Love

What Are You Experiencing/Feeling During Sequester? Need help?

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Being sequestered with spouses and children can be both wonderful and frightening,, depending on those around you. Are they loving? Controlling? Do you feel safe? Endangered?

You can sometimes feel frustration and stress even in loving situations. You also have the opportunity to discover each other in new and wondrous ways. You might reprioritize your life, realizing how out of skew your life has become. Pausing the ever-busyness helps us to really see us as we’ve been and decide if there are important, life-quality changes we choose to make. Sometimes we get trapped into spending our precious life moments on areas that aren’t as important as parts of lives we’re ignoring, or putting aside until later. Be honest with how you feel. Has this sequester time been eye-opening for you?

NOT ALL HOMES ARE LOVING. If your spouse or child is sociopathic, being trapped in your home can be hell. You might merely be in survival mode, trying to appease, trying to avoid the next outburst. I hope you also take this time to really look at your situation and how to change your life so that your precious moments are what are best for you. This is YOUR life. Live it! The sociopath is skilled at control, making you feel worthless, impotent.

The sociopath’s accusations for pulling you down are lies. You are God-worthy! God created you! God creates all that is good, and that includes you. Anything else is a lie.

SUGGESTIONS:

SEEK HELP! Don’t be an enabler. Doing nothing in a dangerous situation means you are part of the problem. Making a change in your life, breaking the imprisoning chains, takes courage. I realize there might be great danger in your decision. Don’t do it alone. There is help for you.

Most important to realize is that you are not and are never alone. Your Inner Divine Power is within you always. This Inner Power is greater than your situation or danger. Your Inner Power will guide you, but you must ask. Listen. Follow. Learning to trust that Inner Guidance takes a strong faith. You have that faith, but fear might be overpowering your faith. Trust in your Divine Spiritual Team that is willing and eager to help you through your situation. They are your God-appointed Spiritual Partners in life. Work with them!

Take your life back! Pray. Seek help.

You can do this. With help and guidance, you can take your life back and live the life you are meant to live, not in fear, but in faith.

I am here for you, and remember…

God blesses you now and always.

Truth

 

Living the Golden Rule, Part 4 ~ Being the Love You Long to Receive

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If all is either love or hate, then most people choose to receive love. Often, though, people become the hatred they claim they hate – call names, ridicule, bully, put down, criticize… If, like in Part 3, Why The Golden Rule Works, we send out hate, that is what we receive in return. If hatred is not what we want to receive, then how do we BE LOVE? 

What does it mean to live the Golden Rule? How might it make a difference in your lif

Part 1, the question you were to ask yourself is how you want to be treated by others.

Part 2, Which quality do you choose to live? 

Part 3, Divine Message, Why the Golden Rule Works

The Golden Rule states first you must treat others as you want to be treated. You’ve probably also heard of the Law of Attraction. What both are saying is that you first send out what you want to receive in return.
 
REMEMBER: If you are in an abusive situation, then you must first love yourself. You must make sure you and your children are in a safe, loving atmosphere, wherever that might be. That, too, is living the Golden Rule. Be smart. Be safe. Links to Stop the Abuse.
 
HOW DO WE ‘BE LOVE’?
 
FIRST, WE NEED TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS. WHAT ARE THE QUALITIES OF LOVE? Everything good is love: Compassion, kindness, caring, respect are all forms of love.  But what else is love?

In the Bible, 1 Corinthian 13:4-7, Paul said…

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. Love never ends.

Let’s study the ancient meaning of these words on love:

(William Barclay, Daily Study Guide of First Corinthians is source for the ancient meanings.)

