Sunday, June 17, 2012
Intuition, Strength and Fortitude
11:13 am edt
Greetings my gentle readers to this week's instalment of the "Be Yourself, Often" blog... that time in the week
when we can step back from the week that was and plan ahead in the day that is to the week that will be. All along the way
remaining focused and grounded in the moment, filled with mindfulness and reflection on the moment.
Last week I wrote
about "Why Me?" and the two different ways that people can approach these challenging questions, situations and
events that transpire in everyones life. Whether it is a large magnitude earthquake in your backyard or a smaller tsunami
off your coast, it is important to stop and reflect on what is important. I addressed the concepts that we tend to only give
thanks when things are good and then wail and lament as our events do not happen as we expect. Darn entitlement.
is only when we are able to appreciate the mindfulness and Light and Grace and Spirit in the moment that we are able to accept
whatever transpires with equanimity. That doesnt mean to be stone-faced about things. It is I believe ok to cry and feel emotions
and happiness and joy. To feel those emotions is the gift of being human and associated with love I feel (and one reason I
dont offer Kleenex).
To do these things and feel, be aware of the colour of the grass, the senses at their normal acuity
is something that we do not realise until they are removed or impaired. True friends are the ones that will do whatever to
help someone else and will accept the negatives and the positives, all in one felled swoop. That I believe allows one not
to be a victim, but rather to take that love and caring as a form of altruistic giving. That altruistic giving (so abundantly
found in pets and nature) can then be transformed into strength and fortitude.
If we operate under the premise that
things are transient and do not develop a sense of attachment, but rather love people and the moment in the moment, we are
able to establish a strong form of connection that leads to intuition and Grace. This is why we in part develop a strong sense
of sixth sense which is often dulled by things or plans, but heightened when focused on the person and rooted in the
moment. Intuition serves us well when we rooted in a spirit based approach, with the concept that all is meant to be and every
snowflake falls in exactly the right place. What may seem random and chaotic is indeed, perfect. That is so counter-intuitive
to what we know (and societal all about me rules have programmed), accept and entitlement-driven EXPECT in this world. For
gosh sakes, we are playing the protagonist in our own personal movie and everyone else is extras... how disappointing is that
bubble when it is so quickly pierced, after minutes to years of self delusion?
Strength and Fortitude are virtues that
are energy transformed from the love of others and works in sickness and health, rich or poor and in times of stress and happiness.
There is no scorecards, no director that will yell "Cut!" or wardrobe extras running out to fan you and remove the
sweat stains. Nopes. We all have this and can tap into that well like a rechargeable battery. Sometimes it does seem so much
but if one believes that we are given EXACTLY what we are able to handle in the here and now, that battery can recharge, not
drain and die. Sometimes strength and fortitude need a boost. Thats where intelligent concern for others comes in, and intelligent,
nurturing form of love and knowing, that sometimes comes from intuition.
To be aware of the battery of yourself and
others and know where to give that boost and be willing to accept that spiritual booster will help other and yourself be yourself,
--- Rev Dr. Joel Lamoure
June 2012 (Fathers Day)
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Lightning in our Orbit
10:37 am edt
Greetings my gentle readers to this weeks instalment of the "Be Yourself, Often" blog. Ah, a time when we can
sit back with a piping warm cup of coffee or tea and reflect on the moments of the week that has passed. No matter what, good
or bad in the week... the thing to keep in mind and consider is that the week has and did and does continue to fold out exactly
as meant to be.
This week I decided to focus on a question that tends to come around quite a bit clinically. Usually
it is attached to a whine or lament-> "Why me?" For we are the centre of that universe that we call us that encompasses
a sun of various appearances and many, many planets. Depending on the individual, the sun (or suns) usually define around
Us, Ego or Spirituality or an Other planet. Any of these are planets in and of themselves, but what of the centre core and
being of OUR existence? I think that some people may ascribe to having Pluto at their core, but lets not go there- either
the buddy of Goofy or a cold uninhabited ice sphere...
"Why me?" is so integral and central in fact to survival
and existence as it is a reality check, a way to ensure we are surviving and moving along and either a pathetic whine or a
term of self reflection. Lets talk about those people that use these questions as a form of self reflection. These are the
inspired ones, the crazy ones... the ones with the square pegs in the round holes. But they are often visionaries and gentle,
spiritual and loving souls. I am so fortunate to know many of these people and they are not rooted in the here and now of
stuff, but engaged in a dialogue with the Universe. That they accept with equanimity what transpires and then use that to
help others, makes them heroes on this rolling blue marble.
