Home' Nova National : April 2011 Contents Without courage, all other qualities
we consider to be good and virtuous, such
as love, forgiveness, acceptance, tolerance,
kindness, charity and understanding are
only temporary states of being for none
of them can exist in our world unless
supported by courage. Equally, courage
does not exist unless fear is present -- fear
Ancestral healing trainer and shaman John L. Payne suggests that true healing can only
come from acknowledging and embracing our deepest wounds.
When it comes to healing on
any level, the most important
quality or virtue is courage.
In order not to relive our
personal, family, national or ethnic history
we must have the courage to face our
past, or indeed to examine what we are
creating in the present.
of judgment, fear of exposure, the fear
of being shamed and the fear of being
undefended, the very real fear that if we
reveal our light, it could be extinguished
and we would fade into non-existence.
Without courage we can simply
succumb to our fate and allow it to be
the cornerstone of our lives, dictating the
outcome of every relationship and life
experience -- in essence, become more
like a millstone than a solid cornerstone
from which to build something that
expresses who we truly are. But all the
limiting life patterns we experience really
emerge from resisting what was given
to us, our fate. Yes, this sounds like a
contradiction. In order for us to evolve
our fate into a destiny of our choosing,
we must first submit to whatever
happened, to the fate that was given.
We live in a world of opposites; we
have up and down, left and right, light
and dark and so on. And within life's
lessons lie opposites as well; we live in
a world of comparison and our free will
allows us to create a life of our choosing.
So, no matter where we stand in life, all
that is not wanted is an opportunity for us
to launch ourselves towards what we do
want. Yet so many of us spend so much
time simply resisting what is instead of
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reaching for what we seek.
The word "submit" is a difficult word
to digest. It conjures up images of
submission, enslavement, acquiescence
and being resigned to a given situation
with no further freedom to change or
do anything about it. But I use the term
"submit" in the sense of accepting what
is and what was. So why not just say
"accept" in its stead?
Fate is a given and it comes to us
from a power much greater than us. I
am not talking here about an individual
God, the God of the Bible who has a
personality, a will, wishes, laws and is all
mighty, but rather the forces that govern
human relationships and all life. Within
these forces lies not only the greater soul
of humanity and the soul of all life on
our planet, both seen and unseen by the
naked eye, but also our individual soul.
As I lay on the floor during an armed
robbery in 2007, a deep upwelling of
desire emerged, part of it a wish to
complete what I had agreed to do. The
notion of soul contracts was not new to
me, neither then or now, but for the first
time in my life it was crystal clear to me.
While "little John" was quite prepared to
leave this life, the greater, deeper, inner
part of me experienced a strong desire
to stay and complete a task. It is not as
if I was given a map or clear instructions
or even that I now have a project plan
with checkpoints, dates and an end time.
What I do have is a clearer connection to
the longing of my soul and for the most
part I allow that to be my guidance. Also,
this task is not "grand" in the way that
we may think of "God given" tasks; it is
quite simple really. It is simply to become
a better version of myself, to evolve my
personality to a level that is undefended,
without masks and to be ever in tune
with the longing of my soul. This in itself
is a lifetime of work and it will find
numerous ways to express itself.
Any task that is given to us is always
about ourselves, about becoming the
greater part of ourselves, living our
essence and walking this planet in a more
open and undefended manner. So much
religious imagery has led many to believe
that a "God given" task is some grand
project, like "save the world" or "heal
the planet". While our work may indeed
contain elements of that -- for example,
a project to preserve a forest or work
that entails healing and education -- the
underlying principle is always "healer
heal thyself ". It all revolves around us as
individuals, so when we enter a life path
of becoming a healer or teacher, it is
because we have something to heal
within and we have something to learn.
We cannot possibly take anyone else on
Will you join us in meditation for world service?
EASTER Aries Festival of the living Christ and restoration.
Energy of Love. Sun 17 April
WESAK Taurus Festival of the Buddha, embodiment of Light.
Energy of Wisdom. Tues 17 May
GOODWILL Gemini Festival of the spirit of Humanity.
World Invocation Day. Wed 15 June
8pm at "The Y Hotel" 5-11 Wentworth Ave, Sydney
The Great Invocation
From the point of light within the Mind of God
Let light stream forth into human minds.
Let light descend on Earth.
From the point of Love within the Heart of God
Let love stream forth into human hearts.
May the Coming One retur n to Earth.
From the centre where the Will of God is known
Let purpose guide all little human wills -
The purpose which the Masters know and serve.
From the centre which we call the human race
Let the Plan of Love and Light work out
And may it seal the door where evil dwells.
Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth
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