  • Love is patient. The Greek word makrothumein, used in the New Testament always describes patience with people and not patience with circumstances. The word is used of the person who is wronged but doesn’t seek vengeance; a person who is slow to anger, and who, no matter how unkind and hurting someone is to them, shows the same patience as God shows all of us, and is a sign of strength, not weakness. That doesn’t mean patience with circumstances, or to remain in an abusive situation. That is not love, neither to the abused or the abuser; that is enabling and only encourages abusive behavior. Get out. Stay safe.
  • Love is kind. Love that is “sweet to all.” Some people are good and yet unkind. That also means being sweet and kind to yourself.
  • Love does not envy.  There are two kinds of envy. One covets the possessions of other people. The other begrudges that others have what they don’t have. Socialism falls into this category – taking from others so that you can have more. That is believing that God is limitation, not abundance. We don’t pull others down to try to lift ourselves up. Depend on God as your Unlimited Supplier.
  • Love does not boast. Some people confer their love with the idea that they are bestowing a favor. Boasting isn’t a pure excitement about an accomplishment but a pompous or arrogant talk or manner. A cockiness.
  • Love is not arrogant. This is the person who says they are not like other people, that the laws of morality, or even laws in general, do not apply to them, and who talks and acts as if they are superior.
  • Love is not rude. There are those who, under the guise of love, take delight in being blunt and almost brutal – using truth as a weapon to hurt or bring down.
  • Love does not insist upon its own way. This is about those who are always thinking of what life owes them, a sense of entitlement, instead of those who never forget what they owe to life, a sense of gratitude.
  • Love is not irritable. Meaning it never flies into a temper, never becomes impatient and exasperated with people, which is a sign of defeat. When we lose our tempers, we lose.
  • Love is not resentful; it does not store up the memory of any wrong-doing. The Greek word translated store up (logizesthai) is an accountant’s word, and used for entering up an item in a ledger so that it will not be forgotten. We too often reach into the past to remind other’s of their mistakes. A “remember when you….?”
  • Love finds no pleasure in wrong-doing, which means love finds no pleasure in anything that is wrong, or the malicious pleasure when we hear something derogatory about someone else.
  • Love rejoices with the truth. The TRUE Truth equals freedom. It means total connection with Source. It is rejoicing with others for their good fortune, being happy for and with them.
  • Love endures all things. Love can bear any insult, any injury, any disappointment because one’s strength lies within each person, and not from anything seemingly outside oneself. Enduring can also mean deciding what is right for you and your life and making necessary changes.
  • Love believes all things. It means trusting our Source, always, and believing the best about other people who are also created by/from God. It means believing you are magnificent because you are created from God-Magnificence. It means all is possible with God.
  • Love hopes all things. In reality, your hope resides within the God within you. It means to trust in that power that is greater than your own. Your Higher Power. It means don’t get discouraged, don’t let circumstances and situations have power over you, but to keep asking for help, knowing in advance that you will receive it.
  • Love bears all things. The verb used here (hupomenein) is one of the great Greek words. It is generally translated to bear or to endure; but what it really describes is not the spirit which can passively bear things, but the spirit which, in bearing them, can conquer and transmute them. To transform them. It’s not a passive suffering, but a proactive transfiguration.

WHY IS LOVE IMPORTANT?

Love is part of all of there is. What is Wisdom without love? How can there be compassion without love? Power without love would be ill-used and thus no True Power at all. There can be no true relationship without love. And guidance in life to what and where? If there is no love, then you are mis-guided. Without love there is no peace, beauty, harmony or joy. Without love there is no purpose. To be of any value and to experience happiness in your life, allow God’s love to emanate in all you think, say and do. You are only happy when you are God in action which is being love.

HOW DO YOU ‘BE LOVE’?

Certainly not by yourself. What is crucial is to connect with your Source of Love, God. Ask for help in removing any blockages preventing you from being the love you long to receive. Every thought, word and action are to be loving. Ask God how to do that. Allow God’s love to flood into you, filling you with Divine love. THEN you can share that love with others. In return. you will receive love, along with peace and the joy of being alive.

In the Golden Rule, concentrate on being love, on your Oneness with God that is the Source of Love, and all else will fall in place.


Love is part of all of there is. What is Wisdom without love? How can there be compassion without love? Power without love would be ill-used and thus no True Power at all. There can be no true relationship without love. And guidance in life to what and where? If there is no love, then you are mis-guided. Without love there is no peace, beauty, harmony or joy. Without love there is no purpose. To be of any value and to experience happiness in your life, allow God’s love to emanate in all you think, say and do. You are only happy when you are God in action which is being love.


