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Non-attachment and Freedom

Universal principle #15

Our perceived need to hold on to anything or anyone demonstrates our belief in shortage and personal incompleteness. Holding on to anything—people or possessions—blocks the flow of love through us thereby reducing the joy of our experience with the person or object. Holding onto what we have also inhibits new people and new things, along with the new experiences they bring, from coming into our lives. As we open our hearts, feel our state of Oneness and expand our trust in the natural abundance of the Universe, we give ourselves and everyone else the gift of freedom.

I was counseling a person one time about relationships, and used this analogy.   Suppose their was this guy looking for his soul mate.  I asked him to describe that person.  He said she would be loving and caring and have integrity about her life. And she would be about five foot six, blond hair, blue eyes and a beautiful smile.  One day at the office he met a lovely brunette lady who he hit it off with.  She asked him to go out to dinner with her.  He refused, because in his mind she did not fit the description of his soul mate.  It turns out if he had accepted her invitation; he would have discovered that their server was a five foot six, single, blond, blue eyed woman with a gorgeous smile with all the intangible life qualities he desired in a partner.  He was holding on to his own idea about how what his potential soul mate might be.  Had he followed the invitation of his work mate he would have met the woman of his dreams. The lesson here is say yes to Universe.  We do not know how our life will unfold.

Right now you may want to create something special in your life.  Here is my advice.  Make an agreement with Universe.  Universe has all knowledge.  We have limited knowledge.  Tell Universe in your limited knowledge that you are going to take a particular action. If Universe does not want you to take that action; it is it’s responsibility to create another alternative action or path to follow.  Universe is always on purpose and you are a Divine spark of Eternal Oneness. This would be called sweet surrender by John Denver. Here are the lyrics:

Lost and alone on some forgotten highway
Traveled by many, remembered by few
Lookin’ for something that I can believe in
Lookin’ for something that I’d like to do with my life
There’s nothin’ behind me and nothin’ that ties me to
Something that might have been true yesterday
Tomorrow is open, right now it seems to be more than enough
To just be here today, and I don’t know
What the future is holdin’ in store
I don’t know where I’m goin’ I’m not sure where I’ve been
There’s a spirit that guides me, a light that shines for me
My life is worth the livin’, I don’t need to see the end
Sweet, sweet surrender, live, live without care
Like a fish in the water, like a bird in the air
Surrendering to Oneness or Universe is one of the most powerful actions you can take.  We do not know all the answers and when we open up to Limitlessness our lives can shine!  From my heart to yours, Thomas

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Giving and Receiving

Universal principle #14

Giving and receiving always occur in balance. It is natural to receive gratefully and to give generously: an expression of appreciation for the gift we have received. The corollary to the principle of giving and receiving is that we give only to our Selves knowing we already have it all. This is because there is only Oneness and it can only give to itself.

Underlying the belief of abundance is the principle of giving and receiving and the principle of what we focus on expands. The more we give the more we receive.  In fact they are one in the same.  When we give to others we realize that it is ourselves who are being enriched.  When we receive from others we are giving them a gift. It is the natural flow of the Universe.

I love Christmas at our home when we exchange gifts.  I love to see the faces of other loved ones as they open their gifts.  That is when I discovered that the giver gets the greatest gift!

I notice that I am sometimes a conditional giver.  There are people in my life that I find I do almost all the giving and they do not thank me or seem to appreciate my gifts.  It is then that I have a tendency not to want to give to them. There are others in my life experience who give equally or perhaps more than I. I then feel like giving to them more often.  Just noticing my limitations! My loving wife Lou Ann is an unconditional giver and I am so in awe of her gigantic heart that just keeps on giving!

Dogs are givers!  They are amazing in there ability to continue to give love even when they are abused.  Be sure to see the movie A Dog’s purpose; A training manual on how to love unconditionally! May we all get to be dogs someday! From my heart to yours, Thomas Woof! Woof!

 

 

 

 

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Abundance

Universal principle #13

Abundance is our natural state. Everything we experience is an aspect of the abundance. When limitation appears, we are seeing a reflection of our beliefs, a resistance we have created to knowing we have it all. Opening these beliefs provides us with a clearer view of the abundance that is all around us awaiting our feeling of gratitude. Feeling gratitude for what we presently have opens us to knowing we have it all.  I posted the below information on June 26th.  It bears repeating.

My friend Arnold Patent used to say that abundance is the natural state of affairs in the Universe.  There is more than enough of everything for everyone on planet Earth.  Then how do we explain that so many millions live in lack?   Even in the United States there are millions living in poverty while most people are experiencing unparalleled prosperity.  Ninety-seven per cent of the US population will retire on incomes below the poverty level. How could this be?  We are well educated.  We possess the creative ability to achieve affluence.  Could it be that many of us do not feel we deserve abundance?

