Article Archive - 20/12/2002
I'm just taking a moment to thank everyone for their support of Body Electronics this past year, whether it was through attending seminars, contributing to newsletters, being a member of societies like BEINZ that are dedicated to preserving Body Electronics, enduring their own pain, confronting their own resistances, or other moral support.
Personally I'd like to give special thanks to my beautiful wife-to-be, Tess, without whose support and sacrifice I could not personally dedicate so much time to this wonderful transformational work.
2002 has been excellent for me. I have produced my first book, "Body Electronics, the Science of Regeneration - Introduction for Beginners", developed and run a new single weekend seminar to introduce new people into the world of Body Electronics, and recently had the great honour of co-teaching Doug Morrison's 5 week Instructor's Seminar in USA (what a fantastic experience and group of people that was)!
I'm not just thanking those who helped me, but everyone who helped anyone in their endeavours with Body Electronics, whether in NZ, Australia, USA, Canada, or anywhere else. It's a small planet really and anything anyone does to help another human benefits us all.
I am reminded of a recent comment made by a friend about their life's passion, "I'm not doing it just because I like it but because the work needs to be done, - I think a large part of what I'm thinking is that this has implications wider than me or the family and friends..."
This comment strikes me as I realise that Body Electronics is not a job, you don't make a living FROM it. It is a tool for personal growth, but it's also a way of giving service that extends way outside of our normal concept of giving service. Frequently we approach service from the perspective of "How can I help?" While this is quite honourable, Dr Ray has hopefully taught us that while we are "trying" to be of service we cannot truly "be" of the best service.
The secret to being of service begins with being right here and right now. Whenever we're looking beyond ourselves or beyond the present moment we're not quite in synch with the universe or reality. If we really want to be of service, then the first thing we need to do is to still ourselves physically and emotionally so that we can impartially observe what the Will of God is in this moment.
We don't need to make the opportunity for service because this opportunity is everpresent. We don't need to find someone to help because there is always someone right here who we can help...ourselves. If we think we're selfish for helping ourselves, then this merely reveals our perception of separateness from everyone else...
I'm not suggesting that we only focus on ourselves because this creates the exact same illusion of separation. My point is that as soon as we place a condition of any sort upon what constitutes service we're creating a separation from those who we could otherwise help.
I believe that one of the best ways of supporting Body Electronics is to support ourselves as we strive for our own change of consciousness. Another of those best ways is to support someone else in their endeavours to change consciousness. When was the last time you offered to hold someone's points? And before you rush out and tell everyone that you need to hold their points, "because THEY need it," remember that you don't need to TRY to be of service. Just recognise that you can be of service and make the invitation and think nothing more of it, leaving the individual to accept or decline.
To briefly come back to a concept from my introduction, Dr Ray frequently reminded us of the blessing we give in making the sacrifice of enduring our own pain. He would refer to the various pioneers who had "paid the price of pain" over the years. We are the pioneers of today who have the opportunity to pave the way for those who will follow us. Are we prepared to lovingly and willingly endure our own unconsciousness, apathy, grief, fear, anger and pain? This is a moment-by-moment challenge for every one of us.
It's not just what we do when we're on the table that counts, it's every moment. The work we do on the table is merely our practice for what we're going to do when we get off the table. If we can be willing to receive and transmute the PRIOR experiences of our life with love, then hopefully we can see that this is what we also need to do with our CURRENT experiences in life. Life is an experience; are you here?
If we really look at it, there is no sacrifice in enduring our own pain, because doing so frees us from the bondage of that pain. Perhaps we should therefore refer to the blessing of our own pain. The more I consider this topic of pain and that of karma, I realise that these things are only burdens insofar as they are what we need to carry with us on our chosen journey. When we pack to go on a holiday, should we be surprised that our suitcase is full and heavy after packing all our books, clothes, shoes, etc? Or should we recognise that everything we have packed is for a purpose and then constantly bear the blessing in mind that we have everything we need. We have the choice to focus on the weight we carry or upon our ability to lovingly deal with all experiences of life. Where we choose to place our focus determines the apparent weight (the "burden value") of the bag, not its contents.
