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I am a sinless child of God

I am a sinless child of God

And I am perfect now.

Repeat this many times a day as a mantra. If you hear a voice in your head denying this, that voice is not you, and it is not God. Therefore, it does not exist, or rather it did not exist until you willed it into being. Although your will created it, you cannot silence this voice by willing it not to be. That would only create conflict and greater disturbance within you. Look deep within yourself until you find the place where it arises. Look deeper still and you will find the buried pain that gives it strength. By understanding this pain, releasing it, and forgiving yourself for any thoughts or deeds that preceded it, you will deny it the force that it needs in order to exist. You will cease to intend to suffer that pain and endure that voice, and they will be no more.

Joy and Truth

A student asked the Teacher, "How is it possible for one to feel happiness when other souls are suffering?"

The Teacher replied, "Compassion does not require that you take another's suffering unto yourself, for doing so does not relieve the other's pain, and simply increases the amount of pain in the Universe. Compassion consists entirely of recognizing and strengthening the connection between souls, and between each individual soul and Spirit. Those connections spontaneously create joy, or rather allow the joy that is always present in Spirit to suffuse throughout the network of souls."

"Therefore, in meditation, do not seek to take over another's pain, but to convey your joy to that other. Recall that pain is not real, but only the result of separation. This is why spiritual connection seems to create joy and remove pain."

"It is not possible for one person to create joy in isolation; for all joy derives ultimately from connection to Spiri…

Judging

Ernest Holmes wrote:

"It is only when we have completely forgiven others that we can get a clearance in our minds, for we are judged by the judgment with which we judge. If we criticize, condemn, and censure, these are the attitudes that occupy our thinking, and they will not only reflect themselves outwardly, they will also reflect themselves inwardly."

"If we want a complete clearance of forgiveness, we must give a complete clearance to everyone and everything. Whether we like it or not, this is one of the great truths of life. Not only should we forgive others, but we should equally forgive ourselves and not carry the mistakes of the past into the future."

The phrase, "judge not, lest ye be judged" appears to carry the implication that God reserves the power of judgment unto itself. However, I believe that God does not judge souls, any more than a soul aligned with Spirit judges other souls. I understand the phrase in the context of the power of intention…

Compassion For the Uncompassionate

A student came to the Teacher and asked, "How can I feel compassion for evildoers, and those who feel no compassion themselves?"

The Teacher replied, "There is no being that is not capable of compassion, though some appear to have nothing but hatred or lust in their hearts. Even the cruelest tyrant may behave quite differently with those he loves, such as his children. But that is not the reason for your compassion. Cruelty and avarice are signs of separation. Separation is painful, and the soul that has temporarily lost its ability to connect with Spirit is in a state of constant torment. In its suffering it turns upon itself and upon Spirit, as Spirit is manifested in other souls around it. Like an animal caught in a trap, that may chew off its own foot to escape, such a soul may seek even to destroy itself, but generally succeeds only in bringing itself to the point of maximum suffering. In a misguided attempt to lessen its pain, it drives itself even farther into ch…

A Meditation For Rough Seas

I am a creature of energy. This ship is made of steel and its energy is tightly bound in material form. It has no choice but to resist the waves and fight its way through as best it can. As a result, the passive energy of the ship's hull and the active energy of its engines clash with the energy of the ocean, creating and magnifying disturbing forces.

As pure energy, however, I have the ability to merge synergistically and enthusiastically with the energy of the sea. In meditation, I seek to release all resistance to that energy and to abandon attachment to my rigid material form. I attune myself to the movement of the waves and flow with them, following the course that Spirit has chosen for me, rather than try to fight through on a course of my own choosing.

Like a dolphin riding a powerful ocean current, I add my own energy flow to that of the spiritual sea in which I am immersed. I visualize myself as an aquatic being in harmony with the living energy of the ocean, or sometimes a…

Oldies

Sometimes when I hear music from my teenage years, or from my young adulthood, I feel sad. Why is that? The explanation that I have always given myself is that I am mourning past mistakes and lost opportunities. At some level I think of the possibilities that lay before me at that age. Something in the depths of my consciousness feels that I have failed, that I have not wound up in the place that I could have been, and that I might have been happier if I had acted differently.

