A River Runs Through It


I think most of us know that there are negative circumstances or events that can cause us to simply shut down. We know because it likely has happened to each of us at some point. The more time that goes by, the larger this blockage becomes … damming that inner river of energy until it becomes a swampland of grief, or bitterness, or rage, or something worse.

As horrible as such events are, there are also other types of events that can shut us down; sabotaging our inner health, which then in turn affects our physical health. I am talking about the flip side of this proverbial coin … the things we cling to.

Sometimes someone, or several people even, comes into your life and they give you such joy. Your bliss expands until it feels like you could fit the whole world in your space. It could be a newborn baby, or a soul mate connection, or the love of your life, or any combination of those ( or more). So great is your love, and the feelings that come from that love, that your natural tendency is to cling to it; to never let it go. In fact, if it did go you would fight tooth and nail to keep it. Then of course it turns into a negative blockage (and thus the reason we associate the blockage with something negative).

In truth though the natural flow of your energy had already been blocked by the clinging to what you so desperately didn’t want to lose. That clinging may actually have been one of the things that brought about something unhealthy in your life.

In order to be used by God we must ALWAYS be open … neither fighting against our fears, or clinging to our obsessions.

I was reminded of this today, while meditating on my prior post, “The Secret of Health“. God has given me the opportunities to work through the negative things from my past, and that river of energy running through me flows so free. However, I need to be vigilant that the things I may hope for, or want to happen, don’t possess me.

The picture of standing with my arms open wide, palms upraised, and serenity emblazoned upon my brow … eyes closed peacefully as I trust that what presents itself to me is what God wants for me. That picture is my inner icon today. 🙂


Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

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  Stephanie Jill Rudd wrote @

Yes and I love that image. Totally at peace and at One with All that offers itself to you, and trust; that whatever offers itself is a loving expansive force for good in your life. Thankyou.

  Kristel wrote @

It’s hard though, sometimes. I mean, when you go through something immensely difficult–I’m not talking about personal suffering. If I suffer, I can take that. But to see a loved one suffer, it makes it difficult to be open to God or to see good in anything. But I guess that’s where trust comes in. I’m working on that. 🙂

  Religion4All wrote @

It is hard … incredibly difficult. I’ve spent probably most of my life struggling with that. Trust has been one of the biggest obstacles for me to overcome … with the childhood that I had, I very consciously decided that I would NEVER trust God again. I loved God, and maintained a relationship with God, but to TRUST God?? No way. It’s honestly hard to put into words the transformation that changed that for me. In a sense … I had to forgive God. I know that sounds strange, but it’s true. God created a world that has sin in it, and suffering … there’s no getting around that. Why did God do this??? What I felt was revealed to me is that God wants to be loved … we are created in God’s image, and that’s what we want, right? The only reason for giving us free will … is so that we could CHOOSE to enter into a loving relationship with our Creator. God cannot act to take away our free will, and so all this suffering and chaos goes on … but God loves unconditionally, and deeply, and SO profoundly … sitting there within us, and around us, just waiting for us to take that step so that Divine LOVE can be poured into our lives. God is capable of fulfilling each and every one of us … but we get so distracted by the things that go on in this world. On one hand it kind of blew my mind to think of how much MORE pain that causes God, to know that all this pain really IS the result of free will … God’s creation. All that … for LOVE. Is it worth it? Well, I guess that is for each of us to decide. I’m glad you are “working on that” though … you have a heart that seeks, and that is what is needed :-). Peace and Love to you :-).

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