Your nature is a reflection of the peace of home. You have lived a life of turmoil because you came here to live in turmoil. You chose to know the “is not” rather than the “is.” The purpose of your life is to experience things which are not of God. To know yourself as a perfect creation, you have chosen to experience life as if you were not who you truly are. You have willingly chosen to believe that you are at the control of something vicious and cruel. You have chosen to allow yourself to imagine that you are not the creator, but the unwitting victim of all that is cruel and unkind.
Self doubt can take over faster than you can eat a donut when no one is looking. I’m not worthy; I’m not deserving; I’ve committed way too many sins; I couldn’t show my face to God after all I’ve done wrong; and God would laugh at me knowing me as He does. Which category applies to you? I think that I fit in all categories, even on a good day.
Going from A to B can be short or long. You can choose a straight path or a swirling path. You are going from A to B. That’s fixed. How you get there can be easy or difficult. What your spirit is knows the answers. The two voices inside you speak from two different perspectives. If the ego tells you to fight and the spirit tells you not to, are they not two parts of the same coming from different vantage points? Depending on how you see things, this is how you listen to yourselves. Let’s say you are cut-off in traffic. If you are offended, you’ll react with anger. If you are unaffected, you’ll peacefully continue without reaction. There is no difference except how you judge the situation. The situation is, you apply judgment, then react. At the judgment point, you can either be offended or oblivious. This is your choice. At the decision point, the tide turns. At any moment when you are conscious of a situation, this is a decision point. You can choose wisely or unwisely. The ultimate wise choices are always loving and forgiving. If you see all situations as ok, then no further actions, reactions, consequences, etc., are called forth. It is almost as if you choose to play in the game or not.
Would you ever imagine
God to be mean
Dashing our hopes
And killing our dreams
Sometimes in the extreme
It so often seems
He’s not on our team
While reigning supreme
Seldom does He bring
The most desirable things
We anticipate the feast
But find it’s out of reach
Why then do we believe
Without seeming so naïve
That God does receive
Our prayers and heed
Giving us what we need
Making our lives complete
In the end we concede
He is not as He seemed
On the subject of life, will you even understand that it is merely a pretense? You are not what you have imagined nor are you what you have experienced. This is all merely nothing but a game of “what if.” How you perceive life is largely how you will live it. What is temporal cannot be meaningful. Think of all that was once deemed important but now is meaningless. Things pass by the window of your view to someday disappear. No longer is it worthy of your attention. If this is how life works, and I assure you it is, then why not loosen up and see things from a larger perspective? Why not look upon all things as temporary situations and let go of your attachments. For in this there is great freedom. One day you are obsessed with buying a new house. Once you have gotten the house, your focus changes entirely. Then there is an entirely new set of items on which to focus. Your tendency to put great importance on temporary situations does cause you to miss the greater aspects of life. Were you to focus on larger, truly meaningful pursuits, then the daily mundane issues would seem almost laughable. Let’s say that instead of spending all of your time focused on financial issues you were to put your efforts into feeding the hungry. Once caught up in the plight of those less fortunate, your problems would seem so much less in comparison.
Are you afraid?
Of course – uncertainty produces fear.
Of what are you afraid?
Not being protected by God.
What do you consider protection?
Real help and healing – real solutions, dream fulfillment. Certainty.
Then why are you uncertain? Have I not shown you that I AM with you always?
To the point that one is fairly certain, but not completely convinced. Remember that you have taught us a different viewpoint – that all is set and not a play by play with God’s help as we once thought. When once we prayed earnestly for your help, now we find that you don’t interfere – you let the film roll as it will. This is tough for us – being no longer certain of anything. How can we convince people to love God when God won’t influence our lives?
You have My spirit and in this is all the comfort that you need. What you really want is magic, not God.
But Jesus did magic – He altered circumstances, yet we do not have the same abilities. So His example does not teach us to be like Him – but we are led to feel less than Him. He did great things, but we do not. Surely You see the disparity.
You have healed many and been healed by many. You look only at the physical – you still have not placed greater value upon the spiritual than the physical.
We just don’t know what to do. We have been at this for over ten years and suffice it to say, we feel no more enlightened than before – we merely see a different way of looking at the same things. We still can’t say that one is better than the other. We thought we were seeking a better way.
There is a better way – let go and feel the peace.
There is no peace in letting go if it changes nothing. Seeing a bad situation through peaceful eyes does not change the view. Bad is bad.
As you see it, so it is. The impetus for change in so many lives is total disgust with things.
But, have we not just heard that by taking things into our own hands we mess things up? How can we know the right things to do?
You are properly guided, yet you see it not.
