Realizing God's Will Is Oneness

Sharing Jesus’ Experience of God’s Love

I am currently working on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius for twelve weeks as an adjunct to my ACIM work.  I have been asked to share my journal of daily meditations here on this minister journal, and I am going to do so in the hope that it will be as helpful to others as it is to me.

The dedication on my personal journal book is as follows:
This book is dedicated to realizing the experience of God’s love.  In all that I am and all that I see.  In myself and others.  In the grand and the small.  In the unusual and the everyday.

In all there is God.  I would experience this.  And set that experience into a communication I can share with others for I would and do share God’s grace.

May I be blessed over and over and share my blessings as I do these spiritual exercises.  May my deepest purpose unfold.  May I live the experience of God’s love in my life.

I ask for the Bread of Life, confident that my Father wills this for me and that Christ shares with me His awareness of our Father’s love.
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First Entry

Jesus said, I am the good shepherd; I know mine and mine know me even as the Father knows me and I know the Father.

What came to me is how much Jesus knew the experience of God’s love.  He knew in a deep and powerful way that he was loved, that he was one with God.  This experience permeated his being.  It was the basis for all his teaching and sharing.  His very presence radiated the confidence he felt about this truth.  It went beyond words.  It went beyond parables.  There was a living presence of God about him that was compelling to all who were open to also experiencing God’s love.

I would know that same confidence in God’s love to the core of my being.  Not just lovely words and prayers, lovely thoughts and feelings, but deep in the core of my being, really know it as much as one can know it, to experience it in a way that totally sustains me.  Jesus knew this experience was his nourishment.  It sustained him.  He had total conviction because his level of awareness was so great.  He was so secure in his awareness of God’s love that he was gentle and kind, but firm.  There was only room in his life for the truth.

Jesus looked lovingly on all, knowing they were one with him in God’s love.  He knew that whatever he did for others he was doing for himself as well because he saw no differences or distinctions.  He saw each as a Child of God, no more and no less.

Some experiences cannot be put into words, but the fruits of the experiences or the blossoms that stem from them can.  This was the way of Jesus.  This would be my way as well.  I desire to be so secure in God’s love that I experience it beyond words.  And I also desire to be able to express in some way in the world what blossoms from that to be helpful to my fellow humanity.  So many books have been helpful to me to realize more.  Perhaps I could be helpful to others in the same way.

In my mind, I saw the oldsters at the care center where I am currently spending some time helping the administrator, and my attempts to help create a beautiful environment for them.  I saw that I was one with them, not in body or personality or attitude, but something deeper.  We share being created by God from His love.  There is something profoundly satisfying in thinking about this.  It goes beyond imagining their light present.  It goes beyond what I may think about them or they may think about me - whether they approve of me or not, like me or not in the body experience.  God’s love has nothing to do with this.  God’s love is an unconditional presence.  Love is always complete, whole and undivided.  Love goes beyond thought and feeling.  It is present to be experienced.

At times I catch glimpses of this.  There is a recognition that seems profound but is fleeting.  Holy instants here and there in which God’s love seems clear, but then the awareness slips away in the details of ordinary life where we seem to be in separate bodies.  Jesus knew the truth of oneness and lived from this truth.  Oneness seemed more real to him than the world of earth, but the earth did not jar him or befuddle him.  He seemed to mostly not be frustrated by it.  He treated it all kindly and with forgiveness - “they know not what they do.”

Jesus lived from great awareness of truth, yet with gentleness and patience in the everyday of things.  This takes great mindfulness.  This takes surrender to what is seeming to be, without struggle, simply knowing it all to be false.  All conflict, fear-defense-attack, is false, a concoction of the human ego mind.  It is not of God who created only love from His abiding perfect love.  Jesus did not resist the false of the world.  He merely loved.  He was a good shepherd to all, not just some but all, because he knew none were excluded from God’s kingdom of love.  He came to experience this so profoundly that it became a part of all he said and did, all he thought, a part of his unconscious mind, a part of his energy or essence here.

God has sent the Holy Spirit to help us realize truth.  Christ is one with us as Child of God.  God’s love for us is supreme.  Yet still we cannot come to full realization of our creation.  How is this?  It would seem impossible that we would still entertain thoughts of separation from God and from the Spirit of God in each other.  Our truth is only Spirit, yet we are thinking we are in body.  Why is the truth so difficult to live, to remember?  Perhaps we need the experience behind the thoughts and words to nourish us, to sustain us, to make it all clear in our minds so that they are changed.  Perhaps we need the experience to let go of doubts and questions, to know as Jesus did that God’s love is always present in a real way.

I sit in quiet waiting for this experience.  I go forth helping others waiting for this experience.  The more I struggle to obtain more of this experience, it seems the further it slips away.  Jesus did not appear to be in any struggle to realize God’s love.  He let it simply flow through him.  He said of himself he could do nothing, that the Father did all.  I now ask that I be healed.  I see I cannot do it myself.  No amount of meditation or service to others will earn for me greater realization of what already is.  I desire only to accept the truth and to experience in a real way God’s love in my life.  Perhaps we are simply graced with this by asking.  Perhaps we are graced as we practice acceptance of what is.  I do not have the answer.  I have only the model of living in Jesus.

I am one with the experience of Jesus at a deep or high level.  I ask that a thread of awareness open to this.  He is the door, the shepherd - the way is through him.  May the door be opened to me, I pray.  Let it be opened to me.  Yes, the door is always open, but my realization of it seems not to be.  What more can I ask than this?  There is nothing more to ask than this.  Ever.  Ever.  And so I ask with confidence that this asking and answering is God’s will for me, as it is for all.  All to ask.  All to be answered.  Love flows to all Children of God continuously, uninterrupted by forgetfulness.  Yet the awareness of God’s love is everything there is to have.  I ask to have it. 

I am grateful for how far I have come, and how many blessings have been bestowed on me, personal and powerful blessings.  Yet I seek ever more awareness of God’s love.  I would have it all.  I would have no obscurities to its clarity and conviction.  I give all such obstacles to Holy Spirit.  I will not struggle with them today, but give them gladly to Him.  Amen

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