Dear Ones: We are each connected by threads unseen, energies that travel and bind the universe. One of these threads is silver. The writing you read here is titled, "Silver Threads." It is a simply written message containing alternatives to everyday life choices; to the actions and reactions mankind has been practicing and how a bit of change can create so much goodness in one's life. And it is with one life at a time that will we will make our universe a better place to be.
Happy reading, marsha
“Every truth has 4 corners; as a teacher I give you one corner, it is for you to find the other 3.” Confucius
When the Student is Ready…
‘When the student is ready the teacher will appear,’ is a profound and ancient Buddhist proverb. Did you know that you are the headmaster? The surprise may be in discovering where the classroom is; what the lesson plan consists of; and the identity of the teacher. What exactly does that mean? Look to the quote above; and for a moment reflect. As with all reflection begin with a deep, cleansing breath.
Doesn’t that deep breath feel wonderful? It is such a great way to press pause on the tape that plays incessantly in your head, relax your mind and body and focus your thinking. Now back to the classroom. In the ‘old’ days it was a room with big window sills and blackboards. Today it is anywhere you find yourself feeling an ‘excited’ emotion; fear, anger, extreme joy, just to name a few. If you are having an excessive reaction to anything or anyone, there is a lesson to be learned (the lesson plan.) The classroom has appeared.
So, who is the teacher? This educator is none other than the one producing your reaction. That is, if you are aware and awake. When you start to grind your teeth because your toddler, tween, or young adult off-spring is challenging just about everything you stand for, or, is bringing chaos to your household, do you simply get angry and explode or can you step back, take a deep breath and ask yourself what is really going on? And if you are a tween or teen, are you having a 'dark' reaction to the parenting coming your way? Are you feeling disresepcted, unheard,or unaccepted at home? Moms and Dads, do you look at the big picture or are you stuck in the behavior of the moment? Not only that of your ‘young ‘uns, but your own as well. What about you young person, are determined to be right no matter the cost? Look around you, use a magnifying glass if needed, the teacher is standing before you.
Why do you react the way you do? What causes your most explosive reactions? And why is it your children have so much power over you, even the littlest ones, that they can, in the blink of an eye push your biggest buttons? And adults, how is it that you are doing the very same thing to your kids? Interesting dynamics, wouldn't you say! The answer to these questions as noted in the previous paragraph - these extraordinary people are meant to be our teachers. Believe it or not, on any given day, you are surrounded by teachers.
Each time you find yourself annoyed, whatever or whoever is igniting your flare possesses the essence of an instructor. That which bubbles inside, called a reaction, is actually a need. Look at it this way, when there is something you need to learn, that something is like an empty space. Knowledge can fill the space which is much like the missing piece of a jigsaw puzzle. Think about the last time you worked on a puzzle. Most begin by building the frame, the pieces with the straight edge. Then the middle takes shape and the picture develops. You are the framework and the lesson needing to be learned is akin to the middle of the puzzle. With awareness you can take down your walls and be cognizant of the lesson. Rather than react to the thing that is ‘making you crazy’ look instead at what is presenting itself to you. In the moment make a choice to see the opportunity, better known as the lesson. You already possess the acumen to recognize the teacher.