What are you focusing your attention on at this time? Is it on the beauty of your world, the wonder of life, the gratitude in your heart for the blessings you have? Or are you focused on what is lacking in your life, the dangers around you and the precarious state of your environment and world political situation? As you focus on the perceived deficiencies you move yourself farther and farther from the light, from the truth of who you are. Every thought of who or what you are not is a reaffirmation of this perceived lack or chaos and a step towards darkness.
The journey towards spiritual enlightenment has been described as a battle between the ego and the spirit, where one will eventually have dominion over the other. That is perhaps why this journey is so difficult for you, because you are struggle between the material and the spiritual, where you must give up something in order to gain something else. And because the ego does not want to lose, the struggle will continue under these conditions. The ego will never allow itself to be dominated and spirit does not want to dominate. The true nature of this process is to create balance between the two energies so that they learn to work in harmony.
There are angels among you and you interact with them every day. Their purpose is to guide you through your life, to help you when you need it most and to provide you with opportunities to confirm your own spiritual growth and understanding. You have proof of their presence in your lives when you meet with someone who extends a helping hand, who steps in to solve a problem when it seems that no help is available, to give you a smile, a word of encouragement or a sympathetic ear. You will be aware of their presence when you remember that you are never alone on your journey.
There are no accidents or mistakes in the Universe. Every person, situation and experience that you have is one that you have allowed in your reality. Each lesson that you work through is one that your soul has allowed you to learn for your spiritual growth.
The focus of spiritual literature is on giving unconditional love to everyone. That is a noble concept but one that is hard to practice in the world you live in. How do you show unconditional love to others? How do you define unconditional love and what does it mean? Spiritual concepts can have a global meaning but they are interpreted according to an individual's understanding, experience and level of spiritual evolution. And each person is comfortable with different levels of emotional expression and interaction. What kinds of actions show unconditional love and how do you start? You begin by acting with kindness.
Before we are born we determine a path for our life that provides us with the best opportunities to fulfill the terms of our spiritual contract. The contract is the level of growth that our soul will achieve in a lifetime. The path consists of the lessons we must learn and the karma we have an opportunity to heal that will fulfill our contract. The journey is the series of experiences that we undertake in order to make this all happen. Our ultimate destination is reconnection with the Source and ascending into higher levels of consciousness. We know that fulfilling our contract benefits our own soul’s growth and creates that possibility for all of humanity as well. Each of us undertakes this important task when we volunteer to come here and do our work.
What does it mean to you when you take responsibility for something? Think about that for a moment. Does it mean that you are in control of the outcome, that you must answer for the results, that you are accountable? And what do those concepts mean to you-that you will suffer if your performance does not measure up? What are you measuring your performance against? When something is your responsibility, is there an obligation to make things work, to make things right, to perform according to a standard, no matter what the cost to you? And, do you take the concept of responsibility personally, so that if things do not work out the way you believe they should, that somehow you are less than capable or competent?
What is necessary in your life? Is it the house you live in, the car you drive, the job that you have? If you were able to remove the unnecessary material elements, what would you choose? Now, on an emotional level, what is necessary for you? And on a spiritual level? When we speak about what is necessary, the reference is always made to the material. But few ever move past that and look at the other aspects of life, such as the emotional or spiritual and look at now necessary the existing energies are for them. In truth, very little of anything that you currently have is necessary for the only necessary item in your life is your connection with Source. When you have a strong connection with Source everything that is necessary emanates from that so anything else that would serve to replace what is coming from source would be unnecessary.
So much of life today is about hurrying up, experiencing as much as you can in as little time as possible. Journeys that once took days or weeks now take minutes. There is a sense of urgency about everything in life today that causes you to believe that if you do not act immediately, you will lose an opportunity. So you have learned to act first and think later, without regard to the consequences of your actions. Yes, you can always make other choices, but why put yourselves through the trial of having to experience the same lessons over and over again? You always have the opportunity, if you choose to take it, to consider what you are choosing and whether it is really what you want before you make that decision. And you must consider the source of your thinking-are you thinking from the head or from the heart?
Do you spend your time trying to 'do good' so that you will eventually be rewarded for your efforts? Do you hope that you will eventually reach a 'promised land' where life will be easier, less stressful, more joyful? Are you so focused on that 'other' place that you spend time wishing and hoping that you were there? The Shift will open the concept of multi-dimensional reality to you and make you aware of the many different worlds that exist simultaneously with your perceived reality, all of which are available to you. But what is more important for you to realize is that your promised land, your nirvana, is right where you are, at any moment in time. If it is unpleasant, uncomfortable or disagreeable, you have to change it. If you were sleeping and were awakened because you were cold, would you not put a blanket on your bed? If you are hungry, do you not stop to eat? When you are thirsty, do you not drink?