March Thoughts for the Day

March 31, 2018

Thought for the Day

Let us be very very clear
with the words we use today.

No relationship, no job, no life situation,
no geographical location, or bodily condition
has ever possessed the power
to make you suffer or feel anything.

Suffering is optional
and is the fruit of playing victim
to conditions or powers
perceived to be beyond your control.

And what could this be born of
other than an entirely fictional self concept?

You are always reacting
and making choices based upon
what you have told yourself
about the meaning of thoughts, feelings 
and sensations which are present.

You provide 100% of the narrative 
and the interpretation.

But because you deeply believe that
things outside yourself
do have power over your experience,
you have used your own judgments against them
as an excuse to self-medicate, to distract,
to hold grievances, or to run away.

Hanging onto a particular storyline
reveals that you are deeply asleep,
and being asleep at the wheel of life,
you seek a new story line; one of greater freedom
and happiness by changing
playmates, playpens or play things.

You have chosen to shut yourself off
from the wisdom of the universe
which was here to redeem you
from the imagined self and its sufferings.

Would you be free, or are you content
to continue with the foolish games
you play?

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Prayer for the Day

It's FREEDOM'S flag I wave
from here on out.

Amen

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March 30, 2018

Thought for the Day

Listen today.

Listen carefully.

Every word you hear is a symbol
to which you supply a meaning.

Isn't it silly to get mad at another
for the words they use
when it is you, yourself, who has supplied
that word with all the meaning
that it has for you?

You are always only relating
to experiences which are occurring
inside of you.

Be silent with me
and let us commune together
with life today.

Acting and reacting to life
based on mental content
is ruinous to the awareness
of the exquisite peace
which is always now here.

Ssshhhh....my darling.

Be still a moment.

Please please be still an instant.

You cannot feel Her loving Embrace
everywhere...ever reaching out to you
through everything that is
if you lose yourself
in the mine field of the mind.

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Prayer for the Day

Help me lay all words aside
and be a deeply passionate lover
of Life....as it is.

Amen

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March 29, 2018

Thought for the Day

When a particular line of thinking
is especially tenacious
and laced with highly charged emotions,
stop. Relax and breathe.

Time to regroup.

Why not try something new?

What you are doing
is obviously not working out
very well for you.

Begin by being cognizant of two things:

(1)

Feel the immense damage
that holding onto such things
does to you; physically, psychologically,
emotionally

As if this were not enough, notice honestly
just how ruinous it is to your peace of mind.

(2)

You are playing the role of victim
to your own mind.

And honey, that's a truckload of b.s.

Having seen these two things
up close and intensely personal,
what is there to do?

(1)

Recognize that just the willingness
to look honestly at what is happening
in your inner world
is already a step taken away
from the pickle you're in.

(2)

Time to reclaim your power.

You're bigger than this.

You're bigger than all of this.

In fact, it is you that embraces
all that is.

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Prayer for the Day

The path of living inquiry
is all that matters now.

Today I begin to learn
to wear life like a loose garment.

Today I learn that I am in the world
but not of it.

Amen

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March 28, 2018

Thought for the Day

Today will again be a day
that is devoted
to relaxed self-observation.

We will look at what we learned yesterday
from an entirely different perspective.

Everyone, if they are here in a body,
has a thought system to which
they adhere.

And everyone becomes identified
with their thought system.

There are only two thought systems;
the thought system of the imagined self
and the thought system of the Absolute.

Thus today you are asked to observe
for any signs of upset, from the tiniest blip
on the radar screen of the mind
to ones that seriously rock the boat
on your inner horizon.

Size does not matter.

What has not been recognized thus far
is that anytime you feel the slightest upset,
it is because what is happening
is somehow perceived as a threat
to the thought system
which provides the foundation
upon which you have built your life.

And as we have already indicated,
if the thought system is challenged,
you feel threatened.

There are legions of ways in which
the imagined self seeks to resolve this:

Tuck and run, counter-attack,
armoring yourself and shutting down,
simmer and brew ad nauseum.
find a way to make yourself feel superior
to the one with whom you feel challenged,
medicate it through whatever gives you pleasure,
distraction though excessive busyness,
you name it, you have done it.

But here is the thing that
the imagined self does not really get at all.

You can only lose what isn't real.

Nothing real can ever be threatened.

So the ego deals with the perception of loss
or of potential loss, by projecting
attack onto others.

But the threat is entirely the fruit
of his own painful imagination!

So when you feel upset, stop.

Real eyes you have been handed a gift.

You are being given the opportunity
to see where you still remain stuck
to an old belief system that does not work
so that you can transform this energy
through the blessed alchemy
of your own loving
and compassionate presence.

This is your time to give yourself
the very love, kindness, understanding
and unconditional acceptance
for which you have always yearned.

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Prayer for the Day

Help me see that
what shows up in my life experience
is always a gift from the Beloved,
ever showing me the way of freedom
and the path of peace.