Next week: The Golden Rule, Part 5: Changing Yourself, & the World

The Golden Rule, Part 1

The Golden Rule, Part 2: Which Quality do You Choose to Live?

The Golden Rule, Part 3: Why the Golden Rule Works

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Living the Golden Rule, Part 3 ~ Divine Message, Why the Golden Rule Works

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The following post is a Divine Message of an inspirational example from Carolyne Cathey of how first sending out what you want to receive actually works. Carolyne receives messages from her mentor, Jesus, about everyday life situations, and how, by following the suggestions, they can transform our lives into something special.

What does it mean to live the Golden Rule? How might it make a difference in your life?

Part 1, the question you were to ask yourself is how you want to be treated by others.

Part 2, Which quality do you choose to live? 

Part 3, Divine Message, Why the Golden Rule Works

The Golden Rule states first you must treat others as you want to be treated. You’ve probably also heard of the Law of Attraction. What both are saying is that you first send out what you want to receive in return.
 
REMEMBER: If you are in an abusive situation, then you must first love yourself. You must make sure you and your children are in a safe, loving atmosphere, wherever that might be. That, too, is living the Golden Rule. Be smart. Be safe. Links to Stop the Abuse.
 
This post is used by permission of Carolyne Cathey, from her book “Divine Messages from Jesus”. p. 361-365. 2015. Cathey, Carolyne
 

Receiving and Giving are One Cord

HAVE YOU HEARD the saying that it is easier to give than receive? That saying described me. For some reason I loved giving but I had a hard time receiving. People would offer to give to me in return but I would decline. I would notice the hurt in their eyes, which made me feel guilty, and yet I felt guilty in accepting.

I wondered why it seems easier to give than receive? Pride? Ego? An “I don’t want to be a burden,” attitude? An “I can do it myself” attitude? I felt less somehow when a person would offer to help, like I was lacking something that someone else had to fill in because I was inadequate or flawed. As a result, I was unintentionally rude when I would turn down someone’s offer to help or to give me something. I didn’t mean to be rude. I meant not to be a burden or bother, or dependent. Or even more, that I didn’t need anyone’s help (can you hear the ego in that statement?) With my refusal I could see the disappointment in someone’s eyes or demeanor that showed I had rejected the generosity from their heart.

Jesus kept assuring me that giving and receiving are the same, but I couldn’t see it. To me, giving indicated strength, receiving revealed weakness.

One day, he flashed a vision into my mind that is best demonstrated by acting it out.

Exercise

To act out the vision, stand up to demonstrate this truth.

Imagine a thick nylon cord or rope threading through your solar plexus, front to back and it slides both ways. Place one hand on the imaginary cord coming out the front of your waist, and one hand on the same imaginary cord threading through you out the back of your waist. When you pull so that the rope goes outward from you, as in giving, notice that it also comes into you from the back, as in receiving. With the invisible cord in your hands, let the cable slide back and forth and you’ll see that no matter which way the cord glides, when you are giving, you are also receiving.

Jesus said:

“Everything you have is from the Divine. Everything. Including the love that fills you, love that is so freely given to you from your Creator. Everything you receive you first receive from the Divine. When others are giving to you, you are receiving what flowed through them from the Divine. So, whether giving or receiving, it is all from your Source, your Unlimited Supplier.

“This image demonstrates that receiving and giving are the same. Your problem is that you allow ego and pride to get in your way, that when you decline a generous offer, you not only hurt the other person, you also hurt yourself. When you refuse to receive, you are blocking the natural flow. You are trying to separate the inseparable.

“Notice that when you slide the cord back and forth, that the giving comes from inside you at the same time that the receiving slips inside you, so you cannot possibly give without also giving to yourself.

“You can name the cord. If you name the cord ‘hate’, then when you give hate, that is what you receive. If you name the cord ‘love’, then when you give love, you receive love in return. Which means that if you want to receive love, then you must give love—in remembrance that you are giving from the love you’ve already received. You are created from love. You are love. Give what you truly are—love.”

