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.

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.

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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.

***


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)

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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.

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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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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?

***

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?

***

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.

***

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?

***

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

***

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?

***

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.

***

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.

***

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.

***

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.

***

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.

***

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?

***

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.

***

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.

***

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.

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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!

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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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