PART TWO THE MESSAGE
CHAPTER SEVEN –
HEAVEN ON EARTH –
FINDING JOY AND PEACE
Shout out a joyous noise unto the Lord knowing you
are saved, and whole and walk in oneness with the spirit
of all life and creation.
Shout out and let the world know your joy and glad tidings –
let the world know you are safe and secure in the hands
Shout out and let the universe know you are thankful for
all you have and are yet to have – all the beauty –
the abundance – all of the love.
Shout out for the healing power that is within your soul –
mending you – cleansing you – clearing away the wound
and replacing it with smooth flesh.
Shout out for the strength within the power and energy of
God’s presence – feel the strength – feel the power.
Shout out and know the blessings of all existence wait for
you to receive – for you to open your heart and truly
understand you are worthy.
Shout out and rejoice for you have found favor with God –
and are truly blessed – you the sons and daughters of God –
you with the Christ potential built into your divine soul –
you who are perfect and always have been perfect in divine sight.
I woke this morning planning to start this chapter of Part Two The Message with another aspect of the message I have received from God on my commute, but the lyrics of the Los Lonely Boys rhythmic, enchanting, but eerie hit song “Heaven” - that poses the central existential question, “How Far Is Heaven?,” - was on an endless loop in my mind. I realized during my morning reading and meditation that I should start with finding Heaven first, since this is what I have really understood as the goal of all our spiritual efforts, creating Heaven On Earth and living with joy, peace, love, and happiness.
Listen To HEAVEN Download Above Or Download From iTunes
Save me from this prison
Lord help me get away
Cause only you can save me now
From this misery
I've been lost in my own place
And I'm gettin' weary
How far is heaven
And I know that I need to change
My ways of livin'
How far is heaven,
Lord can you tell me….
So, in a since, we will start at the end, discussing the most important and complex concept I have learned from my meditation guidance first, and hopefully, the answer to the Los Lonely Boys existential question – How Far Is Heaven? In truth, I believe the answer is a simple one: not far, we are now in heaven.
From all I can understand from my guidance, it appears we have reversed the concept, and instead of living and then dying and then going to heaven, it is the opposite: life itself is our opportunity to experience heaven. Also, in my guidance “Heaven” is not a place or a location, but a level of consciousness, which is used as a synonym for the state of spiritual “Enlightenment.” Heaven is a state of mind, a perception, available to us all at this very moment.
You may be saying out loud, “say what? Ok, G. you may be in heaven, but I am with the Los Lonely Boys and this sure does not look, or feel like, heaven. Hey G. open your eyes and look around, can’t you see the misery, the poverty, the crime, Cancer, AIDS, and that’s just for starters - it looks more like hell to me than heaven.”
Ok, I would reply, there is suffering, but I say look into the eyes of a child; touch someone you love and care for; observe the beauty of art, dance, music; understand the amazing sensory vehicle you have been given to touch, feel and love this miracle we call life. So, we both have our points, but I would like to present in this chapter of the book, for possible consideration in your own spiritual pursuits, the case I feel God has presented to me.
As we described in Chapter Six, the Seven Facets Of Crystal Consciousness culminate in attaining an authentic purposeful life – being fully you - and in the process creating your own heaven on earth. As I was trying to determine how to present these key topics in the book, I received the following Meditation Guidance, which emphasizes the importance of the connection between Authentic Life and Heaven on Earth.
Fuller life is what you seek and is the essence of all struggle
and movement on this earth. Fuller life is not more of what
you have but is conceiving and seeing what exists around
you. What is your heaven on earth? Would you recognize
it if it appears?
Heaven is being one with life – living in full enthusiasm –
loving abundantly and becoming your authentic self.
The squirrel moving across the lawn is not divided within
itself – it has one purpose – live life to its fullest – pushing
boundaries at times – taking risks, but being a squirrel
first and foremost.
Being fully you – is authentic life – not the you of your
parents dreams or your lovers desires - but the you God
has empowered you to be. Move back to this and start
exploring from there.
This is the you of your talents, your ability, your dreams.
What impedes progress towards being fully you? Every
day we are presented with the ife of our past – created
from our past desires.
Learn to live and accept it – to flow with it and see its
place. You must accept this place and create from this
spot – not negating – but affirming and building.
NOE 9.10.2010 8:05 AM
HEAVEN OR HELL - A PERSONAL CHOICE?
Since the focus of Part Two of the book is on the actual message, and not just my perspective, let’s travel back to Sunday, November 16, 2008 and the Meditation Guidance I received titled Heaven or Hell, and understand the actual message to see if it makes any sense.
HEAVEN OR HELL?
Each person has their own unique vision of this world, their
own reality. Heaven and hell are created and composed of
this vision. Heaven and hell are within you, not outside of
you, you make the choice, you lay the foundation.
You come to this experience of creative life, this world,
to find heaven and experience a living heaven on earth.
This is the gift from God to all life – the opportunity to
experience life as God experiences life in a heaven of joy,
love, peace and happiness. Heaven and hell are the result
of your spiritual and physical life journey. Heaven and hell
are the visions of the world that you create, not that are
created for you.
Heaven and hell are within you and they are the result of
your own vision of this world. Much of the world today now
creates a vision of hell and lives in the hell of guilt, shame,
poverty, lack, hopelessness, illness, and despair. These are
the emotions of hell on earth.
Create heaven in your mind, see heaven, visualize heaven,
and experience the love, peace, joy, forgiveness, actualization,
and creativity of an internal heaven – and an external heaven.
All enlightenment is the pursuit of becoming God and
experiencing Spirit’s heaven on earth – within you.
This is the time – this is the truth that you seek.
NOE 11.16.2008 9:50 AM
The “Key Tenets” of the message listed above relate to finding heaven, or hell, on earth, and as a result, true enlightenment. These tenets, in some sense, reflect all the other messages I have received during my commutes to DC on the train. I use the word “tenet” as it is defined by Webster as “a principle or belief, especially one of the main principles of a religion or philosophy.” I like the concept of a “principle” – defined as – “a fundamental truth or proposition that serves as a foundation for a system of belief or behavior or a chain of reasoning”.
Although spiritual in nature, I am not proposing a religion, but instead I am proposing a “chain of reasoning or fundamental truth” that I believe God is conveying. I would like to review each briefly, without explanation, so each of us might determine if they appear at least tenable.
1. Heaven or Hell is a matter of interpretation – a choice we all
make based on our vision of the world, our faith, and our
perspective. If we create a vision of heaven in our minds, then
we will exist in heaven.
2. As spiritual beings, this life is a gift from God to grow spiritually,
and an opportunity to experience life as God would experience it -
with joy, peace, love, and happiness.
3. Many today have chosen to envision and create - through the
power of their egos – a real hell on earth for themselves and
4. Enlightenment is living as God intended and experiencing
heaven on earth with joy, peace, love, and happiness.
