May Thoughts for the Day

May 31, 2018

Thought for the Day

There is only one hurdle you must jump
and everything which follows it
is a cascade of an ever deepening
unfolding of the endless mysteries of grace.

But even this one hurdle
is an act of grace as well---
for it is a blessing bestowed upon
the one right effort you must apply.

The one thing you have never done
is seriously question the mind
and summarily dismissed
all of its offerings
as nothing.

Still you believe that some of what
the mind has to share with you is true,
some of its guidance should be heeded,
sometimes it does know best, and so
you pride yourself upon
the faculty of reason and thus
you go about the business of your days
carefully sorting out what you perceive
as true or righteous or worthy
from the clearly false.

Remember all of our discussions
about EVERYTHING and nothing?

The sad thing is that you thought
that you were being asked
to sort the contents
of the mind.

But the nothing
is the total content of the mind.

While that which is beyond the mind
is the EVERYTHING of which we speak.

When you can stop listening,
cease engaging, and abandon
the endless sorting out
of all that you perceive as crap
from that which you judge as wholly sane,
recognizing everything the mind
has to offer as the booby trap it is,
you will have, at long last,
taken your very first real spiritual step.

All else is provided you
once you become completely convinced
that the mind has absolutely nothing
to offer you that you actually want.

Now you have decided
to stop trying to bring the truth
to the illusion of the thinking mind,
but to step aside and lay yourself
before the feet of truth.

Now you have made a decision
to follow the right teacher.

Now you heed not
the endless ramblings of the judge,
jury, jailor and executioner---
who whispers constantly
of your insurmountable guilt
and abysmal failures in life.

Now, in stillness you wait upon the One
who speaks to you in silence
of the endless rapture
of your holiness.

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Prayer for the Day

In the stillness of the garden
of this heart
I wait and trust.

Amen

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May 30, 2018

Thought for the Day

Here is your first big clue
that you are looking through the lens
of a carefully crafted story
of which you are more than likely
in denial, rather than the simplicity
of naked and pristine awareness:

Is the presence of peace 
in your experience?

Are you aware of a boundless kindness,
sympathy, tenderness, clarity,
certainty, care, and above all, freedom?

Your behavior will be determined
by your perceptions, your interpretations
of what is, but only 100%
of the time.

And this is determined solely
by who is doing the looking,
my friends.

So when peace is not in your awareness,
be bold! Drop down deeply
into your experience
and meet it head on!

What part of
what is happening is actually wrong?

Face it. You are okay.

And that which you have interpreted
as wrong, is simply life
giving you something
that interfered with your story
of how things should be.

And that is a case of mistaken identity,
looking through the lens of ego,
pure and simple.

So when you have gotten caught
in the crosshairs of story,
simply take a giant step back
and meet your experience head-on
with a gentleness and compassion
that recognizes that this being human
is the most challenging work
anyone could ever dare to do.

And I leave you today
with a couple of questions
of great import:

What has ever happened
in your life thus far
that warrants not choosing to trust
and flow with life
exactly as it is?

And if you opt not to trust,
but to wrestle with life,
which, btw, is to wrestle with God,
who do you think will actually lose
in this very risky game you play?

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Prayer for the Day

I can embrace that.

Amen

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May 29, 2018

Thought for the Day

Meaningful change
and the awareness of true and lasting peace
is impossible as long as you try to follow
the guidance of two teachers whose curriculums
are diametrically opposed to one another
in every way. There are only two teachers
from which to choose:
ego and your inner guide.

The ego or mask is the mind-generated
self-concept of i, me, my & mine.

While the inner guide is known by many names
in different cultures, a few of which
are the inner guru, Parashakti,
or the Holy Spirit.

Both teachers have the same goal:
To teach you who you are.

How could you ever truly know anything
so long as you try to follow both?

The only thing that is certain
under these circumstances
is that you inner experience is guaranteed
to be wildly inconsistent and utterly confused.

The truth is that your Reality
is perfectly unaffected by either teacher.

However, your experience
of who you are is entirely dependent
upon your chosen guide.

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Prayer for the Day

Well...I have a lifetime of data
that proves that ego is not really my amigo
and trying to follow both
the ego and the Voice which speaks
for the One True Self
leaves me in a boat which spins
in circles with no clear
helmsmen.

