Leo Tolstoy on God

LEO TOLSTOY ON GOD: "When you look inside yourself, you see what is called 'your own self' or your soul. You cannot touch it or see it or understand it, but you know it is there. And this part of yourself--that which you cannot understand--is what is called God. God is both around us and inside of us--in our souls.

The more you understand that you are at one with God, the more you will understand that you are at one with all His worldly manifestations."

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Our Kaleidoscopic Life: "All Things Work Together For Good..."

Life is like a kaleidoscope....though many colored and varied...there is an order to it it all: A Divine Order! God is in the Center and is the Center of ALL of our lives.
Life happens, even when we are aware.

Mistakes happen, even when we are paying careful attention.

The question then: Are all mistakes in life...supposed ...to happen?

One says, "Oops...did I make a GIANT mistake there?" The other smiles...

That's a tough one, as we look back and try to ponder how we made such a giant mistake when we were 25 years old...or 40 years old...or 60 years old...70....80?

                                    Fresh-faced, young and bold, these women in their early to mid 20s, live with enthusiasm and joy.  
                                                This is as it should be....

Let's examine where we are today...right now...on this day.
Some of us may be terrifically happy; others not so. In fact, some of us may be going around
depressed...tremendously depressed...about how life "tricked us" to wind up where we are today.
If this is where you are, now, I say: 
 *"Let not your heart be troubled."
"Peace I Give You. My Peace I Leave You." 
"Be Ye Renewed By The Power of Your Mind."
These young women...caught my attention...because of their confidence and joy of living,  Those born in the 1990's, and after, seem to have entered life fully equipped with the tasks at hand:
 "We can conquer all?"   

Technological advantages seem to have given today's youth
an extra edge above those born in earlier generations, like
the Baby Boom.

I find myself repeatedly using the above phrases from the New Testament, as I reach a new plateau of understanding about life: about our purpose and about "mistakes" that happen.

From where I sit now, on the threshold of a new year of my birth this week, I view those seeming mistakes as "gifts" of the universe...given to me by my Soul.

Somewhere...somehow...we began to believe that life is a dotted line.

We plotted a path some time back in our distant childhood and believed that if we walked that way, we would get a set of guaranteed results.
And then...life happened. Really happened! 

Even today's technology cannot solve all of life's challenges. It just brings good/bad news a little faster.

Life may happen in such a way that we become fully derailed from the path we believed we should be on. So, our all efforts from that time become geared towards fixing the derailed train that may have now become our lives.

Not so.
Not so fast.
Don't try.

Aging gracefully...without struggle or fight...
is the best way to flow through life

Let the "mistake" GO!
Let it go.
Don't try to fix it.
Don't try to turn back.

Take the right next step for you. Do the next right thing you're led to do...without looking back.

Whether it leads to a corrective path to your past...time will tell.
Only...take the next RIGHT step.

Let your life FLOW.
Let go of the reigns.

It's not a horse you're riding.
Let Go.

The greatest gift we give to ourselves is to Let Go when our lives have taken a path we seemingly don't understand...cannot discern...cannot fathom.

Don't get caught up in the agony of "Why me?" "Why did THIS happen at this time?"

Someone walks away from you in a marriage you thought was "perfect."
...Let it go.
...Cry a little...as you must....but wake up to the truth about you and "it": it's run its course.
                   In her 50s, Debbie. still married to her childhood sweetheart, 
 reflects freshness, grace and joy,
making her "forever youthful."

You should hold to Letting Go in the same way about a job...a career...a friendship...or anything that changes or wants to walk out of your life. Yes, even money. Let it go.

We can't hold onto something that doesn't want to stay...or by right of consciousness...is no longer ours.

A lot of our suffering in life comes from believing that when we put our foot on our path, it is a sure and guaranteed footing. Not so.

Every step we take is an important...yet tenuous... one.

So tread a step at a time...having a vision...but a step at a time, so you do not fall into the sinkholes you may encounter along the way.

Our lives are kaleidoscopic: many colored, varied and ever revolving. I'd like to believe: ever evolving, too.
We're spinning and spinning around and around, seemingly, getting and going nowhere.
All the while, though, we are moving closer and closer to the purpose in life for which
Joel Osteen is senior pastor
at Lakewood Church, Houston.
we were birthed.   Joel Osteen, Houston-based master preacher, recently equated this form of order to the personal assistant on a car navigation: It auto-corrects, without ever once pointing out that we'd made an error by not following its instructions to turn when we're supposed to turn. I like that analogy, as it's Truth!

This is truth. Our "inner director" will never hammer us over the head,(until he must), as things may be spin more and more out of control. It simply keeps adjusting, hoping that eventually,we'll
catch up and follow inner guidance to get onto our purposeful path.

