The Universal Law of Openness (part 1 of 3)

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The Law of Openness denotes that to fully take advantage of the gifts the universe has to offer us we have to be “open” – in a state of receptivity.

Grace, light, energy, and unconditional love are continuously being beamed to us from the higher realms, and to the Planet as a whole.

To access these gifts, we must ensure we keep the floodgates to the universe open. Living in faith, with open hearts, and expressing love and its qualities out into the world keeps us in a receptive mode. This is honoring the Law of Openness.

Jesus said, “come to me like children” – childlike. With awe. With trust. With hearts open – able to receive and give love.

The expression “the heart is the seat of the soul” means that it is through our hearts that we tap into our divinity – our higher selves. To access the qualities inherent in our divinity we have to be in our heart space – not in our mind.

(This article/blog post is based on concepts in my book Your Journey to Peace, Bridging the Gap Between Religion, Spirituality, Psychology, and Science. About book found here).

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Living Heart-centered vs Living Mind-centered

When we live heart-centered and with open hearts, we are living at our highest, purest form. The communication lines to the universe are open: love, grace, wisdom, guidance, and information flows freely back and forth. Insights come to us.

Our questions are answered. Our concerns addressed. The messages we receive guide us toward our ultimate happiness, life purpose, and our highest good.

When we live from a mind-centered place, we are existing at a lower, denser level. Although living heart-centered offers us more than living mind-centered as we have access to universal flow and the power it holds, the mind is louder than the heart.

When we are mind-centered, our hearts desires and any messages we might receive are drowned out. Messages are not heard. The communication lines to the universe either contain static or are blocked completely.

Any insights or messages that do get through may be blurred or misunderstood. And as our focus is mainly on mind-centered matters and not on those that feed the heart or soul, the only guidance we hear or pay attention to is geared towards our mind-centered concerns.

From an open heart-centered place we can accept unconditional love and freely offer love and its qualities like kindness, understanding, compassion, fairness, and acceptance to others. We live life from a place of me-and-you.

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From a mind-centered place we are less open to others. We react to people and situations at the level of the mind – not from the heart or the soul. We see life and others through barriers – through the mind’s veil of worry, fear, limitations, defensiveness, judgement, control, prejudice, suspiciousness, etc. We erect protective devices.*

From a mind-centered place we cannot fully accept or offer love as our barriers put conditions on love. We live life from a place of me-versus-you.

Advantages of Being Open-hearted

Some of the benefits of operating from an open-hearted place and allowing universal love and guidance to flow through us are:

  • we are confident and self-assured – while still remaining humble;
  • we have faith that our needs will be met and that things will work out – worry does not cloud our awareness or block our connection;
  • we are flexible – we do not get upset when unforeseen things happen. We adjust when necessary;
  • we can accept whatever is going on at the moment – regarding ourselves, others, and the world around us, while working to change what is necessary in a calm, confident manner;
  • we are mindful of our reactions – we are less inclined to harsh, defensive, aggressive, or overly-passive reactions, or of projecting any kind of negativity onto others or situations;
  • we live harmoniously – our attitudes and behaviors create harmony – not conflict, as we avoid getting involved in gossip, drama, or needless debates or confrontations;
  • we live spherically – open to all that is around us. A wide variety of opportunities are open to us that we would not be aware of if we were closed off.

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Seeing through a Clear Lens / Clearing the Lens

The path to peaceful living requires that we perceive and react to life through a clear lens.

Connected to universal love our true Self sees through a clear lens. It sees our sameness and the light and love within all of us. It reacts to life from the place of me-and-you.

The barriers we put up from mind-centered living override how our true Self perceives life and causes us to react from our created Self.

This created Self sees life though the murky distorted lens of our separateness, focusing on our imperfections and differences. It reacts to life from the place of me-versus-you.

To ensure we are connected to our true Self and reacting to life and others through a clear lens – through a me-and-you perspective – we must be open to:

  • recognizing and unblocking what is keeping our lens murky;
  • gaining control of our mind and its ideas of separation: thoughts, attitudes, or actions based on our imperfections and differences;
  • examining our reactionary states;
  • acknowledging any greed, judgment, prejudice, or need for control that comes from a mind-centered focus;
  • becoming mindful;
  • self-examination;
  • personal transformation.