The message above is certainly a radical departure from what we have been told by established religious doctrine. Gone is the motivation to live a life of misery for a potential reward in heaven, or based on the fear of punishment, in hell. Instead, humankind has often set up its own hell on earth through its own ego driven vision, but has the ability to create heaven on earth, and by doing so, experience love, peace, joy, and actualization by simply changing this perspective, and awakening to the potential for enlightenment - and as a result, experience heaven on earth as God intended us to experience it. In the end, attaining heaven on earth - known as enlightenment, is, for all intents and purposes, a personal choice.
HeavenOnEarth Game Version 2014.Infinity
To continue our discussion, I would like to have some fun by viewing this from another perspective, and see what it reveals. Let’s take a fantasy journey to meet the supreme software maker of eternity, the geek of all geeks, God, CEO and COO and LeadDeveloper of the Lifeware Project, whose primary product is the hit software game HeavenOnEarth version 2014.Infinity.
The HeavenOnEarth game enables game participants - spiritual souls - to take human form and create a world of their own choosing, along with billions of other participants. To make the game competitive, those souls who decide to participate, pick a level of life difficulty, the more difficult the more life points, with poverty and abuse giving the highest points, if actually overcome by time of transition back. But the key is to a select a spiritual mission, which is forgotten at birth, but through a series of game clues while living, a participant needs to identify and accomplish the mission in order to maximize their score and win.
God has been developing this game for centuries and, although it still has some glitches, it beats the earlier versions where all participants became Cicada Bugs and had to burrow into and live underground for seven years, only to come to the surface, mate, and die. Ok, there have been a lot of customer service issues regarding the Ego Module of the game. And although God has sent some of Lifeware’s key technicians in to assist - Lao Tzu, Buddha, and Jesus to name a few, few participants have learned how to handle their Ego issues. Frankly, God decided a while back to let the Ego Module bug stay in, because it made the game more challenging and dynamic. Sometimes things do work out for the best.
All HeavenOnEarth participants can make anything happen by using their mind to cocreate with God – and since each participant has free will, they get to pick what they want HeavenOnEarth to look like. In fact, the selling point for joining the game is free will, create your own world, and get what you want or need by using the Law of Attraction feature.
The downside is that many participants have not been able to control or harness their egos, so play can become very difficult and downright dangerous. The Ego glitch has resulted in the ability to create hell on earth for some participants who can’t quite understand the knack of mind control. So although it is needless - war, poverty, and starvation are common grips of participants who feel the game is too hard to master.
On the positive side, there is much guidance available within the game features to help participants overcome their egos and discover and accomplish their spiritual mission. Of course when this occurs, these lucky players live in abundance, joy and peace, enjoying all the pleasures of heaven on earth. The game is quite challenging and very addictive, with souls jumping back in as soon as they transition to improve their scores with each visit.
Sound familiar? As our visit at Lifeware, Inc. ends and we return to our own lives and realities, I propose that we are all currently playing the HeavenOnEarth game. I hope this chapter of God guidance provides some consulting assistance on how we all might maximize our chances of experiencing some of this joy, peace, love, and happiness built into our lives and waiting for us all.
YOU NEED MORE
I know you may believe the help feature on this real life game is nonexistent, and only provides you the support you need long after you have fallen into disaster. And how about the suffering, pain, and anguish that seems to flow abundantly. Some of you would sue if you could.
So I am sure we all have a list of questions we would like to have answered like, “what would this heaven on earth be like and how do we find it?” What would we experience? How would we live? Would we all have meaningful jobs, wonderful relationships, and abundance – a life overflowing with enthusiasm, joy, peace, and love? As you might expect, I feel God’s answer would be yes, but with a condition - we would all need to be willing to learn to look at life just a bit differently than we do now. Let’s look at some of the advice I have received and see if it sheds any light on the process.
Since the message of Finding God On The Train, which we have discussed in the Chapter Five and Six, and will continue to examine throughout the remainder of the book, works diligently to answer these questions in detail, thus preparing the committed reader for excellling at the actual HeavenOnEarth game, I would suggest that we first focus on what heaven on earth would be like. For starters, since these concepts are often discussed, but rarely experienced, what would joy, peace, love, and happiness actually entail, how would they impact our lives.
Let’s start off with the Meditation Guidance below titled Joy, Peace, Love and Happiness, which communicates that all four elements are available on a daily basis, as a result of our personal spiritual connection with God - when we are able to live in harmony with our own divinity, by being fully connected and trusting in God.
JOY, PEACE, LOVE, AND HAPPINESS
Experience the joy and abundance of your life, the gifts that
God has given you. All is provided for you to ensure you live
in perfect harmony with your spirit. Become who you are
meant to become, and realize this is just a step on the path to
the realization of full abundance.
Enjoy this step; enjoy the sights and sounds and emotions
of this phase of life. This is your life now and must be fully
appreciated before moving on.
Live today in joy, peace, love, and happiness - surrounded by
and assisted by the support of God in you – the divinity at
the heart of your soul. Feel the pleasure that only your
senses reflect – the sensual pleasure of life.
Pay attention to the needs of others, their fears and wants.
Relate to their hopes, and struggles – empathize and you
will connect with their love.
All love requires the generation of love from the start.
Love draws love and to live in a loving manner takes
concentrationand work. Do not fear loss or rejection for in
the spirit of love all the world will come to you.
Understand that joy is the gift of love from God –
understand this way and it will bring you forward if you
are willing. Bring you forward to the joy, peace, love, and
happiness of enlightenment.
Stay focused and lean on God for your direction and
NOE 2.19.2008 7:40 AM
So let’s recap what the actual message from God on the train has clarified regarding the attainment of our own personal heaven on earth – also referred to using the traditional term - Enlightenment - or a broader and more modern concept, Authentic Life. The Crystal Path was fully defined in Chapter Six with Seven Facts Of Consciousness, as the progression through each facet, combines to bring us closer to our own heaven on earth.
F1: Master Mind Control – Control Of Consciousness
F2: Live Mindfully – centered in the “now” – the present.
F3: Attain God Consciousness through direct connection with God.
F4: Adopt the God qualities of loving kindness, compassion,
F5: Clarify personal spiritual and physical life intentions.
F6: Marshal the mind, soul, and self to co-create with God.
F7: Live an Authentic Life – a life both fully alive in God and living.
The guidance tells us that we will experience joy, peace, love, and happiness in our lives, if we are fully aligned to the facets of consciousness on the Crystal Path. Yet it is never fully clear in the guidance, which comes first - the joy, peace, love, and happiness: or the enlightenment. One premise I will make here is that we need to fully align ourselves with the joy, peace, love, and happiness that we seek throughout the process in order to have each as lasting aspects of our lives.
The remainder of this chapter is focused on finding joy and peace, followed by Chapter Eight, which continues the discussion with a focus on finding love and happiness, both chapters providing a detailed understanding of what heaven on earth entails and presents in our lives.
Joy is the name of the strong spring
In eternal nature.