Hear this dear inner teacher:

Be Thou in charge,
be Thou forevermore in charge
of this vessel.

Amen

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May 28, 2018

Thought for the Day

The greatest enemy to awakening
is the mind that believes that it is right.

"I know" is the positionality
or reference point of the mind-generated
sense of identity that one believes he is
which judges based upon something
as bogus as "I'm right."

"The way I see it is the way it is"
is bologna.

Every time you pick up
the weapon of judgment,
you throw peace out the window.

That which you judge
from your self-appointed ivory tower
is a part of your peace.

How can you hope to know peace
when you have thrown it away?

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Prayer for the Day

How quickly I forget:
one boat, one ocean, once shore.

How quickly I forget:
My awakening depends on you.

Today I gaze upon everything
as it is experienced
and recognize it as part of my Self---
welcoming it home
in unity, in appreciation
and peace.

Amen

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May 27, 2018

Thought for the Day

Sunday is practice day.

To live a life which is based upon
expectation and anticipation
is a set-up for misery.

Your happiness,
your safety and well-being
cannot be dependent in any way
upon securing the right posse,
playpens, play things
and experiences.

Could your life, could anyone's life,
be dependent upon something
as precariously uncertain
as a roll of the dice?

Therefore, when you notice
feelings of anticipation and expectation,
stop immediately. Visualize
a big red stop sign.

Remind yourself of the following:

"I am projecting an identity
outside myself in which I am the one
who will be so happy when I get this or that,
or when a certain experience happens
the way that I want it to happen."

"I will then be either a better version of me
or I will be the one whose self is threatened
by their failure to pull it all off."

The self-image which you project
is always being threatened
by the simplicity of what is.

This is why so many people
are deeply afraid of awakening.

For Truth is the greatest threat
to your projected self-image.

And even if by some spurious wave
of a cosmic magic wand
you get what it is that you think you wanted,
and life rolls out according to your design,
how could this have anything to do
with who or what you are?

Does anything you perceive
as separate from yourself
make you feel the way you wanted to?

Be acutely aware of that self-image
you are projecting and its
demands that life offer itself to you
on a silver platter according to
your whims and wishes.

Hell is the inevitable outcome
of such madness.

Nothing can make you more
your Self, and nothing can make
you less. You are....You are.

The utter majesty of the truth is that
you are whole. You are complete.
You are the fully accomplished.

You are everything there is
in this very instant
and nothing can ever change that.

Relax. Breathe. Open your heart.
Drink deeply and receive.

Home in on that completeness,
the fullness that is right here.
Right now.

Life is going to be
what it is going to be
and you are powerless to change that.

The world of form is an endless parade
of impermanence.

You are not really losing anything
other than a self-concept
and the belief that you had
the power to change life in ways that
would enhance the self-concept
or that life could somehow lesson you
by circumventing the attainment
of your self-concept's
deepest longings.

With humbleness and gratitude,
Love the life which is yours to love today.

***

Prayer for the Day

The heart is full, the heart is full.

Today I rest
in the everlasting arms
of the Beloved.

Amen

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May 26, 2018

Thought for the Day

The heart was never meant to be
a slave to the mind.

The mind was meant to be
the servant of the heart,
and when you are reminded
of the true natural order, and yield to it,
life has a certain flow and ease
in which you may rest peacefully.

Here is a two-step process
which will become effortless and natural
as you become more adept with using it---
for it is a dynamic, fluid
and instantaneous unfolding
when not opposed.

(1)

When you recognize
that you are all caught up in mind
and as a result, the emotions experienced
are turbulent, here is a question
to ask yourself in order to properly
evaluate your experience:

Do I like the way this feels,
do I enjoy the loss of peace?

If the answer is no, it is the signal
to return awareness to the heart center.

Remember that the ego
is a hallucinatory state.

You didn't really expect it to say to you,
"Now you know....everything I'm sharing
is a total crock of you-know-what,
so you shouldn't bother listening
to a single thing I'm saying,"
now did you?

(2)

Within the tabernacle of the heart,
and it is an altar forever holy
and immaculate, resides the presence
of the One True Self.

