The Guardians of Light

Do you struggle with purpose? Are you searching for answers to the hidden questions deep within soul? What is our purpose and how do we find the answers? It is said we only need look within to find the answers without. What this means is we are to go on an inner journey of the self to find answers facing us in our own reality.

We return now to the Spiritual Warrior once again, as she finds her purpose…

 

Note: I am returning to the original format of our Warrior in the divine feminine. The Pilgrim represents the ego and the Warrior represents the Spirit within all. Being human, I disclose my fault in listening to another chastise my usage of duality. While I do refer to dualistic behavior, the Pilgrim and Warrior are one in the same just different ways of seeing things. While one sees things in an Ego base world, the other sees it with eyes of Spirit.

 

The Pilgrim, turned Warrior, still looks for answers to her daytime dilemmas but has no luck finding them. With dreams of darkness, she knows that she must sit and contemplate her every move in hopes of uncovering yet another shadow of the past. She notes the importance of her dreams, as her dream world identifies opportunities of growth in her daily world.

Recently Her dreams are that of a Panther wandering the land, only to transform into the Eagle. Arising, she did not know what this meant until she entered her ‘quiet room’ and meditated on the lesson. Pondering her lesson, she discovered that She was once a  part of a secret society called the “Sisters of the Light.” These Sisters were keepers or protectors of the Divine Light and worked directly for the Creator.

While the Sisters of the Light kept balance in the Universe, they were at constant battle with darkened forces. Carrying the Divine Torch wherever they went, they illuminated the darkened region once more. What our Warrior could not understand is what this had to do with her dream of being a Panther. She must consult another Warrior for answers.

While remaining in a meditated state, she consults a Warrior from another dimension. Asking her Warrior Guide for clarity of this dream, her guide speaks, “the Panther is often symbolic of protector and is often paralleled with Guardian of Light. Therefore tying her dreams of being a Panther with that of the Sisters of Light.

“But what about the Eagle?” She asks.

“The Eagle is often symbolic of the Great Spirit. In modern-day it would be classified as the Great I AM or Creator. Your dream of the Great Spirit is symbolic of your divinity in protecting the Divine Light. Being the Panther or Guardian of Light, you are working directly for the Great Spirit and maintaining balance in the Universe.”

Realizing Her purpose the Warrior knows to remain true to herself, listening to the inner voice and following as needed. This inner voice comes directly from the Great I AM and will always lead Her to the next destination.

Returning to reality, she ponders this heavy burden. Now smiling, she knows what she is to do. With torch in hand, she begins lighting other torches along The Way…

Stepping into the Canvas Lighting the Way for others. As our internal flame burns hot like fire, may it turn into a calming sea for others. Our passions will be shared by others in hopes of inspiring those in need. With every step, remaining in the moment, we seize every opportunity to lend a hand… and maybe even Light another Torch.

Learning to Fly

Ever wonder what it would be like to fly? Do you ever just sit and watch Geese fly overhead? There is much wisdom learned from these feathered friends. For one they unite no matter what. No judgment, no excuses…just unity. Next they look to share space with other geese, allowing them to lead the way or drift behind. Milton Olson does a nice job explaining these lessons…

Lessons from Geese by Milton Olson

As each bird flaps its’ wings, it creates an “uplift” for the bird following. By flying in a “V” formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than if the bird flew alone.

Lesson: People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling on the thrust of one another. Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to fly alone, and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the “lifting power” of the bird immediately in front.

Lesson: It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks, and sharing leadership—with people, as with geese, we are interdependent on each other. The geese in formation honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.

Lesson: When a goose gets sick or wounded or shot down, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to help and protect it. They stay with it until it is able to fly again or dies. Then they launch out on their own, with another formation, or catch up with the flock.

Lesson: By learning from the example of our winged guides, all of us can feel empowered to feel the strength of others moving alongside you, as their presence lends power to your wings during this journey across the sky of life. When buffeted by unexpected gusts, we can choose to find refuge in the loving shelter of co-workers, friends, family and the Holy One. We may even marvel as an otherwise difficult day passes by like a swift wind, as a kindred spirit charts a way for us through the clouds and rain ahead. If your wings begin to ache on your journey, look around for somebody else to fly at the front for a while. All of us move faster when we move together. Let your ego drop earthwards as we all soar ever higher.

 

When I asked my son what geese meant to him, this is what he said, “I think of poop, green and white poop. Everywhere, having to watch my step when I am at the park.” Such wise words from our children. Lesson from my son: Step with Care.

