no mistakes…

I have been sick this week. Although I have the inclination I do not have the energy to prepare a new blog post. Instead I am using text that I received some time ago. I enjoy blogging. It has become an important vehicle for transmitting messages as I travel.  In retrospect, I realize I that while this entry may not be “new” it is “right” for this week. Read on and you’ll understand why.

“A king who did not believe in the goodness of God, had a slave who, in all
circumstances, said: My king, do not be discouraged, because everything
God does is perfect, no mistakes!

One day they went hunting and along the way a wild animal attacked the
king. His slave managed to kill the animal, but could not prevent his
majesty losing a finger. Furious and without showing his gratitude for
being saved, the nobleman said “Is God good? If He was good, I would not
have been attacked and lose my finger.” The slave replied: “My king,
despite all these things, I can only tell you that God is good, and he
knows the “why” of all these things. What God does is perfect. He is never
wrong!”

Outraged by the response, the king ordered the arrest of his slave. Later,
he left for another hunting trip and was captured by savages who made
human sacrifices. On the altar, ready to sacrifice the nobleman, the
savages found that the victim had not one of his fingers, so he was
released. According to them, he was not so complete to be offered to the
gods.

Upon his return to the palace, he authorized the release of his slave whom
he received very affectionately. “My dear, God was really good to me! I
was almost killed by the wild men, but for the lack of a single finger, I
was let go! But I have a question: if God is so good, why did he allow me
to put you in jail?”

“My King, if I had gone with you in this hunt, I would have been
sacrificed for you, because I have no missing finger, therefore, remember
everything God does is perfect. He is never wrong.”

Often we complain about life, and negative things that happen to us,
forgetting that nothing is random and that everything has a purpose. Every
morning, offer your day to God, don’t be in a rush. Ask God to inspire
your thoughts, guide your actions, and ease your feelings. And do not be
afraid. God is never wrong!”

Sometimes life’s situations have us question this fact…  even that questioning is by design.

I pray that I’m feeling better by next week. Incha’Allah I will!

from a simple seed…

Long ago a simple seed was spawned.  Gentle winds carried it not far from the tree that created it.  Before the heavy rains came, it settled in a patch of earth and began to take root. Soon it sprouted, breaking ground and being drawn upward by the rays of the sun.  This is how it began.

Its development suggested promise.  Changing seasons became years and the sapling continued to grow. It was nurtured. Growth spurts were substantial and required that the young tree be moved.  The powers that control such things transplanted it a few times.  The tree’s root system remained intact and so it managed to flourish in each new place.  Adversity came in the form of droughts and floods.  Lightening occasionally altered the angle of its branches.  Periodically it was pruned. Nature took its course.

The maturing tree served many purposes.  On sunny days it provided shade.  During storms of all sorts its broad canopy offered shelter.  Items that needed tethering were often attached to it for security.  Things that were precious were hidden deep inside its trunk. It was never used for fuel because the forces that condone such things determined that its value lay in longevity more than immediacy.

The tree also bore fruits.  The fruits never fell far from the tree but were sometimes carried afar to serve preordained purposes.  In the places that they settled, the fruits of the original tree combined their goodness with the richness of the earth to support growth in new ways and new places.  And the cycle continued…

This simple tree has become a communal anchor with deep roots; a tall, sturdy trunk; and broad, expansive branches.  Today it stands strong — worn smooth in some places, nicked  and scarred in others — but in graceful maturity and useful flexibility. It serves well and IS well.

You will not miss the forest for this tree.  There may stand many forests because of it.

about connections…

Have you ever met someone for the first time and felt like you’d known them all your life?  You start to talk and find that the two of you have not lived in the same places and do not know the same people. Neither do you recollect how or when your paths have crossed, but you share the same perspective on sets of issues and have a plethora of common interests. What is the explanation for this phenomenon?

I have one.  Your paths probably have not crossed because you are on the same path. I contend that The Path exists and that its travelers are connected to other sojourners experientially and spiritually. The connection can be palpable but it is not always physical. Hold on…this is not “psycho-babble.”

Think about it for a minute. There is someone you know that is not with you now.  If you close your eyes and think of him you can visualize him. While concentrating, ask him a question. You’ll get an answer.  Where is this person? He is real but he is not sitting there with you. I say that you are connecting on another dimension. This is not your imagination. Our worlds are multidimensional!

