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.


I am a center in the Divine Mind

The Center

The Center

“I am a center in Divine Mind, a point of God conscious Life, Truth and Action. My Affairs are Divinely guided and guarded into right action, into correct results. Everything I do, say or think is stimulated by the Truth. There is perfect and continuous right action in my life and affairs. All belief in wrong action is dispelled and made negative. Right action alone has power and right action is power and Power is God…the Living Spirit Almighty. This Spirit animates everything I do say or think. Ideas come to me daily and these ideas are Divine ideas. They direct me and sustain me without effort. I am continuously directed. I am compelled to do the right thing at the right time, to say the right word at the right time, to follow the right course at all times.

All suggestion of age, poverty, limitation or unhappiness is uprooted from my mind and cannot gain entrance to my thought. I am happy, well and fulfilled with perfect life. I live in the Spirit of Truth and am conscious that the Spirit of Truth lives in me. My word is the Law unto its own manifestation, and will bring to me or cause me to be brought to its fulfillment. There is no unbelief, no doubt, no uncertainty. I know and I know that I know. Let every thought of doubt vanish from my mind that I may know the Truth and the Truth may make me free.”

Science of Mind; by Earnest Holmes

Spiritual Growth, A Metaphor


Proverbs 27.19 “You see your face in a mirror and your thoughts in the minds of others.”

James 1.23 “If you hear the message and don’t obey it, you are like people who stare at themselves in a mirror

1 Corinthians 13.12 “Now all we can see of God is like a cloudy picture in a mirror. Later we will see him face to face. We don’t know everything, but then we will, just as God completely understands us.”

Spiritual growth is like standing in front of a mirror with a giant spotlight directly in back of me, like one of those used at grand openings that illuminate the sky. It is shining directly at the mirror and is so bright I can not look at the light or its reflection in the mirror. In order for me to stand in front of the mirror I must get as close to it as possible with my nose touching the glass. But still light is leaking around me especially my head and I must put on sunglasses to tolerate the light. I find one pair of sunglasses will not do so I add layer upon layer of dark plastic until I can tolerate the light. My eyes will naturally adjust and once I get comfortable I am able to live there in what I think of as light but really it is still dim darkness. After a while I get used to the intensity of the light and feel comfortable enough to peel off a layer of dark plastic this causes somewhat of a discomfort but it is tolerable. This is done over and over until all the plastic is removed and I can actually remove the sunglasses. However my nose is still up against the mirror. Now as my eyes adjust to the brilliance leaking around my head I begin to see my face clearly but not my entire body. As the desire grows to see all of me I take my first step backwards toward the light. I know to turn around would blind me but my goal is to see in the light so I keep moving. As I back closer and closer to the source of light I see more and more of my reflection in the mirror but a strange thing begins to happen, the farther I get from the mirror I begin to disappear into the light. The light is surrounding me, swallowing me, enveloping me until eventually all I can see is the light and I have disappeared. And yet I know I am still me. I have disappeared and yet still here. “You are the light of the world.” Jesus, Matthew 5.14

The Seven Negative Voices of the Ego You Need to Ignore.


I read a wonderful blog the other day form Marc and Angel Hack life called “The seven negative people you need to ignore.”. As I was reading I realized that all of those “people” are in me. They have shown up over and over again in various ways to suit their own purposes resulting in self-condemnation, fear, anger, hatred etc., etc.

            A little background from my Orthodox past.

            The word ‘sin’ is loaded with negative connotations of God hating us. Because of the guilt he will throw us into hell because we have offended Him. He can do nothing else but cause us to suffer for ever in the fiery pits of doom. Today sin has been replaced by another friendlier word—as long as it is not demonized—‘ego’. Ego has become a shorthand for sin, sin nature, flesh, body of death, separation from God and everything else that defeats us in our lives, and the eventual cause of all its outward projections seen in the horrors we afflict on our world. The explanation of ego/sin is covered in great depth from every possible angle in A Course in Miracles, all of Dr. David R. Hawkins books and of course the Christian Bible.