Amen

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March 27, 2018

Thought for the Day

Today is to be a day
that is devoted
to relaxed self-observation.

The observation in which
you are humbly asked to participate
contains two parts.

For part one, from a place
of complete neutrality,
observe the activities of judgment,
comparison, conflict,
the taking up of positionalities,
anger, fear, going on either
the defensive or offensive.
as well as all effort
directed toward micromanaging
yourself and others.

In short, you are asked to let go of everything
you think you know or believe.

Notice that all such efforts
occur in an futile attempt
to prove that you are right,
to prove that your way
is the best way, that you need things
to roll out in one way over another
as if it were your very life were at stake.

Some folks are more subtle
in how they go about this
while others are far more blatent,
but make no mistake about it,
everyone will behave like a caged animal
if he feels that what he is
or what he believes and holds as true
is seriously being threatened.

What could this be other than
a blatant attempt to prove
that you are what your think you are,
you are the self of your imagination,
the mask of i, me, my & mine?

After you feel you have
a pretty good handle on seeing this,
notice the vast amount of tension
which is being held in the body.

What is the breath doing?

How is the heart beating?

Does it feel pleasant?

For part two, we ask you to search
for what exists prior to
all of this commotion and flurry.

Your work in this life, the work of a lifetime,
is simply to find this boundless place within you
and allow it to be made manifest in great clarity
and profound charity throughout your being;
yielding entirely to its power and authority---
its great longing to inform and direct
your movements in this world,
allowing it to live you without
your constant interference,
that you might be the very light
upon which this world waits.

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Prayer for the Day

This little light of mine,
I'm gonna let it shine.

Let it shine
let it shine
all the time.

Amen

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March 26, 2018

Thought for the Day

He who wields the sword of judgment
cannot know his own perfection,
cannot know the boundlessness of LOVE.

Does this mean that
one who judges will feel the pain
of love's absence
all of his life?

Oh, he will know love,
but the love with which he will be familiar
will always be with conditions.
It will resemble a legal binder or contract
far more accurately
than it will ever reflect the Absolute
with all of its loop holes
and hidden clauses.

Is this because the Aboslute
withholds LOVE'S Presence from him,
a form of punishment
which is somehow to be perceived
as not punishment, sort of like
when a parent spanks a child
and says, "This is going to hurt me
more than it does you?"

Heavens, no.

It will be because you
will create a life for yourself
where LOVE is held forever at bay
in order to constantly mirror back to you
that you are unworthy of real
and changeless love.

For having judged a single soul,
you have already judged yourself unworthy.

Whatever you believe
even unto the least of your brethren
you have accepted for yourself.

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Prayer for the Day

Let me never forget that
LOVE makes no exceptions.

Ever.

Let this be the awareness
which walks ever before me,
challenging me to see as God Sees,
to Love as God Loves,
to face and embrace this life
with a heart as wide as the world.

Amen

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March 25, 2018

Thought for the Day

Sunday is practice day.

If we could pause a moment together
in order to reflect and partake
on a very deep, very honest level of sharing,
I think we would agree that the journey of your life,
of our lives, has been a search for wholeness,
for a deep sense of completion and comfort
in our own skin, for a peace that
remains undaunted by circumstance
and an ability to live out the moments of our days
from the profound perspective
of that of an awakened heart.

Tall order.

And what is seen as self evident
when we are really honest with ourselves
is that the way we have gone about this search
is by trying to change the shell or mask
and the circumstances of our lives---
hoping that this could bring us the wholeness,
the comfort, the safety and the peace
for which we ache so desperately inside.

But truth be said, what you were really longing for
was the courage to dive deeply inside
and find the most authentic, sincere
and clearest part of you---
to somehow find it and give that voice
in your life, in this world.

So your practice today
is to spend a quiet and restful day
diving within in search of the pearl
of great price. Your mission is to be very brave
and very still in search of the one
you forever are.

What if that parable told by Jesus
about the good shepherd
who left the 99 sheep in search
of the one sheep who was lost
was really about you leaving the 99 faces
of the mask you wear in search of the ONE
who knows not of masks, nor of suffering
or of being lost, of searching in desperation,
estranged from its very Self?

Today is your homecoming
and the One you changelessly are
is waiting for your courage,
ready to welcome you Home
to your very own Self.

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Prayer for the Day

Today I will trust.

The prodigal returns HOME.

Amen

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March 24, 2018

Thought for the Day

All confusion, 100% of it,
comes from the unwillingness
to share, to join, to participate fully,
to pour out yourself and to give yourself
without reservation.

It is the ego which whispers to you
that it is wiser to allow things to simmer a bit,
to remain as they are, to linger awhile longer
in your solitude until you understand,
to wait until you find your place in things.

All confusion stems from
separating yourself from others
in the false belief that on your own
it is possible to find
the answers that you seek,
insulating yourself against
the very thing which would open
the treasure trove of wisdom
for you if you would only allow it.

