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A Change of Pace
by Regis Auffray   
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Last edited: Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2007

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Thoughts from Sha'Tara...

... from the canyons of my mind... and from recent events.


A change of Pace - or should I say a change of Command?



It was said thousands of years ago that "the Lord disciplines those whom He loves."  That reminder was repeated many times, in many different ways. 


Here's one of those quotes repeated in the Christian New Testament:

"In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 

And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: "My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves." "  [From the book "Hebrews" - chapter 12]


Whatever relationship I and "the Lord" have, I've felt very loved lately!


Of course it wasn't "the Lord" who was - is - disciplining me through spiritual, mental and even physical tests and trials.  I made a choice years ago to walk an uncommon path.  As of some days ago, all in the process of advancement on this chosen path, I was given a change of command (so to speak).  My wise and kind Teachers gave me three Masters, warriors of the spirit-mind, to take care of seeing me through this next level of understanding and experience, leaving me in their capable hands. 


They remain nameless entities though I suspect Phaelon to be one of them - in disguise naturally.  They began their task by "mocking" my sense of accomplishment through this parable. 


A man thought himself very tall because he towered by a full head over the tallest of the people among whom he lived.  The people marveled at his height and were deferential to him because of it.  Then one day, as the man was walking tall and proud getting further in touch with his tallness, he was suddenly surrounded by three other men who towered by as much as a yard (meter) over him.  These "Masters" knew his thoughts and asked: "So, what do you think of your height now?  Isn't it all relative?  If you compare yourself to those who are shorter than you then yes, you are tall, but not wise.  What are you to us?  Puny."


More rhetorical questions followed:  "What is life?"  "How does it all work?"  "Where does it all originate, where is its source?"  Foolish questions, but we will tell you this much.  To our knowledge, no one knows what the source of life is.  In eons of analysis we have determined that life is of the feminine principle.  It is self-sacrificing.  It is giving.  It is empathic and compassionate.  In these you will recognize your own suspicions and desires to emulate this.  We are charged with the task of demonstrating to you how you may achieve these goals and this we shall do.  We will test you and observe your performance.  You have asked to become an avatar - a bold request, even bolder quest - and we shall determine by your state of mind through our tests how serious you really are. 


Now then, prepare your spirit-mind-body ISSA being thus:  remain in a constant state of thankfulness to life but do not seek to understand her.  She is Mystery; the Phoenix.


These you will make your bread and butter: detachment; servanthood; acceptance; compassion.

This you will not do: condemn.  Discern, yes.  Judge? Indeed.  But never condemn.  Those who condemn cannot partake of life's purpose.


You will not allow yourself the luxury of anger.  Anger tears through your auric fields and drains your spiritual resources.  Only fools who depend upon others use anger, in conjunction with hate, fear and even despair, to assert themselves.  Are you a fool?


You will force yourself to live in humility.  This will be your hardest task and harshest experience.  You will fail time and again.  Unlike your Teachers we will not help you.  We will observe and most certainly we will record your failures.  Know therefore that to fail in humility is to fail at all the rest.  Hint: You reap what you sow.  If you sow compassion without stint, it will come to your help unbidden.  Compassion is lubricated by humility. 


Many "events" followed this introduction.  Events that proved I have many miles to go before I sleep.  And "Blessed Sleep" is what I want about now...


Sharing this with you in case you too are so embarked and like me, may feel utterly overwhelmed and quite confused by it all.  But you learn to sail by sailing and only through the storms you survive do you come to know how good you really are. 


It is the season of storms.


Thank you... comments welcome.


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Reviewed by D. Vegas 12/31/2009
Regis, The older I get the more I learn. ..Thanks
Reviewed by John Flanagan 9/28/2008
Reg, I love your explorations, the search for truth and meaning however difficult and challenging, the probes into higher consciousness.
Reviewed by Damien Rickner 4/9/2008
Brilliant. Thank you for your thoughts and excellent form.
Reviewed by D Johnson 9/30/2007
Reg, as always with your pen you leave much to think about as well as offering sage advice...well done.

Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 9/29/2007
I Loved This Very Much Regis!
When I feel weighted in my uncertainties of questions, I know there is an answer to all eventually, and I am comforted in my withstanding to the inner truths I believe. I also turely believe that all truth is merely hidden to us-it is always present for us to know in acceptance.
We are all born in perfection, with all the elements to know the infinite.

