✨Reading & Pondering Today 6-18✨

“RECLAIMING OUR SOULS

The soul is eternally whole and complete in God. An overexternalized worldview separates us from our souls, thus causing us to suffer; and only by reclaiming our souls can we end our suffering.

This reclamation of our souls isn’t a process of pouring light over the darkness; rather, it is a process of bringing the darkness to light. We must excavate our internal darkness—our barriers to love—for only then can we release them. And none of this necessarily feels good when it’s happening.

But in avoiding our sadness we avoid our lives. Learning from our sadness can bear great fruit, and avoiding it can have hidden costs. Our choice is between feeling the sharp pains of self-discovery or enduring the dull ache of unconsciousness that will last for the rest of our lives. Suppressing our pain isn’t ending our pain; it’s simply displacing it.

The avoidance of sadness decreases our capacity to learn from it. For how can we deeply understand what we have failed to deeply look at? Sometimes it’s in the midst of our tears that we come to understand a situation more fully.

Even a happy life can have sad days, and sadness is sometimes simply a sign of growth. It doesn’t serve any of us to cast a cheap yellow smiley face over almost everything, as though being sad is simply wrong.

Just as storms have a function in nature, they have a function within the psyche as well. Just as babies who are never exposed to any germs can fail to develop the antibodies they need, people who avoid the fullness of their suffering fail to develop the emotional skills they need to deal with it.

In recognizing the spiritual meaning of our sadness, we find the appropriate place to put it—in our psyches, and in our lives. We come to realize the ways we have separated ourselves from love, from each other, and thus from the peace of God. Knowing this, the true source of our pain, we can then correct the problem on the level where the problem lies.

Spirituality isn’t some quaint stepchild of an intelligent worldview, or the only option for those of us not smart enough to understand the facts of the real world. Spirituality reflects the most sophisticated mindset and the most powerful force available for the transformation of human suffering—whether someone is taking medication or not.

That is why learning the basics of a spiritual worldview—and the mental, emotional, and behavioral principles that this entails—is key to reclaiming our inner peace.

Darkness cannot exist in the presence of light. Meditation is a path to light. Forgiveness is a key to light. Prayer is a path to light. Those are powers that give comfort to the soul, providing what no earthly remedy can. And they are the powers we most need to develop now. They heal our lives by healing our thoughts; and it is in learning to change our thinking that we learn to change our lives.

As it is written in Romans 12:2, “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Renewing our minds, we will renew the world.”

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

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✨🌴Reading & Pondering Today 6-13🌴✨

“I am here to soar with the wings God has given me.

Each of us has a unique function on the earth. I do not serve the world by withholding my gifts in the name of modesty.

Remembering I am no more or less special than anyone else, I am free to soar with the wings God has given me.

Until I do, my place in the universe is left unfilled. My love, my abilities, my skills are mine alone, and I was born to extend them as a light unto darkened places. Today, in every moment, may I be the embodiment of the light of the world.

Dear God,
You have given me such special gifts,
And yet I block them when I deny Your love.
Today may I remember
The holy purpose You have given me,
That I might find my talents
And be blessed thereby.
Amen.”

Excerpt From: Williamson, Marianne. “A Year of Miracles.”

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✨Reading & Pondering Today 6-10✨

“I step back and let God lead the way.

I stand humbly before a power that is in me but not of me.

I am not the divine source, but merely a faucet through which its waters flow into the world.

I find power as a human being as I defer to the power of the spirit.
Placing myself in service to God, I pray that His love move through me to bless the world. I take a step back today with my personality, that I might more clearly reflect His gentleness and love.

As I step back, He leads the way for me to follow.

Meekness and mildness carry invisible power. The meek shall inherit the earth because of their strength, having stepped back and allowed a greater power to flow through them.

Today I choose to step back with the force of my personality, that I might step forward with the force of my spirit.”

Excerpt From: Williamson, Marianne. “A Year of Miracles.”

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🌟Reading & Pondering Today 6-8🌟

“May my words emerge from the silence of my soul.

If I speak with my mouth, others will hear me with their ears. But only if I speak from my heart will others hear me with their hearts.

Today may my words emerge from somewhere deeper than my intellect—and never from anger or defensiveness.

May my words emerge from the silence of my soul.
Words have power to heal or to harm; I dedicate mine to the healing power of love.

May I become a healer of the spoken word.

Dear God,
May Your spirit
Be upon me when I speak,
Infusing my words with
The energy of love.
May my words convey Your power
And Yours alone.”

Excerpt From: Williamson, Marianne. “A Year of Miracles.”

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🌺Reading & Pondering Today 6-5🌺

“All my talents are of use to God.

Whatever talents I have, however seemingly insignificant, can be of use to God. Even if I think I have none, if I offer my life to Him, then new talents will emerge.

Today I share my gifts with others as a way of sharing them with God.
I realize no gift is too large or too small to be used for divine purposes, to bring joy to someone, to help bring healing somewhere.

I do not underestimate the magnitude of my gifts today. Through God, their potential for good is infinite.

I am not ashamed of my gifts today, however meager they may appear. For that which is surrendered to God is lifted to its highest creative potential, miraculously transforming from what might seem to be a tiny gift to become a mighty force.”

Excerpt From: Williamson, Marianne. “A Year of Miracles.”

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✨Reading & Pondering Today 6-4✨

“FOR REFLECTION

On What’s Possible for You Now

On the mortal plane, none of us are perfect all the time.

But on the spiritual plane, all of us are perfect all the time. Who we really are—perfect creations of God, unchangeable and unlimited, none of us more or less brilliant than anyone else—is the most positive self-concept possible.

To identify yourself according to your spiritual rather than material reality is enlightenment.

From this perspective, you see that you are the light. No thought or condition of darkness—that is, lack of love in your own mind or in anyone else’s—has any bearing whatsoever on the truth of who you are or what the universe has planned for you.

Your past, your mistakes, other people’s opinions about you, even your failures do not in any way limit who you are or what is possible for you now.”

Excerpt From: Williamson, Marianne. “A Year of Miracles.”

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💕Reading & Pondering Today💕

“I increase my faith in miracles today.

Looking around me, there are reasons to believe in the power of my problems and the problems of the world.

But I place my faith in miracles instead. There is no problem that love will not solve; my knowing this, attesting to this, and practicing this makes me a miracle-worker.

Thinking of one thing that seems to be an intractable problem, and I place the light of God around it. I use my mind to affirm that in Him all things are possible.

I leave no room in my mind for doubt that this is so. With this refusal, I increase the possibility that a miracle will occur.

May I not be tempted to believe the testimony of my senses before the testimony of God. In any situation, may I remember the possibility of infinite possibility.

May my mind thus be a conduit of miracles, as I have faith that they exist in God in unlimited supply.”

Excerpt From: Williamson, Marianne. “A Year of Miracles.”

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✨Reading & Pondering Today 5-30✨

“On Reclaiming Our Power

Love requires a different kind of “seeing” than we’re used to—a different kind of knowing or thinking. Love is the intuitive knowledge of our hearts.

It’s a “world beyond” that we all secretly long for. An ancient memory of this love haunts all of us all the time, and beckons us to return.

We want to return, because we want our power back. Love provides us with a “second sight,” an ability to discern the meaning of things that lies beyond facts alone.

It gives us a greater astuteness regarding human personalities, and a deeper understanding of events beyond their surface appearance.

Love doesn’t mean we give up a power; love is how we reclaim it.”

Excerpt From: Williamson, Marianne. “A Year of Miracles.”

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