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The Guest House

October 3, 2009

You know, when you get up in the morning and wonder: “What is this day about?”, answers are bound to come at you, sometimes from unexpected places.  As every morning happens, I got up this morning, and started taking care of the early morning things like coffee, a bit of breakfast, and as I go towards the bathroom to brush my teeth, I realized that today is my day to do as I please. I am recovering from a surgery from about 5 weeks ago, and now I’m at the end of a long week dealing with an acute ear infection that has blocked my hearing on my left ear, and somehow I have to get all better by tonight to go celebrate my best friend’s birthday.  So, as it happens sometimes, I was in need of a guide, in need of inspiration.  What’s the saying: “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear”? Well, I was ready, and here’s what I stumbled upon:

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.

Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,

some momentary awareness comes

as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!

Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,

who violently sweep your house

empty of its furniture,

still, treat each guest honorably.

He may be clearing you out

for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,

meet them at the door laughing,

and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,

because each has been sent

as a guide from beyond.



As much as we try sometimes to find an answer, if we are not open/ready for it, we will never receive that message.  It is a matter of being open for the possibilities, open for a new perspective, open for a new path.  The universe could be screaming at you, and throwing heavy objects right past your field of view, but if you are not ready for it, you will continue to wonder, aimlessly along this path that it’s not bringing you any more joy. Blindness and deafness have plagued the souls of humanity for many millenia…

So, take a long deep breath, look at your life and its most current events, and let the lessons come to you.  Allow yourself the possibility for change.  Otherwise, through stagnation, you will have blocked your possibilities for growth, for happiness.  Nothing in this universe is constant, except change.  Allow yourself to make the next step in your personal spiritual evolution by greeting each day, no matter what kind of day it is, with a smile, and the knowledge that in the end, nothing can hurt you, and everything is going to be just fine.

We are made of light energy, which is eternal.  Nothing on this plane of existence can hurt or damage that.  The experiences of our daily lives can be trying, and in the middle of your pain it is difficult to remember that this too shall pass, and that the sun will shine again tomorrow. So keep smiling and be the best that you can be, everyday.


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