Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Wake-Up Calls

My problem was, I wasn’t listening when God called the first time. Truth is, I’m not listening way too much of the time. I’m so involved doing whatever it is I’m doing to remember to listen when God calls. If you’re like me, the only time I’m absolutely sure to be listening is when I’ve got one of those life changing events going on.

Sooner or later we all get one of those spiritual wake-up calls. What do we do with it? Do we even recognize it as our chance to change things…to make something of ourselves or to avoid making a big mistake? All too often we keep on doing whatever it is we think we’re doing without bothering to listen. By that I mean, we do what we think we have to do to keep from changing too much from our original tack. It’s our life, right? God won’t interfere with free will. What we do with ourselves is our business. Change can be really scary.

As it turns out – God really doesn’t give much of hoot one way or another what we do or when we do it, especially if we’re not interfering in somebody else’s space. Sooner or later, we’ll all come around. It’s only a matter of time – or rather, pain. As it turns out, pain is God’s great “fixer”. It’s how we learn best. The way I see it, we’re all here to learn and that’s why God created pain. God knows how much pain hurts us. So why pain, if it weren’t the best way for us to fix ourselves?

Free will and pain go hand-in-hand. Sooner or later after lots of lifetimes we finally start putting it together. You don’t have to beat us over the head…well, maybe so. In truth, most of us have to take a real licking before we listen up. Worse yet, when we finally do listen and learn, we have a nasty habit of back sliding again and again and again. If we learned from our mistakes the first time, that would take a miracle. But no, usually we have to learn, then make the same mistake again and learn again. We keep making the same mistakes so often we get calluses on our calluses. Some of us make the same mistake so often we make an absolute spectacle of ourselves. But that’s another story. God knows we need an infinite amount of patience to listen and learn for good. Imagine how much patience it takes for God to put up with us.

Patience you see is one of the next big things God is trying to help us understand about ourselves. We need to exercise patience in ourselves and in other people as well as all other life forms (Souls) throughout all of God’s creation. Along with patience comes tolerance and compassion. More on this later.

Our capacity to feel and express unconditional love is constantly expanding in all of us. As our capacity to give and accept love expands, so does the macrocosm. It’s always expanding. When God created that spark that is life, it caused the macrocosm to start expanding. It’s been expanding ever since and will continue expanding infinitely into infinity.

Soul exists because God loves it. So as Soul grows in its capacity to love, so grows the worlds of God. It’s a never ending story. Sure there are peaks and valleys. All things down here in the worlds of creation are pro tempore. They’re periodically destroyed and recreated. But out there…or more correctly…in here, in the pure worlds of God, things don’t exist, like our minds. Our minds are simply another creation in the worlds of matter. Placing our attention outside (or inside) the worlds of matter and in the pure worlds of God, our consciousness is not impeded by limitations. We are free to move about, loving, caring and experiencing all things real and each other as SOUL…as PURE FREE SPIRIT.

To quote a great spiritual master and compassionate healer, Kata Daki: “I gave my heart to God long ago and I haven’t taken it back.”

Don Bollinger

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