Simply on the basis
of your evaluation that you do not like
the palpable loss of peace
when the mind is left in charge
and on the willingness to surrender
to the heart, the Kingdom of Heaven
and residence of the Self you forever are,
It will take charge and sort out
all the little nothings you have brought to It
from the truly Everything
and reestablish the awareness of peace.

Here is how it is learned 
to live with consistency and clarity
as the Self embodied.

Can this be difficult
for anyone who wants to learn it?

***

Prayer for the Day

I remember the acronym for ego:

Edging God Out.

And the acronym for God?

Good-Orderly-Direction.

Today I let go and let God.

Amen

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May 25, 2018

Thought for the Day

You have begun to grasp
deeply and fundamentally that peace of mind
is your most priceless possession
and that the most axiological
and immutable truth in all existence
is that only LOVE is real.

You don't have to love perfectly,
it matters not how flawed
your expression of love at times,
it matters only that you see the importance
of having a truly open heart
and a desire to be an embodied expression
or demonstration of love
in this world---that you will
to be only this.

This is all that counts.

Why?

For two reasons.

(1)

Practicing love makes it stronger
and deeper within you. 

(2)

LOVE is already perfect.

LOVE always provides assistance
when you ask for Her help;
supplying whatever correction,
or amplification is needed.

All expressions of LOVE
are always maximal----100%
of the time. No exceptions.

Trust this.

And trust yourself.

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Prayer for the Day

I get it.

How simple is the truth.

How effortless to give your life to it.

Thank you, thank you,
thank you
life!

Precious LOVE, it is at Thy feet
forever and forever
that I place this head.

I am yours to do with
as You Will.

Take all of me.

Amen

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May 24, 2018

Thought for the Day

Let us take a day to review
all that we have discovered thus far.

Your worth is not established
by what you do or do not do.

It is not defined
by your accomplishments
or your failures.

It is not changed or affected
by your opinions
or any one else's for that matter.

Nor by what has happened
to the body, how it looks,
functions or does not function.

It does not matter if the body is sick
or well, fat or thin, young or old,
attractive or unattractive
by the world's standards.

Your worth is established
simply because you are.

You are, my dear, you are.

The fact that you are is enough.

It is enough, dear child, it is enough.

Take a moment to let that sink in.

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You may inquire at this point, 
"When you ask us to be willing 
to take all experiences deeply into our hearts
without resistance or the desire
to change it, fix it or make it
somehow better or different,
are these things not adding to
or subtracting from our worth?"

The answer is a resounding "no."

They do not add or subtract
to or from your identity,
they help you recognize it.

For all that you allow into your hearts
without resistance is recognized
as a living part of your Identity.

While all you would keep outside your heart
remains separate from you.
This is the birthplace
of the perception of duality
and the imagined self.

***

Prayer for the Day

Today, I accept myself
and my world as it is---
hair, guts, feathers and all.

We are beautiful when our eyes
and hearts are open!

Welcome home, world.
Welcome home.

Amen

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May 23, 2018

Thought for the Day

You want so desperately
to understand, to know, to get this.

But peace is the condition
of knowing.

How could knowing have conditions,
you ask.

Knowing abides unceasingly
within the changeless state of peace.
How could it return to your awareness
when you do not?

Therefore, knowing returns,
like an avalanche
hurling itself down the side
of a mountain---unfettered and unbound---
when you have met its conditions.

You cannot stop its return
when you abide in a state of peace
anymore than you can change
the direction of the rising
and the setting of the sun.

Are you only willing to live in peace
as long as no one pushes your buttons,
threatens your sense of right and wrong,
as long as life rolls out the way
that you want it to and think it should be?

Here is another fundamental
law of mind:

No one and no thing including the ego
has any power over you
except the power
that you give it.

***

Prayer for the Day

A growing sense of freedom,
of strength and peace
fills the awareness.

It is recognized clearly now
that anytime one feels their well-being
can be influenced in any way
by anything other than their own decisions
lives in victim-consciousness.

That's like trying to balance onself
on one toe on the head of a moving pin
for the span of a lifetime;
believing it to be the means
by which one attains enough happiness,
fulfillment, comfort, safety and love
to last a lifetime.

