This past week I got word that one of my dear uncles is dealing with some very challenging health issues. He and my aunt were a big part of my support/care system when I was growing up. They each made me feel loved, important and embraced.
Since I'm not able to make the trip to visit him right now, I wrote this valued family member a personal message of gratitude for all that he and my aunt have done for me over the years. One recollection that I shared with this man, who served his country proudly in the Navy during WWII and who then taught me how to safely drive a pleasure boat, was the selflessness and gentle strength that he demonstrated to me on the waters of Long Island Sound. By turning over control of his vessel to me, he reinforced my abilities and capabilities.
After reminiscing and offering him gratitude, I then moved on to share a spiritual message with my uncle that I hope will inspire him to, once again, be the captain of his ship as he navigates these choppy waters.
My dear uncle, I’d like to share some things that I know for sure:
I’m guessing that you know that I’m a spiritual person. Not necessarily religious because of the way many church honchos have decided who and who will not receives God’s blessing. I’ve said “Phooey” to them, and have found the direct line to Jesus and the Holy Spirit, thus eliminating the middleman.
Here are just a few things that Jesus and/or the Holy Spirit have communicated to me. What they’ve shared with me holds true for you and everyone else.
- We are One with God. So, believing in this truism the only conclusion is that we are as God is. We are Peace, Joy, Truth and Love. We are Eternal! If God always was and always shall be, then so are we. If God is Spirit, then so are we. We take on these bodies while we’re on earth so that we have a means of symbolically communicating with each other, a way of extending our love, and a means by which we can learn our lesson of forgiveness. But we are not our bodies. We are spirit directly connected with God…as One.
- Miracles do occur! Healing happens at the level of the mind. If what we perceive we choose to believe, then too often we are allowing ourselves to be victims. But if we reverse that phrase…and more importantly that belief, then we take hold of the wheel and steer our ship in the direction in which we want it to go. So instead think, What we believe, we perceive!
If we believe our bodies are sick, we reinforce that belief and we perceive sickness. But, if we say, “Forget it. I'm not believing that and I choose not to perceive that! My right-thinking puts me in charge here!!” Then, we become the captains of our ship. We activate the miracle by appealing to the liaison to the Commander-in-Chief by asking,
“Holy Spirit/Jesus, please help me to see this situation differently. I don’t know how you’re going to do this,
but I believe that you can and you will.”
Then rest and believe.
Let the Holy Spirit/Jesus take over from there. And through your belief system have faith that they will do what God ordains them to do.
God’s Peace will be your peace. God's Grace will be your grace. God's Wholeness will be your wholeness. All you need to do is ask, believe, still your mind and receive.
"Seek and ye shall find
Knock and the door shall be opened.
Ask and it shall be given
As His love comes tumbling down.”
Photos by Barb Adams (c) 2014
The title, "O Captain, My Captain," is borrowed from the poem of the same title by Walt Whitman (A fellow Long Islander.)