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Why Do Bad Things Happen?

Desolation

Why do dogs stick their heads outside of car windows
And risk bugs getting in their eyes? Are they insane?
They do it because bugs are a small price to pay
For the wonderful journey. We are quite that way
About life. We have come here for maximum gain.
We knew that there would be things that we would oppose.

Now immersed in the contrast – the world and its ways…
We wonder why the Holocaust had to occur.
Why is child molestation an everyday thing?
Weapons that can kill buffalo is thanksgiving
For deranged predators. Is this what we prefer?
Focusing on such things does not consciousness raise.

They create their own reality according
To the Law of Attraction. Why would anyone
Attract awful things into their experience?
To this Law many people would take great offense,
But the Law is the Law when all is said and done.
People are not aware of what they’re creating.

This is something that most people don’t want to hear.
Those who have victimized others especially
Are driven further into extreme guilt and shame,
Yet the steadfastness of the Law remains the same.
We are experts at creating reality.
We can benefit from doing so without fear.

Things Are Speeding Up

The Time Is Short

Consciousness is expanding. The earth, as it spins,
Is the same as it has been for billions of years.
Its cycles remain constant, yet relatively.
That which is on its surface evolves rapidly.
We know that things are speeding up, and time appears
To be too short perhaps because of all our sins.

If you think of something for just a few seconds
Then another thought like it, and then another
Will gather until they gain enough momentum
That things manifest. To you what you think must come.
Of what happens in your life, you are the mother.
What you have created is what to you beckons.

Think of yourself as a singular focuser,
Contemplating something and enjoying the flow
Of your thoughts as they happen with no resistance.
Without your contradicting them, they have a chance
To become your reality, which, you should know,
You create with your focus on things you prefer.

There’s a joining up of others into the stream
As it gets moving swiftly. Cooperative
Components then assemble. There’s an attraction
Of forces lining up for your satisfaction.
It happens when you are most appreciative
Of your ability to contemplate your dream.

Reality Check

Consciousness Examination

A Big Bang occurred long ago, so it’s believed
By our science and therefore by most everyone.
So, simply for the sake of argument, let’s say
That the way it’s described did happen just that way.
It is apparent that this Big Bang isn’t done
With its banging, at least, that is how it’s perceived.

There is still lots of banging occurring throughout
The expanse of the universe, and it keeps on
Expanding. We know not if there is an ending.
At some level, we have to go on pretending
To be fine with whatever conclusions are drawn.
Every time we learn something new, there is new doubt.

Everlasting nonexistence cannot exist.
Consciousness is eternal. You are everyone
And all things that the Big Bang contains within it.
It is still happening. It has changed quite a bit
Since its first picoseconds. What then had begun
Is now something magnificent here in our midst.

You are all of it. You are not separate from
The Beginning that is happening until now.
Remember what the self is. It’s one perspective
Of the wholeness of being. Be then selective
In your thinking and feeling, and dare to allow
Revelations about your existence to come.

The Ripple And The Ocean

Natural Disturbance

The question is whether at this moment you can
Know or sense within yourself that underlying
Presence that is deeper than the person you are.
Elusive and intangible, it can be far
From easy to discern. It is mind defying.
It has concerned people since before time began.

It is all pervasive. It is your own presence
That cannot be sensed if you are trapped in your thought.
“Where’s this ‘presence’?”  I’m trying to find it but can’t.”
It’s of no use to go on a negative rant.

There’s a simple way of getting to what is sought.
What exists below your surface is quite immense.

When the mind is quieted for just a short while,
At first, it seems like nothing, It’s rather boring
Of a space for too damned long. But gradually,
You will find peace in that emptiness. You will see
That there is much more to you worth not ignoring.
The mind always wants to run the one minute mile.

The ripple is the thinking mind. It is akin
To the turbulent surface. The rebel ego
Can observe its connectedness with the divine
And the Ocean. You’re able to fully align
With that self most unnamable. It is the flow
Of life essence. The universe is found within.

Keep Stable

The Concept Of Balance

Would I rather ‘wake up’ and face reality
Or create it? A huge choice this is that I make.
There’s an obvious difference between the two.
There’s always something coming to me, and it’s due
To my point of attraction. It takes not a break.
Things I bring into my life perpetually.

From which pile is it coming? The ones that I know
Are from others who offer advice but who are
Sorely lacking in self-confidence, or they’re from
My vortex of creation. There has to be some
Way of knowing for certain exactly how far
On my path I must travel before I can grow.

We all have inner beings. Our ships have set sail.
We can remain stable under all conditions.
We are flexible. We can move and compensate
For rough seas. It’s a thing I must appreciate.
We learn to navigate through our dispositions.
If I choose a positive one, then I prevail.

Don’t let circumstances train your expectation.
Do I want to be in harmony with who I
Really am? Then stability I shall maintain.
In the long run, there’s much fulfillment I will gain.
I am the only person I must satisfy.
Then I can see magnificence in everyone.

You Can’t Get It Wrong Because It’s Never Done

The Eternal Race

If you’re asking for something, but not receiving,
You’ve vibrationally matched the absence of it
More clearly than you have its presence. It remains
The stronger of two forces. You go through the pains
Of resistance but not to your own benefit.
In your own self-worth you may not be believing.

It’s so easy to do. If you’ve got a sickness
In your body, then negative emotion feeds
Your conscious awareness of the incessant pain.
Spiritually, you’re given time to regain
Natural alignment. The afflicted self needs
To recover. One cannot speed up the process.

If you really want something but you are really
Focused on its absence, and you keep doing so,
It will manifest physically as illness.
Struggling with your false limits causes you distress.
Take advantage of your vibrational escrow.
Change your point of attraction. It will set you free.

You cannot get it wrong because it’s never done.
You will always be wanting more than you have now.
Shifting up the emotional scale is easy,
And as you release resistance, your life can be
Wonderful and exciting. You learn to allow
By accepting the good feeling thought that’s begun.

Don’t Worry

Panic

I just let life come at me, and then I respond
So that when I want something, the way that I feel
Is quite positive. But the opposite is true
About things that I don’t want. Not much I can do
Under this circumstance. My self-structured ordeal
I wish could be banished with a kind magic wand.

