Archive | June, 2015

Whispering Hope…

29 Jun

The less, the more – the good, the bad – the sweet and bitter. If we wish to pry within the truths of a thing, we must perforce have recourse to it’s opposite, it’s twin. But know that our Creator’s eyes are blind because He has no opposite, no like, comparison nor similitude; and His Essence, all such opposites are one. How faint, how small our knowledge of this truth, for knowledge is distinction, nor can we distinguish aught except between two things. The portals of distinction have been closed by Unity, and if you should attain to gnosis in the One, then recognize that though He be possessed of attributed, His Essence is but one.

Now that I have your attention, let’s break all that down to something a little easier to comprehend.

Life is multi – dimensional….
You need to look beyond the surface to appreciate the heights and depths of your life’s experiences. Every experience we encounter has depth, width and height. We must learn to look beyond the surface to realize the full potential of what life is handing us, the blessings we are being given. Rarely is the full meaning only on the surface.

Genesis chapter one tells us: in the beginning God created the heavens and earth…. Ever wonder what was before the beginning? – God was! God had already known of us and created a world for us to live in and a heaven for us to return to. He gave us the best of what He had, then later came to earth to live among us and to set the example as how we were to live.

Following His example you should Give the best of what you have and the best will come back to you. In my previous post “I can only touch you now” I talked about ascending the mountain, spreading seeds of hope and you will reach the sun tipped peaks of your life experience. Know that when you have reached the mountain top, then shall you begin to climb. You discover another dimension of life to explore and share. There is much to be said for challenging fate, instead of ducking behind it. Never be afraid to step forward to try a new direction, and always be willing to share your experience with others.

It is one of the most beautiful compensation’s of life that no man can help another without helping himself. We have be given unlimited access to knowledge, so there is really nothing you can’t do, if you are willing to work for it. The one way of making a thing unattainable is be believing it is. Don’t limit yourself or your life. All things are possible to those who believe and nothing is impossible for those willing to work for it.

There is something in humility which strangely exalts the heart. Humility is the true key to success. Successful people lose their way at times. They often embrace and over indulge from the fruits of success. Humility halts this arrogance and self-indulging trap. Humble people share the credit and wealth, remaining focused and hungry to continue the journey of success.

What is success? To me, it is a measure of how you spread the seeds of hope along the way, the love you share with your neighbors and the joy of making others happy. It is how you measure success that counts with Him.

QUESTIONS are the constant companions of our transit in this world. FAITH, if you have it, will provide relief, but not an explanation. Faith is to worthy accomplishments what seeds are to bountiful harvests. So as you walk your path, you are always going to have questions as to where and why, just continue on your journey with faith, spreading your seeds of hope and love, the answers will be there at journeys end.

Wherever you are going… God will be there with you. So don’t be afraid to look into the many dimensions of life.

Psalm 139:9-10: If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there Your hand will guide me, Your right hand will hold me fast.

On a final note: It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.

Soft as the voice of an angel, whispering truths yet unheard.

Love you,

Ed

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i Can Only Touch You Now

27 Jun

Perhaps Confucius said it best: “I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand.”

I am a child of the universe. I know of no past, no present, or no future for time is of no essence. Since I am not limited by the boundaries of time, I can be in many places at the same time. My sole purpose in life is to touch the minds of others and show them that they are too. I believe every living thing in this universe has a song to sing, a tale to tell. Listen carefully to their tales for they will open unlimited secrets of life.

Being an outdoors person, I feel close to nature and the animals. Some have even told me that I have a special gift of being able to talk to the animals and listen to what they have to say, for sure they follow my directions very well. I feel at home with nature among the trees, flowers and animals. Grandfather said “Speak your truth quietly and clearly and listen to others – even the dull and ignorant for they too have a story to tell.” What he didn’t tell me was that even the plants and animals have a song to sing and a tale to tell and as I sit here among the trees and flowers, listening to the birds sing and watching the deer wander in the grass, I realize how special all living things are and how their stories shape our future.

I believe we should give a little sunshine to everyone we touch… It helps generate a whole world of feeling. Share your experiences with others, good and bad, for they are lessons that may help others explain what is happening in their life. In turn they may just open a world of feeling and grace you never knew you had. Remember, God never closes one door – without first opening another. Stop and think about this for a minute, you are never left unprotected by His grace. But when you stop to think – remember to start again.

One of Grandfather’s lessons was on worry. “Worry over tomorrow casts shadows on today” he said. “You don’t need to worry about yesterday for it is already gone, don’t worry about today for He is here to guide you, and you don’t need to worry about tomorrow because He is already there.”