There is a sense of such a powerful being
rising within. One that could
withstand the forces of a Tsunami
while turning deeply into it,
never budging, yet never girding its loins,
allowing love and tenderness
to receive the totality of life
exactly as it is, and, wouldn't have it
any other way, even if they could.

Now that is trust.

Thank you for this life.

Amen

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May 22, 2018

Thought for the Day

Being is not personal.

It is a shared experience.

Anytime you recognize
the worth of a brother,
he is healed.

And anytime you recognize
your inestimable worth,
you are healed.

You cannot deny part of truth.

What you deny yourself,
you deny everyone.

What you deny yourself,
you deny God.

***

Prayer for the Day

For the sake of the whole.

For the sake of the whole.

For the sake of the whole.

Let me not forget that.

What I do in each and every instant
of the Living Now
I do for all of us.

One boat. One ocean. One shore.

Amen

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May 21, 2018

Thought for the Day

Nothing, absolutely nothing,
either can or will rid you of your suffering;
no new book, not the next teacher,
the best YouTube video,
podcast, or Avatar.

The only thing that ends
the reign of suffering
is freedom from the sufferer---
the identification with the separated self.

And this freedom occurs
when we begin to ask the question,
"What is truth?"with devotion,
persistence and sincerity.

Here is the white flag
that signals you are done
with dreaming.

***

Prayer for the Day

Done.

White flag waving.

Amen

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May 20, 2018

Thought for the Day

Sunday is practice day.

Several times an hour, pause
for a few moments and reflect
upon the felt perception which arises
when the following thought
is contemplated:

'I am the eternal quiet home of God."

Be certain to stop and apply it
when you find yourself getting caught up
in doing rather than being, or
you find yourself becoming far too mental
and overly invested in your efforts
or the results of your efforts.

Equally important is the immediate
application to any encounter
which you find stressful.

To this you may also add:

"You too are the eternal
quiet home of God."

This is all.

Peace be unto you
and your world, for you are
the eternal sanctuary in which
holiness abides.

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Prayer for the Day

I am the eternal quiet home of God.

Amen

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May 19, 2018

Thought for the Day

Nothing is as easy to perceive
as is the truth.

What is truly challenging,
a Herculean feat of biblical proportions,
is to see and fight a merciless world
day after day after day ad nauseum;
a world that is cruel, unfair, unstable,
which gives you not a single ounce of pity
but which wrings you out
day-by-day of every drop of blood.

Like Don Quixote
you tilt at your windmills to pay the piper,
go home, fall into bed,
hoping tomorrow will be better.

Live. Die. Repeat.

This that you call life
is the zenith of madness.

And the real kicker?

The part of you which doubts
what you are and what is real
is the part which you are not,
and yet it is to this voice you listen
and pay heed.

When will enough be enough?

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Prayer for the Day

Oh, Light which illuminates
the entire universe,
please come and illuminate
my mind.

Here is my heart.

Take all of me.

Amen

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May 18, 2018

Thought for the Day

Everything in your life
is not an obstacle for you to overcome.

In fact, it is because you perceive it
as a problem that it persists.

When you begin to see
everything aside from love
as utterly purposeless, then are you free
to relinquish the chains
that keep you bound to it---
be it thoughts, feelings, relationships,
memories or experiences.

Here is another wholly changeless
law of mind:

Only what you value
stays to bother you.

When you stop elevating the unimportant,
that which is wholly untrue,
to the status of important,
then that which is really and truly
nothing, disappears.

What is immediately revealed
is the spaciousness and boundless freedom
of an open and loving heart,
and arms capable of embracing
the world in its entirety
exactly as it is.

***

Prayer for the Day

Each moment is a choice between
heaven and hell.

Let me live this life with an open hand
and the tenderness, kindness
and compassion
of one who lives
solely by the law of LOVE,
for heaven is the dciesion
only I can make.

Amen

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​May 17, 2018

Thought for the Day

What is the anti-Christ?

Well, I can most certainly say
with deep conviction that
the spirit of the anti-Christ
is alive and well
in our world.

For anytime we give protest to
all the natural disasters
(as well as the unnatural ones we make),
cry about conflict, or rage over
the violations of human or animal rights,
what we are proclaiming
is that anti-Christ is more powerful
than is the Christ, our one shared Identity.

