Illusion of Separation

“Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness.” — Marianne Williamson

Have you ever held a grudge against someone? I did and noticed it was keeping me pretty occupied—avoiding them, trying not to think about them, trying hard to pretend they didn’t hurt me.  It was exhausting.

When we don’t forgive, we stay in the struggle. We are in bondage with anger, bitterness and resentment. When we don’t forgive, we find there is a wall that separates us from love and keeps us from moving forward.

Forgiveness is an opportunity to let go. Forgiveness puts an end to the illusion of separation. It takes courage to let go. And when we do, it is one of the most important processes that brings harmony to our life and peace to our soul. Forgiveness sets us free to express love into the world.

In “This Thing Called You,” Ernest Holmes writes, “It may seem strange that the law which now holds you in bondage can as easily give you freedom. But this is the truth.”

Who are you willing to forgive?

Affirmation: I am willing to forgive and allow love to be expressed in the world.

(excerpt from Soul Musings)

The Magic is You

“Your own consciousness is always creating thoughts, and the more you energize those thoughts, the more they come into being, good or bad.” – Paul Selig

Do you ever have those days where you wish for a magic wand—just for a moment to wave over life’s troubles and make them magically disappear?

If you’ve been on the spiritual path you’ve come to realize that change doesn’t come automatically.  If I want my life to be different, I have to change my thinking, attitude, and perception. I have to be the one to initiate the change. There is no magic to it. Just consistent, dedicated practice to shift my thinking from wishing to doing.

In I Am The Word, Paul Selig writes, “This is not something that can be done once. This is about a new pattern, and like any new pattern it needs to be ingrained in consciousness and in behavior for it to become fully realized in your life.”

No one can do our work for us. We can’t will it or wish it away. There is no being in the sky that grants wishes for us. Each of us has to do our own work and look at old patterns, old beliefs, past experiences and take responsibility for them.

Responsibility is the ability to respond. We have the opportunity to bring conscious intention to whatever we are engaged in. 

Ernest Holmes reminds us, “Realizing that all action starts in and is a result of consciousness, prepare your mind to receive the best that life has to offer. Become increasingly aware of the one Presence, the one Life and the one Sprit which is God. Drop all sense of lack or limitation.”

Affirm: I am willing to receive the best life has to offer me.

Beyond Reason

“We are at the “beyond reason” point of our evolution, meaning that the type and scope of the problems we are now confronting cannot be resolved by a mere gathering of “reasonable” people around a table.”  Carolyn Myss

Carolyn Myss goes on to say that we cannot reason with Mother Nature, sanction our way through global warming, or “declare war on the melting ice caps in the Arctic in order to make them cease their melting.” We are at a crossroads in humanity.

Albert Einstein’s statement, “You cannot solve the problem at the level of the problem,” wakes us up to the fact that the challenges of the world are not going to be solved by people sitting around the table debating the best strategy. We are all being called to step up and contribute to the bettering of the world.

It is time to rise up and answer the call for greater healing.

But that doesn’t mean we have to quit our jobs, leave our homes and go in search of answers to world peace and global warming while neglecting our responsibilities. We can awaken to the fact that we each contribute to the change in the world as we deepen in consciousness. Every time we forgive someone, let go of an attachment, remove a mental block, transcend an emotional conflict, we are raising the vibration and contributing to the consciousness of the planet.

We don’t need to know how things will change, we just need to be willing: Be willing to be held accountable for our own healing. Be willing to have the difficult conversations. Be willing to know there is a Power and Presence for Good working in our life and in all humanity.

Be willing to envision a world that works for everyone.

Affirmation: I know that God is my Good and all things are possible in God.

Embody the Vision

“Use your intellect, imagination and feeling for the purpose of seeing and sensing freedom instead of bondage, joy instead of unhappiness, plenty instead of want, health in place of disease. The very denial of your good keeps that good from you.” —Ernest Holmes

Every year around election time, I pull out Ernest Holmes “Prayer for My Country.” I pass it around to friends and social media and pray it feverishly in hopes that people who think like me will step up and vote so that my candidate will win. 

