July Thoughts for the Day

July 31, 2019

Thought for the Day

If guilt is the result of attack,
and if the ego teaches you
to attack yourself because you are guilty,
then you must recognize that
the ego's singular goal
is to increase guilt as the only means
for its self-preservation.

If you listen to ego, then,
you will inevitably believe that there is
no escape from guilt.

Why are you listening?

Why are you giving the mind
any credence whatsoever?

Why not refuse to listen to anything
from the mind, just for today?

Why not embrace a spiritual practice
of "catch and release" today?

Notice when you are engaged with mind
and drop it like a hot potato.

Listen, dear one.

The Holy Spirit, your inner teacher,
dispels guilt immediately
simply through the recognition
that it could never be real.

He always looks on the guiltless
Son of God.

Who will you look upon today?

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Prayer for the Day

I will work sincerely
with this practice today.

Bless my meager efforts
to relinquish the weapon
of self-recrimination.

Amen

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July 30, 2019

Thought for the Day

You cannot relieve yourself
of guilt by making it real
and then trying to atone for it.

This is what the ego does.

This is its plan of salvation.

For by maintaining guilt
rather than dispelling it,
it keeps its pseudo-identity
as the presiding 'you' safe and secure.

No guilt, no ego.

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Prayer for the Day

Oh, architect!

I see you!

You shall not build for me
another house!

Guilt, be gone!

Amen

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July 29, 2019

Thought for the Day

The past may only be held
through guilt.

Guilt is how we hold onto
the past and future in our minds,
and we do so in order to maintain
ego continuity.

There is no other reason.

No guilt = no time.

No guilt = no problem.

Peace prevails.

End of story.

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Prayer for the Day

Aren't we all sick as hell of beating
the same old guilt drum
day after day?

Who is in charge?

Ego or God?

Amen

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July 28, 2019

Thought for the Day

Sunday is practice day.

Each and every time
you find yourself in an internal battle
of negativity and self-recrimination,
hit the pause button and take three long, slow
and deep breaths. Repeat the following:

I can only condemn myself,
yet I cannot do so and know my Self.

What do I really want?

After a day of practicing sincerely,
what did you find?

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Prayer for the Day

I want to know the changeless truth,
I want to know my Source and Self.

Amen

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July 27, 2019

Thought for the Day

Everyone, absolutely everyone my dear,
is seeking to escape the prison
in which he feels trapped.

Please hear me.

Please listen to the pleading
of this heart to you.

You are guiltless now, my child.

In blinding-scintillating-effulgent-light,
the sanctity of your purity and innocence
shines; unchanged by any experience...
any experience...regardless
of what your mind says.

This light remains untouched.

It neither dims nor wavers,
despite what you may think of
as your messy human life.

A loving hand is reaching to you
in the prison cell you made
and says, "Come."

Grab it. Seize it.

Do so now.

We are waiting for you.

We are here to bring you HOME
to your One True Source and Self.

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Prayer for the Day

Here I am, Lord.

Take all of me.

Amen

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July 26, 2019

Thought for the Day

Without guilt, the ego
has no life.

Are you not weary, child, of playing
at being something which
you are not?

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Prayer for the Day

I am weary, Lord.

I am so very weary.

Save me from myself,
for I am tired of being 'me.'

Amen

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July 25, 2019

Thought for the Day

Guilt hides the awareness of Christ
from your sight.

Peace and guilt are contradictory.

Because of this, love and guilt
cannot co-exist
within you.

To have accepted one
is to deny the other.

It is the Holy Spirit's Will
to remove all guilt and fear
from your mind
if you will let Him.

The question, then, is do you
really want to be free?

Freedom is from the you
you have been so busy
trying to be.

And your behavior, my dear,
demonstrates that you
can talk a good game
but when it gets down to brass tacks,
you're fully committed
to maintaining your sleepy time
trajectory.

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Prayer for the Day

The only thing which counteracts
the demands of this world
and a chaotic family life
is a deep interior life.

And this is something
I do not really have
if I am being truly honest
with myself.

What can this be, other than
conformation of my insincerity?

DENIAL

Don't
Even
Notice
I
Am
Lying

For the wedding feast
is always waiting
for me to show up.

How about NOW?

