Annual Season For Nonviolence week 2

War is Over if you want it. John and Yoko

War is Over if you want it. John and Yoko

Hi everyone. Today is the fourth day of the Annual Season For Nonviolence. Each day of the 64 days between January 30th (Assassination of Mahatma Gandhi) and April 4th (Assassination of Martin Luther King Junior), is dedicated to a simple practice or thought which will help us to become more conscious of the peacefulness inside each of us. I was given this list on Sunday at my Church (The San Diego Center for Spiritual Living) and I would like to pass these thoughts on to you.

Here we are in week two and here are 7 more daily practices starting with yesterdays Feb. 9th. In-Joy

Day 11 Today I will look beyond stereotypes and pejudices.

Day 12 Today I will choose to be aware of what I talk about and I will refuse to gossip.

Day 13 Today I will live in the present moment and release the past.

Day 14 Today I will silently acknowledge all the leaders throughout the world.

Day 15 Today I will speak with kindness, respect,and patience to every person that I talk with on the phone.

Day 16 Today I will affirm my value and worth with positive “self-talk” and refuse to put myself down.

Day 17 Today I will tell the truth and speak honestly from the heart.

Have a great week.

Day 26 of the 40 day Prosperity Plan

Being Still in the Garden at SRF

Being Still in the Garden at SRF

Day 26 of the 40 day Prosperity Plan

“My inner supply instantly and constantly takes on form and experience according to my needs and desires, and as the Principle of Supply in action. It is impossible for me to have any needs or unfulfilled desires.”

“…instantly…” This instant, right now, for this instant, at this instant all of my needs are met. Sit right where you are now and see if this isn’t so but don’t go one instant past this one. If I look to a future “instant” they are not. I can think of many, many things and the multitude of desires I have for the next instant some of which can generate a fear response. But right now ALL is well. Everything is perfect right now. Everything is in its perfect place and in Divine Order right now.

“…constantly…”This perfect instant moves without notice, seamlessly into the next. By the time I write one letter I’m already there/here right now and the same instant of provision and perfection moves right along without me noticing, most of the time, unless I’m paying attention.

The future does not exist and the past is gone. The first words of this journal entry are a remembrance of what was once written but can only be remembered now this instant.

This study is called a ‘Plan’ which pulls me along into the next instant. I am in this instant planning my next multitude of instants to be just as this one: perfect, complete, whole, without any need or unfulfilled desires. I do have things to do in the future but I cannot do anything in the future.

And so it is. I have no place to go and nothing to do but enjoy this instant constantly while in the doing of my daily life. My “future” is directed by my will at any instant into this perfection of space and time.

Space and time do not move. Time is not running out. Time is not running anywhere, it has no place to go. It is I who move across this screen of consciousness, playing my part in the perfection of my life, interacting with other players on the immoveable screen of consciousness we call space and time. All this is in perfect harmony, grace, love, beauty, joy, peace, contentment and fulfillment.

And yet I too can Stop. When I stop everything seems to move. If I am on the Merry Go Round I move, if I get off, the Merry go round moves. Be Still and know that I am God.

This is God in action, my God-self moving me along in the perfection of Divine Providence. There is no going against the flow of this river and in each instant I am exactly in the perfect harmony weather I am conscious of it or not.

This is just the way it is.

This is It’s perfection. Everything is in its perfect place at its perfect time for the fulfillment of every need and desire. I do not need to worry about anything or get upset about anything.

I can choose to rest and flow with the river or I can fight it. One choice will bring Peace and the other will bring anxiety, pain and fear.

I am at rest, there are no mistakes, God has me right where I’m supposed to be for how can I be any place but here and now.

Physical time and space are irrelevant. I am moved along by my will activated by the larger Will.

All is perfection.

Day 22 of 40 day Prosperity Plan

SRF Garden 6 2294 Orange flower getting the last rays of the sun

SRF Garden 6 2294 Orange flower getting the last rays of the sun

Day 22 of 40 day Prosperity Plan

“I lift up my mind and heart to be aware, to understand and to know that the Divine Presence I AM is the Source and Substance of ALL my Good.”