            My first insight that ‘sin’ and the ‘ego’ are the same thing came from reading the Aramaic translation of the Bible by George M. Lamsa and following that the Roth Aramaic translation of Hebrews 12:3. In his footnote Roth uses this verse as one example of how the Greek New Testament is secondary to the Aramaic Peshitta:

“Not only has the Greek lost volumes of magnificent poetry, but here the Greek redactor dropped an entire phrase! The Greek reads: “Consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you may not grow weary or lose heart.”….The Aramaic reads “Behold, therefore, how much, he suffered from sinners, for they were adversaries of their own soul, that you may not be discouraged, nor your soul become remiss.” Obviously NOT just some small remission here! [emphasis Roth’s]”

            This really awakened me to the entire idea that ‘sin’ and the modern replacement of ‘ego’ is exactly the correct interpretation. Sin/ego does not make us an adversary of God whom he needs to defeat and punish forever in the fiery pits of hell but we are our own adversaries and it is God who is helping win this battle that our soul is fighting against the ego.

            How are we to recognize the ego in our lives and what do we do with it once we see it? This is where Marc and Angel’s post becomes very helpful. I am going to re-interpret it here from the perspective that the “Seven Negative people” are found first in us then manifests in the world via the people we meet. As seen in the verse above those who are adversaries of their own soul have no problem projecting that adversarial position onto others. And because the ego/sin nature would rather kill us—i.e.,seen in all addictive behaviors—it would rather kill others first because “they are the problem.”  Seen here in Hebrews 12.3 as it references the killing of Christ Jesus. The ego wishes to kill the Christ in us because the soul is where Christ resides.

            I’m going to start with Marc and Angel’s point number 7 “The Inner Critic.”

All six prior negative ‘people’ to stay away from are disguises for the this inner bully. My own inner critic had no problem seeing God as my father and hiding it’s negativity behind the religious doctrines of original sin, the sin nature and the belief we are born in sin and there is no good thing within me. In fact it was now able to condemn me without obstruction via the belief that it’s constant nagging about my smallest short comings as the “conviction of the Holy Spirit,” the third person of the Godhead. This was HIS JOB description. The comforting part only came after rigorous self-inspection, brow beating, attempt after attempt and finally many many trips to the altar. Only to find myself once again in the clutches of this inner authority heaping loads of guilt and condemnation for the slightest infringements.

            Today, I know this is not God and never was God. I am amazed to look back and see how many preachers and teachers—I was in their number— did nothing to lessen this false idea of who God and his role in our lives. Even to the extent of equating this constant condemnation with the love of God as the reproving parent. It is no wonder I left the church

            Yes by all means ignore this voice and all the people who show up in our lives mirroring this aspect of our ego. This authoritarian voice is not God.

            Point 1.  The hopelessly hostile drama queen. The ego/sin nature loves to stir up controversy and drama for no apparent reason—it will create many justifications for which any and all infractions of it’s arbitrary positionalities will do.  Don’t buy into it’s propaganda. The ego loves drama.  Stay out of other people’s drama which the ego enjoys creating in our minds. Don’t allow the ego to spew hostile words at someone silently in your mind. Just because they aren’t said does not mean they aren’t heard.  Keep your composure and replace the stink of confrontation with the fragrance of resolution.  The louder the ego wants to yell, the more drama it wants to stir up, calmly and confidently speak to this drama charade and tell it to be quiet or just go away.  Don’t let it get to you.

            Be an example of a pure existence; ignore the egos outlandish antics and focus on kindness.  Communicate and express yourself from a place of peace, from a place of love, with the best intentions.  Change that inner voice of drama towards others by love and forgiveness towards good. Use it to inspire, to encourage, to educate, and to spread the notions of compassion and understanding. We created the Drama Queen we can uncreate it.

            When your inner drama queen manifests as an actual person you will be better able to love that person because you have learned to love the drama queen inside you. You can create a mental space of love and when the time is right you can walk away if they insist on foisting their drama on you.

            Forgive yourself and the role you have taken. Then extend that forgiveness to the ‘other.’ This will create the space you need to not take it with you when you go thus not perpetuating your own drama.

            Point 2 The person you have failed to please a hundred times before. The ego is impossible to please; you will not be able to satisfy it no matter what you do. It lives on dissatisfaction.

            The dissatisfied ego will show up in your life as people who discredit you, disrespect you and treat you poorly for no apparent reason at all.  Don’t consume yourself with trying to change them or win their approval.  And don’t make any space in your heart to hate them.  Simply walk away and let karma deal with the things they do, because any bit of time you spend on them will be wasted, and any bit of hate and aggravation in your heart will only hurt you.  (Read Emotional Vampires.)