Amen

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July 24, 2019

Thought for the Day

A mantra is given you
for the thought today
to be used whenever there is
a temptation to see or feel guilt
or perceive wrong-doing
for any reason whatsoever:

GOD'S SON IS NOT GUILTY,
AND I AM HIS SON.

GOD'S SON DESERVES ONLY LOVE.

This is your practice,
to soften into what is, to be tender,
kind and compassionate.

To remember that LOVE, alone,
completes the path.

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Prayer for the Day

How gentle are your ways, oh God.

How tender, loving, kind.

All the while I was searching for You,
it was You who were waiting for me!

Today I come to the feast
which you prepared for me
before time began.

Today, I bring all of me to Thee.

Amen

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July 23, 2019

Thought for the Day

Nothing obscures
the awareness of God's Presence
within you other than guilt.

Guilt is the repercussion
of three deeply cherished beliefs:

(1)

"I do not deserve love."

(2)

"I do not deserve forgiveness."

(3)

do deserve punishment."


Thus, to feel guilty is to see guilt.

For self-condemnation
is the root of all judgment and attack.


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Prayer for the Day

I am he...

I am she....

...whom my Father loves.

Thank you for the gift.

Amen

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July 22, 2019

Thought for the Day

If you learn absolutely nothing else
from your time with me,
with every fiber of my being
I beg you to hear this message
and take it deeply into your heart:

(1)

What God did not give you
has absolutely no power
over you.

(2)

Your Father could never cease
to LOVE you, no matter what.

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Prayer for the Day

I am Thine.

Amen

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July 21, 2019

Thought for the Day

Sunday is practice day.

It is not enough to want to awaken.

It is not enough to want
to remember who you really are
or know what is real.

You must give up your insane
desire to control reality.

You, who cannot even control yourself,
got no business trying to control
others, let alone the universe!

So your practice today
is to notice when your getting
your inner control freak on
and stop it.

Hit your pause button
and take three long slow deep breaths.

This, too, belongs to God.

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Prayer for the Day

Nevertheless, not my will
but Thine be done:
in me, as me, and through me.

Only God.

Amen and Amen

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July 20, 2019

Thought for the Day

When you made what is not true
visible to you, you made
what is true invisible.

My child, the definition of reality
is God's, not yours.

And when you can accept this,
without resistance,
peace will be forever yours.

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Prayer for the Day

Each exhalation a death.

Each inhalation a resurrection.

Into Thy Hands I commend
my spirit.

Amen

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July 19, 2019

Thought for the Day

Learning to love is one thing.

Being LOVE is quite another.

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Prayer for the Day

Take all of me.

Consume me.

Ravish me entirely
until nothing but LOVE remains.

Amen

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July 18, 2019

Thought for the Day

Have you ever considered that
both grace and mercy are meaningless concepts
which carry both weight and meaning only
to one who has accepted the false self
as real; who believes in the reality
of change, condemnation,
error and guilt?

The undoing of all of this
is the scope of the Holy Spirit's work.

And this, my friend,
cannot begin without your welcoming it.

It thus takes willingness and trust.

***

Prayer for the Day

Is it not a kindness to myself
to ask the Holy Spirit
for help?

Dear Spirit of the Living God,
heal this mind and heart.

Amen

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July 17, 2019

Thought for the Day

Never ever allow yourself to forget
that whenever you look outside
and react unfavorably
to what you think you see happening,
it is yourself which you have
judged and hung to die upon a tree.

The death penalty is the ego's
ultimate goal for you, while GOD KNOWS
He created you for LIFE.

The ego's job is to torment you.

It does this exceedingly well,
does it not?

It works tirelessly for your destruction
and is not satisfied
until it has succeeded.

The ego is not a traitor to God,
it is a traitor to you, my dear.

The sooner you get this,
the sooner you will stop listening
to its relentless diatribe,
and resign the role you play
of willing victim.

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Prayer for the Day

This moment,
I offer YOU all of me,
for I am Thine.

Amen

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July 16, 2019

Thought for the Day

Everything, without exception,
that you behold without
is a judgment of what
you have beheld within yourself.

And when you LOOK within
and SEE ME, it will be
because you have made a choice,
at long last, for TRUTH
and only TRUTH.

Could anything be simpler
or clearer than this?

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Prayer for the Day

Who has held me captive
but me?

And who can deliver me
but myself?

No more fence sitting,
for that, too, is a decision
not to awaken.

