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The lotus is a flower
That grows in the mud
The thicker and deeper the mud
The more beautiful the lotus blooms.
Just because darkness threatens our world and tries to destroy us, does not mean we are destroyed. No matter what you face, you can continue to grow like a lotus towards the light. You do not have to know how to get out of the darkness. You cannot know with your mind. Fortunately, you do not have to know. There is a part of you that longs to be free. Never mind the mud! Stay focused on the light. Stay focused on your inner longing to know something higher and finer.
The main thing is to keep your wish for Truth alive. Understand that ego knows nothing of this wish. The wish to grow upward towards the light does not originate with ego. This wish of yours, the wish that brought you to the school, is pure and innocent. This purity and innocence is your true nature. Keep it alive! Keep it alive by showing up for your lessons and all the lessons of your life. Stay committed to Truth, and Truth will stay committed to you.
In this way, beautiful results will be created in your life. Show up, do the work, and leave the results in the hands of a higher power. When you worry about the future, you are holding hands with darkness. You have already forgotten the purity and innocence of the present moment. You have forgotten that all the mud in the world cannot touch the pure lotus blossom of Love. You have forgotten that the thicker and deeper the mud, the more beautiful the lotus blooms.
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 CROWD
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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!
8. SEPTEMBER: Returning to Yourself