Now the vision shifts: Jesus said…

“Imagine that the cord that runs through you also runs through a person in front of you and a person behind you, and the people on the other side of each of them. See the connection?” he said. “For someone to give there must be someone else to receive that gift, and of course, the reverse is true. For someone else to give, then another must receive.

“As with the cord, receiving isn’t always from the same person to whom you give. You will often receive back from unexpected sources.

“Also notice that when you give there is no lack because as you are giving, what you receive slips in continuously, allowing continual giving. That is the natural flow. The natural flow of giving and receiving is always going on —there is no life without it.”

Meaning: This message applies to all of creation—people, animals and the planet. Again, you might ‘receive’ from varying forms. Animals love in return, just like people, and sometimes better than people. Contributing in your own loving way fosters a more loving, healthy community, which benefits you and everyone.

Action:

Today, practice giving and receiving love with a smile and with gratitude.


“Everything you have is from the Divine. Everything. Including the love that fills you, love that is so freely given to you from your Creator. Everything you receive you first receive from the Divine. When others are giving to you, you are receiving what flowed through them from the Divine. So, whether giving or receiving, it is all from your Source, your Unlimited Supplier.” ~ Jesus. Divine Messages from Jesus. p. 365. 2015. Cathey, Carolyne.


Next week: The Golden Rule, Part 4: Being Love

The Golden Rule, Part 1

The Golden Rule, Part 2: Which Quality do You Choose to Live?

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Living the Golden Rule, Part 2 ~ Which quality do you choose to live?

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What does it mean to live the Golden Rule? How might it make a difference in your life? Part 2 is about becoming what you say what you want to receive.

 

In Part 1, the question you were to ask yourself is how you want to be treated by others.

Did you come up with a dream list?

As an example of options, do you want love? Respect? Understanding? Compassion? Patience? Friends? Fun times?

Unless you want to share YOUR list as a comment, I’ll go with the ones above as to the next steps.

The Golden Rule states that first you must treat others as you want to be treated. You’ve probably also heard of the Law of Attraction. What both are saying is that you first send out what you want to receive in return.

Do you want more love in your life? Then you must first be more loving.

The same with respect, understanding, compassion, patience and friendship.

First be the quality you want reflected back to you. Respect others differing viewpoints. Be understanding of other’s situations. Compassion means caring for others and their struggles. Patience means not to get triggered by what people say, or road rage, or standing in line, or your children, or spouse… You want more friends? Then be a friend.

The challenge is becoming what we want to receive.

Where do we start? Inside our own hearts and minds. For everything, we always start within.

But more than that, we reconnect with the Divine within us. We are never meant to do anything without our spiritual team. Anything other than true surrender is believing in the lie of separation, which is impossible. Surrender is coming home. Ask God to help you become what you want to receive even when it seems impossible. Nothing is impossible with God.

For this post I challenge you to take at least one quality you choose to receive – for example, love. With Divine help, become the love you wish to receive. In reality love is what you are, how you were created. During your day/s, consider how to respond with love in all situations and at all times.

How to do this might be difficult and confusing, especially when other’s are not loving, or even abusive! Love doesn’t mean being a doormat. Love sometimes means saying no. You come first. What do you want?

For now, choose one quality, then practice being that. Let me know how you are doing. I’d love going through this with you.

Next week we’ll discuss more about how to be love, or tolerance, or patient, when we are surrounded with the opposite, like in politics.

The Golden Rule, Part 1

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The Power of Surrender

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SURRENDER IS THE most powerful decision you make. It is also the most fulfilling, the answer to everything in your life. Surrender to your Higher Power, not to any human.

“When you fully ‘get it’ that you are one with your Source, which is your only Source of supply, and that supply is unlimited, including the answers to all of your questions, then all you have to do is align your will with the One Supplier of All so that you ‘allow’ that unlimitedness to flow through you—the complete healing of Oneness.” ~ Jesus. Divine Messages from Jesus. p. 389. 2015. Cathey, Carolyne.

At this highest level of awareness is when you surrender all hindrances holding you back and choose “Not my will, but Thine be done.”

