October Thoughts for the Day

October 31, 2018

Thought for the Day

Perception is a mirror,
and not a fact, and thoughts
expose conditioning, not the truth.

Nothing means anything other than
the meaning which you give to it.

Naked, empty, radiant, pure,
life is exquisitely breathtaking
without the impostor who poses as you
polluting it with its meanings
in order to validate its highly spurious sense
of authority, self-importance and
need to be right.

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Prayer for the Day

The sense of me, myself and I
is a blight imposing itself upon the face
of reality which is perfect
as it is.

Help me to get the hell out of
my own way today.

Amen

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October 30, 2018

Thought for the Day

Let us begin today with a question:

Is it possible, in this world,
to be entirely possessed by an experience
which changes not?

Traditional nondual circles
will tell you unequivocally
that the answer is no.

This is for two reasons.

(1)

The first reason is that
the nature of all experience
is impermanent.

Each experience is a transient state
with a distinct beginning,
a middle and an end.

(2)

There is a great assumption
among those who claim to live
in an abiding state of nondual awareness
that if they have not had
a certain type of experience themselves,
and if it does not match or jive with
what other teachers teach
or other scriptures which they respect
describe, then it has to be
a crock of you-know-what.

But I am here to proclaim
a different sort of message
and do so with great joy.

When I was only three years old
my father asked me,
"What do you want to be
when you grow up?"

I answered quietly,
"I want to be like a candle
that does not flicker in the wind."

He was more than a bit confused
and asked me what I meant.

I was unable to verbalize
to him at the time.

But what was clear to me,
even at that young and tender age
is that my life circumstances
were certainly not easy
by any stretch of the imagination,
but that was not my real problem.

I was the problem.

I loathed the roller coaster ride
my emotions took me on
constantly.

And as I looked around at those
who populated my world,
I recognized that many
described themselves as happy,
but I did not actually see
a single person who was not
experiencing unhappiness,
and therefore, suffering.

They did indeed lead lives of
"quiet desperation."

And after the journey
of a human lifetime, I am most fortunate
to know directly that there is
a flame within the cave of the heart
of each one of us which does not change
and that flame is the peace
which passeth all understanding.

And if you will begin to familiarize
yourself with its presence
and live by its light,
it will help you weather any storm,
and walk upon the most turbulent waters,
and it will bathe you in its eternal effulgence,
suffusing you with a quiet strength
which others cannot help but notice,
for it is the pearl for which
each and every heart so deeply longs.

I have been washed upon Her shores,
consumed....consumed...
in a fire which burns eternally
by the love of the Beloved.

Come Home.

Come Home, my child, come Home.

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Prayer for the Day

Silence is the sweetest sound
and in Thee I find
my Self, my Source, my Home,
my refuge.

Thank you for the gift.

Amen

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October 29, 2018

Thought for the Day

Day before yesterday, we said that
there is only one requirement
for the realization of truth:

"When you stop reinforcing
unconsciousness
out of fear of Consciousness,
you have at last met fully
the one condition
which is asked of you."

This statement,
though perfectly clear as stated,
merits a deeper look.

For it is difficult to stop doing
what you are doing
when you do not recognize it,
nor understand clearly why.it is
that you are actively sabotaging or
un-enlightening yourself.

But when you are clear
about both of these factors
as they occurring,
what was unconsciousness
has now been brought
to the conscious level.

You have, in effect, turned
the light on.

Here is the missing puzzle piece:

To claim you want to know,
yet to render the faculty
for direct realization impotent
and therefore ineffectual,
in other words, to make Consciousness
entirely unavailable to you,
and then to try to use
unconsciousness to reveal Consciousness,
it not only a blatant form of sabotage,
but the sure and certain sign
of one who does not really
wish to know at all.

This is but another way of saying
that I am aware of what I am not from what I am,
but I cannot discover what I am
with what I am not, for two reasons.

(1)

What I am not is not real
and therefore it does not exist
anywhere except between
my own two ears.

(2)

What I am not
is what I made to guarantee
that I could continue to play
the game of seeking,
but be guaranteed
to never find.

And my dear, as long as you continue
to play this game with yourself,
you will remain asleep at the wheel
no matter what you do
or how hard you try.

***

Prayer for the Day

All my life I have claimed
that I hated feeling like
I was being messed with
and have been quite vocal
when I thought someone
was trying to jerk me around.

Yet now I see that I am the only one
who has been doing this
to myself all along.

Well, no more. The gig is up.

I feel like the Buddha must have felt
when he said those famous words:

"Oh, architect, I see you.

You shall not build for me
another house!"

Hail Hail Hail
to the light
of Consciousness!

Roll the stone away.

It's Resurrection Day!

Amen

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October 28, 2018

Thought for the Day

Sunday is practice day.

Your practice for today
is quite simple; yet the simplest things
in life frequently have
the most profound effects,
and can quite often have a lasting impact.

From the most sincere place
within, silently look into the eyes
of each one you encounter today
and genuinely offer them
the following blessing:

"Rest in peace."

And when you notice
that you are becoming much too busy
and overly invested in the ideas of doership
and control, attempting to inflict your will
upon an innocent and unsuspecting world,
take a step back, and close
your eyes for the briefest of moments.

Now is the time to remind yourself,
"Peace, be still."

