Conflicts come because of struggle between the heart and mind. There is a tug of war going on because you want to do everything right. And you want everyone else to do things right. Only you don’t always know what is right, even when you think you do. Please don’t worry so much about being correct. You don’t have to be right. If you have to be right, you hesitate in life. You are here to live it.
When you pick apples from a tree, you just have to pick. You can’t decide ahead of time which ones will have worms and which ones won’t.
So, in life, you make choices. You simply do not have all the information necessary to make premiere decisions. Your mind does not have all the information. You heart may know, yet your heart has been so subjugated to the mind that it may be hard for you to know what your heart is saying.
You hurry along in life as if it were a race. There is no race. There is just life. You have wanted to be ahead of it. You get out of breath, you pant at breakneck speed.
Life in the world waits for you. It will carry you forward. Life has its own pace. You can’t get ahead of it. You can’t predict it. You can’t stop or start it. It has its own momentum. You are not hapless nor helpless in life, and yet life is not always yours to command. You can beg life, you can whip it, but life has a mind of its own. You ride the horse you are on, beloveds.
You have your ideas of what life should be, and life doesn’t always listen.
You simply don’t want to make too much of life as you live it in the world. You don’t want to make scenes. Embrace life instead, no matter what coat it wears on a particular day.
You have a deep desire to create, and there is much for you to create. Create happiness, love, relationships, art, music, stories, flower and table arrangements. Whatever you do, beloveds, make it beautiful. You can do it. Make your life beautiful.
You are already creating your life. Certainly, you contribute to it. You have some say in the direction of your life. It is not that you can order outcomes, but you can steer in the direction you want to go. You do that with your thoughts, beloved. Your thoughts are the steering wheel.
Analyzing life makes you pause, and it causes delay. When something has occurred, and you ask, What is the meaning of this? you are taking a look back. When you weigh a decision, when you try to count all the pro's and con's, you are looking at a road ahead of you. Better not to dwell on cause and effect. Better to get up and move than to dwell long. Choose a path and walk on it. See where it will take you. How much can you know ahead of time?
Often decisions will make themselves.
You wonder whether to go this way or that, and then, seemingly without a decision made, you find yourself going one way and not the other.
Sometimes, beloved, you do not have to make a decision. The decision was made long before you thought of the question. Sometimes the next step is simply the next step. Quandaries do not exist except as you conceive them.
Love, and be not attached. Desire, and not be attached. Whatever you do, don’t attach. Attachment of any kind is trying to hold the Universe in place. It is trying to take charge, order it around. Life has to flow, and attachment blocks the flow.
Love does not have to come to a stop and stay there. It is not a car that parks in a garage in its own parking space.
Hold the palms of your hands up toward Heaven. Let your hands become cups wide open to receive the energy of the Universe. You will feel the energy reverberating in the simple palms of your hands. Feel the pulse of this energy. It is sweet. You are always receiving this energy. Imagine how connected to Heaven you are. Imagine what goes on in the crown of your head. Imagine this great and subtle energy permeating you. It is a life force.
Not only do you receive this energy, you also radiate it. It is circulatory. This is the way the Earth revolves, and this is how you do, how your life does. Consider your heart a tom-tom, and its beats reach far and wide. They are heard everywhere. They may not be noted, but they are heard.
Yes, I created you. From love, you were birthed. And so now, beloveds, I Who am the Creator, I also come into existence through you. I exist no matter what, and yet you bring Me to life. You are the life of Me. It is as if your fingers type Me into existence. I walk the Earth, beloveds, and you make pictures of Me. Your life and My existence are inseparable.
I say you create Me because I, Who exist eternally, and I, Who exist in your heart -- I also exist in the perimeters of your mind. Your mind says I exist, or your mind may say I do not. Your mind is like a junction point or a toll booth that admits or does not admit Me. Of course, I walk right through all gates regardless, and yet how I love your recognition. Just like you, I like to be recognized. I like to walk on Earth and have the throngs strew rose petals, throw kisses, live their lives with joy.
Lead with your heart. Leap with your heart. Your heart is not meant to take baby steps. Your heart is not meant to be covert. Your heart is meant to be a great explorer. Your heart is like the scout who goes out to survey the territory. Your heart is like Christopher Columbus who discovered a New Land. His discovery was called a New Land, but it was always there. It was just that it had not been seen before by the eyes of those who lived elsewhere. Christopher Columbus had an inkling, and he traveled the path of the Earth and became famous.
There is stability in change. When seasons change, there is still stability. Flowers bloom, and flowers fade. The sun shines brightly, and you swim on the lake. The winds blow cold, and you skate on the lake. Through it all, there is a beautiful permanence.
If the seasons did not change, the permanence would not be greater.
You rake leaves. You shovel snow. You put summer clothes away. You take out boots and mittens. The changing seasons are not upheaval. They are just change.
And so with your life. The changing seasons do not have to be upheaval. They are merely changes. Childhood flies away. Hair grows gray. Husbands and wives come and go. Death of the body consumes your loved ones, and one day your body takes its turn. Permanence is still permanence. Stability has not gone.
Changes in relative life, like the seasons, are to be expected. Changes are not fatal. They are merely changes.
Love is never absent. You would not be on Earth without love. You would not exist without love. Even in your darkest most drear moments, you are full of love. You can know this because you know how your heart lifts when love enters. Your eyes look up. Love from outside stirs the love inside you. Love was there all the time. Its head was down, and then it looked up. Love opens your heart, and love unlocks other hearts. Love loves.
When the lid is down on a treasure chest, you do not automatically think that the jewels are all gone. You have a sense of security when it comes to chests made of wood and metal. When it comes to the treasures of your own heart, when the cover is down, you have the notion that love has flown away. Anyway, where could it fly to, beloveds?