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Remembering Infinity: Cause for Celebration


Just about any reason at all is good cause for a celebration!

Just about any reason at all is a good cause for celebration!

Some of my fondest memories growing up are of the impromptu celebrations my paternal grandmother would create, almost magically—as if out of thin air.  I can’t even begin to count the number of times over the years that several of our family members (uncles, aunts, and cousins) would “just happen to be in the neighborhood” and unexpectedly find each other at Grandma’s House.  A sudden knock at the door or ring of the doorbell, followed by shrieks of delight, bear hugs, and laughter were the beginning of many a surprise afternoon visit.

At such times, Grandma would usually send a volunteer down to the nearest southern recipe chicken place for a bucket or two of fried chicken, coleslaw, mashed potatoes, biscuits, and gravy, of course—and a big strawberry pie topped with whipped cream for dessert. Other times it might be Chinese take-out in those festive, wire-handled cardboard boxes or banana splits in colorful plastic boats from the nearest ice cream parlor.  Grandma would always keep several frosted glass bottles of sparkling fruit punch on hand for just such an occasion and, before anyone knew it, we’d be caught up in the midst of a joyful reunion—the kind that creates those special kinds of memories that everyone will treasure forever.

With Grandma, just about anything and everything was cause for a celebration.  We’d celebrate spring with window shopping and a lunch downtown, summer with an ice cream sundae—or just the fact that it was Tuesday was enough to justify a trip across the bay for a rich, flaky Napoleon pastry overlooking the water.  Offhand, I can’t think of anyone who had a greater appreciation or zest for life—and it wasn’t just for family gatherings or food, either.  Grandma would often suggest a spur-of-the-moment trip downtown by city bus, a streetcar ride to the zoo, or a walk through a nearby park just to “stretch our legs” and “see what we could see”.

While I’m nowhere near the master at it that she was, I do try to brighten things up a bit every now and then by bringing home flowers, cards, or balloons for no particular reason at all—or enjoying a quiet drink after work, just because it somehow feels right.

So why not follow my grandmother’s lead and find something to celebrate today? If you can’t think of a worthwhile reason right away, just make something up—or celebrate the fact that you’re you and you’re here today, able to experience life in all its mystery and wonder.  Come to think of it, I can’t think of a much better reason to celebrate than that!

Respectfully,

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Remembering Infinity: It’s Alive!


There is growing evidence to support the theory that everything, even the stones beneath our feet, is alive and conscious at some level.

There is growing evidence to support the theory that everything, even the stones beneath our feet, is alive and conscious at some level.

For some, the title of this post may bring to mind a scene from the horror movie classics—one in which a mad scientist is overjoyed in his success at bringing a monster to life in his laboratory.  Usually surrounded by beakers, test tubes, and a high-voltage light show, the scientist watches the once-dead creature slowly rise and shouts, “It’s alive! It’s alive!” But bringing the dead back to life isn’t exactly the topic of the day.  Instead, it’s more about seeing the world around us, even apparently inanimate objects, in a slightly different way.

Most would quickly agree that our environment is teeming with life—from the visible to the not-so-visible.  Of course, we see evidence of life all around us, each and every day.  Trees, animals, and even our fellow human beings are clearly living entities, as are the nearly invisible forms of bacteria, viruses, and the like.  But what about the many other things that also exist in our reality—things like clouds, water, rocks, and even the Earth itself?

Many ancient cultures recognized a life presence and consciousness that filled all things—even the objects many don’t consider to be “alive” today.  This presence was known as “The Great Spirit”—or what many today might simply consider “God”.  The work of a growing number of forward-thinkers (or perhaps “backward-thinkers” might actually be more appropriate), support this belief that all is alive and indeed conscious of itself at some level.

In a large number of cases, for instance, Quantum Hypnosis Healing Therapist (QHHT) pioneer and expert Dolores Cannon has regressed her clients, through deep levels of hypnosis, to describe events from their past lives.  Some of the information gleaned from these sessions has even been verified through subsequent research, thereby supporting its accuracy and the validity of this technique.  In a surprising number of cases, Cannon’s clients reported having conscious life experiences as bodies of water, rock formations, clouds, and even elemental substances.  Geologist and author Gregg Braden’s research supporting the theories of “quantum entanglement” also tends to support the concept that all physical matter is energetically connected and conscious, perhaps even to the point at which most would consider it truly alive.