Do I really have any control over my
Own experience? Something tells me that I should
Have as much because I’m the creator of me.
I can have it the way that I want it to be.
I am well on my way, when this is understood,
To a life of fulfillment with no need to try.

There’s a deeper part of me that knows very well
What I’m thinking and wishing. It’s fully aware
Of where I am and where I would most like to be,
And it has staked a vibrational claim on me.
About past sins and failures… It will not go there.
If I go against it, I experience hell.

The vibrational driver’s seat I can be in.
The path of nonresistance, for me, is the one
To be focused on. There is no need to worry.
As I stumble upon it deliberately,
A new setpoint of understanding has begun.
I can run a fine race without having to win.

The Power Of Attitude

Kingly Posture

There are only two animals on the planet
That have kingly attributes. One is the eagle.
The other is the lion. They both are leaders
Of their respective domains. They both are eaters
Of the flesh of all others. They both are regal.
If one encounters either, one will not forget.

The eagle is the king of all the bird kingdom
As the lion is of animals on the land.
They’ve the spirit of leadership. Their attitude
Is such that they achieve whatever is pursued.
Fearlessness in the face of danger they command.
They are eager for obstacles to overcome.

Not the tallest, or largest, or heaviest beast,
The lion is also not the smartest of all
The creatures in the jungle, yet they all respect
The presence of the lion. They would genuflect
Had they knees. (Never Mind. That was right off the wall.)
Lions are lethal when their anger is released.

You cannot have an attitude that is beyond
Your belief. Attitude is a product of what
Your belief system dictates. Do not lead by fear,
But remember your purpose which is more than clear.
Be aware of the feeling you have in your gut
About life and your propensity to respond.

Make An Impact

Be A Positive Influence

On my last day of living I won’t be concerned
About money, prestige, or power. I will know
That it was all a game – a grotesque illusion.
The impact that I had on others is the one
Thought that will agonize me. How can I let go
Of the feeling that by the world I should be spurned?

We are all on a separate journey, but the
Beautiful thing about our lives here on this earth
Is that when people die, their survivors recall
Not successes. In sorrow they remember all
The good acts of the departed ever since birth.
Have I shown love and encouraged sufficiently?

Success is quite important to me but more so
Is knowing that I’ve not walked this planet in vain.
Have I touched people’s lives in a positive way?
Am I bothered that some folks will cheer on the day
That I perish? No longer will I cause them pain.
Have I blessed lives? I truly can say I don’t know.

The effect that I have on others is the most
Valuable currency there is. Everything
That I gain in life will rot and wither apart.
All that will remain is what’s contained in my heart.
Life gives me who I am. All that I have I bring
To the table. I can be a satisfied ghost.

The Power Of We

Stronger Together

Where two or more are gathered in anyone’s name
Or where two or more just want to get together,
They are called ‘we’ if we are they, so the word ‘we’
Is a most powerful one. Within it we see
Potential to be organized. That is whether
They are people or particles. It’s all the same.

Behind every milestone, important endeavor…
Every hard won achievement is found the word ‘we.’
We accomplish more together – less when alone.
Positive reinforcement is by now well-known
To exist among plurals. Most definitely,
We can muster the power to do whatever.

We are the organization of healthy lives,
Of new skills, safer havens, and stronger first starts.
Giving voice to the voiceless is what we do best.
Any manner of problem is fully addressed
By The Power Of We. What’s closest to our hearts
Is found only in others. It’s all that survives.

We’re an unstoppable force for good everywhere.
We are changing the story to one that includes
Everyone on the planet. Civilization
On the rise is through all folks’ participation.
The word ‘we’ has the power to change attitudes.
The future is inherited by those who care.

The Secret To Success

Reliability

A young man who was a technician apprentice
At a factory was guided by an old man
Who had worked there for ages. “Talk less,” the man said,
“And do more. Dedication will put you ahead
Of the others in value.”
It seemed like a plan

That made sense. It was advice he couldn’t dismiss.

The old man retired after a number of years.
By then, the young apprentice was a technician.
He had followed the wise advice given to him,
But the man wasn’t happy. The future seemed dim.
He had not been promoted. The same position
He held from the beginning. That’s how it appears.

He went back to the old man and poured out his heart.
The old man, after thinking for quite a long while,
Suggested to the young man to take a recess
For a day. So he did. He returned to a mess
That occurred due to his absence. The boss said, “I’ll
Promote you to head technician because you’re smart.”

Every time the man felt not appreciated
He would take the day off, but soon, he was let go.
If a lightbulb goes out frequently, it’s replaced.
With the balance between work and pride we are faced.
Do your work, and the blessings will surely follow,
Take nothing for granted in what you’ve created.

Everywhere, There You Are

The Sameness Of Change

Someone came to a new village relocating.
He was wondering if indeed he’d like it there.
So he went to a Zen master and asked him how
People were in that town, thinking this would allow
His decision to come easily and with care.
This issue he was actively contemplating.

“What are people like in the town where you come from?”
Asked the Zen master, and the newcomer replied,
“They are nasty and greedy. They lie, cheat, and steal.
Having to be among them is such an ordeal.”
“That’s exactly the kind of people who reside
In this town,”
said the master. “They simply are scum.”

The next day another person came into town
With the same motive and question, so he went to
The same Zen master. “What are the people like where
You come from?”
asked the master. “They have loving care
For each other. They’re seekers of all that is true.
I have never seen one put another one down.”

“That’s exactly the kind of people we have here.”
Said the master. But how can the same people be
Different in behavior? That’s not really so.
You will take yourself with you wherever you go.
How you feel about this world is what you will see
Everywhere, so the message is perfectly clear.

The Eagle Mentality

Survival Consciousness

Some birds talk too much, and they can’t fly very high
As compared to the eagle. At high altitude
And in silence, the eagle flies mostly alone
Or with other eagles. It is not all that prone
To engage in small chatter. What it has pursued
Has no chance of survival. Indeed it will die.

Keep good company is the lesson to be learned.
Eagles can focus on something as far away
As three miles. They have vision and are persistent
Fear in them is naturally nonexistent
They welcome challenges in pursuing their prey.
With all obstacles, they will remain unconcerned.

When storm clouds gather the eagles get excited.
The wind lifts them and lets them give rest to their wings.
Other birds hide in branches until all has passed.
High above the clouds, the eagle’s vision is vast.
Contrast is part of life. To everyone it brings
Chances for your desires to become ignited.

