Heaven Letters – 3-23-16

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Heaven Letters

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God said:

How wide is wide, and how tall is tall? How high is the sky? How vast is Infinity?

A mother may ask her young child, how much do you love me? And the child widens his arms as wide as his arms can reach and says: “This BIG.”

In a dandelion that a child presents to his mother, he is presenting her with the whole Universe. A child really knows Infinity better than he knows the finite world. What is there for the child to learn on Earth that he doesn’t already know but the finite? From the whole array of knowledge, the child comes down to details and measurements and reduction of scale and becomes learn-ed in the world, yet true learning is something to be sparked not studied.

A child remembers Totality, and then what he is formally taught gets to be reduced to limits of one kind or another. Much of the learning on Earth is less rather than more. Instead of Fullness, there comes to be a sort of filling up that does not come near to Fullness, a crowding as it were, some sort of sand in the gas tank and a grinding of gears.

Learning is meant to be joy. The child wants to grasp fistfuls of knowledge. Imagine how a child learns language so magnificently and so easily, and how eagerly. All that is integral to learning language, all the fitting of the tongue and aspirations of the lips, and the ears give an encore. When someone can learn language and all its ramifications, he can learn anything that he desires to learn.

When did learning become work or canned as if learning were something excerpted and remote to him and pushed on him, when all learning is about life and the liveliness of learning. Since when was learning something that had to be drummed into a child as if learning were separate from the joy of life and love itself, and the child has to be stuck in a wagon and go only one way and not another?

Let learning evoke love and joy, for are not love and joy the point of learning? There is no point to and no necessity for subjugation.

One thing in life leads to another. The heart and mind desire to be filled with knowledge. Don’t mistake true learning for facts or information. True knowledge is making a connection. It is enjoining disparate elements and seeing how they unite and add to the spiral of life in the world.

Two different matters have a commonality. Learning is putting things together. Learning is finding out how the disparate are not disparate but alive and alike. What do language and music have in common? Even within language and music, there is silence. There is silence between words, and there is silence between notes. There is silence between thoughts. There is immersion into subjectivity, and there is objectivity which is not meant to be far away. Objectivity can bring you closer yet to Me, yet your heart has to be in the learning.

Learning has to be for joy, or what is it worth? The test of learning is how much it means to the one who is learning. Learning is more than exercise and repetition. Learning is an exploration of the world. Everything can be in its place, and everything can be which way and that. Everything can be everything, or it can be nothing at all, and nothing can be all of it.

True learning is discovery. Life is meant to be discovery. There is no completing discovery. It is worldwide. It is Universe-wide. It is Heavenward. Life is beyond any restrictions construed upon it. Life is a Miracle of Discovery. There are no borders to discovery. Everything on Earth is a flower to be picked and given away into the furthest reaches, something like one heart’s embracing all others.

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MARQUITA HERALD – Why It’s So Hard to Learn From Our Mistakes – 6-23-15

hiding from mistakesBy Marquita Herald, Emotionally Resilient Living, June 22, 2015

Found at: http://cultureofawareness.com/2015/06/23/marquita-herald-why-its-so-hard-to-learn-from-our-mistakes/

Want to become more courageous, confident, creative and successful? Make more mistakes!

There’s just one little problem, a disclaimer if you will, that is often glossed over in the sea of advice and rarely included in inspirational quotations praising the opportunities inherent with making mistakes … you must actually learn something from your misstep for it to be of value.

It’s not like we don’t have plenty of material to work with, after all we all make mistakes, but failure and mistakes rarely feel like a great learning opportunity at when they happen. And therein lies the rub, because most of us are far too busy denying or trying to distance ourselves from our mistakes to take the time to actually learn anything from them.

Mistakes are a part of being human. Appreciate your mistakes for what they are: precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way … unless it’s a fatal mistake, which, at least, others can learn from. ~Al Franken

The Benefits of Learning From Your Mistakes

Following are just a few examples of the benefits to be derived from taking the time to learn from your mistakes.

  • You become more aware of your thoughts and behaviors.
  • You deepen your understanding of who you really are.
  • You learn to live without regrets.
  • You are better able to overcome fears, especially the fear of making mistakes.
  • You gain perspective on the things and people that matter most.
  • You learn to take responsibility.
  • You learn the value of compassion and forgiveness.

Accepting the importance of learning from our mistakes is one thing, but doing the actual work is another because it involves such things as facing our ego, taking responsibility and admitting vulnerability. But since the process is precisely where we often benefit the most, we’re going to focus on understanding the primary reasons we avoid accepting and learning from our mistakes.

The Biggest Stumbling Blocks

We Rationalize

Rationalization is the process of coming up with apparently sensible explanations for our behavior. For example if you’re like many people, you enjoy chocolate and eat it at every opportunity. You might tell yourself that chocolate has antioxidants and it boosts your mood, or that you’ve had a rough day and you deserve to treat yourself. Even though all of this may be true, it is not the real reason why you eat chocolate, it’s just a line of reasoning you use to feel better about eating something high in fat and sugar.