Joy, joy drives the wheels
In the great clock of worlds.
She lures flowers from the buds,
Suns out of the firmament,
She rolls spheres in the spaces
That the seer's telescope does not know.
Happy, as his suns fly
Through the heaven’s magnificent plain
Run, brothers, your track
Joyfully, as a hero to victory.
English Excerpt From Ode an die Freude –
Ode To Joy by Fiedrich Schiller
- Listen To Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 Choral IV.O Freunde Nicht Diese Töne Above Or Download From iTunes.
- Watch YouTube Version of Leonard Bernstein Performs Beethoven’s Ode To Joy – Finale Below
There has rarely ever been a musical expression of joy, in my opinion, that has surpassed the intensity and beauty of the coupling of a poem - Ode an die Freude (Ode To Joy) written to celebrate the ideal of unity and brotherhood of all mankind by a German poet, playwright, and historian named Friedrich Schiller - with the musical genius of Ludwig van Beethoven, resulting in the 4th and final movement of his Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op 125, thus linking poem and music for eternity in a pure expression of joy and creative splendor.
This would be the last completed symphony written by the then stone deaf Beethoven, who reached into his soul and offered the world his work of joy based on Schiller’s poem - adding the choral voices to a symphony, resulting in what many still consider the greatest musical masterpiece of all time. For a real treat, and a rush of joy, I would suggest viewing the Leonard Bernstein Performs Beethoven’s Ode To Joy – Finale on YouTube and/or listening to the link above featuring the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s rendition of Beethoven’s work.
But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice:
let them shout for joy…, Psalm 5:11
The word “Joy” is both uplifting and powerful, a concept that makes me think of bliss, extreme happiness, peace, nirvana, and elation. Joy is a powerful emotion representing the feeling that exists on the emotional continuum beyond mere happiness and right before bliss. Joy is an explosive emotional concept that is built on energy and full experience. BMW ads currently state, the car company is no longer selling a car but the experience of “joy.” There is a sense of momentum about the word, and you can readily feel the adrenaline when you contemplate the experience of real joy.
As the Meditation Guidance, titled Perfect Harmony offered below, received during my commute on Tuesday February, 16, 2010 at 7:40 AM on the train to DC instructs, “joy” is an emotional reflection of the coalescence of a number of key components of enlightenment: living an authentic life; practicing full acceptance without resistance; being focused on loving kindness; and most of all, maintaining a personal connection with God. Joy is the emotional reward for our spiritual growth and development. Perhaps, there is no better way to explain the attainment of heaven on earth, than the descriptive phrase: “life in perfect harmony - synchronized living, believing, and being.”
Since Perfect Harmony was originally published in one of my favorite early blog posts titled, Joy In This?, I would like to share this post as a lead into this guidance, since in a very real life way, it reminds us that as we live our real lives, the pursuit of joy in our quest for enlightenment, is not ever easy.
JOY IN THIS? – MEDITATION GUIDANCE
DAILY POST ON ENLIGHTENMENT
Today, I write this post after a long day at work in Washington D.C., which started with my driving through the snow and ice of Fredericksburg to the train station, and now ends in the crowded Virginia Rail commuter train car after the cancellation of my usual, and much more comfortable, Amtrak train. This is real life, and I am sure the others on this train would agree with me that “Joy” is a difficult emotion to manifest.
Some might say that to be joyful at these times, when life does not work out as planned, would not be enlightenment, but might more properly border on temporary insanity. Even so, I find myself wondering what it would take to feel joy at this moment.
First, I would have to stop resisting what is really happening to me at this time, and give up feeling stressed because I didn’t get what I wanted. I would need to accept the situation, and find some value in this experience - maybe the people or the situation or how I can still sit here typing in this cramped seat. And maybe, I need to think of all the positive things that happened to me today and work on gratitude for this life.
I am still a long way from joy, but I am moving in the general direction. And this is what happens when we stop resisting, accept our lives, and look for the message and meaning it offers. This is what happens when we change the dissonance of our lives and choose to listen for the harmony. The following Meditation Note, from my ride in this morning, titled Perfect Harmony, sheds some light on what we may need to accomplish in order to experience joy.
Hope this provides some insight.
Joy manifests in your life when all aspects of your life
are in perfect harmony – authentic living, full acceptance,
a connection with God and positive thought and spirit.
Joy is the emotional reflection of all forces moving in
the intended direction, moving in unison, synchronized,
fully complimenting each other.
With joy, there is no need for doubt or concern, no room
for negative interpretation – no room for remorse.
With joy, there is the magic and wonder of feeling fully
alive and one with all aspects of your life – synchronized
living, believing, and being.
When resistance or doubt or lack of enthusiasm erupts,
look to this area and bring it in line. Either accept the
event, or change your reaction to it, or find another
way. For joy exists in un-resisted movement – full
manifestation and cocreation with God, and trust in
the positive intention of the universe.
If life is dragging you through the day, there cannot be
joy – only when you are fully cocreating positive action,
profound good, meaningful love and kindness, and
internal peace, will you clear your soul to celebrate the
true joy of living and being.
Open your mind, heart, and soul to the full life of joy
that was always yours to receive. Open to the joy.
NOE 2.16.2010 7:40 AM
In actuality, I could stop here, since this note so clearly expresses the very essence of joy, and its importance in obtaining our personal heaven on earth. But the question still remains - what do we need to do to get to this point, to experience this joy? What are the actual approaches we need to accomplish to set the stage for this level of awakening. I have received frequent meditative guidance regarding “joy,” as God tries to help me see the point; life should be full of joy.
I have realized that “joy” appears as we move forward on the path of our own spiritual awakening and enlightenment, evolving to the point where we are able to experience the joy from every day existence. As stated in the Meditation Guidance below titled Awake In Joy – “a joyous life is the ordinary life envisioned and lived as extraordinary.”
AWAKE IN JOY
Awake in joy! Live this day as if joy has taken over all of the cells,
muscles, and fibers of your physical form. What is joy except the
celebration of the wonder of life? A joyous life is not spectacular
or out of the ordinary, it is rather the ordinary envisioned and lived
Ask if what you are feeling is joy? You may say this is impossible
in your world of demands and expectations. I say this is where
joy must reside, in the un-joyous.
Clear your vision and see the full life worthy of celebration. Do not
be set back because you have tasks to complete – these tasks can
bring you joy.
You are alive and watching the sun move with the train. This “now”
is a unique now for you. It is full of possibility and spirit. Move with
the now and release your desire to control. In this flow is the reality
of God working in your life. The presence of God moving you
through the day.
Relax the apprehension and flow with the spirit of life and joy.
Cherish the moments, the interactions, and the pleasure of
being alive and creating. This way you create joy for yourself
Awake in joy! Live in a consciousness of good.