Drink deeply from the healing waters
that flow unceasingly from the fount of peace.

This is a gift you can offer anyone
at anytime.

And who, pray tell, recognizes
the need for peace and the absence of it
better than one who has learned
to recognize it clearly within themselves?

Today, it is given you
to be a miracle worker.

Today it is given you
to heal the world.

***

Prayer for the Day

Feelin' groovy.

Help me share the wealth.

Amen

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October 27, 2018

Thought for the Day

You do not need to be a seeker.

You do not need to search
for reality.

Reality will find you
when you have met its conditions.

What are these conditions?

There is only one, yet its application
touches the totality of your life.

When you stop reinforcing
unconsciousness
out of fear of Consciousness,
you have at last met fully
the one condition
which is asked of you.

Here is a home where truth
has at last been made welcome.

***

Prayer for the Day

Help me live this day
and every day on the cutting edge
of deep presence and intimacy with life;
resisting nothing, embracing everything,
trusting, loving--- a living invitation
to the good, the beautiful, the holy.

Reality, live Thou me.

Amen

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October 26, 2018

Thought for the Day

The boundary that you experience
between what you can accept
and what you cannot
becomes the very doorway which lies
between your freedom
and your bondage.

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Quote for the Day

"The reality of everything
is totally harmless
because total harmlessness
is the condition of
its reality.

It is also the condition
of your awareness of
its reality."

A Course In Miracles

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Prayer for the Day

Open my eyes, Lord,
open my eyes.

Open my eyes and this heart
that I might see clearly.

For I would stand only
in the light of truth,
no longer falling for
delusion, illusion and error.

I would stand only for
the eternal sanctity of LOVE;
believing with every fiber
and molecule of my being
that LOVE must win the day
in grateful recognition that
LOVE, alone, completes the path.

Amen

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​October 25, 2018

Thought for the Day

How much suffering
would inevitably begin to unravel
of its own accord if we
could simply change how
we looked at the spiritual path,
which is the foundation of all of our lives
whether we know it or not?

What if we were to begin
to see our lives, not as a journey
toward some impossible state of perfection,
but rather, the means with which
we have been gifted in order
to rediscover our wholeness?

***

Prayer for the Day

My singular most heartfelt prayer
is this:

Please, during my lifetime,
let this be the ending
of a world which has been built
upon a foundation of fear.

Let this be the age in which
we return to a foundation of LOVE.

May I live long enough to see
the ending of self-hatred,
self-loathing and self-aversion.

May we all be happy.

May we all be free.

Amen

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October 24, 2018

Thought for the Day

Today, we offer a very brief thought,
but mighty in consequences
should you choose to embrace it.

Do not forsake yourself.

Today you are asked to be
extraordinarily kind and gentle,
present and tender toward yourself,
regardless of what arises or what happens,
without conditions, without expectations,
and without consequences,
no matter what.

Today is about you beginning the journey
of learning what it means to love you.

Be willing to dive deeply
into all pain whenever it arises;
softening gently around it,
tenderly embracing it
as if you were giving
baby Jesus, baby Buddha
or the infant Mohammad a bath.

My dear, it is only the mind
which can be sick.

If you do not heal yourself
by learning to love all of you,
who do you think will?

And if not now, when?

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Prayer for the Day

LOVE heal me.

Teach me how to love myself.

Amen

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October 23, 2018

Thought for the Day

If you have never truly forgiven
yourself, you cannot really forgive
another or the world.

If you have never deeply
and completely embraced
yourself, you have no capacity
to embrace the world.

If you have never truly loved
yourself, the whole of you,
you do not really know the first thing
about loving the world.

And if you feel guilty about anything,
you will perceive a guilty world.

Only a mind which is guiltless
cannot suffer.

And only this can be said to be
true freedom.

What is the inescapable conclusion
we may draw from all of this?

You do not experience the world
as it is, you experience the world
as you are.

You will yet learn that LOVE
holds no records. That there is no fear
in love, nor loss, or change of any kind.

LOVE does not vacillate in its seamless
expression of ItSelf and the demonstration
of It's healing power.

She holds no expectations, ever.

LOVE asks absolutely nothing
of you, only that you allow
Her to accept you as you are,
that you may be washed clean
of the madness, pain and suffering
in which you are so tightly cocooned.

For LOVE?

Oh, my dear, She is the only way out
of the inner hell realms of darkness
you have come to call your home;
the cacophony of chaos, the twisted madness
of self-deceit that you have made
of your inner kingdom.

She, my beloved, is the way
back to the LIGHT that you have
never quite forgot is your real HOME .

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Prayer for the Day

LOVE heal me.

Amen

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October 22, 2018

Thought for the Day

No matter how compelling
something may seem to be, or how
convincing your conditioning
argues that something is
either real or just,
never never never
give in to fear
or submit to it in any form.

Never allow yourself to be
controlled through fear
by anyone, least of all yourself.

Fears are legion, their goal
is always subversive.

Fear looks for comrades,
but never brothers and sisters.

Fear is powerfully seductive,
divisive and centrifugal, while LOVE
is centripetal; forever
just, gentle and kind.

LOVE is ONE as is redemption.

Together, we can change
the world.

Together, we must
change the world.

And we begin by changing
ourselves.

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Prayer for the Day

LOVE heal me.

