I don’t know exactly the right way to go about this, it’s an expansion into something I talked about before, of which i didn’t get a lot of feedback about.
Remember how i’ve expressed some frustration with some teachings in the Spiritual Communities on the internet and what have you..?
I recognize that my blogs are less appealing when I come from that space of frustration, and I am doing my best to shift my public expressions into a manner that is approachable and readable, without needing to create a war and separation between myself and the things I’m talking about.
And yet, just because I Love, does not mean I always have to like.
Here’s what I mean, did you see the Spirit Science episode about the Sh*t Sandwich? You can watch it here to catch up. The basic idea is that if you have some sh*t on your sandwich, you certainly don’t have to like it…
Now i’m sure as you’re reading this you’re probably thinking “Well I don’t like the sh*t sandwich, and I also don’t find myself loving it either!”.
Love has been described by many as coming from a space of forgiveness or kindness or thankfulness towards something or someone has come into your life.
I have a different description of it, which was described to me by a man, and friend whom I regard to be incredibly wise and knowledgable when it comes to these things.
Love is the awareness of the Infinite Connection between All things.
So for the sh*t sandwich, if you recognize its connections to you as well as everything else, you might recognize that you don’t particularly like it to eat, but you love that its a perfect fertilizer for the garden that makes your flowers grow big and smell amazing!
Seeing Love is recognizing the flow of energy between all things, and love is consciously making decisions that continues that flow for the good of All.
Often there’s a stage of infatuation that happens early in love, it’s like one or both people are oozing with energy out of their whole body, and coming together with someone has enough spark it all bursts out in a huge downpour of love from one person to the other.
Left unmaintained, the downpour will slow down until it stops, and then everyone will fight each other because both of them stopped giving. It takes effort to maintain that stream of Love to grow together.
If you were not aware of that connection in the first place, you wouldn’t be in love. Acting in accordance with it IS the awareness that its there.
Like and Dislike are also forms of Love, each with their own set of physical reactions that we usually have towards each of them. (Eat the sandwich if you like it, Give it to the Dog if you don’t).
Anyways, what i’m trying to get at here is that Love is something that just is when you become aware of someone or some thing, and much stronger if you see it in a meaningful way.
Even Hate is a form of love, because you see the connection and then you react to it, and if you feel the connection is taken away, it’s all the worse. (Think Darth Vader… that’s what happened to him.)
What i’ve been thinking about today and what I’m writing about now, is that my intention is to share what resonates with me, and also to share with you an awareness of WHY it resonates with me.
I’m a little afraid, because I also want to share what I dislike, and WHY I dislike them, again to share an awareness of the big picture from my perspective. The fear comes from the feeling that if I talk about something that I don’t like or am pushing away on, people will be upset or say that i’m doing something wrong or bad, because I shouldn’t talk about things that I don’t like.
Normally this wouldn’t be a problem out in the regular world of media, but I get classified under the “spiritual” category for internet-people to follow, so i’ve got some different “guidelines” to follow, or not follow, as i’m choosing to do now
I seriously think that if we can just be open and honest about what we see is working and what we see isn’t working, we can actually change the problem, rather than pretend it isn’t there.
So without further adieux, here are several Facebook Photo Shares, some that I dislike, and some that I like, along with reasons/responses about WHY I feel the way I feel. It’s simply an objective view, I love everyone who made them, and I have great respect for the intention to help. I feel it’s important that when we share things with the intention “to help people”, they should actually be helpful, and to do that we have to know what we’re talking about.
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Believe it or not, I actually really like this one. It points out a very specific problem. While it doesn’t describe the solution, it certainly paints a picture at why so many people are struggling with this “inner peace” thing. As if it’s supposed to just happen on its own when you sit down and shut up.
Inner Peace comes with outer peace, and outer peace comes with Inner Peace. They are synonymous. What are you experiencing problems with that you need peace?
Recognize both the Inside and the Outside.
On the outside, maybe you’re fighting with a Friend. On the inside, maybe you’ve having trouble feeling safe enough to be vulnerable with them… That’s okay, just recognize what it is.
