Giving is Receiving

Giving and Receiving are the same!

When we give things away, like a gift, it is gone.  It is in the hands of another.

We may never see it again but hopefully the receiver will like it.  Yes the “gift”

represents something and it may be appreciated but could it be, giving to get?

Perhaps you at some point may expect something in return?  Are you owed anything?

However, when we give love away, it is in the heart of another but  it

is our heart as well.   You cannot give LOVE away and yet not HAVE it. 

Maybe the other person does not recognize it or appreciate  it. 

That is OK.  You did, because when you give love you receive love.

Giving love, you still have it in your mind.  You can give away as much as  

you want AND you will not run out.   

Giving love away does not cost you anything.  It can be a thought – just a sweet thought

like ” I love sweet Kelsey.”  I think on some level of the Mind Kelsey will

receive it, but in the giving, I also am the recipient,  holding it in my heart.

How do I know that she is not thinking of me right now? 

I can give a smile away to someone in Fred Meyer or everywhere and anywhere I go. 

That is love, accepting and noticing.  The smile coming from my heart and mind I also receive

the benefits even if it is not returned.   It may not be, and that will not be judged. 

Giving is Receiving!  Give Love away, it doesn’t cost a thing.  Giving judgment away, does.

Sally McKirgan, 

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Judgment and Misery

Does it seems strange to think that a judgment would make you miserable?

For example:  A friend is beautiful, slim, well groomed and smart!

How do you feel?  Do you feel like a mongrel dog?

Do you feel superior or even better?

When we make comparisons how does it feel? Separate, alone, miserable?

Another example:  A friend is very ill and  the sickness is worsening.

How do you feel?  Do you feel glad it is not you?

Do you feel sorry your friend is so sick?’

Either way, the judgment makes you feel separate and separation is misery.

Forget judgment!  See them and everyone the way you want to see yourself:

Calm;  whole, relaxed and peaceful!

Ego judgment separates us from others.  Its purpose is to compare and

separate us  no matter what the circumstances or situation.

This is the basis for disputes – escalation and even why wars happen!

Be Free!  Curtail or better yet STOP all judgment.

Just Accept and Love….choose peace!

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What is Peace?

WHAT IS PEACE?   By Ed Hirsch

To discover what peace is, it is helpful to see what peace is not. For example, peace is not merely the absence of war or conflict.

Essential Peace is a Presence or Essential Quality of Soul. Suppose you strike a gong, letting its vibration permeate your body and energy field, and follow the sound into silence. Ordinarily, silence might seem to be simply the absence of sound, but if you stay with it, you can discover it as a Presence, which can permeate your field even more deeply than the sound.

Peace is also not merely the avoidance of conflict. A peaceful relationship is not one in which there is an implicit agreement to avoid conflict. Such a relationship would be based on fear—the fear that conflict would diminish or destroy the relationship or the peace.

The same applies to inner Peace, to your relationship with yourself. If your peace is based on a more or less unconscious avoidance of conflict, then you are not so much wanting peace as you are wanting to avoid conflict. The implied belief is that facing conflict would undermine your peace. The belief has a good intention, to maintain at least the peace that you do have. But without being examined, that belief remains intact and limits your peace.

What are you avoiding to maintain your peace? Real peace will only be found on the other side of what is being avoided. Yes, Peace is Here and Now, directly, but it becomes grounded in your being by bringing open, welcoming, non-resisting attention to what would otherwise be avoided. Then the Peace can shine through.

The Peace that is just a temporary state is vulnerable to being disrupted by distractions or conflicts. But Essential Peace is your True Nature, inherent, already the case, rather than something to attain or fabricate by your efforts.

It is like the Silence that is recognized to be ongoing, within which the sound arises. Sounds do not interrupt such Silence. So too is the Peace of Consciousness that is the very foundation of the restless mind, the Space in which thoughts arise. It is your very Being which can get layered over with limiting conditionings, roles, identifications, but which in itself is untouched and at Peace.

 Establish yourself in and as that Peace, and let it express itself through your life.

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Change Your Thoughts – Change Channels

Changing Your Thoughts is Changing Channels

We live in a dualistic world.  There is good and bad; hot and cold; short and tall and the list goes on. We also have a dualist mind that contains two thought systems:  the voice of the ego or the voice of truth and of peace. 

Watch your thoughts and you will figure out which voice you listen to.

The bad news is that the ego is the default system that is always running.  