The following quote from The Course in Miracles is my lesson for today:

Lesson 267 – My heart is beating in the peace of God

Surrounding me is all the life that God created in His Love. It calls to me in every heartbeat and in every breath; in every action and in every thought. Peace fills my heart, and floods my body with the purpose of forgiveness. Now my mind is healed, and all I need to save the world is given me. Each heartbeat brings me peace; each breath infuses me with strength. I am a messenger of God, directed by His Voice, sustained by Him in love, and held forever quiet and at peace within His loving arms. Each heartbeat calls His Name, and everyone is answered by His Voice, assuring me I am at home in Him.

“Let me attend Your Answer, not my own. Father, my heart is beating in the peace the Heart of Love created. It is there and only there that I can be at home.”

There is a sense of security in the idea of ‘Home’. The ideal Home is a place of belonging, welcoming, always provided for, a place of Peace and comfort and the feeling of being unconditionally loved and accepted. At home as a child I feel connected to “…the source and substance of all my good”

How this is experienced for each of us depends on the level of consciousness of the parents at the time they were raising us.

I think deep within every being is implanted the notion of “Home”. The exceptions to this ideal only proves its presence by the longings we feel in life for its fulfillment. We try in marriage to build what was lacking in our growing up and hope to gain unconditional love, Peace, acceptance, joy and goodness only to find we fall short of this feeling here as well.

Many of us came to the spiritual path looking for the fulfillment of this promise. After trying many different sources of comfort and experiencing failure we turn to God the Father/Mother of a new family.

As a friend told me about her experience in Church: “They all seemed so happy there.”

Thank you Mother/Father God for taking me in.

Day 21 of 40 day Prosperity Plan

SRF Garden 6 2288, "IN TO"

SRF Garden 6 2288, “IN TO”

Day 21 of 40 day Prosperity Plan

For those of you who have recently joined me on my Prosperity journey, this is inspired by The Abundance Book by John Randolph Price. His forty day plan involves 10 meditations repeated 4 times. These posts are the journaling he recommends we do following each days meditations.

“God is lavish, unfailing Abundance, the rich omnipresent substance of the universe. This all-providing Source of infinite prosperity is individualized as me—The Reality of me.”

On day fourteen I was contemplating our physical being and how it was made out of other things that in themselves are not our physical being. That who I am and also what everything else is, is made from trillions of things that are not us. That everything is empty of an individual self, and yet somehow this other stuff has all congealed into what we experience in the physical.

We are also mental and Spiritual beings. The physical is the lowest energetic vibration in what we ‘see’ or ‘think’ of as ‘solid’. Molecular science points out we are not solid but are made from a whole universe of space in a microcosm of constant movement. It turns out we are not solid at all.

The next level up in the ladder of consciousness is the soul level. This is made of things we do not see; mind, will and emotions. This ‘soul’ is also made of trillions of things–thoughts are ‘things’ on the mental level. to demonstrate this to yourself pay attention to your thoughts and see if you can have two thoughts occupying the same mental space at the same time. If you have spent anytime in meditation you will have discovered that one thought follows another just as cars follow each other on the freeway. You will also discover that you can go between each thought to a place of ‘no thought’.

In the physical world there are accidents when two cars try to occupy the same space but in the mind there are no accidents it is only because thought moves so fast they seem to be simultaneous. Our mental life is also made up of millions of thoughts that are not us. I am not these thoughts I’m writing today. I am not all the thoughts that flow through my mind each second. I am not what I think I am. Zen Buddhism’s “no Mind is a place free from the tyranny of thought. The place of transcendence of the mind where we can understand immediately and directly without the interpretation of thought. This place is the “….Reality of Me.”

In Christianity this is called the “Mind of Christ”, as Paul says “have this mind in you which was also in Christ Jesus.” The Spiritual Mind—The Reality of Me—is on the Spiritual level which is not the ‘me’ of the body or the mind it is the ME as created by God who individualized itself as each one of us. This Real Me is all those qualities we use to describe God in positive terms: Loving, Good, Peace, Joy, Abundance, Unlimited, All knowing, All Powerful, All Present, Light.

Meister Eckhart calls this Real Me the Aristocrat. Here are a few things he says about this Aristocrat: “He is taken up with the Love of God.” “He has forgotten the things of this temporal life and has been caught up into the likeness of God, having become a child of God. there is no higher grade, nothing beyond this. It is eternal rest and blessing–the end of the inner new man, eternal life.” God’s Son or Idea is like a flowing spring in the core of the soul.”

He starts out his essay this way: “Our Lord says in the gospel [Luke 19.12] ‘A Certain noble man went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.’ In these words our Lord teaches how noble man is by nature created and how divine, by grace, he may aspire to be. This is the point of a major part of the Holy Scripture.”