            If this isn’t the ego showing up I don’t know what is. It will never be happy with anything EVER. Its job is to keep us running all over the world attempting to fulfill its minutest demands and then moving us on to the next, on and on and on and on. It is constantly distracting and constantly unsatisfied. It’s incessant hunger is always projected outward onto other people and things in the vain attempt to get happiness from someone or some thing out there. As the song says, “looking for love in all the wrong places”

            Marc and Angels advice to “simply walk away” is the endeavor of all aspirants of higher spiritual consciousness. Every positive faith tradition I have read are guide books for leaving the ego and it’s incessant demands and to become completely fulfilled in God alone. This ego self is the self we are to die to in order to live for Christ.

            3.  The naysayer who always dumps on your dreams.

            Stop giving credit to the ego/sin nature which always discredits your dreams. it will readily attach itself to all negative statements about you and magnify them as the only reality of your life.  If listened to the ego will squash your potential by slowly extinguishing your inner flame with its watered down vision of what you are capable of achieving. These people showed up early in my life as parents and teachers; “David doesn’t work up to his potential” is a common phrase on all my report cards. Rarely was I given credit for what I had accomplished but pointed out my short comings. This is the biggest hurdle I face in my creative endeavors. I will never be good enough no matter how many ‘A’s” I get.

            Marc and Angel point out, “If you give in and let their negativity convince you of who you are, their madness will wither you away.  You will morph into who they say you are, rather than living honestly as yourself.  In this way, these people will steal your life from you.  You will lose track of where their opinion ends and your reality begins.  Their fiction will become your life’s story. What is possible for you.  So look beyond their presumptions and mental limitations, and connect with your own best vision of what YOU are capable of and how YOUR life can be.  Life, after all, is an open-ended journey, and 99% what you achieve comes directly from what you work to achieve on a daily basis.”

            4.  The manipulator.

Your ego will and has been manipulating and bullying you. It will try to use it’s negativity to intimidate and manipulate you into believing your negative thoughts are who you really are.  If you stand back and observe it from a distance, you will realize that it is completely self-referential with no concern for others.  In other words, the ego wants you to fit into it’s plan simply based on how this false you can be used or manipulate you for it’s own survival.

            The ego routinely prioritizes its own feelings and needs over and above your true best interests.  It will demand that you submit to help it, but if, heaven forbid, you ask the ego to help you achieve true happiness it will resist at first but then morph into the ‘spiritual ego’ which becomes the wolf in sheep’s clothing.

            Bottom line: It will say and do anything, thoughtlessly, to get you to do what it wants you to do.  Do not accept this behavior as normal it is anti-normal.  When the ego/sin nature tries to bully you, stand up for your true Self and say, “Not so fast, buddy!  Your delusion of superiority is your problem, not mine.”  And if it refuses to reason with you, walk away without a fight. (Read Codependent No More.)

            5.  The stubborn one who insists you should be someone else. The ego will never be happy with who you are right now. Listening to it will always keep you dissatisfied and there will be plenty of people who show up to reinforce the point you are not alright right now. Oddly enough in choosing a life of spiritual transformation the ego/sin nature will use all the things you are learning to reinforce the point you are not good enough right now. Hey isn’t that why we choose to work on ourselves in the first place? I think the first lesson we need to learn on our spiritual journey is to not condemn ourselves for anything. God never does nor ever has for anything. Jesus told a group of thousands of people in his sermon on the mount; “You are the light of the world.” Right now before you make all those changes you think you should make “you are right now, here as you sit on the grass listening to me, the LIGHT of the world.

            Now that the ego has put on a spiritual mask it will insist you need to act in such a way in order to please others and demonstrate how “spiritual” you really are. Of course we are not perfect yet but the spiritual ego will demand we appear to be to others. Hence the rise of hypocrisey. It is really easy to be ‘spiritual’ on Sunday morning.

            You don’t have control over what others think about you, but you do have control over how you decide to internalize their opinions.  Leave them to their own judgments.  Don’t feel threatened and don’t conform just to please them.  Let people love you for who you are, and not for who they want you to be.  Or let them walk away if they choose.  They can’t harm you either way; it’s their understanding that is faulty, not yours. See Marc and Angel’s book 1,000 Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently.