You might want to take a moment
to think about what you are actually doing
today before you get on that high horse
of yours, yielding to your own judgments
and intolerance, yammering on in discontent
about all you think is wrong
in our world.

Healing is a shared experience.

It is our UNITY which gives us
strength and life.

So take a few moments when you can today
to envision the most healing luminous
liquid clear light spreading across this planet,
filling and bathing each and every living thing
with Itself, filling the atmosphere,
and then moving on down to the very core
of mother earth, restoring loving awareness
to every imagined state and false idea.

Now, beloveds, you are part of the solution,
not part of the problem.

***

Prayer for the Day

Make me an instrument
of what is forever true.

Amen

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May 16, 2018

Thought for the Day

Each time you believe that something
can either keep you safe,
provide you love, safeguard your sense
of who you are, lesson it in any way
or tear it preemptively
from your desperate grasp,
you have erected your version
of a golden calf.

It makes no difference whether
you perceive threat or pleasure,
danger or safety, possession or loss,
the potential for position
or eviction from your ivory tower.

And believe me, this is no
unconscious act on your part, even though
it is carefully cloaked
in a double layer of oblivion
because first you must believe that
something is needed to keep
you safe and your sense of wholeness intact,
and then you must pretend
you are unaware of your choice.

Who but you is so methodical
and premeditated with regard to
which particular magic wand
you will wave today?

For by thus do you give credence to
something external and untrue
based upon your vain imaginings 
of what is real,
depending upon whether you believe
it enhances or threatens
who you believe you are.

Listen.

You have never changed,
nor has the nature of the universe.

But most surely is your perception
of who and what you are
both scarred and deeply marred
when it rests on the deluded whims
of such a precarious house of cards.

And as long as it is to
the sacred cows you have chosen
that you bow, hold dear and cherish, 
you cannot know what it means 
to truly love or trust your Self.

Such is the profoundly simple 
and humble truth.

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Prayer for the Day

Let me off this freaking tilt-a-whirl!

Truth, I give you welcome.

Amen

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May 15, 2018

Thought for the Day

Another illusion is never the antidote
for an illusion, truth is.

What is it you reach to
when you recognize
you have lost your way
and stumble feebly in the dark?

Listen.

If it strikes terror in your heart,
pronounces guilt on anyone,
or reduces you to pitiless shame,
agonizing self-doubt
and robs you of the awareness of peace.
it cannot be the truth
but yet another lie.

Don't bite the hook!

Time to draw your line
in the sand.

Remember, LOVE is all there is!

Here is an unequivocal
and changeless law of mind
upon which you may unfailingly depend:

Anything you would seek to defend
or believe is in need of your defense
cannot be the truth.

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Prayer for the Day

LOVE is all there is.

Amen

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May 14, 2018

Thought for the Day

The greatest guru
that each of us will ever know
is life itself.

There is nothing like the laboratory of life
to let you know, and quite succinctly,
the clarity of your realization, for no one shares
the intimacy of your inner relationship
with your experience as do you.

To keep it simple today,
you are asked to see all
that happens as spiritual practice.

You are asked
to view every experience
and every encounter in this light.

Be not deceived by the changing forms
of the lessons that show up
in the theater of your life, for on the level
of content, you are always being given
the opportunity to chose between
that which is EVERYTHING
and that which is nothing.

Truth, alone, is everything.

Truth is LOVE.

Therefore, LOVE is everything.

Remember when we said that
the lack of exceptions is the lesson?

Nothing, absolutely nothing
else matters at all.

When you can view every happening
as a lesson in love,
you will have mastered much.

And when a mind has only light,
it knows only light.

It's own radiance is a beacon
which shines in the darkness of other minds
and hearts, transforming them
into the self-same majesty
which it knows is the very heart and soul
of everything that is.

***

Prayer for the Day

Yes, Yes, Forever and forever
the single prayer that
rises from this heart is "yes."

I will be that one.

Amen

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May 13, 2018

Thought for the Day

Sunday is practice day.

Today we practice the Texas two-step
but in a novel way;

Step One:

With every encounter, repeat
the following mantra:

"You are the majesty of God."

