Ok, so what comes next?

Entropy is a bitch. Make friends with it.

 

Don’t let anyone tell you that they know what happens after your bodily processes cease to function. No one really knows, but some who have “passed through the veil” and returned, have seen a glimpse.

 

Some see God, some see deceased relatives welcoming them to heaven. Then some see a dark place, a place of rest…oblivion. Those people’s stories are what I am interested in. Why is their experience with death so different than the souls that see God and heaven? I have a theory; the individuals that find that place of oblivion are at peace with death. They know that everyone and everything is subject to entropy.

 

Entropy, it is not just a destroyer but a recycler or sorts. Entropy is an “inevitable truth” of things. There is more to the story as you will see. Entropy works along the opposite line as well. Death, Destruction, the passage of time, an instrument of Entropy/Life, growth, development, reproduction, old age (if you are lucky) and Death that gives life to other beings. Trees grow up and take in the nutrients of their fallen ancestors. Yes the circle of Life is driven by Death and Death is driven by Life.

 

Humans are afraid of Death because of its seeming permanence. We spend so much time as a race running from Death, all the while knowing in our hearts no matter what religious or spiritual belief that we may hold dear to us…that Death will outpace us someday and we will submit to the final embrace. Religion is based on the fear of Death. The question is not how we should prepare for Death and the afterlife, but how are you living today?

 

Are you a decent human being? Do you try to help others when you can? Do you take care of your family? Do you show loyalty to your friends and loved ones? Friends that is all that we can do as people. Do the best you can every day and if you can make a difference in someone’s life. Be the superhero for the person that needs it. We are only here for a short time. Examine how you feel about Death. Don’t shy away, talk to Death. Make it your friend and hang out with it. Death isn’t to be feared any more than Life is.

 

Entropy is inevitable, make a peace treaty with it now while you still have a say in at least your part of the relationship. Maybe if you find the reasons you are afraid to die, then you might find a more compelling reason to live a full life.

~JP~

The Warrior’s Pray Part Two

Today I will give my thoughts on the next two lines of the Warrior prayer. The complete prayer is listed in my last post The Warriors Prayer Part One.

In softness I have strength.
In silence I walk with the gods.
In softness I have strength. To most people in the Western World being soft means being weak. I would like to challenge that though process with an idea. What is the softest element known but can be extremely powerful? Yes, water is the answer. Water is soft, it can conform to any shape, it can bring life to an arid desert or wipe out an entire city. Bruce Lee said in one of his movies, “Be like water”. Softness in more human terms allows anyone to experience true emotion and feelings toward their fellow-man. Many people have never been taught to listen to the still quiet voice that guides each and every one of us. We are too filled with noise and harshness that we can’t hear the flow within our own minds and bodies.
How many people do you come across on a daily basis who are brash, rude, abrasive and strong-willed, only knowing what they want; without any desire to open themselves up to a higher way of thinking? It does not have to be so. Please understand here that I am not advocating being a door mat for anyone. Real softness can be approached in the manner of self-mastery, being able to wait upon the right opportunities in order for life to work out the way that it should. Real strength comes from within and that takes time to retrain  your spirit to dwell in a resonant place of softness.
In silence I walk with the gods. How busy are you? Like many I would suspect in this century of the internet, television, computers, traffic…too busy. Silence both inner and outer are a lost art in most people’s lives. Meditation, contemplation, a walk in the woods or  just an urban trail with some trees helps to refocus our attention to what is important. Silence helps us to understand our inner Universe more readily that any other way.
It doesn’t really matter how you get to your personal place of silence but it is essential to be a healthy human being, it must be done. I’m preaching here as I am a big offender of this behavior and I am not pointing my finger at anyone. I struggle like most that live in population centers with not having enough time to “walk with the gods”.
Cultivating this peace one person at a time will open up the world, both inner and outer to being a better place. Seek silence, look for it, seek it everywhere and anywhere you may find it. Quiet your mind and let the thoughts that rush through pass by like that crazy little  children they are.
Enjoy and be well,
JP

 

The Warrior’s Prayer Part One

Before I share my thoughts on the Warrior Prayer I would like to acknowledge that this is not my work or thoughts but those of Stuart Wilde. I found this prayer on his site, http://www.stuartwilde.com/ and found it nothing but inspirational. My intent here is not to copy Mr. Wilde‘s work in any way, but to add my own thoughts in short sections of his prayer (two lines each) in separate blog posts on my site. No disrespect is intended to Mr. Wilde or his site or his wonderful words.

