Gratitude and an Invitation to Practice

This is addressed to you, the practitioner, the one who lives on the border between your higher counterpart, the soul, and your more familiar counterpart, the ego. Prior to your birth as the practitioner-self, we, the six virtues, were powerless to bring wholeness to your life. But your decision to learn the ways of the heart is greatly appreciated. Therefore, as a team, we thank you for helping us to help you. And for those of you, who are unsure of the thoughts and feelings presented here, please accept the following words as if you are practitioners of when-which-how.

I am Valor. Practitioner, before you were born my shadow presence, fear, accompanied your ego everywhere. Fear liked to masquerade as the coward or the bully—the loyal guardians of your ego. When the intense light of understanding blazed into your awareness, you realized how fear was impeding your natural inclination toward emotional self-mastery. Your awakening as practitioner has allowed me to enter your consciousness, giving you the strength and courage to face the truth of your situation and to seek a new path.

I am Understanding. Your desire to grasp the nature of your life, your relationships, and your world without the filter of your ego-personality, has brought me into your presence. The light that I bring can only truly shine when the mask of ego does not filter out my rays. I cast the light of spiritual wisdom. It will guide you with that loving understanding that radiates from the heart’s intelligence. None of this would have been possible without the help of my virtuous companion, valor.

I am Compassion. My entrance into your life is the result of your ability to feel, to think, and to live beyond the protective borders of your ego-personality. Whenever you discover that your ego has built a new defensive wall to block my entrance, do not answer by destroying what the ego cannot help but build. Call on me, and build instead. Construct an open doorway in that wall, so the light of my compassion can stream into your ego’s world. My presence allows you to understand and then to forgive, thus teaching your ego that you are not the enemy, but the practitioner. You are the one who establishes harmony by allowing the walls of sovereignty to remain in place while constructing openings that allow community with all who come your way.

I am Forgiveness. I have come into your life because of your willingness to break free of your ego’s desire for retribution. The guiding light of understanding and the mercy of compassion free me to free you. I unlock the shackles of those events that keep you a prisoner of the past, and which never allow you to live in the sacred moment that transcends time.

I am Humility. I have yearned to offer you the gift of my presence, but the ego has always blocked my entry with its walls of fear. It is very difficult for me to enter your awareness without the help of my virtuous friends. I am not welcome in the life you share with the ego. Whenever I try to enter your field on my own, in the absence of my virtuous companions, you only feel my distortion—humiliation, and you never receive my gift, the knowledge of your true self. I unburden you. I lighten your load. I allow you to surrender into my comforting arms. You can kick off your shoes and rest your tired feet, knowing that you don’t have to play the games demanded by your ego. There is no one for whom you must play a role. You can finally be your self, your beautiful, unique self because you know in your heart that you are exactly who you are meant to be from instant to instant.

I am Appreciation. Before you made the effort to discover my true nature, your concept of appreciation was rooted in what the world provided you, but now your appreciation has shifted to what you provide the world, and that is the gift of we six virtues. My purpose is to bring you the joy that comes from your full realization of the magnificence, beauty, and wonder of the multi-realities of First Source. I am born into your world by your desire to see all life in a new light, the light of loving appreciation.