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August 29, 2005


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When we get into the habit of truly paying attention to life, we often find that miracles are all around us. They are simply every day occurrences seen more clearly.

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Tess was a precocious eight year old when she heard her Mom and Dad talking about her little brother, Andrew. All she knew was that he was very sick and they were completely out of money.

They were moving to an apartment complex next month because Daddy didn't have enough money for the doctor bills and the house payments. Only a very costly surgery could save him now and it was looking like there was no-one to loan them the money.

She heard Daddy say to her tearful Mother with whispered desperation, "Only a miracle can save him now."

Tess went to her bedroom and pulled a glass jelly jar from its hiding place in the closet. She poured all the change out on the floor and counted it carefully. Three times, even. The total had to be exactly perfect. No chance here for mistakes.

Carefully placing the coins back in the jar and twisting on the cap, she slipped out the back door and made her way 6 blocks to Rexall's Drug Store with the big Indian Chief sign above the door.

She waited patiently for the pharmacist to give her some attention but he was too busy at this moment. Tess twisted her feet to make a scuffing noise. Nothing. She cleared her throat with the most disgusting sound she could muster. No good. Finally she took a quarter from her jar and banged it on the glass counter. That did it!

"And what do you want?" the pharmacist asked in an annoyed tone of voice. "I'm talking to my brother from Chicago whom I haven't seen in ages," he said without waiting for a reply to his question.

"Well, I want to talk to you about MY brother," Tess answered back in the same annoyed tone. "He's really, really sick... and I want to buy a miracle."

"I beg your pardon?" said the pharmacist.

"His name is Andrew and he has something bad growing inside his head and my Daddy says only a miracle can save him now. So how much does a miracle cost?"

"We don't sell miracles here, little girl. I'm sorry but I can't help you," the pharmacist said, softening a little.

"Listen, I have the money to pay for it. If it isn't enough, I will get the rest. Just tell me how much it costs."

The pharmacist's brother was a well-dressed man. He stooped down and asked the little girl, "What kind of a miracle does you brother need?"

"I don't know," Tess replied with her eyes welling up. "I just know he's really sick and Mommy says he needs an operation. But my Daddy can't pay for it, so I want to use my money."

"How much do you have?" asked the man from Chicago.

"One dollar and eleven cents," Tess answered barely audibly. "And it's all the money I have, but I can get some more if I need to."

"Well, what a coincidence," smiled the man. "A dollar and eleven cents-the exact price of a miracle for little brothers." He took her money in one hand and with the other hand he grasped her mitten and said, "Take me to where you live. I want to see your brother and meet your parents. Let's see if I have the kind of miracle you need."

That well-dressed man was Dr. Carlton Armstrong, a surgeon, specializing in neurosurgery. The operation was completed without charge and it wasn't long until Andrew was home again and doing well. Mom and Dad were happily talking about the chain of events that had led them to this place.

"That surgery," her Mom whispered, "was a real miracle. I wonder how much it would have cost?"

Tess smiled. She knew exactly how much a miracle cost ... one dollar and eleven cents ... plus the faith of a little child.

A miracle is NOT the suspension of natural law, but the operation of a HIGHER law ...

~Anonymous Parable

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From a physiological perspective, depression is a “natural” condition of energy depletion. Since we are active beings (well, most of us are sometimes, anyway), physical depression is “natural” and to be expected. If we “naturally” accept the physically depressed state — while remaining aware of our bodily sensations and our feelings while resting and recovering — the eventual consequence will be a revitalizing of our energy reserves and a restoration of our more joyful mood. Quietly observing ourselves while “down” actually accelerates our recuperation. This is, of course, an important piece of holistic healing wisdom.

If we “resist” the physically depressed state often and long enough, it can lead to chronic or clinical depression. This is an example of the “physical” disturbing, or unbalancing, the “psychological.” In other words, this habitual behavior of resistance results in the conversion from a physiologically depleted condition to an unbalanced psychological disorder. Not accepting our depressed state is a form of self-rejection, or self-denial, a refusal to “accept what is.” We fail to accept what is natural, often by blaming others for our condition, or endeavoring to escape our depression by attempting to distract ourselves with other activities. Resistance merely delays the rejuvenation while repressing the negativity, postponing integration, and leaving us to deal with more debilitating versions of depression later. Our persistent resistance leads to unrelenting depression, which becomes a “normal” state for many of us. This is an all-too-common example of: “What we resist persists.”

