December 30, 2011 at 8:10:47 p.m.
“I give you everything I am because I am not prepared to keep it. I am self contained therefore never diminished by giving.” – Gregge Tiffen
As we start this New Year fresh with so many wondrous possibilities, I want to share with you a story Gregge told me about visiting a place he called The Temple of Ten.
There are a few things you should know before our tale begins. In the Temple of Ten there are ten different chambers; each chamber contains a challenge and a gift. The currency required for this journey is our time, attention, awareness and action. No reservations are required – you may invite others to read this story, but each individual must travel to The Temple of Ten alone. You may stay in each chamber for as long as you wish. The gift in each chamber is automatically and continually given to you upon completion of the challenge it presents.
As we stand at the entrance to The Temple of Ten let us first take a moment to clear our minds of any mental clutter. Then take a deep cleansing breath, slowly release it, and say out loud, “The greatest gift I give to myself is the departure from who I was!” Now we are ready to enter. We begin in Chamber One, staying as long as we wish and returning as often as required as we accept the first challenge. The first gift will automatically come to us when the challenge has been met.
THE CHALLENGE OF ONE is the recognition and acceptance of your unique individuality. That recognition is the profound awareness that no other individual can express or experience life and its events, nor respond to them exactly as you do; not in the past, not now, not ever again. It is the complete acceptance that no other individual will ever be responsible for your victories or your defeats, for your joy or your pain, for your growth or your stagnation. It is a deep and reverent bow to the unimpeachable understanding that you and you alone will ultimately be the savior in your own life. You are The One of One.
THE GIFT OF ONE is quality. It is the quality of you as the inherent and distinct individual who continually makes invaluable contributions to the experience of life from a one-of-a-kind perspective. Your unique self-expression, self-acceptance, self-direction and self-appreciation is the sharing of your quality with the Universe, the planet, and your fellow travelers. You never have to seek approval or make overtures. The Universe always makes sure that you are sought out by those who need to find you. You are The One of One.
THE CHALLENGE OF TWO is Balance. Each of us must be aware that we, as the individual, are a center point where all strength lies. Balance is always based on your own self-interest as this is where you learn to take responsibility for yourself and your actions.
THE GIFT OF TWO is Equality. Each of us finds equality in balance. When we become aware of what our body, mind, and spirit is telling us and respond appropriately to what we learn in that awareness, we do not interrupt our flow of good. We can position ourselves with a harmony that is individual. We willing move to and remain in the best individual posture under all circumstances. We become our own best friend.
THE CHALLENGE OF THREE is Time. Each of us comes to an awareness that now is the appointed time. The past is gone. The future has not arrived. We only have this moment to create whatever we choose to create. This is the challenge of time.
THE GIFT OF THREE is Now. This time right now belongs to each of us, individually and collectively in a very significant way. When we completely immerse ourselves in the present moment we become harmonized with not only our own personal rhythm but with the flow of the Universe which is always in harmony with itself.
THE CHALLENGE OF FOUR is the World. Each of us comes to an awareness that the world and its systems can be complicated and that we are continually subjected to manmade rules and regulations that are arbitrary at best. We often allow conditions we perceive as negative in the world to dictate how we see and feel about ourselves and our fellow travelers. This is the challenge of the world.
THE GIFT OF FOUR is Opportunity. Each of us sees the world as an opportunity. This is the arena for play, for work, for love, and for the full expression of ourselves. Now all we have to do is decide in what areas of our lives do we want to experience more learning and growth. This old world gives us an infinite playground of things to choose from. This is the gift of the world.
THE CHALLENGE OF FIVE is Change. Life is an adventure in which we are never quite sure what is going to happen just beyond the turn of the road. Life is filled with the activity of change. When we stop this activity, we turn away from the newness of life. This is the challenge of change.
THE GIFT OF FIVE is Expansion. Each of us expands into change wherever it occurs. This is where we find that which is greater than we ever expected. This is the gift of change.
THE CHALLENGE OF SIX is Love. It is for each of us to gain a higher etheric appreciation of ourselves; going inward in order to go outward as an expression of love’s Universal connection. This is the challenge of Love.
THE GIFT OF SIX is Love. When we put our dependence on our own self love to sustain us, not the coin, not the weapon, and not the love from others, then in that time and place we will know the reality of love as this great Universal power granted to us from “the very beginning”. From that moment onward all things will be changed… FOREVER! This is the gift of Love.
THE CHALLENGE OF SEVEN is Knowledge. It is when each of us recognizes that the more we know, the more we know we need to know. It is continual growth. This is the challenge of Knowledge.
THE GIFT OF SEVEN is Wisdom. Each of us, regardless of who we are or where we were born, is imbued with specific brilliance. No one is excluded. We are expected to add to that brilliance through experience whereby experience becomes part of what we know. Applied knowledge is experience that turns knowledge into wisdom.
THE CHALLENGE OF EIGHT is Acceptance. Each of us admits to discharging all opportunities for our own benefit; each of us accepts personal responsibility to ourselves regarding age, money, and health as opportunities. This is the challenge of Acceptance.
THE GIFT OF EIGHT is Opportunity. As we accept our personal responsibilities we become receptive to the infinite number of opportunities available to determine what our growth needs are. We can then match our creative output to those personal needs. To use all one has available is a means of reaching inner fulfillment.
THE CHALLENGE OF NINE is The Higher Self. Each of us learns to acknowledge that we come closer to the Infinite than we thought possible. Each of us affirms our singular reality on a Universal Level. This is the challenge of The Higher Self.
THE GIFT OF NINE is Receptivity. All things change when you are receptive to the power of higher consciousness. When we are receptive, we do not need any human element to tell us we are capable of receiving this marvelous gift. There is something that lies within us that we bring into this world. This something transcends the body. It is divine consciousness.
THE CHALLENGE OF TEN is Renewal. Each of us renews back to full cycle and where everything that is mystically and spiritually true is true; each of us accepts the Universe as fulfilling Itself according to Divine Plan; each of us accepts the world as the path to accomplishment.
THE GIFT OF TEN is Progress. All cycles have beginnings and endings. We leave the old and embrace the new. The Universe then recognizes what we have done and will act on our behalf. All of the necessary elements have been made to make sure we are recognized when we become new. There is no mistaking that everything we need has been placed before us. We are open, aware, and capable of accepting the new promise, the new accomplishments, and all of the new gifts that progress brings.
I have enjoyed sharing these wisdoms with you and am confident that as you have accepted each challenge, the gifts have flowed abundantly. You are each a very special gift to me.
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