NOE 8.5.2008 7:25AM
To accomplish finding joy, and living our ordinary lives as extraordinary, the Meditation Guidance below, titled As You See It, emphasizes the need for all of us to take control of our consciousness and see through our divine mind. We need to fully understand that all of this, joy, peace, love, and happiness – heaven on earth - is simply as you see it, and is all subject to our own interpretation.
AS YOU SEE IT
All of this, life, is as you see it and is subject to your interpretation.
If you see happiness, it is happy. If you see misery, it is miserable.
All subject to your interpretation and definition. Sentient life –
conscious existence can only be lived and experienced through
the framework of your mind and perception. Change the
perception and you impact the thinking involved and your
The challenge lies in the fact that the mind – your mind with its
penchant for negative creative thought – framing the worse case
scenario - is at the center of this interpretation. This mind could
and does interpret a neutral reality into a potential nightmare.
The God mind – divine mind within you is available to call you
back to reason and see the completeness and wonder in each
moment, each event – good or bad. Work to see your life and
the unfolding events as gifts from God, and if possible,
accepting the learning experience of each event and situation.
Work with positive interpretation – see joy – feel joy – have joy.
See happiness – feel happiness – have happiness.
The more your divine mind controls this interpretation the
more at peace you will be – the more authentic, real, and
purposeful your interpretation. And when this is not possible,
start with acceptance – accept and do not resist.
Work on your interpretation, for all of this is as you see it.
NOE 10.8.2009 7:25AM
Finding Joy is an essential ingredient for attaining Heaven On Earth, and its importance is reflected in the messages I have received from God . At the center of this guidance, is the need to live an authentic purposeful life, in order to find lasting joy by ensuring all of the following have been accomplished and mastered:
- Control of our minds and the reframing of our
consciousness, especially managing our egos;
- Connection with God by recognizing and listening
to the divinity within each of us;
- Focus on self empowerment and enhancement of
self-esteem to learn to believe in ourselves
and trust in God;
- Clarify what we want and establish clear goals;
- Discover our authentic selves and live a purposeful
life - follow our bliss, our passion – do what we love
- Accept and optimize the lives we are living now -
learn to enjoy every action, even the most mundane;
- Avoid being focused on fixed outcomes - enjoy the
journey wherever it leads.
To close this section on “joy” where we started, I would like to offer the poem written by Henry van Dyke in 1907 - Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee which was linked with the music from Beethoven’s No. 9 to become a very popular Christian hymn.
LIsten To Download Above of Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee
Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love;
Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee, opening to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; drive the dark of doubt away;
Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day!
All Thy works with joy surround Thee, earth and heaven reflect
Thy rays, Stars and angels sing around Thee, center of unbroken
praise. Field and forest, vale and mountain, flowery meadow,
flashing sea, Singing (sometimes chanting) bird and flowing
fountain call us to rejoice in Thee.
Thou art giving and forgiving, ever blessing, ever blessed,
Wellspring of the joy of living, ocean depth of happy rest!
Thou our Father, Christ our Brother, all who live in love are
Thine; Teach us how to love each other, lift us to the joy divine.
Mortals, join the happy chorus, which the morning stars began;
Father love is reigning o’er us, brother love binds man to man.
Ever singing, march we onward, victors in the midst of strife,
Joyful music leads us Sunward in the triumph song of life.
Now that we have addressed joy, let’s find peace, love, and then move onto happiness in our pursuit of mastering the Heaven On Earth game.
Peace: a word from a Merciful Lord.
Koran 36.58 Yasin
The peace of God that surpasses all understanding,
will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Grabbing for my Webster’s New World College Dictionary, I feel compelled to start with the definition of this very complex word. As we are all aware, the most prominent definition of peace has to do with the absence of war, or as I will refer to it - external peace - often controlled by forces outside of ourselves. I am highly aware of this, as I watch the YouTube videos of the civil unrest, as the Arab world moves into all out revolution, and peace is sacrificed for the hope of freedom and independence. Our definition then moves inside, to the absence of mental conflict, or internal peace, which each of us, considering our life circumstances, maintains essential control over.
PEACE - 1. freedom from war or stopping war; 2. a treaty or
agreement to end war or the threat of war; 3. freedom from
public disturbance or disorder; 4. freedom from disagreement
or quarrels; harmony; concord; 5. an undisturbed state of
mind; absence of mental conflict; serenity; in full peace of
mind; 6. calm; quiet; tranquility.
For our purposes in defining spiritual peace, I would choose definitions five and six above - an undisturbed state of mind - full peace of mind – tranquility. Unlike joy, which energizes our senses, peace moves us to a state of serenity and calmness. There is a lack of tension, lack of struggle, and a sense of full acceptance, knowing all things are as they should be; almost an absence of desire. Like joy, I believe the attainment of peace is also at the center of enlightenment.
A question we also need to address, as we work our way through joy, peace. love, and happiness, is their causal relationship to enlightenment or heaven on earth; basically what comes first, the enlightenment or the joy, peace, love, and happiness? For example, do we obtain joy by following the Facets Of Consciousness we outlined in Chapter Six – The Seven Facets Of Crystal Consciousness, or do we become enlightened, and are we then joyful? I personally believe enlightenment requires working on each of the building block facets of crystal consciousness, mastering as much of each Crystal Path facet as possible, and when we have significantly progressed on each facet, we climb to the top and see the light, or at least more light than we did down below.
So we have covered joy in the previous section, but what are the ingredients or building blocks of peace, as outlined in my guidance from God, and how is it obtained. We will kick this off with a Meditation Guidancetitled appropriately What Is Peace?, where we meet some familiar themes; such as, being connected with God, living in the present, and the ego working in cooperation with the divine self. It ends with a focus on unity, or oneness, of all the diverse aspects of our spiritual lives: one with God and the flow of life, emerging with one thought, one voice, and one being. To accomplish this oneness, we need to have an absence of mental conflict, with the mind acting in divinely inspired unison.
WHAT IS PEACE?
Peace is the result of living immersed in God, living within the
present in full cooperation with your ego and your divine self,
accepting all that is, or will be, as purposeful and divinely
Peace is being fully alive, at one with the motion of your life,
protected and synchronized with the universal flow – each
breath is an awakening – each thought a revelation – totally
at one with all existence – all creation.
Peace is letting go, believing, trusting and becoming new with
each breath – alive in living – fully conscious of the God you
are and were always meant to be.
Peace is power confined to the blossoming of your authentic
soul – alive and fresh, becoming new with each moment.
There is no then – no when – only “this” – “what is” - is the
splendor of universal love and consciousness.
Peace is nirvana – awakening to the essence of living with
God as one – one thought – one voice – one being.
NOE 11.19.10 7:10 AM
There is certainly an element of spiritual surrender in this note above, and my guidance has echoed this concept in other notes regarding peace. Ernest Holmes - New Thought Pioneer and founder of Religious Science, previously discussed in Chapter Three – New Thought Positive Spirituality Yesterday And Today - says it best in one of my favorite quotes regarding peace.
God is peace. We enter this peace in such degree
as we withdraw from confusion.