Now back to the new friend that you feel like you’ve known forever. You both recognize that you know each other but are sure you’ve never met. I say that the two of you are linked – guess where? – on another dimension.  Granted it is not here, so by definition it must be somewhere else.  You’ve met now, not because your paths crossed but because an incident has occurred and precipitated your recognition of each other and your time/space relationship.  You’re connected via The Path.

Some of you will read this and think I ate too many magic mushrooms in my youth – NOT GUILTY!  Others will say “okay, that’s something to think about…” In either case, the idea is now in your database. Do with it what you will.

Back once again to that person you just met.  I say, “BE GLAD.” Enjoy the experience and rejoice because you’ll always know each other.

Continue your journey!

We know each others’ rhythms

And share each others rhymes.

Although there’s space between us

Heart beats are right on time.

The lyrics may be happy

Some days they may be blue.

We’re here for one another

And know just what to do.

This is the kind of friendship

That poets write about.

We’re blessed because we live it

Of this there is no doubt.

WE’RE CONNECTED!

…and then there is Kin

As we travel through life we make acquaintances.  Some acquaintances evolve into friendships.  A select few of these friendships develop into kinships.  As we mature, we recognize and cherish these kinships. It is important that we do so.  They will always be with us.  They are our “Companions on The Path.”

Friendship among Companions on The Path is based on the following principles:

  • Material Aid.  Help your companions with the things they need for their development or survival.
  • Personal Support.  If they are sick, visit them; if they are busy, help them; if they have forgotten, remind them.
  • Respect.  Do not complain of their faults to them or to others.  Do not give advice when you know it cannot be acted upon.
  • Praise and Attention. Praise the good qualities of your companions and let them know that you care for them.
  • Forgiveness.  Forgive your companions for their failings.
  • Prayer.  Pray for the well-being of your companions with the same fervor you pray for your own.
  • Loyalty. Be firm in your friendships so that you can be depended on by those who put their trust in you.
  • Ease. Do not create awkward or difficult situations that involve your companions.  Do not be a burden.

Enjoy these kinships. They are priceless.

“The bond that links your true family is not necessarily one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s lives.”

“Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.”

                                                                                                                                                                                

Credits to: al-Ghazzalli & Richard Bach                      

We All Have Made Them

Mistaken Selections

Trusting in something

               Unworthy of trusting

                              As nothing is trouble

                                             Awaiting anyone ready

                                                       To trust that nothing

                                                                               Is something that

                                                                                                           It is not.

Learn from them and avoid recurrences.

I have made many mistakes in this life.  Fortunately none of them have been irreparable.  Some have really hurt.  Others have been embarrassing. Some, quite frankly, have been forgotten. The interesting thing about mistakes is that we can learn valuable lessons from them. It’s ironic, even when we can’t remember the particular event, the lesson it taught becomes part of our repertoire.

The fact that we “learn by our mistakes” does not necessarily mean that the mistakes are not repeated.  It can take a few times to figure out how to apply the lesson learned.  All too often it is necessary to convince ourselves that our lesson is The Truth and not just an apparition.  Too many of us have been taught not to trust our  judgement but with practice this can be overcome.  Eventually we come to recognize and accept Our Truth as legitimate.  Then we can begin to avoid error repetition – that is, if we want to. Life choices…  I can’t begin to describe your process.  You know it.  You are your resident expert.

For me it has been good to apply lessons and avoid recurring mishaps.  Of course I still make mistakes but I try not to make it habitual. One of my teachers suggested that we move through life in a flexible stance so that we can use our skills to embrace what we want and repel what we don’t want.  I envision this as a sort of  “psychic tai chi” posture.  Give it a try. It helps me move on through! Maybe it will help you.

It starts, of course, in your head!

CLAIM YOUR SPOT

GET CENTERED

BE GROUNDED

ENGAGE LIFE’S TEACHERS

LISTEN, LEARN, LOVE, & LIVE

CONTINUE YOUR JOURNEY

STAY ON THE PATH

Your Lamp will Light Your Way

JUST PAY ATTENTION & BE CLEAR!

Don’t Let Reflections of Shadows Confuse You

They Cast No Light.