"Truth is a pathless land. Man cannot come to it through any organization, through any creed, through any dogma, priest or ritual, nor through any philosophical knowledge or psychological technique. He has to find it through the mirror of relationship, through the understanding of the contents of his own mind, through observation, and not through intellectual analysis or introspective dissection.
possibly there's grace that flows from a sense of gratitude, as if giving thanks is a service in itself somehow. maybe this can seem a simple trick of tipping the scales - thanks for that idea...
amazing grace, how sweet the sound
that saved a wretch like me
i once was lost but now i'm found
was blind but now i see
sure it can be a feeling of gratitude, whether you gained the insight yourself, or had some aid along the way
i am reminded of the anne frank diaries, wherein anne's sister betsy found thanks and gratitude for the circumstances in her life, being as it was in ravensbruch concentration camp, during world war two.
a role model for the rest of us, as one of the final attainments of an entity completing 3d is unconditional gratitude, for our impelling catalyst, come what may in this schoolroom earth.
although each individual will encounter painful circumstance, up to and including death, of ourselves and our loved ones, as happens eventually for all, gratitude achieved which transcends the cares of the world is a springboard to tasting the fruits of 'long suffering', namely, an opportunity for a higher, much higher, expression of being.
this is a springboard into the fourth density earth, for those who can grasp this concept.
can you be grateful for everything?
the hymn "amazing grace" has such a beautiful melody and though i have sung it many times i have always felt that considering oneself a "wretch" was unwaranted. after all we are all a part of god and god is a part of all of us. who are we to call such a creation "a wretch" ? i have silently in my mind changed the words to this:
amazing grace, how sweet the sound
to a child of god like me
i once was lost but now am found
was blind but now i see
to me the "grace" is the provisions that were made for our enlightenment and regaining the conciousness of our true relationship to god and one another.
lest anyone be concerned about my infringing on any copyrights, the song "amazing grace" is public domain material.
Last edited by billybobbutterball; 04-21-2008 at 12:38 AM.
you are very wellformulated and balanced mark!
i wish i could. i've raised from hell in this life, i'm thankful i'm still alive, but fear at the moment i'm going down again into a depression. most pple i know are not grateful for what they've got but are complaining all the time. i'm struggling myself with my life but mostly try to look at the bright side and be supportive. if i'm badly treated i have learned to put boundaries but in the preocess i feel more and more lonely. i meet no kindred spirits where i can relax and discuss matters f.i discussed here. even those interested are complaining. is this just a reflection of my own inner state? i feel like i have to break away to save my soul. i actually feel blessed that i can see it, but at the same time fearing i'm just repeating my co/counterdependencypattern...(forumcouncelling in disguise)
again, speaking from my own personal experience, "a choice that is made after deep deliberation" is simply not enough to carry me through; rather i need to be on constant guard, because even a moments lapse, just gives the ego another foothold, and i tend to lose my focus again until i bring my awareness back into the "now" moment.
If you wish to save the world, work on yourself. That is our main suggestion to you. ~Quo
The greatest gift you can give anyone, is the example of your own life working. ~Orin
maybe it's kind of like a "weird" tire pressure gauge.
you have a certain baseline, neutral frequency. 50/50...where one half is above and the other below. as it goes over 50%, as in sto becomes your primary disposition, that momentum is usually carried ever upwards when the heart becomes activated and as the energy is blended upwards into the higher chakras through intention...
sts requires nearly a complete submergence (95% of the gauge below the baseline) because it needs enough pressure to bypass heart activation...basically forcing it down.
you can be greatful for everything if you realize that it was all just experience and lessons...thanking your teachers, in whatever form they've come in, in their service to you in both pain and in love.
but the concentration camp story is pretty intense, to say the least. that's an awesome example because if she could do it, why can't we? a pretty brave soul to say the least.
Love is the most powerful adhesive.
thanks for sharing, liliane.
it's easy to say that one should be grateful for everything, i have negative emotional reactions to catalyst in my life, and one can't just consciously decide to transcend this by force of will, and suddenly be in that state!
one thing we can do, though, is practice. by practicing stepping back from life's issues, and contemplating or meditating on the really quite stupendous fact that we even exist at all, and on the idea that no bad things really happen, we can begin to come slowly to a place of less and less emotional involvement with myriad issues.
often, negative circumstances in our lives will keep coming around until we choose to accept the condition, make peace with it, focus on the lesson offered and look at what we can learn; or in other words, find the love in the circumstance, how it may serve to increase our love.
this takes a certain discipline, but one consciously embarking upon this effort will accelerate their growth, and be better able to deal with things like depression and confusion. pain is often evidence of some life lesson knocking at your door, patiently waiting for you to choose to see the learning potential. for negative seeming events and conditions are always just that. and getting to know this is where gratitude begins.
it feels affirming to me, to share writings with such a grateful group.
thanks for that.