Tuesday, September 15, 2009

What We "SEE" is What we GET...!

There are so many messages, so many voices, vying for our attention ... and whatever we accept, whatever we focus on, becomes our perspective, and thus, our experience.

So what voices do we, as humanity, hear?

See if any of these sound/feel familiar:

- Go out and take what's yours!

- The early bird catches the worm.

- Survival belongs to the fittest.

- Look out for "number one."

- God helps those who help themselves (from the book of II Hesitations).

- Only the strong survive.

By contrast, what does the Voice of God say to us:

- Give, with no thought to yourself.

- Give, and expect nothing in return.

- Love your enemies.

- Bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, pray for those who despitefully use you.

- "The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but of him who shows the greatest mercy."

In this "upside-down" kingdom, we give to receive, we lose to gain, we go down to raise up.

Here's the difference: human/egoic consciousness has a foundation in the fear of lack, of loss, of limitation. "What might happen?" The future threatens with dire happenings. We *expect* negative happenings to come our way. We plan and save for protecting ourselves from those dire occurrences in the future ... we believe we are meant to suffer, that it's inevitable ... that there's "not enough" of anything we need (be it water, food, air, money, opportunity, health, security, love, God..!). We have become experts in the "art of worry" ... and if we have nothing to worry about, we REALLY get worried, and we fabricate something to worry over...!

Contrast that with the Mind of God: Utter abundance ... pressed down, shaken together, overflowing ... lavish generosity, "more where that came from," more-than-enough of everything (be it love, opportunity, acceptance, joy, resources, understanding, mercy, wisdom, knowledge, joy, LIFE!).

Planning for the future is appropriate, provided that we do it by the leading of the Spirit, by His wisdom ... if we are motivated to plan out of fear, what are we really saying about God? What are we bringing about, through the power of our fear?

We are to seek FIRST the Kingdom of God (His perspective, His awareness, His focus, His Mind, His reign in us, His relationship to us) and ALL these things (everything else!) will be added to us -- with abundance!

We must be willing to let go of what we cling to (that which we think we know), in order to gain what we cannot lose...!

Shalom, Dena

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