I've been posting bits of an old manuscript I wrote in 1980 or so. . .and it's interesting to see that in my attempts then to merge into the collective consciousness and speak from that unified voice, so much of what was said is so simple and true today. The "We" voice could as easily be a divine voice inside anyone and everyone. Previous parts can be found on Jul 12, Aug 19, Aug 26, and Nov 4, 2010 and Jan 15, 2011.
There is no way to know yourself but through love in action. Being is synonymous with love. If you can be, you can love. And you cannot not be, therefore you are love. Come to love any way you can. Will your parts to come together cooperatively, in love. The desire for love is really the desire to know yourself and the Divine. And no matter what desires people have, it is always for more, which is the evolutionary path.
Don't be confused by the dictates of the limited, linear mind. Finding your level of achievement on the spiritual path means nothing and has no effect on your actions because in each moment there is always the same choice: Act from the Divine will, which is your own inner voice of deep pleasure. Cooperate and be as loving as you can. Be your true self as totally as possible. Do not seek to understand before you be loving. Be loving and you will understand.
So it is not stories of soul evolution or grand accomplishments that are important, but the living of love that both radiates and creates a quiet dignity within. This allows others access to their own reservoirs of love and makes it safe for more love to be expressed in the world. "Love thyself," even if you don't know the fullness of who you really are yet, others know and support you in finding that fullness. By you being an example of one who chooses love, in difficult times as well as easy ones, others will learn so much more than a book can show. By being willing to share your process and vulnerability with people, they may be encouraged to risk revealing their own caring side. Courage and beauty touch others when words cannot.
Do not worry over lack of expertise. Be brave, be persistent, be patient. Remain open to new possibilities and keep experimenting. Don't be afraid to fail, because even in this there is a wealth of useful information for everyone involved. Even if you feel you are not succeeding, others may be learning something of great value from you that you had not envisioned.
Copyright by Penney Peirce