What Have I Given Away?

On reflection of this birthday, I have been thinking about my journey here on planet earth. How I came in to this life with little feet and had to learn to walk and talk and such. I also came into his world wearing my birthday suit, but I will leave this world clothed in another suit –it has come to me.On my Father’s gravestone, from my Grand Mother is the saying-‘What you take with you when you leave this world is what you gave away’. I understand that better now. And I wondered…what exactly have I given away?
 
I imagined that an Angel was with this little girl just prior to birth. I could feel that Angel and that she said this little girl will have Art as her creativity in this life on her side coming with her and other gifts she will not realize till later. She will have trials and tribulations and meet other beings who will want to take from her or be jealous of her and her family in this life.
 
Yet she will have a Mother who will tell her when someone is just being jealous, and she will say that it is be better to love them at a distance because jealousy eats people up-till they let it go. At times, the Mother will tell this little girl to go into a room with a mirror and imagine it full of mirrors to observe the little girl’s actions and how they have can affect other people, and that this would draw upon compassion. The Angel said there would a Father who would show her how to be a winner in life against all odds, and teach how anything is possible. She said he will be right much fun teaching the little girl how important it is to enjoy what one does with full enthusiasm. 
 
The Angel also said that Freedom would be by the little girl’s side because without it, she would not feel free to create from the depths her Soul-or to speak her truth and yet temper it with compassion wherever she goes. She said this little girl will have all these things in her life as gifts, including plenty and the lack of plenty, disappointments and betrayals and all the ups and downs in life that she can also turn into gifts by conscious choice to do so.
 
But then the Angel said, “The greatest gift this little girl will have is LOVE, because she said without it, none of the other gifts will matter and will disintegrate without it. She said, “LOVE is what brought you here, and all the LOVE you ever have given away is what will clothe you when you leave this world.” Then the little girl said-“but if I give it away-won’t I be bereft of this LOVE?”
 
Then the Angel said that, “Only LOVE knows LOVE, so only LOVE can give LOVE away, and that in giving is the Soul nourished thereby increasing LOVE which builds your Eternal garments.’ The little girl was fine with that-and off she went! Throughout this life this little girl has realized, that ALL beings are endowed with the same things, the gifts are just named a little different. But LOVE isn’t named differently, interesting enough! 
 
MargaretSue
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The Tyranny of self-Editing -[Or] Writing in the Spirit of the Word!

           

Reflections by Still Waters!

Reflections by Still Waters!

 The Tyranny of Self-Editing -Or,  

 Writing in the Spirit of the Word!

Writers are creative creatures on a specific mission to express by means of the written word:  ideas, feelings and awarenesses conveyed to them from their ownpersonal muses or perhaps to express Inspirations perceived as direct from Spirit.

There are as many ways to convey an Inspiration as there are human beings. Yet, with each attempt to express a personal Inspiration into form such as the written word, there comes the critic within who wants to edit the words for the sake of the audience or may doubt the accuracy of the Inspiration. The fatal flaw here is: the critic. The critic judges and condemns. The words and thoughts are either cast into word-Hell or they will try to take flight, only to fall flat from being judged and condemned again and again.

Eventually, this kind of constant hammering allowed from the condemning critic, whether from within our own mind or the minds of others, affects our freedom of Higher Self reception and then the words can no longer take flight, and what is written is as good as dead-to anyone reading them. The Spirit of the writing is gone!

This is true of all critics, whether it is the inner critic battling the writer while he types, or the critic of a publication. Either way, the critic steals the hard won territory of ‘story’ and Inspiration attempting to be expressed!

So how does the writer express an Inspiration so that they and someone else,

                                            i.e. the ‘audience’ can understand it?

 Listen only to your inner Voice, & just be TRUTHFUL to that from your deepest HEART! The rest will take care of itself! Spirit knows Spirit! Truth knows Truth! Words carry vibrations and like vibrations attract like vibrations, so the essence of words is deeper because it is the expression of an idea- which is the expression of a vibration. This vibration can even be understood across language barriers by some, an interesting phenomenon.

So keep to your personal TRUTH! If the inner critic/editor wants to change your words to the point that your Voice is lost, which changes the vibrations of the written piece and it is therefore no longer honest, then it may not be the right time for you to write, or you just may not be in the right frame of mind. Take a break & relax. Breathe deeply and go within, into the Silence for a light meditation about your piece…

While it is true that public schools and colleges exist to train more students daily in the art of writing story, they do not train them in the art of listening to that still inner voice and expressing their Inspiration from their own ‘Voice.’

Yet even with the educational Spiritual mindset, there can be a slipping back to the old ways of the human schooling world, when a desire pops up to want to criticize and condemn. In Science of Being this activity is called, acting from the sub-conscious level of mind. The sub-conscious mind is that place where ego resides always wanting to impose its false authority. One way to impose this authority is also by belittling. Belittling takes the power away from something that seems powerful-such as name calling of bullies, or poking fun at something sacred like the name God, or Love. The funny thing is, the only part of us that ever feels threatened, is the subconscious part of our own mind. It fears for its very own existence, because it knows it is not the Eternal part of us. Soul Mind or the Higher Self aspect on the other hand is never threatened, as it knows ItSelf as its own Eternal Nature and lives in peace.

There is an old saying about whether to be true to the letter of the Law or the Spirit of the Law. If we are True to the letter of the Law [-getting lost in details] then we will miss the Spirit of the Law. If instead, we are true to the Spirit of the Law, then the letter of the Law-or details will work out naturally and harmoniously. Also, being true only to the letter of the Law indicates taking the Spirit out of it, which kills Joy. Applying this same perspective to the creative word now rather than just to Law: if we are true to the letter of the word, [getting into detail again,] instead of the Spirit of the word, then that written word  is DEAD having lost its Optimistic  state of Mind where enthusiasm lives: in Joy and Inspiration! Yet, if we are true to the Spirit of our Words [writing them joyfully as they come to us] then they are as though ALIVE [transporting the consciousness of the reader to another place as well as the writer] and the details of the technical aspects of the writing will work out harmoniously and naturally.

So this ‘no self editing’ is a different way of writing and different in finally accepting it and then allowing others to read and experience it. Yet this brings us closer to Spirit and living in Joy with our creations!

So writers write! Listen to your muse or your still small voice within and express-express-express! No judgment! Delete the subconscious critic every time it raises its ugly little head! And stand true to your own Voice and take a stand For your Voice! As what comes from schooling is the past and are the habits from the past [which is also subconscious]. However, what comes from your Voice within is Fresh and LIVES NOW!-being fresh from Spirit! Inspiration is from your Higher Self Consciousness and is one with your ID, your own Individualized expression stamped onto it!

Margaret Sue Turner Wright CLB