If you can be in a space of friendship and compassion with them, and reconnect your energy, there isn’t a reason for the stress, and peace is created.
Maybe you have a problem you need solving… maybe you need some help with it? Just another thought
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Wowsy! This one got like 1700 shares on Facebook! People eat it up, because it leaves you in a space of awe and wonder of what could be right around the corner…
But that’s where it leaves you. In awe and wonder, without any physical action or direction to take. “Dear Future, I am ready.”…. for what? What do you want to create? If you sit around waiting for something to happen, you’re going to be waiting a LOOOOONG Time!
This one has appeal though because it connects with everyones desire for something new.
And that begs the question, what does everyone want?… and what can we do to make it happen?
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This one is a trick. See if you can see it.
It starts with a warning, giving off a vibe that there is good and evil in the universe, very much like Darth Vader up there, and that you must choose which side to take, and you have to choose carefully.
Here’s where they trick you.
“School of Applied Spiritual Science”.
It’s an advertisement for a business!! Ultimately, it leads people to see it, invoke a fear reaction, and are scared them into signing up for their course, and giving these guys your money.
Sure, maybe the lessons are great, and the principles of the School of Applied Spiritual Science is in alignment with the good of All… but if that’s true, they need to tell their marketing team that their promotions aren’t matching their core message.
Based on what i’m seeing here, i’ll choose to do something else I think… >__>
(Please understand that i’m not saying that the School of Applied Spiritual Science is in any way evil or bad, it’s just the vibe of the picture i’m talking about, I honestly don’t know anything about who they are as a group or business.)
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This one is a little bit of a lopsided coin. It’s half right, but half misleading.
I think it’s good to focus on your problems, and while you are doing it, practice looking for opportunities and possibilities to change them into something different. If we never focus on what’s broken, how can we ever fix it?
Don’t tell people to ignore their problems, that’s how problems get worse!
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I love Teal, she has been a big part of my life for a few years now, and I’ve enjoyed being in her life and watching her grow.
This is a little confusing of a quote, and I have some trouble with it for a few reasons.
According to this, there is no such thing as a mistake, nor a punishment. Because of this, everything that happens to you is a benefit in some way, and you must look through the “ego’s illusion” for that benefit.
I believe that mistakes and punishment are very real, and they’re part of the problem. If I make a mistake, for example I am not considerate of someone’s feelings, and they get really mad… often the response is to punish me for it. Likewise, our ego’s programming is often if we make mistakes, someone needs to be punished.
Sometimes we punish ourselves, and sometimes we punish the people we’re mad at. It’s our way of saying “I’m hurting and I don’t know what to do and my energy is exploding out like this!!!” It often can come out quite hurtful.
Now, I like what Teal says about finding the benefit, but we have to be clear here. The Punishment or Mistake itself is NOT the benefit. It is only when we become aware of it, and come to a space of desire to SHIFT it into something else, that we can create a powerful, positive benefit and transmutation of the frustrated or angry energy.
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It’s describing Love, that connection that you have. When someone “punishes” or hurts you or is mean to you or even just accidentally does something that makes you feel sad…
Forgiveness is one of the most powerful forms of compassion… In true love, there is no fear.
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So, i’d like to wrap this up by bringing it full circle. Love, and Like.
As I wrote earlier, I love all of those posts above… but i don’t necessarily like all of them. You can probably tell which from my responses.
I think that Love comes with a responsibility of saying what is true in your heart, which means when you see something that doesn’t line up with the natural flow, that isn’t in alignment with the One that we All Are… if you truly SEE it for what it is, you are responsible (able to respond) for saying what it is and if you can, change it into something else.
This is an idea that i’d like to expand upon in a blog later on, for now i hope it will suffice.
Let me ask you, what was the intention behind some of these photo-shares? Some of them are genuinely there to help people, to act as a guiding light.
And I certainly know that some of them were also there for publicity. They were made to get shares online, so that someone could feel good about creating something that a LOT of people saw. If that is the core intent, often it is easier to tell than something that is genuine.
We are One,
All of my Love,