The eagle does not scavenge. It eats only that
Which it has killed itself, meaning do not rely
On successes of others. Leave your comfort zone.
Anything in the past you can well leave alone.
Don’t let the raging storm keep you from flying high.
Focus only on things that you want to look at.

This Race Called Life

All Life As One

Once upon a time there was a young fellow who
Was athletic. He had a hunger for success.
Seemingly it was all about winning for him.
He decided to run in a race on a whim.
Competition would bring him extreme happiness.
Accepting the challenge was the right thing to do.

People gathered to see the race. One wise old man
Who attended was quiet while all others cheered
As the boy came in first place, but the boy was proud.
All the cheers and excitement were blissfully loud,
But the old man was silent which was rather weird.
He did not appear to be an avid sports fan.

Another race was called sometime after the first.
Two young fit challengers the boy did overcome,
And the crowd was ecstatic. The old man was not.
To the young boy this silence did matter a lot.
“Where on earth is this quiet old man coming from?
Would it matter to him if I did but my worst?”

The wise man offered him two opponents who were
Elderly and disabled. “Now run with these two.”
But the boy was perplexed. The old man insisted.
The boy won, but the excitement that existed
With the crowd was no longer, except for a few.
This is not the reaction the boy would prefer.

In This Race Called Life, who is running next to you?
Are they weaker? Do you help them to cross the line?
When we all win together, that is the best race.
What the crowd cheers is giving a loving embrace
To your fellow contestants in life. You will shine
As a person. Do consider this point of view.

Visualize

Become The Environment

Take a break from the fake world and deal with the real
World that you have control of within your own mind.
Embark on an adventure for just a short while.
Get away from environments bleak and hostile.
In serene solitude is the place you will find
Your contentment. You know it’s a state most ideal.

Use your imagination and visualize
Something you do most often, like taking a stroll
Through the woods. As you’re walking down your chosen trail,
Feel the gravel beneath your feet. Every detail
Of your journey is all about taking control
Of the moment. It is done by those who are wise.

Step by step you will narrate your experience.
Fill your lungs with the crispness you feel in the air.
Notice life. As you see it, give it your blessing.
It is your consciousness that you are expressing
To the environment. Nothing can quite compare
To your image. The pleasure you get is immense.

Make your visualization so real that you’re
Subconscious mind cannot tell any difference
Between it and reality. Thought energy
Is now imprinted upon your reality.
Life gets good as you learn to control the suspense
On your journey which you have not traveled before.

Change Everything

Open To Positive Control

Find a more optimistic thought. Step back into
A more general stance. Look in the direction
Of your dream in the making. You can feel better
Than you do in the moment. You’re the begetter
Of your own individualized vibration.
Think of things that will bring many blessings to you.

“Hard times always precede boom times.” This you can say
For example. “The other side of my distress
Is fulfillment. This situation too will pass.”

In this way you can eliminate the crevasse
Between you and reality. Total access
You have to better feeling thoughts throughout the day.

The way you feel does not need to be tied to the
Current set of circumstances. You can step back
And acknowledge the sun having risen today.
More than anything else, it’s important to stay
In a place of elation, free from self-attack.
You can Change Everything most immediately.

You have complete control over the direction
Of your thoughts. When you accept this and you begin
Practicing it, you find that it’s easy to do,
And it’s the only thing that is required of you.
Your reality reflects what mood you are in.
Once you realize this, a new life is begun.

Calm And De-Escalate

Dealing With Stress

The intense sense of threat or fear, if left unchecked,
Can cause harm to the body. The brain, in this state,
Goes into survival mode. Reason and logic
Are switched off, and the primitive portion will kick
Into high gear. That’s why people cannot think straight
When they are escalated. Good sense they reject.

This part of the brain’s job is to keep one alive.
Harm or danger ignites it. When we are angry,
Stress hormones then start flowing. Blood pressure will rise.
Inconceivable madness is seen in the eyes.
Cues nonverbal we tend to read negatively.
All this part of the brain wants to do is survive.

So, how does someone deal with someone who’s irate?
Empathy is the best way. People have to know
That their feelings are valid, and it is okay
To express them in safety. You can in this way
Have a calm interaction. The care that you show
For their tough situation can de-escalate.

Regulate their emotions. Do not educate.
Stay with what they are feeling, and validate it.
Slow down your body movements, and lower your tone.
People relax when they know that they’re not alone
With regard to their feelings. They will benefit
From the nurturing atmosphere that you create.

Your Value

Self Worth

To the people who feel like they’ve lost their value,
Do believe what you’re feeling but not that you are
Made less worthy because of your circumstances.
It may be that you’ve screwed up in your finances.
How you’re treated due to it leaves a psychic scar
On the consciousness present. What is there to do?

If I went to the store with a one dollar bill,
And I saw something that costs a dollar with tax,
What would be the bill’s value? It would be the same
As the item referred to. With it I would claim
The thing without performing unnatural acts
With the sales staff. Nothing more I’d need to fulfill.

What if I balled the dollar bill up? Would it be
Still worth one dollar? Would it be eighty five cents
Due to its being crumpled? That would not be true.
If I stomped on the dollar and tore it, would you
Still accept it without any hint of offense?
The answer is you would take it most probably.

Life presents us with issues that we must get through.
In the process we may feel severely beaten,
Stomped upon, crumpled up, and then cast to the curb.
Your value is unchanged. Know that you are superb
No matter your condition. Your life will sweeten
In the recognition of the value of you.

Civilization

The Scourge Of The Planet

On its axis it spins as it orbits the sun.
Tucked away in a safe lane where life can evolve,
The earth is a unique place in this part of space.
It is well within reason to fully embrace
The magnificent order which does not involve
Fears that it may collapse before it’s all begun.

In close proximity to other planets, the
Earth is part of a system that keeps on going
At least for a few eons more and without flaw.
Scientists and philosophers ponder with awe
This machine of perfection that all is showing
To we humans who need to grow desperately.

Our fears have become many throughout history.
Things are put on the list, and then they are removed
As we find the solutions, but then there are more
Problems found. It is our fascination with war
That keeps our consciousness where it can’t be improved.
All that ever changes is methodology.