Amen

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October 21, 2018

Thought for the Day

Sunday is practice day.

When the basis of everything
you entertain or do is founded
upon inner alignment or fixation
with True North, clarity is inevitable;
clarity of thought, word & deed,
as well as sincerity or authenticity
and true charity.

This is your challenge today.

When the mind holds out
a carrot to you and begs you to bite,
be willing to tell yourself,
"Just don't go there."

Be entirely unwilling
to either say or do anything
which maintains or protects
the ego and its thought system.

Be loathsome to tolerate
phoniness within yourself.

Use the laboratory of life
to test the waters
and see what happens
when you dare to be
completely and utterly real.

***

Prayer for the Day

Transparency and authenticity
is the motto for today.

Will the real 'me' please
step forward.

Amen

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​October 20, 2018

Thought for the Day

The ego, or sense of me-ness
attached to thought,
does not, has never, nor will it ever
KNOW anything.

Every thought is a judgment.

How is this so?

We have already answered
this question earlier this week:

"Nothing the mind shares with you
is true because everything, without exception,
which passes through the mind
is an interpretation which is hopelessly
colored by your conditioning."

TFTD 10-16--2018

Therefore, if KNOWLEDGE
is BEING, and the ego
has no knowledge, then the ego
 has no being.

Again and again and again
we come back to the idea
of EVERYTHING versus nothing.

What is EVERYTHING
leaves room for nothing else.

The only way out of an illusion
is to recognize that
you were never in it
in the first place.

Stop paying homage
to the belief in the existence
of the separate self
and the gig is up.

***

Prayer for the Day

There is a beautiful line
in the workbook of ACIM
which says:

"Only happy sights and sounds
can reach the mind
that has forgiven itself."

And it is very clear
why the only forgiveness
we need concern ourselves with
is self-forgiveness.

For to truly forgive oneself
is not to forgive one's supposed
actions or errors,
but to forgive yourself
for believing that there is
a separate self.

Everything the mind thinks
is based upon a fundamental belief
in the mask of "i."

Forgive that sense of self,
truly forgive it,
and it is gone, along with
everything it believes.

"A felled tree will still produce shoots
if the root system is still intact."

Buddha

Pull the tap root of 'I'
and peace is the only possibility.

This is the nature
of all work from this point forward:

Help me forgive the self
I think I made
and gratefully let it go,
that I may clearly recognize
absolute and perfect FREEDOM
as the only possible
state of being.

Amen

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October 19, 2018

Thought for the Day

How can this world be doing anything
other than mirroring for you
in no uncertain terms
the state of your own mind?

Here is your real work,
from start to finish.

So when you see a problem,
something which you do not like,
be willing to stop your current trajectory
and inquire deeply within.

What have I not allowed
LOVE to heal?

What lurks within,
unnoticed and denied,
pleading inexorably to be seen,
to be held tenderly, to be forgiven
and loved, deeply longing,
desperately supplicating, begging
to be brought before and held within
the eternal sanctity of the light of day?

***

Prayer for the Day

Lord change me
until naught but Thee
remains.

Amen

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October 18, 2018

Thought for the Day

The clarity with which you hear
the Inner Voice is directly proportionate
to your willingness to lay the ego aside,
preferring to listen only to IT.

When it is the truth you want
more than the illusion of being right
about you, right about others
and right about your world,
then you will have at last become
one with truth, wielding skillfully
the sword of wisdom.

For when the ego is laid aside,
it disappears. Poof! Gone!

And there you have it.

No one gets anywhere on the path
until they come clean about the dozens
of little ways in which
they un-enlighten themselves
each and every day.

For it is not really the truth they want,
it is life as the imagined self prefers it.

They want enlightenment for the ego,
not from it.

***

Prayer for the Day

Take my hand and lead me,
for I am but a little child
who knows not with any clarity
the way in which it should go.

Free me from the burden
of me-ness, for it has become
too heavy a mask to wear
and your child is ready
to come HOME

Amen

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October 17, 2018

Thought for the Day

Have you ever paused to consider
how or why something which has
absolutely no inherent existence
can be so damn insistent
and compelling?

You might just want t
o hit the pause button for a moment
and consider it
the next time ego barks, "Jump!"
and you ask, "How high?"

***

Prayer for the Day

Help me listen carefully this day
for the Voice
which speaks for love.

I'm done with ego's game.

Amen

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October 16, 2018

Thought for the Day

Here is what
I truly do not understand.

Nothing the mind shares with you
is true because everything, without exception,
which passes through the mind
is an interpretation which is hopelessly
colored by your conditioning.

So why do you listen to it?

It's like playing the game of telephone
with yourself.

Let's face it.

You do not know what you truly
think or feel because you have already
accepted the ego's confusion
and mistaken it for "i;, mistaken
it for truth.

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Prayer for the Day

No me, no problem.

Grant me the boon
of an empty inbox.

Amen

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October 15, 2018

Thought for the Day

The function of the truth within you
is to collect data which is true
and delete the rest.

Who but a fool would search
for meaning in the meaningless?

If you do anything other than
categorically hit the delete button,
the result will be delusion, defeat, despair,
discouragement & deep deep dukkha.

You will lose the awareness
of holy ground.

