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I continue to read “Talking with Nature/Journey into Nature” by Michael Roads. Again, I’ll quote from him below.  This passage is about doubt and faith.

I highly recommend this book for all those who have a deep connection with nature.  He channels the wisdom of nature throughout this book, although he never labels it that.  This passage is from his talk with a river one day:

“Doubt is the part of your mind which fights to retain control.  Doubt seeks to speculate and, from speculation, to walk a known path.

You cannot do this and enter a higher conscious awareness.  There is no room for doubt, no place for doubt to express its fear.  …Faith knows not, nor seeks to know, for in faith this moment is complete.

The path of faith is a journey beyond time, space, or dimensional limitations.

The mind may not go ahead seeking to make the way known.  Instead, the mind is controlled, neither by leash nor techniques, but by the faith of this moment’s “knowing”.

Please understand.  Known is the past, while “knowing” is only of this moment, the eternal “now”.

Can you accept a challenge of this magnitude?”

To be sure, he’s not writing of the faith that “knows” a specific outcome for whatever it is that our heart desires.  The river holds no doubt or fears that it will spill over its banks one day, or dry up and become parched, cracked earth.  No … the river, the trees, the flowers, the clouds, and on and on, live in this sacred, grace-filled moment.  Fear, vulnerability, the need for safety and specific outcomes don’t exist here.  To live, to die, to be re-born in all its many shapes and flavors, is to always be an expression of All That Is.  Faith is to relax and soften into this infinite circle of knowing.

When in doubt, be with a tree, or a stream or anything that lives in the fluidity of this immeasurable moment.

 

 

 

 

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Well, how is everyone, as Spring emerges here in North America?  It’s been an interesting time, hasn’t it, lots of energy swirling both globally and individually. I’ve likened it to be on a rolling coaster ride, you coast, then up in the air you go, and whoosh down you go.  I had a dream recently where I was on a roller coaster and the thing you hold onto broke.  I told my friend about it and she said that’s to let us know life wants us to enjoy the ride, and throw our hands up in the air in joyful abandon!  
 
Be well and at peace my friends, even if the thing you hold onto breaks, either way it will pass whether we tense up or enjoy the ride.

A compilation of daily blessings: Windows and doors open today, the birds are singing – they sing of an unchanging love that takes its delight and form in all of us. I turn the channel towards your light, to the only constant truth that ever remains.
 
I love watching the hillsides go from just a hint of green, while buds swell, and then burst forth donning their youthful shade of spring green -then seeing the color deepen and mature each passing day to emerald greens. There’s a joyful constancy in Spring and in this Universe, this is the promise and the blessing of every new day.
 
Life, exquisite for its beauty and its fragility. A divine essence, back of all things, always remains intact. I cannot hold myself apart from that, I can think that I can, but that’s not what’s real. What’s real is there is no place where I am and God is not.
 
Where there is chaos, let me trust in a Divine Order at work here. Where there is change and surprise, allow me to ease into new possibilities. Where there is fear and doubt, teach me to live in – only this moment now. Where there is uncertainty, may I rest in the promise of new opportunities. Where I have lost my faith remind me, my faith has not lost me.

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We can let our lives be directed
by the same force that makes
flowers grow.  {…}

To trust in the force
that moves the universe
is faith.

Faith isn’t blind it’s visionary.
Faith is believing that the universe
is on our side, and that the universe
knows what it’s doing.

Faith is a psychological awareness
of an unfolding force for good,
constantly at work in all dimensions.

Our attempts to direct this force only
interferes with it.
Our willingness to relax into it allows
it to work on our behalf.

Marianne Williamson
A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles

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Where there is…

Where there is chaos

Let me trust in a Divine Order at work here

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Where there is change and surprise

Allow me to ease into new possibilities

~~~~~

Where there is fear and doubt

Teach me to live in – only this moment now