Surrendering doesn’t mean your individuality dissolves into bland non-existence. To the contrary. It allows your individuality to expand into all of the splendor it truly is if you would but let go of all the painful, inefficient baggage that is veiling the truth of who you are—God’s love in action.

‘Surrender’ results in ‘bliss’, which is a feeling many expressed in near-death-experiences after leaving the physical. ‘Surrendering now’ means you can experience bliss right here, right now, while still on this earthly plane.

Surrender is letting go of what isn’t the truth—the illusion of separation.

Surrender is trading the delusion of illusion for the Reality of Truth. Surrender means surrendering, or letting go of what you are not—the small self imprisoned within the belittling confines of ego—and choosing, instead, to live the expansive truth of who you already are right now and always—one with the Power of the Universe. It means realigning with your true Eternal Source. You surrender your small-self ego and allow the ‘no separation’ of all love, all answers, all solutions, through Pure Intelligence and Pure Love, to flood into you with unlimited abundance and bliss.

Hesitancy and doubt about surrendering comes from being in your head and not your heart.

The head: Being in control. A tendency to over-analyze, wanting to know the how and all of the details leading up to and through the shift, and what is the end result on the other side of the shift, hesitant to move forward until you have it all worked out. And yes, your mind is part of the Great Mind, but if you allow your head to take over without balance, you are continually in the ‘over-analyzing mode’ instead of the ‘faith and trust mode’. You might not be listening to the Great Mind because yours is too busy whirling like leaves in a storm.

The heart: You trust from your heart. The heart is your inner urgings, feelings, intuitions, and knowing that moving forward is the right direction even though you don’t know how or have tangible proof. Faith tugs at your heart assuring you that you are being guided in the right direction. Trust is your commitment by taking that first step in the right direction, knowing your Spiritual Guides support you with the how and when. An unexpected benefit of choosing from the heart, is peace.

Logic: The Divine is Love. The Divine only creates from Love. That truth means you have nothing to fear. You might not know the how—that is where trust comes into it—but if your heart is pulling you in a new direction, then listen to your heart. The message is from the Great Love, which can only result in your Good.

Surrender is love—love for yourself and God— letting go of everything else and trusting in your Source that is the Greatest and Wisest Power in the Universe.

SURRENDER is LOVE. SURRENDER is POWER.

Meaning: Surrender is choosing to enjoy the most meaningful life available to you by turning your life over to the Creator of Life. The One that knows all from the God-Perspective. The One that knows what is the most fulfilling for you.

Surrender isn’t anything to fear, but to embrace. You have nothing to lose, and everything to gain.

GIVE YOUR LIFE TO GOD.


Surrendering doesn’t mean your individuality dissolves into bland non-existence. To the contrary. It allows your individuality to expand into all of the splendor it truly is if you would but let go of all the painful, inefficient baggage that is veiling the truth of who you are—God’s love in action.


The Power of Surrender is an excerpt from the book, Divine Messages from Jesus. p. 389-392. 2015. Cathey, Carolyne.

Powerful Life-Changing Beatitudes -#8: Blessed are those who are persecuted…

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The Beatitudes reveal powerful meanings that are rarely understood. This deeper understanding can help you reclaim your inner power.

With permission of Carolyne Cathey, author, inspirational speaker and spiritual counselor. From her talk on “The Joy of the Beatitudes”. (Right sidebar audio player).

5:10-12   #8 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad for your reward is great in heaven, for so men persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

This final one might be the most difficult. What does it mean for us?

Note in this last Beatitude where the wording shifts from blessed are those, to blessed are you, the only time this happens. It changes from Blessed are those who are persecuted – generic – to a very personal blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you. The reason is because this Beatitude isn’t referring to the internal work you go through that you celebrate in the previous Beatitudes. This is a head’s up that refers to a potential rejection of you by others when you follow your spiritual path of truth and love; Jesus wants you to be aware of that possibility and not be discouraged or turned off your path, but to stay strong in your faith.

In the last sentence, He said “Rejoice and be glad for your reward is great.” The word for glad means to leap exceedingly. It is the leaping-for-joy runner who overcomes all obstacles in their path and crosses the finish line in truth and integrity.

Why the warning?