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*Protective Devices and Mechanisms: Methods we use like control, aggression, defensiveness, interrupting, changing the subject, or any other emotional device can help us avoid dealing what is really in front of us. These mechanisms aim to uphold, protect, and defend false, limiting beliefs, biases, or insecurities we hold.

Rosemary McCarthy© May 2018, updated October 2018

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Partnering Up Consciously – Separating Consciously (Part 2 of 2)

(This Part 2 expands of last week’s post,

As We Continue to Evolve Our Relationships Will Improve.  (Link is below)

The more we evolve, the more we will be able to easily trust that our hearts are showing us a true picture when choosing a life-partner (or even friends or a business partner).

We will no longer need to be so wary of our unconscious influences luring us into bad situations or have to be so vigilant at continuously examining our emotions, desires, or motives.

Nor will we have to be so cautious of others’ motives. As we will be working at high vibration capacities, our radars will be well attuned to the vibrations of others and if something is off we will cue into it quickly.

The greater our connection to our True Self the more we feel guided towards partners based on true soul parings where we encourage each other to be the best we can be.

And because our strength and self-confidence comes from within, we are not invested in changing our partner or making them acquiesce to our desires.

We also understand that our partner gets his or her strength and guidance from their True Self, and if that guidance is calling them to move on from the relationship we will not be so inclined towards drama, anger, revenge, or the plethora of negative responses breaking up has caused in the past. As well as partnering up consciously, we can also separate consciously.

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In our most recent history an intact family provided the foundations we needed to grow emotionally healthy, and when divorce or separations occurred, even if the family life was not perfect, the children felt like the rug was pulled out from under them.

This sense of loss is somewhat due to changed circumstances, but much of it is due to the way we separate and divorce. The sense of security children feel when surrounded by unconditional love when growing up is like God’s unconditional love for us.

As we become more evolved individually and are more closely connected to our True Selves, our separations will occur without the dire effects that has been so common and fueled by hurt, anger, rage, revenge, and blame.

We are already encouraging our children to look into their hearts and trust their inner guidance, and so their connection to their True Self is stronger than in past generations. This

gives them an inner-strength that follows them everywhere.

As couples are inspired to separate or divorce with integrity, they will honor the promises made and will be able to agree on shared child rearing duties, day-to-day obligations, and fair distribution of finances. The children will then be much less inclined to internalize the effects of the break-up and succumb to dysfunctional attitudes or behaviors, or pass on the effects of unresolved issues regarding their parents’ separation onto their own children.

This article/blog post is a continuation of my last article,  As We Continue to Evolve All Our Relationships Will Improve (1/2) found here  

~ Rosemary McCarthy©, January 2018, updated Sept 2018.

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As We Continue to Evolve All Our Relationships Will Improve (1/2)


(Part 2, Partnering up Consciously ⁄ Separating Conscious is found on link below).

Relationships are the vehicle that best allow us work out our issues – our pains, fears, reactionary styles, protective devices and all other unconscious influences that keep us from feeling peaceful, living in harmony with others, and becoming our Best Self.

This is especially true in our familial relationships – and in particular with our significant others.

Often we are drawn to one another so that we get together to love, help, support each other in life, to work through our unconscious influences, and/or to play out what our soul contracts dictate.

Issues that come out in our relationships are opportunities to heal them. This is always a good thing and in doing so we grow spiritually. So working towards healing a relationship is most often recommended.

However, sometimes the chemistry people feel with each other does not necessarily have to end in a long or even short-term relationship.

A heart connection with a strong chemical attraction may be a left-over energetic pull from a past-life association. We may have an unfinished lesson to learn with the other and we are only to get together for a time (a reason or a season), a purpose, learn a lesson, and then move on.

It may also be that we are not meant to act on the connection we feel, and the lesson to learn through the energetic pull we feel towards the other is to rise above the chemistry and use discretion in choosing a partner.

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Relationships create emotional entanglements and the unraveling from those based in neediness or left-over energetic pulls that hold drama usually carry unpleasantness and emotional pain.

