Every day, when we get up, we have a choice about how we’re going to perceive the day. It can begin with a prayer or acknowledgment of appreciation for the day ahead, for the sunrise, even if it’s cloudy outside because the sun is still there behind that vaporous, misty barrier that airplanes can fly straight through.
As we go out into our day, we can be agitated by the traffic or we can use each red light as an opportunity to bless the other drivers, to count our own blessings, or to give thanks that we have the opportunity to go with the ebb and flow of traffic no matter our destination.
When the broadcasters send their messages over the airwaves, we can tune into their dire warnings as fear-mongering messages of doom and gloom, or we can choose to listen holistically, balancing each message with what we know the Truth to be, and that is that we are as safe and well as we choose to be; we can let fear and uncertainty rule our thoughts and responses throughout the day or we can Know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Well-Being is at hand, independent of what happens in the stock market or farmer’s market. Even if faced with health challenges, we can choose to focus on the Wholeness that exists somewhere in our bodies and in our lives. If we are in prison, accused of the most heinous crimes, we are sheltered. If we are in the hospital, illness raging against us, we are surrounded by those with the skill and ability to help us heal. If we are in the unemployment line, uncertain how the bills will be paid, we are in a unique position of opportunity to be revealed to us.
We can choose to see the world as a dying entity, smothering under the grip of global warming or some other extreme weather calamity. Or we can see the world as it is – a thriving, self-renewing, living Being fully designed and capable of evolving beyond any current condition because we know that even the worst wounds heal and we can choose to be part of that healing process or we can knee-jerk in reaction to what we think is the cause.
No matter what conditions we face in life, they always are initiated from a belief in one thing or another – a belief in distrust and manipulation or a belief in Abundance and Wholeness. And if we say we believe in liberty and justice and freedom of speech for all, then we should abide by that sentiment for all people, not just the ones we agree with. If we say everyone has the right to freedom of expression and then complain when someone expresses an opinion different from our own, we are contradicting what we say we believe. We cannot say we are all One and then blame, condemn, and criticize someone else for believing or acting differently from us.
Ranting about how wrong something or someone is regarding a political viewpoint or social standing is just as much a form of bullying as schoolyard taunts. Insisting that diversity must be tolerated or accepted is misguided if we are also saying that this group of people or that organization is more important than another because of all the injustice they have received over the years. As long as we point out how different something is, it cannot be equal or balanced when compared to the perceived majority.
The Earth is not dying; she is evolving and changing, just the same as her inhabitants. As she goes through her metamorphosis – as she has done for billions of years – we will adapt and grow along with her. We can choose to fight and resist evolution or change or unfolding creation or we can work with it to make the changes we are guided to make such as becoming smarter about air quality, recycling, clean and green energy management, etc., from a place of Alignment and Love, not fear, angst, and judgment.
Let us be mindful of who we are and who we are created to be. We are Spiritual Beings experiencing a spiritual life through what we call physical senses, but there is no separation between the spiritual and physical because it is One Expression of the Divine or the Universal Life Force.
Let us Love one another from a place of unconditional Acceptance of the diversity we came here to express, which in no way diminishes who we Are or what we want to experience, yet accepts differences from a place of respect and an openness that allows understanding. We may think we are opponents to a viewpoint but if we remain open to revelation, we will learn just how connected we really are. When we realize this, we know there is nothing to oppose because we are all in this together.
Let us receive the Knowing that there is only One Omnipotent Power in the Universe, call it God, Source, Universal Intelligence, or Energy, and it’s all about the Good, continued unfolding expression of Life at its Best. In Alignment with the Well-Being of Who we are, standing firm and strong in Truth, we do not fear the opinions of others, but welcome them as opportunities to discover what unites us as one Family of Humanity.
Consider this from Philippians, Chapter 4:6-13:
“6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.
10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
[Photo: Misty morning in Soan valley, Pakistan. Shot taken from Sakesar Peak; 6 December 2015, Talha Mahin Mir. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license. (Wikimedia Commons)]