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The raindrop that cannot dream the ocean

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Life has been full these past 12 months – of beginnings and endings, as life often is. I’ve worked on a book proposal, started a new job, lost a beloved family member and, throughout it all, found strength and inspiration from my continual development as a medium, writer and teacher with spirit.  I’ve just launched a website and am offering sittings as a professional spirit medium, written messages from spirit, meditation classes and workshops. If you’d like to find out more, check out http://www.louise-wylie.com.

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of dropping into a spirit writing class with my erstwhile teacher. It was lovely to reconnect – with her and with spirit in that manner – for the first time in many months. I was given the topic of Duality and the spirit communicator who joined me was in philosophical mode. Here’s what he wrote.

Duality – with a spirit communicator, 20 February 2016

Firstly, let me place this hourglass between us, here on the floor. The sand within runs smoothly. You and I know it is sand but does the sand perceive itself so? Or does it still bear the senses of the myriad creatures, stones and rocks it once was? And when it is pressed still harder, when the rock beneath us is pressed into a diamond, does the diamond perceive itself only as its new shining form, or as its previous, darker and more humble self?

The duality of nature is all around us. The seed becomes the sapling, the sapling the mighty tree, the tree the fallen log, the log charcoal for the fire. So it is with the waters of the earth themselves. Falling from the sky as rain, giving crops life and quenching our thirst, allowing us to grow – then flowing to the seas and being drawn inexorably upward once again by the might of the sun. As it falls, does the raindrop consider itself as separate, or does it hold the memory of the river, or the mighty ocean, or the cloud it once was and will be again?

When men or women consider themselves, too frequently they see only one aspect. They see nothing beyond the human form and often do not consider what went before and must come after. For all life is cyclical and human life is no different. If we cannot remember what came before or will come after, that does not mean it is not there and will not be.

Like the raindrop, we live in the moment of human existence, falling, falling into the river of life, flowing towards the ocean of our eternity. Being in the moment allows us to experience the richness of life, to consider its beauty and terror, to learn and to grow. And if a part of that growth is to consider and celebrate the duality of all things, then allow, oh little ones, for the duality of your own natures.

Whoever you are now, you are so much more, so many more, than you can know, or see, or feel. Allow for the miracle to be as present in you as it is in the acorn that cannot dream the forest, the raindrop that cannot dream the ocean. You are the man or woman who cannot dream the host of all the souls you have been or ever will be.

Duality is the spirit of existence; the mind of the Divine in physical form, Its imagination made manifest.

 

Boundaries

Image copyright Meraylah Allwood, from her 'Wisdom of Trees' Oracle Deck

Image copyright Meraylah Allwood, from her ‘Wisdom of Trees’ Oracle Deck

I don’t know why I continue to be amazed by the serendipities that frequently occur in my work with spirit, but I do! Perhaps that’s not a bad thing, because I’d never want to take the connection, or the gifts it gives me, for granted. An example of spirit’s great sense of timing came in one of the monthly spirit writing classes I still enjoy taking.  A few days before, I’d been speaking with a good friend about (again) feeling overwhelmed by certain people and she’d said (again) that I needed to set boundaries and stick to them. So I turned up at class a little tired and sorry for myself and the first task out of the spiritual hat was to pick a card at random from Meraylah Allwood’s The Wisdom of Trees oracle deck and write about it with a communicator.  I picked Hazel (see the illustration above) and its key word is, you guessed it, ‘boundaries’!

What follows is the gentle lecture that spirit gave me – but as it’s something I believe many of us can benefit from thinking about, I’m sharing it. 🙂

 

Boundaries – 18 January 2015

Consider your viewpoint. Your perception is all.

A boundary is just that – a point of passage from one place to another, a threshold, a doorway, a mark of delineation. You think of boundaries as a means to block yourself in, or others out, but they are not, in their true sense.

A boundary is a mark of respect and an opportunity. Energetically, the boundaries you set conserve your efforts and energy for those tasks which are of the most importance. Respecting your carefully considered boundaries, and expecting others to do so too, enables you to give more of yourself, not less, and in the ways which most matter.

Your boundaries do not limit you. When they are set and respected with grace and wisdom and compassion, they free you. Do not fear the setting of boundaries as failure or as limitation. Instead consider it as a path to grace and fulfilment.

Self-discipline is at the heart of this important exercise. And remember your boundary is always flexible. You can choose, in exceptional circumstances, to step over it, or to invite another to do so. But the fact that it is there gives both you and the other pause, time to consider whether this is the correct choice of action.