These are false beliefs. At every moment, at every age, I did the best that I could at that time. No doubt I made mistakes, but every soul makes mistakes. I have caused pain, but I swear I never acted with the purpose to do so. I have caused disappointments, but it was not I who created the expectations that were not met. I have not achieved financial security, but that has never been my goal.

If I regret anything, it is that I lived fifty years and more out of touch with Life. Spirit was at hand all those years, …

Procrastination

Procrastination comes from negative emotions that are based on fear. Knowing there is nothing to fear removes the basis for procrastination. When faced with the desire to procrastinate, first clearly identify the task you need to peform. Then visualize the task as completed. Feel the pleasure of having done the best job you can do. In Spirit, all tasks are already complete. Allow Spirit to guide you along the path it has already taken. This does not mean to perform work mindlessly. On the contrary, work is accomplished by being mindful of the voice within you that already knows what to do. The first step is clearly marked before you if you focus on it. When you have taken that step, the next will be just as clear. If you feel stuck or blocked, calm your mind, go within, and wait peacefully for guidance to come.

Transition

Recently a beloved family member made his transition. We comforted each other for our loss; some of us also voiced our concern for the one who had passed on.

We the survivors -- not yet face to face with the reality of our own transition -- think of the next life as a misty shadow of this one. We fret that those who make transition will be deprived of the things and the souls that they are leaving, and will find on the other side only the ghostly remnants of those who have gone before them.

I suspect that such pity is misplaced. I would go so far as to say that those who have gone before us must pity our narrow vision of what lies ahead (or, indeed, exists just beyond our perception).

I believe that the truth awaiting us all is that it is this world that is a shadow, this existence that is an illusion. It is said we are spiritual beings having a human experience. We will undoubtedly return from this experience enriched -- why else would we have sought it? But I believe we will also be gr…

Falsehoods

A student complained to the Teacher that another had wronged him. The Teacher asked, “How have you been wronged?” The student explained that the other had insulted him, and spread false rumors about his character. The Teacher said thoughtfully, “How do you know it was you who was being insulted and slandered?”

The student looked puzzled. “I told you – he insulted me directly to my face. Then he told the same story to my friends – he used my name.”

“Were these things that he said true?”

“No – of course not. That’s why I am angry at him.”

The teacher smiled. “Sometimes it upsets us more to hear the truth about ourselves than to hear falsehoods. And sometimes another person gives voice to what we secretly fear is true about ourselves. That may be the most upsetting of all.”

“But if these things that were said are not true, then they cannot have been said about you. This person is trying to create another you that is false, to deceive your friends and even you yourself, into accepting this art…

If you would have peace, do only good.

Affirmation:

I do only good.
I desire only good.
I release all desires that are unworthy of a child of God.

It seems at first that I am setting an impossible goal for myself. The body and mind have desires that do not promote peace and compassion. Those desires are deeply seated and may never go away.

All I ask of myself, however, is to release any attachment to those desires, and any misconception that appeasing them will bring me greater peace. Those desires create inner turmoil, and attempting to satisfy them would only make the problem worse. The body and mind do not crave happiness, but only distraction. Obeying their desires would not bring happiness, even though they insist that it would. Moreover, it would cause a conflict within me and drive me farther away from peace, not bring me closer.

I do not condemn these desires; on the contrary, I bless and forgive them. But I understand deeply that inner harmony can only be achieved by adopting the good as my only purpose, and acti…

Logic and Truth

Aristotelian logic is like Newtonian physics. It is a powerful tool for understanding ourselves and the visible, tangible world in which we live. Because it has such power, particularly with respect to thoughts and events we encounter every day, we often forget that logic itself is just a theory -- a working hypothesis. Therefore, when we encounter things that cannot be explained “logically”, we reject them and deny their existence.
Just as quantum physics has disclosed the existence of a level of reality that transcends Newton’s theories – a universe of energy that does not obey the laws he propounded (which many thought were absolute and incontrovertible) -- spiritual thinkers are aware of a world of conscious energy that obeys a logic beyond Aristotle. In this world, miracles are commonplace, and there is no distinction between thoughts and objects or events.
In this world, and only in this world, free will exists. The world of Aristotle and Newton is inherently deterministic, though…

Blessings

Two students came to the Teacher to announce that they planned to marry, and asked for the Teacher's blessing.

