Trust and Forgiveness
Peter also betrayed Jesus when he denied Him.
But Peter repented and received full pardon and redemption.
Learn to forgive others fully and when you ask God for forgiveness, know that you are fully forgiven.
Don’t count yourself out of redemption.
Even in your adversity, minister to other people.
Jesus on the cross did not miss the opportunity to save that thief on the cross.
You’re never alone – you are part of the whole, always.
Allow yourself to feel and experience the love of the collective and thus experience the secret of always knowing love – Love everlasting.
Love will never fail you. Love never dies.
Even when the object of your “love expression” dies or is no longer in your life, the love (the energy created) does not die or dissipate, it becomes part of the energy surrounding you.
Don’t try to “take back love” because a relationship went sour, or because the object of your love expression died or turned on you. Not that you can take it back, mind you!
Trying to take back love just generates needless negative energy around you.
It is much better to allow the love to be. Give it your “permission” to be and by doing so more positive energy will surround you.
Love truly is a many splendor thing.
October 31st is Halloween in the USA – the big night of “trick-or-treat” and ghostly ghouls.
It is fun to make costumes and play dress up, but the spooks, knives, blood and gore are over the top. The candy is good too within reason, but really, is this what our society should be spending so much time and money on? Commercialism providing narcotic distraction?
How ironic that present-day Halloween parades fright and fear when so many have very real fears to contend with. “When will our economy recover?” “How will I pay my bills?” “What if my ailment never goes away?” “Will we make it through the fire or storm season without loosing our home?” “Will they like me?”… The list goes on.
The western world is really looking for a distraction from these, and commercialism has stepped in to make the most of it. Buying-in somehow means we don’t have to work at something that makes us uncomfortable. Driven by commercialism we are blinded by a longing for what we don’t have, while the beauty and value of here and now, and the awareness of what we do have, are all but lost.
What a tragic lack of love –of who we are, of our Creator, and for other life. What a waste of energy to be running the race for a perishable crown. No wonder we are weary. It is a tangled mess (or spider’s web, to be thematically correct this Halloween day) to extract ourselves from the illusion that the next best thing advertised will fix all our problems.
We give energy to far too many fears, negating the better alternative of faith and trusting in God – trusting in the ever-present reality that Goodness exists and Goodness always prevail.
Whatever our circumstances the truth is, the Door is there and we have the freedom to open it and enter… through the power of “renewing our minds,” the strength of our hearts, and the willingness of seeking God first in our lives.
So, this Halloween night, don’t scare yourself to death, choose Life!
You are covered by the love and strength of Abba Father.
Your needs are being met. You are provided for.
You forget the part of you that is of the Father.
You are not “messed-up,” that is an illusion.
Set deception aside and see who you truly are and heal – by choosing love, by choosing to forgive every ill and discomfort you perceive.
Believe and have faith in this process.
My peace I give unto you.
Fear is your biggest enemy. Fear not!
I have said this before and it bears repeating… fear not!
Love conquers everything.
Yes, love the dog that barks incessantly and you will heal both the dog’s situation and yours.
Love people around you, family too and their antics, and it will heal the effects on you and everyone else living the same experience.
Love, love, love and this will protect all you care about.
Face every situation with certainty of a great outcome.
Choose to see every situation – the good and not so good.
The problem with “see no evil” is that when translated into everyday living, it amounts to a resolution to impair or limit “seeing.”
To a large extent you have to “not see” in order to “see no evil.” That means you stand a chance to not see some of what could be good for you.
As the Bible tells us in the parable of the weeds, the wheat and the weed, (the good and not good) all grow together in some circumstances in our world.
By allowing yourself to “see it all,” you see the whole picture, then are able to make an “open-eye” or “aware” decision on how to capitalize on the good and burn the weed.
You cannot accomplish this with your eyes closed and Jesus did not recommend this. He said in that parable of the weeds:
“…collect the weeds and tie them in a bundle to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring into my barn.” Matt 13:30
Now how are you going to accomplish that task without seeing?