As the effects of this Shift of consciousness Humanity is going through continues to encourage us to find joy, lightness in living, compassion and understanding towards others, and the impetus to overcome any unconscious influence we hold that undermine our self and/or create conflict with others, all aspects of all our relationships will improve.

Current relationships will become healthier, as the conflicts that have their roots in seriousness, neediness, Perceived Needs, Hidden Agendas, and Protective Mechanism will begin to dissolve.

As we start to become more mindful, those of us entering into new relationships will choose our partners more consciously. We will feel empowered enough to seek out people whose character, lifestyle, and values complement and align with ours.

These pairings will have many less conflicts than those based in neediness and unconscious influences, but when conflicts do arise they will be resolved with calmness and integrity.

Children will benefit greatly from these attitudes. Many young parents today are already parenting consciously and embrace many of the concepts in Shefali Tsabary’s ground-breaking book, The Conscious Parent.

– Rosemary McCarthy©  January 2018, updated September 2018

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Worksheet 19:  Small Shifts I Can Start With

(This is a companion blog post to my article “Small Shifts I Can Start With”  See here for link)

Worksheet 19:  Small Shifts I Can Start With (see below for Large Shifts) 

(from my book, Your Journey to Peace … About Book found here

(As recommended with any spiritual or self-healing practice, start with a small, one or two-minute meditation/prayer/attunement. Invite in your Best Self, True Self, higher Self, Spirit, Holy Spirit, Buddha, Jesus, or any other deity to join with you as you aim to clear the pathway to peace).

Small Shifts in Attitudes and Behaviors I Can Make

Replacing Judgment with Acceptance:

  • I can replace judgment with acceptance regarding …

Replacing Blame with Understanding:

  • I can replace blame with understanding regarding …

Replacing Anger with Self-Control:

  • I can replace anger with self-control regarding …

Replacing Indifference with Empathy:

  • I can replace indifference with empathy toward …

Replacing That Which Causes Discord with That Which Embraces Harmony:

  • I can replace my words, attitudes, or actions toward …

Standing up for Myself:

  • I will speak up for myself with ….    or about ….
  • I will ensure I am heard when interacting with xxx  / in xxx circumstances

Large Shifts in Attitudes or Behaviors I Can Make

 ~ Rosemary McCarthy© (2016, updated Sept 7, 2018)

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Starting with the Little Things

(This is a companion post to “Worksheet 19: Small Attitude Shifts I Can Start With”  See here for link)

Our unconscious doesn’t distinguish between small and large issues. So, when wanting to improve our life any small shift in any negative attitudes, habits, or behaviors is helpful for our overall future.

We can start by noticing the little things in life we do or attitudes we hold that keep us disempowered and/or distanced from others. What makes us feel bad, annoys or angers us, steers us into losing our peace, or reinforces our passivity.

The first principle of A Course in Miracles is that there is no hierarchy of illusions. We are either aligned with our True Self (Source), or we are misaligned from it. We either experience the love it holds, or we do not. We either feel empowered, or we do not. We are either able to extend love’s qualities, or we are not able to.

While it may appear that making peace with (forgiving) small issues say, like the guy cutting us off in traffic, can’t do much to change our thought process and positively impact our default attitudes and behaviors, they do. Small shifts start the ball rolling!

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Our higher self is on board with us wanting to be happier, more peaceful, and feeling empowered. And consistently making small attitude shifts has a huge impact on our psyches. Our thought processes and behaviors will automatically start to shift when we continue to consciously choose positive ones.

When we make the effort to shift our propensity to react negatively to even minor upsets and reap the benefits of feeling more peaceful, we are encouraged to continue with more peaceful responses.  Our trajectory starts to change.

For those of us who tend to be passive, taking small steps like speaking up with regard to minor matters builds confidence. In continuing to speak up we will feel more empowered. We will become more confident around bullying, controlling, or manipulative people. This is an immeasurable self-esteem booster!

Starting with the Little Things

Once we recognize how much better we feel when we exchange calm responses for aggressive reactions, or how confident we start to feel when we speak up for our self instead of burying our thoughts, ideas, or feelings, we are ready to tackle larger issues.

