Jesus said, "If those who lead you say to you, 'See, the kingdom is in the sky,' then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, 'It is in the sea,' then the fish will precede you. Rather, the kingdom is inside of you, and it is outside of you. When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons (and daughters) of the living father. But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty."
January is that time of year when many people feel a need to change. A new year means a new start, correct? What does a new start mean? Didn't we start long ago? For many people a new start means some adjustments in life style, changes in thought patterns, or reevaluating relationships. These are all wonderful things. So what gets in the way of accomplishing these things? One of the first things that helps is realizing that heaven is not a destination but part of you if you want to choose it. One of the things that confounds people is their attachment to their story. It is hard to get away from our stories. Many people use their story to define themselves, or even as a scorecard to tell them they are ahead of other people in their journey. Maybe if we could truly believe that we co-creating our reality with the universe we can lead ourselves into a more joyful reality. I know many “bad” things happen in peoples lives that seem to defy the idea that we had anything to do with those events happening. Floods, hurricanes, storms, plane crashes, death of loved ones, or earthquakes are examples that people bring up when they say “I did not create these things”. That is true, we really have little input into many things happening all around us. We, however, have total input into how these events effect the way we live our lives. We co-create with the vastly larger universe, not in a vacuum that is ours alone. Maybe if we looked at how we process all the good, bad, and indifferent events in our lives, we might find more gems of wisdom to help us grow in understanding. Clear understanding of ourselves is a life long journey. When we lose a loved one it is normal to have a flood of emotions. If we can come to a point where we can look within ourselves to see how that person has lifted us up by the gifts they gave us, it may outweigh the emotions that have become part of our story. Our stories are important to show where we are on the shifting stairway of life and they are also our ego. The ego is where the “seven deadly sins” can find a home. The ego is where you tell yourself you are not good enough or where you tell yourself that you are better than others. If we could only glean the wisdom from our experiences and not the baggage how good could life be. I believe one of the most important things is to have a good sense of humor about yourself. Do you want to change? Laugh at your ego, it will be fun. Eleanor Roosevelt put humor to good use when she said: “Once I had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalog:
"No good in a bed, but fine up against a wall.” Peace and love, Kelly's husband