Dreams are the visions of hope – The power needed to make wishes come true. Many times the answer we most need for a challenge we are facing comes in our dreams. Like angels whispering in our ears. Grandfather was very adamant about this adding we control our day much more than we realize. “As the corners of your mouth go, so goes the rest of your day.”

I have learned that even with the toughest challenges, you are to keep ascending the mountain by daily scattering seeds of hope along the way, to everyone you meet, and, should mists hide the mountain top, continue undaunted and you will reach the sun tipped heights in your own life – experience. Change yourself and your work will seem different. What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humankind.

The bird with the broken pinion never soared so high again, but the song it sings is sweeter! The lesson here is that you can fail many times, but you aren’t a failure until you begin to blame someone else. We all fail sometimes in our life, but we learn from our experience and pick ourself up and try again. Life experiences are valuable lessons, don’t be afraid to sing your song!

Speech may sometimes do harm; but so may silence and a worse harm at that. No insult ever caused so deep a wound as a tenderness expected and withheld, and no spoken indiscretion was ever so bitterly regretted as the word that one did not speak. An admission of error is a sign of strength rather than a confession of weakness. Why is this so hard for people to grasp?

The best and most beautiful things in the universe cannot be seen nor touched – but are felt in the heart. Solitude is the ante – chamber of God; only one more step and you will be in His immediate presence.

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars, you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you – undoubtedly the universe is unfolding as it should.

I can only touch you now…and then I must go.

With all my heart!

Love,

Ed

The Philosophical Side Of Life

17 Jun

As I look back over the past 50 years of my life, I find a definite change in philosophy and a deeper understanding of the philosophical side of life. The internal calm God has blessed me with and a deeper appreciation of life in general. As I am sharing my world with you I offer some things to consider:

There is not one big cosmic meaning for all; there is only the meaning we each give to our life, an individual meaning, an individual plot, like an individual novel, a book for each person. We start our life with a blank page, a page we draw on, write on and even scribble on as we grow up. Sometimes we write nonsense and go back and erase it to start all over. Sometimes we write prose and songs. It doesn’t matter what we draw or write for we are defining ourself in life. We learn from what we put on our page, good and bad, and use that experience to develop what we have become to date. We end up taking the best and growing from there.

I believe there are no coincidences in life. The person that wandered in and out of your life was there for some purpose, even if they caused you harm. Sometimes, it doesn’t make sense the short periods of time we get with people, or the outcomes from their choices. However, if you turn it over to God he promises that you will see the big picture in the hereafter. Nothing is too small to be a mistake. The people we meet in life are drawn to us because we have gifts to share, we seek each other because we need the gifts. This is important because each person we touch or that touches us leaves a gift or memory that helps form our life. We also leave a gift with them. The impact of that touch is a lesson to share with others. This is how we grow.

The world is your exercise book, the pages on which you do your sums. It is not reality, although you can express reality there if you wish. You are also free to write nonsense or even tear the pages. Life happens, it is up to you to make the best of it. Don’t waste it!

A cloud does not know why it moves in such a direction and at such a speed, it feels an impulsion…, this is the place to go now. But the sky knows the reasons and the patterns behind all clouds, and you will know too, when you lift yourself high enough to see beyond the horizon. Only you have the power to lift yourself up, no one else can do it for you.

As you consider this, keep in mind that you are never given a wish without also given the power to make it come true. However, you may have to work for it!

The original sin is placing limits on the inner self, Don’t!!!

When we take the time to consider our life, you need to remember you are the sole foundation for your world. Without you it isn’t. The truth you speak has no past and no future. It is, and that’s all it needs to be.

The mark of your ignorance is the depth of your belief in injustice and tragedy. Consider what the caterpillar calls the end of life, – the Master calls a butterfly! Consider listening to the song the rose sings – about the joy and happiness it shares with the world. Your heart sings the same song! The more of your world you share – the more of a world you will have to share.

Now, ask yourself where do you stand with yourself? You must understand yourself before you can begin to understand others. We are limited only by the boundaries we set up in our minds. The walls go up a lot easier than they come down. But — it all starts with the first rock. Let the sunshine of your heart light up your face. Give me a smile with everything in it, I’ll pass it on.

Remember this above all else – Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished, if you’re alive it isn’t!

Beyond work and love, I would add two other ingredients that give meaning to life. First, to fulfill whatever talents we are born with. However blessed we are by fate with different abilities and strengths, we should try to develop them to the fullest, rather than allow them to atrophy and decay. We all know individuals who did not fulfill the promise they showed in childhood. Many of them became haunted by the image of what they might have become. Instead of blaming fate, I think we should accept ourselves as we are and try to fulfill whatever dreams are within our capability.

