It seems the definitive line between what is “real” and what is not can be, somewhat, blurred even for the steadiest and sanest of people, for those with any form of psychological problem or disorder, there can seem to be no lines at all. All is a confusing storm of misconceptions, whose winds buffet them around as if they have no strong hold with which to anchor themselves. Often, mentally haler people will misconstrue the antics of the less than mentally hale as a sign of lesser intelligence, this can be true for a few cases but every grouping of people, sane or not so, would have a wide variety of intelligence levels, so lack of psychological health cannot, necessarily always,indicate low intelligence, it is a false generalization. Many figures from your history were considered to be mad and you know, often, those same figures produced great works of art. Some showed true brilliance in more practical areas , such as science, with their work benefitting all mankind. If you should care to ponder on this yourself you would find the examples of this conundrum endless. So why is it that madness and intelligence can reside within the same entity and how can either state be measured or judged? Why is it that proof of extreme intelligence doesn’t automatically negate the label of madness or visa versa? Mmm, well, those lines that can seem so blurred do not exist. What does exist between these two states is a spinning vortex of cosmic potentiality, one that cannot always be seen by those with their eyes and minds firmly fixed on what’s “real”. This vortex throws out immense creative energy, energy that can be grasped by those open to it and often those open are the so called unstable. Stubborn, unyielding sanity has distinct edges and is often coloured either black or white but so called madness is flowing and colourful, making it compatible with the vortex. So while it may seem the troubled have no grip on reality it may be wise to consider that they may have a strong connection to the vortex. So, beloved children take great care WITH the dangerously damaged but take great care OF the gently unstable, for, they just may be seeing more of reality than could ever be perceived with a sane and rigid mind.
There are three things a person must reach for and know if they wish to live a life of joy, none of which is attainable in the physical form. Very few objects can, even, attempt to replicate the joy of spiritual possessions. What thing could match the joy felt by a full and loving heart? What thing could equal the peace born of faith or the wholeness felt from the connection to all and everything? ‘Tis true that, much sought after, objects can bring feelings akin to joy, they may bring feelings of happiness and satisfaction, they may give a sense of self-worth. All this seems good and surely worthwhile and so it is, for a time but these feelings are not permanent, they are transient, just as your life is transient. Almost everything you are, your body and all you own, will one day cease to be and you will not care. Moments of happiness, sadness and a myriad of other emotions are fleeting and will, in time, disperse, they are as transient as your body, but truth is not fleeting nor transient and it does not bide in your body. Truth bides in your soul, it is at the core of your being, the core that is, was and always will be. Everything other than this core and its’ truth is an illusion and just as a magician will use drifting smoke to cover the truth of his magic, drifting emotions will cover the truth of your magic. We do not suggest that emotions are needless nor that you should cease to yearn or desire, we simply ask, that you look past the smokescreen they create to see what lies hidden there, for, we guarantee, beloved children you will find the truth of I am love, I am peace and I am wholeness, your three magic possessions. Reach for them, know them and be joy.
What is it that you do when you are lonely, when you feel lost to the world at large? Most would simply seek company, believing the physical presence of another would alleviate their yearning, this should work – shouldn’t it? Strangely, lonely doesn’t always mean you are physically alone. It is often said that one can feel lonely in a crowded room, so it seems that even the presence of many people is not a solution, could it be that the missing energy is not the energy of physical presence but the energy of connection? Some people, even within their own home surrounded by their own family, still feel alone and lonely. When two people marry and perhaps begin to create their own family, their thoughts can include the idea that if they do this they will never be lonely, they will always have some-one. Unfortunately, even if, the family stay physically close and no-one is taken by death, loneliness can still occur. It seems no amount of true and full love can assuage loneliness once it has settled into the psyche, for that is where it truly lives. It does not dwell in your heart, it does not float through your soul, it drones away, like white noise, in the back of your mind, disallowing any clear and solid connection to the energies at your disposal. Until this fake interference is settled no amount of company will satisfy the lonely, for, loneliness is a lie and lies do not resonate with any part of your mind, body or soul. They jumble your energy and scramble the music of life. If you concentrate now, search for that troublesome noise, silence it with trust and acceptance that we are all one at the core, perhaps it will clear and new connections can be made or even old ones re-established. Listen for and heed the noises in your mind, take care that the noise be true and clear so that it can easily harmonize with the real music playing. Take your place in the orchestra, beloved children and create with us and all a symphony of joy, for you are not truly alone or lonely, it’s just the noise of the lie in your head interfering with the broadcast from the universe and all that is.