***

Prayer for the Day

Today I fix the feet,
the heart, the hands
and the five sense horses
on holy ground, the ground of being,
and stay there, awareness
aware of itself.

Grace, lead the way.

Amen

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October 14, 2018

Thought for the Day

Sunday is practice day.

This week you have been given
seven powerful mantras
with which to work.

(1)

"No me, no problem."

(2)

"What am I? What am I not?"

(3)


"To be washed clean, stand in the storm."

(4)

"Open this heart, Lord, that I
might see You in everything."


(5)

"May the peace of God
guide my way."


(6)

"If the data is meaningless,
there is no point in wasting time
considering it."


(7)

"First, be patient and kind
with yourself."

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When you are going the wrong way,
and you are out in the weeds
where you can no longer recognize the light,
pick one of these mantras.

No need to deliberate,
you will know which one to use.

Although they are simple,
they will never fail to uplift you.

Simply repeat the mantra softly
to yourself two or three times.

Above all, do not allow
it to become part of your burden.

If you allow it, the words
will gently lift you up and out
of the hole in which
you perceive yourself.

Notice the perceptible shift
and offer your gratitude for it.

This is all.

May your day be one of beauty
and may your experience be that of
the boundless mercy
always available when called upon.

You are loved.

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Prayer for the Day

Today is a day of such
humbleness of heart.

Humility and deep gratitude.

Thank you for this life.

Amen

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October 13, 2018

Thought for the Day

Yesterday I promised that today
we would talk about the mantras
which you have received this week
and how they have come about.

My best friend's name is Pam.

For those who do not know her,
she is an amazing human being.

Six months after retiring
she was struck down with
Parkinson's Disease.

Later we were to find out
that this was a secondary diagnosis,
the primary being that of Lyme Disease.

I have watched these diseases
as they have ravaged her body,
but they have been entirely unsuccessful
at taking a single thing from her acerbic wit,
her kindness and her indomitable spirit.

In eighteen and a half years
I have never heard her complain a single time,
though her body has been ravaged
until it is skeletal., bent and misshaped.

The light, the kindness
and generosity with which
she shares herself,
has helped so many.

I am honored to call her "friend."

As I have watched her disease
progress to the point
of being able to do nothing
independently and spending
at least 18 hours a day in bed,
I have longed to find ways to enrich
her life spiritually, as well as
find a means that would allow
the perpetual gift that she is
touch many more lives.

Thus, the idea of a mantra
each day this week came to mind.

I asked her to reflect
all day on whatever she heard
as she listened carefully within
and each evening she would call me
and tell me the mantra.

Then, the following morning,
I would write a thought for the day
which was based upon
the subject of each particular mantra
she had shared with me the night before.

It has been such a blessing
to me and I have had the delight
of watching her radiate with joy
as she considered that perhaps, after all,
she still had much to give,
and I witnessed hope birthed anew
in one who felt she had become
a burden to others.

So I implore with all my heart
that each of you 
who have read these thoughts,
and have been touched by the messages
of the past week, would you please 
leave a little comment
which I can share with her tonight
when we talk?

Thank you.

There are so many opportunities
we have all missed
to be grateful.

All of this being said,
today I offer two mantras,
the first from me
and the second one from Pam.

Here is the mantra
I offer each of you with all my heart:

"If the data is meaningless,
there is no point in wasting time
considering it."

This is your instant response
to everything
from the mind today.

For surely you know full well
that the mind is not your friend.

The mind does nothing
but trip you up and seduce you into
wasting time on things
which do not matter.

So today, give it a break.

Just don't go there.

When you can, pretend that
it is pig Latin you are hearing
and keep it in the periphery.

Let it all escape without trying to decipher
either meaning or value
from its endless barrage of complaints.

For when you do listen,
its a case of 'garbage in, garbage out'
more often than not.

The second mantra, gifted you
from Pam is this:

"First, be patient and kind
with yourself."

All day long the mind
critiques your every move
and that of others.

It showers you with judgments
and meanness which is
shrouded in guilt and arrogance.

But today will be different.

Be soft and tender
with yourself.

Allow the healing balm of
patience and kindness
to seep deeply into your being,
bringing profound healing
in its wake.

For you cannot treat your world
any better than you are willing
to treat yourself.

You are so loved, dear one,
you are so deeply loved.

May you feel the extraordinary gift
of grace as she wraps herself around you
in boundless tenderness today,
and may your feet travel
the endless fields of peace.

***

Prayer for the Day

Kindness and patience,
that is the call
of every heart---
to be reassured that we matter,
that we are precious,
and that despite how small
and alone we may feel at times,
that what we bring to the banquet table
of life is none other than
the pearl of great price.

So may the message be that I extend
to every life, beginning with myself
every single holy instant
from henceforth and forevermore.

Amen

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October 12, 2018

Thought for the Day

I have enjoyed this week immensely,
sharing a new mantra with you each day,
and offering each with all of my heart,
praying always for the awareness
of peace and the direct experience
of boundless love.

Tomorrow I will have more to say
about the mantras
we have shared this week
and how they have come about.

This being said, let me get to the point
and offer the mantra for today:

"May the peace of God
guide my way."

There is a river of boundless peace
which flows through
the very center of your being.

From one perspective,
knowledge of this peace costs nothing,
for this is what you are.

