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A Moment of Suffering

27 Sep

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Because we live in a world that seeks beauty without effort and success without hard work, we have come to misunderstand what it means to suffer.

Suffering is not something that happens to be people who are bad or deserve it. Suffering is a part of the process of living. Through our suffering we learn to accept that we are not in control…and we’re not supposed to be. That control we think we possess is an illusion and suffering will cause the mirage to fade.

In truth, suffering is what we were dong before things became uncomfortable. It didn’t feel like suffering because we have mastered the art of anesthetizing our feelings. And then one day the suffering that has been going unnoticed becomes so strong it cannot be ignored. At that moment we would like to believe that it is something that suddenly happened. Unfortunately, it had probably been happening for quite some time.

Remember the tone of the country after 9/11? People were afraid because it seemed to happen so suddenly. Then remember the shock and horror when it was discovered that the pilots were trained here in our country and had probably been plotting that event for years. It’s scary to think about; however, had we already been taking certain precautions, had we not become so narcissistic as to think we were above being struck down, it might never have happened that way. The good thing is that, despite the way it happened, what happened in the aftermath of suffering was beautiful, wanted, and needed. People helped one another. People were gentle and compassionate with one another. It was one of the most beautiful things I have seen. The country was bound together in love through our suffering. Suffering forces us to pull on the best of our humanity.

A friend of mine once prided himself on his education, his career, and the success of what he had accomplished. Then he was fired from his job. In the course of the next year he lost his home, his car, his fiance, and a good number of people he had considered friends. He took it in stride and continued to laugh and smile. One day I sat with him and I asked him if he was happy. He looked at me with a quiet sadness in his eyes and said, “I hated that job, I never could afford that house or car, and I never believed my girlfriend and I would be together forever. I wasn’t happy then. So, you can’t lose something you never had.”

Suffering humbles the spirit and forces us to look beyond all the superficial, temporary things that we use to make us “happy.” Suffering strips us down to our true selves and in our suffering we see our life for what it really is.

So the next time we find ourselves suffering, we shouldn’t waste time feeling sorry for ourselves and trying to blame someone or something for where we are. Instead we should see it for what it is: an opportunity to know the truth and respond to the truth with the best that we have.

Suffering, like so many things in life, works in contradiction to teach us life lessons. Only the heartbroken ever really understand love, only the poor ever appreciate wealth, only those that suffer ever truly understand life.

Violet Ambitions turn suffering into healing.

Hope Helps

20 Dec

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Hope allows us to see the world not as some evil place to be feared, shunned, and fought. But to see it as a place that is both beautiful and shattered.

The shattered pieces cut and wound. They make the world dangerous, even wicked at times. But we hope.

We hope that the world changes. We hope that the world becomes the place we know it can be. We hope that it’s not broken beyond repair.

Hope forces us to see that the world was never meant to be shattered. The killing, the hate, the prejudice, the distrust, the fear are all shards of a broken beautiful creation. And hope helps us to see that and see that what the world needs is healing. That is why we facethe void.That won’t be accomplished by anger, or cynicism, or indifference. It will only be accomplished by love, faith, and hope.

Hope is the breath of all Violet Ambitions.

All Faith

19 Dec

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Faith is a word that is so often used with little consideration for what it stands for. Faith is a word and has a definition like any word does; however, faith is also a concept, an ideal, that symbolizes more than the definition suggests.

Faith is not reserved for the religious. One does not need a denomination or doctrine to have faith. Faith is a concept that, if anything, is spiritual and spirituality includes all people.

Faith is that impenetrable thing in the hollow of your spine that allows you to stand even when your back has been broken.

Faith is the foundation of all Violet Ambitions.

What We Know

1 Dec

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What we know is that as we stand face to face with the darkly glass what we see begins to melt away. We see the limitations of flesh and circumstance fading and the shadow of truth is illuminated. The truth is that we are infinitely more than we coul ever have imagined and that truth is not limited to us but extends to everyone.

What we know is that as we stand face to face with the others we see the truth about them and it brings us to the truth about ourselves. What we do to others, we do to ourselves. What we fear about others, we fear about ourselves. What believe about others, we believe about ourselves.

What we learn about ourselves is that we are more than what we see on the surface. The substance of our humanity is intangible and infinite. We are spiritual beings. Spirituality is about relationships and the connection that is shared by every living thing on this planet.

What we know is that there if there is any way that we are going to change the world into a place where dreams come true, we will have to recognize our individual place in the collective journey. We may think we walk alone but truthfully we are not the only ones taking the exodus from reality. We are not the only ones seeking our dreams; we are all awakening, we will all make the exodus from what we call reality. We may not always see the others. They may not always be exactly where we are on the path. But we are not alone. On the deepest level, we are all connected.

Violet Ambitions are shared collectively.

The Awakening

25 Nov

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To stand face to face and witness the essence, the truth, of another human being will, inevitably bring us to the truth about ourselves. In that truth all the external and superficial will begin to dissolve and we will be left with the substance of what it means to be human: that which is common to man.

The spirit of humanity that resides in each of us, while expressed individually, is universal. And we learn that what we see in others is also within us, we do to others we do to ourselves. What we believe about ourselves we believe about others. We learn that the world is a group of individuals. Society is a collection of people. Life is a relative experience and the journey is only as lonely as we make it. We are only as separate as we choose to be.

That knowledge will comfort us on our exodus from the confines of reality: in our search for our dreams. The world is sleeping and dreaming- that we have in common- the only difference is some of us have awakened and are brave enough to seek the truth and believe that all things are possible. The rest of us are still waiting to be awakened, but they’re day will also come.

