January 19, 2020

Thought for the Day

Sunday is practice day.

Whenever unhappiness, resistance
or the urge to fix, change
or control arises, remind yourself
of the following truths:

The secret of peace
is the willingness to give welcome
to what is.

Everything is exactly the way
it is supposed to be.
It is the ego that wants
things to be different and strives
to inflict change upon what is.

If I do not feed the ego
by giving it the attention that it seeks,
the wonder and magnificence
of the living now
will begin to present itself.

Even in the crucible of pain,
the sacredness of the living now
is available without limit.

Whoever said that the script
which I want to force upon the world
is best?

The only way to have peace
is to choose peace of mind
in this very moment
and within these circumstances.

I do not need to have
the last word
nor do I have to be right.

Healing begins
the instant I relinquish
judgment.

I can only be hurt
by my own thoughts.

Everything is perfect
precisely as it is.

There is no problem which
opening to love's presence
cannot solve.

I am being offered the living sacrament
of the present moment
and God is here.

Shall I refuse such a gift?

Do share how the day unfolds.

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Prayer for the Day

Today
I give PEACE a chance.

Bless every noble effort
offered by anyone
anywhere this day.

Amen

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January 18, 2020

Thought for the Day

When there is no eminent danger,
you have absolutely no legitimate reason
to be afraid of anything. Period.

Got that?

Time to start calling yourself
on your own ca-ca, dears.

With time, you will come to see
that whatever arises,
you have every reason to trust life.

Therefore the equation looks like this:

fear = 0%
trust = 100%

Stepping into the unknown
unencumbered is pure bliss.

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Prayer for the Day

If you do not listen to the mind,
the mantra is really rather simple:

Don't sweat.

Thank you for the gift
of clear seeing.

Amen

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January 17, 2020

Thought for the Day

Practicing the mechanics of something
is not the same thing
as the direct experience of it.

How could your efforts reveal
the staggering brilliance
of what is?

Remember, you are not the doer,
you are the allower.

Allow the power of God that is within you
to step forward for just one instant
and you will never again deny it
nor fail to call upon It
to live Itself through you.

All doubts must disappear in the presence
of such unadulterated holiness
before which the entire universe
quite literally bows
in humility and gratitude.

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Prayer for the Day

A Bible verse haunts
both mind and heart today:

"Unless the single grain of wheat dies,
it remains a single grain,
and it will never bear much fruit."
John 12:24

How else do we experience
anything truly
unless we die to who we think we are---
that Divinity may be expressed
unobscurated in It's immaculate totality---
minus I, me, my and mine?

LIVE THOU ME

Amen

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January 16, 2020

Thought for the Day

Surrender, my child, is about
receiving.

A vessel full, which is wholly pouring out
of self, isn't ready to receive anything.

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Prayer for the Day

How can I be open to receive anything
when fear is my robotic reaction
to darn near everything that happens
when I have a vested interest
in the outcome?

Whenever I react to what is
emotionally, that is a great big red flag
that I am drawing from my past 
and projecting those concerns
upon my present experience.

Help me today,
as I attempt to approach
everything that happens
with genuine curiosity
and trust.

Amen

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January 15, 2020

Thought for the Day

How cruel and uncaring
to misuse someone you profess to love
for your own ego support.

When have you ever given
a single instant over entirely
to your inner teacher
to use without some sort
of interference on your part?

Mandating the terms and conditions
of your release is not surrender.

Is it any wonder that your life
is as it is?

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Prayer for the Day

A good long look at oneself
is sobering, to say the least.

I think I've had
a come to Jesus
moment.

White flag waving.

Amen

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Thought for the Day

January 14, 2020

It is not enough to recognize
an illusion as an illusion.

Take, for example the statement
which we have made frequently that
you cannot make the meaningless
meaningful and ever transcend it.

You cannot make something
which is nothing
into something, and then
hold the expectation
that it is possible to grow beyond it.

For having made it real to you,
if will feel very real indeed.

And any belief which still has the capacity
to spark an emotional reaction from you
has not really been released at all.

Got that?

The reaction tells you that
the belief still holds sway over you
and the core belief is alive and kickin'.

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Prayer for the Day

Today, let me watch for the presence
of afflictive emotions
and ask myself, "What am I believing
that isn't true? Why is this
eliciting defensiveness?
Who feels threatened by this?"