But from another perspective,
the knowledge of this peace
will cost you everything.

For to know this peace, to truly know it
and therefore allow it to live you,
you must be willing to part
with every illusion.

And you must accept and know
through direct experience
that you can be hurt by nothing
other than your own thoughts
and real eyes that you always have the power
to change them.

It is a unalterable commitment
to live at the causal point
of your existence,
rather than as an effect which is
subject to the cause of other forces;
be they people, politics, earth changes
or global atrocities.

It is to forsake all else
but the path of peace, living in this world
but not of it, leaving no footprint
other than the tangible evidence
of the peace of God.

***

Prayer for the Day

To this path I give my every breath,
my every heartbeat,
until the end of time.

To this path I offer everything. It is a 100%
commitment to the freedom
of all living beings.

Long may I live
only to love and serve.

For I am here for you.

Amen

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October 11, 2018

Thought for the Day

Here is your mantra for today:

"Open this heart, Lord, that I
might see you in everything."

You are not ruled by the laws
which operate within this world
unless you choose to believe in them.

For there is a kingdom within you,
where neither rust nor decay
nor the darkness of the separated self
and all its vain imaginings
has ever or could ever touch.

And yet it holds all things safe
and forever inviolable
within an openness, a tenderness
and complete acceptance; the likes
of which has been the inspiration of art,
of poetry and of song.

Here is the Lord of your being.

And when you choose to recognize this
and make the cultivation of this relationship
the most sacred, the most noble, and the most vital
work of your precious human life,
giving it both the urgency and priority
which it deserves, you will no longer
need to yearn nor search for It.

For It will be made manifest
within you; having found, at last, an altar
washed clean of all desire save this.

From here, you will see
through eyes which truly SEE,
and the heart will embrace
the whole of life exactly as it is,
and you will yet learn
the most sacrosanct and changeless
law which upholds all:

Love, alone, completes
the journey, for Love is all there is.

***

Quote for the Day

“A new heart also will I give you,
and a new spirit will I put within you:
and I will take away the stony heart
out of your flesh, and I will give you
an heart of flesh.”

 Ezekiel 36:26 (KJV)

***

Prayer for the Day

Not in some other time,
but in this time, in this moment,
in this instant
I bring all of myself
and my world
unto Thee
offering nothing short of
everything.

This heart pants for naught but Thee,
oh God. Be Thou these eyes,
these hands, and this heart
forevermore.

Amen

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October 10, 2018

Thought for the Day

About a week ago, I had a very profound dream and when I had awakened from it, there was a deep sense of certainty that I had passed a very important test.

The dream was simple enough. In it I was offered three different choices, three different lives, and I was told that whichever one I picked, I could have.

The first life was that of returning to a monastic life. It certainly has appeal, as monastic life as I have known it is one of living a life which is by and large secluded from the world, with no TV's, radios, newspapers, etc. It is a lifestyle which is inwardly devoted to the work of the heart.

It's not to say that this life does not have its problems too.

Here you also see the game of politics and power. And a carefully honed spiritual ego is the most difficult of all for most of us to see. Yet despite this, it is easier to shield yourself from the issues of daily life---issues which are largely unavoidable when you live in the world.

The second life I was shown was of blissful relationship. I have no idea who the relationship would be with, certain only that it would be a life which felt fulfilling and happy.

The final life which was offered me was the life I have.

I have a very simple life.

I live solely on social security, I leave my home only a handful of times a month, and my life is devoted in its entirety to love and service. I teach five classes a week, with six scheduled for next year, writing a daily lesson for each and keeping up with the TFTD now for over two decades.

I felt a strong sense of magnetism pulling me to all three lives, almost like being caught in a "tractor beam."

But suddenly, there was a firm pulling away and an even firmer "no" which burst forth from deep within and I said with deep authority, "I choose my life. I will take the life I have."

And with that, I woke up.

But the dream has stayed with me, keeping the heart in the most tender and compassionate space.

You see, we spend so much of our lives resisting everything.

And there is a certain unspoken yet deeply cherished belief by most folks who seem guided to the spiritual path, that trusting somehow means believing that you will ultimately get the life you want above all else.

And I have real eyes'd that my true Will, the one that is ONE with the universe, had not been completely restored to me until that dream.

For I had not completely accepted that I have no real choice in life. That no one has. And the belief that you do, that we all do, is what keeps us all on the hamster wheel day after day.

I had not accepted that there was truly only One Will.

Somewhere in the back of my mind I thought that there was still some power in there to exert toward life that would ensure I got my version of a happy dream.

But every day shit happens over which we have absolutely no control.

Seriously! Tell me one thing you can control in life?

And I think I spent 60 years of life like Don Quixote tilting at windmills, thinking I had surrendered and accepted all of life and all of me, and all of you, yet there were still threads in there invested in certain outcomes, unbeknownst to conscious awareness. There was still something deep inside that actually believed that what I wanted most was what God wanted most too. I could not see that there was still something lurking inside which had not surrendered. And I saw that even surrender is not enough. To truly give up all idea of individual will is a difficult pill to swallow, let alone, deeply embrace.

