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The 7 gifts of a loving universe

Do you believe in omens? I do, up to a point anyway.

I had just finished breakfast and decided it was time to go to work in my little office. As I got up from my chair I looked out the window and saw a beautiful little bunny sitting in front of the blue spruce tree outside our front door.

He (she?) looked so calm and contented. Of course, there was a ton of nice green grass around. No doubt another reason was that he felt safe -- any sign of threat and he would be back under the blue spruce tree faster than a speeding meteor.

I thought to myself, "It's going to be a lovely day and my post will go easily."

Of course it's not my intent here this morning to write about a bunny. I want to write about the seven gifts this loving universe gives to all of us when we come bawling and helpless into this world.

Perhaps we were not quite as weak and vulnerable as it may have seemed?

1. The gift of patience.

Patience not only makes it possible for us to bear the anguish and trauma of life. Patience also gives us the opportunity, if we will, to persevere -- to follow our dream and discover who we truly are.

2. The gift of humility.

Where would we be without humility? Humility opens the door to wisdom and intuition. It makes it possible for us to change, and to grow. If we realize we have believed a lie, for example, or our attitude to someone was wrong -- we can change. Humility makes it possible to find meaning and wholeness.

3. The gift of courage.

Courage is the vital creative power that makes it possible for us not only to meet the challenges of our lives but to follow our dream and embrace the unique gift we came into the world to give.

4. The gift of compassion.

Compassion is one of the most precious gifts this universe has to give. Compassion not only sees the pain of the world, but paradoxically sees the incredible beauty and oneness back of creation.

5. The gift of happiness.

The world has done a good job of convincing us that happiness is outside us and requires struggle and searching to be known.

But happiness was given us at birth. All we have to do is be still and remember our true inheritance -- the authentic happiness that already exists at the core of our being.

6. The gift of freedom.

Nothing needs to change in your life or mine for us to be free. You can be free right now regardless of your circumstances and the truth is you are free right now as you surrender to the timeless presence of your own eternal Self.

7. The gift of love.

You are loved. The universe sees you, and admires you, and loves you, because you are part of Itself. 

The universe would not exist if you did not exist. Again, there has been a lot of brainwashing done over the centuries to convince us we are miserable sinners, alone and rejected in a barren, hostile world.  But don't you believe it. 

The universe is kinder, wiser, and infinitely more loving than our mind could possibly begin to imagine.

The trouble is what our mind doesn't understand it tends to see as alien and separate from itself.

We will never understand the universe, of course. But we can love it and respect it and be thankful for it. And in some moment when we are still -- when our heart is open -- we can feel its deep, unshakable love for us.

A special thanks 

I want to give a special thanks to my friend Larry Deane, owner of Empty Cabin Media, who designed the new look for my blog. I'm so happy with what he has done. Larry is one of the most friendly, helpful, knowledgeable people you could hope to meet in the vast ocean we call the internet.

That's it folks. Gotta look outside my window and see if bunny is still there.

I send you love and greetings from this little corner of Colorado, and I hope you have a very good day -- or a very good night, as the case may be.

PS. Please note my free e-book, The Wisdom of Serenity, is now available for download on this site. I sure hope you'll take a look at it.

Let me know, won't you, if you have any thoughts about the book, or about this post?

What do you think about the notion of a loving universe? What gifts has it given you?

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Clearly Composed October 18, 2010 at 4:54 pm

This post is lovely and just made me take a long, deep breath of gratitude for all we have been given. Thanks for that. 🙂
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Christopher Foster October 18, 2010 at 6:48 pm

Thank you so much Emma. Lovely to hear from you. I particularly appreciate your mention of gratitude. What a key to a long and happy life, eh?

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Lance October 19, 2010 at 8:17 am

Christopher,
As I read this…I’m reminded of the beauty of nature. And that is beauty which is so much more than just that which we see. As I let these seven gifts soak in, I am truly reminded of how much wisdom there is in our natural world…if we just take the time to really soak it all in…
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Christopher Foster October 19, 2010 at 8:52 am

Thank you for visiting Lance and thank you for your comment. I don’t think we’ll ever get to the bottom of the wisdom of nature. I think the more we do see it and soak it in and offer our own love out to Nature the more we grow, the more we acknowledge our oneness with all creation — and the more whole our life becomes, don’t you think?

