Angels on Your Shoulder

Angels on Your Shoulder

A cup of tea

posted by Susan Gregg

A business man decided to find the meaning of life. He went from teacher to teacher. He read every book he could find, went from class to class and even meditated daily. Each day he continued to feel disconnected and unsatisfied. Finally he went to a remote monastery and asked to speak to the master.
He was led into an austere room overlooking a beautiful garden. There was a beautiful altar, some pillows and a small table. The monk gestured for the man to sit on a pillow facing the altar. The man sat and waited impatiently.
Finally an old man entered silently with a pot of tea. He sat down opposite the man, placed the pot of tea and two cups on the table. He sat in silence for a few moments, bowed before the altar and then turned to look at the man.
“I have meditated for years, lived in ashrams and met all the great masters. Yet I still find myself searching.” The man continued to tell the master all the practices he had done, books he had read and teachers he had studied with.
The old man nodded, placed one of the cups in front of the man and began pouring tea. The master filled the cup and quietly continued pouring. The man jumped up angrily as the tea spilled into his lap.
“What’s the matter with you old man!” he yelled.
The master smiled and said, “You can’t fill a cup that is already full.”
As long as we think we know the answers, as long as we hold onto our old beliefs, happiness, peace of mind and love often remain illusive.
True freedom is our ability to explore life with curiosity and have the courage to say ‘I don’t know’ a lot!
With love and aloha,
Susan

Is there anyone else there?

posted by Susan Gregg

Years ago when I began my spiritual journey I had a hard time with the idea of God, surrendering and prayer. I had many long talks with my spiritual mentors. One day a friend told me this story and besides getting a good laugh it helped me see the futility in my resistance to letting go of my limiting beliefs.
A man was walking along a deserted road, against his friends advice. He was new to the area and there had just been a large rainstorm. It was pitch black, he could hardly see his hands in front of his face. Suddenly he slipped in the mud and plummeted off the cliff. He managed to grab onto the exposed root of an old tree and stop his fall.
He held on as long as physically possible. Then in desperation he finally he decided to pray. As soon as he asked for help the wind got quiet and he felt a sense of peace flow over him.
In the silence he heard a voice gently and lovingly say, “Let go.”
He thought about it for a moment and then asked, “Is there anybody else up there?”
In the morning his friends found him exhausted still hanging onto a root a few feet off the ground.
With love and aloha,
Susan

A man of peace

posted by Susan Gregg

Aloha everyone,
In my writings I talk a great deal about the paradigm of dominion. It is a way of looking at the world that is very freeing and expansive. Symbolically it is represented as a sphere. Society is generally based on the paradigm of domination which is symbolically represented as a line. Osho speaks about peace from that place of dominion.
A man of peace is not a pacifist; a man of peace is simply a pool of silence.
He pulsates a new kind of energy into the world, he sings a new song.
He lives in a totally new way his very way of live is that of grace, that of prayer, that of compassion. Whomsoever he touches, he creates more love-energy.
The man of peace is creative. He is not against war, because to be against anything is to be at war. He is not against war, he simply understands why war exists.
And out of that understanding he becomes peaceful.
Only when there are many people who are pools of peace, silence, understanding, will the war disappear.
OSHO, from: ‘Zen: The Path of Paradox
How can you create more of peace of mind, happiness, joy and ease in your life?
With love and aloha,
Susan

The Rainbow Bridge

posted by Susan Gregg

Aloha everyone,
A friend of mine sent me this story when one of my dogs died. I found the idea of meeting my four legged friends when I die very comforting. I hope you enjoy the story too.
Just this side of heaven is a place called the Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to the Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; his eager body begins to quiver. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster. You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again.
The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together…..
With love and aloha,
Susan

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