And then let me turn it over
to the Divine Therapist
in sincerity and humility,
for I truly do want to be free.

Amen

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January 13, 2020

Thought for the Day

Be brave.

There is nothing
which you cannot face.

It is only a thought (or thoughts)
which seeks to tell you otherwise.

You tell me, why would you turn
to your mind for advise on anything whatsoever
when it never ever forgets
for a single instant what it stands to lose
if it doesn't keep you busy
with its gymnastics?

Its singular aim
is to get you to bite the hook;
for if you do, the game is over
and mind has won.

The mind is thoroughly committed
to the preservation of the false self.

If you haven't figured that one out
by now, it's no wonder
you're miserable.

Your mind has one goal
to which it is unflinchingly loyal:

Defend and protect
the ego's belief system at all cost,
for this is what keeps it
propped up.

Stop waiting for your life
to become easy
or different or better than it is.

This is it, in all its magnificent
nail-biting, seat of your pants glory.

If you were given the choice
between the life you have
and death, which would you choose?

Can you not see that the challenges
are there to help you grow
and that what you have is such
an amazing and beautiful life?

This is the biggest trap
ego has in its arsenal to keep you
lost in the weeds---wanting things
to be different.

The only worthy prayer
is not one for change in circumstances
but for you to change
within the circumstances
which have been given you to live.

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Prayer for the Day

Thank you for my precious perfect
wild and crazy life.

Use my life to help me
change and grow.

I vow to begin by working
on complaining,
judging and resisting.

I choose to trust
rather than devolve into a puddle
of fear and discontent.

I am grateful for everything.

May I live the life
which grace has given me
in such a way that it speaks
only of LOVE and trust.

Amen

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January 12, 2020

Thought for the Day

Sunday is practice day.

It is the work of Christ
which sets us free,
not our own efforts.

When you feel yourself
efforting....doing...
your job is to relax...take a breath...
and to then take a step back...and surrender.

Soften....lean in...trust.

Remember...
"I need do nothing."

Every effort on your part
is an avoidance tactic...a delay mechanism.

We need only welcome GRACE,
then get out of the way
and allow.

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Prayer for the Day

Do you real eyes
that when you make this hard,
you are covertly doing so
in order to preserve
egoic identity?

Allow is the word for the day.

Moment by moment,
I let go and let God.

Amen

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January 11, 2020

Thought for the Day

All the Holy Spirit needs
is one teensy tiny infinitesimal instant
which is given utterly to Him---
an instant in which you stand
naked and undefended---
in order for Him to sweep in majestically
at the speed of LIGHT
to enfold you in the wings of peace.

Trust me. I know firsthand.

It takes longer to teach you how
to do this, to be willing to do this,
to not be afraid to offer your head and your heart,
to real eyes that this is the only thing
you want in the entire universe,
than it takes for Him to give you
what you already have and cannot lose
because it's what you forever are.

***

Prayer for the Day

Thank you
thank you
thank you
for the GIFT.

Amen

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January 10, 2020

Thought for the Day

Anytime you make something
your problem, something which you must resolve,
you are resisting the now and tacitly implying
that you do not want what is,
you want something else,
it should be different,
which is really all about you
trying to tell God how
to do His job.

Hey...I've got one theme
song and it is playing all the time:

"It's none of my beeswax.
This is God's problem, not mine."

True faith recognizes gratefully
that you are in charge of nothing
and gladly takes its position the back seat,
opting, rather, to trust.

Thoughts arise, so what?

Afflicting emotions
are upfront and center.

So what?

Surrender your little ole
pea pickin' heart
to the Divine Therapist
and allow purification to continue.

Any conflict you feel
from what is arising is the meaning
which you and you alone have given it
and reminds you that 
you've taken the wheel again.

If it's happening, it is supposed to.

Plain and simple.

When you are attached to any experience,
that is not truth you're holding onto...that is not God...
that is a thought you're clinging to.

And a thought is already past.

Stay here.

Calmly keep past to the left
and future to the right
and stay in your own lane.

Step out of the narrative you're playing
and step back into the isness.

Remain present to Presence.

All is always unfolding
exactly as it should.

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Prayer for the Day

He's got this.