From Words That Heal Today
I was intrigued by this line when I first encountered it – “God is peace.” On a individual level, to be at peace in our world, it does seem to take divine power. So when we find a way to stay in peace, we find a way to connect with God. We simply need to make a conscious decision to “withdrawal” from the confusion. This is also clearly the message of the following meditation note.
SURRENDER TO THE PEACE
Surrender to the peace within your soul and let go of your
struggle to God. Surrender and free your tormented soul –
free yourself and touch God’s out stretched hand. Release
and breathe – let peace move through every cell – every
fiber of your being. Know all is well and you are well.
Surrender to the divine magic within you – strong –
courageous – powerful – loving. Surrender the negative
thoughts, and negative emotions, that suck your strength
and serenity. Feel the peace flow though your veins – moving
through your nervous center – through the circulatory system.
Breathe in peace – breathe out surrender.
Today join hands with God and enter the world – calm –
strong – patient – loving – knowing that all that happens
was always meant to happen. All that is – has always been –
has been prepared.
Today with God, move in peace, security, certainty that all
outcomes will be affirming and positive.
Today with God, move in peace and harmony and love and
know all is well.
NOE 4.29.2009 7:55 AM
Although we do not often associate the concept of peace with power, I have received a number of meditation notes which, make a strong case for doing so. In the following guidance, titled The Power Of Peace - internal peace is accomplished through the acceptance of our current lives and the elimination of resistance. We will find, these are the two primary ingredients, for obtaining and maintaining peace.
Failure to achieve acceptance, and eliminate resistance, results in not only the absence of peace, but also the continuations of stress, anxiety, turmoil, and disease. My favorite analogy regarding resistance has to do with driving a car with the emergency brake on. When we resist what is happening to us, we cannot fully commit to our lives, and we waste our power, as we push against the reality of the brake. In the end, the car breaks down, similar to how we break down - over taken by dis-ease. On the other hand, when we truly accept and do not resist, we are empowered and obtain enhanced creative energy.
THE POWER OF PEACE
There is power to be found in peace, peace of mind, peace in
your heart, peace through acceptance of all that appears and
impacts you each day in this life.
With God and through acceptance of God’s force of good in
your life, you will transcend your frustration and the
expectation of a different reality from the one you encounter.
Peace is found through acceptance - that this life experience
is the experience you are meant to live – to learn from, and to
Peace is the complete lack of resistance to what is and an
understandingthat resistance breeds stress, anxiety, and
All disease is founded in resistance, and all resistance is the
unwillingness to accept the now – this moment - and our
tendency to compare it to a fantasy or a wish that is not
Although this contrast can help you define what reality you
prefer, it can have you spinning in circles of frustration.
Peace – internal peace, frees your creative energy – life energy –
manifestation energy, enabling you to freely connect with
the power and force of the creative mind of God. Work to be
at peace and you will find the energy you seek to move
forward and become one with life and God.
NOE 9.4.2009 6:50 AM
Peace, in my Meditation Guidance, is often added to other elements that are needed to find enlightenment, usually as the first step towards moving on the Crystal Path, as it is in the following note Peace, Power, and Purpose.
PEACE, POWER, AND PURPOSE
Follow the three P’s as you progress along the Crystal Path.
Peace, Power, and Purpose are the linchpins of enlightenment –
they are the three legs of the stool, on which, we will sit and go
First Peace, peace is your mind at rest and your ego in check,
or in cooperation. A peace centered in this “now,” free of the
weight of baggage from the past, or fears of the future. Peace to
sit still and do nothing, or peace while still being active and
creating. The peace that surpasses all understanding.
Next is Power. The power of cocreation and belief in your
ability to manifest the life of your dreams into reality or form.
Power based on the strength of will and your belief in the Law
of Right Action and the positive force of God. Power to create –
creative energy fueled by a focused unencumbered mind.
Then Purpose – your authentic true purpose based on your
divine calling – the purpose that has brought you to this place,
this moment. Understand the purpose fueled again by yours
and God’s energy to create good in the world – to assist others
on the path to a full and perfect life. Fulfill this purpose and
you will fulfill your life.
Meditate on these three words, and understand that they are
the foundation of enlightenment and a full life
NOE 7.21.10 10:00AM
But as with joy, the true obtainment of inner or spiritual peace is not easily mastered, requiring constant diligence and recommitment. In our Mad Hatter, caffeine driven world, we often have traded peace for productivity – me included - pushing ourselves along with all humankind at an exhausted frenzy. It is not by accident that I have written numerous Affirmative Thoughts for Ann, and me, helping us regain balance and peace in our lives. Here are two brief Affirmative Notes that provide some guidance, or suggestions, for regaining peace when the frantic world wins out.
SEEK PEACE AND SOLACE
Today let us seek peace and solace in a hectic world -
let us go within and focus on each breath – moving
inward to our inner calm.
Today let us use a mantra to quiet our over active
minds, saying with each breath;
“I am at peace and so is the world”
Let the day flow easily and become what it is meant
to become - moving through it at peace!
Have a peaceful day!
PEACE AND CALM
Today let us connect with the gentle peace and calm
of life, always present in our lives but often drowned
out by the noise we create. Feel the calmness of the day,
like sitting in the backyard in the early morning
with only the sounds of life to accompany the moment.
Be at peace!
Today let us connect with the peace within that we carry
with us on this journey – this peace is heaven –
this peace is enlightenment.
Let us linger in the peace and clam and hold off our ego’s
rush to move – practicing and teaching our minds
this is our birthright – this is our true spiritual essence –
Let us connect with peace and calm and the
oneness of a loving God and universe.
Peace is both a destination, and a consequence, on our way to experiencing enlightenment – heaven on earth. We all realize that to truly live in internal peace, without mental conflict, with no competing voices in our heads, in complete harmony and acceptance – fully connected with God - would replace, for many, what drugs, alcohol, therapy, and the pursuit of physical pleasure has not been able to fleetingly accomplish. This internal peace, the peace that surpasses all understanding, is what we are after, and will result, as we move toward enlightenment.
This final meditation guidance, titled Internal Peace, resulted from my asking God, this morning, to help me further reveal the role of peace in our lives and explain why it is so important. This note also serves as a guide to what we need to accomplish to obtain this peace;
Peace – internal peace – the absence of mental conflict –
the full acceptance of what is in your life now – the elimination
of resistance – is the first level of enlightenment.
Internal peace is the foundation needed to obtain a full
connection with God, and complete God consciousness. It is
the reward for the control of your consciousness, allowing
you to turn your sights to your own divinity.
Internal peace occurs when your divine mind, your operational
mind, and your ego are in sync and move forward without
Internal peace clears your energy for the pursuit of oneness,
and wholeness, required to reach for authentic existence -
purposeful life. This peace is the freedom from stress, worry,
doubt, fear, anxiety, and depression - all signs of a lack of
hope and faith in God.