Much better that you see it all and to make wise decisions based on knowledge.
It’s kind of like this, if a child that needs a diaper change is placed on the father’s lap, a loving father will accept his child in whatever condition and love his child no less.
So it is with our Heavenly Father. We come to Him, messy, warts and all, and He loves us none the less. He sees past all our mess.
At some point, however, for our own comfort and growth – to learn the lessons we have come here to learn – we have to get out of those dirty diapers and messy clothes, into more comfortable and grown-up clothes.
This move changes not our position in the eyes of God but is very worthwhile, for it brings us back to “coram Deo” (before the presence of God) for a much more meaningful experience. God’s love for us does not change.
It helps to ask for divine assistance for when to begin, as well as the staying power to remain on the journey.
“These tools remind me of the ones we handle in the workshop of the mind where things are made of thought and where we build up character.”
“We use the square to measure all our lines, to straighten out the crooked places of the way, and make the corners of our conduct square.”
“We use the compass to draw circles round our passions and desires to keep them in the bounds of righteousness.”
“We use the ax to cut away the knotty, useless and ungainly parts and make the character symmetrical.”
“We use the hammer to drive home the truth, and pound it in until it is a part of every part.”
“We use the plane to smooth the rough, uneven surfaces of joint, and block, and board that go to build the temple for the truth.”
“The chisel, line, the plummet and the saw all have their uses in the workshop of the mind.”
“And then this ladder with its trinity of steps, faith, hope and love; on it we climb up to the dome of purity in life.”
~Levi Dowling “The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ” © 1939, Leo W. Dowling
I see your face, Father, your loving face, in all the people you send my way.
I see and recognize you in all of them and I am joyful that you are mindful of me.
Thank You for Your divine love, that you wash me in everyday.
Thank you for your divine mercy that you render so readily unto me.
Thank you for your divine guidance with which you track my footsteps.
I feel you, I feel your presence and acknowledge all that you do for me.
In gratefulness, I rejoice because my Father cherishes me.
Ans: By using the same tools I have taught you in the past: “Love” and “no judgment.”
You set your boundaries not to keep your brother out but to maintain your spiritual integrity — shield your space from pollution.
Without healthy boundaries your spiritual space is constantly bombarded and undermined, hindering your progress to higher grounds.
However, do not try to focus on just protecting your boundaries. Be in awareness at all times and the Spirit will direct you.
Always “ask inside” and then do what comes naturally to you. When your boundaries are protected it is easier to “ask inside” and get the right answer from the Spirit. Then, that which comes naturally to you will be the right action indeed.
Never forget how much you are loved by your heavenly Father.
According to the measure you are loved, give love also.
Understanding how much you are loved will enable you respond in love to any given situation – no matter how irritating you may find the situation.
All your situations are under control of the Father.
Never cover up who you are. Bring your best into every situation. Don’t hold back on that score. Always bring your best game, exhibit your best talent as the Father has given you.
“I stand behind you. You will not fall. I am holding you up no matter what you think you are experiencing. Be joyful! Things are not grim.”
“Allow yourself to be wherever you are and trust that your life is being worked out with each experience you live.”
“You are not waiting to happen; you are happening!”
Saint Augustine’s life thrills me. It is the story of transcendent hope in the face of crushing hopelessness; a demonstration of God’s faithfulness in answering prayers and granting pardon even in a case of extreme and obvious “sin.”
Earlier on in his life St. Augustine lived a hedonistic lifestyle and was dishonorable toward women. His mother, Monica, prayed and prayed for his life to turn around. Eventually, at age 32 he did, going on to write some of the most influential religious volumes on personal development and on loving God.
What a model and hope for anyone who prays for seemingly impossible situations in their own lives. Also a demonstration that God is faithful as He has promised – that when we ask, He answers. His hand is always reaching out to us. When we become aware and accept His hand and hold on, we are lifted out of our version of a “slimy pit,” out of “mud and mire.” He gives us “a firm place to stand and a new song.”
