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You are not on earth to be "normal." You are here to learn what it is to be natural -- naturally you. Not unnaturally you. Not false you. Not trying to live up to anyone elses standards, even the standards of society ... maybe, especially the standards of society. Who set those standards?
This does not mean that you must not adhere to cultural norms and be a functioning part of the society you live in. We don't do things just to shock people or get attention. That's just more ego. We make our way calmly through life.
It means that you are not on earth to be a non-thinking reacting robot. You are not here to try to be something or someone or live up to the expectations of society. You are here to become. Become what? Become what you naturally are. In being as you naturally are, you come to a great acceptance of yourself, which means you come into peace. Peace is your natural birthright. Peace. Is. Natural.
Become: • grow to be; turn into: the child will become an adult.
Just as the child naturally becomes an adult, when it is given care and nourishment, so do you naturally become a spiritual being when you give yourself spiritual care and nourishment. Just as the 'adult' was always part of the child, so is your natural Spiritual Self part of you.
Just as darkness becomes day as the sun rises in the sky, so does the darkness in you (unconsciousness) become light (consciousness): Consciousness living in full awareness of Itself.
So do not despair if you do not fit into some "normal" category. What is normal changes from culture to culture anyway. What is natural is the same in any culture: It is natural to be a kind, pleasant human being. A spiritual being is a kind being. Naturally kind. Not superficially kind, trying to get something from other people or society.
Be of Good Cheer! You are here! You are here in your Classroom. You are here in your School. You are actively, consciously making the moment-to-moment choice to grow and evolve and become what you really are. You are becoming real. Becoming you. The real and radiant, pure and natural you.
In the words of Picasso, “My mother told me, if you become a soldier you will be a general. If you become a monk you will end up as a pope. Instead I became a painter and I wound up as Picasso.” Is it not a lovely thought—to wind-up as yourself—in all your absolute and unique divinity?
Many people make resolutions for the New Year, but how many keep them? In what spirit are they made? Why are they so easily broken or forgotten?
STEP OUT OF THE CROW
As of December 2011 I am no longer archiving monthly messages, so there is one chance to read each new message. I am devoting more time to writing for The Clear and Simple Way School. Past messages are still available. Find them in the pull down menu in the navigation bar under 'Monthly MessageS.' Scroll down now to read all New Year Messages since 2008. Enjoy!
It's June 2015. I haven't written a new monthly message in a long time and today was inspired to do so. Today I will expound on the quote by Walt Whitman on my homepage: "And I will show you that there is no imperfection in the past, and can be none in the future. And I will show you that whatever happens to anybody, it may be turned to beautiful results."
Beautiful results. What do these words mean to you? Sometimes it is only by letting go of our judgments that we can clearly see the beauty that is here now. Perhaps beautiful results are here all along. The mind in ignorance equates desire with its own definition of beauty, thereby missing the real beauty; the compassion inherent in each moment; a beauty that contains and is everything.
In ignorance, we believe that the mind is our master and we are its tool. Thus, we unconsciously give free reign to thoughts, letting them dictate and control our lives. Ignorance is not our true nature. Ignorance is the nature of ego. When we believe in the supremacy of the mind, we let ourselves be pulled wherever thoughts take us. We do not inquire: From where do thoughts arise? Am I only my thoughts that come and go and change constantly? Am I more than the physical body that has a beginning and an end? Am I more than the emotions that course through me?
The wisdom of the heart cannot be learned, it can only be revealed. The spiritual path is not about acquiring more knowledge. The wisdom of the heart cannot be learned, it can only be revealed. Because it is already here! Your true nature is always here, shining in radiant splendor! Radiant splendor? Yes! Just because you are not aware of it, does not mean it is not so.
"And I will show you that there is no imperfection in the present, and can be none in the future. And I will show you that whatever happens to anybody, it may be turned to beautiful results."
These are not just idle words. Contemplate their meaning for yourself. If you have trouble understanding their meaning, you can ask God to help you understand. Contemplation is present, alive, and dynamic. Even when you do not receive instant understanding, please be assured that wisdom will unfold as you continue to turn within, contemplate, and turn to God for answers.
It takes courage to move beyond the mind, into the heart. Faith and trust are the oars that help us row our boats across troubled waters, across still waters, into the heart. For this, we need the mind, not as a compass, but as a tool. The only accurate compass is the heart.
The heart aligned with divine intelligence is a place of compassion, love, and wisdom. A place of healing. A place of acceptance. A place that is whole and perfect. A place of dynamic empowerment. A place where you can see yourself clearly. A place where you can see.
People often begin a New Year with new hope and inspiration to change their lives for the better, and lose their enthusiasm as the year becomes old.
On The Clear and Simple Way we learn to show up for our spiritual path, do the best we can to change what is possible to change, and leave the rest to a higher power. We are not lazy; on the contrary, we can do more when stop trying to change what is not ours to change.
This year why not stop the struggle to be someone, get something, become someone. and just relax into being who you are. You are part of life and life is part of you. Pain comes when we struggle to change life to suit our preferences.
Step out of the madness of the world!
At the moment of your birth, breath knew to enter you, breathe for you, and give you life. This same breath is with you now. It breathes for you. It gives you life. Sit with your breath. In the silence. Relax. Go deep within and discover the peace within your own heart.
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What makes a New Year new? Giving it a new number? Are numbers real? Are numbers new? Are you ever really new just because you make new resolutions or step into a new year with a new number?
What is all this emphasis upon resolutions that most everyone never keeps, anyway? Why think you must make a list of mechanical resolutions like other mechanical beings out there in the mechanical world?
Why not be different? Why not resolve not to make resolutions from your old mechanical nature? Resolve to live in the present moment, as much as you can. Resolve to put forth the effort each moment to come closer to Truth. Resolve never to give up your walk towards Truth. This is a resolution worth making-- and keeping.
1. FEBRUARY: Everything Is Composed Of Energy.
2. MARCH: Living From Your Thought Self.
3. APRIL: Happy Relationships.
4. MAY: Mother's Day Message
5. JUNE: The Crystal of the Mind.
6. JULY: Freedom.
7. August: Rising Above Negativity.
8. SEPTEMBER: Uncompleted Tasks
9. October:Being Successful.
10. NOVEMBER: Journey of Discovery
11. DECEMBER: Keep It Simple!
6. JULY - Freedom!
7. AUGUST - Living in a Magical Universe!