Whether we realize it or not we are all on the spiritual path of enlightenment. We are all moving closer and closer to realizing our oneness with the eternal. In other words whether we understand it, like it, or not, we are all spiritual masters in the making. Not only is this happening but everything that is happening in our lives is trying to get us to move more and more into this realization.
Having said that, I will also say that there is a stage on the path in which to go against ones own dharma or way of being is like high treason. It is denying the will of the eternal. If we have reached this stage of the spiritual path we have to be true to ourselves, or our not being true to our feelings will tear us apart.
I personally learned this years ago, when it came to my career choices. I learned early on that I needed to run my own business. I tried working other places for a while but it would only last for a short time and I would leave to go back to running my business full time. It was like something inside of me was dying the whole time I was working for these other places. Once I did go back to being on my own, I felt free and could even breathe better. I have been happily running my business full time now for more than 25 years, and could not imagine my life any other way.
I have also learned that this was not just the case with my business, but in life period, not being true to how I feel seems to bother me more than most people. To my relief, as I studied meditation and metaphysics, I learned that the as we move further along we must be more true to who we are, it is the Eternal’s way of expressing through us. The more we grow the stronger the pull for us to live in such a manner.
od created everything. He made the sun, the moon, the earth, the people and the animals. God also created the trees. Each tree bears it’s own fruit, and the birds flock accordingly.
We have to be more like the trees. A tree knows its place. You don’t find the apple tree trying to bear coconuts. The weeping willow knows it belongs near the lake. The palm tree only shows up in warmer climates. When the trees bear their fruit, the birds, insects, bees etc., come automatically. The tree doesn’t have go out chasing after them. We must find our place under the sun, and be there. We just need to be true to our nature and the rest will come on it’s own.
Do what you love. Be who you truly are. Trust that God knew what he was doing when he made you that way
My six-year-old son Jordan is a wonderful boy. There are many areas where he totally blows me away and I think he is truly a prodigy. Then there are other areas where he is clearly struggling. Sometimes during his struggles it may appear as though he is not even trying. I am learning more and more that this is not the case. Yesterday I took him to his swimming lessons and he once again was crying after putting his face in the water. I could be wrong but at times it seems as though out of the many kids there, he is the only one crying. I could see the instructor pushing him, making him put his face in the water even though he does not like it. As I watch I can see that he keeps forgetting to hold his breath.
When I get home I am thinking about how fear seems to drive him at times, and I know it will be hard to get him to put his face in the water again. At times he says “I will never put my face in again.” After a long day, I go to sleep and he does also, along with the rest of the family that is home. Early this morning I get up and meditate. A little later this morning, while he is taking a bath, I hear Jordan crying from the other room. When I go in to see what is wrong, he tells me he was practicing putting his face in the water. Wow! My boy is facing his fears and wants to learn. I told him, “we will be practicing holding our breath, and knowing when we have let it out, for a couple of days, then we can try putting our face back in the water.
Lessons and Reminders:
Be patient with people
People are doing the best they know how, for where they are
My job is not to get discouraged, but to be my son’s coach, this goes for other people in my life as well
God has a way of letting me know things I need to know especially after I meditate
This morning I woke up thinking about my gutter cleaning and window cleaning business. Over the last couple yeas I have added more services for our customers and it is obvious that if we keep moving forward in the same manner this year, we will not be able to handle all the business coming our way. This presents a question for me. How am I going to proceed further? Will we slow down on providing the additional services and concentrate more on what has been the primary business? Or do we add more trucks and expand?
I decided I would open up my book Wise Words and expect the answer to be on the page I opened up to. The page was titled “It’s Gonna Be Easy!” As soon as I read the title of this page I felt so good. Those words contain great history for me.
Often when I had some challenging situation before me my teacher Mr. Ambrister would tell me how wonderfully it was going to work out, even when it looked like there was no way it would. Then he would say and Craig, It’s gonna be easy! We would both bust out laughing, because there was no answer in sight. He meant that I need to meditate and be open, and God will lead me and magically fix it all. This proved to always be the case. When I step up my meditations and my attention the deeper side of life things magically come together.
