You’ve Got to Enter to Win

The powerful civil rights leader, author and theologian, Howard Thurman, wrote, “Not only is faith a way of knowing, a form of knowledge, but it is also one of life’s great teachers. Faith teaches that God is.” Though the manifestations of God are everywhere Life is, we won’t learn that God Is the One Unseen Cause behind all that exists without faith that all that we see right now originated in a realm of invisible vibration stimulated by thought, and that “what’s next” has already begun within the Creativity of Divinity, the Source Energy of the Universe.

We learn we are one with that Source Energy as we feel Its Invisible Presence within us as stillness, peace, power, love, joy, and well-being. And then, as we focus on thoughts that feel Good to think, and that keep us aligned with Source Energy, we come to know through experience that the “things” in our life begin invisibly  as thoughts before they visibly appear around us. We read in The Science of Mind, “The more spiritual the the thought, the higher the manifestation. Spiritual thought means an absolute belief in, and reliance upon, Truth. This is both natural and normal.”

Faith isn’t required if we believe that what we see is all there is to what is True. Faith isn’t required if we limit our knowledge of what is possible for us and the world to our observations of the circumstances of the world and what it has already become. That’s old news, like learning from outdated books! What is visible has already completed its journey from the invisible to visible. We come to know God Is as we focus beyond “what is” and on “what’s next.” Faith by its very nature requires we believe in something before we see, hear, taste, smell, or touch it. Faith requires our reliance on the Truth that God Is, and God is Love. The experience of trust shows us that as we maintain positive thoughts that cause good feelings to arise within us something good cannot fail to appear in physical form in our life—healing of our body and relationships, and resolutions to life issues. We come to know, without doubt, that there is so much more to see and know about this Life we are living than is visible to our eyes.

When we trust that God Is, we’re at peace with whatever appears to be going on because we know that something Very Good is on Its way! God’s Love is All-encompassing. It never leaves anything or anyone out of Its Embrace for any reason. That is why It is the Power that keeps all things safe. The Unseen Power of Love has woven all of life together with Infinite Grace into a beautiful, seamless Tapestry of Love we share. Love is the unseen Substance of the Universe that holds each of us gently and safely within It, even as It powerfully Sources us with all we need to be, see, do, know, and experience in this life while we’re here. But we have enter fully into Life to win all life has to give us. Deepak Chopra wrote, “Each of us is a unique strand in the intricate web of life and here to make a difference.” Every one of us is here to make difference. Not just the famous, the wealthy, the seemingly powerful, not just the influencers, the inventors, or even the essential workers, but each of us is here to make a difference in our own unique way. The difference we make while we’re here depends on how much trust we have that the Universe knows exactly where we are, exactly what we want, and that It is willing to deliver. The difference we make while we ‘re here depends on how much love, peace, joy, happiness, and enthusiasm we’re willing to allow within us and to emanate from our own unique strand of being so that we add our unique colors to the intricate color and beauty of God’s Design. That’s how valuable each of us is to the extension and expansion of Creation. We make that difference by living fully in the world we see, even as we trust in the One Source of all Life we can’t see.

Despite appearances these days that might suggest there has been a snag in the web of Life or a tear in the fabric of the Universe, and that some us may have inadvertently, or intentionally, fallen through, no one has because no can no matter how out-of-touch with Love anyone may seem to be. We remain, now and forever, One Life created with threads of Unity that are unbreakable. It takes Trust to accept that no matter what we have thought, said or done that seems contrary to Love, Love is loving us still. It takes Trust to believe that no matter what anyone else has thought, said or done that seems contrary to Love, Love still embraces all that lives. Most of us learned from our parents, or Sunday School teachers, that bad behavior must be punished, and we’re all for that as long as they get theirs! But, we read in the Book of 1 Corinthians, “Love holds no record of wrongs.” It is we who do, and there are often enough records in our mind against our self and others to fill the Library of Congress! We might even check out certain volumes to read again and again so that we don’t forget who it is we’re blaming for our not fully living life now, who it is we’re holding responsible for why we’ve stopped believing in our dreams and trusting that we are precious and valuable to life.