The Teacher smiled and said:

"From this day forward may you sustain one another on the Path."
"May each of you draw strength from the other when you are weak and tired, and each be a fountain of energy for the other when you are strong."
"When one of you loses the Way, and begins to wander, may the other offer a loving, guiding hand."
"If one loses confidence, let the other offer reassurance."
"If one falls into the darkness of self-hatred, let the other be a beacon of revitalizing love."
"May you find that peace and compassion are more readily accessible together than they ever were when you were apart."
"May your love grow unselfishly to encompass all beings, physical and energetic."
"May you jointly cast your light outward to illuminate the Path for others."
"May you each better understand your …

Enduring criticism

Have you ever been criticized or ridiculed for talking about your spiritual experiences? It's hard to conceive how a simple reference to a personal experience of God can stir up such negative expressions, when it is the one concept that unites all religions. It is easier to understand, however, when you have learned about and experienced the conflicts that can arise when truth, which is always positive, meets the negative forces within us that are threatened by it. Whether you believe those forces are generated internally or externally, no one has achieved knowledge of God without overcoming fierce resistance from them. When the negativity comes from others, it is because they are experiencing the struggle within themselves.

If a person is willing to endure that conflict, then he or she has taken the first step on the road to fulfillment and peace. The outward repudiation and denial of the truth is a sign that the inner struggle has begun. Why waste the time to deny what you claim …

Affirmation – The Covenant

I am in love with Life and with this Universe, with every being and every soul within it. I have a covenant with the Universe; a covenant of love. I share the glow of my spirit with everyone and everything that I encounter, and the Universe offers me its glow in return. When I offer the world my soul’s unconditional love, it returns to me burnished and enhanced; the Universe absorbs and retransmits it amplified a hundredfold. There is no limit to the power of this love. It brings me comfort, accomplishment, and joy, just as it contributes to the development of those attributes in those on whom it falls.

I keep this covenant by dismissing all selfishness, all jealousy, and all rancor. The body and the thinking mind urge me to take advantage of the open givingness that my love engenders in the world around me. They want me to hoard the joy the Universe freely offers me, to gather it unto myself and shield it from others. They do not know that love and joy exist only in the measure that t…

Positive Focus

The whole world is a unified field of vibrational energy. That energy is love and the potential for unbounded goodness. The mind can create either joy or suffering from this energy; this is the nature of free will. All things manifest in this Universe, from this energy, contain within them the potential for suffering or for joy. Some minds seek out the potential for suffering and that is what they manifest. This is true whether the mind perceives itself as seeking to create suffering for itself, or as seeking to eliminate suffering. So long as your focus is on the negative aspect, it is that aspect which will manifest. If you seek to eliminate from your experience all things that have a potential for negativity or suffering, then your experience will be impoverished and barren, because that potential exists in all things. Rather seek to manifest the love and joy that are also latent in all things. Then you will experience transcendent pleasure. Place your focus on the potential for po…

Why does energy healing work?

I personally believe that life and the world as we perceive it are myth and metaphor, and that all techniques by which we who believe ourselves to be individuals attempt to influence that which we believe to be "other than ourselves" have validity to the extent we intend them to.

Science has proven beyond contradiction that the world which we perceive through our senses is not the ultimate reality. What we see as solid objects are mostly space; what we suppose to be matter and energy are simply two different ways of looking at the same phenomena; and so on. As illustrated in the popular indie film "What the Bleep do we Know Anyway", there is a startling convergence underway between the cutting edges of physics and spirituality, both of which now accept at least the hypothesis that the Universe is a single unified field of energy.

