Do You Need an Emoji?

We are focusing this month on the Power within us that, as A Course in Miracles tells us, “keeps all things safe.” Our focus couldn’t have come at a more perfect time because we certainly seem to be living in a world at the present time that appears to be unsafe in so many ways. If our sense of health and well-being is dependent on a world of conflict and disagreement about what’s safe, and if we continue to look to a world outside of us to tell us what to believe about life, we’ll continue to feel unsafe in so many ways. But, in view of the seeming impossibility of any kind of immediate physical solution to a world situation that’s long gone viral, it would certainly seem that a Power that keeps all things safe is a Power to give our complete focus and attention to!

It would be a Power to pray to, listen to, surrender to, and feel our oneness with, so we’re able to feel that Power within us. In this way, we become a way for It to express in the world and keep all things safe—our self, our loved ones, and every child, woman and man. It’s a Power that requires trust because It is unseen by the physical eye. It’s a Power that requires faith because we must feel Its Invisible Presence within us before we see It around us. In The Science of Mind we read, “It is well to remember that the enlightened in every age have taught that back of all things there is One Unseen Cause, a common thread that runs thru all, the thread of Unity.” We access that One Unseen Cause, and consciously use Its Power to create our life experiences, through our practice of trust. Our willingness to trust that It’s there, and that Its Intrinsic Goodness is everywhere including right where we are despite appearances that occasionally may seem to oppose our good and Good, Itself.

The practice of Trusting Life brings a deep feeling of confidence that all things turn out good for us. Trust gives us peace in our mind that transcends worry, calm in our emotions that transforms anxiety, and a constant happy anticipation of good in our life that excludes doubt. When we feel the Good within us, we’re willing to patiently wait, with a sense of well-being and safety, for Its physical appearance around us. Our trust-filled thoughts that Life is fundamentally Good emit a vibration that attracts to us forms, expressions and experiences that validate our trust that Life is Good. A feeling of well being rejuvenates our body. A feeling of openness brings about positive encounters with others. A feeling of safety allows us to fear no evil no matter where we walk. When we trust in the Goodness of Life we’re naturally open and receptive to our good. We expect the best from people, conditions and situations. We’d rather be peaceful than argue, and we’d rather be happy than right! And yet when we trust, we’re not surprised when we feel good and have energy and enthusiasm for life. We’re not surprised by serendipitous encounters that happen at just the right time. In fact, we’re not surprised at any good result in our life because we live with an expectation of good that feels natural to us and manifests naturally in our life.

On the other hand (or on the other end of the stick) if conditions, situations and events in our life seem to oppose our good more than occasionally, it could be we’re not only not trusting life, we’re highly suspicious of its intentions toward us! We’re not surprised when the tiniest sniffle becomes a full-blown illness, the tiniest pain becomes disabling, or when dishonesty appears to be the motive of everyone around us. If it seems, as Rosanne-Rosannadanna of SNL used to say, “If it’s not one thing, it’s another,” it’s likely our thoughts are emitting a vibration of suspicion that is attracting into our individual experience plenty of forms and expressions that validate our suspicions: cagey characters, shifty situations, and curious conditions that “just go to show you, it’s always something.” Eckhard Tolle wrote, “It may look as if the situation is creating the suffering, but ultimately this is not so, your resistance is.” It’s our resistance to trusting what we can’t see (yet) that causes us to suffer about what we do see. When we focus on whatever is physically in front of us that doesn’t seem good, as if it’s a cold hard fact that will never go away, we’re right! Whether it’s a condition of our body, the behavior of someone toward us, or the behavior of someone who seems to have power in the world, it won’t go away as long as we focus on it. It is our attention to it, and our determination to get rid of it at all costs, that causes it to stay in our mind and constantly appear before our eyes.

