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BEING PRESENT

BEING PRESENT

When we are with someone the best possible gift we can give them is just TO BE PRESENT.  In such times we must be willing to set aside the tendency to share our own thoughts about anything and everything.  In most cases the other person is not interested in OUR life, our opinions, nor is seeking advice, but simply wants to share his/her concerns, ills, joys, plans, sorrows, etc.  JUST LISTEN!!!  This kind of listening is a wonderful way to get past that old ego which is ever wanting attention and to assert itself.

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THE HEART OF THE UNIVERSE

THE HEART OF THE UNIVERSE

In the spiritual journey we move past old ways of thinking and living to better ways--a Heavenly vision free of bondage to the ego and materialism--free to love God and others ever more fully.  The heart of the universe that sustains everything is unconditional love and connection.  This is at the very center of our existence (see Acts 17:28).  When such love flows from us it profoundly affects those around us.  Imagine the possibilities for change and healing as each of us takes personal responsibility for managing our own heart.  I suggest a daily prayer such as “Lord, help me to truly learn what unconditional love is about and may it flow from me this very day in every thought, word, and deed.”  Prayers such as this are always answered.


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A DAILY PRAYER

A DAILY PRAYER

Lord, help me to truly learn what unconditional love is about and may it flow from me this very day in every thought, word, and deed.


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TO SPEAK EVIL OF NO ONE

TO SPEAK EVIL OF NO ONE

“. . .to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another.”--Titus 3:2-3 (ESV)

In the face of a deeply troubled and polarized world we are admonished “to speak evil of no one” and “to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.”  Humanly speaking this is not always easy "but with God all things are possible.”—Matthew 19:26 (NKJV)  A simple prayer such as “God, help me” when faced with a difficult situation or temptation is most wonderful indeed (Proverbs 18:10).  I’ve done this many times as I learn to live in dependence upon God Who is an ever-present help in every time of need (Psalm 46:1).  His love is always there to provide the needed help in the best possible way which sometimes comes in unexpected ways.  We have this wonderful promise that the Savior left us, "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”—John 14:27 (NKJV)

The truth about ALL people is that in their inner being they are in God's image and likeness.  When we judge them otherwise we are indeed bearing false witness.

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WHAT WE DWELL ON


The more we dwell on and talk about things like pain, sickness, poverty, aging, and death the more of these very things we bring into our life experiences. "For the very thing I dreaded has happened to me, and what I feared has come upon me.--Job 3:25 (NET Bible). Instead, here is what we should be dwelling on: "And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise."--Philippians 4:8 (NLT)

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GOD IS ALL POWER

GOD IS ALL POWER

The human problem lies squarely in the realm of our thoughts or consciousness, and not in something outside of us (1 John 4:4).  Jesus stated it clearly, "For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.”—Matthew 15:19 (ESV).  God is ALL power (2 Chronicles 20:6; Psalm 62:11; Isaiah 44:8; Daniel 2:20; Revelation 19:1).  Our challenge is to bring OUR THOUGHTS INTO ALIGNMENT WITH THE DIVINE POWER.  “Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”—2 Corinthians 10:5 (NKJV)  With God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).  That surely includes having our thoughts harmonize with God’s love and purpose for His creation which is love, joy, and peace.

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BE KIND AND TENDERHEARTED

BE KIND AND TENDER HEARTED

"Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”—Ephesians 4:32 (NLT)

All of us should be filled with gratitude for the forgiveness that has been given to us so freely.  We extend that same forgiveness to all others.  Leaders at all levels of society should set the example of kindness, humility, simplicity of life, and gentleness.  We are admonished to follow the example of the meek and lowly Jesus who never owned property or claimed any notoriety for Himself.   During His time on earth Jesus "went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him."—Acts 10:38 (ESV).  May this be said of every one of us.

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CONSCIOUS UNION WITH GOD

CONSCIOUS UNION WITH GOD

Many are praying to have various human problems resolved or to receive some kind of healing.  The ultimate goal of the spiritual journey is that of God consciousness wherein we experience ONENESS WITH HIM with no hindrances or barriers whatsoever.  The human race as a whole has lost the Edenic state and is wandering aimlessly, feeding on the husks of materialism. Multitudes are empty inside—always seeking and not finding satisfaction in anything in the realm of matter.  That is what the parable of the Prodigal Son is all about—humanity losing its way but at some point finding its way back into the arms of Divine Love.  Not until we reach the point in our spiritual journey where there is ONLY ONE THING THAT WE DESIRE AND ONE THING THAT WE SEEK will we reach God consciousness (see Psalm 27:4).  IT TAKES FULL DEDICATION AND CONSECRATION to truly EXPERIENCE the Divine Presence in which every human need will be met (see Matthew 6:33). The Scriptures are full of admonitions to help us along the way but few are heeding them (read Jeremiah 29:13;  Matthew 7:12-14, 22-23; 13:44).  There are a lot of very shallow and misleading teachings found in the world of spirituality but Jesus said that His sheep would hear His voice (John 10:27).

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MY EXPECTATION IS FROM GOD ALONE

MY EXPECTATION IS FROM GOD ALONE

"My soul, wait silently for God alone,

For my expectation is from Him.”—Psalm 62:5 (NKJV)

God IS love and the ONLY source of love as well as every other good thing such as life, health, substance, peace, joy, etc.  All good comes FROM HIM ALONE but generally is mediated to us THROUGH people who open their hearts to receive His love in some measure and let it flow from them.  If we EXPECT love to come FROM others we will mostly be disappointed for NO ONE WILL EVER BE ABLE TO MEET ALL OF OUR NEEDS OR EXPECTATIONS.  If we “WAIT SILENTLY FOR GOD ALONE” then good will indeed come to us, often in very unexpected ways.  As we commune with God in our innermost being we become filled with His love and thus become a channel through which His love will flow to many others.  That is where I am in my spiritual journey and invite you share this wonderful adventure with me. I choose to live in the consciousness of “a universe of Spirit.”  THAT is where everything is both for this present life and for all eternity.

"Above this sense-life, there is a universe of Spirit governed by Love, peopled with children of God living in the household or temple of Truth.”—Joel Goldsmith, THE INFINITE WAY chapter THE NEW HORIZON


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ONENESS WITH THE DIVINE

ONENESS WITH THE DIVINE

To “fear God” is simply to be reverent (meaning to be humble) as we contemplate an Infinite God (presence) that fills the entire universe—totally beyond the realm of space and time as we know them.  At some point, as we grow in our journey of ONENESS with the Divine, we no longer see Him as an outside being, somewhere up in the sky, apart from ourselves, but we experience the reality of being one with an Infinite presence in a way that is beyond the realm of thoughts, concepts, and words.  Words are totally inadequate to really teach or describe what “knowing” [experiencing] God is all about.  I think one aspect of reverence is simply to stop trying to explain that which is unexplainable and enter into the “most holy place” of ONENESS with the Divine.  With Paul I would affirm “Who is sufficient for these things?” (see 2 Corinthians 2:14-16).  There is a real hunger in the hearts of so many at this very perplexing time to know [experience] God (see John 17:3).

One person who is truly communing with God and experiencing the Divine sends healing energy throughout the whole created order. Prayer isn't just for yourself but touches many others, especially those who reach out to you for prayer support.