It is the play of light shining upon the darkness, rather than darkness dimming the light, that gives the contrast that allows us to distinguish forms of any kind in this three-dimensional world. Darkness is an absence, not an action. It is not a thing, but rather the absence of something. That is why when we enter a dark room we don’t have to push the darkness out. We simply turn on the light and the absence of light disappears! (Read more…)
Even though the first definition of “father” in the dictionary is “male parent,” more detailed definitions of “father” include “the founder of a lineage; the originator that serves as a model; the predecessor, precursor, protector, provider.” Jesus called God, “Abba,” (Aramaic for “Father”) and himself “the Son of God.” He knew that he shared the same lineage, the very same Life with God. If fact, he experienced his resemblance to the Father so clearly and completely that he said “I and the Father are One.” Then he proved that Oneness to himself, and those around him, by teaching in so many words, and demonstrating with so many miracles, that the qualities of the Spirit of His Creator were his own.
Even though we may not always see the Holy Resemblance or experience our connection, we are one with the Spirit of the Universe; One with the Father of Life. The Presence of Love (our Father) is everywhere, supplying all that life requires in every dimension because God is the only Life there Is even here on Earth. We are that Life expressing! That is why it is important for us to look for that Holy Resemblance in our self and in everything we see. (Read more…)
Most of us would not think of actually doing intentional harm to another, but how gentle and kind are we to our self? How often do get angry and upset with our self, and want to kick our self for something we said or did? How often have we felt stupid and disappointed with our self when we have misunderstood something and acted on that misunderstanding? Our lack of gentleness with our self comes from the fearful belief that we have done permanent harm to someone else, or that we have been permanently harmed.
Everyone at some time in their life wishes that they could re-enact a decision and change the outcome. But retracing yesterday’s illustrations can’t change the past, it can only affect what we teach our self and others about life today. As long as we believe we can harm or be harmed “permanently,” that idea will remain as a self-portrait on our chalkboard of life, and feelings guilt, shame, anger, and blame will re-enforce that image until we offer forgiveness to self and others. Do we believe what we have drawn so far has been drawn with permanent ink that can’t be erased if we want to illustrate a new way of living life—a new way of being our self and seeing the world? (Read more…)
No matter what we do for a living, as a living being simply by being our self we are a teacher of life, demonstrating what we believe to be true about our self and our relationship to life. Every moment of every day, through our thoughts, words and actions, we demonstrate who we believe we are, who we believe others are, and what we believe has value in the world. When it comes to teaching these things, it isn’t a matter of “do as I say, not as I do” because it is not only what we say we believe, but what we do with what we believe, that teaches us and tells those around us what curriculum we have chosen.
What we think about when we are alone, and what we do with those thoughts throughout our day—e.g., what we say to others (and about others) and how we say it; how we react to what others say to us (and about us); and how we choose to treat all living things—are like symbols we draw on the chalkboard of our life that demonstrate what we are choosing to teach. Our choice is between being a Teacher of God or a teacher of fear. (Read more…)