But the deepest acceptance means to stand willingly, nakedly and tenderly in the midst of every shit storm, every disappointment, every time life takes a turn you did not expect, every bit of struggle and amidst the things that you think you do not want and say, "Yes. I want the life I have, and with the help of grace I will ride the tide of darkness, of disappointment, of failure, of self doubt, and I still choose the life that I have been given, for I love this life  exactly as it is and I love myself as I AM.."

Oh, my friends, how I have seen how I have tried to exert my wayward will onto life because I arrogantly thought that I knew best!

But I have seen into the very bottom of that dark pit and come up to a place where I have stopped all such meaningless struggle. And I cherish life and cherish myself far more than words can express.

So here is your mantra for today:

"To be washed clean, stand in the storm."

Just for today, I beseech you to stand in the midst of whatever life delivers today, and stand lovingly in the presence of the thoughts and feelings which arise, and stand in the midst of everyone's reactions to you without flinching, and open your heart.....open your precious beautiful heart...and tell life, "Yes. I want the life I have. Thank you for the gift. Help me learn everything I am here to learn."

And don't just repeat your mantra today.

Become the living embodiment of it.

Boundless Love,

pelkyong

***

Prayer for the Day

Here I stand in every storm
and say "yes."

Thank you for my life.

Amen

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October 9, 2018

Thought for the Day

Here is your mantra for today:

"What am I? What am I not?"

To ask the first question
is to admit you do not know.

Listen to these words from
A Course In Miracles:

59 "The world can teach no images of you
unless you want to learn them.
There will come a time when images
have all gone by, and you will see
you know not what you are.
It is to this unsealed and open mind
that truth returns, unhindered and unbound.
Where concepts of the self have been laid by
is truth revealed exactly as it is.
When every concept has been raised
to doubt and question and been recognized
as made on no assumptions
which would stand the light, then is the truth
left free to enter in its sanctuary, clean
and free of guilt. There is no statement
that the world is more afraid to hear than this:

60 I do not know the thing I am
and therefore do not know what I am doing,
where I am, or how to look 
upon the world or on myself. 

61 Yet in this learning
is salvation born. And what you are
will tell you of Itself.

Chapter 31.Section V. p.59-61

And when you ask the second question
you are recognizing that
nothing of the mind, nothing of the body
and nothing of this world
can tell you what you are.

You recognize clearly that
the mind's job is to take everything
and turn it into a story, be it one
of glory, or one of shame and rebuke.

So you stop buying into
the mind's bullshit.

What you are cannot be seduced
by either flattery or fear.

And so you remain
like a candle which does not
flicker in the wind,
despite the vicissitudes of life.

My beautiful child, what you are
shines immaculate and eternal,
unsullied and untouched
by any dream.

For what you are is forever beyond
words, but it is not beyond
direct experience...
if you want it.

***

Prayer for the Day

"What am I? What am I not?"

Please bless my practicing today,
for above all else,
I want to SEE.

Amen

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​October 8, 2018

Thought for the Day

This week a new mantra
will be introduced each day
to work with whenever the experience
of peace is no longer in your awareness.

Here is your mantra fo today:

No me, no problem.

For there to be a loss of peace,
there has to be a fixed sense
of personal identity, an impostor which
pretends to be you, the mask of
i. me. my & mine.

Can you pull the mask
away from the face just a bit
and see what is happening?

What would it cost you if,
just for today, you were to consider
that who you really are
has absolutely nothing to do
with who you have thought was you
your whole life?

Use the mantra liberally
to help you separate what you actually are
from the pseudo-identity of the one who suffers,
the one who is arrogant,
the picky one, the one that feels
sorry for itself, the judgmental,
unkind, fearful, angry identity
of the imagined self.

For every single instant of success
restores the awareness of peace.

***

Prayer for the Day

No me, no problem.

Amen

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October 7, 2018

Thought for the Day

Sunday is practice day.

There are a lot of folks out there
who will be outraged
by today's message & practice.

So be it.

Someone posted something
on FB from Greg Braden
the other day and I wish
that I had saved it.

It was about the number of people
it takes to change the consciousness
of the whole planet.

As I remember, it was less than 1%
of the population.

The point being that we,
as loving beings have not organized
ourselves in any fashion
and worked together
to change the game being played out
on the human scene.

I do not ask you to believe that
what I suggest is true,
I simply ask you to silence
the naysayers between your ears
and give it an honest try.

It it works, fantastic.

It it does not,
toss it in the circular file.

Be willing to be humble,
to accept that you might not have
all the answers that you think you have,
that it is possible that an even deeper healing,
clarity, peace, joy, awakeness and aliveness
might simply be waiting to descend
upon a heart which has become
more amenable to being taught
a new trick.

Let me begin
by posing a few questions.

What if it were true
that damaged eco systems,
asshat presidents and supreme court judges,
sick and tortured bodies,
crazed teens and young people
armed with automatic weapons,
etc., etc., can exist in illusions
but not in truth?

What if none of it were subject
to the laws of this world unless we all
choose to believe it, and what if
it were true that the law of love
could indeed heal all?

What if we were to band together
and put it to the test?

What if the only reason that
these things were appearing
was in order to validate, in our minds,
that the dream of madness,
a world poised on the brink
of wholesale catastrophic outcomes
was not only real, but more real
than truth?

And what if we all set to work on healing
it all together in the only place
it can be healed: within ourselves?