Open your eyes, my dear, and LOOK
around you.

Life is unceasingly holding
out Her hand to you in each and every instant
of the Living Now with deepest love
and tenderness for you.

Allow yourself to heal and be healed.

Your mind exists in unity
and is healed in unity.

And this is your time, my precious,
this is your time to open your eyes
and remember you have everything
because you are everything.

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Prayer for the Day

Help me to risk
and to give
all to ALL.

Amen

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March 23, 2018

Thought for the Day

Today we build upon
yesterday's thought.

The more that you are identified
with the mind-generated, conditioned
sense of self, or I, me, my & mine,
the more defensive you are.

You cannot help but be
deeply invested in it
and in protecting its storyline.

It's you, after all.

At least that is what you believe.

And boy-oh-boy do you keep
those cards close to your vest,
do you not?

Do I hold, do I fold, or do I try to play?

Everyone and everything
is perceived as a threat
because you are terrified of losing
who it is you think you are.

Even those whom you have allowed
to become closest to you
are still held somewhat at bay
because at any moment
they could say or do the wrong thing
and then they too, become a problem.

Are they friend? Enemy?
Or are they frenemy?

My God, it's all
a ferocious and never-ending
game of Russian roulette!

How can you tell
whether you live by imagination
or from the real?

Simple.

How do you respond to life?

Is your cage easily rattled?

Are you fearful and defensive?

Do you feel threat and conflict
all about you?

Do you live in a world of competition,
and are you constantly comparing
yourself with others?

Do you worry and perseverate a lot?

Or are you loving?

Is peace always in your awareness?

Is there a gentle and playful
openness with which you live life?

The only way to dispel
the illusory sense of self
is to withdraw ALL of your current
investment in it.

It will no longer have any life for you
because you have put it
safely out of your awareness.

Let's share briefly about the ideas
of everything and nothing.

Everything means quite literally
everything---as in nothing else.

But when you make
that which is nothing
into something in which you believe
hook-line-and-sinker,
you create a situation which cannot
be overcome.

Truth is everything.

In it there is no room for anything else
or it would no longer be truth.

Remember this?

You cannot make the meaningless
meaningful.

You cannot justify the unjustifiable.

The ego and its world
are nothing.

You cannot make what is nothing
into something
and then engage with it,
debate with it, or battle it
and think that you can win.

As long as it is existent to you,
it cannot be transcended by you.

To believe that you can
is clearly insane.

Truth is everything
simply because there is nothing else.

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Prayer for the Day

You cannot relinquish
nor give up
what is fundamentally not there.

You can just take note---
and with deep gratitude---
that the gig is up.

Amen

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March 22, 2018

Thought for the Day

The primary reason
that the vast majority of people in this world
lead such conflicted lives
is because they harbor
a deeply unconscious and ingrained belief
which says:

"Don't you dare interfere with my story."

And beneath this firmly held belief
is an even deeper one which says:

"If you mess with my story,
you are messing with me.

And if you mess with me,
then we have a problem."

The people in your lives
and the experiences you encounter
are not here to protect, defend,
or maintain your story.

They are here to help you
dismantle it.

And the dearest of all friends
is the one who could care less
about the myth you have of yourself
and cleverly works with deepest love
in the service of your complete undoing.

***

Prayer for the Day

I am just beginning to see
what a red hot mess
the story of i, me, my & mine
actually is.

Lead me from untruth to truth,
from darkness to light,
and from death
to immortality.

Amen

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March 21, 2018

Thought for the Day

You have no need for God's blessing
because you already have that
and it is yours forever.

But you are in dire need of your own.

You see, you have an image
of yourself which is flawed,
broken and unsalvageable,
deprived, frightened and alone.

This image is not loveable
and it is wrong.

You can leave it behind,
and you can do so this very instant.

Why?

Because it is not you
and therefore, it is not there.

When you believe this image
about anyone,
you have accepted it
for yourself.

And when you have accepted it
for yourself, you are in hell.

Hell is not a geographical location.

It is a state of mind.

All delusions about humanity
are dispelled as one
because humanity is one.

Why would you seek
to curse another with an identity
you would not wish on anyone,
let alone yourself?

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Prayer for the Day

Here is the problem
and the solution
all wrapped up
into one.

Let me recognize my only prblem
has been that of a case of
mistaken identity.

I see what I am not
from what I am.

But I cannot see what I am
from what I am not
because what I am not
does not exist
and therefore isn't really there.

No more sitting around
pining and whining,
making much ado about nothing.

Getting up and walking our
of Plato's illusory dream cave.

I'm so so done.

Amen

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March 20, 2018

Thought for the Day

What you resist, you empower.

And conflict is only strengthened
when you engage with it.

Would you be free of anxiety, of fear.
defensiveness, anger
and perturbation?

Would you free
the world of these as well?

The solution is simple.

Your loving embrace of what is
will save you from yourself.