These are the ones that Lightening sadly seems to attract...
as they have their feet in the water, head in the air and may be perceived to be "poorly grounded". Now that last
bit is a scoietally driven spin on the whole matter as I actually find that these people are the most grounded, and serve
as a conduit for some pretty bright flashes on inspiration, but ones that may send a non inspired, non-lightning rod person
to the morgue. Ouch.. seeya baby, dont write.
People that are rooted in Other vs themselves and in spirituality vs dry
dogmas tend to gravitate to the ring around the sun and a position of catching some pretty sweet waves. But it does and may
happen again. How many prophets have we NOT heard about in the Bible that went on a 40 day magical mystery tour and had their
minds fried? How many miracles unsung? There is so much that exists all around us. And interestingly, like in this case DOES
attract like in my experience, totally counter to the rules of magnetism. People that are these divining rods of lightning
in their darkest hours attract others of the same spirit and capacity to help prevent shorts and destruction of their grid.
These saviours that help us are our grounders, yet also have the ability to attract the power from the sky. They understand
and have been there.
So, before you ask the question "Why me?", perhaps we should look to the fact that it
is as meant to be, be at ease with that and the untapped skills we have. Perhaps by touching those skills, eventually and
at ease in this moment you may be yourself, often.
Rev. Dr. Joel Lamoure June 2012
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Perceptions defining conceptual reality
1:47 pm edt
Greetings my gentle readers to this weeks installment of the "Be Yourself, Often" blog. A time where may be able
to look at the transpirations and transgressions of the week, sit down and try to come to either sense and/or peace with the
events. So much goes on in this very busy world that all too often people are not gentle with themselves or others and there
tends to expose roots through events that perhaps we do not wish to see. We can see tragedy in the event or a chance for hope
or learnings. All depends on the position and desire and intelligence and insight of the person who is mapping out the elephant
in the room!
Happy June my friends!
Last week on Blog Talk radio I was able to address some of the spirituality
components of a purpose driven life and what we should look for in life and the mindfulness of the moments that we are to
be able to capture and relish along the way. The general concepts of the here and now and now and later as relating to the
spiritual and prayer based pinnacle of the pyramid that we have looked at the past 4 weeks. If anyone is interested, the bases
of the pyramid were mindfulness, reflection, altruistic giving that allowed a person to grow and develop into a spirit based
person, which we truly are having a human experience. Due to family urgencies, I wasnt able to post last week and thank you
all for the thoughts, understandings and prayers that came along.
This week we will look at where this takes us and
the incredible journey that we have unconsciously been on for millennium and will continue to progress down. It is not the
man or woman that defines the situation, but rather the obverse. What do you do with good and bad news? Sadly, I believe we
squander both the positives and negatives as often the positives are bound to be our right and expectation. (Insert shudder
here) and the bad situations are as a result of bad luck. (See previous parenthesis) But what have you done in the situation
to conspire against the spiritual and thus the environmental health of the particular situation? IN my experience, people
were often incongruous versus their thoughts and actions and especially their speech. In fact, it can be observed to be a
triangle or menage-a-trois of deceit and lies. Sad isnt it? And then people get into their BMW (Biatchy, Moany, Whiny) mobile
and truck their disaster to the next willing person that will empathise. Sigh.
We perceive the world is against us creating
physical and psychiatric and somatic symptoms that self propagates. Or we perceive the world is unfair because one has been
afflicted by a negative psychiatric or medical condition. While I fully agree and personally know how devastating that is,
it is WHAT WE DO and our subsequent actions and congruency that will define health. Put your money where your mouth is and
say it, feel it, act it and believe it! It actually is that easy when you realize there is a Divine plan and if we can connect
with that, there is comfort and being at ease with the moment. It is also a form of inspiration to others. People will flock
to you to help (and it always seems to be the right people, interestingly) vs abandon you. However, if you take Communion
on Sunday and act negative the next day and then feel victimized the 3rd day with blasphemy and actions contradictory to the
Sunday piousness... that is hypocrisy. In my observations across the past 42 years, hypocrisy always loses. Integrity does
win and good overcomes evil, although there is a seesaw and some days it doesnt pay it feels to chew through the restraints.
Yet we must continue to practice with our thoughts and belief systems. Why? That will define our peceptions and awareness
of the situation around us. And my friend, that WILL begat your reality. Hard choices, hard thoughts but the opportunity to
save just one live, and that is yours. Once that is done, only then can we truly be good and help one other person. To see
that one other person helping 1 other is one of the most rewarding gifts that I have been given in my life. And I feel that
gratitude. It is not about BMW, wins, title, position etc... but about what you do with your live and to hold your head high,
even in the face of adversity.
Im still learning...we all are. And what an incredible gift to be in the moment, knowing
its exactly as meant to be and believe and be at ease with that and that gift is allowing yourself to be yourself, often.
~~ Rev. Dr. Joel Lamoure June 2012