Last week Charles asked, “How do you know when the message is from God and The Universe and not just from your own mind?”
I Thought this was a great question because first, it implies that we can be so connected with God and our higher self that we can get information from on high. And second, because it suggests that there is a difference between our normal everyday thoughts, experiences, and information, and the spiritual information that is always correct.
I gave an example of how when I had my bookstore I needed more customers and had tried many things to acheive what I wanted. I tried radio ads, popular publications and other sources. I tried a light-up sign in the window. I was not allowed to put a sign on the building.
I put the question to God and The Universe asking “What do I do to get more people coming in?” I meditated for a long period hoping for an answer. The next day as I entered my printer Roy’s print shop he said “you know what Craig? ” As soon as he spoke, I got a chill and said to myself “Here comes my answer.”
Then he said “When I had my shop on Northwestern Highway I had all kinds of walk in traffic because of my sign. You could see it from many angles and far away. Now I don’t get the walk in traffic because I sit far back off 12 mile and people don’t know I am here. So I am going to get me an old van and put it out by the road. I don’t even care if it runs. I am going to paint a sign on it and use it as a billboard for my store. I did it in Florida and it worked well.” I could not believe it. I had a van that barely ran I was about to get rid of. This was my answer. To put a sign on it and keep it by the road of my store. Roy never this did this, but I did.
I paid a guy to airbrush the most beautiful sign. And guess what? Nobody came. I got no new traffic. But I knew this was my sign because of how strangely the information came to me and the feeling I got before Roy even spoke to me. So I drove up and down Southfield Road where my store was and I realized the sign I paid for was too pretty and not bold enough to see from a distance. That evening I painted the top half of the van white and placed big black letters on it from front to back with the name of the store on it, which I shortened in order to make the letters bigger. The very next day people started coming in saying “I saw your sign. I did not even know you were here.” Traffic increased dramatically.
When we get information from on high, we may get a strong unusual feeling or sensation to tell us we are on track like I got when I walked in Roy’s shop. Things may line up perfectly to tell us that we are on track, like when I heard Roy’s story telling me what to do one day after asking for help. The answer can come from anywhere or anyone. We just have to be open. Often it helps to step up our meditaton and positive or spiritual works to help us catch the message. And if we are not sure of our answer or sign, we can ask for another.
This monday we are featuring positivity from Sheryl. Sheryl commented on the post about Kelly last week. Kelly had shared how good she felt when she let go of any negative thoughts while giving to a panhandler. “I did not judge him or wonder what he was going to do with the money. I just chose to believe it was going to help and gave. I have to say it really felt good.”
In Sheryl’s comment she replied “Thank you Kelly for this uplifting story. It serves as a reminder to us all. Giving is letting go. It blesses the receiver and giver both.”
I personally found Sheryl’s statement to be very profound. Because it is when we let go that the true giving starts. That is when we let go of…How are they going to receive my gift? Are they going to appreciate it? What are they (the receiver or the outside world) going to think about me?” And so many other things that we are holding on to. Once we can do this, the person receiving the gift can truly feel the purity of the gift and we feel it too. This is why Kelly felt so good when she had let go.
Do you have any thoughts or a positive lesson or act to share? If so please comment below. Both Kelly and Sheryl are a part of our Positive Guru Wristband Movement. If you are interested in how the wristband movement works click on Wristbands at the top of the website. For the next month, the “Peace and Love” wristbands are free. If you would like a free wristband email me at email@example.com
One day I was telling my teacher about several dreamlike meditations I had back to back. In each one I was a different person living in different a country. In one experience I was teaching meditation at a college. In another I owned a bookstore in an Asian nation. In another, I was living in a mideastern region near the water in a fabulous home. All of these lives I was living seemed to be in today’s times and felt quite real. I asked him what was his take on all of this? His answer was “Sonny you are him whom you seek. Do you get it?” My reply was “but Mr. Ambrister, I am seeking God” He replied. “Yes now you get it.”
God, The Universe, The Eternal, is everywhere appearing in everyone and everything. The more we meditate and move into the oneness, the more we find and have experiences telling us we are not limited to this one expression that we know ourselves as.
In time, the sincere student learns that by following the instructions of the teacher and meditating often, a true bond is formed. The teacher will show up in thought, dream and meditation to help the student both in life and along the meditation path. This experience and bond further teaches the student that we are much more than these bodies we find ourselves in and our connections in life go far beyond the physical. The more we meditate and live by the philosophy, the more we find this to be true.
On the meditation path, through experience we begin to realize that the teachings and the teacher’s words are forever and will always be there in time of need. Not only is this the case. The teacher’s spirit will also be with him or her until time passes away. So even when the teacher is not physically present, the teacher and the teachings are still there forever. This also holds true with those who are near and dear to us and anyone who has imparted life lessons with us. Their spirit makes a lasting impression and never leaves, especially when we become more aware of our oneness and realize that this is the case.
I had just woke up from my dream excited, as I lay there not yet able to walk again, but looking forward to walking in the near future. I lay there happy and enthused about my businesses and life, even though I was struggling to keep my two businesses going without me being there physically. I was thankful to have the chance to live the best life ever. I could truly say I was happy to still be here as Craig with my two broken ankles and all.
I was 56 years old (still am) and on the mend from an accident and injury, and just about to learn how to walk again, still in a wheel chair. It was truly blowing my mind that I was going to choose to be happy in this particular situation. I was asking myself, “Why choose this life and situation, when the others are so great without that level of challenge?” I was half asleep and half awake, coming out of the most interesting dream.
(In Henry Ford Hospital West Bloomfield June 2, 2021)
In the dream I was one of several young people marveling at the realization that we could time travel and choose who ever we wanted to be, at whatever point in life we choose and live from there. It was a feeling of being beyond limits and quite comforting. The posssibilities were vast. It felt totally real, and somewhat mind blowing at the same time. I was realizing that I had a choice of any of the lives I was viewing and I also had the choice of the life I was living as Craig here in this time space that I am in right now from whence I am writing.
All of these possible lives and experiences looked quite tempting, and was a part of who I was. Sort of like I had been living them all and now I had to chose only one to continue in. What I found quite fascinating was that I was leaning towards choosing to be Craig, and not just Craig, but me during one of the most challenging times in my life. And yet I had this opportunity to be in these other freer lives, and not have the challenge of being in pain and wondering if I would walk again, learning how to walk again, and having to rebuild my businesses.
But then in the midst of making my choice, it came to me in a flash, so keenly. “I have children and people who love and need me.” I could see the various ways I had to be there for them. I also had such great potential to live out the most incredible story and life. One in which I would be helping so many, and be totally into my Dharma, my passion, my proper place in life, and living it to the fullest. This is when I found myself waking up to this reality, totally excited, ready to jump into my new life! I was Craig once again, on this new journey ready to learn to walk again, and revitalize my business, with my two broken ankles, broken tibia and all!
(Halloween 2021 Me and my girlfriend Kelly, and my good friend Terrill. I was starting to walk again. Terrill was the Hulk, I was The Spirit, and Kelly was, An Athenian Goddess)