Reading & Pondering Today 9-22

image“Our relationships are temples of healing when we allow them to be. The ultimate truth of any relationship is that two innocent children of God are seeking to love and be loved. Someone else’s mistakes are simply where they hit walls which in that moment they could not see beyond—and it’s the same for us. A Course in Miracles says that we should interpret all that is not love as a call for love. If I judge you for your errors, I simply fortify them in your mind and in mine. If I forgive your errors, I give both of us the chance to feel the healing power of love.”

Excerpt From: Williamson, Marianne. “Tears to Triumph.”

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Reading & Pondering 9-21

image“The universe itself is intentional, guiding all things to the actualization of their highest potential. This includes not only individuals, but also relationships. Love is always seeking us. The problem is how often we hide from it, scurrying away from the light of love into the darkness of our fearful selves. It wasn’t that love didn’t show up for us; it’s that we didn’t show up for love.”

~ Williamson, Marianne

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Reading & Pondering Today 9-19

image“We grasp for love as though we’re gasping for air, yet too often we cannot find it. We’re lured into false beliefs about who we are and who we are to each other—essentially believing that we are ultimately nothing and we are nothing to each other; such beliefs accumulate to the point of becoming a massive, unquestioned lie that spreads across the consciousness of humanity like a blanket of doom. The lie is fortified so completely, so constantly, and so chronically that it seems like it must be true. But a ubiquitous lie is still a lie.

The lie is fortified everywhere. Our religions, our economies, our nationalities, our sexualities, our politics, our cultures: the ego uses all as evidence of our separateness and warns us constantly, “Do not trust each other!” We are taught to fear rather than to love one another. We perceive a world of scarcity—of lack, of danger—and from that perception we conclude that we must compete to get our needs met at the expense of whomever else. In truth, it is our perception of separation that creates the scarcity to begin with.

So what is the source of the lie, and how can it be removed? The truth is, it comes from no specific place because it comes from everywhere. It is simply human consciousness devoid of love. The ego mind is the psychological meaning of the devil’s lair, but there is no physical devil’s lair where all the lies of the world are concocted. Fear is the power of our minds turned against ourselves—the loveless, disassociated, despairing self. It’s our self-hatred posing as self-love.”

Excerpt From: Williamson, Marianne. “Tears to Triumph.”

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Pondering Today 9-17

image“You are one thing only. You are a Divine Being. An all-powerful Creator. You are a Deity in jeans and a t-shirt, and within you dwells the infinite wisdom of the ages and the sacred creative force of All that is, will be and ever was.”
― Anthon St. Maarten, Divine Living

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Reading & Pondering Today 9-14

image“When our self-worth isn’t on the line, we are far more willing to be courageous and risk sharing our raw talents and gifts. From my research with families, schools, and organizations, it’s clear that shame-resilient cultures nurture folks who are much more open to soliciting, accepting, and incorporating feedback. These cultures also nurture engaged, tenacious people who expect to have to try and try again to get it right—people who are much more willing to get innovative and creative in their efforts.”

“A sense of worthiness inspires us to be vulnerable, share openly, and persevere. Shame keeps us small, resentful, and afraid. In shame-prone cultures, where parents, leaders, and administrators consciously or unconsciously encourage people to connect their self-worth to what they produce, I see disengagement, blame, gossip, stagnation, favoritism, and a total dearth of creativity and innovation.”

Excerpt From: Brown, Brené. “Daring Greatly.”

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Reading & Pondering Today 9-9

image“We are, according to A Course in Miracles, like sunbeams thinking we are separate from the sun or waves in the ocean thinking we’re separate from other waves. Let’s consider what that means psychologically. If I’m a wave in the ocean and I think I’m separate from all the other waves, then how could I not be afraid of the ocean? How could I not feel powerless? How could I not be terrified that at any moment I might be overwhelmed by other waves? But if I think of myself as I really am—not separate at all from other waves—then I know that I am safe in the ocean and that the power of the ocean is my power too.”

Excerpt From: Williamson, Marianne. “Tears to Triumph.”

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Reading & Pondering Today 9-7

image“Surrender becomes so much easier when you realize the fleeting nature of all experiences and that the world cannot give you anything of lasting value. You then continue to meet people, to be involved in experiences and activities, but without the wants and fears of the egoic self. That is to say, you no longer demand that a situation, person, place, or event should satisfy you or make you happy. Its passing and imperfect nature is allowed to be.

And the miracle is that when you are no longer placing an impossible demand on it, every situation, person, place, or event becomes not only satisfying but also more harmonious, more peaceful.”

Excerpt From: Tolle, Eckhart. “Stillness Speaks.”

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