Faith, God, love, Spirituality

The Audacity of Authenticity

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Conscious – Awake – Aware

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Engaged – Proactive – Involved

The Answer – The Solution – The X Factor

The Innovator – The Creator – The Inventor

The Storyteller – The Historian –  The Legacy

The Way-shower – The Light – The Christ

Kindness – Compassion – Love

 

Isn’t it funny how we are always pushing others to express themselves and live in the glory of their authentic self? Well, it seems that it is easier said than done. While its true that is what we say and how we feel (kinda), we only mean it if you do it our way. Ah, to control the narrative of someone else’s story!

Look around. All that is, all that exist is a testament and a constant reminder of the greatness and immeasurable Creative Intelligent Mind that only created originals. Think about that for a second. No two anything are exactly alike, not even identical twins! There is nothing random or happenstance about anything or anyone in the universe. All is purposed and all represents a unique and intelligent idea that originated in Divine Mind, which means of course, we are by our very nature divine. Talk about some good news!

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Our physical world (Earth) is supposed to mirror the spiritual world (Heaven) not in the way it looks (impossible) but in the way it and we operate; the way in which we live. Task in hand, Mind-kind  instituted rules (laws) to create a system of order which is supposed to help us to work, live and play with others in peace and enjoyment.  Many if not most of man’s laws are borne out of fear and exist for no other purpose than to place other mind-kind in a heretical system of subjugation. All too often different is misinterpreted as less than or inferior to that which is perceived to be more than or superior.

One of the challenges we face in our humanness is to learn to accept those who appear different or unique. We tend to gravitate to that which looks and feels most familiar to us. We shy away and are even afraid of that which we perceive as different or other. This behavior is contrary to our design. Love created us. Love abounds. Love is everlasting, which is eternal.

So, gives? Why isn’t it easier to not only say but live “Namaste” – The God in me sees and honors the God in you instead of disliking, distrusting and not loving you because we are not cookie cuts? Well, the root cause is not hatred or bigotry. These are symptoms of the true disease. Contrary to popular belief, hate is not the opposite of love.

Let’s explore this further and deepen our understanding of the one true enemy of Mind/kind: FEAR.  Yes , you read that correctly. The opposite of love is fear. Some have assigned an acronym for it: False Evidence Appearing Real and False Expectations Appearing Real. Keep It Real  Yes, these are good soundbites intended to reduce fear to the nothingness that it is. But soundbites are just that. Its time to go deeper and that means its time to go higher.

Fear itself is uncomfortable. It is other. It is unknown. It is unnatural. It is not what lies in darkness, it is the darkness. Fear has no power. No existence. No being. It is only what and who we believe it to be. Fear is nothing, absolutely nothing.   And Fear is the one thing that God did not create. Fear is a creation straight from the immature mind of man. Fear gives meaning to the darkness we find ourselves in when we take our “eye” off of God. We deem ourselves to be worthy of The God that is, instead of the gods we are.  Just pause and let that marinate for a moment.

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You and I were created in Divine God-Mind happy, healthy, whole/complete. We are lacking nothing. Wanting nothing. In fact, all that we would ever hope for, dream of, think of, was created in us from the beginning. Each of us received a uniquely individual personality and skill set which matches up perfectly with God’s idea of itself expressed as you and me. The only thing God did not give us is the spirit or consciousness of fear. Are you with me so far? Great! So let’s step all the way in and make it plain:

Before God .. well there isn’t a “before God” so no need to go there. Everything that is, was created by God and expresses Elohim God in whatever form it chose to manifest – people, places and things.

One of my favorite descriptions of God All Mind is found in Bible Scriptures. I John 4:8 identifies God as Love. I Corinthians 13 identifies the attributes, the character of Love/God. To understand all that love is, is to understand all that God is. And all that God is not.

So, now you are knowing.Authenticity

Only when you are knowingly engaged and connected with All-Mind are you living and being authentically purposed, authentically true, authentically YOU.

When we “imitate” the Father, whatever He says, I do; whatever He does, I do. It is only when we become as the Father, we can live our authentic self; walk in the audacity of our authenticity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faith, Metaphysics, Spirituality

Shift Happens …

Today is a good day. The sun is shining, not a cloud in the sky. Even the birds are singing. Yes, life is sweet, just the way you planned it or at least on its way to your idea of perfection. Suddenly, Bang! Boom! Pow! seemingly out of nowhere Life Happens. You were minding your own business, traveling down/up your own path and in the twinkling of a eye, in an instant you find yourself, your world and affairs smack dab in the middle of an inconvenient interruption to your status quo. What will you do, what happens when SHIFT HAPPENS?pexels-photo-305264

 In general, natural disasters and man-made tragedies happen all over the world every  minute of everyday. Hurricanes, tornadoes, avalanches, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, wildfires, floods, tsunamis, and more are the stuff breaking news stories are made of; especially when there is a great threat of loss of life and property. In cities, towns communities and villages, homicides, suicides, burglaries, vehicle accidents (on the ground and in the air), miscellaneous acts of hatred and violence including wars are enough to make one’s head spin. And, of course, there are the changes that occur with what I call the “Circle of Life” Events: Birth, living, death and transition. While we may pause for a moment of silence, prayer or a brief reflection, none of us really skip a beat until shift happens to us.

In the state of California we can be sure of three things: (1) Earthquakes, (2) Wildfires and (3) The rain, mudslides and floods that follow. As with anything else, these events occur in cycles. Earthquakes pretty much happen all of the time, as the Earth itself is a living breathing planet. It is always moving and stretching and shifting; we just don’t realize it because most of the time it happens so deep below the surface we just don’t notice.  Oh, but just let this beautiful blue marble cough, sigh or yawn a little closer to Terra-firma and folks will be diving under tables and headed for the nearest doorway! An earthquake is like an avalanche; there is usually no warning ahead of time. One minute nothing. The next there’s a whole lot of shaking going on.

In this year, the United States of America has certainly experienced its share and more of disasters and life changing events. Of all of them, Hurricane Maria’s devastation of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and the California Wildfires were the catalyst for this writing. I guess because of the sheer numbers of families (especially children) impacted. Homes lost. Businesses lost. lives lost. Hope lost. Suddenly, in the twinkling of an eye all it seems is lost.

When what you had no longer exists, you must be about the business of creating a new form of your existence. Make no mistake about it, you will most likely have to accept your new reality even if for a little while. It is what it is. But the good news is, the power to change it is entirely up to you.pexels-photo-272254

Rebuilding after loss requires strength, hope, heart, patience, determination and a measure of faith. If you are connected with a church, synagogue, temple or another type of spiritual ministry, hopefully you have access to a good support system to help guide you to better days. If your support system is non-existent or lacking, don’t despair.

There are many resources available to you; from social media to community services, neighbors and yes even strangers. Just remember to reach out: seek and you will find. You are not now, not ever alone. Whatever your challenge today, it will pass. We’d like to think that you will find something on TheIAMChannel.com to encourage you. Lift you. Empower you. Be a place of information, comfort and peace for you.pexels-photo-264196

Someone once said; “Nothing is certain except death and taxes.” Well, that’s only partially true. There is actually a third component: CHANGE. You may not be able to control the initiating circumstances but how you react is 100% up to you. Not all detours, potholes and road hazards are negative or a bad sign. When you can’t see beyond the brokenness of your situation it is very easy to fall into the trap of believing what you see.

Don’t believe what you see, rather, see what you believe. pexels-photo-243170

We’ve posted some useful videos on our http://www.youtube.com channel: TheIAMChannel.com or click on the link from this site.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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