As I thought back on this I became very excited thinking about all the times my teacher was right about this, and how easy my life has been whenever I got centered. I knew right away that my answer about my next business move will come and the situation will be perfectly handled. All I have to do is focus more on my meditation teachings and the magic and beauty of the Universe. And then, it’s gonna be easy!
Think about whatever challenges you have going on in your life. Then forget about the challenge and just get caught up in your spirituality, and signs that come your way. If you can truly do this guess what? It’s Gonna Be Easy!
Today’s Positive thought comes from my third book Walk This Earth Like a King.
Are you currently going through a challenging situation? Do you sometimes have an empty feeling like something is missing? Or maybe you have something going on that is agitating you and you feel like this unsettling feeling keeps showing up over and over again? If so believe it or not this can be a positive thing, if you can recognize what is happening.
Our whole life, everything we experience, is the outcome of our past actions and the way we see and interpret the world. Understanding this, we have to remember that when something bad happens, it has only happened to get our attention. It’s occurring in order for us to finally let go of our old ways of doing things and seeing situations. Most of us make very little changes as long as we remain comfortable. The problem is the more beautiful places waiting on us call for us to grow and change before we get there. So the universe finds ways to shake us up and help us get to where we would ultimately love to be. But we must embrace the lesson in order to get there.
So when we find ourselves agitated we must ask the question. What wonderful thing is this trying to move me to? What do I have to learn in order to get there? Then we must be thankful for God and the universe getting our attention. If you can go through your day with this in mind, what follows will surprise you.
As we meditate more and move further along the path, we know what to do when and what comes first, second, third, and fourth in each situation. We become so in tune that what we want is what the universe wants for us. Also as we begin to see ourselves more as an instrument of God one with the universe we become much more powerful, not concerned so much with how are things going to work out for us. At the same time things tend to work well for us without much effort because of our giving and being in our proper place. The more you give the more you receive. The more you are the ‘you’ the universe intended you to be, and do what you love for the love of it, the more you forget about yourself. From the book What If My Soul Is Eternal And Heaven Is Everywhere By Craig Kimbrough
In Summary: The more we meditate and clear our minds the less we have to figure out. The answers will just show up and we will be able to act much more freely.
Right now I have a lot of things I would like to see done or more complete. I had been thinking in a mode that my teacher Mr. Ambrister used to share with me. He used to say “make haste while the sun is still shinning.” Well that is what I have been trying to do. The problem is I want to do big things, I lot of big things, in a relatively short time. Then this morning I opened up Wise Words, the second book I wrote years ago, looking for my message for today. The page I opened up to randomly was page 48. This is what it read.
ork on what you’re planning, but don’t get stressed out about it. Do a little bit each day towards whatever you are working on. The real making haste is the meditation. When we meditate, when we get centered and contact our higher self, we get all sorts of ideas and information that would normally pass over us. Also, we’re able to see the situation more completely within, enabling us to have more faith when we only see part of the picture outside. At the same time we’re less attached to the outcome. This allows us to attract the desired situation in our lives much quicker without us worrying about it not arriving or being controlled by it when does arrive. Instead of repelling the situation with doubts and attachments, we attract the situation with more faith and non attachment by going within.
On the spiritual path, this making haste is most important, because it gets us more grounded in the spiritual regions, furthering our growth while dematerializing us. (It makes us more identified with our soul.)
In the movie Under The Tuscan Sun there was a marvelous quote. It says, “You have to live spherically in many directions and never lose your childhood enthusiasm, and things will come your way.” This is so true. We often hear people talking about living your dharma or according to your nature. “Do what you love and the rest will follow.” I do agree. But often we have more than one way of expression. We should take time for as many of the ways the Universe wants to express through us as possible.
When I first opened up my bookstore and started teaching meditation classes in it, part of the goal was to close my gutter and window cleaning business and only deal with the spirituality, meditation classes, books etc. I thought it was a natural spiritual progression.
One day when I was thinking about how to quit my gutter and window business, it seemed like everywhere I went my customers kept telling me how much they appreciated us and how it seemed like we were sent by God. This pattern seemed to happen more and more often, with customers saying “I hope you guys stay in business so we can keep using you.” In time I realized that I love both, and must take time for all my interests, and keep both businesses. The more I embraced having both enthusiastically, the happier and more blessed I have been.