We have done all that we know to do. We’re exhausted and confused.
You cannot miss your calling, nor fail to see it realized. Many have felt as you do before seeing the promised land. But, they have persevered and have reached the stars by merely being willing to continue the quest.
We question God’s love for the world when, especially in the aftermath of a great human tragedy, we see the obvious signs of human suffering. It is in questioning God’s motives that we either gain new insight or fear the impending wrath of God. Many believe that it is not our right to question God’s motives. Who do you know that has ever been struck by lightening after having questioned God? It is far more likely that you will be struck by lightening if you are under a tree during a thunder storm than that God Himself will strike you down for simply trying to get to know Him better. Fear of God is the greatest barrier to knowing God. It is when we feel abandoned by God that we gather the courage to lash out and finally seek the answers to the mysteries of His motives.
Please speak for Thy servants are listening…
Teach My people to know that they do not know. Tell them that things are not always what they seem. Teach My people about themselves. Teach them that by knowing themselves that they can have peace. When the big picture comes into focus, the little picture pales in comparison. People must learn to see with larger vision. The limited view of self causes all sorts of grief. People must know that to believe in God is to believe in all of God, not just in small things. People’s requests are limited, but God’s vision is all encompassing. Don’t put limits on God – don’t tie God’s hands. Man has not learned the ways of God. God gives greater gifts, but people put limits by inflicting their limited vision upon their requests. You have failed to realize that you are given the circumstances for your chosen experiences. In order to obtain maximum benefit, the experience must be maximal with having all the trappings to make the experience profound and powerful. Granted, not all of life’s experiences are chosen to be maximal, but we are using those profound experiences as our example.
If you want it all, ask for all. Examine your motives. Let love be the guiding thought for everything. Don’t be selfish for you are not alone. Your actions affect others. Have a grand vision, be positive, be faithful and always be grateful. A grateful heart is filled with love. Selfishness is miserable. Until you realize this, you will never experience all that you can be. Love all of life. Learn to see life for the experience and its beauty will be revealed. Try always to expand your vision, include more and more within the range of your sight. Know that God does not care about one aspect alone; God looks at your entire experience and helps you to realize that you are far more than a worker trying to make a living. God sees you as the means to help others. Notice that for the tiny instant that you give to another, you have joy. Increase your joy and soon you will be filled having filled. If you want joy, you can only get it in the gratitude of others. Getting a new car is great, but helping someone else get a car is far more rewarding. Think of how great it feels to be benevolent. Picture yourself as God giving a car to someone else. Oh, the feeling of greatness is almost impossible to contain. The gratitude of others – the heartfelt appreciation makes you feel like a million, even if you don’t have a million. I tell you this – there is no greater joy in life than giving joy to another. Filling the needs of others is our primordial purpose. Never will giving to yourself give you such a feeling. Try it out with small things and feel the love.
Certainly the experience is less rewarding if it does not feel like giving of self. The millionaire who gives a dollar to the poor is less likely to feel fully the experience. The person who only has five dollars, but gives a dollar to someone else is truly giving from great love. I do not ask that you give away all that you have so that you are a burden to others. I ask for you to decide for yourself and give according to your heart. Give according to the love that you wish to receive. Giving to those who are ungrateful is like throwing it away. Let your gifts be useful – money is the least effective gift to someone who needs food. Give food. Take someone shopping instead of giving money. Now you have given time and money. How much more beneficial will the gift be? Demonstrate love. Teach wisdom. Imagine giving someone five dollars. What can you buy or how many days can a person eat on five dollars if they shop wisely. Show them wisdom. Give gifts of wisdom also. Don’t let them run to a fast food joint and blow it on one meal.
The old saying that if you “give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. Teach him to fish and you feed him for a lifetime” is so very true. Teach skills just as you were taught. Give someone an education. What better gift is there? Get someone a job, a far better gift than food money. Help people up as you know that you are God in the flesh. God works through people. Be His helper. Instead of always looking in the mirror, have larger vision and seek to help the world. You know not what you can do if you will but try. Do one good deed a day. Soon, you’ll forget about your petty problems and seek to be the bringer of God’s glory to all.
If we look at crisis from God’s perspective, we see the true magnitude and the overall importance of the event. We analyze the situation and proceed accordingly. Our response to crisis is based largely on our perspective. Whereas one person may see that all of life rests on a single decision or event, another person will see that there is no decision or event which is that important. How a person deals with a crisis is based largely on the person. What importance the person places on the event determines the importance of the event. If we see our work as our life, then the daily work environment is very important. If we see our work as necessary to make a living, then our perspective changes drastically.
To God there is no such thing as a crisis.