September Thoughts for the Day

September 30, 2018

Thought for the Day

Sunday is practice day.

Anytime you listen to the ego,
become embroiled in the mind's conflict,
follow its dictums and by thus allow its input
to rob you of peace, you are
bearing false witness
against your soul or Self.

You like to play all weak and helpless
when it serves you, but this
changes nothing.

My dear, you are anything but
weak and powerless!

Mind is never and can never
be in the present moment.

So when you listen to the mind
and look to it for guidance and input,
you are looking to past or future,
to memory or imagination.

You assignment for today
is to see how quickly you can catch
yourself doing this,
and to then bring your attention
to the center of your chest,
slow the breath, be very very still
and ask yourself the following questions:

What is worth the price of peace?

Is being right more important
in this moment
than being happy?

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Prayer for the Day

Nothing is worth the price of peace.

Ever.

Let me never forget that.

Amen

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September 29, 2018

Thought for the Day

The mask of I, me, my & mine,
otherwise known as ego,
is very sneaky.

It quite easily convinces you
that you are awakening, that what
you are doing is working for you
because real growth and change
are happening, when the only thing
that is actually happening,
is that you are discarding one mask
in favor of another. Instead of less ego,
you have a bigger and better one,
a very spiritual identity
in your estimation.

But at the end of the day,
ego is still ego and there is
no such thing as
a hierarchy in illusions.

You are still trying to rearrange
the deck chairs on the Titanic,
trying to make the most spiritual
configuration that you possibly can.

Ahhh, yes, now that really will be
an auspicious feather for your cap!

Look carefully at your inner world
throughout the day.

What are you doing?

What is really happening?

Are you actually cutting through
the ego's bullshit and piercing the veil
of illusion? Are you seeing through
the ego's predilection and predisposition
toward spiritual materialism?

Is there greater transparency
or substantiality to you?

Can you be deeply honest with yourself?

Do you observe a new spiritual identity
unfolding before your very eyes?

Is every moment an opportunity
for more ego-reduction
or is it about ego-inflation?

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Prayer for the Day

Less is definitely more.

Less of me, more of Thee.

Amen

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September 28, 2018

Thought for the Day

Your safety and invulnerability
in this life lies in truth, not in lies.

When you perseverate
on guilt, regret and worry,
you are judging and condemning reality.

In other words, you are resisting.

This restricts your ability
to be aware of love's presence.

When I was a child, we visited
the Hoover Dam.

It was so massive
for a small child to try to take in.

Yet that image has stayed with me
all of these years because
this is, in effect, what you erect
around yourself
when you wallow in self-pity,
guilt, regret and worry.

Deep acceptance, the ability
to embrace what is as it is,
shatters this dam and opens
the floodgates of a love
which knows no bounds.

Today, trust every choice you make.

And trust every response
you receive to these choices.

Choose to trust that life
is unfolding exactly as it should.

For in the end, I am absolutely convinced
of only three things:

(1)

All suffering, and I do mean 100% of it,
is caused by resistance.

If you are experiencing suffering
in any form, investigate honestly,
looking for where you are resisting
and make a practice of softening
and yielding to what is.

(2)

No gain or good can ever come
by clinging to the contents
of your mind.

Do you want to be right,
or do you want to be happy?

You do not get both.

(3)

Only LOVE is real.

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Prayer for the Day

Funny, how I awakened today
with a splitting headache,
all achey and creaky...
and when I noticed resistance
because I did not like the experience
and yielded immediately, not one
symptom remained.

I looked back on all of life
and thanked the universe
for every experience
and recognized
the perfection of life
as it is.

Today, I offer this practice
for all living beings
who suffer because they cannot
accept the unfolding of life
exactly as it is.

May all living beings be happy.

May no one ever be separated
from their happiness,

And may we all learn to trust
that, no doubt, the universe
is indeed unfolding
exactly as it should.

Amen

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September 27, 2018

Thought for the Day
(For Amma)

There is a certain spiritual arrogance
that is happening within
the nondual community
at this time which I find deeply disturbing.

There is the belief that truth---
as it has been revealed or seen within you
is the Absolute in immaculate clarity
as you experience it,
and thus everyone else
is wrong who hasn't experienced
the View in the same particular manner
as have you.

Truth is truth. But how clear
is the mirror in which it is being
reflected?

There is also a whole lot of
passive-aggressive behavior
on the part of these so-called voices
to dis all other voices out there speaking
and then play all innocent
that this was not what you were doing,
this was not what you meant,
that you were simply misunderstood
and thus the perceiver of the message
was the wrong one for taking it that way.

And then I hear a lot of poor seekers
suffering in confusion doubly.

For first they feel shame
for being a seeker in the first place
and misunderstanding.

And then they feel befuddled
because the various teachers/teachings
do happen to look quite different
when being compared
with one another.

Listen. There are as many teachers
and teachings as there are souls
on this planet.

And when you hear
a particular teacher speak
know this: They may well think
they has seen the Ultimate View,
but that is their ignorance speaking.

How arrogant!

Theirs is simply to present the truth
in the way they are presenting it
because it was and is most helpful
first of all to themselves, and then
to those they are meant to touch.

If the Infinite is...well...infinite,
then you will never cease
growing in width and depth and breadth
of your understanding of it
and your expression or demonstration
of its beauty and radiance.

And for all the precious seekers
out there: allow gravity
to draw you to the teacher
or teaching your heart
most deeply resonates with.

And when your heart
ceases to resonate,
discard it and move on.

That is the nature of growth.

How can you tell when it is time
to move on?

When there is utter peace
about doing so.

If you leave under
any other condition, then you are
leaving before your learning
is complete.

Have great compassion
and appreciation for all paths.

And to all the teachers or voices
that speak for truth out there:

Are you still teachable?

I hear a lot of you talking
about love, but few of you
actually being love.

