Spirit Guides

In my recent post, Divine Assistance, I wrote of spirit guides. In that piece the spirits I mentioned were the spirits that animate us. These in my view are the most important spirits. If our spirit is angry, resentful, depressed then our spirit is dark and it attracts other dark spirits. We create a place like a harbor to keep, nurture and develop a durable presence. Other dangerous spirits are those of self-importance or selfishness. These spirits can create a great deal of worldly success and even the illusion of happiness and true value. They are as a fire that keeps the darkness and the dark spirits at bay. The fire is caused by a friction that consumes and leaves us in the company of those dark spirits.

The harbor I wrote of is a false harbor as its value is, naught.

We can of course animate our self with other spirits, spirits of light, or enlightenment. I mentioned them or at least some of them in ‘Divine Assistance’. These spirits behave a little differently. They do not build a false harbor, they dismantle it. As we free our self from our false constraint we can begin to recognize spirits, other than our spirit. Spirits who are free. Spirits who guide and protect us. While our dark spirits attract other dark spirits to us, spirits of light attract us to them.

I am sure that we all see these spirits. We certainly see the spirits that we allow to animate our selves. We corrupt our creative authority with ignorance. When we choose ignorance it always creates denial and we pretend not to see where we are, who we are and who is here with us.

Michael, The Mystic Tourist ©2012

Divine Assistance

As is common, I discovered that it was time for me to add a blog post. I sat for some time wondering what in the world I might write about, I only knew it was what I was going to do. ‘Divine’ finally revealed itself, I pondered, Divine what… Assistance. OK. What is that? Let me find out.

Actually I am well-practiced at divination and the above process is an example of it. I seek divine assistance in everything I do. My life is that of a singular devotion, to God. I also place all of my confidence in God and nothing else. I have no other idea as to how else to live. You see to me devotion to, and confidence in, only God, encompasses everything I might have to do. What could I be given to do that will not be realized in this way? Is there some commitment, some relationship that goes without when God is the singular devotion, the well for my confidence?

God is to be realized by Gods own presence, I make no determination to say, ‘this’ is God, or, ‘that’ is what God said. I do not look for God in text thinking that I must rely on someone else’s experience to walk with God. God is realized by God’s own being and no other way. What if God does not exist? It makes no difference, then that would be God. How could that possibly change anything?

I think the existence of God is obvious, however, whatever God is or if God is naught.

How do I measure my walk with God, my place on the path of providence? I look for spirit guides. There are many spirits but it is helpful to consider the spirits that we allow to animate our self. When I consider that which is absolute or what can be considered of an absolute nature I consider what does animate those qualities in my life. That which is, is absolute, and confidence is a spirit that animates that in my life. Compassion, can only exist in a single measure, a measure that is enough for all. It is absolute and love is the spirit that animates it in my life. Understanding, nothing can organize itself well enough to exist without it, it is absolute, and acceptance, is a spirit that animates it in my life. Truth, is absolute, things can not be except as they are. The spirit of truth is grace and it animates truth in my life.

How do we find these and make them a part of our life? We must choose the path to the narrow gate. That gate is forgiveness. Forgiveness allows for these to find a place in our life, but who should we forgive? There is only one, when we have it for this one we have it for everyone. The only person we are asked to forgive is our self. You see if we have forgiveness there, it exists, and all who find us find it.

Who is God? Where is God? What is God? Ask God, and trust only God, not what is said about God, not some doctrine. Trust God if you would Know God.

Michael, The Mystic Tourist ©2012

Fate Destiny Enlightenment

Enlightenment is constant and we are never separated from it further than its carriage which is… Now. It is true that our realization of it has much to do with fate. It is helpful to distinguish fate from destiny. We can change our fate as it is produced wholly from choice. Destiny on the other hand is constant but we do not have to choose it. Our soul is our destiny. Fate is employed to reach our destiny, or, to lose our soul.

Based on the stories of my childhood I expect that I experienced enlightenment as a young child. I abandoned it along with the rest of childhoods trappings. I have had some drug induced experiences of enlightenment. Those are not very durable although the feeling, or sense of it, can remain.

As a young man I was contemplating ‘Be Here Now’. It caused me to have an epiphany and realize that state. As I sat there in a state of wonderment and awe it seemed that I could choose to stay there and live that way. I decided, not now. Getting there was effortless and so it seemed I could return some other time and that is what I chose to do.

For me personally there is a dualism that drives me. I am driven to build separation between myself and my soul while at the same time expecting to embrace my soul here on the temporal plane. For some reason the embrace troubles my temporal person.

In considering enlightenment it is helpful to remember that it is absolute and as such it is free. It can not be earned. There is no merit by which a person deserves it. It is a simple matter of choosing it. Choice in this example is as a progression. Each choice is as a footfall on our path. We have creative authority and as we think we are. Enlightenment is a choice. It is curious that it seems such a troublesome choice for our temporal self. I think our soul holds the secret to that curiosity. It knows what our fate is when we choose our destiny. Our temporal person must also know this but chooses instead the trappings of ignorance and denial.

The Mystic Tourist ©2012