Dealing with the Darkness of Other People

Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darkness of other people.~Carl Jung
Realizing our own truths, is the best medicine for knowing others. To realize that we are all imperfectly perfect, allows us more acceptance for the flawed among us. Does a bird complain to the tree for not having the right amount of branches? or does she simply coexist with the imperfections in a perfect way?
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Understanding Of Ourselves

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.~Carl Jung

It is not only those who bare good qualities, but those who display poor qualities we learn and grow from. It is easy to see the beauty within ourselves, but often we hide the shadows of our own. Allow others to bring forth the many sides of our being and we shall have a better understanding of those around us. More importantly the one reading this…

understanding ourselves.carl Jung

A Work In Progress

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I would be a liar to say I don’t get upset when days are altered. With daily routines, rituals, and patterns that bring peace to my being, it doesn’t take much for the human side to be thrown off course.

Recently at the local gym the steam room goes out, causing great distress on its members. Trying to overcome the fear of not being able to meditate, clear my head, or just be…emitting toxins from my body, I recognize my angst of not being able to use the steam. In my angst I look to another gym, hoping they’ll allow me to use their facility for a week. To my surprise their steam room is out as well. The irony here is not so much that the steam rooms are both out, but that I have found anxiety in something so small.

With our busy schedules it is very easy to get knocked off course…off our course of peace, love and compassion. When our day is complete…work is done. We must tap into our reserves…especially when there may be young ones waiting for us at home. They do not care about the mundane schedule, the busy day, or the many difficulties endured…all that matters to them is you are home. Your undivided attention…that is all they seek. Dig deep, give them everything you have. Change your schedule; check the emotions at the door. They grow up so quickly! Ask any parent as they will say, ”spend every moment with them…they grow up too fast!”

So instead of the steam room, I retreat to nature once again.  There are many alternatives to finding peace and quietude. Nature can play a key role in finding peace…20 minutes per day is equal to a whole week retreat.

During my self-discovery, I uncover more growth opportunity.  I discover that even though I am calm and at peace, there are moments that still bring angst into my day. I am okay with this as I grow forward. My wish for you today is…whatever troubles you, whatever brings angst in your day, may you sit with it, embrace it, and allow it to grow into something brighter.

The irony to my lesson was that as soon as I released the angst of what I thought should be my plan, the steam room miraculously was fixed.

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The Irony of Man is not a new problem, but a repeating cyclical behavior passed down from generation to generation. Aristophanes referred to this as eiron, Greek word for Irony, and applied its usage to any shady or annoying characters. The Irony in itself was that Aristophanes himself was a ’jokester’ and often annoyed others within his time. Classic case of projecting shadows onto another.

Carl Jung proved the shadow effect to be that of projection of oneself onto another: In some cases we see positive in another, wishing we could be more like them; In others we see negative aspects of ourselves we do not care for, commenting on them as ”Ironic” or as Aristophanes called annoying.

The first example is self-explanatory as we want to be more like that which we desire to become, thereby causing a natural gravitational pull towards positive people in our lives. The second is not so clear.

Our thoughts and attitudes need persistent training in a world so intent on convincing us that we are who we are not and that we are not who, in fact, we are. ~Debbie Ford

While projecting Shadows, we not only display judgment through bitterness but also express malicious verbal accusations of another. Failing to realize we are merely looking into the mirror with our own reflection projecting onto others, we find disgust with not just them but subconsciously ourselves. Those who remain in their own shadows either stay in darkness or turn towards the light.

We can chase our shadows of doubt or we can turn our attention towards the source of Light, leaving our shadows behind us forever. ~Joseph

Our shadows have ability to shine brightly, as the source of Light, through which awareness and mindfulness is achieved. Remain in the shadows and that is where we remain. Turning attention towards source energy, we receive lessons of acceptance for all (you, me, he, she, we, they): Acceptance for all ironies of life, finding humor in the ironic behavior of man.

Isn’t it ironic that we pay for gym memberships when we could easily walk outside, getting more fresh air, vitamin D and an over-whelming feeling of well-being? We pay for ’Coaches’ to tell us how to live, when we need only sit and ponder our lives. We want to get healthier but are unwilling to make changes in diets or lifestyles, instead paying someone to keep us on track. We have known health issues, but fail to change our ways…further paying someone to aid us with our health…usually in the form of a convenient pill. Our lives are filled with ironies.

Is it a case of laziness or subscribing in a belief of doing something every moment, forgetting to reconnect with the Canvas of Life.  The Canvas of Life has no rules, but has consequences.  We can choose to take our time while painting our canvas or we can rush through it, splattering paint everywhere with little care in how it falls. One can yield a peaceful, tranquil moment while embracing the Canvas and the other yields chaos, angst often misery.  Misery brought on by deadlines and timelines…always living for the clock… missing the beauty provided by the Canvas.