Do you hear a bigger view
being shared with you by grace
and then try to see how it fits
into the version you have accepted
as reality, or do you take
all that you have realized
and investigate with an open heart?

As far as I can see,
if there is not an openness
and tenderness and generosity,
a graciousness and loving-kindness
and gratitude toward
all beings, teachers, teachings and paths,
then you haven't really realized
much at all.

Physician heal thyself,
for you have not realized as much as
you think you have.

Why can we not celebrate the joyous diversity
in which the One without a second is being
expressed?

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Prayer for the Day

In twelve step programs
they have an acronym
for the word, "HOW."

Honesty

Open mindedness

Willingness

Let me feel myself soften
as I repeat these words to myself
frequently today and see just how gentle,
tender, loving and open
I can allow myself to BE.

How will I allow LIFE to live
this 'me' today?

Amen

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September 26, 2018

Thought for the Day
(For Pam)

I love you, not only for what you are,
but for what I am when I am with you.
I love you, not only
for what you have made of yourself,
but for what you are making of me.
I love you, for the part of me
that you bring out. I love you,
for putting your hand
into my heaped-up heart,
and passing over all the foolish,
weak things that you can’t help
dimly seeing there, and for drawing out,
into the light, all the beautiful belongings
that no one else had looked
quite far enough to find.
I love you, because you are helping me
to make of the lumber of my life,
not a tavern, but a temple.
Out of the works of my every day,
not a reproach, but a song. 
I love you, because you have done
more than any creed
could have done to make me good,
and more than any fate
could have done to make me happy.
You have done it without a touch,
without a word, without a sign.
You have done it by being yourself.
Perhaps that is what
being a friend means, after all.

written by Roy Croft
published in Leaves of God

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Prayer for the Day

Thank you for best friends.

Amen

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September 25, 2018

Thought for the Day

The whole is the Creator or Source
of the part, the part did not
create itself anymore than
it created its Source.

This is as true of you
and your relationship to the Whole,
as it is of the relationship
which exists between knowledge
and perception.

The constellation of the eternal
remains unchanged, unchanging,
unchangeable.

While the constellation
of the partial is ever-changing.

Though born of the changeless,
the partial rises for its time from
and falls back into the eternal.

This is LIFE.

You cannot not but live it.

So why not try to do it
with a bit of gratitude and awe for the gift,
the unrepeatable mystery
which you have been given?

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Prayer for the Day

Thank you for this life.

Amen

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September 24, 2018

Thought for the Day

The body is neither the source
of its own health or its dis-ease,
the mind is, for everything
is born of mind.

Everything, without exception,
is experienced in the mind.

When the mind looks only
to the radiance of the heart,
only then may it be said to be
guided truly.

Do not mistake the presence
of what is judged to be
powerful, highly charged
emotional states, a certain 'high,' if you will,
to be a sign of being in sync with the heart
and following its lead.

A good question to ask oneself
in determining the truth or falsity
of one's deepest intention therefore is,
"Is this ego reducing, or ego reinforcing?"

Do not delude yourself.

Many of the actions
deemed to be highly noble or pure
are little more than a blatant form
of self-aggrandizement, for in the desire
to be helpful, one is actually pursuing
the need to be special.

This constrains one to use
ruthless self-honesty.

In the final analysis, the condition of the body
is determined by what it is being used for.

Is the body seen merely as
a communication device
for the mirror of the mind to use
in the revelation of the heart's radiance,
that it might extend that light infinitely,
bringing truth, love, clarity and beauty
to all that is?

Does it serve humbly, without leaving
a single foot print?

Is it the means of undefiled
self-expression
of the highest order?

Otherwise, you are still very much operating
with a hierarchy of illusions,
another form of rearranging
the deck chairs on the Titanic.

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Prayer for the Day

Thy Will be done in me.

Thy Will be done through me.

Thy Will be done as me.

May this vehicle be naught
but an instrument
in the Hand of God, an instrument
which points only to the invisible ineffable
which carries us all; ever ever less of me,
ever ever more of Thee.

Amen

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September 23, 2018

Thought for the Day

Sunday is practice day.

You can only suffer as a result of believing
what is not true.

Free the mind from the tendency
to lose itself in dark and twisted places,
by believing that the impossible
is not only possible,
but that it has or is happening.

Your freedom lies
in the complete unwillingness
to believe in the impossible.

An unreal self cannot help
but exist in
an unreal reality.

Don't go there.

The awareness of suffering
is a call to inquiry.

What perceptual interpretation or meaning
are you giving to experience
that is untrue?

Watch yourself carefully.

This is your practice for today.

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Prayer for the Day

The most salient question
I can ask myself is this:

Is peace in my awareness?

If it is not, let me see the call
to inquire within.

Amen

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September 22, 2018

Thought for the Day

The mask of i, me, my & mine
will never find what it is looking for
in the world, for no worldly acquisition
or accomplishment can begin to touch
the persistent ache you feel inside.

Nor can finding that special person
fill the dark emptiness which you feel within---
the perception of lack which hovers
about you like a dark cloud
and haunts your insides.

There is only one thing
in the entire universe
which you may never lose
and that is the jewel
in your very own heart.

Here is everything you have been looking for
and more, here is the answer
to every question you have ever had,
the love and peace and happiness
which you seek.

Here is where the ever changeful
and unstable meets its true Self---
the changeless
and discovers HOME.

LOOK there.

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Prayer for the Day

asato mā sadgamaya
tamasomā jyotir gamaya
mrityormāamritam gamaya

Oṁ śhānti śhānti śhāntiḥ

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September 21, 2018

Thought for the Day

Regardless of anything that
you happen to think or believe,
the world you see, the world
that you live in and experience
is simply a representation of your mind.

What you experience is what you are,
and how you choose to engage with it
is how you treat yourself
on the deepest of levels.

When you react to it
in any way other than love,
your are simply adding to the stockpile
of the mental sub-terrain.

Litter that will keep piling up
until you decide that it is time
to start recycling on a massive scale.

