Sunday, September 20, 2015
PREPARING FOR ANGELS
I really like the idea expressed in our Inspirational Song, "We Are All Angels," because it says in a very poetic way that we are all angels, but not quite complete – we only have one wing. It's time to learn how to grow the other wing so we can fly and soar and be free.
I came across this statement last week and I wanted to share it with you because I believe it gives us clues as to what to do to prepare for angels in our lives and to grow our own wings. It gives us advice for our spiritual practice.
"There comes a time in your life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Forget the bad and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right; pray for the ones who don't. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living. In Highest Truth we have never left the Heart of God."
We all have had the feeling that there is no more time. We are already in the process of enlightenment, whether we think we are ready or not. So what do we do? We start taking action. The last advice in the statement is really the first one. Remember the Highest Truth that we have never left the Heart of God. We are One in the Heart of God, each filled with mighty potential, creative genius, and expansive love. It's time to make that a permanent belief: we are always in the Heart of God.
To be in the Heart of God is to also remember that we are responsible for our lives only. We are not responsible for anyone else. We can support, encourage and, above all, love others, but we cannot do their work for them. The first step is to take care of ourselves. That means it is time to release all the drama in our lives and the people who create it and move back to peace and harmony. This might seem like a cruel thing, especially if the drama folks are family members or dear friends, but in reality we are not responsible for their drama or their life. Isn't it better to surround yourself with people who are happy and can make you laugh? What a great place to be – constantly in joy.
It's not easy releasing the drama situations and the drama people, but for our own sakes, for our own enlightenment, we must make that choice. And we must release the drama that we have created. As enlightenment beings we can be kind and loving, compassionate and caring as we release – but release we must. Our own life depends on it.
And even as we release the drama we can express love. Love does not end even if we move away or die or choose to exclude some people. Love is the ideal that encompasses the ideal in the other person. And it is okay to love from afar. Love does not end nor cease with distance or time. And for those hard to love, we can pray for their highest good. Whenever I see a situation on the news that includes a person who is taking negative actions, I don't condone what they have done, but I can pray for their highest good. I can pray for a change in their perception. I can pray for them to listen to the goodness in their heart. And then it is not up to me to make that happen. For that is God's job, not mine, but I can pray for them.
We can also set our goal to find authentic relationships, to cherish those authentic relationships we already have, and look for more to enjoy. And we can be authentic with people. We don't have to hide behind any masks. We are wonderful just the way we are. We can proclaim that and live that and believe that.
There is so much focus on the negative nowadays. We hear it, see it, live it. But that is not the truth of our being. We are to move back to goodness, to light, to the positive side of everything. We can become Pollyanna's again and see the world through rose-colored glasses. In each and every situation, let us look for the good. There is always an element of good in every negative situation. Through our enlightened perception, we can see the good even if those around us cannot. Situations and people are neutral. It is our own perception that calls us to judgment. The way we believe the world to be creates our response, our perception to everything and everyone. Are we One or are we separate?
The next suggestion is to be happy. Happiness is a choice. Happiness is a choice. In any situation you can choose to be happy. You can choose to feel light and airy instead of heavy and worn down. Think about this for a moment. Think "I can be happy. I am happy." Feel the difference in your body. This is a powerful spiritual practice. "I choose happiness" is a good affirmation to put on your mirror or refrigerator where you can see it and read it and think it and feel it every day. Life is too short not to choose happiness.
We all believe that life has many pitfalls and we fall down time after time. Some of us love to fall down and roll around in the mud. We can whine and cry and pout and think that life is not fair as much as we want, but at some point we have to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and start all over again. One of the markers of getting better at our spiritual practice is to realize we are getting up out of the mud a lot sooner and with more grace than we have in the past. When you share with me your "pick myself up again" moments, I rejoice. I smile and sometimes I even laugh because you are shining so brightly with spirit. Keep up the good work. This is living. This is walking the path of beauty, the path of harmony, the path of Spirit.
We never leave the Heart of God. Sometimes we forget, but when we begin our journey of life and realize it is a spiritual journey, the Truth rushes us and tackles us with joy. I am in the Heart of God. I am always in the Heart of God. There is no place where God is not and I am always there with God. I stand at the center of the great Circle of Life right on the spot where God is. I and my Creator are One and I am One with all of life. I am in right relationship to all things. This is where I want to be. This is my life and this is your life.
Remember who you are and where you are. When you fall down, get up again and carry on. God is in the ups and downs. God is in the smiles and frowns. God is here and God is there. God is with me everywhere. As we follow these suggestions, and they come to us in many teachings, they are the steps to be open to the guidance of our Angels. They are also the steps to grow our own angel wings. In the meantime, we can help each other fly. We are already practicing to be angels when we help one another and sing the glories of the Creator. I'll meet you in the sky one day and we will fly together in the great expanse of Heaven. Namaste, my angels.