We would all like to be more open-minded in our life, wouldn’t we? To be more tolerant of the passing situations in the world, less bothered by the behavior of others, and more accepting of new ideas about our self and life. There is an ease to living with no resistance to the world around us, and with the peaceful awareness that we (alone) are responsible for what we think and how we feel. Open-mindedness, according to A Course in Miracles, can best be understood as it relates to forgiveness and acquired through the practice of lack of judgment. The practice of forgiveness and non-judgment gives us more mental clarity, more emotional calm, and even more physical energy. (Read more…)
When we think of someone as open-minded, we often think of them as being more accepting, tolerant, unbiased, and more receptive to new ideas. Open-mindedness, according to A Course in Miracles, is a quality that can best be understood as it relates to forgiveness; an attribute acquired through lack of judgment. The Dalai Lama said that “Love is the absence of judgement.” To be open-minded, then, is to be open to Love, and a willingness to extend Love without judging who or what deserves our expression of Love. (Read more…)
When we state, “I have faith in positive outcome (of whatever may be going on in our life,” more often than not we mean “I trust in God to take care of things.” The mottoe “In God we trust” was adopted by the United States as a replacement or alternative to the unofficial Latin motto: “E pluribus unum,” which translates, “Out of many, one” or “One out of many.” Both mottoes, combined, can be helpful reminders that it is far easier to trust in God to take care of all things when we realize that nothing is outside of God, and that we “the many” have come forth out of One. God, being all there Is, is everywhere.There is no living being (no matter what the behavior of that being may be) that is not One with God right now and an essential part of the extension of creation.
As we look deeper into November’s theme, “Faithfulness,” and explore how we can practice being true to our Inner Truth no matter what may be going on in our outer life, let us consider how a thankful life, i.e, a life lived with conscious appreciation and gratitude for Life, Itself, not only changes how we experience the moments of our life, but has the power to create the life we will want to live tomorrow. (Read more…)
Our world today seems to be dreaming up some pretty scary nightmares. Yet, because Life is ever-expanding, our world (in its contrasting ways) is expanding, too. So at the very same time some beings are expressing more violently as they look at a world of dreams and see only nightmares, many more beings are looking within and awakening to a deeper inner peace, and experiencing more loving encounters and greater coexistence than ever before. (Read more…)