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Spiritual Pride

19 Jan

True story.
Some time ago when I was quite young – 17 or 18 – and trying to make sense of the ‘wrongness’ of things – I opened my Bible with the intention of receiving some kind of affirmation that I was right in the direction that my thinking was taking me.
The page opened and my eyes were drawn to a verse. James 1:2. ‘Count it all joy when you are lead into divers temptations.’
It was the ‘divers temptations’ part that grabbed me and for many years I have remembered the text as a warning – ‘beware divers (various) temptations’ – how strange is that?
Of course Spirit was trying to encourage me to seek the truth of what those temptations and trials were for me.
The trouble is, I interpreted it as avoiding being tempted into behaviours I perceived as being wrong.
It has taken me many years to understand the message which in that moment was for me alone:
‘Hello – there is no right or wrong!’
God is unconditional love and love cannot judge us, or tell us how to think. We have to work it out for ourselves. It was my intention of seeking a spiritual ‘pat on the back’ for being right that allowed my interpretation of the verse to be misunderstood. It was not until I became a truth seeker, rather than a kudos seeker, that I could begin to see what my message truly meant.
The temptation, as applied to me, was about judging myself and others according to my core beliefs about behaviours. So often I have rejected peoples’ teachings when they are evangelistic, for example. Not the teachings as much as the people and their great self pride in being so right!
More to the point, it was about my own perception of what the people I wanted to call friends would think of me associating with the evangelistic ones.
When I got over myself enough to observe me, instead of cringing at others, I was finally able to begin asking the questions needed to begin changing myself.
So many of the teachings I have come across since doing this have lead me to discover that the core temptation we battle is that of pride! The ‘I’ve- got- it- right- and- if- you- don’t- think- as- I- do- then- you’ve- got- it- wrong-you- poor- poor- soul!’ kind of thing.
How often do we observe others’ evangelistic behaviour about their beliefs and judge them. Really, we are looking in a mirror!
All we need to do is observe ourselves by seeing others as mirrors and be joyful that what we see, if we don’t like it, can be changed within us, through love. Conversely, when we look at the mirror named as those we look up to and admire – perhaps it is Jesus if he has been our teacher, or a person like Ghandi – we can recognise and love that which we see as an image of ourselves – not a picture of something separate and unobtainable but a true mirror image of who we are.
When we do this we find ourselves thanking and blessing the ‘mirrors’ in our lives and indeed counting it all joy when faced with divers temptations.
Through them, with the pure intention of seeking truth, we learn about that which we truly are. And one day, if they come to see themselves in us, those who were our mirrors may also change the intent behind their questions.
That is their business, though.
Always, I believe, at the core of all hearts is the unconditional love of Source, even if imprisoned by a protective and fearful ego.
However, I would not like to pretend I have achieved this ( all too often I find myself falling in the same old trap ) but to be aware that we are all one consciousness in the world of polarity and free choice, and all one with Source in the world of spirit, is an important step towards the healing and unification of humanity.



5 Sep

Many wars, laws and punishments are about executing ‘justice’. These actions relate directly to peoples’ judgements about right and wrong and their core beliefs.
Justice Just Is Truth applied through Love. Any action we take to stop a behaviour that has denied others the right to free choice (and I believe this is the only justification for intervention in another’s freedom) needs to come from, and be surrounded by, love and compassion.
When justice is applied through hatred, vengeance, anger, lies, ‘snot’ – then the energies used in promoting the change are no different to those employed in committing the crime. There is little possibility of change.
Consequences need to surround a person with the energies of love – forgiveness and compassion – that there is a possibility of them embracing those energies and transformation of spirit taking place.
That is not to say they are absolved of the consequences of their actions. People cannot escape these just because we love them or understand them or forgive them. But they CAN escape the prison imposed by hatred and judgement. Justice is not judgement.
There are many who bring love into our prisons and rehab programmes. Some do transform and can move forward. While we can’t MAKE a person change their belief systems, they will be more open to questioning them if they are surrounded by love, compassion and understanding. We do not fix people – they fix themselves by choosing love.