While our moments may not always be what we expect them to be, it can be enjoyable no matter what. The Irony of Man does not have to complete the cycle anymore. We can actually break the cycle of Irony and begin a new cycle: a cycle that includes awareness, forgiveness, gratitude and Love. Wait no longer…change our worldly view. Turn from the shadows of darkness and turn towards the light.

If all we have in our hearts is Love, there can be room for nothing else. ~Joseph

While the Pilgrim subscribes to the Irony of Man allowing the cycle to continue in his lineage, the Warrior (Ani Po) subscribes to a new irony…one of serendipity. On a personal level it can change with a single thought. On a global level, same thought. We find in ourselves, and in others, that not one human being is perfect. In this recognition we find perfection in all the imperfections.

now

Have you ever wanted to do something in your life, but didn’t know where to begin? or possibly afraid of stepping out of the comfort zone? We all have this burning desire to do something that makes an impact in our lives. Some are fortunate to live the dream at any early age, but for many they will die without ever playing their music. Wayne Dyer often speaks, ”Don’t Die with your Music still in you.”

It is my turn.  Not knowing where I am going with this, I take the first steps.  Feeling naked and vulnerable I move forward into the unknown. Most people do their due diligence and take years to research without ever lifting a finger towards their dream. Equipped with only the basics, proceeding forward…living the Dream.

Often times we set out on task not knowing the direction, but we have a result in mind…ever wonder in awe about how it got finished? When we establish end results, details automatically get filled in. The details are not necessarily filled in by our own works. See the end…but then trust that Universe will take care of the details…she always does.

I hope the writings on this blog inspire many, spark fire within others and help those lost be found once more. The messages will be raw and unfiltered (for now) and will grow into something that which I have not figured out. Waves of Gratitude and Love are sent to those who support me on my journey of life and so it begins.

With only an idea in my back pocket and intent in my Heart, I set out on a journey of a lifetime…dropping seeds of Hope, Love and Peace…for I am a work in progress.

Stepping into the canvas with new light of serendipity.  As our habits become old, we acquire habits of new. Whatever troubles you through the day, bring thanks to your being…let it go, trusting ‘all is good.’ Stepping with our own angst, we begin walking in a new light. Have a glorious day and may your day be filled with new habits of Love and Light. With every step, every thought…may it be aligned with the seven generations. With our ability to alter the cycles, we align our thoughts with that of source energy. Focusing on our shadow, we remain in darkness: focusing on Light, we Shine On into another day. Shine On…we are a work in progress.

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The Judgment Of Man

 

A day does not pass where we witness the judgment of man. Whether ‘they’ are from the right or left, from this group or that, we continue to judge another by the clothes we wear, our skin color, our gender, and the words ‘they’ write. Note: They is a representation of anyone other than ourselves. We often point fingers at someone, saying they did this or they did that.

Instead of one’s judgment, may it turn towards growth…self-growth and growth for another human being. We are not here to judge one another, but here to raise one another up in learning of ourselves. Through the contemplation of self, we not only grow as individuals but as a greater whole.

The following story is based on true events…

A man walked in to an Islāmic cultural center with Bible in hand, in hopes of on Islam. Prior to the studies, the teacher spoke, “The Holy writings of that book, pointing at the Holy Bible, have been changed and misinterpreted for centuries. The Qur’an is the only book that has not been re-translated and misinterpreted. What was spoken at 683 A.D. is now spoken in this time… No changes. While the book is holy, the words have been skewed by man.”

The pupil smiles, “let’s try not to judge one another. Instead let’s learn from each other and grow. We are on the same path, seeking Light.”

Too often we judge another by the books we carry or the clothes we wear, instead we should judge one another by our actions…actions towards fellow human beings.

The same man now with the holy Qur’an under his arms walks into a Christian church for Bible study. You can probably see where this is going…

Noticing the Qur’an under his arms, placing it on the desk before him the pastor lashes out, “that book is not allowed in here. This is our holy writings!” He raises the Holy Bible declaring it as the only holy book.

Again the pupil speaks, “oh ye of little faith. I come here not to cast stones or be cast upon. I come here to be loved and to love one another. Our Holy writings are written in many places, and who are you to judge me by the book I carry?”

The judgment happens in all different planes all different sectors, and sadly continues in our days. The only way to stop judgment is to come together as one. We are one, we are brothers and sisters and we have the same father. Learn from one another, not judge one another. Ironically, both groups have Hippocrates. These Hippocrates, spoil the rest of the Believers.

So why do we judge? Is it a sign of weakness? It is my personal and humble opinion that judgment towards another is a sign of weakness. If an individual is strong in their faith they have no reason to judge another. Being strong in their faith, they recognize we are brothers and sisters as one. Those who choose not to break bread with another shall be prayed for and asked to leave. For it is on this day the Rainbow Warriors shall stand firmly in their belief of “All People as One”, accepting them as Brothers and Sisters are we. Those who stand against the Rainbow Warriors shall be known by their actions and the words they speak.

