What often frustrates and derails the spiritual student is the quandary of how to live all the things learned along the path. The purpose of this blog is not to ask anyone to change a belief but to help those who are intent in their pursuit of living in alignment with their beliefs to put those ideals into their real lives.
Sunday, May 26, 2013
BLESSING - PART 2
Judging by some of the
responses that I’ve received from the Blessings writing, i.e. “I’ll do that
next time I go to the store” or “I might even try that in a restaurant”, it
would appear that I did not make the point very clear.The instructions were to apply the blessing
to any and all things.For example;
1)You turn on your computer to write an
email.Think of all the hands that made
that happen – the designer of the computer, manufacturer, transportation,
salesperson, and all that went into the software.Then realize the same depth with the
internet.And by the way, what about
those responsible for your house, the electricity, the desk, your chair?
lowly toothpick.How many hands were
involved in getting that toothpick from the forest to you?
I can hear you say, “But
Joan, I’m just too busy to do this.”My
answer:yes and no.Of course you are too busy during the day to
do the arduous exercise of considering and naming every single possibility of
everything you touch, see and do.BUT
you do have 1-2 minutes to contemplate just 1 thing.(Don used his beloved Trader Joe’s
If you let yourself embrace
the exercise – truly get into it, you will be astonished at the number of
people that it takes to bring one little piece of your life into being. Once
you let yourself have this in-depth experience, from that point on all you have
to do is look at something and let the kaleidoscoping effect of your mind just
stretch out so that you can embrace and uplift all that have brought whatever
you are contemplating into your life.
It becomes apparent that
hundreds of thousands of people are necessary for you to experience your
day-to-day life.Without them, your life
would be infinitely different.And, what
about all those who support them so that they can do what they do?
The first time I truly did
this exercise I was literally brought to my knees.It was one of the most profound, enlightening
and humbling experiences of my life.I
wept.I understood the introduction
motif of the TV series “Touch”.I saw
not only the interdependence by the absolute intertwining of all lives.I also saw that by asking for the elevation
of consciousness of all those involved there would be a profound effect upon
Then, I was instructed to “reverse”
the process and look at how if I did not turn on the computer, use the
toothpick, eat the chocolate, none of those people would need to exist.And I understood my part in the matrix.
I then heard, “now you can understand the truth behind ‘we
the people’ not ‘we a bunch of folks’ or ‘mankind’ not ‘menkind’ for indeed you
My dear friends, in my 30
years of service (in various forms) to what I now call the Sacred Stream of
Consciousness, I have been given many exercises, meditations and
celebrations.I can honestly say that I
cannot recall any that have affected me as much as this one has.I truly believe that anyone who embraces this
exercise will never be the same again.I
know that I will not – and Don says he won’t either.
In one of Richard Bach’s
books (Don and I dispute which one), he ends with “There is only one of us here,
and it is you.” I think this blessing and prayer for assistance in raising the
consciousness of all involved finally
makes this clear.
With very deep gratitude for
your presence in my life - JOAN