October 15, 2022 · 11:12 pm
We live in a world where controversy sells. But most of us work in a business that aims to solve problems. And yet, many of us relax with entertainment designed around conflict. We watch sports, and we watch so-called reality television, and we watch news channels that hype every social and political conflict. We are being conditioned to crave controversy. Many social media apps are built on a model to increase clicks by prompting us to become voyeurs of interpersonal relationship strife.
Peace and harmony should sell, but like Pavlov’s dogs, we are being trained to seek out more and more controversy. At the core of our being, we are at peace and find happiness. Jesus’ sermon on the mount teaches ways to escape interpersonal conflict. Those who have mastered the art of escaping conflict find life refreshing. For example, when at sea and caught up in a hurricane, the only place to find peace one must dive deep.
Likewise, we must dive deep because the world is full of people agitating our thoughts for their popularity ratings. We must shut off the input and still our thoughts. We must breathe slowly and deliberately to steady our physical systems. If controversy is what they are selling, we must stop being consumers. Breaking the cycle will be like a drug addict going through withdrawals. But once we are free, life becomes refreshing. Our essential nature is peace and happiness, but if our awareness remains in the whirlwind, we will lose sight of what is true.
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December 31, 2017 · 7:26 pm
While on our spiritual journey through life, one of the profound discoveries is that we will have many moments of enlightenment. In other words, as we get to a new peak, our overview of the landscape provides us with a new perspective. As humanity continues its climb toward truth and deeper understanding we each notice that certain life events contain the revelation needed to give us that next profound change in perspective which leads us to the flashes of enlightenment. Understanding this pattern is wisdom that sets us up and provides the context for our next experience in life.
At the end of every year we humans enter a worldwide celebration of reflection for the year that is passing and hopefulness for the new year approaching. One of the timeless questions presented to us regardless of culture, asks a simple question. Is there room in your Inn? As spiritual people we take time each day to turn away from the business of the material realm and still ourselves enjoying the peace at the heart of our being listening for the information that gives us insight. Many times, however, we are not willing to make room in our lives to be informed by new messages from our still place.
Some cultures believe that God sends external messengers or avatars to give us information and others believe that internal to our being God or the Universe communicates directly with us. When we recognize the messenger, we accept the message and if the messenger is unfamiliar we usually reject the message. Let’s set aside the reasons for rejecting a message based on tradition or protocol. Let’s for this discussion focus on our capacity and willingness to receive new messages.
Most of us tend to understand ourselves as having a limit on the amount of information we are willing to process or fit into our lives for whatever phase in life we are currently living. If information and outside activities demand our attention, then information from our “spiritual” life must wait until we can schedule time to process it. This, is the reason humans of most cultures slow down toward the end of every year for much needed reflection.
In a world where size is a status symbol one would think having a greater willingness or capacity to process new spiritual information would be a coveted asset. Making room and giving attention to the messages that find their way to our Inn is critical for human well-being in these days. Messages of peace, hope, love, unity, happiness, and joy are powerful, profound, transformative and life changing for us human beings.
Like the babe, who’s birth many celebrate this time of year, new spiritual messages are small, not overwhelming, and mostly overlooked because of its size. However, like the new child, the initial growth of these small packages are tremendous and require attention and nurturing. For this reason, many turn away these true gifts.
We humans are design with infinite capacity like the creator. However, we tend to focus on the limits of our physical capacity and try to manage the influx of additional information through technological means. In the technology driven society with its material global conscious we forget to rely on and develop our spiritual capacity looking only for feedback from the data streams of our material technology. While we focus on the development of Artificial Intelligence we ignore our infinite spiritual capacity.
So, consider this one message reaching out to you through your technical data streams. Make room for the child. Be still and know God. It is the end of another glorious year, and I put this simple question to you. Is there room in your Inn?
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