Into Thy Hands I commend
my spirit.

Amen

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July 15, 2019

Thought for the Day

The world's reality is only
what you give to it,
no more, no less.

Everything has earned the right
to your love, your genuine acceptance,
and your embrace.

To this there can be no exceptions
or your wholeness remains
incomplete in your awareness.

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Prayer for the Day

LOVE sought me.

And then LOVE caught me.

And then She devoured me,
til nothing but She remains.

She has reduced me to zero
and raised me
to Infinity.

To Her I bow and give thanks.

Forever Thine,

Amen

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July 14, 2019

Thought for the Day

Sunday is practice day.

Your practice for today
is born from a combination
of the two previous workbook
lessons from the Course.

In every instant of distress, pain,
uncertainty, anger or fear,
whenever and wherever you see guilt,
hit the pause button and repeat
the following quietly to yourself:

Forgive and you will see this differently.
I will forgive and this will disappear.
I place the future in the Hands of God.

Can you learn to see salvation
is being offered you in every experience?

Remember, your perception
may slip up from time to time
but you are asked to immediately
offer yourself correction.

Did not Jesus ask
in the Garden of Gethsemane
if this cup could not pass from him?

And did he not immediately
offer himself correction when he said,
"Nevertheless, not my will,
but Thine be done"?

You are always free to change your mind,
even if you have already stepped into it.

The fruits of this practice
are simply out of this world
but they include:

(1)

A growing level of trust.

(2)

An untroubled and peaceful mind.

(3)

Certainty that only good can come to you.

(4)

Certainty that only good
can come to those whom you love
and to the world.

(5)

Sure your Father loves you.

(6)

The ability to see love's reflection
everywhere.

What have you got to lose
that can beat all this?

***

Prayer for the Day

Guide and bless
my attempts to practice well today.

Amen

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July 13, 2019

Thought for the Day

What good is having a will
if you do not believe in it
and consciously use it?

***

Prayer for the Day

To live by root programming
is to mindlessly settle into
the rut of the programming
of the false self
and not question it.

Remote control, zombies,
night of the living dead---
narcotized into the stupor
of blindness and poverty
of being on all levels.

Misery and chaos
are inevitable bedfellows.

No more.

You hear me?

No more.

Into Thy hands I commend
my spirit.

Amen

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July 12, 2019

Thought for the Day

You have accepted opposition
into your mind
and consider it normative.

From this hodgepodge you ask:

What is the truth here?

You take it as gospel
and beyond the scope of change
nor do you even wish it to change
more often than not.

It is not true. Absolutely none of it.

Do not believe it, which translates into,
"Stop listening to the b.s."

What you gaze upon you become.

The power of decision
is your one true remaining freedom
in this life.

Only you can decide
to see right.

For only truth and love
are transformative and enduring.

***

Prayer for the Day

With God's grace,
I will give no conflicting invitations
today, for it is love I would see
and peace I seek.

And so it is.

Amen

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July 11, 2019

Thought for the Day

When it is LOVE which you
really and truly want above all else,
you will see nothing else.

It cannot be stated
any clearer than this.

The contradictory nature
of what you see
but demonstrates your belief
in two powers, two wills
and two worlds.

Further, it demonstrates
that you believe that yours is more powerful,
and therefore, superior to God's.

What else would your claim
to struggle so hard to see
be demonstration of?

Given this assumption,
how then could God be God?

Have you not already elevated
the golden calf of ego to that role?

***

Prayer for the Day

Enlightenment is not about
arriving at some new and grand place,
it is about standing
precisely where I stand
and seeing it with new eyes.

One Power.

One Light.

One Love.

Everywhere now here.

Amen

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July 10, 2019

Thought for the Day

Even when you begin to truly grok
that projection makes perception
and you believe that surely you
are projecting what you do not truly want,
make no mistake about it,
you still very much want it
or you would be experiencing
your life differently.

Until one comes face to face
with how duplicitous is the mind,
how it is still very much divided
between two teachers and therefore,
serving two opposing goals
there is little hope for freedom.

Never ever forget the acronym
for the word denial:

Don't Even Notice I Am Lying

***

Prayer for the Day

We tell the truth
not to make guilty,
but to make free.

I will to be done
with all forms of self-deception
in their entirety.

Lord, hear my prayer.

