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When we assume that an answer has to come from one particular place, we limit the possibility of synergy, of different individual sources combining to find the best solution. Life shows up, not in one specific way, but in a lot of different ways. Life is diverse. We are diverse. Our body and our thoughts and our feelings are diverse. We are a blend of possibilities. Not only are we “alive”; we are the process of Life itself. We are thought in motion, we are passion in expression, we are creation in action. We create our experiences, we respond to Life’s challenges, and only we can choose which thoughts and feelings we allow to remain in our heart and mind.

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The idea of God as a “father figure” started out with the best of intentions. But once organized religion got hold of it, the original meaning changed drastically. And that has caused an incredible amount of confusion over something which, especially in an enlightened age such as this one, should not be confusing at all. But it is. In fact, it has caused many people’s idea of God to remain stuck in an old, patriarchal, dualistic model that was originally intended to expand our spiritual understanding instead of making it more limited, which is how it ended up. And until we can figure out how to get our collective religious traditions to accept a much more spiritual and scientific idea of what it means when all the old prayers, and all the old Bible verses, describe God as “Our Father” --- we’re going to keep on being confused.

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In today’s world, I think we’re all beginning to realize that criticizing or condemning the way that other people choose to express themselves can have some pretty serious consequences. Besides dancing, we express ourselves in the language we use, the religion we practice, the clothes we wear, the people we love, and the work that we do, among other things. But when we, for whatever reason, come to believe that our way of thinking or doing or being is either the right answer or the only answer for other people, we’re not only criticizing them; we are criticizing Life itself. Because Life has no one answer, no one way of doing things. Every blade of grass, every rose, every snowflake, every grain of sand is different from every other.

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I remember the first time I heard Dr. Kennedy Shultz refer to God as IT.
It made complete sense to me, though I was raised quite differently about God. I shared my enlightenment, but conversing was difficult to translate, with so many others believing God was a person in the far distances with control and anger management issues, or happy when “His” commands were obeyed.

The more I heard about IT, the more I wanted to know. I began to practice IT in a greater way. My life became greater because now I knew that what I believe happens. Now I had a greater idea of what I wanted.

Greatness happens because of our thoughts; “not so great” happens for the same reason. It works both ways. Why not allow the greater side of self to dominate your life? If you’re not living in the fullness of life, you are the cause. If your life is robust, creating the joys you want out of life, you are the cause. IT does not choose for you. We are the masters of our fate, as well as the means to our demise…IT works both ways!

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Fear doesn’t always show up in the same way. Sometimes it shows up as anger or self-righteousness. Sometimes it shows up as “just retribution,” as “an eye for an eye,” or as self-defense. This is true on the international level, but it’s also true at the personal level, whether it’s with a divorce, or a family problem, or a business conflict. Whenever we’re afraid, we respond in a variety of different ways. We attack. We blame. We criticize. We stop communicating. We start telling lies about each other. That gives rise to suspicion, revenge and resentment. When we get that far along, it’s very difficult for us to remember the Truth about each other, that we’re all connected at the God level, because by then we’re in such pain, we feel like we have to blame someone, whether it’s the other person or the other country for all of our suffering.

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I am the One Power, always creating my life anew.  Our life’s choices are shaped by our experiences and our perception of those experiences.  And even though we are always free to choose, in most cases we continue to choose what is familiar to us.  For things to change, we must change.  Who we were in the past has influenced who we are today and who we are today will influence who we become.  When we are willing to heal and release the past, to practice awareness in the present, it opens us to the possibility of living the life we desire and deserve

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The image of a woman carrying a child to term is, when you think about it, a picture-perfect physical analogy of something we all do many, many times during our lives. I’m referring to the way we give birth to ideas that change the way we live. In one respect, we’re all mothers, in the way that we conceive, nurture, and give birth to ideas that have the potential to grow and grow and grow, first inside of us and then outside of us, until they become so completely intertwined with our physical experience that they make our life almost unrecognizable from what it was before.

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When we sleep, our mind seems to work differently. That’s because we aren’t letting our logical brain get in the way of the Infinite Intelligence that works through us as the power of Mind. The past and the present and the future can get mixed up, because time and space don’t mean anything to God. Our inner consciousness can focus on any time or any place, at the speed of thought. Our subconscious mind can bring in any person, living or dead. It can give us different tools that we didn’t think were available to us. As a result, it can cause us to look at our problem from an entirely new perspective.

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The truth is, mental and spiritual healing is nothing new. It’s been around as long as people have been getting sick or injured and have been able to connect with the Power and the Wisdom of Life that flows through us all. There have been many different ideas about what it is, and what it is not. It isn’t magic. It has nothing to do with miracles. It is not dependent upon traditional religious ideas, on some unseen God that we beg to fix our broken or ailing bodies. It’s based on scientific AND spiritual principles (the two are NOT exclusive) with lots of anecdotal evidence behind it. And it works

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Each of us has the Power within to do great things or do harm. Each of us has the ability to retreat from life or to live a mundane life, never wanting nor accepting change even in the midst of chaos, despair or abuse, simply because it's familiar. Others live life constantly adapting to an ever changing world, becoming the change they wish to see, as Gandhi demonstrated.

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