We may be thinking that it’s this pandemic, or the problems in our country, that’s holding us back right now. But, if we’re withdrawn now, it’s likely we made a choice not to fully participate in life long before now. Maybe we opened our heart, and expressed our authentic feelings, and we were rejected or misunderstood. We felt criticized for being our self and decided to protect our self from being hurt again. And now we are allowing past hurts to harm our present experiences. What we’re willing to give to others and life may seem enough to get us by in life. But unless we begin to give wholeheartedly now, we won’t feel truly alive in life even when the pandemic has passed. Kahlil Gibran wrote, “Many of us spend our whole lives running from feelings with the mistaken belief that we cannot bear the pain. But we have already born the pain. What we have not done is feel all we are beyond that pain.” It’s hard to trust that it’s okay to let go of past hurts and injuries, and to forgive our self and others, because our painful stories seem so much a part of us they influence almost all we perceive about life. And, they cause us to worry about what others think of us. Often in our relationships we’re more interested in how someone responds to us than in fully engaging from our authentic self. We work to extract approval from them even if we don’t approve of what we’re saying or doing. But there’s really nothing we can do to keep anyone’s approval coming on a regular basis because it’s never really about us. We all look at each other through the filters of our life experiences. Those who are unhappy with who we are, are unhappy with who they are. We can never really know what someone is thinking or why. It’s our worry about what we think they’re thinking that holds us back in life.

Fear of hurtful criticism, or the fear of looking foolish “at our age” if we really let go and live as we feel we could, keeps us off the dance floor of life. We’ve all heard the say, “dance as if no one’s watching,” but it’s hard for us to trust no one’s really concerned if we make a misstep, if we make a point to watch for the missteps of others. We are here to learn from our missteps, as well as our coordinated steps, how to dance with each other. We learn to dance by dancing, just as we learn to trust by trusting, and we learn to live by living.

We can’t control where anyone is mentally and emotionally coming from when they meet up with us, but we can control where we’re coming from when we meet up with them. If we trust in the Goodness of Life, and maintain good feeling thoughts, we’ll be ready for whomever comes our way! It’s not how much we’re loved, but how much we love that matters most. It’s how much we appreciate, and not how much we’re appreciated, that matters most. We can choose to let past hurts remain a hindrance or stumbling block to our willingness to fully live, and fully give, now. But, if we do we won’t discover who we are beyond the pain. The good news is that every moment is a chance to choose to dance, no matter what the current conditions in our life may be. We can decide today to jump into life with both feet even if we’re sitting on the couch because it’s our heart that dances to the rhythm of our soul.

Hafez wrote, “You carry all the ingredients to turn your existence into joy. Mix them!” All the ingredients to turn our existence into joy are still within us. And, unlike the ingredients in the kitchen pantry that get old after awhile, the sacred ingredients we carry within us are ageless! It’s never too late to mix it up with life. It’s never too late to allow unrestricted movement within us that causes us to feel spunky and want to live fully. But, we’ve got to enter into this wondrous, mysterious Earth life if we want to find the treasures we came to discover. The prolific French writer, Emile Zola, said, “If you ask me what I came into this life to do-I will tell you: I came to live out loud.” Are we ready to live out loud? How much love, peace, joy, happiness, and enthusiasm are we willing to express and allow to emanate from our unique strand of being? We all matter to the God of our Creation because the Divine Thread count of every radiant thread is essential to the Beautiful Tapestry of Life. Whether we’re sheltered in place, wearing a mask, or standing six feet away from each other, now is the time for us to choose to live out loud, to enter into this life with the fullness of who we are. How else will we bring about a “what’s next” that will be a joy to live?

The Cooperative Universe

Deepak Chopra wrote, “In the light of trust, as it develops slowly over time, you will find that you are a privileged child of the universe, entirely safe, entirely supported, entirely loved.” In a month like October that includes ghosts, goblins and things that go bump in the night, in a year such as this one that has often felt more frightening than any Halloween night,  and in these seemingly uncertain times where so many of us may feel unsafe, unsupported and unloved, developing trust in the Universe is a very good thing. In fact, trust is vital for our health, happiness, well being, and peace of mind.

Now some of us may trust that God has a plan for us and the rest of humanity, but that it’s either an afterlife plan waiting for us beyond “the pearly gates” if we can just sacrifice enough here to get in, or that it’s such a long-term Earth plan (because we, humans, don’t seem to be interested in doing things any differently) that we may not live long enough to see the Divine plan manifest—to actually experience in our lifetime a world living together in peace, love, safety, health, and abundant good for all. The good news is that the Power of Trust we’re focusing on allows all the good we desire for our self and the world to manifest here and now, while we’re still here to enjoy it!