Second, we should try to leave the world a better place than when we entered it. As individuals, we can make a difference, whether it is to probe the secrets of Nature, to clean up the environment or work for peace and social justice, or to nurture the inquisitive, vibrant spirit of the young by being a mentor and a guide.

I have shared my world with you, how about sharing yours with me.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love,

Ed

Life’s Handbook Continued

16 Jun

In today’s post I will present six more of my verses of philosophy, opening more of my world for you to see. I am presenting these in hope of opening your world to the wonders that await you.

YOUR friends will know you better in the first minute you meet than your acquaintances will know you in a lifetime.

Have you ever paid attention how some people you meet make you feel as if you have known each other for a lifetime? It is amazing how close we come to some, while some you actually have known most of your life know very little about you. Cherish these people, as they cherish you, special friends like that only come a few times in your life.

YOU are led through your lifetime by the inner learning creature, the playful spiritual being that is your real self.
DON’T turn away from possible futures before you’re certain you don’t have anything to learn from them.
YOU’RE always free to change your mind and choose a different future or past.

Your inner spirit or inner self leads or guides you through many obstacles in life. It is important that you explore all the paths you are led to. There are possible futures there that will make or break you, but if you turn and go another direction you just may be passing up the brightest star in your life. The best part of it is that if you decide you want another direction or path, you’re free to change directions and start over with a new future.
I have changed my future many times in my life and have always found happiness and peace in all of them. Life is full of promises and we should freely make good use of all of them.

THERE is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in it’s hands.
YOU seek problems because you need their gifts.

This is probably the most important phrase in my handbook because we are constantly faced with one problem or another. It reminds us that in every situation in our life, we should look for the good in it and make the best of it because in the end we end up wiser and stronger because of it. This is a gift from God and we learn to seek these problems to work through for the physical and spiritual gifts they contain. Grandfather always said when life deals you a box of lemons, make lemonade. There is good in everything so look beyond the bad and seek the good.

THE bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each others life.
RARELY do members of one family grow up under the same roof.

This reminds us that respect for others and joy in each others life is the glue that bonds people together. Blood may be thicker than water, but respect of others bridges that blood forever. It is this respect and joy in each other’s life that forms the true family.

ARGUE for your limitations, and sure enough, they’re yours.

You can do anything you want is life, your only limit is the boundaries you place on yourself. Pretty self explanatory, so why do so many insist they can’t do things?

IMAGINE the universe beautiful and just and perfect, then be sure of one thing:
GOD has imagined it quite a bit better than you have.

Life in a nutshell, you have to crack the shell to experience it to the fullest.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love,

Ed

Life’s Handbook

11 Jun

Back in 1971, as I was transitioning back to civilian life, I wrote what I call The Life Handbook. It consisted of a number of one and two sentence phrases that reflected where I saw myself in life and what I considered important to continue on.

PERSPECTIVE – Use it or lose it.

Remember where you came from, where you’re going and why you created the mess you got yourself into in the first place. It’s all good training and you’ll enjoy it more if you keep the facts in mind.

LEARNING is finding out what you already know.
DOING is demonstrating that you know it.
TEACHING is reminding others that they know just as well as you.

We are all learners, doers and teachers.

Use it wisely!

These are just two examples of how my mind works or worked back in 1971. I guess for the most part it still does and I will try to expand on the above “idea” in this post.

Let’s talk about perspective first: If we don’t use it we will lose it. Everything we do in life is because we chose to do it. It is this thing called free will that allows us to chose our path. When we make mistakes, and we all do, we usually learn something from them and in the future we have this perspective not to do it again. If we insist on doing it all over again and the result is the same what have we learned? You created a mess and you are now forced to live with it. When you take the time to reflect on how you got into this mess, you just may decide to change direction and start a new path in life. We always have to option to reinvent ourselves and start a new life path.

That leads us to the next phrase:

When we were born, God had already programed everything we would grow to know in our brains. Learning is what unlocks that knowledge that has been locked away in our brain. Doing or living that knowledge gives us confidence that we know it. Showing others the gateway is teaching others that they know it also. So we are all learners, doers and teachers.

God has blessed us all with gifts that are ours for the asking. They are all locked up inside our brains just waiting for the moment to reveal themselves to us. God has promised us abundance, peace, and eternal life. These treasures are ours for the asking; all we must do is claim them. One of the great mysteries of life is why on earth do so many of us wait so very long to lay claim to God’s gifts?

Life’s Handbook is full of phrases like this, some of them go pretty deep, and all of them are designed to make you think about how you live life. My hope is to present these a little at a time, explaining where I was coming from so that maybe my readers will begin to understand where they are in their life and maybe show them an alternative path to follow.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love you,

Ed