God’s Precious Present

Last time (see Turning Our Lives Around For Good), we finally turned the corner – from exhaustively examining why lives don’t work, to giving ourselves total awareness to come to a clear space where we can regain our consciousness with God. Within that restored connection, we are filled with His compassion and acceptance so that we can also apply that to ourselves and to everyone else.

When we can come from the heart, we can have the life we want. That life has always been within you, because it is God’s plan for you. To help you accomplish that, He put certain tools within you that you can use to help you get past your old distorted self and embrace your birthright:

Do not lie to one another, for you have stripped off the old (unregenerate) self with its evil practices, and have clothed yourselves with the new [spiritual self], which is [ever in the process of being] renewed and remolded into [fuller and more perfect knowledge upon] knowledge after the image (the likeness) of Him Who created it. Col. 3:9, 10. AMP

There is no reason to lie to yourself or anyone else, because once you reconnect with God and are bathed in the cleansing blood of His Son, you are the truth, and as you walk in it, the full potential of God’s gifts lay right in front of you.

One of those gifts is His precious present. What kind of present? Why, it’s your present moment! Everything that happens in life only occurs in the present moment. The past is dead. The future does not exist. If you are chasing either of those ephemeral concepts within your head, you are effectively suspending yourself from the ongoing strings of the present moments that tie together your real life.

When you live in the present, you can be consciously at cause for how your life turns out. You need to take on that present-time mindset:

Accept that you are responsible for where you are in life (without judgment). Taking on responsibility gives you the power to forge a different path by making conscious choices. Everything happened to bring you where you are.

Life (God) keeps standing in front of us with open arms, saying ‘Here I am! I ready to shower you with all I have to offer! If we are unconscious, we answer, ‘No you’re not!’
Why? Because we deny life as it is if it doesn’t fit into our matrix of preferences, which are based upon false meanings. We put life on hold by denying the present moment – the only place that we can find love, contentment and joy.

Life is simple. You’re living it in the present moment, or you’re running your mental programs – lost in comparisons, wishing life was something that it’s not. You can always tell when you are running from life; it’s when you’re entertaining negative thoughts.

Have compassion for having experienced that old way of being, and step into living. Wrap your arms around life instead of wishing it was something different. Open yourself up to life in the present moment. That’s when God steps in.

Accept that you have a history and it’s gone. Other than any valuable lessons to be learned, that Life Story is meaningless. When you choose present-moment living, your past (with all the refuse that you added to it) vanishes. Thus, you don’t have to act it out anymore.

When you’re present, you are in total touch with yourself – seeing how you are being and what you are doing, aware that you now have the ability to change those parameters (the little blips of unconsciousness) in order to return to the perfect life that God gave you. You can be happy anywhere, at any time, with anyone.

You will be engaged with Truth in peace, because you will have a sweet stillness in your head as you listen to the voice of God – who is always there to guide you towards your highest and best.

Life hands us events. We will perceive some of them as painful. We can acknowledge our pain, knowing that we are choosing to have that response as well as the length of time we have suffered. We can look to see if we contributed to that event, make the necessary corrections, remove the meanings to it that we’ve attached, take in the lesson to be learned, and let the rest go.

Many things in life are unavoidable. That is not fatalistic thinking. It’s just acknowledging what is so, what is true. Within that acknowledgement comes a freedom to love and accept the miraculous place that lives in the only moment there is – your present one…

You don’t need fixing. You never did. You only smothered yourself with a succession of bad habits. Congratulate yourself for choosing to stop. When you have, help others do the same.

Most of us need to change our ‘self-talk.’ Speak in terms of ‘I’ rather than ‘you.’ For example, say ‘I am feeling this way,’ not ‘You are making me feel this way.’ It shifts the responsibility back onto the shoulders of the one constructing these viewpoints so they have the power to do it a different way.

Change ‘why’ questions into ‘how’ questions – saying ‘How is this happening to me?’ rather than ‘Why is this happening?’ It’s a proactive way to reveal how you set up the patterns in your life.

Tend the garden that is your body; weed out the negativity. Look for the lesson in any infirmities. They are usually the result of your self-talk. Health degenerates if you let go of your responsibility for it. Believe that healing is possible. Exercise faith and miracles will follow. Culture a healthy mind by bringing it closer to your spirit. Healing follows healthy conversation with yourself.

“…I am the LORD who heals you.” Ex. 15:26 NKJV

Focus on clarifying who you really are and how to be that, rather than trying to be ‘acceptable.’

Detach yourself from all beliefs that are not loving or supporting you or others.

Don’t be sucked up in the black hole of ‘self-improvement.’ It sustains the darkness when you try to fix yourself – reinforcing the erroneous thought that something is wrong with you. If there is anything in your perfection that needs repair, your Creator will do the repairing – and that consists of the removal of the parasite in your head and a restoration of your God-given awareness.

Don’t be concerned about ‘getting anywhere;’ you’re already there – perfect. Just do your best with no attachment to the outcome. Give that up to God.

Growth does not come from needing to grow, but from inwardly directed awareness – coming home to God through Christ. The goal is to grow as a human being so that we can have a better world; and that growth consists of letting more of God in – letting life in, surrendering to its Maker rather than getting caught up in some doing.