Don't ask me to explain...how ...and why I know this: I know. 

I will not trace the details of my path and places where my life got derailed, or where I felt so very, very lost. The fact is that however thick the forest...however rough the terrain...however thorny the bushes that brushed and bruised: Today, I understand it all. I know why. And I say only, "Thank YOU!" 

As I sit on the threshold of the annual rite of passage we go through, called a " birthday," I see that life offers us a chance each day ...and in each way...to follow us where it leads. We've just got to believe and have confidence in "The One." 

Just go within.
Just learn to trust.
Just get to know that there is an unseen hand working behind the scenes to
get us where we "need" to be.
When the "winter season" enters into your life
Let Go. Stand. 

Let go of the reigns.
Know that eventually, you'll see...you'll know...
you're where you're supposed to be.

Just keep doing the right thing. 

Eventually, you'll be able to say like I do now:

"All things...ALL THINGS...work together for Good..." Romans 8:28


"My Peace I Give You. My Peace I Leave You."
"Be ye renewed by the Power of your Mind."

Just walk into each moment with the confidence and lack of trepidation as do the 20-somethings  featured above: You'll be aware and know with absolute certainly...even if younger people may not yet be aware...that a greater power is always at work empowering and upholding you. 

Yes. Walk boldly into each moment of each day with Freedom and Confidence! Feel 25 years old, even if you're 75!

Remember: your birthday, like mine, may seem to come only once a year, but if you really think about it...each moment offers us a chance to begin ...again.

             Seize the moment! Seize the Day:
                            Carpe Diem!
                                                    Happy Birthday! 

*NOTE:  John 14: 1, John 14: 27 and Romans 12: 2, respectively, are quoted above.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

"Where's GOD?" Don't Be A Fish Out Of Water!

To follow this post, I'm asking you to suspend all that you may have been
fed by your religion and your own thoughts about life and about God.

I simply want you to follow me, as we try to answer a simple question:

"Where is God?"
Photo Credit: Nature's Lover

This question is oft asked when people become bewildered by life.
They may be in a moment of crisis, where they feel all their diligent efforts
have gone for naught. They feel abandoned and alone.

"Where is God?" they wail.

Indeed, where is God when "bad things happen to good people?"

In the book, "When Bad Things Happen to Good People," Harold Kushner, a rabbi, offers solace to countless numbers by explaining that evil does creep into our lives even with God's presence. But Kushner's perspectives are about God's intentions for our lives. Even though implied throughout, the book does not dwell upon the physical presence of God.

In this post, I hope to address the very question of God's physical presence, i.e. the place where God resides as we pray and wail to him.

Photo Credit: Nature's Lover: St. Michel, France 
Where is God?
Where is God when I need him most?  Where is God when my very being cries out in agony for his help?Where is God when I get a bad health report? Where is God when something bad happens in the world? Where is God when the homeless are out roaming the streets, un-sheltered from the cruel elements in life? Where is God when a tsunami erupts, killing thousands? Where is God when a madman goes on a rampage, killing dozens of people at one time?

Where is God...when soooo many bad things are happening in the world?
Where is God?
Where is God?
Where is God?

Why does he not hear our pleas.


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He can see you.


He can hear you.


He can feel you.

He can see you.
He can hear you.
He can feel you.

"Have not I commanded thee?Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest."
Joshua 1:9
King James Version (KJV)
Can fish breathe outside of water?

Can you breathe without air?
Can you survive without air?

From the moment we "arrived,"
have we not needed air to survive.
What is around us?
What chokes us up when it becomes polluted?

Forget all you've heard about the man in the sky
who's waiting for your day of reckoning to come...

Forget about the afterlife and hell that's awaiting you there for some imagined wrong you've done while trying...albeit diligently...to live this life.
When we're jumping around life, like a fish
out of water, (see this  Fish Out of Water image), hoping that alcohol, drugs or whatever 
recreation would drown out our sorrows: 
We've been looking for God in all the wrong places.

Stop jumping and start living...from the inside out.
Quote: Luke 17:21

Choose heaven.

Choose to stay in bliss.

Even though  it may seem that you
have not chosen wisely the steps
that led you to today...
Guess what?

God was right there as you made those wrong steps.


God is our air. He is every where we are...

When we begin to understand this...
then we see the ONENESS
with all of God's creatures, i.e. fowls
in the air, animals that creep, crawl, run..
there's a oneness with them all.

This is why we feel so much peace in nature.
This celebrates the oneness of us all living within
the sacredness of the ONE.

We cannot survive or do a wrong without
God's presence...his physical presence!

God is there as the first breath we take
to stay alive ...to the last breath we take
when it leaves our body.

Think about this.

