Peace!

Trip Start Sep 20, 2007
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Trip End May 16, 2008


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Saturday, May 10, 2008

My Journey is over. It's time to go home and be me.
 
Last night I finished reading "Eat, Pray, Love"   by Elizabeth Gilbert.
 
I woke up and I meditated for an hour. Actually...I don't think what I did could be considered meditating. I sat down on the floor cross-legged in front of the patio doors of my room and stared outside at the Ocean through the Cove while listening to a relaxation CD.   I spent an hour thanking everybody and everything I could think of and every one of my body parts...over and over again. Then I took a shower, went and had breakfast, then took off down the coast stopping wherever I could find a parking spot with close access to the waterfront to walk along the beaches and take some photos.
 
Then it hit me as I was walking on one of the many beautiful beaches. I wasn't happy...I wasn't sad...I was at peace. It was a sensation that I cannot fully describe but will say it is probably how you feel when you have received God's, the Tao's or What? Is!'s Grace. This is what I found that, more or less, describes what I felt and am feeling and where I'm at.
 
  Grace:
"The spiritual power demonstrated by Jesus, and the saints who have sought to imitate his cooperation with God, is the energy which continues to heal the world, to bring it into more and more wholeness. This specialized grace is available to any who want to offer themselves in gratitude, to enlist in God's vision for humankind and to discover our proper place in creation as we serve. This is the grace that makes us into earth stewards for Christ's sake. This grace is the assistance given us when we choose to become the people that God means us to be, giving ourselves over to whatever goodness we are meant to create, to redeem, to sustain. This kind of grace comes with the breathtaking awareness that we are participating in the very life of God, and it's awesome good!"   --The Rev. Dr. Katherine M. Lehman

I continued walking along various beaches in this state and wondering what it was all about. Then I think I figured it out.
 
I set out on this Journey to find out what the Meaning of Life is. And that's what I found.
 
The answer is...Being at Peace and in a state of Grace.
 
I know the Law of Attraction works...just like Gravity and the other Natural Laws. The thing is that lately I've been focusing on the Law of Attraction to attract money, love and health. But what I started off wanting to attract was "The Meaning of Life". My Journey had to go the way it did because that was the only way I would understand and figure out the answer. The actual title to my first book is "What? Is! The Meaning of Life. One man's Journey living this eternal question." I started off my Journey in September and had "planned"  on being home before the May long weekend. I found my answer and now I must go home as originally planned. Last week I told the kids I would be home at the end of the month.
 
People who meditate a lot state that you can catch a glimpse of that "Peace"  or "Grace" when you meditate. If you are really good you can make it last a while. The "Gurus"    in the various faiths have learned to keep it. It's easier to get to that state when you are in an inspirational or serene place. I want to prove that you can live in that state in the " real"  world. I've often stated I don't take the easy way out. I could move to Tofino and live in this state of bliss away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. But that's not who I am. I love luxuries and the modern conveniences. I won't be moving to an Ashram anytime soon.
 
I celebrated the end of my Journey with my very own "Last Supper". Alone as usual. I spoiled myself at a fancy restaurant. I had a great time.
 
Being in this state of grace means you have to have accepted living in the present, no matter what that state brings you. The Eternal Tao is both " being"  and "non-being". In " The History of God",  the theologians over the millenniums have described God as being "nothing"  and being "everything". That is why there is the Ying and Yang of life. Things are described as Black and White. That is why there is Male and Female, Good and Bad. You have to know to accept things as they really are at both ends of the spectrum.
 
Deep in my heart and soul I had to realize that the money I am asking for, the perfect health I want and the girl of my dreams and love mean nothing to me and that they also mean everything to me. That is the biggest contradiction. You have to accept to let go of everything you want, and don't want, before you can actually receive anything and not worry about losing it all.  
 
I've started reading Paulo Coehlo's "The Pilgrimage",  which is the story of his Journey along the Road to Santiago. For whatever reason I have to read it now that I've finished my own Journey and have also finished reading Elizabeth Gilbert's Journey of discovery.
 
All the books I've read since my car accident, all the places I've visited, all the people I've met, all the websites I've been on lately, all contain the information for me to have arrived at the place I'm at. It's highly unlikely any of this makes sense to anyone reading this. I'm sure you would all prefer to see me get my money, get my perfect health and get the girl of my dreams, and for anyone who cares to know, is (blank). These are all concrete items that would prove to you that somehow or other this strange story of mine makes sense if I said I received them.
 
But can any of you see the proof in my assertion that the Meaning of Life is arriving at a feeling of Peace and Grace? Since time immortal great thinkers have been searching for the answer to this question. Just because I believe in the Law of Attraction and I asked for the answer, who says that I would actually receive it. Would you believe me if my other "wishes"  came true? What if I get my dream house? Is riding 47 kms on my bike proof that I've regained my health and no longer have fibromyalgia? What if someone out there reading this knows (blank) and tells her to read this and she actually does fall madly in love with me. Would you then believe me that what I have found to be the Meaning of Life is true? Or will you all still be like Doubting Thomas' asking Jesus Christ to show the nail holes from his crucifixion to prove that he has resurrected?
 
If all these things did happen would you still insist that they were all just "coincidences"?
 
The really funny thing about having the meaning of life being to have everyone arriving at a feeling of Peace and Grace is that all the various religions are marketing salvation as that very thing and don't even realize it. They are all too busy trying to prove themselves right and everyone with a slightly different angle as wrong. Who out there really knows the "right" way to arrive at a feeling of Peace and Grace? My history is different from your history so wouldn't it stand to reason that we would need to take different paths to arrive at the same destination? How can someone "tell"  you how to arrive at "your"  feeling of peace and grace?
 
I was born Catholic. You were born Muslim. He was born into a family of non-believers. She was born rich and money was all that mattered. If we all decided to follow the path that we required to get to that feeling of Peace and Grace without worrying about how the person across the street or on the other side of the world was doing it then wouldn't we have an easier time getting to that feeling? I could go on forever trying to get my point across but unless some of you shift your mind to think that maybe it's possible that maybe I'm right, that Buddha was right, that the Tao was right, that Jesus Christ was right, that Muhammed was right, that (fill in the blank of whichever point of view you have) was right, but the process of getting there got screwed up somewhere along the way because of someone's ego or a misinterpretation.
 
All I can say is that I wish that all of you can find the peace and feeling of grace that I am feeling because I love you all.
 
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