The only way to do this is with love,
gentleness, kindness and acceptance.

Simply living a life of constant numbing
and distraction merely ensures that
"you'll be back,,," Given yet another crack
at becoming tender, teachable and pliable.

You shine the darkness away
by turning on the light, my dear!

It is one thing to have achieved
a certain freedom through
understanding what is happening
and having gained the capacity
to soften around life, to lean into it
with tenderness and compassion
rather than contracting
and engaging in battle
through resistance, attachment,
aversion and attempts to control,
or, as some choose, to get into fetal position
and start sucking your thumb.

But in the end, the only actions
which could be said to be truly authentic
and therefore pure are those
which arise from a vacant mind
which responds only from the illumination
of the Self, Whose abode
is none other than the heart.

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Prayer for the Day

What do I treasure?

Is it the mind or the heart?

What I gaze upon I become.

Amen

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September 20, 2018

Thought for the Day

There is only one reason
why people withhold love.

They believe that in doing so
that they are somehow protecting
the imagined self or mask
of i, me, my & mine.

We are one in being.

If one truly knows
Who they changelessly are,
from whom would they withhold?

The notion
is entirely meaningless.

What are we to conclude from this?

If you really and truly wish to awaken,
you must find a way
to move from your head
to your heart, for the head is the domain
of the imagined self or ego.

Thus, the choice to remain
fixated on the mind
is the choice to remain
asleep at the wheel.

There is no other way.

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Prayer for the Day

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

Let it shine, let it shine,
all the time!

Amen

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September 19, 2018

Thought for the Day
(For Thomas)

Yesterday I read a most beautiful quote
by Ramana Maharshi
that touched me in the core of my being---
like the sword of
Manjushri's stainless wisdom
which penetrated so deeply
and quickly that not a single drop
of blood was ever shed.

"The Self is the heart.
Self-luminous illumination
arises from the heart
and reaches the brain, which is
the seat of the mind.
The world is seen with the mind;
so you see the world
through the reflected light of the Self."

Little did I know how deeply
I would rest in these words
and be comforted by them
before the night had passed.

One of the members of our sangha
has a niece who has been
pregnant with twins.

It has not been an easy
first pregnancy.

Her due date was tomorrow,
North Texas Giving Day.

She went to the hospital
around 5:30 PM yesterday
because her contractions
were 5 minutes apart.

She was only dilated to 2cm.

By 10:00 PM she had not progressed
and the boy's heart rates
had dropped and Mommy had a fever
of 101 degrees so they were thinking
more along the lines
of c-section.

Roman was delivered
by c-section at 12:07
and weighed 7 lbs.

Thomas did not make it.

And all this heart can do
is pray and pray and pray
doing Tonglen and surrounding
Mom and Dad, Aunties and Uncles,
Grandma and both baby boys
in the love that has taken full possession
of this heart.

What good is spouting
this world is an illusion,
everything is a creation of your mind,
that is where you have to work with it,
if you lose your humanity
along the way?

If you lose your soft,
raw, beautiful heart?

Of what good is your so-called
enlightenment if you cannot lift those
who hurt in the net of your love
and offer comfort to the grieving,
steadfastness to the lost,
and a heart so large that it can lift up
the entire universe in its sure embrace?

I'm with St Paul on this one.

If you have not love
you are little more than a noisy gong
or clanging cymbal.

You can only meet this world
to the depth that you have dared
to meet yourself; and fallen willingly
into the infinite dark---
the devastating and all-inclusive presence
of everything---
meeting and embracing every bit of it
without turning away from
the agony and the ecstasy of it
for even an instant, only to be delivered
unto LIGHT.

This is the brave new world.

This is the new frontier.

And I implore all of you
to hold up this precious family
in the arms of love today.

And while you are at it,
hold us all.

To deeply engage with being human
and all of life,
to meet it where it is and
as it is... is the grandest of journey's
and I stand in awe
to be alive and entirely open
and welcoming of it all.

***

Prayer for the Day

Come unto Me
all yet who labor
and I will give you rest.

Amen

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September 18, 2018

Thought for the Day

Please allow the following thought
to percolate in the background
of your awareness today.

Let the simple words take flight
and see where they take you.

You sense of identity or self is completely
enmeshed with thoughts and thinking.

Nothing new about that, right?

The reason you experience
so much inner conflict
is because life could give a diddly damn
about serving your idea of yourself.

Life serves truth
and life is 100% faithful to Her.

But while you feel that
life betrays you left and right,
trying to make things difficult for you
simply because it will not dance
to the beat of ego's drum,
kowtowing to your every whim,
life is all the while faithfully
serving the truth of you,
for you are not separate from truth,
and this means that
you are not separate from life.

What if you were to view
everything that arises within
the field of your experience this day,
regardless of whether you consider
it to be inner or outer, as merely
the presence of one of two things:

Either what is happening within you
is in complete harmony with what is
and therefore is resonating at that frequency,
or what is happening within you is not
in harmony with what is and is therefore
being brought to your attention
so that it may find healing and sure release
simply by being brought to light.

What if you were to approach life
as an opportunity, rather than
seeing it as an obstacle
which was constantly being
pitted against you?

Is it ego that provides you safety,
healing, love and light
or is it truth?

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Prayer for the Day

Help me be faithful to truth
and trust.

Amen

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September 17, 2018

Thought for the Day

To keep things short and sweet
we will limit today's thought
to three simple questions.

Question #1

How can you seek to join,
to experience oneness or union
and yet remain separate,
protecting the illusory state
of the imagined self
and not experience suffering?

In other words, how could you seek
to have both experiences simultaneously
and hope to accomplish anything
other than disharmony, conflict and pain?

The you who seeks it
will never find it because
the seeker is the problem.

All you can do is recognize
what is already here.

Question #2

How is it that the very thing
which you want above all else
and devote your entire lives in search of
is also the very thing which
terrifies you most?