My thoughts are that if one at all believes in any form of Supreme Being—one that is conscious, intelligent, omnipresent, and omnipotent, then one must accept that this Being doesn’t just create everything or permeate everything, it is everything.  If that is truly the case, then it only stands to reason that everything—all matter, must be alive and conscious at some level.  I’ll agree that some things, such as rocks, clouds, and water may not seem to be at the same level of consciousness as a human being, animal, or plant—but I’m certainly more open to the possibility that sentient life is far more prolific than many might think.

While I won’t be hooking up lightning arrestors or trying to resurrect the dead in my garage any time soon, I’m growing more and more confident that our Native American friends and their ancestors have this one right.  The argument that all matter is alive and conscious does make sense to me—and I do like the thought of consciousness existing in many forms not typically acknowledged by our limited human understanding.

In the end, I guess it’s just one more of those things that makes you go, “Hmmm…”

Respectfully,

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Remembering Infinity: “Light” vs. “Dark”


“It is better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness.” Chinese Proverb

“It is better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness.”
Chinese Proverb

It’s often said that we are eternally making choices in an age-old battle of “Good vs. Evil”. Some perceive this ongoing conflict as the ultimate contest between the forces of “Light” (those who embody the qualities of good, positivity, and love) and those of the “Dark” (representing evil, negativity, and fear).

While there are countless examples of this theme in popular culture, the “Star Wars” saga, created by George Lucas, impresses me as being one of the best. Through this epic odyssey, the heroes, heroines, and their counterparts are locked in a mortal struggle in which one (the “Dark Side”), seeks absolute dominance while the other seeks only to be liberated from the “evil masters” and their minions.

One of the recurring lessons within these stories is that all of us, even those who ultimately stand for the good, have our darker sides. Conversely, even the most black-hearted villain has the potential for good hidden somewhere deep inside the darkest corner of his or her soul.

As a young boy, I was raised in an environment of occasional (if not frequent) conflict, both at home and in school. Several experiences with bullies and my father’s advice soon taught me that it’s important to stand up—not only for myself and the things I believe in, but also for those who aren’t able to stand up for themselves. I discovered that, by standing strong in my own Truth, like the embattled heroes in Star Wars, I could hold a small place for light to take hold. I’ve learned that, by refusing to lower myself to the level of fear, hatred, or control, I may often make it possible for the good in others to rise to the surface.

I remember reading a “Peanuts” comic once, one of many in a classic series created by the late Charles Schultz. In the strip, Charlie Brown encounters his friend Linus, who is holding a lit candle. When Charlie Brown asks Linus what he is doing, Linus says, “I’ve heard that it is better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness.” The comic continues with Charlie Brown’s comment that there will always be those who disagree—and ends with Linus’ irritable sister Lucy, shouting from a darkened room, “Stupid darkness!”

The saying that Linus quoted impressed me so much, even as a child, that I made a poster of it as a project in an elementary school art class. Even now, several decades later, I see even more relevance in its wisdom. There doesn’t have to be a battle between light and dark—or any other faction for that matter. There is no need to judge, fight, or argue with one another, for we are all one. By simply expressing the deepest Truth that lies within each of us and standing confidently in the knowledge that we are all unique, sovereign beings, we may find the strength to gracefully accept the differences in each other as unique expressions of that Truth.

Insofar as the “Light” and the “Dark” are concerned, both must be appreciated—for life requires both in an appropriate balance. Take day and night, for example. In a harmonious, eternal exchange, one smoothly flows into the other. Each has its own domain, yet each also strikes its own balance within the other—darkness becomes shadow during the day, and the light from countless celestial bodies casts its glow through the night. And isn’t it interesting how the most beautiful times of day—dawn and dusk, are the times when these opposites merge together, equally sharing the same space and time?

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Remembering Infinity: Forgiveness


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The next time you’re feeling frustrated, angry, or resentful, why not try forgiveness instead?

As we travel through this experience of life, we’re certain to encounter situations that result in our feeling frustration, anger, or hurt.  Some people, it seems, thrive through the creation of discord, pain, and anguish—or at the very least, don’t seem to care very much about the feelings of others. In many cases, the people who harm others are simply lashing out because they feel they have been mistreated—and they know of no better way to deal with their own feelings of angst than to take them out on others.

Nearly all religions suggest that we follow “The Golden Rule”—that is, treat others as we would like to be treated.  This is an excellent way to live, for it allows us all to form relationships based upon understanding, grace, and mutual respect. There’s another important tool that may help us live in a more enlightened way. It’s called forgiveness—and it may easily be applied whether a perceived wrong was done today, decades ago, or even eons ago.

