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What is the greatest prize of all in this life?

dolphinfeedingWhat is the greatest prize of all in this life? The pearl of great price spoken of in scripture?

It is coming home to the truth of yourself -- coming home through all the quirks and idiosyncrasies and annoying habits of your human self to the quiet, serene presence that dwells, untouched and untroubled, at the core of your being.

This being, that knows neither birth nor death, has been with you ever since you were born. It has extended its wisdom and love and assurance to you continuously no matter how foolish some of your actions may have been, and no matter how frightened or confused you may have been at times.

When we find this timeless peace that has been calling to us every moment of our lives from the depths of our own heart, we know that in comparison to this, nothing else is ultimately all that important. It is important, of course. I'm very thankful for the house JoAnn and I share. If I had a dollar in my pocket, which I don't think I do at the moment, I'd be thankful for that. But how much is it worth to feel at peace with my own being -- with truth – in this moment? I couldn’t put a price on it.

Coming to peace with truth, you come to peace with yourself.

Coming to peace with yourself, you come to peace with your life.

You love and cherish your life exactly as it is right now. You become aware of new possibilities for the future. And at the same time, you release the idea that anything you did in the past was a mistake. How could that be possible? Everything that has happened, including any tribulation or loss you may have known, has brought you to this moment of conscious awareness of the truth of yourself -- that is to say, your own eternal presence.

You see transpiring in the world many very sad, very terrible things. Your heart aches. Your heart aches at the little things too, the little displays of arrogance, of prejudice, of ignorance and stupidity. But as long as you stay true to this place of nobility and peace within yourself, you always have a refuge, a safe place in which to dwell. And more than that – you are connected to a source of wisdom and creative action within yourself that never fails.

Does the thought cross your mind that simply being at peace with yourself in this way is not offering too much into this troubled world? Well, chances are that if you have found an authentic connection with yourself you have plenty going on in an outer sense. But it seems to me there is no greater responsibility in this time of escalating chaos and change than being true to ourselves and revealing the wisdom and peace of our own true nature as best we may.

What greater gift could there be?

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Ingrid Boedecker August 9, 2009 at 7:54 am

How could we, how could I, ever have forgotten in a moment that vibrant, serene place of Being, eternally present at our very Core? It has always been the one constant in our lives, as you so beautifully expressed in this blog.

It strikes me that there has been up until now an unfortunate loss of memory, amnesia, about who I AM, really. We have been taught to focus on the outer world of form rather than on the inner spring of Being. We have learned to evaluate ourselves and others based on…what?…arbitrary guidelines upon which groups have agreed. In the process,we have relied on measuring, analysis and comparison–in short, judgment. Sound familiar? And what about the entreaty, “Thou shalt not judge”??

How much simpler to switch polarities–instead of allowing the world of form to be primary in our consciousness, we can choose to make the truth of our Being our primary residence. From that space, we can express what is needed into the world of form, based on the impulse of Spirit, rather than on arbitrary pre-determinations….sometimes called, ‘agendas.’In that dwelling place reside stillness and peace, the only true foundations for creative living, as Life has taught me in so many ways.

I am so thankful to share in this truth with you and others. I forgive myself the transgressions of forgetting who I AM at the core and celebrate the journey of rediscovery, ever deeper, ever fuller, through personal characteristics and forms exactly as they now are. Thus we bless the world close in and further afield with a simple but powerful shift in consciousness.


Christopher Foster August 10, 2009 at 1:21 pm

Thank you so much for these beautiful words Ingrid. Yes indeed. Stillness and peace. The foundations for a truly happy life. A little phrase that came to mind this morning was:”A peaceful heart is a happy heart.” I think a peaceful heart is what the Creator intended for us.


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