November 27, 2013 by John Smallman
As Thanksgiving approaches please give thanks for all that is good in your lives. There are truly none among you who do not have something to be thankful for, so go within, to that quiet safe place where you can, if you choose, access your spiritual guides and mentors and ask them to bring to your attention an event or an aspect of your life for which you are eternally grateful. Then say “Thank you” for it. Just saying thank you is uplifting for you even if you are not feeling very thankful, because it opens you to receive the Love that surrounds you, awaiting your acceptance of Its constantly proffered embrace.
Love is the key to spiritual awareness because all that is spiritual, all that exists, rests in Love. Love is gentle, kind, compassionate, accepting, forgiving, and yet It is the most powerful energy, the most powerful Will because It is infinite, and there is nothing apart from It. It cannot be destroyed, defeated, weakened or avoided because all is contained within It. It does not impose or demand, but within the illusion you can pretend that It does not exist, and by doing so you shut out joy and happiness from your lives, replacing them with fear and anxiety which you either deny, attempt to conceal, or cower away from like helpless victims of some hideous monster. However, Love is endlessly patient, It will wait until you choose, as you eventually will, to accept It, whereupon boundless joy will be eternally yours. That, surely, is reason enough to give thanks?
Because Love is the Source from which all that exists flows, because It is That from which all is created, it makes absolutely no sense whatever to deny It, avoid It, or hide from It. To do so is to be like an infant that on putting its hands in front of its face believes that what it can no longer see is no longer there. Humanity has collectively chosen to remove its hands from in front of its face and once more see its Mother looking at it adoringly. You have played at hiding yourselves from Her for far too long, but She has never lost sight of you, She never will, and your awakening is divinely assured.
It often seems to you that you have been waiting interminably to experience the infinite joy of being eternally in the Presence of your loving Source, and that is because you continue to cling to the unreal, the illusion and all the deceits and tricks that it offers to you claiming them to be real. Bodies are part of the illusion, without them you could not properly experience it, and they are subject to illness, pain, suffering, aging, and decay. Mostly you identify with them instead of seeing them as just temporary vehicles that enable you to experience what is not real, and their shortcomings terrify you because their life span is so short and they are so vulnerable in such a vast and complex universe.
It is indeed a great paradox for you to have to attempt to understand, but if you will accept life as it occurs, if you will accept that you are in fact eternal spiritual beings having a temporary physical experience, then your terror of death will dissipate, because you will perceive quite clearly that there is no death. There is a transition through which humans have been passing for eons, leaving their broken and damaged vehicles behind and awakening back into the spiritual realms where they have their eternal existence.
However, at this point in your evolution you have chosen to withdraw yourselves en-mass from the illusion while retaining your physical bodies, and in so doing you will move from a world of suffering, distrust, and betrayal into an environment of peace, beauty, and abundance for all. You have been making your way towards this moment through many crises, disappointments, and catastrophes as you have struggled with the concept of releasing your fears and returning to and sharing the loving embrace that God offers you in every moment.
Embodied, you have surrounded yourselves with shields to protect yourselves from the intense energy of the divine Love that would cause them to disintegrate if they came into direct contact with It. Within your illusory world you have to protect yourselves by wearing protective clothing if you intend to be in the vicinity of something that is projecting radiation such as the inside of a nuclear power plant, or in a hospital where x-ray equipment is in use. In like manner, to maintain the integrity of your physical bodies you also have to protect them from the full power of divine Love.
Eventually you will come to understand that bodies are an impediment to union with the Source, your loving Father/Mother. On Earth you are very aware of your separation from one another, and grateful for it, except occasionally when you are so in love with another that you want to truly be “two in one flesh.” When you ascend Love will envelop you as you have never before experienced It, and gently and gradually you will start to release yourselves from the protective shields that your bodies provide as your trust in God grows and you allow yourselves to become disembodied and return once more to your natural state of Oneness with your Source. And that is yet another reason for you to give thanks.
Your loving brother, Jesus.