A hundred years from now, what will be on the list
Of the things most not wanted? The list we have now
Will be shortened… then lengthened. A new set of fears
We will have to propel us into new frontiers
Of unsolvable worries. We’ll manage somehow.
Our biggest issue is to learn to coexist.

Believe In Yourself

Never Give Up

Find something that you love to do. Make it something
That you do every day. Be completely obsessed
With this thing that you do. What you do from your heart
Brings you pleasure and makes of your life a fine art.
Use your imagination, and give life your best.
Someone will find the work you do interesting.

Set small goals, then achieve them. Get ready for more
Things you want to accomplish. Put pen to paper,
And declare your intentions. You find your freedom
In choosing whatever. As it gains momentum
You become a better reality shaper.
This will make you much more confident than before.

Grow a deep belief in yourself. Play the long game.
You don’t have to be the chosen one. Build resolve
In your spirit in order to reach the plateaus.
When it feels like your spirit is in the shadows
Keep on going. It’s how your spirit will evolve.
Be persistent and constantly adjust your aim.

As children, we’re told this word’s the way it must be,
And our lives are inside it. We try not to bash
Into walls too much and to remain satisfied
With the status quo. We also get to decide
How much of it worthy and how much is trash.
It may take decades for us to finally see.

Give Up The Struggle

Relieve Yourself Of The Task

How do I get that boulder where it needs to go?
Heaven knows I can’t carry it. What if I get
A bulldozer to move it? That would make more sense,
But I don’t have access to one. Do I dispense
With the issue completely and suffer regret?
How to do what I want done I do need to know.

I give up. It’s a struggle. I simply don’t care.
If I’m out of alignment, that’s how I get in.
I had better not care about it because I
Will do harm to myself if foolishly try
To come up with an answer. Much to my chagrin,
All my efforts will end up in utter despair.

Often times I don’t hear what spirit is saying
To me as I encounter a difficulty.
It’s because I’m too focused on getting it done.
If I chill, then perhaps I’ll hear the solution
To the problem. It’s more beneficial for me
To listen to what my spirit is conveying.

Focusing upon what I want is the best way
To approach any problem. I ask myself why
I want things to go my way. Something is revealed
In the process. Universal forces will yield
To my wishes. The laws of vibration apply
Throughout life. My spirit shall not lead me astray.

The Power Of Now

Your Eternal Point Of Attraction

No matter where you’re standing, if it’s not pleasing
To you, just remind yourself that it isn’t done.
And then take the emotional journey and show
Yourself how you can put ease along with gusto
In your experience. Your point of attraction
Is Right Now. It’s the only moment worth seizing.

Everything is actualizing around you
In this moment – not yesterday or tomorrow.
All responds to your vibrational output Now.
You attract things to you, but you may not know how
To stay focused on things that don’t bring you sorrow.
Happiness is the state that makes wishes come true.

All of your power is Now. Think about what you’re
Doing to tomorrow when you’re feeling good Now.
You affect the day after and months down the line.
You emit a vibration that will by design
Bring good manifestations, but you must allow
Yourself to believe that life is an adventure.

Tomorrow never comes because when it gets here
It’s today. The next moment can never exist.
It is always the present. Appreciation
For this moment is most clearly the solution
To all problems. The challenge is less to resist
Living outside the present where all does appear.

Time

The Cycle Eternal

Time can be of the essence of what can be known
To be real in the oddest sense. Time is a slice
Of eternity of which one can’t understand
With the physical mind. Its haphazard command
Of the laws of the universe doesn’t suffice.
It would be nice if to us a big clue is shown.

Time is slow when you’re waiting. Patience is required
To put up with the interval. It’s an ordeal
For the consciousness. Time is fast when you are late.
Hurriedly as you scurry you enter a state
Of confusion. Unsettled is all you can feel.
Neither one is an experience that’s desired.

Time is deadly when your are sad. When you’re happy
It is short. And enigma it ever remains.
It is an inconvenience when there’s not enough.
Times can be of abundance, or they can be rough.
Time is endless when your pain effectively drains
Much of your physical and psychic energy.

Every time, time is determined by your feelings
And psychological conditions – not by clocks.
Have a nice time always in whatever you do.
May this moment become one that’s special to you.
You can get to a point where you can say, “Time Rocks!”
It is the recorder of your inner dealings.

Your Dreams Will Show You The Way

Follow The Freshness Of Your Desire

I have zest for the joy of the journey I’m on.
I see now as a starting point to forever.
Many goals I will strive for. Some I will achieve.
I have launched my desires. Now I’m due to receive.
Embarking upon this delicious endeavor,
The concerns that I had about life are all gone.

I don’t need the manifestation. All I need
Is the dream and the journey. I love the contrast
That I’m offered. It helps me to clearly define
Something better from it. I’m obliged to design
As I wish and not focus so much on the past.
What is more important than my will to succeed?

My spirit doesn’t ask me if I’m observing
Constantly where I stand now in relation to
Where I want to be. It asks not how far away
My fulfillment is. It in no way can betray
Its own sense of direction. The thing I must do
Is remain focused on what my dreaming will bring.

Potential is alive and well now and always.
I am up to speed with what I’ve given birth to.
Believing in my dream, my anticipation
Is for the joy I’ll know for the work I have done.
In the meantime, my journey is my biggest clue
To my living a life that does truly amaze.

From Seed To Tree

The Natural Process

Nature does what it has to in order to do
What it needs to. We are a part of the process
Of its happening. Physical identity
Is the product of its spirituality.
It has only one drive and that is to express
In infinite variety. All know it’s true.

The seed wants to break open. It is not concerned
With becoming a better seed. It has one goal.
It’s to be a seed then not be one anymore.
It knows no other thing that it wants to live for.
It feels within itself that it’s complete and whole.
It relies not on anything it may have learned.

Nature builds the outside of us. That part within
Is of God or universal intelligence.
If we cling to the ego self, we cannot know
Our true spirit, then we are unable to grow
To the next stage in being. Who needs the expense?
Breaking open is the wisest place to begin.

Some refuse to break open. In their defiance
Is the foolish endeavor to stay relevant
In a world that keeps changing. There may need to be
Some kind of revelation to set the soul free
Of its ego component. Just as with a plant,
Change is needed in order to usher expanse.