How do you define prosperity? Is it how much material substance we have created?  Is it the size of our annual income?  Is it the amount of our estate?  Is it material at all?  Someone once defined abundance as being able to do whatever one desires whenever one desires to do so. Here are my definitions of abundance:

I believe you are abundant if you are willing to give away everything you possess.

That you realize you do not own anything and you are only borrowing it for a lifetime or less.

You focus on what you do have and are truly grateful for it.

If you love yourself and others as yourself.

If you know who you really are.

If you know that nothing is missing.

If you believe it!

Underlying the belief of abundance is the principle of giving and receiving and the principle of what you focus on expands. The more we give the more we receive.  In fact they are one in the same.  When we give to others we realize that it is ourselves who are being enriched.  When we receive from others we are giving them a gift. It is the natural flow of the Universe.” The giver gets the greatest gift!  From my heart to yours, Thomas

If you want to connect with Arnold Patent go to arnoldpatent.com

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Comfort and Discomfort

Universal principle #12

Our bodies are magnificent instruments that we create to support us in having the experiences we come here to have. Our bodies are created and maintained in consciousness. They mirror the state of our consciousness, beliefs in how to look, act, age and die. Unencumbered by beliefs, our consciousness is unlimited. The natural state of our consciousness is perfect ease, as is the natural state of our bodies. The beliefs we have about our bodies are there to love and embrace just the way they are. The resulting expansion of consciousness shifts the bodies’ state from that of un-ease to ease.

We don’t live long enough.  We have the ability to live longer, healthier more productive lives.  We eat foods that don’t support our health.  We think thoughts that keep us impaired. We don’t exercise enough.  We work sedentary jobs.  Those are all a recipe for a shorter, less healthy, less joyful life.  Then there is stress.  Stress causes almost all illness on some level.

How can we de-stress? Begin by assessing where you are right now in terms of what you want to create in your lifetime.  Find people to love and spend more time with them.  Find a vocation that gives you passion. Get up out of the chair and walk at least three times per week for at least a half an hour.  Do Yoga.  When your spine is flexible it will add years to your life and life to your years. Learn to meditate.  Volunteer your time.  Eat a mostly whole food plant based diet.  Make a grateful list and add to it every day and re-read it daily.  Thank all of the people in your life that are doing something for you.  Ask your food server, hostess, attendant, check out person their name and let them know how much you appreciate them.  Rescue a pet.  Get out into nature and spend time in a quiet setting.   Write your memoir.  Travel to other cultures.  Become an activist for the planet or a cause you love.  This may be the only life you live.  Live every moment as if is were your last.  From my heart to yours, Thomas

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Purpose

Universal principle #11

The Universe’s purpose for each of us is to direct us to Oneness. When we align our individual purpose, what we love to do (our talent), with the Universe’s purpose, the flow of Divine Power fills what we love to do with passion. This prepares the way for achieving fulfillment in career and relationships.

Most of us are not doing what we love to do.  Many of us have gifts and talents and they are not being used.  We choose to get employment and earn money to meet our obligations.  We never find the juice that fills our heart with passion for doing what we love. The world needs your passion for your magnificent expression more than ever!

The other night I had this dream in which I was encouraged to sing.  When I began, an enormous amount of energy was available.  A stream of powerful light flowed through me and I was able to sing as loud as I chose and as long as I chose without taking a breath.  It felt like it could go on forever.  I was amazed, as were others around me who heard me singing.

I awakened and was so excited!  Then these thoughts came to me: life has always been about love.  There is no M in we.  There is no them, only us.  Let us all be for all of us.  We are the human race, we are not in a race.  Slow down.  We are limitless beings.  We are one.  Focus on the love.  Bring all of your love to everything you do.  Stay present without judging.  Now is the time–this is the time we have all agreed to come together and shine our light.  There is no darkness, everything is light and love…that is all there is.

We invite you to enjoy our website positiveplace.com It focuses on the beauty, the magnificence that we are.  All infinite beings throughout  creation are invited to join us now in bringing forth the truth of our unlimited love, prosperity and joy.  We are here to serve in any way we can.  Thank you for everything—-I love you! From my heart to yours, Thomas

A Whole New Adventure

There is a line in a John Denver song that goes “Even when it’s raining, the sound of heaven singing
Is simply joyful music to me”. That is what’s occurring as I write this post. The song goes on :”Life is so incredible to me”! This is how I feel right now! I have been so blessed by so many events and adventures in my 76 years! And Lou Ann and I are about to embark on another one! In my writing you will see me use the exclamation point frequently. It is how I feel! Life is exciting and amazing and I want to celebrate it every chance I get

We live in Sedona Arizona, arguably one of the most beautiful places on Earth! We moved here first in 1988 and returned in 2013 after seven years in Northern Virginia and four years on the big island of Hawaii. Many of our adventures were filled with travel and moving and meeting wonderful people who we dearly love.