LOVE.

You want it, and yet you don't.

Why?

Because you are terridied
of love swallowing you whole.

And that, I promise you,
she will indeed do.

There is no greater GIFT.

And when you open your heart to her
you will find it to be true
that never was so much given
you for so little.

Question #3

How could the world be anything
but illusion, which naturally includes
the self you think is you
when everything that is remains with God
and God remains with it?

My precious child, you rest in God
and nowhere else.

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Prayer for the Day

No matter how hard we try
the one thing which we will never do
is to be able to make God
a part of our dream.

There is no returning to God
as there is no such thing
as ever having left
in the first place.

The only thing we can do
is draw our line in the sand
and unequivocally proclaim,
"The dream ends here."

Amen

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September 16, 2018

Thought for the Day

Sunday is practice day.

True relationship both seeks
and recognizes union,
and nothing else.

A relationship which is based
on the idea of separation;
separate selves relating to something
or someone else which is also separate
is a mockery of true relationship.

It is a relationship between egos
and is based on the idea of use.

It is formulated upon
this singular drive:

'How can I get you to do
what I want you to do?

How can I get you to fulfill
my needs and my desires?"

Thus, today's assignment
is called 'union or separation.'

Watch yourself carefully.

When you see that you are
relating with anyone
or anything based on the premise
of use, take a step back,
breathe, and feel yourself
soften within, yielding deeply and joining.

Release all expectations,
choosing rather, to recognize
the gratitude which is felt
for the genuine relationship you share
with someone or something inseparable
from your very.self.

With wholeheartedness,
offer a silent blessing
with true sincerity and appreciation.

This is all.

You have our blessings as you
practice well today.

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Prayer for the Day

Remember in the movie, Avatar,
how the Na'vi greeted one another?

"I see you."

This they would say this as they looked
into the other's eyes,
gently placing their right hand upon
the left forearm of the other person,
or, alternatively, on their shoulder or cheek, 
while the other person did the same. 

They did this so that they would be
physically positioned with one another
heart-to-heart, 

This is my intention today,
dear world.

To see you, to truly see you
and to love all of life infinitely
as it is, in humble recognition
that there is no 'me' without 'you.'

Amen

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September 15, 2018

Thought for the Day

No discussion about relationship
would be complete without a discussion
of our "Bob" relationship.

In 2001, a group of us were studying
A Course In Miracles and we came across
a workbook lesson that asked us
to think of the one person
in our lives with whom we struggled most,
who quite literally drove us nuts.

We were to think about all
his character flaws, to itemize
all the things we did not like,
and then see them in the space before
us shrouded entirely in light.

We were then asked to think of one
whom we cared deeply for,
and see them standing next
to the one with whom
we experience great difficulty.

They, too, were shrouded in light.

And as we watched them both carefully,
we were to observe the light
engulfing them fully
as one boundless beautiful effulgent light.

Next we were to see them joined;
sharing, extending and directing
this light toward us.

We talked quite a bit in that class
about this lesson
and made a pact with one another
that we would work
on bringing complete healing
within this one relationship,
if it took our whole life in order to do so.

And we took it a step further
as we determined as a class
to support one another fully
in the healing process.

One by one we went around the room
and shared deeply from the heart
about our struggles, disappointments
and seeming failures at bringing
the lessons of forgiveness and healing
within this one relationship.

One of our class members,
let's call him Wayne,
was the calmest human being
I had ever met.

It seemed like nothing ever
really perturbed him
and he was as generous a man
as he was kind and gentle.

When it came time for Wayne
to share about his chosen relationship,
he spoke of his co-worker
named "Bob."

Bob had apparently just bought
himself a new P T Cruiser
and that was all Bob would ever talk about.

He had photos of his car,
photos of him with his car,
photos of him polishing his car,
and he even went out every day at lunch
to polish the car some more
and take more photos.

As Wayne spoke,
we each beheld our mild-mannered
friend transform into
a crazed lunatic.

I mean he went full-on exorcist.

I laughed so hard
I nearly peed my pants.

Since then, we have all affectionately
nicknamed this relationship
"our Bob."

Now the universe
usually only gives us one "Bob"
to work with in any given lifetime
because the relationship is lifelong.

Thus, the lessons to be learned
from this one are truly unlimited.

This being the case,
who could really handle more than one?

Both you and your "Bob"
have reached a level simultaneously
where the teaching-learning ratio
is perfectly matched with one another.

This does not necessarily mean
that you are both in the same place spiritually;
it simply means that what you
have to both teach and learn from each other
is perfectly tailored to help you both
grow maximumly over the course
of your lives.

It does not mean that either party
necessarily recognizes this.

In fact, in most cases, they do not.

Often the relationship
is hallmarked with hostility
and this hostility may be lifelong.

But the most important thing
to say about this relationship
is that should both parties
choose to learn it together,
the perfect lesson and the final lesson
we each must master may be learned
within the domain of this one relationship.

What is this lesson?

This one, standing in the space before you
is more than brother, he is your very Self.

To look on this one
and behold the face of innocence
is the greatest lesson
anyone could ever hope to accomplish.

And to actually welcome them back
into your heart as your very Self
is the pinnacle of achievement
for one who truly longs for freedom.

If this lesson is truly learned,
they become, together,
saviors in the world.

***

Prayer for the Day

I love you, Bob.

Take my hand,
and let the healing begin.

For it's
FREEDOM or bust!

Amen

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September 14, 2018

Thought for the Day

Remember the old algebra equation?

If A = C and B = C,
then A = B.

Christ is true relationship,
which means that
Christ is holy relationship.

And Christ is the singular reality
within you.

Nothing else about who you think
you are and what you believe
is real actually is.

This being said, the all-inclusive
relationship which begins within you
and expands infinitely in all directions
to include every living thing
is the Christ or Reality.

This Reality exists in seed form
within every living thing
without exception.