Amen

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January 9, 2020

Thought for the Day

It does not take time to awaken.

Simply practice with devotion
what you were asked to practice
faithfully yesterday:

Separate the past and future
from the present
and no fear will cast its shadow
on your PEACE.

Can you do that?

Can you place the past on your left
so distant from yourself
that nothing is distinct
and can you place the future to you right
and do the same?

One second of seeing thusly
reveals Eternity.

For where is time
when there is no past or future?

Yes. I will not argue with you.

It has taken an enormous
amount of time
to miscreate an experience wherein
you feel like a squealing red hot mess.

But how could it take any time
whatsoever to be what you already are?

Place all of your attention
on the living now.

Think of this moment as
all the time there is and ever will be.

Here, nothing can reach you
from the past.

Here, you are free.

Here, fear cannot touch you.

Here, guilt cannot touch you.

Here, worry cannot touch you.

Here, anxiety cannot touch you.

Here, there is no future.

There is only this lovely
and wholly satisfying here---
this uniquely and exquisitely
perfect moment.

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Prayer for the Day

Shackles fall
as something...what?
passes through
the eye of the needle.

Where is freedom but here?

Amen

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January 8, 2020

Thought for the Day

When you are experiencing fear,
slow your breath, placing your attention
upon it with gentleness and care,
rather than indulging the mind further.

Return to your heart space.

100% of all fear is about you living
in the past and projecting those fears
out into the future.

Is this really the legacy
that you want to be giving your children
and those for whom you say you care?

Is it the mark you wish to leave upon
a dying planet and a suffering world?

What chance does anyone have
of finding truth
if you do not lead the way?

What kind of future
are you dooming them to?

Where does trust fit into
your equation?

Here is all you need but do:

Separate the past and future
from the present
and no fear will cast its shadow
on your PEACE.

For you will shine
like a star in the universe---
a lamp bravely illuminating the darkness
so that all who long for safe harbor
might come and find rest within your PEACE.

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Prayer for the Day

Mercy shine upon me
and save me
from myself.

Amen

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January 7, 2020

Thought for the Day

All one need do is stop calling on the ego
and start calling on the Holy Spirit.

Could a lesson so simple,
so loving and kind
be difficult to learn unless....
you did not really wish to learn it?

The Holy Spirit, will joyfully
fill any mind with PEACE
and UNDERSTANDING
that makes room for Him.

***

Quote for the Day

"Whenever you think you know,
PEACE will depart from you,
because you have abandoned
the Teacher of Peace."

ACIM

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Prayer for the Day

Fill my mind with Thee, only Thee.
Fill my cells, fill my eyes, fill my ears,
fill my hands, these feet
and most of all, this heart
with nought but Thee.

Gladly do I put this head in the lion's jaw
and cry out unto Thee
with fevered urgency, "Yes!
Yes! Only yes!"

Amen

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January 6, 2020

Thought for the Day

Every time you think you know---
which is evidenced by your
preoccupation with thoughts and feelings---
you have quite effectively
destroyed any motivation to learn
you may have had and have therefore
declared yourself unteachable.

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Quote for the Day

"Think not you understand anything
until you pass the test of perfect peace,
for peace and understanding go together
and never can be found alone.

Each brings the other with it,
for it is the law of God they be not separate.

They are cause and effect, each to the other,
so where one is absent the other cannot be."

A Course in Miracles

***

Prayer for the Day

Let me watch this body carefully today
taking note of rigidity,
resistance, anger, guilt or fear.

Teach me to soften into what is
and to trust that all is unfolding
according to a plan which this feeble
little walled off piece of mind
could not possibly begin to grasp.

The mantra for the day is:

All is well. Trust.

Amen

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January 5, 2020

Thought for the Day

Sunday is practice day.

Here is the acid test by which
you can assess whether or not
you see truly:

Is peace in your awareness?

If you are wholly free of fear
of any kind and everyone involved
shares in your perfect peace,
then you can rest assured
you are learning from the one teacher
who actually knows the truth.

You are seeing through His Eyes,
rather than yours.

The absence of perfect and unassailable
peace means one thing:

You actually believe that it is possible
to will for yourself or for a brother
something which differs from God's Will.

Here we must return to a thought
we covered repeatedly last year:

You cannot make the meaningless
meaningful
and ever hope to overcome
or transcend it.