Hazel bends with the wind and with the hand. Hazel is flexible, resourceful and useful. So, too, are boundaries. Observe the image. The hazel forms an archway, a natural place of shelter and a low fence that is easy to see over and beyond. Thus, too, can boundaries play many roles in your life.

Observe, in quiet reflection, where and why boundaries are needed. Build them lovingly, with due notice to those whose lives and relationships with you they may affect. Construct them carefully, for the best and most fruitful of intentions. And then, like Hazel, your boundaries will bear fruit to sustain you in all your future endeavours.

Emerging from “a world where desire outweighs consequence”

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The start of another year is a natural time for each of us to reflect on what we’ve achieved and where we’re headed. There was a heck of a lot of change going on for me as 2015 began (still is!) but it seemed that humanity as a whole was in an even greater state of upheaval than usual. Perspective is a useful thing. I knew I was in a state of transition and I knew roughly where I was headed (even if I hadn’t a clue how I was going to get there!) but were we, humanity, headed? My spirit guide Jy is never one to shy away from the big questions.

 

Global transition – with Jy – 9 January 2015

Your world is, indeed, in a state of transition – principally because it is in a state of “in decision”.

Do not mistake me. I do not mean that most people do not know what they want or what they should do. I mean precisely the opposite. I mean that too many people believe they know precisely what they want and how they should go about getting it. And that they feel free to take whatever action they see fit in order to obtain it.

With this situation there are two major problems. One is that most people do not give sufficient thought – sufficient feeling past the surface thought – to what they want. Such decisions are taken too swiftly and too superficially. What is beneath this wanting? What does your soul really need? The true need is often very different from what those individuals who rush toward action perceive it to be. Very different from what they set about creating or taking.

The second problem with precipitous action is that too often people do not pause to consider the possible effects on others of their obtaining what they want, or the effects of the actions they intend to take in order to obtain it. Worse still, people sometimes do consider these possible effects, and yet they choose to ignore them and continue with their planned actions.

Thus you are immersed in a world where desire outweighs consequence. Where action overwhelms consideration. A world where few act in a responsible way at all times – and by that I mean conduct their lives in a such way that they are prepared to take personal responsibility for each and every one of their actions.

Think what your world would look like, would feel like, if everyone only did things for which they were prepared to stand accountable. It would be a very different place indeed. It would not be a place where free will and enjoyment of one’s own life was eradicated. Oh, no! That is the false argument used by people who do not understand the concept of true freedom.

True freedom is freedom from fear – fear of the suffering which might be caused to you by another’s actions or which might be caused to others by your actions. True freedom is thus the freedom from guilt, from all unnecessary suffering or deprivation. To live a human life will always carry risks and present challenges – that is its nature and purpose. But think deeply on this: how many of the sufferings of the world are inevitable, are totally without an element of man-made choice which might have been avoided? If each person felt truly accountable for their own actions there would be far more room in the world, in each of your lives and days, for love, for pleasure, for compassion, for joy – for true freedom.

While the majority of humans tread the path of mindless obedience, mindless hedonism or anarchy, the world struggles to create harmony.

But there is hope and it is a growing hope. More and more people are waking up to the notion of true freedom and personal responsibility going hand in hand. This mindfulness is growing, in those already incarnated and in those who are now being born. Increasingly, souls are coming into the world with this awareness embedded in them so fundamentally that this is how they are choosing to live their lives from the beginning. Do not despair, humankind, for you are changing. You are in transition and this is a good thing!

And do not despair of the pace of that change. Each of your lifetimes is short and it may seem frustrating to those of you who already see this truth, have adopted this way of living, that so many others do not and have not. It may seem frustrating that things are not changing faster. Be at peace, know that the way each of you lives your individual life – with responsibility and compassion – has an effect on the whole, that it aids the transition. See the slowly changing picture in context. Remember how long it took for life as you know it now to evolve on your world. Remember what a minute amount of time (as you perceive time) the existence of humankind represents in the history of your world. Be patient with your fellow humans, meet ignorance with compassion, understand and accept the gradual nature of this change. Do not despair for the change is inexorable – it will happen.

Perhaps you will not see it come to fruition in your current incarnation but be content, know that the part you are playing in this transition is essential, vital. Know that each lifetime well lived – responsibly, kindly – adds to the momentum of change.