JP

The Warrior’s Prayer

I am what I am.
In having faith in the beauty within me I develop trust.
In softness I have strength.
In silence I walk with the gods.
In peace I understand myself and the world.
In conflict I walk away.
In detachment I am free.
In respecting all living things I respect myself.
In dedication I honour the courage within me.
In eternity I have compassion for the nature of all things.
In love I unconditionally accept the evolution of others.
In freedom I have power.
In my individuality I express the GodForce within me.
In service I give of what I have become.
I am what I am:
Eternal, immortal, universal, and infinite.
And so be it. (Stuart Wilde) 

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I am what I am.
In having faith in the beauty within me I develop trust.

I am what I am. How many times in life have we either changed or tried to change ourselves to please others? Self love is so hard for many of us and finding the strength to just “be who you are” is not alway easy. Yes, not easy but the right thing to do. In my life I have found it not only necessary but the only thing left to me after a family break up. It took me years to realize that because others don’t like the way you live your life or agree with your thought process‘s mean that you should change to meet their expectations.

If being thrown out of the tribe gives you the freedom to be who you came here to be, then let it happen, don’t fight against the inevitable! Your heart knows what you need. The pain that you’ll feel will be a tempering fire in your soul; that will allow you to walk in your truth. Peace for yourself lies in this space, don’t shy away from it, have the courage to be…you.

In having faith in the beauty within me I develop trust. The ability to find the “real” you, the beautiful you is one that comes with time and experience. The journey to find this inner beauty us not for the faint of heart. Faith in yourself and in others is acquired through getting your heart-broken over and over. From this process we all find in our own time that we are or should be our own best friend. Develop the trust in your judgement and intuition that will allow you to walk in any arena that you set yourself in. Trust your inner voice for it has your best interests in heart always.

 

Thank you for reading and Thank you again to Stuart Wilde for his wonderful prayer.

 

JP

 

Lessons

Walking alone along life's pathToday my wife and I were discussing why certain things in life happen. It came to me that “things” don’t really happen to us but more we are presented lessons. I suspect you know what I mean if you have been on this planet for a while. You get that feeling of needing to get something done, or move on from a relationship or a job for example.

At first you ignore it, then you rationalize why you should stay where you are. Fear creeps in telling you that things are “not so bad”. Well, let me tell you something dear reader, if you get those nagging thoughts and feelings and don’t act on them they keep coming back over and over, then the Universe, God, Spirit (insert your favorite deity or thought process, religious belief etc, here) gives you something that you can no longer ignore, a health problem, a broken marriage or relationship, family issues you name it as it could be anything that really gets your attention and holds it tight.

Me, I am having a health problem that has been plaguing me for many months. I won’t go into what I was ignoring in my situation but I will tell you that I now have an issue that is holding my attention completely. I have been forced to deal with the lesson that the Universe has seen fit for me to learn.

It is time to let go, to release our hold on what we are clinging to so desperately. Our pain comes from holding on to things and situations and people who are doing us harm and our sub-conscious mind knows it. I suspect that we know it consciously as well; if we are honest with ourselves that is.

I am being honest here. I am letting go because I have no choice now. It makes me sad that fear of change has gotten me to this point but it has. My family and I deserve better than what I have been holding on to. It is of no matter then, the damage is done, the Universe has my attention and I will change. I am ready, willing and able, all it requires is an act of faith and the willingness to “flow” with what is, not what I want it to be.

I know that as I drift and stop trying to paddle upstream without even a paddle this time, I can rest in the assurance that life will unfold the way it should with or without my resistance to it. There are forces far greater than each of us in play. A lesson learned again.

The Universe must be really patient with me…I keep having to learn the hard way.

Letting go now…

JP