Our new adventure will be right here in our own home.  We bought our home last year after renting it for two years. It was built in 1974 and sits at the top of our street looking at a breathtaking view of the ancient red rocks with the highlight being Bell Rock a prominent landmark here in the Village of Oak Creek. Our house lot is one acre in size and we plan to permaculture most of it. Permaculture is using our land in harmony with itself. That is using the natural flow of the land and water flow, we will plant vegetables, fruits, spices and plants to support each other in a holistic way. We are inviting others to come and plant with us and we want to create a surplus so we can donate fresh produce to local food banks.

This new adventure came about when Lou Ann and I saw the world premiere movie “Eating You Alive” The movie cleared showed how most people’s diets are not only unhealthy but will end up killing you prematurely. So we made the leap unto a whole food plant based diet on November 17th. Then we attended the Sedona VegFest which was a weekend seminar about living this new lifestyle which totally supports the planet.

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Happy Fathers Day!   Days like these often make me wonder about both being a father and  my own dad Oliver. My dad was in a lot of pain when I knew him.  He was born into wealth in Chicago Illinois in 1907.  However my experience of him was when we had little money.  He had a hundred or more jobs in my eighteen years under the same roof. And we changed the roof 18 times before I graduated high school. He lost most or all of his employment because of drinking alcohol. My mom told me that Ollie was quite the tennis player and he injured his back and had surgery to repair it.  She said his physician told him that when the pain got too bad;to drink some whiskey and that would help. Unfortunately my dad used alcohol to deaden all of this pain, whether physical or emotional. He would go on a drinking binge and end up in jail and would come home and sober up and promise he would never drink again.  And that never happened.  I would wait for him to come home and would watch the front door and I could tell how the door knob turned before he opened the door whether he was drunk again. I share this story because there is some silver lining to it. I became very aware of my environment and I observed much that many others would not notice.  It helped my intuition and my sense of another person when I first meet them. It was my intuition that made me a successful intelligence agent while serving country in a time of national crises.  I wish I had developed these skills in a happier more loving environment. I can be thankful that out of all the pain and suffering of my childhood that I was able to use the experience to help the world in my own small way. I hope your memories of your father are more pleasant than mine and if they are not; I hope you too can find some gifts out of that experience. From my heart to yours, Thomas

 

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EARTH 101

I had a conversation with a good friend awhile ago and he mentioned that his elderly mom is in advanced stages of dementia and may have to be in an Alzheimer’s residence.  I shared my concern with him and his family and then it occurred to me that all people on Earth have a degree of Dementia which has been defined as: significant loss of intellectual abilities such as memory capacity, severe enough to interfere with social or occupational functioning.

That is, we have forgotten who we are; eternal spiritual beings having an Earth experience.  We play the game of let’s pretend.  Let’s pretend we are limited beings with limited capacity.  Let’s intentionally forget we have all the power in Universe at our disposal.  Let’s create thousands of different scenarios over thousands of lifetimes for our entertainment.

Let’s pretend death can kill us.

Let’s pretend pain can hurt us.

Let’s pretend disease can make us ill.

Let’s pretend years can age us.

Let’s pretend fear is real.

Let’s pretend there is such a thing as time.

Then let’s slowly uncover the truth about ourselves.  That we are ‘Universe’ and that when we awaken to that truth we get to help others wake up as well.  The uncovering has all the juice in it.  We catch a glimpse from time to time and it sparks a renewed fervor in going deeper.  I have had many amazing spiritual experiences in this life time about previous lifetimes.  In coming blogs I will share them with you.  These events let me know that there is so much more to us than we realize.  So today I invite you to give up the pretense that we are not limitless, eternal, magnificent light beings who will forever shine! PS: you will notice that I did not preface the word Universe with the word the.  Bucky (Buckminster Fuller) omitted the articles ‘the’ and ‘a’  and capitalized the word.  Universe is all their is. And you are it!  From my heart to yours, Thomas

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The Mirror Principle

Universal principle #9

Everything we see and feel is a reflection of the state of our own consciousness. Every person we attract into our lives is showing us a perception we hold about ourselves. Every feeling expressed by another mirrors a feeling deep within us. This reflection is a gift, for it allows us to be aware of the beliefs we hold, and the ways we have blocked the free flow of Divine Love through us.

In the series of experiences that make up our life there can be time for reflection about the whole purpose of it.  We are so busy in doing, that we have little time for being, which is after all what we are: human beings not human doings.  Many of us stick to the script; we see life as a one time event of some four score and two and then hope there is an afterlife.  Then what?  Perhaps if we played our hand right, we get a heavenly home, if not, a horrible fate.  Then there is the possibility that we are here many, many times before exiting stage left.  If we are eternal souls who have a consciousness that endures in some form, then why not keep coming back?

