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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Sacrificing Convenience



As I think back on our past weekend and the experiences and messages that were shared a few things stand out in my mind. We are a society of convenience.. I know that I try to push myself to do the right things and constantly know myself so that I can improve. I also know that those that I’ve called to surround me in my life all have aspects or lessons that I need to draw from.


We’ve all talked about sacrifice and giving back to Spirit as a way of honoring Spirit for helping us on our path. As I look at me.. what do I sacrifice or give back for Spirit’s wisdom? I could list many things that I’ve thrown in the “here’s what I’m doing” column.. but as I really look at it closely I’ve noticed that it also has a nice flavor of convenience about it. Don’t get me wrong, it still is a sacrifice and does have meaning to me.. but it seems to stop just short of stepping outside of my box.. It’s a “convenient” sacrifice.. the message that jumps out at me is “to show my thanks I’m willing to give back… just enough to not put me out”.


Well, that’s an eye opener.


Noticing this about myself obviously didn’t make me jump up and down :-) What it did do is flash back many many conversations I’ve had with those around me on that topic… as Spirit was presenting me with this message for quite a while now and I just got it. It seems that I was able to convince myself or put a nice wrapper on what I was “sacrificing” so that it seemed that I was giving a lot… but in reality what was it at all?


I had a hard time stepping back into Muggle-ville as I just couldn’t understand why we would create this reality. Well, I still don’t get that but have come to the understanding that maybe I’m not supposed to know that right now. What I do know is that I’m here and that there is a lot of work to do.


We all come from different backgrounds and have experienced many different things. We are all the same energy but different beings in this world. I think the message that we have to give is the same message.. but we’re all presenting it in our own unique way. Many times we don’t realize that others are hearing that message.. I think it’s our responsibility to listen to Spirit and get our message out there.. even if we think that no one is listening. Be it by teaching others, writing, creating, counseling; whatever the method is really doesn’t matter. For those of you who want to push outside the box, please let me know. I would like to help get our messages out there!


I am going to work on taking the pressure cooker and putting the world in it. I feel it's time to take the fight to the enemy. I would ask each of you for your wisdom, guidance, and kick in the ass along the way. I also want to again thank each of you (and Spirit) for the messages you have passed on.. knowingly or unknowingly!! They all seem to be floating up and slapping me in the face :-)


Love to all!

Still Waters

5 comments:

She.Who.Remembers said...

I completely resonate with your post. I have found in many ways the same truth about myself. I realized that I only wanted to give up that which was convenient. I did not want to be truly uncomfortable and I did not want to lose any more in life.

I now realize that our relationship with spirit is not any different than relationships with those who are close to us in our lives. They only thrive when there is an exchange. I now view what I give as an offering-a gift given from the heart-(if possible) as opposed to a sacrifice which my ego equates with personal loss. Although a play on words and a small shift in perception, in some simple way it works for me. Helps with my resistance.

I would like to join the effort to speak out and also will share in offering up convenience. Thanks for reaching out!


She.Who.Remembers

Allowing the light said...

Thanks for the beautiful photo first. For some reason, it tells me that you already have all it there with that beautiful light coming in, in the cave...

I must confess that I have always been impressed by the level of 'convenience' in this society in particular, not that it is not present in Europe but it seems to take so much place here... And yet I know that while I have spent myself my entire life apparently throwing out 'convenience', risking absolutely everything many times, giving away everything repeatedly, these can also be apparences. Because the only 'truth' is the one one knows in the unique relationship with Spirit(s), the higher Self, the Light... whatever the word you want to use. It is built in a daily dialogue and a daily relationship. This is one's truth, and one's reality. I don't know if it can be 'taught' or talked about. I think that I have tried in many different ways and failed; at least that's the way I have felt. So right now I just want to try to live it, embody it, and from there help others find their own way... as a true choice for Life, for the life they want.

Allowing the light said...

Thanks for the beautiful photo first. For some reason, it tells me that you already have all it there with that beautiful light coming in, in the cave...

I must confess that I have always been impressed by the level of 'convenience' in this society in particular, not that it is not present in Europe but it seems to take so much place here... And yet I know that while I have spent myself my entire life apparently throwing out 'convenience', risking absolutely everything many times, giving away everything repeatedly, these can also be apparences. Because the only 'truth' is the one one knows in the unique relationship with Spirit(s), the higher Self, the Light... whatever the word you want to use. It is built in a daily dialogue and a daily relationship. This is one's truth, and one's reality. I don't know if it can be 'taught' or talked about. I think that I have tried in many different ways and failed; at least that's the way I have felt. So right now I just want to try to live it, embody it, and from there help others find their own way... as a true choice for Life, for the life they want.

Rainbow Warrior said...

I'm right there with you Still Waters! Your post is almost an exact summary of many of the realizations I have recently come to about myself and how I fall in our society's sense of entitlement to our conveniences. My "sacrifices" for Spirit also only extend far enough not to put me out. I can see that there is somewhat of a symbiotic relationship with Spirit and my gifts. The more effort I put in and the more it costs my ego, I get so much more back from Spirit. When I half-ass it, I continue just getting by. I feel like I've always been taken care of by Spirit, but now my time has come to step up and move beyond that because I know I am capable of doing more.

I'm taking some bigger strides these days to strengthen my relationship with Spirit, lose my conveniences, and share my gifts in a greater capacity. I'm totally on board with your idea Still Waters. Our greatest gifts are our capacity to initiate change, and there is plenty of work to do in our world!

Walks In Two Worlds said...

Convenience is what slows our motivation, thickens our blood, turns on the TV... the darkest of enemies on the path. The biggest enemy of greatness is good enough--when it is a copout.