We have to “believe it before we see it.” If we don’t believe that’s true, then we’re trusting in something else and not in the Power that will keep us safe. When we resist letting go of blame for our suffering, that resistance keeps Good from flowing naturally to us through inlets of positive receptivity in our mind that trust opens. Resistance causes us to fear that if we don’t prepare for teh worst in our health, people or situations, it’ll catch us by surprise. So, we’re prepared and not surprised when our health goes from bad to worse, when a tiny disagreement becomes a full-blown argument, or when we’re swindled by everyone we ask to help us. Our efforts to insure we’re never fooled or taken advantage of is the very energy that attracts both to us. Then we say, “I knew that was going happen.” And even though what happened didn’t feel good, often we’re satisfied just to be right. We’d rather think of our self as having psychic powers to detect the bad even before it appears, than to live in the Innocence of Trust that no matter how bad things look, and even if we can’t see how, something good is about to take off Its Cloak of Invisibility right in front of us. There is a line in the lyrics of the song, The Rose, that says, “It’s the one who won’t be taken that never learns to give.” Suspicion ties our mind and emotions up in knots and prevents us from giving from our heart. It blocks the Good of Life from turning out to be good in our life.

Abraham-Hicks tells us, “You’re not here for the relationship with others. You’re here for the relationship with Source. And, from that relationship with Source all kinds of meaningful other things will happen. Joy first and then anything else you have time for.” Which brings us to the title of today’s talk, “Do You Need an Emoji?” I overheard someone say the other day, “What she wrote didn’t sound nice but she ended the email with a smiley so I guess it’s okay.” We’re so used to looking for physical evidence of what to believe before we believe it that we’ll even let an emoji decide for us what we’re willing to believe. But there isn’t an emoji in the world that will help us to trust life if we don’t. How often do we spend our time trying to figure out what somebody meant by what they said before we decide if we’re okay or offended, or if we should feel defensive or not? When we live in suspicion we don’t give others the benefit of the doubt, or the benefit of trust. We look for a hidden meaning beneath their words because there’s often a hidden meaning behind ours. Even if someone means no harm, our doubt in their sincerity, and our lack of trust, keeps our mind in conflict and confusion, our emotions worked up and uncomfortable, and our feelings filled with hurt that contracts us and keeps us from freely giving of our self.

How do we rise above blame and live in a no-fault state of mind? How do we rise about suspicion and learn to trust? Don Miguel Ruiz wrote, “Be impeccable with your word. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean.” It is who we are in the world that creates our experience of the world. When we are impeccable with our word and we speak with integrity, we are more likely to see that impeccability and integrity in others. “I’m sure they meant nothing by that.” But, whether they did or didn’t, our trust in their intrinsic goodness kept us happy—peaceful in our mind, uplifted in our emotions, and open to a good outcome. It’s not about blindly trusting the world as it appears to be, but rather as A Course in Miracles puts it, it’s about trusting in the world because we know it’s not governed by the laws the world made up. It’s governed by a Power that is in us but not of us. It’s our trust in that Power that keeps us safe, and keeps us feeling good and seeing good.

When we trust that all Life is intrinsically Good, and we live with a deep confidence that all things turn out good for us, they turn out to be good for us. We trust our intuition. We trust the guidance that comes from the Holy Light within us that never tells us “don’t trust the darkness.” It simply guides us to the Light. The mystical poet, Rumi, wrote “Feel the sweetness in your own heart. Then you may find the sweetness in every heart.” As we feel the sweetness in our own heart, it’s easier for us to feel that sweetness in another’s heart. When we find the feeling place of Love’s Flow within us we won’t need an emoji or anything else in the outer world to convince us that Life is Good. Feeling good, easy, lighthearted, and filled with trust will be so natural to us that we’ll feel it despite appearances that only occasionally seem to oppose our good and Good, Itself.

World Peace Service

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The International Day of Peace is a day observed around the world on September 21st each year. It was established by the United Nations General Assembly to provide a globally-shared day for all humanity to choose Peace above all differences, and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace. It was drafted more than seventy-two years ago by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world. It was adopted by UN General Assembly in Paris on December 10, 1948. It is the most translated document in the world, available in more than five-hundred languages.

The International Day of Peace is intended to commemorate and strengthen the ideals of peace both within each individual and among all nations and all peoples. Each year there is a different theme. This year is “Shaping Peace Together.” It could not be a more appropriate theme for 2020. With the clarity of 2020 vision this year has brought with it, by what continues to occur in our country and around the world everyday and is currently manifesting in previously unimaginable ways, one day set aside to meditate and pray for World Peace is not enough. Though it may temporarily affect the world in positive and powerful ways, one day a year has not, because one day alone cannot, bring a sustained Peace on Earth.

