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I have shared a few of my daily blessings from Facebook here.  This one from a few days ago, surprisingly seemed to resonate with several people.  It is part of an ongoing evolution of a process I started with “Letting Myself Have”.

Blessings Day 275: I wanted to memorize one of Marianne Williamson’s prayers from “Illuminata” but couldn’t, so instead I silently say “thank you, God” many times a day. I started at first to say it when things were all groovy in my world, but now I do the opposite.

A weird thing happens when I affirm my thanks to God, crappy feelings stop their talk while they listen to my little prayer of thanks.

I am afraid of doing “x” on Saturday – thank you God.

So I make up a story why I can’t do “x”; I don’t cop to the truth – thank you God.

I don’t listen to my own advice – thank you, God.

I judge myself – thank you, God.

I judge others – thank you, God.

I had a shitty night’s sleep – thank you, God.

I’m here in the flesh, I’m feeling, I have choices, I’m alive, I’m loved and by some perhaps I’m even appalling and hated, thank you God.

I’m breathing with the warm body of my being, I’m still open —

THANK YOU GOD!

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God’s sovereignty  and The Purpose of Prayer

 

Today I share with you my blessing that I post daily on Facebook, following that excerpts from Illuminata by Marianne Williamson.

Blessings Day 252: yesterday was hard for a number of reasons. Picking up Marianne Williamson’s Illuminata was so helpful. I read aloud to my husband passages in the chapter “Ladders to God”. Then I went upstairs, crossed the threshold of my bedroom to hear my Dad’s watch beep at that exact moment. (Note: my father passed 2.5 years ago.) Dad’s watch beeps on the truth. I’m not always sure I’ve made the right decisions but I’m not walking this path pretending I am alone any more. I am born of the Divine Consciousness of God, the field of infinite possibilities, All That Is, All That Heals, All That Infinitely Loves. May I rest in those pastures, today and every day.

“The issue is not whether our day is easy, but whether we spend it with an open heart.”

“Prayer and meditation reconnect us with our Source. …Just as we used to think that the earth was the center of external power and then found out that the sun is, we have been thinking that man’s ego is the center of internal power, and at last, we’re remembering that God is. …The purpose of prayer is to bring Heaven and earth together.  It gives inner peace in ways that neither intellectual understanding, credentials, money, sex, drugs, houses, clothes nor any gifts of the world can do.  …The intellect gives many things, but ultimately it cannot give comfort.  …Through prayer we find what we cannot find elsewhere; a peace that is not of this world.”

After so many years apart from my Christian and Judaic roots, God doesn’t care why or how I came back, only that I have.

 

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Seeking

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This week’s inquiry … questions designed to be experienced …

Are you still seeking that which you already are?  

Just sit there right now
Don’t do a thing
Just rest.
For your separation from God,
From love,
Is the hardest work
In this
World.
~Hafiz

Now that you have discovered
that which was not hidden,
go your way.
Now that we are united in
what is inseparable,
go your way.
Now that you have returned to
where you have never left,
go your way.
~Mooji

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A bug climbs on a stalk of grain near Kumanovo

There is not a flower that opens,

not a seed that falls into the ground,

and not an ear of wheat

that nods on the end of its stalk in the wind

that does not preach and proclaim

the greatness and the mercy of God to the whole world.

~Thomas Merton~

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If you haven’t been able to check in on this inaugural free global online event at Hay House, there’s still time, it lasts through June 10th.  The day’s speakers will be available for just under 24 hours.  This is a phenomenal opportunity, but don’t fret if you can’t listen in, at least for today, the Bethie fairy has transcribed some more highlights for you.

Marianne Williamson speaks on what A Course in Miracles has taught her:

“…the door to peace lay in my forgiveness and love and reaching out in compassion to the person in front of me.  This is not about belief, but experience and I would only experience the peace of God to the extent to which I sought to be an element of peace in the lives of others.  When you know every thought of attack towards anyone is a sword that is dropping on your own head, and when you know that your willingness to see the innocence in another person, then therein lies your capacity to experience your own innocence.”

Jack Canfield was also a speaker, and for all of you writers, I heard him recount that his “Chicken Soup for the Soul” was rejected 143 times!  The whole series has been read now by more than a half a billion people!

Dr. Robert Holden

“Dear God, help me see the truth about myself, no matter how beautiful it is.”   (Love!)

Alan Cohen

“De-pression means there is something pressing in on you.  The best cure I know for de-pression is EX-pression.  You cannot be depressing and expressing at the same time.  If you can take that energy that is pressing in on you and gracefully re-direct it to bring it forth and press it out, then you are taking the same power that was working against you and you are making it your friend; it becomes your ally.”

