Remain steady upon your path of heart in spite of the behaviors of others. Remain always loving, even towards those who are aggressive towards you, for only a loving attitude will keep the good energy flowing so that it may gradually usurp the bad. In loving kindness look upon the world and its aggressors, personal and impersonal, and know that in the end all will be well and that a loving heart is forever.
Our truest parent is our Spirit, which has provided us with a reflection of itself as an ego entity, and charged us to lead this human life of material being with consciousness, on a mission of progress, the underlying intent of all nature.
Spirit’s material clothing for its fledgling offspring is the prefrontal neocortex of the brain, that houses the functions and states of ego that make conscious decision making possible. Spirit, in its intent for progress, equipped little ego spirit with the ability to alter the accrued binding laws of life, known as archetypes, which, without interference, directed life actions until the dawn of ego consciousness.
Ego, with its ability to quickly override the rules of its conservative evolutionary inheritance, is nonetheless still but a child quaking in its boots, as it assumes its assigned task to responsibly lead both its individual life and the life of the planet. The world stage today reflects ego’s developmental struggle to emerge from its insecure narcissistic adolescence into assuming true adult responsibility, for the greater good of all.
Spirit never abandoned its ego progeny; its eyes rest peacefully and lovingly—but not interferingly—behind the ego’s eyes that, of necessity, remain fixated upon the outer material view of the world. What Kahlil Gibran counsels all parents, as regards their children, applies to Spirit as well:
Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams. You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
Nonetheless, Spirit’s seeing is not encumbered by the shadows that veil ego’s perception and interpretation of its limited worldview. Spirit sees ego’s projections upon its fellow humans that mirror its own unknown or disavowed self. Spirit sees the power drives of the archetypes, powerful spirits in their own right, competing and vying for life through the ego’s decisions on life’s earthly stage.
Ego, in its humbleness, might at any moment turn inward and ask its Spirit what it sees. Spirit never judges; all roads lead to evolution and must be trodden. Spirit only tells the truth if ego seeks its guidance. If ego is hiding from the truth, Spirit will show it this truth by way of a compensating dream.
Spirit will suggest ego get calm and notice all the events that are happening within its purview, from a blinking light to a cardinal’s song to an open book that falls to the floor. This is the language of truth that greets all of us every day, in every which way we turn.
Spirit also offers ego the communion of being in presence. In the quiet calm of meditation, as the sensory world is put to rest, ego and Spirit come home to each other in the deepest of calmness and oneness of being. Ego can walk any road in life with the knowing of this most intimate relationship ever present, within and without.
In times of stress, difficulty or strife go to love, to thoughts that are loving, to heart-centered breathing that is loving, and to loving kindness in every action you take, for it does no good to do anything negative. Remain positive, cheerful and loving and in so doing work through your turmoil while continuing upon your path of heart. Love will help you find your way and provide you with what you need to move forward.
Hone your life so that you are in good balance, so that the spirit and the flesh share equally in the bounty of your life, so that one does not dominate the other but so that your life’s journey is fulfilling, the two in harmony and you a happy being having a happy life. It really is all about maintaining good balance, but you must have awareness that this is what good balance is, the equality of spirit and flesh in the life you are in. If all is right, and good balance maintained, they will take care of everything else.
It’s not personal. Just because someone does not notice you or does not treat you well does not mean anything more than that they are incapable of being kind. It’s not personal when someone is angry and they take it out on you, or they are withholding or incapable of being nice, generous or loving. Turn inward, without being offended, and only wish such people the ability to one day evolve into a loving being. In the meantime practice loving kindness within your own life, including toward those who are mean to you, and know that your little bits of compassion are making the world a better place.
Sending you love, The Soul Sisters, Jan and Jeanne