Internal peace readies your soul for growing, developing,
and becoming the essential part of you – all issues have been
resolved, all sins forgotten, and injustices forgiven, and you
are prepared to move on along the Crystal Path to your
enlightenment – your heaven on earth.
NOE 3.3.2011 7:16 AM
Along with joy, finding peace is also an essential step to attaining Heaven On Earth, and its importance is reflected in the meditation note above, and all the messages I have received from God. In fact, it is considered the foundation, the first step, because it requires that we pull in the reigns of our consciousness, gain control of the competing voices in our heads, and deal with the man in the mirror, as Michael Jackson’s hit song so aptly conveys.
Listen To Download Above Of Man In The Mirror
I'm starting with the man in the mirror
I'm asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change
The attainment of spiritual peace, requires a complete commitment to our positive personal spiritual quest, to be one with God while making substantial progress traversing the seven facets of consciousness we outlined in-depth in Chapter Six – The Seven Facets Of Crystal Consciousness. Along with this, the Meditation Guidance, I received on the train, also points to a few other elements, or approaches, that will assist us with this effort.
- Work to eliminate any and all resistance to the life we are now
living – letting go of expectations and investments in the
- Accept our current life, recognizing this life experience is the
experience we are meant to live - to learn from and to evolve
- The absence of mental conflict with the divine mind, the
operational mind, and the ego in sync.
Peace, in this sense, requires a leap of faith, a true letting go and letting God, to obtain enlightenment and our piece of heaven on earth.
As we realize, the HeavenOnEarth game is not for the faint of heart - but the payoff of joy, peace, love, and happiness is surely worthwhile. But even more than this, the attainment of spiritual peace, even by 10% of the seven billion of us on this planet, 700 million people, would have a tremendous impact on the manifestation of actual world peace. Who knows, maybe this is God’s motive - to create world peace, one soul at a time.
This is only the opening discussion, with the remainder of the message geared to helping us obtain our goal. As we journey on the Crystal Path, let us move on to our next stop on the train to enlightenment - love.
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE OTHER HEAVEN
As outlined in the Blog Post below, I feel I need to answer the question posed in the postscript title above - what happened to the other heaven and hell? - and discuss what I feel my guidance has been on the traditional concept of heaven and hell; that is, and what happens to us when we die or transition. I think this post below provides the answer, and serves as a starting point for discussing the afterlife, which we will consider, later in the book.
POSTSCRIPT TO HEAVEN ON EARTH
DAILY POST ON ENLIGHTENMENT - 4.27.11
Over five Daily Posts, I have published Chapter Seven of Finding God On The Train titled Heaven On Earth – Finding Joy and Peace, followed by Chapter Eight tilted More Heaven On Earth - Finding Love And Happiness. During the posting process, I did some major editing, and feel good about the offering except for one unanswered question. If heaven is here on earth, what happens to you after you pass away, die, croak, or transition? What about the heaven featured in standard religious thought and practice?
This caught my attention, as I noticed Ann’s reaction to these chapters. Culminating one night when, as we were driving home discussing how much she misses her father who passed away two years ago – turning to look at me and saying with tears in her eyes – “I still believe in the traditional heaven, and I am sure I will see my father again.” Suddenly I felt like someone who had accidentally told a child for the first time that there is no Santa Claus or Easter Bunny. I had, inadvertently taken something away from Ann, and possibly many other readers of my blog.
Later as I reviewed the chapter, realizing I only briefly discussed the afterlife - saying glibly, we come from source energy and will return to source energy. I guess this does not sound much like a heavenly afterlife. So I am considering adding a Postscript to Chapter Six titled - What Happened To The Other Heaven and Hell?
Personally, I do believe that there is existence after we are finished with our lives here on earth, that our unique consciousness continues full of our life experience, emotions, and memories to exist after death, as we return to a combined state of conscious existence. It is this consciousness, that I feel makes up the Infinite Intelligence, the Universal Mind, or the Consciousness of God. God expands through the combined living experience and wisdom of all who have existed. A topic, I will discuss in depth, in an upcoming chapter.
This said, I do believe that the major playing field of eternal life is here on earth, where we have form, and can actively participate in the creation of even more and better life. I also propose, that most of us will do whatever we can to return and rejoin the living and the learning. Although this state may allow us to reconnect with those we have lived with and loved, it is not an end in itself.
I will go one karmic step further, saying this state can be either Heaven or Hell depending on how a person has lived their last life on earth. For those who have mastered the challenge of a loving existence, this afterlife will be a reflection of a life well lived. Those who have personified evil, hatred, and destruction will be faced with the truth of their actions, and will spend their afterlife reflecting on how lost they were alive. This will be their hell – a consciousness of remorse and regret – a lasting self-punishment. Trapped in a mental hell knowing they have missed the mark so completely.
This morning, at 6:40 AM, in my library, I tried to connect with God on the next chapter but found myself reflecting on consciousness, during and after life, resulting in this Meditation Guidance, which as you can see, framed my day, and will be featured in my Postscript to Chapter Seven.
COLLECTIVE SOUL CONSCIOUSNESS
In prayer and meditation you connect with the collective
consciousness of all existence, the consciousness of each
person, or living soul, who is alive now, or has ever lived or
existed. The faces you encounter in deep meditation are
the reflections of this conscious energy – each a pattern
or imprint of this life consciousness – existing as
memories of all the lives they have lived.
This collective grouping of all soul energy combines to
expand and reform constantly, and in total creates the
infinite consciousness or universal intelligence -
connecting all humankind. This consciousness –
collectively – forms the ever- expanding consciousness
of God – the creative energy of existence.
Each question, or request, framed in prayer and meditation
connects to this collective soul and is responded to in kind
with the appropriate answer or action. In this way, God
harnesses, the collective life experiences of all who have
ever lived as reference - as consultants to what is real
Each of us, upon transition, will enter this consciousness
carrying with us the life experience, the joys , the knowledge,
the creations, as well as the sorrow, the regrets, and any
evil personally created. In order to find peace, those who
have created hell on earth will be forced to reflect on their
deeds, and seek resolution through the forgiveness of
those who have been hurt. Those who have created hell,
will carry their pain, until they are released, or can attempt
another opportunity to live.
The collective soul consciousness - the essence of God - is
the center of all knowledge and of all love. It is the source
of all co-creation – existing and finding form as the soul
consciousness continually expands.
NOE 4.27.2011 7:25 AM
One of the unique features of having a blog is that you are able to document major life experiences, and share them with your readers. As I put the finishing touches on this chapter in preparation for publishing, I realize this postscript would be enhanced with the addition of this blog post below. It is especially meaningful because it is an experience Ann had with her father two years after his death.
WILDWOOD FLOWER – BREAST CANCER SCREENING
AWARENESS – DAILY POST ON ENLIGHTENMENT
Like many families, a highlight of the fall season, for us, is a visit to a small farm with a pumpkin patch, to test our skills traversing the cornfield maze, listening to the grandkids laugh with excitement as they speed down an underground slide, cleverly carved out of the side of a small hill, watch the pigs race and stop in mid scamper to nibble a bit of the hay, and of course, load onto a tracker pulled cart for a ride to the pumpkin patch, to pick this season’s to be carved Halloween companion.