The seed contains within it
the fully realized Christ; yet to realize
its full potential, to become the embodiment
of what it inherently already is,
it needs the relationship it shares
with all living things, much the same
as any seed requires the relationship it shares
with soil, air, water and sunlight
in order to develop into its full potential.

Your work in this life
is one of yielding to a process
which allows the Christ seed within you
to ripen and develop into
its fullness of being.

And the relationship you share
with all living things
is to be an active participant
and a willing learner
in this universal unfolding
which is occurring everywhere
throughout all time
on the grandest of scales.

This requires a total commitment
to the unfolding of Christ
within your awareness
and a keen recognition that
your relationship with your world
provides the necessary friction
to bring this timely unfolding about---
much like the process of creating a pearl.

Any relationship becomes
a holy relationship when both parties
are able to see the truth
within one another, when they are able
to behold the face of innocence,
when they are able to feel
the holiness within each other.

Relationships rarely begin in holiness,
but this is always the goal.

But know this...

Any relationship which is
transformed to one of holiness
has accomplished something precious;
something which expands infinitely
to touch all living things,
and all of us...all of us.... have traveled
an infinite number of steps further
along the path of awakening
because of what you have chosen
to be accomplished within you
in this exceedingly precious human life
with which you have been graced.

***

Prayer for the Day

I dedicate my life today entirely
to the discovery of the Christ
within every relationship
I encounter.

So may I live each day.

Please provide the Help
I need along the way
to bring this yearning
to full fruition.

Amen

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September 13, 2018

Thought for the Day

As we continue exploring
the nature of relationship, a salient point
which was made yesterday
bears repeating and further exploration:

"In truth, healing is as meaningless a term
as is time.

The illusion of one, wholly accepted
as real, permits the necessity
of the other."

In truth, time is only a concept,
wholly unreal, which is
fabricated by the mind so that everything
doesn't appear to happen to us
all at once.

Without this belief,
there could be no discussion
about relationship,
there being only the One without a second
abiding in an eternal Now
with neither beginning nor end.

But with the acceptance of the belief in time,
comes the idea of separation;
of beginnings and endings
and all manner of relationships
spring into apparent being.

Thus, it is imperative that we keep
in the forefront of both heart and mind
with regard to all relationships
the knowing that nothing real
can either be lost or threatened.

For it is in the very nature
of the next type of relationship
where we are forced by life to begin to learn
the exquisite and unspeakable
heartbreaking and heart-transforming nature
of love and trust, of deep acceptance
and of letting go.

Love always loves completely.

If it does not give itself completely,
then it wasn't really love.

And if what we are calling love
can be lost, it was not love either.

Love gives all of itself without expectation
and with a gentle open hand.

One has to have learned much
in their exploration
of self love and acceptance in order
to conduct themselves skillfully
within the domain
of this type of relationship.

The main reason why this type
of relationship is so difficult for most
is because we enter into the relationship
believing that it is for a lifetime,
only to discover throughout the course
of relating that the destiny
of the relationship
was only a season.

This category of relationship
is hallmarked by its intensity.

When both have learned
as much as they can together,
the parties separate and move forward
in different directions.

By and large, human beings
do not do change well.

In a world of impermanence,
we seek desperately for permanence.

Paulo Coelho said:

“Anyone who has lost something
they thought was theirs forever
finally comes to realize that
nothing really belongs to them.” 

And Alan Watts said:

“The only way to make sense
out of change is to plunge into it,
move with it, and join the dance.” 

Love knows it can never be lost,
and in this knowing
it offers itself in total freedom.

How skillful are you
in loving completely
but with an open hand?

How skillful are you
in letting go, allowing the seeming
journey of one near and dear
to continue without you?

Is it the proximity of a body
which you love and hold so dear,
to which you are so attached?

Or do you recognize that the love
uncovered and discovered
within your precious beating heart
is sacred and is yours forever?

Can you trust that this one
will return again, the circle of their lives
having never really left yours
and you will dance your dance again
because it is the destiny
of all relationships
to become holy?

Do you know?

Do you know?

Holiness is Eternity.

***

Prayer for the Day

Can anything touch the majesty
of the fully human and the fully divine
when one discovers
what it means to love completely?

So may I live
each and every moment
of this life.

Amen

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September 12, 2018

Thought for the Day

Yesterday we said the following
about relationship:

"All relationship exists as a means
of or for communication.

And all communication serves
but one of two purposes:

It is either a tool to be employed
for the purpose of self-deception, or it is
deeply rooted in what you know
to be the truth about all relationship----
that we share the same Source,
that this Source lives deeply within
the very being of all things manifest,
and that there is no one or thing
which this Source does not cherish
and hold dear with neither judgment
nor condition."

You were asked to begin
our journey into the nature of relationship
by looking carefully at
your relationship with yourself.

Before we share our message for today,
let us identify three understandings
which are pivotal to relationship:

(1)

When the mind has blocked out
the awareness of ItSelf,
it has made itself vulnerable
to attack because it has already
attacked itself.

(2)

Help and healing are what is
when these blocks
are removed.

(3)

When we speak of the purpose
of relationship being that of communication,
we are referring to the restoration
of the awareness of wholeness.

This, alone, is healing.

In truth, healing is as meaningless a term
as is time.