In A Course in Miracles Manual for Teachers, we read, “The teachers of God have trust in the world because they have learned it is not governed by the laws the world made up. It is governed by a power that is in them but not of them. It is this power that keeps all things safe.” The Power we’re focusing on as we talk about the Power of Trust is the Power that keeps all thing safe: The Power of God’s Love within us. We are so loved that we’ve been given power by Love, Itself, to create for our self forms of Love and expressions of Love from within us that can manifest as a world of Love around us. The Trust we’re focusing on as we talk about the Power of Trust is our trust in the Intrinsic Goodness of the Universe of God’s Creation, the very Universe in which we live right now despite any appearance that seems to contradict that Goodness. And, we’re talking about our trust that no matter what we’ve thought, said or done that seems contrary to Goodness, that Goodness lives in us still and is there to guide us whenever we choose to trust It.

Still, because we rely so heavily on what we can see physically, and trust and faith require our believing something or believing in something that we can’t see, hear, taste, smell, or touch yet, we may be wondering how we can be expected to trust the Universe, or even slowly develop trust over time, when so many things these days almost everywhere we look seem to be going in the opposite direction of what we want to see and experience in this Earth life. We might even be thinking “This isn’t why I came!” But, then again, maybe it is because there is nothing like vivid contrast between what we want to see and experience, and what we see and experience we don’t want, to encourage us to learn to trust in more than what we can experience with our five senses. Oscar Wilde wrote, “All good experiences have come from trusting the universe. There is no other way to live or love. Otherwise you create your own prison.” We create our own prison with thoughts, words, conversations, and actions that are dominated by what we don’t want and why we don’t want it, and why we’re not happy that whatever is going on is going on! We’re so used to not seeing what we want—not because we can’t have it but because we’re not looking in the direction it’s coming from—that we’ve stopped asking for what we want in life and settled for complaining about life. We settle for such a small, lackluster version of our self and life when we’re created to extend and expand a Universe of limitless possibilities!

We’ve forgotten our life, in all its ways, arises from within us, and that within us is a realm of unlimited power and potential no matter what may be going on along our life path in any moment. In the Book of Hebrews we read, “Things that are seen came into being out of those things which are unseen.” We’ve forgotten that our thoughts and feelings are the unseen substance out of which our life comes into manifestation. We may be a little rusty when it comes to faith and trust in those things which are unseen because we’ve been relying so much on what we can see physically and “the laws the world made up.” We’ve been focusing so long on what’s already in front of us we’ve come to believe that it’s all there for us to experience in this life. We look at our body, relationships, and everything else around us, and then focus so often on what we don’t want, e.g., illness, conflict or lack, that we forget our life is governed by the Power of the Love of God for us that is within us and ready to give us whatever we want.

We live in a cooperative Universe that always delivers. All we have to do is ask and it will be given to us. But, we have to let it in, and we won’t if we don’t trust in the Goodness of Life and who we are in It. We resist our good with a belief in own unworthiness and our stubborn view of what is possible (or not possible) for us and the world around us. The poet, Rumi, wrote, “Do you know what you are? You are a manuscript of a Divine Love letter. You are a mirror reflecting a noble face. This universe is not outside of you. Look inside yourself. Everything that you want, you are already that.” We’d have no problem trusting that the Universe has our back 24/7 if we had faith that our safety, support, health, and well being are already ours. The Universe always answers “yes” when we ask for whatever we ask for, but we have to anticipate that “yes,” and expect to receive what we’ve asked for. The Universe always supports us in all we desire to be, do and have. We just have to let go and stop resisting being, doing and having it!

We read in The Science of Mind, “A marvelous sense steals over the one who waits on Good, and in patience bides his time. A feeling of some Unseen Presence silently creeps over the waiting thought. Though you cannot trace it, you must trust it.” Still, so often we want to trace it before we trust it! We want definitive proof before our eyes. “I’ll believe it when I see it” is such a human mantra that we’re used to looking for physical evidence of what to believe before we believe it! In 1989 Wayne Dyer wrote a wonderful book titled, “You’ll See It When You Believe It.” Over 2,000 years ago, Jesus said basically the same thing, “It is done unto you as you believe.” We’ll see it done when we believe it will be done “unto” us. In other words, we learn to trust the Universe by trusting the Universe! So often we’re afraid to dream because we don’t trust that our dreams will come true. We’re afraid to ask because we don’t want to be disappointed if we don’t get what we want—better health, happier relationships, increased financial freedom, or inspiration when we feel stuck in some situation. We let past disappointments cause us to resist our Present Good.