31 Jul

We wear our sorrows like a blanket. Some are able to find comfort and warmth in it, wrapping it around them as they move forward until it becomes an old, worn, favourite garment. At some time it can be restored to the Earth to nurture new growth.
Some cover themselves with it completely and lose sight and direction altogether for a while.
Others hide it away in some cupboard, unused.
Others give it away.
There is no right or wrong in this. We cannot dictate to others what to do with these blankets based on what we have done with ours. For Love to experience itself it must know grief. Only through our loss can this happen.
Much has been written about the stages of grief as if grief is an exam to pass. Those who offer platitudes are only dealing with their own pain in the only way that makes sense in the moment. And when we react to them we are doing the same thing. We compare!

It is a personal experience and all humans must endure its pain in their own way. Love is there to help. It stands with it and honours the pain of it for as long as it takes. This is something we can do for ourselves.

What is the Human Being?

16 Jul

It is the hardest thing in the world to observe people’s behaviours, including our own, without judgement. Depending on our perspective and experience, our judgements, opinions and actions are definitely not going to please all of the people all of the time. I think I would be right in saying that everyone on this planet desires peace and love in their lives. The problem is that for most people, certain conditions apply. There is a price to pay. And many impose those conditions and that price on others. People think they know what is right and what is wrong, and their varying perspectives on these things continue to bring strife to our existence.

Most monotheistic religions while they believe in one god, attribute to that god, human characteristics and emotions. Their one god judges, punishes, incites genocide and condones prejudices while also professing to promote societal values, goodness and love for one another. Polytheistic religions attribute these same polarised characteristics on different gods and goddesses. Atheistic thinking attributes these same qualities to human consciousness. All promote the promise that their particular belief holds the only hope for a solution to ‘the Human Condition’. And when ‘bad or evil’ things happen, it is the devil, or it is the god with negative characteristics, or it is dysfunction of environment, body or brain that causes people to ‘stray’ from their path which gives believers the permission they need to take action against those ‘unfortunates’ who threaten the ideal.

It actually comes down to three choices: The love of power, the fear of power or the empowerment of Love. These are truly the only things each of us as individuals need reflect on – not about others, but within ourselves. Not to judge – but to learn and heal. The decision to do this or not is an individual one and one we can make as a member of the human race no matter the dogmas or beliefs we have held. We must honour the choice, though, for this is how we are able to discern what unconditional love is or isn’t.

Unconditional love is an energy science will never measure. It embraces everything and is within us all except where our judgements and beliefs, born of a love or fear of power, imprison it within our hearts and our consciousness operates outside of it. Only when our hearts expand to allow Love to flow and connect with our higher consciousness can we genuinely feel joy and find the compassion to forgive ourselves and others for thinking and acting in its ab(sin)ce. Only through opening our hearts to love can we be healed of our despair and delivered from our suffering.

It is not about judging thoughts and actions. It is not about guilt. People think and do what they must according to their state of being. It is absolutely about each of us taking responsibility for the state of our own being. We don’t “DO” love, kindness, charity, compassion or forgiveness as a price to pay for being good and collecting the reward. It happens easily and without thought of reward when we are in a state of Love as our being. We don’t go and “GET” true joy, health, peace and prosperity in our lives, though we may be rich or powerful. They are manifested when our being aligns with Love. God is unconditional Love, divine masculine and divine feminine, and we all carry them in our hearts. Namaste.


Vaccination and Freedom of Choice

20 Apr

When it comes to having our core beliefs challenged in any way, we are prone to resistance. After all, we have not come to our position in life without good reason. The decisions we make and the actions we take are the result of hard earned experience and we are loyal to that experience and what it has taught us.

So when we are ‘challenged’ by new ideas about how to solve our problems and about what decisions to make, it is very difficult to look at the options presented to us, dispassionately. Whether it is political, social, medical, environmental, cultural or spiritual – we have come a long way to the stand we now make. When confronted with ‘new’ material, or challenged about our well established beliefs, we are immediately tempted to dig in and defend what we feel is an offensive attack on that which we have come to believe is RIGHT!

