my gentle readers to another week's installment of the "be yourself, often" blog found at www.joelwlamoure.com. This is the point in time of the week where we are able to sit back and mindfully reflect on the moments that were and the
impact that they have had in our lives.
This is our first blog posting of the past six weeks. Those
of you who follow our radio show "prescribing spiritual hope" on WULC out of Carrabelle, Florida on the Spreaker
network will also have observed we have been off the air for the past two months. http://www.spreaker.com/show/tuesday_prescribing_spiritual_hope I anticipate that not only will the blog be back to its normal weekly posting effective now, and our radio show be on the
air again by mid-July at its usual time of 9 PM Eastern time and think all of our dedicated listeners and readers from around
the world for staying with the network.
The past couple of months have been an exercise in journey
into the deepest recesses and caverns that exist within the mind. A time within the wilderness where over the past 40 days
and 40 nights opportunities have presented themselves repeatedly. Unfortunately, as we know in life, and that we as humans
are not the divine architects of our own plans, most of the “opportunities” have had a negative flavor. However,
the concepts associated with the phrase "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger" are all well and alive.
These have been days of a death of dreams and recalibration of determining what is important. A time
to realize that what one thought would be logical, in fact was illogical. There were birthdays forgotten by others, promises
broken, expectations shattered, religious discrimination, hate crimes, decades of planning eradicated, disease and illness.
A breach of confidence by confidents and friendly fire. Bullets that derive from close sources fired under the brave face
of anonymity, send through an unwilling messenger. Sadly hypocrisy and vigilante justice is alive and well.
such, based on what the title states, it leaves one wondering, especially a man of faith wondering why so many good people
have been hurt while the sinful, wicked and evil continue to prosper in their lies and deceit, claiming to be and searching
“enlightenment” themselves. I use the term in quotes as it is ego-centric enlightenment they seek, not Spiritual
Enlightenment. My friends, these are days of learning the highest virtue, which is forgiveness. "Forgive them Father,
for they know not what they do…”
Within forgiveness, which is an easy word to say but
hard action to do lies the resolution of inner turmoil. Resolution of the inner turmoil is not playing it out words and harming
other people. Resolution does not lie by constant complaining, self harm, belittling, telling stories repeating stories, playing
victim, hatred, or any of the other tools that were initially used against us. I believe, that is why true forgiveness takes
longer… Perhaps truly 40 days in the wilderness.
It is about finding again what makes one
happy and appreciating that we have the "free will covenant" and do not have to be the same as those that wrong
us. It is not up to the courts to make a decision of judgment or forgiveness, but the quiet Light of Divination that says
so much. To be able to not focus on stuff, and focus on the Light with clarity and intensity will allow us to be the spiritual
being having a human existence and truly be yourself, often.
~~~ Rev. Dr. Joel Lamoure