“The Reality of Me.”

Day 20 of 40 days of Prosperity

Abundance 1

Abundance 1

Day 20 of 40 days of Prosperity.

“I keep my mind and thoughts off “this world” and I place my entire focus on the God within as the only cause of my prosperity. I acknowledge the Inner Presence as the only activity in my financial affairs, as the substance of all things visible. I place my faith in the Principle of Abundance in action within me.”

What is “this world”? All outer circumstances without exception. These outer circumstances start very close to home–my body and my thoughts. My body is currently a 65 year old vessel and extending out to the rest of the physical world with its challenges.

At the moment I’m facing the challenge of my body as applies to my profession as a caregiver. It turns out the position I was looking forward to I must turn down because it involves lifting more weight than I can safely do at this point in my life. I was so excited about and saw as an answer to my prayer for work and as a source of income is not what I thought.

Once again I’m directed inward to the true Source of God within me.

This is also a reminder and inspiration to continue to pursue my other creative activities as ways for the Divine to flow through me to produce income.

My ‘job’ is to keep centered and focused on the “Only Cause of my Prosperity”. This is really the only goal in life from the spiritual point of view; to become one with God. Everything I see now as potential source of income must be surrendered to God. As I pursue my creativity I must remain open to all possibilities. The unexpected has happened many times in the past. I’m reminded of last month when unexpected income flowed in during a very trying time of separation and divorce, finding another place to live with very little income on hand and how everything fell into place. Most of which I had very little to do with except to accept and walk right into it.

Thank you God. You are the Source, the giver and substance of all life. Thank you for being One with me. You are all I need.

Gods perfect work and provision are now on its way to me. There is nothing to keep this from happening because what you want you get. Your desire is for your children to be safe and happy and to live in your abundance and not have a care in the world. You are the perfect source of supply.

I surrender my needs to you and let all my cares go into your loving arms.

Thank you God for all your love and warmth and giving, to me this moment, and for each and every moment through out time.

Blessings to everyone.

Day 19 of 40 days of Prosperity

Day 19 of 40 days of Prosperity.

Ranunculus Yellow macro focus stacked

Ranunculus Yellow macro focus stacked

” When I am aware of the God-Self within me as my total fulfillment, I am totally fulfilled. I am now aware of this Truth. I have found the secret of life and I relax in the knowledge that the Activity of Divine Abundance is eternally operating in my life. I simply have to be aware of the flow, the radiation, of the Creative Energy, which is effortlessly pouring forth from my Divine Consciousness. I am now aware. I am now in the flow.”

It is. Everything is, right here right now, perfect. When Jesus said; ‘take no thought for tomorrow.’ he wasn’t necessarily talking about a literal 24 hours from now. He was talking about the tomorrow that is in the next second. Tomorrow is made up of countless future seconds. If I need not worry about the next second then the next 24 hours will certainly take care of itself.

If everything, every need is Abundantly and Divinely taken care of now, this instant, then it will continue on into the next and the next, on and on and on.

I am not blind to the issues we all face in this world, and I know that all those seeming troubles will be more easily solved through an attitude of surrender to this instant of perfection. If something is going wrong or traumatic our previous instants of surrender will have been good practice during those tough times.

Do I make plans for the future? of course I do. I also have needs and obligations to attend to. My past experience has taught me that all will go easier, smoother and lighter by surrendering this instant and the next and the next……..

As the lesson for today points out; “I have found the secret of life, and I relax in the knowledge that the Activity of Divine Abundance is eternally operating in my life.”

The spiritual life is one of relaxation. Here is a paraphrase from the Message of Matthew 11:28-30, Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Jesus

The proof of this in my life is that at 65 I’m still here and as I look back I can see how God has provided and protected and cared for me every step of the way. I could point out and argue about all the things that may seem negative about the past, or in the present for that matter, but that would be to easy to do. I had lessons to learn, however I’m still in the flow of Divine Perfection–old school theology calls it Divine Providence.

For a rose to produce a flower, every instant until the bloom, must be perfection. This also includes all the instants after the bloom, as the petals fall and decay to fertilize the ground to prepare the ground for the next flower. This is Perfection and Providence at work.

Blessings to all of you.

