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Sunday, October 15, 2017

"THE GOLDEN ROAD WITHIN"

 In life, we get caught up in our own pain. Constantly on alert and in survival mode, we’re like soldiers on lookout for danger. Sometimes in protecting ourselves, we focus so intently on keeping the wall up, that we don’t recognize the love trying to penetrate our barriers. In addition, we miss opportunities to be of service to another.

I have found love is the trustworthy road that we can venture out on into the world. Everyone has their own story, their own fears, and an inner torment that rides their back every day of the year.
If we can separate from attachments, there is a freedom in the great peace within, and, that inner serenity is the greatest love I’ve ever known.

I’ve started looking at others and seeing them through their pain. When I do this, a love sprouts forth within me and compassion swirls within my very being.  In life, we tend to take things personally, when, in reality, another's actions has everything to do with their private journey. We can serve another better by trying to understand them, by being slow in our knee-jerk responses, yet quick in our extension of love and kindness.

Nature has so much to offer us in wisdom. A seed blooms with darkness, water, sunlight, and nurturing. The seed must first be dropped into the darkness for future bloom. It is with the help of the elements, and, ultimately, the power of self that allows the seed to break through its hard shell and blend with the soil around it for a rising to the light.

Part of the human journey into a spiritual awakening is a time walking in the darkness. But is it really darkness or lightness being unearthed within us? Healing can be a painful process, but new growth prevails. Many of us have been hurt and are wounded. A journey inward on the golden road brings forth a lightness of being, a love for mankind, and a glory and appreciation for one’s self that outshines the chaos.

The golden road within isn’t easy and it takes a commitment that only the journey man can live up to. There will be challenges that bring one to their knees, tears that bathe the soul, but the sunrise and sunsets of each day give life to our heart’s ever-expansion.

Letting go of attachments is a golden key of awareness. We don’t own anyone and this is a mistake some make. It is a gift to have a family. It is a gift to have a spouse. It is a gift to have dear friends. Every person and every situation, no matter how painful, is a gift.

Some gifts float into our lives like beautiful dandelions, softly touching our lives. Other experiences roar and shake us up a little bit. All experiences serve us. Trusting and surrendering into the gift sends out waves of gratitude. Everything moves us along. 

We own our choices, our mistakes, and our misgivings. Other people are simply other journey men finding their way on the golden road within. The sooner we let the attachments go, the brighter the road lights up. 

As a traveler on the golden road, perhaps we should focus on the light within and outside us, embrace how expansive that light is, and know there is enough for everyone. Let go because in our attachments and desire to consume, we can inadvertently bring more pain into another’s life, keeping a cycle of dormancy that serves no one.

Trust in the light and make space for others to walk their golden road, separate but apart, a part of us in their own light, that ultimately is our own. We are One but on a singular journey to the same place.   

If we don’t own people but only own our choices, what are we?

Perhaps we’re the sunlight on a dewy morning leaf, and the cry in a newborn’s wail, and the buzzing of the wings of a hummingbird. Maybe we’re everything that breathes and everything that cries, and in that knowledge, is the power we all have: The power of Love, and the knowing that we’re all One. And, in that knowing, is a love that bubbles up to help us rise.  

Be the light and walk in the light. Love with all your heart. And when life knocks you down to your knees, bow your head to the soil, plant more seeds, and rise in love. 


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