What if our “depression” is instead a mild, just barely noticeable “ho-hum” — a general mood that is not obviously attributable to our current overall physical energy levels? We feel well rested and are even very active. Yet, there is a cloud of vague, slightly negative, emotional energy perpetually lingering, regardless of current events and experiences. Rather than easy-to-recognize packets of feeling energy, moods are more subtle, generally existing throughout all of our energy systems. Still, there may be some other form of resistance as a root cause. This “gentle gloom” may be a different kind of signal from the Higher-Self regarding INACTION — the resistance to deal with a pending issue. It has been my experience that when I find myself in this form of mild depression, there is usually something that I have been avoiding (or resisting). One or two meditations quickly point out my unaware behaviors of avoidance. I am NOT doing my life’s duties. I have wandered slightly off the path, and the Universe, in Its Infinite Wisdom, has sent me a message which I can FEEL that states: “Recess is over, get back to your studies.” I feel almost instantly better when I just — “Joyfully do whatever needs to be done!"

From “The Voice of ISIS” written by F. Homer Curtiss in 1913 comes the following observation: “In the life of every earnest seeker after Truth, after the first enthusiasm of the awakening to his spiritual possibilities and the wonder of his newly found joy, there comes a period of depression in which everything seems to fail him, and a shadow of discouragement, almost lack of faith, seems to spread over him.”

It is this state of feeling "stuck" that I call a Spiritual Depression. However, this is not something that can be known or understood by analyzing a collection of words. It is a life-path experience — either you have had it due to where you were in an evolutionary phase of your life, or you have not ... not YET. The specific causes are as varied as the "travelers" who are experiencing them. In general, though, a common process may be found in many episodes of Spiritual Depression:

By exploring our inner world through regular meditation instead of being held captive by the outer world...
By choosing to be a better person than we ever have been before...
By intending to express Love in all ways possible...
By petitioning our Higher Self for guidance...
And then sprinting down the path towards discovering our True Essence...
We immerse ourselves in a new dimension that feels wholly “out of this world” at first...
We run full blast until we become exhausted...

Then we have to stop and rest — because we are slightly DEPRESSED. We are racing headfirst into seemingly uncharted territories. Fears and concerns about "proper direction" creep in. A life full of old habits, all based upon the past and not the present moment, still have significant “memory” energies to share with the conscious mind. The ego has a stake in seeing that there are no changes to the status quo. We have just announced to the whole universe that we are going to be living life differently from now on — do you assume that the ego is going to sit still without a major fuss for this complete change in life and living?

The “FIX” for Spiritual Depression is an appropriate dosage of “mind your own business.” When starting the Spiritual Growth phase of life, the “job” is to “Know Thyself” ... for THAT is our business. This entails many life-altering steps. The two most obvious ones are: 1) Discover who you are “really” — a spirit temporarily possessing an incarnate body having a human experience with specific purposes (which will most likely NOT be who you think you are — considering all of your ego masks, roles, etc.). and 2) Discover who you are “really” by realizing who you are NOT. This is partially accomplished by studying our old habits and beliefs. These patterns will reveal truths about the past — with major clues about the things that need to be "grown" into new, more loving versions, in order to replace old, stale, fear-based ways of living.

Much of what we learn in life is “how NOT to do it,” “how NOT to be,” and “how to focus on the world OUT THERE.” So your job as a fellow Student of Life is to turn INWARD and be seriously concerned about rediscovering the REAL you. Find your specific purposes for being here at this particular time and place. That's what is meant by “mind your OWN business.” Remain ever watchful and the Universe will provide you with an unending stream of clues regarding your “current inner business.” If we become stuck, disappointed or depressed because we no longer see the clues, then: 1) stop striving so hard; 2) relax, rest and meditate often; and then, 3) enter a new phase of clue-searching, without expectations.

Remember, the primary ingredient for a disappointment is an expectation. The Universe will give you exactly what you NEED — not necessarily what you WANT — when you are ready, and when you are open to receive.