            6.  The unforgiving friend who refuses to forgive you for your mistakes.

            The ego will always condemn you. God never will. A statement from A Course in Miracles puts it this way, “God never forgives because he has never condemned.” And from the New Testament “there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.” Which is the whole human race. Unfortunately the majority don’t know this. Self condemnation of the ego will draw others into our lives to mirror its opinion of us.

            The ego wants to rub your face in your mistakes every chance it gets. It will keep bringing them up over and over again until we feel completely worhtless. The past no longer exists. If you have done what you can to fix your errors then that is all that is expected of you. Some mistakes may require societal sanctions but most of us allow the ego to imprision us in a life sentence. The egos interpretaions give that power to God and believe they are suffering for past errors via karma or God’s righteous indigantion. This is not so. The purpose of God and karma are for healing and growth in love. No one deserves eternal punishment for finite errors. God never condemns us so why should we?

            Shining the light on the shenanigans of the ego/sin nature rids it of its forcefulness in our lives. There are many different ways to deal with it once recognized; the oldest and I think least effective is putting the ego/sin nature and your true Christ Self in an adversarial position. Resistance always creates counter resistance with the result we are in a constant battle of the ‘bad’ versus the ‘good’ me. The apostle Paul say in Galatians 5.17 “The Spirit and your desires [ego] are enemies of each other. They are always fighting each other and keeping you from doing what you feel you should.”

            Jesus says:

“You have heard people say, “Love your neighbors and hate your enemies.” 44 But I tell you to love your enemies and pray for anyone who mistreats you. 45 Then you will be acting like your Father in heaven. He makes the sun rise on both good and bad people. And he sends rain for the ones who do right and for the ones who do wrong.” Matthew 5:43-45

            If Paul is correct that our desires/ego/sin nature is our enemy then shouldn’t we follow Jesus’ admonition to love the ‘enemy’ inside us. Once we learn to love this ‘enemy’ within we can love those who show up on the outside in the disguise of our own ego traits. Do we need to hang around with them, not necessarily, can we ignore them, perhaps. Can we leave their presence, if necessary. However our greatest teachers show up in those we are closely related to in family, work or organizations and neighbors.

            The inner critic, drama queen, the unsatisfied person, the naysayer, manipulator, the person who does not like you and the unforgiving ego, once loved inside you, turn out to be not so bothersome in person and actually become our best teachers. Humility reminds me that in some form I’m bothering others even if I don’t intend to so we are helping one another, even unwittingly towards the goal.




What is life all about? The first time we ask this question is our first attempt to see things differently—re-contextualize. The question itself presupposes we are in search for a different point of view about this world and our place it. We will do this many, many times throughout our lives until we hit on the one that answers the question for the last time. Our pain keeps us wondering. The journey between our first asking and the final one can take a life time, some even say it can take many life times or eternity.

I’m going to start off with the punch line.

This is a perfect world.

Everything without exception is exactly the way it is supposed to be and everything is happening as it is supposed to happen. There are no accidents in this world and no this does not mean everything is predetermined. Only God is inevitable. No matter what choice we make and no matter the consequences—there are always consequences—it is the right choice. I think this is the meaning of “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

If you are still with me and haven’t thrown up your hands in disgust; thank you for staying and I hope by the end I will have explained myself. Not that I expect you will agree with me but this is the re-contextualization I have come up with in my 63 years on the planet—so far.

Before you go any further please take the time to watch this video. The human race has been stargazing since we could see and wondering [attempting to re-contextualize] what’s it all about?

“Once a photograph of the earth, taken from outside, is available…a new idea as powerful as any in history will be let loose.” Fred Hoyle 1948

After watching this video I could see the perfection of our spaceship earth.

This blog is a longer response to the one I left the other day at; “Follow Me Films” February 17th entry Where can I unpack this luggage?? Please advise…her very heart felt sadness, remorse and guilt about her past really affected me. Her crazy journey through bi-polar disorder reflected my own—I still have a bottle of Xanax in my cabinet, why I don’t know? because I haven’t needed it for years. Neither have I needed the alcohol (four years sober), pot (two years) or other prescriptions (many years off those, they never worked for me). They just made me…..well you know?

