The other day I challenged my readers to think about what they know, not what they believe, but what do they have that deep knowing about, that unshakable faith about. After having put that out there for people to think about, I realized I needed to do the same. I needed to articulate what I know, not what I believe. Today, this is my intent, to begin to articulate what I know and pray that the words exist to help me explain the unexplainable.
One thing I know for sure is that there is an Ultimate Consciousness in the Universe and regardless of what one believes, the journey one is on, or what one even calls this source, it exists. To discuss how one calls upon this source is something I choose not to do. It is as productive as discussing whether one calls a carbonated beverage soda, pop, coke, etc. What is important, for me, is that one acknowledges one’s source. How I have called upon this Divine source has changed over time in my life and still changes depending on whom I am speaking with about the Divine. I grew up being taught the word God, then was exposed to a wide diversity of names used in the Bible and in other faith traditions. Then I began to call upon the Creator, the Divine, the Infinite and ultimately have evolved in my journey to the name of Ultimate Consciousness. I like this because it reminds me that the Divine is in me and is what I have consciously chosen to control my consciousness and to help me purify my unconsciousness. I know that whatever name I use does not matter, but that I remember and acknowledge our connection.
I know I am never alone in my journey. Even when I may feel as if I am going through this by myself, I am never alone. I am surrounded by the presence of the Ultimate both internally and externally. I am surrounded by guardian angels, spirit guides of human and animal form, and am guided by my GPS (God Protection System).When I listen to and make decisions based on my intuitive wisdom I live with no regrets. However, there have been times when I have not paid attention and then I have to forgive myself for not listening to that still small voice within me, which I invited and asked to guide my every thought and step.
I know that when I am not feeling in harmony with the Ultimate it is because I have not been intentional about taking time to check in and have whatever discussion I need to with the Divine. It is like that with any relationship. The more time I spend in a relationship with someone the more I come to understand and appreciate them. The less time I spend with them, the easier it is for me to become disconnected to them. It is not that I cannot resume the relationship with them, but that I have some rebuilding and catching up to do. It is because of this that I am intentional about spending time developing that relationship with the Ultimate each day.
I know the Ultimate hears and answers my prayers, although not always as I imagined or expected. I still remember when I was asking to become a more forgiving person because I was struggling to release my anger towards another human being. My prayer was answered when my car was “rented” by a colleague of mine to some local drug dealers so he could get his fix. The funny thing is that as I was praying my way through this situation and making choices from a space of love and forgiveness, I forgot I was angry with that other person and ultimately did become a more forgiving person.
I know I have been blessed with eyes that can hear and ears that can see. Having been given these allows me to experience an intimacy with the Ultimate that I cannot even begin to explain. It is so humbling to be listening to someone speak and be able to see what is in their heart or to look at someone who is sitting in silence and hear the meditations of their heart. I know this is a gift from the Ultimate and is one I highly value and treat with respect.
There is so much more that I know, but for today, this is what I feel led to write about this morning. It does feel so empowering to be able to articulate what I know.