Here are a few better attitude suggestions:

  • We can replace judgment with acceptance!
  • We can replace blame with understanding!
  • We can replace anger with self-control!
  • We can replace indifference with empathy!
  • We can aim to replace that which causes discord with that which embraces harmony!
  • We can speak up for our self!
  • Ensure we are heard!

(Companion post “Worksheet 19: Small Attitude Shifts I Can Start With” helps us investigate small attitude shifts we can make. See here for link).

To get the ball rolling all we need is a little awareness and willingness. Awareness of who we are being. And willingness to make any necessary attitude shifts.

And once we are comfortable with forgiving the little things, we are then better equipped to deal with any larger or more sensitive issues that may be holding us from our Best Self.

Starting with the Little Things

When we understand that we have all been unconsciously influenced by Humanity’s past and are only starting to become aware of how to overcome the negative programing we have all inherited, it is easier to – forgive another who has not yet made that connection and is still under the influence of his or her unconscious influences. We all have our own timeline to undo this programing.

And as we begin addressing the small areas where we are not aligned with loving thoughts, attitudes, words, or actions, it is easier to understand others who are still misaligned.

We may have been told – and believe with our mind that we are unconditionally loved and forgiven for all our errs in perception and that there is no hierarchy of illusions regarding forgiveness from God, (Spirit, Source, or whatever we call the universal creative force) for what we have or have not done. However, our unconscious does not believe this.

In reality we exist in a holographic universe. What we see, hear, and feel from our 3D perspective is only a limited view of reality. Just like we now know we use only 10% of our brain’s potential, we are becoming aware that our perceptual awareness of reality is also very limited. That time is an illusion. That our separateness is an illusion. That we are all connected. That our higher selves work together.

Starting with the Little Things

So, when we choose to not react negatively to say, the guy who cuts us off, not only do we feel more peaceful, raise our vibration, and become more aligned with our True Self, from this higher perspective of our connectedness we also affect the other person. They will not feel the forgiveness for their err of perception of who they or we are on a conscious level, but their unconscious does.

And by forgiving, I mean making peace with what another has or has not done – in our mind. It is an attitude shift. A shift in consciousness. Actions can follow, but making peace in our mind with others or situations it engages our higher self. It raises our consciousness.

Forgiving our self – and others – for the smaller and larger errs we and they have made have made heals us and heals them. The more we do this and the more of us do this the more we raise the vibration of the world. It helps raise Humanity’s consciousness. And this raises the Planet’s consciousness.

Humanity is experiencing a huge shift in consciousness. And we are all contributing. We are all on an upward trajectory.

At first it may not feel natural to consciously choose better attitudes and actions. It takes time and practice to override inherited attitudes. And we will forget. Still, we must focus on and be proud of any small and inconsequential progress we make.

Starting with the Little Things

And until it comes naturally to feel positive and loving, to be loving towards others, and to forgive even small affronts against us we can help ourselves along by pretending: we can fake itOur unconscious doesn’t know the difference and Spirit understands what we are trying to do – and supports our efforts.

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Newsletter August 2018 – The Importance of Cultivating Presence

Being Present – Living in the Now – Helps Us Discover that
Every Moment Can Hold a Sense of Peace

When we are being present we are connecting to the stillness within. It is within this stillness that we attune to our God-self.  This is where wisdom lies. Where insights come from. Where joy abides. Where we connect to inner-love and feelings of empowerment.

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Everything Stems from Either Love or Fear

Although we are not aware of it, all our thoughts, feelings, attitudes, and actions stem from either Love, or from Fear.

When our mind is calm and we feel happy, light-hearted, worry-free, and able to embrace our passions we are aligned to our True Self. To Source. To the love within. Connected to this love within, our attitudes and behaviours reflect the qualities of love

(Below, llustration 4 shows some of the aspects of LOVE).

When our mind is in overdrive, we can’t focus, or are consumed with worry, blame, judgement or any other negative or disempowering thoughts or feelings we are disconnected from our True Self. Disconnected to this love within, our attitudes and behaviours reflect the qualities of fear

(Below, Illustration 5 shows some aspects of FEAR).

