Friday, January 31, 2014

Hidden Forces

We are discovering the hidden forces within us.

We are discovering that they have been there all along.

We have been feeling their influence through intuition and inspiration for a long time.

Now, through becoming aware of the deep quiet place within each of us, we are able to listen consciously for guidance from within.

More and more of us are discovering this place of calm and guidance.

Some are finding it through meditation.

Some are finding it through the direction of spiritual writers.

Some are just noticing the little nudges that come to thought.

This is both the one great individualizing and unifying force.

We each receive our own direction and guidance and inspiration.

We come to some of the same conclusions and find ourselves in the association of others of like mind.

We are building up to a tipping point where some kind of action or even thought-action will guide the whole planet in its compassion to provide for and take care of all of us.

Since the planet has been doing this always, we, ourselves, are the ones who are joining our awareness with that of the planet.

It will become unthinkable to consider some people more important than other people.

It will become necessary to do all we can to take care of every one of us.

Such is the great guidance of love and compassion that is coming to more and more people all over the planet.

© 2014 Kathryn Hardage

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Superimposing My View

I have the power and the right to superimpose my view over the the ones presented by the news.

I am noticing the difference between my world philosophy (that everyone is precious) and the news stories that report events based on the world philosophy as it is currently practiced, that some people are more important than other people.

It is wonderful to read accounts of businesses and even governments who have adopted practices which value everyone and also value the environment.

Their businesses do better, with lower employee turnover and better profits.

These examples are the advance guard of a better universal practice.

I now feel more comfortable reiterating my philosophy to myself when I hear the old views of competition and war.

We each have the right and ability to value everyone with whom we come in contact.

Lately, when I go through a checkout line in a store and receive my receipt, I tell the checker, “Thanks, I sure appreciate you.”

It always gets a surprised and pleased response.

I like the lift that such a remark gives the person who is helping me.

I like looking for opportunities to express appreciation.

It is easy to express sincere appreciation to people.

I like superimposing that view whenever the opportunity presents itself.

© 2014 Kathryn Hardage

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Instead of Complaining

I have been practicing peace.

I started more than three years ago as a result of a book study group reading Deepak Chopra’s book, Be Peace.

I decided to do everything possible to keep my mind at peace.

This has not been easy.

But I am not complaining.

It has turned me in new directions so that I look for ways to become productive during times which I could be complaining.

I am getting to where I see a complaint as a little pebble in the road now, instead of this huge boulder thatIi have to scale in order to see how bad it is.

A little pebble in the road is noticeable, but I can keep going in a productive direction.

There are actually lots of little pebbles, and they can get crushed into gravel and form the road bed.

Now, I am travelling toward my goal instead of complaining.

It is a new practice with new resources which come to me when I refuse to complain and instead turn myself in the direction of listening and then taking action.

Lots and lots of listening, and then when I am full, it overflows into action.

Otherwise, I am back to complaining that I can’t get anything done.

So more listening.

Then action.

No more complaints.

© 2014 Kathryn Hardage

Not Your Path

It doesn’t matter how anyone else did their thing, because it is not your path.

Sometimes it is interesting to read about the paths of others for encouragement for ourselves.

But as to expecting anything like that to be the path, well, that is not the point.

Listening is the point.

Whatever it is that you are here to do has a path included in the doing of it.

It is a complete package.

Just try implementing something on your own and watch how it doesn’t work or it changes the direction or doesn’t really make you feel fulfilled.

Then you have to start over, with the listening portion of it to guide you.

That’s the path.

© 2014 Kathryn Hardage

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Receiving Abundantly

May everyone be touched by the generosity that the Universe is providing so abundantly for me.

Learning to listen for and value the ideas which I receive daily allows me to receive more.

Developing a listening attitude provides room for anyone to receive ideas.

Many times, if I find I am getting stuck, I realize that I am trying to guide the idea.

Once I receive an idea, it is my job to listen to the same source to understand how and where it is to go.

The same Source for the idea has a place for it, even customers and a marketing plan.

We are all intended to benefit impartially from the good of the Universe and to share it.

It is fun to see how this good is directed and where it will go, every time.

© 2014 Kathryn Hardage

Ratio and Proportion

My attention was called to “ratio” as I read through the second chapter of Leonard Shlain’s book,  Art and Physics.

The Greeks used ratio as reason, logic and causality.  The Latin “ratio” refers to proportion.

I am thinking about ratio and proportion in terms of time management and the new priority of following my dreams and developing my ideas over the old priority of physical order.

There is room for both, but the true priority to my mind is personal development and expression of ideas.

Naturally, I want these to take place in an orderly environment.

The order of the environment which best supports my development of ideas, is access to lots of books at once, access to lots of materials at once, and access to whatever space is needed to create these ideas.

So my priority environment may look messy to someone else, but it feels great to me because I can see where to access the fabric, drawing materials, and notebooks where I record new ideas that are flowing and sometimes rushing in, demanding to be given life.

When this priority need is fulfilled, I can then turn my attention to my physical environment outside of my studio, and I can cook, cleaning up as I change projects, move to an occasional cleaning project in another room, always returning to my creative endeavors.

I consider this a luxurious life, but I wonder if this is really so.

If my creative ideas are the best I can offer society and civilization, then shouldn’t my life be focused on that?  Let other things take second or third or fourth place.

I am happier and more fulfilled.

I am contributing happiness to society in the form of my feeling plus the added values and advantages of what I am creating.

That makes other people happy as well.

I like Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness (GNH) much more than the US Gross National Product (GNP).

Things and products for their own sake, not as expressions of ideals and values, have only cluttered up the environment, whereas happiness keeps it and us in much better balance.

© 2014 Kathryn Hardage

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Processing New Information

When there are changes, it is necessary to process new information.

The big changes require completely new processing techniques.

It is uncomfortable when the ground you are used to standing on requires that you shift.

I am learning how to shift in many more directions than I was accustomed to.

Mostly I am willing, but then, there are some things that are not so comfortable.

Simply because they are new.

They are a different way of looking at the whole world.

My place in the world keeps shifting and changing.

There are a bunch of new things coming into my life.

As I become accustomed to processing that information and doing so in new ways, I find myself in a different world.

Its good to get used to shifting and changing, because it sure looks like there is a lot more coming!

© 2014 Kathryn Hardage