Body Electronics works best when people come together to work on themselves and each other together.
As I look ahead to 2003, I believe that this will be a year for us to start working together more closely. We may work together in big groups or small groups. The size of the group does not indicate the benefit that group may bring. The task or goal that the group has come together to work on does not indicate the benefit that group may bring. How we choose to work together determines the benefit.
As a final note, the following is a Christmas story that's a personal favourite of mine. Although you may have seen it before, I find that it never fails to strike a note. Blessings to everyone in 2003 and beyond.
In Love, Light, and Perfection
The first little tree looked up at the stars and said: "I want to hold treasure. I want to be covered with gold and filled with precious stones. I'll be the most beautiful treasure chest in the world!"
The second little tree looked out at the small stream trickling by on it's way to the ocean. "I want to be travelling mighty waters and carrying powerful kings. I'll be the strongest ship in the world!"
The third little tree looked down into the valley below where busy men and women worked in a busy town. "I don't want to leave the mountain top at all. I want to grow so tall that when people stop to look at me, they'll raise their eyes to heaven and think of God. I will be the tallest tree in the world."
Years passed. The rain came, the sun shone, and the little trees grew tall.
One day three woodcutters climbed the mountain. The first woodcutter looked at the first tree and said, "This tree is beautiful. It is perfect for me." With a swoop of his shining axe, the first tree fell. "Now I shall be made into a beautiful chest, I shall hold wonderful treasure!" The first tree said.
The second woodcutter looked at the second tree and said, "This tree is strong. It is perfect for me." With a swoop of his shining axe, the second tree fell. "Now I shall sail mighty waters!" thought the second tree. "I shall be a strong ship for mighty kings!"
The third tree felt her heart sink when the last woodcutter looked her way. She stood straight and tall and pointed bravely to heaven. But the woodcutter never even looked up. "Any kind of tree will do for me," he muttered. With a swoop of his shining axe, the third tree fell.
The first tree rejoiced when the woodcutter brought her to a carpenter's shop. But the carpenter fashioned the tree into a feedbox for animals. The once beautiful tree was not covered with gold, nor with treasure. She was coated with sawdust and filled with hay for hungry farm animals.
The second tree smiled when the woodcutter took her to a shipyard, but no mighty sailing ship was made that day. Instead the once strong tree was hammered and sawed into a simple fishing boat. She was too small and too weak to sail to an ocean, or even a river; instead she was taken to a little lake.
The third tree was confused when the woodcutter cut her into strong beams and left her in a lumberyard. "What happened?" The once tall tree wondered. "All I ever wanted was to stay on the mountain top and point to God..."
Many many days and night passed. The three trees nearly forgot their dreams. But one night, golden starlight poured over the first tree as a young woman placed her newborn baby in the feedbox.
"I wish I could make a cradle for him." her husband whispered The mother squeezed his hand and smiled as the starlight shone on the smooth and the sturdy wood. "This manger is beautiful," she said. And suddenly the first tree knew he was holding the greatest treasure in the world.
One evening a tired traveller and his friends crowded into the old fishing boat. The traveller fell asleep as the second tree quietly sailed out into the lake.
Soon a thundering and thrashing storm arose. The little tree shuddered. She knew she did not have the strength to carry so many passengers safely through with the wind and the rain.
The tired man awakened. He stood up, stretched out his hand, and said, "Peace." The storm stopped as quickly as it had begun. And suddenly the second tree knew he was carrying the king of heaven and earth.
One Friday morning, the third tree was startled when her beams were yanked from the forgotten woodpile. She flinched as she was carried through an angry jeering crowd. She shuddered when soldiers nailed a man's hands to her. She felt ugly and harsh and cruel. But on Sunday morning, when the sun rose and the earth trembled with joy beneath her, the third tree knew that God's love had changed everything. It had made the third tree strong. And every time people thought of the third tree, they would think of God. That was better than being the tallest tree in the world.
So next time you feel down because you didn't get what you want, just sit tight and be happy because God is thinking of something better to give you.
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