The truth is frightening to many people when it is different from what they believe. When frightened, people often persecute those who believe differently, call them names, slander them, try to destroy their reputations, ridicule, express hatred, and even kill. When we embody love no matter what is coming at us from other’s fear-caused reactions, we are strengthened with God-confidence while serving the world in honesty and integrity. Is that not what we all choose no matter the chaos and negativity around us? To stand solid in the Divine Truth?

Again, this is not something we try to do on our own. That is believing in separation, not Oneness. We are empowered when we surrender to our Inner Authority that knows the truth, shares the truth. This is not something we earn. It is a gift. A gift from God.

So we might paraphrase…

Oh the godlike joy when we are persecuted for embodying God’s truth, because when we surrender, emptying ourselves of fear and misperceptions, we open ourselves to receiving Divine Truth which strengthens us to be that which we truly are – love. And when we do, we inspire others to also express God’s love. This is joy.


I pray that the core of Jesus’ teachings expressed in the Beatitudes, touches you in new, inspiring and powerful ways. We are to emblazon these truths on our hearts, and live them.

To summarize…

We celebrate when we:

  1. Surrender and place our trust in God.
  2. Realize that despite our mistakes, God loves us anyway.
  3. Are teachable and open to God’s truth.
  4. Are filled with God’s goodness through surrender.
  5. See others as God sees them.
  6. See with pure intentions through God’s lens of love.
  7. Make peace within our own hearts.
  8. Are empowered by God when we live the Divine truth, which is love.

The Beatitudes are, in reality, about surrender. The only way we can follow these powerful life-changing truths is to merge our desires with God’s so that they are one desire – God’s will.  Surrender is the answer to everything.

To share a quote that I received in a Divine message, Jesus said…

Once you get oneness, everything else falls in place.”

In closing, the distilled truth of the Beatitudes

We celebrate when we surrender everything we are to God that has all of the answers to all of our challenges, knowing that when we are emptied of self, we are filled with the Divine.


I hope you’ve enjoyed the series on The Beatitudes as much as I’ve enjoyed sharing them. The previous seven blessings are linked below.

God bless you! Carolyne Cathey

Research Sources:

William Barclay’s Commentary on The Gospel of Matthew

The Hidden Gospel by Neil Douglas-Klotz

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Powerful Life-Changing Beatitudes -#1: Blessed are the poor in spirit

Powerful Life-Changing Beatitudes #2: Blessed are those who mourn…

Powerful Life-Changing Beatitudes – #3: Blessed are the meek…

Powerful Life-Changing Beatitudes – #4: Blessed are those who hunger…

Powerful Life-Changing Beatitudes – #5: Blessed are the merciful…

Powerful Life=Changing Beatitudes – #6: Blessed are the pure in heart..

Powerful Life-Changing Beatitudes – #7: Blessed are the peacemakers…

Powerful Life-Changing Beatitudes -#7: Blessed are the peacemakers…

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The Beatitudes reveal powerful meanings that are rarely understood. This deeper understanding can help you reclaim your inner power.

With permission of Carolyne Cathey, author, inspirational speaker and spiritual counselor. From her talk on “The Joy of the Beatitudes”. (Right sidebar audio player).

5:9 #7 Blessed are the peace-makers, for they shall be called sons of God.

In Hebrew peace is never only a negative state; it never means only the absence of trouble; in Hebrew peace always means everything that serves one’s highest good. But peace starts within us. So, we could say…

Oh the god-like joy when our own inner warfare is finally over and we make peace within our own heart and in our own soul. Then, along with the Source of Peace, we may serve as peacemakers to bless the world. This is joy!


Research Sources:

William Barclay’s Commentary on The Gospel of Matthew

The Hidden Gospel by Neil Douglas-Klotz

Next: #8 – Powerful Life-Changing Beatitudes – #8: Blessed are those who are persecuted…

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Powerful Life-Changing Beatitudes -#1: Blessed are the poor in spirit

Powerful Life-Changing Beatitudes #2: Blessed are those who mourn…

Powerful Life-Changing Beatitudes – #3: Blessed are the meek…

Powerful Life-Changing Beatitudes – #4: Blessed are those who hunger…

Powerful Life-Changing Beatitudes – #5: Blessed are the merciful…

Powerful Life=Changing Beatitudes – #6: Blessed are the pure in heart…

Powerful Life-Changing Beatitudes -#6: Blessed are the pure in heart…

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The Beatitudes reveal powerful meanings that are rarely understood. This deeper understanding can help you reclaim your inner power.