Step Two:

Simply take a moment to feel into
that majesty.

Be sure to pause frequently throughout
the day to do the same thing
toward yourself, leaning into your being
with gentleness, kindness and with love,
particularly when the inner critic
gets triggered.

Repeat silently to yourself,
"I am the majesty of God."

There is one more time of great importance
to use your practice, and it is
in the presence of any sense
of unsatisfactoriness.

To this you say,
"This, too, is the majesty of God."

This is all.

Happy Mother's Day.

***

Prayer for the Day

Let me see the good,
the beautiful and the holy
in all that is perceived this day.

Amen

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May 12, 2018

Thought for the Day

Ignorance is just as powerful
in its effects as is illumination.

One is referred to as illusion
because the manner of its expression
creates conflict, turmoil, judgment
and the absence of peace.

While the other, often called realization,
is entirely free of all that,
abiding in the boundless state
of clarity, freedom, peace and joy.

Is everything which is expressed
an equal expression of consciousness
and therefore has as much a right to be here,
to express itself as it chooses
and is therefore worthy
of your acceptance and love
without your interference?

Of course!

But know this...

You are always free to change your mind,
and when you get right down to it,
it is the only thing you can change
in this world.

There are two really great words
in Sanskrit: dukkha and sukha.

Dukkha refers to a wheel that is stuck.
It is also the word used to describe
the experience of suffering.

While sukha means
to un-stick the wheel, which is the opposite
of dukkha, it is the state
of freedom, of liberation
from every bondage.

Yes. You are entitled
to hang onto whatever experience
you wish.

But you tell me,
would you rather be happy
or would you rather be right?

You do not get both.

And the burden of believing
that you're right all the time
is to live a life which is fraught
with restlessness, irritability
and endless discontent.

***

Prayer for the Day

Freedom.

What else could truly matter
in this world
but this?

Amen

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May 11, 2018

Thought for the Day

(Happy 89th birthday, mama.)

Only when you are standing outside
your natural environment
(which can only happen in your mind).
can you ask the question,
"What is truth?" or
"What am I?"

And now you have asked a question
which cannot ever be answered---
a rather clever twist
of self-deception.

For you cannot see what you are
from what you are not
because what you are not
does not exist
except as an idea
in which you believe.

It cannot be repeated often enough:

The only way out of an illusive state
is to recognize you were never in it
in the first place, nor could you ever be.

***

Prayer for the Day

Done with all the f _ _ _ king games.
Grace, reduce me to zero,
that I may be raised
to infinity.

Amen

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May 10, 2018

Thought for the Day

There is no overlap, no point
of compromise possible between
the world that truth will show you
and the one illusion does; what is
real and what is false, between
that which is everything and nothing.

LOVE is EVERYTHING.

The total and unequivocal
lack of exceptions
is the lesson.

***

Quotes for Today

"When you begin to touch your heart
or let your heart be touched,
you begin to discover that it's bottomless,
that it doesn't have any resolution,
that this heart is huge, vast, and limitless.
You begin to discover how much warmth
and gentleness is there,
as well as how much space."

Pema Chodron

***

"Let your love flow outward through the universe,
To its height, its depth, its broad extent,
A limitless love, without hatred or enmity.
Then as you stand or walk,
Sit or lie down,
As long as you are awake,
Strive for this with a one-pointed mind;
Your life will bring heaven to earth."

The Buddha

*** 

Prayer for the Day

Take all of me.

Amen

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May 9, 2018

Thought for the Day

What is the difference between
I Am, and I will be?

What is the difference between
I Am, and I want to be?


What is the difference between
I Am, and I believe that I Am?

For here is the seemingly vast
and endless divide
between TRUTH and fiction.

***

Quote for the Day

It is necessary to understand that I Am,
In order that I may know that I Am Not,
So that, at last, I may realize that,
I Am Not, therefore I Am.

- Wei Wu Wei 


Fingers Pointing Towards the Moon
Reflections of a Pilgrim on the Way
Wei Wu Wei
Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1958

***

Prayer for the Day

I Am that, I Am.

Amen

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May 8, 2018

Thought for the Day

No one and no thing
holds you in chains but you,
waiting but your own release.