For it is on this day, we shalt not judge another, but they shall be judged themselves. The Rainbow Warriors shall return Love throughout the land and the ‘others’ shall perish on their own accord. The day has come to Say “No More, No Mas, gaawin geyaabi (Ojibwe for no more)…everything will be irie (Jamaican for everything is alright).”

Stepping into the Canvas with Love, seeing all as one beautiful imperfection…making it perfect! It is through our eyes of compassion we see a greater whole…a collective whole..eliminating judgment. We are one planet, one people…One Canvas…We Are One.

Master Brewer Lost At Sea

Have you ever wondered what your life would be like if you had only taken a certain path? We often reflect on the past and outcomes that may have been, if we had taken a different course in life. Whether we dwell on them or Revel in the ideas…they will define our future.

Dwelling on the past we remain there…in the past…looking to the past. Allowing these ideas to grow into gratitude for where we currently are in life… we have a brighter future.

This next story about man building an empire, only to find nothing…

There was a man, for the sake of this story we shall call him Bill, who wanted to make a big name for himself. He wanted to leave his mark. After much building of a massive empire, Bill found himself lost.

At the age of twenty-three, Bill decided to open a business. He was a home-brewer by hobby, but soon became a micro-brewery owner. He built his company around his beer and the marketing took off on its own. In ten short years, Bill was one of the top micro-brewers in the country. He began expanding brewery locations, across the country. By doing so, his profits climbed exponentially and he began to rub elbows with the one percent. Bill had multiple residencies and numerous yachts parked across the shores of our country.

One day, Bill decided to take his yacht, out of the Ports of West Palm beach, and go to the tropical islands. Half way their…something hit him. He realized that he was alone and still felt empty inside. This void could not be filled by the money coming in. Instead, he needed to dig deep within to find true happiness.

Bill counts the many automobiles in his collection, but realizes that he only has one butt to sit upon. Taking more than he needs, he realizes that it is time to give it all away. Wishing he made more in life, he set out to build his empire…only to be left out at sea…alone.

At the moment of his despair, he collapsed in prayer…with closed eyes. Praying for a more suitable life, giving back to humanity instead of taking. Opening his eyes…he was in a quiet town of Massachusetts; He was now married with two children, working a humble job. Answering his prayers, Bill receives a second chance…He finds His Way. Was this a dream? or was this a glimpse of where he would have been had he taken a given path? Bill now observes his current life and he feels whole once again.

Bill reflects back on the past, not with despair of what it could have been, but with gratitude of who he has become. Living a humble life…he is made whole. He is Love, he is Loving…he is on purpose. Knowing what Bill knows…he begins doing what he loves to do…serving others.

Establishing a center of hope, he has opened a doorway for others who have lost their way. Offering counseling, spiritual guidance and connecting people with others who have found their way. With not one ounce of regret in his being, only gratitude, he gives thanks for the many opportunities.

Over the next several years Bill established “Center for Hope” in all major metropolitan cities across America, helping even more pilgrims who have lost their way. Bill could have taken a path for self-gratification and been left feeling empty or he could have followed his heart…filling it the core. Gladly he chose the latter and gave everything away…only to receive far more than he imagine…wealth beyond this world!

When we follow our hearts, in whatever avenues, we will assuredly receive everything we need to complete the task. Occasionally times change within our own lives and our passions change…we must regroup, prepare for change. Regrouping we come to a place of Love…allowing our path to follow that which we Love to do…assuredly we will stay the course. The story of Bill is like many others in this world…we vicariously live our lives without thinking about what is important and come to a place of emptiness. Reflecting on our lives, we instantly align ourselves with a higher purpose. Bill had the opportunity to become a successful Brewmaster, but holds no regrets. If he would have taken that smaller opportunity, he would have missed out a golden opportunity…service to humanity. If he had taken the path of Brewmaster, he may found a successful life…but would he have found happiness?

With gratitude in our hearts, we attract more to be grateful for.~Ani Po

Stepping into the Canvas with Love in our hearts. With Love as our guide, we arrive exactly on time, when we are needed, and sharing The Way with others who have or have not found their Way. It is in Love we are linked with a Syncrosensational Life, it is Love that leads us Home.

It Is High Noon…How Will You Spend Your Afternoon?

For many…there comes a point in their lives where they look back at how they got to their current conditions, reflecting on who they are and where they’re heading. Ultimately it is a time of change. We can either remain on course or change our heading. Those who remain on course, often head into troubled waters. While those who change their sail, find themselves effortlessly traveling by the spirit of the wind.

