Courage or Cowardice

Courage is the ability to move through fear and cowardice is submitting to it. In order for us to move forward into our infinite ascension we must continually condition ourselves to move through fear and into the Promise. We must recognize all that we have been blessed with in the past and present in order to realize that we will continually be Divinely protected into the future. As we look back at all that we have been through it become more apparent that we have survived and are more than capable of continuing our journey of infinite enlightenment. By standing frozen in fear we forfeit the Promise and fail to be all that we are created to be.

Let it Rain

The rain falls upon the just and the unjust, but the righteous are nourished by it and the wicked are drowned in it. As we adhere to what is good; what is good will adhere to us. In this we create a magnetic force which is powered by the highest of vibrations. In this action of becoming emotionally immersed in love, joy and peace we attract all that is loving, joyful and peaceful into our consciousness.

The Power of Forgiveness

There is one gift greater than forgiveness and that is the gift the forgiver receives.

There exists a wall that can defeat us if we allow it to. By dwelling on what is behind us and consuming ourselves with the emotions we have associated with, we will find our path but are unable to follow it. Scaling the wall will be a futile and an ominous journey. For as we concentrate on what is bellow we lose sight of that which is above and may never relish in the glory of what is over.

Looking back holds us back, but looking ahead will pull us forward.

The most amazing things that have ever come to me have been a result of forgiveness. As I have come to the point of “I don’t like these feelings anymore” and decided to do the opposite of what those feelings were telling me to do an inconceivable future began to unfold. Instead of staying away from family or friends I made a conscious decision to visit them with a smile. I would often show up with open arms and a smile from ear to ear with no mention of whatever it was that caused the lapse of time in which our lives were not shared.

In fact it was an instance of immediate forgiveness that brought me to all of you as I come to you all today and every day. You are all incredible, priceless and wonderful gifts. Many of what I cherish now came from how I chose to react to a betrayal that occurred several years ago. This was not the first time that this person had been dishonest with me and I am afraid to say that it also would not be the last. However, it is with the greatness of empathy that I stay the course and deliberately choose to be happy.

This Universe is an incredible place and we have so much to learn and even more to forget. I am never less surprised by the workings of this supreme matrix in which we exist. Looking back to last January I can easily recollect a single statement that set in motion a reunion that I and many of those closest to me would never imagine could have taken place.

It was on a not so seasonably cold day in January of 2009 when a mutual acquaintance of mine stopped his truck while ascending up the icy hill which bordered a property I own on route 44. I had just finished shoveling some snow from the rear of the building and making sure that the drains were all clear when he rolled down his window in a gesture to initiate a conversation that would quickly lead to the manifestation of a totally unintentional manifestation. “How have you been Ron?” he asked. “Excellent!” I replied.” I let him know that my former partner was coming back to the state. He then asked, “Is he coming back here?” I immediately replied, “Yes he is.” In this statement I was affirming that the one who had betrayed me several years earlier would return to the business. The odd thing was it hardly felt like a lie when I said it. Even stranger was that I had not spoken to him since he cast down my olive branch almost three years earlier.

The day that my forgiveness of his betrayal was disregarded rings clearly in my ears and vividly in my mind today as it did so many years earlier. You see, I had decided that I did not want to take the same twisting, turning, bumpy, and exhausting road of days gone by. I remembered the feelings of angst and heart ache. In my heart I could recall those feelings of hate and the thirst for revenge, but this time I decided I did not wish to partake in that experience ever again. I called him up immediately and said, “I don’t know why you did what you did, but whatever you reasons were I do not want to let this affect our family and friends again. For the sake of our family let’s just let it go.” His response was very negative as he spoke these simple words, “You do yours and I will do mine” as the phone line went dead and I came alive. Forgiveness is an incredibly powerful thing. On this day, at that moment and for all the moments to follow I would learn exactly how powerful it could be. Although my forgiveness was not accepted I immediately felt an incredible weight being lifted from my shoulders. It was a burden I was well familiar with from past experiences with the same person as well as with a few others. It was then that Spirit lifted me off my feet and would continue to bless me exponentially from then on.

There is either something we need to do before we move on or there is something we need to let go of before we move forward.

It was at that point when my life in Christ would be accelerated and my journey would become ordained. Signs, messages and miracles would now become a regular part of my life and my world would leap into incredible dimensions. I had been promoted to the next level in my ascension.