Humankind has immense power over the globe that is Mother Earth. Humankind creates its most powerful societies and its most potent disasters. But Mother Earth has always been, and will always be, superior. She has brought ages to a close, crushed civilisations and destroyed species with her immense power. Often, she has been given no choice. And so humankind, in all its slowly transitioning glory, must also learn to heed and respect Mother Earth’s role in its future.

Wake up, wake up, to the world that you live on. Heed Her warnings and respect Her needs as well as your own and those of your fellow man. Behave as responsibly toward Her as you do toward yourself and your fellow man. Give yourselves the best chance of a successful global transition by preserving that globe in all its glory.

For what is the use of humankind evolving in wisdom, in completing this transition many lifetimes’ hence, only the find that you have a wasted, blighted world on which to ‘enjoy’ your new freedoms? Better, then, to remember that personal responsibility begins at home in a much deeper sense – beyond the bricks and mortar, the neighbourhood streets and shops, the bordered country or the continent.

Live wisely in and on the world, my human friends. Live wisely with each other, with Mother Earth and your true self. Listen to each other, listen to the Mother, listen to your own heart and to your soul. Listen before you leap – and transition well.

We angels are full of surprises

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Angels certainly are full of surprises. Not least of which is how direct and precise Archangels are in their language (never mind how BIG they are – their energy fills a room!) You think you know all the nuances of a word? Ask an Archangel to tell you how it applies to your life! Both pieces that follow were written with Archangels, both on a (different) single word, picked apparently randomly…though clearly there is nothing random about this process. 🙂

Synchronicity – with Archangel Uriel – 16 August 2014

Child, sometimes I doubt that you would know synchronicity if it attached itself to the end of your nose. Do not feel unduly chastened, for it is the same for all humans.

We angels are full of surprises. We arrange synchronous opportunities. We lay them in your path and you humans step around them or over them as if they were not there. Sometimes you see them but you do not trust your own eyes. You think this synchronicity is too good to be true. How can just the right thing have happened at just the right time? Is it a trick? Is it a test?

Oh, my little brothers and sisters! Listen to your hearts. Listen to your souls. We angels know about harmony – and what is synchronicity if not harmonious opportunity, if not harmonious good fortune? You know the difference between a trick and synchronicity. You know it if you bother to listen to your inner voice – for that voice will sing in harmony with ours.

Do not imagine, however, that all such occurrences are easy, joy-filled and carefree. Sometimes the greatest strides are taken by accepting the greatest challenges. We are strong and resolute. We fly into danger to protect you and to protect right. We smite when it is right to do so. We are driven by the purity of love and the sure knowledge of right. We would not offer synchronous challenge, no matter how daunting, if it were not right for you to proceed.

Speak from the heart and listen to the heart. Keep your eyes and ears and hearts open. This is the way, the only way, to know when what is presented to you is a gift from us – a heaven-sent opportunity – or is something darker and less fulfilling. Listen to your inner voice and when it hits the right note sing out, take action, and dance to the melody of opportunity. Fly free with us upon the winds of possibility. Believe that sometimes the right thing does come along at precisely the right time.

This is the nature of synchronicity. This is how we lay our gifts at your feet. Pause, observe, see them, then grasp them gently but firmly and be thankful. We smile upon you. You are up to the challenge. You deserve the reward.

Fascination – with Archangel Michael – 18 October 2014

Beware the fascination that becomes obsession.

Much learning comes from the ability to concentrate upon a task, from directing concerted effort into learning a skill, from the hours upon hours during which this skill is honed to perfection. Much joy comes from the blending of effort with enjoyment – when the skill being learned is one from which you derive pleasure and feel satisfaction. Thus fascination can be an excellent starting point from which to learn or develop a skill at which you truly excel and through which you give joy to yourself and to others.

But life carries on around you and when you concentrate upon one task, one skill, to the exclusion of all others, life withers on the vine. Or one vine bears beautiful fruits in a garden gone to wasteland. The true richness of life is to taste from many vines, to be fascinated by life’s diversity, to appreciate its richness – not to obsess about a single aspect.

Fascination is the key but be aware that it fits many locks. Go through all the doors to discover the divine.

The current that shapes the world

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Each time I sit to write with my guides on a ‘big’ topic, I have to lay aside my nervousness and trust that Spirit are always ready to offer us insight.

The state of the world – Jy, 13 July 2014

First, we must consider what we mean by ‘the world’. Do we mean what is the ‘state’ of the world upon which you are all living i.e. what is the state of Mother Earth? Or do we mean what is the ‘state’ of the society in which humankind is living, upon that world? I suspect we mean both. An even bigger question!

