Let us address what has happened and what is about to happen. Even though you might not yet consciously be aware of the shifts, you have shifted your cellular structure dramatically in the past six months. The end result of that shifting can only be a shift of your life perceptions.
Perhaps you were raised in a community in which values and morals were strongly adhered to. Those values allowed you to move in a number of directions, but not in all directions. In a sense, those values were borders on your life much as a frame is a border of a piece of art.
You knew what was expected of you and what the results would be if you did not adhere to the values and morales of your community. Life was easy – much as life in a prison or a nunnery is easy. The stringent rules provided you with both a safety net and protection. And if you chose to disobey those rules, you were also pretty certain of the eventual outcomes. Your life was a pattern.
Those patterns have come to an end. And for those of you who doubt this truism, return yourself to that picture frame or pattern with the hope that your expected rewards will follow. You will find that even though the pattern may still exist, your rewards have altered dramatically. Your minister telling you that you are a gracious and loving human being will carry little weight if you do not feel those thoughts within you.
Your shift is that dramatic and that simple. Perhaps you have already experienced something of that nature. If you have not, you soon will. Your rewards have shifted and thereby your values. Your picture frame has dissolved and your knowingness of society’s truisms is no more.
Imagine how difficult it would be for you to rejoin society following 30 years of prison captivity. Think back to 1980 – the clothes, sexual activity (1980 was pre-AIDS), technology, slang, the fears and joy. All have evolved in that short period of time. Yet, values have remained somewhat consistent. It was inappropriate to murder someone in 1980 and it is inappropriate in your societal value system now. Even though the nuances may have changed, the picture frame remained somewhat consistent.
Your frame is no longer. There are no longer any borders or stop points for who you are.
This thought may frighten many. It need not. You are fully capable – and always have been, we may add – of determining your direction and values. If you would have consented to listen to your heart eons ago, this shift would not have been necessary or so dramatic. But then, you, as a group of human entities, decided that you wished to explore group thought before you delved into individual thought and actions.
Group thought is complete. It is time for you to determine what you value and who you are without input from your friends or relatives. You are the one! Many of you fear that the removal of the picture frame will result in chaos. The opposite is true – but that theory can only be tested once you allow yourself to move at your own pace, in your own direction.
In truth, chaos can be the only result when a picture frame, a standard of values is created. You are all unique individuals; and the standard of values was developed to encompass the majority or those in power – leaving the rest to fend for themselves.
Did not the imposed value system of the last few eons include the church and all of those ensuing complications? Societal values or picture frames can never be too broad; or those in power lose control. So even though Christianity might have been important to many societies in the last few eons, it had to be the “right” Christianity. It was not enough to be Lutheran, you had to be Missouri Synod Lutheran.
All of your picture frames, value frames are extremely narrow whether you care to admit that or not. You only had a few available moves before you placed yourself beyond the frame. Your life is now wide open. Even though that freedom feels delightful for those of you who never could understand the need for the picture frame of values, it also is terrifying. Who will tell you if you are good or bad or right or wrong? Who indeed?
The good news is that you no longer have a picture frame of values. The bad news is that you no longer have a picture frame of values. This is a time of tremendous changes. You are both the initiator and the recipient.
We wish to reduce your fears and to have you understand the beauty of your new life. You no longer need the picture frame. Just as you no longer needed your parents to tell you what to do once you left home. Was that first freedom not terrifying and exhilarating at the same time?
So it is for you now. You no longer need your parents, your teachers, your spouse or your children telling you what to do. You know what you need to do to be joyful – follow your heart. We guarantee that as you allow yourself to follow your heart and thereby move into joy; you will create the new world of joy for yourself and others that has been prophesied.
Perhaps you will better understand this thought if we use an analogy of birds. Would not your bird watching and listening excursions seem quite dull if all birds looked and sounded the same? That is the society that you have attempted to create for eons. It did not work. It was too confining. If you doubt our thoughts, please listen to the news tonight. There is a religious war there, contention there and anger there. All radiating from others who either want you to fit into their picture frame of values or from you because you want others to fit into yours.
The picture frame of values that you have tried to adhere to for eons is not liberating – it is confinement at its worst. We are telling you that you now have access to your prison cell keys. Open your cell and run into the wind shouting at the top of your lungs, “I am free at last!”.
And so it is. Amen
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