At peace with the knowledge
that I already am
No need for desire for more
than I am
Nor for an other to show me
the abundance of life
Or to strive for a value
I already have
And can never
in all of eternity lose
In solitude I know
that the truth
is still true
The truth is that gifts of Love can take on many different forms and sometimes appear in the most unexpected places.
A couple of weeks ago, when Christmas shopping seemed to be at a peak, I took a trip to Walmart hoping to find some needed articles at a good price.
As I approached the women’s clothing area, I heard some children crying loudly and a swishing sound that I identified as that of a belt hitting against something or someone. Immediately, I had a mental SOS and felt compelled to move with my cart in their direction. As I got closer, I saw a woman beating some kids with a long thin belt that she had doubled over.
These are some thoughts that I recently received from Spirit.
You are allowing the Holy Spirit’s thoughts into your awareness, allowing the healing of beliefs that hide the truth of your sinlessness. You often find the mind in the darkness of despair. This need not be. The beliefs that hold the darkness are healed in your willingness. In your asking Holy Spirit to take what you do not want in exchange for His sight or correction, that is willingness.
As we begin 2010, we are in the process of moving to Sanford, Florida, which is about 35 miles north of Orlando. We are moving to a small house in Sanford because it is nearby to a place that we think will become the future location of Pathways of Light. Because this new facility we found is unfinished, we will need to live nearby while we work on its completion.
For a few weeks I had been feeling down, low, and just not myself. My self-esteem was being hit in a hard way.
From outside appearances no one would have known. Also, by outside appearances, people would have been surprised based on me having a good job, a good salary, a wonderful home and significant other, and having my own business.
The Holy Spirit lives forever,
way beyond my days on earth,
and as His Child my soul receives
His guardianship at birth.
Each morning I summon Holy Spirit to search my soul to see if there is anything but love within me. I implore Him to replace all that is not joyful in my heart with the goodness in His. I pray for Him to plant the fruit of His Spirit in me and make it mature and to help me stay near to Him so that I will only bear good fruit. I invite Him to completely fill me with His gentleness so that it will flow out of me into the lives of all around me.
What does it mean to put God first? God is Universal Love. In God all is one Mind, with no differentiation. The ego is the idea of separation from oneness. Putting God first is the same as putting oneness first — recognizing that we are one with our brother in Universal Love, or God. It means being willing to see past all the forms of separate identities to the common ground of Universal Love that resides everywhere. It is seeing the truth about All That Is and that there is nothing else.
I’ve only told this story a couple of times. Apparently, my mind is still providing a safe haven for some guilt and shame. Isn’t free will great!
A couple of weeks ago, I was attending a weekend conference of almost 1,000 people who, along with me, belong to a fellowship whose main purpose is basically to help others with a common affliction to lead a happy and peaceful life based on spiritual principles. Besides larger assemblies that are held several times a year, it is quite common for much smaller groups of us to meet a couple of times a week. One of the highpoints of the conference is reconnecting with friends and loved ones that I haven’t been in touch with for awhile.
Does the ego sometimes disguise itself as Holy Spirit? For seven years my son Kevin has been battling an insidious addiction to opiates such as oxycontin and heroin. Trying to “fix” Kevin by forcing him into inpatient and outpatient rehabs has never had the desired effect. Society teaches that our role as parents requires us to protect our children. What kind of parent sits back and watches his son destroy his life without making every effort possible to save him? But whose hand am I holding when I make all these desperate attempts to force him back into a program of recovery – the ego’s or the Holy Spirit’s?
As I lay awake unable to go to sleep, I decided to ask Spirit for an article for Miracles News and this is what I received:
All of the addictions of this world are nothing more than our thoughts about the addictions. Whether it is thoughts of alcohol, drugs, shopping, gambling, eating, or playing the same tapes over and over and over again in our minds, these are nothing but thoughts that we choose to join with (the ego’s thoughts) to create our life situations!
I had heard on the radio about a pilgrimage a woman did in Spain. I was so touched by this report that I decided to keep a diary of my own ‘pilgrimage’ which I called ‘from fear to Love’. One day a summing up of this inner pilgrimage came to me:
As the Christmas holidays approached, the usual (or I should say insane) family dynamics began. My sister, who comes in from out of town every other year, announced that if I brought someone outside of the family to our family Christmas gift exchange, she and her family would not be there.
All of us desire a more meaningful, peaceful, joyful and loving life. So why do we see the world filled with chaos, anxiety, and overall fear? We look around and perceive this person doing this to us and we perceive this event doing that to us, and we keep judging, judging and judging until we think we feel better. But do we, really?
This is the question! Or, to be or not to be… that is the question!
Are we here in the illusion or are we spirits and all of this is over? Which is True? Well, if we want ‘Truth’ in the sense of the ultimate, it is the latter. But as Ken W. says, we need to act like we are here while we still see our reflections in the mirror in the morning.
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