Stepping into the Canvas “with Care.” As my son reminds us, we all benefit from his wisdom. When we are mindful of our actions fully in the moment, we instinctively react like that of our Brother and Sister geese. We instinctively work together, share together and extend collaboration in every aspect of our lives. When we collaborate we become One.

Feeling Like a Bobber

Ever feel like the world is conspiring against you? or you are barely keeping your head afloat? In our busy society this is a common theme with many. Struggling to make ends meet and often resorting to addictive behaviors to feed a higher need. What are your addictions? Where do you channel these addictions? For some it is alcohol, some tobacco, some sex, some church. Wherever the addictions are channeled, there is an easier solution…let go and let God. Trust that all will be good…remain here and it shall be so. Enjoy this poem the many lessons a bobber can teach…

 

Attached to a string,

tied at both ends.

Cast out into the sea,

plop.

Sitting,

Waiting,

Only to be pulled under.

 

Help I can’t breathe,

Whew! Gasping for a quick one.

Tug, Tug,

Zing!

Here I go again,

Under the deep blue.

 

Tugging, pulling,

I am losing my grip.

Release,

snagged once again.

Down I go,

Once more.

 

There is hope,

a tugging from the other end.

A force,

Stronger than the other.

Yes, I am being rescued!

I am free!

 

Snap!

Left stranded

and alone.

…or free to be me.

 

Do you feel there is no hope or do find that there is always hope? While the bobber could have felt alone at the end, he realized that he is never alone, but instead he is Free to do whatever he wants. Surrendering, the bobber realized that he was truly free.

Stepping into the Canvas free as a bird. Today I choose to be me, accepting myself for all my imperfections. In my acceptance of imperfections, I become perfectly imperfect. May all the struggles that lay behind me and those who await me in the future, be turned to opportunities.

Namaste.

The Warrior and the Chopsticks

Often times we have varying ideas of reality. With differences in religious beliefs, political views, and plain day-to-day events, we all have different realities. Within this lifetime we have som any varying views, who’s to say it stops at the end of this world. Here is a story and reflection of  Warrior who witnesses first hand that our varying perceptions do not stop at death’s door.

There is a legend about a warrior in the East who died and went to heaven. “Before I enter,” he said to the gatekeeper, “I would like you to take me on a tour of hell.”

The gatekeeper found a guide to take the warrior to hell. When they got there, the warrior was astonished to see a great table piled high with every tasty food he could imagine – anything one could possibly want to eat or drink. The warrior then looked at the people. They were all starving.

“How could this be?” he asked the guide. “Are they not allowed to eat?”

“Oh yes, they can eat,” said the guide “but they must use the chopsticks they are given. They are five feet long and they must hold them at the end. Just look at them. They miss their mouths every time!”

“Enough,” said the warrior, “This is hell, indeed! Please take me back to heaven.” In heaven, to his surprise, he saw a similar room, with a similar table loaded with all the same food. But, the people were in radiant health, happy and well-nourished. The warrior turned to the guide and said, “I see – no chopsticks here.”

The guide replied that yes, the people were still issued chopsticks and yes, they were still five feet long and that they still must be held at the end – but, the difference was that in heaven the people learned to feed each other.

Just as the Warrior found in the afterlife, we are witnesses too. Often we see the negative side of thins when there is always a silver-lining to every darkened cloud. We can choose to see ourselves as helpless or we can choose to be self-sufficient, allowing a higher source to work within our lives.

Stepping into the Canvas with the view of a Warrior. Instead of seeming helpless and not being able to eat, we work collaboratively as one…never going hungry again. Lending a hand to another, I invariably help myself to eat.

 

Dissolving the 10,000 Things

By using “two ears and one mouth,” in that order, we are more affective in our daily routines. Whether one is a teacher, mentor, leader or anyone else for that matter. Speaking less and listening more, allows others to not only vent but speak their minds, clearing the 10,000 things.

As Ben Merens discusses, “We are dying to be heard.” Each one of us needs an outlet to rid the burden built up for our entire lives. The difficult part, is not telling people what they should do and allowing them to figure out their own dilemma.  Using restraint, we in turn give the gift of self-reliance. Trying to force an issue or ramble on about what should be done  only creates animosity. Further, all that will be heard is, “Wah, Wah, Wah” to the voice of Charlie Brown’s Teacher.