Day 16 of 40 days of Prosperity

Barrell Cactus with Fibonacci Spirals

Barrell Cactus with Fibonacci Spirals

“My inner supply instantly and constantly takes on form and experience according to my needs and desires, and as the Principle of my supply in action, it is impossible for me to have any needs or unfulfilled desires.”

Yesterday I used the analogy of electricity flowing through a wire and how consciousness directs its impersonal nature to a personal result.

My body is like the electrical wire. The wire is made of copper, plastic insulation, and a plug to connect to a socket. This wire has no energy of its own and with out any energy it is not a ‘live wire’. It can do nothing. My body is only a conduit for Divine Energy. It acts when and where directed instantly and constantly to meet my needs directed by my choices. There is no exception in a healthy body. If I plug into a brilliant spot light that is what I will manifest and experience. If I plug into a black light I will experience that as well.

This energy is constant, faithful, instant and dependable. It is an impersonal Law to be used as we direct it.

From the time I was born until I decided to take the spiritual route in life I was taught I was my body. I was taught my body was in charge and to blindly follow its dictates and demands. As a screaming baby demands attention when its needs are not met, this habit continued as an insistent entitlement until I started to change my perspective towards a more ‘spiritual’ outlook on Life.

Now on the Spiritual path I am learning to consciously harness this untamed energy into more constructive avenues. At times I still unplug from the bright spotlight and plug into the black light but now I know it is my choice to do so. This is a school after all.

“Flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God,” says Paul. Why? because flesh and blood are not alive. Only life can enter into life. Only things of similar frequencies can communicate. Like attracts like. My body is not alive only my inner Divinity is connected to the Divine source of ALL life.

Choose Life.

“My inner supply instantly and constantly takes on form and experience according to my needs and desires, and as the Principle of my supply in action, it is impossible for me to have any needs or unfulfilled desires.”

Day 15 of the 40 days of Prosperity

Orchid photographed at the Balboa Park Botanical Garden in San Diego, CA

Orchid photographed at the Balboa Park Botanical Garden in San Diego, CA

Day 15 of 40 days of Prosperity.

“Money is not my supply. No person, place or condition is my supply. My awareness, understanding and knowledge of the the ALL-Providing activity of the Divine Mind within me is my supply. My consciousness of this truth is unlimited. therefore my supply is unlimited.”

Yesterday I made—what to me was a startling statement; “I am money.” I’m still shocked when I write it today and it makes me feel more uncomfortable the more I think of it. But I decided to leave it in just for that reason. When confronted with statements like this that have that affect on me I will live with it a while and contemplate and meditate on it for quite a while until I can see the truth or falsehood of the statement. Rejecting out right what disturbs me, which I used to do quite regularly, I have found can block the assimilation of new insights. My first thought is that because of all the negativity I have had around money is why the statement jars me and I want to reject it. I’m going to stay with it for a while and get back to ya on the topic.

How can it be that my supply depends on my “awareness, understanding and knowledge of the providing…Divine Mind within me as my supply.”?

Think of an electrical cord providing energy to whatever we connect it to. The wire itself is not the electricity that flows through it. It is the container for the electricity that is in it when connected to the source. Turning on the appliance, if the wire is in good working condition, all is well and good, but if the wire is damaged the appliance won’t work and the electricity may even be dangerous because it will look for a release in uncontrolled directions which could burn down the house or even kill you. The energy doesn’t care, it is impersonal. It just needs proper application through an conscious decision.

In a sense we are like this wire. We are connected to a Source of Power called God and this power is our very life energy. The difference between us and the wire is we are volitional beings and unlike the wire we choose how to use this energy. This is true of every being on the planet. We are connected to “…the Light of the world that lights every one who comes into the world.” However the majority of us are unaware we have this connection until we look for it. So we are unconscious of our ability to use and direct this energy for constructive ends. It is obvious we can’t use something we don’t know we have.

My becoming aware, conscious and knowledgeable of how to use this impersonal flow of Divine power gives me the means to purposefully use it to my benefit. An Awake Consciousness is unlimited because the consciousness of the universe—God—is unlimited. They are the same thing. The Divine Mind is the very consciousness provided to ALL people everywhere at all times. Once we

acknowledge this and know that we can direct it to any Good need we will be in the flow of the Holy Spirits activity in the world.

An electrical wire has no consciousness and can only be used when acted upon by an outside agent.

