Article Title: Sharing Some “Arty-farty, Airy-fairy” Spiritual Thoughts/Writings
Author: Craig Lock
Key Words: Inspiration, Spiritual Thoughts, Spiritual Quotes, Spiritual Thoughts, ‘Words of inspiration and upliftment’, hope.
The submitter’s blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at http://craigsblogs.wordpress
(Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, words of inspiration, “spiritual, spiritual writings” (how “airey-fairey”), and money management – how boring now, Craig!)
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(Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, spiritual, ‘spiritual writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words of inspiration and money management, how boring now, craig)
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These writings (from some years back) may be freely published, electronically or in print. If they help, bring joy or perhaps even inspire others “out there”, then we’re very happy. Hope these other thoughts that I’ve written over the years may be uplifting in a sometimes very sad and cruel, yet still beautiful and amazing world.
Sharing Some “Airy-fairy/Arty-farty” Spiritual Thoughts/Writings
Enjoy these thoughts (written over the years), based on my absolute faith in a Higher Power, God, Ultimate Source, or whatever the concept of Some Being far Greater than oneself means to you: a Supreme Being, the Grand Designer, Infinite Intelligence, Great/Infinite Spirit (welI I have to with the life I’ve led and still lead daily… and the various predicaments I’ve been in!)… and I KNOW that this faith has never ever failed me, so gets strengthened daily. And this spark of the DIVINE lies within EVERY ONE of us. So am sharing…
In the aftermath of so many natural and human disasters (as well as the tragic on-going violence in Iraq, the Sudan and now Kenya), thought I’d share these thoughts in an often extremely dark, yet always amazing world. Because of the strength, resilience and magnanimity of the human condition, no matter where in the world people may live, which calls forth our common BEING.
Life is never easy for most people on the planet… “lest we forget”.
Because we human BEINGS (and not “doings”) have the power of CHOICE (or free-will) in our reactions to whatever life throws at us, we are SPIRITUAL beings on an earthly existence…
and we can consciously choose to elevate our level of thinking on our individual spiritual journeys, should we so want.
It’s the spirit of its people that makes a country, any country great.
“Let us build bridges rather than barriers, openness rather than walls. Rather than borders, let us look at distant horizons together…in the common spirit of the value and dignity of a shared personhood as citizens of planet earth. We here in far-off New Zealand share the common bond of humanity: the pain, the sadness, suffering and joy inherent in the human condition, no matter where in the world you may live.”
– Craig Lock (3rd September 2004)
“When you can see no light at the end of the tunnel, light your own candle and let your light illuminate the world, like the radiance from a window at midnight.” That’s a metaphor, BTW
“I believe often we greatly underestimate our potential and resources. We have it all within to do anything; but when we feel weak and don’t think we have anything left to give, then
all we need to do is ask in prayer. You will receive wisdom, strength, imagination and creativity you never knew you possessed from without, from a Higher Power, your Creator…
and then nothing is impossible to you and God.”
“Let the light of your BEING shine brightly; so revealing Who You Really Are. Be a Bringer of the Light, which emanates from our soul, God, our Creator, the Source, the Essence of Life (and Ground of our very Being).
Therefore, it can do more than illuminate your own path.YOUR spirit will help makes the lives of others easier by illuminating others paths. For this light is our humanity, the spirit of God, truth, wisdom, beauty and
especially love…and it lies within each one of us. Through your actions and your being, let your light, YOUR spirit truly shine brightly on the world, like the radiance emitted by a candle at midnight.”
– craig (as adapted from Neale Donald Walsh in ‘Conversations with God’ Book 3).
“There is a rich tapestry of talent in every human soul, that flows through (and from), the Source of our Being, the Spirit of God, Life. So don’t spend your days stringing and tuning
your instrument; start making and playing your unique tunes of music right now.”
“Success to others may be apparent in what you DO; but significance, meaning and purpose lies, then reveals itself in what you ARE and BECOME down the ‘river of life’ – how
and the spirit with which you face, then overcome the daily obstacles, the frequent trials and tribulations along the often rocky path-way of life’s magical and mysterious journey.
Light your path brightly.”
“I truly believe we can ALL create and enthuse magic into ‘so-called humdrum little lives’. You don’t just have to be the choreographer, or the conductor of your life script –
rather paint your life as the masterpiece it could (one day) be. There is a rich tapestry of talent in every human soul, that flows through the spirit of God. So don’t spend your
days stringing and tuning your instrument; start making and playing your unique tunes of music right now.”
“Do not follow the well-beaten track of others towards success – like the rainbow, it is often an illusion always just beyond our reach. Make your own path and let your spirit blaze a brilliant trail towards the pot of gold, the prize for the gift – one that is uniquely you and YOUR successful journey down the river of life.
“For me true success may be measured by the fortitude, with which so many ordinary people around the globe overcome numerous seemingly insurmountable obstacles through sheer force of character and indomitable spirit. They rise above the severest adversity down the often rocky journey of life. Unheralded, yet with an unquenchable and infinite generosity of human spirit, these are lives of greatness and souls who are the true heroes of this world.”
