This psalm of David is a perfect prayer! Not a prayer of petition; for a prayer of petition puts us in a place of not cared for and not safe. This position of asking proclaims that we believe we are not safe. The 23rd Psalm is a reminder and a proclamation that we are safe. This is our truth, and in fact is true, whether we believe it or not. Our denial of well-being puts us in a position where we ourselves allow the appearance of “not good” to manifest. However this not so good is only an appearance and not true.
This is difficult to accept as we all experience “that which I have feared”! We experience it all as real! We must remind ourselves that these creations do not touch our infinite self. “From the soul using the body as an instrument, it does not follow that the Soul must share the body’s experience: a man does not himself feel all the experiences of the tools with which he is working”. While we may know and accept that our soul is not harmed by these events, we in our physical dream must at times endure the pain of our own creations. This pain is the daily nightmares of our mind; and yet they are dreams from which we can awaken! How beautiful to awaken from a frightful dream and realize it was only a dream! One way we can lessen these events of fear is by opening more and more to the 23rd Psalm. By rowing gently down the stream; doing no harm and trusting the current of life. Sit daily in the stillness where the teachings are heard and the world is transformed! Well-being is our birthright! As we awaken more and more to the psalm (or any prayer which affirms our well-being) we find we begin to experience more joy and less negativity. More health and less sickness. More inspiration and less depression. We move more easily through difficult times. Good times become more frequent. David uses the shepherd’s love and care for the sheep to show us that we have nothing to fear. Our shepherd guides and watches over us and keeps us from harm. It is the conscious acceptance of this psalm that can be our refuge through all experiences. “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures”. Green pastures are life giving and life affirming and it is in green pastures we are meant to live! “Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for thou art with me.” Death is but a shadow and we need not fear it. Nor do we need to experience the small deaths that fear can conjure up when we forget our shepherd is always with us. We do not die; we are forever beings and after “death” we still live! The shepherd leads his flock to still waters for drinking. We can drink from still waters rather than struggle to get a drink from raging rapids! “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the lord forever.” We do indeed dwell in the house of the Lord as we live and breathe and have our being within the mind of God! We will awaken and realize we never left except within our own mind. We are now and forever safe in the arms of God.
Namaste! emmy chetkin
2015 is the year of the sheep (goat)
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