The illusion of one, wholly accepted
as real, permits the necessity
of the other.

~~~~~~~~~

The type of relationship
you are asked to be aware of today
is the simplest form
that relationship takes.

There is no relationship,
regardless how brief the encounter,
from which you cannot learn.

Every encounter has been
carefully planned and orchestrated
by a living intelligence of such immensity;
one which the human mind
is entirely incapable of comprehending.

There are no accidents.

Every relationship you encounter
happens because the universe has seen
that there is a great potential
for healing for all parties concerned.

Each has been carefully prepared
ahead of time for the encounter.

So today you are asked
to look carefully at what you would
call superficial relationships
or casual encounters.

These might include
someone with whom you make
brief eye contact,
the cashier in the checkout
at the supermarket,
the panhandler on the corner,
or a child that ploughs into you
who was not watching
where they were going.

Each of these encounters
has a huge potential for healing.

For even in the briefest of encounters,
there is always the opportunity
for those involved to entirely lose sight of
the imagined self and its separate interests.

One instant is all it takes
for healing to occur.

With great hope
we present to you the gift
of this day.

Are you willing to look
at every encounter
with fresh eyes and an open heart?

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

***

Prayer for the Day

I will be the One.

Amen

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September 11, 2018

Thought for the Day

You exist in relationship.

You exist as relationship.

And so you are relationship.

Because this is the nature of all existence,
and because relationship
is misunderstood by virtually everyone,
more often than not it is complicated
with complexity, is frequently messy
and as uncertain and changeable
as the direction of the wind.

Thus, we will begin by looking carefully
at the nature of relationship; with special attention
to those relationships
which you encounter regularly if not daily.

All relationship exists as a means
of or for communication.

And all communication serves
but one of two purposes:

It is either a tool to be employed
for the purpose of self-deception, or it is
deeply rooted in what you know
to be the truth about all relationship----
that we share the same Source,
that this Source lives deeply within
the very being of all things manifest,
and that there is no one or thing
which this Source does not cherish
and hold dear with neither judgment
nor condition.

What are the implications
of such a realization?

Relationship was designed as the means
for bringing truth to light.

For the whole of your life thus far,
you have looked to relationship
in order to fill perceived lack,
to provide you with a sense
of safety and completion,
to be the one thing
upon which you could
always count.

But, my dear, the purpose of relationship
is not to make you happy
nor to feel fulfilled,
the purpose of relationship
is to help you to wake the hell up.

And so the first relationship
to which we look is the one
you have with yourself.

Until you begin to relate to yourself
with great kindness and compassion,
with tenderness and a forever gentle mercy,
you will know nothing
about the nature of true relating.

And so today you are asked
to be very aware
of how you are relating to you.

Are you punitive and judgmental?

Is there a harsh and strident
tone you take with you?

Is the mind filled with
a lot of should's, musts, and out-to-haves?

Or are you pressed down and running over
with kindness and compassion,
gentleness and mercy toward yourself?

Can you relate to you
as if you were giving the infant Jesus
or baby Buddha a bath
at all times and il all ways?

For if the way in which you relate to you
doesn't make you feel more free
and more loved, you can safely assume
you are not seeing clearly.

***

Prayer for the Day

May rivers of mercy
and loving kindness
flow from me to me.

Amen

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September 10, 2018

Thought for the Day

Every form is a symbol
and every symbol is representative of
something. It is a finger or signpost
which points to something
which is not of form, something
which is entirely formless.

Thus, looking beyond form itself
to content is what matters most.

The only reality
which should be accorded
to anything in the world of form
is what the symbols
that are being presented
represent.

This can be but fear or love.

Whatever arises
and no matter what seems to be
or happen, there is always
only one answer:

More LOVE.

For everything is either
an expression of love
or a desperate plea for it.

***

Prayer for the Day

Wholeheartedly
may I walk this world
an unobscurated expression
of LOVE which knows
no limits and no bounds.

Amen

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September 9, 2018

Thought for the Day
(For Bill.)

Sunday is practice day.

Your assignment for today
is to remain totally attuned
to everything in your inner world,
even the subtlest arisings.

Whenever the experience of peace
is no longer in your awareness,
which means that you are aware of conflict,
even in its most unobtrusive forms,
hit the pause button
and remind yourself of these three things:

(1)

I am mistaken.

For I am believing that
the separated self and its world
are real.

(2)

There can be no conflict
between EVERYTHING and nothing.

I cannot make nothing
into something, in my mind,
and still be aware of EVERYTHING.

For what is EVERYTHING
leaves room for nothing else.

This means that as long as I try
to hold onto two identities,
the world will not change
and I will not know
who I am.

(3)

Thus, I, as awareness, take a step back
and both invite and allow
the total replacement
of the ego-self with that of
the Christ-Self.

***

This is all.

May your practicing
bring you joy and the blessedness
of boundless peace.

And may the grace of the Absolute
shine effulgently upon you.

***

Prayer for the Day

May I practice well
for the sake of each and every one of us.

Amen

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September 8, 2018

Thought for the Day

It will be extremely difficult
for you to ever SEE CLEARLY in this life
if you do not truly get this,
if it do not allow it to sift
into the very depth of your being
where it already abides
as your most sacred and inalienable truth:

There is nothing real
that you need
defense against or saving from,
nor does anyone else for that matter.

Everyone is already as free
as you are.

Instead of monkeying constantly with form,
I. e,. thoughts, feelings & actions,
connect in the immaculate stillness
of the present with your essence,
pure undifferentiated spirit,
allowing It to express itself
effortlessly and unobscurated
through the body/mind.

Here is what you are looking for.

Here is what
you have always been looking for.

Here is raw, limitless power----
unbound availability
and vulnerability.

Here you can love completely
and allow yourself to be completely loved.

This will never fail you
when the pseudo-doer steps back
and allows Her to lead the way!

***

Prayer for the Day

Oh, Light which illuminates
the entire universe
live me.

Amen

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September 7, 2018

Thought for the Day

Yesterday the following was said
in the TFTD:

"An unreal self, or ego, does not mean
illusion but nonetheless still there,
it means not there, never there
and never could be there."

And on September 3, 2018,
the TFTD said this:

"The state of wholeheartedness
is the by-product
of a life which is lived
in the earnestness and fervor
of true prayer.

When the mind yearns only for God,
only for truth, only for Self Awareness,
gladly does it offer itself fully
to the wisdom of the heart.

For union must first be attained within you
(the yielding of the mind to the heart)
before it is realized with all else.

This is the end of the separated state,
thus, it is the end of the reign of ego.

And it is the end of a life
of endless distractions
because you are afraid of truth.

How long, dear one, how long?

How long will you keep running
from the Self you forever are?"

