A few weeks ago I had the unexpected pleasure and the gift of being able to bless this precious little girl named Faith. Her smile was infectious and holding her made me reflect on the gift of life each of us has been given.
What will you do with that gift?
We were all once a small child, our future filled with endless possibilities and fully aware of our divine nature. I heard one of my favorite stories at a writer’s conference in Maui told by Dan Millman author of The Way of the Peaceful Warrior.
A toddler asked his parents to be alone with his newly arrived sister. He asked and asked and asked. The parents were afraid he might be jealous and hurt his sister so they set up a baby monitor and listened intently as the boy approached the infant.
He leaned over the crib and softly whispered in his sister’s ear, “What does god look like? You are so much closer and I am beginning to forget what that love felt like.”
We always swim in a sea of love
I got an email the other day asking me how I could possible believe this is a safe universe? They want on to share all the losses they had recently experienced.
Life simply is. We have a variety of experiences and based on our filter system (not the events in life) we have an experience. Life is and then we tell ourselves a story.
I believe we swim in a sea of love so my experiences are colored by that belief. When my filter system was more fear based most of my experiences seemed harsh and painful.
Sometime, very soon I am going to have my 15 year old dog Ginger euthanized. Will I go to the vet skipping with joy? No, I will be sad and I will miss Ginger.
I know people who have chosen not to have another pet because of the pain of that loss. How sad. Ginger and I had 15 years together of adventures, laughter, love and sloppy dog kisses. I wouldn’t have missed one of those years even though saying goodbye will be very, very sad. But I know only her fur body will die. Her spirit will live on.
What beliefs do you want to control your experiences?
What a relief it was to realize I didn’t have to change the world in order to feel safe, peaceful and love. All I had to do was change my beliefs. I am so grateful I no longer believe the world needs to change for me. Joy or misery depends on my inner dialog, not the world.
We live in a perfect world. One where some people can experience joy and peace, some people can long for peace and others can wage war. The question is: what world do you want to live in?
Stop trying to change out there and take the inner journey that will set you free.
With love and aloha,
PS. I’d love to hear your thoughts about this being a safe universe – pro and con. And later this month I will be giving out a free Kindle reader to someone who has commented on my blog or left a review about my podcast Food for the Soul. I loooove my Kindle reader so I thought I’d share one with you.