than retaliation. "In the Dhammapada he [the Buddha] teaches that in this world hate never dispels hate. Only love dispels hate."