We are all born connected to this love within. To our True Self. However, over the years we have gathered impressions from our life experiences, or from what we have witnessed.

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If these were mostly positive and we experienced or witnessed mostly loving, compassionate, uplifting, non-judgmental attitudes and acceptance of others we will have a positive outlook on life as our connection to our True Self will have remained quite strong.

If growing up the attitudes and behaviors we experienced or witnessed were mostly unloving, and the people around us were controlling, judgmental, or cruel and their aim was to disempower, we will likely have a negative attitude about life as our connection to the love within will have been weakened. However, a negative past can be overcome.

Sometimes being around negative and unloving people creates such an impact on us that we reject the negativity and become positive and loving. Or, one person in our life may have positively influenced us so much so that the spark of love was kept alive within us

Unhealed emotions from past negativity still stuck within us need a voice. This is most often released in dysfunctional ways. Unaddressed emotions affect our self-esteem. Our level of confidence. The will to do. We are indecisive. Depression, lethargy, bad habits, or even addictions will surface. Or, we project our unhealed emotions out into the world as dysfunctional behaviors towards others.

LOVE

Love is at the heart of all our peace and happiness.

All the joy and passion that we feel, any harmony that manifests in our life, and all the other positive attitudes (many shown in the illustration) stem from love. We are able to bring these about because we are connected to the spark that we emanated from.

There is a memory of that spark within all of us, and it is easily accessible if no roadblocks were erected in life to squelch the connection. In positive, loving people, that connection can show up in either overt or covert ways, depending on their personalities.

Even when the connection is stifled it can still be accessed with external reminders. A baby’s smile, a spectacular sunset, the abandonment that arises in us from the exhilaration of an extreme sport, or the passion that is reawakened within us from music, dance, art, or anything else that moves us can rekindle the spark of love, joy, and fearlessness we originally held. What we are feeling or how we are being stems either from love, or from fear.

Everything Stems from Either Love or Fear

FEAR

Fear is at the root of all of our issues.

We do not recognize it as such, as it masks itself in many different manifestations that aim to protect us, but they ultimately keep us from being able to access joy, find our empowerment, and become our Best Self.

They also create conflict in our lives thereby distancing us from others. We may get hurt feelings because someone ignored us, withheld a compliment, or didn’t include us. This stems from a fear that we are not loved, appreciated, or good enough.

Not having inner confidence, we may fear failure and in turn get defensive at an innocent comment about where we are in life.

When we are not in touch with our own power-base, we may fear pursuing what we want and become judgmental of the successes of others.

We may fear poverty because of long-held perceptions of the poor, and thereby strive tirelessly, ignoring the urgings of Spirit.

We may feel a lack of love or connection in our lives and be fearful of being alone and thereby fall into relationships that are unfulfilling or abusive in some way.

Everything Stems from Either Love or Fear

Experts suggest that children of parents with addictions often tirelessly aim to control their environment as their home life was never predictable. However, this often backfires as the controlling attitudes usually create disharmony in their current home life, as succumbing to the underlying fear of instability creates another bad situation.

As well as the results of our attitudes or behaviors that arise because of not addressing our issues, all these manifestations of underlying fears create more of a misalignment with our True Self, and this distancing creates more neediness that aches to be satisfied. A vicious cycle ensues.

We do not recognize these manifestations as fear, because the original hurts we are seeking to protect ourselves from, or the limiting attitudes we hold because of the outdated ideals or biases we grew up with, are buried deep in the recesses of our Emotional Bodies.

Our fears can manifest as neediness, or may be played out through our Perceived Needs, Hidden Agendas, or Protective Mechanisms―all aiming to avoid further hurt or feelings of disempowerment.

As we attempt to protect ourselves from further onslaughts against our fragile psyches, we project the manifestations of these unconscious influences onto others, acting in aggressive ways.

These may manifest as us being judgmental, aggressive, controlling, manipulative, defensive, or passive-aggressive. If our reactionary states are passive, we turn any perceived onslaught inward and bury further hurts and angers.

However, when we honestly look at the issues in our lives and use tools that can uncover the original buried emotions, we can connect the dots between these outer demonstrations and the associated inner-fears they were derived from that manifested in unhelpful, inappropriate, or harmful ways.

