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Our Ordinary Lives

“We all have encounters with the sacred; we just have to cultivate the eye that can perceive them. We have to see what’s already here, interwoven with what we claim is human and mundane. We have to take inventory of the magic that conspires to love us in and through our ordinary lives.”

~ Meggan Watterson at www.earthschoolharmony.com

We are living in such a strange time. It defies explanation really; and for certain it defies logic because little is logical about our ongoing collective world-wide, as well as internal, conflicts for many years.

For the most part you can choose to view your own life and our aggregate lives in ways that can either sooth you or infuriate you depending on your personal preference. Hostilities everywhere are easily fanned by resentments, grievances, and anger; while peaceful mind-states, though still possible, are much harder to maintain.

If anything I think our combined collective consciousness has been dulled into apathy by the constant acrimony and perpetual divisive turmoil we see daily–everywhere, and it tends to lean toward whomever rants the loudest at any given time. But ranting in general is not the path to peaceful coexistence—it’s just the opposite. Ranting is very “ME” focused, rather than “US” focused, discounting the opinions of others as of little consequence to the loudest vocalizations from the attention seeker.

So through all of this vociferous consternation and social mayhem it becomes harder for each of us to maintain a calm inner awareness of how miraculous and amazing our lives actually are, especially when they are so rife with problems.  

The TRUTH is that we actually live EXTRODINARY lives even in their ordinariness, because LIFE itself is a miracle. But it often takes an intentional focus to see it, meaning: You have to stop and acknowledge the miraculous aspects of your life.  (Don’t agree? Hold your breath for ten minutes, and when they bring you back from the dead, maybe you could reconsider that opinion.)

“… We have to see what’s already here, interwoven with what we claim is human and mundane. We have to take inventory of the magic that conspires to love us in and through our ordinary lives.”

And during our daily struggles we search for greater meaning throughout most of our existence, asking those familiar questions—why am I here—what am I to do—is my life important in some way to the greater good—what is my TRUE PURPOSE for being here at this time?

But the answers to all of those questions are as illusive and confusing as are the answers to why the world around us is the combative way that it is.

Perhaps our personal view of ‘the world’ that we all share is based only on how we choose to perceive it—how we choose to make use of it—how we choose to accept our actions and the actions of others as allowable or not to the fabric of our collective existence.  

Simply put: We all see the world around us as we choose to see it, and we interact with that world based on our limited, self-focused perception. We may get so caught up in our biased views that sometimes we fail to notice how miraculous the simplicity of LIFE actually is; and when you can stop and intentionally tune in to the sacredness of the world around you, you can shift your limited perceptions to a higher vantage point from which to reassess your life.

As the above image shows, there is peace and continuity in the snowy egret’s patient waiting for a meal to swim near as the day either dawns or ends; and this visual metaphor that we have witnessed daily in different ways, beams a simple unstated acknowledgement of LIFE’s general purpose for all beings to ‘thrive and survive’ day by day, no matter the species, no matter the circumstance.

And despite all the fury and rancor that bombards us daily, the world we share remains as ‘the world’ always was and still is—a potential treasure trove for maximizing our own growth and creativity—a fine-art gallery with free admission for nature’s magnificent beauty and ecological harmony—and an on-going opportunity for us to learn compassion and sharing with others while better understanding our own role in LIFE’s current evolution where all species peacefully co-exist here during our limited lifetimes.  

So really, there is nothing ORDINARY about our lives or about LIFE in general, is there?

“We all have encounters with the sacred; we just have to cultivate the eye that can perceive them. We have to see what’s already here, interwoven with what we claim is human and mundane. We have to take inventory of the magic that conspires to love us in and through our ordinary lives.”

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Published by Rebecca A. Holdorf

Rebecca A. Holdorf, has a Masters in English, and is a certified hypnotist specializing in Past-Life Exploration and Spirit World Exploration. She is also a Usui and Karuna REIKI Master Teacher presently located near Davenport, Iowa. Author of five books, she also conducts workshops and training in Self-empowerment, True-self Actualization and REIKI. Her company is Foundations of Light, LLC, web address is http://www.lightfoundations.com . Contact her at reiki@lightfoundations.com .

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