The late Prime Minister of India, Nehru, said “Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace isn’t merely the absence of war, it is a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people.” Peace on Earth requires peaceful people living together in peace. It requires our individual desire for peace within us above all else around us. No one can give serenity to our soul or peace to our mind, but we, our self. No government, no religion, nothing outside of us can make us peaceful within us. Being a peaceful being in the world is a choice. Peace on Earth can only be sustained by individual awareness that the differences between people and religions and cultures, and the differences in the color and texture of physical expression, is not evidence of separation from one another, or the exemption of anyone from the One Life we share. It is evidence of the rich, ever-unfolding diversity of creation we all individually and uniquely express.

Martin Luther King said, “If we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective. We must learn to live together as brothers or we will perish together as fools.” Learning to live together in natural harmony and peace, rather than dying together in the insanity of conflict and separation, requires global unity of hearts and minds, every heart and every mind. Are we going to be foolish enough to wait to see evidence of Peace around us before we make it our intention to be peaceful in our heart and mind? Are we going to be foolish enough to believe that Peace can come without our individual participation? Are we going to be foolish enough to believe it is our birthright to control the life of anyone else? Are we going to be foolish enough to believe that our way of living life and loving God is the only way?

A sustainable Peace on Earth can’t be legislated by any government or enforced by any power but our own power to choose who we will be and how we will be individually in the world, not just for one day, but every day. Being a peaceful being doesn’t mean to be in a place where there is never any noise, no conflict around us and no fingers pointing at us. It means that we can look at such situations as opportunities for us to exercise our Power to Choose to focus on peaceful thoughts that bring about calmness in our emotions. It means to be able to be in the midst of all those things, and still choose to be peaceful in our mind and serene in our soul.

Gandhi said, “We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.” Are we waiting to see what others do before we do the peaceful thing? Are we waiting to see how the elections turn out, or who is appointed to the Supreme Court, before we rest in peaceful thoughts, before we let our conversations voice only peaceful words, and before we decide to make our responses to each other, and actions toward one another, actions of peace? Are we going to reach for each other in peace or point at each other in anger and blame? As we change own nature, so does the attitude of the world seem to change right before our eyes. Before Peace can manifest in the world, It must become our way of seeing the world, and our way of being in the world.

On this International Day of Peace there will be powerful Prayers for World Peace by beautiful practitioners of Peace around the world, offered in the language of their faith. Every prayer, in every language and of every faith, is answered in the moment it is uttered. Today we have an opportunity to stand in answered prayer together by taking a stand within our self for Peace above all else. We can choose to let our loyalties transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation. Are we ready to develop a world perspective of Peace together? Are we ready to visualize and manifest a world that works for every living being? If the answer is “yes,” then today we can begin “Shaping Peace Together.” And, it will come to pass that an International Day of Peace will be a day we observe every day.

Behind the “Seens”

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The Peace we are focusing on this month is the Peace that begins with us as we choose to be a peaceful being in the world. If we want there to be Peace on Earth, then every day we must decide to make Peace a priority within us. Martin Luther King said, “Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.” Inner Peace is the means by which we arrive at Peace on Earth.

Inner Peace is Present for us to choose all of the time. It becomes an outer experience only as we choose to make It a priority at least most of the time—through the thoughts we intentionally focus on in our mind most of the time; through the emotions we consciously choose to give voice to most of the time; and through the purposeful movements and considerate actions we take most of the time. The more we practice Inner Peace, the more peaceful we become. The more peaceful we become, the more Peace we bring into world through us.

St Francis de Sales wrote, “Do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever even if your whole world seems upset.” Our whole world certainly seems upset these days, doesn’t it? We all want to feel peaceful, but with everything that’s going on in politics, with the results of climate change, with covid fears and mandates, it’s easy to lose our inner peace over just about anything. If fact, many of us are on our last coping nerve without even being aware that we are. There are certain people in our life that we know well, and well-known people in life we know of, that can trigger negative emotions in us that don’t surprise us because we expect to feel those specific emotions most of the time, which is why we continue to feel them most of the time! But these days, if we’re not aware of how we’re feeling within us, if we’re not consciously monitoring how we’re doing mentally and emotionally with all the crazy, chaotic things that are going on, and if we’re not soothing our self with peaceful, calming thoughts so we are able to do things in a calm spirit, even the smallest thing can set us off.

