Welcome to part 2 of 2 on the subject of “Invoking Joy or Damnation.” As I said in part 1, I will now get into the “what” is said in invoking your Joy or Damnation. I’m sorry it’s taken this long to get to part 2. Life called and gave me little time to sit and write, let alone the energy to write. But I found myself listening and being open to what the Universe/Creator/Spirit had to add to this continuing effort to make the choice between invoking Joy or Damnation. I think Universe/Creator/Spirit gave plenty of examples of people and of myself bringing about Joy and Damnation in our lives.
So lets begin to talk about this. I’m going to step away from the stories in Part 1. Much of “What” is said came to me as I was reading the charming book by Lynne Twist, The Soul of Money. In it she chronicles her journey and work as a fundraiser to end world hunger and the the relationship money has for her, and the work of addressing food and life shortages that hunger brings with it. As I was reading the first chapter, one phase suddenly echoed in my head. Spirit was drawing my attention to it, and it blossomed into the key element of “what” we say, when we seek to do spiritual work that allows us to invoke joy or damnation in our lives and world. The phrase was “…end hunger”. Now, I know she was talking about food-based hunger, but that echo soon grew and expanded. I heard “hunger for love, desire, want,” and the list keeps going. In that instant it became clear that hunger has many forms beyond just the need for food. Hunger as a concept is a perfect example of where the “what” is so important. As Lynne Twist recounts more of her work, she encounters many of the other forms that hunger takes. Each of the many different forms requires different ways to combat it.
Yet the thing is: hunger is a necessary part of existing. It reminds of our wants and needs. Because we aways seek to fill it, be it a empty belly or love in our lives. What then means is to truly end hunger you have to set a massive task that may or may not be able to be completed. So this brings us back the “what” is said to invoke joy and damnation in our lives. I know across countless times, countless authors and teachers, have talked about “intent” when we’re do our prayers and works. The same goes for the mundane moments in our lives when, without realizing it, we have just invoked joy and damnation.
“Why,” you might ask. It has to do with the difference between figurative and literal speech, which many people use and misunderstand daily. “So what,” you might be thinking about this. Well you’ve got to remember that the Universe/Creator/Spirit operates in the figurative sense rather than the literal. So when Lynne Twist stated and continually states in her journey that she and her projects is working on “…ending hunger,” they are constantly calling for hunger in all its conceptual forms to come forth.
As I was at the gym the other day, one of the TVs there was tuned to a retrospective on the 70’s. This one was talking about the Vietnam War. About the actions, reactions, and responses that people and the world had to those events. Again I heard the echo around the word, “War” the literal and figurative meanings that come with it. Meanings that include loss, pain, defeat, and death, and doesn’t assure that you will be the victor. The “what” is the word “War”. Consider what struggle are we facing today and what outcomes are we seeing or are likely to see, due to how we have described/invoked the energies involved in them. Will these really bring us joy or will they definitely bring us damnation.
So to bring this back down to a smaller and more digest able scale from suggesting a subject such as “War”- remember that example from Part 1 about, “I can do a better job[etc.]….” Well that is another example of the “what” you are asking the Universe/Creator/Spirit to give you, a chance to work and to show you the Joy or Damnation in this task. The Joy is if you really do better at it than the other person and you’re promoted . The damnation is when you fail at it, or your ok at it and now are expected to do it from now on without promotion. Perhaps the reason the person wasn’t good at that job, is now same reason you want to get out of that job. Hello, damnation has taken the seat next to you, because you asked it to.
I could go into a number of examples I’ve seen in the last few months, from the words used to describe the issues with racism in all forms of society, to the recent legal ruling on marriage. What is key is to be aware of what you speak, for the figurative speech and meanings are included, and are happening more than you think or want. This is how we invoke our Joy or Damnation.
“…I can say that one of the unexpected gifts of my Hunger Project involvement was that in taking a stand to end world hunger I came to recognize, and had to address, my own inner hunger and the inauthentic and inappropriate way we were living. It was then that we purposely began to turn our resources—our time, our energy, our money, [our words], the accumulation of material wealth—toward our longing to make a difference with our lives.”
(Lynne Twist, page 15)