We can only develop trust that the Universe will give us what we want by finding the feeling of trust first, by letting our self feel what it would feel like to have whatever it is we want. Whatever it is we want, we want it for the feeling it will bring. What does good health feel like, ease and happiness? What does a loving relationship feel like, intimacy and contentment? What does financial abundance feel like, freedom and peace of mind? What does inspiration feel like, excitement and enthusiasm for life? We increase our trust by letting that good feeling grow within us before it physically manifests. It grows as we feel the reality of the inner evidence of it, like a baby moving in our womb, and we abide in patient trust in the unseen out of which everything is made. Trust opens us to receiving the wanted in our life because we’re looking in the direction it is coming from.

We read in The Science of Mind, “My confidence in The All Good is complete. My faith in the Power of Spirit is supreme. I have no doubts or uncertainties. I know my Good is at hand and I realize that no fear can hinder that Good from making Its appearance in my life and affairs. I know that my Life and Good are complete.” The Universe always has something very, very good up Its Holy Sleeve. It gathers all the unseen cooperative components together just for us. We just have be a cooperative component in our own desires by celebrating the Good even before we see it, and then looking for it with trust that It’s there.

 

Are Your Bells Ringable?

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Through this month’s Sunday talks and the powerful multi-faith prayers for world peace offered at our World Peace Service, it seems for now that we’ve said what needs to be said about the Power of Peace, and what it takes for there to be Peace on Earth. Hopefully, we’ve all come to the same awareness: What it will take now for World Peace is what it has always taken, and what matters now, and for the future of our Planet, is what has always mattered, i.e., how we, individually, practice peace in our life. Wayne Dyer wrote, “Peace can become a lens through which you see the world. Be it. Live it. Radiate it out. Peace is an inside job.”

Peace has always been an inside job. Peace, like everything else we see in this three-dimensional world, begins individually in us, and collectively as humanity, as an unseen thought before it becomes visible to us in physical form, expression and action. Peace has always been Present in the world and in us because Peace is of God, the Source of all Life. Despite appearances today, Peace remains Present still because there can be no physical life without the Presence of the non-physical Source of Life that is Peace, as It is Love. But, we must choose to Be Peace if we want to feel It. We must live It if we want to see It. And, we must radiate It out if we want Peace to come into physical expression in the world around us.

The peaceful thoughts in our mind about our self as well as others, the peaceful way we speak about our self and others, and what we do in our everyday life to give Peace a chance to extend and expand on Earth, in difficult times as well easy ones, is the only way Peace has a chance to manifest Its Presence here and now through us. Our peaceful thoughts now, and our faith that our unseen peaceful thoughts matter to what manifests in the visible world next, is the Presence of Peace on Earth now in us, as us.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, we are the only place Peace can begin! We can’t be reminded of that Truth too often because so often we forget it’s true. We forget that it matters what we, individually, think, say and do. We forget that when things change inside of us, things naturally and automatically change around us. We get wishy-washy in our thinking when we forget it matters who we choose to be, individually, because we share One Life with everyone else on our Planet. This world is a reflection of what is alive and active in all of us. And, because we forget that it is, we fight for change in the world that hasn’t become a change in us yet.

The energetic vibrations we emit through our thinking not only attract to us a perfect match in the forms, expressions and experiences in our personal life, but affect the world we share.
It is the vibration of creation in each of us that makes the world go round as it does for each of us in our own mind. And, as the saying goes, “What goes around, comes around!” A Course in miracles tells us that our mind establishes everything that happens to us. Every response we make to everything we perceive is up to us, individually, because our mind determines our perception of it. When someone tells us “It’s all in your head, ”they’re right, and it’s all their head, too! How we see each other, and how we respond to each other, is determined by our individual perception of life. Sometimes New Thought students will say, just before they make a judgement, “I’m not judging, I’m just observing.” But it is difficult, even with regular long-time spiritual practice, to observe anything without prejudice or bias. Whatever I see begins with me. “I see” is a statement of our perceived awareness. “I don’t see” is also a statement of our perceived awareness. Either way, as the late Flip Wilson would say, “What you see is what you get.”

