When I awake each morning, the first sight from my bed is the view through a patio door, that leads into a small solarium and on to an equally small backyard filled with waning pear and cherry blossomed trees, a garden of strawberries, lavender and purple-bloomed rosemary. Then a cacophony of wild canaries, juncos and mourning doves fills the air with music. But this Saturday morning, I caught myself opening one eye and thinking..."oh drats, no sunshine
Suddenly my head was filled with thoughts about my statement. And if I may, Id love to share them with you. I began to understand a simple truth...how could I anticipate the joy of sunshine if Id never experienced a gray cloudy day? How could I embrace the beauty of loving if Id never experienced the ugliness of hate? How could I welcome the future if Id never had the courage to experience the present? EXPERIENCE. That was the key word.
As we come together to seek these truths, it clarifies how much we all share. And one of these sharings is expectations. We come to the Voice filled with expectations, seeking that one truth that will fill the void. We cry out to the ALL GOD to show us Their faces, and when They send a breathtaking sunset, we often ignore it. When we ask for Their touch, and a butterfly brushes our cheek, we shoo it away (or a bee that goes ZZzzzz in our ear...and we miss the message). We plead for Them to talk to us, and when we hear a beautiful birdsong, we close the window, and once again wonder why no ONE is listening to us. For a brief moment this morning I expected glorious sunshine. What I received was the chance to see into the depth of the shadows of my world that only appear on a cloudy gray day. How easy it would have been to miss the beauty before me.
It is wonderful to come to this site. To vent, to ask, to seek, to understand, and to accept or discard. Metaphorically speaking, the most excellent of all is to have the choice to try on these "new clothes" (let go of old teachings and embrace the new that can encompass every aspect of our lives), or the choice to pick and choose only the "accessories" that fit with what we've worn since somebody dressed us long ago.
Caryl told us of a marvelous book by Lynn Grabhorn "Beyond the 12 Steps". Lynn 's words can help us understand what ZZ has said: there are no judgments of right or wrong, there are just choices. Our choices bring our experiences. And we are responsible for them.
Remembering is one of the keystones of experiencing. You begin to understand that our GODS' will for us, is our will for us. How can we truly have total free will if someone, anyone gives us a "list" of dos and don'ts?
Its so simple....we can't. As Melvyn Caryl tells us so often on this website, it is all GOD STUFF....good stuff.
The first time I began to read ZZs Messages, I came with many preconceived expectations. My religious experience was carved and sculpt by traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs. Ive walked the "hallowed" halls of every denomination from catholic to Jehovah witness, seeking I knew not what, and finding I knew not what. Finally, from the conditional dictates of organized religion, I adopted the label of "deist"...a person who believes in God, and free will, and doesn't recognize any form of organized religion. Just prior to this discovery, I studied the old and new testaments for 12 years...the Greek and the Hebrew, as well as the King James. I dissected the written text as well as the historical, and emerged with a knowledge that mankind was in charge of this powerful game called religion...and the game was fixed.
The message that kept coming through all those dusty books and papers was one theme...LOVE. Love is an outgoing concern. Love possesses not. Love demands not. No matter what I studied, I kept coming up with the same premise--God is love. Love doesn't require obedience, or worship, or chastisement, or judgment. It simply embraces all. Wow, that was heady stuff.
No matter what dogma I wanted to cling to, if it didn't embrace love, unconditional love, it came from another place. That is why when ZZ began to open my mind, I began to remember that I am never alone. I am eternal. I am loved. I AM LOVE. I am God.
And love brings me back to experiencing. Knowing the sweetness of unconditional love helped me understand why possessive love brings heartache and pain. It helped my threatened companion mate understand that the purity of the soul twin connection is inclusion, not exclusion. Exclusion is selfish, demanding, controlling, and conditional. Inclusion is loving, open and growing. It allowed my mate and I to begin to remember what role we'd planned in this lifetime. Through the teachings of ZZ, I know that when twins are truly joined, it is for the purpose of a greater role....a sharing role.
In my case, I met my twin because we needed each other for healing, not for abandoning who or what I am. This isn't our time. Our charted needs for spiritual growth in this life were different. We have not planned reunion and joining in this life. Though our harmonious synchronicities are many, there are just as many opposite synchronicities--that is what twins are.
We are both very strong, stubborn people. If we were to insist on being together, we'd probably kill each other! J At least verbally. Our joining wouldn't create an enlightened world designed to help others. It would be solely for the purpose of indulging the passion we feel for each other.
Love is outgoing, not inward. He has a mate, which Ive had the pleasure of meeting by phone. I believe she is his Companion Soul Mate. I know there are times when she feels threatened by my presence in his life, but I make it a point to surround her with love and the gentle reassurance that I bring him only love, not possession. If I insisted that my twin and I be together at all costs, where is the inclusive love in that? Where is my compassion and love for my companion mate, and my Twins companion mate? Love doesn't seek to destroy...it builds. Nothing can keep my twin and me from being joined once we reach the final level of spiritual maturity and the point of soul completion.
Have you noticed how many twins are separated by distance, beliefs and sometimes painful situations? Have we ever considered that we twins need that time and space to grow, to adjust and experience the true meaning and practice of unconditional love? There are no accidents or coincidences. These circumstances lead us to understanding the inclusive meaning of twin soul rejoining.
This space allows us time to discover the wondrous experience of peace and tranquility that can only come from loving the other half of ourselves unconditionally.
I have discovered that this time creates the joy of free will and brings the opportunity to make new choices; to embrace my shadows as well as my sunshine, and to remember the power of loving.
I hope I have touched on something for all to ponder....and as we read and study these powerful words of truth and LOVE, I hope we will embrace the experience of each message, and understand that through the beauty of choice the shadows are as wondrous as the sunlight.
I send this with a heart filled with love.......
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