Violet Ambitions, once awakened, refuse to sleep.

Remain in Truth

21 Sep

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The answer to the question of who we are and we are becoming is not a secret. It’s all around us. Our problem is we can’t see the forest for the trees.

We, as a people, define ourselves according to our suffering. We often try to out suffer or out victim each other. Maybe we feel we are not being boastful when we do so or maybe we have experienced so much hurt that hurt is all we know. Either way we become problem focused and not solution focused. So most of the time the answers are right in front if us; we just refused to see it.

The change that occurs when we stand face to face with our own truth may seem fleeting. Sometimes it seems hard to hold onto. This is because we allow ourselves to drift from the source if the answer. We’d rather gaze into the darkness than turn to the light.

As we are remaking ourselves and the world around us, the mirror will serve as our anchor. We have to return to the mirror constantly and stand before our reflection. It will remind us of who we are and who we are becoming. It will never let us forget the creating power inside us; we are dreamers.

Violet Ambitions thrive in truth.

Dream Killers

18 Sep

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Life comes at us fast and we are constantly adapting to circumstances. So every now and then we need the reality check that comes from a good, hard look in a mirror.

The people around us often serve as mirrors for us. These external mirrors do not always reflect the truth. When it comes to others reflections of us, the image reflected can be as truthful as that of a funhouse mirror: twisting and warping what is seen. Sometimes people project onto us characteristics that they actually posses or a blurry image of who they perceive us to be. People do this unintentionally as well as intentionally, but the threat is the same: the loss of dreams. These are the dream killers who come like lions in the night to tear our dreams apart.

Just because someone believes something about, that does not make it true. People are human and fallible. It is dangerous to accept everything everyone says or believes. We have to reach inside ourselves and feel it for ourselves to determine its worth.

Only through standing face to face with ourselves are we familiar with our own truth (good and bad) and are able to discern whether what’s being reflected to us by others matches what we have seen for ourselves.

We, dreamers, endure a long, difficult journey to bring our dreams to life. We endure misunderstanding, disbelief, adversity, and the pain of introspection. We face ourselves daily to ensure that we are constantly evolving and perfecting our perceptions which in turn create and perfect the world around us. We must beware of dream killers. No one is entitled to be a part of our lives. It is an honor we bestow. One that when done right is a joy for both people involved. What better than for two people to take up the journey together: trusting, respecting, and loving one another bearing witness to each others evolution. But there are others wish to bear witness to our destruction. That is a reality that we must be prepared to deal with. We will know the difference because we have already net ourselves in the glass and accepted our reflection in its perfect imperfection. There is a difference between being humbled and being humiliated.

Violet Ambitions reject all fallacies.

Dream Makers

17 Sep

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“Kindred Spirits” by Martha Brouwer

We choose our associations for many reasons: we enjoy someone’s company, we like them, we love them, we’re related to them. Sometimes we don’t really know why we choose the people we choose to be around us. But whether we know it or not these relationships have a huge affect on us.

The people with whom we surround ourselves serve as mirrors for us; they can reflect back to us who we really are. Often we are not completely aware of who we are or we are becoming. We can be just as blind to our greatness as we can be to our flaws.

Life seems to move so fast and we push so hard. We put our noses to the grind, ignore the pain and exhaustion and try to keep pushing forward. One day we look up and we’re not quite sure where we are or how we got there. We may find that the journey has taken us in some unexpected direction or we don’t recognize where we are or if we’re on the right path anymore. In times like that we need a little help.

These are the Dream Makers. They come into our lives and bear witness to all that is good and perfect in us. They show us, even if we can’t see it, that our efforts to be better and to manifest our dreams is paying off or that they will pay off. They make our dreams real to us when we are unsure. Who doesn’t need encouragement from time to time?

We are not alone in our Violet Ambitions

Face Truth

14 Sep

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“God Is In Me” by WAK (Kevin A. Williams)

Here is a promise. That no matter what we cannot understand, what we cannot see right now, we will.

The answers do not hide from us; they wait for us. They wait for us to find them. They wait for us to understand them. They wait for us to embrace them. Our job is to learn how to find them and prepare ourselves to accept them, whatever they are.

Standing open faced in a darkly glass we come face to face with ourselves and see the truth and that knowledge will change us forever.

We will find imperfections and they will be perfect. We will find adversity and prosper, we will find judgment and be made free, we will find failure and we will not fail.

Violet Ambitions fear no truth.

Flawed Faces

11 Sep

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As creators we have a tendency to become enamored with our own abilities. We think that because we have the ability to create and change the world around us, we should also be able to change the people around us. Nothing could be further from the truth.

We are not brought into knowledge and given power so that we can control others. Influence, yes. Inspire, maybe. But control, not hardly. The truth does not need to prove itself. It doesn’t need a certain amount of people to believe it. It just is.

When we stand face to face to know someone, we must accept the truth of what we see there. Despite whether that person is in touch with that truth or not. We have to respect the journey that person is on and understand that the they will come upon the truth in their own way and in their own time. The journey for them will be as significant as it was for us.

So while we are manifesting our dreams and changing, we know that not everyone will be on the same timing as we are. That doesn’t make us better or worse than them, it just means we’re in different places on the journey. As dreamers we know that through us and through the journey all will arrive where we are in their own time. That doesn’t change the truth we know or the future we create.

Violet Ambitions, like faces, are individual.

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