The good news is that you are the one in charge of changing channels.

You are listening to the ego’s thoughts when judgmental of someone or yourself.  Worried or fearful thoughts of guilt or envy are certainly egoic thoughts.  However, they are just thoughts.  You don’t have to believe them, they are not true.  Ask yourself:  How do I feel?    

For example one night I woke up worried about a planned trip.   I could see my mind was going crazy with various scenarios and worry.  However, I was worried about something that was in the future.  I was projecting fear into the future.  The ego went crazy building the case that I was going to miss my plane, or get air sick or stuck in bad weather, etc.   I finally realized what was happening and changed channels.  I repeated my favorite mind calming phrase and went to sleep.   

Choosing peace is a practice in changing channels.    

This example shows that there is a part of the mind that is separate from the ego.  It is the decision maker within that chooses when you are aware enough to realize you are not at peace.  If you ask yourself “How do I feel?”   If not peaceful then it is up to you to change your thoughts.

The above is inspired by the spiritual/psychological book, A Course In Miracles,

Lesson #106. Let me be still and listen to the truth.

“If you will lay aside the ego’s voice, however loudly it may seem to call; if you will not accept its petty gifts that give you nothing that you really want; if you will listen with an open mind, that has not told you what salvation is; then you will hear the mighty Voice of truth, quiet in power, strong in stillness, and completely certain in Its messages.”

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Grievances or Peace: That is the question

If we hold grievances we cannot be a peace.

If we are jealous, envious or even admiring of someone…we are not at peace.

The power was given to you to change your mind.

Giving up a grievance is really forgiving.  It is a simple choice.

Who benefits?

Maybe them, but for sure you because it is in your best interests.

You are the beneficiary of forgiveness, either forgiving someone else or yourself.

It is up to someone if they want to accept the gift of forgiveness or not.

But as long as they hold out its healing effects, they are hurting themselves.

The only one you can help is yourself.

Be still an instant and go Home!

Forgive and it, whatever it is, and it will disappear.

No more blame, no more worry, no more fear.


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Peace and the Aspects of Presence

Peace and the Aspects of Presence

by Ed Hirsch   

Peace is here, now. It is Love, it is Truth, it is You, not separate from your embodied life, or the whole of life, here and now.

Peace is not a mere absence (of war or conflict).

Peace is an essential Presence.

Peace is the peace of Being itself, ever abiding in itself, and it permeates the whole of being.

Experience Peace directly in embodied form through deeply sensing in your arms and legs, through that the whole body, and through that the whole of space. Open to the absolute Peace of Space or Spacious Presence, permeating your body here and now.

Some times are peaceful, some are not. But time itself flows on in Peace. At every moment it is permeated by Peace, the Peace of Now. Sense your breathing right now, contact the breath within the breath that is at Peace.

Life is action, movement, change. Yet Essential Life, Power, or Shakti abides in itself. Out of that emerges all expression and form. Sense your own aliveness right now, and however it is, open to the Living Presence in which it arises and is held.

You might know of love as desiring, longing, restlessness, clinging, frustration, lack, etc. You might even know love as it turns to anger, hatred, depression, grief, or more. In your Spacious Presence, feel through your heart into the Abiding Love that holds all of that in Compassionate Love. Love abides in the Fullness and Emptiness of its own Nature, in Peace.

Perhaps your thinking mind is chattering, distracted, conflicted, reactive, dull, etc., anything but at peace. Recognize that the Consciousness that registers this is not itself reactive, just as the Consciousness aware of anger is not itself angry. Consciousness inherently abides in itself, at Peace.

Are you at peace? If your feelings are un-peaceful, are you un-peaceful?  Are you your thoughts or feelings?  Nothing to attain, nothing to prove, nothing to know, to be yourself.

Is your present moment experience whole, harmonious? Whether it is or not, recognize that each moment is a totality of experience, whole just as it is. All of existence is completely permeated by, and is an expression of, the Oneness of Being.

Presence, in whatever mode, is inherently itself, simple, direct, at Peace. All the aspects of Presence are One, mutually supporting, at Peace.

Sense Peace, breathe Peace, feel Peace, know Peace, Be Peace, surrender into Peace.

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Accept the Light that you are

You have a spark of LIGHT within you.

Whenever you have a kind thought…..there it is.

When you offer help to a friend…..there it is.

When you feel compassion…..there it is.

Everyone has it.

Even someone you dislike.

IT is steady and never goes out.