~ By YIT, Spiritual Growth Translator

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There was a big break in at the Louvre Museum in Paris, but the thieves were captured because their getaway vehicle was a van which they couldn't get going before the police arrived. The police captain asked the head of the criminal band what was wrong with their getaway van and the thief replied, "We did not have enough Monet to get Degas to make the Van Gogh."

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A famous art collector is walking through the city when he notices a mangy cat lapping milk from a saucer in the doorway of a store. He does a double take, as he notices that the saucer is extremely old and very valuable. He walks casually into the store and offers to buy the cat for two dollars. The store owner replies, "I'm sorry, but the cat isn't for sale." The collector says, "Please, I need a hungry cat around the house to catch mice. I'll pay you twenty dollars for that cat." So the owner replies, "Sold!" and hands over the cat. The collector continues, "Hey, for the twenty bucks I wonder if you could throw in that old saucer. The cat's used to it and it'll save me having to get a dish." The owner shakes his head and says, "Sorry buddy, but that's my lucky saucer. So far this week I've sold sixty-eight cats."

I think my Grandson best summed up my feelings about abstract art. We were looking at a painting with a wild mishmash of colors and he asked, "What's that?" I replied, "It's supposed to be a cowboy on his horse." ... "Well," he continued, "Why isn't it?"

An artist asked the gallery owner if there had been any interest in his paintings on display during the past month. "I have good news and bad news," said the owner. "The good news is that a gentleman inquired about your work and wondered if it would appreciate in value after your death. When I told him it would, he bought all 15 of your paintings!" The artist shouted, "That's wonderful!" then asked, "but what's the bad news?" The gallery owner sadly replied, "Well, the guy was your doctor."

Question: How many visitors to an Art Gallery does it take to change a light bulb?... Answer: Two — one to do it and one to say "Huh! My four-year old could've done that!"

The artist tried to concentrate on his work, but the attraction he felt for his model finally became irresistible. He threw down his palette and brush, took her in his arms and kissed her. She quickly pushed him away. "Maybe your other models let you kiss them!" she said with indignation. "I've NEVER tried to kiss a model before!" he swore. "Really?" she said, softening. "How many models have there been?" He thought for a moment and replied, "Only four — a jug, two apples and a vase."

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In a world that is shifting, everything around us is being redefined. Through the challenges in my life, I've learned that maintaining a loving arena of Accountability creates a cornerstone for change. It's also the gift that keeps on giving — for, when individuals actually rise to the occasion and accept responsibility for their actions, they then reflect a high level of consciousness that is a beautiful gift in return.

Truth ... spoken with clarity (not harsh, demeaning words or ego) is a gift we give to ourselves as well. It frees the repressed emotional energy that is generated when we sell ourselves out by remaining silent. I see this approach as an expanded version of my favorite Dale Carnegie human relations principle — "Giving someone a fine example to live up to."

I recall one of the first times I was brave enough to NOT EDIT my words, rather than "making nice and not rocking the boat." Soon afterwards I learned that not editing was the only way to be, and that by "speaking from the heart" I could create a loving atmosphere of opportunity.

Several years ago, while directing my Lightship of Santa Fe project, I encountered four simultaneous situations for me to practice this philosophy. In three of the cases, the people involved readily altered their perspective, because they clearly saw what had happened and "owned" the consequences of their actions.

The fourth was a seminar leader from another state who, at the last minute, canceled a newsletter advertisement she had reserved because HER schedule had changed. When I explained that this wasn't appropriate because I'd held the space for her and there was no time to replace it, she slipped into the very human survival mode of justification, blame and denial. I remained clear with the facts and, when resolution didn't appear, I simply said, "Okay, you don't have to pay for the ad; you, apparently, don't fit well with the nature of our project, so it's truly best for everyone."

About a week later I received a three-page letter and a check from this remarkable being, who had spent several days pondering the events so she could really understand what had occurred. With a wonderful sense of her own dignity, she acknowledged the ways she had affected others and apologized for her behavior. Receiving this "reciprocal gift" inspired me to call immediately and tell her that she truly DID fit the energy of Lightship and would be welcome to advertise or present her workshops with us at any time.

Seeing someone step beyond their "personality self" and move into alignment with their Soul's Essence is a miracle to behold. Accountability can be the purest form of compassion because it often encourages greatness.

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