Over the last couple of weeks I have been involved with exploring the pros and cons of the stance on the validity of using vaccines. I am very interested in following debate on this issue in order to become more informed. Unfortunately, much of what I read and hear, is less an informed debate than an emotionally driven bun-fight. People – and experts – are so polarised in their thinking and argument that there is very little wiggle-room for any consideration of an opposing view-point. Facts and studies quoted on one ‘side’ are being ‘disproved’ by those on the other. This is where all of the energy is being spent – on discrediting, or outright denying, any credibility anywhere. We ordinary people interested in exploring these alternative views in order to make an informed choice, who must trust the findings of the scientific community, find we don’t know who to believe. No one is coming together with commonalities and asking questions for proper research to clarify any issues. If an issue is unclear then it is ‘wrong’. And if it opposes it is also ‘wrong’, therefore it must also be unclear.

Most of us wish to do no harm. We also wish to uphold freedom of choice – provided that choice does no harm. And here lies the paradox. Those on one side of the debate strongly believe that those who do not take advantage of the ‘miracle of vaccination’ are harming those who do, while those who believe differently think that the others are the ones doing the harm. Both camps believe their stance justifies the removal of choice for the other. And those of us who just want to know facts are given emotionally charged opinions based on selective scientific ‘findings’ we have no hope of verifying for ourselves.

When we understand both sides of an argument and feel we can empathise with people on both sides, we can be seen as hypocritical fence sitters. We have what is called ‘cognitive dissonance’ which is stress created by being unable to make up our minds and make a decision when the old paradigms are challenged. Often we make it easier on ourselves by going with what we’ve always done, or agreeing with our friends. And we find ourselves in ‘defense’ mode.

Me? I would love to see a series of properly run global public debates by adherents of both arguments and any questions of research being undertaken by independent laboratories and analysts who have no conflict of interest whatsoever, transparently presenting results and conclusions with no advantage gained in the outcome. Let us rally for ‘Truth’ rather than ‘Right or Wrong’ – they are only an opinion – or a judgement!

The question of the freedom to choose has to be paramount. If it comes down to groups of people being denied their right to choose, there must be no doubt whatsoever that their choice would do harm and the other does not. Until then, there is far too much unresolved controversy to allow the law to mandate vaccination for all based on the great wriggling pile of judgemental worms on which both camps are trying to stand. I believe that this is the possibility we must do our utmost to avoid.

There is no doubt that vaccinations can eliminate diseases – but is there a price? Some would say so. They need a fair hearing and we need to know.



The Human BEING – Being Loved, Being Loving, Being Lovable, BEING Love.

4 Apr

People are taught that The Bible is Absolute Truth. Many religions are reliant on this belief to maintain their power over the population and to uphold laws which keep them subservient to that power. Literal translation of many parts of the New Testament also enslave people to varied doctrines upheld as ‘truth’ by those who would benefit by the power they have over others. This is my observation. I certainly allow that it is not others’ and certainly religious texts are not always used as a source of power or fear, but there is a loving desire to serve God and humanity through wisdom that can be found there.

For those of us who would question these ‘truths’ because of the hypocrisy they represent, because of the inhumanity they inspire and because of the judgements they make, there are a number of considerations to bring to the questions we ask:

  • Does the question arise because of our own judgement of others?
  • Does the question arise because we believe we know better than others?
  • Does the question arise because we want others to be as ‘wise’ or ‘enlightened’ as we are?
  • Does the question arise because we desire to justify a life outside of the ‘law’?
  • Does the question arise because we would wish to be in charge?

When we do this, it becomes obvious that the supreme paradox of life is that when we dare to compare ourselves to others’ thinking and accuse them of being judgemental, hypocritical, greedy etc. then we immediately implicate ourselves in the same actions. ‘Judge not lest ye be judged’ – not by others, but by ourselves.

Therefore, the only considerations we need to apply to any of these questions is:

  • Does the question arise because we desire to be free of  being judgmental?
  • Does the question arise because we wish to be at one with universal consciousness?
  • Does the question arise because we want to know Love?
  • Does the question arise because we want to be loved?
  • Does the question arise because we want to love unconditionally?
  • Does the question arise because we love God?

