As I was "walking" my heart rate down before I had to be home ... with 8 minutes to spare to take my daughter to middle school, I just felt this gratitude. I said to that "God Universe" space within me, "Thank you thank you thank you. I am grateful I can run, I am grateful the sun is shining, I am grateful I am continually sustained, and I am so grateful I see who I am. Thank you for helping me see."
Will she or even I get it "right" all of the time and never look at the negative? No. We're human. We will not be perfect, but we don't have to be perfect. We just have to be trying today to be better, to look higher, to see the love instead of the hate, and to focus on all that fills us with light instead of dwelling on the garbage. In trying each day to be a little more positive than the day before, a little kinder, a little gentler, a little more loving, a little more thoughtful we are doing what we can.
We were created to LOVE! We were created to expand JOY in the world around us. We were created to appreciate and enjoy the world that is full of beauty and awe inspiring miraculous sights. God, Universe, Existence, the source of all that is IS love. That is the nature of that which created us. And creation is expansion of oneself ... God expanded to create each of us and it was an expansion of love. ... We are each love too. That is OUR nature.
Be open. ASK for guidance. LOOK for it everywhere and at all times ... it will come when you least expect it and when it does it will change everything ... a change in PERSPECTIVE is a miracle in my book, and I am ALWAYS grateful for miracles. They come to me in perfect timing exactly when I need them. And in those miraculous moments of a shifted energy state, a changed perspective, or a lit spark within me - MY BEING EXPANDS.
The energy of my being is the way I can bring change to the world. That is it. As I live love, love is given more space in the world. As I live peace, peace becomes the "way" around me. As I offer healing, healing is present. My power lies in MY thoughts, MY actions, MY giving, MY energy. But in those, I AM able to change the world through always offering my ALL for goodness, light, truth, peace, love, and unity.
That soul space within you IS guiding you. It knows exactly where you need to go and exactly what you need to get there. It is a PERFECT guide for YOU. Not for anyone else, they have their own guide within them. Do not think for one moment that YOUR journey needs to look like anyone else's ... it is for you. If you are paying attention to YOUR divine guide ... and seeing the fruit that comes from it (expansion, love, unity, peace, joy, GROWTH) then you are exactly where you need to be and you can have faith that you are progressing perfectly.
Isn't it amazing that sometimes when you are having a "day" ... you know the kind ... maybe you're just in a funk and you don't know why ... and then all of a sudden out of nowhere you will receive something that makes you feel loved, or induces a smile, or causes you to laugh or something that lightens your mood. It's not a coincidence. It's because your energy is part of ALL of existence and the Universe conspires for your good. When you are down, there is something or someone that can and will help you feel better. Look for that thing. Expect that thing.
Spiritual things are interesting. They are very easily cast off as "random" or "that dream was your midnight snack talking" or "coincidence" or "crazy" or whatever ... it is EASY to disbelieve things that you can't see. It takes much more strength and absolutely takes FAITH to believe in things that are not apparent on our physical world.
I think I get the "easy" part. I just get to embrace what comes into my experience with love and light in my heart and live according to what fills me with those. I don't have to do the convincing, God does that. I don't have to do the leading, the Universe and the Light does that. I don't even have to worry over anyone or anything ... I trust in faith that God and the Universe has got it under control and when I am needed for some purpose or some part, I will be inspired to do my part and fulfill my purpose.
The girl at the top of the tree didn't even really care or worry about anyone else and how "crazy" they thought she looked. She was so focused on her goals and her effort that what anyone else was doing was irrelevant. And so she kept sawing away, telling herself that her effort would produce good results, working at the branch in focus and then continuing forward to the next branch. Over and over, effort and determination ... never wavering. I stood at the bottom of the tree looking up at her. I had knowledge of BOTH mindsets. I understood the girl in the tree and her "way" and why she was doing it MORE than the people at the bottom of the tree ... to me, in the dream, those beneath the tree didn't see the whole picture. And yet, I was still at the bottom of the tree looking up.
Each of us has a unique "brand" of being. A way to live, a way to love, a way we exist that is unlike any other. It is entirely unique to us. It looks like no other, it acts like no other, it talks like no other and that is as it SHOULD be. You are here to be YOU. You are here to discover what is within YOU and to embrace that and offer THAT to the world.
We got home and as we were stretching I let it ALL out. I almost cried I was so upset. I focused on and spoke out every fear, worry, stress - all the frustration spilled all over the floor I was stretching on, to the point that I could almost NOT get up because the floor was so slippery. (frustration is a gooey mess if you didn't know.) -- I BELIEVE in the power of my thoughts. I BELIEVE that God and the Universe will sustain my actions when I step forward in faith. I BELIEVE I can do anything I set my mind to doing when God is on my side. I do. But believing and knowing are not the same. And until I receive the successful experience of doing the thing, I don't have knowledge, I have just a belief. -- Sometimes my belief starts out VERY small and shaky. Today my belief was shrouded in my doubt and I struggled to keep putting one foot in front of the other in faith.