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Listening to our own calm, steadfast spirit

We live in a time of great change. Confusion, conflict and fear seem to be on the increase everywhere. And yet paradoxically, something else is intensifying also – the call of our own calm, steadfast spirit, unchanged and unharmed by any of the events transpiring in us or around us.

Whether we face adversity in our own lives or see the images of adversity so graphically portrayed in news clips from the Middle East and elsewhere, it’s as if life is conspiring to help us become more conscious of the call of eternal love in our heart.

A rare responsibility and opportunity is being laid at our door.

What are we going to do, for example, when we see the video of a maimed child in a Gaza slum?

Will we simply do our best to ignore it and go on about our business? That is one possibility. After all, there’s obviously not much we can do in a direct sense to help.

Will we feel the pain and horror that we see on the video but be so troubled and overwhelmed by what we see that it becomes a burden in our own heart? That doesn’t really help anyone either.

No, there is another possibility.

We can acknowledge the truth that we are all one. We can acknowledge that the pain of anyone anywhere in the world is our pain. And then we can let the pain that we feel – in ourselves or in another — be the catalyst that reminds us of the calm, steadfast spirit that is in each of us and is the very source of the happiness and peace for which we long.

Do you want to bring greater value to your life?

Do you want your life to be truly meaningful and fulfilled?

All you you need to do is to listen to the call of spirit in your heart and it will transform your life – and the lives of others – in ways that will astound you.

I send love and greetings and would love to share your thoughts on the above.

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Marisa August 11, 2014 at 3:11 pm

My dear friend,

For as long as I can remember I have felt we are all one, in every sense, and your words are so overwhelming true. I have also felt that our own pain, sorrow, happiness, acceptance etc. are all part of the collective energy we share.

Perhaps this energy, or oneness, allows us to share in all forms of humanity, in different degrees, so that we can actually help each other through the pain and sorrow, heartache, grief, etc., as well as share the love, laughter, inspiration, and beauty.

We share in everything, helping one another with the eternal spirit of truth and love. Every breath we take allows us to come closer to unity.

Marisa

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Christopher Foster August 12, 2014 at 1:03 pm

Thank you for your beautiful words, Marisa. You speak for many, I am sure. We are all one. We are all part of one great flow of energy. As I think of your words I am reminded that while our society talks a lot about “human nature” and its inevitable failings, we also have the privilege of expressing our true nature. Our divine character, unblemished by anything of the outer world.

How true, as you say, that every breath we take can bring us closer to that great unity of being that is our true home. Surely answering that call in each little moment of our lives is why we are here. With you in the way. God bless.

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Maureen Moeller August 11, 2014 at 6:28 pm

Christopher, what a fresh reminder that we are ALL ONE. It seems so simple and clearly if the world recognized it war and hunger would cease. What is it in us that struggles to remember this deep truth? We become overwhelmed with anger, competition and righteousness, forgetting that when one suffers we all suffer.

I noticed today that a political commercial began to stir anger inside; and it seems I had to wake myself up to let it pass through. I actually took a few deep breaths to allow it to pass. I am trying very hard to listen to the call of spirit in my heart Christopher…..

I did not listen while arguing with a son whose life is spiraling out of control; instead my reaction was one of fear and panic. I knew instantly that I missed the moment to allow spirit to remind me of the compassion this young man needs from his parents. I will have another chance…..today… to reach out to him in compassion.

We are human…and just need to keep trying…and remembering. Your wisdom is a gentle reminder…thank you from the bottom of my heart. Also, it was truly a joy to see you and JoAnn. Our visit will be a joy filled space in my heart for always.

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Christopher Foster August 12, 2014 at 2:54 pm

It’s lovely to hear from you, Maureen, as always. Thank you for your comment. The way your spirit flows reminds me of the creek outside our town-home where I like to go and visit, every day if possible. Standing on the stones that cross the creek reminds me of the flow of life that flows in each of us and will uplift our heart with its sweet music as we take the time to listen.

Indeed it was a huge pleasure to have you stop by and visit. By the way, the orchid still blooms on our dining room table. It just doesn’t know when to stop. I think it is is probably just going to keep on blooming forever, like our spirit surely does.

Politics (and world affairs) stirs feelings of antipathy in me too. That’s cool that you think to take a few deep breaths. Your account of your interaction with your son is very touching. Thank God that you care. Thank God that you are patient. Just keep on listening Maureen. Love and blessings from us both.

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Chris August 11, 2014 at 8:36 pm

Christopher – thank you for your clear and powerful words. It is the spirit of peace and love which is so needed on the planet. Who will express this spirit in their living regardless of circumstance? It starts with me. Thank you for sharing your living experience and awareness!

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Christopher Foster August 12, 2014 at 3:06 pm

Chris, good to hear from you. Thank you for your clear and powerful words also, and for the healing expertise you have developed so well over the years. I’m very thankful for our connection.

JoAnn and I send our love to you and Donna. I much recommend your website to any reader of my blog if they feel inclined to check it out. “Heartland Attunement.” I can feel the healing vibes all the way from here in Denver:-) Love to you Chris.

