We all have a bit of the heavenly creator within us.
“The kingdom of heaven lies within”(luke 17:21) It is the very thing that connects us and speaks to our heart in the moments of trial. Its the little connector which can pull us to others through living in loving kindness. Its the thing we try to ignore when that tiny voice makes us feel “icky” because we know we are choosing the wrong path. When we do hurtful things to ourselves or others…we actually damage our soul, bringing us to darkness through separation. We seperate from others…we seperate from God. We are not meant to pass judgements or break covenants. We feel dirty when we take what is not ours because we are bringing darkeness to the world through failing to consider others.
The more we ignore it for our own selfish gain, the less we feel we are actually affected by our wrong doings…lies! The more comfortable we become with shutting off this connection, the further we fall from grace. We may never feel the retribution from society, but internally through depression and separation(we tell ourselves we are above others or somehow exempt from laws). We feel dragged out, worn, heavy, frustrated and sometimes alone because we hurt ourselves when we hurt others. Conversely, we help ourselves when we help others.
When we connect with our selves and our community in loving kindness this connection to the creator strengthens as does our connection to our selves and our community…our world, all of humanity, benifits.
We begin inside…we listen to the word of God (the truth in our own hearts, NOT nessicarilly what our so-called leaders tell us) we give the suffering refuge NOT condemnation. We feed the hungry, not eat ourselves into gluttonous blobs. We give, we do not take what is not freely given.
When we help and we are no longer hurting….helping heals. But we must also help ourselves and not fall victim to victomhood.
Often we tell ourselves life is not fair, that our troubles come from external sources that are beyond our control. Lies! ALL LIES! We are subject to external troubles, that is without doubt. The WAY we choose to allow such things to effect us is totally up to us. We can cry about what others have done, carry the heavy burden of the grudge. OR we can realize that we can overcome the obstacle placed before us by such external forces. Everything can be considered a learning experiance. We can learn to overcome, or we can learn to be angry, resentful, bitter, fearful, or hateful( just to name a few). The victor chooses to overcome while the victim is content to justify thier suffering through blaming external forces.
The key here is largely forgiveness. Forgiveness allows us to move on and by choosing understanding, we can forgive ourselves as well as others. When we are armed with forgiveness and understanding we become unburdened by guilt, resentment and anger…
We can learn to forgive ourselves through asking the creator and those we have wronged, for forgiveness and the acquisition of understanding. We can gain understanding through the loss of judgement. When we choose acceptance, we are given understanding. We all make mistakes! (Romans 3:10 As it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one;) ALL sins serve to remove us from the grace of God.
(Mark 7:21-23 For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”) these things can be healed through prayer and careful attention to what we allow to influence us. Your eyes, ears and heart are gates that lead into your mind. You must practice shutting out negativity, condemnation and judgement from your circle of influence and replace then with love, positivity, forgiveness, and acceptance. It is then, that your soul begins to awaken into the glory of which it was produced.
Prayer and meditation have been shown to improve life. It strengthens our connection to self, others and most importantly the loving creator. As we heal ourselves, we begin to heal the world.
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