Funny, that one affirmation that day on the hill of Anglewood Avenue quickly manifested. Soon I found myself sitting in the customer lounge area talking to my once wayward brother in law about how incredible it was that we were sharing with each other that day. In only a few short weeks our family was restored, I turned my business over to him and I had a tenant in my almost vacant building for another year. All this occurred during prayer week at New Life Worship Center and ended with him telling me in the customer lounge area that day that “Through this he was able to find Jesus.” I will never forget the two of us standing together in the New Life sanctuary the Sunday after proclaiming our love of the Lord. Beautiful!

There is a reason for all of our situations and circumstances. Everything we experience is to build us up and bring us over the next wall or on to the next level in our infinite ascension. We must never blame ourselves for trusting a certain person or for making what we now perceive as a bad choice. There really is no way of knowing if we had acted any differently if things would have turned out better or worse and at this point in time that all has little relevance anyway. Our best choice now is to take what we have learned and move on. My cousin Michael once told me decades ago, “Often we will make mistakes in the course of our lifetimes. We must never dwell in our failures. Instead it is imperative that we learn from our mistakes and move on from them.”

The means to receiving forgiveness often rests on forgiving ourselves.

If we continue to concentrate on the mistakes that we perceive we have made we have bound ourselves in the past. Concentrating on what is behind us is the best way to keep us there. The only answer is to confess to ourselves and God, ask for forgiveness and accept that forgiveness right now. Remember, it was all for a far greater reason than any of us could fathom, but one day the Truth behind the experience will be known.

As we look to the past as being filled with purpose we can move through the now successfully and into a purposeful future continually.

There is one thing I would like to mention before I close. The most powerful thing is to forgive unconditionally; this is very true. However, when we honestly and earnestly pray for the person who has hurt us with empathy in our hearts and the seeds of forgiveness in our souls the harvest is multiplied.

Today is a new day and in this moment we can choose our experience. Happiness is a choice independent of those around us. Forgiveness, gratitude, empathy, faith, hope and love are the ingredients of All that is good and righteous. These are the keys to our Being.

I love you,

Ron Ash

The Rock of Gratitude

The Rock of Gratitude

Sometimes the most incredible things are right before our eyes. The lure of life’s distractions can so easily draw us away from the simplistic beauty integrated into our surroundings. It is, reality that is, so much larger than our illusions, so much greater than what we choose to see. It contains a Spirit that encompasses soul and has existed since the beginning; far from the existence of our own.  Standing alone and frozen in time the single witness of one thousand lines.  Why is it that we are so easily blinded by the majesty of it all?  Why is it that we treat it as if it is so small?

Everything good that is to come really does start with recognizing what is good in our lives right now.  Gratitude and appreciation for all that we have and hold is the secret to having more to be thankful for.  As we look at ourselves and those that we love we must clearly recognize the blessing they are, see the good in them and be satisfied with the special individual whom they are.

It is far too easy to look at the people in our lives and pick out all the things we don’t like about them.  Perhaps they don’t show us love the way we want to experience it?  Maybe they do some things that agitate us and cause us to pull away?  The truth is that we are who we are.  That counts for all of us.  Chances are that the one who is best for us is here for us as they are intended to be and as they are created to be.  It just may be that they were intentionally put into our lives to share our experience for a greater purpose.  When we find that our partner is extremely organized and scheduled to the point of obsession and that we are the opposite in all ways; we must consider that maybe, just maybe, we were brought together to achieve a balance in our being.  Whatever the case I guarantee there exist a far greater purpose in all that we have right now.

Remember, we are created to create and creation comes forth via our experiences.  If all things in our relationships, careers and in all the other areas of our lives were the same constantly there would be to contrast.  Without contrast there would be no experience.  Absent of experience there would be no wanting.  Wanting is a critical part of creation.

When we see in our minds what it is that we want a rift in the sea of energy in which we exist is created.  That thought creates the beginning of what will be.  As we recognize and appreciate all that we have with the utmost gratitude we become better able to concentrate on and build momentum towards the things that we will create.

By putting our creative energy into what we don’t want we constantly create more of the same.  It is our job to focus on the good in all we have in order to create the ideal vibration or frequency capable of manipulating this infinitely powerful sea of energy in order to accommodate the creation of our ideas, dreams and aspirations.

