Thursday, December 18, 2014

Season of celebrating light...a reflection on Energy


I think a lot...okay, well it's more like I keep constant company and conversation with myself ;) ...and as I continue the cleaning/clearing process.... of our house...I came across a note I had written on the back of an IKEA flyer (I write notes all over the place...need a scrapbook just for the notes... :P ) ..

..."measured not in the use of energy, but in the amount of brightness"

Now this was a reflection of lumens versus wattage and making my bulb switch to LED in order to consume less energy, but have the same amount or more light...

But today, it means for me as I have been called into question...sources, the source, and Source...how can I be my most luminescent self...? How, with using less energy, can I be brightness in my life and this world? Well, the word "flow" came to mind...

You see, in recent events, I have been blessed with the gift of witnessing what happens when we flow in a beneficial, and clear way. When we clear out...release resistance in our lives...and even...let go of the WHOLE story which we thought was and is our lives ( I personally would like to believe that ME being here is more that facts, evidence, situations, and more factuals...I want to be felt and experienced as welcome as a smile or the sun's warm and bright rays... ) ...back to what I witnessed... I witnessed how a life went from push and prove to being filled with support AND almost as if people have been waiting for their arrival for sometime...that THEO became the answer to the prayers that people had put out and had hoped for....as though they were waiting for the clouds to roll by so the sun could shine... it IS amazing!

Becoming your most simple, and most connected self just feels a whole lot more brighter too. LOL and uses a whole lot less energy leaving you feeling...energetic! HA! And then that energy can go out and do other things in your life with a whole lot less effort (almost efortlessly...really?? Is that possible? Why yes, yes it is...)

So here is my commitment to becoming more LED and beyond! Bring on the lumen baby!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Could it really be...so simple?

We woke up on Sunday morning and prepped...to head to church, to give to our dear friends and family...food, clothing, encouragement...it was all ready to go.

When we got there and they were the first people we saw...we gave and they were grateful and encouraged...and so were we.  Yes, it was that simple...to consider one another in love...to give freely...to expect nothing in return...AND oddly enough, receive a heart full of wonder and gratitude overflowing regardless.  I have no intention of bragging about giving...and I really don't care if they are needy or poor or if they are just friends that we chose to think about and to share with.  They came to mind and we gave...AND I honestly believe, that my family thrives best when we: Travel, eat beautiful and healthy foods, pray, and give, give, and give. What was that movie called? ...Eat, Pray, Love...yeah! It's just like that (okay, maybe not quite, but yeah...)... and I love witnessing it.

And then there are times, when we plain out forget! As if we woke up one morning and left behind all that we loved and enjoyed the day before, barely remembering our own names. It sounds like and looks like a big ol' mess! We run around looking for .... I DON'T KnOW! What was I looking for again? LOL it's like a brain fog rolled in over the night and we can barely put one foot in front of the other...we return to habits that no longer serve us (UGH! The "default" habits...gotta train a new "default" button ;) ), we frustrate ourselves and start running around faster hoping that the quicken pace will charge up (LOL Like a spark!) our memories and magically give us that feeling we once had...where things felt so heart-full, and flow-full, and simple...

It's on those days of unnecessary, added complication where I am thankful for the practice of spending some one-on-one quiet time with myself and with God (good default...ahhhhh). I know that sometimes our routine will be overrun with the "do, do, do's" in life from the first step of the day and I may not be able to squeeze in what feels like a morning coffee date with my Love one, but remembering to find that time...and fill it with some serious gratitude and, DEEP and digging questions that free me up more and more from the burdens I pick up along the way (probably while I felt I was running to the middle of nowhere, hoping to grab the right "luggage" along the way...) and to really sit and enjoy the gift of encouragement, peace, clarity...

How can I then share this with others? Not just the quiet part, or the "date with God" part, but the digging down into the deep, DEEP questions to get to the heart of what is keeping them from experiencing "simple" more freely?

As I was going to sleep last night, someone "sat" on the edge of my bed and we began to talk...I expressed my heart-felt concerns...how is it, that when you tell people the answer to "why are you so...?", they don't believe you. That it could NOT be that simple...to just BE in the moment.

"Seek first..."...that's what resonates with me...and as I contemplated being in the company of Divine Love, a WEALTH of thoughts and answers came flooding in and ....I don't even know how to describe it other than AMAZING!  I just had to BE with it all...it just flowed through and filled me up beyond imagination...I felt so BIG! I just laid there in the full enjoyment of this blissful pillow talk...not jumping up to my feet and RUSHING to write down what I could. I just prayed that it would come back to me to share with others in perfect timing.

“If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met." Matthew 6:30-33 (MSG)

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The thumb... in consideration of. ..

Considerings of the thumb...

To the tips of the other digits, the thumb seems as opposition.  Coming from the other direction! WHO does this guy think he is? Always jumping in before we get a touch at it...

But if we could see the bigger picture...or even think about such things...that there might be a bigger reason beyond or understanding. ..we might see that we are all connected for a higher purpose than our individual actions show....

That which we view as different may be their in its fullest intention and purpose as not only designed, but from its very core, could not imagine behaving in any other way...

Essentially,  the thumb is the thumb, designed to be a helper...to make ease of our tasks and abilities on a whole. As it serves to the quick and ready aid of its fellow digits,  it also is served and support ed by being a present and active part of the whole. And it doesn't just end there...because it exist as a part of this whole  called human, it  sets this entire species apart into a special class of beings that are also, in like, gifted with its presence.

Who knew, that a small and opposing thing could stand to represent such immense and intense value.

Considering s of the one lost sheep

Considerings of the one lost sheep...

Luke 15:3-7 (NIV)

 3 Then Jesus told them this parable: 4 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ 7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

Psalm 119:175-176
 175 Let me live that I may praise you,
    and may your laws sustain me.
176 I have strayed like a lost sheep.
    Seek your servant,
    for I have not forgotten your commands.

Where is my heart in this matter? Do I seek out the lost? Do we rejoice in our unity? Is it only the Shepherd who celebrates while the 99 stand around and chew grass?

As a disciple of Jesus (shepherd in training), am I not to go out and make disciples? (Matthew 28:18-20) How did Jesus go about teaching us how to live and be? By living it and being it...a child of the Almighty God and Father...the son and Christ....we are to live not just as a humble carpenter doing, saying, and being extraordinary things (the man named Jesus), but also to honour the calling of Christ itself. To consider walking among the Earth conscious of our Christ calling within...

And in that knowing and shepherding,  we are to seek those that wander ....in search of greener grass perhaps?...to follow a longing and not knowing where it is?
...and our desire, as shepherd (and sheep?), to keep the sheep within the fullness of Grace and protection of God...to keep ourselves as loved and protected sheep....to be unified and even perhaps to not encourage our other sheep to feel as though the don't belong?....am I to then watch for my fellow sheep? Yes....in the most Christ-like way within my being...

Yes, consider the lost sheep...and consider the shepherd who seeks that sheep...both are within us and of us.

Also, that 100 sheep seem as a representation of wholeness. ..and that we should seek to not only be whole, but also to celebrate our becoming more whole, and joyfully share our excitement with others...how can I encourage those around me to find their way?  Seek....find....walk with in joy...celebrate their return to wholeness, unity...oneness.