Though we may want to be, not one of us is exempt from creative participation in Life as long as we’re still here thinking, and every moment of every day we’re thinking about something. What we become aware of as a thought, given enough focus by us, will eventually physically manifest in our life as the condition of our health, relationships, finances, activities, and capabilities. As long as we are here in this earth life, even if we haven’t left home for months, we are not only affecting our individual life with our thinking, we are affecting the world. No matter how well-hidden we believe our beliefs to be, we are a walking, talking, vibrationally-creative spiritual being even when we’re sitting on the couch seemingly doing nothing! Whether we think intentionally, or live by default because we’re not paying attention to what we’re thinking, or don’t care what we’re thinking—whether we speak calmly and thoughtfully to others and about others, or have a verbal knee-jerk reaction to someone’s words or behaviors—everyday, in every way, we are either enriching our life with joy, peace, love, and well-being, and helping to create a richer world for all, or we’re not. But, even if we’re not, we’re still a powerful creative being who can if we choose to.

We read in A Course in Miracles, “He created you for Himself, but He gave you the power to create for yourself so you would be like Him. That is why your mind is holy. Believe this and you will realize how much is up to you.” We all know we have buttons that are pushable, triggers that are pullable, and a chain that is yankable. But are our bells ringable? There is a place within each of us where the peaceful breezes of the Love of God flow. That Energy of Love would ring our bells all day long if we’d let It. How often do we feel a happy vibration within us? We have to let go of our death-grip on life, stop trying to control others and outer events and bracing for the worst, before we’re “loose enough” for our bells to ring. We must choose to loosen up and trust in the Presence of joy, peace, and love before our bells will ring in celebration of life.

Even though the world seems to have manifested the unthinkable, if we keep focusing on what is already here that we don’t want, it will appear immovable, unchangeable, and unlovable. When our stomach is tied in knots with fear and worry, we make it difficult for our bells to ring. We are free, instead, to choose to live in the joyous expectation of the next miracle that is coming. In fact, it’s vital for us to start trusting that despite appearances, life is still good right now, and becoming better and better every day

We may want to ask our self, “Do I still believe that peace, health, joy, and love are natural to all living things? Do I trust that (even now) peace, health, joy, and love are alive and well in Universe in which I live, and so they are alive in me? No matter what negativity may call to me, am I willing to turn the other cheek so that I can see the beauty of miracles around me? Do I want to vibrate with such happiness most of time that I’m like bell-tower that is resounding with the celebration of life? Or am I settling for an individual vibration most of time that is more like a death knell, the ringing of a church bell announcing the death of things? Do I keep my focus most of time, or all of the time, on this physical world that appears to be manifesting more and more conflict, chaos, sickness, and division every day?”

Years ago I had a friend who watched a lot of football games with her family and friends. But as she consciously began her spiritual practice every day, she realized that watching football made her think combative thoughts towards the other team, and to feel aggressive in a way that caused her to feel agitated the rest of day. So, she decided that until she was able to watch football and still maintain a peaceful mind whether her preferred team was winning or losing, she wouldn’t watch football. Now you may be thinking it’s only a game, and half the fun is getting worked up over it! Many people feel that way about watching horror movies, half the fun is feeling the fear! But, it’s important not to forget that what we’re thinking and how we’re feeling, while we’re watching a football game or horror movie, is still creating our life in that moment off the football field and beyond the TV or movie theater.

The same is true when we’re watching the news. All the conflict, blaming and competitiveness can cause us, depending on who we’re “rooting for,” to mentally give the ‘ol football cheer, “Hit ‘em again, hit ‘em again, harder, harder!!” When the news is over we might feel agitated the rest of day, or all through the night if watch the news before bed! And, like having watched horror movie, the images we’ve seen may be hard to get out of our head. It’s good to be informed about what’s going on in the world, but it’s good for us and the world to make it our intention to maintain a peaceful mind whether our preferred team appears to be winning or losing.

It’s time for us to replace our pushable buttons with a zipper of Love. It’s time for us to put down our defensive weapons so we are no longer triggered by words we hear, wherever we hear them and no matter who is saying them. It’s time for us to tuck in our chain so it’s no longer yankable. If we want Peace on Earth it’s time for us to allow our bells to ring so loud with joy and appreciation for life that the whole world will feel the vibration of our individual celebration of life. If we want Peace to be a lens through which we see world, we must Be that Peace. We must live It and radiate It out, so that our inside job becomes a good job for the world.

