It is a great HONOR & JOY to be here today. I thank you all for the opportunity.
As I was preparing for my talk, I went around several times looking for ideas and inspirations. A few times I was simply blank. I said to myself hmmmm what is going on. I had to investigate my situation. Thus I took a momentary pause & Meditated with intent.I identified. I was building expectations within myself.
Friends, just a simple reminder to each and everyone of us. We all do this some way shape or form. It comes naturally with the territory. We all build expectations not only for ourselves personally but almost in each and every aspects of our lives.
We build expectations in our work environment. We build expectation between friends. We build expectations between our relationships. We build expectation with inanimate objects. We also build expectations with our practices. WE BUILD EXPECTATIONS WITH GOD, INFINITE, ISNESS, SOUL or whatever we all identify with as a source of life.
Often these expectations are very encouraging and productive. We strive for accomplishments and reach new heights in different aspects of our lives. The resultant feeling is very great. It is a positive reinforcement towards actions leading to results thus leading to rewards. I believe this to be true.
Often we get caught up in the cause and effect of our own expectations and feel distraught and helpless. We do not know how to yield ourselves out of situations in our lives. This is where we fight with the rights and wrongs in our lives and do the blame game. When we realize situations or occurrence in our life when we feel we are not at our best at this point. We have to remind ourself of our fourth declaration of principles, “We affirm that the existence and personal identity of the individual continue after the change called death.”
I ask myself do I really want to continue in my afterlife in this same progression. I really PAUSE AND STOP my self in those moments of fight and flight and PONDER and INTROSPECT.
I will quote one of my favorite writers,
“You have no idea how hard I’ve looked for a gift to bring You.
Nothing seemed right.
What’s the point of bringing gold to the gold mine, or water to the ocean.
Everything I came up with was like taking spices to the Orient.
It’s no good giving my heart and my soul because you already have these.
So I’ve brought you a mirror.
Look at yourself and remember me.” ————- RUMI
Just like that mirror RUMI speaks of, Spiritualism has given us the tools to connect with our great loved ones. Spiritualism has given us tools to connect with our great loved ones through mediumship, seances, and the great opportunities that lay in our moments of meditation. Spiritualism encourages us to be aware of the great opportunities that are there in our afterlife.
Spiritualism gives us the options to make healthy choices, develop healthy spiritual practices and behaviors so that we not only supersede our own limitations. We all have the gift of CHANGING our lives.
In closing, I would like to say. Live Aware, Live Longer, Live Consciously, Life Continues After the Change Called Death.