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What I have Learned

on October 28, 2016

Over the years many lessons have been presented, so I cannot begin to share all that I have learned because I don’t even know all that I have learned. This is the way of the world. So I share what sticks out in my mind. These are the most important to me and possibly to you as well. Let’s jump right in.

Love is all there is! As simple as this may seem it is constantly challenged and obscured by events, people, and ideas. I can remember asking my father what Love is as a teenager and getting the “you’ll know it when you see it” response. WTF? This was totally false! I did not see it for years and through two marriages. It was in the second relationship when the light finally came on. Love is unconditional, there is no opposite, and there is no escaping it since it makes up our very essence. Love is not a person, place or thing. It is not even an emotion or feeling. Love is all there is!

What you give is what you receive, so give everything to everything. At first this makes no sense at all. How does one give what they do not have? But after experimenting with it the truth of this statement comes to light. The logical mind cannot grasp the depth of this, so let go of logic and trust in the heart. A entire book could be written on this topic and probably has been. Suffice it to say this has to do with Oneness. If there is only One, then what one gives to another they receive. What one does, says, or thinks of another they do, say, or think of themselves! Once this is understood, it changes everything! It could be said this is enlightenment itself. I don’t expect you’ll understand this till you have experienced it. This too is the way of the world. Even experiencing it will not necessarily bring it to full awareness. These things must seep into the soul over time, till a tipping point is reached and BAM.

Identity is a concept or perception, not a reality. What’s in a name? Simply an idea, nothing more. As real as life seems nothing is fixed or real as most think of this concept. (Look at Taxonomy for instance) Names and identities serve an important purpose, but they are also very misleading. Just because you know a person’s (place, animal, plant or thing)’s name doesn’t mean you know this person and even if you have “known” this person all your life doesn’t mean you know who THEY are. What you do know is yourself. The traits of others that make you crazy are the very traits in you that you hate. It is not usually obvious, however I accept this to be true through observation and experience. Other self exists to show the self who it is…and is not… remember the first lesson!

On a practical level, life is about observation, acceptance, and non-judgment. This is what we call Forgiveness. The gift is observing, accepting, and not judging! Simplicity! Not necessarily easy though. In fact, life is an exercise in Forgiveness. Just remember to forgive your self first!

Each person has two aspects, the Ego and the Soul. The ego is our interface with this world and it represents the fractured or separate self. The soul is our window to Spirit, Universal Mind, Infinite Intelligence, etc. We can listen to one or the other, but not both at the same time. Most of us are like pendulums going back and forth. The goal here is to listen only to Holy Spirit and trust that “we”, our egos, do not know the path home. The ego is often very convincing and very persuasive, however its only concern is keeping us stuck in illusion. It teaches death constantly, anything that leads to separation. ACIM (a course in miracles) says it so eloquently:“Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Here in lies the Peace of God.”  So if you would like to learn more about this, explore A Course in Miracles. There are many good books which explain this clearly, so I suggest reading Gary Renard, Eckhart Tolle, and David Paul & Candace Doyle just to name my favorite ACIM teachers. This of course is in addition to the ACIM text.

There are many other lessons of lesser concern so I will end here. Read my blogs to explore further. I bless you on your “Journey of Love”.

Sequoia Elisabeth 🙂

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