I had never felt the feeling I felt the day you were born. You stirred within me the profound realization that someone truly special had entered the world. You were noble, like a king or a queen; not because you came from me, but because you came from God. All of the power of the kingdom of heaven was within your tiny little chest. I stared at you and said out loud, “Oh what a wonder, wonder you are.”
You came into this life at this time for a purpose. You were perfectly created for the Divine mission for which you were appointed. You were gifted with all of the tools you would ever need. God put them inside you, deep down in your heart. Your number one task in life will be to realize who you have always been, who you truly are. You were sent to learn this truth, but you were, also, sent to teach and help those around you learn the truth of both your Divine Nature, as well as their own. Life is a lesson, a lesson on being and on becoming. You are both student and teacher. Oh, what a wonder, wonder you are.
When you were born you began co-writing a book with God, a book about you. Pages are written day by day, and those pages will become chapters. There will be some pages you wish you had not written, but those pages are part of your story. There aren’t any mistakes, only lessons to be learned. As you learn to walk, you will fall down; but you won’t stay down, you’ll get back up. When you learn to ride a bike, sometimes you will fall and will have the scrapes to show it. But eventually you will ride your bike skillfully and the bruises will all heal. It’s all part of a learning process, and the paragraphs you wish you didn’t write, will serve a greater purpose in achieving your mission.
As you grow older, you will meet others who don’t look like you. They won’t dress like you or speak the language you do. That’s ok. They are exactly who they are Divinely created to be. You aren’t in any kind of competition with them, and you don’t need to prove anything. But if you feel you must prove something, let it be that you love everyone, just as they are. See everyone as your friend and as being the same son or daughter of God that you are. As you look at those who are brought into your life, say to each one, “Oh what a wonder, wonder you are.”
Always remember to filter your senses through your heart. Your ears will help you hear, but it’s important to listen with your heart. Your heart will hear what’s behind the words that are said and will seek to understand another person’s point of view. Your eyes will help you see, but it’s important to see with your heart. Your heart will let you see beneath the surface to the Divine Seed that is within everyone. Your tongue will help you taste, but it’s important to taste with your heart. Your heart will allow you to taste the sweetness of love and spit out the bitterness of hate. Your nose will help you smell, but it’s important to smell with your heart. Your heart will smell the aroma of equality and refuse the stench of supremacy. Your fingers will help you touch, but it’s important to touch with your heart. Your heart will let you touch the life of another in a way that will change their life.
I encourage you, my child, to open your mind to the fascinating world all around you. Go to the woods, and commune with the trees. They will speak to you if you will take the time to listen. Pay attention to animals. Study them and make them your friends. Notice how each of them is made. Stare at the stars. Ask them questions. Put your feet in the ocean. Feel the spray of the water and focus on a wave as it rolls to shore and then returns to the greater source from which it came. Recognize your oneness with everything you see. Perceive it all through the lens of your heart. Say to everything in Nature, “Oh what a wonder, wonder you are, and Nature will echo, “Oh what a wonder, wonder you are.”
You will often tell me what you want to be when you grow up. A fireman. A nurse. An astronaut. You can become anything you want to be, and the sky presents no limit for you. The secret, though, to your rising to become what it is you want to be will be in your ability to go down deep within you. An archeologist studies human history by digging through layers of earth and analyzing the artifacts that were hidden beneath the surface. While you are growing from the perfect little baby to the toddler, to the teenager, you will hear things that are not true but will stick to you. You will have some unpleasant experiences that will cover up the awareness of your Divine nature and unlimited potential. Dig through the layers. Use the golden shovel of forgiveness. Develop your ability to close your eyes and listen to the voice within you. You will become more in tune with God, whose perfect child you will always be. You will find that God is constantly whispering, “Oh what a wonder, wonder you are.”
God isn’t scary or angry. God is love, warm love. God is light, pure light. God is laughter, contagious laughter. God is the smile that makes you smile. When you uncover the reality of your nature, you will discover that God and you are one. Inseparable. Indivisible. You always have been, and you always be.
There will come a time when I won’t get to see you as much. But I want you to know, I am always thinking about you. I’m always sending you love and positive energy. No matter how many miles may separate us on any given night, I want you to know I’m gazing into the night sky, and thinking of you as I say to a star, “Oh, what a wonder, wonder you are.”
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