You’re Throwing Your Life Away

Man, I’m kind of lost on The Simple Voice.  My bad Peeps, I threw so much into writing/editing AUM Vol. 1 that I got away from here, where we have been since day one, almost six years, Wow bleepety Wow!   With that, I’d like to share an anecdote that I recalled in recent days.  It’s easy to point fingers and cast blame outside of ourselves at others.

I’m going to share a bit of my own process and what I learned…

Before setting out to do any of this Inner Work, all I had was an inkling, a feeling, a burning within to see what was pulling at me from within.  I was in great pain, and after a time, it became largely self-inflicted, and I was ultimately disconnected from that Foundation in Love, Faith, Knowing, Trust, God, The Spaghetti Monster/(Insert What One Believes Here).  My Spiritual Journey took me from a Death in a relationship to being the one to bring people together as a Hawaii Wedding Officiant.  Pretty crazy when I take the time to wrap my mind about that last fact right there…

As the Death was fresh, I was told a long time ago from a friend that one of our other friends was telling everyone that I was throwing my Life away, in regards to leaving an opportunity that helped him in order to go and do this, Live this Life, walk my Path, and though I’ve my own bumps along the way, it tends to get better with each passing day.  When I held the copy of AUM Vol. 1 for the first time, the thought came in to go and put it in that Dude’s face and be like, yeah, that’s wassup.  The thought came back again as a friend of mine expressed frustration at being attacked for making a decision to take a step on his own Path.

Each of us can only be who we each are.  It is a simple thought but so often we get caught up in the frustration of dealing with others and meeting them where they are at.  Why should we meet a mofo, if they can’t meet us? Well, if we can each only be who we are and some of us are in healthier states, then it is up to those of us who are healthier to live from that healthier place because that is Loving, it is as the Hawaiians say ‘Pono,’ or just, fair, dare I say… righteous.

Righteousness gets some bad press because their is still a great deal of Ego at play in the world and in many of the religions of the World.  Remember that before there was Religion, there was Man, and if you believe so, before that, God.  If you don’t believe, there was Man and Man’s stories, whether inspired or otherwise created God and interpreted a message from that idea.  Whether God is heard or not doesn’t matter, whether God is real doesn’t even matter if we keep forgetting that we are Human and all a little different.  In my view, from study and experience, Life is a little bit of All Things and if there is a God, He asks us to:

Love.

Live in Kindness.

Love Some More.

Let Go.

Live.. Just.  Live.

If there isn’t God, why does it have to be so hard to do all of that when all of us seek similar things, particularly in terms of feeling Content and Happy.  In the end, don’t we all want a Happy Ending?

It hurt for a friend to talk behind my back and say I was throwing my Life away.  But that’s because he thought what worked for him would work for me.  I’m glad I didn’t listen.  No disrespect to him but I found something in Living my Life that no one can take away.  I found me and that has freed me up to let others be as they are.  And that helps me to find fulfillment in my choices and to just Breathe.  That helps me in feeling Free and remembering that I always have a choice in that Freedom.

So I guess what I’m trying to say, you can go and flaunt what you go if you want but at the end of the day, people are going to do what they do, so let them and throw your preconceived notions on Life Away.  Crumple it up and take a shot at the waste paper basket in the Ether.  Keep taking shots until you don’t have limitation and well, it’s your Journey.  You don’t need me telling me any more than what you need. Life has that already taken care for you.

Throw Yo’ Hands in the Ai-er!!!

A Hawaiian Wedding Script For Cold Weather

In 2010, I got my Ministry License because I wanted to do Hospice work.  Little did I know that I would put that to use as one of the Wedding Performers in Hawaii.  Here is a mock script, I wrote for some friends to use.  There is a little bit of humor folded into it so if you’d prefer to see the serious wedding scripts, holla!

Friends, Family, and Bryce:

We are gathered here today to join (Name Here) and (Name Here) in marriage and it is an honor to come together for such a momentous occasion.

This is a wonderful time in the lives of both (Name) and (Name) as their individual journeys come to an end and their journey together, Here and Now, continues anew.

A couple things to reflect on, as you undertake this next chapter in your lives.  (Name) and (Name) may you always remember that just as life has its seasons, marriage has its own seasons as well.  There will be times of change, as in Fall, but remember the hard work that goes into maintaining the relationship, where you gather the harvest of your Love, is that, which will sustain you for all that life sends your way.

