“And this is one of the major questions of our lives: how we keep boundaries, what permission we have to cross boundaries, and how we do so.” A. B. Yehoshua
Our lives are inherently governed by our agreements. There are consequences to our choices. We can easily wake up in the morning and say ‘I’m quitting my job.’ And it is great to have the freedom on inclination to do so, but the cost for many is, with the loss of income, the potential loss of our homes and livelihoods.
We can’t live in fear of the consequences – but at the same time, we cannot ignore them.
Our agreements govern the quality of our lives… These determine in us what is possible and what is impossible. Though all things are possible, some choices do little to promote unity and harmony than others.
The reality of it is that we must learn to cultivate our power of discernment – being able to accurately predict the outcome of our choices and being able to follow through with the outcome. Intentions alone aren’t enough to guide us.
Our faith in a greater power will allow for the correction of actions towards uplifting the chances of our success, but only when our actions promote virtue.
Our happiness isn’t predicated on whether or not we can think happy thoughts – especially when those thoughts promote self-deception… It is easy to ignore the salient aspects of our lives at the cost of an emotional state of being. Our pursuit of happiness must incorporate a broader definition of the world, in terms of possibilities, when they are in harmony with our agreements.
A supportive foundation is required. An in-depth understanding of the causal roots that underlines our choices and motivations is key – without this understanding, our choices cannot produce the upliftment we are aiming to create – because they fail to take into account the underlining motivations that conspire against the initial desire.
When we ignore our relationships, relying purely on our Faith to correct them, and the conflict that plagues that relationship persists, ignoring them will not resolve the initial condition.
Confrontating them does – not in an egoist point of view, but in a light where unity and harmony and upliftement become the desired outcome. We confront adversity with humility.
We must learn to communicate effectively; openly, respectfully and sincerely with the people in our lives so that we can reach a point of understanding and find harmony in the outcome – regardless of what should be the outcome, or what should be revealed in the discussion.
We must return to Authentic Living…
Authenticity of character, desire, and values is the key component to Living with Joy. It is the disconnect from this foundation that prevents us from experiencing, in any great depth, the presence of Joy.
Each step of our lives is to bring to us a level of Understanding – the Understanding of Now can only be measured from the core of our experiences. Without our own first hand accounts, we cannot begin to understand the burdens of life and the challenges that are present that serve to discourage and weigh down the human soul.
Healing at its fundamental core is about Upliftment.
We uplift ourselves from our ignorance, relieve ourselves from Tension, find unity in Mind, Body and Soul, and arrive at a point of Well-Being where the body regenerates itself through Glory, and radiates that Glory to bathe all things around us in that Presence of Self. Others become transformed by that state of upliftment, which is the only worthwhile pursuit.
It is a sick world where our healers are as sick as their patients. And it is a tragedy when they do not see in themselves their own Dis-ease. Our healers are ignorant of not only the causes of our Dis-ease, but also the remedies which they prescribe with the belief that will heal us. There is very little upliftment in the world, because of the deficit of authenticity that is present – because we have never learned the virtues and values associated with such a way of living.
Surviving has become the norm… And that only serves to promote tension. Thus the cycle continues.
Our upliftment begins by giving our selves permission to step outside the present and to challenge our perceptions and push the boundaries of our values and beliefs and go into places where we are uncomfortable. Face our inner demons and confront our fears with dignity and joy. Because nothing does more harm to our soul, then our own unwillingness to confront our inner selves and awaken to the truth that we are immortal substance and infinite beings.