Let us consider the first part, first. What is the ‘state’ of Mother Earth? Hmmm. On first observation, she would seem to be quite sickly, suffering from the effects of millennia of human occupation by a race whose self-serving ‘progress’ has been at the expense of the planet that gives them life and is their only home.

To begin with, man lived in harmony with nature, respecting its rhythms and its periods of rest. But man’s insatiable curiosity and cleverness has led to his capability to control the environment around him. To plunder the Earth for fuel which affects the atmosphere. To grow crops until the soil is exhausted, then create chemicals to grow more without thought for the harm they might do you and the soil into which you salt them. To farm the Earth’s creatures in increasingly cruel ways without regard for their wellbeing, where animal feeds upon animal in ways Mother Nature never intended.

When you examine, from a larger perspective, the ways in which humankind has manipulated nature and then accept that you did so without knowledge of the possible long-term consequences but thinking only of short-term gain, it is no wonder that Mother Earth is at last rebelling. She heaves and curses, she storms and floods, she freezes and burns, she erupts and trembles. Seasons change and the icy landscapes melt. The canopy of atmosphere unravels. Her raiments are coming undone.

And yet she is strong. She loves her unruly children and if only a few learn to behave, she will prevail for them all. Mother Earth is generous and bountiful. She is forgiving. She knows humankind acts out of ignorance – the wilfulness of ignorant children. She is fighting back but she needs the help of those children who are sensitive to her rhythms. She does not expect a return to the old days. Man must instead use his newly acquired knowledge for her good as well as his own. Science can build in harmony with her as well as destroy. The knowledge already exists for the most part but what holds it back from being deployed is greed. For often, the most harmonious way is not the cheapest. Greed prevents many eco-friendly scientific discoveries from seeing the light of day. This is what must change. This is what the collective minds and hearts and will of the responsible few must achieve for the many and for Mother Earth. Choose wisely, choose responsibly, refuse the easy, cheap choices that destroy the world that gives you life. You have a responsibility not only to yourselves but also to those who come after you.

The air you breathe, the soil that supports you, the fire that warms you, the water that quenches your thirst – these are more valuable than any wealth you might accumulate, more essential than any false sense of security you acquire through status or possessions. They are to be cherished as closely and dearly as those people you love best.

Treat Mother Earth with respect and she will be calm and bountiful in return. Never consider that your efforts alone cannot change society’s behaviour, for you can only be responsible for yourself. You can only set an example for others to follow if they so choose. Have faith in yourself and in others, as Mother Earth has faith in you.

Now, to consider “the state of the world” as in the society that humankind has created and in which you live.

At first sight, again, an apparently depressing prospect. Wars are rife, inequality even more so. Half the world starves while the other grows unhealthily obese. The haves and have nots are as evident now as at any time in humankind’s history.

Why have not all your discoveries, all your cleverness, all your knowledge of science, all your crop rotations and transport capabilities led to equality across the globe? There are no medieval fiefdoms any more and yet with them died the responsibility of the rich to look after the poor. Better still the society in which there is no such divide – but to do away with feudalism without introducing equality can hardly be regarded as progress, can it?

A bleak picture then – a world spiralling towards chaos rather than away from it? No. Nothing so dreadful.

It is true that the world – that society – is as yet far from ideal. But it is also true that society is now occupied by many more individuals for whom autonomy is the reality and by countless others for whom autonomy is the goal. They do no wish to be looked after; they wish to be self-sufficient. They do not seek charity – though they may need it in the short term to prevent extinction – they seek instead the means to help themselves.

This could never have happened in a totally tribal or feudal society. It is possible now. What is missing is the global recognition of the need for personal responsibility alongside independence and self-sufficiency. If ‘I’ have too much, take too much, more than I need to be self-sufficient, then I am responsible for my neighbour’s inability to thrive. It is not enough to keep yourself to yourself – you cannot harm no-one by ignoring everyone. If you examine the state of the world in which you live – the state of society – its ills are all, every one of them, the consequences of ignoring the needs of others to serve one’s own needs, or of trying to control others by manipulating their needs.

You, as a reincarnated soul, cannot change the world. But you can change yourself – your behaviour – and that will have an energetic effect on the world, on the people and the society around you. One ripple is not the ocean, but it is an essential part of that ocean. The ripples join, flowing together to make the wave, and the waves together become the currents and the currents of the oceans help shape the world.

