Today’s #grayskychallenge is simple. It’s about joy; not just finding joy, but recognizing it. As I write this, kids are playing on this beautiful Saturday morning. Laughing and calling out to their friends. When an adult laughs, it affirms the joy I feel from across the street.
Why does the play of children bring joy? Is it their innocence or the childhood we remember? For me, it recalls the childhood of my sons most and of days gone by, days that cannot be replayed except in my memory. The joy, in that case, comes with tears, but only briefly. The tears are for a long-forgotten past that is never really forgotten.
The children continue playing, the sun continues warming, the birds still sing. And in my little home, my love replays his latest composition.
It is simple, really. Intend to live the life your heart and Source desire, have faith that you are stronger than the world believes, then live that intention. Simple, really, but not so simple for many of us.
“Uncover your heart,” Teacher whispers. “It is time to dissolve the programming of the Ego mind.”
What? But I don’t really need to ask. I know by now. The programming of the Ego mind is what I call the “shoulda’s of the REAL world,” the world that binds us to the 3D. That 3D world is fading away, I am told. The 3D into the 4D, now dissolving into the 5D. The levels peeling away like the skins of an onion. It is time for the Now Moment of the Universal Heart and the healing process it allows.
Shrek said Ogres are like onions. We, also, are layered like an onion, each thin skin covering another thin skin until, eventually, our heart is uncovered — our essence, our Souls.
It is time to make the Impossible Possible. It is time to be healed, my friends. It is time to make our dreams come true.
Tucked away behind a FedEx office in Flagstaff, Arizona, just past the garbage dumpster, two trees had grown up together, eventually braiding the two trunks into one tree.
“Do you suppose those are olive trees?” he asked. The fruits were bigger than the olives we buy off grocery store shelves, but I couldn’t say they weren’t olives. Everything about them told me he was right.
Fortunately, we had internet service that day – something that has become a rarity in my life. I focused my phone on the trees, hoping to narrow the image down to get a better view, when I noticed the sun was
getting involved in our questioning. The image I got had sun rays cutting through the clouds and the branches so that the trees became glorious to me.
“These definitely have
to be olive trees,” I said. After all, the sun had gotten involved!
One quick Google search found the truth. Yes, these were olive trees.
There isn’t much more to this blog than the miracles of nature … two olive trees found each other on a hill in Flagstaff, Arizona, learned to grow together, and then, one rare rainy, summer day, are found by two humans when the light of the sun points them out between the showers of the day. On this day, El Juglador and I witnessed another beautiful revelation from Nature.
Pretty cool life I’m living!
Look for the miracles in your lives, my friends. Amazing things have been placed on this home I call Gaia, a living, breathing entity that is the mother of the life living on Earth. It’s up to us to witness her beauty and protect her whenever we can. After all, the Creator gave Her to us. It would be kind of rude of us not to notice the little gifts we’ve been given, don’t you think?
As I wrap up the semester at MDC, I look over the names of students who started out doing well and continued through to the end. I look over students who started out poorly and learned to improve their work in my class.
Then I see the others, the ones who let someone or something pull them from their focus on this class they believed they needed to make their dreams come true. I’m not saying ENC 1101 or ENC 1102 are necessary for those student to live their dreams. Far from it. What I’m seeing, though, is students who thought this is what they wanted but, some time during the semester, decided something else was more important. Sometimes it’s family issues, children, parents, grandparents … I’m not talking about that. Family issues are personal and nothing to be judged. What I’m concerned about is something else.
There’s the students with two or three jobs that won’t allow them to attend class or do their homework.
There’s the employers who schedule you despite the fact they know about your school schedule.
There’s the employers who beg for help because one coworker or another is slacking and you’re the only one who can help. Sure, that makes you feel good about yourself, like you’re appreciated, but, many times, it’s an employer ruse, a lie to keep you working loyally.
Let me tell you something I’ve learned over years of working in a variety of jobs: No one will give you the benefit of the doubt if you need a degree to attain that promotion. They will forget that they, themselves, (the employers) are the reason you do not have a degree.