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Steven Aitchison October 19, 2010 at 2:57 pm

Hi Chris. Just wanted to stop by and tell you that your blog is looking amazing. you ebook also looks fantastic and I know the content is great as well. I am so happy that you’re getting right into blogging and doing an amazing job.
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Christopher Foster October 19, 2010 at 9:04 pm

Hi Steven. I can’t thank you enough for these words and for all your help and encouragement so freely given. You are an inspiration to me and to a lot of other people. Be well.

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Tess The Bold Life October 20, 2010 at 6:51 am

Hi Christopher,
The amazing thing is these gifts and more are available for the taking. We truly are blessed and abundant human beings. Cheers to your bunny and I love the new look.
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Christopher Foster October 20, 2010 at 9:46 am

Thanks Tess,

Wonderful to have you visit here and leave not only a message but within that message your great spirit. We are abundant and blessed just as you say. Re the bunny it’s funny how life works sometimes. The day before yesterday he stayed on the grass 10 feet from our front door all day. He washed his ears like I said and at one point he stretched out in glorious innocence and unconcern right beside the walking path outside our townhome — white belly exposed to the sun — and went to sleep. Not a care in the world!

Then yesterday and today — haven’t seen him at all. It was sure cool to have him (her?) spend that day with us though…

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Robin Easton October 20, 2010 at 7:33 pm

Dear Chris,

I loved this post because I relate so strongly to it. I am currently doing a written interview for a woman and she asks me how I define nature. And for me nature is the Universe and everything within it. But in that definition of nature I feel so many of the things you mention here. They are all things I felt in nature. I especially love #4:

“Compassion is one of the most precious gifts this universe has to give. Compassion not only sees the pain of the world, but paradoxically sees the incredible beauty and oneness back of creation.”

To me what you have written here is infinitely wise and soothing. It is exactly what I felt while living so close to nature. It is still what I feel, no matter where I live. I only have to stop and feel it all around me. With it comes such tenderness, as if something larger than me is watching over me, loving me, forgiving me. It is a feeling in my life so sweet and beautiful that to only think of it brings tears to me eyes.

You are an amazing soul Chris. And such a beautiful writer. Thank you for seeing and knowing what is so beautiful and important. I hope you and your wife are doing better from your various surgeries.

Blessings of love,
Robin
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Christopher Foster October 21, 2010 at 6:41 am

Thank you sweet Robin. Your words are always a benison to me. (Love that word though it’s a long one. I’m sure it’s right in this context though.” I suppose I could have just said blessing…)

That feeling of being in the presence of grace that you speak of here is so beautiful Robin. You evoke this in such a fine and inspiring way. Thankyou so much for your comment and JoAnn and me are fine, doing very well thanks.

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Joe Wilner October 20, 2010 at 8:23 pm

Christopher,

Great post! These are all true gifts and virtues that make the world go round. They all go together so well, courage and humility are a powerful compliment to being a great human. Compassion and patience are what really provide a chance to care for others and offer kindness to those who need it most. Though, when it comes down to it, love is the true state of mind to strive for. I try to focus on a state of love as much as possible and believe that through love most anything is possible. Thanks for the inspiration.

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Christopher Foster October 21, 2010 at 6:34 am

Many thanks for your comment Joe. Love does seem to be the centerpiece allright, I’d say ultimately it includes all the others. So happy that you visited and wish you all the very best. Have a wonderful day.

