You know that in my youth we had not seen a person with a skin colour different to our own, down in deepest Devon, and if asked to describe a black person, well, they all looked the same to us! However, with familiarity we were able to see the minute differences that show through the personalities of those with African, Asian and Far Eastern ancestry, but for me that was not until my late teens not having moved far from my birthplace, except to Wales where the folks looked much the same as us, until I was nineteen.
Having travelled the world and spent many years in foreign climes when events and conditions made it possible if not imperative to return to at least my birth county, it was indeed a pleasure to hear again the familiar soft burr of the West Country accents again and to welcome all, now familiar, of every colour, faith and following into our home.
The well known phrase, ‘familiarity breeds contempt’, meaning that one ceases to appreciate the qualities of something you know well, is a saying which I find a little disconcerting since it is only when I know something or someone well, rather than as just a passing glance or acquaintance, that I can truly assess and appreciate their qualities and differences.
In my take on the preparation for meditation: it is desirable to be in a familiar place with, if possible, personal possessions to bring the mind to that level of consciousness, the reason why I am there, in peace and tranquillity prior to HPT/meditation. In which case I would say that: ‘Familiarity brings contentment’.
So, how familiar are you with You?
How could it be that we are reluctant to understand that medical conditions of the body are best dealt with in their early stages to have the best chance of remedy and at the same time we are so reluctant to mention an ache, pain, cough or feel for those lumps and bumps which are often the precursors of more dangerous not to say life threatening conditions if left unattended? That is not to say that we should worry about a little ach and assume it is something dire, but to seek advice.
When in Spain for 12 years I was lucky to have great treatment from the local skin specialist who diagnosed and removed many melanomas from my chest and back. But contrary to that imperative here, when I went for a 6 month check up I was told I should wait until the tumour was at least 2″ across before they would remove it, when in all possibility I would lose half my chest! It does not put faith in the NHS!
I thought I was on the right path and as to not wanting to feel for those lumps and bumps, are we that fearful of the possible diagnosis which we would rather not know? You see? The right path may not always pay off!
Knowing and becoming familiar with ourselves in our bodies and our minds is surely the way to go in the first steps of our approach to Ascension not to say a healthy mind and body to get the best out of life on our way to that desirable state of being?
We tend to concentrate on all that is outside of ourselves believing that what we can gain materially in every sense will bring to us that elusive state of happiness. We seem incapable of wanting to know about ourselves so intimately and familiarly to the point of being able to respond to every nuance of our beingness that is the only way to proceed on that pathway to happiness and to bring us on to the first rung of the ladder to Ascension.
In essence this way of being extended to not only our inner being, but out to everything we see, hear, touch and respond to in our daily existence, known as mindfulness is, I believe, the true and only way of being to which we should all aspire on our journey.
You can perhaps see a pattern developing here which comes under the general term of awareness, contrary to the way of being developed by most of wearing blinkers directing themselves onto a narrow pathway in a direction of ‘doing’ to put it mildly.
In that way we tend to become isolated to the position of aloneness and from that position it was once said that, ‘talking to yourself is the first sign of madness’.
But think for a moment or two about becoming familiar with your total self and the consequent development of a unique relationship with yourself which no one else can intrude upon or fully understand. Only you can do that!
When you know yourself so well that you are aware of every aspect of your being, you can respond and communicate with every nerve, muscle, organ and its condition manifested through every ache, twinge, twitch or tingle then how better to understand and respond to those senses than to speak to the finest point within you and to speak to your smallest cell where that sensation occurs so that as we have proposed many times in the past:
“Speaking to yourself is the beginning of wisdom!”
Just consider the response of change which you can promote by this connection at the cellular level of your being. Every cell has a volition which gives it the direction it needs to carry out its task in a prescribed manner, say a cell in the Heart, the Liver or the Gut – the seat of immunity, knowing what it has to do in that position in the body.
Every cell volition responds to the master consciousness which is your own consciousness, mind or Spirit. Without an intimate correspondence with yourself there is a tendency to imagine that a twinge is evidence of a tumour! On that assumption the cell assumes that condition and far from fighting any rogue cell it allows the growth of similar cells.
The answer is to promote your own familiarity with your Self, down to the smallest cell and to be mindful of what you think 24/7. The Universe responds to your thought process to give you more of what you think just like the cell volition follows your every train of thought. Think Well-being!
There is only one Source Energy throughout the Universe and that is of Well-being to give you what you THINK you want. ‘To comply with your Free-will’!
Familiarity with all of this and All That Is 24/7, is the way to go.
With Love and Blessings from Hanukah & the Angel