Even in the depths of winter, when the world seems still and silent, birds sing. Their song may not be as obvious as it is in more clement weather but it is there nonetheless. It is sad how birdsong can become merely background noise. Human hearing is limited and there will always be, through this and other circumstances, times when it seems no birdsong can be heard but mostly it is not heard because it is not heeded. Some particular sounds are cherished, the caroling of a magpie as the world wakens is a beautiful thing.The kookaburra’s laughter always lends an exotic tinge to the air. The gentle clucking of domestic chickens is a soothing and comforting sound, a plethora of birdsong, all with their own charm. Not all of these songs/sounds are methods of communication, sometimes it seems, birds sing simply for the pleasure of it. Do they sing to remind themselves they are alive or do they sing to remind you that you are alive? Birds do not need to be reminded, they already know their song is proof of life and joy, proof that there is beauty even if it is un-seeable, beauty can be audible. Many native peoples attribute birds with great power and meaning. Ancient myths called them the messengers of the gods and many figures of legend have been associated with birds. All this and more place the birds in their rightful position of honour, for, not only does their presence add beauty to the world they manifest it through their songs. Even in the bleakest of times they sing, regardless of the doings of man. While birds are of the air and only partly of the Earth they have a strong sense of when Mother Earth will shift, often moments before a natural disaster occurs they become silent and take flight. One of the first assurances that danger has passed is the reemergence of birds and their songs. They always return to give their message of life and fill the air with beauty. So, beloved children, if you fear you face disaster or you can see no beauty, listen for it instead, listen to the birds and their songs of life. Listen for and rejoice in birdsong for they truly are messengers of God and they sing for you.
Apathy is not a singular creation, it shares it’s birth with fear. These twin emotions can be very subtle, making them hard to distinguish from each other and just like some human twins they can be deceptive as to their true identity. Apathy won’t try and tell you it is it’s twin fear but fear will happily tell you it is apathy. Nonchalance, coolness, complacency are some of the false names apathy will try. These false names not only allow apathy to remain unrecognized but also allow fear to be mistaken for another more acceptable emotion. When,at times, people become physically or emotionally depleted their thoughts can become somewhat negative and they may feel they cannot contribute fully to life, this is not true apathy for there is no fear present, they are simply fatigued and in need of replenishment. Apathy born of depletion is a singular birth and has but a short life. When people are hale and hearty but still feel no passion, then there is a problem, then there is fear. It is a good idea to take note of how often you use particular phrases , “I don’t mind” or “I don’t care” are the mantras of apathy and the thought behind them such as, if I don’t choose I can’t loose is the influence of fear. Saying “It doesn’t matter” too often when, on any level, it really does can also lead to spending time with the twins. Every indifferent response needs to be examined with the feeling behind it clearly seen and named, for, just like Rumpelstiltskin from the fairytale of old, apathy and fear once truly named will loose their power over you and as in the story you too will retain your child, your trusting, joyful inner child. Look closely at your emotions beloved children, name every one by their true name and never enslave yourself to them.