Your loving embrace of the world
will redeem it of all of its misery as well.

Let your heart lead the way,
let it be your only guide.

But how can the heart lead
if you do not consult it?

Why do you prefer to force the heart
to live in subservience to a fallacious sovereign;
which is all the thinking mind is
or ever will be, a role
it is not worthy of playing, nor was it ever
designed to do so.

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Prayer for the Day

Let me not forget that
the mind functions with wisdom
when it lives in chosen abeyance
moment-by-moment
to the heart.

Precious heart,
lead thou the way.

For thou art the only guide
worthy of leading me 
through whatever this life holds.

Amen

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March 19, 2018

Thought for the Day

Yesterday I read what was perhaps
the most powerful post
I have encountered to date on FB.

It was a humble one-liner
that burst into a blazing inferno,
a volcano of infinite proportion.

And from within this fire there echoed
an message, which, once heard,
can never again be ignored.

For from the deafening silence within this fire 
an answer was made clear
regarding the troubles
of our world and their solution.

The quote?

"Let the heart be the mind's personal God."
Atreya Thomas

And after some rather deep reflection,
I know that the only way to heal the world
is to devote one's life to seeing
just how deeply they can go
into the LOVE which abides
in that holy of holies
within their own hearts,
giving themselves to this fire willingly
and unceasingly.

Here is my one refuge
and everlasting hope for all of us.

***

Prayer for the Day

LOVE, precious LOVE,
consume all of me.

Amen

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March 18, 2018

Thought for the Day

Sunday is practice day.

Today we offer you a practice
that will transform this day
into a true day of rest.

It promises to bring
a quiet tenderness and joy
to your inner experience of life.

It is also the penultimate teacher
of the perfection of patience.

Whenever what happens today
causes the slightest signs
of inner distress and resistance
and you feel the body tensing,
start by offering this simple mantra:

"Lean in."

The repetition of these simple words
is a gentle reminder to relax
and feel yourself softening around
whatever the experience happens to be
with acceptance and trust.

A simple reminder here
is often helpful:

'What is happening right now
is supposed to be happening.
It is part of my path
or it would not occur.'

This includes all thoughts,
feelings, experiences and encounters---
regardless of what they happen to be.

Ego always has one way
of reacting to life when it experiences
displeasure:

"This shouldn't be happening."

"It isn't right."

"It isn't fair."

But the truth is simple and counter intuitive
to absolutely everything
the ego believes or thinks.

Nothing is transcended
until it has first been deeply accepted.

By thus we learn to
overcome the world & master ourselves.

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Prayer for the Day

Today I bow before life.

I roll as life rolls.

I lean into my inner experience of life.

Amen

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March 17, 2018

Thought for the Day

Reality cannot be sometimes seen
or experienced, and at other times not,
nor can it be experienced partially
simply because it is whole
and therefore indivisible.

The power of the mind
is Awareness Itself.

When you use the power of the mind
to entertain frivolities,
when you use it to deny Reality,
is it any wonder that
you know not peace?

Listen carefully.

You cannot attempt to control or manipulate
external reality in a vain and futile attempt
to meet imagined internal needs
and maintain the hope of knowing
true freedom and peace.

The problem is not the attempt
to manipulate and control.

The problem
is the belief in the character
who seeks to manipulate
and control.

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Prayer for the Day

No me, no problem.

The buck stops here.

No more chasing shadows.

Amen

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March 16, 2018

Thought for the Day

Everything....everything....everything
is born of mind.

To this there are no exceptions.

The only thing which can wreak havoc,
excite turmoil, wage war
or endanger the body
is a mind which chooses to harm itself
by believing its own narrative.

When you sharpen the faculty of Awareness,
so that attention rests upon the container
rather than the particulars of its contents,
no blight remains to sully
the inherent emptiness
of the mind.

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Prayer for the Day

Without the darkness of the past,
Awareness cannot help
but SEE.

Today I look upon a virginal world
seen through the eyes
of innocence.

The light has come.

Amen

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March 15, 2018

Thought for the Day

We give you an assignment today.

Practice treating everyone
and everything in your world
better than they treat themselves.

Practice treating yourself
better than you treat you.

Treat everyone, including yourself,
with great patience, deep listening, compassion,
kindness, gentleness, tenderness,
non-judgment and unconditional
postive regard.

Be very very present
and engage fully with life,
both within and without.

After a while of consistent practice,
the imagined boundaries
of within and without will disappear.

The ego cannot do this practice.

The ego is designed to be
undone by this practice.

You will recognize that the ego is unraveling
and the practice is working
by the presence of a growing sense
of relaxation and ease.

Peace will be in your awareness.

That you are entirely capable
of fully embracing this practice
there is no doubt.

But will you?

Would you be the change
you wish to see in the world?

***

Prayer for the Day

Take this life and use it.

I am forever Thine as Thou art mine.

My life...

Thy Life...

One Life...