…I count all things to be loss in the view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord…so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection…forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Phil. 3:8-10 & 13, 14. NASB

We connect with God’s precious present by choosing to reframe the way we look at ourselves and the world around us – knowing that it is only in the present moment where the freedom to love and to be loved exists. And we open ourselves up to it – living each day as if it was our last, seeing each moment as extraordinary and finding laughter in every circumstance…
Goodnight and God bless.

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Discovering The Pattern That Separates You From God – Part 4

In the first 3 parts of this series, we plunged the depths of the meanings behind the first 9 of 29 questions (that hopefully you’ve already answered – see Your Personal Responsibility In Cleaning God’s House – Part 2) designed to see the pattern of life you live out that poses a barrier to your communion with God. Let’s continue…

10. Describe what you feel the future holds for you.

Are you waiting for a future where you finally get it all together? Guess what? No one ever gets it all together. You position yourself to get it together by walking in God’s ways. He brings you all together:

…He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you. Phil. 1:6 AMP

We are a work in progress. Life on Earth is a training ground. There is no goal. LIFE IS THE GOAL! It’s a journey where we put one spirit-led foot in front of the other until our Savior takes us home.

If you are waiting for any kind of a future, you are missing out on life because it only happens in the present moment – not in some nebulous future.

Waiting for a happy future? Doesn’t exist. Happiness comes from engaging in the present, making the decision to be happy regardless of your circumstances.

Looking for love and acceptance in the future? God gave you those things the moment He thought you into being. (Eph. 1:4) Regardless of what may have tarnished your past, God has redeemed you from it through the cleansing blood of His Son.

11. What meaning have you brought to life?

Do you wake each day with gratitude and an exuberant expectancy, or do you rise with wrenched guts and tears threatening to burst forth? If it is the former, you are living consciously, engaged in healing, giving and loving. If the latter, you’re living a life enmeshed with the meanings of the wounded child within. Don’t punish yourself for that. You are courageously working in this series so that the latter becomes the former. You deserve great love and compassion for your efforts.

12. Are you dissatisfied with life?

Your satisfaction or dissatisfaction with your life hinge upon the meaning(s) you bring to your life. That is not to downplay those real events in your life that unhinged you and brought real feelings of grief, pain, misery, disappointment or shame. Yet regardless of the reality or lack of it in your ‘events,’ it is the meanings that you create around them that determine your view of life and how you live it.

Thus, we can go to meditation and remind ourselves that nothing earthly is permanent. We snoop into our real or unreal roots (meanings) of our vision of life and our reactions to it, let them wash over us and bury them – knowing that we can construct new truth-based meanings of life that empower us to heal.

All situations have something to teach us. When we commit to learning what it is instead of running, our unworkable ‘stuff’ will be revealed and we can let that go. If, during our meditative examination, we think we’ve reached our limits and are standing on the edge of a frightful abyss, we can stop and breathe and look at where that false belief stems from. If we jump, we’ll land on solid ground in the present moment with one more fear behind us.

But this can only happen if we keep our eyes wide open in the presence of our vexation and let go of any efforts of trying to control the world. ‘Letting go’ allows us to be free to face life without fear. When we practice living at peace instead of indulging in drama and our responsive knee-jerk reactions, life is manageable.

Instead of sinking into suffering if we experience pain, we can offer ourselves love, compassion and kindness. If we feel loss, we can look at why we feel the need to cling by examining the meanings that motivate us to do that – our desires, aggressions and denials. We can see them for the conditioned lies that they are and let them go.

Once we learn the lesson that life is presenting, it will stop haunting us. Often, those lessons push our ‘hot buttons.’ This is a wonderful opportunity to learn why those hot buttons exist – a time to disqualify and eliminate more baseless beliefs. We can become walking pillars of peace in a world of pandemonium.

Other than our relationship with God and ourselves, all things come and go. They’re all on loan to us. So we can’t really lose anything; it wasn’t ours to begin with. Thus, we want to cherish our loved ones in the present moment, and tap into their love-print in our heart when they are not. We are never alone and true love never dies.

Change is not loss but opportunity for new possibilities.

13. What makes you angry?

The answer is simple. It is the same things that make you afraid. (See part 3 of this series.) You’ve already learned that anger kills (see Characteristics Of A Life When God Is Absent – Part 3). When you feel it manifest within you, stop and breathe, look at what you are listening to in your head and how you are also getting angry with yourself. Defuse and replace the meanings behind that commotion and practice forgiveness and acceptance for both you and the object of your anger.

14. What does everyone think about you?
15. What do you think is wrong with you?
16. Why don’t you accept yourself?
17. What secrets are you keeping?
18. What lies do you tell?

The answers to all of these questions have the same roots. They stem from the things you don’t accept about yourself and the lies you tell in an attempt to conceal them. (By the way, you really don’t know what anybody thinks of you.)

The ‘unacceptable things’ are either something you’ve done in the past that you’ve attached a negative meaning to, or a negative belief you took on as a child. The past cannot be changed. While you are examining your answers to these questions, it’s a good time to go to God for forgiveness:

He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy towards those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. Ps. 103:10 – 12. NKJV

So let up on yourself. Look deep at any belief you may harbor that opposes your perfection and realize it is a lie…

We’re heading for the home stretch. Next time.
Goodnight and God bless.