As you freeze a bit back home during the Winter months, celebrate the holidays deeply, welcome in year after year with cheer, may you honor one another and the family that you have become, that you grow into, and take pride in the warmth you give one another through the coldness of life’s circumstances.

Though Fall and Winter tend to be the more challenging seasons of life and marriage, may you remember that you can still find beauty in each season.

They say the honeymoon phase ends and reality sets in…  But may you remember that there will always be many more Springs, where Love is in the air and the butterflies of your early romance return, deeper and more powerful as you work through adversity and continue to choose to love one another through it all.

May always you remember this, Summer is the season to relax, a time to let go.  May you remember your love for one another, your commitment to this moment, here and now, for always each time you look at the ring you both share, remember this day, the anniversary of your union, that took place in Paradise where Eternal Summer exists 24/7 because your bond, your connection, your Love… is Heaven on Earth.  And may you relax into that light and let Love carry you through all the seasons… rain or shine, sleet, hail, snow, zombies, the government, kids, whatever!!!

Do you (Name) accept (Name) to be your lawfully wedded wife, to have and to hold, to cherish through all things, until death do you part?

And do you (Name) accept (Name) to be your lawfully wedded husband, to have and to hold, to cherish through all things, until death do you part?

Then by the power vested in me by the State of Hawaii, on this day, I now pronounce you Man and Wife.

What’re you waiting for?  Kiss the Bride!

Wow…

Pretty neat.  Pretty cool.  Wow…

Hard to sum up how I feel right now.  I had a sense that I needed to do something within my Soul and share something burning deep inside, this passion for Life, this belief in Love.  Didn’t know who, what, how, why, da kine but kept walking more and more with it.  Believe you me, I have fought the damn process too.  But I guess that is what makes it pretty neat/cool aka Wow…

I have learned immensely from my Life and this process of moving into becoming a Writer, publishing, adding ‘Author’ to list experiences that I have ‘worked’ at.  Years ago, as in just over two, I hadn’t even begun a draft, I had only scratched the surface, and in a long blink, three manuscripts later, my first book is here.  And when I looked at the times where I got out of the way, it was actually easy.  The hard part was getting myself to lift my damn leg and take the step, to stop fucking judging myself, to get out of the Ego, and to just do it because I felt inspired to.

Inspired Living.  Imagine that.

Thx be, much mahalo, and Aloha ke Akua for this experience.  Where it leads, honestly, no idea, how I feel right now, I feel like I’m content, the rest is all bonus.  Which is super funny because the other night I hit every stop light and then a woman walks in front of me with a Super Mario Bros 1up Life mushroom on her backpack and yeah, I thought of Scott Pilgrim, where he gets to go back and keep on keepin’ on, but the point is, this, this AUM Vol. 1 Rebirth is totally a brand new experience, feels like a bonus.

Thank you!

A Time to Love Just Because

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“The World is ready for you my Dear, you’ve got alot of work to do…” ~ Adya

Adya has often said that to me. It’s kind of strange. I have fought being human, fought being spiritual. In a place now where I am accepting of both. Whether the world is ready for me, JMAW, or I am ready for me, or this, that, something else, I don’t know. I just am these days. I signed my last document the other day, in fact, it might be the only document I signed for this book process, not too sure, but AUM Vol. 1 is pau. It is complete. It is off to the press. I surprisingly don’t feel bad about it. Quite the contrary, I am at last satisfied.

“Remember The Spider, Dear…” She reminds. The Spider, the Keeper, a mythical creature, a teacher in Nature, the grand Spider has been showing back up in my Life, reminding me of the web I spin in my own Life and how that has unfolded. Telling me to get back to work, day in, day out, no matter what.

Jesus, the Buddha, Mohammed, Joan of Arc, Napoleon, Rosa Parks, the nice person who stopped to talk to you the one day you were down, that little girl who said hi to me when my head was up my ass. People, Spiders, all creatures spinning inspired webs in their own ways.

That is Life.

No Soul is greater than another according to Universe. Within each of us, whether scoundrel or Saint is a being worthy and deserving of Love. If God is real, and He is Love, He knows that and his messengers have shared that.

I hope those really struggling in the world are able to find solace within and/or, wherever they can whether that be in the arms of another, in awe of Nature, in tears, in smiles, amidst accepting a fears, and moving into Love. I hope that those who cannot see how blessed they have it open their eyes today before too late a tomorrow and see Nature, see Love, because it never went anywhere, it just is mirrored in a many ways.