Amen

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***NOTE: Today we are going to do something
which may seem more than a bit strange.

We are taking a previous thought
from this week and repeat it in its entirety,
changing only a few words.

Day before yesterday we emphasized
that denial is as total as truth.

Today we emphasize that LOVE
is total because LOVE
is the fundamental substrate
of everything.

***
March 14, 2018

Thought for the Day

LOVE, simply stated,
is as total or all-encompassing
as is the world you presently see
and the one who thinks they are
experiencing it.

What reveals the presence
of one world,
cancels out the other world
in its entirety.

Have you ever heard of
a woman who was both pregnant
and not pregnant at the same time?

You cannot love some people
some of the time and not at others,
nor can you love some people
(and you know exactly what I mean---
the ones that meet some arbitrary
and highly spurious standard of approval
which you have established
as criteria of worthiness)
and judge and dismiss all the rest.

You cannot even love totally
some of the time
and not at other times.

You have either committed yourself totally
to the path of love and have awakened
to Her presence or you have not.

For LOVE is indivisible.

Which means that LOVE
has no direction nor end to Its depth.

She is Life; the very Life of life,
the Cosmic Heartbeat,
the Beloved.

Her LOVE is as total for
a dumpster or a cockroach,
as it is for a princess or a president.

Everything has meaning to Her
because everything is a reflection
of Her Self.

She cannot be shared, extended,
sent, or or even given.

For what is omnipresent can simply be
acknowledged with deep humility
and everlasting gratitude
for what She is---unchanged,
unchanging, unchangeable.

She broadcasts unceasingly
across all frequencies, every bandwidth
and all channels.

And She, my dear, means to have
Her way with you.

She will plunder your house
and thoroughly dismantle you
part by part and piece by piece.

So you might as well give it up
because resistance is futile.

The implications of this are quite clear:

You are not separate
from the world you see;
and thus, the world you see
is a sure reflection
of Who or What is doing
the LOOKING.

LOVE or mask---
these are your only seeming options;
but She will win,
She will have Her way with you,
for She alone is real.

***

Prayer for the Day

The world I have seen
is in so much pain
because the one who has looked
through these eyes
has not been LOVE
but the mask of i, me, my & mine.

Our world bears witness
to the fact that humanity
has lost its way.

Earth, our Mother,
is populated with a race of beings
who know not their own
True North, the Source of their existence,
their raison d'être, their
reason for being.

Let me then commit myself
to a path of kindness,
one of gentleness, of appreciation
and most importantly,
one of love.

And let me not forget
that the buck
starts and stops within---
for happiness and clear seeing
is an inside job.

LOVE, my LOVE,
go ahead and have all of me.

Have your way with me.

Do what YOU will.

Quickly. I am here. I am here.

For I would be your helpmate
in LOVING this world
back to life.

Amen

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March 13, 2018

Thought for the Day

Today we offer a series of questions
and ask you to reflect upon them
as you go about the business
of your day.

(1)

Do you think the ego is capable
of recognizing truth?

(2)

Can it know truth
and love it?

(3)

Then why are you relying on it
in your search?

(4)

Can you ask from ego,
"What is truth?" and trust the answer
that you hear?

(5)

Is it not reasonable to assume
that if you want to know
what truth is, then you must ask it
of truth itself?

***
Listen.

Truth will come find you
the instant you ask it
to reveal itself
with honesty and sincerity,
laying the ego aside
one tiny, infinitesimal instant.

Your way? What has it gotten you thus far?

Is it reasonable to assume
you can repeat the same behavior,
expecting a different outcome?

It is a fundamental law of mind
that you cannot separate your sense
of identity or self from what
you make appeal with---
regardless of what you think
you make appeal too.

And again, you see what you are not
from what you are, but you will
never see what you are
from what you are not,
because what you are not
does not exist, except as an idea
which you wholeheartedly believe in.

My dear, an ounce of direct experience
is greater than all the conceptual understanding
in the entire universe.

Why?

Because one is real
and the other isn't.

***

Prayer for the Day

I am great at asking questions,
but not sticking around long enough
for an answer.

Today I will give up struggle
and admit I do not know.

Today I make appeal
to truth and wait.

I have one goal today:

To rest in not knowing.

I unfurl this heart
like a tender bud
before the presence of the light.

Today, I ask no question.

Today, I live the question.

Today I trust the power of the truth
within me to save me
from the self I have imagined.

Amen

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March 12, 2018

Thought for the Day

Denial, simply stated,
is as total or all-encompassing
as is love.

What reveals the presence
of one world,
cancels out entirely the other.

You cannot love some people
some of the time
and not at others, nor
can you love some people
and judge the rest.

You cannot even love totally
some of the time
and not at others.

You are either committed
to the path of love or you are not.

The implications of this are quite clear:

You are not separate
from the world you see;
and thus, how you look upon the world
inescapably reveals how you
really feel about yourself.

