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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

How many times?

How many times in our lives have we looked at our situation and thought I can’t do this or this is going to be hard? Many times what we thought would be the difficult thing to do turn out to be the greatest experiences of our lives. The fire was never as hot as we thought it would be. No matter what everything always works out for us. Do you know why? It is because we have been chosen to do great things in our lifetimes. We will accomplish incredible things and nothing will hold us back! All the answers are in our hearts. When we look inside ourselves we find all the answers and our path is revealed. We need to remember that we write the book. It is the story of our lives and we have the power to create them. All we need to do is picture how we want them to be and affirm that they will be that way. Our emotions are the key to the conclusion of every chapter. As we visualize what we want our lives to be and experience all the emotions associated with that we will receive it! We are very powerful! That is why we need to delete all those negative visions of a difficult future and replace them with positive visions of all that we are created to be. You can’t tell me you have not felt it in your heart so strongly that you knew that now is only temporary and the future is all that we create it to be. If you could see what I feel you wouldn’t have a worry in the world.

It’s Our Garden

Picture 007To me there is no tomato as good as a fresh garden tomato, but it has been several years since I have experienced one.  You see, some years we receive too much sun and other seasons we experience too much rain.  It is only by the perfect balance of these elements that the plant is able to produce a tomato with the taste I crave. 

There are many other factors that contribute to producing a good tomato in addition to these.  The seed must be planted in fertile soil.  The PH must be right.  Weeds must be constantly removed so not to suffocate and strangle the roots of the plant.  Insects and related infestations must be dealt with in a timely fashion.   If all these things work in unity the plant will grow healthy and strong and yield   much wonderful fruit. 

So it is when we marry.  Our love is the seed and our heart is the soil.  When we choose to tend our garden the harvest will be great.   If we leave the garden unattended and unmaintained the plants will dry up, become diseased and die.  In this our joys will never be realized.  Our love will never grow.  The sweet fruit of our love will never be experienced.  We do not love to be loved.  We love to experience the fruits of love. 

In this garden there can be many joys, many hopes and many dreams.  Yet, it must be nurtured and tended and cared for to grow.  Where would we be without sun and water?  If we are denied both continually all of its life will cease.

No one abuses his own body, does he? No, he feeds and pampers it. That’s how Christ treats us, the church, since we are part of his body. And this is why a man leaves father and mother and cherishes his wife. No longer two, they become “one flesh.” This is a huge mystery, and I don’t pretend to understand it all. What is clearest to me is the way Christ treats the church. And this provides a good picture of how each husband is to treat his wife, loving himself in loving her, and how each wife is to honor her husband. – Ephesians 5:29-33 (The Message)

Believing is Being

Picture 034We all need this little big reminder every so often.  When we concentrate on what we don’t want we get more of what we don’t want, but when we concentrate on our dreams (Matthew 21:22) all that we believe, feel and see is destine to be our experience.

Moving Forward

Moving Forward

 

It is a physical fact that we were designed for forward movement.  Everything about our anatomy confirms this undeniable truth.  Forward motion is an essential element of our being and plays a predominant role in us being all that we are intended to be.

 

Everything in our bodies is meant to move ahead.  Our feet, legs, knees and torso all contribute to this principle function.  As we lean forward we move ahead.  It is our eyes position in front of our head that guide us forward.  We can turn our neck and bodies left to right to see where to turn and how far ahead we must go.  The head does not turn three hundred and sixty degrees around.  We are built to bend forward and not backwards.

 

Isn’t it strange that we can move in reverse?   The difficulty is very apparent in every potential action that contradicts our design yet, we can do it.  It takes a lot of practice and concentration to walk blindly backwards and the risks can be immense.  What types of obstacles are behind us?  We could walk into a fire, off a cliff or into the path of a moving vehicle.  On top of it all the movement is extremely slow and restrictive. 