As we adopt an attitude of gratitude we will propel ourselves infinitely into higher altitudes.

This power, the magic of gratitude, is expounded upon in most spiritual writings. Gratitude is the rock which we must firmly place our foot upon in order to push off of and to propel ourselves into our dreams.  The pinnacle of this power is achieved when we acknowledge all that we have with the greatest of appreciation and relish in the emotions associated with being thankful for all that we have right now.

(Colossians 3:16 New International Version) Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.

In faith always,

Ron Ash

Second Guessing

Second Guessing

We can’t get where we’re going by always looking back.

It is true, we can’t get where we’re going by always looking back. Looking back inhibits us from moving forward. This is especially true where faith is concerned. Stepping forward is a prerequisite of advancing into the unseen.

Many of us get stuck in the past. We have memories of a better time, greater friends or superior positions, but that time is gone and those things if we had them right now may not give us what they once did. For everything there was a purpose and that purpose has brought us to now.

Often I run into this issue in my own relationship. My wife loves to go back in time and blame others for the situation and circumstance we are experiencing right now. I’m not saying I am immune to the same temptations, but my second guessing is largely directed at myself. “If I only did this.” or “If I only didn’t do that.” are the most common phrases of regret that I use privately in my own mind. However, my wife is really verbal about her regrets in regards to the decisions of those around her. She loves to nurture her ego by freeing herself from blame and attaching the responsibility for perceived negative circumstances and situations to those around her, especially to me. Not the best option.

It is amazing how two people’s perceptions of where we are and where we are going can differ so greatly. Time and again I have seen the power of Spirit work incredible miracles in our lives. Wonderful testimony has been birth through the pains of our labor, yet how easy it is to forget the great gifts we have received. Every trial and tribulation has strengthened us in every way. Sometimes it strengthens our marriage and other times it strengthens us physically, financially, spiritually and emotionally. One thing is for sure though, the tighter the squeeze; the sweeter the juice.

We really can’t go back and second guess our lifetimes. God’s plan has a purpose that we can never truly fathom. The complexity of it all will only serve to overwhelm us. His blessings have to be very calculated because in the process of blessing one it is highly likely that another could lose their blessing. It all has to be done perfectly. The timing must be just right so not to curse the righteous.

The last issue in which my wife was making her feelings known to me took place in the kitchen after dinner. She stated, “This is it. We’re not going to go through this again?” You see, we have been in a financial pinch once again as most couples are during the current economic crisis. The beauty of it is that, as I said earlier, so much good has already come of it. My relationship has been strengthened, my wife’s faith has increased exponentially and I have been able to share so much with those around me as I have been given the gift of wisdom from every experience. In fact we are poised to make more money this year than any year which preceded it. Now that the blessing is coming the testimony will soon be shared. So why would she want to second guess our choices now?

We know what we want to do, what we need to do and what we must do. The trick is to stop slipping back into what we used to do.

You see, old habits are hard to break. It is very easy to fall back into our old ways of thinking and being. There is something safe and secure about it. In her mind she sees a place of peace as being still and holding on tightly to where we are or were, but that is not part of God’s plan. We were created to move forward not to hold back. The Ego is a very tricky thing. It will use fear and illusion to convince us that we are not good enough and that we are only as great as we used to be. In order to have a healthy relationship with God we must release ourselves from the past and use the now to catapult us into the future. We have a far greater purpose than the one we see.

A healthy relationship is when one person discourages the other from striving for their dreams, causes them to doubt their abilities and tells them to settle for only what they have been. Oh wait, that is a diseased relationship.

In many cases we have married what was and our Ego has fallen in love with it. After all, the Ego lives to devour us and knows the best way to do that is by encouraging us to believe that we need to continually acknowledge what has been and give up hope for what could be.

We must not become inundated by the things of the past. We can own it, but we don’t want to be owned by it. Remember our emotions can either make us or break us. If we feel negative emotions while relating to things of the past we will become a magnet for more of the same NOW and continue to bring more of the same into our future. I admit it is easy to become inundated by past experiences. When we talk about them and think about them we become consumed with the emotions associated with them. We feel it from head to toe with the essence of all that we are. This is perfect for receiving more of the same. What we need to do is use the same process to get what we want. The Ego wants us to believe there is only one way, but the truth is there are many ways. Often the best course of action is to put down the paddle and let the river’s current move us down stream. We can have whatever we want; just not the way we want.

