Disguises

December 24, 2013.

Remembering, in an era of arrogance, indifference and cruelty, the birth of the one who was the embodiment of love, gentleness and generosity.

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Please, don’t judge me. Don’t look down on me. I need your love. Love me.

Be compassionate. Be kind. Be generous. Be patient. Be soft.

I am here. I am my father’s gift to you.

I am here so you can grow your compassion, kindness and generosity.

I am here so you can face and defeat the selfishness that is corroding you.

I am here so you can conquer your fear and be free.

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It is a complicated world, I know, but be fair.

Do not cheat.

Do not steal from me.

Do not exploit me.

Do not oppress me.

Do not take advantage of me only because I am poor and weak.

Don’t look away when I am crying for help.

Don’t judge me.

Reach out and help me with understanding and compassion in your heart.

Raise me up.

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“Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?”

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The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

Then, I will say to you, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”

~ Matthew 25:31-46

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Healing Presence

May your life be like smooth sailing on a clear day.

Get on the boat, open the sails, set the course, and enjoy the ride.

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Sit back, relax, and enjoy the clear sky, the refreshing breeze, the translucent water.

Marvel at all the beauty of the world.

At least for a while, allow the winds and the currents to take you wherever they want to.

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You are here, now.

You are paying attention.

You are awake and alert.

You remember to recognize the Divine Beauty.

You remember to connect, communicate and commune with the Divine Source.

You are like a beautiful sponge that absorbs reality with joyful acceptance.

You are grateful.

You are happy, content and satisfied.

You experience calm. You emanate serenity. You are like a shining light that irradiates peace.

You are a healing presence wherever you go.

Namaste!

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Acceptance, Peace and Tranquility

It is so ephemeral, so difficult to grasp, so difficult to describe… I am talking about the peace and tranquility that we experience when we accept ‘what is.’

It all begins when you heed the calling from your highest self. You envision a future where you are going to be doing what you have been called to do. You put yourself in motion to make your dreams and desires come true. But in order to experience peace and tranquility in the present moment, you must, as you follow your bliss, detach from the results; you must let go of the need to get the imagined results the way you have imagined them, and within the timeframe you have imagined.

Imagination is a divine resource. Use it. Nurture it. Stay with it. Imagine yourself doing what you are being called to do. Feel all the good feelings of having reached the destination such as happiness and a sense of accomplishment. Keep present in your imagination the images of you doing a lot of good to a lot of people by being who you truly are meant to be. Meanwhile, accept — more than accept — rejoice with ‘what is,’ whatever it may be. Be grateful for who you are, where you are, what you have, the people you are presently sharing your life with, and the experiences you are living. Accept everything and give thanks. More than accept, celebrate your current life with joyful enthusiasm!

Work everyday to create the life you are called to live, and to create the situation and obtain the means you need to express yourself fully and give your gift to humanity. But let go of the need to control the outcomes. As you respond to your highest calling, and work to bring about the life that will allow you to give your grandest contribution to the world, you must constantly remind yourself to accept life as it is, as it comes, and be happy, content and satisfied in the present moment.

This is the discipline. This is the practice. This is the challenge. Can you do it? How can you calmly accept the life you have, here, now?

First, make sure you are following your bliss. Make sure you are responding to your highest calling. Be authentic. As long as you find yourself on the right road, progressing toward the right destination, setbacks will be much more tolerable.

Second, remember who you are — who you really are — and what your true essence is. You are an eternal spiritual being having a temporary human experience. The awareness of who you really are immediately enhances your peace and tranquility. For instance, if you feel that you will not have enough time to bring about the life of your dreams during your lifetime, the awareness that you are an eternal spiritual being will shield you from despair. It will prevent anxiety to take hold of you. You will look at your life and say, “everything happened for a reason.” You will accept that all things come at the right time.

So, cherish your dreams and desires. Be grateful for them. Recognize that they give you direction and motivation. At the same time, make the best of the life you have right here, right now.

Look ahead into the future while staying with all your senses in the present. Can you do it? Yes, you can. Practice brings perfection. Continue practicing. It is not easy to gracefully balance the present and the future. It is not easy to juggle gratitude and desire. That’s why the peace and tranquility that exudes from acceptance is so ephemeral, so difficult to grasp. It is there one moment, but if you shift your attention away from the present and focus too much on the future, it disappears. So, practice in order to achieve balance. Tend to both, present and future, in the right doses, otherwise that blissful tranquility may vanish.

They say that too much focus on the past brings about depression, and too much focus on the future brings about anxiety. That is true for some, but I think we can look at the past and choose to experience not depression but immense gratitude for everything we went through, for all the teachers life brought us, for all the lessons learned, for all the lives we were able to touch, and all the lessons we were able to teach. Let’s choose to look at the past with gratitude. And let’s choose to look at the future not with anxiety but with hope, confidence and a joyful feeling that we will soon be able to give the much we have to give. We are on your way to give our grandest contribution to the world. We are on your way to be all that we are meant to be, a great blessing to the Universe.

Do the good things you are called to do during our lifetime, accepting the perfection of your present situation, while hoping and working for an even better future. Do not get discouraged if you don’t get what you want within the timeframe you have imagined. Believe that eventually you will. Live with the belief that you have all the time in the world, and that you, sooner or later, will get to the precise destination the Forces of the Universe have reserved for you. Remember that, even if you may not think so, you already are where the Forces of the Universe want you to be. Remember that you are an eternal spiritual being, and if, for any reason, you don’t get to your desired destination during this life, you will eventually get there in the next, or the next, or the next. Calmly accept that if you don’t get there during this life it is because you are needed here, where you are right now, as you were needed wherever you may have been in the past, and wherever you may be in the future, to learn the lessons you need to learn and to teach the lessons you are supposed to teach. Realize that in the realm of the spiritual beings time is an illusion. You don’t need to rush. You have all the time in the world. You can slow down, relax, accept what is, and savor the present. You and I are eternal. We operate in eternity.

P.S. My good friend Jack, again and again, reminds me to stay in the present. He made a copy of the following passage from Eckhart Tolle’s book, The Power of Now, and gave it to me. “I have learned to offer no resistance to what is; I have learned to allow the present moment to be and to accept the impermanent nature of all things and conditions. Thus have I found peace.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

… I get it!

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… I truly get it!

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The Inner Room

Matthew 6:6

But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
~ New International Version

When you pray, go to your room and close the door. Pray privately to your Father who is with you. Your Father sees what you do in private. He will reward you.
~ God’s Word Translation

But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
~ King James Bible

But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thine inner chamber, and having shut thy door, pray to thy Father who is in secret, and thy Father who seeth in secret shall recompense thee. ~ American Standard Version

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Some call it room: others refer to it as closet, or inner chamber. What kind of room is this? Is it any normal room? But Jesus says it is “your” room. So where is my room? Is it a room in my house?

The inner room is the center of my being, that place of peace, stillness, calm and serenity inside myself.

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Go into your inner room, the room inside your own self, close the door, and listen. Be silent. Pay attention. Be alert. Just listen.

Give God time. Give God space. Just listen.

Don’t ask for anything. Just listen.

Connect. Communicate. Commune.

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When you pray, go to your inner room, that room inside of your own self, close the door behind you, and listen. Don’t allow anything to distract you. Remain in silence. If something distracts you — a thought, a sensation in your body, or a noise in the environment — simply let go. Return to the state of stillness and serenity. Return to the silence.

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When you pray, go to your inner room, that room inside of your own self, close the door behind you, and remain silent. And God who listens to you in the silence, will give you what you need, because He knows what you need.

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