 

Often we wish we had eyes in the back of our heads.  Why?  Although it would contribute to a tremendous improvement in multi direction versatility this is seldom the reason for the request.  Most often it is that we don’t want anyone sneaking up on us.  Think about that for a moment.  What are the possible effects of being caught off guard, surprised or unsuspecting?  Well, fear places highest on the list I’m sure.  We may be taken down in a number of ways.  Much loss physically, emotionally or even financially can be had.  Maybe we fear being held back or pulled down; making our efforts fruitless.

 

The ego also plays an overwhelming roll.  Most do not want others to move past them, overtake them or get to the finish before they do.  We all want to get there first, but many of us want to coast uphill to achieve our goals.  In order to get where we are going we must continually strive in advance.  There is a time to climb and a time to coast.

 

The Truth is that there is no finish line and the only race is being created in our own minds.  We are all on an infinite journey forward.   Everyone has their own pace and their own jobs to do.  It is by being all that we are created to be that we travel the path to Purpose.  Forward thinking creates forward movement!

 

When we think of the things that could have been or should have been we ground ourselves in disappear and anchor ourselves in inaction.  Wadding water will only serve to keep our head above the surface.  If we want to see what is on the other side we will need to swim ahead.  Our reward is in the crossing!

 

Forward movement requires forward motion.  As we think of where we want to be the brain signals the body to prepare for movement.  We think of where we want to be and our brain says, “Head turn forward, eyes open wide and foot take a step.”  Action is always required!  So my friends, movement requires motion and motion depends upon emotion.  Emotion is the key to our mode of transportation and transformation.

 

Remember, our emotions play an important role in determining where we are going and how fast we will get there.   In “The Apostle’s Recipe for Happiness” I spoke of the how subjective time and distance is.  I often mention how passion is the soul’s recognition of God’s gift and how when we are using our gifts hours seem like minutes.   Well, through the mastery of our emotion we can intentionally create the most powerful and energy efficient vehicle to take us to where we want to be.  We can move forward quickly and easily by concentrating on where we want to be, seeing what it looks like and feeling the emotions associated with our visions.  We are the pilot, driver, engineer and captain of the ship we call ourselves. 

 

Spirit, soul, heart and body all contribute to who we are.  When we move forward we advance, but when we move backward we retreat.  As we stay motionless and hold on so desperately to where we are and what we have we forfeit our future and the Promise that is there.  There is an incredible and supernatural power in the “NOW” that must be used to propagate all that we are intended to be. 

 

If we are to use this fact to our advantage we must appreciate with the utmost gratitude all that we have in this moment.  This is how we build energy to fuel our vehicle.  As we express the emotions associated with gratitude, contentment and appreciation we fill our fuel cells with high octane racing fuel.  It all has to do with vibration.  The intensity of our vibration is in direct correlation to the positivity we feel.  Likewise, negative emotions are low vibrating attractors that send out a signal to drain the cells of essential energy and slow down, stall or reverse our advancement.

 

You see if we let our fuel tanks run low we have a greater chance of clogging up our fuel lines and fuel filter.  The energy cannot get through to the engine.  Sludge has built up in the bottom of the tank over time.  All the bad stuff has separated from the fuel, dropped to the bottom of the tank and created a haven for dirt and debris.  By driving continually on “E” we have sucked up all that junk into our system and rendered it inefficient.  We can’t seem to get our motor started or keep it running.  It chokes up, sputters and stalls constantly.  We have gummed everything up and are desperately in need of some Gum Out!

 

Although, this is an interesting and somewhat humorous analogy, we are not a machine.  In our humanity there exists one constant factor that separates us from them.  We think therefore we are!  In order to clear out our systems we need to use a different kind of cleaner.  We must top off our energy cells with positive emotions.  As we keep our vibrations high we will continually experience efficient forward motion.   Next, we must envision our destination, see where we want to be, create a vivid picture in our mind of what that looks like and experience all the emotions associated with it “NOW!”

Curse or Character

Curse or Character

So if sin is a symptom than what is the disease? Well, in order to answer this question we must first take a very close look at character. Character is in actuality the essence of all that we are. It is from here that we determine what choices we will make.