With permission of Carolyne Cathey, author, inspirational speaker and spiritual counselor. From her talk on “The Joy of the Beatitudes”. (Right sidebar audio player).

5:8 #6 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

The Greek word for pure means unmixed, unadulterated, unalloyed. It requires self-examination. Is our work done from motives of service or from motives of pay or acknowledgment, from being self-less, or from self-display, from a feeling of unity, or of superiority?  This is about intent, and perceptions.

It is difficult to see a purity beyond our own flawed perceptions, because we see everything through that flawed lens. The purer our sight, the purer the lens through which we view everything, the more purity we recognize. Total pureness recognizes total pureness. The only way we can see with such clarity is when we surrender all we are to the Divine and see ourselves and others as God sees us, which is through the lens of love.

So, then, this sixth beatitude might read:

Oh the godlike joy of choosing from pure intentions because when we do, through surrender, we see everything as God sees, which is always through the lens of love. That is joy!


Research Sources:

William Barclay’s Commentary on The Gospel of Matthew

The Hidden Gospel by Neil Douglas-Klotz

Next: #7 – Powerful Life-Changing Beatitudes – #7: Blessed are the peacemakers…

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Powerful Life-Changing Beatitudes -#1: Blessed are the poor in spirit

Powerful Life-Changing Beatitudes #2: Blessed are those who mourn…

Powerful Life-Changing Beatitudes – #3: Blessed are the meek…

Powerful Life-Changing Beatitudes – #4: Blessed are those who hunger…

Powerful Life-Changing Beatitudes – #5: Blessed are the merciful…

What Do You Want – Really? Part 2: Turning Your Wants Into Goals

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If you did the suggested work in Part One of What Do You Want – Really? then you made at least a partial list of items or situations you really want to come true – the deep-down wants beyond the superficial wants. If you haven’t yet made even a partial list, then please reread What Do You Want – Really? 

Why? Because unless you know what you want – really, then you won’t accomplish what you truly desire – even if it is merely to survive. But go for more than survival. This is your life! There are miracles waiting for you once you know what you want most desperately, and how to bring that desperate desire into reality, which will be in Part 3, Turning Your Goals Into Realities. 

But for now we’re talking about turning those wants into goals.

As I mentioned in Part 1, the question of what you really want seems like it would be easy to answer, but it is often one of the most difficult questions we ask ourselves. Especially if our lives are tied up with a sociopath who bans self-thought of what we want for ourselves or our children. You might feel you aren’t allowed to choose for yourself, that in doing so you will suffer punishment for daring to do so. Which means, often, to be safe and to try to maintain peace, or lack of abuse, you merely go along with what the sociopath dictates. For survival, maybe what you want is not to be hit again. But is that what you want – really? These are tough questions when life is tough. But, and this is important, unless you know what you really want, you’ll never get to where you truly want to be.

At this moment in time, the challenge is to now take that list of wants and turn them into goals.

What is the difference?

  • Wants means to merely wish for something to happen.
  • Goals are focused targets where you’ve made a commitment. Commitment is necessary in following through with what you feel you’re Divinely guided to do. Folliwng through means the steps you take in order to bring those goals into reality, which will be in Part 3, Turning Your Goals Into Realities. 

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Let’s assume you’ve made a list – even if it is only in your head so that someone else doesn’t see it and lash out at you. Your list will depend on where you are in life, your situation, your unhappiness with where you are, and what you feel is important to do to improve your situation. 

For example: If you are, unfortunately, linked in some capacity with a sociopathic personality, then merely wanting to survive the abuse seems like all you might be able to accomplish. But let’s go beyond that situation. 

If you could do anything without recourse, what would you like your life to look like? Peaceful? Happy? Free? Living without fear?  Think deeply about this question. Your life might depend on it.