Form, Essence, And Identity

The Faces Of Being

“Anything that you can do, I can do better,”
Says one child to the other. We see it play out
On playgrounds everywhere anyone might visit.
Is it normal to act out this way? Or is it
A behavioral glitch? There is minimal doubt
That it is natural, and science does concur.

One can’t say to the child, “Don’t do that because you’re
Emphasizing your basic form identity.”

The child would respond with a perplexed expression,
Having no clear idea of what had been done
To incur such correction. The child is simply
Acting as any child would. Is it immature?

Underneath form identity is the essence
Of who you are. The spiritual dimension
Is where your truest self is. It radiates through
Your form identity – the made up part of you.
Is it good that this is brought to your attention?
If it is not then I can offer no defense.

At some point near adulthood, there usually
Is a shift of attention from ego centered
Explorations of turmoil, toward inner peace.
We find comfort in life as we learn to release
Things of form. Something within the spirit is stirred,
And we focus more on our true identity.

Once You Stop Looking For It, It Finds You

Stop Searching

A baby with just one shoe… now that’s an odd thing
To behold in a stroller at the shopping mall.
What is this mother thinking? Is she not aware
That the child’s shoe is missing? Indeed she must care
That it is. It’s apparent that she’s dropped the ball.
What is she doing to well protect her offspring?

A few days ago actually it’s been gone.
She was at the same mall, and she search everywhere
She could think of without any kind of success.
In a while she decided to give up the stress
It was causing her. By her not choosing to bear
Any blame, she has her spirit to rely on.

No longer in a negative state, she received
And impulse to return to the mall with her child
Wearing only the one shoe. This seemed to her strange,
She went with her gut. The universe did arrange
But the perfect encounter, and she got a wild
Stoke of luck that would otherwise not be believed.

A group of teenaged girls wondered by, and one said
With excitement upon seeing the little one,
“The other shoe’s in the lady’s room at Macys.”
Then one offered to get it. Events such as these
Are available to everyone. Do not shun
What comes to you by impulse. Act on it instead.

Righteous Selfishness

Be Your Own Master

Don’t freak out when people tell you you’re not okay.
They don’t mean to be disrespectful. They just are.
You are in the exact place where you’re meant to be.
You cannot be off schedule. Nothing remotely
Is the matter. In fact, you are not very far
From achieving nirvana as if it’s child’s play.

And from this point forward, your conscious awareness
Is a keener experience. There are many
Who will please you and many who will let you down.
No one’s here to do either, so wearing a frown
Makes no sense, that is if you want to remain free
Of unrighteous encounters. You don’t need the stress.

Don’t look to other folks for what you already
Have within you. Your own heart knows what’s best for you.
Just notice it all softly – the nice subtle ways
That the universe structures itself to amaze
And delight you. There’s nothing that you need to do
But to be aware of your creativity.

You’ve decided to please yourself a whole lot more
Than you had been. You’re free to not stand on your head
Or jump through hoops for others’ worthless approval.
Your enlightenment means your constant removal
Of the psychic behaviors that have cause much dread.
There are some things in life that are good to ignore.

Not Everyone Gets It

Sensations Are Relative

Some people just don’t get it, and that is okay.
I know I don’t. It’s something not well understood
By the general population throughout their
Daily routines. Can I learn to be more aware
Of what goes on around me? And can I get good
At deciphering feelings the old fashioned way?

There is one major frequency or vibration
That all humans are linked to perpetually.
A lot of people are trained to pretend that they
Are not one with the wavelength. Therefore they betray
Their true sense of alignment with who they could be.
Fundamental is this vibe to all creation.

We perceive melodies by discerning the notes
And the spaces between them, but it’s all just noise
To someone who is tone deaf, and the color blind
Cannot understand beauty as it is defined
By the artist. The one with full senses enjoys
More of what life presents us or shoves down our throats.

In the same way, our sense of alignment may be
Not as sharp as it could be. Both cause and effect
Are the same event. The head does not ‘cause’ the tail.
Once this wisdom is digested you cannot fail.
The words and the music cannot be incorrect
For the one who is centered emotionally.

Gender Is Irrelevant

Sex Stereotypes Don't Matter

Men are seen less at spiritual gatherings.
There’s sufficient truth to this. It’s a statistic,
But in spirit, there’s no differentiation
Of that sort. It’s only the human condition
That makes of gender something rather fantastic.
Who is far more encouraged to ponder such things?

One could argue that women need, much more than men,
Spiritual alignment because they have more
Trouble finding fulfillment… Or just the reverse
May be true. It’s been argued that men are much worse
At compassionate feeling. They do not explore
Their emotions as freely. Are they alien?

Women are introspective. They feel a lot more
The contrast that their lives provide, and they can be
More considerate of all the finer details.
When in trouble their keen intuition prevails.
A much bigger picture men usually see,
And the details of things they have not much time for.

More acutely aware of the environment,
Women care for the whole earth and life everywhere.
Statistics generate labels that are unclear.
We are spiritual beings, and we are here
To look out for one another and truly care.
Peace on earth is achieved through our common intent.

The Story Of The Two Frogs

Never Give Up

Once upon a time, there were two frogs who were the
Best of friends. One was weak, and the other was strong.
Like brothers they were to each other nonetheless.
Trouble and adventure they explored to excess.
Often they found themselves where they did not belong.
Hopping around the countryside they did with glee.

When they saw a farmer leave a bucket in front
Of a stable, the two frogs were so curious
To know what was inside it. So they just jumped in.
Fate would have it they committed the gravest sin.
They were nose deep in milk, and they were furious
With each other for having performed such a stunt.

They could not get out. The sides were too slippery,
So they swam, and kept swimming, thinking someone may
Come upon them and rescue them, but it was not
Meant to happen. They continued to swim a lot
For a long time. In survival mode they would stay.
They continued their struggle indefinitely.

Said the weaker frog to the stronger, “We must quit!
No one will come to save us. It is of no use
To go on this way.”
He stopped swimming, and he died.

The other kept on swimming because he relied
On his positive outlook. What he did produce
Was butter. Through his motion he got out of it.

Scientists Discover God

Divinity In A Tiny Nutshell

Even though God is hard to see with human eyes
There’s a way that divinity offers insights
Into how things of spirit can be realized
Within physical substance. Spirit is disguised
As what can be perceived. Every seeker delights
In discovering secrets. Is this a surprise?

