See it, know it, BE the change in the world — What is Love?

20150505_124121.jpgJune 14, 2015 – Love is not “religious.” We can believe on these words for we know we are more than just a body, more than just a mind… we have Creator’s Spirit within us (spirit).

We also have the eternal thought of love that moves us (mind), and our eyes and ears are ready to see and hear, and make choices as we walk it out (body). Yes, as One we are part of the Holy vibration and Sacred energy of that which IS. True love is not bound, for it is transparent, pure and free.

Reach out to your Soul this day! Take a few minutes and step outside, become a watcher of your heart. Read these words, and on every breath, hold the phrase for a moment, asking yourself what it really means to your life, not as a religious or non-religious person, but as a Spiritual Being?

*1 If I [can] speak in the tongues of men and [even] of angels, but have not love (that reasoning, intentional, spiritual devotion such as is inspired by God’s love for and in us), I am only a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

And if I have prophetic powers (the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose), and understand all the secret truths and mysteries and possess all knowledge, and if I have [sufficient] faith so that I can remove mountains, but have not love (God’s love in me) I am nothing (a useless nobody).

Even if I dole out all that I have to the poor [in providing food], and if I surrender my body to be burned or in order that I may glory, but have not love (God’s love in me), I gain nothing.

Love endures long and is patient and kind;

love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy,

is not boastful or vainglorious,

does not display itself haughtily.

It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride);

it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly.

Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking;

it is not touchy or fretful or resentful;

it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].

It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.

Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].

Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end].

As for prophecy (the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose), it will be fulfilled and pass away;

as for tongues, they will be destroyed and cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away [it will lose its value and be superseded by truth].

For our knowledge is fragmentary (incomplete and imperfect),

and our prophecy (our teaching) is fragmentary (incomplete and imperfect).

10 But when the complete and perfect (total) comes, the incomplete and imperfect will vanish away (become antiquated, void, and superseded).

11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; now that I have become a man/woman, I am done with childish ways and have put them aside.

12 For now we are looking in a mirror that gives only a dim (blurred) reflection [of reality as in a riddle or enigma],

but then [when perfection comes] we shall see in reality and face to face!

Now I know in part (imperfectly), but then I shall know and understand fully and clearly, even in the same manner as I have been fully and clearly known and understood [by God].

13 And so faith, hope, love abide [faith—conviction and belief respecting man’s relation to God and divine things; hope—joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation; love—true affection for God and man, growing out of God’s love for and in us],

Faith, Hope and Love — these three; but the GREATEST of these is LOVE.

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LOVE IS ONLY GIVEN — Live in Love THIS way, and you will see it, know it and BE the change we all seek in the world.

*1 Corinthians 13 Amplified Bible with helps

 

Discover the Uni-VERSE that is the Spiritual Word

Last night I awoke at about 3:30 a.m. I had the 23rd Psalm going through my head, I could see the words floating across my eyes. The thought came to mind of what I understood as a child….

I envisioned God as a bearded grandpa, in a white robe, sitting on a throne in Heaven. I believed this from pictures I had seen in a book. I perceived God to be separate from me, but knew he loved me.

When understanding the 23rd Psalm by this “God,” someone outside of me, it was hard to internalize the meaning, and know HOW it applied to my life. What did it really mean besides poetic words and something I knew should be important to me, but I couldn’t quite grasp it?

I have come to look at the scriptures in a deeply personal way, not religious but Spiritual. I have come to believe what the Word says about God, that God is “SPIRIT” and must be worshipped in Spirit and in Truth (not as a separate human on a throne). When God is Spirit IN me, then these words come alive, and make sense TO my spirit. They then make sense to my life, too, for labels can separate us, but universal Spiritual truth brings us together as One.

Here is what I heard in the night…Psalm 23

1) The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

God is within me – he is Spirit IN ME. So my guide, my shepherd is not separate, but IN ME. God needs nothing, so in that belief, I know I have everything I need.

2) He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

Oh, how beautiful to KNOW I am part of everything that IS… to breathe and relax in that knowing — I can rest and listen, for the waters are calm, and I can drink from them in peace. I can also trust my intuition, for God is Spirit IN ME.

3) He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

In prayer, believing, I am renewed every day — Spirit, Mind, Body. Creation is mine and I am Creations. It is the path I walk toward the Light — Father, Son, Holy Spirit, righteousness, and it is Spirit IN ME. Not of man-made rules — it is Spiritual, yes, of that which IS. It is who I am.

4) Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Oh, life can be hard and painful, and physical death could await at any turn…. but, I am told 365 times in the Word, “Fear Not,” for God is Spirit IN ME. His armor embraces me, shields me, for my Spirit is protected and eternal. Death, where is thy sting?

5) Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

I am never alone for God is Spirit IN ME, and the table is set, even before my enemies. For I am strong, I am powerful, I am equipped, I am loved, I am “that,” I am — whatever “that” is. I have been anointed with the oil of protection. And the well-spring of living water has no end for it runs over and over, and never stops.

6) Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Happiness is mine, joy and peace, goodness and mercy. Though there are ups and downs on the journey, I keep walking, keep stepping, keep believing, receiving faith, walking in self-confidence, and knowing that I am free all the days of my life — however long that will be, for that is what it says. I am loved without condition. I am never afraid, never alone, because I am part of everything, all creation, all the Universe, all that is the omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, all knowing and all powerful eternal energy, vibration and Spirit that is God, for it is IN ME.

When I became aware of my Spirit… I became a “watcher” of my life. The scales fell from my eyes and my ears opened to not just hear, but to listen. I knew nothing would stand in the way of Creation’s Love, not even me.

The Words of scripture can only be understood in Spirit and in Truth, and not through the minds of man, for that is what it says. One must go sincerely before the Light, get out-of-the-way, tear down the walls and barriers that bind them. One must be transparent and renewed, pouring out and filling up — indeed, it says we must be born again. It is the mystery of Love and Peace, no matter what we believe in. Yeshua (Jesus) did not die a scapegoat so we can skip “working out our salvation.” It says we must work it out, to be born again. It is our daily walk, but we know from the 23rd Psalm that we are not doing it alone for we have God, SPIRIT, IN us.

Words to Spiritually ponder:

1 Corinthians 13:12
John 4:24
1 John 4:4
Philippians 2:12-13
John 3:7-8
1 Corinthians 15:55

Writing Cats

“Cats are dangerous companions for writers because catwatching is a near-perfect method of writing avoidance.” ~ Dan Greenburg

“A catless writer is almost inconceivable. It’s a perverse taste, really, since it would be easier to write with a herd of buffalo in the room than even one cat; they make nests in the notes and bite the end of the pen and walk on the typewriter keys (keyboard).” ~ Barbara Holland

When I wrote my screenplay, “Sacajawea, The Windcatcher” (from 2003 – 2007), I must truly say I could not have written it without my big, red cat, Atticus Finch. He was one of my inspirations, and though it may have appeared that I was avoiding my writing by playing with him, for me it was quite the opposite.

AtticusAtticus was the greatest cat in the world – I say “was” because we sadly lost him this year. He was my Hemingway cat, a polydactyl. He had huge paws with extra toes and he loved me with his little soul. His eyes were always focused on me and he would run to me whenever I called his name, from anywhere in the house.

It was the summer of 2004, and being summer, my garden needed attending. So, my days were filled with writing and weeding, writing and watering, writing and sowing. And, of course, Atticus was at my side, rolling in the dirt and teasing the dogs behind the fence – they were jealous of his freedom. Later, he’d roll around the papers on my desk, stretching his arms across the computer keys that kept him from constantly laying in my lap. We wrote the logline, the Synopsis, the Treatment, and the Script together. Summer, fall, winter, spring, summer again… He was truly part of the creative process and I know my script would not be the same without my boy.

GuidoI have a new feline inspiration now, his name is Mr. Guido. He is a Siamese with blue eyes and he is a lover. He will not allow the keyboard to get between us – he jumps up and pushes right into place. He stretches his arms around my neck and taps his lips to mine. Atticus would definitely be jealous – but, who knows, when I think about it, Guido does, somehow, feel like a very familiar soul.

The Literary Love Affair

Why do I write?  Completing a work that clearly presents what I believe, know and care about, in a way that touches someone, is one of the greatest feelings in my world.

But, there are some days when it is utterly impossible to even get started.  On those days, I realize I have not “thought” long enough.  For, thinking is part of writing, though the non-writer doesn’t understand this.  In fact, they even try to describe the process as “being lazy.”  Some people just do not see…

I sit, staring at a snow-capped mountain in the distance behind a field full of wild daisies.  I watch the irony of an airplane streaking across the sky, while an eagle hovers in one place holding its wings against the wind.  A bee buzzes past the airy screen door…  What was that quote I loved?  Or that story on the news about a rich, elderly lady who fed the poor — what did she feel, what did she believe?

Many times, it is a very private and personal place that I find myself.  Soaking in the world around me, staring into space and thinking about the emotional connection to my topic at hand — that is where I always find the words, if I “think” long enough.

There is only one other place in my life that I allow myself to connect as deeply, and that is with my love, my husband of 31 years.  So, in the words of writer and literary critic, Alfred Kazin, I define how I truly feel about what and why I write, “When a writer talks about his work, he’s talking about a love affair.”