What you are is already here,
my darlings.

Is is simply waiting
to be seen.

Are you ready to see what you have denied,
while you were off
looking for it somewhere else?

***

Quote for the Day

We live in Him. 
In Him alone we find
our completeness and perfection.
Apart from Him
we are as trees uprooted from the ground –
as waves separate from the sea.

Joel S. Goldsmith, The Infinite Way

***

Prayer for the Day

I rest in God.

Amen

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May 7, 2018

Thought for the Day

For years, and in some cases, decades,
you have heard that if you believe
that enlightenment might happen,
tomorrow, next week, next year,
that you are missing the boat
because the only place
enlightenment can occur is here,
in the the living now.

But perhaps what you have not understood
is that it is you yourself who is
actively pushing your awakening
out of the now and into time---
into a vague and uncertain future
where it can never happen.

How are you doing this, you ask?

You do this through resistence
and your efforts to control life
rather than yield to it, as it is,
as if you were giving the whole of you
to a lover whom you love so deeply
and so completely, in trust.

And so with such reverence
and tenderness, you give all of yourself
to them---every last bit
of what it is that makes you "you,"
as does a moth to the flame.

This is the little death.

Let curiosity and sincerity guide you
through the vast and endless
territory of the Unknown---
which is none other than
the Living Now.

***

Quote for the Day

"The secret of life is to die before you die --
and find that there is no death." 

Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now

***

Prayer for the Day

Consume me, oh God.
Take all of me.
For I am yours.

I offer myself to Thee
as does a moth unto the the flame.

Where could I go
to escape Your Love?

Amen

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May 6, 2018

Thought for the Day

Sunday is practice day.

The state of grace is your natural state.

When you are not in a state of grace,
you do not function well.

What is the state of grace?

It is easy enough to define:
Is peace in your awareness?

Thus we will refer to today's practice
as, "Grace or strain."

When there is
the rather palpable experience
of strain or the loss of the awareness of peace,
it is because you have become
identified with the finite--- the positionality
of what you are not.

Because of this,
you cannot adapt to it,
nor can you force it to adapt to you
so it is pointless to even try.

It is like trying to function
in the mightiness of the ocean
according to the rules you followed
as a land walker.

The instant that you see what is happening,
you are no longer functioning
as though you are the separate self,
and the effortless state of grace,
or the awareness of peace
returns, unhindered and unbound.

So notice carefully today the status
of your inner environment.

Of what is Awareness aware?

Are you abiding in the state of grace?

Is there the awareness of peace,
or is there strain?

Are you trying again?

Then take the moment
to joyfully give thanks.

For so little a cost as the willingness
to humbly and honestly check in
to see what is happening within
is the key to freedom
freely given you.

***

Prayer for the Day

Everything is grace.

Let me not forget that.

And the freedom to see
what I am doing to myself
is the greatest grace of all.

Amen

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May 5, 2018

Thought for the Day

Cinco de Mayo

Yesterday it was suggested
that everything in life
is here for one purpose only:
to serve and support you.

And in that light, you are asked
to keep your eyes sharp,
your mind keen and alert,
and that precious heart of yours wide open.

Notice how much of your life
is not spent in the present.

You carry the past with you
as if you were a pack mule
and look at what is happening now
as the stepping stone to the next place---
the means for getting to some brighter future,
some happier state, when you will somehow be
where you would rather be than here...
a different you, a better you,
a clearer you, a kinder and more loving you.

Today is different.

Why?

Because regardless of what you are feeling,
be it anxiety, stress, worry, fear,
unsatisfactoriness, restlessness,
anger, judgment, unworthiness...
right now, surrounding you
is everything you need
to bring heaven into your experience
of the here and now.

The universe is literally bowing
before you, yet you will not see it
nor will you feel it, if you are not
fully here, if you are not open,
and you are struggling to get to
a better now than the one
in which you stand.

Today, be a living invitation
to the good, the holy and the beautiful
in the here and now.

For that thou art.

***

Prayer for the Day

Heart as wide as the world,
I am grateful, Lord,
I am grateful.

I welcome the whole of life
with deepest gratitude.

Come Thou, all of Thee,
the very Life
of life....