Science is big on theories, especially those
That take us on a journey into nothingness.
Particles known as gravitons are just the things
That have scientists preaching the notion of strings
Of which everything’s made of. How does this address
The nature of existence? What do you suppose?

Strings have only one dimension, that of its length
Which is roughly the width of a group of protons.
They are identical in every kind of way.
When they vibrate, invisible forces at play
Define what is reality. Science responds
In amazement thus giving the theory more strength.

The odd structures most dreamt about offer a clue
To the realm of the unseen simply because they
Are less than three dimensions. Our reality
Is made up of what can’t be perceived. Can this be
Our connection to spirit? That’s for who to say?
God exists in each particle, therefore, in you.

The Story Of Your Life

Passing On Wisdom

A son once asked his father, “What is the value
Of my life?”
So, the father gave his son a stone

And said, “Go to the market. If anyone there
Asks the price of the stone, then just hold in the air
Two fingers but speak not. Do not be answer prone.”
The boy went to do as his father told him to.

There, he saw an old woman. She asked, “What’s the price
Of that stone?”
The boy quickly held up two fingers.

The old woman exclaimed, “Two dollars? Is that all
That it’s worth? Your price is most exceedingly small.”
In the boy’s mind the thought of his worth still lingers.

He went back to his father for some more advice.

The father told the son, “Go to the museum.”
So he did. There he saw am man dressed in a suit.
The man asked, “How much is that stone?” The youngster raised
His two fingers but said nothing. He was amazed
To hear the man say, “Two hundred?” Rather acute
Was the boy’s sense of where his worth is coming from.

To a precious stone store the father sent his son
Finally with the same instructions as before.
There he met an old jeweler who was excited
To see this stone. In fact, he was so delighted
That he offered two hundred thousand. So the more
You believe in your worth, the less asking is done.

Life is all about where you place yourself and how
You expect life to happen. You get to decide
What your worth is. You are not a commodity
To the people who love you. You are meant to be
In the lap of abundance. It can’t be denied
To the one who has learned to speak out and allow.

The Secret

Classified Knowledge

You Can’t Make A Mistake. That’s it in a nutshell.
In fact, it’s quite impossible to get it wrong.
You know naturally how your life should unfold,
But society says you must do as your told.
It’s a game we’ve created. We all play along
Not knowing in the long run it makes us unwell.

You are told that you may make mistakes or may not.
It’s a conscious decision once you know the rules.
You must do the right things at the right times and be
Submissive to societal authority.
You are one of the many magnificent fools
Of a culture caught up in a sinister plot.

From childhood we are told of three separate tiers
Of people – top, middle, and bottom. No one can
Exist without the other two. Everybody
Tries to get to the top one unsuccessfully.
There’s the notion that some people are better than
Others, and it’s the basis of most of our fears.

In a constant state of competition we are.
Getting on top of things is our grand obsession.
In another direction you may want to go
As the boredom and signs of ill health start to show.
The game is a problem without a solution.
Once you’ve reached this conclusion you’ve come very far.

Voluntary And Involuntary Actions

Spiritual Brain Function

There’s a difference between involuntary
Actions and those that aren’t. It’s been so decided
That there are things that are done beyond our control
And things that we decide to do. What makes this whole
Thing a problem is that it’s somewhat misguided.
The thin line between the two is arbitrary.

If I decide to move my hand, do I decide
To decide or just do it? And if I don’t know
If I do or not, then is it voluntary?
I can control my breathing, but unconsciously
It keeps on without my knowing. How it does so
I know not. How can this fallacy be applied?

Arbitrary then too is our definition
Of the self. It includes not only the body
But the planets in orbit and all that exists.
The illusion of our separateness persists
Only because as a collective we agree
That it’s the best way toward our evolution.

You body knows that you’re one with the universe.
A strange thing happens when you become more aware
That your blood circulating is the same process
As star systems evolving. There is nothing less
Than magnificent unity that we all share.
We must now convince ourselves that it’s not a curse.

It May Stretch Your Skull

Mind Bending Transformation

There may come a point where your will is exhausted.
Too much information about anything brings
With it massive confusion. The energy drain
On the psyche may lead to becoming insane.
It’s as if this whole universe made up of things
Is a rat’s nest imagined by the hateful dead.

Have you tried everything to make something work out
But it won’t? Do you want to achieve perfection
At your art? Of itself something has to happen.
Inspiration or grace it’s called. It occurs when
Your ego is focused in the right direction.
Otherwise you continue to wallow in doubt.

Integration means that the two aspects of you –
The conscious and unconscious – the ego and the
Power the natural organism commands
Become one in intent. Consciousness then expands.
Clarity of your purpose can come instantly
As you do the things that you are guided to do.

How to let it all happen as you let the sun
Give off heat is the issue. There always will be
Contradiction between you and you, but the way
To better understanding the forces at play
Is to let go of negative thought completely.
To some problems there may not be a solution.

Go Over The Waterfall

Take The Plunge

You can’t have half a wave. Every one has a crest
And a trough. They’re the two sides of one expression.
Just as you can’t have half of a human being –
One who is born but doesn’t die. It’s like seeing
Only part of the wholeness, and for this reason
Going over the waterfall one can’t digest.

Change is emphasized, first to unsettle those who
Think that they can achieve permanence by hanging
Onto life, then as a reminder of the fact
That the cycles of nature are pure and exact.
What is feared is beyond people’s understanding,
And they must have a piece of life to hang on to.

You can only die well if you well understand
Your disappearance as this particular
Organism is seasonal. You’re just as much
The dark space beyond death as your warm loving touch.
The light interval called life you certainly are.
There is much room for your consciousness to expand.

If you could magnify your hand to the degree
That the molecules were like little tennis balls
You would see lots of space between them, and they move
All together like birds in flight. What does this prove?
Consciousness is something that naturally enthralls,
And there is no other reason for it to be.

Becoming Nothing

Contemplating Nonexistence

Nothingness is of something. It causes distress
Among many folk. People don’t want to go there.
The fear of Becoming Nothing is very strong,
But of nothingness can there be anything wrong?
In their everyday living people do not care
To examine the topic were they to confess.

At the prospect of all your efforts vanishing…
Your achievements and attainments turning to dust,
How do you feel? Do you find it most depressing?
Most people need something onto which they can cling.
The concept of nothingness to them is unjust,
So they find within it absolutely nothing.