So let’s think about the value of forgiveness for a moment.  If you’re driving to work and someone cuts you off in traffic, you’re likely to feel angry—for they risked your safety and the safety of others through their carelessness.  If you don’t deal with this anger and fully resolve it, what happens?  It will usually “simmer” for awhile just under the surface.  Then, a few minutes later, when someone ahead of you at the light is too slow in pulling out, your impatience and unresolved anger quickly boils over.  Suppose you pound on your horn and they, in turn, make a rude gesture.  Now they’re angry and you’ve become even more angry—and so on.  When you finally do arrive at work, the day hasn’t even really begun yet and you’re already ticked off!  Worse yet, you’ve now upset someone else—and this ugly chain of anger is likely to expand and spread throughout our world like ripples in a pond.

If we can detach ourselves from our emotions for just a moment, perhaps we can discover a better way to respond to this “lesson”.  First, we don’t really know why the person cut you off in the first place.  Perhaps a close friend or loved one was just taken to the hospital and they were in a panic, racing to get there.  It may be that they are upset over a recent breakup or falling out with a friend.  Or perhaps they really were just being rude and inconsiderate.  So what?  If you become angry over their perceived mistreatment, the only person you’re hurting by feeling this anger is you.  They don’t care—in fact, by now, they’re long gone.  If you think of this situation at least a dozen more times throughout the day and you feel a resurgence of anger over it each time, you will have let yourself be victimized by the situation a dozen more times!  Not only that, but each time you allow yourself feel this anger you become even more likely to pass it on to someone else.

So now, whenever I’m feeling angry, frustrated, or resentful, I try to find and express forgiveness instead.  If I’m faced with a situation similar to our previous example, I consider that the person who cut me off may not have done it intentionally—and even if they did, it will be something that they will eventually have to face (karma-wise, that is).  I let that be their burden–not mine.  Instead of hurting myself with anger, I wish them safety and wellness, forgive them, and let the situation go.  At the same time, to have a truly “clean slate”, I forgive myself for any ill feelings I may have initially felt.  They may not suggest the best way to address the situation, but they are perfectly understandable.  Finally, I’m grateful for the opportunity to help someone else (by forgiving them and offering them well wishes) and appreciate the fact that I’ve taken one more step toward breaking a self-destructive habit.  By taking “the high road”, I’ll have overcome a rather difficult challenge and maintained a positive attitude despite circumstances to the contrary.

So the next time you feel frustrated, hurt, or angry, why not try to accept, forgive, and let go instead?  Once you’ve pulled that simmering pot of emotions off the stove, it won’t boil over—and no one will get burned!

Respectfully,

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Remembering Infinity: Perfectly Imperfect


The “flaws” we see in ourselves are really just the special differences that make us wonderfully unique!

The “flaws” we see in ourselves are really just the special differences that make us wonderfully unique!

So, let me ask. When was the last time you really appreciated you?

Oh, sure—if you’re anything like me, you probably glance at yourself in a mirror every morning while brushing your teeth or your hair. You’re probably in a rush to go wherever—and one of the last things you notice is that new wrinkle, gray hair, or blemish. Then you dash off, perhaps wishing you were a little taller, better looking, or able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. This is because most of us tend to look at ourselves with an overly critical eye—and we are, quite often, our own worst critics.

To be sure, advertising, popular culture, and the mainstream media have conditioned us to feel that way. They do their best to run us down, making us painfully aware of our limitations and differences. Unfortunately, that’s how many of them make their fortunes—by capitalizing on our insecurities. Through them we’re constantly told how we should look, what we should wear, how we should act, and even what we should think. In subtle—and sometimes not so subtle ways, they tell us we need to be ashamed of ourselves for being who we are. But is that really right?  Should we feel badly about ourselves–just because we don’t conform with someone else’s idea of perfection?

Absolutely not!

The Truth is that you are perfect—just the way you are!  You are a wonderfully unique being and a divinely inspired work of art. The things you most likely see as “flaws” really aren’t. They’re the very special differences that make you—well, you. It’s because of these differences that you’re delightfully different from every other person, every other creature, and every other being in the infinite vastness of All-That-Is.

So the next time you see yourself in a mirror, look at yourself in an entirely new way and smile! See yourself as I and many others see you—a brilliantly beautiful human being. Take a moment to love yourself just for being you. Finally, accept, appreciate, and embrace all the things that make you special and different—because you’re “perfectly imperfect”.  You truly are one of a kind! 

Respectfully,

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Remembering Infinity: The Gift of Now


The moment I’m standing in right now is my power!

The moment I’m standing in right now is my power!

In my last post, “Spirit Anchors”, I expressed some thoughts about the importance of letting old attachments to past experiences and feelings go in order to move forward in life. As I wrote about this, another important concept came to mind that I’ll be addressing today. That’s the idea that our greatest power lies in “The Now”.