If you don’t like your situation, then how might you want to change it? If you naively believe that your love will change that sociopath, then think again. They don’t think like you do. They have a different agenda. They might plead and beg and say how sorry they are and that it will never happen again, but it will. In fact, the longer you tolerate abuse, the worse it will grow because you are encouraging their bad behavior. At that point, you are becoming part of the problem. 

Think about yourself, and your children if you have any. Don’t let them grow up knowing and experiencing abuse. They will either become the abuser, or the recipient of abuse. You are their example. Be a good one!

Going back to our potential example:

  • First, you want – really – to get out of your toxic situation – safely! You should never allow anyone to abuse you or bully you either physically or emotionally. As I said before, if you allow it, you are part of the problem. How do you do that?
    •  See Link: How to Stop the Abuse. There are links there you can contact for help. There is legal advice, financial assistance, places you can go, and more.

NOTE: Ties to family and friends might have been cut by the abuser/controller. Usually that is a mirage and your friends and family care very much about what happens to you but have lost a means of contact. With that said:

      1.  Family and/or Friends: it depends on your family and friends whether they are supportive of your getting away, or don’t believe you have a problem and tell you to stay, or, you made the original choice, now live with it. Wrong! No one is so perfect as to know everything about everyone, and sometimes we, in good faith, get sucked into a bad situation.  You might realize that if your family can help you, and you are in a dangerous relationship, that you will most likely need to find an unexpected location for you, and children if you have them. But think of the freedom! Of living without fear!
      2.  Church: Again, it depends on the church pastor. They might be understanding and helpful, or they might tell you that you would be sinful to try to leave and to start life over. If they are the understanding type, they will probably have suggestions on how to help you. 
      3. Police/Sheriff: Yet again, it depends on the person and their laws as to what they can do. As long as your abuser/controller isn’t connected with the police/sheriff, you might be all right going to them for help and/or advice. They might not be able to do anything unless the person is caught in the act of abuse, but you can at least ask.  
      4. Local nonprofits who are there to help you in your situation.
  • Second, starting over. Begin thinking about the urgings of your heart. Unearth those long-buried dreams. Those are God-seeds planted within your heart that will bring you the greatest joy. True, you might have to do something short-term to bridge the gap between where you are and where you want to be, but remember, it doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you do what you do with love – from being a janitor, or waiting tables, or being President. Do it with love. All are noble occupations and equally important. No person is more important than any other because we are all God-creations, created by the same God from the same God-stuff. Pray, ask God for help. 

In the above potential example, you’ve gone from Wishing, to Commitment. You’ve moved from Wants, to Goals. Something on which you can focus and work.

Perhaps your wants aren’t as extreme as the potential example, but you get the idea. 

For another example: Your want might be to be wealthy. But what do you really want? What the wealth might provide? Security? Travel? A home? Joy? Happiness? Merely having wealth doesn’t guarantee any of those outcomes. Perhaps you want fame? Why? To feel you are noticed and important? Or, to the other side, that you have a skill or talent you would love to share with the world so as to help people. Just being famous doesn’t mean you are happy and fulfilled. You don’t need to be famous to matter. You matter now. You are important now. Go beyond the superficial wants to the life-enriching goals that really matter, that really make a difference. This is your life. With God’s help and guidance, you can make it the most rewarding and fulfilling life possible. 

Keep working on your list. Move your wants to goals, tangibles where you will focus your energy and effort. Do feel something positive stirring within your heart? Do you feel hope? If so, you are amazing to get to this point. It takes courage, AND FAITH. 

ALWAYS PRAY AND ASK FOR HELP. Then listen for the answers or be aware of subtle changes in your life. 

EXPECT A MIRACLE.

 

REMEMBER: You do not have to know the HOW, only the WHAT. The Divine takes care of the how. In fact, the Divine is with you through everything – the entire process – as a co-creator of which goals are best for you, your belief in and trust that the goals are already yours, along with the Divine Implementer carrying out the how to a successful result – thought into form, cause into effect.



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Next: Part 3, Turning Your Goals Into Realities. 

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