Connecting the dots of unaddressed emotions to attitudes and behaviors that are not serving our highest good is the first step to shifting to more positive ways of thinking and of being in the world.

Everything Stems from Either Love or Fear

When we overcome the effects of unaddressed emotions our confidence grows. We find our passions. Our relationships improve. We have more energy. And our life becomes more harmonious.

(From chapter 1, “Your Journey to Peace, Bridging the Gap Between Religion, Spirituality, Psychology, and Science)

~Rosemary McCarthy© August 20, 2018.

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The Importance of Leading Balanced Lives

Life as it is today has led us to often ignore the reflective and feeling parts of ourselves. To be happy and feel good we need to attend to our body, mind, emotions, and spiritual connection. To the subtler parts of our existence.

Humanity’s history has been based on false realities. Of separate motivations grounded in fear, greed, competition – of me-against-you.

Fighting for our survival became paramount in our existence. We were reactive, rather than responsive.

Although today most of us do not have to fight for our physical survival, we have translated this survival mode to one of business – of getting ahead.

And we have maintained the competitiveness and reactive states of that survival mode.

Rather than responding calmly and only addressing what is currently happening, many of us react to others and situations aggressively – often bringing in past issues or unaddressed emotions from our past.

Our business, competitiveness, focus on getting ahead, and our reactive states have left no room to connect to our subtler and reflective natures.

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With the reflective and feeling parts of ourselves disregarded, we lead unbalanced lives. We have become disconnected from the subtleties of our True Self.

This can cause us to be discompassionate. Selfish. Unable to see how our attitudes and behaviors affect those around us.

An unbalanced life will derail us from what will ultimately make us happy. It undermines us. And we are usually in denial that we are behaving in ways that hurt us or those around us.

The classic example are workaholics, who spend all their time focusing on success, money, and/or power and leave no time for relaxation, family life, or spiritual growth.

Workaholics are usually unaware or in denial of the consequence of their single-mindedness on themselves and the effects of their  pursuits on others.

Or, they may have their eyes wide open and simply not care about anything or anybody else at this point in their lives, which is of course their own choice. They just may have to face the consequences – at one time or another.

The Importance of Leading a Balanced Life

It is the unconscious driving forces from Humanity’s and our personal past histories that creates a distorted picture of reality causing us to allow for imbalances in our lives.

We are now starting to understand that we do not have to be greedy or in competition with others. That there is enough love, success, and material goods to go around – for us and everyone. That the Universe operates under the principle of abundance.

However, to be open to the universal gifts offered we have to maintain a connection to universal flow. This connection is weakened when we are unbalanced. And when we live unbalanced lives the important things that ultimately fulfill us suffer.

This is usually related to health, family life, career, or our happiness and ability to connect to the subtleties in life. To feel joy. To feel peaceful.

We need to ask ourselves whether or not our life choices and decisions will bring us peace of mind, contentment, and ultimately make us happy.

Most of us have at least – at one time or another gotten caught up in the business of life and feeling the necessity of being in competition with others.

In his transformative healing sessions, Gerry Clow reminds us that as a society we have tipped the scales way off center as we have replaced the subtler aspects of life with the harsher ones:

“Most of our lives we are reactive, rather than reflective. We spend our time searching, not sourcing; looking, not listening; finding, but not feeling. We involve ourselves in life, forgetting often how to evolve ourselves in life, not realizing it’s essential – and healthy – to be on both pathways at the same time.” (1)

We inherited these attitudes. But we now know how destructive they are to our personal happiness and spiritual growth.

The Importance of Leading a Balanced Life

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(1) Gerry Clow, RPP, RCST www.handclow2012.com (2014). http://handclow2012.com/transformative-healing/(2018).

© Rosemary McCarthy, August 7, 2018.

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The Tao Birthed Us and Always Looks After Us

We all came here in harmony from Oneness, all perfect, to be loved and nourished, and will return one day unconditionally loved—just as we are.

We connect to this love within when we overlook our differences and see it in others. When we extend love’s qualities to all those we meet.