– craig (written after the Asian tsunami 13th August 2004)
“If it is peace you want, seek to change yourself, not other people. It is easier to protect your feet with slippers than to carpet the whole of the earth.”
– Anthony de Mello (United Nations official from Brazil, tragically killed in Iraq in 2003 – a man of vision, integrity and great generosity of spirit).
“Ignite the light in your soul,
then you will spread light in people.
Plant beauty in yourself
and harmony will blossom in your home.
When harmony perfumes the home
There will be order in the nation.
If there is order in the nation,
There will be peace in the world.”
– Adapted from ancient Chinese proverb with humanity by “young” Dr Andy Eastcott and Craig Lock, Gisborne, New Zealand
“When the world is filled with love, peoples hearts are overflowing with hope.”
“I believe it is our responsibility (or CHOICE) as human beings to ‘serve’ others through sharing our ‘God-given’ abilities, knowledge, experiences and especially talents.
These are our gifts from our Creator; but what we do with those talents is our ‘gift to God’. I want to light a candle of hope and love, by shining my own ‘little light’
(note alliteration!) on the world as brightly as I can. This spirit is my ‘little gift’ to God, Life, the Universe, Infinite Spirit, the Ultimate Source.”
“The task ahead of you can always be overcome by the power within you…and the often seemingly difficult or even “impassible”) path ahead of you is never as steep with the great spirit that lies within you.”
“We have it within; but we get it all from without. There is a well-spring of strength, wisdom, courage and great imagination within each one of us; but once we draw on this truth, it gets watered from without, by a Higher Source – the Ultimate Source of Life and Love, which is God, the very Ground of our Being.”
“Our Greatest Good (and gift) is perhaps not to share our material possessions, our money and ‘riches’ with others, but through faith in other people, to so lay the foundation to reveal the rich treasure that lies within themselves.”
“Even when your own light appears to be extinguished,
another human being may light that candle once more,
turning it into a bright flame… somewhere, someday, somehow.”:
“Be the very best person you can be with “loads of” FUN. Become the person you are CAPABLE of being … and ALL the person God,
Our Creator intended and CALLED us to become.”
“When I let go of who (and what) I think I am, then I become all that I am capable of being.”
– Craig Lock (as adapted and inspired from Lao Tzu)
“Deep within us there is a flame that burns, a divine spark that can become the unconquerable human spirit. And that flame is the spark of God. In some it burns brightly, in others it is barely distinguishable; but always it burns…and with love and acceptance the flame gets higher and brighter. We can help others to kindle this flame by seeing the good in them, even if they don’t see it themselves.”
“When the power of love overcomes (or conquers) the love of power the world, man will at long last know peace.”
– adapted slightly from American musician, Jimi Hendrix
“Most of us cannot do great things, so let’s just do the little things in a great way.”
– Mother Teresa
“God creates us with different gifts. Each one of us comes into the world with a different collection of life circumstances that often severely challenge us, things that give us joy and in expressing our talents allow us to bless the people, the world around us.”
“With passion and purpose in our individual lives we can touch others and in so doing illuminate the hearts and minds of humanity to make a better world (through helping raise the ‘collective consciousness’ in others). Let us offer an alternate vision for the world to embrace: one that celebrates our individual differences and beliefs, yet banishes the fanatical ideology of intolerance and hatred to the darkness from which it emerged. Each one of us in our own little ways can offer a compelling new horizon: a bright future of justness, righteousness and justice, tolerance, respect for other traditions and values . Especially by LIVING the vision of hope and with thoughts of peace … a state of being fuelled, illuminated by the eternal flame of love, which can light the darkest night…. always “ – me
“Whilst we can (and should) celebrate our differences *, let not our beliefs divide us, but rather let our shared humanity define and unite us… as citizens on and sharing planet earth.”
* after all, it’s what makes us unique, as individuals, nations and cultures!
“One small candle can illuminate the darkness, so light your own candle… and shine your own bright light on humanity.”
About the author
Craig is presently working* on his latest novel ‘The Awakened Spirit’, based on some true and inspiring stories from the “beloved country” of South Africa – tales of the indomitable human spirit that lies within each one of us, told against the backdrop of a troubled and exciting continent. Stories of “endless possibilities, far and great horizons”.
* btw… he’s not really “working” as the story seems to be “writing itself!”.
The various books that Craig ‘felt inspired to write’ (including ‘The Awakened Spirit’) are available at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4
“True success is being ‘the who’ YOU really want to be, as you ride the rapids and water-falls of life.”
I hope these writings from some years back bring hope and joy to you as you float down the “river of life” (that’s a metaphor, btw).
“Blessed are the Peacemakers,
because they’ll achieve plenty of Frequent Flyer points.”
“Together, one mind, one life at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact, encourage, empower, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.”
THESE WRITINGS MAY BE FREELY PUBLISHED
“Together, one mind, one soul, one small step at a time, let’s encourage, impact, uplift and perhaps even inspire the world.”
“I’ll write till I drop!”