Amen

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May 4, 2018

Thought for the Day

What if you were to choose to see today
that the whole of life...the whole of life...
is here to support you,
to support your journey?

What if you were to both see and feel
that kindness and mercy
have taken every single step with you
along the way?

And what if you were to see that
it is impossible that anything
be other than completely okay,
regardless of what is unfolding in your life,
and that in fact, it has been perfectly planned
for your complete freedom
and your undeniable and boundless peace?

Open your eyes, child,
open your eyes.

Open your eyes and your heart.

Risk everything for the sake
of knowing what is true.

Reach out, that you might
feel our loving blessing
shining tenderly upon you,
surrounding and upholding you,
and know that it is but your own grace
which you bestow upon yourself.

***

Prayer for the Day

When I feel nothing but doubt
surrounding me
and feel utterly lost and afraid,
break through this madness
and remind me
I am loved by love
and choose to trust.

Amen

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May 3, 2018

Thought for the Day

All attempts at comparing
teachers, teachings, paths or experiences
is simply you displaying your skivvies
for all the world to see.

While you may well think
you are demonstrating
the brilliance and superiority
of your realization(s),
what the world sees is that
you are still controlled by your conditioning
and have the arrogance to confuse
"my way" for "the way"
when there is no such thing.

All paths lead to God.

All paths lead Home.

All paths lead to truth.

***
Quote for the Day

“Out beyond ideas of wrong-doing 
and right-doing there is a field. 
I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass, 
the world is too full to talk about.”

Rumi

***

Prayer for the Day

Strike me and strike me
Consume me
Oh, great lion of Judah
'til there is nothing left
but gold.

And may the only lesson
that the world sees and hears
through this being
is that of love.

Amen

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May 2, 2018

Thought for the Day

Ultimately, a simple
yet profound epiphany dawns.

Phenomena are not aware.

There is nothing separate,
no independent phenomena
which possesses
the faculty of self-awareness.

Thoughts are not aware.

Feelings are not aware.

Awareness is aware.

Awareness knows mind
but mind does not and cannot know itself.

Awareness knows body, but body does not
and cannot know itself.

Awareness knows world, but world
cannot and does not know itself.

Awareness knows it is aware
because awareness is forever and forever
only and always aware of itself.

Thus, enlightenment
is awakening from the dream that
who I am and what I am is this particular
private personal self in this body
with this mind in this world
into the awareness of that
which is eternally AWARE.

The collapse of a dream
may well feel like the scaffolding
has been pulled out from beneath
everything you imagined
to be you and your life,
but it finally silences the endless chatter
from the naysayers in the peanut gallery
between the ears.

No i. No me. No my. No mine.

Only Awareness or God.

But seeing clearly does have its perks.

After all, is there really a boat?

How can it go anywhere
or do anything
if there is no longer the presumption
of wind moving its sails?

***

Prayer for the Day

Oh, Changeless One!

Seeing now,
Thou art everywhere!

This Light is blinding...
revealing Thee and only Thee
as the animating power
within all appearances,
even in this tiny precious point of light
in which You dance and play
the game of me.

Amen

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May 1, 2018

Thought for the Day

Try this on for size today
and see how it feels...

The separation, or introduction of duality
in the Mind which could know
of no such divisions within the boundless
vastness of Itself, thus began the dream
in which the appearance of the phenomenal world
in its totality is but its own self-exstention
and expression.

This was not a loss of perfection,
but an innocent game of pretension...
of forgetting how to communicate directly,
effortlessly and seamlessly----
between the phenomena appearing
within the Mind with the Mind
which had thought it;
all that danced in and out
of form with the formlessness
of It's changeless Self.

The phenomena knew not how to be
and thus to know....to rest
in the changeless and unfathomable
state of pure beingness---unmarred
and uncluttered by thingness.

This perception of loss or lack
is what the egoic sense is.

And the restoration
of that communication link
with what is real or true---
the One without a second---
is the purpose of this fleeting
phantasmagoric appearance
of a human life.

***

Prayer for the Day

Beloved Father
erase the memory of me
close my account
of personal identity
and its seeming treasures

Rid me of ego
and absorb me in You
oh Unborn Awareness

Amen

(prayer offered by Mooji)

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