Be the world you want to live in. Be the life you best can be. There is much truth in the old adage ‘do as you would be done by’. Take responsibility for your actions, always. Be kind but do not seek to control others by smothering them with kindness. Share but do not regard it as charity. There is no such thing as charity. A gift is a joy when it is given with purity of spirit; it is merely the sharing of resources to create equality and harmony in the world. Give and expect nothing in return. And when it is your turn to receive, do so with humility and thankfulness. Accept that it is your right and natural state to be equal.

The world has enough for all – only the distribution is at fault and that is something entirely in the hands of humankind and a situation entirely of your own making. Learn to give and to receive in a state of grace and a state of balance will result. Be the graceful ripple that becomes part of the graceful wave, the current that shapes the world.

To change the world you must change yourself. And in so doing you will learn more than you ever thought possible. You will know more joy than you ever believed could be yours to experience. The state of the world is not something to fear – for it is yours to embrace. You are the world. Do not fear yourself. You are capable of great change, great learning, and great joy. It is never too late – even the last day of a life, lived well, is a ripple the world needs. Every day you live is an opportunity to embrace.

Begin, my friends – seize the moment, quell your fears.

Human diversity

Human diversity by leo-n via www.deviantart.com

Human diversity by leo-n via http://www.deviantart.com

I learned a valuable lesson after writing this piece – never to take my connection with spirit for granted, never to become complacent about the stillness and discipline needed to enable their words to come through clearly.

I was away from home and I’d set an alarm clock as I needed to check out of my room by a certain time. Jy was there, as eloquent as ever. I thought it was ok but on later review it was muddled – something spirit never is! And so I revisited the piece, allowing Jy to edit and clear up the muddles my distraction had created.

Human diversity – Jy, 23 June 2014

Human diversity – a diverse and far-reaching subject!

Hmmm – let us first consider what we mean by diversity. Do we mean variation in physical form? In ethnicity, culture or belief? Do we mean diversity in behaviour – in what is considered ‘acceptable’ or ‘normal’? Do we mean variety in geographic location and thereby in society, habit or appearance? Perhaps we mean all of these things, yes?

And yet all of these are things that you can observe with your human senses – with sight, or hearing, through observation. Is there not another source and sort of diversity that is equally important? What about the diversity of your souls?

These essences of your being drive your human lives. They determine how and why and as what you are born. They predetermine some major milestones of your lives, experiences your greater selves wish to experience and through which you will learn.

So how much of what you perceive as human diversity is in fact spiritual diversity? How different are your souls from one another? The answer is: as different as it is possible to be. For each of your greater selves is completely and utterly unique. Therefore each of the fragments which your greater selves choose to send to Earth to live a human life, or to send into other dimensions to experience a different type of ‘living’, is in itself equally and totally unique.

Each soul is a recognisable facet of a recognisable whole and that whole is unique. Each facet reflects the whole but is in itself unique. Like a huge cut and polished gem, each of our greater selves contains and reflects the light of spirit in a slightly different way. Each facet reflects a different part of that spectrum of light and so when those facets are upon the Earth as souls, each placed deep within the setting of a human body – well, humanity cannot help but reflect that diversity.

Oh what a cause for joy and celebration this is! How much there is to be learned from encountering such differences, such diverse reflections of the great peace, the great spiritual essence.

As seen through the filter of human settings – human beings and lives with their deep-rooted emotions and energies – the diversity is magnified and expressed in ways so powerful they can never be forgotten. And that experience is then carried back to the whole, to the greater self, to be stored within that magnificent gem and shared with spirit.

Were the calm and peace of spirit to be reflected exactly on Earth, things would certainly be easier but not so fruitful – for it is in the storms of emotion, in the variations from the carefully planned path, in the vibrant spontaneity of human will and existence, that the greatest learning occurs. Because the greatest aspect of human diversity is unpredictability.

You may choose to incarnate as this or that person, in this or that part of the world and into a family believing or behaving is this or that way. You may choose to have a life populated by this or that formative experience or challenge. But that is before human will comes into play. Oh how often you see, from your greater selves’ perspective, those carefully laid plans thrown to the winds, or stalled, or shattered. Oh how often you feel, reflected by that facet of yourselves incarnate, the frustrations, the joy, the anger, the despair, the puzzlement.

Unpredictability; whimsy; recklessness; impetuousness; spontaneity – your greater selves smile on such things and welcome them, even as your incarnated selves are wandering through the maze created by them.