The gospel means “good news.” Good is a judgment.  The good news is, we are here and experiencing life.  However, the planet is a mess.  The human inhabitants use up its natural resources and even kill each other a lot.  John Denver was frustrated by what he observed as he traveled all over the globe entertaining others.  There is a lot of angst in his lyrics about a world that he so loves and how we all are abusing it and its travelers.  He cries out in his song “Let us begin”, “What are we still making weapons for?”  He pointed out the plight of children in his soulful “I want to live.”

Of all the songs that John performed my favorite is: “The Wings that fly us home.”  John shared in his Anthology song book that Joe Henry wrote most of the lyrics to this song.  Joe wrote it about John and Joe’s relationship.  It speaks to me about our life on Earth and our relationship with Spirit which ultimately is all we have and who we are.  When we leave our small blue planet we take nothing with us. Here are the incredible lyrics:

There are many ways of being in this circle we call life
A wise man seeks an answer, burns his candle through the night
Is a jewel just a pebble that found a way to shine
Is a hero’s blood more righteous than a hobo’s sip of wine

Did I speak to you one morning on some distant world away
Did you save me from an arrow, did you lay me in a grave
Were we brothers on a journey, did you teach me how to run
Were we broken by the waters, did I lie you in the sun

I dreamed you were a prophet in a meadow
I dreamed I was a mountain in the wind
I dreamed you knelt and touched me with a flower
I awoke with this: a flower in my hand

I know that love is seeing all the infinite in one
In the brotherhood of creatures; who the father, who the son
The vision of your goodness will sustain me through the cold
Take my hand now to remember when you find yourself alone

And the spirit fills the darkness of the heavens
It fills the endless yearning of the soul
It lives within a star too far to dream of
It lives within each part and is the whole
It’s the fire and the wings that fly us home
Fly us home, fly us home

The Earth is a reflection of who we all are.  Right now we are not doing such a good job of caring for our planet.  It is up to each of us while we are here to do all we can to nurture and love our amazing planetary home.  Recycle, become sustainable, treat everything as sacred, because it is.  So before our own journey to our spiritual home, let’s make this one the best ever! From my heart to yours, Thomas

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Non-judgment

Universal principle #10

At our request, we have been carefully taught to evaluate and judge much of what we experience. However, “right” and “wrong,” “good” and “bad” are just beliefs, disguises for the unconditional love that is always present. The truth is that everything that occurs is just another event or circumstance that we have created in our imagination. Judging something keeps whatever we judge the way we judge it. Also, judging anyone or anything tells us that we are judging ourselves in the same way. Judging creates discomfort that can only be relieved by opening our hearts, first to the judgment and then to the person or thing we have judged. Freeing this openhearted energy leads to the joyful feeling of unconditional love for ourselves as the wholeness and completeness of who we really are.

Often judgment is the thing that creates what we do not want to experience. We are meaning making machines.  We make up stories for most of the events of our lives.  These stories are our judgment of what has occurred, is happening or might take place in the future. This judging keeps us locked into the stories and often prevents us from the life that we desire to have. Of course, we often judge ourselves the harshest. We sometimes are not aware of this and cannot figure out why life is not flowing.  Remember the line from the song The Wings that Fly us Home?

Is a hero’s blood more righteous than a hobo’s sip of wine?

Here is an excerpt from the book I am writing called The Gospel According to John……….Denver.

I don’t think so.  In our society we have it that those who succeed are more valuable than those who do not.  It’s analogous to saying that our left eye is more valuable than our right one.  They are both valuable and when working in tandem they give us greater vision. We have created life on Earth that makes it more difficult for some people than others.  “To the victor go the spoils”, has been an edict and way of life for centuries.  In the United States we have a fixation on material and societal success. Hardly anyone can name who came in second in any major sporting event.  A team could win all of its games until the final one and consider itself a failure in our judgment of success.

This begs the question; what is spiritual?  Most of us would not consider a hobo’s sip of wine as equal to a hero’s blood.  We have been caught in our mind’s trap to judge everything.  There is only oneness.  This oneness doesn’t judge except in our conscious mind.  The oneness just is.  As part of the oneness we choose to judge.  However, our judgments do not always serve us.  The hobo and the hero both left the womb with the same potential to create their life experience.  They both made choices.  Those choices led them to exactly where they are now.  Choices are just choices.  It is we, who say the choices are good or bad.  We could disagree about whether they serve us or not.  It is just our opinion.  From the perspective of oneness they are the same, just choices.  We get to have a huge breakthrough when we can suspend our judgments and just notice.  When we notice and refrain from judgment we maintain the energy of oneness. From my heart to yours, Thomas

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