***

Prayer for the Day

This is a world in pain
because just about everyone
loathes themselves deep down in side.

Who, with a shred of honesty,
would dare to look upon
the condition of the world
and deny this?

Let me then commit myself
to a path of kindness,
one of gentleness, of appreciation
and most importantly,
one of love.

And let me not forget
that the buck
starts and stops within---
for clear seeing
and being happy
is an inside job.

Amen

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March 11, 2018

Thought for the Day

Sunday is practice day.

Today is all about
you taking your power back.

It is the stuff of big bangs,
you know....

You do not yet realize the degree to which
you have weakened yourself
by giving your power to playmates,
playpens, and play things.

Let us take a rock as an example.

The rock has no power
in and of itself, it is entirely neutral.

But pick that rock up
and hurl it at someone or something,
and it will definitely cause harm.

Pick the same rock up, along with other rocks
and with some mortar,
and you can build a house----
one that is safe, strong and capable
of weathering just about any storm
life throws at it, one that you
could make a home.

The point?

Guilt has no power
except the power your mind
gives it.

Anger has no power
except the power your mind
gives it.

Hate has no power
except the power your mind
gives it.

Fear has no power
except the power your mind
gives it.

And unforgiveness has no power
except the power your mind
gives it.

Nothing, absolutely nothing,
has any power over you
whatsoever unless you will it.

The power of your mind
is without limit of any kind.

Thus, the source of all misery
lies within you, as well as
the source of all freedom.

What will be your choice today?

Isn't it high time
you stop playing victim
to the world around you
and took your power back?

***

Prayer for the Day

I am that, I am.

Amen

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March 10, 2018

Thought for the Day

When working with others
and encouraging them to share honestly
and openly, I stress the following
definition for the word, 'intimacy:"

'Into me you see.'

But how does one open themselves
in a very deep and authentic way
with their world, allowing themselves
to be deeply seen and felt by others
if they have never bothered
to cultivate such a relationship
with their own being?

Thus the word 'intimacy'
becomes 'into me I see.'

This is your assignment today.

At present, you have only
the most ostensible of relationships
with yourself; one which is defined
by the surface activity of thoughts
and feelings. Regardless how
much emotional charge is associated
with any particular line of thought,
these are depthless and half-baked
at best. Beneath the raucous rantings
lies the real you, in sublime
quietude and tranquility.

Take every opportunity available today
to turn the lamp of awareness inward.

Sink deeply.

Feel your heart turning itself inwardly
and opening gently like a bud
that opens itself with tenderness and trust
before the presence of the sun.

Be very very quiet.

You are entering the Holy of Holies.

This is sacred ground.

Isn't it high time
you got to know the real you?

***

Poem for the Day

Myself and My Person


when I feel more clearly than ever
that I am in the company
of my own person.
This comforts and reassures me,
this heartens me,
just as my tridimensional body
is heartened by my own authentic shadow.

There are moments
when I really feel more clearly than ever 
that I am in the company
of my own person.

I stop
at a street corner to turn left
and I wonder what would happen
if my own person walked to the right.

Until now that has not happened 
but it does not settle the question.

Anna Swir

Talking to My Body, by Anna Swir
Translated by Czeslaw Milosz

***

Prayer for the Day

Into my presence
I would enter now.

Grace light the way.

Amen

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March 9, 2018

Thought for the Day

Powerful insight is delivered to you today
to strengthen your motivation
to watch yourself with more honesty
and with more care, that you might live
your life at the causal point of your existence,
rather than at it's effect, tossed to and fro
willy nilly by the commotion of the mind.

There are but two things
which create the wave activity
or perturbation within the mind,
and they are desire and seeking.

And perception can gravitate to only one
of two sources: ego or Self.

When all desire and all seeking
is driven into the singular will or longing
to be truth, to recognize Self,
to realize God, then the mind
will be naturally quiet
and what you are will tell you of itself.

***

Prayer for the Day

How would it feel, what would it be,
without all this mental commotion
and turbulence?

I want to be free of all of this,
save the one desire to remember truth.

Amen

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March 8, 2018

Thought for the Day

Nothing can oppose the Will of God.

Now if you do not like the word "God,"
pick a word for the Absolute Reality
with which you feel comfortable.

A word is not important,
for it is a symbol.

But what the symbol
is pointing to
is vital.

So let us repeat:

Nothing...nothing...nothing...
can oppose the Will of God.

Nothing ever has,
nothing ever will,
nothing ever could.

If God is omnipotent, omniscient
and omnipresent,
then everything that happens
as it happens is the Will of God.

There is no other power.

If there were another power or force
at work in this universe,
then God wouldn't be God,
for a power greater than God
would be existent
that could defeat the Will of God.

Simple logic.

If projection makes perception,
and you see insanity in the world
it means two things:

(1)

The insanity you see comes from
within you, it is a misuse
of the energy of creation.