In addition to releasing the feelings and thoughts that limit us, I’ve often heard others suggest that we must “reclaim our power” in order to move on—as if we have somehow scattered our energy all over the Cosmos and it needs to be gathered again.

Whenever I consider the last notion, I have to laugh, for I imagine myself with an imaginary butterfly net in hand, frantically rushing about in an effort to chase down and recapture all my previously spent energy—just so I may somehow recycle it. It doesn’t have to be nearly that difficult—really! All that’s truly necessary is to realize that all the authority, all the energy, and all the power we need is right here, right nowin the miracle of the present moment.

The greatest beauty of the gift of “Now” is that we can change our minds, change our focus, and therefore change our future any time we wish—and every new “Now” moment presents us with the perfect opportunity to do so.

Me? I’ve decided to drop that useless butterfly net. I no longer waste my time trying to hunt down old, spent energy.  There’s plenty more fresh energy where that came from (see my related post, “Energetic Universe“)–and I’ve learned that the moment I’m standing in right now is my power. Everything I need to move forward is right here, ready to move with me and through me in a powerful, infinite flow. I know that all I have to do is step forward to engage it—not only in this moment, but the next, and the next, and the next…

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Remembering Infinity: Spirit Anchors


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“Spirit Anchors” not only weigh us down, they often keep us from moving forward.

One of the more difficult aspects of being spiritually “aware” is that I sense there’s a great importance in the way we interact with others and the life-long process of self-improvement.  Many people seem to have no trouble at all, blithely plunging forward through life with hardly a care in the world for the “cosmic” consequences of their actions. Me? Not so much.

I don’t necessarily worry about the mis-steps I’ve taken or the feelings I have about certain experiences in my life, but I can’t help but give them a great deal of thought.  All things considered, I’m grateful for the past—even with all its mistakes and off-track moments.  Well, to be completely honest, I don’t think of them so much as “mistakes”, but “teaching moments”.  I must admit that I’ve learned a great deal through these experiences and, without them, I wouldn’t have become the person I am today.

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned through this reflective process is that by dwelling on the past, we can’t fully appreciate the present.  Unresolved hurts, fears, and regrets sometimes rush to the surface, forcing us to deal with them—some, over and over.  Sometimes they even prevent us from embracing new opportunities.  This is when many realize that it’s time to resolve these issues and move on—once and for all.

In dealing with such challenges, it sometimes helps to imagine them as something ordinary—for once you picture them as something tangible, they somehow don’t seem quite so tough to tackle.  I like to think of mine as “spirit anchors”—and, regrettably, I’ve made more than a few of these for myself over the years.  I’ve made spirit anchors from relationships, bad habits, blunders, and lost opportunities.  I’ve even made them from well-intentioned errors in judgment.  In fact, I’ve made so many of these anchors that, at times, my “life” (boat) has seemed to go only in circles—and slow ones, at that.

The most important thing I’ve learned about spirit anchors is that, no matter how many you may think you have or how large you may perceive them to be, you always have the power to let them go—any time you choose! Do you have a troubling tie to a past relationship and wish to move on?  Accept the relationship for what it was, be thankful for the experiences you had, and visualize yourself tossing that anchor and chain overboard.  Do you have an attachment to an old habit that no longer serves you?  Acknowledge it, be thankful for the lessons you’ve learned from it, and toss that overboard too.  Just let all your anchors go!  If you still wish to keep one or two, then by all means do—if that makes you feel better.  While it’s perfectly OK, why would you really want to? If you do decide to hang onto an anchor or two for awhile, it’s nothing to worry about.  Just remember that you can always toss those overboard too, any time at all—whether it’s tomorrow, next week, or next year.

As for me, I no longer wait for time and the elements to rust my anchors away.  I’ve realized they’re much too heavy to haul around—even if they aren’t holding me to the sea bottom.  Instead, I simply acknowledge and appreciate them for what they’ve given me—then I toss ‘em over the side.  Since I’ve gotten rid of so many of my own anchors, I’ve enjoyed a newfound sense of freedom.  I no longer feel tied down to a past that no longer truly exists.

So now when the winds of change fill my sails, I don’t have to think about my anchors holding me back.  I just let my “spiritual compass” be my guide and sail boldly forward into the unknown—exhilarated and refreshed by the gathering breeze.

PS:  Oh, and to be completely honest, I’m not saying that I don’t founder in a storm or run aground every now and then, but I usually always get where I’m going—and it’s certainly better than sailing around in circles!

Respectfully,

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