I define God as divine intelligence. All there is, all at once.
Life's a constant conversation with God. It just depends on how well you communicate.
Not only in a prayer-type sense, but in a moment-to-moment type way with our experiential reality.
For me, it's about attempting to integrate all the things I've learned and experienced (especially in psychedelic states).
Staying connected to that deep remembering. Dropping into the feeling of awe for What Is. Being a rebel and seeing the beauty of this world. It's such a masterpiece.
Unfinished and continually evolving.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened."
-Matthew, Ch.7 Verses 7-8
What are you waiting for?
This power we have, the power of our imagination to seek and request a better world - it's so incredible!
We can easily become discouraged when we express our desires and do not see them come to fruition on our feeble timelines.
What do we even know about timelines and what's 'best'?
We only know what we've experienced. We only know our specific reality tunnel.
We don't know how they are all woven together and interact.
The mind works at blistering speeds, nature does not. The mind works without the laws of physics, nature does not.
So it makes sense that despite what we may dream up in our head, it will take some time and look a little different on the other side of those things manifesting themselves in your life.
(If they even do)
That's something to consider too.
What if what you dream of doesn't come true?
Do you get devastated and give up asking for what you want?
It's pragmatically best to take a symbolic view on your life. Choose to see those setbacks as gifts.
You know, you've seen the movies. That extra long red light keeps some other crazy thing from happening to you. Or if it hadn't been for that phone call you had to take last minute, you wouldn't have had the chance to see that Top 10 sunset. Etc. You get the idea.
What I'm getting at is that we can only conjure up the dreams and ask of them to come true. We can't get caught up in the 'how'. That will drive us crazy because it's 99.9% outside our control typically.
In a very stoic type way, you just need to focus on what's within your control and let God handle the rest.
Rationalizing isn't the only way to know things.
We put too much emphasis on reason & logic. They certainly have their place, but it's only half the story.
It lacks and shys away from the greatest part about the entire story of existence: Mystery.
Mystery will never go away. There'll always be more outside of our comprehension. We can explain away all the things about the universe we want, but there's no running away from the mysterious parts about it all.
Answer one question and four more appear. Solve one problem and four more appear.
WE'RE IN IT Y'ALL 🙌
So let's enjoy it! Let's play the game as if it's the most important thing we could possibly do (hint: IT IS).
Give it your all. Work at it on all the levels - physical, mental, spiritual, etc.
There's always a new level to take on. This keeps it interesting.
As soon as you start to get something figured out, you're hit with a test.
It is a balancing act, but that doesn't mean you're ever truly standing straight up, perfectly balanced.
It's all in motion. It's all moving endlessly. You just got to keep it out of the ditches on either side.
Moderation. Never too much of anything.
Sometimes it can feel as though you're walking your path blind.
Externally, there's sometimes nothing to verify you're heading in the right direction.
You calibrate your inner compass by trusting your intuition. Even if you risk a wrong turn on your path. Either way, metaphysical data is collected and you Know better next time.
As my friend Louie said, "A "wrong turn" can sometimes take us through the scenic path. With views, we never forget."
I think deep down we don’t want it to go exactly as planned. We want to be surprised, we want a good story.
You're the main character of the universe's story.
Just remember: everyone else is too.
Soul and ego tend to disagree, but syncing them up will unleash your force. Pay attention to doubt because there you'll find an equally proportional opportunity. Doubt, when studied closely, is actually a grand tease.
You're not just one person. You're a community of characters that require maintenance & attention. Sometimes you'll need to be shifting the 'org' around, but it'll be worth to have the right versions of you in place.
Calm Stoke is all about the vibe. It's a combination of controlling your nervous system, judging beliefs based on their utility/results, & maintaining a connection with the Divine.