(2)

The belief in the existence of insanity
can only enter a mind
which has not judged sanity, or truth,
as wholly desirable.

Is truth true, or is it not?

***

Prayer for the Day

Let me waste no time today
entertaining the impossible.

Truth is true and only truth is true.

Amen

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March 7, 2018

Thought for the Day

We begin today's thought
with a statement taken from yesterday's
in order to build upon it:

You cannot make the meaningless
meaningful.

You cannot justify the unjustifiable.

The ego and its world
are nothing.

You cannot make what is nothing
into something
and then engage with it,
debate with it, or battle it
and think that you can win.

As long as it is existent to you,
it cannot be transcended by you.

To believe that you can
is clearly insane.

***

Prayer for the Day

Stand over here
where the air is clear
and you already are
FREE.

Amen

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March 6, 2018

Thought for the Day

The mind, your mind,
is the theater of imagination.

In other words, it is all caught up
in what is not happening
rather than what is.

Did you ever see the movie,
"Urban Cowboy?"

Remember the mechanical bull?

It was insane watching folks
try to ride that thing.

They would be thrown off
before they knew
what was happening.

Here is what the mind contains:
chaos, fanciful imagery, a whale of commotion,
and above all, a whole lot of b.s
clothed in duality.

You cannot find truth here.

And if you cannot find truth here,
you cannot find truth with it.

You cannot transcend
the mind with the mind.

You cannot make the meaningless
meaningful.

The problem is not
with what the mind sees,
nor the meaning that it gives
to the things it sees.

The problem is the mind itself.

Do not try to understand it
because if you do,
you are tacitly believing that
it can be understood.

Be willing to look honestly
at the mind today.

How much happiness and peace,
fulfillment and security
has it actually brought you?

Still willing to play the same old
mind-game with yourself?

***

Prayer for the Day

Been there. Done that.
Bought the t-shirt and bit
the hook so many times,
so many many times.

Hear this universe?

I am done.

I am ready to see
what I denied because
it was the truth.

Amen

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March 5, 2018

Thought for the Day

If you have to struggle in order
to maintain the awareness of peace,
then it ain't peace, plain and simple.

If this is the case,
there are two things to remember.

(1)

The cost of allowing things
to remain as they are
is to continue feeding the ego.

Self-importance
is like a drug.

And self-importance is always
in play when you remain the epicenter
of your experience.

That which struggles to overcome
ego is also ego.

And while you feed the ego,
your light is held in captivity
under a bushel, and
the soul remains hidden.

This is ruinous to peace.

(2)

The universe is so kind....
so very very kind.

You are given permission
to begin your day again
as many times as is necessary.

Therefore, guard your peace.

And remember, the only person
who must be instructed to guard his peace
is one who yet believes
that there is something else.

You will yet discover that peace
is the treasure of all treasures.

***

Prayer for the Day

To enter into one's rest,
to rest in peace sublime,
isn't a stagnant point in time and space
where one remains
unmovable.

It is a place found deep within
where struggle has ceased,
peace has returned,
and LOVE has replaced fear.

It is indeed possible
to be the change
you wish to see in this world.

May I ever be that one.

Amen

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March 4, 2018

Thought for the Day

Yesterday you practiced
bringing the faculty of awareness
to the seeming formation
of the personal, imagined self
by noticing the tendency
of awareness to gravitate to
thoughts and feelings
and become mesmerized with them.

We also observed carefully
how the imagined self of i, me, my & mine
are predisposed to engage in
self-protection and self-defense---
being deeply invested in those things
which it perceives
solidify and maintain its
identity and sense of self-importance.

Today we will look at two more
things which the imagined self
looks to in order to further create
the illusion of coherence.

The first is that of the body.

With the creation of the body,
there is a clear distinction, a boundary
if you will, that fosters the illusion
of separation between that which is in here,
from that which is out there,
when no such boundary exists.

Secondly, the imagined self
both thrives and flourishes on conflict.

If you want peace, if peace is a priority,
then you must be willing
to give up the idea of conflict entirely.

No one can hold two conflicting
thought systems which so
contradict one another
in their minds at the same time,
and to try to have both
is to be committed to niether.

Thus, your assignment today
is to let the mind rest in a fasting state.

Can you be vigilant against
the proclivity to run to
thoughts and feelings?

Can you observe
self-importance in its conception
and step away?

In every encounter,
can you feel yourself reaching out
to embrace the seeming other energetically
in the space which lies
between you?

And can you take a day off from conflict
and make no exceptions?

We recognize this seems like a tall order,
but we have complete confidence in you,
and you will have every help
you need for its accomplishment.

***

Prayer for the Day

No me, no problem.

I can roll with that.

Amen

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March 3, 2018

Thought for the Day

We will be having two consecutive
days of practice,beginning today.

First, let's begin with an idea
repeated often in many different ways
in the daily thoughts which are offered.

Awareness is always unoccuppied,
and therefore, awareness cannot attack
awareness. There is simply no one
and no thing there to do
anything at all. The inbox is empty.

