Loyalty - By David Hakim

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Loyalty

 

Taurus

April 20 - May 20

You may be feeling plumb worn out today, dear Taurus. This isn't only due to too much work or too little sleep. It's largely a question of unclear priorities leaving you frazzled and unfocused. The planets are trying to make you change how you allocate your energy. It could be that you are directing your energy in the wrong areas. Think about what's really important to you. Consider reworking your priorities. 

In Man and the Universe (Americana Leadership College, Inc., Osceola, IA, Fifth printing, 1/92) Francisco states the following on page 14:

We are taught to be loyal to all things but ourselves. We are taught that we’re not good, that we’re little worms. It is impossible to be loyal to anything outside yourself if you are not loyal to yourself first. Every thought gathers through you and goes from you, so how can you be loyal to your church, your flag, to anything outside if you are not first loyal to yourself?

There are actually four churches [or priorities]. Your state of consciousness is your first church. Your physical body is your second church. Your home is your third church, and where you go to fellowship or worship is your fourth church. Whenever we find trouble in the second, third or fourth church, we can trace it right back to your first church, your state of consciousness. If you don’t have God in your first church, you’re not going to find Him in you fourth church on Sunday morning.

On page 23 Francisco further defines the first loyalty or priority:

As a soul or entity, you decided to come to earth to do your work. The purpose of whatever plan you chose was to help you grow in consciousness. You did not come here to be devoted to anything or anyone. You came here to learn about yourself and to grow spiritually. You come here to be loyal to yourself….

You did not come here to be loyal to a family, a religion, a business, or an organization. Shakespeare said, “To thine own self be true and then it follows as the night the day, thou cans’t not be false to any man.” You can only give to others what you have, not what you may think you have. You are not what you think you are. You are what you think!

You are unique! You are the most important person in the universe to you. If you don’t improve your own understanding, no one else will do it for you. You have all the helpers you need at your disposal, but they cannot help you if you don’t open yourself to them. How can the helpers guide you if you keep yourself confused with negative thoughts and actions? These helpers are here to work with you, not for you….

Your loyalty to your physical body is strongly influenced by your first loyalty, your state of consciousness. If I am not true to myself, recognizing that I did and am doing the best I can at any time in my life, I would judge myself and could cause severe consequences in my psyche and physical body.

Frank DePetris, a trainer/facilitator/lecturer who has done graduate studies in the MBA program in Behavioral Management, gives six steps to assist one in developing his first loyalty, his state of consciousness:

The six steps are:

(1) Trust yourself with the "small voice" within, not your large voice -- the ego. It is one's instinct or intuition, the higher spiritual self, the Holy Spirit within;
(2) Focus only on the NOW, for that is always where you are -- and nowhere else, not ever in the past or future.
(3) Mirror to others what you "see" for them -- and they will re-echo or resonate back to you the gifts you provide for them (Be Encouraging to others);
(4) Open your heart to "hear" all the thoughts and messages that "speak" to you on your daily path, as you practice being more aware of those "voices" around you;
(5) Tune in to the space between words with pauses or silence that speak to you, for this will help you find peace in your life; and
(6) Be generous or be kind to yourself for what you did not hear before or what you think you did "wrong" --- forgive yourself and begin to listen better.

[In this way] you can find peace and happiness in your life. The techniques work and with practice can change your experience in life to a blissful state.

I created the following “WHEN I AM ON MY PIVOT POINT” and have also included it in my website, www.davidhakim.com, to assist me in defining my first loyalty:

WHEN I AM ON MY PIVOT POINT

I truly express my love and appreciation of myself and others;

I am empathetic and open my heart to others;

My creativity flows joyously into the present moment;

I am forgiving;

The positive, caring, good, kind, loving, confident part of my soul manifests itself;

I trust that the universe is attending to my wants and needs and unfolding as it should; and

I listen to my guidance (written in 2006).


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To define my second loyalty or priority, my physical body, I have created "Spirit, Heaven Mine Now" as restated below and also in my website from “Vienna, City of My Dreams” to recognize the importance of our physical being and to accept and cherish it. Without one’s physical body one would not be able to utilize the benefit of being able to grow spiritually here on planet Earth:

SPIRIT, HEAVEN MINE NOW

(Sung to “Vienna, City of My Dreams”)

Spirit, Heaven mine now,

I'm in the spell of your charms divine,

Dressed like a king/queen, with life so gay,

You are the love of my heart today.