When I read the prayer recently, I realized that what I was doing was based in fear. I slipped back into my childhood ways of beseeching God — please bring me the bike I want for Christmas or please help our team win the football game. 

Ernest’s prayer has nothing to do with elections, politics or winning. The prayer is acknowledging a vision of our country where “success, prosperity and happiness are now operating in the affairs of every individual in this country.”

In his recent talk (October 9), Dr. David Alexander stated the importance of embodiment. He said we are missing the point if we are trying to GET something.  We already live in a divine flow of life. Ernest Holmes states, “God’s Creative Power of Mind is right here. We have as much of this power to use as we believe in and embody.” It is our work to align, believe and embrace this good.

I realized Ernest’s Prayer for My Country is an opportunity for me to stand in agreement with this vision, to heal my places of unforgiveness, release resentment and fear. My work is to surrender my belief in separation and my belief that my way is the right way. My work is to be of service to my community, take responsibility for my actions and speak with good purpose.

My work is to vote with a loving heart for our country and embody the vision “…this spiritual democracy shall endure, guaranteeing to everyone in this country personal liberty, happiness and self-expression.”

And so it is.

Bless My Body Temple

“Truly, the peace, health and plenty of prosperity come not by chance but in accordance with the laws of prosperous thinking.”  Catherine Ponder

A friend was describing her book club to me. She said they called it a book club but it was actually an organ recital because they spent more time complaining about what was going wrong with their internal organs than they did reading the book. Funny — and completely relatable.

It is so easy to do! Pain in the body takes all our attention. Recognizing physical limitations can take an emotional toll on us. We can feel frustration and a deep sense of grief when we lose the physical abilities we once had. 

We know whatever we put our attention on increases. As we complain about what is not working we notice more of what is not working. It’s like a car speeding down a steep hill: If you don’t stop it in the beginning, it will just pick up momentum and speed out of control. Before you know it, our aches and pains have completely taken over our thought process.

Charles Fillmore says, “The law is that my body is transformed by the renewing of the mind.” I acknowledge my flexibility, strength and energy—even on those days where it feels like I don’t have any. I appreciate the parts of that are in good working order and send love to those parts that are aching and in pain.

I bless my body temple which houses my living Spirit within me. My voice is an instrument for peace, my hands a medium for service. My feet and legs transport me so that I many be vehicle to express Divine Love in the world.

Breathe. Move. Give thanks. And bless your body temple.

Affirmation: I bless my body temple and my vitality, energy, stamina and endurance.

Worthiness, Well-being and Wisdom

If we look for validation from the outside world, our worthiness may seem elusive at times. Worthiness is not based on your financial portfolio, career achievement, or the car you drive. Worthiness is an inside job. It is a conscious connection we make knowing we are an extension of the creative energy of life itself. We are loved unconditionally just as we are.

When we make that connection with worthiness, we are lifted into a sense of well-being. We know that each aspect of self— spirit, mind, body and emotions— is an intricate part of our wholeness. We have an awareness of this holistic nature and have an appreciation of how it all works together for our highest good.

When our worthiness is in alignment with our sense of well-being we feel a deep appreciation which lifts us into the powerful presence of love. Love opens us to Infinite Wisdom available to us at every moment. Divine Wisdom is the creative spark, inspiration, illumination that shows up just when we need it. It can appear as needed information, project support revealed or simply a connection from a friend. Wisdom is inner knowing that all is well.

Yet this can all feel elusive when we are stressed, worried and hurried in life’s busy world. It takes conscious effort to stop, listen, and allow ourselves to be nurtured and nourished.

Take time to step away from your calendar, computer and commitments. Schedule a time and place where you can renew and replenish. Hone your spiritual practice in on your sacredness. Celebrate your Oneness with the Divine.

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You are worthy. You are powerful. You are amazing. You are loved.