But like Aristotle said,
"Nature abhors a vacuum,"
thus, awareness will seek to identify itself
with something, so where does it
run in innocent ignorance?

To thoughts and feelings!

Once it identifies with these,
the sense of i, me, my and mine are born.

It is this sense of imagined identity
which miscreates
the spiritual path in its entirety;
the illusory sense of being separated
from God or truth, and the longing
to somehow find a way to return.

Once this sense of 'me' arises, another need
seems to arise simultaneously; the need
to interject yourself into the equation
of whatever seems to be happening.

For the idea of you is deeply invested
in protecting what it perceives as
its own best interests.

It is therefore asked that you observe
three things.

First, watch the natural movement
of life, the intrinsic harmony and
perfection, the organic sense of peace
which exists prior to awareness
getting caught up with thoughts and feelings.

It's much like watching the natural course
of a stream which has no rocks or boulders
in it to impede upon the movement
of the water, versus another stream
where a huge boulder is in the center, 
blocking that natural movement.

In truth, nothing can block
the flow of the stream, 
for there is only stream.

But the felt perception
of the rock is that of believing
it is it is not free to move
or be any other way.

Second, notice the pain and suffering,
the defensiveness and manipulation
which arises the moment that
awareness identifies itself
with thoughts and feelings.

Be very aware of the cessation of
the natural movement and harmony
once 'i' becomes involved.

Lastly, consider the following ideas:

What if God is the natural flow
and harmony which is always there
but becomes blinded to its inherent nature
when awareness attaches to objects,
i.e., thoughts and feelings.

What if all the ego is,
is the thoughts and feelings
that want the allegiance of awareness
because by identifying with them,
it gets the camaraderie of awareness
and by thus, the sense of self-existence
and self-importance arises.

This miscreates the perceptual sense
of separation, an attack on truth or God?

Because if truth is total, which it is,
then untruth does not exist.

So your assignment
is to simply see how the separate self
seems to arise and that whenever it does,
suffering ensues.

You need not change this perceptual
distortion, only see that when this is the choice,
suffering is unavoidable.

Can you have forgiveness
and compassion for this process?

Can awareness catch itself
before it actually engages
with thoughts and feelings,
can it take a step back
and just not go there,
not bite the hook?

If you can experience
even one instance of success,
you will become aware of
an exhilarating freedom, expansion
and peace that cannot help
but inspire further practicing.

***

Prayer for the Day

I can embrace that.

Amen

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March 2, 2018

Thought for the Day

Be willing to look honestly
at yourself today.

All of your life you have been
running away, shutting down, tuning out,
building walls, contracting,
leaving, quitting, avoiding,
retreating, and from what?

Do you know?

You have been running away
from the truth, which you
are terrified of facing.

And why should truth
be so frightening?

It is because truth threatens
absolutely everything you think you are,
everything you believe, everything you stand for,
regardless how sincere
or ardent you happen to be.

It is the false you mistake for truth
which you have been
trying to protect.

It is the false you mistake for truth
which you have been
trying to defend.

Oh, yes, it is all of this
which you have been safeguarding
at all cost, lest anything
come along and encroach upon it,
threatening the validity of everything
which you have devoted
your very existence to
in this life.

For if it were threatened, I mean
seriously threatened,
your entire world would collapse
and what then?

What then?

Today,we ask you to try something
that is quite radical in its implications.

Each time your feel fear arise,
and the desire to shut down
and close off, to retreat or run,
and then lapse into fiction
and judgment in order to justify
your actions, stop yourself.

Do a complete 180.

Instead of running away,
run toward, for here
your FREEDOM lies.

This is one of the primary differences
between the long
and the short path.

***

Prayer for the Day

A new motto rises
from the ashes of all things past:

Lean in.

Lean in to win.

Amen

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March 1, 2018

Thought for the Day

There is only one reason
why you find the instruction
to guard your peace difficult:

You believe there is something else.

Vigilance is required
only for those who are conflicted
and confused about reality.

Does the appearance of a cascade
of conflicting thoughts and emotions
appear in order to convince you
that there is something other than peace
from which you must strive
to protect yourself, lest you be
overcome, as if caught in the undertow
of forces greater than yourself?

Or do they appear to convince you
that you are something
other than you?

You still have not accepted
that truth is true
and only truth is true.

There is no God that is
separate from you,
just as there is no peace
that is separate from you.

And for so long as you believe
that something else is possible,
you will experience the ficklness
of an unkempt mind.

He who masters his inner world
gains dominion over
his outer world as well.

But he who lives in bondage
to the whims and dictates of his mind,
remains slave to the very world
from which he hopes
to gain mastery.

***

Prayer for the Day

I rule the mind,
the mind does not rule me.

Today I will rejoice!

Nothing real can be threatened.

Nothing unreal exists.

Herein lies the peace
of God.

Amen

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