Archive for December, 2010

I wrote this a year ago and as the new year approaches, its timeless wisdom bears repeating.  I wish I would have had this post handy when I went through a life altering event this year.  That one question: am I giving myself to a conclusion that is set against my true desire?, is golden.  I’ll let you all read on, and allow the context of it all take shape…

It’s a fresh new year stretching before us.  I’m not one to make New Year’s resolutions.  I began thinking about something else though and it’s timing just seems perfect for the new year.  All the little things that come up that get under our skin, bug us or in one way or another seem to draw us out of what felt like blissful alignment — to all of that — to simply stop and ask yourself this simple question:

Will it matter in a year from now?

I’m thinking just about 99.9% of everything you can resolutely say “no, it won’t matter in a year from now”.  Once you’ve determined that, you can drop it and just let it go.  Let it return to its “native nothingness”, as Florence Scovel Shinn once wrote, as it means nothing unless you assign it meaning.  It, whatever *it* is, is relatively meaningless and not worth your attention and certainly not worth your alignment.  When you get down to it, if you are willing to suffer less and be in alignment more then less and less is there any configuration of outer facts or conditions that can draw you out of alignment.  The more you step outside of your own suffering, step outside of the dream you are dreaming, the greater capacity you have to repeatedly step outside your own dream.

As for the other .1% or so that will matter a year from now, you won’t feel the same about it a year from now as you do today, as long as you are willing to suspend any judgment about what it means.  This means you don’t give yourself to conclusions that are at odds with what you really want.   You can check yourself at any time you’re feeling something unwanted by asking: am I giving myself to a conclusion that is set against my true desire?  This fosters a self rapport and an inner harmony that will carry you through even the toughest times in life.

Come to life with an open mind, an open heart and a willingness to let a wisdom greater than your own work through you.  It does so both visibly and invisibly every day.  Today is no exception, this year is no exception.  Solutions, answers, miracles happen in an instant and it all flows to us with ease when we let it. The “letting” is the key.

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set this heart free
that I may blaze a path to thee 

swept flawless and clean
into all that is unseen

no more fear to guide
nor love to hide

tremulous and blindly
I shall blaze a path to thee


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Light ‘O Mine

In honor of my friend Luana, who inspired me to sing this song yesterday.  In honor of my birthday today!  In honor of all of YOUR birthdays!  Whoever you are, wherever you are, let yourself shine from time to time.

If you care to add another lyric to this song, Luana taught me this one: I’ve got a home in glory land that outshines the sun.  Many blessings to you all.


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Stay open

Stay curious

Stay teachable

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It was a conversation we’d had so many times before but this time I was insistent.  “Tell me about the common and the ordinary,” I said earnestly.  “We can’t,” Spirit answered, “we know nothing of it.  Everything we created has been thoroughly imbued with the inordinate embrace of greatness.”  

“To what end then, is it that I can experience the commonplace?”  “To no end, my dear one.  And precisely that, we provided you with so much sameness that you could know yourself as rooted in the green leafy vein of enoughness.”

Feeling complete, I turned and walked home into the wordless night, filled to the brim with my enoughness.

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