When the Bible was written the world was a very different place and the common people had very little knowledge of the world at large. Their way of perceiving life would have been very different to your way in this time. Throughout the Bible metaphors are used that do not have much meaning to this age and it’s people. Creating an updated version, using modern language and terms of reference could enable an even wider audience, of course, that will not happen it would be seen as sacrilegious . We do not wish to denigrate those who believe and live by the Bible, we simply wonder at it’s enduring power and how faith has sustained itself given that the writings are thousands of years old and not particularly relevant to modern society. Could it be that it is not so much the writings that carry and convey faith but the feeling behind the writings? Words of faith, when felt rather than just read, come alive and they vibrate with energy – just as you do. This is how they endure despite their seeming irrelevance. On some level, no matter whether you are a follower of Christ and the Bible or not, the energy of faith resonates with you, it calls to you and you reach for it whether you are aware or not. The energy of faith is part of your genetic make-up, religious persuasion is of no consequence. Jesus once said “ I am the way and the truth and the life and none shall come to the Father except through me” to some non – religious people these words may seem arrogant, even elitist. Bear with us, we mean no offence but consider the challenge those words can seem to some. Is faith and belief to be exclusively directed through one man, one book of writings – writings that can never reflect present life? If this is your way peace and blessings to you but what of those who cannot follow this way, does it mean they are faithless? No. Faith has no boundaries and at times not even a focus. Faith is free. The energy of the words of faith are not bound in a book, it is not only present in a chosen few. The energy of faith is manifest, it lives in each and every one of you, it breathes when you breathe. It protects you as a father should, it honours you as a son should and it sustains your own holy spirit. There is no need to dismiss the religious teachings of ages past but if they do not resonate with you trust that the beauty of faith will. Tenderly embrace your own faith beloved children and it will tenderly embrace you.
Sometimes in the wake of upheaval, when something catastrophic has caused life to shift abruptly, thoughts can turn repeatedly to the past. Replaying over and over the catalyst to the event, picking apart tiny moments or circumstances that could have played out differently – if only thoughts. If only that hadn’t been done. If only that hadn’t been said. Where do these “ if only” thoughts lead? They go nowhere but inside your own head, bouncing about, depleting your energy, giving you a fantastical promise of control. If only you could push your new insights backwards in time you could fix everything. You know your present thoughts affect your reality and well being in the now and most of you work consciously to ensure your thoughts of the future are positive, these thoughts have the potential to manifest, thoughts of the past, however, do not. The restructuring of the past is a game your ego plays, one it enjoys immensely. Ponder this, if you will, from the ego’s view, it believes it could have had the foresight at the time , without any particular knowledge of the future, to manipulate events to arrive at a different outcome. How could it foresee of that which it had no knowledge? That is egotistical even for the ego. So, while the maniacal ego is dreaming it’s schemes of impossible time travel, where are you? Are you here now or lost in a false past, a useless past? The past does not smoothly connect with the future, only the present has that ability. Trying to pass directly from past to future is like trying to cross a raging river on a bridge made of paper. As always, you have choice, your past is gone, it is dead, your present is alive and your future calls you on the wind flowing steadily towards you. So, we ask, beloved children that you turn your face to the wind and allow it to blow your past behind you, heed it’s call. Create for yourself the strongest bridge you are able with foundations firmly set in the now, gently silence the “ if only” and travel on with peace and hope.
There are so many influences to each life experience. You live your life forever surrounded by other people, even if, your circle of friends is limited or you live in a sparsely populated location, the energy of others still affects your energy. It can seem surprisingly difficult for those energies to harmonize but you manage better than you think. If you were to stand completely alone within an empty landscape you would assume that you were only encountering your own presence, not so, physical distance is of no account. If you are alone in this moment, pause a minute, close your eyes, reach out and sense. Mmm….. and can you feel the others? Your energy, each and every one of you, is as vast as an ocean and just as an ocean it truly has no end. All energies merge, though still shifting and redirecting to flow in various ways but never separating. You drag parts of the merged energy with you wherever you go. Disharmony of spirit occurs when that dragged energy feels heavy, burdensome but is it really that weighty? Can you not still move and doesn’t that merged energy in someway help support your own? Through the ages God seekers have tried, in often extreme ways, to become one with God, to have, to be nothing else but part of God. This they may have thought to have achieved, if only fleetingly, by forcefully separating themselves from others, finding their own quiet nook and damming off the sea of energies to become their own private little pond. This can seem peaceful even healing for a time, no other influences – they think- just their own energy/water but as we have said before “ still water, no matter how beautiful, will always become stagnant if not agitated”. In time that separated water looses it’s ability to sustain or create life. It needs the moving, life supporting essence of the ocean, that magnificent, all encompassing ocean, that is all humanity, that is all God, unity with this is the true oneness sought. For you, they, him, her, us and God ARE the ocean. We all meld together. We all carry each other whether we are aware or not. No-one carries more than they are able nor is anyone ever truly alone. So beloved children, flow on with peace and grace through the ocean with no end knowing you are lifted in equal measure to whatever weight you carry.
