"As a child I thought if I could touch the sky I could touch the face of God. As a man I learned that all I had to do was touch my own heart"
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The Heart Tribe

 

I try not to ask for advice anymore…especially around spiritual matters, and especially not in a public forum like the Internet.  The problem is, when I ask for advice, I usually get it. 

 

Then I often end up feeling smaller than I did before I asked.

 

I know, I know, it is my choice to feel small.  I could just as easily feel big.  I’ve heard it all before.  And oh yes, I need to ask myself “who is feeling small”?  Then I will inevitably come to the same conclusion as the person giving me the advice, that the “me” who feels small is actually a mental construct, and the real “me” is the pure awareness which is observing the nonexistent me thinking I feel small.   

 

Once in a while, however, I find someone  who responds in a way that truly uplifts me.  I may have never even met this person, and I may have interacted with them online for only a short time.   I call these folks  “The Heart Tribe”. 

I think being a member of The Heart Tribe is a soul specialty.  Everyone can learn to open their hearts more, but these folks seem to have been born this way.  Thank God/Goddess for them.  They may not know all the right words, but they have a capacity to bear witness, to see the highest in me (even if I forget it), and to let me know that it is all going to be alright.  Whatever they say to me, their words always translate as, “Ted, I love you and I honor you”.   And they mean it.  They rarely have to come out and say it, but they mean it.   I hope these people know who they are.  

 

They need no advice from me.