Gay Hendricks

“Anytime we say things to ourselves or to others, that we don’t have time for that, we are making ourselves a victim of time   The big discovery I made is that I am the source of time and I can make up as much as I want to do the things i want to do.  The reason that works that way is because I quit thinking of myself as the victim of time.  I realized suddenly if I wasn’t speaking as the victim of time, wait a minute! … the other possibility was that maybe I was connected to the source of time!  I realized if I just completely let go and just owned my connection with the source of time, I could make up as much as I wanted to do whatever I wanted to do with it.”  (Wow, what a brilliant concept and so simple.  No maybes about it, if we are connected to Source, then we are connected to it’s unlimited supply!  Read below for a really nice dovetail on this point.)

James F. Twyman

“For most Law of Attraction techniques the foundation is the statement – I want, as opposed to the statement – I Am.  We know that I Am is the name of God, this is the presence of the Divine.  I Am that.  It’s not something that I want.  It’s not something that I hope to have someday.  I already Am because I Am claiming the authority and the divinity of my Creator which is, of course, All things.  When you look at the statement I want, obviously there is something behind that, the sponsoring thought, which is – I don’t have it already.  It’s not something I have that’s in my energy field.  But the statement – I Am, what it does is, it creates an energy field, it creates a magnetic force that is a thousand times more powerful.”

James Twyman, as he continues to comment on the idea of oneness, I Am-ness:

“How do we allow a concept to become a real force in our lives?  That’s such a good question and there’s no real easy answer because it’s not something that we can do, but it is something that we can undo.  Maybe that’s the best way to say it.  Undo this delusion that we have created, that we are separate, vulnerable, alone, that we are here to fight and survive that our physical existence is who we really are, to undo that belief.  …I realize that every moment is an opportunity, right in front of me, to see the truth, to experience oneness or to see the Beloved as I call it.”

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It all started when I went to bed last night — a bit of an internal chagrin that I no longer seem to get emails from “this week’s powerful question”.  These are one-liner questions that are often so striking they operate like little internal alarm clocks.  They remove any blinders that we may have unwittingly donned, and expand our perspective with fresh, new eyes.

So then I woke up this morning with a song in my head: “What if God were one of us…?”  Do you ever have that happen, lyrics to a song seem to just randomly pop into you head? 

I began to play with the lyrics, and came up with:

What if

God’s

In All of Us?

What if, indeed? 

Of course, I could get all up in my righteous head: so and so did this, said this.  They never, they always.  They’re wrong, I’m right.  Yet this little question lifts the veil of separation I feel with “others”, when I am judging my experience of them.

Ah, the precious little confining boxes of life that pit me against another.  Why go there?  Feels so expansive, so wide open, to just simply stop the inner commentary and gently ask:

What if

God’s

In All of Us?

A question that can’t be answered at the level of the mind, can it?  The answer lies in living within the question.  Sweet paradox! 

It’s the invisible gift of starting over, a clean slate, a new beginning …

But wait …! 

It’s this week’s powerful question that inadvertently floated into my early morning consciousness with a song! 

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The Prayer

Something magical happens when I experience something that is such a display of splendor for the first time.  It stirs the embers of my Eternal Home.  The fires lit, I remember … nothing, not a thing at all, needs mending today.

I pray you’ll be our eyes
And watch us where we go
And help us to be wise
In times when we don’t know

Let this be our prayer
As we go our way
Lead us to a place
Guide us with your Grace
To a place where we’ll be safe
La luce che tu dai

I pray we’ll find your light
Nel cuore restera
And hold it in our hearts
A ricordarci che
When stars go out each night
L’eterna stella sei
Nella mia preghiera
Let this be our prayer
Quanta fede c’e
When shadows fill our day
Lead us to a place
Guide us with your grace

Give us faith so we’ll be safe.
Sogniamo un mondo senza piu violenza

Un mondo di giustizia e di speranza
Ognuno dia la mano al suo vicino
Simbolo di pace e di fraternita

La forza che ci dai
We ask that life be kind
E’il desiderio che
And watch us from above
Ognuno trovi amore
We hope each soul will find
Intorno e dentro a se
Another soul to love

Let this be our prayer
Let this be our prayer
Just like every child
Just like every child

Needs to find a place,
Guide us with your grace
Give us faith so we’ll be safe
E la fede che
Hai acceso in noi
Sento che ci salvera

Lyrics to The Prayer

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