Our bodies are designed to perceive this energy field in certain ways, and the collective consciousness of all beings on Earth over its his…
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God gives you the sea, the ship and the wind. All you're expected to do is steer.
Our greatest duty and our greatest joy is to love one another.
What you see in the world depends upon the lens through which you look.

Creating your physical health

Until very recently I would watch my body closely for any sign of a developing illness or other negative physical condition. As soon as I thought I saw one (uh oh, runny nose!), I would predict the course of the condition (great, next comes the sore throat, then the fever and headache ...) and adopt the mindset of a person who is ill. More often than not, my predictions would come true, and I would be sick and miserable for a week or more.

Religious Science (along with other schools of New Thought) teaches that the Universe sends you what you expect. By treating my body as a seed bed for disease, and predicting the growth of illness in it, I was inviting the creative principle to send me just that.

I no longer allow myself to predict that my body will become ill. I am still mindful of my physical condition; in fact, more mindful than ever. But if I feel a twinge in my body or a tingle in my nose, I do not create in my mind a course of predicted negative consequences for the com…
What you are "now" is what you always have been and always will be. Only your level of awareness of this changes.
God is the combined manifestation of all the souls in the Universe; and all the souls in the Universe comprise the entire manifestation of God.
All the purposes and all the pursuits of humankind can be seen as either seeking God, or avoiding God. To stay on the Path, it is only necessary to be mindful of this at every moment.

The Mind's Self-Importance

Have you ever read a science fiction story about a computer that became self-aware and ran amok? That is what the human mind has done. We evolved the mind as a survival tool. It is an adjunct and outgrowth of our physical bodies. However, once the mind became aware of its own existence, it decided that it was the reason the body existed, not vice versa. The mind has been on an ego trip ever since. It continually creates new excuses for inflating its own importance. The mind does what it can to suppress awareness of Spirit, which existed before bodies and minds and will exist forever after they have passed. When spiritual awareness is able to shine through the smokescreen of endless monkey mind chatter, it shows the mind for the hollow implement that it is.

The mind is like a computer that programs itself into an endless loop. It creates problems so that it can divert attention to itself as the supposed sole source for resolving those problems. It is only necessary to step back into the…

The Body

What is this body that I inhabit? Until very recently, I would simply have answered, "This is me." Study and meditation have let me to an understanding that this body and I are very different things, even though we are bound together for a time. Spirit has chosen this body as its physical manifestation of that part of itself that is my consciousness. Still, I did not begin to understand these concepts at an intuitive level until I was able to perceive my body as a part of the physical Universe. I believe that, for my entire life up to that moment, I thought of my body and the Universe as qualitatively distinct concepts. Here I am, and there that is, and we interact, but we are separate and, therefore, independent of each other on some fundamental level.

Of course, it is absurd to believe that the body is not a part of the physical Universe. Clearly it is subject to the laws of physics and chemistry like all other material things. I never had trouble understanding the a…

Resistance and Surrender

I must give up resistance in order to be able to see what is needed, and to take whatever steps are necessary.

Resistance blinds me to values and priorities.

Resistance sometimes takes the form of being distracted by trivial things or even by other worthwhile activities.

Surrender is necessary in order to see clearly. When I see clearly, proactivity happens. My natural inclination is to do right things.

No Limitations

First, accept that there is a presence vastly greater than yourself.
Then, accept that this greater presence is also yourself, and that the only limitations on you are those that you allow.

I Forgive the Past

I forgive the past.
I release the past.
I am nothing but what I am;
Everything has happened as it should.
I love my life.
I live in the Now.
Everything I have done,
And everything I have created around me,
Has been for the purpose of bringing me here and now.
This is the best place I can be,
This is the only place I can be.
I love this world and everything in it.
I am satisfied with myself.
I am growing stronger, happier and closer to God every day.
Bathed in the warmth of Spirit, I am blissful and at peace.
God gives me everything I need, and everything I truly want.
Prosperity is now my intention.
Abundance is now my intention.
I am God's perfect, unique child.
I am loved.
I am appreciated.
I fill my space with love.
And so it is.