Even in the midst of all that seems to be happening these days, whether it’s happening in our individual life with us or someone we love, in our country, or in the world, we have the capacity to stand in the center of our own peace. When we take time to soothe our self with peaceful thoughts that create calm emotions, a molehill doesn’t turn into a mountain. Lao Tzu wrote, “Make your heart like a lake with a calm, still surface and great depths of kindness.” If we make Inner Peace our priority, if our intention is to do what we do in a calm spirit as often as we can, then if we find our self suddenly upset by one of “the regulars,” or something else, that sudden upset doesn’t need to get any bigger, or last any longer, and turn our whole day into a mountain of manure! We can take time right then and there to quiet the mental-emotional turbulence. We can calm our mind with forgiveness of our self for temporarily losing it, and soothe our self with kindness and love, so that we can return to being a peaceful being in the world as soon as we can.

Before Peace can become manifest in the world, It must become Present and active in our inner awareness, and express through us as us. There is Power in maintaining a peaceful inner life. There is Power in consciously deciding which thoughts and emotions we care to dwell on. It is strong to stay calm even when our whole world seems upset. In the Book of Psalms we read, “Let there be peace by your power and prosperity within your walls.” Maintenance of Inner Peace requires diligence of mind and emotions. Otherwise we may find our self burning with rage over the smallest thing like a wildfire started by just a tiny spark. We must decide to let there be peace within us by our own power, and not someone else’s, or we allow the world to have power over us. If we do, we will end up stoking the flames of conflict and division in a world we claim we want to live peacefully within.

Why do we choose to procrastinate when Peace is so urgently needed in the world? Often it’s because we’re not ready to let It begin with us. We’re not convinced that is where It begins. We want to see evidence of Its Presence around us before we decide to be peaceful within us. We want someone to give in, give up, take responsibility, and say “sorry.” We measure the Presence of Peace not by what we are able to feel within us, but by what we can see around us. However, Peace, like everything else that appears in form and expression around us, doesn’t begin outside of us. Everything we see begins with the vibration of the beliefs we hold within us. And, often, those beliefs are based on what’s in front of us. We don’t look beyond the obvious to the unseen energies within us that is causing us to see what see and react to it. In the Book of Hebrews we read, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” What we see with our eyes isn’t what causes things to appear to us the way they do. Things that appear to us begin with the unseen, but not unfelt, energy we emit. If that were not true, how could Peace on Earth begin with us?

There is so much in the world we don’t see that we have “substantial faith” in nonetheless—like gravity. We can see the results of gravity, and sometimes feel the results of gravity, but we can’t see gravity with our physical eyes. Still, we have so much faith in it we don’t ever worry we’ll fly off into space, and we’d never intentionally step off a high building or jump out of an airplane without a parachute, if we wanted to continue to live.

We have faith in the unseen law of mathematics as well. We can see the results of accurate and inaccurate calculations, and try as we might we can never make two plus two add up to anything other than four. But we can’t physically see the law that keeps mathematics true to what it is. We can’t see the spiritual-vibrational Law of Love that keeps us true to what we are. We are mostly non-physical spiritual-vibrational beings even while we are having this physical human experience. The greatest part us, and the most powerful part us, can be felt and experienced within us, even though it is unseen by our physical eyes. We don’t see energy, we feel it. We don’t see thoughts, yet they emit a vibration we feel as emotion, and those around us often feel too. That vibration is always responded to by the spiritual-vibrational Universe in which we live. Through the unseen Law of Attraction we attract to us, and around us, what we think about most of the time. It is the Law of Attraction that organizes the universe and keeps It true to what it is. Everything that becomes visible in the world has already been organized behind the seens by the Law of Attraction in response to the individual and collective thoughts we emit. Tomorrow is already here, behind the seens!

Every thought is a Prayer that is answered the moment It goes out as thought. Answered prayer has nothing to do with lip-service, and everything to do with what we believe Life to be and who we believe our self to be when we ask. There is so many shouting of “peace, peace” these days when there is no peace behind the shouting. In the Book of Matthew we read, “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door, and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” Thoughts are prayers that go out into a spiritual-vibrational Universe that “sees” the vibration, and “feels” the energy, and responds to it according to the secret, physically-unseen substance emitted. A prayer to make something fearful go away is filled with fearful energy. It’s based on what is already in physical form. And, behind the seens, the substance of fear is busy creating more to be afraid of in the world. A prayer of calm peace, love and joy, filled with faith in the unseen Divine Presence, creates more to feel peaceful, loving and joyful about in the world.