What if continuing to bitch and complain,
or write wistful, starry-eyed prose
about the eminent demise of all the beauty
we forgot to cherish was showing me a side
of victim-consciousness on my part
I had been unaware of before?

What if all of this were
a grievous form of idolatry,
appearing to hide the innate freedom
of LOVE and that we had,
unbeknownst to ourselves,
bought the kool-Aid?

What if it were true
that there is no such thing as anything
outside of my own consciousness?

Would it not stand to reason, then,
that this is precisely where
we all need to start focusing our attention?

What if it were true that
I cannot be hurt and you cannot be hurt
and the earth cannot be hurt
unless I believe that it can?

Does it not make sense that
analyzing data and coming up
with man-made solutions,
beating our drums,
or burying our collective heads
in the sand is part of the problem?

There is no need to analyze
what is not true.

You cannot make sense out of
the utterly meaningless.

You cannot change anything
with the changeable,
you change it by applying the TRUTH.

None of us are slaves
to what seems to be happening
in our world.

Today, we begin to hold
the whole world, including ourselves,
within the law of LOVE.

So the practice I am suggesting
is that we all commit
to a minimum of 15 minutes
each day to meditate or pray
for all of us.

The practice I am using
are the four steps of
Ho'Oponopono:

I Love You
I'm Sorry
Forgive Me
Thank You

Or try Metta meditation,
whatever floats your boat.

The point is, we join together,
each day and heal
what ails the world
by healing it first within ourselves.

For no one and no thing
is behind the point of perfection
and it is high time we all
got our shit together
and started acting like it.

***

Prayer for the Day

Here is my line in the sand:

I am totally committed
to healing our world
through my commitment
to heal myself.

Amen

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October 6, 2018

Thought for the Day

There is one final way in which
we will look at resistance.

This is perhaps the most difficult of all
to put into consistent practice,
yet it is immediately
and profoundly liberating.

Today, you are asked to practice
radical acceptance
of every choice you make
and every reaction you receive
as a result of those choices.

In addition you are asked to accept
the choices of all the seeming others
that populate your world.

This practice must be embraced immediately
whenever feelings from the past
or of guilt or regret arise, and in particular,
whenever the notion of wrong-doing
arises, which is also known as judgment.

EVERYTHING that passes
through the mind is not real.

It is an interpretation that is
representative of your conditioning.

That is all.

To fall for any of it is suffering.

We are all already equally FREE.

You cannot truly embrace yourself
if you have not really ever
accepted all of yourself.

And you cannot really embrace
your world
if you have not accepted it either.

***

Prayer for the Day

Let my mantra for the day
be this:

Can you embrace that?

Amen

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October 5, 2018

Thought for the Day

With the faculty of discrimination,
let us take a close look at another way
in which resistance happens
within our experience,
yet usually remains unnoticed.

Today, we will lay aside everything
other than a continuous awareness
of what is happening within the body.

The body has no autonomy.

It has never had a thought
or a feeling of its own,
nor has it ever suffered
an experience which was not
directed by the mind.

For the body is not an end,
it is the means utilized by mind
to demonstrate than you
are either hostage to mind/body/world,
or host of God.

Sometimes we do not want to see
resistance in the mind
so there will be so much
denial and repression happening
that we need to scrutinize carefully
the experience of the body
in order to understand
what is happening in the mind.

You may not be listening
or paying attention to what is
rising in the mind, but day or night,
the body is always listening
and creating experiences for you
that are representative of everything
the mind believes.

It is as if the body is screaming
to get our attention, saying,
"Now will you see this?"

So today you are asked
to take note of when your shoulders
or your neck get tense and knotted up,
or perhaps you feel pain
elsewhere in the body.

In that instant of awareness,
relax deeply and breathe slowly.

Ask yourself, "What am I avoiding?"

"How am I using distraction
and resistance in order
to not be aware of what my mind
is trying to tell me, and because
I will not LOOK, the body is shouting
for my loving attention?"

"What am I attempting to bypass?"

Then treat the body field
as your laboratory.

What happens within
your experience of the body
when you purposefully relax,
breathe deeply and look carefully
at where resistance is obviously present,
and you allow yourself to soften
around the experience
with tenderness and care?

Can you extend love and compassion
to that cough?

Can you be gentle and kind
toward pain?

What is your change?

What do you find, dear one,
what do you find?

***

Prayer for the Day

I am listening...

I am listening....

Let my loving surround
the body experience today
with tenderness
and care.

Amen

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October 4, 2018

Thought for the Day
(For Katy did.)

Today we are going to begin
to look at resistance.

For when we are talking about
things that make us open
and tender toward healing
or awakening, we cannot not
include a discussion
on resistance.

Let's face it.

No matter how much someone
tells us we do not need fixing
because we were never broken,
there are definitely things within
that persistently cause us difficulty,
catapulting us into realms
of pain and discomfort
which feel anything but whole.

And it is a fundamental law of mind
that what we resist, persists.

I am going to tell you something
which is really quite profound,
and I ask that you give it the kind of reflection
and heartfelt consideration
that it is due.

The experience of suffering
always comes back to the question of
"What am I resisting?"

And if you are very very honest
with yourself when you look
for resistance, you will find
that it is highly revealing.

For it is indicative of what still
remains fragmented
within you.

Look for that. This is the only place
where true healing begins.