Spirit, Heaven mine now,

Laughter and music and stars that shine,

Wonderful body where I belong,

To you I sing my song.

Spirit, Heaven mine now,

Laughter and music and stars that shine,

Wonderful body where I belong,

Of him/her I sing my song (written in 2008).

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Examples of exaggerating loyalty to a loved one and losing focus of one’s first loyalty, his state of consciousness, are the following two songs:

“Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life at Last I Found Thee” was composed by Victor Herbert and sung by Nelson Eddy and Jeannette MacDonald in the movie “Naughty Marietta (1935),” one of the greatest love duets ever written. Its URL is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnJHpG9ifuw.

Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life
AH! sweet mystery of life, at last I've found thee;
Ah! I know at last the secret of it all;
All the longing, striving, seeking, waiting, yearning,
The burning hopes, the joys and idle tears that fall!

For 'tis love, and love alone, the world is seeking;
And it's love, and love alone, that can reply;
'Tis the answer, tis the end and all of living,
For it is love alone that rules for aye!

(Rida Johnson Young (1869-1926) composed the Lyrics.)

Another good video which more clearly reflects displaced loyalty and losing focus of one’s first loyalty, his state of consciousness, is:

Bottom of Form

Dulcinea (From “Man of LaMancha)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIo1vO4e1QE

DON QUIXOTE
(enters the inn)
Sweet lady... fair virgin...

(Don Quixote averts his eyes worshipfully)
I dare not gaze full upon thy countenance
Lest I be blinded by beauty. But I implore
Thee - speak once thy name.

ALDONZA
Aldonza.

DON QUIXOTE
My lady jests.

ALDONZA
Aldonza!

DON QUIXOTE
The name of a kitchen-scullion... or perhaps my
lady's serving-maid?

ALDONZA
I told you my name! Now get out of the way.
(She clears past him to the table.)

DON QUIXOTE
(Smiling, sill keeping his eyes averted)
Did my lady think to put me to a test?
Ah, sweet sovereign of my captive heart. I shall
not fail thee, for I know...

I have dreamed thee too long,
Never seen thee or touched thee.
But known thee with all of my heart.
Half a prayer, half a song,
Thou hast always been with me,
Though we have been always apart.

Dulcinea... Dulcinea...
I see heaven when I see thee, Dulcinea,
And thy name is like a prayer
An angel whispers... Dulcinea... Dulcinea!

If I reach out to thee,
Do not tremble and shrink
From the touch of my hand on thy hair.
Let my fingers but see
Thou art warm and alive,
And no phantom to fade in the air.

Dulcinea... Dulcinea...
I have sought thee, sung thee,
Dreamed thee, Dulcinea!

Now I've found thee,
And the world shall know thy glory,
Dulcinea... Dulcinea!

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Rev. Sandra Adler of the Peace Community Church International says the following, also from “Man of LaMancha,” inspires one to never give up on his/her life purpose or loyalty to himself:

“The Impossible Dream"

from MAN OF LA MANCHA (1972)

music by Mitch Leigh and lyrics by Joe Darion

"The Impossible Dream" (a .MP3 file courtesy MGM).

To dream the impossible dream
To fight the unbeatable foe
To bear with unbearable sorrow
To run where the brave dare not go

To right the unrightable wrong
To love pure and chaste from afar
To try when your arms are too weary
To reach the unreachable star

This is my quest
To follow that star
No matter how hopeless
No matter how far

To fight for the right
Without question or pause
To be willing to march into Hell
For a heavenly cause

And I know if I'll only be true
To this glorious quest
That my heart will lie peaceful and calm
When I'm laid to my rest

And the world will be better for this
That one man, scorned and covered with scars
Still strove with his last ounce of courage
To reach the unreachable star

(A great video of “The Impossible Dream” is the following from the 57th Tony Awards: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZE4KGB6Wt4)

I would suggest that before one attempts to “reach the unreachable star” that he checks first with his guidance and in light of our knowledge of “The Secret” (which is also summarized in this website in “Enjoy”) rephrases the words to “reach the reachable star.”

David C. Hakim

Rochester, Michigan

May 8-18, 2009