Everyone of us has the opportunity to change. But why do I need to change? Maybe you do, maybe you don’t. The deciding point comes when asking this question…Are you happy? To find happiness,it is written that we must give up everything we own.

Originally this next poem was written as a reflection of a lost friend, but then it permeated into my soul. If we infuse this poem into the self…it takes on a different meaning.

Today I lost a friend,

I don’t know why.

 

Today I lost a brother,

I don’t know why.

 

My heart bled for him,

I don’t know why.

 

There is so much hatred in his life,

I don’t know why.

 

I see the Love he can offer,

Which many can’t.

 

One thing is for certain,

I do know why.

 

I will continue to Love him,

I do know why.

 

He is my brother,

I do know why.

 

He is my friend,

I do know why.

 

We are one in the same.

As we transition from the morning of our lives to the afternoon, we instinctively align with that which makes us feel good. Letting go of that which does not, as if we are experiencing a personal death and resurrection. It is written that we all have an opportunity for rebirth…is this the time of rebirth?! Are the “end of days” speaking to us on a personal level? Tied in with the our own death and resurrection?

Stepping into the Canvas giving thanks for another beautiful day! The miracle alone is our single breath, for it was given to us once more. The bonus…whatever we set out for the day. When we step, actively step, into the Canvas of Life…for we have the opportunity to co-create a life of happiness.

The Irony of Man

The Irony of Man is not a new problem, but a repeating cyclical behavior passed down from generation to generation. Aristophanes referred to this as eiron, Greek word for Irony, and applied its usage to any shady or annoying characters. The Irony in itself was that Aristophanes himself was a ‘jokester’ and often annoyed others within his time. Classic case of projecting shadows onto another.
Carl Jung proved the shadow effect to be that of projection of oneself onto another: In some cases we see positive in another, wishing we could be more like them; In others we see negative aspects of ourselves we do not care for, commenting on them as “Ironic” or as Aristophanes called annoying. The first example is self-explanatory as we want to be more like that which we desire to become, thereby causing a natural gravitational pull towards positive people in our lives. The second is not so apparent.
Our thoughts and attitudes need persistent training
in a world so intent on convincing us that we are who we are not
and that we are not who, in fact, we are.
~Debbie Ford
While projecting Shadows, we not only display judgment through bitterness but also express malicious verbal accusations of another. Failing to realize we are merely looking into the mirror with our own reflection projecting onto others, we find disgust with not just them but subconsciously ourselves. Those who remain in their own shadows either stay in darkness or turn towards the light.
We can chase our shadows of doubt
or we can turn our attention towards the source of Light,
leaving our shadows behind us for ever.
~Joseph
Our shadows have ability to shine brightly, as the source of Light, through which awareness and mindfulness is achieved. Remain in the shadows and that is where we remain. Turning attention towards source energy, we receive lessons of acceptance for all (you, me, he, she, we, they). Acceptance for all ironies of life, finding humor in the ironic behavior of man.
Isn’t it ironic that we pay for gym memberships when we could easily walk outside, getting more fresh air, vitamin D and an over-whelming feeling of well-being? We pay for ‘Coaches’ to tell us how to live, when we need only sit and ponder our lives. We want to get healthier but are unwilling to make changes in diets or lifestyles, instead paying someone to keep us on track. We have known health issues, but fail to change our ways…further paying someone to aid us with our health…usually in the form of a convenient pill. Our lives are filled with ironies.
Is it a case of laziness or subscribing in a belief of doing something every moment, forgetting to reconnect with the Canvas of Life. The Canvas of Life has no rules, but has consequences. We can choose to take our time while painting our canvas or we can rush through it, splattering paint everywhere with little care in how it falls. One can yield a peaceful, tranquil moment while embracing the Canvas and the other yields chaos, angst often misery. Misery brought on by deadlines and timelines…always living for the clock… missing the beauty provided by the Canvas.
While our moments may not always be what we expect them to be, it can be enjoyable no matter what. The Irony of Man does not have to complete the cycle anymore. We can actually break the cycle of Irony and begin a new cycle. A cycle that includes awareness, forgiveness, gratitude and Love. Wait no longer…change our worldly view. Turn from the shadows of darkness and turn towards the light.
If all we have in our hearts is Love,
there can be room for nothing else.
~Joseph
While the Pilgrim subscribes to the Irony of Man allowing the cycle to continue in his lineage, the Warrior (Ani Po) subscribes to a new irony…one of serendipity. On a personal level it can change with a single thought. On a global level, same thought. We find in ourselves, and in others, that not one human being is perfect. In this recognition we find perfection in all the imperfections.
Stepping into the Canvas serendipitously. With every step, every thought…may it be aligned with the seven generations. With our ability to alter the cycles, we align our thoughts with that of source energy. Focusing on our shadow, we remain in darkness: focusing on Light, we Shine On into another day. Shine On!