Yet, the trip this year was different, it was the birthday of Ann’s father who had died a few years ago after a three-year battle with a stroke. Ann loved her father dearly, his kindness, positive personality, and sheer love of life made him the center of her world. He loved the Green Bay Packers and taught her, at an early age, to love football. Most of all, she loved to listen to him play his guitar and sing.
One of Ann’s favorite childhood memories had to do with her father playing the traditional folk song, made famous by the Carter family, Wildwood Flower. They shared a sort of ritual, with Ann gleefully asking for her favorite song – calling out “play Wildwood Rose, daddy, play Wildwood Rose. “Runt” her father would say with a smile - using his nickname for his tiny, shy, fragile daughter - truly the runt of the family litter - “you know it's called Wildwood Flower, Runt," as he would begin to play and light up his adoring daughter’s smile.
I could see Ann’s well-concealed melancholy, as she gladly performed the role of the excited Nana laughing, running, and enjoying the day with the grandchildren. I could also see the strain of an excruciating week that began with a phone call Tuesday morning from the Women’s Health Center at our local hospital. The caller informed Ann that there was an issue with the Mammogram she had taken the week before, there was an asymmetry detected, and the doctor wanted her in for a more extensive Mammogram, along with an Ultrasound - both being scheduled for Thursday afternoon.
When I received the call from Ann, I new instantly something was seriously wrong, prompting me to ask what had happened even before she relayed the details of her call. You often here it said that it is one call that changes your life forever, as I caught my breath and emotions, I realized this might be the call. I asked Ann to go over the Women’s Health Center call word for word, questioning whether the caller had explained what “asymmetry” actually meant. With her voice trembling, Ann said she was really frightened, because it had been several years since she had scheduled her annual mammogram. She worried out loud asking, “have I waited too long and now this,” as her voice trailed off.
The retest was scheduled for Thursday, a full two days off, an eternity when you are waiting to determine your fate. Ann said, she would call and ask if it was possible to reschedule it sooner, because two days was just too long to wait. I got off the phone, and went onto Google to understand what “asymmetry” actually meant in lay terms, and soon realized that asymmetry just meant the mass of one breast was larger than the other, a sign that there was an issue that required more extensive retesting, and usually an Ultrasound.
The internet doctor’s attempted to mitigate the fear and panic that had understandably overtaken most of the women, as they searched for some hope to deal with the terror of waiting for the retest. The sites were full of women baring their souls, as their mind’s bombarded them with every worse case scenario conceivable. All caught in a what can only be called a hellish limbo.
Thankfully, Ann called and had gotten the test moved up one day, as I could here the nervous panic beginning to take its toll. Ann knew it would be the longest twenty-four hours of her life. Mind control is difficult enough when there are no pressing health issues, but often impossible when the verdict is still out.
The human mind is hardwired to prepare for the worst, and in this case it meant cancer, surgery, and possible death. Ann who understands all the modern mind control approaches, admits that she lost control early on, as her mind prepared her for cancer, getting the family ready for her death, and planning the videos for the grandchildren to be watched as they grew up without her.
By evening, I could see that Ann needed a rest, so I suggested that she take her migraine medicine to knock the fear and the worry out for the night. Before she drifted off to sleep we held each other and prayed. Ann would tell me later that she prayed to her angels. Ann also asked her dad for a sign that he was there with her and would protect her through this ordeal.
I woke up and wrote Ann the note below, striving to bring hope and faith back into what was fast becoming one of the worst experiences imaginable. As we worked to get the courage to get up and face the day, Ann turned and said, “I am going to say a bad word, really, I am going to say a bad word.” This is something quite uncommon for Ann – so she paused as if to gain the courage and said – "this is a bitch!"
With this word I felt the air clear, and Ann seemed to release the pent up fear as her breath became peaceful. I said with all the strength I could muster, "I cannot agree more – it is truly a bitch!" Ann looked at me and said peacefully, "I am ready now, I have told my mind that it has had its say, and I am now prepared to go on with strength, and not as a victim. "
I drove Ann to work, trying to convince her to take the morning off. Ann said she would be crazy having nothing to do. I would pick her up at 2 PM and drive her to the Women’s Center, a few blocks from her office. I told her that I loved her, and that I firmly believed all was going to be ok, she said she trusted my connection and hoped so. So did I.
She said with a touch of sadness in her voice, “you know what is the most troubling thing about this, is that I might have prevented this, if I had only had my routine screening. I was always too busy, I cancelled my appointment over and over, because I was busy at work. If I get another chance, I will never miss or postpone my annual screening.” All I could do was nod my head in agreement.
We arrived at the Women’s Health Center building, a state of the art facility recently constructed to focus on medical issues unique to women. There was an older couple, also waiting patiently, and we watched as the women kissed her husband and nervously made her way to the exam rooms. Ann went over the process with me – she would go in and have her Mammogram, and then an Ultrasound, and would come out to get me when the doctor reviewed the test results. Ann told me not to worry, because they were backed up, and it might take longer than expected.
I kissed her and said that I would be there waiting for her. I could see the panic making its way, but she regained composure, and went in for the tests. I prayed, waited, and tried to read. About an hour into the procedure Ann called me, and said she had already finished the extensive Mammogram, and was waiting for the Ultrasound, and asked me not to worry.
After what must have been another forty minutes, I looked up and Ann is coming towards me with an amazing smile of joy on her face. “I am ok, the doctor said I am ok. It was a lump in the Mammogram, but it did not show up on the Ultrasound." The compassionate doctor had walked into the exam room as soon as he got the positive results, and said to Ann – “First things first – you are ok!” Ann was ok and in an instant life, hope, future, family, all restored.
As we were driving home, Ann said, “you know the women who went in before me – she was sitting with her husband when we arrived." I nodded, and Ann continued, "well, when I shared with her that I had missed getting my Mammogram last year, she confided that she had not had a Mammogram for over ten years. She was worried because they had just retested her a second time before I talked with her, and she was waiting for the doctor to go over the results together with her husband. Like me, she was so worried that she might have made a dreadful mistake.” I listened, knowing full well, that we could have just as easily been on the wrong side of this message.
Later, Ann and I agreed not to publish this story on the blog, but by the weekend, Ann asked me to publish the story, so others who may have delayed getting their breast exams, would not delay further, and get them done now. She felt it was an important message. She looked at me and said – “we need to understand how lucky we are and be grateful.” I do and I am.
So back to our Sunday fall outing visit to the pumpkin patch. It had been several days since the retest - we are tired, but happy, to be alive and well. The grandkids eye an antique carousel – a merry-go-round in a large barn at the top of the hill, complete with painted horses, moving up and down, with the music and mirrors reflecting the pastoral scenes - so we make our way to enjoy a ride.
