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Find peace in the still waters within

 

Bin Laden dead. Terrible tornadoes in the south-eastern United States. The awful woes of Japan. The magnificent spectacle of the Royal Wedding.

So many strong emotions, good and bad, we might say, some positive, some negative. So many huge, sometimes unexpected happenings and changes, whether in our own personal lives or in the external world of which we are part.

And yet there is one place we can turn where there is only peace.

It is the timeless peace at the core of our own being that is always here, always present, and never changes. What did Teresa of Avila say? "Let nothing disturb thee, nothing affright thee. All things change, God changeth never."

It is who we truly are -- the still waters of our own being where true character is born and wisdom and truth and courage eternally abide.

Lessons of a nearby creek

Most every day I like to walk down to the creek that flows at the back of our townhome complex here in south Denver.

It's a gorgeous little stream. There is a place I especially like to visit where some stepping stones have been laid down so people can cross to and fro. I like to stand on one of these stones and watch the water -- the clearest water you could think of -- flow by on its way downstream.

There are small rocks and stones, of course, in this stream, but the water doesn't seem to mind. It simply flows around them and continues on its way. I think this symbolizes, in a way, what is required of each of us in these dangerous, unpredictable times.

What is life calling for now?

What is life calling for now? Here are some thoughts on this.

1. We are called to be strong, and persistent, and to never deny the work we are here to do, and the unique gift that is ours to give.

2. We are called to love this world. And yet to honor the flow of life within us and listen to the wisdom of our own soul rather than the strident and often confusing input of the external world.

3. Be willing to be brought to our knees if that is what is necessary to fulfill our true potential and play our part in the evolutionary development that is occurring on this planet whether humans like it or not.

 4. Be flexible and humble, willing to forgive whatever needs forgiving in ourselves or in others, so that the "still waters" of our being can continue to flow freely and creatively within us.

 5. Be willing to open our heart to the truth at the core of our existence that is without blemish or sin of any kind.

6. Be kind to ourselves and know in our heart that we are important to this universe and to the One Love which is the core of our own true character.

What do you think is being called from us in these days?

I’d love to hear from you. Blessings.

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Justin | Mazzastick May 2, 2011 at 4:09 pm

I love water. I live in the country now and there are some small streams and rivers that I can go and visit. It’s like the energy around moving water is so fresh, pure, and clean to me.

I would really prefer to live near the ocean though. There is such a nice vibe in towns that are near the ocean.
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Christopher Foster May 3, 2011 at 10:11 am

Hi Justin. Many thanks for commenting. I’m with you as far as ocean is concerned, it’s the one thing I miss since having moved to Colorado. But on the other hand I do love the sunshine. It’s kind of a miracle that special energy around water isn’t it?

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Phil D. Malmstrom May 2, 2011 at 8:31 pm

These are wonderful lessons Christopher.

Flowing water is an excellent analogy for life and is found used in almost every religion and philosophy throughout the world. As a stream can be subtle and yielding to the formations that seem to contain it, over time even the largest rock is worn down by the timeless current. We may need to alter our course with the changes around us, but if we stay true to our natures and focus on our Spirit we’ll reach our destination in the proper moment. 🙂

Have a Blessed Day Christopher!
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sheila May 3, 2011 at 12:10 pm

The world celebration of a Royal wedding and then the cheering of a death worldwide also… don’t quite know how to take that…kind of shows the differences in how we live and our thought processes. Hmmm
I am very grateful for my walks thro the North Coast rain forests of BC, coming upon the beaches , just simply sitting and watching the tide . The company of a good mate, Eagles soaring above and a pod of Killer Whales on the horizon.
Now that my friends is true peace…
cheers to all

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Christopher Foster May 3, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Thank you for your very touching and sensitive comment Sheila. Speaking of the Royal wedding for a moment I have to say it sure touched my British heart — JoAnn and I were up at 4am and celebrated with a little champagne at 6 with our “English” breakfast.

Christopher Foster May 3, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Such a lovely comment Phil. Thankyou for sharing your thoughts on flowing water in such a clear and compelling way. Blessings to you.

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Debbie @ Happy Maker May 6, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Hi Christopher,
What is life calling for now you ask. I like this one, 1. We are called to be strong, and persistent, and to never deny the work we are here to do, and the unique gift that is ours to give.

Now I believe is a time to be strong and persistent. Life is changing and world is changing. It is up to us to find the good in these changes. When we look at any situation and try not to ask Why, but what is the good I can do with this the world becomes a better place.

Nice to meet you Christopher and I live in Littleton, Co. You have a wonderful day. I do like to go walking around the smaill lake there own Bowles. It is beautiful and so peaceful and love the sound of water. Debbie

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Christopher Foster May 7, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Such a pleasure to hear from you Debbie. I live pretty close, JoAnn and I moved a year ago to a townhome in Centennial near Southglenn. I don’t have a lake to walk round but I do have a stream to listen to…Time with Nature seems ever more important these days. And with our own Self. Blessings.

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The Vizier May 9, 2011 at 1:47 am

Hi Christopher,

Events in the world can easily overtake and overwhelm us if we allow it to. Death, disasters both natural and man-made, wars and so on are unsettling. But as you rightly point out, there are things to be happy about and admire like the Royal Wedding.

I agree that there is so much insights we can gain from life just by observing nature. Your sharing about the stream reminds me of a quote from the Yijing.

“Through repetition of danger we grow accustomed to it. Water sets the example for the right conduct under such circumstances. It flows on and on, and merely fills up all the places through which it flows; it does not shrink from any dangerous spot nor from any plunge, and nothing can make it lose its own essential nature. It remains true to itself under all conditions. Thus likewise, if one is sincere when confronted with difficulties, the heart can penetrate the meaning of the situation. And once we have gained inner mastery of a problem, it will come about naturally that the action we take will succeed. In danger all that counts is really carrying out all that has to be done–thoroughness–and going forward, in order not to perish through tarrying in the danger.”

As for what life is calling for, I would say it calls for us to be adaptable to change. We must not allow ourselves to be complacent or to become rigid. Doing so would only make us vulnerable when we face drastic changes in our lives.

Thank you for sharing this lovely article! 🙂

Irving the Vizier
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Christopher Foster May 10, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Thank you Irving. And thankyou especially for the lovely quote from the Yijing. I love where it affirms the importance of the heart, how the heart can “penetrate the meaning of a situation.”

Yes, these are times that demand flexibility and humility. Our two best friends, eh? Blessings.

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Jeffrey Willius May 23, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Hello Christopher — I just came across your wonderful blog, and am glad to find a kindred spirit. I appreciate your skill in writing about spiritual matters without getting into too much New Age or Zen jargon. I think most folks are yearning for a connection with the core of goodness they suspect exists, but may not realize they already possess.
I look forward to exploring your work more!

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Christopher Foster May 23, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Thanks Jeffrey. So happy to be in touch. Look forward to exploring YOUR work.

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