~~~~~

Where there is uncertainty

May I rest in the promise of new opportunities

~~~~~

Where I have lost my faith

Remind me, my faith has not lost me

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midsummer-eve2Midsummer Eve~Edward Robert Hughes

The sun is making it’s final appearance for the day.  You walk out to your mailbox to pick up the day’s mail and barely notice the long shadows reaching across the ground you walk on.  You are tired from the day’s events and ready to settle in for the evening.  Nothing today has been particularly unusual or out of the ordinary.  Nothing that would foretell the next moment that held the possibility of changing everything.  Reaching into the mailbox your fingers instantly touch upon an envelope that is hand addressed to you.  The envelope appears weathered as if it’s traveled some distance.  There’s no return address and the postmark is blurred and illegible.  You walk inside and sit down in your favorite chair.  You open the letter, it addresses you with the familiarity of your first name and this is what you read:

“You’re on the cusp of experiencing welcome relief on a subject that’s been bothering you for some time.  This concern that has been troubling you, is being healed behind the scenes in surprising ways, even as you read this.  God wants you to know that you have reason to smile, as the fairies of the Universe are working on a solution that is so creative, so ingenious that you never would have guessed it would come in this manner.” *

You stare wide eyed at the letter.  You breathe a deep breath of relief.  Muscles you didn’t even realize you held so tightly, soften now.  You smile an inner smile that just lights you up from the inside out.  And from this day forward you live at that end point, knowing the solutions are speeding their way to you.  You have no way of knowing what it will look like or when it will come.  You’re content not knowing when or how or even why.  You are happily willing to rest here in this knowing.  Now you know beyond a shadow of a doubt you are heard, you are answered, you are known, you are cherished.

*concept adapted from Doreen Virtue’s oracle cards

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Optimism is reflected in many areas of life.

Many birds in their fantastic migrations demonstrate an amazing optimism, traveling thousands of miles to distant shores, almost literally flying by faith, as it were, ignoring all dangers, unbesieged by doubts.

There is no hesitancy, but the sure flight. Birds do not question whether or not the weather will be favorable, the winds fair or foul. They simply fly towards their destination. Even if some birds do fall or die, this in no way impedes or undermines the faith of the others.

Monarch butterflies, in their remarkable migrations, often fly toward land that they have never seen themselves — and yet they reach their destination.

In all such cases there is an inbred biological faith, that courage and vitality, that biological optimism. It acts the same in people, triggering the necessary bodily responses. Only when the optimism is severely tampered with do the physical mechanisms falter. Even then, however, all creatures are sustained
by that innate gift, that inner sense of security that not only propels creatures toward life, but safely conducts them past physical life and past death’s doorway.

The way toward health is simplicity itself.

It is the natural, easiest way to behave, yet this natural mental behavior is often quite difficult for the intellect to understand, since the intellect is apt to enjoy playing with complications and solving problems. Therefore, to the intellect it often seems ludicrous to imagine that the answer to a question lies within the question itself.

All of nature demonstrates this almost miraculous seeming simplicity. Plants and animals and all of life’s aspects take it quite for granted that the sun will shine and the rains will fall in the way best conducive to all creatures.  Animals certainly do not worry about tomorrow’s weather conditions. It may be true that animals do not need to know tomorrow’s weather, since they do not plant seeds or collect the harvest. It is perfectly fine to make plans for the future, yet each individual should live day by day, without worrying about the outcome of those plans.

The physical body can only react in the present moment. Worrying about future events, or dwelling upon past unfavorable situations, only confuses the body’s mechanisms, and undermines their precise activity in the present moment.

I am not saying that anyone should pretend that unfavorable circumstances do not sometimes exist, or that they may not be encountered in the past, present, or future. It is also true, however, that advantageous events occur with a far greater frequency than do negative ones — otherwise the world that you know simply would not exist. It would have disappeared in the throes of destruction
or calamity.

In a basic way, it is against nature’s purposes to contemplate a dire future, for all of nature operates on the premise that the future is assured. Nature is everywhere filled with promise — not only the promise of mere survival, but the promise of beauty and fulfillment. Once again, the keen sense of promise is
innate within each portion of the body. It triggers the genes and chromosomes into their proper activity, and it promotes feelings of optimism, exuberance, and strength.

… Live each day as fully and joyfully as possible. Imagine the best possible results of any plans or projects. Above all, do not concentrate upon past unfavorable events, or imagined future ones.

~Seth – Jane Roberts – The Way Toward Health~

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stillness

Just for a moment…

Be still

and know that I am God

Be still

and know that I am Peace
right along side any state of war

Be still

and know that I am Joy
even amidst your sorrow

Be still

and know that I am Faith
in between the spaces of your doubt

Be still

and know that I am Limitless Possibilities
right next to your fears

Be still

and know that I am Clarity
right beside your confusion

Just for a moment…

Be still
Breathe deep
And know that I am God.

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It does not astonish or make us angry that it takes a