No one else is waiting, so we have the carousel to ourselves. The baby is propped up on a horse, with dad and mom holding firm, the nine year old independently picks his steed, as Ann’s younger daughter opts to sit on the stagecoach type seats, and Ann finds a horse just in front of the stagecoach, getting on for the ride. I am videoing the scene, thinking that I am grateful beyond words for this moment. Again, I realize for Ann, it is her dad’s birthday, and all of this must be bittersweet.
Ann gets off her horse during the ride to join her daughter in the open stagecoach. Since I am busy videoing on my phone, and not paying close attention, I have to rely on Ann’s account of what happens next. As they sat in stagecoach, and took in the ride, Ann looked at the horse that she had originally been riding, when she realized that it had a name painted on the saddle. Tears came to her eyes, when she realized the horse she had been riding, had painted on its saddle, in hand lettered calligraphy – Wildwood Flower. Ann told her daughter, to look at the saddle, and they both began to cry, having heard their dad and granddad play the song countless times. They snapped the photo that I used to start this piece to show us all.
After the ride, Ann looked at me, and said, "it is the sign I asked for, it is the sign, it is my daddy, and it is his birthday, and now I know he is with me."
I agreed fully, overcome with goosebumps.
Today reflect on thoughts of wholeness
knowing you are a being conceived in
wellness, oneness, complete and lasting
perfect form missing nothing, lacking
nothing, always returning to a state of
Today reflect on thoughts of God’s grace,
knowing you are not alone – able to turn
your concerns over for divine assistance –
freeing your heart and mind from
needless worry or doubt – filled instead
with confidence that existing issues
will be resolved in your favor.
Today reflect on thoughts of abundance,
prosperity, and the love that surrounds
you, supports you, enfolds you – knowing
your strength is mighty, your power to
manifest is without limits, your future is
long and stretches out ahead of you full
of peace, joy, love, and happiness –
wondrous, splendid, and magnificent.
CLOSING NOTE ON ENLIGHTENMENT
When we speak of peace, I feel compelled to discuss my guidance as it reflects physical aggression and violence, since the absence of external peace in our world is guaranteed by our frequent and rampant acts of violent human aggression – wars, riots, genocides, revolutions, coups, assignations, retaliations, terrorist acts, and all forms of armed rebellion. It seems every country has an enemy, internal or external or both, and is at war with that enemies. A few years back, I remember being told that on our planet, at any given time, up to fifty wars were being waged. I fear, today, this may be a conservative estimate.
The message below clearly stresses what has been repeated guidance from God on the train - complete and total nonviolence towards all sentient life - calling us to be the defenders, the nurturers - leading with love, tolerance, and forbearance. No one said that enlightenment was going to be easy, as we will see this same concept reinforced in the next section on Finding Love.
ALL LIFE IS SACRED
All life is sacred – protect it, support it, encourage it, refusing
to be involved in the ending of it, the consumption of it, the
destruction of it. Inflict no harm, no pain, no retaliation, but
instead foster freedom, growth, and complete forgiveness.
Abandon the ways of the predator and realize the living are
sacred – each life containing the essence of God – never
strike out, cause pain, or hurt – instead gather those in need
of care offering protection, safe haven, Offer sanctuary to
Abandon the ways of the accuser, the punisher, realizing this
is not your task, instead take the role of the defender, the
nurturer, even to the least deserving – offer assistance and
forgiveness, providing relief from their lost endeavors.
Abandon any thought, word, deed, or indication of superiority
or intolerance, knowing in the mind of God all exist as even.
Refuse to set others aside, look down on them, or feel superior
to them knowing you are not, only lend assistance, promote,
encourage, and give love. Your place is to not judge but to
Open your being, stretching your arms wide to foster all life –
knowing all life is sacred – a work of God’s creation – leading
with love, tolerance, forbearance, and forgiveness being at all
times a nurturer of God’s infinite domain.
NOE 4.27.2013 9:40 AM
As we discussed, affirmations are positive statements announcing to God – universal mind – and to your own subconscious mind how you view the world and what you expect to occur during the day or in your life. It is a powerful way to use the Law of Mind Action or Attraction to frame your reality and set positive expectations.
I enjoy writing affirmations, so I can tailor them to my mood and life experience at the moment. I have a two year old grandson and watching him totter across the floor brings a smile to face and a glow to my heart. I offer the affirmation below, titled Finding Joy, to assist us all with recognizing the many opportunities to experience joy in our day-to-day lives. Try your hands at writing your own affirmations, or feel free to take one of the joy related Affirmative Thoughts on the blog and adapt it to your needs.
Joy is mine to have today, fully contained in every moment
lived; a quiet laugh, a heartfelt thanks, a baby's tottering gait.
I am immersed in a joyous song of living, light and lively, crisp
with possibility, God’s work obvious at every turn. I am living
a joyous existence, joy feels my senses, captures my emotions,
and gives energy to my every endeavor. Joy is mine to have
Peace in our hectic world, both internal and external, seems in constant short supply. Below, I have offered an affirmation for Finding Peace in your life. Use it daily to center yourself, to find the tranquility and calm you will need to truly traverse the Crystal Path.
Peace is at the center of my life this day and every day,
flowing like a vast sea of calm - tranquil and serene -
beneath the hectic pace of daily life, it gently washes
away my stress, my anxiety, my impatience, my longings,
my fear - soothing my very soul, bathing every cell and fiber
of my being with its placid nature, until I succumb and
surrender to its gentle ebb and flow. Breath by breath,
I am the peace that surpasses all understanding.
Joy and Peace have been the subjects of numerous Affirmative Thoughts published on the blog, and I would like to close out our discussion with two that bring home the point poetically.
THE SONG OF YOUR HEART
Listen to the song of your heart –
play through your every breath –
your every movement with its
intoxicating melody of joy and
wonder – its harmony composed
of all the perfection of your soul’s
desire for authentic life.
Listen to the song of your heart –
hum it, sing it, dance to it, rejoice
with it like a dervish in mid ecstasy –
pound it out with your hands and
feet until the beat and rhythm
resonates and vibrates you
with the thrill of living –
with the God within you.
Listen to the song of your heart –
don’t be shy, instead let it
play loudly and boldly through you –
let it entertain all existence
with its magnificence.
Let us live from our center of tranquility
today, exchanging stress and anxiety with
a sense of calm and peace, as we choose
our divine nature within, over the ego’s
perpetual need for more, bigger, better.
Let us realize within this tranquil center,
we will recognize our true nature, connect
with our soulful longing, touch our authentic
spirit, and know that who we are, and what
we are, is defined and set within waiting
for us to uncover and discover.
Let us throughout the day, know we may
return to the center to regain our peace,
our equilibrium, our essential balance,
simply by focusing on our breath and
quieting our minds: mindful and aware
of the present moment, we regain our
poise, our power, our inner tranquility.