Unfortunately we all get damaged along the way from many factors, I see these damamges as lessons. If I fail in lessons I must return & retake. I know my flaws in anger, I do succumb to my earthly being.

I love this piece how it forces one to read & reflect for personal growth.

Love & Hugs Vickie
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 9/28/2007
If a baby is taught to believe in a snake
until he or she is much older, the grown up will
believe in a snake.
Anger is not good. Your writes are always good
and informative.
Stay safe
Reviewed by Walt Hardester 9/27/2007
You, my friend, are who you are.
Walking a different path only makes you a more special person.
I think, speaking only for me, that sometimes the different path is a lonely one. But, it really isn't as I have found out since I have been here at AD there are a lot of other people walking that path with me.

Reviewed by Elizabeth Price 9/27/2007
The searching, the journey, and such wisdom. Excellent write. Liz
Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 9/27/2007
"What is life?" "How does it all work?" "Where does it all originate, where is its source?"

We're all searching for answers, and perhaps that is part of the joy of living. If we knew everything, what would we have to look forward to. There is so much to learn and enjoy whether it is religion, philosophy, sociology, etc that man should never find an idle moment to become bored. (Those storms also keep us geared up with energy to move past them--treating them like stepping stones to something better.
Reviewed by Morning Star 9/27/2007
This was beautifully expressed
I think that we must find and feel
peace with oneself first than we will
Be at peace with God!!
Preparing your spirit for a change is beautiful!
Excellent article Of a change of pace
Outstanding write!!
Love Peace and many hugssss....Yolie
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 9/27/2007
a very moving and thought provoking write-
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 9/27/2007
Sailed through both storms, psychical and physical ones, yet my friend I don't know who really I am.
I was the tallest and was the smallest, I was the wisest and the densest, all relative to where I was, but, in relity I never knew where I been or where I was.
The article puts you mind in high gear...thinking.
Reviewed by John Leko 9/26/2007
...and I choose to sail by sailing...your thoughts the smallest boat I sail...and yet the storms...not capsize my beliefs of goodness yet.
appreciate your thoughts Regis...
Reviewed by jeanne watson 9/26/2007

I do not know where my journey will lead me, and truly I have ceased to ask ... I simply go forward. I enjoyed however, your reflection and wisdom and the views of your path.

"this you will not do: condemn. Discern, yes. Judge? Indeed. But never condemn. Those who condemn cannot partake of life's purpose."

... thank you...

Reviewed by Tom Kitt 9/26/2007
Dear Regis

'Now then, prepare your spirit-mind-body ISSA being thus: remain in a constant state of thankfulness to life but do not seek to understand her. She is Mystery; the Phoenix.'

The purpose of life is understand who we are. And, of course its possible - its simple! Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Sha-Tara is you without a body; a more refined form of your thinking but subject to you nonetheless.

Respect, tom
Reviewed by Monette Bebow-Reinhard (Reader) 9/26/2007
This was beautifully said and packed with wisdom. I wish you luck on your journey - all of us, on all of our journeys. Thanks for sharing this.
Reviewed by Debby & Gordon Rosenberg 9/26/2007
we are all going through the times of seperating...following paths of higher consciousness as you've taught here are a great assistance to those feeling overwhelmed or tossed about in the storms...if life is great...then relish in the knowing you are among the higher conscious realms...
Reviewed by chris stienstra 9/26/2007
Those many miles to go show that you already have listened, understood and applied.
My very best to you and your journey
Reviewed by Tom Hyland 9/26/2007
REG... good luck and GODSPEED on your 'journey.'

Many people choose different quests, in this thing we call 'life.' Some look without, others look within. May your goal be reached through fulfillment and satisfaction.

Although known to me for several years now, at age 67 it is even more profound:
"If my eyes awaken this morning, then it is a GREAT DAY!"

My belief is that one must be at peace with oneself first, before being at peace with God and Nature.... only then can one be at peace with his fellow man.


Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 9/26/2007
More enlightening Thoughts from Sha'Tara! Yes, Reg, I'm still reading...'tho seldom commenting; this one I HAD to thank you for...

Reviewed by Glen Schulz 9/26/2007
Another direction and dimension. Interesting article Reg. I've lived a few storms myself, and I can assure you that I'm appreciative and grateful. May we never forget what we have to be thankful for.
Reviewed by Gypsy Soul 9/26/2007
Hey Reg,
How apt & No I AM not.
Evn tha Captain can have a mutiny with in...


Blessed Be ! ! !
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