In Stephen Mitchell’s translation of the Tao Te Ching we are told how we are all a precious expression of the Tao. How we are all cherished:

Every being in the universe

is an expression of the Tao.

It springs into existence,

unconscious, perfect, free,

takes on a physical body,

lets circumstance complete it.

… … … …

The Tao gives birth to all beings,

nourishes them, maintains them,

cares for them, comforts them, protects them,

takes them back to itself,

creating without possessing,

acting without expecting,

guiding without interfering.(1)

Most of us have lost that connection to the unconditional love and the comfort, protection, and cherishment that is our inheritance.

Humanity’s history has caused the spark to go out. But the memory of who we are and what we came from lingers in our soul. On our hearts.

We sometimes get inklings of it. Reminders. From a loved one. The wonder of nature. A child’s smile. Beautiful art works. Music that moves us.

That lost memory has caused longing within us. We long to be loved. Cherished. Protected.

Deep within us we know we are supposed to feel these things. Have them. So, we reach for them! We look for them in areas that do not ultimately fulfill us. We pursue success. We seek respect. We look to all kids of pleasures – that sometimes turn to addictions.

And we seek love from others. But since most of us are not connected to the love within, we cannot fulfill the other’s void. We disappoint each other.

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We connect to the love within by embracing what brings us joy. Makes us feel peaceful. Passionate. And by extending love’s qualities (compassion, understanding, acceptance, etc.) to others it rekindles that spark of love within us.

Embracing Our Oneness – Seeing Our Sameness

Resolving our conflicts and making peace with our differences and the resulting judgments that stem from these – whether with individuals or groups of people – allows us to move closer to our wholeness, align with our godliness, and encourages us all to embrace the Oneness we all share.

We must focus on our sameness. For those of us with issues toward anybody different than us, whether because of race, creed, social status, or sexual preference, we have an opportunity to forgive ourselves for judging and for not seeing them as the masters intended us to see our brothers and sisters, namely, as perfect children of God.

The Tao Birthed Us and Always Looks After Us

For those of us who are being judged and have or are living with the pain and unfairness of prejudice, we have the opportunity to forgive those who judge, condemn, or create the inequalities we are enduring or have had to endure.

When our beliefs come from the narrow interpretations of scriptural writings – like “my religion or belief system is better than yours,” or, when we focus on word-for word-translations and for example, deem homosexuality a sin, we have lost the original intention of the messages. We are coming from a place of judgment. Not unconditional love.

Our scriptures were inspired, but came through the lens of the people at the time who were very judgmental and who also projected the darkness they held within themselves onto others.

There are many wonderful insights within the ancient scriptures and they hold wonderful energy that can uplift us. Bring us peace. Keep us centered.

The Tao Birthed Us and Always Looks After Us

We just have to remember that the true purpose of all the ancient scriptures is to help us reconnect with the Tao – and extend to others God’s love – the love that we came from and that is still within us.

We more easily access this love within when we extend it to others. When we allow judgement to override compassion, unconditional love, and full acceptance of others, how they practice their faith or who they are being, we are not reconnecting with the Tao – with God’s love.

We are not practicing our godliness or really adhering to the core message of our belief systems – which is seeing the perfection in all others and offering them acceptance and unconditional love – just as the Masters offer to us.

Notation:

(1) Stephen Mitchell, trans., Tao Te Ching (New York: HarperCollins, 2006), 51.

© Rosemary McCarthy, 2016, updated July 2018

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Newsletter – July 2018 – The Magic of Summertime

A Warm Welcome to my July Newsletter and its Theme

“Allowing the Magic of Summertime to Realign Us”

Summer is the perfect time to rediscover – or to discover for the first time – what makes us feel really good. To rebalance ourselves if we have become overworked, overstressed, or being overly busy.

Summertime Encourages Us – Out of Doing – and Into Being 

Our busy lives often cause us to lose track of our priorities. Get booged down in work, commitments, and schedules. This often leaves no time for relaxation. To just be. Able to feel joy.  To baskin the contentment of our lives or what we have accomplished. Tofind awe in all the magical things life has to offer. We often become unbalanced. (See below for link to full message)

Newsletter - July 2018 - The Magic of Summertime

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