Saboteur Holding On
Joy is the result of sacrifice
What thoughts are making your heart heavy?
Who do you need to stop thinking negative thoughts about? Do you realize joy is the result of giving love?
During this time of year nature’s light diminishes and we experience our inner life more intensely than usual. We experience darkness more profoundly by feeling invisible or forgotten and the light seems to be brighter when we remember to give to one another. Joy is a beam of light that pierces the dark regions of our heart expanding our ability to give the gifts that can last a lifetime.
Virtue is Listen
Saboteur is Ignore
Listening is a choice we make everyday.
To listen is a skill that can be cultivated and improved upon and it is so much more than a skill. To listen to one’s soul is to listen for the truth. This is not easy and it requires a profound desire to live in the truth. This type of listening requires deep concentration, courage and the determination to evolve.
Deep listening happens when we feel lost or broken. It is during these times that a silent voice awakens inside of us. It isn’t a spoken voice, yet it has words. It doesn’t make a sound, yet we feel the message. We know what to do. We may not even like it but we know we will act. This listening is intuition and it doesn’t require ears. It perceives movement in the force in which we think, feel, move and have our being. Our thoughts and emotions create sounds and our intuition perceives these unspoken sounds. This type of listening is experienced quite often through love. Someone’s loved one is hurt a hundred miles away and that sound is perceived by their family. Intuition guards and protects when we listen to it. It guides us to our inner voice.
Virtue is Perseverance
Saboteur is Resistance
Perseverance is the agent of change for magic.
Perseverance is an agent of change. It is the heart and soul of magic. When we begin a new way of thinking it takes perseverance not to go back to the old path and arrive at the same destination. It takes purposeful intentions and a lot of practice to create new habits of change. The mind will resist change with the strength of an elephant. It will want to take the old path. Perseverance is the new mahout. Perseverance and steady intention will guide us though the overgrown jungle of false starts and feelings of hopelessness.
The Yogi’s teach us that we don’t get a new mind when we reincarnate. Yes, we get a new brain, but not a new mind. The mind is a continual stream of consciousness. This may require some pondering. The mind and the brain are not the same thing. In this way of looking at things the brain is the computer and the mind is the operator of the computer. So, following this line of reasoning, all of our past thoughts and actions must move with us through time. This implies we have habits of thinking that are older than our current bodies. We may exhibit certain compulsions or talents whose origins seem inexplicable. These behaviors are referred to as sanskaras, or latent tendencies that are carried forth from lifetime to lifetime. We’re not doomed to repeat these experiences, but without awareness and perseverance we may continue to repeat negative habits. Perseverance also helps us to improve the positive habits and talents that we have brought with us from our past lives.