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Welcome back. I’ve recently received several more ‘Future Me‘ posts from last year, so I’m going to continue on from my last writings post…
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I haven’t posted any of my writings for some time now; no reason except a lack of time, and as the saying goes, there are 168 hours in the week – what you do with them is up to you! Anyway, I’m going to add some more of my archived writings for the reason mentioned above, but I think there’s some good stuff in there. Before I do I wanted to add one comment. I used to do a fair number of talks on spirituality and other things, and before I began my talks I always mentioned two things. First, I asked the people in the audience to put away their pens, paper, computers, etc. and just listen, because if your brain can’t do two jobs at the same time. If you’re trying to write and listen at the same time, one or both are going to lose out. Second, I told everyone not to believe a single word I said… at least not until they each took the time to absorb the information and decide for themselves, “This much I like, this I can agree with. This part I’m not sure about; I’m going to have to think about this for a bit. This part isn’t for me, at least not for now. I’m going to set this part aside.” I think it’s vital that each of us do that with everything we experience. It’s very easy to accept something as true because someone said it or you read it in a book or saw it on the ‘net or the late movies, but what’s more important, at least to me, is to decide how this information resonates within you. Seth said:
“You must realize that any idea you accept as truth is a belief that you hold. You must, then, take the next step and say, ‘It is not necessarily true even though I believe it.’ You will, I hope, learn to disregard all beliefs that imply basic limitations.” ~ The Nature of Personal Reality, session 614.
Of course, you’re welcome to disagree with both of us!
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A long time ago Marcia and Mike lived in a world where they both believed there were positive and negative forces in the Universe. In that world it was common to practice (and to teach others) than when doing any meditative or astral work one should create a bubble of white light around him or herself in order to protect the meditator from those dark forces. This idea came into focus for them one night at a talk given by a very interesting gentleman. His talk had all of the right words, but the underlying energy behind them was really not good. Mike’s response to this was to create a circle of loving energy surrounding all those present; although he had his eyes closed at the time, Marcia saw the speaker’s response to this was to step outside of the circle, remove some herbs from his bag, and with few words…well, you get the idea. When Marcia and Mike went home that night everything was fine, but the next day Mike woke up with a high fever, delerious. He couldn’t walk, could barely stand, and he spent the next few days in bed while Marcia ministered to him.
It was shortly after this event that Marcia and Mike received some teaching on a New Way of Being. Rather than surrounding themselves with a loving white light, or drawing it in from above or below as others had suggested, they were told simply to imagine a candle in the center of their bodies. They were to simply allow the light of this candle to flow out from them, gently, in all directions. They were then to allow this loving light to grow and spread until they literally ‘became’ the candle, and this loving light was flowing out from their entire being. A candle doesn’t reach out to touch others with its light, it simply is itself, and in being itself its light spreads and illuminates. In this way the light comes from within, not from without, and rather than being a bubble of protection to keep away those dark energies, it simply transforms them into that same loving light. As the saying goes, “All of the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of one small candle.”
Well, time went by, their knowledge grew and their understandings of the nature of All That Is changed, and they began to see the world and the universe in which they lived as much bigger, more open and more dynamic than they had once imagined. As a part of this process they were able both to see the role they had once played in the event above and how their own beliefs had created it. Furthermore they were able to surrender their beliefs in those negative forces. As such, the idea of ‘being the candle’ no longer held the same significance for them.
Until one day, several years later, they came up with a different idea about ‘Being the Candle’.
Our topic for this week comes from a quote in a book that both Marcia and Mike have recently read. The book is titled, ‘The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid‘, by Bill Bryson. On page 10 of the book, he wrote:
“The two teams split the first two games, so it came down to a third, deciding game. At last the Dodgers appeared to recover their invincibility, taking a comfortable 4 to 1 lead into the ninth inning and needing just three outs to win. But the Giants scored a late run and put two more runners aboard when Bobby Thomson stepped to the plate. What Thomson did that afternoon in the gathering dusk of autumn has many times been voted the greatest moment in baseball history.
“Dodger reliever Ralph Branca threw a pitch that made history yesterday,” one of those present wrote. “Unfortunately it made history for someone else. Bobby Thomson, the ‘Flying Scotsman’ swatted Branca’s second offering over the left field wall for a game-winning home run so momentous, so startling, that it was greeted with a moment’s stunned silence.
“Then, when the realization of the miracle came, the double-decked stands of the Polo Grounds rocked on their forty-year-old foundations. The Giants had won the pennant, completing one of the unlikeliest comebacks baseball has ever seen.”
The author of those words was my father – who was abruptly, unexpectedly, present for Thomson’s moment of magesty. Goodness knows how he had talked the notoriously frugal management of the Register into sending him the 1,132 miles from Des Moines to New York for the crucial deciding game – an act of rash expenditure radically out of keeping with decades of careful precedent – or how he had managed to secure credentials and a place in the press box at such a late hour.
But then he had to be there. It was part of his fate, too. I am not exactly suggesting that Bobby Thomson hit that home run because my father was there or implying that he wouldn’t have hit it if my father had not been there. All I am saying is that my father was there and Bobby Thomson was there and the home run was hit and these things could not have been otherwise.”
So, what then guides the dictates of our lives? Is it fate? Is it a Guiding Hand or some supernatural force? Or are our lives the summaries of our choices? For this week’s ‘He Says, She Says’ post we thought we’d take on “Destiny or Choice: A Matter of Beliefs?”
Welcome back. I’ve had several new ideas come to me lately, but I haven’t yet taken the time to write them down. I wanted to add in some more information from last year because often when I read stuff from ‘Future Me‘ I find that what I’m writing about now is very similar to things I wrote a year ago. Sometimes I get upset at that because I feel that I’m still going over the same ground over and over again and not getting anywhere, but other times I figure that I’m now looking at these issues from an entirely new perspective. As Tom Brown Jr. says, it’s important not to get caught in the rut of ‘the same old thing’. So, in my recent writings I’ve been writing a lot about joy and experiencing life as joy, and when I look back a year I see that I was writing about joy then too. Each time I approach this it seems like a new discovery. Maybe it is…
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As it happens, my writings for the past couple of months have been rather disjointed, and until I have time to rope them into line I’m not going to share them with anybody. However, in one of my first blog posts I mentioned a site called ‘Future Me‘, that I appreciate greatly and use quite regularly. I’ve recently received some ‘Future Me’ posts from last year, so I thought maybe I’d start with those. Sometimes I look back on what I wrote a year ago and realize how far I’ve come on certain topics, and other times I find I’m still looking at the same things, albeit perhaps from a different perspective.
Without further ado, here are some of my writings from last year…
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