I too can give a laundry list of all the hurt people I’ve  left in my wake the things I have done to others, all this pain I created in the world.

Twice incarcerated.

I can also recount the things did to me as a child: I can remember being attacked at 8 years old by an older boy, me on my stomach and him laying on my back but that is all I remember until being so angry I wanted to kill him. I remember going home getting a kitchen knife and was going to do just that until I saw him walking down the road. We stopped and stared at each other but I was to afraid so I just threw the knife at him and ran home. Of all the kids I knew when growing up his name is the one I remember most often. Was it an accident that my first pastor had the same name? I asked him if he had ever lived in Florida, he said no. Just recently I met a Buddhist monk with the same first name, he couldn’t  have had the last name because he is Chinese. Coincidence or lesson in forgiveness?

I think this is when my rage started, when I began to lash out at the world. What better way to protect myself than to strike first. My parents who were both raised in abusive situations only new the same when it came to raising us five kids.

I became a bully—Please see “Time to jump into the conversation”—just ask my younger brothers and sisters. I’m the oldest.

My first re-contextualization came in the late 60’s while on acid. After the party was over and all had gone home I decided to walk down to the beach and try and figure out why the world was in such a mess. As I was sitting on the rocks watching the surf I was suddenly looking at the earth as seen in the video above. Maybe the image had been placed in my mind by the recent 1968 telecast of the Apollo 8 journey to the moon when the first image was shot of the earth from outer space.

In this vision I saw the entire earth in front of me. Then I started going back in time to the beginning of human history and the thought came to my mind that the world was in such a mess because somehow we began wrong. Well the only place I knew to find out about beginnings—being raised Christian Science—was in the Bible. I went back to the apartment, waited for my friends to wake up then asked them if they had a copy, the woman did and just happened to be a Christian.

Well this was the beginning of my re-contextualizing at 20 years old. I won’t go into the intervening years but fast forward to what I have come up with so far in regards to circumstances, events, decisions and consequences.

How can I say this is a perfect world? Once we come to know what the purpose of anything is and we see that, that thing is fulfilling it’s purpose we can say it is doing what it is designed to do.

To show what our journey here is designed to do I need to quote a few writings from different religious traditions.


Ecclesiastes 12.13 “Everything you were taught can be put into a few words:

Respect and obey God!
This is what life
is all about.” CEV


Luke 10:25 An expert in the Law of Moses stood up and asked Jesus a question to see what he would say. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to have eternal life?”26 Jesus answered, “What is written in the Scriptures? How do you understand them?”27 The man replied, “The Scriptures say, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind.’ They also say, ‘Love your neighbors as much as you love yourself.’”28 Jesus said, “You have given the right answer. If you do this, you will have eternal life.” CEV

The Bhagavad-Gita. 12:6-8

Quickly I come

To those who offer me

Every action,

Worship me only,

Their dearest delight,

With devotion undaunted

Because they love me

These bondsmen

And I shall save them

From mortal sorrow

And all the waves

Of Life’s deadly ocean.

Be absorbed in me,

Lodge your mind in me:

Thus you shall dwell in me,

Do not doubt it,

Here and hereafter

Dr David R. Hawkins:“Be passionate for God, not belief systems. That is the only real decision that has to be made and applied to any and all situations. The question is always whether to be at the effect of the world or aligned with the Truth of God instead. The search for enlightenment is different from the seeking of worldly success.” I, Reality and Subjectivity pg 355.

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” Jesus Matthew 5.14 Amplified Bible

“For behold, the kingdom of God is within you [in your hearts] and among you [surrounding you]. Jesus, Luke 17.21 Amplified Bible

It is the Kingdom of God the Light of the world in us that is constantly drawing us to God. Teaching us how to love God and our neighbor We reach God and our only happiness when we realize all other sources of happiness have failed us. This happens by the decisions we make and the consequences of those decisions.

There is no other way for us to be cleansed from our selfish tendencies than for God to allow us to do them and experience the consequences and then volitionally turn from them, according to Emanuel Swedenborg. We must use our free will and choose to leave the hell we have made.

This world is the perfect school to accomplish that purpose.

Every person who comes into our life is there to help us regardless if we call the experience good or evil. Our only function is to forgive the situation—the other person—and learn to love our neighbor within the learning opportunity.

