Archive | February, 2017

What is Guilt?

27 Feb

One of the greatest teachings of Jesus which most of us either ignore or ‘tweak’ to justify our own behaviours is ‘Judge not that ye be not judged.

My understanding of this relates to the need to observe our hypocrisy – when we observe this in ourselves it manifests as feelings of guilt. Guilt is self judgement. When we observe it (hypocrisy) in others, we judge them – accusing them of being ‘wrong’ and ourselves of being ‘right’.

Human behaviours are a reaction to other human behaviours. We each categorise behaviours, which include thinking, as good or bad, depending on our society, upbringing, friendships, core beliefs, choices, culture etc. – the feeling of guilt results when we compare our own behaviours to the expectations placed on us by the ownership we have of those definitions.

When we feel guilt we have a number of options:

  • We ignore it. ‘None of my business. What the heck. Shit happens.’
  • We justify it by comparing ourselves to the ‘enemy’.  ‘ He started it!’
  • We punish ourselves. ‘I’m useless. I’m unworthy. I deserve to be punished.’
  • We feel sorry for ourselves. ‘Nobody likes me.’
  • We forgive ourselves and move forward.

The final option is one we would all like to think we can apply! But how often is the perception  that we have done so, really the truth?

My take on this comes from my personal conviction that:

  • ‘God’ is an energy of unconditional love – it just IS. The attributes of this energy when it manifests as behaviour in the human are things like ‘kindness’, ‘patience’, ‘gratitude’, ‘compassion’, ‘acceptance’, ‘allowing’, ‘charity’ and of course, ‘unconditional love.’
  • ‘Sin’ is any energy we absorb and reflect that is abSINt of love. Its attributes manifest as behaviours of ‘judgement’, ‘self righteousness’, ‘superiority’, ‘outrage’, ‘guilt’, ‘grief’, ‘pity’, ‘hate’, ‘fear’, ‘retribution’ and ‘conditional love’.

I believe Jesus reflected the energy of unconditional love completely. When he was killed he ‘absorbed’ all energies abSINt of love and underwent the complete feeling of isolation it brings – lonely, forsaken, cut off – until the love he truly was transformed it all to reflect as the greatest act of compassion that we have ever observed, not because he underwent more physical pain than others (which he did not), but because he underwent the emotional pain of sin – complete isolation from the energy of love – by embracing and feeling it all.

It is the same pain we all undergo when we are feeling the effects of love’s absence in our lives. His example can show us the way to transform it with the energy of absolute love. This energy is EVERYWHERE except where it is isolated by the heart of the human in his ‘being’.

When we open our heart to connect with the love of our soul (AKA Jesus, God, Love, Allah, Buddha, Gaia – whoever/whatever is our personal representation of unconditional love),  and stand with our own pain – guilt, grief, hate, anger, blame -it can transform into a love of lesson. Only then can our hearts expand to stand with others in true compassion, available to them with love should they choose to open their own hearts. If we do not do this we deny them – and ourselves – the choice to change.

So we begin by examining our definition of unconditional love, as it applies to our personal ‘representative’. If we find it wanting, it is because we have applied to our concept of ‘God’, attributes which are created in his absence, to justify a perceived need to have power over behaviours.

If we can stand with the power of love in our being, then those who stand with a love of power cannot wield it! They might then choose love. But we must first address those of our own thoughts and actions which stand with a desire for, or subservience to, power. So we must identify this in ourselves and forgive it (give it forward to unconditional love, being so ready – sorry – to do so).

So when do we say no to others’ actions?

We can say no and stand against any action or decree which denies free choice. Although the choice to serve a love of power is honoured by unconditional love, if it disallows free thinking and choice for others, then war, law changes, incarceration, assertiveness, boundary setting  and protest are justified (application of truth serving love) even as we stand with them in their pain and offer our love. However, if we apply justice from a desire for revenge or in prejudice or hatred, rather than discerning an absence of love in others’ choices, we stand with them in judgement to feed our own love of power.

So the questions of choice in our lives are:

  • unconditional love, or conditional love.
  • the power of love, or the love of power.
  • compassion – standing with others in their pain, or judgement –  comparing others to our own measured standards.
  • discerning behaviours as denying or allowing the freedom to choose, or judging  behaviours as ‘right’ or ‘wrong’.
  • seek truth to serve love through the power of love, or seek truth to serve power through the love of power.
  • forgive -give forward into love those places within the heart absent of it or refuse to seek readiness (be sorry) to do so.
  • open the heart with a desire to serve love or close it with a desire to serve or wield fear.
  • Integrity or dishonesty.

Always seek within. If we are to bring about ‘Heaven on Earth’ we cannot exempt ourselves from these considerations of our personal choices.

How does Human ‘Being’ work?

22 Feb

There are numerous pathways to understanding how we operate and exist in the world. Each of us develops our own understanding of ‘humanity’ based on our experience of the world and our interpretation of it. This model is one that interprets my understanding – not right or wrong but it serves me for now.

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Closed and contracted heart                                   Open and expanding heart

In the centre – the soul –universal intelligence, perfect unconditional love, that jewel which is ‘God within’.

The band around the ‘soul’ is our ‘inner child’ – subconscious mind, harbourer of core feelings, beliefs and of memory. Protector of the soul.

The 2nd band is our conscious self – our conscious thoughts, words and actions/reactions.

The 3rd is our superconscious mind. It has the ability to communicate with us and ‘God’ within (Soul) and ‘God’ without ( All one consciousness of unconditional love) via the heart.

