After I die and you die, the possibility of peace will go on living in every atom in the universe. It is infinite.
The opportunity is for us, as finite beings, to encounter the infinite.
Between birth and death we have the opportunity to live in peace with our Self and those in our world.
"Be kind when possible. It is always possible." - Dalai Lama
There has been discussion about how to be kind to those we disagree with on many issues. Sometimes the best form of kindness is to say "Have a nice day", and walk away. Kindness is always possible.
“The thing the sixties did was to show us the possibilities and the responsibility that we all had. It wasn't the answer. It just gave us a glimpse of the possibility.”
― John Lennon
Just as we have learned to harness electricity, Nassim Haramein said that when we learn to engineer the Quantum Vacuum Fluctuation we will be able to build devices that utilize the energy that sustains everything.
Obviously I’m paraphrasing from his series on Gia: Quantum Revolution
“Ain’t no shame in holding on to grief… as long as you make room for other things too.” - “Bubbles,” The Wire, a television series
I have never watched The Wire, but this quote speaks to me. When we do experience loss, and then grief, we need to acknowledge them both - the good and bad memories. We learn so much from these experiences. However, in time we need to also make room in our hearts and minds for our thoughts and plans for the “new” life we will live.
We must risk the journey to a higher ground where there
is freedom from the gravitational pull of our stories,
the pull that comes from years of trying to prove that
the stories we tell ourselves, the ones we've made up,
are the truth. - Author: Debbie Ford
How do we know if the stories we tell ourselves are made up if we don’t know who occupies the higher ground?
A friend once said that the truth is what we believe, I disagreed. The Truth isn’t dependent our limited perspective.-Gary
“The enormity of problems like hunger and social injustice can certainly motivate us to act. We can be convinced logically of the need for intervention and change. But it is the story of one individual that ultimately makes the difference— by offering living proof.” - John Capecci and Timothy Cage, authors of Living Proof: Telling Your Story to Make a Difference
We all have stories that may motivate others to make changes, and it is up to us to share those stories. If you question the power of one person's story, think of George Floyd. Social injustice has existed for hundreds of years. Unfortunately, it wasn't until we saw George Floyd's story unfold that thousands were moved to take action. People took to the streets in demonstrations, started dialogues and most of all examined their own lives to see how they could become part of our society's solution. Let's hope that by sharing our stories we will continue to motivate each other to make a difference where we can.
Don't spend your life believing a story about yourself that you didn't write that's been fed to you - that simply you've accepted, embedded and added to. Let the story go and there beneath is the real you...and your unique gifts, heart and path that await you.”
― Rasheed Ogunlaru
At times it is difficult to discern what is my response and what was programed in my nervous system by others. Asking who am I in the stillness of this moment can set me free.
- Gary Stiles
“Share your story with someone. You never know how one sentence of your life story could inspire someone to rewrite their own.” - Demi Lovato, American singer
I have learned so much from listening to others' stories during our services, Zoom talk-backs and personal discussions. You may not know then or ever, but your story or insights have often times affected me for the better, and I would guess affected other listeners. Thanks to all the people who share their stories and make this world a better place.
Inner peace doesn’t come from getting what we want, but from remembering who we are.
– Marianne Williamson
When we view the world from a place of Inner Peace we perceive the Order of Nature in all things.
“Make your own Bible. Select and collect all the words and sentences that in all your readings have been to you like the blast of a trumpet.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Spirituality is deeply personal. It means different things to each of us, and Emerson might be right. We need to learn from what we see, read, hear, feel and experience to grow our own spirituality. We need to write our own book to grow the spirituality that is inside ourselves.