When a person is ready for change they will approach the appropriate people. When they ask, then and only then is it acceptable to offer suggestions. Until then exercise patience, be kind and be the change you want to be…not their change. When they are ready, they will change.

This technique can also be used on the self. Two ears, one mouth…applied to the self allows the inner voice to speak. When listening to internal dialogue, we make appropriate shifts in our lives. This process brings to the surface, the 10,000 things that weight us all down. Journal our thoughts by pen to paper, our thoughts become our reality. Keeping the thoughts hidden within our conscious, they remain lost in the 10,000 things stored in our subconscious. Applying pen to paper, we unleash the 10,000 things. Unleashing the 10,000 things, we clear our minds of clutter and allow our imagination to become reality.

Stepping into the Canvas with two ears, one mouth…listening not only to those around us, but the internal voice. Listening to oneself, dissolving the 10,000 things, allows the monkey mind to dissipate.  While the monkey is cute, he can be a bit annoying.

A Taste for Positivity

Every living thing has a beginning and an end….some longer than others. We all follow a cycle that inevitably ends…for ourselves and those around us. Instead of living as today was the last, doing what we always dreamed of, we subscribe to a false belief that  invariably cripples our true essence of being. For the mere fact we attach to everything: material things, people, relationships.

Although we come into this world with nothing and leave with nothing, we horde everything and accumulate as much monetary value in our lives. Told to work our fingers to the bone and live the lives we dream of, falsely, we think it is with more stuff. While not our fault we still have an opportunity to change.

While attaching to things in fear of losing them, this belief extends out toward family members and relationships. Afraid of losing them we are crippled, once again, remaining in fear. We instinctively gather, hoarding as much as we can. With the false sense of being at the top of a food chain, we think we are responsible for governing the world, collecting everything we can as if there was no tomorrow. No guarantees for a tomorrow, we are too busy gathering ‘stuff!’ If we are too busy gathering, then how will we enjoy the things or company we have now?

So are we at the top of the food chain? Do not believe in food chains. See all things as equals with their own distinct job to do. Whether homeless or working, a rat living in the sewer, or a little mushroom that grows from the decay of another living organism, we all have a purpose.With our own  purpose, we have an equal investment in this thing called life.

I want to know God’s thoughts. The rest are just details.

~Albert Einstein

Instead of seeing ourselves as superior to anyone or anything, we see our selves as divinely apart of the greater whole. Equality for all persons becomes a normalcy whilst sharing space in harmony, all the while co-creating a new reality with new thoughts of positivity.

With thoughts of equality and positivity, we change the world as we know it. Giving replaces taking, Love replaces hate, darkness becomes Light and we see ourselves as all things. “We think, therefore we are” elevates universally and we see ourselves as one.

Give thanks for today, for it may be the last. Give thanks for this beautiful day, the daily lessons, humility, and service to others. The service we offer may differ from person to person, but guaranteed it is all service. The food we eat, the words we speak, the ear we lend, it is all apart of the greater whole. Be mindful of the daily actions and consumption. What we consume, we become a part of.

Do we continue consuming negativity or would we rather chew on a nice piece of positivity. Personally, I think positivity tastes better but whatever your choice I hope it comes out ok.

Stepping into the Canvas with a taste for positivity. While positivity makes everything taste better, negativity still lingers. Take a bite of positivity…it may just change the way you see things and the world around you….

All Inclusive

Black, White

Male, female

Gay, Straight

Employed, Unemployed

Rich, Poor

Democrat, Republican

Capitalist, Communist

Christian, Muslim

Catholic, Lutheran

Union, Non-Union

Happy, Sad

Friend, Foe

Relative, non-relative

Skinny, Fat

Educated, non-educated

Does any of this really matter?

 

Not seeing differences in any of these;

Only the delusional thought of being different.

We are all the same;

believing we are different when we are not.

Whether we have met before or never before,

Friend or family,

We are all the same.

 

If we meet out there in the trenches of the battle field,

Or break bread together.

If we go our separate ways,

Or come together.

From stranger to Friend,

Friend to Family.

 

While seen as strangers,

Actually friend…

Prefer Brother or Sister.

Does any of this really matter?

Where is the focus of things?

On fission of the people

Or fusion of the same?

Whatever we fill our hands with,

We shall be unable to carry anything else.

Whatever we fill our hearts with,

There is room for nothing else.

What will you hold dear to you?

Love all-exclusive?

Or Love All-Inclusive?