You need to speak out for yourself.
I tell you this because you need to decide what is more important, a good education or a job you enjoy. If you enjoy your job and they don’t care if you have a degree, then accept your life and don’t feel bad about the choice you make. You will probably lead a very happy life.
If, however, your employer needs you to have a degree but refuses to work with you, then that contradicts their ultimate goal and you’ll get left by the side of the road when they decide on promotions and pink slips.
There used to be a time when employers prided themselves on creating a family in the workplace. They supported the employees and took care of them whenever they could in order to keep the work family happy. That rarely happens now.
I’m not trying to be preachy. I just don’t want you to be taken advantage of like it has happened to those I love time and time again.
Above all else, I want you to understand what you really want out of life, and, once you do, I want you to believe it can happen for you, because it can if you allow it. There’s a long life ahead of you, make it your own, follow your dreams, not someone else’s. And, like a good man once said, don’t let the assholes bring you down!
What is this love New Agers spout? You know, “Love and Light to you.” I’ve said it. Many times, it is said by those who profess being in alignment with their One True self and with being awakened. It is being is constant communication with the Truth of our Creator.
Some would say that for there to be love, there must be hate. Love is subjective, they may say, so they question when I say love.
Fine, let me define myself.
To me, Love encompasses many things. It means:
I care for you
I like you as a person
I care about you
I’m concerned for your well-being
I want you to reach your own happiness in your own way.
The romantic love, the one everyone else thinks when they hear the word, that is not what I mean when I say “I love you.” When I say the words, I mean the care-like-concerned-happiness definition. It means I care for you.
English is such a limiting language. Love, for us, encompasses what in Spanish, for example, is covered by:
querer (want or like)
gustar (to like or to have a taste for, enjoy)
adorar (to worship)
tener cariño (have a fondness for)
ser aficionado (have a fondness for)
encantar (enchanted by)
In English, one word covers it all.
What if you’re bilingual? Does the meaning of the English word have the same connotation?
I think this may be the difference.
To me, the love I feel for my fellow man, and all creatures who exist on this planet, is encompassed in the Spanish word Quiero – I like you. But the English word does not encompass the passionate like I feel, so I say love. Forgive me for my adulteration of the language.
What I feel is Divine Love for my fellow man, understanding and allowing for the duality of humanity. I don’t have to like you to love the essence of your being.
Others may say that if there is love, in this dualistic world there must be hate. Ah, that is another topic for another day.
For now, my friends, I say,
Love and Light to you,
… and what those words mean for me, when paired, is the truth about Divine Love, for that is the essence of the love our One True Source feels for us – His Love and His Light to illuminate our Truth.
“There is no path to happiness. Happiness is the path.”
I’ve been thinking about that Buddha-credited quote today. So many of us spend our lives working for happiness, looking for that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. We trudge through our daily lives because we hope to one day be rewarded with happiness.
Growing up, I remember kids estimating their age to the next year. The day after their ninth birthday, they’re already claiming to be almost-10. I’ve known people who frown through their lives hoping their retirement will bring the happiness they desire. But what if that happiness never materializes? What if you get sick five years before your retirement and become too disabled to take that world cruise you’ve always dreamed of. It happens. I’ve seen it.
I used to work with a woman who regularly worked on her bucket list. Teresa visited the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China, and Germany (where she bought a BMW that she had shipped to Miami), to name a few, during the time I knew her as my co-teacher at the high school. She lives her life richly. Of course, she had the resources, but I’ve also known people with the resources who sit and wait for the proverbial “right time.”
What if the “right time” never comes?
The truth is, the right time is now. Happiness is not the path; it has been there all along, waiting for you to discover the secret.
If we are to live a full life, shouldn’t we strive to live it now, not tomorrow?
What if a doctor were to say you had six months to live. What would you do?
Would you visit Spain to see the running of the bulls?
Would you visit the Grand Canyon to see nature’s glory first-hand?
Would you take your kids camping for a week of family time memories?
That’s your thought for the day. Instead of working toward an imagined perfect retirement, what would make your current path your true path of happiness?