It doesn’t matter if we say or sing, “let there be Peace on Earth.” It doesn’t matter if we talk about Peace and march for Peace unless what we’re doing behind the seens for Peace is being a peaceful being. The peaceful thoughts we hold in our mind now, and faith that our unseen thoughts matter to what manifests in the visible world, is evidence of the Presence of Peace on Earth now. Tomorrow is already here! We are the evidence of things not seen “yet,” and we carry with us the powerful substance of things hoped for around us. In this way, and only in this way, can we let Peace begin with us.

The Chain of Command

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Thich Nhat Hanh said, “Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy and serenity.” To walk in peace now, to talk in peace now, and to act in peace now is a choice we must make now if we are ever going to experience peace in a world where the sounds and images of conflict and chaos seem to be everywhere. Peace begins with each of us because everything we experience around us begins within us. We perceive what we believe and we react to what we perceive as fact. We read in A Course in Miracles, “Your holy mind establishes everything that happens to you. Every response you make to everything you perceive is up to you because your mind determines your perception of it.”

Everyday, in every way, it is essential for us to give Peace a chance to Be Peace through us because that is the only way Peace can come to Earth before our eyes. No one can bring Peace to us, but us. Peace can’t come into our human experience except from within us. When there is Peace in our mind we experience clarity, resilience and well-being, and we express compassion and helpfulness. We can only help the world by being responsible for who we are in the world. If we’re waiting for Peace to come first in the world before we calm down, then Peace doesn’t stand a chance to come into world through us.

The Dalai Lama said, “True change is within; leave the outside as it is.” Sometimes we rant and rave at the TV, or behind someone’s back, and occasionally directly at the one we’re angry with. But anger, no matter how righteous it may seem to us to be; sustained bitterness and rage, no matter how justified such reactions may seem to us to be; and blame and finger pointing, no matter how accurately we believe we’ve pointed to where the problem makers seem to us to be, all that intensely negative energy does is harm us, mentally, emotionally and physically. It clouds our mind, exhausts our emotions, and makes us physically sick. We also add gasoline to the fire set by those that agree with us that there is power in conflict, and that Peace can be achieved through force. Such thinking blinds us to a peaceful solution every time.

Peace is powerful. It seems passive only until we choose It. When we do, we feel Its Potency. In the Book of Isaiah we read, “Though the mountains move and the hills shake, My love will not be removed from you and My covenant of peace will not be shaken.” The Force of that Covenant of Peace quietly, calmly and unconditionally dwells within us. It is there for us to choose in every moment no matter what is going on in that moment that threatens to shake us up. It is a Peace that requires nothing outside of us to happen first before It shows up in the Present moment. It remains unshaken by circumstances. It never turns away no matter what we do, as humans, to deny It’s there. But, it does require something to happen within us first before we’re able to feel It Present as a choice. Peace requires all of our inner desires to align with It. It requires our desire to let go of any condition we’ve placed on Its expression through us. It requires our desire to choose peace of mind even if those around us are losing theirs and blaming it on us. It requires our desire to relinquish our need to control the behaviors of others, and to remain peaceful no matter how tempting our joining in the conflict and drama of the moment may be. It requires us to choose It above all else in order for us to feel It above all else, above the noise and confusion wherever we are.

Baba Hari Das wrote, “Don’t search for anything except peace. Try to calm your mind. Everything else will come on its own.” Ever notice how one thought in your mind leads to another thought in your mind similar to it, and still another like unto that one? Whether the first thought was positive or negative, the thought that came next followed the same direction as the first thought. Our mind plays the word game, “What’s the first thought that comes to mind when you hear…” For example, if the early September weather is any indication, and the animals plumping up and storing up is a sign, it’s looking like the long warm days of summer are behind us and the fall season is before us. Even though most of us love autumn with its color changes, falling leaves, crisp apples, and abundant harvest, still there some of us who can’t quite relax and fully enjoy the beauty and richness it brings because there is a feeling of dread that winter can’t be too far away. “What’s the first thought that comes to mind when you hear the word, “fall”—cooler weather…shorter days…cold days…winter darkness. And, pretty soon we’re feeling depressed even before winter gets here, just because it’s on way!

