Mind Full of Poverty

We can never hope to have enough humility to truly understand what it is like “in another man’s shoes.” We can only endeavor to appreciate what we ourselves have achieved without putting down another person’s circumstances and apparent choices that may have led to that lifestyle.

Recently, one of the current administration’s secretaries, Ben Carson, was quoted as saying this:

Poverty is a state of mind.

No wonder he’s been getting a huge backlash from saying this; but, it made me think. What is the reverse? So, I posted a response:

Mindlessness is a state of poverty.

We have choices in life; it’s true. Perhaps, as adults, we have chosen to say or do things that have kept us in some form of impoverished state of living. However, we can never look over the proverbial fence and point a finger at anyone else who seems to be living in poverty and tell them that it is all a state of mind. To do so is not only cruel and heartless, but misses the point of choice and mindfulness.

What is the opposite of mindfulness? Mindlessness. We are living in a unique time where we are all being forced to wake up to our collective condition. To say everyone is waking up at the same time or in the same way is ridiculous. Each human has their own unique path and will spend their life in a perpetual cycle of waking up and falling back to sleep again; no exceptions.

When someone asked the Dalai Lama whether he was enlightened, he laughed and replied that if he were, he would no longer be in physical form. On suffering and ignorance, he said:

“All suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their own happiness or satisfaction.”  ~Dalai Lama

There is poverty that goes beyond the simple fact of not having enough money to afford food or housing. It is the poverty of an ignorant mind, what I call mindlessness. If you cannot appreciate that each person is always doing the very best that they know how to do, in that moment with what they have to work with, then you cannot judge them.

A 16th century martyr, John Bradford, who was burned at the state for the crime of “stirring up the crowd” with rebellious words against Queen Mary the First (the Tutor queen), is attributed with the well-worn expression of humility:

There but for the Grace of God go I.

To be humble and understanding of the suffering and condition of others is one of the underpinnings of most religions. We can never hope to have enough humility to truly understand what it is like “in another man’s shoes.” We can only endeavor to appreciate what we ourselves have achieved without putting down another person’s circumstances and apparent choices that may have led to that lifestyle.

There is another axiom that comes to mind, so to speak, pun intended…A mind is a terrible thing to waste! If we are mind-FULL, rather than mind-LESS, then we can realize that our own path is unique and never-MIND what it is that others are or have done on theirs.

I welcome your thoughts on this thoughtful topic.

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May Day and Beltane – Return to Nature

German May Pole specifically calls to mind this heritage. The old teach the young about the strength of unity and the need to have customs. In our overly mechanized and increasingly sterile world, we have lost touch with the land, with the fertility engendered with springtime rituals of old, and ultimately our connection with nature itself.

You may have heard that it’s May 1st…traditionally “May Day” or Beltane, depending your region and religious background. It’s not celebrated much in the United States, but when I lived in Germany during the early 90s, there were still many festivals to enjoy.

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Maybe because Europe is more north than the USA, maybe it is that we are more separated from the growing of food and livestock in the many major cities that we live in. In the “States”, we are generally less aware of how our food is produced or the link between spring and the growing cycle. Spring is the time when the fields are beginning to show the first signs of crops peeking through the soil. It is also the time of year that in more agriculturally-aware culture that the breeding of livestock is most prevalent.

Humans in our technologically-advanced society get our food mostly from grocery stores in cans or plastic wrapped containers, far removed from any sign of growth or harvest. It would be safe to say that city kids (and a lot of their parents) have never been to a farm, having little in the way of understanding what food production looks like or even comes from. That is a pity. When we lose sight of where food really comes from, we forget that it is something that we should be grateful for in more than filling our stomachs.

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In the photo of a German May Pole, they have specifically calls to mind this heritage. The old teach the young about the strength of unity and the need to have customs. In our overly mechanized and increasingly sterile world, we have lost touch with the land, with the fertility engendered with springtime rituals of old, and ultimately our connection with nature itself. Beltane brings these all-but-forgotten traditions back into our memory, even if it’s only through arm’s length photos of what many would consider, at best, quaint. At worse, pagan with all that word’s negative connotations.

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We don’t need to change our religion, or even go back to living on the farm, to celebrate and recognize all this season celebrates as May Day. Luckily, farmer’s markets and larger selection of organic foods at our grocery stores have returned a little piece of nature back to our dinner table. Just for a moment, dance and sing around the Tree of Life, even if it’s only a photo or video that you have to gaze upon. Take time to celebrate this wondrous time of the return of life and the fertility that supports it.