One of the attributes or features that make up and distinguish an individual
-Merriam Webster

What is it that distinguishes us from everyone else around us? Is it the clothes we wear? Could it be the positions we hold? Perhaps it is the community in which we live? Those would all be good guesses and could in fact be a result of our character. However, they are not and have little to do with the essence of all that we are.

Chances are that we are all presently in the company of people who match the vibration of our character. You see, as we change our thoughts, the way we look at the world, the people around us will change. Old friends and acquaintances will slowly disappear from our daily lives. New people will begin to enter our world. We will often struggle with this. It is very understandable since it is our nature to hold on to what we have, but rest assured, there will always be a place for our soul mates The visits will be less frequent, but they will always be there.

There are certain people who are brought into our lives for a reason. They become an important part of all that we are. They are always here for us as we are there for them. We never hold back our thoughts from one another and speak freely on all topics. When we are on the wrong path they will tell us even if it means they may lose our friendship forever. They know our strengths and our weaknesses, but love and accept us all the same. As our paths fork off in different directions and the times we share grow fewer and far between an intimate connections still exists between us. Then the universe provides us with the wonderful opportunities to come together and laugh, cry and share the past and present with each other. Whether it be days, weeks, months or years time seems to stand still on the day we come together in the joy of our infinite friendship. It always feels as if we are just picking things up from yesterday. These are our soul mates that have been given to us by the All and the One.

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
(2 Corinthians 6:14 King James Version)

People have various internal and external characteristics. Some external characteristics are naturally born, indigenous or sociological and others are a reflection of choice. The ones of choice are the near perfect window to the internal characteristics of people. However, it is the tongue which is a far superior tool for the classification of one’s soul. It is the undisputed champion in the battle to distinguish character.

“What goes into a man’s mouth does not make him ‘unclean,’ but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him ‘unclean.’ ”
(Matthew 15:11 New International Version)

As our character changes so does our language. We are beginning to change on the inside and this is reflected on the outside too. This is where we begin our rebirth and enlightenment.

Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me.
(1 Corinthians 14:11 King James Version)

Again, I spoke earlier of symptoms and this certainly falls into the category of such, but it is the deficiency of righteous character which is the disease. Our Character is what will determine our choices. It is from character that we chose to sin. You heard me right, “Sin is a choice!”
In order to make better choices it is imperative for us to build better character!

We all come standard with the internal guidance system which was placed in our hearts by the Creator. When we do wrong deeds and alarm goes off that lets us know. It tells us to hide it from our friends, sneak around, don’t tell anyone and above all “admit nothing!”

Not having a righteous character is not only about doing bad things. It is often about doing good, but having the need to let everyone know about it. This exhibits a lack of righteous character too. It shows a lack of faith in the power of good deeds. In this there is only the reward of acknowledgement. Therefore, the one thousand fold reward will not be seen. In this we have taken the little prize before us and passed up the dream vacation package behind door number one.

So, where do find the information necessary to build a righteous character? Well, one of the greatest sources of information on this topic is the Holy Bible. Many religious and secular books have been created from the Word within. Combined with our guiding conscience we already have a pretty good assortment of tools to build a positive effective character capable of bringing incredible blessings into our lives.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
(Matthew 22:37-39 NIV)

Everything we have and that we are is composed of the choices we have been making all our lives. When we decide we want to live a better life we must take the necessary steps to improve our character. In every choice we must ask ourselves is this something that I would do to someone I love? How would I feel if this was done to me?

You can make life into what you want or life can make you into what it wants. The choice is ours, and even choosing not to choose is a choice.
–Paul Calhoun

Choosing not to chose is something many of us do not consider. Many times it is by default that we receive what we do not ask for. The secret really is to ask for what we want and allow it to happen.

Be still and pay attention to the little gifts that cross our path sent by God to facilitate our journey. We must act on the opportunities as miracles materialize from the vibration of our character.