~~~~~~~~~

Until you see clearly how deeply you believe
that the imagined self is real,
there is no way for the the mind
to surrender to the heart,
and there is no way for you to stop
the incessant battle that
you have going on between your ears.

Never never never forget
that you see what you are not
from what you are
but you cannot see what you are
from what you are not
because what you are not
is not only not real,
it is not there.

But as long as the belief
that the ego does exist and that it poses as you,
for so long will you engage
in a battle which can never be won.

Ever.

By anyone.

...or perhaps it's just that you haven't had
your ass kicked by your mind
enough yet.

***

Prayer for the Day

White flag waving.

I get it.

Amen

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September 6, 2018

Thought for the Day

We offer you a homework assignment
to practice in the laboratory of life
as you go about the business of your day.

The reason that you suffer is because you believe
there are two selves within you
who are doing battle with one another
in an attempt to gain control.

Sometimes you feel as though
it is you who engage in this war
because you want one identity
to have dominion, while the other
is cast into oblivion, or, at the very least,
sent into permanent exile.

But this is not the case
and if you practice today with sincerity,
you will begin to grasp
how deeply you do believe this
to be the truth.

We ask that you take note
that there is no interior experience
you encounter in which you do not enter
with this belief already firmly in place
in your mind prior to that experience.

Can you see that this world
is the projection of that belief?

How else could you possibly account
for the seductive nature of all this misery,
unchallenged ignorance, chaos
and confusion which ensues?

Dear child of God, there are not two selves
battling within you,
a real self and and unreal self.

Yet on the deepest of levels
you do believe this completely,
and the world you experience
is but its effect.

Be completely honest with yourself
taking notice just how often
the mind feels conflicted.

This is the real time demonstration
of your belief in a battle between two selves
which you have established
beforehand.

An unreal self, or ego, does not mean
illusion but nonetheless still there,
it means not there, never there
and never could be there.

After seeing this dynamic in action
as it plays out in your mind
try saying this mantra
to yourself:
"
"The conflict can only continue
for as long as I believe
the ego is real."

And then see what happens
as you loosen the grip you have
on the belief that the ego,
although accepted as an illusion,
is still somehow actually there
and existent.

The ego is simply a belief
which cannot and does not
stand the test of light
when you challenge
the assumption.

A false cause can have no effects
unless that cause is presumed
to be real beforehand.

There can never be a battle
between the true and the untrue
but you will nevertheless
feel this battle as if it were real
for so long as you give
credence to the belief
in the imagined self.

Are you done with these silly games?

***

Prayer for the Day

Game over.

Amen

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September 5, 2018

Thought for the Day

Yesterday I had two different encounters that stuck with me all through the night. Now this is not a regular occurrence
by any means. So when something like that sticks, I pay close attention.

In the first experience, a woman very near and dear to this heart entered my home and she was sighing so heavily and slamming things about, making lots and lots of noise. And as I connected deeply with her, there was such a palpable sense of suffering, of life being such a burden to her. The pain I felt was so exquisite that I had to stop and do Tonglen for her immediately.

I spoke with her about it a bit later.

She had been utterly unaware, having been wrapped up in a state of 'doing,' trying to get tasks completed in a timely fashion.

She wanted to chalk it up to her diagnosis of COPD.

I have been an RN for 42 years now and what was experienced was not COPD. It was s-u-f-f-e-r-i-n-g. Plain and simple.

And during the night I seemed to be spoken to by many beings including HH the Dalai Lama. The basic gist of it all was that this was a very good sign.

No one awakens unless they feel the impact of their suffering. Hers just hadn't made it to the surface. Yet.

The second experience happened when another woman, also so dear to this heart, dearer than my very breath, rose in her true Bodhisattva glory to comfort another who has suffered deep disappointments with family not being there for her the way she longed for them in her present time of great need, having recently undergone surgery.

The woman spoke of how she had also longed and ached to be loved unconditionally and one day heard a message which said, "It's okay to want these things. You can have them. You just can't have them with the one who you are trying to get them from. They will come to you from others."

Her message was about the blessings of sangha and how one discovers their true family.

And in the night I heard that everyone is aching and longing to be loved and accepted fully. To feel safe and protected, and that everyone tries and tries and tries to find this outside of themselves to no avail, the last and deepest is the letting go of ancient roots that tell us that it is from family we should be able to receive such mercy.

And I am here to tell you this.

Yours is the love for which you long, your love and the love of your Creator.

That ache will remain and it will grow in fervency until it is received from the Beloved.

When I experienced this, wave after wave of love held me for what seemed an eternity, as I am, without condition, as every belief I have ever had frothed to the surface to be washed clean in a love so immaculate and holy I scarce can speak of it without swooning.

I knew....I knew....
.... that I was so deeply cherished and adored.

It it truly true that love heals all.

That presence, so loving and unconditionally accepting has never left. It sees through these eyes, it hears through these ears, it speaks through this mouth, it touches with these hands, walks with these feet and most importantly, loves all through this heart. Love now oozes from every cell and every pore as it pours itself out unto all living things.

But wait. I have one additional experience to share.

Months ago on FB someone got both defensive and aggressive with me over a TFTD I had posted.

Her argument?

There is no God. We are God. What one encounters is merely themselves.

To which I will say this.

It is true that when one has such an experience there is nothing left sufficiently distinct so as to be able to say "this is the Beloved, this is myself."

But here is where we have to spit hairs.

You did not create yourself. You did not rise from nothing, arise from the Void, create the Big Bang, and all of this we see.

You had a Source.

You did not create your Source.

And though it is true you are the Absolute's Own Self-extension, that you are literally created of God stuff, you will forever and forever be the effect of that Original Cause.

So there you have it, dear heart friends.

May your day be beautiful and sacred to you.

And may you find rest unto your soul from Everlasting to Everlasting.