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Jane Sibidol August 12, 2014 at 3:46 am

Dear Christopher,
What you say is true. Killing and violence hurt everybody no matter where we are. I can only pray that somehow we can find the truth and obtain enlightenment for a better, happier and peaceful world in the near future.

Blessings to you and your family.

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Christopher Foster August 12, 2014 at 3:11 pm

Hi Jane. Thank you for your words and thank you for taking the time to write. It’s good to be in touch. Love and blessings to you too.

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Ed Herzog August 12, 2014 at 11:33 am

I think you’ve hit upon a fundamental challenge of life. On the one hand, we strive to be happy, positive people. On the other hand, we know that there are horrible things happening throughout the world – people and animals who are suffering and in great pain. Focusing on our own happiness can seem selfish and trivial in the face of daily horrors. Yet how much good can we be to others unless we cultivate happy, positive energy?
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Christopher Foster August 12, 2014 at 3:33 pm

Great comment Ed. Thank you for sharing. It is a challenge indeed. The only way I know to respond to this challenge appropriately is to do our best to adhere to balance in our own lives. To follow the middle way, as I believe the Chinese call it. The universe loves balance and it is a universe of love, even though our race is sadly out of tune at the moment with that love. As another commenter was saying, it has to start with me…Best wishes to you Ed and stay well. Would love to have you stop by again some time.

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Anthony Palombo August 12, 2014 at 1:50 pm

Chris, your post is timely for many, I’m sure. Whether what the media are showing us on TV is accurate or contrived to present a biased view, my heart doesn’t enjoy any longer the “usual” judgmental reaction toward these events.

I am reminded of a scripture that says something about seeing the tragedies around us “only with thine eyes.” I see with my heart as well, but only to feel compassion with those who suffer so in Gaza, for instance. The maimed child in the Gaza slum is me. The more I know oneness with the All, so much more acute is the pain in my heart when I see my body and my home being shattered by bullets and bombs. When I see thousands of refugees fleeing their villages knowing they will have no home to return to, if indeed they live to see another day.

I feel another kind of pain when I realize that I am also the ones who are shooting the bullets and dropping the bombs. There is no escape from Oneness. Only denial and the illusion of separateness. This puts me in an advantageous position. I can stop this madness in my own mind and heart now. I can say “Enough! Let this insanity cease. Let there be peace on Earth . . . in this earth of mine.” Thank you, dear friend, for sharing your words of wisdom and calm. Blessings of love.
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Christopher Foster August 13, 2014 at 9:30 am

Anthony, thank you so much. Your words are wise and very touching. I can’t think of a more important message than you have articulated. “We are all one” is not only a nice-sounding theory. It is the truth of the matter and this truth, and the awareness of this truth, is on the move in human hearts. It’s coming to the surface and it’s not going to be stopped. Good to be “ahead of the curve” and play our part, just as you suggest, in acknowledging and experiencing this truth in our own hearts. We can’t change anyone else but we can let change work its magic in us.

Love to you Anthony. Be well.

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Jeffrey Willius August 13, 2014 at 10:50 am

Much to think about here, Christopher. I agree that the universe conspires to take us deeper into our own truths. But, as you suggest, I struggle with the apparent fruitlessness of such a response. Then I remember that, when it comes to empathy and peaceful, healing intention, not only are they powerful forces, but geographic distance is no hurdle.
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Christopher Foster August 17, 2014 at 10:48 am

Jeffrey, I’m so happy to hear from you. I’m sorry I didn’t respond sooner but I want to thank you for your clear, strong words. How true it is, just as you say, that these forces of empathy and right intention are not limited by physical distance. They are vibrating in each of us, aren’t they, just waiting to be expressed through us in moments large and small. My love to you Jeffrey and I am very thankful for the friendship that I feel with you and that is quietly nurturing between us. Stay well. and God bless.

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kim August 16, 2014 at 6:34 am

Hi Chris,

Thank you for another beautiful and moving blog. Each time I read your blogs, I find different layers of meaning and emotion in them.

It is so easy to be deeply troubled by the conflicts that are going on in the world and to feel defeated, and that there is nothing we can do about it.

You remind me that we each have our part to play in the healing of these deep troubles, and that if we connect with our spirit, then we can not only heal ourselves, but be part of the solution.

Thank you as always.

Kim

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Christopher Foster August 17, 2014 at 10:32 am

It’s such a pleasure to hear from you again Kim. Thank you so much for your kind, inspiring words. Yes indeed. We each have our part to play, and the wisdom and strength we need is always present with us. Love and blessings to you ‘across the pond.’ It’s good to share this journey with you.

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Christopher Foster August 17, 2014 at 10:39 am

It’s a great pleasure to hear from you again, Kim. Thank you so much for your kind, inspiring words. Yes indeed, we each have our part to play, just as you say, and the strength and wisdom we need is always present with us. Love and blessings to you “across the pond.”

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