My Prayer for You

Just a simple poem for you today.  If you’re seeking a “formula” to God (or whatever word you use for Higher Power) I’ve found this one helpful.

Much Love!

Phoenix

My Prayer for You

My prayer for you is to find yourself

See the beauty, love and truth

My prayer for you is to know yourself

Feel the beauty, love and truth

My prayer for you is to be yourself

Give the beauty, love and truth

For that is the way to God and love.

Riding on Fumes of Faith

At one time or another, all of us have felt like we don’t have a drop of faith left to go any further.   We all juggle so many variables trying to keep the vehicle of ourselves on the road amidst so many detours.  Life is challenging.  And sometimes, our emotional gas tank gets empty.

While it’s true I’m passionate about inspiring all of you, it’s also true that I’m human.  One of the biggest reasons I was resistant to step out as a spiritual teacher is because I’m not what most would consider your “typical” spiritual teacher.  I know for me, when I first started my spiritual journey; I believed spiritual teachers were these ascended, all-knowing, all-loving beings.  It’s precisely why I followed so many of them.  I wanted what I believed they had.

What I discovered along my own journey is that what they had was knowledge about a few important truths.  They understood the laws that govern us.  And because they had awakened their own consciousness to these truths, they had the ability to choose to flow with these laws more than the average human being.  One of these truths has to do with energy supply.

We Can’t Give What we Don’t Have 

In finance, without a deposit, we can’t make a withdrawal.  So it is with emotional health.  Without an emotional deposit, we can’t make an emotional withdrawal.  It’s why I’m scrolling these words now.  Whenever I find myself riding on fumes of faith, I make it a point to recharge.  For me, writing is a great way to recharge.  Your job is to find what best fills you up and then align your life in a manner that allows you to engage in this activity to refill yourself.

While I’m not religious and don’t subscribe to any religion, there is one quote from the bible which continues to be among my favorite spiritual wisdoms.  My very favorite quote in the bible which is found in Matthew is, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these other things will be added unto you.”  To me, what that means is to first seek what is true and good for our soul and once we do (and can apply them to our lives), everything else will get attracted to us automatically.

Life Happens

What’s true for me today is that life happens and no matter who we are or where we are on our journey, emptiness happens.  When we choose to live our lives riding on fumes, eventually, we run out and while that is a travesty, it’s also a gift if we can choose to see what’s true.  Emptiness gives us a wonderful opportunity to evaluate our choices and determine if any of them need changing.  It provides us with a snapshot of our lives which we can observe to determine if we like what we see or if we want to edit.

Today, I was running on fumes of faith.  Because I have been gifted with the knowledge of a few basic truths—which I will share with you as we go along—I was able to redirect my fear toward faith and action rather than toward reaction.

Until next time,

Much love,

Phoenix

In To It YOU Have

When my daughter was in fourth grade, she uncovered something awesome.  While she was able to read fairly well by this point, there were still plenty of times when she came to unfamiliar words that required word attacking.  On this occasion, she came to the unfamiliar word intuition.

Even though I knew breaking this word down wouldn’t help her, I still encouraged her to try.  After she removed the prefix and the suffix she stared at the three letters remaining, ‘tui.’   “What does tui mean?” she asked.

I shrugged, so she moved on to a different strategy—this time listing variations of the word intuition.  This strategy only yielded one variant—intuitive (a word she’d heard me use often)—still she couldn’t place the definition.

Rather than returning to the original variant, intuition, she decided to stick with intuitive choosing to break this word down into syllables which looked like this on the whiteboard:    in to it ive.  (Yes she changed the u to an o)

Once she got to this point, she narrowed her eyes and turned to me, “I don’t know what to do with ive.” So, I suggested a contraction.  After she inserted the apostrophe, I smiled.

“What is it?” she asked looking back at the whiteboard.

“Look,” I pointed, “In to it I have.  That’s the meaning of intuition!”

And it’s true!  Inside of us we have.  In to it YOU have!!!

Much Love,

Phoenix

 

Ants Marching

Have you ever had a moment in your life when you paused for thought and said, “Why am I doing this?” or “What’s the point?” and felt super frustrated at how often such questions creep into your mind that you cannot find satisfying answers to?  It’s likely what led you here today.  Life has a funny way of synchronizing once we begin to reach a place of frustration.  That’s because frustration is a feeling—a portal if you like—which helps us in moving the stagnation of our lives forward.

For a long time, I resisted anger. I felt it in some way made me unattractive, unbecoming and otherwise impure, until I realized that the only impure thing was my own suppression of my true feelings.  Anger for me has become a call to action.

I was driving my daughter to her dog class yesterday when the song, Ants Marching by Dave Matthews Band came on.  I hadn’t heard the song in FOREVER, yet as soon as I heard the first chord; it was as if I was transported back to an earlier period in my life.  I immediately recalled every lyric.  At the same time, it was as if I was hearing the song anew.  As I listened, the song was no longer about individuation, but instead about the monotony of auto-pilot living—of living unconsciously—without ever pausing for thought.  It was about suppression.

Early on in my spiritual journey, I remember every room in my house had towering structures of books strategically arranged in the order I intended to read them.  Somehow I believed that once I consumed all of these books, I would know where to find the Holy Grail and once I did, I could cure my daughter and return to the regularly scheduled—“Ants Marching”—program of my life.

You need to understand, back then; my daughter had just received her autism diagnosis.  And autism intervention then isn’t what it is now.  Back in the day, all the experts were still becoming experts.  So, the longer that I was home with Chloe, the more apparent it became that if she and I were to make it out alive, I would have to become an expert myself.

It wasn’t until I consumed enough wisdom (psychology, parenting, special needs, spiritual, self-help, to name a few), that I concluded there was no such thing as an autism expert.  Simultaneously, a shift occurred when a tiny voice deep down within me whispered, “The answer for everything is found in the truth; the way to the truth is found within you.”

“Within me?” I laughed.  “Are you kidding? All I’ve got within me is a bunch of French terminology (for ballet), several dozen song lyrics, some academic odds and ends, and the morals and ethics that propelled me thus far.  I’ve got nothing!” Still, the whisper persisted.  And so it was that my journey of discovering what is within me began.

That journey—which continues today—I now understand is all about learning how to transition from using all my weight to jump up and down on my emotions until they are packed deep down inside of me with no chance of breaking free to allowing my feelings to flow (imagine the strum of a harp).

Inside my stacks of towering books was the advice that spiritual teachers can only act as pointers and sign posts.  I am grateful for that because offering advice is a great responsibility!  But, as a sign post, I need only scribe meaningful words upon my post and hold it up for you to read.  Until tomorrow, I’ll leave you with these words, “Play under the table and dream.”  It is good advice Dave Matthews offers after all.

Much love,

Phoenix