IT is always there when we look.

IT is within when things look dark.

When we become sick IT is still there.

When we become depressed, lonely or afraid  IT is there.

Find it, look for it and embrace it.

Still your beautiful busy mind and it is there.

When you feel afraid remember the light is within, IT is you and you are IT.

Where does IT come from.

IT is a  mystery.

Mystics speak of IT…..the Light.

IT  comes from  a Love that is not of this world.

Yet IT is in You.

IT is YOU and IT never dies….neither will you.

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Three Modes of Being


It can be helpful to distinguish the following levels or modes of your being:

First is the outer, ego, or personality level. As you might observe, it basically is peaceful when it gets its own way, or when conditions are suitable, and can get out of sorts or reactive to the degree that its desires, needs, likes, or opinions aren’t met adequately. Have you noticed this about yourself?

Second is the inner, deeper, or soul level. This is the part of you that responds to the outer. It can vary widely, depending on the degree of maturity or development of your being. What is possible is for you to cultivate the inner quality of curiosity and inquiry as to what arises, and the inner quality of compassion. This can deepen as you disengage from personality and conditioning as your total identity. And it can apply to your own process as well as that of others. In terms of others. you might find the Golden Rule workable—treat others as you would basically want to be treated—kindly, with understanding, or at least with curiosity and open inquiry.

Third is the innermost, or essential core of your being, which is really Being itself. This is the realm of I AMness, or ISness, which is simple, uncomplicated by stories or thoughts, or conditioning, and so abides in the Peace of its own nature. It is not disturbed by agitation in the outer world, by the thoughts of your own mind, or the feelings of your own heart. Spend a little time pausing, being still, and dropping into this. Drop into the Peace that is always already here, not needing to be manufactured.

You might find that, as you open to this Peace, you are held in it as in a Spacious Presence, whatever your condition. This in turn can help you adopt that attitude of peace and compassion to whatever arises within you, especially as you recognize that Presence as your own Being. In time, this can serve the maturing and development of both soul and personality. Then all three levels of modes of being become more harmonious.


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Singing for Peace – Kaleidoscope of Voices

Give yourself the Gift of attending a FREE Concert

2 p.m. Sunday, February 15, at the Southern Oregon Recital Hall

405 S. Mountain Avenue, Ashland, OR – Free Parking

Choral Kaleidoscope

Five Choirs Singing for Peace!


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The Commander’s Intent

The Commander’s Intent
by Will Wilkinson

Focus. There’s nothing like focus to get something done. That sounds simple, but often it’s not, especially when what we want to get done is something as complex as “world peace.” Where do we start (with ourselves)? What do we do (what’s right in front of us)? What’s the big plan…? That’s where creative thinking comes in.

            And, as with all creative thinking, it’s helpful to reference successful models. One that I encountered in a business book I was reading the other day is called The Commander’s Intent. It’s a military term that refers to a principle all of us can use. Simply put, the Commander’s Intent is the one focused purpose that must be accomplished. The example they gave was to “take the hill.” Whatever strategy they devised to take the hill was flexible. As the author said, “no plan survives contact with the enemy.” In other words, life is all about course corrections along the way to wherever we are going.

            The focus, the Commander’s Intent is about knowing where we are going. It doesn’t change, everything else can and usually does. The plan for taking the hill hits a snap, you try something different. The objective remains in focus: take the hill. Here’s a sample from a power point on-line, to illustrate the point:

“The purpose of this mission is to maintain a secure and stable environment which allows the government of Haiti to maintain functional governance, gradually transferring responsibility for the secure and stable environment to the government of Haiti.  The end state is defined as the secure and stable environment that allows social and economic development, free election, and peaceful transition of responsibility to the government of Haiti.”

What would a Commander’s Intent statement for peace look like? Here’s a try: “The purpose of this mission is to maintain a peaceful and compassionate environment which encourages everyone in my world to do likewise, gradually changing the prevailing atmosphere of competitive busyness to one of cooperative friendliness. The end state is defined as “world peace,” and is proven by the end of violent conflicts throughout the world, humanity living in accord with each other, and an orderly transition to a planet of peace and enjoyment.”

Of course, the power of this statement goes up exponentially if I change one word. “This” becomes “my,” so it reads this way: “The purpose of my mission is to…”

Imagine if this was my Commander’s Intent; imagine if it was yours. How differently we might live!

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Will Wilkinson is a local author, filmmaker and director of a Happiness campaign.


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