Ollie Ollie Oxen Free

There is Power in our choice to live in Lightness and Joy. It opens us up to the Energy and Vitality that lives in us. It connects us with a High Vibration that keeps us clear in our mind and healthy and energetic in our body. We have a spiritually carefree nature that allows us to unwind and cut loose anytime we choose, and to feel spunky and playful in our life. Carrying the weight of the world on our shoulders, worrying about all those things that seem to need fixing, and agonizing over how we can help to fix them, isn’t the Creative Energy that will bring about a world we enjoy living in. Worry and anxiety pinch us off from the Pure Positive Energy that is flowing to us at all times, and exhausts us, physically, mentally and emotionally. We not only feel tired, we often feel sick and tired.

Abraham-Hicks tells us, “All is well. You did not come here to fix a broken world. The world is not broken. You came here to live a wonderful life.” But often we feel that we shouldn’t live a wonderful life if someone else isn’t living one too. Most of us were taught that worry equates with Love. Our human sense of Love often carries with it more stress than pleasure, and more concern about loss than Joy in Its presence. We learned that if we love someone or something we should show it through the intensity of our concern for their health, safely and well-being. Worry feels like a natural part of Love. But all worry does is put anything—our self, others, our country, and the world—in a vulnerable place in our mind where the power of our creative imagination will do more harm than good.

It’s exhausting and unnecessary for us to focus on trying to fix all that seems to be wrong with the world when only Unconditional Love will fix it. The burden on our heart when we worry so much, stress so often, and focus so frequently on the worldwide bad news available 24/7, prevents us from experiencing the Lightness of Being and clarity of mind that can see more than the obvious. It keeps us from feeling the Peace and Joy that trusting in Love’s Presence can bring.

It has been said, “Whatever the question, Love is the Answer.” It is only as we take a stand for Unconditional Love, rather than a stand against its apparent absence, and trust in the Nature of Life to take care of all life, that our inner sense of well-being will lift us high enough to get a better view of what’s true so that we can truly be helpful to the world we love.

If it seems this human experience is a lot like being in small boat on a storm-tossed sea, and we’re getting tired of being seasick as we struggle just to stay afloat, and we seem to be running out of life rafts to try to keep others from going under, it’s time for us to say within our self, as Jesus said when his disciples asked him to calm the winds and the waves, “Peace be still.” As we quiet the concerns and conflicts in our mind, as we release fear of what is and let go of worring about what’s next, we are more able, as Eckhart Tolle said, “to meet everyone and everything through stillness, instead of the mental noise in our head.”

If we want to live a happy life, and live it in a happy world, we need to lift our view from seeing our self, others, and the world as vulnerable and powerless. Not worrying about the world isn’t not loving the world. It’s loving the world too much to worry. It’s not only helpful, it’s powerful for us to recognize that the world isn’t helpless or broken. When we do, we become an open conduit through which Love can enter world and restore it to its natural state of Peace, Happiness and Harmony right before our eyes.

Our planet is strong and powerful right now because It is God’s Creation. It is spinning at this very moment in a Universe filled with Grace that moves with flawless Precision. And despite appearances, mistaken beliefs, and mistaken identities every living being that peoples this planet is embraced by Grace. All (no matter who, no matter where, no matter) are intrinsically strong and powerful because all life is One with God’s One Creation. Someone said recently, “What if I told you that the left wing and the right wing belong to the same bird.” We remain One Spiritual Creation even while we’re having this human experience where we appear to be different birds.

If we’d be willing to stop fighting against what we don’t like, whether the fight is in our mind or with our words and actions, and we’d be willing to let Love flow through us to everyone, we would see that this Grace-filled Universe knows exactly what to do to bring about every good thing without our pointing out where that good should be placed! In Its Love for us, in Its support of us, the Universe doesn’t change Its Nature. It doesn’t get mad along with us, or sad along with us. It doesn’t punish those we point at or heal those we pray for just because we say it’s the right thing to do. It simply remains the Pure Positive Energy of Love we can open to, if we choose to. And, if we do, It will present us all we’ve asked for in beautiful and unexpected ways. Its Power is flowing to everyone at all times. We dishonor anyone we see as vulnerable and powerless.

It is the Nature of the Universe to support us every moment with Energy that causes us to think positive thoughts about self, others and life, and to feel happy as we think them. If we’re choosing not  to think positive thoughts most of the time, if we’re not happy about the thoughts we’re thinking a lot of the time, how do we think the miracles we’re looking, and praying for, for will get through? They have to come through me and you to get here in manifested form. We have to believe it to see it!