We should now reconsider the original subject, in the light of this further dimension of diversity.

Human diversity is indeed colour, creed, belief, morals, societal habits, deep-rooted and more casual choices and preferences, from sexuality to taste in food and fashion. All of these things make you, when incarnated as human, different from one another. And each presents you with a choice when you encounter one who differs – who is diverse – from you. Do you recoil? Do you rebel? Or do you listen, observe and attempt to understand? Will you be converted to this other behaviour or belief? Is it moving you? Will it be accepted into what makes you, you? Or will you give thanks for the opportunity to observe this difference but, knowing that it does not feel ‘right’ or essential to you, maintain your current behaviour and belief and move on? Or will you attempt to dominate the other, different being – to impose your behaviour or belief upon them, oppressing them in some attempt to homogenise humanity into your own image?

Put in such a way it is difficult to believe that any being would choose the latter behaviour, is it not? And yet some lost souls – by which human expression, we of course mean humans who have lost conscious contact with their own soul, their wiser inner self– do choose to behave just so.

When you as humans, diverse and glorious, are faced with such choices, the paths you take will also be manyfold. For of course there are degrees of choice, and many branches upon each road you choose to take. Those choices are also determined by how in tune with your souls, those facets of your unique greater selves, you are. And so the possibilities – the diversity of choices – are multiplied again.

We in spirit rejoice in this infinity of choice for it means that when each soul, each facet, returns to the whole, it brings with it unique experiences to share with its greater self and in turn with all spirit. Knowledge is as food to us. To grow and to learn is not something that solely belongs to human experience. We in spirit wish to grow and to learn, also. That is why we work with you, love and support you, why some of us also choose to send our souls to Earth and to other dimensions to learn. For we are you and you are us. We are all unique aspects of one whole, one truth, one existence that is growing and learning and loving.

Like the compound eye of the bee, each of us sees differently, but each of us is the bee.

Viewed from this perspective, from the great unity that underlies all diversity, how insignificant the colour of one’s skin, the form of one’s worship, the geographical location of one’s life, seems to be. And yet all such seemingly insignificant differences are an essential part of the diversity that is the root and branch, the essence, of human and spiritual learning.

Yes, those differences are sometimes the cause of great pain – of conflict and suffering, of hardship and loss. All these, when encountered, should be met with compassion. But there is great learning in adversity and as your souls are listened to by their human counterparts, as you become, while incarnated, more in tune with your inner facets and through them to your greater selves, so the likelihood of suffering is reduced. So your choices become calmer and more balanced. So your attitude to diversity, when you encounter it, turns to joyful surprise and eager observation, not fear and suspicion.

You choose the classroom, not the conflict. You learn, rather than deny.

The beginning of this process is to accept diversity in yourselves – as a human and as a soul. You will not always behave in the same way when confronted by the same situation. As you grow older, for instance,  and your experience is enriched, you behave differently if you have remained open to learning. Human moods and emotions also colour your judgement and behaviour. You may respond differently to an experience when you are alone rather than in company, when you are in love or feeling lonely, when you are well, or sick, or tired. You must learn to love all these aspects of yourselves, to accept your own behaviours and to be gentle in the scolding. To be kind to yourselves as you seek to grow, as you reach for tolerance and understanding.

Each new day is a new opportunity. It is never too late to learn and to derive joy from the learning.

Once you begin to accept and to love yourselves in all your diverse moods, behaviour, appearances and stages of life, then it becomes easier, more fluid, to accept and love others; to appreciate their differences from you. Then you begin to enjoy, at a true and deep level, human diversity. You actively seek it out to experience its adventure, rather than sticking to the safe, to the known, to the same.

And on this journey of appreciation for the great diversity of humanity and human existence you become naturally more and more in tune with your true selves; more and more in tune with your souls – those utterly unique facets of your utterly diverse greater selves. The paths of knowledge and wisdom and joy – both inner and outer – begin to flow in parallel. And one day, when perfectly attuned, they will flow together and onward to the Source.

Therefore be happy, be joyful as you examine and experience human diversity. It is a playground for joy and a classroom for learning. It is a reflection of the soul’s and the greater selves’ infinite diversity. Oh, the wonder of it!

You cannot stagnate if you will only continue to flow. Flow to freedom, to the essence of joy. Celebrate your differences as earth celebrates air, and water, fire. All complement, all combine to create. All are utterly different and yet arise from the same source.

As do you and I. As do we all.