Everything we need is right here right now for our complete happiness and fulfillment.

In every life situation I look back on a Divine dance has occurred between all the people involved in that situation—including all my divorces. All of us were brought together via the spiritual principle of ‘Like is drawn to Like’. Our energetic fields brings others to us for the purpose of helping us to grow in consciousness. Sometimes our teachers look like devils and sometimes we play that role. Darth Vader needs a Luke Skywalker. Look at the people you hung out with in the past and see they are not there anymore and see those who are here now—they are and were your teachers as you were theirs. A Divine Dance.

As we move higher and higher in God Consciousness we will see less strife and more peace. More forgiveness and love. More LIGHT. We will radiate more and receive more and the company we keep will automatically change to fit our new consciousness.

To wrap up two more quotes:

“[Love/God] Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,…” I Corinthians 13.4 The Message.

“Love holds no grievances.” A Course in Miracles Lesson 68 in the workbook

Forgiveness Level 2 part 2

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“The Unpardonable Sin.,” or “…speaking against the Holy Spirit…” is unforgiveness. For many years I was puzzled about what “speaking against the Holy Spirit” meant. And many times I was very afraid I had committed it and was now unredeemable. What a terrible guilt trip is laid up the church because we didn’t see what was so simple. The answer was staring me in the face the entire time in the Lords prayer. Matthew 6.12 “Forgive us for doing wrong, as we forgive others.” Our forgiveness is inextricably tied to our forgiveness of others. It is the Holy Spirits job to bring us to this place so we can learn how to forgive. Learning to forgive makes us more like God who’s mercy endures forever, see Psalm 136.

All of the difficult situations we get ourselves into to are the karmic lessons on how to forgive, to love our neighbor as our self. Notice here too that loving our neighbor is also tied to loving ourselves. It is our “enemy” who has come into our lives to teach us this one lesson—we are not separate, as I treat you I will be treated, when I forgive you I will be forgiven. Not learning this is refusing to let the Holy Spirit rejuvenate us. What is left for us if we refuse to let the Holy Spirit do his work in us? What will happen is we will get ourselves into similar situations over and over again until we learn the continuous process of forgiveness. Until we learn the final lesson of radical forgiveness. This is where we forgive the entire world. Every single thing that upsets our peace will need to be forgiven. For more on this see A Course in Miracles and Disappearance of the Universe.

“Father forgive them for they no not what they do.” Jesus

Forgiveness is healing as Jesus demonstrated many times. If we want to heal the world we see we must forgive it and we too shall stand up and walk as humans once again.

So by the end of the mile your are so into helping this soldier carry his load that you actually volunteer for the second mile. Here is true freedom that you can now turn what your oppressor thought was punishment into a gift to him. This is the beginning of the application of love, compassion and understanding.

Yep, letting it go, surrender to the situation, surrender to God and let it go. Your probably saying “Easier for you to say.” Well yes it is easy to say but may take a life time to learn. I believe this is the only lesson we are here to learn. Forgiveness of the world—radical forgiveness—is leaving the kingdom of the world for the Kingdom of God. More on this in part three.

A HUGE caveat here. If you are in an abusive situation do all you can to get out as soon as possible. 70×77 does NOT mean you have to keep taking it. If you are not free to leave then you can still practice right where you are until the opportunity presents itself to get out. But do get out.

For most of us the practice of the 70×77 comes after getting out then, when you are in a safe place, every time the situation comes up in your mind let it go, and keep doing it. I have gone thru this more than once and even now when I remember the situation I let it go again, even years later.

In the Sutra on the full awareness of breathing, found in Tich Nhat Hanh’s book Awakening of the Heart: Essential Buddhist Sutras and Commentaries the last four of the sixteen methods of fully aware breathing we find:

13. “Breathing in, I observe the impermanent nature of all dharmas. Breathing out, I observe the impermanent nature of all dharmas.”

14. “Breathing in, I observe the disappearance of desire. Breathing out, I observe the disappearance of desire.”

15. “Breathing in, I observe cessation. Breathing out, I observe cessation.”

16. “Breathing in, I observe letting go. Breathing out, I observe letting go.”

Hanh, Thich Nhat (2012-01-10). (p. 24). Perseus Books Group. Kindle Edition.