Amen

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July 9, 2019

Thought for the Day

Do you know what an artifact is
in computer science?

artifact: A distortion in an image or sound
caused by a limitation or malfunction
in the hardware or software.

Hold onto nothing but LOVE,
my child.

Dismiss all else as meaningless artifact.

You are free to be free.

That is, of course, if it is freedom
which you want above all else.

***

Prayer for the Day

There are two ways
of moving through life.

You can let everything stick on you
like barnacles on a ship---
deliberately creating problems
and seeing a devil behind every bush
in order to keep the ruse going,
or to live empty, happy, joyous and free.

This is what we are confronted with
every single moment of life.

As for me?

I choose the path of FREEDOM.

Amen

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July 8, 2019

Thought for the Day

You see what you seek,
no more, no less.

We look within before we look out,
that is why we find what we seek.

We project what we want within ourself
and then accept it from the world.

For whether we struggle
with the world or not, we receive
what we wish to validate as real 
within ourselves.

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Prayer for the Day

Who will I listen to today?

Do I wish to be happy?

Do I wish to be free?

Do I want the peace of God?

Help me be honest with myself.

I, and I alone, am responsible
for my inner experience of life.

Help me be wise and loving
toward myself today.

Amen

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July 7, 2019

Thought for the Day

Sunday is practice day.

How simple is the practice
of salvation!

Illusion recognized must disappear.

This you learned from your workbook
lesson yesterday.

Refuse to accept suffering
in any form today
and recognize behind each form
is a deeply cherished belief in sacrifice.

Next, offer your blessing.

For blessing, alone, corrects
the belief in sacrifice.

No form of suffering can long endure
in one who has completely
forgiven himself and blessed his very being
as God's Immortal stainless Gift.

No form of suffering can long endure
in one who has completely
forgiven his brother
and blessed his brother's being
as God's Immortal Gift to him.

This is how you practice salvation!

Never ever doubt that your tiniest effort
contains the blessings of the universe
and the Great Mystery Itself.

***

Prayer for the Day

From the depths of this heart,
may I practice sincerely today
for the sake of all beings.

Amen

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July 6, 2019

Thought for the Day

100% of all perception
is the result
of your invitation.

***

Prayer for the Day

Help me live on the cutting edge
of consciously choosing to see all of life
through the eyes of love.

Amen

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July 5, 2019

Thought for the Day

Your function here on earth
is that of healing; first yourself
and then the world.

How can an unhealed healer
accomplish anything?

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Prayer for the Day

Compellingly real is this Presence
which is living me.

May this and only this
be what you see in me,
dear world.

Amen

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July 4, 2019

Thought for the Day

Within every living thing
His Blessing lies.

In your blessing of all things,
your choice to truly SEE it,
give it honor and shower it with love,
lies His Blessing of you.

***

Prayer for the Day

Today, I let the LIGHT in.

Today, I let LOVE in.

Today, I give God welcome
by inviting the whole of life
back into this heart
as part of my Identity.

Amen

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July 3, 2019

Thought for the Day

God shines upon
His own Self-extension-----
you!!!

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Prayer for the Day

To not see one's own self-loathing
as an indication of how
the Divine feels toward us
is perhaps the greatest hurdle
to overcome.

What else could true healing be
other than to lay aside the weapons of self-abuse
and to receive fully the LOVE of GOD?

To accept that GOD is a tender GOD,
a kind GOD, whose LOVE
knows no edges,
is entirely beyond comprehension,
and is truly there for me,
unequivocally, is unfathomable,
but for which I am grateful
beyond words.

Lord heal me.

Amen

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July 2, 2019

Thought for the Day

You must learn the cost
of sleeping and refuse
to keep on paying it.

For your being is in Christ,
and Christ's Being is in God.

We are waiting for you.

***

Prayer for the Day

Take all of me.

Amen

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July 1, 2019

Thought for the Day

You are given an assignment today.

See if you can maintain continuous awareness
of Someone, a palpable Presence, which
is always with you.

Awareness of this Presence will:

*make you invulnerable to attack
*secure the mind from egoic influence
* provide self-verifying experience
* stop the fickleness of the mind on a dime
*needs neither defense nor proof
and by thus, eliminate all doubts

What have you got to lose
other than insanity?

***

Prayer for the Day

Yes!

Cooperative Union = Communion.

I'll take more of that!

Amen

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