But what if the fundamental reality
Is of nothingness? Where does beingness come from?
By saying we are all basically nothing
We release the resistance everything can bring
To the present moment. The eternal outcome
Of everything is nothing. But how can this be?

Nothingness is like the emptiness of deep space.
It contaminates nothing. Its pureness is clear.
Yet it holds the whole universe. The sacred void
Is of spirit. Do not be fearful or annoyed
At the prospect of losing all that you hold dear.
Join the party then dare to be nothing with grace.

Other People’s Minds

Minding Areas Of Avoidance

Other People’s Minds chatter and so does my own.
I cannot make assumptions about what goes on
In their heads. I cannot read Other People’s Minds.
I will only come up with mistruths of all kinds.
Then profusely misguided conclusions are drawn.
In a world of confusion I’ll find myself thrown.

In my head I am mostly. Drama I create.
Taking things where they should not go causes me grief.
I assume everybody thinks just as I do
Then end up traveling down the wrong avenue.
If I make no assumptions I will find relief
From the duty that carries emotional weight.

Do I make assumptions because I am afraid
To ask questions of others for more clarity?
Going deeper, I can find the place in between
 My thoughts and inner silence. All that must come clean
Will do so, then the right answer must come to me.
I can benefit from a no chatter crusade.

All the sadness and drama I experience
Is rooted in assuming or in my taking
Things personally. It is far better that I
Leave the unknown unfettered rather than to try
To construct my own story. That would be breaking
A spiritual rule and that of commonsense.

Eliminate Impurity

Purge The Waste

Diamonds are forever. We all know that it’s true,
And we’re made of stardust. It’s a natural fact.
What are the signs that your mind is effectively
Engaging with your daily life? What you may see
Is a pattern in the way you think and react
To your world and its issues. The diamond is you.

In the rough you may be now, and that is okay.
Blemishes only mean that you’re also human.
Is the sky ever affected by the dark clouds?
A mindset that is rigid most surely enshrouds
The pure light of your truest self. Know that you can
 Shine as brightly as you want and have things your way.

Even in a ditch the diamond still gets to shine.
Light enhances its beauty, and your constant care
Keeps its brilliance unfettered by what is not true
To yourself because dullness is not part of you.
You are worthy in your own right. Do No Compare
Yourself with others, then everything will be fine.

The truest part of you cannot be distorted.
Your self-centered ways can be removed consciously.
Your emotions and thoughts can cause you certain stress.
They can also bring you ultimate happiness.
You can be, if you want, completely blemish free.
By the universe you’re totally supported.

Rules For Living

Common Sense Spiritual Wisdom

That great love and great achievements involve great risk
One should consider deeply. In life when you lose
Do not lose the lesson that was prepared for you.
Be respectful to yourself and other folks too
In your actions. Take care in the thoughts that you choose.
Let the past go the way of the old floppy disk.

Not getting what you want can be a stroke of luck.
Learn the rules well so you can break them properly.
Don’t let a little dispute destroy a friendship.
When you’ve found that you’ve made a mistake, a good tip
Is to settle it promptly and efficiently.
Do take ownership of it, and don’t pass the buck.

Spend some time alone every day. Open your arms
To change, but don’t let go of your values. Silence
Is sometimes the best answer. You can live a life
That is honorable. Enjoy playing the fife
Of intended contentment. It makes commonsense.
Give to people that you know the gift of your charms.

A loving atmosphere in your home is for you
The foundation of your life. In disagreements
With loved ones, deal only with what’s happening now.
Don’t bring up events of the past, but do allow
The expression of true feelings with no expense
Of soul substance. Be gentle in all that you do.

Learn To Swim

You Will Survive The Move

A few words may be said about learning to swim
And the nature of water. The truth to be told
Is that no doctrine saves you from going under.
Everything that you had learned is cast asunder
When abruptly thrown in. If you try to grab hold
Of something then survival is looking quite grim.

The nature of water we must know from the start.
There’s nothing to hang on to. It is transient,
Everchanging and fluid. The whole universe
Is an aqueous substance in which we immerse.
Words, ideas, and concepts will often prevent
A healthy understanding. We then fall apart.

In the waters of modern philosophical
Confusion where God is dead and meaningless are
Metaphysical propositions, we survive
Or we drown, so in keeping consciousness alive,
Intellect is the net that we cast wide and far
To catch fish of reality. It’s logical.

In this universe there is one great energy.
We have given names to it, but none will suffice.
So to swim we must let go and give ourselves to
The enveloping substance of life. When we do
We will find that the sea of life does something nice.
It will make us buoyant and lift us to safety.

Man Versus Nature

Human Incongruence

We’re like monkeys with typewriters. This is year nine
Of one point three more million. The Britannica
We are right in the middle of writing, and we
Are accustomed to living unnaturally.
We are caught in a self-created dilemma.
As a fluke, we are of a peculiar design.

As soon as we stop what we’re doing we’ll relapse
Into nonsense. We would have to start all over
From day one of year one. We are in constant fear
Of it ending abruptly. We’ve made a career
Of our diligent keystroking, as we prefer
To remain odd and able… and worthy perhaps.

We like our way of life. We like being human.
If we want to stay this way we must fight nature.
We must impose our will upon this world so wild.
Manliness is aggression. One is aptly styled
With a mask for the doubt. The tough one must ensure
That control over nature is the only plan.

We need not conquer space. We are there already.
With the aid of technology we are as far
As we’ll ever get. The rocket and bulldozer
Are big symbols of culture. Be the proposer
Of a gentler vibration. After all we are
But a byproduct of nature ultimately.

Face The Facts!

Consider What Is Said To Be Real

“Face The Facts!,” as if they exist somewhere outside
Everything. Our speech illustrates our commonsense.
It’s been rigged so that we feel like aliens here.
In this world we know more about hatred and fear
Than about having a wholesome experience.
What is obvious can’t be questioned or denied.

We are not strangers here, yet we are led to feel
That it is true because we’ve gotten used to it.
But if we start to question the way we perceive,
Then our basic assumptions we will not believe
Anymore. This is of enormous benefit
To considering what for your own self is real.