Thankfulness

I am thankful for Spirit that gives life, love, and purpose. I am thankful for the love of those who are close to me, whether they are physically near or far away, and whether they are in this life or the next. I am thankful for the prosperity that Spirit gives, and the secure knowledge that all my needs are provided for. I am thankful for personal liberty, and the way freedom is manifest in this time and place. I am mindful of the sacrifices others have made to preserve and protect it. I am thankful for the awareness of my connection through Spirit with all beings, and for the feeling of love that unites all souls. I reach out in compassion to those of my brothers and sisters who are lost in separation, in pain, or in grief; who are beset by sorrow, anger, or fear. I pray that their connection with Spirit may be restored, and that they may rediscover that peace, love, and joy are all that exist.
And so it is.

Sadness

Sadness is what I feel when I am separated from Spirit. Sadness is a sign that I need to reconnect with the God within. Sadness is what I feel when the perfect unfolding of the Universe is hidden from my sight for a time. Sadness comes when I forget that all souls are one, throughout eternity, and that physical separation does not diminish that Unity. Sadness affects me when I passively observe the suffering and separation of others, rather than offering them my joy. Sadness is what I feel when I forget the power of prayer.

Happiness

The sole purpose of life is to create happiness. Your ego tells you that you will be happy if you possess many things - if you have the things that others have. However, possessions and privileges are not the way to happiness. True happiness comes from finding contentment in the present moment.

Wisdom and Need

I am given wisdom in accordance with my need. As long as I am a Teacher, my need is great. If I were a hermit, I would have no great need of wisdom, and little would be given to me. I am grateful for the calling that keeps me among people and allows me to drink so deeply of the well of wisdom that is Spirit.

Cherish Every Person

Every person I meet, even if we just pass on the street, has something to teach me. I cherish each one as an angel, so that I may be receptive to the message God is sending me through him or her.

It follows also that I am God's messenger to everyone I meet. I try to be mindful of this mission and to act accordingly.

I offered my life to God

I offered my life to God
And God entrusted it back,
Saying this is precious to me;
Use it for the good of all my children.
Shine its light in dark corners
And let my love be manifest through it.
You are my steward,
All my power is at your command.
Take my Word into the world
And spread the Truth of my abundant Love
Forever.
The Teacher said, "You were not sent here to make others happy, but to show them that happiness is possible, and to offer guidance to those who seek the Way. Therefore make your joy a beacon fire, that those who are able to see will come to you and be warmed. But do not take the chill or the darkness upon yourself, for in the Source there is comfort for all who seek it."

How To Treat Enemies

A student asked,

How should I behave toward my enemies, or in other words, people that our out ONLY to harm me?

The Teacher replied:

I can't improve on the advice Jesus gave, which is to love your enemies, which really means to have no enemies. If unconditional love is the center of your being, that is something no one can harm or touch.

I believe that our purpose in life is to be happy and to teach others by example how to be happy. When someone tries to harm you and discovers that your happiness is unassailable, he may cease hating you and try to emulate you. People who set out to harm others are very unhappy people themselves. They live in a state of unconsciousness toward Spirit. The unhappiness that dominates their minds seeks to perpetuate itself by spreading unhappiness to others. It is a universal law that what a person sends into the world will come back to him or her. The unhappy mind knows this and seeks to bolster its own unhappiness by making those around it unhappy also.

Moving Day

The posting below is the first of several that will reflect the consolidation of my earlier blogs in one place.

A Life Free Of Regret

The Teacher said:

There are three things needed for a life free of regret.

One is to be mindful of your thoughts and actions and do only good to the best of your ability.

The second is to focus on the good in every course of action.

The third is to forgive yourself continuously and completely.

Chakra Cleansing and Balancing Exercise

I am very pleased to announce that I have just posted a description of my personal daily breathing exercise, one which I believe can contribute to the physical and energetic well-being of anyone who practices it. The description can be found at this linkhere..

Home Sweet Home

After much consideration I think I've settled on this as the permanent location for my spirituality blog. Welcome to all who find your way here, and blessing upon you.