The Heart – Contains us. It defines us. It reflects our personality, our ego, depending on our level of communication with it – how we speak and listen. It can expand or contract according to our conscious and subconscious will – our being.

Some people call for the ‘death’ of the ego. This metaphor troubled me until I understood that death is merely transition from one state of energy to another. We can bring about that change before physical death, which is also merely a transformation of our energy.

For most people, we feel the heart swell when experiencing wonder, beauty, love – we feel it clench and harden against people whose actions affect others negatively or when we cannot allow another’s views.

If our being was in ‘love’ all the time it would mean our heart was expanded to encompass all. We would not experience the change because we are in that state of communication all the time. Our reactionary, judgemental ego would have transitioned into that state of grace permanently. That is Heaven! Most of us, however, achieve this only temporarily.

When we consciously apply judgement to our experiences it is because our heart is listening to our call to protect the soul – the essence of who we are – but if we are not communicating with our highest consciousness we are bereft of love, because we have imprisoned the soul and shut off communication with ‘God’ inside AND outside. That is Hell.

The subconscious mind holds memory – it holds memory of times when our hearts were expanded and also of times when we closed in for protection. When we see that it is beneficial to us to forgive – to expand our heart – that memory can sabotage us!

Only when we recognise that the inner child, like any child, needs affirming, recognising and loving can we hope to ask it to take the risk to change. Otherwise it will behave like a spoilt, bad-tempered brat.

But let’s love the child, encourage its curiosity and desire to grow and learn and it will delight us with its enthusiasm to listen and learn. Let’s not shut it down by consciously judging life experience. For it was that child stubbornly protecting and defending ‘we’ that shut love from that experience in the first place – we are judging ourselves!

That is where in the first instance we must forgive – give forward to love – our conscious self for indirectly judging our baby! This not only frees our inner child and conscious self from pain and guilt and allow communication through the heart but it leaves space for the ‘experience’ to be free to explore its(their) own salvation. ‘Love your enemies’ – forgive. That is, forgive  judgements that our enemies are free to forgive theirs.

Compassion – standing with others – even when it is to protect rights they are violating – can allow this.

Whatever you have decided serves you will be the right thing for you in the moment and if this thinking does not sit well with you then it may, instead, help you consolidate what you have, or even facilitate more questioning.

I would appreciate your comments and thoughts – and your questions of me – offered please, with the highest good for all in mind.

What to believe!?

21 Feb

When we explore, because we are open to possibilities, the many different paradigms of belief out there, we begin to wonder just what can of worms we have opened. The internet is alive with religious philosophy, new age gurus, conspiracy theories, space programmes, alien interactions, angels, other dimensions etc, etc, etc – and all providing their various forms of convincing proofs and arguments. In order to protect us we are required to support or oppose literally thousands of beliefs, theories, opinions and ‘truths’ .

We all love a good mystery. We all enjoy our ‘who dunnits.’ We all love the real life mysteries we hear about; pyramids, the Bermuda triangle, ancient texts and so on. We are becoming more open to considering such things as channelling, clairvoyance, the occult, alien interaction, inter-dimensional travel, metaphysics, telepathy and all of the connections with traditional religions.

I have been immersed in an uncountable variety of ‘stuff’ in an effort to understand where my fellow humans are ‘being’.

A good proportion of us want to exist as we are, as we’ve always been, doing what we’ve always done. We choose to close our senses and established thinking to any of it. Any new idea or philosophy or paradigm is met with vehement, single-minded disapproval or it is totally ignored. We maintain our castles or accept our servility believing in our power or powerlessness. Fear does this to us.

A significant lot of others among us, desire our lot to change, but see no other way than to struggle and suffer in war or lifelong battles for rights or supremacy. Judgement does this.

Some of us are ‘waking up’ – but to what? How do we decide what is the truth? It is valid to seek justice. This just is truth -applied through love. So yes, let’s solve the mysteries, expose the secrets – but let’s do it for love of the highest good, not from a desire for revenge or fear of power.

Here’s my take on it.

It is all valid. It is all truth. What we believe, think and feel reflects as our existence. We attempt to achieve the things we desire from one of two places – a place of love or a place abSINt of love. It does not matter what our passion is – what cause, what desire, what dream – what matters is from where they arise.  If we act from a place of fear, we create more fear. If we act from a place of hate, we create more hate. If we act from a place of anger, we create more anger. If we act from a place of self pity we get more self pity. The place we create from is a place of emotional energy. And whether we believe other beings on other planets are involved or not, our consciousness affects all and it is as individuals that we contribute to that consciousness.

We can tell people what to think or believe as convincingly as we like but no one can tell another human being how to feel about what they are experiencing in their lives. If we come from a place of love, though, we can stand with others’ suffering with compassion. We can forgive those who despise, hate and judge, even as we stand up to them and stop the behaviours their feelings incite.

Sin is an emotion which we act on. Our desire might be to create peace but if it is driven by fear and hatred towards an enemy, the peace won will be illusory and fear and hate will continue to rule.

So – we can seek forgiveness through unconditional love – that is, we give forward into love those energies of judgement, anger, hate, outrage, fear – sin- that we feel towards ourselves and towards others. Compassion, forgiveness and gratitude become automatic attributes of such a shift. It requires consistency of effort to keep our hearts open and allowing, but it is something we can strive to do for the highest good.

Our mission, should we choose to accept it, is to expand our hearts and allow the love of our soul and higher self to fill the ‘absinces’ within us and subsequently transform our collective consciousness. In this state we can create solutions to the problems that we face to attain our dreams.