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Knock and It Shall Be Opened

Only when you can confidently throw open or tear off those shutters completely, you will experience the true Light of Love that the Universe stands ready to reveal to you. It is your birthright, but it is also your choice.

Freewill.

One of the most misunderstood of all the concepts in between the personality and that we call God, the Divinity from which all things emerge. How, you may be asking, can I have freewill and yet my religion tells me that we also have karma or pre-destiny? This is an age-old conundrum.

There is many parts of the human being that are physical, but not all of you is in this physical reality that we think of as our existence. Consider, for a minute, that you are much more than a physical being that is currently walking on this planet we call Earth. Much of who you are, who you have always been and will always be, does not depend on this physical body that we so casually refer to as “me”.

Picture this, there is no beginning and no end to the soul; it is eternal. You are eternal. And, as an eternal being of light, you incarnate into this physical body willingly, knowing that with that decision, you are self-limiting yourself in physical form. Some of you may have sense of this, but it does not depend on you understanding this concept.

The Bible says, from dust you are made, to the dust you shall return. This passage refers to the portion of you that has become physical for the span of time you refer to as your life. Such a short amount of time as it is, it is merely a blink of an eye to the eternal you. When you take time into consideration, all that you call “good” and “bad” is merely a flicker of judgment you make with the limited understanding that you have obtained, mostly within the span of this life.

On a soul level, there is so much more to this; a greater understanding of experience that you can only have when you have a physical body. Choice is the true navigator of your life. What you choose, to do or not to do, this is what you have come here to play with. This is what amounts to freewill. Freewill, however, is as illusionary as this so-called reality that you are choosing to experience as a human being.

Freewill is a misnomer in that nothing is actually free, which is to say without consequences, as is the concept of willpower. Nothing can be willed to happen, everything that happens, happens because of what we perceive to be linear sequence of past to present. There is no past. Time and space, or rather space/time, exist only through our perception of this sequential, third-dimensional reality that we put so much stock in. One cannot fully understand what it like to be an eternal being while also fully enveloped in a 3D reality mindset.

Only through the acceptance of our eternal nature, you will understand that the Universe does not judge you. You judge you, and each other. Without judgment, there is no freedom of choice, as we think of it. There is also no need to experience the consequence of choice. There is only being Light, being Love. In this, you are free to choose to self-limit yourself as a human with a limited lifespan and to will yourself to be something other than light or love.

The Universe, “God” if you will, grants you the freedom to not believe, to not accept your own divinity. This is the sole purpose of the concept and exercise of so-called freewill. You are free to shutter yourself in a “lighthouse” of your own making. Free to close the shutters and either ignore or willfully deny your own light to shine. This is what the Bible passage talks about when it provides an allegory of hiding your light under a bushel basket. This is the choice you make to not shine your light; that much is a choice that can be called freewill.

What you may not fully realize is that this choice not to shine works both ways. You are not only hiding your light from other humans, you preventing the full light of the Universe to shine upon you. How silly is that? Why would the Universe give you this one choice? In fact, it did not. God did not give you freewill to shutter yourself up in your tower without windows. As a soul, you decided to conduct that experiment. What would this be like? To hide yourself from yourself and see what it would be like, to feel like, to close yourself up in that dark tower of your own creation.

If you have concluded that you don’t like what that feels like, then you have the choice to throw open those self-created shutters to expose yourself to yourself, to the Light of Love that you are. That is your choice. How will you ever know what it is like to freely shine that Light that has always been within you unless you risk exposing yourself to the Light that is Creation Itself?

You won’t. Until you do.

Again, there is no universal judgment and whether you choose to exercise this one measure of freewill. That is your choice. It has always been your choice and on a certain level, you know that. If you are reading these words, there must be a part of you that is ready to make that choice. To the degree you fear making that choice, you will risk either not opening up your shutters at all or perhaps, still uncertain of what is “out there”, you will only peak out briefly. In either case, that is you confirming that the Universe is unsafe. If that is your current belief, that is your truth.

Only when you can confidently throw open or tear off those shutters completely, you will experience the true Light of Love that the Universe stands ready to reveal to you. It is your birthright, but it is also your choice.

Will you let God’s Love shine upon you? It is your choice.

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In the Hearts of Men

It is also true that we have been given free will; the ability, through thought and action, to choose how we proceed in this life on Earth. She is a living, breathing thing; this Earth we live on. She is our Mother and our responsibility. How do you treat your Mother? What responsibility to you take in her future…our home?

