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Uh oh! I knew the second it happened it would be a challenge. I was in my kitchen – which is really a kitchen/den with a glass door I keep open when the weather’s nice. There’s no screen door as it’s not really needed. Bugs fly in and they fly out. There aren’t many of them.
It was a lovely summer day yesterday in Vermont. I have 4 different kinds of bird feeders for different birds, woodpeckers, finches, bluejays, hummingbirds, etc. all have something for them. The birds coming and coming all day.
I love the sounds of the birds and I know all my plants do too. It’s really a slice of heaven here.
But suddenly a blackbird flew into the house and went right for the window and hit it hard. I tried to help it get out from where it was and it flew from the den into the living room and smashed into a window there, and then I opened the front door so it could get it out, but it flew right past me and the open door and smashed into window in the next room. I managed to coax it from it’s dazed perch on the window sill onto a roll of paper towels and began to carry it to the open front door, but again it flew right past to smash into a window hard and then it was on the floor.
It was dazed and confused, heart pounding wildly, gasping for air. I grabbed a towel from the kitchen and picked it up with the towel and took it outside and placed it gently onto the front lawn in the shade close to the house. It didn’t fight me at all. It did seem to know I was trying to help it.
I was concerned a hawk might come after it sitting out there. We see hawks here regularly. I prayed for this precious blackbird, and I kept praying. I checked on it every two minutes and it was just sitting there, breathing heavily, gasping for breath really.
Little by little it started to look around and take in the surroundings. I’m sure she had the same fear of a hawk that I did. Hawks eat other birds. After a while it was able to stand, and seemed more alert. Phew!
After another ten minutes or so it took off. I was so relieved.
I did have a thought that maybe I shouldn’t leave the door open because a bird could fly in, but I didn’t feel I needed to keep the door shut. I didn’t feel guilty when it happened because I had done nothing wrong, and neither had the bird.
Stuff happens in life and life is a constant experience that brings learning. If we judge what’s happening we learn through the pain of that judgment. That’s not how I wish to learn anymore. I am choosing Peace.
To have Peace, we have to choose it.
We have to turn away from the thoughts that upset us, and the meaning we make of things that feels painful.
As Gandhi taught us: The ends is in the means.
We cannot fight for Peace. The end is in the means.
In A Course in Miracles we’re told:
You recognize you want the goal. Are you not also willing to accept the means? If you are not, let us admit that you are inconsistent. A purpose is attained by means, and if you want a purpose you must be willing to want the means as well. How can one be sincere and say, “I want this above all else, and yet I do not want to learn the means to get it?” T-20.VII.3.
In the Manual for Teachers, Jesus tells us that honesty is the #2 characteristic of God’s Teachers and that honesty is another way of saying consistency. Honesty in this context means consistently choosing Peace, Love, and compassion. Choosing God consistently is the way to Peace.
To have Peace, choose Peace and don’t choose the complaint, the judgment, the attack, or the false belief.
I did nothing wrong.
The bird did nothing wrong.
We had an experience.
We experienced it.
All is well.
What has happened in your life that you might be beating yourself, or someone else for? Can it just be an experience without giving it meaning and interpretation through the lens of unconscious guilt? Can you choose Peace to have Peace?
Can we have Peace and still assign blame? The answer is no, we cannot. We must choose either blame or Peace, we cannot have both.
BTW, I’m so happy that the hummingbirds have found my new feeder.
My father is going to join us at Sundays With Spirit next Sunday for Father’s Day. Please plan to come and join us! I told my Dad that I’d love for people to be able to ask him questions!