Topic: Finding Yourself
Group: Nashville TeaM
Your real selves is something that you discover and grow into over time. You cannot define yourselves. You are a living, growing, changing being. Every time you decide you are this, shortly you will discover that you have changed and that old definition no longer works. It is impossible to simply decide who you are or what you shall be. No, to be your authentic self is a process of self-discovery and self-revelation. You cannot simply contain your selves within the boundaries you have settled on or soon you will be pushing up against those boundaries and growing past them.
Defining yourself is a trap. It is a way to stifle who you are rather than be who you are becoming. The inner self is continually pushing outward and this new vulnerable part brings with it some fear of change and this can lead you to stifle your growth. But every person should seek instead to grow and change and to learn how to welcome this change rather than fear it. Finding your ways my friends comes with finding your selves. For the way toward God is also a matter of welcoming his spirit within you and welcoming the changes this spirit wrought in your lives and so on.
The fruits of the spirit – joy, love, along with the solid grounding in reality: forbearance, temperance – these things will lead you the full fruition of your life’s potential. Potentials becoming actualized are first like the tender green shoot easily broken, vulnerable, and subject to those influences that can be hurtful and damaging. But as you grow in the spirit, these new shoots become stronger and every more fully developed, able to withstand the wind and the rain, the heat, and the insects of life so to speak.
Do not be dissuaded from accepting all the growth you can. Turn your souls toward the source of your growth and open yourselves to this life giving influence. Sometimes when people are frightened, it is easier to withdraw and to pull back to old patterns that seem safer. And as you withdraw and block out the fear, you are also blocking out that life giving source as well. Fear inevitably leads toward a state of dying while love leads toward a state of growth. When fear presents itself, you must make a conscious effort to reject it but you must also allow those unconscious fears to bubble up to the consciousness so that you can reject them as well. Have great joy instead and let the divine love course through your being. Removing fear opens up those channels where fear was clogging the divine love flow through your being.
Said the Master, I am the vine and you are my branches. As you grow in the spirit, you take part of his body, you become part of him and an expression of him in the world. Releasing fear is the letting go of resistance and when you no longer resist, the divine love, then you begin to express that love and to be that love.
You must all be at ease my friends for you are all making progress in the removing of your fears. Have the courage to accept every bit of love you can each day. Have the courage to bear those vulnerable new shoots so that they may bear fruit in the future.
What are your questions?
Q: Do you have anything for me tonight Ham? Ham: Yes, my daughter, of course. In all things you are doing well. You are moving forward and yet you are also learning to have patience and to wait as you must. You have been very self-reliant all you life but you must now learn to rely upon the Master instead. Have courage my daughter for in all things you will find the strength you need for what is required of you. You are doing very well. Simply be good to yourself. You will have all you require.
Q: Do you have anything for Rebecca?
Ham: Yes, daughter, you are learning how strong you can be. But in this strength you must also be vulnerable as well. Have courage and confidence as you move forward. You will have many difficult tests and thus you will need all your growth to be balanced and weighty so that your feet are firmly planted for the struggles ahead. Be at peace my daughter, you do well.
Ham: My son Jarad, you are also clearing out some old branches that no longer serve you. You are allowing the pruning process, so to speak, to occur and this will strengthen you and keep your energy moving forward rather than holding on to the past. Each effort will be showing progress for at each new opening of the spirit, your growth will be rapid. Be patient with yourself and trust that you will have all you need moving forward.
Q: Jim is losing his vision, what can you tell him?
Ham: My son, this is indeed unfortunate and is a test for your faith and your courage. The Master has never abandoned you and he will never do so. As you tackle this new challenge, remember that he goes through it with you and he will assuage your fears and pull you closer to him as you cope with each new development. You have some tissue damage within the eyeballs themselves that is degenerating. But it is not at all certain how much vision you will lose, but some. This will likely stabilize and the progression will slow. Each step will be difficult, but with the Master it can be handled. Do not fear my son. Keep your hand in his for all things have their purpose, even those things that seem cruel at the time. Be at peace.
Q: Howard would like a personal message?
Ham: Certainly. My son, you do well. You are moving in the right direction and coming to find yourself again after losing your way for a while. Everything is bearable, everything can be done. Don’t worry for the Master and his angels are working to bring you back into the fold, so to speak. Fear not, for all things are becoming new. It is simply for you to let them now. Learning how not to block your growth is your lesson now.
Q: Do you have a personal message for Charlie B?
Ham: Yes my son, you are doing well. Let not your heart be troubled my son and neither let it be afraid. What is before you can be handled. Look behind you to see how much you have handled already. Let the Master take your hand and guide you gently within the ways of the spirit. Each test you meet strengthens you for the tests ahead. Welcome then those difficulties that serve to strengthen you. Be at peace my son. You are doing well.
In all things, you are doing well my son. You must be strengthened through partaking of the spirit. You are learning to accept the rhythm of spiritual growth and as you accept this to and fro, your balance will increase and your stability will increase as well. You are a person strong on the outside, strong to others, and inwardly you are sometimes doubting this strength and are prone to self-doubt. But be of good cheer. Release this doubting and take hold firmly of the Master’s hand accepting his love as a child accepts the love of a true parent. You are doing just fine.
Until next week my friends, know that my love and prayers are with you daily. Farewell.