Who is this Ego guy anyway? Well, it is the little green thing inside us all who wants to keep us from Truth. It loves to make us lie to ourselves about the reasons we do the things that we do. Justification is one of its trademark features. It hates it when we take the blame for our own mistakes and short comings. If we are not careful Ego will have us believing the lies that we tell ourselves are real, cause us to make decisions based on those lies and allow us to constantly make the wrong decisions. It would have us believe that if we don’t have total control of the people, places and things in our lives than we will lose the race that it has convinced us we are in. It is a tricky one indeed. Sometimes it can get a little bruised and feel a little unloved but for the most part it gets stronger the more we take part in its theatrical production of “It’s all about me”.

By wrong decisions I don’t mean wrong choices in the past; instead I am referring to wrong thinking in the NOW. Today is a new day and in this moment we can choose our experience. Happiness is a choice independent of those around us. Forgiveness, gratitude, empathy, faith, hope and love are the ingredients of all that is good and righteous. This is the key to our Being.

As we look to the past as being filled with purpose we can move through the now successfully and into a purposeful future continually.

We can’t be all that we are created to be by catering to Ego. Blaming others for what we perceive as errors will only serve to agitate those we love and inhibit us from moving forward. The truth is blame is a two way street and any of us can go back to any particular point in time and pass the blame on to someone else. I reluctantly chose to give an example of this to my wife that day in the kitchen. She had just given a rundown of all the poor decisions we have ever made, while emphasizing that most were because of me, when suddenly I received an epiphany. Everything she stated would never have been an issue if she was never so adamant about moving to our new neighborhood. Everyone else was happy where we were. You see, a series of events took place, fueled by jealousy, which caused the destruction of our business, a division in our family and a tide of other related issues. In truth, incredible blessings came from all these things. In fact we may never know how truly blessed we were. We know what is seen, but not what was unseen.

I clearly stated, “It’s your entire fault! If we never bought this house we would have plenty of money in the bank and would never have experienced all the other negative things that have happened since.” Oh, she did not like that. She began to stutter and sputter words in no particular order as she attempted to go back in time and find a “restore point” for her hard drive.

It is just like a computer that is acting sporadically. We begin to run in safe mode, get into the accessories menu, go into system tools and restore our computer to a certain restore point. In fact her mind was doing that very thing. It frantically searched for a place to backup her desired mind set. Finally, “You could have said no!” At this point I had to let her know that I was just attempting to help her realize that no decision is really the wrong decision. God takes it all and makes something better with it. Every decision we ever made was the right decision and every one of them has brought us forward to where we are today. We must never second guess.

We don’t know what would have happened if we made a different choice. Perhaps we did stay in the old house and the entire family died in a fire. It is possible that we did have tons of money in the bank, but decided to give the stock market a try and lost it all. Maybe our children would have encountered problems at their old school. If fact, I am sure that if we evaluate all the occurrences for good now we will truly see the blessings in them all. The family is undivided today and stronger than ever. The truth rose to the top in all things. Our children are excelling in a far better school system than they were in previously. In fact the school was voted the best in the state. The mortgage on our house was lowered to less than we were paying on our old house and we are moving closer and closer to more financial blessings every day.

In looking back we must only see the good in what used to be, we must find blessings in what we perceived as curses and realize that in every lesson learned is grace.

As we concentrate on what Is what was becomes a blur and what will be comes into focus.

Ron’s “The Evolution of God” Review

The Evolution of God by Paul Seydel explores the ever changing concepts of God. The author examines various religious groups and cults. This book seems to be largely opinionated, but Seydel does make some interesting points. He takes a refreshingly brave stand in his quest to uncover the many faces of God in today’s religions. At the very least the reader will get an education in doctrine through the authors simple yet intelligent descriptions and contrasts exhibited throughout the pages of this book. A timeline runs from chapter to chapter which makes the evolutionary aspects of God concepts quiet intriguing. He takes the reader from Natural Selection and Religious Origins through Pagan Gods, The God of Patriarchs and Prophets, The Father God, Allah, The Mormon God. The Healing God and finally to The Universal God which is gaining a huge following today.