whole year to bring into the house three great white
peonies and two pale blue iris.  It seems altogether
right and appropriate that these glories are earned
with long patience and faith. . . . and also that it is
altogether right and appropriate that they cannot last.
Yet in our human relations we are outraged when
the supreme moments, the moments of flowering,
must be waited for. . . . and then cannot last.  We
reach a summit, and then have to go down again.

May Sarton

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There is so very much that we can learn from the natural world.  We are constantly surrounded by reminders of the cycles of life, the natural order of things, and if we can just recognize and appreciate the lessons of the natural world, our own lives could become so much easier and so much more comprehensible.  We live our lives in seasons much as the flowers and the trees and the animals do, and one of the reasons for which we tend to become unhappy or frustrated is because we sometimes expect to live in perpetual spring or summer, not allowing or wanting winters to be a normal, important part of our lives.

One of the reasons that spring is so beautiful in the colder areas of the world is because the flowers are coming after a long period without them–we’ve been deprived of their presence for a long time, so they mean much more to us.  We all know that for everything there is a season, but most of us would like to make those seasons longer, or to have some control over them.

But we have to let life be what it is.  Life is a beautiful experience, yet we tend to diminish its beauty by placing our false expectations on it.  One of my favorite art forms is that of ice sculpting, for the artists have a clear understanding of just how short-lived their works will be–yet they’re willing to put in hours of work to create beautiful works of art.  It’s possible that some of the most beautiful sculptures ever made have melted into puddles of water, only seen by a limited number of people for a very short time.

Enjoy the great parts of life, but enjoy them in the right here and right now, which is truly the only time that we can experience anything at all.  And when their time to leave comes, let them go with grace and dignity rather than trying to hold on to them in desperation or fear that you may never experience them again.  You will, if you simply let life be life, and accept the seasons of our lives with love and trust that they will return.

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For further thought:

A garden that never died eventually would weary.
Robbed of springtime, unacquainted with the
extraordinary perfume that rises from the soil after
it’s had its rest, the garden that winter doesn’t visit
is a dull place.  The return every spring of earth’s
first freshness would never be kept if not for the
frosts and rot and ripe deaths of fall.  So when I go
out from the garden for the last time in autumn,
I leave the gate open behind me.

Michael Pollan

Source: Living Life Fully

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081205_rainier_cloud_02Learn to be present.

Practice hearing the voices in your head
without becoming involved and without
judgment.

And take it on faith that any
voice, internal or external, that is
telling you that
SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH YOU
is not the voice
of your
Heart,
God,
True Nature.

The reason acceptance isn’t more popular
is that in acceptance
there is nothing to do.

In acceptance there is nothing “wrong”
that needs to be changed, fixed, worked
on or otherwise improved.

And the simple,
astounding
mind boggling amazing
FACT
is that as soon as you accept yourself
EXACTLY
AS
YOU
ARE…

…all those “character flaws”
ANGRY
SELFISH
STRESSFUL
SHY
AGGRESSIVE
DEPENDENT
SNOBBISH
RECLUSIVE

BEGIN TO FALL AWAY

BECAUSE

those “flaws” have their
only existence
in nonacceptance,
in self-hate…

Once I catch on to how this
self-hate process works,
I see that it goes on all the time,
everywhere…

When I see this to be true,
self-hate ceases to be a private,
secret thing I do
that proves I’m a bad person.

I can begin to take it less personally.

At some point,
now or later,
you’re going to have to risk
Being You
in order to find out
who that really is.

Not the conditioned you,
not the you you’ve been taught
to believe you are,
who you really are.

And this perhaps will be
the scariest,
the most loving,
the most rewarding
thing you have ever done.

excerpted from There is Nothing Wrong With You:
Going Beyond Self-Hate
Author: Cheri Huber

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Let me fall. I first heard and sang this song at the Church of Religious Science in Dallas. I am told it originally was written for Cirque du Soleil and later made famous by Josh Groban.

My favorite line is: there is a moment when fear and dreams must collide. We have all had those moments though perhaps only in hindsight can we get a sense of the pivotal moment when fear and dreams intersected. When courage and the unknown awaited us and so did the familiarity and safety of what is known and comfortable. Which would prevail? Sometimes the choice looms big and as yet unreachable. Sometimes it takes a huge leap of faith. Yet, it’s only ever a choice that we make for something.

So the next time you take that leap of faith and fall into the unknown, may you know that the one you will become, will be there to catch you.

Let me fall
Let me climb
There’s a moment when fear
And dreams must collide

Someone I am
Is waiting for courage
The one I want
The one I will become
Will catch me

So let me fall
If I must fall
I won’t heed your warnings
I won’t hear them

Let me fall
If I fall
Though the phoenix may
Or may not rise

I will dance so freely
Holding on to no one
You can hold me only
If you too will fall
Away from all these
Useless fears and chains

Someone I am
Is waiting for my courage
The one I want
The one I will become
Will catch me

So let me fall
If I must fall
I won’t heed your warnings
I won’t hear

Let me fall
If I fall
There’s no reason
To miss this one chance
This perfect moment
Just let me fall

Cirque du Soleil lyrics
Album: Quidam

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