People often rationalize in this way by telling themselves stories to justify their mistakes, for example if they had had the right tools or information then they wouldn’t have … or, if so-and-so had done his job, then they wouldn’t have …, etc.

Rationalization is also used in conjunction with buyer’s remorse. Deep down we may know full well we’re making a mistake but we find ways to justify the decision. For example how buying the treadmill is going to help you get fit – never mind that it’s now gathering dust in your spare bedroom – it was on sale and you saved a ton of money, besides it was a bargain compared to a gym membership.

This line of reasoning comes to us naturally because we don’t want to feel bad or guilty so instead we get defensive and grasp for any possible reason for our actions that gets us off the hook.

We Convince Ourselves it Was Simply a Fluke

Often when we make a mistake we convince ourselves it was an aberration, a onetime event that happened because of bad luck, the stars aligned against us, or whatever. But the bottom line is we choose to put the experience behind us and move on as quickly as possible without trying to learn anything about the dynamics of the mistake because we assume it will never happen again.

This type of thinking is very common and includes behaviors like repeatedly putting off assignments to the last minute, repeatedly agreeing to avoid conflict, failing to listen fully, and dating the same oh-so-wrong-for-you type of people again and again.

Unfortunately, the effects of all these choices and tiny missteps can accumulate over time and morph into a full blown life crisis. Every person who was ever abused, cheated on or lied to can look back at the first time and realize that at that moment they crossed a line – they had a choice to stand up for themselves or ignore the implications, and hope for the best.

Sometimes mistakes happen even when we make all the right choices, but other times they are a signal that our internal self is trying to tell us there is something far more serious going on. The only way to get off the merry-go-round is to take the time to understand and learn from our choices and behaviors.

We Don’t Take Time to Understand What Went Wrong

Sometimes we recognize and take responsibility for the mistake, but never bother to understand why it happened. Mistakes are a reality check. Taking responsibility for the consequences of our mistakes is just the first step, but it puts us in a better position to do the work to understand what’s working–and what isn’t. If we choose to deny or move on for the sake of putting the event behind us we miss out on a powerful opportunity to learn about our behaviors, the things we say, do and think, particularly if it’s a recurring pattern.

Ironically we may not even fully appreciate some of the most important lessons we learn from our mistakes until later, sometimes much later.

If you can turn your mistakes into stepping stones, and your fears into courage, then anything you want in life is achievable. ~Author Unknown

I still vividly remember a mistake I made while working at a manufacturing company many years ago. As the office manager one of my responsibilities was the weekly payroll, and the company had just switched to a new automated system with our bank. I made a single digit coding error and triggered an entire payroll for hundreds of people off schedule! I could have blamed it on the new system, or the fact I’d just pulled an all nighter studying for a college exam, but the truth is none of that even occurred to me. I rushed into the owner’s office in a 3-alarm anxiety attack and blurted out that I had just massively screwed up. He could have reacted in any number of ways, including firing me, but instead he ushered me to a chair and handed me a glass of water as he attempted to calm my nerves and assure me there are in reality very few mistakes in life that aren’t fixable or qualify as true emergencies.

There were several things I learned from that mistake, but the most valuable lesson was the way the owner had calmly acknowledged my feelings, and assured me that life on this planet as we know it would not end because of my error. At the time the relief I felt helped to ease the guilt a little, but the truth was that experience changed me in ways I wouldn’t understand until years later.

In fact that experience had shifted my whole perspective on the value of forgiveness, as well as the importance of accepting ourselves as imperfect and yet worthy. Over the years I’ve often thought of that man and wondered what he would think if he knew how often I’ve repeated his words to soothe the frayed nerves others who have made mistakes.

Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules, leave the world more interesting for your being here. ~Neil Gaiman

Mistakes Don’t Define You – But They Can Free You

It’s not easy to own our actions and decisions, especially if you believe they make you look foolish to others, but you’ll never be able to learn from your mistakes until you do. Many people, especially after they’ve experienced a big mistake, will pull back and do whatever it takes to keep from repeating the experience.

This is such a terrible waste of your skills and talents, worse yet it robs you of the opportunity to achieve your full potential. You can’t grow if you don’t allow yourself to make mistakes. The best part about it is that when you muster the courage to risk, even if you don’t get the exact results you want, at least you tried – which is a lot more than most people. And best of all you won’t end up living a life of ‘What if?’ regrets. What if I’d tried, what if I’d said, what if only …

Let today be the day you give up who you’ve been for who you can become.