When the questions are about ourselves desiring the experience of Being Love and we apply this desire to them in the moment, we can stand with ourselves and all creation in compassion and love. We become part of the consciousness of ‘God’ through our own higher consciousness which is able to observe dispassionately, all of the passion and emotion of humanity attached to our ego, with an overwhelming feeling of love – no judgements, no conditions, knowing what we are and what we are not.

When we love ourselves from this perspective, our ego is transcended by that love and we can become loving of, and loved by, all creation – because our nature in that moment is completely lovable.

We can do this even in the midst of drama and crisis where we must take action against action which denies choice. We can learn to drive our emotions from that dispassionate place rather than allowing them to drive us from our ego’s place of passion and judgement.

This is ‘The Power of the Now’ that  Eckhart Tolle teaches us about. It is the place of ‘Zero’ in Dr. Hew Len’s Ho’oponopono philosophy. It is infinity, nirvana, heaven, absolute peace etc within. It is where our divinity can provide guidance and healing for us to serve the highest good of all. It is the Grace of God.

Living off the Land. A right or a privilege?

28 Mar

Another memory to share with you, out of which to serve the higher good.

Toheroa season was  an annual highlight – until, of course, it became so popular that the succulent treat was threatening to abandon the planet.

Until then the farming families would sort out a day when weather and tides suited, load up their vehicles  (we would sit on an old car seat on the back ofthe land rover – oh my, OSH, what you would say today!) and head off to Dargaville to camp for the day at the high tide mark on the wild west coast beach.

You were allowed to take a certain amount of the shellfish home but as well as that you could eat as many as you liked on the beach. We would build a fire to boil a billy of water in which to open them and set up a hand mincer so fritters could be fried.

What enjoyment there was to be had – rolling down the sand dunes, racing through the tussock grass, getting bowled by sweepers while digging in the sand at the edge of low tide  and then eating fritters or steamed Toheroa sandwiched between slabs of soft white bread and dripping with golden butter! Such sea-splashed, sun-washed, salt-sprayed, sand-blasted, greasy, sticky, exhausted delights were we at the end of those golden days!

Yes, wonderful memories. It does not seem likely that such experiences will be available to the general populace again. If I’m really honest about it , it was probably my experience only 2 or 3 times – it all had to coordinate with tides, milking, weather and budgets.

The following article by Glenys Stage, “The Elusive Toheroa”, while written some time ago, outlines some of the adversities this delicacy has endured.

It is apparent from this that the shellfish is extremely sensitive to any environmental change and has always been so, so that even in prehistoric times, the population underwent huge fluctuations. Does this mean we should ignore the call to restrict access?

I think not. At no time has the environmental change that the toheroa endures been so huge as in recent history. Never before have they had less time to adapt to continuing pressure.

The restrictions must help. The question is whether or not we think it is important. We of older generations desire to share our more delightful experiences with the younger – but perhaps it must be our stories which provide this, rather than the actual experience, since we have taken without giving back.

We have lost many species to the pressures of increased population and business exploitation of resources. The planet and the entities which live with it will always strive to achieve balance and nature will always succeed. The energies held in living organisms – including us – will be utilised to this purpose. If we are not aware of this law and do not consciously work with it to maintain balance, it will be attained to our detriment and to the detriment of animal and plant species.

If we believe all is connected, then we understand that we can influence this balance and that we have choices. Our interaction with nature triggers effects which can snowball and cause reactions beyond our understanding in the longer term. The highest good will always be served when we love and respect nature, our planet and each other equally. Would anyone sacrifice their loved ones for  material gain? Unfortunately they can and do. They remove choice from their existence and they do it in the absence of love.

In the ‘old days’ a smaller population lived in balance where nature was revered and resources preserved for future generations. But in more modern times, we have ignored the needs of our oneness, separating ourselves from all of it. Living off the land has been something we have interpreted as the right to exploit it rather than as a privileged relationship of give and take. The give part has been forgotten.

To my mind, anything we can do to restore that paradigm, adapting and adjusting with love our relationship, is positive. This includes supporting efforts to cut down on environmental pollution, discontinuing exploitation of natural resources and promoting the use of natural and balanced farming methods.