The face of resistance
which you are asked to be willing to look at
with raw and naked honesty today, 
is when you observe yourself reacting.

You are asked to be aware of mental 
and/or emotional dis-ease or unsatisfactoriness
in relationship to what is.

But this  can also appear to be
free-floating; by this what is meant
is that you find yourself overcome
by thoughts and feelings that,
painful as they may be,
seem to be present for no
immediately obvious reason.

They are just what is arising.

Next, let us shine the light on the way
in which we bring healing
to the mind and heart
in the face of resistance.

The first step is to feel
yourself soften around what is,
to lean in and feel your entire being
open to the experience.

Can you feel yourself begin to accept
what was judged as unacceptable?

The second step is to turn
to the Logos within.

We have danced quite a bit
around the idea of an inner guide
or teacher and have called it
by many names, such as: holy spirit, atman,
parashakti and even inner guru.

This presence is the closest
representation of Who or What
you are while in human form.

Your relationship with this presence
is the most important
relationship you will ever have
in this life.

For me it is simply, and most
profoundly, the Logos.

Whatever you want to call it is fine.

Remember, a word is simply
a signpost, a finger pointing
to the moon.

It is the experience to which
the word points which matters,
not the word or name chosen.

What matters is to offer
the resistance to this presence within you,
to yield to it and ask for help
with sincerity of mind and heart
and then get out of your own way.

It is Its job to heal you,
not yours.

For if you tried to accomplish
this on you own, which many attempt
to do for decades or even lifetimes,
you would most certainly fail
because there is no such thing as
"on your own."

This is all.

Have a beautiful beautiful day
and may the force be with you,
for indeed it always is.

***

Prayer for the Day

Let the healing begin.

Amen

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October 3, 2018

Thought for the Day

Today a simple mantra
is offered you with heartfelt sincerity
and the greatest of hope
that you will elect to work with it today.

"This too is God."

You need no form of external guidance
and certainly no advise
from the committee inside your head.

Simply quiet yourself
and be still.

Listen gently to your heart.

And then repeat your mantra.

Nothing needs your fixing, your changing,
your advise, your judgments,
your pity or your approval.

Everything is fine
exactly as it is.

Everything is happening
the way it is supposed to be happening.

How do I know this?

If it was supposed to be different,
it would be.

What every thought, every feeling,
every experience and every encounter
does need is your love, beginning with you.

LOVE is all there is
and LOVE HEALS EVERYTHING.

HEREIN LIES THE PEACE OF GOD.

***

Prayer for the Day

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy. 

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive, 
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, 
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Amen

(Saint Francis of Assisi)

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​October 2, 2018

Thought for the Day

The exercise for today
builds upon yesterday's.

In says in chapter 10
of the "Twelve and Twelve"
of Alcoholics Anonymous:

"It is a spiritual axiom that
every time we are disturbed,
no matter what the cause,
there is something wrong with us."

It does not say "you are the reason
I am so upset, or "this is why I feel so terrible,"
nor does it say "you have made me angry,"
"or you have hurt my feelings."

It clearly states that if I am feeling
the least bit upset about anything,
I am the one I need to look at
because I am the one
with the problem.

It does not say I am the only one
with a problem.

But it does suggest that I stick
to my side of the street.

For it states a very simple fact of life:
my upset = my business.

It is showing me something
I need to look at.

Truth is-not-has-never-and-never-will-be
found in the mind.

And if you are upset, no doubt
you are mucking about in the mind
and mistaking its input for truth.

As you go about your day today,
taking in with great care and presence
all that is unfolding in your world,
be acutely aware of when upset arises.

Whenever there is a disturbance in the force,
be willing to look honestly
at where awareness is focused.

Then be willing to try something
which is nothing short of
breathtaking.

Can you turn awareness around?

Can awareness be aware of itself?

This is all.

Be sure to share your findings
if you feel so prompted.

***

Prayer for the Day

Peace is not found in the mind,
it is the unspeakable
ground of being or presence.

Help me take great care
in how I show up
for life.

Amen

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October 1, 2018

Thought for the Day

There are those who truly long to awaken,
and those who just like playing the game
of the sincere spiritual seeker,
fooling even themselves.

How can you tell the difference?

Those who want the ego
are predisposed to defending it.

Those who do not will feel the sting
when ego feels threatened,
but they lay the head
on the chopping block anyway.

It has been said by many teachers
in many different ways
that you cannot wake yourself up.

In fact, your efforts in that direction
do more to prolong sleep
than they do to actually assist
in awakening.

For the seeker is the problem.

How can that which is asleep
aid you in awakening?

You cannot transcend the mind
with the mind.

Although awakening may seem
more accidental than anything,
there are things you can definitely do
that have a tendency to make you
more accident prone.

We will discuss them this week.

The first is this:

Slow down. Be aware of everything
in your immediate environment.

Be aware of each movement
or action.

In other words, be aware
of your life down to the tiniest detail,
but with this awareness,
remember to loosen the grip
you try to have on life.

Be aware of your breath.

Can you feel the beating of your heart?

Can you feel your connection
to everything?

Try to take in all of LIFE.

BE HERE NOW.

Please share what you notice
when you do.

***

Prayer for the Day

I am here, dear Life.

Reveal my Self to me.

Amen

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