In our situation we are the conduit and the agent and by our choice we can actually increase or decrease the amount of energy flowing through us, like a rheostat between the source and the appliance. Through correctly applying the laws of this energy we can raise our level of consciousness, awareness and knowledge. These laws are found in all the spiritual literature’s of the world.

God keeps no secrets.

This is called ‘waking up’, ‘enlightenment’, ‘resurrection’, ‘right mind’ and just to be ornery, ‘no mind’.

When we are unconscious we are using this same energy destructively like a wire shorting out the energy becomes undirected and dangerous.

Our Awake Consciousness fixes this misuse of energy so it is once again able to supply our needs in Peace, Safety and Abundance.

Day 13 of 40 days of Prosperity

Energy radiates from the center of God consciousness.

Energy radiates from the center of God consciousness.

Day 13 of 40 days of Prosperity

“I am conscious of the Inner Presence as my Lavish Abundance. I am conscious of the constant activity of this Mind of Infinite Prosperity. Therefore my consciousness is filled with the Light of Truth.”

What is the “Light of Truth”? In Spirit there is only One Truth–God. Unmovable, unchangeable, all powerful, omnipresent, omniscient good. Omnibenevolent. In the physical we see this expressed in the sciences and the unfolding of the discoveries of the same spiritual solidities in correspondences. The science and art of mathematics is one example of the Laws which have been used to unlock some of the mysteries of the universe.

The correspondences in Physics come closest to helping us understand what the sages and holy prophets have been telling us for millenia.

This morning I read in Earnest Holmes; Living the Science of Mind, in “Energy and Mass”: “One of the propositions of physics is that energy and mass are equal, identical and interchangeable….energy energizes mass or that energy operates upon, in or through mass to do something to it…..we are saying that energy, which is invisible, is the actual substance of the mass which is visible, and that the visible and the invisible are the same thing; they are equal, identical and interchangeable. It is equal to saying that what you see comes out of what you do not see; what you do not see becomes what you do see; and what you do see and what you do not see are the same essence.”

We can only see in the “Light of Truth”. Light is energy but invisible yet it fills all space to illumine everything it touches.

To apply what Mr. Holmes has said to money, Mr Price points out that energy is expressed as money, “the energy of money.”

“Money is…my own natural energy yield.”

“Each one of us is the very Energy of the universe personified.”

“Money is my very essence, which when properly expressed, returns to me as an all-sufficiency of legal tender, to be used in exchange for goods and services.”

“Now we see that in its original form (energy) money has already been distributed equally among all souls on the planet (just as light is)

, and an equal opportunity exists right now for every single individual to enjoy a full measure of visible abundance. You are your own money. Money is you!” [italics and parenthesis mine]

Light is energy. Truth is energy. I am energy. God is energy. The Holy Spirit is described as bringing “dunemas” power/energy from God at the time of the Pentecost.

Tell them [the rich] to have faith in God, who is rich and blesses us with everything we need to enjoy life. 1Timothy 6:17

Blessings and wealth to you, this wonderful day.

Day 12 of 40 days of prosperity

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Day 12 of 40 days of prosperity

” I lift up my mind and heart to be aware, to understand and to know that the Divine Presence I AM is the source and Substance of All my Good.”

I am continually brought back to my complete dependance on the Source of my Life. This source, the Divine, God, omnipresent water of life who is ALL Good, ALL the time is the only source of everything.

This Source is not static but in constant circulation. The Divine Energy is always “moving upon the face of the deep” ocean of its infinite Goodness. It is a Divine circle just as the water of the ocean evaporates in the warmth of the sun circulating through the either and pouring down to form the rivers flowing back to the ocean.

So to this energy flows through us as money as we then give it out after it has prospered us it then prospers everyone connected to the particulars of the situation.

Just as water in the rivers and the oceans gives life to everything it touches so to does money give support and growth within the situation it is given. Money is the Good, Divine, energetic, medium given us to prosper, an easy means of energy exchange.

Just think of how much energy you spend to make money. Then with that money you can redirect that same energy into places that will benefit others who are also investing their energy into making the things you want. This is the Buddhist teaching of interdependence.

However I must remember that money is not my source it is a representation of my Source just as bread is not my source of life because “Man does not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds (flows) from the mouth of God.”

I lift up my heart and mind in gratefulness for ALL the manifestations of Divine abundance that will flow through me today.

Thank you God.

” I lift up my mind and heart to be aware, to understand and to know that the Divine Presence I AM is the source and Substance of All my Good.”