I found Paul Seydel’s insights into the validity of the Koran a bit biased but very interesting. I think he has a valid point and I found the information to be extremely valuable. His views of Christian Science being highly metaphysical in nature were dead on. Although his deistic beliefs are highly apparent in his writing, I did find his style to be original and his premise to be well-founded in most instances.

His information and references back up much of his ideas and truly give insight into the being of God. The cultural exploration into the sociology of world religions should be a value to any reader who wishes to get a better grasp on what our brothers and sisters who share this world with us believe. Their perceptions have created their reality of the God they worship. The Evolution of God is a book that gives the reader just enough knowledge of world religion to help them to empathize with those who strictly follow the other religions of the world.

Ears to Hear

Recently I spoke of our individual experiences here on this earthly realm of existence in my essay Let them have it. Our perceptions create our realities and because of this what is truth for one may not be truth for another. Loving, caring, feeling and wanting the best for them does not change this fact. This is their experience!

Our lives are a journey of discovery and believe it or not, prior to our conception, we chose the stage for our situations and circumstances to play out. We made a conscious decision while in the spiritual realm that we would experience everything we are experiencing right now in order to work out prior conflicts within ourselves while interacting with others. It was no spin of the roulette wheel.

Simply stated, if we believe water is fire we will never bathe. Our souls will never be cleansed and we will never discover the Truth that we all seek, but there is a reason for this. There is something within us known as the Ego of which we must conquer in order to complete what must be completed in our infinite journey of ascension. When we do we will realize that the fire is really water and we will drink, bathe and enjoy it for all that it is.

Jesus often stated, “Those who have ears to hear let them hear” and knew that at times we are not receptive to truth. The Ego has the power to blind us and make us deaf to the Truth. It is up to us to receive and allow for It to enter. We could spend hours or decades trying to get through to those that we love, but we will only create more barriers between us. The door will remained locked from the inside, furniture will be pushed up against it and soon that door may never be found by them again.

Sometimes loving is letting go. We must relinquish control and trust that when God wants those people, relationships and lives to be healed they will be. Who knows, it just may be our own Ego getting in the way of His plan. We could be the ones adding hours or even decades to their healing.

This may be the most difficult thing we may ever have to do. Our hearts will weep from the inside out. Time will pass and we will not be able to reclaim it. Yet, if we continue to push at that door the door will only push back. We will only injure ourselves by straining our hearts, souls and spirits and end up forfeiting the joy of the NOW.

“Sometimes, we have to let it all go and allow them to help themselves. It is told that even Jesus couldn’t do great miracles in his hometown. You see those who know us personally often look at us as just a family member or a friend. They really don’t connect with us in that healing sort of way. Sometimes, we have to stand aside and allow them to live the life they want to live. I am sure you have heard the saying, “If ain’t broke…don’t fix it.” Well, if people do not think they are broken, no-one will ever convince them they need fixing.

When we try to fix those who don’t feel they are broken, they just turn right around and do the exact opposite of what we want for them. Then, we are the ones who-in turn-become hurt because we begin to question our abilities and gifts.

Sometimes, when we want those people to change into what we want them to be, we end up controlling them and that is no good either. You see, each individual came to this earth to experience who they want to be. I used to think it was my responsibility to change people (including my family). But now, through many failed attempts, I realize I am here to inspire people to want change in them. People respond better to inspiration.

Just love them and hope that someone (at some time) can inspire them to want change in themselves. That is the type of change that will last forever!”

 –Michael Merritt

I had to thank Michael for this reminder. He was absolutely correct. I just wrote about exactly that last week in Let them have it on my blog but failed to see how it applied to the situation I had been struggling with. I guess it is because of the constant cries for help I receive from the person in this scenario. Bottom line is that they really only want the answers they want and mine do not fill their order. I was just feeding into what they were laying out.

It’s their experience and we must let them have it. We make our choices and live our lives in order to experience what we need for our journey and ascension. Others may not be who we want them to be, but they are Being all that they are created to be.

During the holiday season it is important for us to remember to appreciate everyone for exactly who they are. Diversity is the spice of life. Besides, who wants a bag full of the same kind of candy? There is something wonderful about everyone. Concentrate on their Gifts, relish in all that they are and appreciate with the utmost gratitude the opportunities they have given us for contrast.

In faith always,

Ron Ash