Saint Augustine’s feast day is celebrated on August 28, the anniversary of his death. Read his Confessions from Amazon Books and Kindle editions.
What We Lost When Greek, Latin, and Biblical Literature Was Dropped From Our Schools
“Greek and Latin and biblical literature used to be part of everyone’s education. Now, when these were dropped, a whole tradition of Occidental mythological information was lost. It used to be that these stories were in the minds of people. When the story is in your mind, then you see its relevance to something happening in your own life. It gives you perspective on what’s happening to you. With the loss of that, we’ve really lost something because we don’t have a comparable literature to take its place. These bits of information from ancient times, which have to do with the themes that have supported human life, built civilizations, and informed religions over the millennia, have to do with deep inner problems, inner mysteries, inner thresholds of passage, and if you don’t know what the guideposts are along the way, you have to work it out yourself.”
There’s that word “discipline” rearing up its insistent head again!
Observe artists – whether of the physical genre like dancing, singing, acting, or of the more subtle nature like drawing and painting – they are good at what they do when they apply discipline. In that place of discipline, they connect with a power some do not even recognize as God. They just know they touched or reached an exceptional place. Some feel it only for a moment and loose it in the ego-inflating moments when the applause and praise for their work is at its loudest. Others recognize the extra-ordinary experience and hunger and seek for more of it. And if you seek for God He has promised you will find Him.
Born of the Spirit
The wind blows wherever it pleases.
You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going.
So it is of everyone born of Spirit. ~John 3:8
The ordinals, East, West, North, South, they are merely directions. Sometimes we get stuck on those directions whether or not they work for us in our individual situation. But, East, West, North and South, they are all on one plane! Consider a whole other plane – Up and Down – which happens to exist whether you are traveling East, West, North or South.
Sometimes we struggle needlessly with “should I go East, West, North or South?” We gravitate between fear and bullish triumphs, going East, West, North, South, first one way then another, trying to find our “true north,” whatever that means; on and on, restlessly, sans peace, satisfaction wanting. It’s no wonder, the direction is all wrong. Rise above it all and GO UP!
Up is where you find your true self with the Divine. Then from that vantage point you’ll look down and realize East, West, North, South, it doesn’t matter.
And if appearances make it seem like you are “going down” instead of “up” in this new reality you have embraced, don’t panic. Take comfort in the fact that you are now aligned in the right plane with the Divine. Concentrate on recognizing your true self. And one day, you will find yourself looking down and realize East, West, North, South, it was all an illusion, it doesn’t matter. What matters is a close relationship with the Divine. God loves you!
Wait and Pray
Let the candle that is your life burn steady.
Some problems can only be solved by your abiding in faith
So, wait and pray.
Do not allow perceived difficulties
to cause your steady flame to flare uncontrollably.
Abide in faith.
Trust God to be in control.
Let go of trying to control the unimportant
But stay engaged as an observer and a student
That way you are aware enough to learn the lessons that reveal–
As the spirit of God is in control in your life
The lessons you learn now will help you grow to the next level
And even into yet another higher level.
Trust, Wait and Pray.
Experiencing Ultimate Chaos As Part of God’s Plan
Understand that shutting down is sometimes a necessary action.
Finally you reach a pivotal moment in your life when you choose to stop doing what does not satisfy and reach for the richness and satisfaction of an everlasting, loving relationship with your Heavenly Father.
It is an about-turn moment which sometimes requires a shut-down, then to turn around – ultimate chaos.
But as you will experience, chaos is not always bad! In fact, in this instance the outcome for you is a qualified good outcome.
Honor God With Your Work – “Spiritual Work” Vs Other Work
With the work that you do daily, you honor your Heavenly Father just the same, when you do it well.
It doesn’t matter that what you do is not what you might term “spiritual” work.
All honest work is honorable.
Serving people is the honest purpose of all work.
When you serve people honestly you serve your Father and you are blessed.
“Whatsoever you do for the least of these you have done for Me”