that crisp edge between alive & getting by

letting our souls shine….

The purpose of our lives is to give birth to the best which is within us. We’re all assigned a piece of the garden a corner of the universe that is ours to transform. Our corner of the universe is our own life- our relationships, our homes, our work, our current circumstances- exactly as they are. Every situation we find ourselves in is an opportunity, perfectly planned by the Holy Spirit, to teach love instead of fear. Whatever energy system we find ourselves a part of, it’s our job to heal it- to purify the thought forms by purifying our own. It’s never really a circumstance that needs to change-it’s we who need to change. That’s the greatest miracle, and ultimately the only one: that you awaken from the dream of separation and become a different kind of person….Marianne Williamson

this particular lesson is heart-opening in that it gives us back our power every time we think we have lost it…..we always have choices…..and we always have this power to make something beautiful again…..

Throughout each day, you frequently hit the edges of your cage. When you hit these edges, you either pull back or try to force things to change so that you can remain comfortable. You actually use the brilliance of your mind to stay inside your cage. Day and night you plot and plan how to stay within your comfort zone. When you approach the edges, you feel insecurity, jealousy, fear, or self-consciousness. You pull back, and if you are like most people, you stop trying. Spirituality begins when you decide that you’ll never stop trying. Spirituality is the commitment to go beyond, no matter what it takes. It’s an infinite journey based upon going beyond yourself every minute of every day for the rest of your life. A spiritual being feels as though they are always against that edge, and they are constantly being pushed through it. Eventually you will realize that it cannot actually hurt you to go beyond your psychological limits. You end up loving your edges because they point your way to freedom……Michael Singer

egdes? what edges? soul flying? yes, soul flying……

This morning

the beautiful white heron

was floating along above the water

and then into the sky of this

the one world

we all belong to

where everything

sooner or later

is a part of everything else

which thought made me feel

for a little while

quite beautiful myself.

…Mary Oliver

6 thoughts on “that crisp edge between alive & getting by

  1. At first reading this I recalled this rather large monkey at a pet store I visited years ago when my kids were young. The monkey was in a rather long cage behind the counter and kept running back and forth throwing himself into the bars with such force it was scary … We could take a lesson from him, we cannot ever be satisfied with our present condition, we need to always pound on the edges of our lives, seeking the greater outside… I love the line “which thought made me feel, quite beautiful myself” …Does the bird fly because it has wings, or does it have wings because it can fly?

    • sounds like a wise koan…..it seems there is nothing but possibilities when we keep pushing ourselves….our fear is our worst enemy…..it teaches us to unlock our egos…..I think Mary Oliver felt her edges melt away in this poem….thanks g.f.s…..

  2. Love the excerpt from Singer about a deeply spiritual life taking place at the edge of an ever-expanding comfort zone.

    And I was right there with Marianne Williamson up to the part where she writes “It’s never really a circumstance that needs to change–it’s we who need to change.” I disagree with that. Sometimes circumstances do need to change. There is such a thing as injustice, exploitation, slavery, et cetera. But–*but*–often the best way to effect a real change in our circumstances and to heal the world is for us to elevate our own thinking and effectiveness and become a more perceptive and wise and understanding person–and that does a lot to help change circumstances and win the hearts and minds of others. Soul force, I believe, was the phrase Martin Luther King, Jr., used, and it would aptly describe what I have in mind here.

    • Love that…soul force….this excerpt comes from Williamson’s book on A Course in Miracles, and I understand what you’re saying here…..when I read this, I hoped she was looking at the power of our own choices in how we react to situations, but of course you are right in noting the suffering in the world…..thank you so much for sharing…there’s much to be gained in dialoguing through our own edges and perceptions….blessings to you John…..

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