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Music of the Heart (1999) – Music and Trailer

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Jesus – Channeller John Smallman – Your ability to understand and learn is limitless – Ascension

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September 20, 2013 by John Smallman

Jesus Through John

As humanity waits expectantly for an event of great significance – an event that the collective senses is about to happen without having any idea what it might be, or even if anything is about to happen – intensify your intent for the collective to open itself, its massive heart, to the divine field of Love that surrounds and embraces you. It is always with you, offering you infinite Love and acceptance, and all you have to do is to open your hearts and accept the offer.  Many of you have already done so and as a result the collective is feeling increasingly tempted to move fully into Love, thereby abandoning all that is not in harmony with It.

Because of the energies of darkness that still remain many of you are still experiencing doubts and anxieties about the reality of the New Age, but rest assured that it is already fully and irrevocably established; it is just up to you, all of humanity, with boundless assistance from all in the spiritual realms, to open into awareness of it.  You want it.  You are truly burned out from the constant negativity and disharmony of the illusion.  You are ready and increasingly willing to awaken.

The lives that you have all been living have been a preparation and a cleansing to lead you forwards in your spiritual evolution – an evolution that has always been divinely intended and which was instigated at the moment of your apparent separation from your divine and ever-loving Source.  You are and always have been one with your Source, and nothing can ever change that divine and harmonious relationship of the Creator with His creations.

The reason that it appears to you that you are separated from that infinite Source of Goodness is that at the moment you chose to separate yourselves from that Source you effectively shut down your awareness of It.  The separation, unreal as it was, was only momentary, but you are still experiencing it because you have chosen to be unaware of Reality.  Most of you find that concept at least paradoxical and at worst totally unacceptable, because you do not want to believe that you were capable of making such a disastrous choice.  It makes absolutely no sense to your severely limited human intellects upon which you rely far too heavily for insight and even intuition.  Intuition is of the spirit; it is divine guidance which is constantly available to you, but your egos fear it and do their best to distort the guidance that it offers so that you will disregard and discount it.

Some of you have had mystical experiences, near-death experiences, or moments of pellucidity in which it has become abundantly clear to you, without the slightest room for doubt of any kind, that you are divine and eternal beings, infinitely loved by God.  That knowing is permanent and unforgettable, and those who have experiences like that lose all fear and anxiety about physical death, and some of them attempt to explain or describe it to others so that all may benefit.  However, on the whole, people prefer to believe in the limits that their bodies seem to impose on them, fearing the unknown and unlimited possibilities that removal of those limits would encourage.

Nevertheless, over the last three or four centuries of the present human era, an ever-increasing number of you have been refusing to accept the limits that your cultures, societies, churches, or sciences have each in their own ways developed, encouraged, and then attempted to impose on their members.  During that time there has been an enormous expansion of knowledge worldwide, which initially appeared as though it would lead to complete clarification and understanding of the universe, but in the last two or three decades it has become apparent that the knowledge available is infinite, and that your ability to understand and learn is also limitless.  In fact, your physical vehicles, your bodies, were designed for limitless evolution, and the actual capacities and capabilities of your large brains have hardly been tapped at all.

The future is truly boundless, and as your knowledge base continues to grow exponentially the creative possibilities with which all are born will be far more fully recognized and encouraged to develop in the ways that are best suited to each individual’s needs.  In very recent years it has been found that children with autism have amazing gifts to offer when they are not twisted, manipulated, and forced to fit into severely restricted academic curricula that are totally at odds with their true needs.  Some enlightened ones among you have been doing amazing pioneering work in areas like these, and you are greatly honored for the Light that you are bringing to bear on what had previously seemed to be hopeless situations.

To awaken will be an amazing and an exhilarating experience, and it will not be temporary because it is your destination – the point in evolution towards which you are being guided by your own inner knowing, your intuition, by information and events that occur in your daily life, and by your spiritual guides and mentors who are with you at all times to assist you in this wondrous process.  Call on them for help or guidance in any situation and they will respond.  Do meditate regularly, and when you want spiritual guidance go to your quiet inner space so that you can “hear” what is offered.  Your success is inevitable, but you can delay if you should choose to do so. Some of you may feel unready, nervous about leaving behind the familiar, however unhappy or unsatisfactory it may be, so ask for help in overcoming that sense or feeling so that your fears or anxieties fall away, allowing you to awaken.  You most certainly will never regret it!

Your loving brother, Jesus.

Jesus Through John

TED Talks – Jill Vialet – What Play Can Teach Us

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Jill Vialet believes that playing is essential to human development, and addresses significant education reform issues by encouraging greater creativity and problem-solving skills. This approach, she says, creates learning environments where kids feel safer, more engaged and more connected. Jill launched Playworks in 1996 in Berkeley, California. In 2012, Playworks will be bringing play and physical activities to 350 low-income, urban elementary schools in 23 cities, including Albuquerque.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

What Children Teach Us

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Short documentary introducing the Infant Developmental Movement Education work… How Body-Mind Centering is applied with babies from birth to walking