And know.
Karma...all that reckoning and righting of
wrongs before we die...
are all our own intuition...
our own guidance...
from the God that surrounds us...

God Is within us
And IS Us.

 "Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness,   
    which unites your body to your   
    thoughts. Whenever your mind      
 becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again."
  Thich Nhat Hanh   Via Gratefulness.org    Word For the Day, Aug. 11, 2016                                                                          
As humans evolve and recognize
our oneness with all creatures, they
seem to recognize intuitively their
oneness, too, with other creatures around them as well.

We must then take our responsibility
to other humans much more seriously
in our daily lives. It's simply not okay
to know that "Love Thy Neighbor As Thyself,"
is one of the great commandment, after "Loving Thy
God with all Thine Heart."

We must reach out in real ways to show
others that we care.
After that, then we must reach out to all of God's creatures on earth.

It seems that they...these creatures...are silently awaiting our
permission to be loving to other species and creatures,
Like our kids: they, too, live by our example. Some are innately
loving, and just need our example of love to give them permission
to also be loving. (See images: Animals Live By Our Example.)
Where is God?

He sees ...He hears ...He feels...
All that we see, hear and feel...
He's there as our Silent Witness.
That's where God is...



Sunday, August 7, 2016

Hold the Vision. Live the LIFE!

 "FOCUS" is the title of this Epic Mother Nature photo. FOCUS is indeed what keeps us in the moment .

Somewhere in our distant childhood, we got the impression that we were moving into a life that already was waiting for us.

We had a sense that the "future" was patiently waiting for us, and all we had to do was to grow up, and it'll all be there.

Photo Credit: Epic Mother Nature 
Have you grown up yet? Do you know what I know now as ...The Truth?

It takes a while.

It takes a long while to realize that life is not waiting for us somewhere in the future.
It takes a while to realize that life requires more of us than us just being good and good things will automatically happen for us.

It may take a long, long while to realize that life needs our active participation.

I guess it all starts with the books we read, having a beginning, middle and an end.

Those story are already written. And they are written in such a way that we're led to believe
that you do A, and B follows, then C, D, E, F.

The part we may have missed throughout all the story telling is that our future is in our present, and there's no end to our story, except the one we're writing.

We are creating our lives in each moment we make a choice.

That's the part we missed.

Each moment of our lives dictates the future we're going to walk into.
Each decision we make tells us about the path we intend to follow.

So, yes, we learn from our parents that our behaviors, actions and choices do have consequences.
We hear their advice and warnings to do and be right with the world, and to walk a certain

With our parents as our guides and leading the way, we thought that they already were in a world that was fully formed, and all we had to do was to grow up and discover it.

The part we missed, the really essential part we missed, is that our parents, too, and those before them and generations before, simply were moving into the world that also was unfolding before them as they walked.

The future is now.
The past is now.
The present is our life.

See where you are ...and take stock.

Where are you?
Are you happy?
What brought you here?   

Understand that where you are now...is Holy ground.
This is the life you've created...good or bad...by the power
of your conscious thoughts, habits, behaviors, beliefs and

As you look around you...
...You may feel stuck.

How do you get out of here?
How do you get out of feeling stuck?

Don't panic.
Don't panic about the past that got you here.
Don't panic about the future that is not yet here.

See yourself in the moment.What are your thoughts?Who do you think you are?
 Who do you think others think you are? Do you care what others think you are?  What image are you projecting of yourself?  Is it accurate to the picture you are carrying about yourself?  Is it reflecting you?



If you don't know about the image you have about yourself.
If you think others see you in a way you do not see yourself.
If your reflection is showing up differently than you intended,
then, begin to recreate.

Begin to hold the image of yourself that you want to see on the outside.

If you see that all you've done was to berate and belittle yourself,
comparing yourself to other people and falling short: you've got work to do!

You've got work to do because the only image you should be holding
of yourself is the one that honors you and your journey so far in life.

Anything less?

Is a false impression you're giving to the world.

You owe it to yourself...and the world...to allow us an accurate
view into the Soul that is you.

Let the world see who you are...
Don't look for people's approval.
Just show up tomorrow...

In the moment.

Your past is gone.
Your future is yet to be.
Time will reveal to the world just who you are.

But that person...for tomorrow's world...is being created today. Now.
In this moment.

Keep that vision of the way you want to walk into the future
ahead of you....
But remember:                                                       In each step you take today...
In each choice you make today...
You are dictating whether the vision will become real...or distorted.

Hold the vision.
Live the life.
You've got the Power to CREATE!


Personal Authenticity: "To Thine Own Self Be True"...

"To Thine Own Self Be True and it must follow as the night, the day, Thou canst not then be false to ANY man."
William Shakespeare.