The most wonderful gifts of all are those that we can give completely to one person, and still have plenty left over to give to someone else, or even to ourselves. These are what we might call “spiritual gifts.” They don’t cost anything. You can’t find them in a store. You can’t buy them on-line. And it feels as good when we give them as it does when we receive them. These are gifts of the heart, which actually means they are gifts of the Spirit. With these things, the act itself is not the gift; the real value lies in the way the gift is presented. It’s not the wrapping or the timing that’s important; it’s the consciousness.
Awareness is the beginning of change. Self-awareness is the key to experiencing that change. Our realization of our oneness with Source opens us to transformation. When we tune in to the Divine potential of the internal and maintain a consciousness of Oneness with Source we can live joyously. You are cordially invited to wake up & live!"
There are no spiritual forces fighting each other in the world; it's all God. Every person, every place, every thing. Every situation, every experience, every condition. When we turn on a light switch, the light doesn't have to fight with the darkness to force it out of the room. The darkness doesn't go anywhere because it's not a thing; it has no power of its own. People who use intentional violence to achieve their political ends are nothing more than a spot of temporary darkness, a shadow, in a world of light. That's why we have to stop teaching our children, by our example, that violence is a long-term solution to the world's problems; it's not, and it never will be.
Our relationship with our higher power always appears to be changing, because life changes around us. But the real change comes as our inner awareness evolves. So what we need to focus on are the ways in which God doesn’t change. That has to be the foundation for our faith. That has to be the place we turn to when we need a better idea, when we need to transcend whatever situation is clouding our mind or tearing at our heart. That’s how we become centered in The One. That’s the one thing every enlightened person has learned. So that’s what we should want to learn, too.
If you look in a classroom of kindergartners, you’ll see these fantastic little beings who are just exploding with spontaneity and excitement. They’re amazed by a paper airplane, or a goldfish in a bowl. They’ve got this beautiful sense of innocence, bubbling up right below the surface, and it just fills your heart to watch it. We let them act that way because they’re still babies, they don’t know any better. But the older they get, the less freedom we give them to be themselves. In fact, if they act that way in high school, we send them to the principle’s office, where they’re usually punished and told to act like responsible adults. Do you see anything wrong with this picture?
On any given day, if you look around, you can see people who are gliding through Life with great ease. And right behind them, dragging themselves along one step at a time, are people for whom life is a constant struggle. What we have to remember is, they’re all living the same Life, because there’s only one Life. We all have the same number of hours in the day. We’re all made out of the same stuff. We all have access to the same infinite source of ideas. And we all have the power to choose. The only reason our Life experiences are different is because we’re not all living Life the same way.
Aug 7th, 2016 by cslmidtown
“I don’t think many people feel that God is mad at them personally. However, I do believe there are more and more people who think that God either is, or should be mad at the same people they themselves are mad at. The problem is, it’s a very short leap between that belief and the belief that we are justified in hating, punishing or controlling those people who we believe are making God mad. In other words, some people have somehow decided that they are entitled to be the instrument of ‘God’s righteous anger’. This idea has been around a long time, but it still appears to be alive and well. And unfortunately, there is no end to the cruelty, prejudice, separation and pain that can come from this kind of thinking. That’s where most of the violence we’re seeing today is coming from.
Because we (wrongly) perceive our life as a constant and uninterrupted flow, and because we almost never pay attention to what we’re thinking, our thoughts usually drift aimlessly between the past and the future. We see yesterday as the cause of today, and today as the cause of tomorrow. And we see ourselves as simply the carrier of the thoughts and the experiencer of past events. But the unbroken chain of causation that we think we see is no more a smooth and constant flow than a movie we see on the silver screen