It becomes absolutely obvious to you
That you are continuous with the universe.
People once ‘knew’ the earth was flat until someone
Proved this wrong, then we got used to what had been done.
We could also get used to things getting much worse
Than they are now, so what in this world can we do?

Commonsense keeps evolving. Our facing the facts
As they are in the moment is something we do
Out of habit. One fine day we may discover
That we’re one with the universe. What may occur
Is a love among people that clearly rings true
And our technology has less harmful impacts.

The Automatic Universe

The Magnificent Cosmic Machine

The ceramic world image ran into problems.
Turned into the fully automatic model,
It’s based on the idea of natural laws.
It was believed severely that God is the cause
Of all things, and that it’s heresy to coddle
A notion not religious from which evil stems.

Like the rails on which trains run, the laws of God are
The rails on which natural phenomena
Have their motion and worthiness in honor to
Their creator. Scientists accepted this view
Until the eighteenth century when someone saw
A new way to approach the question so bizarre.

What if there’s no potter out there molding the clay?
Would scientists then still be able to predict
By studying past behaviors and describing
Carefully all the events that are occurring
In experimentation? Need we be so strict
With our fact finding? It need not lead us astray.

So they kept the law and dropped the hypothesis.
The law of prediction is regularity.
Whether there’s a lawmaker or not, the process
Of prediction remains unchanged as we progress
On a path made impetuous to some degree.
Benefits in our chaos we cannot dismiss.

Why Is It So Hard?

Questioning The Contingent Difficulty

If I were to say that I’m God in India,
They would say, “But of course. It’s good that you found out.”
But if I said the same thing here, things would go south
Rather quickly. “What heresy comes from your mouth!”
They would shout in resentment. This leaves me no doubt
That it’s hard to express such a strange idea.

“Whatever the hell you may be, you’re certainly
Not the Lord God!”
No one needs that blast in the ear.

The idea, to some, is very dangerous.
Moral standards, they fear, will be superfluous
And diminished if all people do not adhere
To their own rigid religious philosophy.

Dangerous ideas are contained within all
Fundamental religious structures. History
Demonstrates this quite clearly. Who can’t wonder why
It appears we are not God? We can but rely
On our physical senses. Multiplicity
Is our standard perception restricted and small.

What would it be like if you had the chance to see
Everything in its fullness and oneness? Would you
Feel that you were God at least for a little while?
No one need feel that, in this state, one is on trial
And about to be sentenced. The vision is true
And available to all of humanity.

Life Is A Hoax

A Grand Illusion

The physical universe is basically
Playful, and our existence is interesting,
Yet there is no necessity whatsoever
For the beingness nothingness dares endeavor.
But it’s all here – this grossly perpetual thing
That all is. So does it have every right to be?

It has no destination. It simply exists
In a complex arrangement of infinite cause
And effect between galactic forces at play
That make wonderful music. It wants to convey
Harmony within chaos. It has many laws.
Nonexistence is something it clearly resists.

In this culture it’s all about making the grade.
From the time we’re young children until we are old
We’re taught to get to the ordeal on to success.
We spend most of our adult lives under much stress.
We find out late in life that we’ve been undersold
By ourselves. The best part of us hasn’t been played.

What a bitterly dreadful hoax your life could be
If you won’t hear the music the universe plays.
Serious was your intent before coming here
That you would sing or dance. Are you anywhere near
Your life purpose? Is it one that you yourself praise?
While the music is playing, take part in the glee.

Change Your Life

Do Life Differently

You are the aperture through which the universe
Is looking at itself and exploring the ways
It expands through your living your reality.
It is conscious of your consciousness completely.
In this sense, every human is worthy of praise
For a play where the actor gets not to rehearse.

What in life make you itch? What is it that sends you
Yodeling down the canyon in utter delight?
Poets, painters, and writers don’t earn all that much
Until they become famous. But why is it such
A big problem to make such ambitions alright?
College graduates haven’t a clue what they’ll do.

What would you do if money were not an object
Of concern? How would you really enjoy spending
You life? If riding horses on wild open planes
Is your thing, then perhaps teaching riding contains
All you want to fulfill you. There is no ending
To the ways of creating what will be perfect.

Do what you love, and forget about the money,
Because if money is the most important thing,
You’ll be wasting time doing things you’d rather not.
Your belief in your true self is all that you’ve got,
And it is of great value. The worth that you bring
To the world is by being who you’re meant to be.

The Best Teacher

The Wisest Advisor

Looking back on my school years, I personally
Had a rough time because I am mentally ill.
Way back then, diagnoses were nonexistent.
The odd way that I see things will often prevent
Understanding of social cues yet I can still
Function sufficiently well in society.

You’re expecting a nice story. I’ll give you one
Not about how my troubled life eats at my heart
But about how it’s possible to overcome
Feelings of inferiority that come from
Childhood trauma of which I have made a fine art.
Misery in my old age I now see as fun.

Normal folks have ‘best teachers’ – the ones who have made
A life long positive impression upon them.
Simple words spewed without thought will alienate
As will attitudes that radiate racial hate.
The best ones are happy to deal with your problem.
Above and beyond they work. They’re on a crusade.

Early on I was told that I wasn’t the same
As the others in my class in obvious ways
And one not as apparent. It turns out to be
A most powerfully creative part of me.
It’s not like I am giving my enemies praise.
The Best Teacher teaches how to live without shame.

Do What You Can’t

Test Your Limits, Then Break Them

The haters and doubters aboard the Titanic
Sipping champagne are headed for a collision
With the iceberg of destiny. We creators
Do what we can’t. We are energy translators.
We’re good at manifesting what we envision.
The old dogs must be willing to learn a new trick.

Do as you’re told. Play it safe. Wait your turn, and ask
For permission. Learn to compromise. Listen to
What the experts tell you. This advice is obscene.
It’s not conducive to proper psychic hygiene.
Don’t let others tell you what you can and can’t do.
You can redo the world if you’re up to the task.

The world of content creation is exploding
On platforms made available to one and all.
With some work and time folks have become millionaires.
There is substantial value in what each one shares,
And the role that advertisers play isn’t small.
Nothing about this adventure is foreboding.

All one needs is a phone, internet access, and
A good story or idea. Your confidence
In yourself is within you. Those who say you can’t
Are not in a position to where they would grant
Anything of value. Do without the expense
Of distractions that don’t allow you to expand.