Written for and Published in The Seeds 4 Life.
Many of us close our eyes and say a prayer of how we would like our world to be. A prayer for love and light to illuminate the darkness that has introduced itself in many of our lives and our planet. A prayer for the things we would like for ourselves. A prayer for what we would like for others. Many of us PRAY, but do not DO.
If we would like our world to be peaceful, be peace. Make peace with the people you have found yourself at odds with. Make peace with whatever resistance there is that is keeping you from welcoming peace of mind. Make peace with your imperfections and those of others.
If we would like to see more kindness in the world, be kind. Smile at a stranger. Pay for someone’s meal. Volunteer. Give someone a hug. Feed the homeless. Offer your time to someone who needs help. Give flowers.
If you would like our world to be more tolerant, be tolerant. Respect the differences you have with others. Do not judge. Do not reject what you know nothing about. Learn from those that are not like you. Be understanding of how others choose to love and live.
If you would like more light in the world, be a light. Be an illuminating force in darkness. Be the positivity in the negativity. Be the silver lining. Be the calm after the storm. Be the breeze in the overwhelming heat of anguish.
If you would like to see a change in the world, be the change. We lead by example. Be that example. Before you know it, that light of yours will provide others with the spark they need to illuminate their darkness as well.
I see your need to be accepted
I see your fear of being rejected
I see your thoughts that cause you tears
I see your belief you’re not good enough to be here.
But know my boy, you are loved
You are a beautiful gift from above.
I am here to hold your hand
I am here to be your friend
I am here to wipe those tears
I am here to expel those fears
I am here to shine your light
So you can see your reflection’s might
Look inside, your heart is gold
Because you, my boy, are one beautiful soul.
Every action that we take
Creates a reaction for the make
Taking us on a path
Of scenic routes or hell’s wrath.
“Do I stay or do I go?”
“Be like water, trust the flow?”
“Will I like the path I choose?”
“Will I win or will I lose?”
Questions lurk in opportunity
Fear is cloaked in security
Outcomes may be best in thought
Missing answers in blind spots.
While the mind is loud in worry
The heart is speaking in a hurry
To try to quiet the void noise
And help us make the right choice.
“You have made intentions clear
Let go of all doubts and fears
Just let go, I’ll lead the way
Trust in all of the words you pray.”
Someday is today
Because a gift is given
When the sun is risen.
With a grateful heart’s presence
Unwrap this beautiful present.
…my opinion stands….Jesus was an enlightened man who should be admired for his teachings. The idea that he died for our sins so we will have eternal life is not enough of a statement for me to believe that statement as is. With that said, I would like to suggest “he died for our sins” is a metaphor. A metaphor that symbolizes he came here to teach us all how to approach ourselves, others, and God. To deliver us from the negativity we ourselves create like fear, hate and judgement. During my research, I have also found the story of Jesus’ life is not only original to the bible, but also to the Hindu religion with the birth and life of Krishna, in the Buddhist religion with the story of Buddha, the story of Odysseus, the story of Romulus,the story of Dionysus, the story of Horus and a few more. This is not to try to take away anything from Christians, but to simply become a well rounded informed being. I am not one to put a limit on what God is, and I feel if we all limit our thoughts and do not expand our knowledge, we will do ourselves an injustice and reject all the ways God shows himself/herself. I will continue on my journey to learn more about Jesus’ teachings, as I have continued to learn about Gandhi’s teachings and Buddha’s teaching. I have found they are all very very similar. In fact, Gandhi himself believed the similar suggestion I have made about Jesus: “What, then, does Jesus mean to me? To me, he was one of the greatest teachers humanity has ever had. To his believers, he was God’s only begotten Son.* Could the fact that I do or do not accept this belief make Jesus have any more or less influence in my life? Is all the grandeur of his teaching and of his doctrine to be forbidden to me? I cannot believe so….”
“Thank You, Creator of the Universe for the gift of Life you have given me,
Thank You for giving me everything that I have ever needed,
Thank You for the opportunity to experience this beautiful body and this wonderful mind,
Thank You for living inside me with all Your Love and Your pure and boundless Spirit,
with Your warm and radiating Light.
Thank You for using my words, for using my eyes, for using my heart to share your love wherever I go.
I love You just the way you are and because I am your creation, I love myself just the way I am.
Help me to keep the Love and the Peace in my Heart and to make that Love a new way of life, that I may live in Love the rest of my life.
Prayer by Don Miguel Ruiz