There is a chain command in our mind where one thought leads to another thought we associate with it. In this way one unpeaceful thought leads to another unpeaceful thought, and so on and so on… Thoughts become things and go in the direction they are headed when they manifest. They become a thing we feel, and they become things we see around us. We read in The Science of Mind, “We know that thoughts are things. We know that thought is intelligent and has power within itself to objectify itself. We know that the world of man is the law of his life under the One Great Law of all Life.”

Ever had a negative thought come to mind about someone, and if you focused on that thought even for a minute or two, another negative thought about that person came to mind? “Oh, yeah, I remember that, that wasn’t very nice.” Then one negative thought led to another, and maybe even about someone else you’d had a negative interaction with, or even a negative childhood experience, and pretty soon you were angry and upset as those past experiences were given new life by you in the present moment. That is why it is important for us to be aware of thoughts that come to mind, as they come to  mind. It’s important to notice a thought that comes to mind about a person or group, or when we see a political sign, or listen to the news report. In this way we become aware if a thought feels good or not. Then we won’t wonder, “How did I start thinking about that?!” Or wonder why we’re feeling grumpy or unsettled.

If a thought feels good we can give it our full attention. If we do, more good feeling thoughts will follow the chain of command, and we’ll feel peace, joy and serenity. Thoughts become things! A thought is intelligent and has power within itself to objectify itself. That is how we create a happy life: one peaceful, good-feeling thought at a time. But, it is important to remember that every thought, whether it’s fully aligned with spiritual Truth or totally ignorant of It, still is creatively intelligent and has power within itself to objectify itself! If a thought doesn’t feel good when it comes to mind, it’s important for us to change that thought to a happier, more peaceful thought before that first thought takes the lead in the chain of command, and directs one thought after another that leads us down a rabbit hole of anger, sadness, resentment, and unworthiness.

Louise Hay said, “No person, no place, and no thing has any power over us, for ‘we’ are the only thinkers in our mind.” We are the only one who can think in our mind, yet sometimes it may seem as if we’ve got someone else thinking in there, too, like an evil twin that has voice just like ours and argues against every good thing we’d like to focus on and bring about in our life experience. Louise Hay goes on to say, “When we create peace and harmony and balance in our mind” (by realizing we are the only one in charge), “we will find peace and harmony and balance in our lives.” It is essential for us to become the commander of our thoughts, to lead them in the direction we want our life to go. In this way we become a conscious creator of our life experience. Life doesn’t happen to us, it happens through us. Peace happens through us and can’t happen without us.

When we choose leave “the outside as it is,” and change the only thing we are in charge of, our thoughts, and when we calm our mind with the command, “Peace, be still,” everything else will come on its own. We won’t need to fight for it, we’ll attract it! Peace that is directed from within us is a choice for freedom. It’s a choice to Be the Peace we want to see without fighting against what we don’t want to see. It is only as we decide to let every breath we take, and every step we make, be filled with peace, joy and serenity that we are able to let Peace on Earth begin with us.

Dream a Little Dream of Me

A Spirit of Joy fills the Universe. And, why not, there is nothing to oppose Its Happiness, nothing to contradict the perfect forms and unlimited beauty It creates! The Pure Positive Energy of the Ecstasy of Love is everywhere Life is, including right where we are. It is a Power of One, and we are one with that One right here on Earth! The Energy of Pure Love, Undiluted Joy and Absolute Peace lives in us because we are one with a Universe that pulsates and oscillates with the Vibration of the Divine Intention of God for all of Creation. We’re not only living in the Universe, It’s living in us as us. We are that One! We are an essential part of the extension of creation because we are Creation. If we’re alive right now, we have been created by God. There is no other Creator, and there is no other Life to create from.

The life we are living right now is a unique expression of the One Creation of God. The Universe intends to extend and expand Joy, Love and Peace through the very life we are living! That’s how valuable we all are. That’s how much each of us matters! The self we call “me” has never been separate from the Self that is “We.” We share One Life. Even though we are here in these human bodies, this is only a small part of who we are. It’s not biggest part, either, and not the only life we’re involved in because we are spiritual beings even while we’re having this human experience. We may focus most or all of our attention on the three-dimensional world we see. But, it is what we’re doing spiritually, vibrationally, mentally and emotionally, it’s what we’re thinking, and how we’re feeling about what we’re thinking, that is causing the world we see to appear the way does three-dimensionally. That is why changing our unseen thinking can change our visible life. That is why when we choose to see life differently, and more easily affected by our positive choices, we experience that life.