It is only as we decide to hold the High Watch of Love and Well-Being for all beings in our mind that we’re able to live more often inspired by, revitalized by, and uplifted by the steady stream of Pure Positive Energy. It’s not selfish or uncaring for us to choose to be happy. It’s helpful to the world. It’s been said that the greatest gift we can give another is our own happiness. Abraham-Hicks tells us, “To hold someone as your object of attention while you’re connected to Source Energy, is the greatest gift that anyone could give. When you’re not happy, you don’t have anything to give.” Happiness is a High Calling from the Spirit within us to fully live this gift of life. If misery were natural to us we wouldn’t feel so bad when we were miserable. But we do, and that’s a good thing because it’s an indication that misery is a habit and that it is Joy and Happiness that are natural to us. If we were to Love our self for not enjoying our misery, the Vibration of that Love would uplift us, raise our spiritual vibration, and better feeling thoughts would naturally arise in our mind. There is far more good to see from that Holy Vista, and far more good we can do from there to help and heal, than all the worry in the world.

We may wonder how we can love our self and others when there appears to be so many words and actions that are hateful and unforgiveable. But without forgiveness today we’re  not able to Love a tomorrow of Joy into manifestation in our world. What if we chose to come into these physical forms, where we appear to be created separately and so differently, to become aware we are Love and nothing else? What if we’ve just forgotten we’re playing a Game of Love and that it’s supposed to be fun and fill us with Joy?

There was story that the spiritual teacher, Alan Watts, liked to tell children. He’d say that Life is more like a game of “hide and seek.” Pure Love, the Power of Creation, is hidden at the Center of our Being waiting to be found by us so we can finally accept our birthright and be who we are. Now when God plays hide, and pretends He’s you and me, He does it so well it takes Him a long time to remember where and how He hid Himself. But that’s the whole fun of it, just what He wanted to do! That’s why it’s so difficult for you and me to find out we’re God hiding from our Self for the fun of finding our Self in each other. When the game has gone on long enough all of us will wake up, stop pretending, and remember we are all one single Self, the God who is all there is and who lives forever and ever.

Sometimes it seems that no matter how hard we look we can’t find the beautiful Self we’ve been hiding. But we can’t find the Christ in one another until we find the Christ in our self. We can’t give a holy Namaste if the Christ in us is still hidden away. Without that Self-discovery we won’t see the beautiful Self in others because they’ve found a good hiding place, too.

If you’ve played hide and seek then you know when the game is over and there are still those who haven’t been discovered in their hiding places, the one who’s been looking for the hidden ones shouts “Ollie ollie oxen free,” which meant that everyone was free to come out of their hiding places without penalty. In The Way of Transformation we read, “You are the soul waiting to be touched by grace. You are the separate One hiding in the darkness, trembling, and yet wanting light to find you.” It’s only as we decide to stop hiding, to stop pretending not to be Love, that we can feel Grace touch us, and see the Light within us that allows us to Be Love and enjoy offering Love no matter what.

We can say within our Self to the parts of our Self wherever they may be hiding: “Ollie Ollie Oxen free.” We are all free to come out of our hiding places without penalty. Meditating on these words from The Way of Transformation can be powerful. “In this moment, I choose now to remember that I am the One who has both sought and found. I am the One who has remained perfectly unchanged forever.” Let us choose to Be the very One we want to see in everyone so that this world in which we live can be revealed to us as the unchanged beautiful, radiant Creation of Love that it is.

Anchors Away

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In these times we’ve got to do whatever we can to “let our happy out” as often as we can, and keep our vibration of attraction high so that we are the happy we want to see in the world. If we have been letting the news get us down, then it could be time for us to take a happiness break, to spend a whole day away from news we can’t change anyway, and look for good things to praise. If we don’t see something good right away, we can imagine it’s there anyway. We can “feel it” into being even before we see it physically. As we resonate or calibrate to the high vibration of positive imagination, something good will catch our attention. If you’ve tried it, then you know it’s true. When we’re expecting it, something good always comes into view.

We can let the current world conditions affect us, or we can affect the world conditions by cultivating a happy, positive attitude within us that will create a happy, positive atmosphere of well-being around us that is contagious, mask or not! As Individual creative mental-spiritual-vibrational beings, we are free to see life as we choose it to be. We are free to choose see the good, true and beautiful within us and around us. No one can make that choice for us or change that choice, but us. We are free to live as we choose to live, not by demanding others to change for us, but by being the change we want to see around us. In this way we affect the world because we attract to us the good we want to see in the world without blocking our view by fighting against others who are not yet ready to see it. We can’t forcibly change the mind of anyone else. It is our mind alone over which we have power. Abraham-Hicks tells us, “ One in alignment with pure positive energy is more powerful than million who are not.” Being in alignment means being aware of our Oneness with God. When we are in alignment we feel our Spiritual Energy. We live in positive expectation in life and the vibration of our expectation calls the positive to us, no matter what may be going on around us. If that sounds selfish or unrealistic, then we haven’t yet embraced our Divine Permission to fully and freely express our Individuality, and to become more and more of the Joyous Being we’re created to be.