Infinite Love,


pelkyong
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Prayer for the Day

LESSON 248

Whatever Suffers Is Not Part Of Me.

I have disowned the truth. Now let me be as faithful in disowning falsity. Whatever suffers is not part of me. What grieves is not myself. What is in pain is but illusion in my mind. What dies was never living in reality, and did but mock the truth about myself. Now I disown self-concepts and deceits and lies about the holy Son of God. Now am I ready to accept him back as God created him, and as he is.

Father, my ancient love for You returns, and lets me love Your Son again as well. Father, I am as You created me. Now is Your Love remembered, and my own. Now do I understand that they are one. 

Amen

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September 4, 2018

Thought for the Day

Rarely has the mind
not felt conflicted, for the mind
is very fickle.

It operates under the pretense
that reality is here to serve the mind,
when the mind is only useful
in helping us navigate
and function in the world.

Be willing to look honestly
at how the mind has bastardized
every single relationship
which you have ever had.

Because you see, with the mind,
you are not in relationship
with people, you are in relationship
with your definition
of who that person is,
and when they fail to live up to
the expectations you have for them,
when they are simply being
'themselves,' you turn on them
in anger and judgment,
hurt and betrayal.

But who has betrayed whom?

This is life in the mind.

You have had years of therapy,
read a gazillion self-help books,
studied this thing and that thing, and look
where it has gotten you?

Is not the mind still nuts?

Yes, the mind is the enemy
you do know.

Better to stick with the one that you know
rather than the one that you don't.

But a good friend of mine
who is a psychoanalyst once said
to me of the mind:

"When you are sitting in a pile of shit,
it may feel safe, it may feel warm,
it may feel familiar, but never ever forget
that it is still a pile of shit."

Listen, my dear....You are being called
to live a life from the heart,
the center of your being.

Let's face it.

You do have a lifetime of experience
with living life
from the mind's perspective.

But what has this really gotten you?

Do you feel an extraordinary
state of peace,
despite whatever difficulties arise?

Do you have an overwhelming sense
that you are not alone,
that you never have been alone
nor could you ever be?

While the world seems to fall
into deeper and deeper conflict,
do you feel an eternal presence
of something which is conflict free?

All this the life of the heart
is here to offer you.

And so much more...
so much more.

Today, be willing to begin
with this simple exercise.

When feeling overburdened
and oppressed by life
and the constant yammering
of the mind, take a few moments
to return to your breath
and breathe in and breathe out
from the heart center.

Let your life, the life of the mind,
and that of your body be your laboratory.

Be curious.

What do you find?

And do share if you feel like doing so.

***

Prayer for the Day

It may well feel as though
I am being asked to step out
on the end of a limb,
but have you ever noticed
that it's at the end of the limb
that the fruit grows?

Help me today
as I choose to follow
the heart's lead.

Amen

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September 3, 2018

Thought for the Day

The state of wholeheartedness
is the by-product
of a life which is lived
in the earnestness and fervor
of true prayer.

When the mind yearns only for God,
only for truth, only for Self Awareness,
gladly does it offer itself fully
to the wisdom of the heart.

For union must first be attained within you
before it is realized with all else.

This is the end of the separated state,
thus, it is the end of the reign of ego.

And it is the end of a life
of endless distractions
because you are afraid of truth.

How long, dear one, how long?

How long will you keep running
from the Self you forever are?

***

Prayer for the Day

Turning turning turning
like a moth to a flame.

It is naught but Thee,
oh God.

Naught but Thee.

Amen

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September 2, 2018

Thought for the Day
(For Susana)

Sunday is practice day.

Let us be very very clear
about what we mean
when we speak of surrender.

For many, even the word
is terrifying.

But to whom is it terrifying?

When you say "It is me, I am afraid,"
to whom are you referring?

Where are they?

Can you find then?

Look for them.

What do you find?

You cannot really offer up
a self which has
no inherent existence.

So what is surrender?

In true surrender
you are relinquishing the belief
that there ever was an 'i'
in need of redemption
or salvaging in the first place.

As A Course In Miracles says,
"never was so much given
for so little."

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

This is your practice for today.

Be vigilant in your awareness
of your inner experience of life..

Notice whenever the feeling sense of 'i' arises
and simply fall back, breathe, and rest
in the simplicity of being.

***

Prayer for the Day

No me, no problem.

Amen

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September 1, 2018

Thought for the Day

Those who conduct their lives
under the fallacious mystique
that it is easier for them to be
loving, kind and compassionate
toward others than to themselves
are not only misguided, but engaging
in a form of self-deception
which has mythical proportions.

It is impossible to meet another
any deeper or kinder or more loving
than you have dared
to meet yourself.

For how can you share with your world
what you do not know personally?

Why then do we withhold love
and compassion from ourselves?

Withholding love from oneself
is the means by which the self concept
is continuously groomed
and held firmly in place.

Think about it.

Send someone on a wild goose chase,
looking for love in all the wrong places.

Convince him to look everywhere
but the one place where it
may surely be found.

And make them afraid to look within.

Why?

Because you have successfully
convinced them that were they to truly look,
what they would uncover would be
so vile and repulsive,
that they could no longer
bear to go on.

Now you have created your own
Kobayashi Maru, or no-win scenario.

Now you may remain
empty and ever longing, a life-long seeker
but never a finder.

The self concept consists
of beliefs, memories, positionalities,
judgments, opinions, cherished wrongs
and inflamed grievances---
all of which collectively comprise
the mask of i, me, my & mine.

These would surely be at stake;
they would tumble to the ground
were you to sweep inside your being
and discover a love which was as vast
as it is tender, that was undeniably
and uncompromisingly
without condition.

Here you would be met
with such holiness
you could not help but real eyes
who you truly are
and in that knowing, remember God.

***

Prayer for the Day

The journey of looking
deeply within
begins now.

I am ready, Lord, I am ready.

Amen

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