A simple, brief title for the last
newsletter of 2004, however, a powerful one, and a reminder that these next two
months filled with Holiday festivities should be centered around
extending love to each other. The excerpt below is from a booklet
entitled, " Your Owner's Manual", by Burt Hotchkiss. I have no idea where
I got this book, it just appeared. When I write this section of the
newsletter every month I am always guided by synchronistic events. Thus,
read on below from Hotchkiss's booklet.
"You learn what you teach.
Much the same way that the student who stands up in class and explains the
homework assignment is the one who learns it best, each story that you tell to
another has one purpose: to reinforce it as truth in your own mind. For
example, after you have an argument, you talk to yourself, reliving what he
said and what you said to get real clear in your mind that you were right and
he was wrong. Then you go tell your friends a story that convinces them
how you are a victim of his attack. You gather witnesses to his guilt
(based on your side of the story) - that's called teaching guilt.
Remember, you teach only yourself. It has little to do with the words.
The words can be sweet but if the thought or attitude is sour, it is sour that
you experience and learn.
Love can be perceived only when
present in the mind of the perceiver. Love is therefore not found "out
there," but extended from within the perceiver to the form perceived, from
which its presence is reflected. Love is what you are. You learn
this as you teach it, and you only have it as you share it. So what is
Love's Story? We are really fortunate: To find out what love would teach,
you need only to look at what the world teaches, and reverse it.
You are NOT:
World's Story, Guilt, Body, Separate
Love's Story, Innocence, Spirit, One,
Remember, now, that you are an energy
which is called love. As that energy, you have never done anything of
which your are guilty or for which punishment is appropriate. Oh yeah?
What about the body? It is done plenty to be ashamed of and for which it
should be punished," you say. I guess it was Mark Twain who said, "Of all
the animals, only man expresses shame, and should." As we become more
civilized, we find more and more behavior that offends our neighbors, all of
which related to the body. But we're speaking on the level where you are
not a body, but spirit. What do we mean spirit? I am sure at some
time you've had the feeling that there is more to you than just a body.
Well, it is that "more" to which I refer. We call it love, and its
essence is spirit.
There is no relationship in which you
cannot teach love.
The problem is that we think that
guilt, anger, and fear will buy us something that we want. Only when we
are ready to give up our investment in suffering and revenge can we ask
experience the peace that follows. It is my experience that most of the
time we don't have to ask to know what the loving thing is to do. We just
don't want to do it because we see some value in doing something else.
There is no situation in which you
cannot teach peace.
Every day life gives you hundred of
chances to teach and, as a result, learn who you are. When we teach guilt,
anger and fear, we experience both mental anguish and frustration. When
we teach love, we are being honest and we experience peace and fulfillment.
When Alice asked, "Which Road Should I
Take?" the response was, "Where do you want to go?" Alice replied, "I'm really
not sure," to which the answer was, "Then take any road you want, it really
When the question arises as to which
choice we should make, simply ask yourself, "What's my purpose for doing this?"
or "What do I really want to accomplish."
Excerpts from Burt Hotchkiss
"Your Owner's Manuel"
I hope these words help each of us
continue on a path of Love. The Road we should take...the path...does
matter. Let's remember to spread Love not just over the holidays
when it is so easy to do, but on into the new year and ongoing. A student
of mine the other day said, "when I get angry at someone I wish and pray for
them everything I want for myself." Precious words to live by! This
is the last newsletter of 2004. Happy Holidays to everyone. Hope to
see you at the November Gathering this month (see below)
News This Month
In November we will have our first Reiki
Reunion. It will be a combination Holiday Gathering, Reiki
Clinic/Healing Circle and "shop till you nap" day (shop for
holiday gifts after you get a treatment rather than the crazy
atmosphere of the Malls)
We will have Reiki treatments in the
downstairs basement area like a regular Reiki Share and upstairs
will be holiday treats, old friends gathering and items for sale
such as sculptures, gems, aromatherapy, jewelry, soaps, candles
etc. Just about anything you would want for Holiday gifts.
Mark down Sunday, November 28th,
3 - 6 p.m. on your Calendars to join us for this:
Special Reiki Clinic, Holiday
Shopping and Old Friends Gathering.
Bring your spouses, partner and
Thoughts for the
Love is the way messengersfrom the mystery tell us things.Love is the mother.We are her sons.She shines inside us,visible-invisible, as we trustor lost trust, or feel it start to grow again.RumiEvery moment is made gloriousby the light of Love.RumiCease looking for flowers!There blooms a garden in your own home.While you look for trinketsthe treasure house awaits you in your own being.RumiThere is no difficulty that enough love will not conquer,no disease that enough love will not heal; no door thatenough love will not open; no gulf that enough love will not
bridge; no wall that enough love will not throw down; no sin that
enough love will not redeem....It makes not difference how deeply seated may be the trouble,
howhopeless the outlook, how muddled the tangle, howgreat the mistake. A sufficient realization of lovewill dissolve it all. If only we could love enough we
wouldbe the happiest and most powerful being in the world.Emmet FoxMy bounty is as boundless as the sea.My Love is deepThe more I give to theeThe more I haveFor both are infinite.Wm. ShakespeareThere are only four questions of value in life.What is sacred?Of what is the spirit made?What is worth living for?What is worth dying for?...Only Love.From the movie
Don Juan DeMarcoSomeday, after we have mastered the winds, the wavesthe tides and gravity, we shall harness for Godthe energies of Love. Then for the second time in thehistory of the world, man willhave discovered fire.Theilhard de