No one can discover us but us because no one can be us but us. Looking to others to tell us who we should be will never help us discover who we are. It is only through self-choice, and the results of our individual choices, that we can make that discovery. In this world misery may love company, but God loves our Individuality because as we use our attribute of freewill, we become aware of the Power of Independence upon which our Individuality is based. And the more we experience the Power that is individualized in us, as us, we realize that all that our eyes can see is who we are Individually. We read in A Course in Miracles, “What is the Will of God? He wills His Son have everything, and this He guaranteed when He created him as everything.” Though we seem separate from the world we see, each of us is the world we see. As Rumi wrote, “We are an ocean in a drop. In the same way, we are the Universe in a Singular Individualized Perception of It.

We can only see what we are aware is there. Not one of us can step outside of our own mind and see anything at all. Everything and everyone that appears outside of us is our experience of them in our mind. And, how someone experiences us is in their mind. That’s what is meant by “I see myself in others.” In order for us to become aware of our ability to love and appreciate all life, we must recognize the obvious: Only we can see with our eyes, hear with our ears, speak with our mouth, think with our mind, and feel with our emotions. Only we can live our life because only our life lives in us. How we see life, how we live life, and how we choose to feel about our life, regardless of outer conditions, is up to us. Only we can decide what to focus on in our mind. If we want to attract life experiences that reflect Joy, it is necessary for us to intentionally focus on joyous thoughts.The world may chant “I made you look, I made you look,” but only we can turn our head toward anything. These days when so much of what catches our attention are things we don’t want to see, situations and conditions we don’t want to experience, and people who seem to be in charge and able to affect us say and do the very things we don’t want them to say and do, our Power of Independence to choose our point of view, and change how we see things, not only seems like a big responsibility, but almost an impossibility.

Others may tell us what we should be focusing on right now, and fault us for not following crowd, but no one can stick their advice or opinions inside our head without our permission. Though we don’t always seem to be, we are spiritually free from any mental or intrusion, obstruction or interception by anyone else. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t consider what others have to say. It means we need to feel within our self for the Truth of what is said before we call it our own. Even though we may feel angry when someone says, “You can’t make me,” it is spiritually true whether they mean it to be or not. No one can be forced to care. Genuine compassion doesn’t come through coercion. It comes from within us through our discovery that we are Love. Only Love inspires thoughts that include others. Only Love infuses words with kindness. Only Love motivates helpful actions.

If we are ever going to be allowed to go outside and breathe the air without a mask, and if we are ever going to be able to even get close to one another, let alone touch each other, without fear or worry, it is essential for us to fully embrace our Power of Spiritual Sovereignty to see beyond appearances rather than fighting with them, and to become aware of the joyously free Being within us that lives there beyond appearances. Otherwise we’re just shadow boxing with our self. We are free to create an atmosphere around us of well being, and emit an energy of vitality and a high vibration of wholeness that is helpful to world

We’d all like to float buoyantly along on the stream of life, to go with the Flow of Good and experience the true and beautiful that is there for us. We, collectively, tried not long ago to reopen the world so our boats could float on happy new adventures together. But we forgot to say “anchors away” and pull up our anchors so we could move forward. The low vibration and heaviness of division, conflict and blame kept us anchored in place, and we still seem to be stuck because it appears all we’ve done so far with our finger-pointing and need to control others is dig that anchor deeper into the sand.

We can’t individually do anything about the world we see except to see it differently. We can only see it differently by changing our point of view. And we can only change our point of view by focusing on positive, happy, judgment-free thoughts that float our boat and allow us move forward once again. What floats your boat? What frees your cork to bob happily on the dancing waters of life? What is it you love to think about? What thoughts bring you joy? What are you excited to do in this life? We can imagine anything into physical expression by being happy about it within us first. We can be on a natural high if we’ll just say “anchors away” to our reasons not to love, to our resistance to joy, and to our contrariness to peace. Then we can float gently down the stream.