Immanuel Kant wrote:

We can judge the heart of a man

by his treatment of animals.

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Man has been given a marvelous thing: nature. We are its guardians, caregivers…and, all too often…its destroyers.

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It is also true that we have been given free will; the ability, through thought and action, to choose how we proceed in this life on Earth. She is a living, breathing thing; this Earth we live on. She is our Mother and our responsibility. How do you treat your Mother? What responsibility to you take in her future…our home?

Animals and Men

This is especially true for the animals that we depend on and who depend on us. Unless you are a vegan, they are our food. We must be concerned with how they are raised and brought to our table, their treatment will affect us as well. On the other hand, we have domesticated animals that we call pets. From birds we keep in cages to the horses we keep in barns, but especially the cats and dogs that have become a member of the family.

These animals that we have taken out of their natural environment and brought into our homes. Fido and Fluffy should be treated with the utmost respect, kindness and love. All too often, we see stories of abuse and abandonment. This is a reflection of the heart of their owner. For, as an abuser can do this to an innocent animal, so can it be done to anyone.

Have a Heart

There is a current admonition, “If you see something, say something.”

This applies not only to strange or suspicious behavior in public, but also to those things you may see or be aware of through personal contact. We are each others’ keepers. That goes not only for humans, but for animals…as well as nature.

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Affirmation for Miracle Workers

I am content to be wherever He wishes, knowing He goes there with me.

ACIM, pg. 24

I am here

only to be truly helpful.

I am here

to represent Him Who sent me.

I do not have to worry

about what to say or what to do,

because He Who sent me will direct me.

I am content to be wherever He wishes,

knowing He goes there with me.

I will be healed

as I let Him teach me to heal.

To all of those who are lightworkers, healer, ministers and seeker.

  • A Course In Miracles (ACIM)

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Distant Horizons

It’s far more likely that, if you lift your head up, you will see that although the path may be long and the goal seems to be far away, with every step you will get closer. It is when you stop realizing that the ultimate destination is still possible that you will fall back into despair and fear-based thinking.

Set your sights on distant horizons and never give up!

We can often be pulled down to stare at the ground in front of us and lose perspective. When your focus is so narrow, it’s hard not to get depressed by what seems to be insurmountable obstacles. This is rarely the truth of your circumstances.

It’s far more likely that, if you lift your head up, you will see that although the path may be long and the goal seems to be far away, with every step you will get closer. It is when you stop realizing that the ultimate destination is still possible that you will fall back into despair and fear-based thinking.

The Law of Attraction

All too often, this kind of thinking becomes your reality. The Law of Attraction is not about obtaining great wealth, though that is possible. It’s also not about fooling yourself into thinking something is possible when every fiber of your being belies that to your current reality. The key is focusing not on what you don’t have or even what you think you want to have, since both only acknowledge that which is clearly what is. Attracting something new into your life requires that you move toward your goals with resolve and positive action.

Manifesting a new reality is not difficult, but it does take changing your state of mind. The mind likes things to stay the same; changing your mind is difficult since it requires embracing more than is known and stepping into the less-known.

Embracing the Coming Storm

You may look out to the horizon and see a storm forming. Storms can be scary. They may bring strong winds and rain, tornadoes and blizzards. What will happen when it reaches us cannot be completely known, that is what makes us fearful.

There are two distinct responses to an approaching storm; one is to do nothing, either over-confident of your level of preparation or resolved to fear; the other is to spring into action. With action, you may still experience the results of the storm, but you will know that you have done everything you could have done to prepare. This is embracing the storm. You acknowledge the potential threats, do what you can and then live with the results. Anything else is just pride, arrogance or fear.

Fear and Never Giving Up

There is an all-too-human reaction to seemingly great odds when things appear to be against us; fear. Fear is our animal instinct to the unknown. The reaction is usually fight-or-flight. Fear itself is not wrong, but it is the default position when we don’t understand what is happening. The answer is to convert the instinct to fear into the more productive action of breathing into that which we don’t yet understand and find a way to make sense of it in a non-reactive way.

By never giving up, you increase the likelihood of that becoming your reality. When you look up from the few steps directly in front of you, the known, and start focusing on that distant horizon, you begin the journey toward your ultimate goal. The path will continue to stretch out before you, but with resolve, it will get easier without succumbing to fear.

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