Lost in the depths of despair people often shut themselves away, preferring others not see their weakness. This is a primeval response to hurt and vulnerability. When the world had a much more brutal and primitive environment those who were hurt would seek a safe hiding place,make themselves small and await healing, knowing with their strength sapped they were easy prey for predators. In this time, your time, physical injury is no longer the prime reason to hide. Mental and spiritual anguish is what pushes people into seclusion. Removing oneself from society can create, for a time, a safe and peacefully controlled existence but never should isolation become a life, a habit. Many, who have become trapped in their once haven, no longer remember that there is another way to live. Their closed minds and hearts have sealed over and scared, like old wounds, locking the hurt inside. Often, in their mind’s eye, they imagine the outside world, imagine others playing out their lives, sometimes sneeringly believing they can never again be part of it or believe it is just too risky and that they are safer where they are. How very sad. Unfortunately the healing of this situation needs to begin within the person themselves. Those who are strong can be very tempted to try and force the secluded into the open. This will not work. Given time and peace the false images of the mind’s eye will begin to disperse. That eye will become more of a window, one that does not reflect themselves but allows them to look outwards. It is then they need to see a simple sign to draw them out. From where would that sign come? Who would provide it? Long ago ancient man, whose communities were separated by great distances, made use of the smoke from their campfires to communicate. Not only could the smoke relay messages there was then, as is now, a message in the fire itself. Campfires symbolize a living community, comfort and warmth, they draw the lonely and frightened like a magnet, they offer light and safety. Light and safety is what we all seek and light can be found anywhere as long as it is continually lit by those who are able for those who are not. So, beloved children, BE the sign, light your campfires, create the light and allow the wounded to seek you. Send up your smoke signals and show the way to hope and unity.
Every adult knows that the best way to solve the riddle of a garden maze is to raise themselves higher so the entire puzzle can be seen. Children, at first, don’t know this. Most would gladly blunder along, enjoying the adventure, until perhaps, they become tired or confused and maybe a little scared. Is it age bringing wisdom that eventually allows children to find the solution or is it the confusion and fright enforcing the need for an answer? Probably a little of both. The tactic of raising yourself higher for a more comprehensive view is one that can be applied to many circumstances in life. We ask, many times, that you live in the moment, deal with what is actually happening now and we still advise this. That does not mean that if you are uncomprehending of what you are experiencing in the moment you must transfix your body and mind until you do comprehend . We suggest that, whilst staying in the moment, a higher perspective can be sought. In some situations it can seem as if you are facing a mammoth wall of obstruction – a dead end with no way round. It can seem the only logical option is to turn back. In a physical maze these walls are created with and for amusement, it is part of the game. In a real life situation these walls can be created by thoughts, yours and the thoughts of others. Rarely are these dead ends tangible, even so, these walls of thought can be scaled. You can rise above them, achieve a different view from a higher point and even if the exit is some distance away the promise of resolution can be a comfort and help renew your resolve to not retrace your steps but continue on with faith. For you are no longer blundering children and you have no reason to become scared. You are wise adults who can enjoy the adventure of the maze, knowing you have the ability to raise yourselves higher, knowing you will always find your way.