All you can do is believe
something has happened and has meaning
which has none.

This belief has not and cannot
change the light, but it most certainly
changes your experience of it.

And what this demonstrates
is your unteachability.

You prefer your own learning,
what your interpretation of the past
has taught you, over that of truth.

But my child, your will and God's Will
are one and the same.
You will with the Father
unto the Son and cannot do otherwise.

So what have you done?

In truth, nothing at all.

But in your mind, in your mind, you have made up
a scenario in which the impossible
has happened and is happening now.

Therefore, whenever peace
is threatened in any way,
hit the pause button

Freely admit that you do not
know what is true here
or you would know peace.

Then with humility and sincerity
ask, "Please show me."

If you practice with devotion
and an earnest desire to see clearly,
you will be shown the changeless
and you will accomplish much
to restore peace and balance
to the earth and her inhabitants
because of your willingness
to return your awareness
to the eternal chain of being
which you have never left,
and which has never left you.

***

Prayer for the Day

I offer the sincerity
of this heart.

Bless my feeble attempts
to practice well today.

Amen

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January 4, 2020

Thought for the Day

If you are willing to be
completely honest with yourself,
you have to admit that the only thing
which has brought you suffering
in this life is the utter misuse
of your mind.

Your slavery is self-imposed.

Nothing and no one
has ever tormented or tortured you
but the thoughts and feelings
which you have voluntarily entertained.

This begs some honest inquiry.

Have you had enough?

Are you currently willing
and available?

"For what?" you ask.

Are you willing to allow transformation
and healing to unfold?

Will you allow this year to be your year?

Then come.

Take my hand.

We have a life of love, of freedom
and unfathomable peace
to see about.

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Prayer for the Day

I offer myself to GRACE.

Amen

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January 3, 2020

Thought for the Day

What if your belief in all your thoughts
were to simply fall away?

What if your were to decide
to decommission the mind, much like
an old ship that had long since
seen better days? One which had served its purpose
and was therefore being shut down
and allowed to retire from active duty?

And what if you were no longer disturbed
by the mind's harping, nor were haunted
by its harsh, critical and unfair judgments,
its relentless and hostile commentary,
its incessant attempts to control
because of its stubborn resistance
to what is?

My child....consulting the darkness
of the thinking mind cannot illuminate
your understanding of anything,
for this is to contradict the light.

You think you see...

You think you understand...

You think you know...

....but you do not.

Be willing to look upon all
of the mind's input as utterly meaningless
and dismiss it immediately.

For how can it be trusted to judge
anything truly, when you have not even
brought its darkness back into the light?

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Prayer for the Day

Note to mind:

You are now on permanent
holiday.

Thanks, but I am done
listening to the peanut gallery
between these two ears.

Amen

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January 2, 2020

Thought for the Day

All learning is from the past
and was done in darkness by the separate self
which busied itself gathering information,
that it might find meaning
through interpretation and formulate beliefs
all of which were designed to fortify
the sense of an inner identity
which exists in an outer world.

Your separate self, its thoughts,
feelings and experiences
are the manifestation
of all you have learned.

Although all learning is past tense,
it very much affects the present,
as it is the unseen lens
through which we LOOK
if we perceive through thoughts
and feelings. In other words, ego.

Nothing you have ever learned
can help you understand the present.

This is why Part I of the workbook
for ACIM is about undoing
all of that.

The best thing to do with the past
and all you think you know?

Let it go.

For you have indeed been
poorly taught.

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Prayer for the Day

Make of me
an empty container
that I may be filled again
with LIGHT.

Amen

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January 1, 2020

Thought for the Day

What have you managed 
to accomplish on your own?

Let's see....

You have taught yourself
how to imprison yourself and others,
how to sleep, how to be miserable,
how to be paranoid, angry and fearful,
how to procrastinate and avoid, 
and how to be self-righteous 
and utterly insane.

These are the sum total
of credits and accomplishments
to your life's resume.

Thus far.....

Tell me, what have you taught yourself
which is preferable to what you are
and have been given
without condition, limit or change?

Be grateful today that
you are not sentenced and bound
by the self you made forever.

THE LIGHT HAS COME.

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Prayer for the Day

Thank you thank you thank you
for the LIGHT.

Amen


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