We exist in a Creative Flow of Life that is eternally going on everywhere. It is going on right where we are, wherever we are. Like it or not we are creating our life every moment by deciding how we will perceive the moment. We can’t turn off the Creative Tap to watch the news and then turn It back on to watch the sunset. The Creative Force of the Universe that gave birth to us is God. God is present in us whether we are thinking Godlike thoughts or not. We can’t afford the luxury of a negative thought if we want to create a positive world to live in. We can’t take a thought back once we’ve thought it because a thought has a life of its own, and just like the ripples in the water when we toss a stone into a stream, or just like the Energizer Bunny, it keeps going and going and going. We can’t keep a thought private in our head because, no matter how hardheaded we may be, our thoughts emit a creative vibration that goes everywhere in the Universe. And, that vibration can be picked up by anyone vibrating at our frequency, be it a High Frequency of Love or a low frequency of fear.

What is going on in the world today is not separate from the thoughts that created it, and all our thoughts are in the mix! What some are calling a “new normal” isn’t spiritually natural to any of us. But, it is a reflection of our belief we have the power to change the nature of Universe. Thank God we do not, even if we pretend we do. We are co-creating together because there is no otherness, no apartness in the wholeness of Life. Life is One and we are that One! Our world is struggling to breathe not because of some virus separate from us or more powerful than us. We’ve simply forgotten we are One Breath together. And, in that forgetfulness we are pinching our self off from the Love, Joy, Peace, Health, and Well-Being that belongs to us and is natural to us.

Our incessant focus solely on the three-dimensional appearance of life causes us to fight against what we see that we don’t like. And, through the ever-present Creative Flow, to create more of what we don’t want. We’ve forgotten it is what we are doing spiritually, vibrationally, mentally, and emotionally that is causing the world we see to appear to us in the way it is currently appearing. It’s not to say we need to stop passionately caring about what’s happening in the world, in our country, and in our individual life. It’s to say that there is far more positive use of our Power in remembering that this world is only a dream of separation, and not the reality of who we are. It is our thoughts that must change before the world we see changes.

What if we dreamed a dream of a “separate me” intentionally, solely for the Joy a unique human perspective would give us of the Universe we wanted to uniquely extend? We read in The Way of Knowing, “You put on the body-mind for the simple enjoyment of looking out through it to observe what creation is like from that perspective. Not unlike one who would go to a costume ball puts on a certain costume just to play at being Louis the 14th, or Lady Godiva, or Mother Mary. Or if you want to be very radical, Jesus of Nazareth. You are the creator of all of those costumes.” We’ve been fooled by our own game and it is time we wake up and stop being so foolish.

We are in God and of God always. There is no Life without God. We are “God shaping Herself into a temporary expression of Herself, and all power in Heaven and Earth resides within us!” But we can’t use that Power in Positive Ways in the world as long as we take our human costumes so seriously, and as long as we choose to see self, others and the world so negatively. If we want to live a life we all enjoy living together, a life we’ve dreamed of living, we must begin to remember the Love that we are and enjoy offering Love no matter what. We may not like the costume someone is wearing. But rather than wasting our mental energy criticizing it, or getting angry because they choose to wear it, we can choose to look beyond it with the full awareness that there is only God behind it. We can be for a political candidate, for certain issues, and for policies of change without talk about and focusing on all the things we’re against. We can focus on the life we want to live, and the world we want to live it in, knowing that the thoughts we focus on emit a vibration that attracts to us in three-dimensional manifestation the thoughts we hold in our mind.

If we want to bless the world in which we live, if we want to feel good and experience well-being physically, mentally and emotionally, if we want to live the happy life of our dreams, we must be willing to rise to the occasion of the High Joyous Vibration of Creation that is the Center and Circumference of everything that exists. In that High Holy Place of Love there is nothing to oppose our happiness. We have no enemies to fight against, no differences that matter, and no otherness or apartness from the Love we are together. In the end Love wins because It has no opposition, and because It has no end for Its extension and expansion is Eternal. We are the way and the means through which Love expresses forever and ever.