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Patti Foy October 21, 2010 at 8:10 am

Hello, Christopher!
What a beautiful blog! This is my first visit (via Steven Aitchison) so I don’t know what it looked like before but the design is lovely!
I was prompted to comment because I just wrote a post on omens a few days ago so of course your opening line about omens was an omen, ha ha!
AND, I live “just down the road” from you — in New Mexico, and any given day I can look outdoors and see bunnies galore. It’s so beautiful here too and I agree, there is MUCH to be grateful for. Really nice post.
I’m looking forward to checking out your site more. And maybe getting your eBook.
Thank you for a nice start to my day.
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Christopher Foster October 21, 2010 at 5:23 pm

Lovely to hear from you Patti. Thank you so much for checking out my blog and leaving a comment. And such a fresh, kind-spirited comment too. Oh yes New Mexico is beautiful, wife and I had a great visit to Santa Fe and other spots some years back.

Say hi to those bunnies for me. I’ve been out all day but I look forward to reading your post on omens.

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Keith October 22, 2010 at 5:44 am

Hello Christopher,

Reading this post nearly brings tears to my eyes. I feel at a deep level all the gifts you’ve shared here. All these gifts are equally available to every human being. How I desire that my life will be an example of these gifts, so that others may see the peace that belongs to each of us.

Thank you very much for this post.

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Christopher Foster October 22, 2010 at 8:14 am

Hi to you too Keith. Many thanks for your beautiful comment. “How I desire that my life will be an example of these gifts…” I think sums up our authentic purpose for being here on the planet. I am happy and honored to be sharing this path with you. Love and blessings.

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Uzma October 23, 2010 at 2:20 pm

Hello Christopher.
Thank u for this lovely post. Your blog is exuding such a nice peaceful feeling. Am going to check out the book now. Thank u for it.

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Christopher Foster October 23, 2010 at 5:40 pm

Thank you for your comment Uzma. It’s always a pleasure to have you stop by. I’m so glad you feel a bit of peace when you check in here. At the end of the day I don’t know what is more important than inner peace.
Love and blessings.

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Wittaya November 4, 2010 at 12:39 pm

Hi Chris.
Loving universe… It makes me feel so calm to imagine and feel the energy flow everywhere around me and connected to the surroundings.
Thanks for sharing and making the goodness easier to reach than ever.
Wittaya.. 🙂

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Christopher Foster November 4, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Wittaya, this is beautiful. Thank you for sharing. Keep on opening yourself to the goodness…
Bless you.

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Larry November 11, 2010 at 3:08 pm

Hi Chris, thanks so much for mentioning me. You’ve come a long way and I’m very proud to be a part of the community you’re building. You’re not just a great client, but a great friend as well. The more I visit here, the more I like the design we put together. Steve said it best “the blog looks amazing”. But maybe I’m a little partial too 😉

For anyone that might be need work done on their sites or might be interested in a new design, I’ll give anyone that mentions they heard about me on The Happy Seeker a “Happy” 15% discount on your first engagement with me.
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Christopher Foster November 11, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Larry, I’m so glad you spoke up here. I want to thank you for your kind words about our relationship, and simply say I couldn’t find my way forward in this blogging adventure without you. You’re so reliable, knowledgeable and helpful. And also, which is very important for me, so reasonable in what you charge. I can’t sing your praises loudly enough. I hope you will find many new customers in days to come.

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Pebbles February 1, 2012 at 10:21 am

It’s a pleasure to find such rtaionlatiy in an answer. Welcome to the debate.

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Limantina Sihaloho May 24, 2011 at 3:47 am

“Again, there has been a lot of brainwashing done over the centuries to convince us we are miserable sinners, alone and rejected in a barren, hostile world. But don’t you believe it.”

Dear Christopher,

Many thanks. I recently was thinking: what was wrong that the manjority of people got to believe that the world is a horrible place? When I walk in Nature, how beautiful it is. That belief of miserable sinners is one of the most killing part to destroy the beauty within many souls. To believe that I am a sinner of absolutely of no use at all. The most difficult thing for many might be: how to clean the toxic things within themselves.

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Christopher Foster May 25, 2011 at 8:51 am

Limantina, I just love your name. Thank you so much for sharing. You get right to the core of our pain here, but it is also the truth that can set us free. It’s true, absolutely — you are and always have been a whole, perfect spiritual being without any tarnish or defect whatsoever.

I feel that perfection shining thru you as I read your words. Blessings to you.

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